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Ang Pagbabalik

August 31st, 2006 No comments

Sa wakas, matapos ang dalawang linggo, nakabalik rin ako. Umabot kasi sa limit yung bandwidth nitong blog ko. Hindi ko akalaing magkakaganun!

 

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Guarded optimism after the ISA event

FRANK Mendoza, Dave Bercasio and I did a post-event assessment after yesterday's formal launch of the "Mahal Ko ang Pilipinas" (MKAP) movement at the Philippine Plaza Hotel, where more aspiring "Dream Cities" were initiated and eight, including Naga, were declared Public Governance System (PGS)-compliant. Their inputs helped me crystallize some key thoughts after reflecting throughout another bone-jarring roadtrip back home.

Dr. Jesus Estanislao, chair of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) which is the prime mover behind the PGS, touched a sympathetic chord in me who has practically given up on the national government. His quietly moving keynote cogently articulated the plaintive cry of a motherland who feels abandoned by her children, thousands of whom are voting with their feet with every passing day. The choice of Gat Andres Bonifacio as a historical inspiration for the movement is therefore most fitting, as his paean to love of country remains very timely and relevant.

In a way, I think the MKAP is an indictment of the Arroyo regime's failure in nation-building. The Philippines 2030 roadmap highlighted in the conference (left), which seeks to accelerate the process within a generation, should ideally parallel the journey being taken by the "Dream Cities". Which, among others, requires the chief executive to play a critical leadership role, and in the process own the national scorecard. That the movement decided to work instead with key sectors of Philippine society in coming up with an alternative roadmap indeed speaks volumes.

That the Philippine Marines,
among the operating units of the military, came forward to draw its own roadmap using the PGS framework is another item that speaks volumes. I am with Gerry Ravalo and the people who attended the session with the Marines when he pointed out that we haven't thanked them enough in securing our country. But I think I will be remiss in my duty as a citizen if I did not bring up the continuing politicization of the military, and the role some of its leaders today have played in the political crisis that continues to hound us.

That was the whole point of my question yesterday; I think I was still too polite to only imply what is common knowledge among the audience, and I think most everyone got the drift. (Too much politeness in fact prevents our society from really discussing and addressing the gut issues bedeviling us head on.) But the mere fact that the Marines went through the PGS process is a testament to their resolve to right the wrongs, and hopefully it includes reclaiming and living up to its core ideals—"Karangalan, Katungkulan, Kabayanihan"—as an institution.


On the whole, I went back to Naga with a guarded optimism that we will still be able to climb out of the rut. I sincerely hope the MKAP movement succeeds. Naga's best contribution to the effort would be to play its part in building up the capital of hope in our own corner of the archipelago, and inspiring others to do the same.
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Guarded optimism after the ISA event

FRANK Mendoza, Dave Bercasio and I did a post-event assessment after yesterday's formal launch of the "Mahal Ko ang Pilipinas" (MKAP) movement at the Philippine Plaza Hotel, where more aspiring "Dream Cities" were initiated and eight, including Naga, were declared Public Governance System (PGS)-compliant. Their inputs helped me crystallize some key thoughts after reflecting throughout another bone-jarring roadtrip back home.

Dr. Jesus Estanislao, chair of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) which is the prime mover behind the PGS, touched a sympathetic chord in me who has practically given up on the national government. His quietly moving keynote cogently articulated the plaintive cry of a motherland who feels abandoned by her children, thousands of whom are voting with their feet with every passing day. The choice of Gat Andres Bonifacio as a historical inspiration for the movement is therefore most fitting, as his paean to love of country remains very timely and relevant.

In a way, I think the MKAP is an indictment of the Arroyo regime's failure in nation-building. The Philippines 2030 roadmap highlighted in the conference (left), which seeks to accelerate the process within a generation, should ideally parallel the journey being taken by the "Dream Cities". Which, among others, requires the chief executive to play a critical leadership role, and in the process own the national scorecard. That the movement decided to work instead with key sectors of Philippine society in coming up with an alternative roadmap indeed speaks volumes.

That among the operating units of the military, the Philippine Marines came forward to draw a roadmap of its own using the PGS framework is another item that speaks volumes. I am with Gerry Ravalo and the people who attended the session with the Marines when he pointed out that we haven't thanked them enough in securing our country. But I think I will be remiss in my duty as a citizen if I did not bring up the continuing politicization of the military, and the role some of its leaders today have played in the political crisis that continues to hound us.


That was the whole point of my question yesterday; I think I was still too polite to only imply what is common knowledge among the audience, and I think most everyone got the drift. (Too much politeness in fact prevents our society from really discussing and addressing the gut issues bedeviling us head on.) But the mere fact that the Marines went through the PGS process is a testament to their resolve to right the wrongs, and hopefully it includes reclaiming and living up to its core ideals—"Karangalan, Katungkulan, Kabayanihan"—as an institution.


On the whole, I went back to Naga with a guarded optimism that we will still be able to climb out of the rut. I sincerely hope the MKAP movement succeeds. Naga's best contribution to the effort would be to play its part in building up the capital of hope in our own corner of the archipelago, and inspiring others to do the same.
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Job-related

August 30th, 2006 No comments
First of all, I have been closely monitoring the blogs of Mr. Willy Prilles Jr. to update myself with what is going on with the ordeals that Naga City Hall is facing. I have even printed the pdf documents I secured from his blog. All I can do is to read the news and wonder why such thing (ordered to vacate) happens to a very professional government institution. I am not just enjoying the peace and comfort of this country where I live now. I wish to extend that I am one of those Naguenos who wish for the peaceful settlement of this case. Let's continue doing our respective jobs. Hey, I need to write this sometimes. My job-related stress reached the peak level. I take vitamins and calcium to ease the kind of stress at work but it doesn't work at all since Monday this week. Reasons? Job orders are not met . (Don't tell me we ordered short leadtimes, we did give them enough time and got confirmations that they can produce our regular orders. Then why??) We have one from Slovenia and another from Chicago. Considering the time difference to Japan? All I can do is to leave phone messages and emails with red exclamation marks. Another stress. A month ago, my boss bought me a pair of earplugs. Yes, he is tolerating me to wear earplugs to keep out the voice of a colleague, Urusai- as I named her, who speak so loud with a flirty tone towards our male officemates. And it happened yesterday. I was speaking over the phone with our Hong Kong guy supplier who can't pronounce clear English well. I was trying to understand to what he was saying while Urusai continues to speak loudly at the back. Considering that it was a long-distance call. I unconsciously put my phone down, face at the back and yelled at her "Will you shut-up?! I can't hear the phone well!!". I almost faint. My knees are trembling and my face turned red. After a few minutes, a colleague with hidden chocolate (in between of papers) pretending as if she has something to ask came to my desk. She said 'thank you' and told me that she, too, was given earplugs by our boss.
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Job-related

August 30th, 2006 1 comment
First of all, I have been closely monitoring the blogs of Mr. Willy Prilles Jr. to update myself on what is going on with the ordeals that Naga City Hall is facing. I have even printed the pdf documents I secured from his blog. All I can do is to read the news and wondering why such thing (ordered to vacate) happens to a very professional government institution. I am not just enjoying the peace and comfort of this country where I live now. I wish to extend that I am one of those Naguenos who wish for the peaceful settlement of this case. Let's continue doing our respective jobs.

Hey, I need to write this sometimes. My job-related stress reached the peak level. I take vitamins and calcium to ease the kind of stress at work but it doesn't work at all since Monday this week. Reasons? Job orders are not met . (Don't tell me we ordered short leadtimes, we did give them enough time and got confirmations that they can produce our regular orders. Then why??) We have one from Slovenia and another from Chicago. Considering the time difference to Japan? All I can do is to leave phone messages and emails with red exclaimation marks.

Another stress. A month ago, my boss bought me a pair of earplugs. Yes, he is tolerating me to wear earplugs to keep out the voice of a colleague, Urusai- as I named her, who speak so loud with a flirty tone towards our male officemates. And it happened yesterday. I was speaking over the phone with our Hong Kong guy supplier who can't pronounce clear English well. I was trying to understand to what he was saying while Urusai continues to speak loudly at the back. Considering that it was a long-distance call. I unconsciously put my phone down, face at the back and yelled at her "Will you shut-up?! I can't hear the phone well!!". I almost faint. My knees are trembling and my face turned red. After a few minutes, a colleague with hidden chocolate (in between of papers) pretending as if she has something to ask came to my desk. She said 'thank you' and told me that she, too, was given earplugs by our boss.


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Random images

August 30th, 2006 No comments

was cleaning our hard drive when i found these old images that we think are worthy to be shown to the world… :)
so, just sharing… ;)

p.s.

can’t get to widen the width of our blog…the sidebar seems to overlap over 500pixel-images…can somebody help me how to widen the width of the layout of our blog? thanks in advance!

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Franz Ferdinand

August 30th, 2006 No comments

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shot the pre nup a few months back…shot this in an undeveloped island here in camarines sur…

the wedding was just last Aug. 26…added their onsite video on the sidebar… :)

was really tempted to use a Franz Ferdinand song, but but… hehe :)

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I Dare You

August 30th, 2006 No comments
…by Shinedown





The characters in the show

One says yes, one says no

Decide – which voice in your head you can keep alive




Even in madness, I know you still believe

Paint me your canvas so I become

What you could never be




I dare you to tell me to walk through the fire wear my soul and call me a liar

I dare you to tell me to walk through the fire

I dare you to tell me

I dare you to




Hello, are you still chasing

The memories in shadows

Some stay young, some grow old




Come alive, there are thoughts unclear

You can never hide

Even in madness,

I know you still believe




Paint me your canvas so I become

What you could never be

I dare you to tell me to walk through the fire

wear my soul and call me a liar




I dare you to tell me to walk through the fire

I dare you to tell me

I dare you to




Hello

Hello…I dare you to tell me to walk through the fire

Brand my soul and call me a liar

I dare you to tell me to walk through the fire

I dare you to tell me

I dare you to




Hello…

Hello…I dare you to tell me

I dare you to

I dare you to tell me

I dare you to
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What Hurts The Most

August 30th, 2006 No comments
…by Rascal Flatts





I can take the rain on the roof of this empty house

That don’t bother me

I can take a few tears now and then and just let them out

I’m not afraid to cry every once in a while

Even though going on with you gone still upsets me

There are days every now and again I pretend I’m ok

But that’s not what gets me




What hurts the most

Was being so close

And having so much to say

And watching you walk away

And never knowing

What could have been

And not seeing that loving you

Is what I was tryin’ to do




It’s hard to deal with the pain of losing you everywhere I go

But I’m doin’ it

It’s hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I’m alone

Still harder getting up, getting dressed, livin’ with this regretB

ut I know if I could do it over

I would trade give away all the words that I saved in my heart

That I left unspoken




What hurts the most

Is being so close

And having so much to say

And watching you walk away

And never knowing

What could have been

And not seeing that loving you

Is what I was trying to do




What hurts the most

Is being so close

And having so much to say

And watching you walk away

And never knowing

What could have been

And not seeing that loving you

Is what I was trying to do

Not seeing that loving you

That’s what I was trying to do
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Hanging On

August 30th, 2006 No comments
…by Cheyenne Kimball





I’ve had a bad day

And nothing ever seems to go my way

I’ve got a heartache

Don’t wanna think about it

And everytime I try to smile, I cry, so

I’ll just hide my face

Get out of my way

Don’t wanna talk about it

And I’ll be fine

I just need some time




I’m hanging on today

And nothing’s gonna stop me, anyway

I’m holding on, I’m strong

I’m the only one who can make it change

I don’t wanna cry

Gotta live my life

I’m gonna make it alright

I’m hanging on and nothing’s gonna stop me, anyway




I went the wrong way

But I’m not lost, it’s a good mistake

I saw the day break

I’m gonna shout about it

Oh, and everytime I turn around

I find that, I’m alone again




I’ve had a bad day

I’m gonna laugh about it

And I’ll be fine

I’m gonna be alright




I’m hanging on today (today, yeah)

And nothing’s gonna stop me, anyway

I’m holding on, I’m strong (I’m strong)

I’m the only one who can make it change

I don’t wanna cry

Gotta live my life

I’m gonna make it alright

I’m hanging on and nothing’s gonna stop me,

Nothing’s gonna stop me




When I feel lonely

I feel like I’m floating

Nothing is real

I’m above it all

I’m above it

I’m above it all




I’m hanging on today

And nothing’s gonna stop me, anyway

I’m holding on, I’m strong

I’m the only one who can make it change

I don’t wanna cryGotta live my life

I’m gonna make it alright

I’m hanging on and nothing’s gonna stop me, anyway




I’ve had a bad day…
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Outstanding Batchmate

August 30th, 2006 No comments
Originally posted from the Naga City website, I am re-posting as a news item for those who have not read it yet, and yes, our batchmate in the name of Ronnie Albeus who we can be truly proud of. Another proud son of Naga is making waves overseas as an outstanding OFW, community leader [...]
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Free Philippines GIS Data Set

August 30th, 2006 No comments
Ever tried googling for shapefiles philippines gis data sets? You can get plenty but most of them are only ADM1 level spatial data.

NAMRIA I think already have shapefiles available up to the barangay level but not for free. Pity.

Try this: http://gis.naga.gov.ph/phildata/

You'll get barangay shapefiles of Camarines Sur. If you have some data to share send it over so that we could publish. Its only bandwidth.

***cross posted from the naga city forum
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Free Philippines GIS Data Set

August 30th, 2006 No comments
Ever tried googling for shapefiles philippines gis data sets? You can get plenty but most of them are only ADM1 level spatial data. NAMRIA I think already have shapefiles available up to the barangay level but not for free. Pity. Try this: http://gis.naga.gov.ph/phildata/ You'll get barangay shapefiles of Camarines Sur. If you have some data to share send it over so that we could publish. Its only bandwidth.
***cross posted from the naga city forum
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TRO is served!

DARN, I can't access a scanner here at SEAMEO-INNOTECH so I can't upload a scanned copy of the Supreme Court Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued yesterday by Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban. This leaves me with no choice but to reproduce the essence of his order, which is as follows [with my notes in brackets]:
TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER

TO: Hon. Felimon Montenegro, Presiding Judge; Atty. Jesus Mampo, Clerk of Court; Sheriff Jorge B. Lopez, Sheriff IV, Regional Trial Court, Branch 26, Naga City

GREETINGS:

WHEREAS, a petition for certiorari and prohibition with very urgent motion/application for temporary restraining order was filed by counsels for petitioner [CITY OF NAGA, as represented by Mayor Jesse M. Robredo];

WHEREAS, considering the allegations contained, the issues raised and the arguments adduced in the petition, it is necessary and proper to ISSUE the TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER prayed for and require the respondents to COMMENT on the petition within a NON-EXTENDIBLE period of ten (10) days from notice hereof;

NOW, THEREFORE, You, respondents, are hereby required to COMMENT on the petition within a NON-EXTENDIBLE period of ten (10) days from notice hereof. Meanwhile, a TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER is hereby ISSUED, effective immediately and continuing until further orders from this Court, restraining You, Judge Felimon Montenegro, Clerk of Court Jesus Mampo and Sheriff Jorge B. Lopez, your agents, representatives, or persons acting in your place or stead, from enforcing the

(i) Decision dated June 20, 2005;
(ii) Order dated August 17, 2006;
(iii) Writ of Execution Pending Appeal dated August 22, 2006;
(iv) Notice to Vacate dated August 23, 2006; and
(v) Notice of Garnishment dated August 23, 2006.

No bond need be filed as the petititioner is a government agency.

GIVEN this 28th day of August 2006, in Manila, Philippines.

(Sgd.) ARTEMIO V. PANGANIBAN, Chief Justice
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TRO is served!

DARN, I can't access a scanner here at SEAMEO-INNOTECH so I can't upload a scanned copy of the Supreme Court Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued yesterday by Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban. This leaves me with no choice but to reproduce his order, which is as follows [with my notes in brackets]:
TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER

TO: Hon. Felimon Montenegro, Presiding Judge; Atty. Jesus Mampo, Clerk of Court; Sheriff Jorge B. Lopez, Sheriff IV, Regional Trial Court, Branch 26, Naga City

GREETINGS:

WHEREAS, a petition for certiorari and prohibition with very urgent motion/application for temporary restraining order was filed by counsels for petitioner [CITY OF NAGA, as represented by Mayor Jesse M. Robredo];

WHEREAS, considering the allegations contained, the issues raised and the arguments adduced in the petition, it is necessary and proper to ISSUE the TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER prayed for and require the respondents to COMMENT on the petition within a NON-EXTENDIBLE period of ten (10) days from notice hereof;

NOW, THEREFORE, You, respondents, are hereby required to COMMENT on the petition within a NON-EXTENDIBLE period of ten (10) days from notice hereof. Meanwhile, A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER is hereby ISSUED, effective immediately and continuing until further orders from this Court, restraining You, Judge Felimon Montenegro, Clerk of Court Jesus Mampo and Sheriff Jorge B. Lopez, your agents, representatives, or persons acting in your place or stead, from enforcing the

(i) Decision dated June 20, 2005;
(ii) Order dated August 17, 2006;
(iii) Writ of Execution Pending Appeal dated August 22, 2006;
(iv) Notice to Vacate dated August 23, 2006; and
(v) Notice of Garnishment dated August 23, 2006.

No bond need be filed as the petititioner is a government agency.

GIVEN this 28th day of August 2006, in Manila, Philippines.

(Sgd.) ARTEMIO V. PANGANIBAN, Chief Justice
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