Jane Uymatiao

Jane T. Uymatiao is known as @citizenjaneph. She spent more than 15 years as an IT auditor/consultant at an accounting firm and another 2.5 years as VP-Head of a bank's Corporate Planning Division. She has been blogging for about 15 years now and is one of the early adopters of social media. She believes in active citizen engagement, pushing for transparency and good governance, and is regularly tapped to speak on social media-related topics. Her personal blogs are: yoga and wellness (yoginifrommanila.com), tech (titatechie.com), lifestyle (philippinebeat.com), and personal (janeuymatiao.com) Jane has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, major in International Business with a focus on Strategic Management, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is also a certified yin yoga teacher. More details at www.linkedin.com/in/janeuymatiao Updated: May 2021

#MagpaRehistroKa: Vote Pilipinas launches Voter Registration Month this May

Vote Pilipinas is a non-profit, non-partisan online and offline information campaign aimed at mobilizing Filipinos to register to vote for the upcoming national and local 2022 elections. They teamed up with COMELEC and kickstarted May by designating it as Voter Registration Month. It is quite symbolic that today’s launch is exactly one year to the day we exercise our right to vote on May 9, 2022.

The goal of Vote Pilipinas is to get 7M new registered voters while staying true to the campaign’s objective of leveraging on technology in providing people accessible, simplified, and unbiased information, and data on voter registration.

The deadline to register yourself as a voter is September 30, 2021. That is just a little over 4 months away so there is a real need to help spread the word around so that more people will be eligible to exercise their right to decide who will be our next set of leaders.

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A national plan that provides a framework for the safety of journalists is launched by multi-stakeholders

On the eve of the 10th year anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre, journalists and other stakeholders came together to witness the launch of the Philippine Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists (PPASJ).

The PPASJ is the first of its kind worldwide. We are now in a critical time in our history for media, journalists (and may I add, advocates and critics) in the Philippines. Since 1986, a total of 165 media people have been killed. Today, November 23, 2019, marks the 10th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre where 58 people, 32 of whom were journalists, were ambushed and massacred. Despite the numerous witnesses presented, the murderers have not yet been convicted with finality.

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FULL TEXT: Retired SC Justice Antonio Carpio delivers keynote address at a forum on the West Philippine Sea

Speaking for the first time after retiring from the Supreme Court, Justice Antonio T. Carpio delivered the keynote address at a forum on a Code of Conduct (COC) on the West Philippine Sea.

We are reproducing Justice Carpio’s speech in full below.

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I am voting to keep the Senate as the last bastion of checks and balances

We are now less than a month away from the May 13 Philippine elections. There is now a frenzy of last-minute campaigning everywhere as candidates try to reach as many voters as they can within the remaining days of the official campaign period.

I found myself, these last few days, checking my tentative vote list. There were people on the administration’s ticket that I think deserved my vote. There were also people on the opposition’s list who I was iffy about.

What was my deal breaker? Given the current state of governance, what, in my view, was the priority that would determine who I should vote for?

Here’s how I came up with my present list of candidates and it is by no means final, given that we still have a little less than 4 weeks to go.

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Statement by World March of Women – Pilipinas on International Women’s Day 2019

Statement of the World March of Women – Pilipinas

International Women’s Day 2019: Celebrating Hard-won Victories; Affirming the Women’s Role in the Forefront of Women ‘s and Peoples’ Struggles

Through our mass actions, public gatherings, and different forms of protest, we are commemorating this year’s International Women’s Day as an occasion to celebrate the victories that we have won and to affirm our continuing fight against forces that set us back in our hard-won struggles—forces of patriarchy, of misogyny, as embodied by President Duterte himself, his government, and apparatuses of the state.

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