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For 2nd year, RP "stands out and speaks out" against poverty

By Miriam P. Aquino

San Fernando City, La Union (16 October) -- "Kumilos, Manindigan! Labanan ang Kahirapan," is the country's own campaign theme version of the "Stand Up, Speak Out Campaign", a worldwide United Nations (UN) anti-poverty campaign promoting the attainment of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).

Ready to challenge other countries for the most number of people standing up against poverty for the second year around, the Philippines ranked third last year in the Asia-Pacific region with 2.4 million Filipinos who joined the campaign after India (nine million), and Nepal (over three million) ranking 1st and 2nd, respectively.

The goals to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability and; develop a global partnership for development are the commitments to which the 191 UN member-states, including the Philippines, signed in the Millenium Declaration to achieve by 2015.

Through this Stand Up Campaign, the UN continuously reminds the governments and leaders from these member-nations of the promises they've made.

Here in the Philippines, three separate events will be held throughout the Metro on October 17 the International Day for the eradication of Poverty to be held at Rizal Park's Open Air Auditorium (7pm to 12 noon); Anti-Poverty Fair at the Quezon City Elliptical Circle (9 am- 5 pm); and the Millenium Development Goals Youth Concert at the Market, Market, but for those who cannot join the central events can organize their own stand up events in school and in their respective communities.

Participants are required to enroll their stand up event at and on October 17 from 5 am to 12 midnight, the actual number and names of applicants must be sent to this same e-mail address for inclusion at the worldwide tally.

Reports show that last year's Stand up Against Poverty campaign holds the official record title in the Guinness Book of World Records for 24 million people who stood against poverty in 24 hours from 87 countries.

This campaign is in cooperation with the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), All Together in Dignity Fourth World (ATD), and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP). (PIA-LU) [top]

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