Archive for September, 2006

Save La Mesa Movement

I would like to ask everyone to help save the La Mesa Reservoir from being contaminated by people who will build a settlement/community inside the reservoir as part of collective bargaining agreement made several years back between the management of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and two of their labor unions.

This petition is spearheaded and sponsored by ABS-CBN Foundation‘s Bantay Kalikasan and La Mesa Ecopark.

Here is a part of the petition text.

Our water, our life

12 million people in Metro Manila depend on the La Mesa reservoir for water.

Please help keep it safe and clean.
Add your voice to the campaign to preserve the La Mesa Watershed.
Join the signature campaign asking the government

TO DECLARE LA MESA WATERSHED A PROTECTED AREA.

Be part of the five million signatures needed to save the La Mesa Watershed. Please click here to sign the petition and please tell a friend about this petition.

Here is the news clip from ABS-CBN Bantay Kalikasan

La Mesa Watershed in Danger!
May 02, 2006

Environmentalists and major non-government organizations today joined forces to ask the MWSS and the DENR to reconsider the plan to establish a housing project within the La Mesa Watershed.

"Save the La Mesa", a coalition of organization and individuals, today raised the red flag to warn residents of Metro Manila of the impending threats of water contamination should MWSS and the claimants pursue the housing project within the reservation.

Citing an independent study conducted by the UP-NHRC on the effects of the proposed MWSS Housing Project on the La Mesa Watershed and Reservoir, the group expressed concerns over threats of water contamination that the housing project poses to the reservoir.

The study, notwithstanding its recommendation of mitigating measures to address environmental risks, underscores the need to review the plans for the proposed site and consider relocating the housing project.

Prof. Leonardo Q. Liongson, Director of UP-NHRC, in a letter to MWSS Administrator Orlando C. Hondrade, recommended that "it will be in the best interest of MWSS and the general public who eventually utilize for drinking the water in the La Mesa Reservoir that the 58 hectares of the La Mesa watershed area being proposed for the MWSS Housing project shall remain a protected watershed and not be converted to a housing project area".

Consequently, Administrator Hondrade, in his letter addressed to then DENR Secretary Michael T. Defensor, echoed Prof. Liongson’s concerns and recommendation, and admitted that the proposed 58-hectare housing area located within the La Mesa Reservoir posed a serious threat on the reservoir’s water quantity and quality.

The proposed housing project is part of the CBA between MWSS and two of their labor unions, KKMK-NWSA and BELA back in 1968.

Under the agreement, MWSS alloted 58 hectares of its property near the La Mesa Watershed to be sold at P5.50 per sq m to the unions, with total value of Php 3.19 million. The property was raffled off and was awarded to 1,411 union members. Eventually, a new site located within the perimeter of La Mesa Watershed was designated.

The deal, overtaken by events, was only consummated with the turn over of the absolute deed of sale to the claimants in March 2006.

This recent development prompted the group to call on the support of DENR to reconsider the issuance of an ECC to the claimants that would allow them to start building on the proposed site.

The group also appealed to the MWSS housing project claimants to consider the viability of an already-identified alternative housing area in Antipolo in lieu of the La Mesa Watershed site.

Should the MWSS and the claimants pursue the housing project, past and present preservation efforts to protect the quality and quantity of clean drinking water for Filipinos residing in Metro Manila will be all for naught.

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Ramadan Kareem

Today is the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, after the crescent moon was sighted at nightfall. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, and months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted

This month, is Islam”s holiest month during which believers fast from the crack of dawn to sunset. Fasting is the fourth of the Five Pillars of Islam.

During the daylight hours, eating, smoking, drinking and sexual relationships for married couples are prohibited.

Businesses and offices reduce working hours during the day but usually open in the evenings.

Non-muslim expatriates (like me) should refrain from eating and smoking in public during the day as sign of respect for the citizens of the host country else…

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The soundtrack of my life

For you,

In two days tomorrow will be yesterday. Today is no special day and I have no particular reason for writing to you. I have no news to tell you nor any problems to discuss with you or gossip to tell you.

It’s only one of those happy moments when I thought of you and I would like to share these thoughts with you.

MANY SMILES BEGIN BECAUSE OF ANOTHER SMILE.

I MISS YOU.

From Me, The Froggy

The soundtrack.

Here are the music I am listening to this past few days. They are not always the same, everything changes in a second or a minute. Almost everything depends on my mood, the situation or circumstances i’ve been or went through or the environment. As melai puts it, the soundtrack of my life.

There are times though that I do not want to listen to music. I sing it aloud. Listen.

These are the albums where you can find the songs above:
RentJosh Groban Andrea BocelliAugustanaJimmy Eat WorldMatchbox TwentyJoey Ayala

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Hurt

Johnny Cash

I hurt myself today to see if I still feel
I focus on the pain, the only thing that’s real
the needle tears a hole, the old familiar sting
try to kill it all away
but I remember everything

Johnny Cashwhat have I become?
my sweetest friend
everyone I know
goes away in the end
and you could have it all
my empire of dirt

I will let you down, I will make you hurt

I wear this crown of thorns
upon my liar’s chair
full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
beneath the stains of time
the feelings disappear
you are someone else
I am still right here

Jonny Cashwhat have I become?
my sweetest friend
everyone I know
goes away in the end
and you could have it all
my empire of dirt

I will let you down,
I will make you hurt

If I could start again
a million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way

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Thank you to the ONE that matters the most

Have you ever wondered why at times we felt that the money we worked hard for just passed by our hands like water? “Parang dumaan lang sa ating mga palad.” is the usual expression we can say. Our logical mind quickly tells us that this is more of economics than anything else is.

Beyond the logical explanation, would you agree with me that there is (or there could be) something spiritual about this? Perhaps this is happening because the ONE source of everything have not been given the rightful “Thank You” that HE alone deserves.

Here is something for you to reflect on.

1Cr 10:26 — For the earth [is] the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.

And here is a simple story that I love to share to you.

Long time ago, there was a woman who came from a famine-stricken country looking for the king. Walking inside the king’s place, she saw a man on top of the ladder fixing the gutter. As she approaches, the man on the ladder saw her and asked “Hello madam! Is there anything I can do to help you?”

The woman replied, “I am looking for the King.”

The man on the ladder went down and asked, “What is it that brings you here to see the King.”

“I need to speak to the King. I need his help desperately.” the woman replied in a very sad voice.

“I am the King,” said the man.

The woman was astonished. She could not believe that the king with all his power and riches could be this simple and normal like all the rest of the human beings.

“Yes, I am the King. What can I do to help you?

The woman kneeled and bowed down her head and said, “You highness, I came from a far-away place where there is famine and people are dying. I have four children who need food to survive. Your majesty, I desperately need your help.”

The King asked her to stand up. While the woman was standing up, the King called his treasurer and told him. “Give this woman a thousand Riyals for her first child.”

The woman was so happy and said in a loud voice eyes looking at the sky, “Thanks be to GOD!

On hearing that, the King said to the treasurer, “Give this woman another thousand for her second child.”

The woman blurted with joy, “Thanks be to GOD!

“Give this woman another thousand for her third child,” the King said.

Thanks be to GOD!” the woman shouted.

“Give this woman another thousand for her fourth child.”

As she was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for the king’s kindness, the woman said, “Thank you my King!”

Hearing the woman, the king said to his treasurer, “Take back all the money I gave her for her children!”

The woman was surprised. She could not think of anything that made the King decide to take back everything. “Your Majesty, what did I do that displeased you?”

“You know that I am human too. You know that as human I am like everyone. I am also selfish just like anybody else. I am no exception. Why should I give you that money? It is only God that gives, not Kings, not me nor any human beings.” the king replied.

“And why have you given me those money just to take them back afterwards?” the woman asked.

I have given you those money because God thru my heart told me to do so. Unfortunately, the moment you said thank you to me, somehow, God kept quiet. I ordered everything back because my pride, greed and selfishness took over my heart. And that is always the case for all mortals.” the king said.

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Comic Strips

A Scathing Email Error…

Patay kang bata ka!

All SEOs / SEMs are Spammers

Ha ha ha… Is that so?

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