Basically, these are the poor," said Celia Reyes, a senior research fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
, on the sidelines of the launch of the 10th Development Policy Research Month, said the government support is also needed to enhance the skills of the poor.
noted that the gains of the Pantawid Pamilyang
Pilipino Program, also widely known as the Philippine conditional cash transfer (CCT), can lead to enhanced skills and greater participation of the poor in the economic growth.
said the 6.1 percent gross domestic product (GDP) achieved in the first semester of the year could generate jobs for everyone including the poor.
"I think the good economic picture is painting a rosy picture in terms of more successful efforts towards reducing poverty," she