Urban poor are Filipinos residing in urban areas that are forced to live in the most inhuman
condition. The workers and semi-workers comprise the urban poor sector. They endure worst
forms of exploitation for them to have even just a meager income for their family.


They are those who “cannot afford in a sustained manner to provide their minimum basic needs of food, health, education, housing and other
essential amenities of life” 1 due to below subsistence wage, lack of employment and insufficient jobs and inadequate social spending.
1 Section 3 of the RA 8425 of 1997 (Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act)

non-profit resource
institution for the
Filipino urban poor

UPRCP aims to develop a critical, scientific and
pro-poor analysis of socio-economic issues.

CineMaralita is a film
festival featuring short
and full-length films

both factual documentaries and fictional narratives
that highlight the condition and continuing
struggles of the Philippine urban poor.

Urban Poor Resource Center of the Philippines, Inc.

Established in 2010, Urban Poor Resource Center of the Philippines, Incorporated (UPRCP) is a non-stock, non-profit resource institution for the Filipino urban poor. It seeks to help shape public discourse and policy in favor of urban poor interests and aspirations through its programs, in the pursuit of realizing genuine national development and ending poverty.


One of the concrete problems faced by parents from the urban poor communities every school year is the difficulty in providing school supplies for their children. It is always a struggle for parents to provide for their children due to very meager daily income.

In this light, the Urban Poor Resource Center of the Philippines, under the Projects and Services Program, conducted its second, "The School Bag Project." Launched last year, the School Bag Project aims to distribute school bags with basic school supplies to urban poor children in the elementary level.

For this school year, more than 300 school bags with basic school supplies were distributed to school children of Pechayan, Camarin, Caloocan CIty; Plastikan, Dona Nicasia, Brgy. Commonwealth, QC; Sitio San Roque, Brgy. Bagong Pag-asa, QC and; Kasiglahan Village, Montalban, Rizal. Turnover ceremonies took place on June 11, June 12 and June 18.

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Programs of UPRCP


UPRCP conducts researches on key urban poor issues and concerns and presents this information from a critical, scientific and pro-poor perspective, in order to raise awareness of the realities of urban poverty and to guide public discussion in this regard.

Education and Cultural Development

UPRCP supports urban poor communities in their efforts to foster a culture that is progressive, nationalist, scientific and pro-genuine national development.

Projects and Services

UPRCP also launches projects with urban poor organizations as its beneficiaries. As a resource center, UPRCP seeks to continuously facilitate capacity-building and socio-economic projects that will contribute in empowering the urban poor.

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