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PRESS RELEASE: NAPC – YOUTH AND STUDENTS SECTOR CONDEMNS SK CHAIR SLAY IN ALBAY, CALLS FOR JUSTICE

PRESS RELEASE: NAPC – YOUTH AND STUDENTS SECTOR CONDEMNS SK CHAIR SLAY IN ALBAY, CALLS FOR JUSTICE

 

(Quezon City, July 25) The National Anti-Poverty Commission Youth And Students Sector (NAPC YSS) issued a resolution last July 24 condemning the murder of Barangay Ibaugan Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairperson Ms. Jane Nuñez Moneda in Daraga Municipality, Albay. Ms. Moneda, 25 years of age, was gunned down on July 22, 2019 in front of her parent's residence due to motivation unknown as of writing.

 

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Online Forum on the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW

 
 
Proclamation 1172 s.2006 mandates the observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW from November 25 to December 12 of every year.
 
By virtue of Republic Act 10398 or the Act declaring November 25 as the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of VAWC, government agencies and all other stakeholders are mandated to raise awareness on the problem of violence and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls. Likewise, in 2017, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued Memorandum Circular (MC) 2017-114 on the Guidelines in Monitoring the Functionality of Violence Against Women (VAW) Desk in every Barangay.
 
The Monitoring Tool was developed in partnership with NAPC Women Sectoral Council, Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Philippine Commission on Women. Their active participation and continuous advocacy paved the way for its issuance. It can be noted that the formation and setting-up of VAW Desk in every barangay is crucial as first liner in supporting and facilitation of VAW cases.
 
However, there must be clear guidelines as to how these local officials will give support and assist the victims. So thus, the Monitoring Tool will be used as guide and ensure the holistic approach in combatting those cases against women and children.
 
This year’ Forum on 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) has a theme of “INFORM, PROTECT, and TRANSFORM” will be attended by 14 basic sectors’ representatives and council members all over the country and their counterpart Barangay VAW Desk Officers in their locality. The Forum will be held on December 10, 2020 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.
 
 

2020 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW)

Violence against women (VAW) is a grave violation of women’s rights and fundamental freedoms. It manifests deep-seated discrimination and gender inequality and continues to be one of the country’s perennial social problemsThe National Demographic Health Survey 2017, released by the Philippine Statistics Authority, showed that 1 in 4 Filipino women, aged 15-49, has experienced physical, emotional or sexual violence from their husband or partner.   While the global estimates by the World Health Organization indicate that about 1 in 3 women (35%) worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence from intimate partner or non-partner in their lifetime.

The United Nations define VAW as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.” Violence and the threats of violence can be experienced by every woman of any age, skin color, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, disabilities, economic, and social status.

 

The Campaign

VAW is one of the country’s pervasive social problems and various measures and mechanisms have been employed and implemented to address it. One of which is the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, an advocacy campaign that is observed annually from November 25 to December 12 as mandated by Proclamation 1172 s. 2006

The 18-Day Campaign to End VAW supports the Philippine government’s goal of protecting the human rights of women and girls by upholding its commitment to address all forms of gender-based violence as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution. By virtue of Republic Act 10398 or the Act declaring November 25 of every year as the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of VAWC, government agencies are mandated to raise awareness on the problem of violence and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.

Globally, the 16-day action against gender-based violence has been acknowledged to support the international campaign that originated from the first Women Leadership Institute at Reuters University, New Jersey, USA in 1991. The observance of this campaign started in November 25, which is the International Day to Eliminate VAW up to December 10, which is the International Human Rights Day, to emphasize that VAW is a human rights violation and to ensure better protection for survivors and victims of violence. In 2002, the Philippine Government, through the Philippine Commission on Women and key stakeholders joined the global campaign, initially to push for laws and the establishment of institutional mechanisms to address VAW. 

In 2006, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Proclamation 1172, extending the national campaign to 18 days, thereby including December 12, a historic date that marked the signing in the year 2000 of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, to supplement the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crimes.

The campaign was further strengthened in 2008 when the United Nations Secretary General launched the UNiTE to End VAW Campaign, which envisions a world free from all forms of violence against women and girls. For the UN, this vision can only be realized through meaningful actions and ongoing political commitments of national governments, supported by adequate resources.

2020 Campaign Theme and Objectives

The 2020 Campaign comes at a time when the country is reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic that aggravated underlying gender issues and affected marginalized and vulnerable sectors. Women may experience different forms of VAW while locked down in their homes with the perpetrators, with tension rising from uncertainties in health, security, and economy creating a perfect storm. The implementation of varying community quarantine measures also hindered victims to seek help, report the abuse, and/or escape their perpetrators due to the suspension of public transportation, strict orders to stay home, and limited issuance of quarantine passes. Sexual harassment, victim-blaming, and several instances of online forms of VAW were also observed.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the challenge of strengthening the functionality of Barangay VAW Desks, as the first line of response for survivors.  Data from DILG’s 2019 National Statistical Report on the Functionality of VAW Desks reflect that only 19% of assessed barangays have reached the highest level of functionality. The Commission sees an opportunity to align this year’s campaign towards strengthening local mechanisms and building on the required competencies of barangay officials in responding to VAW/GBV-related situations.

Therefore, this year’s campaign highlights the role and essence of the Barangay, as part of a VAW-free community, in consonance with the recurring theme “VAW-free community starts with Me”. Aside from capacitating VAW Desk Officers and other barangay officials on how to handle VAW/GBC cases, the campaign reiterates everyone’s commitment and contributions on ending VAW and calls on the general public to make a personal commitment to end violence against women and children.

This campaign aims to:

  • Promote awareness on the forms of violence women and girls experience;
  • Provide information on laws protecting women and girls;
  • Feature VAW-related services that people can access and avail; and
  • Promote the strengthening of a prevention and response system on VAW; and
  • Gather public support for the campaign

18 Things that We Can Do to Help End VAW

Woman/Girl

1. Empower yourself. Know your rights and available courses of actions in case these rights are violated.
2. Speak out and report to the authorities in case your rights are violated.
3. Encourage others to fight for their rights.

Man/Boy

4. Respect women and girls in your home, workplace, and community.
5. Join male groups promoting Anti-VAW efforts and participate in discussions to broaden your awareness on the advocacy.
6. Enlighten/advise perpetrators to seek help and join the male Anti-VAW supporters.

Government Agency

7. Equip yourselves with apt trainings and capacity development sessions to improve service delivery for your clients.
8. Develop monitoring and evaluation strategy to assess the service to your clients’ supporters.
9. Let people know that you provide the services! We need to inform the public that there are government offices that they can turn to and trust to assist them towards healing and seeking justice.

Barangay

10. Ensure that your Barangay VAW Desk is functional. You can use the Barangay VAW Desk Handbook developed by PCW and DILG with partner agencies to guide you on what to do.
11. Establish linkages with local and national government agencies, as well as other organizations near your barangay where you can refer victim-survivors of VAW for needed assistance which the barangay is not able to provide.
12. Promote harmonious family and community relationships in your barangay which is grounded on mutual respect for human rights, and take proactive steps to attain a VAW-free community.
Private sector
13. Support the Anti-VAW efforts of the government and your immediate community.
14. Establish your own Action Desks where employees and clients can go to in case VAW happens.
15. Develop internal rules to proactively ensure that your workplace is VAW-free.

Academe/Training Institutions

16. Include concepts of VAW and women’s human rights in lesson plans/lesson guides of your teaching staff
17. Continually conduct/spearhead anti-VAW advocacies in your campus, and if possible, to your immediate community through extension programs.
18. Setup a Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) where students and employees can seek help.



 

 

 

2020 Campaign Activities

 

The following activities are spearheaded by the PCW in partnership with key partner institutions:

2020 Online Talakayan towards VAW-free Barangays – Adapting to the new normal, the PCW reaches out to the stakeholders through virtual platforms by launching an Online Talakayan series. This aims to strengthen the protection of women from VAW in the grassroots by informing service providers of the roles and responsibilities of Barangay VAW Desks, laws on VAW including Republic Act 9262, role of other service providers, and the referral network in effect for victim survivors. The series will also comprise of talakayan on sexual harassment, the Safe Spaces Act, and laws against trafficking in persons.

 

2020 Online Talakayan towards VAW-free Barangays Schedule
November 25 Opening Ceremonies and Basic Concepts on VAW/GBV
December 2 R.A. 9262 (Anti-VAWC Act)
December 4 Establishment of VAW Desks in Every Barangay
December 9 R.As. 7877 and 11313 (Anti-Sexual Harassment Law and Safe Spaces Act)
December 12 R.A. 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act)

Distribution of IEC materials (November 25, 2020 to December 12, 2020) – IEC materials on VAW will be distributed in different barangays to further capacitate VAW Desks and stakeholders in the barangay. These will include primers, brochures, and posters with information on forms of VAW, actions to be taken in case of a VAW incident, and hotline numbers of service providers.

 

VAW Puppet web series – The VAW awareness puppet show from the 2019 Anti-VAW Expo goes online, packed with core messages on VAW shared through stories and characters expounding on VAW, sexual harassment, and trafficking in persons. The web series will be released on PCW’s official Facebook and Youtube accounts aiming to reach many of our stakeholders virtually.

Orange Your Icon for 18 Days – Now on its 6th year, this creative initiative enjoins stakeholders to signify their support to the campaign to end VAW by adorning their “landmarks” or “iconic spots” with the color orange. Aside from making this public statement, this activity also sparks the public’s curiosity, thereby providing opportunities for advocates to explain the cause. This initiative is in support of the global UN Secretary General’s UNiTE to End VAW Campaign. As a bright and optimistic color, orange was chosen to symbolize a brighter future for victim-survivors of VAW.

 

18-Day Campaign Online Advocacy

Everyone is encouraged to share their advocacy activities online through the following:

  • Use of official hashtag: #VAWFreePH and making their posts public to generate traction online
  • Use of 18-Day Campaign to End VAW Facebook Profile Frame available through the PCW FB page
  • Feature the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW in agency websites and social media accounts
  • Sharing the social media cards that PCW will release through its official Facebook and Twitter accounts

 Download: Memorandum Circular No. 2020-07

"Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan" ng NAPC, inilunsad


Pinangunahan ni NAPC Sec. Noel K. Felongco ang paglulunsad ng “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” noong Disyembre 7 sa Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.

Dinaluhan ng mahigit 5,000 katao mula sa iba’t ibang maralitang komunidad sa Metro Manila at mga karatig probinsya ang pagtitipon.

Ang “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” ay isa sa malalaking aktibidad ng NAPC sa ilalim ng bagong liderato ni Sec. Felongco.

Tampok sa naturang aktibidad ang paghahatid ng mga pangunahing serbisyo ng iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan gaya ng job fair, legal assistance, dental at medical mission, business and technical skills training at NFA Tagpuan na naglalayong direktang dalhin sa mamamayang Pilipino ang mga serbisyong panlipunan.

Ayon kay Sec. Felongco, bahagi ng mandato ng ahensiya ang tiyakin na naaabot mula sa mga pinakamahihirap na mamamayan hanggang sa mga pinakamalalayong komunidad ang mga serbisyo at proyekto ng gobyerno.

Giit ng bagong kalihim, ang “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” ay pagbibigay-diin din sa kahalagahan ng pagkakaisa ng lahat ng sektor ng lipunan, sa loob o labas man ng gobyerno. Kaya naman, isa sa mga layunin ng programang ito ang wakasan ang kahirapan sa pamamagitan ng pagkakamit sa 10 batayang pangangailangan ng bawat mamamayan, ani pa ng bagong Lead Convenor.

Sa mga susunod na araw at linggo ay lilibutin ng “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” ang buong Pilipinas para ihatid ang mga serbisyo ng gobyerno sa bawat Pilipino.

NAPC Conducts Orientation on Kilos SAMBAYANAN Convergence among NGAs


The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) conducted an orientation on Kilos SAMBAYANAN Convergence among the national-level heads of national government agencies (NGAs) on September 20, Thursday at B Hotel, Quezon City. The orientation aims to secure the commitment of NGAs to support a series of Kilos SAMBAYANAN Planning Workshops which will be organized by NAPC.

The 10 provinces with the highest magnitude of poverty that have been selected as focus provinces for the workshops, were presented during the orientation. Specific poverty issues on these provinces - 1. Cebu; 2. Negros Occidental; 3. Bukidnon; 4. Lanao del sur; 5. Negros Oriental; 6. Camarines Sur; 7. Leyte; 8. North Cotabato; 9. Zamboanga del Norte; and 10. Sulu – have been discussed during previous consultations among civil society organizations (CSOs). Orientations will also be conducted among regional level NGA officers and the provincial LGUs on October 2-4 for Mindanao, and October 9-11 for the Luzon and Visayas clusters.

The Kilos SAMBAYANAN Convergence workshops aim to formulate a unified plan among government agencies on how to harmonize government efforts, strengthen inter-agency coordination, and identify gaps and weaknesses in addressing the 10 Basic Needs.

The Women of Catmon

 “Isusubo na lang, ibibigay pa.” This is a saying often used to describe the sacrifices mothers make for the sake of their children. For thousands of poor Filipino mothers, this is an everyday reality.

Poverty in general is associated with limited access not only to resources but also to opportunities that could otherwise help break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. In poor households, mothers carry the heavy impact of the deprivations that their families suffer.

In Sitio 6, Barangay Catmon, Malabon, you can find mothers like Marlyn and Madelyn in the frontlines of barricades made from rusty galvanized iron and scrap wood. Their association, Sandigan ng Maralitang Nagkakaisa ng Dumpsite Catmon (SMNDC) has been at the forefront of their community’s struggle for their right to decent shelter. For these urban poor mothers, the sacrifices they make are not only for their children but for their community as well.

The urban poor community of Catmon has been conducting regular consultations with the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) on the issue of housing and the provision of other basic needs, particularly their lack of access to safe water and electricity.  Several dialogues have been facilitated by NAPC between the local government of Malabon, service providers like Meralco, national housing agencies, and the community. Strengthening the partnership between the government and the poor and marginalized sectors of society is one of the key aspects of NAPC’s mandate. The participation of these basic sectors in governance and nationalist development is envisioned to create a mass movement, politically and economically empowered in the fight against poverty.

With shelter as one of the 10 Basic Needs of poor Filipinos identified in NAPC’s anti-poverty framework, Kilos Sambayanan (Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan), NAPC is pushing for a comprehensive public mass housing program to guarantee the right of the poor to decent shelter. It puts emphasis on housing as an important aspect of human development, which includes shelter as well as amenities such as water and sanitation, electricity, and even access to various social and economic infrastructure.

A community built on a dumpsite, Sitio 6 is at the center of a land dispute involving the Community Mortgage Program (CMP). It is home to around 2,000 families who are mostly contractual workers, garbage collectors, charcoal makers, and food repackers, some of whom, have been living in the area for 50 years.

Madelyn, who is also the SMNDC president, told NAPC in a consultation on March 23 that since 1986, when she started living in Catmon, the community have been rejecting the program because most of the residents in the area cannot afford to pay the high mortgage with the meager income they get from “pag-uuling and pangangalakal”. The program, allegedly is also being run by a land syndicate.  According to her, a neighbor who is under the CMP reported that they have been paying for 16 years but when another claimant of the land came, their payments went back to zero.

Their refusal to join the CMP and their exposure of the “anomalies” of the program, according to Madelyn, has earned them the ire not only of the groups who joined the CMP but also of the LGU, so much that even the application process for their electricity and water connection has been made difficult for them. The residents get their electricity from a central connection controlled by the same people leading the CMP in Catmon, she alleged. She had to shell out P25,000 + P12,800 association fee to the CMP leaders to get the connection, because they were prohibited to apply for a direct connection. She found out later from Meralco that she only needed to pay P1,500 for the application.

They have seen it all, Madelyn said - slain leaders, land grabbers bearing fake titles, hired goons, demolition teams, and now they are even up against the LGU, the different HOAs in the area and even some of their own neighbors who joined the CMP project. They also received reports that a big corporation is interested in the land.  Their urgent call is for the implementation of CMP to stop in the community, freely award to them the land where their houses stand, and that provisions for basic utilities like electricity and water be made available to them.

Madelyn came with Marlyn and 100 of their neighbors to their makeshift headquarters when they found out NAPC will be visiting the community on April 23. It was supposed to be a sit-down interview with their president but Madelyn said, when the community learned that someone from NAPC is coming over, they all wanted to come, eager to hear from the national government. It was a show of force, Madelyn said.

They have nothing to hold on to except their collective strength, they said. “Mahirap ang kalagayan namin. Lalo na sa katulad namin mga nanay, iniisip mo pa nga kung paano mo bubuhayin ang mga anak sa sa araw-araw, nag-aalala ka pa baka bukas wala ka nang bahay. E marami sa mga nanay dito, hindi nag-highschool, walang maayos na trabaho.”

In several consultations held by NAPC, Madelyn has always been the outspoken leader of their community, while Marlyn often sits quietly in a corner, answering meekly when asked. But on that Friday noon, in between tears, she was as feisty as Madelyn.

“Katulad ng marami sa amin dito, nanay-tatay ako. Nagrerepack ako ng uling sa umaga, sa gabi nangangalakal,” Marlyn, mother of four, kept fidgeting with her hand towel, trying to hold back tears as she sat down to tell her story.

“[Naiiyak ako] lalo na kapag yung anak ko nanghihingi ng gatas, mama pahingi ng dede, baon, ganun. May isa pa akong anak na ginagamot, dun sa bituka niya, akin lahat yun. Suwerte ko kung kumita ako ng P300 sa isang araw. Minsan tumutulong sa akin yung 13 years old ko magrepack ng uling. Mahirap.” Marlyn said.

Single mother, four children, one sick with something she cannot even pronounce (“basta sakit sa bituka”), P200 per day from “pag-uuling,” a little extra from “pangangalakal,” – her story is not unique, it is probably the story of everyone else inside that makeshift tent. Yet the group who, a while ago, was animatedly talking about the one who was shot dead inside the public market last night, fell silent as she wiped her tears with her hands, leaving smears of charcoal on her face. The lazy drone of the industrial fan and the buzzing of dumpsite flies, were now the only sounds you can hear while Marlyn was talking.

“Two years natigil sa gamutan ang anak ko dahil limang libo ang kailangan namin buwan-buwan. Yung hinahalo sa Wilkins niya, P1,500 kada linggo. Sa P200 lang na kinikita ko araw-araw, mag-CMP pa ba ako? Paano ko mababayaran yun ng regular sa loob ng 25 years?” Marlyn continued. To join the CMP, they have to shell out P700 for membership, P1,700 monthly mortgage, P3, 600 with penalty.

“May mga lider na kaming pinatay, yung iba tokhang daw. Hindi narereport sa media,” Marlyn said, adding, “kaya binabantayan namin ang isa’t-isa.”  In between taking care of her children, repacking charcoal by day, and “pangangalakal” by night, she helps guard the barricade and the headquarters as harassment and intimidation against their association have intensified.

What they need, the residents said, are regular jobs with decent wages, and decent housing.

“Dati nung hindi pa tumataas ang bilihin, nabibilhan ko pa ng orange mga bata. Sa P200 dati, may gatas na ako, bigas, ulam. Ngayon, ultimo pangkape wala na.  Yung dating P38 kong binibiling bigas, P42 na ngayon. Tapos bibili ako ngayon ng singkwenta pesos na isda, kung dati anim na piraso, ngayon tatlo na lang, kaya ginagawa ko hinahati ko na lang para magkasya. Pag hindi kasya, nangungutang pa ako sa kapitbahay.” Marlyn said.

Last year, Marlyn was also part of the “Barikadang Bayan” the community set up to thwart threats of demolition in the area.  There were 500 people in the barricade, all of them were women.

The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) estimates a housing backlog of 2,017,909 units as of December 2016, due to unacceptable housing (799,780 units), doubled-up households (493,427), and for future/recurrent needs (724,702). Total housing needs are projected at 6,796,910 units over the 2017-2022 period (NEDA, 2017).

The housing backlog has already escalated into a humanitarian crisis.  Mothers like Marlyn and Madelyn leave in constant fear that tomorrow, their children will have to sleep in the streets, but they will not stop fighting, they said, for it is only through collective strength that they can win this fight.

NAPC study: Continuing contractualization a scourge to women workers

A new study commissioned by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) has found that labor policies of flexibilization, such as contractualization, have led to more violations of women’s rights. This comes on the heels of a pronouncement by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that the President has promised to issue an executive order against “illegal” forms of contractualization next month.

Conducted from July to December 2017, the study was commissioned by the NAPC Gender and Development (GAD) Committee, and conducted by researchers Mary Joe Guan, Brenda Yasay, Cielito Perez, and Jacqueline Ruiz.

Entitled “The Condition of Filipino Women Workers in the Manufacturing and Wholesale and Retail Trade Sectors: A Preliminary Research Advocacy,” the study found that policies such as labor flexibilization have continued even despite declarations by the Duterte administration against contractualization.

Flexibilization refers to practices in which employers do not guarantee their employees’ job security. Firms adopt flexible employment schemes, such as giving out short-term job contracts, rather than making their employees permanent after a six or 12-month period. These practices allow employers to hire and fire with ease, dodging legal requirements to provide benefits to their employees.

These profit-maximizing strategies have forced women workers to a survival mode of temporary jobs, declining wages, and lost benefits, as is the case of women workers in retail and manufacturing in the National Capital Region and Region IV-A (CALABARZON), where the study was conducted.

The study method employed surveys, key informant interviews, focus group discussions and round table discussions of at least 100 women workers, as well as a representative from the Department of Labor and Employment.

The study found that women workers continue to have a low level of knowledge on their rights enshrined in laws such as the Magna Carta of Women, executive and department orders on daycare and breastfeeding spaces, Solo Parents’ Act, Family Welfare Program, Anti-Sexual Harassment Law and creation of Grievance Committees in the workplace. Women workers are also discouraged to join unions.

This low awareness of their rights as women and workers has made them vulnerable to various acts of oppression, including physical, personal, and sexual abuse in the workplace.

In Keyrin Electronics Philippines in the Cavite Export Processing Zone, a Korean manager was deported after the workers complained of his repeated acts of sexual harassment and abuse, the study revealed. The women workers later formed a union to strengthen their ranks, persisting despite management action against them.

To immediately provide relief to women workers, the NAPC study proposed the revocation of laws that legalize contractualization, the provision of legal services for distressed women workers, and the passage of new laws that protect women’s labor rights, such as the right to form and join unions, among other recommendations.

Representative Emmi de Jesus of the GABRIELA Women’s Partylist welcomed the NAPC research, promising to advocate for the inclusion of its recommendations among its proposed legislation in Congress.

The long-term solution is to invest in the welfare of Filipinos through a rights-based approach in economic development, said NAPC Secretary Liza Maza, drawing from “Reforming Philippine Anti-Poverty Policy,” a new anti-poverty framework adopted by the NAPC Secretariat as it celebrates the commission’s 20th anniversary this year.

“Poverty eradication entails a restructuring of our economy in such a way that workers are treated humanely and fairly. The exercise of our rights and the fulfilment of our basic needs are the ultimate yardstick for a just society,” the anti-poverty chief explained.

Kasunduan ng Pagkakaisa ng Pamahalaan at ng Mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway para sa Disenteng Paninirahan at iba pang Batayang Pangangailangan

Dineklara at nilagdaan sa Sitio Anak Pawis II, Brgy. San Andres, Manggahan Floodway, Cainta, Rizal sa ika-13 ng Oktubre 2017.

Kami, mga tagapamahala at kinatawan ng mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan, pamahalaang lokal, at mga mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway ay nagpapahayag ng mga sumusunod:

Nababahala kami sa mataas na antas ng kahirapan sa bansa, bunsod ng mga kakulangan sa pagkakamit ng maraming Pilipino sa kanilang mga batayang karapatan, gaya ng pagkain, tubig, pabahay, at iba pa;

Naniniwala kami na ang tuluyang pagpawi sa kahirapan ay nakasandig sa pagtugon sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan ng mamamayan: pagkain at repormang agraryo; tubig; paninirahan; trabaho; kalusugan; edukasyon; pangangalagang panlipunan; malinis at ligtas na kapaligiran; kapayapaan; at pakikilahok;

Nakikiisa kami sa adhikain ng mga maralita, kabilang ang panawagan ng mga mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway para sa tiyak, ligtas, at disenteng paninirahan, at nakasasapat na kabuhayan;

Nagkakaisa kami na alinsunod dito, hindi dapat maging opsyon ang puwersahang demolisyon na lalabag sa kapasiyahan at karapatan ng mga mamamayan, bagkus ay nararapat tiyakin ang makabuluhang pakikilahok ng mamamayan sa anumang hakbanging ihahain sa kanila ng pamahalaan;

Nararapat gayundin ang mahigpit na pagtangan ng pamahalaan sa tungkulin nitong itaguyod ang kapakanan at kagalingan ng mamamayan;

Naninindigan kami na sa pamamaraang ito, sa pamamagitan ng pagtutulungan ng lahat ng sektor ng lipunan, sa loob at labas ng pamahalaan, malilikha ang isang malawak na kilusan na siyang magtitiyak sa pagkakamit ng Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan ng mamamayan at sa pagwawakas ng kahirapan.

Dahil dito, inilalagda namin ang aming mga pangalan at mga kinakatawang ahensiya at samahan bilang tanda ng pagkakaisa upang kamtin ang disenteng paninirahan at iba pang batayang pangangailangan ng mga mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway, at maging ng lahat ng maralita sa ating bansa.

Nilagdan:
Lead Convenor/Sec. Liza Maza, National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC)
Ron Magbuhos Papag, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Rafael Antonio Dulce, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP)
Dennis Cope, URBAN POOR AFFAIRS OFFICE (UPAO)-Cainta, Rizal
Jacob Garcia, URBAN POOR AFFAIRS OFFICE (UPAO)-Taytay, Rizal
Mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway / Mga lider-organisador at miyembro ng BALIKWAS-Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY), Buklod-Maralita, Lakas-Tao, Planter’s Bern Neighborhood Asspociation, at ANAKBAYAN-Rizal

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