Friday, November 29, 2019

HERBALIFE NUTRITION : Digestive Health Relies on Healthy Diet, Lifestyle

Your digestive system is truly remarkable - and when you take a moment to think about how much it does for you, you might be more inclined to take better care of your digestive health. Your digestive system has a huge job - it breaks down the foods that you eat in order to make nutrients and energy available to the body, and it is responsible for steering unwanted waste out of the body, too. On top of that, your digestive tract is a key player in immunity, because the cells lining your digestive tract help protect your body against bacterial and viral invaders that could make you sick. And yet, many people abuse their digestive system – by filling it with highly processed foods, or eating too much, or eating too fast – and tend to pay little attention to it until something goes wrong.

The good news is that when provided with a healthy diet, the digestive tract is well-designed to take care of things naturally.

A nutrient-rich, balanced diet helps to nourish all of your body’s cells, including those in your digestive tract. So you’ll want to provide your system with plenty of fiber, and make sure that you get adequate fluids and plenty of exercise to help keep you regular. You’ll also want to ensure that you get a source of probiotics. These are beneficial bacteria found in certain foods that help maintain the proper balance of the microorganisms that live in your digestive tract.

Fiber is the structural portion of a plant, and is found in whole fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains like oats and brown rice. Adults should be eating in the neighborhood of 30 grams a day, but the average grownup only eats about a third of that. Our busy lifestyles contribute to the problem - when we’re on the go, we’re less likely to eat the high fiber fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are more typically found at home.

Different types of fiber have different effects on the body, and it’s important to get plenty of fiber from a variety of sources. Some fibers – such as those found in foods like apples, oranges, potatoes, oats, barley, and beans – produce a feeling of fullness, while the fibers found in vegetables and whole grains help move food through the intestines, so they are particularly helpful in preventing constipation.

Proper bowel function relies on adequate fluids to keep your system running smoothly. Fluid helps the fibers in foods to swell, which adds bulk to the stool and aids elimination. You also need water to produce saliva and digestive juices, and to transport nutrients to your cells, so taking in adequate fluids every day is vitally important to not only your digestive health, but your overall health, too. Aim for about 8 glasses of liquid daily - water and other calorie-free beverages are preferred (and yes, tea and coffee count towards your daily fluid intake).

Your digestive system houses tens of trillions of microorganisms, including a huge variety of species of bacteria. Taken together, these organisms are termed probiotics, and the entire colony is sometimes called the “gut microbiome”. These helpful bacteria serve a variety of functions. They help your body extract nutrients from your food, they help with the production of certain vitamins, and they protect the health of the digestive tract by keeping out dangerous foreign invaders. But this mini ecosystem residing in your gut may do even more – there is evidence that your gut microbiome may also influence your body weight, memory and mood, too, although it is too early to draw conclusions from the little research published so far.

Probiotics in your foods can help promote the right balance of the various bacteria residing in your digestive tract. (And, certain dietary fibers – called “prebiotics” serve as a food source to the beneficial bacteria). One of the most common strains of probiotic bacteria that reside in your intestines is Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is found in yogurt. Aside from yogurt, “good” bacteria are found in other fermented foods, such as fermented soy products (miso or tempeh) as well as pickled foods like cucumber pickles or fermented cabbage (sauerkraut or kimchi), as well as probiotic dietary supplements.

Regular exercise supports digestive health in a couple of ways. As your muscles contract and your breath deepens during activity, the natural contractions of your intestinal muscles are stimulated, too, which helps to move food through your system. Exercise is also a well-known stress reducer, so it can help reduce digestive upsets that can occur in response to negative emotions. This connection between your gut and your brain is a suggests that keeping your digestive system in tip-top shape is vital to your sense of well-being.

Putting it All Together
The diet and lifestyle steps you take to keep yourself healthy are the same ones that promote digestive health, too. A diet that includes plenty of fiber from colorful fruits and vegetables and whole grains, adequate hydration, and regular exercise are all key factors. And don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids, and to include sources of probiotics in your daily diet. If you feel you can’t meet your fiber or probiotic needs, you can add a supplement to your diet. Lastly, take time to enjoy your meals. Slow, mindful eating won’t tax your system, and you’ll be less likely to experience the indigestion that often comes from eating too much, too fast.

About Herbalife Nutrition
Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. The Company has been on a mission for nutrition - changing people's lives with great nutrition products and programs - since 1980. Herbalife Nutrition offers high-quality, science-backed products, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition independent member, and a supportive community that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Herbalife Nutrition’s targeted nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available through its independent distributors in more than 90 countries.

Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists community organizations focused on providing good nutrition. Herbalife Nutrition is also proud to sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe.

Herbalife Nutrition has more than 8,300 employees worldwide. To learn more, visit

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Avon Philippines empowers women to #SpeakOutListenUp against gender-based violence Avon goes orange to spark conversations on violence against women and girls from November 25 to December 10

The Philippines is one of the most dangerous places for women in Asia. 
It’s a country where rape happens every 72 minutes, and at least 1 in 
20 women aged 15 to 49 experienced sexual violence. Of all Filipinas 
who have been harassed, half of them took no action. It's a grim 
reality that stories about gender-based violence is often ignored, 
ridiculed, or discredited.

As a strong advocate for women, Avon Philippines is rallying behind 

UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 
by launching the #SpeakOutListenUp campaign to encourage 
victims and survivors to speak out and share their stories and 
urge everyone to listen up.

For 16 days, orange has been chosen as a symbol of a brighter 

future where women won’t fear violence in their own homes, 
on the streets, or online. Since adapting the color is one way 
to show solidarity with women all over the world, Avon is 
going orange across its social media platforms from November 25 
(UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against 
Women) to December 10 (Human Rights Day).

This way, the company can amplify the message, spark 

conversations, and raise awareness on different forms of 
violence that prevent women from reaching their full potential 
as well as the many ways they can protect themselves and 
report instances of abuse.

As part of its efforts for the 16 Days of Activism, Avon 

partnered with World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts 
(WAGGGS) to ensure more women and girls are able to 
identify gender-based violence and identify resources to 
safely seek help. The partnership launches a new training
 and awareness program for Avon Representatives and 
girl scouts in the Philippines as well as in Argentina 
and South Africa.

For over 130 years, Only Avon has been steadfast in 

its mission to empower women everywhere. The first 
step to empowering women is to make sure they live
 happy, healthy lives. This cannot be achieved without 
ensuring their safety. That’s why Avon has a strong 
legacy of championing programs that help in the promise 
of putting an end to Violence Against Women and Girls 
(VAWG), contributing more than $65 million globally
 to women~ centered organizations like Malala Fund and Vital Voices.

In the Philippines, Avon has constantly been collaborating 

with and making donations to Women’s Care Center, Inc. in 
Manila; Inang Makabayan Aksyon Foundation in 
Pampanga; Gender Watch Against Violence and 
Exploitation (GWAVE) in Dumaguete; and Luna Legal 
Resource Center for Women in Davao to further the cause.

Avon’s 16 Days of Activism is part of its enduring commitment 

to stand with and stand for women. After all, women's rights 
are human rights.

About Avon

Avon is the Company that for 130 years has proudly stood for beauty, 

innovation, optimism and, above all, for women. Avon products 
include we/l-recognized and beloved brands such as ANEW, Avon Color, 
Avon Care, Skin-So-Soft, and Advance Techniques sold through nearly 
6 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives. Learn 
more about Avon and its products at

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival continues to inspire in 2020

The Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival (INPFF) returns in 2020 to provide a venue for both established and aspiring Filipino  filmmakers to bring stories of hope and inspiration to the nation.

A joint initiative of the Office of Vice President Leni Robredo and the Ayala Foundation, Inc., the INPFF will mark its third run in 2020, fully intending to surpass the success of its first two years.

The 2020 edition of the nationwide, all-digital film competition is being launched this Nov. 27. It aims to attract a broader number of participants and entries which bring to the screen everyday tales of ordinary Filipinos achieving extraordinary victories through perseverance, determination, and unquenchable hope.

Next year's INPFF will feature bigger cash prizes.  P100,000 will be awarded to the year’s Best Film. The first and second runners-up will receive P50,000 and P30,000, respectively.

The top three films will also be showcased at Ayala Mall Cinemas nationwide.

The INPFF is open to all Filipinos, both professional and non-professional filmmakers, local and overseas-based Filipinos, who must tell their chosen story of hope in a three- to five-minute short film.

“It is our hope that through Istorya ng Pag-asa—lalo na iyong Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival—Filipinos will be united around the common values of hope, of perseverance, deep faith, and the goodness of humanity. Kasi iyon iyong talagang underlying theme ng bawat kuwento,” says VP Leni.

Deadline for submission of entries is on March 27, 2020. For full contest mechanics, interested participants may go to

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Do your laundry anytime, anywhere with the Electrolux UltimateCare™ washing machine

With holiday parties filling up your calendar, looking your best is more important than ever during the yuletide season. But it can be hard to fit in doing your laundry during the Christmas rush, with work, holiday traffic and shopping for gifts taking up precious time.

Luckily, Electrolux has launched its latest UltimateCare™ front load washing machines and dryers, which not only cares for clothes but is also WiFi connected to make it easy to do your laundry on the go. The most advanced model in this award-winning washing machine line designed by Swedish brand Electrolux not only promises to have garments looking like new even one year later, you can also connect to the Electrolux Life App to program your wash, anywhere, anytime!

WiFi-Enabled for Better Care: The Electrolux UltimateCare™ 900 Front Load Washing Machine

 The Electrolux UltimateCare™ 900 Front Load Washing Machine is WiFi-enabled to care for your clothes, keeping favourites looking newer for longer – even up to 1 year later!

It comes with SensorWash™ which automatically detects dirt and, adjusts cycle times to ensure that clothes receive the perfect wash; and UltraMix™ technology, which activates detergents so that you can wash at lower temperatures. This reduces colour fading by up to 40%*, without compromising on cleaning performance. These technologies work together to keep clothes looking new for longer.

To make caring for clothes even more effortless is the added WiFi connectivity. Through the Electrolux Life App, you can remotely control your appliance, allowing you to choose wash or dry programs and receive notifications on the go. The Care Advisor also provides intuitive guidance to assist you in expertly cleaning up to 48 fabrics and 40 of the most common stains.

To activate the WiFi connectivity, simply download the Electrolux Life App through the App Store or Google Play, then click the ‘Add Appliance’ button. Select the appropriate machine (washing machine, washer dryer or dryer) then press the remote button on your appliance until the WiFi sign is flashing. Connect your phone to the appliance, ensure your washing machine door is locked then press remote to get it ready for washing and drying.

The Electrolux UltimateCare™ 900 Front Load Washing Machine also comes with eco-friendly features like Load Sensor which displays real-time laundry weight and the recommended detergent amount for every wash. It is also able to automatically adjust time, water and energy according to your load. Coupled with its eco-inverter motor which consumes less energy, this washing machine care for the environment along with your clothes.

The Electrolux UltimateCare™ 500 Front Load Dryer
For a complete care system and to make it easy to have fresh, dry clothes, the Electrolux UltimateCare™ line also comes with new dryer models. To make caring for clothes even more convenient this holiday season, the UltimateCare™ 500 Front Load Dryer that provides clothes the care they deserve with gentle drying for up to 32% less wrinkles*** which means less ironing during these busy ‘Ber months.

The Electrolux UltimateCare™ 900 Front Load Washer Dryer
Those with less space in their homes can also consider investing in a washer-dryer combo. The Electrolux UltimateCare™ 900 Front Load Washer Dryer not only comes with the same features cleaning and connectivity features as the washing machine model but also includes SensiCare System, which measures temperature and humidity and adjusts the drying time to the moisture levels in each load to protect clothes from over-drying. 

For effortless care this holiday season, do your laundry on the go with the WiFi-enabled Electrolux UltimateCare™ Front Load Washing Machines and dryers. For more information and its products, visit and follow @ElectroluxPhilippines on Facebook and Instagram.

*In comparison between previous model as endorsed by Intertek.
** EFF902BQWA with vapour compared to same model without vapour
***32% less wrinkles vs line drying - tested and certified by THT


Electrolux shapes living for the better by reinventing taste, care and wellbeing experiences, making life more enjoyable and sustainable for millions of people. As a leading global appliance company, we place the consumer at the heart of everything we do. Through our brands, including Electrolux, White-Westinghouse, AEG and Frigidaire, we sell more than 60 million household and professional products in more than 150 markets every year. In 2018, Electrolux had sales of SEK 124 billion and employed 54,000 people around the world. For more information go to

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ariel Rivera’s “Sana Ngayong Pasko” featured in Dragonpay’s heartwarming Christmas short film

Christmas is all about reconnecting with the ones closest to your heart. In this season of love, Dragonpay, one of the leading alternative payment solutions providers in the Philippines, has teamed up with music artist Ariel Rivera to kick-off the Christmas season with a heart-wrenching short entitled “Sa Piling Mo” (In Your Arms).

“Sa Piling Mo” tells the story of a maid longing to reunite with her son this Christmas. Long-distance hinders, until one unexpected incident pulls them back together.

The award-winning singer brings back his signature Christmas song “Sana Ngayong Pasko” (I Wish This Christmas) with a new, touching rendition exclusively for the short, which everyone can watch on this link:

In addition, you can watch the music video for Ariel Rivera’s new rendition of “Sana Ngayong Pasko” here:

“We at Dragonpay want to capture that Christmas celebrations are more than just the material things or the gifts under the Christmas tree, but of the simplest things money can’t buy, such as the small reunions with your family and the hearty, sentimental conversations that comes along with it,” said Mr. Robertson Chiang, Founder and Chief Technology Officer for Dragonpay.

“We are thrilled to have Ariel Rivera and his beautiful song “Sana Ngayong Pasko” as part of our Christmas celebration. One of Dragonpay’s testaments is to make the seemingly impossible things possible and convenient for all, thus our mission for this Christmas: to make #AnythingForYou a reality,” he added.


Dragonpay Corporation is the Philippines’ pioneer and market leader in alternative payment solutions, providing unbanked consumers a convenient option to transact which allows merchants, retailers, and organizations through a secured digital platform.

Being in the business for 9 years, Dragonpay has already completed over 18 million transactions and has gained over 11 million unique users as it continues to grow and expand.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

OPPO Officially Opens the Biggest OPPO Experience Store in SM City General Santos

OPPO is officially opening a new OPPO Experience store in SM City General Santos on November 16. The said store will be the biggest OPPO Experience Store in the country to date and is also the first premium store of the brand in Visayas and Mindanao.

“This new OPPO Experience Store in SM General Santos City is just one of our many efforts to help push our commitment in providing the best brand experience to the Filipinos. As we upgrade our smartphone offerings, we are also expanding and enhancing our store operations in order to provide the best consumer experience wherever you are from the Philippines. We have a strong following in the Southern region so we think that it’s only fitting that we also put up one of our key experience centers in the south,” says Raymond Xia, Marketing Director of OPPO Philippines.

Through the first OPPO Experience Store in SM General Santos, OPPO customers in the south will now be able to enjoy a more sleek and modern store interiors which was adapted from the global store design concept. Additionally, consumers can also expect upgraded customer relations services and product experience with a bigger support team and product immersion areas available for display and trial.

The new OPPO Experience Store is located on the 3rd floor of SM General Santos in SM Cyberzone. In addition to this, OPPO is slated to open and upgrade more stores in order to reach out and provide better service to more consumers.

To know more about the new store openings and the stores near you, visit OPPO’s official website at or through the official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines.

Join Elsa and Anna’s adventures in Frozen II at SM Cinema’s IMAX and Director’s Club

After taking the world by storm in 2013, the sequel to Disney’s Frozen is finally here. The movie’s well-loved characters are back on the big screen as they take on a new adventure. This November, SM Cinema invites everyone to immerse into a one-of-a-kind Frozen II movie watching experience at IMAX and Director’s Club Cinema!

Frozen II brings more magic and adventure that will take us on a journey with Elsa and Anna as they try to uncover the buried truth behind Elsa’s past in order to discover the origins of her magical powers. Together with Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, the sisters will journey to a place far from Arendelle and Elsa’s powers will be tested to their limits. Along the way, she will discover the life she was meant to live but in doing so, risk losing everything, including herself.

Make the whole family’s Frozen II experience even more special by watching it in IMAX at SM Cinema and immerse yourself in the wondrous world of Arendelle. With IMAX’s extra large screen and its superior surround sound, moviegoers will be transported into the world of the movies. IMAX is available in the following locations: SM Aura Premier, SM City Cebu, SM City Clark, SM Lanang Premier, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall. SM North EDSA, and SM Southmall.

You can also bask in luxurious comfort at SM Cinema’s Director’s Club Cinema, which is available in 10 locations across the country. Sit back and relax in comfortable leather recliner seats, indulge in cinema snacks and enjoy their in-house butler service so you don’t need to miss a single second of the movie. Visit any of their branches in SM Aura Premier, SM City BF Paranaque, SM City East Ortigas, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, S'Maison in Conrad Manila, The Podium, SM City Puerto Princesa, SM Seaside Cebu City, and SM Cagayan de Oro Downtown Premiere.

Catch Frozen II starting November 20 in SM Cinema theatres nationwide! Book your tickets through the website, or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates! Satisfy your cravings at Snack Time, the official food concessionaire of SM Cinema, which offers a wide array of snack like popcorn, hotdogs and burgers to complement your movie watching experience. Follow /SnackTimeOfficial on Facebook for more information.

Goldilocks Re-Opens Sta. Mesa Store

Goldilocks, the country’s number one bakeshop continues to bring their stores into the new era with the recent re-opening of their Stop &Shop store located at 4304 Old Sta. Mesa St. cor. Ramon Magsaysay Blvd., Manila

The important occasion, which was attended by Goldilocks executives and staff, signified the new direction that Goldilocks intends to head towards as they oversaw the unveiling of the new store look which replaced the previous brown an yellow color scheme to the new, revamped white and yellow color pallet which Goldilocks intends to apply to all of their stores, nationwide.

Another highlight of the store’s official re-opening were Goldilocks card freebies which were given to the first 100 customers of the establishment, as well as the free cake sampling which was met with a thunderous applause, much to the delight of the attendees.

For more information, you may also follow Goldilocks on Twitter or Instagram at @GoldilocksPH, on the Goldilocks Facebook page, or at the official Goldilocks website at

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Novuhair and FITFIL supports National Youth Commission's Youth Against Drugs Campaign

NOVUHAIR supports FITFIL and National Youth Commission FitFil Youth Against Drugs held at SM MOA By the Bay this afternoon of November 16, 2019.

Can regular exercise make your hair grow? Although hair growth never comes as a direct cause by exercise, mental and physical health challenges may interrupt the hair’s normal growth process which may lead to hair loss. However, regular cardio exercise for example, can help improve your health and mood — discouraging any breaks in the natural hair growth cycle.

Coach Jim and Toni Saret, The National Youth Commission (NYC), ABS-CBN Star Hunt Academy artists, together with the leading hair loss treatment in the country NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss, officially launched “FITFIL YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS (and Obesity)”.

The challenge for a 2-hour Dance Fitness Marathon was attended by more than 3,000 youth delegate and representatives from from various government sectors. NOVUHAIR conducted free hair and scalp analysis to help attendees achieve overall wellness starting with their crowning glory.

Highlighting the event, The National Youth Commission headed by Commissioner Ryan Enriquez, pledged to donate 2 million pounds of excess fat from Filipino youth! This challenge is FITFIL’s way of rallying humanity to become more proactive in fighting lifestyle-related diseases responsible to almost 70% of all Global illnesses including deaths.

Flex those muscles and add a zest to your life by following this tips on how to make yourself happier and healthier through exercise in 6 Ways:

1. Control your weight
No matter how busy your schedule is, try to allocate time to go to the gym or just do some routines at home on a regular basis.

2. Fight health conditions and illnesses
Exercising regularly prevents many health malaise and concerns. These include stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, arthritis and a number of types of cancer.

3. Enhance your mood
Uplift your emotions simply by taking a brisk walk or a brief gym session. Engaging into some physical activities will help trigger different brain chemicals to make you feel more happy and relaxed.

4. Boost your energy
An exercise brings oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. What’s more, it aids in making more efficient your cardiovascular system. A well-functioning heart and a healthy lung will enable you to do your daily chores.

5. Promote better sleep
If you’re having a hard time to snooze, a physical activity can make you fall asleep quicker and achieve quality slumber.

6. Bond and have fun
Beyond the health and physical gains, it’s more fun doing an exercise! For one, it allows you to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or just engage yourself in activities that bring you happiness. Second, it also serves as a bonding moment with your family or friends. Consider a dance class, hiking or enlist in a sports team. Look for a physical activity you’re interested with and just enjoy doing it. You’ll never know what you will discover about yourself in the end.

Make that move. You’ve got nothing to lose.

Let's start today!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

World Vision and partners respond to emergency needs of quake survivors

To complement the efforts of the local government, World Vision provided non-food items such as hygiene kits (bath and laundry soaps, toothbrushes and toothpastes, sanitary packs, nail cutter, undergarments and malong or tube skirt), jerry cans, mosquito net, mats, and blankets, and emergency shelter kits (tarp and rope) among others.

World Vision also focused its efforts to address the special needs of children affected by the quake. Interventions such as child-friendly spaces and temporary learning centers provided children with psychosocial support and a safe place to learn and play.

As of November 12, World Vision has reached at least 947 affected families with emergency shelter kits, hygiene kits, non-food items, and clean water kits (459 in the City of Kidapawan and 488 in the Municipality of Tulunan), 602 affected children with psychosocial support through child-friendly spaces in school-based evacuation centers in the City of Kidapawan, and 354 school children with 2 temporary learning spaces in their affected school in the Municipality of Makilala.

With the help of generous individuals and companies like Owndays Philippines, J&J, Emerson, Nexus, and RichMedia Inc., the aim to assist 1000 families or 5000 individuals will soon be achieved.

More Help is Needed

Bringing help to the hard-hit earthquake sites are not without challenges. In Tulunan, World Vision response team had to brave the landslide-prone areas in order to reach the survivors including the indigenous tribe B’laan.

“Every day since the quake, we had to walk at least two hours to go here and wait for help,” said 5-month pregnant Chona. She leaves her makeshift shelter at 6 o’clock in the morning and goes back at around 4 in the afternoon, depending on the schedule of relief distributions.

Analiza, another B’laan from a different sitio shared, “We have no choice but to do this. Most of us are farm workers, but our farms were damaged not only by the quake but by the landslides. It’s not easy.”

While help has reached some of the quake-affected families, challenges remain to rebuild their communities, and to start with their lives anew.

"Thank you for partnering with us as we help fellow Filipinos affected by the Mindanao earthquake. Much needs to be done and we hope that God will continue to enable us to help reach the most vulnerable children and communities”, says World Vision Executive Director Rommel Fuerte.

To know more about World Visions work and how to help our fellow people affected by the Mindanao Earthquake, please visit You may also call World Vision at (02) 8372-7777 or (0917) 866-4824.

For more information and updates, you may follow /worldvisionph on Facebook and @worldvisionphl on Instagram.

About World Vision

World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Children present Manifesto to government leaders in World Vision National Children’s Congress

Delegates of World Vision’s National Children Congress dropping their personal prayers for children around the globe.

In time for the 30
th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the 27th National Children’s Month, World Vision organized a 3-day national children’s congress, attended by more than 140 children across the country. The event, anchored on the theme “Karapatan ng Bata: Ipagdiwang at Patuloy na Pahalagahan”, provided a venue for child leaders to present to government leaders their manifesto which highlights their call for the government and other non-government organizations to address the different issues and concerns that directly or indirectly affect the full attainment of their rights.
Among the issues raised include the lack of support and recognition for Barangay Children’s Associations (BCA), poor health services and poor sanitary conditions in communities, lack of teachers and educational facilities, low family income, bullying and discrimination. Alongside the issues were children’s recommended solutions.

“My life changed after the armed conflict in my city. I wanted to quit studying to help provide for the family but I’m grateful that my parents did not allow me to stop despite our financial challenges. If given a chance, I want to be an accountant someday,” shared Abdullah of Marawi City. The children suggested for provision of income- generating mechanisms to families, as well as access to technical/vocational skills training programs.

National Youth Commission Assistant Secretary Victor Del Rosario who was present during the presentation said that congresses like this are important because they serve as avenues where children may “vent their major issues, concerns and challenges that will be heard by the government for appropriate action”. He added that the government deems the welfare of children very significant in governance.

The Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Women and Children’s Protection Center (WCPC) through Assistant Chief Colonel Robert Gallardo also affirmed its commitment to upholding the rights of children. “Our centers in police stations nationwide can cater to all complaints affecting women and children, and we can protect them.”

Leaders from the Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Council for the Welfare of Children, National Committee for Children and Youth Participation, UN Youth Advisory Board, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos - Office of the President were also present during the Children’s Manifesto presentation.

The work continues

“We laud the children for their courage to speak on issues that concern them but we recognize that there is more to be done for them and with them. As a child-focused organization, World Vision will continue to help empower and provide them with venues to come together and amplify their right to be heard and make informed decisions to matters affecting them,” said World Vision Executive Director Rommel V. Fuerte.

“One of the things that stuck with me was the discussion on child protection. I learned where to go when we are abused or taken advantage of,” said Kate of Leyte Province. Meanwhile, Kim from Camarines Norte and a first-time attendee of the children’s congress, shared that he made friends with other children despite coming from different backgrounds and that he enjoyed learning more about the country through the different cultural presentations of his fellow children.

Aside from the crafting of the Children’s manifesto, the 3-day event further discussed the UNCRC principles, sustainable development goals, and the four categories of children’s rights: survival, development, participation and protection.

Towards the end of the congress, a new set of child officers were elected for the World Vision National Children’s Federation (WVNCF), a national assembly of children-representatives from assisted communities. WVNCF advocates for active child participation in achieving safe and protective environment in partnership with parents, local government, non-government organizations, private sectors, communities and institutions.

About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, their families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by its Christian faith and values, it is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. It serves and collaborates with all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

Embrace the Sweet Comfort of White Dove Sweet Lullaby, Ang Bagong Himbing-Bango for Your Little Ones

  Moms want the best for their babies, which is why Personal Collection, a proudly Filipino-owned direct selling company, recently unveiled ...