A MEMBER of the Cebu City Council is urging Mayor Michael Rama to conduct an “anti-poverty summit” to address the high number of poor families in the city.
In his proposed resolution, City Councilor Rey Gealon said that there is an urgent need to take appropriate steps to alleviate the problem in accordance with the mayor’s Singapore-like vision for the city.
Gealon cited the 2019 data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development that revealed that there are 11,805 poor households in Cebu City, which is the highest number among local government units in Central Visayas.
The councilor told SunStar Cebu on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, that the summit will discuss possible remedies to alleviate the issue of poverty.
Gealon said the City should also create strategies that can create “massive employment” opportunities for its residents.
An action plan for food subsistence, socialized housing and access to healthcare and education should also be tackled during the summit, he added.
“Such policy is in consonance with the representation’s belief that ‘health is wealth,’ thus it is imperative that we prioritize everything relating to health since it could protect our people from any illnesses,” said Gealon.
Republic Act 8425, or the Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act, states that the poor refers to individuals and families whose income fall below the poverty threshold as defined by the National Economic and Development Authority.
The “Listahanan 3 Database” of DSWD in Central Visayas released last Dec. 1, revealed that a total of 453,961 out of 5,599,091 identified poor households in the Philippines are from Central Visayas.
Out of the 1,078,079 households evaluated by the DSWD, Cebu had the highest number of poor households, with 220,112. (IRT)