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& DENR SIGN MOA
of various government line agencies, LGUs (provincial to
barangay level), NGOs, POs and stakeholders for the
management of the Bulusan Lake area are witnesses to the
MOA signing between the DENR & LGU-Bulusan.
(Shown are RED Oscar M. Hamada of DENR, Mayor
Juan G. Guysayko, Hon. Jose G. Solis, and other regional
& provincial representatives.)
long-standing crusade of the Local Government Unit of Bulusan to
become a pro-active partner in the development, protection and
conservation of the Bulusan Volcano National Park (BVNP) was
finally realized with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement
(MOA) on October 10, 2003 at the Bulusan Municipal Auditorium.
mutual covenant was signed by and between the Municipal
Government of Bulusan (MGB) represented by its Hon. Mayor Juan
G. Guysayko, and the Department of the Environment &
Natural Resources (DENR) represented by its Chairman, DENR
Region V Regional Director Oscar M. Hamada.
The simple ceremony was witnessed by no less than the
Congressman of 2nd District, Hon. Jose G. Solis who
likewise committed to set aside funds from his CDF for the
development of the lake area.
of the tourism industry, which the LGU considers as among its
flagship programs, would likely be the immediate thrust of the
present administration to enhance its local revenue-generating
scheme that would eventually lift the socio-economic condition of
the municipality. Thus,
the lake area will be the locus and focus of the LGU-management
because it is the centerpiece of BVNP which will be the object of
first time and repeat visitors due to its scenic view, the
placidity of the place and its natural ambiance.
MGB will initially institute doable preventive and contingency
measures to its immediate areas that are susceptible to
people-directed activities. (Binoescañoespaño)
PREXY CLARIFIES DONATION ISSUE
MR. ROGELIO F. FUENTES, president of Damayan-Buluseño,
Inc., would like to clarify the issue regarding the donation of
the association to the Bulusan Local Government Unit (LGU) in
connection with its fundraising project during the last town
fiesta celebration. Because
of some miscommunications, the reputation of Mr. Juan G. Galindes,
chairman of the Local Coordinating Board of DBI, was placed in a
It all started when Ms. Luz Z. Gamba, 1st
vice-president of DBI informed the board in its meeting last May
that Mayor Juan G. Guysayko would like the association to put up a
candidate for Miss Bulusan Town Fiesta to support the project of
the LGU. The board
approved the idea but upon realizing later that it would entail so
much burden on the part of the officers who are all based in
Metro-Manila, it was agreed upon to set aside the candidate and
instead donate the solicited votes to the LGU.
This was relayed to the Mayor by Ms. Gamba.
But, Mr. Joel Fulleros to whom Mr. Fuentes gave some
envelopes did not turn them over in Manila.
Instead, he gave them to Mr. Galindes in Bulusan for him to
drop into the ballot box during the last canvassing on July 13.
It was only then that Mr. Galindes knew that DBI has no
more candidate for the said contest and was unaware on the
communications between Ms. Gamba and the Mayor.
So, he did not drop the envelopes and decided to return
them to Mr. Fulleros which was the just right move in such a
But a Sangguniang Bayan member concluded at once that those
envelopes contain the donation of DBI and were supposed to be
turned over to them. When
this SB member reported to the board on the results of the contest
in its session after the town fiesta, he insinuated that Mr.
Galindes pocketed the donation.
He did not know that Ms. Gamba gave the total amount of
P35,000 to Mrs. Elvie S. Doloiras, SB Secretary, on the eve of the
town fiesta, July 24th, to be turned over to the Mayor
who had then a visitor at his office.
P25,000 of the donation came from Ms. Gamba herself as her
contribution for the sound/band expenditures while the remaining P
10,000 were from the DBI intended for the civic action.
Mr. Fuentes would like to advise this Honorable Member of
the Sangguniang Bayan of Bulusan to be extra careful in issuing
official statements in a board session which will bismirch one’s
reputation without first finding out the truth behind the issue,
particulary of people like Mr. Galindes whose integrity is known
to the Buluseños. He
also wishes to make it known to this gentleman that many of his
constituents are now getting fed-up with his swell-headedness
since he became close to the Mayor.
According to Mr. Fuentes, he has received numerous reports
that for sometime now, this guy has been the source of ugly rumors
and malicious gossips against Mr. Galindes not realizing that by
destroying the image of a good man, he destroys himself.
These actuations of this SB member made Mr. Fuentes to ask
the Buluseños this question: “Betweeen Mr. Galindes and him,
who is more credible and honorable?”
As a warning, Mr. Fuentes reminds him that if he won’t
refrain from such acts, which are unbecoming of an elected
official, he might lose his seat in the coming 2004 elections.
PASSES BOARD EXAMS
RABULAN, a scholar of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. – passed the board
examinations for Electrical Engineering and Master Electrician
given by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) on
September 20-23, 2003 and released last October 2.
by retired Maj. Gen. Cesar F. Fortuno, Marlon was one of the four
recipients of the Scholarship-Through-Sponsorship Program of
Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. who
graduated last March in different courses in college.
He is a graduate of the Technological University of the
Philippines (TUP) in Manila.
asked by DBI President of his plans now that he has two
professional licenses, he meekly said that will go home first to
Bulusan for a thanksgiving mass and after taking his oath, he will
look for a job so he could support his younger siblings in their
studies in college, too.
is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Santiago Rabulan of Barangay Madlawon,
Bulusan. He is the
second DBI scholar who passed the board examinations for
first was Jesus Perez of Barangay Dapdap, now a mechanical
engineer connected with the Philippine National Oil Corporation (PNOC).
Engr. Perez was sponsored by former Assemblyman, Atty.
Augusto G. Ortiz, also a Buluseño.
X'MAS DRIVE '03
Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. once again appeals for support to
the forthcoming Damayan Chrismas Drive ’03 for the benefit of
the poorest of the poor Buluseño families back home.
This project is another yearly humanitarian mission of the
association to bring cheers to the homes of the indigents during
the Yuletide season.
In this project, the DBI solicits various food items, used
clothes, shoes, and other personal effects from Buluseños in
Metro-Manila and elsewhere.
For their part, the Local Government Unit (LGU) and the
local residents contribute rice to augment the items from
Metro-Manila. Used clothes and other items will also be much
DBI hopes concerned Buluseños would be willing to share
the joys of Christmas with their needy townmates.
They are urged to bring their donations to the Knights of
Columbus Clubhouse in Intramuros, Manila during the Christmas
Party on December 14 at 2:00 P.M. where all the items will be
For more details, interested parties may call up Mr.
Rogelio Fuentes at 929-5277 and Ms. Luz Gamba at 551-4887.
For local residents, they may turn over their donations to
Mr. Juan G. Galindes, the chairman of the Local Coordinating Board
of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. He
will then turn over all the items to the DSWD for proper
CELEBRATE FIESTA IN MM
A large number of residents of Barangay San Francisco (Kapangihan),
Bulusan, converged at the Karuhatan Barangay Hall, Valenzuela
City, to celebrate their fiesta last October 19.
The affair started with an ecumenical mass at 4:00 P.M.
officiated by Rev. Salvador “Buddy” Gacias of the Evangelical
Methodist Church who is also the president of the Kapangihan
Kapatiran Association, Inc. (KKAI).
Highlighting the occasion was the coronation of Little Miss
KKAI, Jaime Flores. Others
in her entourage were: Baby Serveño (Little Miss Hope), Pauline
Jewel (Little Miss Unity), Janine Briones (1st
runner-up), and Christine Fuasa (2nd runner-up).
Among those who graced the celebration were Mr. & Mrs.
Rogelio Fuentes, Mr. & Mrs. Ulpiano Sorra, and other Buluseños
from other barangays.
In his message, Mr. Fuentes lauded the Kapangihanons for
their unity and existence as one of the few very active barangay
associations of Bulusan based in Metro-Manila.
He also thanked them for their participation in the
activities of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc.
Rev. Gacias who is a major in the Philippine Army and
chaplain at the V. Luna Memorial Hospital in Quezon City, told Mr.
Fuentes that KKAI was founded in 1997 and since then has been
celebrating their barangay fiesta every year on the third Sunday
The new hermano/hermana mayor were installed last October
26, 2003 at 10:00 A.M., at the town’s parish church.
These were in the persons of Mr. & Mrs. Reynaldo D. Din
(nee Corazon Gallanosa) of Mabuhay, replacing Mr. & Mrs.
Antonio B. Gacosta (nee Cleofe Gallano) of Sabang.
Mrs. Cleofe Gacosta was not able to finish her term for
health reasons – she passed away a month earlier (September 30).
Presiding the installation was Msgr. Francisco Monje, Vicar
General of the Diocese of Sorsogon, together with Rev. Fr. Roberto
T. Traballo, parish priest, and his assistant, Rev. Fr. Higino D.
also were the Kapilya hermanos/hermanas and the deputados/deputadas
– great helpers of the hermano mayor. Lunch was served after the mass and installation.
anniversary for flower & dagay
Mr. Celso F. Gacosta and the former Elisa Labayo exchanged
I do’s for the second time after fifty years of blissful
marriage last September 24 at the St. James the Greater Parish
Church in Bulusan.
The ceremony which was officiated by Rev. Fr. Roberto T.
Traballo was witnessed by Mr. & Mrs. Jaime Espedido, Mr. Juan
G. Galindes and Mrs. Teodora Tison as principal sponsors.
Also present were their children, close relatives and
friends, and invited guests. Reception followed at their residence
at Barangay Sapngan.
Mr. Gacosta who is known to Buluseños by the name Flower
was popular in the town during his younger days because of his
funny antics. He married Mrs. Gacosta known as Dagay fifty years ago at the
Sorsogon Cathedral, Sorsogon City, her hometown.
The couple had ten children – eight of which are living.
CITIZENS' DAY CELEBRATED
The Muslim Suite from
selected Buhang students
The Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of the
Philippines - Bulusan Chapter celebrated Senior Citizens’ Day
last October 25, 2003.
The affair was actually the culminating activity of the
Senior Citizens’ Week which was observed from the 19th
to the 25th of the same month.
day’s activities started off with a Thanksgiving Mass at 7 A.M.
at the town’s parish church.
In his homily, Rev. Fr. Roberto T. Traballo expressed
delight on the growing number of elderly church-goers – a great
manifestation of their unity.
In conclusion, he said that he would be glad to register as
one of them.
civic parade around the poblacion followed after which cultural
presentations were held at the Bulusan Cultural & Sports
Center for the rest of the day.
invocation was led by Mr. Reynaldo D. Din while Mrs. Virginia G.
Fulleros conducted for the singing of the National Anthem.
Mr. Jaime M. Espedido, vice-president of the association,
gave the words of welcome.
year’s theme was “Bulusan: Destinasyon Nin Mga Turista.
Nano an ikakadanon ko?”
The float for the five virtues was painted along with
Bulusan’s different tourist destinations.
The program numbers, on the other hand, showed “Bulusan
– Then & Now”.
dances, harana, kundiman, and a parade of folkdances were rendered
in the morning.
PSI Eduardo M. Amande, Jr. (OIC, Bulusan Station Police
Office), gave his very inspiring observations and remarks; while
Vice-Mayor Nelly G. Fortades delivered the inspirational talk in
behalf of the Mayor, stating among others the construction soon of
a Senior Citizens Building.
lunch (KKB for members), presentations depicting “Bulusan
Then” were performed including scenes from Agingay to Ribongcena,
a Muslim suite, and Ilog Bulusan.
Councilor Eugenio R. Regalario, Chairman for OSCA (Office
of Senior Citizens Affairs) gave his remarks, announcing his
all-out support to the organization. “Bulusan Now” was
presented in the form of Sex Bomb dancers from the Immaculate
Heart of Mary School, Sabang Elementary School, and Bulusan
Modern dances were shared by students from Jose S. Reyes
Memorial Institute, Bulusan High School, and Bulusan National
Vocational & Technical School.
Mr. Juan G. Galindes, president of the organization, gave
his words of thanks.
last group of numbers were surprise ones from the barangays, and
the ballroom dancing which was a contest. (JGG)
PLEASURE TOUR FOR AGUILAR CLAN
of the Aguilar Clan of Bulusan will go on a pleasure tour of
Manila, Baguio City and Tagaytay City on December 26-30, 2003.
by Bulusan Municipal Mayor Juan G. Guysayko who is also the
clan’s president; and Sangguniang Bayan Member, Kagawad Menandro
F. Frayna – the group’s iteniraries are as follows:
December 26 at 5:00 A.M. they will depart from Bulusan for Calamba,
Laguna where they will stay overnight at the residence of Kagawad
following day at 4:00 A.M., the group will proceed to Baguio City.
They will have a whole-day tour visiting interesting spots
and historical landmarks in the city of pines where they will also
spend the night.
December 28 at 4:00 A.M., they will go back to Manila where they
are expected to meet with the Metro-Manila based members of the
clan who will host a lunch for them at the Knights of Columbus
Clubhouse in Intramuros. A
meeting will follow to discuss future plans of the clan.
After the meeting the group will be guided to the site of
WOW Philippines which is located nearby.
will stay overnight with their close relatives in the city.
The following day, they will go on sightseeing around
Tagaytay City before finally returning home to Bulusan.
decided by the group during a meeting held last October 5 at the
office of Mayor Guysayko, they will travel on a caravan of cars
and vans courtesy of members who own these types of vehicles.
who are willing to join in this one-in-a-lifetime tour of these
three cities are requested to place their reservations early
through Mrs. Nenita R. Rafallo or Mrs. Paz R. Domingues, both of
Barangay Madlawon, Bulusan.
point on December 26 is at the Bulusan Municipal Hall premises.