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Sorsogon SP Seeks to Halt STL Operations

Bobby Q. Labalan, Media Solutions

Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan asked the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office to immediately stop the operation of the Small Town Lottery (STL) in the province for lack of endorsement from the council.

In its session held Tuesday afternoon the council members grilled representatives of the PCSO on the STL operations being run by Oceania Sur Gaming Corporation headed by its president identified as Rodolfo Luna.

Board Member Angel Escandor said the company did not have any endorsement from the provincial board and from the municipal councils as required under the regulations of the PCSO.

They expressed dismay over the failure of the agency to observe its own rules and allowed the operator to launch operation in eleven towns and one city even with incomplete requirements.

The board members also voiced suspicion that the STL bet collections were being diverted somewhere else or there was a bookies operation after the operator reported an overly understated collection of only P300,000 for its two-month operations.

According to Edna Banzuela, provincial head of PCSO-Sorsogon, they could not verify the actual collections of the operator as they were not allowed to do so.

She admitted that the accuracy of the collection report is one of the major issues being addressed by PCSO as similar complaint is also being aired in other provinces where STL has operation.

The PCSO official said she would inform the national office of the SP resolution and seek their guidance on what action to take.

The Philippine National Police, meanwhile, said it would await for official directive whether or not to stop the STL operation in the province.

Bishop Arturo Bastes had earlier denounced government officials for allowing STL to operate in the province saying it would only worsen the poverty of the people.

Bastes said STL is just being used to mask jueteng operations which target the poor sector of the community.

The prelate said STL is legalized jueteng which benefits only those in power while robbing the poor of their hard-earned money.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Sorsogon Towns, City to Lose Power Supply

Bobby Q. Labalan, Media Solutions

At least six municipalities and one city in the province of Sorsogon are in danger of losing its power supply anytime this coming months if the local electric cooperative would not be able to settle its accounts with the National Power Corporation.

Officers of the Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative (SORECO II) was compelled to reveal this at the special session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan after information leaked out that the electric cooperative was heavily indebted to the power agency.

Lawyer Percival Alvarez, SORECO II acting general manager, said the electric cooperative owes Napocor as much as P240 million in power bills which had accumulated over the years.

He said Napocor officials had refused to renew their power supply contract which expired September 2009, leaving them without source of electricity once Napocor cuts its supply.

Included in SORECO II’s service areas are the towns of Donsol, Pilar, Castilla, Prieto Diaz, Gubat, Barcelona and Sorsogon City.

During the session, he said that they were trying to negotiate with independent power producers (IPPs) but they were being required a deposit equivalent to at least two months consumption amounting to P66 million, which the cash-strapped cooperative does not have.

Alvarez attributed the huge debt of the cooperative to the high system’s loss and low collection as well as to the various internal problems which started in 1998 when its employees went on strike.

Coop insiders said one of the problems that saddle SORECO II is its Board of Directors whose members have taken an active role in the day-to-day operation of the power firm, hampering the smooth flow of transactions.

They said whimsical decisions of the board had also resulted in the bloated manpower as well as in the labor disputes which usually ended up with the coop paying for damages to its employees.

As of now, SORECO II pays for the salaries and wages of two general managers which were earlier dismissed by the board but were ordered reinstated by the labor department after it was proven that they were illegally dismissed. Worse, these managers no longer work at the coop but still draw salaries.

Members of the provincial board lamented the dire situation of the cooperative but rejected its plea for financial help saying the coop should shape up or ship out.

Board Member Cherrie Diaz, chair of the SP Committee on Energy, said coop officials should now seriously consider the possibility of privatization to save it from total collapse.

Diaz noted that members of the coop’s board are political wannabes who either lost in their political bid or awaiting local elections.

Diaz said there are some companies interested in acquiring the power coop and this should be properly considered by its officers.

Meanwhile, Gov. Sally Lee said the coop is grossly mismanaged which resulted to endless woes confronting its now.

Lee said the provincial government could not provide any financial help to the embattled cooperative as it would be unjustified.

The government came to SORECO’s rescue when it was badly hit by typhoon “Milenyo,” but now its mismanagement had caused this problem, she said.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan said all that it could do is to pass a resolution requesting the National Electrification Administration to release the P15 million balance of the P50-million assistance approved by Pres Arroyo when “Milenyo” battered the province.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates


What you are about to watch  is the FATHERS role in the family when the Mother works overseas. In this video clip courtesy by MMK/ABS-CBN will show us the continuing exodus of mothers for jobs overseas,  this affects the behavioral development of children they leave behind.

I was so inspired to feature this story  because not  many Dad out there  are ready to take the role as  Mom or even become a good parent in  nurturing their children.


Filed under: Encouragement, Inspiration, Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, Overseas Jobs, Touching Heart, Touching Lives,


People fail in business because they make avoidable mistakes. Start-up entrepreneurs are possessed with enthusiasm and confidence but too often are unaware of potentially fatal business potholes that lie before them. All it takes is a single mistake, one false step, and a business can be history. Here are the top most commonly made mistakes:

  1. Not picking the right business to begin with.
  2. Inadequate prior experience in the business.
  3. Quitting job security too soon, before adequate plans are laid
  4. Not having a progressively updated written business plan.
  5. Inadequate cash flow management (running out of money.)
  6. Opening a business in the wrong location.
  7. Inadequate protection in business documents including leases.
  8. Failed partnerships.
  9. Lack of selling and marketing know-how.
  10. Expanding too rapidly before adequate testing.


Filed under: Business, Financial Literacy,

Top Ten Business Do’s and Dont’s


  1. Live frugally and begin saving up money for starting your business.
  2. Learn your intended business by working for someone else in the same business first.
  3. Consider the benefits of starting a moonlight business.
  4. Consider the advantages of operating a family business.
  5. Objectively measure your skills and training against potential competition.
  6. Consider subcontracting to low cost suppliers if you’re manufacturing a product.
  7. Test market your product or service before starting or expanding.
  8. Make “for” and “against” list describing the specific business you are considering.
  9. Talk to lots of people in your intended business for advice.
  10. Make a comparative analysis of all opportunities you are considering.


  1. Think about leaving your job before you have completed start-up plans.
  2. Consider starting a business in a field you do not enjoy.
  3. Risk all the family assets. Limit your liabilities to a predetermined amount.
  4. Compete with your employer in a moonlight business.
  5. Hurry to select a business. There is no penalty for missed opportunities.
  6. Select a business that is too high a risk or hurdle. Go for the two-foot hurdle.
  7. Select a business in which you must have the lowest price to succeed.
  8. Ignore the negative aspects of an intended business.
  9. Permit self-confidence to outweigh careful diligence.
  10. Allow the promise of a conceptual high reward deter reality testing first.


Filed under: Business, Business Ideas for OFW Families,

Internship thoughts-Sorsogon Work Access Project

internship thoughts The initiative SWAP (Sorsogon Work Access Project) that I'm currently working on is a joint-effort amongst 3 organizations: The University of Michigan, IPA, (Innovations for Poverty Actions) an NGO that targets social and development issues, and PALFSI, (People's Alternative Livelihood of Sorsogon. Inc) a microfinancing agent (MFI) based in Sorsogon, Philippines. Emily conducting a Focus group, 06/07 This start-up was created to better understand … Read More

via Michigan Journal

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

A Father is someone who wants to catch you before you fall

Papa, I can’t describe in words how much we love you. We really appreciate everything you did for us…specially the unconditional and non refundable funds 🙂 lol you have shared. You are the greatest Father in the whole world. HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall

but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

Father Day

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…

Dad Help Son to finish the race

Filed under: Encouragement, Inspiration

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