URDANETA CITY - Various government line agencies and private corporations convened on Thursday to present the updates of their concerted efforts on their programs pertaining to the sustainable livelihood program (SLP) of the government.
Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes Castillo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD , said the government is focused on uplifting the lives of the Filipino family, thus the need to pool the help and resources of all concerned agencies.
“The sustainable livelihood program is one of the millennium development goals of the country not just for the Filipinos but also for our commitment to the international community,” Castillo said during the quarterly inter-agency meeting held at the Urdaneta City hall.
Castillo further explained that the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is the main focus of the SLP because it is the face of poverty and the sector that needs the most assistance.
Of the 10 million Filipinos listed in the ‘Listahanan’ survey, at least five million are identified poor, he said.
In Region I, a total of 203,550 poor families are beneficiaries of the 4Ps as of the second quarter of 2015 with 19,602 in Ilocos Norte; 26,434 in Ilocos Sur; 31,039 in La Union and 126,475 in Pangasinan.
Castillo revealed that the program has doubled its target of 4Ps beneficiaries in the country. From the initial target of 2.3 million poor families, the program has served 4.5 million for the first half of 2015. DSWD is confident it could reach the five- million mark by 2016.
With DSWD as the lead agency, the Regional Inter-Agency Committee has the following members: DOLE, BFAR, DPWH, DA, DAR, DTI, DENR, DOST, DOH, DOT,PIA,TESDA, DMMSU-MLUC, private corporation SRPC, religious sector and local government units. (VHS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)