Posts Tagged ‘provincial life’

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Sitting with the Rebels

January 31, 2018

I used to not understand the complexity of insurgency; how it is deeply rooted onto ideologies so unfamiliar from what is taught through tradition.

The people branded as rebels have been stereotyped as savages. They are a people civilians have learned to fear.

What most fail to see is, they too are just, well, people. They too deserve to be heard, to be seen, to be felt, to be taken cared of. They too are citizens of this universe and they too have rights and is protected by the laws of the land.

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Now I’m not saying what they do is generally acceptable especially when clashing and raising arms against the military or when civilians get involuntarily dragged into their encounters, everything has it’s limitations. But what I’m trying to get at is despite the ruthlessness and notoriety, they have the right to equal opportunities accorded to all.

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Insurgency has always been a prevalent problem in our country which is why the government has created programs that extend development interventions to isolated, hard-to-reach and conflict-affected communities, ensuring that they are not left behind. Programs anchored on inclusion, accountability, transparency and sustainability.

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For those unaware, I work with the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental under the Technology and Livelihood Development division. PGNO already has an existing peace program through the Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit (Pro-PIDU) in partnership with the 303rd Brigade wherein former combatants who decide to surrender arms will receive a livelihood package. The province has an existing half-way house wherein returnees are debriefed for reintegration to equip them when they start a civilized lifestyle.

For this year, our office as part of the Pro-PIDU, decided to focus our services on armed conflict-affected communities considering that areas tagged as such receive the least due to the risk involved.

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Last week, we’ve started our first tranche immersing into these areas doing orientations on our services, livelihood trainings and assistance, conducting surveys and just simply getting to know the people and their culture.

I’ve cried more than once this past week, their stories are so heartbreaking. And I’ve seen first hand what it is like to live a life like theirs.

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There are so many problems most especially the basics: water, shelter, health. I’ve learned (and seen) that greed has grossly plagued those in power at the expense of the poor, thus insurgency. It has become a vicious cycle. The lack of political will gravely affects the marginalized and it is so sad.

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But we’ve expressed that not everyone in government is tainted. And I am glad that the communities we interacted with gave us the chance to be heard and is open to our aid.

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Despite their present situations, the people are generally happy and very accommodating. They’ve given us a feast (they grow their own food).

The experience is very humbling. Makes you realize how petty your problems are.

Thank you to the communities, the Barangay Captains and Council, the PNP for facilitating our visits and accommodating us. Thank you universe for keeping us safe.

 

xx

DMV

 

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32nd

August 3, 2016

Hello August!

So what went down last week.

Bukid kick off

Went up to Michelle’s farm and stayed for the day. Chilled, hiked for a bit and had some incidental digital detox because there was no signal there (haha).

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This and Risa’s cansi FTW!

What’s awesome with the farm’s area is that it includes a 20 minute hike to this hidden treasure.

And nice that the fam and some friends put up these signs along the way.

This is part of the Lunao sulfur river. Entry point is on private property and the owners decided to not keep it open to public to preserve this precious gem. It used to be open and shared to everyone but sadly lots of irresponsible tourists would leave their trash behind.

Portiko Trivia Night

First time to go and it was so much fun! Good brain exercise.

Team R-18! We’ve to stock up knowledge for next Wednesday.

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Check out Portiko Cafe & Lounge

Eat like a Viking

Celebrated with family before flying to Manila, us August celebrants 🎉 Yay for free buffet!

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My loves!

Check out Vikings SM City Bacolod.

Manila bound

Originally my flight out was 9am but Cebu Pacific moved it to 1pm.

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Flight was 3 hours delayed and I was stuck in Manila traffic for 4 freakin hours. Hell.


Had late dinner at Gringos with Jobelle, mojitos and lights off by 12 midnight.

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Happy birthday Surf trip

Road trip to Zambales to catch us some waves. First time to try surfing. Left Makati round 4:30am, arrived Crystal Beach 9ish, I think. Way to north was so picturesque and I made super cool new friends.

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Such an awesome day to go to the beach, weather was great!

Who’s under your table?

They make surfing look so easy but it’s really exhausting! So got out of the water, bought me some beer and chilled on the beach. Perrrfect.

Sunset sesh.

Check out Crystal Beach in Zambales. The place is really nice, the instructors are so friendly and accommodating and the resort’s rates are affordable too.

Got back to Taguig around almost 10pm and had late dinner at Burgers and Brewskies (always) with this bunch. I just can’t miss their burgers, sorry.

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Home bound

Brunch at Locavore. The food is soooo good!

And off to go find some Pokemons (lol). This craze.

Grabbed coffee with these crazies before my flight. Sooooo bitin! I wish I could extend another week haha!

Amazingly traffic wasn’t bad, my flight was only delayed 30 minutes. Super awesome birthday week!

Cheers!

xx

DMV

Encore

I feel the love! This from my friends and colleagues when I got back to work.

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Beach Day

August 1, 2016

Photo set | Lakawon Island Resort

Located in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, place is an hour drive from Bacolod and a 15 minute boat ride from the port to the island.

Day 1

First thing I saw when I set foot on the beach 😂

Checked in and they told us that the floating bar was closed due to the storm and we were like that’s what we came here for! Uncontrollable weather conditions. Left our stuff at our room, settled in, ordered lunch and had us some really cold beer.

Still a lot of construction going on in the island. They just recently opened the aircon rooms.

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The queen has arrived 👑

Sky was getting gloomy and it was really windy, we were asked to transfer at the restaurant.

By this point, we’ve already consumed 60 beers. 60 BEERS. And a bottle of black.

Day 2

Had brunch, ordered sinigang for the hang over. We wanted to swim but the currents were really strong and it was still very windy so we just hung out at the beach.

Left the island after lunch, the skies were getting really heavy so we wanted to go before it would start pouring.

Passed by Archie’s family house to rest for a bit,

then went to Balaring for early dinner. Sunset sesh and yay seafood!

Weekend well spent. Welcome home Nicole!

Lakawon Island is so far different from how it was before. Place has improved a lot but everything is extremely overpriced. They also have to up with their reservation and food and room facilities. Staff on the island were very accommodating though. Wasn’t able to take pictures of the bamboo huts and the cluster houses because it was all up on my Snapchat (haha).

Lakawon Island Resort contact here.

 

xx

DMV

 

 

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Thursday at the farm

March 25, 2016

Holy Thursday | Photo set

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DMV

 

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