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PGMA’s anti-hunger program beefed up

Manila (2 April) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the release of P4 billion as additional fund for the government’s ant-hunger program beefing up the previously released P1 billion fund as part of the social payback in view of the economic growth of the country.

In a statement, Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman Ignacio Bunye explained that the drive to cut hunger is a centerpiece of the social payback on economic growth, and will be implemented side by side with a strong skills training and micro-enterprise campaign to get at the root of poverty in a comprehensive manner.

He said the P1 billion allocated for the anti-hunger program will continue to be beefed up primarily to make sure children are up on their feet and fit for school every morning, but their families will also be served with a menu of interventions to lift them up through jobs and enterprise.

“The idea is to make poor families captains of their fate, so that they can be prime movers of nation-building as members of a strong middle class.”

In the case of the Food-for-School program under the anti-hunger effort of the government, the distribution of basic food items to school-children will now be administered by the church or church organizations on weekly-basis, thereby feeding not only the children but their parents as well.

Also included in the hunger mitigation program is the Food-for-Work scheme where the poor and unemployed are given community-centered jobs.

President Arroyo has already given instructions to ensure transparency in the use of funds against hunger. (PIA—MMIO) [top]

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