Friday, 04 March 2011 12:03
The World Bank (WB) is looking at increasing its allocation for the Philippines as the government now presents more specific programs to eradicate poverty.
WB Country Director Bert Hofman said the current allocation for the country is US$ 600 million annually.
“We are considering to increase it to support more projects since for the first time the Philippines has specific projects for the poor,” he said in a briefing after the Philippine Development Forum (PDF) in Pasay City Saturday night.
Hofman noted that the previous government could have withdrawn more loans from the multilateral lender, “but it didn’t.”
He said representatives of eight international donors who attended the PDF were pleased on the presentations made by economic managers and other government officials regarding fiscal management and the achievement of all the items under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 among others.
He added that development partners were also “very encouraged of the presentations” on health care, human development and education.
Relatively, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman, during the same briefing, said the government will increase coverage of the universal health care and eyes the enrollment of around six million families under the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
She said they also intend to give direct assistance to the poor as they bid to strengthen the implementation of the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program.
She added that specific programs were also made particularly for the poor living in the rural areas and who are into agriculture.
Among the programs of the Department of Agriculture (DA) under the present administration are the full implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) to maximize the production of rice in particular, improve marketing assistance and promote food security.
CARPER, otherwise known as Republic Act No. 9700, is an amendment to R.A. 6657, or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL) of 1988.
By Joann Villanueva-PNA
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