women's issues and concerns

Matapang ka kasi, kaya nadagdagan din ang tapang ko (You are brave, that’s why I became brave too.). These were the words which came from a young woman I helped, a victim-survivor of an abusive relationship. These words keep ringing in my ears every time a woman needs my help, not only in my hometown but also now in Thailand, among my fellow Filipino migrants and some migrant women from Burma.

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Involvement in women and development work
My undergraduate course was Development Studies so I needed to apply what I learned after graduation (1987). Initially, I was with the Development Academy of the Philippines where we crafted modules for the training of LGU officials.
From there, I joined a project on the 1987 local elections with the then UP College of Public Administration. It was the most exciting job I ever had because we went from one province to another interviewing local officials, church people, military and parliamentarians (national and local).

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Many relatives and friends have asked me to write about my experience. With relatives, especially the sons, included in their plea the “benefit for the younger generation and even in the generation to come.” And as I cross the threshold of being an octogenarian, the sound of urgency becomes more shrill. They must have heard me many times saying that I am grateful to the Lord for carrying me this far but I do not want to be greedy, especially in his eyes.

training on supervision

Opening the year 2012, the Research and Extension for Development Office (REDO) held its first initiated training entitled Enhancing Mentoring, the Educational Function of Supervision. It was conceived to enable the supervisors to reflect on their performance in upgrading their supervisees’ capabilities and develop alternative avenues to ensure the advancement of their staff’s knowledge, attitudes and skills.

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Sa ika-16 ng Marso 2012, mula 6-10 pm sa CSWCD, UP Diliman ay magkakaroon ng gabi ng pakikiisa at pagkalinga na pinamagatang “We ♥ Milo”. Ito ay naglalayong makalikom ng suporta para kay Milo Tanchuling, ipagdiwang ang ating pagkakaugnay, at magbigay kasayahan sa bawa’t isa bilang bahagi ng isang komunidad.

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On January 21, 2012 at around 12:20 p.m. Ms. Anna Pauline Paguia, a BS Community Development student from the College of Social Work and Community Development, reported to their faculty supervisor that three of her team mates were being harassed by alleged military men. Ms. Paguia was referring to Mr. Rafael Antonio Dulce, Mr. Ricardo Louis Flores and Ms. Marie Gold Villar. The four students at the time of the incident were doing their fieldwork in Katutubo Village in Brgy. Planas, Porac, Pampanga for their CD 180 and CD 181 courses.

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A friend of mine once told me,“Kahit gaano kaganda ang iyong hardin, siguradong may damo pa rin” (no matter how beautiful your garden is, for sure there will still be weeds)
Weeds or damo in Filipino, are often belittled as a nuisance – the bane of rice paddies and manicured gardens. In his popular book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert Fulghum once argued that dandelions, a common weed, are actually flowers.