National Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty 2017 - Part 1

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) together with ATD Fourth World Philippines led the culmination program of the Philippine National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty held at Chess Plaza, Rizal Park, Manila on October 17, 2017. This year's theme, “Kilos SAMBAYANAN Laban sa Kahirapan: Answering the Call of October 17 to End Poverty, A Path Towards Peaceful and Inclusive Societies,” is in line with NAPC's campaign, Kilos SAMBAYANAN. Kilos SAMBAYANAN refers to Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan, a national call for the fulfillment of the ‘10 basic needs’ of the Filipino people: food and land reform; water; shelter; work; education; health; social protection; healthy environment; peace; and people's participation. This call highlights the need for convergence among the various sectors of society, within and outside of government, to build a mass movement against poverty in order to stop and eventually end one of the oldest problem in the Philippines. In particular, NAPC draws attention to the issues surrounding the most basic of needs – food – including the deprivation of the right to food for many Filipinos; the continuing lack of food security in the country; and the peasant struggle for genuine agrarian reform, which remains the bedrock policy for ensuring food security and one of the necessary structural reforms for reversing underdevelopment and inequality in the country.

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