31 Oct Duterte Launches CRDA, an Initiative to Alleviate Poverty in Mindanao
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other areas affected by conflict such as Regions Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Central Mindanao will be the beneficiaries of President Rodrigo Duterte administration’s poverty alleviation and development agenda. This said initiative, the Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda (CRDA), focuses on anti-poverty projects which harness mainly the resources from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Technology Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).
As said by Duterte in vernacular, his administration will pour development funds in Mor areas adding that his priority solely in Mindanao is to eradicate hunger among children and reduce the incidence of poverty.
Included in the assistance package are the provision of farm inputs and fishing equipment to farmers and fishermen, scholarship grants for students, setting up of water systems and electrification projects in the poorest communities in the region, distribution of Philhealth cards, and reducing the susceptibility of children from hunger and malnutrition.
As indicated in the current statistics, on top of the list in terms of poverty incidence are the provinces in ARMM.
The distribution and turn-over of the assistance packages to beneficiaries happened at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex last October 29, 2016, Saturday, attended by ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman and Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Sayyadi and other local, regional and national officials, then joined by President Duterte.
Forefronting the implementation of the programmes are the following agencies of the government:
- Co-operative Development Authority
- Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council
- National Anti-Poverty Commission
- National Commission on Muslim Filipinos
- National Food Authority
- National Youth Commission
- Office of the President-Presidential Action Centre
- Philippine Commission on Women
- Philippine Coconut Authority
- Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor
- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
Accompanying Duterte were Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, and Tesda Director General Guiling Mamondiong.
By next year, Duterte mentioned that Jolo and other areas in ARMM will possibly have new hospital buildings with the funding that will come from a private donation amounting P1 billion.
Source: Gulf Times