Poor Street Children in Bacolod, Negros

More than a hundred poor and street children will again have the chance to enjoy the MassKara Festival as the Bacolod City Gender and Development (GAD) Council chaired by Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue marks National Children’s Day Friday at the Bacolod City Public Plaza.

The event is supported by Soroptimist International – Bacolod, Young Women Christian’s Association (YWCA) – Negros Occidental Chapter, Anti-Child Labor, Exploitation and Trafficking Network (ACTNET), Pag-aaral ng Bata para sa Kinabukasan Initiative -Christian Children’s Fund (ABK-CCF) and Kabataang Gabay sa Positibong Pamumuhay (KGPP).

The annual event spearheaded by Batapa-Sigue is observed this year as a way of taking part in the Stand Up and Take Action – a global call to action against poverty on October 17-19, 2008.

This campaign is a growing alliance of trade unions, community groups, faith groups, women and youth organizations, NGOs and other campaigners working together across more than 100 national platforms.

Presidential Proclamation No. 717, Series of 2004, declares October 17-23 of every year as the “National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty”.

The “Stand Up Take Action Against Poverty Campaign” which is a global event on October 17-19, 2008, is being organized by the United Nations.

As member of the UN System, DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2008-152 dated October 7, 2008 encourages local government units to undertake activities that will show collective and united efforts to address poverty and achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s).

The theme for this year’s celebration is “MAG-INA’Y SAGIPIN, BATA’Y PAG-ARALIN”, in recognition of the need to enhance the country’s efforts to meet the targets set forth in MDG No.2 (Education for All) and MDG No.5 (Maternal Health).

In 2000, leaders of 189 countries signed up to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a global plan to halve poverty by 2015.

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