Jaime Fresnedi, Mayor of the City of Muntinlupa , honorable members
of Muntinlupa City Council, dear citizens of Muntinlupa City, Representatives
of Non-Governmental Organizations and People’s Organizations, Distinguished
Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
am honoured to be here with you today to participate in this important
event. I would like to thank Honourable Jaime Frenedi, Mayor of
the City of Muntinlupa, the honorable members of Muntinlupa City
Council, and the citizens of Muntinlupa City, for inviting me to
visit your City and see directly the impressive accomplishments
that you have achieved here to the benefit of the underprivileged
members of your community.
you know, I am visiting your marvellous country to participate in
the launch of an important and unprecedented event that UN-HABITAT
has had the honour to contribute to. It is the simultaneous launching
of the two Campaigns for Secure Tenure and Good Urban Governance.
Indeed, these Campaigns have already been launched in a few countries
separately, and their implementation has clearly indicated that
they should be seen as two component of the same objective: making
cities of the world inclusive and open to all their citizens, first
among them the Urban Poor.
visit of today is clearly confirming that UN-HABITAT was right in
supporting the launch of these two campaigns in the Philippines.
This celebration of seven years of cityhood of Muntinlupa and the
experience of the Socialised Housing Programme that I was introduced
to indicate clearly that we have the right partners in this Country,
and in this City; partners who have the capacity and the will to
successfully implement a challenging initiative.
this Programme indicates that the Philippines and the City of Muntinlupa
have fully internalised the Habitat Agenda and the principles of
the two Campaigns.
what I have seen, I understand that this Programme is translating
your belief in the virtue of collective effort as the basis of a
sound strategy for housing the urban poor. This is based on a number
of commendable principles that are key to your success.
the involvement of all partners in the design and
implementation of the Program. This concerns Government agencies,
NGO’s, and most importantly People’s organisations. They are key
stakeholders and best designated to carry out the important advocacy
component you have chosen to develop. It is our experience that
advocacy implies a participatory approach that should necessarily
and directly involve the urban poor, as well as many other partners
such as the private sector, central and local administration and
potential financial contributors.
the mobilisation of financial resources and the securing of innovative
financing schemes that address the needs of the urban poor,
is another crucial priority. It is encouraging to know that you
have developed very interesting models and used several complementary
options including ADB funding, private sector, community mortgage
funds as well as beneficiaries’ contributions. Concerning the beneficiaries
of this programme, it is indeed very important to consider the urban
poor as full actors in this process. They have indeed proven that,
when given security of tenure and hope in the future they are most
of land that is affordable to the urban poor and well
located is essential for the future of the cities. Your Programme
has made land available through judicious interim banking mechanisms
which again demonstrates that the programme is sound.
you have given to institutional and capacity building the necessary
consideration and today’s event is, in my view, part of this training,
capacity building and sensitisation process.
this juncture I wish to strongly recommend that your already important
accomplishments find in the Campaigns for Urban Governance and Secure
Tenure the instruments that will give your Programme here in Muntinlupa,
as well as other programmes throughout the country, the necessary
additional support for further successes. You are obviously on the
right track. I am sure that the principles of the campaigns that
you have adopted, including granting secure tenure to the underprivileged,
gender equity, negotiated resettlements when this becomes necessary,
participatory governance, devolution, transparency, etc, will increase
the momentum of your actions and will lead your citizens toward
a brighter future.
wish to commend the accomplishments that your city has achieved
to date. Beyond the number of housing projects that have already
been made available, I want to underscore what I see as the most
important feature of this Program: it gives to the urban poor a
right to the city and restores their dignity. This is rightly enshrined
in the vision that underlines the Programme, "
a model of proactive, sustainable and God-centered multi-sectoral
organization addressing the housing needs of the homeless and underprivileged
citizens of the City of Muntinlupa , through the active participation
of all stakeholders". I recognise here the fundamental
principles of both the Campaign for Secure Tenure and the Campaign
on Urban Governance.
know that this experience has been acknowledged in the Galling Pook
Award and Best Practices of the League of Cities. I see that these
distinctions are well deserved. They honour your city, and I will
simply like to end by thanking all those who are involved in this
programme for doing such a good job.