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P10M FROM INTELLIGENCE FUNDS

VOL. 39 No. 32

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he Commission on Elections has lauded the aggressive campaign of the Philippine National Police and the military in being able to recover at least 200 firearms of assorted caliber in Negros Oriental at the start of the election period on Jan. 12 which is set to end on June 12 this year.

BRILLANTES NegOr Comelec Officer

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Both outgoing Comelec provincial supervisor and PNP provincial director Atty. Eddie Aba and Sr. Supt. Eduardo Carranza, respectively, felt confident of a peaceful elections in Negros oriental. Assuming very shortly, and in fact already in town ready for their assumptions, are Sr. Supt. Noli Romano, who is formerly an intelligence CIDG chief in Davao; and Atty. Gerome Brillantes, who comes from his old assignment as Guihulngan election officer. However, they admitted that because of the unique political situation here, the local elections are unusually hotly contested, but still confined to verbal acrobatics. The demise of both governor and vicegovernor in close succession after the last elections has created a hiatus in that their deaths stirred the political hornet’s nest and created an unusual ripple and mad scramble for the positions that were affected in the provincial leadership. Brillantes has already been seen orienting himself with the operations of a bigger

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Outgoing PNP Prov’l. Director

Capitol owes hospital P6M in unpaid bills!

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he Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital still has to collect P6 million from concerned capitol officials in accumulated hospital and medical bills that remain unpaid up to this year.

Provincial administrator Arnel Francisco said the amount might yet be lowered before the month ends, considering that various vouchers coming from the office of the Governor and

Provincial Board Members have already been approved for payments. However, he could not ascertain how the patients, who were

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Philippines

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JANUARY 20, 2013

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he Comnmission on Audit has disallowed some P143 million in mobilization funds approved by the provincial government for 11 contractors who are now working on the P960-million rehabilitation of Typhoon Sendong-wrecked areas in Negros Oriental. State auditors this week served the “Notice of Disallowance” to the Governor, Provincial Accountant, and the members of the Bids and Awards Committee for what the COA described as “ the improper utilization of the P143 million to pay for the mobilization activities of eleven contractors for the various anti-disaster and rehabilitation projects in flood-prone areas of Negros Oriental.”

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However, Capitol officials are ready to defend and justify the expenditures, which were taken from the P480,775,000,00 initial release of the Department of Budget and Management that was later withdrawn by the agency’s central office over an alleged lapse in ad-

ministrative procedure. Based on the Special Allotment Release Order dated June 5, 2012, the province was to receive a total of P961 million chargeable against the Calamity

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BY DEMS DEMECILLO

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he governor’s proposed Pl.4-billion budget was approved by the provincial board, but some P22.1-million were realigned to other outlets within the same budget. Governor Roel Degamo got what he wished for, albeit not entirely: approval of the P 1.4 billion 2013 annual budget of the province. But he also lost some very important appropriations after the majority of the members of the Provincial Board decided to realign a total of P22.1 million to projects other than what were originally proposed by the local chief executive. By a vote of 8 in favor and 3 opposed, the Provincial Board deleted the P10 million appropriations for intelligence fund and realigned it for Gender Advancement and Development; Some P8.1 million for job order workers has been reduced to P3 million with the remaining P5.1 million appropriated for tourism promotion and deLooking exasperated, Gov. Degamo was able to swing his P1.4B velopment. The majority noted that budget, but not without the provincial board’s realignment of

P22M, especially from the governor’s intelligence fund.

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“GOD’S FORGIVENESS TO A REPENTANT HEART IS BOUNDLESS, YET SELFISH MAN FORGIVES HESITANTLY.”

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New PNP director meets chiefs of police critical reporting HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

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The essence of FREE WILL

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Newly-assumed PNP provincial director, OIC Sr. Supt. Noli Romana yesterday with all chiefsof-police to emphasize their duty to enforce election laws equally to all. Those PNPs with relatives-candidates in the same town will be reassigned. Beside him is his deputy, Sr. Supt. Alet Virtucio. Romana is a member of PMA class 1986 with Omar Buenafe and Eddie Carranza. He came from Davao as CIDG chief. He is from Luzon. (Photo by Florence Baesa)

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BY DEMS DEMECILLO

OIC-PD needs no Ayungon LGU dads Governor’s approval leave Josy for Gary

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uring election period, such as this time, PNP- appoint ed OIC’s like PNP-PD Sr. Supt. Noli Romana need no governor’s endorsement because their stint is temporary and renewable monthly. But the catch is, they could be renewed monthly until elections are over.

or allegedly failing to keep her word that Ayungon shall remain a “free zone,” First District Congresswoman Joceyln Limkaichong and Liberal Party gubernatorial bet lost Mayor Edsel Enardecido and Vice-Mayor Erwin Agustino, who have decided to support her rival, Former Finance Secretary Margarito “Gary” Teves of the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

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Col. ROMANA Amid the Governor’s allegations OIC-PD that politics has something to do with the relief of Sr. Supt. Edward Carranza as Negros Oriental Police Provincial Director, the provincial PNP leadership Turn to page 17

The mayor described his group’s departure from Limkaichong’s camp as a relief for they have already liberated themselves from the

anxieties that they will eventually, despite her assurances of neutrality, be left out in the cold at the most crucial moment of the elections. Turn to page 3

SP needs 9 votes to 1 dead, 6 hurt after override budget veto Hi-lux slams tricycle ailing to secure the majority vote to approve his proposed P1.4-billion budget without a single amendment, the Governor is expected to exercise his power to veto as a means to check the will of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. Two-thirds of all members of the SP or 9 votes shall be needed to override the veto, a source from the Department of Interior and Local Government said.

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The Governor awaits for the official communication of the SP Secretariat of the Appropriation Ordinance

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three-month old pregnant woman died while six others were seriously injured after a speeding Toyota Hi-Lux slammed into the tricycle that the victims were riding in a blind curve in Purok Santan, Taclobo, Dumaguete City, early morning Wednesday. Authorities identified those injured as Leon Ray Batawang, tricycle driver; his wife, Jocelyn Batawang, reportedly preganant; Alfred Laurea; Junifer Lacorte; Welboy Lacorte; Maria Eluna and Leonora Villacaol.

Batawang did not only lose his wife, but also his leg, which had to be amputated. Now, the widower still has two toddlers in need of parental care. The culprit was identiTurn to page 10

MTRCB board inspects theaters; cut lewd, violent films on fastcrafts

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ovie and Te l e v is io n Review and Classification Board members inspected local theaters and video shops in Dumaguete in a surprise visit. They also held a forum with students at Silliman and Foundation universities. For Dumaguete, they are set to impose wholesome family films to be shown on MTRCB board guesting at DYEM Star Energy FM. LR: Cheche board fastcrafts instead of Conrado, Mario Hernando, Jackie Aquino, Joey Romero and Station violent and lewd oriented Manager Ely Dejaresco. To page 3

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ITH ALL due respect to the concerned members of the clergy in the Catholic Church, many people strongly feel that the usage of the pulpit for the voting or the non-voting of a certain candidate, simply because he or she has expressed her own stand on a certain issue, particularly the RH bill, in the exercise of their small representation as compared to the large body of the laity, is in their opinion, somehow, out of bounds. ~o0o~ In the spirit of fairness and fair play and in the similar vein of expressing one’s free choice, some people believe that the pulpit may be the right place to express the stand on a certain issue, but to focus on the people’s voting or non-voting of a specific personality, people believe, is out of place and is now superceding the people’s equal right to FREE choice. ~o0o~ For those listening to the speaker in the pulpit are also composed of pros and cons; therefore, the audience expects the speaker to present both sides and let the people decide in the spirit of free choice. ~o0o~ We also draw our inspiration about this stand from a respected leader, not only of the clergy, but also a leader of political minds of the State, in the person of the Rev. Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ, both a church and a state lawyer, and acknowledged dean of the Ateneo Law School. ~o0o~ Bernas said that those constitutionally objectionable provisions of the RH bill have already been removed. Bernas wrote further, saying that he is “disturbed by those preachers who use their opposition to the law as a way of defeating electoral candidates who favor the RH law. These tactics, Bernas said, drives Catholics away from the Church, or at least from Sunday masses, where many preachers subject their audience to prolonged attacks on the RH Law and to threats of damnation against those who favor the law.” That’s Fr. Bernas talking. Bernas continues: “Those responsible for government are, in fact, required to interpret the common good for their country, not only according to the guidelines of the majority (of Catholics), but also according to the effective good of all members of the community, including the minority.” Those are Fr. Bernas’ words. (PDI January 14, 2013.) ~o0o~ Finally, it was even Jesus Christ who told us in the parable of the weeds; he said, “Let the weeds continue to grow together with the plants, for during harvest time, we will separate the weeds from the crops.” In short, Jesus Christ respected the freedom of choice, even opposition from his teachings, for in the end, judgment will come. ~o0o~ In the creation, God even allowed Lucifer to make a choice, and in the end, suffered the consequences. Joshua told the Israelites to choose between God and Baal. So who is that man, who imposes what method the women are to use in spacing the entry of their children? Let their free choices simply be accompanied with awareness of the corresponding consequences. ~o0o~ This, we agree and we believe, is the essence of free will, instituted to us by God, Himself, since the beginning of time.

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can exercise all the legal remedies afforded to him by law including the use of his veto power. Adminisrator Ariel Francisco added that the Governor may exercise item veto so that the rest of the appropriations can

now be implemented. He is confident that the SP majority cannot muster nine votes to override the Governor’s veto. Board Members Rodrigo Alanano, Angelo Teves and Fritzy Zanoria being allies of the Governor will deny their votes to override the veto. Certain to vote in overriding the Governor’s veto are Board

Members Liland Estacion, Edmund Dy, Georgita Martinez, Peve Ligan, Melliemoore Saycon, Jessica Villanueva-Koppin, Erwin Macias, Scott Wayne Husain. Considered swing votes are those of ABC President Arnie Teves and Saleto Erames. Teves can cast the precious 9th vote to override the veto. It

still remains to be seen if Erames can still be prevailed upon to vote in favor of the will of his NPC colleagues. ViceGovernor Jun Arnaiz will certainly vote along with the majority but only if there is a tie, which will not happen in this case. In interposing his veto, the Governor must state in writ-

ing his reasons grounded on the principle that the action of the SP is prejudicial to public welfare. Therefore, it is expected that the Governor must convince the SP that the re-allocation of some P 22. 1 million from his intelligence fund, job order workers, purchase of gasoline and lubricants to gender development (GAD), additional appropriation for medical assistance, scholarships and tourism development are prejudicial to public welfare.

MTRCB ... From page 2 films before the eyes of minors. They also expressed sastisfaction over local theaters conditions and bookings. Video shops still need more supervision and monitoring in their display of prohibited films.

NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the he irs of TRINIDAD JALANDONI- LIM, namely, Rito J. Lim, Flora L. Aba, Romeo J. Lim, Tita L. Jaugar, Evelyn L. Tan, Ruel J. Lim, Joselito J. Lim and Rolan J. Lim; ANTONIA EGE-KITANE, heirs of TEOFILO EGE, namely, Rachel L. Ege, Imelda E. Jalloren, Leonora L. Ege, Jr., Cerilo L. Ege, Jessie L. Ege and Naneth L. Ege; heirs of DOMINGO Q. EGE, namely, Ime lda E. Cuarte l, Ev elyn E. Badajos, Edwin G. Ege, Edmund G. Ege, Eduard G. Ege, and Edelino G. Ege have executed an Extrajudicial Settlement, Partition and Conformity on a parcel of land, Lot No. 6018, Pls-659-D containing an area of Fourteen Thousand Three Hundred Forty-Six (14,346) square meters, more or less covered by TCT No. FT-235; per Doc. No. 247; Page No. 50; Book No. XI, Series of 2011, duly notarized by Atty. Kim Diocos. The Negros Chronicle Jan. 20, 27 & Feb. 3, 2013

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Ayungon ... From page 2 Enardecido formally belongs to the Nacionalista Party but supported Limkaichong when she was re-elected in 2010 beating former Cong. Jing Paras, then Enardecido’s close ally. Limkaichong promised that for this election she will not take sides between re-electionists Enardecido and Agustino who are being challenged by purported independent candidates Janice Noblefranca and Lorenzo Chiu Dy. However, as the campaign trail unfolded the incumbents realized that Limkaichong’s trusted people are the ones running Noblefranca and Dy’s campaign. The mayor sent an emissary to Limkaichong to no avail. Hence, a unanimous decision was made in which Enardecido and Agustino joined by seven incumbent municipal councilors, 17 of the 24 barangay captains now switched heri support to Gary Teves for Governor and Jerry Paras for Congressman. (By Dems Demecillo)

NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the heirs of Asuncion Andres, namely: Oscar P. Villanueva; Alejandrino Andres Villanueva; Nostradamus Andres Villanueva and Rufina Villanueva Hernandez; have executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate With Quitclaim over a parcel of land, Lot 259 of the Cadastral Survey of Dumaguete containing an area of Three Thousand Two Hundred and Thirty-Nine (3,239) square meters, more or less covered by TCT No. 228 per Doc. No. 336, Page No. 69, Book No. 4, Series of 2012 duly notarized by Atty. Alex Andrew P. Icao. The Negros Chronicle Jan. 20, 27 & Feb. 3, 2013


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Editorial Budgetary master stroke he ever-elusive provincial budget of P1.4Billion for 2013 is finally passed , at least theoretically. For those who knew about the inside negotiations, we say, it was a master stroke that made this year’s annual appropriations act a balanced budget indeed!

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We credit the brilliant and experienced minds who worked behind the scenes, shuttling from one camp to the other, just to get the budget passed by our sometimes generally naïve provincial board. But for those who know budgeting and good governance, we say the erstwhile highly politicized budget has now become a balanced budget. First, the controversial P10M intelligence funds of Mr. Guv was realigned to the women’s gender advancement fund, which means that even the guv can use that money for his job orders. Only make it more for women---and the guv would like that. He need not worry that his P8M JO fund was lost. The guv can st ill us e his P42Million peace and order fund for his intelligence bonanza. He can buy firearms, he can buy armored tanks,

he can use it to spy on enemies of the state, he can train more tanods and policemen, he lost nothing actually. If he knows how to play poker, he can swing it. But at what price for the guv? Good governance demands that this time, whatever the guv will use for “intelligence” is now subject to audit because technically, the item for intelligence funds is now absorbed in the peace and order budget. That’s what he attempted to do in the budget planning summit at Bethel, didn’t he? IF GOV VETOES: If the governor vetoes this P1.4B budget, it means he might get back his intelligence funds under the old budget if reenacted. But the law says only mandated outlays may be automatically reenacted, not the intel funds which is not mandated. If the guv vetoes this balanced budget, he will lose the game. The eight BMs now await the yes-vote of BMs Erames and Arnie Teves. With their wide mental horizons, and for the good of the province and people, both should give their nod, in order to override a possible veto which we think might be a childish thing to do.

hese are funds appropriated in furtherance of the duties of local executives to maintain peace and order, for the comfort, convenience and welfare of the people. Intelligence funds derive its legal basis from Section 16 of the local government code, known as the general welfare clause. One thing unique about intelligence funds is that it is audited in a special way. The accounting or liquidation of intelligence funds is directed to the Chairman of the Commission on Audit, “for his eyes only”, in a sealed envelope. This is unlike the other funds appropriated in the budget which are generally audited by government auditors. However, there are rules governing the use of intelligence funds. This is outlined in Department of Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular No. 99-65 dated April 23, 1999. While local chief executives have wide latitude in the use of intelligence funds, there are rules that have to be followed, otherwise, it can be criminal malversation or technical malversation, as the case may be. For what use should these intelligence funds be? Certainly not for political purposes, but for peace and order.The rules state that the use of intelligence funds are limited to (1) purchase of information; (2) payment of rewards; (3) rental and other incidental expenses relative to the maintenance of safehouses; and (4) purchase of supplies and ammunitions, provision of medical and food aid, as well as, payment of incentives or travelling expenses relative to the conduct of intelligence or confidential operations. It would be helpful to ask local chief executives whether they used their intelligence funds in at least one of the legal purposes outlined by law. Interestingly, the proposed intelligence funds to be used at the governor’s discretion amounts to P10-million. The very first question that a citizen should ask is: What is the legal basis for coming up with the amount of P10-million for intelligence funds. Is that amount within the legal limit? How do we determine the limit for the appropriation of intelligence funds? Under the law, intelligence fund shall not exceed 30% of the total amount allocated for peace and order, or 3% of the total annual appropriations,, WHICHEVER IS LOWER. To page 16 39

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Mr. Candidate, can you win? s elections draw near, let's hear what the Experts on "How to Win Election" have to ask candidates what to ask themselves. Sincerity is a must - and if one has a hidden agenda, people will notice by reading between the lines, eye movements and body language when one talks. Even a reluctance to run will be exposed clearly without the candidate knowing. One must also clearly answer the question" "why are you running" by citing the community problems, the manner to solve them and time frame. No generic statements will do. Do not insult the intelligence of the voters.

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"Are you qualified for the position you seek based on education or background (as a person) and experience?". Are you eligible for that, by law, especially on residency that plagues actor-would be candidate Aga Muhlach these days in Bicol? Have you read the Local Government Code? Did you take the initiative to learn the short courses in governance at the Ateneo and the University of the Philippines, if you are deficient knowledge-

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wise? In the religious Philippines,it is important that people know the moral and spiritual tenets that the candidate possesses.Are your acts merely for show to the public or are you prone to buckle under the pressure of outside groups? There is the swertres network (which is vast) and well financed as well as the drug lords cabal of followers who might try to cut a deal to support your candidacy. Do you

have the courage to say "no" to them? As well as not pay the "Permit to Campaign Fee" of some armed groups in their locality? The INC and the El Shaddai Group showed some potency for "bloc voting" as the Catholic Church vowed to punish the proRH Bill. Do you have the intestinal fortitude to buck all these pressures for principle? What about the KBL request of the masses ? That you

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reparations for the Palaro in April this year is going on inspite of heightened campaign for the May elections this year. DepEd regional director Supt. Carmelita Dulangon presided over a coordination meeting yesterday with DepEd division Supt. Salustiano Jimenez, other stakeholders, district supervisors, principals throughout the province, City DepEd division Supt. Ramir Uytico as co-host, and the provincial government to make sure everything will be addressed. Gov. Roel Degamo has assured director Dulangon and the DepEd family that all requirements are taken cared of, from the billeting quarters complete with comfort rooms, food, transportation, communication, security, facilities and equipment, among others, and doesn’t want politics to hamper the national sports event. The provincial government is allocating P10 million while DepEd is also raising its own funds. One of the issues raised

was the unavailability of the port of Dumaguete for big vessels, particularly Pier 1, which is undergoing repair and rehabilitation. Gov. Degamo was expected to communicate with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in Manila to find alternatives or possible arrangements with the contractor, so the port can still be used for docking by big passenger vessels that will carry athletes, coaches and officials from different parts of the country.

The Palaro is set on April 21-27 this year, but screening of athletes will be one week before the scheduled Palaro, which means that some of the delegates will be coming one week ahead of schedule. There are about 1015,000 athletes, as well as sports officials, who will be coming to Negros Oriental, the governor said.jg

Red Cross ... From page 17 nel to be able to immediately respond to calamities. As an advocate of counterparting, Gordon assured each chapter half the amount of an ambulance donation from the Red Cross. Gordon was in Negros Oriental to visit the municipality of La Libertad and the city of Guihulngan, where 55 homes were built by the Red Cross for victims of the recent earthquake. The top man of the Philippine Red Cross declares he has the right to run as senator in the 2013 local and national elections. Former Olongapo mayor and former senator Dick Gordon stressed he

etractors of Gov Degamo claimed the guv is “paranoid,” even in the face of the usual transfers of assignments of national officials in Negros Oriental starting from the Comelec, PNP, down to other important agencies in the wake of the coming elections. The governor, in deny- Dumaguete City Division ing his detractors’ claims, Supt. Dr. Ramir Uytico instead criticized political was also a victim of a personalities whom he power play when his desbelieve are responsible for ignation order was recalled the relief of at least three after his assumption (for heads of government offices one day) as provincial in the province without ob- DepEd division superinserving standard proce- tendent of schools in dures due to political rea- Negros Oriental a few sons, by simply stating months ago. their transfer is due to the Degamo considered exigency of service. this a desperate move by his First was the relief of who are moving the Philippine Drug En- detractors, forcement Agency (PDEA) heaven and earth to further provincial director Rayford their political ambitions in Yap, who was transferred in Negros Oriental. Already, old cases September last year following a budget hearing in Con- against politicians are revived, one of which is gress. Second was the relief of against board member and Dumaguete LTO chief former Dauin Mayor Roland Ramos, who was Rodrigo Alanano, who is transferred to Jagna, Bohol seeking a comeback in due to his alleged support Dauin, and another case into the governor and last volving the fertilizer scam. The governor said it is minute relief of PNP provincial director PSrSupt possible that more of this naEdward Carranza whose ture is being planned against tour of duty is not yet over. him, like what happened to There were speculations Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia. that if not of the time conThe governor cautioned straints, the DepEd division the public and called for vigisuperintendent was also a lance against efforts to sabosubject of transfer moves. tage the elections in the If you recall, DepEd province.jg had been with the Red Cross since 45 years ago before joining politics, in response to insinuations he is using the organization in this year’s elections According to Gordon, politics is service, and Red Cross is service. However, if somebody uses the Red

Sunday Thoughts (From page 8) So may it be, as it was for Cleopas and Mary, that our hearts burn within us as we come face to face with Jesus, who is our Host; and our eyes are opened and we know him truly in his breaking of the bread! But the breaking of the bread is not quite the end of our Lord’s Presence. When Cleopas and Mary come to recognize Jesus at the Table, he suddenly vanishes from their sight. What does Jesus’ disappearance mean? Is his Presence only a figment of their imagination? In the play by Dorothy Sayers, The King Comes to His Own, Cleopas and Mary quickly return to Jerusalem to relate their experience to the disciples. The disciples ask: “But wasn’t it an apparition? Are you sure his Presence was real?” And Cleopas answers: “But the bread was broken.” The predicament for Cleopas and Mary is that they cannot forever be sitting at the table, their eyes transfixed on a Presence. They have to go to Jerusalem, there to meet Jesus where life is lived, where work is to be done, where human relationships are forged and tested, where the gospel is proclaimed. My friends, this is the precariousness of Holy Communion. We don’t remain at the Table. From here, we go back to our Jerusalems where Jesus meets us – the classrooms, the offices, our homes; our troubles, our ailments, our plans, our hopes – in these, we are called to experience the Presence. And so, we go from church into the life of everyday and in the world. For Christ is present on our “Roads to Emmaus,” as well as in our “Jerusalems,” for as St. Paul says, “As often as you eat this bread and drink of this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death (in all of life) until he comes.”

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Shattering Mindsets hance favors the prepared mind,” scientist Louis Pasteur taught. Many were unprepared for killer typhoons “Sendong” and “Pablo” “Sendong’s death toll topped 1,453. That made it the “world’s deadliest storm in 2011”. A year ;later, "Pablo” proved the “world’s deadliest” notes “Global Catastrophe Recap”. It left 1,901 dead plus P37 billion in damages. Jitters eased Sunday storm slices through southwhen Tropical depression ern Philippines every 12 “Bising” swerved. Storm signals years. for Bicol and Samar were low“Pablo followed Sendong ered. . “Bising could exit the after less than a year," he wrote. Philippine Area of Responsibil- . Typhoon Ruping occurred ity Tuesday”, Pagasa forecast seven years after Storm “Nitang. This breathing space “Frank occurred 17 years after enables us to to grapple with Ruping…Since the 1980s, tyfestering questions. “How do phoons hitting the country, bewe explain the decreasing low the 10-degree latitude, seem number of years in occur- to be increasing in frequency at rence of destructive typhoons year’s end. affecting southern Philippines Most typhoons careen ?” marine scientist and on a beaten northward track. Magsaysay Awardee Angel This gave Mindanao a patina Alcala aked in Metro Post of of storm immunity. Sendong’s Dumaguete. On average, a Turn to page 10

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or a while I thought we really adhered to the teachings of the Church. When I attended a seminar in Wisconsin a couple of years back an American bishop commended the Philippines for being the only country opposing abortion. After the RH law I am not sure whether we can continue to keep our status as a Catholic country. Moreover I am afraid that the passage of the RH bill is a bad omen – a slippery slope which will surely be followed by abortion and divorce with same sex marriage not far behind. I am afraid we are using our virginity fast.

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Following the debates and finally the passage of the bill on second reading I was shocked at the complete ignorance of the pro-RH legislators whether feigned or real. I say feigned because the demographics, economics and social impact have been thoroughly discussed. The demographic sweet spot or dividend now enjoyed by the country which is paying off in terms of OFW and BPO income has

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oxidant to fight cancer. The leaves are often used to treat diabetes and hypertension. Mulberry fruits has been known to nourish the blood, lessen pain caused by arthritis or atherosclerosis, lowers blood cholesterol levels, effective to reduce excessive weights, strengthen the bones, liver and kidneys, immune system increase low libido and it can even delay graying of hairs. This array of Turn to page 9

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Living stones HAPPENED to be nearby when the dedication of the newly renovated cathedral of San Pablo City in Laguna took place recently. I immediately went there without being formally invited due to a number of personal reasons. I learned that the architect celebrant of the Mass was who designed the renovation Cebu’s archbishop-emeritus, was a close friend of mine who Cardinal Ricardo Vidal. So I felt is really a first-class architect. He very much at home even if this has designed many beautiful was only my second time to be churches and chapels, and I in that city. wanted to see another marvel of Since the affair was about his. the dedication of a cathedral, Then, both the outgoing the cardinal preached in his and incoming rectors of the homily about what a church is. cathedral were also friends of As expected, he made refermine. They were seminarians ence to some passages in the in the seminary in Spain which first letter of St. Peter that was my first pastoral assign- talked about the church being ment after my ordination. A made by living stones, that is, good number of the priests in us, people. that diocese are also alumni The relevant quotation is of the same seminary in the following: “Be you also as livSpain. So, I wanted to see ing stones built up, a spiritual them again after so many house, a holy priesthood, to ofyears. fer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptAs if these were not able to God by Jesus Christ.” enough, I discovered to my (2,4) pleasant surprise that the main Turn to page 16

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he mere mention of the word makes civilized people cringe. There is almost nothing as abominable as the enslavement of another human being. Yet we have a corrupted form of slavery right here in the Philippines. It is condoned and tolerated by almost everyone. This “slavery” is, in part, responsible for the lack of economic development and the large number of poor people in the Philippines. Our government has legis- Security.” They often do not lated a minimum wage. This was get minimum wage. With 50 designed to give workers a people waiting at the door to paycheck on which they could take your place; who is going survive. In addition, they created to complain? Many employa social security program. That ees are “forced” to accept program was designed to keep working conditions that are old people from being a finan- possibly borderline illegal and cial hardship on their families. definitely NOT in the spirit of Both of these programs have the law or good economic debeen successfully circumvented velopment. It also would not by many local employers. These surprise me if some employmodern age “slave owners” have ers used this situation to elicit job-hungry employees sign a sexual favors from desperate six- month contract. At the end employees. If they take advanof six months, they will, maybe, tage of them economically; renew the contract or maybe why wouldn’t they exploit they won’t. them sexually? There is no job security. What can we do? The emThere are no “permanent em- ployers are not going to change. ployees.” There is no ‘Social Turn to page 10

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I’m happy to find some bottled mulberry preserves and jams at Café Filomena inside Bethel Guesthouse and at Nijosa. We love the taste and the spectrum of nutrients we can get from these fruits. Thanks to Plantasia farm in Sibulan that produce these healthy and delicious treat. Mulberry is a superfood that has a wide range of health benefits. It is rich in anthocyanins, pigments in the fruit that is an effective anti-

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Eat Mulberries a Day arly bird catches more mulberries. They love it that you will have few leftovers when you wake up in the morning. I have a tree in my garden that Dan, our youngest son planted when he was just three years old. I keep on pruning it because it reaches the electric wires of Noreco 11. I have the dark purplish variety that easily grows in our climate. Muros is the latin name of Mulberry. It is from Moraceae family and has many species. The most popular ones are Morus alba (white) a native from China, Morus rubra, from the United States,(the red one) and Morus nigra, the black mulberry that comes from Western Asia.

been dissected enough. So has the surplus labor theory of Nobel Laureate Sir Arthur Lewis which international observers’ project will catapult this economy into greater heights in the near term. Even the expected weakening of the nation’s moral fiber will be weakened not to mention the negative effects of pills and the evils of contraceptive mentality now the bane of countries that Turn to page 15

Bliss Blockers ope and Happiness. During the past several weeks we have heard and read much about these qualities of life. The New Year opens up vistas of Hope and Happiness with its 365 days stretching before us in which to live and learn, to laugh and cry, to embrace or to reject. It is sad that oftentimes we Wrong beliefs: believing life is deceive and deny ourselves the hard, that you’re unlucky, that Hope and Happiness of being things will never change for alive by what author Sarah Ban the better. Health concerns: Breathnach calls “bliss blockers”. exhaustion – trying to be a These are very personal bad super person, multitasking habits, usually highly developed 312 things at the same time to skillfully prevent us from with a deadline of yesterday! reaching our goals of Hope and Not listening to your body, not Happiness. Bliss blockers act as knowing what you love, not a mask for the hunger and needs eating properly or exercising. of self, blocking the way not only Not being able to relax. for our own Happiness, but also The lack of humor and inpreventing us from sharing Hope ability to laugh at oneself are also and Happiness with others. bliss blockers. Pretending to be What are some of these someone else or more expericommon bliss blockers? enced or worldly than you really Wanting what you can’t have, are. Inability to ask for help. not wanting what you do have. Turn to page 14

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n this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church… Ephesians 5:28-29.

ot all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as ‘Lord,’ but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in Heaven. On judgment day, many will tell me, ‘Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Go away; the things you did were unauthorized.’” Matthew 7:21-23

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Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and my Father and I will come to them and love with them. Those who do not love me do not obey my teaching. And the teaching you have heard is not mine, but comes from the Father, who sent me. “I have told you this while I am still with you. The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in

my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you. “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid. You heard me say to you. ‘I am leaving, but I will come back to you. If you love me, you will be glad that I am going to the Father for he is greater than I. I have told you this now before it all happens, so that when it does happen, you will believe.”

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like fog in the sunlight. What Jesus does at the Table is something sacramental. It means that Jesus makes use of a physical symbolism to convey a spiritual truth. He breaks the bread and his Presence is known. You notice in the story that in that village home, he becomes the Host. And Cleopas and Mary recognize him as the Living Lord. What happens is a symbol of a genuine spiritual awakening. This is also true with us in the Lord’s Supper. We may have let our Lord go on ignored, unrecognized, unheeded in our human affairs – our human life, student life, our moral life, our relationships. But the splendor of his Presence becomes more real in the Sacrament. Someone has said, and rightly so, that had it not been for the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, the Church would not have lasted up until now. For the Sacrament is the means of grace – the means of making real in our experience the splendor of his Presence. For the words and act of Jesus in Emmaus are the words and act in the Holy Communion. To page 5

Husband, take positive steps to meet your partner’s emotional needs. Your wife longs to be encouraged, built up, and praised. She wants to feel close to you emotionally. This will come as you love her in the way the Bible describes. A husband can always meet his wife’s deepest needs by loving her as Christ loves us, and as a wife begins to respond to that love, she is ready to respond sexually. The husband’s love has been compared to a warm coat he wraps around his wife. As long as she feels encircled and sheltered in his love, she can accept herself as a woman and value her femininity. Then she will be able to entrust herself to her husband in the sexual relationship, as the bird gives itself to the air or the fish to the water. We husbands may not be able to

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fully appreciate the deep longings that influence our wives, but if we love them with the sheltering love that is described in Ephesians 5:2829, we will see results! Our wives reflect the love or lack of love we have provided. As you move toward each other physically and emotionally, you should also move closer in the spiritual dimension of marriage. Sharing in warm personal Bible study and prayer together will help prepare the way for sexual fulfillment as a natural result of the spiritual union that is occurring daily. Then you will find that your sexual union can bring you still closer to God, so that you often want to pray together after making love. Love produces love in all directions!

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here is shortage of detailed historical research on storms in atud pa nila ni this part of the counJ.C. Willke, MD, try. Published by the ug ni Bradley Historical Conservation SociMattes, MBS, ety (Manila, 1980), the impora d u n a y daghang mga sayop nga tant study of weather patimpormasyon kabahin sa terns in the book by Fr. Anhuman fertilization, o sa gel Martínez Cuesta, OAR, is pagsugod sa most welcome. His pioneerpagkamugna sa tawo, ing work further states: Three years later in 1879, kabahin sa implantation FR. G AMMY TULABING sa bata sa tago-angkan sa another typhoon struck. Accord- REV. FR. ROMAN C. JCD, VG SAGUN , JR. iyang inahan, ug sa ing to Fr. Pedro Garcia, parish priest of Tayasan, it was “the unang semana sa kinabuhi. Si J.C. Willke most frightful storm that the old men of the town had ug si Bradley Mattes mga expert doctors kini experienced.” Fr. Garcia himself, in spite of having sila, nagpasabot niining mosunod nga mga resided for twelve years in Mindanao “where storms kamatuoran sa scientia o mga scientific facts: are so frequent” had not known another equal to it. According to the Governor General of the archiSila mipasabot niining mga mosunod: Sa dihang ang binhi sa lalaki, mosulod na o pelago, this typhoon left the following devastation ma-deposito na sa puerta sa babaye human sa on the island: the death of eight persons and 120 pakighilawas ang maong binhi molangoy agi sa work animals, the ruin of seven public buildings and cervix sa babaye. Ang cervix mao ang baba sa 177 private houses, heavy damages in thirteen public tago-angkan sa babaye. Mopadayon ang binhi buildings and 390 private houses, and the loss of sa lalaki ngadto sa uterus sa babaye ug moderitso 25% of the palay harvest, 15% of sugar cane, and ngadto sa gitawag nga fallopian tubes. Kini nga 10% of cacao as well as coffee, just as the destrucpagbiyahe sa binhi sa lalaki gikan sa pagsulod tion of 20 kilometers of roads and 12 bridges. The niini sa puerta sa babaye ug sa paglangoy niini actual fatalities were of considerable magnitude: in agi sa cervix, moagi sa uterus ug hangtod nga Jimalalud alone, the storm brought down 145 primogawas kini agi sa fallopian tubes, mokabat sa vate houses and caused the death of four persons; hamubo lamang nga panahon, mokabat lamang as many bodies were also found in Siaton; the towns kini sulod sa 30 ka minutos. Sa tumoy sa fallopian of Guihulngan, Tayasan and Bayawan had more than tube anaa ang ovary, o mao kini ang organ nga seven ruined public buildings. The typhoon of May 10, 1896 also affected tig-gama o tig-produce sa ovum sa babaye. Kung didto sa ovary anaay naghulat nga ovum sa the greater part of the island, but produced conbabaye ang semilya sa lalaki mosulod o siderable damage only in the central part, within makighiusa, o mo penetrate sa ovum sa babaye, a square area formed by Guimbalaon, Isabela, ug kini nga panagtagbo sa binhi sa lalaki ug sa Hibaiyo and Guihulngan. It was hardly felt in the ovum sa babaye moresulta o mo-epekto sa north and the southern towns continued to sufgitawag nga fertilization, o pagkamugna sa usa fer a persistent drought that would end in dryka kinabuhi. Sa diha nga namugna na ang ing up its crops. In the barrio of Zaragoza, “it kinabuhi, tawo na kana, bisan kung dili pa completely destroyed the church, the convent, kompleto ang mga parte sa lawas niini, kay and almost all the houses”; in Guihulngan, hinayhinay pa mang ma develop ang mga parte Hibaiyo, Guimbalaon, Alegria, Sum-ag and San sa lawas niini; apan wala dyuy duda nga tawo na Miguel, it razed the crops and destroyed the churches, courthouses, convents and schools; kini, ug aduna na kini’y kalag. Ug kay kinabuhi na man kini sa usa ka in La Carlota and Pontevedra, the Najalin, tawo, naa na kini kalag bisan og usa lamang Mangala and Nagala Rivers flooded the farms kini ka gamay kayo nga cell. Kana nga cell and carried away 29 corpses. There were ten tawo na diha sa unang mga yugto sa iyang other victims in Hinigaran, Isabela and San kinabuhi. Angay natong masayran nga ang Enrique. In Bacolod, it destroyed the race track, binhi sa lalaki adunay katakos nga mabuhi sulod the park under construction, the road to Talisay, To page 15 To page 16

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he forthcoming electoral season will usher in new voters among the youth sector. Not many among us may have realized it, but our youth have become very vigilant and responsive to current issues, making them a formidable block among the voting public. To give us an inkling of the lenges, and for a while, I sentiments of the youth, let me thought I would not even be share with you, our dear read- able to finish my high school. ers, this piece written by a class This was the time when our valedictorian of a public high compound was bombed by school in Zamboanga City, which unknown perpetrators and could very well be the collective our residential and commervoice of the youth today as they cial buildings were burned incall on our soon-to-be elected tentionally. This brought fear government officials to be dedi- and anxiety among us, fear cated and committed public that we would lose our lives servants. and the undue stress and “It has been said that high anxiety of making both ends school is the best and most meet, especially since my sibexciting episode of a student’s lings and I were all in school. life, and I must say that this To top it all, my dear father is, indeed, true to all my class- was almost killed right before mates. Our journey in the last our very eyes when I was yet four years of our lives has a first year high school stubeen replete with challenges, dent, prompting our family to trials, difficulties, and other leave our town, a place we concerns which people may have learned to love, and not be able to appreciate or move to a safer place in believe, essentially because Negros Oriental. It was a life we are still very young. no one would want to experi“I am speaking for myself, ence, always on the lookout too, because young as I am, al- for strangers roaming around though my childhood and family your place, leading a fugitivelife have been very memorable, like existence, and always I have been through a lot of chal- fearful of the lives of everyone lenging times. In fact, I can say in your family. I thought I my life is fit to be made into a would never survive to see screenplay for a dramatic movie this day when I am before you, or a tearjerker. Why do I say this? standing proud and couraIt is because without my staunch geous that our family was able determination and persever- to weather the storms in our ance, aside from the support of lives. my family and my faith in God, I “This is what I would like to would not have survived the express to my fellow youth that many ordeals and trials in my nothing is impossible if you just life. As the eldest among four sib- believe in yourself. I could have lings, I am really lucky that my chosen to buckle down to the studies have been supported pressure and simply quit. But in fully well by my hardworking par- the long run, who would be on ents and my equally hardworking the losing end? Will I be able to and patient grandmother. All that help myself and my family if I I am today, I certainly owe to my gave up? What would have hapfamily who guided me and taught pened to me today if I did not me the values and virtues that remain strong and steadfast in are inculcated in my mind today. my faith in God? What would “But our happy family life become of us if I did not stand was not without its trials and by my family and resolve to difficulties. Although my par- make them proud of me someents are successfully running day? a legitimate business initiated “These thoughts run in by my late grandfather, there my mind today as I recall the was a time when our family past years that have been very went through very difficult difficult for us, but which, by times. In fact, I thought I would God’s grace, we have been not be able to survive the chal- blessed to be able to survive

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and move on. I thank the Lord that my father’s life has been spared and that, today, he, my mother, my Lola Nene, my sisters Ivy and Demi, and my beloved yaya, Lola Pacing, who has been taking care of me since I was a baby, are here sharing with me my success and the fruits of my labor. “In these times when our country is plagued by a lot of problems unfathomable for the youth like us, it is my hope that our leaders in government would draw some inspiration from us, the future leaders of our country, and give us the country, a beautiful Philippines, that we deserve. I dread at the thought that in our generation and in the forthcoming generations, the environment would no longer be liveable and habitable, that our government officials would continue to practice graft and corruption, that peace and order would still be a dream for many of us. “But, as they say, so long as there is life, there is hope. My fellow graduates today will become the excellent Filipino professionals and intellectuals in the future. We would be our country’s work force and To page 17

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remedies has already helped many people in the past. It comes in varied forms like tea, wine or bottled fruits, picnic bags or simply from the tree itself. Eating it raw right from the branches is also the best way to enjoy the taste and all its nutrients. The tree bears fruit all year round. Eat a handful a day. You can also add it to your salads, any dessert, cereal, smoothies or pick it from your tree before the birds steal them away. Another benefit of mulberry trees is producing silk through silkworms that love the leaves. My tree has many branches. All you have to do is cut it, and plant it directly into the soil. I like to share its branches to anyone who asks. I see a lot of vacant lots around. Time passes by that never comes back. Yes, money can grow on trees, and so does healthy food. People may steal the fruits. But thank God you can feed some hungry stomach and make one healthy too.

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torrential rains, however, caused floods to rise by 11 feet in an hour. Illegal logging and squatting on waterways were major culprits... “The real challenge for the Philippines , over the coming decade unless the world takes tougher action, is certain things will happen that are not good” , warned World Bank special envoy for climate change Andrew Steer, . Stronger typhoons, and an increase in global temperature loom ahead. Sea levels rises by 0.5 to 1 meter by 2100 could affect cities in the Philippines , among others. We're one of 16 countries pinpointed “at extreme risk” by the “Climate Change Vulnerability Index” produced by risk analysis firm Maplecroft “The question about climate change is no longer whether it’s real,” World Bank president Jim Yong Kim says. “( It ) is what the world is going to look like for our

children. I have a three-year-old son. And when he is my age, he could be living in a world completely different from ours.” Kim makes that point in the bank report "Turn Down The Heat”,.” Current efforts to tamp down global warming below a 2degrees-Celsius increase are faltering, it says. A 4-degrees-Celsius hotter world will wreak havoc everywhere. “Things can get ugly fast.” Australian firefighters this week, were tamping down more than 100 bushfires. These gutted houses and thousands of hectares of land in New South Wales , Victoria and Tasmania . "Climate change is increasing the risk of more frequent and longer heat waves, as well as exacerbating bushfire conditions," the Australian Climate Commission said. We've seen photos of bloated corpses to ripped up homes and farms in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley .. Alcala provides an insight into havoc few notice because coral reefs are underwater.

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The employees can not keep their job and openly protest. So how can we change this corruption of the rule of, or at least the

1 dead ... From page 2 fied as Chona D. Villarosa of Motong Dumaguete City and who was allegedly drunk and lost control of her Toyota Hi-Lux vehicle while negotiating the blind curve that resulted in the collision before slamming into the gate of the house owned by a certain Rex Laid. Villarosa agreed to shoulder the hospital bills and the repairs of all the damaged property. Her vehicle remains impounded at the police station.

intent of, our labor laws? We brag about protecting our children; why can we not protect our workers? There is something that can be done, but it will take “we the people” to get it done. First, students could form organizations committed to Reforming Unfair Labor Practices. They could select a business known to not treat their employees favorably and they could protest; form picket lines. Second, the rest of us should not shop at businesses that are being picketed. They commit these crimes against their employees for “profit”; when the pickets reduce their other profits enough, they will reform. The power is in the hands of the people. You can change and improve the Philippines but only if we support each other.

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Who are entitled to receive 13th month pay? All rank and file employees are now entitled to a 13th month pay regardless of the amount of basic salary that they receive in a month if their employers are not otherwise exempted from the application of P.D. 851, otherwise known as the 13th Month Pay Law. Such employees are entitled to the benefit regardless of their designation or employment status, and irrespective of the method by which their wages are paid, provided that they have worked for at least one month during a calendar year.

Who are considered rank-and-file employees? According to the Labor code, all employees not falling within the definition of a managerial employee are considered rank-and-file employees. A managerial employee is one who is vested with powers of prerogatives to lay down and execute management policies and/or to hire, transfer, suspend, lay-off, recall discharge, assign or discipline employees, or to effectively recommend such managerial actions.

How do we compute the 13th month pay? The revised guideline says that "The "basic salary" of an employee for the purpose of computing the 13th month pay shall include all remunerations or earning paid by this employer for services rendered but does not include allowances and monetary benefits which are not considered or integrated as part of the regular or basic salary, such as the cash equivalent of unused vacation and sick leave credits, overtime, premium, night differential and holiday pay, and cost-of-living allowances. However, these salary-related benefits should be included as part of the basic salary in the computation of the 13th month pay if by individual or collective agreement, company practice or policy, the same are treated as part of the basic salary of the employees." Based on the foregoing information, we can arrive with the following formula in computing 13th month pay: 13monthpay = total basic salary within the calendar year / 12

What is the minimum amount of the 13th month pay? The minimum 13th month pay required by law shall not be less than one-twelfth of the total basic salary earned by an employee within a calendar year. For the year 1987, the computation of the 13th month pay shall include the cost of living allowances (COLA) integrated into the basic salary of a covered employee pursuant to Executive Order 178.

When must it be paid? The required 13th month pay shall be paid not later than December 24 of each year. An employer, however, may give to his employees one half (½) of the required 13th month pay before the opening of the regular school year and the other half on before the 24th of December of every year. The frequency of payment of this monetary benefit may be the subject of agreement between the employer and the recognized/collective bargaining agent of the employees.

Is 13th month pay taxable? Thirteenth month pay and other benefits amounting to P 30,000 and below are not subject to income tax. This means, if you receive P 40,000, the P10,000 excess is already taxable.

Are employees who have recently resigned entitled to the 13th month pay? An employee who has resigned or whose services were terminated at any time before the time for payment of the 13th month pay is entitled to this monetary benefit in proportion to the length of time he worked during the year, reckoned from the time he started working during the calendar year up to the time of his resignation or termination from the service. Thus, if he worked only from January up to September his proportionate 13th month pay should be equivalent of 1/12 his total basic salary he earned during that period. The payment of the 13th month pay may be demanded by the employee upon the cessation of employer-employee relationship. This is consistent with the principle of equity that as the employer can require the employee to clear himTo page 14

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HOUSE AND LOTS FOR SALE

Residential Lots for Sale Total Lot Area 503 sqms 337 sqms 421 sqms 200 sqms 520 sqms 1,205 sqms 1,300 sqms 1,000 sqms 500 sqms 346 sqms 321 sqms 305 sqms 150 sqms 268 sqms 250 sqms 336 sqms 402 sqms 400 sqms 306 sqms 225 sqms 1,000 sqms 240 sqms 250 sqms 243 sqms 251 sqms 252 sqms 5,000 sqms 279 sqms 1072 sqms 936 sqms 1000 sqms 1200 sqms 3020 sqms 6270 sqms 1270 sqms 472 sqms 468 sqms 400 sqms 500 sqms 600 sqms 1000 sqms 3020 sqms 1000 sqms 1000 sqms 2000 sqms 3000 sqms 500 sqms 1,000 sqms 2,000 sqms 3,375 sqms 1,000 sqms 1,500 sqms 2,000 sqms 296 sqms 1,000 sqms 500 sqms 987 sqms 3,500 sqms 363 sqms 477 sqms 1,037sqms

LOCATION

PRICE

St. Paul’s Area, Dgte. City Villa Amada, Dgte. City Villa Amada, Dgte. City Talay, Dgte. City E. J. Blanco Ext. Dgte. City Balugo, Valencia, Neg. Or. Balugo, Valencia, Neg. Or. Daro, Dgte City Daro, Dgte City Daro, Dgte City Fatima Village Dgte City Fatima Village Dgte City Piapi, Dgte City San Jose St. Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave.,, Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Talay, Dgte City Junob, Dgte City E.J. Blanco Ext. Dgte. City Junob, Dgte City Junob, Dgte City Locsin, Dgte City Locsin, Dgte City Locsin, Dgte City E.J. Blanco Ext. Dgte City Bantayan, Dgte City Batinguel, Dgte City Motong, Dgte City Motong, Dgte City Motong, Dgte City Balugo, Valencia Neg. Or. San Jose St., Dgte City Cadawinonan, Dgte City Balugo, Dgte City Balugo, Dgte City Batinguel, Dgte City Batinguel, Dgte City Batinguel, Dgte City Batinguel, Dgte City Balugo Valencia, Neg. Or. Palimpinon Val., Neg. Or. Bong-aw Valencia, Neg. Or. Bong-aw Valencia, Neg. Or. Bong-aw Valencia, Neg. Or. Balugo, Valencia Neg.Or Balugo, Valencia Neg. Or. Balugo, Valencia Neg. Or. Talay, Dgte City Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Junob, Dgte. City East Balabag, Val. Neg. Or. West Balabag, Val Neg. Or. Bantayan, Dgte City Bantayan, Dgte City Bantayan, Dgte City Bagacay, Dgte City Valencia, Neg. Or.

P2.2M P5,000/sqm P5,000/sqm P2,000/sqm P3,000/sqm P1,700/sqm P1,700/sqm P3,000/sqm P3,000/sqm P5,000/sqm P1.5M P4,500/sqm P850K P1.6M P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm 400K P2,300/sqm P2,500/sqm P2,300/sqm P850K P6,000/sqm P6,000/sqm P6,000/sqm P3,000/sqm P7,000/sqm P1,120/sqm P1,000/sqm P1,200/sqm P1,400/sqm P1.2M P5,000/sqm P1,500/sqm P1,500/sqm P1,500/sqm P2,500/sqm P2,500/sqm P2,500/sqm P2,500/sqm P500/sqm P800/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P500/sqm P500/sqm P500/sqm P800/sqm P1,900/sqm P1,900/sqm P1,900/sqm P2,000/sqm P800/sqm P1,000/sqm P4.5M P3,500/sqm P7,000/sqm P2,500/sqm P2M

Contact: 0918-929-6047

Commercial Lots for Sale 167 sqms 520 sqms 1,149 sqms 1,150 sqms 250 sqms 336 sqms 402 sqms 400 sqms 250 sqms 5,000 sqms 337 sqms 363 sqms 3,336 sqms 1,400 sqms 150 sqms 421 sqms 116 sqms 279 sqms 169 sqms 306 sqms 642 sqms 2,423 sqms 503 sqms 6,270 sqms 268 sqms 5,222 sqms 1,104 sqms 672 sqms 650 sqms 1,179 sqms 1,205 sqms 951 sqms 1,325 sqms 4,300 sqms 400 sqms 1,037 sqms 1,000 sqms

Daro, highway. Dgte. City E.J. Blanco Ext. Dgte City Piapi, Dgte City Piapi, Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave, Dgte City Bet. Rob. & Hypermart Dgte City Villa Amada, Dgte. City Bantayan, Dgte City Piapi, Dgte City Piapi Beach, Dgte City Piapi, Dgte City Villa Amada, Dgte. City Locsin St., Dgte City Bantayan, Dgte. City Near Ceres Term. Dgte City Meciano Rd., Dgte City Bantayan, Dgte City Bantayan Dgte City St. Paul’s Area, Dgte City San Jose St., Dgte City San Jose St., Dgte City Sibulan highway, Neg. Or. Banilad, Dgte City Banilad, Bacong Neg. Or. Banilad, Bacong Neg. Or. Taclobo, Dgte City San Jose St., Dgte City Real St., Dgte City Colon St., Dgte City North Natl Highway Pob. Valencia, NegOr. Pob. Valencia, NegOr. Pob. Valencia, NegOr.

P15,000/sqm P3,000/sqm P5,000/sqm P5,000/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm P6,000/sqm P5,000/sqm P7,000/sqm P10,000/sqm P15M P850K P5,000/sqm P3M P7,000/sqm P5M P4M P4.5M P15M P2.2M P 5,000/sqm P1.6M P12M P5,000/sqm P1.5M P1.2M P7M P35M P50M P40M P20M P1.8M P2M P2M

Contact: 0918-929-6047

Subdivision Sites for Sale Lot Area 1.5 hectares 5.5 hectares 12 hectares 4.7 hectares 1.4 hectares 1.3 hectares 1.6 hectares 4.9 hectares 2 hectres 4.1 hectares 1.7 hectares 5.8 hectares 2.3 hectares 1.2 hectares 3 hectares 3.2 hectares 1.6 hectares 2.1 hectares

Location

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Cantil-e, Dgte City Cantil-e, Dgte City Cantil-e, Dgte City Banilad, Dgte City Tubtubon, Sibulan Neg. Or. Bong-aw, Valencia Neg. Or. Bong-aw, Valencia Neg. Or. Candau-ay, Dgte City Junob, Dgte City Isugan, Bacong Neg. Or. Isugan, Bacong Neg. Or. Isugan, Bacong Neg. Or. Talay, Dgte City West; Balabag, Valencia Palinpinon, Valencia Ugahong, Valencia Neg. Or. San Antonio, Sibulan Neg. Or. Balili, Valencia Neg. Or.

P800/sqm P800/sqm P800/sqm P500/sqm P800/sqm P350/sqm P600/sqm P400/sqm P1,500/sqm P400/sqm P400/sqm P400/sqm P12M P400/sqm P500/sqm P500/sqm P400/sqm P500/sqm

Contact: 0918-929-6047

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Tubtubon, Sibulan, 1,311 sqms, 4 BR, 2 CR and bath, spacious lawn, with car garage, fully fenced, with road right of way, clean title at P2.5M only Bolocboloc, Sibulan, 500 sqms. 4 BR, 2 CR and bath, spacious lawn, with garage, fully fenced, along the road, clean title, at P2.5M only Batinguel, Dg te. City, 346 sqms. 6 BR, 2 CR and bath, with car garage, along the road, fully fenced, clean title at P2.2M only Talay, Dgte. City, 500 sqms. lot area, 200 sqms. floor area, 3 BR, 2 CR and bath, with road right of way, well-maintained lawn, fully fenced, clean title, at P2M only Junob, Dgte. City brand new house finished just recently, 225 sqms lot area, 2BR, CR and bath car garage can accomodate 2 cars, well maintained lawn, fully fenced, clean title @3M only Pulangtubig, Dgte City, 211sqms lot area, 1BR, 1CR, fully fenced, w car park, w road right of way, @ P1.1M only Batinguel, Dgte City, 321sqms lot area, 3BR, 2 CR and bath, with garage, well maintained lawn, with 6m wide road right of way, clean title @ P2.3M only Pulangtubig, Dgte. City, 360sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, spacious living rooms both at the 1st floor and at the 2nd floor, w garage, fully fenced, spacious lawn, along the road, clean title @ P3.2M only. Bantayan, Dgte. City, 300sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, fully fenced, w garage with road right of way, clean title @ P3.2M only Junob, Dgte City, 250sms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, w extended dining area, fully fenced, w car garage, wash area, along the road, clean title @ P1.7M only Bantayan, 210sqms lot area, 2 storey, spacious living room, 5BR, 3CR and bath, maids quarter, dirty kitchen, 2-wheel vehicles passage only, clean title @ P2.2M only Cantil-e, Dgte City, 1,000sqms lot area, 240sqms floor area, spacious living room, dining area, kitchen, w native living room, 1MBR, 2BR, 2 CR and bath, maids room, CR outside, fully fenced, well maintained spacious lawn, w car garage, phone line, cable ready, high-speed broadband, w road right of way, clean tile @ 5.5M only Camanjac, Dgte City, 300sqms lot area, 2BR, 2CR and bath, maids quarter, w covered car garage, house built w native design, situated in an interior but cool place, w road right of way, clean title @ P2M only. Bagacay, Dgte City, 800sqms lot area, 1MBR, 2BR, 2CR and bath, maids quarter, laundry area, spacious lawn, w car garage, w road right of way, clean title, @ P6.5M only Junob, Dgte City, 80sqms lot area, 2BR, 2CR and bath, fully fenced, along the road, clean title @ P800K only Cantil-e, Dgte City, 890sqms lot area, 1MB, 3BR, 2CR and bath, maids quarter, CR outside, spacious living room, well-designed garden, spacious lawn, car garage, fully fenced, along the road, clean title @ P8M only Bacong, Neg. Or., 1,235sqms lot area, 200sqms floor area,1MB, 2BR, 2 CR and bath, maids quarter, w garage, spacious lawn, along the road, clean title @ P4M only Bacong, Neg. Or. 278sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, w garage, lawn, along the road, clean title @ P2M only. Bacong, Neg. Or. 262sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, w garage, lawn, along the road, clean title @ P2M only. Bacong, Neg. Or. 250sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, w garage, lawn, along the road, clean title @ P2M only Pulantubig, 64sqms 1BR, 1CR and bath, with road right of way, at 300K only Batinguel, 133sqms, 2 storey house, 2BR, 2CR and bath, with road right of way, clean title at 1M only Silliman Heights 80sqms., Brand New House 2BR, 1CR and bath, house presentable, along the road, fully fenced, clean title @ P1.5M only Cantil-e, Dgte. City 200sq.m floor area; 1000 sq.m lot area; 5 bedrooms; 3 aircon; 3 bathrooms; 1 Storage room, covered parking lot; fully fenced; landscaped lot; fully furnished P5.8M

Contact: 0918-929-6047

FOR RENT Furnished 2 bedrooms, 10 minutes to town, private parking, modern kitchen, security fence, air-condition, nice largeyard, fenced like new inside & out, internet, TV hooked-up P20,000./month savest area in Dumaguete 0928-240-1672

Lots for sale 1) Lot A 330 sq.m. (RUSH SALE) 2) Lot B 330 sq.m. at Pulantubig, Dumaguete City very affordable & negotiable Contact No. 0919-898-8858 0921-238-1924

PCSO chairman eying counterpart vs. illegal suertres

MARGIE P. JUICO PCSO Chairman visits Dumaguete Philippine Charity Sweepstakes chairman Margarita P . Juico yesterday assured municipal and city mayors of Negros Oriental that the PCSO is now finding ways of effecting a counter-program that will encourage more people to patronize the legalized lotto game rather than the illegal suertres bookies. Margie Juico said that PCSO will shortly design a program that will be cheap if not cheaper than the illegal suertres tickets but will give bigger prizes. Juico together with Atty Ana Gonzales and Dr. Jose Bernardo Gochoco were encouraging mayors to avail of the PCSO ambulance assistance program.

PRIME LOT SALE: El Pueblo 475 sq.m., clean title, near the new club house, has a good view of Mt. Talinis Two sides adjacent to good neighbors, two sides free, negotiable

Call: 0918-929-6047 Residential Lots for Sale Total Lot Area

RESIDENTIAL LOT FOR SALE IMMEDIATELY 700 SQUARE METERS, NEAR THE ROAD, NEAR FATIMA SUBDIVISION REASONABLE PRICE, NEGOTIABLE HEDRIANA ENTRANCE, PIAPI, DUMAGUETE CITY IF INTERESTED, CONTACT ELY DEJARESCO, TEL. NO. 0918-929-6047 OR ROSE BASELERES, TEL. NO. (Globe cp#) 0906-457-4857

LOTS FOR SALE Around Negros NEW STOCKS • Timbanga, Bacong, 5,000 sqms.corn & coconut plantation, at P100/sqm. only (all-in) • Timbanga, Bacong, 2.8 hectares, corn & coconut plantation, at P100/sqm. only (all-in) • Sta. Catalina, 4.3 hectares with sugarcane plantation ready for harvest @ P20.00 per sq.m. • Northern Junob, Dgte City, 19,900 sq.m. @ P1,500.00 per sq.m. • Candau-ay, Dgte City, 12,782 sq.m. @ P500.00 per sq.m. • Junob, Dgte City, 2,300 sqms,along the road with fruit-bearing coconut trees @ P2,200.00 per sq.m. • Jimalalud, Neg. Or. 6,844 sq.m. with fruit bearing, coconut trees @60K

CALL: 0918-929-6047 NEW LOTS FOR SALE  Daro, Dgte City 520sqms. along the road, accessible to transfortation at P3,000/sqm.  Bacong Negros Oriental located at the National highway, wide frontage, 1,308 sqms at 1,300.00/sqm  Daro, Dgte.City 1,000/sqms. suited for apartment and commercial spaces, along the road at P2,500/sqm. only

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LOCATION

PRICE

Motong, Dgte. City Fatima Village, Dgte. City Bong-bong, Valencia Neg. Or Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg.Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Bong-aw, Valencia Neg. Or. Talay, Dgte. City Daro, Dgte City Junob, Dgte City Junob, Dgte City Bagacay, Dgte City Bagacay, Dgte City Motong, Dgte City Bagacay, Dgte City West Balabag, Valencia East Balabag, Valencia East Balabag, Valencia Pob. Valencia Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Daro, Dgte City Daro, Dgte City Daro, Dgte City

P2,500/sqm P4,500/sqm P500/sqm P1,600/sqm P1,300/sqm P1,900/sqm P1,900/sqm P1,900/sqm P1,900/sqm P3M P2,000/sqm P750K P2,000/sqm P2,000/sqm P2,500/sqm P2,500/sqm P1,400/sqm P900K P1,000/sqm P1,000/sqm P1,200/sqm P1,300/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P4,500/sqm P4,500/sqm P4,500/sqm

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^ RESTO SULA

Upper Junob, Valencia Rd. Dgte. City Opens Mon-Sat. 10am–9pm Sundays 11am to 9pm for reservations

167 Real St., Dumaguete City Tel. No.: 225-4304; 421-2387

Call 522-0521 Wifi Active

House and Lot 4 Sale With 5 rooms and unfinished 3 doors apartment 714 sq. Meters Located at 302 Pulantubig Dgte.

Pls. Contact 0921-864-3741

Poppy Coffee & Cupcakes Restaurant/Cafe G/F Silliman Portal West Bldg., Hibbard Ave., Tel. No. (035) 422 6475

For Lease

BODEGA Ideal for storing stocks. Bantayan, concrete road Fully fenced lot, all concrete Good parking space, with 24/7 resident guards. Call 0918 929 6047

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the CIVIC circle From page 16

BY LELE MARTINEZ

Forgiveness

(Civic clubs and organizations are welcome to submit their articles and pictures about their services and activities. It is free of charge. Deadline for submission is Wednesday. You may send by email to: dejaresco_ely@yahoo.com – EDITOR)

cjomartinez@yahoo.com

ILOCOS: VARIED SIGHTS AND TASTES

“To err is human; to forgive, divine” – An old Adage

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We have to fully realize the immeasurable love of Almighty God when he redeemed us by His dying on the cross. He instituted the Sacrament of Penance with the sole purpose of giving a chance for sinners to repent and confess for their sins. Jesus explicitly relegated to the priests the power to forgive: “Whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven, but whose sins you retain, they are retained.” There are several episodes in the Bible when Jesus cured the physically

handicapped like the blind, the lame, the deaf, the mute, the lepers, the sinners, and after curing them , He would say, “Go and sin no more.” What a feeling of tremendous relief after being forgiven. One of the greatest stories of forgiveness was the “Prodigal Son.” The father had totally forgiven his wayward son and welcomed him back to the family. Mary Magdalene was forgiven by Jesus of her grievous sins because of her great love for God.

DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA

Fellow, Philippine Psychiatric Association

The late Pope John Paul II was shot by a Muslim fanatic, but survived the assassination attempt. When he became well, he visited the culprit in prison and pardoned him. Mother Teresa of Calcutta explicitly said, “It is in forgiving that one is forgiven.” True! Mahatma Gandhi remarked, ‘The weak never forgives. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” As Christians, we have to fully realize that without forgiveness, life would be governed by an endless series of resentment, hate, and retaliation. Lord, help us hold on to the spiritual power of forgiveness. Amen.

Lot For Sale 1,635 sq. meters Tapon, Ayungon Negros Oriental Clean Title. Call 225-2694/ 09434639397

Agencia De Exquisite of Dumaguete, Inc. Cor. Ma. Cristina & San Jose Sts., Dumaguete City Tel. No. 422-1062 All unredeemed and unrenewed pawn items for the month of August 2012 will be disposed by way of auction sale on January 18, 2013 at our business office.

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Arnaiz backs ...

HEALTH IS WEALTH

aithful Christians always cite the perfect prayer of Jesus, the Our Father. This prayer clearly emphasizes the great significance for forgiveness, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” This particular prayer shows our human nature that is weak and subject to temptation, inclined to commit sin. This human predisposition is further confirmed by Jesus, when on the cross, he cries: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

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ow beautiful is the Phil ippines? One has to get out of one’s regional comfort zone to see what the rest of the Philippines has to offer. We in the Visayas are familiar with the attractions of our own city and province, Cebu, Bohol and parts of Mindanao. We know Manila and its neighboring cities, Tagaytay, Baguio, but many have not gone much further. I, myself, have not gone further than Tagaytay, and the Ilocos region have long fascinated me, but it seemed so far away. With a relative who lives in La Union we plan to visit, we took the chance to see Ilocos. Laoag and Vigan are just names in my list, but with the trip, I had hoped to know more about this region and its people. Ilocanos are known to be industrious and thrifty, so I prepared myself for an interesting time. Laoag is about 7 to 8 hours by private transport by land and an hour away from Manila by plane; for us in the Visayas, the only way to get there is through Manila. Upon arrival at the Loaog International Airport, one immediately sees the Ilocano design of bricks and Vigan tile flooring among their buildings. Picturesque wide open spaces with countryside scenery meets you as you drive into Laoag City. The scene reminds me of the postcard pictures of wide space ricefields and a lazing carabao with a little hut in the middle of the fields. Loaog City is a bustling city of small businesses with a clean market where one can buy bagnet, dried fish and Ilocano sausages from friendly vendors. Bagnet is their version of our Karajay sold whole; restaurants serve them in bite sizes. Well known in this region is Daing na Espada, or dried swordfish, which is tasty and crispy when fried. Vigan sausages are supposed to be the tastiest and Sarat makes the biggest empanadas I have seen! They’re about 3 times our regular empanadas with a whole egg wrapped together with native sausage and vegetables inside. It is served with black vinegar and ketchup. Many of their prod-

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ucts are home industries with families of 2 or 3 generations involved in the whole business process. A drive from Laoag to Vigan showed us little shops along the highway selling strung garlic and red skin onions, Ilocos bagoong and Ilocos black vinegar soaked half-full with garlic. It was a surprise as we use clear vinegar. I am glad to see local (Filipino) tourists walking down the historic sights of Vigan. Centuries old cobble stone streets where only the caretela, or what we call tartanilla, are allowed on these streets. Centuries old buildings facing each other on these cobblestone streets hold small antique or souvenir shops with friendly vendors. Chichacorn originated from Ilocos. Here, they come in different flavors, with garlic flavor as the most popular. They also make tasty camote chips with honey and brown sugar. Churches from the 15th century dotted the Ilocos landscape. We visited the popular Sarat Church in Ilocos Norte, where Irene Marcos had her wedding of the century with Greggy Araneta. Surprisingly, in Laoag and Vigan, in each old church, we saw an equally antique bell tower, or what we call campanario, by the side of each church. Many of these churches were built in the late 15th century. From the antique to the modern, we went to Bangui to see the windmills that dot the Bangui bayshore; 30 units of 60-ft high turbines line the shore using the strong winds to turn the windmills. We saw Pagudpod Beach and the popular Hannah Resort that is now a tourist destination. For a Bisaya, visiting Ilocos was seeing another side of the Philippines. It was going back into the past and visiting historical buildings and sites. It was also a gourmet delight experiencing the different Ilocano dishes. How beautiful is the Phiippines? It is a very beautiful and interesting country with many sights and tastes to savor and enjoy!


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Bliss ... (Catan)

From page 6

Being super competitive, always needing to be right. Needing to please everyone, not being able to say “No” gracefully. Hope and Happiness are blocked by not trusting in your intuition (gut feelings) and by not following your dreams. Thinking that by worrying about all our problems will make them better. Making promises you know you won’t or can’t or don’t want to keep. More bliss blockers include laziness (often camouflaged as fatigue), impatience, procrastination, living a disorganized life, surrounding yourself with negativity and negative persons, remaining in toxic relationships. Setting unrealistic expectations for yourself and for others.

I have realized that if I always look at the world and life through the lens of what I or others are lacking (i.e. lack of faith, wonder, creativity, hope, or gratitude, etc.), then I will just be living my life in the shadows of frustration, despair, discouragement, and hopelessness. By allowing bliss blockers to influence and control my thoughts and decisions, I will never attain my goals nor achieve my purpose in life. I have resolved to exchange my bliss blockers, one by one, with Hope and Happiness, with Contentment and Joy, and with an attitude of Optimism and expectant Faith that in everything that happens to me, something good will result, as long as I keep God’s love in my heart and live according to His purpose for me.

LAW EACH WEEK (From page 10)

Conserve Energy a friendly reminder From your Tubod FILOIL Station

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AD PAWNSHOP No. 13 San Juan St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges whose terms have expired will be auctioned on December 29, 2012 at our place of business.

self of all liabilities and property accountability, so can the employee demand the payment of all benefits due him upon the termination of the relationship. Who are exempted from payment of 13th month pay? Although P.D. 851, as amended by Memorandum Order No. 28, requires all employers to pay all their rank and file employees a thirteenth month pay, the rule is subject to certain exceptions. Excluded from the coverage, under Section 2 of the law, are “employers already paying their employees a thirteenth month pay or more in a calendar year or its equivalent at the time of the issuance of the law.” What the law wants to prevent is the imposition of a “double burden” upon the employer who is already paying the equivalent of a 13th month pay. The law exempts from the payment of the 13th month pay employers who are already giving its equivalent. Otherwise, the goal of uniformly providing employees with additional income will not be met. Another inequity will result; while most employees will be paid thirteen (13) months salary, some by virtue of P.D. No. 851, will be receiving salary for fourteen (14) months.

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ai s Ci ty Mayor Karen F. Villanueva, Negros Oriental 2nd Distri ct Cong ressi onal candi date, is one among the two local official guests, the other bei ng Mayor Del De Guzman of Marik ina Ci ty, invited to the Turnover of Command of the Armed Forces of the Phi lippines at Camp Aguinal do held las t Thursday, January 17, 2013. It is of note that sometime last year, Mayor Karen also attended the turnover ceremony of Gen. B auti sta as Phil i ppi ne Army Chief at Fort B oni faci o. This may just be one of her many unnoticed efforts in showing her commi tment to nation-bui ldi ng Bais City Mayor Karen F. Villanueva with AFP as she readies herself for the fastChief Major General Emmanuel Bautista and approaching elections. (PJB)

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ustomers under the coverage of Negros Oriental II Electric Cooperative (NORECO2) will now benefit from lowe r rate s in the ir monthly billing this January.

NORECO2 Gen eral Manager Eunora Sameon said the member-customer-owners (MCOs) of NORECO2 will enjoy a decrease in the generat io n ch arg e of P0.0737 per kilowat t hour. Sameon said that instead of P5.9661 per-kilowatt -ho ur rate, the cooperative is passing o n a gen erat ion charg e o f P5.8924 per kilowatt hour that wo uld be reflect ed in th is mon th’s billing. She said the discounted amount is due to the availment by the electric coop of the 3.2 percent prompt payment from

Green Core Geo thermal, In c. (GCGI). The discount, amounting to P2,859,012, were d educted from the bills of customers on Jan u ary 4 t h is y ear, said Sameo n. For the second time, the cooperative has availed of the discount from Green Core, she added. It may b e recalled th at NORECO2 was g ran ted b y GCGI with a discount of over P3 million when it was able to pay the Novemb er power bill within five day s from receipt of the bill. This was passed on

t o t he co n su mers with th e equivalent to P0.067 per kilowatt ho ur in th e gen eration charge for the billing month of December, t h e NORECO2 manager said. Sameo n en co u rag ed member-customers to continue pay ing their electric b ills on time so that a lower rate in the generation charge can be enjoyed every time the cooperative is granted a prompt payment discount by GCGI. Electric consu mers who pay o n time can also participate in the instant prize draw of the cooperative. (FCR/JCTPIA 7, Negros Oriental)

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disclose it to the public early- ask an apology and describe the circumstances that will mitigate the gravity of the misdeeds, if any. Make sure your past is free of any criminal record, fraud, conflict of interest and any anti-society quirks. We know of a convicted felon who continues to serve an elective positio n by stealing away from the archives the record of the Supreme Court conviction. This elected official does not deserve to stay one day in office, under the law versus convicted felons. Everyone agrees that the support of family and relatives is essential to a smooth candidacy. Th ey are th e o nly source of trusted persons who can be the legmen, spokespersons, fund raisers and actual watchers during the polls. The election can be a bruising campaign and every candidate must have the "emotional support system" when the feeling is down and lousy. And to toast him in victory as well and provide hope when there are doubts.Only a warm family can do that. Oh, the finances. A very important aspect of winning. Every political move requires pesos and cents: posters, advertisements, meetings, poll watching, food brigades, seminars, etc- so one must be kidding himself- bad if that candidate thinks this is a small matter. Money can make or unmake a campaign -a candidate must have allies who can bankroll, relatives who will pitch in, a political party which will give its shar e in the Financials. In all these, the sane candidate must already have in his mind (however) to what extent he will sell his principles once elected in favor of these donors who will now collect their "quid pro quo." This must be ascertained before a good candidate

accepts the donation. Just impor tant - phy sical fitness. Have no doubt whatsoever that the physically weak can withstand the rigors of a campaign -they cannot. So the candidate must be in tip-top shape and must have no medical condition in the main organs of the body. He might win the electionbut will the campaign stressors leave him with enough stamina to run the post for another three years forward? The late presidential timber senator Raul Roco is always made as a case in point. He died during the campaign. Finally, do you expect to win? Have you segmentized the voter market- A B C D and E and understood them, approached them in a manner that is acceptable to their social class? Do you understand their yearnings and made them feel you can make a difference in their lives when elected? Talking with the intelligent A and B market and gaining their admiring acceptance might give one the false impression that he has locked in the election results. The D and E market is still the biggest market and 60% of the electorate is below 30 years old. That's the youth market. Did y ou implement specific strategies to ensnare their attention, admiration - and finally their votes come election day. How do you ensure that election promises for vote support will indeed happen during election day? You think getting elected is easy? The Experts just shared their thoughts through this Editorial - that the path to getting elected is not a rose garden.It is laden with thorns. Butas the Sage would say: the nice thing about thorns in the garden are the flowers that grow with them. Got the pointers? Can you, Mr. Candidate, win this election?

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su pp ort th em on ce you g et elected in K (Kasal) , B (Binyag) and L (Libing). Or would you do what the late DILG Chief while still Naga City Mayor? Jessie Robredo agreed to be a sponsor of all these KBL events, but he never gave cash or gifts because his salary could not afford them. He tried to give them jobs instead. Those who get sick- he refers with a note to government hospitals, agencies and foundations- no money. The other question is: Do you have the personality of the "politico"? The one who kisses babies, shake the dirty hands, drink at the sari sari store with the local "goons," and ask people (at the house level) about their conditions without sounding patronizing? Can the "politico" be a chameleon - and speak the language and dress the way his target audience is without showing awkwardness? Erap used to eat with his hands with the common folks-even as president- showing good rapport with the D and E- the biggest voter-market. The Experts' Book also suggested a candidate should shun losing his temper or show quirks in public. They have a way of turning off volunteers and will be exploited by the enemies. Also, relations with the Media is important. While the temptation to make money exists during election, Media is also selective in accepting whose media budget should be in. There are times when a moral sieve has to be done -to cut off the bad candidates. Media need not be a party to the election of a defective candidate- just for the FUNDS of it. That one, we are sure. In America, huge dossiers are made on candidates as a matter of course. The Experts advise that if you have skeletons in your closet-

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(From page 4) Usually the lower amount is the 30% allocated for peace and order, so that is where the intelligence fund allocation is based. In insisting on the P10-million proposed intel fund, has the governor followed this limit requirement? The people and the media should get involved in asking for this data, so that we will know whether the P10million proposed intelligence fund is within the legal limit in the first place. What comprises these amounts for “peace and order efforts” which is the basis for computing the 30%? These refer to funds appropriated for example for peace and order efforts under the governor’s office, aid to the PDEA, aid to the PNP, meaning those specifically for peace and order efforts. Funds for infrastructure projects, for instance, cannot be included as basis for computing the amount of allowable intelligence funds. Compute the total, and get the 30%, and that should be the limit of the intelligence funds. The provincial government, and this includes the governor who uses the intelligence funds, has been put to task in the past for exceeding the allowable amount for intelligence funds. If the intelligence funds are in excess, there has to be an approval by the President or the Secretary of DILG. We do not know whether the approval by the President or DILG has been procured for those excesses in the past. So far, we are not seeing the provincial board members asking the right questions with respect to the intelligence funds appropriation. Instead they absent themselves. The questions or discussions sound like political intonations. So, the first questions to ask are: What is the basis for the P10-million proposed intelligence fund? In other words, why that amount? Is it within the allowable limit prescribed by law? Can the provincial government, both the executive and the provincial legislative board come up with a computation to show that the P10-million is within the allowable limits prescribed by the law? I suggest these questions be thrown to our elected leaders, so that we can help in ensuring that peoples’ money is used properly.

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and “all vegetable gardens and seedlings in the yards… Among the houses and buildings which had suffered the most damage were the parish church, the court of first instance and the courthouse, all of which were completely de-

stroyed, the Guardia Civil barracks, and very many houses made of strong materials.” The towns of Granada, Bago and Hinigaran and the barrio of Alegria also suffered considerable damage. Other notable typhoons scourged the island, or at least some of its towns, on November

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This letter of St. Peter also talks about Jesus as the corner stone that has been rejected but which in fact is the one that gives unity and cohesion to this building, the church that is made of living stones, that is, us. Up to now, I feel that people have to be reminded about this fundamental element in the definition of the church. While the church is, of course, a special place, a special building since it is a house of worship— we even refer to it as the house of God—it is much more than an edifice. The church is a communion of people with God and among themselves. It is much more than just a social and material community of people gathered together. That is already a lot, but not yet enough. A community which is an external phenomenon has to be animated inside by a living communion of life and love rooted on the love of God, shown and given to us in full through Christ and transmitted to us through the Church that was founded by Christ on Peter. Unless this communion takes place, the vitality and unity of any community that we can see would be at best only apparent. It cannot last long. It cannot pass the test of time, not to mention, the many challenges that it is bound to encounter in life. There is a lot of theology involved here, something that we have to deepen ourselves in and master, because in the first place it is unavoidable. To relish the fullness of things, to reach the ultimate consequences of what 23, 1853, May 1861, January 24 and 25, 1865, May 4, 1870, December 25 and 25, 1874, January 1, 1875, November 27, 1881, April 26, 1886, April 4, 1892 and August 1892. Of all these, the one which caused the most damage was that which broke loose

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Intelligence Fund hat is the intelligence fund. Why do we have a ten million proposed budget for the Provincial Governor’s Office. How will the intelligence fund be used and is it subject to audit? Is there a need for an intelligence fund for the Office of the Governor when the Philippine National Police has its own intelligence unit as well as the Philippine Army has its own intelligence services.

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Can the Office of the Governor of the Province of Negros Oriental account for the previous allocations of the so called intelligence fund. Why is it necessary to have an appropriation for intelligence fund for the Office of the Governor, the mayor, and even the manager of the Electric Cooperatives? Any public funds used for intelligence fund should be accounted for because the people has the right to know how their HARD earned money is being used. Indeed, the appropriation for intelligence fund is like appropriating funds for pub-

lic officials to be used for corrupt practices. Why should we appropriate millions for intelligence funds when we know pretty well that it will be surely used only for personal and corrupt purposes. We, therefore appeal to the government officials concerned to please not include in their budget any amount for intelligence fund because surely it will be used to fund corruption. “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, Amen.” The following morning after writing the foregoing article I hear in the news that the Provincial Board has finally ap-

proved the budget for the Province for next year without the ten (10) million intelligence fund. Congratulations to the Provincial board for protecting the money of the people of Negros Oriental and WE CONDEMN those four members of the Provincial Board who fought hard to retain the intelligence fund of ten (10) million pesos for the Provincial Governor. Its up to you as part and parcel of the sovereign people to find out who betrayed your trust and confidence. “Sovereignty resides in the people and all governmental authority emanates from them.” Again, congratulations!

we see, touch and feel and of what we understand, we need to enter into theology where we allow faith to play its crucial role in our effort to understand things. Theology, with its essential element of faith, allows us to penetrate into the spiritual and supernatural realities that are impenetrable to our senses and even to our reason alone. And given the complexities of our times, we cannot afford to be ignorant of theology anymore. We need to go serious with it, purifying it from the usual super-

stitions and other errors that also distort it. In this, we just have to help one another. I considered it as some stroke of providence that I finished that day of the dedication of the San Pablo Cathedral with a viewing of the movie, For greater glory, which is about the religious persecution in Mexico in the 1920s. It’s a terrible story that simply showed malice played out in

the political life of that country, and the not-so-right effort to defend religious freedom that resorted also to forms of violence. My analysis is that these things happen when faith is excluded in public life and forced to survive in some clandestine manners that are also prone to irregularities. We have to be living stones that build up a true Church which is supposed to be the mystical body of Christ himself!

in the last days of 1874. In Hinigaran alone, 30 persons drowned. In La Carlota, it devastated the crops and destroyed the public buildings. Other badly afflicted towns were Ilog, Dancalan, Dumaguete, Bais and Guihulngan.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region Hall of Justice, Dumaguete City OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF COOPERATIVE BANK OF NEGROS ORIENTAL Mortgagee, versus SPS. RICHARD P. CHEE & ROWENA D. CHEE, as amended) Mortgagors. x - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - /

EJFREM NO. 2012-3169 EXTRAJUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE (UNDER Act 3135

NOTICE OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SALE Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act No. 3135, as amended, filed by COOPERATIVE BANK OF NEGROS ORIENTAL (Mortgagee), against SPS. RICHARD P. CHEE AND ROWENA D. CHEE, (Mortgagors), with postal address at Brgy. Candau-ay, Dumaguete City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which, as of November 30, 2012, now amounted to THREE HUNDRED FORTEEN THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED SIXTY- SIX PESOS & 70/ 100 ONLY (P314,666.70), exclusive of sheriff fees and other charges incidental to the foreclosure, the undersigned will sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash and in Philippine Currency on February 20, 2013, from 9:00 o’clock in the morning until 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Office of the Clerk of Court & ExOfficio Sheriff, located at the Hall of Justice, E.J. Blanco Drive, Dumaguete City, Philippines, the hereunder described properties of the mortgagors, together with the improvements now existing thereon, to wit:

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A parcel of land Lot 4731-C-10, subdivision plan, Pcd-07-066356, being a portion of lots 4731-C (LRC), situated in the Barrio of Candau-ay, City of Dumaguete, Island of Negros. Bounded on the S.E., along line 1-2 by Road Lot 1 4731-C-14; on the S.W., along line 2-3 by Lot 4731-C-9, Both of the subdivision plan; along line 3-4 by Lot 4731-B (LRC) Psd-101824; on the N.E. along line 4-1 by Lot 4731-C-11, of the subdivision plan. Xxx containing an area of ONE HUNDRED FORTY-FIVE (145) SQUARE METERS more or less.xxx All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the said date and time. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on February 27, 2013 without further notice. Dated this 19th day of December 2012, in the City of Dumaguete, Philippines. (Sgd.) ATTY. MARIA ANTONIA L. BULADO Clerk of Court & Ex-Officio Sheriff The Negros Chronicle Jan. 13, 20 & 27, 2013

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Romana ... From page 1 assignment at the Capitol Area for the provincial election operations. Sr. Supt. Romana, on the other hand, is set to arrive from Camp Crame after a short debriefing. He is replacing Col. Carranza, who is now the chief-of-staff at the regional PNP headquarters in Cebu. He is a graduate of PMA class 1986 together with Col. Omar Buenafe and Col. Carranza. MEANWHILE, the Comelec and PNP confirmed that the over 200 loose firearms, which were recovered and or surrendered to the PNP, is an indication of the goodwill among illegal gun holders to help in promoting peaceful elections. The calibers of the recovered firearms and ammunition are Caliber 45, 9mm guns, M16 and M14 armalite assault rifles, among others. “What is significant is not the surrender of loose firearms, but what about those criminal elements who refuse to surrender their guns. With civilians surrendering their firearms, I will

Moming & Sylvia ... (From page 18) Pedro Medina until they were able to organize in full the Uy Construction and Development Corp., otherwise known as UYCONDEV. The rest is now history. The firm is the trusted entity in roads and bridges constructions. In southern NegOr, they have done 75% of its road concreting. The firm UYCONDEV has expanded to Iloilo, having just completed a P125M circumferen-

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it is our vow to stay in our country and help our fellow Filipinos lead a better, more productive life for our children and our children’s children. Let it not be said that the youth is wasted on the young. My fellow members of the graduating class of 2012 will never let it happen. Our teachers will hopefully be proud of all of us when we come back to visit our Alma Mater ten years from today. Our parents and loved ones will be proud to say that they have molded us well and taught us to be upright and God-fearing citizens. This would be our legacy to the future generations. “Finally, even if I graduated at the top of the class, I would like to say that my fellow honor students likewise deserve the same honor. This is not a race nor a competition. It is just that there will always be someone who will be first, second, third, and so on. But in the race of life, everyone is equal, all of us have equal opportunities if we only strive hard and do our best. Knowledge and education remain our best and most lasting investment. Not even extreme poverty will give anyone an excuse not to strive hard and make a difference in this world. It is all dependent on you as a person.”

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double the police watch, too. This means that while civilians with those guns can protect themselves, now, it will be just the criminal elements who are expected to violate the gun ban because of the nature of their livelihood. The police will now have to double their watch protecting armless law-abiding citizens.” FINALLY, the Comelec has limited the use of TV and radio airlanes for candidates. In their latest ruling for media airtime, the Comeelc ruled that, for the first time, local candidates can only have 90 minutes for radio time for the 45-day campaign period, which starts on March 30. Comelec ruled that for local candidates, they can only avail of 60 minutes of TV airtime and 90 minutes radio time for 45 days starting March 30. This means four 30-second spots daily only. The Comelec did not mention about blocktime and campaign rally remote broadcasts, even interactive radio shows. Online advertising is limited to three times a week exposure on the web with full Comelec monitoring. National candidates may get 120 min. for TV and 180 min. for national radio.

tial road project. Then, daughter Darlene is managing the Cagayan and Bukidnon construction projects. Farley, the eldest, is running the flagship firm in Dumaguete with parents Moming and Sylvia. It was not exactly a dream come true, but an unexpected blessing from above for which the family is deeply grateful to the Almighty for having been tasked in serving the people thru the building of roads and bridges in Negros Island. They are blessed with four children, Farley and Pilita Katada who runs the flagship firm in Dumaguete; Duane and Vito Villegas who manages their Shaman travel and tour agency; Darlene and Jun Limbo who runs the Cagayan and Bukidnon branches of the firm; and Mark Anthony and Clarence Yambao, who manages the branches of Philippine Airlines and Air Philippines here. They have 14 grandchildren.

OIC-PD ... From page 2 patiently reminded the Governor that the designation of Sr. Supt. Noli Roman would not require his approval, considering that the latter will only be serving temporarily as Officer-in-Charge of NOPPO. The Governor has earlier asserted that pursuant to law, he must be provided with a list of officials to replace the outgoing Provincial Director. However, Supt. Alet Virtucio, Deputy Director for Operations, countered that the PNP law also provides that in cases where the designation of an officer is temporary or as OIC, the approval of the local chief executive is not

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COA disallows ... From page 1 Fund of the National Government to cover the repair, rehabilitation, restoration, improvement and construction of various infrastructure projects damaged by Sendong in 9 cities and municipalities and the deepening, dredging and rechanneling of six major rivers of the province. But on June 29, 2012, the DBM, after releasing P480 million representing 50% of the allotment, suddenly ordered the complete withdrawal of the amount and instructed the province to immediately return the amount to the national treasury. The Governor proceeded on July 31, 2012 to award all the projects to the winning bidders, but maintains that these are not acts of defiance but merely to bring home the point that since the amount (P480 million) was already deposited under the name of the province, the administration has the responsibility to implement the projects as originally approved. He assured the public that the remaining amount of P337 million is intact. Capitol officials who were instrumental in the release of P143 million can contest and appeal their case before the Regional needed. Romana was the former head of the Criminal Invetsigation and Detection Groups in Region 12 and has already assumed office last Tuesday. Carranza will be reporting to the Central Visayas Command after his more than a year stint here. M e a n w h i l e , Congresswoman Jocelyn Limkaichong vehemently denied any hand in the transfer of Carranza, Land Transportation Office Chief Roland Ramos to Bohol, and Atty. Eddie Aba of the Commission on Elections. She said that the practice of reshuffling various officials of government agencies is common during election period to safeguard the sanctity of the ballots.

Commission on Audit within 60 days; otherwise, they shall be asked to refund the disallowed amount Capitol added that they have already anticipated the “Notice of Disallowance” from the Commission on Audit, but maintains that the Governor acted in “good faith” when he ordered that payments be made to the contractors for their mobilization activities. Besides, the Office of the Governor did not receive any copy of the SARO and that the information that it was withdrawn was belated; therefore, since the payments were already made, the matter has become moot and academic. DAMAGE PREVENTED He argued that precisely because of the prompt implementation of the above activities by the provincial government, several communities were spared from the onslaught of flood waters brought by several storms since Sendong last December 2011. The Governor’s allies also deplored that the issue has been exploited by his critics to advance their political ambitions. However, they maintained that the provincial leadership will take the risk just to prove their administrative and legal points to sustain their contention that the amount now rightfully belongs to the province.

Capitol owes ... From page 1 discharged through promissory notes by private persons, mostly capitol elected officials who vouched to settle their obligations. The funds could have come from the board member’s PDAF most of which were already exhausted. “These were financial and medical assistance provided to indigent patients by the Office of the Governor and several Board Members that were not yet actually paid,” Francisco said. Dr. Dante Domingo, NOPH administrator, said that there is really nothing to be alarmed of the reported P6 million in unpaid medical bills, considering that most patients are indigents.

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he Red Cross na tio na l c h a i r ma n Richard Gordon wants to set up one chapter each of Red Cross volunteers for the three congressional districts in Negros Oriental. Included in his vision is to provide ambulances in three Red Cross chapters in each district and organize working search and rescue teams, medical personTo page 5

even with the removal of P10 million intelligence fund for the governor, he still has P42 million for the various projects designed to keep public order, noting that in 2012, the budget for peace and order was only P22 million. Furthermore, the provincial board said that the Governor appropriated P12.7 million for his intelligence funds in 2012, which is exempted from the usual accounting and audit procedures, when he was only entitled to P2.8 million. Other realignments: P4M for gasoline, oil and lubricants for peace and order monitoring considered a double appropriation since there is an existing appropriation of P3.5 million under the office of the Governor for the same item, and P3 million for public consultations in various barangays were reallocated to: scholarships for valedictorians and salutatorians of public high schools, P1 million; Additional allotment for medicines to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, P500,000; Bayawan District Hospital, P200,000; Gov. Billy Villegas Memorial

Hospital, P400,000; Cong. Lamberto Macias Memorial Hospital, P 400,000; Bindoy District Hospital, P100,000; and Bais District Hospital, P100,000. Board Members Jessica Villanueva-Koppin and Melliemoore Saycon stressed that this is the most opportune time for the Governor to really show his statesmanship and magnanimity and maturity as a neophyte governor, which position he merely took over from Gov. Perdices. Joining the majority in approving the appropriation ordinance as amended aside from Saycon and Koppin were BMs Liland Estacion, Edmund Dy, Georgita Martinez, Peve Ligan, Philippine Councilors League President Erwin Macias and Sangguniang Kabataan President Scott Wayne Husain. Registering their vigorous opposition to the amendments were BMs Rodrigo Alanano, Angelo Teves and Fritzy Lumjod-Zanoria. Unable to cast their votes were BMs Saleto Erames, who had a reunion with relatives in Jimalalud’s anniversary, and Association of Barangay Councils President Arnie Teves. (DEMECILLO)

In fact, since the NOPH is owned and operated by the Province of Negros Oriental, the Governor can opt to write off all the outstanding balance of any patient certified as indigent for, after all, the facility exists not primarily to generate income but to provide universal and quality medical care. Domingo is pleased to note that the earning of NOPH has been increasing every year, which were deposited in trust for exclusive

use of the hospital. However, he lamented the fact that while the 250-bed hospital ideally needed at least 90 doctors, there are only 47 in actual service. There are 350-400 patients admitted to NOPH at any given time, or almost a 41% excess of its bed capacity. “But we always find ways and means to provide for their needs,” Domingo assures. (By Dems Demecilo)

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imple beginnings, hardwork, sharing the blessings without counting the cost, this is the story of a self-made couple who reaped great success in life’s endeavor. Yesterday, January 19, Maximo (Moming) Uy and Sylvia Vasquez celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary at the Redemptorist Church and entertained their guests at the Neg Oriental Provincial Convention Center. This simple baker-fisherman from Manalongon, Sta. Catalina meets a young teacher assigned in the same barrio in 1962, not at all knowing that 50 years later, they will be one of the biggest servers and constructors of quality roads and bridges in Negros Island. The DPWH has often awarded their firm many times as having done “very satisfactory” completion of their jobs. Their business venture started in 1970 as traders of rice and corn while using two “kubkob” fishing boats.

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They also operated two gas stations in Sta. Catalina and Bayawan. In 1980, they tried their luck in supplying construction materials for DPWH. It worked. Lucky break came during the EDSA revolution when Pres. Cory allowed small-time contractors to join biddings without a contactor’s license as incentive. They also joined the hauling business. In 1985, Moming Uy tied up with the license of (To page 17)

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