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In 1993, former President Fidel V. Ramos signed proclamation 213 declaring every 4th week of July as Diabetes Awareness week.

Its objectives are:

1. To promote awareness of diabetes through:

    a.) Early Detection
    b.) Educational Programs

2. To prevent the onset and progression of complication through promotion of     healthy lifestyle and mass screening program.

Since then, the Philippine Center for Diabetes Education Foundation, Inc, has spearheaded the campaign to increase public awareness of Diabetes and its many complications.

We began in 1993 with the performance of the children's orchestra. In 1994, with the "Race Against Diabetes", and in 1995, with "Exercise Diabetic Away" In 1996, the concept of the knowledgeable ant was born, with the slogan, "Mabuti pa ang Langgam, Alam", followed subsequently by " Huwag Nag Hintaying Langgamin," in 1997, " Ants in your pants!" in 1998 and "Diabetes? Alam Ng Langgam!" in 1999.

In 2000 - Pledge for Diabetes. This theme highlights the signing of the Manila Declaration: five-point principles of diabetes care."

What is the Manila Declaration? Through the initiative of the Diabetes Center, a gathering of the leader of various organizations involved in the care of patients with diabetes, and elicited from them a pledge to uphold and support the rights of each one. This gathering also included well - known endocrinologists, diabetologists, cardiologists, ophthalmologists, pediatricians, obstetricians, as well as the general managers and CEOs of many pharmaceutical corporations. Together they signed the "Manila Declaration: five-point principles of diabetes care" last July 21, 2000.

Another innovation introduced this year was the holding of simultaneous kick-off activities in Glorietta, Makati and Featured Supermall, Filinvest Alabang. This, of course, was designed to increase public exposure and generate greater interest in Diabetes Awareness. Later in the program, the different teams from the various hospitals will participate in the "Diabetes Showdown", a game testing diabetes knowledge.

During the weeklong celebration the different diabetes educational clinics will hold many other activities.

Among them are programs designed to:

1. Detect and treat complication of diabetes like diabetic eye disease dubbed as     "Operation: Silip Meta"

2. Diabetic foot disease, "Operation: Bantay-PAA"

3. Diabetic kidney disease, "Operation: Kidney Watch"

The center, likewise, conducted mini lectures in various public and private schools, targeting high school students; parents and teachers, to help in create their awareness of Type 1 or Insulin dependent diabetes.

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