iPovCon 2018: International Conference on Poverty Alleviation
The Samar State University in strong partnership with the Provincial Government of Samar and the City Government of Catbalogan will host an international conference aiming to help awareness on poverty issues and ways to eradicate it. The event also involves the rest of State Universities of Samar Island; Eastern Samar State University, Northwest Samar State University and the University of Eastern Philippines.
This year’s conference is the 1st International Conference on Poverty Alleviation and the 2nd National Conference on Poverty and Sustainable Development, to be held on August 14-16, 2018 at SSU Main Campus, Catbalogan City. The conference aims to consolidate ideas and inputs from the different sectors on how to successfully address poverty and to influence other academic institutions particularly in Eastern Visayas and the rest of the world to do studies focusing on these issues. The organizers have invited resource persons from the United Cities and Local Government in the Asia Pacific and Philippine Local Government Units (LGU) officials of towns/cities/province who were successful in reducing poverty in their respective places.
Target participants of the conference are people from the academe and LGU. Participants from the academe are expected to showcase their research and extension programs/projects/studies/activities in oral and poster forms. On the other hand, the LGU will have an interactive dialogue with invited LGU officials from the Philippines and abroad. This event can also be a venue to establish linkages, meet and tap experts in the academe and the LGUs to help the academe and the LGU in their data needs through consultancy, collaborative engagement, research and extension services.
Poverty is a perennial issue in the Philippines and other developing countries. In the Philippines, despite the improving economic performance as shown on the yearly impressive GDP numbers, many marginalized sectors still believe they are poor. This situation suggests that many have yet to feel the impact of the growing economy. There are governments in the world (local or national) that have successfully reduced the gap between the rich and the poor. To learn from the experiences of these LGUs is one of the primary reasons why the conference was conducted last year (POVCON) and continued this year (iPOVCON).
With the lessons from the 2017 POVCON, this year’s iPOVCON will be more meaningful for the LGUs. The organizers have formulated LGU and academic tracks to better address the type of participants and the difference in their preferences.
Watch out for the conference website for more specific details of iPOVCON 2018.