Dumaguete City, Philippines,
PNP-LTO to curb
The Philippine National Police and the Land Transportation office have joined hands in curbing the nagging traffic menace in Dumaguete which have not only brought chaos in the streets, but have also escalated the commission of crimes most of which are drug-related.
Traffic violations mostly by drivers of hot motorcycles are not the only cause of the traffic mess, but also the usage of such hot motorcycles in the commission of crimes which are mostly cellphone snatchings to downright sale and delivery of prohibited drugs. Snatching of cellphones by fastriding motorbikers are recorded twice daily on the average. Probers say these are being done by drug users who snatch expensive cellphones from innocent users, and trade these for drug money. “When drug users are desper-
ate for money, they just do anything, rob anything, sell anything, just to get their dough,” a police official said. The phone snatchings are just the means of securing drug money, they said. PNP Sr Supt Omar Buenafe, provincial director and LTO chief Ely Cabanag said that a crack team from the PNP headquarters have been deputized by the LTO in order to help the city traffic enforcers to go after hot motorbikers. Almost everyday during the past week, hot motorcycles are being impounded and released only upon completion of papers and payment of fine which Turn to page 15
SAKPAN ‘KO DA !
FEBRUARY 5, 2006
Negros Or. also excels as human
egros Oriental has been singled out as one of the human-trafficking “hotspots” in the Philippines, and one of the major recruitment grounds for actual and potential victims . Thus, in Central Visayas, this province occupies a strategic position in the anti-trafficking initiatives of the Philippines. As this developed, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking of persons will spearhead a massive information campaign dubbed as the “Filipino Initiative Against Trafficking,” here in Oriental Negros on
February 19 to 24, in cooperation with the Rule of Law Effectiveness (ROLE) Program of the USAID. Trafficking, dubbed as “the curse of the poor”, is modern slavery. Victims are Turn to page 15
High prices? Well N-1 reduced power rates ...
hile everybody is talking about high prices, here comes Noreco 1 reducing their power rates, not because of anything, but because it is implementing the pro-rata distribution of the royalties paid by PNOC to the local government.
Under the law, the eight percent of the proceeds from the royalties of PNOC to local govern-
ments for the usage of geothermal power beneath, is to be used only Turn to page 12 to reduce the
CHARMED BE ANOTHER FIRST IN THE CITY
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Ten more drug cases resolved at the start of the year 2006
he Regional Trial Court, Branch 30 of Oriental Negros has resolved ten more drug cases filed before it for the month of January
The drug cases decided resulted in the convictions of Jerlyn Ybanez and Gilbert Calugcugan who were each sentenced to suffer imprisonment of from 12 years
and one day as minimum to 14 years as maximum for violating Section 11 of RA No. 9165. The couple Jose Liu and Vicky Liu, Salvador Turn to page 15
DepEd fooled GSIS with bloated salaries? U
nscrupulous DepEd personnel whether here or in Manila main office, submitted fake teachers records to GSIS bearing bloated salaries, thus, the System lost billions of pesos in fake loans and false benefits, over the years. This, aside from other agencies which may have also done the same thing. That is why there seems to be a lull in services because the GSIS is still in the
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“SALV BUT HEY,, SOMEBOD SOMEBODY PAID IT..” “SAL VATION IS FREE, B UT HEY YP AID AN ENORMOUS PRICE FOR IT
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73 die in STAMPEDE
FIVE MORE BRIDGES IN VARIOUS LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS HAVE BEEN PUT UP IN NEGROS ORIENTAL last year as a result of the President’s Bridge Program. According to Engr. Pedro Tuble, chief of the DPWH maintenance division , the bridges are, namely: Amio Bridge (this foto above) and Inobongan Bridge in Sta. Catalina; Tinago Bridge in Dumaguete City; Kalabnugan Bridge in Sibulan; and Tabuc-tubig Bridge in Tanjay City. Tuble said construction of Kalabnugan, Tabuc-Tubig and Tinago bridges are still ongoing. The two bridges in Sta. Catalina have already been completed. Two more bridges under the program are still to start construction - the BalugoBanwagi Bridge in Guihulngan and Lacaon-Mahanlod Bridge in Jimalalud. Based on records from the Provincial Engineer’s Office, the total provincial counterpart for the said bridges is approximately P33.5 million. Two more bridges under the program are still to start construction - the Balugo-Banwagi Bridge in Guihulngan and Lacaon-Mahanlod Bridge in Jimalalud.
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Metro Dumaguete Landfill Plan
BY E DWARD LOPEZ The Dumaguete City government together with the other four townS under the still-on-paper concept of Metro Dumaguete are expected within this year to ink a memorandum of agreement delineating their respective functions and responsibilities towards establishing and managing the ambitious sanitary landfill. The province of Negros Oriental will also be a partner for such agreement as it will give a sizable financial amount to kick off the project. Those that will be involved in the expected signing of the memorandum of agreement are Dumaguete City Mayor Agustin Perdices , Dauin Mayor Rodrigo Alanano, Bacong Mayor Rodolfo Yee, Valencia Mayor Rodolfo Gonzales, Sibulan Mayor Antonio Renacia and San Jose Mayor Nelson Ruiz and Governor George Arnaiz. –o0o– CAPITOL TO BUY RICE ON CREDIT Governor George Arnaiz has renewed his official linakage with the local office of the National Food Authority (NFA to purchase rice on credit in the event of emergencies and calamities. The linkage is known as Rice Loan Agreement. The NFA’s linkage with local government units is aimed at helping local executives provide basic social services to the populace, thus they came up with a purchase rice on credit program. –o0o– BINDOY’S MICRO WATERSHED VISION Bindoy Mayor Valente Yap has pushed for a unique environmental program for his town called the Micro Watershed Rehabilitation Program. The project involves the internal greening of the town as well as taking into considerations the recovery of for Turn to page 15
Boticas to sell at half price no applicants here. Why?
(From page 1) The show management denied it but persistent reports say that somebody in the queue near the entrance of the ULTRA shouted that there was a bomb which was about to explode at the ULTRA. In short, it was a bomb scare. There was no bomb that exploded at all. As a result of that scare, people by the thousands scampered for safety causing 73 people to get caught and were ran over by the human stampede that followed. This was outside the building. Manila PNA bureau chief Ben Cal spoke with me via cellphone. Immediately, no less than President Arroyo, Vice President de Castro rushed to the scene to condole with the victims. Secretary Angelo Reyes of DILG and Sec. Mike Defensor, chief of staff and de Castro were instructed by PGMA not to leave the area until all the people inside the Ultra went out of the Ultra in an orderly manner. The police were on hand to make sure that their was order among those who exited at 1:45 p. m. yesterday. AVP for security was Rene Luspo, former Coast Guard PRO.He reported that it was the unruly crowd that started the stampede at the gate. Out of 25,000 people outside only 17,000 were to be accommodated inside.
he Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) here are urging drug store owners and pharma cists in Negros Oriental and Siquijor provinces to sign up for the half-priced medicines program of the government. Up to now , there are no takers, why? Poor information dissemination by government maybe? Dubbed as the Botika ng Bayan or Botika ng Barangay, the five-year program aims There are more than 100 to reduce the prices of medi- drugstores operating in cines by half. As of January Negros Oriental and around 2006, a total of 1,016 Botika 12 in Siquijor. Local BFAD ng Bayan has been estab- Officer Manon Iglesia said lished in addition to the the requirements for the pro3,600 Botika ng Barangay gram are same as when applying for a retail drug store, across the country. However, since it was started in 2005, there are yet no applicants for the program in the said provinces. Turn to page 15
FU is searching for TOP alumni
he Foundation University Alumni Association has once again launched its 2006 Search for Outstanding FU Alumni to recognize the outstanding achievements of its alumni who have excelled in their respective fields. Any FU bonafide alumnus is qualified to nominate his fellow alumni in any of the categories like: Accountancy, Agriculture, Arts & Culture, the Sciences, Corporate Business Management/Banking, Entrepreneurship, Education, Law, Community Service (like
Environmental Advocacy, etc.), and Government/Public Service. Several educators, an outstanding RTC executive judge, CPA-lawyers, agriculturists, entrepreneurs, and heads of government corporations were recipients of Turn to page 15
PNP to donate each others’ blood and to the poor PNP policy is revived urging each soldier to be blood-typed so that when the need arises, there is a ready list of walking donors of various types of blood. It also covers all PNP personnel in the cities and towns of Negros Oriental This old policy was revived by PNP provincial director Sr Supt Omar Buenafe. Foto shows policeman donating his blood. Inset is women’s desk officer Baby Abellon coordinating.
BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE ULTRA Astrodome gates where the stampede happened. The crowd became unruly when told only 17,000 were to be accomodated out of the estimated 30,000 crowd which camped even on early morning.
A MORAL LESSON FOR A GIANT NETWORK. So, what is the moral lesson here? Here is a giant TV network lambasting the government 24 hours a day, calling for the President to step down, yet, with all humility, the “beleaguered president” whom ABSCBN always described as such, came by to condole with the victims of the tragedy, along with her cabinet and vice president. All resources of the government were available to help the victims of the ABS-CBN tragedy. We were glued to our TV sets and what did we notice : NOT A WORD OF THANKS FROM ABS-CBN to the government officials who went there to condole with the victims of the tragedy. Thanks came only at 7pm during the presscon. VP de Castro, another victim of ABS-CBN’s hate campaign against the President was there like a loyal soldier to his former employer. He was even the one who persuaded the crowd successfully, to go back to their homes because the show was temporarily suspended. VP de Castro’s rating show Magandang Gabi Bayan was scrapped by ABS-CBN just recently because de Castro allegedly did not join ABS-CBN in calling for the President’s resignation. NOLI’S SHINING MOMENT. It was Noli de Castro, the mediaman and broadcaster’s shining moment. Here was the fired guy, still having the humility to go through the crowd, literally helped carry the dead into ambulances, but never, never, did we see any ABS CBN CAMERA show whether the network thanked de Castro for his humility and magnanimity. Only at 7 pm presscon did they thank him. CAMERA SHOTS. SHOULD SHAME ABS-CBN. ABS-CBN denied that there was a bomb scare. No mention that the cause of the stampede was a bomb scare. Obviously, to mention that would endanger future shows. But if it were some bomb scare in Malacañang, we are sure that the camera shots would replay the gory details of those who died. But on the victims of the ABS-CBN SHOW TRAGEDY, nothing was focused on them. You must have too short a memory if you dont remember when those water hoses were directed to demostrators in Mendiola, and when ABS-CBN cameras replayed the violence over and over again for days! When Susan Roces was shouting at the top of her voice a stupid accusation vs PGMA, ABS-CBN repeated such baseless explosion countless times, they even used it as station breaks! Impartiality? ABS-CBN SHOULD WAKE UP If ABS-CBN policymakers have time to read the Bible, it is repeatedly stated that with the measure you (ABS-CBN) Turn to page 15
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JIMREX JACA ONE SIBULANON WE ARE PROUD OF !
have yet to mature in taking criticisms The test of credible leadership is for policymakers to be able to takeconstructivecriticismslightheartedly,professionallyanddevoidof hardfeelings. Unfortunately, — but understandably, some Sibulandulyelectedpublicofficialshavenotbeenable to take public criticisms maturedly in the wakeof mountingmoralityissuesbeingraisedbySibulanons themselvesandnotfromsomewhereelse. For instance, instead of reacting negatively, Sibulanofficialswhoareledbyamayorwhohasa lawdegree,withabalanced towncouncilwithequal representationsprosandcons,andwhosetie-voteis brokenonlybyapro-administrationvicemayor,should listentothepeopleand reflect on validissuesraised, and not destroy, but rebuild what is perceived by manyasacrumbling stateofpublicmoralitydespite loudlypublicizedmoralandsaintlyslogans. Isitnotvalidifpeople,speciallySibulanons, ask thefollowing? 1. What makes lewd night spots operate and transferfromDumaguetetoSibulan?Whatare theincentivesgiventotheoperators? 2. Thatthenewinternet-relatedordinanceshould requireamonitor(awatcher) ineachinternet caféandcheckthatkidsandteenagersrefrain fromsurfingpornographicwebsites.Anything betterthanthat? 3. Thatthepresenceoftwodrive-inmotelsinthat smalltownrightnexttothecapitalcityisindicativeofsomethingthatattractsthemtooperateinSibulan.Whatisit? 4. Thatthereshouldbesomemoralitycheck withintheranksofmunicipalandcasualem-
ployeesorjobordersandseeif someofthem areactually mistressesofsomeSibulanpublic officials.Whatiswrongwithchecking? 5. AstoTigbakayatthepublicslaughterhouse, allegedlymannedbymunicipaljoborders,why aviolationof aprovincialordinance? 6. Whatpunishmentdidthemayorgive hispoliceman/bodyguardwho,accordingtothepoliceblotterentry #1479,firedhisservicegun thriceontheground,afterNoreco2collectors weresenttoserveadisconnectionorder? Is publictruststillaroundinSibulan? Theseissuesarenotnew,theyhappen everywhere. Needlesstosaythatthesearevalidissuesof publicconcern. Moreover,whenSibulanonsthemselvesraisetheseissues,andbringittothepublic foreandthemedia,itmeanstheyareconcerned. And publicofficialsshouldnotbetooonion-skinnedasto takemattersof PUBLICconcern,lightly if notpersonally. Nothingof thatsort. Untiltoday, publicofficeisSTILL apublictrust.Nothinghaschanged. Or
Poverty: A Political Time Bomb The War against Poverty (a political bomb) is a race against time. Unfortunately, the sand in the hourglass is depleting fast – and the pangs of hunger cannot be borne interminably. Ulcers could set inevitably – and men with such condition usually have bad temper.
Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco
Despite rosy government economic statistics, Juan de la Cruz is hungrier and angrier today than he has been the last 20 years or so. That is what the statistics done last December by a SWS Survey that focused on “self-rated poverty” rather than “purchasing power and nutrition since it regards deprivation as more urgent to measure than wealth and obesity” revealed. By February 1, things will turn for the worse with the impending increase of the VAT (Value Added Tax) from 10% to 12%. Filipinos may not be able to take that after the GMA government gloated about the economic good news in December. It said the strengthening of the Philippine peso from P56:US$1 to P52:US$1 will improve the budget deficit to the extent of less foreign debt to pay, only for this same government to raise the VAT from 10% to 12%. The GMA Government is set to collect a net additional VAT of P75-billion by collecting P265-billion VAT in 2006 to trim the deficit to P125-billion.
The new VAT will certainly raise prices burdening further the back of the masses who can least afford it. Even if 30%, of the new VAT proceeds will go to social services in education, public insurance, environment and agriculture, it will take time before the positive benefits reach the doorstep of Juan. But Filipinos will feel the impact of the new VAT immediately as soon as he buys his food and take the public transport starting today. Can the people really take another beating after what the SWS Survey results in December had to say? The SWS Survey found out that close to 20% of Filipino families are getting hungry everyday: 12.7% (hungry occasionally), 7.4% (hungry moderately) and 3.9% (hungry severely). The self-rated poverty survey also reveal that 57% of Filipinos feel they are poor today – a level dangerously similar to the most turbulent year of the Marcos Regime in 1983. About 44% of those surveyed said their lives have deteriorated and the benchmark to go beyond the pov-
erty line is going up in the GMA Regime to P15,000 per month in NCR and P10,000 per month in the provinces. The SWS Tally also showed that 38% of the employable women are without jobs, 15% of men and 48% of youth – the higher level since 1994. Where is job creation here? Professor Mahar Mangahas, head of the SWS said: “bad governance make people feel bad.” It is in this context that the Present Dispensation must get worried about the net satisfaction of Filipinos over GMA compared to her predecessors after Marcos. People may sense there could be a correlation between poverty and poor governance as well. The SWS Survey indicated that Corazon Aquino started with a +50% (1986) and ended with +10%, FVR started with +60% (1992) and ended with +20% while Joseph Estrada started with +60% (1998) and ended with +10% before he was deposed in 2001. Contrast this, however, with GMAs acceptance rating of only +20% (2004)
hasitchangedinSibulan? WeusedtohaveahighregardonSibulan’sduly electedofficialsknowingthemtobeeducatedenough as to discern what matters concern the PUBLIC GOOD. Somehow,itcouldbeover-impression. YetlikeSolomonintheBible,despitethefactthat Godgavethiskingandleader, thebestof Wisdom, Wealth,andPower,intheend,SolomonabusedGod’s kindnessbyhaving700wivesand300concubines, mostly of differentbeliefsandcustoms. Hespoiled hissoldierswithgoldplatedarmorsandshields.And theresultwas:Israelbecameanostentatiously dividedkingdom,theNorthwithtentribes,allannihilatedlaterbyinvaders, andtheSouthcalledJudah, whichwascrushedbyBabylon(Iraqtoday)and now Israel, remainsasthepopularsolitarysingular enemyofhisneighbors.InCebuano,“walaysilingan sila. “ IstheresomethingincommonbetweenSolomon andSibulan? Impressuswithsensibleandcredible answers. Please. and plummeting a historic low of (negative) –30% - the lowest for any sitting president in the last 19 years or so. That probably explains the recent interminable photo opportunities of the president and vice president in the poorer areas and the excessive use of the “Pacman” to win over people to unity and any such language. But are these enough to stop the dam from breaking? Will the VAT be the last straw? Meanwhile the influential
CBCP (Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines) as expected (with its new leadership) has taken a more activist stance. CBCP has demanded for the truth on the presidential legitimacy issue and forthrightness in making corrupt officials accountable. How much can this Government handle on the growing menu on its table of
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February 5, 2006
“Sakit sa Libog”
here is too much politics in our country and it is not doing us any good.
Too much politics is the virus that causes a political disease called “SAKIT SA LIBOG”, which presently infects our country. It is very difficult to translate “SAKIT SA LIBOG” to English. We can only describe some symptoms, to wit: we have lost our sense of direction; too many proposed solutions which do not solve; dealing with spiritual problems in political terms; enriching in public office is more paramount than public service; surren-
First Lawn Chess Championship open
ngr. Jason Bandal over came erstwhile tour-nament leaders Tanjay City’s handicapped chess star Jeffrey Alcantara in the fifth and final round purging a fourway tie of the championship crown in the recently concluded First Open Lawn Chess Championship held at the Oriental Negros Lawn Chess Park. In the final end, after all tie-breakers were exhausted, Jeffrey Alcantara emerged as the Firt Open Lawn Champion, followed by Al Dumalag in the second place, Engr. Bandal in the third place, and Municipality of Valencia’s pride Jhorwin Viente in the 4th place. The said winners were awarded with trophies from the Honorable Governor George P. Arnaiz and equally divided the total cash purse of P5,00.00 good for the top four placers coming from the sponsoring club patron and cofounder Romeo G. Capilitan now in Sydney Australia.
dering to the allures of money, etc. The Abueva commission is proposing what it calls a parliamentary system. However, I believe that what is being considered to be proposed is the “dual-executive” system, in which there is a President directly elected by the people, who is vested with immense political power. There is another executive called the Prime Minister who is chosen by parliament, also vested with vast political power. This is a Marcosian proposal,
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a manifestation of SAKIT SA LIBOG. SAKIT SA LIBOG has become very serious with the entry of church men into the pernicious fracas which has attained a scandalous proportion. Our only consolation is Bishops know how to pray. Heaven watch the Philippines!
Provincial board junks play-for-loyalty ordi BY EDWARD L OPEZ he Sangguniang Panglalawigan outrightly junked an ordinance of the Bayawan City Council prohibiting any former team members of any sports team who are presently employed with the local government to play against the Bayawan team in any sports competition .
Capitol Legal Department Head Atty. Erwin Vergara declared that the same local ordinance is ultra vires (beyond their powers) and contrary to the provisions of the 1987 Constitution, which guarantees freedom of association and assembly. This includes freedom where to affiliate in sports teams. Presently, the city government maintains a core group of players who represent the city in competitions and tournaments within and outside the city. But there are also former players who are city-employed but no longer with the team. The same players also are employed and as such they are
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expected to remain loyal to the team they used to represent and cheer for the team whenever it plays to boost the morale of the members. The city council wanted to legislate that former team members and employees cannot and should not be allowed to play with any other opposing team for the sake of delicadeza and out of gratitude to the employer which is the city government. The provincial board was not convinced by the rationale of the city council members and without further elaborations, it junked the ordinance and declared it as invalid, unconstitutional and non enforceable.
JIMREX JACA, Sibulan’s instant world boxing sensation who won via knockout of Mexican Harry Hernandez in Las Vegas, returns home with a warm reception by Sibulan officials and constituents of BolocBoloc, home barrio of Jimuel Divino, the boxer’s real name.
February 5, 2006
Customs Foils Int’l carnapping syndicate By: POL L. BULILAN DYRB/SBN-FV 6 Cebu City
he Bureau of Customs under a new Commissioner welcomed the new year with the apprehension of Eight (8) Units Motor Vehicles worth Php 13 Million, misdeclared as Used Agricultural Machineries in two separate container shipments. Commissioner Napoleon Morales said that the shipments which were consigned to GACRAM TRADING, and PASARAM TRADING contained RIGHT HAND DRIVE Motor Vehicles banned under R.A. 8506, and of late Models (2003-2004) described as Toyota Spyder, Surf, and Klugger, Sports Cars Honda S2000, Mazda RX8, Subarru, from Japan. The commissioner further revealed that in response to a request from Interpol about the status of the shipment, it was found that all the banned motor vehicles were stolen as recorded in Japan. In his report to the BOC Commission and to the IEG Deputy Commission Celso P. Templo, ESS Dir. Nestorio B. Gualberto said that his office alerted the shipments in question alter a careful profiling and analytical evaluation by the Operations and Intelligence Office, ESS, led by Maj. Isabelo A. Tibayan III, of the import documents and the derogatory information re-
ceived about the shipment. Subsequently, the 100% examination that followed immediately conducted by the OIO, ESS Operatives and the examiner in the presence of the Commissioner Napoleon Morales, IEG DepComm Celso P. Templo, ESS Dir. Nestorio B. Gualberto and members of Tri-Media showed that the shipments actually contained Eight (8) Units of Right Hand Drive Motor Vehicles of the late models contrary to the declaration as Used Agricultural Machinery’s and Equipment Parts. Eventually, the Deputy Commission and the ESS Director directed and seizure of the shipments for violation of Sec. 2530 f & 1 (3, 4, & 5) of the TCCP, as amended in relation with Sec. 2503, thereof, and R.A. 8506, law banning the importation of right hand drive motor vehicles, and for lack of prior BIS authority to import. On his part, Commissioner Morales ordered the
filing of appropriate charges against the culprits in the illegal importation, and commended the Operations and Intelligence Office, ESS, for a job well done. Bilib na bilib ako na talagang seryoso na ang Bureau of Customs na masugpo and big time smuggling sa buong bansa. Mabuhay kayo Commissioner Morales, Deputy Commissioner Templo, Dir. Gualberto, Major Tibayan at ang lahat ng mga apprehending officers ng BOC. Congratulations to NLRC Commissioner Victoriano Calaycay na isa siya sa mga Awardee as OUTSTANDING PUBLIC OFFICIALS ng NEWSMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF THE PHIL. Headed by Mr. E.T. Suarez of the Manila Bulletin. Congratulations also to World Boxing Champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao na tinumba si Erik “El Terrible” Morales sa Round 10 doon sa Las Vegas Nevada U.S.A. Mabuhay ka Manny, marami rin ang natutuwa na Turn to page 13
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Pity the Little Children
here is no sight as beautiful as that of a happy child – sparkling with life, full of laughter, beam ing with innocence. ———————
Conversely, there is nothing more painful to the eyes and to the caring human hearts than that of an undernourished child, her body ravaged by disease, her countenance bears the mark of hopelessness. ——————— It is said that when a child dies she goes straight to heaven for she is God’s favored blessing to the world that should anchor its humanity on the pure, untarnished goodness and innocence of a child. ——————— Unfortunately, this pure, innocent, lovable human being has, in many parts of the world today including this beloved country of ours, been relegated to the realm of parental, societal and government neglect – sometimes even subjected to manipulation and abuse. ——————— Up in the highlands I was told that many small children of school age go to school without breakfast. They walk kilometers to attend classes chew sugarcane and eat guavas along the way for breakfast. During corn planting seasons many of these children are prevented by their parents to attend classes to keep watch the fields against chickens and other marauders. ——————— Down here in our cities have you ever experienced eating your hamburger or pizza pie while being watched by hungry, pathetic eyes of children behind those
glasses that separate you from them? The glasses separate you – yes – but those hungry looks penetrate the glasses. ——————— In our predominantly Catholic Philippines the month of January is the month for children – with the child Jesus – the Santo Niño – high up in the pedestal for all to see, for all to pay homage to, for all to receive the radiating tender loving goodness that only the Child can give. ——————— What have we been doing for the children of this land? Plenty. But unfortunately not enough. Nevertheless let me focus on one shining moment in our efforts. ——————— As the month for the Santo Niño was about to end last January 30 and 31, as Vice Chair of the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children (PCWC) I was privileged to represent Gov. George P. Arnaiz to receive, for and behalf of the Province, regional and national awards in Cebu City and Manila, respectively. ——————— It may be recalled that the Philippine Government has implemented in pilot areas consisting of Regions 7, 6, and 12 the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Project funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB). The project is jointly administered by the Department of Social Work and Development, Department of Education,
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Department of Health, and the Council for the Welfare of Children. ——————— In both the regional and national levels, the Province of Oriental Negros was recognized and awarded as Best Performing Province “for its exemplary implementation of the complete package of ECD services.” The City of Dumaguete was likewise awarded as Best Performing LGU in the regional and national levels. ——————— It was a banner year of achievements for the Province and its LGUs. Five LGUs namely: Ayungon under Mayor Edcel Enardecido, Bacong under Mayor Rodolfo Yee; Bindoy, under Mayor Turn to page Valente Yap; Dumaguete under13
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Sin As A Cancer
First David, then his family, then a nation “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you——O Absalom, my son, my son!” 18:33
ins: many people think of them as minor wrong activities. If you commit too many, you may get caught and punished. However, one or two here and there won’t make a big difference.
The Bible views sins more as cancer cells. One or two here and there do make a difference— often the difference between life and death. Because cancer cells grow, multiply, and take over, major surgery may be needed to save your life. Second Samuel 11:20 reads like a history of a spreading cancer. In the beginning, David was on top of the world —and so was Israel. The civil war was over, the land was at peace, and Israel was entering unprecedented prosperity. God had promised to ensure David’s descendants a continuous reign forever. What more could David hope for? The rest of life appeared as one long celebration. The Cancer Grows That celebration never began. One night David caught a glimpse of Bathseba’s beautiful, naked body, and impulsively sent for her. The coverup required a murder. Nobody could deny it was an ugly business: even David admitted it when Nathan confronted him. However, it was soon over. He repented. He married Bathseba. He did not intend to fall to that temptation again. But the consequences of the sin were far from over. Unknown to David, cancer was growing in his own household. David’s oldest son Amnon had an eye for women too. He tricked his half-sister, Tamar into his bedroom, then raped her. Afterwards, filled with disgust, he threw her out. David was furious. But, maybe because he felt his own sin had robbed him of moral authority, he did nothing to punish his son. According to the law (Leviticus 18:9, 29), Amnon deserved exile, but he got off free. David apparently wanted the matter forgotten. (Next: A Cold-Blooded Character)
FR. ROY CIMAGALA natural. They also acquire a supernatural value and possess salvific effects. The sacraments, instituted by Christ himself, make sure that Christ’s redeeming presence and action are perfectly applied on us, no matter how imperfectly one’s correspondence to these realities may be. This is how much Christ’s love for us is! In Church, language, the effects of the sacraments are carried out “ex opere operato,” that is, by the mere fact that the sacrament is administered. This is due to Christ’s power, and not so much our capability, although the better our dispositions to receive them are, the better the affects also would be in us. These, of course, are truths of faith, and can only be best appreciated when one handles them with faith.. They are based, among other
HESE past few days, I had the occasion to give first communion to two batches of little boys and girls. Doing so always gives me great joy, because I know that with that a Christian faithful, even if still very young, immerses himself more to the sacramental life that Christian life prominently is. The sacraments, and the whole liturgical life of the Church for that matter, are essential to any Christian believer. With the sacraments and the active participation in the Church’s liturgy, one’s life is mysteriously but effectively hitched with that of Christ. One is not left on his own. All his thoughts, desires and actions, as long as they conform to God’s will, that is, done with faith and love, and no matter how mundane, become also the thoughts, desires and actions of Christ. These thoughts, desires and actions are not only one’s own, but become his and Christ’s. They are not simply human and things, on what our Lord himself said: “I myself am the living bread come down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread he shall live forever. The bread I give is my flesh for the life of the world.” (Jn 6,51) These words should be made to reverberate more loudly and more often if not always in every Christian faithful’s ears, heart and mind. They remind us of the rich supernatural reality that also governs us but which we tend to take for granted. What would greatly help in this respect is when we consciously develop what may be called as a Eucharistic culture, a kind of mentality accompanied by appropriate practices that give due recognition to the importance of the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ. It contains Christ’s real presence.
As such, it is supposed to be the greatest treasure we can have here on earth. With this realization, it is also very logical to consider it as the center and root of our spiritual life, the source and summit of the Church’s life. It is what builds our Christian life and our Church. Being the sacrament of the real presence of Christ, the fullness of Christian revelation, it is easy to understand why, as the Catechism teaches, the Eucharist is the summary of our faith. Thus, every time we avail ourselves of the sacrament, we should be aware also of the invitation to live in accordance to the spirit of the Eucharist, the spirit of Christ himself. The Eucharistic culture
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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
ome years ago, when I was in seminary, the phrase often repeated was the cost of discipleship. It originated from a prison in Germany during World War II. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, imprisoned by Hitler, proclaimed the truth that while the grace of God is overflowing, it is not quite free; Turn to page 11
t one level, Jesus lives a very ordinary life. He does the sorts of things that e v eryone else has to do. But He is also a man on a mission and He uses every opportunity at His disposal to fulfill this call. He makes a courtesy call to the mother-in-law of Peter but takes the opportunity to heal her of her illnesses. He prays like the person next to him, but finds throngs of people seeking him out to the extent that He has to be constantly on the move.
On leaving the synagogue he entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them. When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him. Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole by Dr. PROCESO UDARBE of Galilee.
5 FEBRUARY 1906
BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN. J R.
hundred years ago, on 5 February 1906, an election was held for Governor of Negros Oriental. The gubernatorial candidates were Ramon Pastor of the Catholic party and Hermenigildo Villanueva whose party was supported by the incumbent, Gov. Demetrio Larena. The next day, advocates of Ramon Pastor protested the election. Since then, rumors circulated that the Governor General annulled the election results, according to the Catholic newspaper Nuevo Heraldo of Iloilo. A month later, the newspaper Cablenews American of Manila soberly said that the “confirmation (was) held up because of charges of fraud in voting.” “The enemies of Bishop Rooker are again trying to involve him in difficulties in Negros Island in connection this time with the provincial elections,” it added. “They claim that he is responsible for the suspension of the confirmation of the new governor, Villanueva. The authorities here have denies the assertion however.” After several months, on 8 May 1906, Gov. Gen. Henry C. Ide issued the Executive Order, No. 26, stating among other things that it was Judge Charles H. Smith who investigated the facts. In his report, Judge Smith recommended “that the election of Señor Villanueva be not confirmed and that a new election be ordered.” (This recommendation, of course, did reach the ears of the Catholic supporters of Señor Pastor, like Fray Paulino Jimenez of Nueva Valencia.) Among the grounds for protest were: (1) Villanueva “was an unfit person to hold the office, based largely upon the fact that several years ago he had been convicted of a breach of the peace and sentenced to pay a small fine”; (2) “some of the electors who voted for Señor Villanueva were disqualified by reason of not being of the age of majority”; (3) “certain of the remaining electors ... were ill and that their eyes were affected so that it was difficult for them to write”; (4) some of the electors were delinquent in the payment of taxes.” After a rather “careful examination” of these protests, Gov. Gen. Henry C. Ide so ordered “Señor Villanueva ... be declared elected, and his election is confirmed,” though it A
Gov. Demetrio Larena was hotly contested. Commenting on this close contest, noted historian Michael Cullinane in his book Illustrado Politics (2003) states that his “confirmation, however, was delayed due to a complicated protest involving Villanueva”s strong antagonism to the Catholic Church (Manila Times, 10 March and 11 May 1906)”. Cullinane further states that Villanueva was a “youthful protege” of the incumbent, Gov. Demetrio Larena. More than that, he was the husband of the Governor’s eldest daughter, Asuncion de la Peña, whose marriage had taken place in Dumaguete on 30 May 1901.
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MY JOURNEY WITH CANCER
Nothing, but a tiny weed...
small seed lay expectantly on the soft mound of
brown earth. She wonders what she will be like when she grows up. She looks around her and she finds a beautiful blooming rose. “ Oh, I don’t want to be like you. You are pretty , but look at you! You re full of thorns! How can you live like that?. At the distance she sees a stately Pine tree. She sighs. “ You are tall but pretentious. I don’t want to be like you either. I can’t get a good look at the other plants around me.” Then she looks up and meets the bamboo, tall, pliant and agreeable. “ You’re too flexible. It seems like you don’t have any backbone at all.” Then days passed by into months, as the seed grows, she realizes that she is nothing , but a TINY WEED! It is human to be imperfect and it is easy to find these imperfections
================================= in others. To condemn someone is the easiest task to do. It doesn’t require a Degree. We don’t have to be someone else to make others feel so low or incapable of doing anything worthwhile. Others feel that when they criticize someone, they grow a little bit taller or better than the victim. As we go through our respective journeys, discouragement sits at every corner of the road. Depression settles like a dark cloud, especially when pain and fear come. They are out to dampen our day. They are like pebbles scattered indiscriminately on our paths. Those who are proactive become the target. And those who sit and watch feel safe. But what if everytime we are tempted to CRITICIZE, we think of PRAISE? Let us ask ourselves, is there anything good with our local leaders? Is there any improvement in our city streets? Do we see the faithfulness of those who
have been serving the government or private offices , the schools, in business firms, who have been there for many years? Do we have recognition for clerks, janitors, cafeteria workers, road workers or sales ladies or even traffic aides? What about those good and well meaning policemen who risk their lives everyday? Our attrention is easily drawn to more visible and successful individuals. But what about those whose faces are marred by sweat and dirt serving humanity? Whose skin has been burned and scorched by the heat of the sun? Those whose faithfulness in their service have gone unnoticed? We cannot enjoy a nice good road if no one will ever work in the streets. We cannot buy fresh vegetables, meat, or fish if no one prepares them for our convenience. These people may not have the Ph.D.s, or masters degrees or even a single degree. They are ordinary people who contribute daily to the most
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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. Furnish a copy of this Order to the Solicitor General. SO ORDERED. Given this 8 th day of December, 2005 in the City of Dumaguete, Philippines. (Sgd.) FE LUALHATI D. BUSTAMANTE Acting Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Jan. 29, Feb, 5 & 12, 2006
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Sunday ... From page 8 for it cost the very life of the Son of God. At the center of the cost of discipleship is, of course, the cross; and there is a dark side to it. Bonhoeffer’s famous sentence was: “Come to Jesus Christ and die.” While the cross has its dark side, I suggest we reflect on the radiance of the cross too: its joy, its ecstasy. And we find in it the manifestations of the fruit of the Holy Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and selfcontrol.” (Galatians 5:21-22). Some who have pondered these words rightly say that three of these virtues apply to one’s relationship with himself; three to one’s relationship with others; and three to our relationship with God. For our meditation today, let us focus our thoughts on one from each of the triads. All three, I suggest, are of supreme value with respect to the radiance of our lives by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Let us begin with the fruit of the Holy Spirit that applies to the way we relate with ourselves. In a way of speaking, we owe it to ourselves that we have the gift of joy. It was Mahatma Gandhi who said that he was attracted to Christ but not to many Christians, for there was no joy in their faces. A great jurist said: “I might have entered the ministry if some clergymen I know don’t look and act like undertakers.” On the other hand, the great scholar, C.S. Lewis, had a book, Surprised By Joy, which describes his new-found joy as a follower of Jesus. And do you realize that we often get to know the richness of joy in unlikely places – an orphanage, a hospital, at a vigil service where joy is a celebration of life in the midst of grief? For joy is possible even in pain. The Book of Psalms abounds in calls to us to appropriate for ourselves the joy of the Lord. Remember that on Jesus’ last night with his disciples, when they were already saddened by the words of Jesus that he would die the next day, he said to them: “I have told you these things that my joy may be in you and that your joy should be complete.” (John 15:11). (To be continued)
The power of opinion
pinion writing is indeed a great and wonderful experience as one reaches a plateau in his writ ing career and is able to see through and live in the lives of others as the opportunity likewise allows him to embrace a very complex evil world, and yet learn to mature in beliefs and faith. In my very young career of opinion writing, an awesome sensation of fulfillment envelopes me whenever I meet ordinary people in the streets giving words of encouragement prompting me to persevere even when many would have chosen to take the convenient road of cowering in fear under a developing atmosphere of political repression and discrimination. They are the same ordinary citizens who also give whispers of endearment that powers my resolve to sharpen the God-given and purposeful skill of opinion writing. And more heartening is the fact that even those who entertain opposite views would express a worthy contradiction. However, I also discovered that having an ability to formulate opinions and venture into the undiscovered world would be a nullity without a heart that livens the words, and a spirit that giveth true meaning, worthy for deep thoughts. No wonder wise men say: “Speak from the heart!”. Thus, a person may have all the great thoughts in the world, but if he is not blessed with a heart that grants him the burning desire to express them in words, those great thoughts will remain as dreams like blowing bubbles flying in the air. They fly high and wide, and fade away. One aspect that I learned in Opinion-making is that it is a struggle of learning the art of relinquishment and sharing the views of tomorrow which seem to be in opposite direction of the
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views of today. It begins with an experience of loneliness and in fact appears to be a losing proposition, but when events unfold and verify the opinion as factual and true, there is a sensational feeling of gaining ground and enjoying the triumphant drum-beats of conquest. In opinion writing, I was able to see how, indeed, things are almost up-side down. Telling a lie is truth; people being too dependent on government for food, shelter and clothing is freedom; corrupters are dignified and glorified in many social and official functions; The rich sit at the feasting table; wealth is equivalent to success no matter where the source is; those who are socially influential are held up as deserving of respect and emulation; the cheaters win and cheered upon. Such and many more are the prevailing values of a carnal world. But when human mortality is seen from the perspective of eternity as the HOLY WRITINGS declare: the humble is exalted; servanthood is glorified; despised minority like the Samaritans are held up for their exemplary behavior; those that the law demands to be punished are forgiven; the poor are called blessed and the strong are weak; Sinners rather than the righteous are justified as salvation is for the former not the latter; the prodigal son is welcomed with an elaborate feast. Many of the readers of “Mumbaki” had time and again commented that my writing style had changed lately. It transformed from political bombastics to spiritual calmness, but they are quick to add that it is now a mind-quizzer and
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augers deep into the individuality and mortality of the reader. And though it is calm, it is fervent and assiduous. It is at this point that I made a new discovery. This world has become upside down because we have separated our physical world from the concept of eternity. We have separated governance from spirituality. Therefore, may our prayer be that our desire for nation building, individual safety, security and respect be transformed by the adventure of our Faith in the All-knowing and Omnipotent God that teaches us to take the risks of social rejection but leads to true life and divine justice for all. Then this world will be a better place to live in and to enjoy its temporary comforts and provisions. It is also then that we are elevated as citizens of the Kingdom rather than of a Country. Let me end by a passage found in Romans 13:7 – “Give everyone what you owe him; if you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor”. My beloved readers, is this just an opinion?
Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7 th Judicial Region BRANCH 40 Dumaguete City CAD. PLEADING NO. 3183 LOT 261-A Barangay Piapi Dumaguete City PETITION FOR ISSUANCE OF SECOND OWNER’S DUPLICATE OF TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 11157 DUMAGUETE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, INCORPORATED, Represented by ROBELEO P. PADERNAL, Petitioner. x—————————————/
ORDER A verified petition for the Issuance of Second Owner’s Duplicate of Transfer Certificate of Title No. 11157 in lieu of the lost one has been filed with this Court by Dumaguete First Baptist Church, Incorporated represented by Robeleo P. Padernal , through counsel, praying that after hearing, an Order be issued declaring the first owner’s duplicate copy of TCT No. 11157 covering Lot No. 261-A which was lost as null and void and of no force and effect; Ordering the City Register of Dumaguete City to issue a second owner’s copy of TCT No. 11157 covering Lot No. 261-A, which shall in all respects be entitled to the same faith and credit as the former duplicate copy. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, let the petition be heard at the Session Hall of this Court on March 7, 2006 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at which time and date any interested person may appear and show cause why the prayers in the petition should not be granted. Let a copy of this Order be published in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks. The Sheriff of this Court is hereby directed to post this Order in three (3) conspicuous places and in the place where the land is located. SO ORDERED. Dumaguete City, Philippines, January 12, 2006. The Negros Chronicle Jan. 29, Feb. 5 & 12, 2006
(Sgd.) GERARDO A. PAGUIO, JR. Presiding Judge
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The LETTERMEN in Cebu, Manila and Davao. Only one, Tony Butala (center), is the original of the three while the new ones are Donovan Tea (left) and Mark Preston (right). They reminisced college love songs in the 60s and brought baby boomers back to memory lane. Tony Butala said that when couples hear them sing, the population suddenly rises. Joke or not, their love songs still captivate the young and old lovers at heart.
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cost of electricity among end- consumers. Thus, the rebates, and the virtual respite of electric consumers from paying high electric rates.
The Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative (NORECO 1) based in Bindoy town has reduced its electric rates by P1.039 per kilowatt-hour for the month of January 2006. This developed after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed Resolution No. 1165 appropriating more than P2M
resh from his stint as administrative of ficer of the city engineer’s Office, Julius Ricardo has been appointed as the OIC of the City Assessor’s Office of Dumaguete whose job is to keep an active record of land use in the city. He started as a clerk at the city treasurer’s office, and rose to city administrative officer at the city engineer’s office. He took over Assessor John Larot who retired from the service. He is married to the former Erlinda Callora with whom he has three children.
to NORECO 1 as its share of the royalty tax paid by NAPOCOR and PNOC to the provincial government for the year 2004. NORECO 1 received approximately P2,736,000, says NORECO 1 Public Relations Officer Joie Dagonton. It will be effected in the January billing. Meanwhile, the Philippine In-
formation Agency will hold a Kapihan sa PIA forum in Bais City on January 8, 2006 in connection with the upcoming NORECO 1 district elections. The forum will serve not only as a venue to discuss issues related to the conduct of the district elections but also an awareness drive on energy conservation. (RMN)
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sgr. Merlin T. Logronio, President of the Negros Oriental Network of NGOs (NEGORNET), inducted the Officers and Members of the 2006 Board of Trustees of the YMCA of Negros Oriental, yesterday, January 28, 2006 at 6:30 PM at the YMCA Conference Hall, Dumaguete City. Sworn were the following Officers and Members of the 2006 Board of Trustees: President – Atanacio C. Llena; 1st Vice-President – Dr. Rafael C. Lagahit; 2 nd Vice-President – Engr. Armando G. Perdiguerra; Corporate Secretary – Farley B. Villariza; Treasurer – Rufino W. Sun, Jr. II; Asst. Treasurer – Rafael K. Gadiane; and Auditor – Jesus B. Caingcoy. Board Members are Mayor Amor A. Baldado, Dr. Alfredo G. Maturan, Burtlan I. Partosa and Rufino F. Sun, Jr. YMCA President Tanny Llena joined the YMCA Movement in 1968 when he attended as one of the delegates to the First YMCA Provincial Student Conference sponsored by the YMCA Negros Oriental Branch. During the YMCA Induction Ceremonies and Recognition Program, YMCA Service Awards were presented to outstanding YMCA leaders led by Santiago V. Villarin, the 2005 YMCA Silver Triangle Service Awardee, and Clarita D. Maypa, the 2005 YMCA Worker of the Year. New YMCA Life Members were also sworn in on this same occasion. (Sgd. Greg G. Fernandez Jr, YMCA General Secretary)
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ayor Perdices’ jokes never fail to make me laugh and I have always admired his sense of humor of which he has plenty. Anybody who knows him personally knows what I mean. I suppose that is what endears him to many people. I just came across a news item which said and I quote, “Perdices said the coming in of big malls will not kill the small businesses because competition is always for the benefit of the consumers.*JG “ as quoted by cable TV newsman Choy Gallarde. I can’t help but treat this as another of his jokes as we know pretty well that large malls like SM, Robinson’s and Lee Plaza will eventually kill the small businesses around it. We know of course that these malls can always sell cheaper thereby killing the small business. That’s what competition is all about. But progress does have its casualties. What we really should be happy about is that at last we are now seeing our city expand its horizons, in spite of our brand of city government. Have a nice day!
Pity the ... From page 7 Mayor Agustin Perdices; La Libertad, under Mayor Jocelyn S. Limkaichong; and Manjuyod under Mayor Amor Baldado received Regional awards as achievers. ——————— Completing the harvest of awards were five (5) Best Service Providers, namely: 1. Lilibeth Bulabon, Rural Health Midwife, La Libertad; 2. Florencia Catada, Day Care Worker, Dumaguete City; 3. Cherry Teves, Child Development Worker, Ayungon; 4. Meriam Demecillo, Day Care Mother, Dumaguete City; and 5. Katherine Sedillo, Grade1 Teacher, Canlaon City. Florencia Catada and Meriam Demecillo, both of Dumaguete City, were recognized as National Awardees. ——————— Back to the question. What has government done for the little children of this land? We have – and are still doing a lot – but compared to the magnitude of our concerns we still have a long way to go. The key to these efforts are the local Government Units (LGUs).
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nandoon si First Gentleman Mike Arroyo na nagbigay ng malaking inspirasyon kay Manny Pacquiao at siya ay kinunggratulate agad ni Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. May magandang mensahe si Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao na kalimutan muna natin ang sobrang pamolitika at galit, magkaisa tayo alang-alang sa ating bansa. May maganda rin pala na accomplishment si DOT Secretary Hon. Joseph “Ace” Durano ito ay ating nalaman kay Undersecretary Phineas A. Alburo lalong lumalakas ngayon ang Tourism Industry sa buong bansa. Congratulations rin to Don Carlos Go of Sulpicio Lines, Inc. Nakatanggap ng tatlong award from MARINA Region 7 as the Cleanest Shipping Company of the year 2005. Hanggang ngayon, maraming nagte-text sa akin condemning AGILE/US-AID lalong-lalo na kay Prof. Victor Abola sa ginawa nito na patawan ng mas malaking buwis ang beer at sigarilyo sapagkat natamaan tayong lahat na naninigarilyo at umiinom. Hanggang next week. Please send your suggestions and comments to my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
accountability? The GMA Government, per survey, got a –4% rating from Filipinos with respect to issues of corruption, crime and inflation (poorer compared to Erap’s time). Clearly the issues of public perception of bad governance and the reality of hunger will pester the GMA Administration the next months. The strengthening of the peso has now created its feared backlash: exporters are now losing after quoting prices based on P55:US$1 to their buyers. OFW families (of the 10 million working abroad) are now receiving less pesos for their dollars because of the peso appreciation. How many Filipinos are affected? Definitely, the race for political survival due to the economic crisis and that of legitimacy is becoming more intense by the day. It will not be the crooked politicians or the messianic military men who could turn the tide of history. It could be the teeming suffering masses. Preachers have blessed being poor as a beatitude to be rewarded with the kingdom of heaven. The rich is hard up to enter Heaven as a camel to enter the eye of a needle. The only difference is the rich has the wherewithal to tailor-make a needle whose eye can fit a camel. What has the poor got?
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VACANT POSITIONS ELEMENTARY LEVEL 1.1 DepEd, Region VII, 2) DepEd, Division of Dumaguete City; 3) Education Supervisor I-SG-21, Item Nos. OSEC-DECSB-ES1-510054-2005; 510055-2005: 510056-2005; 510057-2005; 510058-2005;510059-2005; 510060-2005;510061-2005; 510062-2005; 4) Qualification – Masters degree in Education or its equivalent; 5) Experience: 2 years as Principal II, 1 year as Principal I; 5) Eligibility: LET/PBET/TCHRS EXAM. (PRC License/PRC Certification). (Sgd.) DR. CARMELITA T. DULANGON Schools Division Superintendent The Negros Chronicle Feb. 5, 2006 Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Oriental Negros City/Municipality: Dumaguete City NO TICE OF PUBLICA TION NOTICE PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that AURORA T. TAYKO-ALAMA has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from “ELPIDIO JR.” to “ELPIDIO” in the birth certificate of ELPIDIO ALAMA JR. who was born on November 16, 1951 at Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental and whose parents are LEON ALAMA and ELISABETH ZAMORA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 20 February 2006. The Negros Chronicle Feb. 5 & 12, 2006
February 5, 2006 Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City Special Proceeding No. B-05-22 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTING THE ENTRY OF THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT IN THE OFFICE OF THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BAIS CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL, ARLENE TORRES RUFO, Represented by Her father CRISPULO TORRES, Petitioner, – versus – APOLONIA P. BACTOL in her Capacity as the LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR of Bais City. Negros Oriental, Respondent. x——————————————————/
ORDER 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 Feb. 5, 12 & 19, 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) RURAL BANK OF SIATON, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Mortgagee, – versus – SPS. QUERUBIN BAEL AND PLACIDA BAEL for themselves and CECILIA BAEL AND REUEL BAEL, Mortgagors. x—————————————————————/ NO TICE OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SALE NOTICE Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act No. 3135/1508 filed by Cooperative Bank of Negros Oriental against Sps. Querubin Bael and Placida Bael for themselves and Cecilia Bael and Reuel of Buñao, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of January 24, 2006 amounts to NINE HUNDRED TWENTY FOUR THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED SIX PESOS & 30/100 (P924,806.30), excluding penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned or his duly authorized deputies will sell at public auction on March 22, 2006 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning to 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Hall of Justice, E.J. Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental to the highest bidder, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippines Currency the following property with all its improvements to wit: TRANSFER CER TIFICA TE OF TITLE NO CERTIFICA TIFICATE NO.. 21628
“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. 93-0151042. 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 31st 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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From page 2 such as a licensed pharmacist with the necessary documents, DTI business permit, etc. Accreditation fee is set at P5,000, says Iglesia. “Even owners of existing drug stores may apply as Botika ng Bayan,” adds Iglesia. Interested applicants must go to the Department of Health Provincial Health Team Office on Mondays and Fridays only as Iglesia, who is the lone BFAD officer in the province, is on field on Tuesdays to Thursdays. The DOH office here is located at the Cimafranca Subdivision (near Little Children of the Philippines), Daro, this city. (RMN)
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the suspect Monet slipped out and waited for Katada to return to his house when he stabbed him in the lower abdomen through and through with a flamingo. Victim was rushed to the Negros Or. Provincial Hospital where he underwent two surgeries. He is still in critical condition. A joint affidavit of witnesses were already submitted to the PNP for the filing
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From page 2 ested areas which has become bald due to illegal logging. Mayor Yap said that a project proposal has been presented by his administration to the Department of Energy last year but since funds intended for the purposes was depleted on that year, the same is now pushed for inclusion in this year’s priority list. –o0o– LINKING AYUNGON AND KABANKALAN Strengthening the bondage of the two peoples of Negros Island, a composite P4.5M-bridge is now in offing connecting a river of this town with that of Kabankalan, the nearest town in Negros Occidental. The project will kick off after local executives had ink a pact to cooperate each other in the realization of what some residents call her as “friendly ties” bridge. Aside from Governor George Arnaiz and his counterpart in Negros Occidental, Governor Joseph Maranon, the other local executives that will be involved includes the mayors Ayungon and Kabankalan in Occidental side. Negros Oriental government committed a counterpart of not less than P2 million pesos.
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From page 1 Paragas and Louie Ruel Rubio was each sentenced to suffer imprisonment from six months of arresto mayor to two years and four (4) months of prision correccional as maximum for violating Section 16 or Section 8 of the old drugs law R.A. No. 6425. Drug cases against Jimmy Tabotabo, Jakosalem Dagunton, Grandee Alcorin and Rollin Narciso were all provisionally dismissed as the prosecution manifested that it could no longer prove the guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt due to the death of its one and only principal witness who either has died or has become a fugitive from justice. For the same month,
Foundation University’s Outstanding Alumni Awards, given out annually for the last 42 years. This year’s awarding ceremony will be held on Tuesday, July 4, 2006, during the celebration of the University’s 57th founding anniversary. Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.FoundationU.com or may be secured from Donna Aguilar, FU Alumni Relations director, at the Balay sa Alumni, FU North campus. Deadline for all nominations is on Friday, June 2, 2006.
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HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS use it will be measured to you. In short, you reap what you sow. With 73 dead the ABS-CBN SHOW STAMPEDE has a very strong effect on its marketing. People will no longer watch their live shows for fear of another bomb scare which might turn real, courtesy of destabilizers. ABS-CBN should be ashamed of its past deeds. Here is a government which they lambasted day in and day out, 24 hours daily, yet, the same officials were on hand to condole with them after the tragedy. The tragedy was indeed a wake up call to ABS-CBN. It should be a humbling experience if they know how to discern such incident. For the common masses the lesson is, never judge a person unfairly, lest something unfair (like that stampede) will also happen unto you. Let’s see if ABS-CBN will mellow down their attacks against the Presidency.It is only important that as the biggest TV network in the country, they should lead the way in sober,accurate, and responsible broadcast journalism. (EPD)
DepEd ... From page 1 employees whose arrearages could easily reach P2-billion. These discrepancies nationwide were discovered under the watch of PGM Winston Garcia. The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) here is now in the thick of updating the GSIS records of public school teachers in Negros Oriental. According to local GSIS Information Officer Jaydon Villaverde, GSIS is working overtime with officials from the Department of Education (DepEd) in gathering, collating and encoding the individual service records of DepEd employees while removing inaccurate data such as bloated salaries and nonexistent members. Earlier, GSIS Executive Vice President for Operations Enriqueta Disuanco has assured that the state pension fund and DepEd are implementing a “one and for all” solution that will correct discrepancies in the service records of DepEd employees. The project, which costs P17.2 million courtesy of GSIS, is being done at the DepEd division level. Disuanco said this will pave the way for reliable and accurate data to be uploaded in the GSIS database. GSIS will train DepEd personnel on the GSIS-preferred format of data encoding, this on top of the state pension fund shouldering the cost of acquiring computers and equipment as well as the hiring of contractual employees. Disuanco said P17 million is a small investment compared to its long-term benefits. “Once we are through with this, we are positive that the GSIS will collect from the DepEd at least P2 billion in arrearages. The DepEd committed to seek allocation once we finalize the correct amount that is due,” she said.
twelve new drug cases were also filed by the PDEA. While the Court tries its best to resolve the pending cases, there seems to be no stop to the proliferation of drug related incidents in Dumaguete. The successful elimination of the drug menace requires the cooperation of all sectors of society. As the saying goes, save the user, jail the pusher. But we must address the problem, by cutting the roots. The public is strongly urged to turn in the big shots.
PNP-LTO ... From page 1 range from P100 to P1000. Responsible quarters in the community immediately lauded the move of the PNP and LTO to intensify their crack down on motorcycleriding criminals. The check points on operation Night Eye is also intended to monitor the illegal carrying of firearms. In many crime incidents, the motorcycle is always the convenient get-away vehicle because of its easy maneuverability and the capability to enter rough terrain under all weather conditions. By cracking down on hot motorbikes, the law enforcers hope to minimize crime incidents and be deterrents to would-be criminals. EXPAT COMPLAINS A foreigner who lives in Dumaguete complained that he was subjected to harassment by traffic cops. one of them was not in uniform. While William Mogg was dining along Perdices St., his new big bike was subjected to inspection. Having found no plates, since it was still for registration, he was brought to the PNP headquarters and made to pay P100 as fine for having no license plate. He explained that the store dealer was the one following up the papers. Mogg, a US retiree, complains that he did not commit any crime. Why was he brought to the PNP headquarters? She added that a reliable and accurate record will give teachers a correct record of creditable service, which is the basis for benefits and privileges such as loans, claims and dividends. Villaverde said GSIS gave this statement in light of a proposal for some DepEd employees union officials that teachers put up their own insurance fund, apparently as a way out of the unreliable records they have with the GSIS. But Disuanco said the GSIS should not be readily faulted for this, because the state-pension fund only based its membership data on the service records submitted by DepEd personnel. (RMN)
February 5, 2006
D E ! E M T E R A GU A H M U C D E Y L L B CA I P Y T BY MARLEI DAWN E. CONSERMAN It could yet be another first in the city. The combined creativcity of local Dumaguete City designers and exquisite models are about to launch Dumaguete City as the next fashion hub of the Philippines with its first ever clsassic fashion show to be staged at the sprawling CBA parking lot of Silliman University , 8 PM on February 8. IT’S CALLED: BE CHARMED . Popular local designer “Josip” actually Carlos Estolloso Tumapa came up with a brilliant idea of staging his very own first fashion show featuring his original designs down from the sophisticated casual wear to the dazzling formal gowns. But professionals say that Josip could now well compete with known designers in big cities like in Manila or Cebu. WHAT IS CLASSY IS UNIQUELY DUMAGUETE “I want to feature the fashion lifestyle of students here in Dumaguete City which is slowly moving from the casual ones to the sexy, daring and mature way of dressing,” Josip said. And you will be amazed how beautiful are our Dumaguete-based student models at Silliman, featuring both Filipina and the international student community. In addition, he explained that the fashion show would open more opportunities to budding talented students, entrepreneurs and designers in Dumaguete. “We have a very big potential when it comes to the arts. Working
with the team I have in Silliman University alone, the Silliman Guild of Artists (SILGARIANS), made me realize how talented our generation is. I have never seen such group of students so talented and passionate in working on this projects with me,” Josip commented. The BE CHARMED fashion show is divided into three segments. Josip explains that the first segment will be a showcase of gowns and formal dresses tailored for students who are still wondering what is the “in thing” for the prom this year. Meanwhile, the second and third segment will feature Josip’s collection of sophisticated bohemian flowing dresses and some personally remodeled beaded pants. Josip started making his designs way back to his elementary years and is considered a fashion rebel with that well-mixed touch of class and sophistication when it comes to fashion ideas. Flowing, clean-cut clothes are Josip’s personal trademarks. He admits that he is currently into playing with chiffon designs and has tried remodeling “ukayukay” clothes by injecting his own idea of style and fashion. Also, Josip shares that he is on the habit of tearing his pants. “When I buy my pants, I always tear them in the long run and inject my own fashion statement into it,” Josip said. On the other hand, Ray Dy, a junior Entrepreneur student of Silliman University, personally designed the other pieces and accessories that will be used in the fashion show. Ray began crafting his custom-made exclusive accessories such as brooches, cuffs, bracelets, necklaces and earrings a year ago. He’s also into detailed bead designs and accepts custom-made orders of clients using various media such as fresh water pearls, Swarovski crystals, wood beads and sequins in suede, brass, stainless steel and aluminum chain. Some of Ray’s designs can be previewed at http:// rcadyborluloys.ebloggy.com/. Meanwhile, the BE CHARMED fashion show is part of the week long celebration of the Silliman University College of Business Administration (CBA) Week. Other activities included in the CBA Week are the “Reggae Night” with the famous local band Enchi at the BA Parking Lot, Marketing Exposition with St. Paul University at the Audio Vi-
sual Theatre I and the “HUDYAKA” CBA Cultural Night at the Luce Auditorium. The BE CHARMED fashion show is in partnership with the Silliman Guild of Artists (SILGARIANS) and is sponsored by the Silliman University CBA Student Council.. Promotions by the NEGROS CHRONCILE and ENERGY FM DYEM. Admission for the show is free and is open to everyone.
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