Top officials from the National Anti-poverty Commission (NAPC) visited Bohol on Friday as part of the agency’s nationwide consultations to boost anti-poverty measures.
The NAPC, led by Secretary Noel Felangco and Boholano Undersecretary Paterna Ruiz, introduced a five-year strategic framework development plan dubbed “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” or SSS during a press conference at the Panda Tea Garden Suites in Tagbilaran City.
The program will help ensure that the national government’s anti-poverty programs will reach even in far-flung communities.
Tha NAPC in its website said that the SSS will also include collective efforts from various agencies to offer job fair, legal assistance, dental and medical mission, business and technical skills training for indigents.
“Bahagi ng mandato ng ahensiya ang tiyakin na naaabot mula sa mga pinakamahihirap na mamamayan hanggang sa mga pinakamalalayong komunidad ang mga serbisyo at proyekto ng gobyerno,” the NAPC said.
According to Felongco, they are planning to establish an anti-poverty Provincial Consultative Body (PCB) which would serve as conduit between national agencies and local government units in efforts to curb poverty.
The PCB will suggest and implement anti-poverty programs and services.
The NAPC earlier said that five-year development plan from 2019 to 2023 through the SSS aims to reduce poverty incidence in the country by seven percent.
It projected a decrease in the volume of the poor population by 500,000 in 2020, 1 million in 2021, 1.5 million in 2022 and 3 million in 2023. (ad)