Women’s group led flash mob to end VAW

Women’s group and other people’s group danced simultaneously at the Rizal Park yesterday to drumbeat the end of violence against women (VAW).

Gabriela Women’s Party and Gabriela Alliance, along with Migrante Partylist, Salugpungan, Karapatan and other people’s organization initiated a flash mob in their One Billion Rising: Revolution Campaign (OBR) this year.

OBR director Monique Wilson said this year’s celebration focused on the cases of human rights violation involving the indigenous people and migrant workers.

Wilson said the movement is a continuous call for the government to give ample attention on the cases of violence against women as well as apprehending those responsible for the abuse and the causes of its prevalence.

“Sa aming experience kasi, hindi na siya nagiging number 1 priority ng government. Part of this campaign is looking at the perpetrators and kung ano yung root ng violence,” said Wilson.

“Hindi naman sapat na magko-call lang tayo para itigil lang yung karahasan pero hindi natin nadi-discuss kung ano yung cause nito,” she added.

Gabriela bared that the men in uniform such as the militaries and policemen were involved in the increasing cases of VAW.

Wilson also blamed the government policies to have contributed to this kind of violence and the struggle to solve it.

“Dito sa Philippines, hindi natin madi-deny na ang government policies talaga ang siyang nagpapahirap sa ating mga kababaihan at kadalasan, sila pa yung perpetrators ng violence,” she said.

The One Billion Rising Movement was an opening salvo of the celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the National Consciousness Day to End Violence Against Women and Girls on Wednesday, November 25.

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Women’s group led flash mob to end VAW, November 25, 2015

City Council supports Mayor Duterte’s presidential race

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has the support of the city council in his journey towards becoming the country’s next president.

Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang bared that the city councilors are planning on the presidential campaign strategies spearheaded by Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

“We will support the mayor for presidency. In fact, padayon na mi sigeg plano. Basin bahinon namo among mga councilors asa mi ma-assign with the instruction of Vice Mayor Pulong,” said Dayanghirang.

2nd District Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre said he eyed to expand the campaign up to his hometown Cebu and Bacolod.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday finally gave in for the 2016 presidential post after he opposed the decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) on the disqualification case of Senator Grace Poe.

The SET dismissed the petition of Rizalito David to disqualify the senator due to the issues of her citizenship. The ruling got 5-4 votes in favor of Poe.

For Duterte, “the highest post of the land must be reserved for a true-blue Filipino.”

Mayor Duterte believed that Poe could only be considered as a Filipino citizen but not a natural-born Filipino.

Meanwhile, Dayanghirang said Duterte’s local party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod do not have a decision yet on who will candidate to replace the mayor of the city, be it Inday Sara Duterte or Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: City Council supports Mayor Duterte’s presidential race, November 25, 2015

Gov’t agencies vow to curb child labor

DAVAO CITY – Several government agencies pledged yesterday to help in the fight against child labor in the region.

During the 1st Anti-Child Labor Summit organized by the regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment at SMX Lanang, representatives from the key government offices inked a Joint Memorandum Circular for the implementation of H.E.L.P. M.E. Convergence Program in the presence of DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.

The H.E.L.P. M.E. Convergence Program aims to engage government offices in extending programs and services to Child Labor hotspot communities to eliminate the presence of child laborers in these areas.

Under this program, they will provide Health Services and Medical Assistance (H), Education and Trainings (E), Livelihood Opportunities for the parents of child laborers (L), Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution (P), Monitoring (M) and Evaluation (E).

DOLE 11 regional director Joffrey M. Suyao said they targetted the baranggays for this program because they wanted to reach the informal sector as it has the most presence of child labors.

“Mahirap sa informal sectors that is why we tap the baranggays because they can identify these,” he said.

(It is very hard to reach the informal sectors that is why we tap the baranggays because they can identify these (for profilling).)

“We are challenging the baranggays to clear their communities from child labor and make it child-labor-free,” he added.

As of 2009, there are about 400,000 child laborers in Davao Region.

This is the 3rd year of the H.E.L.P. M.E. Convergence Program to Address Child Labor which enjoined the DOLE, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Justice (DOJ), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) among others.

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Gov’t agencies vow to curb child labor, November 24, 2015

Mindanao films to take limelight the 11th time

The passionate desire to tell the stories of Mindanao to the world through the visual medium continues to be the driving force for the local independent filmmakers to create films.

Thus, the organizers of the “longest running regional film festival in the country” launched “Onse”, the 11th Mindanao Film Festival (MFF) to be screened on December 9 to 15, 2015.

This year’s film festival will showcase 30 films from the different parts of Mindanao in Gaisano Mall Cinema 6.

MFF founder Dax Cañedo encouraged the public to watch independent films especially those crafted by Mindanaoans in order to appreciate the exquisiteness of the stories told in these kinds of films compared to the mainstream movies.

“These local filmmakers helped the people in Mindanao by presenting the region in a different light especially those stories that are not usually mentioned and discussed. So at least, through these films, they will see the whole picture of Mindanao,” he said.

He said the audacity of the independent filmmakers to delve and present issues including those controversial in nature made their films worthy to be watched as it offers another perspective to the audience.

“I think these makes indie films rich and powerful because it tackles themes not usually highlighted in the mainstream films,” he said.

He added that it is also a medium that enables one to learn and discover cultures without being present.

“Through indie films, you really learn and discover culture (of other places) without having to go there,” he said.

Until now, local independent filmmakers remained to strive in gaining audience and in exposing their crafts in mainstream-oriented public primarily because they lack the financial capacity to promote it. Aside from that, their films also present topics that do not easily appeal the general audience.

“Independent filmmakers don’t really earn much from these, mainly because their contents don’t have mass appeal. And if there is, the issue now is on the promotion. So, that is still an issue that the independent film industry in the country tries to solve,” he said.

“They are motivated not by money but by the desire to tell a story and they chose to tell it through films,” he added.

Last year’s MFF has a record-breaking film toll of 63 films.

The 11th Mindanao Film Festival is funded by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Mindanao films to take limelight the 11th time, November 20, 2015

Add’l requirements for driver’s license is for public safety-LTO 11

Additional requirements in applying and renewing for driver’s license is to make sure that drivers are not criminals.

Land Transportation Office 11 Chief of Operations Eleanor Calderon said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Police clearances are added to the existing requirements in securing driver’s license to screen the applicants that they do not have criminal liabilities though it was not stated in the memorandum released by the agency.

“According to the memorandum, the following requirements will be asked from the applicants but it did not stated the rationale behind,” she said.

“But siguro tan-aw namo, it is asked just to probably identify the applicants kay basi diay criminal tong isa ba unya nganong nakakuha og license,”she added.

(Perhaps the reason for imposing the additional requirements is to properly identify the identity of the applicants because some people might wonder why a person with a criminal record was able to get a license.)

Calderon, however, admitted that the additional requirements was opposed by majority of the public who claimed those are useless or “nonsense”.

She also said the requirements did not pass through public consultation.

She explained that those are part of the basic requirements since NBI clearance is needed in securing a non-professional license while the medical certificate is needed for those who will apply for Student Permit to Drive.

New applicants as well as those who wanted to renew their licenses need to secure the NBI and Police clearances and medical certificate.

The memorandum stipulating the additional requirements was signed by LTO Assistant Secretary Alfonso Tan and took effect on November 9, 2015.

Meanwhile, it is no longer necessary for the driver’s license applicants to take a drug test.

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Add’l requirements for driver’s license is for public safety-LTO 11, November 18, 2015

BBL to be passed before next president takes over

The Office of the Presidential Peace Adviser on Peace Process (OPPAPP) is persistent to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before the upcoming election bares the next president.

OPPAPP chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said they are doing the best they can to elevate the BBL to the House of Representatives and Senate before this year’s session ends.

“Nandun pa rin yung pagpupursige that the process will happen and not pass this problem o the next administration. The idea is to be able to pass the law then ano pang timeline ang kailangan i-adjust, i-adjust natin ito,” she said.

(We are still determined that the process will happen and not pass this problem on the next administration. The idea is to be able to pass the law. We will adjust the timeline whenever necessary.)

The Senate session is set to end to December 16, 2015.

She said the BBL is still in the interpolation process of the Senate. The delay of its passage is caused by the postponement of the process due to the lack of quorum of the Senators.

“It is very clear that we don’t have much time but definitely, there’s still time. Ang mahalaga, kahit hindi pa yan umabot sa bicameral conference this year basta maitawid na yan sa plenary ng House and Senate,” she said.

(The important thing is for the law to get across the House and Senate plenary even if it will not yet reach the bicameral conference this year.)

She said the progress of the law would be faster if it reaches the plenary because it no longer needs the presence of the majority of representatives and senators for the discussion to push through.

Meanwhile, she also clarified that the capture of a Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) member Abdul Manap Mentang will not hinder the passage of BBL.

Abdul Manap Mentang is one of the suspects during the bombing in the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) on February 14, 2005 as well as the bombing incidents in Sasa Port and Davao Airport.

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: BBL to be passed before next president takes over, November 16, 2015

Why is it ok to be a hampaslupa

To be called a “hampaslupa” is no longer an identity to be ashamed of but an advocacy to stand for.

For the environmental group Greenpeace, it is a gesture of support to our local and organic farmers by patronizing organic produce and promoting ecological agriculture.

Though “hampaslupa” connotes destitution or lowly status, it can be literally defined as “to hit or till the soil”, a method generally practiced by farmers.

Thus, Greenpeace launched #IAmHampaslupaRegional Youth Forum in Davao City on Friday to encourage and maximize the participation of about 500 youth from different colleges and universities to become “hampaslupas”, a supporter of local farmers, a patron of healthy and organic food choices and promoter of ecological agriculture.

“Farming is a noble profession. Farmers feed us. By eating, we participate in farming and re-affirm the value and role of the farmers: each of us help ‘till the soil’ with our food choices. Collectively and individually, we are hampaslupa,” a statement from Greenpeace.

“Mahalagang kilalanin ng kabataan ang kahalagahan ng agrikultura at ang kaugnayan nito sa pagkain,” said Leonora Lava, Greenpeace Senior Campaigner for Food and Ecological Agriculture.

(It is very crucial that the youth understands the importance of agriculture and its relationship with food.)

She also said the campaign also aims to empower the youth, being biggest voting population, to challenge presidential hopefuls to give attention on food security and ecological agriculture, a type of agriculture that does not depend on chemical fertilizer and pesticides.

“We need everyone to get involved in this national problem, and we start by engaging the youth by providing them a platform where they can voice their opinions and challenge the next president to act on this problem,” she said.

Lava said the country lacks comprehensive food policy that lead to the issue of food insecurity.

“Dahil wala po tayong food policy, yung agricultural lands natin sige-sige po yung conversion. Conversion of agricultural lands into other uses. Nakasalang tuloy ang ating food production,” she said.

(Because we don’t have food policy, our agricultural lands are constantly being converted for other uses. It perishes our food production.)

Aside from that, she said the majority of crops cultivated in the Philippines are bound for exportation rather than for public consumption. These include crops like banana, pineapple, and rubber among others.

The #IAmHampaslupa campaign will culminate on November 25 to 27, 2015 in Manila during the National Youth Congress.

The #IamHampaslupa campaign was in partnership with University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP), University of Mindanao (UM), Philippine Women’s College (PWC), Masipag Mindanao, Greenpeace Mindanao and Interface Development Interventions, Inc. (IDIS).

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Why is it ok to be a hampaslupa, November 13, 2015