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11,000 Capiceños join Alay Lakad

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (22 September) -- About 11,469 Capiceños joined the actual walk of the Alay Lakad celebration last September 21 here to generate more funds that will be used in helping out-of-school youth (OSY) productive citizens in the community.

The annual walk-for-a-cause was participated in by students, government officials and employees, barangay leaders, socio-civic and non-government organizations, media practitioners, among others, who passed by the major thoroughfares and converged at the city plaza here for a simple program.

An award for the biggest contingent has been given to Capiz National High School (CNHS) in the awarding of prizes during the program. The awards for biggest contribution among public secondary schools as well as most discipline and colorful delegation were accorded to CNHS.

"I enjoin all of you to bear in mind the hundreds of individuals and families whose lives could very well be changed by your generosity and genuine concern for your community," said Roxas City Mayor Vicente B. Bermejo in his message during the program.

This year's Alay Lakad celebration with the theme "Lakad Bayan Para sa Kaunlaran " was spearheaded by the Capiz Volunteers Assistance Team (CVAT) and Kiwanis Club of Sumakwel as over-all chairman and vice-chairman, respectively.

The walk-for-a-cause has helped hundreds of OSYs thru livelihood projects, trainings and scholarship grants since 1991. It is in line with the government's commitment to trickle down the effect of economic gains to the grassroots level through various social payback programs and projects.

President Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo witnessed recently the signing of agreements between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and local government units (LGUs) providing conditional cash transfers (CCTs) to uplift the lives of the poorest households in the country.

The program aims to break the poverty cycle by building human capital through health, nutrition, and education services for the poorest children aged 0-14 years and their parents.

The APP is targeting 600 households from June to December this year and 20,000 households next year from among the country's 10 poorest provinces and the poorest areas in Metro Manila. Full implementation of the APP will start in January 2009 with an average annual increase of 100,000 households nationwide until 2012.

The APP program provides a cash grant package of P6,000 a year per household for health check-ups and vaccines, and P3,000 education cash grant package per year to a maximum of three children per household.

Patterned after the successful conditional cash transfer (CCT) in Latin America and Africa, the APP program is being spearheaded by the DSWD, in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), and the LGUs. (PIA) [top]

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