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[Press Release] GCAP State of Poverty Address

GCAP State of Poverty Address

NO ONE SHOULD BE LEFT BEHIND! WALANG IWANAN! This is the cry of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty around the world. In the Philippines, poverty is still very high and it is lagging behind the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) target to eradicate poverty. WALANG IWANAN! is GCAP Philippines’ demand from the government to constantly take heed of the urgency of improving the situation of the poor and marginalised sectors of society.

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GCAP Philippines aims to spread awareness and mobilize people to take action on the situation of poverty in the country. Even if the targets of the government look good, we need to ensure that these come from the grassroots, reflecting their real situation. This is why the State of Poverty Address is a timely event not only for the SONA of PNoy, but also in time for the MDGs to end in 2015, and the processes that are happening now to finalize the new Sustainable Development Goals. We need to put the link between the different layers of actors that have a stake in the whole development sphere, putting the grassroots issues forward, and not behind.

According to Erning Ofracio of Aktib and GCAP Executive Committee Member, “despite government reports of economic increase (GDP growth), poverty remains high mainly due to high unemployment, weak investment climate, high income inequality, corrupt administration and lack of peoples participation in budget planning especially from the the local level. Real economic growth must felt by the people in the margins of society.”

The government just released in July 2014 that fishermen, farmers and children remain to be the poorest among the basic sectors. They represent 39.2%, 38.3% and 35.2% respectively, from the overall poverty incidence of 25.2% in 2012. This means that 1 out of 4 people are poor in the Philippines. The target for the government in poverty alleviation is 16.6% poverty incidence by year 2015. This is still a long shot, and the government has conceded, but still needs to prove that they are accountable.

Among the indigenous peoples farmers, the issue on Coco levy fund, after almost 40 years, is still a continuing battle. The P78B fund still needs to be distributed to the coconut farmers. The indigenous peoples farmers need to be part of the discussion in the Philippine Coconut Authority. At the same time, land security is important to be addressed, as sustainable agriculture depends on having a secure land as well. “The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and other concerned agencies need to step up and resolve these issues on ancestral domain and other tenurial instruments. Certificate of Ancestral Domain Titles need to finally be awarded to the IPs”, says Julian Tena, Dumagat leader from SAGIBIN-LN of Quezon and partner of AnthroWatch, GCAP Coordinating Committee member.

Luis Granados of Kabataan Kontra Kahirapan, a GCAP Coordinating Committee member, says that “the Youth are being left behind. The abolition of the Sangguniang Kabataan had only been the discussed by the “elders” in the government. There are also many youth politicians but their voices also muffled by the political parties of their relatives. What is also they youth’s role in K-12? Most employment opportunities are in call center and those that are related to servicing international clients, or encourage overseas work. The Youth are left behind still because still the genuine voices and actions need to be put out more.”

Inequality, good governance, maternal health, peace and security, protection of children, access to basic services, the environment, are also among the most pressing themes that GCAP Philippines want addressed. In PNoy’s speech on July 28, it should report beyond numbers and face-saving against criticisms of DAP, and address how to concretely accelerate poverty reduction. It should set aside arrogance, and acknowledge that there are real-life problems felt by people everyday, and that the government needs to share the urgency of working to resolve these. With this, they can encourage more people to move with them for genuine development, for justice, equality and security. This way, no one would be left behind.
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GCAP-Philippines is a movement composed of various grassroots and national organisations in the Philippines working towards eradicating poverty. It utilizes various strategies such as media and mobilization demanding and challenging the Philippine government to live up to its promise to the Millennium Development Goals and to protect and promote the rights of Filipinos to have a decent and dignified life. It is also currently engaged in the Post-2015 processes organising consultations and campaigns, linking with national and international networks and participating in various fora to help ensure that the Post-2015 development agenda truly address poverty and inequality.

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Press Release
July 24, 2014

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[Press Release] On Poverty Reduction, Don’t Fool Us with Your Statistics: GCAP Tells Government

On Poverty Reduction, Don’t Fool Us with Your Statistics: Anti-Poverty Group Tells Government

“Don’t fool us with your statistics!” said the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) Philippines. This is said in reaction to the report released by the Philippine Statistics Authority that poverty incidence went down to 24.9% of the population in the first semester of 2013.

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According to GCAP Philippines, the change in the figure is due to the different metric used in measuring poverty incidence – from the usual Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) to Annual Poverty and Indicator Survey (APIS). Going by the FIES, the poverty incidence increased in 2006 and has remained high even after three years into the Aquino Administration.

“We challenge the government to come clean to the public in trying to maneuver the statistics on poverty. We believe that changing the method is highly questionable”, asserted by the GCAP. Nevertheless, no matter what method is used—APIS or FIES—the government has admitted it will not reach the 16.6 percent target of the Millennium Development Goal in poverty eradication.

Currently, the poverty threshold stands at P52 per person per day. According to the government, the poverty threshold is the amount a family or individual needs in order not be considered poor.”Having Php52 is not enough to provide decent living for one person even for a day”, narrated Joy Reyes.

GCAP Philippines is out to challenge the government to be realistic in addressing poverty reduction and avoid hiding the reality under the official poverty statistics that is making matters worse for the genuine poor. GCAP Philippines maintains that economic growth, no matter how high, is meaningless if it does not translate into improved quality of life for the average Filipino.

The government officials need to get out of their air-conditioned offices and feel the pressing issues and experienced everyday by the majority of Filipinos. The poor and marginalised still experience inaccessibility of basic services compounded by privatization of government institutions and rampant corruption.

According to GCAP-Philippines, on housing, the NHA and LGUs still prioritize resettlement designs that are only for rent and not for ownership by the urban poor people resettled. Resettlement areas also need to package basic services including sustainable livelihood options needed for decent living.

Furthermore, recent developments in the Pork Barrel case also reveals more allegations of government officials involved in the corruption case, which unfortunately include a big number of elected and appointed officials.

Amongst all these issues of corruption and privatization, etc., the poor are the most vulnerable, yet usually the most left out in the development processes.

To continue to highlight the burning issues of poverty and inequality, and to commemorate the Urban Poor Uprising held on May 1, 2001, GCAP Philippines will continue its traditional Pre-dawn March of the Poor at the foot of Mendiola Bridge. This is to express their protest and discontent at the current state of affairs of the urban poor sector. This is a symbolic commemoration of the Poor Peoples March during EDSA 3 on May 1, 2001.

The group will assemble at 4am on May 1 in San Sebastian Church. A Candle March of more than 100 urban poor delegates and their allies and sympathizers will proceed to the Chino Roces monument where a Solidarity Flower wreath will be put at the foot of the monument. This gesture is to pay tribute to those who perished during the May 1 March to Malacanang in May 1, 2001. GCAP-Philippines refers to them as ‘the nameless and faceless heroes’ of that historic event.

Contact Persons:
Egay Buenaventura of Kasama-Pilipinas at 0915-9654804 or Lucia Velarde of SRCC-MPC of North Triangle at 0930-6237670, member-organisations of GCAP Philippines.

GCAP-Philippines is a movement composed of various grassroots and national organisations in the Philippines working in the sectors of education, health, peace-building, housing and land security, agriculture, governance, participation and access to basic social services for women, youth, indigenous peoples, farmers and urban poor, among others. It utilizes various strategies such as media and mobilization demanding and challenging the Philippine government to live up to its promise to the Millennium Development Goals and to protect and promote the rights of Filipinos to have a decent and dignified life. It is also currently engaged in the Post-2015 processes organising consultations and campaigns, linking with national and international networks and participating in various fora to help ensure that the Post-2015 development agenda truly address poverty and inequality.

http://www.endpovertynow.org.ph, http://www.gcap-senca.net, http://www.whiteband.org.

Press Release
01 May 2014

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[Event] Kuwentuhang Karapatan: Kahirapan, ang ESCR at ang OP – GCAP & ESCR-NGO-PO Network on ESCR

“Poverty may be defined as a human condition characterized by sustained
or chronic deprivation of the resources, capabilities, choices, security and power
necessary for the enjoyment of an adequate standard of living
and  other civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights.”
– Statement adopted by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, May2001

Mga Kasama,

Malugod kayong iniimbita ng Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)-Philippines at ng Philippine NGO-PO Network on Economic, Social and Cultural (ESC) Rights, sa ikaapat na bahagi ng Kuwentuhang Karapatan.

Kuwentuhang Karapatan: Kahirapan, ang ESCR at ang OP
ala-1 ng hapon, Miyerkules, ika-24 ng Agosto 2011
Alumni Cafe, Alumni Center, UP Campus, Diliman, QC.

Daloy:

Pagbati at Pagpapakilala
Pagbabahagi ni Prop. Marivic Raquiza ng UP National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG):

a.    Pagtingin sa Kahirapan (Approaches to Poverty);

b.   Pagtutok sa monetary approach sa kahirapan ;

c. Pag-usisa sa pinkabagong Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES);

d.   Pagtingin at Pagtugon ng Gobyerno sa Kahirapan (Government’s Approach to Poverty)

e.    Pagbahagi ng mga Policy Recommendations.
Pagtalakay sa Optional Protocol para sa International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, at ibang proseso ng pagsingil sa karapatan
Pagbabahagi ng mga participants.

Kalakip ay mga materyales ng PIDS tungkol sa 2009 FIES, Poverty and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, ang International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, at ang Optional Protocol para dito.

Bukas po ang kuwentuhan para sa lahat ng interesado.

Magkita-kita tayo sa Miyerkules.

Gumagalang,
May-i

May-i Fabros
Project Coordinator
Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) – Philippines
09172069803