Promise 66: Performance- and outcome-driven investments in poorer LGUs
"Setting National Policy: Performance- and outcome-driven over-investments in education, health, and employment interventions.
I will match every peso invested by 4th and 5th class LGUs in basic education, maternal and child health care and potable water and latrines.
Moreover, I will provide additional support to performing LGU’s so they can fast track filling the gaps in attaining targets for their education, health and sanitation programs. In education I will support LGU efforts to attain 100 % basic education enrolment, lowering dropout rates and increasing completion rates."
March 19, 2014: President Benigno Aquino and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas dangled at least P1 million in performance challenge funds for local government units that will meet the DILG's standards for a seal of good local governance. (Continue Reading)
February 18, 2014: Twenty-five thousand jobs abroad are being offered by the Maguindanao provincial government for its residents as part of its 8-point development agenda for 2014. The program, called "Light for Work," aims to alleviate poverty in the province, as well as prevent residents from succumbing to human trafficking and illegal recruiters. (Continue Reading)
June 20, 2012: President Benigno Aquino III said he will ask concerned departments and agencies to explain the slow pace by which funds intended for development projects for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, one of the poorest regions in the nation, are being used. (Continue reading)
October 12, 2011: President Benigno Aquino III unveiled a P72-billion stimulus package, which includes infrastructure, poverty alleviation and resettlement projects, to pump-prime the economy amid a global slowdown. This includes a P6.5 billion support fund for local government units (LGUs), which can be spent on infrastructure development and poverty alleviation programs. (Continue reading)
July 9, 2012: The long-awaited executive order (EO) outlining the Aquino government's mining policy is finally out...On the issue of small-scale mining, the EO stated that pursuant to RA 7076 (People's Small Scale Mining Act of 1991), small-scale mining operations are only allowed in areas declared as "Minahang Bayan." (Continue Reading)
June 25, 2012: The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a “Magna Carta for the Poor” that would uplift the standard of living and quality of life of the impoverished by providing them with sustained opportunities for growth and development.
House Bill 448 “seeks to provide for the creation and expansion of employment and livelihood opportunities involving a gradual shift from government subsidy to the eventual empowerment of the poor to meet their minimum basic needs.” (Continue Reading)
May 22, 2012: The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced the release of P1.8 billion in Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) funds to local government units (LGUs), marking the fourth installment of the IRA differentials due to LGUs under the Monetization in IRA Collectibles for Local Empowerment 2 (MIRACLE 2). “The P1.8-billion release for LGUs is representative of the Administration’s commitment to ensure sufficient and timely budgetary support to local governments and the communities they serve,” Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said. (Continue Reading)
April 11, 2012: The Asian Development Bank backed conditional cash transfers known as "Pantawid Pamilya" and other programs to make growth more inclusive. (Continue Reading)
February 2, 2012: The World Bank extended a $50 million loan to the Philippines for a government project designed to promote investments in local public infrastructure and services. The Regional Infrastructure for Growth Project (RIGP) is designed to stimulate physical and economic integration among a number of local government units and support post-disaster initiatives through improved access to finance. (Continue Reading)
October 19, 2011: The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will pay the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) P1.5 billion premiums in arrears covering 2.9 million indigent families... "In support of the President's vision for universal healthcare coverage for all, especially the poor and the vulnerable, we need to settle our obligations with PhilHealth which, if left unpaid, might affect its performance in the long run," Abad said. (Continue Reading)
June 21, 2011: President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III signed into law several pro-poor bills, including the mandatory immunization for children and the extension of the lifeline electricity rates for poor consumers. (Continue Reading)
June 15, 2011: The Philippines ranked a poor seventh among nine Southeast Asian nations in the area of education and innovation, Guillermo M. Luz, co-chairman of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), said. (Continue Reading)
September 15, 2010: President Benigno Aquino III has rebutted critics opposing the government’s cash aid program for poor families nationwide. In a speech in Cebu City on Wednesday, Aquino said his administration’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme, through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, is “helping people rise above poverty.” (Continue Reading)