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Feature: Tell your leaders to end poverty and inequality now

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (9 October) -- All government agencies of the region have been enjoined to recite the Poverty Universal Prayer and Stand Up, Take Action (SUTA) Against Poverty Pledge, during their flag raising ceremonies, this coming Oct. 19.

Both prayer and pledge call for urgent action in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Pacifico T. Pupos, Jr., Presidential Assistant for Northern Mindanao and Chairperson of the Regional Kalahi Convergence Group (RKCG), said.

The poverty universal prayer first recited at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on October 17, 1987 talks about the plight of millions of men, women and children twisted by the pain of hunger who are no longer able to smile, yet still yearn to love, pray, work and unite, so that a world of solidarity is born.

It also asks God, for all those who pray, to send His hands to reap His harvest and receive from Him the power to remove misery from humanity which He has created in his image.

The SUTA pledge, Pupos also said, is about the commitment of people around the world to stand together in the fight against extreme poverty and inequality and tell their leaders that there is only six (6) years more to 2015 to realize the MDG and call on them to "End Poverty and Inequality Now!"

"We know the GOALS can be met and exceeded if you have the political will. We will not accept any excuses and will not allow the poor to unjustly suffer the consequences of the economic, food and climate crisis for which they bear no responsibility," the SUTA intends to tell government leaders.

Thus, "We stand today in solidarity with millions of people all over the world where poverty and hunger CAN and MUST end, where mothers no longer die in childbirth and have their rights ensured, where children no longer die of preventable diseases and the environment is protected," the pledge continues.

Meanwhile, a 6:00 a.m. holy mass on October 16 at the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral, this city, will kick off the unified celebration of the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (NWEOP) on Oct. 17-23, SUTA Against Poverty on October 16-18 and the World Food Day (WFD) on October 16.

The opening program and "Kantahan Laban sa Kahirapan" will then be held at the Provincial Capitol Grounds where a medical mission, jobs fair and "Diskwento" Caravan will take place after a 7:30am motorcade around the main thoroughfares of the city. (PIA 10) [top]

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