Villar sees growth rate to reduce poverty index in next 5 years

April 25, 2013 10:53 am 

MANILA, April 24 – Team PNoy senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar on Wednesday said it would take five years of continuous higher growth rate before it would trickle down to the poor.

Villar made this statement in reaction to the latest poverty data released by the National Statistical Coordination Board, showing percentage of Filipinos living below poverty line has remained unchanged in the last six years.

”It will take five years of continues growth rate before its benefits will trickle down to the poor,” Villar said.

According to the NSCB data, the recorded poverty incidence for the first half of 2012 stood at 27.9 percent or slightly less than the 28.6 percent in the first half of 2009 and 2011.

”Even the impressive record of stock market was just a temporary and it’s not enough. One year of growth rate is not even enough to solve poverty,” Villar, a businesswoman, said.

Villar, a former congresswoman of the lone district of Las Pinas, said creation of job is the best way to solve high poverty index in the country.

”It if you want to create jobs, you have to bring in long term investment, not in stock market, but in building manufacturing plants and businesses that would provide jobs for our poor countrymen,” Villar said.

For this reason, Villar said one of her advocacies is job creation and livelihood projects that would eventually provide jobs like what she did in Las Pinas City.

”In Las Pinas city, we put up livelihood project that provides job opportunities for 50 families in every barangay and I want to introduce that throughout the country,” she said.

Villar said one of the livelihood projects she established not only in Las Pinas but in some areas in Luzon as well as in Visayas and Mindanao is the baskets weaving out of water lilies.

”We are not only cleaning our waterways of water lilies but we can use them also to weave baskets, bags, sandals and other decoration products,” Villar said.

Villar also said eliminating poverty also requires commitment by every local government unit as well as the national government and of the people living below poverty line.

”While we provide livelihood projects, we are giving it to those who are interested because success depends on the enthusiasm of every town and individual,” she said. (PNA)



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