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OFWs to Aquino: Create more local jobs

By Edith Regalado/Philstar

HONG KONG – If there is one thing that overseas Filipino workers here ask of president-apparent Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, it is for his administration to create more jobs and opportunities in the country so they would not have to leave and seek greener pastures abroad.

“Our hope is for the new government to create more jobs in the country so that there would be no more Filipinos would have to go out and work abroad,” said Milagros Ladra, a 44-year old native of Davao City who started working as a domestic helper since 1992.

Ladra has been working here since starting out in Singapore for her first two years as an OFW.

“We all love to go home,” she said.

She said it could be a long shot but that she also shares the same fervent wish that if there are jobs back home, the pay should also be equal if not higher than what they are receiving as OFWs.

Ladra likewise said OFWs here also pin their hope on Aquino that his administration would address the woes of their sector particularly on the matter of the unscrupulous practices of the recruitment agencies.

Delfa Tacuban, another Filipina worker here, said the recruitment fees have been so exorbitant to the extent that OFWs sell all their properties and even borrow money with high interests and yet they end up receiving meager salaries.

“What is worst is when the OFWs arrive here in Hong Kong and they happen to be immediately fired by their employers and their contracts terminated within five days. And now, what would happen to the replacement fee paid?” Tacuban said.

Ladra said the new government should also help in ensuring that there would be a better working condition for the OFWs as a number of them have been subjected to maltreatment, harassment and abuse.

“We hope the new government would help to make sure that all the provisions in the OFW contract shall be followed and complied with by the employers in providing a conducive environment for the OFWs to work,” Ladra said.

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, OFW Livelihood Training, Overseas Jobs,

Karagdagang budget sa edukasyon, hiniling ng DepEd kay incoming President Noynoy Aquino


UMAPELA ang Department of Education kay incoming President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino na dagdagan ang budget para sa edukasyon.

Ayon kay Education Sec. Mona Valisno, layon nitong matuldukan ang kinakaharap nilang sandamakmak na problema.

Aniya, kulang na kulang kasi ang nakalaang pondo na 2 percent Gross National Product (GNP) para makamit ang kanilang target.

Tinatayang nasa dalawampu’t tatlong milyong mag-aaral ang bubuhos sa mga pampublikong paaralan ngayong darating na pasukan kung saan mas mataas ito ng dalawang milyon kumpara noong 2009.

Pangunahin pa rin nilang problema ang kakulangan sa silid-aralan, guro, libro, armchairs, laboratoryo at mga teknolohiya ang maraming paaralan sa bansa.

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by Rex Bolima/DZMS

Dakula an naging kaogmahan ni City veterinarian Dr. Alex Destura matapos na mahiling na naging epektibo an mga namamanwaan sa saindang mga ataman na ayam. Sa intrebista kan dzms sa programang bikol target, sinabi ni destura na magayon an simbag kan pet owners sa saindang kahagadan na maging responsable sa saindang mga ataman sa paagi kan pagakod sa mga ini. Siniguro man kan opisyal na padagos an saindang kampanya kontra sa mga lagalag na ayam tanganing dagos ng magbaba an bilang kan mga nabibiktima nin rabies sa ciudad.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

DepEd nagbabala kaugnay sa tutition increase ng mga pribadong paaralan

By: Jon Ibanez/DZMM Radyo Patrol 35

Nagbabala ang Department of Education (DepEd) sa mga pribadong elementary at high school sa bansa na nagbabalak magtaas ng tuition ngayong school year.

Sinabi ni Education Secretary Mona Valisno na bagamat mayroong deregulasyon na sumasaklaw sa mga pribadong paaralan ay hindi naman maaaring magtaas ang mga ito ng matrikula na hihigit sa 15 porsyento sa kasalukuyan nilang tuition rate.

Inihayag pa ni Valisno na kailangan din munang konsultahin ng mga pribadong paaralan na nais magtaas ng tuition ang mga magulang at mga estudyante na maaapektuhan nito.

Ginawa ng DepEd ang babala matapos humirit ng pagtataas ng tuition para sa school year 2010-2011 ang 78 pribadong elementary at secondary schools sa bansa.Report from Jon Ibañez, Radyo Patrol 35

Filed under: Education, What's Happening Here?,

Bringing Home Our OFWs

By JORGE OSIT/Manila Bulletin

The Social Weather Station (SWS) exit poll conducted shortly after the last elections showed that more Filipinos are optimistic that their quality of life will improve in the coming 12 months; a sentiment reflective of their collective trust in President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III who ran on a reformist platform of waging war on corruption.

Forty nine percent expressed optimism that economic growth will favorably affect their lives. As for economic outlook covering the remainder of this year, 52 percent are optimistic while two percent are pessimistic.

The aforesaid exit poll went beyond more than cold demographics and statistics, it fleshed out the last presidential elections with a human dimension and, to a great extent, it revealed an electorate buoyed by a renewed sense of optimism for the future.

Aside from being the torch-bearer in his vow to weed out corruption, Aquino also made a promise in his campaign platform that if he got elected, he would “create jobs at home so that working abroad will be out of choice, not necessity.”

We must bear in mind that from the pronouncements made by the May 2010 presidentiables, this was so far the closest we could get to the economic agenda of bringing home our overseas Filipino workers.

Admittedly, the incoming Aquino administration will be facing tough challenges ahead—and as the helmsman of the ship of state, Aquino will need all the wisdom, fortitude and persistence to navigate the perilous shoals in the midst of stormy economic times to bring all of us to a safe haven or desired destination.

Looking ahead, it is hoped that our desired destination will translate to reality once the Aquino presidency comes to a close six years from today. It is my dream that bringing home our OFWs will be one of the Aquino legacies and consistent with this dream, I hope and pray that in the farewell State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the future President Benigno Aquino III, his speech will be highlighted with an epic breakthrough in turning back the tide of OFWs.

I have a soft spot for our OFWs, particularly our women migrant workers deployed overseas as domestic helpers (DHs) or, to put it bluntly, maids who are often abused in so many despicable and inhumane ways.

It is a bitter truth that we have to confront; it is a blot on our conscience that will only deepen as we grow calcified in our shamelessness in offering our women OFWs on the altar of Mammon.

It is a sad commentary that, more often than not, our government turns a blind eye to abuses and discrimination suffered by our OFWs in exchange for a steady stream of the much-needed remittances. Undoubtedly, the Filipino diaspora over the years has given rise to a rich trove of foreign currencies that have kept our national economy afloat through difficult times.

Starting as a stop-gap measure during the early Marcos years, the deployment of Filipino migrant laborers grew exponentially and today, about 10 percent of our total national population are spread out across the globe, braving all odds and hardships just to eke out a living for their loved ones and relatives.

Viewed against this backdrop, it can be said—although our government will never officially acknowledge it—that our overseas Filipino workers constitute our country’s no.1 export.

Consider this: Despite the global recession, last year, our OFWs sent home US$17.3 billion which accounted for 10.8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Interestingly, our OFW remittances have managed to keep increasing despite the economic downturn.

Why? The answer lies in the sheer number of our overseas workers. What started as a trickle is now a rampaging tide of warm bodies aspiring to realize a common dream—to work abroad. Ironically, this “aspiration” of our people is an indictment of our national leaders and economic managers.
They have all failed, on a grand scale, to provide employment opportunities for our people right here in our own homeland. This is one challenge where I hope our brand-new President would make a big difference and, for him to succeed, all hands must be on deck as he steers the ship of state to our desired destination.

Media practitioner and book author Jorge B. Osit began Business Agenda Report four years ago. He looks forward to compiling select pieces for a forthcoming book. For feedback, please e-mail

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner,

Filipino nurses much in demand

By Syeda Amtul/Saudi Gazette

Saudi Arabia is one of the main destinations for registered Filipino nurses. The Saudi Ministry of Health is the top employer of Filipino nurses here.

The Philippines and the Kingdom have agreed to provide training programs for Filipino nursing graduates intending to work in Saudi Arabia, according to an announcement made by Labor Undersecretary Carmelita M. Pineda during a farewell reception for Ambassador Antonio P. Villamor.

The new initiative was agreed after talks with Ministry of Health (MOH) officials led by Deputy Health Minister Ali Al-Qahtani.

Filipino nursing graduates who go through the training program will be assured of work at MoH hospitals and primary health care centers in Saudi Arabia. Vicente M.Cabe, Labor Attaché at the Consulate General of Philippines in Jeddah, explained that the training program would be equivalent to a six-month work experience in a hospital. Filipino nursing graduate who undergoes the training will need only one-and-a-half years of work experience, because the Kingdom usually requires two years work experience when hiring nurses.

“We have many inexperienced nurses or their experience is not matching the required skill. These nurses can take advantage of this new program,” said M. Cabe.

According to the Labor Undersecretary Pineda, nurses will also be assured of higher salaries compared to the current wages by hospitals and primary health care centers in the Kingdom.
Financial constraints is the main reason for these Filipino nurses to leave their home and hearth to move to Saudi Arabia.

“The main reason for me to choose this country was my financial status. Like many other nurses, I am satisfied with my salary and working atmosphere,” said Bellia Gasecia, a 37-year-old nurse working in a Ministry of Health hospital.

She, however, says that salary structure and work atmosphere varies according to a nurse’s work experience and the employer.

Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia got a salary raise ranging from 20 percent to 60 percent of their current salary in March 2008, depending on the area of specialization, according to POEA (Philippine Overseas Employ Administration).

The current salary of nurses in Saudi hospitals ranges from SR2,500 to SR4,500 a month, based on their experience and the hospital they are employed in. There are nearly 130,000 nurses are currently working in Saudi Arabia. – SG

The following are the main reasons for Filipino nurses to opt for employment in the Kingdom:

• Tax free salaries
• Free furnished accommodation
• Generous annual leave of up to 54 days
• Low cost of living which saving easier
• Yearly round trip ticket
• Free medical coverage
• Suitable multinational environment
• Opportunity to travel
• World class tertiary referral centers.

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, Overseas Jobs,

First human infected with computer virus

Guys, here’s a British scientist who claims that he has become the first ever person to become infected with a computer virus.  Here’s the video clip of the experiment with an electronic chip that was inserted in to his arm and then infected with a computer virus, any other chips that comes in to contact with the infected chip can also be infected.

Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading contaminated a computer chip which was then inserted into his hand.

The device, which enables him to pass through security doors and activate his mobile phone, is a sophisticated version of ID chips used to tag pets.

In trials, Dr Gasson showed that the chip was able to pass on the computer virus to external control systems.

If other implanted chips had then connected to the system they too would have been corrupted, he said.

For more information go to the BBC site (

Filed under: Computer Matters, Internet Security,

Nightmare Continues for Family of Saudi Death Row OFW

Nightmare Continues for Family of Saudi Death Row OFW
Migrant Rights (blog)
“I have spoken with the Department of Foreign Affairs and other government officials, but it seems nothing is being done,” Jesus Zapanta told UCA News.
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Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

OFWs hurt by soaring prices of education, commodities

Soaring costs of commodities and education are making overseas Filipino workers ache, a militant migrant group said Saturday.

Migrante Middle East said OFWs’ salary rates are not even enough for the cost of daily living in Metro Manila at P917 ($19.84).

“Tuition increases in both private and public colleges and universities are adding to our already heavy burden as prices of food, fuel, water and electricity continue to rise while value of the US dollars continue to decrease thus making it more difficult for us to make ends meet,” Migrante Middle East coordinator John Leonard Monterona said in an article on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines news site.

Migrante supports the call of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) to impose a moratorium on tuition hike.

He said domestic helpers and construction workers in the Middle East countries only get $250 (P11,550) to $450 (P20,790) a month.

“If we will compute the current salary rate of an overseas Filipino worker parent vis-à-vis the cost of daily living in Manila, it is P6,720 ($145.55) short. And what makes us wearier is the news that there are around 300 schools or universities that will pump up their tuition fee rates by seven to 15 percent. This means that many OFW parents will not be able to send their children to school, or if they want to, they will need to have an extra job to augment their meager salaries. However, this will make [a] toll to their health and well-being,” Monterona said.

Worse, he said the situation may force both parents to leave the country to work abroad, adding that such a scenario weakens family ties, with the burden of taking care of children transferred to the aging grandparents.

The group urged president-apparent Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III to come up with concrete solutions to the economic problems of the country as well as to create jobs here that can sustain the Filipino salary.

“If he can do this, then there will be no parents that will be forced leave their children to work abroad just to feed them, clothe them and send them to school,” Monterona said. — LBG, GMANews.TV

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, ,


by: Bennie Recebido, PIA-Sorsogon

Sa kabila ng mainit pa ring panahon ngayon dito sa lalawigan, balik na halos sa normal ang paghahanapbuhay ng mga magsasaka at mangingisda dito matapos na maapektuhan ang kanilang hanapbuhay ng tinatawag na water stress.
Sinabi ni Provincial Agriculture Office Supervising Agriculturist Narciso Cayetano na bagama’t hindi kabilang ang lalawigan ng Sorsogon sa mga direktang apektado ng matinding tagtuyot dala ng El Niño, ilang mga bayan din dito ang naapektuhan naman ng tinatawag na water stress.
Ang water stress ay isang kondisyong nangyayari kapag higit ang pangangailangan sa tubig kaysa sa inaasahang suplay nito.
Nilinaw ni Cayetano na sa rehiyon ng Bikol, tanging ang lalawigan lamang ng Masbate ang idineklarang direktang naapektuhan ng El Niño at hindi dito kabilang ang Sorsogon.
Ipinaliwanag niya na konsideradong tinamaan ng El Niño ang isang lugar kung hindi ito nakaranas ng pag-uulan sa loob ng isa hanggang dalawang buwan.
Taliwas ito sa karanasan ng lalawigan ng Sorsogon kung saan nakaranas dito ng sunud-sunod na pag-uulan nitong mga nakalipas na buwan.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates


by: Bennie Recebido, PIA Sorsogon

Naging matagumpay ang isinagawang Provincial Fisheries Technology Fora noong nakaraang Huwebes at Biyernes sa bayan ng Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon.

Kinapalooban ito ng pagtalakay sa iba’t-ibang mga teknolohiyang pampangisdaan na makatutulong upang maiangat ang kabuhayan ng mga mangingisda sa kabila ng nararanasang pagbabago ng temperatura hindi lamang sa Sorsogon kundi maging sa buong mundo.
Ilan sa mga teknolohiyang ito ay ang induced breeding of hito, breeding and culture of pangasius, mangrove aquaculture o aqua-silvi, abalone culture and breeding, at ang polyculture method ng alimango, grouper at tilapia sa brackish water.
Tinuruan din ang mga kalahok ng freshwater aquaculture tulad ng tilapia culture sa mga tangke at fishpond at ulang culture.
Aktibong nakilahok at naghayag ng interes ang mga Agricultural Technicians mula sa iba’t-bang mga bayan sa lalawigan pati na rin ang mga Municipal Agriculturists sa Sorsogon.
Naging panauhin at nagbigay ng mga mahahalagang mensahe sa nasabing aktibidad ang mga kinatawan mula sa Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources national at regional office na kinabibilangan nina Filipina Gojar, coordinator ng National Fisherfolks Operations Center, Ginalyn De Leon ng National Anti-Poverty Commisssion, National Fisherfolk Director Ronaldo Paglicawan at ni Chief Fisheries Extension Training Division ng BFAR Regional Office V Melchor Deramas. Naroroon din ang national at regional fisherfolk representatives bilang mga facilitators.
Ang dalawang araw na fora ay isinagawa sa bayan ng Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon bilang pagkilala na rin sa tagaroong si Romen Diones, ang nakaupong Regional Fisherfolk Director ngayong buwan ng Mayo, 2010.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates


by: Bennie A Recebido, PIA -Sorsogon

Sa patuloy na pagbabago ng temperatura ng panahon, hinikayat ng Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) ang mga mangingisda na sa halip na umasa sa kapalaran ay maglagay sila ng mga hawla o kulungan upang i-culture ang mga biyaya ng dagat gaya ng isda at iba pang mga lamang-dagat.

Ayon kay Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Malcolm Sarmiento, sa pamamagitan ng iba’t-ibang mga teknolohiya sa pagpapalago ng mga isda at lamang-dagat ay mas nakatitiyak ang mga mangingisda na mayroon silang kikitain sa halip na umasang sa paglalaot lamang sila makakahuli ng ikabubuhay.

Aniya ang paglalagay ng mga fish pens at fish cages ay isa umanong pamamaraan upang makaagapay sa epektong dulot ng climate change.

“Nakahanda rin kaming turuan ang mga mangingisda na palaguin ang iba’t-ibang mga marine species tulad ng abalone, sea cucumber, sea urchin at iba pang mga uri ng lamang-dagat na maaaring mabuhay kahit na pabago-bago ang klima,” ayon pa sa kanya.

“Kaugnay pa nito, nagpatupad rin ang BFAR sa tulong ng mga lokal na pamahalaan ng paglalagay ng mga seaweed nurseries, mariculture zones at mariculture parks sa iba’-ibang bahagi ng bansa kung saan isa ang lalawigan ng Sorsogon sa nabiyayaan nito,” dagdag pa ng opisyal.

Umaasa ang BFAR na mamamantini ng pamahalaang lokal ang tatlong mariculture zones na inilagay sa Sorsogon City, Magallanes at Matnog, Sorsogon nang sa gayon ay maprotektahan ang unti-unting pagkakaubos ng mga isda na siyang papatay din sa kabuhayan ng mga taong umaasa dito sakaling mapabayaan ito.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

DepEd orders drug test


The Department of Education (DepEd) announced Wednesday it will conduct anew its nationwide Random Drug Testing (RDT) this coming school year in private and public secondary schools.

The order is a follow-up to its drug test in 2009 where 72 out of 29,059 students tested positive for drug use or a prevalence rate of 0.24 percent.

Majority of the students who were confirmed positive for illegal drug use were from Metro Manila.

DepEd Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the RDT was conducted among secondary students from February to December last year through the collaborated efforts of DepEd, Department of Health (DoH), and the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).

“It was conducted among secondary students in compliance with a presidential directive to include for testing all public and private secondary schools,” he said.

In more than 10,000 schools where the RDT was conducted, the initial results showed that there were 90 positive cases from the screening test. “But the final results show that 72 were confirmed wherein 70 students use marijuana and two use shabu,” said Malaya.

Although it was revealed that there was 0.24 percent or less than one percent confirmed positive from the testing, DepEd was saddened by the final result. “We are half-heartened but rest assured that we will strengthen our campaign against illegal drug use. It does not start and end here,” Malaya added.

To ensure that the 23 million incoming elementary and high school students will be informed about illegal drug use and its ill effects, DepEd continues to strengthen the implementation of the National Drug Education Program (NDEP).

“This gives emphasis to the integration of drug prevention concepts in appropriate subject or learning areas at both elementary and secondary levels and alternative learning system, and in co-curricular activities,” explained Malaya.

Although there is a relatively low rate of drug use among secondary students in the 2009 RDT, DepEd encouraged NDEP program coordinators to urge principals of schools – those who have students with positive cases – to come up with specific interventions.

“They are also encouraged to conduct periodic monitoring of program implementation in close coordination with the local government units and other concerned government and non-government organizations,” said Malaya.

DepEd also lauded the efforts of guidance counselors in the secondary schools because they were the ones who were more active in initiating different school activities that were geared toward drug abuse prevention.

Last year, DepEd and DoH officials discussed the coverage and the best practices as well as the issues and concerns for the program with RDT team members. The 2010 Work and Financial Plan for the drug testing and intervention was also formulated.

Filed under: Campus Talk, Department of Education, Department of Health, Education, Sorsogon News Updates,

DepEd Library Hub Project

We would like to thank the people behind the continued development of the DepEd Library Hubs. As we all know that library is a treasure-house of knowledge. The Schools in Sorsogon and the neighbouring towns will benefit from this Project.




If every child is to be functionally literate, there must be an infrastructure that makes available reading materials to support this agenda. However, the problem besetting the public schools in the country is the prohibitive cost of setting up libraries.

Hence, in 2003, the Department of Education (DepED), through the office of the Undersecretary for Finance and Administration, launched the Library Hub Project as one of its innovative initiatives. This project aims to develop the love for and habit of reading among public school pupils and students through building a warehouse of supplementary reading materials called the Library Hub. The Hub is anchored on the principle that every child can develop desirable reading habits and skills through greater access to reading materials. Ultimately, it will create pervasive reading culture and environment in public schools. Under the Project, the Department is tapping the support and cooperation of both internal and external stakeholders.

The Vision

A functional Library Hub in every schools division is a reservoir of reading materials envisioned to develop among pupils and students the love for and habit of reading.

The Mission

The Library Hub equipped with adequate and varied quality supplementary reading materials for public elementary and secondary schools shall be established in all schools divisions nationwide.

The Goal

In order to attain its vision and mission, at least one Library Hub shall be established in every schools division nationwide by 2010.


The Library Hub Project aims to:

  1. Provide greater access to reading materials to all public school pupils and    students through Library Hubs
  2. Provide quality and appropriate books to public schools nationwide
  3. Develop the love for books and habit of reading
  4. Make every Filipino child a book lover
  5. Support the development of reading and comprehension skills of public school pupils and students


Filed under: Education, Encouragement, Government, Inspiration, Sorsogon News Updates

Heart Attacks And Drinking Warm Water

Thanks to Mr. Felipe Lacay for sharing such a good healthy tips.

A very good article which takes two minutes to read. I’m sharing this to persons I care about…….I hope you do too!!!

Heart Attacks And Drinking Warm Water

This is a very good article. Not only about the warm water after your meal, but about Heart Attacks . The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water, maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating.

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer . It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

Common Symptoms Of Heart Attack…

A serious note about heart attacks – You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting . Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line .

You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea andintense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.

A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this message sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life. Read this & Send to a friend. It could save a life… So, please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about.


Filed under: Health Tips, Healthy Living,

Diskwalipikasyon laban sa nangungunang party-list group, isinampa

By:  GMANews.TV.

Isang kaso ng diskwalipikasyon ang isinampa sa Commission on Elections (Comelec) laban sa nangungunang party-list group na Ako Bicol Political Party, dahil wala raw itong kinakatawang marginalized na sektor.

Hiniling ang pagdiskwalipika sa Ako Bicol dahil binubuo ito umano ng mga mayamang negosyante na nakisakay sa mga hinaing ng mga maralitang taga-Bicol, ayon sa mga nagpetisyon, sa 18-pahinang mosyon na isinampa nila nitong Miyerkules.

Kabilang sa mga nagpetisyon sina Marites Corteza-Lopez, Mae Ann Michelle Villagomez, Michael Malano, Ferdinand Gaite at Alexander Remollino

Ayon sa lima, sila raw ay nagsusulong ng malinis na halalan. Sinabi rin nina Corteza-Lopez at Villagomez na sila ay tubong-Bicol.

Si Gaite naman ay pangulo ng Confederation for the Unity, Recognition, and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage), na kasaping organisasyon din ng election watchdog na Kontra Daya.

“If the marginalized and the underrepresented poor will be represented in Congress by the overrepresented rich, would it not add more to their underrepresentation rather than alleviate it?” anila sa petisyon.

Ayon sa mga nagpetisyon, binuo ang Ako Bicol ng “napakayamang” pamilya nina Elizaldy at Christopher Co, na mga may-ari ng Sunwest Group of Companies, Tektone Corporation, Lo-Tone Corporation at Hi-Tone Corporation.

Si Elizaldy ang tagapangulo ng Ako Bicol habang si Christopher naman ang una nitong nominado.

Dagdag pa ng mga nagpetisyon, si Rodel Batocabe, ang ikalawang nominado ng grupo, ay corporate officer ng Embarcadero, isang lifestyle hub, commercial, at entertainment center sa Legazpi City, Albay.

Ang ikaapat nitong nominado, si Ronaldo Ang, ay naiulat namang vice president for legal ng Sunwest Group of Companies.

“It must be protested to high heavens the fact that Ako Bicol… is feigning to be representing the marginalized and underrepresented sectors. Allowing (the party) to exist as a party under the party-list sytem representation indeed allows the party-list system to be sullied, desecrated, debased, and prostituted by those who are neither marginalized nor underrepresented,” saad ng mga nagpetisyon.

Sinubukang makipag-ugnayan ng GMANews.TV sa mga kinatawan ng Ako Bicol subalit hindi sila nakausap.

Ayon sa pinakahuling tala ng mga boto para sa party-list na inilabas ng Comelec, ang nangungunang mga grupo ay ang Ako Bicol na may 1,522,986 boto; ang Coalition of Associations of Senior Citizens in the Philippines na may 1,292,182 boto at ang Buhay Hayaan Yumabong Party-lits na may 1,249,555 boto.

Ayon sa batas hinggil sa party-list, magkakaroon ng isang kinatawan sa Kongreso ang mga grupong makakukuha ng hindi bababa sa dalawang porsyento ng kabuuang bilang ng mga boto para sa party-list system, habang may karagdagang kinatawan naman ang mg grupong makakukuha ng higit sa dalawang porsyento, batay sa kabuuang bilang ng mga botong kanilang nakuha.

Gayunpaman, hindi hihigit sa tatlong kinatawan sa Kongreso ang maaaring makuha ng bawat party-list group.

Nakasaad sa Konstitusyong 1987 na 20 porsyento ng kabuuang bilang ng mga kasapi ng Kongreso ang nararapat mapunta sa sektoral na mga kinatawan.—JMA/JV, GMANews.TV

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I LOOK OUT THE WINDOW TO SEE MY HOUSE – A must-read for all Pinoys

Auditor & Legal Consultant,
National Press Club

I am glad that there are still Filipinos who care for and hope for their leaders.

At least, we have a common ground: we all love RP. The differences start when each of us begins to express and exercise beliefs in political leaders who, most often, ended up consumed by greed, and when each begins to insist what everyone of us believes to be what should be given us–even without working for it.

Then we have seen groups of Filipinos who cannot be contented with what they have and who would blame other Filipinos for their miseries, which blame is partly true and partly false.

All our woes have run to the extent that I have come to the point of saying there is no change that we can believe in that would ever happen in this nation once called “the banana republic.”

I blame this on ourselves–and myself–in the first place and on our leaders who craftily played on our unwillingness to respond accordingly to preserve what is correct and what is right, morally, politically and economically. We have exhibited our hesitance at a chance for patriotism in dozens of occasions. I call it a disillusion that has gripped me and most of us.

Obviously amongst us, there are two major forces that control the action of each: (1) personal attitude; and (2) exploitation by leaders. There may be other factors, but these are the two prominent figures in my mind at this time of writing.

As is true in Christian communities, the bigger mass of Muslim Filipinos are gripped by their attitude on how to react and behave toward their Christian kababayans and this provided a perfect scenario for their leaders to play with them.

We can easily see the formation of attitude in each Muslim Pinoy largely depend on what one learns since childhood. If a Muslim child learns hatred against Christians at a very young age it will linger till eternity; if he learns the values of reading, writing, good behavior and critical thinking it will reign in him in his lifetime. This hatred is taught by the actions and conversations of their parents in the domestic homes. Unfortunately, many Muslim parents now have not gone to school to learn reading non-Arabic letters and figures and the culture of Filipinos who don’t pray like them. This is the reason any Muslim Filipino would readily embrace an idea if one is proposed for them to break away from the Philippines with the punctuation line of discrimination.

We can also see the lack of learning among the Christian communities. Ask any Christian in the Visayas or Luzon and many of them do not even know places in Mindanao made popular by Yoyoy Villame. Perhaps, the most that would come to mind to many a non-Mindanaoan are provinces such as Cotabato owing to the song of Asin, Davao, Lanao, Zamboanga, Jolo and Basilan owing to the news headlines. One of our biggest mistakes is the failure to include in the elementary curricula subjects and researches about Muslim Filipinos to promote better understanding of their life and culture–and to teach Christian Filipinos a lifetime lesson that they are not the only Filipinos.

Due to this “sin of ignorance” that we all commit because each of us has done not enough, we can readily see Christian Filipinos’ stereotypes at the sight of a Muslim counterpart. In the same manner a Christian Filipino would be discriminated against when he happens to stray in Lanao, Maguindanao or Sulu islands. This should not happen.

Nevertheless, we are thankful that, at least, the corrupt and corrupted system of public education has lifted a sign of hope that at least there is that little understanding that is observable; although the deep-seated hatred and bias against each other is still there. This little progress has seen the rise of Maranao traders now found in almost every town or city across Philippines. Of all Muslim tribes here, it is this Lake People who are most prone to adjust to Christian traditions; I credit this to the success of my alma mater, the Mindanao State University in Marawi and Iligan. MSU has served as a good melting pot for intelligent Muslims and Christians who must have reechoed to their respective homes what they learned from this great institution founded in 1961 by professors and academicians from the UP; the throng was led by Dr. Antonio Isidro. That gambit has proved as an excellent formula for the promotion of understanding between Islam and Christianity, two holy concepts that are seemingly a world apart from each other. And I write this piece in partial payment for the full scholarship it granted me to graduate with a BS Civil Engineering course despite my parents’ indigence.

Apparently, education is the only sure solution to create a big potential for a lasting and more permanent peace and prosperity in Muslim Mindanao and in any Christian community.

So that I have harbored a Filipino Dream which I see can only happen in every Pinoy if he or she is given a chance at a good public education system. And the only way to achieve this dream is for us to start this in our kids while they are young. So why not start ’em young?

A matter of education is for a country to do because it is beyond the capacity of any citizen, who can contribute the most by compelling or inspiring their young to go to school, making sure these kids study at home before giving stuff toys or a play station a time, working to give them food so that they would not study with empty stomach, and teach them some supplemental lessons.

This I urge in the belief that it is not enough to ask “what you can do to your country” but to answer readily when asked “what your country can do to you.”

Despite this glaring picture of ignorance which is too big to stay unnoticed, our local leaders have not seen that the only solution is a “good public education,” one that teaches not only how to read, write and compute but one that also teaches a child to think critically at a young age of seven and opens his mind to the cultures of people who don’t look like him and who don’t worship like him. This kind of knowledge is far better than the “current events” that show a President saying “I am sorry” over the “Hello Garci Fraud”, a Comelec official dangling “Sec, may 200 (million) ka dito”, a President who is in prison, thereafter convicted and later pardoned, a “Joc-Joc Bolante making a joke out of fertilizer funds”, Court of Appeals justices who would quarrel over one ordinary case, and many others.

If we could only turn back the hands of time and if I would have my way, I would have dangled more than half of the country’s wealth in a massive high-standard public education in elementary and secondary levels free for all the kids and would leave them fight for their way to college. This I would do because I believe that the success in admission tests for UP and other excellent schools depend on how much a child learns in his or her lower level education. I also believe that it is enough that our people will be informed, intelligent and critical-thinking high school graduates for them to serve as a very potent force to drive our economy to prosperity and our community to tranquility.

We cannot turn back the time, but we can always start anew and take the correct steps, one at a time. But how when it has become an egg-to-chicken-to-egg story for us courtesy of our politicians?

Honestly, I have become desperate. In all government offices graft and corruption has become the rule of the game; so that when they cry out “rule of law” they actually mean “law of rule”. A simple license or permit cannot be obtained without extra fees for the people tasked to perform them. A victim of a crime cannot be assured of justice unless he gives for the law enforcers to move. Nearly every law passed has become a source of income by plenty of public officers who are willing not to implement the law for a price.

A poor man cannot litigate his case even if he has merit. There are countless of obstacles. Before the fiscal’s office alone, good evidence and meritorious arguments and without more are not enough to ensure a victory in any preliminary investigation. In the courts, the big bumps are these: (a) prohibitive filing fees and strict-yet-out-of-touch rules in order to avail of indigent’s privilege to sue; (b) overly technical court procedures that not even intelligent laymen can understand; (c) free legal aids of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) that are not efficient if a poor client does not give “padulas”; (d) stringent bar prohibiting non-lawyer litigants to sue and defend suit by themselves; and (e) prohibitive requirements put up by the Supreme Court for lawyers to practice, like the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) that consists only of seminars that are not effective in achieving the purpose, which requirements, in effect, force lawyers to spend more for them to be allowed to practice in court, among others.

These, I believe, are still a product of our “sin of ignorance.” We know it but we refuse to learn.

Now, let me ask. How may intelligent Muslim Filipino leaders who have passed to be genuine to their own constituencies? Can we count Nur Misuari in? Can we count in the dynastic family of Kiram of the Sultanate of Sulu? Can we count in the Dimaporos? Can we count in the Ampatuans in Maguindanao? Can we count in the Tamano clansmen? Can we count in the Pendatuns? Can we count in the Sinsuats? Can we count in the Mangudadatus of Sultan Kudarat province? Can we count in Sultan Kudarat himself?

Though I have high hopes in Adel Tamano, a Harvard fellow and the current president of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila where I obtained my law degree in 2005, I don’t know how to reconcile the riches providing insulting contrasts to the have-nots masses who follow them.

Maguindanaons could have been lucky to have Toto Paglas who succeeded in converting the small town of Buluan into a banana plantation. But the good die young. Allah has just taken him while he was still very young and vibrant. An industrialist like him is what Cotabato needs to power up its wide tract of idle lands.

Now, how many Christian Filipino leaders have passed to genuinely work for their people? They say Magsaysay is one, but the sad truth is that the true good moment is brief because the good die young.

It is these kinds of political leaders that we have that have led me to look out of my window, see the world, and compare where my country lies.

Thus, I enjoy seeing other countries’ good politicians and love criticizing those I see as bad guys. The ones who attracted my attention are American politicians Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain and Sarah Palin. The good examples they have shown have led me to dream and wake up one day in the Philippines having the likes of them. Then there is this Pakistan’s Musharaff, a dictator that I hated once but now admire more than my President for having the courage to resign when all chips are down. A few weeks back, Japan’s prime minister announced he will voluntarily leave after knowing his leadership failing. In the better end of the view, I saw the rise of a Pakistan named Zadari, a man who, for decades, have lived in the shadows of his wife whose death caused his star to shine in a story similar to Cory Aquino benefiting from her spouse’s death.

In looking out the window, I learned the distinctions between my house and the rest; I learned to discover the defects in my own dwelling and I have come to better learn which column or beam to replace and what kind of foundation should I make in order to make the real strong republic. I also learned that Muslim and Christian children can be joined block by block, brick by brick, to form one sturdy house called “Philippines.”

As I close the window for tomorrow, I dream to see my native land singing: “There is no Muslim Filipino, there is no Christian Filipino, there is no mountain Filipino, there is only ONE FILIPINO.”

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By: Jeremiah Javier



Sa may asawa, kapatid, anak, kaibigan, at kamag-anak na OFW. At lalo na sa mga gustong mangibang-bansa. Nais ko rin ibahagi sa inyo, ang natanggap kong email na ito. Maaaring makatulong ito upang lalong maintindihan ng bawa’t isa ang tunay na ibig sabihin ng pagiging isang OFW. Tiyak na may mapupulot tayong aral dito.

Hindi mayaman ang OFW – We have this notion na ‘pag OFW o nasa abroad ay mayaman na. Hindi totoo yun. A regular OFW might earn from P20K-P30K per month depende sa lokasyon. Yung mga taga-Saudi or US siguro ay mas malaki ang sweldo, but to say that they’re rich is a fallacy (Amen!).

Malaki ang pangangailangan kaya karamihan sa amin ay nag-a-abroad. Maraming bunganga ang kailangang pakainin kaya umaalis kami sa Pinas. Madalas, 3/4 o kalahati ng sweldo ay napupunta sa tuition ng anak at gastusin ng pamilya.

Mahirap maging OFW – Kailangan namin magtipid hangga’t kaya. Oo, masarap ang pagkain sa abroad pero madalas na paksiw o adobo (hindi kc agad nasisira ito) at itlog lang tinitira para makaipon. Pagdating ng kinsenas o katapusan, ang unang tinitingnan eh ang conversion ng peso sa dollar o rial o euro. Mas okay na kami na lang ang magutom kaysa gutumin ang pamilya.

Kapag umuuwi kami, kailangan may baon/pasalubong kahit konti, kasi maraming kamag-anak ang sumusundo sa airport o naghihintay sa probinsya. Alam nyo naman ‘pag Pinoy, yung tsismis na OFW ka eh surely attracts a lot of kin. Kapag hindi mo nabigyan ng pasalubong eh magtatampo na yun at sisiraan ka na.

Well, hindi naman lahat pero I’m sure sa mga OFW dito eh may mga pangyayaring ganun.

Magtatrabaho ka sa bansang iba o mababa ang tingin at trato sa gaya nating mga Pinoy, kahit na masipag at mas may utak tayo kaysa sa kanila. Malamang marami ang naka-experience na nang pang-gugulang o discrimination to their various workplaces. Sige lang, tiis lang, iiiyak na lang namin kasi kawawa naman pamilya ‘pag umuwi kami sa pinas.

Besides, wala ka naman talagang maasahang trabaho sa Philippines ngayon. Mahal ang bigas, ang gatas, ang sardinas, ang upa sa apartment. Tiis lang kahit maraming pasaway sa trabaho, kahit may sakit at walang nag-aalaga, kahit hindi masarap ang tsibog, kahit pangit ang working conditions, kahit delikado, kahit mahirap. Kapag nakapag-padala na kami, okay na yun, tawag lang, “hello! kumusta na kayo?”.

Hindi bato kaming mga OFW – Tao rin ang OFW, hindi kami money o cash machine. Napapagod rin, nalulungkot (madalas), nagkakasakit , nag-iisip (nakapag-adjust na) at nagugutom (palagi). Kailangan din ang suporta, kundi man physically, emotionally o spiritually (especially ito) man lang.

Tumatanda rin kaming mga OFW – Sa mga nakausap at nakita ko, marami ang panot at kalbo na. Most of them have signs and symptoms of hypertension, coronary artery disease and arthritis. Yet, they continue to work thinking about the family they left behind.

Marami ang nasa abroad, 20-30 years na, pero wala pa ring ipon. Kahit anong pagpapakahirap, sablay pa rin. Masakit pa kung olats rin ang sinusuportahang pamilya sa Pinas – ang anak adik o nabuntis/nakabuntis ; ang asawa/gf/bf may kinakasamang iba; ang kapatid nakuntento na lang na umasa at tumambay. Naalala ko tuloy ang sikat na kanta dati, “NAPAKASAKIT KUYA EDDIE!”

Bayani kaming mga OFW – Totoo yun! Ngayon ko lang na-realize na bayani ang OFW sa maraming bagay. Hindi bayani na tulad ni Nora Aunor o Flor Contemplacion. Bayani in the truest sense of the word. Hindi katulad ni Rizal o Bonifacio na kalayaan ang ipinaglaban. Mas higit pa dun, mas maraming giyera at gulo ang pinapasok ng OFW para lang mabuhay.

Mas maraming pulitika ang kailangang suungin para lang tumagal sa trabaho lalo na’t parang mga ahas at parang mga amag ang mga kasama sa trabaho. Mas mahaba ang pasensya namin kaysa sa mga ordinaryong kongresista o senador sa Philippines dahil sa takot namin na mawalan ng trabaho at sweldo.

Matindi kaming mga OFW – Matindi ang pinoy. Matindi pa sa daga, o cockroaches which survived the cataclysmic evolution.

Maraming sakripisyo pero walang makitang tangible solutions or consequences.

Malas naming mga OFW, swerte ng mga buwayang pulitiko – Hindi umuupo ang OFW para magbigay ng autograph o interbyuhin ng media (unless nakidnap o na-maltrato) . Madalas nasa sidelines lang ang OFW.

Kapag lilisan ng bansa, malungkot and on the verge of tears; Kapag dumadating, swerte ‘pag may sundo (madalas naman meron); Kapag naubos na ang ipon at wala nang maibigay, wala na rin ang kamag-anak. Sana sikat kaming mga OFW para may boses kami sa Kamara.

Ang swerte ng mga buwayang pulitiko nakaupo lang sila at ginagastusan ng pera ng Filipino. Hindi nga sila naiinitan ng matinding araw o napapaso ng langis; napagagalitan at nasasampal ng amo; kumakain ng paksiw para makatipid; nakatira sa compound with conditions less than favorable; nakikisama sa ibang lahi para mabuhay. Ang swerte ninyong mga buwayang pulitiko kayo, sobrang swerte ninyo.

Matatag kaming mga OFW – Matatag ang OFW, mas matatag pa sa sundalo o kung ano pang grupo na alam nyo. Magaling sa reverse psychology, negotiations at counter-attacks.

Tatagal ba ang OFW? – Tatagal at dadami pa kami hangga’t hindi pa natin alam kung kailan magbabago ang Philippines , kailan nga kaya?… o may tsansa pa ba?

Masarap isipin na kasama mo ang pamilya mo araw-araw. Nakikita mo mga anak mong lumalaki at naaalagaan ng maayos na kasama ka.

Masarap kumain ng sitaw, ng bagoong, lechon, inihaw na isda, taba ng talangka.

Masarap manood ng pelikulang Pinoy, luma man o bago.

Iba pa rin ang pakiramdam kung kilala mo at nakakakuwenttuhan mo ang kapitbahay mo. Iba pa rin sa Philippines; iba pa rin kapag Pinoy ang kasama mo except (‘pag hambog at utak-talangka) ; Iba pa rin ‘pag nagkukwento ka at naiintindihan ng iba ang sinasabi mo; Iba pa rin ang tunog ng “mahal kita!”, “day, ginahigugma tika”,” “Mingaw na ko nimo ba, kalagot!”, ” Inday, diin ka na subong haw? ganahan guid ko simo ba”.

Iba pa rin talaga.

Sige lang, tiis lang, saan ba’t darating din ang pag-asa.

Kung may kamag-anak kang OFW mapalad ka at wala ka d2 sa kinalalagyan namin at anjan ka kasama mo ang mga mahal mo sa buhay.

Kung OFW ka at binabasa mo ito, mabuhay ka dahil ikaw ang tunay na BAYANI ng lahing PILIPINO!!!

From the author:

27348_1259091918_5384_q.jpg Jeremiah Javier: HINDI MAYAMAN ANG MGA OFWs


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Nominasyon para sa Salingaya Award nagpapadagos – DENR

by: Rex Bolima/ DZMS

Padagos an pagresibe nin nominasyon para sa Salinggaya Award kan DENR field office. Bukas an siring na kontest sa mga LGUs, NGOs, korporasyon, EMC, asin ibapa. Dinagka kan DENR an sisay man na interesadong persona na magpasiring sa PENRO tanganing makapagsumiter kan saindang nominasyon. Kasabay sa mga criteria kan siring na kontest an environment protection asin conservation. Dahilan kaini dinagka kan nasabing ahensya an mga namamanwaan na magpartisipar sa siring na aktibidad na may katuyuhan na maging ehemplo sa pangangatamanan sa kapalibutan.

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NSO Census sa Sorsogon, puspusan

by: Rex Bien Bolima/ DZMS

Liwat na nagapelar si Sorsogon National Statistic Office chief Elvira O. Apogñol sa mga namamanwaan na magtao nin magkapirang minuto para sa saindang pinagigibong census. Sinabi ni Apogñol na kompuesto nin 545ng enumerators asin 27ng area supervisors an naglilibot sa ngonian sa bilog na probinsya kan sorsogon. Ipinaliwanag kan opisyal na kasabay sa saindang pinagkukuang data an lambang miembro kan sarong pamilya, edad, educational attainment asin iba pa. Siniguro man ni Apogñol na magiging sekreto o confidential an saindang makukuang data sosog naman sa nakapalaman sa section 4 kan Commonwealth Act 591.

Sa latest census records kan NSO sorsogon na may petsang August 1, 2007, nagluluwas na may 709,673 na kabilugan na populasyon an probinsya.

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BFP & DOH liwat na malibot sa mga eskuwelahan

by: Rex Bolima/DZMS
Magkokonducer nin mahiwasan na inspeksyon an mga personahes kan Department of Health (DOH) asin Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) sa mga eskwelahan asin boarding house sa Bicol region tanganing masiguro ang kaligtasan asin salud kan mga estudyante na magbabalik-eskwela sa ikaduwang semana kan Junio.
Sinabi ni provincial health officer Dr. Edgar Garcia, kasabay sa saindang liliboton an mga school canteens siring man an paghihigpit sa mga vendors para masiguro na malinig asin masustansya an pig kakakan kan mga estudyante. Apesar kaini sisir-ipon man kan PHO an mga Comfort rooms kan mga eskwelahan kun malinig tanganing maiwasan an anoman na helang na posibleng darahon kan maluyang sanitasyon.

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15 Filipinos in Jeddah to compete in singing competition

Source: GMANews.TV

JEDDAH — Fifteen Filipinos will vie on the finals of the Philippine Independence Himig ng Kalayaan 2010 singing competition finals night, organizers said.

The 15 — eight males and seven females, some of whom coming from as far as Abha and Shaiba — passed the month-long audition held in La Parilla. A total of 38 Filipinos participated in the audition.

Edgar Mendoza, chairperson of the group Pinoy Expatriates for Social Organization and Sports (PESOS) thath organized the event, said the competition in Jeddah is in line with this year’s 112th commemoration of the Philippine Independence Day.

Mendoza said those who would compete in the finals on June 18 are Vincent Valiente, Sheryl Hipolito, Ronnel Pacanan, Princess Valmonte, Patria Sirajam, Nerie Hipolito Ostonal, Myra Colina, Marchie Roxas, Jovann Ibanez, Imee Aragones, Cris Manalo, Christopher Garcia, April Faye Bautista and Andrei Laxamana

Marchie Roxas, one of the contestants who flew in from Abha, said he does not mind that he is 500 kilometers away from Jeddah. He said the more important reason why he joined the competition is for him to show his talent and meet new friends.

Mendoza said the competition would be an exciting one especially because the contenders have previously participated in various singing competitions. “It will be a tough fight so watch it,” he said.

Those who want to watch the event may get in touch with Mendoza (0502346231) and John Lagrimas (0554590912). — Ronaldo Concha and Jerrie Abella/KBK/RSJ, GMANews.TV

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Source: Department of Health

Medical groups challenged the new Administration of President-elect Noynoy Aquino to decisively act and prevent more youth from getting hooked to smoking addiction amid increasing efforts of the tobacco industry to storm the market with cigarette promotional activities in stores, concert & sports events and other entertainment circles.

In a statement issued to the media, the medical doctors belonging to the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) and Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) expressed their alarm over the 2009 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) released recently by the World Health Organization and the Department of Health.

“Our young generation will continue to be the hapless victims of the tobacco industry’s conscious efforts to lure them to smoking. They continue to bombard the stores with promotional materials, cigarette brand signages that are most accessible to our young’s near schools, malls and other major point-of-sale establishments,” said Dr. Eugene Ramos, PCP President.

Ramos cited the GATS results that show seven out of ten Filipinos aged 15 years old and above noticed cigarette advertisements. These were seen mostly in stores, posters, leaflets and calendars. About three in every ten Filipinos surveyed said they noticed pro-cigarette promotions in the form of brand names and cigarette logos in clothes.

“We call on our newly-elected President to support the efforts of the Department of Health to protect our children from the onslaught of tobacco promotions and advertisements. The Health Department needs to provide our children with health information that will effectively compete with the sophisticated marketing strategies of the tobacco industry,” said Dr. Abundio Balgos, PCCP President.

Balgos said the children need to be informed of the real consequences of smoking on their physical well-being and these are not effectively addressed in the existing health warning placed in cigarette packs.

The groups urged the DOH to provide more effective health information in cigarette packs because these are most accessible to tobacco users.

“In the marketing parlance, the youths are called ‘replacement smokers’ and they are the ones now being targeted by these tobacco companies. The battle against the tobacco industry for the hearts and minds of our children is tough and the government has no choice but to intervene on behalf of the health of the future generation,” said Balgos.

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Facebook founder out to fix ‘a bunch of mistakes’

Source: Channel NewsAsia

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SAN FRANCISCO : Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday said the social networking service has made blunders that it hopes to fix with coming changes to its privacy controls.

Zuckerberg issued a mea culpa in an email exchange with popular technology blogger Robert Scoble, who shared it at his website after purportedly getting Zuckerberg’s permission.

“I want to make sure we get this stuff right this time,” said a message attributed to Zuckerberg.

“I know we’ve made a bunch of mistakes, but my hope at the end of this is that the service ends up in a better place and that people understand that our intentions are in the right place and we respond to the feedback from the people we serve.”

Zuckerberg, who turned 26 years old on May 14, said Facebook would start talking publicly this week about privacy control modifications.

“We’ve been listening to all the feedback and have been trying to distill it down to the key things we need to improve,” Zuckerberg wrote.

“We’re going to be ready to start talking about some of the new things we’ve built this week.”

Facebook on Saturday said it plans to simplify privacy controls at the popular social-networking service to appease critics.

Facebook contended that members like new programmes rolled out at the California-based Internet hotspot but want easy ways to opt out of sharing personal information with third-party applications or websites.

Features introduced last month include the ability for partner websites to incorporate Facebook data, a move that would further expand the social network’s presence on the Internet.

Facebook has been under fire from US privacy and consumer groups, US lawmakers and the European Union over new features that critics claim compromise the privacy of its more than 400 million members.

– AFP/il

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DepEd to hire 10,000 additional teachers


The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday said there will be additional teachers, textbooks, and facilities for almost 23 million students who will report to school on June 15.

Education Secretary Mona Valisno said 10,000 teachers will be hired this coming school year.

She also said that proposals were submitted to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to support the salary of the newly hired teachers.

Valisno said the new hires will address past concerns of parents and students over the shortage of teachers.

According to DepEd, the nationwide average ratio of teachers to students in most public schools is 1:32 or one teacher to 32 students.

“There is still problem when it comes to lack of teachers but with this, we hope that we can somehow lessen the impact of that concern,” said Valisno.

Aside from the shortage in the number of teachers, the lack of textbooks was also addressed with the acquisition of almost six million new textbooks.

Valisno said the new books will be added to the existing 86 million textbooks now used by students.

“This is very important because we have to replace those that were destroyed by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng,” she said.

The ratio of textbooks — Social Studies, English and Science — is already 1:1 or one textbook is to one student, she said.

“This year, we are hopeful that Filipino and Math books will also have the same ratio,” Valisno said.

Valisno also acknowledged that there are still problems when it comes to lack of classrooms.

“There is a problem when it comes to classrooms but I think additional buildings are still under construction,” she said.

When there are enough classrooms, Valisno believes that this will decrease the need for holding classes in shifts — from three to two—in a day.

The DepEd is also pushing for additional facilities such as toilets for every classroom.

Valisno said DepEd has allocated budget for these additional facilities.

“We are teaching the children hygiene such as washing their hands so it is only proper that they have these kinds of facilities available for their use,” she said.

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By: SorsogonUnited/Rex Bolima-DZMS

‘Ibugtak sa tulak an pinaginom na bugsok na likido,’  ini an naging abiso kan Sorsogon Police provl office matapos na makapagrehistro nin nagkapirang insidente nin pananaksak sa mga baraylehan sa probinsya.

Sa impormasyon na narecibe kan DZMS, idinalagan kasubanggi sa Dr. Fernando Duran Sr. Memorial Hospital an sarong 15 anyos na lalaki matapos na magsuprer ini nin tama nin saksak sa walang parte kan saiyang likod. An biktima pinagbistong si Marlon Jano kan Brgy Guruyan Juban Sorsogon na nadamay sana sa nangyaring trouble sa laog nin sarong baraylehan.

Sa ibong na lado, nagsuprer man nin tama nin saksak an sarong 40-anyos na lalaki na si Doroteo Diaz kan Brgy Sisigon, Matnog, Sorsogon matapos na magsaway sa pambabastos sa sarong babaye sa laog nin sarong baraylehan sa banwaan kan Bulan kan nakalihis na aldaw.

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By: SorsogonUnited/Rex Bolima-DZMS

Dae nakipag-areglo an mga kapamilya kan sarong personahe kan Bureau of Fire Protection na biktima nin pagkakaligis gadan kan nakalihis na Domingo. Ini makalihis na madfesisyon an misis kan biktimang si SFo1 Romolo Destajo, nasa tamang edad asin residnte kan Seabreeze Homes Subdv., Brgy Cabidan,  Sorsogon City na kasuhan nin reckless imprudence resulting to homicide an suspetsadong si Roberto ‘Bobby’ Labalan. Matatandaan na aksidenteng nabangga ni Labalan an pinagmamanehong motorsiklo ni Destajo mantang pinagbabaybay an kahalabaan kan Brgy Cabidan. Pinaglalaoman na ipapalowas sa ngonian na pagkaaldaw an mandamiembto de aresto kontra sa nasabi ng persona.

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There is a beautiful and convincing explanation given by the Chinese Legend…

  • Thumb represents your Parents
  • Second (Index) finger represents your Siblings
  • Middle finger represents your-Self
  • Fourth (Ring) finger represents your Life Partner
  • the Last (Little) finger represents your children

First, open your palms (face to face), bend the middle fingers and hold them together – back to back .

Second, open and hold the remaining three fingers and the thumb – tip to tip

Now, try to separate your thumbs (representing the parents)…, they will open, because your parents are not destined to live with you lifelong, and have to leave you sooner or later.
Please join your thumbs as before and separate your Index fingers (representing siblings)… ., they will also open, because your brothers and sisters will have their own families and will have to lead their own separate lives.
Now join the Index fingers and separate your Little fingers (representing your children)… ., they will open too, because the children also will get married and settle down on their own some day.
Finally, join your Little fingers, and try to separate your Ring fingers (representing your spouse).
You will be surprised to see that you just CANNOT….., because Husband & Wife have to remain together all their lives – through thick and thin!!
Please try this out…

Filed under: Belief & Tradition, Love, Courtship and Marriage,

Brigada Eskwela Plus

To prepare for the coming school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) conducts an annual Brigada Eskwela campaign for at least two weeks.

During the Brigada Eskwela campaign period, volunteers prepare the school for the start of classes in June. Minor maintenance work such as the repainting of the roof and exterior walls, repairing of leaking water pipes, ceiling boards, broken furniture and windows is done by volunteers with the help of donations in kind from corporations and non-government organizations.

Principals and school heads are encouraged to organize the activity in their respective schools. Working with their Parent-Teacher Community Associations (PTCAs) as early as February, they recruit parent volunteers and approach local businesses for donations by March, and organize work groups by April.

Through the years, our public schools have benefited from Brigada Eskwela in terms of Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) amounting to billions of pesos. This year, the DepEd expects more schools to participate and generate more community MOOE.

This year, the DepEd will launch Monday the Brigada Eskwela Plus all over the country. Beyond the material and financial benefits generated from this worthwhile endeavor in the form of better classrooms and campuses, the schools also benefit from the goodwill generated when people exert efforts for the common good – hand in hand with other like-minded members of the community.

Brigada Eskwela has become the current-day version of our proverbial Bayanihan spirit – that tradition of volunteerism we Filipinos value. Brigada Eskwela conveys to the students the essence of community and of humanity, which forms the core of the Filipino spirit.

Filed under: Education, Get Involved, Sorsogon News Updates, Youth Community Service Groups,

New system to slash OFW remittance fees, says BSP

Source: GMANews.TV

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) stand to save P100 to P500 when sending money to the Philippines once the new Philippine Payments and Settlements System Remit System starts operating before the fourth quarter of the year.

Also known as the Philpass Remit System, the new settlement system for money transfers would eliminate third party courier services between commercial banks in remittances involving bank credits, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said Monday.
“This will reduce the cost of remitting money from the OFW remitter to the beneficiary,” the BSP said.

“Under the existing system, beneficiaries pay from P150 to P550 as back-end processing fee. With the migration to the new system, the fee will be reduced to P50 for each remittance transaction as the BSP will be charging banks a minimal amount for the settlement of transactions,” the BSP explained.

With the Philpass Remit System, families of OFWs would be able to save from P92 million to P922 million a year in remittance fees, the central bank said.

The central bank said the Philpass Remit System is a “safer, faster, and cheaper means of remittance transactions,” as it uses the BSP-Philpass clearinghouse in moving remittances from a local bank to another bank where the OFW beneficiary maintains an account.

The system is an initiative of the BSP and the Association of Bank Remittance Officers Inc. (ABROI), under a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed in December.

The Philpass Remit System was originally scheduled to start in the first quarter, but only one bank was able to migrate to the new system since the MOA was signed. The BSP did not name the bank.

“Only this bank therefore will be able to service the processing of incoming and outgoing remittances at P50 per transaction as back-end processing fee charged to the OFW beneficiary, while the rest of the ABROI member banks might still charge the old rate,” the central bank said.

According to the BSP, other member banks would come on stream once the remaining issues on hardware and system connectivity have been resolved.

Other ABROI members expect to migrate to the new system this month at the end of June, while two banks would be able to comply with the new system at the end of September.
Remittances by OFWs grew by 7 percent to $4.339 billion in the first quarter of the year from $4.057 billion a year earlier.

Last year, the money transferred by OFWs to relatives in the Philippines went up by 5.4 percent to a record $17.348 billion from $16.426 billion

The BSP expects OFW remittances to grow by 8 percent this year.

About 81 percent of total remittances reported by local banks in the first quarter came from the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia, UK, Japan, Singapore, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates. —VS, GMANews.TV

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, ,

Emergency Telephone Numbers

A very interesting email from my friend “Melanie”. Thank you for sharing this phone numbers.

These are more effective than 911

DIRECT LINE:  dial Jeremiah 33:3

You are sad, phone John 14
You have sinned, phone Psalm 51
You are facing danger, phone Psalm 91
People have failed you, phone Psalm 27
It feels as though God is far from you, phone Psalm 139
Your faith needs stimulation, phone Hebrews 11
You are alone and scared, phone Psalm 23
You are worried, phone Matthew 8:19-34
You are hurt and critical, phone 1 Corinthians 13
You wonder about Christianity, phone 2 Corinthians 5:15-18
You feel like an outcast, phone Romans 8:31-39
You are seeking peace, phone Matthew 11:25-30
It feels as if the world is bigger than God, phone Psalm 90
You need Christ like insurance, phone Romans 8:1-30
You are leaving home for a trip , phone Psalm 121
You are praying for yourself , phone Psalm 87
You require courage for a task, phone Joshua 1
Inflation’s and investments are hogging your thoughts, phone Mark 10:17-31
You are depressive, phone Psalm 27
Your bank account is empty, phone Psalm 37
You lose faith in mankind, phone 1 Corinthians 13
It looks like people are unfriendly, phone John 15
You are losing hope, phone Psalm 126
You feel the world is small compared to you, phone Psalm 19
You want to carry fruit, phone John 15
Paul’s secret for happiness, phone Colossians 3:12-17
With big opportunity/ discovery, phone Isaiah 55
To get along with other people, phone Romans 12


For dealing with fear, call Psalm 47
For security, call Psalm 121:3
For assurance, call Mark 8:35
For reassurance, call Psalm 145:18


Filed under: Encouragement, Inspiration,

GSIS offers scholarship to relatives of members

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), in partnership with STI, is offering a 20 percent scholarship grant on tuition and laboratory fees this coming school year.

Now on its second year, the tie-up called GSIS-STI Grants, is open to all qualified relatives of GSIS members and pensioners, who are going to enroll as incoming freshmen in any STI campus nationwide.

The educational assistance is extended up to the 6th civil degree of affinity and/or consanguinity which means that not only the children of GSIS members and pensioners can avail of the partial scholarship grant but also the relatives.

To avail of the partial scholarship grant, GSIS members and qualified relatives need to present to STI the GSIS eCard, subject to verification.

In addition to making quality education more affordable, the tie-up also aims to boost the employment rate in the country. This, as STI is also committed to procure the assistance of Global Resource for Outsourced Workers, Inc. (GROW), which in turn will provide assistance in securing employment for qualified relatives of GSIS who have successfully graduated from their courses in their chosen STI schools.

GROW, a POEA-licensed placement company, is a member of the STI Education Services Group.

It forms part of STI’s Enrollment-to-Employment system (E2E).

STI is a leading provider of Information Communications Technolo (ICT) and ICT-enhanced education.

It has a network of more than 100 campuses nationwide with academic programs in ICT, Business and Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Engineering and Healthcare.

GSIS members and qualified beneficiaries can continue to benefit from the 20 percent scholarship grant in the succeeding semesters until they have graduated from their chosen field, provided that they continue to meet the applicable minimum standards and qualifications stated on STI’s scholarship guidelines and student handbook.

“We want nothing more but to provide quality education to our children and job opportunities when they graduate from college. Now, our members, pensioners, and their dependents, are assured of that dream, with the help of STI,” GSIS president and general manager Winston F. Garcia said.The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), in partnership with STI, is offering a 20 percent scholarship grant on tuition and laboratory fees this coming school year.

Now on its second year, the tie-up called GSIS-STI Grants, is open to all qualified relatives of GSIS members and pensioners, who are going to enroll as incoming freshmen in any STI campus nationwide.

The educational assistance is extended up to the 6th civil degree of affinity and/or consanguinity which means that not only the children of GSIS members and pensioners can avail of the partial scholarship grant but also the relatives.

To avail of the partial scholarship grant, GSIS members and qualified relatives need to present to STI the GSIS eCard, subject to verification.

In addition to making quality education more affordable, the tie-up also aims to boost the employment rate in the country. This, as STI is also committed to procure the assistance of Global Resource for Outsourced Workers, Inc. (GROW), which in turn will provide assistance in securing employment for qualified relatives of GSIS who have successfully graduated from their courses in their chosen STI schools.

GROW, a POEA-licensed placement company, is a member of the STI Education Services Group.

It forms part of STI’s Enrollment-to-Employment system (E2E).

STI is a leading provider of Information Communications Technolo (ICT) and ICT-enhanced education.

It has a network of more than 100 campuses nationwide with academic programs in ICT, Business and Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Engineering and Healthcare.

GSIS members and qualified beneficiaries can continue to benefit from the 20 percent scholarship grant in the succeeding semesters until they have graduated from their chosen field, provided that they continue to meet the applicable minimum standards and qualifications stated on STI’s scholarship guidelines and student handbook.

“We want nothing more but to provide quality education to our children and job opportunities when they graduate from college. Now, our members, pensioners, and their dependents, are assured of that dream, with the help of STI,” GSIS president and general manager Winston F. Garcia said.


Filed under: Education, Scholarship Program, Sorsogon News Updates, ,

Pagrapado kan dengue, namemeligro – P.H.O.

by: Rex Bolima, DZMS
Nagpatanid na Provincial Health Office (PHO) sa posibleng pagrapado kan helang na dengue sa pag abot kan bulan na Junio. Sinabi ni Provincial Health Officer Dr. Edgar Garcia na namemeligro na naman an pagdestroso kan siring na helang dahilan sa pinaglalaoman na paglaog kan panahon nin tigoran. Dahilan kaini inabisuhan kan opisyal an mga maestra asin school administrator na linigan na an saindang classroom tanganing maiwasan na lagdoan ini kan mga namok. An pahayag kan opisyal ginibo matapos na kompirmaron kan PAGASA DOST Legaspi an paglaog kan La Nina phenomenon sa huring kwarter kan taon.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

DTI warns public on buying LPG

by: Bing Divina/Rex Bolima (DZMS)

The Deparment of Industry (DTI) recently issued an advisory on buying a particular product especially LPGs.  In an interview by DZMS news, Consumer Welfre Divisions Chief Evelyn Paguio said that the consumers should also check the seal of a certain product, like LPG, whether it passed the quality safety standards.  She admits, though, that consumers tend to focus more on the price rather than the product quality.

The statement was made after a house in Isla de Higante, Brgy. Salog could have been on fire after the LPG leaked.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Demand for goat products draws more farmers into goat farming

By Danny O. Calleja

Farmers here and other parts of Sorsogon province have recognized goat raising as environment friendly and profitable farming venture.

City councilor Roberto Dollison, head of the three-year old Sorsogon Goat Raisers Association (SGRA), on Tuesday said “from backyard raisers, our group is mulling on converting into a cooperative and turn bigtime entrepreneur to take advantage of the demand for goat products like breeders, meat and milk.”

Each of the 25 members of SGRA had an average of 10 heads of goat stocks of various breeds and raising them is already a quite good number to start for bigtime farming, Dollison said.

The country had still a meager number of goats even with the shift in diet preferences and the growing demand and interest for goat meat in the local market. The goat population is presently estimated at 3.3 million and rising continuously, Dollison ,quoting a recent report of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), said.

One big problem, he said was the cost of breeder goats that as of the present, a six-month old native female at 10-12 kilograms already commands a price of P2,500. A four-month old meztizo weanling costs P4,000 and bucks for breeding are now at P11,000 to P20,000 per head.

But a recent report of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) said that this problem does not stop raisers and breeders from dipping their hands into this low-risk profitable livelihood.

Goats adapt well to any existing farming system and feed on forages and other farm products although raisers also use concentrates, it said.

“Goats are very popular among Filipinos because they require low initial capital investment, fit the small hold farm conditions, and multiply fast,” PCARRD explained in its investment briefer. “Culturally, goats are integral to every special occasion such as birthdays, baptisms, weddings, and fiestas. Hence, they command a higher price compared with other meats in the market.”

These ruminants require low maintenance because they eat tree leaves, grasses, weeds and agricultural by-products. “Goats require less feed than cows and carabaos as about 10 native goats can be fed on the feedstuffs sufficient for one cattle and about seven purebred dairy goats can be fed on the feedstuffs adequate for one dairy cow.

“Although a goat is small, it can produce as much as four liters of milk a day if it is purebred and is given a ration to meet all of its nutritional requirements,” the PCARRD added.

A PCARRD study conducted found out that goats are multi-purpose ruminants producing 58.4 percent milk, 35.6 percent meat, 4.3 percent hide and 1.7 percent fiber. It said that these small ruminants could provide the answer to improve nutritional requirements of the predominantly rural farm families scattered all over the archipelago.

As goat production requires low initial investment and small risks compared to other livestock, it is therefore an attractive undertaking among resource-poor families. In addition, women and children can raise the animals, making it a sound option to augment the country’s programs on livelihood. Goats provide livelihood to about 15 million Filipinos across the country, according to PCARRD.

Despite this, goat farming is still not very popular among Filipinos and no one exactly knows how many goats are there in the country.

PCARRD claims that the total goat inventory is “steadily increasing” at 2 percent per year. This supply is still not enough to meet the current demands. “We expect that the increased demand will last to 2020 when the project supply can meet the demand of the consumers,” PCARRD said.

The optimum potential of goat as one of the main sources of milk and meat has not been fully tapped in the country.

The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported that the total number of goats in the country is about 3,355,574. Most of the goat farms are concentrated in Southern Luzon and various parts of Mindanao.

In Mindanao, Dollison said, goat farming was considered a “sunshine industry.” The country’s second largest island has a large Muslim population and goat meat is considered Halal food. There is also a big demand in the international market, particularly the Middle East.

In Sorsogon, Dollison said more and more people were raising goats in their farms that aside from providing them a steady income from the milk and sales of breeding stocks, they have discovered one thing about the animals.

“Their manure is a good source of fertilizer,” he said. SGRA’s combined stock of about 250 goats provides organic fertilizer for our farms planted to rice, rootcrops, vegetables, coconuts and fruit trees that since fertilizer costs have gone up, more and more farmers are turning to goatraising, Dollison said.

There are at least 12 known goat species in the world but only a relatively small number of breeds are economically useable. The Philippine’s native goat is small but hardy. It weighs about 25 kilograms at maturity and produces only about 350 grams of milk with butterfat content of around 4.6 percent daily.

The Dadiangas goat is common in General Santos City is a mixture of native, Nubian and Jamnapari goats and some animals may even have some Alpine or Saanen blood. The milk production and butterfat content are marginally higher than native goats and they do best in the drier areas of the country.

Of the introduced breeds in the country, Anglo Nubian performs the best along with the newer introduced Boer goats. The dairy breeds such as the Saanen, Toggenburg and French Alpine perform relatively poorly.

For those who cannot afford a purebred stock, starting with the best female goats available in the locality is the best idea and bred them with purebreds or upgraded stock and by selecting th desirable offspring and discarding the undesirable ones, a good stock will emerge later, Dollison said.

For commercial or large-scale operation, the production inputs are aplenty. Fixed investment includes land, goat house, fences, pasture area, water pump, feeding trough, spade, wheelbarrow, and ropes.

“You have to buy breeding does and breeding bucks. Operating expenses include veterinary medicines, drugs, and vaccines; feed supplements and goat rations; and repair and maintenance of goat house, fences, equipment, and pasture. Fixed and seasonal labor is also required,” he said.

PCARRD said, with minimal initial capital investment of about P67,000 for 25-doe level, P174,500 for 60-doe level, or P349,000 for 100-doe level, positive net income and return-on-investment (ROI) are realized, even as early as the first year.

The ROI for five years is 67 percent from a 25-doe level operation under semi-confinement scheme and 60 percent from 50- and 100-doe level operations under pure confinement system. Payback period is two years, the PCARRD added.

Goats have gone a long way from being just poor man’s cows. These animals have proven to be more than just four-legged mammals that generate milk and meat. They survive in almost any kind of environment that is dry and where feed resources are available, making their potential as one of the main sources of farm income.

Given all those advantages, PCARRD said it has picked up on this renewed interest on goats and is now laying various science and technology (S&T) initiatives to continue coming up with better quality stocks, promote goat reproduction techniques and encourage new and fresh approaches to manage goats and the business of raising them.

Along with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFDA), PCARRD has initiated trainings on effective goat management to further promote its competence.

After analyzing the cost and returns of raising goats, they proved that it is a low-risk profitable livelihood. Assuming a goat raiser has five does at P2,500 each, an initial investment of P32,000 can mean extra income of at least P14,800 in sales of goat stock after two business years.

PCARRD has also initiated its 1,000-goat farms program that aims to launch 1,000 smallholder farmers into full-time commercial goat raisers to continue the wave of effect that goat raising has started.

In the end, even with problems on seasonality of demand, fluctuating prices of goats and breeders, high costs of feed, wavering veterinary services and high taxes and business permits to start with, raising goats will continue to flourish and find its optimum potential in the future, it said.

That is because 63 percent of the world’s total meat consumption can be credited to goat meat. According to, people-from Mideasterners and African to Latin American and Arabs prefer goat meat than any other veal-like meat around the world. (PNA Bicol)

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

PLDT-SME Nation’s ‘Bossing Ako’ Campaign Aims to Inspire Filipino Entrepreneurs

PLDT-SME Nat ion is going all out in serving the nation’s small-and-medium entrepreneurs (SME) through its massive campaign that aims to ignite Pinoy ingenuity for business: “Bossing Ako.” The “Bossing Ako” campaign aims to encourage more Filipinos to strive to become their own boss by becoming entrepreneurs. It also seeks to inspire Filipino small-to-medium scale entrepreneurs to continue striving for success and courageously meet the challenges of growing their business.

“We are on a nationwide campaign to encourage a new generation of Filipino entrepreneurs. The Philippines needs more entrepreneurs in order to ensure our economic future. Today, about 90 percent of income in the Philippine economy is generated by SMEs. As we move forward into the 21st century, we’ll need more SMEs to provide more jobs, more income and more purchasing power,” says PLDT-SME Nation Vice President and Head Kat Luna-Abelarde.

The nationwide campaign was kicked off with the launch of the song “Para sa mga Bossing” performed by OPM rock music icon Rico Blanco collaborating with Journey lead vocalist Arnel Pineda. The song’s release introduces a new anthem and rallying cry for Filipino entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be:
“Ang asenso maaabot/Sa bagsik nitong prinsipyo/Ang talino’t pagsisikap/Ibubuhos sa negosyo/Bossing ako/Aking tagumpay/Sa ‘kin nakasalalay…”

SME Ambassadors

Apart from the launch of the “Para sa mga Bossing” anthem, PLDT-SME Nation has a parallel effort that focuses on icons of Pinoy entrepreneurship. This effort focuses on the success stories of these SME icons—to provide models, inspiration and even wisdom to SMEs and help them succeed just as well.

These SME icons are designated as “Pinoy Bossings” and include:
Mother Lily Monteverde of Regal Films for starting from SME into a pillar of the Filipino film industry; Jay Aldeguer of Island Souvenirs for promoting his passion and love for the country through his tourism souvenirs business; Joey Concepcion, entrepreneurship advocate and Founding Trustee of Go Negosyo; and PLDT Chair Manny V. Pangilinan as the ultimate “bossing.”

Also representing the “Bossing Ako” movement are Les Reyes of Reyes HairCutters, Gardy Cruz of Pancit Malabon Express; Raphael and Jenni Soon of North Park, Ronald Pineda of Folded & Hung; Benjamin Liuson of The Generics Pharmacy, Darius and Carlos Hizon of Pampanga’s Best; Louie Gutierrez and Dulzzi Gutierrez of Silverworks; and Vicki Belo and Cristalle Henares as the mother-daughter tandem for beauty and medical practice.
“The entrepreneurs we tapped for this campaign are all great examples of SMEs that others could look up to for inspiration. The selection is both diverse and of top-notch quality, representing various business industries in their success stories,” says PLDT-SME Nation Marketing Head Amil Azurin.

With preparations on-hand in wrapping up the first phase of the campaign with the release of the song and the unveiling of the 12 SME ambassadors, a big launch is set to take off by mid-June; followed by a grand celebration of the “MVP Bossing Ako Awards Night,” named in honor of PLDT’s Chair Manny V. Pangilinan by October in partnership with Go Negosyo.
For more info on PLDT-SME Nation, call 101-888 or visit

Filed under: Business, Business Ideas for OFW Families, Entrepreneurs, Livelihood,

Cash lesson for Pinoys cited in crisis-hit Japan

By Jeremaiah M. Opiniano, OFW Journalism Consortium

PASIG CITY – A real-time crash course in cash management still grips Filipinos in Japan as the world’s second-largest economy attempts to clamber out of recession.

“They [Filipinos] have to start saving or investing rather than just spending” in these times of crisis, sociologist Ma. Rosario Piquero-Ballescas of Toyo University in Bunkyo-ku district said.

Piquero-Ballescas’s advice is based on her observation that the drop in Japan’s gross domestic product last year to -5% hit hard Filipinos there and some lessons should be culled for future similar occurrence.

Some Filipinos in Japan landed on lower-paying jobs after getting laid off in some companies, she said sans citing exact figures.

It has led many of them to rethink their lifestyles in Japan, Piquero-Ballescas added.

The crises made many Filipinos in Japan reflect that “the yen does not last forever,” Ballescas told the OFW Journalism Consortium via email, on a day that Y100 in the Philippine dealing system is worth P48.61, higher than the P45.05-US$1 exchange rate.

The yen continued to weaken against the peso, from an average P50.99-Y100 last year to P48.61 a day after the May 10 national elections.

The yen-peso exchange rate “was tremendously more favorable for many months” last year, so “a lot of Filipinos in Japan took advantage of this,” Ballescas said, explaining the increase in remittance.

Last year, Filipinos in Japan sent home US$773.561 million in remittances or 34.49% more than the US$575.181 million in 2008.

“They may find themselves without jobs or income soon, so they are now doing their best to save whatever they can and send money home as investments, in the event of [an] early return to the Philippines,” Ballescas said in her reply to questions sent by email.

But while the crisis may have prompted an increase in remittance, it was one of the factors that dampened the flow of foreign workers, according to Junichi Akashi of the University of Tsukuba.

Akashi told fellow academics at a policy forum recently that the global economic crisis has affected migrant workers in Japan “unevenly”.

Citing data from Japan’s Immigration Control Bureau, Akashi said there was a noticeable drop in the number of foreigners who entered the country under 2 types of working visas —foreign trainees and technical interns.

The same downward trend was seen for Filipinos who entered in 2009 as foreign trainees and technical interns.

A total of 50,064 foreign trainees entered Japan in 2009, a drop from the 68,150 who entered a year ago. Filipinos as foreign trainees numbered to 2,661 in 2009, lower than the 3,213 in 2008.

Meanwhile, from April 2009 to February this year, 52,133 foreigners shifted to Japan’s technical internship program, lower than the 63,747 the program accepted in 2008.

Filipinos make up 4,004 of the technical interns, but the number is lower than the 5,134 Filipinos who were registered as technical interns in 2008.

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) also registered a lower number of Filipinos who went to Japan as permanent residents or emigrants in 2009, with 5,278.

The number was lower than the 7,682 registered emigrants to Japan in 2008 and the 8,806 registered in 2007.

Meanwhile, the number of Filipinos who married spouses from Japan also dropped in 2009 with 4,142 in 2008 versus the 6,114 in 2007.

The decline was noticeable since the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) took effect last year.

The JPEPA opened Japan to nurses and caregivers from the Philippines, with the first batch included in the total 6,418 deployed last year.

On May 9, the Philippines sent its second batch of 116 nurses and caregivers under the agreement.

Akashi observes that the crisis that hit Japan led to a decreasing number of foreign trainees, especially those in the construction and machinery/metallurgical industries.

Male foreign trainees were affected “to a greater degree,” Akashi said.

Another factor that contributed to the decline of deployment of Filipinos to Japan is the set of immigration rules promulgated in 2005.

From 42,633 that year, the number of OFWs going to Japan dropped to 8,867 in 2007 and 6,555 a year later.

Piquero-Ballescas can only recommend that compatriots take stock of their future in the land of the rising sun. OFW Journalism Consortium


Filed under: Business Ideas for OFW Families, Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, OFW Livelihood Training,

Filipino-American Athlete Wins New England’s “Karate Kid” Challenge and Needs Help in Internet Voting

Written by Audrey Reyes-So/Mabuhay Radio     

Photo Credit: Mat Corral

 Steven So, an American karate enthusiast of Filipino descent, won the Karate Kid challenge at Six Flags theme park in New England. He is now competing through online voting with the other winners from all the Six Flags locations in the United States. The winner gets to go to the “Karate Kid” movie premiere and meet the cast.
To participate in the online voting, interested Filipinos anywhere in the world simply have to access this hyperlink,

The online voting will end on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). Votes can be cast once per day until May 25th.

Steven and his sensei are under the entry:
Brian C., Steven S.
Springfield, MA
Six Flags New England

Steven So is the taller guy to the left in the flyer and video. He is a scion of the So Family of Matnog, Sorsogon Province in the Bicol Region, Philippines. 


Filed under: Get Involved, Inspiration, Show your pride, Sorsogon News Updates, We will make you SHINE!, , ,

Boxing association nets quality fighters, a Sorsoganon, included

Manila Standard Today
SUBIC—With one of its area tournaments about to conclude, the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines has identified young, but quality fighters, who may soon be part of the national youth squad.
Philippine Team coaching staff member Elmer Pamisa saw at least five boxers currently competing in the PLDT-ABAP Luzon Area Boxing Tournament here as potential youth members.
“’Yung kailangan natin ngayon, hindi lang basta pumupuntos. Importante na ‘yung may laman ang suntok, kasi ganu’n na ngayon ang scoring sa international at ‘yun ang nakita ko ngayon sa mga bata,” said Pamisa, who is also a former national team boxer.
Among those spotted by Pamisa were pinweights John Mark Pajareto and Fernando Tacuyan, and the flyweight pair of Neco Magliquian and Michael Dasmarinas.
Pajareto and Tacuyan entered the finals by decisioning Jerson Magliquian and Dexter Dimaculangan, respectively.
Dasmarinas, meanwhile, also made it into the finals by scoring a Referee Stopped Contest in the third round over Magliquian. The Bicolano Dasmarinas battles Romblon B’s Reymark De Capiz for the gold.
The finals of every division of this Clusivol-backed tournament were set Thursday night at the Subic Gym.
Other finalists were La Union B’s Jovani Dulce, who won over La Union A’s Joseph Casil in the cotton weight division; Sorsogon’s Norman Estradura is the other cotton weight finalists after winning over Jonji Maritana; and Nueva Ecija’s Ariel Tibayan meets La Union’s Jerusalem Galvez, who both scored RSC wins over Sorsogon’s Jason Hilia and Zambales’ Elmon Carino in their respective mosquito weight assignments.
Olongapo’s Carlo John Espartero and La Union’s Alvin Jay Dulce face off for the paper weight gold as they both decisioned Sorsogon’s Jomaric Deliarte and Joshua Sapaden, respectively; La Union’s Ricardo Dulce won on points over Olongapo’s Melchor Perez and will next face fellow pinweight Noel Pecking of Baguio, a second-round RSC winner over Nueva Ecija’s Alvin Bolante.
In an all-Olongapo featherweight finals match, Reggie Roque a second-round RSC winner over Zambales’ Juan Gabriel Fabay, tangles with Reymark Sanchez, a third-round RSC victor over Churchie Falcunaya.
Meantime, ABAP Executive Director Ed Picson exuded enthusiasm in seeing their drive for talent discovery to be heading in the right direction, especially with PLDT providing needed support.

SUBIC—With one of its area tournaments about to conclude, the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines has identified young, but quality fighters, who may soon be part of the national youth squad.
Philippine Team coaching staff member Elmer Pamisa saw at least five boxers currently competing in the PLDT-ABAP Luzon Area Boxing Tournament here as potential youth members.
“’Yung kailangan natin ngayon, hindi lang basta pumupuntos. Importante na ‘yung may laman ang suntok, kasi ganu’n na ngayon ang scoring sa international at ‘yun ang nakita ko ngayon sa mga bata,” said Pamisa, who is also a former national team boxer.
Among those spotted by Pamisa were pinweights John Mark Pajareto and Fernando Tacuyan, and the flyweight pair of Neco Magliquian and Michael Dasmarinas.
Pajareto and Tacuyan entered the finals by decisioning Jerson Magliquian and Dexter Dimaculangan, respectively.
Dasmarinas, meanwhile, also made it into the finals by scoring a Referee Stopped Contest in the third round over Magliquian. The Bicolano Dasmarinas battles Romblon B’s Reymark De Capiz for the gold.
The finals of every division of this Clusivol-backed tournament were set Thursday night at the Subic Gym.
Other finalists were La Union B’s Jovani Dulce, who won over La Union A’s Joseph Casil in the cotton weight division; Sorsogon’s Norman Estradura is the other cotton weight finalists after winning over Jonji Maritana; and Nueva Ecija’s Ariel Tibayan meets La Union’s Jerusalem Galvez, who both scored RSC wins over Sorsogon’s Jason Hilia and Zambales’ Elmon Carino in their respective mosquito weight assignments.
Olongapo’s Carlo John Espartero and La Union’s Alvin Jay Dulce face off for the paper weight gold as they both decisioned Sorsogon’s Jomaric Deliarte and Joshua Sapaden, respectively; La Union’s Ricardo Dulce won on points over Olongapo’s Melchor Perez and will next face fellow pinweight Noel Pecking of Baguio, a second-round RSC winner over Nueva Ecija’s Alvin Bolante.
In an all-Olongapo featherweight finals match, Reggie Roque a second-round RSC winner over Zambales’ Juan Gabriel Fabay, tangles with Reymark Sanchez, a third-round RSC victor over Churchie Falcunaya.
Meantime, ABAP Executive Director Ed Picson exuded enthusiasm in seeing their drive for talent discovery to be heading in the right direction, especially with PLDT providing needed support.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Sorsogon-Padaraw Festival

Padaraw Festival
Padaraw Festival of Bulan, Sorsogon | Photo Credit:

When: May 30

Where: Bulan, Sorsogon What is it:

  • Town Fiesta celebrated to honor Bulan’s patron saint,  Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.
  • The festivities are an expression of this coastal community’s gladness and thanksgiving for God’s bounties and gifts.
  • Padaraw also expresses not only the bounties of the sea but of the plains and mountains as well, for which the people of Bulan give thanks to God.

Attractions and Highlights:

  • Grand presentation of ethnic music and creative street dancing.
  • Showcases colorful costumes fashioned from the abaca fiber.


  • Padaraw is derived from a purely Bicol term which is commonly used by local fishermen.
  • The root word “daraw” refers to the groups or schools of fish which converge at a certain single point in the sea.  This daraw becomes a convergence point for the fishermen to make their catch for the day.
  • Padaraw therefore, means unity.

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