1. Policy Formulation/Recommendation and Advocacy
PCUP conducts policy review in order to:
- Submit recommendations to the Office of the President, Senate, Congress and other government agencies.
- Submit policy recommendations to the Local Government Units (LGU)
PCUP prepares and submits Position Papers on Senate Bills and House Bills that affect the urban poor. It formulates policies responsive to the needs of the urban poor.
- At the local level, PCUP assists in the drafting and endorsement of policy recommendations for the passage of ordinances and resolutions and executive orders. It also acts as author / co-author of these policy recommendations.
PCUP continuously coordinates and conducts advocacy effort with the concerned agencies to seek approval of these policy recommendations and consequently, to have the policies implemented for the purpose of improving their (urban poor) lives.
2. Accreditation of UPO
PCUP is mandated to accredit legitimate Urban Poor Organizations (UPOs) for purposes of representation in the formulation of recommendations to the President. The processing of accreditation includes, ocular inspection, data data validation, pre-accreditation orientation, among others.
PCUP adheres to the Citizens' Charter on Accreditation of UPO in compliance with the Anti Red Tape Act (RA 9485) or the ARTA Law.
3. Social Preparation
Social Preparation refers to the series of activities designed to prepare the affected families to cope with the changes brought about by government insfrastructure or development projects and to encourage them to actively participate and prepare their societal, community and personal responsibilities in their quest for tenurial security, human development and basic services, employment and livelihood and other government programs for the urban poor.
Asset Reforms cover the following land and housing programs facilitated by PCUP:
- Presidential Proclamation
- Community Mortgage Program
- Direct Negotiated Installment Purchase
- Medium Rise Building
Human Development refers to urban poor acquiring more capabilities and enjoy more opportunities to use those capabilities, somehow it's a process of enlarging or increasing people's choices and opportunities to access basic social services.
PCUP undertakes the following activities on social preparation:
On Asset Reform:
- Information, Education and Communication
- Community Organizing
- Conflict Management
- Multi-Sectoral Dialogue
- Advocacy or People's Participation
On Human Development and Basic Services
- Basic orientation on programs and projects of the government
- Linkages with concerned government agencies for urban poor access to health services, education, legal counselling, and basic facilities like water, electricity.
On Employment and Livelihood
- Reinventing their values
- Enhancing individual's existing line of work through skills training that will upgrade their abilities for livelihood and employment
- Facilitate the funding of urban poor livelihood programs and projects.
4. Capability Building
This is conducted through trainings. It aims to increase awareness of the urban poor on the laws, programs and services to enable them to avail themselves of greater opportunities for a better life.
The training is intended to enhance the capacity of the urban poor towards:
- a meaningful participation
- an active partnership with government in social and economic development
- eloquent articulation of their aspirations and recommendations in an appropriate manner and in a proper forum
- a self-reliant UPO and urban poor communities
- acquiring an important tool in decision making
The training modules include the following:
- Leadership Skills
- Organizational Management
- Paralegal Training
- Conflict Management
- Values Management
- Gender and Development
5. Monitoring of Demolition and Eviction
FODs coordinates with:
- The courts to know the schedule of impending court-ordered demolition
- The local government agencies and other government entities for demolition involving infrastructure projects and those affecting urban poor living in danger areas.
Among others, these involve the following undertakings:
- Presides over the conduct of pre-demolition conference prior to the conduct of demolition.
- Monitors all demolition and eviction involving underprivileged and homeless citizens whether administrative, summary or pursuant to court order.
- Monitoring of Resettlement Sites
- Documents and prepares demolition and eviction reports for submission to the Office of the President, and other concerned agencies. Reports include, among others, compliance or non-compliance with the pertinent laws on demolition and eviction.
- Submits quarterly reports to the President.
Consultation is regularly conducted with the urban poor to bring to fore and validate their issues and needs and identify their policy and program recommendations. The urban poor's policy and program recommendations are formulated or embodied in a resolution which they themselves drafted at the end of a forum or consultation.
These urban poor recommendations are then processed by PCUP for policy recommendations and for submission to concerned agencies for approval and implementation.
Thereafter, PCUP gives feedback to the urban poor on the intervention or action taken on their recommendations.
PCUP takes the lead in the celebration of Urban Poor Solidarity Week (UPSW) in compliance with Presidential Proclamation No. 367 declaring December 2-8 as Urban Poor Solidarity Week.
UPSW aims to:
- understand better the issues and problems of urbanization, urban poverty, squatting and other related concerns.
- foster unity, dialogues and cooperation among government agencies, non-government organizations, and urban poor communities towards alleviation of urban poverty.