January 30, 2010

Dr. Sanchez Suggest Simple Graduation Rites

     SAN PABLO CITY – City Schools Division Superintendent Enric T. Sanchez reiterated over the weekend a standing order of the Department of Education that the holding of graduation exercises must be simple and less expensive to unload the parent’s financial burden.

     Dr. Sanchez reminded all public school heads and teachers not to collect any graduation fees or any kind of contribution for graduation rites.

     “What we are trying to ensure is the quality education that we can give to the pupils or students,”  Sanchez re-echoing DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus’ memorandum issued last school year.

     It maybe recalled that the government has long been imposing austerity measure and the education sector is not spared of the policy, hence asking contributions is being strictly monitored.

     Sanchez also reminded the education stakeholders, members and officers of the PTCA that they can solicit contributions but should on voluntary basis and teachers should not be involved in soliciting contributions.

     Secretary Lapus in his memorandum pointed out that the schools should not require extravagant special attire or extra ordinary venue for the ceremonies, while a yearbook contribution should also be on voluntary basis.

     Lapus’ order also stated that graduation rites should be conducted solemnly befitting the graduating students and their parents. The celebration should not in any way be used as venue for political forum, however, local officials are not barred from attending the graduation rites.

     Lapus also gave credit to the LGU’s active support to all DepEd programs and thrusts. He said local officials are their close partners in building classrooms and in providing furniture, books, additional teachers, trainings and other expenses. (Ruben E. Taningco)

January 28, 2010


Sa resulta ng Population Census na isinagawa noong Agosto 1, 2007, napag-alamang ang Lunsod ng San Pablo na binubuo ng 80 barangay ay may kabuuang populasyon na umaabot sa 237,259.  Ang 122,210 nito ay rehistradong botante na nahahati sa 894 presInto kaugnay ng halalan noong Mayo ng 2007..

     Gabay sa mga kandidatong naghahanda ng kanilang campaign plan, ang barangay na may pinakamalaking bilang ng populasyon ay Del Remedio na pinamamatnugutan ni Punong Barangay Napoleon Calatraba na may kabuuang 13,475, pangalawa ang San Francisco na pinangungunahan ni Punong Barangay Dandi C. Medina na may kabuuang 13,283; pangatlo ang Santo Angel na pinangangasiwaan ni Punong Barangay Fernando T. Diokno na may kabuuang 8,447; pang-apat ang Santa Monica ni pinamamahalaan ni Punong Barangay Daniel M. Asejo na pinananahanan ng 7,183 katao, at panglima ang San Gabriel na ginagabayan ni Punong Barangay Ruben A. Belulia  na ang residente ay may bilang na 7,121. Ang  pinakamaliit na barangay ay ang Barangay VII-D na pinangangasiwaan ni Punong Barangay Fernando A. See na binubuo lamang ng 86 katao.

     Batay sa kalalagayan noong Agosto 1, 2007, ang opisyal na bilang ng populasyon ng Bayan ng Alaminos  ay 40,380, na ang barangay na may pinakamalaking bilang ng naninirahan ay San Benito na binubuo ng 4,876; na sinundan ng San Agustin na may 4,482 na naninirahan. Pangatlo ang Santa Rosa na binubuo ng 3,813. Sa kabuuan, ang Barangay Del Carmen ang may pinakamaliit na bilang ng naninirahan na umaabot lamang sa 1,013.

     Sa pambansang senaryo, iniulat ng National Statistics Office (NS0)  na nalathala sa website (www.census.gov.ph) ng pamahalaan, ang kabuuang bilang ng populasyon ng Pilipinas ay 88,574,614, na ang  2,473,530 ay naninirahan sa Lalawigan ng Laguna.

     Sa Lalawigan ng Laguna, ang mga lunsod at bayang may pinakamalaking bilang ng naninirahan ay ang (1) Calamba City, 360,281; (2) San Pedro, 281,898; (3) Santa Rosa City, 266,943; (4) Biñan, 262,735,; at (5) San Pablo City, 237,259.

     Ang may pinakamaliit na bilang ng populasyon ay ang Famy na bagama’t nahahati sa 20 barangay, ay may kabuuan lamang na 13,557 katao ang residente. (Ruben E.  Taningco) 

January 27, 2010

Know your ballot

COMELEC and Smartmatic people came out in full force. Among those in the crowd were COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez, Cesar Flores (President, Smartmatic-Asia Pacific Region), Rafael Cuenca (Smartmatic Voter Education Website Coordinator), Gene Gregorio (Smartmatic Spokesman & PR Manager) and Miguel Avila (also with Smartmatic).
If you’re one of those voting for the first time and you're wondering whether voting is going to be complicated, or if you have some skepticism about the ballot’s being secure, I’ll let you in on some of the things I learned about the ballot that night.
What the Ballot Looks Like
The ballot is still in paper form just like the old ballot we are used to. But it now looks more professional and is roughly the size of an A4 sheet of paper.  Read More ...

How to Vote in An Automated Election

New and old voters might be a little intimidated by the fancy technology used for the 2010 Presidential elections. However, the new automated process is being employed for quick, easy, and transparent counting that should minimize fraud. Hopefully, this quick guide on how to vote in an automated election will make the procedure less confusing for you.
Before reading the rest of the article, take time to  know your ballot and Know the Automated Election Machineand How to find online your precint before election day.
Step 1- Go to your precinct on May 10
There will be about 37,062 voting centers and 74,427 clustered precincts. Each clustered precinct will have one Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine, each of which can supposedly accommodate up to 1,000 voters. Read on How to find online your precint before election day. Read More...

Get to know the 2010 automated election machine

Hello, I am the 2010 Automated Election Machine.
I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Precinct Count Optical Scan but you can call me P.C.O.S.
For the 1st time in history, the Philippines will be embracing technology and will transform greatly the electoral system of the country.  I’m so glad to be part of the history.
I’m so honored to be one helping the Philippines move away from the known flaws of the old ways.  I am proud to say goodbye to dagdag-bawas. Read More

Challenges in the Automated Election process

The news that poll preparations may be delayed by one month is not comforting to most voters.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) expects  the delivery of around 40,000 of the machines by the end of December and another 40,000 machines before the end of January. There are quite a number of apprehensions now that May 2010 Elections is just 180 days away.
Voters fear failure of the elections, failure to produce valid poll results, such as ending up with no proclaimed winners for president, vice president, new senators and congressmen—with nobody outside the bureaucracy to run the government by June 30, 2010. Read More

Understanding the Automated Election System

It is 5 months before the May 2010 elections. Pulse Asia reveals their latest survey on Knowledge of the Automated Election System. Their survey fieldwork conducted from October 22 to 30, 2009 reveal that "Most Filipinos (61%) have little or almost no knowledge at all about the automated election system (AES) that will be implemented in May 2010."
Are you in the 61%?

The survey was done when Voter's Education on poll automation was just beginning to take place.  The voters need to see the machine, get a hands-on experience and participate in the mock elections. Before that takes place, let’s not make it sound like an intimidating experience.  COMELEC needs to show the public the final ballot with all the names in it, sample  ballots printed out so voters can practice at home. Read More...

The 2010 automated election machine source code wars

A long time ago, the daughter of Lord Byron, better known as the Countess Ada King of Lovelace encoded a set of rules to be followed that was to be processed by a device called the Analytical Engine. Thus, Countess Lovelace penned the first source code, which in turn became the first computer program. Today, the source flows around us, penetrates our daily lives, wraps itself around our democratic processes and binds our world together. Every computer system, every computer network, every smart phone and every automated election machine in the world are just glorified paper weights without the Source. Read More...

January 24, 2010

SPCWD Updates

Dahil sa suspension order ng Ombudsman (one year without pay) kay General Manager Roger F. Borja dahilan sa hindi nito pagbabalik ng P2Million sa kaban ng ating SPCWD ay nag-appoint sa botong 3-2 ng OIC-General Manager.

Itinalaga si Teresita Banaag Rivera, asawa ni Victor Rivera, bilang OIC ng Office ng General Manager.

Dahil tutol sa pagiging OIC-GM ni Teresita Rivera ang mga empleyado ng ating SPCWD, nag request sa Local Water Utilities Administration o LWUA (ahensya ng gobyerno na may pakialam sa operation ng mga water districts) ang mga kasapi sa Unyon ng SPCWD ng isang Interim General Manager (IGM) bilang siyang tatayong pansamantalang General Manager ng SPCWD habang suspendido si GM Roger Borja.

Pinagbigyan naman ng LWUA ang kahilingan ng SPCWD kaya naglabas ang LWUA ng appointment papers kay Ms. Marilou Anatok, na siyang tatayong IGM ng SPCWD effective Jan. 06, 2010, kapalit ni OIC-GM Teresita Banaag Rivera.

At noong miting ng Board of Directors ng SPCWD noong Jan. 21, 2010 ay dumating nga ang itinalagang Interim General Manager ng LWUA para sa ating SPCWD.

Subalit sa hindi inaasahang pangyayari, ni-question ng grupo ni dating City Fiscal Gerardo Brinas Ilagan, representative ng Professional sector at taga Tiaong, Quezon; Director Normando “Gabby” Lozada, representative ng Education Sector (Academia de Ignatius de Loyola ang nag-nominate sa kanya); Vice-Chairman Eleuterio “Sa Pula, Sa Puti” Amante, representative ng Business Sector, ang pag-upo ng IGM from LWUA sa dahilan na mababa daw ang Salary Grade ng itinalagang IGM kesa sa Salary Grade ni Teresita Rivera. Hindi daw maaatim ni Gng. Rivera na sumunod sa isang mas mababa ang Salary Grade sa kanya (pride?).

Nang hindi umubra sa grupo naman ni Chairman Damaso Ambray, representative ng Civic sector at tiyuhin ni Vice-Mayor Martin Ambray Ilagan at Director Lerma “the Fiscalizer” Prudente, representative ng Women Sector, ang Salary Grade issue ay bumuwelta uli si Director Ilagan na sakop daw ito ng Election Ban. Sa madaling salita ay hindi naka-upo ang IGM ng ating SPCWD. Ang malaking tanong ay bakeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet ayaw ng grupo ni Director Ilagan. Ilan lang ito sa aming nakikitang dahilan:

1. Hindi nila kayang hawakan sa leeg ang IGM from LWUA gaya ng pagpigil nila noon sa suspension order ng Ombudsman kay GM Roger Borja. Kasama nga po pala mga kababayan si OIC-GM Rivera sa kaso ni Borja. May ipinababalik din ang korte na pera sa kanya P0.2M.

2. Baka pag IGM from LWUA ang maupo ay mabulatlat ang maanomalyang BULoK Water Supply Project ng SPCWD. Isa ito sa itinuturong dahilan ng mga pagputok ng linya ng ating tubig pati na rin ang mala-gatas na kulay sa ating tubig. Para po sa inyong kaalaman ay pilit pong itinatago ng management ng ating SPCWD ang tunay na resulta ng mga laboratory results mula sa tubig ng BULoK Water Supply Project (Lagaslasan at Baloc Springs po ang pinanggagalingan ng tubig ng BULoK Water Supply).

Ang BULok Water Supply Project magpahanggang ngayon ay nasa “conditional acceptance” pa pero milyong piso na ang naibayad ng ating SPCWD dito.

3. Daang milyong piso ang nakalaan para sa mga expansion projects ng SPCWD sa taong ito at kung IGM from LWUA ang naka-upo ay baka hindi makapiya-et ang mga directors at management dito.

Ilan lamang po ito sa nakikita naming dahilan sa pagpigil ng ilang grupo sa loob ng ating SPCWD sa pag-upo ng IGM from LWUA. Iisa lamang ang ugat nito at ito ay ang takot na mawala ang control sa mga pagkakakitaang proyekto ng ating SPCWD.

Hanggang sa muli po mga kababayan at dapat ay po ay magkaroon na ng konkretong hakbang ang mga kinauukulan hinggil sa mga kaganapan sa ating SPCWD!

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