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Filipino au pairs wanted in Switzerland

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has lifted the ban on deploying au pairs to Switzerland, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said Monday.

In a phone interview, POEA Administrator Jennifer Manalili said the ban, which has been effective since the late 1990s following reports of abuses, has been lifted after the Swiss government passed laws that protect the rights and welfare of au pairs.

Au pairs are usually young foreign visitors who take care of children and do light house chores in exchange for room and board.

Manalili said the POEA governing board approved the resolution in February, with the guidelines becoming effective March 24.

“The lifting was done upon consultation and recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs,” she said.

Swiss delegates were in the country last week to finalize the lifting.

Asked how many au pairs may now be deployed, Manalili said, “It depends on the demands.”

To protect Filipino au pairs who wish to work in Switzerland, the POEA has a standard au pair contract and a verification process, she said.

Manalili said there are similar requests for au pair deployments to Norway and Denmark.


By:Veronica Uy
First Posted 08:42:00 03/29/2010


Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, Overseas Jobs, POEA-Advisory

Earth Hour 2010


The Earth Hour 2010 event will be Saturday 27 March 2010 at 8.30pm. Mark it on your calendar now!

Earth Hour has done a lot to raise awareness of climate change issues. But there’s more to it than switching off lights for one hour once a year.

It’s all about giving people a voice on the future of our planet, and the chance to send a message of hope to world leaders.

Filed under: Upcoming Events, What's Happening Here?

Philippines Resumes Registration for EPS Language Test

MANILA ― The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will resume registering Filipino workers who want to work in South Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS).

POEA Administrator Jennifer Jardin-Manalili announced that the agency will register applicants for the sixth EPS-Korean Language Test (KLT) from April 6 to 8 in Cebu, Metro Manila, Davao, Pampanga and Baguio.

The language test was originally scheduled to be held in the Philippines by the Human Resource Development Service of Korea (HRD Korea) last January but it was postponed due to implementation issues.

Manalili said the POEA and HRD Korea have ironed out the issues regarding the implementation of the EPS and that the examination dates will be announced on March 29.

HRD Korea is the new agency accredited by the Korean government to conduct the language test.

Passing the language test is required for Filipinos to be included on the roster of jobseekers from which Korean employers can choose from.

POEA said jobs in South Korea’s manufacturing industry are only available for qualified applicants for now.

Filipino workers with active status in the POEA online manpower registry as of March 31 this year are qualified to register for the KLT. The application fee for the test was also reduced to $17 from $30.

“Applicants must be able to meet the minimum qualification requirements before being allowed to take the KLT,” the POEA said in its announcement.

Each applicant has to meet the following requirements: must be younger than 38-years-old, have at least one year of work experience and have valid documents such as a passport.

The HRD Korea has also reduced the passing score on the language test to 80 from 120 points.

Applicants who have scored 80 points out of the 50 items on reading and listening, and whose scores are in the top 3,000 will be included on the roster of jobseekers.

Manalili, however, said, “Being on the roster of pre-qualified applicants, however, is not a guarantee for employment as employers will have specific job requirements in hiring their workers.”

POEA said more than 21,000 Filipino workers have worked in South Korea under the EPS since August 2004. The basic monthly salary for a foreign EPS worker in South Korea is about $904, the agency said.

By Jonathan M. Hicap
Korea Times Correspondent


Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, OFW Livelihood Training, Overseas Jobs, POEA-Advisory,

Tawanan muna tayo

 May nagpapa-translate sa akin ng signage sa tagalog: “Emergency Exit”
ang sabi ko, “MADALING LABASAN…? Tama ba? Parang bastos ata.
———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——–
 Lalake: Pag tayo na, magkasama na nating haharapin ang mga problema.
 Babae: Pero wala naman akong problema..
 Lalake: Kasi nga, hindi pa tayo. Wag ka excited!!
———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——-
Mr: Hon, buksan mo ang pinto!
Mrs: Sori, hindi pwede. Wala akong suot.
Mr. (tumawa) ok lang. Wala akong kasama.
Mrs: Ako, meron!
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Tip for a long life:
Wag mo isusulat name mo sa condolence book pag dumalaw ka sa patay. Kasi pagkatapos ng libing nagkakaron ng raffle kung sinong susunod….
———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——–
Guro: Pedro late kana naman.
Pedro: Late po kasi relo ko.
Guro: Problema ba yun. E di i-advance mo.
Pedro: Sige po.
Guro: Oh, saan ka pupunta?
Boy: uwian na!
———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——–
Mrs: Kung alam ko lang di sana ako nagpakasal sa iyo! ABS ka!
Mr: Anong ABS?
Mrs: Alak, Babae, Sugal!!
Mr: Eh ikaw CBN!
Mrs: CBN?
Mr: Chismosa, Bungangera, Nagger!.
———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——–
May dalawang lalaki sabay nag jogging:
Guy 1: Pre, doctor ako. Kaya ako tumatakbo kasi HEALTH conscious ako! Ikaw pre?
Guy 2: Snatcher pre! WEALTH conscious ako.
———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——–
Bakit binaril ng bobo ang girlfriend nya?
Kasi sinubukan nya kung totoong FIRST LOVE NEVER DIES!
———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——–
Pasahero: Mama, dahan-dahan lang po. Alalahanin nyo na palaging nakasunod sa atin ang disgrasya!
Drayber: E, kaya ko nga binibilisan para di tayo abutan!
———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——–
Pari: Ikaw lalaki, tinatanggap mo bang maging kabiyak ang taong ito habambuhay?
Lalaki: Opo, Father!
Pari: At ikaw naman malanding pokpok kang bakla ka mukha kang kabayo, ‘akala mo siguro ang ganda mo sa gown mo,‘ano? Tinatangap mo ba ang lalaking ito na hindi ka magsisisi kahit magkabaon-baon ka sa utang sa pagsustento sa kanya?
Bakla: Father, sabihin nyo lang kung tutol kayo sa kasal na ito kesa naman tumalak ka diyan, naka mic ka pa naman.
———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——–
(sa isang turo-turo):
Customer: Manang, meh langaw sa arrozcaldo ko!
Tindera: Hello! Sa halagang P5.00 anong ini-expect mo….manok?
———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— – ——-
PO 1: Bakit po K-9 ang tawag sa malalaking aso, sir!
SUPT: Syempre pag tinawag mo silang K-10, hindi na sila aso
PO 1: Ano na sila sir?
SUPT: maliit na pusa…
 ———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——–
Anak: Nay, yung girlfriend ko hindi naniniwala sa langit at impierno.
Nanay: Sige, pakasalan mo anak, ipatikim mo sa kanya ang langit, ako na ang bahala sa impierno.
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Isang ina ang nagsilang ng napakapangit na sanggol.
Ama: Isa syang kayamanan.
Ina: Oo, nga! Ibaon natin!……
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A husband asked his wife, “What do you like most in me, my macho face or my sexy body?
The wife looked at him from head to toe and replied, “I like your sense of humor”.
———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——–
Russian: Sir, we got huge order from USA for 16 inches condoms. I think it is to embarrass us.
Putin: No problem! Complete the order and mark them SMALL SIZE!
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A guy picks up a girl for a date.
“Why are you wearing your belt around your knee?
Girl: I promised mom that I wouldn’t let you touch me below my belt….


Filed under: Jokes & Humor

Rapu-Rapu Mining equips IT room of Sorsogon Library Hub

RAPU-RAPU Minerals, Inc.(RRMI), the first operating polymetallic mine in the Philippines and located in Albay Gulf across Sorsogon, recently turned over ICT equipment to complete the computer room of the newly built library hub of the province. The initiative is one of the mining project’s continuing efforts to support education and youth development in various local communities as a partner of LGUs and government agencies.

The library hub program, a brainchild of the the Department of Education (DepED), through the office of the Undersecretary for Finance and Administration, was launched to develop desirable reading habits and skills among children by providing them with a reservoir of supplementary reading materials. The program aims to establish at least one library hub in every DepED schools division nationwide by 2010, with the support and cooperation of both internal and external stakeholders.

With Sorsogon entitled to five library hubs, the newly inaugurated hub, located in the provincial capitol compound, is the only one in the province to date and one of eight in Region V. The region’s other library hubs are located in Camarines Sur (Pili, Tigaon, and Libmanan), Catanduanes, Masbate City, Naga City, and Tabaco City.

The inauguration of the Sorsogon Library Hub was led by Governor Sally A. Lee and DepEd Assistant Secretary for Programs and Projects Dr. Teresita G. Inciong. In attendance were DepEd Region V Director Celedonio L. Layon, Jr.; Region V Mines and Geosciences Bureau OIC for Mining Safety and Environment Buenaventura Dayao; Division of Sorsogon DepEd Supt. Dr. Marilyn D. Dimaano; Bulan Mayor Ellen de Castro; Donsol Vice-Mayor Emiterio Belmonte, Jr.;  RRMI VP for Public Relations and Corporate Affairs Cecille Calleja; and  Monsignor Gerry del Prado.

The two-story, P4 million Sorsogon library hub was constructed with joint DepEd and provincial government funding in an example of inter-government partnership.  RRMI’s contribution consists of five brand-new computer sets with state-of-the-art LG monitors, UPS and AVR equipment, one LCD projector, computer tables and chairs. The ICT resources are housed in a section of the library hub called the “Rapu-Rapu Minerals, Inc. Computer Room,” which will include a display of 12 rock samples and other informative materials on mining. The ICT room will serve as the data base and center of the library hub.

Ms. Calleja thanked the provincial government and DepEd for affording the RRMI a role in serving the educational needs of children in Sorsogon. RRMI also runs a continuing educational scholarship program benefiting 81 high school students in Sorsogon City and the province. In addition, RRMI also continuously implements initiatives to help improve the quality of life of residents in the region, including providing funding for relocation sites and emergency response aid during calamities such as typhoons and volcanic eruptions.

RRMI is part LG International, Korea Resources of the South Korean government and Malaysian Smelting Company, Berhad. 



by People’s Tonight    
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 17:32 


Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates,

Sorsogon exec hails bamboo as a cash crop

CASTILLA, Sorsogon—Vice Gov. Renato Laurinaria of Sorsogon is urging farmers and landowners in the province to grow bamboo because of its potential as a cash crop.

Its versatile qualities make bamboo not only a material for chopstick-making, poles, furniture, handicrafts, fishing gears and housing, among others, but mainly a source  vegetable that would generate good income for growers due to its demand from both the domestic and international market, the vice governor said on Monday.

Research and studies show that bamboo shoots contain 18 amino acids and less carbohydrates, crude fat and crude fiber which make it an ideal vegetable for health-conscious people, Laurinaria said.

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau has reported that bamboo’s main nutritive values seem to be associated with hematopoiesis, or the regeneration of high-energy containing compounds and improvement of protein metabolism.

“I have initiated a bamboo-planting program under our community-based Resource Management Project along riverbanks and on hilly terrains here during my nine-year term as mayor of this town.  That was before I was elected provincial vice governor. I have since been pushing for a province-wide initiative,” he said.

Other farmers in the locality have planted bamboo around their farms as fence or as windbreak that do not easily die or get damaged by typhoons, drought and even by fire.

The Castilla plantation is now a source of bamboo shoots that command a good price in the local market. Considering that grated and boiled shoots sell at around P25 per kilo, Laurinaria said, the many shoots weighing over a kilo each that are harvested from a clump is already a good source of income.

Compared with other agricultural crops that are planted every year or even twice a year, bamboo is planted only once and dies only when it has flowered after 30 years, making it more advantageous for farmers.

There are no problems in planting materials because farmers can start with native varieties, locally called botong, kawayan, oras and marurugue, all source of edible shoots.

“Since our climate is tropical, the Philippines had become bamboo’s natural home as it can be grown even near the residential areas and on any type of soil,” Laurinaria said.

Citing a publication of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), he said planting bamboo for shoot production entails digging a hole of 2x 2×1 meter in dimension, which must be filled with soil and composts.

Planting materials either in the form of cuttings or prerooted cuttings preferably, should come from one-year-old culms rather than from older ones, although they could be used.

The cuttings with one whole internode and two nodes are the best. Internodes which are not hollow should not be used. The recommended distance of planting is 8×6 meters, he said.

The PCARRD publication, Laurinaria said, also reported the two ways of planting cuttings, which are not prerooted, prior to setting them in the field. These are the horizontal and the vertical systems.

For the horizontal, the cuttings are laid horizontally in the hole with the eyes at the sides then covered with two-thirds layer of soil.

The vertical system is done by burying the lower node 5 centimeters below the surface of the node with the soil covering and reaching the upper half of the next internode.


Written by Danny O. Calleja / Correspondent   
Friday, 12 March 2010 19:36

Filed under: Agriculture, Livelihood, Sorsogon News Updates,

Sorsogon Lawmaker sentenced to over 10 years in jail over land deal

MANILA, Philippines—The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Wednesday sentenced to up to 10 years in jail an incumbent Sorsogon congressman after finding him guilty of graft and falsification for wrongly classifying a government lot to favor a private claimant more than 10 years ago.

The court’s 3rd Division also disqualified from holding any public office Sorsogon 2nd District Rep. Jose Solis, who is running for governor in the coming elections.

The court also found guilty of graft his co-accused Florencia Garcia-Diaz, the private claimant who stood to benefit from the wrong classification of almost 5,000 hectares of the Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation in Nueva Ecija.

Solis, who was present when the decision was promulgated on Wednesday afternoon, was planning to appeal his conviction. His lawyers, however, refused to give any statement when approached by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The Office of the Ombudsman filed graft charges against Garcia and Solis, a former administrator of the National Mapping and Resource Information Administration (Namria). Included in the graft complaint were former Solicitor General Ricardo Galvez; former Namria officer-in-charge Salvador Bonnevie; former Remote Sensing and Resource Data Analysis Department (RSRDAD) Virgilio Fabian Jr.; and senior remote sensing technologists Ireneo Valencia and Arthur Viernes.

It also filed falsification charges against Solis, Bonnevie, Fabian, Valencia and Viernes.

The Sandiganbayan earlier dismissed the case against Galvez after he died in 2005 while it acquitted Bonnevie, Valencia and Viernes of the charges against them. Fabian remains at large.

The cases stemmed from the compromise agreement in May 1999 between Diaz and Galvez: The Office of the Solicitor General agreed to withdraw its opposition to Diaz’s ownership of at least 4,689 hectares of government property.

The lot is part of the Nueva Ecija military reservation and therefore cannot be registered to any private owner. But a survey released by Namria and signed by Solis in February 1998 said the lot Diaz was claiming was already outside the government property.

This survey report became the basis of the settlement.

Namria has the power to “classify, reclassify, assess and re-assess lands in the public domain.”

But the court said the agreement was “manifestly and grossly disadvantageous to the government” as earlier ruled by the Court of Appeals, which dismissed in a 1992 ruling the original claim on the Fort Magsaysay property.

The Sandiganbayan said: “In effect, the Republic gave away an inalienable and unregistrable part of the public domain in favor of a private individual, because in the first place, there was nothing to compromise, as the Republic owns the land.”

The decision penned by Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz added that it was Namria’s survey, signed by Solis, which gave the illegal settlement a “semblance of propriety and legitimacy.”

In his defense, Solis denied he knew Diaz. He told the court it was the Solicitor General who requested for a survey of Fort Magsaysay.

He said the report that found the property Diaz was claiming to be outside Fort Magsaysay was prepared by his subordinates and that he did not participate in the actual survey.

But the court said the “participation of accused Solis, the highest authority in Namria, being its administrator, completed the conspiracy and complemented the whole scheme.”

The court said Solis’ defense that he did not bother to examine the files submitted to him as the highest authority in the office was “incredible” considering that declaring 4,689 hectares to be outside Fort Magsaysay “is certainly a decision of great importance.”

By Edson C. Tandoc Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer


Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates,

Jesus L. Huenda-Damath learning math the Pinoy way



Jesus L. Huenda


Damath comes from the Pinoy checker boardgame called “dama” and mathematics. It blends local culture, education and digital technology that aim to make math teaching and learning child-friendly, challenging and interactive. In its unique way, damath boardgame ushers the Filipino school kids into the new millennium by equipping them with competitive life-long learning for understanding and ICT-fluency skills. 

 When school children play damath boardgame they also learn to explore, firm-up, deepen, and transfer to daily tasks the concepts of real numbers and its properties and operations. 

Moreover, it stimulates the children’s capability to think deeper through creative math storytelling, flowchart, concept map, tree diagram, picture riddle, haiku, cryptogram, secret code decoding, simulation, role playing, jingle or rap composing, reflection journal writing, and problem solving. 

This joyful and practical approach to contextualized teaching and learning math is the brainchild of 1981 presidential merit medal awardee teacher Jesus L. Huenda. 

As a public high school teacher in Sorsogon, Huenda always thinks of ways to optimize his talents to help others. This describes best this ordinary teacher who was cited by no less than the President of the Republic for his out-of-the-box “contribution in terms of innovative approaches in teaching and learning mathematics”. 

According to Huenda, this is how damath works: “I integrate some math concepts and numeracy skills in the indigenous boardgame of dama. In the 32 white squares (the other 32 alternately arranged squares are colored green) of the 8×8-square damath playing board, I put the symbols of mathematical operations like addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (×) and division (÷). The 12 damath chips for each player are divided into two sets (blue and red chips): those with zero, and even numbers with positive sign (+); while odd numbers have negative (-) sign. The two players try to capture chips by adapting the existing dama rules to numeracy skills which result to higher positive points, while evading those with lower negative points.” When the learners play damath, they aim to get higher point over the opponent. Capturing the opponent’s dama chips is strategically planned such that a player would target a chip representing high number. The game becomes a combination of strategic higher order thinking skills and basic mathematical operations. 

This strategy in teaching and learning math with Understanding by Design (UbD) framework has helped students look at Mathematics as a subject not so difficult to learn. 

“Unknowingly, the players are using the mathematical fundamentals when they play damath”, Mr. Huenda explained. “Those who used to dislike math is actually learning how to use math when he/she plays the boardgame and in the process learn the subject,” he added. 

Aside from “damath”, Mr. Huenda has also developed the “pierdi-gana” boardgame. He calls this boardgame “scidama”. This is the opposite of damath in the sense that the players’ main target is to have their dama chips consumed by their opponent in order to win. Scidama is focused on bringing about environmental consciousness among the school children. 

Literally, pierdi-gana means to let go by disposing water, fuel and energy consumption that contribute to global warming and climate change. The main objective of the players in scidama is to divest themselves of extravagant consumptions that can lead to environmental degradation. Here, the scidama chips represent kilowatt hours of electricity used, cubic meters of water consumed, liters of oil consumed, cooking gas used among others. 

The players strategize in such a way that they will have to reduce their consumption of these resources and in the process help in arresting global warming and climate change. “The less you consume resources, the less you contribute to the destruction of the environment. This is what we want to instill in the minds of our learners,” Huenda pointed out. 

In the scidama, the player’s main objective is to have his/her dama chips be captured by the opponent in order to win. The player who first has his/her chips decimated by the opponent wins the game. This means that the winner is able to divest himself/herself of these resources and does not use them unnecessarily. 

|“Kabaliktaran ng damath ang scidama kasi ito ay pierdi-gana o ubusan ng chips. Dapat maubos ang chips mo para manalo. In other words, I have to dispose off my expenses in water, electricity, oil and others so that I will not contribute to global warming and climate change. Kung malaki konsumo ko, I will contribute to the destruction of the environment. Gagawa ka ng plano na pagkatapos ng laro konti lang konsumo mo at ibibigay mo ang dapat mong konsumo sa kalaban mo upang hindi ka makasali sa paglubha ng kapaligiran”, Huenda added. 

Another collaborative innovation which Huenda did in cooperation with some Computer Science students is the “eDamath” which uses digital technology in playing damath against the computer itself. The damath computer game helps develop the strategic and analytical thinking skills of the students. Similarly, when two players are interconnected in their computers through the Local Area Network, they can play damath in a remote platform and the computer becomes the arbiter or scorer. 

Mr. Huenda’s electronic damath playing board can be accessed through the DepEd website ( The eDamath appears in the computer monitor together with the damath chips that are properly labeled with positive and negative signs in even and odd numbers, respectively. 

Playing the electronic damath is also a contest on who gets the higher positive score which entails the use of the fundamental operations in math. “When students play the game, they tend to have deeper consciousness on the intricacies of the game. They get to consider every step that they make and how this can contribute to winning the game. In the process they develop analytical thinking skills,” Huenda explained. 

And there is no stopping Huenda from inventing edutainment games that teach students the basics in living such as entrepreneurship. Thus he came up with “entrepinoy damath,” a business venture game. 

Here, the fundamental operations of math and basic accounting are also used in the board game including debit and credit, simple bookkeeping, balance sheet and the like. The first set of damath chips represent rent, taxes, salaries, bonuses, discounts, cost price, and other operating expenses. The other half represents income like selling price, profit, savings, real property, building, equipment, etc. 

The game is played with the damath chips properly labeled: business expenses on one hand and business income on the other hand. The game is won by the one who has captured more chips representing incomes rather than expenses. “With this learning for understanding approach, the learners are honed on strategic business models like the efficiency of incurring less cost in order to have more income. The learners also become conscious of effectively running a business venture,” Huenda explained. 

But in business as in life, the learners still have to be trained on values and ethics. So he came up with “damath de honor”. Here the damath pieces represent positive and negative Filipino ways including interpersonal relation, consumer protection, anti-corruption and red-tape practices. 

“Ipapakain mo ang negative values at makakaipon ka ng positive values. Dapat walang greed na siyang dahilan ng corruption at illegal business transaction,” he emphasized. 

“Have you heard of damath on health and nutrition, People Power EDSA revolution, English-Filipino-Korean vocabulary-building? Or damath with three players? This is just the tip of the iceberg”, Huenda shared. 

Huenda remains a very active staff at the DepEd Central Office. Although he is a superintendent-eligible, Huenda opted to focus on educational technology innovations that will make a difference in basic education. The beneficiaries, no doubt, are the young school children who never imagined that the lowly boardgame of dama would ever play a significant role in their learning of life’s lessons. 


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Pablo D. Ayo- At 85, inventor keeps creative mind active

SORSOGON CITY, Philippines—Pablo D. Ayo Sr., who at 85 has survived two major strokes, is still inventing and designing devices that perform functions ordinary people would think impossible. One of these is a gadget that makes burnt out fluorescent bulbs light.

, who earned his doctorate in astrophysics at Princeton University in New Jersey and is a former student of world-renowned genius-scientist Albert Einstein in 1949, still possesses the scientific creativity to invent a gadget called the EAD or electro activator device, which virtually makes an electric bulb last even with its filament broken.

Half the size of the ballast of a fluorescent bulb, the EAD increases the voltage, allowing it to jump from end to end of the broken filament and make an unbroken bulb light again.

A patent holder, Ayo has invented several gadgets, including prototypes of a rocket, voice-activated phonograph, household mini hydro generators, solar panel, tidal electric generators and photon-run car.

He was born to a poor family from the former town of Bacon, Sorsogon (now a district of Sorsogon City).


His parents died when he was young so he supported himself to school until he earned a scholarship to study at Princeton.

He said he had read articles on electronics and automotive when he was a teenager and learned by himself the principles and laws that govern mechanical and electronic devices.

Ayo went to Manila when he was a teenager and landed a job in an engineering company at Port Area. This allowed him to continue his college education at Arellano University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, major in Physics.

While studying, he remembered that he had befriended a man who shared his interest in electronics and automotive. “In tandem, we won in a competition of flying miniature airplanes that we assembled. This became our ticket to study in the United States, which brought me to Princeton University in 1945,” Ayo said.

After he finished his doctorate, Ayo came home but went back to the United States to serve as a consultant of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the central civilian agency for direction of the US space exploration program established in 1958.

By late 1960s, he was back again in Sorsogon, married Raquel Diokino, a school teacher, and established his own business called Prama Electronic Center that provided electronic services and sold electronic and scientific gadgets and equipment.

Mini hydro plant

Ayo developed the first mini hydro plant in Bacon that produced 20 kilowatts of electricity.

He developed a rocket with a remote control that traveled 20 miles per hour.

Lawrence, the second eldest among Ayo’s five children, said he was amazed at how his father created in 1972 a phonograph that played music on voice command using the jukebox mechanism.

“That was before the information technology. What fascinated me was not only how he developed that phonograph but also how it responded when you say ‘Please,’” said Lawrence, a civil and electronic engineer.

Photo-run car

Ayo also developed a prototype car that runs on photon, an elementary particle that is the quantum of the electromagnetic field and basic unit of light.

The detailed design of the photon-run car shows a battery-like gadget that traps photons triggered by solar energy and produces electric power.

Ayo said a Japanese investor got interested with his invention but the deal did not push through because the latter would only pay him if he would go to Japan.

In 1982, Ayo developed his tidal electric generator but this did not push through on the issue of sharing even as he said the project could have been profitable using clean energy source from tidal water on Kalintaan Island in Matnog.

The $5-billion project can produce one gigawatt (GW) of electricity with 10 turbines producing 100 megawatts. It surpasses the combined power production of the Bacman geothermal plant at 150 MW and the Tiwi geothermal plant at 300 MW, according to Lawrence, who works as electronic engineer at the Bacman plant.

He said 1,000 MW is equivalent to 1 GW or one billion watts of electricity.

Ayo said his project could have made the country an exporter of electric power if it was implemented and replicated in other areas.

By Juan Escandor Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer


Filed under: Education, Encouragement, Inspiration, Natatanging Sorsoganon, People who inspired Us, Show your pride, Sorsogon News Updates, Sorsogon Success Stories, We will make you SHINE!, , , , ,

Sorsogon arts council celebrates 20th anniversary

Sorsogon City (27 February) — Twenty years and counting.

The Sorsogon Arts Council (SAC) is celebrating its 20th Foundation Anniversary this February coinciding with the observance of the National Arts Month.

Mr. Dan Razo of the Community-based Theater Group (CBTG)-Bukawel Performing Arts, a member organization under the umbrella of SAC, revealed that they are gearing for short performances and excerpts of some of the plays written by SAC founding Chairman Reynaldo “Tootsie” Jamoralin as a tribute for his great contributions in the field of arts.

Razo said that the performances will be the highlight of the general assembly of SAC in the afternoon of February 26, 2010 at the Sorsogon Museum and Heritage Center here.

“Our local artists will discuss, share and propose strategies, activities, programs and projects, including emergent concerns, for the promotion of local or Bikolnon arts and culture, in particular, and the true Filipino arts and culture, in general,” Ella Grajo-Jamoralin said.

The SAC ad-hoc committee/convenor’s group is regularly convening on Saturdays since January this year to pursue the initiatives of its founding chairman.

It can be recalled that Jamoralin was instrumental in the realization of the Sorsogon Museum and Heritage Center which the SAC is a member organization. (SAC-Sorsogon/PIA)

by JJJ PerezPIA


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Groundwork for OFWs computer and financial literacy kicks off

Did you know that among Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), there are so-called 45-day millionaires?

From what I understand, these are those guys who earn really big money and truly once their US dollar, for example, paychecks are converted to Philippine peso, the bills amount to millions.

Why 45-days?

I have not found the answer to this yet, but if we go by the stories of some folks “throwing parties for two weeks”, plus the additional days of shopping, and gift giving, and what have you, one month and a half month could be it.

Another explanation could be that after 45-days, the OFW has to return overseas and resume earning dollars again.

Had it not been due to their basic computer literacy training, many of them might still be trapped in this 45-day millionaire syndrome.

Alas, there is a way out.

Against this backdrop, graduates of the “Tulay”, the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Program Community Technology Skills Program for Overseas Filipino Workers, have began to organize themselves into either alumni groups or cooperatives with business and livelihood projects for members.

An example is the OWWA Microsoft Tulay Alumni Organization of graduates from the Cordilleras and Baguio. Headed by Ediltrudis Irma Person of Tulay Batch 1, her members engage in livelihood activities such a detergent products, Internet café operations, transient homes management, restaurants and meat processing.

In the process of being formalized is the Tulay OFW Cooperative based in Butuan City and spearheaded by former OFW Elisa Capon-Moran. A start up venture being contemplated is smoked fish production.

“OFWs who are trained with basic IT skills have the advantage to explore other business opportunities. With their new found skills, the window of possibilities is endless,” said Susan Ople, president, Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute.

This month, the BOPC received from Microsoft Philippines more than $200,000 in cash and software grants for the expansion of the “Tulay” for OFWs program.

In the Philippines, “Tulay” was launched by Microsoft in 2004 in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment, specifically its attached agency Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. Its objective is to provide technology tools and skills training to OFWs and their families.

In 2008, Microsoft started working with the Ople Center, a private non-profit organization that has partnered with OWWA, to put up more learning centers.

“Over the years, “Tulay” has been successful in boosting opportunities for Filipino migrant workers and their beneficiaries. We are happy with the development of “Tulay”. Through the expansion of new training centers, more and more OFWs and their families can take advantage of these opportunities,” said Carmelita Dimzon, Administrator, OWWA, in a press release.

In her progress report and new directions announcement, Ople underscored, “Once empowered…now that they are computer literate, their horizon suddenly expands.”

Thus the challenge of bringing them up to the next level from computer literacy to financial literacy. Combining computer literacy with financial literacy, as she put it.

“We are looking also into possible tie-ups with local government units to pilot test a more OFW-friendly business environment,” she said. “We would like to increase the number of OFWs and their dependents who are able to obtain new sources of income, better jobs, and or put up small businesses after graduating from the Tulay program.”

She underscored, “Given options and when pointed to the right direction, a “Tulay” graduate is empowered enough to consider pursuing other computer courses or opening a small business.”

Since 2004, over 20,000 people have been trained under the “Tulay” program. With the expansion of the program and opening of new centers, “Tulay” is expecting 258,000 individuals to benefit from the program in the next three years.



Filed under: Education, Encouragement, Financial Literacy, Kwentong OFW, Livelihood, OFW Corner, OFW Livelihood Training,

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