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Reps push for creation of independent Health Promotion Commission

The Technical Working Group of the Committee of Health of the House of Representatives agreed last Tuesday, February 22, that there should be a Health Promotion Commission independent from the Department of Health. The recommendation was arrived at during the meeting to discuss House bill nos. 918 and 3657, the bills on health promotion authored by Hon. Harry Roque and Hon. Angelina Tan, respectively. The legislators sought inputs from resource persons in refining the said bills with a view to consolidating the two into one draft bill.

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SANLAKAS: Laban Para sa Buhay, Karapatan at Kalikasan

Thousands are set to march on the streets to forward calls regarding the environment: to safeguard the lives and livelihood of communities affected by environmentally-destructive activities and policies; to defend the environmental, social, political and economic rights of the People; and to support positive developments in the realm of environmental policy.

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Approach to health must be multi-sectoral — Health Secretary

In the first committee hearing on the Senate Bill No. 378 creating a Health Promotion Institute last February 15, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, maintaining that health should be the concern not just of one department but of the whole government and society, said that she fully supports the creation of an independent health promotion entity focusing on the preventive aspect of health.

BAN Toxics statement on calls of small-scale miners in Camarines Norte for dialogue with government

Today, roughly a thousand small-scale miners attended ARAW NG MGA WALANG PUSO, Protesta Laban sa Pagsisikil sa Karapatan ng mga Maliliit na Magkakabod, a peaceful rally in Daet, Camarines Norte to oppose the massive shut down of small-scale mining operations in the province. These miners marched around the Provincial Capitol and then held a program in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO). They called on government to consider the plight of the poor Filipino small-scale miner and to enter a dialogue to achieve the formalization of their sector.