Saturday, July 14, 2012
HOW TO REDUCE POVERTY...
Sorry for my two-day absence, boys and girls. I had to attend to something.
I have been getting more and more queries from friends, both personal and from Facebook, as well as readers on my personal recommendations on the issues I discuss and criticize.
So even if I have been a victim of idea theft before, and wouldn’t want to be looked upon as just another empty-headed critic either, allow me to start with my suggestions on how to reduce poverty.
DEDUCT AT LEAST P10 BILLION from the multi-billion budget of the Conditional Cash Transfer CCT) Program and use the money on the following:
Set up government-owned markets or groceries wherein goods are sold at farm gate or factory prices. This scheme will provide jobs for store helpers and other personnel while stretching the purchasing power of the poor.
If necessary, buy the land on which the market or grocery will be built.
If there are laws or ordinances which prohibit these, ask senators or congressmen or local officials to move for amendments.
Conduct ROUND-THE-CLOCK, as in NON-STOP, skills trainings or seminars on employment or income-generating ventures. Spend on media and other information dissemination systems to maximize public awareness and attract more participants or attendees.
I am aware that seminars or trainings like these are conducted. But the problem is these are done only on the proverbial ‘once in a blue moon’ frequency or are hardly heard of by the public, especially the poor.
Related to this, establish a centralized/national marketing arm whose sole job will be to look for clients or markets for the works to be produced from the income-generating ventures trainings.
Set up another centralized/national agency whose sole responsibility is to gather information on job openings nationwide and disseminate these both in national media and the barangay level.
A common dilemma of the poor in looking for work is they simply don’t know where to go to look for employment. Also, remember guys that a lot of them often don’t have money to spare for newspapers or Internet shops to surf for job vacancies.
Participants in income-generating ventures trainings can also be asked to come up with their own proposals, with seed capital to be awarded to the best idea (s),
Allocate part of the P10 billion for an increase in government credit lines for the poorest of the poor for their small-scale business ideas or their needs to increase their produce, like farmers and fishermen.
Support this with SUSTAINED PUBLICTY (at least two weeks) so that as many as people as possible will be informed about it.
I will be ding similar blogs like these from now on. Your ideas or suggesations are most welcome.
From our friends:
THE TRAGEDY WE FACE WITH DOLPHY’S DEATH
He never went into politics. What a hard act to follow!
ALBERTO LEE of
He’ll surely be missed. How many Dolphy can a country produce? Maybe one in a century?
SI PNOY! SANA
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