In order to embark on the construction of a livelihood proposal for an urban poor community in Pasig City, it is necessary for the group of researchers to look for institutions and organizations to assist in gathering data and counter-checking the validity of the formulated proposals. In Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City, the group worked with Kilusan at Ugnayan ng Maralitang Pasiguenos (KUMPAS) and the Pinagbuhatan Urban Poor Homeowners’ Association (PUPHA), the profiles of which will be presented in this chapter. The statement of the research problem and the research methodology will be outlined in the succeeding sections of this chapter.
Community and Institutional Backgrounder
The Kilusan at Ugnayan ng Maralitang Pasiguenos, known otherwise as KUMPAS, is the central organization of the urban poor citizens of Pasig City. The organization’s mission and vision statements are oriented towards advocating the welfare, rights, and interests of member households. In order to achieve this advocacy, KUMPAS holds activities to promote participatory governance (consultation and dialogue with local government units), education among members, housing and labor statuses, and health and health care for members.
Current activities of the organization include the provision of pre-school education for member households’ children, non-formal education (Alternative Learning Systems and skills training) for out-of-school youth and parents who were otherwise unable graduate from the formal education system. KUMPAS also aids in the representation of urban poor citizens of the city in decision-making, project implementation, and networking with local government units and other institutions. The headquarters of KUMPAS is currently in Franciscan Angel School, Palatiw, Pasig City.
The second organization approached by the group in order to conduct the study was the host community for the researchers’ immersion activities. The Pinagbuhatan Urban...