More to do for the poor
IT appears that the Quezon City government has still more to do as far as the interest and well-being of its constituents are concerned. Why not, and if the recent survey is to be believed, some 79 percent of the city’s households remain poor.
In her report entitled: “Socio-Economic Development Action Plan for 2011-2015, Mapping the City’s Integrated Response to Poverty Alleviation,” which Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte delivered recently at the city council and before Mayor Bistek Bautista and the local legislators, it further shows that four out of the 10 households are not even earning P8,250 a month.
Quoting results from the survey conducted by the city government-commissioned Smart Research Inc. in May 2011 to November 2011, she says that 72 percent or 319,282 of the households, took part in the survey, of which 79 percent of them represented the “poor in society.”
The statistics generated through the survey, although not representing 100 percent of all households in QC, has already provided them with a good profile of the city’s poor – who are the focus of the city government’s current efforts, she says. Of the respondents, 54 percent aged 15 and above have jobs, of which 60 percent are men.
Six percent of the respondents aged six to 19 are no longer in school, and instead are already working to help their families.
The vice mayor says some 45.83 percent of the heads or breadwinners of the households are degree holders and college undergraduates, 29.95 percent are high school graduates and undergraduates, 15.9 percent are elementary graduates and undergraduates, and 7.6 percent are graduates and undergraduates of a two-year course.
Despite being poor, VM Belmonte says 94 percent of them still have three meals a day and five percent eat only twice a day.
VM Belmonte, who has been in tandem with the mayor in carrying out programs especially for the poor sector, stresses that it’s the responsibility of the city government to take interventions, deliver new development projects, strengthen public service and pass the necessary laws to improve the lives of its three million residents.
The mayor agrees with her. He says his administration is geared to offer viable economic activities for residents who are of working age but are unable to look for work; to improve the city’s business guidelines to attract more investors; and pass ordinances that would require business establishments within the city to hire only residents of the barangay where the business is located.
Moreover, he says the city government is maximizing its resources to provide college education to poor but deserving non-honor students from the public high schools; to train high school students become entrepreneurs to be launched this year in five public high schools, among others.
There you go.