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STRONGER @ 10
the lone TESDA school in the district, BNVTS has already
accomplished much in just a span of ten years.
out as a municipal high school funded by the Local
Government Unit, the Bulusan National Vocational
Technical School has certainly come a long way since its
foundation in 1993.
BNVTS was one of the originally legislated
Technical Education & Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
school in 1995 and is currently the lone school of its
kind in the 2nd District of Sorsogon.
It was created by virtue of Republic Act No. 8073
– a product of the joint efforts of the late former
2nd District Rep. Bonifacio H. Gillego, and then 1st
District Rep. Salvador Escudero III.
a patch of hilly land in Banban, Lower San Jose, just
over Poctol—the school has slowly but surely risen
from its humble beginnings of anahaw-roofed,
bamboo-walled, and earthen-floored school buildings to
its current comparatively efficient inventory of
facilities and equipments, which include concrete class
rooms, an automated library, a garments room, a computer
room, a canteen, a mini amphitheater, audio-visual and
communications facilities (including a telephone line
with internet access), a service car – the list goes
of end of last year, the school has a total of 296 students
enrolled in the different curricular offerings.
This figure is not concentrated in Bulusan alone, as
students coming from the other 2nd district
municipalities are also studying at BNVTS.
This is made possible through partnerships with the
major program of the school is the Community-Based Training for
Enterprise Development (CBTED)
wherein the “school serves as a leading partner, initiator and
facilitator of quality skills training programs and services for
the development of technically skilled and enterpreneurially
inclined workforce with positive work values for the progress of
Bulusan and beyond”. In
CBTED, partnerships are established with various GOs, NGOs, and
LGUs. Doing so would
thus strengthen livelihood programs to service areas – Bulusan,
date, BNVTS already has strong tie ups with different agencies and
industries (39 as of 2003) which serve as training areas for the
students under the Dual Training System.
its Annual Acomplishment Report (CY 2003), the school
proves yet again its real worth, in terms of direct training
delivery, extension and outreach programs, research and
development, faculty development, facilities development, systems
development, income generating projects (IGPs) in support to
instruction, and general administation and support services (GASS).
For the last two (2) years, BNVTS has been garnering a
competency assessment rating of 40% in the evaluation reports.
the conduct of the aforementioned BNVTS programs, projects and
activites and in order to achieve the desired results for the year
2003, Three Million Four Hundred Twenty Four Thousand Pesos
(P3,424,000.00) for personnnel service, and Three Million Three
Hundred Eighty-nine Thousand Pesos (P3,389,000.00) for maintenance
and other operating expenses had been utilized.
matrix is now targeted towards the Philippine Quality Awards (PQA),
which, when realized, would be an apt reaffirmation of its high
academic and training standards.
following courses are being offered at BNVTS, asidefrom short
terms courses (extension programs) in garments, electricity,
computer, food tech, agri-tech/agri-business, and handicraft:
3 yr Dualized Certificate in Agribus/Agri-Tech
2 yr Dualized Certificate in Electrical Tech – NC- II
1 yr Dualized Certificate in Automotive Tech – NC-I
1 yr Dualized Certificate in Garments Technology – NC-I
parties may see or call any of the following: Mr. Jose G. Geñorga
– VSA I, Mrs. Janet D. Diño – Registrar, Mr. Gregorio R.
Tagalicud Jr. – CTEC, or Mrs. Jenelyn L. Dino – Guidance
Counselor. They may
be contacted thru Tel. No. (056) 311-0160.
CHARTERED BUSES FOR THE HOLY WEEK
Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. would like to announce that there
would be no chartered buses for Buluseños who will be coming home
for the Holy Week in Bulusan as there is no Damayan Homecoming
This announcement is made so Buluseños in Metro-Manila who
intend to spend the Lenten Season in Bulusan would not expect the
chartered buses that the association usually has when there is a
homecoming in Bulusan.
MASS FOR APRIL AT K OF C
There will be no mass for the Buluseños on April 10 at the
Knights of C olumbus Clubhouse as it falls on Easter Sunday when
most of the Buluseños are in Bulusan or elsewhere to spend the
Instead, the next mass will be held on May 9 at the same
venue. This was decided upon by the board of directors of the
Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. in its meeting February 8.
This monthly mass of DBI has been regularly held every
second Sunday at 2:00 p.m. since 1981.
It is only when the second Sunday coincides with Easter
Sunday that it is deferred.
to sponsor two projects
Two significant projects meant for poor Buluseños which
have been undertaken by Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. since 1983 will
now be sponsored by the Damayan-Buluseño Foundation, Inc.
starting this year. These are: 1) the yearly Civic Action or Free
Medical/Dental Clinic & Operation: Tule in Bulusan, and 2) the
Scholarship Through Sponsorship Program.
This year’s Civic Action, as usual, will be conducted on
Black Saturday, April 10. Aside from this activity, the foundation
is also contemplating on sponsoring free operations on harelipped,
cases, goiter, cysts, etc. in any of the hospitals in the province
in cooperation with doctors from a well-known hosp ital in
Metro-Manila. It will be a combined medical mission and promotion
of tourism as the doctors wil be guided on a tour around the town
and nearby areas after the operations to see for themselves and
appreciate our different natural tourist attractions.
Details of which will be announced through this Gazette
when the plans have been finalized.
In the scholarship program, most probably two scholars may
be taken in this coming school year for engineering and education
To qualify for these slots, the applicant must be a son or
daughter of a Buluseño family, of good moral character, among the
top five graduates from any of the high schools in Bulusan or
Metro-Manila, must belong to the poorest family among the top
five, and must enroll in a state university or college in Sorsogon
City, Legaspi City, or Metro-Manila.
The foundation may also consider sponsoring scholars in
vocational courses in a TESDA school like VOCTECH in Bulusan.
The Scholarship Through Sponsorship Program was started by
DBI in 1983. As of
last year, 25 scholars have already graduated in different
courses. This year,
two more are expected to graduate. More
details will be announced later when everything is ironed out not
only on the qualification of the applicant but also on the
obligations of the scholar and the parents which will be
stipulated on a Memorandum of Agreement to be signed by
them, the sponsor and the foundation.
LIST OF X'MAS DRIVE '03 DONORS
In the last issue of this Gazette (November–December
2003), there were donors to the Damayan-Christmas Drive ’03
whose names failed to make it to the donor list.
They were: Honorata Fulo Furiscal, Danny Gabales, Mr. &
Mrs. Rolando Gapas, Beata Gojar, Kay Tanieca & Family, Mrs.
Rosario G. Dy, Ben Galiza, Brendalyn Gañas, Galido Family, Elda
Garcia, Palerma Habig, and four envelopes bearing no names.
Our sincere apologies for not indicating the exact amount
of their donations as all the money contained in those envelopes
were all mixed up when they were opened.
The DBI thanks the above-mentioned donors for their
willingness to share whatever they could to help realize this
yearly gift-giving project for indigent Buluseños.
Lent is a preparation for the celebration of Easter.
The liturgy of the church prepares the faithful for the
celebration of the paschal mystery.
It also prepares the faithful who recall their baptism and
do penance in preparation for Easter (Roman Calendar n. 27).
Ash Wednesday, February 25, this year, is the start of the
season. The ashes
used by the priests to mark the parishioners’ foreheads with a
cross come from the burned branches/twigs blessed during last
year’s Passion Sunday. During
the ritual, the priest says: “Remember, man, you are dust and to
dust you will return (Gen. 3:19)."
For forty weekdays—Ash Wednesday to Easter Eve, the
faithful observe fasting and penance in commemoration of
Christ’s fasting and temptation in the wilderness. As Catholics, we observe fasting and abstinence on Ash
Wednesday and Good Friday, while on all Fridays in Lent we observe
is not eating meat while fasting is eating only one full meal for
This coming Holy Week Celebration, the Hermano/Hermana
Mayor, Mr. & Mrs. Reynaldo D. Din (nee Corazon Gallardo
Gallanosa) of Mabuhay, are now busy preparing for the Passion
Sunday (Hossana), the entry of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem; Holy
Thursday, Washing of the Feet of the Disciples and the institution
of the Holy Eucharist (The Last Supper); and Good Friday, the
death of Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary.
Meanwhile, members of the St.
James Youth Choir under Mr. Ricardo F. Galve are now rehearsing
the singing of the
-- a meditation on the seven last words of Jesus on the
The public Via Crucis around the poblacion may be
done in the morning.
also have a series of processions: Passion Sunday–the entry of
Jesus to Jerusalem, Holy Wednesday–in honor of the Sorrowful
Mother of Jesus, and Good Friday–in honor of the Santo Entierro.
the evening of Black Saturday, just before the Resurrection of
Jesus Christ, we will have the following: Blessing of the Fire,
Blessing of the Water, and then during the Easter vigil, the
renewal of Baptismal Vows.
dawn breaks with another procession for the Salubong and Dagit.
Indeed, the resurrection itself is yet another reason for us to
rejoice. Christ’s empty tomb means for us a new lease on life.
Happy Easter, everyone!
Inimbitaran an siyam (9) na miembro san TRIBU san Pederasyon
ng Nagkakaisang Samahan ng Bundok Bulusan (PNAGSAMA) san nakaagi
na Agosto 2003 sa LIKAS. An PNAGSAMA sayo na pederasyon na
napaparticiparan san mga bantay gubat na hale sa mga manlain-lain
na barangay na nasasakupan san Buulusan Volcano National Park.
Oya dine an hale sa San Jose, San Isidro, San Francisco,
San Roque, nan Sta. Barbara—mga
barangay na hale sa Bulusan.
Pwera pa sini imbitado man an mga kagawad na hale sa
Sangguniang Barangay na nasa palibot san nasabing parke.
nasabi na aktibidad, pinasabot nan tinukduan an mga participantes
manongod sa mandato nan trabaho san paralegal.
Inisplikar man sa hinimo na pagsasanay an papel san
gobyerno bilang sayo na ahensya na may dako na responsabilidad sa
pag-implementar san mga leyes para sa kapalibutan pareho san P.D.
705 o Forestry Law, RA 7586 o ingagahoy na National Integrated
Protected Areas Systemn (NIPAS) nan an Chainsaw Act.
Kaupod pa sa inadalan san mga participantes an pagsang-at
sin kaso, mga diretsos san Bantay Gubat nan an pagkumpiskar,
pag-imbestigar, pagkalap ebidensya, paghimo legal na dokumento nan
an mga estratehiya sa pagpatrolya.
Kadanon sa pagpasabot nan pagtukar san mga tema an Tanggol
Kalikasan sa persona nira Atty. Edward Lorenzo, Atty. Ronaldo
Gutierrez, Atty. Edward Relucio nan Jun Narvade.
Kaupod man sa nasabi na pagsasanay an Protected Area
Superintendent na si Lemuel Soriano san Department of Environment
and Natural Resources. Si Ka Lito Trias san Task Force Kalikasan
na hali man sa Morong, Bataan mao man an nagtratar san mga
estratehiya manungod san patrolya.
Parte san nasabi na actibidad mao an aktwal na pagmanman o
pagpatrolya, pero an nadidibesar sagkod sa presente mao an awaton
na pagdeputized kan mga Bantay Gubat nan TRIBU Bulusanon.
Apesar san dako nira na danon para maprotektahan an
fire victims need help
A poor family of five in Barangay Lalud, Bulusan, is badly
in need of help from some good Samaritans after their shanty was
razed to the ground at midnight of Friday, February 27, 2004
Rendered homeless with only their clothes on were Erneo
Fuellas, a laborer; his wife Anita or Aday; and their three
children, Judy, Jean and Jogie—all high school students at the
Talaonga Barangay High School.
According to Aday, the fire could have been caused by
electrical faulty wiring. She
said, they were all asleep when the fire started at about 11:45
p.m. Because the
house was of light materials, the fire gutted the entire structure
in just a few minutes.
As narrated by Aday, it was when she felt the very hot body
temperature of Jogie that she was awakened and saw their anahaw
rood in flames.
Penniless and with all their wordly possessions gone, they
are now staying with Erneo’s brother’s family who lives
nearby, and are relying on doleouts from concerned neighbors for
their daily existence.
It is this misfortune that came to
their lives that they are begging for some clothes and financial
assistance so they can rebuild their shanty and start life again.
What worries much the couple are
the studies of their children. All their books, notebooks,
uniforms and other school things were turned to ashes.
Judy will be graduating this
March; Jean is in second year while Jogie is in first year.
The family would be very grateful and and would appreciate
very much whatever kind of help concerned readers of the Gazette
could extend to them.
Initially, they received P1,000.00 from Mayor Juan G.
Guysayko and P500.00 from an anonymous donor.
CLAN HOLDS REUNION
Aguilar clan held their reunion last December 27, 2003 at Dancalan
Beach Resort in Barangay Dancalan, Bulusan, Sorsogon. The said
reunion was originally planned as a tour in Baguio City on
December 26-28, 2003, as previously announced in the past issue of
the Gazette but low temperature dropping to 12 degrees Celsius
forced the plan to be shelved.
Usually, the reunion is held during the Holy Week but since
there is an election this year, it was decided to celebrate it
earlier since it will just coincide with the campaign activities
of some of its members who are seeking elective posts.
Despite the heavy downpour of rain and the strong winds
brought by exiting Typhoon Zigzag, the affair went on as planned
and no amount of heavy rain and strong winds could dampen the
spirits of the participants.
During the fellowship program, Honorable Mayor Juan G.
Guysayko of Bulusan, the present clan chairman, gave an
inspirational message. He stressed that said affair had no
political color but rather an affair of family unity and
cooperation. He encouraged everyone to participate actively in
whatever project is being undertaken by the clan. He also
emphasized the importance of family relationship which according
to him, must not be sacrificed nor affected by politics.
Everybody enjoyed the parlor games and presentations by
some clan members especially the “ocho-ocho” dance number of
the lolos and the lolas
who received a prize of P700.00 each only because, according to
the chairman, they were not able to finish the number. Meanwhile,
the adult participants received throw pillows, courtesy of
Councilor and Mrs. Menandro Frayna.
Everybody savored the sumptuous lunch as there were plenty
of foods contributed by the clan members. Although some members
from Irosin and Sorsogon were not able to attend, nevertheless,
they still sent their assigned foods.
the most awaited part of the program, the raffle draw was far from
a disappointment as all participants received Christmas gifts
courtesy of donations both from local and Metro Manila members.
The reunion ended at 3:00 p.m. (Renato J. Frayna)
CLAN TO HOLD 3RD REUNION
Hundreds of members of the Fuentes Clan are expected to
converge at the Bulusan Cultural & Sports Complex on Black
Saturday, April 10, 2004 to celebrate their 3rd Grand
The Fuentes Clan which has been holding its grand reunion
every other year since year 2000 is the second biggest clan in
Bulusan next only to the Furio Clan. Most of its members who will troop to their gathering will
come from the towns of Sta. Magdalena, Bulan, Irosin, Barcelona,
Gubat, Sorsogon City and all the way from Metro-Manila and nearby
In their meeting last February 29 at the function room of
the Cultural Center in Bulusan, Mr. Rogelio F. Fuentes, the clan
chairman and organizer, urged the members present to encourage all
the other members in their areas to come and actively participate
in this affair and in all the occasions of the clan to show that
they are a big, closely-knit family.
Among the activities in their celebration are the
introduction of members by barangay, presentation of various
entertainment numbers, parlor games, business meeting and election
of officers for 2004-2006 and induction.
Special prizes will be given to the oldest male and female
members who will attend, the family which has the biggest number
of members present and the member who will come from the farthest
In the said meeting, Mr. Fuentes seriously told those
present that as much as possible he would like to meet all the
members of the clan in their coming reunion as it could be his
last occasion to be with them.
He was insinuating that something tragic might happen to
him as an aftermath of his bold denunciation of the abuses of the
rebels and the postes, the rampant illegal logging which
denuded our forests, the electoral malpractices which eroded much
the moral values of our people, and other illegal vices.
In the same meeting, he distributed to the members copies
of the Damayan-Buluseño Gazette and asked the clan secretary,
Ningning Fuentes, to read aloud the full text of what he wrote in
his column entitled, “An Totoo Na Katuyuhan – II” which
contains the denunciations he made.
After listening to what was read from the Gazette, Mr.
Arturo F. Fuentes, the clan vice-chair, praised their president
for his courage to risk his life for the sake of peace in their
hometown. He also
urged the members of their clan to pray for the safety of their