NAPC engages community in latest anti-poverty campaign

Manila-- The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) on Sunday launched its flagship poverty-reduction agenda entitled, Kilos Para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan (Kilos Sambayanan) in Tondo, Manila.

According to NAPC Secretary Liza Maza, Kilos Sambayanan is a call for convergence and commitment among all sectors of society to address poverty across its many dimensions.

This is also an accurate measure of the impact government programs on the lives of the poor.

During said event, a forum was held between the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster (HDPRCC) where the HDPRCC highlighted their projects on poverty-reduction.

According to NAPC, the 10 basic needs are food and agrarian reform, water, shelter, healthcare, work, education, social protection, healthy environment, peace and participation.

To address these 10 basic needs, the NAPC along with partner agencies which include the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Department of Education (DepEd) are part of the One-Stop Shop where a variety of services will be readily available to the poor.

"Tamang-tama lang ang dating ng Kilos Sambayanan kasi dito sa amin ang pangunahing pangangailangan ay hanapbuhay. Karamihan kasi dito nagtitinda lang din ng pagkain pero marami pa rin ay wala talagang pinagkakakitaan," said Del Pan resident Gil Leyso, 65.

(Kilos Sambayanan is very timely because what we need here now is work. Selling cooked food is the main source of livelihood here and there are a lot of unemployed.)

"This is a great inspiration for us," according to Rosalia Fabilon, a women's rights advocate. "If we were empowered, we can help our partners and our community to achieve progress and prosperity," she added.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), 20 million Filipinos are still considered poor in 2016.

Agricultural and factory workers earned a minimum wage of PHP454 while non-agricultural workers are paid PHP491. This is still less than half of the PHP1,088 daily wage needed to cover the basic family needs excluding expenses for education and hospital emergencies.

For a family of five, the ideal income should be around PHP6,300 monthly to be able to cover the food needs and at least PHP9,000 monthly to meet basic food and non-food needs based on PSA statistics.

"We are bringing Kilos Sambayanan closer to the poor and marginalized sectors because our goal is to create a strong mass movement which is politically and economically empowered to ensure tha their needs are being addressed by their government," Maza said.

Source: Philippine News Agency