By: Thelma C. Bicarme
CABARROGUIS, Quirino — The Anti-Poverty Council and various stakeholders here recently launched the Anti-Poverty Movement, a collaboration of pro-poor organizations and individuals aimed at combatting poverty in the province.
With the theme, “Nagkakaisang Kilos ng Mamamayan Laban sa Kahirapan,” the event was held at Saint Mark’s School gym here in Cabarroguis town of Quirino last March 15.
Stakeholders from the youth, farmers, women, health, business, Overseas Filipino Workers, cooperatives, government and other non-government organizations joined the event.
Dante Tobias, chairman of the Provincial and Regional Fisheries Councils (PAFC/RAFC), said the movement aims to help the provincial government in its goal to eradicate poverty by capacitating the people on various alternative sources of livelihood and recommending possible solutions on problems of business capital.
On the other hand, Marciana Foryasen, board chairperson of the Diffun Saranay Development Cooperative, emphasized the indispensable roles of a cooperative in battling poverty with different livelihood opportunities.
Erlinda Chi, Flowerqueen Enterprises manager, who represented the OFW sector, shared how her fossilized flower business started until it became her family’s income and source of livelihood of her friends and helpers.
Chi said her products are now permanent part of livelihood exhibits not only in the province but in other parts of the country.
Other representatives were Mary Frances Pagaduan-youth sector; Debbie Matias-tourism; Susan Miguel- health; Mateo Guinid- farmer; Diosdado Estocapio-MSMEs; Estrelita Gadingan-Rural Improvement Club and Provincial ABC Federation President Rodrigo dela Pena, also expressed support to the Anti-Poverty Movement as they thanked the government for the assistance given to them.
A pledge of commitment to combat poverty in the province was also signed by the different stakeholders. (PIA-2 Quirino)