11.28.2012

PIA News Service - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

18-day campaign to end VAW kicks-off in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 27 (PIA) -- The 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) kicked-off Monday with a fun walk activity that started from Guingona Park going to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) grounds here, with Maria Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza, assistant professor of the Ateneo de Manila University as guest speaker.

Rallonza said there is really a need to put an end to any form of violence against women.

“Violence to women does not only refer to physical but also psychological, emotional, and economical. Based on statistics, most of the recorded cases involved domestic violence,” Rallonza said.

Rallonza also cited that during armed conflict, women living in the rural areas are the ones who ensure the safety of their children and who look for food to feed them. She also mentioned some stories from women who were abused, and encouraged the general public to be gender sensitive and give respect to women.

Meanwhile, Atty. Marylin Pintor, Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) chairperson said that every year, the 16 days of activity 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 gender-based violence (GBV), strengthening local work and establishing a clear link between local and international work to end VAW, among other undertakings,” said Pintor.

Pintor added that since 2002, the Philippines joins this annual campaign spearheaded by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) with IACVAWC and IACAT. Through the Presidential Proclamation 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.

Pintor also emphasized that the campaign is aimed to: 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.

The 18-day campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the national government agencies, local government units, and the general public about gender-based violence in crisis situations. Gender-based violence refers to any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person's will on the basis of gender differences. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


RCDC, CDA finalize preparations for the ‘Cooperative Advocacy Run’ 2012

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 27 (PIA) -- The Regional Cooperative Development Council (RCDC) and the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) finalized its preparations for the upcoming ‘Cooperative Advocacy Run’ slated December 12, 2012.

Participants of the fun run will assemble at 4:30 a.m. The run will start at exactly 5 a.m. at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gymnasium and will end at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Covered Court, Butuan City.

A ‘Hataw’ exercise and short program along with the awarding ceremony for the outstanding cooperatives of the year will then follow at the venue.

CDA-Caraga Regional Director Manuela Pelaez said the year 2012 is monumental for cooperatives, not only locally but internationally. The United Nation, in its Resolution 64/136 has proclaimed the year 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC).

“With this year’s celebration, it is our first time to conduct a fun run activity in Butuan City. We are hoping that this will be well-participated by the coop members in the region, government agencies, and private stakeholders. No registration fee will be asked from the participants, it is for free and for fun,” Pelaez said

It is considered one of the ways depicting how the coop sector concretizes the theme of the IYC: “Transformative Cooperatives for People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace”.

“We want to continue this momentum and to continuously advocate to the people to also promote cooperativism, and be a member of a coop,” Pelaez added.

Pelaez bared that there are already 160 coops in Butuan City with 50 government agencies who are already active members. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao City GADC launches 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women

by  Annette P. Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, Nov. 27 (PIA) -- Members of the Surigao City Gender and Development Council (GADC) launched yesterday, November 26, 2012, the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Children in front of the City Hall Building, this city.

The 18-day campaign with the theme, “Violence Against Women - Free Society In Times of Peace, Conflicts and Calamity,” aims to raise awareness of the local government units, national line agencies and the general public about gender-based violence in crisis situations and to implement the Magna Carta of Women otherwise known as Republic Act No. 9710 and the promotion of gender equality.

The event which culminates on December 12, includes movie orientation, film viewing and panel discussion, on the spot poster and slogan contest for secondary students, and reproductive health forum for GAD focal points to be held at the Surigao City Cultural Center. (SDR/Surigao City PIO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Tagalog news: 500 nagtapos ng TVET dumalo sa jobs bridging

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Nob. 26 (PIA) -- Limang daang nagtapos ng technical vocational education training (TVET) ang dumalo kamakailan sa pagtitipon na kung tawagin ay jobs bridging and alumni homecoming ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

Ito ay para malaman din kung sila ay nakapagtrabaho o kaya ay nangangailangan ng tulong upang makapagtrabaho at malaman din kung sino sa kanila ang gustong pumasok sa larangan ng negosyo.

Ayon kay Tesda Provincial Director Joventino Aleta, ang naturang pagtitipon ay para maseguro na lahat nang pagsisikap at pondo ng pamahalaan ay nagagamit para sa pagbabago ng pang ekonomiyang kalagayan.

“Sa jobs bridging at alumni homecoming na ito, mai-update ng mga participante ang kanilang mga datos na nakatala dito sa Tesda para sila ay mabigyan ng oportunidad na matawagan kung may makitang bakanteng trabaho na angkop sa kanilang nalalaman, sabi ni Aleta.

"Maliban diyan, ito ang paraan kung saan kumukuha ang Public Employment Office, ang Department of Labor and Employment at maging ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ng mga karapatdapat na empleyado na angkop sa kanilang pangangailangan. At habang tinitingnan ang kanilang mga kakayahan, maari silang making at sumali sa pre-employment seminar kung may balak silang mangibang bansa,” dagdag ni Aleta.

Sinabi naman ni Agusan del Sur Gob. Adolph Edward Plaza na, “Gusto kong malaman ninyo na may pondo para sa gustong magnegosyo. Syempre, may mga pamamaraan ng pagpili ang gagawin sa inyo pero alam kong dahil sa pagsasanay na ginawa ng TESDA sa inyo, kayo ay mga kwalipikadong makasali. May pondo rin ang pamahalaang panlalawigan para ipagamit sa inyo sa pag proseso ng inyong mga papeles sakaling gusto ninyong mangibang bansa.” (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano news: Pangulong Aquino mihimo og special teams aron mohimo og imbestigasyon sa mga human rights violations

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 27 (PIA) -- Gimando ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang pagmugna og special teams aron maoy mohimog imbestigasyon kalabot na sa mga human rights abuses nga nahimo sa gobyerno ug non-state forces ug aron maseguro ang pokus nga imbestigayon ug dali nga solusyon sa tanang mga wala pa masulbad ug bag-ong mga kaso, matud ni Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. kagahapon.

Sumala pa ni Ochoa nga ang special teams maoy maglangkob sa inter-agency committee (IAC), nga gimugna sa Pangulo ubos sa Administrative Order (AO) No. 35 nga iyang gipirmahan niadtong Nobyembre 22, nga maoy esklusibong mohawid sa mga kaso sama sa extra-legal killings, enforced disappearances, torture ug uban pang mga klase sa human rights violations.

“This presidential directive reinforces the Aquino administration’s resolve to uphold and protect the rights of the people,” Ochoa said. “We believe that the creation of this high-level committee will be a more effective mechanism in handling and monitoring cases of human rights violations,” pagpasabot ni Ochoa.

Matud pa ni Ochoa, ang maong AO 35 epektibo gilayon nga mohulip sa AO No. 211 nga gipagawas niadtong 2007 nga mimugna sa Task Force Against Political Violence. Ang direktiba sa pangulo mimando sa task force sa pagsumite sa tanang mga dokumento, data, reports, supplies, resources ug ang nahabiling badyet niini ngadto sa IAC.

“The President envisions the administrative order to harmonize and standardize the government’s policies and action plan for resolving human rights abuses. This way we can have a focused investigation and speedy resolution of all the cases,” dugang pa ni Ochoa.

Usa sa unang tahas sa maong task force ang pag-organisa og special teams ug technical working group aron maoy modumala sa gilayon nga imbentaryo sa mga alegasyon sa human rights violations nga nahimo sa gobyerno ug non-state forces; ug mag monitor sa kalamboan sa mga kaso nga nasang-at na sa korte ug mohimog mga imbestigasyon niadtong wala pa maresulba ug bag-ong mga kaso, lakip usab ang pagsilot sa mga nakalapas.

Ubos sa maong AO 35, ang secretary sa Department of Justice (DoJ) maoy magsilbing chairperson sa IAC, ug ang mga miyembro niini mao ang hepe sa Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC), ang mga secretaries sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ug ang National Defense (DND), ang presidential advisers sa Peace Process (OPAPP) ug Political Affairs (OPAPA), chief-of-staff sa Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), ang hepe sa Philippine National ug director sa National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Ang chairperson sa Commission on Human Rights (CHR) ug ang Ombudsman maoy magsilbing observers ug resource persons didto sa IAC.

Ang IAC kinahanglan nga mosumiter ngadto sa Pangulo matag unom ka bulan og usa ka progress report, detalyado nga inventory sa pending nga mga kaso sa human rights abuses, accomplishment ug recommendations, ug lain pang uban.

Gihangyo sa Pangulo ang tanang ahensya sa gobyerno ug mga local government units sa paghatag sa ilang hugot nga suporta ug kooperasyon ngadto sa IAC aron maseguro nga ang mga tinguha sa AO 35 ug mandato sa komitiba makab-ot sa hingpit.

Ang inisyal nga gikinahanglang pondo sa maong komitiba pagakuhaon gikan sa kasamtangang appropriation sa maong ahensya nga naglangkob sa IAC ug ang mosunod nga pondo idugang ngadto sa ilang regular budgets. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)