June 2014


eastwind journals29 Jun 2014 04:51 am

PCA-UPLB SYNDICATE SUPPRESSESS ORGANIC SOLUTION

PCA-UPLB SYNDICATE SUPRRESSES SUCCESSFUL ORGANIC SOLUTION
Cornering the Multi-billion Coconut Chemical Pie
 
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By Bernie Lopez
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This is another open letter to DA Secretary Kiko Pangilinan, who earlier expressed belief in organic solutionS to the coconut infestation.
 
BUT A PCA-UPLB SYNDICATE WANTS ITS OWN WAY, DEFYING PANGILINAN. THEY LAUNCHED A BLACK PROPAGANDA IN THE MEDIA LAST WEEK, SAYING ORGANIC SOLUTIONS TO THE COCONUT INFESTATION HAVE FAILED, WHEN, IN FACT, A PRESENTATION OF A SUCCESSFUL ORGANIC PILOT BY BIOTECHNOLOGIST EDGAR MARANAN WAS PRESENTED TO THE MEDIA ON THE SAME DAY AT A REMBRANDT MEDIA FORUM.

 

The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has been infiltrated by unscrupulous University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) elements. It is a partnership of sinister bureaucrats and mercenary scientists. The UPLB has good eggs and bad eggs, like most other institutions. The good eggs work for the interest of the people and the nation. The bad eggs work for themselves, justifying dubious scientific treaties to enrich themselves.

 

The greatest impact of the chemical solution, even if it is considered truly effective, is not so much the curing of the disease, but the destruction of our global coconut market. Once the whole world knows our coconuts have been chemicalized, they will boycott our multi-billion copra and coconut oil instantly without a second thought. They will not verify but simply shut the door, making 25 million marginal Filipinos to go hungry.

 

IN OTHER WORDS, THE CHEMICAL SOLUTION IS NOT A SOLUTION BUT THE PROBLEM. IN OTHER WORDS, CHEMICALS WILL DESTROY RATHER THAN SAVE THE COCONUT INDUSTRY. THE PCA-UPLB SYNDICATE IS BLIND TO THIS SERIOUS EFFECT ON THE ENTIRE PHILIPPINE ECONOMY. THEY SEE ONLY GOLD THEY CAN GRAB.

 

They launched a PR barrage, giving demos of trees injected with chemical done by PCA men sporting T-shirts with chemical slogans. Their photos appeared in the newspapers doing this ‘crime’, when the chemical option has not been formally approved. In fact, there is no Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for EO169. Alas, this PR barrage has leaked into the Internet, and part of the world which buy our coconut products knows we are on the verge of injecting chemicals into our coconut trees. If we continue to proclaim this evil solution as our choice when it is not yet approved, our global market will vanish in the blink of an eye.

 

THE IMPORTED CHEMICAL ENDORSED BY PCA IS BRAND NAME STARKLE, A NEONICOTINOID WHOSE POTENCY IS 10,000 TIMES THE BANNED DEADLY DDT, ACCORDING TO TED MENDOZA OF U.P. IT AFFECTS POLINATORS SUCH AS BEES AND BUTTERFLIES, WHICH CAN BE WIPED OUT ON A MASSIVE SCALE AND TRIGGER A ‘FOOD CHAIN TSUNAMI’ WHOSE EFFECTS ARE UNIMAGINABLE, ESPECIALLY ON ALL OUR FRUIT TREES.

 

My PCA source reports that the PCA chose four scientists to do pilots on organic solutions. Of the four, three were PCA-UPLB consultants, perhaps endorsed by the syndicate, and one was an ‘outsider’ endorsed by Congressman Jesus Sacdalan, whom the syndicate could not refuse. One resigned and abandoned his pilot, two never reported their findings, implying they may have failed. But the last, the outsider beyond the clutch of the syndicate, the multi-awarded Edgar Maranan, did a successful pilot with resounding success, in spite of the fact that he was awarded the most seriously infested area in Bay, Laguna. His solution is an organic wholistic approach.

 

THE PCA-UPLB GANG WANTED THE ORGANIC SOLUTION TO FAIL, SO THEY CAN PROCLAIM THEIR CHEMICAL SOLUTION.

 

Maranan created his own team, independent of the PCA-UPLB, composed of experts from UMALUN, a chapter of a People’s Organization in Dingalan, Aurora, who could climb coconut trees fast, make scientific assessments on the spot, and report findings real time. His pilot was in Barangay Bitin in Bay, Laguna, composed of 30 heavily infested trees. Here is quote from the Maranan pilot –

 

“87 DAYS AFTER TREATMENT, 24 TREES OUT OF 30 ‘NA ANG MAGAGANDA ANG BUNGA’ (HEALTHY FRUITS). 112 DAYS AFTER TREATEMENT, KAGAWAD ARMANDO RAMOS HARVESTED COCONUTS FROM 29 OUT OF THE 30 TREES.”

 

So far, the PCA-UPLB syndicate has convinced Kiko Pangilinan into believing that the only recourse is chemicals. Even if Pangilinan is finally convinced of the organic solution in spite of the black prop of the PCA-UPLB gang, here is the dilemma. Any large-scale solution, chemical or organic, cannot be done without the PCA, which is mandated by EO169 to act on the emergency crisis. It is not too late for PCA to opt for the Maranan organic solution. Pangilinan can actually compel them, if needed.

 

The only other way is to insure the successful organic solution is implemented to save the coconut industry is to remove and replace the PCA-UPLB syndicate, a tall order even for Pangilinan. Or he can replace the members of the Task Force if they are suspected as syndicate members insisting on chemicals. Can we surrender the fate of a multi-billion industry and 25 million Filipinos in the hands of a self-serving syndicate?

 

The only way is for President Aquino to order Pangilinan to cleanse the PCA or resign in the name of the national economy. DENR Secretary Paje can also step in in the name of an environmental crisis. The newly-installed head of the PCA, Romy Alarcon, is hopefully not under the clutches or even part of the syndicate, and is hopefully powerful enough to dissipate the syndicate before they get rid of him through black prop.

 

It is possible for the situation to go viral within 3 to 4 months and spread like wildfire to 30 million trees, which is 18.6% or almost a fifth of our entire productive trees of 170 million, if we are too slow in containing it. The 170 million is net of the 40% declared by PCA as too old, and of the 33 million destroyed by Yolanda.

 

IF WE DO NOT DO SOMETHING QUICK, A DISASTER WORSE THAN A HUNDRED TSUNAMIS WILL BE UPON US. GOD SAVE THE FILIPINO FROM THIS LOOMING MEGA-DISASTER. GOD SAVE US FROM THE PCA-UPLB SYNDICATE.

 

This is a plea to Kiko Pangilinan not to be controlled by this powerful syndicate, and impose his will on the crisis situation. eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
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filipino genesis24 Jun 2014 07:15 pm

THE WISDOM OF ANCIENT NOMADS tribute to the badjaos

THE WISDOM OF ANCIENT NOMADS
A Tribute to the Badjaos or Sea Gypsies of Sulu
 
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This is the maiden issue of a new series entitled ‘FILIPINO GENESIS’
 
By Bernie Lopez
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BADJAO GIRL RESCUES KIDS IN CAPSIZED BOAT
https://www.youtube.com/embed/GH6SMocBwN0?rel=0
 
THE BADJAO PRINCESS
Discerning  the Spirituality of Ancient Nomads
 
To nomads and wanderers, like the Badjaos, the best way to fight violence is with a calm peaceful spirit. To them, material survival is peripheral, spiritual survival essential. To them, territory is nothing compared to freedom. They will not fight for a piece of land, but simply seek new edens in their wanderlust. The spirit of the Badjaos or Sea Gypsies of the Sulu Seas has been elusive to the best anthropologists, whose perspective has been boxed by civilization, education, and intellectual condescending bias.
 
in our superiority complex
we want to educate ancient people
we forget that they can educate us
in their ancient wisdom
 
It was rush hour. I was riding a jeepney in Alabang. A young girl, about 15 years old, hopped in. She had dirty clothes and un-shampooed hair. She gave an envelope to each passenger, now a new trend in begging. It was better than the hard-sell stretching of a hand. When a passenger did not accept the envelope, she simply put it on his or her lap. I found that irritating and rude. To avoid getting the envelope, I waved my hand and gave a non-verbal facial expression to show my irritation. She just smiled, turned away, and finally sat behind the driver.
 
She sang a strange song softly, hardly audible in the din of traffic. But I knew from the tune that she was a red-blooded sea gypsy of the Badjao tribe. I have been to their area as a journalist. They come from remote islands in Southern Palawan and the Sulu sea, the backdoor to Borneo. Extreme poverty has forced the Badjaos to the big cities hundreds of kilometers away to beg. Badjao children swim in the violent swirl of giant ships maneuvering in urban ports to dive for coins thrown by passengers, as shown in this old photo.
 
CONTINUED
 
Badjao boy diving for coins dangerously close to a giant passenger vessel. Cebu City.

The driver cursed and shouted at her to get out of the jeepney. He hit the steering wheel violently in anger, and made a move as if to go down and drag her out just to scare her. The girl simply smiled, not embarrassed, and stood her ground. She was used to being treated that way in the cities. Her gentle spirit was beyond the reach of the angry driver. No one could hurt her unless she willed it. The cruel outside world was at the tips of her finger. She stopped singing out of respect for the angry driver. She had no grudge against him. The angrier the driver, the calmer she became. No one could touch her soul. The other passengers looked at her with amazement. My irritation instantly turned into awe.
 
Finally she stood up. I frantically searched for a coin and found a five peso piece. I gave it to the Princess of the Sulu Sea, no envelope. She hardly looked at me and simply nodded slightly to show her thanks. Other passengers started filling up the envelope with coins. It was a big haul, if I may say. One old lady gave her a twenty peso paper bill, a jackpot for a beggar. The driver did her a big favor.
 
And so it was that thoughts lingered as I walked home. I had done extensive research on Badjaos years ago. Together with the Agtas of the Cordilleras, they were the last remnants of a vanishing race of pure nomads, people who have not shed off their wanderlust. They are the Filipino’s ancient forgotten heritage. The Agtas were the nomads of the mountains. The Badjaos were the nomads of the sea. The Princess was the nomad of the city.
 
I saw the glint of wanderlust in the Princess eyes. I could sense her adventure spirit. She could not have come here hundreds of kilometers from where she came from without money if she was not adventurous. Badjao children normally stow away in crowded passenger ships. In a sense, she was caught between two forces, two conflicting worlds – her spiritual world of nomadic hunter-gatherer survival and the material world of income survival she knew nothing about.
 
Among the Eskimos of the Aleutian islands, the nomads of the icy tundras, survival dictated that the first to eat were the hunters right in the kill zone. They got the best part of the still-warm meat and ate the best parts, the heart, the liver, raw and bloody. Among the Badjaos of the Sulu Sea, the survival logic was the exact opposite. The hunters were the last to eat the fish catch, after the women and children had their fill. For the Princess, survival was pooling all they could beg for among her small group into an evening banquet of rice and, say, almost rotten tomatoes with salt. They live for the day. Long term meant a week and they do not even think of that. One step at a time, that was how they survived.
 
What was amazing was their resilient communal spirit. They knew individualism was folly and communalism was wisdom and the key to survival. Together, this small band of Badjaos under the leadership of the Princess, partook of a quiet dinner in a dark corner behind the huge mall.
 
The Badjaos were so peaceful that if warlike Tausugs or Samals encroached on their turf, they simply left. I saw this in the Princess when confronted by the violent driver. The Badjaos valued peace and freedom more than the land. They will not fight for it. They had no sense of territory because their ancestors were bred for eons by vast unchartered seas. Now that the world was getting crowded, they have not adopted to territory and are in crisis. They roam freely forever and become victims of crowdedness. They have no place to go, yet they like it that way, even though they have become extremely poor in a crowded world of settlers. The material world was peripheral to their spiritual survival.
 
Badjaos live in makeshift houseboats. In Sitangkay, a tiny island close to Borneo, they run during a storm to the ‘safety’ of their boats rather than the safety of the land. The only time they stay on land was to bury their dead and to play basketball in the courts of the Christian settlers.
 
Once I asked a Badjao boatman how long it would take to get to our island destination. He dipped his hand into the sea, feeling how strong the current was, then pointed to the sky. I guessed he was trying to say we would get there about 2 p.m. Crude but sophisticated, wordless but crystal clear, ingenious celestial and ocean-tide navigation. Pure nomadic wisdom.
 
Anthropologists have gained little headway in learning about the Badjao mystique. They are hard to educate or influence. They are not really stubborn, only different in the way they view the world.
 
There are valuable lessons the Princess gives us in our extremely materialistic world of cellphones and computers, of anger and violence. The Princess is giving us a message, this beautiful girl cloaked in dirt with a radiant smile, a soft song, and a peaceful spirit that defied violence. Never be fooled by externals. Dig deeper into her inner world. She is a Princess. We just have to somehow open ourselves and understand. She and her small band of followers are children of the universe. eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
 
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eastwind journals21 Jun 2014 08:15 am

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT FILIPINO STYLE housewives to entrepreneurs

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT FILIPINO STYLE
OFW Housewives Turned Entrepreneurs
 
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By Bernie Lopez
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A highly-successful internationally multi-awarded program that spiritually transformed Mindanao housewives of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) into organized aggressive entrepreneurs.
The Maria for Millennium Development Goals or M4M.
 
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in the stillness of the night
I have walked in your streets
and My spirit has entered your houses
and your heartbeats were in My heart
and your breath was upon My face
and I knew you all
ay, I knew your joy and your pain
and in your sleep
your dreams were My dreams
and oftentimes I was among you
a lake among the mountains
 
kahlil gibran, ‘the prophet’
 
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eastwind journals20 Jun 2014 06:52 pm

MASSIVE INFESTATION OF COCONUT TREES agri crisis looms

MASSIVE INFESTATION OF COCONUT TREES
Greatest Agricultural Crisis of History Looms
 
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By Bernie Lopez
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it is the nature of greed
to be blind to consequences
no matter how serious
 
Today, we are facing the greatest agricultural crisis in Philippine history. The Coconut Industry, which supports 25 million Filipinos (PCA), is slowly dying because of a massive insect infestation. Todate, it has claimed 2 million trees, mainly in the CALABARZON area and in Zamboanga. It is spreading rapidly and everyone is in panic.
 
THE DA-PCA HAS COME UP WITH AN ‘EMERGENCY’ CHEMICAL ‘SOLUTION’ TO SAVE THE COCONUT INDUSTRY WHEN IT WILL ACTUALLY KILL THE COCONUT INDUSTRY. WHY DOES THE DA-PCA INSIST ON THE CHEMICAL OPTION? SIMPLE, IT BRINGS THEM BIG BUCKS. THEY WILL RISK THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY FOR THEIR BIG BUCKS.
 
Of our 340 million trees in 2012, 40% are too old, leaving us with 204 million productive trees, according to Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) figures. Yolanda destroyed 33 million trees, and the infestation has so far destroyed 2 million, leaving us with a net of 169 million trees. After Yolanda and with the infestation, we have so far lost 20% or a fifth of our coconut trees. 
 
The irony is, the infestation is easy to arrest using inexpensive organic means. There have been several successes from the private sector. But the DA-PCA insists on a chemical solution. The chemical option involves the use of a highly toxic chemical injected into the trunk of the tree. Vendors complain that chemicalized trees produce sour juice, which is no longer sellable. When the whole world learns Philippine coconut has been chemicalized, the entire multi-billion industry will collapse. Exporters of coconut-derived products will lose their international organic certificates. Even our household is affected. You do not know if the coco oil you use for frying is infected or not. Since coco oil is used in homes and restaurants, the effect is massive.
 
Why big bucks? First, there is reportedly an allocation of P700 million for the chemical solution program. Second, the expensive imported chemical translates into billions in sales, if even just 1 million trees are treated out of the existing 169 million. According to an Inquirer report, the deadly chemical is marketed by LEADS Agricultural Products, Inc., whose Chair and President is Fernando Maldeva, a UP frat brother of Dr. Rey Velasco, a PCA consultant. Velasco is the former Chancellor of UP Los Banos.
 
ADDENDUM – reaction from a reader and reply
Reader, “Who would do such a thing?”, as if this heinous crime is something no one in his right mind would dare to do. My reply, “These people are so blind in their greed, they are ignorant of or insensitive to the massive consequences of their actions.”
 
The infestation began in 2009. Until lately, with its chemical solution, PCA had done nothing to contain the infestation. The private sector was forced to take the initiative, finding successful organic solutions, which the PCA rejected. Why? Big bucks? PCA wants to save face and be blameless by acting as the ‘hero’ in giving its last-two-minutes chemical solution.
 
President Aquino promulgated EO 169 which empowers the DA-PCA to find a solution to the crisis. (Note the numerology omen – 169 million trees left, EO 169). The use of chemicals is not stated by the EO. It is enough that the DA-PCA is empowered and has the legal means to use chemicals on the pretext of an emergency situation. The EO does not have an Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) yet, but PCA is gung-ho in the big-bucks chemical program. There were rumors from unidentified sources that PCA will start its chemical program this June, which remains to be verified. 
 
It has been suggested that President Aquino should step in. The demise of our Coconut Industry through the use of chemicals will be blamed on him. The lives of millions of marginal Filipinos is in his hand. If he does not act, it will also imply he allows the big-bucks program in behalf of his people of DA-PCA.
 
A coconut expert says the insect infestation is a product of climate change. The warm weather has triggered an ‘insect bloom’. What is dangerous is – the insect also attacks fruit trees such as mango, another big export industry. 
 
A decade ago, the Philippines was the biggest producer of copra or dessicated coconut in the world. Now, Indonesia has overtaken us because of a myopic government with its corrupt agencies whose only concern is big bucks. Once, we were the sole producer of macapuno, now Thailand has a ‘Macapuno Island’ built by Filipino consultants. We have to urgently replace old trees. The culture of just leaving coconut trees alone and harvesting is no longer acceptable. We have to have an aggressive R&D program to respond to the market and to climate change. Quo vadis, Filipino? eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
 
AGRICULTURAL PRAYERS
 
do not seek to understand incomprehensible mysteries
such as how and when the rain and wind will come
you know not the work of the Lord
 
rather sow your seeds wherever you have land
if you know not where the flood will fall
let the Lord decide your fate and just do your part
 
Ecclesiastes 11:1-8 
 
if you offer all to Him in your need
your poverty will save you
if a storm wipes out your harvest
sow your seeds once more
 
the Lord restores the ravaged fields
of those who labor in His name
sanctify the fruits you did not harvest
in the Lord who will replace them
 
eastwind 
 
just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down
and do not return until they have watered the earth
making it fertile and fruitful to give seed to him who sows
and bread to him who labor, so shall My Word
 
Isaiah 55:6-11 
 
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