UNICEF National Ambassador Gary Valenciano, Sumuporta sa Gusi Peace Prize 2012

admin   •   December 14, 2012   •   2905

Si Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano sumuporta sa Guzi Peace Prize 2012. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Isang all out performance ang ipinakita ni United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) national ambassador Gary Valenciano sa gabi ng parangal ng Gusi Peace Prize 2012 award na ginanap sa Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) kamakailan.

Ang Gusi Peace Prize International ay isang Philippine-based foundation na pinamumunuan ni Ginoong Barry Gusi na layong magbigay ng pagkilala sa mga natatanging indibidwal sa kani-kanilang larangan at nagsisilbing mabuting ehemplo sa lipunan.

Ayon kay Mr. Pure Energy, malaki ang nagagawa ng mga ganitong pagkilala sa mga nagsisikap na maging matagumpay sa anumang larangan.

“People are looking up at the leaders and influential people to see how they are performing with regard to what is needed, to show respect for life, for humanity, for morals and for values. Yung mga awardees natin ngayon, it is inspiring even for me,” paglalahad ni Gary. (Adjes Carreon & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

PICC, World Trade Center, & Rizal Memorial Sports Complex to open as COVID-19 quarantine sites this week – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   April 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Three facilities being converted into quarantine sites for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients are set to open this week, the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Monday.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said these facilities are the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), and the World Trade Center.

Duque made the announcement during his visit to the sites on Monday morning.

The Health chief said the three community quarantine sites will initially admit COVID-19 positive patients with mild or no symptoms.

“This protocol may change depending on the number of patients under investigation (PUI) & person under monitoring (PUM). If a patient’s condition worsens, he or she will be rushed immediately to a hospital for proper management and treatment,” Secretary Duque said in a statement.

The DOH said the PICC can accommodate a maximum of 294 patients, while the World Trade Center and the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex can admit 502 and 112 patients, respectively.

Duque said the PICC will be managed by the Philippine National Police Medical Corps, while the World Trade Center will be managed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“Both the PNP and AFP will supervise the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The DOH healthcare workforce will also be supporting these three quarantine facilities,” the DOH said.

The facilities are aimed at decongesting hospitals and containing the spread of the highly-contagious coronavirus disease.

The conversion of the three quarantine facilities is a collaboration between government and private sector, composed of the DOH, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Bases Conversion Development Authority headed by Secretary Vince Dizon, who is also the Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects, the agency added.

To date, the Philippines has recorded 3,660 confirmed cases with 163 fatalities and 73 total recoveries.

UNICEF denounces decade of 170,000 violations against children in conflict

UNTV News   •   December 30, 2019

New York – More than 170,000 grave violations against children in conflict have been verified since the start of the decade, the United Nations’ children’s agency UNICEF said Monday.

The figure represents an average of 45 rights violations per day for the last 10 years.

UNICEF added that the number of countries experiencing conflict is the highest since the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child in 1989.

“Conflicts around the world are lasting longer, causing more bloodshed and claiming more young lives,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore in a statement.

“Attacks on children continue unabated as warring parties flout one of the most basic rules of war: the protection of children. For every act of violence against children that creates headlines and cries of outrage, there are many more that go unreported,” she added.

In 2018, the UN agency verified more than 24,000 grave violations against children — more than two and a half times the figure in 2010 — including killing, maiming, sexual violence, abductions, denial of humanitarian access, child recruitment and attacks on schools and hospitals.

Of the 24,000 cases, more than half were the killing or maiming of children, the vast majority from the continuous and widespread use of air strikes and explosive weapons such as landmines, mortars, improvised explosive devices, rocket attacks, cluster munitions and artillery shelling.

In the first half of 2019, more than 10,000 cases of children’s rights violations were documented, although UNICEF said the figure may be “much higher.”

The agency highlighted several risk situations throughout the year, and recalled that in May, the organization asked governments to repatriate children who were trapped in camps or detention centers in northeastern Syria, where there were about 28,000 foreign children from 60 countries, including 20,000 from Iraq.

It also stressed that in March, more than 150 people, including 85 children, were killed when an armed group attacked the village of Ogossagou in Mali’s Mopti region, while another attack in Sobanou-Kou killed another 24 children.

In September, UNICEF reported that 2 million children remained out of school in Yemen, including almost half a million who dropped out since the conflict intensified in March 2015.

In November, the organization revealed that three years of violence and instability in the northwest and southwest of Cameroon has left more than 855,000 children out of school and displaced 59,000 adolescents.

UNICEF urged “all warring parties to abide by their obligations under international law and to immediately end violations against children and the targeting of civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and water infrastructure.” EFE-EPA

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DOH, UNICEF urge LGUs to prioritize sanitation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 20, 2019

The Department of Health and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urge local government units in the country to prioritize sanitation.

With this, the DOH launched the Philippine Approach to Sustainable Sanitation (PhATSS) policy in Baseco, Tondo, Manila in celebration of World Toilet Day (WTD) on November 19.

DOH Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said that using a toilet as well as the practice of handwashing with soap after using the toilet and before eating helps prevent the transmission of polio, among other diseases.

“DOH is reminding the public to practice good hygiene and urging the Local Government Units (LGUs) through the aid of DOH Centers for Health Development (CHDs) to intensify their Zero Open Defecation Program,” he said.

The PhATSS policy cites new sanitation targets for all barangays across the Philippines to achieve Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) status by 2025. 

“Using the PhATSS policy, LGUs are guided on how to track the sanitation situation of each community and take supportive action to ensure that no one is left behind without access to a sanitary toilet,” according to the DOH.

The health department also said that there are currently only 11% of barangays (only 4625 out of a total 42,045) are certified ZOD, where people have abandoned the practice of open defecation.

UNICEF Deputy Representative Julia Rees said UNICEF provides technical assistance to DOH in scaling up sanitation programs.

“The effect of proper sanitation on health, nutrition, education, and security of Filipino children and women is paramount. It’s about time to look at addressing the sanitation needs of people in urban slums, in remote and geographically isolated areas, and in indigenous communities for a healthier, more progressive Philippines, and to ensure that no one is left behind,” she said.—AAC

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