Who we are?

URBAN POOR ASSOCIATES (UPA) is a non-government organization registered with the Philippine government. It was established in 1992. Since then it has educated thousands of families on housing rights matters and assisted communities in eviction crises all over Metro Manila. It has helped over fifty thousand (50,000) families to relocate in-city, or at least remain as they were, or find better relocation than government originally offered.
It has been reponsible for more than a thousand stories that have appeared in the Manila dailies, 150 TV stories and 850 radio interviews.

Mission

UPA works with the urban poor communities and its stakeholders to attain land tenure, housing and basic services including jobs, health and education.

Social Vision

A just, humane and democratic society where the urban poor are empowered, are respected and play an active role in decision-making in the city and nation.

Goal

Achieved a certain degree of power for the urban poor where they can influence the decision-making process that affects their lives, where they experience a finer quality of life and are guided by a sense of common good.

Our Team

ALICIA GENTOLIA-MURPHY
Executive Director

ALFREDO BERNARTE, JR.
Deputy Executive Director

ATTY. BIENVENIDO SALINAS, JR
ATTY. RITCHE ESPONILLA
Legal Counsels, St. Thomas More Law Center

ANDY MARCELINO
JOSE ALEGRO TORRELLA
MARLON LLOVIDO
JESSA MARGALLO
ARWIN ATENTAR
FRANCIS ROSANES
HAIDEE COLINTABO
Community Organizers

PRINCESS ASUNCION-ESPONILLA
Media Liaison Person

GRACELY HORTINELA
LUCILA SUDUESTE
Crisis Intervention Support

IVY SHELLA ESPINELI-PAGUTE
LAARNI JOSIELEAH SALANGA
Coordinators for Special Projects

MARIA FE ALARCIO
MARY GRACE BAUTISTA
RICARDO GENTOLIA
DOMINADOR FUENTES
Administrative Support

Board of Trustees

TEODORO KATIGBAK
Former HUDCC Chairman, 1987
CHAIRPERSON

DR. MARY RACELIS
Faculty Member, Ateneo Sociology and Anthropology Department
VICE-CHAIRPERSON

MERCEDES VERZOSA-GERLOCK
Co-founder, Coalition of Services of the Elderly

LUCILA MALIBIRAN
Executive Director, CO Multiversity

ALICIA GENTOLIA-MURPHY
Executive Director
Urban Poor Associates