The SCHOOL BAG PROJECT

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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Research

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. 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.

Through UPDATE (Urban Poor Date and Analysis), a bi-annual publication, UPRCP provides in-depth analysis of prevailing socio-economic issues.


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.

UPRCP develops educational modules on specific topics such as housing policy in the Philippines, designed for deeper understanding of urban poverty issues and discourse.

UPRCP explores different alternative forms and avenues of education and advocacy. Among these alternative education and advocacy activities are forums, symposiums and projects such as CineMaralita, a touring film festival about the Filipino urban poor and “Nanay Mameng, isang dula” a theater production that highlights the everyday struggle of the urban poor and is inspired by the life and times of the iconic urban poor leader Carmen Deunida.

UPRCP also facilitates capacity-building, art and culture education and art productions in urban poor communities and with network individuals, organizations and art and cultural associations.

For more information about the project, “Cinemaralita: A Film Festival about the Philippine Urban Poor,” please click here.

For more information about the "Nanay Mameng, isang dula", please click here. To know more about the theater production, visit its Facebook Community Page.


Projects and Services

UPRCP’s conception has its roots in the relief and rehabilitation efforts that followed Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) in 2009. Today, it continues to deliver services to poor communities such as disaster preparedness training, feeding program and alternative learning system, among others.

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.