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Vol. XVI No. 5
October  - December 2004

 NEWS                      

LGU Dresses Up Dancalan For Summer

Senator Madrigal Speaks Before Buluseños

Luz Z. Gamba is New DBI Prexy

Support New Leadership

DBI Lives Up to Tradition

X'Mas Drive '04 Cheers Poor Families

Christmas Gifts 2004 Shared

Former Sponsor Sends Gifts Anew

More Patients Expected in CIVAC '05

San Roque Receives Ini an Sorsoganon! Most Outstanding Barangay Award 2004, Spawning Other Projects

Reunions for Gacosta Clan & Class '51

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LGU DRESSES UP DANCALAN FOR SUMMER

Part of the on-going face lift operations at the Dancalan Beach Resort, just in time for summer.

All systems go!

In line with local tourism development, LGU Bulusan has left no stone unturned, injecting a total outlay of P765,000 into an ongoing project at Dancalan Beach Resort to brace up for the influx of beach enthusiasts this summer to this leading ecotourism destination and recreational center.

The project investment fund comes from the counter parting of the LGU and the Liga ng mga Barangay (of Bulusan) and covers the expansion of site development from the existing resort to more or less 475 linear meters more towards the spillway at Dapdap.  Included in the development package are: repair and completion of the peripheral fence, remodeling of the function hall, relocation of the shower/comfort/dressing rooms (including repair of the drainage), construction of open and closed cottages, upgrading of electrical fixtures, installation of display booths for local handicrafts and souvenir items, and the landscaping of the whole area to accommodate parking and ecotourism activities.

The local government unit of Bulusan under the leadership of Mayor Juan G. Guysayko should be commended for taking the bold steps in operationalizing the income-generating enterprise. In December 2003, the Mayor signed Executive Order No. 21 creating the Dancalan Beach Resort Management Committee, designing its operation to be a joint venture between the LGU and the Liga ng mga Barangay.  It should be stressed, however, that the Dancalan Development Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc. (DADEMCO), former resort operator, still gets a share from the venture’s profit-sharing scheme.

Albino Españo of the Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO) avers that the Dancalan project falls under the LGU’s priority in tourism development that goes with the adoption and approval by the Sangguniang Bayan in 2002 and by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in 2003 of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of Bulusan.

As of December 2004, or in a period of one year, Dancalan Beach Resort has generated an income of P200,000 more or less. “We only need to pool resources to create economic activity. From there we can move to bankroll other projects. Our next target is Bulusan Lake; that is, when the Dancalan project is already well in place,” intimates Mayor Guysayko in an interview.

The said economic enterprise in fact comes way ahead in response to a World Bank observation regarding the weak performance of local government units. In a PDI report, World Bank country director Joachim von Amsberg, in his speech read at the assembly of members of the League of Cities of the Philippines in December 2004, stressed the need “to strengthen the financing system of LGUs”, suggesting that “they should mobilize their own revenue sources to become less dependent on the national government.”

“Our target completion is April,” states DILGOO Rico Gaurino, “but come January 28 we are already scheduled to host the League of Municipal Mayors of Sorsogon here in Dancalan.” It was the DILG officer who encouraged and organized the Liga to invest in the project.  Participation of the civil society to contribute to the development objective of Dancalan Beach Resort is also being encouraged and solicited.

The Dancalan Beach Resort Management Committee (DBRMC) is being chaired by the Municipal Mayor, with the Liga President as vice-chair, the SKF President, all Punong Barangays, the President of DADEMCO, and the Chair, SB Committee on Tourism as members.

 (Sim Gamba with reports from Albino Españo/Rico Gaurino/Roswel Ramos)

 

SENATOR MADRIGAL SPEAKS BEFORE BULUSEÑOS

Sen. Jamby Madrigal speaking before a huge crowd of BuluseñosA big crowd of Buluseños was all ears to Senator Jamby A. S. Madrigal as she spoke highly of the various civic and humanitarian activities of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. for the past twenty-two years, and of the town of Bulusan which she learned is a potential tourist destination.

This was the gist of her inspirational talk during the association’s Christmas party last December 12 at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse where she was the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

According to the lady senator who is publicly known for her philanthropic works, the DBI has the same vision and aspirations as hers which are all for the best interests of the community and fellowmen.

She advised the officers of the association to submit to her a resolution seeking support for its projects.

The senator who is the grand daughter of the late Senator Vicente Madrigal of Ligao, Albay, said, she liked very much the lato from Bulusan which she was able to sample in Sorsogon City as guest of Gov. & Mrs. Raul Lee. It was from the couple that she came to know about Bulusan as the most beautiful among the sixteen towns of Sorsogon because of its many different natural tourist attractions, she continued.

She showed keen interest in the development of the town’s interesting spots to make it a major tourist destination in the Bicol region.

She also advised the town’s Local Government Unit (LGU) to submit to her a resolution for this purpose so she could find a way to procure the needed funds.

However, the straightforward senator asked the Buluseños to immediately report to her any illegal logging activities and other abuses against nature so she can act on them. They are our enemies and should be prosecuted, she warned.Plaque of Appreciation for the senator. In photo are: (L-R) Marichu Fuentes-Arellano, Andrew D. Espedido, DBI President Rogelio F. Fuentes, Sen. Madrigal, 1st Vice-President Luz Z. Gamba, 2nd Vice-President Engr. Pablito R. Freo, Ret. Maj. Gen. Cesar F. Fortuno, and Bro. Ulpiano Sorra

Based on his observations on her, DBI President Rogelio F. Fuentes is very confident that Senator Madrigal is sincere and would be true to what she said. He also admires her much because of her candidness and simplicity despite her high social and political stature. Unlike other guest speakers, she does not want a lengthy and elaborate introduction. This is the reason why retired Major Gen. Cesar F. Fortuno who was tasked to do the honors merely described her in but a few lines in his introduction of the guest speaker speech.

According to Mr. Fuentes, the very reason he insisted on inviting the senator as their guest of honor and speaker in their Christmas party was because of her deep concern in the protection of the environment and Mother Nature - just what Bulusan needs in the midst of all the rampant illegal logging activities happening in its forested areas, now almost entirely denuded.

Another factor that urged him to have her as guest of honor and speaker was her unselfish and untiring service to humanity with all sincerity and humility, which greatly inspired him.

Mr. Fuentes hopes that Senator Madrigal’s promise would come to reality, as it would mean great benefits to the Buluseños socially and economically.

 LUZ Z. GAMBA IS NEW DBI PREXY

                The president of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. for 2005-2006 is a self-made woman from Barangay San Roque, Bulusan.

                The association’s 1st vice-president for the last two years, Ms. Luz Zarsuela Gamba succeeded Mr. Rogelio F. Fuentes who is very confident that under her dynamic leadership DBI will live up to his expectations and of the Buluseños.

                When she joined DBI in year 2000 as one of its directors, Mr. Fuentes saw in her the strong potential to be his successor when he finally decides to retire.

                A daughter of a poor couple in her barangay which could hardly make both ends meet during her younger days, she struggled hard doing odd jobs to support her family.

                Through hard work and firm determination to succeed, she rose to become a successful businesswoman in Metro-Manila. She is now the president of the family-owned Bulusan Travel & Tours Corporation, Area Coordinator of the National Independent Travel Agencies, and member of the Philippine Travel Agencies Association.

                A very active civic leader, she was the president of the San Roque Elementary School Alumni Association, Inc. for 2001-2003; Chairman of the Board of the San Roque Life Bringer Foundation, Inc.; Treasurer of the REACH Educational Foundation, Inc.; and Director of Damayan-Buluseño Foundation, Inc.

                A religious woman, she is the president of the San Roque Kapilya Pastoral Council.

                For her exemplary services to the community, Ms. Gamba was the recipient of various awards from government and private institutions. Among them are: from the Department of Education - for supporting programs, projects, and activities of the San Roque Elementary School in the realization of its goal and targets in 2003; for distinctive leadership and exemplary performance in her field, Bulusan Centennial Foundation, 2003; in recognition of outstanding and exemplary service to the school and the community, 2003; from the Holy Spirit Academy of Irosin Alumni Association, Inc. as outstanding alumna in 2003; from LIKAS Foundation which was awarded by DepEd Sec. Florencio Abad together with SRESAAI, SRLBFI, and San Roque Barangaay Council for the project “San Roque Experience: Tripartite Approach to Quality Elementary Education: Ini an Sorsoganon Most Outstanding Barangay award in October 2004; from the Knights of Columbus for support to its programs, projects, and activities, St. James the Greater Council 13265, December 2004.

                With such credentials and the full support of the other officers of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. and the Buluseños there is no doubt the vision and aspirations of the association will live on till the next generations.

SUPPORT NEW LEADERSHIP

                “Extend full support to the new set of officers of Damayan-Buluseño for 2005-2006 under the leadership of MS. LUZ Z. GAMBA as president in the same way you have supported me during the past twenty-two years of my incumbency”. These were the words of outgoing president, Rogelio F. Fuentes, written in his letter to the Buluseños in Metro-Manila after their elections last November 14.

                He also urged the new officers to work together in harmony for the success of all the association’s undertakings so “we could leave behind a meaningful legacy to our next generations.”

                Mr. Fuentes also reminded them that if ever they may initiate new projects in the name of DBI for the benefit of the community, they should always maintain its already established traditions like the monthly spiritual gathering and the yearly civic action, Pista sa Maynila, and the Damayan Christmas Drive.

                He also advised them to live up to the expectations of the Buluseños in Metro-Manila and in Bulusan.

                Those elected and appointed and soon to be inducted are: Luz Z. Gamba - President; Pablito R. Freo - 1st Vice-President; Andrew D. Espedido - 2nd Vice-President; Ulpiano S. Sorra - Secretary; Joan Alianza - Asst. Secretary; Zoraida G. Lim - Treasurer; Maita Fortades - Asst. Treasurer; Rufo O. Fuentes - Auditor; Melchor A. Hasta - Business Manager; Galicano F. Españo - Asst. Business Manager; Luz Hubilla-Figueroa - PRO for Area I; Romulo F. Bringino - PRO for Area II; Bella Gapas-Indiongco - PRO for Area III; Emelinda Fulong-Banzuela - PRO for Area IV; Directors Marichu Fuentes-Arellano, Emmanuel Fortin, Aurora F. Frago, Ariel R. Fulo, Salvador Gacias, Roger Gapido, Nenette Reyes-Manda, and Marlon Rabulan.

                Their advisers are: Mayor Juan G. Guysayko; Ret. Maj. Gen. Cesar F. Fortuno; Atty. Irving N. Fabic, Sr.; Mrs. Ester Fulleros-Abitona; and Mr. Rogelio F. Fuentes.

                Their induction is set on February 13, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse, Intramuros, Manila.

DBI LIVES UP TO TRADITION

                As expected, Buluseños from all walks of life from the different areas in Metro-Manila and suburbs gathered together and filled the spacious basketball court of the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse.  The occasion was the yearly Christmas party of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. last December 12.  The colorful celebration consists of a mass, a program, a raffle and the merienda y cena.

                Main highlight of the affair was the inspirational talk of Senator Jamby A.S. Madrigal who was the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

                The day’s activities started with a mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. James Uy of the San Agustin Parish Church at 2:00 p.m. Unlike in past celebrations of the association, this time the program had less entertainment numbers to give enough time for the inspirational talk of Senator Madrigal.  She earlier notified DBI president Rogelio F. Fuentes that she could not stay long as she had other commitments to attend to.

                In grateful appreciation of her honoring the association with her presence despite her hectic schedules and her very inspiring words of wisdom for the Buluseños, DBI through its president, Rogelio F. Fuentes and other officers present her a plaque of appreciation.

                Hosted by Mr. Andy D. Espedido and Mrs. Marichu F. Arellano, the program was opened by a very touching invocation delivered by DBI 1st vice-president Ms. Luz Z. Gamba accompanied by the singing of the spiritual hymn “Come Holy Spirit” by the Damayan-Buluseño Choir.  The Pambansang Awit was followed   by the Himno ng Damayan-Buluseño.

                DBI 2nd vice-president Engr. Pablito R. Freo, delivered the welcome address. Before the introduction of the guest speaker by Ret. Maj. Gen. Cesar F. Fortuno, the choir rendered lively Tagalog Christmas melodies with participation by the audience.

                To entertain the guests and the audience, a dance number was presented by the PASIGYAW Dance Troupe of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig courtesy of Ms. Marichu F. Arellano who is a faculty member of the said school.

                The party lasted until the last prize for the raffle was given away at about 5:30 p.m.

                To say the least, Mr. Fuentes was happy overy the success of this last party celebration under his administration for the past twenty-two years. Again, he would like to convey sincerest thanks and gratitude to all Buluseños who have been very cooperative in all the activities of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc.

                He urged everybody to extend the same cooperation and support to the new leadership of the association.

X'MAS DRIVE '04 CHEERS POOR FAMILIES

Despite the present financial crisis, Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. was able to push through with its yearly gift-giving of various foodstuffs and new/used clothes to poor Buluseño families during the Christmas season dubbed as Damayan Christmas Drive ’04.

DBI president Rogelio F. Fuentes said that compared with the previous years, the items given away this time were much lesser and it’s understandable because of the severe current economic situation.

At least, he continued, the association, with the support of Metro-Manila-based Buluseños and friends and the local residents did its best to realize its yearly mission to bring cheer to the homes of our less fortunate fellow Buluseños.

On behalf of DBI, Mr. Fuentes would like to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the kindness and generosity and those who willingly shared their blessings for this project.

In Metro-Manila those who donated cash were: Maria Gapido-Jestariz - P2,000.00; Ms. Luz Z. Gamba - P1,500.00; Engr. Pablito R. Freo - P1,000.00; Atty. & Mrs. Irving N. Fabic, Sr. - P1,000.00; Mrs. Celinia Gallinera-Ang - P1,000.00; Mr. William Dy - P1,000.00; Mr. & Mrs. Danny Paniza - P1,000.00; Mrs. Carmi Borja-Diego - P1,000.00; Tungpala, Selerio & Lachica Families - P1,000.00; Anonymous - P1,000.00; Atty. Marissa Españo-Magpusao-P500.00; Mr. & Mrs. Recto F. Reyes - P500.00; Ms. Minnie G. Fortades - P500.00; Mr. & Mrs. Rene Battung - P500.00; Mr. Mario Jestaris - P300.00; Mr. Arnulfo Fulo & Family - P200.00; Mr. Ben Galiza - P200.00; Ms. Maria Hubilla - P200.00; Engr. Louie Hepti - P200.00; Mr. Cris Hasta - P150.00; Mrs. Josefina Cabaquing - P100.00; Mrs. Rosario Dy - P100.00; Ms. Tita Geraban - P100.00; Mr. & Mrs. Antonio Añon - P100.00; Mr. & Mrs. Rolando Gapas - P70.00; Mrs. Rosa Badanoy - P50.00; Ms. Loring Galura - P50.00; Mr. Jaime Paez - P50.00; Mrs. Roqueza Paez - P50.00; Mrs. Leonora Ainza - P50.00; Mrs. Lyn de Guzman - P50.00; Ms. Cecille Go - P50.00; Ms. Nenita F. Gutizza - P20.00; Ms. Alde Gile - P20.00; Mrs. Mabel Geñorga-So - P20.00; Ms. Noemi Rubio - P20.00; Manay Encay - P20.00; Mrs. Veronica Larion - P20.00; Mr. & Mrs. Rogelio Flores & Family - P20.00; Mr. Eliseo Mañoza & Family - P20.00; and Mr. & Mrs. Fortunato Ragrag - P20.00.

Donors of various food stuffs and other items in Metro-Manila were: Mrs. Encarnacion Fortades-Tan - 1 carton foodstuffs and 1 carton used clothes; Rembo Boys - 2 baskets canned goods - Maria Gapido Jestariz - 1 carton clothes; Ms. Juliet Peña & Mrs. Veronica Larion - 1 carton canned goods; Ms. Carolina Viray - 2 cartons used clothes; Ms. Elisa Lagamayo - 1 sack new clothes & 1 sack textile materials; Ms. Aida Lim - 5 cartons used clothes; Leonora Ainza - 1 carton canned goods; Mr. Rolando Gapas - luncheon meat & hotdog; Ms. Mabel Geñorga-So - 1 carton used clothes; Mrs. Celinia Gallinera-Ang - 1 carton used clothes; Mrs. Carmi Borja-Diego - 1 carton canned goods; Mrs. Gloria G. Makiling - 1 carton & 1 sack used clothes; Mrs. Emelinda Banzuela - 1 bag used clothes; Engr. Rufo Fuentes - 1 carton used clothes; Mrs. Josefina F. Cabaquing - canned goods; Ms. Cresencia Freo - 5 sacks used clothes; Mrs. Mellie Paniza - 2 bags used clothtes; No Mark - 2 bags canned goods; No Mark - 1 carton pancit canton; 5 cartons, 2 bags and 1 sack with no marks all contain used clothes.

Cash donations received were used to purchase 3 cartons Maling Pork Luncheon Meat of 48 cans each, 3 cartons Argentina Corned Beef of 48 cans each, 3 cartons sardines of 48 cans each, and 4 cartons of Milo of 35 pouches each.

Donations from local residents are in a separate report submitted by Mr. Juan G. Galindes, Local Coordinating Board Chairman of DBI who supervised the repacking and distribution of the Christmas gifts.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS 2004 SHARED

The DBI-Coordinating Board-Bulusan received from DBI-Manila some used /new clothes, textile and food items. To augment these gifts, the board also solicited donations from the local community such as rice, used/new clothes, Quick Chow, groceries, and cash. Both intentions were for the poor and indigent families and malnourished children in the Municipality of Bulusan.

The used/new clothes and textile were shared with all the twenty-four barangays through the barangay captains. The few food items were shared, by gift pack, to wit:

For malnourished children:

Barangay

No. of gift pack/s

No. of pouches of Milo

1. Dapdap

10

3

2. Looban

3

1

3. Mabuhay

21

7

4. Madlawon

11

4

5. Poctol

7

2

6. Sabang

18

6

7. Sapngan

13

4

8. Dancalan

13

4

9. San Rafael

17

6

 

Each gift pack contains 1 kg rice, 1 can sardines, 1 corned beef, and 2 packs Quick Chow - and was given to individual malnourished child, while the Milo was given through the BNS/In-Charge of Feeding for the daily feeding of the children.

The barangay council members, as their incentive for their assistance in the distribution of the gifts, were shared 2 cans luncheon meat and 2 packs Quick Chow each. The hotdog/mayonnaise were shared as ingredient/dressing for a recipe during the Pasko ng Pamily, while some were shared with those who helped sort the Christmas gifts. Special thanks to PNP-Bulusan for the vehicle used in the collection of local donations.

Donations from Bulusan, through the Coordinating Board: Mr. & Mrs. Arturo Fuentes - 2 kg rice; Mr. & Mrs. Arturo Geva - 7 kg rice; Mr. & Mrs. Mario Fortades - 2 kg rice; Mr. & Mrs. Alfredo Fulleros - 6 kg rice; Mrs. Francisca Gallinera - 20 kg rice; Mr. & Mrs. Jesus Fortades - 10 kg rice; Councilor & Mrs. Leonardo Firmanes - 20 kg rice; Mr. & Mrs. Neriso Bartilet - 50 kg rice; Mr. & Mrs. Eustaquio Furio Jr. - 5 kg rice; Mr. & Mrs. Lito Fulo - P100 cash; Bgy. Capt. & Mrs. Alfonso Infeliz - P50; Mr. & Mrs. Erwin Guysayko - P50; Mr. & Mrs.Teodoro Fumera - P10; Engr. & Mrs. Jose Ortiz - P50; Mr. & Mrs. Ordonio Frades - P50; Mr. & Mrs. Leon Mendizabal - P60; Mr. & Mrs. Rodolfo Helotina - P110; Mr. & Mrs. Antonio Gallano - new clothes and caps; Councilor & Mrs. Reynaldo Din - used clothes; Mr. & Mrs. Domingo Evangelista - used clothes; Mr. & Mrs. Ramon Estipona - used clothes; Mrs. Teodora Tison - new children’s clothes/slippers; Mrs. Paz Gallinera - used clothes/pillow cases; Mr. & Mrs. Roger Fulo - assorted groceries; Dr. & Mrs. Oscar Halum - 15 cups mayonnaise; Mr. Eliezer Frades - 1 box Quick Chow; Mr. & Mrs. Juan Son - 1 box Quick Chow; Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Son - 1 box Quick Chow; Mr. & Mrs. Arnel Son - 1 box Quick Chow; Mr. & Mrs. Antonio Frando - 6 packs Quick Chow; Miss Salvacion Manda - 1 pack rice and sardines; Miss Amparo Tan - noodles; Mrs. Esperanza Afundar - 3 wrapped gifts for the raffle.

A million thanks to our donors! May God shower upon your families more blessings for the New Year. (JGG)

FORMER SPONSOR SENDS GIFTS ANEW

                For the fourth time, the former sponsor of a scholar of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. showered again with gifts the poor residents of Barangay Sapngan, Bulusan this Christmas season.

                Ms. Ma. Ana Concepcion-Maglasang sent two bales of 100 pieces of brand new duster and 100 pieces of brand new t-shirts which were distributed to the residents by former Barangay Captain Andres “Ari” Frando and his wife, Helen.

                This yearly gift-giving by Ms. Maglasang to Barangay Sapngan started in 2001. Since then, she never failed to fulfill her commitment.

                Aside from this commitment, she regularly visits, entertains, feeds and gives gifts to the wards of the Golden Acress, a home for the aged in Quezon City.

                A successful businesswoman, Ms. Maglasang was the sponsor of Cherry Fuasa who took up Nutrition course at the University of the Philippines.

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