Ang Mga Tsinelas ni JONATHAN PADRONES

ANG MGA TSINELAS NI JONATHAN
ni Apolinario Villalobos

Una akong bumilib kay Jonathan Padrones nang makita ko siya sa kanyang lypsinch act at lalong bumilib pa nang malaman kong marami siyang mga advocacies sa abot ng kanyang makakaya, at ang pinaka-popular ay ang pamimigay ng tsinelas sa mga kinakapos na mga kabataan.

Siguro ang nasa isip niya ay upang hindi masaktan ang talampakan ng mga batang nagsusumikap sa buhay habang tinatahak ang mabatong landasin patungo sa kanilang pangarap….HINDI TULAD NIYA NONG KABATAAN NIYA NA SA KAGUSTUHANG MAKATULONG SA MGA MAHAL SA BUHAY AY MATINDING HIRAP ANG DINANAS SA PAGTAHAK SA LANDAS NA NABANGGIT UPANG MATUPAD ANG KANYANG PANGARAP.

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Mula sa Pagko-konduktor, naging Konsehal – COUNCILOR MUNDO M. AYOB

MULA SA PAGKO-KONDUKTOR, NAGING KONSEHAL

…Datu Paglas Municipal Councilor, MUNDO M. AYOB

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Nakakabilib na malamang ang soft-spoken at palangiti na nakita kong kumakain kasama ang pamilya sa isang pastilan ay isa palang Konsehal ng bayan ng Datu Paglas sa Maguindanao. Ang una kong napansin ay ang anak nilang simpleng kumain ng pastil na walang ulam. Sumunod na kumain silang mag-asawa na ang inulam lang ay tortang talong at nilagang itlong. Nalaman ko na lang na konsehal pala ang nakasuot ng kopya na nagpahiwatig na nakarating siya sa Mecca ng sabihin sa akin ng hipag pala niyang may-ari ng pastilan.

 

Lalo akong nagulat nang pagkatiwalaan niya ako ng kuwento ng kanyang buhay na nakaka-inspire. Ayon sa kanyang hipag ay hindi tinapos ni Konsehal Mundo ang kanyang high school dahil nagtrabaho siya bilang konduktor ng mga pampasaherong sasakyang may biyaheng Tacurong-Kabacan. Ang dahilan ng kanyang pagtigil sa pag-aaral at pagkonduktor ay ang dalawang nakababatang kapatid na babae na tinulungan niyang makatapos sa pag-aaral. Bukod sa pagko-konduktor ay nagtanim din siya ng palay sa kalahating ektarya nilang bukid.. Ikinuwento niyang iisa ang ginagamit niyang t-shirt sa pagko-konduktor. Pag-uwi niya sa gabi ay nilalabhan agad niya para maisuot sa umaga kahit medyo basa pa. Dahil sa kanyang pagsisikap ay nakatapos ang kanyang mga kapatid at ngayon ay maganda na ang mga kalagayan sa buhay.

 

Ang asawa ni konsehal Mundo ay si Noria na hindi rin nakapagtapos sa pag-aaral pero bihasa o magaling sa Arabic. Sa kabila niyan, dahil sa pagsisikap ay umasenso sa pag-negosyo. Nagtutulungan silang mag-asawa sa pagpalago ng kanilang mga negosyong dalawang bakery at isang grocery. Pinagmamalaki din ni konsehal Mundo na ang kanilang panadero ay isang Ilonggo na galing pa sa Zamboanga. Ang bunsong anak na si Zam ay tinuturin naman nilang “hajj baby” dahil nabuo siya noong panahong sila ay nag-pilgrimage sa Mecca.

 

Binanggit ni konsehal na nang ikasal ang kanyang anak na babaeng si Surayna sa The Farm, isang high-end na restaurant sa Koronadal ay nai-feature ang okasyon ni Jessica Soho sa kanyang programa sa TV.

 

Inimbita niya akong pumasyal sa kanila sa Datu Paglas nang malaman niyang interesado akong i-blog ang bayan ang mga karatig na mga barangay nito. Siguradong pupunta ako sa kanila dahil nasimulan ko na rin ang pagsulat tungkol sa Buluan na madadaanan papunta sa kanila.

 

Paghinumdum Sang Ako Bata Pa Sadto (Hiligaynon dialect of the Visayans in the Philippines)

Paghinumdum Sang Ako Bata Pa Sadto
ni Maria Cristina A. Villaralvo

 

Sang una pa nga panahon sa akon pagpanumdom, ang akon lang nga handum amo ang manamit nga pagkaon.
Sa kabudlay sang kabuhi sa kaumahan kun diin ako nagdaku kag nagkabuhi, ang dahon dahon sa palibot lagaun lang kag imimi sa kamatis nga may asin kag may kan on nga manami, sampat gid sulbad na ang hiribati sang maubusan nga gahinibi.
Kay kulang ang isa ka baso nga tinig ang sa anom ka kabataan, si nanay hinali nga nagtak ang sang iya nga tinig ang.
Tapos tig ab kag panghugas pinggan, kami tanan nagdinalagan kay si tatay nag abot dun halin sa kaumahan may dala nga turagsoy kag puyo baw kanamit lapwahan.
Mangahoy kami sa kawayanan kag manag ub anay bago maghampang, pag abot sang kahapunanon bago ang bulan magsubang kami tanan sa altar mag atubang ang orasyon paga umpisahan.
Ang kasimple sang amuni nga pangabuhi ang indi ko gid ikambyo sa bulawan nga masiri. Ang kalipay nga akon naambit bisan sa kabudlay sang pangabuhi, basta si tatay, si nanay pirmi ara kun ako nagahibi indi ko gid itandi sa mga mangad nga brilyante akun sa bulawan nga masiri.
Sa pagtapak ko sa bag o nga pinanid sang istorya sang akon kabuhi, pangamuyo ko lang nga ang pamilya nga sa akon ginhatag sang hamili, mapangapinan ko sa mga hitabu nga hinali, kag matipon ko sa isa ka bubong asta ang mga magburugto makakita sang ila pinili man nga pangabuhi.

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ON PREPAREDNESS WHEN TRAGEDY OR CALAMITY STRIKES

(The author is a Grade 10 and 15-year old student of the Tacurong National High School. The essay garnered First Prize during the Essay Writing Contest in commemoration of the National Disaster Resilience Month held at the Tacurong Pilot Elementary School on July 3, 2018. Her coach is Ms. Marites Goce.)

 

ON PREPAREDNESS WHEN TRAGEDY OR CALAMITY OCCURS

By Joanna Marie Goloyugo

 

 

Humans are given the gift of life and have very strong survival instinct. The need to preserve life courses down through their mind and body, especially, when faced with life and death situations. The survival instinct pushes to strive their way out of chaos, forcing them to thin, “I need to stay alive”. Unfortunately, this instinctive urge is not enough to save humans from direly threatening situations that result from unforeseen occurrences caused by Mother Nature, as well as, other human beings. In this regard, there is a need for preparedness as it can mitigate or lessen the physical, mental and emotional trauma when a unforeseen events occur.

 

The abrupt occurrences of typhoon, floods, earthquakes and other calamities, leave the Philippines shaken and in complete tatters…shambles…disarray. They create chaos in the affected communities and to be blamed partly is the negligence of man.  The victims leave the world, their cold remains viewed for a lasting memory of their loved ones.  Here’s why….despite all the conducted drills, trainings and seminars, the nation still faces devastating results from calamities and disasters. Lives are lost, properties are destroyed, despite which, the people never learn, making the government re-evaluations useless. Lessons are never learned.

 

The National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) encourages citizens to be prepared for emergency situations. The Republic Act 1-121, NDRRM Act that was implemented on May 2010 has four core functions: Mitigation and Prevention, Preparedness, Response, Rehabilitation and Recovery. They serve as guides in the drills conducted in schools and workplaces, and should also be observed in homes to prepare families for the occurrences that result to huge losses, both in life and property. At the helm of this effort is the Secretary of Department of National Defense (DND), Ricardo Jalad. Its aim is to transform the country’s emergency management system from “Disaster Relief and Response” to “Disaster Risk Reduction”. The aforementioned RA 1-121 repealed the Presidential Decree No. 1566 that was enacted in 1978, the emergency management of which centered only on the hazards and impacts of a disaster or calamity.  On the other hand, the current law provides that the citizens should be prepared for them to know what to do before, during and after an occurrence.

 

Unfortunately, despite the directives from the government, some agencies both private and public do not conduct drills regularly. If they do, the concerned people treat the drill as some kind of a “play”…without seriousness. This attitude practically, makes the objective of the emergency preparedness fly over their head. In some schools, teachers observed that the students do not give much thought of the drill being conducted. Their nonchalance shows that they do not care much about the importance of the drill and its use for any untoward occurrence in the future. Some are observed without seriousness in practicing the ducking which is about the covering of the head with both hands, a simple act which is neglected by many participants.

 

When seminars and orientations are conducted by the agency involved in rescue, disaster prevention and risk management, many students are observed as not paying attention to the resource speakers. They chat with away the time with seatmates, play with their cellphones, or worst, skip such activity that their school has painstakingly arranged for them.

 

Knowledge plays a very important part in a person’s chance for survival. Even a simple rule such as avoiding large or tall objects, trees or buildings due to the possibility of their collapsing, is vital to survival. For this effort, there is a concerted effort among concerned agencies and the schools to make the students aware of the value of disaster preparedness. Along this line, rescue agencies of local governments conduct seminars and trainings in school with the aim of preventing or minimizing the damaging effects on humans and properties.

 

Meanwhile, the acquired knowledge may not be enough as there is always the possibility for panic to strike, especially, during the actual occurrence of an earthquake for instance and horrific car crash or accident as they make the mind blank which hinders the chances of survival. To quote Laurence Gonzales, the author of the bestselling book, “Deep Survival”, he said, “It’s been proven that if you put someone under pressure, he can’t solve simple mathematical equations or recall a sequence of words.” He added that, “In effect, losing your cool makes you stupid. That’s an oversimplification but emotions and reason work together like a seesaw. The higher emotion a person feels, the lower becomes his ability to reason. But reason is what’s going to get you out of trouble.”

 

There have been many instances where people know what to do but their emotion becomes unstable and because of extreme pressure and fear, they fail to adapt to the situation at hand. In the case of the well-known tragedy, the sinking of the Titanic, a survivor stated that when the water began to fill the ship, the passengers went into frenzy, jumped out of the window right into the cold ocean…others grabbed a hold to overloaded lifeboats which almost capsize while others just stood still, shocked. As mentioned earlier, though man has the innate survival instinct like animals, but when caught in perilous moment, some chose to stand still like a deer staring at the headlights of an oncoming car, practically waiting to be bumped.

 

Laurence Gonzalez spent three and a half decades studying survivors’ stories, taking note who have lived or died and reasons why. Finally, he concluded that, “Personality, emotions, attitude and how well a person can cope to adversity have much more to do in survival than any type of equipment.”

 

To be mentally and emotionally prepared is a very crucial factor in survival. This reminder has been repeatedly mentioned in seminars, trainings, and drills – a statement that holds the key to the gate of survival, summarized in two words, “Don’t Panic”. As aforementioned, it is essentially important to stay collected and calm during chaotic times so that the brains can function properly which includes avoiding careless mistakes or reckless actions which are usually spurred on by the heat of the moment.

 

LDS psychologist, Dr. Ella Gourgouris, one of the leading experts in Traumatic Stress Response stated, “One of the best ways to get the mind to perform under pressure is to physically practice beforehand. Dr. Terry Lyles, a fellow psychologist under the same department as Dr. Gourgouris also added, “The more prepared you are, the panicked you are going to be when things go wrong. But you have to practice it…it is not enough just to know it.”

 

The DRRM applies the preparations through seminars ad trainings conducted by agencies, among which are the Red Cross and the Junior Emergency Response Team (JERT) member using scenarios where in which a disaster has hit a community and capable residents apply first aid to the injured. Such activity could create a prepared mindset which is very necessary. In schools, frequent drills and trainings could also create a prepared mindset such that when the alarm is sounded throughout the campus, students are supposed to immediately go to the designated evacuation area with the teachers doing headcounts to make sure that none is missing.

 

It is suggested that for a better observation of behavior in a threatening situation, unannounced or surprised drills should be conducted with the alarm sounded without prior notice to anyone except the top management of an establishment or institution, for instance. That way, those affected can be observed if they instinctively do the ducking properly, aside from protective acts. After the event, analysis of what have been observed can be made and corrections can be made as necessary. The affected should be made to feel the fear and the accompanying adrenalin rush, aside from the pressure and panic which can be made as basis in the evaluation based on which guidelines on how they could remain calm and cool during adversities could be made, thereby, avoiding eventual death.

 

Being alive is the most wonderful gift humans have ever received. But staying alive is hard as unexpected events could claim lives as fast as the speed of light. Humans can prevent this by being prepared for any eventuality that does not necessitate being a part of an organization or big group and to be able to help, one need not be a member of a response or rescue team. Know what to do during unfortunate events, hence, having been prepared for these is more than enough to mitigate the nation’s economic losses and human casualties. And, when the unfortunate events occur, institutions and agencies all over the country can proudly exclaim that, “WE ARE PREPARED!”.

JM Adie Goloyugo

 

 

 

Ang Kalagayan ng Pilipinas Ngayon

ANG KALAGAYAN NG PILIPINAS NGAYON

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

HINDI KAILANGANG MAGING PANTAS O WISE ANG ISANG PILIPINO UPANG MAUNAWAAN ANG MGA NANGYAYARI SA PILIPINAS MULA PA NOON NA NAGDULOT NG PAGHIHIRAP NG NAPAKALAKING BAHAGI NG SAMBAYANAN, TULAD NG:

 

  • Hilaw ang demokrasya ng Pilipinas. Noon pa man ay ayaw pa ng ilang Amerikanong mambabatas na bigyan agad ng kalayaan ang bansa subalit nagpilit ang mga apuradong pulitiko na may pansariling layunin kaya nagkaroon agad ng Commonwealth.

 

  • Hindi lahat ng naging presidente mula pa noon ay 100% na malinis at pwedeng masabing “modelo” ng ugaling Pilipino. Si Quezon ay matinding magmura pero sa Kastila nga lang…si Qurino ay sinasabing may “golden arenola”, etc.

 

  • Panahon pa lang ng Amerikano, may mga iskwater nang naninirahan sa loob ng Intramuros at baybayin ng Tondo na bandang huli ay umabot sa tinawag na Isla Puting Bato at Baseco Compound. Hind sila nakontrol ng mga umupong presidente noon kaya dumami nang dumami…lalo pa at ginamit sila ng mga tiwaling pulitiko bilang mga “boto” na kailangan nila tuwing eleksiyon. Sila din ang mga hinahakot ng gobyerno at ng leftist groups tuwing may rally….mga bayarang makabayan kuno.

 

  • May nagpapagalaw sa mga grupong “makabayan” kuno na halatang walang direksiyon. Tuwing may uupong bagong presidente ay kinakalaban nila…tinatawag na tuta ng Amerika. NGAYON KAY DUTERTE AY HINDI NILA MAGAWA YAN…LALONG HINDI NILA MATAWAG NA TUTA SIYA NG AMERIKA. Nagkaroon ng problema ang bansa laban sa Tsina dahil sa West Philippine Sea or South China Sea pero sa harap sila ng US embassy nagra-rally hindi sa labas ng Chinese embassy. Maraming alam ang mga grupong ito pero ang nakakapagtaka ay parang wala silang alam tungkol sa CIA ng Amerika.

 

  • Ginagamit na stepping stone ng mga ambisyoso ang mga grupong makabayan upang maabot ang mas mataas na “puwesto” sa senado o kongreso kaya napapaghalata ang makasarili nilang layunin dahil kahit nasa bulwagan na sila ng mga batasan ay wala pa rin silang nagawang tulong sa masa….lalong lumawak ang saklaw ng squatting sa Manila at malalaking lunsod….may unemployment pa rin, yon nga lang ay seasonal dahil sa contractualization, kaya gutom pa rin ang inaabot ng maraming pamilya kapag “finished contract” na ang kumakayod para sa pamilya.

 

  • Hindi nawawala ang cartel sa bigas dahil hindi na bumalik sa dating presyo ang staple food na ito ng mga Pilipino….halatang may nagkokontrol na grupo. Ang nakakabahala ay ang hindi napapansing pagmahal ng mga de-boteng tubig na baka sa bandang huli ay magiging mas mahal pa kaysa kurudo o gasoline.

 

  • MAY MGA NAKAUPO PA RING MGA LINTA AT TAMAD SA MARAMING PUWESTO NG IBA’T IBANG ANTAS NG GOBYERNO AT MGA AHENSIYA….MGA  WALANG PAKIALAM SA MGA DAPAT NILANG AKSYUNAN AYON SA KANILANG JOB DESCRIPTION. MGA NAGHIHINTAY NG UTOS NI PRESIDENTE, O NI GOVERNOR, O NI MAYOR….MGA WALANG PAGKUKUSA AT KAPAG PUMUTOK ANG MGA KAPALPAKAN AY SAKA MAGTUTURUAN AT MAGSISIHAN. SI KAWAWANG “BADYET” ANG PALAGING NASISISI….NA PARA BANG LAHAT NG MAY KINALAMAN SA IKAGAGANDA HALIMBAWA NG PALIGID AY KAILANGANG GASTUSAN NG MALAKI, GANOONG PWEDE NAMANG MAGTANIM NG MGA HALAMAN AT PUNO AT MAY GAGAWA NAMAN DAHIL KASAMA SA TRABAHO NILA.

ARCHIE P. LACSON…BEYOND SUCCESS

ARCHIE P. LACSON…beyond success
by Apolinario Villalobos

Archie Lacson gave me my final break in Philippine Airlines when he made me the Administrative Manager for Philippines and Guam Region of Marketing and Sales to work in tandem with him as his assistant. He was then, the region’s VP. Despite his affluence, he is close to ordinary folks to the point of being altruistic. A dancer and a golfer by heart, he is also health conscious that makes him fit until today and which is what he needs as a newly elected Kagawad of Barangay Ayala-Alabang.

He is the kind of a guy who finds it difficult to say, “no”, that made him prone to abuse and which I have observed during our time in Philippine Airlines. Another skill that I admire in him is his ability to hold the attention of the audience, every time he hosts a show. He was a co-host of the famous “Penthouse 7”, a tv show that featured classic dances such as cha-cha, tango, etc.

What I cannot forget were our lunches of monggo soup and other veggie Bisayan dishes in the tourist district of Malate. One time, while we were on our way to Makati for a meeting, he suddenly stopped. I thought there was a problem with his car. It was only later that I realized….he stopped to buy “dirty ice cream” from the vendor that he beckoned to approach us. He confided that he loves “dirty ice cream”.

He guided me around Hongkong when he brought me there during his temporary administration of Southeast Asia region. It was my first time in Hongkong and he sacrificed his time just so, I could have a glimpse of the Harbor at nighttime. Being his “assistant”, I did all my best…but what he failed to let me do was have my passport stamped with a US visa!

HOW SOME PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE NEGLECTED OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE BENEFIT OF FILIPINOS

HOW SOME PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE NEGLECTED

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE BENEFIT OF FILIPINOS

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

First of all, it is a fact that the Philippines is lagging behind the neighboring Southeast Asian countries, especially, Thailand on the areas that cover exportation of dried products and fruit juices that can be processed into vinegar or “cider”. It is funny to note that it seems the government has no definite direction as regards the surplus bananas, mangoes, avocados, yams, sweet potato, leafy vegetables and medicinal herbs. It is funnier to note that when available locally, the processed products tend to carry tags with prohibitive prices due to their EXPENSIVE PACKAGING!…and worst, the country is way behind other southeast Asian nations as regards rice production!

 

In banana growing provinces of Mindanao, “reject” bananas due to their “over” and “under”  sizes are heaped in roadsides to be fed to hogs. What Filipinos know about the banana is to eat it as an after meal repast, fry into fritters or mix it with flour to be baked into cake. Many home-based entrepreneurs come up with “banana crackling” but a small pack that can’t even fill a small cup is priced sky-high. If ever banana products come out in the market, their prices become “unfit” for Filipinos. I was lucky to have found banana vinegar one day in a grocery inside a mall, but stylishly tagged as “cider” to justify the expensive price due to the “foreign sounding” brand. My elation was immediately transformed into frustration so I did not buy a single bottle of “cider”.

 

On the other hand, westerners love to eat dried mango that come in chips or strips, but small entrepreneurs cannot cope up with the demand because of outdated processing that they use. If they want a high-tech equipment, they are supposed to browse the internet for them. What is commendable is the resourcefulness of private individuals and groups in promoting this tropical fruit such as holding a mango festival just like what Guimaras is doing. The province is famous for its “sweetest” variety of mango. In Mindanao, many towns produce mangoes but most dried products, ironically, comes from Cebu. The mango juice that is packed in Davao is not promoted well.

 

The Philippines is a tropical country and as a popular adage goes, “one may throw the seed of any fruit anywhere and not long afterwards, a fragile teeny-weeny leaf will peek to great the sun!”. The same goes with the vegetables with stalks that can just be left in a corner of the yard and roots will sprout. DESPITE THIS, THERE IS NO TANGIBLE SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT AS REGARDS THEIR FULL UTILIZATION AS EXPORTABLE PRODUCTS IN DRIED OR JUICE. Assistance always comes from the LGUs despite their limited resources and a manifestation of this effort is the mango festival of Guimaras. As can be noticed, the assistance is limited to information dissemination and promotion.

 

This is the sad situation in the Philippines….national agencies that are supposed to be concerned with matters regarding agricultural products have no tangible output on the aspect of technological assistance. Accordingly, a certain bill on this issue is still pending in Congress for several years now.

 

Here is a classic ironic situation. Foreign rice specialists come to the Philippines to learn everything possible at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Laguna. After accomplishing their “mission”, they go back to their countries…put what they learned into practice with the help of course of their respective government…AND, SELL RICE TO THE PHILIPPINES!…BECAUSE THE PHILIPPIN E’S BELOVED NATIONAL FOOD AUTHORITY (NFA) SAYS, THE FILIPINOS WILL DIE OF HUNGER IF THE COUNTRY WILL NOT IMPORT RICE BECAUSE THE LOCAL PRODUCE IS NOT ENOUGH!

 

Concerned government agencies always mention the lack of budget when it comes to the need for their assistance on certain relevant projects, BUT THERE IS ALWAYS A BIG BUDGET WHEN IT COMES TO PURCHASES!…AND RICE IMPORTATION IS AMONG THEM!

 

There is not even a very EFFECTIVE effort  to CONTROL the conversion of rice fields into subdivisions…despite the fact that even before the creation of the Rice and Corn Administration (RCA) that metamorphosed into National Grains Authority (NGA), and today, has become the National Food Authority (NFA), rice has been identified as the most crucial need of the country. Today, the NFA is unfortunately viewed as a corruption-riddled agency.

 

Lately, resourceful farmers whose fruit orchards started as a hobby are into exportation of their products…still the government has not given them the much needed technological assistance, as shown by the pending bill that should have benefited them years ago, yet. If approved and becomes a law, my apprehension is that the implementation will again be hampered by the LACK OF BUDGET as what happened to the rest…so, as expected, there will be finger-pointing as to who’s to blame again!

 

My big question is…are the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and the National Food Authority (NFA) still RELEVANT today? It seems that the BPI is only good for “information dissemination” or giving out of brochures during agri-trade fairs, as well as, seeds/seedling dispersal….things that can be done by LGUs that are already with nurseries of their own.  And, worse, the NFA is only good for rice importation as it cannot even do anything about the obvious rice cartel in the country.

 

MY CALL IS FOR THE TWO AGENCIES TO BE DEMOLISHED.