Binay cites drop in La Union poverty

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The drop in the poverty incidence in La Union is “one of the few bright spots in the country,” Vice President Jejomar Binay said as he pledged better coordination with local government units to address poverty and hunger and develop job-generating industries in the province.

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“Natutuwa ako na umaangat ang buhay ng mamamayan ng La Union. Ipinapakita lamang nito na kung tututukan ng pamahalaan ang paglutas sa kahirapan, magagawa ito [I am happy over the improvement of the lives of the people in La Union. It shows poverty can be solved if the government puts effort on that],” the Vice President said during his visit to La Union on Friday.

Latest records from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NCSB) showed that poverty incidence in La Union dropped from 30.6 percent in 2012 to 18.5 percent in 2014.

Binay said his administration will have better coordination with local government units in the province to accelerate tourism and develop job-generating industries in La Union in order to address poverty.

“La Union is known as the surfing capital of Northern Luzon. And in order to accelerate the tourism and business development of La Union and the Ilocos Region, we will ensure better coordination with regional tourism councils and hold regular meetings,” he said.

The Vice President said the meetings will focus on aligning local land use and development plans with the national government’s to ensure the effective and efficient use of assets and other resources.

“We will consult tourism boards, local government officials, regional department heads, and representatives from non-governmental organizations,” he added.

The Vice President pledged to give La Union farmers affected by the floods caused by Typhoon Lando hybrid rice seedlings to replace the crops they lost.

Meanwhile, to address hunger, the Vice President said he will ensure a better coordination of local government units (LGUs) and the national food agencies to secure sufficiency in food production, processing, distribution and regulation.

“To ensure proper food distribution, the Department of Social Welfare and Development will assist the Department of Agriculture, other national government food agencies, and the LGUs in targeting their beneficiaries through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction,” he said.

“We believe that an integrated approach will improve the accuracy in targeting the beneficiaries,” he added.

The Vice President said his administration will also introduce mechanisms for better fund management and supervision of anti-poverty and anti-hunger programs.

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