In the Philippines, about two million people took part in a charity walk on Sunday (17 June) to raise funds for the country's unemployed youths.
TGV & TV Marchers passing along Roxas Boulevard in Manila (2 shots)
CU Filipino air force walkers behind Alay Lakad banner
SV & CU People watch as Makati delegation passes(3 shots)
CU & GV Marshals with walkie-talkies as marchers enter Luneta Park (2 shots)
CU Poster 'Alay Lakad in Year of the Child'
GV Crowd assembled in park
SV & CU Moslem women at rally (2 shots)
SV Dragon dancing
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Background: In the Philippines, about two million people took part in a charity walk on Sunday (17 June) to raise funds for the country's unemployed youths. Recent government figures showed that there were more than seven million young people out-of-work in the Philippines.
SYNOPSIS: Sunday's march began at dawn, with participants leaving seven areas of Manila and converging in a gigantic column that made its way along Roxas Boulevard, one of the capital's main streets.
The walk is an annual event, called Alay Lakad and organised by the Ministry of Social Services and Development. Each volunteer is sponsored for a certain sum of money, according to the distance covered. Delegations represented communities from many areas of Manila and outside the city.
Money raised by the walk is used for projects intended to help young people support themselves. They're trained to become self-employed or work for others in such fields as welding, car maintenance, dressmaking and poultry breeding. The climax of the march was a rally at Manila's Luneta Park, where the crowd listened to speeches.
According to the government, nearly 175,000 unemployed youths have benefitted from the Alay Lakad programme since it first started in 1972. Many of them were from poor families who could not afford the cost of formal education.
Volunteers were rewarded for their efforts with entertainment provided by Chinese dragon dancers.