3 Cebu towns, NAPC create poverty reduction program

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THE Municipalities of Asturias, Tuburan and Carmen in Cebu have entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) to support the “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” or the 3S, its five-year (2019-2023) development program that aims to achieve 14 percent or lower poverty rate in the country.

Noel Felongco, NAPC Secretary and lead convenor, said one of the strategies the NAPC and the local government units will implement is the creation of a Municipal Poverty Reduction Action Office headed by an appointed focal person of the municipality.

He said the NAPC, in turn, will organize a volunteers’ program to support the office.

He said they will be recruiting 25 volunteers at the minimum in each barangay and each volunteer will steward 15 households per barangay and gather data on the living conditions of the households.

Aside from this, he said the MOA also covers the creation of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT).

He said the product of the LPRAT can be proposals which may be sent to the national government for funding purposes.

“The LPRAT will be a big help because of the new law on Magna Carta of the Poor, in which the NAPC is tasked to collect all Local Poverty Reduction Plans to consolidate them into a National Poverty Reduction Plan to be submitted to the Congress, Department of Budget and Management and to the Office of the President,” he said during the MOA signing with Carmen Mayor Carlo Villamor on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

Both the Municipalities of Asturias and Tuburan have entered into a MOA with NAPC on March 8.

Felongco said though the NAPC has no implementing funds, they are aggressive in coordinating with the non-government agencies and civil society organizations for the poverty reduction program.

He also thanked Villamor for allowing the Municipality of Carmen to partner with them. He said as of now, only five provinces in the country had yet to enter a MOA with the NAPC for the program.

He said they are also looking forward to entering into a MOA with the Cebu Province. (WBS)