Pangasinan is Best LGU Poverty Reduction Program Implementer

LINGAYEN–After hurdling a series of stringent evaluations last month, the Regional Development Council cited the provincial government as Best LGU Poverty Reduction Program Implementer for 2013.

Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard Baraan announced the new honor bestowed on Pangasinan during the flag raising ceremony last February 24 and thanked and congratulated the men and women behind this latest achievement of the administration under Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr.

In its report, the 12-man multi agency evaluators’ team of the Regional Project Monitoring Committee noted that Pangasinan registered positive results in its local development programs geared at reducing poverty among households that may have contributed greatly to the province’s success in earning another favorable feat for the province.

The regional evaluators’ team for the Provincial Poverty Reduction Action Team (PPRAT) was in the province last month for the final assessment and evaluation.

As Espino reported in his recent State of the Province Address (SOPA), Pangasinan outpaced the country’s poverty reduction from 2006 to 2012 based on the latest Family Income and Expenditure Survey conducted by the National Statistical Coordination Board.

While the entire country posted a minimal 1.1 percent decrease in poverty incidence from 23.4% in 2006 to 22.3% in 2012, the province registered an impressive 9.5% decline in poverty incidence for the same period from 26.5% to 17%.

The governor said the gains made during his first six years at the Capitol as  “incontrovertible proof of the solid accomplishments and concrete testament to the relevance and effectiveness of our poverty reduction programs, projects, and activities in the province of Pangasinan.”

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