Participants of the 5th Listahanan Antipoverty Symposium held in Odiongan Romblon.

ROMBLON —The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA commemorates United Nation’s October 17 International Day for Eradication of Extreme Hunger and Poverty, along with the 29th National Statistics Month through the Listahanan Antipoverty Symposium in Odiongan today.

The symposium is on its 5th year and this year’s commemoration theme is “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.”

During the Symposium, Romblon Provincial Government showcased their antipoverty programs dubbed as iHEART or Infrastructure, Health, Education, Agriculture, Resource Generation, and Tourism. The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Romblon District shared the role of PAO in the protection of human rights. And the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program has presented the gains and experience of the program at the grassroots, particularly in Romblon.

The Anti-Poverty Symposium is held every year to expand advocacy efforts for October 17 in overcoming extreme hunger and poverty.

The Listahanan also known as National Household Targeting System for PovertyReduction, as the official targeting system and is mandated to hold a database of poor and non-poor individuals in the Philippines encourages all stakeholders to access this database for their social protection and social welfare development programs. Since 2014, Listahanan MIMAROPA has committed itself and makes it a regular activity to join the October 17 commemoration for the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, with a dedicated annual budget to conduct a symposium that tackles anti-poverty initiatives.

The Listahanan Antipoverty Symposium was attended by different government agencies, civil society groups and academe.

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