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Monday, November 26, 2012

LET September 2012 Results - Bicolano Topnotchers


BICOLANO Topnotchers from the Licensure Examination for Teachers held last September 2012

Elementary Professional Teachers
Top 9 - CYRIL MARTINEZ GUTIB CAMARINES SUR STATE AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE-PASACAO 86.60

Secondary Professional Teachers
Top 6 - JOAN ESTEVES HAPA SORSOGON STATE COLLEGESORSOGON 88.00
Top 10 - CARLITO TODOC GELITO CATANDUANES STATE COLLEGESVIRAC 87.20

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board for Professional Teachers (BPT) announces that 25,136 elementary teachers out of 50,997 examinees (49.29%) and 20,834 secondary teachers out of 47,892 examinees (43.50%) successfully passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (L.E.T.) given last September 30, 2012 in 22 testing centers all over the Philippines.
CLICK HERE or HERE to be redirected to the List of Passers

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dakila: Riding the B.E.S.T. Road to Climate Action at the 14th Tour of the Fireflies


PRESS RELEASE
Dakila - Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism
18 November 2012
Press Contact: Rash Caritativo 09163685646


(DISCLAIMER: Any opinions written in this post are Dakila Philippines' own and do not reflect the viewpoint of any other Naga City Deck and/or NCD Contributor)

Riding the B.E.S.T. Road to Climate Action
at the 14th Tour of the Fireflies 

Tiktok Pilipinas, a movement for climate action founded by the Dakila Artist Collective and Oxfam joined The Firefly Brigade on the 14th Tour of the Fireflies last November 18.  The tour kicked off at Tiendesitas, Pasig and culminated with a program that featured performances from The Jerks, Nityalila, Jeepney Joyride, Color it Red and messages from Climate Action Advocates.
According to Tina dela Cruz, President of The Firefly Brigade, “Fireflies have been known to live only in areas where air is clean, and so it is difficult to find them in polluted cities such as in Metro Manila. But, not only are fireflies sensitive to air, they also only live where there are abundant sources of food. And so, this 14th Tour of the Fireflies, we try to address the issue ofclimate change, which severely affects not only our environment but food security as well.”
Climate change is caused by carbon emissions and some of the biggest culprits are cars and machines. Tiktok Pilipinas supports the use of Bicycles as Environmentally Sustainable Transportation that will contribute to lessening carbon emissions.
“Like fireflies, we not only need clean air to breathe, we also need enough food for us to survive. Carbon emissions have contributed a lot to climate change, leading to problems in food supply of the country,” Nityalila Saulo, Tiktok Pilipinas advocate and cyclist said.
“We can do many things to help our country become more food secure. For example, we can shift to brown rice or unpolished rice which has less wastage during production and buy locally produced food so that we can lessen carbon emission for food transport,” Saulo added.
According to the international development and humanitarian organization Oxfam,  climate change has led to more erratic weather patterns and shifts in the seasons making it more difficult for farmers to decide when and what to plant and limiting fishers time to fish in the sea.   
The 14th Tour of the Fireflies happened on the eve of the weeklong celebration of the Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week from November 19-25 as declared by the government.
It was also held just in time before the UN Doha Climate Change Conference which will convene 194 countries and 7,000 representatives of non-government organizations on November 26-December 7.
“Hopefully, the Doha Conference will make sure that all countries have a chance of winning against climate change. We all know that developing countries like the Philippines are most vulnerable, leaving us with more damage but taking us a lot of time before we can recuperate,” Miko Aguilar, also a Tiktok Pilipinas advocate, musician and cyclist, said.
“While governments and public officials meet in Doha, we, in our own efforts, also try to make a difference. By cycling, we are making a statement that we want climate justice and food security,” Aguilar added.
Tiktok Pilipinas is a campaign of Dakila - Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism and Oxfam whose mission is to mobilize civil society and galvanize public support to ensure a safe climate future for people and nature, to promote the low-carbon transition of our economies, and to accelerate the adaptation efforts in communities already affected by climate change.
Tiktok Pilipinas has partnered with the Firefly Brigade for this year’s Tour of the Fireflies to campaign for climate action.#

Friday, November 23, 2012

Dakila: Prioritize children in 2013 polls, kids urge LP and UNA and other politicians


NEWS RELEASE
21 November 2012

(DISCLAIMER: Any opinions written in this post are Dakila Philippines' own and do not reflect the viewpoint of any other Naga City Deck and/or NCD Contributor)
                                                                           
Prioritize children in 2013 polls, kids urge LP and UNA and other politicians
Manila, Philippines – The children have spoken. They want pro-children candidates who will include recommendations of children in their campaign platforms for next year’s election. This was announced in the National Children’s Forum attended by 240 children and youth from 43 child-led organizations nationwide last November 17 at the Amoranto Theater in Quezon City.

The event, themed “Mahalaga kami, Unahin Kami! (We are important, prioritize us!)”, is part of the children’s celebration of the 23rd Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC), which is being observed today, November 20. The forum was organized by the Children Talk to Children About the UN CRC (C2C) Project which is being supported by the Samahan ng Mamamayan-Zone One Tondo, Inc. (ZOTO) and Save the Children.

“The children are asking for candidates of the Liberal Party (LP) and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to prioritize children’s concerns, to refocus their loyalty to children and not to certain personalities. The children want LP to mean Let’s Prioritize the children while UNA for UNAhin ang mga bata (Prioritize children),” explains Minerva Cabiles, Child Rights Governance Adviser of Save the Children.

Putting the children on top of the development agenda

Among the children’s recommendations for the government and political aspirants next year include the immediate passage of the Bill Promoting Positive and Non-Violent Forms Discipline or the Anti-Corporal Punishment Bill and the Reproductive Health Bill that ensure provision of age appropriate reproductive health information and services for children. They also suggested the full implementation of the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act and to stop all efforts in amending the law to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12 years old.

In addition, the children recommend the effective and full implementation of laws against child abuse, trafficking, pornography, labor and bullying. They also recommend putting in place corresponding mechanisms such as local councils for the protection of children, child protection committees in schools,inter-agency coordination and support programs such as job opportunities for families and alternative learning system among others.

Children’s organizations are also calling on the government to allocate higher budget for children, strengthening the Sangguniang Kabataan and other mechanisms for children’s meaningful participation in governance, developing child-friendly infrastructures and safe places for children in the communities, and accessible community-based health programs including programmatic intervention on malnutrition. The children also made special recommendations such as special protection measures for children with disabilities, children involved in armed conflict and children in situations of disasters and emergencies.

“The National Children’s Forum has determined what Filipino children think and feel about their situation. The next best thing for the Philippines to do right now is to consider the recommendations of the children and carry out more effective policies and programs for children right away,” says Cabiles.

Violations, unmet rights of children piling up
The Philippines is making significant progress in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. However, poverty, armed conflict, and deficiencies in domestic legislation pose serious challenges in improving the lives of children,” says Anna Lindenfors, Country Director of Save the Children in the Philippines.

“Almost half of the population in the Philippines are children. With a population growth rate of nearly 2% per year, not enough resources are made available to ensure their rights are realized,” she adds.

 

There are roughly 4 million Filipino children working, and human trafficking is a major problem. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child points out the weakness in legislation, as the minimum age of sexual consent is not clearly established in domestic legislation and the Revised Penal Code (Republic Act No. 3815) imposes maximum penalties for sexual offences when the victim is under 12 years of age, but imposes lower penalties for sexual offences against minors over 12 years of age.


Armed conflict continues to affect children. Children, sometimes as young as 11 years old, were recruited by armed rebel groups to serve as combatants, spies, guards, cooks or medics. Millions of children and their families have also been displaced by armed conflict in Mindanao.


More so, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is alarmed over the increasing reports of cases of child abuse and neglect and the notable deficiencies in domestic legislation as regards to penalizing all forms of abuse, neglect and mistreatment, including sexual abuse. 


“These are only a few of the numerous violations against the rights of children. These violations continue to pile up everyday despite 23 years into the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The people from the government as well as aspirants in the 2013 elections should do more for the Filipino children. They should put the children at the center of their programs and platforms of governance,” says Lindenfors.
  
ENDS
 Contact:
More info/All media inquiries:
Angel Tiamson-Saceda, Communications Officer, Save the Children
Note to Editors:
About the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:
The United Nations General Assembly adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) in November 20, 1989. The CRC is a legal international treaty among nations that clearly outlines the special rights of children. The convention was ratified by 193 countries including the Republic of the Philippines. In ratifying the UN CRC, the Philippine government is accountable in taking actions to ensure that children’s rights are part of local laws and processes.

About C2C Children Talk to Children
The Children Talk to Children (C2C) About the UN CRC Project, a joint initiative of four child-led organizations that are based in Caloocan, Cavite and Pasay aims to strengthen the meaningful participation of greater number of children in CRC monitoring and campaign.

About Save the Children
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before. In 2011, Save the Children directly reached over 700,000 Filipino children with its programs in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.
More information is available here: www.savethechildren.net


Friday, November 16, 2012

Is the Philippines Child Friendly


NEWS RELEASE
15 November 2012

Is the Philippines child-friendly?
400 children and adults gather in a national forum to voice out issues; recommendations to help nation be more child-friendly

(DISCLAIMER: Any opinions written in this post are Dakila Philippines' own and do not reflect the viewpoint of any other Naga City Deck and/or NCD Contributor)

Manila, Philippines - The ultimate test of determining the child-friendliness of the country is to ask the children themselves, this according to Anna Lindenfors, Country Director of Save the Children in the Philippines.

“Children know exactly what their situation is, as they have firsthand experience of their own issues and problems. They know what is lacking and what needs to be done in terms of solutions. And more importantly, they are capable of providing suggestions on how children’s lives in their communities can be improved,” Lindenfors adds.

On November 17, more than 400 children and supporting adults from about 40 children’s groups and child-focused civil society organizations nationwide will gather in a National Children’s Forum on children’s issues at the Amoranto Theater in Quezon City, in celebration of the of the upcoming 23rd Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) this November 20.

The event is being organized by the Children Talk to Children About the UN CRC (C2C) Project, a child-led initiative on child rights monitoring and national-level advocacy being supported by the Samahan ng Mamamayan-Zone One Tondo (ZOTO), Inc. and Save the Children since 2009.

The event will kick-off with a parade of the 400 children and adults, launching of the C2C Project and Teka Muna, Bata Muna Magazine, and then progressively discussion, presentation and open forum on children’s issues and recommendations.

The information that will be gathered from the forum is expected to give a comprehensive picture of children’s situation in the Philippines, which will be the basis for child rights monitoring of Save the Children and its partner child-led groups and civil society organizations in the Philippines.

Furthermore, the recommendations of children from the forum will form part of the children’s groups’ platforms to influence voters and 2013 political candidates in prioritizing and pushing forth programs for children’s welfare.

“We expect that the children’s forum will provide more and even new evidences of unmet rights of Filipino children consistent with the 2008 Alternative Report of the Philippine NGO Coalition on the UN CRC, in which Save the Children is a member,” explains Lindenfors.

The Alternative Report (2001-2007) submitted in August 2008 to the UN CRC highlights several crucial gaps in implementing child’s rights in the Philippines. For instance, there is no clear allocation for children in the national budget and there is a decreasing budget for social services. Almost half of the national budget (41% in 2009) goes to debt servicing and interest payment and government funds lost to corruption.

It also points out that 1 out of 10 persons summarily executed is a child aged 12-18. Summary execution statistics in this period was 8-10 persons are being killed every month. Also, corporal punishment, child pornography, statutory rape (age of sexual consent) and foster care were identified as among the gaps in the legal framework for child rights while implementation of the Juvenile Justice Law has been dismal.

In terms of safety and health care, about 12,000 children are left behind daily due to parents and guardians working abroad; children are not adequately protected from abuse, early sexual activity and its consequences.

Mass migration of health workers on the other hand (closure of 200 hospitals; ratio of nurse to patient declined from 1:40 to 1:60) may put at risk progress in reducing infant and under 5 mortality rates and may further increase maternal mortality rates.

Moreover, on average per year, 66 children are killed in conflict-related incidents, 50 cases of children tortured, 55 children arrested and detained and recruitment of children in armed groups have been reported. Massive displacement of families in Mindanao has affected almost 900,000 children from 2001 to 2008.

“Children take their issues seriously. What is important in this forum is giving them the chance to voice out their issues and tell the entire nation how we can make the Philippines a safer and caring country for children,” says Lindenfors.

ENDS

Contact:
More info/All media inquiries:
Angel Tiamson-Saceda, Communications Officer, Save the Children
angel.saceda@savethechildren.org | +63 9178590759


Note to Editors:
The state parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC), including the Republic of the Philippines are obliged to submit periodic reports about children’s situation in the country to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child every five years. The combined third and fourth periodic reports of the Philippine government was submitted in September 2007, while the alternative report of the Philippine NGO Coalition on the Rights of the Child was submitted in August 2008. The next periodic report of the Philippines is due on October 2017.

About C2C: Children Talk to Children
The Children Talk to Children (C2C) About the UN CRC Project, a joint initiative of four child-led organizations that are based in Caloocan, Cavite and Pasay aims to strengthen the meaningful participation of greater number of children in CRC monitoring and campaign.

About Save the Children
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before. In 2011, Save the Children directly reached over 700,000 Filipino children with its programs in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

More information is available here: www.savethechildren.net

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Films Enabling the Nation Screened in Cebu


PRESS RELEASE
Dakila
14 November 2012
Media Contact: Danielle Aballe 09176326567
(DISCLAIMER: Any opinions written in this post are Dakila Philippines' own and do not reflect the viewpoint of any other Naga City Deck and/or NCD Contributor)
FILMS ENABLING THE NATION SCREENED IN CEBU
Active Vista Film Festival Celebrates National Deaf Awareness Week
The Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival commemorated the National Deaf Awareness Week with the screening of 4 short films that deal with issues of the deaf at the Cebu Public Library last March 14.
In partnership with the Gualandi Volunteer Services Program and the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines in Cebu, Dakila presented the short films Feeling the Faith by Paul Halili and Alan Obenza, Kubli by Dr. Liza Martinez, Abot Kamay by Victor Villanueva and River of Dreams by Mike Dagnalan.
According to Danielle Aballe of the Dakila Artists Collective in Cebu, “We hope that by showing films that give respect, empowerment and understanding to the disabled, every Filipino, despite impairments, be able to fulfill their social responsibilities towards a fully-abled nation.”
The screening was also the premiere of two short films that won production grants from the festival’s Hasik Advocacy Filmmaking Program and are now in competition with 10 other advocacy films for the ALAB awards of the Festival. Kubli, made by Dra. Liza Martinez, is a story of a deaf rape victim, Bel, who is raped by her father and struggles to prove him guilty in a court with no sign language interpreters. Abot Kamay by Cebuano filmmaker, Victor Villanueva, is a story of a deaf girl who wants to become an actress despite her disability.
Dr. Liza Martinez is one of the most prominent advocates and staunch defenders of PWD rights in the Philippines while Victor Villanueva is a filmmaker more known for his romantic-comedy films such as the independent film hit, “My Paranormal Romance”.  “Kubli” is Dr. Liza’s first attempt in filmmaking while “Abot Kamay” is Victor’s first engagement in advocacy filmmaking.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Civic Reception and Installation of Archibishop-Elect Rolando Tiiron OCD DD



Civic Reception Schedule
As of 8:30 today 11132012, Civic Reception will be transferrred to Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum

• 5AM ETD from Infanta Quezon
• 9AM Lucena
• 3PM ETA of Archbishop-Elect Tirona's Convoy
Motorcade from boundary of Naga and Milaor Tabuco
• 3:20 PM Liturgical Reception at Holy Cross Parish in Tabuco
Then motorcade going to Basilica Minore de Peñafrancia to give reverence "Ina" Our Lady of Peñafrancia.
• 4:15 pm Motorcade to Archbishops Residence
• 5:00 pm Reception Honors of 9th Infantry Division
Civic Reception at the JESSE M. ROBREDO COLISEUM

Note: Schedule may vary depending upon the time of arrival of the convoy and flow of the activity.
Change of venue of Civic Reception will also mean changes in the traffic re-routing plan for today.


November 13, 2012 Civic Reception at Plaza Quezon, 4PM
Traffic Plan


November 14, 2012 Installation at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, 10AM
Traffic Plan

Dagos po kamo sa Maogmang Lugar mga partidaryos ni Archbishop-Elect Tirona!

*On this page you will see updates during Nov. 13 and 14, 2012

 To know more about the Archbishop-Elect Tirona CLICK HERE

News Article from Bicol Mail


 Tirona’s installation rites set
Archbishop-elect Rolando Octavius Tria-Tirona will be installed as the 34th Bishop and 4th Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Caceres on November 14, 2012 (Wednesday), ten o’clock in the morning at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, Seat of the Archdiocese. Fourteen lay faithful will be chosen to represent the fourteen Vicariates during the mass. The Archbishop-elect, however, will be arriving a day before via a convoy from his previous assignment, Infanta, Quezon. A motorcade at the boundary of Naga and Milaor will welcome him and bring him to the Holy Cross Parish in Tabuco. A liturgical reception will be observed upon his arrival. After which, he will be taken to the Basilica Minore de Peñafrancia to give reverence to Ina, Our Lady of Peñafrancia. He is estimated to arrive at three o’clock in the afternoon. Thus, the civic reception at Plaza Quezon will be observed at around five-thirty... READ MORE



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Dalagan Nubenta



Dalagan Nubenta
Organized by Ateneo Batch 1990
Registration Starts November 5, 2012 at NSO, Panganiban Drive, Naga City




Ateneo Digital Art and Animation Festival 2012


ATENEO DIGITAL ART AND ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2012 (Nov. 15 - 17, 2012) at Arrupe Convention Hall, Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City

Exhibits: 3D Animated Short Films, 3D Animated TV Ads, 3D Character Designs, 3D Animated Music Video, Stop-Motion Animation, Portfolio and many more!

CLICK HERE for Announcements
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 ANIMATION CONFERENCE (Nov. 16, 2012) at the Arrupe Convention Hall, Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City

Industry speakers to talk about:
1. Animation in Visual Effects and Movies
2. Animation in Gaming
3. 3D Production Pipeline
4. Starting Your Animation Company
5. Working As An Animator Abroad

NO MORE SLOTS AVAILABLE as of Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 2:07AM

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Animation Conference is having a more than expected number of registrants, both online and offline, from various places in South Luzon. With the limited capacity of the venue, we're afraid we need to manage seat allocations. In this regard may we request those which names are currently marked as PENDING to comply with the registration process and requirements (such as LIKE-ing this page), on or before 8am tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Thank you.

CLICK HERE for Announcements
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8th Bicol Business Week



Bicolandia's Biggest Trade Show, the 8th Bicol Business Week will kick off this November!


For registration and other details regarding the BBW you can contact Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry at 3/F GIP Bldg., P. Burgos Street corner J. Hernandez Avenue, 4400 Naga City Contact No. 473-6318

Like Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Facebook CLICK HERE
and 8th Bicol Business Week CLICK HERE for updates




























 


1st Gayon Bicol Fiesta and Tourism Congress
November 27, 2012 at JMR Coliseum.


Cooperatives Congress
8:00 am to 5:00 pm Event Center @ JMR Coliseum



Hotel, Restaurant, Catering and Cafe Conference
November 25 - 26, 2012
@ JMR Coliseum





Image of San Pedro Calungsod in Naga City


Image of San Pedro Calungsod in Naga City on November 11, 2012 at the Ateneo de Naga University

Image from: @this_is_H


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

This Time With You


Inviting all Ateneo Alumni!

"This Time With You"
A fundraising concert featuring Hangad on Nov. 24, 2012, 6pm at the Ateneo de Naga Gym


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 Premiere Night in Naga City


Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 Premiere on Nov. 16, 2012 at SM Cinema 4, 7:00 pm
Tickets at P300 De Luxe and P500 Premiere
both with free snack and drinks.
Tickets are available at St. Joseph School Cashier
Text or Call: 0920-9277723 or 0917-5675688

This is a fund-raising campaign for the SJS Teachers' Development Fund.