SPUD holds nationalism forum
Nationalism and patriotism – these were the focus of the Ambrosio Pinili Somoza Lecture Series held at St. Paul University in Dumaguete City recently.
The lecture series is on its third year.
The activity was held as part of the University’s celebration of National Filipino Values Month and was themed, “The Role of the Youth in Promoting Nationalism and Patriotism”.
Quoting Dr. Jose Rizal, Charles Ezra Anthony Tuozo, guest speaker, reiterated, “It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice.”
Tuozo is the chapter commander of the Knights of Rizal in Negros Oriental.
Every word in this statement, he said, has a significant meaning addressed to Filipinos.
The statement, he further added, forms a strong foundation for the understanding of Filipino nationalism and patriotism.
As part of the activity, a video showing Japanese schoolchildren engaged in community activities, including sanitation, environmental protection and food production. The speaker said what the schoolchildren did should serve as a showcase for involvement and love of society, including segments that displayed the young people’s values of respect, order discipline and observance of rules and laws.
Tuozo further encouraged young people to participate in making positive changes in society.
The Ambrosio Pinili Somoza Lecture Series aims to promote a greater love of country and people and strengthen citizenship among Paulinians.*Penn Larena
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Toilet Day on Tuesday
The international community will mark World Toilet Day on Tuesday.
The day aims to raise awareness and inspiring authorities to tackle the global sanitation crisis. The event is anchored on the fact that toilet save lives, because human waste spreads killer diseases.
The awareness campaign helps achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which promises sanitation for all by 2030. World Toilet Day is drawing attention to those people being left behind without sanitation.
The theme for the celebration is, “Leaving No One Behind”.
A toilet is not just a toilet. It’s a life-saver, dignity-protector and opportunity-maker, the United Nations said.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, sanitation is your human right. And yet, today, 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation.
Sanitation is basic so that people can lift themselves from the cycle of poverty.
When people have a ‘safely managed sanitation service’, it means they use hygienic toilet facilities that are not shared with other households and where excreta are either separated from human contact and safely disposed of in situ or transported and treated off-site, thereby protecting people and the environment from disease agents. Examples include flush/pour flush toilets connected to piped sewer systems; septic tanks or latrine pits; ventilated improved pit latrines; composting toilets; or pit latrines with slab covers.*
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Road Traffic Victims
Tomorrow will be observed as the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
On the occasion, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres posed a challenge:
“Urgent action remains imperative. On this World Day, I call on all to join forces to address the global road safety crisis.”
The theme of the celebration this year is, “Life Is Not a Car Part”.
The theme is based on Pillar 3 of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety – Safer vehicles.
UN has reported that road traffic crashes are a major cause of death among all age groups and the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5–29 years. The risk of dying in a road traffic crash is more than three times higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries, UN said.
More than half of all road traffic deaths are among vulnerable road users: pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. Pedestrians, cyclists, and riders of motorized 2- and 3-wheelers and their passengers are collectively known as “vulnerable road users” and account for half of all road traffic deaths around the world. A higher proportion of vulnerable road users die in low-income countries than in high-income countries.*
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