The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) said that the country’s current poverty rate is pegged at 21.9%.
NAPC Secretary Lisa Masa, said that the government can achieve the 7% drop rate by implementing the right programs such as agricultural land reform for the small-scale Filipino farmers.
The commission stressed that the government is quite forgetting the agricultural state of the country that has been providing livelihood for millions of Filipinos in the past decades.
According to Masa, “Ito nga yung problema, binigay nga sa kanila ang lupa, pero nabebenta rin nila kasi hindi sila nabibigyan ng suporta dun sa pagiging produktibo ng lupa na ito. This is almost approaching a crisis, ‘dun sa ating agrikultura at food production na kailangan natin immediately i-address and we could only address that by developing our agriculture.”
Stop sending Filipino workers abroad
This sentiment was also echoed by IBON Foundation, an organization that focuses on the state of poverty in the country.
According to the group, the government should stop sending Filipino workers abroad in search for jobs.
The group also said that the country can provide enough for a living however the government lacked in providing the right facilities and an organized system to make it happen.
Casey Salamanca of IBON Foundation, says that, “This is actually around four thousand six hundred (4, 600) ng mga Filipinos go out every day; last year yung numbers na yan. Malungkot yun, kasi yung bisig mo, yung arms mo for production ay lumalabas ng bansa to work and support economies of other countries.
Pantawid Pamilya Program, not a solution to country’s poverty problem
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that they are doing everything they can to lessen the country’s poverty rate with the conditional cash transfer or ‘Pantawid Pamilya Program.’
But the agency itself is not convinced that the said program is the solution to the increasing poverty problem of the country.
Meanwhile, the NAPC said that they will recommend to review the existing policies in the country, particularly in the development of the agricultural sector.
It added that industrialization and commercialization should also be monetized to prevent agricultural land loss.