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A Glass of Milk

Glass with Milk

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water.

She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”

“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”

He said….. “Then I thank you from my heart.” As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Year’s later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the nameof the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval.

He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill.

She read these words…..

Paid in full with one glass of milk

Dr. Howard Kelly

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love has spread abroad through human hearts and hands.”


Filed under: Encouragement, Inspiration, Sorsogon News Updates,

Fire razes firefighter’s house in Sorsogon

While he had helped save lives and homes from fires, a Bicol-based fireman was helpless as he watched a fire destroy his house before dawn Saturday.

Leopoldo Cariño lost his belongings in the fire believed caused by a candle left unattended, according to a report on Bombo Radyo.

The report cited initial information from the Bicol police regional office that the fire started at 4:30 a.m. in South Poblacion village in Juban town.

Arson investigators estimated the damage to property at P1.1 million.

The local Bureau of Fire Protection said the fire razed the entire house. — LBG, GMANews.TV


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Wife carrying competition

It may seem like a joke, but wife carrying competition is a serious tradition in Finland. The practice comes from an early tribal practice of wife stealing. Sacks of rye have been swapped with wives, as the relay race is modeled after the work of 1800’s bandit leader Ronkainen, who screened wannabe robbers by testing how they faired racing with sacks.

The tradition has gone global. Couples from 14 countries, including the US, Britain, China, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel, and Kenya, competed in this weekend’s Wife Carrying World Championships. A husband from Estonia won the big prize — his wife’s weight in beer!


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President Aquino’s Anti-Wang Wang Campaign

The following are some of the highlights of President Aquino’s speech:

  • “Kami ay narito para magsilbi, hindi para maghari.”
  • “Sisimulan natin ang pag-usisa sa midnight appointments.”
  • “Kami, ang pamahalaan ang inyong kampeon… Hindi na puwede ang puwede na.”
  • “Hindi tama na ang nagmamalasakit ay kinakawawa.”
  • “There can be no reconciliation w/o justice.”
  • “Sa tamang pamamahala, gaganda ang buhay ng lahat.”
  • “To our friends and neighbors around the world… we will be a nation where we can say ‘It all works.'”
  • Walang lamangan, walang padrino, at walang pagnananakaw. Walang wang-wang, walang counterflow, walang tong.”
  • “Kung kailan tayo nanalo, saka pa ba tayo susuko? Kayo ang boss ko, kaya hindi maaaring hindi ako makinig sa mga utos ninyo.”
  • “I am blessed with this (my parents’) legacy.”
  • “Samahan ninyo ako… sa tuwid na landas. Maraming salamat po.”

Anti-Wang Wang Campaign Held a Congresswoman and Police Officer

Road Bullies!

WOTL: Wang Wang Ina Mo!

‘Walang wang-wang’


DURING HIS INAUGURATION WEDNESDAY, PRESident Aquino assured the Filipino people that he was just like every one of them. “I know and feel the problems of ordinary citizens,” he said. And he proved it immediately by enumerating their hurts, their resentments and their disappointments with an uncaring government.

In one of the most applauded portions of his Inaugural Address, Mr. Aquino asked: “Have you ever been ignored by the very government you put into power? I have. Have you ever been rudely shoved aside by the siren-blaring escorts of those who love to flaunt their position and power over you? I have, too. Have you experienced exasperation and anger at a government that, instead of serving you, needs to be endured by you? So have I.”

And he vowed to end all that, saying: “No more junkets, no more senseless spending. No more turning back on pledges made during the campaign… No more influencing peddling, no more patronage politics, no more stealing. No more sirens, no more counterflow, no more bribes. It is time for us to work together once more.”

Who would have thought that silencing the infernal wang-wang (police siren) would merit mention in a presidential speech? Yet there it was right in the President’s first address to the nation, taking its place alongside such weighty concerns as fighting graft and corruption, reducing poverty, dispensing equal justice and improving government services. And a relieved nation has been applauding in appreciation.

On Mr. Aquino’s second day in office Thursday, pedestrians cheered when they saw his convoy making its way to Malacañang from his Times Street home in Quezon City, without the blinking lights and the blaring sirens that used to announce the passage of the President and other men and women of power. Reporters also noted that the convoy stopped at red lights and dutifully used U-turns instead of turning on some street corners to save time. It seems that Mr. Aquino truly intends to lead by example, starting with following traffic rules.

A trivial gesture? Not at all. Not in a country where anarchy reigns in the streets and road rage can have fatal consequences. Not in a country where the powerful and the influential freely flout traffic rules, beating red lights, ignoring traffic signs, and driving against traffic, as traffic enforcers helplessly look on. Not in a country where public servants behave like kings and masters, especially in the streets. If Mr. Aquino wanted to show how different his administration would be from past administrations and how citizens can be equal before the law, he could not have picked a more powerful signal than this. While they were in use, those blinkers and sirens were the most visible and loudest demonstration of elitism, arrogance and impunity by people in power.

The point has been made and taken. The leadership of the Philippine National Police has ordered the deactivation of those gadgets in their patrol cars, and traffic enforcers have been ordered to go after violators of the ban. It is time to give the rule a second look.

If the ban on sirens is meant to stop arrogant displays of power, then low-numbered protocol plates as well as commemorative plates, particularly those issued by the police, should also be disallowed. Such plates, like sirens and blinkers, encourage their owners to violate the rules and intimidate the lowly traffic enforcers who might want to flag them down.

On the other hand, there is a need to relax the rule in certain cases like police emergencies and certainly the presidential convoy. Time is precious, and even more so the time of the highest official of the land. The President cannot be late for his appointments, like he was yesterday for the handover rites of the Armed Forces chief of staff, because of Metro Manila’s unpredictable traffic. Besides there are security risks involved when the presidential convoy stops at a red light or gets stalled in traffic. Mr. Aquino need not worry about using the privilege reserved for the country’s highest official to move around more quickly, safely and conveniently than everybody else. The people will surely understand, especially now that he has demonstrated how willingly he can give it up.

Filed under: Government, Sorsogon News Updates


By: SAPYM OSC Kapatiran ng Lakan

Ld. Ray Adrian F. Carranza ripped the gold medal in the heavy weight division while Ld. Mark Allan Lusuegro ripped the silver medal in the middle weight division during the 2010 Arnis Philippines National Team Selection at the SM City North Edsa, Annex, Quezon City on June 25-27, 2010.

i-Arnis International and Arnis Philippines President Raymond S. Velayo graced the occasion. The event was sponsored by SM Corporation and Honorable Nanette Castelo- Daza of 4th Disctrict of Quezon City.

The 2010 Arnis Philippines National Team Selection was participated in by the medalist in by national level (Palarong Pambansa, Philippine Olympic Festival and National Arnis Encounter ) both in full contact and anyo events last 2007-2008 gold medalist and 2009 medalist.

Arnis Philippines (Arpi), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and i-Arnis International spearheaded the activity.

Winners in this arnis national selection games will be representing Team Philippines in the upcoming i-Arnis International Encounter in Manila this year.

This renowned event aims to promote and popularize further the Filipino martial art and sport of
stick fighting in line with the REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9850 “An Act declaring Arnis as the National Martial Art and Sport of the Philippines”.

Filed under: Inspiration, People who inspired Us, Sorsogon News Updates, We will make you SHINE!, What's Happening Here?

OFW group hits Palace’s DFA, DOLE appointments

An alliance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and advocates on Thursday expressed opposition over the Aquino administration’s appointment of Rosalinda Baldoz as head of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and its retention of Alberto Romulo as secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Migrante International accused Baldoz, former administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), of incompetence in “addressing labor-related concerns of OFWs.”

“We are worried that the appointments of Baldoz and Romulo as heads of agencies directly affecting the protection, welfare and defense of OFWs could be reflective of the Aquino administration’s policy framework and perspective for the migrant sector,” Migrante chairperson Garry Martinez said.

Martinez disclosed that Baldoz failed to resolve numerous cases of unfair labor practices involving OFWs.

The Migrante official also accused the latter of enforcing anti-migrant policies, particularly the Memorandum Circular 04 banning direct hiring by requiring applying OFWs to undergo trainings only in recruitment agencies accredited by POEA.

“This resulted in loss of jobs and employment opportunities and imposed added exorbitant fees on OFWs,” Martinez said. “It also served as a milking cow for corruption in POEA.”

Martinez also cited the case of 27 Filipino nurses and physical therapists who accused the Sentosa Care of committing unfair labor practices and “involuntary servitude” against them in 2006.

They also filed an administrative case before the POEA against the Sentosa office in Manila and its representatives.

He said this particular incident “exposed how Baldoz treated cases of OFWs brought to the POEA.”

During a dialogue with the families of the OFWs, Martinez related, Baldoz dismissed the case by telling the OFWs’ relatives that “she could not do anything despite the overwhelming evidence against Sentosa.”

He said Baldoz willingly sacrificed the 27 OFWs in exchange for “thousands of jobs at the pipeline.”

“How can we now entrust the welfare of our Filipino workers, both here and abroad, to the kind of incompetence and neglect that Baldoz has so far displayed?” Martinez asked.

He also expressed fears that “no significant change” will occur in DFA in the next six years because of the reappointment of Romulo.

Martinez expressed worry that under Romulo, the DFA will remain unresponsive to “endless cases of repatriation, countless OFWs in jail and in the death row that the Arroyo administration had failed to urgently address.”

“There is also a pressing need for Romulo and the Aquino administration to instill major policy reforms in terms of labor migration and unfair and one-sided treaties that have long endangered the lives and welfare of our OFWs,” he added. — LBG/FONJ, GMANews.TV


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

$188M awarded by US govt to Pinoy war vets

Some $188 million has been awarded as of June 1 by the United States government to eligible Filipino soldiers who were World War II veterans.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington DC reported that of the approved claims, 7,603 are for Filipino veterans based in the Philippines, while 7,991 are now living in the United States, according to a release posted on the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The number of applications received has reached over 41,000, the DFA release added.

The US government initially allocated some $198 million for the Filipino Equity Fund, where Filipino World War II veterans who are US citizens stand to get a lump-sum payment of benefits amounting to $15,000 (about P695,000) each.

Those who are not US citizens are likewise entitled to $9,000 (about P417,000) each.

A proposal is currently pending before the US Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs to allocate $67 million more for the Equity Fund. (See: US senator nixes $67M add’l funds for Pinoy vets)

Meanwhile, about 7,900 applications are pending before the US Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and are being verified at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri.

The NPRC serves as the US Army’s records custodian that keeps the records of over 400,000 World War II-era guerrillas of the US Armed Forces of the Far East, dubbed the “Missouri list.”

On the other hand, 17,632 applications for compensation have so far been denied. About 1,761 Notice of Denials were received by the Manila Regional Office.

The release nevertheless said that the Veterans Affairs Office is continuously conducting outreach programs to help veterans with denied applications go through the appeals process.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs encloses a VA Form 4107, “Your Rights to Appeal Our Decision,” in the FVEC notification letter to explain options available to those with denied claims.

Bienvenido Arcilla, a Filipino war veteran now based in California, for example, is currently appealing his benefits claim which was denied because his name could not be located on the Missouri list.

He also lost the dog tags issued to him, the only pieces of evidence that he was indeed recruited into the US military in 1941 when he was just a 16-year-old high school student in Tarlac.

He has recently filed his appeal before the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, where he narrated, among other things, how he escaped the Bataan Death March by crawling under the skirt of an elderly woman. (See: War veteran hid under woman’s skirt to escape Bataan Death March) —Jerrie M. Abella/JV, GMANews.TV

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The Inaugural Address of Benigno S. Aquino III

(Official English translation provided by Aquino media bureau)

His Excellency Jose Ramos Horta, Former President Fidel V. Ramos, Former President Joseph Estrada, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and members of the Senate, House Speaker Prospero Nograles and members of the House, justices of the Supreme Court, members of the foreign delegations,Your Excellencies of the diplomatic corps, fellow colleagues in government, aking mga kababayan.

My presence here today is proof that you are my true strength. I never expected that I will be here taking my oath of office before you, as your president. I never imagined that I would be tasked with continuing the mission of my parents. I never entertained the ambition to be the symbol of hope, and to inherit the problems of our nation.

I had a simple goal in life: to be true to my parents and our country as an honorable son, a caring brother, and a good citizen.

My father offered his life so our democracy could live. My mother devoted her life to nurturing that democracy. I will dedicate my life to making our democracy reach its fullest potential: that of ensuring equality for all. My family has sacrificed much and I am willing to do this again if necessary.

Although I was born to famous parents, I know and feel the problems of ordinary citizens. We all know what it is like to have a government that plays deaf and dumb. We know what it is like to be denied justice, to be ignored by those in whom we placed our trust and tasked to become our advocates.

Have you ever been ignored by the very government you helped put in power? I have. Have you had to endure being rudely shoved aside by the siren-blaring escorts of those who love to display their position and power over you? I have, too. Have you experienced exasperation and anger at a government that instead of serving you, needs to be endured by you? So have I.

I am like you. Many of our countrymen have already voted with their feet – migrating to other countries in search of change or tranquility. They have endured hardship, risked their lives because they believe that compared to their current state here, there is more hope for them in another country, no matter how bleak it may be. In moments when I thought of only my own welfare, I also wondered – is it possible that I can find the peace and quiet that I crave in another country? Is our government beyond redemption? Has it been written that the Filipino’s lot is merely to suffer?

Today marks the end of a regime indifferent to the appeals of the people. It is not Noynoy who found a way. You are the reason why the silent suffering of the nation is about to end. This is the beginning of my burden, but if many of us will bear the cross we will lift it, no matter how heavy it is.

Through good governance in the coming years, we will lessen our problems. The destiny of the Filipino will return to its rightful place, and as each year passes, the Filipino’s problems will continue to lessen with the assurance of progress in their lives.

We are here to serve and not to lord over you. The mandate given to me was one of change. I accept your marching orders to transform our government from one that is self-serving to one that works for the welfare of the nation.

This mandate is the social contract that we agreed upon. It is the promise I made during the campaign, which you accepted on election day.

During the campaign we said, “If no one is corrupt, no one will be poor.” That is no mere slogan for posters — it is the defining principle that will serve as the foundation of our administration.

Our foremost duty is to lift the nation from poverty through honest and effective governance.

The first step is to have leaders who are ethical, honest, and true public servants. I will set the example. I will strive to be a good model. I will not break the trust you have placed in me. I will ensure that this, too, will be the advocacy of my Cabinet and those who will join our government.

I do not believe that all of those who serve in our government are corrupt. In truth, the majority of them are honest. They joined government to serve and do good. Starting today, they will have the opportunity to show that they have what it takes. I am counting on them to help fight corruption within the bureaucracy.

To those who have been put in positions by unlawful means, this is my warning: we will begin earning back the trust of our people by reviewing midnight appointments. Let this serve as a warning to those who intend to continue the crooked ways that have become the norm for too long.

To our impoverished countrymen, starting today, your government will be your champion.

We will not disregard the needs of our students. We will begin by addressing the glaring shortage in classrooms and educational facilities.

Gradually, we will lessen the lack of infrastructures for transportation, tourism and trade. From now on, mediocre work will not be good enough when it comes to roads, bridges, and buildings because we will hold contractors responsible for maintaining their projects in good condition.

We will revive the emergency employment program established by former President Corazon Aquino. This will provide jobs for local communities and will help in the development of their and our economy.

We will not be the cause of your suffering or hardship. We will strengthen collections by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and we will fight corruption in the Bureau of Customs in order to fund our objectives for the public welfare, such as:

· Quality education, including vocational education, so that those who choose not to attend college or those who cannot afford it can find dignified livelihood;

· Improved public health services such as PhilHealth for all within three years;

· A home for every family, within safe communities.

We will strengthen the armed forces and the police, not to serve the interests of those who want to wield power with impunity, but to give added protection for ordinary folk. The armed forces and the police risk their lives daily so that the nation can live in peace and security. The population has doubled and yet their numbers remain unchanged. It is not right that those who make sacrifices are treated pitifully.

If there was a fertilizer scam in the past, today there will be security for farmers. We will help them with irrigation, extension services, and marketing their products at the best possible prices.

We are directing Secretary Alcala to set up trading centers that will directly link farmers and consumers thereby eliminating middlemen and opportunities for corruption. In this way, funds can be shared by farmers and consumers. We will make our country attractive to investors. We will cut red tape dramatically and implement stable economic policies. We will level the playing field for investors and make government an enabler, not a hindrance to business. This is the only means by which we can provide jobs for our people.

Our goal is to create jobs at home so that there will be no need to look for employment abroad. However, as we work towards that end, I am ordering the DFA, POEA, OWWA, and other relevant agencies to be even more responsive to the needs and welfare of our overseas Filipino workers.

We will strengthen the process of consultation and feedback. We will strive to uphold the constitutional right of citizens to information on matters of public concern.

We relived the spirit of people power during the campaign. Let it take us to good and effective governance. Those who believe in people power put the welfare of others before their own.

I can forgive those who did me wrong but I have no right to forgive those who abused our people.

To those who talk about reconciliation, if they mean that they would like us to simply forget about the wrongs that they have committed in the past, we have this to say: there can be no reconciliation without justice. When we allow crimes to go unpunished, we give consent to their occurring over and over again. Secretary de Lima, you have your marching orders. Begin the process of providing true and complete justice for all.

We are also happy to inform you the acceptance of Chief Justice Hilario Davide of the challenge of strengthening and heading a Truth Commission that will shed light on many unanswered issues that continue to haunt our country.

My government will be sincere in dealing with all the peoples of Mindanao. We are committed to a peaceful and just settlement of conflict, inclusive of the interests of all — may they be Lumads, Bangsamoro or Christian.

We shalI defeat the enemy by wielding the tools of justice, social reform, and equitable governance leading to a better life. With proper governance life will improve for all. When we are all living well, who will want to go back to living under oppression?

If I have all of you by my side, we will be able to build a nation in which there will be equality of opportunity, because each of us fulfilled our duties and responsibilities equally.

After the elections, you proved that it is the people who wield power in this country.

This is what democracy means. It is the foundation of our unity. We campaigned for change. Because of this, the Filipino stands tall once more. We are all part of a nation that can begin to dream again.

To our friends and neighbors around the world, we are ready to take our place as a reliable member of the community of nations, a nation serious about its commitments and which harmonizes its national interests with its international responsibilities.

We will be a predictable and consistent place for investment, a nation where everyone will say, “it all works.”

Today, I am inviting you to pledge to yourselves and to our people. No one shall be left behind.

No more junkets, no more senseless spending. No more turning back on pledges made during the campaign, whether today or in the coming challenges that will confront us over the next six years. No more influence-peddling, no more patronage politics, no more stealing. No more sirens, no more short cuts, no more bribes. It is time for us to work together once more.

We are here today because we stood together and believed in hope. We had no resources to campaign other than our common faith in the inherent goodness of the Filipino.

The people who are behind us dared to dream. Today, the dream starts to become a reality. To those among you who are still undecided about sharing the common burden I have only one question: Are you going to quit now that we have won?

You are the boss so I cannot ignore your orders. We will design and implement an interaction and feedback mechanism that can effectively respond to your needs and aspirations.

You are the ones who brought me here – our volunteers – old, young, celebrity, ordinary folks who went around the country to campaign for change; my household help who provided for all my personal needs; my family, friends, colleagues at work, who shared, cared, and gave their support; my lawyers who stayed all hours to guard my votes and make sure they were counted; and the millions of Filipinos who prevailed, kept faith, and never lost hope – I offer my heartfelt gratitude.

I will not be able to face my parents and you who have brought me here if do not fulfill the promises I made.

My parents sought nothing less, died for nothing less, than democracy and peace. I am blessed by this legacy. I shall carry the torch forward.

My hope is that when I leave office, everyone can say that we have traveled far on the right path, and that we are able to bequeath a better future to the next generation. Join me in continuing this fight for change.

Thank you and long live the Filipino people!



Ang pagtayo ko dito ngayon ay patunay na kayo ang aking tunay na lakas. Hindi ko inakala na darating tayo sa puntong ito, na ako’y manunumpa sa harap ninyo bilang inyong Pangulo. Hindi ko pinangarap maging tagapagtaguyod ng pag-asa at tagapagmana ng mga suliranin ng ating bayan.

Ang layunin ko sa buhay ay simple lang: maging tapat sa aking mga magulang at sa bayan bilang isang marangal na anak, mabait na kuya, at mabuting mamamayan.

Nilabanan ng aking ama ang diktadurya at ibinuwis niya ang kanyang buhay para tubusin ang ating demokrasya. Inalay ng aking ina ang kanyang buhay upang pangalagaan ang demokrasyang ito. Ilalaan ko ang aking buhay para siguraduhin na ang ating demokrasya ay kapaki-pakinabang sa bawat isa. Namuhunan na po kami ng dugo at handa kong gawin ito kung muling kinakailangan.

Tanyag man ang aking mga magulang at ang kanilang mga nagawa, alam ko rin ang problema ng ordinaryong mamamayan. Alam nating lahat ang pakiramdam na magkaroon ng pamahalaang bulag at bingi. Alam natin ang pakiramdam na mapagkaitan ng hustisya, na mabalewala ng mga taong pinagkatiwalaan at inatasan nating maging ating tagapagtanggol.

Kayo ba ay minsan ring nalimutan ng pamahalaang inyong iniluklok sa puwesto? Ako rin. Kayo ba ay nagtiis na sa trapiko para lamang masingitan ng isang naghahari-hariang de-wangwang sa kalsada? Ako rin. Kayo ba ay sawang-sawa na sa pamahalaang sa halip na magsilbi sa taumbayan ay kailangan pa nila itong pagpasensiyahan at tiisin? Ako rin.

Katulad ninyo ako. Marami na sa atin ang bumoto gamit ang kanilang paa – nilisan na nila ang ating bansa sa kanilang paghahanap ng pagbabago at katahimikan. Tiniis nila ang hirap, sinugod ang panganib sa ibang bansa dahil doon may pag-asa kahit kaunti na dito sa atin ay hindi nila nakikita. Sa iilang sandali na sarili ko lang ang aking inaalala, pati ako ay napag-isip din – talaga bang hindi na mababago ang pamamahala natin dito? Hindi kaya nasa ibang bansa ang katahimikang hinahanap ko? Saan ba nakasulat na kailangang puro pagtitiis ang tadhana ng Pilipino?

Ngayon, sa araw na ito – dito magwawakas ang pamumunong manhid sa mga daing ng taumbayan. Hindi si Noynoy ang gumawa ng paraan, kayo ang dahilan kung bakit ngayon, magtatapos na ang pagtitiis ng sambayanan. Ito naman po ang umpisa ng kalbaryo ko, ngunit kung marami tayong magpapasan ng krus ay kakayanin natin ito, gaano man kabigat.

Sa tulong ng wastong pamamahala sa mga darating na taon, maiibsan din ang marami nating problema. Ang tadhana ng Pilipino ay babalik sa tamang kalagayan, na sa bawat taon pabawas ng pabawas ang problema ng Pinoy na nagsusumikap at may kasiguruhan sila na magiging tuloy-tuloy na ang pagbuti ng kanilang sitwasyon.

Kami ay narito para magsilbi at hindi para maghari. Ang mandato ninyo sa amin ay pagbabago – isang malinaw na utos para ayusin ang gobyerno at lipunan mula sa pamahalaang iilan lamang ang nakikinabang tungo sa isang pamahalaang kabutihan ng mamamayan ang pinangangalagaan.

Ang mandatong ito ay isa kung saan kayo at ang inyong pangulo ay nagkasundo para sa pagbabago – isang paninindigan na ipinangako ko noong kampanya at tinanggap ninyo noong araw ng halalan.

Sigaw natin noong kampanya: “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.” Hindi lamang ito pang slogan o pang poster – ito ang mga prinsipyong tinatayuan at nagsisilbing batayan ng ating administrasyon.

Ang ating pangunahing tungkulin ay ang magsikap na maiangat ang bansa mula sa kahirapan, sa pamamagitan ng pagpapairal ng katapatan at mabuting pamamalakad sa pamahalaan.

Ang unang hakbang ay ang pagkakaroon ng tuwid at tapat na hanay ng mga pinuno. Magsisimula ito sa akin. Sisikapin kong maging isang mabuting ehemplo. Hinding hindi ko sasayangin ang tiwalang ipinagkaloob ninyo sa akin. Sisiguraduhin ko na ganito rin ang adhikain ng aking Gabinete at ng mga magiging kasama sa ating pamahalaan.

Naniniwala akong hindi lahat ng nagsisilbi sa gobyerno ay corrupt. Sa katunayan, mas marami sa kanila ay tapat. Pinili nilang maglingkod sa gobyerno upang gumawa ng kabutihan. Ngayon, magkakaroon na sila ng pagkakataong magpakitang-gilas. Inaasahan natin sila sa pagsupil ng korapsyon sa loob mismo ng burukrasya.

Sa mga itinalaga sa paraang labag sa batas, ito ang aking babala: sisimulan natin ang pagbabalik ng tiwala sa pamamagitan ng pag-usisa sa mga “midnight appointments.” Sana ay magsilbi itong babala sa mga nag-iisip na ipagpatuloy ang baluktot na kalakarang nakasanayan na ng marami.

Sa mga kapuspalad nating mga kababayan, ngayon, ang pamahalaan ang inyong kampeon.

Hindi natin ipagpapaliban ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga estudyante, kaya’t sisikapin nating punan ang kakulangan sa ating mga silid-aralan.

Unti-unti din nating babawasan ang mga kakulangan sa imprastraktura para sa transportasyon, turismo at pangangalakal. Mula ngayon, hindi na puwede ang “puwede na” pagdating sa mga kalye, tulay at gusali dahil magiging responsibilidad ng mga kontratista ang panatilihing nasa mabuting kalagayan ang mga proyekto nila.

Bubuhayin natin ang programang “emergency employment” ng dating pangulong Corazon Aquino sa pagtatayo ng mga bagong imprastraktura na ito. Ito ay magbibigay ng trabaho sa mga local na komunidad at makakatulong sa pagpapalago ng kanila at ng ating ekonomiya.

Hindi kami magiging sanhi ng inyong pasakit at perwisyo. Palalakasin natin ang koleksyon at pupuksain natin ang korapsyon sa Kawanihan ng Rentas Internas at Bureau of Customs para mapondohan natin ang ating mga hinahangad para sa lahat, tulad ng:

· dekalidad na edukasyon, kabilang ang edukasyong bokasyonal para makapaghanap ng marangal na trabaho ang hindi makapag-kolehiyo;
· serbisyong pangkalusugan, tulad ng Philhealth para sa lahat sa loob ng tatlong taon;
· tirahan sa loob ng mga ligtas na komunidad.

Palalakasin at palalaguin natin ang bilang ng ating kasundaluhan at kapulisan, hindi para tugunan ang interes ng mga naghahari-harian, ngunit para proteksyunan ang mamamayan. Itinataya nila ang kanilang buhay para mayroong pagkakataon sa katahimikan at kapayapaan sa sambayanan. Dumoble na ang populasyong kanilang binabantayan, nanatili naman sila sa bilang. Hindi tama na ang nagmamalasakit ay kinakawawa.

Kung dati ay may fertilizer scam, ngayon ay may kalinga ng tunay para sa mga magsasaka. Tutulungan natin sila sa irigasyon, extension services, at sa pagbenta ng kanilang produkto sa pinakamataas na presyong maaari.

Inaatasan natin na ang papasok na Secretary Alcala ay magtayo ng mga trading centers kung saan diretso na ang magsasaka sa mamimili – lalaktawan natin ang gitna, kasama na ang kotong cop. Sa ganitong paraan, ang dating napupunta sa gitna ay maari nang paghatian ng magsasaka at mamimili.

Gagawin nating kaaya-aya sa negosyante ang ating bansa. We will cut red tape dramatically and implement stable economic policies. We will level the playing field for investors and make government an enabler, not a hindrance, to business. Sa ganitong paraan lamang natin mapupunan ang kakulangan ng trabaho para sa ating mga mamamayan.

Layunin nating paramihin ang trabaho dito sa ating bansa upang hindi na kailanganin ang mangibang-bansa para makahanap lamang ng trabaho. Ngunit habang ito ay hindi pa natin naaabot, inaatasan ko ang mga kawani ng DFA, POEA at ng OWWA at iba pang mga kinauukulang ahensiya na mas lalo pang paigtingin ang pagtugon sa mga hinaing at pangangailangan ng ating mga overseas Filipino workers.

Papaigtingin namin ang proceso ng konsultasyon at pag-uulat sa taumbayan. Sisikapin naming isakatuparan ang nakasaad sa ating Konstitusiyon na kinikilala ang karapatan ng mamamayaan na magkaroon ng kaalaman ukol sa mga pampublikong alintana.

Binuhay natin ang diwa ng people power noong kampanya. Ipagpatuloy natin ito tungo sa tuwid at tapat na pamamahala. Ang naniniwala sa people power ay nakatuon sa kapwa at hindi sa sarili.

Sa mga nang-api sa akin, kaya ko kayong patawarin at pinapatawad ko na kayo. Sa mga nang-api sa sambayanan, wala akong karapatan na limutin ang inyong mga kasalanan.

To those who are talking about reconciliation, if they mean that they would like us to simply forget about the wrongs that they have committed in the past, we have this to say: there can be no reconciliation without justice. Sa paglimot ng pagkakasala, sinisigurado mong maulit muli ang mga pagkakasalang ito. Secretary de Lima, you have your marching orders. Begin the process of providing true and complete justice for all.

Ikinagagalak din naming ibahagi sa inyo ang pagtanggap ni dating Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. sa hamon ng pagtatatag at pamumuno sa isang Truth Commission na magbibigay linaw sa maraming kahinahinalang isyu na hanggang ngayon ay walang kasagutan at resolusyon.

Ang sinumang nagkamali ay kailangang humarap sa hustisya. Hindi maaaring patuloy ang kalakaran ng walang pananagutan at tuloy na pang-aapi.

My government will be sincere in dealing with all the peoples of Mindanao. We are committed to a peaceful and just settlement of conflicts, inclusive of the interests of all – may they be Lumads, Bangsamoro or Christian.

We shall defeat the enemy by wielding the tools of justice, social reform, and equitable governance leading to a better life. Sa tamang pamamahala gaganda ang buhay ng lahat, at sa buhay na maganda, sino pa ang gugustuhing bumalik sa panahon ng pang-aapi?

Kung kasama ko kayo, maitataguyod natin ang isang bayan kung saan pantay-pantay ang pagkakataon, dahil pantay-pantay nating ginagampanan ang ating mga pananagutan.

Kamakailan lamang, ang bawat isa sa atin ay nanindigan sa presinto. Bumoto tayo ayon sa ating karapatan at konsensiya. Hindi tayo umatras sa tungkulin nating ipaglaban ang karapatan na ito.

Pagkatapos ng bilangan, pinatunayan ninyo na ang tao ang tunay na lakas ng bayan.

Ito ang kahalagahan ng ating demokrasya. Ito ang pundasyon ng ating pagkakaisa. Nangampanya tayo para sa pagbabago. Dahil dito taas-noo muli ang Pilipino. Tayong lahat ay kabilang sa isang bansa kung saan maaari nang mangarap muli.

To our friends and neighbors around the world, we are ready to take our place as a reliable member of the community of nations, a nation serious about its commitments and which harmonizes its national interests with its international responsibilities.

We will be a predictable and consistent place for investment, a nation where everyone will say, “it all works.”

Inaanyayahan ko kayo ngayon na manumpa sa ating mga sarili, sa sambayanan, WALANG MAIIWAN.

Walang pangingibang-bayan at gastusan na walang wastong dahilan. Walang pagtalikod sa mga salitang binitawan noong kampanya, ngayon at hanggang sa mga susunod pang pagsubok na pagdadaanan sa loob ng anim na taon.

Walang lamangan, walang padrino at walang pagnanakaw. Walang wang-wang, walang counterflow, walang tong. Panahon na upang tayo ay muling magkawanggawa.

Nandito tayo ngayon dahil sama-sama tayong nanindigan at nagtiwala na may pag-asa.

The people who are behind us dared to dream. Today, the dream starts to become a reality. Sa inyong mga nag-iisip pa kung tutulong kayo sa pagpasan ng ating krus, isa lang ang aking tanong – kung kailan tayo nanalo, saka pa ba kayo susuko?

Kayo ang boss ko, kaya’t hindi maaaring hindi ako makinig sa mga utos ninyo. We will design and implement an interaction and feedback mechanism that can effectively respond to the people’s needs and aspirations.

Kayo ang nagdala sa akin sa puntong ito – ang ating mga volunteers – matanda, bata, celebrity, ordinaryong tao, na umikot sa Pilipinas para ikampanya ang pagbabago; ang aking mga kasambahay, na nag-asikaso ng lahat ng aking mga personal na pangangailangan; ang aking pamilya, kaibigan at katrabaho, na dumamay, nag-alaga at nagbigay ng suporta sa akin; ang ating mga abogado, na nagpuyat para bantayan ang ating mga boto at siguraduhing mabilang ang bawat isa; ang aking mga kapartido at kaalyado na kasama kong nangahas mangarap; at ang milyun-milyong Pilipinong nagkaisa, nagtiwala at hindi nawalan ng pag-asa – nasa inyo ang aking taos-pusong pasasalamat.

Hindi ko makakayang harapin ang aking mga magulang, at kayong mga nagdala sa akin sa yugto ng buhay kong ito, kung hindi ko maisasakatuparan ang aking mga binitawang salita sa araw na ito.

My parents sought nothing less and died for nothing less than democracy, peace and prosperity. I am blessed by this legacy. I shall carry the torch forward.

Layunin ko na sa pagbaba ko sa katungkulan, masasabi ng lahat na malayo na ang narating natin sa pagtahak ng tuwid na landas at mas maganda na ang kinabukasang ipapamana natin sa susunod na henerasyon. Samahan ninyo ako sa pagtatapos ng laban na ito. Tayo na sa tuwid na landas.

Maraming salamat po at mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino! (June 30, 2010)


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(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

Dala ang paniniwalang malaki ang papel ng edukasyon sa paghubog sa mga kabataan at pagsulong ng bansa, muling isinagawa ng Energy Development Corporation Bacon-Manito Geothermal Production Field ang kanilang taunang pamamahagi ng mga school supplies sa mga mag-aaral sa elementarya kabilang na ang mga day care at kindergarten pupils sa siyam na host barangays nito dito sa lungsod ng Sorsogon.

Limang libo’t anim na raan at siyam na mga mag-aaral ang nakatanggap ng kwaderno, sulatang papel, lapis, pangtasa, krayon, gunting, ruler, ballpen at iba pang mga school supplies noong nakaraang Huwebes at Byernes, June 24 at 25.

Ayon kay EDC Community Relations Officer Ed Jimenez, naging aktibong katuwang nila sa distribusyon ang mga kapitan ng siyam na barangay na kabilang sa kanilang host communities pati na rin ang mga school principals at guro ng mga elementary schools doon.

Sinabi ni Jimenez na maliban sa pamamahagi ng mga school supplies ay taunang aktibidad din nila ang pagsagot sa miscellaneous fees ng mga elementary schools ng kanilang host barangays na may layuning matulungan ang mga magulang sa gastusin sa kanilang mga pinaaaral na mga anak.

Samantala, tulad ng EDC-BGPF ay naghayag din ng pledge of support si National Grid Corporation of the Philippines Regional Corporate Communications Officer Nelson Bautista sa school principal ng Bibincahan Elementary School sa pamamagitan ng pamamahagi ng mga school supplies sa mga mag-aaral dito.

Siyam na raan apatnapu’t limang mga mag-aaral naman mula kinder hanggang grade six ang nakatanggap ng assorted school supplies mula sa NGCP noon namang nakaraang Byernes, June 25.

Ayon kay Bautista, ang pamamahgi ng mga school supplies ay bahagi ng kanilang “Balik Eskwela Project 2010”.

Sinabi ng opisyal na ang Bibincahan Elmentary School ang napili nilang pamahaginan sapagkat nakalagay diumano sa malapit dito ang kanilang transmission towers.

Naroroon upang maghayag ng pasasalamat ang kinatawan ng City DepEd at ang mga opisyal ng paaralan.

Naging emosyonal naman ang mga magulang ng mga bata sa kabutihang-loob na natanggap ng mga mag-aaral. Malaking tulong diumano sa kanila ang mga kagamitang ipinamahagi upang higit na ganahan ang mga anak nila na mag-aral ng mabuti.

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More than 73,000 elementary students from 174 public schools in selected barangays nationwide received school supplies this month from the “Balik Eskwela” Project of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

The privately-owned power transmission utility and system operator selected the schools from among the thousands of barangays throughout the country where transmission towers, lines, substations and other NGCP facilities are located.

Direct beneficiaries are thousands of elementary public school students who each received a school bag with 10 notebooks and 3 pencils.

Distribution of school supplies began on June 15, 2010, the first day of the new schoolyear. Ceremonial handover programs were held simultaneously today in the following areas: North Luzon (Pila, Laoag City), South Luzon (Bibincahan, Sorsogon and Oas, Albay), Visayas (Gov. Jaro, Tacloban), and Mindanao (Cabligan, Davao; Jasaan and Aplaya, Misamis Oriental).

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines Regional Corporate Communications Officer Nelson Bautista said that about 27 elementary schools bebefited from this program: 7 schools from Cam. Norte (Talisay, Vinzons, Labo, Batobalani, Paracale), 6 schools from Cam Sur (Lupi, Libmanan, Pamplona, Tigaon and Buhi), 7 schools from Albay (Daraga, Polangui, Oas, Manito) and 7 schools from Sorsogon (Sorsogon City, Sta. Magdalena and Irosin).

“Balik Eskwela” aims both to support students and their families who may not afford to provide for a few school supplies and also to ensure the safety of children and other residents living in communities near transmission facilities.

To help minimize the incidence of electrocution and/or pilferage of tower and line parts in communities, NGCP volunteers at the “Balik Eskwela” activities educated the children, teachers, and some parents on line safety and security. The distributed notebooks carry similar information and reminders from NGCP.

NGCP is counting on the support of its partners in the power industry as well as residents and officials of host communities to ensure that reliable and safe electricity is delivered to all its customers.

Residents near transmission facilities are encouraged to help monitor and protect the towers and lines from theft and pilferage, which make the system vulnerable to power outages, as well as to observe established right-of-way easement areas to prevent grassfires, forest fires, electrocution and other accidents.

NGCP said all measures are being done to ensure that transmission lines, substations and other facilities across the country are in good condition and able to deliver whatever power is available from the generating plants. The corporation operates 19,425 circuit-kilometers of high-voltage transmission and sub-transmission lines and 23,853 mega volt amperes of substation capacity in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. (NGCP, PIA)

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SORSOGON CITY (June 28) – Dala ang paniniwalang malaki ang papel ng edukasyon sa paghubog sa mga kabataan at pagsulong ng bansa, muling isinagawa ng Energy Development Corporation Bacon-Manito Geothermal Production Field ang kanilang taunang pamamahagi ng mga school supplies sa mga mag-aaral sa elementarya kabilang na ang mga day care at kindergarten pupils sa siyam na host barangays nito dito sa lungsod ng Sorsogon.

Limang libo’t anim na raan at siyam na mga mag-aaral ang nakatanggap ng kwaderno, sulatang papel, lapis, pangtasa, krayon, gunting, ruler, ballpen at iba pang mga school supplies noong nakaraang Huwebes at Byernes, June 24 at 25.

Ayon kay EDC Community Relations Officer Ed Jimenez, naging aktibong katuwang nila sa distribusyon ang mga kapitan ng siyam na barangay na kabilang sa kanilang host communities pati na rin ang mga school principals at guro ng mga elementary schools doon.

Sinabi ni Jimenez na maliban sa pamamahagi ng mga school supplies ay taunang aktibidad din nila ang pagsagot sa miscellaneous fees ng mga elementary schools ng kanilang host barangays na may layuning matulungan ang mga magulang sa gastusin sa kanilang mga pinaaaral na mga anak.

Samantala, tulad ng EDC-BGPF ay naghayag din ng pledge of support si National Grid Corporation of the Philippines Regional Corporate Communications Officer Nelson Bautista sa school principal ng Bibincahan Elementary School sa pamamagitan ng pamamahagi ng mga school supplies sa mga mag-aaral dito.

Siyam na raan apatnapu’t limang mga mag-aaral naman mula kinder hanggang grade six ang nakatanggap ng assorted school supplies mula sa NGCP noon namang nakaraang Byernes, June 25.

Ayon kay Bautista, ang pamamahgi ng mga school supplies ay bahagi ng kanilang “Balik Eskwela Project 2010”.

Sinabi ng opisyal na ang Bibincahan Elmentary School ang napili nilang pamahaginan sapagkat nakalagay diumano sa malapit dito ang kanilang transmission towers.

Naroroon upang maghayag ng pasasalamat ang kinatawan ng City DepEd at ang mga opisyal ng paaralan.

Naging emosyonal naman ang mga magulang ng mga bata sa kabutihang-loob na natanggap ng mga mag-aaral. Malaking tulong diumano sa kanila ang mga kagamitang ipinamahagi upang higit na ganahan ang mga anak nila na mag-aral ng mabuti. (Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

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By Rex Bien Bolima/DZMS

Liwat na naka-iskor an mga mararaot na elemento sa ciudad nin Sorsogon matapos na laogon kan mga ini an sarong farm sa brgy kan Cabid-an sa esteng parte o distrito kan ciuddad kan nakalihis na aldaw. Sa impormasyon na narecibe kan dzms news, bigla na sanang nagdeklarar nin hold-up an dowang armadong lalaki na lunad nin sarong motorsiklo kan maglaog ini sa farm na sinasabing pagsadirihon ni kabise. Dahilan sa pagkangarat dae na nagibo pang makapanlaban an 10 ng persona digde na nagresulta sa pagkakatabag kan saindang gamit. Sa inisyal na imbestigasyon kan mga awtoridad naglolowas na dae mababa sa 10mil de pesos an natabag na kwarta kan mga suspek sa mga biktima kan siring na insidente.

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By Rex Bien Bolima/DZMS

Mantenidong simple an mga aktibidad na pinagigibo sa ciudad may relasyon sa kafiestahan sa aga ninda san pedro asin san pablo, an banal na patron sa centro kan ciudad nin Sorsogon. Mantenido man na matoninong an pinagigibong beer plaza asin nightly band shows sa capitol kiosk na enot ng pinagponan kan nakalihis na hunio 17. Apesar kaini nagkaigwa man nin Fiesta Caravan asin Baratillo Grande sa capitol grounds asin sa kanto kan Rizal Street pasisiring sa Sorsogon City Pier.  Mientrastanto magtatapaos man sa aga an siyam na aldaw na pagnonobena sa dowang patron kan mga deboto sa sts. peter and paul cathedral. Sa aga deklaradong fiesta official sa bilog na ciudad dahilan kan siring na aktibidad.

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NPA rebels gun down village chief, militia man in Bicol—military

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines—Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels gunned down a female village chief in Camarines Sur and a militiaman in Sorsogon in two separate incidents Sunday, an Army official said Monday morning.

Maritess Toldanes, the village chief of Pulang Daga in Balatan, Camarines Sur, was gunned down by three communist rebels outside her residence at around 1:30 p.m., while Rodrigo Felonia, 35, a militiaman in Poblacion Sur, Barcelona, Sorsogon, was shot dead while on his way home around 9:30 a.m., said Leiutenant Colonel Ernesto Cruz, commander of the 42nd Infantry Battalion.

Cruz added that Toldanes succumbed to gunshot wounds on his head and chest. Army investigators found spent shells for a .45-caliber near the crime scene.

Cruz said Toldanes had received numerous death threats for her refusal to support the NPA rebels, whom the military alleged persistently demanded extortion money from the villagers.

Felonia, on the other hand, was dead on the spot after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds in different parts of his body.

Responding policemen found seven spent shells of a .45 cal. pistol and 15 spent shells for a 9-mm pistol near the scene of the crime.

An Army report said the attack on the two civilians had brought to 14 the number of people slain by the communists in the past five months of this year, six of whom were civilians.

Maj. Harold Cabunoc, spokesperson of the 9th Infantry Division, alleged that Felonia and Toldanes were victims of extrajudicial killings perpetrated by the NPA.

Cabunoc said that in 2009, the NPA killed 52 people in Bicol, which included 30 civilians accused of being military informants and who refused to pay the rebels” extortion demands.

By Mar S. Arguelles
Inquirer Southern Luzon


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Bicol bloc urges poll body to proclaim Ako Bicol immediately

By Rhaydz B. Barcia, Manila Times Correspondent

LEGAZPI CITY: Following the opposition of Bayan Muna and other militant group to disqualify and disenfranchise the Bicolano homegrown regional political party, the entire Bicol governors and majority of solons urged the Commission on Election (Comelec) to proclaim immediately the three nominees of Ako Bicol to uphold the rule of law and the voice of the Bicolano eletorate here.
The appeal before the Comelec of the powerful Bicol bloc was led by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero of Sorsogon wherein they’re urgently asking the poll body to immediately proclaim the regional party-list of the Bicolano people.

“Ako Bicol topped the elections in the party-list system of representation with more than 1.5 million votes nationwide with almost 1.1 million votes in the Bicol region alone. Notwithstanding, the overwhelming mandate given by our people to Ako Bicol, its proclamation has been deferred on the ground that there is a pending disqualification filed against it. Unfortunately, this disqualification case was belatedly filed last May 21, 2010 long after our people has given their mandate to Ako Bicol,” the Bicol bloc pointed out.

“The disqualification case of Ako Bicol as a regional political party with the intention to participate in the partylist system of representation should have been questioned at the time when it was still applying for accreditation and not after the Comelec has issued accreditation. Suffice it to state, the disqualification case is not a legal impediment that will bar the proclamation of Ako Bicol. We therefore, appeal to the Comelec to yield to the sovereign will of our people. Let us not disenfranchise the voters who reposed their trust and confidence on Ako Bicol. Proclaim Ako Bicol immediately to uphold the rule of law and the voice of the people,” the Bicol bloc said in a letter sent to the poll body.

The members of the Bicol bloc who signed for the immediately proclamation of Ako Bicol are Escudero, governors Joey Salceda of Albay, Raul Lee of Sorsogon, Luis Raymund Villafuerte of Camarines Sur, Scoot Lanete of Masbate, Edgar Tallado of Camarines Norte and Joseph Cua of Catanduanes while the solons are Al Francis Bichara of Second District of Albay, Fernando Gonzalez of Third District of Albay, Salvio Fortuno, Fifth District of Camarines Sur, Deogracias Ramos of 2nd district of Sorsogon, Salvador Escudero of the First District of Sorsogon and Renato Unico Jr. of First District of Camarines Norte.

Bayan Muna and other militant organizations in Bicol strongly contested the proclamation of Ako Bicol nominees such as lawyers Rodel Batocabe, Pido Garbin and Christopher Co because according to the oppositors the Ako Bicol does not represent the marginalized sector of the society here.

Tessa Lopez, regional spokesman of Bayan-Bicol told The Manila Times that besides the disqualification case they’re pursuing massive signature drive campaign to disenfranchise the Ako Bicol.

Elizaldy “Zaldy” Co, chairman of the board of Ako Bicol told The Times that proclaim or not proclaimed, Ako Bicol will continue pursue its primary thrust to help alleviate the lives of the poor communities, education and development of Bicol region.

Co also told The Times that the leftist group is strongly opposing the proclamation of Ako Bicol nominees because they turned town the request of Bayan Muna leaders to at least allocate or give one seat for Bayan Muna.

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Selebrasyon ng kapistahan ni San Pedro at San Pablo

(PIA Sorsogon)

Simple man ang paraan ng pagdiriwang, patuloy pa rin ang gabi-gabing kasiyahan dito sa lungsod ng Sorsogon sa pamamagitan ng beer plaza at nightly band shows na sinimulan noong June 17, kaugnay ng nalalapit na kapistahan ni San Pedro at San Pablo sa darating na Martes sa susunod na linggo.

Pagdating sa mga naghahanap ng murang bilihin, makikita din ang Fiesta Caravan at Baratillo Grande sa isang bahagi ng capitol grounds at sa kanto ng Rizal Street patutungong Sorsogon City Pier.

Sa mga deboto naman, patuloy ang siyam na araw na nobenaryong panata para kay San Pedro at San Pablo.

Deklarado namang official holiday sa araw ng Martes, June 29 bilang pakikiisa ng lungsod sa selebrasyon ng kapistahan ng patron nito.

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Sex ed modules to be uploaded on DepEd website

The Department of Education (DepEd) clarified on Thursday, June 24, 2010, that it is not distributing illustrated comics on sex education in public high schools contrary to what the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) claims. DepEd also plans to upload the modules which will be used for the pilot-testing of sex education program in 159 elementary and high schools to give everyone the chance to scrutinize it.

According to Education Secretary Mona Valisno, the comics which were shown on television by members of the CBCP were never part of the modules which will be used for the sex education program. “They may have obtained it from other sources but definitely it is not part of our learning modules on sex education,” she stressed.

Valisno emphasized that the fear of some —parents, teachers, and other stakeholders— that DepEd will teach the act of sex in school is not true. “Why would we do that? I believe that discussion on sex should be the responsibility of the parents who should draw guidance from the moral teaching of the Catholic Church. Both are our partners in educating our children,” she explained.

She said that DepEd is not insensitive to the students’ state of mind as what some critics allege the DepEd to be. “I believe it is grossly unfair to make public such document without really checking the source of the said sex education materials,” she lamented.

Meanwhile, to give the public the chance to review the contents of the modules, Valisno said electronic copies will be uploaded to the DepEd website. “Once the modules (are) uploaded, we would leave it to the public to judge if the critics of sex education are right in claiming that the materials are only about sex and condoms,” she said.

Valisno said that the modules to be uploaded are the same ones that have been used for the past three years in teaching students about hygiene, practice healthy behavior, and looking at the consequences of their actions. The materials also aim to enable young adults to plan parenthood.

She also maintained that the modules of DepEd that will guide the teachers on integrating sex education in various subjects were carefully prepared to suit the understanding level of students from Grade 5 to 4th year high school.

“We assure you that child psychologists were part of the team that developed these modules and we are careful that what is contained in the learning modules are age-appropriate,” said Valisno.

She clarified that the sex education program and the use of the modules are still in its pilot-testing stage and have not yet been implemented nationwide.

Valisno agrees that parents still have the primary roles of molding their children but there is also a need to complement this with proper teaching that will help strengthen the child’s values. “With topics on sex and sexuality circulating on all medium, the parents believe that teachers, who spend more time with their children, play an important role in building the character of the child,” she ended.



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SORSOGON PROVINCE (June 25) – Inihayag ni Provincial Health Officer Dr. Edgar Garcia na nananatiling isa sa sampung kadahilanan ng pagkakamatay sa Sorsogon mula taong 2004 hanggang 2009 ang sakit sa bato o kidney disease.

Aniya, maging sa buong rehiyon ng Bikol at sa buong bansa ay nananatiling pangunahing suliranin din sa pampublikong kalusugan ang sakit sa bato.

Kaugnay nito, patuloy ang kanilang kampanya katuwang ang Philippine Information Agency at iba pang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan ukol sa wastong pangangalaga ng kidney partikular ngayong Hunyo kung saan taunang ipinagdiriwang ang National Kidney Month sa bisa ng Presidential Proclamation 184.

“On-going din ang aming pagsasagawa urinalysis, blood glucose at total cholesterol testing at iba pang mga aktibidad na mahalaga upang mapukaw ang kamalayan ng publiko ukol sa pag-iwas sa pagkakaroon ng sakit sa bato,” pahayag pa niya.

Kasama rin sa kanilang kampanya ang pagpapabot sa publiko ng mga mahahalagang impormasyon ukol sa hakbang sa paggamot sa mga may sakit sa bato at ng organ donation program sa ilalim ng REDCOP o Renal Disease Control Program ng Department of Health at National Kidney and Transplant Institute o NKTI.

Samantala, isang libreng dialysis machine mula sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) ang tinanggap ng Provincial Health Office nito lamang nakaraang linggo.

Ang dialysis machine ay handog ng PCSO mula sa presidential fund na naisakatuparan sa pagsisikap na rin ni Sorsogon Governor Sally A. Lee.

Ayon sa gobernador, bahagi ito ng limang milyong pisong halaga ng mga kagamitang kinabibilangan ng isang dialysis machine at anim na karagdagang mga ambulansya.

Dagdag din niya na sa pamamagitan nito ay maiibsan din ang bigat ng alalahanin ng mga pasyenteng dina-dialysis at kapamilya nito lalo pa’t malaki ang gastos na ginugugol ng mga sumasailalim sa dialysis. Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

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9 rescued from capsized boat off Sorsogon

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines—Nine excursionists were rescued Thursday night after their motorized banca capsized in rough waters between Samar and Sorsogon provinces, the Philippine Coast Guard here said Friday.

Honorio Mangaoang, duty officer of the PCG-Legazpi, said the unnamed motorboat with nine persons onboard overturned Thursday in the San Bernardino Strait—known to be dangerous to small vessels—off Juag Island, Matnog town, Sorsogon.

He said that initially, only four boat passengers were rescued by the Coast Guard that received the report about the distressed boat at 6:47 p.m. Thursday from the MV Grand Star Roro 3 of Philippine Harbor Shipping.

The first four rescued were identified as Jay Ann Veterbo, 19; Jean Veterbo, 18; Rolando Bacodjo, 29; and Randy Gillego, 30.

Mangaoang added that the Coast Guard in Matnog Port was able to rescue the other five passengers. They were identified as Argie Neblazo, 27; Joneal Veterbo, 21; Julius Esoren, 34; Alvin Gardoque, 28; and Godofredo Veterbo, 51.

Mangaoang said the nine passengers, who were all accounted for around 7:30 p.m., were residents of Barangay Sta. Isabel, Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon who went swimming off Tikling Island.

“The group was on its way back to Sta. Isabel when their boat encountered a very strong current that caused it to overturn and drift toward Juag Island,” he added.

All nine were in good physical condition and able to return home safely Friday morning, the coast guard said.

By Rey M. Nasol
Inquirer Southern Luzon

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No room for jueteng in Aquino administration

‘No room for jueteng in Aquino administration’
Philippine Star
But the illegal numbers game remains unabated in most part of the Bicol region, including Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Catanduanes and Camarines Norte.
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Bicol Region joins Nationwide Mural Painting

AJArbolente, PIA Bicol

ELEVEN Regions in the Philippines including Bicol joins the Department of Agrarian Reform 2010 on-the-spot Mural Painting Contest held at Quezon City Memorial Circle in preparation for the 22nd Anniversary of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform.

“Buhay sa Bukid ay Masaya kung may Sipag at Pag-aaruga” – that is the theme of the mural painting contest which every participants must portray in their piece. The contest conducted by DAR-PAS (Department of Agrarian Reform – Public Affairs Staff) headed by Dir. Hugo D. Yonzon III through the courtesy of Boysen Paint is aimed to sustain the interest and attention among students on the implementation of the CARP extension with reform by letting them interpret agrarian reform in visual art.

Despite the sweltering hot on that day, where temperature reached 38 degree, the 3-day Mural Painting Contest goes on. Among the participants from Bicol Region are Eunice Ann C. Negrete; Resmundo G. Demdam; Ronnie B. Borbo; Froilan B. Barbacena; and Jake L. Roldan; All of them are graduating students of Fine Arts in the Aquinas University, Legazpi City. They use cubism style of painting. On the 8x12ft canvas they draw an assortment of farm and aquatic products which were placed on a gear, and men were lifting it. Watching scrupulously their piece, a touch of Albay could be noticed by a true Bicolano, that is the color blue Mayon Volcano behind.

According to Dir. Yonzon, every participant is already a winner because each one has finished the work on time. All of the paintings are amazingly wonderful. It was a tough job for the judges. “For me, all of you are winners and best,” Bayani Jose, one of the judges said. True enough because they only differ in points. Region 11 got the first prize worth 150,000 pesos; Region 1 got the second prize worth 100,000 pesos; Region IV-A got the third prize worth 75,000 pesos; and the rest got consolation prizes amongst which are regions III; CAR; Bicol; IX; X; VI; IV-B; and XIII.

They were judged based on the following criteria: relevance (appropriateness to the theme) 30%; composition (technical quality) 30%; visual impact (extent and influence to public) 25%; and originality (uniqueness) 15%.

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De-kalidad na edukasyon hatid ng Lions Club sa Juban, Sorsogon

Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon

Bugso ng kagustuhang matulungan ang pamahalaan sa pagsusulong nito ng de-kalidad na uri ng edukasyon sa bansa, pinasinayaan noong Huwebes, June 17, ang NOAH Multi-purpose building sa Catanusan Elementary School sa Juban, Sorsogon, na naipatayo sa pamamagitan ng The Lions Club of Bulan, Sorsogon, Philippines sa pangunguna ni Charlene Diamante at Lions Club Voerde/Niederrhein, Germany sa pangunguna naman ni Peter Koslowsky sa pakikipagtulungan ng Department of Education at lokal na pamahalaan ng Juban.

Matapos ang banal na misa ay agad na nagkaroon ng maikling programa na kinapalooban ng turn-over of deed of donation kay Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Marilyn Dimaano na siyang tumayo bilang donee.

Nagsagawa din ng medical mission ang Lions Club Bulan at Voerde chapter, DepEd at LGU health personnel, private doctors at mga dentista kasama na rin ang mga barangay health officials kung saan umabot din sa daang mga residente ang nabiyayaan ng iba’t-ibang mga medical services.

Sa pamamagitan ng mag-asawang Dr. Peter Koslowsky at Dr. Marlene Ruth Hermo-Koslowsky, nagsanib sa pag-abot ng tulong ang Lions Club Bulan at Lions Club Voerde upang makapagpatayo noong 2003 ng karagdagang school building sa Brgy. Catanusan, na sa kasamaang palad ay nasira ng nagdaang malakas na bagyo at pagbaha.

Kung kaya’t noong ika-labingwalo ng Nobyembre 2009, matapos mapirmahan ang Award of Agreement ay sinimulan agad ang pag-aayos at pagtatayo ng bagong school complex sa Catanusan Elementary School kasama na rin ang pagkuha ng mga karagdagang guro. At noong Huwebes nga ay pinasinayaan na ito

Ayon kay Dr. peter Koslowsky, ang buong school complex ay nilagyan din ng library, furnitures, playing ground, pader na panlaban sa baha at malinis na tubig para magamit ng mga mag-aaral at guro.

Dagdag pa niya na hindi magtatagal ay magkakaroon na rin ng computer class dito at makapagpapatayo rin sila ng medical first aid station na magbibigay serbisyo hindi lamang sa Catanusan kundi maging sa mga kalapit-barangay nito.

Naghayag din ng katuwaan si Koslowsky matapos na malamang tumaas ng dalawangdaan-pitumpo ang mga mag-aaral na nag-enrol ngayon sa nasabing paaralan.

Aniya, sa patuloy nilang pagtutulungan, nakatitiyak sila ng magandang bukas para sa mga mag-aaral hindi lamang sa Brgy. Catanusan kundi sa mga kalapit na lugar nito.

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Albay Oncology Center Approved by DOH

Albay Oncology Center Approved by DOH June 19, 2010 HON. JOEY S. SALCEDA Provincial Governor Albay SUBJECT: Update on Albay’s Proposed BRTTH Oncology Center Project Dear Governor Salceda: It is almost three months since I took over the opportunity of working on this project from my peers.  I must admit that this is really a difficult task, which requires patience along the way. Five weeks ago, we went to the DOH to solicit information from them re government’s program on putting up c … Read More

via The Green Economist

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Livelihood program ng PNP Sorsogon patuloy

Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon

Patuloy ang Sorsogon Provincial Police Office sa pamumuno ni PNP Provincial Director PSSupt Heriberto Olitoquit sa pagbibigay ng kasanayang pangkabuhayan sa mga kapulisan sa buong lalawigan ng Sorsogon.

Kamakailan lamang ay matagumpay na naisagawa ng SPPO ang Mushroom Culturing Seminar kung saan personal na lumahok din si Olitoquit at ang kanyang mga tauhan.

Kasama sa naging mga aktibidad ay ang educational exposure sa isang mushroom organization sa Brgy. Buhatan, dito sa lungsod ng Sorsogon, upang higit na maunawaan ng mga kalahok ang mahahalagang detalye sa mushroom culturing.

At nito lamang nakaraang linggo ay naging mabunga din ang isinagawang vermi composting production seminar kung saan tinuruan ang mga kalahok ng kahalagahan ng bulate sa paggawa ng organic fertilizer.

Sa pamamagitan ng vermi composting production mas nagiging masustansya ang lupa para sa mga pananim at nakakaiwas ito sa epekto ng patuloy na pagbabago at pagsama ng panahon.

Ayon kay Olitoquit, maliban sa partisipasyon ng mga tga-SPPO ay nilahukan din ang nasabing mga livelihood seminars ng mga kapulisan mula sa iba’t-ibang mga police stations sa lalawigan, mga kasapi ng media at ng Sorsogon Islamic Guidance Association, isang religious fellowship group dito.

Ang dalawang magkasunod na seminar ay ang ikaapat at ikalimang serye ng mga pagsasanay na isinasagawa ng SPPO sa ilalim ng kanilang Livelihood Program na tinagurian nilang Pagkakakitaang Kabuhayan: “Benepisyo Ko, Benepisyo Mo”.

Ayon kay Olitoquit paraan ito ng mga kapulisan bilang suporta na rin sa Environmental Friendly Livelihood Program na ipinatutupad ng pamahalaan sa ilalim ng administrasyong Arroyo.

Layon nitong ganyakin ang mga kapulisan at ang pamilya nito sa larangan ng pagtitipid at pagpasok sa mga profitable activities upang mapataas pa ang antas ng kanilang pamumuhay.

Matatandaang sumailalim na rin ang mga kapulisan dito sa pagsasanay sa pagluto ng mga minatamis na pili, pagsasanay ukol sa container gardening at sa pag-aalaga at pagpapa-itlog ng pugo.

Naging tagapagturo dito ang mga livelihood skilled trainors mula sa City Agriculture Office.

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City BFP nanawagan sa publiko na huwag harangan ang mga fire hydrants

Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon

Walang sinuman ang nakakaalam kung kailan magaganap ang insidente ng sunog kung kaya’t nararapat lamang na pag-ibayuhin ng sinuman ang pag-iingat at pagiging responsable nang sa gayon ay maiwasan ang pagkakasira ng mga ari-arian at pagkawala ng buhay.

Ito ang naging pahayag ni Bureau of Fire Protection Sorsogon City Fire Marshal Renato Marcial kasabay ng panawagan nila sa publiko na huwag harangan ang mga fire hydrants na nakalagay sa mga istratehikong lugar dito sa lungsod dahilan sa dito sila kumukuha ng tubig sa panahong nagkakaroon ng sunog.

Sinabi ni Marcial na base sa resulta ng isinagawa nilang fire safety inspection kamakailan, nadiskubre nilang ilang mga fire hydrants ang hindi na makita dahilan sa naharangan na ito ng mga sidewalk vendors, mga nakaparadang traysikel o di kaya’y mga basura at basurahan.

Kaugnay nito, inatasan niya ang kanyang mga tauhan na maglagay ng malalaking warning signs sa tabi ng mga fire hydrants partikular yaong nakalagay sa kahabaan ng Rizal at Magsaysay St.

Malinaw na nakasaad sa warning signs na ang pagharang sa mga fire hydrants ay paglabag sa Section 11.00.1D ng Republic Act 9514 o ang newly amended Fire Code of the Philippines.

Alinsunod sa batas na ito, ang sinumang haharang o magiging dahilan upang maharangan ang akses sa mga fire hydrants ay papatawan ng kaukulang penalidad na nagkakahalaga ng Php12,500 hanggang Php25,000.

Kaugnay nito, sinabi ni Marcial na hinihingi nila ang kooperasyon at suporta ng publiko sa pagpapatupad ng nasabing batas at mangyaring ireport sa tanggapan ng BFP ang sinumang kakikitaan ng paglabag nito.

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Task Force La Niña, bubuuin

Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon

Bilang paghahanda sa pagdating ng La Niña sa bansa, nagpatawag ng pulong ngayong araw si Sorsogon Governor Sally A. Lee sa mga kasapi ng Provincial Disaster and Coordinating Council (PDCC) upang buuin ang Sorsogon Task Force La Niña.

Matatandaang una nang nilagdaan ni Lee ang Executive Order No. 2 series of 2010, na bubuo sa Task Force La Niña ng lalawigan bilang bahagi ng aktibidad pangkahandaan ng PDCC.

Ang Task Force La Niña ang siyang magrerekomenda, susubaybay at magpapatupad ng mga kaukulang hakbang upang hindi lumala ang epektong dadalhin nito.

Sinabi ni Lee na bago pa man niya nilagdaan ang nasabing EO ay naging aktibo na ang Provincial Agriculture, National Irrigation Administration at ang Sorsogon Provincial Public Safety Disaster Management Office (SPPSDMO) dito sa paggawa ng proposal at plan of action na mahalaga upang mapigilan ang negatibong epektong maaaring idulot ng La Niña sa lalawigan.

Ayon naman kay SPPSDM Officer Jose Lopez, may ugnayan na rin sa pagitan ng provincial LGU at National Irrigation Administration para sa mga kaukulang paghahanda sa mga irrigation canals at drainage systems sa mga pangunahing lugar palayan at flood-prone areas dito.

“Ilang mga rekomendasyon na rin ang natanggap ng SPPSDMO mula sa mga kinauukulang ahensya at tanggapan dito na mahalaga sa pagbibigay proteksyon sa mga naapektuhang sektor sakaling may dumarating na kalamidad,” pahayag ni Lopez.

Samantala, inaasahan namang magbubunga ng positibong resulta ang isasagawang pulong mamaya.

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Phivolcs warns tourists flocking to Mayon of sudden blasts (via The Green Economist)

Phivolcs warns tourists flocking to Mayon of sudden blasts by Rey M. Nasol for Philippine Daily Inquirer LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) office here has warned tourists who have canceled their trips to restive Taal Volcano in Batangas and proceeded instead to Mayon Volcano here that the near-perfect cone-shaped volcano is still dangerous with threatening rockfalls and sudden small explosions. Resident volcanologist Eduardo Laguerta told the P … Read More

via The Green Economist

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Sorsogon City, Graduation (via Aihu Foundation)

Sorsogon City, Graduation June 5, 2010, A big day to our 287 Sorsogueños  recipients  because this is the culminating of their 18 tough days training they undergo in our Computer Van Aralan , A big project from the Local Government  of  Sorsogon City,  this training was sponsored by Chinese Filipino Business Club, Inc. our never tired private group who always there to support this kind of project. with the Help of  Move my Country and Phil chamber of Commerce Sorsogon Cha … Read More

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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.

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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.

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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

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8 million Filipinos now using mobile banking — BSP

Over eight million Filipinos are now using mobile banking services in the country, which the central bank says would boost more efficient financial services in rural and other hard-to-reach areas at relatively lower costs.

BSP Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. said there are now 49 rural banks offering mobile banking from none before 2005.

These eight million users use the electronic money (e-money) services of major telecommunications companies Smart Communications and Globe Telecom, which offer Smart Money and G-Cash, respectively, BSP said.

These allow mobile subscribers, particularly those without bank accounts, to deposit, transfer, and withdraw money from one e-money account to another in the telecom company’s business centers nationwide.

Espenilla noted that the Philippines has been recognized by international organizations for its microfinance initiatives and is considered as the leading pioneer in mobile banking solutions for the poor.

Some banks even lowered interest rates on microfinance loans for clients who use text-a-payment platform by 50 basis points on monthly rates, Espenilla added.

“Technology extends outreach of microfinance and banking services to a large number of bankable but un-banked especially those in rural and hard to reach areas at lower costs and higher efficiency,” he said.

He explained that the mobile phone industry in the Philippines serves all income groups especially low income groups and more than 75 percent of the population have mobile phones.

Electronic transactions, which involve the payment of purchased goods and services, could also be used for remittances from Filipinos abroad, Espenilla noted.

“The amount of e-money transactions is already huge, and we expect it to grow further,” the BSP official added.

The BSP said it has ordered firms offering e-money services to register with the central bank as an electronic money issuer (EMI).

These could include banks, non-bank financial institutions, and money transfer agents. Those qualified as EMI include stock corporations with a minimum paid-up capital of P100 million.

E-money is also not considered a bank deposit and is not covered by the deposit insurance provided by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC).

The guidelines also limit the maximum amount that can be loaded to any e-money instrument to P100,000 a month. — OMG, GMANews.TV



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(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

Kaugnay ng kampanya ng pamahalaan ukol sa buwis, muling pinaalalahanan ng Bureau of Internal Revenue ang publiko sa kahalagahan ng paghingi ng resibo sa anuman at alinmang bagay na binibili upang makatulong sa pamahalaan.

Ayon kay Sorsogon District Revenue Officer Arturo Abenoja, mahalaga ang pakikipagtulungan ng bawat mamamayan upang umusad ang ekonomiya ng bansa.

Kaugnay naman ng pagkalito ng ilang mga residente dito ukol sa pagkakaiba ng sales invoice at official receipt na iniisyu sa kanila, ipinaliwanag din niya na parehong mahalaga ang mga ito at nagkakaiba lamang pagdating sa sale of goods or properties at sale of services.

Sinabi ni Abenoja na sa bagong Vallue Added Tax Law, Sec. 4.106-1, sales invoice ang ibibigay kung ang binayaran ay mga groceries, kagamitan o mga bagay na nahahawakan o yaong kabilang sa kategoryang sale of goods or properties.

Habang nakasaad naman sa Sec. 4.108-1 na official receipt ang ibibigay kung ang binayaran ay ang serbisyo, pati na rin ang pagpapaupa ng mga bagay o kagamitan, o yaong kabilang sa kategorya ng sale of services and use of or lease of properties.

Aniya, mahalagang naiintindihan ng publiko ang mga programang ikinakampanya ng pamahalaan nang sa gayon ay mas nagiging madali sa kanila na tumulong sa mga ginagawang reporma ng pamahalaan.

Dagdag pa niya na maliit na hiling lamang ng BIR sa publiko ang paghingi ng resibo, subali’t napakalaking bagay ang resultang ibibigay nito sapagka’t babayad ng tamang buwis ang mga business establishments at yaong mga nagbebenta ng serbisyo.
Binigyang-diin din niya na ang hihingiing resibo ay mag-re-reflect sa books of accounts ng mga may-ari ng negosyo, at ang hindi paghingi ng resibo ay magiging malaking kawalan sa kaban ng ating pamahalaan.

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(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

nagpapatuloy sa ngayon ang tatlong araw na monitoring activity ng mga kasapi ng Bacon-Manito Geothermal Multi-Partite Monitoring Team (BMGMMT).

Bahagi ito ng quarterly monitoring kung saan tinitiyak ng BGMMT na sumusunod pa rin sa itinakdang standard ang operasyon ng Bacon-Manito Geothermal Production Project (BMGPP).

Ayon kay Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Oscar Dominguez ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), kabilang sa kanilang mga aktibidad ay ang air and water quality sampling, health safety procedures, watershed and forest protection kasama na ang law enforcement at pagsasagawa ng Information and Education Campaign sa mga nasasakupan nitong lugar.

“Kasama din sa aming monitoring ang socio-economic impact na dala ng Bac-Man geothermal project sa mga host communities nito tulad ng Brgy. Sto Niño at Osiao sa Bacon District, Sorsogon Bay, Brgy. Rizal, Cawayan River at Tanawon area na pawang nasa lungsod ng Sorsogon.

Nakatakdang iprisinta ang sectoral reports ukol sa kanilang mga obserbasyon at findings ngayon, June 18.

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(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

Anim na libo walong daan limampu’t walong sako ng bigas ang sa kasalukuyan ay ipinamamahagi ng Philippine National Red Cross Sorsogon Chapter sa mga aydentipikadong pamilya sa apat na mga bayan dito sa lalawigan ng Sorsogon sa ilalim ng 4Ps o Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ng pamahalaan.

Ang 4Ps ay binuo ng pamahalaan upang tulungan ang mga mahihirap na pamilyang Pilipino sa bansa upang maisaayos ang kalusugan, nutrisyon at edukasyon ng kanilang mga anak.

Ayon kay PNRC Sorsogon Chapter Manager Salvacion Abotanatin, sinimulan nila ang pamamahagi ng bigas sa bayan ng Pilar noong a-trenta y uno ng Mayo na natapos noong June 7, kung saan 1,392 na pamilya ang nabiyayaan doon.

“Sa kasalukuyan ay nagpapatuloy pa ang aming pamamahagi kung saan sa bayan ng Castilla ay aabot sa 1,045 na pamilya ang mabibiyayaan, habang sa Matnog ay 872 at sa Donsol ay 3,549 na pamilya ang makatatanggap ng tig-iisang sako ng bigas. Inaasahang matatapos ang aming distribusyon sa Hunyo a-trenta,” pahayag pa niya.

Samantala, nilinaw ni Abotanatin na ang Red Cross ang naatasang mamahagi sa halip na ang mga Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office dahilan sa sakop pa ang mga ito ng election ban hanggang sa June 30, at hindi na rin dapat na pagtagalin pa ang distribusyon sapagkat naideliver na rin dito ang mga bigas na dapat matanggap ng mga aydentipikadong pamilya.

Matatandaang nakasaad sa Comelec en Banc Resolution 8732, na mula ika-dalawampu’t anim ng Marso hanggang huling araw ng Hunyo walang opisyal o empleyado ng pamahalaan pati na mga opisyal sa barangay na mamamahagi, maglalabas o gagasta ng pondo ng pamahalaan sa anumang uri ng pampublikong gawain.

“Subali’t, ang distribusyon ng mga bigas ay matagal nang naaprubaha, dangan nga lamang at naabutan lamang ito ng election ban,” paglilinaw pa ni Abotanatin.

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(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

Mahigpit ang iniwang atas ni Sorsogon Governor Sally Lee sa mga kasapi ng Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) dito ukol sa buo at aktibong partisipasyon ng mga departamento ng provincial government, paaralan, ospital at iba pang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan sa gagawing 2nd quarter simultaneous earthquake drill bukas, June 18.

Bago umalis ang gobernador patungong Quezon City upang dumalo sa limang araw na seminar na isinasagawa ngayon ng DOST-Phivolcs, inatasan nito ang PDCC partikular ang Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) a pangunahan ang nasabing earthquake drill.

Sa pulong na ipinatawag ng PDCC, ganap na alas nueve ng umaga bukas ito isasagawa at binigyan na rin ng mga kaukulang instruksyon ang mga pinuno ng iba’t-ibang mga ahensya dito ukol sa mga hakbang na dapat gawin ng mga ito partikular na isasama na rin dito ang kahandaan sa panahong magkasunog.

Matatandaang sa ipinalabas na direktiba ni outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo noong June 26, 2006, nakasaad dito na dapat gawin ang earthquake drills quarterly kung saan lalahukan ito ng mga pampubliko at pribadong tanggapan at mga establisemyento kasama na ang mga paaralan, hanggang sa tuluyan nang mapukaw ang kamalayan at maisabuhay na ng publiko ang mga dapat gawin sa panahon at matapos ang aktwal na paglindol nang sa gayon ay maiwasan ang may masaktan o di kaya’y ang pagbubuwis ng buhay.

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Albay, Landbank sign P700m loan for college scholarships (via The Green Economist)

We would like to Congratulate Albay Gov. Joey Salceda for such a great initiative. This program called “Study now, Pay Never” is a first of its kind program in the country. Thank you sir for making education as your priority. Truly Bicolanos will be very proud of you & we’ll always remember you! Dios Mabalos!

Albay, Landbank sign P700m loan for college scholarships Albay province has signed this morning a P700 million loan package with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to finance a first–in–the-country education strategy that aims to produce “a college graduate for every family” through an encompassing yet simplified study now-pay later scheme. Albay Governor Joey Salceda, who authored the program, referred to it as an “Education Driven Development” (see presentation below); a development approach for … Read More

via The Green Economist

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Resigned Pinoy workers in Jeddah seek repatriation

Over 20 overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia are now awaiting repatriation after they quit their jobs due to their company’s alleged contract violations.

However, just four days before their resignation’s effectivity, the 26 machine operators from Jeddah have yet to receive the final details of their repatriation and more importantly, a notice on who will shoulder the cost of their tickets.

As a result, the workers fear they may either be kicked out of the accommodation provided by their company, or forced to just finish their two-year contracts despite their complaints.

In an interview with GMANews.TV, a worker who requested anonymity said their company, Arabian Gulf Manufacturers Ltd. for Plastic, has failed to pay them for overtime work. Moreover, the company has reportedly been making illegal salary deductions.

The machine operator added they were given a contract different from the one they signed with their recruitment agency in Manila.

“In our original contract, we’re supposed to receive 1,200 Saudi riyals (about P14,760) but we’re only getting 900 (P11,070),” the worker explained.

The original contract dated March last year, obtained from migrants’ rights group Migrante-Middle East, also indicates the workers were supposed to be paid for overtime work, but the worker said they did not receive any extra compensation.

On May 20, the 26 workers filed their resignation effective a month later as required by Saudi’s labor law.

However, the workers remain uncertain if their agency, Armstrong Resources Corp. (ARC), would shoulder their repatriation.

In a separate interview, Labor Attache Vicente Cabe clarified the agency has agreed to pay for the workers’ plane tickets.

“(The agency) called me last week and said they will provide the tickets. We’re just waiting if indeed the 26 workers will push through with being repatriated,” Cabe told GMANews.TV.

But he was unable to give the exact date as to when the workers will be repatriated.

ARC refused to comment when reached by phone, saying it is attending to “more important issues,” a staff member who refused to be identified said.

Nine-month ordeal

According to the worker, they wrote the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to seek assistance regarding their plight as early as September 2009.

The POEA forwarded the letter to the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah for action, which Cabe said he did not receive.

Around April, Cabe said he initiated talks with the company for a possible resolution.

“We were unable to convince the company. The company was offering free transportation and accommodation, but the original contract includes provision for food and laundry. The workers found the offer unacceptable,” Cabe explained.

Cabe added the complaining workers originally numbered 36, but ten decided to just continue with their employment contract despite its departure from the original agreement.

If conciliatory talks now ongoing would not prosper, appropriate charges will be filed before the Primary Commission of Saudi’s Ministry of Labor, he said.

No tickets yet

With their resignation’s effectivity just a few days away, the workers remain unsure regarding the date of their repatriation.

“I am really worried so I did not go to work today. However, I did not receive any categorical response from the POEA, which is coordinating with the agency, if we already have tickets,” the worker said.

He added their company is also asking them to present their tickets two days before their resignation’s date of effectivity, so that their exit papers can be processed.

“If we can’t present the tickets, the company said they will ignore our resignation and force us to finish our contracts. We may also be kicked out of our accommodation, and we have nowhere to go,” the worker explained.

He likewise scored the POEA and the labor office in Jeddah for their slow response, and for seemingly ignoring their plight by allowing more OFWs to be deployed by their agency.

“Just yesterday (Tuesday), eight more OFWs arrived at the company deployed by our agency,” the worker said.

The POEA cannot be reached for comment as of posting time.


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DepEd: Kakulangan sa mga silid-aralan, aabot sa 50,000

Aabot sa mahigit 50,000 pang silid-aralan ang kailangan ng bansa para makasunod sa pamantayan kaugnay sa classroom-student ratio.

Sinabi ni Education Secretary Mona Valisno na sa ilalim ng international classroom ratio, kinakailangang mayroong isang classroom para sa 35 estudyante o ratio na 1:35.

Inamin ni Valisno na sa ngayon ay may average ratio ang mga silid-aralan sa bawat pampublikong paaralan sa bansa na 1:60 o isang classroom sa bawat 60 estudyante at kung minsan ay umaabot pa ng 1:72 o isang classroom sa bawat 72 estudyante.

Inihayag ni Valisno na ito ang dahilan kaya kinakailangan nilang humingi ng dagdag na pondo para sa sektor ng edukasyon sa susunod na administrasyon.

Sa ngayon, may isinasagawa nang konstruksyon para sa 3,613 classrooms sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa upang ipandagdag sa kasalukuyang mga silid-aralan.

Report from Jon Ibañez, DZMM/Radyo Patrol 35

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DepEd urged to lead zero waste drive

Green advocates urged the Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday to take the lead in turning the school system into a dynamic hub where Filipino students can learn and put into practice Zero Waste in everyday living.

“Next to our homes, the schools provide the best training grounds for instilling ecological awareness, responsibility and action among our kids, especially in preventing and reducing waste,” EcoWaste president Roy Alvarez said in a statement released in time for the reopening of classes.

“If DepEd will be able to pass on the Zero Waste value to the country’s over 23 million students, we’ll have a formidable army of earth-loving Filipinos who will shun wastefulness, including the irksome habit of mixing, littering and burning trash,” he added.

Alvarez also noted the familiarization of the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Sold Waste Management Act of 2001 among the youth.

“By starting them young on how we can avoid waste and manage our discards in a way that will not degrade and damage the environment, we can have better chances of implementing Republic Act 9003,” Alvarez said.

The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2001 primarily requires comprehensive waste segregation at source, waste avoidance, waste volume reduction and the ecological management of discards such as reuse, recycling and composting activities, excluding waste incineration.

Eileen Sison, NGO-representative to the National Solid Waste Management Commission, drew attention to the need for a Department Administrative Order (DAO) on Zero Waste.

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