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MAILBOX

To Damayan-Buluseño,

 

            When I read the article in this Gazette about Sapngan as a model barangay, I admired so much its Chairman and the other officials.  But, my admiration suddenly vanished when I received information from very reliable sources on the illegal activity that has been happening in their jurisdiction.

            I wonder if they knew or pretend not to know about the narra lumbers being unloaded quietly at night from a garbage truck and stored at the back of a house along the river near the bridge or spillway.  With ropes tied to these lumbers, they are brought down into the river to be carried away by the current down to the next bridge.  From there, one can readily conclude where they are brought.

            This is a challenge to the barangay officials to catch and arrest those involved in this condemnable operation which has been denuding our forests particularly our national park.  Surely, these lumbers came from illegally cut logs.  If legal, why the delivery in an unholy hour?

            To give the barangay officials an idea, they should keep watch on the movements of a garbage truck. If it travels at night, it is not out to collect garbage but to load lumbers somewhere in a southern barangay with the protection of the chairman and an ex-chairman.  These lumbers are most likely to be unloaded at the said place or near the vicinity for easy access to their final destination.

            But, I wonder what the Chairman would do when he faces the man behind it.  I learned he (Chairman) owed a lot of gratitude from him during the last barangay elections.

            I hope it is not true.

 

                                                                                                            R. D. FORTES

                                                                                                            Alabang, Muntinlupa City

 

December 21, 2003

 

Mr. Editor,

            Nabasa co an “An Totoo Na Katuyuhan” ni Elio Fuentes san nakaagui na luwas san Damayan-Buluseño Gazette. Nagulat aco san caniya mga ibinulgar. Pero, mayad man cay sigurado nalinawan na niyan an mga tawo lalo na an mga pulitico nan mga lider nira san motibo ni Elio san caniya mga magayon na hinihimo para sa Bulusan nan capwa Bulusanon.  Lalo mayad na binulgar niya an baracalan sin boto con election.  Basi pa con mapucaw na an ato mga botante cay puro cuarta na hamoc an nasa isip con election.

            Aco man sadto nagdududa man con Elio. Pero, san awat na naniwala na aco na talagang pagdanon hamoc an gusto niya. Haboon siya san pulitica.  Dahil sa namatian co na sinseridad niya caya, suportado aco sa intero na proyecto san Damayan-Buluseño.

            Con nacombinse si Elio sadto ni Gov. Frivaldo na maging mayor san Bulusan, naniniwala aco na daco na an inasenso san Bulusan sa paagui san turismo. Mao nagayod an gustohon niya na mangyari cay daco an paniwala niya na mas daco an potensyal san Bulusan na maging sentro san turismo compara sa iba na lugar na dinadayo niyan san mga turista.

            Aram co, cayang-caya niya himuon an mga plano niya con siya an may capot san administrasyon san munisipyo caya hamoc nauyamon siya san maation na sistema san pulitica. Compara sa mga naging mayor sa Bulusan harayoon sira sa cacayahan ni Elio lalo na sa pagmantiner san peace and order na pinacaimportante sa pag-asenso san sayo na lugar lalo na sa industriya san turismo. Caya niya macuwa an cooperasyon san mga naglalaban na grupo sa pulitica nan masa dahil aram nira na para sa caayadan san bungto talaga an tuyo ni Elio.

            An totoo, wara aco naimod na naging lider na Bulusanon maski an mga nagcapot na sin hataas na puesto sa gobierno na nacahimo o macahimo san mga nahimo na ni Elio para sa caayadan san Bulusan nan capwa Bulusanon.  Dahil sa pag-organisar niya san Class ’51 reunion san 1979 grabe an caogmahan san mga caclase niya sa elementary cay daghan sa canira an nadanonan sa pagpa-escuela san canira cabataan, nagpahospital sa mga mahapdos na caclase nan iba na danon sa pamilya nira. Nahimo ni Elio na maging magcaurugos an mga mayaman nan propesyonal nan mga pobrehon na miembro san Class ’51.

            Siya man an nag-organisar san Damayan-Buluseño na naging dalan sa pagcaurugos san mga Bulusanon sa Metro-Manila na nagsisirimba bulan-bulan. Dahil san canira pagcacasarayo, daghanon na danon an nahimo para sa mga Bulusanon lalo na an masa sa paagui san civic action, scholarship, Damayan Christmas Drive nan iba pa na mga danon sa comunidad.

            Si Elio man an nag-organisar san Damayan Homecoming nan reunion san Aguilar, Gacosta nan Fuentes Clan sa Bulusan.  Dahil sa homecoming nan reunion daghanon an mga Bulusanon na awaton na sa iba na lugar an naingganyo ni Elio na mag-uruli sa Bulusan pati an canira pamilya.

            Compara sa iba ta na cabubungto na mas may impluwensya mas daghan pa siguro an nadanonan niya sa Bulusan cay mas madali siya daupan nan sinsero sa pagdanon hanggan macacaya niya.

            Caya, may rason na mamundo si Elio sa mga nagraraot sa caniya credibilidad lalo na an mga pulitico nan mga lider nira: nahadoc sira cay con cumandidato si Elio diri maubra an cuarta nira. Diri bale conta con nacahimo sira sin maski 50% san mga nahimo na ni Elio. Con may nahimo man sira pero sa paagui san proyecto san gobierno, wara sira sin sacripisyo condi porsiyento para sa canira bulsa. Caya, nagpapaaragaw sira san puesto.

            Dapat maraw-ay sira.  Cay masuerte ngani kita sa Bulusan cay may sayo na Elio Fuentes na nagsacripisyo sin sobra 20 anyos dahil sa pagmaculog sa ato bungto nan mga pobre na cabubungto na wara man sin personal na pakinabang para sa caniya. Oras na mauyam si Elio nan pabayaan an mga proyecto san Damayan-Buluseño sa Bulusan, daghanon an maapectohan.  Mawawara an scholarship, an libre na pagpabulong, pagpatipo nan pagpaturi nan mga regalo con Pasko na puro pobre na pamilya an nakinabang.

            Diri man nira malauman an mga pulitico cay nadaop hamoc con macampanya para aguyon sira sin mga pangaco na puro cabubuwaan nan bacalon an canira boto, tapos na an canira serbisyo.

                                                                                                NAME WITHHELD UPON REQUEST

 

            

BNHS Founder/Site Donor Clarifies Issues 

            We will please recall that on 18th January 2000, Mrs. Concesa G. Montenegro and Albertini G. Montenegro executed a Deed of Donation in favor of the Local Government of Bulusan (LGU-Bulusan) for the purpose of establishing a secondary school in the said municipality – it being a requirement that a land owned by the LGU be donated to the Dep-Ed before any school may be established.  Prior to the execution of the Deed of Donation, there had been several representations made to Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro and his family by the former Dep-Ed & LGU officials to assist the LGU-Bulusan for its acquisition of land.  Several meetings transpired and a memorandum of agreements was forged that prompted Albertini Montenegro and his mother to execute the above mentioned Deed of Donation in favor of the LGU-Bulusan.

            A careful perusal of the Deed of Donation instantly reveals that what was contemplated was a conditional donation to the LGU-Bulusan.  But since the LGU officials were willing to honor the forged agreements, it also imposed the conditions when it executed the Deed of Donation in favor of Dep-Ed.  These conditions in summary, were as follows:

1.       That the area will be used for the purpose of establishing a secondary school;

2.       That Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro, whose permanent item is as Guidance Counselor-I at Magallanes National Vocational High School will be detailed pending the DBM release of new item for teachers in Bulusan National High School and to have priority for appointment as Head thereat;

3.       That Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro and his heirs will be given the exclusive rights to operate the school canteen.

Meanwhile, the wording of the Deed of Donation (executed by Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro and Mrs. Concesa G. Montenegro in favor of the LGU-Bulusan) does not categorically state conditions 2 and 3, the same appeared in the Deed of Donation executed by the LGU of Bulusan in favor of the Dep-Ed.

The Dep-Ed and LGU-Bulusan, in its desire to fulfill the second condition, arranged that the undersigned be transferred immediately to Bulusan National High School and be designated as the TIC thereof, with the additional task of assisting the LGU-Bulusan in establishing the proposed Bulusan National High School.  Verily, it is in the interest of Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro to actively participate in the establishment of the said Bulusan National High School, considering that this will allow him to be closer to his family.  This was the clear intention of the Deed of Donation aside from the desire of Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro and his mother to open a public secondary school.  The assignment of Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro made [up for] everything up to the time that Bulusan National High School was approved by the Secretary of Education.  Lest it be forgotten, that Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro was impleaded as one of the respondents in the application for a restraining order filed at the instance of the Directress of Jose S. Reyes Memorial Institute to perpetually restrain him, together with the other respondents from opening Bulusan National High School.

Truly, Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro was only detailed as teacher-in-charge of Bulusan National High School but it appeared that it was in the interest of the LGU-Bulusan to have the school established by way of approval from the Dep-Ed Secretary and eventually by legislation.  On the other hand, Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro does not deny the fact that it is his interest that the school be approved so that the said school may be provided with the positions, and eventually he would be transferred permanently.

His utmost desire was to establish Bulusan National High School as requested by the LGU-Bulusan.  He may have conditions set forth but the fact remains that MR. ALBERTINI G. MONTENEGRO had immensely contributed to the establishment of Bulusan National High School.  This is a clear indication that LGU-Bulusan refuses to honor the agreements forged by the previous incumbents.

*Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro was permanently transferred to Macabari National High School in Barcelona, Sorsogon and has been designated Teacher-in-Charge.

*His two children Christian Rey Montenegro and Kristine Joy Montenegro are presently studying at Buhang National High School.

(Albertini G. Montenegro)

 

(Note: A few days after we received the above article, we also received another one from a supporter of the concerned school.  We will be publishing such in the next issue of this Gazette.  Ed.)

 

Vol. XV No.10 (November - December 2003)

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