Monday, November 6, 2017

Light on the future of the Lumad youth

The CTSMI community is composed entirely of Lumad students, teachers, non-teaching personnel and parents. He's Spirit   
Education is one of the basic needs of a person. The government must ensure that it is provided to all citizens especially the poor sector. In addition to food and land, housing, water, clean environment, health, employment, social protection, participation and peace.

According to the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) mass action campaign now led by a veteran activist, Sec. Liza Maza.

Thus in remote areas like in Brgy. Maco in Compostela Valley recently visited NAPC representatives.

October 25 was celebrated the fourth year of the Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao, Inc. (CTCSMI). In 2013, academics, human rights groups, leaders-grassroots, and religious organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) work together for such an escort to serve the Lumad communities. It aims to serve the Lumad youth and their communities by developing a school that promotes their culture, rights, livelihood and future.

A comprehensive focus on the welfare and well-being of the Lumad is the central program implemented by CTCSMI. It is a school that promotes youth awareness with their parents and the whole community to uphold their dreams and the ability to self-reliance, to rise and to inherit the importance of their collective action.

At present, there are 165 college scholars in the CTCSMI community. They study for free and live in the dormitory of CTCSMI. They were scattered at Liceo De Davao in Tagum, University of Mindanao, St. Mary's College, North Davao College and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or Tesda. It takes courses related to the development of their community such as education, nursing, acupuncture, engineering, production of organic agriculture, fishing and accountancy.


In attendance of the NAPC representatives, the students immediately assembled for the show.

One of them met with CTCSMI teacher Adelaida Pregua, 57, who was also a member of the agricultural instructors and also taught Senior High School. "We shape the youth (para) after they have learned to be more willing and willing to participate in changing their situation and actively developing their community," Adelaida said.

"It's not just a theory of learning," she says. "Now, they're getting ready. For example, CTCSMI has its own Nature-Based Health Program. (Here,) alternatives (from indigenous components) to the treatment routines. Using herbal medicine and acupuncture they are exploring the application of their studies. "

Similarly to Organic Agricultural Production, CTCSMI has its own farms. Here, there is the application of the theory that students studying in the course of Agriculture have been applying. Meanwhile, the CTCSMI community also recognizes that the increase of students who can graduate from Education is important. So many of the first batch of teachers actually taught at CTCSMI, graduating from Liceo De Davao today.

Presently, there are 46 preschool (elementary) and elementary, 204 junior high schools, 83 senior high schools and 163 colleges residing in the dormitory of CTCSMI. The purpose of the school is to make everyone more comfortable, so they work to expose children's learning resources.
Kristine May. <b> Yes Spirit </ b>

Kristine May. He's Spirit

Kristine May, 21, tells how she became a teacher at CTCSMI.

"I just finished a Bachelor of Elementary Education at the University of Southeastern Philippines. (But) I chose to teach it because it was an alternative teaching style. Our curriculum contains patriotic, experiential and scientific teaching methods, "Kristine said.

He is pleased to see that he is witnessing the development of the Lumad children. "I want them to grow up not to stay in the community's aspirations and eventually become part of their support for their occupation."

He promises to himself that he will not leave the children poorly in knowledge and unprepared in the world full of contradictions and problems. "These schools are important and the government should support the people's own efforts," he said.

If the children are watching for the children, it is likely that the Lumad children can raise the awareness of this school in this school.



CTCSMI students were happy, enthusiastic and actively listened to at the gathering. One of the students was Regine Binag, 12, the eldest of five siblings and in Grade 7. "I came here because my parents could not afford to study me at the DepEd (Department of Education) school. Here I (in school) live because our place is far away, "Regine said.

His story, he wants CTCSMI because everyone is in peace, silently and they learn "not bourgeois" things-they teach them the importance of self-esteem.

"I dream of graduating from school so we can go to poverty and help other Lumad children," Regine said. Perhaps because of the good example of CTCSMI teachers, as well as Regine, wanting to be a teacher too. "I want to be a teacher someday to teach me to read, write, and teach goodwill or behavior (my children)," he added.





At CTCSMI, encourage the entire family's participation in the programs. The whole administration, teachers and all of its non-teaching personnel believe that the Lumad community is fully embraced from various areas and breeds the program to steadily improve their service delivery.

Emaly Presno is a Witness here, 39. Two children are educated at CTCSMI and are active in its health program.

"It is very easy to enter the CTCSMI program because the children's education is free. From uniforms, school supplies, quality of education including health, nutritious food and shelter for CTCSMI-free scholars, "said Emaly.

Emaly told NAPC representatives to visit "alive" in this school the spirit of promoting the "ten basic needs of the people". It is a great thing to them that parents and the exchange of their children's education are their active participation and appreciation of a comprehensive program that will uphold the Lumad's ability to independently.

According to Pia Perez, executive director and administrator of CTCSMI, many more are needed and must be done to fully help our Lumad citizens. But the school is a huge step.
CTCSMI teachers.
CTCSMI teachers. He's Spirit

"We encourage us to continue to enjoy it, our services continue to grow and support from private and even government officials who are real people," Pia said.

According to NAPC, CTCSMI is an inspiration to others in promoting an education that meets and addresses the comprehensive needs of Lumad's peoples.

"Due to the unity of unity and participation of the entire CTCSMI community, it proves that nothing is impossible when willing and united. It is not impossible for the government to pursue these people's efforts as long as they want and seriously respond to the needs of the poor. It should be enough to support enough support, help and services of the government, "Maza concluded.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The great apostasy

The great apostasy
The progressive change is contrary to the Duterte regime.


President Duterte closed a window (or door) to the possibility of progressive change.

Contrary to his statements that he does not control the Congress, especially the Commission on Appointments (CA), which has denied Judy Taguiwalo's secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the public knows the truth. Any regime in the country, has a strong influence on Congress, and the President uses this influence to push legislators to pass the bill and policy they want. The song says, just wondering what is wrong.

Taguiwalo unveils the leadership of the people from the Left: loyal to the people's service, without corruption, and talent and creativity to improve the service of the people. Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano, now secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform, is still demonstrating and remains unconfirmed by the CA. As the head, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Sec. Liza Maza.

As part of Duterte's move towards Right and closer to US imperialism, he has gradually been deprived of the cabinet members who serve the most loyal people. In the meantime, just over a year ago, we have seen much of Duterte's turning back from brutal statements against US military presence in the country.


More than three months after the outbreak of Marawi City broke out, we saw the President's full acceptance of the US "military" - the imitation of imperialism in the massive and open crushing of the city, killing civilians and violating rights Moro citizens. We are so far at the time that Duterte was condemned to US crimes against the Moro during the Filipino-American war, as he himself administered the repetition of these crimes now.

We can say that the war and the insurgency are just an expansion or extension of the "terrorism" of Duterte's previously demonstrated fascist tendencies we have seen in his war-torn war. In the name of this war, called Oplang Tokhang, he commissioned the Philippine National Police (PNP) to use the whole force-even if it was illegal-to eliminate addicts and to drive illegal drugs.

Like his tactics for "terrorists", Duterte has been in the hands of iron and bloody destruction of social problems such as the spread of drugs and "terrorism" that can only be solved in response to the basic problems of Filipino society. And these problems, according to the national-democratic movement, are the rule of imperialism, the existence of bureaucrat capitalism (regardless of the government's business as a business or for official interest), and feudalism (monopoly control of some landlords In the country's major agricultural lands).


Perhaps, Duterte has come to realize that he can not really address these problems, especially since he has embraced the implementation of the neoliberal economic policies previously implemented by previous presidents. Through these policies, the intensification of imperialist control over the economy and politics continues in the country, while the rule of the few oligarchic members in the country continues. In the meantime, social services such as education, housing and medical services remain far away from the hands of the poorer people-because of the neoliberal view, it is not the right of citizens but products that can be enjoyed by a few.

That is why he only uses hand-iron to respond to the symptoms of the above-mentioned social problems. He has also abandoned the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), especially the promises of liberation to political prisoners. He intensifies the "all-out war" against the revolutionary movement that is bound by martial law in Mindanao. He even threatens to extend military rule across the country.

The fascist dictatorship is not the progressive change that is in the minds of the 16 million Filipinos in mind to vote for Duterte. Certainly, in the next few weeks and months, the number of its citizens will increase.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Basic SEO practices for newbies:




Basic SEO practices for newbies:
The thing to remember is that SEO isn't a magic bullet. It's important, but no one knows the exact algorithms the SEs use, and each one is different so all you can do is optimize the best you can. There happens to be a few things that you should just always do whenever you make a new website. Don't stress over every little thing, just make sure you are doing it, this should just become kind of automatic for you.

Make sure you fill in your meta tags with a good title, description, and the right keywords. I personally don't think the keywords meta-tag is nearly as important as everyone else on here does, but it gives me a way to organize my keywords list for me to reference. When you start having many different websites, it's good to include whatever notes to yourself you can. When you come back to work on an older site you might not remember everything you were thinking before. The meta tags help you remember your site info as much as it helps the SE figure it out. A good rule of thumb is that anything that won't hurt you for SEO and might help, you should use and use correctly. Definately use the title meta-tag, try to include keywords in the title. Definitely use the description meta-tag, google will normally use this for the summary it displays in the listing. It isn't used for indexing so write it for humans, this is what gets people to click on your link when they see it in the SERP. Don't use the same metatags for every page on your site. Take the time to make them be specific to each page.
Create good content. Make sure you have some decent content. Content is what the internet was invented for. If you have unique and quality content, then all the seo and backlinking you're doing is just to get the ball rolling. Give them what they want, show them where it is, and they'll start coming. If it's good enough then it'll eventually start building on its own naturally because people like what they found. That's the idea anyway. So whenever possible use the best page design and the best content possible. Avoid duplicate content between different pages on your site, the SE will most likely penalize your site for that.
Remember, your content isn't just something to get google to like your site, it is the whole point of your site. The content and how you structure it is what will make visitors do what you want when they get there. If it's crap they'll just leave, and 99% of them won't leave by clicking on your adsense or affilliate link, they'll just close the window or use the back button. (yes, of course if your doing blackhat stuff you can make the browser go where you want, but that's for a different discussion.)

Include your keywords. Structure your content correctly, make a few title headers in the content that include keywords (use header tags h1, h2, etc.), try to have a keyword density around 2% in your content, and maybe 4% for the whole page including the metatags, alt tags, anchors, etc.
Be sure that your .htaccess is set up correctly. Decide on which way you want your url to be and stick with it. If you decide to use www then always use it like that in your links, don't use both. I usually set up a 301 for all www requests to redirect to non-www urls. If you don't set that up then every single page on your site can appear to google as having at least one duplicate. If that's the only thing wrong on your site it isn't going to kill you, but it's so easy to fix. If you don't know how to set up a redirect in your .htaccess file then just do a search, there are many other threads explaining it. Check google if you can't find it here. Also, .htaccess only apples if your on an Apache server, Windows servers do it a little differently, if that applies to you then just search google to find out how to do it. If your consitent in your linking, then the only time the redirect will come into play is if you get natural backlinks that you have no control over. You should also specify which you prefer, www or not-www in google tools if you use it. (If you don't then you really should, I recommend you set yourself up an account for webmaster tools and analytics.)
Make a robots.txt file and I like to include a favicon because without them the robots will trigger file not found errors on your server. Be sure to configure your robots.txt correctly. Make a custom 404 page. If your site has more than just a couple of pages then also create a sitemap.xml file. It's not a bad idea to just create a sitemap anyway no matter what, it lets you define the structure of your site to the crawlers. Just search google if you don't know how to do any of that, it's very basic and you can find exact instructions within a minute when you do a search.
Other than that there isn't a lot more you can do for on-site SEO. When people ask about SEO they're always thinking of on-site SEO, but thats the easy and quick part. Just do it and get on with it.

Everything else is off-site SEO and involves building backlinks and promotion.
This is where you need to focus your efforts. This is where the magic bullet is, if there really is one.

Social Bookmarks, Directory Submissions, Profile Links, and Blog Comments are really the easiest place to start getting backlinks. It's not a bad idea to purchase these links from a service. They are easy to make, but to do it right they really need to be posted from many different accounts and ip adresses. A good idea when your starting is to do it yourself a little bit to see how it works, then purchase larger quantities from a service. You want to get a lot of links, but you don't want to over do it. Building to fast can look unnatural, just do some searches and read up on it a little more. How many and how fast is a judgement call you have to make. hold off on more complex linkbuilding until you have a little more experience. Linkwheels and other link structures can be very powerful, but can also hurt your site a lot if not done correctly.

Whenever possible include keyword anchors and title or alt tags on your backlinks. Don't always use the same anchors, vary it up a little, use 3 or 4 different keywords and even do a few with some non keyword anchors. You are trying to look as though a lot of different real people have taken a liking to your site, if it were natural then all links wouldn't be exactly the same, so you want to simulate that same type of randomness. Backlinking strategies are all about simulating the natural events that happen as a site grows in popularity. If you can do it successfully then the SE's will give you good position in the listings, and then hopefully what you are simulating can become reality. The point of all of it is to get traffic.
Change up your anchor text. The idea of backlinking is to simulate that masses of people are becoming interested in your site. It should have some amount of randomness to it in order to look natural. I've seen a few made up stats on what's best, but I think a good rule of thumb is maybe about 45% primary keywords, 35% secondary keywords, and about 15% random unrelated like Click Here, and then about 5% just the url. The exact percentage isn't dramatically important, it just needs to seem like the linking is natural.
Create relevant articles containing your keywords, include backlinks using keyword anchors, and submit to article directories. Article directories are mostly authority sites and your article becomes a relevant backlink to your site. Then create profiles and accounts on blogs, social networking sites, forums etc. Include a link to your website whenever you do that and each one of those become backlinks as well.
Thats the end of it. Well kinda.
Go back and watch your stats to see what keywords are getting the most traffic to your site, analyze the data a little bit and if you need to, remove or add keywords to your content and tags, and adjust the anchors your using in your backlinks.

Continue building links. Remember you're trying to artificially create the appearance to the SE that your site is popular. When that happens naturally, people are always adding new links to your site. Since you are trying to look natural you have to do the same thing. Linkbuilding never stops completely.
OK, there you go. That's that basics of SEO. Everything else is about fine tuning, and has to be looked at for each individual situation.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The truth in free tuition




The youth have succeeded in gaining the P8.3 billion allocated last year's Duterte administration for student tuition in more than 100 state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the country.

A few months after the declaration, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) issued a memorandum of understanding on the implementation of the said Budget or Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST). It states that instead of free education for everyone, prioritize "poor but worthy students."

The same is the scene after the University of the Philippines (UP) -Diliman chancellor declared Dr. Michael Tan this month as long as there is no clear policy on the implementation of the free tuition policy, will not be able to collect tuition fees at UP Diliman in the upcoming first semester.

Subsequently, the Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) think-tanked Facebook has infographic on the UniFAST's correctness and the "contravention" of free-of-charge tuition for all.

IBON Foundation, an independent research institute in the country, denied this. According to them, the PIDS is at the forefront and at the point of view.

"With the free tuition fee, education is social good (for the good of society). He is not a commodity, "said UG Naguit, education advocacy specialist of IBON, using PIDS on" user pay principle ", an approach that values ​​individual payment of the people. "The state has mandated the Constitution to give it to citizens."


But this is not so easy, the belief of PIDS. In their written policy paper, they find that a major factor in being "counterproductive" is that free tuition fees and taxes will be allocated for education improvement and exemption.

"The tax increase does not happen just and without spending," PIDS said. As a result, the infrastructure, agriculture, and other expenses will be reduced.

Ben Te, second secretary of the Kabataan Partylist, said that taxpayers need more than just being charged today and increasingly needing to reduce service to other sectors of society.

"Imagine how much our government is spending for bombing in Mindanao, Marawi. She gets funding. But the problem is, because our government wants it, [earns] the profits of the universities, so there is high tuition, "Te explained.

IBON also said the government should not service its services in various sectors, especially in addressing the needs of the poor.

"That's why there's such a thing (not studying), high school accessibility is too limited for low-income groups," JP pikquig, publications section head of IBON. In one IBON study, two in every three families live at P125 per day.

Despite these controversies, IBON and PIDS are united with free tuition to make it a true free education for the people. According to PIDS, there are no half of the cost to study the tuition. There is the cost of accommodation, fares, equipment and more.

Because of this, the PIDS believes that those who are able to fill the expenses apart from tuition will only benefit from free tuition.

But if PIDS sees it as a free tuition against the poor, it sees others as a preliminary step towards achieving free and quality education in the country.

"Regardless of what your economic bracket is, education is the right of every citizen. As the PIDS shows, education is the privilege (of them), which is a commodity that is priced, "concluded Naguit.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Release and Resistance

Release and Resistance
10 political prisoners have been released, thanks to the mass campaigns and peace talks. 
 

Apolonio Barado, a fisherman from Legazpi City, was sixteen years in jail. Despite a decade of endurance in the cell, Barado did not have any details about it, from supplying him to release.

"They arrested me because I was accused of being a New People's Army. For a long time, it was my hair, "Barado said. He added that the multiple murder case, a "bum," he said.

He told all this with other political prisoners released on the night of July 6. He and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Emeterio Antalan, as well as Ricardo Solangon, Joel Ramada, Jose Navarro, Generoso Rolida, Arnulfo Boates, Manolito Matricio, Joshua Ungsod, and Sonny Marbella of conditional presidential pardon.

"This is a good news for their families, friends and supporters who have seen how they were shut out and exploited because of the cases they did not," said Cristina Palabay, general secretary of the Right.

"We are detained because we have a fight, not in any (criminal case)," Barado said, in spite of the excitement of liberation, is still bitterly imprisoned.

Barado will never accept 16 years of non-return. We have the affliction in her eyes, and others released, every time they talk about it.

In fact, Barado had a heart attack in September. She was brought to the Philippine Heart Center, and with the help of outside co-workers, she was able to cure her.

Not only did Barado have a critical illness in prison. The NDFP and the NDFP have also been calling for the release of political prisoners who are seriously ill.

"In the 2nd round of the peace talks, the Philippine government panel released a release of more than 200 inmates, including over 100 who should be released from basic humanitarian status because of the elderly, women with disabilities, , And that's really something very long ago, "said Rafael Baylosis, NDFP consultant. "The third round came, no [still] released."

Like Barado, in the premises that Rolida sold his tuberculosis. In 2003, Rolida was sentenced to death and was sentenced to death in 2005. Her health began to be released.

"Of course, within the building of the prison, because of the many death sentences, many people, you sleep in cement, you have a cardboard," said Rolida.

Rolida's tuberculosis was still critical in 2012, so he was confined to the New Bilibid Prison hospital for four months.

Rolida was just one of the many political prisoners who had been in prison. Last year, Bernabe Ocasla, a political prisoner, died after suffering a heart attack for the third time.

"The elderly, those with illness, and long time in jail, there are so many leftovers that can be released," Rolida added.

Even so, even with the release, they still carry the aim of resuming the fight for the release of another political prisoner. No more than half of the now-released 400 political prisoners have been released, and even Rolida and Barado are still unable to calm down because of the conditional pardon.

According to Manolito Matricio, the farmer, who is now liberated he has the opportunity to join Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano of the Department of Agrarian Reform in the development of genuine agrarian reform.


Employees of BPO in Baguio

Employees of BPO in Baguio 
have been illegally opposed to Sitel employees in Baguio City: They are threatened with the abandonment and are denied rights.




Despite the statements of the Duterte administration that the economy is growing and workers are employed, more than 1,000 employees of a business process outsourcing (BPO) company in Baguio City are at risk of being eliminated.

The waiver authorizes more than 1,000 Sitel. The waiver page is Lateral policy Back to Zero; No Work, No Pay.

The employees of the BPO BPO company are appealing. The company says, they have reduced their client overseas. "(But) it is surprising that in the middle of the regular holidays they will be re-entering the new applicant," said Vicente Toca III, spokesperson for Sitel Philippines Association of Rank and File (Spark) Workers, who has been working for Sitel for almost five years.

Spark also complained of the harassment of the mansion to those who were reluctant to confine. On June 24, Toca was called by vice-president and senior director of Sitel to be forced to check with whom and where Toca obtained the information regarding the countdown. Meanwhile, Paolo Mendez, Spark leader and member of the BPO Industry Employees Network (BIEN), have experienced violent interrogation by Sitel officials.

Toca is challenging Sitel to issue an official document overrun with the number of misleading employees.
Situation

According to the BIEN, the BPO companies have been in decay with its employees for a long time.

"We recognize the scheme that they sign a waiver that will be the floating status of the employee with a lateral policy back to zero; No work, no pay. [Here], they have no job of 15 days or more, "Toca said. It is against the Labor Code which states that while workers are floating, they must be paid.

There is no direct written contract with employees about their outcome when their client leaves; It is not clear whether they are regular or not.

Actually, Sitel returns formerly regular from floating status as a new employee. That means, from P12,000 they will be paid only P10,000.

Last week, Spark picked in front of Sitel to protest maneuvers irregularities.

BIEN's Mylene Cabalona emphasized that they strongly opposed Sitel's fair play against the Spark leaders and members, even the lesser rights of combatants.


For hope and rise | Concert & performed for victims of martial law in Mindanao


As Marawi clashes continue, the evacuation center continues to worsen the situation and increase the atmosphere of fear in the area. As a result, the Alliance of Peace Advocates in the University of the Philippines-Diliman and Save Our Schools-UPD saw the need to deliver aid to victims and evacuees.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 28, 2009: MARIN and Mindanao helpers, musicians, poets, and testimonies of some of Mindanao's most beloved musicians, as well as participants of the National Interfaith Humanitarian Mission (NIHM).






Participants in NIHM are unable to attend and participate. However, the message of their sent report is clear.

"It is not surprising that almost all interviewees expressed objection to martial law. Elders who are still worried about Marcos's military law are linked to the massacre, harassment, and involvement of civilians in trouble, "they said.

On that same night the Karapatan group announced the retirement of some of their leaders without a warrant of arrest today.

"People are getting tagged as terrorists. It is similar to the stories of our grandparents during the Marcos martial law, "said Cristina Palabay ng Karapatan.

According to the NIHM report, in addition to the threat of arrest and the explosive sound of bombs, residents also fear the threat of rape to citizens.

The participants of the gathering feel the disrespect of human rights abuses that spread in Marawi and Mindanao. They have been instrumental in the accompaniment of music and in some of the versatile verses through poetry. Groups such as KM64 and REDS Arts Group have declared their objection to martial law, bombardment and ammunition, and the oppression of fellow citizens.

The proceeds of the gathering will be used to launch a second mission.



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