My trials in my Spiritual Journey

My life is so blessed as I was born with a twin brother who is always there in my side. When my twin Brother James Died 15 years ago while working abroad, I was so devastated, I went to a priest to ask why these things happen. That time I was so active in our parish, sabi Ko bakit Lord, I have served you Tapos this happen. My life was shattered, it was as if half of me died also. Deep in my heart I Told God, please help me. This is too much for me. Help me in my suffering. The Lord allowed me to see the place where he died as I got an invitation to study in Japan and had the opportunity to go be there. A miracle happened year after His death, The Lord have given us a Baby girl on our Birthday something that we had waited for about five years. Before this tragedy happened we went to a doctor that specializes on women who cannot get pregnant in our desire to have our baby but did not push thru because of sudden death. the Lord gave us a baby on a natural way. Indeed the Lord said suffer not, you have now a baby to rejoiced . She was born as a blessing and we named her Jamie. Joyce, Anne Marie. truly God is good

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Let there be light! The cry of the poor.

Writing this story about friends living in the Philippines who resides along the rail ways particularly In San Antonio Village Makati in 1998.  They were all relocated now by the government, however I want to share the experience they have in connection with the implementation of a Law.  Anti Pilferage law that has greatly affected them.  REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7832 AN ACT PENALIZING THE PILFERAGE OF ELECTRICITY AND THEFT OF POWER TRANSMISSION LINES/MATERIALS, RATIONALIZING SYSTEM LOSSES BY PHASING OUT PILFERAGE LOSSES AS A COMPONENT THEREOF, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.  It is a social reality that there are those living in shanties near the rail road, river banks and other private lots. Many of those structure I mentioned were mostly having electric powers illegally.  They put jumpers from electric post . Many of them have small appliances and electric lights connected illegally by people who collected money for their services.

Electricity is a need, This issue of electrification was there for a long time and that time solution of giving them legal connection was not offered by Meralco, they just cut the power lines then people will restore it again illegally.

When this Law was passed,  people from Meralco send some survey per household for possible electrification of the area.  After collecting all the community data they came back for a meeting among the residents.  On that said meeting they were all surprised with the change of event. They were loaded up on a van and was send to prison on the case filed against them on Anti Pilferage Law. Each family were charge base on the document they submitted indicating the number of years they stayed in the area and number of appliances they used among others.  No much help is there since people are afraid they will be incriminated as well. This was a very hot issue.

The men and the ladies,  young and old were send among the jail inmates in the city. They are not hardened criminals why are they not separated from the inmates. Met with the Police Chief regarding the case  and the court office ask each one to get a bail for three thousand each for their release.  It’s hard for those people working as tricycle drivers, carpenters, plumbers, fish vendors, housemates to get that kind of money. It’s almost a monthly salary for others working in restaurants, messengers among others. The sad part of it is that there were search warrant still to be served that time and people starts asking if they need to go to the police station.  It was chaos, people don’t know what to do. People hide, scared for another round up, amidst the problem of getting money to bail their families.

The Barangay council and the officers of the PNR community,  got people in place to get involve in securing bail for the families. Raised funds, donations, seek money lenders just to make sure they are released.   It was a bad experience for a each one.

I would still recall one peace officer “Tanod” of the community who was among arrested hysterically  asking for help after being in there for some days in jail afraid of being assaulted up by inmates he send to jail. Children affected and worried about their parents in jail and issue about elders getting sick.

I learned from the bail bond personnel that there are police given percentage of the money they collected. It was a part of system.

The first hearing was heard in court with a legal representative from the Urban poor. That volunteer attorney was given just token of donations from residents. We also have public attorney, Each case is different, some case were for more than P30,000. and some P10,000 depending on the electric consumption they had.  This is no way solution as they can not afford any of this amount.

I went to some friends from the corporate office of Maralco to help us. The corporate secretary who was a partner on community program we have in Makati YMCA for out of school youth assisted us with their legal Department.  They allowed us to settle it with a P 5,000.00 each case providing they will have a legal connection on the area. On the final judgement of the court they were all release upon payment of the approved amount. It was one of the happiest  moment of my life. A humble servant, as their Attorney,  personally representing them in court seeing joy in their eyes. Our sacrifices paid off, people elated, cheering, shouting from the court corridors to the street. Shout of freedom.  Thanking Jesus.

Program for electrification.  Meet with people from Meralco office  to discuss how to legally put up each family power meter.  Design and cost was prepared by Meralco with the Barangay councils all out support. Support from the City and Public officials was poured in to finish this program on time.

As a councilor of that village, we created an urban development committee where we started data collection and mapping for the area. This documents we made were used not only for electrical purposes but for other issues that they will face in the future like relocation.

They had their houses lighted with no fear.  Children where able to study not with candles but lights. A happy day for everyone and a lesson in life. Hope they would stop this illegal power connection as it is the paying resident and business who are paying for this expense. It is their risk for being in jail and penalize. There is a need to end this.

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Back ground was the newly installed electric meters for the residents

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Beside me are some of those people always ready to help others.

Medical services provided by the National Shrine of Sacred Heart Parish. This is also a venue where the Church do some Sunday Mass. Parish mission on evangelization.

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A great man beside is Mr. Jun Cabral who opened their house for the youth, and provided them work to be a productive citizen away from crimes and drugs.
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Happy moment with the children during fiesta. 😃

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Reflecting on this, May we be a light for others in time of need. A light of hope. A light for each one in our own work, community and our family. Truly, A lift of hand for help, is A LIGHT FOR LIFE. All for Jesus.

Let there be Light.

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7832 AN ACT PENALIZING THE PILFERAGE OF ELECTRICITY AND THEFT OF POWER TRANSMISSION LINES/MATERIALS, RATIONALIZING SYSTEM LOSSES BY PHASING OUT PILFERAGE LOSSES AS A COMPONENT THEREOF, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.  It is a social reality that there are many blighted community in the Philippines mostly in Metro Manila, those living near the rail road, river banks and other private lots occupied by unauthorized people living in shanties. Many of those structure I mentioned were mostly having electric powers illegally.  Having connection by putting a jumper from electric post or connection from private houses or commercial business. I reside in San Antonio Village Makati near the Philippine National Railway tract where many residential shanties are build. Its a big community by itself.  There are political structures in there and power that controls everything. Coordinate  with them for a lot of time as a elected council leader in our community on  Issues, concerns and problems.  Became so involve with them  with programs and community projects.  Livelihood, sports, health and peace and order. sanitation and cleanliness and also spiritual.

The greatest challenged that they had was the issue on Anti Pilferage law.  Many of them have small appliances and electric lights connected illegally by people who collected money from them for their services.  When Meralco ]
Manila Electric Company cuts the lines they will be out for some days, weeks but will be restored  again illegally.

in 1998, When this Law was passed people from Meralco send some letters of inquiry and survey was given per household for possible electrification of the area.  After collecting all the community data they came back for a meeting among the residents.  On that said meeting they were all surprised with the change of event. They were loaded up on a van and was send to prison on the case filed against them on Anti Pilferage Law. Each family were charge base on the document they submitted indicating the number of years they stayed in the are and number of appliances they used among others.  No much help is there since people are afraid as this was a very hot issue. Helping those who violated or may we say committed  a crime.

The men and the ladies,  young and old were send among the jail inmates in the city. Went to meet with the Police and was ask to get bail for each one.  That was about P 3,000.00 each.  There were search warrant still to be served that time and people starts asking if they need to go to the police station.  It was a chaos, people don’t know what to do. People hide scared for another round up, amidst the problem of getting money to bail their families.

We got the people in place to get involve securing bail for the families. Raise fund, donations, money lenders.  just to make sure they are released.   It was a bad experience for a each one.

I would still recall one peace officer of the community who was among arrested hysterically  asking for help after being in there for some days in jail afraid of being assaulted up by inmates he send to jail. Children affected and worried about their parents in Jail.

I learned from the bail bond personnel that there are police given percentage of the money they collected. It was a part of system.

The first hearing was heard in court with a legal representative from the Urban poor. The attorney was given just some donations from residents. Each case is different, some case were for about P30,000. some P10,000 depending on the electric consumption they had.  This is no way solution as they can not afford any of this amount.

I went to some friends from the corporate office of Maralco to help us. The corporate secretary who was a partner on community program we have  for out of school youth assisted us with their legal Department.  They allowed us to settle with a deal to make it equally P 5,000.00 each providing they will have a legal connection on the area. On the final judgement of the court they were all release upon payment of the approved amount. It was one of the happiest  moment of my life. A humble servant,  personally representing them in court. With happy people elated, shouting from the court corridors to the street. Shout of freedom.  There is something wrong with this law. I believed they should not be put in jail with the criminals. I wish …. it did not happen at all.

Program for electrification.  Meet with people from Meralco office  to discuss how to legally put up each family power meter.  Design and cost was prepared by Meralco with the Barangay councils all out support. Support from Public officials was poured to finish this program on time.

We did urban development data collection and mapping for the area. This documents we made were used not only for electrical purposes but for other issues that they will face in the future like relocation.

They had their houses lighted with no fear.  Children where able to study not with candles but lights. A happy day for everyone and a lesson in life.

Reflecting on this, May we be a light for others in time of need. A light of hope. A light for each one in our own work, community and our family. Truly,  A lift of hand for help,  is A LIGHT FOR LIFE.

 

 

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Photography as an instrument of change.

Elected councilman of San Antonio village, Makati in the 90’s and was awarded cleanest and greenest community. My secret. Photography. 

I enjoyed taking  pictures of eyesores in the community and beautify it.

Pictured is good for documentation and progress report. 

Pictures is a great tool to enforce our laws. 

Pictures make government agencies do thier job effectively. 

  1. Social Media Complaints with photo moves faster when being posted by citizen watch or blogs. 

Pictures can be use to educate our public. 

Pictures as evidence  of basic violation of laws and crimes. 

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As a tool to document of illegally posted 

I love this picture. This trucking was been there for a long time. it’s not only an eyesore but have some safety issues.

It all about having a political will.  Nothing is above the law.

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Photography and political will works hand in hand

When you are getting tired of apprehending people  dumping garbage on street.

 Identify the site, beautify it and have the residence maintain it. 

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Always believed that Sidewalks are for pedestrians.  “Kalinisan ng bayan sa sariling bakuran simulan.”  Cleaning of our community starts in our own backyard.

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Truly Photography makes a better community. . Could not have happened without the support of everybody in the Community. Our Barangay Council headed by Engineer Ricardo Alindayu and our staff. The Youth and the Business partners. To our community. Maraming Salamat Po.    Let’s Join Our Hands for Nature

The Best of Life.

IMG_1963.JPG. So blessed in my work as a patient care technician in a dialysis clinic. Enjoyed listening to our patients’ stories about their life, success and experiences. It’s like going with them in their journey. There are times that their stories are about lessons in life that would inspire listeners. Some do bring old pictures of the past. Just interesting to know that some of them have been doing great things in service for other people , church, community works among others. It just sad that in times those stories will just be of the past without others knowing that it even had happened. For some life is too short, but again there are many things life could offer. Make something great today to bring forth a good story of your life. ALL for God’s glory. You are all part of my story. My friends, family .

Life with our community youth leaders.

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Just want to share my experience with non government youth organization in the Philippines, May it be somewhat serve as an encouragement on our youth to be active in the community.There are lot of things that can be done. Lot of organization to get in. youth from the church.Kabataan sa Paroka. Early 90’s I joined the National Shrine of the Sacred Heart Charismatic community and was again doing some project with the youth as like in the We pray, we sing, we worship.

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Barangay Making a difference. San Antonio Village, Makati.

Manila Metro Authority is moving mountains to make things in order. Many people are just seeing problem in our surrounding and not doing anything about it. We need to act.

Barangay has a lot of power to bring forth changes.

In 1990 I was elected Community Councilor this is what we did. Barangay Council legacy,

Just sharing what we did in the past as our contribution for the next generation.

San Antono village in 1990.

Flooding Problem

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Many years ago as a child I keep on looking at our window watching students and office workers riding at a kariton (wheel cart) or floats for a fee, I told myself that there should be done about it.

That opportunity to work on it became possible when I was elected as a barangay “Community ” councilor in the 90’s.

Heading the Engineering and Public work committee, we made a barangay based flood control project.

We started our work by studying the overall flood situation.

One of the things I learned from this study is the role of nature. When rain pours during hide tide expect flooding in the area.

Flood water in our area flows to Zobel Roxas, Calatagan creek to Manila Bay.

We literally looked on the situation of Maricaban creek in Pasay and Trippa de Gallina up to the pumping station going to Manila bay. We believe that all our efforts would be useless if there are problems on creeks and tributaries leading to Manila bay.

While serving in the Barangay and as a member of Makati Task Force on Solid Waste MAnagement, I was designated by our Mayor to be a committee member of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Program representing our City Engineer.

during that time Philippine Port Authority. NHA, LGU, DENR works hand in hand in solving this problem with the help of Non government organization and other institutions.

DENR as a lead agency with the office of the President are doing the move to push LGU to do their part. Unfortunately, the political will dropped after politicians where placed to lead the DENR.

Flood Water Quality

In our barangay we saw a lot of changes, No more fish can survive our canals. No more dalags, Hito, gurami, goppies. Everybody is just throwing away garbage anywhere, paints, motor oils in our canals.

Fast forward, We could only conclude that we did our job done is when there was noticeable improvement of water quality of flood water in our streets.

One of the significant achievement that was done was the enforcement of environmental compliance issued against two multinational corporation that were not using their waste water facility and instead dumping it in our canal. One was a paint company and the other was a Big detergent corporation.

One of the biggest challenge: Apprehend violators

We the barangay did our part to ensure order. Yes you heard it right. Barangay Political Will.

All non movable vehicles were removed from our streets. Business are warned that if they will not removed those junk vehicles the barangay will not renew their business permit and will pay for its removal.

We are concern with the safety of our constituents, with that said, barangay do minor repairs of sidewalks.

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Construction and other demolitions of structure are monitored. Business are warned of possible action for any illegal dumping of debris, gravel and sand that ends up in the drainage.

In one occasion we asked the City Engineering office to enforce a stop order of a construction firm that had ignored our warning.

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Barangay inspect drainage and its outlets.

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Government flood control projects are monitored to ensure program is done on time and on its specification.

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The BARANGAY impost conditions on infrastructures in our barangay.

This PNOC post was only allowed when they promise that it will not obstruct our canal, they provided a new covered waterways to ensure of a continues flow of water from Buendia to Vito Cruz.

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Flood control programs done in our barangay.

We requested the city engineering department for plans and have it funded by the local goverment.

Flood control programs that is not under the jurisdiction of the Local Goverment are made in coordination of the Department of Public Work and with the barangay request for funding from CDF funds of Congressman Joker Arroyo .

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Roads debris is are being cleared to ensure it will not end up in our drainage.

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Barangay cleaning our creeks. A whole year work.

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The barangay had removed pig pens, storage, debris, wood frames crossing the creeks and it was done with a strong political will.

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Maintenance of trees by the Barangay

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From eye sore area to a Beautiful site

To answer our problem of dumping garbage on sidewalk we cleaned it up and beautify the area.

Photo: UST students in 1998 painting murals on the walls that were previously full of junks.

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We also had a pinta pader contest among the youth sponsored by business in our community. It was even published in Manila’s newspaper Phil Star .

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Partnership with the youth: Education on Cleanliness and environmental campaign . (Environmental parade in the community.)

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No one is above the law

Obstruction of sidewalks are cleared by the BARANGAY. Public Transportation illegally entering our residential areas are apprehended.

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We did our part and this is our Story. Barangay winning one of the cleanest in Makati.

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Kudos to our great Barangay Captain Ric Alindayu.

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It is his term that we were able to negotiate for additional land that we need for our Barangay Covered Court. This is my greatest dream for our youth and the community. Mission done. Thanks for Mayor Jejomar Binay.

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Join us to make our world Better.

A covenant for change.

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