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)
Environmental activist dubbed ‘terrorist’ by Philippine government wins UN award
Joan Carling, environmental activist | REUTERS
On the 26th September 2018, Joan Carling was recognized for UN’s highest environmental honor, the prestigious Champions of the Earth Award. Each year the award is presented to those who have displayed a combination of bold, innovative and tireless efforts to tackle some of the most pressing environmental issues.
Carling is recognized with the lifetime achievement award for her work as one of the world’s most prominent defenders of environmental and indigenous rights. Carling has been at the forefront of the conflict for land and the environment for more than 20 years.
She actively participated in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and REDD+, twice served as Secretary-General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and was Chairperson of the Cordillera People’s Alliance. She was appointed by the UN Economic and Social Council as an indigenous expert and has been a member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, among other responsibilities.
Carling has had her life threatened and faced fierce political opposition, notably President Duterte of the Philippines branding her, and other environmental campaigners, ‘terrorists’. In the face of these difficulties, she has remained a fearless defender of the environment and the indigenous people. — Reuters
UN chief calls for nuclear disarmament at Nagasaki atomic bomb anniversary
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
PH earns praises from UN, EU, Japan for the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law
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