the poorest sectors
DLSU reaffirms commitment to
social development and reformation
the poorest sectors. This was the strong statement made by
National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Teresita Quintos
Deles on the launching of the civic network groups against
poverty and corruption at the Angelo King International Center
of DLSU-College of Saint Benilde.
As a representative of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,
Deles stressed that the government is serious in reducing
the poverty in the country. In her response, she emphasized
the government agenda and asked full support and cooperation
from the newly formed group Citizens’ National Network Against
Poverty and Corruption (CNN-APC).
De La Salle University System President Brother Rolando Dizon,
FSC, co-founding chair of the CNN-APC, believes that the movement’s
establishment marks the very first nationwide effort to combine
numerous, but disparate efforts to combat poverty and corruption
in the Philippines. More than 300 delegates attended the founding
congress and pledged to coordinate their efforts for a holistic
approach to the problems being addressed.
an initial step, CNN-APC will focus its anti-poverty programs
in six priority areas namely, Smokey Mountain, Payatas, Pasay
City, Bagong Silang (Quezon City), Cordillera Region, Jolo
(Sulu), Escalante (Negros), and Marinduque.
Among the groups involved in the CNN-APC are Couples for Christ,
Habitat for Humanity, Evelio Javier Foundation, Sanlakas,
Caritas, Assumption College, Eureka, and Konsensyang Pilipino.
The DLSU System’s Caucus on Poverty Reduction (CPR) is one
of the convenors of the CNN-APC. Established in 1999, the
CPR involves itself in various community outreach efforts
and social development projects.