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[Statement] KAMP enjoins PNoy to listen to public demands vs. corrupt officials and pork barrel

KAMP enjoins PNoy to listen to public demands vs. corrupt officials and pork barrel
Our Money, Our Lives: Public Funds for Public Services

We, the women, youth, workers, informal settlers, farmers, farmworkers, differently abled, persons with genetic disorders and the elderly, from the multi-sectoral campaign network of the Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP) raise our voices in unison with the sound of people’s clamor for justice on the pork barrel and budget scams.

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Today we join our fellow Filipinos in launching the Kilusang Masa KONTRA TRAPO AT KONTRA PORK (KonTRAPOrk) and demand for the immediate removal of all discretionary funds from the clutches of all politicos and direct this to ensuring public well-being by providing for universal health care, quality education, living pensions for the elderly and differently abled, socialized and humane housing, access to safe drinking water, electricity, transportation and most importantly, jobs generation and livelihood opportunities.

We are the sectors who directly suffer from daily deprivation and social exclusion caused by prevalence of poverty and inequality. Yet, despite meager resources, we bear the brunt of paying taxes both on our income and on consumption of goods and services. Time and again we have questioned this condition, collectively came up with answers and brought these to the attention of the government. But time and again, many of those in public office miserably fail to grasp the essence of their being servants of the people and short-changed us with palliative and temporary solutions at the pretext of lack of funds. Now, these disgraceful TRAPOS engage in a blame game as they fight over what they did with our money as if this grand theft is a mere issue of figures in pesos, and even foreign currencies.

It is disgusting at how thick their skulls and skins have become to the extent of not knowing and not feeling that what they did with our money, they did with our lives. By denying us our own resources, they have robbed us of opportunities to get out of poverty, to address inequality, to live a life of dignity.

How the government handles these pork barrel and budget scams is equally revolting. Instead of reviewing its already questionable priorities, protecting our money from further misuse and instituting reforms in the budget process, the Aquino administration and allies in Congress have merely repackaged the pork barrel system. And it looks like they are using the tactic of misdirecting public attention by branding and exerting all efforts to prove Napoles as the scam mastermind as if she alone conceived and executed the grand theft. Meanwhile, Congress is railroading the passage of the General Appropriations Act, with the pork barrel and presidential special purpose funds remaining untouched.

Clearly, honor has become a big word for the TRAPOS who have proved themselves unworthy of public trust. It is unfortunate that we, the people, are made to pay the price for the failure of government officials to serve our interest.

We, the network of people from grassroots communities and various organizations united within KAMP, joining the KonTRAPOrk mass movement against corruption and the pork barrel system, refuse to remain victims of greed, deception and abuse of power of public officials. The power to change this situation lies in our hands. We have done this before, we can and we will do it again.

People’s money for people’s protection
against poverty and inequality!
Public funds for public services!
Makataong Pamumuhay para sa Lahat!

PRESS STATEMENT
1 October 2013

For Interviews: Ana Maria R. Nemenzo, Lead Convenor
For Correspondence: Don Pangan, Media Liaison Staff
Email: kamp.secretariat@gmail.com
Phone: 0927-3477205

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[Event] Red-Baiting Forum 2013 -IPON

Red-Baiting Forum 2013

As a follow-up to our 2012 Red-Baiting Conference we cordially invite you to our
Red-Baiting Forum 2013

(on October 4th at UP Balay Kalinaw, Quezon City)

Based on the talks and results of the two previous forums, objective of the Red-Baiting Forum 2013 is to bring together Philippine state actors, international actors and national/international CSOs/NGOs to gather ideas and recommendations on a “Guideline to AFP ground line personnel on the prevention of Red-Baiting/Red-Labeling of HRDs and/or their legal organizations in conflict and non-conflict situations”.

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Red-Baiting in the Philippines can be described as a political strategy to accuse, denounce and persecute individuals and groups as members of communist organizations like the CPP-NDF-NPA in order to obstruct their work. The most forceful and extreme examples of Red-Baiting related violations of human rights are enforced disappearances, torture and extralegal killings.

Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, IPON emphasizes this crucial issue that deals with threats to the existence of civil society organizations and their members in the third year.
Among the victims of Red-Baiting, human rights defenders are particularly endangered. They become victims of physical and legal harassments because of their peaceful engagement in their demand for human rights. Therefore it is the responsibility of the Philippine state to particularly take measures to protect human rights defenders and provide a situation in which they can peacefully strive for their rights without any kind of repressions.

Together we want to share perspectives, find common grounds and work out practical steps towards possible solutions. We sincerely hope that you will support us with your expertise and knowledge in this important policy design process.

Please feel free to contact us in case of further inquiries.

Nina Johnen
(Country & Project Coordinator)

R.S.V.P. (until Sept 30th), n.johnen@ipon-philippines.org, +63 (0)92 797 016 75

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[Press Release] Labor group demands probe on unauthorized perks of PEZA officials -PM

Labor group demands probe on unauthorized perks of PEZA officials

The labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), likewise on Tuesday called on appropriate government agencies to conduct an immediate probe on reported ‘misappropriation’ of fat bonuses to officials of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).

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“We must stay vigilant over the pork scandal but should never lose sight of anomalies committed by crooks at the lower level,” said PM spokesman Wilson Fortaleza.

The group said it was disgusting to learn that PEZA, an agency known for investment promotion but negligent for promoting workers’ rights inside the country’s economic zones, repeatedly rewarded its officials with fat bonuses.

In a report released Monday, the Commission on Audit (COA) found that PEZA officials and employees partook on ‘unauthorized’ bonuses amounting P48.5 million in 2012. COA said PEZA officials and employees received P23.5 million in anniversary bonuses in February last year even though 2012 was not a milestone year for PEZA.

Administrative Order 263 dated March 28, 1996 provides the grant of anniversary bonus to officials and employees of government entities on the occasion of its milestone anniversary. But State auditors said a milestone year as prescribed by Section 2.4 of the rules refers to the 15th anniversary and to every fifth year thereafter.

COA also said PEZA officials and employees got P25 million in Christmas gifts without legal basis or approval from the Office of the President.

Fortaleza said that while his group, in principle, supports the grant of incentives as reward for hard work or productivity, misappropriating public funds in the form of bonuses for work that hardly had any impact on the sorry plight of workers inside EPZAs, “is a despicable thing” to be ignored.

The group pointed out that hundreds of thousands of EPZA workers, particularly in Calabarzon and Cebu, do not enjoy the minimum labor standards such as security of tenure and freedom to organize and collectively bargain because PEZA officials do not think that it is also their job to uphold and defend these rights.

Habitual

The labor group likewise noted that misappropriating ‘bonuses’, ‘pay hike’ and ‘allowances’ had become habitual in PEZA.

In a decision dated July 3, 2012, the Supreme Court affirmed the CoA September 2009 decision ordering the PEZA ex officio Board members to refund P5,451,500 worth of per diems they received in 2006.

In 2010, COA’s yearend report also found that the PEZA Board had disbursed unauthorized salary increases in the last half of 2010 amounting to P93.65 million without securing prior approval from the Office of the President as mandated under 1994 Congress Joint Circular No. 1.

PRESS RELEASE
Partido ng Manggagawa
24 September 2013
Contact: Wilson Fortaleza
09178233956

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[Press Release] Teachers welcome Anti-bullying law -TDC

Teachers welcome Anti-bullying law

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) welcomes the passage of the Anti-Bullying Law or RA 10627 WHICH President Aquino signed on September 12.

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“Now, the teachers and school officials will have a clear legal definition of bullying and a basis for procedure in handling bullying cases in school as well as mechanism of preventing it.” Said Benjo Basas the group’s national chairperson.

Basas noted that anti-bullying is part of the Child Protection Policy which the DepEd adopted last year and with the enactment of the law, the DepEd can now improve its policy on bullying.

“This law should be implemented fairly with full protection for the bullied and the bully as well.” Basas said noting that the students who are considered bully are also in the same vulnerable situation as the bullied.

Basas cited a UNICEF study in 2009 which shows that most of the abuses that took place in schools are cases of bullying.

“We hope that this law would make the school a happy place for our children.” Basas ended.

Basas offered the assistance of his group in crafting of the implementing rules of the law.

NEWS RELEASE
September 21, 2013

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[Off the Shelf] The book ‘We Are Nature’ by Rodne Galicha

The book ‘We Are Nature‘ by Rodne Galicha

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About

The book ‘We Are Nature’ by Rodne Galicha, is an output of concrete involvement in environmental activism, while trying to go beyond the surface.

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Rod Galicha2“This collection makes us realize the sobering fact that every living system in the world today, and for that matter, in the Philippines, is in decline. This volume is indeed timely in the face of the complex web of crises that we confront as a nation, and as a planet. It finds traction in our hearts in the face of increasing energy deficits, resource scarcity, widespread poverty, and heightened risk to climate change and disasters. But more importantly, Rodne shows us that the struggle against climate change and the quest for genuine sustainable development has to be part of the larger fight for a more just, democratic and equitable world that requires introspection and reflecting on our relationship with the very source of our life. He demonstrates to us that indeed, we are nature.” (From the Preface of the book by NADEREV “Yeb” MADLA SAÑO, Commissioner of the Climate Change Commission, Republic of the Philippines)

“The book is an output of concrete involvement in environmental activism, while trying to go beyond the surface. Although unintentional, the book tries to define the deeper context of the ecological problems. Very lightly, it makes fun of the irony in existing frameworks, including that of market economy and distorted state policies. However, on a positive note, the book also tries to propose an alternative or a more enlightened perspective on environmental issues, going beyond the usual cash driven equation and the prevailing anthropocentric paradigm.” (Fr. EDWIN A. GARIGUEZ, 2012 Prize Recipient of The Goldman Environmental Prize for Islands and Nations)

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[Statement] Unchecked corruption violates human rights -PAHRA

Unchecked corruption violates human rights

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In solidarity with the people’s outrage against PDAF And all forms of corruption and corruptive practices August 26, 2013

A government’s ability to respect, protect and fulfil human rights – social, cultural, political, economic and civil –
will ultimately be defined by the levels and systemic nature of corruption in those States.
United Nations Convention Against Corruption

Fighting corruption is central to the struggle for human rights.

Government’s capability to implement the human rights obligations to its constituency, without transparency and accountability, is eroded if not restricted or blocked by the degree of corruption which its governors are unable or unwilling to stop. Corruption must be linked to human rights.

Unchecked corruption violates human rights. The perpetuation of corruption diminishes the possibilities of a quality of life worthy of human dignity for thousands if not millions of Filipinos.

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates thus unites

with the people’s outrage against the command conspiracy of state and non-state actors to plunder of Napoles-ian scale and style the people’s money ear-marked in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for the welfare and upliftment of people, particularly of people living in poverty and of the vulnerable sectors;

with the call to abolish, not just rehash, the PDAF;

to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice; with the truth that the PDAF is just less than 1.5 percent of the total government budget that has been exposed; that we have not looked closely at the 98.5 percent as, for instance, the fertilizer scam happened with the agency budget and not PDAF; that the COA special audit covered only expenditures made prior to 2010;

with the urgency now more than ever to push the people’s initiative for the Freedom of Information Bill for we cannot delude ourselves that a change of administration takes away the venues and schemes of corruption and corruptive practices;

with all those who will form people’s monitoring mechanisms not only to monitor in the dispensing of people’s money but in ensuring that such expenditures respect, protect and fulfill their human rights.

PAHRA is confident that, in Ka Pepe Diokno’s words:
Against a united people, no force is strong enough to prevail.

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[Press Release] Teachers want classes suspended up to Friday -TDC

Teachers want classes suspended up to Friday

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The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) calls on the respective local government units of typhoon-hit areas to declare suspension of classes up to Friday, August 23.

“Asking the kids to go back to school after they have been devastated by the typhoon, torrential rains and flooding would not do any help for them as well as for their families. It would be convenient for all- the government the school officials, teachers and the children and their families if there would be no classes this Friday. ” Said Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairperson.

Basas added that since Friday is likely to be the only remaining school day of the week before another long weekend, parents would rather decide not to send their children in schools and that is based on their experience.

The group also asks the host communities to help in clean-up operations.

“A clean-up drive in flooded schools and especially those that were used as evacuation centers would be necessary, and we call on the DepEd and local officials to mobilize the community in ensuring the readiness of the schools when classes resume on Tuesday.” Basas added.

Basas also reminded some field officials of the DepEd to be considerate in requiring make-up classes for lost school days because the DepEd school calendar has buffer days.

“Make-up classes may be imposed once the buffer days have been consumed for class suspensions or other non-academic activities.” He ended.

The TDC last week received a report from parents and teachers in Navoitas that their students were required to report to school last Saturday to make-up for the lost school day due to typhoon Labuyo.

Reference: Benjo Basas, National Chairperson 0920-5740241/3853437

News Release
August 22, 2013

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[Resources] STILL WINDOW-DRESSING A Performance Report on the Third Year of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) 2011-2012 -Forum Asia

STILL WINDOW-DRESSING A Performance Report on the Third Year of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) 2011-2012

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The year under review, 2012, saw AICHR take limited steps in the direction of transparency and consultation with civil society. Some of these steps addressed criticism and reflect recommendations that our previous reports had highlighted:

We called for AICHR to launch an official website to share developments in its work with the public – such a website was indeed launched in October;

We encouraged AICHR to conduct more national and regional consultation meetings with civil society – 2012 saw more consultations at the national level, focusing largely on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD), and which varied widely, from extensive, inclusive consultations in a very small number of member states, through limited consultations in others to no consultations at all in several states. On the regional level AICHR held, for the first time, two official consultations with civil society, both focusing on the AHRD;

We criticised AICHR for its failure to announce publicly the change of a national representative – in 2012 AICHR started providing information on the changing of national representatives in its press statements.

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[In the news] Ten million children work as domestic servants: ILO -GMA News

Ten million children work as domestic servants: ILO
GMA News
June 12, 2013

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GENEVA – As many as 10.5 million children worldwide work as domestic servants, in what can be hazardous and even slave-like conditions, the International Labor Organization said Wednesday.

The UN labor agency said almost three quarters of such youngsters are girls, and that 6.5 million child servants are between five and 14 years old.

The reality on the ground flies in the face of international efforts to halt such exploitation, said Constance Thomas, director of the ILO’s global program to eliminate child labor.

“The situation of many child domestic workers not only constitutes a serious violation of child rights, but remains an obstacle to the achievement of many national and international development objectives,” she said.

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[In the news] Amnesty International to elected execs: Act on rights abuses | Sun.Star

Amnesty International to elected execs: Act on rights abuses | Sun.Star.
By Abigail C. Malalis
May 29, 2013

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AMNESTY International-Philippines (AIPh) challenged newly elected government officials to act further on the rising number of victims of human rights abuses in the country.

AIPh made the call on Tuesday as it launched the Amnesty International Report 2013 in Cagayan de Oro City, 15 days after the May 2013 midterm elections.

The launch was simultaneously held with its 52nd anniversary.

The AI Report compiled facts on the state of the world’s human rights, covering 159 countries and territories.

Dr. Aurora Corazon A. Parong, AIPh director, said insecurities were observed even in areas where armed conflict is absent and the number of people living below poverty line is growing.

“The world is becoming increasingly dangerous especially for refugees and migrants including Filipinos. We see insecurity in our country even in areas where there is no armed conflict. Poverty and unemployment persists. The local government officials play a key role in turning around the situation of misery and insecurity,” Parong said in a statement.

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[In the news] Armless voter gets indelible ink on toenail -GMA News

Armless voter gets indelible ink on toenail
GMA News
May 13, 2013

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With no hands, 49-year-old Nelson Nuñez casts his vote in Aparri, Cagayan. Photo by John Consulta
(Updated 3:30 p.m.) Voter Nelson Nuñez was one of millions who cast their ballots on May 13, but just one of a handful who got indelible ink not on a fingernail but on a toenail.

Nuñez lost both his arms in a workplace accident and was among the thousands of disabled voters who trooped to polling centers on Monday, many of them beneficiaries of a Comelec campaign to register disabled citizens to vote.

He has learned to write with what was left of his upper arms, and that’s how he filled out his ballot.

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[Press Release] CTUHR urges government to resolve joblessness, low wage to alleviate poverty

CTUHR urges government to resolve joblessness, low wage to alleviate poverty

CTUHR logoIn reaction to the latest poverty statistics reported by the NSCB which showed that poverty in the country has not changed from 2009 to 2012, the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights urged the Aquino administration to resolve joblessness and low wages in order to alleviate poverty.

Daisy Arago, CTUHR executive director said, “We are not surprised at all that the poverty statistics did not improve—and this is despite the government already lowering the poverty threshold—precisely because joblessness is still prevalent even if there is economic growth.”

On Wednesday, the NSCB released the result of the 2012 poverty survey that showed poverty incidence at 27.9 percent, hardly an improvement from the 28.6 percent poverty incidence in 2009.

“Addressing unemployment and precarious jobs is a necessary step in order to lessen poverty. Giving the people significant wage hike could definitely increase family income and provide relief to many ailing Filipinos,” Arago said.

“And in order to create decent jobs, the government cannot rely on its labor export policy and volatile industries such like construction and BPOs. Even institutions that promote neoliberal policies like the ADB agree to this,” Arago added.

The group also urged the government to adopt a policy that aims to develop agriculture by implementing genuine agrarian reform and to build strong national industries “so that growth will not only trickle down to Filipinos in the lower strata of society but will directly benefit the poor.“

In addition, Arago also pointed out that the government should scrap its labor and economic policies that favor investors over the common good of most Filipinos. “The poor are ones hit the hardest by policies that allow labor contractualization and privatization of social services. These policies should be ended if the government seriously intends to cut down poverty,“ Arago averred.

RELEASE
26 April 2013

Reference: Daisy Arago, Executive Director, CTUHR. +632.411.0256

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[In the news] Zambales Participated in the Launching of “Tao Muna Hindi Mina” -www.allvoices.com

Zambales Participated in the Launching of “Tao Muna Hindi Mina”

allvoicesThe peoples of Zambales, one of the 80 provinces of the Philippines took the streets to join other nine provinces in the launching of the national campaign against mining dubbed as “Tao Muna Hindi Mina”.

The campaign is pushing for the enactment of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill and the respect for human rights in areas where there are mining operations.

Alex Hermoso of PREDA said that the mining companies and the government have been claiming that mining will help develop the Philippines, but in reality not one of the many mined areas in the country improved the lives of the people, study shows that after the mining operations, the people became poorer because their basic forms of livelihoods were destroyed.

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[Blog] On Candidates Criminally Hugging Trees by Rodne Galicha

On Candidates Criminally Hugging Trees

by Rodne Galicha

Rod Galicha2On candidates wanted to be elected as public servants, I once asked this question: How many of our leaders now are willing to stand up selflessly for the general welfare, for a healthful and balanced ecology?

Once elected and sworn into office, these ‘chosen’ people, depending on the position won, shall either make or implement laws. How can we measure the seriousness of these people – their honesty? How can we expect them to really make and implement sensible policies? How can we be sure that they themselves will follow those policies enacted?

Simply, let us learn from the words of a Greek philosopher named Aristotle: “He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.”

Once political wannabes signed their respective certificates of candidacy, they have sworn ‘to support and defend the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines and will maintain true faith and allegiance thereto.’ Significantly, affixing their signatures, they promised to ‘obey the laws, legal orders and decrees promulgated by the duly constituted authorities,’ and pledged to ‘impose this obligation upon myself voluntarily, without mental reservation or purpose of evasion.’

The campaign period started in February for national candidates including partylists and last week of March for local ones. The city life becomes more colorful and the once lush green rural villages are now filled with a kaleidoscope of smiling images and super promises of heavenly lives. Literally.

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[Press Release] Another palm oil harvester dies of electrocution -CTUHR

Another palm oil harvester dies of electrocution

CTUHR logoAnother harvester of the Filipinas Palm Oil Plantation Inc. (FPPI) died on March 23 a day after getting electrocuted while harvesting palm fruit bunches in Bgy. Bayugan 2, Agusan del Sur.

According to the statement of FPPI Workers’ Union (FPPWU), Cesar Muanag, 42, was harvesting palm fruits between 8 to 9 in the morning of March 22 when the long rod used for harvesting caught a live wire that electrocuted him. Muanag was immediately brought to Davao Medical Center. At noon of March 23, Muanag was declared dead.

Muanag worked for FPPI as a harvester for 12 years. Despite his length of service, he remained in casual status and was paid below the minimum wage. He also did not receive social security benefits such as SSS, PAG-IBIG and Philhealth and did not enjoy paid leaves and 13th month pay which are all provided in the law.

Muanag is the fifth FPPI worker to die of electrocution since November 2011 while four other survived similar accidents. The union said that the victims were all casual employees who worked between 2 to 12 years in the company. Because of their employment status, they reportedly did not receive just compensations even after catching an accident.

FPPI is a Filipino-Malaysian company that operates in Agusan del Sur, in Mindanao.

Armand Hernando, CTUHR coordinator for documentation said that FPPI should be made accountable for the death of Muagan and it must devise safety measures to avoid similar accidents. “Five workers have died in less than two years because of electrocution, both FPPI and the government must not wait for another worker to die and they must immediately act on this,” Hernando avered.

“More importantly, FPPI must be held liable for violating the workers’ right to security of tenure and other benefits. The company is practically depriving the workers of their rights even until their death. This is totally disturbing. FPPI’s massive and long term contractualization and disobedience to labor standards must be stopped.”

To date, there are still some 289 workers who are fighting for reinstatement in their work in FPPI after the company dismissed them following the ocular inspection conducted by the regional DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) in October of 2012. The ocular inspection confirmed FPPI’s non-implementation of labor standards such as minimum wage, social security among others. This issue prompted the union to hold a 62-day strike which only ended last January 2013 after the DOLE Secretary imposed an Assumption of Jurisdiction order forcing the striking workers to go back to work. (See related story.)

“We challenge the government to side with the workers and give justice to Muagan’s death and the other victims of accidents in FPPI. And this can only be achieved if FPPI is made to answer for its violations of workers’ basic rights and safety,” Hernando added.

RELEASE
26 March 2012

For reference: Arman Hernando, CTUHR Coordinator for Documentation, 02.411.0256

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[Announcement] Job Opportunities with PCICC

Job Opportunity with PCICC
FOR IMMEDIATE HIRING

PCICCThe Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court located in Quezon City is seeking a Communications and Development Officer.

Description of responsibilities:
1. Provides management support and leadership
2. Undertakes the development and delivery of overall communications strategy and implementation, including supervision of communications work of other staff
3. Manages communications, including press releases and website presence
4. Manages publications work of the Coalition and its projects
5. Works with the National Coordinator in building a development plan
6. Implements fund development initiatives
7. Takes charge of events planning and management
8. Performs other tasks deemed necessary

Project Officer
1. Coordinates a peace building project in an area with a history of conflict
2. Coordinates with civil society and government, specially security sector, partners of the program
3. Organizes workshops/dialogues and meetings and finalizes documentation of workshops
4. Conducts research needed in the implementation of the project
5. Organizes a ‘peace core group’ in the project area; helps develop the peace core group concept with other project staff
6. Writes project reports (every month and at end of project), statements and position papers for approval of Project Director
7. Projects PCICC human rights and international humanitarian law positions in meetings and conferences
8. Prepares budget proposals and concept notes and requests cash advances for activities and liquidates with appropriate supporting documents
9. Monitors budget use and maintains revolving fund for day to day project operation and requests for fund replenishment
10. Monitors budget availability of the respective project area
11. Performs other tasks deemed necessary, for the project

Employment: Full time, 40 hours per week, 10 months (may be renewed)
Qualifications:
• Subscribes to the Coalition’s vision and objectives
• Excellent communications skills, specially writing and editing
• Background and knowledge of media work
Bachelors degree or equivalent
• At least two years experience in communications work

To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to philcicc@gmail.com
Deadline for receipt of resumes: 27 March 2013
For information on PCICC, visit our Web site at http://www.pcicc.wordpress.com
Please disseminate the following job opening and invite applications:

Thank you.

All the best,

REBECCA E. LOZADA
National Coordinator, Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court
Program Director, PCICC-Building Bridges for Peace project
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[Statement] Protecting Women from Enforced Disappearance -AFAD/FIND/ICAED

Protecting Women from Enforced Disappearance

AFAD FIND ICAEDWomen everywhere are deeply affected by the global scourge of enforced disappearance. They are the wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters who are in the abysmal state of uncertainty and in perpetual search for their disappeared loved ones. They are often left behind to bear the socio-economic and psycho-emotional brunt of enforced disappearance. In cases when women are made to disappear, theyare particularly at great risk of sexual and other forms of violence.

Many of them have been able to transform their personal anguish and sufferings into courage and determination to sustain the arduous struggle for justice. For a long time, the Philippines lacked the specific mechanisms that protect individuals including women and children from enforced disappearance. But the 16 years of uphill battle of victims’ families and human rights advocates to have enforced disappearance criminalized has finally borne fruit in the recent passage of Republic Act No. 10353 or the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act of 2012. This special penal law officially recognizes not only the gravity of the offense but also the distinct sufferings endured by the victims and their families, especially by women and children.

The Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act of 2012 is without doubt, a major advancement in human rights legislation. Nevertheless,the law is only as good as its implementation. While the speedy crafting and joint promulgation of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) by appropriate government agencies and organizations of families sought to expedite the Act’s implementation, a strong political will is required to ensure the full realization of the law’s objectives.

While a law defines mandates, translating them into concrete actions lies in the collective will of all stakeholders. It is for this reason that we organized a forum-workshop on the “Effective Implementation of Republic Act No. 10353” with the support of the Embassy of Canada and the UP Asian Center on 6 March, 2013 at the GT Toyota UP Asian Center Auditorium. The forum brought together various stakeholders not only to instill the letter and spirit of the law in their hearts and minds, but most importantly to generate collective action that will ensure the effectiveness of the law, more particularly in strengthening accountability and combating impunity.

We also hope that the new law will facilitate the Philippines’ signing and accession to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance to complement and reinforce the domestic protection mechanisms.

As we commemorate the International Women’s Day today, we pay tribute to all women who have indefatigably struggled and risked their lives to make our world free from enforced disappearance and other forms of violence. Ending this odious offense will greatly contribute to the liberation of all women in the world from discrimination and violence.

Joint Statement
International Women’s Day
8 March 2013

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[In the news] Group to Aquino: Declare right to adequate food a national policy -InterAksyon.com

Group to Aquino: Declare right to adequate food a national policy
By InterAksyon.com
March 3, 2013

InterAksyon logo2MANILA, Philippines – With more than three years left to the current administration, President Benigno S. Aquino III should declare right to adequate food a national policy in order to leave a legacy that is beneficial to the present and future generations, the National Food Coalition (NFC) said in a news release.

In an event dubbed “National Conference on the Right to Adequate Food: A Collective Action for Policy Reform,” Aurea Miclat-Teves, NFC convenor, said there is a need for the government to come up with an enabling law that will rectify existing incoherent, non-complementary and conflicting legal mechanisms.

The conference was attended and participated in by more than 100 human rights defenders, rural development advocates, pro-environment groups, indigenous peoples, people’s and non-governmental organizations from various parts of the country and representatives of different national government agencies last February 27 to 28.

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[Featured Site] A project in honor of the Nameless Heroes and Martyrs Launched

A project in honor of the Nameless Heroes and Martyrs Launched

namelessIn time with the commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of the EDSA people power and the signing of the Compensation Act for Victims of Martial Law, a project called “Nameless” was launched last February 20 2013, during a “Forum on the Relevance of Activism Today”, at the University of the Philippines CSSP Audio-Visual Room, Room 207.

The Forum and the launch were presented by the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the University of the Philippines (Diliman) in cooperation with UP PADAYON and UP SAMASA.

CSSP UP Diliman Assistant Dean Neil Santillan welcomed the participants. Ruben Felipe of the Nameless Collective talked about the Project Nameless, and their web site. Messages from Alan Jazmines and PAHRA were delivered and a video of “Ang mga walang pangalan,” produced for the launch was premiered. Poems were read. The Forum featured Teddy Rigoroso, Raffy Aquino, Bong Bongolan, and Liza Dacanay as speakers.

The Project Nameless Collective

The Project Nameless Collective looks after The Nameless web site. The Collective is composed of volunteers, who contribute content to the web site and perform other tasks to keep the site running. The Collective also works on other projects, such as mobile exhibits about the heroes and martyrs honored on this web site; it also collaborates with individuals, groups and organisations to maintain and grow the site, and other related projects. Collective members are comrades, relatives and friends of the heroes honored on this virtual shrine.

Project Nameless Collective members include:

Maria Teresa Battad
Mario L. Cuezon
Viol de Guzman
Ma. Katherine De Jesus-Clarin
Ruben Felipe
Ferdinand Llanes
Nini Matilac
Eileen Matute
Christian Ramilo
Louie Rogado
Veronica Uy

For more information on the Collective, write to info@nameless.org.ph.

http://www.nameless.org.ph/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Nameless-Unsung-Heroes-Martyrs/233694680077990?fref=ts

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[In the news] New IP law to ‘liberalize’ right to personal use, not remove it –IPOPHL -GMA News

New IP law to ‘liberalize’ right to personal use, not remove it –IPOPHL
Marc Jayson Cayabyab, GMA News
February 20, 2013

gmanewsonlineRecent amendments to the Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Law would actually allow Filipinos to bring home more copyrighted materials from abroad instead of preventing it, a lawyer from the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) said, allaying fears that stemmed from a blogger’s criticism of the measure last week.

In an interview on GMA News’ “News To Go” on Wednesday, IP rights lawyer Atty. Louie Calvario said the contested deletion of the “personal use provision” basically Filipinos to bring home any number of copyrighted materials as they want, so long as these are “legally bought” and not pirated.

According to Section 190 of the unrevised Republic Act 8293, there is no need to seek permission from the copyright owner as long as the material is only for personal use, meaning it “is not for sale but for the use only of any religious, charitable, or educational society or institution duly incorporated or registered, or is for the encouragement of the fine arts, or for any state school, college, university, or free public library in the Philippines.”

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