Archive for February, 2012
Three Local Government Units have joined forces for a more comprehensive implementation of Republic Act 8550, also known as the Philippine Fisheries Code. This partnership was further cemented through the signing of a Joint Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by its Local Chief Executives last February 10, 2012 at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall of Catbalogan City.
By so doing, the involved mayors namely Hon. Coefredo T. Uy of Catbalogan City, Hon. Emelly Olaje of Tarangnan and Hon. Lucia Astorga of the Island of Daram have agreed to have better coordination in managing and protecting their waters, particularly in conducting joint seaborne patrol operations. Duties agreed upon by the involved parties include strengthening the Fishery Law Enforcement Team (FLET), sustaining initiatives undertaken by City, Municipal and Barangay Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management Councils and appropriating funds for Public Private Partnerships that promote suitable technology and alternative livelihood for fisherfolks.
The joint agreement is expected to bear a deeper impact on the three LGUs as it is meant to go beyond law enforcement and implementation. The joint MOA also aims to create a shift in perspective from “hunting to the more environment-friendly practice of harvesting” fishes, coupled with information campaign about marine protection and preservation, to curb the ill effects of illegal fishing practices and continuous depletion of marine resources.
The MOA signing was complimented by a joint Manifesto signed by the three mayors as well as stakeholders from the three municipalities concerned. The said manifesto also calls for the strong implementation of RA 8550 and other local ordinances and total ban on commercial and illegal fishing activities.
Aside from law enforcement and marine protection, both the MOA and Manifesto also call for support and cooperation from the national government, private sector and other line agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of Justice, Ombudsman, private entities and Non-Government Organizations such as the Philippine Business for Social Progress and Social Action Center and the Academe like the Samar State University – College of Fisheries and Marine Sciences.
Another round of talks took place last February 7, 2012 at the Flaming Hat Restaurant in preparation for the potential visit of hospital ship USNS Mercy for a series of medical missions tentatively slated for the second month of June. Representing the City Government were City Councilor Stephany Uy-Tan, City Information Officer along with City Health Officer Dr. Gerarda Tizon and Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Amalia Tirazona and Dr. Jojit Casiño from the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Division of Department of Education-Samar, while the USNS Mercy was represented by Capt. Tim S. Hinman and several american doctors. The American delegates were accompanied by 1st District Congressman Mel Sarmiento.
The City of Catbalogan has already expressed its full support for the said mission by virtue of a resolution from the Sangguniang Panlungsod, in the hope that the said activity will improve the city’s capacity to extend support and services particularly in the area of health and disaster risk reduction and management.
The medical missions to be conducted by the said hospital ship in the province will comprise the Southeast Asian leg of the 2012 Pacific Partnership (PP), an annual humanitarian civic action mission being undertaken by the US Government and other Non-Governmental Organizations to strengthen their ties with Global and Regional Core Partners by instilling trust and goodwill among international and local leaders.
On 10 February 2012, there will be a champions’ and partners’ solidarity night titled “UNITE for MDGs: Celebrating One’s Commitment & Commitment as One” for all of the stakeholders and partners to meet and discuss synergistic opportunities and prospects for partnerships in accelerating MDG achievement to be held at the UP Film Center on said date, from 6:00PM – 7:00PM. Following this one hour program is a FREE concert by MDG advocate-artists and key influencers, with youth groups as main participants. Guests include Cookie Chua, Brownman Revival, Itchyworms, Saab and Pia Magalona, Buganda drumbeaters, Bam Aquino, Iya Villania, Bloomfields, and many others.
Three years on to the joint implementation by the Government of the Philippines and the United Nations System of the four joint programmes under the MDG Achievement Fund, our ten UN agencies, 18 national government agencies, and more than 85 municipalities, provinces and cities are now ready to showcase the initial batch of tools, technologies, methodologies and sound practices generated from the implementation of these programmes. As both the Government and the UN share an MDG acceleration strategy of localization, inclusive development and social protection, the joint programmes on Climate Change Adaptation, Water Governance, Youth Employment and Migration, and Food Security and Nutrition for Children have taken the initiative of sharing these technologies and tools with other local government units (for the demand side), and with government agencies, donor partners, and the civil society (for the supply side), through a widespread dissemination of the compendium of these tools and orientation sessions and forums.
Led by the lead implementing agencies of the MDG-F joint programmes (NEDA, DOLE, and the National Nutrition Council), and with the support of the UN, the solidarity night is a key advocacy event for all as a “community of duty-bearers” gathered together to express and renew its commitment to the achievement of the MDGs. This important event will involve the participation of local chief executives and chapter presidents from the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, key government agencies, House representatives, donor partners and the civil society.
In line with this, we cordially inviting all JP YEM PARTNERS, ADVOCATES, YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS and FRIENDS to SHOW its support by attending in full force, and advocate that youth education and employment issues and concerns must be a priority in this country! Feel free to invite your friends too! For those who have their KA JAM shirts, please wear them. To confirm participation, please contact Cynthia P. Arce, Joint Programme Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org (0917-8685416) or Ruth Georget at email@example.com (0917-5436738).
The solidarity night is a turning point for the MDG-F and its partners, as this ushers in a new stage of “expansion work,” ensuring both the sustainability of the gains already made and the speeding up of all efforts to ensure the achievement of the MDGs by 2015.
The City Government of Catbalogan through the City Health Office shall be conducting the Annual Bloodletting Activity dubbed as “DUGO MO, KINABUHI KO” this coming February 21, 2012 at the City Health Office vicinity, Pier II, this City.
The following are the specific qualifications:
– Aging between 18 and 60 years old
– Weighing at least 50 kgs
– Both men and women are accepted donors
– Absence of body or ear piercing and tattooing
– Has not undergone recent surgical procedures
– Is not alcoholic or should refrain from alcoholic drinks a day before the scheduled bloodletting
Advantages in donating blood are the following:
– Alleviate some major health problems like heart disease and cancer
– Stimulates the production of new blood cells and refreshes the system
– Burns extra calories and reduces cholesterol levels
– An act of altruism makes you feel good
– Free Health Screening
Disadvantages include mild nausea and mild dizziness.
Giving feels great especially when you understand that one hour of your time and one pint of blood can save so many people. Remember, “If you donate money, you give food. But if you donate blood, you give life!” 🙂
For other inquiries, you may call City Health Office (251-6937).