Monthly Archives: June 2015

Changing the Odds through Madaris Volunteers

[for Pakighinabi, Manila Times, 29 June 2015] The National Association of Bangsamoro Education, Inc. (NABEI) was launched on March 9, 2014 in the joy and optimism of the signed Framework Agreement Bangsamoro. In the rejoicing that the armed struggle may … Continue reading

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Education with a Social Conscience

[Mass of the Holy Spirit for Assumption College of Davao, Sunday, June 28, 2015] We are at the outset of the new academic year at Assumption College of Davao. As is customary in Catholic schools, we begin this year with … Continue reading

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Ramadan and a “Common Word” between Muslims and Christians

[For Pakighinabi, Manila Times, June 22] With the appearance of the new crescent moon last Thursday, the holy month of Ramadan commenced for the Muslim world. During this month, the Muslim recalls the first time the one God dictated verses … Continue reading

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The Spirit of the Father and of the Son

We are happy this morning to assemble here in the excitement of this new university space. It is space dedicated to sports and athletics, to song and dance, to play and fun. But it is space also designed for large … Continue reading

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PBED’s Challenge to Workforce Development…and CHED

The Philippine Business for Education (PBED) has been an influential voice in educational policy in the country. It has brought together key leaders in business and industry, presidents of public and private universities and colleges, and public policy makers in … Continue reading

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Gang Rape of the Constitution

[Submitted for Pakighinabi of the Manila Times, June 8, 2015] There is a gang rape ongoing. It is led by Speaker Sonny Belmonte and his gang of rapacious congressmen. It is to be joined by like-spirited senators. It is not a simple … Continue reading

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Focusing COCOPEA on Private Education

Revisiting its sense of identity and shared imperatives in contributing to Philippine education today, the Coordinating Council for Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) has re-stated its vision and mission. The vision statement now reads: COCOPEA is the strong and leading voice … Continue reading

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ADDU Strategic Planning: a Work in Progress

[Address: ADDU All-Faculty General Assembly, Finster Auditorium, June 1, 2015] As I begin the fifth year of my Presidency at Ateneo de Davao University, it is my pleasure to welcome you to School Year 2015-16. This will be an exciting … Continue reading

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Tuition Increase and Rationality

[For Pakighinabi, Manila Times, June 1, 2014] Often, the perceived rational is irrational. In the Philippines we have two types of schools, public schools and private schools. There is a need to understand the advantages of each, and how they … Continue reading

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