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Pres. Duterte’s new choice to head Commission for Urban Poor

| December 17, 2017


Efren Geronimo Peñaflorida Jr. of “pushcart classroom” and CNN 2009 Hero of the Year awardee is Pres. Duterte’s new choice to head the Presidential Commission on Urban Poor (PCUP).

Duterte instructed Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go to look for Mr. Efren Penaflorida, and ask him regarding the Chief Executive’s offer for him to join the Administration.

Per the President’s speech last night before the Davao media, PRRD has expressed his desire to appoint somebody who hails from the poor and marginalized sector to the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP).

He likewise made mention that he wants someone who can contribute in solving the problems of the poor and activate pro-poor programs such as the one featured by CNN known for his “pushcart classroom.”

Efren Geronimo Peñaflorida Jr., is a teacher by profession and an advocate of education for disadvantaged children in the Philippines. He is the founder and head of the Dynamic Teen Company, which offers Filipino youth an alternative to street gangs through education, recreating school settings in unconventional locations such as cemeteries and trash dumps.

“Our planet is filled with heroes, young and old, rich and poor, man and woman, of different colors, shapes and sizes. We are one great tapestry. Each person has a hidden hero within. You just have to look inside and search for it in your heart. Be the hero to the next person in need. So, to each and every person inside this theater, and for those who are watching at home, the hero in you is waiting to be unleashed.

“Serve. Serve well. Serve others above yourself and be happy to serve. As I always tell to my co-volunteers, you are the change that you dream, as I am the change that I dream, and collectively we are the change that this world needs to be.” – Efren Geronimo Peñaflorida Jr., “Pushcart Classroom”


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