ILOILO – All roads lead to Pototan today (November 29) as the town’s coliseum hosts the Barangay Service Point Officer Congress 2017 organized by the Provincial Population Office of the provincial government.
A total of 2,634 BSPO volunteers from 43 local government units in Iloilo are expected to attend the congress to celebrate their achievement in data collection efficiency this year.
PPO Chief Ramon Yee said the gathering is also an opportunity to thank the hardworking volunteers for their selfless diligence in providing up-to-date demographic data essential in development planning.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. will keynote the gathering and Chief Economic Development Specialist Ma. Lourdes B. Miado of Policy Formulation and Planning Division of the National Economic and Development Authority Region 6 is also invited as guest.
A BSPO is a community arm of PPO in-charge of gathering demographic data that includes updating of sex desegregated number of births, deaths and migration in their village annually.
She also monitors the implementation of Action for Regreening and Transformation for Climate Change Adaptation Program that seeks to reforest Iloilo’s denuded lands by planting 1.5 million trees annually.
Together with their assigned population program officer, she also helps in the information and education campaign of PPO relative to the implementation of Responsible Parenthood and Family Program.
In gratitude of BSPO’s service, the provincial government is providing them with annual incentive worth P4,000 on top of the honorarium they get from their respective barangay and municipal government.
The 2017 BSPO Congress revolves in the theme “BSPO supports AMBISYON 2040, Mapag-on, Matawhay kag Masulhay nga Pangabuhi sang Tagsa ka Pamilyang Pilipino” in connection with the Population Development Week held every month of November.