October 22, 2010

 

NGCP to construct new electricity lines for Zanorte

In hopes of appeasing the citizens of Zanorte who are once again victimized by a daily power shortage, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) recently announced its plan to construct a 138KV line for Zanorte’s increasing electricity demand.

This was divulged by the NGCP to the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan this week.

According to NGCP representatives, the current electricity line to Zanorte is only a 69KV line with only a wooden post. They added that branches of trees can easily affect the electrical supply with this wooden post. They also told the provincial lawmakers that this line is no longer enough to meet the energy supply of the province.

The new 138KV line will be connected from Aurora to Polanco and will go through the municipalities of Piñan, Sergio Osmeña and aforementioned Polanco.

Moreover, the NGCp also discussed the mode of payment for the lands to be used in the said new lines. For agricultural lands, they will only pay for the easement but for residential and comercial lands, the NGCP will automatically buy the land and pay the owner for it. For residential homes that will be affected, they will pay the home owners based on the current market value of said residents.

Aside from that, the company is also willing to give a “disturbance compensation” worth a good two-month pay in the current salary rate in the provincial government.

For farmers who will be affected, they will be paid according to their average harvest for the past three years.

According to the representatives, the NGCP is currently on their pre-construction stage which include the planning for the said project and the negotiations with affected land owners in the affected barangays of the mentioned three municipalities in Zanorte.

Costs P1.4B, to be paid by consumers

The construction, which would reportedly cost P1.4 billion, is scheduled to commence on March 2011 and will culminate on July of 2012. The funding of the said project will be added to the monthly bills of electric consumers as approved by the tariff of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

The NGCP emphasized that the said tariff rates was approved by the ERC on June of 2006 upon passing their petition for said project and that they will start implementing such by the time the construction starts.

Meanwhile, Board Member Edgar Baguio, the Zanorte SP floor leader, did not withhold his dismay with the NGCP. Baguio pointed out that when the NGCP applied for an increase in their rates for the implementation with the said project, the company did not even bother to inform the provincial government about such, and now that the company is asking for the provincial government’s blessing with such project, it did not face any opposition from the SP. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXiI No. 41)

 
 


PNP Bugnaw pa’s simod sa itoy pagsumpo sa illegal nga sugal
GOV. YEBES NA-ALARMA PAGTUMAW SA SUGAL NGA MASIAO SA DIPOLOG

GIKA-ALARMA na karon ni Governor Rolando Yebes ang paghitak sa illegal nga sugal dinhi sa atong dakbayan ilabina ang pagtumaw karon sa masiao o jai-alai nga misulod na diha sa kabarangayan.

Sa usa ka programa sa radio, gihingusgan ni Governor Yebes nga sa kontorbersiya nga nanghitabo karon sa kaulohan kabahin sa isyu sa jueteng angayan usab unta nga makita sa mga miyembro sa senado sa ilang inbestigasyon ang kahimtang usab sa illegal nga sugal ilabina ang masiao dinhi sa atong lokalidad. Tinguha sa gobernador nga iya kining mapaabot ngadto sa mga hingtungdan sa national government aron mahatagan sa igong pagtagad ang maong problema.

 

 No ‘wang-wang’ policy in Dipolog?

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III made headlines during the early part of his tenure as the country’s most powerful man when he decided to make do without the privilege that had been so abused in the past by government officials – the “wangwang” or siren.

But it seems like Dipolog Police did not get the memo from the President!

This after media personality Walter Balisado recently denounced the use of “wangwang” by a PNP pick-up patrol car just for overtaking another car.

According to Balisado, the incident happened just outside his residence in Sta. Filomena at around 4 in the afternoon. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXiI No. 41)

 

Young adventurists conquer Ikogan Cave

 “This is one treasure Zanorte will soon treasure!”

Eligible bachelor Guardson “Chenboy” Young, together with his closest friends, made such a remark after a trip to the Ikogan Cave in Barangay Sanao in the municipality of Katipunan, Zanorte recently.

The spelunking passion amongst “ka-barkadas” to embark on an adventure to remember.
Eligible bachelor Guardson “Chenboy” Young, together with his closest friends, made such a remark after a trip to the Ikogan Cave in Barangay Sanao in the municipality of Katipunan, Zanorte recently.

Stalagmites and stalactites, millions of Ikogan Bats (short-tailed bats) housed in a ceiling as high as that of the Dipolog Cathedral, an underground River, tidbits that amount to heaven for outdoor aficionados, highlight the two-hour journey from end to end of the said cave. The cave is split into two divisions, namely; the Curtain Cave and the White Cave.

“It is dubbed a curtain cave since the walling; the stalactites and stalagmites all resemble that of a curtain. This is, by far, the hardest to navigate. The other part, the white cave, is called as such because, literally, the rocks in there are white. This part is easier to navigate,” Chenboy related of their outdoor excursion.
The young adventurists with the three cave guides.

The group, armed their helmets and head lamps, and with local cave guides to help them pass through the arduous yet gratifying terrain, managed to satisfy their quest for adventure. Spick and span upon entry, the friends were muddy and dirty upon exit, but with a smile from cheek to cheek, words need not be uttered that each and everyone had a great time. That in there is the essence of adventure. “We had such a superb experience. I hope more and more people will visit the Ikogan Cave in the future,” Chenboy said.

Ikogan Cave is developed by the Katipunan Municipal government under the administration of Mayor Crisostomo Eguia and is directly under the care of the Tourism Office under Adelaida Eguia. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXiI No. 41)

 

 

  I.T. Congress in UP Dilliman

On September 14-17, three CCS students, accompanied by CCS Vice Dean Jovanie Talaroc, attended the 8th Philippine Youth Congress in Information Technology Seminar at the University of the Philippines Diliman

The three DMC participants, who joined in the seminar together with close to 15,000 delegates from all over the country, were Philippine Society of Information Technology Students (PSITS) DMC chapter President Roxan Segura; Associate in Computer Technology sophomore student Sheila Dela Rosa, and BSIT freshman Kevin Lester Mutia.

The seminar brought together IT leaders and industry experts to share knowledge and first-hand experience to the increasingly large number of delegates.
On September 14-17, three CCS students, accompanied by CCS Vice Dean Jovanie Talaroc, attended the 8th Philippine Youth Congress in Information Technology Seminar at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Year in, year out the UP Information Technology Training Center (UPITTC) has been bringing together students, faculty, IT practitioners and enthusiasts, from many parts of the country and the world for eight years already to share and discuss newly discovered and contemporary facts about recent trends in the IT world.

The gathering was an international congress and most participants, guests and speakers were from various countries particularly in Canada, France and Singapore.

The inauguration of the fields of collaboration includes the project Sun Small Programmable Object Technology (Sun SPOT), which is a wireless sensor network developed by Sun Microsystems. It encourages the development of new applications and devices. Sun SPOT uses Java programming language and it allows programmers to interact with the computer. (more on this later)

With over 100 speakers sharing their knowledge and experience on a wide array of IT topics, the seminar continues to provide a venue for experiencing activities and witnessing talks. It continues to be a venue for developing awareness and honing global competitiveness among IT practitioners and enthusiasts.

Sun Small Programmable Object Technology
Project Sun SPOT
Programming the Real World

Inspiring Java developers to create a whole new breed of devices and technologies - and accelerating the growth of the "Internet of Things"

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For years, Sun has been saying that one day everything of value will be part of the Internet. This vision of an Internet of Things includes not just computers that talk to each other and exchange data, but virtually everything-all connected, all-communicating and sharing data, all the time. Cars, bicycles, refrigerators, astronauts, toys, even trees will collect and deliver diverse data to equally diverse devices (yes, trees - embedded with sensors that detect climate changes and animal movements).

That's a lot of data to process, manage and store. Over the past 24 years Sun has built its business by creating the back-end infrastructure to handle vast volumes of data: servers, storage systems, sophisticated networking infrastructure, data management software, and so on. And now, with Project Sun SPOT (Small Programmable Object Technology), an ongoing research project at Sun Labs, Sun is giving developers a platform for inspiration and innovation on the device side.

We've created a platform that greatly simplifies development and experimentation with small wireless devices, and we've opened it up to the development community, said Roger Meike, research director for Project Sun SPOT. There will be tremendous opportunities to apply and expand this technology in all sorts of new and exciting ways.

Project Sun SPOT began at Sun Labs in late 2003 as an exploration of wireless transducer technologies. Since then, the project team has been investigating new ways to make small devices smarter, more secure, and more capable-with considerable success. For example, the "Squawk VM" (a small J2METM virtual machine) provides the ability to run wireless transducer applications "on the metal," saving overhead and improving performance; "SPOTworld" simplifies development by providing a single tool for programming, configuring, managing and monitoring Sun SPOT devices; and the use of Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) dramatically improves device security.

Over time, as innovation continues, as the Sun SPOT hardware platform gets even smaller and as more powerful processors, new sensors, new radios, and new power supplies are developed, the platform will inspire a growing number of real-world applications.

Today, the SunSPOT team is focusing its ongoing research and innovation efforts on:

    * Operating Environment

      By basing the Sun SPOT platform on Java technology-top to bottom, hardware and software-the Sun SPOT team has made it easier to write code for small wireless transducers, sensors, and other consumer electronics devices. Developers can write a program in Java, load it on a device, run it, and debug it with standard Java IDEs. With Java it's also simpler to port applications among platforms, and SunSPOT devices provide a small, flexible, wireless platform on which to put these applications. For the millions of developers who already write code in Java there is little additional learning curve for building Sun SPOT programs.

      With the unique features of the Squawk VM, developers can do some pretty amazing things. Sun SPOT devices can run applications without any underlying OS, or run multiple applications on one virtual machine. And the jaw-droppingly cool "migratable application" functionality enables applications (with their complete state information) to be dragged from one Sun SPOT device to another while they're still running. So you could, for example, move software off a SPOT device with low battery power onto another device with more battery life, avoiding loss of state information.

    * Development Tools: NetBeans and SPOTWorld

      Unlike other embedded systems, SunSPOT developers are able to use industry standard Java development tools such as Netbeans or Eclipse to programs and debug their applications. Sun SPOT developers find extra productivity and power from the tight integration with NetBeans, the Sun-sponsored, open integrated development environment (IDE) tool for Java development. NetBeans is available for download free of charge at www.netbeans.org.

      The SunSPOT team is supplementing NetBeans with SPOTWorld -- a single tool for programming, configuring, managing and monitoring SPOT devices. SPOTWorld allows developers on the SunSPOT platform to address the issues of programming and managing hundreds of devices spread out over a large area.

    * Security

      By using ECC technology developed at Sun Labs, the Sun SPOT team has made it possible to add strong security without compromising the limited memory and processing capabilities of small devices. Sun Labs' ECC implementations power a small-footprint, secure Web server stack (including HTTP and SSL), nicknamed Sizzle, that can be embedded inside a wide array of small devices, so you can monitor and control them securely via a Web browser.

    * Scalability

      Any device or technology created on the Sun SPOT platform will be capable of leveraging the massive scalability of Sun infrastructure (vertically integrated systems from one to thousands of processors; horizontally scalable grids incorporating thousands of nodes; storage scalability to petabytes of capacity, etc.), so deployments can be carried out on virtually any scale with ease.

 

Applications for Sun SPOTs

The success of Java technology opens doors for innovative new Sun SPOT applications. Java technology is in 1.2 billion mobile phones. It's in 1.4 billion smart cards. It's in millions of set-top boxes, printers, Web cams, games, car navigation systems, lottery terminals, medical devices, parking payment stations, etc. By basing Sun SPOT technology on Java, the Sun SPOT team has made it easier for millions of programmers to build cool new technologies and devices that can do all kinds of things. And we've already seen some amazing applications prototyped and built with beta versions of Sun SPOT technology. For example:

    * Swarm intelligence:

      Many companies ship sophisticated, high-value items with multiple parts-and sometimes not all of these expensive parts arrive with the item. In some cases thieves remove portions of the contents while the box is en route. RFID technology doesn't detect this type of activity-it can only provide information such as where the container is at a given moment or whether it arrived at its destination; and GPS technology sometimes doesn't work inside a truck. But by using Sun SPOT sensors in its containers, customers will be able to put a stop to this criminal activity. The Sun SPOTs can actually monitor and compare notes with each other during shipment-like a Neighborhood Watch for boxes--and provide alerts if, for example, one container is being opened while the others are still in transit. They also provide audit information so that the shipper can pin down who had control of the box at any given time.

    * Rapid Prototyping and Experimenting with Ideas:

      Ever find yourself driving to work and wondering if you've left the iron on? Researchers with an auto manufacturer were preparing for an international transportation show and wanted to demonstrate new capabilities using the latest in electronics. After meeting with the Sun SPOT project team, they used Sun SPOT devices to create a system that could alert a driver that the iron was left on at home. One Sun SPOT was built into the iron, another into the car, and when the car left the garage while the iron was still hot, the signal was relayed to the driver that the iron was on. This amazing demo was built very quickly-from concept to working demo in about two weeks. Without Sun SPOTs this would not have been possible. This type of "home check" application could be instrumented in a broad range of other possibilities: security systems, smoke detectors, and other appliances.

    * Rocket Launch Monitor:

      The Sun SPOT platform is a dream come true for hobbyists. To cite just one example: Sun Labs occasionally undertakes what are called Friday Projects. The goal of these projects is to do something from start to finish in a single day. For one particular Friday project, the Sun SPOT team decided to launch Sun SPOTs on a model rocket. Starting Friday morning, the team built a rocket, embedded two Sun SPOTs in "Space Shuttle" vehicles to monitor and graph the progress of the launch as it happened, wrote the ground-telemetry software (in Java), developed some Sun SPOT antenna extenders and documented the whole thing from start to finish. At launch time the pressure was on: Sun's CTO, Greg Papadopoulos, brought a couple of aerospace customers to watch the launch. The result? The researchers launched two (redundant) Sun SPOTs on a single rocket that streamed light, temperature and acceleration data live over the radio to the ground stations that were busy plotting the data.

There are many other Sun SPOT applications in development at Sun and elsewhere, and new applications are limited only by developer's imaginations. That's why Sun Labs is making available a complete Sun SPOT Developer Kit, which will include all of the hardware and software needed to create applications for Sun SPOTs.

In general, we believe Sun SPOT technology will be important in a broad range of emerging application areas, particularly in:

    * Education: Sun SPOT technology is a natural fit in the field of education because it is so flexible. It's all Java-based, so the vast majority of students will be able to work with it, and it's broadly applicable-from sensors to wireless transducers to new gizmos to art and design (for a few innovative examples see http://people.artcenter.edu/~vanallen/ecology/).

    * Industrial Research: Companies that want to experiment with new concepts and try new ideas for any number of applications can use Sun SPOTs to build prototypes, test models, and provide analysis.

    * Government and Military Applications: Virtually every branch of government and the military has potential applications for Sun SPOT technology-from Homeland Security to space exploration to surveillance to warfare systems.

    * Hobbyists: If you're building something cool-from a robot controller to a monitoring system for your hot-air balloon to an entirely new type of electronic device, chances are you have a great application for a Sun SPOT. Check out www.makezine.com and you'll see plenty of possibilities.

 

By enabling whole new classes of devices to connect and share on the network, Sun SPOT technology brings the vision of the Internet of Things much closer to reality. And that's such a Sun thing to do, said Mr. Meike. Sun is a company that has always been about sharing and participation, and we've always been interested in creating technology to enable the community to innovate. We're excited by the possibilities that Sun SPOT technology opens up, and equally excited to see what develops.

Gov’t to connect four towns with new roads

 

To ensure easy transportation of products of far-flung barangays of the municipalities of Roxas, Jose Dalman, Sindangan and  Siayan, the Zanorte administration under Governor Rolando Yebes announced the plan to connect these municipalities with municipal and barangay roads.

Reports have it that small-time businesses from far barangays of these municipalities resort to selling their products in nearby “tabo” in near barangays because the road to the municipal proper, aside from the fact that the distance is that far, the travel is considered hard and ardous for them.

Governor Yebes revealed that, initially, he is planning to make a new road from Barangay Tapeza towards the town proper in Panampalay to link the towns of Roxas and Jose Dalman.

Meanwhile, former CDAU head Ronie Pastilan reiterated the governor’s plan saying that this will enable residents of these barangays to easily bring and sell their products in the town proper where prices are higher. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXiI No. 41)

 

Dead body washed ashore in Surf

A group of people were about to go on fishing when they happened upon a dead body washed ashore.

The dead body of a certain 60-year-old Teodoro Paipa-Jumawan was found in the sea shore of Purok Bularan in Surf, Barangay Miputak recently.

Jumawan is a resident of Fishermen’s Village in Barangay Miputak.

According to Felecidad Jumawan, the wife of the victim, her husband was last seen the evening before he was found dead. She added that Teoedoro was intoxicated when she last saw him.

In its initial investigation together with the City Health Office, the Dipolog PNP is not discounting foul play as the victim’s family complained of a gash in the forehead of Teodoro. Authorities are yet to release its final report on the matter. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXiI No. 41)

 

Burglars take home a cool P492k from Insular Life

Just minutes away from the Dipolog City Police Station, the Insular Life in the Montaño building in General Luna Street was recently victimized by burglars who got away with approximately half a million pesos in cash.

Police authorities are still conducting their investigation as of press time.

According to initial reports, burglars made their way into the Insular Life office by destroying the padlock of the building’s second floor. The burglars then entered the service office of Insular Life and destroyed the cash bolt in a steel cabinet to take away with them a petty cash worth P492 million and another cash worth P2, 086.

The burglary was only discovered the morning after by employees of Insular Life.

It can be recalled that just this past week, another burglary incident was also reported when a jewelry store, Daniel’s Corner in Ranillo Street in Central Barangay, was also victimized with burglars getting away with almost one million pesos.

As of this writing, police authorities already have in their custody five suspects. But they refuse to name them pending further investigation. They are not writing off the possibility that the burglars in Daniel’s Corner are also the same ones who committed the crime in Insular Life. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXiI No. 41)

 

 

Dep Ed Reg’l Home and Away
DMC Booters sweeps competition, wins championship

Flashing its deadly form just in time for the 15th UniGames, the DMC College Foundation football team captured the Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Home and Away championship with a 3-0 win via penalty shootout against the Dapitan team in Pagadian City last September

The DMC Booters, representing Dipolog, bested five other competing teams from all over the region including Sindangan team (representing Zanorte), Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay team, host team Pagadian and the aforementioned Dapitan team.

The DMC team kicked off their campaign with a 3-0 drubbing of the Sindangan squad. The Reginald Jukes Sr.-mentored team followed it with a 2-0 win over the Zamboanga Sibugay before the win in the finals against Dapitan.

“This win is yet another testament to our successful football program here in DMC. This is a great gauge of how our team has improved in time for the UniGames wherein we placed second last year. Coach Jukes wants his revenge against last year’s champs, the West Negros University. I hope he gets his wish,” DMC Sports Coordinator Joelito “Toto” Turno said.

The 15th Philippine Unigames will be held on October 24-30 and will be hosted by Silliman University of Dumaguete City. The said competition, which participation is made via invitation, is expected to have 16 teams from all over the country competing for this year’s title. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXiI No. 41)

 

 

Dipolognon’s Speak

It is not everyday do we hear and read the thoughts of our fellow Dipolognons, that’s why in this section, we give you, our readers, the opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas.

 

“Angayan bang pasakaan ug kaso sa ZANECO ang National Grid Corporation of the Philippines kon NGCP atubangan sa dili maayong sirbisyo nga gilugway niini ngadto sa mga power utilities sama sa atong kooperatiba sa elektrisidad?”

 

“Kung naa silay makit an nga saktong rason, angay lang gyud nga pasakaan ug kaso, pero kung walay saktong ebidensya ug complain lang na basta basta, mas mayo pa siguro kung makig dialog nalang.” – Rex of Hot FM

 

“In general, yes. Because people pay their bills in exact but the service they give is not enough.” – Katrina Tulang, DMC SHRIM student

 

“Sa gipakita karun nga serbisyo sa NGCP, wala gyud malipay ang mga konsumante sa kuryente busa angay lang gyud sila kasuhan.” – Zenaida of Padre Ramon Street

 

“Kung tinuod nga nagpakabana ang mga opisyales sa Zaneco, angay lang gyud nga ilang hingusgan ang paghatag ug leksyon aning mga taga NGCP.” – Angie Mae of Estaka

 

Next week’s question is, “In a rate of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, how would you rate the performance of Dipolog PNP under Police Superintendent Reynaldo Maclang? And why?”

 

For your answers, you can text a sentence or two including your full name and current position in this contact number, 09077455819, or send it through email in this address, tyrone_shakur2001@yahoo.com or in baby_maui91@yahoo.com. Now is the time to express your thoughts and ideas. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXiI No. 41)

  

Now You Know
LOSING  A  LANGUAGE

WHILE SURFING THE INTERNET ONE  DAY I CAME ACROSS AN ISSUE ABOUT LOSING A LANGUAGE.   THE FOUNDATION FOR ENDANGERED LANGUAGES (FEL) , A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION REGISTERED AS CHARITY IN ENGLAND AND WEST  WALES IS FOR  SUPPORTING, PROTECTING AND PROMOTING ENDANGERED LANGUAGES..THIS WAS FOUNDED IN 1996.   WHICH MEANS 14 YEARS AGO THERE WAS ALREADY SUCH MOVE TO EXTINGUISH SOME LANGUAGES.  I AM INTRIGUED.

ACCORDING TO OUR SOURCE, ABOUT 6000 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES ARE SPOKEN AROUND THE WORLD. BUT THE FOUNDATION ESTIMATES THAT BETWEEN 500 AND 1000 OF THOSE ARE SPOKEN BY ONLY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE.  AND EVERY YEAR THE WORLD LOSES 25 MOTHER TONGUES.  THAT EQUATES TO LOSING 250 LANGUAGES OVER A DECADE- A  SAD PROSPECT TO SOME.  WHO COULD BE THE NEXT?  WHAT IS THE CRITERION.

IN THE RECENT MID SEPTEMBER,  A CONFERENCE IN WALES ORGANIZED BY THE FOUNDATION WAS ATTENDED BY 100 ACADEMICS AND DISCUSSED ABOUT INDIGENOUS  LANGUAGES IN IRELAND, CHINA, AUSTRALIA AND SPAIN.   BUT ACCORDING TO PHILIP  HOWARD , A VETERAN WORD-WATCHER AND TIMES COLUMNIST,  MANDARIN THE MOST POPULOUS LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD AND SPANISH THE FASTEST GROWING.  SO WHY WOULD THEY INCLUDE IN THEIR DISCUSSION  CHINA ANG SPAIN.

THE FEL CHAIRMAN NICHOLAS OSTLER  SAYS,  ‘“ WHEN LANGUAGES ARE LOST, MOST OF THE KNOWLEDGE THAT WENT WITH THEM GETS LOST.  PEOPLE  DO CARE ABOUT IDENTITY AS THEY WANT TO BE DIFFERENT.  NOWADAYS WE WANT ACCESS TO EVERYTHING BUT WE DON’T WANT TO BE THOUGHT OF AS NO MORE THAN PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD.

AND IN EUROPE,  MR. OSTLER’S VIEW  SEEMS TO COMMAND OFFICIAL .           SUPPORT. THERE IS A EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR REGIONAL LANGUAGES WHICH EVERY E.U. MEMBER SIGNED.  AND THE E.U. HAS A EUROPEAN LANGUAGE DIVERSITY FOR ALL PROGRAMME DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE MOST THREATENED NATIVE TONGUES. AT  THE END OF LAST YEAR THE PROJECT RECEIVED 2.7 MILLION EUROS TO IDENTIFY THOSE LANGUAGES MOST AT RISK.  THE FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN ALSO HAD MENTIONED  THAT  APART FROM ENGLISH,  THE UNITED KINGDOM HAS  A NUMBER OF OTHER LANGUAGES.

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO LOSE A LANGUAGE?  BAD OF COURSE-SIMPLY WE DON’T WANT IT TO HAPPEN.

PHILIP HOWARD ARGUES THAT LANGUAGES ARE IN THE HANDS OF PEOPLE, NOT POLITICIANS.  I’M INCLINED TO BELIEVE  THAT SUCH MOVE IS A  CONCEPT BY POLITICIANS.  HOWARD CONTINUES TO SAY THAT “LANGUAGE IS THE ONLY ABSOLUTELY TRUE DEMOCRACY.  IT IS NOT WHAT PROFESSORS OF LINGUISTICS OR ACADEMICS OR JOURNALISTS  SAY, BUT WHAT PEOPLE DO.”  THAT POLITICIANS MAKE A “CATEGORY MISTAKE”  WHEN THEY TRY TO INTERFERE WITH LANGUAGES.    LANGUAGE IS NOT A PLANT THAT  RISES AND  FALLS, LIVES AND DECAYS.  IT’S   A  TOOL  THAT’S PERFECTLY ADAPTED BY THE PEOPLE USING... GET ON LIVIING AND TALKING,  ADVISES HOWARD.

ONE  CRITIC TO THE ISSUE  SAYS   ‘“ IF A LANGUAGE HELPS TO PRESERVE A CULTURE OR TRADITION THERE IS NO REASON NOT TO PROTECT SUCH LANGUAGE.  ...........SOUNDS GOOD.  I AM FOR IT ESPECIALLY THAT WE FILIPINOS ARE TRADITIONALISTS AND  LOVE TO KEEP  OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE.

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WHILE WE DON’T EXACTLY KNOW WHAT ARE THE BASES  IN ELIMINATING A LANGUAGE, IT IS GOOD THAT EACH COUNTRY KNOWS HOW TO PROTECT  HER NATIONAL LANGUAGE.

OURS IS PILIPINO OR TAGALOG TO MOST OF US. FROM APARRI TO SULU OUR PEOPLE SPEAK DIFFERENT DIALECTS.  DESPITE SUCH  DIVERSITY IN LOCAL DIALECTS  THE FILIPINOS UNDERSTND EACH OTHER BECAUSE OF OUR COMMON LANGUAGE-  THE FACT THAT PILIPINO IS TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE  AS PART OF THE CURRICULUM

IF MANY OF OUR CITIZENS  IN THE REMOTE PARTS OF THE COUNTRY CAN SPEAK ENGLISH , BROKEN THOUGH, THERE IS NO REASON THAT WE CANNOT MASTER OUR OWN NATIONAL LANGUAGE.

WE MUST SPEAK PILIPINO WHEREVER WE ARE OUTSIDE OUR COUNTRY- .

BUT IT IS GOOD TO BE ETHICAL ON THE OTHER HAND NOT TO  BE USING OUR TONGUE WHEN WE ARE AMONGST  NON-FILIPINOS.  WHAT I”M SAYING HERE IS FOR US TO SPEAK IT AT HOME OR IN  EXCLUSIVE FILIPINO GATHERINGS.   TEACH IT TO CHILDREN WHO WERE  BORN OUTSIDE THE PHILIPPINES , SO THAT WHILE THEY ARE PROFFICIENT IN ENGLISH  OR WHATEVER YOU HAVE  IN A  CERTAIN COUNTRY,  OUR MOTHER TONGUE REMAINS TO BE PRESERVED IN THE FAMILY.

AS LONG AS YOU CAME TO OTHER COUNTRIES ALREADY IN YOUR ADULT AGE, I DON’T BELIEVE THAT YOU NOW FORGET YOUR NATIONAL LANGUAGE.  NOT EVEN WHEN  YOU ARE MARRIED TO  A CITIZEN OF CERTAIN COUNTRY YOU ARE IN.  YOU SHOULD BETTER TEACH YOUR SPOUSE AND CHILDREN TO SPEAK OUR LANGUAGE. BY DOING THIS, THEY WILL HAVE RESPECT FOR OUR COUNTRY, BECAUSE TO ME, SPEAKING OUR LANGUAGE WHICH IS A RECOGNITION OF OUR CULTURE IS  RESPECT  FOR OUR COUNRY, CORRECT?

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I MET NEW FRIENDS HERE-FILIPINOS WHO HAVE BECOME CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY AND I FIND THEM SPEAKING OUR LANGUAGE  WHEN I CAME  TO THEIR HOMES AND  WHEN WE WERE TOGETHER ON PICNICS.   OF  COURSE,  NO NON-FILIPINOS WITH US. AND IT’S FUN TO BE TALKING IN OUR  OWN TONGUE, TELLING STORIES, JOKING AND LAUGHING THE FILIPINO  MANNER.  i FEEL BEING AT HOME WITH THEM BECAUSE THE ATMOSPHERE IS INDEED FILIPINO.

ONE OF THESE WOMEN I MET  TOLD ME  SHE TAUGHT  THEIR ONLY CHILD IN THE FAMILY TO SPEAK TAGALOG WHEN THEY CAME TO  AMERICA  SOME 35 YEARS AGO AND THE DAUGHTER WAS ONLY FIVE YEARS OLD. THE  CHILD GREW UP IN THE ENGLISH SPEAKING COMMUNITY  BUT WHEN SHE’S HOME THE FAMILY TALK IN TAGALOG.  THAT’S HOW HER  FAMILY VALUES THE TAGALOG  LANGUAGE TO PROVE  THEY ARE FILIPINOS ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE NOW ACQUIRED THE CITIZENSHIP  OF THIS COUNTRY.

I ALSO GOT THIS  SLIGHT “TSISMIS”  FROM THEM THAT THERE ARE FILIPINOS HERE WHO APPEAR INDIFFERENT TO OTHER FILIPINOS.   “NADALA PA ANG BATASAN SA PAGPA KA ARON-INGNON  ILABINA KUN MAMINYO NA  SA DILI “INGON NATO”  GET ME?  AY KINABUHI- UNSAON NA LANG.    WELL, WELL,  I SHOULD MIND MY OWN BUSINESS NA LANG KAHA NO?

UNTIL NEXT TIME.......

OUR QUOTE FOR THE WEEK: “SPEAK FILIPINO” (MONICA “nenen” BALORIA EDRALIN)

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MIZPAH                                    :  “auntie sally” (Press Freedom, Vol. XXiI No. 41)

  

NGCP sets P35.83B for asset upgrades

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), operator of the country’s transmission system, plans to spend about P35.83 billion for the upgrade of the transmission assets over the next five years.

Documents from NGCP showed that it has lined up 21 priority projects costing P35.83 billion from 2011 to 2015.

Of these, P26.52 billion would be spent ffor the upgrade of its assets in the Luzon grid. For the Luzon grid, the projects include the Tayabas Substation Upgrade and the San Jose-Balintawak Transmission Line Upgrade Project.

The company has set P6.69 billion for 11 facility upgrade projects in the Visayas and P2.63 billion for four upgrade of projects in Mindanao.

Rex Corpuz, NGCP’s senior technical adviser to the president, earlier said that the company plans to spend P8.9 billion for the upgrade of its transmission assets.

NGCP earlier this month completed a P1.56 billion project for the upgrade of power transformers at its San Jose Substation.

The upgrade program has increased San Jose substation’s total capacity from 2,400 megavolt ampere (MVA) to 3,000 MVA.

ERC Okays NGCP Visayas Expansion

September 23, 2010, 8:02pm

MANILA, Philippines – The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Regulators has approved the P419 million expansion of the transmission facilities of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in the Visayas to help improve the region’s power situation.

The project involves the expansion and upgrading of NGCP’s Talavera, Ormoc and Kabankalan substations, which is intended to address the projected growth in power demand pushedin major load centers in Cebu, Leyte and Negros islands.

“Moreover, the proposed additional transformers at the said substations will provide single outage contingency at the substation level, thus, prevent power interruption to the customers should any of the transformers malfunctions,” NGCP said.

The Visayas grid has been suffering from tight power supply because of transmission line constraints, the lack of new power plants amid growing demand.

Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said that there is pressure to improve the grid’s power infras-tructure as consumption of electricity increases at a faster pace than the economic growth of 5.4 percent annually.

At present, the dependable power gene-rating capacity in the Visayas is at 1,505 megawatts while peak demand is at 1,430 megawatts, with a required reserve margin of 335 megawatts.

“[The Visayas] may be experiencing brownouts simply because of that limited reserve. By the year 2018-2030, the peak demand is targeted at 2,150 mega-watts,” Almendras said.

He noted that, “clearly, this growing need for energy only means more opportunity for our partners in the private sector. We must continue to invest in exploration, development and production – while at the same time maintaining high standards of management and minimizing environmental impact.”

(Press Freedom, Vol. XXiI No. 41)

 

  

Ik ben Che Che (I am Che Che)

It’s not a gay lingo… It’s a national language of Netherlands which is Dutch.

It is my honor to talk to and to know this young dynamic lady who happened to be one of my closest friends. She’s been through a lot of hardships, adventure, experience and challenge in life. That’s the reason why I feature her in this column.

It was a Tuesday, September 7, in the afternoon when I and Professor Henry Ogoc visited her at St. Ely’s, where she is currently working as an Assistant Chef.

She is Chef Cherry Quizo Guillena. She is the daughter of Mr. Jovencio and Mrs. Joventina Guillena. During her early years, she had her elementary in Miputak East Central School where she was awarded as an Athlete of the Year and high school at Saint Vincent’s College. And in College at Saint Vincent’s College taking up BS Secondary Education. She’s was a former SK Chairman of Barangay Miputak.

After college days, she’s employed as a Casual Staff of Ex-Mayor Roseller Barinaga while working she took up a Culinary Courses (TESDA) at Saint Vincent’s College, then after that she moved to Manila to train and work at World Link Limited, Corporation (owner of series of bars and restaurants in abroad), the company sent her to work at Niigata City, Japan.

Under the influence of her late lolo Gaudencio Guillena, who’s avid fan of pizza and who loved to eat and cook roasted food, the family decided to open a pizza house in front of their vacant lot of their house, they named it Gabriella’s PIZZA taking from her daughter’s name Gabriella. That’s why Che-che was known as a Pizza Queen, because she provides pizza in some school canteen in the city of Dipolog. Aside from that, Ms. Heilyn Gamalinda-Nestle recommended her to apply as a School Negotiator and Marketer of Globe Telecommunication Company, she’s instantly hired.

It was October 2009, when the Rotary Club of Dipolog was looking for an applicant for Group Exchange Scholars Program for Netherlands (GESP), then Dr. Gerald T. Concha suggested her to apply. Among the eight applicants who were in different professions such as doctors, lawyers, and teachers; it was only Che-che who made it through.

In April 2010, Che che went to Netherlands for 35 days together some GE Scholars in this Rotary District 3850. All the expenses and allowances (Euro300) were paid by the Rotary International.

Here is my interview:

What is their purpose, why the Rotary sent you to Netherlands?

To study and learn their culture. So that I can compare our culture to their culture.

Were you only the only one who went to Netherlands?

No, we’re four who went to Netherlands plus one Rotarian. Among the four, I’m the oldest. Hehehe… they are Atty. Buenas Aires dela Cruz-Rivera, a lawyer, Zara Jeryl Mapa-Escandelor, businesswoman, and Manny Montelibano, Visual Artist

Dr. Carmelo Deslate -Team Leader, Doctor RC Roxas.

So, how’s the Netherlands in terms of Foods?

When I was there I found out that the Dutch people love and were influence by the Indonesian foods. When they found out that we’re Filipino, they thought that our palate is like that of the Indonesians, who like spices.

By the way, who took care of you when you were there? Were you staying in a hotel perhaps?

No, I have my foster families and so with other GESP. It was Ermelo Harderwijck and Bea Annot-Mekelenkamp, a Management Consultant, who were my 1st foster parents.

Are they married? How did they treat you?

Yah, they are legally married. In their country it’s up to their wife if they will use their married name.  On the day that we get there it was 12:30 p.m. the Rotarians picked us up from the airport and took us to our individual foster families. So, I said to my self that THIS IS IT. When I arrived at their house, Madam Bea was expecting me to arrive early because she had an appointment by 1’o clock in the afternoon; so she prepared a lunch for me: bread, cheese and ham and she told me that “I’m gonna leave you, eat your lunch, what ever you’d like to do, take a shower… I had my computer installed at your room already… I’m gonna leave and I’ll be back by 5pm to fetch you because we’re going to attend a Rotary Meeting”….I was shocked, I just arrived then they left me alone. I’m scared. hehehe

So what did you do?

I told them “be sure that the door is locked” then they say “its OK, I left you my cell phone, in case of emergency you can call me.” …. I’m really scared but after that I’m ok.

You know what, they were hospitable just like us Filipinos… but the only difference is … If we need something we ashamed to asked but they ‘asked if u need something.’

You stay there for 35 days?

No. I stayed there for four days only. We seldom see each other because mostly day time I had my activities, we see only at night that’s the time we bond, like drinking some wine. Then after that I stayed with my 2nd foster family, Enschede and Jan Paul Witbreuk, who were children ook Publisher, then my 3rd Bergh and Tineke Stok, who  was a Physiotherapist, my 4th Rozendaal Monique and Rob Versteegh, who’s a Jewelry Maker, and blast Bennekom and Maureen Postma,  who’s Mental Health Care

What are your memorable moments with your foster families?

My memorable moments, when I stay at Versteegh Family… especially to their daughter Helaina, whose 17 yrs.old and very smart… and their dog name Delan who’s close to me... every time I went home early after my activities… we walk the dog in the forest, it’s a very nice forest… then it was Monique whom I talk with in a woman to woman, she kept asking bout the Philippines, I told Monique that it’s hard to get divorced in the Philippines… she was amazed..  but I can’t compare to other family coz every family has their own approach and my belongingness.

Have you ever experience racism?

No, never been. Not like other countries. There was a Rotarian in Bennekom, who’s nanny of his children is Filipina... They told me that “they threat us as their own part of family, whenever there are gatherings or party... they introduce us to their friends and relatives.  we feel that we’re part of it.” They tour me to their room, I was astonished coz they have their own TV, ref, and computer even comfort room.

What is your memorable experience in Netherlands?

Hehehe… There were two… There was a Rotary Club who gave me a dance lesson in Samba… while in a gym, in the dressing room…I went to my locker to get my stuff when I turn back they all naked coz they will take a shower before dressing up… I was shocked…. Hehehe… I’m not aware of that kind of liberalism... so I talked to my dance instructor “my house is near, if its ok that I take a shower at home” the dance instructor just laughed… and my other experience, during my vocational visits there was woman who drove me home... its normal to exchange talks, until I ask her “are u married?” and she said “Yes, I’m married to a woman not to a man.”.. so it’s legal to them to get marry with the same sex… and other than that they give freedom to their children… u know what, even to take marijuana is legal in the coffee shop and bars… they sell them on bars for just 8 euros a stick.

Prof Henry asked “What food do you missed?”

Cheese, spam, ham, Picasso and croissant.

So how are the government and the people?

Monarchial Government. The Royal Family is not like other royal family in England, the queen and the prince and the princess is near to the people, very down to earth, they can talk to people. Even the riches people they treat their employees as their family.

How do you show your gratitude?

I danced, I sang a bisayan song.. I cooked sinigang baboy…. Then during the Governor’s Ball, I wore a Filipinana… On the last day, I cooked sinigang baboy to the five host families.

Where did you find your ingredients? How they find your sinigang baboy?

I improvised it. I used lemon instead of tamarind…. They loved sinigang... it finds them it simple.

As far as I know, the Netherlands is a political asylum country like NPA Chairman Jomar Sison and so others. Che-che also went to Belgium and Germany.

Then after that Che-Che is now working as an Assistant Chef here in St. Ely’s, one of the best restaurant and bars in the city. St. Ely’s (formerly Hyatti) located at the back of North Maternity Hospital, Turno, Dipolog City.

How are you now?

I’m happy, where I am now.

If given the chance to go back to Netherlands, would you go back?

Yes. I would… not only in Netherlands but also in New Zealand if they offer me a job as a Chef.

What advice that you can give to the future GSE?

My advice to the future GSE specially coming from Dipolog City is to be spontaneous, to be natural, and to love your profession as a passion.

Going back to Netherlands, what is your greatest fear?

When we we together on that place then I’m the one who left behind.  I don’t bring any cell phone if I had a company where I can depend on.

By the way, when you were Netherlands, what did you bring from Philippines?

I bring some puka shells, Dipolog shirts and tabon-tabon for Kinilaw. I made kinilaw using Tuna. I introduced them to Filipino food.

What did you miss when you were in Netherlands?

I missed my children, Jeyvee who is 11 yrs. old and Gabrielle 3 yrs.old. I missed my family and friends… and lastly inun-unan.. hehehe

This month some Che-Che’s foster families in Netherlands will visit here in Dipolog, so let’s show them our hospitality and respect. I’d like to say thank you to Prof Henry for the company and the staff of St. Ely’s. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXiI No. 41)

      
 
Modified NERBAC Office Launched last August

A modified National Economic Research and Business Assistance Center (NERBAC) Office was launched last August 13, 2010 at DTI-ZDN Provincial existing and prospective entrepreneurs/investors with the basic information on various business options that are open to them in accordance with the investment priorities of the government.

The modified center is located at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Office, Gr. Floor FSA 1 Building, Miputak, Dipolog City. The center likewise, is composed of  eight (8) member agencies involved in business registration and licensing. The 8 agencies are the DTI, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), Social Security System (SSS), Pag-IBIG Fund, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Dipolog City Local Government Unit.

The services offered include business name registration, business consultancy and giving registration forms/requirements of Philhealth, SSS, Pag-ibig, Dipolog LGU and BIR. These services will surely lessen the burden of business registrants in securing the different registration forms/requirements from these concerned agencies. Moreover, this can fast tract the processing of business permits and licencies since the registrants will no longer go from one office to another just to secure application forms.

Meetings will be conducted from time to time among the member agencies to assess/validate and how to possibly enhance the services offered by the center. (NRB/emr) (The New Nandau, Vol. XX No.10)

Credits: The New Nandau is a member of the Publishers Association of the Philippines (PAPI). Editorial office is located at 076 Quezon Avenue, Dipolog City with Tel. No. (065) 212-3794; Cell No. +639205201041. Email: freedom_nandau @yahoo.com

 

   DIPOLOGNON TODAY

PRESS FREEDOM:

Machiavellian Theory

By Tyrone Jay V. Samson

Media also gets blame in hostage-massacre

With all the hullabaloo of the Senate inquiry and the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) report, the Philippine National Police is not by its lonesome in the blameful eye of concerned citizens of the Republic.

Also in the hot seat is the media especially with critics quick to draw their blame pistol upon broadcasters who were able to talk live with hostage-taker-turned-mass-murderer, Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, instead of authorized negotiators. The people’s mistrust and distrust is echoed by no less than President Noynoy Aquino who asked this question, “why should the negotiator be hampered in his ability to communicate with the hostage-taker that he is trying to talk down because he has to wait in line to other parties who are communicating with him who are not trained in negotiations?”

Why, indeed?

These broadcasters, vying to outscoop each other, were the ones talking sweet nothings to Mendoza instead of police negotiators – bad. These broadcasters, all in the name of the ratings competition most definitely did and say just about anything to squeeze any detail or information out of the hostage-taker all made without any training with regard dealing with the said suspect’s emotional state – real bad. And right after the incident, when all 13 hostages are already dead, media people were the first ones on the scene to contaminate the crime scene – that’s worse, that’s ugly.

Realize that freedom of speech bestowed upon the media is built around the ultimate goal of common good and anything beyond the aim of national interest is not covered by such freedom. P-Noy emphasized such by quipping that “the most common example is that there is freedom of speech, but you also cannot shout ‘Fire!’ inside a movie house just because you want to do so.”

Well said Mister President. Just because you are cloaked with the freedom of speech does not give you the right to endanger the lives of your fellow citizens.

To regulate or not said freedom of speech is beside the point because I believe that ultimately, everything still comes down to the type of media people running these media agencies all over the country. In P-Noy’s “Fire” soliloquy, the capability of a media man will enable him to create different ways and means to save lives other than shouting “fire” inside the movie house, while his principles and ideals will most definitely hold him back from shouting since this would lead to chaotic atmosphere inside the theater.

In a word, (but literally in a sentence) we need more capable and principled journalists and broadcasters.

I’ve been imploring this for a good ten year stretch already and still, there seems to be no ray of hope in sight. I sincerely believe that we most definitely need a professionalized media in the country. Unlike in the mainstream media which actually have professionals with degrees in mass communication running their organization, here in Zanorte and Dipolog, anybody with a sharp tongue, loud mouth and the balls to be politicians’ PR men can masquerade as media men. Let us not be hypocrites because that’s the sad truth.

Press releases are so one-sided that it is not enough for a reader to buy one local newspaper alone, said reader must also buy another paper to hear the other side!!! That’s reality here in our locality.

That is why here in Press Freedom, I try to make it a point to have a balanced news reporting. I make sure that we publish press releases both from the city and the provincial government. If given time, I always make it a point to get the other side of the coin.

Back to my point of professionalizing our media. This is not to malign the current crop of media people roaming around Zanorte because more than a few are really knowledgeable of their craft with only a handful not really trained and educated in such field. I have utmost respect for every single media person in Zanorte, what I mean is for our students to realize the opportunity to be of service for the greater good of the society by becoming a mass communicator someday. What I mean is for these students to be given the chance to hone their skills in writing and broadcasting. What I mean is for mass communication graduates to be given their chance to handle the fourth estate in the government, the media.

First of all, aside from all the technical knowledge, mass communication graduates are given ample training to abide by the Journalist's Code of Ethics as adopted by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP). It is far-fetched to have a mass comm graduate set aside his ideals and principles inculcated by a four-year study just to become a writer mercenary for a certain politician.

If we want to have a media be literally a “watchdog of the government,” we should put a premium in developing our young and encouraging budding high school writers to pursue mass communications study. I believe that our country already has enough nursing and business graduates, why not have young high school students with innate passion for writing be given the chance to make it either as a journalist or a broadcaster?

This campaign to encourage more students to pursue a career as a mass communicator is just the ripple of the tide for change, and if we are to make a wave out of it, we need media empires in the country, here in Zanorte, in Dipolog City to employ mass communication graduates in their FM stations and news papers. The owners need to realize that these graduates have honed their skills in this field for a good four years in college. And just like in a court room wherein no judge will allow an engineer to act as a counsel other than for himself, while no hospital will allow a lawyer to consult and operate on its patients, just the same, no radio station owner should also allow an elementary graduate carry a radio program! This duty to have qualified mass communicators as media men will more likely increase the perception of people with the media.

With qualified individuals, envelopmental journalism, biased reporting by politicians’ PR, and mercenary broadcasters and writers for hire will gradually fade away. With qualified individuals, balanced reporting, and quality writing and broadcasting will highlight Zanorte and Dipolog media.

Furthermore, talking about the need to professionalize our media, I am reprinting herein the Journalist's Code of Ethics word for word to remind my fellow journalists of our sacred code.

I. I shall scrupulously report and interpret the news, taking care not to suppress essential facts nor to distort the truth by omission or improper emphasis. I recognize the duty to air the other side and the duty to correct substantive errors promptly.

II. I shall not violate confidential information on material given me in the exercise of my calling.

III. I shall resort only to fair and honest methods in my effort to obtain news, photographs and/or documents, and shall properly identify myself as a representative of the press when obtaining any personal interview intended for publication.

IV. I shall refrain from writing reports that will adversely affect a private reputation unless the public interest justifies it. At the same time, I shall fight vigorously for public access to information.

V. I shall not let personal motives or interests influence me in the performance of my duties, nor shall I accept or offer any present, gift or other consideration of a nature that may cast doubt on my professional integrity.

VI. I shall not commit any act of plagiarism.

VII. I shall not, in any manner, ridicule, cast aspersions on, or degrade any person by reason of sex, creed, religious belief, political conviction, cultural and ethnic origin.

VIII. I shall presume persons accused of crime of being innocent until proven otherwise. I shall exercise caution in publishing names of minors and women involved in criminal cases so that they may not unjustly lose their standing in society.

IX. I shall not take unfair advantage of a fellow journalist.

X. I shall accept only such tasks as are compatible with the integrity and dignity of my profession, invoking the “conscience clause” when duties imposed on me conflict with the voice of my conscience.

XI. I shall conduct myself in public or while performing my duties as journalist in such manner as to maintain the dignity of my profession. When in doubt, decency should be my watchword.

Finally, other than this code, we also need the Senate to finally put into writing the need for media to know its place during specific crimes which involves life and death situations, just like the hostage taking in Manila. We need to cloak our officers with the power to really prohibit live, minute by minute coverage so as not to pre-empt any rescue attempt and allow officials and negotiators to do their job.

Our responsibility is to report and inform the populace sans bias and the only limitation of such is when we are stepping beyond the boundary of decency and morality, and when we endanger lives of our fellowman.

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Credits: Press Freedom is published every Saturday and entered as 3rd class mail matter in Dipolog City. Printed by Young Printing Press with Editorial Office located at Upper Turno, Dipolog City. Tel. No. (065) 212-4343 or 212-6665. Email: freedom_nandau @yahoo.com

 
 

   NEWSPIX

 

 

The Word of God written in the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven”, banking on its wisdom, at this juncture we’ll grab the special opportunity, of the time and season of joy and happiness, for the coming birthday of Governor E. Yebes to be celebrated on September 19-20 thru a “Consultative Dialogue” at Sitio Tapeza, Brgy. Panampalay, Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte by greeting him advance Happy, Happy Birthday to you our beloved Governor. May the Almighty God shower you with many, many more birthdays to come even as you have become a great blessings for us, our dear families and of course for many people, especially the poor and underprivileged, sector in Zamboanga del Norte.

On such occasion all the Governor’s “Generals” with their battalions and arsenals of public services or the working force of the Provincial Government will be marshaled with the following liners:

1.The Provincial Welfare & Development Office headed by PSWDO Grace Marylen B. Sabbal and staff to deliver the various services to the poor, indigents and other deserving residents in the area, including the distribution of collected used clothings.

2.The Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Eduardo M. Luayon together with all Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Medical staff once again to conduct medical/dental outreach/consultations and distributions of medicines for the populace therein.

3.The Provincial Nutrition Office headed by Leila Realiza and staff will conduct milk feeding, lecture on pre-schoolers, other services including distribution of rubber slippers, soaps, etc.

4.The Provincial Agriculture Office headed by Maybell Bustaliño will also be there to provide assistance and distribution of agriculture products such as rubber seedling, vegetable seeds and other agricultural inputs and products.

5.The Provincial Veterinarian Office headed by Dr, Vic Sanchez and staff for the program on “animal dispersal”, distribution of boiled eggs, etc.

6.The Provincial Engineering Office headed by OIC Provincial Engineer Lane John R. Lim, OIC Assistant Provincial Engineer Leodegaria P. Janolino and some PEO personnel to take charge of the preparation of the site, the temporary structures, electrical, sound and water system for the said affair.

7.The Provincial Planning and Development Office with OIC ZMC Hospital Administrator Rosevic L. Ocampo and staff for the invitation, the consultative meeting and the program proper.

8.The Provincial Budget Officer Joy Y. Abitona and Staff assisting  in the preparations of the work & financial plans & coordination.

9.The Provincial Accountant Marivic SU. Carpitanos for the accounting services.

10.The Provincial Attorney Jess Gal R. Sarmiento, Jr. and staff for the legal services and as Over-All Coordinator for the 9-19-20 activity.

11.The Provincial Assessor Atty. Lester Patay and Staff for assessment services.

12.The Management Information System Office (MISO) and Staff headed by Mr. Gereo Patrimonio for the documentations and recordings.

13.The Human Resource Personnel Officer Aurelia H. Barrios and Staff for the supervision of all activities.

14.The Technology and Livelihood Development Center (TLDC) headed by Mr. Climaco Villanueva and staff for the distribution of the technologies, video showing, giveaways, etc.

15.The Provincial Indigenous Peoples Community Unit (PIPCU) for various indigenous people’s activities such as Kasalan sa Barangay, Live-Birth Registration, and rituals.

16.The Community Development Assistant Unit (CDAU) headed by Mr. Joseph Pacilan for the necessary barangays.

17.The Security group headed by Executive Assistant Senen Ladera and Engr. Dennis C. Tenorio with the Provincial Security Group (PSG) for security.

18.The ZANEMO for the environmental concern.

19.The Executives Assistants led Brod Jay C. Adraincem for coordination & assistance.

20.The Provincial Treasurer’s Office headed by Brod Jessie Concepcion and Staff in assisting all activities.

21.The Provincial Tourism Office headed by Atty. Ivan Ang for the tourism potentials of the area.

22.The Provincial General Services Office headed by Mr. Emmanuel Ladera and Staff in assisting all activities.

23.The Provincial Library headed by Mrs. Erlinda Nunag in assisting activities of office implementors.

24. And finally, my mentor the Provincial Administrator Atty. Rafael Z. Cabanlit and staff for the general supervision of all the activities.

And of course we anticipate the wholehearted support and cooperation of the newly elected Mayor of Roxas Engr. Ed Yebes and other officials in the said municipality. Congrats to you all beneficiaries of Governor Yebes’ birthday bash thereat.

As mentioned earlier being “the season of joy” for all of us, we might as well present the birthday gifts (Ang mga handog) of Governor Yebes for the people of ZaNorte. And here are some of them the just completed projects of Governor Yebes undertaken thru the Provincial Engineering Office which shall be scheduled for official turn-overs, in due time, according to OIC Provincial Engineer Lane John R. Lim, to wit:

Of course we would also give credence to all the Area Engineers and working crew accomplishing those developmental projects for our province by mentioning them:

For the PEO Sub Office Districts: I-A at Obay Polanco, led by Area Engineer Ambrocito E. Agura; District 1-B Area Engineer Jennifer C. Viernes, District, District II-A Area Engineer Manuelito B. Tambolero; District II-B Area Engineer Ladislao M. Vidal III; District III-A Area Engineer Rodolfo G. Enriquez; District III-B Area Engineer Belen A. Sumatra; and District III-B Area Engineer Arnel E. Tagbac, kudos to you all and again keep up the good work. God bless you always.

Finally, for our word of wisdom:

“The plan of the mind belongs to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord. And your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16: 1-3

Once again Advance Happy Birthday Greetings to you Governor Rolando E. Yebes!- from all PEO Personnel & Staff! (The New Nandau, Vol. XX No.10)

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Pitfalls

It’s just a matter of months since our country held it’s National Elections, and the upcoming SK and Barangay Elections is coming. Another preparation, another expense for the ballot papers, etc. Our country, as of this time, has been trimming down on budgets allocated for the different sectors of our government.

Let’s do some assessment on some of the beneficiaries of the government funds. First, is the SK Federation.  As far as I know, this are the group of youth, in their teens, who are given opportunity to be part of a Barangay, Municipal, City as well as Provincial Administration. Well, as far the principle are concern, it is for the utmost concern for the youth to have a voice in our country. But where’s the loophole here? Its when, in almost all place I’ve been, seeing or hearing reports from different places, there have been no major contribution these organization has done. In fact, this has been the training ground for corruption. Some of us may have silent our mouths on how people run The SK Elections. The vote buying and even taking the voters out from their houses, entertaining them to amusement parks, are part of it. A concrete example of how youth officials have followed the footsteps of some politicians.

The big question here is, what have they done to our country that proved them worthy of the allowance they get, of their luxurious “lakbay-aral cum vacation trip” to Boracay, Palawan, and stay in prestigious hotels? I’m sorry but as far as I can see it, the money spent on them, has gone to waste. In fact, these officials are already affluent, they parents may be politicians themselves, training their children to follow the path they have taken.

But as far as I can see it, things will remain, and I hope that change will also be present. Not just during election, but after it. The development of our country, depends on every youth, especially those given the opportunity to serve our nation at their youth. It is a blessing, not a business, it is an opportunity to serve, not to take back their expenses during election. I am leaving a room for positive outcomes this year, the 2010 National Elections marked a changed in the heritage of our country, and so, I fervently pray, are the SK Elections. That as what, Rizal called us, The hope of our Nation. And let our light shine, at the darkness of the world.

Well then, I hope someone will see this problem and do something. Well, we are not tolerating some organizations that are not giving any good to our country. It’s may not yet be too late, we can still do something, for a change. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXiI No. 41)

 

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Christ Loves Us!!!

Jesus Christ loves man, therefore, He gave His life for man, man deserves to die and to be separated from God, for he is unjust and sinful.  But Christ loves us, therefore He has become our substitute borne our sin and judgment, condemnation and punishment.

In Christ we become acceptable to God.  But we are must always remember, why it is because Christ died for us, the righteous one died for the unrighteous.  He sacrificed and substituted His life for us.

This is the reason the death of Christ never has to be repeated.  Christ never has to die again because He is the perfect and ideal man.  He has made the perfect sacrifice once for all.

In 2 Corinthians 5:15, says, and He died for all, that those who live should no longer life for themselves but for Him, who died for them and was raised again.  It is our sin that separates and alienates us from God.  It is sin that makes us imperfect and unacceptable to God.  When Jesus Christ took our sin upon Himself, sin was removed from us.  Therefore, we stand before God in the righteousness and sinlessness of Christ.  When Jesus Christ took the guilt of our sin and died fro us, our death penalty was paid.  In Christ, we no longer have to die or be separated from God.

We must believe with our whole heart that Jesus Christ, has died for our sins.  When we genuinely  believe, God accepts us in Christ , covering us in His righteousness and death.  But not everyone is in Christ.  Not everyone believes in Christ.  In fact, most people curse and reject Christ either by word or act.  Few obey God and His word, few trust Christ, few have given their lives to follow Christ fully and completely.  Therefore, few people are covered by the death of Christ, few sins have been forgive.  Most people continue to bear their sins and the guilt of them.

In Romans 5:1, says, therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

BIBLE BITES!!

WALKING WITH God is the best adventure.  Finding God is the best achievements and having God as companion is the best source of happiness. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXiI No. 41)

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Twenty Probationers and Parolees from Dapitan City PPO Attended Therapeutic Community Modality Training

A total of twenty (20) probationers and parolees from Dapitan City, Rizal and Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte, under the supervision of Dapitan City Parole and Probation Office, successfully completed the Therapeutic Community Modality (Phase 1) Training, at the  Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Barcelona, Dapitan City, on September 6-9, 2010.

Therapeutic Community Program, which is the treatment program of Parole and Probation Administration (PPA-DOJ), is a community-based self-help social learning treatment model, where clients receive information and impetus to change from being a part of the community. It is learning laboratory where clients learn and practice values, and skills and responsibilities that they will transfer to their respective home and community. In short, Therapeutic Community Modality will serve as their vehicle for the transformation, from “wrong-living to right-living”.

The said live-in training was a joint undertaking of Parole and Probation Administration Regional Office No. 9, under the able leadership of RD Rosa H. Lacanglacang; through Dapitan City Parole and Probation Office, composed of CPPO Jose Alan B. Santillana, SPPO Josilyn S. Bael, and AAIV Judito G. Abitona; and the Dapitan Shrine Volunteer Probation Aide (VPA) Association, with VPA Margarito T. Pacilan as its President. The VPAs, especially from Barangays of Liyang, Owaon, San Pedro, Polo, Opao, Dampalan and Potungan, all of Dapitan City, offered their precious time, personal funds and talents, as they did the leg work in the solicitation of additional funds, in the coordination with Our Lady of Mercy Parish, with the Local Government Unit of Dapitan City, and in serving as facilitators/resource persons in the training.

The said training was supported by Our Lady of Mercy Parish, through Rev. Fr. Elmer Jamarolin, who offered the free use of Parish facilities, such as, the function hall, living quarters, kitchen, lights and water; the Local Government Unit of Dapitan City, through the office of the City Mayor, Hon. Dominador G. Jalosjos, Jr., the Office of the City Vice Mayor, Hon. Patri “Jing” Chan, and the Office of the City Administrator, Hon. Rodalica Adraincem, who offered financial support for food and logistics; the Department of Education (DepEd),  through the Office of the Schools Division Superintendent, RD Walter Albos (in concurrent capacity), and the Office of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Division Supervisor, OIC Supervisor Perga Cadiente, who granted the request of Dapitan City Parole and Probation Office, for ALS Coordinators VPA Grace S. Bulagao, VPA Felisa T. Gahuman and Mobile Teacher VPA Siony Enoy, to serve as facilitators/resource persons in the training grogram.

The Opening Program was graced by Rev. Fr. Elmer Jamarolin, as its Guest Speaker, while City Councilor, Hon. Randy Cabasag, gave his Inspirational Mesage during the Closing Program. Both Rev. Fr. Elmer Jamarolin and Hon. Randy Cabasag expressed their appreciation for the joint effort of the Government and the Community, in its effort towards the reformation and rehabilitation of the probationers, parolees and pardonees.

CPPO Santillana is pleased to disclose, that the client-participants reciprocated the sincere effort made by their Agency, the Community (represented by the VPAs), and the Local Government Officials, as they showed intertest and wholehearted cooperation during the training, and as they made manifest to live by the Philosophies and tenets of the Therapeutic Community Modality in their respective family and community. (The New Nandau, Vol. XX No.10)

  

Credits: The New Nandau is a member of the Publishers Association of the Philippines (PAPI). Editorial office is located at 076 Quezon Avenue, Dipolog City with Tel. No. (065) 212-3794; Cell No. +639205201041. Email: freedom_nandau @yahoo.com

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Press Freedom Editorial
   
Power Curtailment, again?

The El Niño phenomenon was the scapegoat during the last power curtailment implemented by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) earlier this year.

This time, the power distribution company explains that the cutting of power to several Mindanao provinces is due to its “maintenance” along the Bukidnon transmission lines.

This announcement came on the heels of President Noynoy Aquino’s first ever Mindanao visit barely two weeks ago which includes an appearance at the P6 billion Sibulan hydro plant in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

The President was invited to grace the inauguration of the run-of-river environment-friendly 42.5 megawatts hydroelectric power plant, developed by Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. at Barangay Darong, Sta. Cruz.

P-Noy doing the ceremonial switching-on of the hydro plant signied the completion and full operation.

Hedcor Inc. president Rene Ronquillo said the completion of the Sibulan hydro project “is timely because it will help mitigate the power shortage in Mindanao.”

He said the hydro plant is now serving customers of Davao’s power utility firm, the Davao Light and Power Company.

Now, power cooperatives all over Mindanao are told to follow advisory on power outage for repair work and are even warned against defying its fresh order for load curtailment.

The NGCP, a private power distribution company, said that the fresh round of power outages were meant for maintenance works on its power barges.

Moreover, NGCP Aurora Substation head Leonardo Pacot revealed in interview that the cause of the power curtailment is the insufficient supply of power in the entire island of Mindanao due to the breakdown of some of the hydro power plants owned by the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR), such as the Pulangi 4 hydro electric plants, Agus 6, Agus 7 and other power plants.

NGCP has informed all electric cooperatives that the curtailment is only temporary in nature and will be back to normal until all the defective generating plants will be fixed and put to running conditions soonest possible. NGCP further advised that the necessary repairs are on going.

With hopes of putting an end to this seemingly endless power outage predicament in Mindanao, the Department of Energy (DOE) has convened representatives from its attached agencies in an emergency meeting to address this power concerns.

In the meeting were the National Power Corporation (NPC), National Transmission Corporation (TransCo), National Electrification Administration (NEA), together with concessionaire National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

“We had an emergency meeting to discuss the current power situation as well as make preparations for the power requirements in the last quarter of the year in Mindanao. Details of proposed solutions are currently being studied due to legal and technical aspects,” said Energy Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras said.

Studies are being undertaken for the possibilities available including demand-side management, utilization of available power generation facilities; including possible rehabilitation of power plants currently under preservation, in a manner that will not drive the electricity cost too high.

It was announced that NPC, NEA, TransCo, and NGCP will still continue to meet weekly until a viable short-term solution is made. “The stakeholders and relevant parties will continuously be consulted,” said Almendras.

In a previous commitment, NGCP assured Mindanao consumers that there will be no more rotating brownouts caused by the completion of a transmission project on the the Pulangi-Kibawe 138-KV Line 2.

In the past, Mindanao has been reliant on hydroelectric power for its affordability; however, questions on its reliability have been made apparent in light of a protracted dry season this year.

The DoE is keen on placing short-term solutions which will bridge to a solution with more permanency.

While placing secure and quality sources of energy is a major concern for Mindanao, the DoE is also putting emphasis on more power generation investments from diverse sources in the island.

Earlier, Mindanao-based businessmen have formed the Mindanao Electric Power Alliance (MEPA) in opposition to what they called excessive electricity charges slapped by a private company whose power barges were deployed to bridge the power supply shortages in the island from March to July this year.

David Tauli, a member of the MEPA board, condemned the new fees covering the power shortage months as excessive.

Tauli said that ancillary charges on the two barges were pegged at P415.78 per kilowatt this year compared to only P49.76 charged on the same services last year.

In addition to the ancillary charges, the local arm of the National Transmission Corp. (NTC), the NGCP, also imposed P9 per kilowatt hour that it supplied when the actual generating cost was only P3 per kilowatt hour, Tauli claimed.

Tauli said that the two barges fielded in Mindanao at the height of the power shortage crisis on the island from March to July this year, are now owned by Therma Marine Inc. which bought those barges from the National Power Corp. at $10 million. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXiI No. 41)

  

Credits: Press Freedom is published every Saturday and entered as 3rd class mail matter in Dipolog City. Printed by Young Printing Press with Editorial Office located at Upper Turno, Dipolog City. Tel. No. (065) 212-4343 or 212-6665. Email: freedom_nandau @yahoo.com

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