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December 31, 2000

Social Services | Accomplishments of Gloria Arroyo


The President conceptualized her ten-point agenda called "BEAT THE ODDs," which is envisioned to jumpstart the country's growth and finally set it on the road towards unsurpassed, sustainable and equitable progress.

Social Services
Service to the poor is one of the core goals of the President. Several programs have been designed and implemented to ensure that food is provided on the table of every Filipino family and the needs and services are delivered.
To provide quality health care, mass-based health and immunization programs were implemented. Half-priced medicines were made available through the Botika ng Barangay and Botika ng Bayan established nationwide. Health insurance to about 15 million indigent Filipinos were distributed under the National Health Insurance Program in 2007.
Through the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program (AHMP), the national hunger incidence declined by 0.7 percentage points from 16.2% in the fourth quarter of 2007 to 15.7% in the first quarter of 2008.
The barangay electrification program was implemented to provide electricity to all parts of the country. As of March 31, 2008 40,590 barangays were provided electricity, leaving only 1,390 barangays to be provided electricity.
The National Housing Program benefited about 895,100 families since 2001. A total of P23 billion in housing loans in 2007 under the Pag-IBIG Fund were provided, the highest since the creation of the fund. Under the Asset Reform Program, the tenure of informal settler families, which enables them to acquire the land that they occupy, was regularized.

Through the continuous implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) a total of 1.6 million hectares or 89% of the 1.78 million-hectare target of private and government-owned lands and public alienable and disposable lands were distributed from 2001 to June 2008.
In 2007 the Farm Family or Programang Gulayan para sa Masa or integrated backyard gardening  was implemented, with 494,844 households benefiting in the 31 Priority 1 and 2 provinces as well as NCR, with spending reaching P86 million out of the total budget allocation of P91 million. As of May 2008, 626,994 household gardens were established harvesting 31,819 MT of various vegetables, most of which were consumed by families and the excess sold in nearby markets.

The Food for School Program provides families of Grade 1-6 pupils, pre-school and Daycare center children, a daily ration of one kilo of rice. From 2005 to 2008, a total of 6,074,136 children were served. At least 10,919 outlets of Tindahan Natin were established from 2006 to 2008, which sold good quality rice and noodles at lower prices. 
The Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services: Kapangyarihan at Kaunlaran sa Barangay (KALAHI-CIDSS: KKB) was implemented. It is the Government’s flagship poverty alleviation program, aimed at empowering communities, improving local governance, and providing economic opportunities for the poor. It employs a community-driven development approach that allows the residents of target communities to participate in local governance. It attained full scale implementation in 2007 and covered 4,226 barangays and 184 municipalities in 42 provinces.

Also, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is a poverty reduction strategy that provides cash grants under particular conditions to poor households to allow their members to meet their needs. It compliments the government effort in achieving the Philippines’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Kalayaan Barangays Program was implemented in 650 barangays nationwide. This involves the provision of basic socio-economic services to develop poor barangays and empower them to turn away from insurgency.
The President clustered the food production drive under a strategy composed of six assistance packages, which are essential to making food abundant, accessible, and affordable through the FIELDS (Fertilizers, Irrigation, Education and Extension, Dryers and other post-harvest facilities, Seeds and other genetic materials) program.

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