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Ifugao continues to stand up, take action to eradicate poverty

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (7 November) -- After joining the world in October 17 to stand up and take action against poverty, concerned government agencies are continuously pooling their efforts together to eradicate poverty.

Provincial Population Officer Miriam Baguidudol said that government agencies are delivering services to identified poor areas in the different municipalities here. "We join other provinces, regions and countries all over the world to take action in eliminating poverty," she said.

The province has its own local version of the program dubbed IADAP or Integrated Area Development Assistance Program. With the program, the different agencies has already and will be conducting their own activities such as donating books to far flung barangays which the Ifugao Youth Confederation which is under the Provincial Population Office (PPO) has already started, lecture on reproductive health for women which is being done by the Health Office and also the PPO; distribution of livestock by the Provincial Veterinarian Office, grain, corn and vegetable seeds by the Provincial Agriculture Offices.

On the other hand, Governor Teddy Baguilat Jr said that the province has also launched the AYOD project of the provincial government in coordination with the Department of Health and other stakeholders such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which covers the health of mother and child.

The different local government units are very supportive to the our project. In fact some municipalities such as Asipulo had just conducted their AYOD Convention, Baguilat said.

Baguilat also said that the project will expand next year to include the males so that they will know how to take care of their health. The males play an important role in alleviating the economic conditions of their families thus their health should also be taken into consideration Baguilat said. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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