Pollution is a product of our insensitive acts towards the environment. According to statistics, every year we dump a massive 2.12 billion tons of waste. If all this waste was put on trucks they would go around the world 24 times (The World Counts). Repetitiously, we become too dependent towards garbage trucks and collectors or simply burn it together with dried leaves to lessen the garbage we have at home.
Even though garbage bags and trash bins exist, we tend to litter everywhere-whenever we like. We never fear the consequences. Environmental degradation in land is an effect of improper garbage disposal, what could be worse is when we throw our garbage in bodies of water which can contaminate as well as suffocate the species living in it.
The accumulated garbage can even produce air pollution since it is a mixture of junk and filthy rubbish that can give a displeasing scent and aura to the environment. Through improper garbage disposal, we are only increasing the chances of destroying nature’s incredible beauty.We are given the responsibility to change our old habits and change the environment’s current situation.
If change doesn’t start among us, then our environment wouldn’t change as well.
Last February 14, 2017, Mariano Marcos State University collaborated with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in giving life and color to the one of Ilocos Norte’s pride and patriots- General Antonio Luna through a spectacular theater performance titled Taga-Ilog: Heneral Luna.
The theater play featured homegrown talents from the university. Among the roster of these talented artists is Sam Cadiente from the College of Teacher Education (CTE) who plays the title role. According to him, he was more than proud playing General Luna. Furthermore, he shared that there were struggles that he encountered during the preparations for the said play, “I always practice in our house despite the fact that a lot of our neighbors are starting to get irritated. When they call for practice, I would always urge myself to go since every rehearsal would feel incomplete without me. For the trailer, we started on December 27 but for the full production, we started four weeks before this actual performance.”
The play was initiated by the Guidance Counselor of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Mr. Rodel Reyes. He confessed that this was a project that took two years in the making. “If I’m not mistaken, it was May of 2014 when the project was started when I called a certain group of artists in CAS. The group of that time is Miriam E. Pascua (former President of the University together with the Assistant Secretary of DOST. They gathered the group. The first idea is for teachers together with the student but given the situation that we have, it was decided that the play will only feature students. So after that, we have a continuous communication unitl they signed the MOA on September 8, 2016 and I told them there is a problem with the transition that we have June to August and they give us the extension of the project. Then finally, it has been launched today.”
Director Edward Perez from the Artists Incorporated of the Research Training Institute was one of the persons who helped Mr. Rodel Reyes in the success of conducting the play. Furthermore, Mr. Reyes stressed that the primary purpose of this theater play is to revive and celebrate the memory of Antonio Luna’s 150th Birthday which falls every 29th of October.
The show was visited by one of the representatives of the NCCA, Jason Septimo. He shared that it was actually the National Committee of Dramatic Arts that chose MMSU as the venue to stage the play. The admission of the play was free since it was funded by the government, “We would like to reach out to more students and more Ilocanos, so they would know the story of General Antonio Luna,” Septimo added.
The theatrical production was under developed and organized by the musical director of the show, Ms. Maybelline Sta. Maria from CTE. She was proud enough to share that the songs used in the play were original compositions and that the students were helpful since they were all interested and inclined to music. Overall, she was satisfied with the performance of the students during the first run, “For amateurs like them? Definitely? I can see that we still have a lot of things to work on especially the props. Hopefully if there is a sustainable budget then we can instantly improve and change things.”
The show ended flawlessly as people applauded with appreciation. Evaluation forms were distributed after the play asking the audience to rate the theatrical production in terms of the venue, props, performance and other aspects. The theatrical production is rumored to continue in UP Los Baños this March. MMSU has once again proven that it isn’t only home of globally-competitive individuals, but also it is home to countless talented students.
DISCLAIMER: ALL PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY CHARMAINE PAGUIO (c)
Barangay No. 22 Nagbalacan’s captain, Teresita Bacud in collaboration with the Pasaranay Youth Guild and other barangay officers agreed upon and imposed a Php. 50.00 fine for residents who don’t clean their designated areas which took effect yesterday, February 12, 2017.
The whole barangay is mandated to clean their respective areas every Sundays but according to Brgy. Captain Teresita Bacud, some of the residents still aren’t motivated to do their duty and service to the community and the environment. “The reason why we imposed this raise in the fine is to observe cleanliness in our barangay and to promote responsibility among fellow residents to do their obligation. A lot of people might have disagreed with it, but we still pushed through since majority voted for it during our meeting last Wednesday (February 8, 2017). We collaborated with the Pasaranay Youth Guild who created stickers which were posted in various walls and posts as a prior announcement.”
Furthermore, Bacud ensures that not a single resident could escape or bribe their way to neglect their service of rendering their time in cleaning as she appointed the Barangay’s Treasurer Nenita Bacud who monitors and keeps a record of names of those who renders cleaning service every Sunday. “I am in charge of collecting fines of violators and I also take charge in acquiring the signatures of residents in the logbook as well as verifying them if they really did clean.”
Yesterday’s clean-up included the each of the barangay’s basketball courts. A lot of the residents claimed that it was helpful and a strategic way in ensuring the cleanliness of the barangay as well as improving the resident’s participation. With the new 50 pesos fine, the Barangay Captain was satisfied with the resident’s participation in cleaning the community yesterday.//
The University Training Center (UTC) catered interested students in a one of a kind community-based dialogue regarding death penalty conducted by the Regional Commission on Human Rights (CHR) last February 10, 2017.
The day started with a registration wherein pamphlets about human rights were distributed among the participants. An opening program shortly followed as the Students Services and Development (SSD) Director, Professor Henedine A. Aguinaldo welcomed everyone with her speech, emphasizing that MMSU became an awardee because it served as a human rights advocate under the leadership of Dr. Marivic M. Alimbuyuguen. Prof. Aguinaldo also encouraged students to play an active role in participating during the discussion. A roll call of participating students from five of the different university campuses in Batac commenced after.
The first speaker, Attorney Harold C. Cobraon the Regional CHR Director gave bits of information about relative current events that are extremely relevant to death penalty. He expounded on the human’s right to life as basis of what the CHR fights for: the strong opposition of death penalty. He also gave the grounds for death penalty such as committing heinous like violating the anti-dangerous drug law. He also shared during his speech that plunder and bribery are removed as crimes punishable by death. Cobraon also pointed out that an effective law enforcement, impartial access to redress mechanism and courts and a responsive penal system is how justice can be attained. Furthermore, in his presentation alternatives of death penalty were suggested such as developing a credible justice, focusing on strengthening methods on crime investigation, honing the skills of the police and investigators and a better training for prosecutors.
Mr. Danilo T. Balino was the second speaker of the day as he shared all about what Community Based Dialogues (CBD) really meant. Based from the human rights itself, his talk focused on the right of one person to express his beliefs, ideas and feelings. Balino also differentiated debate and dialogue pointing out that dialogues are collaborative while debates are a type of fight. He also highlighted the history of CBDs wherein it started on October 21, 2008 between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). CHR had the fundamental missions of conducting community-based dialogues annually and the promotion, protection and fulfillment of human rights.
After both speeches concluded the speakers entertained questions from the students during the open forum. Things got a little bit intense as debaters, a member of the press and a member of the legal counsel raised their opinions and brilliant questions.
One of the main goals of CHR was to get the youth more involved by looking at universities, colleges and schools against death penalty. According to Atty. Harold Cobraon, the advantage of conducting community-based dialogues is to raise student’s public awareness of current issues especially those that concerns the community and everyone who are involved.
Furthermore, Cobraon said that the activity wasn’t a propaganda and CHR still respected the fact that everyone who attended the talk was entitled to their own opinion, “It is actually a way to gather the sentiments and ideas of the participants but not to necessarily force or convince the participants to adapt an anti-death penalty opposition. It is still their choice after the dialogue whether they are supporting or against death penalty.
The dialogue ended well as students became more informed and more courageous in shaping their own stand, believing in their own choice and they had definitely raised their level of consciousness and participation towards issues that impact the nation. //