ANGELES CITY -- The City Government has adopted a program to alleviate the living condition of indigent residents here.

Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno issued Executive Order 01 Series of 2010, “Creating the Angeles City Advisory Committee (Acac) to ensure the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P).”

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Nepomuceno said the 4P is a poverty reduction strategy which provides grant to extremely poor children ages 0 to 14 and help them improve their health and education.

Nepomuceno added: “The program addresses the millennium development goals of the government, such as improving maternal health, reducing child mortality, reducing extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education and promoting gender equality and empowering women.”

The Acac is chaired by Nepomuceno and co-chaired by Lourdes Naguiat of the City Information Office and Gender Development Office.

Other executives of the committee include Councilor Rudy Simeon, Liga ng mga Barangay President Robin Nepomuceno, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Heide Patio, City Planning and Development Coordinator David David, Interior department City Director Myrvi Apostol-Fabia and Education department Schools Superintendent Victoria Aguas.

The Acac functions to ensure the availability of the supply side on health and education at program areas, provide necessary technical assistance to program implementation, and coordinate various concerned government agencies.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) has been tasked to document and prepare reports to the committee.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Luzon already conducted an orientation to the local chief executives, p0rovincial governors and members of the Regional Advisory Committee, Regional Grievance Committee, Provincial Grievance Committee and City or Municipal Advisory Committee.

The activity was aimed to orient local executives on issues relative to the program. (Reynaldo G. Navales)