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Sorsogon lands among priority provinces of PEF

by BA Recebido

SORSOGON PROVINCE (26 August) -- The Peace and Equity Foundation, Inc. (PEF), a non-stock, non-profit organization helping the poor and marginalized communities in the Philippines initiated a comprehensive provincial poverty mapping on the identified 28 poor provinces nationwide.

The Provincial Alliance of NGOs and POs for Development (PANGOPOD) in partnership with the PEF conducted the Provincial Poverty Mapping for the whole province of Sorsogon which was started last 2nd week of May 2005 until middle of July to augment the results/ findings in the national poverty map where Sorsogon was identified to be one of the poor provinces in the country.

Ms. Caroline Ubalde, Provincial Poverty Mapping researcher said during the recently concluded Multi-Sectoral Poverty Mapping Validation Conference that the purpose of the said mapping is to identify poverty areas in Sorsogon using some selected poverty indicators which will eventually be the priority sites for poverty reduction development assistance by the PEF.

She said that the poverty indicators include Health, Education, and Housing. Health as indicator focuses on the % of population with no access to potable water system, % of households with no access to sanitary toilets, incidence of malnutrition as well as infant and maternal mortality rate. Education centers on elementary and secondary participation rate and cohort survival rate, while Housing focuses on ownership of housing units and lots, % of households with access to electricity, % of occupied housing units made up of makeshifts/ salvaged/ improvised materials.

Based from the Sorsogon Poverty Mapping Result, the bottom 40% poor municipalities include Magallanes, Matnog and Pilar. Magallanes, Matnog, Juban, Pilar, Donsol and Castilla in this province were among the identified PEF priority municipalities.

Ms. Veronica Villavicencio, Executive Director of the PEF said that the PEF assists the country’s poorest provinces and supports best practices as well as trailblazing development projects that promote people’s empowerment, enhance community-based resources and build multi-stakeholder partnership.

“PEF provides assistance in the form of grants for capability building, loans for income-generating activities or micro-enterprises and combination grants and loans. Its financial and technical assistance focus on Basic Services through improved and sustained access for households potable water, health care, housing and education; Livelihood and enterprise Services through micro-financing, enterprise development, appropriate technology and marketing assistance; and Social Capital/Capacity Building through increased capacity of community and peoples’ organizations to manage development programs and participate in local governance,” Villavicencio added.

Ms. Shirley Bolaños, Chairperson of PANGOPOD said that the poverty mapping conducted by PEF will be a good opportunity not only for PANGOPOD but for the local government as well to review the results of their previous initiatives and fine tune their plans for more effective and efficient poverty alleviation program in the province. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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