KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: SM in tree-cutting row; OWWA reacts PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:52

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’…” (Jesus Christ, in Matthew 6:19-21, the Holy Bible).
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WAS THERE A THREAT OR WHAT? Was there really a threat to bomb the 2012 annual procession in honor of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo, Manila last Monday, January 09, 2012? Or was it merely a cheap attempt to discourage Catholics from showing their numbers during the procession? Whatever, let us all thank God in the name of Jesus that no bombs exploded and no devotee got killed.
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NATIONAL ARTIST NEEDS BLOOD DONORS: Here is an item from the e-group of the UP Sigma Rho Fraternity: “National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon `Billy’ Abueva, who donated many artworks to UP, taught for decades at UP College of Fine Arts, and was a former dean of the college, is suffering from ruptured bladder. He is currently confined at the National Kidney Institute, and needs blood donors. To those willing to donate, please contact Amihan Abueva (0917-801-8166)…”
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SM BAGUIO’S PLAN TO CUT/UPROOT PINE TREES HITS A SNAG: The Internet is now abuzz with an online petition from residents of Baguio City asking President Aquino, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje, and Presidential Adviser on Environmental Protection Nereus Acosta, to recall a permit issued to SM Baguio City allowing it to cut or uproot 182 pine trees just to give way to a new parking lot for the shopping mall.
The petition could be found at www.gopetition.com, under the heading “Stop the Cutting/Uprooting of Trees at SM Baguio”, and is seeking signatories. The organizers are also calling for a boycott of SM, street protests, and for the occupation of the area where the cutting or uprooting of the pine trees will be carried out.

“The SM Development Corp (SMDC) is set to cut 43 fully grown Alnus japonica trees while also intending to uproot 97 growing pine trees (Pinus kesiya) and 42 saplings, virtually sentencing to death a total of 182 trees within the Luneta Hill area, to pave the way for a parking lot (which is) totally unacceptable and callously insensitive to the importance of trees to environment and ecology,” the petition reads.
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OWWA ACTS ON MINDANAO “BALIK PINAY” SCAM: Administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) immediately reacted to our column item about two women from Misamis Occidental complaining of a scam in its “Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay” program. She immediately called up the OWWA office in Mindanao and directed the delivery of the sum of P5,000.00 each to the participants of the program.

The women called me up Monday morning through cellphone number 09067979135. They told me that they are part of a group of 31 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who participated in OWWA’s “Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay” program after they lost their jobs abroad. They underwent a seminar to teach them how to bake cookies, and were given steamers to start their own businesses.

The women said they and their 29 colleagues were also supposed to be given P5,000.00 each, to serve as initial capital. When they went to collect the money, however, the Public Employment Service Office of Misamis Occidental told them that they will not be receiving even a single centavo anymore, because the funds intended for them were diverted to help Sendong victims.

Dimzon told me that there was no authorization for the diversion of the money intended for the “Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay” program for the Sendong victims. She promised to deliver the money to the beneficiaries after talking to officials in Misamis Occidental. Abangan ang susunod na kabanata, or let’s see what happens!!!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:53