PIA News Service - Sunday, September 16, 2012


Caraga GADCC sets activities of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 16 (PIA) -- The technical working group of the Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) Caraga lined-up activities for the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW), on November 25 to December 12.

The GADCC is under the Regional Development Council (RDC) chaired by Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor.

Pintor said that every year, the Caraga GADCC spearheads the 18-day campaign to end VAW.

It is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University in 1991.

“The observance will start on November 25, in time with the International Day against Violence against Women, and will culminate on December 10 which is the International Human Rights Day,” said Pintor.

Pintor also recalled that the Philippines has joined the international community in the observance of the 16-Day Campaign Against Violence Against Women, from November 25 to December 10 to emphasize that violence against women is a human rights violation, and thereby, to raise awareness on gender-based violence as a human rights violation, and to ensure better protection for survivors/ victims of violence.

In 2006, the Philippine government expanded it by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 1172 to include up to December 12, which marks the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Crime, thus making it an 18-Day Campaign.

Pintor added the event will kick-off with a “Fun Walk” activity at 5:30 p.m. from Guingona Park going to the Philippine Ports Authority grounds.

A short program will follow after which will be highlighted by the floating of flowers with candles while a thanksgiving prayer will be delivered by the GADCC secretariat.

On December 1, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga will spearhead the World AIDS Day with a short program.

Meanwhile, the culmination activities for the 18-day campaign will be divided into two parts.

The morning activity is the forum dubbed "Women Empowerment in Health and Development on Gender Equality" on Dec. 12 at the Luciana Convention Center, Butuan City. This will be participated by the GADCC and Men Oppose to Violence Everywhere (MOVE) members.

Also, a press conference is scheduled on November 23, 2012 at the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Caraga Regional Function Hall, this city.

With this development, GADCC encouraged the general public to support this campaign and promote gender equality. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Senate body approves MinDA P85-M budget

MANILA, Sept. 16 (PIA) -- Seeing the need for greater inter-regional collaboration in Mindanao, the Senate finance committee has approved recently and will submit for plenary deliberations the proposed 2013 budget of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

Senator Franklin M. Drilon, chair of the committee on finance cited the crucial role of MinDA being the primary planning institution of Mindanao and as the integrator of regional programs and projects.

“We have far too long seen Mindanao perennially lagging behind the rest of the country in terms of development, it’s time we see greater integration of efforts to push for its progress and transformation,” said Drilon.

With a mandate to push for strong participation of all sectors to achieve accelerated socio-economic development for the island, MinDA, he said, carries the Mindanao perspective and brings it to national attention.

In its proposed budget for 2013, MinDA is seeking approval of P85 million mainly for integrated planning, policy advocacy and program development services. The office is currently operating on a P60 million budget under FY 2012.

For next year, its allocation will also deal substantially with the setting up of area management offices in clustered regions and subsequent completion of its reorganization and staffing program so it can adequately respond to both Mindanao-wide and inter-regional coordination activities.

“Under its strengthened mandate, MinDA endeavors to face up to the challenge of seeing to it that efforts are exerted to address the imperatives for Mindanao’s development,” said MinDA chair Luwalhati Antonino in a statement.

Antonino added that MinDA’s work is anchored on integration of Mindanao’s agenda and effectively articulating these to national government priorities.

“We look beyond regional concerns as we integrate and harmonize efforts at a Mindanao-wide perspective,” she stressed.

Created under R.A. 9996, MinDA became a permanent agency in 2010 with mandate to address the need for a coordinated and integrated approach in the formulation and implementation of various Mindanao-wide and inter-regional development plans, programs and projects.

The law strengthened the former Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo), which was created by virtue of an executive order issued in 1992 by then President Corazon Aquino.

MinDA also serves as the permanent Philippine Coordinating Office that works to strengthen the participation of Philippines focus areas (Mindanao and Palawan) in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) sub-regional cooperation.

Among the major initiatives currently being pursued by MinDA include the Mindanao Nurturing Our Waters (MindaNOW) Program, Investment Facilitation, Support for ARMM Reform Agenda, Mindanao Power Development, Mindanao Research and Policy Agenda, and Mindanao Peace and Development Security cooperation. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)