Philippine Press Secretary Ernesto Abella in one of his press conferences confirmed that President Duterte has decided to reject grants with certain conditions from the European Union (EU). He further clarified that the Government is only refusing EU grants that impose conditions, which the Government considers as allowing EU to interfere with the country’s affairs. The Executive Secretary also mentioned that the Government is “willing to forego about 250 million Euros ($278.88 million) worth of grants to prevent EU from meddling in its internal affairs”. A top government official likewise stated that the Philippines’ decision to stop development assistance from … Continue reading PHL Refuses EU “Conditional” Aid/Grant- Why?
Last week, the United Nations General Assembly (GA) convened a high-level meeting to discuss critical issues, particularly on how to address the global problem on HIV and AIDS. As mentioned in earlier blog article under MDG (Millenium Development Goals) category, one of the targets (Target #6) ) included in the UN-MDG is to combat HIV-AIDS by halting and reversing the spread of the disease by 2015 via adoption of various strategies. The said meeting lasted for three days and Government leaders and its representatives in attendance reaffirmed previous commitments and came up with resolutions which shall serve as guidelines of … Continue reading UN Zeroing In On Zero Targets For HIV/AIDS : HELLO?
Perhaps, majority of us must have heard about the parable of the prodigal son. It was about a father's unwavering support for his wayward son, no matter how long it took for the latter to come to realization that he got lost and had to return home. The said father and son story was published many centuries ago and it was reported in a form of an allegory. It didn't actually happen but what is ironic about it is that after many centuries have passed, almost all of us have a so-called black sheep in the family, like that of … Continue reading A Mother’s Love For Her Prodigal Daughter – Tips and Thoughts
This year marks the 100th year anniversary of the International Women’s Day. As tribute to women from all walks of life, I posted a brief article on the subject early this year, specifically on how women throughout the globe commemorated the said event. Before 2010 concludes, there are two interesting “voiceless” events this year which need a chock-full support: one is in October which is for Domestic Violence Awareness and another in November which pertains to the Elimination of Violence Against Women. I am neither an activist nor a feminist, as a matter of fact I can be submissive under … Continue reading “Women Empowerment” – Does It Ring A Bell to Victims of Domestic Violence?
Hey guys, I would like to share with you some excerpts of the Valedictory Address authored by someone very close to me. I thought what he prepared was something worth sharing and could serve as inspiration to those facing difficult challenges in life, young and old alike, from all walks of life. The said address is entitled, “The Value of Everything”. The objective of the speech was to inspire his colleagues, the newly graduates, and likewise a reminder for each of us to “wake up” and eventually “make up” our minds that material things are not essential to achieving lifelong peace … Continue reading How To Ponder On Life And Its Challenges