Friday, April 26, 2013

President Aquino says:

From the Website of the President

Government at Work
President Aquino says his administration is open to ideas that will accelerate country’s inclusive growth for the benefit of all Filipinos particularly those living below poverty level April 25, 2013
(BRUNEI DARUSSALAM) President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Wednesday that he was willing to “tweak” the government’s anti-poverty measures to benefit more Filipinos living below the poverty level.

In a press conference with media covering his attendance to the 22nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit here, the President said he and his government were open to ideas and “everything that will accelerate inclusive growth.”

He however declined to subscribe to the belief that by immediately pouring billions of pesos into a certain program, it could actually effect change in poverty ratings overnight.
“Will we tweak it (anti-poverty programs)? Syempre, ano, we’re open to all of—everything that will accelerate inclusive growth. Pero…Hindi ‘yung mag-invest tayo ng so many billions now and in one month’s time you will see a reversal, ‘di ba?” the President said.

He pointed out that the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program), which has been receiving yearly budget increases was due to its effectiveness in lifting people from misery and spurring economic growth.
“Now, I think what we should pay attention to is this: Lahat ng interventions natin, for instance, the Pantawid Pamilya Program.

The DSWD’s budget increased over 200 percent… if we look at the economic activity in the areas na maraming households na beneficiaries dito, when you talk to the local businessmen, they will tell you there is a dramatic increase in economic activity in their areas,” the President said, adding that this scenario is also applicable to education and health.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda earlier said the government remains focused on generating jobs for Filipinos in the urban areas and the countryside in keeping with its goal to mitigate poverty.

Lacierda said the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet cluster has come up with an action plan to generate jobs for people living in the urban areas, as well as the countryside. He said various programs to support the farmers are now in place to improve the agricultural sector.

“Ang focus ng ating problema ngayon is agriculture. Doon medyo mababa ang growth. What’s also important right now is we’re trying to link farmers and technology, sources of technology and sources of credit,” he said.

“Now with respect to industries, we have seen private investments coming in. The private sector during the latter half of 2012, has really poured in their investments. Malaki ang improvement ng ating private sector as based on our figures during the last year. So we will expect a greater improvement in our numbers with respect to poverty,” he said.

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