Senator refers ADB study in proposal for creation of urban poor commission
Sen. Joseph Victor G. Ejercito, citing an Asian Development Bank (ADB) study, prodded Congress to front-load
the passage of a law creating a National Commission for the Urban Poor, with marching orders
to address socialized housing problems, among other major concerns.
In filing Senate Bill (SB) 2074, Ejercito, chairman of the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement,
stressed the need to pursue “participatory governance” in formulating policies for the urban poor and fulfill the commission’s role in poverty reduction.
“Alleviating poverty is one of the primary thrust of the government,” he said on Wednesday, noting that while
there are many factors attributable to the state of poverty, an ADB study in 2009 said “the poor remain poor
because they cannot borrow against future earnings to invest in education, skills, new crops and entrepreneurial activities.”
Ejercito added: “It is stated that they are cut off from economic activity because many property rights, public
safety and infrastructure are said to be ‘underprovided’ and these people lack information about market opportunities.”
Rundown of chosen people
Besides, the senator asserted in a news statement that “clearly, these factors are manifestations of disproportionate and inaccessible opportunities in the society.”
While Ejercito’s SB 2074 would make a National Commission for the Urban Poor as the “central facilitator”
in tending to mingled lodging issues, the representative recognized the proceeded with presence of the
Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor filling in as an immediate connection of urban poor to the legislature in arrangement definition and program execution.
Hence, as imagined in the bill, the proposed National Commission for the Urban Poor Act will made out of an
executive, with a rank and benefits of a departmental undersecretary. The administrator will go about as CEO
with four officials speaking to the National Capital Region (NCR), Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao to give the rank and benefits of partner secretaries of an office.
Ejercito said that his bill additionally gives “they will name by the President from among the rundown of
chosen people put together by an appropriately sorted out and authorize urban poor association or establishments
with national and territorial voting demographics and will serve a three-year term.”
The congressperson included an official chief incorporated into the organization of the commission with a term
of one year, subject to yearly reappointment.
Aside from safe house related undertakings, the commission additionally entrusted to arrange with the Department of
Further, Environment and Natural Resources in taking estimates that will design and direct urban exercises for the preservation
and assurance of crucial, one of a kind and delicate biological community.