Poverty drops in Capiz, says NSCB
by A. Lumaque
Roxas City (11 October) -- The province of Capiz is among the top five provinces to have successfully reduced poverty incidence between 2000 and 2003 based on the National Statistics Coordinating Board (NSCB) recent statistical report.
The accomplishment earned the appreciation by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of Capiz Gov. Vicente Bermejo during their meeting sometime in the third quarter of this year.
It may be recalled that Gov. Bermejo humbly responded "we must be doing something right in the province" to President Arroyo's remarks in view of the significant drop in the province's poverty indicators.
The province dramatically reduced poverty incidence by 19.3% from 40.8% in 2000 to only 21.6% in 2003.
Also included in the list of successful 'poverty busters' are the provinces of Ifugao, Bohol, Camiguin and Tawi-Tawi based on the NSCB report.
"The positive results can largely be attributed to an increase in employment in the province particularly during the opening of malls that provided job opportunities. It is also because of the vigorous efforts of the local government units in pushing innovative approaches in delivering basic services," said a press release posted in the Capiz website, www.capiz.gov.ph, about the achievement.
Recently, the United Nations has commended the government's Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) for being compliant with the world body's Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in reducing poverty through job creation and enterprise.
The commendation was made by UN Representative to the Philippines Nileema Noble before Pres. Arroyo convened the joint meeting of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and National Security Council in Malacaņang.
"In the Philippines, I should like to take the opportunity to commend the government on having adopted the MDG in terms of your own planning and programming framework," Noble said.
"Very important also for us, of course, is the fact that this country has not only adapted to and adopted the MDG goals but more importantly has translated them into plans of action at the local level. That is very important as we translate the frameworks of action into delivery of social services on the ground," she added.
The UN Representative also believed the country would reach MDG goals in "some critical areas" such as "reducing poverty by half, meeting the dietary and energy requirements (of its people), gender equality, education, child mortality, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and access to safe drinking water."
However, she pointed out that the country still needs to allot further attention to "nutrition, reducing hunger, maternal health and mortality and in addressing elementary survival rates, elementary participation rates and access to reproductive health (care benefits)."
Noble stressed that though these obstacles and challenges are real, "the important thing is that everybody is working together to make (MTPDP and MDG objectives) happen." (PIA) [top]