WOMEN COMPRISE half of the population. Hence, we are not a sector. To call us the vulnerable sector compounds the misconception. The provision in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) upholding women’s right to meaningful political participation and protection from all forms of violence sends the message that women refuse to be tagged as victims only.
Women want to participate and take on leadership roles and make a difference. Women can effect change through participation in governance and in decision-making processes, especially those that relate to peace and security.
Women from the Bangsamoro areas hail this CAB provision. More than 3,000 of them from Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte, Maguindanao, Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi were consulted on how they wanted to flesh this out. The result was a list of lobby points submitted to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and Philippine Congress.
The women we talked to want to throw into the dustbin of history their days of political invisibility. They want to see themselves participating in decision-making mechanisms. They want as many seats as possible reserved for them in the parliament and other mechanisms of the future Bangsamoro government, like the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, Bangsamoro Council of Leaders and Bangsamoro Cabinet, local government units, including the Shari’ah justice systems.
Aware of their capability to help make their community safer, the women want participation in the police force, in controlling the proliferation of weapons and in preventing and resolving conflicts. They want the Bangsamoro government to ensure that community police will respect and promote human rights, particularly women’s rights, and to establish as well a program that will address sex and gender-based violence.
They want women to have equal access to land ownership, and for the Bangsamoro government to ensure their meaningful participation in the conceptualization and implementation of development programs and projects. All of these they know will have a greater chance of being put into practice if they are in decision-making mechanisms. Hence, they want the Bangsamoro government to ensure that political parties will integrate women in electoral nominating processes and to have a women’s agenda.
The women submitted these proposals, informed by the voices from the field, to the BTC, the House of Representatives and the Senate using advocacy tools they were familiar with. They held breakfast meetings with the BTC and women parliamentarians. They knocked on lawmakers’ doors appealing for the adoption of their lobby points. They e-mailed, snail- mailed and posted on legislators’ Facebook and Twitter pages.
They developed and gave away campaign materials—pens, fans, umbrellas—just to drive home the point that they want to be at the center of governance, not in its peripheries. They attended and spoke at public hearings. They did school tours aimed at broadening public support for their cause. They organized women’s marches and public actions encouraging people to cut their bangs for the Bangsamoro in support of women who want to participate in governance.
The efforts have not been futile. The document submitted by the BTC to the Office of the President contained language affirming women participation. House Bill No. 5811 highly reflects the women’s call, thanks to gender champions within that chamber. Senate Bill No. 2408 includes provisions on women’s protection, but not much on their aspiration to be counted among the leaders and decision-makers. Not yet, anyway.
The women are keeping on. They will continue to walk the halls of Congress or the streets of Mendiola to make their aspirations known. They want a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) adopted, a BBL that is true to the letter and spirit of the CAB, an agreement where their right to politically participate is clearly inscribed.
Indeed, they want to be counted and they are looking at the Bangsamoro political entity as a viable vehicle to live their dream. Delaying the passage of a CAB-based, inclusive BBL is delaying their chance for a new beginning.
Jasmin Nario-Galace is executive director of the Center for Peace Education, professor at the International Studies Department in Miriam College, and national coordinator of the Women Engaged in Action on 1325. She joined women from Nisa ul haqq fi Bangsamoro, Unyphilwomen and Teduray Lambangian Women’s Organization in conducting consultations in Bangsamoro areas on what women wanted in the BBL. The consultations were coordinated by Conciliation Resources and supported by the United Kingdom Embassy, European Union and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
CPE Executive Director Jasmin Nario-Galace joined a group of civil society members in a press conference to launch the All-Out Peace lobby paper for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The paper calls on members of congress to return provisions in the BBL that will uphold the Bangsamoro peoples’ right to self-determination.
Joining Dr. Galace were Gus Miclat of the Initiatives for International Dialogue, Muss Lidasan of the Al Qallam Institute, and Yoly Esguerra of the Partners of Misereor in the Philippines, Inc.
Dr. Galace represented WE Act 1325, the secretariat of which is the Center for Peace Education.
Rep. Barry Gutierrez and Rep. Kit Belmonte officially received the lobby paper, which asks for a BBL that is true to both the letter and spirit of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.
The Miriam College Adult Education makes history as it launches Café Gusto, a café-cum-business incubation center for its MAE students. It was launched at the MAE canteen located at the 3rd floor of the MMJ Building last August 3, 2015. In attendance were MC administrators led by Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus and MAE Officer-in-charge Glenda Villanueva.
Café Gusto offers fresh menu for breakfast, snacks and lunch. The café’s daily service operations is run by MAE student volunteers. The proceeds of the café contribute to sustaining the MAE Scholarship Fund.
“We do not just give them fish but we should also teach them how to fish. All that you see now and the days to come are outcomes of our students’ hardwork. They will be trained and guided by our competent instructors, Frida Santiago and Janet Olivar to efficiently run Café Gusto,” said Villanueva during her speech at the launch.
Villanueva adds that the internship and training at Café Gusto will prepare its students to stand-out in the workforce. “Others may practice their entrepreneurial skills to venture into business or they may also engage in continuing education to fulfill their dreams of a better life,” she said.
For the launch, guests we treated to a morning cooler made of cucumber, mint and pineapple; pasta, fish tempura; and pandesal with pesto capped with slices of carrot cake.
Café Gusto is open to the MC Community from 8AM to 5PM from Mondays to Fridays. It serves pasta, rice meals, pastries, bread, and freshly-brewed coffee.
The Middle School launched Nutrition Week last July 7 by starting their day with a Zumba activity. Students and teachers danced to the beat of Latin-inspired music while following the steps of Zumba instructor Marel Boctot. Boctot was invited through the help of Dr. Ronaldo Motilla, head of the ILAW Center.
Activities were also organized for the different grade levels. Grade 6 students had their Protein Food to Go sandwiches which they enjoyed preparing. Grade 7 showcased their expertise in cooking gourmet Pancit by adding meat and vegetables.
Grade 8 students created Infomercial Memes showing the importance of health and proper nutrition.
To cap off the celebration, the students’ works were put on exhibit to promote wellness through proper diet and exercise.
The Miriam College Child Study Center (CSC) administrators, faculty, and staff attended the First Aid Workshop and Skills Training last August 8, 2015. It was facilitated by certified volunteers from Rescue 177. This is the first time that the Child Study Center opened this type of workshop/training to s personnel.
The whole-day training covered lectures and demonstrations on how to respond to different emergency situations. Topics included basic bandaging, basic one- and two-man lifts, as well as Cardio Pulmonary resuscitation.
The activity was capped by a simulation of a Magnitude 7 Earthquake to give the CSC community idea of the possible dangers and emergency situations such natural disaster may bring.
Grade 8 students participated in “Building a Tradition, One Step at a Time,” a basic water safety seminar, last July 20 to 28 at the Miriam College Swimming Pool.
During the activity, the students learned basic strokes for survival, basic immobilization and transferring techniques for distressed victims, and creating a safe environment when in the water. Highlighting the activity for the students was a rescue simulation of a drowning victim.
The seminar was a supplementary activity for the students’ First Aid lesson in Physical Education and was facilitated by a team of swimming coaches led by Lito Angeles.
The Miriam College Child Study Center held its Caregivers Education Program last July 20 – Aug. 3, 2015 in the Activity Room of the Angel Michael Bldg. This annual project of the unit is aimed at equipping the children’s caregivers basic knowledge and skills in child care giving so that they will be more effective in their work. It also aims to promote personal development with seminar topics such as Proper Grooming and Positive Attitude.
The project is implemented yearly and owes its success to the support of CSC parents who enroll their caregivers in the program. With almost 70 attendees this July, the CSC Administrators and Teachers believe that this is a project worth repeating each school year.
Miriam College, through the College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy (CBEA), and the Center of Culinary Arts, (CCA) Manila, in a simple but momentous event, signed and sealed in a Memorandum of Agreement renewing the partnership between the two schools. The signing was held last July 29, 2015 at the main CCA Main Campus in Katipunan Quezon City.
CCA Manila, a prestigious homegrown culinary school in the Philippines will provide the culinary component to complement the Culinary Arts Program Track of the BS Entrepreneurship curriculum. Under this partnership, CCA will train and equip the culinary entrepreneurship students with relevant competencies and skills, meaningful experiences, good business practices and industry standards for responsible and sustainable ventures.
Present during the signing were from left Dr. Maria Veritas Luna, CCA chancellor for BS Culinary Management; Marinela Trinidad, CCA chief executive officer; Susana Guerrero, CCA founder and president; Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Miriam College president; Dr. Antonio Lopez, CBEA dean, MC; and Marilou Gatchalian, Department of Entrepreneurship chairperson.
Also present were: Dr. Glenda Fortez, MC vice president of Academic Affairs; Chef Jan D. Viray, MC Culinary Program Track coordinator; Miss Liza Morales, CCA marketing director; Chef Melissa Oreta, CCA program director; the culinary faculty team; and the MC Culinary Entrepreneurship student representatives.
The CCA culinary class prepared the 5-course lunch for this important occasion.
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MANILA, Philippines – A group of 5 students who came from different schools were selected as Google’s “Web Rangers” in an awarding ceremony held at The Podium in Ortigas on Thursday, August 20.
“Cyberbully 404” – composed of Hyun Ju Song from De La Salle Santiago Zobel, Adj Regidor of Enderun Colleges, Reanna Noel and Bea Aquino from Miriam College High School, and Haedric Daguman from St John of Beverley School – bested 11 other campaigns sifted from over 300 sign-ups.
After heeding a call to action, the first batch of Google Web Rangers participated in a workshop conducted in July in partnership with the National Youth Commission (NYC) and full-service creative agency DM9JaymeSyfu to train them to make their own anti-cyberbullying campaigns.
Cyberbully 404 made a social experiment where they gave a set of cards containing insults to their acquaintances, challenging them to give it to others within the day.
“If you can’t say it in person, why would you do it online?” the campaign asked.
Regidor said in an interview that cyberbullying is a big problem because it does not only affect people physically but also emotionally.
“We have the capability to solve cyberbullying. We can and we must fight cyberbullying,” Regidor said, stressing the need for young people to take action.
It is only the beginning for the Cyberbully 404 campaign, as members of the winning group set up their Twitter and Instagram accounts. Their Instagram account cyberbully404 features different students and their perspectives on cyberbullying – an approach inspired by the popular Facebook page Humans of New York.
Cyberbully 404 will visit Google’s regional office in Singapore to show the campaign to the company’s executives. In addition, the campaign will be spread out to YouTube and Google Philippines' social media profiles, according to Google's country communications head for the Philippines Gail Tan.
NYC chairman Gio Tiongson said that the government agency is happy to partner with Google as cyberbullying is a growing issue.
"(The project is) very effective because you've started it at a very young age," Tiongson said.
"I do believe in that because we live in the digital era, so we know the dangers - and while there are dangers, there still are good stuff," he added.
Google’s Web Rangers initiative aims to harness the creativity of the youth to make a safer internet experience for them. Aside from the Philippines, Google has launched successful campaigns in other countries such as New Zealand, Israel, and India. – Rappler.com
Rappler > www.rappler.com/move-ph/103337-google-pinoy-web-rangers
The CHED Office of Programs and Standards Development (OPSD), through the Technical Committee for Early Childhood Education (TCECEd), held a consultation workshop on the development of the proposed policies, standards and guidelines for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECEd) program. This was aligned with the Outcomes-Based Education (OBL) K to 12 Curriculum and the New General Education last August 14, 2015, at the LMC Bldg. Lecture Room 3, Miriam College, Quezon City.
Participants who joined the workshop were from DepEd, UP, Miriam College, De La Salle University, O.B. Montessori Center, Early Childhood Care & Development Council, CEU, PNU and was headed by the CHED Technical Committee Members. Among them were the Department of Child Development and Education Chair Trixie Sison and CDE Professors, Clarisse Ligon, Susan Morillo and Therese Pelias.
The workshop was co-sponsored by the College of Education.