ZEP2023 Coalition Holds General Assembly

The Zero Extreme Poverty 2030 (ZEP2030) Coalition held its annual assembly at the Bayanihan Center in Pasig City on November 24, 2023.

ZEP2030, a collective movement, has set a goal of uplifting one million Filipino families from extreme poverty by 2030. The assembly’s theme, “Local Convergences: Unblocking the Constraints towards ZEP2030 Goals,” emphasized the coalition’s commitment to spotlighting local efforts and seeking insights from key stakeholders to enhance collective action.

The Foundation for a Sustainable Society Inc. (FSSI), a member of the ZEP2030 Coalition, provided support to the assembly, with Nikki Natan, FSSI’s Knowledge Management, Advocacy, and Communications (KMAC) Officer, attending the event.

Senen C. Bacani, Co-chair and ZEP2030 Lead Convenor, welcomed participants, setting the stage for a discussion. Governor Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr., Chairman of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, delivered the keynote address. Gov. Tamayo serves as the National President of the League of Provinces of the Philippines and the Vice Chair for the Government Sector at the National Anti-Poverty Commission.

A panel discussion, moderated by Francis Capistrano from the United Nations Development Programme, delved into the collective impact needed to reduce extreme poverty. As the clock ticks with only seven years left to achieve ZEP2030’s target, the question of hopefulness and the coalition’s role in fostering local convergence took center stage.

Mayor Edreluisa O. CaloƱge of Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay, representing local government, expressed hope and emphasized the critical role of networking and collaboration between government and non-government entities. She underscored the importance of community organizing to ensure effective program implementation at the grassroots level.

Felisa Castro, President of Kusog han Kababayen-an han Salcedo, representing the people’s organization sector, echoed the sentiment of hope but stressed the need for collective effort and government support. Castro emphasized the importance of resources to drive meaningful change and urged collaboration for a more sustainable future.

Maricel Genzola, Executive Director of the Foundation for the Development of the Urban Poor (FDUP), acting as the Local Convenor, meanwhile emphasized the necessity of community organizing for successful poverty-alleviation initiatives.

The assembly provided a platform for robust discussions, highlighting the challenges and opportunities in the quest to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030.

The recording of the assembly is available through this link: https://fb.watch/oDFNYN23FY/

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