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SOCIAL MEDIA AND DISASTER RECOVERY

Nothing is more beneficial during a modern disaster than public participation. As the saying goes, “two minds are better than one.” When it comes to social media, millions of minds come together to solve problems, seek out answers, and disseminate vital information. As has been evident in recent days, the public has played a key role in both information dissemination and assistance to authorities via social media.

Social Media Aids Disaster Recovery Efforts

A primary source of real-time information, social media has had a transformative effect on modern disaster recovery. It has played a key role in everything from natural disasters to man-made tragedies worldwide. Bystanders and people miles away take to social media during disasters for multiple purposes, from alerting authorities to who and where the injured may be and locating important persons of interest.

Social media also affords the government a nearly unparalleled level of transparency in times of disaster. Real time updates  – like those which we saw during the apprehension of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects – allow the public to not just be witness to but also assist in times of crisis.

Social Media and The Spread of Vital Information

Social media also drives information dissemination at a rate never known before – hotlines to find injured family members are found quickly and easily, and the process of seeking and finding of loved ones has become a crowd-sourced process. Important information can be shared with millions, and by millions, quickly and efficiently.

Social Media and Disaster Relief

Social Media is also useful in the days and months following a disaster. Raising money for victims is no easy feat when done offline. “Crowd-funding” allows users near and far with a simple and fast way to donate to and solicit donations for victims of disasters. As we saw recently in Boston, in many cases hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for disaster victims. Social media allowed for triumph in the midst of tragedy, helping victims start new lives with a tremendous support system.

Natural disasters like the tsunami in Japan and Hurricane Sandy reflect the public’s desire to participate and aid victims through social media. Many turn to social media outlets first to learn what is happening, see how they can contribute, and keep on top of developing events.

Social Media Offers A Worldwide Network

Social media is an incredibly useful means for public participation and government transparency.  Never again will there be a time where television is our only source of news during times of need and disaster. From aiding the FBI to aiding victims of national disasters, Twitter, Facebook and other online media serve as vital components of transparency and efficient outlets for managing disaster responses.

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Rule XIII, Art. 62, Art. 63, Art. 64, RULES AND REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE OF 1991

RULE XIII

Local Government Relations With People’s Organizations, Non governmental Organizations, and the Private Sector

ARTICLE 62. Role of People’s Organizations, Nongovernmental Organizations and the Private Sector. — LGUs shall promote the establishment and operation of people’s organizations, NGOs, and the private sector, to make them active partners in the pursuit of local autonomy. For this purpose, people’s organizations, NGOs, and the private sector shall be directly involved in the following plans, programs, projects, or activities of LGUs:

(a) Local special bodies;

(b) Delivery of basic services and facilities;

(c) Joint ventures and cooperative programs or undertakings;

(d) Financial and other forms of assistance;

(e) Preferential treatment for organizations and cooperatives of marginal fishermen;

(f) Preferential treatment for cooperatives development; and (g) Financing, construction, maintenance, operation, and management of infrastructure projects.

ARTICLE 63. Local Special Bodies. —

(a) Local Development Councils — The duly designated representatives of accredited people’s organizations, NGOs, and the private sector operating in the provinces, cities, municipalities, or barangays shall sit as members in the provincial, city, municipal, or barangay development councils, as the case may be. The number of NGO representatives in each LDC shall not be less than one-fourth (1/4) of the total membership of the fully organized council. The local chief executive shall undertake the necessary information campaign to ensure participation of all NGOs operating within his territorial jurisdiction.

(b) Local Pre-qualification, Bids and Awards Committees — Two (2)representatives of people’s organizations or NGOs that are represented in the LDC concerned, to be chosen by the organizations themselves, and a practicing certified public accountant from the private sector, to be designated by the local chapter of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountant, if any, shall sit as members of  the provincial, city, and municipal pre-qualification, bids and awards committees (PBACs).

(c) Local Health Boards — A representative from NGOs or the private sector involved in health services in the province, city, and municipality shall sit as member of the provincial, city or municipal health boards, respectively.

(d) Local School Boards — The representatives of NGOs or the private sector who shall sit as members of the local school boards are as follows:

(1) Provincial school board — the duly elected president of the provincial federation of parents-teachers associations, the duly elected representative of teachers’ organizations in the province, and the duly elected representative of the non-academic personnel of public schools in the province;

(2) City school board — the duly elected president of the city federation of parents-teachers associations, the duly elected representative of teachers’ organizations in the city, and the duly elected representative of the non-academic personnel of public schools in the city;

(3) Municipal school board — the duly elected president of the municipal federation of parents-teachers associations, the duly elected representative of the teachers’ organizations in the municipality, and the duly elected representative of the non-academic personnel of the public schools in the municipality;

(e) Local Peace and Order Councils — The representatives of people’s organizations or NGOs in the local peace and order councils shall be the same as those provided under Presidential EO 309, series of 1988, as amended, and the implementing rules and regulations issued pursuant thereto (Annex B).

(f) People’s Law Enforcement Boards — The representatives of people’s organizations or NGOs who sit as members of the boards shall be the same as those provided under RA 6975, and the rules and regulations issued pursuant thereto.

ARTICLE 64. Procedures and Guidelines for Selection of Representatives of People’s Organizations, Nongovernmental Organizations, or the Private Sector in Local Special Bodies. —

(a) Call for application — Within thirty (30) days from the approval of these Rules and thereafter, within thirty (30) days from the organization of the newly elected sanggunian, each sanggunian concerned shall call all community-based people’s organizations or NGOs, including business and professional groups, and other similar aggrupations to apply with the LGU concerned for accreditation for membership in the local special bodies. The application shall include a duly approved board resolution of the people’s organizations, NGOs or the private sector concerned, certificate of registration, list of officers, accomplishments, and financial data of the organization;

(b) Accreditation — The sanggunian concerned shall accredit the organizations based on the following criteria:

(1) Registration with either the Securities and Exchange Commission, Cooperatives Development Authority, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare and Development, or any recognized NGA that accredits people’s organizations, NGOs, or the private sector. If not formally registered, the said organizations may be recognized by the sanggunian for purposes only of meeting the minimum requirements for membership of such organizations in local special bodies;

(2) Organizational purpose and objectives include community organization and development, institution-building, local enterprise development, livelihood development, capability-building, and similar developmental objectives and considerations;

(3) Community-based with project development and implementation track record of at least one (1) year;

(4) Reliability as evidenced by the preparation of annual reports and conduct of annual meetings duly certified by the board secretary of the organization; and

(5) In the case of PBACs, the organization or any of its members shall have no conflict of interest in the awarding of infrastructure or other projects.

(c) Completion of the accreditation process — The sanggunian shall complete the accreditation process within sixty (60) days from the promulgation of these Rules or within the same period from the organization of the newly elected sanggunian.

(d) Meeting to choose representatives of people’s organizations, NGOs, or the private sector — Within fifteen (15) days after the accreditation process, the DILG field officer assigned in the LGU shall call all accredited people’s organizations, NGOs, or the private sector to a meeting where these organizations shall choose from among themselves which people’s organizations, NGOs or private sector will be represented in the local special bodies. The selected people’s organizations, NGOs or private sector shall then designate their principal and alternate representatives who are residents of the LGU concerned. In no case shall an organization or a representative thereof be a member of more than one local special body within a province, city, or municipality.

(e) Term of office of selected representatives — The term of office of a selected representative shall be coterminous with that of the local chief executive concerned. Should a vacancy arise, the selected people’s organizations, NGOs, or the private sector shall designate a replacement for the unexpired term.

Tula: Mga Katangian Ng Tunay Na Lider

(mga talata halaw sa tula ni Carlos Castro)

Si Haring Solomon ang siyang nagsabi
Ang tunay na lider ay mapagkandili
Hindi bindiktibo at di mapanuri
At kung mag-utos ay hindi parang hari.

Ang hanap kong lider ay handang magbata
Handang magpasakit at handang magdusa
Lahat ng paraan hahanapin niya
Mapaglingkuran lang mga maralita.

Katulad ni Cristo, siya’y mapagmahal
Lalo sa mahirap pati walang dangal
Ginagawa ito di upang ihalal
Kundi dahil sa Diyos sa kanya’y nagmahal.

Sinumang may nais na maging dakila
Dapat siyang maglingkod ng tapat at kusa
Di pinaglilingkurang parang hari’t reyna
Sa gawang mabuti laging nagunguna.

Source: tula ni Carlos Castro

‘Attack dog’ Lacson snarls at Santiago: ‘Crusading crook…’

‘Attack dog’ Lacson snarls at Santiago: ‘Crusading crook…’

The word war has worsened.

After Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago referred to Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s defenders as “attack dogs,” Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson drew his guns and called her a “crusading crook” whose “victims … will tell you how much they shelled out” for her “verbal assault” to stop.

This was the latest installment in the Senate saga where Enrile left out four senators when his office realigned the chamber’s P30 million in savings and gave additional maintenance and other operating expenditures (MOOE) to a clique of 18 colleagues.

Getting physical

The verbal tussle turned physical. On Wednesday, Santiago suffered from hypertension so severe that it caused some of the blood vessels to burst in her right eye.

Her media staff quoted Santiago’s ophthalmologist, Rodolfo Chuanico, who explained the effect of her high blood pressure on her eye.

Santiago along with Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, and Senators Pia Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV received the first tranche of MOOE of P600,000 last November and the P250,000 cash gift given by Enrile’s office last Christmas.

However, the four senators did not get the second tranche of P1.3 million and the third installment of P318,000 given to their 18 colleagues.

Santiago appeared on a morning talk show Wednesday where she singled out one of Enrile’s “attack dogs” for taking the cudgels for the Senate President.

Part of Santiago’s statement, e-mailed to reporters after the talk show, said “one of Enrile’s attack dogs is not a lawyer, but is pretending to be one, and that is why that senator keeps on calling on Santiago to shut up.”

She used the term  “nag-aabu-abugaduhan” (pretending to be a lawyer) during her interview with ANC’s talk show “Headstart.”

“Just because they are senators, they think of their immediate knowledge of the entire universe, of the legal system,” she told “Headstart” host Karen Davila.

‘Filled with hubris’

“He does not even have a clue about the principle of exhaustion of administrative remedies. He was involved in a court case, and he turned tail and became a fugitive from justice, which is a criminal behavior. That is what you get when a layman filled with hubris pretends to be a lawyer,” she added.

Those who tuned in to the program immediately realized that Santiago had talked about Lacson.

It was Lacson who told Santiago to stop her tirade against Enrile, saying she still got her additional MOOE in November but did not raise a howl.

Lacson added that he would take on Santiago’s challenge for all senators to bare their income, other perks and actual expenses if Santiago herself would take the lead in doing so.

Santiago, however, twitted Enrile’s defender.

“If that senator wants to participate in the conspiracy of silence, he can, but he should respect my freedom of expression and the public’s right to know under the Constitution. If a dog barks at midnight, the homeowner should go out and search for the intruder, instead of beating the dog,” she said.

Santiago added that her “enemies” were responding to the situation “from a position of total ignorance.”

An obviously upset Lacson responded in a text message sent to Senate reporters. “Sen. Miriam Santiago is what we may call a ‘crusading crook.’  She pretends to be clean when she is not,” he said.

‘Hypocrite par excellence’

Lacson called Santiago a “hypocrite par excellence” who “doesn’t have a single shred of integrity in her veins and moral ascendancy over any mortal on earth.”

“Ask people who have fallen victim to her verbal threats and assaults and they will tell you how much they shelled out (for her to stop),” he added.

Lacson advised Santiago to “do some soul-searching and self-reflection. She should also stop blaming God for all her hurt feelings.”

Santiago said critics were spreading disinformation that she should shut up because she received Senate savings on previous occasions.

“If I received those funds, it was because they were in modest amounts and distributed during the course of the year. But recently, Enrile authorized a Christmas gift of nearly P2 million to every senator, and at the end of the year,” she said.

Phony

Santiago said the “additional MOOE” at yearend was “phony, because in effect, the office closes at the end of the year and therefore there is no more need for additional office expenses.”

“Starting January, every senator will receive his monthly allocation of P2.2 million, half of which will go to personal services and half to office expenses. So I ask: ‘Why give so-called additional MOOE at yearend, when the Senate has effectively closed for the year, and new MOOE will be given in January?’” she said.

Red blood clots

Santiago’s staff added that former Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral, Santiago’s cardiologist and friend, was being contacted to look into the senator’s condition.

Elsie Gayo, a registered nurse in Santiago’s office, said Santiago’s blood pressure shot up 190/115.

Santiago’s right eye was said to be noticeably red and with red blood clots around the pupil after appearing on the TV talk show. With a report from Norman Bordadora

By  | http://newsinfo.inquirer.net

Asong Kalye (askal) vs. Politikong Pilipino

Usapang Aso na lamang tayo, may maganda pang kwento, kaysa pag-usapan ang Politikong Pilipino puro panggagago ang maririnig nating kwento…

Aso, naging daan para makita ang bangkay ng lalaking naging biktima ni ‘Quinta’

Sa tulong ng isang aso sa Calinog, Iloilo, natagpuan ang bangkay isang lalaki na nawala noong Disyembre na sinasabing nalunod sa ilog nang manalasa ang bagyong “Quinta.”

Sa ulat ng ‘Balita Pilipinas Ngayon’ ng GMA News TV, ikinuwento ng mga residente na nakita nila na may pilit na hinahatak ang aso na nakabaon sa lupa sa gilid ng ilog.

Nang lapitan nila ito, dito nila nakita ang isang bangkay kaya pinagtulungan na nila itong hukayin.

Nakilala naman ang bangkay sa tulong ng kapatid nito.

Kwento nito, nawala ang kanyang kapatid nang tangayin ng agos ng tubig sa ilog habang manalasa ang bagyong “Quinta” noong nakaraang Disyembre. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/289494/ulatfilipino/iloilo/aso-naging-daan-para-makita-ang-bangkay-ng-lalaking-naging-biktima-ni-quinta

Hero dog who lost snout saving two young girls in the Philippines from motorcycle accident needs chemotherapy 

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Kabang, a hero dog that lost her snout saving two young girls in the Philippines, has had her facial reconstruction surgery postponed so that she can undergo treatment for cancer and heartworm, veterinarians at the University of California, Davis said.

“She’s a really wonderful dog,” Sykes added. “It’s so nice for me to see how a little dog like this can touch so many hearts.” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/hero-dog-lost-snout-treated-cancer-article-1.1185704

Comfort Dogs Sent To Newtown From Chicago Area To Help Community After Sandy Hook Shooting

“Dogs are nonjudgmental. They are loving. They are accepting of anyone,” said Tim Hetzner, the organization’s president. “It creates the atmosphere for people to share.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/comfort-dogs-arrive-in-ne_n_2316346.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news#slide=1892097

Heroic Dog Saves Allegedly Suicidal Owner, Jumps Into Freezing Water After Him

Heroic Dog Saves Suicidal Owner

Man’s best friend proved his worth again this week after a loyal dog jumped into freezing water after his drowning owner. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/31/heroic-dog-saves-allegedly-suicidal-owner-jumps-int-freezing-water_n_2050751.html

FOI can open a window, or at least a hole, in the dark

Finally, the Freedom of Information bill has been approved at the committee level in the House of Representatives, with legislators using the debate about the bill to rant about media’s failures. A “right to reply” provision in the bill was proposed to cure media’s maladies. But alas, that was axed when the FOI bill was approved, with more lawmakers apparently agreeing with media leaders who feared that a right to reply mandated by the law could cripple news organizations.

Edd Aragon http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/photo/28687/foi-can-open-a-window-or-at-least-a-hole-in-the-dark

The Principles of Good Governance

Fair Conduct of Elections, Representation and Participation

  • Local elections are conducted freely and fairly, according to international standards and national legislation, and without any fraud.
  • Citizens are at the centre of public activity and they are involved in clearly defined ways in public life at local level.
  • All men and women can have a voice in decision-making, either directly or through legitimate intermediate bodies that represent their interests. Such broad participation is built on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association.
  • All voices, including those of the less privileged and most vulnerable, are heard and taken into account in decision-making, including over the allocation of resources.
  • There is always an honest attempt to mediate between various legitimate interests and to reach a broad consensus on what is in the best interest of the whole community and on how this can be achieved.
  • Decisions are taken according to the will of the many, while the rights and legitimate interests of the few are respected.

Responsiveness

  • Objectives, rules, structures, and procedures are adapted to the legitimate expectations and needs of citizens.
  • Public services are delivered, and requests and complaints are responded to within a reasonable timeframe.

Efficiency and Effectiveness

  • Results meet the agreed objectives.
  • Best possible use is made of the resources available.
  • Performance management systems make it possible to evaluate and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of services.
  • Audits are carried out at regular intervals to assess and improve performance.

 Openness and Transparency

  • Decisions are taken and enforced in accordance with rules and regulations.
  • There is public access to all information which is not classified for well-specified reasons as provided for by law (such as the protection of privacy or ensuring the fairness of procurement procedures).
  • Information on decisions, implementation of policies and results is made available to the public in such a way as to enable it to effectively follow and contribute to the work of the local authority.

 Rule of Law

  • The local authorities abide by the law and judicial decisions.
  • Rules and regulations are adopted in accordance with procedures provided for by law and are enforced impartially.

Ethical Conduct

  • The public good is placed before individual interests.
  • There are effective measures to prevent and combat all forms of corruption.
  • Conflicts of interest are declared in a timely manner and persons involved must abstain from taking part in relevant decisions.

 Competence and Capacity

  • The professional skills of those who deliver governance are continuously maintained and strengthened in order to improve their output and impact.
  • Public officials are motivated to continuously improve their performance.
  • Practical methods and procedures are created and used in order to transform skills into capacity and to produce better results.

 Innovation and Openness to Change

  • New and efficient solutions to problems are sought and advantage is taken of modern methods of service provision.
  • There is readiness to pilot and experiment new programmes and to learn from the experience of others.
  • A climate favourable to change is created in the interest of achieving better results.

 Sustainability and Long-term Orientation

  • The needs of future generations are taken into account in current policies.
  • The sustainability of the community is constantly taken into account. Decisions strive to internalise all costs and not to transfer problems and tensions, be they environmental, structural, financial, economic or social, to future generations.
  • There is a broad and long-term perspective on the future of the local community along with a sense of what is needed for such development.
  • There is an understanding of the historical, cultural and social complexities in which this perspective is grounded.

 Sound Financial Management

  • Charges do not exceed the cost of services provided and do not reduce demand excessively, particularly in the case of important public services.
  • Prudence is observed in financial management, including in the contracting and use of loans, in the estimation of resources, revenues and reserves, and in the use of exceptional revenue.
  • Multi-annual budget plans are prepared, with consultation of the public.
  • Risks are properly estimated and managed, including by the publication of consolidated accounts and, in the case of public-private partnerships, by sharing the risks realistically.
  • The local authority takes part in arrangements for inter-municipal solidarity, fair sharing of burdens and benefits and reduction of risks (equalisation systems, inter-municipal co-operation, mutualisation of risks…)

 Human rights, Cultural Diversity and Social Cohesion

  • Within the local authority’s sphere of influence, human rights are respected, protected and implemented, and discrimination on any grounds is combated.
  • Cultural diversity is treated as an asset, and continuous efforts are made to ensure that all have a stake in the local community, identify with it and do not feel excluded.
  • Social cohesion and the integration of disadvantaged areas are promoted.
  • Access to essential services is preserved, in particular for the most disadvantaged sections of the population.

 Accountability

  • All decision-makers, collective and individual, take responsibility for their decisions.
  • Decisions are reported on, explained and can be sanctioned.
  • There are effective remedies against maladministration and against actions of local authorities which infringe civil rights.

Ang Kinatatakutang abuso sa Cybercrime Law, Naganap na

Ang pangamba ng Netizens’ sa Republic Act No. 10175 or the Anti-Cybercrime Act of 2012 ay naganap na.

Bagama’t ang alegasyong kremin o libelo ay ginawa matagal ng panahon, bago paman isabatas ang nasabing batas ito ay may pang-aabusong gianagamit ng may impluwensya, kapangyarihan at may salapi.

Ito ang ginamit laban kay Esperlita Garcia ng Calayan, Gonzaga, Cagayan para aristohin sa kanyang pagpapahayag gamit ang Facebook.

Ang kanyang pagpapahayag sa Facebook ay ginawa nakaraang taon pa. Subalit, siya ay inaresto ngayon lamang Oktobre 16, 2012 kung kailan ang Cybercrime Law na naging kontrobersyal ay pansamantalang wala bisa batay sa TRO na inilabas ng Supreme Court.

Tama at pinatotohanan ng usaping ito ang malaganap na pangamba ng taongbayan na ang Cybercrime Law ay aabusuhin lamang ng mga taong may sapat na salapi at impluwensya sa hukuman at pamahalaan.

Marapat lamang na ang Batas na ito ay tuluyang IPAWALANG BISA ng Korte suprema. ###

Read more from the Source: Cagayan anti-mining leader arrested over Facebook post

FOI pinaglaruan ng mga Politiko

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Well, what do you know? PNoy DID have ‘FOI’ in his SONA

Who says President Aquino left FOI out of his State of the Nation Address? Freedom of Information advocate Vincent Lazatin took a closer look at PNoy’s speech and found the devil in the details. By: Interaksyon

More than 100 lawmakers sign manifesto pushing for FOI bill

Lawyer Nepomuceno Malaluan (second from right), flanked by lawmakers and members of the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines, expresses disapproval over attempts to “dribble the FOI bill to death”. Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

As a candidate in May 2010, President Aquino had promised to enact an FOI law as a strategic pillar of his ‘daang matuwid’ (straight path) administration. His study group has proposed, which in turn he endorsed, an FOI version that includes amendments to address his concerns,” the group said. By: Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon

Onus for FOI passage on public info committee – Gonzales

The bill, which seeks to provide the people with access to information such as government documents upon formal request, had been killed on the last session day of the House in the 14th Congress for lack of a quorum. By: Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

Running out of time, FOI advocates find ‘no room’ in Congress as well

Instead of having it on the week of October 15, as Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. had earlier announced, the hearing has been reset for November 13, a little over a month before Congress goes on break again. By: Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

FOI in ICU, says Tanada

“Representative Ben Evardone placed the FOI in ICU, in life support, gasping for breath,” Deputy Speaker Lorenzo “Erin” Tanada III said, when asked about the new schedule of the hearing. By: Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon

NUJP, KBP, PPI and news groups observe FOI day

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) stands united today with other journalists and media groups as the Philippine media community reiterates its demand for the long-awaited passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

In a statement released Thursday, the NUJP said, “The government has clearly run out of excuses to delay the passage of the Freedom of Information bill.”

“The only plausible reason why the FOI bill continues to languish in Congress is that the administration does not intend to see it become law,” it added.

NUJP challenged President Benigno Aquino III to show a firm resolve to pass the measure, saying, “But if President Aquino could push the House to end the debates on the Reproductive Health bill although he was certain to court the ire of the Catholic church, we see no reason why he cannot do the same for the FOI bill, which can only earn him the people’s appreciation.

“Mr. Aquino, believe us, there is nothing we desire more than for you to prove us wrong. And we dare you to do so,” NUJP said. Read more from the Source… Interaksyon

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