Malacañang on Sunday said the country can cope very well with the fresh strategies forged by world leaders to end poverty around the world by the year 2030, noting that the government has already embarked on massive poverty eradication programs even before the adoption by the United Nations of the new set of objective to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
“We join the UN in its efforts to address the problem of poverty. Under the leadership of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, we improved and further developed existing social programs, particularly the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps),” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan.
The Palace official boasted that the 4Ps, which is a conditional cash transfer program for the poor, was recently billed as the “largest and best targeted social safety net program in the world.”
The UN on Friday adopted the “most comprehensive anti-poverty plan ever” that contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets.
The new targets will replace the MDG that will expire this year. The new set of plans is believed to end poverty, ensure healthy lives, promote education and combat climate change, at a cost of between $3.5 and $5 trillion per year for the next 15 years.
According to Coloma, the Aquino government this early has helped millions of Filipinos escape from poverty through the CCT program. From a low of 360,000 family sin 2008, the CCT now has around 4.5 million family-beneficiaries.
“We will continue and further improve the fight against poverty so that nobody will be left behind in the country’s growth,” he stressed.