Tag Archives: Environment

What does “Lobby money talks” mean? PRRD must take over DENR

President Duterte has expressed sadness that the CA rejected Gina Lopez as DENR Secrtretary, on the one hand, saying that he liked her passion, but on the other hand, saying in a democracy, “Lobby money talks.”*  While it is true … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday and Gina Lopez’ “Secret”

Today is Ash Wednesday.  On this day I would like to share with you a profound experience with Gina Lopez. I consider it one of the privileges of my life to have conferred the honorary doctorate of the Ateneo de … Continue reading

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Notes on Gina and Digong at ADDU

Yesterday I left the Philippines with Datu Mussolini Lidasan and Vinci Bueza for Indonesia. In our Jesuit University of Sanata Dharma in Jogjakarta we shall attend both the “Sustainability of Life Conference” organized by the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific, … Continue reading

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Improve Education Agenda, Especially for Higher Education

From the eight-point economic agenda of “the Duterte camp”, “the sixth agenda includes the strengthening of the basic education system, providing scholarships and tertiary education which are relevant to the needs of the private sector employees.” It is good that … Continue reading

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Legal Framework to Protect Environment

[For Pakighinabi, Manila Times, July 27, 2015] Pope Francis calls for a legal framework to protect the environment in Laudato Si: “The establishment of a legal framework which can set clear boundaries and ensure the protection of ecosystems has become … Continue reading

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A Special ADDU Day for Laudato Si!

[Openning Remarks for Special ADDU Day for Laudato Si! at ADDU, July 24, 2015] It is my pleasure to greet all of the members of the ADDU community and all of our guests as we come together today in special … Continue reading

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All is Connected

[Concluding remarks to President’s Report, General Assembly, Davao Association of Catholic Schools (DACS), 17 July 2015]   Perhaps, by way of concluding this report, we may recall our shared mission not only to meet with the challenges of a changing … Continue reading

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Our Common Home?

[For Pakighinabi, Manila Times, June 15, 2015] I cannot say that I have completed my study of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, On Care for our Common Home” (LS). But sharing some preliminary reflections on this remarkable document may already … Continue reading

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Transformative Education in ADDU towards the Common Good

Welcome to the Second Semester of SY 2014-15! I welcome especially my brother Jesuit and friend, Fr. Patrick Riordan, S.J., from Ireland and Heythrop College in London! In my leadership of this university, I have always found inspiration in our … Continue reading

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The Role of the Catholic University in the Philippines Today

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, D.D.                                                                       President, Catholic … Continue reading

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