MANILA Senator Imee Marcos is seeking a congressional inquiry into the national poverty situation by reviewing poverty data and assessing existing poverty programs.
According to a statement on Thursday, Marcos filed a resolution to probe into the government's poverty programs along with other poverty-alleviating measures.
Marcos noted that the lives of the country's poor have remained stagnant despite the implementation of poverty programs such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the billions of pesos that fund them.
"Why is it that the Philippines has a high growth rate among ASEAN countries but we have lagged behind our neighbors like Indonesia and Vietnam in terms of poverty reduction," Marcos said.
"If we can bring Mindanao out of poverty, we will have reduced the number of poor in the entire Philippines by 40 percent," she added.
Marcos said the government must have a systematic way of measuring poverty reduction.
Apart from the congressional inquiry, Marcos also filed three priority bills that seek to amend the country's tax laws to make them more responsive to the challenge of poverty reduction.
Marcos sought to expand the list of goods and services that should be exempted from value-added taxation (VAT), earmark VAT proceeds to assure food security for the poor, and correct the amount of actual funding for local government units. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency