January 19, 2010 at 9:50 AM #132120
More power to ORAGON….BTW – whatever happens to the money that was donated by international organizations after “Ondoy”…anybody??? Maybe they can use some of these funds to put plans into actions….to help our brothers and sisters.
January 19, 2010 at 6:49 AM #132112
Grabe talaga ang pagtios sa Bikol asin buong Pilipinas.Arog kan ibang problema ang pagtios sarong ‘wicked’ problem na mayong simpleng solusyon. Sabi ngani ni Jentoft and Chuenpagdee (2009) and wicked problem kaipuhan nin epektibong governance approach. However, this governance is not just about the ‘governing system’ but also the intricacies of ‘governing interactions’ and the ‘system-to-be governed’. Sa madaling sabi ang pagtios dapat hilingon bako lang sa lado nin ekonomiya, kundi pulitika asin kultura. Kadakul bagay na dai ta madaling mababago (na nagiging dahilan kan padagos na pagtios) sa regional, local level and even national level. Pero naniniwala ako na may mga kapidaso nin solusyon na pwedeng maging spring board sa local and regional level. Asin naoogma ako na igwang grupo na nag-iisip asin nagtatrabaho to make this happen.I’d love to hear more from ORAGON’s plans. Jentoft and Chuenpagdee, 2009. Fisheries and coastal governance as wicked problem, Marine Policy, 33 pp 553-560.
January 13, 2010 at 2:47 AM #131633
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COMELEC ACCREDITS ORAGON; WILL JOIN 2010 PARTLIST ELECTIONThe Commissionon Elections (Comelec) has accredited Oragon (Organizationof Regional Advocates for Good Governance Onward Nation-Building) as a partylist group to represent the marginalizedsector and work for the development of poor regions,specially the Bicolandia.Oragon joins the 2010 elections for partylistrepresentatives to find creative solutions toalleviate poverty in the countryside. Initial poverty alleviation will focus on the Bicol Region,being the second poorest region nationwide, after theAutonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).Oragon is a non-profit multi-sectoral association ofempowered professionals, senior citizens, educators, publicservants, marketvendors, workers, farmers, fisherfolks, tricycle andpadyak drivers and the youth who share a common vision forBicolandia as a self-reliant and sustainable economicregion.
Among itsleaders are former congressional youth representatives Felizardo Colambo and Cesar Chavez, former provincial board member Jose Saribong, environmental lawyer Ludivina Francisco, broadcaster Ambet Nabus, environmental auditor Rey Napay, social worker Fely Taburnal, and green technology advocate Dennis dela Torre.The group was organized to inculcate positive attitudesamong the marginalized sectors inalleviating their economic conditions, knowing that inthe Bicol Region,poverty incidence continues to rise, worsened bynatural calamities.
The founding members have analyzed why Bicolanos are poorand are formulating measures to address the situation.
Representing various organizations and privateinstitutions, they have gathered every three months since 2004 toshare the outcomes of their initiatives concerning variouscommunity outreach programs. Members are engaged in severalconcerns suchas energy development, human resources, informationtechnology, education, mining, waste management, medicalservices, transport services, workers rights, religiousactivities, combating terrorism, disaster preparedness,housing, environmental protection, and relief operations.They have sponsored a series of discussions on the best practices in these areas.
In 2007, they pursuedthe plan of involving the best minds in the Bicol Region, and since the best among Bicolanos are called Oragon, theterm was adopted as the name of the group. In January 31, 2008, a proposed constitution was discussedand approved by the founding members. Subsequently, it was registered in theSecurities and Exchange Commission as a non-stock,non-profit corporation.
The founding members have realized that despite the abundance of Bicol, itremains poor becauseof the Bicolanos’ inability to utilize its naturalresources in order to generate the revenues required in hastening thedelivery of basic services in pursuit ofeconomic progress.Thus, Bicolanos must be empowered, equipped with skills, technology, knowledge and expertise in utilizingthe region’s natural resources in a manner thatbenefits not only the present, butfuture generations too.
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