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|Written by OSEC CommunicationTeam
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
The Department of Education (DepEd) received a commendation from the
United Nations for helping set a new Guinness World Record of
43,716,440 for the most umber of people ever to mobilize against
poverty in a 24-hour period. Salil Shetty, director of the United
Nations Millennium Campaign and Nileema Noble,UN resident coordinator
in the Philippines lauded the Department for participating in the event
to end poverty and inequality and living up to the promise of achieving
Millennium Development Goals (MDG), as part of a global movement of likeminded citizens.
“We are one with the UN in the effort of
alleviating poverty, in particular in achieving universal primary
education,” Education Secretary Jesli A. Lapus said. Of the 7.1
million Filipinos who supported the movement, 2.8 million or 39.44
percent was mobilized by the DepEd. The number of Filipinos who stood
up for the campaign accounted for 16 percent of the 43.7 million people
who participated from 127 countries around the world.
Philippines ranked second in Asia and the Pacific in the Guinness World
Record in the Stand Up and Speak Out Movement to fight poverty and
achieve the MDG set by the UN.
On behalf of the UN team in the
Philippines, Noble expressed appreciation for the tremendous show of
support and commitment to the UN October Month celebration which was
highlighted by the 2007 Stand Up, Speak Out campaign on October 17.
"Filipinos from all walks of life came together to make their voices
heard and urged leaders to act and fight poverty to in order to keep
their promise of meeting the MDG by 2015,” Noble said in a statement.
MDG has eight goals: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve
universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women;
reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS,
malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability and
develop a global partnership for development.
These goals form a
blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s
leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented
efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.
In a recent
mid-term MDG progress report, the Philippines noted significant gains
in meeting the MDG challenge provided that measures to overcome poverty
are sustained. The same report said that in order to address hunger and
nutrition, cohort survival rate, maternal mortality and access to
reproductive health services there is a need for more resources and an
accelerated implementation of interventions both at the national and