PIA News Service - Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Red Cross launches “Humanity in War” photo exhibit in Butuan 

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Agusan del Norte – Butuan City chapter recently launched “Humanity in War” photo exhibition at Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) lobby here, marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Solferino – a city in the northern Italy. 

It can be recalled that the lack of medical care for soldiers wounded in that battle prompted Swiss citizen Henry Dunant to create a humanitarian organization, later known as the ICRC, which is at the origin of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

During the exhibition, students and faculty members of FSUU were touched by the photos displayed and showed sympathy to the victims of war who suffered the pain and hunger.

In her message, Ms. Natasha Emerson, head of the ICRC office in Davao City said that since the second half of the 19th century, photography has played a fundamental role in opening the world’s eyed to the horrors of war. During the same period, Red Cross has worked to alleviate the suffering of victims of armed conflict around the world. Humanity in War traces the history of war and its humanitarian consequences from the American Civil War to modern-day conflicts with striking images that bring to life the pain and anguish of men, women and children who endured the hardships of war.

“The exposition is a moving and inspiring collection of 40 photographs from the ICRC archives dating back to the 1860s. Taken by renowned photo journalists including James Nachtwey, Sebastian Salgado, Ron Haviv, Franco Pagetti, Nick Danziger as well as by ICRC staff, each photo has been reproduced to the highest quality with many seen here for the first time,” Emerson added.

With this initiative by the ICRC and PNRC Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter, students and faculty members could work hand-in-hand with the community in sharing the message of peace. (PIA-Caraga) 


Caraga NDPR week celebration kicks-off in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga, as the lead agency in the Regional Council for Disability Affairs (RCDA) recently conducted the kick-off ceremony of the 32nd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week with the theme “Sa Istrukturang Accessible, Lahat ay Able” held on Monday, July 19, 2010at the City Hall lobby here.

Right before the program proper at the city hall, a mass was celebrated attended by all stakeholders at Saint Joseph Cathedral, followed with the motorcade around the city.

In her speech, City Social Welfare and Development Officer - Ms. Aldeberan Mordeno said that there should be equal opportunities for Persons with Disability (PWDs) by the government primarily because disable persons are also part of the society.

“We are also happy that parents are now being informed of their children’s rights with the help of the barangay assemblies, and instead of hiding their children from the public due to its disabilities, they now let their children get involved with various activities in the community…We should always remember that children are gift from God,” Mordeno added.

Meanwhile, City Councilor Erwin Dano also acknowledges the efforts and patience of the teachers, non-government organizations who are guiding all the PWD children witnessing the events since according to him, “it is not that easy to take care all of them”.

“The city government headed by our city mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. will strengthen the programs and services for PWDs especially the Batasang Pambansa 344 or the Accessibility Law. We will also give corresponding reprimands to those establishments that will not comply with the said law,” Dano added.

Also, DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat expressed her thanks to all the parents of the children with disabilities for always being there to love and guide their children. 

Meanwhile, various activities for the NDPR long-week celebration are lined-up like the Medical Mission, Talent Show of PWDs, Awareness and Prevention Seminars, and other activities by the DSWD and partner agencies. The public is then encouraged to participate and support PWDs for their welfare and development. (PIA-Caraga)


Butuan City students imbibe international humanitarian law through exhibit, seminar and book donation

BUTUAN CITY (July 20) – Students of the Father Saturnino Urios University here imbibed lessons on international humanitarian law (IHL) through a photo exhibit, seminar, and book donation to be held in their campus next week.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) organized the three activities, starting with the launch of the “Humanity in War” photo exhibit at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, July 19 (Monday) to orient students on IHL or the law that limits the effects of war.

“We hope that through these events, we would open the eyes of the youth so they can understand and appreciate how IHL upholds a measure of humanity amidst armed conflict. We wanr them to relize that IHL remains relevant in many countries, including the Philippines, where these conflicts continue to occur,” said Natasha Emerson, head of the ICRC office in Davao City.

The “Humanity in War” photo exhibit, held in cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross Agusa del Norte-Butuan City chapter, traces the history of war and its humanitarian consequences from the American civil war to modern-day conflicts. Beyond the sorrow and hardships, the exposition reflects the courage, hope and caring for others amidst the chaos and destruction caused by war.

The inspiring collection, which includes 40 photographs from the ICRC archives dating back to the 1860s, is open to the public and will be shown until July 21, 2010. The exhibit will move to Davao City in August in time for IHL Day.

Meanwhile, political science and law students will be briefed on IHL during a seminar on Wednesday, July 21. The ICRC will talk about the organization’s activities in the country, particularly in Mindanao, and explain the basics of IHL.

To enhance their knowledge of IHL, the ICRC will also donate an IHL library pack or a set of 50 books containing academic discussions of IHL. The IHL library is particular useful to law students who want to specialize in IHL; and to college students planning to take up law.

The ICRC is an independent humanitarian organization that aims to protect and assist victims of armed conflicts and other situations of violence, without discrimination. It has been working in the Philippines for 50 years now, with a permanent presence since 1982.

Promoting the IHL especially among weapon bearers is a fundamental part of the ICRC’s work. The ICRC constantly reminds parties to the conflicts of their obligations to protect those not or no longer fighting. (ICRC-PNRC/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: DSWD, nanguna sa pagsaulog sa National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week

Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY ( July 19) – Gisaulog sa tibuok nasud ang selebrasyon sa ika-32nd National Disability and Rehabilitation (NDPR) ilalom sa pagpanguna sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sulod sa usa ka semana, sugod karong July 17 hangtud 23, 2010, ning dakbayan.

Alas 7:00 ang takna sa buntag niadtong Lunes, Hulyo 19, 2010 gisugdan ang selebrasyon sa usa ka Santos nga misa nga gipahigayon didto sa Saint Joseph Cathedral.

Gisundan kini sa motorkada nga gisalmutan sa nagkadaiyang ahensya sa gobyerno, lokal nga kagamhanan, mga opisyales, magtutudlo ug mga ka-estudyantehan sa SPEED-Central sa Butuan.

Nahuman ang parada padulong sa Butuan City Hall diin didto gipahigayon ang programa.

Gisuportahan ang nasudnong kalihukan sa pagpanguna ni DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat, subay sa pakig-alayon sa City Government sa Butuan pinamunuan ni City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante.

Giingon ni Jabagat nga ang mga disable gikinahanglan nga hatagan sa special nga atensyon ug i-apil sa kalihukan sa kumunidad.

Gilauman nga magmalampuson ang selbrasyon ubos sa tema: “Ang Istrakturang Accessible, lahat ay Able”, giduso sa mga opisyales nga abagan sa tanang sector nga mahimong maluntaron ang usa ka semanang okasyon isip paghatag dakong importansya sa mga adunay kapansanan. (PIA-Caraga)