ZAMBOANGA CITY, Oct. 17 (PIA) - The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) aims to reduce poverty in the Philippines and one of the identified areas for the priority projects is the Municipality of Talipao, Sulu.
NAPC allocated Php3-Million for the implementation of the village-linked coco industry development, a poverty reduction prototype project for Talipao, Sulu.
The memorandum of agreement was signed by NAPC represented by Secretary Noel Felongco and Talipao Municipal Mayor Nivocadnezar Tulawie on Monday (October 14). This MOA will pave the way for the project implementation and to ensure LGU support for the project.
"The implementation of the project will surely alleviate the living conditions of the residents in Talipao," Mayor Tulawie said. He is grateful that the municipality was chosen to be the beneficiary of the program.
Secretary Felongco emphasized that there are only two identified sites in Mindanao for the implementation of the project, the other one in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte. Talipao was chosen among other areas in the Province of Sulu because it is the only municipality who passed the Seal of Good Governance which is given by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
"We have seen the potential and success of the project in the identified site of the province," Felongco added.
The project also aims to encourage other municipalities to pass the Seal of Good Governance because this is necessary to help ensure the project's success.
NAPC reported that poverty incidence in the country is at 21%, accounting for approximately 23.1 million Filipinos, and most of it is concentrated in Mindanao and in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) areas.
President Rodrigo Duterte has been intensifying programs on reducing the poverty rate through convergence of National and Local Government Agencies, Felongco said. "Solving poverty may also address peace and order problems in these areas," he added.
The Php49-Million fund from Philippine Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) given to NAPC will be allocated for poverty reduction prototype projects such as compact farming, construction of Multi-Purpose Buildings, Agricultural Trading Post and Enterprise Development and Village-Linked Coco Industry Development in 7 priority areas in the Philippines. (NBE/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)