Bohol Poverty Fair 2008

2008 Bohol Poverty Reduction and Development Initiatives Fair

This fair is an initiative of the Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh), in its continued efforts towards poverty reduction and econimic growth throughout the island province, in support of the National Development Goals and Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations, which aim to halve extreme poverty all over the world by 2015.

While Bohol has met with considerable success in reducing poverty incidence, we realize that we cannot fully address poverty without achieving econimic growth for every Boholano household. We are therefore pursuing this new focus of economic growth with great vigor.

Thus this 2008 Bohol Poverty Reduction and Development Initiatives Fair, an expansion of the concept of the Bohol Poverty Fair, which has been successfully conducted for two consecutive years since it was launched in October 2006.

Because of this expanded concept, we have also expanded the “market” for the activity. We are interested in reaching a heretofore unprecedented range of invited sectors, development stakeholders, Institutions and organizations. This year, we are inviting Official Development Assistance (ODA) agencies, National Government Agencies (NGAs) and Government-Owned and/or Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), major corporations and prominent businessmen of Bohol and the Philippines (whether in keeping with their Corporate Social Responsibility plans or in exploration of possibilities for economic partnering with LGUs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), LGUs and organizations that are interested in partnering with Bohol or in replicating this activity in their respective localities, and other development stakeholders.

During the affair, individual municipality/city LGUs in Bohol, grouped into five different Bohol Integrated Are Development (BIAD) clusters, will be given booths at which they will present their project proposals, for your direct perusal, review, discussions on possible assistance or partnering, exploration of mutual interests, and other areas of collaboration. The possibilites are endless.

We further emphasize that, where appropriate, the city/municipal LGUs are willing to provide counterpart funding for these project proposals. Project proposals submitted early will be posted on this website. Feel free to examine the project proposals already posted. LGUs might also bring new proposals on the day of the Fair itself.

We are therefore extending our earnest invitation for you to come to the event and make direct contact with our municipal and city LGUs. We are quite serious in further our strategy of multi-stakeholder collaboration, and would be extremely honored by your presence.

We have invited the Hon. Ralph Recto, the new Director General of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), to be our Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker during the Opening Program, scheduled at 10:00 a.m. on that day.

Ultimately, the Provincial Government sees this Fair as a catalyst to spark more direct and long-term contact between our municipal/city LGUs and various development stakeholders throughout the Philippines.

To confirm your attendance, please get in touch with Mr. Crisologo Usaraga or Ms. Joyce Barafon at the PPDO at Telephone Nos. +63 (38) 411-4406, +63 (38) 411-2088 or +63 (38) 501-9970. You may also address your emails to boholpovertyfair@yahoo.com.

We are extremely eager to explore the possibilities of establishing partnership and assistance linkages between your organization and our municipal/city LGUs.

Date

October 18, 2008

Venue

Bohol Cultural Center, CPG Avenue, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines

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