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WATER REPUBLIC A Quarterly Publication of General Santos City Water District • April-June 2017




Engr. Emmanuel Fortunato D. Yaphockun Chairperson

4-11 News

Dr. Francisco N. Lorenzo

• GSCWD Congratulates Its Triumphant Employees • New CNA Approved • MAWD • Kampanya Eskwela Year 3 • Oplan Tuli year 2 • Men’s Month 2017


Marjorie Bandolon-Cartojano Secretary

Engr. Leonardo W. Teves

12 Reports


• Summary of Bacteriological Examinations for April-June 2017

Isaias L. Golez

13-15 Features

Public Information Officer

• Let’s Talk: An Article About Job Interview • Spiritual Corner: The Birthday Package • Newfangled: How Mainstream


16 Health Talk

Engr. Arn B. Gellangarin

• High Blood Cholesterol might result to Coronary Heart Disease

General Manager

17 Country’s Pride • Salipada K. Pendatun


18 Brain Teaser

Orlinda F. Lascuña, CPA Accounting and Finance

Francisco R. Alolod, Jr., CPA, CESE


The General Santos City Water District envisions playing a vital role in upgrading the life of its people by providing safe, potable, reliable and affordable water service.


We commit to fulfill this vision through sound management, professional staff, efficient service, sustainable development and active participation and partnership with the community in the protection of our water resources.

The General Santos City Water District, a water service provider committed to the highest standards in furtherance of its mission in providing safe, potable and reliable water service to the public. In order to ensure quality of service, we, as a team, will practice the following principles: 11.1 Adopt new systems and procedures for continuous, efficient and innovative service to obtain highest customer satisfaction possible; 11.2 Conscientiously adhere to service standards and strive for excellence towards operational efficiency in customer service; 11.3 Comply with all applicable statutory and legal requirements; 11.4 Provide well-balanced communication to all employees and stakeholders; 11.5 Engage competent personnel and provide continuous personnel training and development; 11.6 Consistently implement all the controls identified in all our processes. And for its continual improvement, we shall regularly review the performance of our Quality Management System. The results of which shall be our basis for our actions. WATER REPUBLIC: The official publication of General Santos City Water District. You may submit your contributions at the GSCWD Community Relations Unit. APRIL-JUNE 2017

General Services, Procurement and Property Management

Engr. Rogelio A. Besana, Jr. Engineering and Operations



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Commercial Services

Ferdinand S. Ferrer, MPA

Julincris M. Ucat, MBA

General Accounting and Payroll

Sharon Cejas-Gadayan, MPA Customer Care and New Service Connection

Samcelle B. Valenzuela, MPA Billing and Accounts

Jeremias A. Reyes, Jr., MPA

Building and Grounds, Transportation and Water Meter Maintenance

Engr. Cornelio T. Turija, Jr. Water Distribution and Restoration

Engr. Michael G. Gabales Planning and Design Division

Engr. Ma. Celia N. Dandan

Mainline Expansion, Rehabilitation and Civil Works Division



EDITORIAL BOARD Sharon Cejas-Gadayan, MPA Editor-in-Chief Vanne Thea G. Balboa Associate Editor WRITERS: Vivian L. Catalan Emiliano Rafael C. Moredo Cathy Jane J. Martizano Tessa Mae M. Alejado Deocyth A. Sarsalejo CONTRIBUTORS: Ma. Rita B. Barriesses, RMT Rauline Kaye F. Autida Donna Mae T. Java Lipsy Grace C. Lucas Michaela E. Poncardas ADVISER: Francisco R. Alolod, Jr., CPA, CESE




I guess anytime is the best time to reiterate and re-introduce to you, our valued concessionaires and to the employees as well, the guiding principle of General Santos City Water District, our CORE VALUES. This was passionately crafted and genuinely anchored to what GSCWD believes to be rightful and just to the people of General Santos City. Here it is: We, the officials and employees of General Santos City Water District are committed to the highest standards in furtherance of our mission of providing safe, potable, reliable water service to the public. We are committed to value: “RIISEE”

RESPECT: We dedicate to ensure that every consumer and employee is treated with dignity, utmost respect, and that differences are valued and individual abilities and contributions are recognized. INTEGRITY: We conduct ourselves with honesty, integrity and transparency in our dealings with and on behalf of the district. INNOVATION: We adapt new systems and procedures for continuous efficiency and innovative services. SERVICE EXCELLENCE: We conscientiously adhere to our service standards and strive for excellence in our operational efficiencies in customer service.

EMPOWERMENT: We empower our customer access to information on our policies, programs, procedures, rules and regulations, activities and services.

About the Cover Taken during GSCWD’s distribution of school supplies at Blagan Elem. School, Brgy. San Jose. It has always been a commitment of GSCWD to take part in community-building, hence, it always reaches out even to far-flung communities.

EFFICIENCY: We readily facilitate our customers’ inquiries and complaints and ensure immediate action and resolution thereafter. Our core values statement is an assurance and affirmation to our valued concessionaires that as your water service provider, we are bound to live with it and abide by it. This is our COMMITMENT. This is our RESPONSIBILITY.



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wo (2) in a row, Ryan Mark Santander and Sheila Mae Reyes passed the 2016 Bar Exam and May 2017 Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Board Exam respectively. Atty. Santander, who is from Sto. Niño, South Cotabato, joined the District in March 18, 2009 at a young age. From his entry position of Accounting Processor B, he is currently the Corporate Budget Specialist. Atty. Santander finished his law degree at Mindanao State University – College of Law Extension of this City in 2015 and passed the bar examination conducted last November 2016. According to him, it takes full preparation, continuing education, healthy lifestyle, physical, emotional and spiritual preparedness and perseverance, before he achieved his dream of becoming a lawyer. On the other hand, our newest CPA, Sheila Mae Reyes, is a fresh addition to the water utility’s growing family. She joined the district in March 2015 on a job order status and was promoted to a permanent status position in April 2017 as 04 4


Accounting Processor B. Accountant Reyes obtained her degree in BS Accountancy at the Notre Dame of Tacurong in 2013. She passed the CPA Board Examination given in May of this year conducted at Davao City. According to her, “The road to success is apparently not a journey of all chocolates and roses. Often times, it is rough and rugged.” Asked on how she handled challenges encountered during the review while in an eight (8) hour-office work, she simply answered, “hard work, selfdiscipline and perseverance are my tools”. She made sure that after office hours, she has a two (2) to three (3) hours of self-review every night for one year prior to her one (1) month leave of absence to focus on her review. “Those nights of painstakingly studying paid-off”, Reyes shared. By Vivian L. Catalan




CSC SarGen Field Director Glenda Foronda-Lazaga (center) presents the Certification of Registration for the Collective Negotiation Agreement between GSCWD employees and management. (from left) Engr. Rogelio A. Besana, Jr. (Engr. Dept. Manager), Engr. Arn B. Gellangarin (General Manager), Atty. Ryan Mark Santander (GSCWDEA President), Dir. Glenda Foronda-Lazada, Orlinda F. Lascuña, CPA (Finance Dept. Manager) and Francisco R. Alolod, Jr., CPA, CESE (Commercial Dept. Manager)


new Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) between the management and General Santos City Water District Association (GSCWDEA) has recently been issued Certificate of Registration by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) last May 30, 2017.

“With the CNA already approved, may this be an instrument to further our mission and lead to a more excellent service to the public, as well as to a more harmonious workplace for the employees of GSCWD”, said Engr. Ergie Pabon, Public Information Officer for GSCWDEA.

GSCWDEA is a duly registered employees’ organization designated as the sole and exclusive negotiating representative of the rank-and-file employees of the GSCWD.

CNA arises when an accredited employees’ organization representing a negotiating unit sits down with the employer/management. Together, they will come up with a negotiated contract concerning terms and conditions of employment and improvements thereof that are not fixed by law. The Association drafts CNA proposal subject to the approval of the general membership. Afterwards, the proposed CNA will be submitted to the management followed by the negotiation between the parties. Once final and approved by both parties, the CNA shall be posted in conspicuous places for seven (7) days in the agency and shall be ratified by the majority rank-and-file employees.

In GSCWD, workforce is one of its strengths brought about by the harmonious working relationship between the Association and the Management. Section 2, Article V of the CNA describes what teamwork is all about thus, “...GSCWDEA shall be a partner of the GSCWD in promoting teamwork and discipline to attain harmony, professionalism, productivity and efficiency. It shall enjoin all its members to render and perform to the best of their abilities the duties and responsibilities expected of them in accordance with existing laws, rules and regulations.” A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF GENERAL SANTOS CITY WATER DISTRICT

The CNA is binding between the parties from March 1, 2017 to February 29, 2020 By Emiliano Rafael C. Moredo APRIL-JUNE 2017

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famous author said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”. Comradeship is truly one of the keys to success. It is a spirit of good friendship and loyalty to our fellow members. To celebrate camaraderie and unity of Water Districts all over Mindanao, Mindanao Association of Water Districts (MAWD) Sportsfest happened last May 3-5, 2017 and attended by 28 water districts. This 3-day event was hosted by City of Koronadal Water District with the theme “Forging Relationships Beyond the Game”. General Santos City Water District won several awards. GSCWD crowned as the Champion in Tug of War (Men and Women), Kadang-Kadang (Women), Track and Field 100 Meter Dash (Men), Swimming 4x50 Meter Relay (Men), and Bowling 5 Man Team (Women). 1st Runner-up in Takyan (Men and Women), Hula Hoop (70 Kgs. Up), Track and Field 4x100 Meters Relay (Men), Swimming Freestyle 50 Meters (Men), and Lawn Tennis Doubles (Mixed). The team also proved that they are not only good athletes but also talented when Mr. Ariel Batoto hailed as the Zumba King, Mr. Millard Yntong got the 1st place in Doble Kara, and the representatives of GSCWD ranked as the 1st Runner-up in Folk Dance Competition. Truly, GSCWD employees excelled not just in giving service to the public but also in athletics. By Cathy Jane J. Martizano

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News 271 students of Blagan Elementary School, Brgy. San Jose show off their smiles after receiving their new set of school supplies.


t was a tiring day yet a fulfilling one for the employees of the General Santos City Water District as they conducted the Kampanya Eskwela Year 3 at Blagan, Elementary school, Barangay San Jose last June 7, 2017. The school was filled with warm smiles from the 271 elementary pupils as they reached for their new school supplies, bags and caps. They were even more happy when they got their own umbrella. The school principal, Ms. Janna Detuya was thankful as well for the installation of the electrical wirings and ceiling fans on all of their 6 classrooms. The place was not just filled with gifts but learnings too as they partake on the orientation about water

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conservation and basic hygiene. The said orientation was conducted by Mr. Ronald Tapic from the technical working group of the Gender and Development committee wherein they also gave each pupil a hygiene kit. The day ended with big smiles and loud thank you from the pupils and teachers of Blagan, Elementary school. The employees might go home tired from the whole day activity but for sure they will never forget the faces of the kids which they have given the opportunity to study. By Tessa Mae Alejado



Ma. Rita Barrieses, RMT, GSCWD GAD-TWG member, comforts a frightened child during his circumcision.


eneral Santos City Water District sponsored free circumcision to 269 young boys last April 30, 2017 held at General Santos Doctors’ Hospital Medical Suites this City. Dubbed as Oplan Tuli, this activity is already on its second year of giving free circumcision to grade school students aged 8 and above. “Circumcision has been a part of our culture as this symbolizes the traversal of the male gender from childhood to adulthood. This and aside from the fact that it also promotes hygiene and sanitation among men were the motivating factors behind the creation of this activity”, said Ms. Ma. Rita Barrieses, coordinator for the said activity. After the operation, snacks and medicine were also provided for the patients. The activity was made possible through the help of the volunteer surgeons from the General Santos City Medical Society and Philippine College of Surgeons as well as the volunteer nurses and hospital staff from General Santos Doctors’ Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital and the different Post-Graduate interns. “The GSCWD assures the public that we will continue to serve and cater our concessionaires not just with our water service but also with our eventful activities as well”, said Hanelle Balansag, Chairperson for Gender and Development Technical Working Group. The activity was through the initiative of the Gender and Development Program. By Deocyth A. Sarsalejo



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en and women make up the society which means that each has a role to play. While Women’s Month is celebrated mostly to call for gender equality and women empowerment, it is also important to celebrate the existence of men as an equal partner of women in achieving a harmonious society. Last June 2017, the General Santos City Water District conducted a month-long celebration in honour of the m a l e population city.



Pampering services Free haircut service was given to male concessionaires, as well as the male employees, for three days from June 7-9 which took place at the GSCWD lobby. Hygiene essentials such as soap, shaver and deodorant were also given to the male paying concessionaires from June 2223, 2017 10




Community-building Service to the community is the thrust of the water utility. The dynamic employees of GSCWD once again reached out to the male inmates of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology at Brgy. Apopong this City. A total of 250 inmates were given hygiene kits and other supplies. The inmates, GSCWD employees as well as the BJMP personnel bonded over Zumba and friendly competitions. Assistance was also given to the children of Gensan Home for Boys at Brgy. Dad. South of this City. Hygiene essentials and groceries were given to thirty (30) children temporarily housed in the said institution. Wall fans and beddings were also provided with the aim to give comfort to the children during their stay in the house.

Health Talk The District also gives importance to the health and wellness of its employees because it is through these that individuals may be able to thrive and reach their full potential. Awareness on sleep apnea, commonly known as Hagok, was conducted by Dr. Adrian Lucero last June 22-23, 2017 to the male employees. Often neglected, sleep apnea is when a person stops breathing repeatedly during their sleep. This means that the brain and the rest of the body may not get enough oxygen. This year’s celebration has “Isulong! Kabutihan ng Pamilya at Sambayanan. Ihinto! Kasamaan at Katiwalian” for its theme. The activity was initiated by the GSCWD’S Gender and Development program. By Vanne Thea G. Balboa






To determine the safety and acceptability of drinking water supply, appropriate laboratory examinations should be conducted on representative samples of water taken at all critical stages in the production and consumption of water supply. The Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water (PNSDW) has set the standard for water utilities in the supply of water in every community. Intentional and intensive monitoring of the water being supplied to the community of General Santos City by the GSC Water District conforms and even go beyond the required number of bacteriological examinations monthly to ensure the public that GSCWD has its own laboratory to check the water quality for the benefit of our concessionaires. The Physical & Chemical analysis is also done in Davao City every six months as required by the Department of Health. The listed sampling points were collected and examined for the last three (3) months yielding a satisfactory and acceptable results of potability. The General Santos City Water District will closely monitor every activity set forth by the authority in the system of monitoring the quality of water in all phases of production and distribution for the public.

By: Ma. Rita B. Barriesses, RMT Medical Technologist III






uman resource management (HRM or simply HR) is the management of human resources. It is a function in organizations designed to maximize employee performance in service of an employer’s strategic objectives. Efforts were made to ensure that the current GSCWD recruitment method is updated and strengthened. Emmanuel Jan Yaphockun, then Psychology trainee, was requested to update the management with the new implemented form of recruiting. With careful preparation, employers can maximize the interview process: craft effective questions, get the information you need, and make a good impression on candidates. Phrasing questions properly and honing your listening skills and body language can make a big difference in the responses that candidates give you. Providing information about the job and benefits can help you win favor with applicants who have the skills the employer needs. Interviews give you an opportunity to meet job candidates face-to-face, help you to assess a candidate’s strengths, weaknesses, and suitability for the job, provide you with the information you need for making the best hiring decisions. A lot of ways may be done to conduct an interview. One of which is through the structured and unstructured type of interview. Structure Interview is also known as a formal interview (like a job interview).The questions are asked in a set / standardized order and the interviewer will not deviate from the interview schedule or probe beyond the answers received (so they are not flexible). Unstructured Interview, however are sometimes referred to as ‘discovery interviews’ & are more like a ‘guided conservation’ than a strict structured interview. They are sometimes called informal interviews. An interview schedule might not be used, and even if one is used, A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF GENERAL SANTOS CITY WATER DISTRICT

they will contain open-ended questions that can be asked in any order. Some questions might be added / missed as the Interview progresses. The HRM is most encouraged to still plan strategies, develop interview questions, and key questions to ask in relation to the vacant position to fill. It is also important that, management 1) do not ask discriminatory questions, 2) do not ask personal questions, & 3) do not allow superficial impressions to influence your decision to avoid subjective answers. Companies will always want employees who will work throughout its seasons. That is why, recruitment phase in employment is very crucial. The Human Resource Management cannot just decide on biases if they want the company to be built well. Weak foundations can never build something that is steadfast. So whatever type of interview structure a management will use, it is important to keep in mind a quote from Simon Sinek, “You don’t hire for skills, you hire for attitude. You can always teach skills.” By Rauline Kaye F. Autida




me?!!’ and stormed out of the house, leaving her husband.

This story you’re about to read has an important lesson for you to learn. So, read it carefully... A young married woman whose husband was a wealthy man was expecting a birthday gift from her husband. For quite a number of months she had admired a very beautiful diamond ring in a showroom, and she, knowing that her husband could afford it, if he would, told him that was all she wanted for her birthday, and nothing more. As her birthday was drawing nigh, this lady awaited signs that her husband had bought the diamond ring. At last, her birthday finally came. On the morning of her birthday, her husband called her into his room. He told her how proud he was to have such a good wife as her and told her how much he loved her. After telling her all sort of sweet talks, he finally handed her a beautifully wrapped gift box. Very excited and curious, the wife opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with her name embossed in gold. Angrily, she raised her voice to her husband and said, ‘With all your money , a Bible was all you could give



Many years passed and the lady was very successful in all her dealings and business. She managed to settle for a more beautiful house and a new wonderful family, but realized her ex-husband was very old, and thought perhaps she should give him a visit because she had not seen him for so many years. But before she could make travelling arrangements, she received a text message telling her that her exhusband had died, and willed all of his possessions to her. She needed to come back immediately and take care of things. When she arrived at her ex-husband’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled her heart. She began to search through her ex-husband’s important papers and saw the Bible, still as new as when it was presented to her as she had left it years before. With tears, she opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. Her ex-husband had carefully underlined a verse, Matt 7:11, which reads ‘And if you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father, who is in heaven, give what is good to those who ask Him? ‘ As she read those words, a tiny package dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a diamond ring, with her name engraved on it-the same diamond ring which she saw at the showroom! On the tag, the date of her birth, and the words ‘LUV U ALWAYS’ were inscribed. How many times do we miss God’s blessings, because they are not packaged as we expected? Do not spoil what you have, by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. MORAL OF THE STORY: ALWAYS APPRECIATE LITTLE THINGS, IRRESPECTIVE OF HOW SMALL THEY SEEM. Shared by: Ma.Rita B. Barrieses from A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF GENERAL SANTOS CITY WATER DISTRICT


Newfangled adjective : different from what one is used to; objectionably new : something fresh and unusual

People these days love to talk about the new trends that were being homogenized by the social media, especially those individuals who are part of the new millennium. They love to discuss about how alluring a newly discovered matinee idol is, how funny a recent vine that was uploaded by a love agnostic, how relatable those acrimonious memes created and so many to mentions. In other words I call them mainstream, “bandwagoners” or brutally fake (sorry for the word). Alright, to be frank I have this credence for quite some time. Someone said that a person’s belief is what forms their perception of reality. So, I’m wondering if there are any cures for these beliefs because I think I’m being a prejudice. I am not actually talking about this with the masses because I’m afraid that folks may find me pompous, arrogant and other degrading labels. Having this kind of quality (mainstream) does make sense but too much of it could be perilous. The truth is I tried to look at this in a more understanding point of view. First, studies always show that human beings can easily be influenced by their kind of exposure and I’m afraid that the sources of knowledge of the new millenials are what the social media imply. The youth consider their claims without further approval and just easily embroil with the current issues. I find it disturbing because it basically states that the messages to the future are being so orthodox even if it’s

unjustifiable. They simply get into it because they want to be part of this thing called sense of belongingness. Absence of the family or influence of the social media can be the main reasons why the “bandwagoners” sprouted. Millenials are intensely hooked up with the memes, hashtags, and vines regarding #ilovemyself, #TRUSTNOONE and other frames because it fills their belongingness tank. They use Instagram, facebook, twitter and other social media as an escape to their nurtured loneliness. Also, belongingness affirms other reasons such as rejection, deprivation and insecurities per se. However, I do believe that these mainstreams still have baggages, though all of us have, when these baggages become so uncontainable and unbearable they look for holes that might minimize or in short they search for escape.


Meanwhile, some elders breathe laboriously every time they hear the claims and comments of this group of teenagers. Somehow, they find it unrealistic and dross. This prospers because majority of the young people today are splurging a lot for new gadgets, coffee, dresses, foods and other material with unreasonable prices. Unconsciously, we commercialize ourselves to be such a big splendor because we want to be appreciated by all the likes, reaction, love and comments of others. In conclusion, it all goes back to our central core of influence, our families. Unfortunately, not everyone have a good background or good relationship with our family members. We cannot retrain the issue of someone who is not worthy of any respect or approval. But family members don’t look it that way or tend inhabits those circumstances. It is natural and it’s inevitable. Now, it goes back to the person on how he/she handles the situation. And at the end, we all have the freedom to make choices of our own. Bandwagon is the assimilation of a person who feels rejected and unworthy of their culture. They absorb into the trending values and localities because it is where they feel secure. As for me, these issues can have a deleterious effect to our society and it should be given a proper attention. Now the question is, are you one of the “bandwagoners”?

By Michaela E. Poncardas APRIL-JUNE 2017



High Blood Cholesterol might result to Coronary Heart Disease Cholesterol is a waxy fat- like substance that body needs to work properly. The body makes all the cholesterol it requires. However, it is also found in some of the foods consumed. It is carried throughout the body by lipoproteins. There are 2 types of cholesterol, the LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol- known as bad cholesterol, which is the main source of cholesterol build up in the arteries and the HDL (high density lipoprotein) c h o l e s t e r o l known as good cholesterol, which helps r e m o v e cholesterol from the arteries. The ideal cholesterol level of LDL is below 100 mg per dL whereas for HDL is between 40- 49 mg per dL (men) and between 50- 59mg per dL (women). E x c e s s i v e amount of cholesterol in the blood increases the chance of getting coronary heart disease, a condition in which plaque builds up inside coronary arteries. It has no obvious symptoms, like high blood pressure, it is silent. But it can be discovered during routine blood test and physical exam. Most individuals are having abnormal cholesterol level partly due to unhealthy lifestyle. It includes, eating foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol (meat, dairy products), being overweight, and not being 16


physically active. Furthermore, having high blood pressure, having diabetes, and being pregnant are some health conditions that also lead to abnormal cholesterol level. Things beyond individual’s control such as, age and gender (men 45 yrs or older; women 55 yrs or older) and heredity also affects cholesterol level. However, there are steps to improve cholesterol level and prevent coronary heart disease. It includes quitting smoking, following cholesterol diet by limiting butter, bacon drippings, coconut oil, corned beef, ribs, steak, ground meat, h o t d o g , sausage, b a c o n , processed meats, egg yolks, snack crackers, avoiding h a r d margarines, cookies, chips, hamburgers, fried chicken, and tacos, exercising regularly, and losing weight. An individual may also be advised for drug treatment to lower the cholesterol level. by: Donna Mae T. Java


Senator Datu Salipada K. Pendatun was a lawyer, military officer, legislator and national leader of many “ Firsts”. Stocky and solidly built, he was the first and only Muslim who headed a combined Muslim ChristianAmerican guerilla army, the first Filipino Muslim to be conferred the rank of Brigadier General, the first Muslim elected senator, the first to hold three Senate Committee Chairmanship at the same time, the first Muslim delegate to the United Nations and the first Muslim to become Speaker Pro-Tempore of the House Representatives. He was also a champion of the unification of the free world and exponent of the cause that a combination of Christian and Muslim free countries can successfully resist Communist aggression and domination. When the South Vietnam situation became serious, Mr. Pendatun offered from 6,000 to 10,000 Filpino officers and men composed of the reserve officers of the Legion of the

Philippines, of which he was the adviser and spokesman, and veterans who served under him in the guerilla army during the Japanese occfupation, to serve in beleaguered South Vietnam. General Pendatun was a descendant of Sharif Kubungsuan, son of the Sultan of Jahor, Malaya and the first ruler of the Empire Province of Cotabato with the title of Sultan as Maguindanao. Senator Pendatun, better known as “Sali” to friends, was born in Pikit, Cotabato, on December 3, 1912, of pure Filipino-Malayan Muslim parentage. He completed his elementary and high school education in Cotabato, obtained his Associate in arts degree in 1934 and Bachelor of Laws degree in 1938, both from the University of the Philippines, and passed the bar examination also in 1938. When the Japanese forces invaded the Philippines, he did not surrender to the Japanese Imperial Army and instead formed a large guerilla army of Muslims and Christians. American soldiers, who refused to surrender to the Japanese Army, also joined Pendatun’s guerilla outfit. He was the only Muslim leader who received the highest war awards from the United States, South Vietnam and the Philippines. General Pendatun had served the country as member of the Cotabato Provincial Board (1938-1940); Provincial Governor of Cotabato (1945); Senator (1946-1951); President


Elpidio Quirino’s technical adviser (1950-1953); Congressman for Cotabato (1957-1963); reelected Senator (1969-1972); and Assemblyman at the Interim Batasang Pambansa (19781985). He had also served as official member to various international conferences, including the United Nations in Paris and New York and represented the Philippine Government at the inauguration of the Indonesian Independence in Jakarta in 1949. Senator Pendatun hit the limelight when he, together with Senator Tañada, voted against President Manuel A. Roxas Amnesty Proclamation for the collaborators of the last war. All the other 22 senators supported the amnesty proposal. During his six-year term in the Senate, Senator Pendatun was chairman of the following important committees: Army, Navy and Military Pensions; Corporations, Banks and Franchises; and Special Organized Provinces. Senator Pendatun was married to Aida S. Farales of Bulacan and Zambales. They had a twin daughter, Bai Moniera and Bai Zamrad, another daughter Bai Mariam, and only son Datu Salipada Khalid, Jr. Senator Pendatun was the first and only Muslim who was married in a Catholic Church and retained his Islamicfaith with Pope’s dispensation. Senator Salipada K. Pendatun – a martyr and hero for the Muslims. APRIL-JUNE 2017

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Salipada K. Pendatun

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You walk into a room with a match, a karosene lamp, a candle, and a fireplace. Which do you light first? Answer: ___________ What kind of tree can you carry in your hand? Answer:___________ You draw a line. Without touching it, how do you make the line longer? Answer:___________ We see it once in a year, twice in a week, and never in a day. What is it? Answer:___________ If a blue house is made out of blue bricks, a yellow house is made out of yellow bricks and a pink house is made out of pink bricks, what is a green house made of? Answer:___________


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