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Kaso ng teenage pregnancy sa bansa, patuloy na tumataas

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Credits: Wikipedia and Google Map

Credits: Wikipedia and Google Map

MANILA, Philippines — Patuloy na tumataas ang bilang ng mga kabataang maagang nabubuntis sa bansa.

Batay sa 2011 report ng United Nations (UN) Population Fund-Philippines, tumaas ng 70 porsyento ang antas ng teenage pregnancy sa bansa sa loob lamang ng 10 taon.

Noong 1999, umabot sa 114,205 ang naitalang kaso ng teenage pregnancy sa bansa, subalit pagsapit ng 2009 ay umakyat pa ito sa 195,662 kaso.

“Adolescent pregnancy is not just a health issue, it is a development issue, it is deeply rooted on poverty, gender inequality, violence, child and force marriage,” pahayag ni Dr. Reena Dona ng United Nation Population Fund – Philippines.

Sa ulat naman ng Commission on Population noong taong 2010, nakapagtala ng 168 maternal death sa mga kabataang may edad 15 pataas.

“When they get pregnant di nila alam how to take care of themselves, nahihiya pumunta sa mga clinic. Sometimes they keep it na lang,” pahayag ni Eleonor Cura, Regional Director ng Commission on Population.

Kabilang sa mga panganib na maaaring idulot ng maagang pagbubuntis ay ang pagkakaroon ng kumplikasyon na madalas nauuwi sa kamatayan.

Kaugnay nito, nananawagan ang ilang grupo sa pamahalaan na bigyan ng atensyon ang dumaraming kaso ng teenage pregnancy sa pamamagitan ng pagpapasa ng batas na makatutulong sa maayos na komunikasyon at samahan ng isang pamilya.

“Yung values education, yun yung foremost role ng family they have to give them real value,” pahayag pa ni Cura. (Grace Casin / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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UN chief calls for nuclear disarmament at Nagasaki atomic bomb anniversary

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Aerial of atomic bomb explosion in Nagasaki (Screenshot via Reuters video)

 

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday (August 9) called for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons at a ceremony marking the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

It was the first time a UN Secretary-General attended the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony held every year. His predecessor, Ban Ki-moon was the first to attend the anniversary event commemorating the Hiroshima atomic bombing in 2010.

During his speech, Guterres said fears of a nuclear war still exist today, and it remains the highest priority for the United Nations.

Mayor of Nagasaki, Tomihisa Taue, at the same ceremony called on the Japanese government to join the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons treaty in order to lead a nuclear-free world.

Japan, the only country to suffer atomic bombings, did not take part in U.N. negotiations on the treaty, saying such talks without nuclear-armed countries participating would not contribute to bringing about a world without nuclear weapons. — Reuters

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PH earns praises from UN, EU, Japan for the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ enactment of the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) has earned compliments from the international community following its official signing by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 26.

The United Nations, in a statement by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, recognized it as “a landmark achievement on the road to lasting peace in the southern Philippines.”

The European Union said, “The passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law represents an opportunity for the Filipino people to embrace peace and stability after decades of strife,” in a statement by EU Spokesperson Maja Kocijancic.

The Philippines’ ally Japan, meanwhile, was the first to express its support “for the development of Mindanao in a wide range of fields, in accordance with progress in the peace process.” This, according to Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kano, is Japan’s commitment under the Japan-Philippines Joint Statement on Bilateral Cooperation for the next five years announced in October 2017,

The Bangsamoro Organic law is considered a key step to ending a decade-long armed conflict in the southern Philippines that had claimed thousands of lives since it began in the 1970s.

For his part, President Duterte appealed to the Moro community to give BOL a chance in leading the path towards peace.

“Hindi pa kami nag-usap sa Tausug group, kay Nur, o kahit kanino ang kailangan kausapin ko. Iyong BBL tapos na. Bigyan lang natin ng panahon. Huwag tayong mag-giyera. Kasi kung mag-giyera — wala naman problema mamatay tayo. Mamatay man tayo lahat. Ang problema, ang mga mahirapan ang mga bata, matanda, pati mga babae. Mag-iwan lang tayo ng maraming orphans. Maglaki ng walang tatay, hirap ang nanay. Papaano… Huwag natin pasukan ‘yan. Hindi panahon natin ‘yan. Hindi ‘yung away na pwede tayong makipagsapalaran na ubusan. Mag-usap na lang. Iyong Abu Sayyaf, mag-usap na lang tayo,” the President said during his visit to fire-affected residents in Brgy. Bus-Bus in Jolo, Sulu on Friday (July 27).

A ceremonial signing of the BOL  is being prepared between President Duterte and the leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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Mexico market gets makeover as world’s biggest urban art space

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2018

General view of mural of a woman lying down (Image grabbed from Reuters video)

 

Mexico City’s market that never sleeps, the Central de Abasto that sells some 30,000 tonnes of daily produce and merchandise, will now be providing a brand new offering as the world’s biggest urban art space.

To mark the market’s 35 years of business, the United Nations together with local and international urban artists have given their backing to the Walls Central (“Central de Muros”) project that is looking to beautify the market’s exterior with over 30 murals from some 50 young painters.

The Central de Abasto (Supply Centre) is Mexico City’s main wholesale market for produce and other foodstuffs run similarly to traditional public markets that date back to pre-Hispanic times.

The facility is located on a property that extends 327 hectares (808 acres), with more than 2,000 business selling produce from the far reaches of the country, ranging from exotic indigenous offerings from Chiapas to traditional fruits brought over by European migrants. Produce sold here represents 80% of the consumption of the country’s megalopolis.

This new generation of Mexican artists are keen to show the country’s muralist legacies of Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siquieros and Jose Clemente Orozco live on in 2018. — Reuters

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