Ang Baha at Kapalpakan ng Gobyerno

Ang Baha at Kapalpakan ng Gobyerno

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Ang nararanasang baha tuwing tag-ulan ay nangyayari sa buong kapuluan ng Pilipinas. Ang isa sa mga dahilan nito ay ang kalumaan ng mga drainage – maliit at puno na ng latak o sediments….yan ang sitwasyon ng Manila at mga lumang lunsod tulad ng Bacoor City, Imus City, Cainta, Taytay, Makati, at marami pang iba. Subalit maraming mga bagong barangay, bayan at lunsod ang binabaha dahil sa KAWALAN NG DRAINAGE SYSTEM.

 

Sa mapa at blueprint na batayan ng mga proposal sa pag-approve ng status ng local units upang maging barangay, bayan o lunsod, walang naka-indicate na drainage system. Ang nakalagay lang ay mga “zones”.  Dapat ay kasama sa blueprint ng barangay, bayan at lunsod ang sketch ng  DRAINAGE SYSTEM NA GAWA NA, HINDI DROWING LANG. Kung wala nito, dapat ay hindi aprubahan ng Kongreso ang pino-propose na status. Dahil sa kapalpakan na yan, maraming lunsod na palaging lubog sa baha, at kung magpagawa man ay wala pang effective na direction kung saan dadalhin ang waste water. Ang kapalpakan na yan ay hindi dapat isisi sa kasalukuyang nakaupong mga namumuno dahil minana lang nila ang problema.

 

Dapat ay gayahin ang sistema ng mga subdivision developers batay sa requirement ng mga ahensiyang may kinalaman sa housing program.  Bago sila makapagbenta ng mga lote, ang subdivision ay dapat kumpleto sa mga facilities tulad ng drainage system, electric posts, plaza, multi-purpose hall, basketball court at ang iba ay mayroon pa ngang chapel.

 

Kung magpo-propose naman sana ng isang sitio na gagawing barangay, dapat ay kasama ang territorial blueprint na nagpapakita ng mga kanal, manhole, at direksiyon na patutunguhan ng tubig – kung sa ilog man o sa lawa.

 

Kapag ipinanukalang gawing lunsod ang isang bayan at inaasahan ang pagdagsa ng mga investors na magtatayo ng restaurants, malls, hotels, at condo buildings, dapat ay mahigpit na ipatupad ang pagkakaroon nila ng malaking septic tank na siyang magsasala (strain) muna ng maruming tubig bago ito padaluyin sa drainage system.

 

Sa simpleng salita…KAPABAYAAN ANG DAHILAN NG MGA BAHA, NA LALO PANG PINATINDI NG MGA NAKATIWANGWANG NA MGA PROYEKTO, NA KARAMIHAN AY BASTA NA LANG INIWAN NG MGA CONTRACTORS DAHIL SA KAKULANGAN NG BUDGET.

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Hazing….an eye-opener

Hazing

…an eye-opener with the onset of school year

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

Now and then, front pages of newspapers scream expositions on deaths that result from hazing. Investigations are conducted. Parents and concerned organizations hold rallies to put an end to the fatal ritual…and most often, they bark at the wrong tree.

 

There is already a law against it. Some schools ban fraternities. The police is doing its part. Meanwhile, concerned parents and organizations forgot to call the attention of other parents, especially, the students, themselves. The fact is that, most students who join fraternities to have a feeling of security and belongingness, are already of age, and know what they are doing, yet they do it.  They read news about death resulting from hazing, yet, they take the risk by still joining.

 

With all those mentioned circumstances, why should parents blame the school?…and the police who cannot solve the crime immediately? Some parents blame the world, but themselves and their sons and daughters who upon entering the portal of colleges and universities become ambitious and arrogant. These sons and daughters thought that they can have a share of prominence in the campus by joining fraternities, and have their fingers or knuckles bear the mark of affiliation.

 

Some parents of hazing victims, on the other hand, insist that they did their part by warning their sons about joining such kind of organization. Really?… It has been found out that parents of some students who died from hazing belong to the fraternity that the departed tried to be part of! Some parents are even known to remind their sons and daughters to see to it that the fraternity that they will join, also has government officials as members, so that the latter can be approached for help in times of need. The price of selfishness is too expensive, indeed!

 

Some schools are doing the right thing by letting their students sign a release waiver, so that they will not be blamed if the latter would insist on joining a fraternity. The police is not in the position to pass on the blame, in view of the existing law, because it is their duty to solve a crime. Besides, passing on the blame will not solve the problems on hazing that is pestering the campuses. Many cases of hazing that result to the death of neophytes are left unsolved, hence, relegated to the sidelines, with their folders turning yellow and accumulating dust in filing cabinets of courts.

 

Doubts are floating if hazing can be possibly put to a stop, as officers of the fraternities involved are entrenched in the different nooks and corners of the government, with some even staff of schools, and who just remain silent every time a new case hits the pages of newspapers and aired over TVs and radios. Helplessness and futility of the effort is very evident.

 

The hazing victims have been given the opportunity to enjoy a much coveted, but expensive education, but they wasted it because of their arrogant social climbing attitude and desire to be part of the elite crowd in the campus. And, most unfortunately, many students who were known to be shy, have learned to smoke and imbibe alcoholic drinks after joining fraternities.

 

Before viewers who are members of fraternities will misjudge me, I would like to make it clear that I am not referring to all students as being arrogant with social climbing attitudes that push them to join fraternities. Most, especially, I am not contending that all parents are selfish enough as to encourage their children to join fraternities known for their members who are government officials. I know that there are still many students who are sane enough to make use of the hard-earned money of their benefactors – parents, elder brothers or sisters, by focusing their mind to their studies.

 

A student need not join a fraternity to shine in the school campus. The school is intended for learning and not for negative socializing.

The “Kudong”, Talakudong Festival, Felizardo Lazado, and Bogz Jamorabon

The “Kudong”, Talakudong Festival,

Felizardo Lazado, and Bogz Jamorabon

By Apolinario Villalobos

 
“Kudong” is the generic name for anything that covers the head. It is a Karay-a word used by Ilonggos. Anything can be a “kudong”, such as the wide “gabi” leaf, banana leaf, turban, towel, and of course, hat. When the Ilonggos came to what was then Pamansang, a sitio of Buluan, they adopted many Muslim traditions, one of which was the use of one particular Muslim hat originally made of buri and tikug, but today, of the widely-planted African palm and has become the symbol of the current Talakudong Festival.

 

The festival has gone through a difficult metamorphosis but with the persistence of the people behind the initial celebrations, it has become another touristic come-on of southern Mindanao. It was conceived during the early 70’s when Felizardo Lazado was involved in the touristic affairs of Tacurong, and which was not yet a city. It was well-supported by the barangays, commercial establishments and educational institutions. Working in tandem with him and who is still actively coordinating the actual activities today, is Bogz Jamorabon.

 

Felizardo Lazado did not waver in his support when he left the local government to teach full time in Notre Dame of Tacurong College. Bogz Jamorabon, who was then active as one of the Councilors, on the other hand, continued his job as Director cum Coordinator of the festival. Today, Emelie Jamorabon who heads the City Tourism Council is actively involved, especially, in the planning, but her brother, Bogz is still at the forefront as the “traditional” over-all Coordinator. Bogz, as an information, heads the City Team that handles the disaster prevention.

 

Today, Felizardo Lazado, could be the doting granddad to his grandchildren. But, for the Talakudong Festival, he is the “father”…while Bogz is the “Big Brother”.

The “Kudong”, Talakudong Festival, Felizardo Lazado, and Bogz Jamorabon

The “Kudong”, Talakudong Festival,

Felizardo Lazado, and Bogz Jamorabon

By Apolinario Villalobos

 
“Kudong” is the generic name for anything that covers the head. It is a Karay-a word used by Ilonggos. Anything can be a “kudong”, such as the wide “gabi” leaf, banana leaf, turban, towel, and of course, hat. When the Ilonggos came to what was then Pamansang, a sitio of Buluan, they adopted many Muslim traditions, one of which was the use of one particular Muslim hat originally made of buri and tikug, but today, of the widely-planted African palm and has become the symbol of the current Talakudong Festival.

 

The festival has gone through a difficult metamorphosis but with the persistence of the people behind the initial celebrations, it has become another touristic come-on of southern Mindanao. It was conceived during the early 70’s when Felizardo Lazado was involved in the touristic affairs of Tacurong, and which was not yet a city. It was well-supported by the barangays, commercial establishments and educational institutions. Working in tandem with him and who is still actively coordinating the actual activities today, is Bogz Jamorabon.

 

Felizardo Lazado did not waver in his support when he left the local government to teach full time in Notre Dame of Tacurong College. Bogz Jamorabon, who was then active as one of the Councilors, on the other hand, continued his job as Director cum Coordinator of the festival. Today, Emelie Jamorabon who heads the City Tourism Council is actively involved, especially, in the planning, but her brother, Bogz is still at the forefront as the “traditional” over-all Coordinator. Bogz, as an information, heads the City Team that handles the disaster prevention.

 

Today, Felizardo Lazado, could be the doting granddad to his grandchildren. But, for the Talakudong Festival, he is the “father”…while Bogz is the “Big Brother”.

Ang Mga Okey sa Buhay…

Ang Mga Okey sa Buhay…

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Okey lang ang maging addict

…pero, sa pag-aaral at hindi sa drugs.

 

Okey lang ang magpakalasing

…pero, sa pagmamahal at hindi sa alak.

 

Okey lang ang maging “yes man”

…pero, kay Hesus at hindi kay Satanas.

 

Okey lang ang magmura

…pero, tukuyin ang mga korap na opisyal.

 

Okey lang ang magparami ng anak

…pero, hindi iyo kundi ng mga alaga mong hayop.

 

Okey lang ang magtanim ng “damo”

…pero, hindi marijuana, kundi Bermuda o carabao grass.

 

Okey lang ang manampal

…pero, sarili mong mukha kung dapuan ito ng lamok.

 

Okey lang ang magbasag

…pero, ng itlog kung magpipirito ka nito.

 

Okey lang ang “suminghot”

…pero, ng Vicks inhaler kung may sipon ka.

 

Okey lang ang pumatay

…pero, ng kandila kung tapos na ang brownout.

 

Okey lang ang magnakaw

…pero, ng oras upang marami ka pang magawa.

 

At, okey lang ang pumatay

…pero, ng oras sa pamamagitan ng pagbasa.

 

 

 

 

Ang Pulitika bilang Balakid o Harang sa Pag-usad o Pag-asenso ng Bansa

ANG PULITIKA BILANG BALAKID O HARANG SA PAG-USAD O PAG-ASENSO NG BANSA

NI Apolinario Villalobos

 

PULITIKA ANG PINAKAMALAKING BALAKID O OBSTACLE KAYA HINDI MAKAUSAD TUNGO SA KAUNLARAN ANG PILIPINAS SA KABUUHAN NITO, DAHIL KASAMA SA NAHAHARANGAN ANG MGA LALAWIGAN, LUNSOD, BAYAN AT BARANGAY.

 

MGA HALIMBAWA:

 

  • PAGKATAPOS NG ELEKSIYON, KAHIT MAGAGANDA ANG PROYEKTO NG NATALONG BARANGAY CHAIRMAN, MAYOR, O GOVERNOR, IPAPASIRA ITO UPANG MAPALITAN NG BAGONG NAHALAL NA OPISYAL. PAPALITAN ANG KULAY SCHEME NG ADMINISTRATION AT GAGAWA NG BAGONG SLOGAN.

 

  • NAKATATAK ANG SLOGAN NG LOCAL OFFICIAL PATI PICTURE SA MGA FORMS NG OPISINA KAYA KAPAG MAY NAUPONG BAGONG OPISYAL LAHAT NG MGA FORMS AY PAPALITAN….MALAKING GASTOS!

 

  • ANG MGA NANALONG MAGKAKALABAN SA PULITIKA AY HINDI NAGTUTULUNGAN KAHIT PAREHONG KAGAWAD. HINDI LALAPIT ANG KALABANG KONTRA-PARTIDO NA MAYOR SA GOVERNOR O CONGRESSMAN.

 

  • HINDI TUTULUNGAN SA BUDGET NG CONGRESSMAN ANG KONTRA-PARTIDONG MAYOR O GOVERNOR.

 

  • HINDI MAKIKIPAGTULUNGAN ANG TAONG-BAYAN SA NAKAUPONG BARANGAY CHAIRMAN O MAYOR DAHIL KALABAN NILA SA PULITIKA.

 

  • HINDI TUTULUNGAN NG BARANGAY CHAIRMAN, MAYOR O GOVERNOR ANG MGA CONSTITUENTS NA NABISTO NILANG HINDI BOMOTO SA KANILA.

 

  • KAPAG TODO-TODO ANG KAMALASAN NG NANALONG OPISYAL, MGA BALA MULA SA BARIL NG MGA BAYARANG  “RIDING-IN-TANDEM” ANG AABUTIN NILA!

 

 

 

 

 

Footprints of a Friend…

Footprints of a Friend….

(Tribute to Ruel Lucentales)

By: Apolinario B Villalobos

 

When we were young

He said, “I will be great someday”

I said, “I have the same dream.”

He was diligent in his studies

And even excelled in other fields

Despite odds that limited our quest

That we hurdled to satisfy our needs.

 

After graduation in college

He said, “I want to raise a family”

I said, “Go ahead, get a wife oozing with beauty and sanity.”

He got a beauty and both raised two children

Who grew to be caring and responsible

Making them both happy and they did not ask for more.

 

When we met again

He said, “Somehow, I will try my best to help others”.

I said, “That, I hope to see”.

He was braving the danger along the way

As he visited settlements of evacuees.

With him was a jolly entourage clad in blue chalico –

Brave men and women, pride of then Region XI’s DSW.

 

When he was to be promoted

He said, “Friend, I will be transferred to Manila, what do you say?”

I said, “Go ahead, consider it as part of your destiny”.

Then I saw him on TV braving the thick ashfall of Mt. Pinatubo.

Skipping meals and being away from his family for days

Became just part of daily routine enjoyed by him –

And all these he did without a single complaint.

 

When told about our class reunion in August 21, 2010

He said to a classmate, “Ed, I will surely be part of our homecoming in Notre Dame.”

Ed said, “You must, as the rest are expecting you to be there.”

Others were told and were elated that at last, he could make it, come what may.

He was excited, of course, to meet classmates last seen more than twenty years ago.

 

But, a slight twist of his destiny changed all these

When on a fateful day he breathed his last

The day that bore his final footprint on the sands of life

That bore witness to his greatness –

As a struggling youth with a dream

As a patient brother to his siblings

As a loving husband to a beautiful wife

As a doting father to two caring children

As a worker who cares for his colleagues and those in need

As a man who did not fail to look back

To his footprints while on his way to greatness

To fulfill his destiny…

 

To you Ruel, our friend, our brod, we say:

YOU ARE, INDEED, GREAT!