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PIA Press Release
2009/02/20

Reg'l Kalahi Convergence Group tackles economic crisis safety nets

Tacloban City (February 20) - The safety nets and the various measures being implemented by the Arroyo administration amidst the global economic crunch will be tackled by the Regional Kalahi Convergence group for Eastern Visayas during its meeting on February 27, 2009, about 8:30 in the morning at the Ritz Tower de Leyte.

Presidential Assistant for Eastern Visayas Cynthia Nierras, who is the chairperson for the RKCG, said that the group will tackle the implementation in the Region of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program aimed at cushioning the impact of the current global economic crisis on the Filipinos especially the disadvantaged.

Secretary Gabriel Claudio is the CLEEP steward for Region 8 per instruction of President Arroyo, PA Nierras said.

PA Nierras said the RKCG, in its relentless effort to alleviate poverty in the Region, is scheduled to come up with an action plan for 2009-2010 particularly on the KALAHI/poverty alleviation program of the government.

Among the agenda during the meeting are the 2008 RKGC Accomplishment Report, the poverty threshold statistics for Eastern Visayas, the Samar Poverty Alleviation Plan, and the 2009 RKGC Work and Financial Plan.

The Regional KALAHI Convergence Group (RKCG) was created under the Memorandum Circular 33 entitled Institutionalizing the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) as the Government's Program for Poverty Reduction.

The RKCG is mandated to perform functions such as the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of regional poverty reduction plans; coming up with policy recommendations for poverty reduction; integration of poverty reduction plans and programs to member-agencies annual work program; and review, prioritization, and endorsement to the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) poverty alleviation investments programs and budgets for regional development.

The RKGC is also tasked to promote and direct inflow and allocation of private investments; review and endorse poverty reduction related national plans and programs in the region; facilitate the convergence of stakeholders in the region; and regular reporting to NAPC. (PIA 8) [top]

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