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Groups tell PRRD: Choose Health Secretary Wisely

NGOs call on President Rodrigo Duterte to ensure that next health appointee is able to fulfill the promises of the Philippine Health Agenda and accelerate the progress made in the implementation of the Smoke Free Executive Order and programs on mental health, nutrition, HIV/AIDs, and health promotion or preventive approaches in health.

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‘Well-deserved’ – health group on Ubial’s WHO award

HealthJustice Philippines, a think tank and advocacy group with legal expertise in tobacco control and health promotion, congratulated Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, a known tobacco control advocate, for receiving one of World Health Organization’s (WHO) World No Tobacco Day 2017 awards.

Peace group lauds resumption of peace talks; Urge Government, NDFP to ‘strengthen civilian voice in the peace process’

Elated over the resumption of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and communist-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), as a result of back channel talks in Utrecht, The Netherlands Sunday, Mindanao-based regional peacebuilding advocacy group the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), today urged both parties to fast track the implementation of all the agreements they had reached and work “to strengthen the civilian voice in the peace process.”

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Health group denounces tobacco industry’s ‘attempt to financially influence’ Duterte

HealthJustice Philippines, a public health think tank and advocacy group active in tobacco control and health promotion, expressed dismay over the tobacco industry’s attempt to bribe the President. The attempted bribery was disclosed by Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo and confirmed by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella. Abella said during a press conference held today that there was an “attempt” by a tobacco manufacturer to “financially influence” the President.

PMCJ’s Statement on President Duterte’s Signing of the Paris Agreement

The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) welcomes President Duterte’s signing of the Paris Agreement as a step towards the Philippines commitment to the 1.5 degree aspirational goal laid out in the Paris Agreement. However, signing the Paris Accord still will not ensure a world beyond the climate crisis and the Philippines climate- proofed from extreme weather events. However, the Philippine Government will once again lead the various countries in demanding the historical responsibilities of rich countries and the higher commitments in polluter countries in mitigation action. As of now, the NDCs submitted by all countries which ratified the Paris Agreement falls short of preventing catastrophic climate change.