Sunday, January 29, 2023

Letting the Light of the Son Shine through Us

By Kaylene P. Harding
Primary General Advisory Council

On an early Monday morning, a group of willing volunteers
gathered to help clean the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple.
Assignments were given, and as several volunteers and I
followed our assigned supervisor, we quickly realized she was
leading us to the celestial room.
When we entered the room, we immediately noticed that
the huge, tiered chandelier which normally hung high above
our heads had been lowered near the floor. Our responsibility
was to clean it. This was no small task, since the chandelier
consisted of thousands of individual crystals! Each person
was given white gloves, and we were shown how to remove the
dust by carefully rubbing every crystal one by one between our
gloved fingers. The delicate process was very labor intensive,
but we enthusiastically went to work. Several hours later, the
newly cleaned chandelier sparkled radiantly! After admiring
its beauty, we began cleaning the smaller chandeliers in the
celestial room.
Suddenly something astonishing happened! The morning
sun rose over the eastern mountaintop, and its bright rays shone
directly through the large round window in the celestial room
at the perfect angle to illuminate the magnificent chandelier.
Each shiny crystal caught the sunlight, and innumerable prisms
of light spontaneously scattered everywhere! Brilliant rainbows
streamed across the floor, ceiling, furniture, walls, and the
people, and some beams even danced through the air! We were
catching rainbows in our hands! It was spectacular! I have
often pondered on that unforgettable moment and have come to
understand more clearly that the light makes all the difference!
Like the crystals, when we receive the light of the Son and reflect
it outward, His light is magnified, and the joyful effects are
astonishing!
During His mortal ministry and again following His
Resurrection, the Savior declared that He is the Light of the
World (see John 8:12; 3 Nephi 15:9; 3 Nephi 18:24). He invited
His disciples to “let your light so shine before men, that they
may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in
heaven” (Matthew 5:16; see also 3 Nephi 12:16). As disciples of
Jesus Christ, we each might ask ourselves, “How can I more
intentionally let the light of the Son shine through me?”
We might consider beginning to answer this question by
becoming more gratefully aware of the abundant ways Jesus Christ has shared His light with us.

Look around! His light is
everywhere! We see it in the beauty of a sparkling raindrop and
the miracle of a golden sunrise. We feel it in times of hardship
when we recognize His merciful hand that enables us to bear
our burdens and rise above the darkness of pain or fear. We
embrace it as we realize that every breath we take and every day
on earth is an opportunity to become more like Him: “The light
and the life of the world, a light which shineth in darkness and
the darkness comprehendeth it not; “Who so loved the world
that he gave his own life, that as many as would believe might
become the sons of God” (Doctrine and Covenants 34:2–3).
When we “live in thanksgiving daily” (Alma 34:38) for the light
we have received, our desire to share His light with others will
increase.
As our desire to receive and share light grows, we can ask
Heavenly Father to help us act in small and meaningful ways
to let the light of His Son shine through us. Perhaps the Spirit
may prompt us to offer a genuine smile to brighten someone’s
day, pray for a stranger in need, be kind in our thoughts about a
neighbor, or listen intently to a child. As we heed the promptings
sent especially for us, more personal revelation will come. We
might be inspired to choose to be cheerful; send a message to
uplift a friend; tell a family member, “I love you”; truly forgive;
or ask forgiveness for an unthoughtful act. In whatever unique
ways we are led to reflect the light of the Son, our acts of
kindness and love will bring great joy to us and others—and
with the Lord’s help, the combined effects will be astonishing!
I’ve come to understand more clearly that the light makes
all the difference. I’ve realized more fully this profound truth:
“That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and
continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth
brighter and brighter until the perfect day” (Doctrine and
Covenants 50:24). With humble gratitude, I gratefully offer
thanks unto the Father for His Beloved Son and for allowing us
to help Him light the world!

27th SP walay pagsupak sa giduso nga House Bill no. 5999 ni Cong. Zubiri

Nagpadayag nga walay pagsupak ang mga miyembro sa 27th Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) sa House Bill No. 5999 nga giduso ni 3rd District Congressman Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr., pinaagi sa Resolution No. 2023-986 (27th SP) nga giulohan ni Board Member Nemesio B. Beltran, Jr., pinetsahan Enero 10, 2023, atol sa ika-23 nga regular session sa 27th SP

Mahinumduman nga una nang nagpalabang ang 27th SP sa Resolution No. 2022-476 nga nagsugyot ngadto sa House of Representatives ug Senate of the Philippines nga dugangan ug usa ka distrito ang probinsya, nga pagalangkuban sa mga LGUs gikan sa ika-tulong distrito.

Sa re-districting version ni Cong. Zubiri, nagpabilin ang mga LGUs nga maglangkob sa 1st District, aduna lamang kausaban sa komposisyon sa mga LGUs alang sa ika-duha hangtud sa ika-lima nga distrito, apan gisuguro nga makab-ot ang constitutional requirement nga 250,000 population matag distrito, subay sa data sa PSA as of May 1, 2020.

1st District – Baungon – 37,111; Libona- 48,965; Malitbog- 26,741; Manolo Fortich- 113,200; Sumilao- 29,531; Talakag- 77,027. Total population: 332,575.

2nd District – Impasugong- 53,863; Lantapan-65,974; City of Malaybalay- 190,712. Total population: 310,549.

3rd District – Kalilangan- 43,711; Maramag- 108,293; Pangantucan- 56,580; Quezon- 109,624. Total population: 318,208.

4th District – Cabanglasan- 36,286; City of Valencia- 216,546; San Fernando- 63,045. Total population: 315,877.

5th District – Damulog- 39,322; Dangcagan- 26,076; Don Carlos- 69,273; Kadingilan- 33,735; Kibawe- 41,897; Kitaotao- 53,796. Total population: 264,099

Gilantaw sa 27th SP nga ang maong sugyot, magresulta sa mas paspas nga kalambuan sa matag distrito alang sa kaayuhan sa katawhan. Samtang, ang kopya sa maong resolusyon ipasa ngadto sa tanang district representatives sa Bukidnon, Senate President Juan Miguel F. Zubiri, House Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, Governor Rogelio Neil P. Roque, tanang mga mayores ug sanggunian sa probinsya, alang sa ilang kasayuran ug basihan. (PR)

Simplify Life; Less is More

Simplifying your life will bring balance, freedom, and
joy. When we begin to live simply and experience these
benefits, we ask the next question, “Where else in my life
can I remove distractions and simplify life to focus on the
essentials?” Once we can answer that, we will understand
what is vital in our lives. Too many material possessions
complicate our lives more than we ever give them credit.
They drain our bank account, our energy, and our
attention. They keep us from the ones we love and from
living a life based on our values. When possible, release
yourself from the time commitments that are not in line
with your most significant values.
Reduce the number of goals you strive for in your life
to one or two. By reducing the number of goals you are
trying to accomplish, you will improve your focus and
success rate. Make a list of the things you want to achieve
and choose the three most important. Focus there.
Most negative emotions are completely useless.
Resentment, bitterness, hate, and jealousy have never
improved the quality of life for a single human being.
Take responsibility for your mind. Forgive past hurts and
replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Use fewer
words. Keep your speech plain and honest. Mean what you
say. Avoid gossip.
Focusing your attention on television, movies, video
games, and technology addiction affects your life more
than you think. Unfortunately, when you live in that world
consistently, you don’t even notice how it impacts you.
The only way to fully appreciate its influence is to turn
them off. Relationships with others are good, but constant
streams of distraction are bad. Learn when to power off
the phone, log off social media, or not read a text. Focus on
the important, not the urgent.
A steady flow of distractions from other people may
make us feel important, needed, or wanted, but feeling
important and accomplishing importance are completely
different things.

DA-10 continues rollout of financial aid to Bukidnon rice farmers

Kibawe, Bukidnon – A total of 3,472 rice farmers in the towns of Kibawe, Dangcagan, Kadingilan, Don Carlos, and Pangantucan in Bukidnon received P5,000 in cash aid on January 11-13, as the Department of Agriculture – Region 10 (DA-10) continue rolling out the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) in said localities, for the 2022-2023 dry cropping season

The RFFA is given to smallholder rice farmers tilling rice areas not exceeding two hectares and registered to the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA), the DA’s official registry of farmers, fisherfolk, and farm laborers.

According to DA-10 OIC- Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, the agency is fast-tracking the RFFA distribution to the rice farmers in Northern Mindanao in the aftermath of shear line to agricultural areas in the region late last year, and the continuing weather disturbance early in 2023.

“We intend to roll out the RFFA in the fastest way we can. We assure our RFFA beneficiaries they will receive their aid as soon as we have ironed out our coordination with the LGUs,” Collado said.

For the 2022-2023 Dry Cropping Season, the DA-10 has allocated Php237-M funds for the RFFA to benefit 46,161 eligible rice farmers across the region.

The RFFA is funded under the Rice Competitiveness Enhance Fund (RCEF) by virtue of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) and is intended to compensate for the increasing farm inputs prices and fluctuating palay buying prices.

With the RFFA, it is hoped that the rice farmers will be able to sustain their farm production and augment their earnings. (DA RFO-10)

DA-10 stages workshop to bolster coffee industry in Mindanao

MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON — In an effort to strengthen support for the coffee farmers and industry in Mindanao, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office (DA RFO-10) headed by OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, in partnership with Nestlé Philippines, Inc., held a workshop on January 16-20, 2023 to finalize the Mindanao Coffee Project (MCP), this city

Through the MCP, the agency aims to establish a globally competitive, sustainable, and product-diversified coffee industry in Mindanao to benefit local farmers, traders, manufacturers, and exporters.

In her welcome message, DA-10 OIC-Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Cora A. Dumayaca thanked the agency’s partners from the public and private sectors for the support they continuously extend to coffee farmers in Mindanao.

High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) and National Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture (NUPAP) Director Gerald Glenn F. Panganiban, Ph.D enjoined the participants to actively participate in said event, as the workshop’s inputs contribute to the impactful work the agency does for coffee farmers in the country.

Meanwhile, Nestlé Philippines, Inc. Senior Vice President and Corporate Affairs Head Jose Uy III reaffirmed their company’s commitment to empowering coffee farmers in Mindanao, particularly those from the provinces of Bukidnon and Sultan Kudarat – two of the country’s leading coffee producers.

The five-day workshop highlighted proposed projects by the University of Southern Mindanao and Nestlé Philippines, Inc., which tackled the productivity of Robusta coffee to organic and inorganic fertilizers, fertilizer support for coffee farmers, and the establishment and improvement of integrated coffee centers in Sultan Kudarat and Bukidnon, respectively.

During the said event, representatives from DA regional offices 9 to 13 also presented their plans and upcoming projects for FY 2023 and 2024. They underscored the Philippine Coffee Industry Roadmap 2021-2025 and the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Plan.

As a showcase of its ‘regenerative’ agricultural farming practices, Nestlé Philippines, led by its SVP Uy, also facilitated a tour of the Bukidnon Integrated Coffee Center (BICC) and its model coffee farms in Maramag town.

Also supporting the activity were DA-10 RTD for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, Field Operations Division chief Luz I. Guzman, Ph.D., Agribusiness, and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) Supervising Agriculturist Ferdinand F. Caraballe, and HVCDP focal person Kersten S. Pagalan. (GDAndres/DA-10)

Medical mission for flood victims held at Brgy Sinanglanan

The City Health Office, headed by Dr. Dennis P. Sangalang, recently conducted a medical mission for flood victims in Barangay Sinanglanan on Jan. 19, 2023. The team consisted of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals who volunteered their time to provide much-needed care to those affected by the floods

The medical mission was set up in the covered court, where the health workers were able to provide a range of services, including medical consultations, laboratory tests, and vaccinations. They also distributed essential medicines and provided information on proper nutrition, disease prevention, and hygiene to help prevent the spread of illness.

The team worked determinedly to help as many people as possible, seeing over 188 patients in just one day. Many patients had been temporarily displaced from their homes and without access to medical care for some time. The health workers provided much-needed relief to those suffering from various health issues, including respiratory infections and skin diseases sustained during the floods.

The medical mission was a huge success, with many patients expressing gratitude for their care. The health workers were able to provide a lifeline to those affected by the floods, and both the local community praised their efforts.

The health workers were not only providing medical care but also inviting resource speakers from different sections in the City Health Office to provide education on how to keep healthy, and well-nourished, and prevent leptospirosis, which Nurse Fiona Dapigran, Jenny Jumamoy from Sanitation, Jezza Nina Marie Vega, and El Jene Lopena from Nutrition rendered. The opening program was also graced by Dr. Kim T. Luardo, our city’s medical physician. (CHO-NADA)

Bukidnon rep vows more inclusion of IP welfare in programs

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The newly-appointed Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representative (IPMR) in Bukidnon has vowed more participation in the province’s legislative agenda and programs, particularly those concerning the IPs’ welfare

In a statement on Jan. 19, Arbie Saway Llesis, the new ex-officio IPMR board member in the province, vowed to abide by the mandates under Republic Act 8371, or the Indigenous Peoples Right Act of 1997.

“As the voice of the Indigenous People, I hope and request my fellow board members to give special attention and care to our IPs in Bukidnon,” he said.

Llesis noted that at least 60% of Bukidnon’s population are IPs and that 60% of the province’s lands are considered ancestral domains.

Llesis was appointed as IPMR by Administrative Order No. 1 series of 2021 of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, which formed the revised guidelines for mandatory representation of IPs on local legislative councils and policymaking bodies.

As IPMR, Llesis will head the provincial board’s committee on indigenous cultural communities.

He will also be a member of the committees on laws; barangay and local government; appropriations; agriculture and cooperatives; engineering and public works; and special investigation. (Nef Luczon/PNA)

105 ka FRs sa Valencia City miyembro na sa PhilHealth

VALENCIA CITY, Bukidnon (PIA)–Siyento singko (105) ka mga kanhi rebelde sa New People’s Army sa syudad sa Valencia, Bukidnon ang miyembro na sa PhilHealth dihang nakadawat sila sa ilang Member’s Data Records (MDRs) ug ID cards niadtong Enero 11.

Si Regional Vice President Delio A. Aseron sa PhilHealth Northern Mindanao miingon nga gusto sa gobyerno nga ipakita ang patas nga serbisyo sa tanang Pilipino.

“Kayo po aming mga kapatid na mga ‘former rebels’ ang importanteng bisita ngayon dahil dito po nais ipakita ng ating pamahalaan na tayo ay iisa—pantay-pantay po tayo. Dahil kung tayo ay magkakasakit pantay tayong makalatag sa banig ng karamdaman,” matud ni Aseron.

Gipasabot ni Aseron sa mga kanhi rebelde nga dako kaayo kini nga tabang tungod kay matud niya “Napakahirap magkasakit. Magkaproblema tayo sa gastusin at diyan po papasok ang tulong pinansyal ng PhilHealth. Bagamat bawat sakit ay may corresponding na halaga, ang importante po ay wala na tayong mga kababayan na mangamba na pumunta sa hospital dahil may programa ang PhilHealth. May katuwang na kayo sa gastusin.”

Samtang si Romulo Lapuz Jr, ang Chief sa PhilHealth Bukidnon, miingon nga ang tanang Pilipino mahimong miyembro sa PhilHealth. Busa gidasig niya ang ubang pang mga kanhi rebelde nga wala pa makaparehistro nga dili magduha-duha sa pag-adto sa ilang buhatan tungod kay andam ang PhilHealth nga mo-giya ug motabang kanila sa pagpa-enrol aron mahimong miyembro sa PhilHealth.

Dako ang pasalamat ni Marestela Bitago ngadto sa PhilHealth. Miingon siya nga makapatambal na sila sa lain-laing hospital gamit ang ilang PhilHealth ID cards.

“Nalipay ko’g dako kay sulod sa pito ka tuig sa akong pagka-aktibista, karon nako napamatud-an nga naa gyud ang tabang sa gobyerno, labi na sa mga kabus. PhilHealth member na ko karon. Dako kaayo ni ug ikatabang sa akong pamilya. Busa nagpasalamat ko’g dako sa Philhealth,” dugang ni Bitago. (BGE/PIA 10-Bukidnon)

12 ka mga FR nakadawat og P360K livelihood kits gikan sa DOLE-10

MALITBOG, Bukidnon (PIA)–Nagdala og bag-ong pagla-um ang bag-ong tuig tungod kay ang 12 ka mga kanhi rebelde ubos sa ‘Hinanaling Tabang’ sa 16th Infantry (Maglilingkod) Battalion nakadawat og livelihood starter kits gikan sa Department of Labor and Employment–Region 10 (DOLE-10) sa pakigtambayayong sa Malitbog local government unit (LGU), Enero 6.

Matag usa kanila nakadawat sa tag P30,000 nga kantidad sa livelihood starter kits para sa Rice Trading nga gihatag pinaagi sa DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).

Ang DILP usa sa mga programa sa DOLE nga nagsuporta sa pagpatuman sa Executive Order No. 70 (EO 70) sa pag-institutionalize sa Whole-of-Nation Approach nga nagtumong sa pagtabang sa mga ‘marginalized groups’ pinaagi sa paghatag ug malungtarong kita.

Si Gergie Liponhay aka Jayto, kanhi commander sa New People’s Army (NPA) ug usa sa mga nakadawatsa maong tabang, nipadayag sa iyang pasalamat sa gobyerno ug nag-awhag sa iyang kanhing mga kauban nga mobiya na sa armadong pakigbisog ug mopahimulos sa serbisyo nga gikan sa gobyerno.

“Kami nagpasalamat ug dako sa gobyerno tungod kay nagpakabana sila sa amo. Tungod kay naa nay presensya ang gobyerno, dili nami mobalik sa bukid. Gi-awhag namo ang among mga kauban nga naa pa karon sa kabukiran nga mana-og na tungod kay dili kita pasagdan sa atong gobyerno,” panawagan ni Liponhay.

Ang ‘Hinanaling Tabang o Dinalian nga Tabang’ sa 16th Infantry Battalion maoy usa sa labing maayong gawi sa unit nga nagsilbi sa mga kanhi rebelde pinaagi sa paghatag ug kapuy-an ug akomodasyon, sustento sa pagkaon, livelihood packages, ug pagpadali sa ilang pagpalista sa Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program kon E-CLIP.

Uban sa padayon nga panawagan alang sa kalinaw, ang 16IB padayon nga nakigtambayayong sa lain-laing ahensya sa gobyerno aron matabangan ang mga kanhing rebelde nga magsugod ug mahiusa pag-usab sa katilingban. (BGE/PIA-10/Bukidnon)

105 ka FRs sa Valencia City miyembro na sa PhilHealth

VALENCIA CITY, Bukidnon (PIA)–Siyento singko (105) ka mga kanhi rebelde sa New People’s Army sa syudad sa Valencia, Bukidnon ang miyembro na sa PhilHealth dihang nakadawat sila sa ilang Member’s Data Records (MDRs) ug ID cards niadtong Enero 11.

Si Regional Vice President Delio A. Aseron sa PhilHealth Northern Mindanao miingon nga gusto sa gobyerno nga ipakita ang patas nga serbisyo sa tanang Pilipino.

“Kayo po aming mga kapatid na mga ‘former rebels’ ang importanteng bisita ngayon dahil dito po nais ipakita ng ating pamahalaan na tayo ay iisa—pantay-pantay po tayo. Dahil kung tayo ay magkakasakit pantay tayong makalatag sa banig ng karamdaman,” matud ni Aseron.

Gipasabot ni Aseron sa mga kanhi rebelde nga dako kaayo kini nga tabang tungod kay matud niya “Napakahirap magkasakit. Magkaproblema tayo sa gastusin at diyan po papasok ang tulong pinansyal ng PhilHealth. Bagamat bawat sakit ay may corresponding na halaga, ang importante po ay wala na tayong mga kababayan na mangamba na pumunta sa hospital dahil may programa ang PhilHealth. May katuwang na kayo sa gastusin.”

Samtang si Romulo Lapuz Jr, ang Chief sa PhilHealth Bukidnon, miingon nga ang tanang Pilipino mahimong miyembro sa PhilHealth. Busa gidasig niya ang ubang pang mga kanhi rebelde nga wala pa makaparehistro nga dili magduha-duha sa pag-adto sa ilang buhatan tungod kay andam ang PhilHealth nga mo-giya ug motabang kanila sa pagpa-enrol aron mahimong miyembro sa PhilHealth.

Dako ang pasalamat ni Marestela Bitago ngadto sa PhilHealth. Miingon siya nga makapatambal na sila sa lain-laing hospital gamit ang ilang PhilHealth ID cards.

“Nalipay ko’g dako kay sulod sa pito ka tuig sa akong pagka-aktibista, karon nako napamatud-an nga naa gyud ang tabang sa gobyerno, labi na sa mga kabus. PhilHealth member na ko karon. Dako kaayo ni ug ikatabang sa akong pamilya. Busa nagpasalamat ko’g dako sa Philhealth,” dugang ni Bitago. (BGE/PIA 10-Bukidnon)

4 NorMin cops who tested positive for drug use face dismissal

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The chief of the Police Regional Office in Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) on January 18, vowed to dismiss police officers who tested positive for illegal drug use.

Brig. Gen. Lawrence Coop PRO-10 director, said four police officers are set to be dismissed for illegal drug use, the latest of whom is assigned to Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental.

“We recorded this in 2022, and they will also face administrative charges,” he said during a media forum here, referring to the erring police officers.

Coop said most of the administrative cases in the region are related to the use of illegal drugs following the series of random and unannounced drug testing.

Drug testing will continue for this year, he said, noting that it has always been part of the internal operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“The community wants to see a truly transformed PNP; a police service that is highly capable, effective, and credible; and a police force that can always be counted on at all times,” Coop said.

Coop also urged all key officers to exert more effort in the fight against all forms of criminality, especially illegal drugs and terrorism. (Nef Luczon/PNA)