The National Urban Poor Sectoral Council of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NUPSC-NAPC) Appeal to the President of the Philippines
Hoping and praying that you can be on the side of justice and truth as we continue the struggle to build a better Philippine society.
Very truly and respectfully yours,
The PHILSSA Statement in Support of Rodrigo "Boy" Olarte and Katotohanan, Pagkakaisa at Serbisyo (KPS)
Boy Olarte and KPS have been passionate advocates of the urban poor sector, working with community organizations and sectoral federations and engaging with government institutions and officials in the city/municipality, provincial, regional and national levels. As part of his advocacy and sectoral engagement, Boy ran and was elected for two (2) consecutive terms (1995 to 2001) as City Councilor of General Santos City under the Party of PDP-LABAN. He had also been actively engaging for almost two decades now, with the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), the national machinery for poverty alleviation of the disadvantaged basic sectors under the Office of the President. As an active long-time Mindanao Representative in the National Urban Poor Sectoral Council (NUPSC), Boy Olarte and KPS have passed resolutions benefitting the urban poor sector all over the country.
In all these years that PHILSSA have worked with both KPS and Boy Olarte, they have exemplified passion, commitment and integrity in their programs, services and advocacies for the urban poor sector, in general, and for informal settler families/communities in General Santos City, Region XII and Mindanao, in particular.
PHILSSA fears that the search of the KPS premises and the arrest of Boy Olarte will unnecessarily affect the programs and services of KPS as a social development institution, as well as the advocacies and other activities of their partner urban poor groups in General Santos City and nearby areas. Likewise, we are concerned that all these will also affect the health of Boy, given his age and medical condition.
PHILSSA reiterates its support to KPS and Boy Olarte for their continuing efforts for community service and development.
PHILSSA deplores the search of KPS premises and the eventual arrest of Boy.
Moreover, PHILSSA hopes for the restoration of justice and his immediate release.