Various green groups’ evaluation presented ‘greenest’ national candidates on Wednesday at Miriam College in Quezon City.

The initiative “Luntiang Bayan: Boto para sa Tao, Hayop at Kalikasan” assessed the national candidates through the following 7-point agenda: animal welfare and wildlife protection, biodiversity and ecosystems protection, adaptation to climate change/disaster preparedness and mitigation, food security, sustainable development, solid waste management and environmental justice.

These green groups comprise Earth Island Institute Philippines, Nilad, Miriam College Environmental Studies Institute, Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Save Philippine Seas, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, Ecowaste Coalition, Save Freedom Island Movement, Pull OutCOALition, Save Laguna Lake Movement, Piglas, UP Green League, Miriam Environmental Planning Organization and UP Minggan (Diliman and Manila).

Said groups ran through congress and senatorial archives and also online sources to rate the candidates.

‘Greenest’ among bets

Senator Santiago emerged as the most consistent candidate topping all of the 7-point agenda because of her pro-environment legislative outputs and public statements.

“We were surprised on [Senator] Miriam, because she does not see herself as an environmental leader. However, [based] on our research, she came out consistent,” said Mong Palatino of Nilad.

Mayor Duterte came in second because Davao City passed several ordinances in banning extensive mining and aerial spraying plantations. However, he got negative points because, based on his track record, he declared in 1988 he will continue to eat dog meat although the Animal Welfare has been passed already.

“The way Mayor Duterte eliminates dog bites through shooting and poisoning affected his rating,” said Anna Cabrera, Executive Director of Philippine Animal Welfare Society (Paws).

Senator Grace Poe came in third place; DILG Secretary Mar Roxas in fourth place; Vice President Jejomar Binay in fifth place.

Among the candidates for vice president, Escudero scored the highest because of his attention on Canadian trash dumping issue, the rehabilitation efforts in Yolanda-affected areas and support for farmers who suffer from El Niño effects.

Senator Gringo Honasan landed in second place; Senator Bongbong Marcos on third; Senator Allan Cayetano on fourth; Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV came in fifth; and Representative Leni Robredo landed sixth.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri topped the senatoriables because he sees himself as a candidate for the environment which reflected on the evaluation.

Bayan Muna party-list Representative Neri Colmenares came in second; Senator Kiko Pangilinan on third; Senator Ralph Recto on fourth; and landed fifth is Saranggani Representative Manny Pacquiao. The thirty candidates for senator were based on the February 2016 Pulse Asia Survey.

For the party list, Bayan Muna led the race with consistent pro-environment record, followed by Anakpawis, Gabriela, Butil and ACT Teachers. Top 30 party-lists were determined through the 2013 elections’ result.

The evaluation ran from February to second week of April.

Years in service, a factor – green group leader

Her [Miriam] years in the legislative are also a factor in the evaluation,” said Palatino. “It’s like, there are silent workers in the senate who are pro-environment,” he added.

Senator Grace Poe got “good enough” score since she only became a senator three years ago.

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas has been in the senate since 2004, however he got negative ratings due to his support in building coal plants and mining operations expansion.

Even though Vice President Binay has been in the legislative for a long time, the “urbanity of Makati City” affected his score, rating him with negative points.
In the race for vice president, Palatino shared that even though Senator Gringo Honasan has longer years in service, Escudero’s record has shown more pro-environment outputs topping four of the categories.

Honasan was rated highest in solid waste management and disaster preparedness categories. Tied with Marcos, they led the sustainable development category.
Similar to Poe, Robredo is serving her first term in Congress with fewer legislative proposals compared to other vice presidential candidates, however, she was rated the highest on food security category, reflecting her advocacy in the agricultural sector.

Addressing envi issues, voters who to vote

As part of the Earth day celebration on Friday, green groups are urging the future government to address environmental issues in the country.

“Environmental issues are national issues,” Trixie Concepcion of Earth Island Institute said earlier on Thursday.

Concepcion also deemed necessary to pass the Marine Area Protection Act in Congress because many of the folks’ job rely on marine life.

Cabrera of Paws shared that ‘how poverty is connected to environmental issues’ is not being addressed by the government.

“Whoever cares for our environment, eyes complete and sustainable future. Because this sustainability is a big and significant part of our future and this may affect the economic growth of the Philippines,” she added.

Samantha Cinco, Miriam College Environmental Society president, said that this evaluation would help the voters, most especially the youth. “Through this, we will also know which candidate has plans for conserving of the environment,” she added.

“We should not be passive, we should be active in conserving and protecting the environment,” said Pau Sagalocos, UP Minggan – Manila. “This is a challenge not only to the candidates but also to the youth. They should remember who to vote who has environmental concerns,” she added. TVJ

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Women's groups on Tuesday rejected the apology of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte over his controversial remarks on the rape and killing in 1989 of an Australian missionary.

In a forum at the Miriam College in Quezon City, over 10 groups pushing for the rights of women signed a statement asking Filipinos to vote for a president  who “respects us, our place in society, and our dignity.”

The groups also indicated that they will file a formal complaint before the Commission on Human Rights against Duterte.

Sister Mary John Mananzan, director of the Institute of Women’s Studies (IWS) of the St. Scholastica’s College, explained why she could not accept Duterte’s apology.
“He may forever be asking apologies, the way I see it. Because, whatever comes from his mouth comes from the core of his being. All his apologies will be like forced apologies for political reasons or anything. But sincerely, how can he do that when the core of his being [is] kabastusan na eh?" Mananzan said.

"Paano lalabas iyon eh iyong lalabas sa bibig mo kung ano ang nasa puso mo? Kung mag-apologize ka kailangan nasa ikalaliman ng puso mo. Kaya ako, anumang apologies niya, hindi tunay at hindi sincere,” she added.

Duterte refused to apologize on Sunday but on Tuesday, a statement indicated that he apologized for his remarks.

Jean Enriquez, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific, said the groups are set to file a case against Duterte before the CHR on Wednesday morning.

Enriquez cited that the Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women mandates the government to protect the rights of women, which is contrary to what Duterte has been doing.

“Itong pananalita ni Duterte ay hindi pagprotekta sa kababaihan. Bagkus, ito ay nag-e-encourage sa paglabag sa aming mga karapatan,” Enriquez said.
Enriquez added that the complaint does not only include Duterte’s recent remarks on the rape of an Australian missionary, but also his previous statements and actions.

Rape culture

In their statement, the women’s groups slammed Duterte’s remarks that seem to support rape women.

“Mayor Duterte, it is not okay to disrespect women. Even if they disagree with you. It is not okay to violate woman's dignity, whatever their situation in life is. It is not okay to make jokes about rape victims. You victimize them over and over with every joke you may about their tragedy," it read.

Among the groups that signed the statement are those supporting the candidacy of former Interior secretary Mar Roxas and his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo: "Yes2Mar and Leni" and "Win for Mar (WFM)".

Roxas-Robredo supporters were also seen at the event such as singer Leah Navarro and singer-songwriter Jim Paredes. One of the sharers, Trish Kaye Leone who emotionally shared her experience as a rape survivor, wore a yellow ribbon pin on her shirt.

Known supporter of Senator Grace Poe and Robredo, former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani also attended the event. —NB, GMA News


Last Monday, at a meeting of women convened by leaders of several women’s groups, a series of activities were planned for the next few weeks – a press conference (held yesterday at Miriam College); the filing of a case before the Commission on Human Rights Gender Ombudsman; mobilization for the 3rd and last presidential debate where the issue will be presented through statements in several languages and dialects in Dagupan City; a communication and organizational plan for expanding and reaching out; and, a still to be defined “Big Protest.”

By now, most are aware of the reaction of Mayor Duterte over the video about an Australian rape victim as it had gone viral. The collective that had gathered at Club Filipino is inter-generational; some are alumni of the “parliament of the streets” in the early ’80s; others are working professionals and students. They come from varied political parties but are bound by a common cause which is outrage over the “impunity and violence against women.” And they plan to use the mass and social media and other channels to communicate their sentiments, reflected in the following statements:

Ang abusado sa kababaihan ay abusado sa kapangyarihan. The rape culture in our society persists when officials like Mayor Duterte crack jokes at the expense of rape victims. By making light of the gruesome rape and murder of Jacqueline Hamill, he sends the signal that it is okay to rape women.

Mayor Duterte, it is not okay to disrespect women. Even if they disagree with you. It is not okay to violate a woman’s dignity, whatever their station in life is. It is not okay to make jokes about rape victims. You victimize them over and over with every joke you make about their tragedy.

Worse, he refuses to apologize for the gross mistake that he made. He refuses to acknowledge the savagery behind his actions. Instead, he remains unrepentant and swipes at women’s groups who condemn his actions, saying he does not need their vote.

To our fellow Filipinas, this is an issue that transcends politics. This is an issue that strikes at the very core of our dignity. On May 9, let us cast our votes for a president who respects us, our place in society, and our dignity. We deserve nothing less.

The above was shared together with a longer statement prepared for the press conference, Here are some excerpts:

The 1989 rape, and his recollection, of it, may, he must have hoped, showcased Duterte’s bravery, offering himself in exchange for the hostages’ freedom. But it also reveals Duterte’s fatal, feudal flaw: Viewing women as objects for men’s delectation, a view shared by many men. He even excuses this flaw and his “gutter language” as simply “the way men talk.” If so, then men of conscience and decency should likewise take offense at the mayor’s stereotyping of them. He has also explained away his crassness by saying it is simply the way the poor and unschooled talk. But in reaction, a woman urban leader remarked: “Insulto naman yan sa mahihirap. Para mo nang sinabi na bastos kaming mahihirap.” (An insult to the poor. It’s like saying all of us are uncouth).”

It is as if the string of landmark gender laws women won (at great effort) never happened: The laws penalizing sexual harassment (1995), redefining rape as a crime against persons (1997), protecting women and children from the violence of those sworn to love them (2004), and creating the overall rights-based Magna Carta of Women (2010).

The evidence of Duterte’s “gutter view” of women has been on national display for many months now: His freely volunteered confessions of serial adultery, his sexual harassment of women who happen to be present at his rallies, his use of name-calling and questioning of the sexuality of opponents (‘bayot’), and now his desecrating the memory of a rape-and-murder victim. Add to this his unabashed admission of killings conducted in the name of law and order and tacit support for the notorious Davao death squads, and we have an alarming scenario indeed. Don’t say we weren’t warned – or didn’t see it coming.

But women will not be taking it sitting down – or stewing in silence, or worse, with laughter and connivance. Women will no longer be punished, patronized, purveyed. Women are leading, organizing, governing, creating. Mr. Duterte, if you do not know this yet about women, you do not deserve to be their president. And if you do not learn your lessons this late in the game, then women will make sure you do not become their president.

SOURCE: Manila Bulletin >


Representatives of different women groups hold placards denouncing rape jokes during a gathering in Miriam College in Quezon City on Tuesday. The group raised concern over Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's speech during a campaign sortie where he made light of a rape-slay incident in Davao City in 1989.

The first batch of Bato Balani Innovation Scholarship recipients gathered recently for the first Innovation Kapihan, a program designed by Bato Balani Foundation Inc. (BBFI) for its Master of Arts in Education major in e-Learning scholars.

Danilo Bilbao Jr., Noel Hermano, Ceazar Ian Torres, Benito Quinit Jr., Eliza Garcia and Jovelyn Lucero spent an afternoon outside their regular class schedule to learn from the experiences of other educators in implementing e-learning in their own schools. To kick off BBFI's 25th anniversary celebration, it awarded scholarships to basic education teachers to give them an opportunity to pursue a master of arts in education degree at Miriam College.

The six scholars are educators and professionals from various schools. Bilbao and Quinit are bothy from De La Salle Areneta Univarsity, Hermano from Malate Catholic School, Torres from Canossa School, Garcia from Sothernside Montessori, and Lucero from Integrated Montessori Center.

Two school leaders were invited to share their experiences in implementing 21st century education in their schools. Ana Eva Bolinao, grade-school principal of Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, and Teresita Arcos-Surot, directress of Holy Family School of Quezon City, talked about their journey toward e-learning in their respective schools.

The relaxed and light atmosphere of the event allowed a freer discussion that ranges from dealing with colleagues who remain closed-minded to the idea of e-learning to trending topics in the Philippines education, like how the government is coping up with the changes brought about by e-learning. 

"I was able to see what else my school and I need to do in order to meet the needs of the 21st century learners," Torres said when they asked about one of the important things he learned in the master's degree. "To advocate e-learning is not merely to have computers in your school. It's knowing how to use them effectively".

The Master of Arts in Education major in e­Learning, a pioneering postgraduate program of Miriam College, aims to develop professionals in the field of education and training to become competent in designing, implementing and managing e­learning initiatives and services. The program offers courses that include Digital Law, Leadership of the E­Learning Environment, and Game-Based Learning and Gamification. Edizon Fermin, Phd, Miriam College director for basic education and highschool principal, and Gail Reyes-Galang­, PhD, Miriam institutional partnerships and programs officer, gave their insights and offered directions at the Kapihan.

"As professionals in the field of education, you are compelled to understand the rudiments of e-­learning as a discipline. You need a specialized training to really understand that as an e­-learning specialist, you need to wear various hats; it may be that of a principal or a supply or finance officer. Dr. Edizon Fermin said to the scholars during the open discussion. " We are now over the era of diffusing innovation. What we need now is disruptive innovation."

Launched in September 28, 2015, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, the Bato Balani Innovation Scholarship is also part of BBFI's 25th anniversary celebration. It covers the entire tuition fee of all the scholars through Diwa Learning Systems Inc., the country's leading provider of K to 12 educational resources. BBFI and Diwa evaluate and recruit scholars, and Miriam College is the host institution.

To learn more about Diwa Learning Systems Inc., visit

SOURCE: Business Mirror, Education Section (print)

Mel Reyes of WAGI conducted a session on gender sensitivity and the role of women in nation building for people with disabilities (PWDs) in Cainta, Rizal. The event was organized by the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) of the Municipality of Cainta in celebration of the 12th National Women with Disability Day. It was attended by around 100 PWDs.

HEU parents gathered for a half-day recollection last March 5, 2016 at the Caritas Seminar Room.  The Campus Ministry office invited couple Paul Sim, Jr. and Ma. Belen Abuel-Sim, Maryknoll alumna batch 1969, to facilitate the recollection with the theme “Parents as Shepherds: Reconnecting through Listening".  

The facilitators shared family stories from which lessons of listening were discussed by the parents in small groups and reflected on individually.  Some parents openly shared their experiences of accepting the uniqueness and weaknesses of their children and listening to unspoken feelings that build up to stronger connections with them. 

The recollection ended with a Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Ron Bagley, CJM.

The activity was organized by the HEU Family Council in collaboration with the Campus Ministry Office and the Office for Student Affairs.

Fourth year students of the Department of Communication showcased their talents and skills in filmmaking at this year’s BidyoFest held last March 7, 2016 at the Little Theater.

Organized by MCinema in partnership with YSA Infinity, Donnasoria’s, and Manila Girl PH, the festival featured films produced by students under the supervision of their film professors Nancy Concepcion and Jaime Bengzon.

Four films were on exhibit, StillsMisteryoDelusion, and Bahay Asawa, while five others were included in the competition— OvertimeLenteKutobGuess Who, andBen. A total of thirteen one-minute films by the students of Concepcion were also featured. These movies graced the festival and delighted the audience with their creative concepts.

Dr. Margarita Acosta, chairperson of the Communication Department, opened the event with the words  “praise,” “commend,” “applaud,” and “hail.” She praised God for making the events of the Communication Week possible, commended partner organizations for their support, applauded the students for their efforts, and hailed the 53 years of the Communication Department. The department was recently recognized as a Center of Development (COD) by the Commission on Higher Education.

The judges were comprised notable people from the industry namely: Aloy Adlawan, Soon, Pam Miras, Joel Salindong, and Cenon Palomares. Overtime won Best Sound Design, Best Editing and Best Exhibit while Lente got the awards for Best Cinematography, Best Performance by an Actress (Debbie Baawan), and Best Director.

On the other hand, Ben bagged the Miriam Spirit Award, Best Screenplay, Best Performance by an Actor (Shawn Rasid Druz Ali), and the Audience Choice Award. Guess Who, which was recognized for its production design and original music score, won Best Film. 

BidyoFest is a result of the collaborative effort of students, and their families, friends, and professors. It is one of the Department’s events that students look forward to every year—-Angela Nanas

TEDx's tradition of tapping ideas worth-spreading was in Miriam College last March 5, 2015. Carrying the theme "Rooted," the event centered on the “rediscovery of ones roots and the process of defining one’s identity”.

Opening the event was Trixie Sison, chairperson of the Child Development Education Department, who shared how her dread of going to school fueled her passion to create changes in the education sector.

Another guest speaker Andrew Evangelista examined how the circumstances one finds him/herself in contributes to his/her individuality. He got everyone’s nod as he emphasized the greater relevance of “knowledge over the physique.”

Ronnie Motilla, professor of psychology and head of the Integrated Lifestyle and Wellness Center, and Adie Isidro, Campus Ministry head, both shared how their challenges in life propelled them to live a more meaningful life.

Physicist and Professor Maricor Soriano, for his part, shared how we can create solutions that are more suited for our country. “We Filipino scientists understand ourselves and our environment more.” She stressed that through our ingenuity and knowledge, global problems can be solved by local solutions. 

Opening the second half of the program was the spoken-word poetry group Words Anonymous led by Abby Orbeta. She performed her women-empowerment themed piece “Struggle” followed by the candid “Hindi Namatay si Rizal para Lumandi ka,” which was received with a loud applause from the audience.

Louise Meets, also from Words Anonymous, spoke of how writing could be a person’s most honest conversation with one’s self, “Just write it down and do not filter yourself.”  She closed her talk with an emotional piece, “Pin Drops of Silence.”

Closing the lineup of speakers was Erwin Romulo, founding editor and former editor-in-chief of Esquire Philippines. He expressed why handed-down rules must be defied. “The worst thing is to underestimate or curb potential. That is accepting what we are told to do.” He further challenged the audience, “Fight the power and you will find things out yourself.” Romulo came fresh from the Berlin Film Festival where a film he scored earned the Silver Bear Award. 

Synthesizing the whole talk was  Fr. Xavier Alpasa, a TEDx fellow. He spoke of the immense power of ideas and how it can move people into doing positive changes. 

The first TEDxMiriamCollege was a collaboration between the Inter-School Business Association and Miriam College Debate Society. By Glea Mae Tobes, Curator and Organizer, TEDxMiriamCollege

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), through Memorandum Order No. 17 released last March 31, 2016, designates the College of Education of Miriam College as a Center of Excellence (COE) in Teacher Education after its Department of Child Development and Education passed the evaluation process with flying colors.  

Selected institutions identified as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development are to serve as catalysts for world class scholarships, best practices, innovative curriculum, research and extension and professional development in Teacher Education based on the recommendation of the Technical Panel for Teacher Education.

The Department of Child Development and Education (CDE) prides itself in producing excellent early childhood teachers most of whom teach in various prestigious local and foreign schools. It is also recognized for its active application of service learning as a teaching methodology through the literacy program C.H.E.E.R.S or Childhood Early Enrichment and Reinforcement School.  The program is  run in partnership with communities and non-government organizations. 

The department has excellent and highly qualified teachers active in research, extension programs, and conferences and are recipients of awards. Graduates of the department have almost consistently earned 100% passing rate in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) with a growing number of them occupying leadership roles.  Lastly, the department has, through the years, forged strong linkages with various local and international institutions.

The Department of CDE initially applied for Center of Development but exceeded expectations.  

Photo shows the visit of the CHED evaluation team composed ofTechnical Panel Chair Dr. Alice Panares with Dr. Purita Bilbao and Dr. Larry Gabao.

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