THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 recently gave recognition to Carmen Copper Corp.’s environmental performance. The mining company based in Toledo City, Cebu was among the companies and organizations given recognition by DENR 7 during the culmination of the Environmental Month on June 30. Meanwhile, property developer Megaworld has partnered with the
CONTRARY to popular belief, cutting mature trees for timber is sustainable, said a forestry professor of the University of Wisconsin in the United States (US). Dr. Scott Bowe of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology of the University of Wisconsin said sustainable use of forest resources considers not only environmental protection but also social
THE southern town of Dalaguete is not just Cebu’s vegetable basket. Its remaining forest patches provide home to three species of bats, aside from three endangered bird species. Lisa Paguntalan of the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (PBCF) said the Dalaguete forest serves as habitat to the golden-crowned flying fox, little golden-mantled flying fox and
MARYKNOLL, NY — Sister Jocelyn Fenix, MM, recently named co-formator of Maryknoll Sisters Formation Program in Chicago, IL, will celebrate 25 years with Maryknoll Sisters with a special Mass at 10:30 a.m. of June 22 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Sister Joji, as she is familiarly known by others in her congregation, is a graduate of the University of East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Philippines, where she received her degree as a Doctor of Medicine in 1985.
Sister Joji entered Maryknoll at their residence in Newburgh, NY, on August 26, 1989, and made her final vows in the Philippines on May 15, 1999. She is also a graduate of the University of the Philippines, Quezon City, where she received a BS in psychology in 1979.
Before entering Maryknoll, Sister Joji served from 1986-1987 as a consultant for the Philippines Ministry of Health on its one-year study/evaluation of its primary health care program. There she worked with a team of other physicians and social workers making recommendations to the then new president, Corazon Aquino, for better collaboration between governmental and non-governmental sectors in its’ program implementation.
In 1987, as part of her admissions process with the congregation, Sister Joji lived and worked with Maryknoll Sisters in the Diocese of Ipil, Zamboanga del Sur, in the southern part of the Philippines, in their Primary Health Care Program, training barefoot doctors and health promoters in very poor rural villages. On her return to the Manila in 1988, she was asked to join in the Jesuits’ Center for Community Services as one of the co-coordinators of the Likas (Lingap sa Kalusugan ng Sambayanan) or People’s Health Care Program Office. The office conducted trainings, both in rural and urban areas, of community-based health promoters and helped initiate a generic drugs promotion among various health non-governmental organizations.
Following a brief period spent working in the congregation’s direct mail office, Sister Joji was assigned to Panama, where she served 24 communities located within the vicariate of Darien. There she engaged in pastoral ministry, holistic health promotion and care as a support team member in the promotion of organic farming techniques, and small project administration at the Santa Fe Pastoral Center.
Sister Joji also started a small savings and loan association to help local farmers develop their own integrated family farms, including collecting and cultivating medicinal plants that later formed part of a project and a small group to process and commercialize some of them into herbal teas, soaps, salves, etc. that is now independent but still in existence.
Sister Joji was also involved in doing leadership training and sponsoring popular art and theatre workshops for children and youth in the area.
Founded in 1912, Maryknoll Sisters is the first US-based congregation of women religious dedicated to foreign mission. Working primarily among the poor and marginalized in 26 countries around the world, they now number nearly 500 members from both the US and overseas. (PR)
MANILA Water Foundation recently teamed up with its newest partner, Philippine Book Fairs Education, Inc. (PBFEI). Manila Water Foundation also received P15,000-worth of book certificate from the PBFEI which will be used to support the Foundation’s programs geared towards water, used water and environmental education. “In its aim of improving lives through livelihood and education
By Liberty A. Pinili The Mayflower Inn and West Gorordo Hotel have installed bike racks so guests can safely park their bicycles. The eco-friendly hostel and hotel encourage guests to use bikes to move around the city. Mayflower Inn also lends bicycles and accessories to guests who are interested to explore Cebu on two wheels.
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The candidates of Miss Doong 2014 in Doong, an island barangay in Bantayan, Cebu. The village is celebrating its annual fiesta on May 15 in honor of their patron saint San Isidro Labrador. (Photo by Alex Badayos of Sun.Star Cebu)
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