VOL. 37 No. 32
Sunday, January 23, 2011
State schools told: Mayors to jump use your millions to LP: expected! PAGE 02
Jail needs P10M for upgrading job
P54M NOPH booster PAGE 00
ll 46 members of the publicly criticized Barangay Intelligence Network were immediately disbanded by City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria last Wednesday after the nth report of abuse of authority reached him , the latest of which were three BINs who allegedly mauled a suspected felon in Barangay Banilad.
Barangay Intelligence Network members (BINs) merely report to the police the presence of possible suspected felons. They are not supposed to carry any gun. But the latest incident reported that one of the three suspected BINs hit the suspect with the butt of
his handgun in order to force the suspect to admit his felony. There had been several negative reports about abuses among BINs . Mayor Sagarbarria said they are a disgrace Turn to page 19
Mayors wary over DSWD’s P400M relief
BRAND NEW CT SCAN among others at NOPH
54-million package of modern hospital equipment plus a radiology room renovation were turned over last Monday to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital by a Japanese private corporation, the Turn to page 22
Police baffled over 3 unusual killings By BEVERLY LINAO
hree unrelated persons met their unusual deaths in three different incidents this week, baffling police investigators. Police until now was only able to identify a suspected suicide case by a university coed. Turn to page 19
Matriarch Mrs. Cang, 82 The legendary matriarch of local city entrepreneurship, Mrs. Filomena Tan-Cang, passed away quietly last Jan 15 at the Silliman Medical ost municipal mayors in the province are cautious and wary over the juicy Center. She was 82. P400-million “conditional cash grants” of the DSWD for Negros Oriental, be- She was the widow of cause of what they called stiff conditions to be imposed which could jeopardize another legendary
Twenty one (21) town and city mayors decided to hold the signing of the MOA with DSWD’s mammoth anti-poverty cash tansfer grant of P400-M for NegOr because of “hard requirements.” LR top Mayors Carmelo Remollo (San Jose) ,Valente Yap (Bindoy), Reynaldo Tuanda, Jimalalud, Liga president; Below LR: two unidentified guests; MAYORS, Ricky Gonzales (Valencia), Ben dela Cruz (Amlan). Kit Adanza (Zambo), Santi Sameon (Tayasan), Bert Ator (Siaton), Ed Enardecido (Ayungon) and Mars Bartoces (Sibulan).
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Mrs. FILOMENA T.CANG
“SUCCESS IS LIKE A DUCK–SMOOTH IN THE OUTSIDE BUT PADDLING FURIOUSLY IN THE INSIDE.”
January 23, 2011
Barrio PNP sub-stations debate
critical reporting HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO
Low profile governor knows his limitations The Committee on Peace and Order seeks the feasibility of putting up Police Substations in the strategic Barangays in the city. The leaders solicited inputs and ideas from City PNP Chief Police Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag, PNP Provincial Director Rey Lyndon Lawas, and some Village Chief. There is a need to install Barangay Police Substations in order to enhance and strengthen peace and order maintenance especially nowadays that crime activities have gone up and drug activities proliferate. (photo from PIO)
TOP OF THE WEEK B DD R City to subsidize State schools told: poor septic tanks use your millions Y
nvoking the equal protection clause, Dumaguete City Councilors propose that the city government to subsidize the construction of the required septic tanks of indigent households.
Councilors are presenting a new set of amendments to the ordinance which established a septage management system for the city. Neophyte councilor Joe Arbas maintains that “indigent families should not be treated alike with those who
are financially capable in providing for the construction of the required septic tank.” In accor dance to the present ordinance, owners of Turn to page 18-A
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nstead of publicly airing their gripes over the slashing of their respective budgets for this year, state colleges and universities are urged to make full and transparent accounting of all the income they have generated and the monies received over the years. These are the assertions are earning interests in the of some private educators banks. and politicians who believe Negros Oriental State that state-run schools can University President Dr. still manage to operate nor- Henry Sojor recently led five mally even without the infu- SUC Presidents in Central sion of a huge government Visayas namely, Dr. subsidy into their systems if Baldomero Martinez of the they use their millions that Turn to page 18-A
o far so good. Governor Roel Degamo, the province’s 21st governor has managed to enter the stage with a low profile, a bit of humility, and most of all with admission that he needs support and must yet learn the ropes. Good start. Hopefully the head will remain low especially his rah rah boys are now starting to emerge, including those milling around his borrowed office at the second floor of the capitol. -o0o-
We say, guv, let’s look, sound, and act like professional. Let’s leave behind that small-town fisherman talk. It’s now time to match your macho image with macho performance and - - results. People will be watching. And remember, your political future is what you make it, or fail to do. Aw, you got your college coach, so now the real ball is now in your court, friend Roel. -o0oKudos to the provincial hospital, a Dodo Macias legacy was launched last Monday between Hitachi Japan and NOPH: a P54-Million health venture which I believe no other governor nor hospital even thought about. They convinced Hitachi Himex to invest on a new CTscan
Coveted lonely job
Politicos banned Mayors to jump at Noreco 2 polls to LP: expected
oliticians are strongly admonished to keep their distance from the scheduled elections of three members of the Board of Directors of Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative II next month.
Previous BOD elections have been marked with the active participation of politicians who turn it into a proxy fight to gauge their influence and determine the composition of the highest policy making body of an electric cooperative with over a billion in assets. In the past, congressmen and mayors mobilize their underlings mostly barangay captains to campaign for their chosen bets. Like in the local polls, voters are report-
edly ferried to and from the polling stations. Contests are marred with allegations of vote-buying, fraud and other irregularities. To some observers, this is not surprising since most of the candidates are scions of political families or allies of rival politicians. However, this time BOD Secretary James Juper B. Aguilar assures that NORECO 2 will ensure that Turn to page 18-A
everal mayors are dumping anew their current political loyalties to sign up for the Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino III, but newly-assumed Governor Roel Degamo is not rushing to join the political exodus to the new party in power.
The Nationalist People’s Coalition, which recently saw the demise of some of their notable members and th e Lakas- Kamp i- CMD party are the most hard-hit in the imminent flight. Mayors Leon Lopez and Kit Marc Adanza of Sta. Catalina and Zamboanguita, respectively are the defectors to LP from the NPC party wh ile pr actically all the Lakas-Kampi-CMD mayors in the first district save that
of Vallehermoso town are also leaving the once-powerful party. The first district defector mayors are Jimmy Clerigo of Canlaon; Oming Baldado of Manjuyod; Valente Yap of Bin do y an d Ed sel Enardecido of Ayungon. Mayor Joniper Villegas of Vallehermoso has opted to stay with Lakas-KampiCMD party. The four mayors used to Turn to page 18-A
Dancing traffic cops soon in town City Mayor Manuel “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria decided to hire a dancing traffic enforcer from Bacolod City (inset below) to train Dumaguete’s traffic enforcers in the city. Efren Doromal has always been effective in enforcing a smooth traffic flow in Bacolod City through his graceful friendly gestures. (Photo from PIO)
Gov. Roel Degamo on his first working day, could not contain all the visitors and the bulk of the paper works that have to be signed. He wished there were more working hours. But at 7pm when he wanted to rest awhile, he found out that the work was never done. But easily thru delegation of powers, more can be accomplished.
machine plus x-rays at no cost. But they share with the revenues 50-50 and Himex maintains the machines for free. Watta deal! Deal of course! The problem of maintenance is over. Himex sees to it that the machines are in good condition, otherwise, they cannot recover their cost of investment. -o0oAnother display of character and decisiveness was the withholding by 18 town and city mayors here of the P400-Million cash transfer grants for 50,000 certified poor families. (Read story page 1) Others could have blindly signed it, but our good mayors put on the brakes, and they seem to have smelled some juicy loopholes. Hellow big time Dinky! -o0oFirstly, the poor were asked to be mandatory PhilHealth members. Good. But, where will the poor get the money for premiums? Besides, we have the local health care program of Dodo Macias called PHINO. Putting the brakes for this p400-Million deal is indeed a good sign. Let’s first get that safety net on how to stop collusion between DSWD and the beneficiaries. (read our page one story) Turn to page 10
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Practical benefits of dual citizenship here is a law that grants two citizenships to Filipinos. Republic Act No. 9225 allows the retention and re-acquisition of Filipino citizenship. This law is applicable to one form of dual citizenship. The dual citizenship circumstance to which this law applies, covers natural born Filipinos who lose their Philippine citizenship. Millions of natural-born Filipinos have gone abroad to seek greener pastures. Along the way, while living and earning abroad, they lost their Filipino citizenship and have, for practical purposes, obtained the citizenship of their adopted country Upon their retirement and return to the Philippines , they suddenly realize they are foreigners in their own homeland.
Editorial Firing all the BINs
he disbanding by the city mayor of the entire 46-man barangay intelligence network the next day after three of them sent a poor citizen with bloodied face as he was pistol-whipped by one of them, was an impressive quick-response by our city executive and deserves commendation. For he could have easily covered their tracks and in return elicit loyalty from the boys who will protect him from every harm henceforth. But Mayor Sagarbarria chose the road less travelled by most politicians and decided to fire all of them and saved the city P1.2Million in wasted allowances. Media also helped push Chiquiting spring into action as he was put on the spot by “Good Morning Dumaguete” talk show of DYEM Star Energy FM when a citizen reported the incident to the police and our reporters picked it up in the morning show. For how many times have hapless citizens been victims of many abusive policemen who make a black eye on the entire police force? SSupt Rey Lyndon Lawas too that morning was fuming mad when by command respon-
sibility, he had to choose between protecting his boys with tolerance or unleash a decisive blow while the iron was hot. He did. And the citizens praised him. On the other hand, we know that most BINs were sometimes bullies and body guards of politicians. Perhaps they were the choices of old mayors, so it was possibly convenient for Mayor Sagarbarria to dispose of these embarrassments. So will Sagarbarria replace them with his own boys now? Another candidate for disbandment is the 35-man Barangay Police Safety Officers who could be replaced in a zippy if they become liabilities and not assets to the city ‘s quest against criminality. They all get P2000 monthly allowances. But our point is: the new city mayor showed decisiveness and character. And this is a good sign. We hope he will not change as he goes up the ladder. As the saying goes, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. And as most rules have exceptions, we hope our mayor is one of the few who will consistently say NO to abuse and corrupt practices.
The Philippine consulate in Los Angeles, USA is the site where former Filipinos who, after having obtained American citizenship, desire to re-acquire/retain their Philippine citizenship by taking their oath of allegiance. They meet the reality of being a “non-Filipino”. R.A. 9225 fixes this anomaly by allowing “former” Filipinos to re-acquire or retain their Filipino citizenship. It is easy— a do-it-yourself affair. The former Filipino just needs to Turn filetoapage petition 18-B
Philippine Economy, what now?
Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco
sn’t it a blessing that the RP economy could post a 6-7% GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in 2010 when some European countries are nearing bankruptcy and the United States is still struggling out of a mild recession?
In a developed economy like America, economic recovery is indicated by auto sales and housing starts. If such framework was applied in RP, we are already in a bull run. Imagine that Filipinos bought 58,691 new car and truck units in 2010, a 27% growth or the biggest rise in sales in 14 years - even eclipsing the record growth in 1996. All categories from passenger cars, Asian utility vehicles (AUVs), commercial vehicles (CVs) and the light commercial vehicles (LCVs) showed robust growths from 27% to 32%.
About seventy percent (70% ) of sold units went to Toyota (35% ), Mitsubishi (19% ) and Hyundai Asia (11% ). Meantime, six million in backlog units/houses for the low cost category (P700 - P1.3 million) is still being unaddressed though there may ensue a glut in the high rise condos and top-flight units in some cities. But overall, the Real Estate industry is booming - prices escalating and easy financing readily available. Low inflation rate has softened interest rate and monetary policy has placed
much liquidity (cash) in the marketplace. These, added to the all-time high in RP’s international reserves and the credible May 2010 national polls prodded Moody’s Ratings to upgrade the Philippines from “positive” to “stable”. That good rating, in turn, will enable the country to borrow from more alternative sources and at lower interest rates - in exchange for our lower credit risk. As most of us know, the Philippine stock market has crushed all previous all-time high records and was hovering at To page 12
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Words of Thanks We would like to express our deepest thanks to all who have in different ways shown your love for Mama and sympathized with us at her passing. We thank you for your visits, words of comfort, cards, special memorial gifts, and practical help that have helped to ease the pain of our loss.
Thank you for enriching Mamaâ€™s life while she was still with us and for embracing us with your love and generous support during this difficult time.
May the Lord richly reward and bless you.
Deep gratitude and thanks from the children, in-laws, and grandchildren of the late
Filomena Tan Cang
January 23, 2011
Reconciling interests and Philosophies
resident Aquino may have clamped a log ban by the time newsboys delivered this copy of this paper.. It follows non-stop rains that pummeled 24 largely denuded provinces. Over 1.34 million persons are affected And the toll on crops and homes is still climbing. “There must be a long-term intervention,” PNoy cautions.
“Bans constitute a highlyvisible political response,” says the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission study: Forest Out of Bounds. “Born from crises, after long periods of passive tolerance or neglect, ( bans) tend to deal with immediate problems…( But ) bans alone are insufficient…to correct underlying problems of misuse” . The 2001 report is anchored to case studies of six countries : New Zealand, China, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam Floods to loss of whole forest ecosystems rachet pressure, in Asia and the Pacific, for
“swift and major changes”. To work, bans require complementary reforms and firm hands “We’re not optimistic that another log ban will solve…continued forest rape,” says the Save Sierra Madre Network . In March 2005, then-President Gloria Arroyo lifted the ban she imposed after Typhoons “Unding” and “Violeta” savaged Aurora and Quezon provinces “It’s been business as usual at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.” Flash back to the 2004
ow do we reconcile the revolution of rising expectations of the nation finally to achieve genuine political autonomy and real ownership of the national economy with that of the politically entrenched economic elite who have in the past bartered our rights and privileges to foreigners for their narrow sectoral interests and continue to do so ?on the other hand how do we accommodate the desire of transnationalist economic planners who in their desire to increase the economic pie through increasing levels of productivity ,income and employment are willing to sacrifice some national sovereignty on the altar of regionalism and globalization ,with those of the political economists who are willing to forego economic gains to preserve the integrity of the national economy? This has been the dilemma The answer to this of many nations today who are conundrum is not easy. But what committed to the principle of is very clear is that whatever be international solidarity of nations the political thrust and economic since the creation of the United paradigms this country will Nations and of recent vintage adopt, it cannot go wrong by regional political and economic referring to the constitution which groupings like the ASEAN, has mandated the promotion of APEC and the rest. Turn to page 12
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A Journey Through Cancer
Prayer is the Best Protection ou won’t believe this. It was an hour before midnight and the lights were all on as daylight. It was one of my sleepless nights, so I lulled myself to sleep through writing. A stranger came inside our while they were sleeping, Some home, wielding a knife in his lost their lives in this city that hand. He came in through pil- was once called“ city of gentle fering the window in the kitchen. people.” As night falls, the But once inside, the dog streets had become eerie. As if charged him and surprised, he evil is lurking there. It cannot went to the door and got lost in rest. It is finding its way through the darkness outside. He had an empty minds and dark hearts. evil look in his eyes. In his haste, The only one who can protect us he left his knife near the kitchen is God.Is poverty really the root window. cause of crimes? Others say“ My husband reported the Definitely.” But when we look matter to the police. I thanked around us, most people are God for His awesome protec- overweight. Drugs? Pride? A tion and that no harm had need like someone’s life is at happened, to the intruder and stake in the hospital? Or is it to us. We read news of kill- simply the inners in full nature ings, burglaries everyday in that man chooses to rule his the newspapers and watch precious being? In that moment, them on television. Many lost the stranger changed his mind. their valuable items when burThe place where he stood glars rummaged their homes Turn to page 14
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Synching with God daily
We should try to be more apostolic, making all kinds of initiatives, like teaching catechism, etc. For this, we need to develop the virtues— prudence, fortitude, order, etc.— so that we can carry out our Christian duties properly and promptly. We should see to it that our life of prayer is continuous all throughout the day. Let’s remember that God actually engages us in a direct, live conversation through the ordinary duties, affairs and concerns of everyday. Turn to page 16
he last time I talked about this topic I was savagely attacked by three readers on the Negros Chronicle forum. I admit, I am neither a geneticist nor a Bible scholar. The information contained here is the result of research. Knowledge is the key to understanding. I am proud of how Filipinos According to the latest scihandle the sensitive subject of entific research ( XY Chromohomosexuality. Generally Filipi- some Studies ; Twin Studies, nos are more mature and com- etc.), most homosexuals are passionate than people in other born gay. They have no more countries. I have known two re- control over their sexual orienspected and professional teach- tation than they do the color of ers who were openly gay. That their eyes. In Twin Studies, would, tragically, never be ac- where twins are separated at cepted in my country. Several of birth, there is a startling demoyour most respected TV and graphic. In American society a movie stars are openly gay; one child has a 4% chance of beeven pretends to be gay but has ing gay ( 11% in the Philipa wife and child. The Philippines pines; XY Chromosome has fraternities and sororities for Studies) If one twin becomes homosexual students. There is a homosexual, the chances the political party that advocates gay other twin will also become issues. Prejudice is usually the homosexual rises dramatically result of fear and ignorance. I to 40%. Obviously there is cannot remove the fear but something more going on here maybe I can impact the igno- than a “free will choice”. rance. Turn to page 11
JAMES “ KOJAK “ HUGHS U.S. Army
Cpt ( ret )
Footsteps and Fingerprints
“Death sits on the doorstep”
HIS is our daily challenge and task. How to get in synch with God in our daily affairs should first of all be in our mind, since we tend to take this responsibility for granted. From there, let’s develop the relevant attitudes and skills, first individually and then later on, socially, culturally, politically, etc.
We have to graduate from a fetal or primitive level of Christian life. While it’s true that our development in the spiritual life takes a lot of stages, not to mention, tortuous turns, it should also be true that after some time of Christian living, we as a whole should have acquired a certain level of Christian maturity. This has to be expected in any living organism. In this regard, we have to help one another. Those who are more gifted spiritually should realize that they are expected to give more.
BY AMB. JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PH.D
FR. ROY CIMAGALA
remember hearing this phrase when I was young and shuddering at the image it conjured up in my mind. Even now, the thought of death sitting on my doorstep waiting for me to open the door is a bit frightening. And yet, this should motivate us to straighten out our lives, put them in order, open other doors and windows, and be active in making our lives better and more meaningful.
This month has been a month of deaths: in our province, we mourn the loss of Gov Perdices. In our family, we lost ‘tito’ Boysie, victim of a sudden massive heart attack. In the BCBP community, we saw the passing of Bro Rene Cortes of BCBP Paranaque, a member of our senior leaders’ action group, and our dear sister Pat Sablon of the BCBP Manila governance team. On other fronts, we shed tears for the victims of floods and landslides, of hunger and famine, of violence and criminal activities, both in this country and around the world.
“Death sits on the doorstep” waiting for us to do nothing, to ignore the signs of the times, to refuse to diet and exercise, to plead excuses as to why we should not get involved, to continue killing our natural environment. My father drilled into me that doing nothing, refusing to get involved, and pleading ignorance are just other ways of saying that I am lazy, that I am giving up, that I don’t care, that I am refusing to let God and others (angels in disguise) help me get on with my life. My Turn to page 14
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Covenant Friendship And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself. –– I Samuel 20:17
ven if you had faith as small as a mustard seed…you could say to this mulberry tree, “May God uproot you and throw you into the sea,’ and it would obey you! ––Luke 17:6
A mustard seed is small, but it is alive and growing. Almost invisible at first, it will begin to spread, first under the ground and then it will become visible. Like a tiny seed a small amount of genuine faith in God will take root and grow. Although each change will be gradual and
GOSPEL Matthew 4:12-23 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people living in darkness have seen a great ligh t; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”[ From that time on Jesus began to preach,
possibly imperceptible, soon this faith will have produced major results that will uproot and destroy competing loyalties. We don’t need more faith; a tiny seed of faith is enough if it is alive and growing. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. Jesu s w ent th rou gho ut Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
Sunday Thoughts YIELD NOT TO TEMPLATION (Part II) What are the ways of escape open to us that we may not yield to temptation? One way is to avoid the prolonged look at the tempting object. The biblical example is Eve in the Garden of Eden: So when the woman saw that the tee was good for food (she rationalizes) and it was delight to the eyes, and that the fruit was to be desired. By that time, she could no longer resist the temptation; And Adam went along with her. Remember Jezebel? She kept looking at the lovely little vineyard of Naboth, and then longed to say “that is mine.’ Finally, she had Naboth killed, and grabbed his vineyard. Or remember David? His eyes were focused on the woman Bathsheba bathing in the garden, and he could not control
himself. One biblical example of not doing the prolonged look is that of Joseph in the Pharaoh’s palace in Egypt. The wife of Potiphar tried to seize the young man who ran away from the woman; he did not look long enough to yield to her charms. There is a book I was a Monk by J.M. Tettener. He talks of how he left the monastery to teach. One evening at a garden party he saw an eighteen-year-old girl dance. She wore a dress of what we call today “seethrough.” Everytime she passed between him and the brilliant light, her graceful legs were sharply silhouetted. The man confesses in his book that he had taken such a prolonged look, and he violated the word of Jesus that one should not look at a woman with lust. We know this to be true-tolife. A student looks at his Turn to page11
he relationship between Jonathan and David was no casual aquaintance. It was deep, committed love relationship between powerful men. In fact, Scripture says more than once that Jonathan loved David as he loved himself (see I Samuel 18:1-3, 20:17).
The depth of their commitment to each other was dramatically illustrated by Jonathan’s gifts to David, which symbolized the deep level of respect, humility, trust and loyalty inherent in their relationship. Jonathan took off the items of clothing that symbolized his royal status as son of the king of Israel and gave them to David. He literally handed over the outward evidence of his status in the world to his friend. This is not something a man does lightly. It is even more amazing that Jonathan also gave David his weapons, his means of defense. Even today, men have strong attachment to their weapons. Men who own guns seem to have no shortage of stories and praises to relate about their favorite pistols, rifles, or shotguns. Boys rarely forget the first knife or 22 rifle they
The Bigger Picture (Part VII) WHAT IF THE BIRTH RATE DROPS?
ere the birth rate to drop to zero, and half or more than half of the country’s population to evaporate into the ether, would it alter the ratio of 80% or more of the people sharing 20% or less FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG of the nation’s wealth while 20% or less of the people share 80% or more of it?
Would it automatically eliminate the notoriously bad governance, the unbridled official corruption, the humungous and ever ballooning foreign and public debt, the unmitigated conspicuous consumption and rampant smuggling and cheating on taxes among the predatory elite? Would it allocate more resources to quality education, reputable health care, environmental protection, socialized housing, basic public infrastructure for transport, communication, energy, and food production? Would it provide greater public access to technology, and greater attention to scientific research and development? Would it transform the Philippines into a welfare state? Would it make people more morally upright, less pleasure-seeking, self-indulgent and selfish? Not likely. POPULATION CONTROL A DISEASE The problem of extreme poverty is real. But population control has never been the solution, or even one of the solutions to it. So unless we stop listening to the sterile advice of neo-Malthusian economists and get rid of policymakers who make population growth the convenient scapegoat for all our ills, we shall never recognize the real causes of our poverty, the real resources we can mobilize, and the opportunities that should never pass us by. THE REAL RESOURCE Turn to page 12
receive. When a boy receives such gift, he feels as if he has gained recognition that he is more than just a boy. When he carries a knife around in his pocket or walks through the woods or fields with his rifle, he feels as if he belongs in the world of men. He imagines himself as a man, fighting off bears, mountain lions, and bad guys with the weapons in his hands. Can you imagine how much stronger a great warrior’s attachment to his weapons would be? This interaction between Jonathan and David is beautiful. Jonathan’s gifts not only communicate his deep commitment to David, but David accepts these symbols of commitment without protest. He does not say, “Oh, Jonathan, you shouldn’t do this. This sword is too valuable to give to me.” It is not easy for a man to accept a gift of such depth from another man; yet the gift of covenant friendship is a gift all men need in their lives. HISTORICAL NOTES
Knowing the truth ’ve wanted to write about this one while looking for the appropriate time, but never got around it. The idea came from the Census of the Philippines for the REV. FR. ROMAN C. year 1903. SAGUN, JR. The Census of 1903 showed that in the province of Negros Oriental, there were 29 churches whose estimated value was declared 377,360 pesos. Those 29 churches had an estimated capacity of 34,869. The Census also noted that there was no church of another religion having any following. Six years before the Census, it was reported that for year 1897 in the Dumaguete parish, there were 582 baptisms, 90 marriages, and 512 funerals. In 1903, Filipino secular priest Fr. Gervacio Gallofin had 1,029 baptisms and 143 marriages. In the town of Zamboanguita, there were 249 baptisms, 42 marriages, and 58 funerals for year 1897 while in 1903, another native priest Fr. Francisco Locsin had 117 baptisms and 14 marriages. The year 1903 saw most if not all church records being expropriated by most of the government officials. Such was the case with the parish towns of Sibulan, Tanjay, Bais, Bacong, Dauin, Valencia, Siaton, among others. Also for the year 1897 in Tanjay, there were 225 baptisms, 102 marriages, and 250 funerals. After ten years in 1907, Fr. Baldomero Villareal had 426 baptisms and 78 marriages. Still for the year 1897 in Valencia, there were 227 baptisms, 28 marriages, and 220 funerals. Ten years later in 1907, Recollect Friar Paulino Jimenez had 231 baptisms and 45 marriages. Likewise in Bais, while there were 399 baptisms, 51 marriages and 208 funerals in 1897, Recollect Friar Francisco Solchaga in 1907 had 188 baptisms. The record of marriages by the Spanish friar is not available. After the sudden death of Filipino priest Fr. Gervacio Gallofin in 1908, Recollect Friar Calixto Gaspar took over as parish priest of Dumaguete. For Turn to page 11
January 23, 2011
Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City SPL. NO. B-10-35 IN THE MATTER OF CAN CELLATION OF ENTRY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFI CATE OF DIVINE ELNAR DELIJERO-AUXTERO AT THE OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BAIS CITY, PHILIPPINES. DIVIN AUXTERIO, as represented by her agent, MANUEL ARMAMENTO, Petitioner, – ver sus – MARY JEAN V. LADO in her capacity as the City Civil Registrar of Bais City, Philippines. Respondent. x—————————————————/
AMENDED ORDER Before this Court is a verified petition for Correction of Entry in the Birth Record of DIVINE ELNAR DELIJEROAUXTERO filed through counsel, Atty. Benjamin H. Lajot, Jr. of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) on July 16, 2010, prayi ng that after due notice, publicati on and hearing, an order sh all issue directin g the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Bais City, N egros Oriental, to cancel the Regi stry No. 2001-1446 before the City Civil Registrar of Bais City; and to di rect h erein respo ndent to make the necessary correction i n the above-menti oned b irth r ecord its office. Find ing th e peti tion to be suffici ent in for m and substance, the cou rt sets the initi al hearing thereo f on February 22, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the Session Hall of this court at which date, time and place, all interested persons may appear and show cause, why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be p ublished in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its componen t cities once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks, before the date of h earing. Petitioner is h ereby directed to furnish the Local Civil Registrar o f Bais City, Negros Oriental of this order with a co py of the petiti on and its annexes and to the Office of the Solicitor General with address at 134 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City and show proof of service thereof. SO ORDERED. Bais City, Philippines, November 26, 2010. (Sgd.) CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ The N egr os C hronic le Judge Jan. 16, 23 & 30, 2 011
Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region HALL OF JUSTICE st 1 Floor, E.J. Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete C ity OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF
NOTICE OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SALE Upon extrajudicial petition for sale under Act No. 3135 filed by NATIONAL HOME MORTGA GE FINANCE CORPORATION (NHMFC) against SERGIO S. BAC UAC married to ESM ERALDA A . BA CUA C of Block 12, Lot 26, Dumaguete-Sibulan Country Homes, Barangay Maslog, Sibulan, Negros Oriental, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of July 23, 2010, amounts to FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE THOUSA ND THREE HUNDRED FORTY-NINE PESOS A ND TW ENTY-THREE CENTAVOS (Php 553,349.23) PESOS, excluding/including penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses for foreclosure, the undersigned or her duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on March 3, 2011 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning at 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Office of the Clerk of Court & Ex-Officio Sheriff, Regional Trial Court, 1st Floor, Hall of Justice, E. J. Blanco Drive, Piapi Dumaguete City, to the highest bidder, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency, the following property with all its improvements, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. -28320 “ A parcel of land (Lot 26, Block 12 of the consolidation-subdivision plan, Pcs074620-002898, being a portion of the consolidation of lots 1212, 1217, 1230 and 1231, all of Sibulan C adastral), situated in the Barangay of Maslog, Municipality of Sibulan, Province of Negros Oriental, Island of Negros… C ontaining an area of ONE HUNDRED TW ENTY & POINT FIFTY (120.50) SQUARE M ETERS more or less, registered in the name of SERGIO S. BA CUAC married to Esmeralda. A. Bacuac and a resident of Dumaguete C ity, Philippines. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on M arch 10, 2011 without further notice. Dumaguete C ity, Philippines, January 5, 2011 (Sgd.) MA RIA ANTONIA L. BULADO Clerk of Court VI & Ex-Officio Sheriff The Negros C hronicle Jan. 16, 23 & 30, 2011
By: (Sgd.) BOBBY F. MIRA NDA Sheriff IV & Executing Sheriff
Republic of the Philippines 7th Judicial Region REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 64 Guihulngan, Negros Oriental FC SP. PROC. NO. 10-05-L FOR: CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE MATTER OF THE CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE BIRTH RECORDS OF CHINGUE EYAC DOM EN, THE ENTRY SEX AS FEMALE I NSTEAD OF MALE IN THE CIVIL REGISTRAR OF LA LIBERTAD, NEGROS ORI ENTAL, CHINGUE EYAC DOMEN, Petitioner, – versus – The OFFICE OF THE LOCAL CI VIL REGISTRAR OF LA LIBERTAD, NEGROS ORIENTAL and the NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE (NSO), Respondent. x————————————————————/
ORD ER Petitioner, through counsel, Atty. Jasper Adrian P. Cadeliña, filed verified petition for correction of entry, appearing in her birth records in the office of the Local Ci vil Registrar of La Libertad, Negros Oriental, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, the Civil Registrar concerned be ordered to correct the sex of petitioner from FEMALE into MALE. WHEREFORE, finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, and in compliance with the jurisdictional requirement of publication, let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks before the date of hearing, at the expense of the petitioner. Any interested party is hereby directed to appear on March 16, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Sessi on Hall of this Court and show cause why the petition should not be granted. SO ORDERED. December 15, 2010, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd.) ALEJANDRO S. BAHONSUA, JR. Acti ng Presidi ng Judge The Negros Chronicle Jan. 16, 23 & 30, 2011
January 23, 2011
Negros Oriental schools top achievement test BY CHINA C. CANCIO
he Ayungon National High School i n Negros Ori ental brought home the bacon as i t ranked number one in 2010 National Achievement Tests among science l earni ng areas nationwide with a Mean Percentage Score (MPS) of 97.30 percent. Another success was recorded when Dauin Science High School earned 94.26 MPS making as fourth in the whole country in the same test. Governor Roel Degamo appreciated the education sector by being proud of their accomplishments. He added that it only proved that the province has the best teachers. The Caravan for Excellence will unite at the Capitol ground where programs promoting science education will be conducted to persuade the students to strive hard, love their studies, and learn to focus.
critical reporting HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO
Low profile governor ... (From page 2) -o0oTIME TO JUMP SHIP for some mayors. This is the cue now for Lakas and NPC boys who want to join the LP bandwagon. The Lakas Party is still headed by Meniong Teves whom we know is a very professional and astute politician. The NPC is headed here by Rep. George Arnaiz after Dodo Macias. And the LP is virtually headed now by Rep. Josy Limkaichong who herself jumped ship from Lakas to the LP. So what do you expect the boys below will do? Follow the leader of course! -o0oWe received an email about a litigant for annulment of marriage who complained that someone is sitting on her case and is taking it long. The Supreme Court recently fined a judge for P15,000 for sitting on an annulment case. We talked to the judge and he asked what’s the lady’s name and promised to speed it up. Lady withheld her name in the email. So hey, if you are reading this, what are you waiting for? Go for it! No retributions, the judge promised. -o0oSpeaking of Supreme Court’s moves. Retired U.S. attorney Mars Maxino said that the right petition to make the Webb case going was motion to set aside judgement, and not a motion for reconsideration. Hardly does a Supreme Court rebut its own decision. So now the Webb case will really be catching cobwebs outside the new bilibid. For one thing, the culprits are just around the corner. Guess who!
January 23, 2011
Thoughts Hot Topic ... Sunday (Udarbe) (Kojak)
From page 6
Darwin, who was a Christian, maintained that traits that do not contribute to survival of the species are lost. Accepting this as fact, then begs the question, why has homosexuality survived in almost every species? Obviously homosexuals are not inclined to have offspring of their own so how does it contribute to the survival of the species? T he current theory is that homosexuality helps to control population levels. Homosexuality helps prevent a species from over populating and creating starvation. Many Christians maintain that the Bible condemns homosexuality. They base this belief on such passages as Leviticus 18 and 20. Not all Biblical scholars agree. Some theologians believe those and other passages were not so much a condemnation of homosexuality as an attack on some pagan religions that used homosexuality in their rituals. I do not know, but I am left with the question, if homosexuality is genetic, why would God create it? As a compassionate Christian I cannot condone or support actions that hurt other people just because they love the same gender. I trust God to sort these things out. It is not my job to judge or punish; it is my job to respect and love. If you are one of those who judge and hate those that are different than yourself maybe you need a refresher course in the
From page 8 seatmate’s test answers long enough and he yields to cheating. A leader of the country spots a pretty woman among the young men of his staff and he makes her a mistress. In our city ones see where the motorcycle of his dreams is usually parked; and in one weak moment, he steals it. Whether it be money (as in the case of Judas), a car (lots of car thieves there are), a man or a woman, a child that could be kidnapped, anything that is a delight to the eyes, we must restrain ourselves from the prolonged longing look lest we yield to temptation. For as our hymn puts it, “I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear.” (To be continued)
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The Silliman Alumni Association, Inc. (SAAI) deeply mourns the passing away of an Outstanding Sillimanian Awardee (OSA) of Silliman University and former member of its Board of Trustees
From page 8 the year 1910, there were in the capital town 753 baptisms and 163 marriages. These figures just confirm what American Bishop Frederick Z. Rooker of Jaro maintained: “I contend, and anyone who knows the truth and will tell it will confirm what I say,” writing to President Theodore Roosevelt in 1904, “that the great mass of the Filipino ‘people’ want the ministrations of the Catholic religion and the preservation of the Catholic faith.” Golden Rule. Be everyday heroes and replace anger with compassion and love. We never have too much compassion and love.
Mrs. Filomena Tan Cang
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. All through the day I had no time, To speak a word of cheer. NO TIME to speak of Christ to friends, They’d laugh at me I feared. 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. He looked into the book and said, “Your name I cannot find, I once was going to write it down But never found the TIME.”
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Reconciling ... NegOr towns are environment (Romero)
From page 6
the common good as the touchstone and objective of development. This common eople have welcomed the arrival of 35 Canadian doctors, specialists good must indeed translate in their own fields who will wind up on Jan 25, their medical mission into the greatest good of the which brought thousands worth of dollars in services and equip- greatest number of Filipino ment, and given free of charge to thousands of indigents in the first district of who should be the principal determinant and ultimate the province courtesy of Congresswoman Josy Limkaichong. beneficiary of government Yet patients from the second policies. and third districts were wel-
come to avail of the benefits of the medical mission which is for all indigents. The doctors who are also assisted by local physicians, opthalmologists, other doctors and nurses, will also perform at the provincial ho spit al and even at t he Silliman Medical Center and the Holy Child Hospital which are the two biggest private hospitals in the city and province. This will last until the 26 th of this month, and surely, it will be one big boost to the poor and impoverished people in our hinterlands to be able to avail of the free services of seasoned Canadian doctors and also our local specialists here. ANOTHE R ACTIVITY which is of international flavor worth recognizing is the First National Conference on Prison Care which will be held here Jan 19 to 21. This is an initiative of the Provincial Rehabilitation Commission and the international body called Prison Fellowship International . This has a global membership of 114 countries working under the United Nations concerns for prisoners rights and welfare from third world countries like
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THIRTY-FIVE Canadian doctors, specialists in their own fields, and backed up by local surgeons, opthalmologists, dentists, nurses and aides, comprise this big medical mission in La Libertad for all the indigent patients.This is an initiative of Rep. Josy Limkaichong. the Philippines. Peo ple are part icul ary thankful to Rev. Joel Tabada whose leadership and initiative has made this international prison care possible. Tabada has the big heart for prisoners in our local jails because he himself was incarcerated during the height of the Martial Law regime and released without charges after so long. Instead of hating and getting
back at this incarcerators, Rev. Joel Tabada like turned the other check and displayed the true Christian gesture of nurturing, educating and evangelizing people inside our jails. His project was a prelude to a series of local prison care programs which until now continues in our local jails.
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From page 8 The age structure of our population reveals our real strength. Its median age is 23 years, younger than that of 139 other countries, and older than that of 73 others. This means that while those older ones are phasing out of the workforce, and those younger ones are not yet ready to join it, our workers are already at their most productive. Assuming the average worker is retired at 65, this means the average Filipino worker has 42 productive years more to go as against the Chinese worker’s 31.4 years, the American’s 28.3 years, the Singaporean’s 26.6 years, the Canadian’s 24.9 years, and the Japanese’s 21.2 years. HUMAN CAPITAL If Pope John Paul II is correct when he says in Laborem Exercens that human labor is what creates capital; if Gary Becker, the 1992 Nobel Prize economics laureate, is correct when he speaks of the irreplaceable value of human capital, and the role the family and education play in developing that capital; if Julian Simon is correct when he asserts that the human being is the planet’s “Ultimate Resource” in his book of the same title, then we are sitting on top of a priceless resource that has not been given to everyone else. All we need to do is to invest properly in its development. But the anti-reproductionpeople would rather destroy it at its root.
ajority of the Local Government Units (LGU) in Negros Oriental have not yet complied the provisions of Republic Act 9003 known as the Ecological Waste Management Act of 2001, which mandates every LGU to implement the ecological solid waste management program in their town and create a sanitary landfill instead of open dumpsite, a Philippine Information Agency press release said. Mario Aragon, C ommunity Environment and Na tural Resources II officer, said that only the towns of Bais, Bayawan, and San J os e ha ve alre ady established their respective sanitary landfills as garbage disposal facility. He added that the towns of Bindoy, Sta. Catalina, and Ayungon have already their proposed sites for the construction of their sanitary landfills which have been approved already. All LGUs that have not
complied with the provisions of RA 9003 but have already been noticed with the threestrike policy will be fined by at least P 500, 000 for every violation as the National Solid Wa ste Ma nagement has started implementing the policy in 2008 as a way of disciplining every LGU. But LGU chie f executives explaine d that the y are prioritizing important projects in their towns c onsidering the meager budget they have.
Philippine ... 4,200 index the last time we checked. The Philipp ines’ o ther winner, the so-called BPO (Business Processing) or the “call centers” had eclipsed India as top world draw giving employment of even und ergraduates who can sp eak d ecently-acc ented En glish - at respec tab le salaries. Because of the new-found confidence in the B udget Process and over-all finance management, there is strong likelihood that the huge infrastructure projects lined up by government for 2011 worth US $15-B illion will have participants from multilaterals, local banks and even private Philippine companies. This is under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements, which would not have found takers in the last G MA reg ime - for reasons most of us already know. Foreign investors are likewise are reportedly eyeing
the manufacturing, tourism, infrastructure and real estate projects. Du n an d B rad street surveys point to a huge 10% employment increase in 2010 and a whooping 30% surge in exports as many Asean and Asian nations (save Japan) comprise the known “fastest growing group of nations” in th e intern ational trade business. Locally, food and garments businesses are expec ted to sh ow remarkable growth in 2011. Every economy, of course, has its downside. For the Philippines, we need to see more grow th in agriculture considering the nature of our land and the vastness of our seawaters. Today, agriculture is less than 18% of the value of our GDP when there are over 90 million mouths to feed in the country. Bu t b ecause fo reign money has been attracted to Philippine stocks, bonds and deposits and because OFW money has been streaming heavily to RP, the Philippine peso has appreciated by 6%. It has adverse effects.
EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SALE
DEED OF EXTRA JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SALE
NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late Meliton Filosofo and Julieta Llera have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement With Sale on Lot No. 180-B of the subdivision plan (LRC) being a portion of Lot No. 180, situated in the Municipality of Bais (now City of Bais), containing an area of 264 sq.m. in favor to Spouses Herminio B. Malicay and Sergia M. Malicay per Doc. No. 880, Page No. 175, Book No. II, Series of 2010 of Notary Public Atty. Adrian C. Borromeo.
NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late Spouses EUDOXIA V. VILLARIN and NICASIO VILLARIN have filed and executed a Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement With Sale on one fourth (1/4) of Lot No. 701, with TCT No. T-358, with an area of 8,213 sq.m., situated in Capiñahan, Bais City, in favor to Madelyn Silva-Ruskan, married to Ronald Jan Ruskan per Doc. No. 694, Page No. 138, Book No. II, Series of 2010 of Notary Public Atty. Adrian C. Borromeo.
The Negros Chronicle Jan. 23, 30 & Feb. 6, 2011
The Negros Chronicle Jan. 23, 30 & Feb. 6, 2011
From page 4
January 23, 2011
Corrupt officials have security of tenure
BY: DEMS DEMECILLO BLAS LIBATON
he problem we are facing in this country is not only the problem of our President Noynoy Aquino. It is everybody’s problem and is caused by us who allowed our previous administration to run this country with so much corruption and insufficiency, that practically left the country bankrupt. The government is full of appointees of the former President whose qualification is because they are recommended by politicians who are close allies of the former President. So we cannot change these government employees especially if they are in the judiciary or if they have security of tenure . Corruption in the government is very hard to prove, especially if it is done by tenured employees. Bu t we have to start
somewhere. We h ave to support our President, in his drive for good governance. He may not be able to eradicate corruption but at least he has made people to hope for change. By example we hope the other officials in the government will follow. As of now it is so frustrating to live under a corrupt system of governan ce. The other alternative is by revolution which might be more disastrous than living in a
Mauled, killed, dumped: Police couldn’t yet identify BY: ATTY. FRANCISCO D. YAP
corrupt democratic government. Let us all help our President . This is the only way!
Aba wary on Brillantes’ appointment as COMELEC chairman
ommission on Elections (Comelec) Negros Oriental Election Supervisor, Atty. Eddie Aba, expressed his reservations on Atty. Sixto Brillantes Jr’s assumption to the Comelec’s highest post considering that the newly-appointed COMELEC chair had served many elections-related cases. Aba said that Brillantes might be biased on his rulings o ver Co melec’s cases especially that he has been a lawyer to many electionrelated cases. Brillantes was a member and a legal counsel of the Natio nalist Peo ple’s Coalition (NPC). He has been strongly endorsed by Vice President Jejomar Binay
and Sen ato r Fr an cis Escudero. Some of the election cases handled by Brillantes are tho se of Pr esid en t Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III, the powerful Amp atu an s in Maguindanao, and other hotly-contested cases. Majority of the senators d ef en ded Brillantes’
Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 63 Bayawan City SPEC. PROC. NO. 335 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRIES AS TO SEX FROM FEMALE TO MALE, PLACE OF BIRTH FROM CAGANGAN TO CAIGANGAN AND MAIDEN FAMILY NAME OF THE MOTHER FROM PABALTE TO PABALATE, INDICATING THE MIDDLE NAME AS PABALATE, MIDDLE NAME OF THE FATHER AS MAGLINAO AND MAIDEN MIDDLE NAME OF THE MOTHER AS MAQUILAN IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF MELVIN PABALATE PACULBA MELVIN PABALATE PACULBA, Petitioner, – versus – THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF SANTA CATALINA, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent. x————————————————x AMENDED ORDER Petitioner in his verified petiti on al leges that he was born on February 11, 1976 at Santa Catal ina, Negros Oriental, and his fact of birth was duly recorded before the Office of the Municipal Civil Registrar of Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental.
appointment as Comelec chair per so n excep t fo r Sen ate Min or ity leader Allan Peter Cayetano who said that “ he (Brillantes) is not part of the solution, he is part of the problem.” Cayetano, an ally of Senator Manuel Villar Jr, has been a critic o f th e Aqu in o administration.
However, in his record of birth, there are erroneous entries which he desires to have it corrected specifically; as to his sex from FEMALE to MALE; the place of his birth was erroneously entered as Cagangan instead of Caigangan, the maiden family name of his was entered as Pabalte i nstead of Pabal ate. Further in the aforesai d record of birth, there are no entri es as to hi s middle name whi ch is Pabal ate, middle name of the father which is Magl inao, and the maiden middle name of the mother which is Maquilan. Thus, this petition. Being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on February 1, 2011 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning at the session hall of this Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published immediately at the expense of the petitioner for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at a newspaper of general circulati on in the Provi nce of Negros Oriental and its five (5) component cities. Let copi es of this order be furnished to the Office of the Solicitor General, the Municipal Civil Registrar of Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and his counsel. SO ORDERED. Given in Chamber this 29th day of December, 2010 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. (Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Presidi ng Judge The Negros Chronicle Jan. 16, 23 & 30, 2011
Police could not yet identify the dead person found Thu rsda y 6a m , a t Pu rok Gumamela, Candau-ay this ci ty. In ve stig ators d is closed that the victim sustained head injuries that caused his death. His killer and the suspect used a hard object to inflect injuries to the victim who still was unidentified as of last Friday. Motive is still unknown. PNP SSupt Rey Lawas said, his men are still baffled by the identities of both killers and victim.
Jealous BF beats FG’s fellow GROs
jealous boyfriend beat two fellow club workers of his girlfriend after they tried to convince him not to interfere with his partner’s work of entertaining male customers at Reds Fastfood at Barangay Calindagan, Dumaguete City.
The victims Annabel Nesnia and Janet Elacos both 31-years-old were trying to appease Romel Benetis, who is caught in a jealous rage after seeing his girlfriend
serving some male customers. The two women tried to reason out with the suspect that engaging the (From page 19)
Gangsters rob then stab victim hree male suspects believed to be members of one of the city’s gangs stabbed a man after robbing him along Maria Cristina Street past 2:00 o’clock Monday morning. The victim identified as Larry Amot of Jilocon, San Jose was eating a burger with his girlfriend when the three suspects materialized from behind then grabbed Amot’s bag.
However, before fleeing, one of the suspects stabbed the victim in the back apparently to make sure he cannot run after them. His terrified girlfriend, along
with some bystanders, managed to rush him to the Holy Child Hospital for treatment. The victim’s bag contained cash and his cellular phone. Fortunately, the injury was not life-threatening.
Col. Lawas briefs leaders on NegOr’s peace condition
Caught by lensmen were Police Director SSupt Rey Lyndon Lawas who took a breather, after he briefed local leaders like Rep. Josy Limkaichong, Tayasan Mayor Santiago Sameon and Mabinay Mayor Django Uy about the latest figures in crime prevention and solution.
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January 23, 2011
Around Negros BY DEMS DEMECILLO
First timers advise each other: Guard your back! First District Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong (left) apparently gives Governor Roel Degamo an earful during the recent meeting of the mayors in Jimalalud. The solon has appealed to the public to rally behind the new Governor so that the province can move on.
Jail needs P10M for upgrading job
icolas Noble Jr. has long ago retired from police service as a Colonel, but right now as warden of Negros Oriental Detention and Rehabilitation Center he is engrossed in its upgrading estimated to cost at least P 10 million. Known to be methodical and unrelent- and inspection survey of the jail facility ing, Noble upon assuming office last Au- which holds 234 inmates and counting. gust 19, 2010 immediately commissioned Turn to page 18 an informal but comprehensive security
No mass layoff of Job Orders – Guv ertainly, some contracts job order workers at the Capitol will not be renewed after January 31, but only of those whose performance are wanting. This is the declaration of Provincial Administrator Arnel Francisco amid talks that certain appointees of the later governor Agustin “Tuting” Perdices have been laid off. Go ver nor Ro el Degamo himself longer renewed after January 31. stressed that politics will not be a factor in Degamo clarifies that Paul Honculada the decision as to who among the job or- volunteered to resign as Provincial der workers will find their services no Turn to page 18
Mayor to squatters: leave Kanlaon Park anlaon City Mayor Jimmy Clerigo is asking hundreds of illegal settlers inside the Kanlaon National Park to leave as they are exposing themselves to danger amid reported attempts by militants to also enter the restricted zone. Clerigo strongly denied allegations The allegations prompted about 30 that government agents have committed members of the KAUGMAON-Kilusang human right abuses in Barangays Pula, Magb ub uk id n g Pilipinas an d Malaiba and Pasulog and forcing some KARAPATAN to conduct a fact-finding residents to leave. Turn to page 18
Rising one step at a time ... Newly-installed Vice-Governor Jun Arnaiz the former three-term mayor of Pamplona town and brother of 2nd District Rep. George Arnaiz vows he shall push for measures that will provide adequate health care and jobs for the Negrenses. He believes that his assumption to the second highest political post in the province of Negros Oriental is a “gift from God.” He said some political quarters, who are not comfortable with his rise to power, are reportedly trying to find a way to question the legitimacy of his assumption. Vice-Gov. ARNAIZ
HEALTH IS WEALTH
uring these rainy days and cold months a lot of people frequently suffer from colds. This malady is a natural consequence of a terrible wet climate change called “La Niña”. Although, common colds may also occur throughout the year.
Uncomplicated colds are mild, self-limiting disease that af f ects th e up per r espir ator y tract wh ich includes the nose, throat and sinuses. Adults with low resistance are more likely to catch colds. Children are especially more likely to catch colds. Children are esp ecially su scep tible to colds because they have not developed strong immunity or resistance to the many viruses that can cause colds. Children have close contact with other children and adults especially those who travel frequently easily get cold virus to which they are not immun e. Su scep tible individuals are the very old and the very weak. The most commo n comp lication of cold s is p neumon ia, a b acter ial infection of the lungs. Other possible complications are: ear infection, sinus infection, and br onchitis. Ch ildren sometime develop croup, a few days after an attack of colds, recognized by its harsh barking cough that signals a swelling of the airways to the lungs. Bacteriologists say that there about 200 types of v ir uses kn o wn as “rhinoviruses”. A virus can
easily spread from hand to h an d, b y sneezing o r coughing through the air into the skin of another person. Colds have an incubation period of 42 to 72 hours before a symptom appears. If cold symptoms last for 2 weeks or longer, suspect allergies or sinusitis. Early cold symptoms include: stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, dry cough, headache; occasional mild fever, general body aches. As colds progresses, other symptoms may appear: burning or watery eyes, loss of taste or smell, nasal voice, tenderness surrounding the nose. Most colds last about a week or 2. Smokers and tho se with ch ro nic respiratory diseases tend to d isplay mo re sev er e symptoms. Common home remedies: • Eat w ell an d get plenty of rest, fluids (juices, chicken soup) • Authorities claim that there is no cure for common colds. Mou th w ash an d antibiotics will not cure. One can only treat the symptoms. • May take some safe decongestants like neozep, d ecolgen to reliev e stuffiness. • Avo id exp osure to
the challenges of the day. We can learn the art of living in the presence of God all the time, making use of some human devices to keep it alive and to pr even t us fro m fa llin g in to routine and complacency. We have to learn how to rectify our intentions, so that all that we think, say and do are always meant for the glory of God and for serving the others. There are many things we ca n do to keep our selv es spiritually alive and awake to th e fl owi ng divi ne interventions in our life. Again here, we have to help one another. Thus , we have to le arn t o g ive sp ir itu al gui danc e, co unsel ing and di rec tio n t o the ot her s, especially those who are close to us. We cannot neglect this duty anymore. We too can take advantage of th e d iff ere nt sc hoo ls of spirituality developed through the centuries that have been found to be helpful to people in different si tua tio ns. Th e l ive s a nd examples of saints, the many charisms that have enriched the Church through the ages, are a great source of help for all of us. Let´s take some serious
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We should quit thinking that God intervenes in our life only on special occasions, as when we ar e i n c hur ch, do ing so me spiritual exercises or attending some church activities. He is right there where are daily duties and concerns are. God intervenes in our life all the time. We should learn to correspond to this reality, co ming up wi th t he appropriate plan to sustain us in this abiding conversation. We have to learn to feel at home with this reality. Fo r exa mpl e, we c an develop the habit of offering whatever we do to God and to th e o the rs, ne ver le tti ng ourselves to be held captive by our own designs and purposes only. This is actually how we ought to behave. We can also find time for deliberate mental prayers, for reading the gospel and some spiritual books, going to Mass and confession regularly, for these practices of piety serve to build up a deep spiritual reservoir to help us through all
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v ir us. ( Th is is the b est prevention.) Getting away from those who have colds. • Keep yo u r hand s away from your nose, eyes and mouth. • Cov er yo ur no se, mouth when you cough or sneeze. • Use disposable tissue, not handkerchiefs, to prevent in fected d ischarge fr om spreading to others. • Avoid antihistamines. They ar e n ot ef fectiv e treatment for colds. Take a lot of Vitamin C instead. • A nasal spray may lead to a “r eb ou nd ” phenomena – Symptoms may get worse. • If there are post nasal drips, you may gargle with warm water to prevent sore throat. • Consult your doctor if there are complicatio ns, okay?
effort to familiarize ourselves wi th th ese va rie ti es of spirituality and charisms, so we would have a better idea of what can fit each one of us. We have to aim at nothing le ss t han sp irit ual izi ng a nd supernaturalizing our daily work in all its stages and levels—from the personal to the social, from the local to the global, from the sacred to the mundane. In f act , we nee d to sp iri tua liz e a nd supernaturalize our whole life, for that is how our life is meant to be . We s ho uld no t g et contented with purely human and natural goals—like more wealth, power, fame or merely socio-political and economic progress and development, etc. We are meant for a lot more. Le t’s no t c heap en our tr ue dignity. Let´s remember what our Lord told us, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?” Yes, we are meant for something greater than mere worldly perfection. Synching ourselves with God daily should be pursued with no let up. This is what God wants for us to which we Orthodontics have correspond best we Dr. to Seeress Mae R.asHeniel can. General Dentistry and Orthodontics
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Jealous ... From page 13 customers is part of his girlfriend’s job but the enraged Benetis punched and kicked them instea d. To make matters worse, the other customers fled during the commotion without paying their bills.
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AFFIDAVIT OF HEIRSHIP AND SELF-ADJUDICATION NOTICE is hereby given that Norma Quiñanola Manila, the heir of the late ROSARIO MANILA has filed and executed an Affidavit of Heirship and SelfAdjudication on Lot No. 2402, Pls-146, with OCT No. FV-31, situated at Sitio Odiongan , Barangay Cambaguio, Bais City, N egros Oriental, containing an area of 8,193 sq.m. per Doc. No. 46, Page No. 10, Book No. 15, Series of 2009 of Notary Public Atty. Felipe R. Pareja. The Negros Chronicle Jan. 9, 16 & 23, 2011
January 23, 2011
NoFrom mass ... Mayor to ... page 16 From page 16 COMPILED AND EDITED BY BEVERLY LINAO WITH REPORTS BY CHINA CANCIO & RAMIE BULAYBULAY
Banks, financial institution security strengthened
ue to the security threats on banks, the Provincial Philippine National Police (PNP) strengthened the security of banks and other financial institutions in Negros Oriental, despite the fallacy of the threats.
PNP Provincial Director, Sr Supt Rey Lyndon Lawas said that the security threat on banks is not confirmed. However, he ordered all financial institutions to double their security and be watchful. Lawas presumed that the message was misunderstood by the receiver thus the
alleged threat spread. He added that he ordered all the police chiefs in Negros Oriental not to do any action without the evaluation of the informer. It is also important that the information must be first confirmed so that it will not cause panic to the concerned offices.
Capitol job orders ends
ll job orders (JO) employees in the capitol during the term of late Governor Agustin Perdices will end their employment after January 31, this year.
Governor Roel Degamo said that the JOs will be evaluated and screened to know who are still needed by the provincial government. Capitol Action Off icer An gelo Tiongson is one of those who will remain in his position after Degamo saw his good performance during the term
o f th e tw o late gov er no rs. En gr. Dominador Dumalag, Jr will also remain as one of the province’s consultants for the progress of the agriculture sector. Degamo however assured that there are some to remain in the office but shared that it is necessary to spend the money of the province well.
Disaster risk office asks participation
he Provincial Civil Defense Coordinator, Allen Cabaron, urged the Local Government Units (LGUs) and barangay officials in Negros Oriental to participate in a more active way in preventing and responding to disasters brought by climate change.
He admitted the need to strengthen the coordination in disaster risk reduction management since recent inundations had claimed the lives of at least four people. On January 11 a father and son were drowned dead after trying to cross the Tanjay River in Odiongan. Another incident involved a mother
and a daughter who were reported dead after being carried by rushing floodwaters while crossing the spillway in Abante, Pamplona. The Negros Oriental Search and Rescue (NOSAR) found and identified the victims as Baludoy and Jimmer Banjao; and Antonietta Padilla and Cherry Mae, respectively.
NegOr towns are environment violators
ajority of the Local Government Units (LGU) in Negros Oriental have not yet complied with the provisions of Republic Act 9003 known as the Ecological Waste Management Act of 2001, which mandates every LGU to implement the ecological solid waste management program in their town and create a sanitary landfill instead of open dumpsite, a Philippine Information Agency press release said.
Mario Aragon, Community Environment and Natural Resources II officer, said that only the towns of Bais, Bayawan, and San Jose have already established their respective sanitary landfills as garbage disposal facility. He added that the towns of Bindoy, Sta. Catalina, and Ayungon have already their proposed sites for the construction of their sanitary landfills which have been approved already. All LGUs that have not complied with
the provisions of RA 9003 and already being noticed with the three-strike policy will be fined by at least P 500, 000 for every violation as the National Solid Waste Management has started implementing the policy in 2008 as a way of disciplining every LGU. But LGU chief executives explained that they are prioritizing important projects in their towns considering the meager budget they have.
Administrator following Perdices’ demise but was retained as Capitol consultant. Both Fr an cisco an d Degamo assure that the decision is based solely on the recommendation of the Officers-in-charge of the various departments, who are also tasked to justify the need to renew the contracts of services of the Job Order workers consistent with the policy of Degamo in the judicious use of government funds. The Commission on Audit has sought the names of the p ro vincial wo rk er s charged on specific projects after it was learned that there are now more than 500 job order workers under the Capitol’s employ. (By Dems Demecillo)
Warden seeks ... From page 16 The following significant results are not only discouraging but alarming: the northern and southern portion of the perimeter fence is unstable that an intensity 5 earthquake could cause it to collapse thus endangering the lives of both inmates and jail personnel; dilapidated and highly flammable building serving as kitchen and mess hall; inmates in congested cells are suffering from contagious diseases; absence of a regular pest control program; absence of any available means of communication; absence of emergency light and generator set; vehicle used in transporting inmates to as far as Guihulngan is a mere multi-cab with no base radio; guard towers need repair; worn-out and rusting window grills need replacement; water and electrical system needs to be revamped; septic tanks need siphoning; drainage system needs rehabilitation and the present budget for inmates’ provision is only P 13.33 per meal. Noble also underscored the need to ship some 55 inmates to the National Bilibid Prisons to relieve the provincial jail but may require approximately P 600,000.00 to defray the fare and miscellaneous expenses. Instead of becoming dispirited of the results, Noble, who is slated to step down in 2013, is determined to leave a legacy of significantly improving the living conditions of the inmates. He is strongly lobbying so that the Capitol will take notice and heed his pleas. Slowly, minor repairs are being undertaken inside the facility and he is waiting for the final approval of the proposed P 4.5 million construction of a reinforced perimeter fence. Noble is confident that major improvements will be possible under the young Governor De ga mo, who pledged to seriously address the needs of the provincial ja il. (By De ms Re y Demecillo)
mission supposedly from January 15-20 but were prevented by barangay officials and Clerigo who insisted that the activists must first secure a permit from the Office of the Governor. Clerigo maintains that
the illegal settlers will be removed as they are inside the restricted area but that he has already asked for assistance from the provincial government of Negros Occidental to provide for a resettlement site for them.
Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City SPEC. PROC. NO. A-10-56 IN THE M ATTER OF CORRECTING THE ENTRY OF THE BIRTH RECORD OF JUNNIE DEPILLO LANGOMES IN THE OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF AYUNGON, NEGROS ORIENTAL, JUNNIE D. LANGOMES Petitioner, – versus – JOSEPHINE M. GO, in her capacity As the M UNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR Of AYUNGON, Negros Oriental, Respondents. x——————————————/
Before this Court is a verified petition for Correction of Entry in the Birth Record of JUNNIE D. LANGOMES, filed through counsel, Atty. Wilhelmo M. Degamo of the Public Attorney’s Office dated November 8, 2010, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, an order shall issue directing the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Ayungon, Negros Oriental, to correct the entry referring to the petitioner’s gender from FEMALE to MALE; and to direct herein respondent to make the necessary correction in its office. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the court sets the ini tial heari ng thereof on FEBRUARY 15, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the Session Hall of thi s court at which date, time and place, al l interested persons may appear and show cause, if any, why the peti tion should not be granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks, before the date of hearing. Petitioner is hereby directed to furnish the Local Civil Registrar of Ayungon, Negros Oriental of this order with a copy of the peti tion and its annexes and to the Offi ce of the Solicitor General with address at 134 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City and show proof of service thereof. SO ORDERED. Bais City, Philippines, November 17, 2010. The Negros Chronicle Jan. 9, 16 & 23, 2011
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State schools ... From page 2 Siquijor State College; Dr. Elpidio Magante Jr. of the Bohol Island State Univ er sity; Dr. Bo nifacio Villanueva, Cebu Technological University and Dr. Marlon Lopez of the Cebu Normal University in airing their joint lament over the multi-million budget cuts un der the 2011 nation al budget. So jo r said NORSU’s budget for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses has been reduced by P 7 million while nothing was allocated for Capital Outlay. However, administration allies said that the complaining schools must first fully and publicly account for their incomes and expenditures, including the monies received from various international and local aid agencies before they demand for budget increases. In fact, state universities and colleges are maintaining hundreds of millions under time d ep osit in variou s banks, which should first be
accounted for then tapped so they can continue to operate their systems. Dr. Baldomero Martinez agrees and vowed to do just that “in due time as everything should be transparent so that government will have a true picture and assessment of the conditions of state-run schools.” Sojor had earlier declared: “Aquino’s administration happens to have a different set of priorities and I respect that. But that will not deter me from looking for means so that NORSU will continue to offer relevant and quality education to poor students.” Thus, consistent with his principle of “doing more, with less” Sojor unlike many administrators of state-run schools, has discouraged the holding of protest actions and opted to dwell more on how to ensure that NORSU will continue its physical and academic expansion. (By Dems Rey Demecillo)
Politicos ... Mayors...
From page 2 politicians will be held at bay before, during and after the scheduled polls on Febr uary 6 f or Distr ict 2 (Sibulan and San Jose); Febru ar y 20 f or Distr ict 6 ( Baco ng, Dauin an d Sibulan) and February 26 for District 8 (Sta. Catalina). Th ose wh o will b e elected will be given a fresh 2-year term. The incumbents are BOD Chairman James Fontelo of District 2, Lennie Joy Alviola of District 6 and Marie Cheryl T. Nalam of District 8. (By Dems Rey Demecillo)
City to ... From page 2 existing septic tanks that ar e not accessible for desludging are required to “repair or upgrade their existing tanks or build new ones.” The city is currently maintaining a septage management facility that will treat all wastes from residential, commercial and industrial septic tanks before they are released to the Okoy River. In this regard, all septic tanks must be converted and made accessible to desludging by personnel from the City Water District trained to handle, transport, treatment and disposal of septage. Septic tanks require desludging on an av-
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From page 2 be staunch supporters of former Rep. Jacinto “Jing” Paras, who was defeated by in cu mb en t Jo celyn Limkaichong of the Liberal Party last year. On the other hand, Governor Roel Degamo admits that he is being invited to join LP but has so far opted to stay w ith Lak as- Kamp iCMD, his party for more than a decade. Degamo believes that he can still support President Aquino’s programs without necessarily leaving his party mates.
erage of every three (3) to five (5) years. However, those who are certified by the DSWD or the barangay council to be poor will enjoy a government subsidy in the construction of their septic tanks. Among Arbas’ proposed amendments is the imposition of a penalty of six (6) months to one (1) year imprisonment or a payment of fines per violation in lieu of prosecution. The penalties, which can be availed of only once, range from P 1,000.00 for private residential buildings to P2,000.00 for hotels, malls, restaurants and P 3,000.00 for hospitals and funeral parlors. (By Dems Rey Demecillo)
January 23, 2011
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he municipality of Dauin targets revenue hike this year through its well-known tourism industry, such as Apo Island and 14 other beach
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Practical benefits ... (From page 4) for re-acquisition. This is a form one can obtain easily in the internet, e it he r from t he websi te o f the Bure au o f Immigration www.immigation.gov.ph or any Philippine consulate or embassy. The petition is filed with the Bureau of Immigration or any of its offices, or consular offices abroad. There is a payment of P3,000.00 for this. Another important requirement is taking an oath of allegiance There are practical benefits of re-acquiring or retaining Filipino (dual) citizenship. Foremost of these benefits is that one who re-acquires Filipino citizenship, does not have to lose his previously acquired foreign citizenship. That is why it is called “dual” citizenship. Second if one re-acquires Filipino citizenship, he can stay indefinitely in the Philippines and would no longer hav e to report to the immigration office like foreigners do. Re-acquiring Philippine citizenship also provides comfort, convenience for the elderly balikbayans. Those who have obtained citizenship in countries in North America go back to the Philippines during the hardly-bearable winter. This is seriously beneficial to those who have arthritis and other ailments. During s ummer in the Philippines , they go back where it is springtime. One who re-acquires his Filipino citizenship can perform acts, and avail of benefits accorded to ordinary Filipino citizens. Among these practical benefits include being able to obtain senior citizen card and availing its benefits like watching free movies, buying everything at discounts like medicines, food, air fares. One who has re-acquired Philippine citizenship can buy real property, be an incorporator in corporations that require 100% Filipino ownership (like mass media ownership). He can hold vital positions in certain industries (realty, mining, logging) without running afoul with the antidummy law. One who re-acquires his or her Philippine citizenship can also vote, run for certain elective offices, or
resorts. Mayor Neil Credo said that Dauin has earned more than P12 million last year and he is hoping for an increase by at least one million this year. Credo added that Dauin marine reserves have contributed around P5 million as last year’s total revenue from the user’s fees and similar
collections. Meanwhile, the mayor shared that the municipality is undertaking development plans to Baslay Hot Springs. He added that an ordinance to make the Baslay Hot Springs as another tourist destination is now with the Provincial Board for approval.
NegOr northern mayors to join LP
ocal Chief Executives, including their local party-mates, are now planning to join the Liberal Party (LP) in the province with 1st District Representative Jocelyn Limkaichong at the helm of LP in the north. Ayungon Mayor Eds el political arena are Mayor Enardecido, who formerly Valente Yap of Bindoy (NP), joined Nac ionalista Pa rty Jimmy Jayme C lerigo of (NP) during the last election, Canlaon City (Lakas-Kampi has vocally aired his intention CMD), Amor Baldado of to join LP in the province to Manjuyod (NP), and Joniper work ha nd-in-ha nd with Villega s of Valle hermoso Limcaichong’s projects and (NP). programs for the first district It has been forecast by of Negros Oriental. politicians in the province The LP stalwarts in the that with President Benigno Northern part of Negros Ori- Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino, ental include Tayasan Mayor an LP member and official, Santiago Sameon, Reynaldo LP will likely be the dominant “Dodoy” Tuanda of party during the 2013 midJimalalud. Ernesto Reyes of term elections in Negros OriGuihulnga n, Lawre nc e ental, as local officials in the Limkaichong of La Libertad. province are joining LP. On the other side of the be appointed in a government office, if he so desires. Those who have lost their Filipino citizenship should seriously consider availing of the benefits of Republic Act 9225, or the dual citizenship law.
BY RAMIE L. B ULAYBULAY JR.
ive presidents of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) in Central Visayas met last January 12 where they discussed the upcoming National Olympics of PASUC to be held in February in Ilagan City, Isabela. Negros Oriental State Univer sity ( NORSU) President Henry A. Sojor, PASUC- Centr al Visayas president, said that part of meeting is the holding of the State Co lleges an d Universities Ath letic Association (SCUAA) meet in Central Visayas to be h osted b y th e Ceb u Technological University. The SCUAA meet will be held in CTU Danao City, Car men, an d Ban tayan Campuses this month. NORSU will send athlete representatives to compete other athletes of the other
four SUCs for the SCUAA. The delegates that will be chosen in the SCUAA will be sen t to th e Natio nal O lymp ics o f PASUC in February at Ilagan City. The f ive PASUC presidents in Central Visayas are Dr. Henry A. Sojor of NO RSU; Dr. Baldomero Martinez of Siquijor State College; Dr. Bo nifacio Villan ueva o f Ceb u Technological University; Elpedio Magante Jr of Bohol Island State University; and Dr. Marlon Lopez of Cebu Normal University.
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Mayors wary over ... From page 1 The MOA signing with class days. Failure to comply the mayors was aborted until will mean no grant for the such time the LGUs can agree month. The Church also reon acceptable terms and con- acted saying it could be an avenue to enforce the Reproditions. Among these conditions ductive Hea lth Bill. T he are the mandatory coverage of clergy hopes the RH bill will PhilHealth on some 58,000 not be signed into law. But skeptics say the moni“very poor beneficiaries” who can ill-afford, in 13 towns and tors and beneficiaries could 4 cities of Negros Oriental. mutually cover their tracks, They are still looking for a fi- and absences, and agree to nal win-win scheme to merge share in the monthly grant thus existing local PHINO and na- make both happy. These run tional progams of similar na- to millions per month nationwide. It could spell the doom ture. Gov Roel Degamo ex- of the anti-poverty alleviation pressed reservations on the attempts of the government. But DSWD regional diDSWD’s conditions saying it could also jeopardize the ex- rector Evelyn Macapobre alisting unique PHINO (Provin- layed such fears saying that cial Health Insurance Progam) there are enough monitors to health program which only assure the program’s impleNegOr has, and a brainchild mentation. of the late Gov Macias. It is simply a modest health care by: Rachelle Nessia The scheduled signing of provincial subsidy for poor barrio folks in Negros Orien- a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between mayors and tal. Under the DSWD national officials from the Department program, and for five years, of Social Welfare and Develthe 58,000 poor beneficiaries opment (DSWD) Region 7 here (who were enumerated by Tuesday was put on hold afDSWD IN 2008 yet) will re- ter the mayors aired their conceive a monthly cash grant of cerns over new conditions of P1,400 broken down as P500 the Panta wid Pa milyang for health and P300 each as Pilipino Program (4Ps), under education subsidy for three (3) the CCD program. The government had rechildren. The conditions among oth- leased more than P400 million in conditional cash grants for ers are: That the mother reports a total of 33,634 beneficiarregularly for check up at the ies in ten pilot areas in the town health center; that their province, namely: Ayungon, chidlren attend 85% of all Bindoy, Jima la lud, La
Liberta d, Tayas an, Va llehermoso, Bas ay, Bayawan City, Siaton and Sta. Catalina. The a nti-pove rty program’s coverage here is now expanded to include 25,800 additional beneficiaries from se ve n towns and cities , na me ly: Ca nlaon City, Guihulngan City, Manjuyod, Bais City, Mabinay, Pamplona and Zamboanguita. Bindoy Mayor Valente Yap said that some LGUs, especially the third-class municipalities, would find it hard to put up funds for the counterparting scheme as it would require a great deal of money. Yap suggested that beneficiaries should also be required to pay a counterpart fee in paying the premium to ease the financial burden of the LGU. DSWD Region 7 Director Evelyn Macapobre said that under the revised MOA, the provincial government is also required to provide its own counterpart funds to help the LGUs in the Philhealth enrolment. Instead of the scheduled MOA signing, the mayors sat down with DSWD Region 7 Director to resolve their concerns and afterwards agreed on a 50-50 sharing scheme between the LGU and beneficiaries for the payment of the Philhealth premium. It was also agreed that the LGU counterpart will not just be for Philhealth but for any government-initiated health insurance and the enrolment will only be for beneficiaries who are interested and willing to pay the counterpart. (RMN/ PIA-7 Negros Oriental)
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* Provincial Planning & Development Office Seminar 8am-5pm Jordan 1 * Tupper Ware Brands Meeting 2pm4pm Jordan 3 ———————————————— * Neg. Or. Allied Services Co. Symposium 9am-6pm Jordan 1 * Solidrock Worship Service 6pm-8pm Jordan 3 * Living Word 7pm-9pm Agape ———————————————— * Energy Development Corp. Conference 2pm-4pm Jordan 1 * Celebration of Life 6:30pm-8:30pm Joshua 1 ———————————————— * AVON 9:30am-12pm Joshua 2 * Botchok & Saisai Wedding 12pm-3pm Jordan 1&2 * Wellness Orientation 3pm-5pm Jordan 3 * Nikee & Khea Wedding 5pm-8pm Joshua 1&2 * Lifestyles Seminar 6pm-8pm Jordan 3 * Mary Louise @18 7pm-11pm Jordan 1&2 ———————————————— * Jeremiah Christian Center 9am-11am Joshua 1 * Family in Christ Ministry 3pm-5pm Agape * Living Word 3pm-5pm Jordan 3 * Solidrock Worship Service 5:30pm7:30pm Jordan 3 * Jesus is Lord 5:30pm-7:30pm Agape
From page 1 The two others remain a mystery as city PNP reported these cases to provincial police director SSupt Rey Lyndon Lawas who in turn confirmed the incidents to the CHRONICLE. First, an unidentified body was found in a creek in this city ; second, a convict who allegedly skipped prison, was found dead in his house in Dauin; third, a Sillimanian committed suicide in her boarding house off-campus. An unidentified body was found in a creek in Purok Gumamela, Candauay at around 6:00 in the morning of January 20. According to Police Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, the victim was hit by a hard object that inflected head injuries and caused the death of the victim. Furthermore, investigations done by Scene of the Crime Cooperative (SOCO) and the local PNP has yet to determine the cause of crime and identity of both suspect and victim. The body was then brought to Garden of Saints for post mortem exam. Chief of Police Cabanag has sent flash alarm to other towns in case the unidentified person is missing in their area. (See photo on page 13).
Mayor disbands... From page 1 to Dumaguete. Instead of helping clean up the city, they add more black eyes. Sagarba rria told the CHRONICLE Friday that he has directed the city treasurer to stop payment to all 46 BIDs for this year. Receiving P2000 allowance monthly, the 46 BIDs’ budget of P1.1Milion in 2011 will be absorbed in the P3.8M police and mayor’s intelligence fund. Another group that hangs in the balance if they do not perform well are 35 Barangay Police Safety officers who also are paid under the mayor’s inte lligence fund will be rechanneled to the police intelligence fund of the mayor. That’s close to another million pesos a year. The barangay police safety officers are barangay tanods who are given extra honoraria for peace keeping. The role of intelligence gathering is to pin point and preempt possible suspects before they hatch their crimes. Mayor Sagarbarria said that if these people bring more embarrassment ot the city than good, then they are better disbanded. The mayor’s office release d the following Barangay Intelligence Network whom Mayor Sagarbarria ordered that their honoraria be stopped for 2011: Pedro Agala, Batinguel; Demetrio Alar, Barangay 3; Felix Alar, Po blacion 3; Virgilio Ambos, Tabuc-tubig; Ju lio Baco ng, Bati nguel; Ramil Banagua, Pulantubig; Enric Baybay, Poblacion 2; Bartolo me Buenavist a, Ti nago ; Ramil Bungcasan, Babaju ba, Junob; Bernie Ewayan, Balugo ; Angeli to Grano, Brgy 5; Junjun Guti erri z, Taclobo; Wilson Javier, Cadawinonan; Welbe R. Jumuad, Bantayan; Roy Lopez, Sta. Catalina St.; Efren Manzano, Batinguel; Janice Nodado, Barangay 7; Nestor Ollague, Camanjac; Rommil Forbes Parcon, Tinago; Edwin Pinili, Taclobo; Leonie Pis-an, Northern Junob; Alexander Quinamot, Taclobo; Salahodan Radja-alam, Barangay 6; Wahada Radja-alam, San Jose Ext .; Sandro Saavedra, Jr., Banilad; Sherwin Sargento, Lukewright; Pastor Tan, Jr., Mangnao ; Wi lfredo Tan, Mangnao; Ureeevi Tubi o, Cantil-E; Rosanito Villarmente, Bagacay; Albert Yanoc, Cervantes Ext.; George Zerna, Candau-ay; Andy M. Awid, Purok Solid; Rodolfo Bu labo n, Sr., Habitat 3 Bajumpandan; E ric Bedi a, Barangay 7; Gerardo Baroy, Lo wer Camanjac; Rodri go Paracu eles, Barangay 7; Andres Flores, Barangay 7; Juffrey Duarte, Calindagan; Pau l Wi nsto n Remolano Barangay 7; Artemio Barrera, Barangay Batinguel; Reynaldo Larena, Buñao; Vicente Macabinguil , Buñao; Agapito G. Flores, Banilad; Mark Rico Ramillano, Calindagan; Dariel Deimos, Tinago The following is the list of 35 Barangay police Safety officers. The public is urged to report to media if they think some of them have un-
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Shabu ring bust upsets drug trade
he two separate raids Thursday on suspected major drug suppliers in the province by Task Force Kasaligan (TFK) was believed to have upset the long elusive and flourishing illegal drug trade in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental. T FK c hief Migue l Dungog of the NBI said that two drug carriers , one a son of a c ity councilor and a young lady said they will testify in court against their alleged drug ring leader name a certain Edgar Tan who is reportedly based in Cebu . TFK is composed of operatives from PNP, NBI, and PDEA. The two separate sting operations last Thursday were conduc ted by the composite team in Tanjay and Dumaguete cities . First, Dungog said they busted one pusher identified by them as Farrell Catan in a drug deal us ing one use r Cassandra Correos who bought 3 sachets of shabu. Then they used Catan to bust Edgar Tan with five grams worth P35,000 in Tanjay. An added yield we re 5 grams more of shabu in plastic sachet From Tan in a subsequent seasrch. Catan who told newsmen that he wanted to vindicate the good name of his father, cooperated and helpd the TFK enforcers bust another “big drug
Matriarch ... (From page 1) patriarch of city entrepreneurship Mr. Agapito Cang. The couple pioneered the concept of department stores and malls in the city since the po st-w ar p er io d. They started from humble beginnings, and growing to own and manage the biggest hotel in the city (Bethel Guest House) and now, their own building for their pioneer department store, Cangs, Inc along the north national highway. Filomena Tan-Cang was the first awardee of Outstanding Sillimanian Awards – Christian Business Management. Th ey o pened Dumaguete General Supply and Cang’s Trading (now Cang’s, Inc.) in 1957 and opened Bethel Guest House in 1996. Silliman University also has its share of Mrs. Cang’s desirable backgrounds, unfit for their positions: Adalim, Joseph O.; Agir, Benedicto M.; Alaban, Bryan A.; Alejado , Ul dari co Y.; Amor, Sigfred A.; Bongcasan, Isidro A.; Buquiran, Steve O.; Corda, Johnson V.; Edjerto, Hector J.; Escala, Retoni Jun C.; Famoso, Renand C.; Fua Manolito M.; Generoso, Rodel R.; Jimar, Leon B.; Laredo, Mari Tom M.; Llado, Renante V.; Mapili, Randy S.;
dealer fish” whom they identified as one Jessie Misamis , who live s in Canday-on fishing village here. B efore midnight, Misamis fell into the TFK trap and yie lded 2.36 grams of s habu worth P30, 000 stre et v alue . Misamis tried to resist arrest by firing his Ingram 9mm automatic gun but was amply subdued by law enfoc ers . He kept two magazine clips with 43 rounds of ammo. His inques t yielded two more supplies by the name of Caloy and Yaping who are now being hunted. PNP Director SSupt Rey Lawas said that he will continue the momentum with more arrests in the city . He has sealed all possible exits . Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria told a media briefing that illegal drug trade is his priority for dismantling. The arrest of Tan and Misamis dealt a big blow to the illegal drug trade here. Who supplies Tan and Misamis is still part of the unsolved jigsaw puzzle
priceless services. She sat for two terms (1989 to 1999) in the Silliman University Board of Trustees. She also became Silliman University Medical Center Executive Committee Chair in 1985-1986 and as memb er of the Ho sp ital Board from 1983 to 1986, She even traveled to campaign for hospital funds among the Silliman Alumni groups of Southern Californ ia, Ch icago, For t Lauderdale, and New York. Ev id en tly, a lot o f Dumagueteño s an d Negrenses have been touched by the life of Mrs. Cang and her values of hard work, persistence, resource-fulness and service which had been an inspiration to many. And even as she is now home with the Creator, her memories and values will forever stay w ith th e Dumagueteños whom she left behind.
Monopollo, Azur Lyndon C.; Monopol lo, Erjo ber H.; Nocete, Charle S.; Oira, Jerwin K.; Parari llo, Hardy V.; Pesigan, Rodwi n I.; Pis-an, Roger R.; Piñero, Emilio S.; Ragay, Alfonso L. Jr.; Ragay, Fred A.; Regalado, Jonathan A.; Ro driguez, Arwin Q.; Sergio, Remuel B.; Sermillon, Eduardo R.; Sonza, Clyde D.; Tapia, Edmund A.; Uy, Roberto A. and Villegas, Oliver M.
P54M NOPH ... (From page 1)
cost to be paid via a 5050 sharing in the revenues of the said equipment. The package equipment consists of a brand
new CT scan (page 1 foto) and X-ray machines. The NOPH also boosts of its first MRI equipment, the first in the province of Negros Oriental. This was made possible thru the socalled “legacy deals” by
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the late Gov Emilio Macias II, himself a surgeon by profession. This has virtually elevated the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) as the prototype for public-private partner-
ship in the healthcare industry after NOPH sealed the deal with HIMEX Corp., a Japanese medical distribution firm. HIMEX Corp. partnered for the first time with Philippines Local
Government Unit (LGU) hospitals for the supply of top-of-the-line medical machines – including CT scan, digital x-ray, and radioflouroscopy – in order to provide efficient, accessible, and affordable healthcare. The repair of NOPH’s radiology room was also shouldered by the corporation. Although NOPH did not spend a single centavo for the machines and the radiology room, it will be sharing half of its revenues from the machines with HIMEX Corp., as agreed between both parties. “There is going to be a sharing of revenues. HIMEX will get a share from the revenues that the hospital will get from the machines,” Dr. Felix Sy, Provincial Health Officer, said. According to Dr. Sy, the usage of the machine’s services will have a “very minimal” fee based on their financial capability, which will then be classified by a social worker. “If they are charity cases, then it will be free for them as the government will shoulder their usage fees,” Sy said. On the other hand, Rem a Padilla-Ohno, HIMEX senior executive vice president, said that
their venture with government hospitals in the country has something to do with the firm’s belief of their responsibility in the healthcare industry – to help create development projects. “We are helping the government fulfill its responsibility of rendering health services to the people, especially to the poor,” she said. HIMEX, Corp. is a pioneer in tying-up with government hospitals. The corporation has ongoing partnerships with other government hospitals like Jose Reyes Mem orial Medical Center (Manila), Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center (Marikina City), and Our Lady of Porzunciola Hospital (Samar). The project was an initiative of the late Gov. Emilio Macias II, who is also a doctor by profession. Late Gov. Macias II approached HIMEX officials after learning of the firm’s partnership with hospitals in Manila.(With reports by Beverly Linao and Rachelle Nessia )