Realizing the importance of Holy Week, Bisdak Pride, Inc., a non-stock non-profit human rights organization dedicated to advance, uphold, and defend the rights and responsibilities of persons with different sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), decided to spend the occasion to reach-out to the marginal voices in Mindanao, in particular the youth of the municipality of Dumingag, Zamboagga del Sur.
The journey is an opportunity to provide life-long educational discussions to the young adolescents in Zamboagga del Sur. In fact, we will be giving discussions on HIV/AIDS prevention within the context of human rights. Rights-based approach is primordial in dealing with this particular epidemic because the incidence and spread of HIV/AIDS is disproportionately high among groups that already suffer from lack of human rights protection and from discrimination.
Rep. Teddy Casiño’s Anti-Discrimination bill will also be shared and discussed.
After the educational discussion, we will travel to Iligan City, to join the nationally coordinated Bayani Challenge 2012 of Gawad Kalinga; an important occasion to help build homes for the victims of typhoon Sendong.
But the Holy Week Journey would not have been made holier without the help of Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc. Let me express my deep gratitude and thanks to Mr. Chester Cokaliong, founder and CEO/COO of Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc. for accommodating the five delegates giving them free round-trip boat fare. To Ms. Mary Sy, president of
, for supporting
the event and helping us coordinate with the shipping magnate. And of course to our consistent supporter, Rep. Teddy Casiño. Small
The best things in life are meant to be shared. We may not be able to exercise our full potential, but together with our partners, Office of Rep. Teddy Casiño, Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc. and
we will definitely share our most precious time and limited resources to those
who are in dire need of our presence, support and compassion in a time when
Jesus Christ offered His life for us. Small Wonders
Roxanne Omega – Doron