Tuesday, April 26, 2005

 

DOE TO FUND REFOR PROJECT

DOE TO FUND REFOR PROJECT
Metro Post
April 24-30

Sibulan – The Department of Energy and the National Power Corp. have committed to shell out an estimated P5 million for the reforestation program over 150 hectares of barren, forested, and agricultural land in the hinterlands of this town.

Mayor Antonio Renacia said the reforestation program is three-pronged since it also involves aspects on agro forestry, and employment opportunities & livelihood for the locals.

The area due for reforestation is located in barangay Tubigon, and parts of barangays Enrique Villanueva, and Balugo here. The Department of Environment & Natural Resources had earlier classified the areas as timberland.

Mayor Renacia said he has memories of Sibulan as a virgin forest with century – old trees surrounding the Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao – now considered an important watershed.

He lamented the destruction of the forest due to illegal logging, and slash and burn farming which have resulted in soil erosion. He also noted the denuded kaingin areas that are now growing only cogon and wild ferns have since been abandoned.

Renacia admitted that the enforcement of forest laws is challenged by the peace and order situation, coupled with the economic needs of the marginal farmers in the hinterlands.

His said he remains hopeful since government services are still delivered in the areas like the operation of primary schools,, day care centers, and health care centers.

The roads, although existing, are not anymore passable for any type of vehicles due to poor maintenance. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

P5.3 BILLION FOR BAIS SEAPORT READIED

P5.3 BILLION FOR BAIS SEAPORT READIED
Metro Post
April 24-30, 2005
Page 02

Bais City – This City known for its dolphin and whale-watching activities may soon have its own seaport after the Provincial Development Council chaired by Gov. George Arnaiz favorably endorsed a P5.3 billion seaport project.

Mayor Hector Villanueva said the proposed Bais City Seaport would be located in barangay Okiot here.

The City Council also joined in the City Administration’s development thrusts by passing a Resolution to that effect. They said the proposed poet would be strategically located relative to the industrial center economic zones of the Region, and will serve as an alternative seaport of international standard in Central Visayas, and as shelter for fishing and other inter island vessels during bad weather.

Mayor Villanueva said the seaport would form part of President Arroyo’s Strong Republic Nautical Highway, or the President Diosdado Macapagal Agro Tourism Highway Project.

The Mayor said the port will become a trans shipment center of Negros Island, Western Cebu, and Eastern Mindanao, that will spur commercial and industrial development in the entire Negros Island, and provide vast employment opportunities for all Negreneses. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

COUNCIL LAUDS MACIAS FOR MOVING BARANGAY ELECTIONS

COUNCIL LAUDS MACIAS FOR MOVING BARANGAY ELECTIONS
Metro Post
April 24-30, 2005
Page 02

The Dumaguete City Council passed a Resolution of gratitude for 2nd District Rep. Emilio C. Macias II and the members of the House of Representatives for approving a bill calling for the postponement of the barangay elections originally scheduled this year.

The House of Representatives, at the instance of Congressman Macias who chairs the House Committee on Local Government, has passed HB No. 3742 calling for the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to the second Monday of May in 2008.

The elections would have been held in the last Monday of October this year.

An equivalent bill is now pending in the Senate awaits the approval of the senators. A bicameral conference will take place to iron other matters in both versions of the bill.

“For this act of statesmanship, I move that a resolution of thanks and appreciation be extended to Cong. Emilio C. Macias II, and to the members and leadership of the House of Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines,” Councilor Franklin Esmena proposed in his privilege speech.

Esmena explained that an election this year is just “too much” and will “further divide the nation and make the country poorer”. He said that when approved by both Houses of legislation, the people shall have saved no less than P2 billion.

The Councilor in his privilege speech also added that the three-year reprieve would give the incumbent barangay officials more time to implement and compete their projects they had started. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

UNIVERSITY TOWN STUDENTS ARE REGION’S TOP 10

UNIVERSITY TOWN STUDENTS ARE REGION’S TOP 10
Metro Post
April 24-30, 2005
Page 02


Three students enrolled in universities in Dumaguete have been awarded this year’s Top 10 students of Region VII.

Earnest Dale Acar of Silliman University bested several other student leaders and achievers from Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, and Oriental Negros.

Acar was Silliman’s Most Outstanding Student in 2005, and graduated cum laude with a degree of BS Information Technology. He was also a BPI Science Awardee.

Cornelia and Arbon graduated with a Bachelor in Technological Education degree from NORSU. Cornelia was editor-in-chief of the NORSU student paper, while Arbon finished college as a consistent DOST scholar.

Acar, Cornelia, and Arbon are joined by seven other outstanding students from the University of San Carlos in Cebu, the Cebu Institute of Technology, Cebu Normal University, the University of Cebu, the University of the Philippines-Cebu, and Holy Name University in Bohol. They will compete with other Top 10 students from the other regions for the plum national award. (with reports from SU OIP)

 

DepEd TAPS SU TO TRAIN CLOSE TO THOUSAND TEACHERS

DepEd TAPS SU TO TRAIN CLOSE TO THOUSAND TEACHERS
Metro Post
April 24-30, 9005
Page 02

The Department of Education-Secondary Education Development & Improvement Project (SEDIP) has signed a memorandum of agreement with Silliman University for the conduct of trainings on Classroom Management, and on Care, Use & Improvisation of Learning Support Materials for public high school teachers in Negros Oriental starting next week.

The program, part of the continuing in-service training (InSeT) of teachers under SEDIP financed by the Philippine government, the Asian Development Bank, and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, aims to help improve the quality of secondary education in the “social reform area provinces” like Guimaras, Antique, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, and Oriental Negros.

Under the MOA, Silliman will undertake a residential training program equivalent to 18 units (nine units/summer) for 990 teachers on Classroom Management, and for 905 teahcers on Care, Use & Improvisation of Learning Support Materials in the Province.

Majority of the participants will be trained in both modules, which will be conducted in three batches until June.

The training design on Classroom Management aims to widen the concept of classroom management to include more than maintaining discipline. It focuses on structuring the room, maximizing the use of instructional materials, controlling routine activities, dealing with disruptive behavior, promoting classroom interaction, and managing fast and slow learners.

The training design on Care, Use & Improvisation of Learning Support Materials intends to orient the teachers on the array of traditional and modern materials, and the role these can play in making classroom instruction more meaningful and effective.

The facilitators of the training include professors and instructors of the different aceademic units in the University. As a partner of SEDIP, Silliman will take part in the follow-up of the program implementation by the teacher participants once they are back in their respective schools. (SU OIP)

 

HUMANE

HUMANE
Editorial
Metro Post
April 24-30, 2005
Page 05

Dumaguetenos must have thought nothing could be worse than having a building burn to ashes despite the fact that it was just beside the aptly-named Bureau of Fire Protection (emphasis ourts) – on April Fool’s day at that – when last Sunday’s jailbreak happened at the Dumaguete City Jail.

Nine inmates escaped after overpowering their jail guards. It was a simple act that did not require much thought on the part of the inmates. They just went to the jail guards, subdued them, and escaped.

Prrof they did not even think long and hard enough about their escape was that they went up to escape into the mountains of Valencia—where most of them were cornered because there was no way for them to go after the ravines but down.

The jailbreak was an incident waiting to happen. There can e no proper jail management at the City Jail because for one, the design of the facility is defective. There is no chamber or barrier that separates the main gate from the jail cells. Any inmate can, on his free day, get touch the main gate, and foolishly make a dash for freedom. (Well, having “trusted” inmates open the jail gate for the guard is something else.)

This is a discipline problem – something for the officials of the Bureau of jail Management & Penology to correct on their own.

The facility in Gajumpandan cannot even be called a Rehabilitation Center—which it claims to be. For how can genuine rehabilitation take place in such very cramped quarters?

With 247 inmates crammed into quarters that were meant for only 97 prisoners, no good thing could happen in the minds of the inmates, probably except to swear they would never want to go back in that jail cell ever.

Hopefully, that would mean they would not revert to their old bad ways the moment they stepped out of prison.

Perhaps this is one time the City and Province, together with the offices of our three Congressmen, can help the jail inmates and their jailers. Instead of building, say, one kilometer of road, they might want to use the money to construct additional cells, or a second floor at booth the Provincial Jail at the Capitol area, and at the City Jail to decongest both facilities.

Adding a few more jail cells may be quite expensive to make – if we really have to do it anyway because there are just too many law breakers around – but they can go a long way in helping make the facility truly a constructive place where criminals could be restored, and made useful to society again.

We can do nothing less than to make the jail more humane for our brothers and sisters who will one day rejoin our society of gentle people.

 

VICE GUV URGES PROMOTION OF TOWN’S ECOTOURISM POTENTIALS

VICE GUV URGES PROMOTION OF TOWN’S ECOTOURISM POTENTIALS
Metro Post
April 24-30, 2005
Page 03

Manjuyod – Vice Gov. Jose Petit Baldado has urged officials here to develop and promote more aggressively the tourism potentials of their town, including the coastal areas. The Vice Governor is regarded here as the “father of the development of Candabong forest” which was started when he was mayor of Manjuyod.

He noted that with the development of both the upland and the coastal areas, Manjuyod will become a “top tourist destination”.

Baldado is particularly eyeing the further development of the sandbar that actually straddles between Bais Bay and off the coast of Manjuyod.

It was during his stint as mayor when he built the cottages on stilts on the sandbar that could stretch to as long as seven kilometers at low tide.

Vice Governor Baldado said he recently went scuba diving in the Tanon Strait across Majuyod, and discovered a kaleidoscope of marine life. “This town could be an alternative haven for diving enthusiasts,” he said.

Baldado is also urging the town officials to develop the 200-hectare Candabong forest into an area for nature trekking, camping, and retreats.

Candabong, a part of the Bantay Lasang projmect 20 years ago, has lush vegetation and diptherocarp trees. Baldado recalled the efforts then included painstaking organizing of the farmers, educating them, and urging them to embrace the concept of community involvement in protecting the area.

Prior to the Bantay Lasang project, Candabong was a picture of kaingin and unsustainable farming practices.

This month, graduating high school students of Manjuyod held a two-day camp at Candabong to relearn the value of conserving and preserving natural resources.

Manjuyod is also known for the Aroma Beach Resort, URSUMCO (Universal Robina Sugar Milling Corp.), the Sycip Farm & Mango Plantation – which Vice Governor Baldao said are ideal spots for educational and exposure trips. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

WORLD BANK NAMES SILLIMAN AS BEST KDC

WORLD BANK NAMES SILLIMAN AS BEST KDC
Metro Post
April 24-30, 2005
Page 02

Davao City – The World Bank presented the Knowledge for Development Center (KDC) at Silliman University with the “Star KDC 2005 Award” for “going beyond its function as a mere repository of print, online, and audio-visual resources.

The award was given to SU President Dr. Agustin Pulido by WB Acting Country Director Chris Horban during the 4th Annual KDC Workshop held this month here.

In his speech, Hoban said the Silliman KDc, headed by Gemma Plasabas, has demonstrated “creativity, Innovation, and effectiveness in being a hub for consultation and dialogue, a catalyst for innovation and knowledge sharing, a change agent for transformational leadership and good governance, and a link in a network of development partners beyond the academe”.

He also gave KDC had organized a forum on women and poverty alleviation together with the SU Center for Women Studies & Development headed by Prof. Phoebe Tan, which resulted in a Resolution asking for increased support for basic services, and the involvement of women in the region in policy-making. The Resolution was presented in the World Bank’s country assistance strategy consultation held in September last year.

The Silliman KDC had organized a forum on women and poverty alleviation together with the SU Center for Women Studies & Development headed by Prof. Phoebe Tan, which resulted in a Resolution asking for increased support for basic services, and the involvement of women in the region in policy-making. The Resolution was presented in the World Bank’s country assistance strategy consultation held in September last year.

The Silliman KDC also hosted the first online course on disaster risk management together with the National Disaster Coordinating Council, and the World Bank Institute. The University had invested in a computer server and other IT infrastructure needed for the offering of the course.

During the closing ceremonies of the training here, Garcia was also awarded the Star KDC Coordinator 2005, after he was voted through secret ballots by the participants as the “most active and congenial” participant during the training.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

 

LAKE BALINSASAYAW

LAKE BALINSASAYAW
Metro Post
Econ 101 by: Atty. Whelma S. Yap
April 17-23, 2005
Page 04

The enchanting Lake Balinsasayaw is located 14 kms. off the north national highway in the town of San Jose.

Nature lovers lead by Gov. George Arnaiz have made sure that local attractions are accessible through well paved roads. Along the route uphill one can have a breathtaking view overlooking the coastline, and the adjacent southern tip of Cebu.

There are smaller lakes along the route,, and the blooming bougainvilleas add color to the “clean and green” atmosphere.

No wonder the area has been explored as a possible residential or “retirement village” location – complete with recreational areas like a golf course, swimming pools, etc.

I had heard of Lake Balinsasayaw since the 1970s as an undergraduate; it was a favorite field trip destination among Biology students.

But it was only last weekend that I was able to personally appreciate nature’s gift, together with the Rotary Mother Club members upon the prodding of Past President Dr. Alice Noble-Reyes.

Let me express my heartfelt appreciation for the persistent nudging of Past President Alice as it made me break our usual routine of spending weekends in Bindoy. The beauty of Lake Balinsasayaw was well worth the trip.

It was also fun to reconnect with fellow Rotarians like President Atty. Patrick Gaitera, as well as the reliables Valencia Mayor Jun and Kitty Gonzalez, Caloy and Babe with Nicole Amasula, Betty and Fernando Martinez, Lily Martinez, Mon Glores, Mel and Ver Kho, Alex Amor, Gerry Dagoy, and all the others who came along.

Coincidentally, the members of the Negros Oriental Hotels, Resorts, & Restaurants Association like the Sagabarrias of Scooby’s, the Merceds of Opena’s, Nerisse of Nerisse Bakeshop, the Varelas of Sta. Monica, Annabelle Lee-Adriano of Antulang, Youman Uymatia of Manson’s Place, Ann Beth Sy, among others, were also there with their families. It was fun to watch the kids paddling kayaks, watercycling, fishing, or simply, swimming.

The group walked along the trail towards the twin Lake Danao, and were picked up by the bancas on their way back.

Some St. Paul sisters were also there, and they had gone around the lake in their banca.

Lake Balinsasayaw is just close to the City, and it offers a refreshing change from the hot seaside breeze.

The air around the lake is cool, even during noontime. The water has a soothing, calming – almost hypnotic – effect.

Governor Arnaiz had previously cleared the area of occupants, but provided the residents with a livelihood through increased ecotourism.

The concept is feasible for the Province, and reinforces the other ecotourism sites like Forest Camp and the Casaroro Falls in Valencia.

Take time to visit Lake Balinsasayaw. Be prepared to take a swim, and bring your own provisions for a picnic. Transportation can be by car, motorbikes, four-wheel drives, or multi-purpose vehicles. More information may be secured from the Provincial Tourism Office.

 

PASSING THE BUCK

PASSING THE BUCK
Metro Post
April 17-23, 2005
Page 04

The Dumaguete City Fire Department never seems to run out of scapegoats for its embarrassing performance during the fire that gutted the offices of the Commission on Audit, the two branches of the Municipal Trial Courts, the City Presecutor's Office and the City Health Office.

First, a fire investigator said they failed to control the fire because of the late arrival of the water tankers from the Dumaguete Filipino-Chinese Volunteers who said they were in the fire scene well within minutes after they were called. Unluckily, they were called only after the fire had spread and had gone on to eat up the entire building.

Now, the one getting the blame is the poor security guard. Fire Chief Arnulfo Sayson said the security guard reported the fire too late, causing the firemen's delayed response.

Well, it may be true that the guard wasn't able to detect the fire earlier on, but the fact remains it was actually he who had to report the incident to the Fire Department.

Why couldn't have anyone among of the City's more than 10 firefighters on duty that time been able to at least smell papers, and plastics, and leather, and wood that were burning barely a few meters away from where they must have been sleeping?!

The Fire Department should even be thankful to this one security guard because if not for his presence of mind, perhaps an even greater tragic-comedy of their own building catching fire would have put the entire City in the international headlines.

This attitude of passing the buck is dangerous. It presupposes that we have an A-1 Fire Department that was only defeated by circumstances beyond their control.

Of course, we know better than that. What is really wrong with our Fire Department? If it's the lack of water trucks, why couldn't they just call on the water trucks of the volunteer fire fighter-businessmen at the first sign of a fire?

If the problem is lack of training, why couldn't they just spend more time doing just that instead of getting better at board games" (it was worse when they did nothing but convert their area into a Tamiya racetrack every night.)

We all know about the constraints in government bureaucracy. The Fire Department should have known that by now; that they cannot totally rely on government support if they were to be competitive, and responsive to the needs of the times.

That is probably why the Civil Service Commission requires government heads of offices to improve their managerial skills to enable them to think outside the bos, be more creative, and maximize their potentials given the limite resources.

Sharpen the waw. Stephen Covey cites that as onee of the seven habits of highly-effective people. but we have yet to see our firefighters practicing their skills and techniques.

For their own benefit, it's time they showed the public they are taking the initiave to realy equip themselves with the right tools and sharpened skills to make them more efficiennt.

And maybe, just maybe, they will win over some hearts of potential donors.

 

FU PRODUCES 4 LAWYERS

FU PRODUCES 4 LAWYERS
Metro Post
April 17-23, 2005
Page 13

The Foundation University College of Law & Jurisprudence released the names of its three barristers who made it in the 2004 Bar Examinations, posting an 18 percent passing average.

The new lawyers are Oscar T. Bokingkito II, Arvin Sienes, and Melissa Erames-Tuballa, all members of the Class of 2004, and Eliseo Calma Jr. of the previous batch.

Atty. Sienes is a resident of Amlan, Negros Oriental, and is a son of Arturo Sienes and Fe Lopez.

A Dean’s Lister, Atty. Tuballa is the youngest daughter of former FU Law Dean Saleto J. Erames. She passed the Bar through a self-review that intensified each year. “The process of review for me started since my greshman year, gowing with more intensity until my senior year,” Atty. Tuballa recalled.

She said she was a working student in her freshman and sophomore years, and decided to resign as clerk of the Provincial Engineer’s Office to become a full-time student in the last two years of her law course.

Atty. Tuballa said she hopes to join the law office of her father, and brother Rommel. She’s the wife of Engr. Ely Tuballa Jr.

Atty. Bokingkito is the third son of five children of Oscar Bokingkito and Adela Tuballa of Poblacion Dauin.

He finished his elementary and high school in Dauin and graduated with a degree of BS in Commerce major Computer Application, also at FU.

Judge Eleuterio Chiu, their dean at the College of Law & Jurisprudence, extended his congratulations to the Bar passers and expressed satisfaction for their fine performance.

“Two years ago, Atty. Sal Erames and I plnated in the FU College of Law the seeds of dedication, devotion, a culture of excellence, and total quality management. The principle was seriously applied as we set the macro perspective parameters; the barristers responded well to the program, representing the first best fruits of the College’s endeavor,” Judge Chiu said.

Last month, Judge Chiu announced that a brand new car awaits any FU law graduate who makes it to the top 10 in the Bar exams starting in the 2005 Bar examinations. Not a few have been fired up by the exciting prospect.

 

FISH EXAMINERS’ DEPLOYED

FISH EXAMINERS’ DEPLOYED
Metro Post
April 17-23, 2005
Page 11

Bayawan City – Mayor German Sarana here has deployed “fish examiners” in the various coastal areas to track down fishers and fishing vessels who might leak into the market fishes caught witht eh use of explosives.

The move, the Mayor said, will ensure that all fishes entering the public market of Bayawan are safe, in the midst of an aggressive campaign against illegal fishing methods.

Sarana also sought the assistance of the Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources to help enforce all fishery laws.

The “fish examiners” are graduates of a Training Course on Fishery Law Enforcement and Scientific Examination of Fish Caught conducted by BFAR’s Regional Fisheries Training Center.

They will be responsible for the conduct of “market denial operations” for fish found to be have been caught with the use of illegal methods. They are also authorized to conduct on-the-spot detection and scientific examinations, or file cases of illegal fishing against violators of the law.

It wasn’t clear, however, how possible bribery and corruption can be avoided among the level of “fish examiners” who will wield power in allowing or disallowing fishcatch into the market stands. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

DURANO COMMITS HALF MILLION FOR BUGLASAN

DURANO COMMITS HALF MILLION FOR BUGLASAN
Metro Post
April 17-23, 2005
Page 11


In an apparent effort to pacify Oriental Negrenses who felt aggrieved after not including the Province in the national tourism advertisement, Department of Tourism Sec. Joseph “Ace” Durano has offered to give P500,000 for the production, promotion, and awards of the Buglasan Festival which happens six months from now.

Board Member Mariant Escano-Villegas, chair of the Buglasan Festival, bared Secretary Durano’s commitment made when he was in Dumaguete start of the week as guest speaker of the culmination activity of the Tourism Caravan of national tour agents and operators.

The half million pesos is part of the P2 million package that the Tourism honcho pledged to Gov. George Arnaiz when he visited the Province with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Meanwhile, the Provincial government has earmarked a total of P9 million for tourism projects in Oriental Negros. The funds will be used mostly for promotional materials about the tourist spots and destinations to be distributed nationwide.

A sizable amount will also be used for the development of the Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao in Sibulan town. Governor Arnaiz planned to put up a foot trail there, floating cottages, a fiberglass kayak, among others. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

GUV GIVES P1.5 M FOR REFO PROGRAMS

GUV GIVES P1.5 M FOR REFO PROGRAMS
Metro Post
April 17-23, 2005
Page 03


Oriental Negros Gov. George Arnaiz is fulfilling his priority commitment to environmental matters that include reforesting the Province’s denuded areas.

The Governor recently gave P500,000 each to the towns of Amlan, Valencia, and La Libertad as counterpart of the reforestation program which he initiated there, reiterating the need to continuously take care of the environment, protect the soil from erosion, and ensure a sustainable watershed through a vigorous reforestation and agro forestry thrusts.

Amlan Mayor Victoriano dela Cruz, Valencia Mayor Jun Gonzalez, and La Libertad Mayor Hosie Sy-Limkaichong, on the other hand, committed to provide an adequate reforestation site, trained personnel, and the seedlings and other necessary farm implements.

Amlan has identified a 2,000-hectare timberland area as their strategic refo site – 887 hectares of which is suitable for agro forestry. The area is within the watershed conservation site of the National Power Corp., and the conservation site of the Philippine National Oil Co., - Energy Development Corp. in barangays Silab and Jantianon.

The Local chief executives LGU’s also agreed to form a committee that would be responsible for monitoring the program.

The refo program follows a scheme similar to maintaining a marine reserve of fish sanctuary wherein 25 percent of the area is designated as spawning ground of the fish and therefore, total off limits to any fishing activities.

The ban of activities in the reforestation area includes hunting, poaching of animals, or other activities that may endanger the ecosystem; except activities relative to the promotion of science and research. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

DUMAGUETE HAS 16 NEW LAWYERS

DUMAGUETE HAS 16 NEW LAWYERS
Metro Post
April 17-23, 2005
Page 03

Dumaguete’s two law schools have produced 16 new lawyers.

Foundation University posted an 18 percent passing average with four Bar passers out of 16 barristers. Their new lawyers are Oscar Bokingkito, Arvin Sienes, and Melissa Erames-Tuballa of Class of 2004; and Eliseo Calma Jr., of a previous batch.

Silliman University, on the other hand, reported 12 Bar passers out of 22 examinees, including those who don’t belong to batch 2004. Their new lawyers are: Janette Laggui-Icao, Engr. Sundy Lorence Lachica, Armi Sylvia Lezama, Pristine Ramona, Martinez-Raymond; Jitender Chandiramani, Francis Kabristante, Eduardo Kangleon, Bienvenido Llanes, Jr., Engr. Frustuoso Mongcopa, Jr., Mary Winriett Pono, Ingrid Trixia Rullon, and Gary Guido Tabios.

Judge Eleterio Chiu, dean of the FU College of Law & Jurisprudence, was elated over the increase in their Bar passers. We worked on discipline and dedication by daily checking the attendance of both students and the professors, for instance, and I think it’s working.”

He said they had other bets from FU who didn’t make it. He admitted that many other factors come into play during the Bar. One is how and where the barrister did his review Judge Chiu cited that Tuballa did a self-review, with constant tutoring from her father-lawyer, Councilor Saleto Erames who would read and discuss with her on decided cases; while Bokingkito and Sienes did their review in CRC Dumaguete.

On the other hand, all the other FU law graduates who flunked the Bar had enrolled in review schools by UP, Ateneo, and San Beda. “Maybe because there were many temptations and distractions in Manila, and the law reviewer would have no focus, unlike in Dumaguete.”

Another factor is the regular Bar Operations that law schools conduct for their barristers. Judge Chiu said Foundation University gave moral and financial support to their barristers by providing them free hotel accommodations and meals on the four weekends of September.

He said he had just advised last month close too 20 senior law students to repeat some subjects and not rush on to take the 2005 Bar. “Although I can’t prevent them from taking the Bar if they insist, I don’t want them to bear the stigma of being a bar flunker, so the need for adequate preparation. I hope the succeeding batches of FU law graduates will do even better.”

Meanwhile, SU College of Law Dean Myles Nicolas Bejar said, “Contrary to newspaper reports (not the MetroPost), Silliman posted 12 passers out of 22 barristers.” He explained that the number includes those who belong to previous batches of graduates and the so called “repeaters”.

“It is our policy not to distinguish between the first-takers from the repeaters because if we were to be strict about it, some of those who took the Bar and don’t belong to batch 2004 were actually taking the professional exams for the first time,” Bejar said.

“We did relatively well, and I’m optimistic that in the subsequent years, we’ll even have a better performance in the Bar,” Bejar said. He explained that the batch of 2004 which produced four Bar passers was actually the “last batch under the old system.”

“About four or five years ago, we started a more stringent screening policy upon the students’ entrance in the SU College of Law, “Bejar said. About 25 to 35 students make it in the qualifying exam, and interviews. “By the time they reach their second year, those who don’t measure up to the minimum standards are advised to transfer to other law schools.”

He cited that this year, the SU College of Law only graduated 11 out of more than 30 seniors. “We only pass a few whom we have assessed are capable, and could hurdle the Bar,” Bejar said. In June, only 10 out of the 30 juniors will be allowed to enroll as seniors.

Referring to the number of Bar passers from the SU Law 2004 batch, Atty. Myrish Cadapan-Antonio, a faculty of the College, said: “The Bar is always like that – unpredictable. Probably the results should be taken as a challenge by the faculty and the students to work even harder in improving its Bar exam results.”

She recalled, however, that it was worse during her time when Silliman only had a passing rate of about five percent.

Cadapan was, in fact, the only one from her batch who passed the Bar when they took it in fact, the only one from her batch who passed the Bar when they took it in 1999.

She also noted that among this year’s Dumaguete Bar passers, almost half have lawyers for their parents, and that this may have boosted their chances of making it in the Bar. “Apparently, they grew up in an environment where they must have been discussing matters legally and logically,” she surmised.

Lezama is the daughter of San Carlos City-based lawyer Samuel Lezama; Raymong is the daughter of Provincial General Services Officer Atty. Ismael Martinez; while Tuballa is the daughter of Councilor Erames.

 

PORT DEVT. TO PUSH THROUGH – PPA

PORT DEVT. TO PUSH THROUGH – PPA
Metro Post
April 17-23, 2005
Page 03

The Provincial Development Council of Negros Oriental has favorably endorsed to the Regional Development Council the P1.2 billion proposed infrastructure program of the Philippine Ports Authority in the coastal barangay of Looc.

The endorsement was initiated for approval by Board Member Mariant Escano-Villegas, PDC executive committee member.

Felix Barcala, who just recently left his post as PPA Dumaguete manager, said the proposed port infrastructure projects have been long overdue. He said the delays for the last eight years are largely due to the strong opposition registered by a number of sectors led by Silliman University, for various reasons, mainly environmental in nature.

The port development involves the construction of a fastcraft landing facility, a passenger terminal, a roll-on roll-off (RORO) ramp at the junction of Piers 2 and 3,, a 6.5 hectare reclamation in the northern area of the pier, a construction of Pier 4, the relocation of the offices of the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Customs, and the City Engineer’s Office to make way for a parking area; the widening and concreting of Flores Ave., and the relocation of the last batch of squatters along the coastal road.

Currently, the Dumaguete port has several reinforced “finger piers” supported by concrete piles. The docking area is also being used for handling general cargoes, containers, and passengers.

The transfer of the Coast Guard and the Customs offices was also proposed as the operations of the agencies of the Department of Transportation & Communication, and the Department of Finance, respectively, are separate from that of the PPA.

Barcala echoed his predecessors’ reasons why the port needs to be expanded: to cater to the growing needs of the volume of cargoes and passengers. He said the expansion can only be done through reclamation and the clearing of the squatted areas.

Since 1997, the PPA had been trying to push for the implementation of the project, except for the stiff opposition from stakeholders in the City. It can be recalled that the Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development (CARD), chaired by UCCP Bishop Erme Camba, had vigorously opposed any reclamation of a portion of the sea, claiming it would destroy the environment along the coast.

Silliman University and former Department of Environment & Natural Resources Sec. Dr. Angel C., Alcala were the principal supporters of CARD, and had consistently registered their opposition of the reclamation.

Barcala said that because of the unsettled matter, the PPA noted a slight drop in passenger volume at the Dumaguete port by 2001.

The following year, 2002, passenger traffic registered a total of 1.12 million, and is projected to register an estimated 2.18 million by 2006, and 2.79 million by 2011.

Port authorities said expansion and development of the port area is “a must” if we were to project continued growth in the Western and Central Visayas regions.

Dumaguete port is envisioned to serve a sustained volume of regular sea travelers commuting on fastferries from Larena in Siquijor, Cebu, Tagbilaran in Bohol, and Dapitan in Zamboanga del Norte.

As one of the major modes in the Strong Republic Nautical Highway, the RORO terminal system at the Dumaguete port is expected to reduce the costs in transporting cargoes and passengers and eventually, accelerate the development of Dumaguete. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

P64 MILLION ROAD IN THE PIPELINE

P64 MILLION ROAD IN THE PIPELINE
Metro Post
April 17-23, 2005
Page 02

BAIS CITY – Mayor Hector Villanueva of Bais City is confident the Regional Development Council will favorably act on his proposal of a multi-million 50-km. farm-to-market road here.

The road is expected to hit areas where farm produce normally come from, including Checkpoint-Mabinay, Bandmill-Tacalan-Camabagahan-Sto. Nino in Tanjay City, and Alihis in Bayawan City, cutting down travel time.

The farm-to-market road is also expected to connect the hinterlands of Bais to the Highway 2000 and to the national highway.

Gov. George Arnaiz endorsed the project to the RDC that he also chairs.

Mayor Villanueva said that the completion of the farm to market road will benefit at least 25,541 residents of Bais, and will give 16,500 hectares of agricultural lands easy access to the processing centers and market. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

BAIS TO PROTECT AETAS

BAIS TO PROTECT AETAS
Metro Post
April 17-23, 2005
Page 02

Bais City – Mayor Hector Villanueva is batting for efforts to protect and preserve the Aeta tribe who live in about four barangays here.

He said they have documented as estimated 180 households of genuine Aetas in this City. Although each household has an average of eight to 11 children, their population is growing older.

Villanueva said he is seeking the approval of the Provincial Board, and of the Provincial Board, and of the Regional Development Council to allocate more than 200 hectares as their residential area, and some funding for their livelihood.

The 200 hectares cover the four barangays in the City where Aetas live. These are Sab-ahan, Panalaan, Lonoy, and Mabunao.

Mayor Villanueva pointed to deforestation of their ancestral land, massive conversion of forestland by the lowlanders, acculturation, as some of their problems.

Earlier, Gov. George Arnaiz and the Provincial Development Council endorsed to the RDC a project dubbed as Proclamation of Ancestral Home for Indigenous Peoples which includes a financial request of up to P25 million to manage and develop an area for the Aetas, and for the issuance of a certificate of ancestral domain.

If approved, the area will be co-managed by the Bais national government and the City Environment & Natural Resources officer.

While awaiting approval by the two higher development councils, Mayor Villanueva said his administration has joined efforts with the DENR to avert the IP’s extinction by including the preservation program in the 10-year Forest Land Use Plan of Bais.

He said the project is aggressively pushed to preserve the IP’s culture. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

NEGROS MARITIME COLLEGE IS OUTSTANDING SQUADRON

NEGROS MARITIME COLLEGE IS OUTSTANDING SQUADRON
Metro Post
April 17-23, 2005
Page 02

The 204th “A” Squadron of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxilliary based at the Negros Maritime College Foundation in Sibulan was adjudged the Most Outstanding Squadron of the Year 2004.

The special award of recognition was given by PCGA District Commander Rear Adm. David S. Odilao Jr., and Commodore Alejandro N. flora, Philippine Coast Guard commander in Central-Eastern Visayas.

The 204th “A” Squadron headed by Capt. Edith Vera was cited for its outstanding performance, and accomplishment of its mission and functions in continuing the promotion of the goals and objectives of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The awarding ceremonies were held at Plaza Maria Luisa on the occasion of the Joint District Command Conference of the PCG-PCGA. Vice Gov. Jose “Petit” Baldado witnessed the event. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

LGU UNITY CONFAB HELD

LGU UNITY CONFAB HELD
Metro Post
April 17-23, 2005
Page 02

Tanjay City – Representative of five local government units participated last week in a unity conference called “One Cluster, One Vision” at La Residencia here.

Tanjay City Local Government Operations Officer Reynaldo Reyes said the unity conference aimed to enhance the operations of their respective towns through networking. In his message to the participants, Tanjay City Mayor Baltazar Salma said it’s not hard for the LGUs to unify themselves as their respective local leaders share the same vision. He also volunteered his City as the hub of the next activities of the group.

The representatives to the unity conference were SB member Marichu Bayno Hinaut of Amlan; Yolecelia Busmion of San Jose; Harem Divinagracia of Pamplona; Irene Baldoza of Mabinay, and Uldarico Ramirez III of Tanjay City.

Tanjay Administrator Reynaldo Teves presented of their goals and objectives as stipulated in the Memorandum of Agreement. The gathering was organized by the Tanjay Department of Interior & Local Government.

 

SIBULAN – PPA PORT STARTS OPERATION

SIBULAN – PPA PORT STARTS OPERATION
April 17-23, 2005
Metro Post
Page 02


SIBULAN—Following a discussion on the mechanics of operation of the new Sibulan Port Terminal, Philippine Ports Authority Manager Engr. Noeme W. Calderon announced the start of operations effectively immediately.

Engr. Calderon, who recently replaced Felix Barcala as PPA manager, said the opening was in response to Sibulan Mayor Antonio D. Renacia’s letter asking about the actual schedule of operation since it was inaugurated by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last month.

Mayor Renacia assured the pumpboat operators he was pushing the opening of the PPA port so that the structure connecting the Namasin facility could be demolished. It was found that it was actually causing the scouring of the waves especially during amihan, resulting in the destruction of the sea wall of the Sibulan Municipal High School and the fence of the Roman Catholic Church.

The PPA had built the port for P9.5 million, and was designed to cause the free flow of water, and give more berthing space for six pumpboats at any one time.

Fourteen pumpboats are currently plying the sibulan Liloan, Cebu route, owned by five operators. Five of these belong to Candida “Dodong” Miparanum, a pioneer in the bumpboat transport business, now a councilor of Santander.

The smallest pumpboat can accommodate 34 passengers; the biggest, 92 passengers.

Henceforth, the PPA will be collecting P56.10 (VAT included) per docking, as mandated by law.

Engr. Calderon also informed Namasin to apply for providing porterage services as well (Connie Rosales)

 

 

The Only one-stop shop in Region 7

The Only one-stop shop in Region 7

DBP LAUNCHES BIZ ASSISTANCE CENTER
Metro Post
April 17-23m 2005
Page 13

The Development Bank of Philippines inaugurated over the weekend at the ground floor of the Engineering building in Foundation University its Speed Business Assistance Center (Speed BAC), the only one of its kind in Region VII.

Speed BAC is a one-stop service center where micro, small-and-medium enterprises that are eligible to apply for a loan under the Speed Program can get all the necessary information, and support services offered by DBP, the Department of Trade & Industry, its partner schools, and financial institutions.

With the business center set up, project proposals, loan applications can be prepared, processed, and approved more expeditiously, and more cost-effectively.

The business center at Foundation is one among 11 centers established by the DBP nationwide.

Jobe Buling, FU-DBP Speed BAC manager, said that in effect, each of the business assistance centers in the country will serve as a venue for the consolidation and deployment of the resources and services that each of the Speed partner institutions will contribute to the Program to enable eligible micro SMEs to have a “seamless access” to credit facilities and other support services.

“The BACs shall assist in the formation and propogation of tie-ups between SMEs and big consolidators/aggregators or anchor companies through subcontracting or contract growing schemes,” Buling added.

The launching in Foundation was followed by a Speed BAC Business Forum at the Sofia Sinco Hall attended by local officials, businessmen, and members of the University community.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

 

FOREIGN INVESTOR FINDS DUMAGUETE A PROMISING SERVICE HUB

FOREIGN INVESTOR FINDS DUMAGUETE A PROMISING SERVICE HUB
The Philippine Star – BUSINESS
Tuesday, March 15, 2005 – B4

Dumaguete, the capital city of the Visayas province of Negros Oriental, is emerging as an ideal location for foreign companies to establish operations, a top official of a foreign company said.

Paul Hartley, the operations of director of SPI Publisher Services, which has located its publishing services in Dumaguet, said there’s a lot to benefit from locating in Dumaguete. In a speech delivered at the recent eServices Forum 2005 held at the EDSA Shari-La Hotel, Hartley said the people’s proficiency in the English language is one of the major come-ons for companies like SPI.

“Copyediting, contrary to images that may form in some people’s minds as being rote boring work, actually involves a deep understanding of the nuances of the English language in both their Amnerican and European flavors,” he explained.

He noted that a visit to the universities of Dumaguete confirmed to SPI executives that the skills they were looking for were in this province. And while they were originally planning to base only their copy editing unit in Dumaguete, they ultimately decided to bring their entire operations to the city to make use of highly qualified human resources available.

SPI started its operations in the town of Bacong in October 2005, and now employs over 80 Dumaguete locals to handle copyediting and type setting for scientific and technical journals. The most notable of these journalists is Science, a European publication for scientists.

Hartley pointed out though, that the province still lacks experience in handling commercial enterprises.” At present, the number of people that outsourcing companies can employ remains woefully low. Being the first outsourcing company to set up Dumaguete, this issued is not particularly worrisome to us, though this will be significant as more companies come in,” he said.

However, Hartley cited the local government organization and community of Dumaguete, saying that the people” are very easy to work with.”

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

 

SITTING AT THE MASTER’S FEET

SITTING AT THE MASTER’S FEET
Philippine Daily Inquirer – Lifestyle
By: Janus Victoria - Contributor
Monday, March 28, 2005
Page G4

The first thing we did up on seeing Edith Tiempo was take pictures of her. We were a group of journalists on a tour of Dumaguete city last December and a picnic with the renowned poetess in her alma mater of Silliman University was part of our itinerary. She acted so graciously about it, I started feeling guilty. She is a national artist for God’s sake and we were snapping at her as if she was a tourst spot!

“What would you like to know?? Ma’m Edith (as I imagine what I would call her) asked us.

On my part, I didn’t know what I could ask. I already knew the book jacket information about her. She took her undergraduate studies in English there and got her Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. Afterwards, she and her husband, the late fictionist Edilberto Tiempo, founded the National Writer’s Workshop at Silliman, the first creative writing workshop in the country, in 1962. Forty years later, and without fail, it remains to be the most prestigious honing ground for aspiring writers and the prime model for all the other writing workshops in major universities.

She updated us with the latest developments in the workshop. It’s going to be bigger this year. Students from the University of Iowa, headed by her daughter, Rowena, who teaches there now, will be joining them.

The she told us about her days when she herself was a student. During her stay at the University of Iowa, one of the visiting writers she had the privilege to hear was Robert Frost. After the lecture, she was invited to join a number of selected students to spend an after dinner gathering with Frost. “We were really sitting at the Master’s feet the,” she recalled. And unlike us at this time, she had asked a question.

Frost encounter

She asked him what the last two lines of his poem. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” meant. “Easy does it,” he answered.

His answer sounded so simple but it would take nine years and countless readings in the classes she taught afterward before Ma’m Edith finally understood what he meant. But while this was definitely a eureka moment, it isn’t what tops her greatest moments collection.

“When he [Frost] didn’t explain the rest of the poem to me, that was the best compliment I ever got as a writer,” she said. “Because he knew I understood.”

At this point, most of us were scribbling away in our little notebooks. I tried as much as possible to resist the urge to take down notes because I wanted to listen and enjoy a story as a child would, with Ma’m Edith as my Lola Basyang at the moment.

But the wonderful epigrams kept pouring out of her that I finally gave in and wrote down one. “When you’re a writer, you are always a writer; not just when you’re holding a pen but when you’re eating, walking…” Reading this now, I realize that of all the gems Ma’m Edith shared with us that afternoon, I wrote down one of the most basic truths that each of us in that group tried to make a living out off everyday.

I don’t remember anymore when exactly we started to feel comfortable or who asked the first question and what it was. Somehow we got there. We asked her the usual safe questions and she answered each one of them enthusiastically. Then there was one guy asked her about her age to which she replied: “Don’t ever ask an old woman her age. You should wait for her to tell you.”

I managed to ask her three and of course, I have to share them. First I asked her if she remembered all her students. For surely, her classes shared more intimacy even if they only lasted for three weeks. “I remember the really good ones and the really bad ones,” she said. “If I don’t remember some, they must be in the middle.”

Next, I asked her if she ever had traumatized students. Here Ma’m Edith admitted that when it comes to criticism, she was always kind. “My husband said I’m too nice. He was adverse. But what if that student could become a super genius writer after all,” she recalled.

She gave me a little compliment with my last question. “You always ask the good questions!” she said. Yes, she is really that nice. I asked her if she used a computer. She said no, not even the typewriter. The sound the keys make distracted her immensely as she worked.

Ah the romantic pen. Still the favorite of the masters.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

 

NEGROS ORIENTAL A VITAL LINK

NEGROS ORIENTAL A VITAL LINK
ON TOURISM MAP, SAYS GMA
By Alex Pal –PDI Visayas Bureau
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Monday – March 14, 2005
Page-A19

Dumaguete City – President Macapagal-Arroyo reiterated the importance of Negros Oriental on the tourism map of the country because of its strategic location in the Strong Republic Nautical Highway.

In a media interaction at the Foundation University on Thursday, the President pointed out that Negros Oriental was a vital link on the tourism map because it linked both the central and western Nautical Highway.

“Negros Oriental is not being forgotten in our Central Visayas tourism program,” she said.

The President gave the assurance after Gov. George Arnaiz expressed dismay two weeks ago about the province’s exclusion from the “Biyahe Na” advertising campaign of the Department of Tourism.

Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano, who is the Cabinet officer for regional development in Central Visayas, also assured the people that they would be part of the next tourism promotions that would start airing in June.

“The commercial will have three phases. The first is ‘fiesta,’ the second will be ‘food’ and the third will be ‘people and culture’. Dumaguete will be in the ‘food’ theme,” he said.

Durano explained that it was impossible to put all the tourist destinations in a 30-second promotion spot and that was why the Negros Oriental was not included in the first ad now being aired in the national media.

The reassurance to Negros Oriental’s political leaders seemed to top the agenda for the President’s visit because she took time to present a short lecture on the importance of the Nautical Highway.

After meeting with the local journalists, Ms. Arroyo visited Entheos IT, the first medical transcription company to operate in the city, located inside the Foundation University campus.

She also visited SPI Technologies, a Florida-based pre-press company, in Bacong town. SPI tech held ground breaking rites for its expansion that day.

The expansion would enable the company to hire a total of 1,000 workers.

The President also inaugurated the Sibulan Port, which offers the shortest ride to the southernmost tip of Cebu province by pump boat.

 

GMA: NEGOR IMPORTANT IN TOURISM MAP

GMA: NEGOR IMPORTANT IN TOURISM MAP
Cebu Daily News
Sunday, 13 March 2005
Page 12

Dumaguete City – Presidnet Macapagal Arroyo reiterated the importance of Negros Oriental in the tourism map of the country, because of its strategic location in the Strong Republic Nautical Highway.

In a media interaction at Foundation University on Thursday, the President pointed out that Negros Oriental is a vital link in the tourism map because it links both the central and western Nautical Highway.
“Negros Oriental is not being forgotten in our Central Visayas Tourism Program,” she assured.

The president made the assurance after Gov. George Arnaiz expressed dismay two weeks earlier about the province’s exclusion in the “Biyahe Na” advertising campaign of the Department of Tourism.

Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano, who is the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development in Central Visayas, also assured Oriental Negrenses that they would be part of the next tourism promotions that will start airing in June.

“The commercial will have three phases. The first is ‘fiesta,’ the second will be ‘food’ and the third will be ‘people and culture’.

Dumaguete will be in the ‘food’ theme which will start airing in June,” he said.

Durano explained that it was impossible to put all the tourist destinations in a 30-second spot and that was why the province was not included in the first ad that is currently being aired in the national media.

The reassurance to Negros Oriental’s political leaders seemed to top the agenda for the President’s visit because she took time to present a short lecture on the importance of the National Highway. / INS

 

MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION INDUSTRY BOOMS IN NEGROS

MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION INDUSTRY BOOMS IN NEGROS
Cebu Daily News
Saturday, 05 March 2005
Page 14

Duamguete City – With the promise of immediate employment after graduation in the United States, Jessica (not her real name) enrolled in physical therapy. Four years after passing the board exams, she was still in the Philippines, unemployed. Needing to earn her keep, Jessica found herself working in menial jobs, which were unrelated to her course.

Jessica’s story is but one of the many stories of underemployed professionals in Duamguete, whose four universities produce some 7,000 graduates each year.

With not enough jobs in the City, Dumaguete’s graduates “have to work in just about anything that comes along,” noted Victor Vicente Sinco, vice president of Foundation University here.

One day, Jessica saw an advertisement in a Dumaguete newspaper for a local medical transcription company, which was looking for graduates in nursing, physical therapy, medical technology and the allied sciences. She got the job and became part of the pioneering batch of 16 medical transcribers in Dumaguete in Sinco’s company, Entheos IT.

Sinco is eyeing to grow into a 150-seat company working on double shifts. He said that the new US federal law requiring documentation of patient care to facilitate healthcare serives has made medical transcription a promising business opportunity on a global basis.

“However, our growth can only be possible through quality work,” Sinco added.

With about 60 medical transcription companies operating locally, the country is fast becoming a favorite source of medical transcriptionists by US companies, whose domestic pool of medical transcriptionists is getting smaller.

Philippine medical transcription companies charge from $0.05 to $0.12 per line.

“One thing good about Dumaguete is its good human resources, where up to 50 percent of the applicants pass the tests, in contrast to the passing average in Manila which could be only three percent,” Sinco said.

Applicants are expected to have an operational mastery of English, in addition to familiarity with medical terminology.

With salaries starting from P8,000 to P10,000 per month, workers can expect to receive as much as P50,000 to P80,000 monthly as they become more experienced and move up the ladder to become operations managers. / Inquirer News Service.

 

THE THINGS THAT COUNT

THE THINGS THAT COUNT
Manila Standard
Monday, Mach 21, 2005
Page B3 – Editorial

Beyond the anxiety generated by the aftermath of the Bicutan jail siege and the national dismay over Manny Pacquiao’s Las Vegas debacle, there is one story of a nondescript Filipino that merits attention.

Bonifacio Comandante (what a symbolic name) may not grab as many headlines as the Abu Sayyaf or a prized boxer, but this work of 18 years certainly deserves the gratitude of Filipinos. Comandante, 45, a graduate student (doctoral studies in marine biology) at the Silliman University, placed third in the prestigious 7th University of San Francisco Business Plan competition recently. His entry a technology for making fish sleep without water for more than 12 hours so they can be transported even across countries.

By eliminating the factor (water) that accounted for 75 percent of the costs for transporting fish, Comandante has greatly enhanced the competitiveness of Philippine fish traders in the world market, according to news reports. The 45-year-old scientist did it all without fanfare and without demanding for government resources, working since 1987 to perfect a technology that has captured the imagination of some grizzled US venture capitalists, who, ironically enough, have signaled they are not ready to invest in the technology at the moment.

Still, there are enough investors with good sense, primarily from Japan and Australia, who have teamed up with businessmen from Negros Oriental to set up a P5-million company. It is a good start. The technology has since helped our local fish traders export live fish to Japan, Taiwan, China and other countries at a more competitive price.

Comandante’s victory reminds us of another admirable Filipino scientist from Panay, Dr. Jurgenne Honculada Primaver, who recently won the prestigious Pew Marine Fellowship for her long, extensive work in preserving mangroves. As December’s Asian tsunami tragedy has taught the world, mangroves provide one of the most important ecological defenses for mankind, among other benefits.

Comandante and Primavera: their names don’t hold up the turnover of command of police generals; they don’t get dozens of lawmakers flocking to Las Vegas to lend moral support to a countryman in a celebrated fight.

And, unlike cronies in the past who used taxpayers’ money to fund their ill-conceived ventures that sunk us deeper into debt, these two scientists did not dip into the public till to fund their experiments. Their work is what really counts in this struggling republic that doesn’t really need Holy Week to go into an orgy of self-flagellation.

 

GMA TO SEEK LOWER POWER RATES FOR NEGROS ORIENTAL

GMA TO SEEK LOWER POWER RATES FOR NEGROS ORIENTAL
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Page B4

Dumaguete City ---President Macapagal Arroyo has offered to get the Energy Regulatory Commission to lower electricity rates in Negros Oriental.

Arroyo said in an interaction with the media here last week that she would ask the Department of Energy to petition the ERC to lower rates in the province.

She added that local electric cooperatives should support the petition once the DOE files it with the ERC.

The President offered the solution to appease Oriental Negrenses, who have been complaining of high electric rates despite being source of cheap geothermal energy.

Local residents decry the fact that Dumaguete pays more for electricity than consumers in Bacolod and Cebu, who benefit from the geothermal energy from Palinpinon, Negros Oriental.

The higher rate for Negros Oriental was traced to Napocor’s system of charging a uniform rate for all provinces in a grid, with local electric cooperatives adding on a distribution charge depending.

The president said that the Energy Committee could review the “one grid-one-rate policy of the National Power Corp. (Napocor) when it meets in Malacanang.

The review, she said, would look into the ability of the different cooperatives to deliver electricity in the region.

Negros Oriental 2 Electric Cooperative (Noreco 2) institutional services manager Leovigildo Elmaco explained during the recemt forum that Noreco 2 charges more for distribution because it has fewer consumers who share the cost.

Besides, he added, the Noreco 2 provides electricity to far-flung barangays espiet the lack of consumers, because of the rural electrification program. Alex Pal, PDI Visayas Bureau.

 

INVENTOR BREAKS OWN RECORD FOR SUSPENDED ANIMATION

INVENTOR BREAKS OWN RECORD FOR SUSPENDED ANIMATION
Metro Post
April 03 to 09, 2005
Page 09

Bonifacio Comandante has broken his own record of putting fish on hibernation without water from 12 hours to 24 hours, further boosting the competitiveness of fish traders in the world market.

Comandante,, who arrived in Dumaguete last week from 12 hours to 24 hours, further boosting the competitiveness of fish traders in the world market.

Comandante, who arrived in Dumaguete last week from San Francisco after winning the Best International Business Award in the University of San Francisco Business Plan Competition, made the revelation in a press conference at the Don Atilano restaurant last Tuesday.

“We have been successful in putting fish to sleep for 24 ours without water?” Comandante exclaimed in the jampacked conference room. He also announced that the technology to put fish to sleep may also be applied successfully to prawn, who can be put to sleep for as long as 12 ours.

Oysters may also be put to sleep for the longest time – 48 hours. After completing a long journey without water, they are put in ordinary water for seven days, where they post a 97 percent survival rate.

Oyster, Comandante said, are being shipped by traders from Zamboanga to Manila using the conventional method, where they are shipped in containers filled with sea water, but they still post a 50 percent mortality rate upon reaching Manila.

This breakthrough will surely spark added interest in his product, especially in Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea, where consumers put a premium on live marine products.

In that press conference, Comnadante paid tribute to the province of Oriental Negros, the City of Bais, Silliman University, the Department of Trade & Industry, and the Negros Oriental Business Development Foundation for supporting his endeavor.

Comandante was “discovered” by local venture capitalists after winning the 1st NOBDF Innoovation Awards last year funded by the provincial government.

When asked if his technology would be applicable to humans, Commandante said that would require more strudies and funding, but added that he was not discounting that possibility in the near future.

Comandante said that they have pledges of $4.5 million from their Australian partners to do research on the possibility of shipping live tuna without water. The studies will be done within the next two years.

 

CHEAPER, MORE STABLE POWER FOR NEGOR ASSURED

CHEAPER, MORE STABLE POWER FOR NEGOR ASSURED
Metro Post
April 03-09, 2005
Page 03 & 08

National Transmission Corp. (Transco) President Dr. Alan Ortiz has assured of cheaper and more stable power for Visayas electric consumers after the completion of the “electricity highway” connecting major Visayas islands by nest year.

In a meeting with Oriental Negros Gov. George Arnaiz and really need a bigger area for our reading room,” Tanoy had said. “Look at our reading room –“ pointing to the adjacent area near her table where sat three men and four students researching journals and reading the day’s newspapers. “The room is too small, too crowded,” she continue.

“And we need new books, too.” She opened a business management book in front of her, scanned the copyright page, and pointed to the date: 1963. She wen on:” …And new chairs, and new cabinets, and new tables…,” Tanoy laughed.

 

DISTRICT HOSPITALS OFFER LOWER RATES TO WWII VETS

DISTRICT HOSPITALS OFFER LOWER RATES TO WWII VETS
Metro Post
April 03 – 09, 2005
Page 03

Three district hospitals in Oriental Negros are now offering reduced rates for medical care for World War II and their dependents.

This was bared by Rogelio Daya, official of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, who said the veterans and their dependents can have discounted rates for hospital services, facilities, care and treatement of medical cases.

The reduced rates are applicable in the district hospitals of Bindoy, Guihulngan, and Bais City.

Dayan said a uniform rate of P200 would be applied for all veterans and their dependents using facilities and needing treatment for general, medical, and all surgical cases.

All necessary drugs, medicines, medical accessories and other supplies neede will also be provided.

The Veterans Medical care is provided under Republic Act 6948. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

GUV NOT AMENABLE WITH GMA’S 4 – DAY WORK SCHEME

GUV NOT AMENABLE WITH GMA’S 4 – DAY WORK SCHEME
Metro Post
April 03-09, 2005
Page 03

Oriental Negros Gov. George P. Arnaiz has expressed strong opposition to the mandate of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to implement a four-day work scheme for officials and rank-and-file employees in government.

The Governor said the scheme is “not viable and applicable” in Negros Oriental because instead of fast tracking development projects and delivery of basic service, it would work on the contrary and will even be more expensive on the part of the provincial government.

Earlier, President Arroyo said a four-day workweek would save the government several hundreds of millions of pesos.

The Governor said the four-day work scheme would be more expensive for the Province as any fifth day that might be needed for work would require overtime pay.

He explained that in fact, several employees at the Capitol compelled to report for work even on Saturdays and Sundays to catch up on backlog that cannot be accomplished in five working days.

At the same time, the Governor also lamented the fact that thee are some employees who are not religiously doing their job within the mandated five day work week.

“There are so many out there who don’t follow the exact number of work hours; the scheme in reducing the number of days at work has long been practiced by many employees, especially some teachers,” the Governor lamented.

He said that giving “a little bit respite and a salary increase” for government employees might be cheaper in the long run. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

DepEd Awards Dauin Town

DepEd Awards Dauin Town
Metro Post
April 03-09, 2005
Page 02

Dauin – The Department of Education awarded the town of Dauin for its outstanding implementation of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) program, an improved version of non-formal education.

In awarding ceremonies Thursday, Mayor Rodrigo Alanano beamed with pride receiving the award, saying it is a recognition of the “humble and quiet work” of his team in cooperation with DepEd.

ALS provincial coordinator Dr. Elsa Orlina presented to Dauin the Most Outstanding LGU in ALS Implementation, and the Best Kabisig Project, among others. Also recognized next to Dauin was the town of Bacong.

Mayor Alanano thanked the organizers for the recognition, acknowledged the efforts of Dr. Dioscora Lagos, and committed to continue to extend the needed support to the DepEd.

The Mayor said he will coordinate with the DepEd to further enhance the educational projects which he said will benefit more community folks. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

SEAG REGIONAL CHESS MEET SET

SEAG REGIONAL CHESS MEET SET
Metro Post
April 03-09, 2005
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Top players from various provinces are expected to engage in mental combat in the South East Asian Games Regional Chess Tournament slated April 13 to 15 at the Betherl Guest House.

According to Judge Rosendo B. Bandal Jr., president of the Chess Master Center and provincial coordinator of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, the top 10 winners will qualify to compete with national masters and other titled players in the semifinal rounds. The top five players in the grand finals will represent the Philippines in the 2005SEA Games.

“We aim to duplicated or improve our performance in the 2004 SEA Games held in Vietnam last year where our players won three gold medals, “Judge Bandal added.

More than P20,000 will be awarded to the top 10 winners of the regional chessfest, conducted by the Chess Master Center under the auspices of the NCFP and sponsored by the provincial government of Negros Oriental.

Gov. George P. Arnaiz will grace the opening ceremonies and the awarding of prizes. Bigger prizes are at stake in the semifinals and the grand finals.

The seven-round Swiss system games will start at 8:30 in the morning on April 13 at Bethel Guest House. Each player is allotted 90 minutes to finish the game.

Interested parties may get in touch with Judge Bandal at tel. 225-1675, or Jason Bandal at tel. 225-1833, or Ding Salon at the Municipal Trial court Branch 1 in Dumaguete. (PR)

 

INTERNATIONAL NGO LINKS UP WITH CITY

INTERNATIONAL NGO LINKS UP WITH CITY
Metro Post
April 03-09, 2005
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An International NGO has set up cooperative linkages with Dumaguete and other local government units in the Province, advocating for a “genuine and caring human society through mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace initiatives”.

The group, Global Cooperation Society, is an affiliate of the United Nations Economic & Social Council, and was introduced to Mayor Agustin perdices by Negros Oriental State University President Dr. Henry Sojor and SkyCable manager Glynda T. Descuatan.

The international delegation was led by Dr. Hyun-Woo Lee and Dr. Kun-Woo Park, president of Kyung Hee Cyber University in Seoul, South Korea.

Dr. Sojor said he is optimistic of the actual support that the international NGO would provide the Province. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

THE NEED FOR CLEAN WATER

THE NEED FOR CLEAN WATER
Metro Post - Editorial
April 03-09, 2005
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The solution to a leaking toilet is not nailin its door shut. One has to go to where the leak is located, and fix it.

In the same manner, the solution to polluted water wells is not simply buying mineral water. Water pollution in Dumaguete and the Philippines may still get worse before it gets better. This is mainly because the causes of water pollution are largely left unchecked.

We all complain of dirty water in front of the boulevard, yet, we continue to dump unteated sewage from our homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses straight from the septic tanks into our canals.

The Philippines lags behind its neighbors in this aspect. We’re second from the bottom in Asia. Only seven percent of the population of Metro Manila households is connected to a piped sewerage system, compared to Dhaka with 30 percent, and Karachi and Phnom Penh’s with 50 percent.

A survey of drinking water wells in homes and neighborhoods in the Philippines has found that 58 percent are polluted with coliform bacteria. It is, therefore, not surprising that diseases caused by water pollution account for one third of hospital cases in the country today.

All told, Filipinos lose P67 billion every year to water pollution, largely to medicine, fisheries, and tourism. Add to this grim statistic the fact that 25 Filipinos, mostly children, die each day from diarrhea.

There are now initiatives to make Dumaguete’s drinking water and se water clean again. Yes, this is possible but this is one move that would require everyone’s cooperation.

The Clean Water Act requires a city the size of Dumaguete to employ a septage management system. This means that septic tanks shall be pumped out periodically, and treated at a proper facility.

This project, to be undertaken through the Local Initiatives for Affordable Wastewater Treatment (Linaw) will start with the construction of a septage treatment plant in barangay Candau-ay soon.

Clean water will no longer be a dream for thousands of Dumaguete households. How far we can get in purifying our water from this point onwards will depend on how much we are willing to cooperate with this project.

 

DIOCESE OF DUMAGUETE CELEBRATES GOLDEN JUBILLEE

DIOCESE OF DUMAGUETE CELEBRATES GOLDEN JUBILLEE
Metro Post
April 03-09, 2005
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The Dicese of Dumaguete will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee on April 7, 2005, with a series of activities highlighting the celebration.

For almost a year now, the Diocese of Dumaguete had intensively prepared for its jubilee celebration, focusing on spiritual renewal guided by the theme “Remembering the past with gratitude, living the present with enthusiasm and looking forward to the future with confidence”.

The theme, according to Dumaguete Bishop John Du, was taken from the Holy Father’s papal document, Novo Millenio Ineunte.

Pope Pius XII established the Diocese of Dumaguete as a separate See on April 5, 1955. Prior to its foundation, Dumaguete was under the jurisdiction of two of the Philippines’ older churches: the Archdiocese of Jaro in iloilo and the Diocese of Bacolod.

Since its foundation as a diocese, Dumaguete has been administered by three bishops: The late Most Rev. Epifanio B. Surban, DD, the Most Rev. Angel N. Lagdameo,, DD, now the Archbishop of Jaro, and the Most Rev. John F. Du, DD.

The Diocese of Dumaguete has given birth to another diocese, the Diocese of San Carlos in Negros Occidental.

Today, its ecclesiastical jurisdiction covers the entire island province of Siquijor and some towns and cities of Negros Oriental, stretching from Basay in the south to Jimalalud in the north.

Various diocesan commissions observed jubilee months and prepared the lay faithful for the grand jubilee in April, this year.

On March 29, the firs Jubilee Novena Mass will be celebrated at the Saint Augustine Hippo Parish in Bacong town while succeeding masses will be celebrated in various parishes around Dumaguete City thereafter.

Other activities include the awarding Outstanding Parishioners from the north and south districts, feeding programs, a Jubilee of the indigents, Street Children and the Orphans, a Jubilee of the Sick and the Handicapped, a Jubilee of the Workers (such as laborers, farmers, fishermen, drivers and vendors), and “Hugyaw sa Katedral”. A cultural presentation.

The Golden Jubilee celebration culminates on April 07 with the inauguration and blessing of the Most Rev. Epifanio B. Surban Street marker, followed by the unveiling and blessing of the Bp. Epifanio B. Surban Bust Statue at the Diocesan pastoral Grounds, and a Jubilee Mass at the St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish.

His Eminence Ricardo Cardinal Vidal of the Archdiocese of Cebu will celebrate the Mass while the Most Rev. Antonio, Franco, DD, the Vatican’s Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, will deliver the message of the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.

 

CEBU NURSING STUDENTS TO TRAIN AT NOPH

CEBU NURSING STUDENTS TO TRAIN AT NOPH
Metro Post
April 03-09, 2005
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A school in Cebu province is negotiating with Gov. george Arnaiz for the training of their nursing students at the Negros Oriental provincial Hospital.

Engr. Vincent Guevara, vice president for external affairs of Colegio de San Antonio in Danao City, is negotiating for a two-year memorandum of agreement for the Provincial Hospital to provide training facilities and services to their student nurses.

If plans push through, nursing students from Colegio de San Antonio will join other schools in the University Town that have made the NOPH as their base/training hospital. Nursing students from Foundation University, St. Paul University, and West Negros College in Bacolod City also do their internship at the NOPH, a 250-bed capacity with a 93 percent occupancy rate. (Edmund Sestoso)

 

THE RACE TO BRING CLEAN WATER BACK TO DUMAGUETE

THE RACE TO BRING CLEAN WATER BACK TO DUMAGUETE
Metro Post
April 03-09, 2005
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Anyone who has lived in Dumaguete for the last many years might be able to look back to a time when he or she swam off the Dumaguete coastline as a kid, something hardly anyone does these days.

“When we wanted to go swimming then, we all trooped to the boulevard. Everyone else was there,” recalls City Councilor Rotelio Lumjod.

Even visitors are tempted to go for a dip in the boulevard’s blue waters. “Dumaguete has the most beautiful scenery,” recalls Lisa Kircher Lumbao, a Manila resident who has visited Dumaguete three times. “When I got there, I wanted to get my swimsuit and dive in the water off the Rizal Boulevard,” she recalls.

There was just one problem – she couldn’t do it. Neither could anyone in Dumaguete, who knows that the level of coliform bacteria at the boulevard coming from human and animal waste is 22 times more than normal.

The pollution at the boulevard, according to City Planning and Development Officer Josephine Antonio, is caused largely by the City’s untreated wastewater that leads straight to the sea.

The City’s drainage system has been in place for more than 50 years now, which converted the sea off the Rizal Boulevard into one giant septic tank.

But something is now being done to correct this situation and make the sea fronting the Boulevard as a safe and clean haven for beach-goers.

A USAID-funded project called the Local Initiatives for Affordable Wastewater (LINAW) is helping Dumaguete to construct a Septage Management System, which will treat domestic and commercial wastewater before it is sent back to the sea.

The plant will be constructed in a three-hectare public land in barangay Camanjac, bordering the town of Sibulan.

The project, to be built at a cost of P15 million, will be funded by a loan from a government bank.

One big task facing the City is in selling the concept of overhauling the septic tanks in the older homes in the City. Septic tanks have usually been designed without a cement floor to allow septage to be absorbed by the ground, thus preventing the septic tank from filling up easily.

The Clean Water Act requires a City the size of Dumaguet to employ a septage management system. This means that septic tanks shall be pumped out periodically and be treated at a proper facility.

The Philippines lags behind its neighbors in this aspect. A briefing paper from the World Bank reveals that the Philippines is second from the bottom in Asia. Only 7 percent of the population of Metro Manila households are connected to a piped sewerage system, compared to Dhaka, Bangladesh with 30 percent, Karachi and Phnom Penh with 50 percent.

A survey of drinking water wells in homes and neighborhoods in the Philippines has found that 58 percent are polluted with coliform bacteria. It is therefore not surprising that diseases caused by water pollution account for one third of hospital cases in the country today.

Filipinos lose P67 billion every year to water pollution, largely to medicine, fisheries and tourism. Add to this grim statistic is the fact that 25 Filipinos, mostly children, die each day from diarrhea.

“Soon, this will hopefully be a thing of the past. We should get our act together to bring clean water back to Dumaguete,” Antonio said.

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