Councilor wants City to conduct anti-poverty summit

A MEMBER of the Cebu City Council urged Mayor Michael Rama to conduct an "anti-poverty summit" to address the high number of "poor individuals" in the city.

In his resolution, Councilor Rey Gealon said there is an urgent need to take appropriate steps to alleviate the problem in accordance with the Singapore-like vision of the City.

Gealon cited the 2019 data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development that revealed there are 11,805 poor households in Cebu City, the highest number among local government units in Central Visayas.

The councilor told SunStar Cebu on Friday, December 9, 2022, that the summit will discuss possible remedies to alleviate poverty.

Gealon said the city should also create strategies that can create "massive employment" opportunities to 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. (IRT)