Pangasinan kicks off poverty reduction program for barangay
Lingayen, Pangasinan (12 November) -- The province's anti-poverty program called "Gamoray Aliguas tan Talonggaring na Ekonomiys (GATE) ed Pangasinsn kicked off last Wednesday in barangay Bocboc East, Aguilar town with the conduct of a Kalahi Karaban in coordination with the Regional Kalahi Convergence Group.
The Local Poverty Reduction Action Teams spearheaded the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) Karaban timed with the celebration of the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty.
Launched in 2003, the country's Kalahi Karaban aims to strengthen the poverty reduction program in the countryside through the convergence of various services of local government units, regional line agencies, non-government organizations and private sectors in addressing the identified needs of the depressed barangays.
At the provincial level, a localized Kalahi program called GATE Pangasinan has been conceptualized by Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. to bring the basic services to the people and thus help them uplift their living conditions.
For sustainability of the program, the province formed the Provincial Poverty Reduction Action Team to ensure that all programs and projects are effectively implemented and to conduct actual monitoring and assessment of the impacts of interventions being delivered to the depressed barangays.
Provincial Administrator Rafael F. Baraan commended the RKCG headed by Dr. Enrie Mendoza, Pangasinan Federation of NGOs headed by Carmelita Duque and the regional line agencies and provincial department heads for their concerted efforts at providing basic services to underprivileged barangays.
"Let us institutionalize this program so that we would be able to achieve our ultimate goal of eradicating poverty in the far-flung barangays," he said.
Barangay Bocboc East has been pre-identified as Kalahi site based largely on the results of a survey on the living standard of the people conducted by the province. Likewise, Aguilar-the town itself-was among the four municipalities validated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as having the most number of families falling within the poverty threshold. Other towns include Bolinao, Mabini and Urbiztondo.
In the pledging of commitment, the province will initially provide two communal sanitary toilet facilities, install shallow deep well, give livelihood credit assistance, technical assistance. Jobs and training referrals to hospitals.
Likewise, the province has distributed Philhealth cards to some 100 indigent families. Other services offered include recycling activity among the students and mini-jobs fair.
At the regional level, pledge of commitments poured in to include the granting of monthly cash assistance of P1,400 to 230 indigent families for a period of three years under the DSWD's "Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (3Ps) program, scholarship grant to poor but deserving students and financial assistance to high school students. (PIA-Pangasinan/PIO) [top]