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Wednesday, 07 October 2009 10:37

Sonny Melencio

National Chairperson

PLM Response to Presidentiables Forum with the LGUs

Disaster mitigation and response must be pro-poor.

Poverty worsens the impact of disasters. Therefore effective disaster response must be pro-poor. Disasters can be mitigated by solving the housing problems of the poor, so that they live in well-built homes. It means providing basic services, free of care, such as health care and medicines, clean tap water and sanitation services. It also means increasing the budgets for poor municipalities. The LGUs however, need to be accountable. This can only be done through people being informed and involved, through participatory budgeting mechanisms. All this requires wealth redistribution towards the poor. Taxing the rich and ensuring that these taxes are collected is a form of wealth redistribution.

 

None of the Presidentiables addressed these substantive issues at the forum with the LGUs.

 

October 7, 2009

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