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QC EVACUATION ALERT UP IN FLOOD-PRONE AREAS

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Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista warned families living near waterways and riverbanks to start evacuating as QC braces for tropical storm “Chedeng”.

In a statement, the Mayor said there is an urgent need for these families to relocate to safer grounds to minimize loss of lives and properties against any eventualities that maybe brought about by “Chedeng”.

The Mayor ordered members of the QC disaster risk reduction management council and concerned barangay executives to start informing the informal settler families, especially those living near waterways and riverbanks, that they are facing greater risks should there be occurrences of flashfloods.

Barangays near the Tullahan River, including Sta. Lucia, Sta. Monica, North Farview and West Fairview, are among those considered as flood-prone areas in Quezon City.

The Quezon City government is putting in place preventive measures to bolster the necessary preparations as typhoon “Chedeng” moves towards the metropolis.

Recently, the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (QDRRM), on orders from the Mayor, alerted the QC residents particularly those living in the low lying barangays against possible flashfloods that may be caused by typhoons similar to “Ondoy.”

According to QCDRRMC action officer and Department of Public and Order Safety Head Elmo DG. San Diego, the barangay officials from flood prone communities have undergone disaster preparedness training during a series of seminars to enhance their capabilities to carry out search and rescue operations.

QDRRMC has organized local response teams for a fast mobilization of local manpower during emergencies like flashfloods.

Mayor Bautista instructed San Diego to organize 24/7 standby rescue teams stationed in every barangay and within the Quezon City Hall compound to ensure the safety of all QC residents, especially those living along the waterways.

According to PAGASA, Typhoon Chedeng has maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) and is expected to bring heavy rains to several areas of the country, including Metro Manila. -30- Precy/Rico/Ej/ Maureen Quinones, PAISO

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May 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

NSCB Opens Aklan Statistical Information Center

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True to its vision to reach out to every sector of society and making statistics available and accessible at the grassroots level, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Aklan launched the Satellite National Statistical Information Center (NSIC) in Aklan located at the 2nd floor of the Provincial Capitol in Kalibo on May 19, 2011. This is the fifth provincial statistical information center established in Region 6, completing all the provincial NSICs in Western Visayas.  Aside from these provincial statistical information centers, there are ten NSICs in the country, one in Metro Manila, and nine in regional centers. These NSICs operate as the public service arm of the NSCB and serves as a gateway to Philippine statistics of both local and international data users.

During the launching program, NSCB Secretary General Romulo A. Virola and Aklan Governor Carlito S. Marquez led the ribbon cutting ceremonies and in the unveiling of the NSIC Mission Statement. Rev. Fr. Jose Relente officiated the blessing of the newest NSIC in Region 6 and in the country. The event was attended by socio-political leaders of the Province of Aklan and representatives from various government agencies and academe. OIC Vice Governor Jose Enrique M. Miraflores delivered the welcome remarks while Ms. Lorna T. Cawaling of the Aklan Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) acknowledged the guests who attended the event. NSCB Director Candido J. Astrologo, Jr. presented the NSIC concept to include its rationale, products and services.  

In his message, Secretary General Virola who was introduced by Ms. Presentation A. Penpillo, NSCB Consultant for Region 6, thanked the provincial government of Aklan thru the leadership of Governor Marquez for their interest and initiatives to establish a satellite NSIC in their province. He highlighted the importance of statistics saying that these statistics when properly used and analyzed, should be able to help discover our strengths and our weaknesses allowing us to formulate appropriate strategies that will prepare our communities to face the challenges and opportunities of the Third Millennium. He posed challenges among Aklanons to continue enriching the statistical database of the province to include data at the barangay level; the challenge to promote statistical awareness and appreciation so that these databases can be accessible to everyone not only  from all points of Aklan, but nationwide and even worldwide; the challenge for the private sector in Aklan to do its share as a development partner of the government by providing accurate responses to our surveys and censuses; the challenge for both government and the private sector to optimize the use of these data for the sustained betterment of the quality of life of the Aklanons;  and lastly, the challenge for the leaders of Aklan to continue to invest in information, to continue to invest in statistics.  

After his message, Secretary General Virola turned over the Key of Responsibility to Governor Marquez who enthusiastically accepted the key of responsibility.

In his acceptance speech, Governor Marquez acknowledged the importance of statistics in policy and program formulation in addressing specific problems faced by their province. He mentioned some of their initiatives, particularly on agriculture, employment, infrastructure, and tourism, which he believes would help in reducing poverty. However, he was surprised to learn that based on the latest poverty statistics released by the NSCB, Aklan belongs to top provinces with high poverty incidence, despite the interventions they have done for the province. He stressed that the government of Aklan under his leadership did their best to provide efficient social services for their people. He said that he does not doubt the credibility of government statisticians but the methodology and process in conducting surveys on poverty maybe inaccurate and may not reflect the true situation of their province. In closing, Governor Marquez responded to the challenges that come with the establishment and operationalization of a satellite NSIC in his province.

Part of the program was the launching of the Special Edition of the 2011 Countryside in Figures for the Province of Aklan the highlights of which were presented by Ms. Nelida B. Losare, OIC Head of the NSCB Regional Division 6. The closing remarks was delivered by Engr. Roger M. Esto, the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator (PPDC) of Aklan who thanked everyone for attending the ceremonies especially those who helped and assisted them in making the said event a success.

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May 25, 2011 at 6:14 am

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KOMISYONER ALVAREZ AMINADONG MAY PAGKUKULANG

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SA isinagawang Communication and News Exchange (CNEX) Forum ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA) ay inamin ni Commissioner Angelito A. Alvarez na may malaking kakulangan sa tauhan at pasilidad ang kanyang ahensya upang maibigay ang garantisadong serbisyo at masawata ang ‘smuggling incidence’.

Ayon sa kanya araw-araw ay libo-libong ‘container’ umano ang dumarating sa bansa at 45 lamang ang Auditors ng kanilang ahensya na tumitingin sa sampung libong (10,000) Porters. Sa katunayan aniya, apat na libong tauhan lamang ang kasalukuyang empleyado ng Bureau of Customs at nangangailangan sila ng mahigit sa 800 na tauhan upang lubos na maipatupad at magampanan ang trabaho.

Dagdag pa nya na kaugnay sa nagaganap na Rationalization sa hanay ng pamahalaan ay humiling na sya sa Department of Finance at Department of Budget and Management ng karagdagang mga tauhan lalo na ng mga Auditors.

Nabanggit din nya na ibang-iba ang proseso sa pamahalaan di tulad nang sya ay nasa pribadong kumpanya na madaling matagtanggal at maglagay ng tao batay sa ‘performance’ nito.

Subalit sinigurado ni Komisyoner Alvarez sa publiko na sinimulan ng kanyang pamunuan ang pagtatahak sa tuwid na landas sa pamamagitan ng pagtingin, pag-aaral at pagtitiyak na ang mga pasilidad ay nagagamit ng tama, pagsasaayos ng mga sistema upang mapabilis ang transaksyon at maiwasan ang lagayan. Gayundin ng pakikipag-usap o pakikipag-ugnayan sa sektor ng pagnenegosyo tulad ng Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI).

Inilunsad din nya ang perangbayan.com kung saan maaring magbigay kaalaman sa anumang iregularidad na nangyayari sa Bureau of Customs. Asahan din umano na sa loob ng dalawang (2) linggo ay ipapadala sa Maynila ang mga x-ray machines na mababa ang porsiyento ng paggamit tulad ng Batangas Port na 3 x-machines na tinagurian nyang ‘under utilize’.

Ito umano ay nasa 30 x-ray machines na binili pa noong 2005-2006. Kasama rin sa titignan at pag-aaralan ay ang ‘door-to-door policy’na hindi dumadaan sa ‘scanning procedure’ lalo pa na sa bawat ‘container’ ay tinatayang 400-500 balikayan boxes naglalaman ito. Kaya dapat na umanong magkaroon ng pag-ameyenda ng sistema o proseso dito upang maiwasan na magamit ito sa pagpuslit ng mga kargamento.

Hiling lamang ni Komisyoner Alvarez na tulungan sya na masugpo ang mga katiwalian dahil hindi nya ito magagawang mag-isa. ‘Leadership by example’ yan ang susi kung bakit hindi man lubos ang pagkabawas ng korapsyon ay nasa 80% naman ang nagawang pagbabago ng kanyang ahensya mula nang sya ay umupo.

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May 25, 2011 at 5:27 am

ANG MGA KATOTOHANAN SA SIYENSYA NA MAY KINALAMAN SA RH BILLS

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(Sa Simpleng Pananalita)

Pagpapasiya ng mga pangunahing eksperto sa buong mundo ukol sa sistematikong paraan ng pamamahagi ng artipisyal na kontraseptibo.

1. Ang artipisyal na pagsupil ng paglilihi (artificial contraceptive) ay pumapatay ng mga bata.

Kailan nga ba nagsisimula ang buhay ng tao?
Sa paglihi, kung kailan ang punla ay sumasanib sa itlog.
Ito ang pangkalahatang sagot ng mga eksperto sa Medisina (pati ng mga doctor sa Harvard Medical School at ng Mayo Clinic) sa isang walong-araw na pagdinig ng Senado sa Estados Unidos ng Amerika. 1

Ang pilduras at IUD ba ay kumikitil ng buhay sa sinapupunan? Oo, ang pilduras ay may pangalawang “after-effect” sa paglilihi, ayon sa makaagham na panunulat (scientific journal) ng American Medical Association. 2 Inihayag ng American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology na ang IUD o Intrauterine Device ay nagdudulot ng “pagkasira ng bilig (embryo).”3

2. Ang artipisyal na pagsupil ng paglilihi ay pumipinsala sa kalusugan ng kababaihan.

Ligtas ba ang pilduras?
Ayon sa Ahensyang Pandaigdig ng Pagsasaliksik sa Cancern noong 2007, ang pilduras ay nagdudulot ng Cancer dahil sa taglay nitong pinakamataas na antas ng “carcinogenicity”, tulad ng sigarilyo at asbestos.4 Ang pilduras din ang sanhi ng ‘stroke’5 at napatunayang ito ay nagdudulot ng karagdagang panganib sa pagkakaroon ng atake sa puso. 6

3. Ang kontraseptibong uri ng pamumuhay ay nakasisira ng pamilya.

Iigi o giginhawa ba ang pamumuhay ng pamilya sa pagkakaroon ng mas malawak na pangkaisipang kontraseptibo?
Ayon sa pagsasaliksik ni Nobel Prize Winner na si George Akerlof, ang mga kontraseptibo ay nagdudulot ng agarang pagkasira ng Matrimonyo sa kadahilanang lalaganap ang pagtatalik sa labas ng sakramento ng Kasal, dadami ang mga batang walang ama at mga dalagang ina. 7

4. Ang condom ay sumusulong sa paglaganap ng AIDS.

Totoo bang ang paggamit ng condom ang solusyon sa pagpuksa sa paglaganap ng HIV/AIDS sa isang bansa?
Ayon kay Edward C. Green, Director for AIDS Prevention, ang condom ay lalong magpapalaki ng antas ng HIV/ADIS ng isang bansa sapagkat ang pagkakaroon ng pagtatalik nito sa abot kaya ng sinuman ay makapagbibigay sa tao ng mas malayang sekswal na panganib, na siyang lalong magpapalaganap ng sakit. 8

5. Ang RH Bills ay base sa maling ekonomiya.

Mayroon bang kaugnayan ang pagdami ng populasyon sa ekonomiya ng isang bansa?
“Walang kaugnayan!” Ang sagot ni Simon Kuznets, nagwaging Nobel Prize sa Siyensya ng Ekonomiya. 9 Pinatunayan ito ng mas marami pang pagssaliksik kamakailan lamang.

Isa ba sa mga sangkap ng mataas at maunlad na ekonomiya ang kontroladong populasyon?
Hindi. Ito ang pamantayang nabatid ng 2008 Commission on Growth and Development na pinangungunahan ng Nobel Prize Winner na si Michael Spence. Ang mga dahilan o sangkap sa mataas na pag-angat ng ekonomiya ay: pamumuno, kaalaman, matatag na pananalapi, malawak na pamamahagi sa pamilihan, puhunan at pag-iimpok. 10

NAGSALITA NA ANG MGA PANGUNAHING EKSPERTO AT TAGAPAGPASIYA. ITIGIL NA ANG MGA RH BILLS. MAGTULUNGAN SA PAGWAWAKSI NG KAMANGMANGAN NG MADLA SA MGA SIYENTIPIKONG KATOTOHANAN. MAG-INGAT SA MGA MAYAYAMAN AT MAKAPANGYARIHANG TAGALUNSAD NG RH BILL.

1. Subcommittee Report, S-158, 97th Congress, 1st Session 1981, 7.
2. Larimore and Stanford (2000). “Post-fertilization effects of oral contraceptives and their relationship to informed consent” Arch Farm Med 9(2): 126-33.
3. Stanford and Mikolajczyk (2005). “Mechanisms of action of intrauterine devices: Update and estimation of postfertilization effects”. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (W.B. Saunders Comp) 187:1699-1708.
4. “Combined Estrogen-Progestogen Contraceptives” IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans 91.2007.
5. Kemmeren, et. Al. (2002). “Risks of Arterial Thrombosis in Relation to Oral Contraceptives (RATIO) Study: Oral Contraceptives and the Risk of Ischemic Stroke”. Stroke (American Heart Association, Inc.) 33: 1202-1208.
6. Baillargeon, McClish, Essah, and Nestler (2005). “Association between the Current Use of low-dose Oral Contraceptives and Cardiovascular Arterial Disease: A Meta-Analysis”. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and metabolism (The Endocrine Society 90 (7)3863-3870.
7. Akerlof, Yallent and Katz (1996), “An Analysis mon Out-of-Wedlock Childbearing in the United States”, Quarterly Journal of Economics (The MIT Press) 111 (2): 277-317
8. Green (2003) Rethinking AIDs Prevention. Praeger.
9. Kuznets (1974) Population Capital and Growth, Norton.
10. The Growth Commission (2008) The Growth Report Strategies for Sustained Growth and Inclusive Development, World Bank Publication.

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May 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm

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KAMPANYA NG KALIGTASAN TUNGKOL SA KURYENTE NG IIEE INILUNSAD

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NASA larawan (kaliwa) ang mga hanay ng media na dumalo sa talakayan hinggil sa Integrated Institute of Electrical Engineers of the Philippines (IIEE) on Electrical Safety Awareness Campaign na ginawa sa gusali ng IIEE sa 41 Monte de Piedad, Cubao, Quezon City.  Kasalukuyang sinasagot ni Engr. Armando R. Diaz, National President ng nasabing organisasyon ng mga inhenyero si Wally Villamejor ng PSciJourn Mega Manila.  Katabi naman ni Engr. Diaz si Bb. Jessie Lei, Project Manager-Building Construction ng International Cooper Association Southeast Asia Ltd. (ICA-SEA) na nakabase sa Singapore. (Kuhang larawan ni Jimmy Camba) RAFFY RICO

Matatandaan na nagkaroon ng Memorandum of Agreement o kasunduan sa pagitan ng IIEE ng Pilipinas at ang ICA-SEA kaugnay sa pagpapasimula ng kampanya nila ng tinaguriang “Electrical Safety Enforcement and Awareness” na tatagal sa loob ng tatlong (3) taon.

Layunin nito na ang publiko ay mabigyang kasanayan ang mga Electrical Engineers at kaalaman ang publiko sa pagbili at paggamit ng tamang uri ng electrical materials na kadalasang ginagamit hindi lamang sa mga gusali kundi sa mga kabahayan.

Nais rin nitong maiwasan ang kadalasang dahilan ng pagkasunog ng mga ari-arian at pagkawala ng buhay dahil sa hindi angkop at hindi de-kalidad ang nabibiling gamit pang-kuryente.

Kasama sa kasunduan ay ang pagpapaigting ng pagsasakatuparan ng batas ukol sa tamang paggamit ng de-kuryenteng materyales sa pamamagitan ng pakikipag-ugnayan ng IIEE sa iba’t-ibang ahensya ng ating pamahalaan at pribadong sektor sa ating bayan. CATHY CRUZ, PSciJourn Mega Manila


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May 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm

KAMPANYA NG KALIGTASAN TUNGKOL SA KURYENTE NG IIEE INILUNSAD

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NASA larawan (kaliwa) ang mga hanay ng media na dumalo sa talakayan hinggil sa Integrated Institute of Electrical Engineers of the Philippines (IIEE) on Electrical Safety Awareness Campaign na ginawa sa gusali ng IIEE sa 41 Monte de Piedad, Cubao, Quezon City. Kasalukuyang sinasagot ni Engr. Armando R. Diaz, National President ng nasabing organisasyon ng mga inhenyero si Wally Villamejor ng PSciJourn Mega Manila. Katabi naman ni Engr. Diaz si Bb. Jessie Lei, Project Manager-Building Construction ng International Cooper Association Southeast Asia Ltd. (ICA-SEA) na nakabase sa Singapore.
Matatandaan na nagkaroon ng Memorandum of Agreement o kasunduan sa pagitan ng IIEE ng Pilipinas at ang ICA-SEA kaugnay sa pagpapasimula ng kampanya nila ng tinaguriang “Electrical Safety Enforcement and Awareness” na tatagal sa loob ng tatlong (3) taon.
Layunin nito na ang publiko ay mabigyang kasanayan ang mga Electrical Engineers at kaalaman ang publiko sa pagbili at paggamit ng tamang uri ng electrical materials na kadalasang ginagamit hindi lamang sa mga gusali kundi sa mga kabahayan.
Nais rin nitong maiwasan ang kadalasang dahilan ng pagkasunog ng mga ari-arian at pagkawala ng buhay dahil sa hindi angkop at hindi de-kalidad ang nabibiling gamit pang-kuryente.
Kasama sa kasunduan ay ang pagpapaigting ng pagsasakatuparan ng batas ukol sa tamang paggamit ng de-kuryenteng materyales sa pamamagitan ng pakikipag-ugnayan ng IIEE sa iba’t-ibang ahensya ng ating pamahalaan at pribadong sektor sa ating bayan.

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May 24, 2011 at 11:54 am

FOREST BIODIVERSITY EXHIBIT INILUNSAD

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Pinangunahan ni FMB Director Neria Andin, PWAB Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim at PSDNF Amy Lecciones na pawang mga opisyal ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ang pagpapasinaya ng Forest Biodiversity Exhibit na ginanap sa 3/F Main Building ng SM City North EDSA noong Mayo 20, 2011 kaugnay sa selebrasyon ng 2011 International Day for Biological Biodiversity (IDBD) na may temang “Forest Biodiversity: Earth’s Living Treasure”. (Kuhang larawan ni Jimmy Camba) CATHY CRUZ/ RAFFY RICO

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May 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

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The Catholic Church, Women’s Rights, and the RH Bill

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The fact that the Philippines is a pre-dominantly Catholic country has not stopped violence against women including rape, marital rape, incest, intimate partner abuse, sexual harassment and sex trafficking. These abuses against women happen every day but you don’t hear the Catholic Church and those who oppose the Reproductive Health Care Bill (RH) bill speak out about these abuses.  If the Catholic Church is so concerned with “moral values,” then shouldn’t it take on a human rights stance where it should be upholding the equality and non-discrimination of women?  Shouldn’t the Catholic Church examine its policies on increasing women’s participation in its ranks such as having women priests, women bishops, women members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), and, yes, even a woman Pope?

In my practice as a feminist lawyer, I have interviewed, assisted, and represented countless victims of rape, marital rape, incest, intimate partner abuse, sexual harassment and trafficking.  I challenge those who oppose the RH bill to do volunteer counseling for women victims of violence for at least 17 years—the same length of time I have been assisting women victims of violence–to personally witness how women are discriminated against in our culture and society and to understand the importance of the provision on eliminating violence against women in the RH bill.  Perhaps with such exposure they will get a good grasp of the realities Filipino women face and they will realize how equality, non-discrimination, and empowerment of women are important in achieving effective changes in our country.

In my visits to poor communities and discussions with women, I have gotten to learn about women’s realities including husbands who threatened to leave their wives if their wives pushed through with ligation, women who were beaten by their husbands because they refused to have sex due to fear of another pregnancy, women who requested ligation in Manila City but were denied such service because Manny Pacquiao’s mentor, then-Mayor Atienza, declared Manila City as so-called “pro-life,” women in prostitution who were beaten by their clients when they asked them to use condoms, and women who were infected with HIV because they were unaware that their husbands were HIV positive.

Those who oppose the RH bill fail to recognize gender relations as a crucial issue that impacts women’s reproductive health and well-being including women’s access to reproductive health information, supplies, and services.  The National Demographic and Health Survey 2008 (NDHS) show that married women who are denied participation in decision-making and who accept more justifications for wife beating[1] are less likely to use modern methods of contraception[2]  and are less likely to seek ante-natal and post-natal care.[3]   The NDHS also shows that the more children a woman has, the more likely she is to have experienced violence.  These results show that disempowered women are unable to negotiate safe sex, they are unable to control their fertility, and they are unable to access ante-natal and post-natal care.

Take the case of women in the region of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Saranggani, and General Santos (SOCCSKSARGEN) where Manny Pacquiao is one of the congressional representatives.  In this region, the results of the NDHS show that there is a high rate of women aged 15-24 who have begun childbearing, there is a high rate of women who justify reasons for wife beating, it has the highest rate of women who have experienced violence since age 15, and women are most likely to have experienced violence by their husbands.

The Catholic Church is an example of an institution with a male-dominated hierarchy with its wealth being controlled by men starting from the Pope to the bishops and priests.

The Catholic Church hierarchy does not allow women priests more so a woman Pope.   Some people may take this as a given but, certainly, having no women priests manifestly discriminates against women.

The Philippine Catholic Church hierarchy’s opposition to the RH bill perpetuates discrimination and disempowerment of women.

Finally, perhaps the CBCP and the private Catholic schools should start paying taxes.  After all, it is the obligation of every responsible citizen of this country to contribute to the coffers of the state.

I remember having stayed a week at the bishop’s residence in Cagayan as a law student.  Oh, there was food, drinks, and wine galore.  The bishop even rang a bell during dinnertime to call for his food attendant.  Surely, the bishops can afford to pay taxes. -30- Atty. Clara Rita A. Padilla, Executive Director, EnGendeRights

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May 24, 2011 at 9:53 am

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Flag Day kicks off 2011 Independence Day

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This year’s June 12 national organizing committee chaired by incoming NHCP chair Dr. Serena Diokno and assisted by the different cabinet secretaries led by Department of Education, Department of Tourism, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Interior and Local Government and the rest of the bureaucracy said that this year’s theme is “Kalayaan: Paninindigan ng Bayan”.

NHCP chair Dr. Diokno further said that respect and pride in the Philippine Flag are the core messages of the Flag Day activities where all NGAs, LGUs, schools, universities, embassies/consular offices abroad including private establishments are encouraged to display the Philippine Flag in appropriate ceremonies.

Executive Director Ludovico D. Badoy head of the June 12 TWG reported that demo circulars have been issued by the DepEd to pursue its continuous campaign to educate the public especially in elementary schools, high schools both private and public to educate them on the proper use and display of the Philippine National Flag. Further, the DILG has issued a directive to LGUs of government, mayors, punong barangays to display the flag, steramers in all government buildings, schools, universities, hospitals, public restaurants, hotels, malls and banks, including the ringing of church bells, fog horns to signal the flag raising. Also, the PCOO-PIA as member of the Flag Advocacy committee has urged government media networks and its bureaus to provide the necessary media support to increase public awareness of good citizenship and respect for our flag and the coming June 12 events. (PIA – BL Peñera)

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May 24, 2011 at 8:57 am

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NATIONAL FLAG DAYS

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The 113th celebration of our Independence Day shall be commenced with the start of the National Flag Day held every May 28. According to NHI Executive Director Ludovico Badoy, RA 8491 prescribes the period of May 28 to June 12 of every year as Flag Days. During this period, all offices, agencies, and instrumentalities of government, business establishments, institutions of learnings, and private homes are enjoined to display the Philippine national flag. Republic Act No. 8491 is a reminder to every Filipino that the Philippine national flag is the singular symbol of the country defining the unity of the various towns, provinces, regions, and ethno-linguistic and sectoral groups of the nation. It advocates national unity, love of country, and nationhood.

According to historical books, the Philippine national flag was a brainchild of President Emilio Aguinaldo. Our veneration of our national flag is many times more meaningful if we know the distinctive meanings embedded in each element in it.

The colors symbolize certain values: the red field means that Filipino valor is second to none. The white field means that Filipinos are capable of governing themselves. The sky blue field signifies the loftiness of the Filipino struggle for freedom.

The equilateral triangle represents the Katipunan ideals of Liberty, Equality, and the Brotherhood of Men.

The three starts represent the three major geographical subdivisions of the Philippine archipelago, namely Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The points in each star represent all the islands that make up these major geographic subdivisions.

The eight rays of the sun represent the eight provinces declared by the colonial government to be in a state of war (an estado de Guerra) during the revolution.

Our national flag is further distinguished from all other national flags. When the red field is up and the blue field is below, it signifies that the country is at war.

Let us respect our national flag. It not only represents our national identity but is the flag that was colored by the blood of our forefathers and enshrined by their sacrifices.  (PIA – BL Penera)

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May 24, 2011 at 8:52 am

Posted in Bayan at Karapatan

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