MANILA, July 15 -- The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) will launch the "Kilos SAMBAYANAN" in Barangay 286, Del Pan St., Tondo, Manila at 9 am on Sunday.
Kilos SAMBAYANAN or Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan, an advocacy campaign to meet the 10 basic needs of the Filipino poor, will be fittingly launched in Del Pan in Tondo, where President Rodrigo Duterte had his “solidarity dinner” with the poor, who had been the center of his election campaign, after his inauguration as the country’s head of state on June 30 last year.
That night, he thanked the indigents and vowed that his administration would strive to give them education, health care, food security, livelihood and improved social services.
The Kilos SAMBAYANAN campaign will focus on fulfilling the 10 basic needs of the poor -- food and land reform; water; shelter; health; education; work; social protection; healthy environment; peace; and participation through the collaborative efforts of all sectors of society.
To join the event are the heads or representatives of various government agencies involved in the campaign, among them the Philippine Information Agency, Presidential Communications Operations Office, and member agencies of the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster (HDPRCC) -- the departments of social welfare, agriculture, agrarian reform, environment and natural resources, education, health, labor, budget, and interior and local government, the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, and Commission on Higher Education.
The program will begin at 9 am and will be highlighted by a forum, performances, audiovisual presentations of government services for the poor, information kiosks, and medical and dental services.
During the forum, Cabinet secretaries and representatives of government agencies belonging to the HDPRCC will report on their anti-poverty programs and projects.
At the end of the forum, a painted mural that will signify the commitment of the participants will be unveiled.
One-Stop Shops of HDPRCC government agencies will also be opened to provide services to the poor.
The NAPC has been tasked by the Office of the President to coordinate, monitor, and exercise policy oversight of the government's anti-poverty programs, and ensure meaningful representation and active participation of the basic sectors in governance. (Leilani S. Junio/PNA)