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Livelihood for poor Filipinos proposed

TO promote self-reliance among the Filipino people, two lawmakers are urging government to implement a grassroots program that would provide jobs and livelihood to poor families.
Before adjournment of Congress, Reps. Rufus Rodriguez and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. on Wednesday initiated House Resolution (HR) 1967 “urging the government to implement a Kabuhayan (livelihood) program to provide jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities at the community level.”
HR 1967 has been referred for proper consideration and action to the House Committee on Poverty Alleviation chaired by Camarines Sur Rep. Salvio Fortuno.

Filipinos told: Unite vs corruption!

DUBBED as the most evil thing in Philippine politics, President Benigno Aquino III called on Filipinos to unite and continue doing what is right for the country, as has been the hallmark of what the earlier Filipinos did to regain our country’s independence.
In a statement issued Saturday, Aquino stressed that it is only through unity that the country can combat poverty and corruption.

Philippines remains poor, says UN

THE latest United Nations Human Development Report has ranked the Philippines as 117th in the list of 187 poor countries in the world.
This prompted Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd district, Cagayan de Oro City) to file House Resolution 2010 urging the House Committee on Poverty Alleviation to determine why the Philippines is still included in the list despite government’s claim that the economy is improving.

Crisis centers for Filipino street kids pushed

EXPRESSING serious concern about the growing number of pitiful street children in Philippine cities, especially in Manila, two lawmakers are urging the establishment of crisis centers for street children nationwide.
“National and local government agencies, along with non-government organizations, work hand in hand to uplift the situation of Filipino street children. But there are numerous needs that have yet to be met,” Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Abante Mindanao Party-list Rep. Maximo B. Rodriguez, Jr. declared.

Number of malnourished Filipino kids on the rise

AMID rising number of malnourished children in the country, Senator Sonny Angara has renewed his call for the establishment of a school feeding and child nutrition program in all public schools in the Philippines.
“The most effective means to combat child hunger and malnutrition is through the public school network where we could target children who belong to poorer families,” Angara said in a press statement Monday.
The senator lamented that current school feeding programs administered by the Department of Education (DepEd) are limited as these programs rely heavily on allocations from government officials and agencies or donations from private individuals and corporations.
According to the 2013 National Nutrition Survey, 20 percent of Filipino children aged 0 to 5 are underweight while 30 percent are stunted or too short for their age.

Hunger still grips Philippine society

HUNGER grips at least 9.3 million Filipino families and leaves 7.36 million children below the age of five ravaged by malnutrition, Philippine Senator Grace Poe lamented in a privilege speech early this week.
Poe called for a comprehensive re-engineering of the government’s actions to address hunger and malnutrition in the country, citing urgently needed efforts to solve the menace in a sustained and coordinated approach.
“Millions of Filipinos go to bed, go to work, or go to school hungry,” Poe said, emphasizing the plight of Filipino children, “Our children have been weighed, and most of them lacked the required weight.”