Bohol Poverty Portfolio

Development planners opened portfolios for funding during an innovative marketplace of poverty reduction initiatives at the Bohol Cultural Center October 16, the same day the country tries to keep the record for most number of people standing up against poverty.

In Bohol, the portfolio for funding showcase is the latest innovation of putting up a common marketplace of project proposals where funding partners would just browse through and match funds with partnering local governments, Bohol Planning office authorities said,

All of these is set up to displace poverty off Bohol’s 66,000 households still barely able to live over the poverty threshold, they added.

Catigbian Mayor Roberto Salinas led the Boholanos and foreign funding partner representatives present at the Fair in a pledge to trim Bohol’s poor while he urged leaders to take steps against the problem of poverty. This happened simultaneous with a similar inter-agency event led by the National Ant-Poverty Commission (NAPC) unfolding in Manila.

Last year, the Philippines posted Asia’s largest number of people standing up and asking leaders to act against poverty, a record the country hopes to re-establish and top this year with 15 million, organizers from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts said.

The campaign is in line with the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), says Deputy Director Minar Pimple, as she congratulated President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for successfully leading the Philippines in the campaign record last year.

Pimple told the president that about 33 million Filipinos have committed to stand and campaign for cutting poverty into half, consistent with the (UNMC) millennium development goals.

In Bohol, A Poverty Reduction and Development Initiatives Fair (Poverty Fair) was the day’s biggest even, the venue becoming a huge marketplace for partners to match their funds with anti poverty projects in a partnership agreement with local governments.

Showcased at the spacious cultural center were five distinct booths center displaying Bohol Integrated Area Development (BIAD) plans from five clustered areas here for integrated development, showed Planning and Development officer Atty. John Titus Vistal in his message.

Bohol, the country’s second best performer in poverty alleviation initiatives has been brilliantly beckoning funding partners with its development agenda spread in a carpet of peace and co-partnership with local stakeholders.

This fact did not escape two cabinet members who joined Boholanos during the event. Present at the Poverty Fair were Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral and Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap. Keynote speaker was Asian Development Bank’s Neerak Jain.

The top international funding agencies working with Bohol, according to Governor Erico Aumentado are the German Development Foundation (GTZ), the World Bank through Kalahi CIDSS, Australian Agency for International Development with PACAP, Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Japan International Cooperation Agency and the European Union through the agrarian reform communities.

This is over the President’s special support to Bohol, Aumentado pointed out. – Rey Anthony Chiu, PIA

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