One for Others
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VIDES promotes Positive Discipline
VIDES kids perform onstage
at the House of Representatives
In celebration of the 2009 Mr. Ramon San Pascual of
Children’s Month, the Child PLCPD welcomed the partici-
Rights Network (CRN) and the pants, highlighting the impor-
House Committee on the Welfare tance of giving protection to
of Children launched “UNAHIN children through the passage and
Cong. Nikki Teodoro
KAMI: MAKE LAWS THAT implementation of laws.
PROTECT CHILDREN” on Ms. Melanie Llana of JJCICSI
Tuesday, October 13, 2009, from explained the flow of the day’s
Façade of the House of
10AM to 4PM, at the North activities and the mechanics for
Lobby, House of Representa- the poster-making contest.
tives, Quezon City. dren and mothers from Bgy.
Bagong Pag-Asa, San Roque, Lunduyan Foundation con-
Allan orients the artists As a member of the CRN, ducted a separate orientation for
VIDES Philippines actively took Quezon City, attended the Forum
on Positive Discipline and Anti- the twenty-four (24) young artists
part in this whole day event by at the Conference Room, fol-
NATIONAL Corporal Punishment of children.
sending four young artists attend- lowed by the contest proper at the
ing the mobile education project In line with the topic of the North Lobby. The children crea-
“Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” to the forum, the VIDES Busina Mo, tively expressed their advocacy
• VIDES & CRN
On-the-Spot Poster-Making Con- Dunong Ko kids drove home on children’s rights thru visual
• VIDES Busina Mo,
test entitled: “Ang Batas sa Mata their message via the choreo- art.
Dunong Ko Celebration
ng Bata” (The Law in the Eyes graphed prayer song against cor-
• Lyrics of Audio CD on Meanwhile, a video on corpo-
of A Child). poral punishment entitled “Dear
Mr. Jesus”. ral punishment was shown to the
A delegation of VIDES chil-
• NIA Road
VIDES “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” Kids celebrate
MEET THE NEW
National Children’s Month
Last Sunday, October 4, 2009, The theme for this year, pro- said that children are the most
500 kids ages 9 to 16 attending vided by the Council for the Wel- vulnerable and in need of protec-
CWC Director the VIDES Busina Mo, Dunong fare of Children (CWC) is: tion, as we have seen and experi-
Caraballo delivers Ko mobile education program “BRIGHT CHILD: PROTEK- enced in the recent typhoon On-
her keynote speech celebrated the 17th National SYON NG BATA, PANANA- doy.
Children’s Month and the 20th GUTAN NG BANSA”. Rev. Fr. Ike Veloso, SDB
anniversary of the United Nations CWC Director Ma. Elena S. presided the Eucharistic celebra-
Convention on the Rights of the Caraballo delivered her keynote tion, underlining the important
Child (UN CRC) at the Don speech, assuring the children of role of the family in the protec-
Bosco Youth Center in Barrio the government’s programs and tion of children. He said that
Magsaysay, Tondo, Manila. initiatives for their welfare. She God wanted that husband and
VIDES Promotes Positive Discipline...
Cong. Ompong Plaza
assembly, followed by the VIDES Philippines launched keynote speech. She congratu-
messages of the congressmen. their audio CD on Positive lated the Child Rights Network
In his speech, Hon Jose Discipline entitled “Disiplina, and her staff for organizing this
Carlos V. Lacson underlined Hindi Parusa”. This is an special event. She expressed
their contribution to the protec- original composition of Eric V. her all out support for the chil-
tion of children through the Zaballero, sung by his daugh- dren, having lobbied for the
enactment of laws. ters Rya Patricia and Rachel creation of the Committee on
Pauline for all Filipino fami- the Welfare of Children in
Hon. Rodolfo G. Plaza, an lies. VIDES Philippines be- 2006. She is set to meet with
alumnus of Don Bosco Techni- lieves that this audio CD is a President Gloria Macapagal
cal Institute of Makati, stressed powerful tool that can shape Arroyo for the presentation and
the importance of promoting one’s values and options, espe- signing into law of the Anti
unconditional love and positive cially in applying positive Child Pornography Bill. She
discipline in the home and discipline in parenting. It is vowed to support House Bill
Ang Batas Sa Mata ng Bata eliminating all forms of corpo- their way of celebrating the 6699 on Anti Corporal Punish-
ral punishment of children. 20th anniversary of the UN ment of children.
Ms. Minerva Cabiles of Convention on the Rights of After her speech, Hon.
Save the Children extensively Children in 2009, the 17th Nikki Teodoro and Hon. Mitos
discussed the long-term bene- National Children’s Month and Magsaysay awarded the prizes
fits of Positive Discipline and also the 25th anniversary of to the winners and participants
the adverse effects on self- establishment of the Philippine to the poster-making contest.
esteem and short-term benefits Province of the Daughters of
At the Session Hall of Corporal Punishment. Mary Help of Christians (also Ms. Nellie Sevidal of Lun-
known as the Salesian Sisters duyan Foundation thanked
Reactors from the invited everyone for their active par-
Committees of the House of of Don Bosco). This audio CD
“VIDES Philippines ticipation.
Representatives pointed out the is donated by the Zaballero
believes that this Family to VIDES Philippines At the Session Hall, the
issue of budget allocation and
audio CD on the obvious lack of human and in turn, shares it with the participants were officially
resources on the part of the Child Rights Network. The ackn o wled ged b y Ho n .
Positive Discipline is VIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Speaker Prospero C. Nograles
a powerful tool that Ko kids performed their inter- as guests of Hon. Monica
ZOTO entertained the as- pretation of the song before the Louise “Nikki” Teodoro.
can shape one’s sembly with their original assembly.
values and options, compositions and creative
interpretation. Hon . Monica Louise
especially in “Nikki” Prieto-Teodoro, Chair
Sr. Maria Josefina S. of the House Committee on the
parenting.” Carrasco, FMA Delegate of Welfare of Children gave her
VIDES BMDK Kids celebrate...
Rev. Fr. Ike, SDB
wife be united in love for the creative presentations rendered ing activity and cheering. T-
rest of their life in order to care by the VIDES Volunteers and shirts on the 20th UN CRC
for their children. children. were given to the kids.
The children’s choir, Voice After the program, the At the end of the half-day
of VIDES, animated the litur- thirty (30) VIDES volunteers event, Sr. Sarah B. Garcia,
gical celebration. who came animated the small FMA Provincial Superior, gave
Songs, skits, dance and groups in the deepening of her message to the children,
choral recitation on children’s children’s rights via games, instilling in them the values of
rights were among the various puzzle, poster and slogan mak- respect, goodness and faith.
ONE FOR OTHERS
SPECIAL ISSUE PAGE 3
VIDES reaches out to flood victims at NIA Road
Every Tuesday, the VIDES crushed by the concrete wall… and
volunteers conduct their Busina One for others with him also, my three-year-old
Mo, Dunong Ko mobile education granddaughter.”
project along NIA Road in Quezon The delegation of volunteers
City. spent some more time listening to
When typhoon Ondoy the children, mothers and fathers.
(“Ketsana”) struck Manila last Sat- They prayed at the makeshift tent
urday, September 26, the VIDES where the three coffins were laid
volunteers saw the news on TV and where the family was temporar-
about a concrete wall along NIA ily lodged after having been dis-
Road which collapsed and killed saved and are still alive. Homeless placed by the floods. Beside the
three people. they may be, but they are not hope- coffins were two folding beds, were “It was a heart
Immediately a group was organ- less. Mothers and children repeat shirtless children were sleeping.
ized to bring some relief goods to their stories… “the flood waters Beside one of the beds, a pot placed -rending
the victims. were so great! They enveloped us! on top of three big stones with a
Arriving at the site on Saturday, We went up on our roofs! We had lighted fire was boiling. The tent experience…
October 3, the VIDES volunteers to run and swim, jump, hold on was filled with holes that even as
and representatives from the Don tight, just to save our lives… We the volunteers were praying before and the best
Bosco School (Manila) Educating lost our things.. our beds.. our uten- the dead bodies, the rainwater con-
Community distributed rice, canned sils… our clothes… our loved tinued to drip here and there, that we could
goods, and other food supplies to ones..but at least we are still alive, drenching them.
the survivors. thanks be to God!” One mother It was a heart-rending experi- give is our time
Some of the victims even told the volunteers: “At 10:00 AM ence… and the best that we could
showed to the volunteers the last Saturday, I went to see my and our very
give is our time and our very
wounds they suffered during the daughter-in-law at the hospital. She
selves.. Nothing beats being one selves..”
typhoon. But still, they are all just gave birth. When I returned at
grateful to God because they were 10:45, my son was already dead, with them and one for others.
VIDES brings relief to Pasay flood victims
At 2:00 PM of Saturday, Octo- thanking God all the time for letting priest, Rev. Fr. Joselino Tuazon
ber 3, the VIDES Volunteers led the them survive. Many of the families gave his blessing and encouraged
group representing the members of lost their clothes, utensils, and the people to pray always. He also
the Educating Community of Don home appliances. A one-month old reminded them about their responsi-
Bosco School (Salesian Sisters) and baby died when her cradle was bility toward the environment, par-
the FMA Philippine Province in soaked in the flood. The group ticularly about proper waste dis-
reaching out to the victims of ty- condoled with the family and spent posal. He thanked the Salesian
phoon Ondoy (“Ketsana”) at Bgy. some moments in prayer at the Sisters of Don Bosco and the
143, Riverside, Gamban, Pasay wake. VIDES volunteers for this concrete
City. Most of the 600 recipient- Mrs. Ebacitas, wife of Barangay act of solidarity for his parishioners
families have children attending the Chairman Reynaldo Ebacitas of who have suffered from typhoon
regular Saturday VIDES Busina Bgy 143, thanked the group of vol- Ondoy.
Mo, Dunong Ko mobile education unteers for being one with them in The people
project. their moments of suffering. Her expressed their
Prior to the distribution of relief husband got sick on account of the appreciation
goods, the delegation visited the strenuous evacuation measures they and gratitude to
families in their flooded shanties. did at the barangay hall. all those who
Interviews with mothers, fathers, After the home visitation, the have contrib-
children and the elderly revealed three vehicles loaded with relief uted their re-
that the floodwaters coming from goods headed towards the San sources.
the creek reached about 8 feet deep, Roque Parish where they had a
submerging their homes in murky prayer service led by Sr. Maria
waters. In spite of their tragedy, the Flooded shanties at Bgy. 143
Josefina Carrasco, FMA and the
people could still manage to smile, VIDES Volunteers. The parish
ABOUT VIDES PHILIPPINES
VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc. is a duly
registered non-government organization with the Securi-
VOLUNTEERS ties and Exchange Commission (2001) and the Department
FOUNDATION, of Social Welfare and Development (2008) in the Philip-
As an affiliate of VIDES Internazionale (1987), which has a
Phone: (632) 703-5606
consultative status at the United Nations, VIDES Philip-
Fax: (632) 715-6740
pines supports and implements projects aligned with the
UN Millennium Development Goals, with particular em-
phasis on the education, protection and development of
women and children. VIDES stands for Volunteers Interna-
tional for Development, Education and Services.
Be One for Others. As a member of the Child Rights Network (CRN) in the
Philippines and a collaborator of the FMA Human Rights
Office in Geneva, Switzerland, VIDES Philippines promotes
Be a VIDES Volunteer. human and children’s rights thru education and advocacy.
DISIPLINA, HINDI PARUSA
VIDES Volunteers at 2009 NCM Celebration
Composed by Eric V. Zaballero
Artists: Rya Patricia E. Zaballero,
Rachel Pauline E. Zaballero
Sa tuwing nagkakamali si totoy
Pinapalo agad ni itay
Konting mali ni nene
Sinisigawan, sinasaktan ni inay
Mali’y itama..sa tamang paraan
Mali ng mga bata
Di maiwasan, di sinasadya
Karapatan nilang mga bata..kilalanin
VIDES Philippines Board of Trustees 2009-2010
at Ipadamang..sila’y..mahal President - TONY ESPINOSA
(3rd Verse) Vice President - JUN PIMENTEL
Kinabukasan ng mga bata Secretary - RAYMUND ZAPANTA
Ngayon pa lang ay ihubog na Treasurer - AISSA MANALO
Sa inyo, mga magulang
Sa inyo ang..simula
(4th Verse) MAYA MANOCSOC
Mali’y itama, sa tamang paraan ATTY. ANNA THERESA CRUZ
SR. SOCORRO BACANI, FMA
SR. JOSEFINA CARRASCO, FMA