By Joyce Pangco Panares, Francisco Tuyay and Macon Ramos-Araneta | Manila Standard
THE government’s master plan for rebuilding disaster-hit areas in Eastern Visayas is “woefully out of date” and its needs assessment report has not even been released nine months after super typhoon ravaged the country, a consortium of international aid groups said Tuesday.
Worse, more than 7,000 survivors of Yolanda were again hit by typhoon Glenda two weeks ago the consortium, called Scaling Up Resilience and Governance or Surge, said.
“These communities are being exposed to tremendous risk and uncertainty. They urgently need to know when permanent relocation will move forward, what other settlement options they have, and what the implications will be for their livelihoods,” the group said in a statement.
This was how Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. described the Philippine Arena, the centerpiece of the 50-hectare Ciudad de Victoria (City of Victory) eco-tourism complex of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Bocaue, Bulacan, which was inaugurated last Monday (July 21).
“It is going to become an iconic symbol, I think, not only of the Iglesia Ni Cristo but the entire Philippines. We would be recognized for this amazing structure that the Iglesia has built,” Sen. Bongbong said in an interview. He attended the inauguration upon the invitation of the INC.
He added: “It’s terribly impressive. I’ve only seen it from the air when we fly past…you can’t miss it. But it’s the first time I’ve come inside and seen it up close and it’s even bigger (than I thought it would be).”
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has called on the Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to promote the social justice principle of cooperatives.
Sen. Bongbong, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Cooperatives, made the remark in a speech he delivered during the cooperative forum of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) with the theme: “Energizing the Cooperative Sector: Opportunities and Challenges” held on July 18 at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila, Makati City.
Sen. Bongbong said that social justice, which is the end-all and be-all of all underlying principles of cooperatives, is mandated no less by the Constitution. The other principles of cooperatives, which set them apart from other business organizations are self-reliance and self-help, openness, voluntarism and personal and democratic control, and concern for the community or social responsibility. The Senator said the social justice aspect of the government recognition of cooperatives lies in this single most important legal consequence under the law, which is the grant of tax incentives and other favorable terms and conditions.
“I submit that this is the one area where our Filipino CPAs can make use of and apply their skill and expertise to help give full effect and realization to the intention of the law and of our Constitution and in response to the desperate yearning of our fellow citizens who are actively engaged in the cooperative sector,” he said.
To present Chapter President Dr. Florence Abundo-Manuel, President-elect Dr. Ellis James Ranada, Dr. Fely Calamayan, the officers and members of the Philippine Dental Association-Ilocos Norte Dental Chapter, the recent inductees to the dental profession, their parents, families and friends here in attendance, other guests, ladies and gentlemen, a pleasant morning to you all!
Naimbag a bigat yo amin apo!
Maragsakanak la unay nga makisango kadakayo amin tatta nga bigat!
At this early juncture, let me first congratulate the PDA Ilocos Norte Chapter for its 68th induction ceremonies, and also to the inductees for today, the newly elected officers who will continue the leadership of your PDA-Ilocos Norte Dental Chapter.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. welcomed the new dentists, some of whom were Ilocano, as he recognized the major role of dental practitioners in the delivery of basic health services to the Filipino people.
“On behalf of the Congress of the Philippines, let me take this opportunity to welcome our new young dentists…. And what elates me more is that a fraction of these new dentists hail from our beloved province of Ilocos Norte!” he said.
Sen. Bongbong made the remarks in a speech he delivered during the 68th Induction Ceremony and Scientific Seminar of the Philippine Dental Association (PDA)-Ilocos Norte Dental Chapter held on Monday, July 14, 2014, at the Plaza del Norte Convention Center, Paoay, Ilocos Norte.