fight against poverty and corruption
to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s call to fight poverty
and corruption, the De La Salle University System’s Caucus
on Poverty Reduction (DLSU-CPR) led various civil society
groups in forming the Citizens’ National Network Against Poverty
and Corruption (CNN-APC). The movement was launched on July
7 at the DLSU-College of Saint-Benilde’s Angelo King International
According to DLSU System President Brother Rolando Dizon,
FSC, CNN-APC was formed to create a network and a united front
against the twin thorns of poverty and corruption. It will
also serve as a nerve center whose main role is to synergize
all groups involved in the endeavor.
Brother Roly, who co-chairs the movement, also said that CNN-APC’s
establishment marks the very first nationwide effort to combine
numerous, but disparate efforts to combat poverty and corruption.
The birth of CNN-APC was triggered by the infamous May 1 siege
of Malacañang. The event became a wake up call to the plight
of the many disadvantaged Filipinos. CNN-APC’s founders felt
a strong sense of urgency to begin taking serious and massive
measures to reverse the twin malaise of poverty and corruption.
During the founding congress, participants discussed the CNN-APC’s
working framework. Patricia Sison, lead convenor, and Governor
Teresita Lazaro of Laguna delivered the keynote addresses.
Dinky Soliman, Department of Social Welfare and Development
secretary, and former Bulacan Governor Robert Pagdanganan,
Jr. delivered situationer reports.
program is captured by the acronym ENFLAMES (Education for
all, Neighborhood Communities, Food Production and Security,
Livelihood, Access to Services, Moral and Spiritual, Environmental
Stewardship and Shelter, Sanitation and Health).
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