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Government determined to combat poverty in major agricultural

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Government determined to combat poverty in major agricultural areas

November 28, 2014
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MANILA, Nov. 28 -- The government continues to focus on measures to address poverty in the agricultural sector, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said on Thursday.

Based on studies conducted by the government’s economic cluster and social protection and poverty reduction cluster, the large concentration of farmers could be found in provinces with high poverty incidence, Secretary Coloma said during a press briefing in MalacaƱang.

"Kaya’t bukod doon sa focus on agriculture, pinopokus din ang mga lugar kung saan may pinakamaraming magsasaka," he said.

"Sabay na pinagtutuunan ng pansin ang productivity ng agricultural sector at ang pagbibigay proteksiyon sa mga magsasaka para mas maging produktibo sila dahil naha-hamper ang kanilang productivity kung mayroon silang mga hinaharap na hamon hinggil sa kabuhayan," he explained.

Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan on Thursday reported a 2.7 percent contraction in the agriculture, fishery and forestry sectors for the third quarter of the year, contributing to the slower 5.3 percent growth in gross domestic product (GDP).

The Aquino government, he said, has already laid out comprehensive programs for the agricultural sector with corresponding allocation from the government's annual budget.

To address structural issues in the sector, the President has appointed Secretary Francis Pangilinan to head the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, according to Coloma.

These concerns include the aging population of Filipino farmers that affects productivity, high poverty incidence, as well as destruction brought about by calamities that hit agricultural areas.

"Maraming mga hamon at ang mga ito ay tinutugunan. Mayroon nang komprehensibong programang nakalatag sa kasalukuyang 2014 budget at doon na rin sa 2015 budget," he said. (PCOO/PND (as) - See more at:

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