NAPC Welcomes Delegates of the 11th SOMRDPE

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NAPC Welcomes Delegates of the 11th SOMRDPE

  1. 1. Office of the President of the Philippines NATIONAL ANTI-POVERTY COMMISSION Water System Training Center, MWSS-LWUA Complex, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City This article is for immediate release. For more inquiries, please contact: Mr. Bryan G. Villasana, NAPC Communications Officer +639272862812 www.napc.gov.ph PRESS RELEASE June 16, 2014 NAPC Welcomes Delegates of the 11th SOMRDPE Senior officials and other delegates from the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam have arrived in Panglao Island, Bohol, for the 11th Senior Officials Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (SOMRDPE) of the ASEAN. The Philippines, through the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), is hosting this year’s event with the theme “Enabling Enterprise for Economic Inclusion of the Poor.” As Southeast Asian nations accelerate the establishment of the ASEAN Community by 2015, senior officials on rural development agencies from the ASEAN Member States come together to discuss policies on including the poor in promoting interdependence and greater economic growth across the region. “Support towards creating and nurturing a local and context-specific environment where small players can significantly participate in the market is an important key to poverty reduction,” says NAPC Under-secretary Patrocinio Jude Esguerra III, head of the Philippine delegation. “We must establish effective enterprise models, and cultivate and harvest this valuable information to effectively address challenges in the ASEAN context.” Poverty alleviation is usually achieved with sustained economic growth but economic growth alone does not reduce poverty. Efforts to build inclusive institutions and systems must be in place to ensure that the poor and the vulnerable are part of and benefit from economic growth. The senior officials will present policies, legislations, programs or best practices from their country during the meeting. There will also be a forum on rural enterprises between the delegates and representatives from non-governmental organizations in each respective Southeast Asian nation. Bohol was chosen by NAPC as the venue of the SOMRDPE because the province has shown best practices in engaging the poor in economic enterprises. Bohol is also a tourist destination where delegates can enjoy themselves. “This is a big event for Bohol,” says Governor Edgardo Chatto, “and we are thankful to NAPC Sec. Joel Rocamora for bringing the ASEAN delegates to the province.” The arrival of delegates in Bohol is expected to boost the local economy of the province, which is undergoing rehabilitation after the massive earthquake that struck the province in October last year.

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