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pEDo: February 2011 - The other side of my cerebro.

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2/28/2011 03:57:00 PM

My Goal

A while ago in our room while staring blankly at my brother's cabinet and thinking about having been stranded and unable to go to work, I saw this small piece of wood laminated with a good poem, and a bible passage at the end of the poem. I remember that this piece of wood was one of my desk's paraphernalia back when I was still studying in College. As I grab and read each stanza, I can't also help but to notice the tore lamination and the slowly fading color on the design. The poem was so inspiring to me that I also began to remember the times when I was still actively participating in our Church's work, how it touches me, and how happy I feel whenever I get to inspire, share a smile, be in the service for others, and get to know each family that we get to visit.

So the following posted poem aims to preserve this memory, and also to share this poem which has also been my guide.

My Goal
author unknown
To be so strong that nothing can disturb
my peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to
every person I meet.
To make all my friends feel that there is
something in them.
To look at the funny side of everything and
make my optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for
the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success
of others as I am about my own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press
on to the greater achievements of the
future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature I meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of
myself that I have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for
anger, too strong for fear and too
happy to permit the presence of trouble.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize
for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

- Philippians 3:14
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2/21/2011 09:50:00 PM

Visayan Forum Commitment Week

"Since 2005, the Visayan Forum Foundation and the Philippine Government have been working together to help combat trafficking in every front. Since then, the intervention with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and multiple stakeholders has been recognized as a global best practice. Despite the overall success of the country's Anti-Trafficking efforts in prevention and protection of victims, the US State Department in its 2010 Trafficking in Person Report ranked the Philippines under Tier 2 Watchlist for the second consecutive year and it called the Government of the Philippines to demonstrate significant and increasing progress in prosecution and toward compliance with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

In a news article dated September 28th, 2010, President Benigno Aquino gave a statement calling for tougher actions against human trafficking. Since then, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) - the government's national body for the coordination of all anti-trafficking efforts, currently chaired by the Undersecretary of Justice, has been working hard to combat trafficking in various fronts all in partnership with civil society.

The Multi-Sectoral Network lead by the Visayan Forum Foundation and its partners are intensifying the War Against Human Trafficking (WAHT) and as a highlight of this campaign, the MSNAT is holding a "Commitment Week" on March 13th to 18th, 2011. This week-long event will serve as a platform to convene diverse leaders in their respective sectors and fields to commit towards providing immediate and appropriate response mechanisms to address human trafficking in the areas of prevention, protection, and healing and reintegration.

It will be attended by committed and action-oriented movers and shakers from the government, business sector, socio-civic groups, academe and non-government organizations. The impact of their ideas and actions will stimulate and inspire other businesses and sectors to address human trafficking seriously and raise awareness that practical steps, no matter how simple they may be, can and should be taken."


Schedule of Events
  • March 13 2011, McKinley Hill - Zonta's Run Against Trafficking (R.A.T. race): 3k, 5k, and 10k fun run.
  • March 14-18 2011, Philippine House of Representatives, Philippine Senate, and SM Mall of Asia - Photo Exhibit: Mga Liham ni Neneng (Letters of Neneng)
  • March 15 2011, Ruby A & B Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila - Commitment Day Against Trafficking
  • March 16 2011, Museo Pambata - Survivors' Fun Day
  • March 18 2011, Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law - Forum and Film Showing

About the Visayan Forum Foundation

The Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. is at the forefront of providing interventions for the protection, healing and reintegration of victims of human trafficking. Together with its partners, the Visayan Forum aborts trafficking in transit areas by guarding choke points and domestic transit points in seaports and airports. It operates halfway houses in the ports that provide a center-based package of protective services, which includes an information technology training project with Microsoft to prepare survivors for reintegration.

The Visayan Forum's strong partnership with the Philippine government and private shipping companies was hailed as one of the international best practices by the U.S. State Department in its 2005 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The Anti-Slavery International, the world's oldest human rights organization, conferred the 2005 Anti-Slavery award on Visayan Forum's President and Founder, Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, who was also recognized by the UK government as one of the Modern-Day Abolitionists in the celebration of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in March 2007.

Concept Paper: prepared by the Visayan Forum Foundation. For more information, visit their website at http://www.visayanforum.org/.
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