Counting how many battles fought, enemies killed, and firearms recovered has been among the usual indicators in an official’s military scoreboard.
But it’s got to change, military officials tell new generation officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Mindanao.
Col. Julieto Ando, of the Eastern Mindanao Command, has stressed this point to junior military officers who attended the Operation Peace Course (OPKORS), a conflict management and peace building training, now on its seventh in a series, organized by the AFP, Balay Mindanao Foundation Inc. and other partners.
“Instead, count how many enemies you have convinced back to the folds of law,” Ando said in his presentation on “The Challenge: Towards Fresher Perspectives”.
He said it involves changing perspectives from calling “boodle fights” to “boodle peace” at the least to building consensus and partnerships with other stakeholders to win peace.
The new mindset for military operations in Mindanao, he said, calls for more focus on building rather than destroying. Read on.
The Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has agreed to consider Bukidnon’s request for consideration in the approval of environmental compliance certificate (ECC) for projects based in the province. Read full report here.
Water is inarguably Bukidnon’s most important agricultural resource.
It is a cause of wonder, however, why the sloppy process of acquiring water permits have escaped the pruning attention of local governments.
There were doubts raised by many over the years on the questionable process of acquiring water rights permits.
But over the years, too, local governments and communities seemed powerless over the matter. Read More…
It was a bit awkward for me and Omar, a reserved Maguindanaoan who tried to be informative, as we took a peek at the wedding of a couple from two big Maguindanaoan families in Cotabato City.
We were looking through the window from our side of the conference hall— we looked like kids wanting to gate crash or something. Everybody in the training was doing just that as we waited for our morning session to start.
We were holding grassroots documentation and reporting training next door and the arrival of wedding guests drew our attention —especially when traditional wedding songs and hymns began to play. Read More…
Stall No. 04
Pikit Public Market
For coffee drinkers, a natural choice for a stop over in between Cotabato and Davao cities aside from rest room visits and road side meals, is the Pikit Public Market.
Aside from it being a vibrant and busy market place, it offers Pikit’s famous Pamogon “excelsa” coffee.
We scoured for that ‘aromatic’ redemption and found it for sale in many stalls at P130 per kilo.
I had been curious about what makes the humble native Pamogon coffee unique. I’ve been drinking this coffee for a while and I wanted to know more about how this was made.
And in this recent trip to Central Mindanao I wanted to know the answers. Read More…