Poverty can’t be wiped out by 2016 – Lacierda
July 30, 2014
The administration cannot wipe out poverty by 2016 but will strive harder to uplift the lives of Filipinos in the country, according to a Palace official.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the government will continue to implement massive direct social protection interventions to uplift Filipinos out of poverty.
“You don’t eradicate poverty in three to six years. In China, it took them a decade. It takes generations,” Lacierda said in an interview with ANC cable news channel.
“We are not promising that at the end of the President’s term, there will be no more poverty,” he added.
In his fifth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA), President Aquino said poverty rate went down to 24.9 percent in the first semester of 2013, from 27.9 percent in the same period in 2012.
Citing data from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Aquino said these three percentage points are equivalent to 2.5 million Filipinos who have crossed the poverty line.
But on the day of the SONA, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released its June survey, showing the number of families rating themselves poor increased to 55 percent or 12.1 million families, from 53 percent or 11.5 million families in March.
But Lacierda made clear there was no contradiction between the President’s poverty reduction numbers and the SWS survey showing an increase in self-rated poor among households. He said the President’s report was based on facts while the surge on self-rated poverty was based on perception.
In his speech, Aquino also vowed to sustain reform programs to ensure Filipinos benefit from the country’s economic progress. Among these programs include conditional cash transfer program, health care coverage, and improved access to quality education.
Meantime, the Malacañang communications team intends to modify its campaign to inform the public about the Aquino government’s achievements to promote better understanding.