Team PNoy bets welcome new P20-B war chest vs poverty

March 25, 2013 10:46 pm 

MANILA, March 25 — Candidates of the administration coalition Team PNoy on Monday supported President Aquino’s infusion of P20 billion for the war against poverty, saying it will go a long way in improving the quality of life of Filipinos.

“This is a welcome move from the President,” said Team PNoy senatorial candidate Edgardo “Sonny” Angara. “It only goes to show his commitment to fighting poverty and uplifting the plight of the marginalized.”

Former Sen. Jamby Madrigal, who is also running under the team PNoy slate, sees the move as a challenge to all candidates to bare their strategies and proposed programs in fighting poverty.

“I fully support this program. This will really ensure that economic progress will be felt at the grass roots level. I can assure the public that I will toe the line of the President and support the fight against poverty all the way,” Madrigal said.

The latest government anti-poverty program, dubbed Bottoms-Up-Budget (BUB) will set aside P20 billion for projects to be identified by mayors of the country’s poorest provinces as part of the Aquino administration’s efforts to lift more families from poverty.

The President had instructed the Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other agencies offering social services to re-channel part of their funds to BUB starting next year.

Another Team PNoy senatorial candidate, Risa Hontiveros lauded the intention of the new program.

“Instead of projects being identified from the top, the BUB will decide it from the ground, meaning local government units working closely with their communities,” she said.

Former Sen. Jun Magsaysay, who is also running under the administration ticket, said there is a mechanism in the program that would assure a judicious allocation of resources.

“This means that only provinces granted a “seal of good housekeeping’ would have access to the funds with their allocations dependent on their anti-poverty targets,” he said.

The BUB is the fourth piece of the administration’s anti-poverty programs meant to lighten the common people’s daily subsistence in the short term and eradicate poverty in the long term.

The first three programs are the K to 12 of the Department of Education, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or Conditional Cash Transfer Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Kalusugang Panlahat of the Department of Health and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PNA)



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