The com­mis­sion to fo­cus in Min­danao where poverty in­ci­dence is high at 40 per­cent

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP STORIES - BY RANDIE COMILANG / Re­porter

The Na­tional Anti-Poverty Com­mis­sion's (NAPC) five-year de­vel­op­ment plan from 2019 to 2023 or 'Sam­bayani­han, Ser­bisy­ong, Sam­bayanan' (SSS) aims to re­duce poverty in­ci­dence in the coun­try by seven per­cent.

"Sam­bayani­han, Ser­bisy­ong Sam­bayanan is ba­si­cally a pro­gram that will af­fect the lives of the peo­ple on the ground," NAPC re­search team head Fer­nando Cao said dur­ing Min­danao Op­er­a­tions Strate­gic Plan: Re­duc­ing Poverty by 2022 press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, Jan­uary 11, 2018.

NAPC Sec­re­tary lawyer Noel K. Fe­longco said that their project will be fo­cus­ing in Min­danao since the poverty in­ci­dence is high in the is­land at 40 per­cent sur­pass­ing the poverty in­ci­dence of the coun­try by 21.6 per­cent as of 2015.

Fe­longco added that the com­po­nents of the SSS are pro­vid­ing in­for­mal set­tler fam­i­lies and ur­ban poor with ba­sic ser­vices and ac­cess to cli­mate-re­spon­sive dwelling, liveli­hood and em­ploy­ment; de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tive in­fra­struc­ture and fi­nanc­ing mech­a­nisms to the ru­ral poor; strength­en­ing ru­ral-ur­ban agro-eco­nomic value chains; se­cur­ing the health and gen­eral well-be­ing of poor com­mu­ni­ties; en­hanc­ing food se­cu­rity; and Min­danao Spe­cial De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram.

He said they are propos­ing in dif­fer­ent lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGU) the es­tab­lish­ment of Provin­cial Con­sul­ta­tive Body for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the com­po­nents of SSS where dif­fer­ent agen­cies along with 14 ba­sic sec­tors to iden­tify the prob­lems in their places and to ap­ply the res­o­lu­tion to the prob­lems.

He added that the tar­gets of the pro­gram are 14 ba­sic sec­tors which are their part­ners such as the farm­ers, fish­er­men, Indige­nous Peo­ples, ur­ban poor, teens, women, per­sons with dis­abil­ity, in­for­mal work­ers, for­mal work­ers, co­op­er­a­tives, non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, youths and stu­dents, and vic­tims of dis­as­ters and calami­ties.

“Tu­long tu­long tayo dito, hindi gob­y­erno lang ang gagawa, tay­ong la­hat ang mag­bubuhat ng at­ing ba­hay para dal­hin sa lig­tas na lu­gar (Let's all help one an­other, it's not just the job of the gov­ern­ment),” Cao said.

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