Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Basilan Crisis

News said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will file charges before the International Monitoring Team (IMT) over the "misencounter" in Basilan where the military suffered heavy casualties or 19 soldiers killed in one of the villages of Basilan. By the way, Basilan lies in the tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula. This is very far from Davao City. I mentioned this because, there are reactions to the use of Manila-based media on the term "Mindanao Crisis." I won't say this is not appropriate but I guess it would be a great service to those who worry about the safety of their family members or relatives living or currently visiting in Mindanao. Anyways, you can also search the Google Earth.

While running after the lawless Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), the government soldiers instead collided with armed elements allegedly belonging to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). And the PH Government and MILF, despite hitches like dissenting proposals on how to resolve the peace problem in Mindanao, is on the talking mode.

It was unfortunate that the encounter or misencounter happened because there were rumors that the MILF is helping the ASG. The MILF denied this.

As to the action to take after the incident, public opinion is divided. Some wanted an all-out war against the MILF while others called on the government to preserve the commitments to continue talking with the moro rebels. The no-war position finds support from the government of Pnoy. Instead, an all-out justice will be done.

Meanwhile, the family members of the young soldiers who were killed in the firefight cried for justice. Justice for their loved ones.

This link explains the IMT.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Petition vs. Coal Plant

The update said that anti-coal-fired plant groups in Davao City came up with 6,000 signatures to urge the local government of Davao to stop endorsing the Aboitiz coal-fired plant and called on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to cancel the environmental clearance certificate it issued in favor of the power project. But there are issues that the proponent has to iron out. This includes the controversial freshwater extraction, instead of seawater, as part of the cooling system of the plant design. 

The 300mw coal-fired plant is hoped to boost the power needs of Davao in the coming years.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs is Dead

The world is rocked by the recent news on the death of 56-year old Steve Jobs, the brain behind the apple computers and other digital products that his company Apple has produced. The guy was succumbed to pancreatic cancer, according to news sources.

The contribution of the guy to the computing industry and to the people worldwide is of course great and it will surely remain so long as the Earth spins on its axis.

I remember that the first set of computer-generated graphics I drew and the first graphic software I learned were with that small and compact Apple Classic Macintosh PC during the 90s. Imagine how I struggled to design a number of 5' x 5' wallnews on its mini screen? That's how Mr. Jobs touched my life as shared by other fans of the brilliant man.

Though from Macintosh that I knew years ago, I shifted to IBM clones until to this day for technical and financial considerations.

Anyways, the guy did a great job to the humanity. I am nameless but I salute the guy.

Steve Jobs, thanks so much and RIP!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Today is World Teachers' Day!

Today, October 5th, is World Teachers' Day. The international commemoration started in 1994. In the website http://www.unesco.org, UNESCO said that the event "is held annually on Oct. 5 to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels. It also commemorates the anniversary of the 1966 signature of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers." 

Teachers worldwide have great impact on the lives of the people especially the youth who are carving a niche for the future - the world's future. And it is also a fact that teachers act as parents of our kids outside our homes. It is logical that they should be accorded with full support, proper training, etc in order that they will become more effective and efficient in their jobs as mentors or educators.

The situation of the teachers who serve the remotest areas in the Philippines, for instance, brings to mind. Many of them would walk long distance in a rugged terrain to meet their pupils on the daily basis - risking their lives just to fulfill their duties as educators in many far-flung areas.

I would never forget how my teachers positively impacted on my life. I won't never forget those names that directly or indirectly molded my character as a person. I owe them a lot. 

Long live our dear teachers!