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Kalinga AHMP task force organized

Tabuk City, Kalinga (10 October) -- Taking action to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger in the province, partner agencies and officials headed by Governor Floydelia Diasen recently met and organized the Kalinga Provincial Anti-Hunger Task Force.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) Digna Dalutag, who is also the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program (AHMP) Provincial Coordinator said that this is an offshoot of the advocacy and consultation meeting on AHMP held recently in Baguio City in response to the directives of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to address hunger throughout the country.

"With the present food crisis world-wide placing poor families in greater risk to hunger and malnutrition, the President has directed government agencies and local government units to embark on the Accelerated Hunger-Mitigation Program to address these needs," she said.

She relates that during the consultation meeting in Baguio City, the municipalities of Tinglayan, Tanudan and Pasil in Kalinga were identified by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) 2003 survey as among the municipalities with high poverty incidents in the country.

"As a commitment in support to the AHMP, representatives from Kalinga during the consultation pledged to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger in the province by reducing our subsistence incidence of population from 17.7% in 2000 to 8.5% and poverty incidence of population from 39.3% to 19.65% by 2015," she revealed.

As agreed during the organization of the KPAHTF, Dalutag said that they will be "refocusing their target and will be considering all municipalities of the province leveraging the program in our level." She said the province has been supportive in the implementation of the AHMP since the issuance of the President's directive in 2006 and have considerable accomplishments in the province.

Based on the framework, the AHMP she said is giving focus to addressing the two major reasons of poverty and hunger - unavailable or insufficient food to eat and no money to buy food.

As measures, the government is giving focus to two measures which are the supply side demand side she explained.

Under the demand side, key agencies government will be working on increasing food production and enhance efficiency of logistics and food delivery in the target areas.

Government programs covered under the demand side would be focusing on endeavors to 'put more money in poor people's pockets' through the provision of employment opportunities, promote good nutrition and population management towards a healthy and more productive citizenry.

With the National Nutrition Council (NNC) as the oversight agency, the Arroyo administration adopted a holistic approach to mitigate hunger with the creation of the AHMP trough Executive order 616 to address the hunger situation in the country.

The Family Income and Expenditure Surveys (FIES) had identified the province of Kalinga as one of the Priority 2 among 20 provinces in the country and in the latest survey was listed as one of the top priority provinces along with Tawi-twai, Northern Samar, Apayao and Surigao ddel Sur for being among the food poor areas in the country. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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