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[Announcement] The Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights), a non-governmental organization, is in need of a *Research Associate*

The Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights), a
non-governmental organization, is in need of a *Research Associate*.

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*Qualifications*

a) Must be a graduate of any social science or arts and letters degree
or equivalent years of experience in human rights or development work;

b) Has very good communication skills especially writing and editing
abilities;

c) With at least one-year experience in research work;

d) Computer and information technology literate and desktop publishing
competent;

e) Can work with minimal supervision and a team player.

*Job Description*

As Research Associate, the Employee shall:

1. Spearhead the institution’ s databanking activities;

2. Engage in gathering of secondary materials on the research problem
and related topics through library, internet research, among others;

3. Conduct and/or assist in conducting primary data-collection
activities like focus group discussions, key informant interviews,
etc. of identified key stakeholders, experts, etc.;

4. Process and/or organize secondary and primary data gathered;

5. Assist in writing research results;

6. Assist in disseminating research findings; and

7. Perform other tasks assigned from time to time.

Interested parties may send their (a) resumes, (b) application letter
addressed to Dr. Nymia Pimentel Simbulan, Executive Director, and (c)
sample works thru e-mail (philrights@philrights.org)

For further inquiries, please contact Ms. Josie Flores, 433-1714 or
426-4048.

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[Statement] Uphold and Fight for Dignity-At All Times & Situations -PAHRA

DIGNIDAD NG TAO:
SA LAHAT NG PANAHON AT SITWASYON-
ITAGUYOD, IPAGLABAN!
(Uphold and Fight for Dignity-At All Times & Situations)

Disyembre 10, 2013

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Human rights spring from the dignity of each person. Since the first human rights day on December 10, 1948,these rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) have evolved and developed over time and different circumstances to show how they are to be respected, protected and fulfilled.

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And it is the State that is primarily obligated to do so not only on normal times but even, and especially, in times of emergencies, crises and even wars. The State is to be people-centered.

The Aquino government needs to specially focus especially, but not solely, on those affected by the earthquake in Bohol and by typhoon Yolanda (“Haiyan”), according to Science Secretary Mario Montejo: 6.6 million people in 171 municipalities, covering 4, 971 villages in an area of 25,000 square kilometres, of whom, as of November 30, more than 5,632 persons are dead, 26,136 persons injured, and 1,759 missing.

PAHRA stresses that in the course of rehabilitation, reconstruction and development:

1.TAO Muna! Dahil ang TAO ang sentrong dahilan at layunin ng pamahalaan at pamamahala , lalo na sa panahon ng krisis sanhi man ng kapwa-tao o ng kalikasan, kaya dignidad at ang naka-ugat na mga karapatang pantao dapat laging itaguyod, ipagtanggol at pangalagaaan.

Arugain at ipagtanggol, upang kailanman di mawala sa TAO, ang mga pinanggagalingan at pinagkukunan ng buhay at kabuhayan (sources of subsistence- Common Art. 1, UN ICCPR & ICESCR).

Ang bawat isa na bulnerableng tao, unahin at masinsin na paglingkuran ayon sa pangangailangan.

Responsibilidad ng lahat na tiyakin na ang mga obligasyon ng Estado o Pamahalaan hinggil sa karapatang pantao ay maisakatuparan at matamasa ng lahat nang taong sakop ng ating bayan.

2. TAO Muna! Dahil obligasyon ng pamahalaan na palahukin ang pinakamalapad na bilang ng mga mamamayan, katuwangin ang civil society at non-government organizations sa pagkaron ng malawak na konsultasyon sa pagpapasinop ng patuloy na relief at rehabilitation operations at sa pagpaplano ng lahatang-panig na rekonstruksyon ng buhay at sitwasyon ng tao at nakaakma sa nabagong klima at kapaligiran. Mga plano ng rekonstruksyon: i-sentro sa tao; ibatay sa desisyon ng tao.

Dapat din maging bukas sa pagtugon sa mga pagsubaybay at mekanismo ng paniningil mula sa mga organisasyon ng mamamayan sa equitableng paglagak ng pinasya at iba pang tulong sa mga biktima ng at nakaligtas sa mga sakuna. Walang isa man ang dapat malimutan.
Igiit ang mga obligasyon ng pamahalaan na maging bukas at makatotohanan sa kinakailangang impormasyon ng mga mamamayan.

3. TAO Muna! Dapat gawin bilang batayan at pamantayan ng pamamahala ang mga karapatang pantao, lalo na sa pagbangon, pagsasaayos sa buhay at planong pag-unlad ng lahat ng mga biktima at mga nakaligtas mula sa mga natural na kalamidad.

4. TAO Muna! Tiyakin na maisama ang isang komprehensibo at stratehikong patakaran tumutugon sa nasabing sitwasyon sa matagal ng nakabinbin na Human Rights Action plan. Isapubliko ang Human Rights Action Plan.

While national and international concerns and assistance are highly concentrated on the destruction recently wrought by a super typhoon and an earthquake, we should not lose sight of those whose lives and property have, to a large degree, also been gravely affected, as in Central Luzon, but have not commensurately been given attention and needed allocations for their own rehabilitation, reconstruction and development. It is government that has the obligations to ensure equitable assistance so as to uphold and protect dignity and human rights.

Finally, while we deeply grieve over the loss of so many lives by natural calamities which are now often intensified by human actions and policies done out of ignorance and disregard of our own rights to the environment, we also rage against and condemn the culture of impunity which claimed and destroyed lives of individuals, families and communities due to extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and destruction of sources of subsistence amidst a coercive environment.

Amidst Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Development, Assert our Dignity and our Rights.

No more unnecessary loss of lives and properties, fight for Climate Justice.

End the culture of impunity, bring the perpetrators to justice.

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or change the original material.

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[Tula] Tagsibol nang siya’y isinilang… ni Armando Paragat

Tagsibol nang siya’y isinilang,
ngunit ni dampi ng Diyosa’ng
namumukadkad,
o ‘di kaya’y malanghap
ang kanyang halimuyak
ipinagkait,
ng berdugong mandaragit,
halang at kasuklam-suklam.

Tagpunla ng siya’y namulat,
ngunit bago pa man mahawakan
ang karit,
ani’y di naisaboy sa hangin,
o ‘di kaya’y matikman
ang biyayang butil
kinitil ng lupit ng sugong ganid

Armando Paragay

https://www.facebook.com/armando.paragat?hc_location=stream

Note: Ang tulang ito ni Armando Paragat ay walang titulo o pamagat.

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“March 8, 2013 International Women’s Day” finalist for the 3rd HR Pinduteros Choice for HR VIDEO

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Vote for the video “March 8, 2013 International Women’s Day” by ClydieCandy for the 3rd HR Pinduteros Choice for HR VIDEO.

Watch video @ https://hronlineph.com/2013/03/09/featured-video-march-8-2013-international-womens-day-by-clydiecandy/

A feminist flashmob organized by World March of Women-Philippines, participated by Women Human Rights Defenders from different NGOs in the Philippines.

About World March of Women-Philippines
“We march to the streets, gather in spaces of protest and launch myriad forms of collective action, as we draw our strength from the wisdom forged by the herstorical struggle of our ancestors and our continuing efforts to sustain these struggles. We are telling our governments, the men in our societies, the people and institutions whose actions, policies, perspectives, ideologies and behaviour maintain the political, social and economic oppression of women that change we want, and change we are making happen.

“Here in the Philippines, the state of the majority of Filipino women remains precarious. True, there has been renewed hope under a new government that promises to be the total opposite of the inept government that GMA’s administration was and to undertake reforms in governance, but this breath of fresh air is so thin it is fast depleting, threatening once again the gains that the women’s movement in the Philippines have achieved.”
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This entry was posted on March 9, 2013
https://hronlineph.com/2013/03/09/featured-video-march-8-2013-international-womens-day-by-clydiecandy/

Iboto ang iyong #HRPinduterosChoice para sa HR VIDEO.

Ang botohan ay hanggang sa 11:59PM ng Nov 15, 2013.
Ikaw para kanino ka pipindot? Simple lang bumoto:
• i-LIKE ang HRonlinePH.com FB page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Human-Rights-Online-Philippines/160809923975269) , sa photo album ay i-LIKE ang thumbnail/s ng iyong mga nais iboto, i-share at ikampanya.
Maari ring bumoto sa pamamagitan ng pagpindut sa button sa poll sa ilalim ng bawat nominadong post na matatagpuan din sa ilalim ng post na ito.
• Most number of the combined likes sa FB at sa poll buttons ang magiging 3rd HR Pinduteros Choice na kikilalanin sa 2013 HR week celebration.
Makiisa sa pagpapalaganap ng impormasyon hinggil sa karapatang pantao. Pindot na!
WHAT IS 3RD HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE AWARDS? https://hronlineph.com/2013/10/01/3rd-human-rights-pinduteros-choice-awards/

 

[Solidarity] The other Cambodia: Indigenous People’s Land and Rights

The NGO Forum on Cambodia launched a riveting new video on the issues faced by Indigenous communities over land rights.

The video is titled “The other Cambodia: Indigenous People’s Land and Rights”.

Indigenous communities are very vulnerable to commercial and state interests which are increasingly attracted to exploiting the economic potential of the forests and upland areas of their homelands. Their livelihoods have become very precarious as hydropower, mining developments and Economic Land Concessions strip the forests and destroy their capacity to extract a living from the land resources.

There are 24 groups of Indigenous Peoples scattered over 15 provinces of Cambodia. They are concentrated in the four northeastern provinces of country and the video focusses on Ratanakiri, Stung Treng and Preah Vihear provinces. It shows in detail how their livelihoods are being destroyed by unchecked development.

The lack of enforcement of existing laws, especially the Land Law of 2001 and subsequent policies and sub-decrees has severely undermined the livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples. NGO Forum works continually with these communities and the Government to try and improve their situation. This video has been made to raise public awareness of their plight, and the need to enforce existing laws and improve Government directives, to increase the awarding of community land titles and protect their forest livelihoods from complete destruction. The video can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2AsLch2yGA.

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Iboto ang iyong #HRPinduterosChoice para sa HR BLOGSITE

Iboto ang iyong #HRPinduterosChoice para sa HR BLOGSITE.

HR BLOGSITE LOGOAng botohan ay magsisimula ngayon hanggang sa 11:59PM ng Nov 15, 2013.

IKAW PARA KANINO KA PIPINDOT? Simple lang bumoto:
• i-LIKE ang thumbnail/s ng iyong mga ibinoboto, i-share at ikampanya.
• Bisitahin ang LINK ng poll sa HRonlinePH.com (links sa bawat thumbnail) at pindutin ang button sa poll sa ilalim ng bawat nominadong post. Vote @
• Most number of the combined likes sa FB at sa poll buttons ang magiging 3rd HR Pinduteros Choice na kikilalanin sa 2013 HR week celebration.

Makiisa sa pagpapalaganap ng impormasyon hinggil sa karapatang pantao. Pindot na!

WHAT IS 3RD HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE AWARDS? https://hronlineph.com/2013/10/01/3rd-human-rights-pinduteros-choice-awards/


FOR HR BLOGSITE

1. renatomabunga.wordpress.com

FREE ZONE
ZONE where thoughts and actions on human rights are FREE
By Renato Mabunga

1FREEZONE

This page is a mere sounding board for a lively, fruitful and pluralistic discussions, a platform for opinions, and an arena for constructive dialogues where we may all learn and share thoughts… grand or simple as they may be… on human rights and our fundamental freedoms.

http:// renatomabunga.wordpress.com/

2. taomunahindimina.wordpress.com

TAO MUNA-HINDI MINA!
Kalikasan at tao muna- hindi tubo at kita.
Managed by TFDP

2TAO MUNA

Members of Civil Society, Faith based organizations and Human Rights Defenders working against destructive mining in the country are launching a campaign dubbed “TAO MUNA HINDI MINA!”. It is a campaign to assert that government as duty bearer should uphold human rights and protect the environment, and should conduct its affairs consistent with human rights standards and principles.
http:// taomunahindimina.wordpress.com/
3. koihernandez.wordpress.com

YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE.
By Koi Hernandez

3KOI

The opinions of a challenge-oriented, courageous, creative and curious youth in transition to becoming an adult. WARNING: I am not for the FAINT-HEARTED

http:// koihernandez.wordpress.com/
4. anakngdesaparecidos.wordpress.com

ANAK NG DESAPARECIDOS
By FIND

4SAD

The objective for founding SAD was to provide the children with much-needed rehabilitaion. In its early years, the focus of SAD was the attainment of this objective. Rehabilitation sessions and family conferences were conducted to help the children cope with their parents’ disappearance.

5. rodrigo75.wordpress.com

DEKONZTRUKTSCHON
thinkering thoughts
By Rodrigo Rivera

5ROD

is about looking at things differently, breaking the whole into its parts to understand each piece that makes the whole, then putting them again together as a new construction. It’s simply a way of thinking, of knowing and of understanding. The posts here are critical, reflexive and constructive attempts of life discourse – an exercise of being academic, political, apolitical, sometimes cynical and skeptic, theoretical, simple or unusual. This blog attempts to contribute to human understanding of their life realities by examining things in their social world with a different lense – deconstruction for reconstruction of knowledge.

6. digitelemployeesunion.wordpress.com

DIGITAL EMPLOYEES UNION

6DEU

• Closure, Integration of operation to PLDT – Redundancy cum (ERP) Retire – Rehire No Way! • Absorb Digitel employees in the Integration of Digitel Operation to PLDT
• Negotiate CBA with the DEU immediately, Without Further Delay!

7. rodgalicha.com

WE ARE NATURE
By Rodney Galicha

7RODNEY

Protecting the biodiversity and natural resources of Sibuyan Island (known as the Galapagos of Asia) through sustainable programs and social media, Galicha has been serving as executive director[7] of Sibuyan Island Sentinels League for Environment Inc. (Sibuyan ISLE) since 2007. His group, Sibuyanons Against Mining (SAM) successfully campaigned against nickel mining giant BHP Billiton and lobbied for the suspension of mineral extraction of a Canada-based mining company being operated by a Filipino corporation.[8][9] He also helped the Romblon Ecumenical Forum Against Mining (REFAM) in a successful campaign against a Canada-based mining giant Ivanhoe.[10] He also helped organize Mining Action Philippines – Australia (MAP-Oz), a mining watchdog based in Australia.

8. dars0357.wordpress.com

CARPE DIEM
Seize the Moment. Be Critical. Be Involved. Be Heard
By Darwin Mendiola

8DARWIN

Carpe diem is a phrase from a Latin poem by Horace which means “seize the day”. Carpe is literally translated as “to pick, pluck, pluck off, cull, crop, gather”. Diem on the other hand simply connotes “day”. Roman poet Ovid used this phrase to mean “to enjoy, seize, use, and live”. For the author, this is about changing our attitude – by simply being critical, being involved and to express one’s thought. This is what this blog is trying to do – just to contribute in the understanding of the social realities by examining issues that affect our lives.
Carpe diem is a call for individual and collective action.

9. matangapoy.blogspot.com

MATANG APOY
By Greg Bituin

9GREG

Wala akong yaman kundi ang panitik
Na kaulayaw ko sa gabing tahimik
Gamit sa paglikha ng tulang mabagsik
Na kapag tumama’y singtalim ng lintik

10. cannotallowtorture.blogspot.com

CAT ALERT!
Cannot Allow Torture Philippines
By TFDP

10CAT

“…torture has been humanity’s option for clinging to power and in suppressing truth. We cannot allow torture in anyway.”

Iboto ang iyong #HRPinduterosChoice para sa HR WEBSITES.

Iboto ang iyong #HRPinduterosChoice para sa HR WEBSITES.

HR WEBSITE LOGOAng botohan ay magsisimula ngayon hanggang sa 11:59PM ng Nov 15, 2013.

IKAW PARA KANINO KA PIPINDOT? Simple lang bumoto:

  • pindutin ang inyong napupusuan sa poll button sa ibaba ng post na ito
  • i-LIKE din ang thumbnail/s ng iyong mga ibinoboto sa HRonlinePH facebook, i-share at ikampanya.
  • Most number of the combined likes sa FB at sa poll buttons ang magiging 3rd HR Pinduteros Choice na kikilalanin sa 2013 HR week celebration.

Makiisa sa pagpapalaganap ng impormasyon hinggil sa karapatang pantao. Pindot na!

WHAT IS 3RD HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE AWARDS? https://hronlineph.com/2013/10/01/3rd-human-rights-pinduteros-choice-awards/

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FINALISTS FOR HR WEBSITE

1. http://clrdc.wordpress.com

CHILDREN’S LEGAL RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER, INC.

1 CLRD

is a non-stock, non-profit legal resource human rights organization for children committed to advancing children’s rights and welfare through the provision of its services based on human rights developmental framework approach and methodologies.

2. http://philrights.org

PHILIPPINE HUMAN RIGHTS INFORMATION CENTER

2 PHILRIGHTS

PhilRights envisions a just, democratic, peaceful and prosperous Philippines founded on a culture of human rights and gender equity. It envisions a society where each individual is able to fully realize one’s potential as a human person, to participate effectively in the economic, political and cultural life, and to share equitably in the benefits of economic progress.

3. http://phildeafres.org

PHILIPPINE DEAF RESOURCE CENTER

3 PDRC

To serve as a nationwide center for the Filipino Deaf community, and its individual and collective stakeholders, in the various needs, challenges and issues that concern it, by:

Encouraging, conducting and commissioning RESEARCH, particularly on sign language linguistics and interpreting, employment and livelihood, education, health and counseling, policy-making and legislation, media and technology, and Deaf culture and the arts;

Gathering and providing INFORMATION through the development of materials, and their publication and dissemination by print or electronic means; and

serving as a NETWORKING support for caregivers of the Deaf, advocates for the community, and Deaf organizations.

4. http://ctuhr.org

CENTER FOR TRADE UNION AND HUMAN RIGHTS

4 CTUHR

CTUHR is committed to the cause of advancing genuine, democratic, nationalist and militant trade unionism. It is against all forms of deception and coercion that seeks to derail this cause. The Center believes that repression can and has taken on different and subtle forms like labour legislations, and flexible employment schemes, amongst others and therefore devotes herself to exposing these devious moves.

5. http://find.org.ph

FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF INVOLUNTARY DISAPPEARANCE

5 FIND

FIND untiringly searches for the disappeared and fights for justice through participative empowerment of its members. It upholds and actively works for the protection of human rights, particularly the protection of persons from enforced or involuntary disappearance, and links arms with local and international groups working for justice and peace in the spirit of respect, trust and mutual cooperation.

6. http://amnesty.org.ph

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

6 AIPH

is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected and protected for everyone.

7. http://philippinehumanrights.org

PHILIPPINE ALLIANCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES

7 PAHRA

PAHRA envisions a just, democratic, and peaceful Philippines founded on human rights culture. It envisions a society where there is gender equity, recognition of multiculturalism, environmental protection, and sustainable development. As such, all individuals and peoples are able to fully realize their potentials, participate and contribute in the economic, political, social and cultural life of society, and share equitably in the benefits of economic progress.

8. http://alyansatigilmina.net

ALYANSA TIGIL MINA

8 ATM

The Alyansa Tigil Mina was born out of the collective concern of Non-Government Organizations, People’s Organizations and other Civil Society Groups against the impending threat of the revitalization of the mining industry in the Philippines. In mid-2004, NGOs/ POs, decided to disengage from a series of consultations convened by the DENR regarding the revitalization of the mining industry.

9. http://humanrightsdefenderspilipinas.wordpress.com

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS–PILIPINAS

9 HRD

HRDP was born-out from the series of campaigns of civil society organizations against the rising phenomenon of extra-judicial killings of human rights workers and activists in Philippines in 2006. This was highlighted with the official visit of the UN Special Rapporteur onSummary Execution Prof. Phillip Alston in March 2007; and, its subsequent report and recommendations on the Philippines at the UN Human Rights Council.

10. http://balayph.net

BALAY REHABILITATION CENTER

10 BALAY

The word balay, in many dialects in the Philippines, means a house, a shelter or a home. The name itself depicts protection, safety, and nurturance of well-being. In the course of the organization’s existence, the word balay have also signified a space where the people can work towards empowerment and development.

3rd Human Rights Pinduteros Choice Awards

3RD HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE AWARDS
Theme: Internet Freedom… our rights, our choice, our freedom.

For the third time, Human Rights Online Philippines or HRonlinePH.com will give recognition to human rights defenders’ efforts to promote, assert and defend human rights by maximizing online platforms. This year the event will celebrate the assertion for freedom of expression and opinion online and offline with the theme “Internet Freedom… our rights, our choice, our voice.”

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The successful online campaign against the unconstitutional RA10175 or the Anti-Cybercrime Act of 2012 that temporarily stopped its actual implementation and the very recent August 26 #MillionPeopleMarch in Luneta, initiated online by netizens against the PDAF scam revealed the undeniable capacity of the Filipino people to assert its rights and the use of ONLINE MEDIA as a powerful tool. The power of the people that was manifested both online and offline in both instances had proven the world how true that Philippines indeed is the social networking capital of the world. Alongside, it exposes that the recurring and continuing threat of suppression of freedom of expression also holds true, thus the need to be on guard, more vigilant and assertive in defending for these freedoms.

The government has announced its intent to refile the amended version of the Anti-Cybercrime Law come the opening of the 16th Congress while Senator Meriam Defensor had initiated the Magna Carta of Internet Rights which according to her and the supporters of the proposed measure would protect the rights of the people online.

As issues like cyber bullying and many others plagued the cyberworld, and while it is the obligation of the government to come up with measures to stop crimes including those in the internet, we have to remain steadfast in asserting that the freedom of expression and speech in the internet or offline be respected, protected and fulfilled by the Government at all times.

THE 3RD HUMAN RIGHTS PINDUTEROS’ CHOICE AWARDS

To contribute in the promotion of the Human Rights Week celebration every December, HRonlinePH.com holds an annual HR Pinduteros’ Choice Awards that recognizes HRDs online efforts in promoting, defending and asserting human rights.

As an online event, the HR Pinduteros’ Choice Awards aims to give recognition to human rights defenders’ (Individuals and groups) relentless efforts to inform, inspire and mobilize the online readers to our common cause for HR that utilizes the internet as a tool. The event will also provide HR networks glimpses of how widely and effectively does their advocacies and issues reach the readers or segment of the internet world.

Online polling and popularization of the event also hopes to contribute in increasing awareness and build up for the international HR day celebration in December 10 through encouraging the netizens to visit and learn more about human rights issues, campaigns and etc. posted and featured in HRonlinePH.com with links to different HR sites months before the HR day.

Held for the first time last December 1, 2011 during the public launch of HRonlinePH.com initiative in Crystal Shift Restaurant in Quezon City, the event became our way to give thanks to the networks of human rights defenders who continued in contributing to the initial success of the site.

On December 10, 2012, the 2nd HR Pinduteros’ Choice Awards was held during the Active Vista Awards Night of DAKILA held in PETA complex.

Human Rights Pinduteros is a name we coined referring to HR community of internet users, HR advocates and activists and HR issues followers that as a network- promote and defend HR and believe in HRonlinePH.com’s call to inform, inspire and mobilize our readers to our cause.

THE PROPONENT -HUMAN RIGHTS ONLINE PHILIPPINES or HRonlinePH.com

Established in March of 2011 and was officially launched on December 1 of the same year, Human Rights Online Philippines or HRonlinePH.com was initiated by a group of individual human rights defenders working in different HR NGOs.

It started with the intention of creating a site that would help in popularizing Human Rights issues and concerns by mobilizing concerted efforts of individual defenders coming from different HR groups.

HRonlinePH.com aimed at organizing different campaigns through the building of an online HR network that will be working together with the call to inform, inspire and mobilize people to HR causes.

By generating readers and followers online the group aims to contribute in putting human rights online, thus making human rights issues, information and resources available and visible to the internet.

In its 2 year of existence, the HRonlinePH.com blogsite has generated a good number of reads. According to the wordpress.com’s statistics as of September 2013, the site has reached 398,015 hits, 1,618 subscribers and an estimated average of 600 visitors a day.

The site’s busiest day was on October 27, 2012, it was visited by 2,294 readers.

The site has 1,066 followers on facebook and 256 on Twitter. TopBlogs.com.ph consistently ranked HRonlinePH.com among the top 5 political blogs based from its unique visitors measured a day.

HRonlinePH.com was also nominated as “Wiki-Pinoy of the year” in 2011.

We may not be the best blog in the Philippines, but through the concerted efforts of HR pinduteros and pinduteras, we are one of the most promising Human Rights online-community right now!

MECHANICS
Nominees were chosen from the top items per category posted in HRonlinePH.com based on the hits generated (site statistics) from the period of September 20, 2012 to September 20, 2013.

Scores for winning posts were based on HRonlinePH.com statistics combined with an online voting/polling results which will be held from the period of October 15, 2013 up to November 15, 2013 at the HRonlinePH.com FB page and Blogsite.
Winners will be awarded during the 2013 Human Rights week celebration (Date and venue to be announced).

RECOGNITIONS/CATEGORIES FOR HRONLINEPH.COM’S 3RD HRPINDUTEROS CHOICE
• HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR NETWORK‘S POSTS
• HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR PINDUTERO‘S POSTS
• HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR BLOGSITE
• HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR WEBSITE
• HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR EVENT
• HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR PHOTO
• HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR VIDEOS
• HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR FEATURED OFF THE SHELF/RESOURCES
• HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE MOST CLICKED FEATURED SITE
• HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR CAMPAIGN

NOMINEES FOR THE 3RD HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE AWARDS

HR NETWORK‘S POSTS
1. [Press Release] Teachers ask DEPED to expedite the release of bonus -TDC
2. [Statement] Human Rights Watch reaction on PNoy’s SONA 2013
3. [Press Release] DIGITEL Employees Shave Heads in Protest, Motion for Execution Pushed -Kilusan
4. [Press Release] Mining operations in Salcedo, Eastern Samar is “out of control” -PMPI
5. [Statement] Ibasura ang Pork Barrel! Pondo ng Bayan, Direktang Ilaan sa Serbisyo at Kabuhayan -KAMP
6. [Statement] Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law: A Precious Christmas Gift to All Filipino Desaparecidos -AFAD
7. [Statement] CYBER MARTIAL LAW -Dakila
8. [Press Release] Support Snowball for Digitel Employees -DEU
9. [Statement] Stop Cyber-dictatorship! SCRAP the cybercrime prevention act now! -SANLAKAS
10. [Statement] New Compensation Law (RA10368) for victims of human rights violations: right step but not enough to end Marcos impunity –PAHRA
11. [Featured Story] Political Prisoner Longs for Freedom, The Story of Juanito Itaas (Part 1)- TFDP
12. [Press Release] Children advocates to push for “child-centered” elections -Bata Muna
13. [Press Release] Summit on Credible Cebu Elections 2013 to Propose Concrete Actions for Electoral Reforms -Visayas Clergy Discernment

FOR HR PINDUTERO‘S POSTS
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2. [Blog] THE SABAH ISSUE: The Betrayal to the Republic of the Philippines of Mr. Aquino by Jose Mario De Vega
3. [Blog] An Unconstitutional Law: A Discourse on the Cybercrime Law by Jose Mario De Vega
4. [Featured article] Ang Litrato ng Tatay Ko (Isang Pagbabahagi sa Araw ng Mga Nawawala) by Ron De Vera
5. [Statement] Isang Bukas na Liham para sa Lahat ng mga Mamamayang-Pilipino by Mario De Vega
6. [Blog] The most outrageous use of “Doublespeak”: The People’s Daily as the warmonger mouthpiece of China’s so-called ‘Communist Party
7. [Appeal] An Open Letter to Pond’s and All Whitening Products by Renee Juliene M. Karunungan
8. [Blog] Maid abuses and human exploitation: the highest form of dehumanization and barbarism by Jose Mario De Vega
9. [Blog] The Casiguran Marchers, tired and disappointed but not defeated! by Jofti Villena Delizo
10. [Blog] War on War: The House of Common’s Historic Vote and Question of the US impending war on Syria by Jose Mario De Vega

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4. [Off-the-shelf] Children of the Sunshine Industry: Child Labor and Workers’ Condition in Oil Palm Plantations in Caraga-CTUHR
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5. [Event] Love is…Freedom from Violence!- World March of Women – Pilipinas
6. [Event] Forum on Effective Implementation of Republic Act No. 10353: A Collective Endeavor -AFAD, FIND
7. [Event] Rock against political dynasties! -Agaw Trip Komiks at Laya Sining
8. [Event] FIND’s press forum and 27th founding anniversary, 23 Nov 2012
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10. [Event] Groups launch Anti Mining Solidarity Week of Actions -ATM

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[Press Release] EU urged to pass law ensuring HR compliance of European firms’ supply chain -CTUHR

EU urged to pass law ensuring HR compliance of European firms’ supply chain

NGOs say new legislation can aid in ending “natural resource trade fueling conflict”

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A group of 58 non-government organizations from different parts of the world urged the European Commission to pass a “strong and effective” legislation that will “prevent European businesses [from] fueling conflict and human rights abuses through their purchases of natural resources” which include gold, tin, diamonds among others.

In a joint position paper, Breaking the links between natural resources and conflict: The case forEU regulation published on September 16, the group of civil society organizations laid down key factors that an EU regulation should have in order to ensure that businesses operating within EU’s jurisdiction, targeting mainly European firms’ supply chain, “are not causing or contributing to human rights abuses, directly or indirectly.”

Trade in natural resources mainly minerals and precious stones, according to the group, “has played a central role in funding and fuelling some of the world’s most brutal conflicts” that continue to impact on the daily lives of people in resource rich countries namely Congo, Colombia, Burma, Zimbabwe and the Central African Republic, “where violence is a major obstacle to development.”

As the Commission is expected to publish draft legislation by the end of 2013, the group of NGOs called on the EU to not miss the opportunity to “require EU-based companies to carry out supply chain checks that meet international due diligence standards developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).”

The group underlined that the EU, being the world’s largest trading bloc, is in a good position “to influence global supply chains and promote transparent and responsible sourcing in other jurisdictions.” They argued that doing due diligence will also benefit European businesses by ensuring that companies are not funding wars and will allow trade to continue but not at the expense of gross human rights violations.

The group recommends that the Commission’s draft legislation:

· Applies to all natural resources originating in any conflict-affected and high-risk area;

· Is based on relevant international instruments, including the International Bill of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas;

· Takes a risk-based approach that considers impacts on individuals and communities;

· Complements existing EU initiatives and legislation to promote transparency and sustainable development and forms part of a comprehensive approach to prevent environmental destruction, reinforce governance and encourage security sector and mining reform in natural resource-rich developing countries.

Among the Philippine NGOs that are signatories to the position paper are Center for Trade Union and Human Rights and Workers Assistance Center. To view full position paper and for a complete list of signatories go here.

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[People] Supporting the good, honest NGOs by Fr. Shay Cullen

Supporting the good, honest NGOs
by Fr. Shay Cullen

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These days the good name of non-government organizations (NGOs), church charities and people’s organizations in the Philippines have been dragged into the mud and disrepute by the corrupt acts of politicians who used fake NGOs and charities and even government agencies to launder stolen public funds entrusted to them for poverty alleviation and development projects.
The generalization of the media in referring to NGOs as being the channel of stolen government funds may give the public a wrong impression as if many of the thousands of civil society organizations were involved when only a small number of fake NGOs and charities were set up specifically to launder the public money into the pockets of the corrupt politicians.

We have to take a stand for the good, upright charities, and non-government organizations of civil society and their human rights defenders, social workers, priests and pastors and church workers who have given themselves, risking their lives for the poor and the exploited throughout the Philippines and have not been involved with dirty money offered by politicians.

The media must be sure to use the correct vocabulary and name the fake, false and corrupt shell organizations as “fronts for corruption and skullduggery” or similar terms to distinguish them from the honest, dedicated, good organizations helping the poor. Media must take care not to carelessly and inadvertently use the term NGO indiscriminately lest they wrongfully brand every charitable organization as part of a criminal conspiracy.

It has been revealed that there are many corrupt politicians who got lump sums of public funds for development projects and allegedly set up fake agencies, charities and non-government organizations through their business cronies. They even used many municipal governments to launder the public money released to them for development and poverty alleviation and hunger relief projects.

The crony opened a bank account in the name of the fake organizations, deposited the funds, and then withdrew a big percentage of the money for themselves and gave the bulk of it back to the politician. The most hurtful aspect that has angered millions of Filipinos who marched by their thousands last Monday in protest, is that the crooks are multi-millionaires already. Their overwhelming greed is like an addiction and it has caused great hunger and poverty. The “March of Millions” in the Luneta Park that began last Monday was to protest and to stop the “March of Millions of Pesos” into the bank accounts of the politicians and their cronies and demand the lump sums hand-out to the members of Congress be abolished.

This is the very reason that the Preda Foundation Inc. that I began 38 years ago never took donations from politicians or from big businesses in its long history serving exploited, impoverished and abused children, indigenous and poor people. Instead, we challenged and demanded accountability from them and were met with hostility, threats, and even closure of our children’s centers and deportation.

Instead, this charity is semi-self reliant and has partners that conduct strict monitoring and audits every year, the most recent of which is an “unqualified audit report” wherein everything is accounted for properly. Well managed charities and NGOs in the developing countries will have strict accountability audits and scrutiny by their supporters and partners. They need to have positive and successful “outputs” and narrative reports to justify the funding. Here is one child’s positive victory of the many successful outcomes among the hundreds of children helped by the Preda charity in past years and other genuine charities will have similar positive results. (www.preda.org)

In the case of Diane who was 14 years old when her father, himself a policeman, very likely influenced by the impunity enjoyed by sex tourists began to use her, his own daughter, as his sex slave and subjected her to repeated acts of rape for almost two years.

The child ran to relatives but they were unwilling to support her and help her escape from the father. This is a cultural weakness that allows so much child sexual abuse to continue. It’s a culture of fear, shame, and cover up for fear of the abuser.

Diane wanted the abuse to stop and to find justice and in desperation she turned to her teachers and government social workers in Valenzuela, North of Manila and then they called in the Preda Children’s home for legal assistance, shelter and recovery for Diane. If not for them working together with the Preda Foundation, this horrific abuse would have continued that could have driven the child to suicide. It’s just one case of many.

Despite the danger from an aggressive and violent abuser, the Preda Foundation social workers helped her escape to freedom in the Preda children’s home in Olongapo City. There she overcame the trauma, shock and depression and she found the courage to file a legal case against her father despite the opposition of her mother and relatives. Judge Nancy Rivas-Palmones of the Valenzuela family Court found him guilty beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Good things do happen and the many thousands of good NGOs and charitable institutions are saving hundreds of thousands of children from abuse and hunger where the politicians and government agencies despicably fail despite helping to launder stole public money. Let’s keep the truth out front and support the good, honest charities out there, they are not perfect but most are not corrupt. They have dedicated church workers risking themselves to save the children and victims of human rights violations. shaycullen@preda.org ,www.preda.org P.0. Box 68, Olongapo City 2200

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[Statement] Fund People’s Protection against Poverty and Inequality -KAMP

Fund People’s Protection against Poverty and Inequality

KAMP

President Benigno Aquino III’s pronouncement scrapping the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) could have been an affirmation of government’s subservience to people’s sovereignty, but the president chose to hoodwink the people and cheat on his own “matuwid na daan”.

He announced the abolition of the annual Php25 billion lump-sum appropriation and its removal from the discretion of lawmakers, but in the same breath offered it again as a multi-purpose fund for legislators. What makes this more suspicious is the president’s continued silence on his own and Vice-President Jejomar Binay’s discretionary funds of P450 billion and P200 million, respectively. Aside from the 7.8 % exclusionary GDP growth, this is another sign of PNoy’s misplaced priorities.

The Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP) denounces the president’s cheap tricks. People’s taxes are people’s funds and must be used for the benefit of the people.

Prioritize public spending on people’s protection against poverty and inequality

Official statistics show the country’s glaring poverty incidence and gross disparity in terms of access to resources and essential services. Measures should be implemented to ensure income and wealth redistribution, and protect the people already reeling from the financial crisis that threatens to get worse. PNoy should go beyond the confines of his current fragmented, temporary and palliative social assistance and institute a comprehensive and universal social protection program provisioning for a life of dignity for all. This includes:
Universal health care based on the primary health care principle that ensures the well-being of the citizenry and not limited interventions in times of illness;
Generation, not merely facilitation, of employment with living wages and of livelihoods protected against unfair competition and monopoly by big capitalists;
Guaranteed and quality education;
Living pension or subsidy for the elderly and the differently abled;
Socialized housing programs that guarantee adequate and humane shelter for all;
Access to and availability of basic services such as water, power and transportation.

Review budget laws and processes and ensure equitable sharing of national revenues

KAMP does not buy the line that only Senators and members of the House of Representatives know what development projects to propose and approve and how much of the people’s money should go to their favored districts and sectors. This lame excuse for patronage politics, in effect, continues to distort national economic planning and undermines development programs. Provided there are clear national priorities and responsive development plans, local development and resource allocations are best left to the local government units. This is based on the assumption that the pork barrel system is eliminated from the national down to the local level, and people’s participation is accepted as part of the political process.

Lump-sum funds or lawmaker-sponsored projects only foster increased reliance on favors from the president and the legislators. The question of ensuring that territorial and political subdivisions get equitable share of national revenues immediately calls for a review of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) formula and criteria to check if these are still relevant to the current needs of localities.

The pork barrel scandals involving public officials also point to the need to fix loopholes in budget laws and processes starting with the review and amendment of the Administrative Act of 1987. The national budget exercise has been corrupted to an extent that the “power of the purse” which used to be exercised by Congress to check and balance the president’s fiscal powers has been surrendered by legislators more concerned with getting a substantive slice of public funds.

Strengthen mechanisms for people’s participation; Pass FOI bill

PNoy administration’s bottom-up planning and budgeting approach is a welcome effort to encourage people’s involvement in determining projects responsive to their needs. The process, however, should be more inclusive of the wide range of civil society formations. Moreover, bottom-up planning and budgeting requires strong people’s movements and participation.

P-Noy’s statement on the PDAF seems to focus more on the Napoles P10 billion pork barrel scam by banning the NGOs from receiving public funds. Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg. What has scandalized the people to outrage are the extent and thoroughness of budget scams that have defrauded them of vital social services and protection, and the involvement of the executive and legislative officials, the bureaucracy, NGOs and even religious leaders. Implicated too is the judiciary by turning a blind eye to the scams. More than ever, the need to pass the Freedom of Information bill becomes more urgent, and tests the administration’s and legislators’ sincerity in addressing the web of corruption that has engulfed the entire political system.

Transparent and Thorough Investigation

All transactions related to the misuse and abuse of all discretionary funds, not just PDAF, must be investigated by the newly formed Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAAGCC). This includes appropriations and disbursements done under the administration of PNoy.

IAGCC’s investigation must not result only in punishing the guilty and in recovering stolen assets. The council’s work must also aid in strengthening laws and processes on the utilization of public funds and point out the accountability—the sins of commission and omission—of concerned public officials in the performance of their duties. The list of robbers in government includes all those who feign public interest for personal gain and disregard the people’s will. PNoy joined this list when he attempted to cheat the people out of their victory over corruption.

Let the Million People March to Luneta and Mendiola on Monday, 26 August 2013, be a reminder to the president and all public officials that this government exists to serve the interest of the people and not the other way around.

Fund Social Protection Against Poverty and Inequality!
Life of Dignity for All!

KAMP is a broad, multi-sectoral and inclusive network that is focused on pushing for universal and transformative social protection towards attaining social justice. It pushes for a five-point agenda: employment guarantee, universal health care services, adequate food, humane housing, and social insurance particularly universal pension for the elderly and differently-abled, and agricultural insurance.

[Statement] Hindi Magwawakas sa Basurahan! Dapat Mapakinabangan! Kailangang Maparusahan! -LMK

Hindi Magwawakas sa Basurahan! Dapat Mapakinabangan! Kailangang Maparusahan!

LMK

Mula sa simpleng hamon na post sa social media hanggang sa nabuong mga hinagpis ng mga mamamayan hanggang sa isang pagkilos laban sa pork barrel at buong sistematikong pagnanakaw, pangangamkam, pangungurakot sa loob ng pamahalaan na kinasangkutan ng mga Senador, Kongresista, mga Ahensya hanggang sa Ehekutibong sangay ng pamahalaan ay mas lalong nagpupumiglas ang sambayanan na iparamdam at ipamalas ang puot at galit nito. Isang malawakang pagkilos ang magaganap sa Agosto 26, 2013 sa buong Pilipinas at maging sa ibang bansa laban sa Pork Barrel system.

Biglaan namang nag-damage control ang Malakanyang sa pamamagitan ng pahayag ni PNoy sa harap ng mga manggagawang media na panahon na daw upang buwagin ang pork barrel. Subalit huli na ang lahat at hindi na nito mapapalamig ang init na dama ng mga mamamayan at mahihirap.  Layunin sana ng pahayag ay upang ipakita nanaman sa buong sambayanan na tapat ang Pamalahang Aquino sa “tuwid na daan” nito. Upang makabangon sa kainutilang wala pa ring naipasok sa loob ng kulungan buhat nang ito ay nanungkulan sa pangalan ng “tuwid na daan”. Dagdag pa ay, ang “tuwid na daan” laban sa kurapsyon kuno ay nakatuon lamang sa mga politico at pamilyang hayagang hindi pa rin bumaliktad at pumabor sa koalisyon umano ng reporma – banat lamang sa mga hindi pa lumipat ng Bangka.

Maliwanag naman na hindi tatanggalin at hindi wawasakin ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino ang sistematikong kurapsyon at ang mismong pamamahagi ng pabor sa mga TONGresista at SenaTONGs. Ni ayaw nga nito tanggalin ang sarili nitong pork na trilyones ang halaga.

Ang malawakang kurapsyon at ang malawakang pagwawaldas ng salapi ng mamamayan habang may malawak na bilang ng mamamayan ang nagugutom hindi lang naghihirap, walang trabaho, yung karamihan hindi nakakita ng doctor at guro sa kanilang mga lugar at may prosyento pang tatanggap na lamang ng kahit anong bulnerableng hanap-buhay may makain lang ay sumasalamin sa patuloy na pagkanlong ng Pamahalaang Aquino sa eskimang pork barrel ay hindi ito totoo sa sinasabing pangakong bagong Pilipinas. Mas naging swabe at halos hindi nakikita ang pagnanakaw ng mga alagad ng dilaw na koalisyon dahil sa popularidad ni PNoy na utang naman ito sa malawak na alsang bayan (Peoples’ Power).

Kaya nararapat lamang na magparamdam ng galit ang mga mamamayan lalo na hindi uli magagamit at magpagamit sa mga political at self-claimed social figures mula sa burgisya at kapitalistang hanay. Harap-harapang pinag-nakawan si Juan, Maria, Timuay at Abdul.

Mas ikakabuti ang makulay na pagkilos subalit patas at pareho ang pag-unawa sa respeto at pagkakaisa para sa pagbabago.

Hindi sapat na nagpahayag si PNoy. Lalong hindi sapat na mabasura lang ang PDAF/Pork Barrel. Kailangang magamit sa tunay na esensya ang Intelligence Fund mula sa buwis ng mamamayan upang mahuli si JNapoles at gamitin ang pundo ng Department of Justice (mula uli sa kaban ng bayan) at iba pang mga sangay at ahensya na kumukuha ng pundo mula sa mamamayan. Kailangan may managot, maparusahan at upang mapakinabangan ng mamamayan!

Tanggalin at buwagin ang pork barrel system! Ibuhos sa serbisyong sosyal! Itatag ang mga development councils sa bayan, lunsod at kanayunan upang maseguro ang paglahok ng mga mamamayan sa pagbuo at pagbalangkas ng programa at serbisyong panlipunan at paggamit at pagseguro sa pundo ng bayan!

Lumahok sa Pagkilos laban sa Kurapsyon! Lumahok sa Pagkilos laban sa Tunay na Pagbuwag ng Pork Barrel System! Lumabas sa Agosto 26, 2013 at magparamdam!

Liga ng Makabagong Kabataan

Mindanao, Pilipinas

Agosto 24, 2013

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[Press Release] CTUHR joins calls to abolish pork

CTUHR joins calls to abolish pork

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Labor NGO, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights, joins the heightening calls to abolish the pork barrel or the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) saying it is the “only solution” to the systemic corruption in government as exposed in the recent 10-billion-peso scam involving 28 legislators and the JLN group of companies headed by Janet Napoles.

“Abolishing pork, not renaming it nor subjecting it to so-called ‘transparent procedures’ like line-item budgeting, is the only solution to systemic corruption that plagues Congress and even the Executive. Law-makers must concentrate on making laws and the billions allocated to PDAF must be channeled to social services,” Daisy Arago, CTUHR executive director said.

The group also criticized President Aquino’s August 23-statement as “misleading” and “meant to pacify growing public dissent against institutionalized and legalized corruption.”

“While the President said it was time to abolish pork, he did not mean anything close to its abolition. The only thing new in his pronouncement was that NGOs and GOCCs will be prohibited from accessing the money but the budget for PDAF is still there, meaning pork barrel remains,” Arago averred.

The group explained that the 10-billion-peso scam of pork barrel funds reportedly channeled to bogus NGOs and to personal pockets of politicians is more than enough reason to put an end to a system that perpetuate corruption.

Arago described the recent pork barrel scam as “grossly insensitive and the height of greed among politicians who squander public money at the expense of the poor” especially since the reported beneficiaries of theses fake NGOs are poor farmers.

“Aside from better services to more Filipinos when PDAF is re-allocated to social services, eliminating pork barrel is also a step towards ending patronage and clientele politics,” Arago added.

“But despite growing public clamor and strong reason against pork barrel, the President is obstinately keeping the PDAF albeit with new ‘guidelines’. We wonder why this is so. Is it because the Office of the President itself stands to lose billions worth of discretionary fund when pork barrel is eliminated?” Arago asked.

The group vowed that they will be marching with millions of Filipinos to Luneta and Mendiola tomorrow, August 26, in a nationwide protest against pork barrel.

“We urge the President to heed the demands of his boss, the Filipino people, and be true to his campaign to end corruption. Abolish pork barrel, no less. And hold everyone involved in this billion-peso scam accountable to the law and the people.” Arago said.

For reference: Daisy Arago, CTUHR Executive Director, +63.411.0256

NEWS RELEASE
25 August 2013

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[Statement] Isang Bukas na Liham para sa Lahat ng mga Mamamayang-Pilipino by Mario De Vega

Pahayag: Isang Bukas na Liham para sa Lahat ng mga Mamamayang-Pilipino

Ika-19, ng Agosto 2013 (Anibersaryo ng kapanganakan ng dating Pangulong Quezon)

Mario De Vega

Mahal kong mga Kababayan,

Nananawagan po ng pagkakaisang-loob ang munting liham na ito para sa ating lahat na mga tunay na mga anak ng bayan at sa buong mamamayang Pilipino hinggil po sa napakalaking isyu’t suliranin na kasalukuyang kinakaharap ng ating bansa.

Muli po tayong nahaharap sa isa na namang pagsubok na muli pong susukat sa ating lahat, hindi lamang po bilang mga Pilipino, kundi bilang mamamayan din ng daigdig!

Batid ko pong hindi lingid sa inyong kaalaman na ang tinutuloy ko pong problema ay ang malawakang nakawan, lantarang pandarambong, walang habas na paglaspag at sistematikong pagnananaw ng pondo at kaban ng bayan.

Ito po ang nakalaking problema hinggil po sa usapin ukol sa Pork Barrel, na sa akin pong paningin ay siyang isa sa ugat ng mga problemang tinukoy ko sa itaas.

Sa punto pong ito ay ibig kong kilalanin ang ambag ni dating senador Lacson hinggil sa usaping ito. Mula’t mula pa noon ay tutol na siya sa ‘prinsipyo’ at lalo na sa implementasyon ng Pork Barrel.

Lubha po akong sumasang-ayon sa senador na ang pork barrel ay isa sa ugat ng malalang korapsyon sa bansa!

Ngayon po, dahil sa masigasig na pagtugaygay ng mga kapatid natin sa midya at mga independienteng mga manunulat at mananaliksik ay unti-unti na po nating natutunghayan at nakikita ang kahindik-hindik, karimarimarim at lantarang kalapastangang gawa ng usaping ito sa buong bansa.

Ibig ko pong magpugay sa pahayagang Philippine Daily Inquirer na kauna-unahang dyaryo na naglunsad ng sunod-sunod na pagsisiwalat at masinop na pagbubulgar ng delubyong ito.

Sadya po talagang nakagigimbal ang kalunos-lunos na katotohanang ito na nakalulungkot man pong sabihin ay batid na din natin noon pa! Ngunit ngayon lamang po natin sadyang nalaman o unti-unting nababatid sa kabuuan ang lalim at lawak ng pinsalang dulot ng anomalya at korapsyong ito!

Isa pa po sa lalong nakapanlulumong impormasyon ang hindi mapapasubaliang katotohanan na hindi lamang po si manunubang Napoles (at kapatid niya) ang damay dito, ngunit lumalabas na kabahagi, katuwang at kasapakat din niya ang ilan (hindi pa po natin batid ang eksaktong bilang) ng ating mga Tongresmen, Senadogs, mga peke at di umiiral na NGOs diumano at gayundin ang ilang mga prayle.

Kasumpa-sumpa po ang mga hayop na mga baboy na ito sa kanilang gawi, kalabisan ng sabihin na sila po ay talagang mga masasamang-loob, walang mga kaluluwa at itim ang mga buto!

Sa turan nga po ng isang senadora: MGA BABOY TALAGA!

Hayaan po ninyong sipiin ko ang ilang mga pananalita mula sa isang talumpati ni senadora Miriam Defensor Santiago:

“If I die, it will not be because of my blood pressure but because of my enemies. Biro mo sa diyaryo, 5 senator ang kasangkot, persons of interest, sa isang P10 billion scam. Billion, hindi million, B as in baboy talaga…”

Kasunod po nito ay nanawagan din ang senadora sa kanya niya mambabatas na sangkot sa eskandalong ito na magsumite muna ng “leave of absence” hindi bilang pagtanggap nila ng kasalanan, kundi kanilang kortesiya sa publiko at mamamayang-Pilipino ng sa gayon ay maging daan ito upang makausad ng maayos ang proseso ng imbestigasyon at mabilis na mahalukay ang buong pangyayari ng sa gayon, kung magkagayon nga ay lumabas ang buong katotohanan.

Nanawagan din po ang senadora sa kanyang mga kasama na nasasangkot sa usaping ito na magsabi ng buong katotohanan sa taong-bayan. Ito ay sa kabila ng kanilang kabatiran na marami sa ating mga kababayan ang naghihirap at naghihikahos sa buhay!

Paano nila nagagawa o masisikmura ang bagay na ito?

Ayon pa sa Senadora:

“Naghahanapbuhay ang ibang tao, umulan, uminit, lalabas ka. Pag-uwi mo, dadaan ka pa sa battlezone, the classic problem in Metro Manila (traffic). Nakikipag-away ka. Kung ikaw naman housewife, mamalengke ka, halos lahat ng bilihin tumataas, wala kang magagawa. What do you have to say about this, niloloko tayo ng mga ito ah!”

Kalabisan ng sabihin, ngunit sang-ayon din ako sa maanghang na salitang binitiwan ng senadora na:

“I wanted to nuke the entire Senate building. That banner story is supported by affidavit, statements under oath. There is prima facie evidence against the senators. Prima facie means on the face. Mukha pa lang, makapal na.”

Mga kababayan, hindi po natin malulunasan ang suliraning ito sa pamamagitan lamang ng pagmura at pagtungayaw sa mga mga dayukdok at satanistang mga nilalang na kasangkot sa kababuyang ito!

Nutnutan na po ang kapal ng kanilang mga pagmumukha at sagad na po sa tigas ang kanilang mga apog!
Wala po silang konsepto ng dignidad o etika o konsiyensiya o moralidad o delicadeza o dangal! Sila po ay mga talipandas at mga animales na mas masahol pa sa pinakamaruming hayop!

Panahon na po na sila ay itakwil sa publiko at papanagutin sa kanilang karumal-dumal na krimen sa taong-bayan!

Kung kaya po, sumasang-ayon ako sa posisyon noon pa man ni senador Lacson na buwagin o ibasura na natin ang sistema ng Pork Barrel.

Inaanyayahan ko po ang ating mga kababayan na tunghayan po ninyo ang privileged speech ng nasabing senador na may titulong “Living without Pork”, na kanya pong binasa’t ipinahayag sa kapulungan ng Senado noong ika-11, ng Marso taong 2003.

Ako po ay umaayon din sa panukala, suhestiyon at payo ni senadora Santiago kay Pangulong Aquino na magtalaga ng mga retiradong Mahistrado ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman (Korte Suprema) tulad nila Mahistrado Amorfina Herrera at Flerida Ruth Romero na mga taong marangal at hindi makukuwestiyon o mapapasubalian ang karakter, pagkatao at integridad na tatayo at gagampan bilang mga ispesyal na taga-usig (special prosecutor) upang mag-imbestiga at mangalap ng mga ebidensya, testimonya at lahat ng dokumento na konektado sa usaping ito.

Ang ispesyal na lupon din po ng mga taga-usig na ito ay nararapat lamang na bigyan ng malawak na kapangyarihan at diskresyon upang magawa ang kanilang tungkulin. Kasabay nito, umaasa din tayo na sa lalong madaling panahon ay makapagsumite ng resolusyon at mga rekomendasyon ang nasabing lupon.
Ibig ko lamang din pong susugan o dagdagan ang mungkahi. Magalang ko pong ipinapayo na kung maaari ay gawing kasapi din ng lupon na ito ang Kalihim ng Katarungan.

Naniniwala din ako sa integridad, katapangan, kahusayan at kabutihang-loob ni Kalihim De Lima.
Karapat- dapat mong ang mga mararangal at mabubuting taong gaya nila ang umupo sa ahensyang itatayo o ilulunsad upang siyasatin at imbestigahan ang buong isyu at eskandalong ito!

Hamon sa Pangulong Aquino

Ginoong Pnoy, inihalal po kayo ng malaking bahagi ng ating mga kababayan sa ilalim ng inyong programa o plataporma na “daang matuwid”. Ngayon po ay nahaharap sa sangandaan ang ating bansa. Hinahamon ko po kayo, sa ngalan ng ating mga kababayan na patunayan po ninyo ang katotohanan at katwiran ng sinasabi ninyong “tuwid na landas” ng pamamahala. Patunayan po ninyo na hindi baliko o baluktot ang nasabing landasin! Patunayan po ninyo na hindi baku-bako o lubog sa baha ang tuwina’y tinuturan ninyong daan!

Magalang ko pong iminumungkahi na malalim po ninyong pag-aralan ang pagbuwag at tuluyang pagbasura sa pork barrel.

Kasabay po nito, huwag mo ninyong patawarin at palagpasin ang kababuyan at kalapastanganang ginawa; ito ay masakit man pong sabihin ay ginawa pa ng mga mambabatas na sa halip na silang unang tumalima at sumunod sa batas ay sila pang promotor at numero unong sumansala, bumaboy at yumurak di lamang po sa ating mga batas, kundi po sa karapatan at kagalingan ng lahat ng mga Pilipino. Binaboy din po ng mga hayop at talipandas na mga ito ang ating imahe at dangal sa paningin ng pandaigdigang komunidad!

Wala pong kapatawaran ang kanilang mga kahayupan at kababuyan!

Tulad nga po ng tanong ninyo noong inyong nakaraang SONA: “Saan po kayo kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha?”

Mahal na pangulo, pakitanong po itong muli sa harap ng kanilang mga pagmumukha!

Gamitin po ninyo ng maayos, noble at risonable ang lahat ng kapangyarihang ipinagkaloob sa inyo ng ating Saligang-Batas, upang maituwid ang karimarimarim na kawalanghiyaang ito!

Gamitin din po ninyo ng mahinusay, marangal at kaaya-aya ang lahat ng kapangyarihan ng ating pamahalaan at lahat ng mga institusyon nito upang habulin, papanagutin at pagbayarin sa harap ng batas at dalhin sa talampakan ng Hustisya ang mga salarin, halimaw, demonyo at mga dayukdok na ito!

Huwag po kayong matakot na gawin ang nararapat at makatwiran! Huwag po kayong mag-agam-agam o mag-atubili! Huwag po ninyong isipin ang kanilang magiging kontra-atake; kasama po ninyo kami, mahal na pangulo sa krusada at pakikibakang ito! Patunayan din po sana ninyo na kasama nga naming kayo!

Muli, sa ating pong mga Kababayan,

KUNG HINDI PO TAYO KIKILOS; SINO PA ANG KIKILOS? AT KUNG HINDI NGAYON; KAILAN PA?

Huwag po nating kalimutan na ang “payapang pampang ay para lamang sa mga pangahas na sasagupa sa alimpuyo ng alon sa panahon ng unos”.

Ibig po natin ng pagbabago, kailangan po nating kumilos upang magkaroon ng pagbabago! Sa atin pong mga sama-samang hakbangin at kolektibong pagkilos magmumula at bubukal ang pagbabago at transpormasyon ng ating lipunan!

Hindi po lahat ng panahon ay panahon ng pananahimik, sapagkat lahat po ng panahon ay panahon dapat ng pagpapasya! Hinihimok ko kayong lahat na gampanan ninyo ang inyong mga tungkulin, hindi lamang bilang mga mamamayan ng bayang ito, kundi higit pa, bilang mga mabubuti at mararangal na tao: lumahok at lumabas po tayong lahat sa ika-26 ng Agosto!

Magkaisa po tayo’t magbuklod, samahan at damayan po natin ang isa’t-isa upang muli nating ipakita sa pamahalaang na nasa atin ang Kapangyarihan! Na Tayo ang Lakas, na Tayo ang Lahat!

Panahon nang itakwil at ibasura ang Pork Barrel!

Sa lahat ng mga Baboy, Demonyo at Buwaya sa pamahalaan:

SA INYONG MGA BABOY AT SATANISTANG TONGRESMEN, SENADOGS, GAYUNDIN ANG ILANG MGA KASUMPA-SUMPANG MGA PRAYLE, MGA PEKENG NGOs, SA PANGUNGUNA NG PINAKABABOY NINYONG ITIM NA REYNANG NAPOLES;

MAGTAPATAN NA TAYO! SA NGALAN NG MGA MAMAMAYANG PILIPINO, DERETSAHAN NA: SA INYONG LAHAT NA MGA PUNYETA AT BABOY NA NILALANG KAYO NA MAY KINALAMAN AT KAUGNAYAN SA DEMONYONG PORK BARREL NINYO NA PERA NAMIN — MGA PUTANG-INA NINYONG LAHAT!

SUMPAIN KAYO NG LANGIT! HATULAN KAYO NG KASAYSAYAN!

SISINGILIN NAMIN KAYO! MALAPIT NA ANG PAGTUTUOS AT PAGLILITIS!

Muli po, mga minamahal kong kababayan, panahon ng itakwil ang kababuyang ito at papanagutin ang lahat ng mga baboy na bumaboy sa pondo at kaban ng ating bayan!

Sa Agosto bente sais (26), Anibersaryo ng ating Dakila at Magiting na Rebolusyong-Pilipino ng 1896, magsama-sama po tayo’t magkaisa; muli po nating ipakita di lamang sa manhid na pamahalaang ito at higit sa lahat sa buong mundo na nasa atin ang Kapangyarihan, na Tayo ang Lakas, na Tayo Mismo ang Lakas!

ITULOY ANG DIWA NG REBOLUSYONG 1896!!

Magalang pong sumasainyong lahat,

Jose Mario Dolor De Vega

Lekturer ng Pilosopiya
Kolehiyo ng Sining at Agham-Panlipunan
Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas

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[Call for endorsement] Legitimate NGOs call for transparency and accountability

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Legitimate NGOs call for transparency and accountability

On 18 July 2013, we had a roundtable attended by more than 50 legitimate NGOs, funding/partner agencies, media and the DSWD that was held at the Commission on Human Rights. The roundtable was called at the instance of concerned NGO workers on women and children’s rights who felt the need to gather opinions, constructive feedback and suggestions about how they may learn from disturbing developments involving fraud allegations and unethical conduct against NGOs. One of the action points identified during the roundtable was the issuance of a statement by the group to address these disturbing allegations.

We have put in many years of our lives serving the Filipino people and have been able to make many changes in policies as well as contributed to concrete improvements in the lives of children and women especially those needing special protection. Thus, we feel we should not be silent while our credibility and reputation are put in question. We also believe that legitimate NGOs must muster a common agenda that will further our commitment to uphold children and women’s rights using transparent and accountable systems of governance and self-regulations.

These appalling fraud allegations involving NGOs, particularly the pork barrel scam made possible by utilizing fake NGOs, will never serve to prevent us from pursuing our work to serve the Filipino people, but these disturbing events gave us all pause for thought. In the course of our service, it has become quite customary for us to work on constricting budget and resources, encountering insufficient funds to support desired size of operations yet faithfully scrimping to fully implement and operationalize our visions and missions. We have built our credibility, experience and expertise through years and decades of hard work recognized nationally and internationally. Finding out about these alleged fraudulent and unethical conducts leaves us shaken, deeply alarmed and betrayed.

A recent article in the Inquirer stated that, “The Commission on Audit last Friday reported that some P6.2 billion from the TPDAF of Senators Ramon Revilla Jr., Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Gregorio Honasan III were transferred to 82 non-government organizations, which could not be accounted for, from 2007 to 2009. Ten of the NGOs had links with Napoles, who allegedly through her company JLN Trading Corp., converted P10 billion in pork barrel fund into kickbacks over 10 years, using dummy foundations, fake beneficiaries and bogus signatures of officials. ” This report does not include yet the questionable transfer of funds by administration-allied legislators.

The 10billion pesos siphoned off to fill the pockets of private individuals and politicians is staggering. This amount alone could have gone a long way to alleviate the suffering of the poorest of the poor and most vulnerable of Filipinos. There would have been no need for mothers to leave their children and look for menial jobs in cities and outside of the country. Studies validated by our on-the-ground work have shown that children whose mothers are absent are most vulnerable to abuse. Further, the migration of women and girls have made them vulnerable to trafficking, prostitution, forced labor and slavery.

In addition, not only are we NGO workers doing legitimate work, we are also taxpayers. This pork barrel scam is the height of betrayal by our public officers and officials who we trusted to ensure that public funds are utilized for the benefit of the country and the Filipino people. The scam happened and continued to happen for a long time because legislators and government officials were not mindful about exercising due diligence in safeguarding public funds entrusted to them. Instead, they directly or indirectly participated in defrauding taxpayers and the Filipino people for their own personal benefits and interests.

Hence, we call and demand for transparency and accountability from the government and also civil society groups. Particularly, we call for the following:

1. Full and public investigation of the ‘pork barrel scam’ and the immediate abolition of the pork barrel system.
2. Revisit, review and streamline BIR, SEC, and DSWD regulating mechanisms and policies and ensure full implementation and enhanced monitoring.
3. Although there are existing mechanisms in regulating NGOs, and while NGOs have their own mandates for transparency and accountability, there is a need to strengthen self-regulation within the NGO community, such as revisiting scope and effectiveness of existing independent inter-NGO peer evaluation or regulation.
4. Passage of a Whistleblower Law.

Concerned NGO workers:

Amihan Abueva
Cristina Sevilla
Dolores SD. Alforte
Ana Dionela
Jean Enriquez
Zenaida Rosales
Elizabeth de Castro
Aida Santos
Rowena Cordero

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[Petition] The Office of the Ombudsman: Conduct an impartial investigation of the grave misuse of the PDAF by Former Senior Government Officials (Philippines)

Pinepetisyon si Honorable Conchita Carpio Morales
The Office of the Ombudsman: Conduct an impartial investigation of the grave misuse of the PDAF

Petisyon ng
Former Senior Government Officials (Philippines)

Former Senior Gov Official

On 24 March 2005, a hired assassin gunned down journalist Marlene Garcia-Esperat while she was having dinner with her family at home in Tacurong City. In 2003, Esperat, who was the Department of Agriculture (DA) Resident Ombudsman for Central Mindanao, had filed charges against DA officials on a P432 M fertilizer scam.

The ensuing investigation revealed a possible connection with the even bigger P728 M fertilizer fund scam, which implicated Janet Lim-Napoles, then a big supplier of liquid fertilizer.

Napoles is now reportedly at the center of the biggest scam so far that has been uncovered by investigative reporters – that of the P10 B scam that involved the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), better known as the pork barrel, of a number of former and current Senators and Representatives.

Whatever problems it was meant to address, the PDAF has proven itself a cure more destructive than the disease. No benefit can possibly justify the crimes it has spawned and the systematic corruption of public institutions and officials it has promoted.

Alleged operators like Napoles may have devised the blueprint for raiding the PDAF, but the greater accountability rests with the Senators and Representatives to whom the funds were entrusted. It was their responsibility to ensure that their PDAF went only to reputable NGOs proposing priority projects and that these projects produced the promised benefits.

The Senators and Representatives who channeled funds to fake NGOs were not political neophytes. They, and we, were not born yesterday. Patronage of fake NGOs, particularly when repeated, provides grounds for charging culpable negligence, if not complicity in corruption.

We ask the Ombudsman to investigate the grave misuse of the PDAF.

We ask the Senators and Representatives implicated in the scam to clear their names by voluntarily subjecting themselves to an impartial official investigation by the Ombudsman to determine the extent of their actual involvement in the P10 B scam.

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[Event] We Need Space for Kite Flying! Pass National Land Use Act Now! -CLUP Now!

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CAMPAIGN FOR LAND USE POLICY NOW! (CLUP Now!)

Greetings from the Campaign for Land Use Policy Now! (CLUP Now!)

We are a network of peoples’ organizations and non-government organizations (NGOs) leading the campaign for the passage of the National Land Use Act (NLUA). The NLUA bill was approved this 15th Congress on 3rd reading by the House of Representatives last September 20, 2012. The Senate approved its version on 2nd reading in January 2013. Moreover, President Benigno S. Aquino III certified land use bill as urgent that must be enacted into a law this 15th Congress.

Notwithstanding only two session days left in this Congress come June 5 and 6, 2013, CLUP Now! still believes that there is a chance for NLUA to be enacted into law given Pres. Aquino’s certification of NLUA as an urgent bill. He recognizes the need to have a law that will provide for efficient and sound management of the country’s resources to address environmental problems as well as political and cultural land and water disputes.

In this light, CLUP Now! is launching a month long advocacy activities to ensure that legislators will finally pass this important piece of legislation. This activity will be kicked off by a Kite Flying Event entitled “We Need Space for Kite Flying! Pass National Land Use Act Now!”. We would like to invite you to this Kite Flying Event on May 19, 2013, Sunday, 2:00 pm, at UP Sunken Garden, UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City.

The Kite Flying Event aims to achieve the following objectives:

Generate more awareness for NLUA
Information, Education, Communication activities on NLUA for children and families
Launch the one month long advocacy activities on NLUA
We thank you and earnestly hope for your presence and support of NLUA’s passage.

Should you have queries, you may contact Ms. Kimberly B. Alvarez at 09186545059 or 433-0760, or email kbalvarez@gmail.com

Very Truly Yours,

ANTHONY MARZAN

Executive Director, KAISAHAN

CLUP Now! Convenor

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[Statement] Earth Day 2013: start of seed propagation & local site selection-Partido Kalikasan

Earth Day 2013: start of seed propagation & local site selection

Partido kalikasanGreens PH (Partido Kalikasan) commemorates EARTH DAY 2013 today with the launch of our NATIONWIDE REFO DAYS CAMPAIGN.

This campaign is initially targeting, this year, 100 local chapters of the Party nationwide to identify, set-up and maintain for perpetuity their own respective permanent local reforestation sites nationwide.

In the next 3 years, we hope to contribute 1M trees in 400 local reforestation sites nationwide.

This Earth Day 2013, we begin the process with the start of SEED COLLECTION and PROPAGATION.

The Party’s approach to reforestation is a combination of agro-forestry and rainforestation. Thus, all local chapters are hereby asked to mobilize their members at the household and community-levels to start up seed banks and nurseries of not just the appropriate endemic hardwood species but also viable fruit tree species.

Local chapters starting today will be asked to coordinate with appropriate local government offices like the municipal or city environment offices of the local government units, local DENR offices, NGOs working on biodiversity and forest conservation work and other groups, even private entities to identify the appropriate local reforestation sites that this campaign in perpetuity will be implemented.

The campaign is a MONTHLY REFO DAY in each local chapter’s selected reforestation sites starting JUNE 2013, during the World Environment Month and every month in perpetuity.

Planting and maintaining your trees is part of the regular membership requirement of all Party members.

The nurseries and seed banks will also be manage sustainably as social green enterprises by local Party chapters in order to sustain our work and even market seedlings and saplings of endemic tree species for other communities and groups engage in reforestation.

The campaign is inspired by successes in rainforestation approaches all over the country, including that of the many initiatives in rainforestation in Leyte and Eco Village development in Zambales initiated by some Party leaders over the past decade.

This is part of the Party’s CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION CAMPAIGN for both mitigation and adaptation purposes. Depending on what is priority in each locality where Party local ecosystem chapters are operating, this reforestation sites will be for terrestrial, mangrove and even urban greenbelts.

This is also a major component of the Party’s local Bioregional Green Agenda Program Approach called “ECO-VILLAGE GREEN DEVELOPMENT” where the requirement is 70% forest cover.

This is also our proactive contribution to the ongoing NATIONAL GREENING PROGRAM targeting 25M trees plated by 2016. Having said this, we remain consistent with our position that besides a serious national reforestation program, the following policies and programs for STRONGER MANAGEMENT OF LOGGING in the Philippines must be instituted:

(1) Impose a 25-year nationwide ban on all forms of commercial logging. In this ban, non-commercial use by IP communities and CBFM holders shall be allowed subject to close monitoring by local multi-sectoral bodies to be created to implement the ban

(2) Adopt with full financial, technical, institutional and legal support the community-based forest management (CBFM) as our national framework for forest ecosystem management.

(3) Build sufficient capacity & effective law enforcement against illegal logging.

The Philippines has less than 3% primary forest cover and less than 23% secondary forest cover. And even this figures are being contested. Studies shows that each island ecosystem must have 54% forest cover for it to sustain critical ecosystems that provide life-giving environmental services to communities, especially the poor.

In the 1900s we had 70% forest cover nationwide. By 1999, by some estimates, it was 18.3% While it has improve in recent years, the effects of deforestation, as aggravated by the ill-effects of climate change has cost countless lives and property over recent disasters. There is no denying that more efforts must be done.

For more information, please contact:

Roy Cabonegro
Secretary-General
Mobile 0916 2304515
Email: roy@greensph.org

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Partido Kalikasan (Philippine Green Party)
Website:http://www.greensph.org
Email: info@greensph.org
Telephone number +63 2 4358454 (TTH only) | Mobile Phone 0916 2304515
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[Announcement/event] U.P. Gawad Plaridel 2013 call for nominations

U.P. GAWAD PLARIDEL 2013
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The U.P. College of Mass Communication (UP CMC) is now accepting nominations for the U.P. GAWAD PLARIDEL which recognizes Filipino media practitioners who have excelled in any of the media (print, radio, film, television, and new media) and have performed with the highest level of professional integrity in the interest of public service.

For 2013, the ninth U.P. Gawad Plaridel will be given to an outstanding PRINT/ONLINE/ COMMUNITY JOURNALIST.

The award is named after Marcelo H. del Pilar (nom de plume, Plaridel), the selfless propagandist whose stewardship of the reformist newspaper La Solidaridad helped crystallize nationalist sentiments and ignite libertarian ideas in the 1890s. Like Plaridel, the awardee must believe in the vision of a Philippine society that is egalitarian, participative and progressive; and in media that are socially responsible, critical and vigilant, liberative and transformative, and free and independent.

Eligible for the awards are all living Filipino individuals who have excelled in the print media as a reporter, editor, columnist, editorial writer or publisher. Aside from their probity and integrity, these media practitioners must have produced a body of work that is marked by excellence and social relevance and must have achievements recognized nationally and/or internationally.

Individuals and institutions may nominate potential awardees. Institutions include media corporations, professional media associations, media advocacy groups, educational institutions, cultural foundations and NGOs. Previous nominees may still be considered for this year’s award. All current full-time faculty and staff of the UP CMC are disqualified from the nomination.

Deadline for nomination is on 30 March 2013. The recipient of the U.P. Gawad Plaridel 2013 will be announced in May.

The U.P. GAWAD PLARIDEL is given every July in commemoration of del Pilar’s death anniversary. The awardee will receive the U.P. Gawad Plaridel trophy (designed by National Artist Napoleon Abueva) and will deliver the Plaridel Lecture addressing issues relevant to the state and practice of Philippine media.

Nomination forms and award guidelines are available at the U.P. CMC Office of Extension and External Relations (OEER). Interested parties may call 920-6864 for details.

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[Off-the-shelf] Read less know more Primer on the Anti-Torture Act of 2009 published -CLRD

Read less know more
Primer on the Anti-Torture Act of 2009 published
by Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRD)

CLRD ATL primer cover

Part of the anniversary celebration the CLRDC was the soft launching of the “Primer on the
Anti-Torture Act of 2009”. Although printed copies are already available, the CLRDC team
opted for the “soft launching” coined to mean a publication of the primer’s soft copy in the
blog site of the organization. Printed copies were distributed to some NGOs on December
20, 2012 in time for CLRDC’s decade of service. The primer is also one of the contributions of
CLRDC to the civil society in its advocacy against torture.

For the electronic text of the primer, kindly visit http://clrdc.wordpress.com/.

The primer seeks to respond to issues and questions frequently asked in the Anti-Torture Act
of 2009, from the definition of torture, the acts constituting the crime of torture, the penalties
involved, the legal remedies that maybe availed of by the victims of torture, the principles of
command responsibility explained, as well as the rights of a person under custodial
investigation. The readers of the said Primer can better appreciate the law by reading its
concise and simplified form and presentation. Reading less but learning more about the
right not to be tortured.

The primer was the collective efforts of the members of the United against Torture Coalition
(UATC) and was written by the CLRDC team. Special thanks goes to the Medical Action
Group (MAG) for financing the printing and reproduction of the cover page.

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