MANILA – Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the poverty alleviation program of the Duterte administration has a big impact on the decline of involuntary hunger rate in the Philippines.
The program includes providing free medicines to indigents; allowing the poor to use the money they allotted for medication, to be spent on food and other basic needs.
Crisologo Abraham and David Malana are among the beneficiaries of the program that provides free medicine and accommodation in public hospitals.
They each have a child confined at Philippine General Hospital.
Abraham’s child is in the hospital due to water on the brain (hydrocephalus) while Malana’s child is in the hospital due to Lupus.
Although troubled, Abraham and Malana are thankful for the government’s help.
“Lahat ng gamot na makukuha mo meron, di katulad noon na pag wala, bibili ka sa drug store, syempre pagkakasyahin mo lang (All medicines that you need are available, unlike in the past, if it’s not available, you need to buy at the drug store),” Malana said.
“Kahit na ganuon, naitulong ng ating pamahalaan na katunayan na para sa pasyente katulad naming mahihirap na nalalagyan ng kalunasan (The government is able to help patients, and the poor like us. Our problems are being addressed),” Abraham said.
Based on the survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) from March 25 to 28, 2017, 11.9 percent or 2.7 million households said they have experienced hunger.
This is 2 percent lower than the 13.9 percent or 3.1 million families based on December 2016 survey result.
USec. Abella said the government is also focused on making efforts to improve the Filipinos’ quality of living, aside from health.
This is through infrastructure projects and easy access to a micro financing system. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
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