Ang Caviteno Newsweekly February 12-18, 2018 Issue - Page 10

Pebrero 12-18, 2018 Hold public discussions on proposed amendments to 1987 Constitution By BENJIE OLIVEROS WHAT do the public know about the current initiative in Congress to amend the 1987 Constitution? First, the Duterte saadministration is proposing a shift to a Federal form of government. And second, there have been disagreements between the Lower House and the Senate on how to amend the 1987 Constitution. Currently, there appears to be a ceasefire as the Senate and House of Representatives agreed to set aside the manner of amending the Constitution in the meantime, and focus on the proposed amendments. Well, the shift to a Federal form of government is a matter for serious discussions, especially in the light of the continuing reign of political dynasties in local politics. The manner of amending the Constitution is likewise important considering the quality, or lack of it, of legislators the country has, especially in the House of Representatives. The members of the House of Representatives do not vote on the basis of serious discernment on what is good for the country and for their respective constituents. They vote on the basis of crass self-interest. And look at what kind of Speaker and House leadership the country has. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has twice threatened the members of the Lower House that he would withhold their budgets if they would not go along with the position of the Duterte administration: first, for a Federal form of government and recently, if they would side with the Senate’s view that both Houses of Congress, when constituted as a Constituent Assembly to amend the Constitution, should vote separately. Congress has practically set aside the option of a Constitutional Convention where a mix of representatives of the different regions and of experts from different fields could have made more rational decisions rather than our dis-honorable Congressmen. While these two issues – form of government and manner of amendments – are important, these do not tell the whole story. There are a lot more issues resulting from the proposed amendments that should be discussed to the public. An example is the proposal of Speaker Alvarez to constrict civil liberties by adding the phrase “responsible exercise of” to the provision guaranteeing the freedom of expression, belief, of the press, among others. Another issue that should be discussed publicly and thoroughly is the proposal to remove all restrictions to foreign investments, such as the 60 percent Filipino and 40 percent foreign equity rule; the provisions disallowing foreign equity in essential services, media, education, and exploration and use of the country’s natural resources. The matter of term extension should also be discussed. If not, surely our dis- honorable Congressmen would rather stay in power forever. So much is at stake. There are so many provisions and it would not suffice to merely railroad these come referendum time. Or is that the plan all along? ADVERTISEMENT CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA DUBAI NOTICE No. DUBA/Cons/434/MR/18-(07) 10/01/2018 D AT E D : MR. JASPREET SINGH s/o SATWANT SINGH RESIDENT OF 531 PRABHU PREM PURAM AMBALA CANTT HARYANA-133001 PRESENT ADDRESS P.O. BOX NO 686, DUBAI, UAE AND MISS. MARIA FE NUFRADA BRUNO DAUGHTER OF PIO C. BRUNO RESIDENT OF SILANG, CAVITE, PHILIPPINES PRESENT ADDRESS P.O. BOX NO 686, DUBAI, UAE INDIAN NATIONAL AND PHILIPPINES NATIONAL PRESENTLY RESIDING IN UAE HAVE GIVEN NOTICE OF INTENDED MARRIAGE BETWEEN THEM UNDER THE FOREIGN MARRIAGES ACT, 1969. IF ANY ONE HAS ANY OBJECTION TO THE PROPOSED MARRIAGE HE/SHE SHOULD FILE THE SAME WITH THE UNDERSIGNED ACCORDING TO THE PROCEDURE LAID DOWN UNDER THE ACT/RULES WITHIN THIRTY DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED : (PREM CHAND) MARRIAGE OFFICER & CONSUL) (PASSPORT & CONS) CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA P.O.BOX:737, DUBAI (UAE) FAX NO.009714-3970453 Ang Caviteño Jan. 22, 29 & Feb. 05, 2018 Communities pledge to conserve Tullahan River 9 protect, QUEZON CITY-- Communities near the Tullahan River pledged to protect and conserve the river that is part of the Malabon-Navotas- Tullahan-Tinajeros (MANATUTI) river system. The commitment came after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reached out to communities to raise awareness of the value of preserving wetlands and their importance to ecosystems. The DENR, through its Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), took the 2018 World Wetland Day local celebration on Feb 2, to two Quezon City barangays – Sta. Lucia and San Bartolome – where the agency conducted an educational outreach activity consistent with the theme, “Wetlands for Sustainable Urban Future – Making Urban Cities Livable.” DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said the focus of this year’s celebration enhances the knowledge of communities about the conservation and preservation of wetlands and bodies of water situated in urban areas, and the Tullahan River is a fitting venue for the WWD event. “We at the DENR are reached out to the two barangays near the Tullahan River because of its relevance on their livelihood,” Cimatu said. “As one of the most polluted waterways in Metro Manila, the river deserves no less than to have reduced pollution for the benefit of the residents within the area.” A wetland is defined as land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, and such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem. 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