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[Video] VISAYAS Live & Kicking #COVID19ph -iDEFEND

VISAYAS Live & Kicking #COVID19ph
iDEFEND
April 22, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Kasama sina:

Ms. Inday Olayer
National Executive Member,
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)

Mr. Teody Navea
Chairperson, BMP Cebu,
Sec. Gen. Sanlakas Cebu

Mr. Dennis Derige
Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)

Ms. Emz Aliviano
Spokesperson of Kilusan Cebu and
Coordinator for Kilusan Cebu and the Visayas

Moderator:

Fr. Christian Buenafe, OCARM
Chairperson,
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)

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[In the news] 41,000 informal settlers in Cebu City wait for land | Sun.Star

41,000 informal settlers in Cebu City wait for land | Sun.Star.
By Razel V. Cuizon, http://www.sunstar.com.ph
April 12, 2014

CEBU CITY — Years after the City Government started distributing lots to homeless constituents under its socialized housing program, at least 41,000 informal settlers are still awaiting relocation.

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Some of the beneficiaries who have settled in some of the city’s socialized housing sites have started a new life in the upland barangays.

Records from the Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor (DWUP) showed that some 10,000 of the total estimated number of informal settlers used to live beside creeks or in the easement zones of the rivers, which were considered as danger zones.

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[Press Release] No extravagant grads, help schools instead, TDC says

No extravagant grads, help schools instead, TDC says

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) calls on school and field officials to abide by the DepEd rules on graduation rites released by the agency earlier.

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According to Benjo Basas, TDC national chairperson, his organization agrees with the department in regulating graduation fees and extravagant rites especially if it is imposed by the school authorities. “Graduation, while considered as special day for most of the students and parents should not be extravagant and burdensome.” Basas said.

Basas said that many of public school students belong to the poor families who may not afford the fees. However, he recognizes the festive mode of some families who wishes the graduation day of their children to be special.

“Some parents would be very happy for their children who accomplished secondary education especially those who are not well-prepared for tertiary schooling, thus they may want to see their kids wearing toga. In that case, we understand that if the parents would want to contribute or donate any affordable amount for the graduation ceremonies then it would be all right as long as it is compliant of the rules set by the DepEd.” Basas explained. “But it should be an initiative from the parents of the graduating class or the PTA.” He added.

Basas particularly cited the case in Typhoon Yolanda-stricken Visayas especially many towns in Leyte and Samar provinces, which until now have yet to recover from the severe damage brought about by the monster typhoon in November, “Until now, there are no classrooms in many schools and the operation is still irregular,” he said.

Basas, whose roots are from Leyte and has been active in relief effort in the Visayas said that the money that some would want to use for extravagant celebration may better be spent for citizens’ effort in rehabilitating schools in Leyte.

“We suggest that those who are not affected by Yolanda be more generous and help our kids and teachers in those areas” he said. TDC has launched Project PAG-ARAM, an initiative to raise school materials for teachers and students in Yolanda-affected areas.

“We have started collecting donations since the first week of January and we have delivered materials to some 15 schools in Leyte last month.” Basas added.

The group will be accepting donations of papers, pens, chalks, crayons and other school supplies until the end of May and will deliver the donations to affected schools in time for the opening of school year 2014-2015.
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Reference: Benjo Basas, Chairperson, 0920-5740241/ 3853437
For Project PAG-ARAM details:        Olive De Guzman, 0917-8167130

NEWS RELEASE
February 25, 2014

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[Blog] Video-video din pag may time for Yolanda victims

Video-video din pag may time for Yolanda victims.

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Malikhain talaga tayong mga pinoy, akalain mo ‘yun ang daming video sa youtube na nalikha at ginamit upang ipaalam sa mundo ang mga nangyari, at siyempre makangalap ng tulong para sa mga biktima.

Ilan sa mga video na aking tinutukoy ay hinaluan ng musika na ang iba ay orihinal at ang ilan naman ay remake.  Ang mga talentadong pinoy para sa mga biktima ng bagyong Yolanda ay bumirit at umere, ikaw napanuod mo na ba?

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“The Prayer” by The Loboc Children’s Choir & Various Artists Official Music Video (Typhoon Yolanda)

Published on Youtube, Dec 12, 2013. By UniversalRecPH

“#ThePrayerForPH

[Download The Prayer at http://www.spinnr.ph. All proceeds will go to the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation to help rebuild the lives of those in the Visayas.]

OPM ARTISTS RECORD “THE PRAYER” FOR YOLANDA VICTIMS

On October 15, 2013, an earthquake with the energy equivalent to “32 Hiroshima bombs” devastated the Visayas, and parts of Mindanao and southern Luzon.

Two days later, the Loboc Children’s Choir sang, “The Prayer,” with the rubble of the hundred year old Loboc Church as their backdrop.

Their performance moved so many people here and abroad. Then, tragedy struck again.

On November 8, Typhoon Yolanda, the most powerful tropical cyclone of the year hit East Samar, Samar and Leyte.

Thousands died. Millions were left hungry, desperate, and homeless.

Relief efforts from the Philippines and the rest of the world are currently helping the victims survive and find temporary homes.

But the bigger challenge is how to help all these people get back to their normal lives.

This is where we took inspiration from the Loboc Children’s Choir’s performance.”

Read full article @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWG66HUqX74

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#ProjectPagbangon: Sandugo (Original Singers Edition)

By the Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc.

Published on Dec 9, 2013

Join the #ProjectPagbangon Music Video Making Contest!

On the occasion of this year’s Human Rights Day, the Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI) is launching a MUSIC VIDEO-MAKING COMPETITION on the theme “RELIEF AND REHABILITATION ARE HUMAN RIGHTS”.

The friendly competition is fairly simple: Using the anthem, create a MUSIC VIDEO that portrays how you and your friends, family or organization demonstrate your solidarity with victims and survivors of calamities, with the theme of the contest in mind of course.

STEP ONE: Watch the Original Singers Edition music video of Sandugo.

STEP TWO: Send an email of intent to join using the subject “#ProjectPagbangon Contest” to pmpsecretariat@yahoo.com. Please include name of contact person, cellphone number, and short profile of your group. We will reply with a download link of the high resolution wav audio file of the song and further instructions.

STEP THREE: With the wav file, make a music video using your own video footages and/or photographs, animations and other open-source materials.

STEP FOUR: Upload your music video on Youtube, and send us a link to your music video by replying to the email with which we sent you the link of the wav file.

Considerations for judging include: Substance (40%), Creativity (40%), Number of views of your entry in Youtube (10%) and Number of likes in Facebook (10%). Top three entries win recognition tokens and P10,000 each; Deadline for submission of entries is February 10, 2014. Winners will be determined on Araw ng Kagitingan 2014.

Entry to the competition is free, and each of the first 10 to join gets a complimentary music album and book worth at least P1,000.

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We are the World for Philippines (We Are The World 25 – Michael Jackson COVER by Filipino Artists)

Published on Youtube, Nov 22, 2013 By Chamberlain P. Guevarra

Tatsuo Productions (http://www.tatsuoproductions.com/)

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Evolution [Jerry Catarata] (https://www.facebook.com/EVolution.Du…)

“In light of the calamity of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda that left our fellowmen in Southern Visayas helpless.Artists of different ages,genres and backgrounds gather together for one common goal. To make this video as an encouragement to people to open their hearts, lend a helping hand and to thank the nations that offered aid to our country. WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL.To our fellow Filipinos, STAY STRONG! United we stand! BANGON VISAYAS! WALANG IWANAN!

Artists:

Antonette Maria Bajamunde,Noreen Isabel Quinamot,Kyle Lemuel Juliano,Tiffany Mae Valdegamo,Enrico Ricardo Nolan,Wilholm Ho,Joel Aba

Jeva Villamil,Lee Abapo,Charyn Ong,Hanna Nicole Tesado,Michael Kent Jugador, Vinz Villarosa,Dezirhyl Genn Ramirez,Rakhim Salatan Tahir,Giancarlo Benguechea and Reymark Seblero of The Robbee Talents Club

Earl Neil Kho and Andy Canlas of Midnasty

Onna rhea Quizo, Ian Gue, Kyra Aguilar, Hanz Vallehermoza, Earnest Hope Tinambacan, Dave Trasmonte, Von Cathlene Panot,Carla Mongado,Arnold Munez. aka Bassunni,Carla Mongado and Jerry Catarata”

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“SOS Philippines” – The song after the storm! [TYPHOON HAIYAN / YOLANDA]

Published on Youtube, Nov 15, 2013. By Armand TJ

According to the post, “There’s a global campaign to make this song become a movement for unity, not just for the Philippines, but for the whole world. To support this movement, we need to get this SOS out there as much as we can. Every share/repost/tweet/blog/tag will help make a difference and add fuel to the fire. Thank you for all those who are one with us, and one with the message to the world!

To send further donations to benefit the devastated areas, you may download the song from any of the links below. All downloads will support a fundraiser that helps the people rise up again in the long term.”

Sabi pa niya, “The Filipino spirit is force of nature.”

“Please share this song and video on all social medias. You should hear these children’s voices! They’re from different parts of Panay island and Palawan, also hit by the storm. Please help us encourage more help/aid from the rest world, and to deliver a message of hope and solidarity to the Philippines and humanity. The Filipino spirit is a force of nature, struggling to rise up. With all your help, we can survive this crisis. This song connects us all as one humanity, from our island, to the rest of the Visayas, the Philippines – and the rest of the world! Please ask all your friends to share. One Love! Thanks for those who contributed to delivering this SOS.”

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[Video] AHON (RISE): 10,000 Fishing Boats for 20,000 Fishing Families. By BFAR

AHON (RISE): 10,000 Fishing Boats for 20,000 Fishing Families
By Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources·

Published on Youtube, December 19, 2013

AHON is a rehabilitation initiative to rebuild the lives and livelihoods of fishing communities ravaged by the world’s strongest recorded typhoon, Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The calamity hit one-third or 21 of the 72 provinces in the country, bringing devastation beyond description. Thousands lost their lives, and hundreds of thousands more were left homeless. The most affected sector are the subsistence fishing communities who lost loved ones, homes and means of livelihood — their fishing boats.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is taking this initiative to build a start-up platform for everyone (including individuals, donors, NGOs, and private sector) to collaborate in addressing the immediate needs of affected fishers to get back to work feeding their families and the rest of the country. The Bureau envisions to work with other groups which have likewise initiated similar efforts, such as the “Adopt a Small Island Initiative,” “Yellow Boat of Hope,” and others.

BFAR would like to scale up the building and giving of boats to affected fisherfolk. To jumpstart the “Ahon Initiative,” BFAR has earmarked P50M, a large part of which will be used to build the initial 3000 fishing boats. The Bureau hopes to gather contributions from individuals, donors, civil society and private sector to build an additional 7,000 units in the next 3 months. The contributions may be in kind (boat-building materials) or cash to buy materials and pay for labor costs.

How you can help…
1. Cash contributions for boat materials and labor
2. Contribution of boat-building materials
3. Boat construction
4. Selection of beneficiaries
5. Installation of Shallow-Water Payaos
6. Monitoring and Reporting

For more information:

Visit http://www.facebook.com/Ahon.BFAR

or contact

Office of the Director
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Telefax No. (02) 454-5863
http://www.bfar.da.gov.ph

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[Video] OPM Artists record “the prayer” for Yolanda victims. By Universal Records

Published in Youtube
December 12, 2013

#ThePrayerForPH

OPM ARTISTS RECORD “THE PRAYER” FOR YOLANDA VICTIMS

On October 15, 2013, an earthquake with the energy equivalent to “32 Hiroshima bombs” devastated the Visayas, and parts of Mindanao and southern Luzon.

Two days later, the Loboc Children’s Choir sang, “The Prayer,” with the rubble of the hundred year old Loboc Church as their backdrop.

Their performance moved so many people here and abroad. Then, tragedy struck again.

On November 8, Typhoon Yolanda, the most powerful tropical cyclone of the year hit East Samar, Samar and Leyte.

Thousands died. Millions were left hungry, desperate, and homeless.

Relief efforts from the Philippines and the rest of the world are currently helping the victims survive and find temporary homes.

But the bigger challenge is how to help all these people get back to their normal lives.

This is where we took inspiration from the Loboc Children’s Choir’s performance.

These children may be from Bohol, but their innocent voices represent not just their home province but also earthquake-damaged Cebu, war-stricken Zamboanga, and typhoon-devastated Leyte, Samar, and Iloilo — all of whom are praying for a miracle to allow them to rebuild their lives.

And so we asked the help of various Filipino artists to lend their voices, to represent our country, and show the world that the Philippines has one voice, one prayer — that we work together to help our countrymen rebuild their lives brick by brick.

The resulting song will be used to raise funds through downloads. The proceeds will go to the helpPH campaign, a project by the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF). It is a non-profit organization made up of major companies from the private sector and leading NGOs. PDRF, organized in October 2009 after Typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng, and Frank to tap resources for reconstruction efforts during emergencies brought about by calamities, is one of the three identified institutional conduits approved by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to facilitate cooperation and coordination between the Philippine government and the private sector in formulating and implementing reconstruction strategies.

Its goal for Cebu, Bohol, Zamboanga and now the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda is long-term solutions and programs that will bring businesses and jobs back to these areas. They are also planning to look into better designs for houses more suited for a country that gets hit by typhoons and earthquakes. They are focusing on rebuilding the communities which includes: immediate help, provide housing, education by rebuilding school houses, providing economic incentives, and livelihood opportunities.

As a way of giving thanks to all the countries that helped us, we offer to them “The “Prayer”.

To download “The Prayer” visit http://www.spinnr.ph.

Participating Artists:

• GARY VALENCIANO
• MARTIN NIEVERA
• KUH LEDESMA
• OGIE ALCASID
• REGINE VELASQUEZ-ALCASID
• ZSA ZSA PADILLA
• LANI MISALUCHA
• NOEL CABANGON
• CHRISTIAN BAUTISTA
• BILLY CRAWFORD
• ANNE CURTIS
• RACHELLE ANN GO
• ERIK SANTOS
• RICHARD POON
• YENG CONSTANTINO
• ANGELINE QUINTO
• KARYLLE
• JAYR
• NIKKI GIL
• KRIS LAWRENCE
• IYA VILLANIA
• NYOY VOLANTE
• SABRINA
• SHIRLEY VY (TACLOBAN SURVIVOR)
AND THE LOBOC CHILDREN’S CHOIR OF BOHOL

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[Video] We are the World (COVER by Filipino Artists) -YouTube

We are the World (COVER by Filipino Artists) 

Published on YouTube, Nov 22, 2013, by Chamberlain P. Guevarra
Tatsuo Productions (http://www.tatsuoproductions.com/)
Sapphire Productions
Evolution [Jerry Catarata] (https://www.facebook.com/EVolution.Du…)

For Donations:
http://www.gk1world.com/

In light of the calamity of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda that left our fellowmen in Southern Visayas helpless.Artists of different ages,genres and backgrounds gather together for one common goal. To make this video as an encouragement to people to open their hearts, lend a helping hand and to thank the nations that offered aid to our country. WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL.To our fellow Filipinos, STAY STRONG! United we stand! BANGON VISAYAS! WALANG IWANAN!

Artists:
Antonette Maria Bajamunde,Noreen Isabel Quinamot,Kyle Lemuel Juliano,Tiffany Mae Valdegamo,Enrico Ricardo Nolan,Wilholm Ho,Joel Aba
Jeva Villamil,Lee Abapo,Charyn Ong,Hanna Nicole Tesado,Michael Kent Jugador, Vinz Villarosa,Dezirhyl Genn Ramirez,Rakhim Salatan Tahir,Giancarlo Benguechea and Reymark Seblero of The Robbee Talents Club
Earl Neil Kho and Andy Canlas of Midnasty
Onna rhea Quizo, Ian Gue, Kyra Aguilar, Hanz Vallehermoza, Earnest Hope Tinambacan, Dave Trasmonte, Von Cathlene Panot,Carla Mongado,Arnold Munez. aka Bassunni,Carla Mongado and Jerry Catarata

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[Press Release] Group appeals to SSS, GSIS, Pag-ibig for Visayas teachers -TDC

Group appeals to SSS, GSIS, Pag-ibig for Visayas teachers

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) once again appealed to the government loan agencies to facilitate faster privileges with lenient terms to the survivors and relatives of the victims of super typhoon Yolanda that swept many provinces of the Visayas including some in Northern Mindanao and Southern Tagalog regions.

TDC

“We appeal to the respective boards of Pag-Ibig, GSIS and SSS to immediately facilitate special loans to the calamity victims or their relatives.” Said Benjo Basas, TDC national chairperson.

Public school teachers are entitled to apply for loan in Pag-ibig and GSIS, while private school teachers may get a loan from Pag-ibig and SSS.

Basas said that “The granting of ‘no-interest loans’ for teachers survivors and relatives would surely help them rebuild their lives after being devastated by the monster storm. The strict policies should be waived at this time. Such would be a gesture not just of support and generosity, but more so, love and compassion.”

This will also signal hope for the teachers so that they will eventually help others in the rehabilitation effort.

Basas said that teachers or employees that are non-residents of disaster areas but are closely related or involved in their family’s economic activities in back in home provinces must be considered.

“People, especially teachers in the affected provinces need these kind of help. We may focus on the provinces of Samar and Leyte but we have to remember that there are also a lot of people, schools and teachers in the northern parts of the islands of Cebu, Negros, Panay and Palawan. Still, teachers in Metro Manila or any other parts of the country that support their families in the provinces must also be granted the same privilege.” Basas ended.

On Tuesday, November 26, TDC members who temporarily evacuated from Leyte will join the gathering of Yolanda survivors at the DepEd Central Office where Sec. Armin Luistro is expected to meet them for lunch.

NEWS RELEASE
25 November 2013

[Video] ”SOS Philippines” – The song after the storm! By Armand TJ

”SOS Philippines” – The song after the storm!
Published on youtube by Armand TJ
November 15, 2013

Our nation still needs more aid, and we’re happy more help is on the way. Please spread this video to touch more hearts and souls around the world.

”The Filipino spirit is force of nature”

Please share this song and video on all social medias. You should hear these children’s voices! They’re from different parts of Panay island, also hit by the storm. Please help us encourage more help/aid from the rest world, and to deliver a message of hope and solidarity to the Philippines and humanity. The Filipino spirit is a force of nature, struggling to rise up. With all your help, we can survive this crisis. This song connects us all as one humanity, from our island, to the rest of the Visayas, the Philippines – and the rest of the world! Please ask all your friends to share. One Love! Thanks for those who contributed to delivering this SOS.

People from around the world have called the Philippines a Paradise on Earth. After the super typhoon, we are struggling to recover and save our Paradise. And that starts with our spirits and our smiles as we go through our daily efforts in picking up the pieces and addressing the emergencies at hand.

This song celebrates the spirit of the Filipino people rising up during this crisis, with the help of all of you around the world. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. We are grateful, more help is on the way. We hope this song encourages more souls to reach out to our nation and help us in any way. Me and my fellow artists have poured our hearts, soul, sweat, blood, and tears, and traveled far to rush and put this song out there. The children learned the song on the same day as the recording. And came up with their own arrangement. Amazing!

The song was recorded in Iloilo (Also hit by the storm) the night after it was composed in Boracay. Aside from physical needs, our whole nation needs uplifting emotionally and spiritually. And we Filipinos do it best through music.
#SOSPhilippines

For the story behind the song and video, here’s the link below:

http://www.oneisland-oneworld.com/sos…
To get in touch with us, just message my fb page:

http://www.facebook.com/armandtjmusic
LYRICS:

SOS Philippines

Chords: F#m — A/E – A/ D – A/ E

I have a prayer, inside of me, humanity will unite.
and finally, differences will subside.
In this tragedy, together we stand for love.
A prophecy, to be a family of humankind.
Its time, its time!

A/C#m -A/D – A – A/E

The light in me still burns bright, even when the world seems dark.
if there’s a need stand up unite to hear the call of every cry

A/C#m -A/D – A – E
SOS Philippines, Ohhhh! (2x)
F#m — A/E – A/ D – A/ E

I have a prayer that all nations and societies will collide, for synergy, to make history, to end indifference
the child in me, still believes in this dream
Its time, its time!

A/C#m -A/D – A – A/E
The light in me still burns bright, even when the world seems dark.
if there’s a need stand up unite to hear the call of every cry

A/C#m -A/D – A – E
SOS Philippines, Ohhhh!’ (3X)

Bridge:
A/C#m -A/D – A – E
A hope for you and me!
A cry for dignity!
A call for humanity reaching for the highest light
Faith to believe, burning through my hurting soul
One world we have, stand up dont give up the fight
lets save the dream, wake up and we’ll rise again!

A/C#m -A/D – A – E

SOS Philippines!
Bangon Pilipinas!
Rise up Philippines!

One World!
One Humanity!
Let us save the dream!

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[People] The lost orphans of Yolanda. By Fr. Shay Cullen

The lost orphans of Yolanda
By Fr. Shay Cullen
November 12,2013

Besides the thousands that have been killed, injured, and made homeless by the most devastating typhoon known to humankind, the orphaned children are the most vulnerable. Their towns and villages and homes are no more and their parents are dead. They are threatened by malnutrition, kidnapping, and abduction. Horrible as this prospect is, it has been a deadly reality in times of natural disasters. These children need our special attention and direct intervention to save them from child traffickers and pedophiles. Under the pretext of saving the children, traffickers can abduct them and sell them as “brides” to pedophiles or earn hundreds of thousands of pounds or euros by providing these children for illegal adoption and even worse, sexual abuse and exploitation.

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The Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has called for urgent vigilance by aid workers to this form of child trafficking in the areas devastated by the most powerful typhoon in history to hit land. Called Haiyan or by its local name “Yolanda”, it has devastated and flattened entire towns, villages, and killed scores of people in the central Philippines and their children will be known as the lost children of Yolanda. Driven by winds up to 315 kilometers an hour, brutal ordeal will scar the people of the Visayan region for a generation. We too will be judged by how we responded or when we did not.

The television reports show the extent of the devastation and the hardship, hunger and homelessness will last many months. The approaching of yet another rain storm, a tropical depression named “Zoraida” will be lashing the country by the time you read this or will be leaving more destruction to a country already reeling in shock.

As many as ten thousand and more people could have been killed. No one could predict that it would be such a killer cyclone and now the people have nothing. They are totally dependent on the generosity of donors and the ability of the government to deliver relief aid in the shortest time possible. A time will come when they will be able to pick up the strength and recover and become self-sufficient and self-reliant. But now as in all disasters, help is needed and we are called up to provide it and give back and share with those that need it most.

There are problems getting the relief to the people as roads and bridges have collapsed or buried under landslides. Bodies are decomposing under the rubble, some have been buried in mass graves. This will go on for several weeks more as rescuers and aid workers reach the remote villages

But this tragic event brings with it another kind of danger, the danger to the homeless, lost and orphaned children. With as many as fifteen thousand dead, many children will be orphaned, vulnerable to malnutrition and the worst of all, vulnerable to abduction, kidnapping, and trafficking into illegal adoptions or sexual exploitation.

Many people don’t want to read or think about such harsh and painful realities but it happens and we have to do all we can to prevent this. Preda children’s charity is appealing for donations and help to send trained social workers into the devastated area to provide a child feeding station and help find and protect these lost, homeless, abandoned children before they are abducted.

With such challenges before us, we have to summon up the spiritual strength to meet them and overcome them. The Filipino people are a very resilient people and suffer up to twenty typhoons a year and one or two strong earthquakes. Sitting on the pacific ring of fire, it is expected and when there is no exploding volcano to cope with, there are plenty of other natural disasters.

In the past 44 years that I have been a missionary in the Philippines with the people who are poor and needy, I have come through many natural disaster, super storms, floods, landslides, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and rivers of volcanic mud and “lahar” destroying all before them.

The Filipino people have shown the remarkable spiritual strength and resilience and are capable of coping with a sense of humor and smiling at cameras and even laughing at their own predicament. Not this time though, it’s harder than ever before. Yet their will to live and survive is the driving strength of the Filipino people and they do it with courage and resourcefulness and are a people who get on with the task of recovering, rebuilding and planting and harvesting year after year.

These are a people who live in hope and have a great ability to overcome all kinds of disasters and hardship. The people need food, water and shelter. The children need protection, nutrition and the good will of the world community. All need help to get them through this most terrible time in their lives. They believe in a loving God who lives in all people of faith, love and good will and this eternal force of goodness will reach out to the needy through the love of others.

Donations for the orphans of Yolanda to Fr. Cullen, St. Columban‘s, Widney Manor Road, Solihull B93 9AB or Dalgan Park Navan, Co. Meath or any TSB bank Preda – Ireland, sort code 990 604, account number 30001836. (Email shaycullen@preda.org)

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[Appeal] in Behalf of Victims of Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda -Oplan Sagip Bayan

November 12, 2013

Dear Friends and Allies,

We are switching on our Oplan Sagip Bayan operations (Oplan People’s Rescue) in light of the damage by Typhoon Haiyan’s rampage (local name: Yolanda) in Eastern and Central Visayas.

This is in close coordination with CONCERN or Center for Emergency Aid and Rehabilitation who has more than twenty five years of consistent work in the field of disaster-risk and rehabilitation and has assisted more than one million individuals since 1988.

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Residents of Cebu, Bohol and nearby province of Leyte have been served with a double whammy as a 7.2 magnitude earthquake came twenty four days earlier, on October 15.

The energy released by the Visayas quake is equivalent to 951.5 kilotons of TNT, 796,214 lightning flashes, 30.16 million gallons of gasoline, or 1.90 billion sticks of dynamite according to the internet news site Rappler.

Following the quake, seventy-seven out of almost 2,900 aftershocks monitored by Philvocs were felt. The structural integrity of houses, buildings, including heritage churches still left standing by the quake are already severely compromised, sink holes began appearing as a result.

Last November 8, Super Typhoon Haiyan came blowing in from the eastern seaboard bringing winds howling at 235 kmh (147 mph), waves were reported to reach 15 meters (45 ft) and brought in 400mm (15.75 inches) of rain in some places.  This early, the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000 and for those that survive the devastation, there is little food, no electricity or clean water. Clean clothes and other provisions necessary for survival are scarce.

As we switch on Oplan Sagip Bayan, we are sending out an appeal to all our friends and allies, like you, in the hope that we can gather both food and non-food support intended for the Haiyan victims, specifically for Northern Cebu and three towns in Leyte or around 5,000 families.

 

Our ability to respond to this crisis hinges on how fast we can muster the needed support for the victims such as:

o       standard food relief packages for a family of six for three days consisting of the following items approximately worth Php 1000 (USD 25 ) :

6 kilos of rice                 ½ kilo of washed sugar
½ kilo of dried fish            ½ kilo of mongo beans
¼ kilo of iodized salt          3 canned of sardines

o       non-food items such as mosquito nets, sleeping mats, blankets, flashlights or paraffin lamps, rubber boots, drinking water, used clothes, etc.

o       medicines such as Paracetamol tablets and syrups, antibiotics, anti-allergies, cough and colds, water purification tablets, medical supplies for first aid such as alcohol, sterile gauze, plaster, Betadine antiseptic solution, etc.

o       Equipment for use of the Emergency Operation Centers such as radio transceivers, warehouses, vehicles, fax machine, photocopiers, cellular phones, generators etc.

 

You can also send your in-kind donations to this address:

•       Metro Manila: # 22 Domingo Guevarra St. Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City 1550

You can send your donations through the women sector account:

 

Account Name: Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan Inc. (KAISA KA)

Account Number: 106930026351

SWIFT CodeBDO-BNORPHMM

Routing No.:  021-000089

Name of the Bank:  BDO-Mandaluyong Libertad Branch

Address of the Bank Branch:  G/F Sierra Heights Place Domingo Guevarra corner Sierra Madre Streets,Mandaluyong City, Philippines, 1550

 

Help us help the Haiyan victims, now. For more information please call our office number 717-3262 or visit us at #22-A, Libertad St., Brgy. Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City and look for Mr. Fidel Fababier or Marie Guzman.

 

We will acknowledge all sponsors/donors and shall provide a concise report on the same.  Thank you in advance for yoursupport.

 

 

Respectfully,

 

Fidel Fababier
National Coordinator, Oplan Sagip Bayan

+639461115073 (Mobile)

kpdpilipinas@gmail.com

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[Events] Civil society groups join forces to demand climate finance from richer countries-PMCJ/AKP/FDC

Civil society groups join forces to demand climate finance from richer countries

CSO demand climate finance from richer countries. Photo from PMCJ FB

CSO demand climate finance from richer countries. Photo from PMCJ FB

Two hundred activists and advocates from three civil society networks and movements marched in July 16 to the Dusit Thani Hotel, where a United Nations meeting on climate finance is being held until tomorrow.

Aksyon Klima Pilipinas (AKP), the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) and the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) called on the delegates of richer or developed countries, which emitted the most greenhouse gas emissions throughout history, to “pay up their climate bill” by funding the adaptation and mitigation efforts of poorer or developed countries and by reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions.

In their mobilization, the activists presented a “billing statement” for developed countries which listed climate change impacts, including casualties and damages from typhoons, decreasing agricultural yield and fish kills.

Naderev Saño of the Philippines and Mark Storey of Sweden, co-chairs of the Long-Term Finance program under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), dropped by the mobilization to receive the joint statement of AKP, PMCJ and FDC.

The first meeting of experts for the Long-Term Finance program under the UNFCCC will be held at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City on July 16 and 17. The program aims to help raise at least USD 100 billion every year by 2020 for the adaptation and mitigation activities of poorer countries like the Philippines, which also happens to be among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

“The Philippines and other poorer countries are doing what they can to raise their own funds for adaptation and mitigation, but those who have the most responsibility should do their long-overdue share,” said Voltaire Alferez, AKP national coordinator.

The type of funds raised for climate finance also matters, said Gerry Arances, PMCJ national coordinator.

“There are existing funds but most are coursed through private sector facilities, repackaging of development funds, and in the form of loans instead of grants. What must be mobilized are public funds to ensure that developed countries are paying their climate debt and to eliminate climate profiteers, who are most likely also the culprits in the private sector,” Arances explained.

In addition, FDC “deplores the fact that the same powerful global interests and entities responsible for the economic domination and underdevelopment of the South, including the Philippines are the same forces mainly responsible for the climate crisis,” according to its president Ricardo Reyes.

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CONTACT:
Denise Fontanilla, Aksyon Klima Pilipinas (0906-4387229, aksyonklima.sec@gmail.com)
Khevin Yu, Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (0917-5213356, pmcj2012.sec@gmail.com)
Atty. Aaron Pedrosa, Freedom from Debt Coalition (0932-3643137, aaron_pedrosa@yahoo.com)

Aksyon Klima Pilipinas (AKP) is a national network of 40 civil society organizations working on climate and development issues at the international, national and local levels. The group was formed originally to strengthen the civil society voice in the Philippine delegation of the United Nations Framework for Climate Change, but has since also worked on other national climate policy issues.

The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) is a broad movement consisting of 103 national networks/alliances and local organizations representing basic sectors, grassroots communities, the marginalized and most vulnerable, and others in the Philippines that aims to lead the joint struggles, campaigns and actions in putting forward the climate justice framework as a fundamental element of solving the climate crisis.

The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) – Philippines is a nationwide multi-sectoral, non-sectarian and pluralist coalition conducting policy advocacy work and campaigns to realize a common framework and agenda for economic development. It has grown over the years to more than 250 organizations and individual members in the National Capital Region and Luzon, and in seven chapters in Visayas and Mindanao.

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[In the news] Sky lanterns light up Iloilo sky, set world record -INQUIRER.net

Sky lanterns light up Iloilo sky, set world record.
By Nestor P. Burgos Jr., Inquirer Visayas
May 26th, 2013

BREAKING THE RECORD Thousands of youths release sky lanterns—15,185 of them—within 10 minutes at the University of the Philippines Visayas campus in Miag-ao in Iloilo City to call for world peace through inner peace. This breaks the Guinness World Record of 12,749 sky lanterns released in a single event, according to organizers. GUIJO DUENAS/INQUIRER VISAYAS

BREAKING THE RECORD Thousands of youths release sky lanterns—15,185 of them—within 10 minutes at the University of the Philippines Visayas campus in Miag-ao in Iloilo City to call for world peace through inner peace. This breaks the Guinness World Record of 12,749 sky lanterns released in a single event, according to organizers. GUIJO DUENAS/INQUIRER VISAYAS

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MIAG-AO, ILOILO—Thousands of lanterns brightened the evening sky in this town on Friday as the Philippines lit its way to a Guinness world record for the most number of sky lanterns flown simultaneously.

The event held at the University of the Philippines Visayas here was also a call for “World Peace through Inner Peace” and was organized by Filipino and Thai participants from various religious faiths.

Seyda Subasi-Gemici, adjudicator and official representative of Guinness World Records, said thousands of participants launched 15,185 sky lanterns at the football pitch of UP-Visayas (UPV). This bested the previous record set in June 2012 by Romania at 12,740 lanterns to promote a shopping mall opening.

“I’m happy to announce a new Guinness World Record. You all were officially amazing,” Gemici told the crowd of around 15,000 who broke into cheers and chanted “Philippines! Philippines!”

A certificate from the world record body was awarded to the organizers for the feat.

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[Statement] Urgent Call to Political Candidates: Celebrate Labor Day by Upholding Workers’ Rights and Dignity -VCDG

Urgent Call to Political Candidates:
Celebrate Labor Day by Upholding Workers’ Rights and Dignity

On behalf of the bishops and priests of the Visayas Clergy Discernment Group (VCDG), I would like to call on government officials and those running for elective positions to meaningfully celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker and the International Workers’ Day on May 1, 2013, by enacting laws and implementing programs promoting the human dignity of workers.

We are one with Pope Francis who said in his book On Heaven and Earth, “We have to search for equality of opportunities and rights, to fight for social benefits, a dignified retirement, holidays, rest, freedom for trade unions. All of these issues create social justice. There should be no have-nots and I want to emphasize that the worst wretchedness is not to be able to earn your bread, not to have the dignity of work.”

Recently, workers from the different parts of the Visayas and the whole country have shared with us that their rights as workers have been violated due to the following: unemployment, low wages, contractualization, and union-busting. How can they joyfully celebrate May 1?

While May 1 celebrates the victory of the 1886 workers’ strike for an eight-hour workday, we are appalled that some garment workers in factories in the Mactan Export Processing Zone in Cebu are forced to work for more than 16 hours a day until the quota is reached, else they would be “shot by the guard.”

Pope Francis also said, “We live in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least.The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.”

What the Holy Father said is also true in our country where amidst so-called “economic growth”, poverty incidence remained the same since 2006, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). So many of our workers have become jobless, hungry and homeless.

Last February 2013 in an Election Summit of the Archdiocese of Cebu, workers listed the following as their agenda: 1) Employment through developing domestic industries; 2) Decent and living wage: Support legislated wage increase; 3) Regular jobs: Abolish contractualization of labor; 4) Worker’s rights protected: Abolish the power of the Labor Secretary to assume jurisdiction of labor dispute.
We, the electorate must ask the political candidates to heed the Workers’ Agenda. A candidate’s commitment to the fulfillment of workers’ rights and the promotion of the workers’ dignity must be one of the important considerations in voting for him/her. All of us must do our share to address the workers’ plight, as Pope Francis reminded us that failing to do this “is going against the commandment of God which says that we have to transform the world.”

For reference:

Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza, D.D.
Auxiliary Bishop of Jaro/ VCDG Head Convenor
Tel. No. 032-4068079

VISAYAS CLERGY DISCERNMENT GROUP
E-Mail Address: visayasclergydiscernment@yahoo.com

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April 29, 2013

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[Announcement] Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), is now hiring!

ANNOUNCEMENT!

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), is now hiring:

TFDP logo small2 staff to be assigned in Visayas island
1 staff for Research, Documentation & Information Program (RDIP)
1 staff for Direct Service Program (DSP)

Qualifications:
At least college graduate or college level
Must have writing & interviewing skills and a good listener as well
Physically able and highly mobile
Must be willing to undergo trainings to enhance his/her capability

Any interested applicant kindly email to:

Mr. Emmanuel Amistad
Executive Director
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
Email: tfdp.1974@gmail.com

[Press Release] Summit on Credible Cebu Elections 2013 to Propose Concrete Actions for Electoral Reforms -Visayas Clergy Discernment Group

Summit on Credible Cebu Elections 2013
to Propose Concrete Actions for Electoral Reforms

Bp Gerardo Alminaza croppedThe Cebu Archdiocese through the Office of the Archbishop, in partnership with the Comelec-7 and DepED-7, will launch a summit to explore concrete actions in addressing election issues in Cebu.

The “Summit on Credible Cebu Elections 2013:Addressing the Most Challenging Election Issues” will be on February 23, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Cebu Mariners’ Court, Pier 1, Cebu City.

Around 1,000 individuals are expected to participate in the Summit, namely: COMELEC Election Officers, DepED Supervisors, Cebu Clergy, NGO’s/PO’s representatives, Universities and Colleges Representatives (Administrators/Faculty), Youth Leaders, PNP (Regional, Province, City) Directors, representatives from media, political parties, LGUs, business, and religious/faith-based communities/councils.

Cebu Archbishop Most Rev. Jose S. Palma in his invitation to different groups said that the Summit will “endeavor to forge maximum unity in embracing electoral advocacy and in implementing the needed concrete strategies for electoral reforms.”

During the Summit, there will be workshops on the following concerns: 1. Vote-buying, 2. Electoral Rules Violations/Irregularities, 3. Political Dynasty, 4. Sectoral Agenda.

The workshop on the Sectoral Agenda are for the following sectors– farmers, fisherfolk, urban poor (informal settlers, vendors, drivers), workers, women, youth, elderly and persons with disabilities.

To prepare for the summit, some law schools in Cebu are studying the said election issues and will propose policy reforms.

Speakers during the Summit are Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma, Visayas Clergy Discernment Group Head Convenor Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza, Secretary of Education Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, and Comelec 7 Regional Director Temie Lambino.

Registration fee is P250.00 per participant to cover for lunch, snacks and handouts. For inquiries, please contact the Archdiocesan Discernment Group Secretariat (Dottie) at Telephone No. (032) 255-2743.

For Reference:
MSGR. ROMUALDO G. KINTANAR
Convenor, Archdiocesan Discernment Group
Tel. No. (032) 272-8091

February 2, 2013
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[Event/Announcement] 6th Asia Pacific Mediation Forum Summit, Manila 2013 -PolScie Dept. DLSU

6th Asia Pacific Mediation Forum Summit, Manila 2013

Mediation in a Globalizing World: Challenges to Multi-Culturalism, Peace-Building, and Religious Tolerance
De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila, Philippines
December 9-11, 2013

Information about the APMF 2013 Summit

On behalf of the committee responsible for convening the 2013 Asia Pacific Mediation Forum Summit – the Political Science Department of De La Salle University, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Mediation Forum Executive Committee – it is my pleasure to provide information about the three-day APMF Summit in Manila, Philippines.

The main objective of the APMF Summit is to facilitate the exchange and development of knowledge, values and skills of mediation in any form including inter-cultural, interpersonal, inter-institutional and international, within and between the diverse countries and cultures in the Asia Pacific region through bi-annual conferences, which are held in the Asia-Pacific region with a different country taking responsibility for hosting each conference.

In 2013, the host of the APMF Summit is the Philippines, and the lead convenor is the De La Salle University. The aim of the upcoming Summit is to bring together and engage experienced conflict resolution and mediation practitioners, researchers, educators, trainers, civil society workers/practioners, human rights activists, jurists, businessmen, and policy makers from different cultural, organizational and professional backgrounds who are culturally fluent, creative and innovative, want to contribute and build on their knowledge and expertise, and are prepared to play a leadership role in transforming the way that conflicts are handled in the Asia-Pacific region. The program of the 2013 APMF Summit includes three days of optional pre-Summit activities, and three days of combined paper presentations, round table discussions and mediation workshops at basic and intermediate levels.

The objectives of the Summit are as follows:

• To advance individual capacity and collaborations, build networks and promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding of mediation as well as of other conflict transformation processes across the Asia Pacific Region.
• To mine the collective depth and breadth of the delegates’ expertise in order to inspire strategies for change that can advance mediation and other conflict transformation processes with the end goal of promoting peace across the Asia Pacific region.
• To facilitate the development of effective themed action plans from cross-cutting and focused roundtable discussions that can be implemented by delegates and which have real potential to advance mediation and other conflict transformation processes in culturally fluent ways across Asia Pacific region.
• To inspire and support initiatives to advance mediation and other conflict transformation processes in the region.
The expected and prospective participants, speakers and other presenters at the Summit include individuals from the following sectors of countries in the Asia-Pacific region:
• The highest political, executive, legislative, and judicial government offices or departments of participating countries
• The business and private sector
Civil society organizations (e.g. local NGOs and CBOs, INGOs, faith based organizations and IP organizations, among others)
• Inter-governmental bodies (e.g., UN Agencies, EU, ASEAN, World Bank and ADB, among others)

We would like to invite you to participate in the 2013 APMF Summit. For those who wish to present papers during the Summit, please refer to the ‘Call for Papers Concept Note’ below. Other relevant information about the Summit is also available here for your reference.

Details regarding the registration are available on this site (see below). A special conference website will be available soon which will have more information for registrants.

Should you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact the 2013 APMF Summit Committee via email at apmf2013Summit@gmail.com.

We are looking forward for your participation and attendance in the Summit.

Yours sincerely,
Rizal G. Buendia, PhD (Political Science)
Chair, 2013 APMF Steering Committee
Associate Professor
Political Science Department
De La Salle University
2401 Taft Avenue, Manila 1004, Philippines
Phone/Fax (63-2) 524-4611 ext 570
http://www.dlsu.edu.ph

Call for Presenters

Topics to be explored through presentations, panel discussions, open forums, and group dialogues during the conference include:

• Business and Mediation
• Mediation and Conflict Resolution/Transformation of Religious, Ethnic, Ideological, and Resource Management conflicts and disputes.
• Mediation and Politics
• Mediation and the Media
• Mediation and Public Policy
• Mediation and Peace and Security
• Mediation and Human Rights
• Mediation and Education
• Mediation, Gender and Development
Family Mediation and Family Violence (Violence Against Women and Children).
• Mediation and the Courts
• Mediation and Armed Conflicts
• Global Trends in Mediation

Abstracts for presentations

Prospective delegates of the Summit are invited to submit an abstract no more 500 words, and a short biography of no more than 500 words, on any of the above topics through apmf2013Summit@gmail.com. The deadline for submission is the close of business, March 15, 2013 (Philippine time, GMT+8:00). Accepted abstracts will be announced on April 30, 2013. Please read the ‘Concept Note’ at the bottom of this notice before writing your abstract.

Please indicate the following in submitting your abstracts: a) name of author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of presentation (e) body of the abstract, and (f) key words. We will acknowledge receipt of all submitted abstracts, and authors of accepted abstracts will be duly notified via email. Papers judged to be of sufficient academic quality through a peer review process may be included in a post-Summit edited volume.

If you do not receive a reply from us regarding the acceptance of your abstract in the week following April 30, 2013, please contact us via email for your inquiries.

Pre-Summit Mediation Activities
December 6-8, 2013

Exposure trips will be organized for Summit registrants who wish to be exposed to the best practices in the field of mediation in the Philippines. These pre-summit trips will allow participants to have exchanges and conduct face-to-face dialogues with grassroots communities and local organizations that practice mediation in various areas of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, while serving as an opportunity to interact with and appreciate the cultural heritage of the Filipino people.

Registration for these pre-Summit activities is distinct from that of the APMF Summit proper. Details on the registration process and fees for the pre-Summit activities will be forthcoming on this and the new Summit website.

Summit Registration Fees

ONLINE REGISTRATION FEES FOR THE SUMMIT
REGULAR RATES

Participant Categories                         Early Bird / Standard  /  Late Registration
Delegates from OECD Countries               US $ 450          US $ 500          US $ 550
Delegates from Non-OECD Countries     US $ 400         US $ 450           US $ 500
Local Philippine based Delegates            US $ 300         US $ 350           US $ 400

STUDENT RATES:
Participant Categories                          Early Bird / Standard / Late Registration

Delegates from OECD Countries               US $ 200          US $ 250            US $ 300
Delegates from Non-OECD Countries     US $ 150          US $ 200            US $ 250
Local Philippine based Delegates            US $ 100          US $ 150             US $ 200

LATE/ON-SITE REGISTRATION FEES FOR THE SUMMIT
ON-SITE
REGULAR RATES:

Participant Categories Rates*
Delegates from OECD Countries US $ 600
Delegates from Non-OECD Countries US $ 550
Local Philippine based Delegates US $ 450

STUDENT RATES:
Participant Categories Rates*
Delegates from OECD Countries US $ 330
Delegates from Non-OECD Countries US $ 275
Local Philippine based Delegates US $ 220

*Includes 10% surcharge as processing fee. Summit registration fees cover conference day lunches, welcome cocktail party (gala dinner), coffee/tea at breaks, Summit publications, kits, and materials, hotel transfers to the venue, and a cultural evening at the venue. The fee also includes a two-year APMF membership. However, the registration fee does not include the cost of accommodation nor the cost of the pre-Summit mediation activities (pre-mediation Summit field trips). Registrants will be asked to complete an application form for membership of the APMF when they register which can then be forwarded to the Secretary/Treasurer of the APMF – Tony OGorman by email: mediator@tonyogorman.com . The membership form can be accessed on the APMF website: http://www.asiapacificmediationforum.org

IMPORTANT DATES:
Early Registration online March 9 – June 9, 2013
Regular Registration online June 10 – October 9, 2013
Late Registration online October 10 – November 9, 2013
Deadline of the Registration online November 9, 2013
On-Site Registration December 9, 2013

Registration fees can be paid through the following ways:
• Bank Deposit
• Paypal
• Wire Transfer
• On-Site Payment

Further details on the registration process will be provided on the conference website which will be launched soon.

Cancellation and Refund Deadline

Paid registrants may cancel their registration and receive a refund (less $20 administration fee) up until November 9, 2013. Cancellation and refund requests received after this deadline will no longer be entertained.

Call for APMF Peace Prize Nominations

Since its inception in 2001, the APMF has awarded a Peace Prize to individuals, groups or organizations who have had a significant impact on promoting peace in the Asia Pacific region. Previous APMF Peace Prize recipients include Jose Ramos-Horta, the Melanesian Peace Project, Dame Joan Metge and Sister Guilhermina, FdCC.

Continuing this tradition, the APMF Executive is pleased to officially open nominations for individuals or organizations deserving of the Peace Prize. Recipients of the Prize will obtain a certificate, trophy and a sum of money to further their efforts in promoting peace, as well as international recognition and exposure on the APMF website.

Peace Prize Nominators must be current APMF members.

Peace Prize Nominees: An organization, group or an individual located and advancing peace within the Asia Pacific Region. A prize nominee need not be an APMF member.

Further details regarding the APMF Peace Prize can be found on this APMF website (see the APMF Home Page). Please email the APMF President with the required information if you wish to nominate at individual, group or organisation – dale.bagshaw@unisa.edu.au

Call for Papers ‘Concept Note’

Mediation in a Globalizing World: Challenges to Multiculturalism, Peacebuilding and Religious Tolerance
The serious contradictory outcomes brought about by globalization in human society – affluence and poverty, economic growth and deprivation, cultural homogeneity and increased awareness in socio-cultural heterogeneity, and ecological restitution and damages, among others – have divided the world between pro-globalization group and anti-globalization lobby. For over 20 years, scholars from various fields and disciplines have vigorously debated on issues and concerns confronting globalization focusing on its powerful economic, political, cultural, and social dimensions (Belk, 1996; Castells, 1996; Featherstone, 1990, 1995; Ger and Belk, 1996; Liebes and Katz, 1993; Robertson, 1992; Landes 1999; Sklair, 2002; Waters, 1995; Matei, 2006; Scholte 2000).

Anthony Giddens adds an important feature to the picture of globalization by describing it as having interactive and dialectical dimensions wherein worldwide social relations are intensified and “local transformations are lateral extensions of social connections across time and space… local happenings may move in an obverse direction from the very distanced relations that shape them” (1990: 64). Joseph Stigliz, a Nobel Prize winner in economics, sums up globalization itself as “neither good nor bad. It has the power to do enormous good. But in much of the world it has not brought comparable benefits. For many, it seems closer to an unmitigated disaster” (2002: 20). Barnet and Cavanagh (1994) contend that the process of globalization is inherently disruptive and that an increasing incidence of conflict is an inevitable bi-product of it. Globalization, thus, is both creative and destructive; it promotes security and increases risks; it makes the world smaller but disintegrates people; renders national borders irrelevant and yet tribalisms of all kinds flourish and irredentism thrives.

The socio-cultural and politico-economic conflicts in the world made mediation in its various forms imperative. As argued by Mazzella (2004), mediation processes are abundant in the context of globalization. While Mazzella is interested in the processes of mediation in ethnography, he views the process of dialogues, which can have positive or negative results in the settlement of disputes, create more value than would have been created if the underlying dispute had not occurred.

Globalization and mediation are intricately interlinked. While the former generally refers to the process of international integration arising from the interchange of world views, products, ideas, and cultures; the latter relates to the process that leads institutions and individuals to reflect and react on a given social dispensation, identify their roles within it, and gives meaning and value to their everyday practices and participation in a specific set of modes of intercession. Globalization and mediation as social processes have influenced the quality of peoples’ lives; they contain far-reaching implications to virtually every facet of human life. Thus, they have to be viewed not simply as opportunities for countries and citizens to be mindful of the impact of their countries actions and policies, but also in shaping and reshaping social relations within all countries, and across sectors between and among countries.

Mediation, which broadly refers to any occurrence in which a third party helps others reach agreement, possesses a structure, timetable and dynamics that ordinary negotiation lacks. The process is voluntary, participatory, private, confidential, and possibly enforced by law; and the mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates rather than directs the process. In as much as all forms of mediations involve dual relations, processes and measures can be effective instruments not only in raising public and political awareness to respond to socio-cultural and political conflicts, environmental disasters, and inequalities. These also deal with disputes that employ approaches relevant to multiculturalism, peace building consensus, inter-faith discourses, and other discords that aid parties reach a settlement to address their differences amicably and in a just manner. In this regard, disputants may mediate disputes in a variety of domains, such as commercial, legal, diplomatic, workplace, community, as well as household.

The effectiveness or ineffectiveness of mediation measures in multiple domains depends much on the mediator’s skill and training. As the practice gained popularity, training programs, certifications, and licensing followed that produced trained, professional mediators committed to the discipline and vision in developing, refining, improving, and promoting a dispute management system capable of addressing conflicts and disputes in various fields.

As the pace of global change is accelerating over time and across space, tensions associated with social changes have been largely inevitable, some are undoubtedly creative in their effects. These put great stress on individuals, social institutions, and governments. Unless human needs and rights issues involved are not adequately addressed, the incidence and intensity of social conflict concomitant with globalization are likely to increase steadily in the years ahead. A comprehensive and an inclusive institutional and policy reforms have to done to help individuals and societies adjust to change. However, measures taken so far have not provided adequate solutions to the perceived and felt problems.

Indeed, if the processes, practices, and theories and concepts of mediation have to respond effectively and mitigate if not completely answer the multi-dimensional aspects of disputes, new thinking about these old questions is essential.

It is against this backdrop that this the 6th Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum Conference is called.
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[Statement] Groups set National Day of Protest against high electricity rates on Nov. 22 -FDC

Groups set National Day of Protest against high electricity rates on Nov. 22

MANILA, Philippines – The Freedom from Debt Coalition, together with various people’s organizations, will be holding a National Day of Protest on November 22, 2012 to register the people’s resistance to the skyrocketing electricity rates that continue to burden the people and the relentless privatization of the power industry under the EPIRA or Electric Power Industry Reform Act.

Manjette Lopez, FDC vice president, said that organizations in more than 50 cities and municipalities have expressed their support for the National Day of Action against high electricity rates.

“We expect that more people will join the protest in the coming days,” she added.

According to FDC, there are, at least, 10 reasons why the people should join the National Day of Protest.

First, the people should call for the repeal of the EPIRA. Since its enactment, the EPIRA has not done anything to lower electricity rates. Instead, it has removed the ownership, management and control of government as it allowed the privatization of the government’s power assets to private corporations whose only intention in acquiring such properties is profit.

Second, the National Day of Protest is part of the struggle against the continuing increase of electricity rates. In Luzon, people pay around P11/kWh, a far cry from the pre-EPIRA rates of P5/kWh.

Third, the Senate Bill 3250, which was filed by Sen. Serge Osmeña, to extend the life of the Power Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corp. for another 10 years. The question is what has the PSALM done since its creation? Before PSALM Corp., the debt of the National Power Corporation (Napocor) stood at US$16, after the creation of the PSALM and subsequent sale of 80% of Napocor’s assets, the present Napocor debt stands at US$17B. With callous gall, PSALM intends to borrow P60B next year for its operations and maturing obligations.

Fourth, PSALM Corp. has been pushing the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to approve its application to pass on the “stranded debt,” amounting to P140 billion, to the consumers. PSALM Corp.’s application would translate to an additional 36 centavos/kWh to be charged against the consumer for 3 years or 3 centavos/kWh payable in the span of 15 years. This additional charge will reflect as the Universal Charge.

Fifth, the open access or electricity market under the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) which is prone to price manipulation. The truth of the matter is that five big players of the power industry can easily dictate the outcome of the market.

Sixth, the recent Supreme Court decision to privatize the Angat Dam hydro-electric power plant (HEPP). The Angat HEPP is now 100% owned by Korea Water Resources Corporation, a foreign company. This goes against our Constitution’s provisions on sovereignty. Angat Dam is the single-most important water source of Metro Manila as it provides 97 percent of the water needs of at least 12 million residents of the country’s capital and irrigates some 31,000 hectares of farms across 20 towns and municipalities in Bulacan and Pampanga.

Seventh, the use of the Performance Based Rate (PBR) methodology to determine rate increases. The ERC has allowed excessive rate increases this year which ranges from 15% to 21% returns for the private utilities. These increases goes beyond the 12% ceiling for returns as stipulated in the Return on Rate Base provided for by the Public Utilities Act.

Eight, the recent updating of the Bill Deposit Charge, which serves as an insurance for Meralco against residents who are not capable to pay for their electricity.

Ninth, in the Visayas, PSALM Corp. is pushing for the privatization of the independent power producer administration (IPPA) supply contract of the Unified Leyte Geothermal Power Plant (ULGPP). If the privatization of the IPPA pushes through, this may translate into a 100% increase in rates quite similar to what happened in Negros Occidental.

And tenth, the continued push to privatize the Agus-Pulangi hydro plants in Mindanao. Agus-Pulangi continues to be the source of affordable electricity for the Mindanaoans, which roughly provides for more than %50 of the island’s electricity needs. If the privatization of the said plant pushes through, the possibility of rate increases will be inevitable.

Aside from FDC, other organizations that support this nationwide action include: Akbayan, Alliance of Progressive Labor, Alyansa ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura, Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines, BISIG, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, Faith-based Congress Against Immoral Debts, Kalayaan, Katarungan.

Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya, KMBM, Koalisyong Pabahay ng Pilipinas, Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralita ng Lungsod, KUMPAS, Makabayan-Pilipinas, Pagkakaisa ng mga Manggagawa sa Transportasyon, Partido Lakas ng Masa, Partido ng Manggagawa, Piglas-Kababaihan, and SANLAKAS.

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[Statement] What one Government gives, another Government takes away

What one Government gives, another Government takes away

(Statement of Bishops and Priests of the National Clergy Discernment Group and the Visayas Clergy Discernment Group on the Barangay Luz, Cebu City Demolition)
October 17, 2012

Demolition in Barangay Luz, Cebu City Photo by Visayan Clergy Discernment Group

“To do all we can with what strength we have, however, is the task which keeps the good servant of Jesus Christ always at work: ‘The love of Christ urges us on’ (2 Cor 5:14)” [Deus caritas est, 35].

With these words of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, we, bishops and priests of the Visayas Clergy Discernment Group and the National Clergy Discernment Group, give our full support to the legitimate and just cause of the families of 32 households facing demolition in Barangay Luz, Cebu City who are heirs of land given to them in the 1950’s by the government of President Magsaysay through Proclamation 394 on March 15, 1957. The barangay was then named by the people after his wife Luz Banzon Magsaysay.

More than 50 years later, another government takes away their land, through some technicality, as decided by the Supreme Court.

The Cebu City Council refuses to act on the Executive’s proposal for on-site relocation. The reason – the Council is dominated by the opposing political party. The usual trapo politicking results in more suffering for the people.

The judge who implemented the Supreme Court decision is now in a bind. The first nine families whose houses got demolished and he got evicted are told that their designated relocation lots are in fact already owned by other families. So, the evicted families are left to live under tents next to their own inherited land – ironic!

We hear them crying out, like Jesus on the Cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46) and we respond with collective voice in asking the Supreme Court to order the RTC of Cebu to postpone further demolitions until all the requirements of relocation are adequately in place; preferably that the heirs hold on to the land given to them by President Ramon Magsaysay.

Secondly, the bishops and priests of the NCDG urge the Executive and Legislative branches of the Cebu City LGU to lay aside partisan politics, and serve the people.

May the day won’t come that we would have to ask the Lord: “…When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and we would not help you?” And may we would not have to hear the Lord reply: “I tell you, whenever you refused to help one of these least important ones, you refused to help me. And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting” (Mt. 25:44-46).

SIGNED BY 86 PRIESTS FROM DIFFERENT DIOCESES IN THE COUNTRY AND SUBMITTED TO THE SUPREME COURT ON OCTOBER 17, 2012.

In behalf of the NCDG and VCDG,

Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, D.D. (SGD).
Auxiliary Bishop of Jaro
Tel. No. (033) 3291625

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[Press Release] Teachers’ Dignity coalition (TDC-CEBU) defends colleague in hot seat

Teachers‘ Dignity coalition (TDC-CEBU) defends colleague in hot seat

The child abuse issue has reached every household in Cebu and has been a very familiar story for over two weeks now. The matter started when a teacher from Mandaue City reportedly forced her students to swallow paper as a punishment for not doing their classroom task. Another teacher from South Cebu reportedly slapped her student for not following his instruction. The list of cases goes on and it’s not only happening in Cebu but in the entire country as well.

We do not tolerate child abuse. If these are true, we will be the first to condemn the actions. But we appeal to the public not to condemn the teachers. A single mistake from a teacher does not mean that all teachers are sinners of the same sin. We shall not put our teachers on a public trial. Teachers like other dignified beings are protected by laws; a due process should be given to teachers or cases involving them. We also call on the DepEd to protect us and insist the innocence of teacher-suspect until proven guilty.

There are factors to consider in analyzing the cases of corporal punishment in schools. We appeal to the understanding of everyone. Please note that nobody would become a teacher if he or she does not love the children. Patience, sacrifice, understanding and most especially love for children are but natural qualities one needs in order for him or her to become a teacher. We believe that the Filipino teachers are the most patient and loving- because despite the low salaries and long years of neglect to them, they are still here serving the Filipino children. #
*This and other issues shall be discussed in a press conference called by TDC, DepEd National Employees’ Union (DepEd NEU) and Philippine Elementary School Principals Association (PESPA) this morning (September 27, 2012) at 10:00 o’clock at DepEd Ecotech Center, Lahug Cebu City.

For details:
Anabelle Dela Cerna, tdc Vice Chair for Visayas, 0929-6907602
Benjo Basas, TDC National Chair, 0920-5740241

PRESS RELEASE
September 26, 2012

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