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VOL. 33 No. 31

Dumaguete

City,

Philippines,

Sunday

JANUARY 14, 2007

Mining ordinance needs NGO watch

Militants abort high permit fees

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Aliens; report to Immigration

Witness credibility vital in re-probe

Perdices after all has polls opponents

After the CHRONICLE release last week that last-termer re-electionist City Mayor Agustin Perdices, now 72, is seemThe prosecuingly unopposed during the forthcoming May tion last 14 elections, several quarters immediately Friday battled on both raised their reactions to the contrary. sides to fathom the From the camp of Rep. election are: rising and un- credibility of the lone Emilio Macias , insiders re- solved murders and extraju- witness in the Nov. 3 port that Macias is pushing, dicial killings including the if not, raising funds for a mayor’s treasurer and an in- murder of a Cebuboard member from the sec- timate boyhood friend who based fraternity ofond district as the probable were murdered in cold blood; ficer who runs a taimayoralty opponent of ; the murder of the adminis- loring business in Perdices with a former IBP trative officer of the city Dumaguete. chapter president as his vice mayoral running mate. Although already known in city circles, those concerned requested that they make the formal announcements themselves in due time and forum. The CHRONICLE is respecting their request. However, this board member had already talked one on one with the city mayor informing him about his decision. VALID ISSUES. The issues in the city

prosecutor’s office is also still unsolved; Issue 2: is the proliferation of drugs and drug addicts in the city who have caused fear among residents due to holdups, snatchings, rape, of innocent victims mostly students in this university town; ISSUE 3: the stagnation of pier development which has left us behind in tourism and commerce.; and ISSUE 4: the multi-million alleged anomalies among many city barangay councils and their officers ranging from mil

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The murder, one of those celebrated vigilantestyle killings, has taken a Divinity student of Silliman U and a NORSU student as prime suspects since their rented motorbike was allegedly what the lone witness saw as the duo’s getaway vehicle from the crime scene. By twist of fate, the witness reportedly recanted and said she did not recognize the motorbike nor the suspects because it was dark. In the course recanTurn to of page 15 tation, the new prosecuting

Prosecutor Rodolfo Tropizado (right), chairs the team of prosecutors ordered by the Court to re-investigate the fratman Perez murder case in Nov. 3. With him are Fiscals Charina Cortes and Leah Nazareno. At left, private prosecutor Atty. Sal Erames and defense counsel Atty. Manuel Arbon.

ARRESTED: NegOr’s Top wanted NPA BY: DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

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t was the end of the road for the most wanted NPA leader in the province of Negros Oriental after years of police-huntings. Authorities identified the rebel leader as Raul “Ka Drilon” Villar and his alleged security escort Fernando Mahilum. He was captured last Monday by the combined forces of the army and the police. This was confirmed by the Commanding Officer of the 61st Infantry Battalion, Col. Norman Flores who presented the duo to Gov. Arnaiz and Col. Ramon Buenafe, provincial PNP director. (Turn to page 2)

ASEAN UNITY

ASEAN leaders to set up free trade zone

ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS

WORKING FORCE BEHIND ASEAN

CEBU — Southeast Asian leaders have agreed to begin writing a regional charter to create a more closely integrated regional bloc similar to the European Union and to jointly combat terrorism and cross-border crimes, according to a draft of their final statement obtained by The Associated Press on Friday. The statement, to be issued after the summit concludes today Sunday, also includes an agreement on the protection of migrant workers—a major issue in the region—and a vow to create an “ASEAN Economic Community” with a free flow of goods, services, investment and capital by 2015. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo (sixth from left) links arms with Japanese Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Katsuhito Asano (fifth from left) and other foreign ministers of the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during a group photo ses

“ LEARN TO LAUGH AT YOUR PROBLEMS. IF YOU DO, YOU NEVER RUN OUT OF SOMETHING TO LAUGH AT.”

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Most Wanted NegOr NPA falls ... The government has offered as much as Php 800,000 as reward money for their capture. Villar was the primary suspect in the ambush-slay-robbery of four Sta. Catalina employees who held up a P300,000-payroll money for their colleagues at the Sta Catalina municipal hall, four years ago and fled to the mountains. He was also a former RPA-ABB member who used to provide Governor George Arnaiz, a town mate, security before he “surrendered” and join the CPPNPA claiming that it has allowed him “to be more closer to the people” as a squad leader of platoon 1 Larangan Guerrilla 5 operating from Mabinay to Basay. Seized from the two

rebels were two baby armalite rifles, M 16 bullets, subversive documents and personal belongings. The Commanding Officer of the 61st Infantry Battalion, Col. Norman Flores is also preparing to impose a security dragnet for the possible retaliatory maneuvers that might be launched by the CPP-NPA against the security forces as a result of this development while denying the two any opportunity to escape. A visibly pleased Governor George Arnaiz hailed the arrest of the most prominent NPA leader of the province saying that it would be a big loss to the underground movement. He is calling for the others to yield and return to the bosom of the gov-

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critical repor ting reporting

HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS

BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

(email: elydejaresco@yahoo.com)

Commonality between junkshops and terrorism Do you know that there is a direct commonality between an innocent looking junkshop, and the current drive against the spread of terrorism? Col. Omar Buenafe and Gov. George Arnaiz present the most wanted NPA in Negros Oriental, Ka Drilon (right) and his aide Fernando Mahilum. ernment since the long arm of the law would certainly reach them. Investigators are also looking for the Ka Drilon’s involvement in some cases while robbery with multiple murder and homicide charges are being readied

against him. The arrested rebels are now detained temporarily and while undergoing interrogation at the PNP Provincial Command in Agan-An, Sibulan. Nevertheless, Ka Drilon expressed confidence that the justice system will accord him due process.

TOP OF THE WEEK

By Dems Rey T. Demecillo

Sy scions envision LPG run tricycles? Orsuper business park change to multicabs? The scions of the Julio Sy family (no relation to Henry Sy of SM fame) are envisioning a modern super business park in their sprawling 21 hectare complex in Calindagan after the grand opening of Robinson Super Mall whose construction is ongoing. The Teletech call center is now there. The future amenities of top 200 companies worldthe business park include wide in the field of architecamong other: retirement ture is commissioned to dehomes, 4 star hotel, concert velop the said prime proppark, a display center for erty. export products, 3 star movie City Administrator house, etc. Dominador Dumalag Jr. said Palafox Architectural Turn to page 13 Company, ranked 96 in the

Will the tricycle industry be ran by Liquified Petroleum Gas in the future or phase out this popular transport and evolve into jeepneys and multicabs like in other growing cities.

Recognizing the dangers of strolling dogs in the Rizal boulevard and Quezon Park, Coun cilor Rotelio Lumjod filed a proposed ordinance banning the entry and strolling of dogs at the said places. However, after facing opposition from his colleagues in the City Council, Lumjod like any animals have rights is open to some amendments that must be respected. Acwhich would stress regula- cordingly, dogs need to extion rather than outright pro- ercise and be taken care off. De Jesus suggests that hibition. Councilor Noel De Jesus reminded his colTurn to page 10 leagues that pet dogs just

in the May 14 poll ballot asking the people whether they want charter change or not. Answerable with a yes or no, the above question should be followed by the voter’s choice as to the mode of change whether thru Con Ass (Constituent Assembly) or Con Con (Constitutional Convention). In this manner, by the gress so that they question of people’s direct mandate policy changing the constitution will makers can now be guided be finally settled and the Suaccordingly, instead of end- preme Court will have no recourse but to give it a less, fruitless noisy debates. other chance since the question Teves is upbeat that his reso- sheets will be attached to the lution will be passed by Con- ballots thus making them valid.

This question was raised by some concern citizens after Councilor Samuel Dicen proposed the allocation of Php 1.2 million for the putting up of bond and purchase of LPG converter kits to be made available as a loan to a drivers’ group

Looks a bit far fetched, but when you come to think of it, the two, junkshops and terrorism are quite related to each other in terms of the activities that they do. In local junkshops nearest you, one can find a friendly salesman, usually the owner who stands by the door of his small shop, buying whatever scrap metals and steel bars and aluminum even plastic are available. When you enter, there will be no questions asked, the buyer simply weighs the stuff and pay you in cash for what it’s weight was worth. Most of those selling to junkshops are the enterprising vagrants even businessmen who have made it big in the junk world. First they bought and sold scrap irons. Now they even take a whole typewriter, a whole airconditioning unit, bits of machines and old computers.

Mining Watchdogs needed

headed by Glendo Selim of Federation of Dumaguete Motorcab Operator and Drivers Association (FEDUMCODA). Drivers believe that they can actually save as much as 14.00 pesos per li

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Regulate dog strolling Teves wants Cha Cha issue in 2007 ballot along Rizal Boulevard District Congressman Herminio G. Teves of the Third wants a plebiscite question included

Local militants abort high permit fees

By: DRD If not for the “voice in the wilderness” of a handful of militants, some 3,000 tricycle drivers and operators in Dumaguete City could have been taken for ride through city-initiated livelihood loans taken out of the public funds following the unprecedented increase of mayor’s and franchise fees for tricycles. From trust fund to a simple rate increase in renewal fees, the city is in fact determined to release the first batch of livelihood loans to one of the 14-member fed- Militants dialogue with the public on what they call exorbitant mayor’s and franchise eration of tricycle drivers fees for tricycle Drivers and Operators. (left to right) Anak Pawis Coordinator Ronald Ian Evidiente, KMU Nene Dionaldo, Motor Piston Eddie Lazaro. and operators. The militant groups de Turn to page 10

Environment Chair BM Leah Ga Bromo (left) admits that politics need to be shunned from influencing the mining industry under her proposed ordinance. Bromo guested “DUMAGUETE TONIGHT” at DYEM FM Friday with pollution officer Filipinas Ga.

Lately, the junkshop owner simply bought a strong iron clad which looked like an old un-used world war II bomb which is now emptied of its contents. Good buy because the empty bomb is made of real strong iron. But the shrapnels inside were taken out by the owner or finder. These are recycled and used inside newly installed home made bombs. Sometimes, it’s twice as deadly, and the shrapnels now rusty is deadlier when the new bomb explodes. So we alert junkshops to be wary of buying empty bomb shells which may turn out to be done by home made bombing experts report this sales to the PNP nearest you. Second and foremost, junkshops ought not to buy stolen items. They could be liable under the anti-fencing law. And the most important danger is that they could be liable to the anti terrorism proposed law, as accessory or in direct participation of the terrorists who are now getting better in making home-made bombs, similar to the ones used in this weeks’ Cotabato and Kidapawan series of bomb explosions. We are concerned here because we in Dumaguete have discovered stockpile of World War II un-exploded live bombs left by both Japanese and Americans during liberation time. First we ask the PNP where are those unexploded bombs that were recovered at various places here like the ones discovered along one of the boulevard houses, in NOHS? Valid questions .


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Perdices ... From page 1 lions in unliquidated funds since 2005 as reported by COA; and the many irregularities cited by the Commission on Audit, are now being copied by barangay residents to be vocalized during the campaign. More responsible quarters in the community are planning to run in the barangay level elections. ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Mayor Perdices’ administration will also stand as the only one that has almost completed the cementing of city roads. This has been the maAUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Real St., Independence St. Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from August 1-31, 2006 will be sold to public auction on January 15, 2007 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ================= AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Lupega Bldg., Dr. V. Locsin St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from August 1-31, 2006 will be sold to public auction on January 15, 2007 at 9:30 A.M. at this office =============== AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Aldea Bldg., San Juan cor. Perdices St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from August 1-31, 2006 will be sold to public auction on January 15, 2007 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ================ AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Magallanes St., Tanjay City All unredeemed pledges from August 1-31, 2006 will be sold to public auction on January 15, 2007 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ================= AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Quezon Street, Bais City

jor project of the city to the appreciation of the people. City road cementing is definitely a Perdices legacy. No city mayor has accomplished that much. The Macias-funded city slate under NPC vs Perdices is precipitated by the fact that Perdices, a boyhood friend of Macias, now 73, was supposed to run against Macias for governor. Arnaiz, 49, and a lawyer, is running for Congress vice Macias who is a doctor by profession. Perdices is a mechanical engineer.

REMOLLO TO RE-RUN? There is also the possibility of a come-back by exAll unredeemed pledges from August 1-31, 2006 will be sold to public auction on January 15, 2007 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ================= AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Claro M. Recto Street Bayawan City All unredeemed pledges from August 1-31, 2006 will be sold to public auction on January 15, 2007 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ================== AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS H. Villanueva St., Siaton, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from August 1-31, 2006 will be sold to public auction on January 15, 2007 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ================= AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Guihulngan Branch Quezon St., Pob. Guihulngan, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from August 1-31, 2006 will be sold to public auction on January 15, 2007 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ================ AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sta. Catalina Branch P. Villanueva St., Sta. Catalina, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from August 1-31, 2006 will be sold to public auction on January 15,

mayor Iping Remollo who wants to vindicate his honor in the controversial heavy equipment issue which the Perdices camp allegedly failed to prove in court and “bring Remollo to jail.” Instead, his administration is now using the same equipment the city government was controverting in the past. One consolation though, is that some of the equipments are no longer functioning “as brand new” a long time ago. A lady board member is also contemplating in the city mayoralty post. Moreover, a group of OFW Dumaguetenos abroad are ready to fund a credible line up as an alternative to the Turn to page 5 present administration. 2007 at 9:30 A.M. at this office =============== AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Canlaon Branch Blk. 3 New Bus Terminal Canlaon City

All unredeemed pledges from August 1-31, 2006 will be sold to public auction on January 15, 2007 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ================ AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Corner Pinili & Mabini Sts. Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from August 1-31, 2006 will be sold to public auction on January 15, 2007 at 9:30 A.M. at this office =============== AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS North Poblacion, Jimalalud Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from August 1-31, 2006 will be sold to public auction on January 15, 2007 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ================ AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Tanjay Branch 2 Nono, Limbaga Drive Tanjay City All unredeemed pledges from August 1-31, 2006 will be sold to public auction on January 15, 2007 at 9:30 A.M. at this office

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Editorial Protect the environment: Mining ordinance must isolate political clouts Itis laudable enough that the provincial government is trying to fast track the passage of the provincial mining ordinance in order to regulate the booming stakeholders activities. But doubly so if the provincial ordinance on mining will have enough provisions in order to protect the exploitation of the environment from strong political influence which could spell future disasters, like the Ormoc experience, God forbid. A public hearing to that effect was held last Thursday, conducted by the capitol committee on environment chaired by BM Leah Ga Bromo. It was held so that stakeholders contribute their wise inputs to attain the bottomline, which is development under a balanced ecology. At present this may not be so. Politics and its influences from top to bottom are seemingly lording it over particularly in lowland quarries like in the matter of extracting sand and gravel, for the construction industry. True the governor is chair of the monitoring board, but in reality, the “guv” ends up deputizing his lieutenants down to the barangay level which at present, is done mostly on the basis of political influence. This means that if the barangay does not like the political color of the applicant, the stakeholder can be denied quarry permits. And under this set up, where second rate deputies are appointed, the consideration could be both financial and political which is a healthy ground for corruption and will consequently defeat the purpose of the ordinance. At this point during the forthcoming debate on second reading, we strongly PROPOSE that an NGO be hired and assigned to do monitoring of the environment situation and determine

SCIENTIFICLLY the areas that are still open, and those that are already saturated with permitees. Unless scientific standards are set to monitor the environment situation, political interests will surely lord it over and influence peddling. If not, downright corruption will ensue because the matter of environmental exploration is indeed a green green grass for corruption. There are four universities in Dumaguete. Surely, with the Silliman U president being a known environmentalist, and if tapped, the university will surely provide the province with a professional scorecard telling policy makers which areas are open for quarrying and which areas are raising the danger sign. In our experience with the local media’s role in investigating environmental anomalies, we have found out that most but not all cases of conflict involve political interests and interventions.

The May 2007 Election has different meanings for stakeholders – in the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Local Officials.

Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

Why have there been no major convictions especially among violators of environmental laws, yet, our forests have been denuded dry? No conviction of a big fry for environmental massacre? Funny government, isn’t it? Thus, if we talk about mining ordinance, it better be a-political and generally scientific dataoriented and monitored by the private NGO expert-sectors like the professional soil engineers, or the academe who can surely set scientific standards. But hey, let the scientists be reasonable too. Look at the pier PPA reclamation, blocked by the academe, for environmental reasons, and thus, resulted the non-development of the waterfront. Paradoxically, the pier is a big economic loss, but a victory on environment. Let the future mining ordinance of Negros Oriental be guided by these past experiences.

For instance what is the province doing in allowing a political scion to monopolize the quarrying of sand and gravel in one district of this prov-

The May 2007 polls symbolism The Senate results are really a national referendum on GMA; the House of Representatives whether GMA can be impeached in July, the Local Officials whether they have delivered the services for their constituents in the home front. Barring massive cheating, recent surveys show the opposition can unload a 12-0 bomb senate win over the administration while the House of Representatives will be a war of attrition whether the magic number 10 can impeach a president and be mustered by the Opposition. On the local level, people by now know if their current incumbent officials are worthy to remain there – regardless of the national issues. Thus we foresee that even in places where people would vote 12-0 for the Senate Opposition, the administration

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candidates on the local level may still win. Two acts of desperation by the administration – on the Senate front – confirm how close it is to the claws of defeat. The “wild card” proposal of outgoing City of Manila Mayor Lito Atienza to grant pardon to detained deposed president Erap Estrada for “national reconciliation” is one case in point. The other is the rather stupid proposal for a “Unity” ticket for the Senate – to include perceived and real oppositionists in the administration slate (alongside). It is stupid because the Opposition candidates winning in the “Unity” ticket cannot guarantee their political loyalty post-elections; the Opposition does not see why they should coalesce considering the revealed survey sentiments

– why indeed be stung by the kiss of death by embracing the sponsorship of the GMA Administration? More than goons, gold will flow out of the nation’s ears for the May 2007 elections – which we caution is hyper-inflationary and highly immoral. The people are watching three possible financial leakages to “buy” the May 2007 elections; the socalled P4.4-billion feeding program of rice for Grade One public school students, the P1.2-billion Farmer Loans program and the “savings” incurred by a Government Budget that assumed the exchange rate in paying our debts is at P53: US$1 (which is not realistic at this point). The possible “savings” in the interest payment of debts for the nation would be P6.6

billion at P50 (exchange rate) and P8.6 billion at P48 (exchange rate). Where will this “savings” go – to win the 2007 elections by foul means? Among the winning “opposition” Senate candidates are Leagrda, Sotto,

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Lacson, Villar, Pangilinan, Recto, Escudero, Joker Arroyo, Allan Cayetano, Guingona, Osmeña J and Koko Pimentel. The surveys say only Mike Defensor of the administration had an outside chance Turnoftomaking page 6it to the Senate if elections were held now. That’s a chilling realization for the Palace – if the

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33 YEARS OF COMMUNITY JOURNALISM

ELY P. DEJARESCO Editor-Publisher ATTY. JAY I. DEJARESCO Associate Editor JUNNICK R. YAISO News Photographer

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Republic of the Philippines CITY OF BAIS BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE 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 following items, for hereunder requirements: ITEM

APPROVED BUDGET FOR THE CONTRACT (ABC)

1.) P.R. # 01-07 – various const. materials for Ecological Sanitation (EcoSan) Project, to be taken from 20% Development Fund. P 635,522.20 2.) P.R. # 02-07 – various const. materials for Const. & Improvement of Headwall of River control at Tamogong River, Brgy. II, to be taken from 341,146.83 the Calamity TOTAL

P 976,690.03

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 equivalent to the total amount of the ABC of the items in which interested bidders intend to bid, in accordance with the following rates: Below P50,000.00 - 0.5% but not less than P100.00 P50,000.00 but not more than P100,000.00 - 0.45% but not less than P250.00 P100,001.00 but not more than P200,000.00 - 0.4% but not less than P450.00 P200,001.00 – P350,000.00 - 0.35% but not less than P800.00 P350,001.00 – P500,000.00 - 0.3% but not less than P1,225.00 P500,001.00 – P1,000,000.00 - 0.2% but not less than P1,500.00 P1,000,001.00 and above - 0.1% but not less than P2,000.00 and not more than P10,000.00 Bid documents can be obtained 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 office 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 January 18, 2007 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

ORICA NITRATES PHILIPPINES, INC., a multi-national company engaged in the manufacture of nitric acid and ammonium nitrate with plant site at Bacong, Negros Oriental is in urgent need of the following: 1. Position Job Mission

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Qualifications Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 43 Tanjay City Stationed at Dumaguete City

SPECIAL PROC. NO. 257 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY OF SEX FROM MALE TO FEMALE IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF RECELIE GUTIB RAMIREZ,

THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF TANJAY CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondents. x——————————————————————————/

O R D E R A verified petition dated October 27, 2006 having been filed by the petitioner, through counsel, praying for correction of an entry in her records of birth with the Office of the Civil Registrar of Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, alleging among other things, that the petitioner is of legal age, single and a resident of c/o Cesar Gutib of Tambojangin, Amlan, Negros Oriental; that she is the legitimate and biological daughter of Erlinda S. Gutib and Hospicio D. Ramirez who was born on January 21, 1985; that in the records of her birth on file at the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, the entry as to sex is marked as Male when said petitioner is Female, and; that to avoid confusion and to make the record straight, it is imperative that the aforementioned erroneous entry of petitioner’s record of birth in the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Tanjay City, Negros Oriental be corrected, the same being an excusable oversight but which may prejudice the complete identity of the petitioner in relation to her family and the community, and; that the petitioner is not an accused in any criminal case nor a defendant in any civil case. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, it is hereby ordered that said petition be set for hearing on FEBRUARY 1, 2007 at 8:30 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 Local Civil Registrar of Tanjay City, Negros Oriental. IT IS ORDERED. GIVEN, this 29th day of November, 2006 at Dumaguete City, Philippines. (Sgd.) WINSTON M. VILLEGAS Judge The Negros Chronicle Jan. 14, 21 & 28, 2007

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: Reliability Manager : To establish and manage a cost effective maintenance program that will ensure optimum plant availability and reliability, within company-prescribed occupational health, safety and environmental standards. : a.) Licensed Mechanical Engineer or Professional Electrical Engineer b.) Minimum of five (5) years experience in a supervisory or managerial position in a chemical manufacturing plant c.) Computer literate, must know Word and Excel operations. SAP knowledge an advantage. d.) Strong self-development initiative e.) High degree of knowledge on Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) Management Systems. : Technical Manager : To provide technical leadership in nitric acid and ammonium nitrate and associated manufacturing facilities; develop and support benchmarking networks and support expansion projects as required, and implement continuous improvement on site. : a.) Licensed Chemical Engineer b.) Minimum of five (5) years experience in a chemical plant as a process or technical supervisor/manager c.) Computer literate, must know Word and Excel operations. d.) Strong self-development initiative e.) High degree of knowledge on Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) Management Systems.

INTERESTED APPLICANTS MAY SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATION AND COMPREHENSIVE RESUME’ NOT LATER THAN JANUARY 18, 2007 TO:

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: Operations Manager : To manage all production activities relative to the manufacture of nitric acid and ammonium nitrate products by developing and implementing manufacturing strategies aligned with business objectives and company values. : a.) Licensed Chemical Engineer b.) Minimum of five (5) years experience in a managerial position in a chemical plant. c.) Computer literate, must know basic Word and Excel operations. d.) Strong self-development initiative e.) High degree of knowledge on Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) Management Systems.

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THE HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER CODE: HIRE-MGR ORICA NITRATES PHILIPPINES, INC. BACONG, NEGROS ORIENTAL Tel. No. (035) 424-0310 Or send by email to: rowie.viliran@orica.com

Perdices ... From page 3 Reports also say that there will be more lady-councilor probables this time, coming form vocal, outspoken, active, and advocating groups, to causes that are popular among the masses such as family management, anti-drug campaign, anticriminality campaign, antipornography campaign, and anti-triaffic congestion campaign.

ARNAIZ SUPPORT. Gov George Arnaiz who is an NPC, has indicated his support on Mayor Perdices even if one of his board members is running for

city mayor. This was the guv’s commitment to the city mayor long ago. Perdices should get funding from malacanang considering that Macias is NPC partyman under business tycoon Danding Cojuangco. Perdices still believes that he has the support of majority of barangay captains. FIRST DISTRICT. Is a three-cornered fight between the wife of term-ender Rep Jing Paras, against brother Jerome, a former 1st district solon and Mayor Josie Limkaichong of La Libertad, daughter of Manila-based business tycoon Julio Sy. THIRD DISTRICT.

Is a fight possibly between heir-apparent Board member Henry Pryde Teves, the most favorite grandson of term-ender Rep Miniong Teves against nephew and Pryde’s uncle former Vice Gov Edgar Teves of Valencia. This is envisioned to be a highest-bidder fight. Either one may buy-out the opposite candidate, or the voters. TOWN HEATS UP. The hottest town elections could happen in Tanjay and Bais cities, Bacong, Dauin, Guihulngan and Vallehermoso. Their incumbents are now engaged in setting political feuds especially between mayors and vice mayors who have traded places in the last polls.

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE AND SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late Spouses LUISA REMOLLO and ZOSIMO ZACARIAS have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate and Sale on Lot No. 1275, covered by TCT No. T-9630, situated at San Jose, (formerly Ayuquitan), Negros Oriental, TD No. 06-773, containing an area of 9,536 sq.m. in favor to Spouses Arnel N. Remoticado and Maricel Remoticado per Doc. No. 284, Page No. 100, Book No. VIII, Series of 2006 of Notary Public Atty. Concordio S. Ruiz. The Negros Chronicle Dec. 31, 2006, Jan. 7 & 14, 2007


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(Civic clubs and organizations are quite welcome to submit their articles and pictures That’s worse than a 65% about their services and activities. It is free of charge. Deadline for submission is “want-GMA-out” ratio. Wednesday. You may send by email to: elydejaresco@yahoo.com – EDITOR) According to pundits, the cost of getting elected in the Senate is prohibitive: P800 million to be among the top three (excepting perhaps Legarda, While walking or driving around the city, I love watching the signs Lacson and Sotto), P400 milwritten on cars or trucks. Many times they reflect the sentiments lion for a winning slot and P200 three of the owner or the driver. One that catches my attention anytime I see it million among the last places. From the 10 th to 12th says “Have you prayed today?”. places, the probability of being “junked” or “counted out” by Effective Wednesday September 25, 2006, until further notice A simple but profound question that asks if we have who attend are young adults. Spouses and chil- even one’s party-mates beFor inquiries, please ask your nearest ticketing outlet connected our inner selves to our Creator. dren join in at times; When Vicky’s husband Bebot comes real. OCEAN FFAST AST FERRIES FERRIES,, INC INC.. Prayer brings peace and joy in our hearts, we is home from his furlough he joins the prayer Pier 1 CP A Bldg ., Ce CPA Bldg., Cebb u City The political theory could always do with a prayer from a friend. group. Crystal and Yenyen who are music that even if brand X (adminTel. No ax # 255-0115 No.. 255-7560; FFax E-mail: marketing@oceanjet.net Some of the best friends I have are my prayer leaders also regularly attend the Dusk Watch. istration senate candiWebsite:www w.. o c e a n j e t . n e t OCEAN JET friends who are also my prayer warriors. That is a big It is heartening to know that the youth are word, prayer warrior, meaning someone who prays unalso praying for this country; with many prayers dates) are not good, the ROUTE DEPARTURE ROUTE DEPARTURE Brand Y (Opposition) must ceasingly. I am grateful for the many times they have from all religious prayer groups all over the country prayed for me. Many of them are young adults for this nation, there is hope and a great future for be liked by the electorate 8 ROUND TRIPS DAILY does not hold too much and professionals from the Bread of Life Ministries who this country! Bacolod-Iloilo & Versa water in a Senate election meet every Thursday at the Center at dusk as twilight 6:15 AM 12:45 PM (where one can liberally falls. There is also the daily dawn watch at five in the Sunday Gems choose 12) compared to a 7:45 AM 2:15 PM morning. The Lord bless you and keep you; three-way presidential 9:15 AM 3:45 PM They gather to pray for our country and our leadThe Lord make His face shine on you, slam-bang. ers, for the Dumaguete community and city leaders, for and be gracious to you. 10:45 AM 5:15 PM The other issue that the the different ministries they are in and for personal prayer The Lord lift up his countenance upon DAP-CEB 1:00 PM CEB-DAP 6:20 AM Opposition candidates are a requests. you and give you peace. (via tag & dum) (via dum & tag) “chopsuey” of political conThe praise and worship, the short teaching by the Numbers 6: 22 - 27 prayer leader before the prayers are inspiring; many trasts who are sleeping with DUM-CEB 3:00 PM CEB-DUM 6:20 AM (via tag ) (via tag ) HAPPY SUNDAY ! one another just to get elected (despite differences in ideoloHIL-CEB 1:00 PM CEB-HIL 10:30 AM gies) is not seen by the elecCEB-TAG 6:20 AM TAG-CEB 7:30 AM torate that way. The EDSA I and 9:30 AM 12:40 NN it revolts, in fact, were not peopled, likewise, by politically 2:40 PM 4:40 PM homogeneous nor morally 6:40 PM 5:00 PM clean individuals – but there DAP-DUM 1:00 PM DAP-TAG 1:00 PM was a massive political change in the Palace. In the DUM-DAP 10:30 AM TAG-DAP 8:30 AM same manner, that the fact that DUM-TAG 3:00 PM TAG-DUM 8:30 AM there are sinners among us who sit side by side during Holy TAGBILARAN OFFICE: HILONGOS OFFICE: TUBIGON OFFICE: Mass does not invalidate the (038) 508-8007 (038) 235-3562 (053) 567-8010 cause for which we Catholics 0917-320-7492 (038) 501-9023 0918-536-5704 are hearing Mass for. 0917-320-8238 0917-325-6299 There are sinners and saints – on both AdminisDAPITAN OFFICE: DUMAGUETE OFFICE: After the dusk watch: Lani, Bebot, Renee and Rolly, Vicky and husband Bebot, Ann tration and Opposition – 0919-413-0018 0922-345-8361 people will just have to vote and Adam, Maricris, Queenie, Bethel, Jessica and Yenyen ILOILO OFFICE: BACOLOD OFFICE: how these individuals (Super Bullet Terminal) (Supercat Terminal) stand on certain issues to(033) 337-9914 (034) 433-5359 day. The well-meaning sugCEB-CEBU TAG-TAGBILARAN DUM-DUMAGUETE gestions of some columBAC-BACOLOD TUB-TUBIGON HIL-HILONGOS nists like a Quiroz or an DAP-DAPITAN ILO-ILOILO he Rotary club of Dumaguete announces the winners of its Esposo to make a political fund-raising raffle draw held at Anabelle-Jean’s Resto Bar, “third force” of thoroughly Tuesday, January 9, which was supervised by Richard Roasol clean individuals is a dreamer’s dream – given uncompetitive for eign ex- The battle lines have long been of the B.I.R. and witnessed by officers and members of the club. the practically of Philippine change rate), the peso could go drawn. But better will its lot be Sharp 8.2 Kg. Washing Machine – ticket politics on the issue of lo- back to P50 by April and May. Proceeds of the draw will go to the After the weak economy’s (5.5% for the Administration to lose – gistics and networking. # 19221 Social Welfare Projects of the Rotary The latest spin of the Ad- growth) negative impact on in a fair and clean election – that 5. Gun Woo Kim – (Fatima Vilof Dumaguete including the assistance lage) – G.E. Microwave oven – ticket # ministration to sell the May corporate income is known by to win a tainted one. Any atfor indigent patients at the Dialysis Cenpolls as a third match of GMA the First Quarter 2007, the in- tempt by Government not to re00008 ter, indigent patients’ mental rehabilitavestors will also engage a mas- form the “corrupt” Comelec and 6. Meryn B. Rizon – (Guihulngan) versus Erap trilogy is only an sive sell-out and bring back the thwart the will of the people (as tive care, barangay medical/dental/leexciting political theorem – – 16” Stand Fan – ticket # 14873 gal missions, and Citizen’s Avoidable stock market to its more will be shown by the indepen7. Zaldy Monarquia – DBP, which the masses do not see “unenhanced” realistic levels dent surveys – right before the Blindness Prevention Program. the same vein. So much Lucena City – 1 Rice Cooker – ticket # in The winners are: election) through fraud and cohorse trading has gone the last before the May polls. 08737 1. Adrin Calbog – (NORSU) – Sorry to say, but the Admin- ercion will be politically costly few years as to make that dis8. Atty. Alexander Amor – tinction of allies between the istration will have its hands full – in – even fatally so. Samsung 21” Color TV – ticket # 00338 Dumaguete City – 16” Desk Fan – two political icons that distinc- parrying the left jabs and uppercuts 2. Winston Villabert – Producing fraudulent electicket # 04107 (Staplesquare) – 1 Magic Sing – ticket of the Opposition whether on the tion results, after the “Hello Garci” tively material. 9. Raymund Abarca – # 01239 The way we figure, economic, social and political controversy, is worse than a No Dumaguete City – 1 Oven Toaster – only the local officials’ fight fronts. The churches have long Election (No-El) scenario. We 3. Rea Ritchell Demetillo – (La ticket # 11464 Libertad) – 1 Samsung 7 Cu. Ft. Rewill not be somehow af- been peeved by the authoritarian, wouldn’t encourage the Govern10. Erwin Greg dela Cruz – Amlan fected by the Great Political devious and malicious mode of ment to even consider thinking frigerator – ticket # 14882 Divide that separates the conduct that the Administration had about it. – 1 Electric Flat Iron – ticket # 11463 4. Adelfa Fabillar – (Jimalalud) – 1 Pray and brace yourself nation today because of is- shown in issues of containing dissues of GMA legitimacy, sent and effecting charter changes. for a turbulent May 2007 polls. corruption, extra-judicial killings, fascist tendencies and opportunism. The Administration fired the first linchpin of its “psychological” campaign by encouraging and “abetting” the strengthening of the peso to P48 and the 10-year high level of the stock market – which they claim is reflected of confiAll Memorial Plan are accepted except St. Peter Plan Inc. dence in the economy. Well, our forecast is that after the DecemberWinners are advised to call the Rotary Club Raffle Committee at 422-5606 or cell January massive entry of MEMORIAL CHAPELS no. 09066877979. An official notice and Prize Claim Voucher from the Club will be OFW inflows for the holiCamanjac, Dumaguete City given to the winners. Prizes will be awarded upon presentation of the remaining days and the weakening of Day & Night Service, 24 Hours a Day Tel. Nos.: (035) 225-8777 225-6580 (due to portion of the winning ticket along with a current/valid identification card. (DES exporters TILOS)

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Culture Shock

Culture Shock may be a new term to some of you. It is an actual psychological condition. Cul * ture shock, n Sudden exposure to unfamiliar culture: the feelings of confusion and anxiety experienced when an individual or a group suddenly finds itself in an unfamiliar cultural environment. Filipinos moving to other countries and even Americans coming here will suffer to various degrees the ramifications of this malady. The symptoms can be as trivial as a simple uncomfortable feeling and range to deep depression, homesickness and headaches. Some people may even find themselves drinking or taking drugs to relieve the symptoms. The remedy most frequently Here in Dumaguete City we have gathseen is a tendency to isolate yourself ering places for various expatriate and associate with others from your groups. “Dunkin’ Donuts” has its small own culture. This often results in high band of Americans that meets each concentrations of a particular ethnic morning. “Why Not” caters to a largely group in a given area. Examples of European crowd. this can be seen in Los Angeles where In these sanctuaries, expayou have entire ethnocentric commutriates can relax and feel less alien. nities like “Koreatown” and “Little Sadly the bulk of their time in those Saigon”. There is even a large conenclaves is often spent centration of Filipinos in Las Vegas referred to by many as “Little Manila”. Turn to page 16

Nicole: symbol of Woman’s strength BY KOJAK JAMES HUGHS U.S. ARMY, CAPT. (RET.)

MY JOURNEY WITH CANCER

Sleepless with Big C Sleep does not come when you need it most. This is the usual com plaint of people who have cancer. Insomnia among cancer patients is a very common problem that needs attention and remedy. Pain, depression, worries, fear of Exercise is good but don’t do it less than three hours before bedtime. Takdying, and side effects of the medicines ing beverages with caffeine should they are taking are powerful factors that be discouraged after noontime, which deprive sleep. includes diet drug, pain relievers, Its hard to sleep especially durchocolate, coffee, soft drinks, and ing treatment, even if the body benon herbal tea. Eating heavily before comes weak and tired. “Pain is the bedtime is also discouraged. MUFFET major disruptor of sleep in cancer Smoking raises blood pressure and patients,” according to Dr. Ruby DOLAR pulse rate which make it hard for someManalastas, a psychiatrist and sleep VILLEGAS one to fall asleep. And most of all, don’t specialist at St. Luke’s Medical Censubstitute your pillows worries. Deep ter in an article in The Big C magabreathing and visualization may help. zine. She also said that 90 percent Eating healthy foods rich with of cancer patients with mood probminerals and B vitamins are good. e-mail: lems also suffer from sleep probCalcium, magnesium are natural seda- Blue_bell57@yahoo.com lems. tives. Valerian herbs were known to There are two types of insomnia. induce sleep when brewed as tea. Transient insomnia lasts only for few days Don’t fight it when you can’t sleep. while chronic insomnia can be a week or Go to another room and do somelonger. Cancer patients they say have thing else. Avoid working inside your both types of insomnia. bedroom. However, there are also people But the most effective way I found to who do not have cancer yet they are find sleep is tune in to God’s direction. Bible insomniac. The magazine suggests verses dispel fear, worries, depression some remedies for anyone who may and even pain. God’s word gives us ashave suffered sleepless nights. You surance and a different perspective. He can synchronize your body clock replaces fear with faith, sorrow with joy, with the 24-hour cycle of the sun. bitterness with grateful

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The story of Nicole has been all over the news for quite sometime now. I had hoped that justice would be served. After all despite tremendous pressure the judge handed down a guilty verdict. Alas, it seems that Nicole’s story like countless others will be one that a nasty turn because of ‘influential interventions’. Nicole’s story is not than reported since a culan isolated case. There ture of silence still prevails are countless women over these issues. For women, it takes who have experienced violence. According to a lot of courage to Amnesty International, at speak out and more so least one out of every to fight back. I am rethree women has been minded by the case of beaten, coerced into sex, Mukhtar Mai who, in or abused in her lifetime. June 2002, was gangProbably the numbers in raped on the orders of our country are higher Turn to page 14

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Balance of Forces

I am glad that God changes the times and the sea sons to suit His will and that He remakes things to please Him. My short Christmas journey back home to the Cordilleras gave a new glimpse of how the Word of God penetrates the most obdurate of all cultures and traditions. Indeed, the Gospels as the embodiment of the GIFT OF SALVATION THRU CHRIST JESUS is the only single force or power that brings newness of life to the tribes and communities, and hopefully to the whole Nation. Perfection is indeed God’s business if only we allow him to do so. I am forever glad that there is no other force in heaven or on earth that equals or balances the powers and authority of God. Years back when I was most involved in the CORDILLERA MOVEMENT FOR AUTONOMY, I had the impression, in fact the unshakable conviction – so I thought, that the innate traditions and cultures of our ancestors, if en-

hanced and developed, will soon balance the forces and perhaps restrain the so called “main-stream” society from invariably imposing its will upon the submissive minorities of this country. It is only then that a NEW SOCIAL ORDER which is genuinely attuned to the INDIGENOUS FILIPINO PEOPLES shall be attained. The Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) was founded under that ideology. Quite coincidentally, events in the national and international scene have correspondingly evolved parallelTurn manifestations of to page 15 the im

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Footsteps and Fingerprints

The right to choose

What shall we give the children?

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remember one Christmas when my parents visited us way back in 1968. We spent some time in Dumaguete and stayed at the Catan homestead in Palinpinon. My dad enjoyed visiting with the neighbors, learning how to roll a “barrio smoke” and drink tuba. We hiked up to Mt. Aso where Mom and Dad marveled at the steam rising out of the rocks. They enjoyed taking a bath in Akoy river and swimming in the sea, splashing about like children. This is one thing I learned from them, we are all children at heart! of small gifts. Were her My mom came eyes big when she saw again after my father that on Christmas morndied and spent another ing! She said she hadn’t Christmas with us. Our gotten a Christmas stockchildren, her apo, and I ing since she had been a got the biggest Christsmall child and mas stocking we could Turn to page 12 find and filled it with lots

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CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF THE PHILIPPINES

Let Each Day of 2006 be a Day of Peace The first day of every new year since 38 years ago is a World Day of Peace. Peace does not mean only the absence of hostility, hatred and war, in the climate of violence and counter-violence. Peace as a moral imperative, “is brought about by justice, requiring respect for human dignity and human rights, the promotion of the common good by one and all, and the constant practice in solidarity.” (PCP-II 307). “Peace is the fruit of love which goes beyond what justice can provide” (Gaudium et Spes 78). Unless there is work of justice and love in our situation, our peace will be in a precarious state. It is difficult. But together we can do it!

“The new name for peace is development” (Populorum Progressio). The promotion of development demands collective intervention and responsibility of government, churches, peace keepers and the entire society. This is best proven not only in time of calamities brought about by typhoons, fires and tsunamis but also in the normal times. Development must be seen in terms of food on the table of the poor, secure employment for the millions here in the country, low cost medicine for the families of workers, scholarships for the poorest, decent homes for squatters and slum-dwellers. Each one must ask what he/she can do to promote peace and development. We can do it! Will 2007 be a better year – seven being “biblically” a perfect number? Hopefully and prayerfully it will be if we do not insist

on doing the things that have produced our problems. Jesus of Christmas will be telling us “The time of fulfillment/perfection has come… Repent (that is, change your mind and behavior), and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1/15). “Clothe yourself with new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness” (Eph 4/23). This is my greeting to everyone on the First Day of 2007, “Happy New Year.” May 2007 continue to be under the shadow of Christmas. According to one popular song: “The real meaning of Christmas is the giving of love everyday.” According to the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II “It is always Christmas in the hearts of Christians.” We can do it! We can make it happen! High hopes! Great hopes! It will be a better year when more and more of the marginalized and exploited are offered opportunities to work for and acquire their permanent shelter, genuine health benefits, liberating education, dignified employment and above all sufficient food. It will be for them a New Year.

Wide open doors of life (Part III) There is a story mission ary couple in India years ago,. Their three children were in another town to attend school. A terrible hurricane devastated and destroyed the whole town which resulted in the death of the three children. There was grief and despair that followed for the parents. But since they had faith, hope and Dr. PROCESO UDARBE love, they vowed to be of service, in spite of their loss; they turned to running an orphanage—so that up to the time they returned home to the U.S. they had parented hundreds of children! There was a wide door open for them and there was adversity. Adversities coupled with courage? Charles Dickens weeping at the door of a debtors’ prison where his father was confined; Lincoln a dismal failure in his early lawyering; William James on the verge of suicide; Corazon Aquino weeping by the casket of her husband Ninoy; Jovito Salonga clinically dead after the bombing at Plaza Miranda, Nelson Mandela, imprisoned in South Africa for 27 years when he fought apartheid, emerged later to lead his country into greatness. In the door that is wide open to us is spelled out the Christian truth: with Christ, there is no lasting discourage

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esus is no party pooper. He enjoys a good party and wants us to enjoy life to the fullest (John 10:10). At the same time, all of the good things in life ought to be enjoyed in moderation. There is such a thing as “too much of a good thing!” Our appetite for pleasure should always be subjugated to our duty to live responsible and holy lives. If our actions do not fall into the latter of the above then it means that we should refrain from doing it. We live in a time when people often seek pleasure without regard for the consequences of their actions. This will inevitably lead to sin sooner rather than later. Let us seek to guide our pleasures according to the will and pleasure of God. On the third day there was a wedding Turn in to Cana page in 13

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Having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace - (Ephesians 6:15)

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he next piece of armor is the shoes of peace When you receive Christ, you are united with the Prince of Peace. You have peace with God right now (Romans 5:1), but the peace of Christ must also rule in your heart if you are going to live victoriously, and that is possible only when you let the Word of Christ richly dwell in you (Colossians 3:15,16). The shoes of peace become protection against the divisive schemes of the devil when you act as a peacemaker among believers (Romans 14:19). Peacemakers bring people together by promoting fellowship and reconciliation. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9. Anyone can divide a fellowship, but it takes the grace of God to unite us in Him. Too many Christians insist on common doctrine as the basis for fellowship. They reason that if we don’t think the same and believe the same, there is no basis for peace. But common doctrine isn’t the basis for fellowship; common heritage is. We’re all children of God. If you wait to fellowship with someone until you agree perfectly on every point of doctrine, you’ll be the loneliest Christian on earth. Instead of insisting on the unity of the mind, preserve the unity of the Spirit by taking the initiative to be the peace-maker in your relationships (Ephesians 4:3). Some people like to play the devil’s advocate in their relationships and churches. I ask, Why? He doesn’t need any help! In His high priestly prayer, Jesus prayed, “I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know that Thou didst send Me” (John 17:23). We have the promise that “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20). Ask God to use you to bring unity to your relationships by making you a peacemaker. Heavenly Father, use me today to bring unity to Your family. Enable me to be a peacemaker.

BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN. JR. If one imagines the Earth as a giant bell, he or she can see and hear it ringing with earthquakes every second of the day. The ringing ranges from the many imperceptible clinks of microquakes to the deafening gong of very occasional but “great” earthquakes. Such was the passion of Ma Leonila P Bautista of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOLCS). In 1995, she wrote a letter to the Dumaguete Diocesan Chancery Office from Kyoto University in Japan while she was then pursuing graduate studies in seismology. Her letter requested to have some historical data of earthquake effects on churches and the extent of damages, including dates. Herewith was the answer taken from the detailed parish records of Dumaguete: —8 August 1867: an earthquake was felt whose vibrations moved from east to west and back to east. — 8 September 1867: the following month, a stronger earthquake was felt whose vibrations moved from east to west and back to east and from north to

south. — 26 and 27 November 1876: a furious storm visited the town. On these particular days, there were four earth tremors of very weak intensity that lasted only for a brief moment. — 23 July 1885: at one o’clock in the morning, a very strong earthquake was felt. On the shore were opened two round pits whose depth could reach to about 12 feet and whose diameter could be about 18 feet more or less in one of them. The strong stone church and large stone convent did not suffer any remarkable crack. Apparently, no death toll was recorded from the earthquake occurrence, though the people panicked because of its intensity and duration. — 21 September 1897, a strong earthquake was re-

corded on the book of notable things of Sibulan. That earthquake lasted some twenty seconds at 3:30 in the morning and seemed to be felt in the entire island of Negros. According to the most anxious of the people, the town never experienced in the past such intensity and duration. On the same day at about 9 in the morning, another such occurrence took place, though of less intensity and duration. Other lesser tremors still hit the town at 2 in the afternoon that same day. Five years later in 2000, at a conference organized by the National Commission for Culture and Arts, Dr. Leonila P Baustista presented a paper titled “Historical Earthquakes in the Philippines.” In her paper, she incorporated the historical earthquake data from the province of Oriental Negros. That extensive research work of hers included doing a catalogue of earthquake occurrences and drawing the isoseismal and seismic hazard maps of the country. To say the least, her work could prove extremely useful as in construction planning.


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Anniversary of Mama/Lola Munda & 10 * Birth Launching of Maxino College 6:30pm-8:30pm Jordan 1 * Jesus Loves You Fellowship 7pm-9pm Agape

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* IBP Meeting 5:30pm-8:30pm Jordan 3 * Taciana “Citas” Piñero Birthday Party 6pm-8pm Joshua 1&2 * DCC Fellowship 7pm-9pm Jordan 3 * Filoverseas Job Fair 2pm-6pm Agape

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DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that SPOUSES ANASTACIO N. DIVINA-GRACIA and CONCHITA A. DIVINAGRACIA have filed and executed a Deed of Absolute Sale on Lot No. 7, Block 3, Psd-07-052533, covered by TCT No. T-37853, situated at Barangay Villareal, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 150 sq.m. in favor to Spouses Abundio . Belingan and Endelecia V. Belingan per Doc. No. 376, Page No. 79, Book No. IV, Series of 2006 of Notary Public Atty. Victoriano D. Alabastro.

* Bethel Guest House Awarding 8:00am-10:00am Jordan 1&2 * Habitat for Humanity Meeting 5:30pm-7:30pm Agape * TRANSCO Operation Review Visayas and Mindanao 8:00am-5:00pm Jordan 1 * TRANSCO Operation Review Visayas and Mindanao 8:00am-5:00pm Jordan 1 * DCC Fellowship 8:00pm-10:00pm Jordan 3

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ment or defeat. This is what it meant to the church at Philadelphia in Asia Minor: “Behold, I have set before you an open door which no one can shut.” This promise of Jesus means that the one who trusts has an ever open door which no earthly being can shut. That is why we should not exclude one final thought that, as far as doors open or closed are concerned, we have a responsibility when we are in the room and we hold the key, and Jesus is outside wanting to come in. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone opens the door, I will enter, and will dine with him, and he with me.” Jesus at the outside looking in. At the time he was to be born, there was no room in the inn. There was no room for him in his town of Nazareth, when he spoke in the synagogue. In a critical time in the year 90, when the Church was being persecuted, there was reluctance to open the door to the Christ knocking at the door. May God, in these worst of times, make us willing to meet adversity on the roads we travel and that we may grow in grace and in courage as we meet the worst and turn it into the best.

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF EST A TE ESTA NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late spouses Angel Pagbonocan and Irenea Torillo have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate on Lot No. 4951, covered by OCT No. O-V-8041, situated in Timganba, Municipality of Bacong, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 2,454 sq.m. per Doc. No. 329, Page No. 67, Book No. I, Series of 2006 of Notary Public Atty. Janette L. Icao. The Negros Chronicle Jan. 7, 14 & 21, 2007

Republic of the Philippines MUNICIPALITY OF MANJUYOD BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE INVIT ATION T O APPL Y FOR ELIGIBILITY AND T O INVITA APPLY BID The Municipality of Manjuyod invites interested bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the supply and delivery of the hereunder requirements: 1. PR No. 100-07-01-002-001 11 MULTI-CAB Specification: ABC Suzuki Pick-up 6 Valve Ordinary; Square Eye 4x4 Wheel Drive 5 Speed As-Is CDI Kargador tires w/ Alloy Rim w/ New Battery; Jack; Tire Wranch; Accessories Free LTO REGISTRATION 7 TPL insurance w/ Warranty

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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 IRRA of R.A. 9184. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedured using non-discretionary “pass/ fail” criteria as specified in the IRRA of R.A. 9184. As such non submission of the required documents will result in the disqualification of the bidders. Bid documents can be obtained upon payment of non-refundable fee equivalent to the total amount of the ABC of the items in which interested bidders intend to bid. In accordance with the rates. Bid documents can be obtained at the BAC Secretariat c/o MPDC Office or Mayor’s Office Tel. No. (035) 404-1136, anytime during office hours. The interested bidders shall drop their duly accomplished eligibility technical and financial documents each in separate sealed envelopes duly marked as such in the Sanggunian Bayan Session Hall on Feb. 7, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. at which place, date and time said enveloped shall be opened in the presence of the members of the BAC, attending bidders, the observers, or their duly authorized representatives. The Municipality of Manjuyod 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 of the affected bidder(s).

The Negros Chronicle Jan. 14 & 21, 2007

(Sgd.) DANILO P. CADALSO MPDC/BAC Chairman

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From: Norabelle Cuaresma <norabelle_cuaresma@hotmail.com> To: elydejaresco@yahoo.com Sent: Sunday, January 7, 2007 7:51:56 PM Subject: Happy New Year Dear Editor, Happy new year! Happy three kings! Here’s hoping that the new year brings prosperity to you and your newspaper. You had a very good editorial last December 31. You were inviting some people to go on a quest to outer space which would last for thousands of years. My suggestion is, why don’t you be one of the volunteers? You could travel in outer space for a million years and come back to Dumaguete and tell the new generation about your adventures. It’s just a joke. Anyway, you missed the Retronews last December 31. I am glad to see that it is back on today’s issue. It’s nice to read back some of the news that happened to the city in the last 10 or 20 or 30 years. Has it been that long since you set up your newspaper. How time flies! I am wiriting you to bring attention to the readers of your newspaper, about the prevalent practice of some of the motorcycle drivers to text while they are driving. Last Friday, on my walk downtown, at around 3:45 in the afternoon, I saw a father with a grade-schooler on the backseat of the motorcycle, driving down Hibbard Avenue, and the father was texting while driving. Now, that time is a busy time along the Avenue. And a few days before that, I saw a young man, driving north, with stereo headphones on his ears, driving fast, and texting at the same time. It is becoming a common sight along Hibbard: motorcycle drivers texting while they drive! Through this letter, I hope to bring their attention to this negative habit, and to quit it, before they cause accidents on the road. The new year takes me on a nostalgic mood. Walking up San Juan Street, I see an old house behind Sol y Mar building being readied for demolition. There are very few old houses left in the city. I tell you, since 1960, the cityscape of Dumaguete has changed considerably. And that old house is being demolished. You better take a picture of it for your newspaper before the house vanishes. It is all part of local history. There are also really old houses on Tan Pastor St. And the old Tugade house in Colon St., with the house behind it. Also old and historical. And the Martinez house, also on Colon St. Together with the old house of the late Dr. Abaya on the corner of Cervantes and Colon St. I could go on and on. So much for local history and local heritage. Thank you very much for your attention to all my rambling thoughts. Again, best wishes to you and to all the members of your newspaper staff.Sincerely, 1/7/07 Norabelle ================================= ANNOUNCEMENTS The management of the 2nd Dumaguete Open Biennial Terra Cotta Art Festival Exhibit and Competition 2007 would like to announce the extension of deadline on submission of applications for the Terra Cotta Sculptures Exhibit and Competition to February 28 of this year. Interested applicants are requested to fill up the application form and send to the following email addresses: kittymariyah@lycos.com cristina_taniguchi@yahoo.com or send to: Mariyah Gallery Larena Drive, Bogo Junction, Dumaguete City 6200

TO ON-LINE READERS OF THE NEGROS CHRONICLE: The unusually (and extremely) slow internet connection has made it difficult to promptly upload the weekly issue of this paper. According to providers, the problem still has something to do with the December Taiwan quake, Much as we want to bring the on-line version of this paper at the soonest time, we are faced with these temporary constraints. Thank you for bearing with us.


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Around Negros Island BY DEMS DEMECILLO

Army, local officials renewed surrender calls Flushed with the recent successful operation that bagged one of the most notorious NPA leader and his aide in the country, Col. Norman Flores st 61 IB of Philippine Army and local officials led by Governor George Arnaiz called on the insurgents to yield to the government. Flores said that the returnees can avail of the Balik Baril Program that would give them the chance to start a new life in the mainstream society. Under the program every long firerebel and NPA regular. Meanwhile, Governor George Arnaiz dismissed alleged death arm surrendered to the government like threats by local insurgents as these could M16 and M14 will entitle a returnee as only come from fake NPAs and RPAs who much as Php 35,000 but only for genuine do it to extort money from politicians.

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all me Crazy, but the way to solve joblessness is criminalizing it! If I were to become Governor of this province I would re quest a law criminalizing joblessness! Yes! I will make it a criminal offense not to have a job or self-employment. Anybody living in the province between 16-65 years old, able to work and not in school must have a job, whether as an employee or selfemployed. Those unable to find a job will be penalized by being forced to work in government sponsored productive initiatives like farming, planting fruits and vegetables. They will be paid the minimum legal rate until they can find a better job. There is no shortage of idle land in the province and the government can requisition them for productive farming by these jobless citizens. I would rather do this than spend P1M to “feed the poor children” on Christmas day! That is such a waste of taxpayers’

money. That is politicking no matter how one looks at it. The produce of the gov’t farms will be more than enough to feed the poor for a whole year! If the jobless refuse to work, the other option is prison! With a little political will, that, my friends, is a practical solution to joblessness in this province. The income from the farms will be more than enough to pay the workers so don’t give me the crap about not having the budget to make this happen. The bonus of all these is that crime rate will subside and the economy will grow. With money in the pocket, mainstream economy will benefit. Tell me if I am wrong! Have a nice day!!* * *

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clared that they will not avail of this livelihood loans branding it as an election gimmick of the city administration, so that those in debted to the city may be lured to vote for administration candidates on May 14. The militant groups are headed by Motor Piston Chairman Cerilo Collado, Kilusang Mayo Uno Coordinator Nene Dionaldo and Anak Pawis Coordinator Ronald Ian Evidiente who reiterated their strong opposition to the new rates as provided in Ordinance 60 and asked for a refund to the tune of Php 1.150 million collected under Ordinance 88 and Ordinance 64.

owners should enroll their pets in a K9 obedience course and that only those who can afford to pay the services of a veterinarian be allowed to own them Some of the proposed amendments also included attaching leashes, mouth covering and waste collectors to pets to ensure the safety of the public who have shown fear at the mere sight or distance of them.

They were guests last Thursday on Dumaguete Tonight where they engaged the city legal officer in a hearty discussion of the trike fee increase. But unconfirmed re-

City dads are also entertaining the idea of specifying the breed of canines that would be allowed in public places preferably allowing only those who are classified as harmless owing primarily to their diminutive sizes as well as prescribing schedules when these dogs can stroll to forewarn the public. Most of all concerned citizens are urging the City Council to entertain the suggestion of imposing stroller’s fee on dog owners in order to contribute to sanitation of the area and at the same time promote responsible dog ownership in the community.

ports state that Mayor Agustin Perdices is ready to parley with them next week to discuss and possibly reach a compromise agreement that is more palatable to the protesting drivers.

Super Inggo entertains Tanjay children today

Sibulanons to wipe out coalition next election

This year’s Children’s Festival in Tanjay City is made more special by the arrival of popular child hero Super Inggo whose role is played by Makisig Morales and accompanied by his co stars Maya and Jarius Aquino. Mainly through a resolution by the city council the month of January was designated as the time when children’s rights and welfare shall be highlighted and promoted through various activities. Meanwhile, the office of the city mayor will now entertain couples who wish to finally tie the knot. A mass wedding will culminate the celebration of the Festival of Hearts this February. Mrs. Lani Albina bares that this is the 9th mass wedding un Turn to page 15

The incumbents who intend to form a coalition in the coming elections will be wiped out by the people by any alternative ticket because by forming coalitions people are not given much choice. Therefore, in retaliation to this old selfish election gimmick the general sentiment is to demolish the coalition because they are virtually holding the people’s choice hostage without any alternative. With coalitions around, what is the use of elections? “It will be the ultimate stupidity of the right and duty to choose called suffrage”, one voter commented. Many politicians often resort to this course of action for convenience sake. After all, politics in the Philippines is marked by impermanence in party loyalty and platforms but the permanence of personal interests due to insatiable greed for power and wealth. In the end, only a mature electorate can save the town.

LTO collection up by 12 percent The Land and Transportation Office under Mr. Ely Cabanag has recorded an increase in the collection of fees this year placed at P59.57 million. Officials attributed the fine performance of the agency to the more serious law enforcement campaign, the rising awareness of the motorists of the need to register and the entry of new vehicles. With this development LTO Regional Director Atty. Alex Leyson lauded the efforts of the employees particularly that of Mr. Cabanag. Director Leyson was here to personally supervise the computerization of LTO Bayawan which is seen to greatly improve the services of the field office as well as in discovering irregularities and violations of vehicle owners.

Army confirms intense ongoing NPA recruitment

The more a town or city gov ernment keeps distance from the hinterland folks, the easier for the NPA to recruit members for their ranks. The lesser government service reaches the poorest, the faster the poor peasants will be lured into the arms of the rebel movement. Therefore, lazy, ineffective, incredible local public officials are themselves the main recruiters for the rebel movement. Probably to replenish it s dwindling force, the New People’s Amy may have been forced to recruit minors in clear violation of international Turn laws. Col Norman to page 15

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Radio Clinic: Tuberculosis

Running on over-time countless people mostly indigents phoned questions why TB rate has not gone down in the country despite advances in technology. Guests at DYEM ENERGY FM’s “DUMAGUETE TONIGHT” public affairs program 8-9:30 PM were Dr. Walden R. Ursos, of the TB Diagnostic committee and Dr. Maria Lourdes E. Ursos, MD, MPA, head department of preventive medicine Silliman Medical Center.

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school named after a family known for their academic excellence will soon open in Dumaguete City. Dr. Gerardo Maxino, founder and president of the Maxino College, disclosed that the Maxino College will open in June this school year in Bagacay, Dumaguete City. The courses offered are revealed that with his recent Bachelor of Science in Com- retirement from Silliman, he puter Engineering, Bachelor could now focus on his dream of Science in Information of providing excellent formal Technology, Bachelor of Sci- education to poor but deservence in Business Administra- ing students. To enable them tion, Bachelor of Science in to acquire quality education, courses have tuition Physics, and Bachelor of Arts, some fees as low as P5,000 per semajor in Political Science. mester. Full scholarship on Dr. Gerardo Maxino tuition and miscellaneous fees who is also the president of are given to valedictorians, sathe Philippine Physics Soci- lutatorians and first honorable ety and former Dean of the mention graduates. Other College of Arts and Sciences honor graduates are entitled to of Silliman University, further full scholarship on tuition fees only.

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Open Forum: Silliman University Office of Information and Publications Director Mark Raygan Garcia interacts with the audience, discussing how service-learning at Silliman are carried out in student organizations, without the students’ knowing, through their advocacies and interest-based activities. Together with Garcia in the picture are Nelson and Denise, MBA and social work students, respectively, from Soochow University who did volunteer service-learning work in Africa and other parts of Asia .

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he Professional Regulation CommissionCebu Regional Office has started accept he annual reing applications for the Licensure Examiport for aliens nation for Teachers (LET) for August 26, 2007.

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is from January 2, 2007 to March 1, 2007, inclusive. Permanent residents, pre-arranged employees, temporary visitors and other aliens who have stayed in the country for more than fifty-nine (59) days shall report to the Office of the Alien Control Officer located at Door No. 8, Lu Pega Building, 38 Dr. V. Locsin Street, Dumaguete City. They are required to present their Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR), passport, Certificate of Residence (ICR, NBCR, CRTV, CRPE, and CRTS), and to submit their latest photograph, passport size (2” x 2”). The annual report fee is THREE HUNDRED (P300.00) PESOS for every alien, irrespective of age. In addition, the fee of TEN (P10.00) PESOS as Legal Research Fund (for the UP Law Center) shall be collected. Inquiries may be made with the Office of the Alien Control Officer.” ( (Sgd.) Peter C. Bueno, Alien Control Officer)

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For applicants who will be taking the June 10 & 11, 2007 exam for nurses, the application for examination for repeaters will start on January 15, 2007 yet. May you be kind enough to provide a small space in your newspaper to announce the filing of the application for examination for nurses and professional teachers pro bono? You help sir, will go a long way as it will encour-

age applicants to file early and reduce the number of clients we have during the peak periods of March, April and May. More importantly, it will also lessen the expenses that will be incurred by these applicants as they don’t have to come back to our office several times or to stay for a night in Cebu City just for this purpose. (Sgd DAN V. MALAYANG, Atty. III / OIC)

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mails & e-mails UK couple wants to retire here…..BUT (Pls Mayor do something) Hello !

I’m sitting in my living room having just read the Negros Chronicle, it’s 4pm and dark, rain is lashing the windows, the temperature is 5c outside. You will have deduced that I am not in the Philippines right now, my Filipina wife and I live and work in the United Kingdom .We visited Dumaguete about 18 months ago, I enjoyed the old fashioned grace which surrounds the city, the lively and colorful market place, the clean streets and friendly tricycle drivers. We decided that when we were able we would move to Dumaguete City and make it our home, maybe open a small business to help support some of my wife’s relatives and integrate ourselves into the local community, I have no interest in living behind the high concrete walls with steel gates which I have seen in Manila. I thought perhaps Dumaguete would be the place. How disappointing then to read about the shootings, muggings, drug problems, gang warfare and vigilantes which the City Fathers and PNP seem unwilling or unable to tackle successfully. I am also concerned about the element of the populace which sees non-Filipino’s as the “ugly foreigner”, as described by “Kojak” in his opinions column. We are due to visit Dumaguete during March/April of this year, primarily for a vacation but also to seek a suitable place as our future home, I can only hope that the Dumaguete of today is still the same as I remember, otherwise we may have to re-assess our plans for the future and seek a safer place to live.We can only hope!!

What shall we ... From page 7 until now, that remains one of her treasured memories. The New Year 2007 stretches before us. As parents and grandparents, we look at our children as harbingers of the future. To ensure a brighter future for them, what shall we give them? I clipped this anonymous poem many years ago out of a magazine; I like to read and reflect on it every Christmas and at the beginning of each new year, and would like to share it with you. It goes like this:

What shall we give the children? It seems certain that they will travel roads we never thought of, navigate strange seas, cross unimagined boundaries and glimpse horizons beyond our power to visualize. What can we give them to take along? For the wild shores of Beyond, no toy or bauble will do. It must be something more, constructed of stouter fabric discovered among the cluttered Ken and Cheryl Nicholson aisles and tinseled bar(email address withheld) gain counters of experiMayor; we give you the email address if you reply ence winnowed from what little we have to them directly This paper is OPEN for you to reply if you wish. learned. It must be devised The “Gringo” may reply, since your name is mentioned out of responsibility and too, by Ken of UK. profound caring – a homemade present of selfless love. Everything changes but the landscape of the heart. What shall we give the children? Attention, for one day it will be too late. A sense of value, the inalienable place of the individual in the scheme of things, with all that accrues to the individual – self-reliance, courage, Effective February 19, 2005

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conviction, self-respect and respect for others. A sense of humor. Laughter leavens life. The meaning of discipline. If we falter at discipline, life will do it for us. The will to work. Satisfying work is the lasting joy. The talent for sharing, for it is not so much what we give as what we share. The love of justice. Justice is the bulwark against violence and oppression and the repository of human dignity. The passion for truth, founded on precept and example. Truth is the beginning of every good thing. The power of faith, engendered in mutual trust. Life without faith is a dismal dead-end street. The beacon on hope, which lights all darkness. The knowledge of being loved beyond demand or reciprocity, praise or blame, for those so loved are never lost. What shall we give the children? The open sky, the brown earth, the leafy tree, the golden sand, the blue water, the stars in their courses and the awareness of these. Birdsong, butterflies, clouds and rainbows. Sunlight, moonlight, firelight. A large hand reaching down for a small hand, impromptu praise, an unexpected kiss, a straight answer. The glisten of enthusiasm and a sense of wonder. Long days to be merry in and nights without fear. The memory of a good home.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 34 Dumaguete City

OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE JUDGE NOTICE OF HEARING Notice is hereby given that a summary hearing on the petition for notarial commission of ATTY. HONORATO M. ANDAYA, shall be held on JANUARY 29, 2007 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning before this Court. Any person who has any cause or reason to object to the grant of the petition may file a verified written opposition thereto not later than the date of the summary hearing. Dumaguete City, January 8, 2007.

The Negros Chronicle Jan. 14, 2007

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5CRIME WEEK A BY DEMS DEMECILLO

Pinay wife batters American husband Who says foreigners are bullish? But not in Taclobo-landia where a Filipina was accused of husband battery by her American spouse. Is it a crime after all for a wife to batter her husband? And perhaps Nicole can get some lessons from her. An American national sought police assistance after his wife allegedly beat him up over marital problems. The complainant identified as Mark Steven Szanislo said that his wife Vernita Szaniszlo punched and slapped him several times causing him some injuries. Not contented with that, the respondent also used two volleyball trophies and smashed them to the poor foreigner.

Hold up inside SU compound Even school campuses are not safe anymore. Robbers struck again this week victimizing a student last Tuesday. Maan Armane Vendiola told police investigators that she and her companion were just walking along Laguna near the Power House when a suspect drag her and took her cell phone forcibly. After taking her Nokia 3660 N the robber fled by boarding a motorcycle driven by another suspect and fled. One of them also allegedly drew out a gun to intimidate them. The victims cannot establish the identity of the suspects since they covered their faces with towel.

Basay mines spat leads to shooting

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embers of Tribu Bukindnon believe that one of their members was shot and injured because of conflict in mining waste copper concentrate. The victim Richard Trono, a barangay kagawad of Barangay Cabatuanan and a member of the Tribu bukidnon was allegedly shot by his own relative, Benedicto Fernando Jr, who was an aide to a municipal councilman. But investigators cannot confirm if the shooting had the blessings of the said official. Trouble began when members of Tribu Bukidnon demanded that the suspect and his boss should cease extracting copper concentrate in the land regarded as part of their ancestral domain. Police are now on their toes to prevent the escalation of the incident.

PDEA arrests 4 drugs suspects

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his time four suspects fell and they are equally divided among the two sexes. Members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted another round of operations in Barangay Looc and nabbed two men and two women. The first to fall was Cecile Viliran a resident of the said place barangay who was arrested after operatives saw her while trying to peddle shabu, but she denied the allegation saying that she only tasted the substance after she found it beside the community’s deep well. Caught with 4 sachets of shabu inside a match box were Harold Domen from Valencia and Analene Morados of Bacong. And finally, Diante Chiu a resident of Piapi was captured in the act of buying a sachet of shabu. All three denied that they are into regular drug pushing but were merely asked by their friends to buy or sell the prohibited substance in exchange of money. They are now detained and are awaiting the disposition of their cases.

Minor domestic helper robs master of P200T A seventeen year old female domestic helper allegedly robbed her employers by as s much as Php 255,000 pesos worth of jewelry and cell phone in Cervantes Street Dumaguete City. The victims first discovered the wrongdoing after they found some of the jewelry in the possession of the suspect inside her quarters. Hence, they fired her and asked her to go home back to Barangay Sto. Niño in Tanjay City. However, when she left, the victims’ one set of diamond errings with coral stone worth Php 100,000; one diamond erring with heart shape worth Php 100,000; One gold bracelet worth Php 50,000 and a Motorola cell phone were also gone and believed to have been taken by the suspect.


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The Right ... From page 7 BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

THIRTY YEARS AGO

(Based on CHRONICLE Files)

Marcos exempts sugarland from land reform decree January 9, 1977 — This exemption could yet be the mother of a bigger CARP Scam played by so called DAR Boys. In an apparent bid to counter the stiff resistance of many depressed sugar planters to shift to crop diversification for fear of being covered by land reform. President Ferdinand Marcos issued are designed to cushion the impact of the Decree 1066 specifying that sugarlands decline in the world sugar prices. Also which switched to the production of other recently, he increased the price of domespriority crops like rice, corn, feed grains, tic sugar to Php 75 per picul for household cotton, fruits, vegetables and livestock will use and maintained P 86 per picul price not be covered by the land reform profor industrial use. gram. The recent moves of the president

TWENTY YEARS AGO

Top rebel Frank Fernandez holds presscon in Dumaguete January 11, 1987 — The institution of a genuine land reform and the restoration of peace and order top the list of local demands from the National Democratic Front or NDF. In a press conference with the local media, the NDF representatives, Cleofe Lagtapon, Fr. Frank Fernandez and Delia Justiniani stated that these are age old problems which have driven the poor people in the mountains to struggle for their liberation. And to manifest their confidence and Negros Island. They happily observed that good faith of the provincial officials, the rep- since that time there is no single report of resentatives paid a courtesy visit to the pro- any truce violation and they hoped that this vincial OIC even with the absence of a safe will continue because both sides have the conduct pass. The NDF has issued strict or- mutual desire to achieve lasting peace ders for its partisans to cease hostilities in among all Filipinos.

TEN YEARS AGO

Silliman striking union ordered “back to work” January 12, 1997 — The Department of Labor issued a return to work order which is now the latest status of the faculty union strike at Silliman University. This time, both parties are under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Labor, and they are mandated to submit their position papers within 10 days for compulsory arbitration. Picket lines have ended, placards are supposed to be removed although the strike continues. However, since Friday was supposed to be the first day in compliance with the return-to-work , some decided to go

Sy scions ... From page 2 that the structure should not be a cause of concern to some businessmen in the city since the

home on an early weekend break, especially students some of whom went home to their respective towns and provinces.

projects are not supposed to pose serious competition on their respective establishments. In fact, they will complement them and will cause more job opportuni-

ties for the people in the province. Currently, Robinsons is building a 2 storey mall which will cost Php 180 M and is intended to be finished by October this year.

perform patriotic acts. They may lose as most of them do, but they enhance thereby the sacred right of people to choose their leaders. —————————— But what about in situations where a candidate is unopposed? What happens to the right of the people to choose? This, indeed, is an exceptional case which is true in many instances. We have to accept the exceptional reality that there are elective public officials who have rendered extraordinary service to their constituencies. Thus they become so popular and so formidable nobody would dare oppose them. —————————Our elections should always be considered as opportunities to choose the best from among many. Relationships among candidates – whether blood or otherwise – should always be sanitized from the ugly virus of political combat. Our people should be primed to choose whomsoever they wish and prefer. Candidates for public office should be positive enough to regard the political exercise to choose, as bigger than anybody – more sublime and noble than the one’s obsession for winning. And more importantly to regard others just as sincerely committed, and similarly possessed with dreams and visions for a better society with due respect and consideration. ——————————The worst disservice to our people is to constrict their freedom of choice – to delimit or deny them of a clear and wider span of alternatives from whence they can dramatize their collective will. ——————————Let us have more candidates for public office come May 14. Let us provide our people full expression of their right to choose. And when this shall have been done let us rally behind the one who is given the mandate by the sovereign electorate.

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Readers’ Views

mails & e-mails In Support of Free Lunch Happy New Year Ely and all the Staff! The article re: free lunch for elementary schoolers caught my attention. I cannot just log off without telling you and everyone over there, especially Congressman Herminio Teves that it is the most down-to-earth novel idea of a ”human” politician in this century. I also come from a very poor family in Mangnao and it is but so true that an empty stomach hampers a student’s concentration in school. If the big “Senadors” do not lower themselves down as human beings, then let them flout their big nosses, and let’s continue and support Congressman Teves’s plight for the poor children who are the futures of our nation. There is only one who knows who we are, what we do, and that is, God Almighty. True intentions are rewarded a thousand-fold. Thank you Congressman H G Teves! No wonder, until now, you are still serving the people of Negros Oriental.

Sally Stirling

TODAY’S

GOSPEL

John 2:1-11 (From page 8) Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” [And] Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever He tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.

NO TIME

for GOD ?

I knelt to pray but not for long, I had too much to do, Must hurry off and get to work, For bills would soon be due. And so I rattled a hurried prayer, Jumped up from off my knees. My Christian duty now was done, My soul could be at ease.

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All through the day I had no time, To speak a word of cheer. This Breakfast NO TIME to speak of Christ to friends, could yet change They’d laugh at me I feared. your Life. NO TIME, NO TIME, so much to do, That was my constant cry. NO TIME to give to those in need; At last, t’was time for me to die…. And when before the Lord I came, I stood with downcast eyes, With his hands He held a book, T’was the BOOK OF LIFE. Brotherhood of He looked into the book and said, Christian Businessmen and Professionals “Your name I cannot find, I once was going to write it down But never found the TIME.”

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Nicole: ... From page 7 the council of tribal elders from her village in Pakistan. Mai’s then 12-year-old brother had been seen walking with a girl from the more influential Mastoi tribe; they demanded Mai’s rape to avenge their “honor.” She was meant to be so ashamed that she would commit suicide, but instead she found the courage to overcome her disgrace. She refused to be silenced and against all odds, she filed a case and won. Six men involved in her rape have been punished with two of them sentenced to death. The government awarded her compensation. Mai has used the money to open a school in her village in the hope that she can empower young women so that they too can stand up for their rights. Their cases are particularly significant because it challenges governments and dares to ask the question: Whose side are we on? Governments especially our own should remember, that under international law and under the Constitution, the state is responsible for investigating and prosecuting acts of violence against women. Seeing the actions of our very own public servants one can ask: In whose best interests do we act? Women’s issues are human rights issues. Therefore, violence against women is a human rights violation. Doesn’t the fact that the perpetrator, who has been given due process and found guilty under the law, is being ‘protected’ rather than punished, demonstrate that our state has failed in its obligations to respect, defend,and fulfil the rights of women? Nevertheless, I am proud of these women. First they were physically raped, and then society raped their emotions. Yet, they have fought back. They have not only survived but shamed the people who shunned them. By their actions, their determination and their belief in themselves, they are no longer symbols of victimhood. They have become symbols of a woman’s strength.

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INVITATION TO BID JBIC Loan PH-P200 SECONDARY EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT PROJECT SCHOOL FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT Construction of Two Storey, Two Classroom Building with Science Laboratory (2S2C, S) Water Supply Rainwater Type (WSRC X) Sibulan NHS – San Antonio Annex San Antonio, Sibulan, Oriental Negros 1. The Government of the Philippines (GOP) through the Department of Education has received an Official Development Assistance (ODA) Loan from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) towards the financing of the Secondary Education Development and Improvement Project (SEDIP) last December 28, 1999. It is intended that part of the proceeds of this loan, together with the GOP counterpart funds, will be applied to eligible payments under the contract for the Construction of Two-Storey, Two Classroom Building with Science Laboratory and Water Supply Rainwater Collector Type. Disbursement of the ODA Loan from JBIC will be subject, in all respects, to the terms and conditions of Loan Agreement PH-P200. No party other than the Department of Education shall derive any rights from the Loan Agreement or have any claims to loan proceeds. 2. The Local Government Unit of Municipality of Sibulan now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders to enter into contract based on award for the Construction of Two-Storey, Two Classroom Building with Science Laboratory and Water Supply Rainwater Collector Type which is envisioned to be completed within 115 calendar days. 3. Bidding will be conducted in accordance with the JBIC’s Local Competitive Bidding procedures and is open to all Bidder’s from eligible source countries as defined in the “Guidelines for Procurement under JBIC Loans.” 4. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested bidders upon submission of the Letter of Intent (LOI) and payment of a nonrefundable fee of P2,000.00 from the SEDIP-NPMO, DepED Division of Oriental Negros and the BAC Office of Municipality of Sibualn. The Bidding Documents shall be received personally by the bidder or his authorized representative, which will be issued on January 15-22, 2007. 5. The BAC-Municipality of Sibulan will hold a Pre-Bid Conference open to all Eligible Bidders on February 6, 2007, 9:00 A.M. at the Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall, Sibulan, Oriental Negros. 6. Eligible Bidders must submit their Bids at the Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall, Sibulan, Oriental Negros on or before February 26, 2007, 9:00 A.M. All Bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security in either of the following forms: cash, certified check, cashier’s check, bank draft, irrevocable letter of credit or a bank guarantee in an amount equivalent to Project Name Construction of Two-Storey, Two Classroom Building with Science Laboratory Water Supply Rainwater Collector Type

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Late bids will not be accepted. The Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) will only be disclosed by BAC after the opening of bids accordance with the Instruction to Bidders. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidder or its authorized representative who choose to attend the opening of bids. 7. JBIC requires that all bidders and contractors, as well as the LGU and DepED-SEDIP, shall observe the highest standard of ethics during the procurement and execution of contracts. In pursuance of this policy, JBIC; a.) will reject a proposal for award if it determines that the bidder recommended for award has engaged in corrupt or fraudulent practices in competing for the contract in question; b.) will recognize a contractor as ineligible, for a stated period of time, if it, at any time determines that the contractor has engaged in corrupt or fraudulent practices in competing for, or in executing another contract financed in part from JBIC ODA Loans or other Japanese ODA. 8. The BAC of Municipality of Sibulan reserves the right to accept or reject any Bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all Bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby recurring any liability to the affected Bidder or Bidders. (Sgd) CORNELIA C. LOZAGA BAC Chairman Telephone No: 419-8580 (local 106) Telefax No: (035) 226-6384 The Negros Chronicle Jan. 14 & 21, 2007 REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7TH JUDICIAL REGION BRANCH 42 DUMAGUETE CITY SP. PROC. NO. 4477 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRIES IN THE CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH OF KAREN G. VILLANUEVA KAREN G. VILLANUEVA, Petitioner, – versus – RUPERTA BAGUASAN, THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF DUMAGUETE CITY, Respondent. x——-------------------------------------——/

O R D E R A verified amended petition having been filed by petitioner Karen G. Villanueva, through counsel, praying for the correction of entries in her birth certificate, to delete the place and date of marriage of her parents, and to correct the spelling of the maternal surname of her father from Timonio to Temonio. WHEREFORE, finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, it is hereby ordered and NOTICE is hereby given that said petition shall be heard on February 8, 2007 at 8:30 in the morning, at the Session Hall, Regional Trial Court, Hall of Justice, Dumaguete City at which date, place and time, any interested person may appear and show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. Petitioner is directed to immediately cause the publication of a copy of this Order once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities. Further, furnish a copy of this Order and Petition to the Office of the Solicitor General and the Local Civil Registrar of Dumaguete City. SO ORDERED. November 28, 2006, Dumaguete City, Philippines. (Sgd) MARIE ROSE G. INOCANDO-PARAS Judge The Negros Chronicle January 14, 21 & 28, 2007


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mails & e-mails Reply to Lady Joyce SCARED TO COME HOME To Joyce of Texas –

First, the “Gringo” thanks you for your letter of concern and support.

Like you, I TOO am very concerned about the rise in local crime but I do not live in fear. Like many developing communities around the world, Dumaguete City is losing its old sweet small town flavor and developing into a metropolis. As the good things grow, unfortunately the bad things grow also. Most of the crime does not seem random but has very specific targets and causes. The average law abiding citizen is not in a lot danger, especially if they use a little caution. I honestly think the local police are doing everything within their power to stop crime. The problem is more complex than just the actions of the police. We as a community must join and support them in the difficult task of law enforcement. Police can arrest the criminal but without our testimony they can not convict him. Often witnesses are intimidated or bought off and the criminal is again free to hurt others. I know of one incident where a son was murdered and the murderer bought his freedom. Later, that same murderer killed his victims’ brother. That second family would still have a father if the murderer had been convicted as justice demands. It must be horrendously difficult for the police to see a known criminal walk away without punishment and know it is just a matter of time before he hurts others. That knowledge is what creates vigilantes. I do not condone vigilantes. Vigilantes are an anathema to a civilized community, but I understand the pressures that give them birth. Vigilantes are an indication that the justice system is not working. If you want to stop vigilante murders; the first step is convicting the criminals. ----------Reply: Ms. Downs, you are not guaranteed safety anywhere in this world, but I would feel comfortable in saying there are many places much more dangerous to live than Dumaguete City. Many of those places are found right there in Texas. With you and other concerned citizens willing to stand up and demand justice maybe we can bring safety and some of that sweet old fashioned charm back to our historic city. We look forward to having you re-join us here in paradise. Welcome home. (KOJAK)

Witness ... From page 1 lawyer Atty Saleto Erames, accused some elements from the Divinity School of Silliman U as allegedly engineering the kidnapping of the suspect and forced her to recant under duress. The defense counsel Atty Manuel Arbon and Divinity School of SU reacted sharply denying the alleged kidnapping charge saying that the witness has recanted on her own volition. Now the witness is no longer under the police custody but in the surrounding protection of the relatives of the defense and some divinity personalities, as shown where she was sitting last Friday. The prosecuting team is composed of Pros Rodolfo Tropizado, Fiscal Angela Charina Cortes and Fiscal Leah Nazareno. Two other fiscals Aseniero and Mandajoyan inhibited themselves due to their own voluminous pending dockets. Tropizado requested media to inhibit the hearing. The CHRONICLE obliged if only to preserve harmony between the press and the prosecution de-

partment. But the CHRONICLE was assured that this was only a request from the Fiscals, ‘to avoid over crowding’ the conference room’ and assured that this was not a precedent, and more of a request. Otherwise, media would have exercised their constitutional rights to information, and cover what are the matters of public concern. Pros. Tropizado promised media access next time around. Interviewed by Florence Baesa, host of “Dumaguete Tonight” over DYEM ENERGY FM, Tropizado said that the Friday conference was part of implementing the order of the Judge Araceli Alafriz to conduct a re-investigation of the murder case. He said mentioned the following highlights: 1. that the credibility of the witness is vital to the case; 2. that his team’s role is to point out the slightes iota of probable cause and thus, file the murder case in court; 3. that the recantation by the witness is more part of the court battle during the trial; 4. and that his prosecution team has a deadline to beat within 30 days within which to finish the re-investigation.

ASEAN Unity ... From page 1 sion before the start of the ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Meeting Thursday (January 11) at the Shangri-La Mactan Hotel in Mactan, Cebu. Other foreign ministers in photo are (from left) Dr. Nur Hassan Wirajuda of Indonesia, Thongloun Sisoulith of Laos, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid of Malaysia, U Nyan Win of Myanmar, George Yong-Boon Yeo of Singapore, Nitya Pibulsonggram of Thailand, Pham Gia Khiem of Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam Economic Minister Pehin Dato’ Lim Jock Seng who represented Brunei Foreign Minister His Royal Highness Prince Haji Mohamed Bolkiah, and ASEAN Secretary General Ong Keng Yong. (RON NAVARRO – PCPO) 1/11/2007

Balance ... From page 7 balances of political and economic forces. The stronger force always, wittingly or unwittingly, imposes itself upon the weaker force. The majority party in the Philippine Congress, by sheer number, proudly displayed their stupidity and ignorance in pushing for a charter change which they voluntarily withdraw when it became clear that the Filipino People were indignant. Notice the shift of forces. First, it was by Congress, then the people at large save the day for the Republic. The issue of custody of an American Service Man convicted of Rape by Philippine Courts is an international showcase of how a STRONGER FORCE rams itself against the WEAKER FORCE. How the US GOVERNMENT conspired with the PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT in openly disregarding the authority of the Philippine Courts, and the Philippine Courts seemingly meek about it, is an irreparable prejudice to Philippine Sovereignty. The United States of America is the only nation on the face of the earth that has too much power that it can strike any other nation at its own whims and caprices irrespective of international opposition. What would it look like if there is a force that equals the U.S.A? Would it not be more dangerous for the world if there are two or more world powers? Are we not supposed to be thankful that there is an imbalance in the global forces?, Nature, not to be outdone, has also unleashed its fury to counterbalance Man’s excesses in the environment. The ocean has a way of cleaning itself. At the end of the day however, I am most thankful that above and beyond all forces, God is in complete and absolute control, and that I am confident that Evil will eventually fall under the authority of the Mighty Leveler of all earthly existence. It is my prayer that all human forces “do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2). I wish you all a BLESSED AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

LPG runs... From page 2 ter compared to gasoline, help in improving the environment and lengthen the life expectancy of the engine parts of their units. They found an ally in Land and Transportation Office Regional Director Atty. Alex Leyson who agree with them pointing out that some taxis in Cebu are using LPG and the results have been encouraging except that the units tend to slow down when going uphill. He warned the drivers though to ensure the standards of their kits and devices so as not to endanger the

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HALF-MOON Junction NOW UNDER A NEW AND FRIENDLY MANAGEMENT

Italian – Filipino Resto Bar Along South Km. 13 + Highway

• Refresment AREA for Travellers and tourists • Delicious Italian Dishes & Filipino Cusine • Open 7 a.m. to 12 Mn. • Rooms for rent

Gunther SANIN New Owner Chief CHEF Atlantis Resort

Super ... From page 10 der the auspices of Mayor Baltazar Salma which only demonstrates his firm belief that the family as the basic unit of society hence must receive the blessings of the Church.

Army... From page 10 Flores of the 61st Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army confirmed that a massive recruitment and logistical build up are being done by the NPA movement in to build up their forces strength and capability. He adds that 90 percent of the activities of the underground are geared to this while the remainder was for combat operations.

lives of the commuters, however there have been no reports of vehicles exploding due to LPG. Apparently, Councilor Harrison Gonzales is unimpressed as he wanted to listen to the testimonies of other drivers while Councilor Saleto Erames moved that the 2 tricycles currently using LPG be subjected to some more tests before the body actually approves the proposal. FEDEMCODA wanted to loan the above amount so that when the use of LPG in the city can finally be approved it will be the federation that would become the exclusive dealer for the kits and other materials to be used.

Republic of the Philippines CITY OF BAIS BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE INVIT ATION T O APPL Y FOR ELIGIBILITY AND INVITA APPLY TO BID The City Government of Bais invites interested bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the supply and delivery of the following items, for hereunder requirements: ITEM

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APPROVED BUDGET FOR THE CONTRACT (ABC)

P.R. # 04-07 – Various const. materials for Const. & Rehab. of dilapidated section of River control at Tamogong River, to be taken from Calamity Fund.

2. P.R. # 05-07 – Various const. materials for Concreting of Mabini St., to be taken from 20% Devt. Fund.

P 89,603.00

269,900.00

3. P.R. # 06-07 – Various const. materials for Concreting of Juan Luna St., to be taken from 20% Dev’t. Fund. 299,950.00 4. P.R. # 08-07 - Various const. materials for Rehab. of City Hall Annex Bldg., to be taken from Gen. Fund. 1,234,715.00 ————————TOTAL P1,894,168.00 ========== 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 equivalent to the total amount of the ABC of the items in which interested bidders intend to bid, in accordance with the following rates: Below P50,000.00 P50,000.00 but not more than P100,000.00 P250.00 P100,001.00 but not more than P200,000.00 P200,001.00-P350,000.00 than P800.00 P350,001.00-P500,000.00 than P1,225.00 P500,001.00-P1,000,000.00 than P1,500.00 P1,000,001.00 and above than P2,000.00

- 0.5% but not less than P100.00 - 0.45% but not less than - 0.4% but not less than P450.00 - 0.35% but not less - 0.3% but not less - 0.2% but not less - 0.1% but not less and not more than P10,000.00

Bid documents can be obtained at the BAC Secretariat c/o Office of the City Mayor or Office of the City General Services, this city, Tel. Nos. (035) 4023182, or 402-8115, anytime during office 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 January 24, 2007 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 The Negros Chronicle Jan. 14 & 21, 2007


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Culture ... From page 7 criticizing their new culture. This is true of Filipinos in Tucson Arizona and foreigners in Dumaguete City. They all excise their discomfort by comparing the local culture to their own and usually negatively. As many of you know I spent thirty years in the American Army. I was forced to live, work and play in a wide variety of cultures around the world. My life was largely one long culture shock. To be effective in my job, I had to learn to adapt and adjust rapidly. I had to develop

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a system to help my body and mind handle a new environment and culture. Here are some suggestions for any one living in a foreign land. • RESPECT Every culture has its negative aspects. It serves no constructive purpose to concentrate upon or criticize your new culture for its flaws. Instead try to find the positive aspects of your new experiences. Your focus should be positive not negative. People will respect you if you first respect them. • CONDUCT You represent your country. You are an unofficial ambassador. People will

see your conduct and judge your country by your actions. You should be on your best behavior not your worst. • GUEST You are a guest in the country, behave as you would want guests to behave in your home. Respect your host. A smile is even better than a handshake • EMBRACE Embrace the new culture. Study their history, customs and language. Even when you mess up the language, the people appreciate your efforts. A study of history will help you understand the people and their culture. For you Americans living

here in the Philippines try this: Go to the food court at your local mall early in the morning when things are fresh and hot. Try the local cuisine. Take a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Do not worry about what it is, until you find something you like. I like kangkong and a spicy local adobo fish. What is a Sigbin and why should you never let it lick you. Who lives in Lake Balanan. There are 21 species of whales and dolphins in the Philippines and 10 of them live just up the coast near Bais City. Have you taken the tour? Did you know during the Philippine Insurrection, Filipi-

nos killed over 4,000 well armed American troops with little more than a bolo knife. That is more troops than we have lost in Iraq in almost the same time frame against modern weapons. Everybody knows Captain Cook was killed near Cebu in 1779, but can you name the local chieftain who killed him? The story is that America “defeated” the Spanish and took possession of the Philippines; but is that the truth or

merely the American version? I think Aguinaldo might have seen it differently.

Can you name three locally endangered species, two of which were on display at the fiesta here last year. Did you know the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago spent 47 million dollars and three years duplicating what you can go to Apo Island and see for a few pesos. Embrace the culture. Have an adventure of a lifetime here in paradise.


January 14 2007