City conducts poverty reduction seminar

BALON DAGUPAN NEWS

TO address hunger and malnutrition and to provide additional source of income for identified poor households, the city government conducted an orientation seminar for 60 households on Integrated Community Food Production (ICFP) of the National Anti-Poverty Commission at the city museum on August 3.

The 60 households (from Barangays Bacayao Sur, Caranglaan, Mayombo, Malued, Mangin, Tebeng, Mamalingling, Pugaro, Calmay, Bonuan Gueset, and Bonuan Binloc) were selected as recipients of the program because they have children who are nutritionally at risk.

Among the topics were orientation and planning workshop on ICFP; care and management of vegetable and root crops production; seed selection, seed sowing, land preparation, transplanting, fertilizer management, water management and harvesting; organic fertilizer production and usage; poultry production and management; infant and young child feeding; and meal planning.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez created the city’s ICFP team with her as chairperson and lawyer Liberato “Ope” Reyna of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team as co-chairperson, to implement the ICFP as a hunger mitigation program under the Bottom-Up-Budgeting for 2015 and 2016.

Based on the data from the City Planning and Development Office, a total of 8,364 school children (pre-school to secondary) are malnourished, which is equivalent to 13.54 percent.

The 2015 data of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, showed at least 17,331 school children are within below poverty line, which is 13.9 percent of the total population of the city.

Under the ICFP program, the families learn, whether they are farmers or not, how to produce foods rich in carbohydrate, vitamins, minerals, fibers and protein around their homes.

The program will also provide nutritious food for two to three months and a sustainable food supply for one year.

They will also be trained on how to sustain the project even after the termination of the program. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)