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Saturday, September 30, 2006

The Spitfire Strategies Smart Chart Approach Workshop

Cross Posting guys as this is an activity for the NGOs.

In line with PNGOC’s commitment to build the capacities of NGOs engaged in the advocacy for RH, Gender and PopDev issues under the UNFPA 6th Country Programme, a workshop on Developing a Strategic Communications Plan: The Spitfire Strategies SmartChart Approach, will be held on October 4 and 5, 2006 at The Traders Hotel. Said workshop will be conducted in partnership with Health Action Information Network (HAIN). 25 participants from various NGOs are expected to attend.

The Smart Chart Approach was developed by Spitfire Communications, a communications consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. ( This workshop is being conducted in the United States, Mexico and Europe with good success. They are also promoting this similar workshop to reproductive health and rights leaders in other developing nations such as India, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Nigeria. The aim of this workshop is to build the capacity of organizations to plan for and use strategic communications to advance its program goals.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Random Pictures during Area Visits...

Sultan Kudarat RH Media Advocates

Coordinators from the South

Edwin Fernandez (Cotabato City)

Gina Belmes (Sultan Kudarat)

Jeoffrey Maitem (PDI-Mindanao Bureau)

The Media Team of dxMS-AM

Paolo (PNGOC), Ludy Guran (dyME- Masbate),

Ernie Delgado (Masbate City)

Meeting with the Media Advocates of Baguio City

Frank Cimatu, PDI-Northern Luzon

Andy Zapata, Phil. Star,

EV Espiritu, PDI-Northern Luzon

Medical Mission in SULU

Monday, September 18, 2006


On October 16, 2006, Stand Up and Be Counted.


The Pledge

We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently subjected. We are committed to making the right to development a reality for everyone and to freeing the entire human race from want. We resolve, therefore, to create an environment – at the national and global levels alike- which is conducive to development and to the elimination of poverty.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Trip to Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat...

Edwin at work in the dxMS Booth
The dxMS Team


Donna Dela Victoria at RADYO NATIN-Tacurong

Sultan Kudarat PSWD Staff

Media Practitioners' Workshop on RH, Gender and PopDev Reporting...

The Alliance of RH Media Advocates
continue to grow...

Media Resource Persons:

Roy Calvo, Senior Broadcaster DYES -Radyo ng Bayan, Borongan

Frank Cimatu, Correspondent, PDI - Northern Luzon

EV Espiritu, Correspondent,PDI-Northern Luzon

To all our Resource Speakers, our deepest gratitude for sharing your time, effort and wisdom acquired in all those years of hard work doing advocacy for RH, Gender, Population and Development...

Rey, Peter and Karol

Photos by EV Espiritu and Russel Solitario

Media Workshop at the Lotus Garden Hotel

Here are more pics taken during the Media Workshop held at
The Lotus Garden Hotel, Malate, Manila - August 29-31, 2006

The Resource Speakers

Mr. Zimmbodilion Mosende

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, UNAIDS

Member and Consultant, PPA

Atty. Carolina Ruiz Austria

Professor of Law, UP

Founding Executive Director now Consultant, WomenLEAD

Mr. Rey Carmelo Remonde

Main Facilitator

Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Specialist, FPOP

Photos 1,3,6,7,10 by Russel Solitario

Photos 2,4,5,8,9 by EV Espiritu

Monday, September 11, 2006

More of the Bat People...

They called themselves the "Bat People" because their houses are located under the bridge.... just like the way bats attach themselves to tree branches or cave roofs...

A very small place shared by so many people...

their standard of living clearly shows they live below the poverty line...

and they still reproduce more children who would live under the same roof with them,

under the same circumstances...

RH/ FP issues , population problem, poverty and environmental degradation

because of where and how they live... it's all there...

How can the government not see this???
These pictures indeed depict a thousand words.
Or maybe they do, they just refuse to admit it....
The reality is too glaring to ignore...
don't you think they have been in denial for far too long...
Photos by EV Espiritu, PDI Northern Luzon

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Bat People...

These are pictures of shanties in a bridge somewhere in Navotas, Metro Manila...

and this is one of the place where the "bat people" live... if you could even call it living... maybe more like surviving... yup, this is the whole of it... a coffin for living people... definitely not a house... hmnnn, a resting place... at the most... for these tired and weary bodies....

Couldn't help but think that perhaps this kid would like to fly away with this dove...

if only he could...

Information and Photos shared by: EV Espiritu

Area Media Coordinator, Ifugao

Correspondent, PDI-Northern Luzon