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LGUs urged to track down poor families

Roxas City (14 February) -- "The ability to monitor the poverty situation at the community level could help the government in taking the necessary steps in improving the standard of living of every Filipino."

This was stressed by National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Domingo F. Panganiban during the recently conducted 5th Community-Based Monitoring System national conference as he urged local government officials to invest in accurate data monitoring system to help in tracking down poor communities in their respective localities.

The conference was aimed to mobilize local leaders and donor agencies to organize modern data monitoring system for the government to monitor key socio-economic indicators at the community level.

"Winning the war against poverty demands clear thinking, rapid and precise coordination, and a strong resolve to bring the simplest, most practical solutions to problems at the grassroots level. With accurate monitoring system, the government could plan and carry out effective anti-poverty programs, Panganiban said in a NAPC website news.

Citing the United Nation's mid-term report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Panganiban said that the country is on the right track and that the national gains have trickled down to the grassroots. In the UN report, there is a 15.5 percent decrease in the incidence of extreme poverty among Filipino families. A 12.5 percent in the number of households that have survived on inadequate food is also reduced. The report also indicates that there is a 10 percent reduction in the number of underweight children below five years old.

In the latest results of the Social Weather Station (SWS) survey, the self-rated poverty incidence in the fourth quarter of 2007 went down to 46 percent from 52 percent in three months. (PIA/NAPC) [top]

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