|4Ps Forum Marks UN Campaign Against Poverty|
|News Features - Press Releases|
|Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit|
|Friday, 17 October 2008 08:00|
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program sponsored a forum on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and conditional cash transfer programs for the employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development last October 17 at the DSWD Auditorium, Batasan Complex, Quezon City.
The forum entitled, "Strengthening the Filipino Family through 4Ps," was in line with the observance of the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty and the International Day for Eradication of Poverty on October 17-23.
The forum was DSWD's contribution to the Stand Up and Take Action or SUTA Campaign of the United Nations. The Millennium Development Goals are aimed at significantly reducing poverty by the year 2015. Five of these MDGs are also the objectives of 4Ps which are to: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; and improve maternal health. The Stand Up, Take Action or SUTA is a world-wide, annual event of the United Nations calling on all people of the world to be aware of the MDGs and publicly demonstrate the growing global support for the achievement of these goals. This year, 15 million were expected to be counted in the event from the Philippines alone.
The SUTA theme for 2008 is "Mag-ina'y sagipin, bata'y pag-aralin" (Save the Mother and Newborn, Send the Children to School), and it highlights the goal on achieving universal primary education and improving maternal health. In the photo, MDG Specialist from the United Nations Dulce Saret (top left) encouraged everyone to advocate the goals saying, "Let's do our share even in the smallest way. Continue sending your children to school and mothers should find time to go to the clinic/health center for check-ups." Another guest speaker, World Bank Development Coordinator Jehan Arulpragasam (top left) explained the conditional cash transfer (CCT) is an effective tool in accomplishing the MDGs.