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October 17-23 is National Week of Overcoming Extreme Poverty

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (15 October) -- Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has proclaimed October 17-23 as the National Week of Overcoming Extreme Poverty (NWOEP) in the country to unite the support of all sectors of society in the fight against extreme poverty.

As such, the President has tasked the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) to take the lead, monitor and evaluate the celebration with the Regional Kalahi Convergence Group (RCKG), local government units and other key stakeholders in poverty reduction.

Thus, included in the compounded celebration of the NWOEP is the Stand Up and Take Action (SUTA) Against Poverty on October 16-18 and World Food Day (WFD) on October 16, Pacifico T. Pupos, Jr., Presidential Assistant for Northern Mindanao and RKCG Chairperson, said.

He said SUTA is a 3-day campaign of the United Nations intended to provide an opportunity for development partners to gain a deeper understanding of poverty, development and food security issues.

It also calls on member countries to stand up and take action in support of poverty alleviation and achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and encourages them, as has been practiced, to vie for the most number of people participating in the said event.

Similarly, the WFD, with this year's theme of "Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis," is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed year-round action to alleviate hunger.

Pupos said the celebrations will be highlighted with an agro-fair, jobs fair, distribution of seedlings, medical camp and entrepreneurial and skills trainings at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Capital Grounds after a liturgical mass at the Augustine Cathedral, this city, on October 16.

There will also be simultaneous readings of the Universal Prayer for Poverty and SUTA Pledge by government workers and students in the different schools of the region, during the occasion, Pupos added. (PIA 10) [top]

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