By CRIS DIAZ
MISAMIS Oriental--Poverty incidence in Misamis Oriental has gone down by about one percent from a high of 18.9 percent in 2015, provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano said Monday.
He said that the one percent is about 9,000 people of the province estimated population 900,000 in 2017.
According to Emano, that one of the factors that lead to the reduction of the poverty incidence in Misamis Oriental could be attributed to the provincial government’s various poverty reduction programs in cooperation with the national government’s anti-poverty programs.
Emano cited the “Kapatid Mentor ME program” of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Misamis Oriental that also provided one of the best tools that trim down, if not, eradicate poverty by providing sustainable income generating livelihood to ambitious and hard working individuals.
The DTI’s “Kapatid Mentor ME” program aims to assist Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) improve and sustain the businesses of stakeholders through mentoring and coaching in a bid to provide more local employment.
Launched in March 2017, the DTI’s “mentor me” program provides an 11-week program module on Marketing, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Operations Management among others, Eliza Pabillore, the provincial DTI director said.
Emano said that the provincial government of Misamis Oriental has partnered with the DTI in a bid to achieve one of the present administration’s goals—eradicate poverty in Misamis Oriental.
“The provincial government has also initiated various poverty eradication programs, particularly the Misamis Oriental Care System, which provides livelihood opportunities to members,” Emano said.
Actually, the Misamis Oriental Care System, also known as MisOrCareS is an innovative health care program that provides free medication, free hospitalization, free burial assistance and scholarship grants to the poorest of the poor in Misamis Oriental, Emano said.
He said that since the inception of the MisOrCareS sometime in the third quarter of 2014, it has already served more than 600,000 people by providing health care assistance, livelihood, scholarship, and burial assistance to the people of Misamis Oriental.
Without doubt, the MisOrCareS program of the provincial government has help alleviate the status of the poorest of the poor in the Misamis Oriental, serving as one of the tools of the government’s nationwide poverty reduction tools, Emano said.
Since Emano became elected provincial governor of Misamis Oriental in 2013, the various poverty reduction of the provincial government has scaled down the poverty incidence in the province from a high of 25 percent in 2012 to a low of 17 percent in 2017.
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