Malacanang supports United Nations’ pledge to end extreme poverty

MANILA, Sept. 27 (PNA) — Malacañang supports the United Nations’ pledge to end extreme poverty in 15 years, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Sunday.

“Nakikiisa ang ating pamahalaan sa United Nations sa hangaring matugunan ang suliranin sa kahirapan. Sa ilalim ng panunungkulan ng Pangulong Aquino, pinalakas at higit pang pinaghusay ang mga programang panlipunan partikular na rito ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps),” said Coloma over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

The Communications Secretary noted that the World Bank recently named 4Ps as the largest and best targeted social safety net program in the world.

Coloma added that the Aquino administration had even expanded its anti-poverty program since it begun last 2008, where it formerly had 360,000 family beneficiaries, to 4.5 million families.

“Ipagpapatuloy at lalo pang pag-iibayuhin ng Aquino administration ang paglaban sa kahirapan upang ganap na matamo ang layuning walang maiiwanan sa pag-unlad ng bansa,” Coloma added.

World leaders on Friday pledged to end extreme poverty by 2030, coinciding with the speech of Pope Francis before the UN General Assembly.

The UN agenda aims to end poverty by ensuring healthy lives, promote education and combat climate change, at a cost of between USD 3.5 and USD 5 trillion per year in 15 years. (PNA)