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Millions to remain in poverty as PH re-sets target

Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan: Inclined to take offer.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The government will have to downgrade its target to reduce poverty, officials warned Tuesday, a move which would leave an additional four million people virtually destitute in 2016.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Asia close to cutting hunger incidence by half, says FAO

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Agriculture officials in Asia and the Pacific are hunkering down to shore up food security as the region’s millennium development goal of reducing the incidence of hunger by half in 2015 is “now within reach,” according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Poor left behind, jobs scarce as Philippines takes off—experts

US language trainer Brian Schroeder talks to retrenched workers applying for English proficiency training for business process outsourcing jobs at a government job fair in Manila. The Philippines should create more investment opportunities in agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and mining to escape the curse of jobless economic growth, experts and businessmen said Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.  AFP FILE PHOTO

The Philippines should create more investment opportunities in agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and mining to escape the curse of jobless economic growth, experts and businessmen said Wednesday.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

PH to miss 2015 poverty-reduction goal

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Pedetrians walk past houses in a shantytown in Manila on July 5, 2013. The government has conceded that the Philippines will miss its 2015 Millennium Development Goal on poverty reduction.  AFP PHOTO/Jay DIRECTO

The government has conceded that the Philippines will miss its 2015 Millennium Development Goal on poverty reduction. Under the updated medium-term Philippine Development Plan, the government has reset its poverty rate target to a range of 20 to 23 percent by 2015, or higher than the 16.6 percent committed under the MDG.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Neda: Provinces growing, but people remain poor

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Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan: There is need to improve the skill sets of the poorest families. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

At least 10 provinces have been experiencing economic growth, but the poorest families in them are being left behind, the country’s top economic manager said on Monday.

Posted: February 18th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Neda updates strategies to generate jobs

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Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan: There is need to improve the skill sets of the poorest families. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Admitting that economic growth alone was not “sufficient” to reduce poverty, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan laid down, on Monday, the government’s “updated” strategies to ultimately achieve inclusive growth.

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Gov’t unveils suite of poverty reduction measures

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The Aquino administration’s latest poverty reduction roadmap—which provides for more investments in social services, infrastructure and skills training—is expected to halve the number of poor Filipinos in less than a decade.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Continuing the culture of generosity

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“HAVING a school bag like my classmates gave me the confidence to dream the kind of dreams that they have, or maybe bigger.”

Poverty taught me the necessity and value of education. The limitations that come with it propelled me to dream, and dream big for my self, my family and for others.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Diamond Hotel’s awardee overcomes childhood poverty

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BUENA always remembers his father’s advice, “Huwag matutulog sa pansitan.” [essentially means to be fast, alert and ready].

The Association of Human Resource Managers (AHRM) is a hotel industry organization that annually selects outstanding employees among its members and provides recognition through the Mabuhay Awards. Last Nov. 25, 2013, another batch of awardees were chosen.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

One in four Filipinos remains poor

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Poverty remains a serious challenge despite the Philippine economy’s rapid pace of expansion in the past two years.

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Gov’t fears spike in poverty rate

Fearing a spike in the country’s poverty rate due to the devastation wreaked by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” the government is now focusing its efforts to provide relief and livelihood opportunities to people affected by the calamity.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

The agri agency, private sector and ‘Yolanda’

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“Yolanda” has done its worst. But in doing so, it has inspired the private sector to do its best. We show here how this joint spirit of the private sector and the Department of Agriculture (DA) can be harnessed to significantly help victims of the supertyphoon.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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