Localizing Poverty Reduction
What is the project about?
The past poverty reduction initiatives of the government have emphasized the importance of the role of local stakeholders in directly addressing key poverty issues. The Localizing Poverty Reduction Programme is working on the premise that the convergence of government services and poverty alleviation efforts at the local levels shall be ensured. Specifically, the participatory and multi-stakeholder approaches in planning, decision-making, implementation, monitoring and evaluation shall be strengthened and institutionalized.
Addressing the challenges of poverty to effect changes or improvement in local capacity to satisfy basic needs of the population requires medium to long term investments and sustained interventions. It would also require direct and continued involvement of the local stakeholders and a systematic process of localizing poverty reduction initiatives, which would then give way to meaningful convergence of the government, non-government and private sector initiatives. This systematic process of localizing poverty reduction efforts aims to ensure that processes for adequate, efficient, and prompt delivery of basic services to the poor are in place.
What have we accomplished so far?
In 2012, the Programme supported existing initiatives aimed at expanding social protection for the vulnerable sectors. Particularly, the Programme helped improve the quality of life of residents in target communities in calamity prone municipalities in the Bicol region by expanding their food and income bases to promote food security and nutrition, and generate sustainable income for household beneficiaries. Food security gardens were established together with the Provincial and Municipal Governments in seven pilot communities helping at least 350 beneficiaries. In addition, vermiculture bins and poultry houses were also constructed in the communities and community members were trained on production skills and innovative microcredit management. Up-scaling of this initiative is being continued in 2013 to include other communities as well as introducing the project to Typhoon Bopha affected communities in Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte in Mindanao.
Harmonizing existing tools used in targeting poor beneficiaries is another priority concern of the Programme. Currently, the national and local governments are using two different systems in identifying beneficiaries for their anti-poverty initiatives. In order to inform the design of a more efficient and effective anti-poverty measures for the government, the Programme conducted a study exploring the possibility of harmonizing the National Household Targeting System and The Community-Based Monitoring System systems.
The Programme is also supporting the “Rapid Appraisal of the Supplementary Feeding Program,” which will review the relevance and/or necessity of the feeding program being implemented by different government agencies. The study aims to derive lessons learned and formulate recommendations to guide future programming. The beneficiaries/households in the four target municipalities in the Bicol region will be the study respondents.
Overall, the Programme helped enhance the capacities of the policy decision makers and other stakeholders by deepening their understanding of poverty issues and challenges.
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