President Aquino bares add'l funding for anti-poverty program

September 17, 2010 10:11 am 

STO. TOMAS, Davao del Norte, Sept. 16 — President Benigno S. Aquino III bared on Thursday two additional funding sources to increase the coverage of the government’s poverty alleviation program, the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-Cidss) to include 1.3-million more Filipino families.

In a speech before some 2,000 residents at the municipal gym here, the President said the new funding sources are part of the administration’s renewed drive to garner more funding sources through public-private partnerships.

Without specifying an amount, the President said the World Bank had agreed to provide fresh funds for the Kalahi-Cidss program, one of three poverty alleviation measures the government is implementing through the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The other two programs are the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) which allocates conditional cash grants to qualified families provided certain requirements concerning maternal health and the education and health of their children, are met; and the Self Employment Assistance-Kabayan (SEA-K) – a sustainable livelihood project that aims to enhance the socio-economic skills of qualified Filipino families.

The President said that this funding source would be used so that four more municipalities in Region 11, of which Davao del Norte is part of, will be included in the Kalahi-Cidss program.

The President pointed out that the number of additional Filipino families who will get the chance to improve their lives through the anti-poverty program is still far from his target of 4.6-million families.

President Aquino added that the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty will give a total of P5-billion for the Kalahi-Cidss program.

“All these steps that we are taking to address poverty in our country is being done to ensure that no Filipino is left behind on our way to progress,” he said.

“This is proof that poverty alleviation is on top of our administration’s priority list of programs to help improve the lives of our people,” he added.

The President lauded the member-beneficiaries of the government’s poverty alleviation programs here for their efforts to improve their lives through sheer faith and perseverance and hoped others would emulate their example.

He called on them to further strengthen their resolve to improve their and their neighbour’s lives so that critics of the government would see for themselves that its poverty alleviation programs work. (PNA)

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