[Press Release] Advocates pitch 5 essential elements to achieve rice self-sufficiency– NFC

Advocates pitch 5 essential elements to achieve rice self-sufficiency MANILA, Philippines – Days after launching a national campaign on the right to adequate food, leaders of the newly-formed National Food Coalition (NFC) pitched five essential elements or components of a framework for a national program to achieve the country’s goal of rice self-sufficiency. The NFC…

[Press Release] Human rights groups urges Aquino “Tuldukan na ang tortyur’! Announce policy of total elimination of torture -UATC

Human rights groups urges Aquino “Tuldukan na ang tortyur’! Announce policy of total elimination of torture As the country marks the 26th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA “People Power”, several human rights groups called on the Aquino administration to take all necessary measures to announce a policy of “total elimination” of the vestiges of Martial…

[From the web] Missing by Ellen Tordesillas

Missing by Ellen Tordisillas February 20, 2012 The fact that retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan has not been arrested two months after the Malolos Regional Trial Court issued a warrant of arrest for him for the 2006 disappearance of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno and farmer Manuel Merino should have made us realize…

[In the news] Watchdog: Little progress in human rights in PH – RAPPLER.com

Watchdog: Little progress in human rights in PH – RAPPLER – Philippine News | Multimedia | Citizen Journalism | Social Media. January 23, 2012  MANILA, Philippines – The Aquino administration has made “very little” progress in curtailing violations of human rights, international watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday, January 23. “Extrajudicial killings and torture…

[Blog] Achieving Universal Health Coverage by Medical Action Group

ACHIEVING UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE Rx for the Ailing Health Sector: PhilHealth reforms By the Medical Action Group  IN MARCH 2011, Dr Shin Young-soo, the World Health Organization’s regional director for the Western Pacific expressed concern over “the continued absence of sufficient healthcare coverage in the country.” The WHO official noted that some 250,000 families “fall…

[in the news] It’s more dangerous–not fun–in PH, says anticrime group – INQUIRER.net

It’s more dangerous–not fun–in PH, says anticrime group By Jerome Aning, Philippine Daily Inquirer January 9, 2012  The Aquino administration should adopt a stronger peace and order drive this year, especially if it aims to attract more tourists, an anticrime group said Sunday. The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), in its yearend report, described…

[Statement] Preservation and turn-over of ML documents, a step towards combating, and eventually ending, impunity – PAHRA

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY Commemorating the 39th Anniversary of the Imposition of Martial Rule Ending Impunity and Building an Enabling Environment for Human Rights: Launching the Process  towards the Preservation and Turn-over of Martial Law Documents to Civilian Institutions September 21, 2011 Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Quezon City When I was told of this event,  I…