UCRP Conducts Annual Justice & Peace Forum
AS PART of the University Week Celebration, the Institute for Social Development Issues and Initiatives at the USA Coordinating Center for Research and Publications (UCRP) conducted its annual justice and peace forum on 15 February 2011 at the USA Bar Review Room.
Now on its eighth year, the forum was on “Community-Driven Land Tenure Strategies: The Experience of the Homeless People’s Federation of the Philippines (HPFP), Inc.” The forum resource persons were Atty. Jason Rayos Co, legal support staff of the Philippine Alliance for Community-led Shelter Initiatives, Inc. (PACSII), and, Ms. Sonia Cadornigara, Regional Coordinator of the Homeless People’s Federation of the Philippines, Inc.
Atty. Co made a presentation on the experiences of HPFPI in Iloilo City, Cebu City and Mindanao, in improving the housing and tenure security of the urban poor. Ms. Cadornigara gave inputs on the most recent engagements of the network with the Iloilo City government.
HPFP is a nationwide social movement for community-led secure tenure, housing, and risk management initiatives. It is composed of urban poor community organizations with approximately 70,000 members in one hundred sixty community associations. PACSII is an intermediary support institution to the HPFPI. Organized and registered in July 2002 as a non-profit NGO, it provides technical, finance, and legal support to the HPFPI. Both organizations are institutional partners of the University of San Agustin.