DA drafts program to alleviate poverty in country’s poorest provinces
The Department of Agriculture has come up with a program to alleviate poverty in the country’s ten poorest provinces.
“The DA’s approach is not only on food production but also on poverty alleviation,” Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said in a statement.
The DA will be implementing the Special Area for Agricultural Development, a comprehensive program focusing on the country’s ten poorest provinces after assessing the weakness of the area and its potentials in food production.
The DA will organize a SAAD project management team in coordination with local governments
“It will be composed of technical people both from DA and the province. Together they will identify the problems confronting the area and find solutions to address these,” Piñol said. “We will provide livelihood programs, as these are the sure-fire formula to address poverty.”
The department will also add three provinces in Samar in the program. For the Samar provinces, the aim is to bring down poverty incidence by at least a quarter in the next two years.
“Projects with a turnaround of six months to one year will be implemented to achieve changes that can immediately be felt by the people,” Piñol said. “That can only be done if there’s palay production, livestock, and tree farming.”
The agriculture chief is hoping to find some 1,000 hectares of production area, with one family tilling or working on one hectare each.