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Youth commissioner Ice Seguerra resigns

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairperson Aiza Seguerra

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has confirmed the resignation of National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson Cariza “Aiza” Seguerra.

However, Malacañang has yet to confirm if President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted Seguerra’s resignation.

She was appointed in August 2016 with a three-year term.

There was no reason cited for the resignation of Seguerra who is among the known supporters of Duterte during the May 2016 elections.

In her Facebook post, Seguerra said she personally informed President Duterte the reason for her resignation from the National Youth Commission.

When asked if the Chief Executive accepted the resignation of the youth commission chair, Roque said: “I have no information yet regarding that. What I do know is that, the Office of the Executive Secretary has received the resignation of chairperson Aiza Seguerra.” — UNTV News & Rescue

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PH supports US-DPRK peacekeeping mechanism bid

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang congratulated U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un for successfully holding their first summit in Singapore.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said this development “has underscored in the strongest terms the value of diplomacy and peaceful dialogue, augurs well for the peace, security, and stability in the region and the world.”

And though this event has been written in the history, Roque noted, that this is just the beginning of the real hard work.

Roque added that “the Philippines is ready and willing to lend its support toward bringing it to fruition.” —  Rosalie Coz

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PH asked China to stop seizure of Filipino’s fish catch, discipline its coast guard – Malacañang

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2018

Secretary Harry Roque with three of the fishermen who had encounters with the Chinese coast guard


MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque assured Monday, June 11, that the government has already asked China to stop its coast guard personnel from taking the fish catch of Filipino fishermen in Scarborough Shoal.

At Malacañang, Roque presented before members of the press some of the fishermen who had encounters with the Chinese coast guard. They narrated that the Chinese would barge into their vessel and seize their catch. Since they do not know their language, the fishermen would just let them proceed to avoid tension. The Chinese men would give them some noodles and drinking water in return, and leave.

“Sila na po mismo ang aakyat. Tapos hahalungkatin iyong lagayan ng isda. Di naman kami magkakaintidihan sa pag-uusap kaya kumbaga, nakikisama na lang kami kasi baka nga paalisin na naman kami,” narrated Romel Cejuela, a fisherman from Baja Masinloc, Zambales.

Malacañang does not consider it as harassment because there was no force involved and neither party used a weapon. However, the fishermen are asking the government to take action to prevent a repeat of the incident because it affects their livelihood. In fact, the Chinese have been taking at least P4,000 worth of their income.

Roque said the government has taken steps on the matter, citing that President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping had agreed to ensure freedom of Filipino fishermen to fish in the waters of Scarborough Shoal.

“Gumawa na kami ng mga hakbang, at ang hinihingi natin dapat gumalaw ang mga otoridad ng Tsina na itigil itong mga pangyayari. So kinakailangan, disiplinahin siguro ng Tsina yung mga bugok na nangunguha ng isda,” Roque said.

However, if they were to be asked, local fishermen would prefer that Philippine Coast Guard or Navy personnel should withdraw their presence in Scarborough Shoal to avoid the tension from further escalating.

“Siguro ok na muna siguro yun [walang coastguard]habang patuloy munang nag-uusap yung gobyerno ng Pilipinas at China para maayos yung mga dapat ayusin siguro,” added Cejuela.

“Mula po ng panahon na pinadala ni Presidente Aquino ang (BRP) Del Pilar diyan sa Scarborough, di na po tayo nakabalik na tayo ang may control (diyan.) Ngayon po, totoo po na nandoon ang mga Tsino pero nakakapangisda po ang mga mangingisda ng Masinloc at ibang mga lugar,” Roque said in agreement to the fishermen’s proposal. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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No more beauty contests, basketball leagues for SK – National Youth Commission

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – The National Youth Commission (NYC) vows to strictly monitor the activities of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) across the country with the election of new youth officials this year.

The NYC is the government’s highest policy-making body for the youth sector.

According to Commissioner OIC Chairman Ronald Cardema, the youth agency will no longer allow unimportant projects that only waste government funds.

“Hindi na puwede ang mga dating proyekto ng mga SK na pa-liga lang, pa-beauty contest, mga house plate number, outing, lakbay-aral pero bakasyon lang naman,” Cardema said.

(Previous projects such as basketball leagues, beauty contests, house plate numbers, outings and lakbay-aral (educational travels) which are really just vacations.)

Instead, the NYC plans to involve the youths in disaster response, anti-drugs and anti-crime campaigns.

The youth agency will also recommend to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to impose suspension on SK officials for irresponsibility and negligence in the performance of duty. The NYC said all SK officials need to undergo mandatory training before they officially assume office.

NYC said they are planning for ceremonial mass oath-taking of all elected SK officials to be officiated by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

“Ngayon po mayroon tayong inirerekomenda sa National Youth Commission na ipapasa namin as resolution na lahat ng magiging SK officials sa buong bansa ay magce-ceremonial mass oath-taking kay pangulo po,” said Cardema.

(We have a recommendation for the  National Youth Commission, which we plan to submit as a resolution, that all SK officials nationwide will have a ceremonial mass oath-taking with the president.)

It has been eight years since the last Sangguniang Kabataan elections took place in 2010. This year, around 350,000 youth officials are expected to take office in a total of 42 barangays in the country.

The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) council is composed of a Chairman and seven councilors age 18 to 24 who will be in office for three years. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue


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