Wednesday, 21 January 2009

State teams up with the Church to deliver social services to the poor

TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009 | GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT
http://www.gov.ph/news/?i=23353

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will personally supervise the delivery of enhanced basic social services to the flashflood victims of this city when she visits Wednesday the Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Carmen, here.

The presidential event in this city is part of the continuing government-church program to uplift the lives of the poor. It is the first time the church-state program is held outside Metro Manila.

The program involves the teaming up of the government and the church to deliver the much-needed social services for the less fortunate not only in Metro Manila but all over the country.

The package consists of feeding church-identified malnourished children, medical mission for the sick in the community, a botika sa barangay for affordable quality medicine, vocational scholarships for out-of-school youth and microfinance for entrepreneurs.

It also includes a scholarship program for elementary and high school students who are also given subsidies for books, school supplies, on top of the P600 transportation allowance.

Similarly, college and vocational scholars will be given book subsidies and a P1,000 transportation allowance.

Upon her arrival at the Cagayan de Oro Airport, the President will motor to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish to lead the feeding of some 100 children whose families were affected by the recent floods here.

She will also lead in the distribution of family food packs to some 2,000 parishioners identified by the parish.

A medical mission organized by the Office of the President-People's Government Mobile Action team will open at about 8 a.m. at the parish grounds.

The close collaboration of the state and church to deliver basic services to the poor was launched last Friday in Don Bosco in Tondo, Manila.

Yesterday, the program was held in Malibay, Pasay City, and today, in Project 7, Quezon City.

Uplifting the lives of the poor is one of the top priorities of the President.

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