In preparation for the upcoming observance of the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) conducted an inter-agency coordination meeting at the 3F LWUA Conference Room, MWSS Compound, Katipunan this September 6.
The meeting was attended by different government agencies like TESDA, DAR, DOF, CWC, and Landbank as well as representatives from ATD Fourth World, an international non-government organization committed towards the eradication of extreme poverty.
After NAPC PPS Director Ferdinand B. Hombrebueno presented the background of the event and the poverty situation in the Philippines, the participants exchanged insights and ideas on the services that each agency can provide during the week-long celebration with the theme “Acting Together to Empower Children, their Families and Communities to End Poverty”.
The observance of the said event can be traced back to October 17, 1987 when over a hundred thousand people from all walks of life gathered at the Plaza of Human Rights and Liberties in Paris, France to honor the victims of extreme poverty, hunger, violence, and ignorance. Coincidentally, the site was also the place where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948.
Since then, people of all backgrounds and beliefs have gathered every year on the 17th of October to renew their commitment and show solidarity with the poor.
The details of this year’s celebration are still in the process of harmonization. The follow-up inter-agency meeting is set sometime this September.