Following Malacañang's announcement to release water from Angat Dam, Akbayan Partylist spokesperson Gio Tingson urged Malacañang to prioritize urban poor communities of clean water supply to avert disease outbreaks.

"Clean water supply should prioritize poor families in highly-populated areas. There are dangers of disease outbreaks in poor communities if this water crisis worsens and water supply continue to go to commercial and luxury areas," Gio Tingson said.

"Poor families will need the clean water to prepare for work or school. Mothers and their infants need clean water for sanitation. Interrupted supply of clean water can also adversely affect infants feeding on formula. Their basic needs should be met first with the water supply”, he added. “Do we continue unbridled operation in golf courses, water parks and other luxury establishments that could waste so much water in this time of need?” Tingson asked. 

Health experts pose alarm on dangerous diseases in areas where there is water shortage. Dengue cases could rise further in improper waste storages. Diseases like diarrhea, cholera and dysentery could spread quickly among children in poor communities when families turn to unsafe water, Akbayan Partylist cited. 

Student leaders of the University of the Philippines- Diliman (UPD), Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU), University of Sto. Tomas (UST) and De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde (DLSU-CSB) with Akbayan Partylist nominee Gio Tingson unite  to urge for the passage of the Safe Spaces Act into law.

“Ang mga paaralan ay institutions of learning, hindi institutions of lurking, stalking or catcalling,” said Gio Tingson.

“Seryoso ang Akbayan Partylist sa pagtiyak na ang mga paaralan ay Safe Spaces laban sa sexual harassment. Mumultahan ang mga school heads na hindi nag-iimplement ng mga responsibilidad nila sa batas,” Tingson said.

“24 years old na ang Anti-Sexual Harassment Law of 1995. Noong ito ay pinasa noon, wala pang social media, wala pang camera ang mga cellphone at iba pa ang kultura at estado ng mga babae at LGBT,” UP Diliman Councilor Pat Nicdao said.

Cristina Oganiza, Akbayan nominee, Akbayan Women Cebu leader

The brutal killing of a teenage girl in Bangkal, Lapu-lapu City is one of the worst violence against women cases to happen in Women’s Month. We are outraged with the senseless killing of our young sister who was slaughtered like an animal. Her killing shows the deadly effect of a culture of violence against women. We are calling the authorities to speed up the investigation in order to find and hold the killers accountable. We are calling for the local authorities, the police, and the whole community to come together in ensuring justice for the victim to prevent this from happening again.    

Ang miaging insidente sa posibleng pagpanglugos ug pagpatay sa Bangkal, Lapu-lapu City kay usa sa pinakagrabe nga krimen sa usa ka babae karong buwana, ang giilang buwan sa mga kababayen-an. Among gikondenar ang maong bayolente nga krimen ug grabeng pagpakabalewala sa katungod sa mga kababayen-an. Kini usa ka buhat nga dili dapat mausab pa. Kami nanawagan ug paspas nga hustisya alang sa biktima pamaagi sa pagtinabangay sa kapulisan, ang siyudad ug ang mismong komunidad. Kami nanawagan sa mga awtoridad sa pagpadali sa imbestigasyon kabahin niini alang sa hustisya ug kalinaw sa pamilya sa biktima. ###  

Insensitive, indolent, and ill-informed. Akbayan Partylist denounces Malacañang’s lame-duck response to Metro Manila water shortage, posing serious threats to public health and business—big and small.

No less than PAGASA refuted claims that El Niño caused the water shortage in La Mesa Dam, as other reservoirs still have enough water.

Instead of blaming things on nature and idly waiting for rain, Malacañang should be on crisis management mode, shed light on the curious case of La Mesa Dam, and ensure that this never happens again.

Government should be also preparing for the worst. As a perennial phenomenon, El Niño has proven to be catastrophic not only for households but more importantly, to farmers who rely on irrigation to grow their crops. 

When that happens, they cannot simply point their fingers at the sky. ###

Office of Akbayan Partylist Rep. Tom Villarin - STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019

On International Women’s Day, Akbayan Partylist hopes that the 2019 midterm elections be also about women—what Filipino mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters need and want for their families. Filipino women have often been overlooked, if not deliberately sidelined, despite their significant contribution to every Filipino family, and to Filipino society as a whole. 

Recently passed laws such as the Expanded Maternity Leave Law, and the Universal Healthcare Law should be implemented to their full extent to serve the needs of Filipino women, and address the every day concerns of every Filipino mother who works so hard to give her children a better life.

Akbayan Partylist also calls on all Filipino voters to choose candidates based on how they see and treat women, not as mere recipients of public service, but as equal partners in working for policies and programs for the betterment of Filipino society.

Rest assured that by continuously pushing for pro-women measures such as the Safe Spaces Act, the institutionalization of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and the Universal Social Pension Bill, Akbayan Partylist remains a reliable partner of Filipino women. ###