VP Leni, Sen. Kiko to sign pact with urban poor groups on Monday
Covenant details plans for in- city housing, resettlement,
pandemic recovery and assistance, among others
Presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo and running mate, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, are set to sign a covenant with the Leni Urban Poor Council (LENI UP), a coalition of urban poor organizations nationwide, that aims to address the immediate issues faced by the urban poor in the country.
The covenant signing will take place on Monday, January 31, at the Leni-Kiko Volunteer Center in Quezon City. The event will be livestreamed via the Robredo People's Council and Leni Urban Poor Facebook pages.
Robredo and Pangilinan’s programs for the urban poor – who are facing the most difficult challenges especially as the pandemic enters its third year – will be based on honest and good governance, and human rights advocacy.
Their pact with LENI UP contains concrete action steps to address in-city housing, on-site redevelopment, free housing in National Housing Authority resettlement sites, pandemic recovery and assistance, job opportunities, and the establishment of a People’s Council in all agencies concerned with infrastructure and housing to ensure that all the needs of the urban poor are met.
There are currently 4.5 million Filipinos, or equivalent to 1.8 million families, considered as urban poor in the country. Most of these individuals are included in the 25 million Filipinos who live on P50 to P100 every day, and those most affected by illness, unemployment, inflation, and calamities.
LENI UP commits to promoting agendas for the urban poor in the country and fight bribery against their sector in the upcoming elections by conveying that greater opportunities await the people under a Robredo- Pangilinan administration.
LENI UP is composed of nearly a thousand urban poor groups nationwide.
LENI UP is also set to meet with the senatorial candidates of the Leni-Kiko ticket at the volunteer center. [End]