NAPC chief asks Pinoys to work hard due to rise poverty, population

June 21, 2010 9:48 pm 

MANILA, June 21 -– National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) chairman Domingo “Ding” Panganiban said Monday there is a need for Filipinos to work hard due to rise in poverty brought about by population increase in the country.

Panganiban said Filipinos should strive harder.

“They should not be complacent and work hard, do the best they can to survive at the moment,” he told reporters during a book launch of the Kapit-Bisig Laban Sa Kahirapan (Linking Arms Against Poverty) or KALAHI project in Quezon City.

Panganiban said this after the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (UNMDG) is helping the country address the poverty issue and putting it to a stop by 2015.

The UN Development Program (UNDP) has the same evaluation saying the Philippines has made "encouraging strides" and the probability that it will meet its targets remains high.

The NAPC chair cited many impoverished Filipino households having a hard time coping with life and making both ends meet.

One of those cases is an unidentified pregnant housewife who died at home in Tondo, Manila after refusing her family’s plea to take her to the hospital. She insisted on delivering her baby at home.

She died three hours later due to profuse bleeding after giving birth. The poor woman’s case is only one of the thousands of Filipino women who die in child birth due to poverty, lack of education, and inadequate access to health care services.

Panganiban, however, said the efforts of the Arroyo administration to achieve poverty reduction are on the right track.

“The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Food for School Program, the distribution of access cards to ensure the poor access to rice at P 18.25 a kilo, and the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program are all steps toward the reduction of hunger, unemployment and poverty,” Panganiban said.

The NAPC chief noted that the growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and economy.

Panganiban noted that the Arroyo administration will end its term with a notable 7.3 percent GDP growth in the first quarter. He also said the GDP growth will affect the poor and marginalized sector.

“We hope that the next administration will continue NAPC’s advocacy to alleviate poverty,” Panganiban said.

He said the resurgence in economic activity has been attributed to the improvement in the global economy, increased business and consumer confidence, strong remittances, and election-related spending.

National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), in a 2007 report, believes the government is on track in meeting its goals in improving the lives of Filipinos.

Meanwhile, Panganiban said in his speech during the book launch: “We are at a point in our nation’s development when the complexities of national progress require that we counsel and learn from each other’s experiences to a much greater extent than in the past.”

“We have made significant advances under the KALAHI Program over the past decade – and along the way we have learned much,” Panganiban said.

The former team manager of Purefoods Hotdogs basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) said the KALAHI book ensures country’s next generation of leaders and policymakers will be able to draw useful insights from our experience.

“I can think of no more important – and no more generous — contribution to the future of Filipino governance and social development than this,” he said.

NAPC, in cooperation with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), launched the book, “Assessment of the KALAHI Prototype Projects (KPPs)”. (PNA) LOR/JCA

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