Ifugao to stand up and fight poverty
by Vency D. Bulayungan
Lagawe, Ifugao (10 September) -- Heeding to the call of the national, provincial government and other concerned groups in the fight against poverty, people coming from different sectors in the province will stand up on October 15-18 to fight poverty.
Provincial Population Officer Miriam Baguidudol,said that about 1,000 people here will participate in this activity. "Let us send a louder message to end extreme poverty and achieve the Millenium Development Goals," she said.
The three day global mobilization seeks to send a loud and clear message from citizens to leaders of rich and poor countries to take urgent action to achieve the MDGs and once again break the Guinness World Record for having the largest number of people participating in a single event.
Baguidudol said that the MDGs are a set of eight time bound concrete and specific targets aimed at significantly reducing, if not decisively eradicating extreme poverty by 2015.
The targets are embodied in the Millennium Declaration of 2000 which were signed by 189 world leaders from around the globe including the Philippines, she added.
The eight MDGs are as follows: 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.
2009 is a time of great challenge for development in general and the MDGs in particular. "We are seeing the potentially devastating impact of the global financial crisis on the world's poorest and most vulnerable," Baguidudol said. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]