NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
HOW time flies! Soon it will be 2018 and so many things are happening now-a- days before you can even make a sense out of it. But while this may be so, yet, what is of substance is not just the unfolding of events as these may just be meaningless unless we subject them to some analyses and reflections. There were awesome and amazing happenings in the past worthy of our utmost reflection, more on transformation not only on the changing of the dates but on what really matters: which is on the shift of paradigms and mindset.
IN THE ‘90’s, a popular candidate for the US presidency coined a campaign cliché that clicked with the voters that catapulted him to the presidency.
“It’s the economy stupid!,” a simple hashtag reverberated throughout the land that somehow convinced the voters that what really mattered then was the economy and all the nitty-gritty of economic development, i.e., employment, income, infrastructure and what have you, and discussing other issues was just plain stupidity.
WITH a critical mass of some 500,000 agricultural cooperatives from the 10 Asean countries – yes, about 500,000 is the total number of the cooperatives of farmers, fisherfolk, women and of the indigenous people based on the figures given by the delegates representing their respective countries when we met in Bangkok, Thailand in 2012 during the meeting of the Asean Center for the Development of Agricultural Cooperatives (Acedac).
ARTICLE 12 of the 1987 Constitution provides that we must promote the viability and growth of cooperatives as instruments of social justice, equity and economic development. That is how important cooperatives are in a country where social injustice looms in so many ways. Are we now ready to prove equal to that mandate as called for by no less than the highest law of the land?
“Come senators, congressmen/ Please heed the call/ Don’t stand in the doorway/ Don’t block up the hall/ For he that gets hurt/ Will be he who has stalled/ There’s a battle outside/ And it is ragin’/ It will soon shake you windows/ And rattle you walls/ For the times they are a changin’”