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NAPC holds outreach program for the children of Payatas

August 28 - The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) led by NAPC Secretary/ Lead Convenor Noel Felongco celebrated the agency’s 21st founding anniversary by doing an outreach program for the impoverished children of Barangay Payatas, Quezon City.

According to NAPC-Secretariat Workers' Association President Nelson Salas, the commission decided to conduct an outreach program for the children in one of the poorest urban area to celebrate its anniversary as part of partnerships with Children Basic Sector.

Barangay Payatas was chosen following the article published by an international media outlet which mentioned the children in Payatas resorting to ‘pagpag’ or re-cooked left-over food from restaurants.

During the program, the children were given the chance to interact with each other during the activity and games session wherein each child made an artwork depicting how they help their parents at home in their own little way.

In an interview, Secretary Felongco reiterated the need to highlight enhanced community participation in poverty reduction programs to uplift the lives of the marginalized sector.

Moreover, he also discussed the upcoming implementation of the Poverty Reduction through Rural Development (PRRD) program as part of the NAPC-PAGCOR Project Implementation that is set to launch in key project sites nationwide. The PRRD along with the banner program SAMBAYANIHAN aims to help alleviate poverty to attain the country’s 7.6% poverty reduction target by 2022 and our country’s end goal to end poverty by 2040 as indicated in our long-term vision, AmBisyon Natin 2040.

Media Release from Inquirer: NAPC says jailing children not the answer

MANILA, Philippines — The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Children Basic Sector has expressed opposition to the lowering of the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) from 15 to nine years old.

“Putting a measly 9-year-old child behind bars isn’t the answer,” the NAPC said in a statement on Wednesday.

The House of Representatives justice panel approved on Monday a bill lowering the age of criminal liability from 15 to nine years old.

“With this measure passed, imagine a 9-year-old sharing cells with a normal, veteran criminal. Would you think it will actually make a child repent from their deviant actions once they are free?” NAPC said.

 

The council also stressed that jailing children is tantamount to “denying their four fundamental rights to survival, development, protection, and participation, in which the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child highlighted.”

The statement further said, “Passing this measure does not only violate the provisions of the UNCRC, in which the Philippines is a signatory, but it also shows our failure of protecting and nurturing the best interests of our future.”

Instead of jailing children, NAPC noted that the government should strictly implement Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 “for proper intervention, care, rehabilitation, and reintroduction to the society” of the Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL).

“What we need is to rehabilitate, nurture, and guide these children who went astray from the right path,” the NAPC said. /muf

2020 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW)

Violence against women (VAW) is a grave violation of women’s rights and fundamental freedoms. It manifests deep-seated discrimination and gender inequality and continues to be one of the country’s perennial social problemsThe National Demographic Health Survey 2017, released by the Philippine Statistics Authority, showed that 1 in 4 Filipino women, aged 15-49, has experienced physical, emotional or sexual violence from their husband or partner.   While the global estimates by the World Health Organization indicate that about 1 in 3 women (35%) worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence from intimate partner or non-partner in their lifetime.

The United Nations define VAW as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.” Violence and the threats of violence can be experienced by every woman of any age, skin color, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, disabilities, economic, and social status.

 

The Campaign

VAW is one of the country’s pervasive social problems and various measures and mechanisms have been employed and implemented to address it. One of which is the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, an advocacy campaign that is observed annually from November 25 to December 12 as mandated by Proclamation 1172 s. 2006

The 18-Day Campaign to End VAW supports the Philippine government’s goal of protecting the human rights of women and girls by upholding its commitment to address all forms of gender-based violence as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution. By virtue of Republic Act 10398 or the Act declaring November 25 of every year as the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of VAWC, government agencies are mandated to raise awareness on the problem of violence and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.

Globally, the 16-day action against gender-based violence has been acknowledged to support the international campaign that originated from the first Women Leadership Institute at Reuters University, New Jersey, USA in 1991. The observance of this campaign started in November 25, which is the International Day to Eliminate VAW up to December 10, which is the International Human Rights Day, to emphasize that VAW is a human rights violation and to ensure better protection for survivors and victims of violence. In 2002, the Philippine Government, through the Philippine Commission on Women and key stakeholders joined the global campaign, initially to push for laws and the establishment of institutional mechanisms to address VAW. 

In 2006, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Proclamation 1172, extending the national campaign to 18 days, thereby including December 12, a historic date that marked the signing in the year 2000 of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, to supplement the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crimes.

The campaign was further strengthened in 2008 when the United Nations Secretary General launched the UNiTE to End VAW Campaign, which envisions a world free from all forms of violence against women and girls. For the UN, this vision can only be realized through meaningful actions and ongoing political commitments of national governments, supported by adequate resources.

2020 Campaign Theme and Objectives

The 2020 Campaign comes at a time when the country is reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic that aggravated underlying gender issues and affected marginalized and vulnerable sectors. Women may experience different forms of VAW while locked down in their homes with the perpetrators, with tension rising from uncertainties in health, security, and economy creating a perfect storm. The implementation of varying community quarantine measures also hindered victims to seek help, report the abuse, and/or escape their perpetrators due to the suspension of public transportation, strict orders to stay home, and limited issuance of quarantine passes. Sexual harassment, victim-blaming, and several instances of online forms of VAW were also observed.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the challenge of strengthening the functionality of Barangay VAW Desks, as the first line of response for survivors.  Data from DILG’s 2019 National Statistical Report on the Functionality of VAW Desks reflect that only 19% of assessed barangays have reached the highest level of functionality. The Commission sees an opportunity to align this year’s campaign towards strengthening local mechanisms and building on the required competencies of barangay officials in responding to VAW/GBV-related situations.

Therefore, this year’s campaign highlights the role and essence of the Barangay, as part of a VAW-free community, in consonance with the recurring theme “VAW-free community starts with Me”. Aside from capacitating VAW Desk Officers and other barangay officials on how to handle VAW/GBC cases, the campaign reiterates everyone’s commitment and contributions on ending VAW and calls on the general public to make a personal commitment to end violence against women and children.

This campaign aims to:

  • Promote awareness on the forms of violence women and girls experience;
  • Provide information on laws protecting women and girls;
  • Feature VAW-related services that people can access and avail; and
  • Promote the strengthening of a prevention and response system on VAW; and
  • Gather public support for the campaign

18 Things that We Can Do to Help End VAW

Woman/Girl

1. Empower yourself. Know your rights and available courses of actions in case these rights are violated.
2. Speak out and report to the authorities in case your rights are violated.
3. Encourage others to fight for their rights.

Man/Boy

4. Respect women and girls in your home, workplace, and community.
5. Join male groups promoting Anti-VAW efforts and participate in discussions to broaden your awareness on the advocacy.
6. Enlighten/advise perpetrators to seek help and join the male Anti-VAW supporters.

Government Agency

7. Equip yourselves with apt trainings and capacity development sessions to improve service delivery for your clients.
8. Develop monitoring and evaluation strategy to assess the service to your clients’ supporters.
9. Let people know that you provide the services! We need to inform the public that there are government offices that they can turn to and trust to assist them towards healing and seeking justice.

Barangay

10. Ensure that your Barangay VAW Desk is functional. You can use the Barangay VAW Desk Handbook developed by PCW and DILG with partner agencies to guide you on what to do.
11. Establish linkages with local and national government agencies, as well as other organizations near your barangay where you can refer victim-survivors of VAW for needed assistance which the barangay is not able to provide.
12. Promote harmonious family and community relationships in your barangay which is grounded on mutual respect for human rights, and take proactive steps to attain a VAW-free community.
Private sector
13. Support the Anti-VAW efforts of the government and your immediate community.
14. Establish your own Action Desks where employees and clients can go to in case VAW happens.
15. Develop internal rules to proactively ensure that your workplace is VAW-free.

Academe/Training Institutions

16. Include concepts of VAW and women’s human rights in lesson plans/lesson guides of your teaching staff
17. Continually conduct/spearhead anti-VAW advocacies in your campus, and if possible, to your immediate community through extension programs.
18. Setup a Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) where students and employees can seek help.



 

 

 

2020 Campaign Activities

 

The following activities are spearheaded by the PCW in partnership with key partner institutions:

2020 Online Talakayan towards VAW-free Barangays – Adapting to the new normal, the PCW reaches out to the stakeholders through virtual platforms by launching an Online Talakayan series. This aims to strengthen the protection of women from VAW in the grassroots by informing service providers of the roles and responsibilities of Barangay VAW Desks, laws on VAW including Republic Act 9262, role of other service providers, and the referral network in effect for victim survivors. The series will also comprise of talakayan on sexual harassment, the Safe Spaces Act, and laws against trafficking in persons.

 

2020 Online Talakayan towards VAW-free Barangays Schedule
November 25 Opening Ceremonies and Basic Concepts on VAW/GBV
December 2 R.A. 9262 (Anti-VAWC Act)
December 4 Establishment of VAW Desks in Every Barangay
December 9 R.As. 7877 and 11313 (Anti-Sexual Harassment Law and Safe Spaces Act)
December 12 R.A. 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act)

Distribution of IEC materials (November 25, 2020 to December 12, 2020) – IEC materials on VAW will be distributed in different barangays to further capacitate VAW Desks and stakeholders in the barangay. These will include primers, brochures, and posters with information on forms of VAW, actions to be taken in case of a VAW incident, and hotline numbers of service providers.

 

VAW Puppet web series – The VAW awareness puppet show from the 2019 Anti-VAW Expo goes online, packed with core messages on VAW shared through stories and characters expounding on VAW, sexual harassment, and trafficking in persons. The web series will be released on PCW’s official Facebook and Youtube accounts aiming to reach many of our stakeholders virtually.

Orange Your Icon for 18 Days – Now on its 6th year, this creative initiative enjoins stakeholders to signify their support to the campaign to end VAW by adorning their “landmarks” or “iconic spots” with the color orange. Aside from making this public statement, this activity also sparks the public’s curiosity, thereby providing opportunities for advocates to explain the cause. This initiative is in support of the global UN Secretary General’s UNiTE to End VAW Campaign. As a bright and optimistic color, orange was chosen to symbolize a brighter future for victim-survivors of VAW.

 

18-Day Campaign Online Advocacy

Everyone is encouraged to share their advocacy activities online through the following:

  • Use of official hashtag: #VAWFreePH and making their posts public to generate traction online
  • Use of 18-Day Campaign to End VAW Facebook Profile Frame available through the PCW FB page
  • Feature the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW in agency websites and social media accounts
  • Sharing the social media cards that PCW will release through its official Facebook and Twitter accounts

 Download: Memorandum Circular No. 2020-07

Media Release from Inquirer: NAPC says jailing children not the answer

AS COMMISSION OPPOSES LOWERING OF THE MINIMUM AGE OF CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY FROM 15 TO NINE YEARS OLD.

NAPC says jailing children not the answer

 / 10:15 AM January 23, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Children Basic Sector has expressed opposition to the lowering of the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) from 15 to nine years old.

“Putting a measly 9-year-old child behind bars isn’t the answer,” the NAPC said in a statement on Wednesday.

The House of Representatives justice panel approved on Monday a bill lowering the age of criminal liability from 15 to nine years old.

“With this measure passed, imagine a 9-year-old sharing cells with a normal, veteran criminal. Would you think it will actually make a child repent from their deviant actions once they are free?” NAPC said.

 

The council also stressed that jailing children is tantamount to “denying their four fundamental rights to survival, development, protection, and participation, in which the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child highlighted.”

The statement further said, “Passing this measure does not only violate the provisions of the UNCRC, in which the Philippines is a signatory, but it also shows our failure of protecting and nurturing the best interests of our future.”

Instead of jailing children, NAPC noted that the government should strictly implement Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 “for proper intervention, care, rehabilitation, and reintroduction to the society” of the Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL).

“What we need is to rehabilitate, nurture, and guide these children who went astray from the right path,” the NAPC said. /muf

 

Source:  https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1076308/napc-says-jailing-children-not-the...

STATEMENT: NAPC-Children Basic Sector on the House Committee on Justice's Approval of Lowering of Minimum age of Criminal Responsibility from 15 to 9 years old

STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL ANTI-POVERTY COMMISSION - CHILDREN BASIC SECTOR ON THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE'S APPROVAL OF LOWERING OF MINIMUM AGE OF CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY FROM 15 TO 9 YEARS OLD

The National Anti-Poverty Commission - Children Basic Sector, through its Council made up of 25 child representatives from different parts of the country, strongly condemns the approval of the measure lowering the Age of Criminal Responsibility from 15 years old to 9 years old by the House Committee on Justice.

While we in the Council believe that the lawmakers advocating for the passage of this measure are doing this for the betterment of the society and to help preserve peace and order in the country, the measure, however, is detrimental to the best interests of the future stewards and the most vulnerable sector of our nation, the children.

In order to pacify Children in Conflict with the Law to make sure that they will never commit crime again and re-integrate them to the society as upstanding citizens, as well as preventing Children at Risk from committing any crime at all, what we need is to rehabilitate, nurture, and guide these children who went astray from the right path. We also stress the need to strictly implement Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, for proper intervention, care, rehabilitation, and reintroduction to the society of the CICLs.

Putting a measly 9 year old child behind bars isn't the answer. Even though we think that jailing them will make them change for the better, it will actually do the opposite. With this measure passed, imagine a 9 year old sharing cells with a normal, veteran criminal. Would you think it will actually make a child repent from their deviant actions once they are free? Jailing children is tantamount to denying their four fundamental rights to survival, development, protection, and participation, in which the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child highlighted.

Passing this measure does not only violate the provisions of the UNCRC, in which the Philippines is a signatory, but it also shows our failure of protecting and nurturing the best interests of our future. Remember that all of us are responsible in ensuring the environment that our children are living in is fun, safe, and peaceful, just like a child would want. It is our job to make them feel safe and let them grow to be the upstanding citizens we envision them to be.

The NAPC-CBS stands by with the Council for the Welfare of Children in their call: SAY NO TO THE LOWERING OF MACR! Support the passage of the Positive Discipline Bill and ensure the complete implementation of RA 9344!

Josh Cezar G. Serilo
Sectoral Representative
National Anti-Poverty Commission - Children Basic Sector

#ChildrenNotCriminals

 

"Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan" ng NAPC, inilunsad


Pinangunahan ni NAPC Sec. Noel K. Felongco ang paglulunsad ng “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” noong Disyembre 7 sa Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.

Dinaluhan ng mahigit 5,000 katao mula sa iba’t ibang maralitang komunidad sa Metro Manila at mga karatig probinsya ang pagtitipon.

Ang “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” ay isa sa malalaking aktibidad ng NAPC sa ilalim ng bagong liderato ni Sec. Felongco.

Tampok sa naturang aktibidad ang paghahatid ng mga pangunahing serbisyo ng iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan gaya ng job fair, legal assistance, dental at medical mission, business and technical skills training at NFA Tagpuan na naglalayong direktang dalhin sa mamamayang Pilipino ang mga serbisyong panlipunan.

Ayon kay Sec. Felongco, bahagi ng mandato ng ahensiya ang tiyakin na naaabot mula sa mga pinakamahihirap na mamamayan hanggang sa mga pinakamalalayong komunidad ang mga serbisyo at proyekto ng gobyerno.

Giit ng bagong kalihim, ang “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” ay pagbibigay-diin din sa kahalagahan ng pagkakaisa ng lahat ng sektor ng lipunan, sa loob o labas man ng gobyerno. Kaya naman, isa sa mga layunin ng programang ito ang wakasan ang kahirapan sa pamamagitan ng pagkakamit sa 10 batayang pangangailangan ng bawat mamamayan, ani pa ng bagong Lead Convenor.

Sa mga susunod na araw at linggo ay lilibutin ng “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” ang buong Pilipinas para ihatid ang mga serbisyo ng gobyerno sa bawat Pilipino.

NAPC Conducts Orientation on Kilos SAMBAYANAN Convergence among NGAs


The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) conducted an orientation on Kilos SAMBAYANAN Convergence among the national-level heads of national government agencies (NGAs) on September 20, Thursday at B Hotel, Quezon City. The orientation aims to secure the commitment of NGAs to support a series of Kilos SAMBAYANAN Planning Workshops which will be organized by NAPC.

The 10 provinces with the highest magnitude of poverty that have been selected as focus provinces for the workshops, were presented during the orientation. Specific poverty issues on these provinces - 1. Cebu; 2. Negros Occidental; 3. Bukidnon; 4. Lanao del sur; 5. Negros Oriental; 6. Camarines Sur; 7. Leyte; 8. North Cotabato; 9. Zamboanga del Norte; and 10. Sulu – have been discussed during previous consultations among civil society organizations (CSOs). Orientations will also be conducted among regional level NGA officers and the provincial LGUs on October 2-4 for Mindanao, and October 9-11 for the Luzon and Visayas clusters.

The Kilos SAMBAYANAN Convergence workshops aim to formulate a unified plan among government agencies on how to harmonize government efforts, strengthen inter-agency coordination, and identify gaps and weaknesses in addressing the 10 Basic Needs.

Kasunduan ng Pagkakaisa ng Pamahalaan at ng Mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway para sa Disenteng Paninirahan at iba pang Batayang Pangangailangan

Dineklara at nilagdaan sa Sitio Anak Pawis II, Brgy. San Andres, Manggahan Floodway, Cainta, Rizal sa ika-13 ng Oktubre 2017.

Kami, mga tagapamahala at kinatawan ng mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan, pamahalaang lokal, at mga mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway ay nagpapahayag ng mga sumusunod:

Nababahala kami sa mataas na antas ng kahirapan sa bansa, bunsod ng mga kakulangan sa pagkakamit ng maraming Pilipino sa kanilang mga batayang karapatan, gaya ng pagkain, tubig, pabahay, at iba pa;

Naniniwala kami na ang tuluyang pagpawi sa kahirapan ay nakasandig sa pagtugon sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan ng mamamayan: pagkain at repormang agraryo; tubig; paninirahan; trabaho; kalusugan; edukasyon; pangangalagang panlipunan; malinis at ligtas na kapaligiran; kapayapaan; at pakikilahok;

Nakikiisa kami sa adhikain ng mga maralita, kabilang ang panawagan ng mga mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway para sa tiyak, ligtas, at disenteng paninirahan, at nakasasapat na kabuhayan;

Nagkakaisa kami na alinsunod dito, hindi dapat maging opsyon ang puwersahang demolisyon na lalabag sa kapasiyahan at karapatan ng mga mamamayan, bagkus ay nararapat tiyakin ang makabuluhang pakikilahok ng mamamayan sa anumang hakbanging ihahain sa kanila ng pamahalaan;

Nararapat gayundin ang mahigpit na pagtangan ng pamahalaan sa tungkulin nitong itaguyod ang kapakanan at kagalingan ng mamamayan;

Naninindigan kami na sa pamamaraang ito, sa pamamagitan ng pagtutulungan ng lahat ng sektor ng lipunan, sa loob at labas ng pamahalaan, malilikha ang isang malawak na kilusan na siyang magtitiyak sa pagkakamit ng Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan ng mamamayan at sa pagwawakas ng kahirapan.

Dahil dito, inilalagda namin ang aming mga pangalan at mga kinakatawang ahensiya at samahan bilang tanda ng pagkakaisa upang kamtin ang disenteng paninirahan at iba pang batayang pangangailangan ng mga mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway, at maging ng lahat ng maralita sa ating bansa.

Nilagdan:
Lead Convenor/Sec. Liza Maza, National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC)
Ron Magbuhos Papag, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Rafael Antonio Dulce, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP)
Dennis Cope, URBAN POOR AFFAIRS OFFICE (UPAO)-Cainta, Rizal
Jacob Garcia, URBAN POOR AFFAIRS OFFICE (UPAO)-Taytay, Rizal
Mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway / Mga lider-organisador at miyembro ng BALIKWAS-Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY), Buklod-Maralita, Lakas-Tao, Planter’s Bern Neighborhood Asspociation, at ANAKBAYAN-Rizal

NAPC Spearheads the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (NWOEP) 2017

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) commemorates this year’s National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, themed “Answering the Call of October 17 to End Poverty: A Path Towards Peaceful and Inclusive Societies,” by strengthening this campaign under the call, “Kilos SAMBAYANAN Laban sa Kahirapan.”

Kilos SAMBAYANAN, or Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan, is NAPC’s campaign 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 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 end it.

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.

Despite high economic growth in recent years, extreme poverty persists in the Philippines. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), 8.23 million Filipinos are ‘subsistence poor’, or whose incomes are insufficient to buy even their basic food needs, and is part of the larger 21.93 million poor Filipinos in 2015.

Consequently, many Filipinos are deprived of basic needs that they should be enjoying as a matter of right. Philippine poverty is rooted in underdevelopment, or the backward state of agriculture and industry in the country, and in inequality, or the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few at the expense of the many.

The commemoration of NWOEP 2017 in the Philippines spearheaded by NAPC in collaboration with ATD Fourth World Philippines, people’s organizations, various government agencies, and institutions is designed to celebrate the people’s struggle and active participation of the basic sectors to fight extreme poverty.

Activities

From October 5 to 27, 2017, NAPC will hold a series of activities that highlight the conditions and struggles of the peasant and poor sectors, and secure commitments from stakeholders in support of the Kilos SAMBAYANAN campaign.

‘Kilos SAMBAYANAN caravan’ will be held in peasant and urban poor communities in Manila and Davao. NAPC will also organize fora and inter-agency dialogues for the communication and delivery of government programs and services to the poor. In order to advance the public discourse on land reform and sustainable agriculture, NAPC will host a forum-dialogue with peasant groups expected to be in Manila at this time.

Finally, NAPC will hold a roundtable discussion among civil society partners to launch its anti-poverty framework paper, which presents a comprehensive analysis of Philippine poverty and argues for a pro-poor development strategy as a long-term response.

Cultural events will also be held which include citizen’s photojournalism workshop-photowalk in San Jose del Monte and Pandi, Bulacan and Manggahan Floodway; arts workshop, photo mobile exhibit, Zumbayan health and wellness caravan, Sambayanan Walk, Musika’t Tulaan cultural night, and laying of commemorative stone in Anini-y, Antique.

Objectives of NWOEP Philippines 2017

  1. To promote public awareness of the persistence of poverty and extreme poverty in the Philippines, its roots and many dimensions, and the development strategy necessary to end poverty;
  2. To strengthen the Kilos SAMBAYANAN campaign and bring it closer to the poor and marginalized sectors of society, and raise awareness on the ‘10 basic needs’ as rights that should be guaranteed by the State for all Filipinos;
  3. To advance the public discourse and generate support for the people’s struggles on the right to food, food security, and land reform;
  4. To recognize and promote the efforts of the national and local governments for poverty reduction; and
  5. To foster convergence among the various sectors of society, within and outside of government, in support of Kilos SAMBAYANAN and towards building a mass movement in order to end poverty.

History of NWOEP

On 17 October 1987, over a hundred thousand people from all walks of life gathered at the Trocadero Plaza (now the Plaza of Human Rights and Liberties) in Paris, France, to honor the victims of extreme poverty, hunger, violence, and ignorance. They gathered upon the appeal of Father Joseph Wresinski, a French Catholic priest and founder of the All Together in Dignity (ATD) Fourth World Movement. The assembly proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights and affirmed the need to come together to ensure that these rights are respected. These convictions were inscribed in a commemorative stone unveiled on that date.

Since then, people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and social origins have gathered every year on October 17 to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with the poor. Replicas of the commemorative stone have been unveiled around the world and served as a convergence point for the gatherings.

In appreciation of this initiative, the United Nations passed Resolution 47/196 on 22 December 1992 declaring 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP), and invited all States to devote the Day in presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to poverty eradication.

In response, then-President Fidel V. Ramos signed Proclamation No. 269 on 4 October 1993 declaring October 17 of every year as the National Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty. On 17 October 1993, President Ramos unveiled at Rizal Park a replica of the “Commemorative Stone in Honor of the Victims of Extreme Poverty.”

It has since become the site of the annual commemoration organized by the National Anti-Poverty Commission in partnership with ATD Fourth World Philippines, National Parks Development Council, and the City Government of Manila.

On 18 October 2004, then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Proclamation 717 declaring the period of October 17 to 23 as the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (NWOEP). The proclamation designated NAPC to lead, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate the nationwide yearly observance of NWOEP in coordination with key partners and stakeholders in poverty reduction.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action by Fr. Joseph Wresinski and the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the United Nations.

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