DILG-NCR holds convergence rally for ISFs

March 25, 2013 photo shows NCR Dir Brion talks before participants to the convergence rally

The Department of the Interior and Local Government – National Capital Region (DILG-NCR), conducted a Multi-Stakeholders’ Convergence Rally for the Shelter Needs of Informal Settler Families along NCR Waterways  recently  at the Marikina Convention Center in Marikina City.

The one-day event was the culminating activity of the series of collaborative consultations with the stakeholders from January 16 to 23, 2013.

Geared towards the goal of mainstreaming participatory approach in addressing the housing needs of the Informal Settler Families (ISFs), two hundred fifty-three (253) participants converged towards achieving a specific goal that will ensure the promotion of human dignity and support human development especially among our brothers and sisters from the marginalized sector of our society. The event also became an avenue for an exchange of ideas and proposals for the improvement the Peoples’ Shelter Plan.

Marikina City Vice Mayor Jose Fabian I. Cadiz graced the event and welcomed all the participants in behalf of Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman.

DILG-NCR Regional Director Renato L. Brion then expressed his appreciation to the participants and conveyed his message of hope that through participation, knowledge-sharing and unity among the participants, they will be able to come up with ways and solutions to address the problems and issues concerning the ISF.

Director Virgilio Castro of the National Barangay Operations Office discussed the DILG Framework for Policy and Action on Informal Settler Families’ Concerns while Atty. Rizaldy C. Mariano from the DILG Legal Office presented the DILG Issuances in the Prevention of Proliferation of Professional Squatters and Squatting Syndicates, to further equip the participants with information that will guide them for the workshop output required for them to accomplish for the day.

Key officials from various sectors involved with the program joined the event, from national government agencies (NGAs) to non-government organizations (NGOs) and peoples’ organizations (POs), local government units (LGUs) to the academe and professional organizations to faith-based group.  They all gathered to achieve the advocacy of their groups as well as to attain the overall objective of the program. Representatives of the stakeholders also presented their roles, contributions and recommendations for the program.

The participants were grouped into five (5) thematic areas according to their preference; Empowerment and Capacity Building, Financing and Resource Mobilization, Construction, Technical Assistance and the May 15, 2013 Preventive Evacuation of ISFs on top and along waterways. Each group discussed their proposed action plans for the effective and efficient implementation of the program, each group then presented their workshop output.

Before concluding the event, the participants also pledged their commitment to the program, to help push forward solutions to the housing needs of the Informal Settler Families.