How important is Judy to Basaynon farmers
A texter from Kanhuraw Hill told QN this message: “Latest Pulse Asia Survey – 1) Escudero 65.1,2) Legarda 63.6, 3) Cayetano 50.2, 4) Enrile Jr. 49.1, 5) Roxas 47.5, 6) Honasan 39.5, 7) Pimentel 38.9, 8) Ejercito 36.3, 9) Trillanes 34.8, 10) Zubiri 30.4, 11) Gordon 29.6,12) Angara 28.9, 13) Binay 27.5,Villar 25.1, and 15) Madrigal 23.4”. This means that senator Chiz Escudero is a convincing and reliable leader and ranks number one in the list chosen by survey respondents nationwide. Well, I have no doubts. What I like him most for his being a fast talker on all significant national issues. I wish I could see him in person when he comes to my hometown – Basey in Samar.
Both non-government organization coordinator Judy Torres and the Kaisampalad Inc. NGO that he headed in Eastern Visayas are much needed in Basey, Samar. Missing them a lot are a good number of people, especially farmer-beneficiaries of the government’s agrarian reform program and particularly the organization that looks after their support services or development needs, the 5-year old Baktas Kabub’wason Rural Workers Association headed by Teodorico D.adale Porbus who is an agrarian reform beneficiary on a farm in Tagpuro Daku of barrio Villa Aurora and another farmland allocation inside the vast Samar Settlement area in Basey. Kaisampalad already completed its project and support facilities for Region VIII and recently it had moved to Mindanao for the launch and implementation of another project. Marlon Tano, a broadcaster and newspaper journalist, introduced Baktas to Judy and Kaisampalad in a brief chat at DyVL where Marlon has a radio program. That was immediately followed, in August, 2010 by the conduct of project orientation on organic banana propagation with Judy , as principal lecturer, introducing the banana chip exporting firm EZ Global as prospective market. By September, 2010, Judy, in close coordination with the Department of Agrarian Reform municipalagrarian reform officer, brought in natural farming systems and organic farming to Basey via a daylong training which was preceded by a consultative dialogue with An Wary Party List regional coordinator Philip Jude Acidre and An Waray chair for Basey, Alexis Yu, organized by Baktas and DAR for 9 barrios, including sitio Bangon of Canmanila village. Since then, several other activities in Basey were either spearheaded or assisted by Judy and Kaisampalad Inc., including the training for community organizers held at the DAR municipal office mezzanine at Espina Bldg. in Baybay, the downtown section of Basey. Judy and Kaisampalad, on account of the positive and enthusiastic response shown by the Basaynon farmers and the officers of Baktas, also included Baktas in various other trainings and other regional for a in Tacloban and Leyte.
Yesterday, Judy could not make it to the CARP Orientation Seminar and Core Group Leadership Training jointly conducted by DARMO-Basey and Baktas, with the help of the Youth InAction (YIA) and the officials of Old San Agustin led by punong barangay Veny Bacayo, the barrio’s spacious covered court where an estimated 186 farmers, including agarian reform beneficiaries (mostly from Old San Agustin and its sitios) from 21 barrios attended. His tight schedule kept him from once again guiding the Basaynons towards a deeper exploration and mobiliztion of their own potentials and capabilities in the name of rural development. Judy can come to Tacloban already on July 28. He is presently in Eastern Samar for the SNRDP part of whose implementation requires him and his co-workers to stay and work with their target clientele for a straight two weeks periodically. They go back to that Pacific Ocean-lying province either on a Sunday afternoon or early Monday morning.
Judy has assured me that he can continue working for Basey and its enthusiastic community organizers, including the core groups, for as long as the planned activities will not conflict with his own schedule. He is still “very much willing”, his text message to me said. He said in another text message that his personal “people’s organization engagement” is still on, including that for Kaisampalad whose very significant project in Leyte ended last March. Judy was also needed in the June 15 core group formation training at DARMO-Basey where nearly 100 turned up (among the participants were victims of the martial law human rights violations – anyway, Luciano Abia IV, supervising agrarian reform officer detailed to DARMO-Basey, proved to be a big help as a resource speaker: besides discussing some of the salient features of the comprehensive agrarian reform program, he was also able to clarify issues related to HRV compensation claims), but he was advised to face an interview via Skype for his newest job, and he qualified was eventually taken in to work starting July. (By the way, other DAR personnel who handled the topics in that June 15 training were agrarian reform program technologists Rustie P. Macariola, Remedios Gacus Padagdag and Nicolas Macariola Tabiongan, and legal officer Masilia Duquilla Jabinal. Actively involved in that training were Baktas secretary Marlou D. Palo and YIA founder Michael U. De La Torre, both agrarian reform beneficiaries, Metropolitan Bible Baptist Mission pastor Douglas D. De La Torre, who is another ARB, Baktas project management secretary Anita Mendova Ogrimen, also an ARB, and pastor Guillermo M. Gacutan who is the founding president of the Consortium of Community Organizers of Basey [COrBa].)
For today, Sunday (July 22), here are especial spiritual messages from some of QN’s friends: “Trusting God means: I’m emptrybut happy, I’m tired but inspired, I’m downbut still smiling, feeling lost but living for a cause” - through Mercy Caboboy. Then, from pastor Guil: Psalm 33.12 – “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”, Hosea 4.6 – “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”, Proverbs 29.2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn (groan).” Guil also texted in: “The gospel, according to Jesus Chrst, is first of all a mandate for repentance. No repentrance, no salvation.! … True Christians believe the Bible is the Word of God and is the final authority of their practice and conduct. Right interpretation of the Bible is literal, not allegorical, because allegorical interpretation is confusing, and God is not the author of confusion….The Bible says, the Lord loves when it says he hates the transgressors, no other meaning, he hates the transgressors. It says, there’s a soul of human there…. The Bible says, there’s a changed life of those who are truly in Christ – there’s no other meaning of that. The Bible says, there will be a judgment, there will be a judgment… It’s only those cults who allegorize the that are making it confusing Bible, only those members of cults make it confusing
‘But the movement of knowledge does not end here. If the dialectical-materialist movement of knowledge were to stop at rational knowledge, only half the problem would be dealt with. And as far as Marxist philosophy is concerned, only the less important half at that. Marxist philosophy holds that the most important problem does not lie in understanding the laws of the objective world and thus being able to explain it, but in applying the knowledge of these laws actively to change the world. From the Marxist viewpoint, theory is important, and its importance is fully expressed in Lenin’s statement, “Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.”’ – Mao Tse Tung [Note: V. I. Lenin, “What Is to Be Done?”, Collected Works, Eng. ed., FLPH, Moscow, 1961, Vol. V, p. 369.]
By: Chito Dela Torre
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