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Dumaguete City, Philippines

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he entire officialdom of Negros Oreintal have gone down to brass tacks and buckled down to institute new and more effective strategies in curbing the spate of unsolved killings in this capital city of Dumaguete which is now fast becoming called “the unsolved CRIMES CITY.”

In a series of conferences with mayors and station commanders, including the Provincial Police Director of the city and province, held at the capitol and presided by the governor, the matter of the existence of Vigilantes who are apparently fanning the city is not to be tolerated. “So long as they violate the law, and without prior negotiations and notice, those who take the law into their own hands will be charged and arrested,” said Chief of Turn to page 15

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he Philippine National Police believes that regardless of who the killers are, perpetrators of dastardly heinous crimes in both the city and province, will surely be the subject of a massive manhunt. Chief of Police Supt. Deonard Carlos, from Luzon said that “We’ll get you sooner than you think, “ implying that the much-feared Task Force 24, have taken the clutches in various raids on illegal drugs. But in the meantime, the PNP is undertaking a massive data gatheirng and boosted their intelligence network. Turn to page 13

Can our local leaderships handle the deteriorating peace condition with all these UNSOLVED high and low profile summary executions? Is it true that the Exterminators or Vigilantes are executioners out to combat the slow pace of Justice? The 2007 elections are available for capable LEADERS.

Above: Leaders discuss problem. L-R: Tumungha, Lajato,Grace Flores (right)

JUSTICE: Prosec, PNP EXODUS: can P15-B bungle case: acquitted cure “fake” SU land titles ?

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he anti-drug campaign has suffered anan payment of P15-billion to alleged claimother set back as the Drugs Court disants cure a defective title of certain lands missed two cases of shabu-selling and which Silliman University is now occupying? possession, simply because the arresting policeMeaning, if ever the titles of the claimed Silliman men failed to complete the mandated constitutional process of appraising the accused of his rights, U prime lots are products of “fraud” then how can and that the prosecution failed to prove the cru- money cure the defect, if ever it is defective at all? This seems to be what claimants want of Silliman cial link in the chain of custody of the seized shabu. Two cases could have meant P500T in fine and University: money. But money cannot cure a defec

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SONA: Dgte. NegOr. geo-power, tourism centers BY JENNY TILOS (PIA)

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egros Oriental is ready to expand its geothermal power reserves and become a future independent power producer so that it can propel its vision for massive tourism development and as a center of electronic chips industries in the future. Where to get the money? From the body that will make the appropriation which is Congress, or, Parlia

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Can P15B fix a fraud title?

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HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

tive title. Once defective, it is al-

ways defective. The same old tune is played by claimants on Founders Day month of August, a time when they want to catch attention. The Exodus families are again agitating to claim prime lots now titled under the name of Silliman University for the last 103 years. In fairness, this Christian University is not closing the doors. They are asking the following documents from the claimants: First, a declaration from the Court that the hundreds of claimants have the legitimate right to exert such claims as heirs of the legitimate and original owners. Then the parties can talk. Second, new SU president Dr. Ben Malayang said SU is open to dialogue. But with whom? There are so many claimants. Which ones can prove that they are indeed legitimate heirs? Show your papers. Who is legitimately representing as true heirs? Third, there is no P15-billion to pay

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SONA: is no big fuss, it’s just a simple report card

Dr. Ben Malayang

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ome people got the SONA wrong. It was not a 52-minute statement that will solve our problems any. No. The SONA simply was like a report card on how our country fared and how our leaders performed, and what they will do in the future. In corporations, it was nothing but an annual report.

EXODUS Marchers for a defective title. Legitimacy is priceless. Land should belong to its legitimate owners once proven beyond reasonable doubt with finality. In a press conference Friday, SU lawyer Atty. Riodil Montebon said : “Silliman’s verification showed that its titles are legitimate, not fake. However, in the interest of truth and justice, and in order to clear the good name of Dr. Hibbard, whose reputation has been

unfairly besmirched, Silliman invited the claimants to follow the rule of law and pursue their claims before the courts. To-date, the decided cases have upheld Silliman’s rights over its properties.” “Despite the pendency of their claims before the courts, some of these groups have taken the law into their own hands. These unwarranted acts have compelled Silliman to protect itself.”-

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Projections for the future is a must in every SONA. It is not a prophecy that will be fulfilled to the letter. As to where to get the funds for those ambitious projections, we have a legislative body who will appropriate the money, not the President. For those desperately envious about the President’s having “gone over the hump” of her leadership, they always have the chance to run for President in future elections. The more they are viewed as obstructionists for progress, the

We’re game! (anytime)

Landslide prone Another SU student Business chamber commits suicide alarmed on killings areas identified he Filipino Chinese

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he Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Disclosed landslide-

prone areas in Negros Oriental in the wake of natural disasters like volcano eruptions in various places of the country. Negros island is a land of volcanos in ages past. This volcanic island is still prone to earthquakes with two active volcanoes, the Anak ni Talinis in Chesco, and Canlaon Volcano. PENRO Tony Cabrido, warned the residents living in Sitio Catipon, Barangay Bonawon, Siaton; Sitios San Turn to page 13

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he was the second Silliman U student to have hanged themselves to death ,the latest of which was a daughter of a power house bunker technician who hanged herself with a skipping rope near the work place of her father. She was a sophomore business student identified by the police as 18yr old Roxanne Amada who earlier texted her friend Michelle Enriquez saying that “maghikog ko.” Police probed that she was scolded by her parents earlier for unknown reasons. Dr Juliet Sipol of SUMC confirmed her death as caused by hanging. From ll am , her body was found 4pm lifeless.

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Chamber of Commerce, the second group of Chinese businessmen aside from the original Chinese Chamber of old, expressed alarm over the spate of UNSOLVED killings in Dumaguete city and Negros Oriental.

Its president Alex Sy, brother of business tycoon Julio Sy, said that the killing of drug personalities ,murder, theft suspects could be the result of citizens’ exasperation on UNSOVLED murders are violations of our laws.

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H-RIGHTS Com. Honors TEN TOP COPS

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he Commission on Human Rights in Negros Oriental, after conducting a massive survey, gave awards and recognition to ten top-performing policemen in various station commands in Negros Oriental. Coverage of the CHR surveys was based on competence and proficiancy of the policemen on the job and on the beat especially in the coverage of making arrest and effecting one hundred percent in rules covering custodial investigations. This was also done to determine the extent of the drug problem in the community or student popula-

President Arroyo in juvial fighting mood as she delivered Monday her State of the Nation Address before the joint session of Congress. less chance they have in becoming President one day. Why don’t we all just buckle down to do our respective tasks as expected of us without destroying others. They say PGMA is the worst and most unpopular President. I challenge you, please rank the following as honestly as you can, from best to worst: Marcos, Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Arroyo. Send your ranking by email to address above. Maybe a short explanation on how you ranked them. It will be good copy. >>>> SPEEDY JUSTICE. In the United states, the two guys who were caught spying and passing government secrets Michael Ray Aquino and Leandro Aragoncillo are now sentenced to ten years in jail each, a gallant display of SPEEDY administration of justice by the American justice system. In the Philippines, authorities have not even started any investigation on the failed coup, which was the basis of why Aquino and Aragoncillo were jailed in the U.S. Just look at the disparity, how justice is very slowly dispensed in this country.

Ten most outstanding policemen of Negros Oriental are being congratulated by CHR head Jess Cañete (in barong) and PD S/Supt. Omar Buenafe during the awarding rites.

tion, estimated to reach 40,000 in Dumaguete City alone. Cited by the CHR were Bais City police chief Senior Insp. Carlos Lacuesta;

Tanjay police chief, Supt. Juanito Condes; Insp. Romulo Talay, Insp. Domiciano Distrito, Jr., SPO1 Luis Lacandula, SPO3 Gregorio Buboli,

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It’s also so funny to see the faces of prime suspects of the failed coup when interviewed, people all over the country viewing their body languages only showed their lies all over their faces. There was a time when everybody wanted to be in the opposition because it was the “in”thing in politics and the fastest way to get into the primetime news. So now, where are the Hyatt l0 big-mouths? >>>> In the evacuation of Filipinos working in Lebanon, the Manila foreign office has smelled corruption in our embassy in Lebanon whose am Turn to page 3


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HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS (From page 2) bassador was asking for more money if only to transport OFWs back to Manila saying funds were already depleted. This shocked the foreign affairs office in Manila who firmly denied the request saying that he has enough funds for this evacuation as per records. See, even during difficult times, some Filipinos would still dare to pull a fast one thinking that money will just be doled out quickly. Thanks to a vigilant foreign affairs office who insisted that there is enough money to transport the Filipinos from Lebanon to Manila. >>>> POST SONA REACTIONS. PGMA said in her SONA that “we will lengthen the Dumaguete runway for tourism.” Was she serious? Where will the longer runway lead to ? to the Tañon Strait with treacherously deep waters, or westwards to the mountains? If so, traffic to the north will have to be diverted so far, it will just be as costly. Maybe we can dig an underground highway that might traverse the runway, just like Chicago’s O’Hare airport. Watta dream! Or simply, why not just increase the number of flights for air buses, instead of lengthening the runway? Worst scenario: I think she was referring to Panglao airport in Bohol which fits her vision of “lengthening the runway for tourism.” TOURISM 20 yrs behind. We are approximately 20 years behind Bohol in Tourism. Last year they had a millioin tourist arrivals that included the backpackers and balikbayans. The Panglao airport is to be lengthened. Some 2000 balikbayans came home last week to attend the TBTK, “Tigum Bol-anon sa Tibook Kalibutan” a worldwide homecoming of Boholanos from all over the world, and simultaneously with reunions from alumni of all schools over the last two decades. The simultaneous class reunions from all schools in all levels was the key. TOURISM KINKS. Sorry to say, we have major tourism kinks. Lake Balinsasayao will never get an ECC from DENR (rightfully) because DENR says the twin lakes lie above a major earth FAULT which could break and split the lakes into two once there is a major earthquake. High entrance fees are driving foreign tourists away. Then, we have Lake Balanan, proceeding to develop, without getting any DENR clearance, because of reasons only the proponents and DENR know exactly. The private management group eyed is also in a dilemma what to do. Apo Diving is being exploited by PAMB, oftentimes, making its rules very difficult to comply by tourists, plus high diving fees are imposed, causing divers to divert their itineraries to Balikasag of Pamilakan islets in Bohol. BUT WE’LL GET THERE. As I said, these are birth pains. Bohol as a model also had ages of birth pains. The management of the famous chocolate hills and its hotels are still being disputed by the local and provincial LGUs. The Panglao mayor is getting swell-headed, causing the DOT and province to divert their focus on Dauis, the nearer-town in the island. Panglao might lose circulation because of politics. A new river cruise is opened in Abatan-river, because Loboc is getting unruly and over-crowded with lunch-barges. >>>>>> GEOTHERMAL INDEPENDENCE. It’s about time. Blame the old leaders. They were so puppetized by Marcos when geothermal started in the 80s, that our leaders then forgot to make sure that PREFERENTIAL rates be given to the host province of geothermal power. Then, our present leaders could not stop PNOC EDC from selling our power to other provinces, leaving us the crumbs, yes, crumbs. Evidence: frequent un-announced brownouts, and regular Sunday blockouts for “maintenance work.” How can industries run if you keep shutting off power for maintenance purposes? More power are sold outside our province than what is left. Nobody ever thought of reserving power for our future industries. Investors? Check the list in our investors notebook at the Capitol. We have one , called Pryce-gas. Can you please tell us the names of others, if there are new ones by now? Investment promotions, huh. Of course that office has done its job by promoting. But getting results of their promotions is another story. And the list goes on and on and on. Yet, in due time we’ll get there. By 2007 it will be elections again. Politicians will forget work because they are focusing on how to win, and make empty promises once more. Time for our local leaders to switch places with each other. No new faces are running. They’re all the same, and of course, we all will remain the same. How can we grow with this political dynasties around? The best thing to do is to live each day, one day at a time, like asking God for the daily bread (not a weeklong supply) For He is in control no matter what we do. Let us not rush things because each day has a purpose, and such purpose is far greater than our present prob

Republic of the Philippines 7th Judicial Region REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 64 Guihulngan, Negros Oriental SP. PROC. NO. 06-08-V IN RE: PETITION FOR THE CORRECTION OF THE ENTRY OF THE CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH OF RAMON U. PLANELLA III ON HIS DATE OF BIRTH FROM JULY 21, 1972 TO JULY 2, 1972 Petitioner. -– versus – THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTSRAR OF VALLEHERMOSO, NEGROS ORIENTAL. Respondent. x—————————————————————/

O R D E R Petitioner through counsel, filed a verified petition for correction of the entry of the certificate of birth of Ramon U. Planella III appearing in his birth records in the office of the Local Civil Registrar of Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, the Local Civil Registrar concerned be ordered to change the entry of petitioner’s date of birth from July 21, 1972 to July 2, 1972, in his Certificate of Birth under Registry Number 85-283. WHEREFORE, finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, and in compliance with the jurisdictional requirement of publication, let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks before the date of hearing at the expense of the petitioner. Any interested party is hereby directed to appear on August 17, 2006 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court and show cause why the petition should not be granted. SO ORDERED. May 4, 2006, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines.

The Negros Chronicle July 30, Aug. 6 & 13, 2006

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(This Column is OPEN TO ALL CIVIC CLUBS. You may submit personally, or email your articles and pictures to this writer at cjomartinez@yahoo.com or to elydejaresco@yahoo.com for free publication. People want to know what your Civic Club is doing for the Community.)

Friends of Dumaguete

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rom the heartland of the United States, Michi gan state, is a group called the Philippine Task Force of the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor. Though thousands of miles away from the Philippines they have focused their mission assistance for various projects in Dumaguete City through the Dumaguete City Habitat for Humanity. Ann Arbor is a beautiful University town with the University of Michigan main campus right in the heart of this city. The First Presbyterian Church is within walking distance from the campus. The Church has mission programs; the Philippine Task Force is one of the most active groups.

(Sgd.) MARIO O. TRINIDAD Presiding Judge

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE (Under Act 3135, as Amended) RURAL BANK OF MABINAY, (NEG. OR.), INC., Mortgagee, -versusGAVINO ACABAL, Mortgagor.

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NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE Upon petition for sale under Act 3135, as amended, filed by Rural Bank of Mabinay (Neg. Or.), Inc. (Mortgagee), against Gavino Acabal (Mortgagor), resident of Luyang, Mabinay, Negros Oriental, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness, which as of May 17, 2006, amounts to ONE HUNDRED FIVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED THIRTY NINE and 95/100 PESOS ( P105,539.95), exclusive of advances, interest, attorney’s fees and necessary expenses of foreclosure, the under-signed Sheriff will sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash and in Philippine currency on AUGUST 14, 2006 at 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., at the Office of the Clerk of Court, RTC, Branch 45, Bais City the following property of the mortgagor, together with the buildings and other improvements existing thereon, to wit: TAX DECLARA TION NO DECLARATION NO.. 04004 A parcel of land, situated in the Barrio of Bagtic, Mabinay, Negros Oriental. Bounded on the North by Lot No. 4 Diego Acabal; on the East by Lot No. 2 Marianito Acabal; on the South by Lot. No. 2 Marianito Acabal and on the West by Lot. No. 3 Diego Acabal; containing an area of ONE HUNDRED THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND (135,000) SQUARE METERS, more or less. This Notice of Extra-Judicial Sale shall be posted in the Municipality of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, where the property is situated, and in the City of Bais, where the sale takes place, and another copy shall be published in a newspaper, to be awarded by raffle. Prospective bidders may investigate for themselves the tax declaration hereinabove-described and the encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Dated this 19th day of July, 2006 at Bais City, Philippines.

The Negros Chronicle July 23, 30 & Aug.6, 2006

Members of the Philippine Task Force outside the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

The Philippine Task Force is composed of dedicated church members who have the heart for mission, they had previously come to Dumaguete to do house building for Habitat, built a dental Clinic and supported many community projects for Habitat homepartners like scholarship assistance for the Habitat children and livelihood programs for mothers. They have regularly sent books and school supplies for the Habitat community center and medical supplies and equipment for the Habitat Medical and Dental Clinic. Upon request of the DSWD they have recently shared some of these school supplies with the DSWD for the Back-toSchool Program of the Dumaguete City government. They have recently sent basic medical supplies for the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital and the Habitat Clinic. They have an on-going 3 meals weekly support for the Talay Mental Rehabilitation patients cooked by the Habitat mothers. I was witness to their hard work to do fund raising to support their mission and hold yearly rummage sale and other projects to raise funds. It was a privilege to visit with and see this group of dedicated Ann Arbor church members work together to support a worthy cause across the seas.

(Sgd) NORBERTO V. LACORTE Sheriff IV

MO VING? MOVING?

Call: Lipat-Bahay Francis TRUCKING SERVICES 225-2365 0920-779-7378 Colon Ext. Taclobo, Dumaguete City

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CENTRAL PHILIPPINES SUPER REGION

Negros Oriental benefited greatly by new “super regions” It may not yet be felt now, but eventully after all the traditional “resistance to change” syndrome shall have been overcome, and the proposed five super regions having attained its structural organizations, they will become increasingly self-sustaining bodies of political public corporations bonded together with a common regional cause. The 16 regions of the country have been grouped into four Mega-Regions: North Luzon, Metro Luzon, Central Philippines and Mindanao, plus the region that cuts across the four mega-regions and dubbed as the Cyber Corridor based on the areas’ “own natural competitive advantage.” Under the President’s development strategy, North Luzon will be developed as an agribusiness center in the North, Metro Luzon as the Urban Beltway, Central Philippines as the Philippines’ tourism hub, and Mindanao as the country’s agribusiness center in the South. This will be a drastic change from today’s traditional over- dependence on imperial Manila in almost all aspects, from budgets to major strategic decisions which directly hasten or delay progress in the provinces. Buoyed by the favorable reaction of the business sector to the President’s super-region development strategy, the executive machinery is working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to make sure that the resources, alliances and partnerships are there to put the plan into action. Cabinet members, including our very own Finance Sec. Margarito Teves, Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya, and National Economic and Development Secretary Romulo Neri, assured that funds are available for the projects outlined by the President. Therefore, the statement amid criticisms from the political opposition that the development plans unveiled by the President in her 6th State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday that these were a mere “wish list” without funding support is without actual basis. In contrast to the negative comments by the usual critics of the administration, the President’s address to the nation generated favorable reaction from various sectors. The peso bounced back to the P51- US$ 1 level for the first time in almost three months closing at P51.87 on Tuesday against the greenback, while the

Albay, Camarines N., Camarines S., Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon area, enlarged

Marinduque, Palawan, Occidental, Mindoro, Oriental, Mindoro, Romblon Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occ. Bohol, Cebu, Negros Or., Siquijor Philippine Composite Index gained 26.42 points from 22.67 after trading. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said the performance of the peso and the stock market reflected confidence in the economic reforms and prospects of the country. The business community was particularly pleased with the government’s plan to increase infrastructure spending. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) placed the total cost of the President’s growth agenda at P207.6 billion. Implementation of the programs outlined by the Chief Executive will start next year. This is not an empty promise but as “live” commitment by the national leadership. WHERE TO GET THE FUNDS? The government will shoulder 36 percent or P74 billion of the total cost, Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) projects such as the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) expansions will be funded by Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the tune of P37 billion. Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) like the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will undertake seaports projects, while the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) will be responsible for the rehabilitation and construction of airports. GOCCs will set aside P96 billion or 46 percent of

SONA: economically political

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t was a masterful speech in brinksmanship – a political speech ( in reality) garbed in economic jargon and statistics. Chairman Emeritus Gergeo Ortiz-Luis of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce (after hearing the SONA) concluded either the President is a master politician or a good economist. Take heed, Serge, President GMA is both.

Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

The recent SONA, it was a praise hymn played in the Cathedral of converts, a program of hope anchored on economic blueprints of medium terms (not immediate) benefits and a spin master’s ploy to depict that his Patroness is over the hump who even now can taunt her worst critics to a rematch. Her Machiavellian strategy was to appear unfazed over the fact that some people wanted GMA out of office but will be unable to do so if the three pillars of her allied forces back her in toto, namely, the Congressmen (Lower House), the local governors and the military. The canine devotees in the Military will ensure no coup will decapitate

her from power; the mellow kittens in Congress will block any impeachment move and the local governments will be the luggernaut in the People’s Initiative for constitutional change through a new Charter. SONA is the State of the Nation Address made by the president of the Republic on what gives in the nation today – by reviewing what happened last year. Being an annual report, like those of business corporations, it also foretells of the shape of things to come the next 12 months. In that sense the SONA delivered by the President Monday was strictly not a SONA. It was a detailed economic blueprint for the next three years which could

have been read by the Director of the NEDA, since many of the details of the SONA were lifted from the Medium-Term Economic Development Plan. Why did the President take pains to appear gung-ho on nationwide television on a SONA that was “strictly economics, nothing personal”. The Church has enough problems being turn asunder by diametrically opposed views of her individual church leaders on major political controversies like the election fraud and corruption within government power circles as to be a serious threat today. So GMA kept a distant indifference to the Church in her SONA. Even if the Cha-Cha train gets derailed and is

Biliran, E. Samar, Leyte, N. Samar, Samar, S. Leyte

the estimated project cost, while local government units (LGUs) will raise 25 million or 0.5 percent of total project cost. The 2007 budget for infrastructure of government agencies, including the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) which is estimated at P44.8 billion, will also be mobilized for the implementation of the President’s development plan. The President and her Cabinet, in partnership with local government executives, have identified priority projects vital to the development of each Mega-Region in a bid to spur development throughout the country. MEGA INFRA PROJECTS. In her SONA, the President unveiled several infrastructure projects that were identified by the local executives as vital to the realization of the President’s vision for each Mega-Region. As envisioned, the super-regions “will not only be the harbingers of economic growth” in the country but would also bring about political transformation and greater empowerment to local governments. “Government intends to promote investments, create jobs and build infrastructure projects while empowering the people to take their future in their own hands,” said President Arroyo in Monday’s SONA. “This huge political economic transformation will Turn to page 7 increase productivity, promote peace rerouted to Catan’s Lair, GMA will rely on local governments that the elections of 2007 (which will inevitably follow with Cha’Cha’s gradual demise) – if it indeed will be held as it

should – will be an informal referendum on the legitimacy of the Arroyo government. Succinctly, a resounding defeat for GMA’s surrogate candidates nationwide

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City of Canlaon

SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD EXCERPT FROM THE MINUTES OF THE 95TH REGULAR SESSION OF THE SP OF CANLAON CITY HELD AT ITS SESSION HALL, ON 03 MAY 2006. PRESENT: Hon. Jimmy L. Clerigo .......................................City Vice-Mayor & Presiding Officer

MEMBERS: Hon. Diego E. Santiago .................................... City Councilor Hon. Jose Chubasco B. Cardenas .................... City Councilor Hon. Aldin L. Avila ........................................... City Councilor Hon. Edgar D. Estampador ............................... City Councilor Hon. Roberto F. Bolo ........................................ City Councilor Hon. Mamerto S. Bermil, Jr. ............................. City Councilor Hon. Eric M. Suganob ...................................... City Councilor Hon. Filomena B. Bascones ............................. City Councilor Hon. Amado E. Delos Reyes ............................. City Councilor Hon. Hernani L. Blanco .................................... City Councilor Hon. Pedro C. Montero .................................... City Councilor

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ST AND ARD DEPTHS STAND ANDARD 1. For Residential Lands – 30 m. 2. For Commercial Lands – 40 m.

WHEREAS, after a thorough deliberation and evaluation of the said schedule and assessment levels, the same were found to be in order;

CURRENT AND FAIR MARKET VALUE PER SQ. M. ACCORDING TO CLASSIFICATION CLASS

RESOLVED, as it hereby RESOLVES, to enact the following Ordinance;

Not Over

Assessment Levels

175,000.00 300,000.00 500,000.00 750,000.00 1,000,000.00 2,000,000.00 5,000,000.00 10,000,000.00

175,000.00 300,000.00 500,000.00 750,000.00 1,000,000.00 2,000,000.00 5,000,000.00 10,000,000.00

0% 10% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 50% 60%

Over

1

2

3

COMMERCIAL

750

600

450

RESIDENTIAL

600

450

300

Not Over

Assessment Levels

300,000.00 500,000.00 750,000.00 1,000,000.00 2,000,000.00

300,000.00 500,000.00 750,000.00 1,000,000.00 2,000,000.00

25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50%

(3) Commercial/Industrial

ORDINANCE NO. 25 Series of 2006

ANNEX “A” OF ORDINANCE NO. 25, SERIES OF 2006

BE IT ORDAINED by the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Canlaon City, that: Section 1. That the Schedule of Fair Market Values hereto attached and made as an integral part of this Ordinance as Annex “A” is hereby adopted for the different classes of real properties situated in Canlaon City; Section 2. That the assessment levels likewise hereto attached and made as an integral part of this Ordinance as Annex “B” as proposed by the City Assessor’s Office and evaluated by the body, are hereby fixed and be applied to the above-adopted fair market values of real properties situated in Canlaon City to determine their taxable or assessed value, at the rates not exceeding what are specified therein; Section 3. That the City Assessor is hereby directed to post the aforesaid schedule and assessment levels in the City Hall and in at least two (2) other conspicuous places in the city; Section 4. That this Ordinance shall take effect upon approval. ENACTED by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Canlaon City, this rd 3 day of May,2006. “UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.” ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I HEREBY CERTIFY to the correctness of the above-quoted Ordinance.

Fair Market Value

I. SCHEDULE OF BASE MARKET VALUES FOR AGRICULTURAL LANDS

“ADOPTING THE NEW SCHEDULE OF FAIR MARKET VALUES FOR THE DIFFRENT CLASSES OF REAL PROPERTIES SITUATED IN CANLAON CITY AND FIXING THE CORRESPONDING ASSESSMENT LEVELS TO BE APPLIED TO THE SAME AT THE RATES NOT EXCEEDING WHAT ARE SPECIFIED THEREIN.”

Over

A.LANDS

1ST

2nd

4th

3 rd

5th

6th

1. SUGAR

93,140.00 82,390.00 71,650.00 60,900.00 50,150.00 42,990.00

2. RICE/IRR.

87,830.00 70,260.00 54,890.00

3.CORNLAND

45,000.00 33,750.00 22,500.00

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-

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37,980.00 25,320.00 20,250.00

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5.VEGETABLE LAND 53,490.00 35,600.00 26,700.00

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34,000.00 31,910.00 21,280.00

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7.COFFEE LAND

46,100.00 23,030.00 16,890.00

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8.CACAO

34,000.00 27,660.00 25,100.00

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4.COCONUT LAND

37,330.00 26,350.00

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ORCHARD

PREPARED BY: (Sgd.) ORLANDO M. BAUTISTA Assistant City Assess or

ANNEX “B” OF ORDINANCE NO. 25, SERIES OF 2006

I-SCHEDULE OF BASE MARKET VALUE OF RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL LANDS [2000] -2004 SUB-CLASSIMARKET VALUE MARKET VALUE FICATION PER SQ. M. PER SQ. M [CRITERIA]

Mid-town Public Market

PHP 300.00

750.00

C-1

All lots fronting Mid-town Market

PHP 250.00

650.00

C-2

From intersection of A. Bonifacio & G. H. Del Pilar Sts. Oval Market

200.00

400.00

C-3

Some lots of 12 B’s Subdivision not classified as commercial and fronting the National Highway.

250.00

600.00

R-1

SEC. 218. ASSESSMENT LEVELS – The assessment levels to be applied to the fair market value of real property to determine it assessed value shall be fixed by Ordinances of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Sangguniang Panlungsod or Sangguniang Bayan of a municipality with the Metropolitan Manila Area, at the rates not exceeding the following: (a) On Lands: CLASS Residential Agricultural Commercial Industrial Mineral Timberland

Over

Not Over

Assessment Levels

300,000.00 500,000.00 750,000.00 1,000,000.00 2,000,000.00

45% 50% 55% 60% 65% 70%

(c) On Machineries

===============================================

ANNEX “A” OF ORDINANCE NO. 25, SERIES OF 2006

(4) Timberland

300,000.00 500,000.00 750,000.00 1,000,000.00 2,000,000.00

(Sgd.) RODRIGO H. ESCARES Officer-In-Charge

============================================

30% 35% 40% 50% 60% 70% 75% 80%

Fair Market Value

APPROVED BY:

(Sgd.) JUDITH B. CARDENAS City Mayor

Assessment Levels

300,000.00 500,000.00 750,000.00 1,000,000.00 2,000,000.00 5,000,000.00 10,000,000.00

300,000.00 500,000.00 750,000.00 1,000,000.00 2,000,000.00 5,000,000.00 10,000,000.00

6.TREE-FARM/

ATTESTED: (Sgd.) JIMMY L. CLERIGO City Vice-Mayor & Presiding Officer APPROVEED: MAY 09, 2006

Not Over

CLASS AND BASE MARKET VALUE (PER HECTARE)

(Sgd.) SAMUEL P. ELECCION Acting City Secretary

LOCATION

Over

Fair Market Value

CORNER INFLUENCE 1. For Residential Lands – 10% 2. For Commercial Lands – 10%

NO W , THEREFORE: NOW

(b) On Buildings and Other Structures (1) Residential

(2) Agricultural

WHEREAS, submitted are the proposed Schedule of Fair Market Values and Assessment Levels prepared by City Assessor’s Office for the different classes of real properties situated in Canlaon City for enactment by an Ordinance pursuant to Sections 212 and 218 of RA 7160, otherwise known as the LGC of 1991;

On motion of Honorable Avila and duly seconded by Honorable Delos Reyes, the body –

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Fair Market Value

All lots of 12 B’s Subdivision within 150.00 B Block 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15 and 16. All lots of within Block 5, 6, 7 and 8 of Villa Mercedes Subd. Up to Uptown Market, all lots of Villa San Jose Subd.. Some lots of Samaka Village, Villa Cristina Subd., Sunrise Subd., and some lots southward and northward of the National Highway as indicated in the Value Map.

ABSENT: Hon. Wagner Bekim Y. Cardenas ...................... City Councilor

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ASSESSMENT LEVELS

20% 40% 50% 50% 50% 20%

CLASS Agricultural Residential Commercial Industrial

ASSESSMENT LEVELS 40% 50% 80% 80%

(d) On Special Classes: The assessment Level for all lands, buildings, machineries and other improvements:

ACTUAL USE Cultural Scientific Hospital Local Water District Government-owned or controlled corporations engaged in the supply and distribution of water and/or generation and transmission of electric power

The Negros Chronicle July 30, 2006

ASSESSMENT LEVELS 15% 15% 15% 10%

10%


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CRIME Reports

Business ...

Bloody Saturday evening

But if the pattern as observed is to kill notorious criminals and malefactors of the law, then the killers must be on the side of the law, just taking the law into their own hands. Just the same, business will be affected in a dangerous city. There are reports that because of the slow grind of justice, and since drug money can buy influence, then some victims may just have to institute justice in their own way. A judge also blame poor police implementation of constitutionally mandated arrest procedures which cause drug suspects to be released. Also a blunder on the prosecution, which confuses the court and causes it to release the suspects. (see related story on page l)

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AYAWAN CITY — A certain Dante Lagahe, married and a resident of Barangay Maninihon, was shot to death by four suspects during a drinking spree. It was learned that the victim, together with his friend, Ramon Villanueva, went to buy cigarettes at a store in their place when he was asked to join the suspects who are also drinking at the time. He purchased one bottle of long neck were Tanduay Rhum to share with the group. However, their gathering turned into a heated argument over a long standing feud between the victim and the suspects who are relatives. Fearing for his safety, four suspects, Jomar, AntoRamon prodded the victim nio and Pablo Billio. They also that it was time to go, yet as yielded a 22 caliber revolver they were making their way with three live bullets and two shells. Further invesout, one of the suspects re- empty tigation is being conducted portedly punched Dante while while the authorities are still the other fired his handgun. pursuing the fourth suspect, Policemen who responded to Peladolfo Billio who remains the scene arrested three of the at large.

Drunk man hacked to death

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ANLAON CITY — Unidentified men killed a certain Saturnino Borlas who was then resting along the road after a drinking binge in a videoke bar owned by Tomas Tojong. The victim was with his less body of the victim was brother and a friend when found early morning the next they left the club for home. day by some passersby with hack wounds. Police auHe stopped by the roadside three thorities are still conducting thinking that he will just be follow-up investigation to esresting for a while the com- tablish the motive and possible panions left him. Yet, the life- identities of the suspects.

Metro Dumaguete will launch war against criminality

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UMAGUETE CITY — Police and Local Government Officials of Metro Dumaguete decided to formally launch an integrated war against all forms of crime. This was the consensus reached after a series of meetings by the said officials. The meeting was prompted by the spate of killings which has led many residents in the so-called Metro Dumaguete to question the effectiveness of the anti-crime campaign of the authorities. Mayor Renacia of Sibulan hopes that such undertaking will be sustained noting that a number of police officers are not really serious with their jobs, content with the thought that they will be receiving their salaries every month regardless of their performance. In the wake of the recent apprehension of gun smugglers in his town, the official concedes that at present the municipal police station has no capability to detect the entry of smuggled goods and substances entering its three ports.

Meanwhile, P/Insp. Lorenzo Abella, chief of police of the same municipality, admits that there are still no solid evidences found and even witnesses who came forward to identify the perpetrators of the slaying of Grace Aquino-Flores, an employee of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office. Therefore, no cases have been filed against the unidentified suspects. However, the police ruled out the possibility that the crime was work related or plain robbery. Among the motives now being seriously considered is love triangle.

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND SALE OF A PARCEL OF REGISTERED LAND

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEVING A BANK INVOLVING MENT INVOL DEPOSIT

NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late HONORATA CALLAO have filed and executed a Deed Of Extrajudicial Settlement and Sale of a Parcel of Registered Land on Lot No. 1050, Pls666, under OCT No. FV-17979, TD No. 99-02-021-00039, situated in Sacsac, Tampocon I, Ayungon, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 12,009 sq.m., in favor to Anastacia D. Tubio per Doc. No. 254, Page No. 47, Book No. I, Series of 2005 of Notary Public Atty. Edmund D. Tubio.

NOTICE is hereby given that Vivian Tusit Borrman, the only heir of the late HANS BORRMANN have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement Involving A Bank Deposit with the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB), Dumaguete City Branch, under Certificate of Time Deposit No. 2428022 of Hans Borrman per Doc. No. 16, Page No. 5, Book No. 7, Series of 2006 of Notary Public Atty. Cyrus C. Riconalla.

The Negros Chronicle July 30, Aug. 6 & 13, 2006

The Negros Chronicle July 23, 30 & Aug. 6, 2006

ARIBEN HERBAL CAPSULES Nature’s Capsulated Food Supplement “Sigurado na, epiktibo pa”

Distributor: VICTOR TUIG – DYWC Prod. Center, Dgte. City

Tel. No No.. 225-4852

Hinumdomi higala ang kapiskay sa atong lawas bugtong bahandi nga dili katopngan, salig sa ARIBEN.

MONTH 15

MY JOURNEY WITH CANCER

From page 2

Conflicts to Triumph As a broadcast-journalist, I am documenting my battle with the Big C as I journey with the Lord in what could be my ultimate trial. I also write about my co-combatants against the Big C, hoping that our readers will know what it is like to be blessed by the Lord worth acknowledging. Please email me your feedbacks.

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ow do I love thee? Let me Count the ways.” Said Elizabeth Barrett Browning in her poem.

It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary last week, July 27. It was a simple breakfast for two at the Bethel Guest house. But it meant a lot for both Andrew and me. We agree with the poet that listing all the good qualities of your spouse and affirming them by words, can help marriage stay healthy inspite of imperfections. Dave and Claudia Arp, in their book, 60 one minute marriage builders, said that “compatibility is not a state in which you begin with marriage , but rather it’s a goal to be achieved. They say that another way to look at compatibility is we fall in love with the personality but we must live with the character. Research show that we become more compatible with our mate through learning to adapt to each other.” A friend of mine once told me,”Who said that marriage is a bed of roses? They forgot to include the thorns.” But thorns or conflicts may not be destructive. We have realized that with many things we went through these years, they were essential in reaching this stage. There were joys and suffering, conflicts, triumphs and many more. But it was also a process of growth, of learning more from each other, and turning conflicts into constructive means to see ourselves, as humans, our weaknesses, and how to deal with them. These can be growing points, if we decide to be closer than ever after each conflict. It is an opportunity to sit

AFFIVADIT OF SETTLEMENT OF EST ATE ESTA NOTICE is hereby given that the heir of the late Eduardo Dagunsapo Chome and Estrella Padrones Chome has filed and executed an Affidavit of Settlement of Estate in favor of Eduardo Chome, Jr. over Lot No. 30, covered by OCT NO. 2831 containing an area of 15.8225 hectares located at Pandanon, Mabinay, Negros Oriental per Doc. No. 133, Page No. 28, Book Bo. XVI, Series of 2005 of Notary Public Atty. Thelma C. Aguilar-Barot The Negros Chronicle July 30, Aug. 6 & 13, 2006

NO TIME

for GOD ?

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

BCBP

down and talk calmly, and heartily listen to one another’s complaints. This is the hardest part. Sometimes anger can consume us like fire. So it is better to let it cool, simmer down, and take our time. Since conflict is inevitable in all marriages, we have decided to work through it. Most marriages we see in movies, end with the two people holding hands disappearing beyond the sunset. But as we know, it doesn’t end that way. We continue to adjust and struggle with everyday hitches, like who will do this and that, who will take charge, and endless whys? But inspite of everyday challenge, we hold on. Life is a continuous challenge. All of us want to survive that extra challenge. Like many wives, I am not perfect. I long to be but I always fall short from the standard I want to achieve. I had to admit that I had several fears since I was diagnosed with cancer. After my radical mastectomy, I was listening to two women talking about losing her husband when she started going through chemotherapy. He simply left. And to her, that was more devastating than having cancer. And I thought, Lord, if it comes to that, I pray for more strength. But only God knows

MUFFET DOLAR-VILLEGAS e-mail me:

Blue_bell57@yahoo.com

each heart. That is between the person and God. Reaching our silver anniversary is one of my answered prayers, that I will be able to survive and reach this occasion with my spouse. In one of the devotionals, I read about a famous person who asked an artist to paint his picture. The artist asked. “Why is it that you like your hair long?” The man said, “Its a romantic story. When I was courting my wife, she liked my ears covered with my hair.” But the painter said, “It has been a long time that you been married. So why not cut your hair?” And the man smiled and replied, “Because the romance is still going on.” We are not too old to hold hands. Marriage does not end with sunsets. Tomorrow you will wake up with the same face, but you have a million chances how to brighten that countenance you chose among the sea of faces many years ago.

AUGUST 1 2 3

* Health Action Information Network Seminar 2:00pm–8:00pm Joshua 1 * Health Action Information Network Seminar 8:00am-7:00pm Joshua 1 * AVON Workshop 8:00am-4:00pm Jordan 2 * Living Word Christian Ministries (practice) 6:00pm-8:00pm Jordan 1 * Health Action Information Network Seminar 8:00am-7:00pm Joshua 1 * Living Word Christian Ministries (practice) 6:00pm-8:00pm Jordan 1 * Jesus Loves You Prayer Meeting 6:00pm8:00pm Jordan 3

All through the day I had no time, To speak a word of cheer. This Breakfast NO TIME to speak of Christ to friends, could yet change They’d laugh at me I feared. your Life. NO TIME, NO TIME, so much to do, That was my constant cry. NO TIME to give to those in need;

Awarding 4 * Negornet 1&2

At last, t’was time for me to die…. And when before the Lord I came, I stood with downcast eyes, With his hands He held a book, T’was the BOOK OF LIFE. He looked into the book and said,

Fellowship 7:00am-9:00am Joshua 1 5 ** BCBP Living Word Christian Ministries (practice)

“Your name I cannot find, I once was going to write it down But never found the TIME.”

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FREE BREAKFAST for First Timers

Just cut out and present this invitation to: Bethel Guest House: 1st Saturday 7:30 a.m. Nerisse: 2nd & 3rd Saturday, 7:30 a.m.

4:00pm-8:00pm Joshua

* Negornet Meeting 9:00am & 5:00pm Jordan 3 * HI Esai RTD 6:00pm-9:00pm Jordan 2 * DCC Fellowship 8 :00pm-10 :00pm Jordan 3

4:00pm-6:00pm Jordan1 Intnt’l Placement Services Inc. 6 * Nurses 12:00pm-9:00pm Agape * Bobby & Aida Brunch with Friends 10:00am12:00pm Joshua 1 * Living Word Christian Ministries Fellowship 8:30am-10:30am Jordan 1&2 * Jesus Loves You Fellowship 9:30am-11:30am Agape


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and order, and drive a synergy of committed citizens at the grassroots who will propel our nation to World Class status in 20 years,” she added. Stressing that the Filipino people are the primary beneficiaries of this grand development plan and political stability, we called on the President’s critics to “stand beside President Arroyo in serving the xpeople instead of weighing down the ship of state.” We believe, the President has laid down a clear blueprint of development for the Filipino people and everyone, regardless of political affinity or region, has an important role to play in the attainment of her objectives. “Let us leave political instability and economic stagnation behind and instead keep pace with a world of competition, challenge and opportunity,” “We invite everybody to join the President, and to join the nation in moving forward. There is no sense in bickering; it’s counterproductive. We can achieve more if we work together. The opposition should NOW join the bandwagon for development and progress now or “be just relegated to the dustbin of history.”SETTLEMENT EXTRAJUDICIAL OF EST ATE OF DECEASED ESTA PERSON AND SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late spouses RICARDO VIOLA and MAGDALENA VIOLA have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate of Deceased Person and Sale on Lot No. 1495, Cad. 903, G-4, covered by Katibayan Ng Orihinal Na Titulo FV-37037, Free Patent No. 07462394-1697, situated in Balayagmanok, Valencia, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 2,044 sq.m., in favor to Rosemarie R. Ramos per Doc. No. 767, Page No. 77, Book No. VIII, Series of 2005 of Notary Public Atty. Leah Medina Nazareno. The Negros Chronicle July 16, 23 & 30, 2006

A CALL TO LEADERSHIP: Harnessing Overseas Filipino Resources.

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reetings to all Filipinos in the country and abroad! The Overseas Filipino Council (OFC), incorporated as a non-profit organization in the USA (www.ofcouncil.org) is pleased to announce the holding of the First Overseas Filipino Congress at the Oriental Negros Convention Center in Dumaguete City, Philippines, 11-13 October 2006. The First Overseas Filipino Congress aims to institutionalize the Overseas Filipino Community, which has become a class of its own, through the creation of Strategic Alliances with Filipino groups, individuals and governments to harness the unlimited resources of Filipinos worldwide. OFC believes that through cooperation and dedication, we can solidify our strengths to bring about a progressive Philippines in a globalized world. The Overseas Filipino Council with the vision and mission to serve as Torchbearers, Bridgebuilders and Pledgekeepers, believes that by holding hands across the seas, our expatriates especially our heroic contract workers, migrants and people in the country can create the necessary tools by which we can rebuild our country’s economy, protect and preserve our culture and regain our pride as a people worthy of respect by our international neighbors. The First Overseas Filipino Congress, aims to create institutions which can address urgent issues concerning the protection and welfare of our OFs and OFWs, build corporate structures which can harness Overseas Filipino financial resources to fund industry development in the country, generate much needed jobs for our unemployed as well as find markets abroad to sustain production. The Overseas Filipino Council, therefore, offers this Open Invitation to all groups, organizations, associations and individuals to take their place in history by becoming delegates to this momentous event. Once OFCongress attains a legal personality, delegates will become pioneer Members of the First Overseas Filipino Congress. The Congress then will decide what institutions to create to address issues concerning overseas Filipinos’s welfare and protection as well as structures for national development.The success of this worldwide undertaking will depend on your active participation. There are 600 seats made available for the Congress which are allocated among the regions of the world, but not necessarily limited to proposed allocation, where overseas Filipinos are mostly concentrated, as follows: Region Seats Alloted North American Region 100 European Union Countries 100 South and Southeast Asia 100 The Middle East and Africa 50 Hongkong, Japan and Korea 50 Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Region 50 Central and South American Region 50 Contract Workers in Merchant Marine 25 Philippines (individuals and NGO Reps) 25 Philippines Gov’t Representation 10 Private Business and other Commercial interests 15 Non-Filipino, Guest Consultants, Experts, etc. 25

Total

600

Congress…Fee……US$150.00 Includes: Registration fee; Convention kit and other materials; All meals and snacks; Free flow coffee and tea. For minimum 3-star accomodation, 3 nights and transfers airport-hotel-convention venue please add US$65.00. Advance bookings…necessary. Side tours, entertainment and other visitor services extra and available on request. All delegates afforded Official Provincial Guests status to the Oriental Negros Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2006 which starts on the 13th of October, right after the Congress. Assignment of seats will be on a First-Come-First-Served basis and all are enjoined to formally apply for seat reservations to participate as soon as possible by contacting the OFC Congress Secretariat through email at organizers@ofcouncil.org This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it , by accessing the OFC website www.ofcouncil.org or calling OFC (USA) Toll Free number 1-866-819-8001. More Congress activity details will be supplied on application. OFC looks forward to your quick and enthusiastic response. Be a part of the First Overseas Filipino Congress. Be a part of history as your country calls for your patriotic participation! More power to all of you, (Sgd) Nestor Duldulao Chairman OFC / Congress Secretariat

(Sgd) Dindo Generoso Chairman Overseas Filipino Council

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DAVID AND BATHSHEBA

“You are the man!” II Kings 12:7

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ness. We should always bear this truth in mind, so that whenever this weakness comes to us in whatever form, we quickly would realize we have a golden opportunity to derive divine strength from it. No amount of physical limitations, health problems, financial difficulties, no amount of painful conflicts and failures in whatever endeavors we undertake, should weaken our conviction about this truth. On the contrary, they should reinforce it. We have to learn to welcome and embrace hardships, our general attitude

the dangers of anger, bitterness, discouragement, despair, sadness. In short, we can avoid the devil who is clueless about the wisdom of the cross. Thus, we have to learn and cultivate the appropriate attitude and virtues to allow God’s grace to work in us. These could be humility, obedience, simplicity. A certain detachment from things in general is always helpful These could be the art of passing unnoticed, of thinking always with purity of heart, of speaking and writing with tact, charity and refinement, of acting with rec-

The consequences would be immediate and obvious. We will experience a greater capacity to see things more objectively, to judge things more properly, to do things more effectively. There will be palpable joy and peace not only on our faces, but also in all our behavior. Our feelings, emotions and passions are held in check. They don’t rule us. Rather we rule them according to the dictates of faith and charity. We will have greater capacity to be more recollected, to be more prudent and discreet. In fact, what

shall rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the spirit of counsel and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and godliness. “And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ear.” (11:2-3) These are all possible with God’s grace and our cooperation. Imagine what goodness and transformation for the better we would all have if we learn to derive strength from weakness, how to be strong when we are weak!

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here must have been a fairly constant battle in Jesus’ life with the temptation to go off on his own authority rather than remain totally submissive to the Father’s will. This temptation would only have been heightened by the magnitude of His miracles and the subsequent people’s desire to make Him king. Jesus, however, resisted such temptations and kept His life in accord with His Father’s will. This is a great model for us in our own lives especially when things are going well and we seem to be invincible. This is never the case. Sin and temptation are never far away. Let us remain in obedience to God’s will in order to keep them at a distance from us. After this, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee [of Tiberias]. A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick. Jesus went up on the moun Turn to page 9

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A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. ~ Proverbs 17:17 “I am in there again,” I told my friend. “The pit.” A time when no one can cheer you up and you wonder if there ever was or is a God. Have you ever had such times? Discouragement can be devastating even to the best of saints. It can bring us so low. The writer of Proverbs phrased it well when he said, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Prov. 13:12). When we get so low that we despair of our belief, we can identify with the prophet Elijah who wanted to die after being so discouraged with life. “I’m coming over,” my friend said. “Aw, you don’t have to do that,” I said. “I’m coming over. We’re going to pray.” About 30 minutes later my friend walked in the door. We sat down on the living room floor and simply lay on our backs as my friend began to pray. I didn’t feel like praying. I was too deep in the pit. All I could do was listen. After awhile my friend was quiet. We both sat quietly for ten to fifteen minutes, praying quietly to ourselves. Suddenly my friend said, “First Thessalonians 5:24!” “What verse is that?” I asked. “I don’t know,” she said. “That is the verse He spoke to me.” I grabbed my Bible and looked up the verse. “The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.” We laughed. Can He be so personal? Can He care that much? That night I grew more in my love of my two friends, not to mention being brought out of the pit. Do you have a friend who is there when you need somebody at any hour of the day? Are you there for your friend? Ask the Lord how you can be a better friend to someone today.

The “Campanario” of Dumaguete

BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN. JR.

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ore than two years after I wrote it, I’m presenting this paper of five parts upon being besieged by endless requests of some readers who’ve recommended it to others, but who can’t find the original piece. If not the oldest land- veying the landscape, mark in this capital city could navigate from of Negros Oriental, the one town to another. Aside from calling campanario served as a fortress of an empire in the people to Mass and times past, and today tolling the hours, the has remained a bastion bells of the campanario also announced the of faith. Originally, the coming of important pertower in its original sonages like Gov. Genform served as look- eral Valeriano Weyler Photo by Cebu Clavano out post where flares who visited Dumaguete Printers in 2005 were lit up to warn the on 28 December 1888 neighboring towns of for a tour of inspection in impending danger, Southern Negros. The 19 April 2004, the bells sigsuch as the Moro bells likewise heralded naled the launching of the raids on the coast of significant events in the golden jubilee celebration Eastern Negros. Tow- lives of those living in the of the “fifty golden years ering above the trees, Christian community like of existence of the Dioit served as a land- baptisms, weddings and cese of Dumaguete.” Recognized as a heri mark for travelers in deaths. Two years ago, on the sea who, by surTurn to page 9


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tage site, the campanario de Dumaguete deserves a historian’s comment. In the book of Jos Marc Reseña Hist rica de la Isla de Negros (A Brief History of Negros Island) Manila, 1912, pages 32 and 35, it was noted that the present bell tower was completed in 1624. However, serious scholars today are warned to consult that book with caution because of many inaccuracies. For some decades, local historians believed that the belfry was built in 1811. Before the present marble flooring of the Cathedral Church was installed, there used to be an old marker at the entrance indicating that same year as its foundation. On the other hand, the e n c y c l o p e d i a , Kasaysayan, a Timeline of Philipine History (printed by Asia Publishing Company Limited, 1998, Vol. 10, pages 80 and 81), suggests that the existing campanario could be traced back to the 1760s. Serious research, however discloses much else about this tower. (More next week) EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF EST ATE ESTA

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Bid documents can be obtained at the BAC Secretariat c/o Office of the City Mayor or Office of the City General Services, this city, Tel. Nos. (035) 402-3182, or 402-8115, anytime during office hours, and can also be inquired for further information or particulars. The bidders shall drop their duly accomplished eligibility, technical, and financial documents each in separate sealed envelopes duly marked as such in the bid box at the Conference Room at the Office of the City Mayor on August 2, 2006 at 1:30 P.M. at which place, date and time said envelopes shall be opened in the presence of the members of the BAC, the attending bidders, the observers, or their duly authorized representative. Late bids shall not be accepted. The City Government of Bais reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, and to annul the bidding process and reject all bids at anytime prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. (Sgd) CARMELINO L. MORALES (City General Services Officer) The Negros Chronicle July 23 & 30, 2006

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Dark Clouds And Silver Linings

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NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late spouses JERRY C. PALUBIO, Sr. and JOSEPHINE R. PALUBIO have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate on Lot No. 482-B-4, with building constructed thereon, TCT No. 22601, TD No. 93-023-1288; House-TD No. 93-023-1730 situated in Looc, Dumaguete City, containing an area of 277 sq.m., and a Savings Account of Josephine R. Palubio with Equitable PCIBank, Br. 207 in Dumaguete City in the amount of P256,206.35 per Doc. No. 333, Page No. 34, Book No. XXXI, Series of 2006 of Notary Public Atty. Neil Ray M. Lagahit.

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ave you ever experienced dark moments in your life? Of course, you have! Truth to tell nobody among us is sanitized from the dark clouds that hover over us – misfortunes, failed dreams and ambitions, broken relationships, tragedies, and a lot of other ugly etceteras. ——————————And how did we cope with clouds and silver linings – these dark moments? It de- remember Richard M. pended on the dominant mani- Nixon, 37th President of the festation of either the optimist United States? In 1960 he or the pessimist in all of us. It is lost the presidential elecsaid that the pessimist in us tions to John F. Kennedy by considers a rock along our a cliffhanger of a result. path as an obstacle while the Later he ran for governor of optimist in us considers it as a California, the most popustepping stone in our move for- lous state of the American ward. Union. He lost to incumbent ——————————Gov. Edmund ‘Pat’ Brown. Everyday we confront This broke the proverbial the ugly face of misery and camel’s back in Richard in whatever collective little Nixon. ways we respond to mitigate ——————————— its effects, assuage pain, Hurt and overpowered by wipe away tears, brush away this dark cloud of rejection the cobwebs of pessimism Nixon never look at the silver that almost always over- lining in those defeats. Embitwhelm people. tered by his failure he told the ——————————American public that that Even as we ourselves have would be his last run for public to confront our own demon we office. And that the media reach out to others. ‘Never give whom he blamed for his misup,’ we encourage them. ery would not have Richard ‘Never say never again.’ This, Nixon to kick around anymore. ——————————— of course, is easier said than But the silver lining in done. But this unsolicited piece of advice is the best we Nixon’s dark clouds had alcould spare for those who are ways been there and when in the brink of giving up, intimi- he ran for president again dated by a dark cloud; forget- he was rewarded by an overting the silver lining in its pe- whelming mandate of the American electorate. The riphery. rest is history. ——————————— ——————————— Speaking of dark I write this piece because almost everyday I meet people DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL with so much frustration, so SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE much hopelessness, so many WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS problems, so resigned to their NOTICE is hereby given predicaments – not putting up that the heirs of the late JOSE V. a fight anymore, not searching TORREDA, JR. have filed and exfor the silver linings in their dark ecuted a Deed of Extrajudicial clouds – which is the worse that Settlement of Estate With Waiver could happen to anyone of us. of Rights on One-half (1/2) interest of land embraced by TCT No. ———————————20668, TD No. 93-028-0207, Lot 3Let me close this by C-2-C-1, Psd-07-021527; TCT No. sharing with you these T-37419, TD No. 2005-25-0652-R,

by: Art Umbac

words from a song written and composed nearly half a century ago. You might say that this song had ended. But I say this: the melody lingers on to this day for those who hope; for those who don’t give up; for those who are not intimidated by the dark clouds of life’s adversities. ——————————‘Look for the silver lining, Whenever a cloud appears in the blue, Remember somewhere the sun is shining, And so the best thing to do Is make it shine for you . . . . “ ——————————— So there you are! Behind those dark clouds the sun is shining. Wait. Be patient. Hope. Pray for the transformation of those silver lining into rays of God’s abundant blessings.

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(From page 8) tain, and there he sat down with his disciples. The Jewish feast of Passover was near. When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little [bit].” One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people recline.” Now there was a great deal of grass in that place. So the men reclined, about five thousand in number. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. When they had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat. When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, “This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.” Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

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Well, one day, while he was at the palace for rest and recreation, away from the field of battle, he paced back and forth on the veranda of the palace; and some little distance away he spotted a beautiful woman bathing in the garden. He learned she was Bathsheba, married to a soldier in the army named Uriah. Being so attracted to Bathsheba, he called for Uriah. He sent a sealed letter with Uriah as bearer to Joab, the commander of the army. The instruction to Joab was to send Uriah to the forefront of the raging battle with the purposed of getting him killed. Uriah was killed, and David took Bathsheba for his wife. (To be continued)

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She told me, through the pain, that she wished that for one day she could be WHITE. It is normal of young people to be very critical of themselves. They often want this a little bigger or that a little smaller. This is a normal part of growing up and finding your own identity. What bothers me is that this obsession with white skin is not limited to young people. The store shelves here in the Philippines are filled with soaps and lotions that “whiten” skin. There are TV commercials for white skin treatments. All your major movies stars have “light” colored skin. I am not intelligent enough to know

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igh Noon” was a Western movie which was popular in the sixties. It starred Gary Cooper who played the role of a Marshall in a town in old America during the days when “rule of law” was still an infant. What prevailed then was the law of gunslingers and robbers. The town was terrorized by lawless elements. The law was helpless. The justice system failed as jurors would acquit accused criminals because they too were possessed by fear of losing their lives. In those days, the Sheriff or Marshall was authorized to form a citizen contingent to help him in apprehending criminals with the use of force if need be. The group thus formed was called posse. Gary Cooper wanted to form a posse but nobody would enlist. The irony of it all is that everybody was vocal in saying that he was on the side of the law. In exasperation, Gary Cooper, in substance, said: “You claim to be on the side of the law. But you don’t do anything. Perhaps, deep inside, you don’t really care”. Gary Cooper did it alone and succeeded, and he threw his badge to the ground within the view of the townsfolk. Sa ato pang

sanglitanan, ang mga tawo midawat lang ug limpio. Maka-olaw! Dumaguete is fast approaching High Noon. My grandson is worried, as many others are, because Gary Cooper is dead. And he cannot come to Dumaguete anymore to help us to extricate from the present criminal situation. The only way to combat rising criminality in Dumaguete is for all of us to be involved, both citizenry and officialdom. We cannot just fold our arms and sit idly by. If Gary Cooper were alive, he would tell many of us. “Perhaps, deep inside, you don’t really care”. The forgotten factor in the fight against criminality is the citizenry. The police and the local government must do something, akin to the idea of a posse, to enlist the aid of the citizenry. Another forgotten factor is the concept of deterrence. The only way to de-

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ter criminals is to instill fear upon them prior to the execution of the criminal design. That’s what the Reward System Ordinance of Dumaguete City intended to achieve. However, it met all kinds of legal objections from many who have not even read the ordinance and who are unwilling to tangle with the author on the validity of the ordinance. So, let it be. Let it be. But we at the City Council are perpetually awaiting an alternative ordinance which will fill the need for a deterrent to the hiring of criminals to kill. The police has become the absorber of all criticisms re criminality in the City. But pray, tell me, how do we solve a killing of a person perpetrated by a masked berdugo hired by an aggrieved party in a “love triangle”. How? Kindly transmit your solution to the police. After all, you are a citizen of Dumaguete who really cares. Gary Cooper would say, “Do you really care when you are not willing to be involved?” AGENCIA DE EXQUISITE of Dumaguete, Inc., Cor. Ma. Cristina & San Juan Sts., Dgte. City

All unredeemed and unrenewed pawn items for the month of February 2006 will be disposed by way of auction sale on August 1, 2006 at our business office.

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Knowing Pantaleon Villegas

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eon Kilat (July 27, 1873 - April 8, 1898) born as Pantaleon Villegas was a leader in Cebu during the Philippine Revolution against Spain. Kilat was a native of the island of Negros having been born in Bacong, Negros Oriental. He was a member of a circus troupe. During the rebellion against Spain, Kilat led the revolutionaries in Cebu. Originally intending to start the rebellion on Easter Sunday, Kilat was forced to change his plans when the Spaniards discovered the planned revolt. Kilat and his men began the rebellion in Cebu on Palm Sunday April 3, 1898. Leon Kilat however was betrayed and murdered

Leon Kilat was born in Bacong, Negros Oriental on July 27, 1873. He went to Cebu and worked for a drug store and later a bakery. He later joined a circus owned by Tagalogs, and among them was a katipunero. Justimbaste said “It was there that he was recruited into the secret coun-

cil of the KKK which also taught the occult sciences, magic, and other esoteric practices.” Villegas, according to Justimbaste, was known for his bravery. He was sent to Cebu to lead the local Katipunan, carrying with him a letter of appointment signed by General Emilio

LEON KILAT Aguinaldo. Leon Kilat, according to the myth that surrounded him years after his death, was said to possess amulets that made him almost invincible.

Through the Smart Schools Program Shown in photo during the turnover ceremony are: (from left) Hon. Elesio Jopia, Barangay Captain of Paril, Cebu City; Leandro Vergacer, Paril National High School PTCA president and Barangay Councilor of Paril; Atty. Maria Jane C. Paredes of SMART; Cebu City Councilors Christopher Alix and Edwin Jagmoc; Menchie F.Quiñal of SMART; Ronnie Daculan, Paril National High School Administrator; Dr. Josephine Abadia, Schools Division Assistant Superintendent of DepEd Cebu City Division; Tomas Pastor, Division ICT Coordinator; and Rey Lañete, Public Schools Division Supervisor.

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aril National High School and Lusaran National High School, two of Cebu City’s schools located in outlying mountain barangays, are now linked to the rest of the city and the world through broadband Internet connec-

tion. In ceremonies attended by Cebu City Councilors Edwin Jagmoc and Christopher Alix and barangay officials, the schools were formally welcomed as partners

of the Smart Schools Program, the flagship community service initiative of Smart Communications Inc. (SMART) that promotes the use of Information and Com-

HAVANA FOOTWEAR Locsin St., Dumaguete City Tel. # 226-2691

munications Technology (ICT) in the education sector. Through the Smart Schools Program, the schools received additional networked Turn to page 15

Python bites man, is spared DUMAGUETE CITY —— A 2.20 meter long Python was caught by the residents of Sitio Candayong, Barangay Calindagan last Tuesday. However, when it was placed in a sack, the snake almost escaped and attacked a certain Alberto Guevarra by burying its fangs deep on the victim’s right arm, feeling the pain, the Alberto yanked the reptile away that left an ugly wound with deep marks. After debating whether to slaughter the beast, it was finally decided by the residents to turn over the same to the Department of Envi-

HIS ARM

PYTHON BIT THIS MAN ronment of Natural Resources for safekeeping. Officials of the department promised to return the python in one of the forests of the province and reminded the public that under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Act, it is forbidden to harm wild animals as they also have the right to exist. Luckily, the victim was declared out of danger since the snake is not poisonous.

Victim: A. Guevarra

FRIENDS in HARMONY Fifteen Years of Singing for the Lord in His Holy Mass every Sunday 7:15 a.m. and every Friday 5:30 p.m. at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Redemptorist Parish, Metro Dumaguete. FRIENDS IN HARMONY is compose of, 1st row (L to R): Dandy Ozoa, Mike Sienes, Roy Olivar – Musical Director, Vic Somoza. 2 nd row (L to R): Raul Evangelista – Vice Chair, Gerry Saga – Chairman, Artem General, Flor Arbolado. 3 rd row (L to R): Tata Alviola, Nonoy Reyes & Boyet Enardecido.

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Welcome to Connective

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Mrs. Torres has been in the field of education for more than 20 years. She had numerous teaching, training and administrative work experiences in ESL in all levels. Mrs. Torres has been the CEO and the main trainer of Connective since its establishment. A part of her experience was being an ESL teacher and ESL Teacher Supervisor for five years at the Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC), which provided an educational program for Indochinese refugees for their smooth transition to US schools. Mrs. Torres supervised and trained teachers on effective teaching methodologies. She had the privilege to be trained by experts from the US, Canada and Australia since the project was funded by the US State Department. After her intensive training in PRPC, she managed her own daycare and preschool for ten years using a language - based program that she herself created. She has also been a consultant/teacher at the International School, Los Baños. Af-

ter this broad work experience, she decided to share her expertise on ESL to others through Connective.

Our vision Connective was established with a vision to help improve the quality of English as Second Language (ESL) learning and teaching in the Philippines and in other parts of the world. We want our trainees to be recognized as highly qualified ESL teachers; equipped with validated teaching principles that have been proven effective through the years. Connective also wants to be recognized as the best language center that provides communicative language teaching approach where students acquire the English language in just a matter of 3 weeks. Ultimately, we want the Philippines to be known as the best place to learn English.

Our experience Connective Training

and Language Center has a rich and strong foundation. A foundation built on dedication, integrity, and passion for learning and teaching. We provide excellent service by using effective teaching methodologies. Our program contains a contextualized curriculum that is relevant, functional and applicable to real life situation. Our teachers and trainers are highly qualified and committed individuals with significant number of years of related work experiences. We place our clients’ advancement in language learning above all else. Connective now brings its tried and tested training programs to Dumaguete as it is known as the country’s “university town.” It also has a growing business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, one of the areas where Connective would like to venture for its training programs. (for more information and online registration visit the website@www.connectivelanguage.com.)

Humility in this troubled world

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ur modern age doesn’t think much of the virtue of humility anymore. In fact, it doesn’t regard humility as a virtue but more of a dilemma. The reasons for this turnaround are many and complex. But there is one that stands out. Our present culture regards self-assertion and self-preoccupation as worthy qualities, and humility is seen as some sort of self-negation. Our cul- Atty. Joel Cadiogan Obar ture has interpreted humility as nearer to the idea of “humiliation”. The modern culture is one that tends to reward those who perform and excel and do extremely well. This character begins within the confines of the family. The pattern to gain parental attention and admiration is frequently scripted where we eagerly strove to achieve in order to get parental approval and affection. We also have seen how massmedia have made popularity a better virtue than uprightness of conduct. It is therefore hardly surprising that we take this unharmonious melody with us into other aspects of life and into our relationships with others. Even our relationship with God is colored with the need to perform good works in order to gain divine approval. And there you are, you find pride among those who openly perform and “humiliation” on those whose endeavors are not open and apparent, though sincere and bona fide in accordance with the divine purpose. Pride, self-righteousness and arrogance are the opposites of humility. Hence, our modern world has now an arrogant superpower who is insensitive and unmindful of the lives

of unarmed children and women in the arena of global conflicts, coupled with a powerful world religion that seemingly has adopted a policy of approbation by silence and non-condemnation like what it did during the days of the holocaust or the Nazi era. It is amazing, though disgusting and horrible, how people and leaders of nations, including the Philippines, are enamored by the unbridled display of pride by superpowers in the field of politics as well as in religion. It is necessary, therefore, for us to revitalize and regenerate the VIRTUE OF HUMILITY. While in the ancient world ‘humility’ had the meaning of ‘lowly’ and was used in a negative sense, biblical tradition held it to be an important aspect of spirituality and should be the foundation of the transformation of a troubled world as people and nations will begin to have a glimpse of the eternal “new earth and new heaven”. In this sense, humility is not self-debasement but rather the greatest of all self-fulfillment. In this manner, humility positions us before God in many varied ways that surpasses what our

Another SU ... From page2 Earlier in May 10 this year, another 18yr old boy from Bacolod hanged himself using a room curtasin at Republic of the Philippines Office of the President HOUSING & LAND USE REGULATORY BOARD Region VII, Cebu City

Republic of the Philippines Office of the President HOUSING & LAND USE REGULATORY BOARD Region VII, Cebu City

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Notice is hereby given that PRUDENCIA B. SABANAL has/have filed with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board a sworn statement for the sale of subdivision lots located at Paniabonan, Mabinay, Negros Oriental specifically identified/described as Lot Nos. 909-B-8-A to E, Psd-07-065107. That the registration statement and all papers attached thereto are available for inspection during business hours by any person having legal interest thereon. And upon proper application and that copies thereof shall be furnished such person upon payment of proper fees. Any person with valid objection to the registration of the project may file his objection in writing with the Housing & Land Use Regulatory Board, Mezzanine Flr., LDM Bldg., corner M.J. Cuenco Avenue and Legaspi Street, Cebu City, Telephone Nos. 4121844 and 2544564, within ten days (10) from the date of last publication. Cebu City, Philippines 17 July 2006.

Notice is hereby given that HEIRS OF RAYMUNDO CASTRO/ AUREA M. CASTRO has/have filed with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board a sworn statement for the sale of subdivision lots located at Sitio Napit-an, Barangay Maninihon, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental specifically identified/described as Lot Nos. 121-A to G, Psd-07056110. That the registration statement and all papers attached thereto are available for inspection during business hours by any person having legal interest thereon. And upon proper application and that copies thereof shall be furnished such person upon payment of proper fees. Any person with valid objection to the registration of the project may file his objection in writing with the Housing & Land Use Regulatory Board, Mezzanine Flr., LDM Bldg., corner M.J. Cuenco Avenue and Legaspi Street, Cebu City, Telephone Nos. 4121844 and 2544564, within ten days (10) from the date of last publication. Cebu City, Philippines 21 July 2006.

(Sgd.) ANTONIO B. DECATORIA, SR. Regional Officer

The Negros Chronicle July 30 & Aug. 6, 2006

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Our history onnective was started in March 2005 by Mrs. Mirzah Betia-Torres, a BS Development Communication graduate from University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna with Education units from the U.P. Diliman, Quezon City and taking her MA in Language Studies at the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU).

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the new men’s dormitory near the gym. Same thing, his last text message was to his parents and a girl friend informing them that he was about to commit suicide, as he bade them goodbye.

Landslide ... From page2 Agustin and Bagayasan, Barangay San Miguel, Bayawan; Sitio Nabinlan, Barangay Pinucaun, Vallahermoso; Sitio Maquin, Barangay Sta. Cruz Viejo, Tanjay City. These areas were found to have wide fissures and prone to landslides ad mudslides. It was urged that residents in these places must stay vigilant and immediately leave during heavy rains.

earthly desires and independence would have provided. In this troubled and craving world, the humble are the ones who are blessed and will be the peacemakers of the world. Even if the humble may be out-numbered by the proud and the arrogant in our present society, we must not be afraid to live with humility because in the upright world of God the weak are strong, the poor are rich, those who pray have power, those who observe charity are filled with good things, and those who walk the royal road of peace will disarm their enemies. Brethren, let us intently listen to the whispers of eternity and live our lives in faith, reflection, worship and service ever remembering the three principal pillars of our Christian life: FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY, the greatest of which is charity. May brotherly love prevail and every social and moral virtue cement us into one solid family of brothers and sisters under the universal fatherhood of God.

PNP won’t ... From page1 It will be recalled that the Dumaguete Press Club last week issued a pooled editorial, calling on the local leadership to do everything possible to stop the spate of UNSOLVED killings in Dumaguete. It was reported that certain telephone callers to Mayor Perdices identify themselves as the Equalizers who claim responsibility in the execution or vendetta style of killings. However, PNP chief of police S/Supt Deonard Carlos dismiss these calls as unconfirmed and considered all killings as criminal in nature, and that those responsible must be brought before the law. The PNP will not choose the kind of law violators, he said. Nobody is above the law., otherwise, there will be chaos, and anarchy if everyone takes the law into their own hands.


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Readers’ Views

SONA: economically...

mails & e-mails British marries Filipina widow & both live happily ever after

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ood day sir. As an avid reader of your excellent paper I would like first to commend you on your victory in Court against these feeble minded and immature officials that think they can get away with anything. Thank God for people like you who have the power and courage to stand up to them, I read with interest the letter of Kojak and as a Filipino married to a foreigner I would like to add my little bit to back up the things he said. He is very correct when he said there are very many really good foreigners here and the Pinoys could learn a great deal from them instead of knocking them and taking advantage of them. My loving husband of almost four years is a true example of just how good they are. I was a teacher for many years at St. Paul University Dumaguete, Dumaguete City. When my husband was mysteriously beaten up in Cebu and died there leaving me with five children to bring up, I kept on working as teaching was my only source of income. Things got really bad each day as the bills kept coming in. It was a struggle coming home to piles of washing and having to wash it in the the river sometimes till midnight then getting up at445 am to start all over again. I prayed and prayed for a miracle to happen as my health was failing under the strain, Suddenly God heard and answered my prayers. My co- teacher invited me to Scoobys and introduced me to the magic of the Internet. Within 1 week I met David, a British guy living for many years in Florida and working for the Florida police dept. He was a widower as his Wife had died of cancer, Anyway to cut a long story short we co responded for a year, Then he came to visit us at Camanjac. After living in such luxury he was amazed how basic our tiny block house was and how so many lived from hand to mouth,( I thought after seeing how we lived he would have run away as fast as possible) But no, true to his word he went back, sold all his properties, house, boat car etc, and came back to make a life with us, We got married in St Catherines Church soon after. Then he proceeded

to adopt my five children and what a difference he has made. He has made a huge change in our lives. My children were not very confident and not very out going. My two oldest now have their own rental music system business. Also he has just built a recording studio at Pulantubig (OPENING IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS) He is a very loving and kind Dad and treats them just as his own. He has taught them many good things such as recycling , taking care of the environment, never throw litter, never damage trees and wild life,also be kind to your animals and take good care of your pets like dogs and cats etc. He has made our home beautiful but he has also made our hearts beautiful and completely restored my faith in God. He has also helped out all my family with things like medical bills etc, but he has no time for scroungers. There are some that get themselves in debt and even though they have cell phones, motor bikes colored TVs and every week drink red horse or long necks, they come and ask financial help, but he will only help people who will help themselves. He was bought up in the mining valleys of Wales, UK. as poor as any Pinoy. But like all his family despite very poor education he worked hard, some times doing 3 jobs, grabbing a little sleep between each job, until he built up his own business. By the way he is 71 years old and still works hard and enjoys it so much. He never sleeps in the day and gets up at 4-45 each morning. He eats only twice a day and is amazed at the Pinoys eating 4 or 5 meals a day and falling asleep as soon as they eat. Just a few more points I want to make. One is for people who call the foreigners ugly, stop and think. You will never see a foreigner urinate or spit in public. We have too much respect for ourselves. So next time you see a foreigner just think of the good things they do for us and then ask yourself when was the last time you had done something good for your neighbors and friends. OK? Last thing I want to point out is, Kojak never said about the good things he does for Pinoys every day. He is too modest. Have a nice day.

Cayetana Atwood

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Walter Hagen, leaving Hagen with seven titles to hold on to. “I realized my dad’s never going to see this again and I wish he could have seen this one last time,” said Tiger Woods, whose father, Earl, died in May. Tiger Woods said Wednesday that we would see him in next month’s Buick Open at Warwick Hills. He will play against Paul Azinger, John Daly, Jim Furyk, Chris DiMarco, and Vijay Singh, who became the first three-time champion at the Buick Open last year.

ber of the Wow TKD Dumaguete Team. “Most of the TKD players in Silliman are already trained players in their own provinces, and if ever the administration will decide to make as official, they wouldn’t have to start from scratch,” Ramos added. TKD Dumaguete is trained by Master Joshua Kim, Regional head instructor and former world champion.

critical of any lapses by police officers, especially in the technical requirements, but it is also giving recognition to deserving PNP personnel. Senior Supt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe, provincial PNP director, said he considers the CHR as a partner and mentor in improving police service. The PNP units of Tanjay City, Siaton, Ayungon, Bais City and Jimalalud were also cited by the CHR after registering the most number of personnel who passed the exams. Out of 189 survey papers given, less than 50 posted a passing average.

From page 4 could as well be the Big Voice that rejects in no uncertain terms the usurped mandate of GMA of the presidency. That is why GMA appeared to have used Webster’s dictionary to the hilt merely to acknowledge with her thanks these major political allies. For how long will GMA remain a tenable head of a flawed democracy whose new wings of freedom are tested by the day? Can the Government carry out the programs in the Super-Regions to be built along the lines of a decentralized, devolved local governance since this will cost half a stupendous trillion pesos – this one coming from a former Budget Secretary Ben Diokno. This year, a slow Congress has not even passed yet the 2006 Budget and only P10 billion (maximum) is expected to be poured in directly to the Super-Regions through infrastructures. North Luzon and part of Mindanao are expected to form the Agricultural quadrangles, with Manila as the industrial Urban Beltway and the Central Visayas as Tourism Hub. The economic blueprint covers completion dates that are in the period of three years. How much will the mega infrastructure projects directly benefit the locales with employment (no matter how temporary the relief) and shorten the

lag time before these infrastructure benefits filter down directly to the local constituents? Is GMA merely weaving the magic wand over the eyes of the public so that they will accept the SONA without the questioning minds? The problem is that the main reason for the instability of GMA’s regime resting on the electoral fraud in 2004 do not seem to have a solution in sight, with the resident digging in her heels in an apparent fight to the finish stance. The other problem is that the main deterrent to social equity which is the high 24% annual population growth, La Gloria conveniently ignored in her speech, in yet another of her brilliant circus acrobatic foray so as not to risk the ire of the powerful Catholic Church. Very dramatically GMA had pointed to charter infirmities in the presidential system that have been the bitter hurdles to full recovery. Yet while she was specific about the geographical nuances of the economic blueprint, she was not as candid as to how she will clean the pigsty stable called the Comelec and ensure a transparent computerization before the May 2007 polls. Despite that, GMA remains the luckiest though unpopular a president of the republic. Despite her no-kidding bad popularity, she does her tour of duty at the time when contemporary history observed worldwide the slow death of mass appeal of rallies, of topping regimes and orange

revolutions. What is in store for GMA then in spite of the SONA? Let’s take some notes from political analyst David Brooks who traced the three stages of transformation of countries coming out from despotic, cruel leaders like the Dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The first stage is liberation, for instance, with the forced exile of the strongman Marcos. In nations where authoritarianism was strongest and civil society most brutalized., chaos followed as in nine coup upheavals and a resignation of a president in Estrada. The third stage is called conservative restoration. This gives birth to modern-day autocrats who create a society that is not under totalitarianism but is not free. On the one hand the autocrats and their civilian cohorts strive to stifle liberty in order to secure their grip on power. Democratic activists are arrested or killed and media sways to government by favors or veiled coercion. But the people (more than bread) will yearn for freedom. This creates severe contradictions and pressure within society. Eventually the conservative autocrats are forced to a choice to rule by terror which is untenable in the long run or institute gradual but radical reforms or perish. The Philippines is probably at this stage. The survival of the government of GMA, a leader with the mind of an economist and a heart of a politician, will be determined how sincerely she makes a fist and forces her reforms – political and economic – into play.

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SONA: Dgte. .... From page 1 ment assuming that there will be political unity. This was the exhortation of President Arroyo as she made mention of Negros Oriental and Dumaguete city during PGMA’s Monday’- State of the Nation(SONA) address before a joint session of Congress. It would have been this scenario that the rebels in the military will stage a coup and hold both president and congressmen hostage while establishing a de facto new government. But the coup plans were uncovered and the plotters now being jailed and investigated. In her SONA held at the opening of the third regular session of the 13th Congress , the President, used a PowerPoint presentation, as she unveiled a massive investment program through the Mega-Region economic development strategy. She particularly cited Negros Oriental for its potential in energy independence, tourism and electronics due to the presence of the geothermal field in Palinpinon. Gov. Arnaiz said the province is more than ready to stand up to the challenge posed by the President for progress in the regions. “We are even ready to provide the province’s counterpart for the funding of projects here,” says Arnaiz. In her SONA , the President also cited Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental for its potential in the tourism sector, and Valencia town in electronics. “We will lengthen the Dumaguete runway for tourism,” stated the President as she alludes the competitive edge of the regions in mega-

region Central Philippines to its natural wonders and the “extraordinary hospitality of its people.” Oriental Negros belongs to the Central Philippines cluster of super-regions wherein tourism investments will be capitalized, including Camiguin, Siargao, Dapitan, Romblon, Palawan, Bicol and the three other provinces comprising Region 7. NEGROS INVESTMENTS. The President’s massive investment program aims to sustain economic growth and spread progress to all areas of the country through the Mega-Region economic development strategy and propel the Philippines to the First World status. In her SONA, the President pushed for a return of power to the people and to the regions away from the reign of “Imperial Manila” through the setting up of super regions comprising of North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle, Metro Luzon Urban Beltway, Central Philippines, Mindanao and the Cyber Corridor. The Mega-Regions planning strategy is the third phase of the President’s Medium Term Public Investment Program (MTPIP), of which much of the input came from the regional development councils of the country’s 16 regions. “The good thing is the President is always consulting the local government units. She consulted the local chief executives all over the country, especially on the super regions and the MTPIP,” says Arnaiz. PGMA STRATEGY. Under the super-regions strategy, the governor disclosed his priority projects in the province from 2001-

2010, which he assured will be implemented “even if I will no longer be the governor.” The said projects include the construction of diversion road between Dumaguete to Sibulan worth P428 million; Pamplona to Sta. Catalina worth P130 million; asphalting of the Bayawanto-Mabinay road worth P400 million and road construction between Isabela, Negros Occidental to Guihulngan worth P680 million. Also in line with the President’s vision, Board Member Melimore Saycon said a route is set to open up between Tambobo Bay, Siaton to Dipolog under the President’s Nautical Highway. Saycon said that although it is the private bus company that will ply the said route, the Siaton local government together with the provincial government is fully supporting the said project. The board member also said he is confident that the President’s plans outlined in her SONA will be implemented as the country is enjoying international support from countries such as Japan and China. The Japanese government has recently expressed its interest to become an active participant in the quest for lasting peace in Mindanao by offering economic and social assistance to conflict-stricken areas. Malacañang welcomed Japan’s support for peace and development, saying that this will be another impetus towards an early peace agreement. (PIA)

Through the ... From page 12

Justice: ... From page 1 life imprisonment and the other P400T in fine and 14 years in jail had these procedural bungles not happened, based on the decision of Hon Judge Cresencio Tan, Jr., over Branch 30 known as the Drug Court. Accused Shabu possessor Dexter Cabanag was released because Judge Tan said arresting officer SPO1 Bellingan did not completely follow the procedure provided in the Constituiton in appraising the accused that if he could not afford a lawyer, one would be assigned to him. The Court was also confused where the 1.4grams of shabu were marked by the police, in suspect’s house, or the police station, casting doubts as to whether the items were the same ones being confiscated, thus giving rise to reasonable doubt. Thus, evidence became inadmissible , thus, no corpus delicti, thus, no crime, said counsel Atty Edwin Torres.

ACQUITTED. Suspected shabu seller

Cristito Ramirez was also released because of a defective information which described the seized .02 grams as “suspected” shabu, thus the arresting officer PO3 Paquira, was not sure what he confiscated. The prosecutor also confused the Court as to whether the crime charged was illegal possession or illegal sale per testimony of the police. Judge Tan also noted that the receipt and inventory of the seized item was signed by Ramirez without the assistance of counsel. He also claimed that he was forced to sign something he did not know what the contents were.

GUILTY. Meted life sentence and P500,000 in fine was Gaudencia Paragas, of Dumaguete City for selling .o3grams of shabu andP400,000 plus 14 years in jail for illegal possession of 3.4l grams of shabu > She was charged on Jan 29, 2004. Having served sentence partially, those days will be credited with full time during her period of preventive suspension subject to conditions set forth by law.

computer equipment and peripherals on top of one year free Smart Bro connection, Smart’s wireless broadband service. Moreover, the schools will also receive ICT skills trainings for teachers and stakeholders as well as access to online content via the program’s website (www.smartschools.ph). Under the program, the existing computer laboratories of these schools will now double as Smart Teachers Learning Resource Centers for Internet-aided teacher learning. Ma. Hiyasmin Quiñal, Smart network services division senior manager for Visayas and Mindanao, expressed hopes that the teachers in both schools, as well as those of nearby public elementary schools, will be able to maximize the use of the facilities. Launched in December 2004 in Cebu City, the Smart Schools Program now includes almost 50 public high schools partners nationwide from as far as Basco, Batanes to Bonggao, Tawi-Tawi. The program is being implemented through the Philippine Business for Social Progress, with the support of the Department of Education and Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Program.

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Republic of the Philippines CITY OF BAIS BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE

WAR vs. ... From page1 Police Supt Deonardo Carlos. POLICE RECORDS SHOW. Police records show that latest victims in the rash of killings were Charles Florida, 56, who was shot last Sunday at 10:15 a.m. at South Road, Barangay Banilad, and a 17-year old boy, who was gunned down at Colon Street in the early hours or just after midnight Wednesday. The PNP investigators also observed that in the theft, robbery and homicide section of the city PNP, 17-year-old another victim Leonil Morales was a criminal character with records of thefts and a murder case. Police said Morales was also a member of the youth gang, “Parke Boys”. Morever, records also show that killed two weeks earlier were Edwin Fiel Malot, 23, his companion Junnil Cimara, 20, who were shot several times by two still unidentified men on July 13, and Eric David Mariño, 32, who was killed two days later in Brgy. Looc. Police confirmed that Malot and Cimara have pending complaints for thefts, while Mariño is an alleged drug personality. WARNING ISSUED/. Chief of Police S/Supt. Dionard Carlos warned policemen under him that they will face the consequences if they are found to be in cahoots with criminal elements. The problem with the PNP set up is that the rank and file do not know the community at heart because they are transferred from one place to another anytime. Unlike before, when policemen come from the same locality, people know them and vice versa, thus they can exchange notes on intelligence work. However, the disadvantage of this old set up is that policemen can easily become beholden to the mayor who can turn these men into his private army in some places. Somehow, the solution is how to strike a balance between the two extreme situations, Carlos said.

NegOr. to ... From page 16 the SU Ballfield for two months. The players that makes up the team are recruited from Silliman University (5) Foundation University (5) and Negros Oriental High School (2). Meanwhile other teams from different cities are sending 17 players and only two officials from each team because of the lack of funding for the event. “The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) is contributing soccer balls and some amount for the said event, but it is the host city to shoulder lodging, transportation, equipments, security, and medics needed to accommodate the teams this event.

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID

The City Government of Bais invites interested bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the supply and delivery of the hereunder requirements: ITEM

APPROVED BUDGET FOR THE CONTRACT (ABC)

1. P.R. #589–06 – various const. materials for Concreting of Mabini St. to be taken from the 20% Dev’t. Fund.

P 98,000.00

2. P.R. #511-06 – various const. materials for Const. of Composting Building at Sanitary Landfill to be taken from 20% Dev’t. Fund. 307,750.32 3. P.R. #590-06 – various const. materials for improvement of drainage Canal at Brgy. II to be taken from 20% Dev’t. Fund.

185,195.00

4. P.R. # 607-06 – various const. materials for water supply system development at various brgys. to be taken from 20% Dev’t. Fund.

168,675.00

5. P.R. #614-06 – various const. materials for Development of Sanitary Landfill, Toxic and Hazardous Waste Vault to be taken from the 20% Dev’t. Fund.

17,400.00

6. P.R. #615-06 – various const. materials for Rehabilitation of Bandmill-Nursery III Road to be taken from 20% Dev’t. Fund.

22,900.00

7. P.R. # 168-06- various const. materials for Repair & Maint. Of Satellite Market to be taken from the General Fund. 32,290.00 8. P.R. # 619-06 – various const. materials for Fabrication of Water-sealed Toilet Bowls to be taken from the 20% Dev’t. Fund.

49,500.00

9. P.R. # 620-06 – various const. materials for Const. of Box Culvert at Brgy. Panala-an to be taken from the 20% Dev’t. Fund. 195,592.50 ——————TOTAL P1,077,302.82 ======== Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. In order to qualify, bidders should conform to the eligibility criteria as prescribed under Sec. 23.11 of the IRR-A of R.A. 9184. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary “pass/fail” criteria as specified in the IRR-A of R.A 9184. As such non-submission of the required documents will result in the disqualification of the bidder. All other particulars relative to the procurement process shall be govern by the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9184 otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bid documents can be obtained upon payment of a non-refundable fee equivalent to the total amount of the ABC of the items in which interested bidders intend to bid, in accordance with the following rates: Below P50,000.00 - 0.5% but not less than P100.00 P50,000 but not more than P100,000.00 - 0.45% but not less than P250.00 P100,001.00 but not more than P200,000.00 - 0.4% but not less than P450.00 P200,001.00 – P350,000.00 - 0.35% but not less than P800.00 P350,001.00 – P500,000.00 - 0.3% but not less than P1,225.00 P500,001.00 – P1,000,000.00 - 0.2 % but not less than P1,500.00 P1,000,001.00 and above - 0.1% but not less than P2,000.00 and not more than P10,000.00 Bid documents can be obtained at the BAC Secretariat c/o Office of the City Mayor or Office of the City General Services, this city, Tel. Nos. (035) 402-3182, or 402-8115, anytime during office hours, and can also be inquired for further information or particulars. The bidders shall drop their duly accomplished eligibility, technical, and financial documents each in separate sealed envelopes duly marked as such in the bid box at the Conference Room at the Office of the City Mayor on August 10, 2006 at 1:30 P.M. at which place, date and time said envelopes shall be opened in the presence of the members of the BAC, the attending bidders, the observers, or their duly authorized representative. Late bids shall not be accepted. The City Government of Bais reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, and to annul the bidding process and reject all bids at anytime prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

The Negros Chronicle July 30 & Aug. 6, 2006

(Sgd) CARMELINO L. MORALES (City General Services Officer) BAC Chairman

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standings: 5th=Voltaire Sevillano (Cebu City; 6 th=NM Anthony Makinano (Cebu City); 7th=Joselito Tapulgo (Bacolod City); 8 th =Rayymund dela Peña (Bacolod City); 9 th=Christopher Tubalado th (Cebu City); and 10 = N M Roullo Rolzon (Tanjay city).

4 th round when he failed to appear within the 30 minutes graced period. Crowding in the 5th to 10th places with identical 5 points and arranged by tiebrealers resulted to the final

INAUGURAL DUMAGUETE BARTER TRADE CENTER OPEN CHESS The “Inaugural Dumaguete Barter Trade Center Open Chess Cham-

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pionship” will start at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon this coming Saturday July 29, 2006, at the newly open Dumaguete Barter Trade Center located at the corner of Sta. Rosa and Mabini Streets. No less than P12,000.00 cash gifts await the top ten placers with biggest slice of P5,000.00 going to the champion. City Mayor Hon. Agustin Perdices is invited as the Guest Speaker in a simple Opening program according to the Officer of the Barter Trade Cooperative Center. (Florendo T. Zamora)


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PITCHER JEFF FRANCIS Starting pitcher Jeff Francis # 26 of the Colorado Rookies throws in the ninth inning of a complete game’s twohit shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals July 24, 2006 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. The Rookies won, 7-0 (Photoby Brian Bahr Getty Images)

Kings & Pawns First Open chess tourney

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he Negros Oriental Football Association will host the this year’s seventh Philippine FootballWomen’s National Tournament, a series of competition from August 7 to 12 at the Silliman University Ballfield. “This will be the first time Oriental Negros will host a National Women’s Soccer Tournament, and hopefully be recognized by the other teams that will be participating in this event,” said Pastor Merced, soccer coach. Participating teams from around the country that will grace the seventh Women’s National are Bacolod, Cebu, NCR, Davao, Sultan Kudarat, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Zamboanga, Oriental Mindoro, and Iloilo. According to Pastor, this event will be an open tournament except players aging from 17 below will not be permitted to play. He said that some of the participants will be coming on August 5 to 6 to have their final practices here. One of the best teams Merced said are from Cebu and NCR. “Though we can’t beat them all, we just hope that we could find a spot in the semi-finals. We look forward in meeting one of the strongest teams in Davao. We are hosting this year’s event to show to the other teams that we’ve got skills and strength as a team, said Pastor. NORFA had been practicing at Turn to page 15

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ebuano chess wizard Eden Diano notched the much coveted championship crown of the recent “First Tanjay King & Pawns Open Chess Championship” jointly sponsored by Tanjay City’s balikbayan pillars of chess, Eng’r Roberto “Bobby” Tabaloc and National Master Eng’r Jovito “Zaldi” Ybañez and in cooperation with Tanjay City’s Local Government. Diano, of Paknaan, Mandaue City, gathered 6.5 points out of 7 rounds swiss and bagged the P10,000.00 cash gift as a champion prize in an elegantly prepared awards ceremony by the Tanjay King & Pawns Chess Club held at the new Tanjay Public Market. Another highly rated Cebuano Carlos Moreno III bagged solo second with 6 points together with the P5,000.00 cash gift in this biggest individual event ever held in the province of Oriental Negros. While Escalante City’s Chess Sports Officer, National Master Hamed Nouri landed 3rd to fourth places with Cebu City’s promising Richard Natividad with 5.5 points a piece. However, Hot Spring NM Nouri settled third via Natural Swimming Pool a higher tie-breaker. NM Airplane Restaurant • Parties Nouri’s only loss was in the Catering Call: 424-0560 Turn to page 15

Ben Crane reacts to nearly making a long birdie putt on the 16th green at Brown Deer Park during the final round of the U.S. Bank Championship in the file photo taken Sunday July 24, 2005, in Milwaukee. Crane shot 1- under 69 and 20 under for the tournament win. For Crane, It’s, all about enjoying the little things. Like a better

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fter winning the Championship crown in the British Open at the Royal Liverpool last Sunday, Tiger Woods plans to join the prestigious Buick Open Field. Woods won by two shots over Chris DiMarco after making a smooth shot in the final round-67 to finish at 18-under 270. Woods’ authentic strategy led him winning after his father died in May. This year’s British Open was the second time that Woods clinched victory, and now has three Open titles to defend in the incoming events next year. He recorded 11 major championships, tying

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Tae Kwon do team bags medals in Visayas Tourney BY MARIANNE CATHERINE F. TAPALES ow Tae Kwon Do Dumaguet-Silliman Brance landed 1st –up during the 2006 Visayas Tae Kwon Do Championship held at the Cebu Doctor’s University Gyml ast July 16. “I feel proud to bring home medals and represent not only Dumaguete but also the school,” said Lord Johnson Delejero, a brown belter,and bronze medalist. “As of now, we are preparing for the University Games, and hopefully would join the Samsung Best of the Best National Games.” “There are a lot of Tae Kwon Do players here in Silliman University, and they want the team to become an official varsity team first before they join,” said Chiquo Mar Ramos, mem

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