Terry Ridon was personally chosen by Presiden Rodrigo Duterte to be the new chairperson of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP). Ridon is a former Kabataan partylist representative.
Being the new chairperson, Terry Ridon vowed to adhere to the President’s policy of “no demolition without relocation” of urban poor settlements.
“We cannot allow our urban poor to wallow further in poverty by driving them out of their homes without any recourse nor assistance from government,” Ridon said in a statement.
Among Ridon’s first agenda is a eview of the relocation projects of the national and local government “to determine whether the relocation sites are adequately developed with acceptable standards for socialized housing.” This follows after his observance that many relocation sites have substandard housing facilities and infrastructure, little or no access to potable water systems, and are situated far from work opportunities and public services.
“Inadequate infrastructure and services have driven many of our relocated families back to the slums or into hazardous areas, as well,” he said.
“Many urban poor families comprise the base of employees in government and the private sector. Their welfare in terms of security of employment and living conditions are also the main priorities of the Duterte administration,” he added.
The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor is one of the agencies under the government of the Republic of the Philippines. Its main areas of business are the issues and concerns regarding the growing number of Filipinos under the poverty line who find themselves living in the cities. As such, its main function is to be of help to organizations that support and lead the urban poor.