Number of poor Pinoys in Mindanao down-A A +A
Thursday, January 31, 2013
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that while the 2009 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey show 9.4 million Filipinos could not afford to lead decent lives, the number of poor people in Mindanao has greatly decreased over the years.
"Malaki ang difference ng pagbaba ng poverty incidence sa Mindanao based on the latest survey," DSWD Communication Development and Research Division, Social Marketing Service chief Ana Marie Daep said during a DSWD Partners' Forum held in Davao City last week.
Daep said studies show that the government has been making a difference in reducing the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
"Karamihan hindi naka-graduate (many were not able to graduate) so they could not find a decent job and end up in poverty," she said.
"When they have children, they could not also send them to school because of poverty, starting the cycle of poverty," she added.
Daep said DSWD has implemented and continue to implement various programs known as the tatlusok or convergence strategy to combat poverty. Among these are the Pantawid Pamilya Program or Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), which provides financial support to poor families subject to certain conditions, the Kalahi CIDDS and the Sustainable Livelihood Program.
"Our goal is to make the families more capable of supporting themselves after a five-year period," she said.
Raquel Nunez, DSWD Policy and Plans Division chief, said they have no intention of making the beneficiaries dependent on government support that is why there is a strategy for the program which includes survival, subsistence and self-sufficiency.
"While our programs are in place, we are not claiming that the recent survey showing a reduction in poverty in Mindanao is because of DSWD," she said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 01, 2013.