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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.


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

TODA now at Work with C2G2

TODA presidents’ meeting with the Officers of C2G2

Marikina City, Oct. 6, 2012. Sampung (10)presidente ng TODA sa Marikina nagpulong para talakayin ang pangkalahatang suliranin ng kanilang sektor.

Lumabas sa talakayan ay mga sumusunod na mga usapin;

  1. Fare Increase– simula pa noong 2008 ay hindi na nagbago kahit na sumirit ang ang presyo ng gasolina at ibang produktong petrolyo na ginagamit sa Motorsiklo.
  2. Suvervision Stickers– na napakatagal i release ng CTMDO sa kabila na ito ay bayad na. At may pangyayari na nakukuha ang supervision stickers na nag-expired na.

  3. Identification Card (ID)– na matagal din i release ng opisina na namamahala dito.

  4. Prankisa– matagal ang release kadalasan nakukuha ay expired na ito.

Napag-usapan din sa pulong ang muling pag-aktibo ng kanilang Federation- ang Federated TODA of Marikina City.

Ang pulong ay isinagawa sa inisyatiba ng C2C2 dahil sa nasabing mga suliranin sa CTMDO ang opisinang namamahala sa mga tricycle sa Marikina City.

Henry Sy Sr. Oligarch?

By OPINYON | July 26, 2012

Success spoils a man. Oftentimes, it’s during time of triumph that the seeds of self-destruction are planted. Ultra rich Henry Sy Sr., founder of the SM group, may have trapped himself in a quicksand of self-inflicted wounds more than his wealth can heal.

From land grabbing and tax dodging to environmental degradation and illegal dismissal of workers, Sy’s name has been dragged in a growing list of court cases which inescapably tarnished his reputation. But Sy, brimming with confidence that money can buy happiness, hardly cares. Through lawyers, part of his coterie of paid hacks, the ethnic Chinese taipan remains unperturbed, typical of an oligarch. An oligarch gains his wealth through political connection, machination, and influence. Continue reading….


En Excerpt from: “De-institutionalizing Corruption in the Philippines”, by Eric C. Batalla, PhD.
(1) Definition and nature of Corruption. Corruption has been defined as the misuse or abuse of public office for private gain (World Bank, 1997, Jayawickrama, 1998 UNDP, 1999). In involves members of government and the private sector. It comes in several forms or as Klitgaard puts it, “a wide array of illicit behaviors, including bribery, extortion, fraud, nepotism, graft, speed money, pilferage, theft, embezzlement, falsification of records, kickbacks, influence peddling, and campaign contributions.” A report of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) identifies two types of corruption, pervasive in society, to wit, spontaneous and institutionalized (or systemic). The spontaneous type can be found in societies observing generally strong ethics and morals in public service. Individual acts of corruption are minimal although they can be both petty and grand. When corrupt behaviors are perennially extensive or pervasive in society, it can be said that corruption has been institutionalized. It has become a way of life, a goal, and an outlook towards the public office.

Institutionalized corruption is a problem that thrives in the weakness of both public and private institutions to act as fiscalizers for the greater public good. Opportunities for corruption abound in the absence of lack of order, transparency and accountability. These characteristics and the problem of institutionalized corruption in general appear to be more pronounced in developing counties. In these countries, the number of corruption cases settled is far lower than what it ought to be based on broad perception of its prevalence.”

Bp. Benny Navarro