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NAPC eyes creation of self-employment program

Manila (21 November) -- The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) is determined to intensify its pro-poor programs by carrying out a self-employment program for the poor in priority areas nationwide with the recent directive of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for NAPC to come up with concrete programs that will augment its monitoring activities of government anti-poverty programs and focus on self-employment as a key strategy to generate employment and livelihood for the poor.

Panganiban said that based on his many visits to depressed areas in Metro Manila and poor provinces, building capabilities and skills training for target beneficiaries could help create employment opportunities for many poor individuals that could alleviate them from poverty.

"We need to create a one-stop shop for self-employment program that will involve training, micro-financing, job placement and trading of goods and services," Panganiban said.

"We have made good progress over the past few months and the President is determined to ensure that the poor are afforded a greater share of the fruits of our recent economic gains by increasing the budget of government's anti-poverty programs," Panganiban said.

He said the increase in the budget will be earmarked for the expansion of the national anti-poverty programs from the following implementing agencies under the Social Reform Agenda (SRA): Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Interior and Local Government and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Accordingly, the Chief Executive aims to cut down poverty incidence in the country by half by the end of her term in 2010, from 800,000 to 400,000 families.

Some additional pro-poor measures outside of the SRA have been instituted which include the scholarship programs of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Transportation and Communication's (DOTC) roll-on roll-off program, the Metro manila Development Authority's (MMDA) PGMA workers' in program, the Department of Tourism's (DOT) Grassroots Entrepreneurship and Employment in Tourism (GREET) program, and the Department of Justice's (DOJ) lawyers for the poor program.

The Arroyo government's anti-poverty budget for 2008 will include substantial allocations for education, skills training, hunger mitigation, microfinance, healthcare, micro enterprise development and housing. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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