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Capiz fisherfolk to undergo livelihood training

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (4 April) -- A livelihood training for fishermen of Barangay Barra here who were greatly affected by tropical storm Seniang in December 2006 has been set by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) on April 11-12 in line with its Self-Employment Assistance - Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program.

The upcoming training is part of the continuing assistance by the city government particularly in its coastal barangays to uplift the lives and arm the entrepreneurial spirit of the poor.

The CSWDO has also trained 23 fisherfolks from Barangay Dumulog here last month.

The skills training and other micro-entrepreneurial campaigns of the city government support President Gloria Macapagal - Arroyo's Hunger Mitigation Program that is being implemented by the Anti-Hunger Task Force.

"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," said Press Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye.

The President ordered during the recent National Nutrition Council (NNC) Board Meeting to fast track and improve 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.

"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.

Bunye added that "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." (PIA) [top]

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