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A Korean Point of View about the Philippines

MY SHORT ESSAY ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES
by Jaeyoun Kim

Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines. Do you really think the corruption is the problem of the Philippines? I do not think so. I strongly believe that the problem is the lack of love for the Philippines .

Let me first talk about my country, Korea. It might help you understand my point. After the Korean War, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Koreans had to start from scratch because entire country was destroyed after the Korean War, and we had no natural resources.

Koreans used to talk about the Philippines, for Filipinos were very rich in Asia. We envy Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off like Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine. My father & brother also died because of famine. Korean government was very corrupt and is still very corrupt beyond your imagination, but Korea was able to develop dramatically because Koreans really did their best for the common good with their heart burning with patriotism.

Koreans did not work just for themselves but also for their neighborhood and country. Education inspired young men with the spirit of patriotism. 40 years ago, President Park took over the government to reform Korea. He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to get a loan and attract a foreign investment because the economic situation of South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine workers and nurses to Germany so that they could send money to Korea to build a factory. They had to go through horrible experience..

In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow money. Hundreds of Korean in Germany came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw the President Park. They asked to him, “President, when can we be well off?” That was the only question everyone asked to him. President Park cried with them and promised them that Korea would be well off if everyone works hard for Korea , and the President of Germany got the strong impression on them and lent money to Korea. So, President Park was able to build many factories in Korea. He always asked Koreans to love their country from their heart.

Many Korean scientists and engineers in the USA came back to Korea to help developing country because they wanted their country to be well off. Though they received very small salary, they did their best for Korea. They always hoped that their children would live in well off country.

My parents always brought me to the places where poor and physically handicapped people live….. They wanted me to understand their life and help them. I also worked for Catholic Church when I was in the army. The only thing I learned from Catholic Church was that we have to love our neighborhood. And, I have loved my neighborhood. Have you cried for the Philippines ? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people. I have been to the New Bilibid prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country. They go to mass and work for Church. They pray everyday.

However, they do not love the Philippines. I talked to two prisoners at the maximum-security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they are released from the prison. They said that they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines .

Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so that we were able to share our wealth with our neighborhood…. The owners of factory and company were distributed their profit to their employees fairly so that employees could buy what they needed and saved money for the
future and their children.

When I was in Korea, I had a very strong faith and wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines, I completely lost my faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines. Street kids always make me sad, and I see them everyday. The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia, but there are too many poor people here. People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has been changed.

My parents came to the Philippines last week and saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer than the present Philippines when they were young.. They are so sorry that there are so many beggars and street kids.. When we went to Pagsanjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because it would fun.. However, they were not happy after taking a boat. They said that they would not take the boat again because they were sympathized the boatmen, for the boatmen were very poor and had a small frame. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it. But, my parents did not enjoy it because of love for them.

My mother who has been working for Catholic Church since I was very young told me that if we just go to mass without changing ourselves, we are not Catholic indeed. Faith should come with action. She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things for them because all of us are same and have received a great love from God. I want Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off. I am sure that love is the keyword, which Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It should start from person. Love must start in everybody, in a small scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love. Let’s put away our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes. I discover that every person is worthy to be loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes possible. Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and relationships. It changes the world. Please love your neighborhood and country.

Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we do to Him. In the Philippines, there is God for people who are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for love. If you have a child, teach them how to love the Philippines. Teach them why they have to love their
neighborhood and country. You already know that God also will be very happy if you love others.

That’s all I really want to ask you Filipinos.

Please pass it to all Filipinos you know. Thanks a lot.

An Appeal for Help – Clifford A. Paragua

PLEASE HELP ME.
By now you are probably aware that I (together with four other colleagues in TESDA) have a pending case at the Office of the President. I have filed my Motion for Reconsideration (two motions) since early last year but until now, the case has not progressed at all to any resolution, satisfactory or otherwise.
The case pertains to the printing of a book. As then members of the TESDA Bids and Awards Committee, we were pronounced GUILTY of GRAVE MISCONDUCT and meted the penalty of DISMISSAL from the service, forfeiture of eligibility, retirement benefits, leave credits and disqualification from re-employment in government service. The decision was issued by the Office of the President and signed by Executive Secretary Ermita.
Many have speculated that the members of the BAC (five of us) were simply cowed to follow the “dictates” of higher authority in terms of the selection of the winning bidder. Such speculation is made possibly for two reasons: 1) this is what “usually” happens in many agencies of government, and 2) this tends to support the view that since the head of the agency (Director General Syjuco) has been acquitted of the same charges by no less than the Office of the President through Executive Secretary Ermita, then the members of the BAC (who are assumed to have merely followed orders) should also be acquitted.
The speculation that the members of the BAC were simply cowed to follow “dictates” of higher authority is FARTHEST FROM THE TRUTH. While this may “usually” happen in other government agencies, this DID NOT HAPPEN in our case. The view that the members of the BAC should also be acquitted because the head of the agency has been acquitted of the same charges IS DEFINITELY TENABLE, BUT NOT BECAUSE WE SIMPLY FOLLOWED ORDERS, BUT ESSENTIALLY BECAUSE THE REASONS CITED IN THE DECISION DISMISSING THE CASE AGAINST DIRECTOR GENERAL SYJUCO ARE THE SAME REASONS THAT APPLY TO US. WE WERE ACCUSED OF PRACTICALLY THE SAME CHARGES.
THERE IS SPECULATION AND THERE MAY BE OTHER SPECULATIONS. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ASSUMPTIONS. THERE MAY EVEN BE MISINFORMATION. PEOPLE CANNOT LOOK AT THE SITUATION OBJECTIVELY IF THEY ARE NOT PROPERLY INFORMED.
SO I AM APPEALING FOR YOUR HELP.
PLEASE HELP ME (and my colleagues) TO GET PEOPLE TO KNOW THE REAL SCORE, BASED ON FACTUAL DOCUMENTS, EVIDENCES AND ARGUMENTS BASED ON LAW AND PRECEDENTS.
There is an email address in GOOGLE (Gmail) where you can find the facts of the case. You can find a short summary of the events that have happened so far to quickly walk you through the case. Aside from this, you will also find 1) a copy of the ORIGINAL DECISION of the Office of the President dismissing us from the service, 2) a copy of my first Motion for Reconsideration, 3) a copy of the Decision of the Office of the President DISMISSING the case against Director General Syjuco, and 4) a copy of my supplemental Motion for Reconsideration (based on the decision acquitting Director General Syjuco).
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP ME (and my colleagues). Please go to GOOGLE (http://www.google.com) and click on Gmail. When you see the log-in window please type this USERNAME – pendingcase. For the PASSWORD please type – pendingc@se. This will take you to the email window where you can see Documents at the upper left side of the screen. Click on Documents and you will see all the FILES relevant to the case which I enumerated above. Click on any of these files to view their content. Other documents related to the case may also provide additional facts and perspectives to the case.
I HOPE YOU CAN SPARE A FEW MINUTES OF YOUR TIME TO READ THESE FILES.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN FURTHER HELP.

KINDLY FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO ALL YOUR EMAIL CONTACTS, WHOEVER THEY ARE
. I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A BETTER WAY OF GETTING MORE PEOPLE TO KNOW THE REAL SCORE. THIS MAY ALSO BE A GOOD WAY TO GET SOME UNEXPECTED RESULTS. I HAVE APPROACHED A LOT OF PEOPLE, INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHOM I THOUGHT MAY BE ABLE TO PUSH THE CASE A LITTLE. BUT I AM SAD TO SAY THAT ALL THESE EFFORTS HAVE BEEN IN VAIN JUDGING FROM THE REALITY THAT THE CASE HAS NOT BEEN MOVING AT ALL FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS NOW.
I KNOW I AM PROBABLY ASKING YOU TOO MUCH, BUT NOW I HAVE ONLY MY FRIENDS TO TURN TO.
MY LAST REQUEST: WHEN YOU FORWARD THIS MESSAGE, PLEASE USE THE Bcc box for the email addresses of your contacts SO THAT THE RECIPIENTS OF THE MESSAGE WILL APPEAR AS “undisclosed r”. PLEASE DO NOT USE THE To box or the Cc box.
MY HEARTFELT GRATITUDE TO YOU. MAY THE GOOD LORD SHOWER YOU WITH HIS BLESSINGS.

Clifford A. Paragua

A Letter from the Office of the Mayor Ismael V. Tumaru

Dear Mr. Orlando Paragua:

Greetings from the Municipal Government of Aparri!

We appreciate that a fellow Aparriano residing in the US – Mr. Condring F. Rapadas is very much concerned about the conservation of our “gacca”. We are gladly informing Mr. Rapadas that to date, it is still available especially during summer but no longer as abundant as it used to be. This is in two distinct species – big and small.“Gacca” gathering is done through a trap called “tako” drawn along the seashore. The municipal government of Aparri under the able leadership of Mayor Ismael V. Tumaru,M.D. had launched a comprehensive coastal resource management to preserve and protect the marine environment and its resources.

For the information of Aparrianos who are residing elsewhere and abroad, we are happy to inform you that Aparri is now a FIRST CLASS MUNICIPALITY. It has gained national prominence in local governance having been conferred the HALL OF FAME AWARD as Most Outstanding Municipality in the Philippines. Many of its programs and projects are dubbed as “good practices” that can be replicated by other LGUs. The MARENU NGA BEVAY, GAWAGAWAYAN NAT TATOLAY (A Clean Sea, A Healthy Community) program successfully led to the conversion of the notorious seashore of Punta, San Antonio and Maura which was dubbed as the “longest toilet in the world” into a tourist spot and destination. It merited the GALING POOK AWARD as one of the 10 outstanding programs of LGUs in the Philippines. These feats and more were attained under the leadership of the incumbent Mayor Ismael V. Tumaru, M.D.

In order to promote tourism and further boost economic progress and development, construction of the Public Park is on-going. The Aparri Airport was reopened last May 11,2009 for light planes (10 sitters) of Cyclone Airways doing test flights of student pilots. Negotiations for the rebuilding of the seaport (pier) into an international facility are underway. Target is at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the Municipality of Aparri, Cagayan is also currently negotiating in behalf of the Aparri Water District under General Manager Ramon E. Gorospe for the installation of a sophisticated water system with Chairman Prospero Pichay of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA).

The facility will be composed of either a Water Clarifier Filtration or Reverse Osmosis System. The former is a machine that purifies water direct from the Apagonan Creek while the latter is a desalination instrument that can purify water from the Cagayan River or from the sea. The project which is in line with the government’s 10-point agenda of adequate potable water supply is intended to both the Eastern and Western barangays of the municipality.

If completed, the water system can generate 4,000 cubic meters of water per day which is the demand of the current population. As of now, the Aparri Water District is catering to 1,360 households with a daily supply of 760 cubic meters. The project which will be implemented in 3 phases costs Php 50M to be funded by LWUA.

These and more are good reasons for every Aparriano to be proud of their beloved hometown.

Alma P. Cadiente-Diaros, Community Affairs Asst. II

An Open Letter – Reginald B. Tamayo

Dear Friends, Relatives, and Countrymen:

I am REGINALD BALISI TAMAYO, 45, married, a public servant and a humble Christian.

I am writing to inform you that I am running for the Senate in the 2010 elections under the ANG KAPATIRAN Party. I expect a certain amount of skepticism on your part. In fact many asked me these questions- “Isn’t that a little unrealistic? Isn’t that a wishful thinking?” I also asked the same questions a few times. I was clueless. By default, I dismissed my nomination to be a Senatorial candidate as a joke. I thought that I was not prepared tore-shape my life and that of my family by running into a national office.

However, as many put it, there’s a reason for everything. It is in this spirit that I am inviting you to read my story why I am taking this long shot for a Senate seat.

Looking Back (excerpts)
: completed AB Philosophy in 1985 at the University of the Philippines
: father was a clerk-typist and my mother worked as a gasoline girl
: hired as a lecturer at the Lyceum of Aparri
: appointed at the young age of 21 as Dean of Liberal Arts and Dean of Student Affairs of the Lyceum of Aparri
: invited by politicians to join local politics to represent the youth sector
: ran for municipal councilor but lost

The Transition (excerpts)
: sworn in as an appointed municipal councilor to serve the unexpired term of another councilor who passed away
: tried my new life as a public servant to respond the many concerns of the towns people that need to be addressed squarely thru legislation
: still taught at the Lyceum of Aparri as a part-time college instructor

Period of Achievements (excerpts)
: awarded as Outstanding Municipal Councilor of Cagayan by the Philippine Councilors League
: pioneered many innovative legislative measures ranging from giving awards to outstanding public school teachers, scholarship program for the poor but deserving students,instituting a local newspaper, to many and varied ordinances that benefit the Aparrianos
: wrote two books for the barangay officials (Barangay First) and the Sangguniang Kabataan (Empowering the Sangguniang Kabataan)
: shared my views on local and national issues thru the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Philippine Free Press, and other major dailies
: regular columnist of the Northern Forum of Tuguegarao City, Guru Press of Tabuk City, and several others
: posted my articles in my site at http://reginaldtamayo.blogspot.com/
: ran for the vice-mayoral post but lost
: ran again as municipal councilor of Aparri in the 2004 elections and won a seat, a position which I still hold up to this time

Time to have a breather (excerpts)
: early this year, decided not to run in the forthcoming local elections
: my wife and children egged on me to continue with my law studies and I did God’s providential hand (excerpts)
: have been praying to God that He will pluck me out from the noisy politics and put my life in a more quiet place. God answered my prayer quite differently
: someone nominated me as Senatorial candidate under ANG KAPATIRAN Party
: severely grilled in an interview on national, political and moral issues; passed with flying colors and I was named 7th Senatorial candidate of the party
: don’t have any personal resources to sustain my candidacy but I sincerely believe I have you on my side, and with the guidance and provision from God I will not be another Jonah but to willingly accept the call and the challenge to run as a Senator in 2010 elections because there is no hiding place and hideout from God.

Thank you.
REGINALD BALISI TAMAYO, Member, Sangguniang Bayan

An Open Letter – Rotary Club of Santiago

A blessed day to you all.

First, I would like to introduce myself to you. I am Amado (Manding) A. Garcia Jr., one of five sons of the late Amado Bitauag Garcia and Pilar Alvarado Garcia of Punta, Aparri,Cagayan.

Mila Garcia Sogamoso, Aurora Garcia Juan, and Gemma Garcia Spranza are among my five sisters.

I was elected President of the Rotary Club of Santiago and assumed the position in July 1, 2008. My position would have been only a one year, however, I was reelected for a second term, until June 30, 2010. Humbly, I am the second President who have been re-elected for two consecutive years in the 36 years of existence of the club.

It is an honor to serve this prestigious organization, a link to serve the community especially to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. For more information about Rotary International, please visit the website at www.rotary.org.

We have numerous community projects; one of our major projects this year is a medical mission with Doctors/ Surgeons from the US coming this 4th week of September. They will be performing free surgeries for cataracts, cleft palates,burns, amputations, etc. Our club is supporting and sponsoring this. We have raised funds for accomodations for this six-operating team, however, our funds are not sufficient to cover the needed expenses.They will be staying here for four days.

I am writing you because I remember so well that the Aparriano Association is very much active in your place and continuously growing in membership. I would like to knock at your kind hearts to share your blessings to our less fortunate brothers and sisters here in the Philippines and do support our major project for this year. All your support will be acknowledged and greatly appreciated.

You may deposit your support to the Rotary Club Santiago account at Metrobank Santiago Branch, Santiago City, Philippines. The current account number is: 120-7-007-10794-0. Please help us attain our club motto. . . SERVICE ABOVE SELF. Our other projects are: Feeding Programs; Safe Drinking Water for elementary school pupils; Zero waste Management, clean and green for mother earth; Operation Paglingap to flood victims, landslide victims, special children and their parents; Visiting inmates and support their needs such as for their personal hygience, mats, electric fans; Operation karunungan; Botika sa Bakuran-available herbal plants to baranggay folks; Livelihood Programs to the sectors of the society; and Socio- economic Awareness.

People may not reward or thank you for your actions but when GOD is your reason for SERVING , you receive an even GREATER BLESSINGS IN RETURN!!!

WHATEVER WE DO OR SAY ITS FOR GOD’S GLORY!!!!

In behalf of the Rotary Club of Santiago, accept our profound thanks to all Aparrianos !!!!

God Bless us all !!!

Your brother in service,

Manding

In Memory of Felicisimo John Astronomo

(Vickie Derivera Simon) Please pray for the repose of the soul of Felicisimo John Astronomo, son of Tony and Normita Astronomo of Aparri, who passed away last June 4, 2009 at the age of 39 in Toronto, Canada. Thank you.

In Memory of Jimmy C. Balisi

(James Balisi) Please be informed that our beloved father, Jimmy C. Balisi, had passed away on 5 June 2009. Interment will be on 13 June 2009. Please pray for the repose of his soul.

In Memory of Nestor Antonio T. Torio

(Gin Cababa, Cheryl Torio-Quino) Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mr. Nestor Torio who has gone to rest at the age of 96 in Quezon City (see memo below from his daughter Cheryl). Let us also pray for comfort, peace, and strength to his beloved ones.

“My dad, Nestor Antonio T. Torio, passed away on May 28,2009. He was 96 of age. His wake is now in Funeraria Paz, in Araneta Ave., QC. He will be transported to Aparri on Sunday, May 31 for the funeral services c/o Baquiran Funeral company. The burial services will be on Wednesday, June 3, 2009.”

Sand Mining

It’s a pity that no one has come forward to say anything about sand mining in Aparri. I remember that in the middle 70s similar sand mining was undertaken in the Ilocos region, presumably to gather magnetite which must be some kind of iron filings that has some industrial use.
The Aparri episode, if it is indeed happening, may not be too different considering that the look and texture of the sand in Ilocos is very much like the sand in Aparri.
If no one is saying anything, someone must be making a killing out of this activity and someone’s pocket must be getting fat by now.
What are the DENR guys saying about this? Do they have anything to say, really?

Mining on Aparri Shorelines

Is this true? Black sand mining, quarrying of manganese-rich sands, quarrying of oil-spill sands or is it remediation of contaminated sands? We’ve been reading a lot of blogs stating contrasting views on this issue.

Please clarify this issue if anyone has the right information and post it on this blog. Thank you.

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