Manila, February 12 2011 — Korean students belonging to the NGO BRIDGES visited the UN-HABITAT offices in two separate batches on Feb 2 and 11, 2011 to orient themselves on the urban poor advocacy of the agency. Some of the students have stayed in the BASECO community, a large informal settlement with slum conditions in the Manila port area, for a few days to immerse themselves in the realities of urban poverty. The visit enlightened the students on the various initiatives of the agency and the UN family to address the issues of poverty, health, education and shelter. They also brought home with them the desire to contribute to the efforts to address poverty issues who assumed a human face during their exposure in BASECO.
Sorsogon City decision-makers led by Sorosogn City Mayor Leovic R. Dioneda along with the members of the Sorsogon City Executive-Legislative bodies strategized through a workshop on “Local Planning System and Urban Management in view of Climate Change and Risk Reduction Mainstreaming” last February 11, 2011 at the Masskara Conference Hall of the Bacolod City Hall. Officers and staff of the executive departments and the city council together with representatives from the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) and Sangguniang Panlalawigan discussed issues and agreed on action steps to mainstream climate change into the local development planning process. Bacolod City Tourism Officer Gloria Achilles welcomed the participants and City Administrator Dr. Roger Balo delivered the welcome remarks on behalf of Hon. Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia.
The workshop was a very productive exercise with the active participation of everyone. The ideas and suggestions of the participants will contribute to the crafting of effective and responsive recommendations to decision makers. An upcoming Comprehensive Land Use Planning (CLUP) workshop was tentatively set on March 2, 3 and 4 to finalize Sorsogon City’s strategic directions. Mayor Leovic R. Dioneda closed the session and thanked everyone for their presence and encouraged all to participate in the upcoming CLUP workshop in March. He also thanked the Vice Mayor of Bacolod City, Hon. Jude Thaddeus A. Sayson, for welcoming the Sorsogon City’s delegation and also extended his thanks to the Hon. Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia who was presently indisposed. Bacolod City Vice Mayor Sayson thanked Sorsogon City for choosing Bacolod City as the site of the seminar.
Manila, May 28 2007 — The national programme launch of the UN Joint Programme to Facilitate the Implementation of the CEDAW Concluding Comments opened the 8th MDG Localization Business Meeting of the UN-HABITAT on May 28, 2007 at the AIM Conference Center, Makati City. The ceremonies, emceed by Luz Rodriguez , UNIFEM CEDAW National Coordinator, was opened by Suneeta Mukherjee, UN Resident Coordinator ad-interim and UNFPA Country Representative who welcomed the participants. Jean D’ Cunha, UNIFEM Regional Programme Director and Managing Agent presented the UN Joint Programme to the forum and symbolically turned over the documents to the UN Country Team representatives which included Linda Worth , ILO Sub-regional Director and Jaime Antonio, Jr., UN-HABITAT MDG Localization Program Coordinator.
NGO, CSO and LGU partners expressed their support to the programme. Among those who delivered messages were Myrna T. Yao, Chairperson, Board of Commissioners, National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), Froilyn T. Mendoza, Chairperson, Mindanaw Lumad Women Council, Fatima Pir Tillah Allian, Muslim Advocate for Gender and Rights of Women and Children, Trinidad M. Domingo, Chairperson, Pambansang Kilusan ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK) and Sally Ante-Lee, former Sorsogon City Mayor and now Sorsogon governor. The all-female band “Engkantada” provided the appropriate cultural intermissions. A press conference followed.
The Philippines is a state party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) since 1981. The Philippine government rendered its 5th and 6th Combined Progress Report in August 2006 and the CEDAW Concluding Comments was issued thereafter.
The United Nations in the Philippines supports the Philippine government through the National Commission on the Role Women and its partners in government and women non-government organizations in improving its compliance to the Women’s Convention. Hence various UN agencies put together the Joint Programme to facilitate the implementation of the 2006 Concluding Comments of CEDAW for the Philippines from 2006 to 2009.
The components of the program are the harmonization of the national legal system with CEDAW, capacity building among national government agencies and civil society partners to address priority areas of women’s human rights, demonstrating sectoral and local application of CEDAW on the rights of indigenous, Muslim and rural women in selected local communities, and reinforcing the capacities of UN staff to mainstream gender and human rights in their development programming.
Elisea Gozun, Officer-in-Chargeof the National Executive Board, League of Cities of the Philippines presided over the 1 st day of the 3-day Business Meeting which included the launching of the UN-HABITAT knowledge products (Barangay Development Planning Manual Using the Rights-Based Approach, the MDG-Focused Disaster Mitigation Toolkits and the UN-HABITAT website). The day concluded with the round-table discussion with newly-elected officials Sorsogon Governor Sally Ante-Lee and Butuan City Mayor Democrito Plaza III on the MDGs and the 2007 elections.