KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Rotarians: education and hope catalysts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 13:59

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts….” (Colossians 3:16, the Holy Bible).
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THE COJUANGCOS WILL SURVIVE SC ORDER: Kris Aquino is right—the Cojuangco family will survive the Supreme Court order directing the distribution of the lands comprising the Hacienda Luisita to its farm workers—they have been through worse situations before, and they came out literally unscathed.

Under martial law, Cojuangco assets—bank, bus company, car dealership and construction firm—were taken from them. Even the sugar produced from Luisita was taken from them by the National Sugar Trading Administration, and paid at a price dictated on the family, and at a time the government then felt like paying. Yet, they managed to get through somehow. Wow!!!
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FILIPINO ROTARIANS: EDUCATION CATALYSTS: Filipino kids have a lot to thank Rotarians from the Philippines for, especially the kids studying at the Capandanan Elementary School near the Lingayen Gulf in Lingayen City, Pangasinan, and at the Yao Yawi Elementary School 1 and 2 at the foot of a mountain in a province which has bred the likes of former President Fidel Valdez Ramos.

When their kabaleyan (provincemate) Millie Versoza became the ChangeMaker President of the Rotary Club of Sampaloc under District 3810 of Rotary International for Rotary Year 2011-2012, the students have been made as a priority concern of her club, and were provided with books under Rotary’s Books Across the Seas project.

President Millie, a corporate lawyer by profession who holds office in Makati City, took note that the schools’ more than 1,000 students do not have books and libraries at all as they go through their daily classes. She decided to make education more meaningful to the kids by giving them books, as well as a feeding program that entices the students to perform better with free food while studying.
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ROTARIANS AND URBAN GARDENING IN MANILA: But providing better education for the youth of her home province is not the only concern of Millie, a certified Pangalatoc and a genuine Ilocano. She is also pushing informal residents of Sampaloc, Manila, her club’s area of jurisdiction, to go into urban gardening and producing, instead of buying, much of the food that they eat daily, using plastic bottles and containers as plant boxes.

With the aid of RC Sampaloc’s Past President Leon Valera, Millie’s presidency is holding a regular contest among the urban gardening participants, to make them produce the best eggplant, best okra, best bell pepper, or best pechay, portions of which are sold to interested persons, thereby making sure that the residents earn, while providing for what they need.

Last but not least, Millie is also helping Mangyan tribesmen tend a parcel of land in Clark, Pampanga planted with a special kind of tamarind called the “macam”, for export to Bangkok, Thailand and other parts of the world. Mabuhay, President Millie Versoza!!!
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END OF THE WORLD PRECEDED BY ROARING WATERS: Water roaring from the seas along Australia’s east coast killed a child and isolated villages situated in New South Wales and Moree, reports said. As distressed and confused Australians scrambled for safety, Luke 21:25 of the Bible booms: “…On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea”, a warning about the end of the world being preceded by waters from the seas roaring through land.