Kidapawan City Urban Poor Summit

The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) Field Operations Division for Mindanao initiated an Urban Poor Summit  in Kidapawan City in coordination with the Local Government Unit (LGU).  The summit, funded by the LGU and PCUP, was conducted on May 3 – 4, 2012 at Nature’s Garden, Kidapawan City. The venue was used for free courtesy of Councilor Mario Flores through the initiative of Councilor Judith Navarra.  Sixty-eight (68) urban poor leaders participated in the summit coupled with orientation on the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA) and Gender and Development (GAD).

Dr. Melissa A. Aradanas, PCUP Area Coordinator (AC) for North Cotabato, and Supervising AC Ms. Virgie Tabasa facilitated the summit which was also attended by Councilor Navarra and Ms. Eliza Madidis, President of Kidapawan City Federation of Urban Poor Settlers Association (KCFUSA). The Hon. Vice-Mayor Joseph Evangelista of Kidapawan City graced the occasion.     .

The summit aimed to provide a venue for the sector to raise their issues and concerns and identify possible intervention/assistance to encourage their participation in governance, and to establish and generate feedback mechanism as a strategy in consultation with various stakeholders.

On the first day, Atty. Ferdinand Iman, PCUP Legal Officer, gave a lecture on UDHA (RA 7279). Ms. Ma. Aurora Parreno, Secretary, Gender Multi-Sectoral Coordinating Council of the Province of North Cotabato, gave an orientation on GAD.

Resource Speakers for the second day were Rep. Nancy Catamco of the 2nd District of North Cotabato, Councilor Judith Navarra, Mr. Rodel Oniola of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), and Engr. Zeny Cabiles of the National Housing Authority (NHA).  Each of them gave a talk  on his/ her respective office’s programs and projects for the urban poor. They all gave their commitment and support to address the issues and concerns gathered from the sector.  

In culmination, resolutions were submitted/ forwarded to LGUs concerned, specifically to the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Kidapawan and to the offices of Rep. Nancy Catamco and Gov. Emylou ‘Lala” T. Mendoza. 

(Melissa A. Aradanas, DMD, FODM, July 2012)

From Top Row, left to right: Councilor Raul Taynan, Area Coordinator for North Cotabato Dr. Aradanas,
Kidapawan City Vice Mayor Joseph Evangelista, Councilor Judith Navarra, PCUP Legal Officer Atty. Iman.
Front Row, Left to right: Supervising Area Coordinator Virgie Tabasa, KCFUSA President Eliza Madidis

The participants.

Congresswoman Nancy Catamco delivering her speech.

Awarding of Certificate of Appreciation for Congresswoman Nancy Catamco.
North Cotabato AC, Dr. Aradanas with Congresswoman Nancy Catamco
after the awarding of Certificate of Appreciation
SAC Virgie Tabasa, North Cotabato AC Dr. Aradanas, Congresswoman Nancy Catamco,
PCUP Legal Officer Atty. Iman, Engr. Zeny Cabiles of NHA and Councilor Judith Navarra.


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