An 18 year-old big-time drug pusher and his cohort were arrested in a buy-bust operation after selling four sachets of shabu to an agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on July 24, 2011 along Misamis St., Sto. Cristo, Bago Bantay, Quezon City.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez Jr. identified the suspects as Saber Hayatuddin and Abiya Uyag who yielded 20 grams of shabu worth P360,000.00. Also recovered from Hayatuddin were five Banco De Oro pass books bearing traces of big transactions as indicated in the deposits and withdrawals recorded in the bank documents. Gutierrez revealed that PDEA agents turned down a bribe offered by Hayatuddin and his relative amounting to P500,000.00 in exchange for the release of the suspect.
The arrest of Hayatuddin, according to Gutierrez, resulted from a series of surveillance operations conducted by PDEA agents after one taxi driver surrendered 1.9 kilos of shabu concealed in a black back-pack left by passengers in the compartment of his taxi on July 8, 2011.
Based on the sworn statement of the taxi driver whose identity was not disclosed for his personal safety, he was hired by a young man on or about nine o’clock in the evening on July 7, 2011 to transport small pieces of furniture and personal stuff.
The young man did not ride the taxi, however, his companions, two young women got in and requested the taxi driver to take them to a new apartment somewhere in Quezon City. After unloading their personal effects, the two women requested the taxi driver to take them to SM North Edsa.
It was hours later that the taxi driver discovered that a black back-pack was left in his compartment. Investigation disclosed that Hayatuddin is the same person who owned the black back-pack containing 1.9 kilos of shabu surrendered by the taxi driver. Raffy Rico/ Jimmy Camba
A group of women working in grassroots communities expressed strong disappointment over P-Noy’s State of the Nation Address which, they said was lacking both in depth and content.
Elizabeth Angsioco, National Chairperson of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP) likens President Aquino to a carpenter building a house but without a plan. “He aimlessly keeps on nailing things but has no vision of the house or plan on how the house will be constructed,” said Angsioco.
According to Angsioco, P-Noy’s SONA should have revisited his campaign promises as stated in his ‘Social Contract with the Filipino People.’ He failed to develop a concrete plan on how to achieve the 16 points in the contract, she stressed.
It is lamentable that the roadmap is still missing, Angsioco said. She shared that advocates are frustrated over the deliberate omission of Reproductive Health (RH) and the Freedom of Information (FOI) bills from the SONA. Angsioco stressed that these are crucial issues included in his campaign promises.
“This, we do not understand,” said Angsioco, “P-Noy continues to say in media that he supports RH and Responsible Parenthood bill, but he refuses to translate these statements into concrete action by pushing Congress to pass the bill,” she explains.
Angsioco said that advocates are wary that the non-inclusion of these controversial bills, especially RH, is PNoy’s way of placating the bishops, whom he mentioned and profusely thanked in his speech for unknown reasons.
Moreover, the non-inclusion of these important issues can also be read as a manifestation of his lack of political will. He should actually be able to use his big political capital for these controversial issues but he chose to keep quiet, she continued.
“As far as wang-wang mindset is concerned, this we have to say: isn’t making promises and not fulfilling them also part of it? After all, it’s like making people believe you’re going to do something about their problems but refusing to do it when you are already in power. Isn’t this misuse of political power? If this is so, it would seem like PNoy’s SONA showed us that he is not above the wang-wang mindset– the very thing he fights against,” Angsioco ended. Rhoda Avila, DSWP
The Quezon City government is gearing up for the mass relocation of informal settler families whose dwellings are built on flood-prone areas.
To be given priority in the relocation program are families whose homes transect waterways, especially along Waling-Waling and Gumamela Streets at Roxas District and the Calvary Hill and Isla Noah at Damayang Lagi.
“We want this undertaken the soonest possible time,” Mayor Herbert Bautista said during an emergency meeting of the QC Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (QCDRRMC) at the QC Hall on Tuesday at the height of the onslaught of tropical storm “Juaning” in the country.
The Mayor, during the meeting, reiterated that the planned resettlement of said families should not be misconstrued as demolition – the relocation is to be undertaken as a rescue effort by the city government.
A resolution has been adopted by the council during the meeting to signify the city government’s continuing effort to provide a permanent solution to the problem of informal settlements in QC.
The Mayor ordered former QC Police District director Elmo San Diego, who is action officer of the QCDRRMC, to oversee the relocation of the affected families “without prejudice to their rights.”
San Diego will be coordinating with the offices of the City Building Official, Urban Poor Affairs Office, Parks Development Administration Department and the General Services Development Department, in undertaking the relocation effort.
“Sa nakalipas na mga dekada, sila ang mga pamilyang lagi na lamang sinasagip ng ating pamahalaang lungsod tuwing may mga pagbaha. Napapanahon na upang bigyan natin ng permanenteng solusyon ang problemang ito,” said Mayor Butista.
The city is also eyeing to include in the relocation program informal settler families encroaching on the San Juan River, Tullahan River and Dario River.
At the height of tropical storm “Juaning,” the QCDRRMC mobilized personnel from the Barangay Operations Center, Engineering Department, Parks Development and Administration Department and the Social Services Development Department for rescue, relief and clean-up efforts.
Rescue boats and dump trucks were placed on standby alert.
San Diego, head of the city’s Department of Public Order and Safety, said the council also monitored the potential threat of runoff water from the Marikina River. Precy/ Ramir/ Ej/ Maureen Quiñones, PAISO
DA releases P20M for rainfed program to raise food production in one million hectares of poorest farms
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is releasing an initial P20 million in the third quarter for a national rainfed program aimed at raising food production in more than one million hectares of land tended by the country’s poorest farmers.
DA has partnered with India-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to carry out the Philippine Rainfed Agriculture Research and Development and Extension Program (PhiRARDEP).
DA will work on PhilRARDEP through its staff bureaus, Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), together with its Regional Field Units (RFU)- Regional Integrated Agricultural Research Centers (RIARCS), Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Centers (ATI-RTC) as well as selected State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
“DA Secretary (Proceso) Alcala will release P20 million this August for our rainfed program. We will be implementing programs that we have learned based on how the government of India put its money for what is important,” said ICRISAT Director General William D. Dar.
Coordinating agency for the PhiRARDEP will be BAR.
“PhiRARDEP’s components are rainfed farming innovation; community-based watershed management and soil conservation; policy formation; and capacity building. We will train technicians who will help marginal farmers in raising their income,” said BAR Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar.
While the Philippine government has in the past poured majority of its funding and policy support for irrigated agriculture, rainfed areas have been neglected despite its huge contribution to food production.
“Almost half of our food supply comes from rainfed areas. If it’s developed, maybe this can rise to 60 to 70 percent,” said ICRISAT Communications Director Rex Navarro.
The impact on farmers is also immense.
“The Philippines is predominantly rainfed. An estimated 20 million Filipinos are in these area. Farmers only depend on rainfall for their water supply which is why their income is limited specially if they plant only rice. What we’ll do is introduce to them other (drought-resistant) commodities,” said Eleazar.
Farmers in rainfed areas may only plant rice once a year instead of twice due to their rain-dependence. Among alternative crops considered to be drought-resistant or those requiring much less water compared to rice are root crops such as sweet potato and cassava and legumes including peanut, pigeonpea, chickpea, and sweet sorghum.
Alcala has also supported the planting of adlai, a rice-like crop known to be a staple of some Filipino natives in Mindanao, and white corn.
The importance of a rainfed agriculture program is expected to intensify due to the manifestation of climate change which poses a threat of reduction of water supply for agriculture along with increasing temperature or hotter climate.
DA-BAR earlier funded the Community Based Watershed Management (CBWM), a rainwater harvesting technique, in four sites—Tarlac, Bulacan, Ilocos Sur, and Bohol.
“Uplands represent about 74 percent of the country. Soil erosion is widespread in these areas with devastating impact on farm household. Poverty, poor infrastructure, lack of institutions and policies, unemployment, and poor health and sanitation are entrenched among these communities, according to a DA-BAR-ICRISAT report.
“(But) CBWM is a promising strategy to improve livelihood of upland farmers and abate ecological degradation.”
Pivotal to the success of CBWM is the participation of natives living in these areas and a program that satisfies their economic needs through relevant livelihood opportunities. These include rice farming, fishing, livestock raising and non-farm programs such as handicraft making.
CBWM taught farmers in these areas to conserve water through techniques like contour farming using hedgerows, trash line, and store lines which are systems of constructing plots that collect excess and store rainwater.
However, the major infrastructure program is the construction of weirs, concrete storage tank, small farm water reservoir, and spring development diversion dam.
Organic agriculture is also part of this program including composting, biogas technology, and liquid fertilizer production.
PhiRARDEP aims to replicate a watershed program of ICRISAT in the 464-hectare Adarsha Watershed, Kothapally in India which despite the abject absence of water or surface water sources like rivers has become a successful farming village.
Through a watershed approach that harnesses rainwater in check dams, sunken pits, and mini percolating tanks, farmers in Adarsha Watershed are able to plant many crops like corn, sorghum, and pigeonpea. As Adarsha’s dams recharge the groundwater, their dams have become sources of water that have been able to irrigate 60 hectares as of 1998. Adarsha’s irrigated area even augmented to 160 hectares as of 2008.
Because of the success of Adarsha Watershed, the watershed approach’s replication has been sanctioned by a national guideline of the Indian government. It has been multiplied in many Indian districts.
“Our compulsion here was for ICRISAT to come up with a good watershed model that approximates agricultural communities. So in this case even the lowest 500-hectare village can be a watershed,” said Dar, a former Philippine DA secretary.
Watershed areas may also expand to 1,000 to 2,000 hectares.
“One of ICRISAT’s biggest contribution in watershed management is on India’s national policy taking learning from Kothapally. The guidelines have changed as a result of ICRISAT’s experience. They used to have just a few hectares. Now they have made it wider, so the impact is bigger . They also included vulnerable groups like women and children and livelihod programs. Before the original watershed program was just on soil conservation and moisture content,” said Dr. Rosana P. Mula, CBWM resource person.
CBWM, implemented in the Philippines since 2005, also had a component for coconut-based processed food production including vinegar, nata de coco, and macaroons. BAR-DA
Hard work and strong determination have resulted in another success story for the Quezon City government.
The QC government will be receiving a prestigious award on July 29 (Friday) from Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for Best Practices for Local Government Unit category for the exemplary performance of the QC Anti-Drug Abuse Council (QCADAAC) chaired by Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte.
QCADAAC has been selected as the best anti-drug abuse council among LGUs in the country due to its outstanding accomplishments and performance in eradicating illegal drugs in the city through a prevention and control strategy.
As this developed, Dr. Roderic Dumas, director of the council, has vowed to be more active and vigilant in addressing the city’s drug problem through a concerted effort by different groups and organizations, including public and private schools.
Earlier, Mayor Herbert M. Bautista and Vice Mayor Belmonte led a QCADAAC school summit dubbed as “Drug Abuse Prevention…A Shared Responsibility,” which enlisted the support of school administrators, guidance counselors and security officers of public and private schools in the city’s continuing drive against drug abuse.
Vice Mayor Belmonte strongly believed that there is a need for a strong preventive education program in city schools to effectively address the illegal drug problem and help secure a better future for the city’s youth.
Belmonte is targeting a decrease in reported drug abuse cases being referred to QCADAAC. For the period 2002 to 2010, cases reported to the council reached a total of 5,000 and involved young people within the age range of 12 to 17. Most of them were from District II.
QCADAAC had earlier launched its 2011 Action Plan which includes a proposed drug supply reduction strategy and assistance package for law enforcers who will be given vital functions in the total dismantling of all drug syndicates, including their financiers and cohorts in the city.
The council is also planning to conduct random drug testing among barangay officials including barangay tanods and city hall employees. Maureen Quiñones, PAISO
Leadership is an important function of management which helps to maximize efficiency and to achieve organizational goals.
On 17 July 2011, Sunday, 4:00 in the afternoon, a new leadership will be written in the history of the Knights of Columbus Manila Council 1000 with Luzon Deputy Arsenio Isidro G. Yap as the guest of honor and speaker. With the theme: “I Am My Brothers Keepers,” the Installation of the 2011-2012 Officers and Induction of Service Directors and Committee Chairmen will be held at the KCMC 1000 Gymnasium, Gen. Luna corner Beaterio Sts., Intramuros, Manila.
The programme consists of three parts Fraternal Mass, Installation Proper, and Fraternal Dinner and Entertainment. The turnover of Gavel of Authority and Flag of responsibility as well as the awarding of PGK pin and PGK jewel to the outgoing Grand Knight will be headed by Bro. Diosdado A. Sapo; while Bro. Efren Edgard P. Dieta, PGK will serve as the Master of Ceremony.
“With this my brother-knight, we would like to enjoin you and your family to be our inspiration and strength in committing ourselves to perform our respective tasks with utmost pride and excellence,” Grand Knight Sapo cited on his invitation letter to witness the event.
“Indeed seeing you and your beloved family exchange sweet smile among our fellow Brother-Knights on this momentous event will be highly appreciated,” Sapo added.
According to www.managementstudyguide.com, some points to justify the importance of leadership in a concern are initiate action, motivation, providing guidance, creating confidence, building morale, builds work environment, and coordination.
These are the keys for the continuous success and blessings received by the Knights of Columbus, which started by the KoC founder Fr. George J. Willmann. Yen Ocampo
The Knights of Columbus in the Philippines express their deepest condolences to the death of Supreme Secretary Emilio B. Moure.
The Supreme Secretary of the Order of the Knights of Columbus died shortly yesterday after battling cancer at the age of 54.
Moure was born in Havana, Cuba but at early age he was moved to United States together with his family. He graduated with the degree of Bachelor in business administration with a major in accounting from the University of Long Beach and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in executive management from the University of La Verne.
Moure joined the Knights in January 1985, and was a member of James Cardinal McIntyre Council 6332 and Santiago de Compostela Assembly in California. He began working at the Supreme Council headquarters in April 2007 as Executive Vice President for Business Process Management. In October 2009, he was appointed as Supreme Treasurer, and then in September 2010 he was named Supreme Secretary.
Moure used his talents to organize and implement the Order’s Hispanic programs, such as the Marian Congress on Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Guadalupe Festival; and he was also instrumental in forging the Order’s relationship with the Global Wheelchair Association, which provides free wheelchairs to needy individuals around the globe.
Meanwhile, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson described Moure as a trusted colleague and a good friend who always had the growth and welfare of the Order at heart. Anderson added that they will miss Moure’s wise judgment, collegiality, kindness and deep faith with the Lord.
Moure is survived by his wife of 31 years, Rebeca, their two sons, and two grandchildren.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Supreme Chaplain, Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport on Tuesday July 26, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven. A memorial service will also be held on Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Santiago de Compostela Church in Lake Forest, CA. Yen Ocampo
For President Aquino, environmental security is the highest form of national security.
This was disclosed today by Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, saying that the marching order given to the DENR and the other agencies comprising the Cabinet cluster on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation was to “prioritize the welfare of the poor and future generations”.
“Ang hangarin ng pamahalaan Aquino ay isang malinis na kapaligiran, mayabong na likas na yaman, at isang matatag na lipunan na kayang harapin ang epekto ng climate change,” Paje stressed.
Paje chairs the Climate Change cluster, whose membership includes 11 government agencies, including the National Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the Metro Manila Development Authority, with the Climate Change Commission as the secretariat. Based on Executive Order (EO) No. 43 issued by President Aquino in May 2010, the cluster shall take the lead in pursuing measures to adapt to, and mitigate the effects of, climate change in the country.
Paje said that government’s environmental programs are designed with multi-faceted objectives, namely, to combat climate change, to improve the socio-economic condition of communities in the rural and upland areas, and to ensure food and water supply security.
Towards this end, he explained that the inclusion of fruit-bearing trees in the reforestation efforts under the National Greening Program (NGP) was intended to also provide alternative source of livelihood to farmers and lessen their dependence on standing forest trees.
Paje explained: “Kapag ang tingin ng ating mga upland farmers sa punong-kahoy ay panggamot kung may sakit ang kanilang kapamilya o pagkain kapag po nagugutom, hindi po matitigil ang illegal logging. Kaya dito sa National Greening Program hindi po lamang ito pagtatanim ng punong kahoy sa mga kagubatan, kami po ay nagtutulungan ng Department of Agriculture at ng Agrarian Reform sa pagtatanim ng mga fruit-bearing trees tulad ng mangga, coffee, cacao, at iba pang pananim, at i-turnover natin ang mga ito sa mga komunidad. Ang plantasyong ito ang magiging source of livelihood nila upang ‘di nila titingnan yong gubat na source ng kanilang pagkain o panggamot.”
The DENR chief also appealed to Filipinos to stop doubting the government in implementing programs for the environment and the poor, but instead urged them to support these to ensure their success. “Kung lahat magtutulong-tulong, walang programang di matutupad,” he stressed.
He illustrated the importance of such partnerships in providing impetus to present programs, particularly those on clean air and water, which were two of the President’s environmental priorities upon taking office in June 2010. “Ang paghinga ng malinis na hangin at pag-inom ng malinis na tubig ay karapatan ng bawat mamamayan, mayaman man o mahirap, dapat patas lang,” said Paje.
He cited the marked improvement in Metro Manila’s air quality since 2010, measured by the level of total suspended particulates (TSP), and which he attributed to programs initiated with civil society and other government agencies especially in the enforcement of clean air laws.
The environment chief admitted, however, the need for additional measures since “administrative reforms can only do so much”. He expressed support to the proposal of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago to reduce the volume of vehicles on the road to address traffic jams that contribute to air pollution and global warming.
Paje also noted the “high response” of the private sector to the DENR’s “Adopt-an-Estero” program. According to him, there are now 182 private companies nationwide that have partnered with the DENR to clean up waterways. Ayda Zoleta, PAO-DENR
AGRARIAN Reform Undersecretary Jerry Pacturan (2nd from left) shakes hands with Balingoan, Misamis Oriental Mayor Perlita Espero as he hands to her a letter of intent that provides P46.5 Million worth of basic rural infrastructure projects in her locality, which from part of the contribution of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the newly launched Mount Balatukan Range Convergence Agro-Enterprise Cluster in the first district of Misamis Oriental. The DAR, DA, and the DENR and partner private agencies have committed close to P1 Billion worth of basic rural infrastructure and livelihood projects this year alone to preserve Mt. Balatukan as a watershed area, while promoting the economic well-being of the Northeastern part of Misamis Oriental by planning within its perimeter areas cash crops such as vegetables, bananas, corn, cassava and by developing agro-forestry, among others. Looking on are Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno (right) and DAR Northern Mindanap Regional Director Felixberto Aguhob.