City eyes programs for the poor-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Friday, December 13, 2013
THE Baguio City Government is looking into alleviating poverty through the provision of livelihood grants to indigents.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan announced this as one of the thrusts of the local government’s poverty alleviation program with some P19.5 million ready to be released for 2014.
In a meeting Wednesday morning with representatives of the National Anti-Poverty Commission, Domogan emphasized the need for livelihood of poor families.
But the city mayor stressed this could not be achieved without completing the census of the poorest of the poor in the city.
Domogan stressed these livelihood grants must not be packaged as dole-outs and instead focus on self-reliance adding the grants are interest-free. He added the City Government will strictly monitor the implementation of the projects to ensure these support the poor families out of poverty.
The city will set aside some P4.5 million as counterpart to NAPC’s P15 million funding for poverty alleviation programs of the local government.
He stressed another important priority is the procurement of disaster equipment needed especially since the country continues to face the negative effects of climate change.
Domogan tasked City Budget Officer Leticia Clemente and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan look at poverty alleviation priorities of the city next year.
He also urged civil society organizations to confer with various department heads regarding observations in the 2014 budget to ensure their projects do not conflict with existing programs of the City Government.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 14, 2013.