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URBAN POOR - refers to individuals or families in urban areas with incomes below the poverty line as defined by the National Statistical Coordinating Board(NSCB). They are the underprivileged or homeless sector of society - the unemployed, underemployed and the irregularly employed, or who are incapable of meeting the minimum basic needs, and who live in slums, squatter and resettlement areas, sidewalks, dumpsites, road right-of-way, cemeteries, unoccupied government or private lands or along danger zones like railroad tracks, esteros, riverbanks, high tension wires, or other places in urban areas.

  • The urban Poor are integral part of society and are partners in urbanization and industrialization.
  • They help turn the wheel of economy; they are the factory workers, rank and file government and private employees, soldiers, lowly paid policemen drivers, vendors, house help and waiters.
  • They are the mass market of industry; A great consumer of food and medicines, RTW, comics and movies.
  • They are source of political power; when they exercise their right to elect local provincial, regional and national officials.

URBAN POOR ORGANIZATION - refers to voluntary grouping of urban poor with at least 15 members and who are organized along community-based or occupational-based projects and activities.

COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION - refers to an organization within a community, and organized along issues and problems common to the members.

OCCUPATION-BASED ORGANIZATION - refers to an organization with members living within an urban poor community/ies, having similar work or livelihood, and organized primarily along work/livelihood-related issues and problems.

ALLIANCE OR FEDERATION - refers to an organization composed of at least five (5) urban poor organizations (UPOs), all of which are PCUP accredited.

URBAN AREA - refers to all cities regardless of their population density and to municipalities with a population density of at least 500 persons per square kilometers.

URBANIZING AREA - refers to sites and lands which, considering present characteristics and prevailing conditions, display marked and great potential of becoming an urban area within a period of five (5) years.

CONSULTATION - refers to the constitutionally mandated process whereby the public, on their own or through peoples’ organizations, is provided an opportunity to be heard and to participate in the decision-making process on matters involving the protection and promotion of its legitimate collective interests, which shall include appropriate documentation and feedback mechanisms.

ACCREDITATION - refers to the process of recognizing an urban poor organization for purposes of ensuring community action and participation in policy formulation, program planning, implementation, and evaluation.