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KALAHI program implemented by various agencies, public told

By Leonilo Lopido

Tacloban City (February 5) -- There are various agencies which are implementing their own KALAHI programs as part of the Arroyo Administration's multi-leveled and multi-stranded intervention to reduce poverty in the country.

This clarification was issued by PIA Regional Director Olive Tiu in an interview with a local radio station in the afternoon of February 4, to explain the forthcoming ChaSe Peace Worshop on February 18-20 of the Regional KALAHI Convergence Group.

Director Tiu said that KALAHI stands for Kapit-Bisig Laban Sa Kahirapan, a national strategy of the Arroyo Administration for reducing poverty in the country through core strategies based on redistribution of economic opportunities and empowerment of the poor to ensure the delivery of social services to vulnerable sectors.

KALAHI used the convergence of resources, programs and projects, and stakeholder and sector as the key ingredient for poverty reduction.

KALAHI-CIDDS of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the more popular one, seeks to empower poor communities through enhanced participation in barangay governance and involvement in the design, implementation and management of anti poverty initiatives. It aims to reach 5,378 barangays in 5 years.

The KALAHI KALAYAAN of the Department of National Defense, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, aims to address the needs of the poor communities in the conflict stricken areas, which have peace and order issues.

There is also the KALAHI-Agrarian Reform Zone of the Department of Agrarian Reform, which is a development intervention focusing on the need of Agrarian Reform communities to help qualified beneficiaries to acquire land, improve tenancy, enhance productivity, general income, provide infrastructure and micro-credit, and manage the environment among others.

The KALAHI Poverty Free Zone of the Department of Labor and Employment provides livelihood opportunities for people in the targeted 44 barangays.

All these KALAHI programs in the Region are grouped together in the Regional KALAHI Convergence Group under the leadership of Presidential Assistant for Eastern Visayas, Secretary Victor Domingo, per Executive Order 569 issued by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Director Tiu informed. (PIA 8) [top]

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