The garbage area of our body is our hearts
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BY : BRO. EDCEL CLOSAS
Fresh Gospel of the day: Matthew5:27-32(June14, 2013-Friday) Matthew 5:27-32-Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell. It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery: This gospel is telling us about “purity of the heart” because God judges us base in our individual heart. Jeremiah 17:10-I the LORD search the heart, [I] try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, [and] according to the fruit of his doings. Take note, “the garbage area of our body is our hearts” since “all the negative attitudes and emotions are stored inside.” In Mark 7:21-23-For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these “evil things come from within,” and defile the man. “Action” is the product of the inner desire, if we have a “bad desire,” “bad actions” will be done. So meaning, we must “possess a good intentions” for us to do good things in our daily life: SPONSORED:Neneth – Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan – CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:00 PM – Sunday: #09284149490-09266607505: Question – Prayer request
Education department should improve competence of mentors
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BY : CRIS DIAZ
In spite of the big budget for the Department of Education (DepEd), the department still faces perennial problems that appear to be without solution. By the way, the government reportedly allocated P292 billion budget for the education department for 2013. Earlier, we thought that the DepEd budget was about P238 billion for the current year. However, the P 238 billion budget was the amount allotted in 2012.
One can just imagine the large sum of money intended for the education system compared to the budget allotted for social services. No wonder, one would always hear complaint about government’s inadequate provision of basic services to the masses of our people.
However, the people wonder on the education department’s failure to address problems on the lack of classrooms, books, and public school teachers in the country. Perhaps, there is something wrong in identifying the priorities of the country’s educational system.
For instance, the controversial K12 policy has drawn varied reaction among education experts. The implementation of an additional two years to the primary and secondary levels of the country’s educational requirements means additional expense. This is the reason of the sudden increase of the budget for the DepEd this year.
On the other hand, the parents suffer more of the new education policy since an additional number of years in the primary and secondary levels also mean additional expense.
Education officials believed that increasing the number of years in the primary and secondary levels would provide the students adequate skills that would qualify them for employment. By this time, an employed student may opt to continue a college education.
Everybody shares the obsession of the education officials to equip students with necessary skills. The problem, however, that the education system is facing today is not about skillful students. The problem is about “quality education.” It is the contention of education experts that students could only acquire necessary skills under competent mentors.
The training of competent mentors is one of the predicaments that the DepEd is trying to resolve. While public school teachers are required to hurdle the board exam for teachers, passing the teacher’s board does not guarantee of producing competent public school teachers.
Thus, there are strong recommendations that DepEd should spend more for the training of public school teachers in their specialized field of studies.
They said that this approach is much better than implementing the K12 program, which added burden to DepEd and parents.
Certainly, the regular training and exposure of public school teachers would improve their skills and authority in their field of studies. What are these trainings but seminars and workshops undertaken by experts and authority of specialized field of studies?
The DepEd could invite lecturers from other countries to train public school teachers. On the other hand, DepEd may also send teachers for further studies abroad to hone them in their specialized field in science and technology. Candidly, this approach is objective than introducing additional number of years in the primary and secondary levels of education sans competent mentors. React: [email protected]
The elusive peace
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BY : JESSE BACON II
PEACE is theologically understood as not just the absence of war or armed conflict but a situation in life that is devoid of any form of fear because most, if not all, enjoy fullness and abundance of life.
From the theological understanding of peace, hopelessness as a result of poverty regardless of the degree of its intensity surely does not bring about peace. Poverty, especially if it is so pervasive, just ensures un-peace in every aspect of human life in the level of the individual, families and society as a whole. The current un-peace in the country is undeniably spawned by poverty. In fact, the poorer the locality or province, the more intense the un-peace is.
In localities or provinces classified by the government no less as belonging to the poorest, the un-peace there has been brought to the level of armed confrontation between the hopeless poor against the very government that has sworn before God and man to serve them. Unless the government looks at the current un-peace as the result of hopelessness triggered by abject poverty, it’ll continue to hang on to the notion that this un-peace can be licked through the use of force.
The government should understand that by employing legalized violence to supposedly address the problem of un-peace will just beget more violence. This is the reason why our country is currently hosting the longest running rebellion all over the world because the government has always viewed the prevailing un-peace wrongly or from an erroneous perspective. The communist ideology that serves as the guiding star of the people who took it upon themselves to overturn the un-peace they are experiencing because of poverty is just incidental.
This rebellion will continue even beyond the lifetime of the present generation unless the government humbly accepts its error that employing the military option in solving this un-peace is not the best solution that should not even be considered as solution. The government view of licking criminality especially those that are committed against persons and property by simply installing closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) in practically every nook and cranny of all localities is stupendously the same with its solution to solve the un-peace as a result of poverty.
Guns and bullets no matter how legalized they may be can never improve the life situation of the poor. It is only by ensuring that the farmers in the countryside are always productive as farmers that poverty in the rural areas can be effectively addressed and thus eradicated. How to ensure that the farmers are productive year round? It is by seeing to it that farmers own the sizable farmland they are to be tilling.
Farmers productivity all throughout the year can likewise be ensured if government allocates a huge amount of public funds to subsidize the acquisition by every farmer of mechanized farm implements, acquisition of high-grade seeds and organic fertilizer, farm support such as farm to market roads and irrigation system and most of all ensure that their produce have a ready market that pays them just and fair prices.
Ensuring that the countryside is productive will definitely prevent the migration of the rural folks to the urban centers where they just end up as informal settlers with bleak future. A productive countryside will also ensure that the youth there are able to pursue tertiary level of education in areas where they can help boost the countryside’s productivity. It is only the government that can help ensure all these but is the government doing these?
In the 7.8 percent growth rate posted by our gross domestic product or GDP, agriculture’s contribution was nil. What does this tell us? It tells us that nothing good is happening in the rural areas where about 70 percent of the Philippine population resides. The lesson that we can learn from the first quarter GDP is that the government should address the concerns of the farmers if we dream of making the agricultural sector contribute substantially to the GDP in particular and the economy in general.
If the national government is not seriously addressing the concerns of the countryside folks, the local government units are not addressing the problems of the poor in their localities as well. Just look at the kind of programs or projects these local government units are allocating their funds for. In Butuan, for example, the city government there is spent so much of their scarce resources in purchasing CCTV cameras, improving their natural park into a cemented one, buying a lot of radio airtime to paint a rosy picture of their thorny programs and projects, to name just a few.
And we still wonder why there is so much un-peace in our country, the countryside most specifically?
SP inquires status of 2 fighting electric coops
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DAVAO City–The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Davao del Norte has managed to have the two sets of board of directors and management officials of two conflicting electric cooperatives see eye-to-eye to answer issues during its regular session.
Presiding officer Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio Jr said during the session’s question hour that all the legislative department and Governor Rodolfo del Rosario wanted was to know the real situation of the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Daneco) and find solution to the problem for the good of the member-consumers in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley.
Daneco has been wracked with two factions, comparatively called now as Daneco- NEA (National Electrification Administration) and Daneco-CDA (Cooperative Development Authority) fighting it out in courts and in their separate operations and collection activities for legitimacy and dominance for more than a year now.
“We are the one that is legal for being under the regulatory and disciplinary powers of NEA,” said Gregorio Ybanez, chairman of the board of directors of Daneco-NEA.
He ruled out suggestions of several board members for a compromise and instead charged Daneco-CDA’s officials to account for the millions of collection they made and remit these to Daneco-NEA.
Ybanez told SP members that Daneco-CDA should show their audited financial statements and should be liable for the acts they are continuing to make that create confusion to the people and exact huge damage to Daneco.
Ybanez said that Daneco-CDA is not paying its power obligations and it is Daneco-NEA that has been paying power suppliers which include PSALM, NGCP and Therma Marine.
Also, Daneco-NEA OIC general manager Benedicto Ongking informed officials in session that as of June 2013 their group was able to pay P437.93 million to the power generator PSALM but there is still a balance of the total payable amounting to P271.92 million.
From October 2012 to June 2013, Daneco as a whole had a total payable to PSALM amounting to P293.39 million, which was already restructured by PSALM to P274.99 with an interest of P18.4 million payable in three years, Ongking said.
“We can still pay power suppliers but not on due date, and (for this) we are incurring interest,” he said.Ongking said that before the crisis came up Daneco used to have 95 percent collection efficiency rating in 2012.
But when the dispute with Daneco-CDA started, he added, the collection efficiency rating was down to 51 percent and further sank down to 42 percent in the succeeding months after typhoon Pablo, he said.
On the other hand, Abenir Labja, chairman of the board of directors of Daneco-CDA, told SP members that they would continue operating and asked Daneco-NEA officials for unity and reconciliation.
Asked by Board Member Shirley Aala if Daneco-CDA has been paying power supply obligations, he said that records showed that they paid P34.10 million to NGCP, a state-controlled firm in charge in the business of power grid and transmission.
As to Daneco-CDA’s collection, Labja said they are collecting an average of P10-11 million monthly, which “represents about 5.5 percent of Daneco’s total power consumption.”
He said the bulk of the balance of the collections “are still in the hands of the power consumers” treating those collected by Daneco-NEA as still receivables.
He said Daneco-CDA’s legality came up with the May 2012 referenda where member-consumers voted for a conversion of stock cooperative under CDA. PNA
2,000 applies for jobs during the Davao ‘Kalayaan’ job fair
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DAVAO City–The Kalayaan jobs-fair here yielded a total of 2,000 applicants as of midday on Independence Day.
Joseph Vingno, Labor and Employment Officer III of the Labor and Employment XI, said a partial 168 applicants have filed their application for overseas employment while another partial 629 applicants submitted their documents for local employment.
He said young applicants comprise the large number due to the surge of fresh college graduates this year.
Lawyer Jeoffrey Suyao, director of the Department of Labor and Employment XI, said the application process and interview had been going on since June 5 with the participation of management representatives from various firms which join the jobs-fair.
He said a total of 97 employers have participated in this year’s Kalayaan jobs-fair bringing with them 15,113 jobs for local and overseas employment.
Suyao assured that a one-stop-shop by government agencies will be set up to assist in facilitating the pre-employment requirements.
“The Social Security System, Pag-ibig, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, National Bureau of Investigation, Department of Foreign Affairs and the National Statistics Office will be there to assist,” he said.
Suyao said that for local employment, the business process outsourcing needs a thousand employees.
He said jobs are also available like sales marketing assistants, supervisors, drivers, accounting staff, on-line tutors, engineers, cashiers and merchandisers.
Suyao said overseas jobs include engineers, skilled-workers, chefs, marketing assistants, staff- nurses, cashiers and domestic workers.
Meantime, Major Rosa Maria Christina Manuel, public affairs officer of the Eastern Mindanao Command said the military also conducts an interactive display showcasing the gallantry and involvement of the men and women in the Armed Forces at the Abreeza Mall. WITH PIA REPORT
Poverty remains a threat to freedom: Davao Mayor Sara
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DAVAO City–Flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies, Kalayaan-jobs fair and a static interactive display of military activities highlighted the 115th Independence Day Celebration in Davao City on Wednesday.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio led the flag-raising ceremony and the offering of flowers before the monument of the national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal.
Local government officials, representatives from the regional and national line agencies, members of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, members of the diplomatic corps and the officers and men of the Philippine National Police and the services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Davao Region and Eastern Mindanao area joined the affairs.
In her speech, she underscored the central theme of the Independence Day celebration which is focused on cooperation.
Duterte-Carpio said everyone including the government must stay united in the pursuit of progress and development in the country.
She stressed that poverty and not the foreign conquerors remains a threat to the freedom of the Filipinos.
“We pay tribute to our fallen heroes by using our freedom in helping everyone fight poverty and attain economic emancipation,” Duterte-Carpio said.
Commodore Antonio Habulan, chief of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao who spoke as guest of honor said the 2013 Independence theme,” Ambagan tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran,” highlights more the challenges facing the nation today.
He recognized the many trials facing the country, particularly poverty and threats to sovereignty.
“We must show that we care not only our own families but also our own fellowmen, as a way of giving importance to the lives offered by our heroes just to attain our freedom,” Habulan said.
He said there are still forces within the country which want to undermine the freedom being enjoyed by everyone in the same manner that there are foreign forces who want to dent the country’s sovereignty.
“Your AFP is committed as ever to protect the freedom that we have and it is our sovereign resolve to protect the state, the people and our territory,” Habulan said. WITH PIA REPORT
Outgoing Davao mayor spell failures of her administration
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DAVAO City–Breaking tradition of government officials trumpeting glowing accomplishments, exiting Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio spelled out projects and programs that she failed to implement in her three-year term as mayor of Mindanao’s premier metropolis, in her State of the City Address (SoCA) at the Davao City Council on Tuesday.
Reading from a 12-page prepared SoCA, Mayor Duterte-Carpio enumerated the major projects left undone during her term: tenement housing, waste-to-energy garbage disposal system and the mass transit program.
She hoped the next city administration would pursue the projects.
Mayor Duterte-Carpio will bow out of office on July 1. Her father mayor-elect Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will be back to the post he previously held for nearly two decades. Her brother Councilor Paolo Duterte was elected as vice mayor.
Mayor Duterte-Carpio emphasized the need for the three major unimplemented projects she hoped should be pursued vigorously after her, to explain why she started off her 70-minute SoCA by giving import to the projects.
The implementation of the projects “(was) our journey for the past three years, and by tradition, we start with the not-so-good news,” Mayor Duterte said.
Mayor Duterte-Carpio explained the bottlenecks that scuttled implementation of the three major projects during her term.
A large investment is needed for tenement housing, a new approach to the city’s mass housing project hobbled by lack of resettlement sites for socialized housing for thousands of homeless urban poor families. The space-saving low-cost tenement housing project, planned to be built in the existing resettlement area in Barangay Los Amigos, Tugbok, is seen as the cure to the socialized housing backlog.
Mayor Duterte-Carpio said lack of material time stalled implementation of the waste-to-energy project, started with proposals from private investors during her watch as vice mayor and with continuing discussion under Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
With the father at the helm at City Hall in the next three years, the legislative requirements of the waste-to-energy project would be in the hands of vice mayor-elect Paolo Duterte. Pending at the city council are two proposals by private investors to convert the city’s large daily volume of garbage into energy to backstop the absorbing capacity of the existing Sanitary Landfill in Barangay New Carmen, Tugbok. The waste-to-energy technology, that would convert recyclable waste into energy and exportable by-products, is seen as a big boost to local government’s compliance to the Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (ESWA).
In the area of transportation, Davao City, hobbled by constricted roads and fast growing volume of vehicles, is studying adoption as a short-term solution of the Rapid Bus Transit system and improving circulatory diversion routes at the periphery of the urban centers.
The mayor also called for the need to review the 1998 Master Drainage Plan as perennial flooding remains a major threat to lives and property and the business districts.
In her speech, Mayor Duterte-Carpio also touched on her program of governance dubbed as BAROG, the acronym for Barangay Empowerment, Academe, Resource Generation, Peace and Order, and Good Governance, which drove her three-year administration.
Allowing herself the luxury of blowing her horns after spelling out the programs and projects left undone, Mayor Duterte-Carpio said BAROG translated to numerous benefits for Dabawenyos and wide acceptance by the private sector.
BAROG, she said, effectively addressed concerns in literacy, children and youth, education and health; solid waste management, environment and natural resources; housing, traffic management, drainage and road network; safety and security; tourism, Information and Communication technology (ICT) and agriculture; investments, resource generation, economy, labor and employment; and governance.
She also cited the numerous awards received by Davao City during her term topped by the award as “Most Child-Friendly City” and the “Hall of Fame Red Orchid Award.”
Mayor Duterte-Carpio also cited about the creation of the Public Safety and Security Command Center, the command center of the city’s peace and order campaign.
In the City Council session hall to hear Mayor Duterte-Carpio’s SoCA, held as part of the City Council regular session, were presiding officer Vice Mayor Duterte, members of the City Council, consular officials, heads of city and national government officers, business leaders, barangay officials and the public. PNA
Davao Norte elderly get updates on rights, privileges
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DAVAO City–Elderly people still have a pivotal role to play in the progress of our country and they do not surrender their rights and privileges when they reached retirement age.
Such is the theme of the forum on Senior Citizen’s Rights and Concerns being held as integral part of the Friday outreach missions of the Convergence for Peace and Development program in the far-flung and depressed areas of the province of Davao del Norte.
Former Department of Energy (DOE) assistant secretary Leonilo Lariosa, consultant of the Council of the Elderly, known as the A.C.H.I.E.V.E.R.S.(Active, Caring, Happy, Inspired, Energetic, Volunteers for the Elderlies’ Welfare, Rights and PrivilegeS), said older people all the same have much to offer provided that they are given the opportunity to live longer and healthier.
“We are telling our fellow citizens in isolated and disadvantaged communities that life does not end at 60 and that they still have much to offer,” he said.
After the senior citizens have availed of the generous health, medical, social, and other services at the convergence, Lariosa’s group gives them orientation on the provisions of Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 that grants additional benefits and special privileges to order persons.
He said that since the law is relatively new, it is important that the elderly, especially those in the remote barangays, become familiar with the provisions of the law, particularly the benefits that are entitled to them.
These benefits include the grant of 20 percent discount and exemption from the value-added tax on the sale of goods and services, such as medicines and medical supplies, use of medical facilities, professional services, public transportation, restaurants, hotels, and the likes.
Lariosa even provides lecture on healthy lifestyle, essential to keep their minds sharp and their bodies active to prevent diseases due to ageing.
In support to Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario’s P.E.O.P.L.E. agenda, the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs organized the A.C.H.I.E.V.E.R.S., which now gives advises to the governor on matters concerning the promotion of the well-being, rights and privileges of older persons in the province.
“The mission of our group is to give our fellow elderly the opportunity to live longer, happier, as well as, ever ALIVE,” he concluded, spelling out their battlecry for an Active, Lively, Inspired and Vibrant Elderly sector.
Air Force assigns reservists to flood-prone Dvo Norte towns
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CARMEN, Davao del Norte – This town has 23 new Philippine Air Force (PAF) reservists who will help respond to disasters and calamities.
At the Independence Day rites here, Lt. Col. Francisco Tadios, commander of the 7th Air Reserved Center of PAF based in Sasa, Davao City, turned over to Mayor Marcelino Perandos the new Air Force reservists who recently underwent a 30-day training.
During the ceremony, Perandos called on interested individuals to join the PAF reservists rank which will start another round of training on July 1.
In an interview, Tadios said the first batch of PAF reservists here carry with them the primary order to immediately respond to disaster and calamities.
While noting Carmen town as flood-prone, he said PAF will recruit more reservists in the area to strengthen disaster response.
Aside from Carmen, the PAF is also eyeing to recruit reservists as first responders in the disaster-prone areas of Davao City, and the provinces of Compostela Valley, Sarangani and Cotabato. PNA
Veterans honored in Panabo’s Indie day rites
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By Jeanevive D. Abangan
PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte–Panabo City government honored World War II veterans during the celebration of the 115th Philippine Independence Day.
Tourism Officer Cher Magallon Bastida said the city government has been dedicating Independence Day celebration to the living and the dead heroes, among whom are the local WW II veterans of the city.
Bastida estimated the veterans in Panabo to number about 100 who fought at the last line of defense in Ising Carmen, Davao del Norte side by side with American soldiers to resist the invasion of Japanese forces in the Davao Province.
After the civic parade with about 600 multi-sectoral participants, flag-raising, the wreath offering highlighted by 21 Gun Salute, city government officials of Panabo City led by Mayor Jose L. Silvosa paid tribute to WW II veterans by handing them flowers and 115th Independence Day memorabilia umbrella printed with Kalayaan logo.
Meanwhile, Bastida cited the Panabo City Park as the regular site of Independence Day celebration because “it is location of the city museum and the Rizal shrine.”
Aside from displaying historical and cultural facts of the city, the Panabo Museum houses memorabilia and facts about the “Ising War” that happened in nearby municipality of Carmen just 10 kilometers away from Panabo.
Aside from holding a well participated Independence Day rites, the city government of Panabo also opened the Panabo Museum for public viewing of cultural and historical displays. (PIA XI/Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)