For two consecutive years, in 2022 and 2023, Talisay City gets accorded the Natatanging Lingkod Maralita Award which is a category for local government units with respect to their efforts in alleviating poverty.
Such an award was given by the Presidential Commission for Urban Poor or the PCUP during the commencement of the Urban Poor Solidarity Week in Quezon City last December 7. The PCUP is a body that assesses urban poverty issues regarding housing and demolitions. These are ongoing problems in the country which the poor grapple with, and the demand by the masses for government units to offer assistance in their plight is at an all-time-high.
Informal settlers are the most vulnerable stakeholders in this issue because of the fragility of their mere ability to reside in a home. This has a lot to do with the lack of urban planning as well as pro-poor policies.
Talisay City has been one that stood out in helping their urban poor according to the PCUP with their given programs. It also received recognition as the Most Outstanding LGU in the Implementation of the Philippine Population Development Program (PPDP) after yielding the Adolescent Health and Development (AHD), Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP) and Population and Development (POPDEV) to its local residents.
Being a third class component city in the province of Cebu, Talisay still managed to put its best foot forward, and Talisaynons take pride in receiving the award back-to-back.