Friday, August 3, 2012

Basketball in the heart of the people.

Rural Basketball: Even dog can enjoy and play the game

Basketball is one of the major sports that most Filipinos really plays. This particular game is already part of the Filipino culture and tradition. Despite the lack of heights among Filipinos, our youth today plays the game with commitment, enthusiasm, and passion. Moreover, people from different walks of life enjoy watching and playing this game. In the academe, basketball also create better opportunity for students to enhance character building and personal development. Basketball teaches the students to work collectively and passionately. It also improve self confidence and self worth. Game basketball is a team game which also emphasize on the importance of teamwork. As the saying goes, "talents can win games but teamwork can win championships and support among the people". Talent alone is not guaranty to win the passion and hearts of the people. Its all about working together for a common goal. This sport does not require fiber glass basketball boards and wood -courts nor new shoes for the players. As long as the players within the team did their very best while playing the game, in the eyes of the people, you are already a winner. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Flora or Fauna?

Conservation of species is one important step in preserving and conserving specific type of habitat. Different types of habitat in the Philippines from marine to terrestrial habitats are already on the state of decline and degradation. Most Filipinos in our time are still speechless and irresponsible and unresponsive to the different issues of the state of the Philippine environment. Struggle for scientific, patriotic and responsible and sustainable use of resources for the benefits of Filipinos are already visible in the fronts of our society. The issue of nationalizing mining industries for national industrialization is one major step towards a nationalist, progressive economy for the Filipinos. As long as the self centered individuals are the one's ruling the government, the struggle better protection of the environment will continue.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

BCFASU-ADLO: The Genuine Union of Brokenshire College Faculty and Staff

Brokenshire College Faculty and Staff Union - Association of Democratic Labor Organizations (BCFASU-ADLO) was established to uphold the rights of the rank and file employees of Brokenshire College. Finally, a genuine, patriotic and progressive union has landed in the portals of Brokenshire. Employees democratic rights are finally manifested. People's struggle for genuine and just working environment can be now realized with the proper guidance and commitment of the members of the union to create a just, responsible, working environment in the college.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Academe should introduce common language in all subject areas.

Its quite irony that developed and developing countries used their native language as their medium of instructions.Language is a critical barrier for many people to understand instructions and simple concepts. Many people have difficulty in analyzing and answering simple questions because of language barrier. Its high time to take into consideration the importance of using our own dialect for instructions, extensions and research in different academic institutions either primary, secondary or tertiary. Like other Southeast Asia Countries and Asian countries as well as European countries, they patronized their own dialect as a sign of nationalism and patriotism. Why can't we use our own dialect to have progressive development in terms of educating our people. With proper implementation, our country will soon be a progressive one in terms of educating its citizen.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Conservation of Life's Integrity: A Mission for God's Creations Sustainability

Many of us have wondered why calamities are seems inevitable nowadays. Many people and organizations, both government and non-government tried several ways and means to minimize the impact of human encroachment to the environment. However, the government failed to provide better and sustainable alternatives by implementing policies which are destructive to the environment like for instance, the mining law. Department of Natural Resources failed to established strict implementing rules and regulations in terms of granting mining permits to multinationals and other corporations. Some of our politicians still doing some dirty jobs in order to prevent the implementation of NIPAS law in their respective municipalities and communities.

The question among Filipinos particularly the vulnerable members of our society, is there still hope for mother nature's survival in our country? Many this is also a question that most of us would ponder. How can we contribute to the survival of our flora and fauna which are unique and endemic in our archipelago. Its time to decide on which side you prefer, destruction or conservation?

Let's us work together and be united in our quest for a better Philippines for the majority and not for the few selfish individuals. God bless the Philippines

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

OIl Deregulation Law: Great Barrier for Stable Oil Price

Our country whose economy is overly dependent on crude oil from middle east has been affected by regular increases in the world market according to the department of energy. However, it seems that this government agency which supposed to be monitoring and controlling the oil prices has turned into an agency that protect the interests of the big petroleum companies in the country. There is a contradiction in terms of  policy and interests. The Philippine 1987 Constitution always uphold the interests of all and not only for the few members in the society. It is clearly stated in the preamble that the government must uphold what is the common good.Uphold what is right and just. Uphold the basic values of order and equality. These provisions are just merely written for the sake of having a constitution. Furthermore, marginalized sectors of our society don't have really full access to the social services our government supposed to be given to the people. Our national budget has given more percentage for debt services and increased the budget for national defense instead for increased budget for health services, education and other social services. People clamor for more better service from the government. People demand for genuine land reform. People clamor for better living through better opportunities in terms of livelihood. People clamor for nationalist industrialization which can improve production and income for the government. People demand for sustainable use of the scarce resources. People long for genuine peace. And finally Filipinos long for better life amidst corruptions and violence.... Is peace and prosperity for all Filipinos and not for the few, is only a dream? 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Conservation or Destruction: An issue of concern regarding mining operations in the countryside

According to Mining Act of 1995, there are certain areas which are considered protected area. Areas CLOSED to mining applications:
• Areas covered by valid and existing mining rights and applications;
• Old growth or virgin forests, mossy forests, national parks, provincial/municipal forests, tree parks, greenbelts,game refuge, bird sanctuaries and areas proclaimed as marine reserve/marine parks and sanctuaries and areasproclaimed as marine reserve/marine parks and tourist zones as defined by law and identified initial components of the NIPAS, and such areas as expressly prohibited thereunder, as well as under DENR Administrative Order No. 25, s.1992, and other laws;
• Areas which the Secretary may exclude based, inter alia, or proper assessment of their environmental impacts and implications on sustainable land uses, such as built-up areas and critical watershed with appropriate barangay/municipal/provincial Sanggunian ordinances specifying therein the location and specific boundaries of the concerned area; and
• Areas expressly prohibited by law.

However, as we have notice nowadays, especially in CARAGA region and Compostela Valley in which these regions are considered rich mineral resource areas in Mindanao  already experienced heavy deforestation and destruction of dipterocarp forests for commercial logging (legal) and also illegal logging. Another factor that would increase the chance of irreversible destruction of these remaining forest resources is the entry of multinational mining companies. According to Joan Jaime of Kalipunan ng mga katutubong mamamayan ng Pilipinas (Kamp), "This is an issue of life-and-death not only for the indigenous peoples but also for the whole nation. If all of the mining projects will push through, the damage on the environment and on the people’s lives would be irreparable". A national alliance of indigenous peoples’ groups has once again raised the alarm against the effects of foreign-controlled large-scale mining. Jaime said that based on the initial and partial estimation of the approved and renewed mining projects as of October 2010, most of the mining projects are within the ancestral lands of indigenous peoples.

Citing data from the Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Jaime said that of the six projects with Financial or Technical Assistance Agreements (FTAA), five are within the ancestral domain of indigenous peoples covering more than 103,000 hectares. The FTAA is a contract between the Philippine government and mining companies allowing the latter to undertake large-scale exploration and development of minerals. It allows up to 100-percent foreign ownership in a mining project.

It is quite clear in the mining act of 1995 that areas considered as protected areas as defined by law and identified initial components of the NIPAS, and such areas as expressly prohibited thereunder, as well as under DENR Administrative Order No. 25, s.1992, and other laws. Indigenous people long before were already associated with the remaining forests in the country as part of their ancestral domain are also in great danger of losing their lands to multinational mining companies. They put havoc and threat to the very existence of our indigenous people's culture and heritage.

In many parts of Mindanao, the situation of indige
nous peoples is almost the same. In Surigao and Agusan provinces, Lumad groups Manobo, Mamanwa, Talaandig, Higaonon are most affected, Jaime said. In Bukidnon, Jaime said a “mining highway” was constructed for easier access of mining TNCs to areas. Dams are also being built to provide electricity for mining operations.Meanwhile, in Davao region, 14 MPSA cover more than 35,000 hectares and 1 EP covers 24,600 hectares. There are five MPSA and two EP in Compostela Valley affecting Lumad tribes. In the quad-boundary of Socsksargen, Western Mining Corporation has taken over almost 100,000 hectares. At least 240,000 Lumads will be displaced by the operations.

In Zamboanga Peninsula, 13 MPSAs cover almost 43,00 hectares. The TVI Resource Development operating the Canatuan mine in Zamboanga del Norte is planning to expand its operations to other parts of Western Mindanao.

In the present Aquino administration, PNOY did not change the mining policy. He reformed it to become more aggressive in enticing mining TNCs,” Jaime said.

Try to see ponder on the pictures regarding the effect of mining to the environment. Then tell me if it is beneficial to the environment and majority of Filipinos....

As a concerned Filipino citizen, I am one who will stand against MINING activities in the country!