Congressman Juan Ponce C. Enrile, Jr’s. consultative visit here.
VOL. 38 No. 1 Dumaguete City, Philippines Sunday, June 12, 2011
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Rep. JACK PONCE ENRILE
Bangko Sentral orient locals on money affairs BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO
ober heads doused cold water on what could be a worsening and protracted political feud between the Office of the Governor and the majority of the members of the Provincial Board. This could go on until the 2013 elections. But cooler heads last Tuesday managed to convince both sides to meet for a possible ceasefire.
On the other hand, astute observers are not optimistic as they assert that the bottom line of the ongoing conflict between the two highest officials of the province is simply political strengthening and positioning for the 2013 local elections. As such, the possible outcome would determine if the Teves camp will be able to retake the provincial Capitol leadership through former Finance Secretary Maragarito “Gary” Teves.
The apparent “hostile” Capitol environment is made worse after the Vice-Governor Jun Arnaiz accused incumbent Governor Roel Degamo of not replenishing his P2.2 million pork barrel allocation, which was allegedly used by the latter at the expense of the former; the Vice-Governor also begrudged the Governor for pulling out his To page 20
Bangko Sentral Gov. Amando Tetangco, Jr. and Monetary board member Juanita Dy-Amatong, who hails from Ayungon, Negros Oriental espite the government’s poor management of its gene ral finances, the B angko Sentra l ng Pilipinas which just relocated its new branch building to a new site, has walked the extra mile by launching a crash program on sound money management among stakeholders especially those OFWs of Negros Oriental. The launching of the BSP Comprehensive Economic
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SHOWDOWN AT BOARD ROOM. An offshoot of a month-long lull in provincial board sessions. The BMs catch up but In the process get entangled with the web of politics which many believe is the root cause of these technical arguments.
Gov to resurrect P4.5M fund from “dead” BY DEMS DEMECILLO
ov. Roel Degamo is not yet about to surrender even if he lost his P4.5Million baby for the mandated monitoring earthquake-prone public buildings.
The governor underscored the urgent need to conduct a comprehensive inventory of all public infrastructures for a more reliable data base that will be handy during the planning and implementation of future projects.
Degamo told the CHRONICLE that he is set to renew his request for the approval of a budget to finance the hiring and operations of monitoring teams, Earlier the decision of the majority in the Provincial Board was to disapprove the P 4.5 million appropriated for the said purpose, because it allegedly duplicates
the job of the planning office PPDO> By a vote of 7-5 and after heated debates last Tuesday, the Provincial Board refused to authorize the Governor to hire nearly 100 skilled workers to be deployed in the different parts of the province as part
Sibulan’s bold bars no permits, but open t’s fiesta time in Sibulan! All roads lead to the the site of the biggest gathering of religious devotees to San Antonio de Padua today and fiesta day tomorrow!
But hey, Sibulan is also the bold-show girls capital of Negro s Or iental wh er e restobars glitter with bold night shows. And worse, many of its bold shows are operating without a 2010, worse 2011, mayor’s permit. So why is the Sibulan mayor ,and even the Sibulan parish priest, not giving a big
ho wl to th is app ar en t “sibulanic” paradox? Approximately seven entertainment bars are allegedly operating in this popular pilgrimage town of Sibulan since January without business permits to the consternation of some municipal councilors. To page 19
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“GOD CAN DO ALL THINGS, BUT DOES NOT USE DIVINE POWER TO OVER RIDE OUR FREEDOM OF CHOICE.”
June 12, 2011
Signature boulevard boardwalk project fund now hits P11Million
ledges to the ambitious multi-million city boulevard boardwalk projec t of M ayor M anue l Sagarbarria has now reached a P11 million this week.
TOP OF THE WEEK BM Estacion urges: Arnaiz tries, fails to improve 4Ps system halt media coverage BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO
oting several lapses in the administration of the flagship pro-poor project of President Benigno Aquino III, Board Member Liland Estacion is strongly advocating for a dialogue between the Local Government Units and the Department of Social Welfare and Development to address the complaints aired by the beneficiaries.
eficiaries, bias selection and identification of beneficiaries, reduction of amounts due to the beneficiaries, etc. Estacion laments that even local officials are in the dark as to how the system is Turn to page 10
ven before deliberations of the controversial P4.5 million funding request of Governor Roel Degamo for the creation of various monitoring teams could start Monday, Vice-Governor Jun Arnaiz indicated his aversion to a media coverage by asking his colleagues if the presence of media practitioners in their chambers are needed at all.
Board Member Saleto Erames, himself a columnist, swiftly shot back at the ViceGovernor to respect press freedom and allow the members of the press to stay. He stressed th at th e p eop le through the media must know how the members of the Provincial legislature are performing their tasks.
Unperturbed, Arnaiz, who arrived one hour late, even suggested for the members of the Provincial Board to vacate the session hall and transfer the proceedings inside his office away from the media glare. But some provincial board members stood their ground Turn to page 10
GOTTCHA! RH Bill conceived Council first approves but not delivered onsider it as a victory for anti-Reproductive before CDC projects go Health Bill, at least for now. Congress adjourned
f a Pl.5M comfort room refurbishing project is approved under post-harvest of farmers budget, is implemented without the watchful eyes of city fiscalizers, then how many similar projects were executed without the prior specific blessings of the Sanggunian over the years and under several administrations? Fiscalizer Kagawad Joe Execom or en banc, must Kennith Arbas was able to first get the Sanggunian’s convince the city mayor, blessings as to its justificaMayor Sagarbarria, to make tion and details before money it a new policy that all is being expended, in purprojects approved by the suit of City Development Council Turn to page 16
to meet again on the fourth Monday of July without completing floor deliberations of the controversial measure, which was attacked by self-described pro-life congressmen and groups as antiChristian and anti-poor. However, the proponents hundred congressmen who consider it a major develop- are in line to interpellate the ment that the measure is now proponents of the bill, which in the floor and in the agenda seeks to provide couples not for continued deliberations only information but access when Congress resumes ses- to contraceptives, which sion next month. There are more than a Turn to page 10
Bangko Sentral branch holds financial expo
he Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas ( BSP) held a Fina nc ia l Education Expo (Fin-Ed Expo) in Dumaguete City Friday. The activity whose target participants were professionals, employees and students, was a component program of the integrated Economic and Financial Learning Program of the BSP. The Fin-Ed Expo is spearheaded by the Financial Consumer Affairs Group (FCAG) of BSP’s Supervision and Examination Sector (SES). For its financial education advocacy programs, FCAG banners the theme “Financial Education: Building Block for a Stronger Economy”. The Fin-Ed Expo in Dumaguete was conducted in partnership with the Province of Negros Oriental through Governor Roel Degamo. The Negros Oriental Convention Center, Dumaguete City is hosting the event.
BY ELY P. DEJARESCO
The city government received another financial assistance for the continuing construction of the Rizal Boulevard boardwalk project, this time Senator Manuel The ongoing construction of the city’s boardwalk along Rizal Boulevard. Turn to page 16 (Photo by PIO)
HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS
City hall reported that the latest pledge of another million was Senator _______. The city boardwalk project is envisioned to enhance the beautyand ambience of the new popular Dumaguete boulevard named after Jose Rizal, the national hero.
Governor Roel Degamo will invite the regional officials of the DSWD to a meeting with the end view of formulating a set of policies that will improve the administration of the 4Ps scheme. Among the complaints include alleged unilateral removal from the list of ben-
critical reporting he Provincial Board, unlike the City Council of Dumaguete, is now fast converting the lawmaking process as a major venue for political posturing. This is not good and the people do not like it. Make no mistake, these neophyte governance team has been plunged into major roles in the drama of public governance because of the twin deaths of two governors which unexpectedly occurred in almost rapid succession right after the last elections of May 2010. -o0oMany of those left behind who took over the reigns of the capitol are not able to yet effectively adjust to the sudden positionings even from board member to governor and vice-governor and two mayors who suddenly became instant lawmakers overnight. -o0oUnmistakably, the Provincial Board is in a shaky mess. There is confusion among many of them as to their proper roles as lawmakers, politicians, public servants and sometimes in a worse sceario, as public masters. Somehow, this is their period adjustments during this great transition which happened for the first time in the political history of Negros Oriental. -o0oThe Committee on Rules chair walked out in Tuesday’s resumed session in what he described as a session prevailing with too much political emo-
Rep. JACK ENRILE ADVOCACY
REP. JACK ENRILE’S ADVOCACY Ironically, a city boy now legislator from the north becomes the biggest advocate of reforms in the agriculture field. Rep. Jack Enrile (1st Dist. Cagayan) wonders why over the years, agriculture with so huge a budget for this agricultural country, does not have a definite direction so much so that as an agriculture-based country, our vast lands remains idle, and we rely so much on agricultural imports. Most of all, the majority of the poor Filipinos remain hungry. His legislative advocacy is to uphold and exert the right TO FOOD, the right to PRODUCE food, and when people produce more than enough, then that is the time we start to enjoy life’s bounty, and be able to buy things for the family. But not until then. Enrile’s consultative visits extended to Bohol and Cebu from Dumaguete.
tions which prevented the chair from exercising the rule of law. To paraphrase his privilege speech, veteran lawmaker and local constitutionalist BM Sal Erames, chair of the rules committee, said that in this provincial board today, legal matters are being discussed in political terms and color; he intimated that there is no prevailing peace in the executive and legislative relationship in the governance of our province; he observed that mostly neophyte board members allow traditional politics to treacherously creep into the domain of lawmaking. -o0oHe appealed that these provincial lawmakers should owe it to the people in avoiding bickering and stalemates in the performance of their sworn duties because at the end of the day, their own non-performance will surely cost them their jobs in the next elections knowing these charlatans will never be elected again by many of the voters
Ma. Belinda G. Caraan, Deputy Director & Head Financial
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any who reach the age of ten start giving less attention to birthdays even as we Filipinos, rich or poor, love to celebrate birthdays from the cradle to the grave. “It is said that before one reaches twenty, you are content to let others tell you what life is all about. When you reach twenty, you set out to find out for yourself what it is all about. When you reach forty, you begin to have a fairly good idea of what life is all about. But at sixty, you start wondering: what was it all about?” A comment ary lift ed from t he Book of Ecclesiastes. Well, sixties are for editors, but as a newspaper, we are still marking our 38th year today, June 12, Freedom Day. Of all 38 years, this is the only anniversary of this paper that has occurred on Pentecost Sunday such as this. May the Holy Spirit be with us as we continue our assigned mission. It was on a day like this that we made our debut with our maiden issue 38 years ago. Born under the ages of Martial Law, this newspaper made its first steps by mouthing the tune of the dictatorship in whose hands we then owed our existence. The difference was made when in 1986, the dictatorship fell, and his downfall led us to the breath of fresh air, and entry to the real world of press freedom.
Today, 38years later, it is with humble pride that we say, we have hurdled the first half, and now the second half appears to be midway. We can now feel, see and hear the overtures of the next generation of journalists in the horizon. Seven years later in 1980, this paper branched out into the air lanes and established the first FM stereo radio station in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental. It was then a novelty to have public affairs programs mixed with music programming. But that was the need of the hour. Until today, Dumaguete city is the only city with major public affairs programs aired on the FM band. Today, this enterprise which is under the Negros Broadcasting and Publishing Corp. remains one of the most unique in community journalism set up in the country, which is a twin media press-radio combination. We have modestly acquired good digitalized models in print and broadcast. We have also widened our horizons in our legislative franchise by sharing to others the authority to co-manage radio and TV stations in the Visayas and Mindanao. As we enter another year of service in community journalism, we offer our utmost thanks to the Lord, even as we pledge our loyalty to our advertisers, readers, listeners, family and friends assure them of our commitment to TRUTH and SERVICE, to God and the country.
Marine Life: Threatened by man and climate change
Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco
ur vast bodies of water, since ancient times, had given Filipinos a source of food and relaxation. In modern times, however, man and “climate change” have combined to threaten their destruction and the marine life within them. The horrifying “fish kill” age of fish – which the science of Talisay and others. where thousands of fish were economics proved – by the existAffected varieties include found floating dead on water is ence of high prices of fish, to il- tilapia, biya, panto, apta, kasong, a phenomenon that struck the lustrate that demand exceeds silaw and even freshwater types entire Luzon area. Gross de- supply. The Law of Economics like the kanduli, dalag (mudfish) struction has been estimated at cannot be repealed. and hito (catfish). P150-200 million. This will further lead to the As early as June last year, The phenomenon is “just dwindling of fish supply. 500 hectares in the polluted a tip of the iceberg” but danIn the south, the province of Laguna Lake resulted in a gerously critical when consid- Batangas has been the most se- massive fish kill of bangus and ered against the fact that the verely hit. tilapia. “fish catch” every year (in Along Taal Lake, an estiThe tragic marine disaster metric tons) has been dwin- mated 2,000 metric tons have went northwards to Pangasinan, dling against an ever rising been lost. Other towns and cit- reaching the towns of Bolinao population growth. ies hit include Lipa City, Mataas and Ana, where 70 tons of fish That led to a relative short- na Kahoy, Taal town, Cuenca, To page 16
hoever invented the phrase “act of God” must hate God. The inventor refers the phrase “act of God” to natural calamities, disasters, may-
hem, perils, damages. This is unfair because it creates a mis-impression that everytime there is a natural disaster, it is a result of God’s intervention. We— as Christians— believe that God does not desire to harm His own children. Besides, if there is a natural calamity, there is no evidence, nay eyewitness, that God really was the principal by direct participation in causing such calamity. Neither can there be evidence that God masterminded the perpetration of such calamity. So by blaming natural disasters and human sufferings to “acts of God” is a product of human imagination. It is hearsay. It is a conclusion that has no basis. So I do not know why human sufferings resulting from natural causes like volcanic eruption, lightning, landslides, and flooding are attributable to “acts of God.” The phrase “acts of God” is even accepted as part legal language. The Supreme Court recognizes the phrase acts of God. For example, the case Philippine Bar Association versus Court of Appeals (October 3, 1986) defines an act of God this way: “An act of God has been defined as an accident, due directly and exclusively to natural causes without human intervention, which by no amount of foresight, pains or care, reasonably to have been expected, could have been prevented.” I disagree with this. In the first place, if it is an accident, then how could it be an act of God? To legally recognize the phrase “act of God” is, to my mind, illegal. Even the Bible clearly states that God’s plans are not for man to suffer but to prosper. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) On the other and, and to be fair, I think reference to an “act of God” is equated with an
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Food for all
o a man with an empty stomach, food is God.” --that line from Mahatma Gandhi crossed our mind when we stumbled across the British Broadcasting Corporation dispatch “Food prices ‘will double by 2030,’ Oxfam warns.”
By 2030, the average cost of key crops could increase by between 120% and 180% . The British charity forecasts in its new report Growing a Better Future, “Half of that increase will be caused by climate change.” “We are sleepwalking towards an avoidable age of crisis,” warned Barbara Stocking, Oxfam’s chief executive. “One in seven people go hungry everyday, despite the fact that the world is capable of feeding everyone. The food system must be overhauled.” That confirms what Filipina housewives already know --food prices have climbed upwards for
over three years now . Social Weather Stations’ reports that 4.1 million families went hungry, at least once, in the first three months of 2011. “Those who experienced severe hunger increased from 588,000 to 950,000 families.” A world of cheap abundant food, cushioned by surplus stocks, large reserves of forests, fishery grounds and cropland, is now history. Our ways of the past were profligate. We razed forests, destroyed vital top soil, coral reefs and wild life. That locked our children into a world where scarcities Turn to page 9
one is the red scourge of Marxism, welcome the grey poison of secularism. Today, we are being offered in this country by the secularists/liberals a cocktail of contraception, divorce and homosexual rights – not necessarily in one swallow but in small sips as in other countries as the proponents try to test the waters of resistance mostly coming from the Catholic Church.
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While the RH Bill is now for floor discussion, the Divorce Bill is lurking in the wings. These two legislative initiatives are the products of a moral temperature, not only here but abroad, which causes people to set aside religion in their actions. Divorce, or the legal dissolution of the marriage bond, goes back to the time before Christ when Moses allowed the Hebrews to divorce for serious reasons which Christ described as an action emanating from “the hardness of the hearts of the Jews.” When que-
Who says you are nobody?
guess I have been too subtle in the past. Yesterday, another grieving widow came to me, and my wife, asking for help to bury her husband. How humiliating this is for this poor woman. She just lost her husband and now not only does she have no future but she cannot even bury her own husband. All you husbands and lovers everything anyway.” She gets eveout there; YOU ARE GOING TO rything if there is anything. The DIE!!! lady in this story spent their entire Whether you are hit by a bus family savings on hospital bills. or cough your tobacco-stained She had nothing left for the burial. lungs out in a local hospital; YOU His boney butt is slowly rotting in ARE GOING TO DIE!!! a local mortuary racking up more It could be today or next bills. week or next year but ; YOU ARE Do not forget, even if you GOING TO DIE!!! have money, once you die, your If you truly love your fam- estate is frozen until your will is ily, truly love your wife, truly probated or the court decides love your girlfriend, DO who gets your estate. It could NOT put them through the be months before your assets humiliation of being forced to are released. In the mean time, beg money or borrow to bury you are laying on a slab in the your boney butt. Local mortu- local mortuary and your loved aries have pre-pay burial or one is hurt and humiliated trycremation policies. BUY ONE ing to get through the tragedy. TODAY. IF YOU LOVE THEM, DO Some of you are saying, NOT PUNISH THEM. There is a “We are married; my wife gets Turn to page 20
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The world of public opinion
JAMES “KOJAK” HUGHS U.S. Army, Cpt (ret)
Footsteps and Fingerprints
F the Church really has to tackle the challenges of today more effectively, I think it has to be more active in the world of public opinion. That´s where a lot of action is taking place these days, action that both reflects the flowing signs of the times and helps to shape them. Without leaving behind or defend the faith there. neglecting, but rather enhancing My opinion is that we, and purifying the traditional priests, for example, should means, the Church has to go try to meet all kinds of people beyond preaching to the choir. where they are—in the imShe has to step into the more mense variety of human contricky and challenging waters of ditions—and try to bring them the secular world. I think this is where they should be. But they what Pope Benedict has been have to be met first where they saying when talking about com- are. And that can mean to get munications. ¨dirty¨ with them. True, we should not leave Of course, we have to the pulpits, but neither should clarify that when we say Church we get stuck there. We have to involvement in public opinion, it go to the modern Areopagi does not only mean the priests that are now the media, the and bishops. In fact, they should Internet, the blogosphere, the play a more subsidiary role. The social networks, etc. more prominent role should fall It´s important that as we on the laity who should be more tighten always to our faith, we active here. They have to act not also know how to loosen our- as longa manus of the clergy, but selves and flow with the times. Turn to page 17 We need to proclaim, explain and
BY AMB. JOSE V. ROMERO, JR., PH.D
A Journey Through Cancer
o you feel like a wrinkled flower that can fall anytime back to where you came from? I took a photo of a wilted bougainvillea from my garden, a reminder that life is so fragile, yet in that short span of life, God thought so much about this simple yet spectacular plant. They explode profusely in different colors like bright red, purple, tangerine, pink and white especially during summer. They seem to bloom tirelessly, basking under the heat of the sun, when colors are more intense and beautiful. We hardly notice when some petals fall and die. Nature is not short in giving more new buds, a constant promise of a new life, a new season. Bougainvillea flowers are tiny candle-like wicks surrounded by bracts or specialized leaves that are brightly colored and has papery textures. We usually think that these are petals instead of leaves. The flowers look insignificant and small, but the Creator made a way to surround it with colorful bracts attractive to was identified as Bougainvillea pollinators by giving them intense spectabilis which was followed by colors that are dazzling to the other species like B. glabra and eye. This flowering plant is a na- B. peruviana. The 1 to 12-meter tive of South America. The first tall climber with spiky thorns species here in the Philippines Turn to page 17
ried by the Jews on the issue of divorce, Christ was to proclaim that “what God has joined together, let no man cast asunder”. Today, in this country, while the Church does not allow divorce, she annuls marriages that were not marriages ab initio (from the beginning). It also allows legal separation “from bed and board” for serious causes like infidelity, etc., but does not allow parties to remarry. The law also allows Muslims under their own Sharia laws to engage in polygamous Turn to page 18
Revisiting family roots
O FR. ROY CIMAGALA
ur daughter Ruth and three of her children, Bea, Brigette and Bernice, just returned from a month in the States where they visited my roots, relatives, and my childhood home. They saw the rural school where I spent my elementary years, and drove through the town where I had gone to high school. Then, they were able to visit the mountain farm in Shrewsbury, Vt where my dad grew up and the nearby one-room school where my mom taught grades one through eight for 13 years before they married.
They had their pictures taken with the signpost at the corner roads leading to Russellville. That’s right, that rural area of half a dozen families and the old school house bears our family name Russell. And of course, they planted flowers in the Russell family plot in the town cemetery perched on one of the hills overlooking the Green Mountains and valleys. One highlight of their trip was spending an afternoon with 98yr-old Uncle Dave, the last living
brother of my dad. Ruth reports that Uncle Dave, although recovering from a mild stroke, still has his quick, biting wit and sharp memory. This weekend, before their college classes begin in Manila, they are revisiting the Catan family’s roots --the family homestead in Palinpinon, Valencia, and the many other places in Oriental Negros their Papa Jun knew when he was a boy. They hope to see the rivers Turn to page 17
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esterday, we attended a committee hearing on Memo rand um Circular No. 2011-47 dated March 31, 2011, issued by DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, which reads, in its relevant portion, as follows: “TO: ALL PROVINCIAL GOVERNORS, CITY MAYORS, MUN ICIPAL MAY ORS, DILG REGIONAL DIRECTORS AND REGIONAL GOVERNOR OF THE ARMM. “SUBJECT: MANDATORY INSPECTION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AND PUBLIC BUILDINGS. This country is prone to earthquakes. Conscious recognition of this vulnerability brings to the fore the key role that local governments must perform in disaster preparedness and mitigation.” I heard opinions, legal in nature, which were not palatable to my taste as a lawyer who regards public service as part of my profession. Our rules of procedure state that it is my function as Chairman of the Committee on Rules to provide this august body with opinion on what the law is, if the law is clear, or its proper interpretation, if the law is not clear, which I wanted to perform in yesterday’s committee hearing. I failed because political emotions prevented me from doing so. Hence, my “walk out,” which was the most honorable thing to do in the face of the prevailing sentiment which effectively blocked my desire to perform my duty, leading to the unfortunate situation of legal matters being discussed in political terms. In my walk out statement, I
promised to participate in the deliberation of the legal matter in controversy today. The fulfillment of that promise is at once impelling. I heard the argument that our Governor has no authority under the Robredo circular to form a monitoring team to conduct inspection of local gov ernm ent infrastructu re projects and public buildings. The argument is at once belied by the express provision of the Circular that “ALL PROVINCIAL GOVERNORS, CITY MAYORS, MUNICIPAL MAYORS, DILG REGIONAL DIRECTORS AND REGIONAL GOVERNOR OF THE ARMM” are directed to cause the “mandatory” inspection of local government infrastructure projects and public buildings for the purpose of dete rmining whether they can hold and withstand the assaults of nature. The word “mandatory” means “mandatory.” Such being the case, our Governor Degamo has no option but to comply. As a matter of fact, he has received communications from the DILG requiring him to make periodic reports of his compliance. If we refuse to fund the monitoring of projects and buildings by the Governor which he is directed to do, we are placing our Province in bad light and also exposing the Governor and ourselves to the jeopardy of being subjected to administrative discipline and sanction. It was also argued during yesterday’s committee hearing that the work of the monitoring team which the Governor is organizing is a duplication of the work of PPDO. This is not true. There is no duplication of function. While it is true that the PPDO has a monitoring function, said function
refers to the status or progress of ongoing projects of the province, which does not include the inspection of existing infrastructure and public buildings relative to their strength, rigidity and resistance to earthquakes which is a new function connected with, and related to, the program of disaster preparedness and mitigation, which have become imperative in view of the environmental problem proximately resulting from, and caused by, climate change. If it is the desire of this august body to transfer this function to the PPDO, then it must work first and foremost for the amendment of the statute that created PPDO with the end in view of expanding its functions. Additionally, this body should ask the DILG to repeal the mandatory circular in question. Ladies and gentlemen, I had the privilege of separately conferring with two high officials of the Province whom I hold in high esteem. They made one common request, namely, that there be peace in the executive-legislative relationship in the governance of our beloved Province. I bring the message of peace to you today. We owe it to our people to avoid bickerings and stalemates in the performance of our duties. I submit, my dear colleagues, that we refrain from allowing politics to treacherously creep into the domain of law.
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SURRENDER I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. PSALM 63:4
on’t let anyone mislead you. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will lead many astray. And wars will break out near and far, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won’t follow immediately. The nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this will be only the beginning of the horrors to come. “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because of your allegiance to me. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will lead many people astray. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But those who endure to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:4-13
The disciples asked Jesus for a sign of his coming and the end of the age. Jesus’ first response was “Don’t let anyone mislead you.” The fact is that whenever we look for signs, we become very susceptible to being deceived. There are many “false prophets”
What is Right? What is Wrong?
around today with counterfeit signs of spiritual power and authority. The only sure way to keep from being deceived is to focus on Christ and his words. Don’t look for special signs, and don’t spend time.
David was a bondservant of God. A bondservant places himself in a position wherein the Lord has complete mastery over him. A bondservant is one who has the freedom of choice but chooses to continue to serve out of love. In Luke 2:29, we read of Simeon who said, “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.” The word Lord in this verse is not the typical word for Lord. It literally means authoritarian or dictator. Simeon looked upon himself as the servant of the Lord under His absolute mastery. The Lord was his complete master. Simeon was a mastered, subdued, and subjugated man. To think of the Lord as a dictator becomes negative only when we do not want to be controlled. David loved his
Petition of Fray Mariano Bernad
n the May 23, 2011 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J. said that “even if I am aware that the teaching on the subject (on contraceptives) is not considered an infallible doctrine by those who know more theology than I do,” nevertheless, he also ex- FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG pressed that “I adhere to the teaching of the Church on artificial contraception.” It means therefore that Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J. believes that contraception or “any action taken before, during or after the conjugal act aimed at impeding the process or the possible fruit of conception” is morally wrong. Catholic Church teaching teaches that contraception is wrong because it “separates the unitive and procreative aspects of the conjugal act.” Contraceptive use is like the spouses telling each other, “I love you as long as we do not give birth.” (Catechism on Family and Life (CFL) December 27, 2009). I strongly disagree with Fr. Bernas that “freedom of religion means more than just the freedom to believe.” He said that it also means “the freedom to act or not to act according to what one believes.” My bone of contention in disagreeing with him is that, basically and fundamentally, freedom is doing what is right and what is truly responsible and what is in accordance with God’s will. Contraception is wrong not because the Church says it is wrong. It is wrong because by itself it is wrong. Freedom indeed is doing what is true. Freedom means the freedom not to use contraception. Using contraception is a form of slavery to sin. I am very happy about Fr. Bernas’ unequivocal stand that “sacred life begins at fertilization and not at implantation.” This means that he agrees that “there is already abortion anytime a fertilized ovum is expelled” because the “Constitution
he documentation of March 4 1894 contains a reference to a petition of the former parish priest of Dumaguete, giving a short outline of the mis- REV. FR. ROMAN C. sion work of the Augustinian SAGUN, JR. Recollects in Negros. Bien sabe Nuestro M.R.P. Provincial las necesidades de esta rica Isla de Negros y que no obstante lo mucho que hasta el presente se ha trabajado y adelantado, resta todavía no poco que hacer para llegar a obtener los brillantes resultados que todos deseamos. Our Very Rev. Father Provincial (Fray Mariano Bernad) knows too well the needs of this rich Island of Negros and not withstanding the large number of farm hands that presently has worked and developed it, yet it is not a small thing that is left to be done to achieve the splendid goals that all of us wish. Jamás me hubiera atrevido a añadir una sola palabra a su bien pensada instancia si no me viera obligado a ello por el mandato de V.E. y al tener que emitir mi juicio, no puedo menos de confesar que apenas encuentro otras razones que aducir para encarecer la necesidad y conveniencia de crear las misiones propuestas, donde el celoso misionero tiene campo abundante para trabajar por el bien de la Religión y de España, para atraer al seno de la Iglesia Católico a muchísimos infieles que yacen en la más lamentable ignorancia acerca de las verdades más transcendentales para el hombre, y para inculcar en el ánimo de esos desgraciados la idea del respeto y amor que deben a la noble nación que con tanto cariño los trata y que procura sacarlos del estado de abyección en que se encuentran y hacerlos hombres civilizados. Los resultados inmediatos que se seguirán de las nuevas misiones serán indudablemente de mucho provecho. La administración espiritual de esos pueblos estará mejor desempeñada porque el estado en que al presente se encuentra es bien poco halagûeña para un corazón cristiano. Never had I ventured to add another word to
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avid lifted his hands to God. The lifted hand is symbolic of surrender or submission. If someone put a gun in your back, by lifting up your hands you indicate you have surrendered to them. David stated that his life was surrendered to God. What is it to surrender to someone? It means we become their captive. They own us. We are subject to their whims. To become captive to mere man could be quite devastating. However, you always dwell in places of safety when you are a captive of God.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he
God. He did not view being a bondservant as a negative thing because his desire was to be controlled by God. He submitted himself to God. He lifted his hands in surrender to his God. This is what separated David from most others. Today, we don’t often understand such devotion. We tend to live for ourselves and to use God to get our way. We don’t see Him as the One who has complete mastery over us, yet we are quick to call Him Lord. Luke 6:46 says, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again, Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Sunday Thoughts THE MARKS OF AUTHENTICITY (Part III)
Genuineness in Leadership Mathew 9:9 There is one more thing that deserves our attention as servants in the common life--we need to have vocational integrity. The word vocation is preferred to the word profession, for a vocation connotes a di- DR. PROCESO UDARBE vine calling for us from God. Why does Jesus choose Matthew? We can be certain that Jesus calls Matthew because of his potential for vocational integrity. He is called to establish what we today keep calling as a “track record.” He is called to do an excellent job assigned to him. Nothing much is said about Matthew as a disciple of Jesus in their wanderings in Galilee and the whole of Palestine. But the greatest thing that Matthew does which establishes his track of record of performance is his writing of the Gospel of St. Matthew. According to the early record, Matthew wrote
his Gospel as the connecting link between the Old Testament and the New Testament. There are splendid teachings of Jesus not found in the other Gospels. He alone talks about the man who finds a treasure in the field. He stresses more than the other Gospels that no man can serve two masters. It is Matthew who writes “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things may be added unto you.” What are the signs that we are authentic persons? Primarily, like Matthew, we must experience the touch of God which has made us new persons. Then we learn to live with a loving creativity in our relationship with others. And finally, we will accept our responsibilities under the Lordship of Jesus Christ to the end that we will serve faithfully like the Master who gave his life as a ransom for many.
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may well be a permanent feature. “In today,” Coolidge once wrote, “tomorrow already walks.” Yet, this bleak tomorrow may be mitigated. But we must decisively curb onslaughts against systems that nurture life. “Nature has an amazing Godgiven capacity to regenerate,” the late National Scientist Dioscoro Umali wrote, “Ruin and debris are soon swept away by nature’s forgiving hand, once the hand of man is no longer raised against her.” Conferences do not raise food, nor do governments. Only farmers and fisherfolk can put food on our tables. Thus, reform policies must be tangible to men and women in the paddy field, dairy farm or fishing boat. Ironically, these men and women are often landless, jobless, disenfranchised. Unjust economic and political structures deny them access to resources. Local officials dissipate the 20% Local Development Fund as their pork barrel. This is a formula for upheaval. A permanent solution to hunger rests basically in correcting these structures. This requires mechanisms to enable these silenced people to be heard. NGOs are an invaluable partner in helping us open to “movements from below.” What are some policy directions needed? Use resources, especially those of local governments to boost ecosystems for sustainable production. Srub wasteful projects like waiting sheds or basketball courts. Conserve and avoid waste. Food shortages, for example, would dwindle overnight to projects to curb post-harvest losses. Cereals and marine losses now run at a scandalous 25% to 35% of production. Leakages of irrigation water can reach a staggering 60%. “For every drop you lose,” a Chinese proverb says, “you pay in sweat.” The country’s economy is still agricultural. It can set a high rate of growth if decisive efforts to correct weakness in extension and credit are made. Projects to boost nutritional adequacy are needed, since the first years after birth are the most crucial in early
childhood development. “Protect the thin mantle of fertile top soil,” Asian governments urged in the Jakarta Consensus. But this principle must take concrete f orm at f arm level. Local governments should provide incentives to reverse soil erosion. Local governments’ support for reforestation is vital. Re-greening will meet the multiple increase in demand for fuel wood and other forest products. Civic groups and religious organizations can be invaluable allies. We recall one Catholic diocese that had parents commit to plant a tree at the baptism of their child. Agro-processing projects can help absorb pools of rural youth and idle manpower. Local governments are better qualif ied than national bureaucrats to give special attention for accelerated growth in food production for the poorest sectors. And we must continue to educate. The battle to build a sustainable agricultural system is fought, first and last, in people’s minds. When it is lost there, no law can save those resources. Elaborate decrees handed down from the top will remain so much paper and breed cynicism. Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7TH Judicial Region Branch 63 Bayawan City SPEC. PROC. 354 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY AS TO SEX FROM MALE TO FEMALE IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF RAZEL L. CALORING, RAZEL L. CALORING, Petitioner, – Versus – THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BAYAWAN CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent. x———————————————————/
FIRST AMENDED ORDER Petitioner, in her verified petition, alleges that she was born on July 30, 1992 at Bayawan, Negros Oriental and her fact of birth was duly registered before the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. However, her sex was
Our database on rural populations, especially the poverty conf igurations, remain very thin. Nonetheless, there is a growing understanding that our lives are all inextricably linked to the lives of the weakest and the lowest. Development occurs only when the basic needs of the poorest are met and they are empowered. Local governments can increase their management clout by streamlining their data systems. In the past, elites creamed off land, f orest and f ishery riches. Benefits from government and economic growth must be shared with the poor. Otherwise, the poor will not conserve. Why should they? They have no stake in a system that offers little beyond redistribution of misery. “Postponing reforms deepen legitimate grievances and lower the threshold for violence. More equitable participation of the rural poor in the benefits of growth provide the only solid foundation for national, regional, as well as global stability,” the Jakarta Consensus puts it.
entered as Male instead of Female. Thus, this petition. The petition being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on September 8, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five component cities. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, the Provincial Prosecutor of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. Given in Chamber this 31st day of May 2011 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Executive Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle June 12, 19 & 26, 2011
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the CIVIC circle From page 16
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Cops are Red Cross blood donors too
The Philippine National Police will be among those who will be cited for its contribution to the blood donation program of the Philippine National Red Cross, Tuesday, at Robinsons Place. Policemen donated about 29 units of blood from 2010-2011.
Gun-for-hire kills village chief son
son of the Barangay Captain of Mampas, Bacong was shot to death by suspected gun-for-hire in front of his wife, Thursday evening, in Upper Talay Dumaguete City.
Investigation showed that the victim, Bernard Paera, 33, along with wife Riche, were on their way home on board their motorcycle, when another motorcycle with
the two suspects also on board stalked them before the back-rider opened fire causing the victim and his wife to To page 16
Suspects in cop murder charged amboanguita PNP filed murder charges against two suspects in the assassination of P03 Malaquias Amores, but only the trigger man, identified as Jessie Alatan, was named, while the one who allegedly served as the driver of the getaway motorcycle remains free up to this day. Investigators cited sensitive cases han- cop’s murder after a ballistics test condled by the late P03 Malaquias Amores as firmed that the empty shells recovered the main motive for his September 29, 2010 from Amores’ shooting assassination. Alatan was linked to the To page 16
Peeved guard aims gun at colleagues
ccusing his colleagues of theft, a security guard assigned at Bethel Guest House reportedly aimed his gun at three of his colleagues inside their agency’s office, Tuesday afternoon.
The complainant, Math Hou sen Elmaco, 35, claims that he and fellow security guards were having a jovial conversation inside their office when the suspect arrived and allegedly pointed his service fire-
arm at them. Meanwhile, three residents of Purok Santan, Taclobo, Dumaguete City sought police assistance after they were To page 16
PNP marks 113 Independence day
Various police stations across the province marked the Philippine Independence day with special flag raising ceremonies as a reiteration of their commitment to serve and protect their communities.
RH bill ... From page 2 outraged th e Ro man Catholic Church and their allies. With the RH bill in limbo, the Bishop of the Diocese of Dumaguete called for sobriety amid calls by some of his brother-bishops for a civil disobedience to derail the passage of the measure. Bishop John Du considers it too much an abuse if the Church hierarchy goads the people to stop paying taxes or engage in other forms of civil disobedience just to stop the controversial measure endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III from being passed into law.
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Du said that priests, nuns and the laity are merely disseminating information of the disadvantageous and objectionable provisions of the RH Bill. All three solons from Negro s Or iental, Co ng. Jocelyn Limkaicho ng, George Arnaiz and Pryde Henry Teves said that they will not vote for the bill unless the mandatory obligation of employers to provide for contraceptives to their employees, the classification of contraceptives as “essential medicine” and appropriating funds for their purchase, mandatory sex education for pupils beginning at Grade 5 and the penal provisions for no n- co mp lian ce are r emov ed . (By D em s Demecillo)
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being implemented even as she appeals for the DSWD to provide a scheme that would notify in advance the beneficiaries and Local Govern ment Units o f an y changes or adjustments to the program. There are hundreds of families in Negros Oriental categorized as “poorest of the poor” who are recipients of the 4Ps program in several towns of the province particularly in the first district.
Internet cafe ... From page 2 ardent patrons of internet cafes are children as young as 6 years old. The city government may revoke the mayor’s permits of internet cafes that are habitually violating the city ordinances. Ablong said that individual invitations will be issued to the operators to compel their attendance.
Arnaiz tries... From page 2 and indicated their preference to stay in the session hall. In the end, the ViceGovernor gave in and called the meeting of the Committee of the Whole to order nearly one hour late. Pressed for an explanation, Arnaiz said that he merely does not want the issue of a bitterly divided Provincial Board to get worse intimating that the presence of the media may fuel more antagonism among the legislators. In fact, Arnaiz opted not to respond calls from the media for interviews believing that “more talk equals more mistakes.” However, some media practitioners expressed apprehension of this attitude and approach to governance. They believe that the Vice-Governor, being a public official, must keep his communication lines open precisely to correct whatever “mistakes” that may be generated in the course of legislating and fiscalizing the actions of the Governor and various departments of the provincial go vern ment. (By D em s Demecillo)
June 12, 2011
Around Negros BY DEMS DEMECILLO
No arrests despite rampant logging
HEALTH IS WEALTH
The Search for Meaning and Purpose in Life (Existential Analysis) “There is more to life than just existing and have a pleasant time.” - Friedrich von Schiller
The widespread and unabated rape of Negros Oriental’s forests by illegal loggers for easy money continually pose threats to the natural habitat of our wildlife and the province’s future. (This is a goggled foto by Dems.) espite admission by Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Oscar Magallones of rampant illegal logging of locals who turn cut trees into coal currently in nearly all towns, there are no mass arrests made.
Among the towns considered as hotspots are Mabinay, Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, La Libertad, Guihulngan, Sibulan, Valencia, Zamboanguita, Siaton
and Sta. Catalina. Coal is currently in demand in the neighboring province of Negros
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Bayawan requires helmets, not beyond otorists in Bayawan City are now obliged to wear helmets but may remove the same once they are beyond its jurisdiction where most Local Government Units continue to delay the implementation of a national law requiring the use of helmets for drivers and passengers of motorcycles. City Chief-of-Police Sr. Insp. Errol Dumaguete has not imposed the use of Garchitorena said that various checkpoints helmets amid loud objections as to the will be established to ensure compliance affordability and practicability of comamong the residents and visitors. Unlike plying said measure. To page 18 Bayawan City, th e capital city o f
PNRC: Forty blood donors needed daily veryday, at least forty blood donors are needed by the Philippine National Red Cross to meet the demands of its clients who are mostly indigents. Thus, PNRC Negros Oriental Chapter Administrator Louella N. Bael is appealing for more volunteers to continually donate blood and keep the
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SK President hopes for peace in Capitol Negros Oriental Sang gu nian g Kabataan Federation President Scott Wayne Husain of La Libertad (left) is looking forward to a successful executive-legislative dialogue set to settle the rift between Governo r Ro el Degamo (right) and Vice-Governo r Ju n A rnaiz. Husain voted with the minority to approve the P4.5 b udget request of Degamo.
ne of the greatest existential psychoanalysts of all time is Victor Frankl. He is the exponent of “Logotherapy,” a concept of a “will to meaning,” that is, striving to see in life and fulfill a meaning and purpose. Today, people complain of a sense of meaninglessness and emptiness that Frankl termed as “existential frustration.” The Christian-oriented existentialist concluded
that as long as man is still alive, even if he is in a state of helplessness or in an extremely deplorable situation, he should not lose hope for there is always a Divine Creator who can make things happen for him. One must fully accept and resign to whatever fate in this life for there is always a meaning and purpose that Almighty God has designed or planned for all of us in this world. Today’s people are becoming too materialistic and ambitious. They always desire to live-up with the Joneses. They strive to luxuriously have a big house, a car or two, a
colored television set, a personal computer, laptop, camera phones, a washing machine and other things that make life too comfortable. Yet, so many do not have the real meaning and purpose except for their own personal aggrandizement and pleasurable pursuit in life (selfcenteredness). Victor Frankl offers an interesting insight into this materialistic world that can help man understand how to live meaningfully. He says that “Life has meaning under all circumstances until we die. Generally, people have an innate will to meaning. This is our strongest
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motivation for living and action. Thus, the existential questions “Who am I?” “Where do I come from?” “Where am I going?” and “What is the purpose of my life?” are the guideposts to the real meaning of life. According to Frankl’s observation, “people have a lot to live on but very little to live for.” For instance, most politicians have found their happiness through “under the table deals” (corruption); businessmen are happy robbing their customers and government through shady deals (i.e. smuggling) with huge profits; most people enjoy individualistic living (“kanya-kanya”) without showing concern (“pakialam”) for their poor “silingan” (neighbor), etc; everybody is becoming a smart manipulator (a cheater) to succeed in life -definitely a satanic influence. In order to truly fulfill the real meaning and purpose of this life, let us therefore be united in living as true Christians and ultimately loving and serving Almighty God through His people.
June 12, 2011
P.E.P. (People, Events, Places)
Tackling a City’s History eading about Mr. Modesto Sa-onoy’s 15 th book launching held recently in Bacolod not only elicited awe and admiration from this columnist, but also sparked renewed interest not only in pursuing the writing of yet another book, but moreso in harnessing one’s skills in documentation and historiography.
While Mr. Sa-onoy chronicled the history of Negros Occidental, expectedly like the pro that he is, not many historians are able to combine the best elements of historical research and writing it in a manner that is reminiscent of storytelling, thus, interesting to read. Such, after all, is what and how history books should be intended for, as well as written. In Negros Oriental, the most credible, prolific, and brilliant history writer is professor emeritus Caridad Aldecoa Rodriguez whose volumes of books about the province came into being because of the generous support from the Toyota Foundation of Japan. Rodriguez, who is an Outstanding Negrense award recipient, traveled all the way to the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C., USA, to research on valuable information about her home province. She would then regale the inquisitive and interested listener with behind-the-scene stories of many significant events in the history of the province, not once missing a detail despite her advanced years. One of the more engaging
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history books about a city or province that I have read was Unfolding of a City (2007) by Lyra del Castillo. It tackled the history of Cagayan de Oro City, my place of birth and where I spent my formative years until high school, from 1622-1950. Del Castillo, despite confessing to being a non-historian (she was an educator and guidance counselor in public and private schools in Manila, and later, in Misamis Oriental), provided an orderly, welldocumented, and personalized account of Cagayan de Oro that is as complete as possible with relevant details. Showcasing local incidents in the broader context of national and regional involvement, she has somehow succeeded in giving the readers a better appreciation of the multifarious elements that contributed to the unfolding of notable historical events in the country. Her book also served as an inspiration through the outstanding achievements of Kagay-anons in the fields of religion, education, socio-cultural, and politics. The foreword written by a Kagay-anon himself, Antonio J. Montalvan II, who has a doctorate in anthropology, was also very incisive, giving us a provocative way of looking at
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the history of a place, in the process broadening our perspective, but not necessarily being critical. According to Dr. Montalvan, all history is supposed to be local, each contributing to a consolidated anthology that people characterize as “national history.” He laments the fact that as always, the Philippines has been too Manila-centric and local historiographies often do not get noticed by the so-called national historians. In fact, continues Dr. Montalvan, the term “local history” is often used to describe historiography written
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Daro, Dgte. City (SUMC)
259 sq.m. at 7M Call: 0918-929-6047
COMMERCIAL LOT FOR SALE
Residential Lot 2,500 sq.meters at Bong-ao, Valencia, Negros Oriental Price: affordable and negotiable
Banilad, Dgte. City, 2,772 sq.m., clean title, fronting the highway, wide entrance, suited for apartment, gasoline station and commercial spaces, P2,500 per sq.m. only
LOT FOR SALE 2
2,297 sq.m. @ P1,800/m J u no b/ re s id e n ti a l /1 block fronting Silliman Heights
COMMERCIAL LOT FOR SALE Airport Area, 1,744 sq.m., clean title, 20 meters from the highway, suited for apartment and commercial spaces P2,200 per sq.m. only
LOT FOR SALE Lot adjacent to SUMC P14M, negotiable 859 sq.m. (CHET)
HOUSE AND LOT FOR SALE Pulangtubig, 360 sq.m., 3BR, 2CR, with garage, a nice lawn and a good-looking fence @ P3.5M Motong, 359 sq.m., 2-storey, 3BR, 2CR, uses hardwood floor, with garage (newly renovated) @ 4M Junob, 300 sq.m., 3BR, 2CR, with garage and a concrete fence @ 2.5M Junob, 450 sq.m.,2BR, 2CR with a big lawn @ 1.7M Bantayan, 300 sq.m., 3BR, 2CR with garage including a car @ 3M Purok Calubihan, 900 sq.m., 2-storey, 6BR, 6CR with 2 garage and a nice lawn @ P9M Cantil-e, 880 sq.m., 4BR, 3CR, with garage and a nice and pleasing lawn facing the East @ 7M
LOTS FOR SALE Around Negros NEW STOCKS • Bondo, Siaton, 21 hectares with fruit-bearing trees @ P100.00 per sq.m. • Mayabon, Zamboanguita, 24 hectares fully planted with gemilina, mahogany, jackfruits and other fruit bearing trees @ P80.00 per sq.m. • Sta. Aguida, Pamplona, 10 hectares @ P30.00 per sq.m. • Bondo, Siaton, 44 hectares @ P4 million • San Jose, 29 hectares with coconut trees and sugarcane plantation @ P50.00 per sq.m. • Bayawan City, 35 hectares along the road near the city @ P350,000.00 per hectare • Sta. Catalina, 4.3 hectares with sugarcane plantation ready for harvest @ P25.00 per sq.m. • Northern Junob, Dgte City, 19,900 sq.m. @ P1,500.00 per sq.m. • Candau-ay, Dgte City, 12,782 sq.m. @ P500.00 per sq.m. • Bagacay, Dgte City, along the road with 65 fruit-bearing coconut trees @ P2,200.00 per sq.m. • Bagacay, Dgte City, along concrete road @ P1,700.00 per sq.m. • Junob, Dgte City, along the road with fruit-bearing coconut trees @ P2,000.00 per sq.m. • Purok Calubihan, 500 sq.m. @P2,600 per sq.m.
MERYL SHOES STORE CALL: 0918-929-6047
San Jose St., Dgte. City All kinds of shoes latest in style Tel. No. 422-9571
San Jose, La Libertad Negros Oriental Walking distance from LALIMAR BEACH RESORT, CEMENTED NATIONAL ROAD AGRICULTURAL LOTS: (P1,000 per s.m./negotiable)
CLEAN TITLE: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
TCT NO. FT-7596(LOT 1-D-2, Psd-07-035745) AREA OF 16, 091 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-7812 (LOT 1-E-1, (LRA) Psd-358061) AREA OF 2,856 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-10284 (LOT 1-E-8-A, (LRA) Psd-376071 AREA OF 1,500 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-10285 (LOT 1-E-8-B, (LRA) Psd-376071 AREA OF 3,000 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-10287 (LOT 1-E-8-D, (LRA) Psd-376071 AREA OF 5,551 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-10288 (LOT 1-E-8-E, (LRA) Psd-376071 AREA OF 4,129 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-6388 (LOT 1-F, (LRC) Psd-345884 AREA OF 17,955 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-7193 (LOT 2-A Psd-07-035406 AREA OF 4,527 SQ. M. QUARY MOUNTAIN HABAG, MARTILO LA LIBERTAD, NEGROS ORIENTAL “RUSH SALE” AREA OF 30,580 SQ. M.
BEACH LOTS Along Cemented National Road (near LaLimar Beach Resort) La Libertad P500. per sq. meter negotiable. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
TCT NO. FT-10289 (LOT 1-E-8-F, ROAD LOT) AREA OF 416 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-10290 (LOT 1-E-8-G, ROAD LOT) AREA OF 773 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-7820 (LOT 1-E-9, ROAD LOT) AREA OF 845 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-7645 (LOT 2-D, Psd-07-035406) AREA OF 816 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-9640 (LOT 2-C-3 (LRA) Psd-373129 AREA OF 215 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-9641 (LOT 2-C-4, (LRA) Psd-373129 AREA OF 580 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-9642 (LOT 2-C-5, (LRA) Psd-373129 AREA OF 526 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-9643 (LOT 2-C-6, (LRA) Psd-373129 AREA OF 472 SQ. M. TCT NO. FT-9644 (LOT 2-C-7, (LRA) Psd-373129 AREA OF 769 SQ. M. -oOo-
Valencia Property: Cemented Road
1) TCT Lot No. FV-41456 3,029 sq. meters (P700/sq.meter/negotiable) 2) TCT Lot No. FV-37548 11,352 sq. meters (P1,800 per s.m./negotiable)
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AGENCIA de EXQUISITE Of Dumaguete, Inc. Cor. Ma. Cristina & San Jose Sts., Dumaguete City Tel. 422-1062 All unredeemed and unrenewed pawn items for the month of January 2011 will be disposed by way of auction sale on June 18, 2011 at our business office.
June 12, 2011
Peeved guard... From page 10 allegedly fired upon by an unidentified suspect in front of Szanislo Convenience Store. Luckily, none o f the three complainants identified as Nilo Lumjod, Magic Lago and Virgil Abonado were hit. They were on their way home after a drinking spree at the said joint when the alleged harassment transpired.
Bangko Sentral... Dumaguete City government installed Philippine flags in the entrance of the city hall for Independence Day today. (Photo by Dumaguete City Information Office)
Marine Life: ... (Bingo)
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perished. Pangasinan bangus used to be dubbed as “the Philippines’ best.” The same phenomenon occurred in as far as Mestizo River in Ilocos Sur and as low as Central Luzon’s vicinity of the Angat Dam in Bulacan. Scientists have deplored that the two main sources of this malady are the man-made ones and the force of nature called “climate change” (which man partly aggravates). Everyone is aware that all men surrounding the area are guilty of throwing tons of filth and toxins into one of the world’s largest lake: the Laguna de Bay. Now, not even a human being is encouraged to bathe in Laguna lake’s waters – how much more marine life which breathes, drinks and eats from the waters of the lake? In a few years, no marine life will survive the toxicity of the lake waters. We have been forewarned. Fish pen owners tend to overstock and overfeed their marine creatures – many of their unconsumed food, feces and medicine escaping into the sea and lake, contaminating the others. The fish kill in the Albay and Sorsogon areas was traceable to toxic spillover of waste matters from the mining concern of Lafayette Mining, an Australian firm. Some claimed it came from pesticide from agricultural activities in the area. In either case, man be-
haved irresponsibly. Even “climate change” features contribute to the mass fish killing. One such natural happenstance is the so-called “lake overrun” phenomenon. Forced by winds during the rainy season, the cooler mass of air displace the warmer and less oxygen-rife below the surface, thus becomes acidic due to sulfur from below. The warming of the water due to volcanic activity of the Taal Volcano caused the reduction in the oxygen level of the water which can cause the fish to die. This is when the oxygen level drops to less than 1.7 part of the water. But even during summer months, the loads of organic waste, fecal matter and medicine refuse from the scores of poultry and hog farms surrounding the bodies of water can cause the water to become eutrophic with ammonia. This can also lead to a fish kill. Nature has her own way of striking back. A worldwide food shortage has already been felt after man had devastated a large part of the land of the earth by converting them into modern cities, industrial enclaves, subdivisions and condominiums and then over-harvesting the forests. Now, man has crazily moved on to threaten the other half of the provider of his food sustenance – the seas and other bodies of water. This is not just cruelty of the first magnitude to the marine creatures – because when it does threaten man’s survival through
an eventual food crisis – this could be considered as man’s own cruelty to man. Some environmental violator should go to jail one of these frigging days – if only to create a sample that environmental crimes also do pay. Because saving Mother Nature – its forests and seas – may really turn out to be man saving ourselves from extinction.
Gun-for-hire ... From page 10 lose control of their vehicle. Even when the victim was already down on the pavement, the two suspects halted, and despite the presence of his wife, one of the suspects finished off Paera, who sustaine d guns hot wounds in the head and face. He died before reaching the hospital. Three empty shells from a .45 caliber pistol were recovered from the crime scene. Mrs. Paera could not identify the suspects nor think of any persons who may have grudges with her husband.
Suspects in ... From page 10 matched with those collected in another shooting incident last January 9, also in Za mboa nguita , whic h re sulted in the death of one Ta rmeline Pa tros a and wounding of Nenita Dela Rosa.
From page 2 Nicasio Z. Parco, Deputy Director and Head of BSP Dumaguete Branch, emphasized that the BSP advocacy on financial education and consumer protection is principally anchored on the belief that the efforts of the Bangko Sentral to promote financial stability and strengthen the financial system will have a bett er chance of succeeding if they go hand in hand with efforts to protect and educate the public. Mini sessions conducted in the “learning booths” covered topics on the Philippine Financial System, consumer protection, personal finance currency concerns, and financial products. The personal finance booth highlighted the benefits of saving early and various life cycle events that consider different age groups. These “learning booths” also displayed information materials and interactive activities that will enhance the learning experience of the participants. This is the 3 rd Financial Education Expo for 2011. It has already been held i n Cebu, Pampanga, Legazpi, Davao, Bacolod, Dagupan and General Santos in 2 010, and in Tugegarao and Iloilo earlier this year. It will henceforth be held i n ot her key venu es throughout the Philippines, in line with the financial education advocacy program of the BSP. Aside from its financial awareness campaign, the Financial Co nsumer Affai rs Group is also mandated to handle consumer complaints and inquiries. It can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by landline at (632) 7087087.
City received ... From page 2 Villar, this was disclosed by the City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria Monday morning. Mayor Sagarbarria said, the money amounting to two million pesos from Senator Villar’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). “Nadawat na sa syudad sa Dumaguete niadtong niaging adl aw ang salapi gi kan ni Senator Manuel Villar” Mayor Sagarbarria said. He said, the city had more than 10 milli on pesos financial assistance from the senator’s for the massive development of the Rizal boulevard, especially the construction of the city’s boardwalk. Last week, Senator Vicente Sotto III gave an additional fi nanci al assist ance of P1 million from his PDAF. The Senato rs shared t heir Priorit y Develo pment Assistance Fund (PDAF) to the city, of which include Juan Miguel Zubiri, TG Guingona, Francis Pangilinan, Ralf Recto
Internet cafe owners snub city hall invites nternet café operators made themselves scarce, Tuesday morning, despite summons from the city government for a conference in an attempt to refresh them of the ordinance seeking to regulate their operations. C ity Administra tor of internet cafes noting the William Ablong confirmed numerous violations of some that meeting with the opera- operators. tors was aborted due to the Some internet cafes adnon-attendance of those in- mit students e ven during vited. Task Force SAGARR class hours; others allow the is supposed to lecture and re- opening of pornographic iterate the existing regula- sites, etc. Among the more tions covering the operations Turn to page 10
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outside Manila and its perspectives. National history, then, says Dr. Montalvan, is not necessarily the dominant history. It has now actually become possible to contest the established dominance of national historiographies and national historians by asserting the experiences and imaginations of individuals like Del Castillo who did not claim to be a professionally trained historiographer. Dr. Montalvan was beside himself in expressing his admiration for Del Castillo who wrote the history book “in the autumn of her years, when she could have enjoyed full retirement with the comforting care of her children.” The author must really have been obsessed to write about Cagayan de Oro City because just as soon as she finished writing it and seen its publication in January 2007, she passed away, not forgetting to dedicate the book to the memory of her husband, who was the first City Planning Director of the city. What about beyond the 1950s? This was the same question in Del Castillo’s mind, asking further, what has transpired since then? It is now a challenge to the younger generation, according to Del Castillo, because there are a number of people who have lived in those times who can tell their firsthand stories of past events, and more importantly, share their own experiences, thoughts, and feelings, thus, capturing the nuances
Council first ... From page 2 transparency. For 21 years, the practice has been for the CDC execom to secure a Sanggunian approval in general terms for a bulk X-amount, but the details of which could not be known before it is executed. Secondly, approval of a bulk X-amount or a legal purpose, might be diverted to inappropriate projects, yet, already insu lated from t he Sanggunian because of the pre-approval in the bulk Xamount. Example was a post harvest budget for farmers at P4 and Senator Chiz Escudero, according t o Informati on Officer Steve Gabriel. Mayor Sagarbarria lauded the help of the senators for the city’s development project, especial ly the boardwalk project which is now in full swing construction. The city boardwalk’s massive devel opment along Rizal boulevard will be considered the show window of Dumaguete City, Gabriel said. Meanwhil e, Congressman Juan Ponce Castaner Enrile, Jr., the representative of the fi rst dist rict of Cagayan province was scheduled to visit Dumaguete City on June 9, 2011. Steve Gabriel , Information
of the period. Del Castillo’s life may also be one for the books. Graduating class valedictorian both in her elementary and secondary education from an exclusive girls school in Cagayan de Oro City, she surprised her parents with her early marriage – six weeks after graduation from high school, and immediately providing them with biological grandchildren, numbering 10, as well as more “apo sa tuhod.” Truly, the book is still a work in progress, to continue with heritagebuilding, to set out to fulfill the vision that has long been set for the citizens of the city. Just like Del Castillo, I also feel the urge to give back to my home city what it has taught me as a child in terms of experiences and stories of the past. My experiences may not be as rich and colorful as the others who have lived through those decades, but being a journalist, I can always interview people and get their first-hand accounts. Unlike Del Castillo, however, I do not intend to take up her challenge, if ever, at a much later date, but perhaps, sooner than expected while I have a full grasp of my faculties. I may still be at the peak of my career, busy as ever, but as the adage goes, only busy people have time. Unlike Del Castillo, I dread at the thought of “having all the time that I needed,” because instead of “savoring the experience,” as she had done, I might find myself too lazy to get anything done.
million which was approved without details. But when expended, Pl.6M partly went to repair and refurbished the comfort rooms of the central market. This is a project, Arbas said, which is totally foreign from the post-harvest purpose of the money. Henceforth therefore, all CDC fund approval has to pass the Sanggunian for scrutiny no matter how small, if only to assure transparency in all transaction, Arbas said. This was also concurred with, in principle by mayor Sagarbarria who also wanted that his policies in the city hall be beyond reproach, like Caesar’s wife in the Roman legend. Officer II, said that Co ngressman Enril e was expected to pay his courtesy call to Mayor Manu el Sagarbarria prior to his visit to di fferent cit ies and municipalities in the province. Gabri el al so added that Congressman Jack Enrile is the original author of Batas Kasambahay or the Magna Carta of Household, author of anti-Trust, which increases the al lowabl e personal and addit ional exemptio ns of individual taxpayers, reduces the i ncome tax rat es of individual taxpayers, and defines t he crime o f ho me invasion, among others.
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What is Right? ...
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commands that the life of the unborn be protected from conception.” Jose C. Sison, in his May 27, 2011 column A Law Each Day in Philippine Daily Star, opined that Fr. Bernas’ unequivocal stand that sacred life begins at fertilization and not at implantation is very important because the principal authors of the bill anchor its legality on an entirely different and contrasting concept that life begins at implantation. Following Fr. Bernas pronouncement to which we adhere as we highly value his opinion on this issue, th e consoli dated House Bill 4244 entitled “An Act for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, Population and Development” is therefore inherently unconstitutional. According to Atty. Jose C. Sison, the RH Bill “ is inherently unconstitutional because its main purpose, as reflected in its title, is to depopulate our country by promoting, distributing and making available to the people especially the poor, a full menu of modern artificial methods of family planning that prevent the implantation of the fertilized ovum based on the belief and concept espoused by its authors that life begins at implantation. But in the light of Fr. Bernas’ explanation that is diametrically opposed to the authors concept of when life begins, the bill will in effect legalize the expelling of fertilized ovum which is nothing but mass murder of innocent babies.
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his well thought-out petition if I had not been obliged by him on account of the mandate of Your Excellency and had to give my evaluation, I cannot but confess that hardly I come upon additional arguments that may better enhance the necessity and advantage of creating the proposed missions, where the zealous missionary has a lot of ground to cover for the advancement of religion and Spain, to attract very many infidels to the bosom of the Catholic Church who languish in a very lamentable state of ignorance concern-
Revisiting ... (Catan)
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that he played in, the beaches where he learned to swim, the barrio pathways under the coconut trees where he rode his horse, the mountain trails where their family evacuated during the war. Revisiting the places, and in a way, reliving stories heard from parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles help the younger generations understand better their family roots and native culture. In these fast-moving times, I believe that it is an urgent necessity that our children and their children be familiar with their family roots. This is even more important in our family which is a dual culture family – my being an American, Jun’s being a Filipino.
ing the most transcendent truths about man, and to inculcate in those living in the fringes the idea of respect and love that they owe to the noble nation (of Spain) that with much affection, treats them and strives to draw them out from the state of wretchedness that they find themselves in and to introduce them to civilized behavior. The immediate effects that will result from the new mission areas will undoubtedly be of much benefit. The spiritual administration of those towns will be better accomplished as the present situation is found less attractive to a noble-hearted Christian. (More next week)
Who says ...
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derived its name from Antoiine de Bougainville, a French Navy Admiral and explorer. This ornamental plant that lines our streets and fences in spectacular beauty and profusion can be found in other parts of the world, too. Today is a reminder that God gave so much thought about a bougainvillea, which is here today and gone tomorrow. How much more us whom He made fearfully and wonderfully? Not even the grandest of kings had clothes as beautiful as this thorny beauty.
CHRONICLE marks 38yrs of community journalism
ANNIVERSARY FELLOWSHIP The editorial, reportorial and production staff of the NEGROS CHRONICLE took time out from yesterday’s deadline to gather in thanksgiving prayer and fellowship for the 38 years of service to community journalism. The CHRONICLE’s maiden issue hit the streets in June 12, 1973, nine months after Martial Law was proclaimed. It has not missed a single issue since then in 1980; the CHRONICLE branched out into the air lanes and established the first FM station in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental. Starting as a job-out order from the Silliman printing press, it now has its own desktop publishing, full offset and image setter digital equipment to ensure better quality and service. Other commercial printing presses are being serviced by NC for their color negative print orders.
The world of ... (Cimagala)
Tampi in San Jose & Bato in Cebu
NOTICE is hereby given that MR. FRANCISCO T. AMIGO, whose picture appears above, is no longer connected with DU EK SAM, INC. due to the pending cases for (1) QUALIFIED THEFT --Criminal Cases Nos. 2009-19756, 2009-19757, 2009-19759, 2009-19760, 2009-19762, 2009-19765, 2009-19766, 2009-19767, 2009-19768, 2009-19967 and (2) ESTAFA thru Falsification of Public Documents --Criminal Cases Nos. E-174-R, E175-R, E-177-R, F-58, F59, F-60R, F-61R.
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as citizens consistent to their faith. My experiences in the school where I work and my exposure to the businesses of friends and relatives tell me how important it is to monitor developments continually and act promptly when prudence dictates some intervention is needed. Our fervent prayers and good intentions would not be enough if action is not taken. For example, though I have not been involved in business since I became a priest 20 years ago, I somehow get to know the pulse of the market because my sister, who owns a chain of department and grocery stores, frequently informs me about her business developments. I suspect she does it to fish out some ideas from me, since I had business experience before priesthood. Her info enriches me, since it expands my world, forcing me to go beyond my preferences, learn new things and enter somehow into the minds and hearts of people. Market trends reflect people´s state of mind, among other things. The world of public opinion nowadays precisely needs the presence of the Church, the indispensable contribution of faith and religion, since at the moment, it is becoming a metastasizing blob of views and positions that confuse people more than enlighten them. The topics and issues discussed there are not anymore merely economic, social or political, but do have eminently spiritual and moral implications. There´s a lot of ignorance, confusion, outright errors, and, yes, malice, insofar as the spiritual and moral dimensions are concerned. In the current RH debate, for example, I realize how deep and extensive are the anti-Church and anti-religion sentiments of many people, including those who were educated by our so-called Catholic schools. It makes me wonder what these schools have been doing for years.
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Pls. contact (035) 422 9878 or (035) 422 9168 for any information of the whereabouts of this person.
All unr edee med pled ges whose terms have expired will be auctioned on June 30, 2011 at our place.
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Occidental. Magallones intimated that the presence of nearly 32 forest guards make it difficult for stricter implementation of environmental laws. The Philippine National Police has designated environmental desk officers in each police station but there are no regular reports of arrests made. Nevertheless, Magallones also claims that the forest cover of Negros Oriental has increased to 54,840 hectares as well as the population of spotted deers. Meanwhile, Environment and Natural Division chief Mercy Teves said that the provincial government earned P2.4 million from permits and various fees and charges of approximately 40 sand-and-gravel small-scale contractors.
An attempt was made to pass an ordinance in the City Council but this was countered with the introduction of another measure that prohibits the use of full-faced helmets and bonnets. Both proposals remain in limbo. The Land Transportation Office has yet to receive the Implementing Rules and Regulations, thus the full implementation of the national law was put on hold. Critics cited the impracticability of using helmets for short distance travels while advocating for its use when traversing national highways for long distance trips.
Republic of the Philippines Province of Negros Oriental Municipality of Dauin BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID FOR THE SUPPLY OF GOODS ON THE FOLLOWING PROJECT SUPPLY OF GOODS: NAME OF PROJECT
SOURCE OF FUND
1.Rehabilitation of Farm to Market Roads P3,000,000.00 20% EDF (Purchase of one (1) unit Grader) The Municipal Government of Dauin, Negros Oriental, 20% Economic Development Fund (EDF) intends to apply the sum listed above being the Approved Budget of the Contract (ABC) to payments for the delivery of goods of the above listed project. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at Bid opening. The Municipal Government of Dauin, Negros Oriental now invites sealed Bids from eligible Bidders for the supply of goods for the above project. Applications for eligibility will be evaluated on a “pass/fail” basis. Only those Bidders passing the eligibility check will be entitled to purchase the Bidding Documents. Delivery of the GOODS is required within 30 CD by the winning bidder/ s. The description of an eligible Bidder is contained in Section II of the Bidding Documents, ITB. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedure using non-discretionary pass/fail criteria as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations Part A (IRR-A) of Republic Act No. 9184 (RA 9184)), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act and is restricted to organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, as specified in Republic Act 5183 (RA 5183). Only Bids from Bidders who pass the eligibility check will be opened. The process for the eligibility check is described in Section II of the Bidding documents ITB. The bidder with the Lowest Calculated Bid (LCB) shall advance to the post-qualification stage in order to finally determine his responsiveness to the technical and financial requirements of the project. The contract shall then be awarded to the Lowest Calculated and Responsive Bidder (LCRB) who was determined as such during the post-qualification procedure. Interested bidders may obtain further information from the Municipal Government of Dauin, Negros Oriental and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below during office hours from 9:00 in the morning up to 5:00 in the afternoon. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee in the amount of (per project cost). The method of payment will be in cash. The prospective Bidder or his authorized representative shall receive the Bidding Documents personally on June 8, 2011 during office hours. Pre-bid conference will be held on June 9, 2011 at 1:30 in the afternoon. Bids and eligibility requirements must be delivered to the address below on or before June 23, 2011. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security in the form of cash or bank draft/guarantee and in the amount of (per project) or an equivalent in a freely convertible currency. Late Bids shall not be accepted. Bid opening shall be on June 23, 2011 at 1:30 in the afternoon at the Municipal Hall, Negros Oriental. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidders’ representative who chooses to attend at the address below. The Municipal Government of Dauin, Negros Oriental reserves the right to accept or reject any Bid, and to annul the bidding process and reject all Bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected Bidder or Bidders. MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT OF DAUIN, NEGROS ORIENTAL BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE
ROSABELLE O. SANCHEZ BAC Chairman Municipal Government of Dauin, Negros Oriental Tel. No. (035) 425-2073 e-mail address: email@example.com The Negros Chronicle June 12, 2011
Dr. V. Locsin St., cor. Sta. Catalina, Dgte. City
Tel. No. 421-0761 Cell No. 09293165450 / 09317783546
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marriages. The same is granted to indigenous people. During the war under the Japanese puppet republic, divorce was allowed and quite a few took advantage of the law which was rescinded in the early fifties. The question is: Why has the state, up to now, not passed a divorce law when all the countries in the world have done so and why is the Church adamant in not allowing marriages to be set aside legally? One of the reasons is that the family is the basic unit of society that has to be protected, because among other things, the offspring need both biological parents for their full development economically, socially and psychologically. This is probably the reason why in the animal kingdom, parents never abandon their offsprings nor do they separate. Indeed, it is the very stability of the married relationship and its indissolubility that provides security to the offspring and preserves the fabric of society. Empirical data has shown that products of single parents and dysfunctional families are more prone to antisocial acts. On the part of the parents, it has also been shown that divorce begets divorce and data in the US shows that second marriages usually last shorter than the previous one. Once that divorce mentality sets in society, the tendency is to produce that tradein mentality which encourages couples to trade-in each other for that newer model. The bottom-line is that it is usually the distaff side that suffers, unless of course the lady is a tobacco heiress who can buy studs by the dozen. If not the housewife fully depreciated after raising heroically a large brood, is a candidate for a trade-in when the divorce mentality permeates society. Men polygamous by instinct are more prone to favour divorce. Moreover, he has a better trade-in value than the women. A woman above forty, unless taken care of by Vicky Belo, may not encourage hubby to come home straight after office hours — he may prefer to spend time with his favorite GRO whom he lavishes with his representation expenses. On the other hand, a man after forty still fully charged with an ample supply of testosterone and who has managed to climb up the corporate ladder thus earning a bigger salary may be more attractive to the opposite sex. In sum, we honestly feel that a divorce law is more detrimental to the woman which begs the question why women’s groups like Gabriela are championing it in Congress. The argument is that broken marriages in this country is a fact of life. Perhaps, half of the marriages are shaky and couples only live under the same roof for the sake of the children as they wallow in the pain of disillusionment. So why not call a spade a spade and legally breakup the marriage bond which cynics call just a piece of paper. Indeed, this kind of argument is used by proponents of the RH Bill and is characteristic of our permissive society. So why not legalize prostitution and pornography since so many of our citizens indulge in these pastimes? These are facts of life, so why not legalize it? This is the kind of argument the slippery slope that will lead inexorably to homosexual unions and euthanasia. Philosophically, this falls under the hedonistic least pain, greatest pleasure principle. What happened to the heroism of the parents who together scrimped and saved, went through hell and high water, faced the big challenges of family life and put up with one another till death do them part? To us, what makes this nation great is the social security system provided by the strong marriage bond. This is now imperilled by a reckless minority of feminists who have no sense of history of the experience of other countries whose families have become dysfunctional. Where the family goes, so does the nation. A broken family leads to a divided society.
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Real St., Independence St. Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from January 131, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. ---------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Lupega Bldg., Dr. V. Locsin St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from January 131, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. ----------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Dumaguete V Branch Ang Tay Bldg., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from January 131, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. —-------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Aldea Bldg., San Juan cor. Perdices St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from January 131, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. —-------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Magallanes St., Tanjay City
31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. ------------------------------
June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. —----------------------------
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M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS H. Villanueva St., Siaton, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from January 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. —---------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Guihulngan Branch Quezon St., Pob. Guihulngan, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from January 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. —---------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sta. Catalina Branch P. Villanueva St., Sta. Catalina, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from January 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. —----------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Canlaon Branch Blk. 3 New Bus Terminal Canlaon City All unredeemed pledges from January 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. —----------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Corner Pinili & Mabini Sts. Dumaguete City
All unredeemed pledges from January 131, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. —-------------------------
All unredeemed pledges from January 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. —----------------------------
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M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Quezon Street, Bais City
AUCTION SALE North Poblacion, Jimalalud Negros Oriental
All unredeemed pledges from January 131, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. —-------------------------
All unredeemed pledges from January 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. —----------------------------
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M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Claro M. Recto Street Bayawan City All unredeemed pledges from January 1-
AUCTION SALE Tanjay Branch 2 Nono, Limbaga Drive Tanjay City All unredeemed pledges from January 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on
AUCTION SALE Sibulan National Highway Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from January 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. —---------------------------
M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Manjuyod Branch Nat’l. Hi-Way Poblacion, Manjuyod All unredeemed pledges from January 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. -----------------------------
M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Nat’l. Hi-Way Poblacion, Zamboanguita All unredeemed pledges from January 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. —---------------------------
M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Poblacion, Mabinay Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from January 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. —----------------------------
M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Bais II Branch, National Highway Barangay Hangyad, Bais City, Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from January 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. -------------------------------
M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Bayawan, Branch II Tangente Building, JP Rizal St., Barangay Boyco, Bayawan City, Neg.Or. All unredeemed pledges from January 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office. -------------------------------
M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Canlaon 2 Branch FATC Bldg., Mabini St., Brgy. Mabigo, Canlaon City All unredeemed pledges from January 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on June 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office.
June 12, 2011
SPUD offers new academic programs By: Rafael Arbon Duhaylungsod, External Affairs Director
t. Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD), the only Catholic University in Negros Oriental, an ISO Certified and PAASCU Accredited Institution, is now preparing various academic programs that would supplement the 2-year vacuum in the college level after the implementation of the anticipated K-12 Curriculum. The institution strives to surpass customer needs by providing quality Paulinian education and school services in the spirit of collaboration and compassion. The new programs will prepare students for the real world of work, business entrepreneurship, government
ing, Software Operations, Nurse Entrepreneurship, Mi dwifery and Basic Boo keeping. Current ly, SPUD still offers short-term
environmental management, the University officials will continue its environmental advocacy and best practices be-
trust for project sustainability, and that would provide opportunities for the improvement in their field of study. These are modular and online in nature, more flexible and nontraditional short-term courses. The said six months, oneyear and two-year short-term courses are Environmental Management, Tourism Operations, Animation, Food Chain Management, Agribusiness, Caregiving, Basic Teaching Strategies, Call Center Train-
courses in Special Education and Culinary Arts. On the other hand, the University is still enrolling students who are interested to take various modular & online Doctoral and Masteral Programs in Education, Public Administration, Business Administration, Information Technology, Special Education, Physical Education, Religious Education and Nursing. With the new program on
ing the Region’s Most Sustainable and Eco-Friendly School, the fact that the university is celebrating the Philippine Envi ronment Mont h annual ly with various activities such as a symposium, observation of an earth hour, tree planting, students’ & employees’ orientation, exhibits, a poster making contest and the induction of the new core team this month of June.
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supply replenished. The call is made even as the local Red Cross Office is preparing to mark “World Blood Donor Day 2011” with the theme “More blood, More life” on Tuesday with a recognition program at 2:00PM, Robinsons Place. Of the local blood donors, more than 85 percent of them are ma les with Anthony Lloyd Patrimonio, Keith Dominic Dapat and Aguilo Custodia cited as top three Blood Galloners. Valencia remains as the town with the most number of donors, follow ed by Bacong, Redemptorist Parish, Amlan, Ba yawa n Ci ty, Manjuyod, Canlaon City, San Jose, Bindoy and Bais City as among the top ten donors during field donations conducted from 2010-2011.
of the monitoring teams. But why does the governor want to hire low-ranked monitoring people . when what is needed to evaluate earthquakeprone public buildings are a handful of expert s in t heir field? Are these new hires politically motivated, asked some board members. The seven Board Members who voted “no” to the appropriation and dealing the Governor his first major legislative defeat were BMs Rotel io Lumjod, Edmund Dy, Mellimoore Saycon, Peve Obaniana Ligan, Rodri go Alanano, Erwin Macias and Association of Barangay Councils President Arnie Teves.
and Financial Learning Program last Thursday and Friday enabled many stakeholders to appreciate and grasp the rationale of wise mo ney savi ng first , then spending second. On hand to launch the pro gram were BSP Go v. Amando Tetangco, Jr., and chairman o f the mo netary board and MBM Juani ta Amatong who hai ls from Ayungon, Negros Oriental. The Financial Expo held last Friday at the convention center covered the following topics: The Philippine financial system; financial consumer finance products/primer hub/ consumer protection/financial regulators and personal finance/the art of maintaining a good credit standing, and credit cards in general. Amatong said, the BSP believes that by disseminating these knowledge of money management to as many people, it will help develop national consciousness of thrift and industry. DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND SALE NOTICE is hereby given that Rosario A. Carollo, the heir of the late DOLORES A. CAROLLO have filed and executed a Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement and Sale on Lot 9-B , Psd-189719, being a portion of Lot 9, LRC Psu-117562, covered by TCT No. T-22297, TD No. 99-06-01100112, situated at Domolog, Bindoy, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 1,175 sq.m. in favor to Bineto G. Arcillo per Doc. No. 9049, Page No. XXIX, Book No. XI, Series of 2004 of Notary Public Atty. Camilo A. Velario. The Negros Chronicle June 12, 19 & 26, 2011
Sibulan’s ... From page 1 Apparently, the religious Mayor Marcela GramponBartoces did not renew any of the operators’ licenses as she is personally against the continued presence of the bold bars but found no courage to shut them all down. Now, there are two groups who are making noise of the continued operations of these bol d cl ubs. The mo rali st group, which has been loudly campaigning to ban of such ent ertainment centers as a threat to family and values of the youth. They are now joined by the pragmatists, who are complaining of the supposed lost revenues of the municipality due to the non-renewal of the clubs’ permits. The Councilors will try to determine in their next regular session whether hosting these entertainment bars is doing more harm than good to the image, values and treasury of the town noting that the operators, guest relations officers and their patrons are overwhelmingly non-residents of the town. Local authorities, including the police, will most likely be summoned to explain their failure to close down these entertainment bars despite full knowledge that they are operating without paying taxes and permits. Residents are calling for Mayor Bartoces to finally exercise political will and lead in padlocking the entertainment bars that are soiling the character and religious image of the town. (B y Dems Demecillo) Voting “yes” are Board Members Li land Est acio n, Geo rgita Mart inez, Jessica Vi llanueva, Sangguniang Kabataan Chai rman Sco tt Wayne Husain and Saleto Erames, who defied the stand taken by his colleagues in the Nationalist People’s Coalition by joining the minority position. Board Member Dy questioned the propriety of the appropriation noting that there are already existing offices and personnel tasked for the same function. He stressed that such disbursements may constitute a waste of taxpayers’ money. Lumjod saw no justification to hire and deploy nearly 100 skilled workers to the villages with no high rise public buildings. Provincial Treasurer Dani lo Mendez maintained that the appropriation is not ostentatious considering that Negros Ori ent al has 5 57 barangays thus each will be allocated approxi mately P8,800.00 for the monitoring tasks. However, it was Ligan who suggested that the Governor re-submit his request for funding provided that he will propose to hire technical people and experts in the field of engineering and geology to measure the capacity of all publi c infrastructures such as roads, bridges and buildings to wit hstand earthquakes and other natural calamities consistent with the directive of the Department of Interior and Local Government. Degamo promptly took note of the legislator’s idea and vowed to re-file a measure that will be acceptable to the Provincial Board majority. (By Dems Demecillo)
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Act of God ... (From page 4) event caused by natural causes, as opposed to events attributable to acts of man. But this is no excuse. We should not bring God into the picture as a cause when natural disasters occur. There are other more appropriate words like “force majeure” (fuerza mayor) or “fortuitous events.” Kawawa naman si Lord. The Supreme Court should be the one to remove the phrase “acts of God” from the annals of jurisprudence. God must be rolling in anger everytime a natural disaster happens, and people refer to it as an “act of God.” It’s unfair to God.
critical reporting HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO
Politicizing ... (From page 2) in the 2013 polls if that is what they are worried about… Do you know that the Catholic Church’s power to declare a Catholic marriage as void from the beginning (ab initio) could make things worse than the proposed divorce law? If after years of marriage, the Church gets evidence that the requirements for a valid (Catholic) marriage is not complied with, it can concur with a complaining spouse to declare such marriage “void ab initio,” meaning, invalid from the beginning. So what happens to the children as heirs to the conjugal property? Was the acquisition of conjugal properties also void from the beginning? So who will own a property that is acquired by a void marriage? Will this not create more trouble? -o0oThe Church opposes the RH Bill which intends to control population. But Congress also wants a divorce law, which encourages more babies from post-divorce partners who might find new partners. How many divorces is one spouse all owed? UNLIM? Ha ha. Say it to Smart and Globe. Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region HALL OF JUSTICE E.J. Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF
NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act No. 3135/1508 filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (otherwise known as PagIBIG Fund), against CATHERINE T. GUEVARRA married to NESTOR GUEVARRA, and to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of February 28, 2011 amounts to P507,041.22 excluding/including penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses for foreclosure, the undersigned or her authorized deputy will sell at public auction on August 3, 2011 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning to 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Office of the Clerk of Court & Ex-Officio Sheriff, Hall of Justice, E.J. Blanco Drive, Dumaguete City to the highest bidder for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency, the following property with all its improvements thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 24381 “A parcel of land (Lot 5, Block 3, of the subdivision plan, Psd074610-028957, being a portion of Lot 4329-B-1, Psd-07-019157, being a portion of Lot 4329-B-1, Psd-07-019157, situated in the Barrio of Banilad, City of Dumaguete, Island of Negros. Bounded on the NE., along line 3-4 by Lot 4, Block 3, on the SE., along line 4-1 by Road Lot 2, on the SW., along line 1-2 by Lot 6, Block 3, all of the subdivision plan, on the NW., along line 2-3 by Lot 4328, Dumaguete Cadastre, containing an area of EIGHT (80) SQUARE METERS, more or less.” In the event the public auction sale should not take place on the said date stated above, it shall be held on the next succeeding date without further notice. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on or before the said date and time. Dumaguete City, Philippines, July 1, 2011. (Sgd.) MARIA ANTONIA L. BULADO Clerk of Court VI & Ex-Officio Sheriff The Negros Chronicle June 12, 19 & 26, 2011
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Gov-board feud ... From page 1 service vehicle and replacing it with an older unit and for ignoring his request that his travelling allowance of P800.00 be increased as this is too scarce for his trips. The legal question arose: what is the legal basis of the executive officer or governor’s determination or usage of the pork barrels of legislators? What has happened to the principle of separation of powers? The Governor flatly denied using the P2.2 million pork barrel allocation intended for Arnaiz. But Degamo admitted that he recalled one of the service vehicles of the Vice-Governor since he already received the newly-purchased a millionpeso-plus brand new Strada. The recalled vehicle has since been assigned to another office. Finally, Degamo did not lobby to increase the P 800.00 travelling allowance of the Vice-Governor since it is the maximum amount allowed by the Commission on Audit. However, both officials are open to the planned executivelegislative dialogue designed to soothe the relations of the Office of the Governor and the Provincial Board. But many skeptics are doubting executive-legislative peace , since the bottom line motives of some is to gain pogipoints for the 2013 local elections. Incumbent Governor Roel Degamo counts among his allies (Kojak) all the Liberal Party Provincial From page 6 Board Members from the 1s t crematory in town and hun- District Dr. Liland Estacion, dreds of funeral homes. Take a Georgita Martinez and Jessica under couple of hours and a few pesos Vi llanueva Congresswoman Jocelyn “Josy” and prepare for the inevitable. None of us are getting out of this Limkaichong; SK Chairman Scott Wayne Husain—virtual life alive.
first-timers— plus a seasoned lawyer Board Member Saleto Erames, who is ironically a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition. Together, they constitute a minority in the provincial legislature. Comprising the majority are the Board Members from the Nationalist People’s Coalition in the 2nd District Rotelio Lumjod, Mel limoore Saycon, Erwin Macias of the Phil ippi ne Councilors League and ViceGovernor Jun Arnaiz. They are joined by members of the LakasKampi-CMD party in the 3rd District by Atty. Edmund Dy, Peve Ligan Rodrigo Alanano and Association of Barangay Councils President Arnie Teves. All board first-timers except Macias whose BM term expired but is now seated (back) at the provincial board as head of the league of councilors. Cong. George Arnaiz and Cong. Pryde Henry Teves are the local party chairmen of the NPC and Lakas, respectively. Both are rooting for Gary Teves for Governor. The Liberal Party administrat ion grou p i s inviti ng Degamo to join their ranks. The party whips are Rep Limakichong and CDA commission chairman ex city mayor Atty Ipe Remollo. Unless the planned dialogue becomes successful and a truce can be hammered to the satisfaction of all parties, the people of Negros Oriental will find, after a long period of tranquility and two years before elections, a Capitol so divided by politics that the deliveryof basic services to their communities might be unduly delayed as illustrated with the cancellation of two regular sessions for the month of May. (DRD)