By Jose Eliseo M. Rocamora, Posted at the Inquirer.Net/December 10, 2011

The depth of poverty in the Philippines will require efforts on a massive scale. A multidimensional approach grounded in economic growth and its distribution will therefore be needed to effectively reduce poverty.

The participation of all stakeholders – local governments and government agencies, the private sector, civil society, and the poor themselves – is vital.

The government’s resources have been focused on Pantawid Pamilya, which will benefit 4.3 million households in the next three years through conditional cash transfers that are linked to the health and education targets of the Millennium Development Goals. We are also targeting 5.2 million poor families for subsidized health-insurance coverage. This is the first time many poor Filipinos will have been helped by the government.

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