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KALAHI convergence group tackles poverty concerns in Region 8

Tacloban City (October 7) -– In order to get a clear picture of the status of the poverty alleviation projects in Eastern Visayas, the Regional KALAHI Convergence Group (RKCG) will meet on October 23, 2006 at 8:30 in the morning at Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban City.

Presidential Assistant for Eastern Visayas, Secretary Victor A. Domingo who is the chairman of the Regional KALAHI Convergence Group said that “It is very important that we know what we have done, our shortfalls and constraints, so that corrections and improvements will be made for the benefit of the target beneficiaries.

He informed that included in the agenda of the meeting is the presentation of the updates of the National Anti Poverty Commission and the status of the project proposals for KALAHI para sa Kalayaan endorsed by the RKGC to the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace Process (OPAPP).

Also included in the meeting is the discussion on the status of project proposals for President’s Priority Program on Water (P3W) which were endorsed by the RKCG to NAPC-WASCO, Secretary Domingo bared.

The RKCG, Secretary Domingo said, will also tackle the project implementation updates of the different Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) programs like the KALAHI-CIDSS, the KALAHI para sa Kalayaan (K4K), the KALAHI CARZONE, KALAHI-Poverty Free Zone (K-PFZ), and the KALAHI Priority Projects (K-Rural and K-CA).

KALAHI-CIDSS of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 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 five years. As of 12 July 2006, it has already covered 3,759 barangays.

KALAHI-KALAYAAN of the Department of National Defense (DND), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) aims to address the needs of the poor communities in conflict areas, which have peace and order issues. It has so far benefited a total of 600 barangays nationwide.

KALAHI-Agrarian Reform Zone of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is a development intervention focusing on the need of Agrarian Reform Communities to help qualified beneficiaries acquire land, improve tenancy, enhance productivity, generate income, provide physical infrastructure and micro-credit, and manage the environment, among others. It has a total of 9.130 barangay beneficiaries.

KALAHI-Poverty Free Zones of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provides livelihood opportunities for people in targeted areas. It covers a total of 44 barangays.

Of the 12,826 identified KALAHI barangays, 100 barangays are beneficiaries of at least three (3) different KALAHI agency programs; 1,210 barangays have at least two (2) KALAHI agency programs; and 11,249 barangays have one (1) KALAHI agency program.

Secretary Domingo said that the National Anti-Poverty Commission acts as the “coordinating and advisory body” that exercises oversight functions in the implementation of the Social Reform Agenda (SRA) and ensures that it is incorporated into the formulation of the national, regional, sub-regional and local development plans. It was created by virtue of Republic Act 8425 or the “Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act” that became effective last June 30, 1998. The law also mandates the NAPC to enhance the programs, approaches and strategies to strengthen the partnership between government and the basic sectors.

Secretary Domingo added that the NAPC is composed of a government sector component, with (13) national government agencies and presidents of the four (4) Local Government leagues; and a basic sector component, with fourteen (14) sectoral representatives.

NAPC is the lead agency and houses the coordinating secretariat of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI), the strategic framework and program for poverty reduction of the Macapagal-Arroyo Administration. It provides policy review; targeting, planning and programming support; as well as monitoring and feedback mechanisms for KALAHI. The NAPC is composed of a government sector component, with (13) national government agencies and presidents of the four (4) Local Government leagues; and a basic sector component, with fourteen (14) sectoral representatives.

As the KALAHI forerunner, the NAPC consolidates and coordinates flagship projects of government agencies along the KALAHI’s strategic thrusts. It takes charge of ensuring the fulfillment of commitments to KALAHI barangays, and monitoring and evaluating KALAHI efforts in cooperation with the NKCG and the RKCGs. It also consolidates and reports on the nationwide status of KALAHI implementation.

In the initial stage of the program, the NAPC has identified 761 KALAHI barangays under its care. As of 12 July 2006, a total of 12,896 barangays out of the country’s 42,0000 barangays are already considered as KALAHI barangays. (PIA 8) [top]

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