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[Event] Ceremonial Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Education (DepEd) and BAN Toxics!

WHAT : Ceremonial Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement 
between the Department of Education (DepEd) and BAN Toxics!

WHEN : January 17, 2014 (Friday)

TIME : 8:30 AM

WHERE : Bulwagan ng Karunungan
DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue,
Pasig City

ban-toxics-logo

PRESENTERS : BR.ARMIN A. LUISTRO FSC
DepEd, Secretary

ELLA CECILIA G. NALIPONGUIT, MD, CESO
DepEd, Director III, Health and Nutrition

MARIETTA MARCIANO
BAN Toxics, Chief Operations Officer

The Department of Education (DepEd) through the Health and Nutrition Center (HNC) and Ban Toxics (BT) will conduct a ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement and Consultation Planning Workshop for the Toxics- Free Schools Program (TFSP).

The activity aims to establish awareness of toxic chemicals and prevent toxic poisoning of children, keeping schools safe and toxic-free environment for our learners.

For photo and video opportunities, schoolchildren will join DepEd and BAN Toxics officials as they wave away the FEARSOME FIVE symbols.

BAN Toxics!
Media Advisory
January 15, 2013 (Wednesday)
Contacts: Angelica Carballo-Pago (0915) 9260-371/ (02) 355-7640/ angelica@bantoxics.org
Ernie Talaro (0926) 6525-282/ (02) 631-6033/ communications@deped.gov.ph

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[Press Release] Kiblawan mayor confirms Sagittarius Mines link to escalating militarization in Tampakan -ATM

Kiblawan mayor confirms Sagittarius Mines link to escalating militarization in Tampakan
Says military receives subsidy for allowance and operations

atm-logoKoronadal City – Kiblawan Mayor Marivic Diamante disclosed that Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) is actually providing funds for the allowance and operations of the military and paramilitary groups within the towns of Kiblawan, Tampacan, Columbio, all covered by the SMI mining permit.

Diamante, in her testimony to the recently-held congressional hearing of the National Cultural Communities Committee, explained that a memorandum of agreement was signed in July 2006 by the local governments of Kiblawan, Tampakan and Colombio with SMI. This MOA was the basis of the deployment of 120 Civilian Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) men in the areas, and the creation of the military led Task Force KITACO. Task Force KITACO has been implicated in killings of B’laan leaders and anti-mining activists in the provinces.

The congressional hearing held in the provincial gym of Koronadal City was initiated by the Committee Chair Congressman Teddy Baguilat, Jr, to look into the intensifying militarization in the provinces and the series of killings of indigenous peoples within mining areas, with particular focus on the massacre of Juvy Capion and her two children in October 2012. The family of Capion is known to be leading the struggle for the B’laans ancestral domain, and against SMI.

SMI community-based security plan

The mayor’s report corroborated the testimony of the Col. Norman Marcos Flores, new commander of the 1002nd Brigade, who confirmed that the Philippine Army is providing security to the KITACO growth area and to implement SMI’s community-based security plan in Tampakan and Kiblawan.

The Philippine Army identified 128 incidents of security threat against SMI from 2007-2012, and they find this as a valid reason for their presence in the area to offer protection for the mining company. In exchange for this, SMI provides monthly allocation for the operations, for gasoline, and allowance for CAFGUs directly deployed in Kitaco areas. SMI has doubled the monthly allowance of each CAFGU from the government budget of Php2,700/month to Php5,400.

Government-SMI collaboration against mining-affected communities, indigenous peoples

Rene Pamplona, of Social Action Center (SAC-Marbel) said, “Instead of the military defending the people—it defends and protects foreign investments and kills community members The government is killing its own people because of this mining problem. Depite the killings, and the violence in SMI mining areas, the government still issued the environmental compliance certificate (ECC). ”

SAC-Marbel is helping indigenous peoples in dealing with the killings and other human rights violations due to the militarization of their ancestral lands.

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) sites of struggle officer Daniel Arias said: “SMI can no longer deny that these killings are rooted in the presence of its mining project and this was confirmed by the testimony of Mayor Diamante and the military. Truly, the blood of Juvy, and her children, Kitari, and all others who were killed are in their hands!”

“The situation painted by the testimonies of the military, the police, Mayor Diamante and the B’laans is very clear – the military is paid by SMI to protect its investment at all cost, even at the cost of the lives of the B’laans who are fighting for their land. And the Aquino government? It just issued the ECC to SMI. So the bias is clear. And it’s tragic,” Judy A. Pasimio of LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights) added.

Philippine Miserior Parnerships Inc Anti Mining Campaign Advocacy Officer Atty. Macki Maderazon who was also present during the said hearing further said: “This deadly deal between the LGUs of Kiblawan, Tampakan, Columbio and SMI puts the human rights of the mining-affected communities especially those who oppose it at greater risk of being violated further.

“This is not in accord with the duty of the government to protect the human rights of the people against corporate abuses and with the responsibility of corporations to respect human rights under the UN Framework and Guiding Principle on Business and Human Rights to which our government is one of the signatories. Policy on greater accountability of mining corporations and affording remedies to victims of corporate abuses should now be considered in Congress. The current mining law and even the new E.O. 79 failed to consider this.”

Meanwhile Rep. Baguilat in his closing message said that it is wrong to identify indigenous peoples who are opposing mining as bandits. He added, as an indigenous person himself that for them land is life and it is their right to defend their ancestral lands.

Baguilat concluded: “Kung anu ang desisyon ng pamayanang katutubo, yun ang dapat sundin at i-respeto.”

Mayor Diamante last year posted a reward of Php300-thousand for the capture of Daguil Capion immediately after the killing of Capion’s wife Juvy and two children. (Read: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/superbalita-davao/balita/2012/10/21/p300000-ganti-sa-makatudlo-sa-gitagoan-ni-daguil-capion-249099) She added in her testimony that she did this so that community members will be motivated to point out where Capion can be found, as he is considered a bandit.

During the public hearing, a survivor (minor, not to be named) and witnesses to the Capion massacre last October 19 were interviewed by Congs. Nancy Catamco, Neri Colmenares, Luz Ilagan, and Manny Pacquiao. Thereafter, the representatives found serious flaws in the way the case was handled by the military and the police.

Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) is the local partner of Swiss Xstrata and Indophil for the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project. It has been awarded a mining permit over ancestral domains of the B’laans.

Tampakan Forum is a technical working group on the Tampakan mining issue.

For more information:
Atty. Macki Maderazo, PMP-AMC Advocacy Coordinator, pmpsecretariat@yahoo.com, 0922-8501873
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, nc@alyansatigilmina.net, 0927-7617602
Farah Sevilla, Policy Research and Advocacy Officer, policy@alyansatigilmina.net, 0915-3313361

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[Press Release] Joint investigators and prosecutors training for the first time to fight torture -MAG

Joint investigators and prosecutors training for the first time to fight torture

MAGThe Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are working together with non-governmental organization, the Medical Action Group (MAG) in a UK-funded project to strengthen present efforts to fight torture in the country.

The British Embassy Manila through its Human Rights and Democracy Programme is providing funding for the project “Enhancing the Capacity of the Prosecutors and Investigators for Effective Investigation and Increased Prosecution of Torture Cases Using Medical Evidence.”

Investigators from the PNP and prosecutors from the DOJ will undergo training that will boost their capacity to preserve and process physical and medical evidences that should have probative value in court.

“This is to emphasize the close collaboration between the legal and police professions. However, investigators and prosecutors must often have limited knowledge and understanding of and insight into each other’s work and may even view each other with scepticism. This first joint training of investigators and prosecutors on investigation and documentation of torture cases is crucial process in providing them common ground and framework to work on the application of international standards for effective investigation and successful prosecution of torture cases in the country.” Erlinda Senturias, M.D., Chairperson of MAG explained.

“This project supports efforts to strengthen human rights and the rule of law in the Philippines. This training programme is unique in that it will not only provide investigators and prosecutors with the tools to improve how they process and present medical evidence, but will also strengthen collaboration between the PNP, the DOJ and civil society. This is an example of the openness and ongoing improvement that necessary for delivering positive results,” added Steph Lysaght, First Secretary and Head of the Political Section of the British Embassy Manila.

“This training will galvanize efforts to address the unbearable crimes of torture that tragically remains to be present, albeit in diminished scale, in our society. Quiet efficiency, integrity and honesty will be your guideposts in the use of tools and skills which hopefully will ensure a perfect conviction rate for Complaints and Information filed involving torture. The same aspiration applies to our partner law enforcement agents from the PNP and the NBI,” DOJ Secretary Leila M. de Lima said.

“The PNP must promote and protect human rights because this task lies at the very core of maintaining peace and order, ensuring public safety and upholding the rule of law in this country,” PCSuperintendent Nestor M. Fajura, Head, PNP Human Rights Affairs Office.

The training begins on 23 January 2013 for the first batch of forty-five (45) investigators mostly from the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and from the DOJ prosecutors. Selected graduates of the training will further be trained as trainors for investigators and prosecutors in other parts of the country.

Since 2004, the MAG has been increasingly engaged in capacity development among health and legal professionals on the investigation and documentation of torture cases according to the international standards set by “the Istanbul Protocol,” which provides medical and legal professions with tools for investigating, assessing and reporting allegations of torture.-end-

Note to editors:

The UN Manual on Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (“the Istanbul Protocol”), is the international standard that provides medical and legal professions with tools for investigating, assessing and reporting allegations of torture.

The DOJ, PNP and MAG have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the implementation of said project on November 15, 2012. Justice Secretary Leila M. de Lima; Mr. Steph Lysaght, Political Section Head of the British Embassy Manila; Police Chief Superintendent Nestor M. Fajura of the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office and Dr. Senturias of MAG signed the MOA, while Atty. Milabel A. Cristobal of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) witnessed the MOA signing.

On November 22, 2012, Administrative Order No. 35 http://www.gov.ph/2012/11/22/administrative-order-no-35-s-2012 created a body, “Inter-agency committee on Extra-Legal Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture and Other Grave Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of Persons.”

MEDICAL ACTION GROUP, INC.
Health and Human Rights for All

Press release
January 23, 2013

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[From the web] DOJ Secretary Leila M. de Lima’s Speech On the Occasion of the Ceremonial Signing of MOA Between the DOJ, PNP and MAG -www.magph.com

DOJ Secretary Leila M. de Lima‘s Speech
On the Occasion of the Ceremonial Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement Between
the Department of Justice, Philippine National Police and the Medical Action Group

November 15, 2012
Department of Justice
Padre Faura, Manila

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Your Excellency, Stephen Lillie, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Philippines; Chairperson Loretta Ann P. Rosales of the Commission on Human Rights; Police Superintendent Nicanor A. Bartolome of the Philippine National Police; Dr. Petronilo Lenin M. Pascual, Chairperson of the Medical Action Group, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:

Legal scholars steep in the study of egregious human rights violations contend that there are four essential tasks of post-authoritarian governments concerned in the healing and reconciliation

of a nation. These are truth, justice, reparation and the exercise of memory!. For the partners in today’s important event, we are assiduously focused on contributing to the establishment of truth and, most importantly, the attainment of justice for the victims of torture and their families.

In the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement, the three (3) collaborating institutions of the Department of Justice, Medical Action Group and the Philippine National Police and its partner agencies will galvanize present efforts to address the unbearable crimes of torture that tragically remains to be present, albeit in diminished scale, in our society.

In the establishment of truth, the MOA will help capacitate our investigators and prosecutors in how to assess, collate, preserve and process physical and medical evidence that should be able to

withstand judicial scrutiny in any jurisdiction. Equipped with the necessary framework, skills, discipline and valuable network of like-minded individuals and institutions, our field officers will be able to package an airtight case that will ensure the dispensation of justice for the victims.

For the prosecutors of the Department of Justice, I give you the directive to actively participate in the creation of a composite, specialized and professionalized team of investigators and prosecutors dealing with all cases of reported torture. Quiet efficiency, integrity and honesty will

be your guideposts in the use of tools and skills that will emanate from the implementation of this Agreement which hopefully will ensure a perfect conviction rate for Complaints and Information filed involving torture. The same aspiration applies to our partner law enforcement agents from the PNP and the NBI. In the area of training and capacity-building, we cannot hope for better trainers than the expert doctors and health professionals of the Medical Action Group (MAG).

We credit MAG for this partnership thank them for their initiative.

I cannot over-emphasize enough our appreciation for the support of the British Embassy and the United Kingdom which has been a veritable light for the civilized world that seems to percolate between rallying indignation and tepid, non-committal response despite the glaring evidence that torturous acts continue to shred every bit of humanity not just of the tortured, but of the torturer. Indeed, the United Kingdom’s anti-torture law has been described “as providing the most comprehensive treatments of the crime of torture.

The Philippine Government is steadily rising to the demand and challenge of its people with a sure-footedness and determination that underscore the present administration’s sincere and honest commitment to promote and fulfill human rights. In fact, the Department is confident that the President will soon sign the proposed Administrative Order creating a high-level, inter-agency committee that will converge strategic partners to oversee and monitor the proper investigation and prosecution of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other grave human rights violations.

Through this A.O., stakeholders, some of whom are with us today, will be further convinced, if they are not already, that the campaign against grave human rights violations has the personal and direct imprimatur of the President.

The MOA, however important it may be, will not dissipate the great challenges that lie before us. Ultimately, to sustain the fight against torture, we must all have the strength of character to see this through the long haul. In plodding along this difficult and arduous road, I leave you with a quote from one of my most favorite, irrepressible figure of history.

Winston Churchill once said: Success is not final, failure the courage to continue that counts.

Ladies and gentlemen, maraming salamat, pagpala-in tayo ng Panginoon.

Source: http://magph.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=120:doj-secretary-leila-m-de-lima-speech&catid=1:news&Itemid=6

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[Press Release] UK, DOJ and PNP forge partnership on training of investigators and prosecutors to fight torture -MAG

UK, DOJ and PNP forge partnership on training of investigators and prosecutors to fight torture

Impunity and insufficient evidence in torture cases against alleged perpetrators are still among the serious impediments to the prevention of torture. Consequently, few complaints are brought forward and few actual prosecutions are made.

To help fight torture, the Medical Action Group (MAG), with support from the British Embassy Manila signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) that will provide training for investigators and prosecutors for a more effective and efficient investigation and prosecution of torture cases in the country.

In a media briefing at DOJ, Mr. Steph Lysaght, Political Section Head of the British Embassy Manila said the British Embassy’ project with the MAG and in partnership with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) aims to enhance the capacity of the investigators on investigations and evidence collection and to provide necessary knowledge and skills for the prosecutors on how physical and medical evidences are evaluated in court proceedings on alleged torture cases according to the Anti-Torture Law (Republic Act No. 9745) and international standards contained in the UN Manual on Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (“the Istanbul Protocol”).

The training will be undertaken with funding from the British Embassy’s Human Rights and Democracy Programme.

“This is to emphasize the role that documentation and proper legal process play in the investigation and prosecution of torture cases. Close collaboration between the health and legal professions is crucial in the effective investigation of alleged cases of torture and in establishing standards on how to recognize and document torture in order that the documentation may serve as valid evidence in court,” Erlinda Senturias, M.D., MAG Board of Trustees member explained.

“The need to increase the capacity of investigators in handing evidences and prosecutors in evaluating physical and medical evidences represents recognition that effective and quality documentation of alleged torture cases can contribute mightily to reducing impunity in the Philippines and obtaining redress for torture victims,” MAG added.

Since 2004 the MAG has been increasingly engaged in capacity development among health and legal professionals on the investigation and documentation of torture according to the standards contained in the Istanbul Protocol. MAG explained that the use of the Istanbul Protocol was proved to be an important piece of evidence in the first decision of the Supreme Court (SC) [G.R. No. 180906, The Secretary of National Defense v. Manalo, October 7, 2008] on the application of the Writ of Amparo in the case of Manalo brothers.

Last year, the city and municipal health doctors through the Association of Municipal Health Officers of the Philippines (AMHOP) have declared their support for the effective implementation of the Anti-Torture Act.

This is not the first time that the British Embassy partnered with the MAG to promote the value and use of medical documentation of torture. In 2004, the two facilitated the production of the groundbreaking “Guidelines to Prevent Torture and the Manual on the Recognition, Documentation and Reporting of Torture,” one of the first successful modifications of the Istanbul Protocol. The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) acknowledged the valuable contribution the project made towards fulfillment of Philippines’ international human rights obligations, and still uses the manual in its work.

This partnership among the civil society, the government, the police and the British Embassy affirms the shared commitment to uphold justice and protection of human rights.

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[Announcement] PIHRTPA 4thNational Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP) Call for Applications 2012

Pinoy International Human Rights Training Program Alumni(PIHRTPA), Inc.

4thNational Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP)
Call for Applications 2012!!

The Pinoy International Human Rights Training Program Alumni (PIHRTPA or Equitas Alumni for brevity) has the honor to invite human rights defenders to apply for the 4th National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP) which will be held from November 5 – 12, 2012 inTagaytay (exact venue will be announced soon).

The NHRTP is the annual core program of PIHRTPA in the Philippines. PIHRTPA is composed of human rights educators/activists trained by Montreal-based Equitas International Centre for Human Rights Education through its annual International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP). Equitas is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1967 dedicated to the promotion of human rights through education in Canada and around the world. Equitas’ annual IHRTP helps organizations build their capacity to engage in human rights education, promotion and democratic development. A product of Equitas’ annual IHRTP, PIHRTPA was established in the Philippines in 2005 with a framework of building a culture of human rights.

This year, PIHRTPA will hold the 4th national roll out of IHRTP through the National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP). This Program, which uses a Spiral Methodology of Learning in conducting human rights education/training activities will bring together twenty (20) human rights workers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Its goal is to increase participants’ knowledge of international human rights laws and its mechanisms, domestic laws, legal remedies, and engage in critical reflection and inquiry and apply the same in their human rights education work, and discuss the role of human rights education in building a culture of human rights in their region, to share strategies and best practices and to encourage networking.
Participants leave at the end of the intensive one-week program with a plan for implementing a human rights education activity within their own organization applying their knowledge and skills learned. Participants may undertake its own follow-up activities such as human rights training sessions based on the NHRTP module and the development of new programs and long-term partnerships to strengthen human rights education and democratic development with PIHRTPA and other participating organizations at the regional levels.
The selection process and participant profile we are looking for are described below. The Selection Committee gives priority to the organizations best able to demonstrate their commitment and effectiveness in relation to human rights promotion and education. Consideration is also given to overall gender balance.
Through the support of the Embassy of Canada and Equitas, selected participants will be awarded bursaries to help cover the accommodationand travel costs of the program i.e. Plane fare and Bus fare going to, and from the Training venue. Transportation expenses from residence to bus terminals /airport, etc. shall be shouldered by the participants’ respective organizations as counterpart.

Application forms are available at the Secretariat at pinoyihrtpalumni@yahoo.comor contact Tel. No./Fax No. 4333199 and mobile number 09058610879. You may email or fax your completed application form with the required documents to the Secretariat.

The deadline for receiving applications by email or fax is on or before August 24, 2012.

The Secretariat
4th National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP)
Pinoy International Human Rights Training Program Alumni (PIHRTPA), Inc.
c/o 401-B CRM Building, No. 106 Kamias, Q.C. 1101
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Who can participate?

The training course will involve people who work on human rights issues through human rights education and advocacy
Participant will be selected and invited to participate in consultation with alumni from Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon, according to the following criteria:

• Must be at least in his/her two years of human rights work.
• Has not been able to attend any training on international human rights instruments;
• Active participation in human rights education activities in their respective areas of work;
• Willingness and commitment to take and apply to her/his organization the human rights education skills that will be learned during the training and in frequent coordination with Pinoy IHRTP Alumni; and,
• Has exhibited a sphere of influence in their respective areas to make a difference.

Checklist of Requirements to be submitted:
• Completed Application Form with endorsement letter from Supervisor or Employer
• A recommendation letter from any NGO or PO
• Individual Plan on HRE session
• A Memorandum of Agreement with Pinoy IHRTP Alumni will be sent to those who will be selected for the implementation of Individual Plan

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Memorandum of agreement ensures PhilHealth coverage of Iloilo province indigents | Sun.Star

Memorandum of agreement ensures PhilHealth coverage of Iloilo province indigents | Sun.Star.

March 13, 2012

INDIGENTS and service volunteers in the province of Iloilo can be assured of continued membership in PhilHealth insurance following the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Provincial Government and PhilHealth Tuesday.

The MOA secures PhilHealth coverage for more than 8,000 barangay service volunteers composed of health workers, day care workers, service point officers, nutrition scholars and more than 60,000 indigents for two years.

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Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. also pushed for the enrolment of all barangay officials in the province to PhilHealth.

Read full article @ www.sunstar.com.ph

[Press Release] Groups hit Intex Resources response to OECD NCP Statement -ATM

Groups hit Intex Resources response to OECD NCP Statement
Charged Intex of flawed consultation and non-transparency

Manila—Groups were dismayed upon Intex Resources Inc denial of proven allegations and findings of the Norwegian National Contact Point (NCP) that the company has failed to comply with OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises.

“That is simply ridiculous that Intex would even claim the support of the people of Mindoro when we know that it was the people themselves who fought the struggle and opposed their mining project. We believe that the years of investigation have allowed the Norwegian NCP to validate their findings,” said Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of Ayansa Tigil Mina.

Fr. Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action said that the church and people of Mindoro remained strong on its call to impede the project, “Obviously, Intex have closed ears on the result of NCP investigation and will continue to deceive even their own selves that the Mangyan communities in Mindoro will succumb to all their plans. We will keep on raising our voices that we do not want them to commence with this project, in fact they should have stopped already even before the revocation of their ECC.”

“If Intex will not recognize NCP’s investigation, P-Noy however should listen to the voice of its people and uphold their rights to protect their environment and respect their decision to forbid mining in their own land,” Fr. Edu added.

After the release of the Final Statement, Intex Resources entered into a memorandum of agreement with Chinese state-owned firm MCC8 but communities vow to fight against mining, whether they be Norwegian or Chinese, the people will never concede to development aggressions that will put their island and lives at risk.

“Intex should listen to what people want, they are the rightful owner of the land!” said Jon Sarmiento of Alyansa Laban sa Mina (ALAMIN).

“Intex has not received social acceptability from the people of Mindoro including the majority of the Indigenous Peoples community in the island. This is more than just a political reason as they say Intex should respect the regulations governing the utilization of its Ancestral Domains,” added Sarmiento

At the international level, campaigners issued a statement reiterating, “The national investigation revealed additional irregularities in Intex’s operations to those already identified by the NCP and recommended cancellation of its Environmental Clearance Certification on a series of technical grounds. It also raises issues with the lack of consent of the indigenous peoples and the fact that an Island wide moratorium on mining is in place rendering Intex’s project illegal unless declared otherwise by the Philippine judiciary.”

In January 23, ATM, CBCP-NASSA and ALAMIN launched a compendium of studies on the Mindoro struggle entitled “Mindoro Campaign: Protecting Island Ecology, Defending Peoples Rights”.

Alyansa Laban sa Mina (ALAMIN) is a network of civil society organizations, Church and local government units in Oriental Mindoro established in 1999 to consolidate peoples opposition to the Mindoro Nickel Project.

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who are opposing the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The organization is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of Executive Order 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and the passage of the Philippine Mineral Resources Act a.k.a. Alternative Minerals Management Bill.

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For more information:

Fr Edu Gariguez, CBCP-NASSA Executive Secretary, (0919) 800.55.95 <edugariguez@gmail.com>
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, (0927) 761.76.02 <nc@alyansatigilmina.net>
Farah Sevilla, ATM Policy Research & Advocacy Officer, (0915) 331.33.61 <policy@alyansatigilmina.net>

[In the news] PhilHealth to increase members’ contribution from P1,200 to P2,400 -MindaNews.com

MindaNews » PhilHealth to increase members’ contribution from P1,200 to P2,400.

February 6, 2012

DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation is looking at increasing contribution of its members from P1,200 to P2,400  effective July 1, Dr. Eduardo Banzon, president and chief executive officer, said.

Banzon said the increase on contribution is based on Circular 22  approved last December. Under this circular, members can avail of the old rate by paying their contribution before June 30. They can also avail of the rate if they pay their 2013 contribution before the deadline.

By July 1, members, including those newly-registered will have to pay an annual contribution of P2,400, he said.

But Banzon added, “pwede pa siya maglock in sa old rate kung magsign siya ng (they can lock in on the old rate if they sign a) memorandum of agreement and commit to pay their contribution of two consecutive years.”

Banzon said PhilHealth hopes to double its collection from P32 billion last year to P60 billion this year.

Read full article @ www.mindanews.com

[In the news] Mobile kindergarten classrooms launched – PhilStar.com

Mobile kindergarten classrooms launched
By Czeriza Valencia, The Philippine Star
January 25, 2012

 MANILA, Philippines – The first unit of several mobile kindergarten classrooms of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Bagong Henerasyon party-list group was launched yesterday in a public elementary school in Quezon City.

The mobile unit is a customized truck equipped with furniture and classroom paraphernalia as well as air conditioning. It could service up to 24 students.

The first unit will be used at the President Corazon Aquino Elementary School in Batasan Hills, Quezon City but more units are expected to be rolled out to service schools with classroom shortage.

DepEd will provide teaching materials to volunteer teachers for the program.

The President Corazon Aquino Elementary School has 632 kindergarten students crammed in four two-hour shifts, with the fourth shift lasting up to 6 p.m. daily.

In a ceremony yesterday, Education Secretary Armin Luistro signed a memorandum of agreement with Bagong Henerasyon party-list group headed by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy for the implementation of the project.

Read full article @ www.philstar.com

[Event] 3rd National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP)

Pinoy International Human Rights Training Program Alumni, Inc.
3rd National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP)
August 14-21, 2011, Funta Fabian, Batangas

Dear Friends in the Human Rights Advocacy,

Greetings!

The Pinoy International Human Rights Training Program Alumni (PIHRTPA or Equitas Alumni for brevity) has the honor to invite you to apply for the 3rd National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP).

The NHRTP is the annual core program of Equitas Alumni in the Philippines.  PIHRTPA or Equitas Alumni is composed of human rights educators/activists from Civil Society Organizations trained by Equitas International Centre for Human Rights Education based in Montreal through its annual International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP).  Equitas is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1967 as the Canadian Human Rights Foundation and is dedicated to the promotion of human rights through education in Canada and around the world.  Through various programs, it helps organizations build their capacity to engage in human rights education, promotion and democratic development. A product of Equitas’ IHRTP, PIHRTPA was established in the Philippines in 2005 with a framework of building a culture of human rights.

This year, PIHRTPA will hold the 2nd national roll out of IHRTP through the National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP).  This Program, which uses a Spiral Methodology of Learning in conducting human rights education/training activities will bring together twenty seven (27) human rights workers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Its goal is to increase participants’ knowledge of international human rights laws and its mechanisms, domestic laws, legal remedies, and engage in critical reflection and inquiry and apply the same in their human rights education work, and discuss the role of human rights education in building a culture of human rights in their region, to share strategies and best practices and to encourage networking. Participants leave at the end of the intensive one-week program with a plan for implementing a human rights education activity within their own organization applying their knowledge and skills learned.

After the program, participants may undertake its own follow-up activities such as human rights training sessions based on the NHRTP module and the development of new programs and long-term partnerships to strengthen human rights education and democratic development with PIHRTPA and other participating organizations at the regional levels.
The selection process and participant profile we are looking for are described below. The Selection Committee gives priority to the organizations best able to demonstrate their commitment and effectiveness in relation to human rights promotion and education. Consideration is also given to overall gender balance.

Through the support of the Embassy of Canada, selected participants will be awarded bursaries to help cover the accommodation and travel costs of the Program.

Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact The Secretariat at pinoyihrtpalumni@yahoo.com  or Ms. Abegail Nerona at Tel. No./Fax No. 4333199 and mobile number 09071709583.  You may email or fax your application with the required documents to the Secretariat.

Note that the deadline for receiving applications by email or fax is on or before July 8, 2011.

The Secretariat
3rd National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP)
Pinoy International Human Rights Training Program Alumni (PIHRTPA), Inc.
Email:  pinoyihrtpalumni@yahoo.com
Telephone/Fax: (02) 4333199
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Who can participate?

The training course will involve people who work on human rights issues or in areas that support good governance.

Participant will be selected and invited to participate in consultation with alumni from Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon, according to the following criteria:

•    Must be at least in his/her two years of human rights work.
•    Has not been able to attend any training on international human rights instruments;
•    Active participation in human rights education activities in their respective areas of work;
•    Willingness and commitment to take and apply to her/his organization the human rights education skills that will be learned during the training and in frequent coordination with Pinoy IHRTP Alumni; and,
•    Has exhibited a sphere of influence in their respective areas to make a difference.

Checklist of Requirements to be submitted:

•    Completed Application Form
•    Endorsement letter from Supervisor or Employer
•    A recommendation letter from any NGO or PO
•    Individual Plan on HRE session
•    A Memorandum of Agreement with Pinoy IHRTP Alumni will be sent to those who will be selected for the implementation of Individual Plan