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PIA Press Release
2007/09/17

Region 2 RNC intensifies programs against poverty

Tuguegarao City (September 17) -- The Regional Nutrition Council (RNC) continues to fight poverty in the region by intensifying its programs.

Thus vowed Rhodora Maestre, RNC Regional Coordinator who said RNC's efforts which are focused on poverty alleviation food assistance, home-school-community food production, food fortification, and micronutrient supplementation.

RNC is also strengthening its livelihood assistance to help poor families earn more to meet their basic and nutritional needs, she said.

Maestre emphasized that Cagayan Valley is not among the recipients of the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program. However, RNC will still help poor families in the region through its own resources.

The Hunger Mitigation Program which is a nationwide PGMA administration campaign aims to eradicate poverty among "food-poor" regions in the country. Regions under this program were selected based on various indicators such percentage of underweight children and adults, poverty incidence, median family income and unemployment rate.

Maestre said the government will increase food production and ensure steady food supply in the selected regions. In addition, infrastructure such as farm-to-market roads will be built to enhance the efficiency of food delivery in these areas.

Maestre said only Regions I and II did not fall under the "food-poor" areas identified to by the National Statistics Board.

"This is good news for the region and it only proves that our efforts are paying off, she said. But RNC will not remain lenient in delivering its services for the poor families," she added. (PIA Cagayan) [top]

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