Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Is the Department of Agrarian Reform Dying?/Feast of St. Mark




Invocation

Amang Makapangyarihan
Diyos ng san nilikha
Ikaw na may gawa ng langit at lupa
Kami ay nagpapasalamat sa mga bagay
Na iyong pinagkakaloob
Na aming pinapakinabangan
Naway'y ang lupa na iyong nilikha
Ay lubos naming mabungkal at
Magbigay sa amin ng kaligtasan

Nagpapasalamat din kami sa iyong kagandahang loob
Sa pagbibigay mo sa amin ng iyong bugtong na Anak
Ang Panginoong Hesu Kristo.
Siya na nagtuturo sa amin
Na ang kahirapan ay pwedeng mapagtagumpayan
Nawa'y ang kanyang pagsasakripisyo
Para sa kaligtasan ng sangkatauhan
Ay maging lakas namin at kanlungan

Diyos ng Kasaysayan
Ipadala mo sa amin
Ang Espiritu Santo
Upang kami'y gabayan sa pang araw-araw
Na hamon nitong sanlibutan
Nawa'y liwanangan ang aming mga isip
Upang lubos nating malaman ang tamang kasagutan.
Nawa'y patatagin ang aming mga puso
Upang ang mga desisyong tama ay maisakatuparan

Sa pagpupulong na ito ng
Laguna Provincial Agrarian Reform
Assessment and Planning workshop
Ay magkaroon kami ng pagkilala
Sa mga tagumpay na pagkilos.
Bigyan mo rin kami ng sapat na kaalaman
Upang maging totoo kami upang makita namin ang mga bagay
Na kinakailangan ng pagpupuno upang
Lubos naming pakinabangaan

Ang lahat ng ito ay hinihiling namin
Sa iyong ngalan sa pamamagitan ng Iyong Anak
Ang panginoong Hesu-kristo
Kasama ng Espiritu Santo.
Amen.

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This is the prayer I delivered in the PCCARD Conference Hall, Los Banos, Laguna this morning in the occasion of the Laguna Provincial Agrarian reform Assessment and Planning Workshop hosted by the department of Agrarian Reform. They have invited me to deliver the prayer/invocation of the said event because their provincial office is situated within my parish. They hold it in PCCARD because it is the most suitable place that could accomodate the participants.

What is Dar? Dar is the Department of agrarian Reform, the implementing arm of the government in coordination with the different agencies of the government such as department of public works and highways (DPWH), Philippine National Irrigation, department of Trade and Industry (DTI), department of agriculture (DA), land bank, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), national registry of deeds as the implementing arm of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program of the government. To know more of the said agency log on to Department of Agrarian reform website www.dar.gov.ph

To be brief, the very purpose of the said meeting is the dissimination of information why they want an additional extension of ten (10) years for the implementation of CARP. This is the seconf time that they are asking for an extension. The first one was before its expiration last 1998. R. A 3582 states that the funding of Comprehensive agrarian reform program will expires on june 30 2008. Part of the reason is the need to facilitate the 1.3 million hectares of land to the farmers mostly located in Visayas and Mindanao. In the Laguna province of which there are still 2,283 hectares of land to be distributed. To successfully implement it, they need an additional 4 years, however to enable it to sustain they need a total of 14 years. The provision of the law states that if the farmer was unable to till the land for farming in the period of ten years the government will take it back.

They are aware that there are opposition on other sectors of the society included are that of the politicians. this is also the reason that they have launch their own party list to pursue their goal even to the congressional hall.


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Feast of St. Mark, one of the four evangelist of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, is also the birthday of my mother.

St. Mark is the author of the Gospel according to St. Mark, one of the shortest and the oldest. Scholars of the Holy scriptures reffered that his works is one of the other Gospel. It was noted that there are only 4 passages in his books that were not quoted by other Gospel. One of these passages is this one.

“...This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come” (Mark 4:26-29).

He is also known as the patron saint of notaries

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