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PIA Press Release
2007/04/02

Gov't anti-hunger program: Centerpiece of social payback – Bunye

Manila (2 April) -- Skills training and other micro-entrepreneurial campaigns would be implemented alongside the government’s Hunger Mitigation Program (HMP) to ensure its sustainability, Press Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye said today.

"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 pointed out in a statement.

In a National Nutrition Council (NNC) Board Meeting held last Friday in Malacañang, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the fast-tracking and improvement of the existing components of the HMP, including the food-for-school program (FSP), the food-for-work program and various feeding programs of the non-government and religious organizations.

Bunye said funds for the HMP would be augmented as needed to ensure that the social payback on economic growth trickles down at every level, particularly on the feeding program for children.

"The P1 billion allocated for our 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," he explained.

Eventually, Bunye said, the government’s strong skills training and micro-enterprise campaign would uplift the lives and arm the entrepreneurial spirit of the poor.

"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," Bunye said.

Meanwhile, National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Lead Convenor Domingo Panganiban said the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) would train some 180 out-of-school youths on various courses in Parola in Tondo, Manila to provide them job opportunities and improve the socio economic condition in the area.

Since January this year, Panganiban said six "Tindahan Natin" outlets were provided to qualified beneficiaries in the area.

In addition, Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza Cabral also assured that the DSWD would facilitate the upcoming enrolment in pre-elementary of the 32 pre-school children from the Musmos Day Care Center in Parola. (OPS) [top]

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