Philippine Action Network to Control Arms (PhilANCA)


Around 80 people, mostly women dressed in black, gathered in front of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila to call on the Philippine government to support a strong, gender-responsive Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Participants were from the Women Engaged in Action on 1325 and from the Philippine Action Network to Control Arms led by the Center for Peace Education, Amnesty International, GZO Peace Institute and Pax Christi-Miriam College.

On 23 April, members of the Philippine Action Network to Control Arms (PhilANCA) met with government agencies for a consultation on the Philippines’ position on the ATT.

A summary report of the side event "Health, women and development and the Arms Trade Treaty", co-organised by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The Philippine Action Network to Control Arms (PhilANCA) marked the Global Week of Action with a number of events on the theme "Save lives and protect human rights through an Arms Trade Treaty".

On 3 March, members of the Control Arms Campaign addressed the UN, as part of the second session of the Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Tready (ATT).

IANSA Women have an active presence at the UN Commission for the Status of Women, taking place at the UN in New York from the 22 February-4 March.

9 people were killed when a former policeman armed with a .45-caliber pistol and an M-16 assault rifle hijacked a tourist bus with 22 people on board this week.

On 1 March, Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed an Executive Order that creates a Steering Committee to implement the National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820.

Thirteen people were killed when armed bandits attacked a village in southern Philippines last week, according to reports. An estimated 70 armed men carried out a dawn raid on the village of Tubigan, in Basilian province, 900 miles south of Manila, opening fire before setting houses alight.