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ADVISORY FROM THE EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
Violence Against Women (VAW)
Violence against women (VAW) appears as one of the country’s pervasive social problems. According to the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey conducted by the National Statistics Office, one in five Filipino women age 15-49 has experienced physical violence since age 15. It is indeed alarming that despite efforts to address the concern, VAW persists.
VAW is deemed to be closely linked with the unequal power relationship between women and men otherwise known as “gender‑based violence.”Societal norms and traditions dictate people to think men are the leaders, pursuers, providers, and take on dominant roles in society while women are nurturers, men’s companions and supporters, and take on subordinate roles in society. This perception leads to men gaining more power over women. With power comes the need to control to retain that power. And VAW is a form of men’s expression of controlling women to retain power.
Women are also put to blame as the cause of their own misery. In the home, some women are accused of being “naggers” or neglectful of their duties as wife that is why they are beaten by their spouses. Rape is sometimes attributed to a raped woman’s “flirtatious” ways. A woman filing for sexual harassment, in some instances is blamed for being malicious by interpreting her employer’s appreciation of her good looks.
These are just some of the realities that contribute to the vulnerability of Filipino women to VAW. An even greater problem is the lack of concrete information to show the extent of VAW in the country as many cases of violence against women often go unreported due to women victims’ “culture of silence.” Many of the victims are ashamed to relate their experiences while others tend to dismiss their ordeal as a result of their lack of faith in the country’s justice system caused by frustrations over the lack of results in filing complaints.
Several government mechanisms have already been put in place to address VAW. Non-government organizations also take part in this crusade. It is uncertain when this trend will totally diminish in the Philippine setting, but as long as current efforts to fight VAW are sustained, hope could be set high.
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER MONTH 2013 (VOLUNTEER FOR THE MDGS: COMBAT HIV AND AIDS)
Volunteerism in the Philippines has been inculcated in the very foundation of its culture. It has taken different guises or traditional names such as Bayanihan, Pahinungod, Kawanggawa or Bahaginan. Throughout the decades, volunteerism has continuously evolved and remains to be an essential part of Filipino lives.
In recognizing the vital role of volunteers and their contributions to the nation-building, the Philippine Government has designated the month of December as the National Volunteer Month (NVM). The NVM aims to build nationwide public awareness and appreciation of volunteerism and create the environment for voluntary action. It also recognizes volunteers as partners in the development and an appropriate form of recognition to the modern day heroes whose work is demonstrated by commitment and service to others.
The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) is designated as the focal agency for the NVM celebration. It is assisted by the National Volunteer Month Steering Committee (NVM-SC) in planning and organizing NVM events and activities. The NVM-SC is composed of representatives from government and the private sector.
This year’s theme for the NVM celebration is “Volunteer for the MDGs: Fight HIV and AIDS” The campaign is led by the NVM Honorary Chair Efren Penaflorida, 2009 CNN Hero of the Year and the 2008 Search for Outstanding Volunteer Awardee.
Major events to look forward to during the NVM celebration in December2013 are the International Volunteer Day (IVD) on December 5, which is a global event celebrated annually in the Philippines, the Kite Flying Festival by the National Coalition on Volunteerism (NCV), and the Awarding Ceremony for the 2013 Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) to be held on December 13.
7 December The National Coalition on Volunteerism (NCV) in partnership with United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and PNVSCA will celebrate NVM through a Kite Flying Festival dubbed “Saranggola para sa Katapatan, Kalusugan at Kapayapaan (KKK)” on December 7, 3pm to 7pm at the Quezon City Hall Plaza. The symbolic turn-over of these aspirations and commitments will be done on 9 December and will also be held at Quezon City Hall Plaza. The traditional kite maker known as Pa Andang from Sulu, Tawi-tawi will make the kites which will each bear the words “Katapatan, Kalusugan, Kapayapaan.” Local Chief Executives from Davao, Cebu, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro and Naga are expected to participate in the Kite Flying Festival.
13 December The 2013 Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) culminates in an Awarding Ceremony to be held on 13 December 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria, corner Ortigas and San Miguel Avenues, Ortigas Center, Quezon City.
SOV recognizes and highlights the exemplary performance and dedication to service of Filipino volunteers in building strong communities across the country through volunteerism. The search is open to all individuals of Filipino citizenship and Filipino volunteer organizations or local chapter organizations of foreign volunteer organizations that currently provide volunteer assistance in the Philippines.
PNVSCA invites everyone to celebrate the NVM in December, either through participation in activities advocating volunteerism and/or initiating volunteering activities that showcase the work of volunteers for local and national development.
This is to inform the public that Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan) caused widespread death, destruction and incalculable damage in several areas, including the Samar provinces, Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Palawan and in other parts of the Visayas region. Due to power and communications interruption since the typhoon, the totality of effects and damages caused by Typhoon Yolanda has not yet been determined by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
For those who wish to donate to the victims of the typhoon, cash donations would be appreciated by the NDRRMC, Philippine Red Cross or the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Following are the details:
A. National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (NDRRMC)
Account Name: NDRRMC Donated Fund
0435-021927-030 (PESO Current Account)
0435-021927-530 (DOLLAR Current Account)
Swift Code: DBPHPHMM
Account # 36002016
Address: Development Bank of the Philippines, Camp Aguinaldo Branch, PVAO Compound, Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City
Office of Civil Defense, Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City
Contact Numbers: (+632) 421-1920, 911-5031 up to 65 local 116
B. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Account Number: 3124-0055-81
Address: Land Bank of the Philippines, Batasan Commonwealth, Quezon City
Contact Person: Ms. Fe Catalina Ea, Cash Division
Contact Numbers: (+632) 931-8101 local 226, cell phone (+63)918-628-1897
C. Philippine Red Cross (PRC)
Contact Number: (+632) 527-000
1. Banco de Oro
Dollar: 10-453-0039482, Swiftcode: BNORPHMM
Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2, Swiftcode: MBTCPHMM
3. Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042, Swiftcode: PNBMPHMM
4. Union Bank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090, Swiftcode: UBPHPHMM
Note: Per PRC website, for donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax bank transaction slip with name, address and contact number to PRC nos. (+632) 527-0575 or (+632) 404-0979
Donations in kind may be sent to
DSWD National Resource Operations Center
Address: DSWD, Chapel Road, Pasay City
Contact Person: Ms. Francia Fabian
Contact Number: (+632) 918-930-2356
NDRRMC and DSWD has not yet specified what types of in-kind donations are needed; however donors may send meals-ready-to-eat (MREs - no need for cooking) and bottled water. Donation of used clothing is discouraged per DSWD AO No. 06-2010.
‘BAYANIHAN’ PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS THE 115TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROCLAMATION OF PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE AND COMMEMORATION OF 40 YEARS OF PH-HUNGARY DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS IN BUDAPEST
Budapest, 12 June 2013 – The Bayanihan, the National Dance Company of the Philippines, the world-renowned cultural ambassadors of goodwill, was the highlight of the celebrations for the 115th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence by the Philippine Embassy in Hungary. The event also commemorated 40 years of Philippines-Hungary diplomatic relations on 12 June 2013. The performance at the MOM Cultural Center in Budapest dazzled the audience of high-ranking officials from the Hungarian Government, members of the diplomatic corps, Hungarian and international business community, and Filipinos in Hungary.
In her remarks, Ambassador Eleanor L. Jaucian said that although bilateral relations between the Philippines and Hungary have been very cordial, as evidenced by mutual support on international issues and concerns and growing trade, both countries need to work more to improve economic partnerships and cooperation to further strengthen bilateral relations for our two countries’ benefit. She lauded the Hungarian foreign policy of ‘Global Opening’ in place since 2010 which has been reaching out towards the dynamic region of Asia, including the Philippines has been very encouraging. The Ambassador also emphasized the economic growth and favorable investment climate in the Philippines, as well as the new investment ratings given, influx of tourism and other positive developments under President Benigno S. Aquino III’s Administration.
Mr. Szabolcs Takacs, the Deputy State Secretary for Global Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, replied that Hungary highly values the friendship of the Philippines as an important country in Asia and Hungary hopes to fully develop our existing links based on a common Christian religion. He also said that Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi will be making an Official Visit in November 2013 to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
The performance, which many guests described as a “real spectacle”, generated admiration and goodwill for the Philippines, and created a highly positive image for our country which Hungarian Officials said has never been witnessed since the establishment of diplomatic relations with Hungary which will be very difficult to replicate and will never be forgotten.
Dance Suites as performed by the Bayanihan: The Call of the Lumads, Intramuros of Memory, Traditions Renewed, Mindanao Mosaic and People Under the Sun
The ‘Bayanihan’ cultural performance was a great opportunity to showcase the Philippines through song and dance, as the Bayanihan’s impressive repertoire consisted of five suites of dances suites that reflect the rich and diverse cultural influences of the Philippines. Thunderous applause resonated throughout the one hour and twenty minute cultural performance, with the diplomatic community and Hungarians happily clapping along with the music. Filipinos in the audience were nostalgic and beaming with pride, especially when sentimental favorites such as the Singkil, Maglalatik, Pandanggo sa Ilaw and Tinikling were featured on stage. The Bayanihan also surprised the appreciative Hungarian crowd with a beautiful rendition of a Hungarian song called “Udvar, Udvar”. A long, appreciative standing ovation followed the spectacle.
Enjoying the show are Ambassador Jaucian, Mr. Szabolcs Takacs, the Deputy State Secretary for Global Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary and Officials of the Hungarian Government and other foreign Ambassadors
The Diplomatic Reception after the performance featured Philippine products such as San Miguel Pale Pilsen and San Mig Light Beer; Paradise Mango Rhum Liqueur, Amadeo Coffee Liqueur and Old Captain Rhum from Destileria Limtuaco; an assortment of Philippine delicacies such as pastillas de pili, yemas de pili, dried mangoes. Wines from Kiraly Udvar, a Filipino-owned winery in Hungary were also served. Members of the Filipino Community dressed in Filipiniana assisted as usherettes, and also contributed Philippine fleche flan.
The Ambassadors of Korea and Kazakhstan with Ambassador Eleanor L. Jaucian, Ms. Suzie Benitez, Executive Director of the Bayanihan Dance Company and Mr. Szabolcs Takacs, the Deputy State Secretary for Global Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hungary
Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the Apostolic Nuncio
Italian Ambassador Maria Assunta Accili Sabbatini
The Bayanihan ladies with Spanish Ambassador Enrique
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