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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Kumilos! Manindigan! Labanan ang Kahirapan

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 717, Series of 2004, declaring October 17–23 of every year as the “National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty,” the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) is spearheading its observance in joint collaboration with the United Nations System (UN) in the Philippines and All Together in Dignity Fourth World (ATD).

This year’s theme is “Kumilos! Manindigan! Labanan ang Kahirapan.” This theme is being adopted to signify that every Filipino should be empowered and take action to overcome and reduce the incidence of poverty in the country as envisioned in the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) 2004–2010 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In this connection, we are inviting you on 17 October 2007 to join a wreath-Laying Ceremony in Commemoration of the International and National Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty from 7:00 am – 12 noon at the Open Air Auditorium, Rizal (Luneta) Park, Manila. You may also wish to join the Stand Up, Speak Out Youth Concert also on 17 October from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Market! Market! Activity Center at The Fort, Taguig City, featuring various local artists.

The Stand Up, Speak Out campaign is being organized by the UN Millennium campaign to demonstrate publicly the growing support to fight poverty and raise awareness on the Millennium Development Goals. This is also an innovative challenge to set another official Guinness World Record to mobilize people around the world to literally stand up to fight poverty. Last year, the UN and its partners mobilized 2.4 million Filipinos to participate in the campaign. The Philippines ranked third in the Asia-Pacific region. This year, the target is to surpass this number and bring 3 million Filipinos together to convey their aspiration to overcome extreme poverty in the country.

As such we are inviting organizations to hold a Stand Up, Speak Out Moment as their contribution to the Stand Up Speak Out campaign. It would be highly appreciated if you could organize a Stand Up moment for your partners, members and staff. Attached is the Partner’s Handbook containing the guidelines for participation in the Stand Up campaign for your reference.

Join us and share this information with your development partners, friends and colleagues! Should you need more information, you may e-mail or call 889-7447.

Thank you very much for your continued support.


Anonymous said...

Wow, thank you for posting about this! This sounds like such a great campaign and I would love to be there! If we all stand together, we can truly end extreme poverty.

PhilMADE said...

Bring as many friends as you could! =)