Tuesday, March 26, 2013

VP Binay Leads MOU Signing With Cebu for Disposition of Gov’t Land to Present Occupants


More than 600 homeowners of government-owned lands in Cebu City cheered while
Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)
Chairman, Jejomar C. Binay announced the beginning of resolving the land issue
between them and the government of Cebu.
“This is just the beginning of the solution to the problem. Sana ang tinitirikan ng inyong
bahay ay tuluyan nang mapapasainyo,” says the Vice President in his speech after the
signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the HUDCC and the
Cebu government. Four barangays in Cebu, namely: Capitol Site, Kalunasan,
Camputhaw and Busay, have been initially identified to benefit from this move.
The MOU is a commitment to resolve the land disposition issue under Provincial
Ordinance 93-1, which allows the present occupants of government-owned lands to
purchase the lots on which their houses are built on. The HUDCC shall coordinate with
the different housing agencies to provide the appropriate financing schemes to the
homeowners.The Pag-IBIG Fund, for its part, shall finance the acquisition of selected lots through its
Group Land Acquisition and Development (GLAD) Program or the Pag-IBIG Housing
Loan Program for End-Users. One possible beneficiary of the GLAD Program is
Barangay Busay, which already has an existing Homeowners Association, a
requirement under the GLAD Program.
Photo shows the MOU signing for PO 93-1: (Seated, L-R) Atty. Edgardo C. Labella,
Cebu City Councilor; Cebu Mayor Michael Rama; Vice President Binay; and Provincial
Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia. Standing behind the Vice President is Pag-IBIG Chief
Executive Officer, Atty. Darlene Marie Berberabe (in black dress). (end)

JOINT STATEMENT OF PHILIPPINE-MALAYSIAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS



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March 14, 2013
Standoff in Lahad Datu: Engage in Dialogue Now with all stakeholders
to resolve the crisis peacefully
We the undersigned Civil Society organisations (CSOs) from Malaysia and Philippines are
extremely concerned over the on-going standoff between the Malaysian security forces and
followers of the Sultanate of Sulu’s heirs, Jamalul Kiram III at Lahad Datu, Sabah. We the CSOs,
together with all individuals, organizations and networks, urgently call upon President Benigno S.
Aquino III of the Philippines, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of Malaysia and Sultan
Jamalul Kiram III, to disavow all forms of violence, and instead supports dialogue as the primary
mechanism for a resolution to the siege.
We are very concerned and worried about the security of civilians in Lahad Datu, Semporna and
the surrounding villages and we would like to see a peaceful solution to resolve this ongoing
problem. According to media reports, at least 43 people have been killed in Lahad Datu,
Semporna and Kampung Tanduo, Sabah.
We believe the situation in Lahad Datu requires swift and peaceful intervention. We urge all
parties to resist from using force while remaining committed to dialogue and negotiation
throughout this process.
We are also very concerned with the lack of real-time information with respect to what has
actually taken place so far in Lahad Datu. Up to this point the information received through the
Malaysian news media lacked transparency and created unnecessary rumors and assumptions
about the situation. The people have the right to get information on on-going issues in Sabah.
In this context, we call on the governments of Malaysia and Philippines and the Sultanate of
Sulu to:
• Immediately declare a HUMANITARIAN CEASEFIRE so that agencies concerned can
take immediate measures to ensure the safety of women, children, elderly and other
vulnerable persons in the affected area. And provide “safe zones” where humanitarian
organizations and relevant agencies can install facilities to be accessed by those who are
injured and require immediate medical care;
• Take immediate steps to end the use of violence and to engage in DIALOGUE with all
stakeholders to resolve the crisis peacefully.
• Take proper measures to ensure that in the process of resolving the crisis, the human
rights of everyone involved are respected and protected especially civilians from Lahad
Datu, Semporna and nearby villages;
• Take immediate measures to secure the safety of journalists who chose to access the
area at all times to ensure fair reporting and dissemination of information to the general
public;
• Cease and desist from using excessive force and armed violence to end the prevailing
conflict;
• Initiate an independent and impartial investigation into the killings that has taken place
and make the findings of the investigation public.
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We fervently dissuade all the principals involved from brinkmanship by instead living up to your
respective legacies as genuine leaders of your people with honor and dignity.
We urge you to come to terms with the unfolding of events that has serious implications on many
lives and social institutions. We all can’t afford that this will escalate into a grave humanitarian
crisis spilling over into other nearby villages aside from Lahad Datu and Semporna, Sabah.
Time is of the essence. The world is looking at you, now.
Signed:
MALAYSIA
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
Tenaganita
Women's Centre for Change (WCC)
JUMP
ALIRAN
Malaysian Physicians for Social Responsibility
Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)
Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT)
Justice for Sisters
Seksualiti Merdeka
Pusat KOMAS
Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan
Community Action Network (CAN)
Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor
Community Development Centre (CDC)
PHILIPPINES
Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW)
Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)
Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID)
Free Burma Coalition – Philippines (FBCP)
Active Citizenship Foundation (ACF)
Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao (AFRIM)
Agri-Aqua Development Coalition, Mindanao
AGONG Peace Network, Mindanao
Akbayan Citizens Action Party
Aksyon para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan (AKKAPKA)
Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)
Aniban ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (AMA)
Arya Progresibo
Balay Mindanao Foundation, Inc
Banwaon One Tribe, One Territory, Mindanao
Billah Islam C.O.R.D
Business and Professional Women Ormoc (BPWO)
Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA)
Center for Peace Education – Miriam College
Citizen’s Peace Watch
Civil Peace Service Program – Southern Christian College
Community Organizers Multiversity (CO Multiversity)
Coalition for ARMM Reform and Transformation (CART)
Coalition of Ormoc Women (COW)
Coalition of Social Development Organizations
Coalition for the Development of Sibuguey – Western Mindanao
Coffee for Peace, Inc
Contacts Details :
Nalini Elumalai
SUARAM
Malaysia
detention@suaram.net
Gus Miclat, Jr
Executive Director
Initiatives for Int’l Dialogue (IID)
Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW)
gnmiclat@gmail.com
tel number +(6382) 2972574
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Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Governance
Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society
Council of Organized Social Service Agencies in Mindanao
Derepa te Erumanen ne Menuvu, Mindanao
Focus on the Global South -Philippines
Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)
Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas
Generation Peace
Gitib Inc., Mindanao
GZO Peace Institute
Human Rights Defenders-Pilipinas (HRDP)
Institute for Comparative and Advanced Studies (ICAS Phils)
Institute for Popular Democracy (IPD)
Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP)
IQRAA Islam Foundation, Davao del Norte
Kabataan Consortium, Inc., Davao City
KAGDUMA, Incorporated, Mindanao
Khairul Bariyyah Youth Movement
Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP)
Kebager te Ked-Inged, Mindanao
Kahugpongan sa Mindanaw
Khairul Bariyyah Youth Movement (KBYM)
Landcare Foundation of the Philippines, Inc
Lawyers' League for Liberty (LIBERTAS)
Lumad Mindanaw Peoples’ Federation
Luna Legal Resource Center for Women and Children, Inc., Davao City
Mindanao Peoples Peace Movement
Mindanao Peace Advocates Conference
Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE) Secretariat
Mindanao Alliance of Self-Help Societies – Southern Philippines Educational Cooperative Center
Mindanao Congress of Development NGOs and NGIs –Mindanao
Mindanao Indigenous People Women Development
Mindanao Solidarity Network (MSN)
Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan, UP Diliman (KAISA)
Nisa Ul-Haqq Fi Bangsamoro
Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA)
Pandayan para sa Sosyalistang Pilipinas (PANDAYAN)
Partnership of Philippine Support Services Agencies – Mindanao
Pakigdait, Incorporated, Mindanao
Paghiliusa sa Paghidaet – Negros (PsP-N)
Pagtinabangay Foundation
Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)
Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)
Pasaday Manobo Association (PAMAAS)
Pax Christi Institute
Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ)
Peacebuilders Community, Inc
People’s Alternative Studies Center for Research & Education in Social Dev’t (PASCRES)
People’s Global Exchange (PGX)
Peoplex27
Philwomen on ASEAN
Philippine Action Network to Control Arms
Philippine Human Rights Information Center (Philrights)
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
Philippine Business for Social Progress – Mindanao
Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court
Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC)
Philippine Partnership for the Devt of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PHILDHRRA)
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Philippine Rural and Reconstruction Movement (PRRM)
Pinay Kilos
Province of Zamboanga Sibugay Rubber Farmers Association (PZSRFA)
Rajah Buayan Cultural Institute (RBCI),Mindanao
Redemptorist Center for Social and Ecological Concerns - Mindanao
Shariful hashim Cultural university (ShacuS)
Silsilah Dialogue Movement
SANLAKAS
SANLAKAS-Youth
SARILAYA
Shariful Hashim Cultural University (SHACUS)
Social Organization Safeguarding Ecological Advancement Related to Humanity (SOS-EARTH)
SOCSKSARGEN Sociological Society
Social Watch Philippines
SPREAD – Oblates of Notre Dame
Sulong CARHRIHL
Sultan Kudarat Active-People's Network (SKAN)
Tambayan Center for Children's, Inc.
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)
Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc
Tausug Global Media - Jolo, Sulu
Textile Clothing Footwear Ormoc (TCFO)
The Peacemaker Circle Foundation
United Transport Workers Organization (UTWO)
WomanHealth Philippines
Women and Gender Institute
Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (We Act 1325-Philippines)
Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB)
World March of Women – Pilipinas
Young Moro Professionals Network, Inc
Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA)
REGIONAL/GLOBAL
Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict – Southeast Asia (SEA-GPPAC)
Asia Pacific Solidarity Coalition (APSOC)
Alternatives - Asia
Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN- Burma)
Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
Asia-Pacific Movement on Debt & Development (JSAPMDD)
Child Rights Coalition Asia (CRC Asia)
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific (CATW-AP)
International Peace Bureau (IPB)
ISIS International
Media Defense South East Asia (MD-SEA)
Migrant Forum Asia (MFA)
Network for Transformative Social Protection (NTSP-Asia)
South East Asian Committee for Advocacy (SEACA)
BANGLADESH
Humanitywatch
NABODHARA, Bangladesh
Participatory Research & Action Network (PRAN)
VOICE, Bangladesh
BURMA/MYANMAR
Generation Wave Institute
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CAMBODIA
Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC)
Housing Rights Task Force (HRTF)
EAST TIMOR
East Timor Students Solidarity Council (ETSSC)
FRANCE
Europe solidaire sans frontièrezs (ESSF)
GERMANY
Asienstiftung (German Asia Foundation)
Philippinenbüro – Asienhaus
INDIA
Burma Centre Delhi
Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF)
INDONESIA
Center for Community Development and Education (CCDE – Aceh)
Independent Committee for Election Monitoring (KIPP)
IMPARSIAL, Indonesian Human Rights Monitor
Lembaga Bantuan Hukum / Legal Aid Institute (LBH-BALI)
Lembaga Bantuan Hukum / Legal Aid Institute (LBH-Makassar)
Lembaga Bantuan Hukum /Legal Aid Institute (LBH - Pers Padang)
Lembaga Bantuan Hukum / Legal Aid Institute (LBH-Jakarta)
Solidaritas Perempuan (SP)
Yamakindo
Yayasan Transformasi Lepra Indonesia
NEPAL
All Nepal Peasants Federation (ANPFa)
All Nepal Women Association (ANWA)
Campaign for Climate Justice Nepal (CCJN)
PAKISTAN
Center For Peace & Civil Society (CPCS)
SINGAPORE
Think Centre
THAILAND
People’s Empowerment Foundation (PEF)
Women's Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE) – Thailand
USA
National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV)
INDIVIDUALS
Anbony Cuanico, Philippines
Chayie Maligalig, Philippines
Crystal Yeldes Flores, Philippines
Denz Bazada, Philippines
Edgardo Beltran, Philippines
Eleanor Trinchera, Philippines
Fr. Angel Calvo, Mindanao PeaceWeavers, Philippines
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Ganesson Suppiah, Malaysia
Gani Serrano, President, PRRM – Philippines
Hew Li Huang, Malaysia
Howard Ng, Malaysia
Japs Hatta, Philippines
James Mante, Philippines
Jean Justimbaste, Philippines
Jenny Aulin, Philippines
Joan Makau, Philippines
Jun Enriquez, Philippines
Juvinal Dias, Timor Leste Institute for Development Monitoring and Analysis, Timor Leste
Ka Rene Magtubo, Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), Philippines
Kevin Kettle, Bangkok,Thailand
KP Lee, Malaysia
Loch na Menon, Malaysia
Ma. Lisa Betita Fontanilla, Philippines
Marishel Gapit, Philippines
Mayor Ronnel Lim, Sorsogon, Philippines
Michael Teng, Malaysia
Mmk Tggw, Myanmar
Monse dela Cruz, Philippines
Muhammad AwisAl Qarni, Malaysia
Noel A. Hernandez, Philippines
O.g. Abesamis, Philippines
Pastor Dann Pantoja, Peacebuilders Community, Mindanao, Philippines
Prof. Abdullah Grande Mamacotao, Philippines
Prof. Anuradha Chenoy, University of India
Prof. Kamal Mitra Chenoy, University of India
Prof Keshab Khadka, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
Pua Wah Lum, Malaysia
Ramon Casiple, IPER, Philippines
Rasol Abbas, Philippines
Raul Gatinao, Philippines
Roland Fortun, Philippines
Roy Calfoforo, Philippines
Sia Phearum, Director, HRTF, Cambodia
Sittie Guinomla, Philippines
The Pplway Jian Min, Malaysia
Vincent Fung, Malaysia
Yok Foo Looi Looi, Malaysia
Yvette Mah, Malaysia
PHILIPPINE PETITION CAMPAIGN CONTACTS:
Lyndee Prieto
Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)
Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW) - Secretariat
Mobile:(+63) 9177247579
Email : lyndeeprieto@gmail.com
Malou Tabios Nuera
IID-Manila Office
Asia Pacific Solidarity Action (APSOC) - Secretariat
Phone: (+632) 9110205; (+632) 4352900

Private hospitals laud PhilHealth Region 6 for speedy claims processing



The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Region VI Office has recently been recognized by the Private Hospital Association in Western Visayas headed by its President Elmer Q. Pedregosa, MD, MPH, MHA, and concurrent President of the Philippine College of Hospital Administrators, said that PhilHealth's efforts "resulted in faster processing of benefit claims and also reduced the number of Return-To-Hospital claims thereby contributing to a successful relationship among private hospitals in Western Visayas as partners in the healthcare industry."
Despite the marked increase in claims received from an average of 1,200 in 2011 to 1,700 in 2012, claims were processed at an average of five to seven days compared to 130 average processing days in 2011.
Turn-around-time of some 15 thousand case rate and nine thousand Fee-for-service claims in October 2012 dramatically shortened from receipt of claims up until check preparation without additional manpower and even without overtime.
The said office also successfully reduced its denied claims by more than half from 3,000 in January 2012 to only 1,400 in December of same year.
According to Dennis S. Mas, PhilHealth Vice President for Region 6, these achievements are attributed to a series of ICD 10 trainings and regular dialogues with hospitals in the Western Visayas Region.
He also said that because of proper coordination with and retooling of some 200 hospital billing clerks, return-to-hospital claims were significantly reduced from 9,000 in January 2012 down to 2,600 in December 2012.
In another development, PhilHealth Region VI’s local health insurance office in the cities of Bacolod , Kabankalan and Passi also received the Citizen’s Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence Award by the Civil Service Commission.
Last year in celebration of 2012 National Statistics Month, said PhilHealth regional office also bagged the first prize in the Search for Best Statistical Bulletin Board by the National Statistical Coordination Board and the Regional Development Council. (END)

Private hospitals laud PhilHealth Region 6 for speedy claims processing


The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Region VI Office has recently been recognized by the Private Hospital Association in Western Visayas headed by its President Elmer Q. Pedregosa, MD, MPH, MHA, and concurrent President of the Philippine College of Hospital Administrators, said that PhilHealth's efforts "resulted in faster processing of benefit claims and also reduced the number of Return-To-Hospital claims thereby contributing to a successful relationship among private hospitals in Western Visayas as partners in the healthcare industry."

Despite the marked increase in claims received from an average of 1,200 in 2011 to 1,700 in 2012, claims were processed at an average of five to seven days compared to 130 average processing days in 2011.
Turn-around-time of some 15 thousand case rate and nine thousand Fee-for-service claims in October 2012 dramatically shortened from receipt of claims up until check preparation without additional manpower and even without overtime.
The said office also successfully reduced its denied claims by more than half from 3,000 in January 2012 to only 1,400 in December of same year.
According to Dennis S. Mas, PhilHealth Vice President for Region 6, these achievements are attributed to a series of ICD 10 trainings and regular dialogues with hospitals in the Western Visayas Region.
He also said that because of proper coordination with and retooling of some 200 hospital billing clerks, return-to-hospital claims were significantly reduced from 9,000 in January 2012 down to 2,600 in December 2012.
In another development, PhilHealth Region VI’s local health insurance office in the cities of Bacolod , Kabankalan and Passi also received the Citizen’s Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence Award by the Civil Service Commission.
Last year in celebration of 2012 National Statistics Month, said PhilHealth regional office also bagged the first prize in the Search for Best Statistical Bulletin Board by the National Statistical Coordination Board and the Regional Development Council. (END)

Health chief cites importance of PhilHealth coverage during Secretary’s Cup Debate Championship




Health Secretary Dr. Enrique T. Ona stressed the need for Filipinos to be PhilHealth members during the Secretary’s Cup Debate Championship and Awarding Ceremonies held at the Century Park Hotel Manila on March 16, 2013. He pointed out what it means for a family to have a PhilHealth card to be able to avail of the benefits when the need arises, “to have the assurance that whenever they go to sleep and wake up everything will be all right as far as health is concerned.”
The Health chief concurrently serves as the PhilHealth Chairman of the Board and OIC President and Chief Executive Officer.
The Secretary’s Cup on Kalusugan Pangkalahatan is a nationwide multi-sectoral advocacy campaign initiated by the Universal Health Care (UHC) Study Group of the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health and the Department of Health. It aims to bring awareness and engage various sectors in the discussion of issues concerning the implementation of UHC. It also provides a platform to celebrate local best practices and contributions in the achievement of UHC. (END)

PhilHealth strengthens links with OFWs, signs pact with CFO


PhilHealth strengthens links with OFWs, signs pact with CFO

Through online links and portals of official websites and continuing advocacy with duly registered non-government organizations affiliated with the CFO, OFWs and their qualified dependents covered by the state-run-health insurance agency will be updated of their healthcare benefits, how they can access these with ease, and their responsibilities as members as well.


Seminar, Free Consultation Services on Japanese Civil Laws


PHL Consulate General in Osaka Conducts 

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25 March 2013 – The Philippine Consulate General in Osaka successfully conducted a seminar on Japanese civil laws for Filipino nationals residing in Western Japan. The activity was organized in collaboration with Osaka Foundation of International Exchange (OFIX) and Samahan sa Kitano International Community, a Filipino community organization based in Osaka City.
The two-part seminar was held on February 17 and March 10.
The first seminar tackled Japanese laws pertaining to birth, citizenship, marriage, divorce, property relations and inheritance. The second seminar dealt with matters relating to welfare services to foreign nationals, including information about assistance to victims of domestic violence, and Japanese labor laws.
The last phase of the three-day activity was the holding of free consultation services on March 17. Filipino nationals were given the opportunity to consult with seven professional consultants comprising of lawyers, immigration consultants, and labor consultant who provided specific advice on their concerns.
This is the first time that the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka conducted a seminar on Japanese civil laws. Many Filipino nationals expressed appreciation for the holding of the seminars and free consultations. The seminar presentations are accessible online (www.osakapcg.com) for the benefit of those who were unable to attend the seminars. END

Public Advisory on Passport Release



29 January 2013 – The Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) would like to advise the public that there will be a delay of 2 to 3 days on the release of the electronic passports (ePassports) due from January 28 to February 02 because of a machine breakdown.
Passport applicants who are expecting their passports this week are advised to call (632) 836-7745, (632) 836-7747 or e-mail DFA-OCA at passportconcerns@dfa.gov.ph so they can make the necessary and appropriate arrangements on how their passports can be delivered to them. DFA-OCA is also prepared to issue machine-readable passports on a limited basis in cases of extreme emergency.
The Department would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused the public.
Measures are being implemented and the Department has received the assurances and commitment of Oberthur Technology to stabilize operations immediately.
Operations will normalize by Monday, February 04.
DFA-OCA continues to accept passport applications in its offices in Metro Manila and all Regional Consular Offices as well as its Foreign Service Posts.
Passport applicants in Manila may secure an appointment by logging on at the website www.passport.com.ph or by calling (632) 737-1000. END

Philippine Embassy Gears Up For Deployment of Filipino Nurses to Germany



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25 March 2013 – At the sidelines of the signing of the government-to-government agreement that will facilitate the placement of Filipino health care professionals in employment positions in Germany on March 19 witnessed by German Minister for
 Labour and Social Affairs Ursula von der Leyen and Philippine Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Philippine Ambassador to Germany Maria Cleofe R. Natividad reported on the preparations undertaken for the implementation of the Agreement.
The Agreement was signed by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac and Ms. Monika Varnhagen of the German Federal Employment Agency [Bundesagentur für Arbeit]/ [Zentrale Auslands und Fachvermittlung] (BA/ZAV).
With the signing of the Agreement, active recruitment of Filipino nurses will commence. The two labor ministers directed the Philippine Embassy, ZAV and POEA to closely work together for the deployment of the first batch of nurses to Germany within the year.
The deployment process would involve the following steps: (1) the selection of qualified nurses through the POEA, BA/ZAV, and the Philippine Embassy; (2) successful completion of basic German language course in Manila; (3) attendance of a seminar on professional practices and on German culture; (4) matching of potential nursing employers in Germany. Further language training and adaptation process will take place in German hospitals.
Minister von der Leyen commented that in terms of qualified migration to Germany, the Philippines is an excellent partner because the two countries share the same values, beliefs and cultural background. She added that the Philippines is perceived to have high standards in the medical and nursing professions and that Filipina nurses also have the reputation of being highly-qualified in their profession, with very pleasant nature and caring disposition.
The Minister also said that government university hospitals in Tübingen and Stuttgart have already indicated their readiness to employ Philippine nurses.
Ambassador Natividad recognized the groundwork laid down by Team Philippines Germany, particularly the Philippine Honorary Consul for Baden-Württemberg Professor Gerhard Zeidler.
“Preparations for this agreement have started as early as February of 2011. Professor Zeidler was very aware of the urgent need for nurses in his area of jurisdiction. Together with the Philippine Embassy, Professor Zeidler lobbied hard, worked with the state government of Baden-Württemberg on this issue, and was instrumental to the visit of Minister von der Leyen to the Philippines,” said Ambassador Natividad.
She cited, in particular, the concrete proposal for a pilot deployment project presented by Professor Zeidler to the officials of the Government of Baden-Württemberg led by State Secretary Klaus Murawski. Professor Dr. Zeidler also held exploratory talks with the Universitätsklinikum Tübingen.
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“The Embassy will continue to rely on the support of Professor Zeidler and the state government of Baden-Württemberg, especially State Secretary Murawski to ensure the successful deployment of the first batch of nurses this year as envisioned by Minister von der Leyen.”
Ambassador Natividad also recognized the work of the Bundesverband privater Anbieter sozialer Dienste e.v. (Federation of Private Social Services Providers) (BPA).
The BPA is the largest active advocacy of private providers of social services in Germany with more than 7,500 member institutions. BPA President Bernd Maurer discussed the deployment of nurses with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario during his official visit to Germany in December 2011. The BPA afterwards developed a pilot deployment project, which they presented to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
The deployment of nurses was further discussed by Secretary del Rosario and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle during the latter’s official visit to Manila last February.
“The synergies of Team Philippines Germany turned this Agreement into a reality. Germany is now a destination for our nursing graduates who are seeking employment, ” concluded Ambassador Natividad.
The Philippine Embassy, POEA , and the Federal Employment Agency will work closely to ensure the successful deployment of the first batch of Filipino nurses this year.   END
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Public Advisory on Passport Release


29 January 2013 – The Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) would like to advise the public that there will be a delay of 2 to 3 days on the release of the electronic passports (ePassports) due from January 28 to February 02 because of a machine breakdown.

Passport applicants who are expecting their passports this week are advised to call (632) 836-7745, (632) 836-7747 or e-mail DFA-OCA at passportconcerns@dfa.gov.ph so they can make the necessary and appropriate arrangements on how their passports can be delivered to them. DFA-OCA is also prepared to issue machine-readable passports on a limited basis in cases of extreme emergency.
The Department would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused the public.
Measures are being implemented and the Department has received the assurances and commitment of Oberthur Technology to stabilize operations immediately.
Operations will normalize by Monday, February 04.
DFA-OCA continues to accept passport applications in its offices in Metro Manila and all Regional Consular Offices as well as its Foreign Service Posts.
Passport applicants in Manila may secure an appointment by logging on at the website www.passport.com.ph or by calling (632) 737-1000. END

POEA stops agency recruiting for Austria



The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration yesterday suspended the license of a
recruitment agency reported to be enlisting Filipino workers for supposed employment in
Austria.

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said he issued the suspension order for Marhaba
International Management Services based on the sworn statement filed on February by four
(4) applicants who complained of the agency’s failure to deploy them to Austria.

The complainants alleged that they applied with Marhaba International Management
Services at its office in BDO Building, Bocobo St., Ermita, Manila but they have not been
deployed after more than a year and paying a total of Php267,500.00 for placement and
visa fees.

Cacdac said Marhaba International has no job order nor accreditation from any employer in
Austria.

POEA records showed that four (4) cases against Marhaba were also filed on February 21,
2013, aside from nine (9) other recruitment violation cases previously filed against the
agency.

Cacdac said he suspended the license of Marhaba International Management Sevices
pending resolution of the cases pursuant to Section 16, Rule III, Part VI of the Rules and
Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas
Workers. /END

DOLE welcomes labor agreement with Germany on health care professionals



Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, German Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Dr. Ursula Von Der Leyen, German Ambassador to the Philippines Dr. Joachim Heidorn, and Philippine Ambassador to Germany Ma. Cleofe Natividad yesterday witnessed the signing of the "Agreement Concerning the Placement of Filipino Health Care Professionals in Employment Positions in the Federal Republic of Germany" between the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) headed by Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac and the German Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur fur Arbeit, or BA) headed by Director Monika Varnhagen in a simple ceremony at the DOLE in Intramuros, Manila.
The agreement paves the way for the opening of the German health care sector for Filipino healthcare professionals, including nurses.

Baldoz, after the agreement's signing, hailed the quick and successful conclusion of the initiative as "a beginning of a stronger relationship between the Philippines and Germany in the field of labor and employment".

"The conclusion of this agreement between the POEA and Germany's Federal Employment Agency, through its International Placement Services, concerning the government-to-government placement of Filipino health professionals for temporary employment in Germany manifests the Philippine government's firm commitment to provide for an orderly system for the recruitment of Filipino health care professionals to Germany," said Baldoz.

"It also demonstrates our commitment to promote their welfare and protection, as well as to cooperate with Germany on the promotion and sustainability of human resource development (HRD) in the Philippines. These are important elements in the joint management of migration that has strong potential to contribute to a "triple win" for the workers, for the employers, and for the two countries," she added.

Other German and Philippine officials who witnessed the signing of the agreement were Anke
Barneworld of the Office of the German Minister of Labor and Social Affairs; Christoff Wegner,
Commercial Counsellor of the German Embassy in Manila; Atty. Teresita Manzala, Chairperson of the Professional Regulation Commission; Assistant Secretary Ma. Zenaida Angara-Collinson of the
Department of Foreign Affairs; Director Nimfa de Guzman of the POEA; Director Mersole Mellejor of the Office of European Affairs, DFA; and Director Rodolfo Sabulao of the DOLE's International Labor Affairs Bureau.

The bilateral labor agreement covers the following areas of cooperation between the two countries: (a) regulation on the deployment of Filipino health care professionals; (b) preservation, promotion, and development of Filipino workers' welfare; (c) exchange of ideas and information with the aim of improving amd simplifying job placement procedures; and (d) other relevant technical and HRD
cooperation and continuing studies in labor and employment.Under the agreement, each party undertakes to ensure that the recruitment and deployment of Filipino health care professionals are in accordance with existing laws of each country; that Filipino health care professionals to be deployed have appropriate employment contracts; and that they are provided with proper briefing or orientation before departure.

The agreement provides that Filipino health care professionals may not be employed in Germany under
working conditions less favorable than those for comparable German workers. They will also have
compulsory insurance in the German social security system, such as health and long-term care
insurance, pension, accident, and unemployment insurance. German employers must also provide them
adequate accommodation.
"There will be a standard bilingual labor employment contract to be used for the placement of Filipino
health care professionals. Both parties will exert efforts to ensure observance of the workers' rights,"
Baldoz elaborated.
She further explained that both parties to the agreement will explore projects to sustain and promote
HRD in the Philippines.
"While the bilateral labor agreement establishes the conditions for the recruitment and employment of
Filipino health care professionals, including nurses, to Germany to address the shortage of health care
workers in that country, the provisions on recognition of qualifications and mechanisms to ensure the
sustainability of trained and qualified health care professionals in the Philippines through HRD
cooperation are very important given the concerns of the Philippine health sector on their active
migration," Baldoz emphasized.
"We have to ensure that the migration of our workers takes place under an ethical recruitment
framework that benefits the sending and receiving country," she further said.
END
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Labor Communications Office
Department of Labor and Employment
Intramuros, Manila
Telephone Nos.: 5273000 local 621-627
Fax No.: 5273446

Filipino domestic workers lose final appeal for residency in Hong Kong



Eman Villanueva (3rd right), spokesperson for the Asian Migrants' Coordinating Body (AMCB), and other migrant groups protest in front of the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong on Monday. The protesters were against the court's decision to dismiss an appeal by two Filipino domestic helpers who were seeking permanent residency in Hong Kong. Reuters/Tyrone Siu

Obama presses US Congress to act quickly on immigration reform

By MARK FELSENTHAL, REUTERS




WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama urged the US Congress on Monday to summon the "political courage" to quickly pass immigration reform.

Speaking at a naturalization ceremony for 28 new US citizens at the White House, Obama said he was pleased with steps made toward reforming immigration laws, he wants the process to be complete within months.

"I expect a bill to be put forward. I expect the debate to begin next month," he said. "I want to sign that bill into law as soon as possible."

Obama pointed to the accomplishments of many of the 28 people who had just become U.S. citizens and said immigrants had reinvigorated the labor force and benefited businesses.

"If we want to keep attracting the best and brightest the world has to offer, we need to do a better job of welcoming them," he said.

Reforms making it easier for undocumented foreigners to become citizens have gained momentum in Congress since Hispanic voters overwhelmingly supported Obama in November's presidential election. Recent polls show strong support for creating a way for undocumented foreigners to become US Citizens.

Congress is on two-week recess but is expected to look more closely at immigration and other domestic issues after being consumed for weeks with budget matters.

A group of eight Democratic and Republican senators is working on a plan that would create a 10- or 15-year process that leads to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

The path to citizenship may be called a path to a "green card" to soften opposition among Republicans, although Senate aides have characterized that as a semantic distinction.

The so-called green card—which is no longer green—allows a foreigner to live and work in the United States and ultimately to apply for citizenship.

Lawmakers are trying to produce a bill by next month. A Senate vote could be held in June or July. One obstacle is the divide between business and labor organizations over how to manage the flow of unskilled labor into the United States.

Obama urged lawmakers to push through to a conclusion.

"We've got to finish the job, because this issue is not new," he said. "We've just got, at this point, to work up the political courage to do what's required to be done." — Reuters

Britain's PM Cameron unveils sweeping immigration crackdown

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron will unveil a sweeping immigration crackdown on Monday aimed at discouraging migrants from Romania and Bulgaria from moving to Britain when EU restrictions on their right to travel and work there expire next year.

Under his plans, access to Britain's National Health Service will be curbed, new migrants will have to wait up to five years for social housing, fines for employers who hire illegal workers will be doubled, and landlords who let to illegal immigrants could face fines too.

The lifting of European Union freedom of movement restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians has triggered warnings in the right-leaning press of "hordes" of welfare-hungry migrants descending on Britain at a time when the economy is stagnant and public resources are being squeezed.

Cameron's initiative reflects a change in the political mainstream after years of politicians shying away from the issue. All three main parties now talk tough on immigration after polls showed it had become one of voters' main worries ahead of a 2015 election and a once derided anti-immigration party surged in the polls.

In a speech that may stir controversy in Romania and Bulgaria, Cameron will say he wants to stop Britain's welfare system being "a soft touch" for migrants, saying that access to core public services is something newcomers should earn rather than automatically receive.

"Net migration needs to come down radically from hundreds of thousands a year to just tens of thousands," he will say, outlining measures that will apply to other EU nationals too.

The UK Independence Party or UKIP, has thrived in the polls after campaigning against "open-door" immigration, humiliating Cameron's ruling Conservative party in a vote for a parliamentary seat three weeks ago.

Cameron is expected to say: "While I have always believed in the benefits of immigration I have also always believed that immigration has to be properly controlled.

"As I have long argued, under the last government this simply wasn't the case. Immigration was far too high and badly out of control."

'Something for nothing culture'

He will announce new measures to make it more difficult for nationals from the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes Romania and Bulgaria, to claim welfare benefits after six months. They will take effect in early 2014.

He will also promise to close a loophole that allows some people who have no right to work in Britain to claim benefits and subject newcomers to a much harder test to see if they are eligible for income-related benefits.

"Ending the something for nothing culture needs to apply to immigration as well as welfare. We're going to give migrants from the EEA a very clear message. Just like British citizens, there is no absolute right to unemployment benefit," he will say.

Under the plans, newcomers would also have to wait for up to five years before they could join a waiting list for social housing, and face "stricter charging" to use the health service or be obliged to have private health insurance.

"We should be clear that what we have is a free National Health Service, not a free International Health Service," Cameron will say.

His initiative has already been criticized by David Walker, the Bishop of Dudley, who told The Observer newspaper that politicians were exaggerating the immigration problem and considering "disproportionate" measures.

Last Friday, Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister and leader of the Liberal Democrat party, the junior member of Cameron's coalition, said Britain was considering obliging visitors from "high-risk" countries to hand over a returnable cash bond to deter them from overstaying their visas.

He also abandoned a promise to amnesty illegal immigrants after ten years.

Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, said on Saturday that the unexpected success of his own party had shifted the debate on immigration.

"If UKIP had not taken on this immigration debate, the others would not be talking about it at all," he told his party conference. — Reuters

4-year-old girl allegedly from PHL tested for coronavirus in HK


A four-year-old girl allegedly from the Philippines was tested for the Novel coronavirus in a Hong Kong hospital over the weekend, a Hong Kong news site reported Sunday.
 
Radio Television Hong Kong reported the girl was kept in isolation and is in stable condition, and that preliminary tests showed she did not have the illness.
 
"The girl, from the Philippines, had traveled (to Hong Kong) with her parents from Qatar and was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital suffering from fever and headaches," the RTHK report said.
 
It quoted the Centre for Health Protection as saying the girl is "being kept in isolation and is in a stable condition."
 
 
Ko was quoted in the report as saying the Hospital Authority will work with airlines to improve health warnings to travelers.
 
Health scare
 
Hong Kong Standard reported on Monday that the girl caused a "health scare" after she showed symptoms such as cough, fever and headache shortly after arrival.
 
She was brought to a private hospital and then isolated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday night.
 
But doctors found the girl was suffering from adenovirus, which the Hong Kong Standard described as "a respiratory infection that usually infects young kids."
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said adenoviruses can "infect anyone" but most cases "are not serious." Their symptoms include fever, diarrhea, pink eye (conjunctivitis or sore eyes), bladder infection or rash illness.
 
The report said the scare came shortly after a male flight attendant who had been in Saudi Arabia from March 4 to 7 showed symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
 
He was isolated and treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on March 9 but tested negative and was found to be suffering from the flu.
 
Coronavirus
 
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a novel coronavirus caused respiratory illness in 15 adults from four countries from April 2012 to February 2013.
 
It caused respiratory illness in 15 adults from Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom, with symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
 
"Among the 15 cases, nine were fatal. One of the cases experienced a mild respiratory illness and fully recovered. This virus is different from any other coronavirus that has infected people and made them sick. Also, this virus is different from the coronavirus that caused SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2003," it added. —KG, GMA News

Pinoy domestic helpers lose residency bid in HK


(Updated 7:05 p.m.) Thousands of foreign domestic helpers, mostly from the Philippines, on Monday lost their bid for permanent residency in Hong Kong.
 
The development came after the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, in a unanimous decision, denied the petition of two Filipino domestic helpers seeking permanent residency in Hong Kong, a report on the South China Morning Post said.
 
The report said this means that the two Filipino domestic helpers—Evangeline Banao Vallejos and Daniel Domingo, will not be allowed to apply to settle permanently in Hong Kong even after seven years of living there.

In Manila, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs vowed to ensure protection and promote the welfare of thousands of Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong following the ruling.

“We have always respected the judicial process in Hong Kong and will continue to do so,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez told a press briefing.

“The Philippine Consulate, through the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, shall continue to look for opportunities to protect and promote the welfare of the Filipino migrant workers,” he added.
 
In September 2011, a lower court ruled that Vallejos had the right to seek permanent residency in Hong Kong. The HK government, however, won an appeal in March 2012.
 
A previous Reuters report said that under Hong Kong's constitution, foreigners are entitled to permanent residency — which brings the rights to vote, claim welfare and other services — if they have lived there for an uninterrupted seven years.
 
Immigration law, however, denies that right to foreigners who work as home helpers, most of whom are from the Philippines and Indonesia.

'Highly restrictive'


A separate report on Hong Kong's The Standard said the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal ruled on Monday that the nature of the residence of foreign domestic helpers was "highly restrictive" since the helpers have to return to their countries of origin once their contracts end.
 
It also quoted the judges as saying that the helpers were made to understand at the start that their purpose in going to Hong Kong was not for residency.
 
"The foreign domestic helper is obliged to return to the country of origin at the end of the contract and is told from the outset that admission is not for the purposes of settlement and that [dependents] cannot be brought to reside in Hong Kong," it quoted the Court of Final Appeal as saying in its ruling.
 
The report on the South China Morning Post quoted Mark Daly, lawyer of the two domestic helpers, as saying they are "very disappointed" and that the ruling was "not a good reflection of the values we should be teaching youngsters and people in our society."
 
But he was also quoted as saying that although they do not agree with the court's decision, they respect it.
 
According to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, there are almost 175,000 Filipinos residing and working in Hong Kong as of December 2011. — with Kimberly Jane Tan and Michaela del Callar/RSJ/KBK, GMA News

Monday, March 25, 2013

Kayo na ang Bahala


JOINT STATEMENT OF PHILIPPINE-MALAYSIAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS


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March 14, 2013

Standoff in Lahad Datu: Engage in Dialogue Now with all stakeholders
to resolve the crisis peacefully

We the undersigned Civil Society organisations (CSOs) from Malaysia and Philippines are
extremely concerned over the on-going standoff between the Malaysian security forces and
followers of the Sultanate of Sulu’s heirs, Jamalul Kiram III at Lahad Datu, Sabah. We the CSOs,
together with all individuals, organizations and networks, urgently call upon President Benigno S.
Aquino III of the Philippines, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of Malaysia and Sultan
Jamalul Kiram III, to disavow all forms of violence, and instead supports dialogue as the primary
mechanism for a resolution to the siege.

We are very concerned and worried about the security of civilians in Lahad Datu, Semporna and
the surrounding villages and we would like to see a peaceful solution to resolve this ongoing
problem. According to media reports, at least 43 people have been killed in Lahad Datu,
Semporna and Kampung Tanduo, Sabah.
We believe the situation in Lahad Datu requires swift and peaceful intervention. We urge all
parties to resist from using force while remaining committed to dialogue and negotiation
throughout this process.

We are also very concerned with the lack of real-time information with respect to what has
actually taken place so far in Lahad Datu. Up to this point the information received through the
Malaysian news media lacked transparency and created unnecessary rumors and assumptions
about the situation. The people have the right to get information on on-going issues in Sabah.
In this context, we call on the governments of Malaysia and Philippines and the Sultanate of
Sulu to:

• Immediately declare a HUMANITARIAN CEASEFIRE so that agencies concerned can
take immediate measures to ensure the safety of women, children, elderly and other
vulnerable persons in the affected area. And provide “safe zones” where humanitarian
organizations and relevant agencies can install facilities to be accessed by those who are
injured and require immediate medical care;
• Take immediate steps to end the use of violence and to engage in DIALOGUE with all
stakeholders to resolve the crisis peacefully.
• Take proper measures to ensure that in the process of resolving the crisis, the human
rights of everyone involved are respected and protected especially civilians from Lahad
Datu, Semporna and nearby villages;
• Take immediate measures to secure the safety of journalists who chose to access the
area at all times to ensure fair reporting and dissemination of information to the general
public;
• Cease and desist from using excessive force and armed violence to end the prevailing
conflict;
• Initiate an independent and impartial investigation into the killings that has taken place
and make the findings of the investigation public.
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We fervently dissuade all the principals involved from brinkmanship by instead living up to your
respective legacies as genuine leaders of your people with honor and dignity.
We urge you to come to terms with the unfolding of events that has serious implications on many
lives and social institutions. We all can’t afford that this will escalate into a grave humanitarian
crisis spilling over into other nearby villages aside from Lahad Datu and Semporna, Sabah.
Time is of the essence. The world is looking at you, now.

Signed:

MALAYSIA
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
Tenaganita
Women's Centre for Change (WCC)
JUMP
ALIRAN
Malaysian Physicians for Social Responsibility
Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)
Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT)
Justice for Sisters
Seksualiti Merdeka
Pusat KOMAS
Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan
Community Action Network (CAN)
Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor
Community Development Centre (CDC)
PHILIPPINES
Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW)
Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)
Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID)
Free Burma Coalition – Philippines (FBCP)
Active Citizenship Foundation (ACF)
Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao (AFRIM)
Agri-Aqua Development Coalition, Mindanao
AGONG Peace Network, Mindanao
Akbayan Citizens Action Party
Aksyon para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan (AKKAPKA)
Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)
Aniban ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (AMA)
Arya Progresibo
Balay Mindanao Foundation, Inc
Banwaon One Tribe, One Territory, Mindanao
Billah Islam C.O.R.D
Business and Professional Women Ormoc (BPWO)
Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA)
Center for Peace Education – Miriam College
Citizen’s Peace Watch
Civil Peace Service Program – Southern Christian College
Community Organizers Multiversity (CO Multiversity)
Coalition for ARMM Reform and Transformation (CART)
Coalition of Ormoc Women (COW)
Coalition of Social Development Organizations
Coalition for the Development of Sibuguey – Western Mindanao
Coffee for Peace, Inc
Contacts Details :
Nalini Elumalai
SUARAM
Malaysia
detention@suaram.net
Gus Miclat, Jr
Executive Director
Initiatives for Int’l Dialogue (IID)
Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW)
gnmiclat@gmail.com
tel number +(6382) 2972574
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Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Governance
Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society
Council of Organized Social Service Agencies in Mindanao
Derepa te Erumanen ne Menuvu, Mindanao
Focus on the Global South -Philippines
Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)
Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas
Generation Peace
Gitib Inc., Mindanao
GZO Peace Institute
Human Rights Defenders-Pilipinas (HRDP)
Institute for Comparative and Advanced Studies (ICAS Phils)
Institute for Popular Democracy (IPD)
Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP)
IQRAA Islam Foundation, Davao del Norte
Kabataan Consortium, Inc., Davao City
KAGDUMA, Incorporated, Mindanao
Khairul Bariyyah Youth Movement
Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP)
Kebager te Ked-Inged, Mindanao
Kahugpongan sa Mindanaw
Khairul Bariyyah Youth Movement (KBYM)
Landcare Foundation of the Philippines, Inc
Lawyers' League for Liberty (LIBERTAS)
Lumad Mindanaw Peoples’ Federation
Luna Legal Resource Center for Women and Children, Inc., Davao City
Mindanao Peoples Peace Movement
Mindanao Peace Advocates Conference
Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE) Secretariat
Mindanao Alliance of Self-Help Societies – Southern Philippines Educational Cooperative Center
Mindanao Congress of Development NGOs and NGIs –Mindanao
Mindanao Indigenous People Women Development
Mindanao Solidarity Network (MSN)
Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan, UP Diliman (KAISA)
Nisa Ul-Haqq Fi Bangsamoro
Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA)
Pandayan para sa Sosyalistang Pilipinas (PANDAYAN)
Partnership of Philippine Support Services Agencies – Mindanao
Pakigdait, Incorporated, Mindanao
Paghiliusa sa Paghidaet – Negros (PsP-N)
Pagtinabangay Foundation
Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)
Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)
Pasaday Manobo Association (PAMAAS)
Pax Christi Institute
Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ)
Peacebuilders Community, Inc
People’s Alternative Studies Center for Research & Education in Social Dev’t (PASCRES)
People’s Global Exchange (PGX)
Peoplex27
Philwomen on ASEAN
Philippine Action Network to Control Arms
Philippine Human Rights Information Center (Philrights)
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
Philippine Business for Social Progress – Mindanao
Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court
Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC)
Philippine Partnership for the Devt of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PHILDHRRA)
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Philippine Rural and Reconstruction Movement (PRRM)
Pinay Kilos
Province of Zamboanga Sibugay Rubber Farmers Association (PZSRFA)
Rajah Buayan Cultural Institute (RBCI),Mindanao
Redemptorist Center for Social and Ecological Concerns - Mindanao
Shariful hashim Cultural university (ShacuS)
Silsilah Dialogue Movement
SANLAKAS
SANLAKAS-Youth
SARILAYA
Shariful Hashim Cultural University (SHACUS)
Social Organization Safeguarding Ecological Advancement Related to Humanity (SOS-EARTH)
SOCSKSARGEN Sociological Society
Social Watch Philippines
SPREAD – Oblates of Notre Dame
Sulong CARHRIHL
Sultan Kudarat Active-People's Network (SKAN)
Tambayan Center for Children's, Inc.
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)
Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc
Tausug Global Media - Jolo, Sulu
Textile Clothing Footwear Ormoc (TCFO)
The Peacemaker Circle Foundation
United Transport Workers Organization (UTWO)
WomanHealth Philippines
Women and Gender Institute
Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (We Act 1325-Philippines)
Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB)
World March of Women – Pilipinas
Young Moro Professionals Network, Inc
Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA)
REGIONAL/GLOBAL
Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict – Southeast Asia (SEA-GPPAC)
Asia Pacific Solidarity Coalition (APSOC)
Alternatives - Asia
Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN- Burma)
Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
Asia-Pacific Movement on Debt & Development (JSAPMDD)
Child Rights Coalition Asia (CRC Asia)
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific (CATW-AP)
International Peace Bureau (IPB)
ISIS International
Media Defense South East Asia (MD-SEA)
Migrant Forum Asia (MFA)
Network for Transformative Social Protection (NTSP-Asia)
South East Asian Committee for Advocacy (SEACA)
BANGLADESH
Humanitywatch
NABODHARA, Bangladesh
Participatory Research & Action Network (PRAN)
VOICE, Bangladesh
BURMA/MYANMAR
Generation Wave Institute
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CAMBODIA
Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC)
Housing Rights Task Force (HRTF)
EAST TIMOR
East Timor Students Solidarity Council (ETSSC)
FRANCE
Europe solidaire sans frontièrezs (ESSF)
GERMANY
Asienstiftung (German Asia Foundation)
Philippinenbüro – Asienhaus
INDIA
Burma Centre Delhi
Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF)
INDONESIA
Center for Community Development and Education (CCDE – Aceh)
Independent Committee for Election Monitoring (KIPP)
IMPARSIAL, Indonesian Human Rights Monitor
Lembaga Bantuan Hukum / Legal Aid Institute (LBH-BALI)
Lembaga Bantuan Hukum / Legal Aid Institute (LBH-Makassar)
Lembaga Bantuan Hukum /Legal Aid Institute (LBH - Pers Padang)
Lembaga Bantuan Hukum / Legal Aid Institute (LBH-Jakarta)
Solidaritas Perempuan (SP)
Yamakindo
Yayasan Transformasi Lepra Indonesia
NEPAL
All Nepal Peasants Federation (ANPFa)
All Nepal Women Association (ANWA)
Campaign for Climate Justice Nepal (CCJN)
PAKISTAN
Center For Peace & Civil Society (CPCS)
SINGAPORE
Think Centre
THAILAND
People’s Empowerment Foundation (PEF)
Women's Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE) – Thailand
USA
National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV)
INDIVIDUALS
Anbony Cuanico, Philippines
Chayie Maligalig, Philippines
Crystal Yeldes Flores, Philippines
Denz Bazada, Philippines
Edgardo Beltran, Philippines
Eleanor Trinchera, Philippines
Fr. Angel Calvo, Mindanao PeaceWeavers, Philippines
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Ganesson Suppiah, Malaysia
Gani Serrano, President, PRRM – Philippines
Hew Li Huang, Malaysia
Howard Ng, Malaysia
Japs Hatta, Philippines
James Mante, Philippines
Jean Justimbaste, Philippines
Jenny Aulin, Philippines
Joan Makau, Philippines
Jun Enriquez, Philippines
Juvinal Dias, Timor Leste Institute for Development Monitoring and Analysis, Timor Leste
Ka Rene Magtubo, Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), Philippines
Kevin Kettle, Bangkok,Thailand
KP Lee, Malaysia
Loch na Menon, Malaysia
Ma. Lisa Betita Fontanilla, Philippines
Marishel Gapit, Philippines
Mayor Ronnel Lim, Sorsogon, Philippines
Michael Teng, Malaysia
Mmk Tggw, Myanmar
Monse dela Cruz, Philippines
Muhammad AwisAl Qarni, Malaysia
Noel A. Hernandez, Philippines
O.g. Abesamis, Philippines
Pastor Dann Pantoja, Peacebuilders Community, Mindanao, Philippines
Prof. Abdullah Grande Mamacotao, Philippines
Prof. Anuradha Chenoy, University of India
Prof. Kamal Mitra Chenoy, University of India
Prof Keshab Khadka, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
Pua Wah Lum, Malaysia
Ramon Casiple, IPER, Philippines
Rasol Abbas, Philippines
Raul Gatinao, Philippines
Roland Fortun, Philippines
Roy Calfoforo, Philippines
Sia Phearum, Director, HRTF, Cambodia
Sittie Guinomla, Philippines
The Pplway Jian Min, Malaysia
Vincent Fung, Malaysia
Yok Foo Looi Looi, Malaysia
Yvette Mah, Malaysia
PHILIPPINE PETITION CAMPAIGN CONTACTS:
Lyndee Prieto
Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)
Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW) - Secretariat
Mobile:(+63) 9177247579
Email : lyndeeprieto@gmail.com
Malou Tabios Nuera
IID-Manila Office
Asia Pacific Solidarity Action (APSOC) - Secretariat
Phone: (+632) 9110205; (+632) 4352900
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Mobile: (+63) 9177247580
Email: iid.manila@gmail.com

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