Upgraded scholarship

Pinangunahan nina Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon, Mr. Jesus “Jess” Arraza – Chairman, Federation of Philippine Industries,  Dr. Manny Pangilinan – former President of Marikina Polytechnic College, Dir. Delia Bawan – Assistant Regional Director, DSWD-NCR, Dir. Ernesto Beltran – Executive Director, Regional Coordination Office (RCo), TESDA, Atty. Gerardo Panghulan, VP-Admin BMPI, Mr. Van Avenido, VP-Operations, BMPI  at Ms. Ruth Soriano, COO-BMPI ang ribbon cutting ceremony ng LVCC building. (Photo by: Rey Tamayo, Jr.)

Anthony Chua

Education is a basic right that anyone should enjoy. In theory, the state has the obligation equip its citizens with necessary knowledge and skills for their advancement in the society. Although the literacy rate in the country is one of the highest in the region, still, there are many out-of-school youths due to the rising cost of education.

Aware of this, Bro. Eli Soriano, host of Ang Dating Daan together with Kuya Daniel Razon, host of morning show Good Morning Kuya, conceived the idea of putting up a school where students will never have to pay for their tuition, books, uniforms and even for their lunch and transportation.

But with the help of God and of the support the Members of Church of God International (MCGI), where Brother Eli is the presiding minister and Kuya Daniel is the vice presiding minister, the plan was realized. In June 2009, the La Verdad Christian College (LVCC) located within the ADD Convention Center compound in Apalit, Pampanga commenced its comprehensive free education operations. More than 150 scholars were able to receive the privileges of an LVCC scholar.

La Verdad Christian College inaugurated its Metro Manila building in EDSA, Caloocan City last June 15. With the opening of the Caloocan branch, the college expects to accommodate more than 500 full scholars in its Caloocan and Apalit, Pampanga buildings.

La Verdad Caloocan initially offers two-year healthcare and mass communication and multimedia technology courses. Officers of the school headed by Bro. Eli as Chairman Emeritus and Kuya Daniel as Chairman, plan to add courses in International Cookery and Social Work next year as the ten-storey edifice is expected to be finished.

Unlike other educational institutions that require their scholars to maintain a high academic grade, LVCC requires an average of 87% or 2.00.

The MCGI has initiated another groundbreaking public service milestone through its educational institution that provides free education, books, uniforms, and lunch, an undertaking that aims to raise the bar of the notion of granting scholarships to indigent and the needy.

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No Honeymoon on Justice

Two broadcasters, from opposite ends of the country, murdered in as many days. One hundred and thirty-nine media workers killed since 1986, 106 of them under this thankfully soon-to-be-gone administration.

Nothing makes a stronger case for our contention that there can be no honeymoon on justice for president-elect Noynoy Aquino.

If he is to make good on his campaign promise of good governance, he should take the murders of Davao Oriental’s Desiderio Camangyan and Ilocos Norte’s Joselito Agustin as a personal challenge to end the culture of impunity that has for so long emboldened those who seek to silence the independent Philippine press, making a mockery of our claims to being a democracy.

Camangyan, anchorman of Sunshine FM in Mati, Davao Oriental, died from a single shot to the head as he sat onstage while emceeing a village singing contest in Manay town around 10:30 p.m. Monday night.

Agustin, 37, a commentator of dzJC Aksyon Radyo-Laoag, was shot by motorcycle-riding assassins on his way home to Bacarra town around 24 hours later. He died at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday while undergoing treatment at a hospital.

These killings, barely half a month before a new administration takes the reins of government, clearly indicate that the enemies of press freedom remain confident that they can continue to escape accountability even under a new dispensation.

If there is any pronouncement Aquino will be justified in making even before he is inaugurated, it is to send an unequivocal message to our law enforcers and justice officials to end the killings, arrest the perpetrators, convict and jail them.

And lest we forget, in the same manner he has promised to make his predecessor accountable for the corruption that marked the past nine years, we also call on him to make her equally accountable for the apathy her administration showed toward the bloodiest period in the history of the Philippine media.

Noynoy has to hit the ground running not just on media killings but on extrajudicial murders in general.

Unless it becomes clear that justice can be expected under his watch, we can kiss all his promises goodbye.

References:

NESTOR BURGOS

Chairperson

0917.7256333

NONOY ESPINA

Vice Chairperson

0908.8650213

SONNY FERNANDEZ

Secretary General

0908.3259620

Betrayal of democracy

NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES (NUJP)

Statement

The Filipino people should remember well the leadership of the House of Representatives of the 14th Congress who betrayed their mandate and democracy by killing the Freedom of Information bill.

The travesty in the House session hall on June 4, 2010 was clear proof that outgoing Speaker Prospero Nograles had never had any intention of ensuring the ratification of the measure that would give reality to the constitutionally guaranteed right of the people to information of public interest.

The only conclusion one can draw about the badly scripted drama that Nograles and his accomplices – Majority Leader Arthud Defensor and Camiguin Representative Pedro Romualdo – acted out is that, even in his last moments as Speaker, the political expediency that characterized the outgoing administration continued to trump our long suffering people’s hopes for good governance and an end to corruption .

But Romualdo was right on one score – we will never forget this betrayal and will make sure neither will the people.

Let this nevertheless be a challenge to the incoming administration, which has promised to govern along the principles of good governance.

On the very first day you take over the reins of government, send an unequivocal signal to the 15th Congress to make the speedy passage of the freedom of information bill its first priority.

Anything less than this will signal that we are in for another six years of lip service and empty platitudes.

We will be watching.