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DepEd, nagdeklara ng giyera kontra ‘Jejemon’

By RMN News

MARIING tinututulan ng Dept. of Education ang pag-iba sa spelling ng mga salita na ginagamit sa pag-text o ang napapa-usong ‘Jejemon’ lingo.

Ayon kay DepEd Sec. Mona Valisno, hindi tama na ibahin ang pagbabaybay ng mga salita dahil hindi maganda sa paningin at lumilikha lamag ng kalituhan sa mga nagbabasa.

Kaugnay nito, hinimok niya ang mga gruo na ituro sa mga estudyante ang tamang pag-babaybay ng mga salita.

Hinimok din ni Valisno ang publiko na isulat ang buong salita sa pag-text upang mas matuto sa spelling at hwag gayahin ang mga jejemon

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Tech-voc graduates up – DepEd


The strengthened technical vocational (tech-voc) curriculum of the Department of Education (DepEd) continued to produce a new generation of high-skilled workforce as it generated a total of 1,751 holders of competency certificate after they passed various skills test administered by a national certifying body.

Education Secretary Mona Valisno said that with the kind of training and preparation the DepEd has been providing its students, it is anticipating an increase in the number of tech-voc graduates who will pass the highly-competitive skills test of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

DepEd, under the Strengthened Technical-Vocational Education Program (STVEP), supervises a total of 282 tech-voc high schools where students can take specialization in automotive, computer hardware service, cosmetology, furniture, and cabinet-making, garments, air conditioning and refrigeration, food production, crop production, food processing, fish culture, and fish capture, among others.

“These fields of specialization are taken alongside academic subjects, thus producing graduates who are ready for both the world of work and higher education whichever they choose,” she said.

Valisno added that there are more than 4,000 tech-voc graduating students nationwide who have yet to complete this school year’s TESDA-administered skills assessment

Filed under: Department of Education, Education,

DepEd, nilinaw ang pagbubukas ng unang araw ng klase sa Hunyo a-kinse

(10:49 AM) NILINAW ngayon ng Department of Education (DepEd) na magsisimula ang unang araw ng pasukan sa Hunyo a-kinse.

Ito ay sa kabila ng kaliwa’t kanang kwestiyon kung bakit Martes at hindi Lunes ang unang araw ng pasukan.

Ayon ay DepEd Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, sa June 12 ay ipagdiriwang ang Independence day, kaya’t sa susunod na Lunes, June 14 – matatapat ang nasabing Economic holiday.

Nakasaad sa Republic Act 9492 na ipinasa noong 2007 na ililipat ang ilang holiday sa pinakamalapit na Lunes maliban sa pasko at bagong taon

Source: RMN News

May 21, 2010

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Next gov’t challenged to harness OFWs’ economic potential

By Jeremaiah M. Opiniano, OFW Journalism Consortium

IS Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” C. Aquino III his mother’s son when it comes to labor export?

Mr. Aquino, set to become the 15th Philippine president, may opt to follow-through with his mother’s institutionalization of the economy’s resilient force: overseas Filipino workers (OFW).

Under his mother, the late President Corazon C. Aquino, government regulation over the deployment of OFWs was subsumed under one agency, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Overseeing Filipinos’ lot in host countries, on the other hand, was cauterized from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and appended to another unit, the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Mr. Aquino, like his mother, should have a direct hand in labor migration, said Tomas Achacoso, POEA administrator under Mrs. Aquino.

Mr. Achacoso said having a “direct hand” involves not only improving the system of informing prospective overseas Filipinos of migration’s risks but also in shaping policy focused on labor migration and national development.

“The success of labor migration [in the Philippines] has distracted policy makers from the original temporary role of the program,” the former POEA chief told the OFW Journalism Consortium.

The program of sending out Filipinos to work overseas under POEA predecessors Overseas Employment Development Board and National Seamen’s Board was used by then-President Ferdinand E. Marcos to beef up the country’s dollar reserves amid runaway unemployment.

With foreign investors cashing out of the Philippines under Mrs. Aquino’s time and with a huge foreign debt, money from OFWs propped up a cash-strapped People Power-born government beginning 1986.

Economists also credited money from OFWs, now nearly 10% of the country’s population, for having arrested the downward spiral of the economy during the 1997 Asian financial crisis and the collapse of the global financial system a decade later.


Economist Alvin Ang noted that for a long time, overseas work and remittances mitigated economic problems such as a feeble fiscal position and lack of jobs.

But since the word mitigation is “fungible,” which in economics means something can be substituted into a resource; remittances from Filipinos abroad “should not just be band aid.”

Mr. Ang agreed with Mr. Achacoso that the six years under the Aquino administration beginning June is crucial for OFWs.

Mr. Ang said the country should pursue the “diasporic dividend” — the “net of net” benefit from the migration phenomenon. Now is the time for the Philippine government to explicitly encourage overseas Filipinos to invest in their hometowns, he said.

By sending clear signals to local governments, this could happen, he said. “The national government may set the policy environment about luring remittances for development, but many local governments are not minding this potential resource, thus the policy disconnect,” Mr. Ang told the OFW Journalism Consortium.

Remittances are sterilized and merely circulate in the financial system, ending in consumption, especially since these are money of individual migrant workers and their families, he noted.

Thus, while the impact of remittances on Philippine development is of a macro nature, the vehicle to lure these for development is micro, Mr. Ang said.

“That way, and if the local government is involved, then you can target development,” Mr. Ang added.

The policy should be explicit and leave no room for doubt in the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan.

Mr. Ang said that government should actively instill a consciousness among prospective Filipino workers that their migration is only temporary, and that they do not merely return here to retire after a long overseas stint but “to work” and remain productive for themselves and for the economy.

Mr. Aquino’s campaign platform is to boost foreign investment, pour more resources to education, and generate more jobs locally through agriculture, business process outsourcing, infrastructure, manufacturing, logistics, mining, and tourism.

“If there is no production here, the Philippines will not have any productivity,” Mr. Ang said.

“Or else, this country will remain consumption-driven, a situation that not even a thousand Noynoys can remedy.”


Mr. Ang proposed an overhaul of government’s information campaign on migration as a first step.

The government’s current pre-employment orientation seminar should be made optional while information should be specific to separately cater to high-skilled and low-skilled workers.

There should be “complete information disclosure of a destination country’s conditions, not just the pay. That way, information on the country where the worker will migrate to would be clearly disseminated.”

Mr. Achacoso, for his part, said the government should address the concerns of labor migration from a “holistic standpoint” by explaining “how labor migration affects national development.”

Given the Philippines’ respectable global stature as regards labor migration, Mr. Achacoso said the DFA “should be taught about the principles and mechanics of labor migration, so that they can better argue with host countries about adjustments to make the life of migrants much easier.”

Moreover, the Philippines should request host countries for some compensation for skilled workers lost here and hired abroad, such as nurses and doctors.

Mr. Achacoso hopes that no less than the President sustains “a continuing interest in policy issues that affect labor migration, and intervenes every so often to shape and direct policies and programs.”

Again, though, these policies should not be merely about “consolidating the Philippines’ share of the [overseas job] market over which it has little real control.”

Another essential task for the incoming president, Mr. Achacoso said, is a better approach to creating jobs domestically.
“Labor migration as the solution to the Philippines’ economic problem is erroneous, and addresses only one aspect of the [domestic employment] problem,” he said.

Mr. Ang said the incoming Aquino administration should be able to reap the diasporic dividend. “He [Aquino] can help turn remittances into concrete investments.”

Preventing overseas movement of workers is unacceptable, yet the Philippine government should not rely on demand-driven job markets abroad to sustain the economy, Messrs. Achacoso and Ang said. — Jeremaiah M. Opiniano, OFW Journalism Consortium


Filed under: OFW Corner, Overseas Jobs,

No bed of roses for OFWs and their families

Written by Jovic Yee / Contributor

OVERSEAS Filipino workers (OFWs) sacrifice the comforts of home and brave the challenges of working and living in other countries to give their families a better life.

For consolation, the government calls them living heroes for their big contribution to the economy. As the country’s biggest dollar earners, they provide the biggest boost to the Philippines’ foreign exchange.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development and various nongovernment organizations on Saturday recognized the impact of migration on families around the world as part of the 15th celebration of the International Day of Families.

Social Welfare Acting Secretary Celia Capadocia-Yangco said families in the country have a different situation than those in other countries.

“Not all families who go abroad are strongly bonded. There are a lot of problems. Here, the support system you get is much wider than they can get abroad,” Capadocia-Yangco said.

Data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency showed that one in every 10 Filipinos is working or living abroad. An estimated 40 percent of these are OFWs,  which translates to at least 11 million in nearly 200 countries. The report said 2 million of them are illegal migrant workers.

Fe Nicodemus, Kapisanan ng Kamag-anak ng mga Migranteng Mamamayang Pilipino Inc. chairman, said these statistics are alarming.

“Although the export of labor was originally meant as a temporary solution to ease the country’s unemployment woes, it has become a major pillar of the Philippine government-development strategy,” Nicodemus said.

She said that OFWs’ major reason or “push factor” for going abroad is the lack of employment opportunity and compensation in the country, which hamper their ability to give their children a better life and education and provide for their families’ needs.

“Filipinos are in high demand overseas because we are known to be of high-rate skills, highly educated, proficient in the English language, adaptable to other cultures and environments, warm and caring and easy to get along with,” Nicodemus said.

The overseas deployment of Filipino workers in the last three decades had been a mixed blessing for the country. Millions of ordinary families have benefited with homes built, children graduated from school and businesses started.

Unfortunately, there were unseen social costs to the waves of labor migration, especially to the integrity of the Filipino family.

“OFWs have often voiced regret about missing out their children’s growing years, and being absent during periods of family crisis,” Nicodemus said
Encar Abella of PRO-Life Philippines and a mother of six related how hard it was to rear children single-handedly while her husband was abroad.

“He went abroad in 2000 in order for our six children to continue their education. The first years were hard, every night I cry. To ease the pain, I go to church with my six children every day,” a teary Abella said.

Nicodemus said the separation from family members is probably the most difficult part of being an OFW.

“Families had turned to prayer to ease the pain of being separated,” Nicodemus said.
Dr. Ma. Paz Manaligod of the Department of Psychology of Miriam College said children left behind are most vulnerable to social risks.

“It’s the family that can make or break the child. The extended family can be a strong support system for the child as many children who had experienced separation from their parents developed into healthy, mature adults, provided the children had a loving caregiver,” Manaligod said

She added that parents should not spoil their children too much when they return just so to make up for the lost time. Spoiling them, she said, jeopardizes the values taught by the substitute caregiver.

“If you see that your child is quite spoiled, correct him/her because you’re there already. Don’t think that your child will feel bad, because that’s the moment you can discipline and teach him/her the lessons you want him/her to learn. There should always be an open line of communication,” Manaligod said.

In Abella’s case, she said she made her children realize that every centavo they get from their father is hard-earned money.

“I make sure that we follow a strict budget because we want their father to return to us after fulfilling our goal of giving our children the education they need,” Abella said.

Manaligod pointed out that there had been instances when the migrant worker returns home after several years without any savings, frustrating the family’s efforts to finance their children’s schooling.

“That is the saddest part because they had been working so hard, left the country and their family and yet when they return home, they haven’t fulfilled their goal,” Manaligod said.


Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates,

Ban on foreign illegal recruiter sought


The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) recently recommended to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to ban a foreigner allegedly engaged in illegal recruitment and deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Hong Kong without the necessary clearance from the government, it was learned Wednesday.

In his letter to BI Commissioner Marcelino Libanan, DFA Assistant Secretary Jaime Ledda sought the bureau’s assistance in putting the foreigner’s name in the blacklist after receiving reports from the Philippine embassy in Guangzhou, China.

Libanan immediately issued an order placing the foreigner in its blacklist, thus preventing the alien from entering the Philippines and from victimizing prospective OFWs.

The BI chief also ordered immigration supervisors and officers in all international airports to strictly enforce the blacklist order to put a stop on the illegal activities of the foreigner.

Quoting a report from the DFA, Libanan said the foreigner has been illegally recruiting Filipinos to work in Hong Kong without the proper documentation.

The recruits, who are all women, are allegedly sent to the former British colony without the required processing and permits from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

According to the DFA, the foreiner’s activities were discovered by Chinese authorities when members of the Fujian police raided his recruitment agency.

Filed under: OFW Corner, OFW Scam, Illegal Recruiter, Overseas Jobs, POEA-Advisory,

PhilHealth to open regional office in Riyadh


RIYADH: The first Middle East office of the Philippine health insurance agency PhilHealth is to be opened at the Philippine Embassy on June 4.

According to Philippine Ambassador Antonio P. Villamor, the opening of the office will coincide with the celebration of the country’s 112th Independence Day celebration.

Philippine Independence Day is on June 12 but celebrated by the Filipino community in the Kingdom for weeks.

“Riyadh is where the largest number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) can be found in the Kingdom. It is just right that they be given,” PhilHealth President and CEO Rey B. Aquino told Arab News. In an earlier interview, Villamor said there were some 600,000 OFWs working in the capital alone.

PhilHealth’s service desk will address members’ needs and provide forms and information about the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP).

It will also accept benefit claims, applications for member data amendment and annual premium contributions from OFW members of up to 900 pesos. “If they pay their premium contributions regularly and on time, our OFW members will not encounter any problems in claiming PhilHealth benefits,” Aquino said.

PhilHealth also covers costs arising from hospital room and board, operating room fees, the provision of drugs and medicines, X-ray and laboratory tests, examinations and doctors’ fees.
These should be automatically deducted from the hospital bill before the beneficiary is discharged.

PhilHealth will also reimburse medical costs for members who need to be treated abroad.
Aquino said this is one of the reasons why PhilHealth provided more collecting agents for OFWs to pay their premiums regularly so they do not lose out.

Presently, PhilHealth has collection agreements with iRemit, Development Bank of the Philippines and Philippine Veterans Bank, among others.

“I will also authorize the assigned PhilHealth marketing officer in Riyadh to attend and participate in the meetings and dialogue of OFW organizations to provide free reintegration seminars for our compatriots in the region,” Aquino added.

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner,

Demand for goat products draws more farmers into goat farming

By Danny O. Calleja

Sorsogon City (20 May) — 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) [top]

Filed under: Livelihood, Negosyo Tips, Sorsogon News Updates,

BFP intensifies inspection on boarding houses, dorms

Sorsogon City (20 May) — All dormitories and boarding houses in this city will be subjected to a thorough inspection by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) office here in preparation for the upcoming school opening in June.

Chief Inspector Renato Marcial, BFP Sorsogon City fire marshal, said the inspection intends to ensure the safety of the students, especially that we expect students from distant areas from this city will occupy rented rooms.

Marcial bared that the inspection has since started last May 13, 2010.
Marcial has already directed the agency’s fire safety inspectors to all the dormitories and boarding houses to abate fire hazards and other related emergencies.
BFP has also requested the support and cooperation of barangay officials in the implementation of the Fire Code of the Philippines, also appealing to the owners to secure business permits before they operate their own businesses.

“They must comply with fire safety standards as required by law, including provision of fire exits, emergency lights, fire extinguishers and installation of alarm system,” he elaborated.
Marcial appealed to the community to report to their office at 421-6320 that if in case they found out some boarding houses who operate without the necessary permits and do not follow the fire safety standards required by law. (FO1MBDollente/FO1LFuntanares, BFP Sorsogon City/PIA)

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Facebook adds new security tools amid criticisms over privacy

WASHINGTON: Facebook has added new security tools to prevent hacking and held a staff meeting at its California headquarters amid a growing storm over privacy at the social network.

The new security features, unveiled Thursday, include giving members the ability to approve which devices they commonly use to log on to Facebook — a home computer or a mobile phone, for example — through an “Account Settings” page.
“Once you’ve done this, whenever someone logs in to your account from a device not on this list, we’ll ask the person to name the device,” Facebook software engineer Lev Popov said in a blog post.

Facebook members would receive an email notification or a text message if someone tries to access their account from a device that has not been approved.
“This notification will provide steps on how to reset your password and remove the device, so you can quickly secure your account if it’s being accessed from a device you don’t recognize,” Popov said.

He said Facebook had also built in controls to “block suspicious logins before they happen” by asking for proof of identity, such as a birth date.
The new security tools were unveiled as Facebook comes under fire from US privacy and consumer groups, lawmakers and the European Union over new features that critics claim compromise the privacy of its more than 400 million members.
Amid the criticism, Facebook held a staff meeting at its Palo Alto offices to discuss its privacy strategy.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the meeting in a statement to several technology blogs but said details of the internal discussions would not be released.
“We have an open culture and it should come as no surprise that we’re providing a forum for employees to ask questions on a topic that has received a lot of outside interest,” the spokesperson said.

The new 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.

A European Union group slammed the recent changes this week, saying “it is unacceptable that the company fundamentally changed the default settings on its social-networking platform to the detriment of a user.”

The EU group, known as the Article 29 Working Party, said user profile information “is limited to self-selected contacts” and any further access “should be an explicit choice of the user.”
Last week, over a dozen US privacy and consumer protection groups filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission accusing Facebook of “unfair and deceptive” practices.
“Facebook continues to manipulate the privacy settings of users and its own privacy policy so that it can take personal information provided by users for a limited purpose and make it widely available for commercial purposes,” they said.

Four US senators, in a letter to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg last month, said they worried that personal information about Facebook users is being made available to third party websites.

The senators expressed concerns about privacy ramifications saying “Facebook now obligates users to make publicly available certain parts of their profile that were previously private.”
Sharing personal information should be an “opt-in” procedure in which a user specifically gives permission for data to be shared, they said.

– AFP/jy

Source: Channel News Asia

Filed under: Computer Matters, Social Network,


 Ni: Rex Bien Bolima / DZMS

17 May 2010, bantay sarado na kan dept of trade and industry sorsogon an presyo kan mga school supply na ipinapabakal sa mga dept stores digde sa ciudad nin sorsogon/ sinabi ni DTI consumer welfare divisions chief evelyn paguio padagos an saindang ginigibong pagmonitor sa hiro kan presyo sa nasabing mga produkto tanganing masiguro na dae makapagaprobetsar an nagkapirang negosyante sa tahaw kan pinaglalaoman na pagdadaragsaan na naman kan mga consumer digde dahilan sa nakatalaan na pagbubukas kan klase/ siniguro man kan ahensya na nakahanda an saindang opisina sa anoman na reklamo na posibleng magbotwa may relasyon sa siring na bagay/

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates,


17 May 2010, aminado si city fire marshall renato marshall na kulang nin marhay an saindang mga fire trucks tanganing magresponder sa mga kasulo na nangyayari digde sa ciudad nin sorsogon/ sa intrebista kan dzms sa programang tingog kan B inako kan opisyal na sagkod sa ngonian dae pa man guiraray naaktwaran an saindang agrangay na dagdagan an saindang mga gamit sa tahaw kan saindang pinagigibong pagpopologos pogos siring kan pagsurat sa magkakanigong ahensya kan gobyerno asin haralangkaw na opisyal kan gobyerno/ ipinagtaong ehemplo kan opisyal an nangyaring kasulo sa brgy kan piot kun saen apat sanang bumbero an nakapagresponde digde katuwang na an dowang fire volounteer kan filchin/ alagad sa ibong kaini siniguro kan opisyal na nakahanda an saindang opisina na magaktwar sa anomana na posiblebg mangyaring emerhensiya

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 Ni: Rex Bien Bolima / DZMS

kinompirmar kan commission on higher education bicol na posibleng maipasara ninda an pagpapatukarnin kursong nursing kan nagkapirang kolehiyo asin unibersidad digde sa rehiyon kan bicol/ sosog sa CHED bicol namemeligrong halean kan siring na kurso an maabot sa 12ng kolehiyo sa rehiyon dahilan sa dae nakua kan mga ini an national percentage rate./ kasabay sa nasabing mga eskwelahan na nakakua sana nin 46.14 percent na passing rate an Ago Educational Center, Bicol Christian College of Medicine, Aquinas University of Legazpi, Immaculate Conception College-Albay, Mabini Colleges sa Camarines Norte, Masbate Colleges, Naga College Foundation, Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation, Southern Bicol Colleges, Tabaco College; Tanchuling College sa legazpi City, University of Northeastern Philippines asin University of Saint Anthony sa Iriga City/ dahilan kaini liwat na pinatanidan kan ahensya an nasabing mga eskwelahan na pakarhayon an performance asin magkaigwa ning halangkaw na passing rate sa mga board examinations.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates,


 Ni: Rex Bien Bolima / DZMS

17 May 2010, namemeligrong mapendiente an operasyon kan minahan nin oring sa banwaan kan matnog/ ini dahilan sa pagdududa kan nagkapira na posibleng mapondo an operasyon kan tomas raniola mining corp dahilan sa nakatalaan na pagbago kan administrasyon/mtatandaan na sa panahon ni matnog outgoing mayor guillermo so nahaman an MOA na nakatalaan na salidahan sa puesto ni incoming mayor emil ubaldo/ matatandaan na enot ng nagani nin batikos hale sa mga kritiko an operasyon kan siring na minahan dahilan sa alegadong maraot na epekto na dara kaini maging sa salud nin sarong tawo

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

OFWs in Marianas seek approval for US citizenship

From: RJAB Jr./ GMANews.TV

SAIPAN, CNMI – Overseas Filipino workers and their families led Sunday’s motorcade and assembly in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), to ask the US Congress to quickly approve a recommendation to grant long-term immigration status to foreign workers who have been legally staying in the CNMI for at least five years.

The Obama White House, through the US Department of the Interior, recommended conferring US citizenship or permanent residency leading to US citizenship, along with three other options, to foreign workers who have been legally in the CNMI for at least five years.

The CNMI is a US territory in the Western Pacific some three hours away from Manila.

It is home to some 20,000 OFWs and their relatives. The OFWs here work in almost every profession in the private sector as nurses, engineers, architects, teachers, journalists, accountants, clerks, house maids, hotel employees, waiters, and farmers.

There are more than 15,816 foreign workers, mostly OFWs, who have been in the CNMI for five years or more, and another 2,221 who have been here for three to five years.

OFWs at the motorcade and assembly called on the US Congress to act immediately on the Interior recommendation, saying they would like to be given permanent residency or US citizenship, and remain in the CNMI.

But CNMI Governor Benigno R. Fitial, who is on his way to Washington, DC, said he would ask the US Congress not to act on the Interior recommendation until his government is consulted, especially on the proposed improved status of foreign workers.

US Public Law 110-229, the same law that placed CNMI immigration under US control on Nov. 28, 2009, required Interior to come up with a recommendation on the status of long-term workers in the CNMI.

Allan Miones, 47, has been an OFW in the CNMI capital of Saipan for 19 years and now has three children, two of them US citizens. He was one of the thousands of foreign workers who took part in Sunday’s motorcade and assembly.

“My family will be able to stay together if I get improved status. I won’t be sent home and separated from my children if I get permanent residency or become a US citizen,” Miones told GMANews.TV in an interview Sunday.

Should Miones, who hails from Ozamis City in Mindanao, lose his legal immigration status in the CNMI by 2014 or earlier, he would be forced to exit the CNMI.

He could either bring with him his two US citizen children — Kaile Christine, 9, and Alani Rue, 5 — or leave them in the CNMI which is their only known home.

Nenita Orosco, 45, from Capiz in Western Visayas, said she does not want to be separated from her two US citizen children if she loses her job and is forced to exit the CNMI. She said she also does not want to uproot the children from the CNMI where they are studying.

Supporters of foreign workers in the CNMI have been saying that foreign workers who spent five years, even decades of their lives helping build the CNMI economy deserve an immigration status not tied to a yearly contract.

Dr. Gene Sylvester Eagle-Oden, one of the speakers at the assembly, said long-term foreign workers are asking for a “right,” not a privilege.

At the assembly, event organizers distributed copies of statements from Bandila and US-based Filipino-American community leader and lawyer Rodel Rodis, expressing support for the CNMI nonresident workers’ quest for green card or US citizenship.

Those who organized the motorcade and assembly estimated the crowd at 2,000 and 5,000, most of them OFWs. They also estimated 300 to 700 vehicles.

Of the 29,700 work and entry permits that the CNMI issued in 2008 to foreign workers, 18,500 went to OFWs. – RJAB Jr., GMANews.TV

Filed under: Family, Friends and Society, OFW Corner, Pinoy Migration,


 Ni: Rex Bien Bolima / DZMS
17 May 2010, sinaksak kan aki an saiyang sadiri mismong ama matapos na magkapikunan kan nakalihis na aldaw/ sa impormason na narecibe kan dzms news, pinagbubulong ngonian sa ospital an biktimang si wilfredo dog nasa tamang edad asin residente kan brgy san isidro west district matapos na saksakon kan saiyang aking si sandy/ sa inisyal na imbestigasyon kan mga awtoridad naglolowas na nagkaigwa nin mainitan na komprontasyon an dowa sa tahaw kan saindang paghahampangan sa paginom nin bugsok na likido sa laog mismo kan saindang harong/ sa ngonian padagos na pinaglalapag an suspetsado na tulos man na duminolag makalihis an siring na krimen/

Filed under: Crimes, Sorsogon News Updates,


Ni: Rex Bien Bolima / DZMS
Mon 17, May 2010, Padagos na pinagbubulong ngonian sa ospital an sarong 27 anyos na lalaki matapos na badilon ini kan saiyang kabarangay sa municipio kan gubat kasuudma/ sa report na ipinalowas kan kampo Escudero, personal na nagreklamo si bentuco brgy chairman Rogelio Sarmiento nin shooting incident sa saindang lugar/ an biktima pinagbistong si Noel Nacion na pinagtatawanan sa ngonian nin atensyon medikal sa SPH mantamg an suspetsado pinagbistong si Jason Luna nasa tamang edad asin residente man kan nasabing lugar/ sa ngonian padagis an ginigibong imbestigasyon kan mga awtoridad dapit sa siring na bagay/

Filed under: Crimes, Sorsogon News Updates, ,

2010 Census of Population and Housing KAN NSO MAARANGKADA NGONIAN

Ni: Rex Bien Bolima / DZMS

Mon 17, May 2010,maabot sa 84mil na personnel an nakatalaan na magsabak sa ngonian na aldaw para sa 2010 Census of Population and Housing kan National Statistics Office (NSO)./ ini dahilan sa pormal na pagarangkada kan siring na aktibidad sa ngonian na aldaw kun saen ini kumpuesto nin 67,000 na enumerators; 13,500 team supervisors asin 3,500 census area supervisors./ sosog sa NSO katuyuhan kaini na masiguro na kumpleto asin tama an mga itataong impormasyon/ nakatalaan man na magkua an mga ini nin demographic information manonongod sa social asin economic characteristics kan mga Pilipino.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates,


Ni: Rex Bien Bolima / DZMS

May 17, 2010, Padagos na nagapelar an Bureau of fire protection sorsogon sa mga namamanwaan na maging responsable asin iwasan an pagiging pabaya tanganing makalikay sa peligrong dara kan kasulo/ ini makalihis na makapagrehistro an city fire station nin 4 na insidente nin kasulo kan nakaliahis na weekend/ sinabi ni city fire marshall Renato Marshall enot na naerehistro an makatorotresteng kasulo sa brgy kan piot na nagresulta sa pagkakagadan kan 82-anyos na lolo matapos na matotong nin buhay sa laog kan nasusulong harong/ ini pinagsundan nin saro pang insidente sa brgy kan pangpang kan nakalihis na biernes dahilan sa sinasabing nawalat na uring/ sinabi pa ni marcial pinakahuring insidente nangyari kasubanggi matapos na magleak an LPG sa sarong harong sa isla de higante mantang kinakan man nin kamayo an harong kan sarong narilou hapon kan panlayaan west district sa ciudad nin sorsogon.

Filed under: Crimes, Sorsogon News Updates

Sorsogon 2010 election winners proclaimed

BA Recebido (PIA)
Following the rush last week due to the Philippines’ first ever national and local automated polls and the proclamation of winning candidates, local government units (LGUs) across the province are back to business as usual.
“We thank those who pushed the country’s automated election, the counting and canvassing done manually in the past stretching the proclamation process for week were now reduced to 24 to 48-hr period,” the Boards of Election Inspectors and Canvassers here stated.
It can be noted that the Provincial Comelec here on Wednesday afternoon (May 12), proclaimed Raul Lee (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), ex-governor and husband of incumbent governor, as the winning governor garnering a landslide victory of 160,251 votes as against Jose Solis (Kampi) who only got 60,830 votes.
Former Vice-Governor Antonio “Kruni” Escudero (Independent) succeeded his comeback bid as vice-governor by winning 115,946 votes as against his four opponents.
For the 1st district congressional seat, Jose Edwin Hamor (NP) who got 63,287 votes loses to incumbent Congressman Salvador Escudero III (NPC) who got 89,512 votes.
Incumbent Gubat Mayor Deogracias Ramos, Jr. (LP) topped the congressional seat in the second district edging a slim margin against Ricardo Golpeo (NPC), his closest opponent.
The province of Sorsogon has 397,419 total registered voters in 692 clustered precincts. Of the total number of registered voters, 323,191 have actually voted.
Meanwhile, Irosin town was the first to proclaim their winning candidates on May 11, 7:36 A.M., while Donsol town was the last to proclaim on the afternoon of May 12.
In Sorsogon City, Leovic Dioneda (LP) holds on to his post as the city mayor by winning a gap of 11,037 votes against his lone opponent, incumbent City Vice-Mayor Edmundo Atutubo (Kampi).
Robert Rodrigueza (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), son of incumbent governor Sally Lee and governor-elect Raul Lee won a big margin as Sorsogon City vice-mayor against his lone opponent incumbent city councilor Roel Sta. Ana.
The following municipal mayors were also proclaimed winners in their respective towns, Barcelona – current provincial administrator Atty. Manuel Fortes, Jr. (LP); Bulan – incumbent Mayor Helen Rose de Castro (Lakas-Kampi-CMD; Bulusan – Michael Guysayko (NP), son of incumbent Bulusan Mayor and League of Municipalities Sorsogon chapter president Juan Guysayko who did not make it in the second district congressional race; Castilla – incumbent Mayor Olive Bermillo (LP); Casiguran – incumbent Mayor Ester Hamor (NP); Donsol – incumbent Mayor Jerome Alcantara (LP); Gubat – 29 yr-old Ronnel Lim (NP); Irosin – Eduardo Ong (PDP-Laban); Juban – Jimmy Fragata (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) and husband of three-termer and incumbent Mayor Tess Fragata; Magallanes – former mayor of the same town Roque Carranza (Lakas-Kampi-CMD); Matnog – former Matnog mayor Emilio Ubaldo (Kampi); Pilar – incumbent Mayor Dennis Sy-Reyes (NPC); and, Prieto Diaz -incumbent Provincial Board Member Jocelyn Lelis (Lakas-Kampi-CMD).
Meanwhile, both the defeated and proclaimed winners vowed to set aside politics after the election and start to work on genuine public service to help make Sorsogon move forward.
Sorsoganons, meanwhile, anticipate that the newly elected leaders will vouch to what they have promised.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Sorsogon teachers transform conflict affected-area into zone of peace

By Ben Cal/

CASTILLA, SORSOGON, May 16 — The government’s peace education program has paid-off, especially to school children in this conflict-affected area where teachers inculcate the value of peace to ensure a brighter future for their young pupils as law-abiding citizens.

The San Isidro Elementary School here has been selected as one of the pilot areas in the country, where peace education is taught –an initiative of the Bicol Consortium on Peace Education and Development (BCPED), in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) in Region V.

The project is fully supported by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through its Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Programme. Technical expertise is provided by the United Nations Act for Peace Program.

The program is to train teachers and administrators on how to mainstream peace perspectives into the basic education curriculum as well as into school policies, processes and relationships to make them conflict-sensitive and peace promoting.

Teachers are trained how to reach out to the families of the students and other members of the community for a holistic approach to build a culture of peace.

Emma J. Sario, a grade one teacher, upon returning from a training seminar, set up a corner in her classroom where she posted several ways on how to transform the classroom into a place of peace.

A co-teacher Sandra Aninipot encouraged her 55 students to come up with their own guidelines, many of which focused on respecting, helping and showing compassion towards their fellow students.

Aninipot has also adapted peaceful approaches in dealing with trying circumstances at home.

Barely five months after the implementation of the project, the teachers noticed remarkable changes in the behavior of their pupils, who now refrain from saying bad and hurting words to fellow students.

They also keep their composure and avoided retaliating when provoked by their classmates.

The phrase “Peace be with you” has become the popular saying heard around the campus.

School principal Teddy Jañola cited the importance of training the pupils on the importance of a lasting peace.

Aside from mainstreaming peace perspectives into the school program, Jañola and his teachers have spread the peace virus outside the school premises.

Jañola said a progress report has been submitted to the municipal and provincial officials about the project.

The school is actively working with the parents’ association to be able to reach out to the community more effectively.

Through peace education, the young students will be trained as peace advocates, he said.

With the success of the peace education program, teachers at the San Isidro Elementary School have felt a sense of personal triumph in helping the transformation of their students into peace- loving individuals.

Relationships among fellow teachers and students also have vastly improved.

For teacher Armie G. Buban, the whole experience reminded her of her commitment to become a peace advocate.

She said that being trained under this project has steadily helped her to keep her composure, especially in dealing with hard-headed students.

The school has already received commendations for the early success of the project resulting in the additional support being granted by the Department of Education and the expansion of the project to more schools in the Bicol region. (PNA) RMA/RBC/rsm

Filed under: Education, Encouragement, Government, Public Service, Sorsogon News Updates, What's Happening Here?, ,

US visa application goes paperless starting May 24

from: GMANews.TV

Starting May 24, the United States Embassy in Manila will shift to an environment-friendly way of handling non-immigrant visa applications using an electronic online form.

The Embassy said the online form, known as DS-160, replaces three paper forms to make the completion of applications easier and faster.

“With demand for US visas continuing to increase worldwide, the US State Department is committed to using new technologies to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the visa application process. The web-based nonimmigrant visa application uses new technologies and replaces existing forms to better serve our visa applicants,” it said.

“The new form has two key changes. The DS-160 form is submitted electronically, through the Internet, replacing paper forms. Also, the on-line form requires applicants to upload a digital photograph from the computers they use to complete the application,” it added.

It added the new form is a “greener,” user-friendly application.

Applicants may save the data in the form to complete an application later, and saved data may be reused for future applications.

“The form reduces use of paper, making it a greener method to apply for a US visa,” it said.

It added the rest of the application process remains the same.

On the other hand, it said visa applicants, after completing the on-line application, must schedule an interview appointment, either on-line at this link, or by calling 1-909-101-7878.

Applicants must then pay the visa fee at an approved fee collection point. The final step is the appointment at the Embassy.

If using the form for the first time, applicants should read a step-by-step instructional guide, which may be found at US Embassy in Manila online site. — LBG, GMANews.TV

Filed under: Travel Advisory,

DepEd to teach children how to be media savvy


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) is set to introduce a media literacy education curriculum that seeks to protect children from the negative effects of all forms of media.

“We believe that our young learners need to be protected from adverse media which they encounter everyday while in the process of acquiring information and entertainment,” said Education Secretary Mona Valisno.

The DepEd has created the Media Literacy Task Force (MLTF), which is tasked to develop a National Media Literacy Education (NMLE) curriculum that would help children understand and handle media.

“Our children need help in developing their skill to distinguish good news from bad news and good programs from bad ones,” she explained.

According to the Education Secretary, recent studies showed the prevalence of TV viewing among children and youth. It was also reflected in the 2009 study that 26% of Filipino children go online everyday, 50% of which use the internet for their homework.

The data came from Cartoon Network New Generations Philippines (2009), the 2008 AC Nielsen kids study and the 2002 PCTVF Media violence Study.

The NMLE is set to be integrated in the Basic Education Curriculum under Social Studies for the elementary level and under English/Communication Arts/Values for the high school level.

Teachers, school administrators, and peer educators will soon undergo training in preparation for the integration. Media learning resources will also be developed for use in public schools

Filed under: Education, Sorsogon News Updates

Filipinos eyeing jobs in Guam face long wait


 It could take a year for Filipino construction workers to determine whether or not they can still be deployed to work in Guam, a recruitment official said Saturday.

Guam earlier announced its plan to hire at least 25,000 foreign workers, including Filipinos over the next five years starting in 2010 in view of some $15 billion worth of new investments and the transfer of the US bases in Okinawa, wherein 8,000 marines and its 9,000 dependents are based.

The relocation plan of the Marine base to a safer place in the US island territory was part of a 2006 treaty between Tokyo and Washington.

In September last year, however, newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama immediately halted the planned transfer of the marine base and called for a review of the 2006 pact, thus straining ties with the US.

He also formed a committee to look at all possible alternative locations for Futenma’s operations.

The Japan prime minister had acknowledged that at least part of Futenma Marine airfield would remain in Okinawa, which hosts more than half of the 47,000 American troops based in Japan.

Emmanuel Geslani said the decision of Hatoyama was not good news to some 20,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were supposed to be deployed this year based on the initial agreement between the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Guam legislators and businessmen.

“This means there will be no deployment this year or until such time the rift between Tokyo and Washington is patched up soon,’’ Geslani told the Bulletin.

“This will also certainly scuttle any plans of recruitment agencies to deploy Filipino construction workers to Guam by 2010,’’ he added.

Geslani claimed that following initial talks between the POEA and Guam legislators and businessmen, recruitment agencies have already been pooling manpower for the various construction activities.

Aside from construction workers, he said that healthcare professionals such as nurses and therapists would have been deployed as well to man new hospitals for the marines and their dependents.

The migration expert said that higher wages and benefits with US and Japanese constructors were the main reasons why OFWs want to work in Guam.

Geslani, however, warned OFWs that there are no large job orders for Guam except for a few selected agencies who have existing employers in that island for new projects designed to accommodate the incoming new residents

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, Overseas Jobs, Sorsogon News Updates, ,


By: Bennie A. Recebido/PIA Sorsogon

SORSOGON PROVINCE (May 13)– Pasado alas-kwatro na ng hapon kahapon nang opisyal na iproklama ng Comelec ang mga nanalong kandidato sa provincial level dito.

Mag-aalas tres naman kahapon nang kumpirmahin ng Provincial Comelec na 100% transmitted na ang mga election returns mula sa city at mga municipal canvassers ng Sorsogon.

Pinangunahan ni Provincial Election Supervisor Calixto Aquino ang pagproklama kay Raul Lee ng LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD at asawa ng incumbent Governor dito, bilang bagong halal na gobernador ng Sorsogon. Babalik naman sa pwestong pagkabise-gobernador ang dati na ring naging vice-governor ng lalawigan na si Antonio “Kruni” Escudero, Jr ng NPC-LP.

Idineklara ding panalo bilang Congressman sa 1st district si incumbent Salvador Escudero III ng NPC.

Taliwas naman sa resulta sa 1st district congressional post, naging dikit ang labanan sa 2nd district kung saan si incumbent Gubat Mayor Deogracias Ramos, Jr. ng Liberal Party ang nanalong congressman.

Samantala, kauna-unahang nakapagproklama ng mga nanalong kandidato ang bayan ng Irosin bandang alas syete y medya noong Martes habang ang bayan naman ng Donsol ang pinakahuling nakapagproklama kahapon ng hapon.

Ang mga sumusunod ang nanalo sa pagkaalkalde: Barcelona – Atty. Manuel Fortes, Jr. ng LP at kasalukuyang provincial administrator; Bulan –incumbent Mayor Helen Rose de Castro ng LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD; Bulusan – Michael Guysayko ng Nacionalista Party at anak ni incumbent Bulusan Mayor Juan Guysayko.

Castilla – incumbent Mayor Olive Bermillo ng LP; Casiguran – incumbent Mayor Ester Hamor ng Nacionalista Party; Donsol – incumbent Mayor Jerome Alcantara ng LP; Gubat – panalo ang 29 yrs old na si Ronnel Lim ng Nacionalista Party;

Irosin – Eduardo Ong ng PDP-LABAN; Juban – si Jimmy Fragata ng LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD at asawa ng three-term incumbent Mayor Tess Fragata; Magallanes – balik si Roque Carranza ng LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD na dati ring nanilbihan bilang alkalde ng Magallanes noon; Matnog – Emilio Ubaldo ng KAMPI na dati na ring nanilbihan bilang alkalde doon;

Pilar – incumbent Mayor Dennis Sy-Reyes ng NPC; sa Prieto Diaz – panalo si incumbent Provincial Board Member Jocelyn Lelis ng LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD habang sa Sorsogon City naman ay panalong alkalde si incumbent Mayor Leovic Dioneda ng LP.

Sa national post, panalo sa Sorsogon bilang Pangulo si Benigno Aquino III na nakakuha ng 132,575.

Sa pagkaBise-Presidente, panalo din si Jejomar Binay na may botong 174,865.

Landslide victory naman sa Sorsogon ang Ako Bicol Partylist na nakakuha ng 151, 121 votes.

Matapos ang proklamasyon, halos lahat ay nangakong matapos ang halalan ay kakalimutan na ang pulitika at sisimulan ang tunay na pagsilbi sa mga mamamayan sa pag-upo nila bilang mga bagong pinuno ng bayan.

Umaasa naman ang mga Sorsoganon na paninindigan ng mga bagong halal na pinuno ang kani-kanilang mga susumpaang tungkulin. (Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogn)

Filed under: Politics, Sorsogon News Updates,

Ako Bikol sees easy win in elections

by: Inquirer Southern Luzon

MANILA, Philippines—Winning a seat in Congress is as easy as having a barber’s cut, lawyer Rodel M. Batocabe, one of the three nominees and president of the party-list Ako Bikol (AKB), said in jest.

Finding the time to visit his barber and have his hair dyed a day after Monday’s elections, Batocabe said he was also stunned by the overwhelming support given by voters to the AKB, a regional party-list group which ran for Congress for the first time.

Based on partial, unofficial tallies online of as of 7:57 a.m. on Wednesday, the AKB was leading in the party-list race with 1,390,794 votes. It was followed by Senior Citizens (1,169,846), Buhay (1,162,301), Akbayan (967,630) and Gabriela (923,997).

Asked why his group was emerging as the front-runner, Batocabe said its activities were already very visible and felt by the people even before the election period started.

Supertyphoon ‘Reming’

The AKB started as SOS Bicol, a rescue and relief program organized by private individuals and organizations in Bicol after Supertyphoon “Reming” ravaged Albay in November 2006.

Batocabe would not name the individuals and groups for “personal and private” reasons. “They don’t want to be identified,” he said.

Since then, the group has continued with its programs for Reming’s victims by helping in rehabilitation programs involving both the government and the private sector.

Likewise, it has started livelihood programs for the displaced, such as selling of the rocks and sand spewed by Mayon Volcano.

‘Ondoy’ victims

These efforts started drawing financial and moral support from other Bicolanos residing in the Philippines and abroad, among them successful businessman Elizaldy Co, an ally of President Macapagal-Arroyo. (The AKB’s two other nominees are entrepreneur Christopher S. Co, Elizaldy’s brother, and lawyer Alfredo A. Garbin.)

In October until December last year, Co’s Sunwest Group of Companies was at the forefront of the AKB in gathering donations for victims of Storm “Ondoy” in Marikina City, Quezon City and other towns in Rizal. It hosted a caravan that passed major routes in the Bicol and Calabarzon regions and handed the donations to the victims themselves.

In a story published in the weekly regional paper Bicol Mail in April 2008, Batocabe parried allegations that the AKB is solely financed by Co, a real estate developer who is also behind Sunwest Water and Electric Co. (Suweco). The company is currently generating hydroelectric power in the island-province of Catanduanes.

Batocabe said the accusation implied that the AKB was established for the sole purpose of joining the May elections.


In a statement circulated for media people in Legazpi City in Albay before the elections, AKB spokesperson Joshua E. Martinez Jr. said Co should not be singled out for his contributions to the group.

Martinez, the group’s deputy secretary general for media relations, was referring to issues raised by lawyer Luis Ruben General who alleged in the article that the AKB was financed and run by tycoons and as such, did not represent Bicol’s marginalized sectors.

Batocabe also bristled at the “black propaganda” hurled against the group by Tessa Lopez, spokesperson for the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)-Bikol.

In a phone interview, Lopez said Batocabe must be referring to the “Letter to the Editor” which she had sent to local media entities early in May.

In that letter, the Bayan leader issued a challenge to review the AKB’s claim of representing the marginalized and questioned its source of campaign funds for the May polls.

“Many Bikolanos know that AKB is nothing but a dummy party-list of Malacañang and it is better called Gloria Bicol party-list,” Lopez wrote.

Bayan-Bicol is a militant multisectoral organization closely allied with the issues raised in Congress by Bayan Muna, a party-list group currently represented by Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño and Neri Colmenares.

Black propaganda

“The black propaganda actually helped us make AKB more popular,” Batocabe said.

“With what they have done, the more that Bicolanos did not believe them,” he said. Instead, he urged rival party-list groups to work with them to achieve the common goal.

Batocabe said the AKB planned to sponsor at least 30 bills in its first 100 days in office. The measures, he said, would focus on education, economy, agriculture, tourism promotion and environmental protection.

“We will support the next president, whoever he is. AKB is friends with everyone.” Batocabe said. Sarah B. Moran and Jumean Rose M. Atun, contributors

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates, , ,

Arts council holds doodle earth visual arts workshop

Sorsogon City (13 May) — The Sorsogon Arts Council, in partnership with the Red Root Artists and Artisans Cooperative, has announced the holding of the “Doodle Earth Visual Arts Workshop” on May 17 to 21, 2010 at the Provincial Agriculture and Fisheries Council (PAFC) Training Center in Barangay Burabod, this city.

The workshop is open to participants ages 6 to 12, with a limit of 50 participants on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The workshop aims to develop and enhance the creativity of the children particularly in the field of visual arts and nurture the advocacy for environmental stewardship.

According to Red Root Administrative and Support Services Department chief Thea Cristina Gile, Red Root is the FIRSTArtists cooperative in the Philippines.

“Our cooperative offers diverse field of expertise in design innovation, audio-visual communication and marketing strategy development,” Gile said.

Her sister, Teresa Paula, is Red Root’s creative director and a Fine Arts alumna of the University of the Philippines and will be one of workshop’s resource persons. Both of them hailed from this city and daughters of SAC Adhoc Committee members Buenaventura and Isabel Gile.

For interested participants, please contact Totep Perez at cp # 09189443656 or Ella Jamoralin at cp# 09326457457. (JJJPerez, SAC/PIA)


PIA Press Release


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Little-known DOST program turns students to techno biz


Pili coated in three heavenly flavors: milk-, dark- and bitter sweet chocolates.

It is right there with the best almond chocolates of Hershey’s or Cadbury – and it is made in Bicol, by some members of Class 2005 of the Ateneo de Naga University.

If the entrepreneurs can only extend the six-month shelf life of the chocolates, now with its own barcode, the sweets can easily go beyond Bicol.

It all started in 2005 with a small P274,104 financial assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to 11 undergraduates in a program to encourage college students into technology-based enterprises.

Having paid the amount of the original loan, and now graduates, the entrepreneurs applied and was granted in 2007 P231,154 to push the chocolate-coated pili nuts all the way.

The pili enterprise is one of only three projects that have made it to Stage 2, or full commercialization, of the DOST-Academe-Technology-Based Enterprise Development (DAT-BED) Program.

The other two started at the Marcos Agro-Industrial School (MAIS) with a P104,398 financial assistance in 2003 for the food processing, poultry, goat and cattle raising projects of eight students. After three years, the projects earned profits of P42,878; the original amount provided was given to the school as a no-strings-attached grant.

Two of the students, now graduates, pursued their business dreams and each received loans of P336,885 in 2007. Each will fatten 15 heads of cattle using the Urea, Molasses and Mineral Block technology as feed supplement.

The feed is the innovation part of the project required by the DAT-BED Program. The Naga enterprise was innovative in coating pili with chocolates.

“All project proposals are required to be technology-innovative,” said Theda Mae L. Salvania, a young agricultural engineer graduate from the University of the Philippines Los Banos who is part of the DAT-BED monitoring team at the DOST- Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI).

DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program provides the funding to TAPI which implements DAT-BED.

The 55 on-going Stage 1 projects (for undergraduates) in 18 schools are all agri-based or in food processing maybe because, Salvania explained, the schools are all in rural areas.

Remarkably, except for Ateneo de Naga, all 42 schools accredited since the program started in 1994 are state colleges and universities. Two Metro Manila schools joined this year.

For 2010, three new projects worth P411,820 started at the Palompon Institute of Technology in Palompon, Leyte. Fourteen project proposals from the Central Mindanao State University and nine from Cagayan State University are under review.

Still, the P500,000 used in 2009 reflects the program is not fully tapped by schools.

Out-of-school youths can avail of DAT-BED through non-government organizations linked with college vocational and technical schools with a maximum student-faculty ratio of 25:1 in science and technology courses and entrepreneurship programs.

After three years of successful implementation, TAPI gives the full financial assistance to the school as a grant. If projects are unsuccessful, TAPI gets back the unexpended balance; if it has been exhausted, it requires a full financial report.

To be accredited, schools needs only a DAT-BED orientation and must submit project implementation plans. They must also have a core team of advisers with project-related expertise such as management, business administration, agriculture, home economics and so on.

The TAPI financial assistance are interest-free; it is up to the schools whether to charge 6 percent per annum maximum or agree to income sharing (85 percent to students, 10 percent to advisers and 5 percent to the school).

“DAT-BED aims to develop entrepreneurial competence among students, young professionals and out-of-school youths by providing them access to funds, facilities and technologies,” Salvania said, “at the same time creating income-generating projects for the institutions.”

At the end of the day, she added, “success is indicated by the students turned full-time entrepreneurs and the income and employment they have generated.”

Filed under: Business Ideas for OFW Families, Encouragement, Negosyo Tips, OFW Livelihood Training, Sorsogon News Updates,

COMELEC proclaims new Sorsogon City leaders

Bing Divina/Rex Bolima (DZMS)

Sorsogon City Commision on Election (COMELEC), headed by Atty. Ryan Filgueras, officially proclaimed the winners of the May 10 local elections today in a simple ceremony held at the City Hall. Proclaimed mayor is the incumbent mayor Leovic Dioneda and his running mate, Bobet Rodrigueza was proclaimed vice mayor.

In his speech, re-elected mayor Dioneda thanked the Sorsoguenos and assured them that he will continue to serve them the best way he can. Meanwhile, Rodrigueza said that he will never forget the support that the Sorsoguenos gave him after winning by landslide. He also thanked the all out support given by the religious group Iglesia ni Cristo.

Procalimed city councilors are the following:

Bacon District:

  • Danny Deladia
  • Inigo Destacamento
  • Roque Divina
  • Mario Duka

East District:

  • Bitong Daria
  • Tony Detera
  • Charo Dichoso
  • Mike Go

West District

  • Aldin Ayo
  • Nestor Baldon
  • Roger Jebulan
  • Peter Ravanilla

Filed under: Sorsoganon in the LIMELIGHT!, Sorsogon News Updates, Sorsogon Outstanding Achievers, What's Happening Here?, ,

DA Turns Over P10M Green House to Sorsogon Diocese

SORSOGON CITY (4 May) — Former Agriculture Secretary Arthur C. Yap and Sorsogon Bishop Arturo M. Bastes led other government and non-government organization officials in the Blessing and Turn-over Ceremonies held over the week of the P10 million Greenhouse Vegetable Gardening Project within the Diocese compound, this city.

The 17 sets of greenhouses project, envisioned to help augment income potential of farmers, employs greenhouse and organic farming technologies, is a partnership of the Department of Agriculture through its High Value Commercial Crops (DA-HVCC) Program and its attached government-owned National AgriBusiness Corporation  (NABCOR) and the Sorsogon Social Action Foundation, Inc. (SSAFI).

The project which was approved during the term of Secretary Yap, constructed a total of 17 greenhouses at the Home for the Clergy site is being managed by the Diocese of Sorsogon through its social apostolate arm, the SSAFI.

According to Bishop Bastes the production and income from the project shall be shared with the selected 20 landless farmer-beneficiaries. “This project is a manifestation of an effective partnership and cooperation between the state and the church,” Bastes pointed out.

On his part, Yap said that during his term in the DA he has approved at least ten (10) similar projects in 10 dioceses in the entire country.  “Through this project, landless farmer-beneficiaries will be trained with appropriate production management practices, integrated pest management, effective use of micro-organisms, vermiculture and greenhouse maintenance,” he added.

Also present during the ceremonies were: Sorsogon Congressman and former DA Secretary Salvador H. Escudero, III; Sorsogon Governor Sally Lee; NABCOR Vice President for Finance and Administration Rhoda Mendoza; DA Bicol Regional Executive Director Marilyn V. Sta Catalina, Regional Technical Director for Research Edgar R. Madrid and SSAFI Executive Director Msgr. Angel D. Dy. (Jennis I. Nidea)

By: Jennis I. Nidea
Monday, May 10th, 2010

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates, What's Happening Here?,

Singapore job seekers warned

Filipino women intending to work as domestic helpers in Singapore were warned Saturday against dubious travel agency operators moonlighting as employment agents.

An advisory issued by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) based on the report of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Singapore said 99 percent of Filipino domestic helpers who escaped from their employers had been deployed by travel agents without valid overseas employment documents issued by the POEA.

“Applicants should really be wary of these travel agencies sending domestic helpers to Singapore,’’ said POEA administrator Jennifer Manalili.

“They should use the legal process of overseas employment and not rely on the services of travel agency operators who are moonlighting as employment agents,’’ she added.

Citing Philippine labor attaché to Singapore, Rodolfo Subalao, Manalili said a syndicate composed of certain travel agencies in the Philippines is behind the illegal recruitment scheme in connivance with placement agencies in Singapore that are not accredited by the Philippine embassy.

According to her, the scammers usually ask applicants to initially sign a one-page contract indicating their salaries ranging from $250 to $350 per month with no day off.

Once the papers are processed and workers are already in the jobsite, Manalili said the workers are only paid $20 per month as subsistence allowance since the Singapore agency has to deduct from their salary the placement fee equivalent to seven months salary.

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, OFW Scam, Illegal Recruiter, Overseas Jobs,

US citizenship for foreign workers in Northern Marianas

The US Department of Interior submitted to Congress a report recommending, among others, that those long-term alien workers be conferred US citizenship, or permanent residency status leading to citizenship, according to a report filed by Saipan Tribune.

“Consistent with the goals of comprehensive immigration reform, we recommend that the Congress consider permitting alien workers who have lawfully resided in the CNMI for a minimum period of five years to apply for long-term status under the immigration and nationality laws of the United States,” Assistant Interior Secretary for Insular Affairs Tony Babauta said, in the report.

Should US Congress act on the Interior department’s initiative, some 15,816 aliens residing in the CNMI for five years or more would be covered, along with those who have been in the territory for three to five years, the report said.

There were 20,859 foreigners in the CNMI as of January 2010, with 16,304 classified as workers.

‘Welcome news’ for Pinoys

Data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration showed there were over 14,000 Filipinos in the CNMI as of December 2008, with about 13,000 classified as temporary residents and 500 irregulars. The rest are considered permanent residents.

“This is welcome news for us, and we hope that the CNMI government will respect the decision of the Interior,” Ramon Awit, an OFW in the CNMI’s island capital Saipan for 16 years, told GMANews.TV in an interview.

Unlike the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants now in US mainland, foreign workers in the CNMI came to work and live under legal terms in the islands, Awit, an adviser for the CNMI United Filipino Organization, said.

Most foreign workers in the CNMI are part of the US system, having been issued US Social Security numbers, said Rabby Syed, president of the United Workers Movement-NMI, whose membership consists largely of OFWs.

In 2008, the CNMI Department of Labor issued 23,110 permits to foreign workers, with 13,768 going to Filipinos.

“Ngayong may rekomendasyon na ang Interior, mababawasan na ang pagkalito ng mga tao. Sana huwag nang kontrahin ng CNMI (Now that Interior’s recommendation has come up with a recommendation, people will be less confused. Hopefully the CNMI will no longer oppose it),” said Lito Espina, a Saipan-based OFW for 14 years.

Deputy Labor Secretary Cinta Kaipat and House Vice Speaker Felicidad Ogumoro, however, have expressed disappointment with the recommendation at the onset, as it would make it more difficult for the indigenous residents to compete with foreign workers for private sector jobs, the report stated.—VS, GMANews.TV

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, Pinoy Migration,

Pinoy group in HK hits 20% hike in passport fee

A universal increase of US$10 in the application fee for electronic passports has been implemented by Philippine diplomatic posts across the world, to the dismay of various groups especially in Hong Kong which has a high concentration of Filipino workers.

In an interview with GMANews.TV, Consul Vic Dimagiba of the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong confirmed that from US$50 (about P2,225), the new electronic passport now costs US$60 (about P2,670).

The increase was implemented on new applications received since April 28 in the Chinese special administrative region.

Computed in the territory’s local currency, the e-passport now costs HK$510 (about P2,900) from HK$425 (about P2,400)

For passport applications in the Philippines, the rate was likewise increased from P500 to P950.

“The increase was based on the fact that the new electronic passport is more expensive than the old one, as it now has a microchip with data about the passport holder encoded on it, such as biometrics,” Dimagiba explained.

The United Filipinos (UNIFIL) in Hong Kong, however, decried the increase in what they deem as an “already overpriced” passport application rate.

In a statement , UNIFIL chair Dolores Balladares said it was “unnecessary and burdensome on the part of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)” for the Consulate General to charge more than triple the price of the passport in the Philippines.

“If the same passport can be obtained for a much lower price in the Philippines, charging overseas Filipinos three times as much is plain and simple government extortion,” Balladares said.

She added they have not been properly consulted about or informed about the increase, which was announced to Filipinos in Hong Kong just three days before the implementation.

Dimagiba said they are simply following the directive from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“If you compare prices with the US or Australian passports being issued here in Hong Kong, the Philippine e-passport price is way cheaper,” he added.

DFA spokesperson Ed Malaya refused to comment on the matter.

For her part, Balladares said that while they do not see any problem with the new passport’s improved technology, the 20% hike shows that the government ignores what overseas Filipino workers have to go through for their hard-earned money.

“Until the last breath of her presidency, Arroyo cannot seem to wind up from squeezing us dry, this time through the very expensive e-passport. As she sees us as profitable exploits, she will stop at nothing to milk OFWs,” she said.

Balladares said UNIFIL and other OFW organizations in Hong Kong have been campaigning for the lowering of the application fee.

In 2002, they succeeded in lowering the rate from HK$510 to HK$425, she added.

The UNIFIL-Migrante-HK has raised the demand to lower the passport fee for Filipinos abroad to a rate similar with that imposed on Filipinos in the Philippines.

On Sunday May 9, the group is set to launch a signature campaign to oppose the increase.—JV, GMANews.TV

Filed under: Kwentong OFW,

Hard-fought victory for OFWs in new anti-OFW legislation

THE DOCUMENTARY STAMP TAX (DST) on OFW remittances has been scrapped with the passage of Republic Act 10022, which amended RA 8042 (the Migrant workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995). To be sure, this will provide some relief for low-income OFWs, especially for construction workers and domestic helpers who constitute this sector’s majority.

On this, we congratulate ourselves and all our fellow OFWs. Migrante International and its chapters in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Europe and America, along with various Filipino organizations and individual OFWs around the world, were in the heart of the intensified campaign and mass actions initiated to scrap the DST. If not for our efforts, the law would not have been passed. Because of our efforts, many members of Congress realized that the DST was an additional burden on OFWs.

However, although it removed the DST, RA 10022 is really anti-OFW. It has many provisions that go against the interests, rights and welfare of OFWs and their dependents.

Like RA 8042, the new law is anchored on government’s bias for exporting cheap Filipino labor. It allows government to further institutionalize and intensify its labor export program without guarantees that the OFWs’ interests, rights and welfare will be protected by the governments of host countries. RA 10022 also allows government to impose additional fees that will bleed OFWs dry of their earnings. It also absolves employers and recruiters from responsibility for the OFWs’ well-being, rights and welfare—a responsibility government had passed on to them through RA 8042. With RA 10022, government has totally abandoned its primary duty to protect the interests, rights and welfare of OFWs from exploitative recruitment agencies.

In short, RA 10022 is essentially not for migrant workers. Anchored on the neo-liberal policies of globalization, liberalization, privatization and deregulation, it prioritizes the interest of private businesses over that of the working people.

President Macapagal-Arroyo played safe by not signing the bill, opting instead to allow it to lapse into law, so that she would not be blamed. But many of the pro-Arroyo lawmakers voted for the passage of RA 10022.

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:04:00 05/05/2010


Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner,

Sorsogon first eco-house project

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino-Australian Edith Gapas-Dome neither drives a hybrid car nor shops exclusively at natural food and beauty stores. And she doesn’t lose sleep worrying about climate change.

But she is showing the way on how to go green in the house that is taking shape in her hometown of Bulusan, Sorsogon.

Her planned house would make that passionate environmentalist Al Gore proud.


To name a few of the house’s earth-friendly features, the roof will be made of PVC instead of the usual corrugated GI sheets, the concrete walls will have polystyrene (styrofoam) in the middle, and the rooms will be decked out with nontoxic paint.

Even the appliances that will be bought are rated to use less electricity, and the bathroom and kitchen fixtures that will be installed are designed to use less water.

First in RP

“My husband and I weren’t planning to go green when we decided to build some sort of a retirement house in Bulusan. But when our architect described the benefits—lower electricity and water bills, better indoor-air quality, plus the fact that we will not be spending a lot of money—we agreed that it would be worth it,” Dome said.

Dome will be the first in the Philippines to benefit from the LuzViMinda Eco-House project that ModernA launched a few months ago.

ModernA is a small but dedicated group of architects that promotes energy-efficient and environmentally sound housing designs for middle-income Filipino home buyers.

Its first project is LuzViMinda Eco-House, which will build relatively inexpensive houses with a low adverse impact on the environment.

“It’s not easy to buy or build an affordable eco-house here in the Philippines. A lot of home buyers here think that green architecture has a price premium and that it’s only for people who can afford it,” explained architect James Jao, who conceived and co-founded ModernA.

“The need for eco-friendly house designs is becoming increasingly urgent. Sadly, this issue has to take a back seat here in the Philippines, where a lot of Filipinos are homeless or living in substandard housing,” he lamented.


But Jao, who completed a bachelor’s degree in architecture at the University of Santo Tomas and a master’s degree in city design and social science at the London School of Economics and Political Science, believes that the LuzViMinda Eco-House project will prove that a middle-income Filipino family can afford to enjoy sustainable living.

To drive home this point, Jao’s team built a mock eco-house and displayed it during the recent Manila Construction Show 2008 held at the SMX Convention Center in the SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

According to Jao, the 121-square-meter house (with a 33-square-meter garage and a 20-square-meter loft) serves as a blueprint of Dome’s future house—25 percent more energy-efficient, cheaper to build, and, best of all, constructed in accordance with the strict and world-renowned building regulation standards of the United Kingdom.

“While [the mockup] costs over P1.5 million to build, the price of the actual house is expected to be much lower,” Jao said. “But on the other hand, even at P1.5 million, Dome will no longer have to spend so much on energy and water bills and be able to enjoy a healthy environment with her family.”

Dome said part of the agreement with ModernA was to open her eco-house to the public on certain days for viewing.

Said Jao: “The objective is to gain more support and to prove to more Filipino home buyers that they don’t need to spend much to acquire an environment-friendly house.”

He added that another eco-house was being planned in Cebu.

Green strategies

The way Jao explained it, a LuzViMinda Eco-House utilizes forward-thinking green strategies that promote energy efficiency, conservation and quality of life while taking advantage of the economic benefits of green architecture to keep living costs down.

For example, the PVC roof can reflect 90 percent of the sun’s heat, keeping the house’s interior cool even during the summer months.

The concrete walls with styrofoam filling are not only lightweight and thinner than the hollow-blocks-and-cement combination but are also more durable and provide a more effective barrier to external heat and noise.

Jao is adding a filtration system to allow the use of rainwater for cleaning or watering plants.

Local materials

For lighting, a solar panel will be installed, as well as energy-saving lamps positioned throughout the house. This setup, Jao said, could provide monthly savings of P1,200 on electricity.

All the materials used in the mockup and in the house being built in Bulusan are available locally, Jao said.

Green guide

He said his group spent some time researching “to determine each of the materials’ eco-friendliness” because unlike Europe and the United States, the Philippines had no “green guide” to provide “product recommendations and their relative environmental impacts.”

For a green guide, Jao consulted England’s Code for Sustainable Homes but made some revisions to make it appropriate for the Philippines.

The code works by awarding new homes a star rating from one to six, based on their performance against nine sustainability standards—energy and carbon dioxide emissions, water, materials, surface water runoff, waste, pollution, health and well-being, management, and ecology.

On top of everything else, the LuzViMinda Eco-House project is very flexible in terms of design and materials, Jao said.

“In fact, if the national or local government will provide tax-support incentives, for example—the construction price could go much lower that even mass housing developers may be able to afford it.”

‘Green’ home to rise in Bulusan
Charles E. Buban
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Filed under: Green Living, Inspiration, People who inspired Us, Sorsogon News Updates, What's Happening Here?, , , ,

Lopez firm wins bid for BacMan at $28.25M

Written by Paul Anthony A. Isla / Reporter

Business Mirror
Friday, 07 May 2010 10:05

GOVERNMENT-RUN Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) declared on Wednesday the Lopez-led Bacon-Manito (BacMan) Geothermal Inc. as the highest bidder for the 150-megawatt (MW) Bacon-Manito (BacMan) geothermal power plant package.

In a statement, PSALM said Bac-Man Geothermal’s offer of $28.25 million for the Bicol-based geothermal plants bested the $17.8-million bid of Aboitiz-led Therma Power Inc.

PSALM said both bids exceeded the reserve price set by the PSALM board for the BacMan facilities.

PSALM said the Lopez group is among the most active participants in the government’s power-privatization program, having successfully acquired five plant portfolios, including the 1.6-MW Agusan and the 112-MW Pantabangan-Masiway hydropower plants, and the 305-MW Palinpinon-Tongonan geothermal power plant package.

Adhering to its bidding policy, PSALM will formally declare BacMan Geothermal as the winning bidder for the BacMan plants as soon as it has verified the accuracy, authenticity and completeness of the bidding documents that the company has submitted.

With the successful sale of the BacMan plants, PSALM’s privatization level has reached the 91.73 percent mark for all its generation assets in the Luzon and Visayas grids.

PSALM said it expects to complete the privatization of these assets this year.  Located in the provinces of Albay and Sorsogon, the BacMan plant package consists of two steam plant complexes.

The BacMan I geothermal facility is composed of two 55-MW turbines, which were both commissioned in 1993.

BacMan II, on the other hand, consists of two 20-MW units, namely, the Cawayan located in barangay Basud and the Botong in Osiao, Sorsogon City.

The Cawayan unit was commissioned in 1994 and the Botong unit in 1998.

The Energy Development Corp., also a Lopez-led company, supplies the steam that fuels the BacMan geothermal power plants.

Written by Paul Anthony A. Isla / Reporter
Friday, 07 May 2010 10:05

GOVERNMENT-RUN Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) declared on Wednesday the Lopez-led Bacon-Manito (BacMan) Geothermal Inc. as the highest bidder for the 150-megawatt (MW) Bacon-Manito (BacMan) geothermal power plant package.

In a statement, PSALM said Bac-Man Geothermal’s offer of $28.25 million for the Bicol-based geothermal plants bested the $17.8-million bid of Aboitiz-led Therma Power Inc.

PSALM said both bids exceeded the reserve price set by the PSALM board for the BacMan facilities.

PSALM said the Lopez group is among the most active participants in the government’s power-privatization program, having successfully acquired five plant portfolios, including the 1.6-MW Agusan and the 112-MW Pantabangan-Masiway hydropower plants, and the 305-MW Palinpinon-Tongonan geothermal power plant package.

Adhering to its bidding policy, PSALM will formally declare BacMan Geothermal as the winning bidder for the BacMan plants as soon as it has verified the accuracy, authenticity and completeness of the bidding documents that the company has submitted.

With the successful sale of the BacMan plants, PSALM’s privatization level has reached the 91.73 percent mark for all its generation assets in the Luzon and Visayas grids.

PSALM said it expects to complete the privatization of these assets this year.  Located in the provinces of Albay and Sorsogon, the BacMan plant package consists of two steam plant complexes.

The BacMan I geothermal facility is composed of two 55-MW turbines, which were both commissioned in 1993.

BacMan II, on the other hand, consists of two 20-MW units, namely, the Cawayan located in barangay Basud and the Botong in Osiao, Sorsogon City.

The Cawayan unit was commissioned in 1994 and the Botong unit in 1998.

The Energy Development Corp., also a Lopez-led company, supplies the steam that fuels the BacMan geothermal power plants.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Lack of sleep linked to early death: study

The foot of a sleeping patient at the Sainte-Anne psychiatric hospital in Paris. People who get less than six hours sleep per night have an increased risk of dying prematurely, according to British and Italian researchers.

LONDON (AFP) – – People who get less than six hours sleep per night have an increased risk of dying prematurely, researchers said on Wednesday.

Those who slumbered for less than that amount of time were 12 percent more likely to die early, though researchers also found a link between sleeping more than nine hours and premature death.

“If you sleep little, you can develop diabetes, obesity, hypertension and high cholesterol,” Francesco Cappuccio, who led research on the subject at Britain’s University of Warwick, told AFP.

The study, conducted with the Federico II University in Naples, Italy, aggregated decade-long studies from around the world involving more than 1.3 million people and found “unequivocal evidence of the direct link” between lack of sleep and premature death.

“We think that the relation between little sleep and illness is due to a series of hormonal and metabolical mechanisms,” Cappuccio said.

The findings of the study were published in the Sleep journal.

Cappuccio believes the duration of sleep is a public health issue and should be considered as a behavioural risk factor by doctors.

“Society pushes us to sleep less and less,” Cappuccio said, adding that about 20 percent of the population in the United States and Britain sleeps less than five hours.

Sleeping less than six hours is “more common amongst full-time workers, suggesting that it may be due to societal pressures for longer working hours and more shift work”

The study also found a link between sleeping more than nine hours per night and premature death, but Cappuccio said oversleeping is more likely to be an effect of illness, rather than a cause.

“Doctors never ask how much one sleeps, but that could be an indicator that something is wrong,” said Cappuccio, who heads the Sleep, Health and Society Programme at the University of Warwick.

Research showed no adverse effects for those sleeping between six and eight hours per day.


Filed under: Health Tips, Healthy Living,

DFA issues warning on dubious offers for Caribbean jobs

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) warned Wednesday Filipinos seeking jobs in South America to be wary of unscrupulous individuals or companies that require a huge amount of money in exchange for high-paying salaries in the Caribbean.

The warning was issued after the Philippine Embassy in Venezuela revealed that unscrupulous companies that ask for a certain amount of money as well as a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Skills Certification prior to the processing of job applications in Trinidad and Tobago.

“CARICOM Skills Certificate is meant for the free movement of citizens of CARICOM member-countries, namely Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat (UK), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, to work in the Caribbean states. It is not for Filipinos and other foreigners,” the Philippine Embassy in Venezuela said.

“The companies’ profile, company’s registration, and prospective employment contract should be examined carefully. These documents should all be notarized and authenticated by the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” it said.

“It is also advisable to verify the existence of such companies with the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) or the Embassy before further transacting with them,” it added.

The Philippine Embassy in Venezuela expressed alarm following an email from a Filipino fire engineer in a Saudi Arabian company, who sought assistance on the CARICOM. The Filipino was reportedly given a job as a maintenance and fire safety engineer in Trinidad and Tobago provided that he apply for a CARICOM Skills Certificate and pay US$765 (approximately P34,425) for notarial and legal service fees for his documents.

The DFA has been warning OFWs to be vigilant against illegal recruitment agencies as well as text and e-mail scams.

Just like the internet scam, the text scams required OFWs to transmit money prior to receiving their so-called prizes supposedly to pay for taxes, remittance charges, or donations.

May 5, 2010, 4:46pm

Filed under: OFW Scam, Illegal Recruiter, Overseas Jobs, POEA-Advisory,

Nilagang Kape, Tuyo, at Sinangag, Dilis na binusa at pritong tinapa..

Pangudto na naman! pero dai pa akong maisip na iluluto o (daing pamalengke) 🙂 🙂 ..subag-o pa ako pabalik balik sa kusina. salamat na sana ta igwa pang  TINAPA & PUSIT..hmnnn..remate na naman ang diet mo kaini noy!. sa mga  OFW’s tabi aram ko miss na  nindo ini? 🙂 🙂 hala madya na kamo!

Nilagang Kape, Tuyo, at Sinangag,
Dilis na binusa at pritong tinapa..
Sawsawang suka,bawang at paminta,
Ganyan ang almusal na nakakagana.

Nilagang itlog, kamatis na may asin,
Ganyan ang laging kombinasyon sa pagkain.
Isda man o karne, sadyang mahal ngayon,
Kaya’t ulam namin, inihaw na talong.

Dahil ako’y lumaki sa pagkaing ganyan,
Kahit anong ihain ng mahal kong Nanay.
Hindi ko na kailangan pa,
Tinidor at kutsara,
ang mag-kamay ay mas mainam pa.

Sardinas na maanghang,
Inutang lang sa tindahan.
Manipis na pandesal sa kape isinasawsaw,
Presyo ng bilihi’y hindi na makaya,
Heto’t nagtyatyaga sa tuyo at tinapa.

Kaya naman ngayon, panahon ay nagbago,
Pagkain ng almusal, di na yata uso.
Meron nag-titipid gumagawa ng paraan,
Ang almusal at tanghalian, pinagsasabay nalang..

Dahil ako’y lumaki sa pagkaing ganyan,
Kahit anong ihain ng mahal kong Nanay.
Hindi ko na kaylangan pa,
Tinidor at kutsara,
ang mag-kamay ay mas mainam pa.

Kung ang ulam, tuyo at tinapa..



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Jovit Baldivino-an Ordinary boy with Extraordinary voice

Last  Saturday night, I was so excited to watch the semi finals of Pilinas Got Talent because I am following Jovit Baldivino’s next performance…and my waiting paid off.  When he sang the song popularized by Europe Band “Carrie”, it was another amazing performance that caused the audience to give him an standing ovation. I believed that he will be the next Arnel Pineda or Bugoy Drilon. What do you think?  PGT judge Ai Ai said “tumatayo ang aking balahibo”:) :), while Kris Aquino reagrded him as the “Male version of  Charice Pempengco”. Wow! I didn’t expect Jovit to actually possess a voice like that of European Band’s vocalist & the legendary Journey-Steve Perry.

I was so inspired to feature him on this site to give  tribute and  to those who have the power to make their dreams come true. Because this is what our youth needs today. He  just  proven that poverty is not a hindrance to success. That our youth must aim high and follow their dreams and never give up. Truly, Jovit Baldivino is a good model for our youth. I am sure that we can see a lot more of him in the future.

His touching story …..

  • A humble 16-year old  who was born to a poor parents from Marilag, Batangas
  • He used to sell Siomai at the market after his classes to augment his family income
  • He joined the audition to help his family and to become a good example among the youth.
  • His simple wish is to finish studies and his own little way help his parents.
  • He won the audition by singing “faithfully” as popularized by journey.
  • He wants to  become a popular singer.
  • He quoted that “win or loss” he is proud to be a Filipino showing his talent to the whole world.

Sorsogoñeous! join me in hearing his music, his story plus his simple dreams.

When lights go down, I see no reason
For you to cry. We’ve been through this before
In every time, in every season,
God knows I’ve tried
So please don’t ask for more.

Can’t you see it in my eyes
This might be our last goodbye

Carrie, Carrie, things they change my friend
Carrie, Carrie, maybe we’ll meet again somewhere again

I read your mind, with no intentions
Of being unkind, I wish I could explain
It all takes time, a whole lot of patience
If it’s a crime, how come I feel no pain.

Carrie, Carrie, things they change my friend
Carrie, Carrie, maybe we’ll meet again

Carrie, Carrie, things they change my friend
Carrie, Carrie, maybe we’ll meet again somewhere again

***********************************************************************VOTE FOR JOVIT :  PGT JOVIT Send to 2331 for Globe,TM,Sun,Bayan 231 for Smart,TNT = 1 VOTE PGT3 JOVIT Send to 2366 …

Voting for Pilipinas Got Talent

Voting period: Saturdays to Sunday starting May 1 until June 13

Viewers of Pilipinas Got Talent may support their favourite PGT semi-finalist every Saturday and Sunday through the following:


1. Text PGT (name of contestant)
And send to:

* 2331 for Globe, TM, Sun Cellular and Bayan Phone Extra subscribers
* 231 for Smart and Talk ‘N Text subscribers

Tariffs: P2.50/vote for Globe, TM, Bayan Phone Extra, Smart and Talk ‘N Text subscribers
P2.00/vote for Sun Cellular subscribers

*Viewers may also utilize PGT bulk voting by keying in:

For SMART and SUN CELLULAR subscribers:

2. Text:

* PGT3 (contestant’s name) to 2366. P5 for 3 votes
* PGT8 (contestant’s name) to 2366. P10 for 8 votes

**No CAP/Maximum number of votes**

For GLOBE subscribers:

Give 5 votes & get a picture message by texting PGT5 (contestant’s name) to 2366
*P15 for 5votes and picture message
** Maximum of 30downloads PER CONTESTANT per day.

Give 6 votes & get an MMS wallpaper by texting (contestant’s name) to 2366
*P20 for 6votes and mms wallpaper
** Maximum of 30downloads PER CONTESTANT per day.

3. Viewers may also text PGT BULK to 2366 for information on bulk voting.
P2.50 for Globe, TM, Smart and Talk ‘N Text subscribers and P2.00 for Sun Cellular subscribers.

4. Viewers may also get additional 3 free votes once they register. To avail:

Text PGTREG (name of contestant) (name/age/gender/address)
And send to

* 2331 for Globe, TM, Sun Cellular and Bayan Phone Extra subscribers
* 231 for Smart and Talk ‘N Text subscribers

Tariff: P2.50/vote for Globe, TM, Bayan Phone Extra, Smart and Talk ‘N Text subscribers
P2.00/vote for Sun Cellular subscribers

***Each mobile number can avail of the free REG votes only once during the entire season***



Brastel Smart Phonecard Holders (via IVR):
To vote and save a contestant: Dial 0091-2074-0011 – [Candidate No] – [No of Votes]

Ex: To vote for [Candidate no. 21] with as many as 10 votes, dial:

The call will be received by an automated answering service that will:
1. Give affirmative and thank you remark if successful, or
2. Error tones if failed.

Tagalog customer service numbers:
Free dial :0120-659-535
From Mobile : 03-5637-5905

Vote Package:
1 vote = Y40
5 votes = Y140
10 votes = Y200
30 votes = Y540

Telecallnet Subscribers (mobile email):
For information to vote:

Type in the To area and PGT in the message body

To Vote:

Type in the To area
Type (Number of votes)#(name of contestant) in the message body
Example to Save: 10#Snap

Vote Package:
1 vote = Y40
5 votes = Y140
10 votes = Y200
30 votes = Y540


Etisalat Subscribers
For more information, Text PGT to 4200
To vote and save a contestant, text PGT (contestant name) to 4200

Available only to Etisalat subscribers


Go to:

1. Then, log in using your TFC Now account to be able to vote.
2. Enter the PIN code of your ABS-CBN vote card
3. Select or click on chosen contestant candidate.
Tariffs: P25 for 10 votes
P75 for 30 votes
4. Then, click vote now button.

***All the votes corresponding to the value of the card will be given to that one candidate you have voted for***


1. Voting for each week will open at the end of the performance show on Saturdays upon the live cue of the hosts. Voting will close the following day during the results show on Sundays upon the live cue of the hosts.

2. The time reflected in ABS-CBN Interactive’s system shall be the official time reference. PGT votes received beyond the official cut-off time and voting period will not be counted.

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