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Helping Indigenous cultural minorities

The law requires municipalities, cities and provinces to appoint representatives of Indigenous Cultural Minorities (ICMs) to the municipal, city and provincial councils if there are enough of them who are living within their jurisdictions. This is a wonderful provision in the law, but it seems that its implementation is not uniformly or consistently done all over the country. At the outset, I would say that the Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) are the agencies that should take the lead in implementing these laws, but it seems difficult to gather compliance data about which jurisdictions are abiding with the laws and which ones are not. Aside from the two NGAs and the three levels of LGUs, I believe that the role of NGOs in the overall implementation should also be recognized, including the many churches-based organizations (CBOs) that are helping the ICMs everywhere. Counting everyone, there should be a three-w
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National energy independence

The Netherlands and Bhutan are two countries that do not have oil deposits, and yet they are net exporters of energy. The Netherlands because they tapped their natural gas deposits, and Bhutan because of their hydropower plants. Although I could only cite two examples, that is already sufficient proof that a country could become a net exporter of energy, even if it does not have oil deposits. But what about the Philippines? Could we possibly become a net exporter of energy? I would say that in theory, we could become one, but on the condition that we decrease our oil imports and increase our own local power generation. That might sound like a tall order, but we do have the assets that could make it happen. There are many countries that are now net exporters of energy, simply because they have oil deposits. By comparison, we do have oil deposits too, but the difference between these countries and the Philippines, is that they have tapped their deposits, and we have not. At least, not e

The Sangguniang Kabataan

In the Philippines , the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) is subject to rules and regulations that govern the proper use of SK funds to ensure transparency, accountability, and responsible financial management. The SK is not allowed to withdraw any amount from their SK funds without following specific provisions and controlling factors. Here are some important points to consider regarding the use of SK funds and oversight of SK functions:   Guidelines for SK Funds : SK funds are governed by the Local Government Code of 1991 and its subsequent amendments, as well as the SK Reform Act of 2015. These laws provide guidelines on the allocation, disbursement, and utilization of SK funds for youth development programs and projects.   Budgeting and Approval Process: The SK is required to prepare an annual budget that outlines proposed expenditures for youth programs and activities. This budget must be approved by the SK Council through a majority vote and endorsed by the barangay council.

Color coding of garbage trucks

For so many years now, many LGUs have been trying to implement waste recycling programs in their own localities, but very few seem to have succeeded. By the looks of it, many local officials seem resigned to the idea of doing the same thing repeatedly, and expecting different results, which is Einstein’s definition of insanity. Is it therefore the time now to try something different? So that we could have different results? Instead of just having one type of garbage truck picking up both biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste materials, why not have two separate trucks to do that, with two separate schedules? That way, the biodegradable waste, which is mostly food waste, could be brought directly to a biodigester facility, where these could be composted and converted to organic fertilizer. Without the biodegradable waste, it would be easier to sort the non-biodegradable waste, which is mostly recyclables. Better still, we should make it compulsory to sort or segregate the non

Waste management

Zero waste management is an approach that aims to minimize the amount of waste generated and sent to landfills or incinerators by promoting waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting. Proper waste segregation is a fundamental step in zero waste management, as it allows for the efficient sorting of waste materials to facilitate recycling and composting processes. Here are the steps involved in zero waste management relative to waste segregation, from collecting waste to recycling to proper waste disposal:   Waste Collection The first step in zero waste management is the collection of waste from households, businesses, and public areas. Waste collection systems should be organized to ensure that different types of waste are collected separately to facilitate segregation at the source.   Waste Segregation Waste segregation involves sorting waste into different categories based on their composition and recyclability. Common segregation categories include biodegradable

We are never alone

“BEHOLD, the hour cometh, and it is now come, that you shall be scattered every man to his own, and shall leave me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.” (Jn 16,32) These words of Christ should remind us of what to expect when we truly follow him. We can expect to be misunderstood and abandoned, and yet we should never feel alone because, as Christ said of himself which can also be said of us if we follow him, we can never be alone, because the Father will always be with us. We just have to train our human faculties—our intelligence and will, our emotions, memory and imagination, etc.—to align themselves to this truth of our faith. Let’s remember that we are not meant to be guided only by our natural powers. Given the way God wants us to be, we should be guided by God’s supernatural powers—the faith he shares with us, and the many graces and blessings he gives us. When we feel alone, we have to convince ourselves that we are not with God, and thus, should

From national security to food security: Retired cop pursues farming thru LANDBANK

AFTER  25 years in service, retired policeman Ritchie Tenegra ventured into poultry farming, and through LANDBANK’s support, now contributes to enhancing food security for the local community. LEON, Iloilo—From his sworn oath to ‘serve and protect’ the community for 25 years as a dedicated police officer, Ritchie Tenegra shifted his focus towards an equally meaningful purpose: food security. He has since embraced retirement by pursuing his other passion of poultry farming, and is now one of the reliable food suppliers in this town. At a young age, Ritchie saw the potential of animal farming through his parents who owned a piggery. He later followed their footsteps and established his own small piggery in his backyard in 2010 as an additional source of income to support his family. While still in the police force, he had limited capital to start his piggery operations. So Ritchie applied to be a beneficiary of the Swine Dispersal Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA), and