Urban Poor Solidarity Week set Nov. 28-Dec 7 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:32

Urban Poor and Homeowner Associations as well as People’s Organizations in the city will converge for their biggest gathering from November 28 to December 7 aimed to foster friendship and camaraderie and most importantly to update members on issues affecting the sector.

Dubbed as Urban Poor Solidarity Week, the celebration will kick off at Paseo del Mar with a zumba activity on November 28 at 5:30am to be followed by the opening program with Mayor Beng Climaco and personalities from Manila gracing the event.

A shelter fair featuring all housing agencies will highlight the opening program. The fair, to be held also at Paseo del Mar, will be a whole-day activity with the participation of PAG-IBIG Home Mutual Development Fund, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), National Housing Authority (NHA), National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC), Developers’ Association and numerous others housing agencies where interested clients can inquire housing units acquisition.

Marisa Aizon, Chairperson of the Zamboanga City Homeowners and People’s Organization Federation said other activities during the week-long celebration will include the mass blood donation on December 2 with Zamboanga City Medical Center as the blood bank, Women’s Congress at the Royce Convention in Astoria Hotel on December 4 and the Leaders’ Convention on Dec. 7.

There are a total of 115 Urban Poor and Homeowners Associations and People’s organizations in Zamboanga City with over 30,000 individual members.

The opening program will also tackle the Magna Carta for Homeowners Associations, Republic Act 7279 or the Urban Development Housing Act (UDHA), Presidential proclamation process and status of requests and other updates concerning the urban poor and homeowners associations.

Mayor Beng Climaco, Councilor Percival Ramos, City Social Welfare Officer Socorro Rojas, who is the concurrent City Housing and Land Management Division Chief (vice Rodrigo Pagotaisidro), Atty. Alvin Claridades from the HUDCC Asset Reform Group and HLURB representatives are expected to attend the activity. — Sheila Covarrubias