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KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Hope for RP blind in Rotary bag making PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 November 2011 14:43

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations…:” (Psalm 100:4-5, the Holy Bible).
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“THRICE AS FAST” DANGEROUS: “Thrice as fast” is a real fast way of going after the corrupt in government, as President Aquino vowed in the aftermath of criticisms that his government short-circuited legal processes to charge and thereafter arrest and detain Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in an effort to beat any Supreme Court order allowing her to go abroad.

But going after and prosecuting the corrupt “thrice as fast” is dangerous. It could result in hasty maneuvers, in a denial of due process, and in deprivation of certain legal and Constitutional rights, as Arroyo is claiming now. It may even lead to mob rule, just to satisfy the cry for blood of many, especially the anti-Arroyo people. There is still no substitute for adhering to what is legal.
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ROTARIANS AND BLIND MEN: Just what else can a blind do to earn a living—offer massage, play the guitar and sing, and beg alms? Not anymore, according to Carina Rodriguez, the president for Rotary Year 2011-2012 of the Rotary Club of Pasay Maharlika, District 3810, Rotary International.

“The blind can now also earn tremendously more, with more self-respect at that, by making paper bags, which are then marketed nationwide and even worldwide,” Carina told me as we chatted Tuesday night on the sidelines of a necrological service for a Rotary Club president who had just died.

As of now, Carina’s Rotary Club is initially pushing through with the training of blind individuals who are being cared for by the Epheta Foundation for the Blind, with the aim of turning the 700 blind men and women housed therein into expert paper bag makers. And the training is for free, Carina said, who dreams of training the blind in the other parts of the Philippines in due time.
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BLIND MEN AS PAPER BAG MAKERS? Once trained to make paper bags, the blind can then be harnessed as a regular source of the bags, which are getting to be popular these days because of increasing environmental concerns among plastic users—paper bags are proven to be more environment-friendly than plastic.

Right now, there is a great demand for paper bags from supermarkets, stores and other retail establishments in the Philippines and even abroad. This could become a steady source of respectable income for the blind everywhere in the country, Carina added, thereby giving them hope for a better life, and opening for them more opportunities.

Carina said she has been advocating paper bag making even when she was not yet Rotary Club president. Through the years, she has trained out of school youth, drug rehabilitation patients, and even former rebels who have gone back to the folds of the law. Interested parties may call Carina at 0917 501 2235 or email her at carinarcpm@yahoo.com.
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AQUINO OFFICIALS KNOW OF ARROYO PALACE: Some officials of the Aquino government who served under Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had also visited Gloria’s “palace overlooking the cliff” in the Dominican Republic, our source is saying. It is a wonder why these officials are maintaining a silent stand on the matter, the same source asked. Why, indeed?

 
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