Philippine Asian News Today Vol 20 No 5 - Page 7

March 1 - 15, 2018 OPINION PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY Reyfort Publishing & Entertainment  Rey Fortaleza - Publisher Carlito Pablo - Editorial Consultant Rosette Correa - Senior Editor Jun Cordero - Associate Editor Writers - Crisanta Sampang ; Columnists - Geoff Meggs, Ben Berto, Editha Corrales, Mon Datol, Fr. Jerry Orbos SVD, DeeDee Sytangco, Alan Samuel, Erie Maestro, Sandee M. Ed Malay, Jayne Anastacio, JJAtencio and Willie J. Uy (Manila Bureau Chief) Alvin Barrera / Mon Correa - Graphics and Layout ; Rolly Fortaleza - Graphics Design JoelCastro - Website; Julian Fortaleza - Sports Editor; Ricardo Fortaleza- Sports Photography Editor: Dean Guzman; Photograhers- Charles De Jesus/ Christian Cunanan Office Add: 9955 -149th Street, Surrey, B.C. V3R 7N2 Email: info@philippinenewstoday.ca Website: www.philippineasiannewstoday.com http://www.reyfortmediagroup.com Tel: (604) 588-news (6397) Fax: (604) 588-6387 Copyright of letters and other materials submitted and accepted for publication remains with the author, but the Publisher may freely reproduce them in any other forms. Opinions and views expressed are of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY. E-mail: info@philippinenewstoday.ca Breaking Point By Rosette Correa Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle, the 32nd Archbishop of Manila, is well- sought out speaker.  He has been Archbishop since December 12, 2011, and a cardinal since November 24, 2012 and also serves as President of Caritas International, and of the Catholic Biblical Federation, among his many duties and speaking engagements. He has been dubbed many things - the next Pope (because he missed his chance the last time, when Pope Francis was chosen), the Asian Pope, the Catholic Rock Star, and so much more. The faithful in Asia are praying that his next title will truly be the first Asian Pope, because he has no cultural connections to Europe, and because the growth of Catholicism has shifted from the West to the East and South in the last fifty years, and many young men from Asia and Africa have been called to the priesthood. With humble beginnings in Imus, Cavite, his childhood was surrounded by faith, and after attending St. Andrew Catholic School in Paranaque, he was influenced by priest friends to attend the Jesuit San Jose Seminary, and Ateneo de Manila University. He was OP- ED By John Horgan, Premier of B.C VICTORIA. People in B.C. work hard every day, and they deserve a government that works for them. But for too long, the previous government failed to act while people struggled to find housing they can afford, care for their children, and access to the services they count on. Budget 2018 puts people first, invests in the services you need, delivers on our commitment to make life in B.C. more affordable, and supports a strong, sustainable economy that works for all British Columbians. That starts with historic investments to make child care more affordable, and B.C.’s first comprehensive housing plan. B.C.’s housing market has been so distorted by speculation that it doesn’t work for people or B.C.’s economy. To fix this, our government has taken bold measures to make housing more affordable for people. That includes a new tax on housing speculators, action to shut down tax loopholes and money laundering in our housing market, and historic investments to increase housing A Filipino Cardinal in Vancouver ordained in the Diocese of Imus on February 27, 1982 also taught theology at San Carlos Seminary and Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay, Cavite. The cardinal is a favourite of many, because he speaks with clarity and purpose, and the Catholic faithful all over the world have made it a point to come to his talks because of the way he inspires people to change for the better, and be better Christians. En route to Los Angeles for the Catholic Educators’ Conference, his visit to Vancouver is a truly special one, as it was not part of his original itinerary. With the Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Vancouver organizing the event, with the support of the Archdiocese and Archbishop Michael Miller, the event will be covered by international media, especially the Philippine media. The cardinal has spoken to thousands who have said that his genuineness has moved many to tears, especially one talk at the 2008 International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec, Canada, when he delivered a talk on the importance of the Eucharist. Like many who speak of the truth in the Gospels, Cardinal Tagle has had his share of controversies, most of which are misinterpretations of his love for the faithful. He has spoken about love for the LGBT community, the divorced and separated, and other faithful in these situations who have not felt the love of the Church because of how they have misunderstood the teachings. Cardinal Tagle has time and again emphasized the need for compassion and understanding, and at the same time a clear emphasis on the true evils of the Church - abortion, contraception, euthanasia and the disregard for the poor. Cardinal Tagle’s visit to Vancouver is a much needed retreat for Lent for the faithful. He will speak on the role of the faith in families, and what we ought to do in this confused world for our own families. While the Queen Elizabeth Theatre has recently sold out for shows that simply entertain us and feeds our shallow need for reprieve, Cardinal Tagle’s words will bring us back to what we really need to hear - a clear message of God’s unrepining, and abounding in steadfast love, something we have not had in quite a while. A budget that works for you supply. Budget 2018 invests more than $1.6 billion over three years to build and maintain affordable rental housing, increase rental assistance for low-income seniors and working families, help finance student housing, and provide supportive housing for at-risk British Columbians. That includes helping to build 114,000 affordable rental, non-profit, co-op and owner-purchase housing units. We’re also investing $1 Billion in child care and early learning over three years, including a new affordable child-care benefit which will provide as many as 86,000 families across B.C. with up to $1,250 per month in child-care cost relief. Our government is taking concrete action to make your life more affordable. On January 1st, 2018, our government cut Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums in half. With budget 2018, we announced the complete elimination of MSP premiums effective January 1st, 2020, saving families up to $1800 per year, and individuals up to $900 per year. Budget 2018 also invests $105 million in the Fair Pharmacare program to expand prescription drug and medical supply coverage for 240,000 low-income B.C. families, reinstates free bus passes to help over 100,000 people receiving disability assistance and delivers on our commitment to make ferry fares more affordable. To improve the services you count on, our government is making significant investments in health care, with funding of $548 million over three years to improve care for seniors and $150 million to help connect those who do not have a family doctor with team-based primary care. To support students and meet the need for qualified teachers, our government is hiring more teachers, bringing the total to over 3,700 new hires around the province. We’re dedicating $18 million to services that provide outreach and counselling support for women and children affected by violence, and WWW.PHILIPPINEASIANNEWSTODAY.COM making a historic investment of $50 million this fiscal year to support the revitalization and preservation of Indigenous languages in B.C. And we’ll keep investing in a strong, sustainable economy that works for people. That includes supporting communities hit the hardest by the 2017 wildfire season and investing in wildfire preparedness to protect people, communities and wildlife. Budget 2018 also increases funding for B.C.’s agrifood sector to support enhanced Buy BC, Grow BC and Feed BC initiatives, removes of fees for Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning, and increases grants to support B.C.’s vibrant communities and creative economy. Our government will keep working hard to make your life more affordable, improve the services you count on, and make sure B.C’s economy works for everyone. Budget 2018 is a budget that works for you. Go to budget.gov.bc.ca for more information.