A total of 209 local government units (LUGs) nationwide have joined the administration’s drive to fight poverty by carrying out programs to uplift the lives of marginalized Filipinos.
The latest province to support the call for poverty alleviation was Biliran where Nationan Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary/Lead Convenor Noel Felongco led the virtual signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last August 17.
Signatories include Biliran Mayor Grace Casil, Cabucgayan Mayor Marisol Masbang, Caibiran Mayor Rhodessa Revita, Culaba Mayor Humprey Olimba and Kawayan Mayor Rodolfo Espina Jr.
“NAPC joins our local governments in their mission to uplift the lives of the poor. You are assured of our continuous support,” said Ferdinand Hombrebueno, NAPC Director.
All parties are gearing to fast-track the implementation of poverty alleviation mechanisms at the grassroots.
“Amid the pandemic that we are facing, the NAPC recognizes the instrumental role of local governments in protecting the health of their constituents and ensuring the sustainable development of their localities. Many thanks to our local government leaders for your warm welcome to this united undertaking to help the disadvantaged sector of our society,” Felongco said.
The NAPC has formulated its five-year development plan from 2019 to 2023 called the Sambayanihan, Serbisyong Sambayanan (3S).
Through this plan, the NAPC expects to achieve the administration’s target to reduce the country’s poverty incidence from 21.6 percent in 2015 to 14 percent by 2022.
In attaining the goals, the commission has to tap national government agencies, LGUs and the basic sectors existing in their localities, which are the primary recipients of the program.