NASSA JOINS GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON EITI

NASSA Executive Secretary Fr. Edwin Gariguez was one of the members of the Philippine delegation attended the global conference on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) held in Sydney, Australia last May 22-24. The Philippines will now implement the EITI Standard, which will ensure more transparency of the payments to the government from the extractives sector in the country. Reports cited that the EITI Board admits the Philippines as an EITI Candidate country on 22 May 2013. In accordance with the EITI Rules, the Philippines is required to publish their first EITI Report within one year and six months of becoming…

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TRAINING OF TRAINERS

The Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Philippines together with the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA) is holding a one-week Training of Trainers on Sphere Minimun Standards and Emergency Needs Assessment, an Emergency Preparedness and Response Training (EPRT) Project Training Modules 2 and 3. The event started yesterday, May 27 until May 31 held at the Tropicana Suites, Malate, Manila and facilitated by the representatives from CRS Indonesia, Helmi Hamid, Capacity Buidling Manager and Yenni Suryani, Country Manager. (SocialActionNews)  

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ELECTION REPORT OF LEGAL NETWORK FOR TRUTHFUL ELECTIONS

  “There was no genuine elections,” says the Legal Network for Truthful Elections, not in accordance with international standards of inclusiveness, transparency, accountability and public confidence in elections. Voters being victimized by discrepancies between voters’ lists, discrimination, and insufficiency and manipulation of ballots increased disenfranchisement and the chances of ineligible people casting votes at the expense of legal voters. The lack of speedy mechanisms addressing the mentioned causes of disenfranchisement and the widespread commission of vote-buying is a clear danger sign of lack of accountability and culture of impunity easily taken advantage of by election law violators. That there were…

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AES WATCH ELECTION REPORT

2013 MID-TERM AUTOMATED ELECTIONS: FROM BAD TO WORSE; Comelec is now anointer of presumed winners By committing more errors than those recorded in 2010, by making arbitrary and highly-irregular decisions during canvassing, and proclaiming presumed winning candidates prematurely the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has turned the second automated elections from bad to worse – a technology and political disaster. Aside from Comelec’s non-compliance – yet again – of the election law and the technical glitches, there was an unprecedented large-scale vote buying. Political clans are now even more entrenched with a bigger number of their members being fielded in extensive areas…

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APPEAL TO THE DIOCESAN SOCIAL ACTION CENTERS

Dear friends at DSAC, Greetings from NASSA! Just a few days to Election Day (13 May)! We are sure you are all busy with related work in the Arch/Dioceses in preparation for it. Various efforts on voters education, conscience and principled decision on who to vote based on candidates position on issues that affect you, awareness and preparation for the actual voting, possible problems with machine, etc., are now culminating to the “final exam” on Monday. Regarding election day itself, we understand that you have already made agreements or signed MOA, etc. with different watchdog groups (PPCRV, NAMFREL, etc.) to…

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ANGARA AND THE PLIGHT OF THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE POOR IN CASIGURAN

Outgoing Sen. Edgardo Angara’s speech delivered before graduates of the University of the Philippines batch 2013 was the height of hypocrisy and only proved his double-sided character, CBCP-NASSA Executive Secretary Fr. Edu Gariguez said on May 7. “He is a fraud! He pretends to be the champion of the Filipino middle class when in fact, his actions say otherwise. We wonder how he can say one thing and then do something else,” Fr. Gariguez rebuked Angara following the senator’s call on the new Iskolar ng Bayan graduates to “build and expand” the middle class. Fr. Gariguez said that on the…

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NASSA LAUNCHES PROJECT TO EMPOWER WOMEN

The National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA) together with the Caritas Korea has recently launched a project aimed to empower the women in agriculture through the Social Enterprise and Self-Help Groups (SHeG Approach) held on May 1 to 3 at the Cebu Business Hotel, Cebu City. “The Self-Help Groups or SHeG is also known as mutual help, mutual aid, or support groups. It’s an informal association of poor women in a community usually composed of 15 to 20 members, voluntarily coming together to make small regular savings contributions over a few months until there is enough capital…

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BISHOP URGES MANUAL COUNT ON MAY POLL

A Parallel Manual Count was urged by a Catholic Bishop for this coming May 2013 poll as the Commission on Election Chairman Sixto Brillantes admitted that this year’s election won’t have a Source Code Review. The CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace Chairman, Bishop Broderick Pabillo cited not to rely on precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for it has no assurance with its process. Some points stated by Bishop Pabillo were, the PCOS machines had no Digital signature, no built in ultra violet scanner, it has no voter verification, and there ‘should be a source code review’…

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PRIEST URGES VOTERS NOT TO VOTE ANGARA CLAN

A Catholic priest called on voters to reject senatorial candidate Sonny Angara and his clan during an interview after attending the Simbahan at Halalan, Talakayan sa Bayan Election Symposium as one of the panelists last April 22. Fr. Edu Gariguez Executive Secretary of CBCP-NASSA want Angara’s out of the Senate only to stop the Aurora Pacific Economic and Freeport Zone (APECO) from depriving the rights of the Casiguran constituents from consuming their own land in Aurora Province. He emphasized that Angara’s APECO Project was mainly to protect their family’s’ personal interest and that political dynasty is there as “Sonny Angara” runs for the…

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ELECTION SYMPOSIUM

An election symposium was held at the Caritas Manila on April 22 entitled “Simbahan at Halalan 2013” in cooperation with Radyo Veritas. Executive Secretary of NASSA, Fr. Edu Gariguez was one of the panelists, while five senatorial candidates were became guests -Ramon E. Montaño, Ricardo Penson, Baldemoro Falcone, John Carlos “JC” G. Delos Reyes, and Marwill N. Llasos. (SocialActionNews)

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