SPUD honors mentor
St. Paul University Dumaguete City held a benefit party late last month as part of its 115th Foundation Week celebration.
The party paid tribute to former mentor Rosario Fe Saavedra, an icon in Music, Literature and Language education.
About 250 members of the Paulinian community, including alumni, faculty and staff, attended the party held under the stars.
Leading the Paulinian community was Sr. Joseline Lasala, SPC.
The gathering was held at the Dr. Onesimo and Benicia M. Pinili de Mira Ancestral House at Rovira East Road at Barangay Pulang Tubig in Dumaguete City on Oct. 27.
The event was organized by Suzette de Mira Foroozan, president of the SPUD Alumni Association-North America.
The crowd reminisced how “Tita Sari” influenced them during their student years.
Saavedra, in her classes, introduced in Dumaguete literary figures in the likes of Victor Hugo and William Shakespeare. Every summer, she taught piano and Spanish lessons to generations of Dumagueteños.
An acclaimed conductor and pianist, she organized the SPCD Glee Club and College Choir and held several concerts and musical performances.
Saavedra taught in the city for more than 60 years.
A prime educator of the Diocese of Dumaguete, she was a firm believer of basic Christian principles, the Church stand on moral and political issues, and the meaning of basic Catholic tradition.
The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines this year recognizes her as Catholic Education Hero of the Year for her dedication and commitment to the continued promotion of quality and transformative Catholic education.
Also attending the party were officials of the Pinili Cultural Educational Heritage Society, supporters and family members.*Penn Larena
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CENRO Holds Senior Citizensí Day
As part of its social responsibility thrust, the DENR – City Environment Office in Cadiz City held its 4th annual Senior Citizens’ Day on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
This year’s beneficiaries are the senior citizens of Barangay Tiglawigan, with its group headed by Melquiades Serales.
CENR OIC Officer Rally Cagayan acknowledged and thanked the participants as he reiterated that the agency is advocating not only the conservation and protection of the environment but is also committed to its social responsibility, particularly in its concern for the elderly member of the community.
RSW Irene Javelona discussed at the gathering Republic Act 994, which grants additional benefits and privileges to senior citizens, further amending R. A. 7432, an “Act to maximize the contribution of Senior Citizens to nation building, grant benefits and special privileges and for other purpose”.
She also discussed details on the social pension, the additional government assistance which provide indigent senior citizens a P500-monthly stipend to augment their subsistence and other medical needs, which she said, is subject to a review every two years by Congress, in consultation of DSWD.
The activity was capped by the distribution of gifts prepared by the office for the participants.
The event was held in coordination with the Cadiz City Government through the City Social Welfare and Development headed by Winona Balagosa and the Federation of Senior Citizen Association of the Philippines Cadiz City Chapter led by Nadya Vargas.*
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International Day to End Impunity
Today is being marked not only as the Maguindanao Massacre anniversary. It is also commemorated as International Day to End Impunity.
It is being observed globally by advocates for free expression to raise awareness of, and demand justice for, artists, journalists, musicians, writers and free expression proponents around the world who are persecuted for exercising their right to free expression.
The date was chosen as it is the anniversary of the 2009 Ampatuan massacre, also known as the Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines, when 57 individuals were murdered.
The massacre is the single deadliest attack against journalists to have taken place.*
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Day for the Elimination
of Violence against Women
Tomorrow will be marked as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The celebration is themed, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape”.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in his statement for the celebration, emphasized: “Sexual violence against women and girls is rooted in centuries of male domination. Let us not forget that the gender inequalities that fuel rape culture are essentially a question of power imbalances.”
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in the world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.
In general terms, it manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms, encompassing:
Intimate partner violence – battering, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide;
Sexual violence and harassment – rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber-harassment;
Human trafficking – slavery, sexual exploitation;
Female genital mutilation; and child marriage.
To further clarify, the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women issued by the UN General Assembly in 1993, defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”
The adverse psychological, sexual and reproductive health consequences of VAWG affect women at all stages of their life. For example, early-set educational disadvantages not only represent the primary obstacle to universal schooling and the right to education for girls; down the line they are also to blame for restricting access to higher education and even translate into limited opportunities for women in the labor market.
While gender-based violence can happen to anyone, anywhere, some women and girls are particularly vulnerable - for instance, young girls and older women, women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex, migrants and refugees, indigenous women and ethnic minorities, or women and girls living with HIV and disabilities, and those living through humanitarian crises.
Violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving equality, development, peace as well as to the fulfillment of women and girls’ human rights. All in all, the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals – to leave no one behind – cannot be fulfilled without putting an end to violence against women and girls.*
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