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P-Noy Urged: Be an MDG President

With less than a month before the annual Stand Up Take Action (SUTA) Campaign, CSOs are challenging the current administration on its commitment to the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). GCAP reiterates its call to P-Noy to seriously commit and deliver the achievement of the MDGs. This is in light of the fact that while one out of three Filipinos is poor and hungry, the solution to the prevailing mass poverty in the country remains amiss because of weak institutions, massive corruption, presence of structures that perpetuate inequality and poverty.

Only recently, the UN Secretary General called on Governments to attend the UN MDG Summit to accelerate the achievements of the MDG in the last remaining 5 years. Secretary Romulo of the Department of Foreign Affairs said the President might push through with his US visit by attending the UN MDG Summit on September 20-22, in New York.

Regie Guillen, National Coordinator of GCAP Philippines, said that the current administration will be faced with the challenge of presenting its accomplishments on MDGs, coinciding with the end decade assessment and also in 2015, a year prior to the expiration of his term as President of the Philippines. If the President Aquino will make his first trip to the US in time for the MDG Summit in September, why is it then that there was no Philippine Representative to the recently concluded ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on MDG that took place in Jakarta on August 1-2? Guillen asked. The Ministerial Meeting was hosted by Indonesia in preparation for the MDG Summit.

The Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) - Philippines, the country’s biggest anti-poverty movement of people’s associations, civil society organizations, faith-based institutions, trade unions, and individuals. GCAP serves as a campaign center for poverty related issues and utilizes international campaign platform such as the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and believes that addressing structural flaws and inequality in our society as the key to solving poverty in the country.

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