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PIA Press Release
2006/10/17

Aspap Inc. of Region 8 conducts "Stand Up Against Poverty" program

By Gigi P. Montejo

Tacloban City (17 October) -- To significantly celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Local Government Code of the Philippines, the Association of Schools of Public Administration Philippines, Inc. (ASPAP, Inc.) conducted the “Stand Up Against Poverty” program held at the multipurpose building of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas Tacloban College yesterday, October 16.

The “Stand Up Against Poverty” is a tri-partnership efforts of the government through its different agencies, people’s organizations – the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and academe, the ASPAP, Inc. to support the millenium development goals.

These millenium development goals are the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality, reducing maternal mortality, ensuring environmental sustainability to name a few.

During the program, government partners presented to the participants the national anti-poverty efforts and its activities, the state of local governance in Region 8 and its activities and best practices in local governance which sole aim is to achieve the millenium development goals. These were presented by the National Economic and Development Authority, the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Province of Southern Leyte respectively.

ASPAP, Inc., on the other hand, clearly stated its role in achieving these goals through improving and sharpening existing public administration curriculum and set a curriculum that emphasizes on a high degree of professionalism in the discipline.

Participants of the program coming from this tri-partners recited the pledge to Stand Up Against Poverty demanding from world leaders their political will to justly achieve and exceed these goals.

The program was organized jointly by ASPAP, Inc. and the University of the Philippines in the Visayas Tacloban College. (PIA-8) [top]

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