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Bohol anti-poverty stand set in Maribojoc October 17

Tagbilaran City (9 September) -- Artists from Bohol's community theaters would lead the local action to press governments and their leaders across the globe to realize their commitments to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

This as the deadline for the 2015 comes fast and that poorer nations still have to make a dent on the extreme poverty situation despite the pledges of financial commitments from wealthy nations.

To insist on the urgency for action, the Boholano community picks activities to show solidarity with the poor of the world by standing up in one venue this October 17, Saturday.

The move is to dramatize the call for the government to hear the demands of ending poverty and inequality, claims organizer Lutgardo Labad.

Here, amateur theater artists, cultural dancers and an expected huge number of Boholanos would converge at the Maribojoc Cultural Center to make their own statement to advance the commitments of nations as incorporated in the MDGs, he added.

Organized with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Bohol Arts and Cultural Heritage Council, Capitol and communities of Maribojoc, Cortes, Antequera and Anda along with city based artists, the action also hopes to generate Boholano commitment to help overcome extreme poverty.

Last year, Bohol's major activity was the first Bohol Poverty Fair, which allowed international funding agencies to see project proposals, which fit their requirements.

The event also gathered Boholanos to show their action in a pledge of commitment read by Vice Governor Julius Caesar Herrera then.

Reports claimed that about 43.7 million people joined Stand Up worldwide campaign last year setting a new world record.

This year, the United Nations and well meaning organizations are asking people to Stand Up and Take Action on October 17-19, 2008.

This will to ensure governments worldwide hear their demands to end poverty and inequality, Labad said.

Taking Action to end poverty and inequality and for the Millennium Development Goals is this year's Stand Up call. (PIA) [top]

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