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Effective prevention of violent extremism

On Feb. 12, we observed International Day for the Prevention of Violent Extremism as and when Conducive to Terrorism......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarFeb 12th, 2024

Preventing violent extremism from the ground-up in South Asia

Violent extremism undermines peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. No country or region is immune from its impacts.For the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2024

Youth-led action to prevent terrorism and violent extremism

Vienna, 22 December 2023 - "A close friend from school unexpectedly became involved in terrorist activities. His capture by the police was covered in the newspaper and social media."  28-year-old Mohammed Abdul*, a law graduate and development activist from Bangladesh, describes that experience as a wake-up call.  His friend's arrest made him aware that.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2023

Gov’t confident as IMSA audit starts

The International Maritime Organization, or IMO, started its Member State Audit Scheme or IMSAS from 2 to 9 October 2023, to scrutinize the Philippines’ implementation and enforcement of treaty instruments. Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista has guaranteed that the country has fully complied with international maritime conventions. A statement of the Department of Transportation, the mother agency of the Maritime Industry Authority that is preparing for this year’s IMSAS, said Bautista ensured that the Philippines had upheld maritime safety and protection of the marine environment by adhering to international rules and regulations. “I affirm our commitment to ensure the safety of life and property at sea and prevention of maritime pollution through full and effective implementation and enforcement of all laws, regulations, and recommendations, in adherence to our international responsibilities and obligations,” Bautista told IMO auditors during the kick-off of the IMSAS audit.   Adhering to global norms Bautista said that through the audit, which assists member-states in improving their capacity for implementing international conventions, the Philippines promotes uniformity and effectiveness in the implementation of IMO instruments. “Having these mechanisms, we were able to champion our legislative agenda and ensure the continuous advancement of maritime interest in the country,” Bautista said. According to the Marina, the audit, conducted by three experienced IMO auditors, is conducted in accordance with the Memorandum of Cooperation  signed between the Philippines and the IMO. This cooperation encompasses a series of vital IMO instruments, including SOLAS 1974, SOLAS PROT 1988, MARPOL 73/78, MARPOL PROTOCOL 1997, STCW 1978, LOAD LINES 1966, LOAD LINE PROT 1988, TONNAGE 1969, and COLREG 1972. IMSAS primary focus lies in assessing several key areas — Compliance with Audit Standards: Evaluating the extent to which the Philippines adheres to audit standards and the overall strategy; Legislation Enactment: Reviewing the enactment of legislation related to safety and environmental aspects associated with ratified IMO instruments; Administration and Implementation: Scrutinizing the administration, implementation, and enforcement of applicable laws and legislation; and Performance Evaluation: Assessing the performance concerning the implementation and enforcement of ratified IMO instruments in the roles of flag, port and coastal State. Originally, the IMSAS was set for 2020 to 2021, but since a state of emergency was still in effect due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was rescheduled to 2022 to 2023. To prepare for the audit, Marina and the IMSAS Technical Working Group, and other concerned maritime stakeholders conducted gap analysis scoping exercises, inter-agency meetings, mock audits, and capacity-building activities in preparation for this year’s audit. The post Gov’t confident as IMSA audit starts appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2023

WHO recommends second malaria vaccine for children

The World Health Organization said Monday that its experts had recommended a second malaria vaccine for children, R21/Matrix-M, developed by Britain's Oxford University. The R21/Matrix-M vaccine is manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and has already been approved for use in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria. "As a malaria researcher, I used to dream of the day we would have a safe and effective vaccine against malaria. Now we have two," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. In 2021, the RTS,S vaccine, produced by British pharmaceutical giant GSK, became the first to be recommended by the WHO to prevent malaria in children in areas with moderate to high malaria transmission. The WHO's regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said the new vaccine held great potential for the continent by helping to close the huge demand-and-supply gap. "Delivered to scale and rolled out widely, the two vaccines can help bolster malaria prevention and control efforts and save hundreds of thousands of young lives in Africa from this deadly disease," she said. The post WHO recommends second malaria vaccine for children appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2023

Senate titan Dianne Feinstein dead at 90

Veteran Senator Dianne Feinstein, a titan of US political history who notched a string of legislative achievements during a trailblazing three-decade career in the Senate, has died at 90 years old, US media said Friday. Feinstein, the Senate's oldest member, was celebrated as a pioneer for women in politics and a hugely effective legislator. During a career that began in local California government, she grew to be a tough check on administrations from both parties. She had already announced her retirement this February as her health worsened and following a number of missteps that threatened her legacy. The Californian, who was widowed last year, became San Francisco's first female mayor after the fatal shooting in 1978 of Harvey Milk, the country's only openly gay politician, and mayor George Moscone by a disgruntled former colleague. Other dramatic moments including surviving an attempted bombing of her home. She was also near the scene of an infamous double murder in San Francisco. Her death is not expected to shift the tight balance of power in the Senate, with the Democratic governor of California appointing her temporary replacement. Summing up her dedication to public service, Feinstein once said that "even with a divided Congress, we can still pass bills that will improve lives. Each of us was sent here to solve problems." "That's what I've done for the last 30 years, and that's what I plan to do for the next two years." Democrats in her home state led tributes as news of the senator's death cast a pall over proceedings in Congress, with staff placing flowers on Feinstein's desk in the Senate chamber, according to Fox News. "She was a trailblazer and dedicated her life to public service," said David Valadao, a member of California's delegation in the House of Representatives. An icon in Senate politics who took the lead on hundreds of bills, Feinstein rose to the chairmanship of the powerful intelligence committee -- another first for a woman. Her achievements include writing the 1994 assault rifle ban and producing a 6,700-page report on the CIA torture program during the US "war on terror." But it was in her home state of California where she first made her mark. As the first female Board of Supervisors president in San Francisco, Feinstein led the city through the tumult that followed the fatal shootings in 1978 of Milk. She replaced the mayor and served for 10 years as a no-nonsense pragmatist, willing to work across the aisle, balancing nine budgets in a row and being declared the nation's "Most Effective Mayor" by local government bible City and State Magazine. Latterly, the pandemic and her husband's declining health curtailed her public appearances outside of Congress and she faced growing misgivings about her declining cognitive abilities, raised by figures in her own party. The youngest member of Congress, 26-year-old Maxwell Frost, described Feinstein as a "champion for Gun Violence Prevention that broke barriers at all levels of government." "We wouldn't have had an assault weapons ban if it wasn't for Senator Feinstein and due to her tireless work, we will win it back," he posted on social media. The post Senate titan Dianne Feinstein dead at 90 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 29th, 2023

DILG’s BIDA program reaches South Cotabato

The Department of the Interior and Local Government on Tuesday said its anti-illegal drugs advocacy program "Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan" (BIDA) has reached the Municipality of Polomolok in South Cotabato where around 4,000 runners and advocates joined the 4-kilometer “BIDA Run sa Bagong Polomolok 2023” early Saturday morning. DILG Undersecretary Margarita Gutierrez, who led the early morning run, urged all local government units (LGUs) to sustain the momentum initiated by the BIDA program “to ensure that the aspiration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. of having a drug-free Philippines will turn into reality in the nearest future.” “Umabot na ang ating kampanya [BIDA Program], at ang mensahe ng ating Pangulo kontra sa iligal na droga sa napakagandang bayan ng Polomolok dito sa South Cotabato. And I am very delighted by your resounding response to our call for unity,” she said. Gutierrez said that as the new face of the national government’s anti-illegal drugs program, BIDA seeks to incite the participation of various sectors of society to attain its goal. “As DILG Secretary Benhur Abalos said, there are no shortcuts to victory over drugs. The only effective way is a comprehensive, long-term approach, which combines effective law enforcement with prevention, treatment, and social support,” she said. BIDA is a whole-of-nation, whole-of-government approach involving the national agencies, local government units, academe, faith-based sector, and the private sector that focuses more on drug demand reduction and rehabilitation alongside law enforcement operations. Polomolok Mayor Bernie T. Palencia expressed his appreciation to DILG Secretary Benhur Abalos for leading the BIDA program and committed the full support of the municipality to the national government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign bannered by the BIDA Program. The post DILG’s BIDA program reaches South Cotabato appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 12th, 2023

Gatchalian pushes for creation of Virology, Vaccine Institute

Senator Win Gatchalian on Saturday rallied anew for the establishment of the Virology and Vaccine Institute in the country as it would help in addressing low child immunization coverage nationwide. Gatchalian cited that the number of unvaccinated children significantly dropped from one million in 2021 to 637,000 in 2022. However, the United Nations Children's Fund and the World Health Organization emphasized that more work needs to be done to reach the ideal coverage of 95 percent. Based on the Department of Health’s report as of last year, the vaccine coverage among the eligible population of young children nationwide stood at 59.9 percent. Gatchalian also cited a 2022 research paper by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies which revealed that deep-seated supply-side system issues also contribute to the country's low vaccine coverage. It is on top of vaccine confidence, which is a primary factor in the low immunization coverage in recent years. According to Gatchalian, the PIDS study also identified leadership, planning, and supply chain problems that led to recurring vaccine stock-outs in the past decade as other factors. Hence, Gatchalian filed Senate Bill 941, or the Virology and Vaccine Institute of the Philippines Act of 2022, pushing effective initiatives to boost local vaccine development, sustain production, and boost technology transfer. The proposed measure seeks the creation of a Virology and Vaccine Institute—which shall serve as the premier research and development institute in the field of virology, encompassing all areas in viruses and viral diseases in plants, animals, and humans. Under the proposed measure, VIP shall undertake scientific and technological research and development in the field of virology It is also tasked to conduct product research and development in the areas of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines, among others; and the transfer of the results of scientific research and development for use in both the public and private sectors. The research outputs of the VIP shall also be integrated into other plans relating to the management of public health emergencies relating to infectious diseases, as well as disease control and prevention. "Kasabay ng paghhikayat natin sa ating mga magulang na pabakunahan ang kanilang mga anak, mahalagang matiyak din na may sapat tayong suplay ng bakuna at may kakayahan tayong magsagawa ng pananaliksik at mga pag-aaral. Patuloy nating isinusulong ang paglikha ng Virology and Vaccine Institute of the Philippines upang matugunan ang mga pangangailangang ito ng ating mga kababayan," said Gatchalian. The post Gatchalian pushes for creation of Virology, Vaccine Institute appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2023

An old antibiotic may get new life as an STI prevention pill

The United States is set to roll out a powerful new weapon in the long fight against sexually transmitted infections: a decades-old antibiotic repurposed as a preventative pill. DoxyPEP, or doxycycline used as a post-exposure prophylaxis, has been found to significantly cut the risk of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis when used after condomless sex. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is developing national guidance for clinicians, will need to weigh the need to contain record high rates of STIs impacting millions of Americans against potentially giving rise to more antibiotic-resistant strains. "Innovation and creativity matter in public health, and more tools are desperately needed," senior CDC official Jonathan Mermin told AFP. But the recommendations, set for publication this summer, will remain narrow in scope. They will likely target only the most at-risk groups of gay men and transgender women with histories of prior infection. As word spreads, some clinics are already prescribing DoxyPEP. Malik, a 37-year-old man in Washington, said his doctor recently told him he could start using doxycycline as a "morning-after pill" following risky sex, something he's had to do twice -- including after a partner did not warn him he had removed his condom. Two-thirds reduction  Reported cases of the three bacterial infections grew to 2.5 million in the United States in 2021, following about a decade of growth. Several issues are behind the rise: fewer people are using condoms since the advent of PrEP -- daily pills that significantly reduce chances of contracting HIV. And people who are on PrEP are recommended to undergo screening every three months, likely increasing the identification of infections. Then there is the basic epidemiological fact that the greater the number of people infected, the more they can further infect. Researchers have found DoxyPEP efficacious in three of four trials. "What we found was there was about a two-thirds reduction in sexually transmitted infection every three months,"  Annie Luetkemeyer, who co-led a US trial, told AFP. The physician-scientist at the University of California, San Francisco recruited some 500 people in San Francisco and Seattle among communities of men who have sex with men and transgender women. Efficacy was greatest for chlamydia and syphilis, both of which were reduced by about 80 percent, while for gonorrhea it was about 55 percent. There were few side effects. Antibiotic resistance  Broadening access to doxycycline has prompted concerns about causing antibiotic resistance, particularly in gonorrhea, which is fast mutating. But early research hasn't shown cause for alarm. Connie Celum of the University of Washington, who co-led the US study, told AFP researchers tested gonorrhea samples from breakthrough infections in the DoxyPEP group and compared them to the group who didn't receive the pill. Though they found the rate of resistant gonorrhea slightly higher in the DoxyPEP group, she says the finding could simply mean the pill is less effective against already resistant strains, rather than causing that resistance. DoxyPEP could even boost responsible antibiotic stewardship -- cutting the incidence of infections, thus also cutting need for antibiotic treatment. If it slashed gonorrhea cases by some 50 percent, it could reduce the number of people requiring antibiotic treatment with the current frontline treatment drug, ceftriaxone, which doctors are eager to preserve. Longer term study is required, on both impacts on STIs but also "bystander" bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, which live inside people's noses but sometimes cause serious infections. 'Additional tool'  Malik said that while he is glad he could use DoxyPEP as a last resort, he wishes more men were willing to use condoms. Since moving to America from South Asia, he gets relatively little interest on dating app Grindr when he says he's not willing to have condomless sex. But Stephen Abbott -- a doctor at Washington's Whitman-Walker clinic who prescribes and uses DoxyPEP -- said it's crucial to meet people where they are. "From speaking with patients, and being part of the community that's now on PrEP... I think the age of prevention through condoms is fading," he told AFP. A 42-year-old man in London who runs a cultural organization told AFP that word had spread about DoxyPEP through the international gay party circuit and he had procured a supply on the black market and through a partner who buys in bulk in Mexico. It had largely worked for him, though he did have one breakthrough infection of throat gonorrhea. He said he was looking forward to the United Kingdom adopting similar guidance so that people have the right information and aren't left to guess at the right dosage. For Luetkemeyer, DoxyPEP won't be "the answer" to the STI epidemic, and there is considerable interest in the development of a gonorrhea vaccine. "But I'm optimistic... I think this is an additional tool," she said. The post An old antibiotic may get new life as an STI prevention pill appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 11th, 2023

Phl, Malaysia expand security ties vs. radicalization

The Philippines and Malaysia remain committed to upholding their long-standing defense relations by exploring partnerships to prevent possible radicalization in the country, the Department of National Defense said Friday. This came, after Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. met with Malaysia Ambassador Dato' Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino, earlier this week at the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. In a statement on Friday, DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said Teodoro and Castelino renewed the close defense ties between the Philippines and Malaysia—as implemented under the 1994 Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation. “And reflected by personal ties between the two heads of state, marked by their reciprocal visits to the Philippines and Malaysia in March and July 2023, respectively,” Andolong added. Both officials reaffirmed their commitment to sustaining cooperation under trilateral and multilateral platforms. According to Andolong, Teodoro expressed his appreciation to the Malaysian government for its contributions to the Mindanao peace process. The defense chief likewise recognized Malaysia for partaking as the Third-Party Facilitator in the Bangsamoro peace process and sending military personnel from its Malaysian Armed Forces to become part of the International Monitoring Team, facilitating peace and order in the southern part of the Philippines. Andolong cited the experiences and expertise of Malaysia in Islamic education which he described could be also beneficial to the services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He added Teodoro proposed to boost educational cooperation between the  Philippines and Malaysia to enhance the Arabic and Islamic literacy of the AFP Chaplain Service with the Military Religious Corps of Malaysia “to prevent possible radicalization and misinterpretation of the Qur’an and Hadith.” Meanwhile, Castelino assured Malaysia's continuous support for just and lasting peace in Mindanao and welcomed the proposal to improve Islamic literacy in the Philippines as a way to counter regional terrorism and violent extremism. The post Phl, Malaysia expand security ties vs. radicalization appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 4th, 2023

Review PNP ops guidelines pushed

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa sees a need to review the current operating guidelines and protocols in the performance of the Philippine National Police amid the “alarming irregularity” in the organization. Dela Rosa made the remarks as he opened a Senate inquiry over the alleged inhumane and violent acts perpetrated by PNP against Bonifacio, Occidental Mayor Samson Dumanjug, through Senate Resolution 698. Present during the hearing were officials from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, National Police Commission, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and local government units of Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Occidental Governor Henry Oaminal and other provincial government officials. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Misamis Occidental earlier slapped both local officials with 60-day preventive suspension allegedly for “betrayal of public trust” effective on 30 May. The Dumanjug couple was previously placed under a six-month preventive suspension in case No. 01-22  for various offenses ranging from alleged abuse of authority to graft and corruption, misconduct, and dishonesty in 2020. The spouses appealed the SP decision to the Office of the President who then reversed the SP decision. Malacañang issued the decision reinstating the Dumanjug couple on 29 May. Oaminal lamented that the spouses continued to ignore the 60-day suspension order despite the recognition of the DILG. The tension further developed when the suspended town mayor allegedly padlocked the Mayor’s Office and stayed inside for about 16 days — preventing authorities from serving the suspension order. According to Oaminal, the mayor’s resistance to the order has prompted the provincial government to create Incident Management Team and activate the ICS so it can fully monitor the peace and order situation in the Municipal Hall of Bonifacio amid the growing tension in the area. Dumanjug’s party meanwhile accused the arresting authorities of inhumane apprehension against the Bonifacio mayor. Dela Rosa’s SR 698 states that Mayor Dumanjug sought the senator’s assistance, by writing a letter addressed to the lawmaker, stating that he was “forcibly ejected” from the Mayor’s Office of Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental by the PNP and unknown persons on 16 June 2023. The post Review PNP ops guidelines pushed appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2023

Branson urges Singapore to ‘grant mercy’ to woman set for hanging

British tycoon Richard Branson urged Singapore on Thursday to halt an impending hanging that would be the city-state's first execution of a woman in nearly 20 years. Convicted drug trafficker Saridewi Djamani, 45, is scheduled to be hanged on Friday, according to the local rights group Transformative Justice Collective (TJC). "It's still not too late to grant mercy to Saridewi Djamani," Branson posted Thursday on Twitter, which is being rebranded as "X". "Shameful that Singapore's leaders continue to hang people for non-violent drug offences, joining countries like North Korea and Iran that still do so against evidence and better judgement," the billionaire said. Djamani was sentenced to death in 2018 for trafficking around 30 grams (1.06 ounces) of heroin. If her execution goes ahead, she will be the first woman put to death in Singapore since 2004, when 36-year-old hairdresser Yen May Woen was hanged for drug trafficking, according to TJC activist Kokila Annamalai. Prison officials have not answered emailed questions from AFP seeking confirmation of Djamani's scheduled execution, but local rights activists said her family had received a notice setting the date. Rights watchdog Amnesty International has also urged Singapore to halt the hanging, saying there is no evidence the death penalty acts as a deterrent to crime. The Asian financial hub has some of the world's toughest anti-narcotics laws and insists the death penalty is effective in discouraging trafficking. Singapore's law minister last year challenged Branson to a televised debate in the city-state on the death penalty. The tycoon declined, saying such a debate "cannot do the complexity of the death penalty any service". On Wednesday, Singapore hanged a local man convicted of drug trafficking, the 14th prisoner sent to the gallows since the government resumed executions in March 2022 after a two-year pause during the Covid-19 pandemic. Mohd Aziz bin Hussain, 57, was convicted and sentenced to death in 2017 for trafficking around 50 grams of heroin. The post Branson urges Singapore to ‘grant mercy’ to woman set for hanging appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2023

IACAT-11 reopens at Davao airport

DAVAO CITY — To intensify its campaign at eliminating trafficking in person and other diverse types of exploitation, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking-11 reopened its office at the Davao City International Airport on 14 July. The reopening of the office is a result of a joint endeavor aimed at eliminating TIP and diverse types of exploitation — including sexual exploitation, prostitution, pornography/online sexual abuse or exploitation of children, illegal recruitment and forced labor. It will also serve as a vital hub for coordination, information sharing, and implementing strategies to protect vulnerable individuals. In a presentation, Barbara Mae Flores, the deputy regional prosecutor of the Regional Prosecution Office 11 and the chief of operations IACAT-11 Anti-TIP Task Force said they established the office at the DIA since traffickers use commercial planes in transporting victims. “Airports may be our last chance of visibility and protection. Knowing where and/or how to report suspected TIP incidents is one step in eliminating TIP,” said Flores, adding that they will also be putting up a help desk as an effective prevention of TIP through the improvement of intelligence, surveillance and monitoring activities. “For a timely apprehension of traffickers and interception/rescue of victims and as an immediate assistance to victims or potential victims as well as create and maintain a database and advocate against TIP inside airports,” Flores said. The post IACAT-11 reopens at Davao airport appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 18th, 2023

ICC confirms $30m reparations in DR Congo warlord case

The International Criminal Court on Friday confirmed a more than $30 million reparations package for thousands of victims of DR Congo warlord Bosco Ntaganda, including former child soldiers. Named the "Terminator" for his reign of terror in the vast African country in the early 2000s, Ntaganda was jailed for 30 years in 2019 for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Judges afterward awarded $30.3 million (27 million euros) in reparations, but last year ordered a review saying the number of victims was unclear. But on Friday "the Chamber unanimously assesses Mr Ntaganda's liability for reparations at USD $31,300,000," the Hague-based court said in a statement. Although Ntaganda is liable for the payment, the ICC found that he did not have the funds, which would now be paid from the Trust Fund for Victims at the ICC. Judges asked court officials to "continue exploring whether Mr. Ntaganda possessed any undiscovered assets" and monitor his finances "on an ongoing basis." Judges added that based on available information, there were an estimated 7,500 direct and indirect victims of violent attacks, as well as 3,000 direct or indirect victims of crimes against child soldiers. No financial amounts were given for specific victims, but payment would include around $11 million in socio-economic support and around five million dollars ($5 million) for mental care resulting from "psychological harm" suffered during the attacks. Rehabilitation of former child soldiers was estimated at around $4,000 per person. The ICC 2021 upheld a 30-year sentence on appeal for war crimes against Ntaganda. "The Chamber reiterates that Mr. Ntaganda's conviction is final and his liability to repair the harm caused to the victims of his crimes is under no discussion," the judges stressed in Friday's order. "The Chamber will continue striving to advance these reparation proceedings in the most efficient and effective manner possible... ensuring that the victims of his crimes receive the reparations they are entitled to, and for which they have waited for more than two decades, without further delay," they said. The Rwandan-born Ntaganda, 49, was convicted of 18 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, sexual slavery, rape, and using child soldiers. Ntaganda was the first person to be convicted of sexual slavery by the court. Many of the other charges related to massacres of villagers in the mineral-rich Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The post ICC confirms $30m reparations in DR Congo warlord case appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 14th, 2023

Philippines, Brunei to strengthen ties vs extremist violence

The Philippines and Brunei are taking steps to further enhance the security cooperation between the two nations to combat violent extremism......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2023

Belmonte lauds QCJ Male Dormitory

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte over the weekend lauded the Quezon City Jail Male Dormitory for bagging the best jail institution in the entire metropolis. The QCJMD under the leadership of Supt. Michelle Ng-Bonto bagged anew the ‘Top 1 - Best City Jail’ award given by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology - National Capital Region (BJMP-NCR). "Quezon City is very happy that our QCJ Male Dormitory won as the best jail institution that received the recognition for the second time. This is proof that they have effectively implemented their duty to be a temporary home for our countrymen who are bouncing back from the cases they are facing,” Belmonte said. The all-male QCJMD is led by a female warden. Bonto said she could not carry out her job as jail warden effectively without the support of the BJMP higher-ups and the city government led by Mayor Belmonte and City Administrator Mike Alimurung. She also lauded the detainees who have been cooperative in respecting the policies as well as rules and regulations being enforced at the detention facility. “Gone are the days that there were riots and violent confrontations among detainees who belong to different groups or what they call gangs, they have been cooperative to the jail authorities,” Bonto said. BJMP-NCR Director Chief Supt. Efren Nemeno handed the recognition on Bonto during the bureau’s 8th Regional Management Meeting and Awarding Ceremony as the former hailed her for keeping the QCJMD drug-free. The BJMP said QCJMD’s achievement could be attributed to the "winning hearts and minds approach” being advocated by the female jail warden toward the persons deprived of liberty (PDL) and jail personnel. “She has been effective in espousing positive engagement of jail personnel in the implementation of welfare and development programs for PDL,” the BJMP said. Meanwhile, the QCJMD remains to be a "drug-free jail" following the latest greyhound operation that yielded no illegal drugs but improvised bladed weapons and other nuisance contrabands. The latest operation was carried out by Bonto's team and members from the nearby Kamuning Police Station (PS-10) as well as Explosive Ordnance Disposal/K9 Units from the police district headquarters, the jail warden said. Bonto added that greyhound operations are being conducted almost daily in order to ensure that no illegal contrabands particularly illegal drugs will be kept inside the detention facility. “Our campaign inside QCJMD is also in support to the ‘Buhay, Ingatan, Ayawan’ (BIDA) program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government which calls for the support of local government units, partner government agencies, local stakeholders, and organizations in order to effectively advocate drug demand reduction to all sectors of the community,” the jail warden said. The post Belmonte lauds QCJ Male Dormitory appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2023

United House gets things done

As the 19th Congress convened on 25 July 2022, then newly-elected House Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez immediately saw the need for quick delivery of government services to help the country and our people recover from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic. Romualdez stressed that the key to achieving this daunting task is for everyone to pull together — and that is what he set himself to do and the impressive performance the House for the First Regular Session of the 19th Congress indicated the wisdom of the path he has chosen. When the House adjourned sine die on 2 June 2023, it managed to approve 33 out of 42 bills listed as priority measures of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council. Moreover, through Romualdez’s stewardship, the bigger chamber was able to process a total of 9,600 measures consisting of 8,490 House bills, 1,109 resolutions, and one petition, with 577 bills approved on third reading. This means the House processed 30 measures per session day, or 10 percent higher than the previous Congress for the same period. In his speech at the House plenary just before the sine die adjournment of the First Regular Session of the 19th Congress recently, Romualdez credited the hard work of the House members for the past 10 months, which helped shape the successes achieved by the legislature in line with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s socio-economic development agenda. “Needless to say, our first regular session has been both eventful and productive,” Romualdez said. “Congratulations to everyone for this impressive performance. You did not take your jobs lightly. You conducted yourselves with a sense of pride, professionalism and responsibility. You have carried out your individual roles with zest, making sure that you serve as effective voices of your respective constituents.” Likewise, Romualdez expressed gratitude for the significant contributions of the Minority Block, led by Minority Leader Marcelino Libanan. “Your close scrutiny of every piece of legislation has allowed us to bring depth, richness and nuance in the performance of our legislative duties,” Romualdez said. “We also thank all the Deputy Speakers, the Majority Leader, Honorable Manuel Jose ‘Mannix’ M. Dalipe, together with all the Deputy and Assistant Majority Leaders, and Chairpersons of the Standing and Special Committees. With your incessant support, the House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading, 33 out of the 42 priority measures listed in our common legislative agenda.” Among the measures that the House approved on third and final reading during the past 10 months include the proposed Maharlika Investment Fund, Magna Carta of Seafarers, E-Governance Act/E-Government Act, Negros Island Region, Virology Institute of the Philippines, Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act, National Disease Prevention Management Authority or Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Medical Reserve Corps, Philippine Passport Act; Internet Transaction Act/E-Commerce Law, Waste-to-Energy Bill, Free Legal Assistance for Police and Soldiers and Apprenticeship Act. Also passed on third reading were the Build-Operate-Transfer Law, Magna Carta of Barangay Health Workers, Valuation Reform, Eastern Visayas Development Authority, Leyte Ecological Industrial Zone, Government Financial Institutions Unified Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises for Economic Recovery, National Citizens Service Training Program and National Government Rightsizing. During the final week of sessions, the House gave final approval of LEDAC measures, House Bill 8203, or the proposed Bureau of Immigration Modernization Act; and HB 8278, or the proposed Philippine Salt Industry Development Act. The Speaker reported that the House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report relative to establishing specialty centers in hospitals under the direct supervision and control of the Department of Health. Moreover, he said it is worthy to note that both Houses of Congress have agreed on a version of the Maharlika Fund, the country’s first-ever sovereign investment fund, designed to promote economic development by making strategic and profitable investments in key sectors including public road networks. The post United House gets things done appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 4th, 2023

How companies are helping DENR ensure an ‘Environment for Life’

On the occasion of the global celebration of World Environment Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources held an “Environment for Life” event, led by DENR Secretary Toni Yulo-Loyzaga, that highlighted the department’s two-pronged blueprint for strategic and effective sustainable development and environmental action in the country. The key to these initiatives is to put in place comprehensive, whole-of-government and whole-of-society plans that are coupled with finding strategic partners in the form of LGUs and/or the private sector. Marubeni Philippines, a major integrated trading and investment business conglomerate from Japan; Holcim Philippines, a Swiss-based global building materials and aggregates company; the Razon-led Prime Infrastructure Capital Inc.; SM Supermalls of SMIC; San Miguel Corporation; DMCI Mining Corporation; HOPE/Century Pacific Food Inc.; Makilala Mining Company Inc.; and Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies Inc. shared the stage with the DENR and presented their respective efforts toward coherent, convergent and synergized environmental action. [caption id="attachment_149039" align="aligncenter" width="525"] PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF HOLCIM PHILIPPINES | Holcim Philippines decarbonized its operations and reduced carbon emissions per ton of cement by 7 percent.[/caption] A recurring theme in all the reports from these strategic partners was how their initiatives embodied the DENR mantra regarding natural resources: to protect, rehabilitate, restore and regenerate. And when it came to treating plastic waste, it was about reduce, reuse and recycle. Marubeni highlighted its carbon credit program through reforestation, a joint undertaking of Marubeni, DENR, Dacon Corp. and the University of the Philippines Los Baños. The initial site covers 10,000 hectares in Negros Occidental and aims to restore biodiversity, create employment in local communities and establish a carbon credit program. Holcim Philippines decarbonized its operations and reduced carbon emissions per ton of cement by 7 percent. In partnership with DENR, it will deploy a 100-percent solar powered catamaran, the Circular Explorer, operated by One Earth One Ocean, to clean up coastal areas from plastic waste in Manila Bay. There is a new project in Northern Mindanao to support coral and coastal ecosystems via a “marine bio-active concrete.” Prime Infra has a reforestation project, in partnership with DENR, covering a 1,800-hectare area within the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape. This project integrates water security and watershed protection with forest carbon and biodiversity management, with the MoU serving as a blueprint for the wider implementation of nature-based solutions programs. SM Supermalls embraces sustainability through initiatives on energy conservation, solid waste reduction and water conservation. Its adoption of green and resilient designs in its buildings promotes disaster mitigation and prevention measures, along with solid waste management. Initiatives such as Trash to Cash Recycling, EV charging stations, regular coastal clean-ups, incentives for bicycle riders and the use of recycled water for cooling systems are all part of the SM Supermalls commitment to environmental action. San Miguel Corporation showcased its dredging and river widening work in rehabilitating the Pasig River and its tributaries, which has been effective in reducing floods and overspill in several strategic localities along the river’s course that has historically been notorious for flooding. SMC partners with DENR, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Metro Manila Development Authority and concerned LGUs on these initiatives. DMCI Mining shared its work in helping clean up the recent MT Princess Empress tanker accident and the resulting oil spill and expressed its appreciation for the opportunity to play a critical role in the cleanup of coastal areas in Caluya, Antique. Meanwhile, HOPE Foundation/Century Food Inc., a highly developed CSR sustainable program centered on coconut growing for its Vita Coco beverage, has generated livelihood opportunities for several targeted barangays and communities. It also joined the Plastic Exchange Program, which aims to reduce plastic waste and contribute to the implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility Act. The Makilala Mining Company presentation offered a framework for the future of responsible mining, since the planned equity participation for the Balatoc indigenous community that owns the land can provide a regenerative sustainability model for the mining sector. The women in their senior management team also make Makilala a model of inclusion and diversity. Lastly, BEST highlighted its Trash to Cashback program and how it’s centered on a five-step program of Segregate, Exchange, Redeem, Collect and Recycle. The company’s Balik PET Bottle Program is in partnership with Coca-Cola Far East Limited and the Philippine Association of Stores and Carinderia Owners. The event was an effective showcase for how the DENR is developing new ways of working across several fronts to make the protection, preservation and regeneration of the country’s natural resources part of a comprehensive plan for resource development, to ensure that a sustainable future can be safeguarded for all. The post How companies are helping DENR ensure an ‘Environment for Life’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 25th, 2023

Kim Chiu remembers that traumatic first time

Actress Kim Chiu got real about the first time she encountered her monthly period. This was at her launch as the new endorser of Sisters Sanitary Napkins and Pantyliners held at Luxent Hotel in Quezon City on 31 May. She recalled that she was in Grade 6, in school uniform, and was 12 years old when it happened. “Bigla na lang pinagtawanan ako ng mga classmate ko dahil may menstrual blood stains sa likod ng uniform ko, pero di ko alam. I asked them why they were laughing at me, and some told me about the stains (My classmates suddenly started laughing at me because I had menstrual blood stains at the back of my uniform, and I didn’t know),” she recalled. [caption id="attachment_141487" align="aligncenter" width="525"] photograph courtesyof FB.COM/KIMCHUIKIM Chiu says dealing with the menstrual cycle should also be taught among young girls in schools.[/caption] “Iyak ako ng iyak sa comfort room. Hindi na ako lumalabas. Hindi talaga ako pumasok ng mga dalawang linggo. Hindi ko talaga alam paano i-handle (I cried a lot inside the comfort room and refused to go out. I didn’t go to school for two weeks, because I didn’t know how to handle it).” She eventually realized that what happened to her was part of being a woman. Chiu, now a youthful-looking 33-year-old, proceeded to suggest that dealing with the menstrual cycle should also be taught among young girls in schools. Aileen Choi Go said her company, Megasoft Hygienic Products Inc., is thrilled to have Chiu on board, seeing how the actress-host embodies admirable qualities that resonate with their premium products as well as with their users. Go said she admires the way Chiu has remained bubbly, inspiring and down-to-earth. Chiu celebrated her 17th year in the industry in April. She is a regular host of ABS-CBN noontime program “It’s Showtime” and wows her fans with her dance moves on “ASAP Ko ‘To” every Sunday. She will also be part of the stellar cast of Linlang, a new teleserye airing later this year.   Advocating for heart health [caption id="attachment_141484" align="aligncenter" width="461"] FITNESS guru Toni Saret[/caption] Physical fitness guru Toni Saret has no children despite being married to Jim Saret, a fellow physical fitness authority, for 11 years now. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t pay attention to little boys and girls and worry about them. “I now see toddlers and older children not moving around, seemingly being well-behaved, only to discover that they are actually intently playing some gadgets. These kids might grow up obese due to inadequate physical movement and may eventually develop some ailments which may later have something to do with the heart,” Saret told Daily Tribune at the sidelines of a pre-convention event of the Philippine Heart Association recently. Saret is known as the PHA Fitness Ambassador for some years now. She was one of the guests in the pre-convention activities of the 53rd Annual Convention and Scientific Meeting of the PHA on 23 May at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel. At the online show, Saret demonstrated one of the workouts she and her husband have created over the years. These are physical exercises that don’t need special equipment and may be executed inside the house and even in the office. They can be done in any place where one can safely stand or sit. “A full four-minute workout, including arm and leg exercises while seated, can be just as effective as a long one. You don’t need gym access to be fit. Plus, this can be done by anyone, anytime and anywhere,” she said. Saret has been involved in PHA initiatives such as Sneakers Friday and Fit Heart Minute exercises that promote movement especially among at-risk individuals. She and her husband have been partnering with the local media to promote the use of pocket exercises daily. The couple used to have a physical fitness segment on ABS-CBN’s morning shows, including those that aired on the cable channel ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel). For years now, they have been in charge of Star Magic’s physical fitness program for new talent recruits who have no means yet to enroll in a gym or put up their own gym at home. The couple have also been in charge of the physical fitness program of the Philippine National Olympics Committee. The pre-convention episode of “Usapang Puso sa Puso” had other guests, among them the young lawyer Mikhail Millan, the manager of the Trans-Fat Elimination Program of ImagineLaw, a public interest law group advocating responsive and sustainable public health systems. Another guest was Dr. Divine Agustin, officer in charge of Evidence Generation and Management Division of the Department of Health’s Disease Prevention and Control Bureau. Agustin encouraged the audience to engage in DoH programs such as the Philippine Heart Month, Diabetes Awareness Week, World No Tobacco Day and No Smoking Month. The post Kim Chiu remembers that traumatic first time appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 6th, 2023

Twitter blocks troll hunters

For years, a band of science-loving “troll hunters” hounded climate change deniers off Twitter — but Elon Musk’s takeover has upended their efforts, with many ousted accounts back, pushing fresh disinformation. Despite the threat climate change poses to the planet, disinformation about it has gone largely unsanctioned on Twitter. But a secretive global community of about 25 scientists and activists, calling themselves Team Ninja Trollhunters, found a roundabout way to tackle it. Since its founding in 2019, TNT claims to have secured the suspension of some 600 accounts of climate change denialists by reporting them for other infringements, including hate speech, that are officially recognized by the platform as valid grounds for termination. “If they’re saying something racist or offensive or misogynist, we can get them kicked off,” one Germany-based TNT member, a 45-year-old scientist who asked to be identified as Tom, told AFP in a Zoom interview. Like other TNT members interviewed by AFP, he requested that his real identity be withheld to avoid online harassment. TNT members showed AFP archives documenting their campaigns, including a spreadsheet logging thousands of Twitter accounts they reported on grounds ranging from spam and harassment to hate speech and threats. They also shared screenshots confirming numerous suspensions. “We make sure that we’re as under the radar as possible... to get (climate) deniers and ‘sceptics’ and just generally nasty people reported on Twitter,”” a Canada-based member named Peter told AFP. “We’re more effective if we’re very quiet about it. These deniers are quite often very violent in their responses to climate misinformation being corrected. Intimidation and abuse are very common.” The post Twitter blocks troll hunters appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2023

Preserving Treasures of The Past

The devastating fire that consumed the historic Manila Central Post Office building only underscored the urgent need for proactive measures to safeguard our cultural treasures. Heritage sites are invaluable because they connect us to our past, offering glimpses into our rich history, art and architecture of bygone eras. [caption id="attachment_138047" align="aligncenter" width="720"] The 97-year-old iconic Manila Central Post Office building was destroyed by a massive fire on 21 May, with damage initially estimated at P300 million.[/caption] As a country rich in cultural heritage, the Philippines boasts a tapestry of historical, architectural and natural treasures. From ancient rice terraces to colonial-era churches, these heritage sites are a testament to the country’s diverse and vibrant history. Preserving these sites is not only crucial for maintaining our cultural identity but also for promoting tourism, fostering national pride, and educating future generations. They, therefore, deserve our attention and protection. [caption id="attachment_138050" align="aligncenter" width="525"] SAN Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_138048" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Sulu Sea.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_138051" align="aligncenter" width="849"] Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_138055" align="aligncenter" width="654"] Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.[/caption] The burning of the Manila Central Post Office, for example, underscores the need for effective fire prevention measures in heritage buildings. It highlighted the collaboration between government agencies, private organizations and local communities. International organizations such as UNESCO, play a pivotal role in recognizing and protecting sites of outstanding universal value. Comprehensive heritage protection laws can establish guidelines for conservation, prevent unauthorized alterations or demolitions and impose penalties for violations. Adequate funding should be allocated to support ongoing maintenance and restoration efforts. [caption id="attachment_138049" align="aligncenter" width="883"] Mayon Volcano in Albay.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_138052" align="aligncenter" width="703"] Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila.[/caption] Raising public awareness about the significance of heritage sites, therefore, fosters a sense of responsibility and ownership among communities. Spread out on this page are but a few of the treasures of the past that need our attention and protection. It would do well for us to preserve them. [caption id="attachment_138054" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Underground River in Puerto Princesa.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_138053" align="aligncenter" width="856"] Chocolate Hills in Bohol.[/caption] The post Preserving Treasures of The Past appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 28th, 2023