The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict facilitated an online forum on 29 January 2021 via Facebook live through account username @ntfelcac. The event was organized in cooperation with the National Youth Commission and was entitled Para sa Youth PH: The Relaunching. The video of the forum was likewise accompanied by a post: “Makakasama natin ang mga student leaders mula sa iba’t-ibang unibersidad upang talakayin ang isyu sa Redtagging, DND-UP Agreement, at Anti-Terror Act of 2020.” The video is still accessible via Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/ntfelcac/videos/1061551647663992
It has reached our attention that a cropped group photo of our high school students was used in one of the presentations (please slide video to 54:50) of the said online forum. Please be informed that this photo was grabbed, without permission, from our school’s official website. Kindly see comparisons below for your information:
NTFELCAC Facebook online forum
Miriam College Official Website
The students in this photo officially represented our school in an international competition held at Yale University, the USA in 2019. They were accompanied by their teachers. In compliance with Data Privacy Act and Children’s Rights, our school sought permission from their parents/legal guardians to take and upload their photos on our school’s website because they are minors and are only completing high school education in Miriam College.
In a letter we sent to the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict on 10 May 2021, we asked the agency to immediately remove the photo of our students in the online forum it organized. We asked them to exercise caution and discretion in uploading photos on social media especially those that involve minors.
Miriam College, through its Center for Peace Education, is an institution that is seriously committed to promoting peace in our homes, schools, and communities. We advocate peace concepts and values and believe in peaceful conflict resolution and peer mediation. These are all integrated into selected courses and curriculum to inspire our students to likewise become promoters of peace.
AMBASSADOR LAURA Q. DEL ROSARIO, M.A., M.Ed.