Priority projects identified at poverty reduction workshop in Dagupan

DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 26 (PIA) — Priority projects were identified by a mixed group of government and civil society heads in a poverty reduction workshop conducted here.

The orientation workshop for the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT), composed of 13 government agencies and 13 civil society organizations, was spearheaded by the local Department of Interior and Local Government.

The workshop aimed at consulting all the sectors in this city and to prepare the priority programs and projects coming from the grass-roots level.

“The consultation and participation among all sectors is important to elevate the city’s needs to the national level,” said DILG-Dagupan Director Roderick Dawis.

The projects identified by the group will cater to various sectors of the society to benefit all Dagupenos.

These include technical vocational training to give Dagupenos more chances on employment, promotion of organic production, One Town-One Product, P-Trace (product marking to distinguish Dagupan-made products or Dagupan-based products like Bonuan Bangus), sustainable livelihood program for women’s groups, feeding programs for elementary students, spiritual enhancement program, capacity skills training program, Gulayan sa Paaralan, and literacy mapping, among others.

“The local government and civil society organizations planned for projects that are doable and could be funded and implemented, all for the benefit of the people and the city,” Dawis said during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency office on Thursday, February 21.

The projects aim to decrease, if not totally eradicate, poverty incidence in the city which is pegged by the Department of Social Work and Development at 10.82 percent. (JCR/VHS-PIA1 Pangasinan)#

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