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PIA Press Release
2008/02/14

PGMA focuses on poverty alleviation program

Davao City (14 February) -- As part of its poverty alleviation program, the Arroyo Administration has conducted employment training program and has set up barangay level food terminals.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is providing 200,000 unskilled and underprivileged Filipinos better employment opportunities in the manufacturing and service sectors, said Presidential Spokesperson & Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye.

The PGMA Training for Work Scholarship program has been implemented designed to prepare applicants for more employment opportunities and immediate employment upon completion of the course.

This is part of the Administration's commitment to invest P1-billion for the technical scholarships of the underprivileged Filipinos.

The program is open to all high school graduates 16 up to 55 years of age. They just have to apply and undergo a qualifying test at the nearest TESDA office.

People's access to cheaper and quality food products is being realized through the Barangay Food Terminal program of the Department of Agriculture. The program is in compliance with the President's directive to link food producers with the food markets.

This is to reduce the role of middlemen who benefit a lot from transporting different agricultural products to the market, a reason for the high price of food products and the food producers like the farmers and the fishermen are getting meager earnings from the sale of their produce.

An initial of 12 Food terminals have been setup where about 150,000 poor families are benefiting from having access to basic food commodities like rice, fish and meat at a price 10 percent cheaper than in other food product markets.

Additional food terminals will be set up in other parts of the country. (PIA) [top]

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