LINGAYEN- There's no time to be sluggish.
This was the idea as the provincial government through the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) spearheaded their fourth quarter meeting to assess accomplishments and to make plans to further pull down the poverty incidence rate.
"Though we don't really have the tool to assess the poverty incidence, the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) has the said data. And as can be taken from the latest data, we are on the right track," said PPDO Chief Benita Pizzaro during the said meeting held at the Capitol Resort on November 6, 2013.
The poverty incidence rate of the province has continuously been declining as Pizzaro recalled that for the year 2006, it was at 26.5%; 19.5% in 2009; and 17% in 2012.
She added that the province targets to further lower poverty incidence below 10% in the following year.
The said meeting was attended by concerned agencies, various departments of the provincial government, and different towns that form part of the Provincial Poverty Reduction Action Team (PPRAT).
"I think Pangasinan is the only province in the country that involves all local government units in the poverty reduction planning, so as to come up with an integrated effort as we understand each town has different needs," explained Pizzaro. (Arian Bermas)