Cebu Labor Education Advocacy and Research Center (CLEAR)
CLEAR Bldg., SDC Compd., P. Burgos St., Centro Mandaue City
TEL. /FAX: (032) 420-8884 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2000, CLEAR decided to use other action strategies in building transformative communities where people can have rightful access to their basic needs, CLEAR, engages local government units (LGUs) on participatory governance. Its showcase is Mandaue City, a highly urbanized city that sits right in the belly of Metro Cebu. Mandaue is one among the twelve prime cities nationwide chosen by the United Nations Millennium Development Declaration (a.k.a Millennium Development Goals) which sets goals and targets for human development. Of the eight goals identified, one is to “end poverty and hunger”. The Millennium Development Goals have provided countries all over the world the blueprint for their development agenda and direction.
In the light of the challenges to build the urban poor capacity to demand from government to a fair, timely ,adequate and efficient delivery of basic services such as socialized housing much still has to be done. More than seven thousand (7,000) households are believed living in informal settlements and most are dwelling in makeshift and located in danger zone areas. Mandaue City is hosts to over 10,000 industrial and commercial locators, making it the “ little rich city” in the country. But despite being an economic driver of the province growth, the city is still faced with homelessness and low-income issues, if not mass unemployment, among others..
CLEAR has been in community-based organizing to further its advocacies. It is continuously empowering communities of working people in resolving their issues on threats of demolition or eviction, perennial lack of income, low wages, job security and poor basic services. Several worker unions and dozen of poor community organizations assisted by CLEAR fought hard but later succumbed to legal cases and tenurial issues. Their legitimate rights and just causes terribly lost.
With the sustainability issue largely taking place integrated livelihood program with those in the lower income bracket assumed increasing importance as one of the means to ensure economic survival while stressing the development of skills and human capital. Notwithstanding, they are the big losers during times of crisis and natural calamities.
The challenge for sustainable human development remains daunting and steadfast.. To respond effectively to the emerging needs of addressing urban poverty issues, CLEAR, finally come-up with these livelihood projects for funding by the Department of Labor and Employment 7 agency’s DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program(DILP).