New anti-poverty campaign: ‘Kilos SAMBAYANAN’ launched in Manila
The government is taking additional measures to combat poverty and improve the lives of Filipinos in the country.
The ‘Kilos SAMBAYANAN’ (Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan) project is the government’s latest poverty alleviation program launched in Manila on Sunday (July 16).
The project, initiated by the National Anti Poverty Commission, is focused on addressing the 10 basic needs of Filipinos such as food, land reform, water, shelter, work and national industrialization, healthcare, education, social protection, healthy environment, peace, and people’s participation.
“We are bringing Kilos SAMBAYANAN closer to the poor and marginalized sectors because our goal is to create a strong mass movement, politically and economically empowered to ensure that their needs are being addressed by their government, through active participation in governance and nationalist development,” NAPC secretary Liza Maza
The program was spearheaded by several government agencies including the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster (HDPRCC) composed by the NAPC, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).
The Philippine Statistics Authority reported at least 20 million Filipinos are still poor. The minimum wage of P454 for agricultural and manufacturing workers, and PHP 491 for non-agricultural workers. At least 1.3 million families or 8.2 million Filipino do not have enough income to cover their monthly expenses on food.
Aside from information caravan, concerned government agencies also provided medical and dental mission, and one-stop shop services during the Manila event.
The same anti-poverty project will also be launched in Quezon City and other parts of the country soon. (Philippine News Agency)