Saturday, May 06, 2006

For the PARTICIPANTS of Peace and Conflict Journalim Training

Peace and Conflict Journalism Training 1
Eden Nature Park and Resort, Davao City
May 13-15, 2006 (live-in)

Dear jounalists,

First, (before I forget) please keep this mail for reference. =) Print it if possible.

May 12, 2006 (Friday)

011:0AM - Arrival of Bacolod team to Davao airport and will proceed directly to Eden.
5:00PM - Arrival of participants.
May 13, 2006 (Saturday)
8:00AM - Arrival of Zamboanga & Sulu Group to Davao Airport and will proceed directly to Training venue.
7:30AM - Arrival of partipants.

9:00AM sharp - official start

Below is the schedule of VAN availability that will transport participants from Eden's Sales Office at Matina Town Square to the Resort.
CONTACT NUMBERS: Eden Sales Office - (082)299-1020 & (082)296-0791
May 12, 2006 (Friday)
4:00-5:00PM Assembly
5:30 Arrival (resort) -registration and dinner
May 13, 2006 (Saturday)
6:00-6:30 Assembly
7:30-Arrival (resort) -breakfast and registration

EDEN SALES OFFICE: (how to get there?)
IF, you are coming from the north, you may pass Quirino St then Bankerohan Bridge. Matina Town Square is only 100 meters away from the bridge and is on the right side.
IF, you are coming from the south, it is near NDCC Mall and is on the left side of the street.

You can also go to Eden Nature Park and Resort on your own. However, there is NO jeepney going up the resort only TAXI and MOTORCYCLE (not tricycle). I was informed one taxi from the City going up will cost the passenger P500 per trip. The motorcycle costs P70. Moreover, I'm afraid we cannot support travel expense if you go up on your own especially if its taxi. It would be best if you could take our vans reserved as transpo and which is, as mentioned above available at Eden's Sales Office at Matina Town Square in the city as scheduled. If you arrive earlier in Davao than the scheduled departure from the Sales Office, maybe, you can just roam a little and proceed to the assembly point when the time comes.

Also, if (for any reason) you would like to cancel your slot reservation, please let me know at least three (3) days before May 12, 2006 so that we can accommodate those whom we did not accept. At the moment, we are FULL already.

I attached in here again the CALL FOR APPLICATION and APPLICATION FORM for those who have not yet filled it up, please do. You may send it back via e-mail or fax at 034-7083638. Thanks much!

If you have any other questions in mind, please feel free to e-mail me or text at 09218286049.

All for now,



5:30 AM departure of Zamboanga group (flight back to Zamboanga at 8:00AM)
9:00 AM departure of Bacolod Team (flight back to Bacolod at 11:00AM)
11:00 AM departure of other participants from the resort.


We have additional info:

Eden Resort said that we should bring JACKETS. It is very cold up there daw. It's mini-baguio.

We have free access to the pool too (but there's no heater---so the water must be freezing!!) Anyway, just bring swim wear in case you plan to swim on break times.

And, its really best that you could be at the resort on Friday. So that it'll be easy for us all. Many thanks!

for peace,


(in alphabetical order)
1. Alino, Peng
2. Alipala, Julie
3. Alipio, Honeylyn
4. Arais, Aurell
5. Balce, Ben ----------CDO
6. Banos, Mike----------CDO
7. Bergado, Peterson
8. Calderon, Sylvia
9. Chung, Rudy
10. De Guzman, Rosa May
11. Del Rosario, Jambie
12. Dumingsel, Vivien
13. Gallardo, Froilan ------CDO
14. Garcia, Bong
15. Jacinto, Al
16. Jubelag, Joseph
17. Koh, Therence
18. Lao, Marina
19. Manar, Malu
20. Masong, Zeny
21. Maulana, Nash
22. Navales, Mark
23. Palma, Isagani
24. Pareno, Roel
25. Punzalan, Noel
26. Rebollido, Rommel
27. Rosauro, Ryan
28. Saceda, Charlie
29. Sampong, Jeffrey
30. Santos, Dennis
31. Sison, Mylene -----CDO
32. Sombrio, Sonny
33. Umel, Richel
34. Unson, John
35. Wee, Darwin

1. Rey Naranja - InWent
1. Antonia Koop - PECOJON
2. Ledrolen Manriquez
3. Rodesa Jayawon




Oro health body intervenes to resolve conflict

THE city council’s committee on health chaired by councilor Simion Licayan (far left) and his co-committee members’ councilors Ian Mark Nacaya (1st left) and Reynaldo Advincula to work with both sides (warring parties) in a dispute in an attempt to help them reach an agreement.


Friday, May 05, 2006

No "overcharging" pls!

Cagayan de Oro based Traffic Management Office (RTMO 10) regional chief Superintendent Felixberto Castillo (facing front) looks as an officer point to the billboard reminds taxi drivers of proper fare rate implementation to their passengers. (RTMO - 10 File)

Our Fight For Press Freedom Continues: NUJP

World Press Freedom Day 2006

We commemorate World Press Freedom Day today anguishing over the lack of genuine freedom of expression in our country and girding our loins to resist yet other attempts to muzzle the Philippine Press.

The statistics are grim enough: Seventy-six of our colleagues were lost to the ultimate form of censorship – murder – in the past two decades since the supposed restoration of democracy in the country in 1986.

Thirty-nine of the killings happened only in the past five years during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, making her administration the deadliest for Filipino journalists. Indeed, it was under the Arroyo administration that the country, in 2004, earned the ignominy of being the "most murderous place for journalists."

The killing of journalists is a glaring indictment of the Philippine government's commitment to freedom of the press and of expression. With the exception of three cases, none of our colleagues' murders has been solved and no perpetrator has been brought to justice.

All the while, the victims' families and the witnesses are being hounded, threatened and, at times, killed. As if the toll in the lives of journalists has not been enough, the Arroyo administration has distinguished itself as the only one since the Marcos dictatorship to have attempted and continues to attempt a wholesale clampdown on media.

That it failed with the declaration of Presidential Proclamation 1017 is a tribute to the fierce jealousy of the Philippine press that refused to be cowed into abdicating its calling to serve the people's right to know.

But more threats loom, from Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales' continued pronouncements of keeping news organizations and journalists under watch and threats of sedition charges, to colleagues' names cropping up on military orders of battle and watch lists, to the onerous provisions of the proposed anti-terrorism measure that would effectively criminalize the practice of journalism.

These are just threats from the government. There, too, are the threats to the integrity of our profession that stem from the ownership patterns of media that breed the often unjust and inhuman conditions our colleagues, especially in the provinces, have to toil under, conditions that make them prone to corruption and unethical conduct.

This, in turn, leads to the erosion of public trust in the media as harbingers of truth and the people's last resort against abuse. There can, indeed, be no press freedom when journalists continue to live in conditions of corruption, poverty and fear.

Today, as we observe World Press Freedom Day, we call on our colleagues to unite as never before to confront the continued threats to the untrammeled practice of our profession and demand total and unconditional respect for our rights and liberties.

We are not perfect, either as an institution or as individuals. But let us never allow this to be used to justify the killings and other assaults on our colleagues and the continued attempts to suppress us.

To do so can only bring more assaults and can contribute to the culture of impunity that has already cost us and our profession dearly. Let us take stock of ourselves and examine how we, individually and collectively, can contribute to improving the conditions in which we practice our profession.

Let us resolve never to allow a threat or assault on a colleague and the institution to go unchallenged. Let our dictum be: An assault on one is an assault on us all.We also call on the Filipino people, the public that we strive to honestly serve, to stand with us and jealously guard our freedom against all those who would threaten it.

For, more than the media, Press Freedom rightfully belongs to the people as an indispensable extension of their right to free expression and right to know.

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