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[Off the shelf] Human Face, a Journalist’s encounter and awakening by Ma. Ceres P. Doyo

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MA. CERES P. DOYO, a journalist for more than 25 years, is a staff writer and columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. She covers a variety of issues and writes special reports, feature stories and a weekly column, “Human Face.”

Ceres’ written works have earned various awards and citations. She has contributed to several major book projects. Many of her stories are in her book “Journalist in Her Country.”

Ceres traces her roots to Iloilo and Albay and speaks several Philippine languages. She finished college in St. Scholastica’s College in Manila and has a master’s degree in psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University. Ceres was a Jefferson journalism fellow at the East-West Center in the U.S. She was a member of the board of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism for many years until 2010.

Ceres’ book for children “Bituin and the Big Flood” (Si Bituin at ang Malaking Baha)is now in bookstores. Published in 2010 by Anvil, it is “dedicated to the children who who lost their lives during the typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng and to the children who survived.”

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[Media Advisory] Multi-Stakeholders Forum-Workshop on the “Effective Implementation of Republic Act No. 10353: A Collective Endeavor”


Multi-Stakeholders Forum-Workshop on the “Effective Implementation of Republic Act No. 10353: A Collective Endeavor”

Forum Workshop Tarp

Dear Friends from the Media:

The Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND), the International Coalitions Against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED) and the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) in cooperation with the Embassy of Canada and the University of the Philippines (UP) Asian Center are organizing a forum on “Effective Implementation of Republic Act No. 10353: A Collective Endeavor” on March 6, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the UP Asian Center.

The forum is part of our continuing efforts to disseminate to various stakeholders and to general public the issue of enforced disappearance and the available legal remedies that can address it.

Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay, the principal author of the law will speak on the objectives, the underlying principle and the salient provisions of the law. Sec. Leila De Lima of the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will share with us their respective institutional roles and responsibilities in the effective implementation of the law. USec. Parisya Taradji will also be there to represent the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD).


For inquiry, please
contact : Mr. Darwin Mendiola Mobile No. 0915.4689306 Office Phone No. 490.7862
Email address: afad@surfshop.net.ph

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[In the news] ‘Desaparecidos’ bill OK’d -INQUIRER.net

‘Desaparecidos’ bill OK’d.
1st law in Asia vs enforced disappearance

By Leila B. Salaverria, Norman Bordadora, Philippine Daily Inquirer
October 18, 2012

After a campaign over two decades by human rights activists, Congress finally passed a bill principally directed against state agencies that would outlaw acts that result in disappearances, allow the prosecution of perpetrators even though their victims remain missing and impose a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Once signed, the measure will become the first national law in Asia that makes enforced disappearance a distinct criminal offense, according to Representative Edcel Lagman of Albay who described the bill as “a culmination of more than 20 years of militant advocacy for the desaparecidos.”

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives approved on Tuesday night the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Bill earlier crafted by a bicameral conference committee. It will now go to President Aquino for his signature.

“Enforced disappearance was an atrocious tool of the martial law regime to silence protesters and human rights advocates and continues to be employed by subsequent administrations after the end of the martial law regime,” Lagman said.

Lagman’s brother Hermon, an activist lawyer, went missing in 1977 and has not been found to this day. His mother, Cecilia, was the first chairperson of the group Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND).

Enforced or involuntary disappearance is defined in the reconciled bill as “the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty committed by agents of the state or by persons or groups of persons acting with authorization or support from the state, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared.”

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[In the news] RH bill, hindi tungkol sa sex at relihiyon, ayon kay Rep. Lagman -GMANews

RH bill, hindi tungkol sa sex at relihiyon, ayon kay Rep. Lagman
July 28, 2012

Sa harap ng mga prayer vigil na isasagawa ng Simbahang Katoliko laban sa pagpasa ng Reproductive Health (RH) bill, muling iginiit ng isang kongresista ang pangangailangan na maisabatas ang kontrobersiyal na panukala.

Sa isang pahayag nitong Sabado, binigyan-diin ni Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, awtor ng RH bill, na hindi usapin tungkol sa relihiyon o pakikipagtalik ang isinusulong niyang panukalang batas.

“RH (bill) is not about sex and religion, it is about health, human rights and sustainable human development,” paliwanag niya.

Una rito, nanawagan si Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) sa publiko na magsagawa ng mga prayer vigil bago sumapit ang Agosto 7, ang araw na dedesisyunan ng Kamara de Representantes kung itutuloy o pagpapahingahin na ang pagtalakay sa kontrobersiyal na panukala.

Mariing tinututulan ng Simbahan ang naturang panukalang batas na nagsusulong paggamit ng artipisyal na paraan ng pagpaplano ng pamilya o paggamit ng mga contraceptive at iba pa.

Sa ipinalabas na pahayag ni Lagman, umaasa siyang didinggin din sa dasal ang umano’y daing ng kababaihan tungkol sa problema sa kanilang kalusugan, unwanted at teenage pregnancies at laganap na kahirapan na kasama umano sa nais matugunan sa RH bill.

God will listen to prayers which elevate human life and development, and not to supplications which denigrate people’s quality of life and children’s advancement,” ayon sa kongresista.

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[In the news] Department of Agriculture bans coco tree-cutting in Albay – INQUIRER.net

Department of Agriculture bans coco tree-cutting in Albay
By Kristine L. Alave, Philippine Daily Inquirer
January 30, 2012

 MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Agriculture (DA) has prohibited the cutting of coconut trees in Albay to boost the province’s resilience against typhoons and other weather-related calamities.

In his visit to the province last week, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said he had ordered a stop to the cutting of coconut trees in the province following a request by Gov. Joey Salceda.

Salceda had warned that the uncontrolled cutting of coconut trees could trigger landslides and flooding in low-lying villages in the province.

Albay, which faces the Pacific Ocean, is on the path of many typhoons that hit the Philippines. The province is also prone to heavy monsoon rains.

Following consultations with local officials, Alcala ordered Philippine Coconut Authority Administrator Euclides Forbes and PCA Bicol Regional Director Eduardo Allorde to stop issuing permits to cut coconut trees beginning Jan. 30.

Cut coconut trees are normally used for lumber.

Albay is one of the country’s top coconut-producing provinces. It is one of 12 provinces that will be prioritized as beneficiaries of the coco levy funds once they are ordered released by the Supreme Court to the government.

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[In the news] PNoy convenes panel to approve nat’l climate action plan – InterAksyon.com

PNoy convenes panel to approve nat’l climate action plan
Chichi Conde, InterAksyon.com

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino has III convened the Climate Change Commission to approve and adopt the National Climate Action Plan in compliance with the country’s international commitments, especially to the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Convention.

Albay Governor Jose Celemente “Joey” Sarte Salceda, who was with the President at the Palace Tuesday, said the plan is about adaptation to climate change and mitigating its impact, particularly on the economy.

The action plan will become the basis of any assistance that will comefrom industrialized countries in Europe and the US, which are being blamedfor global warming because of massive use of fossil fuels in their industries.

“It’s a critical balance, but I think in the case of the Philippines, it is biased towards adaptation. Adaptation being that you fight the impact ofclimate change. Mitigation, because you fight climate change itself,” Salceda said.

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[From the web] Aquino to inaugurate Climate Change Academy in Albay – piadispatch.blogspot.com

President Benigno S. Aquino III will lead the inauguration of the Climate Change Academy in Albay on Friday in connection with the observance of the Climate Change Consciousness week.

This year’s climate change observance will have a theme “convergence on climate change” which is expected to elicit a higher level of climate change consciousness among media practitioners and eventually the general public.

In a press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda underscored the importance of institutionalizing the fight against climate change as well as raising public awareness through the media.

“Ang Climate Change Academy is first of its kind in the world, wala pa pong ganyan sa buong mundo. It’s essentially a knowledge management institution,” Salceda said.

Given the vulnerability of the Philippines, being the third most vulnerable country in the world, Salceda said battling or reducing the impacts of climate change is a paramount concern of the government.

“Mahalaga po lalung-lalo na para sa atin na para hindi natin makalimutan yung ating mga natutunan noong Ondoy at Pepeng na halos 3 percent ng GDP [gross domestic product] ang nawala sa isang iglap, wala pa sa anim na oras ay nasira ang buong GDP, yung kinayod ng buong ekonomiya for one year sa loob ng anim na oras nawala po dahil sa isang bagyo,” he said noting the impact of typhoons to the country’s economy.

Other countries that send their participants to the Climate Change Academy in Albay include those from Laos, Myanmar, Kenya, Nepal and many others, Salceda said.

Also, the local government of Albay is also holding the Philippine Media Conference on Climate Change Adaptation on November 24 to 26 that will gather media practitioners and foreign correspondents for a three-day workshop to tackle climate change and the impacts of natural disasters.

The workshop is aimed at promoting the importance of awareness to climate vulnerabilities and the need to accelerate the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the local level. It will also advocate the use of science-based analytical and planning tools on climate change adaptation and disaster risk management.

Among the expected participants include the Philippine Information Agency, Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines, the Malacanang Press Corps and other media organizations.

The three-day gathering is sponsored by the Provincial government of Albay, Climate Change Commission, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection, Presidential Adviser on Climate Change, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Kapisanan ng mga Broadcaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), National Press Club (NPC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Spanish government. (PCOO)

Source: http://piadispatch.blogspot.com/2011/11/pia-news-dispatch-tuesday-november-22.html

[In the news] Speaker sees no RH bill rush – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Speaker sees no RH bill rush – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

By Cynthia Balana
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The vociferous opposition to the reproductive health bill has just gotten a break from House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte.

Belmonte Thursday said it would not be possible to put to a vote the consolidated House Bill 4244, or the “Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, and Population and Development Bill,” during the remaining session days of Congress.

He said the debates on the RH bill could very well spill over into the next State of the Nation Address (SONA), meaning into the opening of the next regular Congress session in late July.

“We have to continue the debates,” said Belmonte, noting that 50 congressmen have lined up to interpellate the controversial bill, principally authored by Minority Leader and Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, during the remaining 13 days of the first regular session of the 15th Congress.

“We need not finish this (RH bill) in the last 13 days. We’re trying to get in as many bills as possible and these are bills considered for committee reporting or on second reading,” Belmonte said.

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