Death toll attributed to war on drugs of the Duterte administration has now reached over 3,000 – both from the legitimate police operations and extrajudicial killings (EJK). Since July 1, 2016 when President Rodrigo R. Duterte assumed office, there have been 3,225 total number of persons killed in which 1,152 were killed in police operations as of September 19, 2016 and 2,073 were victims of extrajudicial killings as of September 15, 2016. In police operations, there have been 17,759 arrested drug personalities and 715,393 surrenderees in Project Tokhang. These police operations were intensified due to the 6 months promised deadline of President Duterte in ending the illegal drug problem in the country.
However, the intensity of this initiative compromised the lives of innocent individuals who were implicated to illegal drug trade and made the poor victims of collateral damage of the operations. Even the due process of law was neglected as death toll increases.
We commend the present administration’s motivation and firm courage to end the illegal drug problems of the country as it is the only administration that is bold and daring enough to fight illegal drugs. Furthermore, we appreciate how theseefforts contribute to the decreasing crime rates in many communities as reported.
We believe that to live in an illegal drug – free society is a right of every Filipino and of the generations to come. But we also believe that illegal drug users and pushers are victims of inequalities of the Philippine society and that human rights are non-negotiable, inalienable and universal, thus, the human rights of the poor drug users and pushers are not lesser than that of the rich. Drug lords and protectors of illegal drugs do not have a place in this society, thus, they should be the one to suffer in jails and be metedout with maximum punishment that they deserve in accordance with the law.
We also believe that war on drugs could be more effective should the current administration works on efficient and comprehensive rehabilitation plan for the drug victims especially on the aspect of economic re-integration, familyand community education and other mechanisms of support.
We further believe that as a social illness, illegal drugs in the country is a concern of every Filipino and not just of the police, hence, as a stakeholders the peoples’ voices and active participation to this cause is a must.
An illegal drug – free society is pro-human rights!
Alliance of Tri-People for the Advancement of Human Rights (ALTAHR)
Alyansa ng mga Mamamayan para sa Karapatang Pantao (AMKP)
On July 21, 2016, farmers from various sectors shared the stories of struggles the El Niño has brought to their community in the event, "Dialogue on the Impacts of El Niño on Food, Farmers and Farming Communities" held at El Comedor Grill and Resto, Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato.
"Sa aming sityo, iilan na lamang ang mga kababaihan. Nasa abroad na talaga ang mga babae. Puro nalang mga lalake ang natira..." a participant shared on the forum held after the panel presentation of civil society organizations (CSOs) and peoples organizations (POs) . According to her, women are forced to work overseas in order to help their family to overcome hunger. In addition, she said that most of the women find income easier to get outside the country than staying in the country and wait for the El Niño to end.
This issue, together with lack of water, increasing numbers of school drop-outs, illnesses and worst, suicides, is the various issues that were opened during the dialogue.
Along with the farmers are guest panelists from Local Government Units that also shared their views and projects for the farmers and how farmers could access.
The event was initiated by Kilusang Maralita sa Kanayunan (Kilos Ka) together with Greenpeace Philippiness, Mindanao Peoples Peace Movement (MPPM) and Mindanao Humanitarian Action Network Against Disaster (MiHands).>
Kaagapay OFW Resource and Service Center, Incorporated, had successfully launched the Consultation on the Establishment Department OFWs last June 21, 2016 at Casa Blanca Restaurant, Sinsuat Avenue, Rosary Heights 10, Cotabato City. This consultation was organized in relation to the proposed establishment of a department that would call to the needs of overseas Filipino workers by the newly-elected President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. It aimed to meet the following objectives, to get the pulse of the stakeholders of establishing the Department of OFWs, discuss about Federalism and its possible implications to the OFWS and their families and the last one is to collect and consolidate the additional programs and services for OFWs and lobby to the newly-elected president.
It was actively attended by eighty (80) participants with sixty-four (64) females and sixteen (16) males from different of non – government organizations (NGOs), peoples organizations, Barangay Local Government Units (BLGUs), Media groups and other progressive stakeholders. The participants where from the province of Maguindanao and city of Cotabato.
For the participants to have knowledge on what federalism is, Professor Reydan Lacson of Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) was invited to share on the topic. Through his imparting information to the participants, they get learning from the inputs he shared. During the open forum, some of the participants raised-up questions and clarifications while give additional information that leads to further understanding on the topic and others shared their own reflections.
Kaagapay once again organized an educational program with the theme, Awareness Raising Program among Barangay Officials: Key to Protect OFWs and their Families held in the Municipality of Mamasapano, Maguindanao on July 21, 2016. The event was participated by twenty-seven (27) barangay officials from nine (9) barangays of Mamasapano out of its fourteen (14) barangays. Barangays who were represented include Bagumbang, Daladap, Tuka, Debenayan, Dasikil, Libutan, Poblacion, Sapakan and Pidsandawan.
The program is intended to raise the awareness of barangay officials on the rights of OFWs as well as their role in upholding and protecting the rights and welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), their families and relatives left behind.
Ms. Marithess Ting of the education program gave an input on the rights of OFWs and the role of the barangay local government units (LGUs) in protecting and upholding OFW rights especially in times of crisis. On the other hand, a discussion was given by Ms. Hosnah Bayao about identifying who the illegal recruiters are and their modus operandi in order for the barangay officials to be vigilant on agencies and agents who can be trusted and legal. Included in the discussion are some reminders given by Kaagapay on the legal processes in working abroad. One of the barangay officials, Mustapha Tata from Barangay Sapakan even shared the story of how his niece suffered from the hands of his Saudi Arabian employee however he was thankful that through the help of OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) and the government, his niece finally comes home safely.
Before the program ended, Kaagapay distributed brochure, references and materials to the barangay officials for further information and reference. Though the program ended well it is not yet the end for Kaagapay’s intervention because this following months, they will be visiting nine (9) baranggays for the conduct of pre-employment orientation seminar (PEOS).>
In solidarity with the Muslim Ummah around the world during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Kaagapay Overseas Filipino Workers Resource and Service Center, Incorporated, in partnership with Kagkalimwa OFW Federation have served and distributed “sindol” to its pre-identified member beneficiaries in Cotabato City before breaking their fast. Sindol is a maguindanao term which means sweet delicacy of mix ingredients and it is best serves when it is still warm. The practice of Sindol is adding “sweet” on one’s soul and body.
This solidarity aims to make stronger the relation of Kaagapay and its member beneficiaries through being part of the festivity. Moreover, sharing of the task during the preparation and cooking enhances positive and productive bonding of each member.
- Herbal Products Processing Was Introduced to Member Organizations in Midsayap, North Cotabato
- Members of OFW Organization in Alamada Embraced Culture of Peace
- Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar was successfully conducted in Two Barangays of Upi, Maguindanao!
- Children of OFWs Undergone Workshop on Leadership Building!