Rotary District 3810 leads peace drive PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 August 2016 15:14



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another…” (1 Peter 4:10, the Holy Bible).

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ROTARY DISTRICT 3810 LEADS PEACE DRIVE: Conflicts permeate every aspect of mankind’s daily living and, as the international organization of choice when it comes to selfless giving service to others who are in need around the world, Rotary International is now steeped into solving these conflicts by empowering various sectors of society with the necessary knowhow to effectively mediate and ultimately resolve disputes at the local levels.

In the Philippines, District 3810 of Rotary International is taking the lead, with Governor Ernest Yuyek formalizing the establishment of a peace and conflict unit for Rotarians from Manila, Pasay City, Cavite, and Occidental Mindoro, and appointing yours truly as the coordinator of peace and conflict efforts in these areas.

On Friday, August 05, 2016, Yuyek led Rotarians from District 3810 in holding yet another peace and conflict seminar, this time with teachers and administrative officers of Caniogan Elementary School in Pasig City, teaching them ways and means to mediate conflicts among themselves, and between them and the parents and students serviced by their school, through various provisions of existing laws.

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PEACE SEMINAR FOR WHOLE OF AUGUST: The seminar will last for the whole month of August 2016, and is being held every Friday. It will feature lectures by yours truly and my wife, who is the current All Star President of the Rotary Club (RC) of Intramuros, Judge Angelina Mauricio. One focus of the lectures will be the rights and obligations of teachers and school administrators under the doctrine of “special parental authority”.

Other topics include Civil Service Commission rules and regulations, status of teachers as persons in authority, the rights of children under Republic Act 7610 (the anti-child abuse law) and Presidential Decree 603 (or the Child and Youth Welfare Code), and the Juvenile Justice Law. Aside from RC Intramuros, sponsoring the seminar are 14 other District 3810 Clubs and their All Star Presidents.

They are Linda Buenafe, RC Manila Sta. Ana, Angie Batallones, RC Pasay EDSA, Bert Mabalot, RC F.B. Harrison, Julia Miranda, RC Manila Midtown, Julia Jatico, RC Pasay Friedens, Leonila Gumboc, RC Pasay Sinagtala, Wacky Arca, RC Espana, Triccia Buenaventura, RC Pasay SouthEast, James Tan, RC Manila Metro, Ed Toribio, RC Dasmarinas Cavite, Gina Chacon, RC Kalaw, Araceli Ang, RC Manila Remedios Circle, Erwin Macam, RC Metro Escolta, and Leonora Al Bawardy, RC MOA Pasay.

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FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED: While Rotary International’s focus in its peace and conflict prevention and resolution initiatives are world disputes that threaten the overall peace of different regions, District 3810 seeks to address disputes and disagreements among ordinary people who struggle in their day to day living.

The objective, as I explained to District Gov. Ernest Yuyek on Friday, is simply to equip the many sectors of Philippine society which, because of their work or their official positions, are in the forefront of confronting conflicts in the social milieu they have been thrust into.

Armed with even the basic rudiments of legal principles that govern the way people act and behave daily, these sectors could become peace fellows without them even knowing it, contributing to lessening or resolving a dispute that could otherwise erupt into a volative situation.

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THANK YOU, FELLOW ROTARIANS: In line with this, I thank the support given to the peace and conflict initiatives of District 3810 by the members of RC Intramuros, especially those who attended Friday’s seminar: Past President Floren Naguit and his wife Cynthia, President Elect Aries Balanay and his mother, President Nominee Susan Balanay, Secretary Debbie Tenorio, Rotarians Meds Casalta and Elvie Cabungcal Domingo. Thanks also to the administrative staff: Bing Mateo, Aris Dela Cruz, and Gil Adarayan.