Economic Policy Research Conference Slated

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PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur - Officials of the province of Agusan del Sur in the Caraga Region will leave today for the five-day 9th Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Research Network Policy Conference and General Meeting to be held in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The 2011 PEP conference will feature the developments and findings on global initiatives regarding social protection, monitoring the impacts of global financial crisis, vulnerability mapping and risks assessment, and achieving the millennium development goals (MDGs).

The gathering of officials is organized by the Poverty and Economic Policy Asia-Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Network Office, in partnership with the National Institute of Statistics-Ministry of Planning of Cambodia, with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The provincial government said Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward G. Plaza is invited to attend in this big gathering, where two other provincial officials will accompany him in this official trip.

Plaza was invited as one of the presenter during the policymakers forum on how the CBMS has been used as a tool for legislation and evidence-based resource allocation in the province of Agusan del Sur.

"We are proud as one of the presenter, and this conference is also a plus factor in line with our economic agenda in the province and poverty alleviation program," said Plaza.

In another development, abaca farmers and weavers also in the province of Agusan del Sur got a big boost after the local government unit and the international non-government organization Oxfam agreed to work together for the development of the industry. …