Sanchez: From grass to grass

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:59 p.m.

WHO would have thought raising grass is challenging? I mean, they seem to be growing all over the place without human intervention. Why bother?

The Supreme Court and K-12, 3

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:50 p.m.

LAST Tuesday the Supreme Court (SC) instructed education and labor officials to respond, within 10 days, to a petition seeking to stop the K-12 education program.

Pacete: Lenten reflection: God and angels

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:38 p.m.

GOD is a Supreme Being, infinitely perfect who made all things and keep them in existence. Angels are usually portrayed as attendants of the heavenly court. Their role is to worship God and carry out the divine will on earth. The Bible names only few angels: Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel, and Jeremiel.

Sánchez: Wild fish losses

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:16 p.m.

REGIONAL Development Council-6 Chair and Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. last week has waxed nostalgic by stressing that “our marine resources were once the richest in the world. If you combine our agriculture, forestry, and mineral resources they cannot surpass the potential of our marine resources.”

In 2015, however, he took a different take. “But sad to say we are destroying it in the form of dynamite fishing and other illegal activities,” Marañón bewailed.

Pacete: Lenten reflection: Oh, my God!

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:34 p.m.

WHEN I was in high school, I was a knight of the altar. The late Rt. Rev. Msgr. Isidro U. Dormido was always telling us to behave properly while inside the church because God (Jesus Christ) is in the tabernacle. “You are in the presence of God.” Until now, I still remember the words of our school director.

Our Religion 1 teaches us that God is Almighty. God is a spirit (not male or female), yet we call Him God the Father. Jesus is the son of God who is equal with the Father. There is also the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We were told that there is only one God but that God has three divine persons. They are the Holy Trinity.

Legaspi: Thank you’s

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:33 p.m.

MY DAUGHTER, Carmen Jesusa “CJ” graduated from high school, the “last batch.” She was overwhelming with thanksgiving in her heart. She requested me to let her write in my column to say thank you to the people who have helped her. She is a recipient of the scholarship from the Recollect Fathers for their employees.

Sánchez: Trash burning

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 04:43 p.m.

RESIDENTS of Purok Tumpok, Blumentritt, Murcia have all the right to complain against the smoke from the burning open dumpsite in Barangay Felisa, and have requested the Bacolod City government to solve the problem.

Honeyman: The Supreme Court and K-12, 2

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 04:42 p.m.

DEPED knows that public schools do not have the capacity to implement K-12 on academically-oriented students. They have airily said that private school can take on these students for fifth and sixth year high school. Except that private schools have not been adequately consulted. There is the question of money. Who pays?

Lecture highlights anti-doping in sports

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 04:42 p.m.

A LECTURE on anti-doping for coaches, athletes, and sports enthusiasts will be held at 9 a.m. today at the Masskara Hall of Bacolod People’s House.

The lecture is sponsored by Unesco and the Philippine Sports Commission.

St. John’s captures 10-U cage title

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 04:12 p.m.

ZACHARY Paul Lopez sizzled with  36 points to steer St. John’s Institute (SJI) past Trinity Christian School (TCS), 67-38, in the Nopsscea 10 under Boys championship last Sunday.

SJI achieved a rare eight straight titles in the 10 Under and captured its third title in the Nopsscea basketball  this year. SJI also won the high school and elementary titles.

To merge or not to merge

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 04:52 p.m.

SOME political analysts believe that the merging of two local political parties will be favorable for the ward heelers. I call it realpolitik because polities should come to agree who will be the common postulants for elections.

In business and economics especially common in the 1980s, merger is the union of two or more independent corporations under a single ownership. Merger in politics (same with business) may bring the needed infusion of capital and efficiency. Merger is easier said than done.

Legaspi: The last graduation?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 04:52 p.m.

A news item entitled, “SC defers decision on K-12,” stated that the Supreme Court has deferred its decision on the constitutionality and legality of RA 10355 or the Enhanced Basic Education Law, popularly known as K-12. This is the law to revise the educational system of the country.

It seems that the issue was put to rest in the past months for it was smoke screened by lots of issues – from the imprisonment of the Magic Three to the erratic oil price circus. It was also smoke screened by the papal visit and other worthy events that had really diverted the attention of the people. Today, the once smoke screened issue is being used as a screen to cover-up the Mamasapano incident reports.

Sánchez: Sunny-side up

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 03:30 p.m.

RAIN or shine, I eat my fried egg(s) sunny-side up for breakfast to start the day. Breakfast eggs have been part of my life like the sun since I was born.

Now I will have a sunnier disposition apart from my daily ration of fried eggs and the sun.

Honeyman: The Supreme Court and K-12

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 03:28 p.m.

THE Supreme Court (SC) en banc is due to deliberate on a petition against the K-12 program tomorrow. I hope the petition addresses properly those aspects which should be drawn to the attention of the SC.

Education is specifically mentioned in the Constitution. The SC should expunge any part of the proposed K-12 program which it deems to be unconstitutional.

Pacete: Folk medicine woman

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 01:26 p.m.

IN TOURISM world, we are positioning our province for health and wellness. We entice tourists to come because we have good doctors, good hospital facilities, healthy environment, and organic food. The island of Negros has good beaches wherein tourists could relax and unwind.

We have one interesting thing to note in our province. In the rural areas, we still have the “manugbulong” (folk medicine men). They have the gifts from the Almighty to cure the illnesses and identify herbs and roots with medicinal value. They are not categorized with the “babaylan” (shaman) group. The “babaylanes” belong to the highest hierarchy. (I want to discuss that in another setting.)

Sánchez: LGUs for peace and development

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 02:57 p.m.

SO NOW 11 local government units (LGUs) are declared peaceful and ready for development, said Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, and Mayor David Albert Lacson who signed the declaration in a ceremony in E.B. Magalona.

The E.B. Magalona Peace and Order Council wrote in a resolution, that the occurrence of violence, criminality, insurgency and subversions in the municipality of E.B. Magalona remains intermittent and isolated, and thus, negligible.

Legaspi: Command responsibility

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:21 a.m.

TODAY is the feast of St. Joseph, foster Father of Jesus and the spouse of the Blessed Mother. His obedience to the will of God gave him the honor and dignity of Saints. His being obedient and acceptance of his responsibility gained him a chair in heaven.

Today, command responsibility is no longer a value for most Filipinos. Most leader or managers often look for escapes or scapegoats once our projects or plans land as failures. This is the reason why in government we have lots of assistants- and undersecretaries. They are actually scapegoats of Cabinet Secretaries. Asec and Usec are common in the organizational structure of Philippine organizations.

Pacete: Preparing for Earth Hour 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:17 a.m.

SILAY City has been invited by the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF) to be a part of its Earth Hour 2015 campaign. (I’m sure other LGUs have been invited also.) The campaign is spearheaded by Atty. Angela Consuelo S. Ibay, the national director of Earth Hour Pilipinas.

Earth Hour is a global campaign to showcase what is being done all over the world to combat climate change. It is a worldwide initiative showing how individuals, communities, businesses and governments can address the threat of global warming if we resolve to work on it together. It challenges all of us to facilitate a low-carbon lifestyle.

Sanchez: Not a bull

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 03:41 p.m.

ON THE other hand, bullying is such a-bull. Make that bulls_t. Like antivenin as the antidote for venom, like cures like. Or its opposing, anti-bullying measures to counter the disease of school bullying. Councilor Caesar Distrito sponsored the anti-bullying ordinance at the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod.

The ordinance aims to strengthen the implementation of R.A. 10627, a national law mandating all elementary and secondary schools to adopt policies to prevent and address the acts of bullying in their institutions. It obliges the city government to create an anti-bullying task force.

Honeyman: Malice

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 03:40 p.m.

THE Central Negros Electric Company Inc. (Ceneco) is a cooperative with many member-consumers. The relationship between consumers and Ceneco is very different from the relationship between customers and a private sector organization, such as a bank.

Ceneco is part of our community. We elect Board Members. We see a cohesive relationship between ourselves and Ceneco. When things go wrong, Ceneco explains what has happened.

Pacete: Tourism: Ready for the Apec meeting

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 02:03 p.m.

THE Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec)-Bacolod Organizing Committee (BOC) is stretching both arms to see to it that the meeting to be held in Bacolod will become a landmark event for Negros. This will be on April 29 to 30 (conference proper).

This is not going to be a ministers’ meeting but a consistory of a technical working group who will discuss subject matters (I was told) related to micro insurance, financing, and disaster risk reduction management. We expect 100 participants from the member-economies. This will be covered all by more or less 100 media men from all over the world.) Local and national media men are also expected to be present.)

Legaspi: Graduations

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 02:01 p.m.

THIS year is a very significant year for high school graduates. If in case, K-12 will be implemented, this will be the last year that we will have products from the 10-year Philippine educational system. This coming June will also be the last time that colleges will be accepting freshmen. This will also be the last batch of high school graduates who will be the tail of the old Philippine educational system, who this Aquino administration called as unqualified and incompetent products of the Philippines.

Green economy priorities

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 04:35 p.m.

TRIVIA. The Sun will eventually die between five and nine billion years before it becomes a red giant. Before that, the Triple-alpha process will begin in three billion years when the Sun will expand and global warming will reach beyond the boiling point and Earth will no longer hold water and all lives would end. Moreover, planets Mercury, Venus and Earth would be post-history as the expanding Sun swallows them.

However, none of us living today, and those of our children’s children to the nth generation will live to see this very distant future. In the meantime, our main concern is to address human-induced global warming.

Ceneco Costings

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 04:34 p.m.

CURRENT problems between the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) and Energreen in connection with Energreen’s inability to supply contracted electricity, raises questions as to the best way for Ceneco to acquire the power necessary to provide a reliable yet economical service to its consumers.

Pacete: Looking ahead to Panaad 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 01:05 p.m.

PANAAD Festival 2015 will be on April 13 to 19. The theme is “Negros: One Island, One Region.” This has something to do with our dream to fuse Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental as one region.

This merger will further unite Negrosanons to peace and prosperity. Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. hopes that his dream will come true.

Sánchez: Team tanggal

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 09:13 a.m.

FINALLY, the San Sebastian Cathedral has removed “Team Patay, Team Buhay,” that for many symbolized the disunity among Catholics in Bacolod, and perhaps elsewhere in the Philippines.

The nationally famous (or notorious) “Team Patay” poster listed the names of the candidates for senator who voted for the Reproductive Health Law while “Team Buhay” included the names of the anti-RH.

Valderrama: Encouraging emigration

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 09:13 a.m.

A COUPLE of days ago, I read an article in the BBC that suggested that the Philippines is the only nation in the world which is training its people to leave. Then I realized it’s true. The Philippines is one of the very few countries in the world that relies on foreign remittances for its economic well-being. Remittances represent 13.5 percent of our GDP – that’s about $20 billion. Let’s compare that to the industry which defines this country – agriculture, which represents 12 percent of our GDP. Apparently, our OFWs are even more important than our farmers.

Special women of Negros

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 09:15 a.m.

WOMEN in politics. Women in public service. Women in military service. Women in commerce, trade and industry. Women in travel. Women in tourism. Women in science and technology. Women in education. Women in space. We have heard so much of them. Many of them have received awards from government agencies and non-government organizations.

I want to focus on Negrosanon women whom I call “special” (or rare) because sometimes society has forgotten them (or simply neglected). May I recognize the women who are working in the sugarcane fields. Their family names do not give a ring, but without them there is no sugarcane plantation. These women thrust sugarcane points in a row. (Only few men like to plant cane points.)

Sánchez: Allies of anti-one island region

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 04:15 p.m.

GUESS who came to join the anti-One Island Negros Region opposition group. Joining Herminio G. Teves, Ed Du the president of the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Oriental Governor Roel Degamo are Left militant groups such as Banika-Amihan, Kaugmaon KMP, Anakbayan-Negros Oriental, and Bayan Negros Oriental.

Where there are Bayan or the KMP, can the Communist Party of the Philippines be far behind? Wait, I got that a bit wrong. Where the CPP comes ahead, can these Left legal organizations be far behind? In February 2015, rebel priest Frank Fernández sent an “Open Letter to the Public Officials of Negros Occidental and Oriental on the Issue of One Island-One Region.”

Honeyman: Marketing tourism

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 04:14 p.m.

CEBU Pacific offers two non-stop international flights from Iloilo to Singapore and Hong Kong.

Air Asia is proposing to introduce chartered flights between Iloilo and Xiamen, China and between Iloilo and Incheon, Korea.