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Saturday, 08 January 2011 12:28


BANTAY GOBYERNO          (Series 050)

By Ike Señeres  


Some Changes in Ka Iking’s Media Projects


I t’s a new year, and it’s time for some changes in my media projects. Starting next month, KA IKING LIVE will be replaced by the television version of Universal Access, my radio program in DZRJ. Both the radio and television versions are about nation building, but you have to tune in to know what that means.


The Corinthian Coffee Clutch is also about nation building, and we have now given it the vernacular name of ISIP BAYAN. If you want to help in nation building, join us every Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the seventh floor of the Corinthian Plaza Building in Paseo De Roxas in Makati City, inside the Elks Club.


Starting next week, ISIP BAYAN will be holding weekly meetings hosted by the National Development Support Command (NADESCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), for the purpose of helping them in their mission of nation building, which they are doing through the construction of classrooms, clinics, feeder roads, power plants and water systems.


ISIP BAYAN is very clear in its position not to directly get involved in the peace process, particularly in the peace talks. However, we believe that by helping in the improvement and enhancement of basic infrastructure in the underdeveloped areas of the country, we are somehow contributing to the attainment of peace, knowing that it is poverty and discontent that breeds wars and rebellions.


Starting next month, ISIP BAYAN will be advocating the use of a water disinfectant in cooperation with the World Health Alliance (WHA). The disinfectant also doubles up as a preservative for fruits and vegetables, in effect extending the shelf life as it disinfects. This would be an ideal enhancement for the water systems projects of NADESCOM.


The Partnership Between ISIP BAYAN and NADESCOM


I SIP BAYAN is also cooperating with NADESCOM in converting an old motor hotel into a charity hospital that will also function as a teaching hospital, to train doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in responsible medicine that is oriented towards nation building. It will also function as a research hospital, for the purpose of developing new cures for old ailments by way of new technologies.


Although ISIP BAYAN functions primarily as a think tank in the first level, it has a second level that promotes the programs and projects of its own members. Last month, we had a breakthrough in arranging the bridge financing for one of our members who has a reforestation project in Mindoro. We also had a breakthrough in releasing the shipment of donated medicines from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) , as requested by one of our members. The disinfectant is also a project of one of our members, and we are hoping that we could help him too.


It is frustrating to think that Filipino organizations abroad always have a hard time getting their donated shipments out of the BOC. These are organizations that want to do good by helping in nation building, but unfortunately they become victims of bad elements at the BOC that are still corrupt up to now. Luckily, that is going to end now, as their shipments will now be consigned to the NADESCOM. It was NADESCOM that got the medicine shipment out of the BOC, through the efforts of its commanding officer, General Carlos Holganza.


Indeed, it is very difficult to define what nation building really is. According to Mr. Tom Lee who is one of the founders of ISIP BAYAN, anything that is good for the nation is considered part of nation building. To that, I will add that anything that translates into bringing the good life to our people is part of nation building. In the vernacular, that means “ang magandang buhay”.


Long before the public and private partnership (PPP) concept became fashionable, ISIP BAYAN was already working towards that direction. Truth to tell, the private sector has resources that the government does not have, and vice versa. As a think tank, ISIP BAYAN wants to assist the national government and the local government units (LGUs) in developing PPP projects, all for nation building.


Housing and urban development are two of the priorities of ISIP BAYAN, with environment always built in. In simple language, our people could not even think of a good life if they do not a place to stay in with a good environment. Of course, they also need access to mobility (roads) health, education, power and water, which are also the priorities of NADESCOM. Next month, ISIP BAYAN will initiate projects that will put to good use the vacant properties of the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) and the National Housing Authority (NHA). # # #


Go for the good life! Tune in to Universal Access 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Sunday in DZRJ 810 KHZ and 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays in Global News Network (GNN), Channel 8 in Destiny Cable. Email or send text to +639997333011for local cable listings. Visit




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