NEDA calls for concerted effort to cut poverty

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A unit of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) urged the relevant agencies of the government, the private sector and the poor to take a concerted effort to intervene in reducing poverty in the country to the target 18 percent to 20 percent range by 2016.

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The initiative should ensure the factors limiting the poor’s participation in economic growth are addressed at the provincial level, the NEDA Social Development
Committee-Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster (SDC-HDPRC) said.

“Simply waiting on growth to trickle down to the poor would amount to social injustice.

Hence, we need to be more precise in our interventions, even our interventions to promote economic growth to ensure that it will be inclusive,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director General Arsenio Balisacan said in a recent speech in Cebu City.

Balisacan said many Filipinos remain poor but the government will ensure inclusive growth is achieved through substantial engagement and strong partnership with the private sector and the poor people themselves.

He delivered his speech last week in Cebu City in one of a series of activities under the government’s Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program (ASAPP).

The program is conducted in nine more pilot provinces, namely Pangasinan, Quezon, Camarines Sur, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Leyte, Zamboanga del Sur, Davao del Sur, and Sulu. Selected cities and municipalities in the 10 provinces, where poverty incidence is at its highest, are classified as Category 1 in the Updated Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.

The ASAPP aims to significantly reduce poverty incidence among the population to 18 percent 20 percent in 2016 by creating income opportunities for the poor and enhancing their employability.

NEDA Deputy Director General Margarita Songco said the socioeconomic planning body will try to address gaps with government intervention and support from the private sector to create massive employment so that those currently considered below the poverty threshold can be included in the growth process.

“We don’t need grand projects. What we need are doable targets for the private sector, and enabling environment and commitment from the government to encourage businesses to hire the vulnerable and source inputs from them,” she said.

The agency added that other ASAPP model involves employing the poor in government programs and projects, such as in public works, shelter and facilities improvement, as well as education, health and nutrition, and ecological management programs.

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3 Comments

  1. leo_mar111 on

    What was aKKKino’s program for poverty reduction is his Dole-out sytem which creates mendicancy. A program for a lazy president who do not know how to think. By just carelssly giving away taxpayers money requires no brain. and that is what happened in the past five years. More than half of the population are languishing in the poverty level. the first time in history that poverty is at its best in the life of the people. Maraming kurap maraming mahihirap.

  2. Poverty is a vicious cycle. Education and decent jobs, two things that can prevent it. If Filipinos have free and decent education they have better chances to have decent jobs. If people can earn enough salary to support their family they can have better lives. If there are enough decent jobs for the people they would have better living conditions.

  3. sonny dela cruz on

    The government should create a new cabinet department called “DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES & WELFARE. This department will see to it that the programs for the poor Filipinos are being implemented and reduce hunger in the country. It is a kind of a WELFARE SYSTEM but it is regulated and monitored that no one will be hungry and their children will be in school and not on the street helping their family for day to day survival. How do you regulate the program and be sure everyone will benefit from it. I have a recommendation, maybe it will work in a simple form. Categorized or classify by their standard way of live, say (POOR & SENIOR CITIZEN) – (VERY POOR) – (VERY VERY POOR) on the vertical side, on the horizontal side, it will be (FAMILY – 1 Child) (FAMILY – 2 KIDS) UP TO 5 KIDS MAX. There should have a study on how much a family can spend for food only per day; say a family with one child will eat at P100.00/day, with a total of P3,000.00/month. The welfare check is for food only and nothing more. The government plus the private sector through donations which is tax deductible will help finance the program. Abolish Barangay from the constitution and the budget allocated for the barangays should be diverted to this program. 40% of LOTTERY INCOME should be allocated to this program also. Doing this I think we are in the right direction to combat hunger in the country.