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China offers P150-M cable car; ONTA stakeholders organize


n ambitious P150-million cable car project that will bring tourists to a cable ride around the Fil-Japanese shrine areas of Valencia will soon be underway after the completion of the project and feasibility study which will shortly be laid down by the private sector. This will pave the way a cat walk around the geo- around the cool environment for the building of tourism thermal mountains, restau- of nature’s best. amenities and tour spots rants, rest areas ,and even At the same time, the around the areas including hotel and vacation houses Oriental Negros Tourism Association, the all-private group of tourism stakeholders will meet tomorrow and possibly elect their board of directors. The ONTA will be the sole counterpart of the private sector who will be recognized by the tourism board. With the enactment of the Tourism Code by the provincial board, and with the organization of the ONTA, this should pave the way for theTurn to page 15



FEBRUARY 19, 2006

Church, people seek Landside victims aid E

xemplified by the quick response of the national government to the landslide stricken areas of Southern Leyte, Church and civic leaders of the province are rounding up their members and friends hoping to send help the quickest way possible. There had been thousands of victims both dead and homeless in the landslide stricken aras of Southern Leyte. EARTHQUAKE, MUD AND LANDSLIDE …… In the town of St. Bernard Southern Leyte, big rocks coupled with sticky mud form a clayish earth came crumbling by the mountains after several days

and weeks of heavy downpour. The sudden landslide which was preluded with an earthquake, literally swallowed into the ground the barrio of Guinsaugon of St. Bernard town with around 2500 people and residents including a full pack schoolhouse. Pandemonium broke out past llam last Friday in that disaster-prone province of

BMs junk another city tax ordinance as illegal


rovincial Treausrer Danilo Mendez strongly expressed opposition to the move of the Dumaguete City Council to pursue its plan of collecting taxes on newly opened businesses before it can even realize any gain or loss from its sales during its first year of operation ,saying this has no legal basis. The City Council has failed to convince the

CUERNOS DE NEGROS MOUNTAINEERS CLUB, INC. is now on their final day on top of the highest peak of the Negros mountains at Cuernos de Negros wherein they are holding the “KatKat Pahinungod 2006” an experience or a communion with mother nature open to all who want to enjoy the rich environmental resources of Negros island , its forests and mountains and how to preserve the enjoy their potentials. ABOVE: ZHOU JUNHONG, deputy general manager of China CAMC Engineer and his Sydney-based agent Robert Ming and Dindo Generoso (center) Sydney-based tourism consultant of Negros Oriental are here to initiallyl conduct a feasibility study for the P150-million cable car project in Valencia in conformity with Gov. Arnaiz and Mayor Arnaiz.


Sangguniang Panglalawigan of Negros Oriental into approving this proposed ordinance on taxing capital inivestments. There is no such thing as taxes on new capital investment, said the provincial treasurer. This has prompted the provincial board to return the proposed measure to the city council, and for that body to fine tune and put some legal basis on its novel

Leyte. Some people who were naked and those taken by surprise were seen fleeing even as hundreds were missing and feared dead. The 10am landslide was precipitated by a slight quake like 2.6 in the richter scale which literally swept everything the fury could take as it swoope down their towns. In a few hours, Malacañang ordered the full Turn to page 15

50 journalists to hold Summit on media’s role


concept of advanced taxation. The board members agreed to Mendez’s comments and objections. Dumaguete City’s Ordinance No. 44 amending ordinance No. 125 series of 1997 entitiled The Omnibus Ordinance of the City of Dumaguete intends to impose 3/4 of one percent tax

he first Visayas Media Summit will be held at the President’s Conference Room of the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City on February 24-25,2006. Fifty select journalists from tri-media organizations in the Visayas region are expected to attend the two-day summit that will closely examine media’s role in democracy and in governance reforms. The summit is one of the action steps identified in the Island Workshop on Media’s Role in Governance held in

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BPI awards Science scholars


hree Science majors from Silliman University received the BPI-DOST Science Awards for 2006 on Valentines Day, Feb.14. The awardees were ogy). Every year the Bank of Johan N. Diaz (BS Biology), Wilheim Janssen O. Go (BS the Philippine Islands (BPI) Electrical Engineering), and and the Department of SciVanrick Seferino H. Sagario ence and Technology (BS Information TechnolTurn to page 2




February 19, 2006

critical repor ting reporting

Station Managers VISAYAS KBP



Coup is easy, but – generals choose Not to


f the Armed Forces were serious in a coup d’etat meaning simply taking over the Ar royo gov-ernment, the generals could have done it long, long time ago. But they opted not to. A coup is not the business of generals in the Philippines. They only do it when pushed to the wall. Right now, the Armed Forces is placed by PGMA on a pedestal. They are important, counted and checked every now and then. That is why, the AFP believes there is no need for a coup. Only the disgruntled ones believe otherwise.

RADIO STATION MANAGERS of commercial AM and FM radio stations in the Visayas last Thursday made a day-long discussion on the current challenges of radio management, marketing, programming and Ethics most specially, at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu. This was followed by a similar gathering among Mindanao radio station managers. This was sponsored by the KBP Kapisanan Ng Mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas and the U.S. Embassy with Dan Shelly, chairman of the Radio-TV News Directors Association as the main lecturer. Shelly is the top man in the state’s highest rated radio program “Wisconsin’s Morning News.” Attending SMs from Dumaguete were Sherlyn Abella, DYRM; Michael Palma, DYDY, Roy Bustillo , DYSR and ENERGY FM’s station manager.


“Mission accomplished BY EDMUND SESTOSO

“A lot has changed since I gave my first address in 1999.” With the statement, Governor George Arnaiz opened his twice postponed 8th State of the Province Address (SOPA) Wednesday that underscored the gains of his administration since he assumed the governorship in 1999 and his optimism for more of them in the future. Titled: ‘Now is Not the Time to Stop’, the 45minute SOPA underscored five major points the Arnaiz administration accomplished in the past eight years namely: major awards for excellence in local governance, the Buglasan Festival, exposure trips, the accomplishments of his 2205 11-point development agenda, and sectoral achievements. For the provincial government’s three successive Galing Pook Awards, the province received the Award for Continuing Excellence (ACE) in local governance from the Galing Pook Foundation. (Complete SOPA reprint is printed on page 3 in this issue.) 11-point agenda The 11-point development agenda he outlined in his 2005 SOPA were accom-

plished almost all in record time and surpassed the targets set for that year, the governor said. The agenda covered the construction of the 1,00-

seater Provincial Convention Center which is ongoing non-stop; tourism development, increased farm productivity and family income through GPAK and BADC;

PCPR lauds CBCP pastoral Statements BY EDMUND SISTOSO


he Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR) of Negros Oriental, a national political organization of independent church people and leaders, lauded the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for its “prophetic and courageous Pastoral Statements” it issued in the last weeks of January. Rev. Reuel Norman Marigza, PCPR chairperson explained that there was a delay for several days of their statement of support for the CBCP as the same was extensively deliberated by

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Noreco consult GA on P27M int free loan


hile an interestfree loan of P27million from PNOC geothermal royalties is welcome by Noreco2 from the provincial government, the coop board will first submit such offer to the coop general assembly on March 25 because there are many legal as well as moral implications Turn to page 15


Coup is not the ISSUE. What is at issue is AFTER the coup. The generals do not know how to govern after a coup; they do not trust the opposition either; the opposition is in fact, a disunited bunch of disgruntled elements, they have no leader. So if I were a general, I’ll ask the question: If I help depose Arroyo, who will take over, and where will I be as a general, what will be my assignment? I have to be sure. Otherwise, there is no use supporting a coup. Planning a coup is not as simple as doing it. Again, it is concerned with the AFTER EFFECTS,

Super Ferry offers low jumpstart rates


uperFerry, the passenger shipping arm of publicly listed Aboitiz Transport System (ATS), has launched a discounted rate promotion to attract more travelers to its major ports nationwide and expand its market reach. The new promotion would allow passengers to avail of discounts off the base rates for selected destinations when purchased at Turn to page 6

BPI scholar ...

From page 1 (DOST) honor young sci- students from leading entists from the country’s lead- universities and coling universities. Now on its leges are chosen for 17th year, the recognition is in their exceptional line with the bank’s vision that achievements in their science, research and technol- respective science or ogy development are the essen- technology fields. To tial components in nation- date, 460 students building. have been given recA project of BPI Founda- ognition for their contion Inc., the annual Science tributions to the inAwards inspires budding scienand nationtists and researchers from dif- dustry Fauna Archive” by ferent schools to aim for the Vanrick Seferino H. highest level of excellence in Sagario. their chosen field. The other Through the years the BPI awardees are from Science Awards has recognized Ateneo de Manila, De and given incentives to stu- La Salle University, dents who excel in mathemat- Ateneo de Davao ics, physics, engineering, University, St. Louis chemistry, biology and com- University, Univerputer science. Each year, three sity of the Philippines

Like in any organization, there are always disgruntled elements. But without the people’s general support, coups will fail, because people will simply revolt and refuse to obey. The Marcos and Estrada eras were very healthy seasons for coups. And they fell. Aquino’s coup failed for lack of people’s support. Ramos had everything controlled, he was a general.

PGMA IN VILLAMORE-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, looks at Air Force personnel load relief goods and medical supplies on a military C-130 plane at the Villamor Airbase in suburban on (Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006) for victims of landslides in Leyte Island, eastern Philippines. A rain-soaked mountainside disintegrated in an unstoppable wall of mud Friday, burying hundreds of houses and an elementary school in the farming village of Guinsaugon on Leyte island. Red Cross officials estimated 200 people were dead and 1,500 others missing. (Photo by Marcelino Pascua/OPS/NIB

like will the coup be accepted by the international community? And Mrs. Aquino should remember that she is the topnotcher in coup attempts. She had more than six! Remember how U.S. fighter jets made a fly-by over EDSA during one of the coup attempts? It meant that the U.S. was ready to stop it. Today, the U.S. made a public statement that it does not support a change outside the ambit of a Constitutional process. Is it credible and acceptable before the domestic public at large? No. Who are its leaders, and what is their track record? As of now, the answer is still NONE at all. They cannot even accept Noli de Castro and he knows that.

Last Thursday, the President called the generals to a command conference at the palace. By the number of attendees, and by the looks in their faces, they are not at all sold out to coups. They are recognized with dignity and importance. So they said, a coup is out of their minds. They are incapable of handling its after-effects. They are V. SAGARIO W. GO (Diliman and Los Baños), Uni- better off today than face an uncertain future versity of San Carlos, Univer- after a coup. sity of Santo Tomas and Xavier University.

Coup d’etat means Martial rule. And Filipinos already said never again to martial law. This is one thing Filipinos cannot forget for generations. Until now, people still talk about the atrocities of the Japanese Imperial army, and the Marcos dictatorship. The generals to Turn to page 15


February 19, 2006


2005 Sta te of the Pr ovince Ad dr ess State Pro Addr dress

By: Gov. George P. Arnaiz February 16, 2006 * 2 p.m. SP Session Hall

No w is Not the Time to Stop Now

Our presiding officer, the Hon. Jose Baldado, members of this August Body, provincial department heads and chiefs of various agencies, my colleagues in the government service, friends, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon . . . THIS IS THE EIGHTH TIME I have had the pleasure of giving the State of the Province Address. And I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to this August Body for giving me this opportunity to report once more to our people on the State of the Province. I would like to apologize for the delay in delivering my SOPA because of very important engagements outside of the province which requires my presence. A lot has changed since I gave my first address in 1999. Today, Oriental Negrenses are getting more productive and optimistic of the future. We have proven to our peers in local governance that, TOGETHER, we can make a difference. And what a difference! We stand proud and tall in the area of excellence in innovation in local governance as we garnered the prestigious Award for Continuing Excellence (or ACE) in Local Governance from the Galing Pook Foundation. The ACE Award is the highest recognition that can be accorded to a local government unit (LGU) which demonstrates a culture of excellence by consistently winning Galing Pook Awards for three successive occasions and for sustaining these programs. Our previous award-winning programs and projects are: the Community-Based Resource Management Program and the Community-Based Primary Hospital Project in 1994-1995 during the incumbency of then Governor Macias; the Inter-LGU-NGO Partnership in Health Care Delivery in 2003 and the Barangay Agricultural Development Center or BADC in 2004. Then, our Gulayan at Palaisdaan Alay sa Kabataan Program or GPAK along with Coastal Resource Management Project of the Municipality of Dauin, were named as two of top ten innovative programs for excellence in innovation in local governance by the Galing Pook Foundation. H. E. Pres. Gloria M. Arroyo handed out the awards last December 20, 2005 at the Malacanang Palace. This is the third Galing Pook Award we received during our incumbency. For the information of everyone, our Galing Pook Plaques are on display at the Lobby just outside this Hall. I am also proud to report that our Provincial Nutrition Program received the 2005 CROWN AWARD – the highest given to a Local Government Unit in the field of Health and Nutrition for consistently winning the Green Banner Award at the regional level for three consecutive years. We intend to enter this program in this year’s Search for the 2006 Galing Pook Awards. (I would like to thank former Board Member Luisa Villegas, our deputy chair and action officer in the Provincial Nutrition Council, for successfully steering the Council). Aside from our collective efforts, the provincial leadership also reaped awards for the province, specifically, the “Most Outstanding Sillimanian Award in Public Service,” last August 25, 2005 at Silliman University and the 2005 Rotary Centennial Service Award for Professional Excellence on April 20, 2005. In addition to all these, we were presented with Plaques of Recognition from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Bureau of Customs (BC), the Provincial Governors League of the Philippines (PGLP) and the European Union for our contribution and valuable support to their initiatives. It flatters us to be recognized by the European Union as the “best province in project implementation, financial management and monitoring” among 16 provincial LGUs in the country which received grants and aids from the Union. From the way things are going for the Province, we are getting better and bigger every year, so shall we give ourselves a big, big hand. BUGLASAN FESTIVAL What a good year it was for Oriental Negros! Our Buglasan Festival last October was the biggest, in terms of events and participation and the most attended provincial event of the year. The colorful opening rites was graced by Pres. Gloria Arroyo who also handed the award for the 10 Outstanding Negrenses. With a minimal budget of almost P1 Million for publicity and promotions, the international exposure we gained from Buglasan through ABS-CBN and The Filipino Channel, including the international television network, Living Asia, and the print media, more than doubled our financial investments. Our talents, culture and arts, and tourism assets, including cuisine were viewed and appreciated in Asian and Latin American countries, including parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Until now the TV documentary of the Buglasan Festival is being shown from time to time at Living Asia Channel, a bonus on our part. By the way, the 2005 Buglasan Festival was managed by the Oriental Negros Culture and Arts Foundation as authorized under a Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution. I am happy to report that as result of our massive tourism campaign, Oriental Negros is now included as the official travel destination of the Cebu and Bohol tour operators, agents and travel agencies. All these would not have been possible without the support and wholehearted cooperation of everybody – the members of this August Body led by our Presiding Officer, Vice Governor Jose Baldado, who ably steered the Buglasan Rodeo, and of course, the Hon. Mariant Villegas who was the spark plug in the Festival competitions, Mr. Nick Elman and the Provincial Tourism Council, our City and Municipal Mayors, the private sector groups led by the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Dumaguete, the provincial and city divisions of the Dept. of Education, our corporate sponsors and the people of this Province. (Let us therefore give all of us another round of applause.) EXPOSURE TRIPS Other blessings came forth to the Province when we were able to travel to Japan, Australia and China, providing international exposure to our talents and resources. On invitation by the Department of Tourism, we brought the Yagyag Festival to the World Exposition in Aishi, Nagoya, Japan last September and wowed the International Community with their unique choreography thereby bringing honor and pride to the country and the province, as well. A week after, our Vice-Governor—Jose Baldado, headed a delegation composed of Board Members Henry Pryde Teves and Erwin Macias and some officials from the Occidental side to attend an international congress in Australia on organic farming systems and observe the cattle industry of that country. This is in line with the Negros Island Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (NISARD) which aims to make the island an organic center for agriculture and livestock industry in Asia. The following month, on invitation by 3rd District Congressman Herminio G. Teves, this representation together with Board Member Pryde Henry Teves,

undertook an exposure trip to China to observe the latest technologies related to sugar farming and ethanol manufacturing. These foreign travels enabled the Administration to forge ties and gained insights which helped to improve and enhance our sphere of governance. (For our collective efforts that led to these outstanding achievements, a big round of applause) Bigger challenges await in the days to come but these accomplishments should inspire us to work harder and even better to make Oriental Negros shine brighter not only in this part of the archipelago but in the whole country. 11-POINT DEVEL OPMENT AGEND A DEVELOPMENT GENDA If you recall, in my State of the Province Address last year, I outlined an 11-point development agenda to be the focus of our efforts for 2005. I am pleased and happy to report that we have accomplished almost all these in record time, and, in fact, surpassed the targets we have set for the year. These were: • The construction of the 1,000-seater Provincial Convention Center (As of today, work is going non-stop. We are meeting construction targets and we hope to be ready to host an international event by October of this year.) • The development of the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes in Sibulan, Balanan Lake with a Gawad Kalinga Housing Project in Siaton; Casaroro Falls in Valencia; Tree House in Bacong; Mabinay Caves, Mantalip Reef in Bindoy; Mainit Hot Springs in Tanjay and other tourism assets; • Increased farm productivity and family incomes through the Gulayan at Palaisdaan Alay sa Kabataan (GPAK) and Barangay Agricultural and Development Centers (BADCs); • Extension of road network in the hinterlands through the opening of new routes, and construction of bridges under the President’s Bridge Program in Amio, Sta. Catalina, Tinago, Dumaguete City; Calanubgan,Sibulan. We are now starting to construct the Tanjay-Tabuc Bridge in coordination with the 2nd Congressional District under Congressman Macias. We will start to build the Carol-an Bridge, traversing the Kabakanlan-Ayungon Friendship Road, an inter-provincial bridge and road project with an auction market built at a cost of P5.5 M. • Improved/renovated hospital buildings (Medicine Section) with the help of 3rd District Congressman Teves who gave P1 Million. Another P1 Million is forthcoming for this year. • Provision of funds for the Welfare of Children, the elderly and the physically-challenged through the inclusion of the 6th Country Program for Children; • Establishment of the Child-Minding Center and a drug store for our senior citizens, both of which will open very soon; • Provision of counterpart funds for the Third Elementary Education (TEEP) and Secondary Education Programs (SEDIP); • Opening of additional high schools in under-served areas, specifically the Municipality of San Jose and Calicanan, Pamplona; • Improvement of the Provincial Water and Sanitation Project, through the installation of a Geographical Information System or GIS, with the help of the German Development Service; • Establishment of the Provincial Integrated Skills Training Center at the former PEO Compound, providing skills training program and opening avenues for livelihood and employment opportunities to our people; • Establishment of additional BADC sites SECTORAL HIGHLIGHTS I. Economic Services A. Agricultural Productivity Our crop production did very well during the period. Our harvest of rice yielded 61,353 metric tons (MT) compared to 59,798 in 2004 or an increase of 2.6% over that of the previous year. This brought to 76.22 per cent , the province’s sufficiency level for rice. To help our farmers market their produce at a better price, we inked an Agreement with the National Food Authority (NFA) to implement the Palay Marketing Assistance Program with assistance from Congressman Macias of the 2nd District. The program is advantageous to our farmers as it ultimately cuts off the middle men in the process. We have invested P1 Million for this purpose. In corn, we posted 73,062.38 metric tons against 70,252 m.t in 2004, an increase of 4%. It is encouraging to note that with this record, we are now more than self-sufficient in corn at a level of 108.9 percent. Our production of vegetables increased by 10 per cent over that of 2004 with 7,952.97 metric tons against 7,184.12 m.t. of the previous year. Of this, GPAK areas contributed 893.45 metric tons. Three areas of development: 1) We entered an agreement with the Province of Negros Occidental for the establishment of the Negros Island Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (NISARD) which is envisioned to make the Island an export processing zone of organic produce and an organic food basket in Asia. The MOA signing was witnessed by H. E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last August 24, 2005 in Tanjay City. A start-up capitalization of P20 Million has been put up which is to be shared equally between the two Negros Provinces. The Department of Agriculture is putting an additional amount of P5 Million for projects intended to promote organic farming. I would like to thank this Body for already appropriating P10 Million for this purpose. 2) We have successfully demonstrated that we can now grow garlic in the province. Last year’s demo on garlic farming exceeded the national target of 4-5 m.t./ hectare to 6.37 m.t./hectare in Paliran, Vallehermoso; and, 3) we have successfully introduced vermiculture in BADC areas as a form of bio-organic fertilizer – a better and cheap alternative to the more costly commercial fertilizer. With the intensification of our Inland Fishery through the BADC and GPAK programs, fish production got a bigger boost posting a record of 43,453.4 metric tons against 40,846.20 m.t. of the previous year. Of this, 1,164.26 metric tons came from BADC and GPAK areas. For the information of everyone, we are the only the province in the whole country that implements the Farmer’s Field School on Tilapia (FFS-T) with the support of the Regional Fishery Training Center in Cebu. A key factor to our productivity is the Barangay Agricultural Development Centers or BADC. During the period, we established an additional of eight (8) BADC’s which brought the total to 94 BADCs province-wide. Corrolary to this, Farmer Field School (FFS) trainings on rice, corn and vegetable and high-valued crop production were intensified along with the adoption of Integrated Pest Management. Another factor, is our Farm Implement and Fertilizer Support Program. For the record, we are probably one of the few provinces in the Country that can show how the P5 Million Fertilizer Subsidy given by President Macapagal- Arroyo was implemented/distributed. To date, P3.2 Million of the fertilizer fund was dis-

tributed to farmers associations in BADC areas and P1.8 Million was set aside for the purchase of farm implements. Also, helping us achieve a better crop yield is the support given by the National Irrigation Administration and Department of Agrarian Reform which contributed a total of P183 Million in the installation of irrigation systems throughout the province. On the development of our LIVESTOCK, we continued to strengthen the industry with the opening of two new auction markets in Mantuyop, Siaton and Caranoche, Sta. Catalina funded out of local funds (LGU) and with some funds from the Bureau of Animal Industry. This brought to 19 the total “livestock auction markets” province-wide. To further boost the industry, we trained some 205 farmers to implement the so-called Natural Farming System, wherein we established three demonstration farms using swine fatteners. Moreover, two abbatoirs were established — one in Basay which is classified as Class A and the other in Sta. Catalina, using their respective LGU funds with assistance from the National Meat Inspection Service. On-going is the construction of a P1-M Dairy Processing and Demonstration Center at the Provincial Veterinarian’s Compound. We have provided technical assistance to the installation of seven biogas units—four in Dumaguete City, and one each in Zamboanguita; Larena in Siquijor and Sipalay in Negros Occidental as part of our waste management program. There are now a total of 98 units operating in the province. In our efforts to fan out our services to far-flung areas, we conducted seven Animal Welfare and Outreach Missions reaching Sta. Catalina, Vallehermoso, La Libertad, San Jose, Bindoy and Manjuyod. We were also able to vaccinate, treat and checked up over 311,000 animals for various infections and disease prevention. It is sad to note, however, that in spite of our Rabies Eradication Program, the reported incidence of dog bites in the province remained high with 336 reported cases, according to figures submitted by the Provincial Health Office with seven (7) deaths. By the way, may I thank the Rotary Club of Dumaguete-East and Dr. Katsuhiko Tsukata, a private veterinary practitioner from Nagoya, Japan for their donation of 9,400 antirabies vaccines. On the other hand, I am happy to report that through our continued surveillance and monitoring, Oriental Negros is still free from Avian Flu and Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). It is, therefore, very safe to eat chicken and beef products coming from our province. We have also issued an Executive Order creating the Oriental Negros Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Task Force with the Provincial Veterinarian as action officer. II. SOCIAL SERVICES A. Health Improvement The Health of our people is one of our primary concerns. Thus, our Provincial Hospital System continued to provide a comprehensive health care delivery approach that includes the curative, promotive, preventive and rehabilitative aspects of health services as well as education, training and to some extent, research. As a result of these interventions, infant and maternal mortality rates continued to decline. From 8.12/ 1,000 live births in 2004, infant mortality dropped to 8.01/1,000 l.b. in 2005 while maternal deaths slipped from 54.21/100,000 births in 2004 to 40.3/100,000 births in 2005. Cardiovascular diseases is still the leading cause of mortality in the Province followed by pneumonia, sepsis and PTB. During the period, our Provincial Hospital System serviced a total of 207 thousand in and out patients, 156,770 of which were from the District Hospitals and 16,819 from the Community Primary Hospital. This is roughly 18 per cent of the population. In addition, we also serviced patients from the provinces of Siquijor, Negros Occidental, Southern Cebu, and Northern and Southern Mindanao. We participated in 31 foreign, national and local medical missions serving a total of 10,000 patients province-wide. As a convergence for the Health Sector Reform Agenda, we received grants-in-aid from the United Nation’s International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), Belgian Integrated Agrarian Reform Support Program (BIARSP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to fund health development programs for the welfare of children and for the continuous operation of the six Inter-Local Health Zones. We further expanded the PhilHealth Indigency Program to nine towns and two cities—Amlan, Bindoy, Ayungon, La Libertad, Zamboanguita, Canlaon,Vallehermoso, Tayasan, Sibulan, Guihulngan 1 and Bais City. For this purpose, the Province provided counterpart funds totaling P 2.3 Million. Our Inter-Local Health Zones have also adopted five community-based insurance schemes, namely, the Peso for Health, SHIP or Sustainable Health Insurance Program, Sinco for Health and the LGU Indigency Health Insurance Program. To further boost health service delivery in the barangays, we have increased the establishment of health and nutrition posts and health plus outlets to 36 and the Botika sa Barangay to 79 in 2005 from 59 in 2004. With the help of civil society organizations, we upgraded our infrastructure support facilities at the Provincial Hospital. These include the completion of the SARS Building, OB/Gyne nurses station and ward, surgical ward, left wing of the Main Building, the Chapel and the Pediatrics Ward. Constructions of the parking lot, perimeter fence and nurses’ dormitory and the second floor of the New Administrative Building are ongoing. Renovations and paintings were also done in the different district hospitals such as the Guihulngan, Bindoy and Bayawan District Hospitals. We are most grateful to the NOPH Men and Women’s Auxilliary, the SINAG, the Rotary Clubs, and the following individuals and institutions, as you can see on the screen: Mr. Jacinto Lazaga – Ontario, Canada Mr. & Mrs. Tom Oftedahi Dr. Romulo Villanueva – Virginia, U.S.A. Miss Virginia Laspiñas – Dumaguete City Mrs. Antonieta Nieves – Dumaguete City Mrs. Faye Vicuña – San Jose, OrNeg. Glenn Lester Gaga-a – PanPharma-Menz Pharmaceuticals Mrs. Delia Chua –Lee Plaza-Dgte. Ms. Herminia Flores Mr. Aniceto Sobrepeña Carmelite Sisters – Sibulan Dr. Ma. Teresita S. Sinda – S.U. College of Nursing Mitaya Manufacturing Co. Ltd. – Tokyo, Japan Mrs. Anesia Sy & Family – Makati City Tau Gamma Phi- Dumaguete Mr. Robert Toon – Kentucky, U.S.A. Mr. & Mrs. Eusebio Ong – Dumaguete City Bruce and Judy Partlow – Dumaguete City Negros Oriental State University — West Negros College – Bacolod City Silliman University St. Paul University-Dumaguete City Collegio de Sta. Catalina de Alexandriaand all those who have done their share to improve our hospital facilities. And so, may I ask you to give them a round of applause. The Oriental Negros Provincial Hospital System is a training venue for student nurses affiliates from Silliman and Saint Paul Universities, West Negros College, medical-dental and nursing aide students of the

Negros Oriental State University, and physical therapy and medical technology students/interns from Silliman University. Along this line, I have asked BM Adanza to study the possibility of drafting an ordinance so that the Province can get income from the program. To meet the shortage of physicians in our hospitals, we have rehired government doctors who retired from the service so that we now have a total of 13 consultants (12 part-time, one full-time) at the Provincial Hospital. Our innovations in income retention and utilization, local health financing schemes and revenue enhancement and health service delivery through Inter-Local Health Zones attracted the attention of medical groups and practitioners. We shared our experiences with the provinces of Antique, Eastern Samar, Negros Occidental, Nueva Vizcaya, Misamis Oriental and Sorsogon during their Lakbay-Aral to the Province. We are pleased to note that our income from hospital fees which amounted to P74.37 Million or a 20 per cent increase over their 2005 budget of P62 Million, is the highest in the country compared to the other provincial hospitals. (A big round of applause to Dr. Villapando and our health workers.) B. Water and Sanitation An important component to good health is water. The Provincial Water and Sanitation Project got a big boost with the operationalization of the Geographic Information System (GIS) and the creation of the Provincial Water and Sanitation Development Council. The GIS Project is being supported by the German Technical Cooperation Agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. With this development, our scientific and technical capability to identify watershed areas, stream networks, visuals of a given locality and boundary conflicts will result in improved policy and water resource management. A total of 69 water supply projects valued at P14.49 Million were implemented in 2005. Moreover, the Provincial Planning and Development Office helped in the re-organization and rehabilitation of the Sta. Catalina Water Service Cooperative, the first provincial intervention in a local water dispute to provide better water service to the town of Sta. Catalina. C. Social Welfare and Development The Provincial Government sourced out over P84 Million from various local, national and international funds to help the disadvantaged, displaced or marginalized sectors in the province. These involved the youth, women, senior citizens, the physically challenged, pre-schoolers, rebel returnees, and persons and families in crisis situations. In all, we serviced over 72,000 individuals and families in the province, including those who seek assistance from neighboring provinces. Of the P84 Million, P34 Million was used to promote early childhood care and development activities, construct and/or improve additional day care centers (we now have 938 centers province-wide), fund livelihood related projects. Our program for the physically-challenged got a big boost with a donation of 500 wheel chairs from the Wheelchair Mission, Inc. of California, U.S.A. and the Rotary Clubs of Oriental Negros. One hundred of these went to the Provincial Government and the rest were distributed by the different Rotary Clubs all over the Province. In all, we distributed a total of 119 wheel chairs, 19 of which came from the Province. Meanwhile, we continued to maintain our Population Development Program, which is partly handled by the Provincial Social Welfare Office, the Environment and Natural Resources Division and the Integrated Provincial Health Office, through continuous advocacy activities. D. Education Two big things happened in the field of Education towards the end of the year. One, we were selected by the Department of Education for the Library Hub Project with Baker and McKenzie International as our project partner. This Project, which is installed beside the former Hall of Justice, Capitol Area, will make available books to public elementary and high schools which could not be served by these schools. And Two, we were also chosen by the National Library and the Dept. of Science and Technology to host the Electronic Library or E-Library to further strengthen the learning and research capabilities of students and teachers. The E-Library, which boasts of a wide collection of reading materials, is also open to the public. (These twin projects would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of the chair of the Culture and Arts Council, the Hon. Mariant Escaño Villegas and Col. Alex Escaño, president of the MERALCO Foundation. Shall we give them a big round of applause.) During the period, your Provincial Government continued to help the Department of Education strengthen and promote education among the youth of the Province by providing salaries and wages for 9 regular teachers, 29 para-teachers, and 270 teacheraides in the amount of P10.7 Million. On top of our regular Scholarship Program for the high school valedictorian and salutatorians, we also have a Doctors and Nurses’ Scholarship Program that provides free tuition, board and lodging to academically-qualified students who want to pursue a Doctor of Medicine and nursing courses. For 2005, we appropriated P 1 Million from the General Fund and P1.2 Million from the Special Education Fund for these two programs. To date, we have a total of 275 scholars—271 under the regular program and four are currently enrolled at the Silliman University School of Medicine. We also helped in the construction, repair and rehabilitation of schoolbuildings while also allocating P4 Million as the Provincial Government’s counterpart for the Secondary Education Development Program (SEDEP) and P3.9 Million for the Third Elementary Education Program. Our SEDEP counterpart is at the Negros Oriental High School while the TEEP counterpart is distributed to the different schools provincewide. To strengthen our livelihood development program, we opened the Oriental Negros Provincial Integrated Skills Training Center in cooperation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA to conduct technical education and skills training programs for the out-of-school youth, the unemployed and other marginalized sectors of society. This is in addition to the existing Oriental Negros Technology and Livelihood Center which has been actively conducting trainings on meat, fish and peanut processing, aromatic candle making, fruit juicer, puree and soap making and production of virgin coconut oil, among others. E. Sports Development In sports development, we made international and national headlines for our hosting of the 59th National Students Basketball Championship and the 4th Asian University Basketball Championship with delegates coming from China, South Korea and other universities of the country. We also hugged the limelight when we sponsored the first Buglasan T’bayan sa Tako Extreme 9-Ball Challenge with Billiard King Efren “Bata” Reyes. The Buglasan Festival saw the entry of new sports events like the 4x by 4 Outdoor Challenge, triathlon which includes cycling, running and Kayaking at Lake Balinsasayao, professional rifle competition, skateboarding, BMX and In-Line Extreme

Go v. Geor ge Ar naiz Gov Georg Arnaiz Sports, motorcycle drag race, skim boarding, distant runs, Bulilit football and dance sport competition. We also conducted the Provincial and Congressional Volleyball and Basketball Tournaments with the help of the three congressmen. We continued to train and hone the skills of our youth in basketball, swimming, lawn and table tennis and others through summer sports clinics while supporting and sustaining the various sports activities including the Lawn Chess Program. F. TOURISM/CULTURE AND ARTS PROMOTION: In 2005, we aggressively promoted our tourism products and services through the Buglasan, Pinaskuhan/Parol and Sayawit competitions and our participation in WOW Philippines. Complementary to these, we were visited by the Chinese and Australian tour operators, the Cebu Association of Tour Guides, Bohol Tour Operators, Cebu Media, the Island Caravan and the Visayas Leg of the Island Paradise Adventure Race, among others. We encouraged development of local tourismoriented establishments and activities to ensure sustained growth of visitor arrivals. To sustain the influx of visitors to the province, we continued to develop the infrastructure support facilities in the Twin Lakes in Sibulan town and Balanan Lake in Siaton, the caves in Mabinay, Mantalip Reef in Bindoy, Tree House in Bacong, Mainit Spring in San Isidro-Luka, Tanjay City, Casaroro Falls in Valencia and Luparan Falls in Tanjay. We acknowledge with grateful thanks the financial and technical support extended by Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Congressmen Emilio Macias II, Herminio G. Teves and Sonny Madamba for the development of Balanan Lake and other tourism assets of the Province. Two other important activities were also conducted during the period: the Oriental Negros Provincial Festival Street Dance, Rondalla and Dance Sport Workshops and the Cave Guides Training. III. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT With the much-needed equipment support already in place, the number of infrastructure projects implemented in the Province likewise increased. During the period, the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO) implemented a total of 632 projects amounting to P414.19 Million. Of these – 117 projects worth P53.64 Million were in the First District; 321 projects costing P267.75 Million in the Second District and 194 projects valued at P92.8 M in the Third District. The reason why there seems to be a bigger amount poured in the Second District is because most of our bigger projects like the Convention Center, the completion of the Coliseum Complex and the Administration Building at the Provincial Hospital are located here. We also undertook the construction of four new bridges in Amio, Sta. Catalina; Calabnugan, Sibulan; Tinago in Dumaguete City and Tabuc-tubig Bridge in Tanjay City; and four gymnasia located in the municipalities of Manjuyod, Bindoy, Amlan, Pamplona and a pubic market in Mabinay. We will start the construction of the Lacaon-Mahanlud Bridge in Jimalalud this year. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) contributed to the infrastructure development of the Province with an estimated infusion of over P240 Million, including the school building program of the Department of Education. IV. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION The Province’s stewardship and social responsibility towards the environment never wavered. We implemented the Re-Greening Program of Oriental Negros and contributed P500 Thousand each to the municipalities of Vallehermoso, La Libertad, Bindoy, Amlan, Dauin, Valencia and the cities of Dumaguete and Bayawan for reforestation activities while re-planting over 3,000 fruit and forest trees within the Lakes Balinsasayao and Balanan. To re-enforce this program, we conducted Bio-diversity and Rainforestation Training of a people’s organization (PO) in Lake Balinsasayao. We continued to maintain our 26 Integrated Social Forestry (ISF) project sites and 36 marine protected areas (MPA), establishing three new MPAs in 2005 or a total of 39 in all. Likewise, we sustained the federation of fishers’ and farmers’ associations in the different municipalities. We conducted ecological assessment trainings in Bahura, Dauin, Mantalip Reef in Bindoy, Balaas in Manjuyod and Bantayan, Dumaguete City preparatory to the establishment of these areas for marine reserve. While advocating for solid waste management we also continued water quality monitoring, including sand, and gravel operations. V. OTHER CONCERNS A. Information Technology and Communications Promotion Three years after aggressively promoting Oriental Negros as a site for e-Services, we finally have something to crow about. With the help of the Oriental Negros Investment Board (ONE-IPC) and the Department of Trade and Industry, three Information/ Communication Technology (ICT) companies have put up base in Oriental Negros. These are: SPI Publisher Services, one of the world’s largest Business Process Outsourcing (BPOs) companies and which is already employing about 400 of our graduates; Entheos, a locally-based medical transcription company, and the latest to join is Teletech which will be the first callcenter to set up in Dumaguete. Teletech has been granted the First Mover Incentive by the City. In the field of animation, Top Peg Animation, a Manilabased studio is for the first time outsourcing at Entheos IT. Training started during the last quarter of the year and actual production work will commence this year. Other ICT companies which are now in Dumaguete are Ryte Solutions - Software; Original Code Weavers and Seat IT on web development and Dumaguete Xtreme on web gaming. These companies are easily the biggest employment generators in the province. B. GAWAD KALINGA HOUSING PROJECTS

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4 Editorial


February 19, 2006

Waste is wealth; two thirds garbage can be recycled Not everything that glitters is gold. Sometimes gold can be bought from recycled garbage. And don’t you know that two thirds of your daily garbage can actually be made into many things useful and valuable in one’s household? During this hard times, people have come to realize that there is a goldmine underneath those garbage. It was very timely for the provincial investments and promotions board to disseminate the potentials of embarking into the business of sanitary landfills. This may be a big business venture but is certainly a viable undertaking considering that every local government down to the last barangay have garbage to gather and dispose of every single day. We laud those barangay units who start this awareness by buying their own garbage dump trucks. If each of the province’s 557 barangays will have two dump trucks each, gathering the day’s garbage, one can just imagine how two birds can be hit one stone. First, there will be an efficient collection of garbage every day. The environment will be cleaner and safer with that garbage being collected daily. The garbage fees paid by every businessman in the city and province will certainly feel that their money was worth the obligation. Second, there will be a massive influx of sanitary landfill business, which will not only be an economically viable, business, but it will also boost the entrepreneurship in the areas surrounding such landfills. Right now, local governments units are still in the stage of quandary as to where they will locate their sanitary landfills. Many LGUs are not also building their landfills sites the proper way. It could not only contaminate the bacterial effects of trash, it will also contaminate drinking water as well. And yes, Virginia, two thirds of our garbage are composed of recyclables. From used bottles, plastics, paper, cardboard, and tin cans, you can speak of a multi-million peso business on newsprint manufacturing, toy making, home industries, candle making and plastic accessories making. Many of these products could become export quality through proper management skills.

A little entrepreneurial imagination among our manufacturers of shampoo, toothpastes, batteries, and tin cans even bottles: Even just among end-users of these. There should be a way of motivating end-users of recyclable items above to gain discounts in buying their next set of said materials. For instance, users of empty toothpaste tubes, used batteries, tin cans and the like will just gather these materials. In buying new supplies of toothpaste, batteries, bottles and tin cans, they will just bring their empty items and get an immediate discount from the store where they are buying the items. The store in turn, gathers these empty items, and use them to gain discounts from their suppliers. The suppliers in turn will use these to gain discounts from the manufacturers, who will eventually regain the empty stuffs and recycle them in filling up the new items. In this manner, prices of these items will tend to go down minus the cost of recycling. It can be done through a thorough dissemination of information, the low-end sector would certainly benefit from such privileges. Recycling programs don’t just save natural resources. They turn garbage into gold, and they save money at every level. The government gets money from unclaimed bottle deposits and from taxes paid by people who work in the recycling industry, and saves the cost of solving its

“Love in February”



ebruary is called the Love Month by incurable romantics because of Valeni n e s Day last Tuesday.

Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

Love is in the air – and it is not in man’s nature to be alone. He longs to love and be loved, to hold and be held. Infants die after birth when not held by nurturing touch of the mother or the surrogate ones. So great is the urge to feel special to someone that the mobile or Internet dating has become big business. In America, 45 million adults logged in to a dating website in search of serious relationships and genuine friendships, in a survey done in 2003 alone. The search for the beloved may have gone high tech but the basics remain. Love is still a decision. A decision to love the other person above oneself. For there could be a hundred reasons why another person can become less lovable. Therefore, to love in spite of these reasons is an act of the will. It is indeed a decision. “Falling in love” with all its fireworks and intensity is not the same as “staying in love.” The first is effortless; the second is a litany of hard work and

sacrifice. It is doing and saying things everyday to affirm one’s commitment to love. There are, of course, different kinds of love. When it comes to love, cliches abound. The facetious say that love is an island of emotions surrounded by sea of expenses. On the other hand, it is said that one who loves money never has enough. The first million only whets up the desire for two more millions. Let us find out if love of money can bring happiness through a text message: A rich father took his son to a farm of a poor family. On the way home, the Dad asked:” Son, did you see how poor some people can be?” The son replied: “Yes, I saw we have one dog, they have four dogs. We have a pool, they have an endless creek. At night we have fancy lanterns, they have countless stars. We buy our food, they grow theirs. We have walls for protection, they have friends to defend them. Thank you for showing us how poor we are.” Wealth and power to

some have become ends rather than means to a goal. Ever wonder why those with immense wealth and power feel loneliest when they have reached the zenith of success? Why did Howard Hughes the billionaire (insulated with wealth) hide himself from humanity and kill himself? And Marilyn Monroe? Some say, everything we need to know in this world, they taught us in kindergarten. Then, we were taught to love people and life without reservation and to pray to God like a fully trustful child. Adult education, however, scares us about people who take advantage and a vengeful God Who will only be actively looking for violators to punish. A worst kind of love is narcissism or self love which can lead to tragic ends. A narcissistic person cannot truly love – he loves the object for what he/she contributes to his self-image rather than for the partner’s wellbeing. He will mould the partner into his own mirror – reflecting his vanity – that imitation is highest form of flat-

bur-geoning solid waste problem in more expensive ways. The towns and their individual residents save money on disposal costs, which would soar the dwindling landfill space were choked with bottles, cans and paper. The economic as well as environmental loss if those programs weren’t funded would be far greater than the amount of money it would take just to keep them going. Let us continue and promote the recycling process and establish necessary landfills for the high-end investors; while the modest recyclers of simpler products such as candles, toys, native products, and useful novelties should continue to scour the Internet for what is in demand abroad. Finally, we learned that many government financed projects by the private entrepreneurs are stocked in the drawing board of businessmen because those concerned in government are moving hopelessly slow. They should instead be advising applicants on how to fast track their new markets. Under tourism and development, nobody waits for anybody. Everything should now exploit the rest of the stakeholders in the playing field coupled with the expertise and entrepreneurial skills.

tery – but without separateness, without self-identity. True love is not possessive – it loves unconditionally even with the risk of losing one’s beloved. Loving someone means setting him free – if he comes back, he is truly hers; if not – he was not meant to be, in the first place. A man who truly loves is not fearful of death but acknowledges the latter as a constant companion. This certainty of death defines the limits of his time and love and therefore eggs him to

love his best – here and now. Love of country is one of the noblest kind of love – it encompasses a wide sea of humanity, strangers mostly, and requires a dedication bordering on martyrdom. Stories of heroes have filled our history books and accounts of bravery and nationalism – that continue to edify the living way beyond the heroes’ deaths. And contrary to common belief, the opposite of Turn to page 11



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February 19, 2006 Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 64 Guihulngan, Negros Oriental TRINIDAD EJERCITO CANOMAY, Petitioner, -versusULDARICO A. CANOMAY, Respondent. x ----------------------- / FC CIVIL CASE NO. 06-01-V FOR: DECLARATION OF ABSOLUTE NULLITY OF MARRIAGE O R D E R Finding the “Ex-Parte Motion for Leave to Effect Service of Summons by Publication” filed by plaintiff through counsel, to be sufficient in form and substance, the same is hereby granted. Let summons therefore be served on defendant through publication containing the following data: (a) title of the case; (b) docket number; (c) nature of the petition; (d) principal grounds of the petition and reliefs prayed for; and (e) a directive for the respondent to answer within thirty days from the last issue of publication. SO ORDERED. February 7,2006, Guihulngan, Oriental Negros, Philippines. (Sgd) MARIO O. TRINIDAD Presiding Judge ====================== Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 64 Guihulngan, Negros Oriental TRINIDAD EJERCITO CANOMAY, Petitioner, -versusULDARICO A. CANOMAY, Respondent. X ---------------------------------- / FC CIVIL CASE NO. 06-01-V FOR: DECLARATION OF ABSOLUTE NULLITY OF MARRIAGE S U M M O N S TO: ULDARICO A. CANOMAY of Poblacion, Vallehermoso 6224 Oriental Negros You are hereby required to file with the Clerk of Court of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 64, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines within fifteen (15) days after service of this summons upon you, exclusive of the day of such service, your Answer to the Compliant of the plaintiff, a copy of which is hereto attached and herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of said Answer within the period upon the plaintiff. WITNESS THE HONORABLE MARIO O. TRINIDAD, Presiding Judge of this Court on this 7th day of February, 2006, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd) AMPARO LOURDES T. RIVERA Clerk III/OIC Clerk of Court Names Signature Date Signed ULDARICO A CANOMAY_____________,2006 ===================

No.209; 4. Article 76 of E.O. 209 (Family Code) pertains to the validity of any modification in marriage settlements, and does not exempt the contracting parties from obtaining a marriage license; 5. The marriage between petitioner and respondent was not among any of those circumstances exempting them from obtaining a marriage license prior to the solemnization of their marriage. At the time of the marriage ceremony, neither of the petitioner or the respondent was at the point of death or in articulo mortis. Nor was either’s residence so located that there was no means of transportation to enable him or her to appear personally before the local civil registrar, and neither are petitioner and respondent Muslims or members of ethnic cultural communities; 6. Petitioner and respondent were not living together as husband and wife for at least five years before their marriage on September 9,1995, as they had only met for the first time on May 3,1993 or just two years and four months before. They had become sweethearts just over a year before their marriage, and they could not have been living together as husband and wife without the benefit of marriage before their wedding as at that time petitioner was a teacher in Saint Francis High School in Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental which is a conservative Catholic School, and she could have been immediately terminated from work if she did so; 7. What petitioner remembered though was that she and respondent were told and assured that because they were already of ripe age (32 years and 39 years respectively), they no longer had to undergo marriage counseling and it was unnecessary for them to apply for marriage license; ‘8. After solemnizing of their marriage, petitioner and respondent established their conjugal dwelling in Poblacion, Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental. However, on or around March 5, 1997 or about one and a half years thereafter, respondent left their conjugal dwelling and was never heard of since then until present. That was the last time petitioner heard of respondent; 9. Petitioner wishes to remarry but under Article 40 of the Family Code, the absolute nullity of a previous marriage may be invoked on the basis solely of a final judgment declaring such previous marriage void. Hence, the necessity of the filling of this Petition; 10. Petitioner and respondent do not have any children nor any, property acquired during their marriage. WHEREFORE, it is respectfully prayed of this Honorable Court, after trial, TO RENDER JUDGMENT declaring petitioner’s marriage with respondent celebrated on September 9,1995 AN ABSOLUTE NULLITY for having been solemnized without a marriage license. Petitioner prays for such other relief just and equitable under the premises. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED. Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, November 19,2005. (Sgd) ANTHONY H. TRINIDAD Counsel for Petitioner Guihulngan, Negros Oriental (6214) Tel: 035 231 3166; Cel: 0920 900 2212 Fax: 035 336 1075; e-mail: IBP OR# 600291 – 12/29/04 (Dgte) PTR # 0496824 –01/04/05 (GNO) Roll # 39340 ====================== VERIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION AGAINST FORUM SHOPPING I, TRINIDAD EJERCITO CANOMAY, under oath – Declare That: I am the plaintiff; I caused the preparation of this Complaint; I have read it; and, Its allegations are all true and correct of my own knowledge and based on authentic records, and Certify That: I have not previously commenced any action or filed any claim involving the same issues in any court, tribunal or quasijudicial agency, and no such action or claim is pending; and, If we should later learn that a similar action or claim has been filed or is pending, I shall report that fact within 5 days therefrom to this Court. IN WITNESS WHEREOF,I have hereunto set my hand this 19th day of November 2005 in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental.

Republic of the Philippines Seventh Judicial Region REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL Branch 64 Guihulngan, Negros Oriental TRINIDAD EJERITO CANOMAY, Petitioner, -versusULDARICO CANOMAY Respondent, X ------------------------------- / FC CIVIL CASE. 06-01-V FOR: DECLARATION OF ABSOLUTE NULLITY OF MARRIAGE


P E T I T I O N PETITIONER thru counsel before this Honorable Court respectfully alleges that: 1. She is of legal age and a resident of Poblacion, Vallerhmoso, Negros Oriental, while respondent, also of legal age, was a resident likewise of Poblacion, Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental, his last known address, but his whereabouts are now unknown and cannot be ascertained by diligent inquiry; 2. Petitioner first met respondent on May 3,1993 during the fiesta of Talayong, La Libertad, Negros Oriental, and they became sweethearts only in 1994. In 1995 respondent proposed to marry petitioner, and indeed, on September 9, 1995, they were married at the UCCP Church in Bindoy, Negros Oriental. A certified machine copy of their Certificate of Marriage is hereto attached as Annex “A”; 3. Although under Article 3 of the Family Code, one of the formal requisites of marriage is a valid marriage license the absence of which shall render the marriage void ab initio, the marriage between petitioner and respondent was celebrated without one having been obtained beforehand, apparent from the certification of solemnizing officer Rev. Remedios D. Marcelino found near the bottom of their Certificate of Marriage (Annex “A”) that supposedly no marriage license was necessary as the marriage was being solemnized under Art.76 of Executive Order

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this 19th day of November 2005 Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, affiant exhibiting her Community Tax Certificate No. 07277325 issued on January 24, 2005 in Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental. (Sgd) ATTY. ANTHONY H. TRINIDAD Guihulngan, Negros Oriental Notary Public for Negros Oriental Until December 31, 2007 Notarial Comm SN 001 (RTC-64) Roll # 39340/IBP Mem#1994-252571 PTR# 0496824 –01/04/05 (GNO) Doc.No. 88 Page No.19 Book No.22 Series of 2005 The Negros Chronicle Feb.12,19,26,2006

Republic of the Philippines Province of Negros Oriental Municipality Of Guihulngan —o— Office of the Local Civil Registrar NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 R.A. 9048, a Notice of Publication is hereby served to the public that ARTURO ESTORCO YPANTO filed with this Office a petition for Change of First Name from “FELINO ARTHUR” to “ARTURO” in the Certificate of Live Birth bearing registry number 134 registered on May 1,1955 of FELINO ARTHUR ESTORCO YPANTO who was born on May 1, 1955 at Tuway, P. Zamora, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental and whose parents Gerundio Ypanto and Felicidad Estorco. Any person adversely affected by the said petition may file his/her written opposition with this office not later that _________. Negros Chronicle Feb.12 & 19,2006

(sgd) MARIETTA A. MIJARES Local Civil Registrar

Republic of the Philippines 7th Judicial Region REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 64 Guihulngan, Negros Oriental CAD. CASE NO.06-02-C IN THE MATTER OF A PETITION FOR ISSUANCE OF SEPARATE TITLES OVER LOT.NO. 2948-A, LOT.NO.2948-B, LOT NO. 1808-A AND LOT NO.1809-A, IN THE NAME OF ANTONIO JIMENEZ, JR., ANTONIO JIMENEZ, JR., Petitioner. X ------------------------- / O R D E R Petitioner through counsel, filed a verified petition for issuance of separate titles over lot no. 2948-A, lot no.2948-B, lot no. 1808-A and lot no.1809-A, in the name of Antonio Jimenez, Jr., alleging: 1. That above named petitioner is of legal age, married, and a resident of Canlaon City, Oriental Negros; 2. That petitioner is the lawful owner of the following parcels of land: I “A parcel of land (Lot 2948-A, portion of Lot 2948, Cadastre 782-D). Situated in Barangay Panubigan, City of Canlaon, Negros Oriental, Bounded on NE, along lines 2-3-4-5, by existing road, on the SE, along lines 5-6-7-8-910-11, by Lot 1809-A, on the SW, along lines 11-12-1, by Lot 2948 portion, and on the NW, along lines 1-2, by Lot 1808A portion. Beginning at a point marked one (1) on plan being S 83-05-E. 1,525.78 m, from BLLM No.1, Canlaon Cadastre 782-D.

N.14-59 E., 74.06 m to point 2, N.56-22 E., 55.05 m to point 3, S.29-34 E., 66.06 m to point 4, S.9-10 E., 31.10 m to point 5, S.46-09 W., 3.10 m to point 6, S.25-29 W., 5.23 m to point 7, S.43-16 E., 7.03 m to point 8, S.88-54 W., 102.80 m to point of beginning. Containing an area of SEVEN THOUSAND SEVENTY SIX (7,076) SQUARE METERS, more or less. IV “A parcel of land (lot 1809-A, portion of lot 1809, Cadastre 782-D), Situated at Panubigan, Canlaon City, Negros Oriental. Bounded on the SW., along line 1-2 by National Highway along line 2-3, by lot 1809-C portion of lot 1809, on the NW & N., along lines 34-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13 &14, by lot 2948, Cad.782-D, and on the NE & SE along lines 14-15-15-1, by lot 1809-B, portion of lot 1809, Cadastre 782-D. Beginning at a point marked one (1) on plan being S.79-43 E.,1,571.00 m from BLLM-No.1, Canlaon Cadastre 782D. THENCE: N.61-13 W., 26.88 m to point 2, N.30-47 E., 8.93 m to point 3, S.86-16 E., 7.52 m to point 4, S.88-21 E., 11.07 m to point 5, N.16-36 W., 15.84 m to point 6, N.14-50 E., 7.57 m to point 7, N.37-41 W., 4.38 m to point 8, N.8-36 E., 15.65 m to point 9, N.53-02 E., 12.41 m to point 10, S.85-50 E., 5.50 m to point 11, N.51-18 E., 4.20 m to point 12, S.72-20 E., 12.72 m to point 13, S 71-20 E., 15.50 m to point 14, S.30-44 W., 11.95 m to point 15, S.34-05 W., 29.29 m to point 16, S.35-12 W., 33.03 m to point of beginning.

THENCE: N.88-54 E., 102.80 m to point 2, S.31-54 W., 15.81 m to point 3, S.28-44 W., 16.16 m to point 4, S.55-53 W., 16.83 m to point 5, N.71-20 W., 15.50 m to point 6, N.72-20 W., 12.72 m to point 7, S.51-18 W., 4.70 m to point 8, N.85-50 W., 5.50 m to point 9, S.53-02 W., 12.40 m to point 10, S. 8-40 E., 3.65 m to point 11, N.58-49 W., 38.22 m to point 12, N.18-20 E., 21.47 m to point of beginning. Containing an area of THREE THOUSAND FIFTY FOUR (3,054) SQUARE METERS, more or less. II “Parcel of land (Lot 2948-B, portion of Lot 2948, Cadastre 782-D). Situated in Barangay Panubigan, City of Canlaon, Negros Oriental. Bounded on NE along lines 1-2-3-4-5-6-7, by 1809A, on the SE, along lines 7, by lot 1809 portion, on the SW along lines 7-1, by lot 2948 portion and on the NW, along lines 1, by Lot 2948-A portion. Beginning at a point marked one (1) on plan being S. 83-05 E. 1,525.78 m from BLLM No. 1, Canlaon Cadastre 782-D. THENCE: S. 8-35 W., 12.00 m to point 2, S.37-41 E., 4.38 m. to point 3, S.14-50 W., 7.15 m to point 4, S.18-38 E., 15.81 m to point 5, N.88-21 W., 11.07 m to point 6, N.86-16 W., 7.52 m to point 7, N.21-40 E., 39.18 m to point of beginning. Containing an area of TWO HUNDRED SIXTY NINE (269) SQUARE METERS, more or less. III “A parcel of land (Lot 1808-A portion of Lot 1808, Cadastre 782-D). Situated at Panubigan, Canlaon City, Negros Oriental. Bounded on the NE., along line 3-4-5-6-7-8, by existing road, on the SE., along line 8-1, by lot 2948 – A, on the SW., along line 1-2, by road 4.0m. wide, and on the NW., along line 2-3, by lot 1808 portion. Beginning at a point marked one (1) on plan being S. 83-05 E., 1.525.78 on from BLLM-No.1, Canlaon Cadastre 782-D. THENCE:

Containing an area of TWO THOUSAND (2,000) SQUARE METERS, more or less. 3. That Lot No.2948-A and 2948-B are portions of Lot No.2948 covered under Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT) No. EP 2319, which were acquired by petitioner by virtue of Deeds of Absolute Sale both dated December 25,2003; 4. That Lot No.1808-A is portion of Lot No.1808 covered under Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT) NO. EP 2277, which was acquired by petitioner by virtue of a Deed of Absolute Sale dated December 25,2003; 5. That Lot No.1809-A is a portion of Lot 1809 covered under Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT) No. EP 173, and was likewise acquired by petitioner by virtue of a Deed of Absolute Sale dated December 25,2003; 6. That petitioner have along been actually occupying and possessing the foregoing parcels of land as absolute owner thereof and religiously paying taxes thereto; 7. That DAR clearance have already been issued in favor of the petitioner pertaining to his acquisition of the subject parcels of land as evidenced by DAR Order dated May 25, 2005; 8. That in view thereof, there is a need for the issuance of separate titles in the name of the petitioner for the subject portions of the lots which he has already acquired and cleared by the DAR; 9. That however, the Register of Deeds refused to issue separate titles thereto unless there is a court order; Petitioner prayed that after due notice, hearing and publication of this petition, an Order be issued directing the Register of Deeds of Canlaon City to issue separate titles for Lot Nos. 2948-A, 2948-B, 1808-A and 1809-A in the name of the petitioner partially canceling the titles of the previous owners. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the above-entitled petition is set for hearing on March 13,2006 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the sala of this court at which date, time and place, all interested persons may appear and show cause why the petition should not be granted, by filling an opposition and furnishing a copy thereof to the petitioners at least one week before the scheduled hearing. SO ORDERED February 10,2006, Guihulngan, Oriental Negros, Philippines. (Sgd) MARIO O.TRINIDAD Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Feb.12,19,26,2006


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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 64 Guihulngan, Negros Oriental SPECIAL CIVIL ACTION NO. 05-002-G FOR: JUDICIAL PARTITION URBISTONDO Y. PALERMO for himself and in behalf of deceased spouse PAZ ABLON Palermo, Plaintiff, - versus – HRS. OF VICTORINO ABLON Represented by his surviving spouse EDNA IBALE ABLON, ET. AL., and Defendants. HRS. OF BONIFACIO C. ABLON Represented by surviving spouse PILAR ALCORIZA ABLON, ET. AL., and Defendants. HRS. OF FELICIDAD C. ABLON Represented by four (4) Legitimate Children, ANA YOTAKO A. RAMIREZ, KUPPE SAYOKO A. RAMIREZ, KINJU SABORO A. RAMIREZ, MICHIJO A. RAMIREZ, Defendants. x————————————————/ ORDER Finding the “Motion for Leave to Serve Summons by Publication” filed by plaintiff thru counsel, to be sufficient in form and substance, the same is hereby granted. SO ORDERED. In chambers, October 11, 2005, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd.) MARIO O. TRINIDAD Presiding Judge ======================= Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 64 Guihulngan, Negros Oriental SPL. CIVIL ACTION NO. 05-002-G FOR: JUDICIAL PARTITION URBISTONDO Y. PALERMO for himself & in behalf of his deceased spouse PAZ ABLON PALERMO, Plaintiff, - versus – HEIRS OF VICTORINO C. ABLON represented by his surviving spouse EDNA IBALE ABLON, ET. AL., Defendants. x————————————————————/ SUMMONS TO: Edna Ibale Ablon all of Poblacion, Guihulngan Dennis Ablon 6214 Negros Oriental Jinky Ablon Vanessa Ablon Iscel Ablon all of Poblacion, Guihulngan Vlademir Ablon 6214 Negros Oriental Michael Ablon Ana Yotiko Ramirez Kuppe Sayoko A. Ramirez all of Poblacion, Guihulngan Kinju Saboro Ramirez 6214 Negros Oriental Michiyo Ramirez Pilar Alcoriza Ablon of Bais City 6206 Negros Oriental GREETINGS: You are hereby required to file with the Clerk of Court of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 64, Guihulngan, Oriental Negros, Philippines within Thirty (30) days after the last issue of the publication, exclusive of the day of service , your answer to the complaint of the plaintiff, praying for the declaration of voiding of marriage under Article 36 of the Family Code, a copy of which is hereto attached and herewith served upon you and to serve a copy of said Answer within he period upon plaintiff. WITNESS THE HONORABLE MARIO O. TRINIDAD, Presiding Judge of this Court on this 10th day of February, 2006, Guihulngan, Oriental Negros, Philippines. (Sgd.) AMPARO LOURDES T. RIVERA Clerk III/OIC Clerk of Court ==================== Republic of the Philippines Province of Negros Oriental REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 64, Guihulngan Negros Oriental SPECIAL CIVIL ACTION. 05-002-G FOR: JUDICIAL PARTITION URBISTONDO Y. PALERMO for himself and in behalf of his deceased spouse PAZ ABLON PALERMO Plaintiff, – versus – HRS. OF VICTORINO C. ABLON Represented by surviving spouse EDNA IBALE ABLON and three (3) Legitimate children DENNIS I. ABLON, JINKY I. ABLON, VANESSA I. ABLON. Defendants, and HRS. OF BONIFACIO C. ABLON Represented by surviving spouse PILAR ALCORIZA ABLON and three (3) Legitimate children ISCEL A. ABLON, VLADEMIR A. ABLON, MICHAEL A. ABLON. Defendants, And HRS. OF FELICIDAD C. ABLON Represented by four (4) Legitimate children ANA YOTIKO A. RAMIREZ KUPPE, SAYOKO A. RAMIREZ, KINJU SABORO A. RAMIREZ, MICHIYO A. RAMIREZ Defendants, X————————————————X COMPLAINT COMES NOW the plaintiff by the undersigned counsel and to this Honorable Court respectfully states: 1. That plaintiff is of legal age, widower and the surviving spouse of deceased Paz Ablon Palermo and resident of Poblacion Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, while defendants are also of legal age, Filipino and also residents of Poblacion, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental except for Pilar Alcoriza Ablon who is a resident of Bais City, Negros Oriental where they can be served with summons and other court processes; 2. That the plaintiff being the surviving


spouse of deceased Paz Ablon Palermo is entitled to one half (1/2) of the property left by the deceased Paz Ablon Palermo while the other one half (1/2) goes to the brothers and sisters of the deceased Paz Ablon Palermo. (Art. 1001, New Civil Code) 3. That the properties sought to be under Judicial Partition are the following: LOT – 1672 – A Lot No. 1672-A, consisting of 3,487 square meters, which is a portion of OCT No. FV 16770, located at Kolo, Poblacion, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, still registered in the name of Demetria Callora Ablon but adjudicated to the deceased per Extrajudicial Settlement among heirs dated October 5, 1995 and entered into the notarial register of Notary Public Mario O. Trinidad as Doc. 99; Page 43; Book I Series of 1995; LOT 1678 A parcel of residential land with APR No. 99-08-001-02547, under the name of Dionisio Ablon, situated at Osmeña Street, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental. Bounded on the North by Osmeña Street, on the East by Lot # 2435; on the South by Lot # 1675; and on the West by Lot # 1677 with a total area of Four Hundred Seventy-Eight (478) square meters more or less. And LOTS 1654 & 2563, Cad-421-D Title Number OCT-14288 & fv-13272 A parcel of land situated in Barrio Poblacion, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, registered under the name of Demetria Callora. Bounded on the North by Lot No. 2561; on the North East by Lot No. 1657; on the East by a feeder Road; On the South is a Feeder Road and on the West by Lot # 1653 with a total area of Four Thousand Two Hundred Nineteen Square meters more or less. 4. That the plaintiff desires that the above real estate be partitioned between the plaintiff and the defendants; 5. That the plaintiff in compliance with Article 222 of the Civil Code of the Philippines has requested of the defendants that the above-described real estate be amicably partitioned between them by mutual agreement, and earnest efforts were made to effect extra judicial settlement, but such efforts proved futile. 6. That the above captioned case falls under the exception of the Revised Katarungang Pambarangay Law Under Paragraph 5, Section 399-422. Chapter VII, Title I, Book III, Act. No. 7160 which states: “5. Disputes involving parties who actually reside in barangay of different cities or municipalities, except where such Barangay units adjoin each other and the parties thereto agree to submit their difference to amicable settlement by an appropriate Lupon.” WHEREFORE, premises considered, it is most respectfully prayed that after due hearing, the partition of the above described real estates be ordered: one half (1/2) for the plaintiff and the other one half (1/2) be divided among the brothers and sisters of the deceased Paz Ablon Palermo and that the cost and expenses of these proceedings be taxed solely against the defendants. Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines March 15, 2005. (Sgd.) ATTY. CARLOS M. CAINGLET Roll of Attorneys No. 20309 Guihulngan, Negros Oriental IBP No. 600289, 01-05-2005/Dumaguete PTR No. 0491705, 01-05-2005/Guihulngan =================== REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES ) PROVINCE OF NEGROS ORIENTAL ) S. S. MUNICIPALITY OF GUIHULNGAN ) —————————————————x VERIFICATION/CERTIFICATION I, URBISTONDO Y. PALERMO, of legal age, widower, Filipino, and a resident of Brgy. Poblacion, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental after having been duly sworn to in accordance with law do hereby depose and state: 1. That I am one of the Plaintiff of the above-captioned case; 2. That I caused the preparation of the foregoing case by my Counsel; 3. That I have read the contents of the foregoing Complaint and that the same are true and correct of my own personal knowledge and based on original documents/records; and I hereby certify under oath: a) That I have not heretofore commenced any other action or proceeding involving the same real properties or issue in any other court, tribunal, or quasi-judicial agency; b) To the best of my knowledge no such action or proceeding is depending in any court, tribunal, or quasi-judicial agency; c) If there is any action or proceeding which is either pending or may have been terminated, I shall state the status thereof; and d) If I thereafter learn that a similar action or proceeding has been filed or is pending before any court, tribunal, or quasi-judicial agency, I undertake to report that fact within (5) days therefrom to the court where this case is filed. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto affixed my signature this 15th of March 2005, in the Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd.) URBISTONDO Y. PALERMO Affiant CTC No. 07307996 Issued at: Guihulngan Issue on: 02/15/05 SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me, this 15th day of March 2005, at Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. Affiant exhibited before me this Community Tax Certificate as it appears below his signature. (Sgd.) ATTY. CARLOS M. CAINGLET NOTARY PUBLIC Until December 31, 2005 Attorneys Roll No. 20309 PTR No. 0491705, 01-05-2005/ Guihulngan IBP No. 600289, 01-05-2005/ Dumaguete Doc. No. 382 Page No. 91 Book No. III Series of 2005 The Negros Chronicle Feb. 12, 19 & 26, 2006

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF DECEASED PERSON WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late DIVINO ATUAN TULIAO, SR.., have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate of Deceased Person With Waiver of Rights on shares of stocks consisting of 33,957 shares with PETRON CORPORATION as evidenced by the Certificate of Stocks bearing # 044491, 044492, 044493, 044494, 044495, 044489, 762378, 044490, and 1563734; per Doc. No. 173, Page No. 18, Book No. IX, Series of 2006 of Notary Public Atty. Leah Medina-Nazareno. The Negros Chronicle Feb. 12, 19 & 26, 2006



February 19, 2006


Love is maximum tolerance and CPR T

his short piece expresses my post Valentine’s Day thoughts.



ORDER A verified petition dated November 21, 2005 having been filed by the petitioner, praying for correction of various entries in the records of birth of his son, Rolito R. Agus; that Rolito Agus was born on September 4, 1963 at Cambalud, Pamplona, Negros Oriental and whose mother is Agatona Ruiz; that in the records of birth of petitioner’s son the following entries were erroneously entered, to wit: a) The name of child as Rolito Torres Agos instead of Rolito Ruiz Agus; b) The name of mother as Agotona Torres instead of Agatona Ruiz and; the spelling of surname of father as Agos instead of Agus that there is a need to correct the said entries in order to reflect and conform to the true and correct entries shown in the Certificate of Live Birth of petitioner’s wife, Certificate of Live Birth of Petitioner and Marriage Contract of Petitioner, and; that to prevent confusion and to make the records straight, it is imperative that the above-mentioned erroneous entries be corrected to avoid prejudice to the identify of petitioner’s son in relation to his parents, siblings and family. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, it is hereby ordered that said petition be set for hearing on February 22, 2006 at 9:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court, Capitol Area, Dumaguete City, at which date, time and place, any interested person may appear and show cause why the said petition should not be granted. Let this order be published at the expense of the petitioner, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental, and in the Cities of Dumaguete, Canla-on, Bais, Tanjay, and Bayawan. Furnish copy of this order the Solicitor General, and the Civil Registrar of Pamplona, Negros Oriental. IT IS SO ORDERED. GIVEN, this 11th day of January, 2006 at Dumaguete City, Philippines. (Sgd) WINSTON M. VILLEGAS Judge The Negros Chronicle Feb. 19, 26 & March 5, 2006

Republic of the Philippines Province of Negros Oriental Municipality of Guihulngan Office of the Local Civil Registrar

NO TICE OF PUBLICA TION NOTICE PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 R.A. 9048, a Notice of Publication is hereby served to the public that MISAEL PRETENCIO EURAOBA filed with this Office a petition for Change of First Name from Bb. Boy Misael to Misael in the Certificate of Live Birth bearing registry number 179 (K-73) on November 20, 1973 of Bb. Misael Pretencio Euraoba who was born on November 10, 1973 at Guihulngan General Hospital, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental and whose parents Faldson Euraoba and Hermenegilda Pretencio. Any person adversely affected by the said petition may file his/ her written opposition with this office not later that ______.

The Negros Chronicle Feb. 19 & 26, 2006

(Sgd) MARIETTA A. MIJARES Local Civil Registrar

SuperFerry... From page 2 least two days before the departure. Unlike other promotional schemes, the SuperFerry Mega Tipid Trip promises no additional costs and includes all classes for discounts, from the super value class to the staterooms and suites in each vessel. Andrew Deyto, SuperFerry assistant vice president for marketing said: “We recognize that domestic travel is beginning to be competitive with the aggressive pricing schemes of other shipping lines or even the airline operators.” “This promotion is our way of leveraging on the added value of the SuperFerry experience while making our rates more affordable and accessible not only to our natural market of ship travelers but also to those seeking a unique, safe, and pleasurable travel experience.” The program is meant to tap new markets for SuperFerry particularly students and middle class families who are willing to enjoy a longer yet more relaxed mode of traveling. Mr Deyto also said that while the reduced SuperFerry rates would enhance more price-based competition in the domestic travel industry, he believes this would hopefully spur consumer spending and stimulate economic activity that would largely benefit the local tourism market. Mr. Deyto shared that recently, SuperFerry underwent a re-branding exercise that highlights the refreshed outlook of the business and demonstrated in its new and dynamic logo. “We have begun to differentiate ourselves in market by our passion to serve and exceed customer expectations as shown in the modern accommodations and dining facilities in our vessels, the safe and efficient pre-boarding procedures in our new terminal, and the warm and friendly service of our staff. Through our value added and cost efficient service, we hope to get more people to experience the happy trips in SuperFerry.”

A man married to the same woman for fifty years was asked: Why has your marriage lasted this long? The curt reply was: maximum tolerance on the part of the wife and calibrated pre-emptive response on the part of the husband. Which means that the wife should treat the husband in the spirit of maximum patience and forbearance during her husband’s “foolish” years. A husband has a time to be “buluyagon” and mischievous and a time to be responsible and dedicated. A wife’s success is measured by her willingness to wait for her husband to become a responsible family man. If she is impatient and prematurely throws him out, another woman may make use of him when he metamorphoses into a mature and responsible family man. The possibility is slim that he will become “forever useless”. What is calibrated preemptive response, CPR, for short? The administration is a master of this art of “defense” which is really “offense”. The original practitioner of the art is a friend of mine who is already deceased. Whenever he would come home late at night (for any reason), he knew that his wife would be very angry, ask

many questions, and “sermonize” the whole evening and several days thereafter. So, he preempted his wife’s anger by being angry first. He calibrated his pre-emptive anger well, just enough to put his wife on the defensive. The result was peace the rest of the evening. Peace meant love. And love might result in sex. Of course. A good friend of mine, one of the best in the profession, tells me: “My wife and I celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary in a room at a five-star hotel to experience once more the thrill of a honeymoon. My wife, obviously, was expecting too much, but to her dismay, I lay on the bed ready to sleep and snore thereafter. Then, my wife rebuked me ‘You know dear, during our first honeymoon, I was ashamed to undress before you, but now, you are the one who is ashamed to undress before me. But don’t worry, let’s sleep, and, one more time, dream it all.’ I slept and reportedly snored, but even dreams defied me.” But, really, what is love? “There are two kinds of love: love for its own pleasure, or love for the sake of another; the first is carnal love, the second is spiritual. Carnal love knows the other person only in


a biological moment. Spiritual love knows the other person at all moments. In erotic love, the burdens of the other are regarded as impairing one’s own happiness; in spiritual love, the burdens of others are opportunities for service.” “. . . in true marriages the love of God increases through the years, not in the sense that husband and wife love one another less, but that they love God more.” “There are few things more beautiful in life than to see that deep passion of man for woman which begot children as the mutual incarnation of their love, transfigured into that deeper ‘passionless passion and wild tranquility’ which is God.” (Fulton J. Sheen, Way to Happiness”, pp. 61-63).



ORDER In a verified petition, petitioner, Kinyu Tanaka, a Japanese national, married to a Filipino and a resident of El Pueblo Genovevo Subdivision, Candau-ay, Dumaguete City, is seeking to adopt minor Zenneth Jane Dellatan. He alleged that he is married to the former Emily Dellatan with whom he has two (2) children, Julia and Kent Vincent, both surnamed Tanaka; that his wife has a love child, herein subject of this adoption proceeding , born out of wedlock and who lives with the petitioner and her natural mother and siblings since their marriage in year 2000 up to the present. He also alleged that he possesses all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications to adopt the minor, Zenneth Jane Dellatan. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and in substance, let the petition be set for hearing on 27 February 2006 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning , at the session hall of this Court, requiring all interested parties to appear on said date, time and place and to show cause, if any, why this petition should not be granted. The social worker of this Court is hereby directed to conduct a social case study, prepare and submit a child and home study report on the prospective adopter, Kinyu Tanaka and on the subject of this adoption proceedings. Let this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks before the date of the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the cities of Dumaguete, Tanjay, Bais, Canlaon and Bayawan and in the province of Oriental Negros, duly chosen by raffle. Furnish a copy of this Order to the Solicitor General. SO ORDERED. Given this 8th day of December, 2005 in the City of Dumaguete, Philippines. (Sgd.) FE LUALHATI D. BUSTAMANTE Acting Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Feb. 12, 19 & 26, 2006

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region HALL OF JUSTICE BUILDING E.J. Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City EXTRAJUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE (Under Act 3135, as amended)



ARLENE TORRES RUFO, Represented by Her father CRISPULO TORRES, Petitioner,

– versus – SPS. QUERUBIN BAEL AND PLACIDA BAEL for themselves and CECILIA BAEL AND REUEL BAEL, Mortgagors. x—————————————————————/

– versus – APOLONIA P. BACTOL in her Capacity as the LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR of Bais City. Negros Oriental, Respondent. x——————————————————/



A verified petition having been filed by petitioner through counsel and it appearing that the same is sufficient in form and substance, set the hearing on this case on FEBRUARY 27, 2006 at 8:30 in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court, Regional Trial Court, Branch 45, Bais City, inviting any interested person to appear on said hearing and to show cause why the petition shall not be granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and the Cities of Bayawan, Dumaguete, Tanjay, Bais and Canlaon once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks before the date of hearing. Furnish copy of this Order to the Local Civil Registrar of Bais City and to the Office of the Solicitor General with address at 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City. SO ORDERED. Bais City, Philippines, October 18, 2005. The Negros Chronicle (Sgd.) ISMAEL O. BALDADO Feb. 5, 12 & 19, 2006 Judge


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“A parcel of registered residential lot together with all the buildings and all existing improvements thereon situated at Buñao, Dumaguete City it being Lot 1779-B-2-B of the subdivision plan, Psd-07-017692, being a portion of Lot 1779-B-2-B, Psd-07-016998. Bounded on the NE., along line 3-4 by Lot 1779B-2-B-6; on the SE., along lines 4-5-6 by Lot 1779-B-2-B-10 (Road Right of Way), along line 6-1 by Lot 1779-B-2-B-10, all of the subdivision plan; on the SW., along line 1-2 by Lot 1792, Dumaguete Cadastre; on the NW., along line 2-3 by Lot 1779-A (LRC) Psd-106288. Containing an area of THREE HUNDRED THIRTY EIGHT (338) SQUARE METERS declared per Tax Declaration No. 93-015-0141 with an assessed value of P6,760.00. IMPROVEMENTS: Consist of one (1) unit Residential House declared per Tax Declaration No. 93015-1042. Provided, that said residential building shall be covered with a sufficient insurance coverage payable to the Rural Bank of Siaton, Inc. in case of loss. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, shall be held on March 29, 2006 without further notice. Dated this 31 st day of January 2006 in the City of Dumaguete, Philippines. (Sgd.) MARIA ANTONIA L. BULADO Clerk of Court VI & Ex-Officio Sheriff By: (Sgd.) WILFRED B. PYPONCO Sheriff IV & Executing Sheriff The Negros Chronicle Feb. 5, 12 & 19, 2006

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he first half of 1 Kings describes a man who got life handed to him on a silver platter. The son of King David and Queen Bathsheba, young Solomon grew up in the royal palace. Early on, he astounded others with his talent for songwriting and natural history. He composed 1,005 songs and spun off 3,000 proverbs (a sampling of which were collected in the biblical book of Proverbs). Solomon became king of Israel and received from God the special gift of wisdom. He was called the wisest man in the world, and kings and queens traveled hundreds of miles to meet him. They went away dazzled by the genius of Israel’s king and by the prosperity of his nation. The Best Years Ever Israel reached its Golden Age under King Solomon, a time forever remembered with nostalgia by Jews. Almost all the promised land lay in Israel’s hands, and the nation was at peace. Literature and culture flourished. Of the people, the Bible records simply that “they ate, they drank and they were happy” (4:20). “The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones” (10:27). Of all Solomon’s accomplishments, one stands out above the others. He built the temple of God, the finest building in the world of that day. Almost 200,000 men labored for seven years to complete it. Despite the successes of Solomon’s reign, however, later in his life the king had a dramatic downturn. His fall eventually brought the kingdom crashing down around him, and the second half of 1 Kings describes the grim process of dismemberment. (Next: What Went Wrong?)

Media and public morals


hrist’s charity and mercy, which we are called to live, never do away with the requirements of justice and prudence. They have to be together always, though we can discern the limitations of justice as compared to charity.

FR. ROY CIMAGALA made of body and soul, children of God made in the image and likeness of God. The moral dimension is an indispensable factor to consider always. Thus, Jesus told the woman caught in adultery to sin no more after she was forgiven. And our Lord also said: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it were better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Mt 18,6) They have to be handled with great care, always upholding their innate dignity in spite of their earthly conditions. They never should be treated as animals or soulless buyers and consumers. Media people cannot and should not be solely guided by ratings and popularity, or by

But more than these, I suppose we Christian believers are supposed to actively build a culture of holiness, practical, feasible holiness, around us. But what do we have? It is in this context that we appeal to those in media and others concerned to be more sensitive to the finer moral aspects of their presentations. Their work inevitably involves many ethical and moral issues and questions that they should resolve well and properly integrate into their plans and strategies. Their audiences are not mere economic factors to be played with under purely economic laws. They are persons, purely market forces. Otherwise, we will also have another kind of deadly stampede, of the spiritual kind rather than the physical. That Valentine gimmick Lovapalooza is a shameless commercialization of the passionate kiss, trivializing a very intimate expression of love between a husband and wife, and not just between any lovers. What are we trying to tell for example to our youth with such mindless display of erotic love? That it’s just ok to have passionate kissing, as what you see in many European and decadent countries? After the passionate kiss, what next? I’ve been to such countries before, and I have witnessed these shameless public manifestations of affection. I must say that it was not just kissing I saw. I also saw a lot of used condoms

littering the ground. Ok, we can say that it is just for fun, let’s not exaggerate it, let’s not be killjoys. But Sodom and Gomorrah started that way. We can be tolerant and understanding, no problem with that. But we have to be clear about the limits, especially when public morals get compromised and the more vulnerable sectors are affected. In this regard, the media should be sensitive to screen product endorsers whose image can wrongly influence minds of people. As I said, we are all sinners, and these product endorsers can be public sinners also. We should not make a fuss about this. But precisely when these endorsers capitalize on their sin to endorse a product, we should react. We cannot be passive.

RADIANCE FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and selfcontrol.” Galatians 5:22 Part III The opposite of kindness is self-absorption, such as the selfabsorption of the priest and the Levite in the Good Samaritan story. What was of priority to them was their safety, their obsession with their own business, or their fear they’d be lumped with the poor and outcasts. To be kind is taking an interest in other people, striving to make them happy, helping them to find meaning in life. The virtue of kindness is expected of a

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I love meditating on the last line of this Gospel which says, “We have never seen anything like this.” The ministry of Jesus must have been far and way above anything else that had been seen in recent years. Jesus had no peer when it comes to the working of miracles and the authority and effectiveness of His preaching. This can be true for us as well if we are and committed to living lives totally surrendered to the will of God.

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home. Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?” Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth” – he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”


Remembering Fr. Ulick Cronin, CSsR BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN. JR.


n June 30, 2006, the Redemptorists in the Philippines will celebrate in Cebu City the culmination of a one-year-long observance of their centenary. A hundred years ago, the Redemptorist mission was established as “an answer to the severe shortage (of priests) after the Spanish American War.” Otherwise known as the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (CSsR), its pioneering group arrived on June 30, 1906 in Opon, a town in the small island of Mactan in Cebu. The superior was Fr. Patrick Leo. The others were Fathers John Creagh, Mathew O’ Callaghan, William O’Sullivan, Thomas Cassin, and Brothers Casimir and Eunan. Of special interest to us was the expansion of their popular missions from Cebu to Negros Oriental sometime in the 1920s. The late Fr. Gerry Pierse, former parish priest of the Redemptorist Church in Dumaguete, shared with us some notes one such mission of Fr. Ulick Cronin and company. Born in Molahiffe, Farranfore, Country Kerry, Ireland, on September 18, 1889, he entered the Redemptorist Novitiate in February 1910. He was ordained priest on September 8, 1914. Fr. Ulick Cronin was appointed to the Philippines in August 1921. In January 1922, he arrived in Opon and later that year was on missions in Bohol. After Easter of 1923, he went to Negros Oriental with Fathers Gilmartin, George Kilbride and John Brady. After a three-week mission in Zamboanguita, they took a sailboat to Bayawan. Fr. Ulick caught a fever while visiting a distant barrio near the forest. After a few days he improved and preached on the Saturday night and heard confessions till 8:00pm. On Pentecost Sunday, he said mass but complained of a chill that he got taking a bath the night before. By Sunday night, he had a raging thirst and high fever. He was given the last sacraments. At only 33, he died at 11:40 am on Whit Monday, May 21, 1923. “I have no doubt,” said Fr. Gilmartin “that the Saturday night’s bath with its chill and the Pentecost Sunday Mass hastened his death. Like all devout men, he was obsti-

Fr. Ulick Cronin nate in his way.” His peers regarded him as the “Saintly Ulick Cronin”. He was buried in a Tugas (hard wood) coffin in the local cemetery of Bayawan. Upon the invitation of the late Bishop Epifanio B. Surban, the first community of Redemptorists arrived in Dumaguete on June 13, 1958. Much later, they took over the Perpetual Help Parish Church, which was inaugurated on January 1, 1970. With Fr. Ulick Cronin regarded then as “most talented, most zealous, most holy missionary” as their inspiration, they are continuing the work of the popular mission in the entire Diocese of Dumaguete.

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he government of the Republic of the Philippines is basically made up of two major components – the political and the bureau-

————————— For our purpose let us zero from their city government – in on the bureaucratic compo- one of those in metro Cebu. ———————— nent which is made up of the caAs a public official their disreer people in government – the program implementors – the cussion caught my attention benon-politicians – the day-to-day cause apparently they were managers of defined and pro- complaining against one of our grammed tasks and the rank institutions. I could not let it pass and file in the totem pole of the without me putting in my onepeso worth of sentiment, reaccivil service. tion, and concern. I respectfully ———————— Bureaucracy is an inher- butted in and joined in their disent feature of government. It cussion. ———————— is designed to rationally coCould it be possible that ordinate the work of many individuals in pursuit of admin- what happened to them was istrative tasks. It is character- a lapse or something and that ized by hierarchy, subdivi- it was an isolated case? No. sion, specialization, fixed They have been going back ways of doing things, and and forth following up some professionalization of its hu- important papers at city hall. man resources. It is built-in In fact their business trip to for effectiveness and effi- Dumaguete was adversely ciency in the delivery of ser- affected by the delay and the run-around. vices. ————————— ————————I suggested to them that Given all these, why is bureaucracy associated with the they bring this matter up with the negative epithets of inefficiency concerned supervisors to give them the opportunity to correct and red tape? the problem and to take appro———————— “Too much Bureaucracy!” priate measures to remedy the “Too much red tape!” How of- same. Otherwise, they would ten we hear these words spo- wind up being unfair to the city ken in disgusts, in frustra- government concerned and the tions, and even in anger when other employees most of them attention and services due the dedicated to their jobs. ————————public are snagged or deThey mentioned somelayed or unrealized. thing which I believe is a pe———————A few weeks ago I was at rennial problem in the buTampi wharf in San Jose town reaucracy. It is very seldom waiting for the ferry that would – if at all – that work in the take us across the Tañon strait city hall starts at eight o’clock to the other side of the south- since most of the desks are ernmost tip of the island of still unoccupied what with the employees coming in late for Cebu. work. ———————— This is a lapse in superI overhead three fellow passengers – one of them a vision where supervisors are woman – visibly irritated by negligent in monitoring puncthe services they were getting tuality and attendance. If this


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mails & e-mails

Mr. Mayor: How is the probe of my brother Angeling’s murder? In Honor of My Brother Angeling’s Life My brother, Angeling Lajato, was robbed of his possessions and his life in his own home in Dumaguete last December 27, 2005. Angeling was not the sole victim however; his family and friends were also robbed, for our lives without Angeling will never be the same. What’s more, this monstrous act has gone unpunished, leaving the people who committed this atrocity free to inflict further pain upon the city of Dumaguete. My brother loved Dumaguete. He could have lived in any city in the Philippines or abroad. Instead, he chose Dumaguete, the city he clearly loved. Unfortunately, his love for that city cost him his life! I no longer live in Dumaguete. I moved away decades ago, although I still have fond memories of the place. My most recent visit, however, revealed that Dumaguete is no longer the place I remember it to be. I was told by several people that what happened to my brother is, terrifyingly, not a rarity in Dumaguete these days. I learned that this city is no longer the peaceful place it once was, but rather a place where crime and violence have become rampant. In honor of my brother Angeling’s life, I

challenge the citizens of Dumaguete to take a stand against those who have no regard for human life, so that the good people should once again be able to walk the streets or sleep in their own homes without the fear of being terrorized or victimized by hoodlums. I challenge you to make choices that will always safeguard human life, whether young or old, rich or poor. To the law enforcement and city officials, I challenge you to uphold the law and protect those you are sworn to protect—the innocent citizens. There should be zero tolerance for crimes; no crime should go unpunished. And finally, justice should be afforded to everyone regardless of who they are! To those people with knowledge of who the

Republic of the Philippines Province of Negros Oriental Municipality of Guihulngan —o— Office of the Local Civil Registrar NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 R.A. 9048, a Notice of Publication is hereby served to the public that FEDERICO SIMBRENO BANDICO filed with this Office a petition for Change of First Name from “DICONG” to “FEDERICO” in the Certificate of Live Birth bearing registry number 11 registered on January 6, 1964 of Dicong Sembreno Bandico who was born on December 22, 1963 at Guihulngan, Negros Oriental and whose parents Romeo Bandico and Lilia Sembrino. Any person adversely affected by the said petition may file his/ her written opposition with this office not later than _______. The Negros Chronicle Feb.12 & 19,2006

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LAJATO felons are or to the felons themselves, I challenge you to come forward because it is the right thing to do, not because there may be a monetary reward attached to it! These hopes and challenges may seem tall orders for a city in a country that has grown accustomed to corruption, but I refuse to believe that lawless people now outnumber the decent people in Dumaguete! I want to believe that peace and justice will prevail, that my brother’s life has not been lost in vain, that his life will become a symbol of peace, justice, and integrity to the city that he loved! - Claire Lajato Rhoades

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was admitted at the hospital on Valentine’s Day and I was dismayed because my husband Andrew and I were looking forward to speak on a Valentines night for a couple fellowship. He just loves the subject. He is a minister and conducts seminars in different parts of the country. ================================= But that day, he was willing to let it go, and told me that maybe we will just cancel it. But I prayed for strength. When I was brought inside the emergency room I was lying side by side with Marge Gonzalez, an old friend, whom I have not met for a long time. She had breast cancer in 1992, and yet she was fine except for some instances of high blood pressure. She is 84 years old. I was so blessed with her words of encouragement. We talked about life’s purpose, and God’s graciousness. My husband and I spent our valentines day in the hospital, but it gave us more passion and determination in sharing our message. My doctor and the hospital staff were kind to let me out on pass for an hour. We were still able to speak and share encouragement about love over a candle light dinner with a group of couples at the Jeremiah Christian Center with Pastor Rayland Fuentes and his wife Merlo, also my friend. We were happy seeing other couples who were young and old. Success is finding God’s purpose and doing His will in our lives. The world may view success differently. But the world will pass away and so does everything else. What remains is you and your Maker. Now is the time to redefine the meaning of success in our lives. How do you rate yourself in

terms of success? Harold Sala wrote, “in most cases, we fail to find happiness we want in life because our definitions of success has only two dimensions: “OURSELVES and our GOALS.” If I rate myself in a two dimensional way, myself and my goals, I am way too low. My goals are far beyond, than where I am now. When I start comparing myself with my peers in the world of art and in media, or even in the academe, I am embarrassed. I find myself like a plane ready to take off then suddenly my engine conks out and spells disaster. When I am about to devote full time in my career and ministry, (I have been praying for a Christian Radio Station in this city.) after raising kids and washing diapers, cancer strikes like a snake hiding in the bushes, waiting for the perfect timing. Then suddenly everything stops like a spellbound storyteller. But not for long... Some people have many dreams of success which they equate with happiness. Plans to go abroad and earn dollars. Others join a game show to become instant millionaires. Buy a lotto ticket and wake up with the winning number. Some wish to start a million income earning business. It’s wonderful if we can find a stable job. Maybe finding a perfect partner and marry. Or maybe finishing a desired degree. Having a nose lift or a face


lift. Perfect Bodies. Perfect health. But according to Dr. Sala, true success is three dimensional; God, your family and yourself. What about God? Does he have a purpose in creating you and me? Have you thought that somehow you are doing your very purpose in life and in God’’s eyes, you are successful? You may not own your dream house, but you share your roof with those who are homeless. You may not own a car, but you help others in sharing your fare money even in pedicabs. You may not be as rich and famous as Manny Pacquaio but you have always food for a neighbor. You may not have as many shoes like Imelda Marcos, yet you provide your neighbor some extra shoes you cannot use. You may not own a Jollibee or Mc Donalds, yet you can share a table for those hungry little kids watching you eat. The Scriptures say blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. True success is when you

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February 19, 2006 Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 43 Tanjay City Stationed at Dumaguete City SP. PROC. NO. 232 FOR: LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION IN THE MATTER OF INTESTATE OF DECEASED GERONIMA VILLEGAS BAROT, FELIX VILLEGAS BAROT, Petitioner. x————————————————/ A verified petition for Letters of Administration has been filed by Felix Villegas Barot, which states among others; that the direct and compulsory heirs of the late Geronima Villegas Barot are Priscella V. Barot, Felix V. Barot, Ma. Corazon V. Barot, Ma. Rosario V. Barot Diago, Ma. Luisa V. Barot and Ma. Nicolasa V. Barot; that Geronima Villegas, married to Manuel Barot was the registered owner of Four (4) parcels of land as her exclusive property in fee simple covered by Transfer Certificates of Titles Nos. T-9377, T-9376, TT-9237 and T-9238; that Geronima Villegas and Manuel Barot died on November 10, 1984 at Dumaguete City and August 10, 1982 at Tanjay City, respectively without any known debt and were survived by their children, namely, Priscilla, Felix, Ma. Corazon, Ma. Luisa, Ma. Rosario, Ma. Nicolasa, Manuel, Jr., and Ernesto, all surnamed Barot; that Manuel Barot Jr. and Ernesto Barot waived and quitclaimed for all their rights, interest and participations over the above-mentioned parcels of land in favor of the above-named parties, their heirs and assigns and successors by virtue of a Waiver of Rights and entered as Doc. No. 44; Page No. 10; Book No. II; Series of 2004, of Notary Public Roy GS Lozano, dated September 23, 2004; and that the petitioner is competent and willing to act as such administrator of the estate of the deceased and willing to put up a bond. Pursuant to Section 3, Rule 49 of the Revised Rules of Court, let this petition be set for hearing on March 22, 2006 at the Session Hall of this Court, Capitol Ground, Dumaguete City, at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, which date, place and time, all persons interested in or who may be prejudiced and affected by the petition may appear and file a written opposition and contest the petition and show cause why it should not be granted. Let this order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the cities of Canlaon, Bais, Tanjay, Bayawan and Dumaguete, Province of Negros Oriental. Furthermore, let copy of this order and the petition posted at the bulletin board of this Court and that of City Hall building of Tanjay City, all at the expense of the petitioner. Furnish copy of this order to the heirs named in the petition and to any persons believed to have an interest in the estate. IT IS SO ORDERED. GIVEN, this 17th day of January, 2006, Dumaguete City, Philippines. (Sgd.) WINSTON M. VILLEGAS Judge The Negros Chronicle Feb. 12, 19 & 26, 2006

Love in ... From page 4 love is not hate but fear. Fear of being rejected, fear of loving too much. It is part of the tragedy of our times. We do not see too many real Romeos and Juliets these days. The Greeks, on the other hand, distinguish between the two loves of eros which is love for those we are attracted to and agape which is universal love – love for people regardless of who or what they are. This kind of true love does not always demand reciprocity, it is by itself complete and indivisible. The present Pope Benedict XVI himself epitomized the importance of love in understanding the Gospel by basing his Encyclical on God is Love. Indeed there are many kinds of love. What kind of love do you have today?

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Atty. Andres C. Bustamante 1926 – 2006 Director, Philippine Veterans Bank Post and District Commander, VFP Former Assemblyman, Oriental Negros Former Municipal Mayor, Guihulngan



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ometimes people have to take responsibility for situations that are not their own fault for other wise they become guilty of complicity by acquiescence. Determining who is at fault is no longer as important as determining who will do something about it. The latter “who” is you and me, it is us. The reverse side of assigning blame is owning it instead. Perhaps, it is time to own the blame of not doing something in the past. When we take ownership of what happen in our lives, we are empowered to make changes. Owning faults frees us to do something, make plans, tackle hurtful situation, and we are able to right the wrongs. People who take charge of their lives are active people with real initiatives. We become truly free because we are no longer slaves to the past, nor slaves to false hopes, nor slaves to wishing someone else would change; then we can truly say we are free from discouragements and passivity. We are free to take risks. The new journey to betterment is surely over a rough and rugged road. It may even be beset with ruffians assigned by the ruling elite to take our own lives, the better for them to perpetuate their evil and horrid purposes. Brethren, are we willing and ready to take risks for the betterment of the coming generations or would we rather conveniently stay stymied and unmoved? Then the blame should be ours and not anyone else’s fault. Goodbye, cause I am tak-

ing a lonely journey but surely a fulfilling one. God bless the Filipino Nation. Nationhood, Many of the problems we face in the Philippines Society today may not be the people’s own doing; we are the innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire. We find a presidency that is preoccupied with its survival rather than truly governing, and a similarly stubborn bunch of political leaders and bureaucrats who being mindful only of their aggrandizement used their positions as a COMIC STAGE for politicking and grandstanding. The imposition of the VALUE ADDED TAX (VAT), a consumers’ tax, is too much for an already impoverished people. Yes, the VAT gives the GMA administration a breathing space to recover and politically survive but at the expense of the poor economically citizenry. Coupled with the VAT is the GMA orchestrated CHARTER-CHANGE that is tailored to legitimize the perpetuity of the RULING ELITE rather that truly establish a democratic system that is anchored on truth, freedom and justice.


INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID The City Government of Bais invites interested bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the supply and delivery of the hereunder requirements: ITEM


1) Various electrical Wooden Poles, Creosoted for Energization of Sitio Palangging-Lonoy Lateral Linc. to be taken from the 20% Development Fund

P 79,000.00

2) Various electrical material for the improvement of lighting system of the Hermenegildo G. Villanueva Football Field, to be taken from the General Fund 248,000.00 3) Various electrical materials for the repair and maintenance - electrification, Power and energy structures, to be taken from the General Fund. 207,479.00 ————— TOTAL P 534,589.00 ========= Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. In order to qualify, bidders should conform to the eligibility criteria as prescribed under Sec. 23. 11 of the IRR-A of R.A. 9184. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary “pass/fail” criteria as specified in the IRR-A of R.A. 9184. As such non-submission of the required documents will result in the disqualification of the bidder. All other particulars relative to the procurement process shall be govern by the Implementing rules and Regulations of RA 9184 otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bid documents can be obtained upon payment of a non-refundable fee in an amount equivalent to 0.3% of the total ABC of the items to be bid at the BAC Secretariat c/o Office of the City Mayor or Office of the City General Services, this city, Tel Nos. (035) 402-3182, or 402-8115 anytime during offices hours; and can also be inquired for further information or particulars. The bidders shall drop their duly accomplished eligibility, technical, and financial documents each in separate sealed envelopes duly marked as such in the bid box at the Conference Room at the Office of the City Mayor on March 1, 2006 at 1:30 P.M., at which place date and time said envelopes shall be opened in the presence of the members of the BAC, the attending bidders, the observers, or their duly authorized representative. Late bids shall not be accepted. The City Government of Bais reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, and to annul the bidding process and reject all bids at anytime prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. (Sgd.) CARMELINO L. MORALES (City General Services Officer) BAC Chairman The Negros Chronicle Feb. 19 & 26, 2006

Atty. Joel Cadiogan Obar

Amendments or revisions of the Philippine Constitution in order to be lasting and genuine should be a logical and natural consequence of POLITICAL GROWTH and MATURITY and not an artificial face-lifting of an already beleaguered leadership and an over-spent political system. A constitutional change would only be meaningful and truly reflective of a maturing society if it is a manifestation of the capacity of people and their leaders to take responsibility of their faults and mistakes, and then carry on from there. How can the Nation entrust the overhaul of the constitution to leaders who think that the problems of the country are everybody’s fault except themselves? How can a sinful world put its confidence and trust on a bunch of politicians who represent themselves as a special cut and are self-righteous? How can the GMA administration be trusted to preside over the CHARTER-CHANGE when it had wittingly or unwittingly become part of the gamut of the problems that this Country is facing today like the rest of the other presiding starting with Marcos? Ours is not a problem of CONSTITUTION but rather a problem of leadership. It is a leadership like that of Estrada and Marcos that had lost every honor and dignity that it should intrinsically have in order to effectively and efficiently govern. It is a leadership that relegated the people’s welfare and the Nation’s integrity as merely secondary and in fact dispensable. However, what is most disheartening is an apathetic citizenry that owes no sense of gratitude to the great founders of this Nation. The social cancer that is the prelude to the Revolution that founded the Philippine Nation and freed it from the clutches of foreign control are the same cancerous cells that sicken our nation today, and the most deadly of which is apathy, lack of nationhood, lack of concern, and the cowardice to own up to the wrong.

Are you ... From page 10 have the right relationships. First, a relationship with God, then all the rest follows. They say that you can buy a nice pillow but you cannot buy sleep. You can buy a house but you cannot buy a home. Finding the reason for our existence may take a voyage of a lifetime. As I continue my journey, I find that everything has a purpose.



February 19, 2006

BPI-AYALA execs oversee Science awardees





BPI Vice Pres for engineering support services Roberto Gaudinez; Karen Ann Quijano, project coordinator BPI Foundatioin, Inc.,; and Myra Almogino, manager and program officer of BPI Foundation, Inc., were here to oversee the awarding rites of BPI SCIENCE SCHOLARS and awardees at Silliman University. (see related story on page 1)

Kieth Amores and Mayet

SU MassCom launches RUBY year

DORM-GIRLS enjoying the night


he School of Communication, the pioneer journalism/communication school outside Metro Manila, is celebrating its Ruby Year founding anniversary this year with the theme, “Four Decades of Commitment to Excellence in Community Journalism.” An opening salvo to this year-long celebration is the observance of the School’s 40th MassCom Week on Feb. 20-24, 2006. The General Program slates varied activities that the faculty and students have prepared during the five-day Week. The school founder is Dr. Crispin Dr. Maslog Dr. Baceleres Maslog, while the current director is Dr. Founder Rose Baceleres. Director Celebrating this milestone will be commaintaning its strong academic program. plete with the participation of its alumni and Thus, the school’s Ruby Year anniversary friends in the mass media. The school is inis the most auspicious occasion to publicly viting them to come freely and take part in recognize this valuable contribution of our activities and celebrate 40 glorious years their media partners during the Academic of the School of Communication. Convocation at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, The School’s existing linkages in the February 23 at the Audio-Visual Theatre. mass media have been a vital component in

Santacruzan Festival


INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR Louie Tijing and Company

Larry Montenigro and family



he Dumaguete City Tourism Council, in a meeting held recently, has deter mined May 19 to 28, 2006 as Santacruzan Festival, with the pa-rade of sagalas and the streetdancing as the main events to fall on May 27.

According to Councilor Chiquiting Sagarbarria, City Tourism Council Chairman, plans for the celebration have already been discussed, with determination and eagerness, that the holding of this year’s Santacruzan will be marked with jubilation and merriment, and at the same time a celebration of the rich cultural legacy that the festival has bestowed

on us Dumaguetenos. Dr. Rico Absin, CTC cochairman and Santacruzan talent coordinator is currently negotiating, and burning the lines, for the coming of Sam Milby of Pinoy Big Brother fame, TJ Trinidad or Carding of Gulong ng Palad, John Pratts, Rico Barrera, and Jayson Abalos. Pratts, Barrera, and Abalos have already confirmed, according to

Absin. The City Tourism Council, knowing that the said stars are considered some of the most famous ones today, and remembering at the same time the recent Ultra stampede, is mapping out strategies to ensure the safety and security of the stars during their visit in the city. (Sgd. Jessica Layumas, Assistant Information Officer I, City Tourism Office)

Senator Kiko” Pangilinan to speak before class’06 Hon. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, is slated to be the University’s honoree and guest speaker during this year’s Commencement Exercise on March 18,2006, Saturday at 3:30 pm at the newly-renovated Sofia Soller Sinco Hall, University Main Campus. Sen. Pangilinan will speak before 600 graduating students concerning his recent legislative efforts directed at poverty alleviation through education, justice and opportunities. He earned his Bachelor of

Laws and Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of the Philippines. For seven years, he was a teacher at the Ateneo de Manila, lecturing on political law, labor law, and law on sales, and agency and credit transac-

tions. He also served as a legal analyst of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and ViceChairman of the National Committee on Legal Aid of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

A concert “With a Song in My Heart” will feature multi awarded internationally renowned tenor Jonathan Badon and soprano Judge Jenny Lind Aldecoa-Delorino accompanied by much sought-after pianist Mary Ann Maronilla Baclao. The programme will feature “the world’s most beautiful melodies” like a Cole Porter, Oscar Awarded songs, Old Favorites and some Spanish Medleys. Some arias from world famed operas will also be performed. This show held at the Luce Auditorium of Silliman University, March 10, 8:00 p.m. For ticket information and reservations please call the City Tourism Office (035) 225-0549.


February 19, 2006


ONTA: Taking control of our Tourism Industry



Republic of the Philippines Province of Oriental Negros MUNICIPALITY OF MANJUYOD -o0o-

Main Office Legaspi Street In Front of Holy Child Dumaguete City

BIDS AND A WARDS COMMITTEE The Municipality of Manjuyod thru the BIDS and AWARDS COMMITTEE (BAC) invites interested Bidders/Suppliers to supply and deliver insite for the Municipality of Manjuyod as follows: PR No. 100-06-01-037-001 Improvement of Panciao Brgy. Road Fuel and Oil A.B.C. PR No. 100-06-01-038-002 Improvement of Panciao Brgy. Road Construction Materials A.B.C. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - P 16,405.00 Fuel and Oil - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 258,834.00 PR No. 100-06-01-024-010 Construction of Auditorium Gate at Bala-as ` Construction Materials A.B.C. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - P 21,863.61 PR No. 100-06-01-026-011 Construction of Auditorium Gate at San Jose Construction Materials A.B.C. - - - - - - - -P 38,240.55 PR No. 100-06-02-133-012 Improvement of Candabong Brgy. Road – Const. Materials A.B.C. - - - - - - - - - - 107,860.00 PR No. 100-06-02-134-013 Improvement of Candabong Brgy. Road – Fuel and Oil A.B.C. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 142,864.40 PR No. 100-05-08-535-131 Purchase of Working Animal Services (Carabao) Brgy. Candabong A.B.C. - - - - - - - - - - - 90,000.00 PR No. 100-0511-798-160 Livelihood of Brgy. Bantolinao and Tubod (Goat) A.B.C. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 90,000.00 Sealed bids will be accepted in the office of the BAC Secretariat, this municipality at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon of February 23, 2006 at which place, time, date said sealed bids shall be opened in the presence of BAC, COA and attending Bidders or their duly authorized representatives. The Bidder Bonds in the amount equivalent must accompany all bids to ONE (1%) percent of the total APPROVED BUDGET FOR THE CONTRACT (ABC).Official Bid forms can be obtained at the BAC Secretariat, anytime during office hour. The Municipality of Manjuyod, reserved the right to reject any or all bids to waive any defects therein, or to accept such bid(s) as maybe considered most advantageous to the Government. DANILO F. CADALSO BAC Chairman The Negros Chronicle Feb. 12 & 19, 2006

All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on March 16, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. at this office.

AUCTION SALE AGENCIA BELEN Branch I Noblefranca Street Dumaguete City All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on March 17, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. at this office.


AGENCIA BELEN Branch II Cor. Perdices & Sta. Rosa Sts., Dumaguete City All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on March 18, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. at this office.

STUDENT RATE/ FAMILY RATE P15.00/kl. P “For pick up and delivery” Call: 422-6738

A.D A WNSHOP A.D.. P PA No. 13 San Juan St., Dumaguete City Unredeemed pledges whose terms have expired will be auctioned on February 28, 2006 at our place of business.

Oriental Negros leadership, in its quest for tourism development, has done one better than the national government in crafting its own Tourism Code way ahead of the senate. The Oriental Negros Tourism Code will be taking effect soon. The Code also creates the Tourism Governing Board which will seek to insure the efficient running of our tourism industry. In the wake of this development and in recognition of the crucial role of the private sector, the code calls for the creation and institutionalization of solid linkages with

the private sector by requesting the tourism stakeholders to create a private counterpart which will be called the Oriental Negros Tourism Association (ONTA). The ONTA will be the Tourism Governing Board’s only official link to the government. It will help promulgate policies which the Board will implement for after all, the private sector IS the Tourism Industry and not the government. ONTA is about the private sector working hand-in-hand with government. ONTA is about taking control of our tourism industry.



or every five foreign tourists that come in, we generate three new jobs for our people. For every tourist that comes in, there will be one more person to take a cab from the airport, take his meals at the restaurant during the day and drink our beer at the bars at night, check into a hotel, go to the beach and pay for a massage on any of our spas or on our white sands or buy bead bracelets and necklaces, go diving in our reefs or hike through our forests, paying for guides and equipment along the way, shop at our malls to buy our shirts, shoes and our souvenirs. Every tourist that comes in means one more person with real money that can buy our goods.” As quoted from Sen. Richard Gordon’s sponsorship speech for the enactment of the national Tourism Act of 2005, December 6 2005 Senate Plenary Hall.

Branch III Dr. V. Locsin St., Dumaguete City

All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on March 20, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. at this office.


Dionaldo Bldg. Silliman Ave.

Dumaguete City Tel. #: 422-3299 Open Daily 6:00 am to 9:00 pm

For Rent Beach House & Lot

Branch IV Twin Arcade Bldg., Dumaguete City


Location: San Juan St. Dumaguete City 194 Sq.Meters


El Camino Blanco Entertainment Corp. Experience the am – 2 am

Cell No. 09194046807

El Camino Blanco Dining

All unredeemed and unrenewed pawn items for the month of August 2005 will be disposed by way of auction sale on February 18, 2006 at our business office.


All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on March 21, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. at this office.

House with Garden By couple no kids. Chrisna

AGENCIA DE EXQUISITE OF DUMAGUE TE, INC. DUMAGUETE, Cor. Ma. Cristina & San Juan Sts., Dumaguete City

Direct Buyers Only

P1500/Day Fully Furnished

Cangmating, SIBULAN Contact: 0918-929-6047

We are now open from 10


For Inquiries & Reservations Call 225-9428 or 422-5373

Congact: Jing




February 19, 2006

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nounced any move of government agencies “to confuse and deceive the Filipino people with efforts to change the Constitution, cancel the 2007 Elections and abandon the search for truth in the Hello Garci controversy’. He said that these efforts are designed to divert the people away from understanding the root causes of our national crisis. “The root causes of our national crisis are not due to the form of government, but rather due to certain leaders who have squandered their integrity and credibility because of their greedy desire to stay in power” Rev. Marigza quoted the bishops. Meanwhile, the group also strongly support the CBCP’s call for thr repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and called for the recall of all approved mining concessions and pending applications . They claimed that these are the legal instruments that foreign capitalists have at their disposal to exploit and plunder the natural resources and destroy our environment. But it was admitted that locals cannot fully operate the mining industry to its fullest without the help of modern and foreign equipment. Records show that where mining industry thrived, national income and more jobs were created to help the national economy. (Edward Lopez)

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Message of Thanks We, the bereaved family of the late

Agustin Teves Locsin (who passed away January 31, 2006)

wish to convey our heartfelt gratitude to all of you who stood by us and comforted us in our time of loss. We wish to express our profound appreciation to those who offered masses and prayers, sent flowers and words of sympathy, visited and kept vigil, attended the funeral rites and offered assistance in so many ways.

Plaza Maria Luisa Suites Inn Legaspi St., Dumaguete City

Tel. 225-7994

May the Lord reward you for your generosity. School & Office Supplies, Photo Copying 304 Perdices St., Dgte Tel. No. 225-9625


February 19, 2006

critical repor ting reporting


day are the martial law babies in the 70s. Their parents who are still living, still speak ill of the dictatorship. Martial law is still not a salable commodity here. The tentacles of Martial rule have not yet been removed from the face of our soil. They are still here and impersonated by a corrupt bureaucracy and a corrupt law enforcing arm of government. This is because Marcos, the dictator, pampered his generals so much so that until today, the remnants of corruption in the military are still rampant in military courts. Martial law in terms of transparency is not associated with discipline, and accountability as it should be. What instead are prominent in modern post-martial rule era like today, are a corrupt bunch of lost commands in the military, a corrupt PNP in certain high echelons, failure of peace and order, and failure to solve many highproifile crimes. Try checking their supplies and procurement departments and you will be shocked. The fact that many people no longer respect the policeman on the beat is a clear sign that things have changed within the ranks of the men in uniform. EMAIL FROM DUMAGUETEÑO Hi! maayong gabii sa inyong tanan diha hilabi na sa tibuok staff sa Negros Chronicle karon pako nakasulat ug usob kay didto sa Carmen Mexico walay access and among computer ug karon niuli ko kay akong mga papeles naa na karon sa Dgte ug di-a nako sa Manila tingali next week pa puhon among uli diha sa Dumaguete ug way palta ang akong pag-abre kada adlaw sa Negros Chronicle. Sir Ely akong nahibal-an nga ikaw daw ang tag-iya sa akong suking radyo nga gipaminaw perme ang Energy FM akong igsoon ang nagsugilon kanako regards nalang sa inyong tanan. (ROMEO CORSAME)

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force of government to start sending relief goods even as Pres Arroyo announced a massive relief and rescue operations to be done by the armed forces. Helicopters were seen hovering from the nearby air base and the Balikatan American GIs were also expected to perform a humanitarian and emergency. The Philippine National Red Cross local chapter is also rounding up its supporters and friends provincewide , hoping to get some aid in terms of edibles and used clothing. PNRC administrator Louella Bael informed that the red cross chapter will coordinate with the national Red Cross in sending aid to the landslide victims of Leyte. The various Christian

churches including the Catholic Church are also coordinating with their counter parts in sending aid to the Leyte victims. UNABATED, ILLEGAL LOGGING CAUSED IT. As environmentalists always say, the cause of the landslide is the failure of tree-cutters legal or illegal to systematically replant trees in order to prevent such natural disaster. The intervention of politicians in the strict enforcement of forestry laws was also cited as among the causes why there had been more trees cut than replanted. ENERGY FM and the CHRONICLE are also airing appeals to its listeners and readers to send in their donations, or they may directly send them through their parishes, or even direct to Leyte to their relatives and friends there.

CONGRATULATIONS! Last night’s winners 2006 Grand Law Debate Best Rebuttal APRIL ANN UY ANG (Xavier U) Best Speaker FELIX ARAULA (Silliman U) Best Debater CATHY CARDINO (Silliman U)

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on capital investment of newly started business. The City Council then pointed out that the Code is merely directory and not mandatory in character . The councilors also reasoned out that it will be absurd for the city as the taxing authority to wait for the realized gross sales at the end of the year of newly started businesses. And aside from the fact that the main ordinance” The Omnibus Tax Code of Dumaguete City which took effect in 1997 has been approved by the Sangguniang Panglalawigan. Capitol Treasurer Danilo Mendez reminded the Dumaguete City Council that the Local Government Code has no provision authorizing towns and cities to levy a tax on newly started business on the basis of capital investment. He explained that what the code provides is a graduated fixed tax based on the gross receipts for the previous year. The City Council has defended its action by submitting a reply to the city treasruer’s opinion citing reasons why it indeed has legal basis to seek such kind of taxation on the first year of every new business. The same will be tackled in the next session. (Sestoso)

which need to be resolved. These implications include legal questions like: are public funds like royalties loanable to a private electric cooperative even if interestfree? Will this be in the form of cash advance, to electric bill rebates, and at what billings will these apply and how much per consumer? Will these loans still be payable in case of force-majeur? Will the province lay off its hand on coop influence once the money loan is released? Avoiding doubts and insinuations from whatever critical camps, the top leadership of the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative 2 (NORECO 2) will submit to the general assembly the P27 million pesos offer of Governor George Arnaiz. This was bared by NORECO 2 General Manager Engr. Ephraim Taclob in an interview with the members of the media recently. Earlier, Governor Arnaiz offered the amount to the electric cooperative to upgrade the electrical system in Dumaguete City and nearby towns and cities in the province. The amount will be taken from the royalty tax paid by the Philippine National Oil Company to the provincial government for the use of the geothermal energy in Brgy. Puhagan in Valencia town. The Capitol offer is included in the upcoming General Assmbly slated on March 25 of this year at Bayawan City which will start at 9:30 in the morning. During the said activity, GM Taclob will report to the members the current status of the cooperative and presentation and approval of the 2006 cash budget. GM Taclob emphasized that while he lauded the efforts of the provincial government in helping the cooperative, it has to seek the consensus of the whole membership especially that huge amount although interest free, still will involve their own money. GM Taclob said that in the event that the general assembly will approve and accept the Capitol offer, it will drastically help in the upgrading of the electrical system in Dumaguete City. The NORECO 2 general manager said that he is aware of the clamor of the businessmen, and that he said the Capitol offer could help much to improve the situation. Engr. Taclob assured businessmen especially those engaged and are planning to put up call centers that in the coming months, there will be a normal and stable supply of electricity. Engr. Taclob also bared that aside from the Capitol offer, the NORECO 2 leadership is now seeking the approval of the general assembly on the proposal of getting a loan of P12 million pesos from any possible source to purchase new distribution transformers as part of upgrading the system in the city.

China offers ... From page 1 building of the legal infrastructure of the province’s tourism industry. The CHINA CAMC Engineering received two letters from Gov. Arnaiz and Mayor Gonzales supporting the rope system and the feasibility study of the project. The core of the tourism industry is the private sector. Government will only lend support in basic infrastructures like good roads to the tour destinations, buildings and legal and physical infrastructures, so that this muti- billion dollar industry will sprout and develop in Negros island. Government can only do so much. But the main players will be the private stake holders who run the tourism engine like the souvenir shops, hotels, restaurants, transport groups, tourism show cases, tour packages and most of all the peace condition of the island.

U.S. GREEN CARDS FOR PHYSICAL THERAPISTS Immigrant visa sponsorship (Illinois and South Carolina) available for qualified Physical Therapists with quick processing time just like nurses. Those with state board licenses (or NPTE eligible) and FCCPT certified are preferred. Those processing their FCCPT and NPTE are also welcome. Some costs may be reimbursed by sponsor. Contact Atty. Richard Chiu (February 20-24) for more information and US immigration requirements at 3rd floor Lee Plaza or call 225-7777. Limited positions available.

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Cebu City in November 2004. Results of that workshop were integrated in the National Conference on Media Governance, Media in Governance in December of the same year as part of continuing efforts to engage media in governance reforms through a project of the Media Stakeholders Group with the Center for Community Journalism and Development as the lead convenor, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). One of the major outputs of the island workshops and the national conference was the crafting of a 10-point media reform agenda named the Plaridel Declaration that will be presented during the Visayas Media Summit for validation and adoption as a common media reform framework. The invitation is non-transferable and we hope to receive


State of the Province Address ... (From page 3) We put up a P3 Million fund for the Gawad Kalinga Housing Project in Sitio Kakha, Barangay Talalak, Sta. Catalina in partnership with the Couples for Christ community and another P1 M for our second Gawad Kalinga in Balanan, Siaton. This is for the relocation of the 20 residents in the Balanan Lake area. C. Sixth Country Program for Children (CPC-VI) The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has again included us in the Sixth Country Program for Children (CPC-VI), successor of CPC-V, which in addition to the regular components, has added HIV-AIDS prevention and emergency preparedness. The Canadian International Development Agency supports the program with an P8.64 Million grant. We allocated P3 Million as our counterpart for the Program. D. Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign To sustain our fight against illegal drugs, we created Task Force 24, a 24-hour special force body composed of law enforcers and intelligence agents from the Philippine National Police, the Provincial Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Military Intelligence Group of the Philippine Army, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Coast Guard, and other law enforcement agencies. While the drug menace continue to disturb the peace of our Province, the Task Force and other law enforcement agencies, in their own way helped to curb the dreaded menace. It may interest you to know that this is being replicated at the regional level with Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia, as the initiator. We also supported the Oriental Negros Drug Prevention and Rehabilitation Center with an annual allocation P1 Million. The Center is a big help to our local drug dependents in recovering from their addiction at less expense and shorter time. E. Human Resource Development To further enhance the delivery of basic services to our people, we continued to upgrade the skills of our human resource base. We have trained a total of 216 officials and employees under our Computer Literacy Program with the assistance of TESDA-Provincial Office. Of these trainees, 190 were trained on Word/Excel and 26, mostly engineers and draftsmen, were trained on Computer Aided Design (CAD). F. Energy Conservation and Electric Rate Reduction From Royalty Fees on power generation, we allocated P16 Million to lower the cost of electricity to every energy user in the province including the business and industrial sectors. This, even as we continued to adopt cost-cutting measures in all offices to save on fuel and energy. We have also directed our drivers and mechanics at the motor pool to continually upgrade our vehicles, and maximize the handling of cargoes and construction materials to designated project areas to save on fuel and oil costs. Meanwhile, the Department of Energy has approved the allocation of P3.5 Million to expand the coverage of electricity to Sitio Kakha, Barangay Talalak in Sta. Catalina while we have set aside P1.3 Million to energize the Twin Lakes in Sibulan. Alongside with this, we have installed 313 solar systems in the far-flung barangays province-wide under the ShellPNOC Solar Home Distribution Project. Of this figure, 250 were partly subsidized by the Province in partnership with the Philippine Veterans Bank and Sta. Catalina Rural Bank. VI. GOVERNMENT FINANCE: The province’s over-all collection from local resources registered an increase of 17.9 per cent or P123.22 Million against last year’s collection of P104.47 Million. The bulk of the collection came from Service/Business Income (including hospital fees) with P74.37 Million. While there is a decrease of 12.8 per cent in our real property tax collection, we hope to make it up this year by disposing of delinquent properties starting with the Municipalities of Amlan and Valencia followed by the top three most delinquent municipalities, namely, Guihulngan, Mabinay and Sta. Catalina. For 2005, the Province operated with a budget of P750.2 Million to include income from the operation of our hospitals and public utilities. Of this, 43.01 per cent or P297.18 Million was utilized for health, education and social services. Thirty-nine point nineteen percent (39.19%) or P270.65 Million was allocated for economic services while support for General Administration and Government Finance’s reached P123.3 Million or 17.80 per cent. VII. LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS At this point, may I acknowledge with grateful appreciation the contribution of this August Body in pursuing the Provincial Executive-Legislative Agenda by passing a total of 1,345 Resolutions and 56 Ordinances, notable of which are the following: • the Gulayan at Palaisdaan Alay sa Kabataan (GPAK); • Gatasan Barangay Himsog Katawhan Nutrition Support Program • Oriental Negros Environment Code • Tourism Code of Oriental Negros • Fiesta for Progress and Development. • Establishment of Residency Training Program at the Provincial Hospital • Prohibiting the holding of “Tigbakay” or Cockfighting at Any Time and Place in the Province of Oriental Negros Outside Licensed Cockpits And so, shall we give them a big round of applause. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are proud of our Administration’s record – we have brought openness, transparency and a higher level of decorum to public service. We are proud of our colleagues in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan under the leadership of Vice Governor Jose Baldado. We are proud of our people within the public service – from the Provincial Depart-

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ment Heads down to the rank and file who got behind our vision...and put our plans for a stronger, more self-reliant province into effect. We’ve come a long way in Oriental Negros over the past several years and it’s very important to us that we continue to build on the strong base we have established. Since this is the State of the Province Address...I feel obliged to sum up the state of the province... In my view, things are pretty good. We’re in solid shape, with a bright future. And the Province’s friends and partners in the civil society and the business community are a big part of the gains we have achieved—and we applaud you for that. (A big hand, please) To the people of Oriental Negros, I say to you— Stay involved. Stay committed. Keep doing what you’re’s working. Invent. Build. Grow. Succeed. PLANS AND PROGRAMS The potential of our province and our people is outstanding. We’ve made real progress, and more is to come. We invite you to continue working with us as we overcome our challenges, embrace the future with pride, confidence and hope, and as we create greater opportunities for the inventiveness and entrepreneurship of our people to shine through. For 2006, we will — 1) Continue to make the delivery of health services to our people more efficient through – • Implementation of the P93 Million European Union Grant for the improvement of hospital facilities and rural health units. • computerization of hospital operations • expansion of the PhilHealth Indigency Program • establishment of more Botica sa Barangay • construction of modern kitchen and completion medical/surgical wards at the Provincial Hospital; 2) Continue to improve the nutritional status of our children through the Gatasan sa Barangay Himsog Katawhan Program and the Expanded School-Based Nutrition Program in cooperation with the four (4) Congressmen of the Province, DEP-Ed, the different LGUs and the private sector; 3) Alongside with this, we will implement RA 8980 or the ECCD Act focusing on nutrition supplementation for Grade I pupils in 10 pilot municipalities and the National Expanded Pre-School Supplemental Feeding Program to Day-Care Children in 7 pilot LGUs; 4) Continue to enhance agricultural productivity through— • Expansion of tilapia and prawn hatcheries in the municipalities • Implementation bio-intensive gardening thru the application of natural farming technology systems • Production of improved bio-organic fertilizer • Implementation of cattle breeding/fattening under the Negros Island Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Program (NISARD) and disperse an initial 600 heads of cattle • Expansion of peanut/garlic production • Establishment of more small water impounding projects and small farm reservoirs using our two backhoe units which we will soon acquire; • Establishment of more BADCs 5) Enhance existing livelihood programs by implementing the Kilos Asenso Program to finance livelihood projects proposed by communities and Local Government Units; 6) Continue to expand the Solar Home System province-wide to increase productivity 7) Help provide a more efficient transport system in Dumaguete City by establishing a Bus Terminal for North Bound Buses at the Provincial Nursery Compound under a Build-Operate-Transfer Scheme, if you give me the go-signal; 8) Completion of the Provincial Convention Center by September this year in time for our hosting of the first International Convention of Tour Operators which, hopefully, will push through this October; 9) Speed up mobility of products and people by extending Highway 2000 or the Provincial Trans-Central Highway from Mabinay connecting Tayasan to Himamaylan Road (to be funded by the two Negros Provinces) and to La Libertad on to Guihulngan as well as construct/open more roads and bridges, including Lacaon-Mahanlud Bridge in Jimalalud; 10) Push for the creation of the proposed Negros Island Ports Authority with the help of the three Congressmen and in cooperation with the Province of Negros Occidental; 11) Privatize the operations of the Buglasan Festival of Festivals; 12) Implement the Blood Donation Program 13) Continue to support the Gawad Kalinga Housing Project in the municipalities; And to make our civil servants happy, as soon as we receive the guidelines from the Department of Budget and Management, we are ready to implement the P1,0000 increase in the Cost of Living Allowance retroactive January. We will also implement 50 per cent of the Hazard Pay for health workers as called for in the Magna Carta for Health Workers. My fellow Oriental Negrenses, we need to continue on the path we have set. Now is not the time to stop, change course and compromise our progress. Winston Churchill once said: “Every day you may make progress... Every step may be fruitful... Yet, there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path... You know you will never get to the end of the journey... But this—so far from discouraging—only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” We encourage you all to stay on the path...and take time to enjoy the glory of the climb. And finally, I would like to thank you for letting me - be part of it all. I consider myself truly privileged to have taken this journey with you. Thank you. God Bless our people. MABUHAY Oriental Negros!!



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