LUMABAN KA: A new alliance for urban poor’s struggle for socio-economic rights and political empowerment
LUMABAN KA (To Fight) or Lakas at Ugnayan ng mga Maralita Laban sa Kahirapan (Strength and Unity of the Poor Against Poverty) is an alliance of various urban poor associations that is currently preparing for its launching congress on December 2007, in time for the Urban Poor Week commemoration.
An offshoot of an urban poor conference held on February 25-26, 2007, the participants decided to forge stronger unity through an alliance that will sustain and strengthen their struggle for housing rights, basic services delivery, employment and political participation.
There is a total of 138 associations that is part of the process of building the alliance that are operating in urban communities of Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan City, Malabon, Valenzuela, Bulacan, Muntinlupa, Makati, Antipolo, Las Pinas, Laguna and Cavite.
A council of leaders was set up to act as the coordinating structure of the alliance. It formed an adhoc structure and named Mr. Rey Ablay as the Adhoc (acting) Chair. Mr. Ablay is the President of the Home Along the Riles Federation (HARF) in Muntinlupa.
CPE acts as the secretariat in the formation of the alliance. LUMABAN KA, will actively participate in the processes of National Urban Poor Coalition (NUPCO), an urban poor broad network that is affiliated with Laban ng Masa (Struggle of the Masses).