Multi-sec­tor move­ment up­lifts over 10,000 ex­tremely poor fam­i­lies

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Since its be­gin­nings in 2015, Zero Ex­treme Poverty Philip­pines 2030 (ZEP) has now reached 10,000 ex­tremely poor fam­i­lies na­tion­wide, in­clud­ing in­for­mal set­tlers, farm­ers, fish­er­folk, and indige­nous peo­ples who are con­sid­ered some of the most marginal­ized sec­tors in the Philip­pines.

ZEP is a coali­tion of non-gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties that aims to re­duce ex­treme poverty in the Philip­pines by 2030. It has in­ter­ven­tions and pro­grams in 109 cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties from 33 prov­inces in 15 re­gions across the coun­try.

To cre­ate a sus­tain­able and long-term plan to help ex­tremely poor fam­i­lies be­come self-suf­fi­cient, ZEP pushes for multi-sec­tor col­lab­o­ra­tion from var­i­ous pub­lic and pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions. Col­lec­tive im­pact from the con­ver­gence of ini­tia­tives from ZEP’s seven clus­ters helped achieve self­suf­fi­ciency and in­clu­sive pros­per­ity in the com­mu­ni­ties that they as­sist. The seven clus­ters are: Health, Ed­u­ca­tion, Liveli­hood, En­vi­ron­ment, Hous­ing and Shel­ter, Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries, and Part­ner­ships for Indige­nous Peo­ples.

“All the in­ter­ven­tions we bring to the com­mu­ni­ties that we part­ner with are based from their ar­tic­u­lated needs and what they hope to achieve for their fam­i­lies,” said Ben­jamin Aba­di­ano, ZEP Head Sec­re­tariat. “The is­sue on poverty is multi-di­men­sional. This is the ra­tio­nale be­hind the col­lab­o­ra­tive as­pect of our work— bring­ing to­gether the ex­per­tise and re­sources of dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions to con­vey trans­for­ma­tional change to th­ese fam­i­lies and break the cy­cle of poverty.”

ZEPis call­ing for non­govern­ment en­ti­ties, cor­po­rate foun­da­tions and­cor­po­ra­tions, and other poverty al­le­vi­a­tion ad­vo­cates to join the dif­fer­ent the­matic clus­ters and en­roll their pro­grams to be part of the move­ment, or to bring ZEP to more cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties as lo­cal con­ven­ers. In­di­vid­u­als can also help by link­ing ZEP to po­ten­tial part­ners or through pledges and do­na­tions.

“Whether big or small, ev­ery­one can help. We can suc­cess­fully achieve zero poverty through the spirit of col­lab­o­ra­tion and col­lec­tive im­pact. At ZEP, we be­lieve that as Filipinos we can build on our di­ver­sity to be more in­clu­sive and en­sure that no fam­ily is left be­hind,” said Aba­di­ano.

COALI­TION. Zero Ex­treme Poverty Philip­pines 2030 (ZEP) coali­tion mem­bers from dif­fer­ent non-gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties, civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions, cor­po­rate foun­da­tions, and ad­vo­cacy groups along with part­ner com­mu­ni­ties come to­gether at their 3rd Gen­eral As­sem­bly led by ZEP Co-Chair­per­sons Philip­pine Busi­ness for So­cial Progress (PBSP) Pres­i­dent Bro. Ar­min Luistro and As­sisi Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (ADF) Chair­per­son Amb. Howard Dee.

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