Thursday, December 3, 2015

Bittersweet victory

December 2, 2015
Press Release
Attention: Opinion Editor
Re: 
Bittersweet victory (Laude-Pemberton Case)

As a human rights group for persons with different sexual orientation and gender idenity and expression (SOGIE), we commend the Regional Trial Court handling the Laude-Pemberton case for its decision convicting the culprit - US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton.

Together with the Filipino people, the local LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender) community welcome the conviction.

A PH court in Olongapo City has found, beyond reasonable doubt, that Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude was killied by Pemberton.

Sans special treatment, we strongly recommend that Pemberton be placed in a PH prison facility to ensure no further violation of Philippine laws.

We will join, spearhead and support all efforts to ensure that justice for all victims of hate crimes and human rights violations towards the LGBT community are exposed, opposed and given justice.

Due to the series of human rights violations committed by US forces, we support for the termination of the Visiting Forced Agreement (VFA) which is the reason for the unhampered and pampered stay of US forces in our country for rest and recreation.

For reference:

Roxanne Omega Doron
Executive Director
Bisdak Pride, Inc.

Friday, November 13, 2015

"Clarrification on Cebuanos for Good Governance and Development"

November 13, 2015


Attention: Opinion Editor
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Not a convenor

I wish to put on record that Bisdak Pride, Inc., (BPI) established ten (10) long years ago, and a human rights group for persons with different sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) is not a convenor of Cebuanos for Good Governance and Development (CGGD).

However, as a human rights group, we are supportive of any efforts or advocacy that relates to the advancement of the rights and welfare of various marginalize groups and individuals. Advancement of such rights can only be achieved through good governance. Good governance will lead us to inclusive growth. And inclusive growth is something we aspire for.

On the other hand, we will never prohibit any members or gender equality advocates of our organization who wish to join or support any formal or informal alliances/associations/groups that advocates for a specific issue (i.e. CGGD etc.). or issues that violates the rights of our Lumad brothers and sisters in Mindanao, oil price hike, tuition fee increase, violation of our sovereignty etc.

In fact, we highly encourage members of the LGBT community to actively participate and exercise their civil and political rights in order to advance our rights and welfare as a marginalized and oppressed sector. In that way, we indirectly advance and help craft a political and economic agenda in the context of our inherent rights.

Hence, the involvement of some of our members in any political undertaking or advocacy is a welcome development. In fact, this is a rightful and timely opportunity to ensure that political candidates, whether local or national, vying for various elective positions to examine their gender and development agenda if it includes the rights and welfare of the LGBT community.

Thank you very much.

Roxanne Omega Doron
Executive Director
Bisdak Pride, Inc.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Weekly Homework (Economics, Second Semester AY 2015 - 2016)



Attention: Econ students

1. Kindly check your weekly homework. Please follow the guidelines (below) when submitting your handwritten report in a recycled short bond paper; margin, one inch (top, bottom, left, right)

No deadline extension.

Write your,

Name and Course/Year:
Weekly Homework Number: ___

Class Schedule and Date Submitted:
Title of economic/business article/s:


Then, comply the following after reading the assigned economic/business article/s:


a. What are the words and phrases you find hard to understand? Please provide your initial understanding of these words and phrases.
b. Do you have a hard time understanding these words and phrases? Why or why not?
c. Provide a brief  economic analysis of the economic/business article/s. The analysis could be visual or written.


Deadline every Wednesday for MW classes and Thursday for TTh.


2. For your online exercises:
  
No deadline extension.
Principles of Economics by Arnold Set (textbook+APLIA code)  
                 888.00 regular price less 10% discount upon showing School ID
Principles of Economics by Arnold APLIA code only        
                 670.00 net of discount

Course Information for ECON1N Principles of Economics with Agrarian Reform

Begin: 11.14.15      End: 03.27.16
Grace Period: Ends at the end of the day on 12.04.15
Textbook: Economics by Arnold
Student Registration URL:
http://login.cengagebrain.com/course/ACLR-YWLB-FNTX
Course Key: ACLR-YWLB-FNTX

 

 

Course Information for ECON 21 Microeconomics
Begin:
 11.14.15      End: 03.26.16
Grace Period: Ends at the end of the day on 12.04.15
Textbook: Economics by Arnold
Student Registration URL:
http://login.cengagebrain.com/course/F5CR-9UGG-SZTW
Course Key: F5CR-9UGG-SZTW

 



REMEMBER: 
Student account. Students must use a standard email address, example: familynameDOTFfirstname@anydomain.com  (ex. doron.roxanne@gmail.com)
Inquiries related to access to Aplia, please e-mail:

noreen.villegas@cengage.com cc: dakyur@yahoo.com


3. Grading System: 

40% - Long  (Major) Examinations

25% - Aplia (Online Exercises)
25% - Terminal Report/s
10% - Class Participation (Homework, attendance and seat work)
100% - Total


FG = MG (50%) + Temporary Final (50%)

REMEMBER: Student account. Students must use a standard email address, example: familynameDOTFfirstname@anydomain.com  (ex. doron.roxanne@gmail.com)


4. FINAL Terminal Report  DEADLINE March 21 (for MW classes) and March 22 (for TTh classes)

Terminal Report: Four (4) members per group (i.e. interviewer, documentor, photographer, writer)

Part I. Look for five (5) articles about the current state of Philippine agricultural sector or anything related to Philippine agriculture, identify the source (author, title, date published and link), and comply the following:

a.) Summary of the articles (separate per article)
b.) Lessons learned (separate per article)

Part II. Visit at least three (3) public market and identify the location ( two in Cebu City and one in Cebu province ), estimated size of the market, consumers income bracket, day and time of interview. Interview two (3) vendors per public market and find out whether they are selling imported or locally produced agricultural products. Make a list of these products, the countries where they are imported from,  as well as their prices. Do the same for the local products and identify the origin of locally produced agricultural products.

Interview five (5) consumers: 1 male preferably husband, 3 female preferably wife, and 1 young adolescent preferably 18 to 24 years old . Ask them what agricultural products they usually buy. Do they know if these products are locally produced or imported? Which do they prefer? Why?

How does this affect the local producers? What can you say about the state of the country's agricultural sector? What do you think will happen to our agricultural productivity once the Asean Economic Community (AEC) will start implementing zero tariff to agricultural products within the Asean region?

Write a narrative report of your trip.

Submit your handwritten report in a recycled short bond paper, with your name, course and year, class schedule, name of teacher. Attached photos of your visit.

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5. Weekly Homework:

 

Week # Dates       

1 November 4 - 6
Econ 1N and Econ 21   Class Orientation

2 November 9 - 13              

Econ 1N and Econ 21   Chapter 1

Why APEC's free market globalization cannot build resilient communities and APEC 2015: To be a player in one big economy  (Analysis should be comparative)  

3 November 16 - 20       

Econ 1N and Econ 21   Chapter 2

How to reap the benefits from APEC, ASEAN Integration  and #PHFightAPEC for its hand in the erosion of the PH economy under heightened globalization (Analysis should be comparative)  

4 November 23 - 27    
Econ 1N and Econ 21    Chapter 3
Office rental growth cools as supply pickup expected -- JLL

5 November 30 - December 4 

Econ 1N Chapter 20

Econ 21 Chapter 3

6 December 7-11                
Pre-Midterm
Econ 1N and Econ 21: Terminal Report (written or oral): Analysis of the Firm
  
7 December 14-18
Econ 1N: Chapter 21

Econ 21: Chapter 4 and 5

No Homework

8 January 4-9

Econ 1N: Chapter 22

Econ 21: Chapter 20
No Homework 


9 January 11-15 
Econ 1N: Chapter 23 and 24

10 January 18-22
Econ 1N: Chapter 25
Econ 21: Chapter 22
  
11January 25-29
Mid Term Examination
Econ 1N Terminal Report: Industry Mapping with Market Structures; Revenue Development
Econ 21 Terminal Report: Industry Mapping

12 February 1-5
Econ 1N: Chapter 6
Econ 21: Chapter 23

13 February 8-12
Econ 1N: Chapter 7
Agriculture has been left behind and Financing our farmers

(Analysis should be comparative)  

Econ 21: Chapter 24
Oil bankruptcies seen spurring M&A on signal prices near low 


15 February 15-19 
Econ 1N: Chapter 9,10,11 and Econ 21: Chapter 25
What antitrust is and is not and How Competition Act regulates antitrust

16 February 22-26
Pre-Final Examination
Econ 1N Terminal Report: Measure of Economic Indicators: Cost Development
Econ 1N Terminal Report: Identification of Market Structures 

17 February 29-March 4 
Econ 1N: Chapter 12, 14, 15 
Econ 21:  Resource Markets

18 March 7-11
Econ 1N: Required topic: Agrarian Reform
Econ 1NTerminal Report: Analysis of Economic Indicators: Focus on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, Market Analysis
Econ 21: Oral Presentations

19 March 14-19 
Final Examinations 
Econ 21 Terminal Report: Industry Analysis 




Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pride Month

Celebrating Pride Month: Sexual minority inclusion in public diplomacy and national development agenda, towards inclusive growth?

"The United States Embassy in Manila celebrated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (‪#‎LGBT‬) ‪#‎Pride‬ Month with a reception in Cebu on June 24th hosted by the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg. Ambassador Goldberg also hosted a roundtable discussion with USAID Philippines, the Philippine Department of Health, local government units and civic organizations to discuss the current state of HIV and AIDS in Cebu and the Philippines." - US Embassy Manila FB Fan Page



With United States of America Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg



With U.S.AID Chief of Mission to the Philippines Gloria Steele


Monday, June 15, 2015

The Best In Us


It is common knowledge that the LGBT community is discriminated and that stigma and discrimination fuels the deepening oppression of our community, which undoubtedly results to violating the rights of the LGBT community to actively participate in all aspects of community development.
Hence, our participation in any endeavor, whether artistic or not, that helps clarify issues and transform peoples’ lives and communities, is always welcome (but risky) because we believe it is effective in eradicating the oppressive gap between the LGBT and non-LGBT community.
More specifically, our participation in the Theatre for Development (T4D) project of UNICEF Philippines and Tanghalang Pilipino elevated our status and reaffirmed our commitment to gender equality and human rights advocacy in a post-Haiyan context.
One of our core programs is the promotion of Queer Culture and Arts. It is common knowledge that excellence in any art forms performed by the LGBT community is apparent. Even if we are not a theater group or an artist organization for that matter, we supported various cultural and artistic endeavors in the city and province of Cebu mostly performed by young heterosexual adolescents (i.e. Binisaya Film Festival, Lilas Binisaya and Cinema Rehiyon 7 all National Commission on Culture and the Arts funded projects).

In fact, on February 2013, during the celebration of Cebu Arts Month, the Cebu provincial government, acknowledge the contribution of Bisdak Pride, Inc. 

Known to many, when the LGBTs performed during various occasions, often fiestas to honor Roman Catholic saints, we are always the performers and our performances are often viewed as “lewd and tasteless” without even an iota of “sense of social and inner justice”. In other words, performances that allows people to laugh at the expense of deepening oppression, discrimination and stigma.

However, the T4D proved that we can do more and serious in providing entertainment to affected communities. The T4D proved that we raised the bar of LGBT performances, and that is something that we want other LGBT groups in communities to replicate.

Because the T4D empowered not just an organization like ours, but more importantly it allowed every member of the theater group to acknowledge, after careful discerning, that we can actually change the existence of “tasteless” performances into worthwhile performances that not only includes an exclusive LGBT actors but an inclusive membership where anyone, regardless of sex and gender can come-up with a powerful story about people’s lives and issues and how to change it for the common good.

The actors of our group, coming from different social backgrounds, different sub-populations within the LGBT community, and a few equality advocates, learned the hard way to be accepted, heard and integrated in a group so dynamic and diverse.

But the T4D proved to be unifying.

It does not only educate affected and concerned communities, in our case, it changed our stand and viewpoints, perspectives and attitudes on how we deal with ourselves and the people we want to educate and organize.

The issues that we tackled during our presentation, LGBT rights, adolescent reproductive health, informed choice and teenage pregnancy were the same issues and concerns that we’ve discussed in various platforms. But theater for development, using theater forum, changed the way issues and stories were told and performed. More importantly, it also changed the storytellers themselves. 


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Weekly Homework (Economics, First Semester AY 2015 - 2016)




Attention: Econ students


1. Kindly check your weekly homework. Please follow the guidelines (below) when submitting your handwritten report in a recycled short bond paper; margin, one inch (top, bottom, left, right)

No deadline extension.

Write your,

Name and Course/Year:
Weekly Homework Number: ___

Class Schedule and Date Submitted:
Title of economic/business article/s:


Then, comply the following after reading the assigned economic/business article/s:


a. What are the words and phrases you find hard to understand? Please provide your initial understanding of these words and phrases.
b. Do you have a hard time understanding these words and phrases? Why or why not?
c. Provide a brief  economic analysis of the economic/business article/s. The analysis could be visual or written.


Deadline every Thursday.


2. For your online exercises:  No deadline extension.

Principles of Economics by Arnold Set (textbook+APLIA code)  
                 888.00 regular price less 10% discount upon showing School ID
Principles of Economics by Arnold APLIA code only        
                 670.00 net of discount

Begin: 06.15.15      End: 10.12.15
Grace Period: Ends at the end of the day on 07.05.15
Textbook: Economics by Arnold
Student Registration URL:
http://login.cengagebrain.com/course/D5VB-LQVP-DFCA

Course Key: D5VB-LQVP-DFCA

If you encountered any technical problem, please e-mail:  
noreen.villegas@cengage.com cc: dakyur@yahoo.com


REMEMBER: Student account. Students must use a standard email address, example: familynameDOTFfirstname@anydomain.com  (ex. doron.roxanne@gmail.com)

3. Grading System: 


40% - Long  (Major) Examinations

25% - Aplia (Online Exercises)
25% - Terminal Report/s
10% - Class Participation (Homework, attendance and seat work)
100% - Total

4. Terminal Report: Read the instructions carefully. DEADLINE OCTOBER 1, 2015 (Thursday)

Terminal Report: Four (4) members per group (i.e. interviewer, documentor, photographer, writer)

Part I. Look for two articles about the current state of Philippine agricultural sector or anything related to Philippine agriculture, identify the source (author, title, date published and link), and comply the following:

a.) Summary of the articles (separate per article)
b.) Lessons learned (separate per article)

Part II. Visit at least two (2) public market and identify the location (Cebu City and province), estimated size, consumers income bracket, day and time of interview. Interview two (2) vendors per public market and find out whether they are selling imported or locally produced agricultural products. Make a list of these products, the countries where they are imported from,  as well as their prices. Do the same for the local products and identify the origin of locally produced agricultural products.

Interview three (3) consumers: 1 male preferably husband, 1 female preferably wife, and a young adolescent preferably 18 to 24 years old . Ask them what agricultural products they usually buy. Do they know if these products are locally produced or imported? Which do they prefer? Why?

Write a narrative report on your trip. How does this affect the local producers? What can you say about the state of the country's agricultural sector? What do you think will happen to our agricultural productivity once the Asean Economic Community (AEC) will start implementing zero tariff to agricultural products within the Asean region?

Submit your handwritten report in a recycled short bond paper, with your name, course and year, class schedule, name of teacher. Attached photos of your visit.

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Weekly Homework: (Incentive)

June 8 - 12 No Homework


June 15- 19 Homework #1

Agriculture has been left behind 

June 22 - 26

As supply fears nag and oil stocks turn cheap, fund managers jump back in 

June 29 - July 3
Facts and theories 

July 6 - 10 PRE-MIDTERM EXAM July 8 - 10
No Homework

July 13 - 17
Do we have a future in manufacturing?

July 20 - 24
Laws leveling playing field enacted

July 27 - 31 No Homework

August 3 - 7 
No Homework

August 10 - 14 MIDTERM EXAM No Homework

August 17 - 21 
No Homework

August 24 - 28
Summary Inflation Report Consumer Price Index  and Hunger: The recovery continues (Analysis should be comparative)

August 31 - September 4
Employment Situation in January 2015¹ (Final Results) and Workers belie rosy economic growth figures  (Analysis should be comparative)

September 7 - 11
Growth of services value chains, critical for job creation and inclusive growth – NEDA and Address slowing growth, government told (Analysis should be comparative)

September 14 - 18 PRE-FINAL EXAMINATIONS September 15 - 18
GDP to leave out illegal industries for now -- NEDA and Address slowing growth, government told  (Analysis should be comparative)

September 21 - 25

September 28 - October 2

October 5 - 10 FINAL EXAMINATIONS October 6 - 10


October 10 END OF CLASSES 








Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weekly Homework (Economics, Summer 2015)


Attention: Econ students


1. Kindly check your weekly homework. Please follow the guidelines (below) when submitting your handwritten report in a recycled short bond paper; margin, one inch (top, bottom, left, right) 
No deadline extension.

Write your,

Name and Course/Year:
Weekly Homework Number: ___

Class Schedule and Date Submitted:
Title of economic/business article/s:


Then, comply the following after reading the assigned economic/business article/s:


a. What are the words and phrases you find hard to understand? Please provide your initial understanding of these words and phrases.
b. Do you have a hard time understanding these words and phrases? Why or why not?
c. Provide a brief analysis of the economic/business article/s. The analysis could be visual or written.


Deadline every Monday.


2. For your online exercises:  No deadline extension.

Principles of Economics by Arnold Set (textbook+APLIA code)  
                 888.00 regular price less 10% discount upon showing School ID
Principles of Economics by Arnold APLIA code only        
                 670.00 net of discount

Grace Period: Ends at the end of the day on 04.27.15
Textbook: Economics by Arnold
Student Registration URL:
http://login.cengagebrain.com/course/2R66-BDD6-6QEE

Course Key: 2R66-BDD6-6QEE  D77B-GMHD-9RKW 

REMEMBER: Student account. Students must use a standard email address, example: familynameDOTFfirstname@anydomain.com  (ex. doron.roxanne@gmail.com)

3. Grading System: 

35% - Long  (Major) Examinations
25% - Aplia (Online Exercises)
30% - Terminal Report/s
10% - Class Participation (Homework and seatwork)
100% - Total

4. Terminal Report:  

Terminal Report: Four (4) members per group (i.e. interviewer, documentor, photographer, writer) 

Part I. Look for two articles about the current state of Philippine agricultural sector or anything related to Philippine agriculture, identify the source (author, title, date published and link), and comply the following:

a.) Summary of the articles (separate per article)
b.) Lessons learned (separate per article)

Part II. Visit at least two (2) public market and identify the location (Cebu City and province), estimated size, consumers income bracket, day and time of interview. Interview two (2) vendors per public market and find out whether they are selling imported or locally produced agricultural products. Make a list of these products, the countries where they are imported from,  as well as their prices. Do the same for the local products and identify the origin of locally produced agricultural products.

Interview three (3) consumers: 1 male preferably husband, 1 female preferably wife, and a young adolescent preferably 18 to 24 years old . Ask them what agricultural products they usually buy. Do they know if these products are locally produced or imported? Which do they prefer? Why?

Write a narrative report on your trip. How does this affect the local producers? What can you say about the state of the country's agricultural sector? What do you think will happen to our agricultural productivity once the Asean Economic Community (AEC) will start implementing zero tariff to agricultural products within the Asean region?

Submit your handwritten report in a recycled short bond paper, with your name, course and year, class schedule, name of teacher. Attached photos of your visit.


Deadline: May 18. 2015  

WEEKLY HOME WORK

Weekly 1, April 13-17, 2015: homework #1
Rice supply up 26.9%; corn drops and Various Rice Industry Multistakeholders Reject NFA Privatization (Note: analysis should be comparative

Weekly 2, April 20-24, 2015: homework #2
Manila Water rate cut after arbitration and As water firms question MWSS decision: junking concession agreement more urgent (Note: analysis should be comparative)

Weekly 3, April 27-May 1,2015: homework #3

MIDTERM April 29-30, 2015
Good teacher, bad practitioner and Nurturing SMEs, the Japanese way (Note: analysis should be comparative)

Weekly 4, May 4-8, 2015: homework #4

The risks of a rising peso and Strength noted amid growth risks (Note: analysis should be comparative)

Weekly 5, May 11-15, 2015: homework #5


Weekly 6, May 18-22, 2015: homework #6

FINAL EXAM May 21 - 22

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