Martes, Abril 29, 2008


Solutions to the Philippines' rice crisis
MANILA, Philippines,  According to the Philippine government, there is no shortage of rice in the country. Rice production is up and rice imports are meeting local demand. The rice harvest season will also start soon. But the government admits that the price of rice has gone up and most likely it will continue to go higher.

A Philippine senator confirms that the rice supply is stable. He adds that the rice crisis in the Philippines is artificial. He blames rice hoarders and smugglers for distorting rice inventories. He insists that the Philippines is experiencing a rice distribution crisis.

What is the government doing to address the problems of the rice industry? Is there a plan to punish the protectors of the rice cartel? What steps are being taken to ensure food self-sufficiency?

Recently, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo convened a food summit wherein she outlined her plan to improve the agriculture sector. Six assistance packages for agriculture were launched under the program of "FIELDS" -- F for fertilizer, I for irrigation and infrastructure, E for extension and education, L for loans and insurance, D for dryers and other post-harvest facilities, and S for seeds.

The government promised to build farm-to-market roads, ferry ports, and airports for agricultural cargo. Rice and corn processing centers will be developed. Funds will be released to promote organic fertilizer and hybrid seeds. The agricultural credit program will be enhanced. Rice subsidies are to be given to poor farmers. Arroyo is asking Congress to enact a law making farm land acceptable as loan collateral.

Since billions of pesos are allotted for the emergency agricultural program, Arroyo has vowed to appoint a deputy Ombudsman at the Department of Agriculture to watch over its transactions. Hopefully, this will minimize corruption in the bureaucracy.

Earlier, the government had proposed the reduction of tariffs to ease prices of agricultural products, especially rice. A Cabinet member is appealing to the public to reduce consumption of rice or to replace rice with other root crops. Restaurants are asked to serve a half-cup of rice to their customers. The private sector is enjoined to practice corporate farming or to ensure that employees are given rice subsidies through planting of rice by the country's biggest corporations.

Public universities are told to open their gymnasiums so they can be used as rice warehouses. Agricultural colleges are encouraged to increase farm demonstration laboratories to bolster the administration's food security and stability program.

The military was ordered to make military trucks and aerial logistics available for the delivery and distribution of rice around the country. Police forces were mobilized to guard against rice smuggling. The government cancelled the licenses of rice traders to weed out unscrupulous merchants. Agricultural officials are conducting spot inspections of rice warehouses to monitor the rice supply in the country.

President Arroyo reported that she has succeeded in persuading Vietnam and other countries from Southeast Asia to continue exporting rice to the Philippines.

Is the government doing enough to avert a full-blown rice and food crisis? Many people are not satisfied with the proposed action plan of the government. Senators are looking for a master plan which will comprehensively tackle the modernization of Philippine agriculture.

Many people believe the government failed to act quickly when Thailand and Vietnam restricted rice exports to the Philippines a few years ago. What was done to raise rice production in the Philippines? What support programs were implemented to boost productivity of Filipino farmers? The government-sponsored food summit was a belated effort of the government to compensate for its initial failure to draft a sustainable agricultural program.

Accusing the people of wasteful consumption of rice is unfair. The Senate president was right when he asserted, "There is nothing wrong with our eating habits, but there is with the government's spending priorities." Another lawmaker also argued, "The problem is not wasteful consumption but inadequate consumption. How can you waste rice when there is no rice to waste in the first place?"

Opposition parties are proposing the immediate release of local calamity funds for farmers. They also suggest that local governments should establish a food security early warning mechanism to ensure targeted distribution of rice.

The opposition believes that reactivation of peace talks with rebels will allow the unimpeded cultivation, planting, tending and harvesting of crops in conflict areas. Finally, creation of special investigative and prosecutorial teams is proposed to run after hoarders and corrupt elements in the agriculture department.

The government's proposed solutions to the rice and food crisis can be described as palliative. They do not address the root of the problem. The government continues to endorse rice importation and agricultural liberalization despite its failure to revive Philippine agriculture.

In fact, peasant groups explain that the country's growing dependence on rice imports is the reason behind the worsening rice crisis. A senator notes that rice importation "symbolizes the government's neglect of the local agriculture sector." An NGO adds, "Rice importation has not resulted in lowered rice prices, but worsened the bankruptcy of farmers and even placed the country in greater food insecurity."

Peasant groups want the government to increase local procurement of rice instead of relying on imports. The government, not rice traders, should buy more rice and other agricultural products from farmers. This will improve farmers' income while preventing greedy merchants from exploiting poor farmers.

Land-use conversions of rice lands should be stopped. Food crops should be prioritized over cash crops and biofuel crops. The bloated funding for debt and war spending should be realigned to food production. The rice cartel should be dismantled. Rice smugglers should be charged with economic sabotage.

Finally, the rice crisis today is an opportunity to review the land reform programs of the government in the past four decades. Landlessness remains a fundamental problem in Philippine society. Agricultural production is still backward. Perhaps it is time to implement a genuine agrarian reform. A sound agricultural system will propel the Philippine economy. At the same time, it will ensure that all Filipinos have access to food at all times.


(Mong Palatino is a Filipino youth activist, news editor of Yehey!, a Philippine-based web portal and Global Voices correspondent. He can be reached at and his Web site is ©Coypright Mong Palatino.)


Rene E. Ofreneo, Executive Director

The President of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines, Angel Lagdameo, has a new version of the prayer ‘Our Father’. The queues for cheaper government rice (P18.25 a kilo compared to the commercial rate of P35-40 a kilo) have been lengthening in virtually all cities of this impoverished archipelago. The rice crisis has made the numerous poor – jobless, informal urban settlers, home-based producers, landless rural poor, ambulant peddlers, coastal fisherfolk, etc. – visible as they wait for hours, under the sweltering sun, for their princely share of 3 kilos of the government-subsidized rice. It is a great embarrassment to a government that was announcing in January-February of this year that the Philippines posted a GNP growth rate of 7.5 per cent in 2007, supposedly the highest in 26 years.

The poor, officially estimated at over 30 per cent of a population of 90 million (yet two-thirds of the population live on $2 a day and 65 per cent of the labor force are officially classified as belonging to the informal economy), have plenty of reasons to recite ‘Our Father’ the Lagdameo way. The price of rice, the nation’s staple food, is headed further skyward and is projected to reach P50 a kilo soon. From less than $500 a ton in January, imported rice negotiated in April is now priced between $1,000 to $1,200 a ton. It is obvious that the cash-strapped government can not sustain for long the crash political programme of importing as much rice as possible from exporters such as Thailand and Vietnam and distributing rice to as many poor Filipinos at a loss. The budgetary deficit arising from the rice importation frenzy is estimated to swell to as much as P50 billion this year, which, as one foreign commentator put, necessary if the GMA Administration has to survive.

Bread, a staple food based on imported American wheat, has also doubled, if not trebled in price in just three months. Meat and other food items have been shadowing the price curves for rice and bread. And since the poor devote as much as 60 per cent of the family budget on food, a doubling in the prices of rice, bread and other food items is like a time bomb waiting to explode.

Yet, miracles will not solve the rice and food crisis.

It is deeply rooted in the failure of the government to maintain the health of the agricultural sector, which has been ailing under the three-decade ‘agricultural deregulation’ program of the World Bank. Because of the mantra for a non-interventionist policy on agricultural markets, the government has been ambivalent and inconsistent in its support for the program of self-sufficiency in food, which was last attained in the second half of the l970s, under the Green Revolution program of the Marcos period. In the shift to agricultural deregulation, the country has become a major net food importer and is now the biggest rice buyer in the global market. Irrigation and other rural infrastructures for small farming have been neglected and are at various levels of disintegration, while a 20-year-old agrarian reform programme has been stalled by landlord opposition and bureaucratic inefficiencies. Given the weak political will to implement agrarian reform fully and the absence of a national land use policy, the conversion of agricultural lands, whether irrigated or not, into subdivisions, resorts, golf courses, idle speculative assets and so on has been widespread and has shrunk the country’s arable area by as much as one million hectares in two decades or so. In 2007, the government even concluded an agreement (now suspended) for the identification of 1.2 million hectares to be developed by Chinese agribusiness corporations to produce hybrid rice and other food items for Chinese consumption, as if the Philippines has so much land and food resources to give away!

The winners in agriculture are few. At home, only the transnational-dominated export agriculture producing pineapple, banana and other fruits is faring well. Of course, the American, Australian, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese agricultural exporters are also big winners in the Philippine insatiable market. The Philippine food security was redefined by the neo-liberal economists as the capacity to import cheaper food outside, to export high-value crops and to generate jobs (and purchasing power) from labor-intensive export-oriented industries.

But today, with world food prices soaring, aggravated by climate change, oil price hikes and bio-fuel madness, the Philippines appears too weak and vulnerable. In particular, hunger and deeper poverty are literally staring at the millions of poor Filipinos.

This is why, on April 2, a multi-sectoral People’s Food Summit convened by urban and rural poor organizations, with the participation of the nation’s clergy, declared that the Philippine food crisis is first and foremost a governance crisis, not a mere outcome of the global food shortages. The government’s abandonment of the program of food self-sufficiency, neglect of the agricultural sector and its adherence to the World Bank’s untrammeled import and trade liberalization are at the roots of the Philippine food crisis – and even the larger agro-industrial decline of the country.

The People’s Food Summit bewailed the government programme of encouraging foreign investments on bio-fuel agricultural production, which collides head-on with the goal of food security and which further weakens the already weak implementation of the agrarian reform programme. Labor leaders in the Summit also argued that the erosion of the nation’s agricultural base is paralleled by the erosion of its industrial base under a neo-liberal free trade regime, which explains why colonies of ‘informal settlers’ have mushroomed all over the country, both in the urban and rural areas. The informal workers as well as wage workers in the narrow formal sector of the economy are among the biggest victims of the rising food prices because they are the least able to adjust to these prices because their wages and incomes are stagnant and have been declining.
The families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), those able to go overseas for jobs they can not find at home, are also suffering because the appreciating peso has made the purchasing power of OFW remittances much smaller.

The Summit called on the policy makers and various sectors of Philippine society to transform the food crisis into an opportunity to overhaul the trade and development policy regime, push for the thorough implementation of agrarian reform, and promote sustainable agriculture that is not dependent on expensive and environmentally-injurious chemicals. Conquering hunger means reforms in economic governance and change in development policy directions.





Huwebes, Abril 24, 2008


A photodocumentation of the activities in CPTAP4: Asian Studies II with Mam Ruby Ayo.


A photodocumentation of our class in CPTAP2: Philippine Geography with Mam Marcia P.Rico.


A photodocumentation of our class in CPTAP1: Philippine Government and History with Prof. Efren M. Gaveria.


Group 4's Presentation
Video Taken: April 24, 2008

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Only fifteen nice 'scholars' were left when Prof. Gaveria has resumed his class. Many of our classmates managed to go home early, thinking that our class is over after the meeting-interruption. Good thing Manay Ritz and I were still around. Video Taken: April 23, 2008

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April 23, 2008 lunchtime at BU HS Canteen

Map Advertising

It seems that selling map is fun! Group 2 finds the activity very interesting as Prof. Rico encourages us to have our creative presentation.
The video is courtesy of Mam Hannah Evasco.
Video Taken: April 23, 2008

Lunes, Abril 21, 2008

"The Power of the Human Spirit"

“The Power of the Human Spirit” by Dr. Josette Biyo
The speech written below is the  very inspiring speech of Dr. Josette Biyo during San Miguel's Best Practices Forum held at the Edsa Shangrila last October 24, 2003. Dr. Biyo is a public school teacher from Iloilo who won the Intel Excellence in Teaching award in the US, besting more than 4,000 teachers all around the world.


Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.

For a high school teacher to speak before a large group of business executives for the first time is overwhelming. But it is indeed a great honor and a privilege to speak to the group of people who is responsible for making San Miguel Corporation the top food and beverage company in the country, and on its way to becoming one of the top companies in the Asia-Pacific. I am here to talk about “The Power of the Human Spirit.” Indeed, the human spirit has no limits. If you dream big, and you have the determination and the will to pursue your dream, it will become a reality. I dreamt of making stars; I was given a planet.

A few months ago, I was featured in the local, national and international newspapers. I caused a stir to be the first Asian teacher to win the “Intel Excellence in Teaching Award” in an international competition held in the U.S. Since its inception in 1997, no Asian teacher has received this award. But I think what created waves was, I am a Filipino, and I defeated 4,000 other teachers from around the world, including the American finalists in their hometown. Because of this, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory in Boston named a Minor Planet in my honor. There is now a Planet Biyo rotating around the sun which is located between Mars and Jupiter.

What made me win in this international competition? What made me stand out from among the best teachers in the world? My road to attaining this international recognition is a very long 23 years of improving and harnessing my craft as a teacher. I consistently study and learn new skills to improve my method of teaching. I want my methods to be interesting, relevant, and fun for students. For just like any product, the measure of teaching success is clientele satisfaction.

I finished a B.S. Biology degree from U.P. in the Visayas hoping to be a medical doctor. For lack of financial resources however, I took the first job opportunity available- teaching. Never did I regret this twist of fate. The day I entered the classroom, I knew I would be an excellent teacher.

My first eight years of teaching were spent in a rural school. For lack of teachers in proportion to the number of students, I taught not only biology, but also other subjects outside my field such as English, Music, and Physical .Education. The materials, equipment, and facilities for the type of effective teaching I had in mind were absent. These challenges however did not dampen my enthusiasm for the job. In fact, I became more creative and innovative.

I believe that teaching and learning should not be confined within the classroom. Even during those first few years of teaching, I see to it that the science concepts I discuss inside the class would have social dimensions. Thus, I took an active role in school as moderator of the Rural Health and Science Education Committee. I designed outreach programs for students and teachers. Through these programs, students were trained to teach primary health care to the people in the barangays. They also taught barrio folks how to make cough syrup from plant extracts and soap from coconut oil. Students also gave lectures on environmental protection and conservation.

Those eight years of teaching in a rural school has prepared me for greater challenges ahead. Working with the children of the poor has instilled in me the importance of service, compassion, and respect for human dignity. I have learned to love teaching, and I see it as an instrument for transforming the person and the community.

After eight years of teaching however, I felt I had nothing more to give to my students. I resigned from my teaching job and enrolled as a full time M.S. in Biology student at De La Salle University in Manila. I was lucky to get a scholarship which included free tuition and a monthly stipend.

To augment my stipend, I taught as part-time lecturer in the Biology department and worked as research assistant by one of the senior researchers in the university. This I did on top of my full-time MS load. I was so engrossed with my studies however, that I finished my M.S. degree in one year and five months only, after which, DLSU took me in as a full time assistant professor.

Teaching college students at De La Salle University was an entirely new experience. With modern and sophisticated equipment at my disposal, my world opened to the wonders of scientific research. However, I still value the importance of nature as a big laboratory such that in my ecology classes, I would bring my students to the seas of Batangas, the rivers of Rizal, and the lahar-affected areas of Pampanga to conduct field studies. Pursuing my Ph. D. while teaching also enabled me to conduct researches which were presented in the country and abroad.

Research is very exciting. It means sleepless nights, disappointments, physical and mental exhaustion. But the joy of discovering something new in nature makes it all worthwhile.

While Manila has provided me with opportunities for professional growth, I still feel that my heart is in Iloilo. Thus, with an additional degree and one additional son, I brought back my family to Iloilo in summer of 1995.

In June 1995, Philippine Science High School Western Visayas hired me as a Special Science Teacher. Only on its third year of existence, the school welcomed my suggestions and expertise. I helped develop its Science Research curriculum and introduced some innovations for teaching the course.

Barely a year of teaching at Pisay, I realized that my role was not only to teach students but to train teachers as well. This I do by organizing workshops for teachers in the region.

One day, I received a letter from the students. The letter said, “Dear Ma’am Josette, we know you are being groomed for directorship of the school, and you would want to be the director someday, given the chance. The thing is, we don’t want you to be the director. We just want you to be a teacher. Pisay needs teachers like you. The Philippines needs teachers like you.” Their letter touched me deeply.

When I won the Metrobank Foundation Award in 1997 as one of the outstanding teachers in the country, the Pisay community gave me a poster. The poster was a white cartolina filled with signatures of students, teachers, and the non-teaching staff. In the center was a painting of a rose, and the message which says, “You are the song that plays so softly in our hearts; that gives us inspiration to aim for greater heights and bigger dreams. Congratulations. We are so proud of you.”

In 1998, I won another national award as one of “The Outstanding Young Filipino” formerly known as the TOYM in the field of Secondary Education. Last year, I won the “2002 Intel Excellence in Teaching Award” in an international competition held at Louisville, Kentucky from May 10-17.

In Kentucky, I presented to the panel of judges and to about 150 teachers from all over the world my method of teaching Science Research to my students in Iloilo. I told them that the Philippines is a third world country blessed with abundant natural resources. However, we face problems such as the rapidly declining environment and the lack of equipment and facilities for scientific endeavors. Faced with this situation, I introduced innovations and strategies for teaching the course. These innovations included: a) building a scientific library, b) conducting field studies, c) establishing linkages with research institutions in the country, d) holding science forums in school, and e) teaching students laboratory and field techniques which would help them in the conduct of their research work.

The judges and teachers from different parts of the world were amazed that even in the absence of sophisticated equipment, my students were able to produce quality research outputs beyond their expectations.

At this point in time, let me show to you what we do in our Science Research class… ( a five minute power point presentation of my class activities).

I went to Kentucky with three high school students from the Manila Science High School, and one student from the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology. These students competed in the International Science and Engineering Fair which was held back to back with the teaching competition. The students from Manila Science competed for a team project in Physics, while the student from Iligan competed for the individual category in the field of Microbiology. These students were competing with 1,200 other students from around the world.

May 17, 2002 was a glorious moment for the Philippine delegation in the U.S. When it was announced that the student from Iligan won second place grand award for Microbiology, our delegation was ecstatic. When it was announced that the students from Manila Science won first place grand award for Physics, our group was delirious. When the grand award for “Excellence Teaching” was announced, and for the first time in the history of the event an Asian teacher won, and a Filipino, there was a standing ovation from the crowd as the Philippine flag was waved in the air.

The Philippine delegation’s road to success in Kentucky was far from smooth. We almost never made it to the U.S. Our visa interview was scheduled on May 29 when we were supposed to be competing in the U.S. by May 10. Almost desperate, we went to the Department of Foreign Affairs for help, only to be told that the Office cannot give us an endorsement letter to the U.S. Embassy because they cannot guarantee that we are coming back.

It was a painful experience for me and the students. Anyway, we were able to get our visa on the last minute the most unconventional way, and brought glory to this country.

Let me show to you the scenario during the first day of the teaching competition….

When I entered the judging area, one table in front was occupied by the board of judges. At the right side of the room, the table was occupied by the finalist from China and her supporters. The table at the left side was occupied by the finalists from U.S.. and their supporters. The center table for the Filipino finalist was empty. I sat there alone.

I went to the U.S. bringing a CD for my presentation. I also brought some transparencies and a white board pen in case my CD won’t work. Coming from a third world country, I was prepared for the worst. It turned out, I was the only finalist without a notebook computer. Luckily, one American finalist lend me his computer; but before doing so, he gave me a brief lecture on the parts of the computer and its use.

I was the fourth presenter. When it was my turn to present, a panel member asked if I needed an interpreter. I said, “No thanks.” A personnel from Intel volunteered to run my presentation. I said, “I can do it.” After my presentation, they said, “Wow, you’re so cool. You know more than us!”

What am I telling you? That despite our country’s limited resources, Filipinos can compete globally given the proper training, support and exposure. Our winning at the international scene may not reflect the general condition of science education in the country. But with our concerted efforts, my dear fellowmen, we can move this country forward and show the world that we are a globally competitive race.

Last May, I was in Cleveland, Ohio to present my methods of teaching to 150 teachers from 17 countries. I also served as the team facilitator for the Spanish-speaking teachers from Brazil, Costa Rica and Argentina.. Last August, I gave a demonstration lesson to educators from the third world countries of Laos and Cambodia.

Filipinos are indeed talented and will excel at the international level in their individual capacity. But as a country, we lag behind. This is because we lack the spirit of community which is very strong among progressive nations.

When I went home to Iloilo after the competition in the U.S., my school gave me a very warm welcome. During the convocation, students and teachers expressed how proud they are of me. I told them, “I am very proud of you too. It is you who has brought me to where I am now. Our experiences together has brought world attention to the fact that hey, there’s a world-class school out there in Iloilo; a school with world-class teachers and students. I told the teachers and I quote Mr. De Quiros that “being world-class doesn’t mean going internationally and showing our best out there. Being world-class is passion and commitment to our profession. Being world-class is giving our best to teaching. Being world-class starts right inside the classroom.”

In winning this international award, I do not claim to be the best teacher of the land. There are thousands of best teachers out there, working silently, giving their hearts to teaching, without thinking of benefits or rewards. I salute these teachers. In winning this award, I believe I was just commissioned by somebody up there to deliver the message that indeed, Filipino teachers can be world-class teachers. In winning this award, I have shown to the world that Filipinos can be world-class if they choose to be. And more importantly, I have shown to my fellow Filipinos that they can be world-class if they choose to be. That if we do our best, we can conquer the world.

During the panel interview in the U.S., one judge asked me, “You have a Ph.D. in Biology, why do you teach in high school?” I answered, “And who will teach these kids?” Another judge asked if how much am I paid for all my pains. They were shocked when I told them that I am getting a net pay of not more than $300. a month.

When your job becomes your mission, your primary concern is giving your best in everything you do. Knowing that you have contributed significantly towards the creation of a product which can make a difference in your company and the larger community is reward in itself.

Believe in what you are doing. Believe that you can make a difference. Believing however doesn’t mean you have to stop from where you are now. Believing is improving your skills and maximizing your potential. With determination and the will to win, your company can conquer the world.

As members of the San Miguel Family, you are lucky to take part in the production of high quality and accessible consumer products that can be found in every Filipino home. Your skills do not only contribute to the development of the country’s economy, but you also bring out the spirit of fun, joy, and laughter into the lives of the people; thus helping make everyday life a celebration. Your capable hands can paint a true image of the Filipino as a people- intelligent, hard-working, passionate, fun-loving, creative, innovative, “magaling!.”

You could paint one bright picture of this country and its people - by your achievements in the workplace, your teamwork, integrity, passion for success, and your discharge of civic responsibilities. You can show the world that you are the new technocrats, capable and willing to meet the challenges of the new order of market globalization. You can show the world that you are the new citizenry, capable of making this country a worthy member of the league of peace-loving nations.

Be proud!

Thank you very much.

JEHS Official Website maintained by Mr. Johnberk B. Evasco, a former faculty of the said school.

Huwebes, Abril 17, 2008


A photodocumentary of our class in CPTAP3: Asian Studies I with Mam Maribel Naz.



1. BAND AIDS - "For I am the God who heals you" Exodus 15:26

2. CANDLES - "Your Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a Light unto my path" Psalms 119:105

3. ERASERS - "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our sins from us" Psalms 103:12

4. TAPE - "God sticks to you like tape - No Matter What"

5. BUBBLE SOAP - "The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook"
Proverbs 18:4

6. BATTERRIES - "God has given us a Spirit of Power......" II Timothy 1:7

7. BUBBLE GUM - "The thirsty soul (ground) will become a bubbling spring" Isaaih 35:7

8. CAR - "Race to the Finish - With God!!"

9. MARKERS - "Color your world for Jesus"

10. MEMO PADS - "Write them on the tablet of your heart" Proverbs 7:23

11. MUSTARD SEEDS - "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains" Matthew 17:20

12. SALT - "You are the salt of the earth" Matthew 5:13

13. LOLLIPOPS - "Taste and see the Lord is good" Psalms 34:8

May these things always remind
you of the love of the Lord! :)

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Sabado, Abril 12, 2008

GoodTree - Make A Difference

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The Contract

1. That I shall keep up with the necessary standards of scholarship or accomplishment;

2. That i shall conduct myself in such a manner as not to bring disgrace or dishonor to myself and/or my country;

3. That I shall submit to the head of office and the Special Committee on Scholarship at the end of each quarter, term or semester. my official school transcript, certification of performance or the equivalent.

4. That I shall return immediately to my station assignment and report to my office upon the completion or termination of my scholarship, fellowship or training; grant;

5. That I shall submit to my office and to other offices concerned a written report on my studeis, training or observation upon my return to duty;

6. That I shall serve my office/institution for two (2) years for every year or a fraction thereof but not less than six (6)  months of scholarship or 1 year a fraction a year less than 6 months but not less than two (2) months of scholarship extended to me under this contract;

Huwebes, Abril 10, 2008


Bong Pix

Feb16Pix SanBenon


Pilgrimage to Sta. Lourdes

February 2, 2008

Holy Thursday Weirdiness

Maundy Thursday Pix

March 20, 2008



Dumalwa Tragedy

Feb2 Pix at Sta. Lourdes

February 2, 2008
Sta. Lourdes, Behia, Magallanes, Sorsogon

JoeyandDeth's Wedding

January 26, 2008
Our Lady of Gates - Daraga, Albay

Feb19 pix

Feb19 was a hectic day... I dropped by at JubanNHS then proceeded to Sordoc for a check-up.

One Day Out

March 15, 2008 pix when we went out for a nice dip at Bukalbukalan.

Regatta Festival 2008 Planning

Behia Barangay Council convenes with the teachers of Behia Elementary School and Bagatao National High School to discuss on the proposed First Regatta Festival this May 2008. The meeting was spearheaded by PB Realito F. Bose on April 4, 2008 at Behia Elementary School.