PIA News Service - Monday, November 19, 2012


GADCC gears up preparations for this year’s 18-Day Campaign to End VAW

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA) – The member-agencies of the Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) stepped up preparations for this year’s 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) on November 25 to December 12, this city.

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

Atty. Pintor bared that the opening ceremony will be held on November 26, Monday, with a Parade of Floating Lights and Advocacy Prayers.

“After gathering at the Guingona Park, participants will walk towards the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) grounds bearing advocacy slogans on mini-tarps. Program at the PPA will start at 5:30 p.m. where ecumenical advocacy prayers will be offered upon the releasing of lighted floaters in the Agusan River along the PPA riverbank,” said Pintor.

As part of the activities for the said campaign, GADCC will be conducting the Forum on the Localization of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1325 and 1820 on November 27, 2012 at the Ericka’s Pasta Story, this city.

Said forum will be participated by the local legislators and local government units in Agusan del Norte and Butuan City.

Also, in time with this year’s World AIDS Day celebration, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga will be initiating the Forum on Male’s Involvement in Reproductive Health on December 1, to be held in Surigao City.

Meanwhile, the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW will culminate on December 13 with the conduct of a Forum on Women Empowerment in Health Development and Gender Equality (WEHDGE), and Full Committee Meeting cum Christmas Party. This will be held at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Caraga Training Center, Butuan City.

This year’s observance/campaign is anchored on the theme “VAW-Free Society in Times of Peace, Conflict, and Calamity.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


GADCC intensifies 18-Day Campaign to end Violence Against Women

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA) – The Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) chaired by Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor intensified the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) set on November 25 to December 12, 2012 in Caraga region.

Atty. Pintor said that every year, the 16 days of activism against gender violence is being observed globally from November 25 to December 10. This international campaign originated from the Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, New Jersey in 1991. It calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women through raising awareness about GBV, strengthening local work and establishing a clear link between local and international work to end VAW, among other undertakings.

“Since 2002, the Philippines join this annual campaign spearheaded by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) with IACVAWC and IACAT. Through the Presidential Procalamation 1172 of 2006, the Philippine campaign was extended to 18 days, to include December 12 which is known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day,” said Pintor.

Pintor also bared that among the objectives of said campaign include the following: 1) To raise awareness about Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in crisis situations for national government agencies, local government units and the general public; 2) To increase support mechanisms and make it more accessible to Violence against Women (VAW) victim-survivors during disaster and crisis situation; 3) To forge partnerships among stakeholders in addressing GBV in crisis situations.

For this year, it is proposed that the focus be given to GBV during disasters and armed conflict situations to highlight the importance of weaving-in gender concerns into the blanket of initiatives spanning armed conflict to disaster situation assistance.

Pintor explained that GBV refers to any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person’s will on the basis of gender differences. GBV is already pervasive in times of peace but may escalate during emergency situation and the most common GBV during crisis situation is violence against women. Section 30 of the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710) classifies women victim-survivors of VAW during disasters and armed conflict situation as Women in Especially Difficult Circumstances (WEDC).

“In times of war or conflict, women are the usual victims of sexual violence which is being used as a weapon of war. This can result to sexual trauma, undesired pregnancy, mental health disorders, and sex-related diseases. Threats to women can either be directly to themselves or aggression to their families and communities while in flight and during repatriation. Thus, women in armed conflict have been identified as one of the 12 critical areas of concern of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action,” relayed Pintor.

Pintor further emphasized that when there is a disaster such as typhoon or flood, the open living conditions in evacuation centers also put women and their children at risk of violence or abuses because human relations are more exposed. Their special needs such as safety, privacy and other gender sensitive concerns are not given enough attention. The desperate conditions may force women and young girls to exchange sex for food, shelter, protection or money. World Health Organization (WHO) in 2006 reported that at least 75 percent of persons displaced by disasters are women and children.

Meanwhile, Pintor stressed that with this year’s 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women, GADCC will be engaging into different activities which include multi-media activities; launching of Barangay VAW Desk Handbook; conduct of information sessions to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) or evacuees; and forum by different organizations working in the conflict/disaster areas.

With this, the GADCC hoped for the full support and cooperation of the general public to end violence against women. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


NPAs burn 2 poultry structures, former army command post in Surigao del Sur

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Nov. 19 (PIA) - Two poultry structures and a former command post of the Philippine Army on Thursday were reportedly burned by an identified number of suspected New People’s Army rebels in two separate incidents in this province.

Police Provincial Office Information Officer Ranilo Malong said the two incidents lasted for about an hour. The two poultry houses are owned by 2nd District Congressman Florencio Garay of this province.

As per report from 75IB CMO Officer Lt. Jolito Borces, he said the NPAs have been demanding a revolutionary tax but the owner of the establishment refused to give.

Borces also added that the two poultry structures burned down affected six families who are working and now jobless after the incident.

Meanwhile, Malong said police operatives in coordination with the Philippine Army are now alerted and conducted checkpoints to run after the perpetrators. (NGBT/PIA Surigao del Sur)


News Feature: ECC awards benefits to call center agent

MANILA, Nov. 19 (PIA) -- The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has granted temporary total disability (TTD) benefits due to vocal cord nodules to Marie Angeline Rodriguez, a customer service representative at IBM Business Services, Inc. in Quezon City.

In April 2008, Rodriguez was diagnosed with chronic laryngitis, vocal cord nodules. Her ailment was evaluated not work-connected by the Social Security System (SSS) on the ground that vocal cord nodules is not included in the list of occupational diseases and the risk of developing the same was increased by her smoking habits.

In granting the claim, the ECC gave credence to a medical report which states that “vocal cord nodules are common among patients who speak professionally as younger women. They have now been common among call center employees who need to speak for several hours confined in cold-air conditioned rooms.” Considering that Rodriguez’s nature of work as a call center agent entails speaking on the phone for several hours, her working conditions made her susceptible to vocal cord nodules.

The ECC granted Rodriguez the EC TTD benefits for 90 days plus reimbursements of medical expenses incurred in the treatment of her vocal cord nodules. (ECC/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: NSO nagbigay ng update sa special civil registry

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Nob. 19 (PIA) – Nagpalabas kamakailan ang National Statistics Office (NSO) – Caraga ng mga makabagong update hinggil sa sitwasyon ng special registry ng rehiyon.

Sa isang press conference na ginanap kamakailan, ipinakita ni NSO-Caraga Regional Director Rosalinda Celeste-Apura ang performance indicator sa completion rate ng mga nag-request ng civil registry documents sa rehiyon.

Ani Apura, mahigit 900 special civil registry transactions ang naitala ng kanilang tanggapan sa buwan ng Agosto sa taong kasalukuyan at 40.1 pursyento lang dito ang on-time completion rate. Samantala, may 210 feedback cases naman ang naitala.

Ito ay ang mga special civil registry documents na apektado ng court decrees at legal instruments (CDLI) at Republic Act 9048 o kilala bilang batas na nagbibigay pahintulot sa city at municipality civil registrar o ang Consul-General na i-correct ang clerical o typographical error, pati na ang Republic Act 9255 o batas na nagbibigay pahintulot sa mga illegitimate children na gamitin ang surname ng kanilang ama.

“Ito ay dahil sa matagal na proseso, mataas na insidente ng feedback at exemption notices pati na ang mataas na insidente ng re-work o unsuccessful annotations,” paliwanag ni Apura.

Dahil sa sitwasyong ito, ayon sa opisyal ang NSO ay ginagawa ang lahat upang resolbahin ang problema.

Ayon kay Apura layunin ng proyekto nila na paliit ang dating 22 working days sa 20. Idinagdag din niya na ang proyektong ito ay unang isasagawa sa rehiyon na naglalayon din na paunlarin ang completion rate na 40.1 pursyento sa buwan ng Agosto na maging 56.6 pursyento sa buwan ng Desyembre 2012.

Binigyan diin din ng opisyal na dahil sa implementasyon ng proyektong ito ang feedback notices ay napaliit. Pinalakas din nito ang kaalaman ng publiko hinggil sa mga rekisitos at proseso ng pag-request ng civil registry documents na apektado ng CDLI at RA 9048, pati na ang pagpapalakas ng ugnayan ng C/MCRs clerk of courts, Philippine Information Agency, at iba pang ahensya.

Idinagdag din niya upang maging sistematiko ang mga request ng special civil registry, implementing preliminary screening at monitoring purposes at i-transmit ang na evaluate na dokumento sa CRD-Manila para sa priority loading ng CRS database. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Surigaonon news: 33 empleyado nahimong donors sa Mass Blood Donation Activity

By Annette P. Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 19 (PIA) -- Mokabat sa 33 ka mga empleyado sa city hall ug city-PNP an nahimo na blood donors atol sa Mass Blood Donation Activity niadtong miaging semana didto sa City Cultural Center ning dakbayan.

Sumaya pa ni City Health Officer Dr. Emmanuel Plandano na adiser maka donate nan dugo ang isa ka tawo, adunay proseso para na masiguro nga luwas ang mo donar og luwas usab ang i-donar nga dugo sa bisan unsang sakit.

Ang mga proseso mao ang mosunod: kinahanglan mupailayom sa usa ka interbyu para sa pipila ka personal information nan mga donor kuhaan ug blood pressure kon BP sanan timbangon, kuhaon an tagtawag na Hemoglobin Determination aron masiguro na dili anemic an amo na donor, ug an pagkonsulta sa mga on site doctors.

Sa amo na kalamboan mapasalamaton si Mayor Nitoy Matugas sa mga mingdonar og ilang dugo para na sa mga nagkinahanglan ug lakip usab sa buhatan sa City Health Office na amo gajud an naningkamot nga magmalamposon ang maong kalihukan.

An amo na kalihukan, tagpahigayon subay sa health agenda nan syudad ubos sa administrasyon ni Mayor Matugas. (SDR/PIO-Surigao City/PIA-Surigao del Norte)