40-day Climate Walk to
Tacloban kicks off in Luneta
October 2, 2014
Climate change advocates from various sectors urged world governments
to “walk their climate talk” as they launched the Climate Walk, dubbed
as “A People’s Walk for Climate Justice.”
From the starting point at
“Kilometer Zero” in Rizal Park, Manila, the groups will walk 1,000
kilometers in 40 days to arrive in Tacloban, ground zero of Yolanda (Haiyan),
on November 8, exactly a year since the super typhoon first made
The festive send-off program
for the Climate Walk included Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, National
Youth Commissioner Jose Sixto 'Dingdong' Dantes III, Climate Change
Commissioners Heherson Alvarez and Yeb Saño, running priest Fr. Robert
Reyes, representatives of a broad group of civil society
organizations, and the Catholic Church.
“The Climate Walk is dedicated to all people in the Philippines and
around the world who confront the reality of climate change. It aims
to empower communities and help them become resilient to the impacts
of disasters and climate change,” Saño said before they departed from
The advocates called on governments to do their fair share in keeping
global warming below the tipping point to save the Filipino people,
and all others who are most vulnerable to climate change.
"Peoples and nations around the world should act with haste to
significantly cut, if not end, all our ill ways that are causing our
worsening climate. And we should begin talking green not because it is
fashionable but because we care for the welfare of younger Filipinos,
our future," Dantes said.
The Walk was launched a week after two landmark events in New York:
The People’s Climate March, in which 400,000 people marched to call
for urgent climate action, followed by the United Nations Climate
Summit, wherein over 160 world leaders announced their commitments to
solve the climate crisis.
“This walk is about fighting back! We need to unite as a people and
demand a climate treaty that will give justice and compensation to
countless families, communities and municipalities that are already
being severely affected and devastated by climate change impacts. We
must reclaim our people’s rights to a safe, secure and sustainable
future,” Von Hernandez, Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast
“The importance and urgency of addressing climate change demands more
than action. We need to fundamentally change the way we live, and the
way things work in our planet. We need to galvanize public actions
towards solutions to fight climate change,” said Nityalila Saulo,
musician and core member of the artist group, Dakila. “It is time for
a climate revolution and switch the power from world leaders to the
people to decide our survival.”
People who are deemed most vulnerable to the effects of climate change
– farmers and fisherfolk – as well as members of youth, faith groups
and the public in general are invited to join the Walk, which will
traverse parts of Metro Manila, Laguna, Batangas, Camarines Norte,
Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Samar, and Leyte.
On November 8, the participants will cross San Juanico Bridge towards
Tacloban City. The Walk is also expected to continue on to communities
in Cebu, Negros, Panay Island, and Palawan, provinces that were
likewise heavily damaged by Yolanda.
Climate and disaster resilience toolkits, a set of resources which can
be used to enhance community planning for climate change and assist in
the protection of communities from climate disaster risks, will be
handed over to LGUs and communities in the areas reached by the
Climate Walk. Along the path of the walk, events will also be held in
select towns to highlight the different issues of climate change
affecting these areas, including (and not limited to) deforestation,
mining, and renewable energy. This can help form the narrative of the
concrete demands that can define the Walk. These events will be
educational as well as creative and celebratory and will include
concerts, film showings, mural painting, prayer sessions, dance and
Walk the talk
Participating civil society organizations also urged the current
administration, as well as global leaders, to take concrete actions in
solving the climate crisis.
“While we support the Climate Walk’s global call for climate action,
we also challenge the Aquino administration to walk its own climate
talk,” said Melvin Purzuelo, convener of the civil society network
Aksyon Klima Pilipinas. “We hope that this initiative to roll out local
climate plans will only be the start of concerted efforts to make
local and national policies coherent, particularly in adaptation,
energy, and finance.”
“The government should step up by demanding deep emissions cuts from
the US and developed countries, by demanding from them real solutions
that would ensure concrete adaptation programs and projects on the
ground and by abandoning its bias for corporations and businesses in
the entire rehabilitation process and put the people at the center,”
said Gerry Arances, National Coordinator, Philippine Movement for
Climate Justice (PMCJ), a national grassroots movements advancing
VAN ARALAN mobile
computer school launched in Catbalogan City
By LAIMINH MABULAY
October 2, 2014
CATBALOGAN CITY – “We
live in a society where information can be obtained at the push of a
button. These days, the speed with which we can produce, share or
receive data spells the difference between moving at an average pace
and functioning at a competitive level”, was how City Mayor Stephany
Uy-Tan explained the importance of computer literacy in today’s world.
Knowing how this skill is
in-demand both in school and the workplace, the City Government has
forged a partnership with a Manila-based non-profit organization that
gives free computer classes to interested individuals.
Through a partnership with
the Aihu Foundation, the City Government of Catbalogan has brought the
Van Aralan Project to the City to address the gap in computer literacy
among Catbaloganons. “This is what today’s workplace is in need of.
This is the kind of edge that our students, graduates, jobhunters or
employees must have in order to perform well in their chosen fields”,
After a well-received
registration period weeks prior, the said project was launched at the
City Plaza this September 27, 2014. City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan led the
activity together with Aihu Foundation President Alex S.E. Sy and his
wife CEO Mila Sy. Hon. Coefredo Uy, Hon. Ernesto Arcales, and Hon.
Maximo Pescos were among the city officials who graced the affair to
show their support for the project.
They were joined by other
special guests including Mayor Gemma P. Zosa from the Municipality of
Sta. Margarita, which was where the project was previously
implemented; TESDA Provincial Director Rolando Juanillo, who
represented TESDA Regional Director Cleta Omega; Ms. Corazon S. Abella,
who represented Department of Education Regional Director Luisa B. Yu
and City Division Supervisor Ms. Maribel Ruedas, who attended in
behalf of OIC-City Division Superintendent Editha S. De Veyra.
The Van Aralan Project is a
mobile computer school that conducts free classes in towns and cities
that they visit. In Catbalogan City, registration of out-of-school
youths, persons with disabilities and senior citizens were given
"Labis kong ikinatuwa ang
pagdagsa ng maraming Catbaloganon – kabilang na ang mga estudyante,
mga out-of-school youths, maging ang mga Persons with disabilities at
mga senior citizens upang magparehistro sa isasagawang training,” she
said about this turn-out which she credited to the coordination among
barangay officials and the city’s community facilitators.
Ipinapakita nito ang inyong
interes na mapabuti pa ang inyong pamumuhay at ang inyong kagustuhang
mapabuti ang inyong sarili sa pamamagitan ng karagdagang kaalaman sa
computer. Higit sa lahat, dito ay napatunayan nating hindi balakid ang
kahirapan upang magsumikap na maiangat ang kalagayan ng isang tao,"
Speaking in behalf of the
Division of Catbalogan City, Ruedas said that the project is an
“avenue of quality education” for Catbaloganons “with the aim of
transforming them or continuously improve their ability to be globally
The container truck which
houses the mobile class is supposed to stay in Catbalogan City for a
total of nine weeks from September 29 until November 29. The
registrants shall be divided into 5 classes consisting of 20
participants, which shall run for a total of three weeks. Upon
completion of the course, a trainee will receive a certificate of
completion from TESDA.
Mayor Step also lauded the
partnerships that were made with various agencies to jumpstart the
project. Aside from the Dep. Ed. and TESDA, she also thanked the Samar
Electric Cooperative II for providing the electricity and Aksyon Radyo
- DYMS for helping disseminate information about the project.
“To sum up this whole
endeavour, the Van Aralan Project is the latest feather in our cap of
public-private partnerships. As with our previous activities, it has
once again proven that tapping the different segments of our community
is the best way to serve our people”.
local officials, students and faculty members of Lucsoon
National High School witnessed the ceremonial cutting of ribbon
which symbolizes the formal turn-over of the two-classroom
school building in Brgy. Lucsoon, Naval, Biliran on September
Biliran gets school
building from Sagip Kapamilya
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
October 1, 2014
NAVAL, Biliran – A
concrete two-classroom school building was formally turned-over to
Lucsoon National High School by the ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kapamilya
Foundation on Monday, September 29.
The school building was
Sagip Kapamilya’s first partnership project with the Philippine Army’s
19th Infantry Battalion and 546th Engineering Construction Battalion
in the province of Biliran.
The ceremonial turn-over of
the school building was witnessed by Lt. Col. Edgar Yerro, Commanding
Officer and Maj. Joselito Alday, Operations Officer of 546th ECB; Maj.
Roy Mendoza Jr., Executive Officer and Cpt. Christopher Badong, Civil
Military Operations Officer of 19IB; Mayor Susan Parilla of the
municipality of Naval, DepEd officials, barangay officials, students,
parents and faculty members of Lucsoon National High School.
The blessing of the
aforesaid facility was officiated by Rev. Fr. Fidel Dandan, the parish
priest of St. Roche in Naval.
Ms. Triciana Rosalla, the
principal thanked the proponents of the P1.2 M worth building which
will benefit more students as the school implements the K+12 basic
The new learning facility
will be added to Lucsoon National High School’s 15 classrooms which
are currently accommodating more than 700 students.
In his message, Mr. Marcel
Miñon who represented Ms. Tina Monson-Palma, the Sagip Kapamilya
Program Director stressed that the building was materialized out of
donations and that the ABS-CBN network is not expecting any material
return from its beneficiaries.
For her part, Ms. Lani
Cervantes, the assistant schools division superintendent of
DepEd-Biliran lauded ABS-CBN network and the Armed Forces of the
Philippines who joined hands in ensuring the completion of the
building through bayanihan concept despite various adversities caused
by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Cervantes added the project
is a concrete manifestation that the stakeholders believe in
education, as a vital tool in curing ignorance.
Lucsoon National High
School, a twenty minutes ride by “habal-habal” (motorcycle) from the
province’s capital town was chosen as the school building’s
beneficiary upon the recommendation of the 19th Infantry Battalion
Cpt. Christopher Badong,
Civil Military Operations Officer of 19IB said the military have seen
the necessity to put up the project in Lucsoon National High School,
which is catering high school students from six (6) nearby feeder
barangays. The construction of the building was in full swing on
December 2013 and took longer than expected due to super typhoon
Mayor Step gives
temporary shelter to typhoon-affected families
By LAIMINH MABULAY
October 1, 2014
CATBALOGAN CITY –
Seventy-two families will now be able to start anew after being
displaced from their homes when Typhoon Glenda struck two months ago.
After weeks of being cramped in evacuation centers, the said families
were able to move into their home in a place with a community-like
What seemed like a dream for
then finally became a reality after the City Government turned-over
the constructed wooden bunkhouses to its intended beneficiaries under
the Share a Temporary Home Program (STEHP). The turn-over ceremony was
conducted last September 22, 2014 at the Villa Paula Subdivision, the
site where the resettlement area was located.
The said program was
undertaken with the support and assistance of various agencies as well
as overseas Catbaloganon organizations. The Katbaloganon’s
Association-East Coast, Katbaloganon’s Association-Canada and
Katbaloganon’s Association-USA, along with DJ MOD, the resident disc
jockey of the afternoon variety show “It’s Showtime” were given
plaques of appreciation for donating funds for the construction of a
playground in the resettlement area.
Also given the same citation
were the Villa Paula Subdivision for lending a portion of their
property for this program as well as service providers like the Samar
Electric Cooperative II (SAMELCO) and Catbalogan Water District (CWD)
for their assistance in enhancing the facilities of the said area.
City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan
also expressed her gratitude to the Department of Social Welfare and
Development - Regional Office VIII for its donation of 100 sacks of
rice in the typhoon’s aftermath and the Department of Health -
Regional Office VIII for its pledge of medicines intended for a
planned anti-tigdas immunization for the children in the resettlement
area. Representing the two agencies were DSWD-RO8 Assistant Regional
Director Nestor B. Ramos and DOH Representative Dr. Tony Tirazona
The Memorandum of Agreement
signed by the City Government, represented by Mayor Uy-Tan and the
Villa Paula Subdivision, represented by its owner Rosario Tan-Pomida,
stated that the short-term relocation site shall be occupied for a
period of 8 months from September 22, 2014 until May 22, 2014.
Aside from the 810 square
meters meant for the bunkhouses, the site also included a 66 square
meter comfort room and wash area and 72 square meter – mini
playground. The beneficiaries shall be staying there while a permanent
relocation in Brgy. Lagundi is still being prepared.
Typhoon Glenda ravaged the
city last July 15, 2014, resulting to the displacement of 586 families
most of whom were residing along the sea wall and coastal areas of
Catbalogan City. Whereas other survivors were able to find relatives
that will temporarily take them in, 72 families were still left at the
evacuation centers with no options.
Despite the damages caused
by the typhoon, the mayor remained optimistic that the good
consequences still outweighed the bad - particularly in showing the
resilience and unity of Catbaloganons.
“This particular episode has
indeed made us realize how blessed we are to be in a community where
charity, compassion and concern for others are a way of life. Hinaot
kunta nga magpadayon kita ha pagburublig para malapusan an iba pa nga
mga challenges nga maabot ha aton”, she said.
Army helps re-build
livelihoods in Samar far-flung areas
By JAZMIN BONIFACIO
September 29, 2014
BARANGAY CALAPI, Motiong,
Samar – Ten months after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda, farmers in
Motiong, Paranas and San Jose De Buan, Samar are still struggling to
survive. They have to travel nearly 35 km, over poor roads, to sell
their agricultural products in extremely rough conditions. Making
things worst, middlemen continue to exploit the farmers’ misfortune.
Aware on such situation, the
87th Infantry Battalion (87IB) planned to help the farmers establish a
productive and friendly agri market closer to home. Not only would the
farmers save on travel costs, they would also avoid paying middlemen,
as buyers come directly to them. This will help increase their profits
by nearly 50%.
Rosita Gabin of Brgy.
Hinicaan, Motiong, Samar and hundreds of farmers from nearby villages
has re-established again their farmlands amidst the hardship of
poverty. With the expected earnings coming from their small vegetable
gardens they would be able to send their children to school and
imagine a better future for them. “We are praying that peace and
abundance will stay here forever,” Gabin said.
Rosita Gabin is one of more
than hundreds of farmers in Samar who are rebuilding their livelihoods
through the Cadac-an Peanut Growers Association. The 87IB is helping
these small farmers to improve their incomes and recover from the
destruction of typhoon Yolanda.
Conflict and poverty are
inextricably linked. As Lt. Col. Antonio Dulnuan, Battalion Commander
of the 87IB said “conflict is one of the traps that keeps under
develop countries remains poor”. It’s a vicious cycle-conflict reduces
incomes, whole poverty heightens the risk of internal instability. On
the other hand, economic growth reduces the risk of conflict.
According to Col. Dulnuan
“giving people the opportunity to earn a living is one of the best way
to guarantee a lasting peace”. In this sense, members of 87IB
understand that healthy farming communities are vital to Samar’s
success. The Cadac-an Peanut Growers Association reflects 87IB
commitment to building long-term, sustainable growth opportunities by
stimulating the local market in places that need them most. Indeed,
this kind of initiatives helps farmers improve their peanut yields and
connect to better markets.
“We want to secure the
rights of people living in poverty to food and income security and
decent work within the context of eradicating extreme poverty and
hunger; thus, reducing inequality, and ensuring the sustainable use of
land and water.” Col. Dulnuan said.
Further, he stated that “to
prioritize helping people manage risk and adapt their livelihoods in
the face of such risks must include the campaign to transform the
policies, power relations and politics that drive hunger, poverty and
These guidances push the
Cadac-an Peanut Growers Association members to learn proper farming
techniques for peanuts; strengthen their internal administration;
while influence participation of the local government unit and other
organizations. Truly, the members of Cadac-an Peanut Growers
Association now see farming as a business, not just a means of
Meanwhile, Josephine Dacanay,
of Brgy. Calapi, Motiong Samar and other farmers planned to increase
the amount of peanut plantation and expecting significantly bigger
harvest this year. “I was privileged to plant this peanut and I will
continue growing peanut because it can even help me and my family have
a better life. It’s a real pleasure to see the support of the 87IB and
we are optimistic that through the cooperative we will work together,
share information and work to obtain maximum value for our crops,”
Josephine added. These words project the hope and spirit of
voluntarism necessary in pursuit of peaceful, productive and
Transforming the Eiffel
Tower into a catwalk
Jessica Minh Anh chose Paris
for her eighth history-making fashion show around the globe
September 29, 2014
Fashion Week may be
fabulous, but it pales in comparison to Jessica Minh Anh's history
making catwalks at the most iconic venues in the world.” – Fox5 New
Global fashion sensation
Jessica Minh Anh will transform the most famous architectural wonder
and the symbol of the fashion capital, the Eiffel Tower, into the
world's newest catwalk on 31 October 2014. Covering the panoramic view
of Paris, the highly anticipated J Autumn Fashion Show will present
extraordinary collections from eight countries and mark Jessica's
eighth history making catwalk around the world.
Visually pushing the
envelope, Jessica Minh Anh has designed a two-tiered outdoor catwalk,
which spans over 150 metres across the first floor of the symbolic
tower. Her master plan also includes a special VIP seating area heated
up with Dyson's latest AM05 technology, and a breakfast area filled
with Italy's finest Pozzetto's bakeries and beverages. It is no doubt
that exclusive guests, who are ambassadors and ministers, business and
fashion leaders, and international press, will enjoy the historic
moment in style.
Similar to Jessica Minh
Anh's previous fashion phenomena on London's Tower Bridge, Grand
Canyon Skywalk, and One World Trade Center, J Autumn Fashion Show 2014
will present a combination of art, culture, architecture, and fashion.
Over 120 haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces from Europe, Asia, and
America have been carefully selected for the one-of-a-kind catwalk.
Participating fashion brands embrace tradition, yet experiment with
innovative techniques of modern designs.
Bahraini powerhouse Dar
Naseem AlAndalos will premier a new breed of haute couture with a
French-Moroccan fusion collection. Emphasizing on luxurious caftans
and fashion-forward detailing, the mother-daughter team beautifies
lavish, modern women. Another representative from the Middle East is
Qatari luxury brand Debaj, who uses intricate embellishments and
floral art. Inspired by Parisian elegance, Debaj will transform
Islamic Abayas into original masterpieces. Joining the region's finest
is Saudi designer Omaymah Azzouz of OM Fiore, who blends Arab
embroidery threads into European fabrics.
Returning to Jessica Minh
Anh's iconic catwalk is Vietnamese “King of the Red Carpet” Hoang Hai.
The celebrity Haute Couture designer will premier his dream-like
collection, which includes hand-beaded details and creative cuts.
Merging the East and the West on a global platform, Indian sensation
Shilpa Reddy will present a bold statement with clean structure,
premium fabrics, and impeccable finishes.
Inspired by her native
heritage, Danish designer Beinta Poulsen of Soul Made will showcase
her authentic Autumn Cool knitwear collection. Similarly, Canadian
talent Sho Sho Esquiro uses Native American techniques to create a
brand new collection of classic silhouettes in alluring colour
palettes. Adding a refreshing dynamic to the unconventional catwalk,
Jessica Minh Anh is introducing for the very first time a 6-piece
collection by American designer Kate Walz. The 17-year-old talent has
managed to impress the young entrepreneur with her innovative concepts
and fabric manipulation techniques.
Besides the garment
collections, Jessica Minh Anh has handpicked German brand Mont Blanc
to add luxury and heritage to the unique catwalk.
To compliment Jessica Minh
Anh's extraordinary vision, Paris' very own Before Beauty Bar is
currently preparing architectural hairstyles and flawless makeup
looks. The show is also supported by Unexpected from Paris and Elite
Marking in London.
Considering Jessica Minh
Anh's previous symbolic catwalk venues, it came as no surprise that
her choice for Paris is the Eiffel Tower. “I see a strong connection
between fashion and the best of locations. The most exquisite designs
should be displayed at architectural masterpieces” said Jessica.
“Eiffel Tower represents an artist's dreams, and inspires their many
creations. I want to make those dreams attainable”.
For more information about J
Autumn Fashion Show 2014, visit www.jmodelmanagement.co.uk and