Saturday, September 29, 2012

Valor and Public Service

                                                      By The Arbitrary Pointer

The evocative passing of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo ended the standoff of the people who are on the contrasting denomination of life. His death, I could say, is also a judicial mourning of the land. The nation who holds trust from its people seems to have fallen on the ground of ferocious sulfur as its layback also fell from the position holding the highest authority that controlled the peace and order of the country. This is actually what we call ‘surrogated margin.’

I just thought how this man shaped his city and his people when he was still mayor of Naga City. I even imagined how he devoted himself as DILG secretary posing example of good governance. To note, his administration was characterized by honesty, integrity, and empathy for the less fortunate residents of the said place. Thus, he received numerous awards including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for public service and a United Nations award for his contributions to women’s health and equality.

When the Philippine President Aquino appointed him as DILG secretary, the people seemingly felt shining glimpse of the future especially in crime prevention and other criminality prelusion in the country since he was first known to be a mayor of peace and classified leadership in Naga City.

The death grip of corruption may not be possible if he has not been installed as secretary. I saw this when Dumaguete City flaunted in progress on illegal drug prevention in his leadership. When he visited the province of Negros Oriental, there was actually visible improvement like the reduction of crime rates in the province to name one. Thus, I could say, he is a man dedicated to restoring the good name of government service.

It appears, moreover, that his stay, although permuted shortly, has created positive result in the willful government service. If only a government figure is optimistic and devoted to breaking the chord of poverty in a place, there will really be change in all aspects of human nailing the divine. But sad to say, only a few bathing people have this personality who intently dedicated their life for the people, the community and the country in general.

In the promulgated decency of the land (I am talking here the law), how many of you will proudly say “I have been part of that development, thus I will obey it!” Perhaps, only a few!  Why? Because you let yourself tied of ignorance and money! You see, this seems far out in your mind, but that is actually what the secretary (in the interior and local government) is trying to break and I see it slowly realizing.

I have observed, through his leadership, things that are long been aimed by people which are supposed to be given by the previous leaders in the country who roped the position in a long time. Only him, who have worked below the belt, filtering this conscience and beatitude,  not even  minding pains he may encounter in the road of fiery and fencing battlefield (the politics).

Secretary Jesse Robredo may be gone but he was made immortal by his legacy of good governance. I am hoping that may other people in the land trail his footsteps.  May his bravery, dedication and persistence in fighting the-beyond-intelligence acts of people who are thirsty of political position encourage you to also protect the land and the people.

His passing, I believed is a challenge to all of us to continue his bourn legacy! Sec. Jesse Robredo, you are truly a MAN!

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A Change to Ponder


It is quite impressive to see the Negros Oriental State University administration taking steps that count. The making of the identification cards (IDs) inside the university is yet another move the administration is worth commending. It shows that the administration is indeed looking after the betterment of the studentry.

The Student Affairs Office (SAO) has initiated this progress wherein students need not anymore go outside the campus to have their IDs made. In fact, SAO Director Giovanni Macahig said that they have decided to make IDs inside their office since they now have an ID maker machine, a signature pad, a tripod, a digital camera, and a laptop.

Moreover, Macahig said they have changed the usual process where students are asked to present their load slips, have their photos taken at SAO and have it made at the DBM. The two are literally away from each other and it would be a hassle for the students to go there for processing. He said students this time will only present their load slips and fill up a provided datasheet. After that, they can have their photos taken.

With this, we, the students, have no more excuses to have our IDs made late. We are responsible to secure IDs which serve as our gate pass so that security guards will no longer bar us upon entrance. There will be no more reasons to complain and blame the security guards if we cannot attend our classes because we were not able to get inside the campus.

You see, security guards are just following directives from the administration. In this account, we say they are performing their job well. This calls for a need to cooperate with them and be obedient students to the community.

Since the university did not stop in seeking ways to heighten the level of our educational enhancement, perhaps, we also need to pay back their labor and action.

As responsible students, it is our job to follow directives willfully to avoid hassles and misunderstandings. The SAO told us to have our IDs made earlier because the instruction to disallow students without IDs from entering the campus has been given to the security guards already. It is therefore a clear mandate that we ought to validate our school IDs.

Since we want no conflict and misinterpretation, we need to be keen followers of the promulgated law. After all, the benefit comes back to us. All in all, the improvement of our school can only be made possible if we give our total support and cooperation to the university.

On Land Sovereignty: A Call for Peace Talks and Understanding

                                                     By The Arbitrary Pointer

The Philippines is once again confronted with issues on land ownership dispute. This is not far from last year’s issue on Spratly Island where our country wrestled for constitutional ingenuity. In fact, China recently ordered the Philippines to withdraw claims of owning the Scarborough (or the Panatag) Shoal—known to be a rich natural resource for different fishes and corals, natural gas, minerals, and oil deposits—which is geographically located in the boundary of the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea.

According to the People’s Government of China (PGC), they [China] should be the ones controlling the island because it is part of their country’s territorial sovereignty. They furthered that if the Philippines will not give the island to them, a possible of war might occur wherein PGC said that they may force to send military men to attack the Philippines if its government will remain hardheaded and unyielding.

On the other hand, the Philippine government insisted that the country is the rightful owner of the island basing on the 200 nautical miles (370 km) of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). It is found in the Philippine constitution, that the EEZ under Presidential Decree No. 1599 issued by President Ferdinand Marcos on June 1978, enables the state to have special rights over the exploration and use of marine resources, including production of energy from water and wind.

The Philippine Coast Guard Patrol Vessel and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources slashed their standoff with the China Sea Bureau of Coast Guard Patrol after two months and one week of deliberate argument, leaving each side in total disagreement. With this, the Philippines’ position on its claim over the Scarborough Shoal is steadfast and irrevocable and that China’s threats would not weaken the Philippines’ spirit.

We have witnessed the misunderstanding of both parties on the local and international news. The media have added fire to the issue after creating hearsays of a possible war between the two parties.

You see, if the conflict continues, our long-aimed partnership, camaraderie and understanding with China will turn to false hopes.

My countrymen, this calls for a great evaluation between the two countries—the Philippines and the Republic of China. Both nations must conduct peace talks and fair negotiations. There must be guiding principles that would limit the claim in each party. There must be friendly discussions that would determine as to who really owns the island. Moreover, every one of them must listen to each side’s explanations so as to gain respect from both parties.

With this, we just hope that they will open their minds and hearts in order to acquire peace and understanding. We hope that China will not have false boasts of its assumed claim of the Scarborough Shoal. And we hope that our government will fight for its rights over the island, over its national treasure.
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