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NAPC launches campaign against poverty in Mindanao

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By Zea C. Capistrano

Davao City – The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) is calling on government agencies to address the problem of poverty comprehensively by taking into consideration the people’s 10 basic needs when crafting projects for the community.

The NAPC on Wednesday launched Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangagailangan or Kilos Sambayanan campaign in Mindanao, which seeks the convergence of local government units, government agencies, and communities to attain the Filipino’s 10 basic needs. The launching was held in Muslim Village in Barangay Talomo here. The campaign was first launched in Tondo, Manila earlier this year.

In an interview, Paying Pascual, Executive Assistant of NAPC said they are gearing towards a more comprehensive approach in providing projects in communities.

Under Kilos Sambayanan, NAPC listed food, housing, water, health, education, work, social protection, healthy environment, peace and people participation as the 10 basic needs.

Pascual said that, through the campaign, NAPC will coordinate with government agencies and LGUs to ensure that the 10 basic needs are targeted to be addressed by each project.

“It’s really a big, big challenge for NAPC, but since we know (NAPC) Secretary Liza Maza came from the progressive group, this is the only chance to implement this. And whether the government will accept it or not, we will do this because this is the right approach,” she said.

“Providing seedlings or water system does not immediately solve the problem in the community. community,” Pascual added.

She said the NAPC will monitor whether government agencies are integrating the 10 basic needs in their projects for the next year.

NAPC also asked agencies and local government units to coordinate with them in implementing projects. Pascual said they will also launch the campaign in the Visayas this year.

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