RDC IV-A formulates poverty alleviation strategy

To address existing pockets of poverty in the region, the Calabarzon Regional Development Council (RDC) convened regional line agencies and concerned municipalities in a meeting cum workshop held at Monte Vista Resort in Calamba City last July 29.

RDC Vice Chairperson Luis G. Banua, in his welcome message, said that one of the best ways to reduce poverty is to work on common, ideally-connected and replicable initiatives at the local level. The activity aims to foster convergence among regional line agencies and municipalities with chronic poverty and those with poverty incidence higher than the national level.

During the workshop, municipalities were grouped into three to identify and discuss the development potentials and issues in their areas. Regional line agencies discussed with each group the proposed interventions in the municipalities. They also provided initial commitments on fund availability and period of implementation.

Clusters of municipalities such as Burdeos-Jomalig-Panukulan-Polillo and Calauag-Guinayangan-Lopez-Tagkawayan identified eco-tourism as the focus of development in their areas and requested support from NEDA, DOT and DENR. Coastal municipalities appealed for a concerted effort on seaweed livelihood initiative among BFAR for training, supplies and equipment, DTI for product-market linkage, DA and DPWH for access roads, DOST for technology and equipment support, SUCs for relevant researches, and DOLE for start-up capital. Disaster resilience was mainstreamed in all interventions because the poor are mostly affected during occurrence of calamities.

DSWD hosted the activity and presented its initiatives on the second Listahanan database and the Community-Driven Development program. Both initiatives may greatly help the convergence through targeting of beneficiaries through an evidence-based approach. DSWD Region IV-A Director Leticia T. Diokno responded to participants’ questions and assured that municipalities will be provided detailed Listahanan 2 statistics upon request.

A series of meetings will be conducted to finalize, implement and monitor the convergence plan for poverty alleviation in Calabarzon.

Khane Samala-Raza, NEDA Region IV-A | Wednesday, August 10, 2016