Pasig River clean up drive; Bay Area, Coastal Lagoon, Bird Sanctuary Reclamation and Palawan Mining project; PNRC Blood Donation program – What do they have in common?
that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every goodwork and increasing in the knowledge of God;
What do the following activities and projects have in common: the polluted Ilog Pasig/Pasig River clean up drive; the Navotas Bay area, Las Piñas – Parañaque Coastal Lagoon, Bird Sanctuary Reclamation, and the Palawan Mining projects; the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) blood donation program?
Presently, a lot of on and off advertisements and cry for the clean-up of IPasig River have been made, even oppositions to the Navotas Bay area, Las Piñas – Parañaque Coastal Lagoon, Bird Sanctuary Reclamation; and the Palawan Mining projects. One thing is certain, without a serious, moral commitment to save it, the seasonal signature campaigns will remain a fad, of pads of paper inked, just like the color of the polluted Pasig River, black, ravaged by waste; and ecosystem imbalance caused by the greedy and uncaring people, if not, the ignorant ones.
Take a look again on the Pasig River as it is the aftermath of a long time neglect and corruption that the country faced for more than 400 years. It was said that before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines this river was crystal clear.
The aftermath of neglect on the Pasig River can be one of our reasons why there is always a need to further scrutinize who the individuals we empower to decide for us to propose and oppose projects, the investors and their connections involved; more so the project itself that will result to ultimately destroying the Philippines’ natural resources and landmarks. (http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20111227met4.html)
Though they have endless debates whether or not to destroy landmarks and natural resources by providing the pros and cons of each project, there is a need for us to be vigilant. “Mining in Palawan has already ravaged forests, generated flooding and caused the siltation of rivers and farmland….” (http://www.survivalinternational.org/tribes/palawan/miningthreat)
Before all these things happen, behold the polluted Pasig River again, with its once pristine river may never recover. Why can’t we stop indirectly or directly destroying our natural resources and in turn start pooling the needed resources, putting them to good use to repair damaged ones? Most of us would still need to further open our eyes, to be critical to know if we are being made to believe that nothing is going wrong. Let us take a stand to prevent opportunists to profit from our natural resources. For one, they are the ones who can afford to pay insurance.
We cannot always let other people decide for us. There is an old saying ‘isang anay na lang ang pipirma’ that it is always the last termite who turns the house upside-down. Don’t be blinded by some capitalists and their lobbyists whom offer material gains and luxuries in life that can cost nothing when calamity suddenly strikes. They are the ones who have the means to go abroad, build a house there for the rainy days!
Just remember, this ’anay’ termite, most of the time, is the natural calamities that cause lives to perish; ‘isang pitik lang’ just a flick of a finger causes the domino effect: landslides from mountain tops with no roots of trees to hold it; bay areas with no mangroves to shield the big waves; polluted rivers that cause diseases; no soil to sip the floods; nothing to protect lives when it demands dues.
Isaiah 1 NKJV
12 “When you come to appear before Me,
Who has required this from your hand,
To trample My courts?
13 Bring no more futile sacrifices;
Incense is an abomination to Me.
The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies—
I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
14 Your New Moons and your appointed feasts
My soul hates;
They are a trouble to Me,
I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands,
I will hide My eyes from you;
Even though you make many prayers,
I will not hear.
Your hands are full of blood.
16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.
Cease to do evil,
17 Learn to do good;
Rebuke the oppressor;[a]
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow.
18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
You shall eat the good of the land;
20 But if you refuse and rebel,
You shall be devoured by the sword”;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
But Isang Araw Lang/Just for A Day can mean a lot of difference for the good of people and the environment. This is one of the God and public service centered advocacies of Kuya Daniel Razon, Mr Public Service, that challenges us to be involved in doing good starting in a day moving forward.
Galatians 6:10 NKJV
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
His group has consistently joined the PNRC with its blood donation activities, in cooperation with NGO’s and different groups, working together to produce bags of blood for people in need of blood transfusion. There is no need to over think of why such activities exist. “A bag of blood can help save at least four individuals!” (http://lbtimes.ph/2011/2012/02/15/hundreds-cross-borders-to-help-save-lives/)
Kamanggagawa foundation projects include blood donation: “ADD blood donors have managed to give 2,689 bags of blood to the Philippine National Red Cross in as short a time as ten (10) months.” (http://www.kamanggagawa.org/the-numbers-that-count-untv%E2%80%99s-impressive-public-service-stats)
Also enjoined by different sectors of the society, NGOs and several groups in participation of other government agencies really given time and money to planting trees; even global campaigns for several brown mountains to be given life with seedlings. Other groups even planted trees “with commitment to nurture and to take care for at least three years or until its roots are strong enough to sustain life by itself.” (http://isangarawlang.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/untv-launches-tree-planting-project/)
Many groups and individuals have already dedicated their lives for their countrymen and the environment. We can identify them, those who have no self-interest to protect, with pure intentions to give excellent public service. They are willing to spend and be spent to save lives and the environment. It was proven sustainable but there is still the need for participative action by everyone.
2 Corinthians 12:15 NKJV
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.
Our natural resources and environment are our life-blood too! Be a blood donor! Be an environment advocate! And help save lives too! But before we can be successful in our endeavors let’s rehabilitate our spirituality; let’s start seeking God and learn which good works He wanted us to walk in!
Acts 4 NKJV
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’[a]