Saturday, July 28, 2007
At the corner of Sen. Pres. J. D. Avelino Avenue and Licenciado Street (or directly in front of the spanking Centennial Pastoral Center) one will find SAC store. SAC stands for Social Action Center, one of the important programs of the Diocese of Calbayog.
They have organic products in the store. The ignoramus in me querried with the lady in the store about what organic is and was told that it's any farm product produced without the use of fertlizers.
The store opened in June of this year and had a good number of products newly-harvested from a farm in Brgy. Limarayun. The day I was there, they had squash and red rice for sale.
Another thing worth noting about the store is that it stands on "venerable" ground. Oops, it's the history buff in me that made me say that. One only have to look at the floor tiles. I believe that it dates back to the Spanish times. If we may review our local history, the renovated youth hostel was built around the same time that the old barracks building and the Cathedral were built
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Considering the number of those who took time to register, it seems that so much importance is being given to the elections.
And they have started doing their alignments. Word has it that vote-buying is not something unheard of in the SK elections. Well, es la vida. One observation though, try checking the wall near the stairs in the City Hall building (and yes, als the flagpoles near the stage), it's stained with black and violet marks which turned out to be the ink which the registrants used for their thumbmarks. The registrants used these spaces to clean their stained thumbs. What kind of leadership can you expect from people who can hardly manage their stained fingers.
Monday, July 23, 2007
The truck ran-off the left pavement and turned on its left side. The habal-habal driver sustained injuries and was brought to the Calbayog Sanitarium Hospital. The two backriders namely Efren Efa and Joey Loberiano were brought to the Our Lady of Porziuncula Hospital (OLPHI). The third backrider, 65-year old Amparo Banciano of Brgy. Macatingog died on the spot.
Of the eleven riders on board the izusu truck, six died on the spot. They were identified as Junjun Francisco (16 yrs. old), Jordan Palatones (16 yo) Junmark Pugoso (15 yo), Sherwin Duha (15 yo), A Caspe. All five were from Brgy. Peña. The sixth victim to die on the spot was Ramil Cabig (26 yo) of Brgy. Dagum.
Five others were brought to different hospitals. Declared dead on arrival at the St. Camillus Hospital were Arjay Boy Arabis (15 yo), Reneboy Suarez (16 yo) and Amador Maribojoc (17 yo). Declared dead on arrival at the Sanitarium Hospital was Samley Ortega (15 yo). One victim, Joven Suarez (16 yo) was conveyed to Tacloban City but he died along the way. They were all residents of Brgy. Peña.
Twenty-eight other riders were injured and brought to different hospitals.
Nine were brought to the Calbayog Sanitarium Hospital, namely, Eduardo Gonzales (16 yo), Romnick Cellar (15 yo), Reynaldo David (16), Lope Caspe, Vermonte Mercader (14 yo), Darwin Lontoco (15 yo), Alfredo Evardone (16 yo), Salvador Domingo (16 yo), Franklin Saba (20 yo).
Five were brought to the OLPHI. They are the truck driver Fernan Raypan (28 yo), Junley De Jesus (15 yo), Edwin Punay (16 yo), Arnel Ronda (15yo), and Benedict Prasmo (19 yo).
The 14 victims brought to the St. Camillus hospital were: Jobet Maribojoc (15 yo), Arnel Verba (17 yo), Raymond Maribojoc (15 yo), Jomar Ronda (16 yo), Ruby Gotchave (16 yo), Jun Kenko (15 yo), Raymond Valero (15 yo), Ignacio borinaga 917 yo), Richard Dote (18yo), Christian Ibajo (15 yo), Lunico Pacasa (15 yo), Lester Mejares (15 yo), Giovanie Mahinay (17 yo) all residents of Brgy. Peña; and Ruby Carig (21 yo) of Brgy. Dagum.
The subject izusu truck is allegedly owned by Alfa Contractor named Esteban Fortaleza of Brgy. Payahan, Calbayog City. PNP Officer on the case is SPOIV Saturnino Getigan.
the date: 12 July 2007
the venue: Malacañan Palace
the awardees: Councilor Arturo Pasacas and Family
the cash award: Php 125,000.00 (Php 100,000.00 from DA National Office, Php 25,000.00 from DA Regional Office #8)
The awardees after receiving the cash prize from DA Usec Jesus Paras
The awardees' escorts were Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento, DA Region 8 Executive Director Leo P. Caсeda, City Agriculturist Adela P. Ocenar, CAFC Chair Esteban Conchas, Lucena Mendoza and Techie G. Pagunsan.
Friday, July 20, 2007
And it happened yesterday, when many young prospective voters came to the city in droves. These are images taken in front of the City Hall around lunch time when many registrants seem to be lost (maybe in anticipation for lunch). They were scattered at the City Hall stage, the driveway, the familiar Mabolo Tree, at the central portion of the City Hall, and even under the shade of the candle / indian tree. No need to imagine how it would have looked (or felt like) in the cramped Calbayog Comelec office.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Here are their pictures