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NOW FOCUSES ON CIVAC
After the big success of its Christmas Party last
December 14 and the fruitful results of Damayan Chrismas Drive
`03, Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. now focuses its attention to its
yearly free medical/dental clinic and operation: tule in Bulusan
on Black Saturday,
April 10, 2004.
Due to the present severe economic crisis, the
association intends to acquire large quantity of medicines and
dental supplies to serve more patients than in the past years.
That’s why this early, DBI is calling again on fellow
Buluseños and friends who are concerned for the health of their
poor townmates to share whatever they can to make it another
successful project of the association.
The association also expects again the presence of the
volunteers who never tired serving their constituents.
This civic action has been going on since 1983 and
normally extends services to more than 500 patients every year
who come mostly from remote and depressed barangays of Bulusan.
SCHOLAR PASSES BOARD EXAMS
One of the four scholars of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. who
graduated this year passed the board examinations for elementary
teachers given by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) last
August 30 and released on October 18, 2003.
Miss Gardon is the second scholar of DBI to pass the PRC
board examinations this year.
The first was Mr. Marlon Rabulan who is now a licensed
Electrical Engineer and a Master Electrician.
A graduate from the Bicol University in Legaspi City, she
was one of the 25 scholars of DBI’s Scholarship Through
Sponsorship Program who are now professionals. She was sponsored
by Mr. Martin G. Halum, a Buluseño businessman based in New
Miss Gardon intends to apply for a teaching job at a public
elementary school in Makati City in the next school year.
'03 FOR THE ELDERS
The Federation of Senior Citizens’ Associations of the
Philippines – Bulusan Chapter held its regular meeting &
election alongside its Christmas Party & Program on December
28, 2003, 9:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m., at the Bulusan Cultural & Sports Center.
Every member who registered for the affair received two
packs of Lucky Me, compliments of the Damayan-Buluseño,
Inc.,-Manila Chapter, as a Christmas gift.
After the ritual prayer and singing of the National Anthem
and the reading and approval of the previous meeting’s minutes,
the election of officers for 2004-2005 was conducted.
All of the officers of the immediate term past were
re-elected after it was duly decided upon to retain the same set
of officers for another two years. Those re-elected were:
Mr. Juan G. Galindes
Mr. Jaime M. Espidido
Ms. Esperanza E. Gallego
Mrs. Soledad G. Tan
Mr. Domingo Frilles
Mr. Manuel G. Galan
- Business Manager
Mrs. Conchita A. Gabion
- Asst. Business Manager
Mr. Santiago Borsigue
- Press Relation Officer
Mr. Mauro B. Fulo
The elders enjoyed their Christmas Party.
After a little rest, the singing of Christmas songs was led
by Mrs. Virginia F. Fulleros.
Prizes were given to dancers of the Square Dance, the
Pantomina, and the Sinisique. Other prizes were given to singers
and to raffle winners.
Thanks for the gifts (prizes): Lucky Me from DBI; school
bags, notebooks and pencils and clutch bags from Purina through
Mr. Roland T. Grabador, Jr.; and wrapped t-shirts from Ms. Luz Z.
Gamba. There was also
an exchange of gifts, adding to the enjoyment of the elders, ever
wishing for another Christmas Day! (JGG)
NG PAMILYA '03
In accordance with the Catholic Church,’s
liturgical calendar wherein the Sunday after Christmas Day
is dedicated to the
Feast of the Holy Family, the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), St. James the
Greater, Bulusan, Sorsogon, held its Pasko ng Pamilya on December
28. 2003, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., within the confines of the
Parish Church due to the continuous outpour of rains.
Originally, this day was for the Family Life Apostolate,
now Council for the Family and Human Life, but was later adopted
by the PPC as a parochial celebration for all officers and members
of all religious organizatios.
A Christmas program and party
- Christmas songs, dances, and messages from Mr. Reynlado
D. Din, Hermano Mayor, and Rev. Fr. Roberto T. Traballo, Parish
Priest, were enjoyed by adult parishioners and their children.
There were exchange of gifts for the adults, quiz for the
children on religious information, parlor games, and raffle for
all. Prizes came from
a Bulusanon based in Manila through the Damayan-Buluseño, Inc.,
from Councilor and Mrs. Menandro F. Frayna and from some members
of the CFHL.
To climax the solemnity of the day, four families complete
with the father, mother and children – were recognized and given
prizes, to wit:
1. Mr. & Mrs. Veronico Fornias
2. Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Bailon
3. Mr. & Mrs. Luis Bringino
- San Jose
4. Mr. & Mrs. Anastacio Bañares
OFFICIALS GIVE AWAY GIFTS TO CONSTITUENTS
Sapngan is indeed the barangay to emulate.
Perhaps, it is the only barangay in Bulusan where its
officials led by Chairman Salvador “Buddy” Fuller, gave away
130 bags containing 3 kilos rice and 3 cans sardines each as their
Christmas gifts to their indigent constituents last December 24.
Aside from the food items from the incumbent barangay
officials, former Chairman Andres “Ari” Frando also
distributed brand new dusters, t-shirts and shorts to 118 poor
residents in their barangay.
These items were the Christmas gifts from Ms. Ma. Ana C.
Maglasang, a Metro-Manila businesswoman who was the sponsor of the
scholarship of Cherry Fuasa.
Another 10 Sapngan residents received bags containing rice,
corned beef, sardines, noodles, coffee, sugar, 8 0’clock juice
and Bear Brand milk.
According to Chairman Fuller, their give-away items which
were worth P9, 100 were realized through the voluntary
contributions from the incumbent barangay officials of P50.00 a
month to be deducted from their monthly honorarium from January to
December. This was
augmented by the P2, 500 contribution of Mayor Juan G. Guysayko.
The Chairman would also like to inform his barangaymates
that their next priority projects are the installation of
protective iron grills in the barangay hall, and the construction
of a comfort room in their Day Care Center and a pathway on the
way going to Dulipay.
EXPERIENCE: AN ARCHETYPE TO BOOST THE LGU'S TOURISM INDUSTRY
TAAL'S PEAK: Resident volcanologist Allan Loza, also from
Sorsogon, articulates on the Taal Lake area, a protected area
under the management of IP (indigenous people). Looking on
are (from left) Ms. Luz Z. Gamba and Mr. Albie Españo.
"Sometimes, you may have everything in the world, but
you become complacent of what you have, and at the end you don’t
realize you have squandered everything.”
This is the provocative remark of Mr. Mario
Villanueva, Marikina City Tourism Officer and concurrently NCR
President of Tourism Officer and Vice-President of Association of
Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP), upon initial
assessment of the potential tourist attractions of the
Municipality of Bulusan during his visit as resource speaker of
Orientation/Lecture on Barangay Tourism Council on December 22,
2003 at the Bulusan Cultural & Sports Center.
Mr. Mario Villanueva, the architect behind the economic
boom of Marikina City, arrived in Bulusan on December 21, 2003 and
in the afternoon took a side trip to the tourist destinations for
his initial inventory to get acquainted with the physical,
natural, and demographic aspects of the municipality.
The Marikina experience via development of barangay tourism
is a paradigm shift to spur economic activity at the community
level. It requires
first of all an understanding of what we have in the barangay and
in the municipality as a whole.
According to Mr. Villanueva, barangay tourism council is
community-based program to help fight poverty.
Because it is an organization duly recognized by the
municipal tourism office with a common bond of interest; that have
voluntarily joined together with a common goal/objective and to
achieve a lawful common tourism interest and with economic value
at the end. It is in
this rational concept that successful tourism can only happen with
a people who takes pride and with accountable commitment in their
own destination’s history, nature, culture and traditions, he
This one-day activity is part of the initiatives of the
CORE GROUP of Municipal Tourism Council (MTC) created by virtue of
Executive Order No. 24 executed by Mayor Juan G. Guysayko on the
urgent need to carry out the effective and efficient
implementation of the signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the
management particularly of the Lake Area of the Bulusan Volcano
National Park (BVNP) last October 10, 2003.
The CORE GROUP is being tasked to facilitate organizational
planning and operationalization of the Terms of Reference (TOR)
stipulated in the MOA under Article II. B, as per approved Bulusan
Lake Management Plan. They
are composed of combined personnel from the LGU and accredited
NGO, San Roque Life Bringers Foundation, Inc. namely: Mr. Albino
E. Españo, Mr. Roswell H. Ramos, Mr. Ramon G. Belleza, Ms. Luz Z.
Gamba, Mr. Zosimo E. Gamba, and Mr. Antonio Fumera. The group also conducted a series of meetings/interviews to
the persons with relevant expertise in the field of tourism in
order for them to gain and acquire more knowledge, which could be
reflected in Bulusan. (Binoescañoespaño