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[Press Release] Militants slam Serge Osmena for “no collusion” statement -PM

Militants slam Serge Osmena for “no collusion” statement

The militant Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) today slammed Sen. Serge Osmena for pre-empting the probes by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the huge power rate hike with his statement yesterday that there is no collusion among generation companies and Meralco. The two departments are precisely looking into allegations of collusion.

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“Serge is a consistent supporter of power industry players since his sponsorship of the EPIRA Law which ushered in the era of high electricity rates to his defense of Meralco’s gargantuan rate hike,” opined Wilson Fortaleza, PM spokesperson.

Fortaleza is one of the signatories to the complaint against Meralco and generation companies lodged by groups last Monday with the DOJ Office for Competition. DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima pledged to come up with a finding by January next year.

Meanwhile PM continued its campaign of picketing Meralco branches. Yesterday its Cavite chapter protested at the Meralco branch and depot in Dasmarinas City. Tomorrow, PM members will picket the Meralco branch in Marilao, Bulacan. Last Monday PM staged a coordinated picket of branches in Paranaque, Rizal and Cavite.

“Serge’s statement is a mere opinion and not even a conclusion after an investigation. At the Senate hearing, even as senators grilled officials of the Energy Regulatory Commission and the DOE, they handled with kid gloves representatives of Meralco and the generation companies. As to why, it may be necessary to look into election campaign contributions by power industry players,” Fortaleza averred.

PM asserts that the Meralco price increase is unconscionable since it is an act of economic terror amid calamities, inequality and poverty in the country. Fortaleza argued that “It is also unfair. Workers in NCR were only granted P10 per day or P260 per month under Wage Order No. 18. The P4.15/kwh total increase in Meralco’s rate is an additional P830 burden for households consuming 200 kwh per month.”

“The worker-led consumer campaign against collusion by Meralco and the generation companies to drive electricity prices will continue and intensify next year. Consumers anger will boil over when they get their next electricity bills,” Fortaleza predicted.

Press Release
December 19, 2013
Partido ng Manggagawa
Contact Wilson Fortaleza @ 09178233956

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[Press Release] Protests vs. Meralco rate hike spreads outside Manila as coordinated picketing staged

Protests vs. Meralco rate hike spreads outside Manila as coordinated picketing staged

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The militant Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) staged a coordinated picketing of Meralco branches as protests against the huge power rate hike intensified at the grassroots level and spread outside Metro Manila. Meralco branches in Paranaque, Rizal and Cavite were picketed this morning and afternoon by several hundred workers and urban poor.

Also today, the PM spokesperson together with leaders of other groups formally asked for an anti-competition inquiry on Meralco’s rate hike. The request was filed with the Office for Competition which is under the DOJ and was created by E.O. 45 series of 2011.

“If competition exists in the power industry then business interests would collide but under EPIRA, the players collude,” stressed Wilson Fortaleza, PM spokesperson, as he joined the filing of the request for inquiry on unfair competition against Meralco and generation companies.

He added that “It is futile to pursue an honest scrutiny of Meralco’s huge rate hike through the ERC which is totally captured by monopolists in the power industry. Instead we hope the Office from Competition can give a fair hearing to the complaint. If PNoy is serious about investigating Meralco’s hike, then he can do something through the Office for Competition which is under his authority, unlike the ERC.”

At 10:00 am today, PM members trooped to the Meralco branch in Tambo, Paranaque and Antipolo City in Rizal. Later at 3:00 pm, other PM members in Cavite picketed branches in the towns of Rosario and Dasmarinas.

In the next few days, PM will continue the series of protests with pickets in Marilao, Bulacan and GMA, Cavite.

Press Release
December 16, 2013
Partido ng Manggagawa
Contact Wilson Fortaleza @ 09178233956

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[Urgent Alert] An urgent call to help millions affected by continuous torrential rains and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Trami -AHRC

Asian Human Rights Commission

PHILIPPINES: An urgent call to help millions affected by continuous torrential rains and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Trami

Asian Human Rights Commission

Dear friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding massive disruptions to normal life caused by Tropical Storm Trami (known in Philippines as Maring). The situation, unfortunately, has merely worsened by the Southwest Moonsoon or Habagat. As of now, data puts the number of affected at around 402, 415 families and 1, 928, 685 individuals spread over 16 provinces.

CASE NARRATIVE:
Over the last few weeks, the Philippines has suffered massive devastation caused by torrential rains and flooding as a consequence of Tropical Storm “Maring” (international code name: Trami). The situation was further worsened by the Southwest Moonsoon or Habagat. The areas worst affected fall in the National Capital Region (NCR) and include the Greater Metro Manila area. The rains and flooding has also seriously affected Luzon and the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR).

Estimates put the total number of affected at 402,415 families and 1,928,685 individuals. The extent of the devastation can be gauged by its geographical spread. The data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) shows that the storm has affected a total of 1,549 barangays of 123 municipalities, 33 cities, and 16 provinces. Out of these Laguna and Cavite are the worst hit by the flooding and a state of calamity had been declared there.

The situation went particularly bad on August 19-20 when relentless rains caused floodwaters as high as 2.5 meters rendering most of the major thoroughfares in Metro Manila impassable. The roads closed included South Luzon Expressway, Aguinaldo Highway and roads linking Bacoor to Zapote and Noveleta to Rosario. The rainfall was heavy and measured around 10-40 mm per hour. That is classified by the government’s weather agency, PAG-ASA as heavy to torrential rainfall.

The rains and flooding caused the collapse of a dam in Tanza, Cavite resulting in flash floods in nearby areas. Similarly, data from the Rosario Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RMDRRMC) shows that the disaster has affected 21,307 out of the total 36,805 families living in the area.

The floods have seriously affected the livelihoods of people and those dependent upon daily wages are the worst hit. Fisher folks have particularly suffered in this case as many of them have had no catch for more than three weeks now. An oil spill caused by a leaky marine pipeline of the Petron Corporation, an oil company with a depot in the municipality, has necessitated the declaration of a state of calamity in the coastal areas of Rosario, Cavite since August 8, 2013. They have not been able to fish ever since. The oil spill has affected 9 barangays in Rosario, 14 in Tanza, and 9 barangays in Naic. The Petron Corp. is now jointly owned by Ashmore Group, a London-listed investment group and the San Miguel Corp.

The oil spill forced the local government to immediately suspend fishing activities in the affected areas. However, by the time the areas were clearing up rains started on 17 August and slowly developed into a tropical storm, forcing the fishermen indoors. The food security of these fisher folks is seriously affected as they depend on a daily catch for their survival.

The situation was similar in Kawit in Noveleta and Sta. Rosa in Cavite City which experienced waist-deep floodwaters rendering the major thoroughfares impassable for almost two days. It hampered the transportation of basic goods and services and also the normal routes of passenger vehicles. Further, all the companies in the Cavite Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) suspended their operations on Monday, 19 August when the storm started to bring in floodwaters inside the zone. The flood situation deteriorated the following day when almost all the companies were flooded to different degrees. The inundation did not merely cause damage to the companies but also made them suspend their work for almost a week, leaving the poor workers in trouble as most of them work under a ‘no work no pay’policy. For its part, even the government has not announced any compensation for the workers, thus making their lives even more difficult.

The fact that Southwest Monsoon rains continues to pour down coupled with the PAG-ASA’s warning of two to three tropical storms hitting the area in the coming weeks has further deteriorate the situation. It is in this context that Workers Assistance Center, Inc, our partner organization has appealed for immediate relief and financial support for, and on behalf of the workers, the fisher folk and the urban poor communities in Cavite. The Centre need food, potable and clean water, mats and blankets and medicines and would focus on helping the most affected workers and their immediate families in the coastal communities here in Cavite.

You can send cash donations as well as the material needed on following accounts. Please remember that you can make donations in almost all important currencies.

Account Name: Workers Assistance Center, Inc,
Account Number: 1004-0178-85
Bank’s Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Rosario Branch, Cavite
Address: General Trias Drive, Rosario, Cavite, Philippines
Swift Code: BOPI PH MM

For other support and materials, please send it to:
Workers Assistance Center, Inc.,
BAHAY MANGGAGAWA, Indian Mango St., Manggahan Cpd.,
Sapa I, 4106 Rosario,
Cavite, Philippines.
Tel: +63 46 884-00-76; Telefax: +63 46 438-47-36.
Emails: wacphilippines@yahoo.com.ph or wacphilippines@gmail.com

SUGGESTED ACTION:
Please make donations at the address given above.

Thank you

Hunger Alerts Programme
Right to Food Programme (foodjustice@ahrc.asia)
Asian Human Rights Commission (ua@ahrc.asia)

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[Press Release] Teachers, families join picnic on the last day of vacation -TDC

 

Teachers, families join picnic on the last day of vacation

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As a final farewell to vacation, some 50 teachers from Metro Manila, Cavite and Bulacan gather today in Luneta Park, Manila for a family day picnic organized by the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC). Teachers are expected to come with their families and bring their own food and picnic mats.

The activity aims to highlight the sacrifices of the Filipino teachers, who, despite low salaries and heavy workloads amidst the continuing shortages in public school resources and low education budget, selflessly offer themselves for the benefit of the Filipino children and the nation as a whole.

Thus, the teachers call on the government to prioritize their welfare especially their salaries so they would not need to seek for other sources of income and could focus on their school tasks and give more time for their families.

Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairperson said that while teachers find the government’s treatment on the sector wanting, they are still willing to commit themselves for to teach the Filipino children.

“It is because of these shortages and the low salaries of teachers that push us to take odd jobs on the side just to make ends meet, sometimes giving-up our quality time to prepare lessons and even the quality time for our very own families.” Basas explained.

Teachers ask President Aquino to increase education budget in order to hire more teachers, build more classrooms and purchase education materials for public schools. For their salary, teachers ask for a P9000.00 across the board increase for state education workers, which is a pending bill in both houses of Congress.

Lastly, they are also asking the Department of Education (DepEd) for the immediate release of the performance-based bonus (PBB) which supposedly due on the first quarter of this year. #

Reference:
Benjo Basas, TDC National Chairperson, 0920-5740241

Cases for interviews:
1. Marcelina Dumaging, a teacher of Potrero ES in Malabon City. A mother of 3, two are in college and the youngest is an incoming grade 8. Her husband is a driver. Ma’am Cely is a grade level leader, works 6 hours in classroom and tasked to perform other duties. She also accepts tutorials and offers Boardwalk and Avon products. (0939-3940141)

2. Emelenado Arevalo, a Mathematics master teacher of Bagong Barrio NHS in Calocan City. He has 3, two sons are in college while the youngest child is in grade 6. His wife is a field researcher who often comes home late. Sir Meng is currently taking his PhD for better opportunities. He is having a tutorial job for additional income. He is tasked to do household chores after school and tutorial works. (0928-2006828)

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June 2, 2013

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[Press Release] Workers rally to dare candidates on platform with call for “Manggagawa Naman!” -PM

Workers rally to dare candidates on platform with call for “Manggagawa Naman!”

pmLogo1With the campaign period for national candidates set to start next Tuesday, some 300 workers bannered the demand “Manggagawa Naman!” as a challenge to senatorial and other candidates to put the concerns of labor on their platform. The rally around the airport area is the kickoff for labor’s campaign around issues for the duration of the electoral season.

“The electoral air war is already heating up even before February 12 with senator wannabes maximizing the loophole of the law by flooding television and radio with pre-campaign political ads. Yet we have to see any of them respond to the urgent demands of the workers and poor aside from motherhood statements. We dare them to put the concerns of labor on their platform,” asserted Renato Magtubo, chair of Partido ng Manggagawa (PM).

At 6:00 p.m. the hundreds of members of PM, the Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA), United Cavite Workers Association, Samahan ng Manggagawa sa Paranaque, Samahan ng Manggagawa sa Antipolo, Zone One Tondo Organization and Alyansa ng Maralitang Pilipino streamed out of the picketline outside the PAL In-Flight Center for the torch parade.

The ralliysts marched from the PALEA protest camp to the Our Lady of Airways Parish and then back. The scores of torches lit the night and highlighted the placards emblazoned with the slogan “Manggagawa Naman!”

The workers pushed for a set of demands which they called “Apat na Dapat”:

1.     Regular jobs
2.     Affordable housing
3.     Health and education for all
4.     Cheap food, electricity and water

Before the torch parade, the workers celebrated the 13th founding anniversary of PM and commemorated the first year of the group PM Coalition with an afternoon-long program of speeches, presentations and cultural numbers at the PALEA picketline. The workers also paid homage to FilemonKa Popoy” Lagman who was assassinated on February 6, 2001 in the University of the Philippines. Lagman was the brain child behind the formation of PM as a labor party.

Press Release
February 8, 2013
Partido ng Manggagawa
Contact Judy Ann Miranda @ 09228677522, 09175570777

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[Press Release] Children advocates to push for “child-centered” elections -Bata Muna

Children advocates to push for “child-centered” elections

Bata munaManila, Philippines – A group of non-government and civil society organizations and child-led groups working for the protection of children’s rights will embark on a campaign that will advance children’s issues at the center of electoral discussions this May 2013 national elections.

The nationwide campaign, dubbed as “Bata Muna” will urge candidates to adopt a political platform that will stand up for children and their rights.  It will also educate voters to choose candidates that do not only kiss and hug babies during sorties, but candidates who have concrete policies and programs for children.

“This campaign aims to educate voters, candidates and the general public on the urgency of children’s issues and to bring these issues into the heart of public discussion and debate specifically for the coming elections. We hope to raise as many voices as possible, including the voices of children themselves, calling on every voter to vote for candidates who will stand up for children’s rights,” says Anna Lindenfors, Country Director of Save the Children in the Philippines.

“The campaign also aims to convince political candidates to include the issues of children in their electoral platform,” adds Lindenfors.

The Philippines, having ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC), has an obligation to do its best, to the full extent of its resources, to make sure that the rights of the child are realized in the country. Currently, 193 countries are signatory to the UN CRC.

Meanwhile, Rodelio Ablir, Executive Director of the Samahan ng Mamamayan – Zone One Tondo Organization (SM-ZOTO) opines, “we have to carefully check and elect government officials that truly care for our children and their rights.  During elections, candidates repetitively boast that they care for children only to realize that very few of them, when elected, will responsibly stand up for our kids. It is very disappointing that legislative proposals that are meant to protect our children are not considered important and had to take a back seat, while bills that threaten children’s well-being are persistently being pushed.”

“For example, our senators and congressmen are leaving the proposed positive discipline bill behind while fast tracking the amendments of the juvenile justice law specially lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12. It seems that our legislators, now in the bicameral level, are more motivated in sending children beginning the age of 12 into jail while at the same time are very cautious in taking up banning corporal punishment of children, still pending at 1st reading in the Senate as of this time” adds Ablir.

Lindenfors explains that children constitute the biggest proportion of the population that access basic services from the government. Thus, they suffer the most when services are poor or lacking, or when government is weak or inefficient. Just like any other citizen, children deserve quality programs and services. They deserve accountable, responsive and honest government officials who will look after their best interest.

“If we have these kinds of leaders in office, parents will no longer worry if they have a sick child, if they don’t have enough money for their children’s schooling or if their child is outside of their home because they know that their government will protect and provide quality services for their children,” she explains.

It has been observed that, across the world, bad governance has had a devastating effect on children, often contributing to conflict, climate change, poverty and, ultimately, the failure to promote the survival and wellbeing of the most marginalized.

The nationwide campaign will kick off in March with a solidarity launch to be jointly organized by Save the Children, SM-ZOTO, Plan International, ChildFund, Asia ACTs, Children Talk to Children (C2C) about the UN CRC Project and WomanHealth Philippines.  The highlight of the campaign is a dialogue between the political candidates and children. ENDS

For more info, please contact:
Angel Tiamson-Saceda, Communications Officer, Save the Children
angel.saceda@savethechildren.org +63 9178590759

Notes to Editors:

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives with programs in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Samahan ng Mamamayan – Zone One Tondo Organization, popularly known as ZOTO, is one of the oldest people’s organizations in the Philippines. For more than 40 years now since its founding during the Martial Law years, ZOTO continues to implement integrated community development programs to empower the poor in claiming their human rights. Today, the organization is composed of 646 local urban poor organizations with 32,777 members in 28 urban poor relocation areas in the NCR, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga and Rizal.

Plan is an international humanitarian, child-centered development organization working in 69 countries worldwide. Our presence in the Philippines traces back to 1961 when Plan was invited by Carlos P. Romulo, to work in the country. For over 50 years now, our work and investment have been broadly based around key issues affecting children: education, health, livelihood, governance, water and environmental sanitation, child protection and disaster risk reduction and management. We are present in six of the country’s poorest provinces: Masbate, Occidental Mindoro, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Northern Samar, and Southern Leyte. We also have special projects in Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Maguindanao, Compostela Valley, and Davao Oriental in Mindanao, and Tanay, Rizal in Luzon.

Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity.  Child Centered Community Development (CCCD) is Plan’s Child Rights approach in which children, families and communities are active and leading participants in their own development. This approach recognizes the intrinsic link between poverty and rights, where poverty is both a cause and consequence of the denial of rights.

ChildFund helps deprived, excluded and vulnerable children have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change to their communities. We promote societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting and advancing the worth and rights of children.”

Asia ACTs is a regional network of organizations working together to protect all children in Southeast Asia from exploitation and abuse.  With partners in Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, Asia ACTs aims to create a wider community that protects violence against children and to establish strong and effective child protection mechanisms.

Children Talk to Children (C2C) about the UN CRC Project is a joint initiative of four child-led organizations. The project aims to support children in preparing and submitting their own report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; and develop children’s skills in engaging the government and the general public in raising and addressing children’s issues. The project is involving girls and boys aged 10-17 years old based in urban communities in Metro Manila and Cavite Province. A Project Team, a core group of 24 children, leads the planning, implementation and evaluation of project activities.

Began in 2009, the C2C Project has been implementing activities to monitor the implementation of children’s rights both at the local and national levels. Furthermore, the Project has been conducting national level campaigns to hold government accountable to children’s rights and to provide spaces for different children’s organizations to meet and discuss the situation of children and actions government should take to improve the lives of boys and girls.

Since then, the Project was able to produce two magazines named Teka Muna, Bata Muna (Wait a minute, let’s put children first). The first magazine was issues in 2009. It contains artworks, games, articles and stories that children did to raise awareness on children’s rights, child rights monitoring and issues. The second magazine was issues in 2012. It contains research findings and children’s recommendations on six priority issues of children namely early pregnancy, corporal punishment, lack of safe space for children, out of school children, less participation of children and child labor. Children Talk to Children (C2C) about the UN CRC Project is a joint initiative of four child-led organizations. The project aims to support children in preparing and submitting their own report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; and develop children’s skills in engaging the government and the general public in raising and addressing children’s issues. The project is involving girls and boys aged 10-17 years old based in urban communities in Metro Manila and Cavite Province. A Project Team, a core group of 24 children, leads the planning, implementation and evaluation of project activities. Began in 2009, the C2C Project has been implementing activities to monitor the implementation of children’s rights both at the local and national levels. Furthermore, the Project has been conducting national level campaigns to hold government accountable to children’s rights and to provide spaces for different children’s organizations to meet and discuss the situation of children and actions government should take to improve the lives of boys and girls. Since then, the Project was able to produce two magazines named Teka Muna, Bata Muna (Wait a minute, let’s put children first). The first magazine was issues in 2009. It contains artworks, games, articles and stories that children did to raise awareness on children’s rights, child rights monitoring and issues. The second magazine was issues in 2012. It contains research findings and children’s recommendations on six priority issues of children namely early pregnancy, corporal punishment, lack of safe space for children, out of school children, less participation of children and child labor.

WomanHealth Philippines is a national organization that promotes, advances and defends women’s rights to health, reproductive self-determination and sexuality towards women’s empowerment in society. A critical part of our work is collaborating with women and communities to claim their right to health through appropriate programs and increased resources to reduce infant, child and maternal mortality, and early pregnancy, and ensure access to universal health care for all.

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[Featured Site] C2C -Children Talk to Children

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Children Talk to Children About the UN CRC is a project that monitors the implementation of children’s rights in the Philippines.

The Children Talk to Children (C2C) About the UN CRC Project, a joint initiative of four child-led organizations that are based in Caloocan, Cavite and Pasay aims to strengthen the meaningful participation of greater number of children in CRC monitoring and campaign.

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[Press Release] Mall dev’t in Cavite stalled by community barricade -PM

Mall dev’t in Cavite stalled by community barricade

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pmLogo1Two bulldozers and two backhoes lie unused in a disputed lot near the municipal hall of GMA, Cavite as residents have barricaded their community to stop a mall from being built. For more than a week now some 60 families and vendors in Market Site, a depressed area, have been in protest at the planned eviction to give way to Lotus Mall.

Construction crew attempted to build a wall to enclose the development site but were resisted by the residents. In a confrontation last January 9, community leader Virginia Panahon was physically threatened using a bolo and also warned with arrest by the barangay captain. Since then residents and vendors have maintained a vigil to defend their community and livelihood.

Last December 18, some 100 residents and vendors marched from the Market Site to the municipal hall to demand a relocation site. Members of Samahan ng Naninirahan sa Market Sitewere joined by supporters from the Partido ng Manggagawa Coalition (PM Coalition) and Alyansa ng Maralitang Pilipino in the protest. The dialogue with an official of the office of Mayor Leonisa “Ona” Virata yielded no result.

“The people want social progress with social justice. We appeal to be treated as human beings not rags that can be thrown when not needed. If our community is to be demolished then we demand decent relocation and financial assistance,’ declared Ramil Cangayao of the Cavite chapter of PM Coalition.

Since July this year, the community residents have been holding protests and negotiations with the National Housing Authority, which owns the open space sold to Lotus Mall, and the administration of Mayor Virata. But residents complain that they are being given the runaround. On November 19, the Sangguniang Bayan passed Resolution No. 0735-2012 approving the application of Lotus Mall to develop a commercial building at Market Site.

Cangayao added that “If there is any shred of good governance in the administration of Mayor Virata, then residents deserve transparency as to the local government’s plans about relocation. They keep on promising there is a relocation site but there are no details. We also want the implementation of the Office of the Court Administrators Circular No. 72-2003 mandating a financial assistance to relocatees amounting to 60 days times the minimum wage or a total of P19,628 per family.”

Press Release
January 19, 2013
Partido ng Manggagawa
Contact Ramil Cangayao @ 09499797400

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[In the news] Pinoy nominated for Int’l Children Peace Prize -ABS-CBNnews.com

Pinoy nominated for Int’l Children Peace Prize

ABS-CBNnews.com
August 10, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino is one of the three nominees for this year’s International Children’s Peace Prize, which is awarded by a Nobel Peace Prize winner to a child who has made a significant contribution to advocating their rights.

Kesz Valdez, 13, was recognized for helping provide the basic needs of over 10,000 street children through an organization called “Caring Children,” which he set up when he was seven years old. He grew up being abused – he was forced to scavenge at the dumpsite at age two, and sustained burns on his arms and back when he was three.

Valdez, who hails from Cavite, was then taken under the care of CNN Hero Efren Peñaflorida. In an interview with ABS-CBN News, the young teen said he is happy that their efforts to promote children’s rights are being recognized.

He believes that one does not need to reach a certain age or achieve financial success to make a difference on the lives of others.

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[In the news] De Lima: No approval for inmates’ transfer -ABS-CBN News

De Lima: No approval for inmates’ transfer
By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News
February 20, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Leila De Lima cannot remember authorizing the transfer of inmates from the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) to Camp General Capinpin, Rizal and Dasmarinas, Cavite.

She also did not approve any contract for catering services for the National Bilibid Prisons’ (NBP) minimum security inmates and Muntinlupa Juvenile Therapeutic Center.

De Lima issued the clarification in response to allegations made by prison guard Kabungsuan Yadao Makilala against Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Gaudencio Pangilinan.

The BuCor is an attached agency of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and under its direct supervision.

Yadao filed a complaint-affidavit against Pangilinan with the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, alleging, among others, that Pangilinan authorized the transfer of some 52 inmates this month and last January to Rizal and Cavite, and authorized a contract between the BuCor and a catering service company for provisions at the minimum security compound and the juvenile center.

De Lima stressed that the BuCor Manual allows the transfer of inmates only for 3 reasons: by court order, for medical reasons, and in order to view the remains of a deceased relative.

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[Event] Dinner Show for a Cause on 11-11-11- SARILAYA

11-11-11 Event.

Celebrate Life by going back to the old ways:  simple lifestyle close to Mother Nature’s Heart;  simple dinner with great entertainment.

Woven in a Dinner Show for a Cause on 11-11-11 are the following:

  • An empowered women’s organization called SARILAYA.
  • A catering social business through a cooperative.
  • A healthy eating and environment advocacy as focal point of work.
  • An integrated urban gardening practice right at the backyard of every women member.
  • A day care and feeding program as primary community outreach program.

The community-based women members of SARILAYA is putting into practice the value of self-reliance.  In response to the sustainability component of its program, specifically in General Mariano Alvares, Cavite, it has daringly started its catering business endeavor with very minimum resources.  To help us improve our service, we are working on a fund-raising project through a dinner show. We are hereby presenting you the concept of the Dinner Show and its objectives, with optimism for your full support to this joint undertaking.

Mark your calendars now! This special event shall take place on 11-11-11.  The special alignment brings hope to us who are at the critical stage in our lifetime, thus providing us a reason to celebrate through the dinner show with the 200-strong members of SARILAYA in GMA.  This is both a celebration and a fundraising event.

SARILAYA Advocacy.  As a women’s organization, SARILAYA not only works for the welfare of the women sector, but also adheres to the principle of caring for the physical well-being of every person and the well- being of the planet.  Thus, the healthy lifestyle advocacy through sustainable agriculture and healthy food, and the environment-friendly living practice have become explicit part of its vision-mission-goals.

Specifically in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite, the SARILAYA Chapter has conceptualized and started engaging in healthy catering service.  With basic home cooking experience and very limited equipment, it started operation and has now been catering to increasing number of people who are already looking for healthy food alternative.

The Dinner.   To better equip the women members who are now engaged into catering business, SARILAYA shall launch its catering operation with the primary aim of raising fund for the development of the catering cooperative through training, purchase of equipment, and further skilling.  The launch shall be in a form of a dinner.

The healthy dining experience is what makes SARILAYA’s catering different from all other caterers.  Healthy food and beverage will be served. With recipes cooked using real fresh herbs and vegetables homegrown by Sarilaya members, guests will enjoy the honest-to-goodness taste of food cooked without artificial flavor enhancers and MSG, plus the healthy benefits of eating less meat, more fruits and vegetables and beverages made from real herb extracts.

The food shall be prepared with the assistance of Chef Boy Logro and his students.  To date, consultations with Chef Logro are underway to facilitate bringing in culinary arts students to help SARILAYA women prepare the dinner.  Chef Boy Logro is the host of the “Idol sa Kusina” show on Channel 11.

The Show.  Highlight of the event will be the music, songs, dance and theater performances on environmental issues and concerns featuring the Dakila Artists (or “Green Artists” as they call themselves) and the Sarilaya Community Theater Group.

The Dinner Show hopes to strengthen the flagship advocacy of Sarilaya on health and the environment.  Aside from raising funds for the development of the catering business, it also aims in supporting the sustainability of community-based women initiated projects like the SIKAP Learning Center in Bgy. Pulido, GMA, Cavite and its feeding program.

[In the news] Biofuel program may affect CARP, food security – group | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

Biofuel program may affect CARP, food security – group | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online.

By MARVYN N. BENANING
Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Large-scale conversions of prime agricultural lands in Cavite, Isabela and Quezon into biofuel production areas undermine the agrarian reform program and endanger food security.

This was the conclusion of Danilo T. Carranza of the Rural Poor Institute for Land and Human Rights Services, Inc. (RIGHTS), a private think-tank that undertook a field study of the farming areas in the three provinces that had been transformed into hubs for the cultivation of biofuel feedstock. Carranza asked President Aquino to rethink the impact of the Philippine Biofuels Act of 2006, Republic Act 9367.

He said that in Cavite and Isabela, long land leases had been resorted to by the biofuel companies, with the farmers not having copies of their agreements with the corporations.

Worse, the consolidation of the contiguous areas has continued and the agrarian reform beneficiaries had been reduced to work for low wages, with some farmers in Isabela reporting that they receive only between P50 and P98 daily.

In Barangay Alitabad, San Mariano, Isabela, an irrigation project costing P52 million started five years was abruptly stalled, denying water to farmers tilling 140 hectares of land, with some of them suspecting it could be a ploy to compel them to lease their land to the biofuel company.

In all three provinces, prime agricultural land is being converted to biofuel feedstock production, reducing them to work for slave wages and pushing back the country’s deadline to meet the deadline for rice selfsufficiency in 2013.

Carranza said that in Magallanes, Cavite, 23 agrarian reform beneficiaries who had possessed certificates of landownership awards (CLOAs) for 17 years run the risk of being relocated from a property that has designated as the
production plant for bioethanol, with the Remulla family purportedly telling them will be transferred elsewhere.

Carranza said of the 2,500 hectares for the project, 1,500 are in Magallanes, 500 hectares of which are covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

“Areas so far engaged in Magallanes were previously planted to rice and vegetables. The project has an existing nursery covering 100 hectares in Barangay, Pacheco, previously planted to rice and vegetables,” he added.

The Cavite Biofuel Producers, Inc. (CBPI) was organized in 2008 with the Lopa family, VG Puyat Group and the Zamora family as shareholders, with Penwood Corp. as the developer of a 6.500-hectare property in Magallanes and Maragondon towns with an option to subscribe to some shares.

The Cavite Sugarcane Multi-Planters Cooperative will supply the sugarcane for the CBPI, which secured leases from agrarian reform beneficiaries.

In Isabela, the biofuel complex covers an ethanol energy production site and a sugarcane production site, with Green Future Innovations, Inc. operating then bioethanol plant, capitalized at $120 million.

The company was organized in 2007 by a group of Japanese and Filipino stockholders, including the Uys of Mindanao Grains and the Bantugs who are Negros-based sugar planters. It will be operational next year.

About 11,000 hectares will be utilized as sugarcane plantations, with the company taking over 6,460 hectares this year from 3,230 farmercooperators, Carranza reported.

[Press Release] PM pays respects to slain forest guard

The Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) expressed its condolences to the family of slain Mt. Makiling forest guard Elpidio “Jojo” Malinao and paid its respects to a “fallen comrade.” Renato Magtubo, PM national chair, stated that “Jojo Malinao was not only an advocate for environmental protection, he was also an activist for workers rights. In Jojo’s case, in the line of fire is the place of honor. The University of the Philippines has loss a loyal employee and the working class movement, an able leader.”

Magtubo revealed that Malinao was the vice president of the UPLB chapter of the Organization of Non-Academic Personnel of UP (ONAPUP) and also a national council member of the union aside from being a leader of PM in Laguna.

He called on the authorities to investigate the motive behind Malinao’s killing and find the mastermind. “We demand justice for Jojo. The government must exhaust all means to find the perpetrators of thee crime. Jojo is not the first but hopefully the last trade union leader to be killed in Calabarzon,” Magtubo declared.

The group said that Malinao is the third PM leader killed in Calabarzon since its founding in 2001. Andrew “Bok Inoza, union president of Alaska Milk in San Pedro Laguna and chairperson of PM-Laguna, was shot to death in November 2006. Earlier Emmanuel Cosme Ibe, union president of Liwayway Manufacturing Corp. in Imus Cavite and a founding member of PM-Cavite was also shot to death in April 2001 at the height of the party-list election campaign.

Ibe’s killing came just three months after the assassination of Felimon “Popoy” Lagman, whose brainchild was the formation of PM. According to international human rights groups, the Philippines is second only to Colombia in the number of trade union leaders killed.

Press Release
May 13, 2011

[Press Release] Workers hold caravan for wage hike, regular jobs – Partido ng Manggagawa

The Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) together with the Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) held today a “workers caravan” to press for a wage hike and campaign against labor contractualization. The motorcade of vehicles and motorcycles started early in the morning, passed through many industrial estates in Cavite and ended by the late afternoon at the country’s biggest economic zone in the town of Rosario.

“We want to bring the good news of the campaign against contractualization to the export zone workers, many of whom are themselves contractual employees rather than regular workers,” explained Renato Magtubo, PM chair.

Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and PM vice chair added that “The workers caravan is also part of our initiative to seek the support of the public on the planned strike at PAL to force management to accede to our demands.”

At 8:30 a.m. the initial groups of vehicles assembled at the Diosdado Macapagal Highway near the Uniwide Coastal Mall. It then proceeded along Quirino Avenue to SM Bacoor where they met the contingent of the United Cavite Workers Association.

From there they passed by the Yazaki-EMI factory in Imus and then the First Cavite Industrial Estate in Dasmarinas before stopping for lunch at the Freedom Island workers community in General Trias. At 2:00 p.m. the caravan went to the Cavite Economic Zone in Rosario for a program that lasted until 4:00 p.m.

The workers caravan is a buildup activity for the May 1 rally. On Labor Day, PM will assemble at Mehan Garden in Manila then march to Mendiola for a labor unity rally and mass to be officiated by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo. Labor Day protests will also be held also in Cebu City, Davao City, Bacolod City, Iloilo City, General Santos City, Iligan City and Dipolog City.

“There will be no good news for the workers on May 1, just a consuelo de bobo. Non-wage benefits should complement not replace a wage hike,” declared Magtubo. PM claimed that the cost of living in Metro Manila for a family of six is already PhP 1010 as of March. PM based its estimate on its own cost of living study last year and the inflation rate over the past year.

Meanwhile Rivera insisted that “The good news that we wish on May 1 is PNoy announcing that he is against outsourcing. With our motion for reconsideration pending at the Office of the President, it is timely for PNoy to declare if he favors the straight road of regular jobs or the crooked path of contractualization.”

Press Release
April 29, 2011
Partido ng Manggagawa

[Press Release] CTUHR calls for immediate and thorough investigation of murdered union leader in Cavite, urges the government to protect other unionists-CTUHR

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The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights has called on the authorities to conduct an “immediate and thorough” investigation of the recent murder of Cielito Baccay, union officer and founder of Maeno-Giken Workers Organization in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

Cielito Baccay was murdered in March 8 when he was on his way home from the Maeno-Giken plant by unidentified assassin/s riding a motorcycle. Co-workers were driving motorcycles ahead of him when they heard a motorcycle crash behind them. They immediately stopped and found out it was Baccay.  Baccay sustained two gunshot wounds that caused his death

“This incident is another attack on the workers right to life. The murder of Baccay should be immediately and thouroughly investigated by the authorities and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to jail,” Armand Hernando CTUHR documentation head said.

In a fact-finding mission conducted by the CTUHR, the Workers Assistance Center (WAC) and the Solidarity of Cavite Workers (SCW), the team discovered that there was an ongoing dispute between MAGIKWO and the management. Since the union’s inception, the management reportedly had been actively engageged in activities to frustrate union organizing. In the last certification elections (CE) in September 2010, the management was said to have dissuaded the workers from voting yes to a union. And when it succeeded in its ploy with No-union winning in the CE,  the situation of the union members worsened. Workers also reported of continued harassment and harsher disciplinary actions.

Even after their loss in the CE, the union reportedly persisted in its organizing and union activities. This worsened the divide the animosity between the union and the management especially between Baccay and the company Vice-President , Mr. Gat Denis Melchor. Baccay is said to have always been  the staunchest member of the union especially in resisting discirmminatory acts by the management against union members and officials. Coincidentally, a day before Baccay’s death, Mr. Melchor reportedly asked some workers who owned the motorcycles parked in the plant.

Mr. Melchor, as found out in the fact-finding mission, is also a member of a gunner’s club and constantly brings his guns in the factory where at he also at times cleans and replaces the bullets.

After more than three weeks, the remains no clear direction for the investigation of the murder as no witness was can clearly identify the gunner/s or even the vehicle he/they used. Members of MAGIKWO however stated with caution to fact-finding team that there can be no other motive behind Baccay’s killing except his union affiliation and activities.

CTUHR expressed alarm over the future of  the case and its implications on MAGIKWO members. “Intimidating and virtually crushing the union appears to be the most plausible motive behind the killing.  Now, the the members of MAGIKWO are now very much fearful for their lives because of what happened. We urge the government to protect the other unionists and immediately bring the perpetrator to justice,” Hernando stated.

“We strongly condemn Baccay’s murder including the continuous harassment inflicted upon members of the union. Capitalists should be reminded that forming unions is a constitutional right and they should be able to organize themselves freely without fear of retaliation, worse of  being killed. We call on everyone to join us in our call for justice for Baccay and for other trade union leaders who were murdered (See Urgent Appeal). Ultimately, we call on the government to bring this case to a close and end the culture of impunity,” Hernando added.#

for Reference: Arman Hernando, CTUHR Documentation, +63.922.821.6283