This is one of the requirements for my Development Communications class. Inspired by the Save the Arctic campaign of Greenpeace. This is strictly for school requirement’s purpose only.

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This is a requirement in our Development Communication Class. This video is about news in celebration of Children’s Month. Julie, the reporter, asks students from a dorm about their ways on how they protect children’s rights in their own little ways. Join Julie, and learn! Enjoy viewing!

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This is an online poster I made as a requirement for my Development Communication Class in UPOU 2012-2013.

This is an online poster I made as a requirement for my Development Communication Class in University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) for 2012-2013.

Why do we need to protect children’s rights?  Find the answer by reading this collection of quotes from people who have shown exemplary efforts to protect them.

1. It is an act of compassion that each of us must practice as citizens of this world.

“Great persons are able to do great kindnesses.” -Miguel de Cervantes

“The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.” -George Bernard Shaw

In my life time, I learned that  indifference- the opposite of compassion and empathy- is one of the reasons in making this world poor, lonely and unsafe to live. The lack of compassion to others causes suffering or even death to some.

We hear news of children who become victims of abuses like ending up as sex slaves, or being raped or even being murdered. These happen because of people’s indifference. Adults, whom children are expecting to protect them, do not perform their responsibilities. Sad truth is, these people whom they trust and respect are mostly the same who fail children’s expectations and are causing their mishap.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion…” -The Apostle Paul (Col 3:12)

The Word is clear: we must clothe ourselves with compassion. It is indeed, greatness too to practice kindness especially to the little ones, the helpless and the vulnerable.

We should also remember that no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted (Aesop) since this always makes a difference- it blesses both the  receiver and the giver (Barbara de Angelis). Compassion does not only brings comfort to the receiver but also happiness to the giver. Quoting the Dalai Lama, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

What peaceful and happy world this could be if everyone is compassionate especially to children!

2. No one else will protect the children except the adults whom they depend on.

 “We’ve got to work to save our children and do it with full respect for the fact that if we don’t no one else is going to do it.”  -Dorothy Height

“I speak for those children who cannot speak for themselves, children who have absolutely nothing but their courage and their smiles, their wits and their dreams.” -Audrey Hepburn

Children whose brain is like a sponge, ready to soak up everything it touches, remember everything- the good and the bad ones that they experience in life. For these very reason, adults must be extra careful in teaching them or setting as an examples since young people see their parents, family, friends, teachers and sports or activity coaches as largely positive influences in their lives. What adults say or do to children leaves remarkable impact on how they will eventually turn as adolescents in  the long run: a child abused today can become social deviant tomorrow, or the child well taught today can become a great leader in the future.

3. This world we borrow from our children. Therefore, it is our moral obligation to make this earth a peaceful, healthy and safe place for them to live.

“We are the ancestors of our grandchildren. We look after them, just as our ancestors look after us. We aren’t here for ourselves. We are here for each other and  for the children of our grandchildren.” -Roy Sesana

We must recognize that children have vital role in nation-building; that we should promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, emotional, psychological and social well-being (Philippine Constitution, Article II, Section 13); that we should guarantee the fundamental rights of every child from all forms of neglect, cruelty and other conditions  prejudicial to their developments (RA No. 9775, Section 2A).

4. Just like women, men, senior citizens, physically challenged, and indigenous culture, a child has rights, too.

“A child, like all other human beings, has inalienable rights.” -Lucrecia Mott

If we recognize that just like other human beings, children have inalienable rights too, it would be easier for adults to respect each child. That respect would somehow lead to hearing their voices  and taking action after hearing them. This is important especially in issues and concerns of the young generation. It is vital that their opinion matters. It is equally necessary that we support and extend help during their dire needs.

5. As adults of this generation, we must set good examples to children so that they may grow their faith in humanity and become great examples, too later.

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6

 “Our generation has inherited an incredibly beautiful world from our parents and they from their parents.                            It is in our hands whether our children and their children inherit the same world.” -Richard Branson 

“Help us show children around the world that we can make a difference together.” -Bradley Whitford

In this real world, there are no super heroes to protect the abused children; only parents, teachers, friends and other support groups. When fear is prevalent, we only have each other to comfort; when there is slavery and abuses, again, we only have the rest of us to fight against these.

Why is it important that adults set good examples to children? So that they become the best persons they can be when they grow old. And why it is important that children  should grow their faith in humanity? Because if they don’t that will be the end of a better start for a brighter future.

6. If we speak in behalf of our children, we represent the same issues of humanity.

“…in serving the best interests of the children, we serve the best interest of all humanity.” -Carol Bellany

Have you heard the story of Ellah Joy Pique, a 6 year old victim in Cebu, who was kidnapped and later murdered? Police considers the angle of pedophilia and child pornography for her death. Her body was wrapped in white cloth, tied with wires and thrown in a cliff back in 2011. Many grief, showed support and up to now, are seeking justice for her death. Her story made her issue their issue, too. Now, many had been fighting to stop this cruelty from ever happening again not only to other children but to general public as well.

 7. If we keep blind to abuses, keep silent to suffering and keep indifferent to death  of morality, we are the same as the greedy, murderers and evil doers because we encourage them, not stop them from their  works.

“If we don’t stand up for children then we don’t stand for much”. -Marian Wright Edelman

“When the lives and the rights of children are at stake, there  must be no silent witnesses.” -Carol Bellamy

A meaningful quote from Elie Wiesel elaborating why indifference is an epitome of evil: The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death. 

This means that if we fail to care, we succeed the evil works. When we fail to expose the abusers because we don’t care for the victims,  then we are one of the accomplices. In the environment where hostility resides, we should take sides since at all times, neutrality benefits the oppressor and not the victims (Elie Wiesel).

 8. The way we treat our children reflects our moral system. 

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of their life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” -Hubert Humphey

“Children reflects the quality of life… when our children are happy, then we are better as human beings.”                                   -Whoopi Goldberg

A beautiful quote also from Mahatma Gandhi which states that a nation’s greatness is tested by how it treats its weakest members, like the children, the elderly, the sick, the needy and the handicapped. So true especially for democratic society where the people’s voices should be heard since they are the ones who choose their  leaders through their votes. Although, children may not yet cast their numbers during election, it is equally important that their general welfare are taken care of.

9. Children are our future.

“There can be no global security without respect for children. We have to be more than just observers of children’s suffering; we have to be partners with them in their struggles.” -Landon Pearson

If we want to leave a better place for our children and grandchildren, we must teach and show today’s children concern: we must uphold their self- esteem, teach them right values of life, protect their general rights and provide them the same responsibility to make the world a beautiful, peaceful, healthy, and safe place to inhabit, one generation at a time.

10. As people who believe in Jesus Christ, we cannot be like Him if we don’t show compassion to others especially to children.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me, to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea”. -Jesus warns. Found in Matthew 18: 2-6

We must protect the rights of children not only because it is our moral obligation to do so as cosmopolitans but also as a children of the Divine creator. We must be compassionate, just as our Father is compassionate to us (Luke 6:36).

Sources:

http://www.topbibleverses.com

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/cebudailynews/news/view/20110401-328729/Police-seek-hold-departure-order-against-Cebuana-and–British-boyfriend

http://gervacio.wordpress.com/tag/crime/

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Elie_Wiesel

http://www.betterworld.net/quotes/children-quotes-4.htm

http://www.tentmaker.org/Quotes/kindnessquotes.htm

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/indifference_2.html

http://www.chanrobles.com/philsupremelaw1.htm

Author’s Note:

This article is part of the author’s speech in an Anti- Child Pornography Forum on March 11, 2012 at Brgy. San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City, Philippines.

“If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly,  if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever”
Jeremiah 7:5-7 (NIV)

Yesterday, our group head sent message to all our email subscribers about the look of our newly changed signage in the head office; the response of the employees was positive- many of whom expressed appreciation and even congratulated the team behind the work. 

Our company for the past few years went the ups and downs of the stiff competition in the banking industry; the turn over of the new management this year faces overwhelming expectation from the clients, shareholders, and employees. Everyone is hoping for a better leadership style, new innovation, better products and more quality service.

“A change of sign is a sign of change”, this has been the outcry of the new management since the last three months when they conceptualized for the rebranding; hence, a change in the signage is one step in fulfilling more improvements coming in the next few months.

Today’s Scripture teaches us that there is reward in sincere changes that we do. But take note that it’s about positive change, too. If we ponder Jeremiah 7:5-7, it is specific about changing our ways and actions without compromising our good relationship with people around us particularly the strangers, orphans, and widows; also, when we keep peace, and do not worship idols we will receive life as well as salvation.

 “Only change doesn’t change” quote to some is a cliche; but whatever change we want to have either in career or life in general, recognizing that change is part of growth, then we will be able to appreciate more to change- for the better.

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for all changes that happen in my everyday life- for new people I meet and for new challenges, thank you.

Today, I surrender to You all my worries, doubts and fear; let all Your will be done. All these I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

During hard times, we will expect rise in different types of fraud and crime incidences inside or outside business establishments. To guide readers how to be knowledgeable of these to be extra careful, vigilant and to take immediate remedial action in case of any encounter, below are some tips.

 1. Cash-trapping works by the Ruler Gang

The Ruler Gang uses a device that looks like a ruler to trap cash in ATMs. A member of the group will install a “false ATM presenter” or a fabricated ruler device into the cash shutter of the ATM. A customer who will withdraw amount to said ATM will not notice the device and when he tries to get the money withdrawn, he will have a hard time since the cash will be trapped inside. When the disappointed customer leaves the ATM to ask for assistance, a member of the Ruler Gang will thereafter remove the device including the cash still glued on it.

 2. Salisi Gang

A customer who is about to withdraw the cash dispensed by the ATM will be distracted by a member of the Salisi Gang by dropping several loose coins and bills. The distractor will ask the help of the customer to pick up dropped items. Once the cardholder is busy assisting, another member of the gang will immediately get the cash waiting at the cash out shutter and leave immediately.

Another version of this is, one member of the gang will replace the ATM card being used by the withdrawer in a matter of split seconds. Someone who is “shoulder surfing” or looking over the shoulder of the cardholder to see the PIN, will tell the said PIN number to another member who stole the original card and both will withdraw the remaining balance before the card is reported lost or stolen by the cardholder.

3. Forced Withdrawal and Hold Ups

This is when the cardholder is coerced to make ATM transactions against his or her will.

4. Fake PIN Pad Overlay

This is a fabricated device that looks exactly the machine’s keypad, it is placed beside it to capture the PIN of the cardholder.

5. Card skimmers

Card skimmers use a card reader that can capture the data in the magnetic strip of the card. This is usually used in credit cards but cardholders must still be aware that is can also be used for ATM cards.

SECURITY REMINDERS BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER ATM TRANSACTIONS

Prepare your card. Do not look for it while you are in a public place. Before approaching the ATM, have your card ready to avoid exposure to other people of your valuable items especially inside your bag.

1.   Observe your surrounding. Stay alert. Once you enter the ATM room, lock it for your safety. Follow your intuition. You can leave the room anytime once you feel unsafe inside.

2.   Cover with your hand the ATM keypad while you were entering your PIN and amount.

3.   Report immediately if the ATM does not work. Cancel your transaction and call the attention of the nearest stand by guard for assistance.

4.   Avoid asking the help of the strangers especially suspicious looking individuals.

5.   Be on guard for look-outs or followers after you have done your transaction. If there is any, go to the nearest police station and report the incidence.

6.   Report to the security department of the bank any experienced ATM fraud or crime. This will help them develop or improve existing security programs.

 The best crime prevention starts with awareness and staying vigilant at all times.

In office, we meet diverse people; whether we like it or not, most of the times we have to deal them with grace- even the difficult ones. Back Stabbers. Know-it-all. Moaners. Procrastinators. Bullies. Negative. Quiet Ones. These are the common types of difficult people we encounter everyday. To maintain professionalism and uphold etiquette, we give you some helpful advice that you may consider when confronted by any of these people.

 1. Give them the benefit of the doubt.

Acceptance is the key word. They come in the office as they are so do not expect that because they have met you they will change the way you want them to become. If there are differences, recognise that each is unique on its own. In case of conflict, avoid thinking of fighting back too soon; give them the benefit of the doubt, instead. For example, as a boss,  you can do this by first listening on the story and understanding main points. Don’t put the blame easily. Remember your job is to mentor and not to judge. A good leader helps fixes the breakdown and not to fix the blame for the breakdown. With this in mind, conflict resolution comes with ease.

2. If you think you are right, assert but stay courteous.

How many relationships have been destroyed because both parties are thinking they were correct? Mostly, it is the battle of the egos that is the root cause of conflict. Everyone can avoid this by maintaining respect while asserting reasons. In the end, what will it bring you if you were indeed correct? Pride? No matter who is right is often not an issue; how to settle it without compromising healthy relationship is.

3. Show them genuine kindness but set boundaries.

They say, “Gentleness and self control, against these things there is no law.” If we show people kindness, compassion, gentleness, humility and patience, who would argue with that? The emphasis is on genuine kindness because people may easily recognise if it was fake. Setting boundaries is also important because others often take for granted this trait. The character of a wise person is to distinguish not only what’s, why’s and how’s but also when’s  and where’s of thinking, saying and doing things.

4. Spot the source of the conflict then try to resolve it in advance before it’s too late.   

In this tip, we will notice that the emphasis is on the source of the conflict and not on the product. This is because knowing it will result in many lessons we can derive from including avoiding the setback before damage could be done. For example, if the source of the conflict between two different people is topic about religion or politics, then avoid the conversation about these. Choose the light issues, instead. A funny joke or a leisure trip to Boracay or anything you both can relate to can be alternative subjects. Spotting the source from the very beginning can eliminate negative vibes in the end.

5. Choose the right words to say in a proper timing.

Again, a wise person knows what to say and when not to say it. If we choose the right words in a proper timing, we can avoid the worst scenario we can ever deal with. Do not compromise yourself; you are what you’ve got. So, the next time you have to deal with difficult people, breathe. Inhale. Exhale. This will relax your mind and allow you to be reasonable. In the end, you would not want to carry the burden of the consequences of not choosing the rights words during the right time, would you?

6. Don’t take criticisms personal; learn from it, instead.

The difference between the professionals from the non-pros is the attitude. If something not good about you is noticed and is criticised, consider their opinion. If you think they were fair and reasonable enough then improve. Avoid being defensive. Remember that it is OK to fail because it is the pathway to success. The most successful people in the world are those who have failed the most, so never be afraid of it. Professionals are risk takers, they don’t take criticisms personally and they learn from mistakes and failures for the better.

7. Stay calm in the eye of a storm.

Another character of a professional is patience. Sometimes, negative people want to trigger response from you immediately. When you react without thinking ahead of time, you will be giving them what they want. During the storm when thunder and lightning are most prevalent, you would want to go in the centre of it, instead so that you may experience peace. It is the same as in any conflict. You do not want to stoop on their level, do you? So, stay calm. You have the option to uphold the Miranda right in the first place, that is- To remain silent (when in doubt) since everything you say can be used against you.

8. Show humility by accepting your faults if you are wrong; then be accountable.

Try saying this magical words and you will be surprised how effective it is in resolving conflict.

“You’re right. It is my fault and here is what I will do about it.”

Or even if you are convinced that you are correct, the mere act of humility is great and people will appreciate it, no matter how rude or cruel they are.

9. Take the courage to confront the person when they become too offensive; learn when to step back as a defense strategy.

This is the last option when you try to apply the passive and giving-them-the-benefit-of-the-doubt strategy and these fail. Sometimes, difficult people need to be confronted with because they cannot measure what you can do and cannot do unless they see any actions from you. To confront does not mean you have to declare war. It is just to send them the message that you feel offended by their actions (or inactions) and you want justice to prevail. But sometimes, if you think you cannot handle anymore dealing with them, it is better to stop the fight and quit. You want to detox all that are causing you stress, choosing to get them away from you or you from them could be the best possible solution.

10. Internalise that conflict could be a blessing in disguise.

Bo Sanchez, a writer and a Roman Catholic preacher, writes about how to deal with difficult people in a Christian way. Whatever religion or ideology we have, recognising the special gifts that difficult people give us or teach us will somehow lighten the hurts and brighten up our day. These gifts are the following:

1. Gift of learning to love unconditionally. We can easily love nice people; and learning to love the unlovable  is a great trait. If we feel compassion towards difficult people and we recognise that they too, have needs to be understood and loved, then this world will be a better place to live in,

2. Gift of learning to protect yourself and say, “No” to abuse. Again, setting boundaries from right or wrong is the lesson here. When you think they were biased, unfair and unreasonable, then it is about time to protect your own face.

3. Gift of learning your weaknesses. Once you learn your weaknesses then you will develop your strengths; learn threats and see opportunities.

4. Gift of being closer to Divine Providence. During dire needs is the time we most cling to our God for His intervention. And during the times when our faith is tested, our endurance has a chance to grow and develop our strong character, keeping us ready for anything.