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Kaso ng teenage pregnancy sa bansa, patuloy na tumataas
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
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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)
by UNTV | Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York. via REUTERS
Dozens of countries signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons on Wednesday, although the United States, Britain, France and others boycotted the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders.
“Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies, and gentlemen, I now declare the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons open for signature,” said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons will enter into force 90 days after 50 countries have ratified it. Only a few states were due to deposit their ratification on Wednesday.
“There remain some 15,000 nuclear weapons in existence. We cannot allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our children’s future,” said Guterres.
“Today we rightfully celebrate a milestone. Now we must continue along the hard road towards the elimination of nuclear arsenals.”
The United States, Britain, and France are among nine countries believed to have nuclear weapons.
“We regret the fact that those who still who use nuclear weapons as part of their security deterrence status have decided as of yet not to join this global initiative. Their inaction is not an option. Maintaining the status quo is a very dangerous situation for international security. And it leaves the humanity and our planet under the looming shadow of insecurity. Security does not come from weapons,” said Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis.
The treaty was adopted in July by two-thirds of the 193 U.N. member states after months of talks, which United States, Britain, France skipped.
They instead pledged commitment to a decades-old non-proliferation treaty, which aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. — Reuters
by UNTV | Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — Instead of approving the proposed budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is more willing to re-align it, for instance, to fund the free tuition or for purchasing the gadgets of law enforcers.
“If you have a chairman with that kind of thinking, why would you give him fund? You will just waste the government’s money for an agency that does nothing,” said Alvarez.
The lawmaker said CHR does not deserve any amount since it is not doing its mandate.
But the CHR maintains that its mandate is to investigate abuses committed by government officials or personnel like the police.
Alvarez sought the action of CHR on Mamasapano case and the recent incident of hazing that caused the death of Horacio Castillo III.
“He should read the provision of the Constitution it is clearly stated there. To all individual and not only [those] from the government,” said the House speaker.
Alvarez shared idea of President Rodrigo Duterte that instead of CHR, an international human rights group like United Nations and the European Union should set up office in the country.
With this he said, they may have an independent investigation, unlike CHR who depends solely on government funding.
“They should transfer their bases here in the Philippines. Their office in Europe, set it up here so that they themselves can give their own personnel to monitor the human rights condition in the Philippines,” said Alvarez.
Alvarez maintains he will oppose if the Senate will try to restore the CHR’s proposed budget.
CHR proposed budget for 2018 is more than 600 million pesos but the House of Representatives just approved 1,000 pesos.
“I do not discount the possibility of increasing amount but to restore the original proposal. I don’t think it’s possible,” said the Alvarez. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a session on reforming the United Nations at U.N. Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
The United States and the United Nations have launched the 10-point declaration for support for UN reforms which aims to simplify procedures and decentralized decisions, with greater transparency, efficiency, and accountability.
U.S. President Donald Trump had criticized the United Nations on Monday as being wracked with bureaucracy and mismanagement and urged reforms so that the world body emerges stronger and a more effective force for peace.
“The United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement. We are not seeing the results in line with this investment. But I know that under the secretary-general that’s changing and it’s changing fast. And we’ve seen it,” said US President Donald Trump.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres agreed with Trump and said that the world body’s “shared objective should focus more on people”.
“You often have said, and you repeated today, that the U.N. has tremendous potential. All of us have the responsibility to make sure we live up to it. Our shared objective is a 21st Century U.N. focused more on people, less on the process. And as you rightly said, more on delivery, less on bureaucracy,” said the official.
Lastly, Guterres emphasized that “to serve the people the world body must be flexible and efficient”.
“And we must do so keenly aware of our obligation to live up to the values of the United Nations charter. Together, we are making progress on a broad and bold reform agenda to strengthen the United Nations,” said Guterres. — Reuters
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