Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Philippine Gov’t anti-hunger drive creates 1.4-M new jobs for the poor

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009 | PROGRAMS/PROJECTS
http://www.gov.ph/news/?i=23432

MANILA (PNA) -- The government’s anti-hunger program has yielded new job opportunities for nearly 1.4 million unemployed or underemployed poor folk.

National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Domingo Panganiban on Wednesday said new jobs were created through the expansion of micro-finance services, construction and maintenance of farm infrastructure, coconut inter-cropping and aggressive rice seeds subsidy and skills training programs.

The figures were based on the 2008 accomplishment report of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) on its Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program (AHMP).

"The creation of jobs for hungry folk is among the primary objectives of the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program (AHMP) and we are pleased to say that our efforts to ensure jobs for the poor have been successful," said Panganiban.

He made the announcement even as government moves to strengthen its anti-poverty and anti-hunger programs in the face of the global economic meltdown.

NAPC will lead a "Forum on Hunger Mitigation, Population Management and Poverty Reduction" at the Institute of Small Scale Industries at the University of he Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City Thursday to assess the government’s pro-poor and anti-hunger policies and targets for 2009.

Key government officials, the basic sectors, and representatives from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Population Fund are expected to attend the forum.

"The intent of the forum is to build on our accomplishments in the fight against poverty and hunger, improve program policies and implementation structures, and ensure that all of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s pro-poor and anti-hunger targets for 2009 are met," said Panganiban.

For her part, NAPC Assistant Secretary Dolores de Quiros Castillo said that the government’s micro-finance program had already created over a million new jobs for the poor as of July last year.

"Another 292,372 poor folk were trained for higher paying jobs through the government’s various skills training programs," she added.

Around 38,507 rural workers also found new earning opportunities through the "Coconut Inter-cropping Program" of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Another 10,761 more workers were hired for irrigation projects while some 26,326 Filipinos were put to work on roadside maintenance projects.

"The President has issued clear orders for all agencies to fast track and intensify government anti-hunger measures and pro-poor programs this year. She has emphasized the need for more jobs for hungry Filipinos," the NAPC chief said. (PNA)

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