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DSWD Ilocos pushes poverty relief programs thru Food-for-Work, Tindahan Natin

By Jessie R. Valdez

San Fernando City, La Union (19 October) -- In line with the government's drive to intensify the poverty relief programs such as the Food for Work Program, Tindahan Natin and many others, to be able to meet the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) targets to cut poverty in the country, the DSWD-Field Office I headed by Director Porfiria Bernardez, CESO III, bared in their report that under their food for work program, they have served 1,662 families, and 3,780 persons as beneficiaries with a total cost of assistance amounting to P433,712.50 from January to June 2006. Sources of fund were shared by the DSWD-FO1 and the LGUs.

The DSWD report also indicated that 32 barangays in La Union were affected in Bauang during the typhoon surge with 237 families and 995 persons were benefited with a total assistance cost of P68,866.50.

The program aims to provide not only on food coupons and relief assistance to disaster victims but also financial assistance to indigent families. Food for work program is one of the component lodged in the rehabilitation phase to be undertaken by the LGUs to address the needs of the potentially at risk families and communities.

The DSWD report also said that the LGU recipients of the food for work or relief augmentation assistance were able to help the affected barangays in restoring damages that brought about by the recent typhoons. As counterpart labor and other equipments used were provided by the concerned barangays and the LGUs in affected areas.

The report also bared that in the implementation of said service, it has anchored support from other government agencies during the occurrence of disaster. The provision of emergency assistance to disaster victims through food for work program or relief augmentation assistance, the beneficiaries stand not only to receive temporary relief but also self-employment.

Another poverty relief program initiated by the Arroyo Government is the Tindahan Natin (TN) outlets. The DSWD- FO1 also revealed in their report that La Union has expanded by 120 from its original 29 target outlets. Out of these outlets, 33 were DSWD funded. With the expanded number, 120,000 families in poverty vulnerable areas are to be benefited soon from cheaper rice and noodles.

For every TN outlet, it receives P20,000.00 worth of assistance in the form of goods such as 20 cavans of rice and 5 boxes of noodles including free NFA license/registration and signage. This project is being implemented by the DSWD, NFA and NNC in collaboration with the LGUs.

The said poverty reduction programs are embodied in the MTPDP and 10-point pro-poor agenda of the Arroyo administration

Eradicating poverty is the greatest international challenge facing the world today. Fortunately, the Arroyo Government is making good progress in the pursuit of the MDG as acknowledged by the UNDP country representative Nileema Noble in a recent meeting with PGMA. "The Philippines is on track to meet the MDG targets to cut poverty substantially by 2015 on the back of rising incomes, more jobs, and broader social services." (PIA La Union) [top]

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