Marikina City, October 16 2006 — UN-Habitat through the L-MDGs project Knowledge Manager organized a UN-wide exhibit together with major partners in the Philippines as part of the global STAND UP campaign on October 16.
The exhibit was participated by 6 UN agencies and 9 national partners.The project team was also responsible for organizing the MDG Festival, the national/central STAND UP event which was hosted by Marikina City, one of 14 UN-Habitat’s L-MDGs resource cities.
This day-long event showcased social artistry in localizing the MDG with cultural performance from the Science City of Munoz – Bungkos Palay Dance Company and the Zone One Tondo Cultural Group. The day long campaign also included mass oath taking which took place all over the country.
L-MDGs resource cities were at the forefront of the local campaign: Butuan City participated by gathering local constituents to participate in the greening of the Butuan Historical Park , a park that was established through the assistance of Local GAINS for the MDGs – DGTTF 2005.
Marikina City led the mass oath taking together with UN staff simultaneous with the oath taking administered by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in Malacanang. On this date, 2 million Filipinos took the oath to stand up for the MDGs and to end poverty in the Philippines.
Marikina City, October 16 2006 — The L-MDGs project assisted Galing Pook Foundation in organizing the conferment of citation to 10 LGUs on local capacity innovations in localizing the MDGs. This citation was supported by UNDP-Capacity 2015 and was implemented by Galing Pook.
Among the 10 LGUs, 4 are UN-Habitat L-MDG sites: Naga City, Science City of Munoz, Pasay City and Zamboanga City. The project supported the publication of Local Capacity Innovations for the MDG and the conferment ceremonies on October 16, 2006 with the Vice President of the Philippines.
Marikina City, a Galing Pook Hall of Famer hosted the ceremonies. To maximize dissemination and advocacy for local innovations, UN-Habitat produced the 2007 Calendar using the LOCI awardees.
Manila, October 1 2006 — L-MDGs project made possible the celebration of 2006 World Habitat Day in the Philippines with a country-wide information and advocacy campaign utilizing the country’s national print media network. The messages of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and UN-Habitat Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka was distributed to L-MDGs cities and an editorial on cities and an editorial on the state of urbanization in the Philippines with an accompanying editorial cartoon was published in Bulletin Today (circulation 100,000) on October 2 with the year’s theme, Cities – Magnets of Hope.
Twenty-nine (29) cities dedicated their Monday flag raising ceremonies to the WHD and local articles were publish in regional dailies on the gains of UN-Habitat assistance in localizing the MDGs particularly on improved access to potable water and sanitation and on improving the lives of slum dwellers.
The highlight of this year’s WHD is Pag-ibig Fund winning the prestigious Scroll of Honour Award “for the way its housing programme has ensured excellent public services.” Atty. Romero F. S. Quimbo, Pag-ibig Fund President and Chief Exective Officer, has been invited to receive the award on the occasion of World Habitat Day on 4 October 2006 at the city of Kazan, Russia. This is the second time the Philippines was conferred the honor. The first Philippine recipient was Mayor Mary Jane Ortega of San Fernando, La Union who won the award in 2000.
The Habitat Scroll of Honour award was launched by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme or UN-HABITAT in 1989. It is currently the most prestigious human settlements award in the world. Its aim is to acknowledge initiatives which have made outstanding contributions in various fields such as shelter provision, highlighting the plight of the homeless, leadership in post conflict reconstruction, and developing and improving the human settlements and the quality of urban life.