Anti-poverty ordinance proposed
BAGUIO CITY – Councilor Phillian Weygan-Allan’s proposed ordinance on anti-poverty has been approved on first reading and was referred to the appropriate council committee.
Councilor Weygan-Allan’s proposal is the institutionalization of an anti-poverty program of the city “which should include a codification of existing resolution and ordinances as well as the creation of an anti-poverty council.” A committee would have to work out the codification, which would need budgetary requirements, the Councilor Weygan-Allan stated in the proposal.
The anti-poverty committee, the lady councilor said, should be in direct supervision of anti-poverty programs of the city. This would include the City Health Office, City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), City Social Welfare Office and Development Office (CSWDO), Department of Education (DepEd) the city council and other offices.
The committee shall “monitor implementation of Anti-Poverty programs, summarize and submit performances of the anti-poverty programs to concerned national bodies and likewise the implementation of the Millenium Development Goals;” and “adopt the DILG recommended CBMS or other modality and system in identifying and monitoring anti-poverty programs.”
It was known that earlier, the city council has been passing several ordinances and resolution which are anti-poverty in nature. A codification thus is needed since other offices have also issuances and anti-poverty programs.
The National Statistics and Coordinating Board has also issued a resolution in2005; “Recognizing and Enjoining Support To the Community-Based Monitoring system as A Tool to Strengthen the Statistical System At the Local Level.”
In 1990, the International Development Research Center (IDRC) Canada through Micro Impacts of Macroeconomic Adjustment Policies (MIMAP) has supported the design and piloting of community monitoring in Asia.
Councilor Weygan-Allan also anchored the proposed anti-poverty ordinance on the Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act, known as RA 8425. The said legal authority is for local government units through local development councils to be responsible for the “formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation” of the National Anti-Poverty Action Agenda in their respective areas. -juliegfianza