Start­ing the year right

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

And so 2017 is here. What a way to start it by cit­ing some sig­nif­i­cant devel­op­ments in the com­mu­nity. Here are some of them.

The PBA held an of­fi­cial game in An­ge­les City last Satur­day. It was a game be­tween sis­ter teams NLEX Road War­riors and TNT Tropang Tex­ters. The Road War­riors, in a pre­car­i­ous 1-5 stand­ing, won and they sur­vived an­other day.

While that was in­deed counted as a win, the game’s ben­e­fi­cia­ries emerged vic­to­ri­ous too – the schol­ars. Yes, Asia’s lead­ing pay-for-play pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball league turned over a do­na­tion of P100,000 for the schol­ars of An­ge­les Univer­sity Foun­da­tion where they held the game.

At half­time, PBA Com­mis­sioner Chito Nar­vasa, MNTC Pres­i­dent Rod Franco, MNTC SVP Atty. Romy Quimbo handed a check to AUF Pres­i­dent Joseph An­ge­les at cen­ter­court. That do­na­tion made these guys looked not just pogi but beau­ti­ful in­deed with that no­ble ob­jec­tive of help­ing needy stu­dents get through col­lege. The amount may never be enough but it is still worth some­thing for pre­cious ed­u­ca­tion of some stu­dents of AUF.

I must con­grat­u­late AUF for bring­ing not just the games to An­ge­les City but also a lot of cheers in this part of Cen­tral Lu­zon re­gion. The PBA game, al­though not the first time at AUF’s new Sports and Cul­tural Cen­ter, is bring­ing back Pam­panga back to pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball map.

There are no other venues in the whole of this prov­ince that pro­duced Jayson Cas­tro, Calvin Abueva and many oth­ers that meet PBA stan­dards but AUF’s. While it is not that huge, the venue boasts of even NBA stan­dard play­ing court, back­board and stands, among oth­ers.

+++++ The Med­i­cal City in Clark also knows no­ble ob­jec­tives. Aside from open­ing its own vi­tal fa­cil­i­ties (for can­cer, heart trans­plant, women’s health, hy­brid op­er­at­ing room, etc), it is also reach­ing out to key play­ers in the so­ci­ety – mem­bers of me­dia.

TMC will be sign­ing a Mem­o­ran­dum of Agree­ment with Pam­panga Press Club, the coun­try’s grand­est press or­ga­ni­za­tion with its 67 years of ex­is­tence (older than the Na­tional Press Cl ub) .

This is one pro­gram that no less than TMC top hon­cho Dr. Cenon Al­fonso him­self has of­fered in one re­cent PPC’s kapi­han dubbed Talk Widus to­wards the close of 2016. Un­der the agree­ment, PPC mem­bers and de­pen­dents could en­joy dis­counts on some of TMC’s med­i­cal ser­vices.

PPC, headed once again by Deng Pangili­nan, has wel­comed the of­fer and ges­ture of ex­ec­u­tives of the coun­try’s top med­i­cal hos­pi­tal.

++++ For the very first time at Clark De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, its new pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer has as­cended from the ranks. Noel Flores Manankil, homegrown and lo­cal boy from An­ge­les City has got­ten his ap­point­ment pa­pers from Mala­canang be­fore the close of 2016.

“NFM” to many CDC em­ploy­ees, the new man at the helm first started with Cor­po­rate Plan­ning Depart­ment where this writer was also briefly as­signed in the late 1990s. It was there where our col­lab­o­ra­tion was har­nessed.

As a fi­nance man, he was very good at num­bers while I was good with let­ters as a com­mu­ni­ca­tions prac­ti­tioner. We (to­gether with other an­a­lysts, spe­cial­ists, writ­ers) had that out­stand­ing team work, com­ing up with var­i­ous stud­ies and fea­si­bil­i­ties. Of course, lit­tle did we know that he would one day as­sume CDC lead­er­shi p.

From Cor­plan, we were both moved as of­fi­cers in charge of key units un­der the of­fice of CDC pres­i­dent. He was sent to CDC In­ter­nal Au­dit Depart­ment while I was de­ployed to Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Depart­ment. He be­came a le­git man­ager of IAD while my­self was “re­turned to sender” as ob­servers would say in a jest.

From there, he be­came vice pres­i­dent, a po­si­tion he held un­der many past CDC Pres­i­dents.

Not a li­cense But the con­tro­versy may be re­solved more on the ques­tion of need, less on pro­pri­ety. If the baby needs the food, it must be given just as the mother takes spir­i­tual nour­ish­ment. Priests have suf­fered wail­ing chil­dren who think their stint in church is a play­ground romp. Can feeding ba­bies be more dis­tract­ing?

In re­peat­ing his ap­proval on breast-feeding in church, which he first pub­licly ex­pressed in 2013, the pope has be­come a poster-boy of sorts for bet­ter child care.

That, with­out say­ing that a baby’s three de­mands — “warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breast and se­cu­rity in the knowl­ed­geof her pres­ence”— are met when she suck­les her child. And with­out com­ment­ing on some Amer­i­can Catholics’ quip that Je­sus was not breast-fed.

Lo­cal parishes may set up rules on how pa­pal in­tent may be en­forced with­out break­ing solem­nity in church rit­ual. They may pro­vide a nurs­ery area or as­sign the back pews as feeding site. Pa­pal OK, to be sure, is not a li­cense to strip.

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