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Don’t blame poor, they are victims of poor governance – Legarda

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Senator Loren Legarda on Tuesday said poverty was a “side effect” of decades of poor governance and lack of opportunities for the people to prosper.

“We should not blame the poor for being poor. They are the victims,” she said in celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

“We cannot achieve real lasting growth if there are still millions of Filipinos living below poverty line,” she said.

The senator stressed there were “no band-aid solutions to a problem as complex and as deeply rooted as poverty.”

“Alleviating poverty would require a whole-of-government approach,” Legarda said.

The private sector, civil society organizations, and other partners will also be crucial in supporting our poor families in this process, she said.

There are many programs that support the poor such as the: Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Shared Service Facilities (SSF), National Greening Program (NGP), free irrigation for farmers; universal access to healthcare; and the free college tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs).