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MANILA(Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 31, 2012) – The Aquino government said the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey taken on December 3-7 last year showed that “self-rated hunger” was statistically identical to the results of the September 2011 survey.
“Combined with the noticeable decrease in self-rated poverty from 52% to 45% based on the SWS Fourth Quarter Survey (December 3-7, 2011), this indicates that policies to promote inclusive growth are beginning to take effect,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement sent to the Mindanao Examiner.
“We continue to aggressively pursue programs to address the needs of vulnerable sectors by expanding the coverage of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program through a P39.5 billion budget. We are also continuing the implementation of the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Filipino Citizens, the Supplemental Feeding Program of the DSWD, and the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services,” she said.
DSWD stands for Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Valte said they are pursuing inter-agency convergence on the part of DSWD, Department of Education, the Department of Health and the Department of Interior and Local Government to ensure that household-beneficiaries avail of education and healthcare services.
“These are investments in human capital development that enable the people to take charge of their lives,” she said. 

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