Renewal of faith-A A +A
By Dr. Bob Ocio
Isyo ug Servicio
Thursday, October 17, 2013
THE CALL of our times is for the renewal of our faith.
I remembered how our St. Michael Church in Jagna, Bohol was reinforced and renovated during the time of the late Engr. Bonifacio Salas. Thereafter, we have also experienced earthquakes and more of these construction efforts.
It has been reported by Mons. Abet Uy that our church showed cracks and thereby make it unavailable for use until engineering evaluation will have been done and safety ascertained. Such an earthquake hit badly Cebu and Bohol and leaving several 400 years old churches totally demolished in Bohol among other horrifying scenes of the destruction and experiences in other parts of the country sending people to the internet and other sites for fresh news. However, no such reinforcements could have withstood the shaking of the earth if it was destined to collapse.
Moreover, the church of God lies in the body and spirit of His people. We should be grateful that before His appointed time, He gave us the grace to reflect seriously on things that matter most -- our relationship with Him and for one another. The call of our times is for the renewal of our faith. Till then, we hope to be ready for His coming.
Our fellow Boholanos from Loboc, demonstrated to us the communal act of the renewal of such faith even as their own church collapsed as their parish priests guided the flock to outdoor masses and worship. Such an immovable Spirit of praise, worship, thanksgiving and supplication is an affirmation of the faith that will hold together our families, communities and the whole world of believers even in the days of tribulation and trials. In Spirit and in truth we join them in our collective prayers. May God be blessed!
Our Government needs some hearing aids and aides and a review of policy directions
"If no case is filed against anyone on the P48 million heist at the COWD per COA report, the people will suffer even more and little sooner than we would have expected, we will be experiencing the worst water system problem in our city. We already are as we are already getting announcements of an inevitable increase of the water rates by 30 percent, the magnitude of which is never experienced before by any service company in the country today.
Mr. Emmanuel Mulawan has not only been furnishing us and the mayor’s office with copies of the COA report but he is complaining that efforts are done to silence him deliberately and to harass his expose. This is not only a trial of the people’s resolve to commit themselves to the welfare of our people but it also put city hall itself on trial because even as Mulawan commits himself for this cause, we are only receiving nothing but a lousy call of the mayor for the COWD Board to resign.
Will you ever recover the losses or expect justice with that kind of reaction? Is SILENCE a responsible and appropriate government response?" We meant a new city administration precisely because we wanted change. Keeping the status quo is nothing but an affirmation of the illegal acts of the previous administration. Is it not proper too, to reflect on the evil that we men do, in these times of trial and reflection?
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC) Canada will Host the Kagay-anon International Tapok of 2015. “4 Days of fellowship, outdoor fun, trade and labor opportunities.”
Vancouver, Canada has been voted consistently as one of the top 5 livable, clean and greenest cities of the world. Jong Gaviola made the announcement for the Kagay-anons of British Columbia to prepare the event and welcome Kagay-anons all over the world in 2015. We met Monday afternoon, October 14 here in BC, Canada to set the Working Committees to host the affair.
One of the proposals is to attract young people and families to some wholesome outdoor activities like kayaking, boating and barbecue, cable car riding @the Grouse mountain, and the like and a tour to some of Vancouver's most beautiful sites.
Moreover, there shall be fellowship and trade exhibits which will be made available to promote local products, promote investments and tourism in Cagayan de Oro and the region. We also envision to make arrangements with the trade department here in British Columbia to brief our local businessmen on how to make available locally made products for export here and explore trading with counterparts/ partnerships with counterparts here in BC.
We can also ask BC officials to brief Filipinos on the latest trends of labor demands here which can address shortages in the construction industry in Canada. These are just some of the ideas that came into our meeting. We are still open for suggestions and reactions as we move ahead with the preparations.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 17, 2013.