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Halalan 2013

Posted: May 14, 2013 in government, mission

The midterm elections has ended yesterday at 7pm. Some winners have already been proclaimed today and the rest will be proclaimed soon.

There have been a few stand out candidates this year who have continually been the topic of headlines, blogs, tweets and memes.

Unfortunately, not everyone in the country has access to these information avenues. The Philippines after all is just a third world country trying desperately to free itself from the clutches of poverty.

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2011 Philippine Holidays

Posted: January 7, 2011 in government, mission, news
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Hooray for holidays!  Although there seems to be a lot less fewer holidays for this year.  Bummer.  There are only 2 long weekends for the entire year!  What about all the vacations I am planning to do? =)

A. Regular Holidays

New Year’s Day – January 1 (Saturday)

Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Saturday)

Maundy Thursday – April 21

Good Friday – April 22

Labor Day – May 1 (Sunday)

Independence Day – June 12 (Sunday)

National Heroes Day – August 29 (Last Monday of August)

Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Wednesday)

Christmas Day – December 25 (Sunday)

Rizal Day – December 30 (Friday)

B. Special (Non-Working) Days

Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Sunday)

All Saints Day – November 1 (Tuesday)

Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Saturday)

C. Special Holiday (for all schools)

EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Friday)

Quoted from Proclamation 84.

Mayhem – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos. (by Patricia Evangelista)

IN THE friendliest country in the world, where tarsiers grin under coconut suns, and waves sparkle blue against the whitest of white sands, the luckiest man west of the Pacific discovered his luck the same day the Department of Health discovered 136 bags of HIV positive blood.

Welcome to the friendliest country in the world, where tarsiers grin under coconut suns, and waves sparkle blue against the whitest of white sands. In the jeweled isles of this pearl of the east, Sharon Cuneta apologizes to Aga Muhlach, the West Tower’s fumes still seep into neighboring homes in spite of the management’s placing “a big piece of plywood” as barrier, and the President announces he will spend Christmas alone this year—the fault of an unsympathetic media whose exploitation drove away possible presidential consorts.

“If ordinary citizens are granted their right to privacy, how am I different?”

Pilipinas, kay ganda.

A very bad thing happened in Manila, Philippines today.  A disgruntled cop who was fired from his job has taken a tourist bus hostage today.  There were at least 5 dead including the hostage taker himself.  The news was all over – local TV stations, international news networks, twitter, facebook, AM radio and I am sure in a lot more venues.  It has been sensationalized so much everyone all around the world is probably talking about it.  It has been such a big deal, it may even become the topic for the question and answer portion in Miss Universe which I heard is happening sometime this week.

It is a big deal.  Lives were put at stake.  Actually, several innocent lives have ended as a result.  My first thought when I heard of the situation was “No to guns.  No to violence.  No to weapons.”  And I still stand by it.  There should be no exceptions.  If we really want peace, then we should not encourage things that are designed for violence.  Anyway, guns and violence are points of debate for another time.

I understand how appalled everyone is of what happened.  Some are even saying they are embarrassed to be called Filipinos because of it.  Why?  Why should we be embarrassed to be called Filipinos?  Why are we so defensive about what happened?  Do we think so lowly of other nations we immediately conclude that they will generalize that all Filipinos are like that hostage taker?  Do we think so lowly of ourselves, our nation, that we immediately conclude that this ONE incident will define our country?

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A lot has been revealed in the first State of the Nation Address of the fifteenth president of the Philippines, Pres. Benigno Aquino III.  Corruptions, allegedly (but hopefully, all these would be proven soon and the culprits made to pay and put to jail) happened in a lot of agencies of the government.  Highlighted were the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewarage System whose members of the board allegedly received millions of pesos in bonuses while retired employees were made to wait for their benefits, the National Food authority who allegedly imported more rice than needed, the Department of Public Works and Highways and the National Power Corporation.

Part of the SONA also mentioned the fact that only 1% of the national budget is left for each of the remaining months of the year!  It makes my blood boil.  Even calamity funds were misused.  Goodness!  No wonder we are in such debt and in such state!

But the SONA was not only about exposure of the alleged wrong doings of the past administration.  PNoy made it clear that his FIRST STEP is to end corruption so the country can finally move on and help itself out of the pit the previous administration has created.  To quote:

Ang malinaw po sa ngayon: ang anumang pagbabago ay magmumula sa pagsiguro natin na magwawakas na ang pagiging maluho at pagwawaldas.

Kaya nga po mula ngayon: ititigil na natin ang paglulustay sa salapi ng bayan. Tatanggalin natin ang mga proyektong mali.

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This is the SONA of President Benigno Aquino III,  taken from http://www.gov.ph.

State of the Nation Address
of His Excellency
Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
to the Congress of the Philippines
Session Hall of the House of Representatives

July 26, 2010
[Batasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City]

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte; Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; Vice President Jejomar Binay; Chief Justice Renato Corona; Former Presidents Fidel Valdez Ramos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada; members of the House of Representatives and the Senate; distinguished members of the diplomatic corps; my fellow workers in government;

Mga minamahal kong kababayan:

Sa bawat sandali po ng pamamahala ay nahaharap tayo sa isang sangandaan.

Sa isang banda po ay ang pagpili para sa ikabubuti ng taumbayan. Ang pagtanaw sa interes ng nakakarami; ang pagkapit sa prinsipyo; at ang pagiging tapat sa sinumpaan nating tungkulin bilang lingkod-bayan. Ito po ang tuwid na daan.

Sa kabilang banda ay ang pag-una sa pansariling interes. Ang pagpapaalipin sa pulitikal na konsiderasyon, at pagsasakripisyo ng kapakanan ng taumbayan. Ito po ang baluktot na daan.

Matagal pong naligaw ang pamahalaan sa daang baluktot. Araw-araw po, lalong lumilinaw sa akin ang lawak ng problemang ating namana. Damang-dama ko ang bigat ng aking responsibilidad.

Sa unang tatlong linggo ng aming panunungkulan, marami po kaming natuklasan. Nais ko pong ipahayag sa inyo ang iilan lamang sa mga namana nating suliranin at ang ginagawa naming hakbang para lutasin ang mga ito.

Sulyap lamang po ito; hindi pa ito ang lahat ng problemang haharapin natin. Inilihim at sadyang iniligaw ang sambayanan sa totoong kalagayan ng ating bansa.

Sa unang anim na buwan ng taon, mas malaki ang ginastos ng gobyerno kaysa sa pumasok na kita. Lalong lumaki ang deficit natin, na umakyat na sa 196.7 billion pesos. Sa target na kuleksyon, kinapos tayo ng 23.8 billion pesos; ang tinataya namang gastos, nalagpasan natin ng 45.1 billion pesos.

Ang budget po sa 2010 ay 1.54 trillion pesos.

Nasa isandaang bilyong piso o anim at kalahating porsyento na lang ng kabuuan ang malaya nating magagamit para sa nalalabing anim na buwan ng taong ito.

Halos isang porsyento na lang po ng kabuuang budget ang natitira para sa bawat buwan.

Saan naman po dinala ang pera?

Naglaan ng dalawang bilyong piso na Calamity Fund bilang paghahanda para sa mga kalamidad na hindi pa nangyayari. Napakaliit na nga po ng pondong ito, ngunit kapapasok pa lang natin sa panahon ng baha at bagyo, 1.4 billion pesos o sitenta porsyento na ang nagastos.

Sa kabuuan ng 108 million pesos para sa lalawigan ng Pampanga, 105 million pesos nito ay napunta sa iisang distrito lamang. Samantala, ang lalawigan ng Pangasinan na sinalanta ng Pepeng ay nakatanggap ng limang milyong piso lamang para sa pinsalang idinulot ng bagyong Cosme, na nangyari noong 2008 pa.

Ibinigay po ang pondo ng Pampanga sa buwan ng eleksyon, pitong buwan pagkatapos ng Ondoy at Pepeng. Paano kung bumagyo bukas? Inubos na ang pondo nito para sa bagyong nangyari noong isang taon pa. Pagbabayaran ng kinabukasan ang kasakiman ng nakaraan.

Ganyan din po ang nangyari sa pondo ng MWSS. Kamakailan lamang, pumipila ang mga tao para lang makakuha ng tubig. Sa kabila nito, minabuti pa ng liderato ng MWSS na magbigay ng gantimpala sa sarili kahit hindi pa nababayaran ang pensyon ng mga retiradong empleyado.

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