P200,000 to Red Cross
Teleperformance senior vice president for Human Capital Resource Management, Jeffrey Johnson, presented a check for P200,000 to Philippine Red Cross officers recently, its press release said.
The donation was received by Ria Rivera, officer-in-charge for PRC Rizal Chapter and branch administrator for PRC Mandaluyong City, and Hilarion Dimagiba, auditor, PRC Rizal Chapter, during the turnover ceremony held at Teleperformance Edsa Greenfield in Mandaluyong City.
They were joined by Teleperformance officers Tracy Ganaban, HCRM Support manager, Communications and Marketing director Marilyn Ventenilla, and COTW Ambassador Emil Macalinao, the press release also said.
“Since 2008, Teleperformance Philippines has been actively supporting Philippine Red Cross’ efforts in providing assistance to its beneficiaries as part of the company’s continuing initiatives to mobilize its resources to help those affected by calamities. We continue to engage our employees to be part of this noble cause to create a positive impact to our communities,” Johnson said.*
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A noise barrage will be held by groups opposing the proposed lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility, noon today at the Banago Elementary School 1 gym in Bacolod City, a press release from organizers said.
The Break the Silence National Network, a group of 45 organizations in the country, is inviting child rights advocates and others to participate in the nationally coordinated noise barrage as a sign of opposition to House Bill 2.
Other activities include an orientation and reading of the declaration of protest on House Bill 2, the press release said.
The bill seeks to amend Republic Act No. 10630, lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 9 years old. The group is one in agreement that a noise barrage will be undertaken nationwide, the press release said.
The Christian Advocates for Justice and Development in Negros Inc., Bakyas Community Development Center Inc., Quidan-kaisahan of Negros Occidental Inc., Creative Community Foundation, Kabalaka Students Center, Share an Opportunity Negros, and the Visayan Forum Work on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention have joined other child rights advocates in opposing the bill.
They said the problem of children committing crimes, and criminality in general, will not be solved by putting children in jails. Sounder solutions necessitate gaining an accurate picture and understanding of the reasons and context why children offend, and the reasons include poor parenting, family conflicts, peer pressure and poverty, among others.
Instead of going after the children, it should be the adults who must seriously be held accountable for the crimes and more so, for using and taking advantage of the children, who are clearly the victims in such circumstances. Standards for criminal responsibility for adults should not be the same for children, the press release said.
The groups said the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act or Republic Act 9344 enacted in 2006 considers 15 years as the minimum age of criminal responsibility. For the past 10 years, there are several attempts to revert the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 9 years old. Child rights organizations and advocates have worked hard to make 15 years old the MACR.
While the law is already 10 years old, there are many local government units that are not yet implementing the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act and yet there is an evident fast tracking of the process of amending the law in the House of Representatives, the press release added.*
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