The Spirit of Bayanihan

Setting the Scene According to the World Risk Report of 2018, the Philippines is the third most vulnerable country to disasters. The country lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire where 80% of earthquakes occur. Around 20-25 typhoons ravage the country every year, leading to the loss of lives and millions of damages to infrastructure and … Continue reading The Spirit of Bayanihan

Governor’s Hurricane Conference

Florida is the only tropical state in the United States. While images of beaches and vacation are the first thing that comes to mind, there is also a price to pay by being situated by the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricanes have battered the state for decades and have incurred billions in … Continue reading Governor’s Hurricane Conference

Three states, four days, and so many lessons

It's been a whirlwind of an experience adding so many miles to the fellowship, both in distance and in lessons learned. We've been to three states in four days, and it's an entire immersion of American culture, city spaces, and the environment. Let's go through them one by one: 1. Washington, District of Columbia Exploring … Continue reading Three states, four days, and so many lessons


Annual budget forecast for local government unit is always a balance between strong fundamental sources of revenues to facilitate its operations and the growing expenditures to address the needs of the community. Considering the demand and supply side of local budgeting is a general principle applicable worldwide. However, the vitality of it lies on the … Continue reading PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING IS MORE ABOUT EMPATHIC THINKING

Solidarity in Tallahassee

“It’s not so much the issues to talk about tonight, it’s important to get to know somebody else.” – Pastor Brant Copeland, Presbyterian Church “If you’ve got two hands full of food, you can’t hit anybody.” – Larry Mc Graw, Tallahasee Resident The biggest communication problem is that most of us want to speak but … Continue reading Solidarity in Tallahassee


Famous Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu once said that nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. And that is exactly how it feels to indulge in the beauty of Oregon’s natural resources and tourist spots. Weekends adventures are the best time to contemplate lessons and values learned during weekdays’ meetings and activities. I highly commend … Continue reading OREGON’S ENCHANTING BEAUTY


The 13th Community Summit on Homelessness focuses on direct services given to homeless person such as shelter, nursery, youth facilities and drug rehabilitation support, among others. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, a homeless person is an individual without permanent housing living either on the streets, public or private shelter, single … Continue reading HEART FOR THE HOMELESS


For the Budget Year 2017-2018, the City Government of Albany has adopted the 424.117 Full-Time Equivalency positions and the approved USD 189,144,900.00 budget. These figures highly speak of the dedication and commitment of its human resources and the efficient utilization of its financial resources towards balanced and sustainable economic growth, social well-being and environment protection. … Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF ALBANY CITY GOVERNMENT’S RESOURCES

Challenged to Dream

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will be not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” –Martin Luther King, Jr Martin Luther King Jr delivered his historic speech entitled “I have a dream” during the … Continue reading Challenged to Dream