CUPCZ gears up for Urban Poor Summit PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 September 2012 14:26

The Citywide Urban Poor Council of Zamboanga (CUPCZ) headed by its chairman Roy D. Barte is in the thick of preparations for its participation in the upcoming Mindanao Urban Poor Summit scheduled for September 5-8, 2012 in Davao City.

Barte announced yesterday that the CUPCZ, the biggest urban poor group with 140 member-associations in Zamboanga City, has been conducting series of activities for the benefits of its members, primarily to discuss issues and concerns that will be brought up during the Mindanao summit.

Barte further said that he met with CUPCZ officers last August 28 in preparations for their participation in the Mindanao summit, during which he will represent the urban poor sector of Zamboanga City.

According to him, the Mindanao summit is also in preparation for the National Urban Poor Summit scheduled sometime in December this year, when the country will celebrate the Urban Poor Solidarity Week.

A survey conducted by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) showed that Zamboanga City is home to 62,262 urban poor families, of which 10,316 families have so far been reached by the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUC) through the different urban poor groups that included the CUPCZ headed by Barte.

The survey refers urban poor to individuals or families in urban areas with incomes below the poverty line as defined by the NSCB. They are considered as integral part of society and are partners in urbanization and industrialization.

They are the mass market of industry; a great consumer of food and medicines, RTW, comics and movies, and they are also the source of political power; when they exercise their right to elect local provincial, regional and national officials. — Vic Larato