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Petition to President Rodrigo Duterte

No to Kaliwa Dam!

AN URGENT LETTER TO  PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE WHO IS BEING MANIPULATED BY HIS ADVISERS TO SIGN THE CONTRACT FOR THE KALIWA DAM PROJECT WITH  CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ON NOVEMBER 11, 2018 Dear Mr. President: If you really care for our country, you will NOT SIGN THE Agreement FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE KALIWA DAM for the following COMPELLING reasons: 1. IT WILL PLACE 100,000 LIVES IN DANGER. While Manila is now preparing for the Big One earthquake of the Marikina West Valley Fault, the proposed 60-meter Kaliwa Dam will be constructed within a zone of two active tectonics represented by the Philippine Fault Zone and the Valley Fault System. The Agos Dam site is located only 7-8 kilometers from the Philippine Fault Zone (Infanta Fault). In case an active fault is nearby the proposed dam site, two major problems can occur and will greatly affect the design of the proposed structures, namely: 1.) seismicity caused by the earthquakes occurring in active fault zone; and 2.) deformation in dam-foundation caused by the movement of active faults. Most of the proposed dam sites would be subject to high peak acceleration and are exposed to generally high degree of seismicity. Along the Philippine Fault, there were many large-scale earthquakes that were recorded in the past and the relative movement of 6 cm was observed in the period of 1991 to 1993. It can be said that the Philippine Fault Zone has a potential to cause very high seismic activity, as what have been recorded in the July 18, 1880 earthquake where the old churches of Infanta, Mauban (both in Quezon province) and Manila Cathedral were devastated (Page 3-11 of the The 2003 results of JICA study “The Study on Water Resources Development for Metro Manila in the Republic of the Philippines”). ”Even with its best technology, Japan was caught flat-footed with its 2011 earthquake”.   2. IT VIOLATES THE LAW. To sign the bilateral loan agreement thru ODA for the Kaliwa Dam Project would essentially violate R.A. 8173 and R.A. 7586. Up until now there is no Free, Prior and Informed Consent ever given by the Dumagat-Remontados for this construction as required by R. A. 8173. Neither has there been an Environmental Compliance Certificate as required by R.A. 7586 and yet your advisers have scheduled the signing on November 11, 2018. 3. IT IS A DEBT TRAP. By refusing to be transparent on the Kaliwa Dam despite your Freedom of Information E.O. 2, your advisers have effectively prevented a solidly based scientific study of the Dam. For all their rhetoric your advisers are paving the way to a debt trap. They are simply duplicating Sri Lanka’s Hambantota airport and seaport experience during the dictatorship of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Both airport and seaport became liabilities so much so that Sri Lanka had to lease the seaport for 99 years. Malaysia’s newly elected Mahatir has cancelled projects with China to avoid being trapped.   4. IT IS IGNORES THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE. The collapse of the dams in Vietnam and in Myanmar a few months ago, the Itogon tragedy, the landslide in Naga City, Cebu and the most recent incident in Natonin, Mountain Province are enough signs that the impact of climate change can no longer be ignored. These should teach the Philippines to listen to the recommendation of the World Commission on Dams not to build big dams anymore. 5. THE PHILIPPINES IS FLOODED WITH RAIN WATER. PROMOTE THE FORESTS, NOT DAM PROJECTS. The proposed NCWS-Kaliwa Dam Project will inundate 291 hectares of forest from the 9,800-hectare forest in Infanta Kaliwa Watershed, including the sacred site of Dumagat-Remontado in the areas of Tinipak in Brgry. Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal. Kaliwa Dam also plans to get 600 MLD (Million Liters per Day) of water in the Kaliwa river thru embarkment dam of 60 meters high, transported via conveyance tunnel with 4 meters in diameter to Tanay & Antipolo Water Treatment Plants. This will greatly affect irrigation system that sustainably supports Infanta rice granary and it  will dry up aquifers supplying ground-water source for Infanta Quezon Water District (IQWD) servicing its populace. Construction of Big Dams are not the only answer to the impending water crisis in Metro Manila, there are many other sustainable options. Why not fund the protection and rehabilitation of our degraded watersheds and existing dams, and not the construction of another big dams? It is good news for the environment and can save us from global warming, but bad news for the investors who only want profits at the expense of massive deforestation and community dislocations. The government can also mandate rain water collection modules and water conservation measures, especially for the households and big subdivisions / condominiums, as well as companies, industries, factories and hotel operators within the Metro Manila, instead of spending billions for dams  without the assurance of success.

Green Convergence Philippines
13,264 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Rene R. Escalante, Francis “Chiz” G. Escudero, Virgilio S. Almario, Leonor Magtolis-Briones

We seek the return of 'Philippine History' in Junior High School and Senior High School.

To : Virgilio S. Almario, Chairman, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA); Dr. Rene R. Escalante, Chairman, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP); Leonor Magtolis-Briones, Secretary, Department of Education; Francis “Chiz” G. Escudero Senator (Chair for Comm. on Education, Arts and Culture), Philippine SenateFrom: Concerned Araling Panlipunan teachers, students, and citizens of the Philippines --- Greetings!  On April 14, 2014, the Department of Education (DepEd) of the Philippines promulgated DepEd Order 20, s. 2014 – 'Additional Information and Corrigendum to DepEd Order No. 31, s. 2012 (Policy Guidelines on the Implementation of Grades 1 to 10 of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) Effective School Year 2012-2013)'. Under said order, the dedicated course on Philippine History was REMOVED from the core curriculum of instruction of Araling Panlipunan (Social Studies) in the junior high school (and even senior high school) of the Philippines.  As a result, Philippine History is no longer taught as a dedicated course of critical thinking and analysis in both junior high school and senior high school. Philippine History, as a dedicated course, is solely studied in the elementary level (through grades 5 and 6) and the collegiate level (Readings in Philippine History). Its removal from the secondary education tranche obstructs the cohesion of study on Philippine History in basic education.  --- In our belief of developmental learning, meaningful learning should be appropriate according to the stages of human development. According to Erik Erikson's ‘stages of psychosocial development’, each stage of human progression has their respective level of maturity and concern. In this particular case, a 5-11 year old (middle childhood) has a divergent form of thinking schema from a 12-19 years old (adolescence). With that, we firmly believe that a cohesive follow-up on the advancement on the study of Philippine History should be considered for each tranche in basic education: for elementary (middle childhood), junior high school (mid-adolescence), and senior high school (late adolescence), as a form of bridging towards their higher critical form of study on ‘Readings of Philippine History’ in college. Scaffolding an interrelated study on Philippine History as one grows from a childhood to early adulthood is an appropriate means of learning Philippine History. --- Currently, the perennial counterreaction we hear from authorities regarding the issue are the following: (a) the curriculum of the Araling Panlipunan is already SEAMLESS, (b) the current Araling Panlipunan curriculum is already DECONGESTED, (c) EXPERTS have already carefully prepared the curriculum for Araling Panlipunan, and (d) the Araling Panlipunan curriculum for secondary education has already Philippine History INTEGRATED into it.   Four years since the implementation of DepEd Order 20, 2014, worrisome signs have already cropped up despite the aforementioned reasons. Although the design may be seamless, the outcomes seen from students are left much to be desired. As an example, many high school and even college students have questioned why Epi Quizon, the actor who played Apolinario Mabini, was constantly ‘sitting’ in the historical film, “Heneral Luna.” Unfortunately, these students are unaware that Mabini was crippled or a ‘ lumpo.’ This was a perennial comment from high school and even college students when the film was first released. This was a year after the implementation of DepEd Order 20, 2014. Up to this day when students watch Heneral Luna through purchased audio-visual formats, there will be young people who will ask that question. Why? Because despite the seamless curriculum of AP, Philippine History has been relegated as a minor sub-topic in high school Araling Panlipunan Curriculum. In many cases despite its so-called ‘integration’, much of Philippine History is NEGLECTED to prioritize main topics in the high school AP curriculum. In addition to this, the limited weekly periods given to AP (3 one-hour meeting a week compared to other subjects) also limits the topics altogether. Time constraints also limits the time for other main topics in AP secondary education. As a result, integration of Philippine History is unworkable due to the SHEER LIMITED TIME. In other words, the SEAMLESS curriculum of AP with INTEGRATED Philippine History in secondary education in order to DECONGEST the curriculum has BEEN RENDERED USELESS by the IMPRACTICALITY on the ground. We need to ask whether the EXPERTS tasked to design the curriculum ever took into consideration the (a) developmental ages of the students, (b) realities of on-the-ground teaching/learning, and (c) consultation with feedbacking from actual teachers or practitioners on the ground. As it is, the impression given is that the curriculum designed by these experts are OUT OF TOUCH with the actual practice of secondary education. With the current susceptibility of adolescence on HISTORICAL REVISIONISM through Facebook and other social media, it cannot be helped asking: how did the outright removal of Philippine History from the current AP curriculum contributed to this dilemma? As a result of these flaws and questions, we desire the return of Philippine History as a DEDICATED course in secondary education, for both junior high school and senior high school.  ---  Although we appreciate the inclusion of Contemporary Issues (grade 10) in junior high school, we must protest the removal of Philippine History as a dedicated course from the secondary tranche of basic education. Benchmarking with other schools in Asia and the world (such as Korea, Japan, and Malaysia), it is proven that NATIONAL HISTORY is a RELEVANT component in ALL tranches of basic and tertiary education (elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels.) Although 'K to 12' is a relevant reform that we acknowledge as an important cog in the development of our nation, we must seek the return of Philippine History in the secondary level of Philippine basic education as a means of (a) cultural heritage, (b) self-identification with the nation, and (b) conduits of critical thinking.  Early in 2014, Araling Panlipunan teachers from both public and private schools have respectfully protested this issue. Unfortunately, our voices fell on deaf ears.  With that, we humbly ask the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to COMPEL the DepEd to REVIEW its policy of removing Philippine History as a dedicated subject in the secondary level of basic education and RETURN it as a reinvigorated discipline.  The NHCP, with its mandate of developing 'educational materials in various media, implement historical educational activities for the popularization of Philippine history, and disseminate information regarding Philippine historical events, dates, places and personages' (as stipulated in section 5, letter b of Republic Act No. 10086) must act on this policy mistake of DepEd as it IMPEDES the popularization of Philippine History and proper dissemination regarding Philippine historical events, dates, places and personages. The NCCA, with its mandate to 'conserve and promote the nation’s historical and cultural heritage' (as stipulated in section 12, letter b of Republic Act No.7356) must act on this policy mistake of DepEd as it CONTRADICTS proper conservation and promotion of the nation's historical and cultural heritage. ---We also request the honorable Secretary of the Department of Education to PERSONALLY REVIEW this DepEd Policy. Based on the aforementioned arguments, it can be said that the removal of Philippine History in secondary education is unpopular and is divergent from the aims of K-to-12.May we also request the honorable senator who chairs the Committee on Education, Arts, and Culture to EXAMINE this DepEd Order whether it achieves its constitutional aim to inculcate "patriotism and nationalism, foster love of humanity, respect for human rights, appreciation of the role of national heroes in the historical development of the country..." as prescribed Article 14, Section 3, subsection 2 of our constitution. This is a good opportunity to review an aspect of Philippine historical education in aid of legislation--- As a recommendation, the following can be a suggested matrix for Araling Panlipunan in the secondary tranche of basic education:  GRADE SCHOOL - Grade 5 : "Philippine History 1" [ALREADY IMPLEMENTED but needs further decongestion]- Grade 6 : "Philippine History 2" [ALREADY IMPLEMENTED but needs further decongestion. Transfer Post-war topics to Contemporary Philippine History] JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL  - Grade 7 : "Asian History" [ALREADY IMPLEMENTED] - Grade 8 : "World History" [ALREADY IMPLEMENTED] - Grade 9 : "Economics" [ALREADY IMPLEMENTED] - Grade 10 : "Contemporary Philippine History and Global Issues" (Post-war Philippine History is tackled alongside global issues e.g. global issue of 'Human Rights' in unison with the discussion of 'Martial Law in the 1970s') SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL  - Grade 11 : "Philippine Culture, Society, and Politics" - one sem [ALREADY IMPLEMENTED] - Grade 12 : "Philippines Diplomatic History with ASEAN and China" - one sem (this will be a core research and survey subject that explores the diplomatic history of the Philippines with its neighbors in order to understand current international issues e.g. the 'West Philippine Sea Dispute') The aforementioned matrix are suggestions only. There are other ways where Philippine History can be included in both junior high school and senior high school as dedicated subjects.With that, we are strongly seeking the return of at least only ONE (1) dedicated Philippine History subject for each tranche of high school: one for JHS and one for SHS. --- As a matter of reinforcement, we also ask the NHCP and the NCCA to hold a national dialogue on the question of having Philippine History in secondary education. This national dialogue can include the following - I. Academics and historians from select Philippine Universities, such as:- History Department, School of Science Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University- History Department, College of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University- History Department, Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Santo Tomas- History Department, College of Social Sciences and Development, Polytechnic University of the Philippines- History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Asia and the Pacific- Department of Anthropology, Sociology and History, School of Arts and Sciences, University of San Carlos- History-Political Science Department, College of Arts and Sciences, Silliman University,- History Department, College of Arts and Social Sciences, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology II. Academics and educational practitioners from select Philippine Universities, such as:- Education Department, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University- Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education, De La Salle University- Department of Teacher Education, College of Education, University of Santo Tomas- College of Education, Polytechnic University of the Philippines- Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, College of Teacher Development, Philippine Normal University- College of Education, National Teacher’s College- School of Education and Human Development, University of Asia and the Pacific- Department of Teacher Education, College of Education, Arts and Sciences, National University- Institute of Education, Far Eastern University- College of Education and Liberal Arts, Adamson University- College of Education, Silliman University- School of Education, University of San Carlos- College of Education, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology III. Academics, historians, and practitioners from historical and AP teacher’s organizations, such as:- Philippine Historical Association (PHA)- Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS)- Bagong Kasaysayan (BAKAS)- Kalipunan ng mga Nagkakaisang Guro ng Araling Panlipunan (KALINAGAN)- Organization of Social Studies Teachers in the Philippines, Inc. (OSSTP)  IV. Araling Panlipunan Subject Area Coordinators from select schools, such as:- Private Sectarian Schools- Private Chinese Schools- Science High Schools- Public Schools We urge for a national dialogue from various stakeholders as organized by your agencies. Through this venue, (a) position papers from each organization/institute, (b) discourse on the relevance of Philippine History, and (c) collective public statements can be made in order to advance a general consensus from various patrons of Philippine History education. This general consensus should be forwarded to the DepEd.   --- As such, we, concerned Araling Panlipunan teachers, students, and citizens of the Philippines, respectfully ask the NHCP and the NCCA to humbly but firmly urge the DepEd to review its policy of removing Philippine History as a dedicated discipline in the secondary level and return this highly valuable form of study as soon as possible.  If possible as well, a national dialogue on the dedicated study of Philippine History in secondary education should be organized as well. We also ask the honorable Secretary of the Department of Education and the honorable Senator that chairs the Committee on Education, Arts, and Culture to review the effectiveness of removing Philippine History as a dedicated course from secondary education. Thank you very much.    [October 27 Revision]

Jamaico Ignacio
20,809 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Congress, PDEA, pnp


Under the Duterte Administration’s ‘War on Drugs’, the public has seen unprecedented number of anti-drug operations that has resulted in over 5,000 deaths, hundreds of thousands of arrests, and seizures of illegal drugs from drug suspects. Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, requires witnesses to these anti-drug operations from a representative of the Department of Justice, the media, and an elected public official.  While this provision has since been amended by Republic Act No. 10640, enacted in 2014, which made witnessing optional between a representative of the National Prosecution Service and the media, colleagues throughout the country report that law enforcement units continue requiring them to sign on as witnesses, often as a condition for being allowed to cover operations. Worse, there are reports that they are made to sign even if they did not actually witness the operation or the inventory of seized items. Those who decline can find their sources or the normal channels of information no longer accessible. Our opposition to this practice stems from the fact that it unnecessarily places journalists at risk of retaliation from crime syndicates, on the one hand, and also exposes them to prosecution for perjury and other offenses in the event of irregularities in the conduct of anti-drug operations. We, media organizations and news outfits, call on law enforcement units to immediately end the continued practice of requiring journalists to sign as witnesses to the inventory of contraband and other items seized during anti-drug operations. And to ensure that this practice is ended once and for all, we urge Congress to craft legislation to this effect.   We wish to invite the Philippine National Police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to discuss guidelines, ground rules and other procedural issues concerning coverage of their operations. We extend the same invitation to lawmakers to discuss the proposed legislation.

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)
274 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Cong. Conrado M. Estrella III, Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, Cong. Pedro B. Acharon Jr., Senator Sonny Angara, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, CongW. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, SAP Bong Go (Special Assistant to the President)


Tha Chairman of the National Youth Commission urged Congress to legislate a law that will provide salaries to almost 400,000 SK Chairmen & Kagawads, SK Secretaries & Treasurers throughout the 42,000 barangays of the country. "The newly-elected Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Leaders are our youngest government officials and the frontliners of President Rodrigo Duterte in our country’s battle against illegal drugs, criminality, leftist insurgency, terrorism, and in leading their communities in disaster response, during emergencies, & towards nationalism. They have the idealism and energy to mobilize their communities for nation-building. We must provide these frontliner government officials with salaries, more benefits, and more training/mobilization funds.” Undersecretary Ronald Cardema said. “We must also provide salaries to their appointed SK Treasurers and SK Secretaries because they are the ones safekeeping the SK Funds and implementing the projects of the SK Council yet they have no salaries and benefits for doing such important functions,” the NYC Chairman added. By doings so, this will help the youth governance became more efficient, effective and productive and making the community of the youth better and bolder. This will also boost the confidence of the youth sectors to be part of Nation-building. #SangguniangKabataan #DUtyToEmpowertheRepublic#ThroughtheEnlightenmentoftheYOUTH

SK Chairman Karl Gonza
7,972 supporters