Pitik Advocacy Workshop in Pandi, Bulacan
The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) conducted Pitik Advocacy Workshop: A Citizen Photojournalism Workshop for urban poor residents held in Pandi, Bulacan on October 7, 2017. Jhun Dantes served as Resource Person. Organized by NAPC Communications and Public Relations Committee, the activity is part of Kilos Sambayanan Laban sa Kahirapan in commemoration of the 2017 National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty. With the theme, “Answering the Call of October 17 to End Poverty: A Path Towards Peaceful and Inclusive Societies”, NAPC strengthens its campaign Kilos SAMBAYANAN, or Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan. It is a call of convergence 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. According to the oral narrative of urban poor residents, they originate from farming villages in various parts of the country. 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.