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4,836 participate in TESDA's "Stand Up Take Action vs Poverty" campaign

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (25 October) -- The Stand Up Take Action (SUTA) campaign against extreme poverty initiated by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) last October 17 drew 4,836 participants in Cordillera.

The SUTA campaign, in celebration of the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, was done simultaneously in all the provinces in CAR.

For Baguio and Benguet, the SUTA campaign was held at the Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) with 1,631 participants; in Saint Louis College of Bulanao Kalinga, 444 participants showed up, at the Mountain Province General Comprehensive High School, 1,161 participants, at TESDA Apayao 458 participants and in Pidigan, Abra, 676 participants.

In the said event, TESDA promoted their flagship programs which include their flagship programs, such as PGMA's Training for Work Scholarship Program, Private Education and Student Assistance Program, Ladderized Education Program and the Free Assessment of TESDA which are in-line with the President's anti-poverty or "Labanan ang Kahirapan" programs. TESDA also distributed scholarship vouchers, while massage and beauty care services were also rendered during the Trainee's Day.

This year's SUTA campaign theme is "Mag-ina'y sagipin, Bata'y Pag-aralin".

In his directive to all TESDA regional directors, Secretary Buboy Syjuco explained that their active participation in the celebration of the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty: seeks to make the public aware of the week long commemoration and instill in them the virtues and principles espoused by the observance; to encourage people's participation in the fight against poverty by presenting the different programs and resources available to them; to build networks with government line-agencies/organizations and people's organizations which are working towards the welfare of specific based sectors; and to celebrate the milestones and achievement of each sector in the fight against poverty.

In September 2000, leaders of 191 countries, including the Philippines, through the United Nations, signed or committed themselves in achieving the Millenium Development Goal (MDG), wherein "eradicating extreme poverty" is one of the 8 specific targets need to be addressed.

In relation to this, PGMA is taking the lead in uniting and gathering support from all sectors of society - National Government Agencies, Local government Units, Civil Society Organizations, private sector and the poor communities themselves - in the fight against extreme poverty. (PIA) [top]

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