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The City Government initiated the Cebu Urban Basic Services Programme in 1988 with the support of UNICEF, the Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor and the cooperation of several national government agency programmes as well local and national NGOs. The programme was expanded to address land tenure and housing improvement by the development of the Community Mortgage Programme in 1990. The establishment of the Local Government Code in 1992 greatly increased the autonomy and authority of city government and lays the foundation for institutionalization and replication of the Cebu poverty alleviation policies and programmes in other cities.
The City Government of Cebu, under the dynamic leadership of Mayor Tomas Osmena, has brought about a major transformation in city governance as it relates to and serves urban poor communities. Through a transformation in the philosophy, structures, policies and practices of the local government, an enabling partnerships has beenf orged among city government departments, community-based organizations, non-government or civil society organizations and the private sector. This partnership, facilitated by the Urban Basic Services Programme has been particularly effective ina ddressing the multiple aspects of urban poverty through, improving coverage, quality and participation of the poor in basic health, education and social services, expanding social welfare and vocational training programmes of the city, extending credit to informal sector and urban poor groups, through cooperation with private businesses, improvinghousing and land tenture security through the Community Mortgage Programme and support to NGOs and community-based housing associations; and special services for street children, single mothers, the disabled and destitute. Coordination of such a complex set of partnerships required the creation of a number of bodies and mechanisms such as: The Cebu Commission on the Urban Poor representing all the different groups. Despite the complexity of these inter-linked coordinating bodies, the system has a simple interface with the public. A telephone call to anyone of the service departments is referred to the appropriate person in that or any other service department of the city.
Urban Basic Services Programme implemented in 26 urban poor barangays
Structurally, new sections/offices have been created a the City Government such as the
women's desk and the child and youth section at every police station.
Dr. Tomas Fernandez , City Health Coordr
City Government of Cebu City, Philippines
Urban Basic Services Program
Lihok Pilipuna Foundation
Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor
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