A multi-colored week rolls by

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By Benny Balweg

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Saturday, August 16, 2014


MULTI-COLORED one, marvelously at that. The first color came with the observation that camaraderie picked up among members of the BSU Retirees Association. Second, that the construction of the BARP Center for the Elderly at Cresencia Village, Baguio City, has also picked up; third, that the Cooperative Union of Baguio City shows sustained zest in pursuing the series of education seminars among its member primaries and other interested cooperatives and fourth, that the member of the Cordillera Bodies are more bonding together to continue drumbeating move for autonomy.

Speaking of the BSU-RA, in their regular monthly meeting last Tuesday, August 12, 2014, held at the Student Center in BSU, the participants showed that they improved in the observance of one core value of their organization, namely, camaraderie or fellowship. This value was the second strong incentive for their setting up the BSU-RA three years ago. It was strengthened in their second anniversary last year wherein their theme was “Strengthening camaraderie in the BSU-RA.” They believe camaraderie renews physical energy and prolongs life and in fact gives meaning to life, human life.

The rising multi-storey BARP Center for the Elderly has become a symbol for the relevance of giving importance to the presence of the elderly sector of our society not only in Baguio City but all who care to come to the City. The younger citizens come to realize that their elderlies deserve attention and respect and the elderlies themselves are reminded that it is beholden of them to see to it that they live in such a way that they deserve to be respected.

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The Cooperative Union of Baguio City, for its part, is continuing in increasing diligence the planned seminars and workshops it started half-a-year ago inorder to improve the work and status if cooperatives as expected by the Cooperative Development Authority. The seminar it is holding from yesterday up to tomorrow at the Jhuneco Function Hall, at Scout Hill, Camp John Hay, for example, is a seminar-workshop for trainors titled “Strengthening the internal training capability of primary cooperatives. The knowledge and analysis of learning designs and teaching styles was much worthwhile the hours spent at the hall.

The partnership of sponsorship of the seminar, by CUBC and the MPCU (Mt. Province Cooperative Union of the Philippines) was an innovation thought of by Trainor “Sally” Abarquez and CUBC Chair “Susan” Angaga.

The innovation psychologically “shorten” the days as initially proved and then upheld by the ability and skill of the chosen lecturer-trainors like Dr. Ramir Austria, from the University of the Cordilleras.

As to the Cordillera Bodies, namely, the Cordillera Regional Assembly (CRA) and the Cordillera Executive Board (CEB) with its commission that is the Cordillera Bodong Administration (CBA), their unexpected but more welcome meetings and activites at the aging CRA Bldg. located at the equally old but still ever-new BIBAK lot were exciting. Urgent matters for discussion brought out by the unintegrated Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) and the upcoming Cordillera Regional Security Force (CRSF) enunciated in Section 6 of Executive Order 220 (popularly known as EO 220) were simply enlightening.

But the best colored event I came across, to my estimation, was the lecture where the 90/10 Principle of Steven Colby was expounded and proposed for practice by entertaining lecturer Dr. Austria. The principle showed that ninety percent (90%) of happenings that take place to our regrets are caused by our reactions to prior events which happened to displease us and only ten percent (10%) by such prior events themselves. It reminded me of SVD Frater Antolin Uy’s masteral thesis on temperance and self-control. I wish space here permitted us to say more on this with the illustrative example similar to that of lecturer Ramir but as of now we will satisfy ourselves to say, “Thank God for an eventful week !” and wish that for all of us during the coming one.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 16, 2014.

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