Fr. Wilmer Joseph Tria March 25, 2009, 6:22 am
Welfare is the most convenient system of delivery of basic services in the Philippine government. Consider for instance GMA’s solution to the fuel and rice crises. The government chose to subsidize fuel and rice. But the way to a poor man’s heart is through his hungry stomach. Subsidies are better than nothing at all. However, money is lost in subsidies in many ways. But more importantly, we lose our chance for independence and self-reliance. The poor continue to be dependent. And subsidies can in fact be an act of pandering.
Vox Bikol March 25, 2009, 6:07 am
As this newspaper ran Atty. Che Carpio’s columns assailing the claim of the Naga City government that transparency is at work through its website, we have sought the side of the much lauded and awarded mayor of Naga City, Jess Robredo. Since he was out of town and unavailable, the mayor directed us to the city’s auditor, Ms. Paciencia Tabinas, to provide responses to the inconsistencies pointed out regarding the city government’s claims of transparency vis-à-vis the website’s selective information.
Jonas Cabiles Soltes March 23, 2009, 11:55 am
NAGA CITY--In a forum calling for the creation of “genuine” Bikol Autonomous Region by amending the Constitution, lawyer Leonard De Vera, chairman of Equal Justice for All Movement, said what makes Bikol one of the poorest regions in the country is not its lack of resources but the bad effect of the country’s unitary form of government, and graft and corruption. “Your region is very rich in resources but it is taken from you. Mayaman ang Bikolandia ngunit mahirap ang mga Bikolano,” said De Vera in the presence of representatives from various sectors in this city.
Kate Laceda March 23, 2009, 1:34 am
MANILA--In a show of solidarity with the Church’s ongoing resistance against the passage of RH bill, the Knights of Columbus (KC) held a rally for life dubbed ‘Walk for Life’ last Saturday, March 21. The event drew a large crowd of participants as members of various KC units in different dioceses came in full force.
Kate Laceda, CBCPNews March 23, 2009, 1:26 am
MANILA--Members and friends of Focolare have observed the first death anniversary of Focolare founder, Chiara Lubich through a Eucharistic celebration and a book launch of her writings. Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams led the memorial Mass together with His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, other bishops and clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila at the Manila Cathedral on March 13.
CBCPNews March 23, 2009, 1:18 am
MANILA--The Gospel may be 2,000 years old, but the Catholic Church is grateful to new Internet-driven technologies for aiding their work of spreading the Scripture. The Archdiocese of Caceres has recently launched a new weekly “podcast” of Sunday homilies aimed at reaching Catholic Filipinos working abroad. Podcasts are like an audio broadcast but aimed at—or subscribed to by—specific audiences. The audio can be accessed live or downloaded for listening at a more convenient time.
Elmer James Bandol March 23, 2009, 1:12 am
LEGAZPI CITY--Masbate Bishop Joel Baylon has expressed concern over the outpouring sentiments of farmers and fisher folk staging a series of mass rally against the operations of Filminera Mining Corporation (FMC), an Australian-Canadian based mining firm that scheduled a full blast open pit mining in Aroroy town on March 20, 2009.
Vox Bikol March 23, 2009, 12:37 am
Some of the count ry’s top merchants had a glimpse of the upcoming SM City Naga during the recent Tenants’ Preview at the SMX Convention Center. SM Prime Holdings President Hans T. Sy welcomed the tenants during the event together with SCMC President Annie Garcia, VP for Leasing Daisy Chua, and SM City Lucena’s Mall Manager Jason Terrenal...
Vox Bikol March 23, 2009, 12:30 am
IRIGA CITY--Members of the Agta-Tabangnon tribe, a cultural minority group living at the foot of Mt. Asog here, have found strong partners in the University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) and the city government of Iriga, in their continuing quest for recognition, equal socio-economic opportunity, and better life with the signing of commitment to advance and protect their aspirations.
PNA March 23, 2009, 12:15 am
MANILA--The Senate and the House of Representatives will organize their own technical working group that would look into the formation of a unified version of a bill that will extend the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program for another five years. This was agreed upon by the Senate and the House members during Friday’s dialogue where the lawmakers threshed out common solution to extend the bill which expired its 20-year implementation last year.

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