Biotech and Climate Change ng NAST/SEARCA at IRAAA (video), RH advocates call for national day of the Purple Ribbon at Pscijourn mega manila video with the Knights of Columbus
Posted on September 9th By michael balaguer (pscijourn megamanila/clma bulacan), vigie llorin (plcpd)
Isang Seminar ang pinangunahan ng National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) sa pakikipagtulungan ng South East Asian Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) kung saan pinag usapan ang mga sitwasyon at kaganapan sa biotechnology na may relasyon sa pagbabago ng klima.
Kabilang sa mga naging bahagi ng nasabing seminar ay sina Dr. Evelyn Mae Tecson Mendoza, NAST Secretary habang nagbigay ng kanyang mga pagtaya patungkol sa climate change si Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, propesor ng Institute of Statistics ng UPLB at si Dr.Wayne Parrott, isa ring propesor ng Crop Science sa Georgia University tungkol naman sa food security at adaptation sa pagbabago ng klima.
RH advocates call for national day of the Purple Ribbon
Reproductive Health (RH) supporters all over the country are calling for a series of nationally coordinated mass actions to ask Congress to finally put the RH bill into vote. Starting September 7, the RH Consortium, together with its allies and partners in the different regions, will organize a monthly “Day of the Purple Ribbon for RH” with various activities ranging from motorcades, candle and torch parades, purple ribbon tying and stickering, rallies and cultural presentations.
Hundreds of RH supporters from grassroots organizations, local government units, arts and entertainment industry, interfaith groups, academe, business and national government agencies are expected to join the mass actions. Likewise, the organizers are calling the public to participate in these activities and to wear purple clothes, tie purple ribbons in their homes and cars and to light a candle at exactly 6PM during that day.
The major staging areas for the September 7 purple ribbon events are the cities of Baguio, Iloilo, Davao and at the Senate grounds in Pasay City. The Baguio Day of the Purple Ribbon will feature street performances, an RH forum, a candle parade at 5PM and a concert at the UP Baguio starting at 7PM. In Iloilo City, the whole day event will start with the early morning tying of purple ribbons in major thoroughfares, memorial march and cultural program in the afternoon at the Jaro Plaza.
In Davao City, a motorcade in the morning will launch the purple ribbon campaign, followed by a photo exhibit and a rally at the people’s park. In Pasay City, women’s groups will hold a cultural rally at the Senate grounds to draw attention to the daily deaths of mothers. The rally will coincide with the plenary debate on the RH bill in the Senate. A candle lighting ceremony at exactly 6PM will be the common feature for all the activities on September 7 to remember women who died needlessly due to pregnancy and childbirth complications.
The other dates and venues for the National Day of the Purple Ribbon for RH are on October 7 in Pampanga, Legaspi, Cagayan de Oro, and Zamboanga and on November 15 in Tugegarao, Tacloban and Quezon City.
There may have been a variance in data since the studies used different methodologies, but the fact is, there are mothers dying every day due to pregnancy and childbirth related complications. Whether we use the high estimate of 11 and the low estimate of six mothers, we still have to address the issue of maternal deaths. The passage of the Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2011 is still very crucial to ensure funding from the government.
As it is today, the lack of a comprehensive national law on RH worsens the condition as there is no assured budget for family planning and reproductive health education and services. Funding and services are dependent on the whims of the local chief executive. RH law will standardize the RH services across the country.
We call on the anti-RH groups to refrain from confusing the public making it appear that there is no need for this law, just to push for their agenda of blocking the passage of the bill. We have to respond to the clamor of the majority of the Filipino people for a national policy that will ensure access to RH services. This call has been constantly confirmed by survey results.
Nagtungo sa Cabanatuan City Nueva Ecija ang grupo ng PHilippine Science Journalist Megamanila Chapter sa imbitasyon ng Knights of Columbus upang maging bahagi ng kanilang Tree Planting Program sa bahagi ng Fort Magsaysay Palayan City.
Kabilang sa mga naging bahagi ng nasabing tree planting na kabilang sa Pscijourn Group ay sina, Estrella Z Gallardo (manila newsweek), Veronica Hernandez (greenfields magazine), Raffy Rico at Jimmy Camba (manila star newspaper), Joy Navarro at Wally Villa mejor (RMN DZXL), Theresa Alpa-reyes (AFP radio), Cathy Cruz (DWAD), Precy Lazaro (peoples monitor newspaper), Peping Rey Lara at Paul Icamina (Malaya Newspaper), Yen Ocampo ng CBCP at ang pahayagang ito.
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