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2013 - Change and Challenges

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2013 is a litmus test for the Aquino administration and the nation.   While President Noynoy Aquino remains steadfast in fighting corruption in government, the public is starting to perceive that PNoy’s crusade, matuwid na daan is strewn with broken glass because his administration is weak to take firm actions to correct wrongdoings that have been made public.  The campaign against corruption bannered by the Aquino presidential campaign in 2010 created a sense of high expectation but the events starting in mid-2013 began to create howls of public criticisms.  Perception of weak governance is amplified by the attitude of President and his officials and how they conducted themselves when outbreaks and plagues of man and nature both struck government and different places of the country.  The height of these, is when super typhoon Yolanda hit most of the Visayas islands, a natural disaster that has turned into a national tragedy.



Housing co-ops hit delays in approval of informal settlers’ proposals for housing relocation

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Thousands of informal settlers who are members of housing co-ops are poised to picket the board meeting of the Social Housing Financing Corporation (SHFC) on January 8 to press Vice President Jejomar Binay to stop the “inordinate delays” in the approval of their proposals for resettlement.



Tag Ulan Na Naman!!!

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Despite a massive shelter program for informal settlers in waterways and an ambitious flood control program, thousands of families in Metro Manila remain at risk of danger due to flooding at the onset of this year’s rainy season.

The most vulnerable are the informal settlers living in danger zones, including the easements of rivers and waterways, with a total number of 104,000 families. 

This is despite an ongoing program of the government to relocate the settlers to housing on safer grounds, an effort lauded by the informal settlers themselves. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 08:01

Emulating Robredo

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There are many no-nonsense government leader-servants like the late former Mayor and DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.  A lesser but significant number are service and reform-minded like Jesse Robredo.   But few could be likened to Robredo’s aptitude to listen, understand and learn from ordinary people; his attitude of breaking the wall of invincibility borne by a person in authority and relating with people; his tenacity to make things done the righteous way; and being responsible and accountable.  As the saying goes, marami ang mahusay na lider, pero hindi lahat ay mabuting lider.  Jesse is a good and kind leader.  One who is not only respected but also loved.



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On its 34th day, the Senate acting as trial court on the impeachment case against Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, suspended its proceedings as Congress takes recess and a number of senators already have booked flights for trips abroad.  Trial resumes on May 7 when Congress resumes regular session.  By then, senators, hopefully, have arrived from trips –happily or officially.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 09:35

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