Monday, January 30, 2006

On Construction

On Construction
After the morning Mass, I spoke to one regular donor concerning the undergoing construction of the multi-purpose hall. I explained to her that I want to finish it before my term lapse. The bishop has announced that on January 2007 there will be a general reshuffle. However, I do not want to haste the process without proper consultations. The second floor of the said building is not yet finished. I acknowledge her generosity in trying to finish the building which according to his welder will only require P250,000.00 for steel trusses . However, the architect whom the parish commissioned believes otherwise. According to the architect, it will require at around P 740,000.00 for the steel trusses with corrugated roof and P820,000.00 for the cement slab. The parish has P150,000.00 only on its hand. I am requiring her to submit the plan for the P250,000.00 which she believes is enough. She felt that I am not listening to her even though she could cash out another P100,000.00. I told her that, I am not turning down your offer but I do not want that this construction will push through without proper consultation from the experts. I might finish this project according to your terms but we have to see that safety of the people of God. This is a public building. If ever I could not finish this during my term, I believe, the next parish priest will continue it. So what’s the hurry?

Sunday, January 29, 2006

"He Taught with Authority"

Homily
Mk 1: 22
“He taught with authority”

Proclaiming the Good News of salvation is one of the most important and urgent task that we have to fulfill as Jesus Christ himself have told us to do. However, in today’s society where a lot of people are proclaiming the good news of salvation which sometimes holds opposite views, others are left in confusion and darkness.
On the other hand, there are people who are complaining that they are teaching what they believe are true were unheeded, what’s the problem?

The Lord is teaching us the example that we have to teach with authority unlike that of the way the scribes and Pharisees do. There are two things I would like to share.

First, The first reading from the book of Deuteronomy 18:15-20 that the Lord will send prophets as his spokesperson as a reaction to the request of the Israelites that they don’t want the Lord to talk to them as in the burning bush or in the face of Moises who are filled with heavenly life, They felt that they will die. They could not contain the holiness and power of God. It is then important that to teach in authority should come from the Lord. It is his words that will guide us through this life so that we could attain a life truly alive in this world and eternal life in heaven.
It connotes two things. One, the importance of the written word of God, the bible, this was discussed last Sunday as we celebrated the bible week. God speaks through the bible. Two, what about on some instances and issues that the bible is silence about and also on issues and circumstances which were not present during the Old and New Testament times. Issues that could be interpreted as vague or non existent. It is true that God is constantly speaking to us, but on what ground could we really say that it is God who speaks. The first reading is clear on that issue. He sends prophets. Who are the prophets of the present times? His ordained ministers, God speaks through his priests. God has make it a point that God’s word would not be watered down for He himself have cautioned those whom he sends to be careful for they will suffer His wrath for those whoever speak against Him or His message.

Second, when Jesus Christ commanded the devil to left the man in turmoil, the devil responded in accordance to the His words. There are fundamental truths that the devil accepts. There are truths that no one can deny. One may deny it but deep in their hearts they believe that they could not implicate otherwise. There are undeniable facts that no arguments can stand. A man who speaks with authority proclaims these facts with certainty.

Challenge. The parish’s thrust is based on five important values:
To promote the culture of life and to combat the culture of violence and death. All of use here surely believes it but to teach it with authority, we must forget vengeance. It should start with our thoughts that no harm should be stumbling blocks to attain this reality. Vengeance should be crossed out as our means to find solutions for what others have caused us and to our families. Every time, I celebrate in the funeral rites of who’s been a victim of violence and murder, id do not forget to utter this reminder. So do the same as you speak to one another. Do not console the bereaved family by offering your help by this means of actions on your part or even insinuate that you have friends that could do the job.
On married life and strengthening of family values. No children will believe that they are loved by their parents when you parents do not rear them. Parents sometimes complain that they were not been followed by their children. But when they asked them, who took care of your children when they are infants, they responded their lolos and lolas (grandparents). When you want to speak with authority you should rear your children form the start they saw the light in this world.
On Environment. We saw the destructive power of nature in our midst. But, if you will not stop cutting trees without replacing them. When you cut one tree, you should replace them not lesser than two.
On the faithfulness of Church workers. The second reading ( 1Corintians 7:32-35) acknowledges the contributions of those who work for the vineyards of the Lord. You should be the good example by living a humble and holy life.
On priests, The second reading explains why the church opted that priests should not marry. Well, St. Paul did not make it as a compulsory requirement. He recommends it so that priests could concentrate on the proclamation of the Word of God. This parish has experienced more than any other parishes the problem of priests but I challenge you to produce more priests coming from your family. This is the best way that you could understand the life of a priest.

My dear brethren, to speak with authority is to heed the words of Our God through his written word and through the guidance of His ordained ministers and to proclaim the fundamental truths that even the devil could not argue.

Prex Seminar

Prex Seminar
There are about ten faithful who are supposed to go for confession as part of their preparation for the confirmation which is a requirement before marriage. However, there is some misunderstanding between my secretary and secretary of the parish where the confirmation should take place. So, it was reschedule for the next Sunday.

The three day prex seminar concluded today with 34 candidates who finished it. 18 male and 16 female. I am hoping that they will be a great transformation in their lives as well as in their cooperation to the programs of the parishes. We need more workers in the vineyard of the Lord.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Barrio Masses

Barrio Masses
One of regular schedule is barangay masses during Saturday afternoon as an anticipated mass. I have 17 more upland villages. At least, I am trying to attend to them once a month. Today’s schedule is Calangay, Tungkod and Cambuja. I asked Fr. Frederick of the Servants of the Poor to attend the Mass in tungkod. Cambuja and Calangay are both thirty minutes from poblacion. Extraordinary ministers of the Holy Communion attend the Bible service with communion in Calangay in other weeks.

Though they are 30 minutes away from the poblacion, the problem lies on transportation and road. There are unpaved roads in between those areas and the fare is beyond the means of some faithful.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Deus Caritas Est

Deus Caritas Est

Bob declined the subject of the latest instruction of the Vatiacan for the formation of seminarians concerning this month's article for one of the Catholic Website. I understand his position. It is one of the most controversial instructions of the Vatican that generate a lot of reaction from the far left and far right sides within the Catholic circles.

So, I decided to submit the latest Encyclical "Deus caritas est" instead which he immediately approved. This is the first encyclical of Pope Benedict VI which will guide the Church on his perspective in the governance of the Catholic Church as her Pontiff. I am now making the schemata of the said encyclical as the basis of my article. I hope to finished the said article as a commentary of the said encyclical before the end of this month.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Brownouts/Blackouts

Brownouts

Brownouts is a common phenomena in this part of the country. During my first months here, it has greatly affected me, because I was not used to it. This is Philippines, we are encountering occasional brownouts, but, here it is a pain in the butt. From time to time, the power is randomly cut off. Some residents suspected that this is the way power company works here to generate more income. I will not state what electric company is serving us. I do not want to go to court for litigation. Now, I realized that there is nothing I can do about it. Patience is the only thing that comes to my mind.

The parish have an “antique” power generator, but it is under repair. It usually bog down. I would like to buy a new one but the parish have no money to purchase one.

Lord, Give me the serenity to accept things I cannot change.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Volunteerism

Volunteerism

Life is full of opportunities and the internet has enhanced it one way or another. Surfing the internet, one day, I encountered websites that are looking for volunteers. I applied to one of them, www.masstimes.org. Bob, the person who replied to my application told me that for ten years of website’s existence, I am the first priest who volunteered for the position.

Well, generally, it is not the primary preoccupation of priests. However, personally, I would like to extend my knowledge beyond my parish work without physically leaving it. (Leaving my parish will surely require a lot of time and resources. I am now assigned to a far-flung area of the province of Laguna, Philippines. A two (2) hour drive is needed to reach the nearest city). I am quite excited in volunteering because it could be one of my barometers on knowing what really my other talents are and how could I relate and respond to the global world. As a parish priest, especially here in the Philippines, nobody really weigh you because they admire you in entering such vocation. There are parishioners who are outspoken and frank but they can be numbered not more than by your fingers

Secondly, my time has come to explore more of other possibilities that before were unattended. A realization that time has passed away so fast and there is much to be done and seeing that what you have contributed is not enough. There is a time to wake up and make up.

So, www.masstimes.org is offering me to write a series of articles but Bob do not know yet the exact idea about it. I am now reflecting on specific subject which will relate effectively to the catholic faithful in the global community.


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Monday, January 23, 2006

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Pacquiao's Victory, Victory of Filipino Spirit

A day after Manny Pacquiao non title bout over Morales of Mexico, the hype continues. The Jubilation continous. The Filipino people celebrates his victory. His victory becomes our victory.

Ever since the fight was schedules, most Filipinos are excited to see the fight and confident that this time Manny will win.

During the fight, aside from the regular tv feed, some movie houses open one of their cinemas for the screening of the fight live for 300 pesos. Some cockpit arena do the same for 200 pesos. There are municipalities who installed a wide screen in town plaza for public viewing, free of charge.

For me, what is important is the inspiration that Manny has given should be the potent force to steer not only the athletes but the whole Filipino people to strive more to attain a sense of confidence upwards to alleviate the present economic, political and spiritual situation of the country.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Canonical Interview

Canonical Interview

Canonical interview for couple who wishes to be married is part of my second and fourth Sunday of the month schedule. Though Sunday is a hectic day for a priest it is also the reasonable day for couples who are free on Sundays and working during weekdays.

There are five couples scheduled today. Some of them are already living together as husbands and wives. When asked why they preferred to live together before the ceremony of marriage. They responded that they were not prepared then financially. It is a matter of fact that financial reason is part and partial of marriage preparation. However the psychological, spiritual and moral aspects should not be overshadowed on the process. This is just one of the indications that the church specifically the parish should keep an eye on and offer remedies.

One of my fellow parish priest once commented on the issue that his experience is worse than mine. Simply, because, though on my experience, marriage is quite late as expected on Christian standard, his parish is experiencing lesser marriages. They don’t get married, they just live together.

Filipino culture as well as Christian teachings give importance on the value of family is under threat. Culture, religion and society are losing their grip on the new generation. Young generations are bold to take actions without considering the broader consequences.

To approach the problem, I believe, is to let the next generation know and fell the consequences “graphically” by presenting to them a present situation which corresponds to the teachings of the church which could be found in their own milieu.

National Bible Sunday 2006

Homily on the National Bible Week 2006

Every Sunday after the celebration of Sto. Niňo, we celebrates the national Bible Week. God is inviting us to read, reflect, put into action and share the Word of God. God speaks to us in many ways but we must appreciate also the written one – the Sacred Scriptures.

Proclaiming The Good News of salvation is an unending story. Since creation, God constantly proclaim himself in our midst which come into fulfillment in our Lord Jesus Christ.
There are two things, I would like to share.

First, there is a need to intensify our effort to know the Sacred Scriptures. Ussually, I include in the farewell message to the married couples during weddings that they might find the proper guidance in their life by constantly reading, hearing and reflecting the written Word of God. In the beginning of psalms clearly speaks that anyone who follow the law of the Lord –the Bible – is like a tree planted near the streams who is constanly nourished and bear fruits abundantly. We must learn the bible because it will open us to a horizon to understand better our purpose of life. Just as we sung the psalm during the mass because we would like to experience the spirit the psalms would like to impart on us as David sung it .

Second, God continuously calls for people to proclaim the Good News, from Jonah to Simon, Andrew, John and James. Though preaching is primarily the work of the priest, it is not contained to them. Today, lay, were given space to help unburdened this task to spread the Good News of salvation and to safeguard any error. The second Vatican Council encourage the greater participation of the laity.

Challenge.
Let us grab all opportunity to study the Word of God, seminars, bible study, prayer meetings, bibliarasal and other such activities. Be attentive in our celebration of Sunday masses. Every masses, we have the first reading, responsorial psalm, second reading, and the Gospel, the Word of God is spoken to us. If only, we attend the Sunday masses for the three consecutive years is tantamount of reading the whole of the Sacred Scripture. Parents can expose their child through the use of the Bible, teaching them of the proper usage. Reflecting with them by reading a passage or a paragraph.

God is also calling people like Jonahs and Peters of the present life. It does not necesarily follows that it is only for the vocation of priesthood or religious life. Today, more laymen are becoming aware and participating in the proclamation of thr Good News by voluntering on the parish activities such as on ministry of the Word of God. We need more volunters for such endeavour.

Office of the President

General Information

Office of the President
Malacañang Palace
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel,
Manila NCR 1005
+63 (2) 735 6201 / (2) 564 1451 to 80
http://www.op.gov.ph


Contact Information

H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
President
Malacañang Palace
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel
Manila 1005
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Mobile:
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Hon. Eduardo R. Ermita
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Premier Guest House,
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Manila 1005
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Mobile:
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Hon. Alberto G. Romulo
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
11/F DFA Bldg.,
Roxas Boulevard,
Pasay City
Voice:+63 (2) 834-3010
Fax:+63 (2) 832-1597
osec@dfa.gov.ph

Hon. Margarito B. Teves
Secretary of Finance
6/F DOF Bldg.,
Roxas Blvd.,
Manila 1004
Voice:+63 (2) 523-9219; +63 (2) 523-9215
Fax:+63 (2) 521-9495
hotline@dof.gov.ph

Hon. Raul M. Gonzalez
Secretary of Justice
DOJ Main Bldg.,
Padre Faura Street,
Manila 1004
Voice:+63 (2) 521-8344; +63 (2) 521-3271
Fax:+63 (2) 521-1614
sad@doj.gov.ph

Hon. Arthur C. Yap
Secretary of Agriculture
4/F DA Annex Bldg.,
Diliman,
Quezon City 1104
Voice:+63 (2) 920-4358; +63 (2) 920-4323;
Fax:+63 (2) 926-6426


Hon. Manuel M. Bonoan
OIC of Public Works and Highways
Room 202, DPWH Bldg.,
Bonifacio Drive, Port Area,
Manila 1018
Voice:+63(2)304-3300;
Fax:+63 (2) 304-3020
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Hon. Jesli A. Lapus
Secretary of Education
2/F Rizal Bldg.,
University of Life Meralco Avenue,
Pasig City 1605
Voice:+63 (2) 633-7208; +63 (2) 633-7228
Fax:+63(2) 636-4876
osec@deped.gov.ph

Hon. Arturo D. Brion
Secretary of Labor and Employment
2/F DOLE Executive Bldg.,
San Jose Street, Intramuros
Manila 1002
Voice:+63 (2) 527-2116; +63 (2) 527-2118
Fax:+63 (2) 527-3494
osec@dole.gov.ph

Hon. Hermogenes G.. Ebdane, Jr.
Secretary of National Defense
Room 301, DND Bldg.,
Camp Aguinaldo, EDSA,
Quezon City 1110
Voice:911-0488; 911-1746;
Fax:+63 (2) 911-6213


Hon. Francisco T. Duque III
Secretary of Health
2/F DOH Bldg., San Lazaro Compound,
Sta. Cruz,
Manila 1014
Voice:+63 (2) 743-6393
Fax:+63 (2) 743-1829
ftduque@co.doh.gov.ph

Hon. Peter B. Favila
Secretary of Trade and Industry
4/F BOI Bldg.,
385 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue,
Makati City 1200
Voice:+63 (2) 899-7450
Fax:+63 (2) 896-1166
pbfavila@boi.gov.ph

Hon. Nasser C. Pangandaman AL HADJ
Secretary for Land Reform
DLR Bldg.,
Diliman,
Quezon City 1104
Voice:+63 (2) 920-0380; +63 (2) 928-3979
Fax:+63 (2) 929-3088


Hon. Angelo T. Reyes
Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources
2/F DENR Bldg.,
Visayas Avenue,
Quezon City 1104
Voice:+63 (2) 928-0691 to 93; loc.2003 loc.2008
osec@denr.gov.ph

Hon. Joseph H. Durano
Secretary of Tourism
Room 405, DOT Bldg.,
T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita
Manila 1000
Voice:+63 (2) 524-1751; +63 (2) 525-4102
Fax:+63 (2) 521-7374
jadurano@tourism.gov.ph

Hon. Leandro R. Mendoza
Secretary of Transportation and Communications
16/F, Columbia Tower,
Ortigas Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1555
Voice:+63 (2) 726-7125; +63 (2) 726-7110
Fax:+63 (2) 726-7104
seclrm@dotc.gov.ph

Hon. Esperanza I. Cabral
Secretary of Social Welfare and Development
Batasang Pambansa Complex
Quezon City 1126
Voice:+63 (2) 931-7916; +63 (2) 931-8068
Fax:+63 (2) 931-8191
eicabral@dswd.gov.ph

Hon. Raphael PM. Lotilla
Secretary of Energy
4/F DOE Bldg., PNPC Complex,
Meritt Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig,
Metro Manila 1634
Voice:+63 (2) 840-2286
Fax:+63 (2) 840-1731
rpmlotilla@doe.gov.ph

Hon. Estrella F. Alabastro
Secretary of Science and Technology
2/F DOST Main Bldg., DOST Compound,
Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig,
Metro Manila 1633
Voice:+63 (2) 837-2939
Fax:+63 (2) 837-2937
efa@dost.gov.ph

Hon. Rolando G. Andaya
Secretary of Budget and Management
G/F, DBM Bldg. I,
Gen. Solano St., San Miguel,
Manila 1005
Voice:+63 (2) 735-4927; +63 (2) 735-4926
Fax:+63(2) 735-4936
etb@dbm.gov.ph

Hon. Romulo L. Neri
Director General, National Economic and Development Authority
6/F NEDA Bldg., Blessed Josemaria Escriva Drive,
Ortigas Center,
Pasig City
Voice:+63 (2) 631 3716; +63 (2) 631 3722
Fax:+63 (2) 631 3747; +63 (2) 631 3752
rlneri@neda.gov.ph

Hon. Ignacio R. Bunye
Press Secretary & Presidential Spokesman
3rd Floor, New Executive Building
Malacañang,
Manila 1005
Voice:+63 (2) 734-5259
Mobile:
Fax:+63 (2) 735-6167
www.ops.gov.ph

Hon. Norberto B. Gonzales
National Security Adviser and Director-General, NSC
National Security Council, NICA Compound,
V. Luna St. corner East Avenue
Quezon City 1104
Voice:+63 (2) 929-0414
Mobile:
Fax:+63 (2) 927-2313
nsmc@info.com.ph

Hon. Renato L. Ebarle
Presidential Chief of Staff - Undersecretary
2/F, Mabini Hall
Manila 1005
Voice:+63 (2) 734-9063
Fax:+63 (2) 734-5978


Hon. Bayani F. Fernando
Chairman Metro Manila Development Authority
Metro Manila Development Authority
EDSA corner Orense Street, Guadalupe
Makati 1211
Voice:+63 (2) 882 0889
Mobile:
Fax:+63 (2) 882 0876
chairman_bfmmda@yahoo.com

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Political Adviser
Ground Floor, Premier Guest House , Malacañang
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila 1005

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Office of the Vice President
Philippine International Convention Center
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City NCR 1307
+63 (2) 832 7554/59;832 7548
http://www.ovp.gov.ph


Contact Information

H.E. Noli L. De Castro
Vice-President, Chairman HUDCC, Co-Chairman NAPC, Presidential Adviser on OFW's
PICC, CCP Complex
Roxas Boulevard
Pasay 1307
Voice:+63 (2) 832-7548 / (2) 832-7554/59
Fax:+63 (2) 721 0682
mis@hudcc.gov.ph

Atty. Jesse H. T.. Andres
Chief of Staff
OVP, PICC, CCP Complex
Roxas Boulevard
Pasay 1307
Voice:+63 (2) 831-2616 / (2) 551-3897
Fax:+63 (2) 831-2618
vpkabayan@fastmail.fm

Atty. Raul M. Luna
Deputy Chief of Staff
PICC, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard,
Pasay City 1307
Voice:831-6572 / 891-8701
Fax:891-8701


Atty. Rodolfo Ma. A. Ponferrada
Asst. Chief of Staff
OVP, PICC, CCP Complex
Roxas Boulevard
Pasay 1307
Voice:831-6572 / 891-8701
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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Religion and Politics

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Department of Finance

General Information

Department of Finance
DOF Building
Roxas Boulevard corner P. Ocampo Street
Manila NCR 1004
+63 (2) 521 2948
http://www.dof.gov.ph


Contact Information

Hon. Margarito B. Teves
Secretary
6/F Executive Tower, BSP Complex,
Roxas Boulevard
Manila 1004
Voice:(632) 523 9215 / 526 8474


Hon. Roberto B. Tan
Undersecretary, International Finance Group
5th Flor Executive Tower Bldg
BSP Complex
Manila 1004
Voice:(632) 523 9911 / 526 9960
Fax:
rbtan@dof.gov.ph

Hon. Corazon Delos Santos
Undersecretary, Corporate Affairs Group
5F DOF Building
Roxas Blvd. corner P. Ocampo St.
Manila 1004
Voice:(632) 400-6882 / 524-5221 / 525-1313
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Fax:


Hon. Gil S. Beltran
Undersecretary, Domestic Finance Group and Legislative Liaison
4th flr., Executive Tower Bldg.,
BSP complex
Manila 1004
Voice:(632) 523-5671 / 523-5671
gbeltran@dof.gov.ph

Hon. Gabriel R. Singson, Jr
Undersecretary, Privatization and Office of Special Concerns
6th flr., Executive Tower Bldg.
BSP complex
Manila 1004
Voice:(632) 523-5727 / (632) 526-2298
gsingson@dof.gov.ph

Hon. Jeremias N. Paul
Assistant Secretary, Corporate Affairs Group
5th flr., Executive Tower Bldg.,
BSP complex
Manila 1004
Voice:(632) 523-9222
Fax:(632) 523-9216
jpaul@dof.gov.ph

Hon. Ma. Eleanor F. Dela Cruz
Assistant Secretary, Policy Development and Management Services Group
7th flr., EDPC Bldg.,
BSP complex
Manila 1004
Voice:(632) 526-8459
Fax:(632) 526-8459
efc@dof.gov.ph

Hon. Carlito P. Yu
Assistant Secretary, Policy Development and Management Services Group
5th flr., Executive Tower Bldg
BSP complex
Manila 1004
Voice:(632) 523-9222
Fax:(632) 523-9216
cyu@dof.gov.ph




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Department of Environment and Natural Resources
DENR Building
Visayas Avenue, Diliman
Quezon City NCR 1104
+63 (2) 929 6626 to 35
http://www.denr.gov.ph


Contact Information

Hon. Angelo T. Reyes
Secretary
2/F DENR Building
Visayas Avenue, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:(2) 928 0691 to 93 loc 2003, 2008, 2135, 2201, 210
Fax:(2) 928-0691
osec@denr.gov.ph

Vivian R.. Puno
Head Executive Assistant
Visayas Avenue
Diliman
Quezon City
Voice:+63 (2) 926-2672; 2012/2013/2144
Fax:+63 (2) 924-25-40
hea@denr.gov.ph

Hon Francisco S.. Bravo
Sr. Undersecretary and Chief of Staff
DENR Building, Visayas Avenue
Diliman
Quezon City
Voice:+63 (2) 9296626 loc 2234
usecrbc@denr.gov.ph

Jose Jr. N.. Ferrer
OIC-Undersecretary for Management and Technical Services
DENR Building, Visayas Avenue
Diliman
Quezon City
Voice:+63 (2) 929-6633 to 35 loc 2113/2056
usecmts@denr.gov.ph

Demetrio L.. Ignacio
Undersecretary for Planning, Policy, Research and Legislative Affairs
DENR Building, Visayas Avenue
Diliman,
Quezon City
Voice:+63 (2) 929-6633 to 35 loc. 2028
usecppo@denr.gov.ph

Manuel D.. Gerochi
Undersecretary for Land Management
DENR Building, Visayas Avenue
Diliman
Quezon City
Voice:+63 (2) 928-78-61 loc. 2019
Fax:+63 (2) 926-25-67
usecnccc@denr.gov.ph

Ramon J.P.. Paje
Undersecretary for Mines and Geosciences
DENR Building, Visayas Avenue
Diliman
Quezon City
Voice:+63 (2) 9296626 Local 2151-2028
Fax:+63 (2) 926-47-01


Armi Jane R. Borje
Undersecretary for Legal
DENR Building, Visayas Avenue
Diliman
Quezon City
Voice:+63 (2) 9296626 loc 2218


Roy V. Kyamko
OIC,Undersecretary for National Anti-Environment Crime Task Force
DENR Building, Visayas Avenue
Diliman
Quezon City
Voice:+63 (2) 9296626, +63 (2) 929-66-33 to 35 loc 2155



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Department of Education

General Information

Department of Education
University of Life Complex
Meralco Avenue
Pasig City NCR 1605
+63 (2) 632 1361
http://www.DepEd.gov.ph


Contact Information

Hon. Jesli A. Lapus
*Secretary
2/F Rizal Building I, University of Life,
Meralco Avenue
Pasig City
Voice:+63 (2) 633 7208 / 633 7228 / 634 1925
Mobile:
Fax:+63 (2) 636 4876 / 637 6209
osec@deped.gov.ph

Hon. Fe A. Hidalgo
Undersecretary for Programs & Projects
University of Life Complex
Meralco Avenue
Pasig City
Voice:+63 (2) 687 4146 / 633 7202 loc 2102, 2106
Fax:+63 (2) 636 4879
fahidalgo@deped.gov.ph

Hon. Ramon C. Bacani
Undersecretary for Regional Operations
University of Life Complex
Meralco Avenue
Pasig
Voice:+63 (2) 633 7203 loc 2006
Fax:+63 (2) 631 8492
rcbacani@deped.gov.ph

Hon. Manaros B. Boransing
Undersecretary for Mindanao Affairs
Voice:+63 (2) 633 7207 / 637 4211
mbboransing@deped.gov.ph

Hon. Juan Miguel Luz
Undersecretary for Finance and Administration
University of Life Complex
Meralco Avenue
Pasig
Voice:+63 (2) 633 9342
Fax:+63 (2) 631 9640
jmluz@deped.gov.ph

Atty. Franklin C. Sunga
Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Legislative Liaison
University of Life Complex
Meralco Avenue
Pasig
Voice:+63 (2) 633 7266
Fax:+63 (2) 633 7259
fcsunga@deped.gov.ph

Hon. Antonio A. Inocentes
Undersecretary - Presidential Assistant for Education
University of Life Complex
Meralco Avenue
Pasig
Voice:+63 (2) 632-1361 to 71
Fax:+63 (2) 633 7231
aainocentes@deped.gov.ph

Dr. Vilma L. Labrador
Assistant Secretary for Programs and Projects
Voice:+63 (2) 632-1361 TO 71
Fax:+63 (2) 636 4876
vllabrador@deped.gov.ph

Hon. Lilia Z. Roces
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Development
Voice:+63 (2) 633 7257 / 636 4997 loc 2125
Fax:+63 (2) 637 6204
rsd@deped.gov.ph

Hon. Camilo Miguel M. Montesa
Assistant Secretary For Legal Affairs and Chief of Staff
Voice:+63 (2) 633 7205 / 633 7259
Fax:+63 (2) 633 1940
cmmmontesa@deped.gov.ph

Hon. Jesus G.. Galvan
Assistant Secretary for Budget and Financial Affairs
Voice:+63 (2) 633 7231 loc 2119
Fax:+63 (2) 633 7259
jggalvan@deped.gov.ph



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Department of Budget and Management

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Department of Budget and Management
General Solano Street
San Miguel
Manila NCR 1005
+63 (2) 735 4926
http://www.dbm.gov.ph


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Hon. Rolando G. Andaya, Jr
Secretary
G/F DBM Building, General Solano Street
San Miguel
Manila 1005
Voice:+63(2) 735-4926; 735-4927
Fax:+63(2) 735 4936
etb@dbm.gov.ph

Hon. Mario L. Relampagos
Undersecretary, Operations Group
General Solano Street
San Miguel
Manila 1005
Voice:(2) 735 4874
Fax:(2) 735 4872
mlr@dbm.gov.ph

Hon. Laura B.. Pascua
Undersecretary
General Solano Street San Miguel
Manila 1005
Voice:+63 (02) 735-1606; 735-4980
Fax:+63 (02) 735-1955
lpascua@dbm.gov.ph, laurapascua@yahoo.com

Hon. Luis C. Liwanag II
Undersecretary
General Solano Street
San Miguel
Manila 1005
Voice:+63 (2) 735-4920; 735-1649
Fax:+63 (2) 735-4907
leconlouph@yahoo.com

Evelyn V. Guerrero
Assistant Secretary
Voice:+63 (02) 735-1935; 735-4947
Fax:+63 (2) 735-1990
evelyn.guerrero@dbm.gov.ph

Hon. Eduardo P. Opida
Assistant Secretary
Voice:+63 (02) 735-1981; 735-1650
Fax:+63 (02) 735-4845
eopida@dbm.gov.ph




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Department of Agrarian Reform

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Department of Agrarian Reform
Elliptical Road
Diliman,
Quezon City
63 (2) 928-7031 to 39
http://www.dar.gov.ph


Contact Information

Hon Nasser C. Pangandaman
OIC-Secretary
Elliptical Rd.,
Diliman
Quezon City
Voice:63 (2) 9200380; 63 (2) 9283979
Fax:63 (2) 9293088
nasserp@dar.gov.ph

Usec Nestor R. Acosta
Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and Legal Affairs Office
Elliptical Road
Diliman
Quezon City
Voice:63 (2) 926-1141
Fax:63 92) 927-1293
nestorra@dar.gov.ph

Usec Jeffrey M. Galan
Undersecretary for Finance, Management and Admin. Office
Elliptical Road
Diliman
Quezon City
Voice:63 (2) 929-3918
Fax:63 (2) 929-3918

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Department of Agriculture

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Department of Agriculture
Elliptical Road
Diliman
Quezon City NCR 1104
+63 (2) 928 8741 to 65
http://www.da.gov.ph


Contact Information

Hon. Arthur C. Yap
*Secretary
4/F DA Annex Building, Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:(2) 920 4323, 920 4358, 929 8183 local 2210
Fax:(2) 926 6426
sec_yap@da.gov.ph

Hon. Belinda A.. Gonzales
Undersecretary for Administration & Finance
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:(2) 928-70-11 to 13 local 2402, 2403, 2404
Fax:(2) 926 9172
gonzales@da.gov.ph

Hon. Cesar M. Drilon, Jr.
Undersecretary for Fisheries, Livestock and Regulation
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:(2) 926 8444 local 2218, 2219
Fax:(2) 926 8405
usec_drilon@da.gov.ph

Hon. Edmund J. Sana
Undersecretary for Operations
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:(2) 920 4079; 929 8189; 925 2151
Fax:(2) 926 7976
usec_sana@da.gov.ph

Hon. Jesus Emmanuel M. Paras
Undersecretary for Field Operations
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:(2) 928 9811
Fax:(2) 920 4068
usec_jemp@da.gov.ph

Hon. Segfredo R. Serrano
Undersecretary - Policy, Planning, Research and Regulation
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:(02) 929-8247; 928-8741 loc. 339
Fax:(02) 920-4087
asec_serrano@da.gov.ph

Hon. Salvador S.M.. Salacup
Assistant Secretary
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:(02) 928 7011 to 13 local 2405
Fax:(02) 926 9172
asec_salacup@da.gov.ph

Hon. Felix Jose S.. Montes
Assistant Secretary - Administration and Finance
Voice:920-4070 / 920-1772 / 928-8741 loc. 310/311/329
Fax:920-4068
fmontes@da.gov.ph

Catherine Mae C. Santos
Assistant Secretary - External and Legislative Affairs
Quezon City 1104
Voice:929-8229 loc 2224
Fax:929-8229
asec.santos@da.gov.ph


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Department of Land Reform

General Information

Department of Land Reform
Elliptical Road
Diliman
Quezon City NCR 1104
+63 (2) 928 7031
http://www.dar.gov.ph


Contact Information

Hon. Datu Nasser C. Pangandaman AL HADJ
*Secretary
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:(2) 920 0380, 928 3979
Fax:(2) 929 3088
nasserp@dar.gov.ph

Hon. Nestor R. Acosta
Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and Legal Affairs Office
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:(2) 926 1141
Fax:(2) 927 1293
nestorra@dar.gov.ph

Hon. Narciso B. Nieto
Undersecretary - Field Operations Office
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:(2) 926 8060
Fax:(2) 929 4101


Hon. Gerundio S. Madueño
Undersecretary - Support Services Office
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:+63(2) 928 6447; 454 2011; 928 6429; 454 2869
Fax:(2) 426 7648; 454 2027
gmadueno@dar.gov.ph

Hon. Jeffrey M. Galan
Undersecretary - Finance, Management and Administrative Office
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:(2) 929 3918
Fax:(2) 929 3918


Metalicop Unda
Undersecretary - Mindanao Operations & Indigenous People
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:(2) 925 4121


Renato F. Herrera
Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Group
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:(2) 926 1066
Fax:(2) 926 1066
renatoh@dar.gov.ph

Kashmir B. LEYRETANA
Assistant Secretary - Legislative Liaison Officer
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:+63(2) 925-4126
Fax:+63(2) 925-4126
kashmirl@dar.gov.ph

Rosalita T. Nuñez
Assistant Secretary - Mindanao Concerns & Special Projects
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:+63(2) 925 4126
Fax:+63(2) 925 4126


Delfin B. Samson
Assistant Secretary - Policy, Planning & Legal Affairs Office
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:+63(2) 928 5638
delfins@dar.gov.ph

Jim G. Coleto
Head, Executive Assistant
Elliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104
Voice:+63(2) 928 3642
jimc@dar.gov.ph

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

An Emergency

An Emergency

My plan this afternoon is to attend two birthdays, one in Calamba and the other in Biňan, both in Laguna. I was hoping to visit them and greet them but not all plan goes as expected. After lunch, one of my church workers approach asking me if they could borrow my FX van. It is an emergency. I was confused because I was hoping to leave also that afternoon but the problem is of great important than my iterinary, so I agreed to lent my mode of transportation and cancel my appointments. I telephoned them that I could not come to their birthday celebrations.

God’s way is so strange!

Since, I already asked my fellow priest of the neighboring town to substitute me for afternoon’s mass but I could not leave. I decided to spend an afternoon nap instead. At least, it gives me some rest.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Marriage Turned To Funeral

Marriage Turned To Funeral

After the wedding, Bro Ver Untalan went to me to ask a question. But, before he could speak, I reminded him of the responsibility as the chair couple of PREX. That they should attend the Novena mass and prayer in preparation for the PREX seminar. I told him also that they should make other activities between the seminar date.

I ask him then of his question, he asked me if I already heard the sad news. What news? I asked back. The groom to be who is scheduled to be married this coming 26th of this month was been murdered yesterday afternoon. Nine days before the marriage date, the atmosphere of celebration has turned to mourning and tragedy. No, I did not heard about it because of my hectic schedule yesterday. Information started coming in after the conversation. But the reason he came is that the bride to be came to him asking if they could still be married even the groom is dead. This thing happens in TV dramas and comedies not in real life. I told him that marriage is for the living, the dead doesn’t need it.

The teaching of the Catholic Church clearly states that wedding ceremony to be validly celebrated must be responded with two consented adults, willingly and freely announce their marriage vows. How could the dead speak for himself? Jesus Christ himself says that in heaven there is no need for marriage. That’s the famous phrase says “until death do as part.”

I sense that I have to prepare myself to speak clearly on this matter because there will be more people coming asking for the same question. That afternoon, the bride, along with the members of her families, sisters, brothers, aunties and friends came together imploring me to grant that the marriage ceremony be celebrated before the burial. I told them two things. First, the teaching of the Catholic Church as I have mention above, there are persons barred from receiving the sacrament of Matrimony, insane and the dead are among them. Second, knowing that the real problem of the bride is the shock of preparing for revelry and celebration turn to mourning, is basically the difficulty of accepting the truth of death. She is in the stage of denial. So I told her that common sense has play important part. “You are now undergoing tremendous pain, feeling that the whole world has crushed directly upon your head, but let us not add insult to injury. If I will performed your request, what good will it do? Nothing. Married or not love between you will never diminished that reality. The marriage is null and void per se. And most importantly, we will make a mockery of ourselves in the midsts of the public. It is sacrilegious in the eyes of God. Let us not put ourselves deeper in our lonely state. Marrying you and your dead groom will send a wrong signal not only to the public but specially to you, p[utting you to illusionary world that he is still alive.

After several minutes, her tears and sobering decreased. The impact of the tragedy is still there, at least the burden is somewhat lessen, I believe.

My investigation reveals that this tragic event becomes too complicated on knowing that the bride-to-be, Jonalyn Roldan, 26 years of age from Talangka, Sta. Maria, Laguna, child of Geronimo Roldan and Emilio Saludo is one month pregnant of the groom-to-be Emerlito De Chavez, 26 years old, resident of Bagumbayan, Sta. Maria Laguna, child of Clemente de Chavez and Leonida Lumbera. The suspect is Danilo Casal, the husband of the sister of the groom-to-be. The suspect is at large.
This murderous stint was caused only by bad joke.

After the New Year celebration, I performed funeral rites to a married couple who were the victim allegedly by the parents-in-law-to-be of their Son.

This is only some of the reason why I decided to compose a prayer dedicated to stop the culture of death and promote the culture of life. I posted that prayer here in this website.

Lord Jesus, help me, my heart is bleeding!!!

Valeriano and Bernadette Wedding

Valeriano and Bernadette Wedding

Early morning, Valeriano R. Dalisay, 25 years old of Talangka, Sta. Maria, Laguna and Bernadette B. Puzon, 20 years old of Tanal Rizal tie the knot for life. They arrive 35 minutes late from their schedule weeding of 7:00 this morning. We usually tell them to be punctual but bad habits are sometimes hard to break. I no longer get angry because it will only add wrinkles to my face.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

General Assembly of Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

General Assembly of Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

As spiritual director of the Vicarial Extra-Ordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion, I see to it that during the general assembly, I make myself available to attend the meeting. The Vicarial organization is composed of 5 neighboring parishes headed by the elected officers. The elected officers are: Bro. Ernesto D. delos Santos as president, Bro. Conrado S. Padilla as Vice-President, Bro. Geronico A. Santos as secretary, Bro. Diego Prinsipe as treasurer, Bro. Danilo S. Trinidad as Auditor, Bro. Leonilo A. Fernandez as public relation officer and Bro Ador Realweza as chairman n Committee on Piety. There are 65 lay Ministers of the Holy Communion within the Vicariate, 15 from it belongs to my parish. The General assembly happens only every quarter of the year for ongoing formation. We invite speakers for additional information on religious matters and further studies. Tonight’s speaker was Fr. Raul Matienzo who discussed the issue of Holy Communion’s spirituality and devotion.

Missionary Catechist of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus Sisters

Missionary Catechists of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters

After the 5:30 mass, I went to the convent of the Missionary Catechists of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters. The congregation is the only religious community in my parish. Their main apostolate is the administration of the only Catholic school in the vicariate. I celebrate Mass with them every third Tuesday of the month. They celebrate the Mass daily with the lay faithful. On every third Tuesday, I spend some moments with them to converse with them and to discuss matters that we might collaborate with in the religious activities of the parish and to exchange ideas and views especially in matters of faith. To enliven one’s vocation and to inspire one another and offer suggestion on problems one might encountered.

They are only three in this community, namely; Sr. Bernadette G. Abary from Famy, Laguna, Sr. Josefina J. Valencia of Lipa Batangas and Sr Rosemarie F. Siena of Buenavista Marinduque.

PREX

PREX

Usually, celebration of the Mass on Tuesday is on the morning. Today we celebrated the Holy Eucharist in the afternoon, 5:30, because in preparation for the prex seminar to be hold on January 27-29. But, the sad news is that I did not see any prex members during the Mass. It was moved for their favor but no one to claim the prize. I am restraining myself not to be angry.

Happy Birthday Happy!

Happy Birthday Happy!

I was informed by my secretary that the programmer I hired is celebrating her birthday today. She is now 24 of age. Her name is Edessa Corona nicknamed Happy. A graduate of computer programming in AMA Sta. Cruz. Married and had a Son.

For almost two years, she programmed the Parish Registry Program and the Parish Finance Program. Parish Registry Program is a digital counterpart of the Parish Registry Books which contains the baptismal, confirmation, marriage and death records of the parishioners. There are also some programs develop by other programmers but I am not satisfied. There are also foreign one but they are not suited to Philippine usage. Mine is practically the digital counterpart of the books. This is also tantamount to a digital copy of the original. The Parish Finance Program is still undergoing some polishing but it is almost finished. It is a program that contains the financial status of the parish.

We decided to have a little snacks this afternoon with pancit and soft drinks to celebrate with.

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Muti-purpose Hall


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Monday, January 16, 2006

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Pulong Mindanao

Pulong Mindanao

At around 8:30 am, we embarked to one of the sitio of Barangay Tungkod. We traveled for 30 minutes in a rough road by the car and started to walk in a stony path passing through seven rivers for almost half an hour to reach the chapel of Pulong Mindanao. The sitio is on the boundary of Sta. Maria Laguna and Tanay Rizal. It has a population of 80 voters. It has two classroms for grade level that houses all the elementary classes. Families who could afford to pay for their children to go for high school education go to Tanay for schooling. Conversing with the people, they told me that they opted for their children to send their children to Tanay instead for Sta. Maria because they need not to traverse the rivers which sometimes too deep to cross with. There is only one river but the path going to the town proper requires them to cross it seven times, There are no existing bridges not even a wooden one or made of bamboo.

It is not surprising that many of the populace have not even to visit the barrios of Sta. Maria. One companion, Manel Bondad, told me that he saw and visited many places but not this place though he was born and reared here in Sta. Maria. My company consists of the choir namely Jonathan Bondad, Kenneth Grajo, Joseph Andaya, Loyd Merabueno, Michael Umali, Kristian Sunggalang, John Javier and some women, Maria Lagonoy Celia Dimaano and Margie Real. Sis Maring Lagonoy who aged aboyt 62 decide to join the turf have accidentally slipped while crossing the river, she slipped facing down hurting her face. There is no such damaged but of course it hurts. I reprimanded my male companions to assists the ladies especially while crossing the rivers.

Reaching the chapel, the parishioner of the place offered a buco juice for the great delight of the group. I have to rest for more than fifteen (15) minutes before celebrating the Mass in honor of the Patron, Sto. Nino. They have to moved one day after because they could not find any priest along the adjacent parishes to attend for the fiesta. After the mass, I baptized three children. A simple meal followed afterwards. In this place it is a luxury to have a cold water to drink because until now there is no electricity. The basis form of transportation is walking and by the horse. After several minutes, we started going home. We reach the convent at 3:15 in the afternoon. I am too tired.

While resting, I tried to access the internet to post this blog but as usual, telephone lines and services is not as effective as in other parts of the province. We even experience electric power interruption in the late afternoon for less than an hour, These things are normal in my parish. Before, I got crazy when these things happen because I am not used to it. But for more than three years in this parish, it is one of the fact that you have to accept it or else you will really become crazy.

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Bills of Materials

Bills of Materials

After the Morning mass, I asked Michael de Guzman, the parish architect, to draw me the plan and bills of materials for the Roof of the multi-purpose hall. We are undergoing construction of the multi purpose hall which started more than a year ago and still unfinished. We rely on the generosity of the faithful to finished this project. Personally, there are two reasons for the said project. There is a need for the place for meetings, seminars and other functions. Second to bring up and enliven the Christian the spirit of the people that we could aim for higher things for the good of the community and of the parish.

The parish is one of the oldest parishes of the diocese. We have only 27,000 population though we have celebrated 402 years of Christianity. It has the biggest land area of any existing municipality of the province of Laguna. The church was destroyed in the 1970's by strong typhoon. It was hurriedly built to conform the modern standard almost wiping all the antiquities. The Church needs restoration and rebuilding but this is not yet the questioned at hand. We have two undergoing projects at hand, the multi purpose hall and the patio. We need to finished the multi-purpose hall before my term lapse. The bishop have reiterated last Christmas party that next year, january to be exact, there will be general reshuffle of assignments.

He submitted the bill of materials as follows

Project : Construction of 2-Storey Multi Purpose Hall
(Roof Deck Slab/2nd Floor Masonry Works)


Location : Nuestra Senora delos Angeles Parish Church
Sta. Maria Laguna

No. Description Unit Qty Unit Cost Total

I. Formworks
½ " thk plywood 100 pcs 570.00 57,000.00
2" x 4" x 12' cocolmr 8000 bf 10.00 80,000.00
2" x 4" x 20' cocolmr 1600 bf 10.00 16,000.00
4" cwn 50 kgs 35.00 1,750.00
3" cwn 50 kgs 35.00 1,750.00
1 ½ cwn 10 kgs 45.00 450.00

Sub Total P 156,950.00

No. Description Unit Qty Unit Cost Total

II. Reinforcement
020 x 10.5 M 15 pcs 1,050.00 15,750.00
020 x 9.0 M 35 pcs 875.00 30,625.00
020 x 7.5 M 29 pcs 750.00 21,750.00
020 x 6.0 M 38 pcs 620.00 23,560.00
012 x 10.5 M 70 pcs 370.00 25,900.00
012 x 9.0 M 70 pcs 285.00 19,950.00
010 x 7.5 M 65 pcs 260.00 16,900.00
010 x 6.0 M 200 pcs 165.00 33,000.00
#16 Tiewire 4 rolls 1600.00 6400.00

Sub Total P 200,235.00


No. Description Unit Qty Unit Cost Total

III. Concreting
Cement 500 Bags 180.00 90,000.00
Sand 30 M³ 400.00 12,000.00
Gravel 60 M³ 600.00 36,000.00

Sub Total P 138,000.00

No. Description Unit Qty Unit Cost Total

III. Masonry Works
5" Chb 1800 pcs 7.00 12,600.00
Cement 350 bags 180.00 63,000.00
Sand 20 M³ 400.00 8,000.00
010 Rebar 100 pcs 175.00 17,500.00
#16 Tiewire 5 kgs 40.00 200.00

Sub Total P 101,300.00



Mat’ls Cost P 596,485.00
Labor Cost P 208,769.75

Grand Total P 805,254.75
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Prayer for the Faithful of the Sta. Maria

Prayer for the Faithful of the Sta. Maria

For more than three (3) years, the congregation used during the post-communion prayer the Prayer for Priest except for some interruption for special occasion such as the preparation and celebration of the International Eucharistic Year and National Marian Year as well as of the prayer during the "Misa de Gallo". It is time also to attune the prayers for the special need of the parish. Yesterday, we start praying this prayer.

This prayer has the following intentions:

1. To stop the culture of violence and death

2. For faithfulness of married couples and families

3.Invironment

4. Church Leaders

5. Priests

Amang Makapangyarihan
Diyos ng Kasaysayan
Nagpapasalamat kami sa iyo sa biyaya ng buhay
at sa pagpapadala mo sa amin ng iyong anak
na nagbibigay ng buhay na walang hanggan.
Nawa’y mapahalagahan namin ang bigay mong buhay.
Matigil nawa ang kultura ng karahasan
at walang katuturan na patayan.
Ipadala mo ang Espiritu Santo upang
Bigyan mo kami ng malawak na pang-unawa
Na Makita ang solusyon sa aming mga suliranin
Sa pamamagitan ng mapayapang pamamaraan.

Diyos ng pag-ibig
Ibinigay mo ang iyong anak na si Hesus sa kaligtasan
Ng sangkatauhan at ipinakita mo ito sa larawan
Ng Banal na pamilya. Maria, Jose at Hesus.
Patatagin mo ang pagmamahalan
Ng bawat mag-asawang kristiyano.
Nawa’y ang pagmamahalan nila ay
Maging katulad ng pagmamahal
Ni Kristo sa kanyang simbahan.
Gabayan mo ang mga magulang na
Magampanan nila ng mahusay
ang kanilang tungkulin, sa kanilang mga anak
Upang hubugin sila bilang mabubuting mamamayan
At Kristiyanong katoliko.
Turuan mo ang mga anak na maging mapagmahal
At masunurin sa kanilang mga magulang
At nakatatanda katulad ng Batang si Hesus. Ang Sto. Niño.

Diyos ng kalikasan,
Nilikha mo ang lahat ng bagay para sa ikabubuti ng tao.
Turuan mo kaming igalang ang kalikasan, at
Magamit namin ang iyong mga nilikhang bagay
Ng walang pag-aabuso, para sa aming kabutihan
At sa susunod na generasyon.
Alam namin na ang paglapastangan sa kalikasan
Ay magbabadya ng kapahamakan sa amin.

Idinudulog namin sa iyo ang aming parokya
Ang mga namumuno at miyembro sa bawa’t
Organisasyong pang-simbahan upang gabayan
Nila sa mga programang pastoral upang
Lalong maramdaman ang iyong pagpapala.

Ipinapanalangin din namin ang mga pari
Upang manatili silang maging mga banal
At mahuhusay na instrumento ng iyong
Pagpapala at pagliligtas.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan
ni Hesu-kristong aming Panginoon at Tagapagligtas
sa tulong ng Espiritu Santo.

San Lorenzo Ruiz
Ipanalangin mo kami
Nuestra Señora delos Angeles
Ipanalangin mo kami

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Homily on the Feast of Sto. Nino

Feast of Sto. Niňo.
3rd Sunday of January 2006.
Homily.
Humility and Defense.


Today, we celebrate the Feast of Sto. Niňo. An image and reality of a Christian God that let him be experienced as a child to teach us a lot of things but let me share two important things to attain eternal life.

First, the Lord teaches us the value of humility.
The world around us tells us that to be great means to be wealthy, well known or popular, to be pretty, to be handsome, to receive a lot of rewards and degrees on one’s field of expertise, etc.. However, the Lord tells us of another thing. To be the greatest is to be humble like a child. To be humble like a child is a prerequisite to eternal life.

Jesus, himself exemplifies this by emptying himself of being God by becoming a man. Why? God’s way of telling our very own consciousness that humility is an important ingredient in becoming great because He is the Greatest. Another thing, humility as an integral factor of seeing the truth that lies within experiences, people and faith. A child surely will tell you who really you are. Quite and simple. Provided this child is beyond the influence of adult that somehow blurred one’s insight to accommodate compromises and malice.

Second, never despise any of these little ones.
Infants and children are symbols of innocence, defenseless, downtrodden, and the have-nots. Despising anyone is not a Christian teaching but to despise any of these little ones will be punished more. It is adding insult to injury. An old friend once told me, despised anyone but never the poor because the little integrity left from them will be taken away. Once the little they have is taken away, they are ready to salvage it whatever might be the cause. They can kill for it. It is scary, huh! This is one of the realities that I have discovered in this little parish who happens to be notorious on killings. Since my arrival, we have prayed for this. We have to be careful, on how and what we say to our fellow man. I believe some of the killings that have occurred here resulted from simple words that somehow or another insulted another person that harbor hatred on their heart.

These two important issues challenges us to deepen our spirituality and enliven our fellowship as Christians.

Jesus is asking us to be child-like not childish. We must humble ourselves not only before God but also before one another. Humility let us see clearly as the child sees the truth in each and everyone of us. We let ourselves be seen as the way God see us.

Despise has many forms.
It is sad to say that there are people who took and are taking opportunity to the defenseless and the downtrodden. Are we, a generation too corrupt to take advantage on the weakness of other men and women. Seeing people taking advantaged of those who are suffering from psychological imbalance. Fooling people knowing that they are nice.
One striking experience, I have encountered, when I went to manila before Christmas. Along the boundary of Laguna and Rizal provinces, I saw many children along the highways asking for alms. Somebody commented, “it is Christmas time, maybe some commuters might pity their situation, one peso or ten is not a burden for somebody to give away for a cause”. (This is just one of the indications of worsening economic situation of the country. I am not against giving. My whole life depends on your generosity). My heart is pumping, would like to burst in anger. Not because of the present economic situation but more on the degradation of one’s integrity initiated by those who should defend most these little ones. Simply, because the parents of these children let them near the highways while cars, jeepneys, buses and trucks passed by endangering their safety. Are we that desperate? Is there nothing left on us that let our children on the brink of physical and moral destruction. Or is this the reality most of us would like to believe? After several minutes, maybe after three towns of Rizal, I saw Barrangay Tanod (Village Police) waving their hands asking also for alms. Well, this is not the worst scenario that one might encounter in this world, but we should not despise any on these “little ones”. Lest by their own parents.

We pray for humility, we pray that we might not despise anyone especially the little ones. We pray that we might have the strength to defend these little once.

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Bare as A Child

Bare as a Child




Starting a web blog on one of the busiest day of a parish priest, Sunday, is something an added workload. No! It is a blessing because I still have the energy to work on it inspite of the schedule.



Today, the Catholic Church all over the world celebrates the feast of the Holy Infant. We, Filipinos, the former colonies of Spain and Spanish speaking countries called it Sto. Niňo, the Holy Infant Jesus. In the Philippine setting, this celebration becomes too popular not only on Cebu City with its Sinulog Festival, IloIlo City with its Dinagyang Festival, Kalibo, Aklan with its Ati-Atihan Festival, Pagadian City with its Zambulahawan Festival, Cagayan de Oro with its Pachada Seňor , Butuan City with its Kahimunan Festival, but in almost all of the parishes. The image of the Sto. Niňo is one of the common images in every Filipino Catholic household.



Here in my parish, the celebration is headed by Hermano and Hermana, aided by the Knights of Columbus. This year’s Hermano and Hermana is Brother Reggie and Sister Lea Florendo (We call the laity or the faithful as brothers and sisters) of Bagong Pook, Sta. Maria, Laguna. Parents of two siblings, the youngest was been born during the first Novena Mass. Novena masses were offered before the feast day. After the second mass, a procession is held in Honor of the Sto. Niňo along the Poblacion’s main street. Fun games for children followed after the procession. The next Hermano and Hermana for the year 2007 are Bro. Serafim and Raquel Dita of Brgy. II, Sta. Maria, Laguna. By lot, they were selected from several couples who are devotees and would like to become sponsors of the event for the year.



To start a blog on this special occasion is very symbolical to me. Not because I planned it. For several years, I yearn to put my own website, but due to financial constrained it remained a dream to be fulfilled. So, I decided why not putting up a web blog instead. It is free. Thanks to blogger.com and for those who make it free, the readers and the sponsors. Let me go back to its symbolism. Today, I will start anew to bare my thoughts and inner being not only to the Lord (personal meditation and prayer is a part of my everyday life, hoping to see myself in the eyes of God.)but to whoever might read this reflection.



There are times when the need arises that I speak blatantly and forwardly on some issues, but most of the time, I keep my distance. I am aware that my tongue is too sharp enough to the sensitivity of others.



Today, I hope to bare myself as an infant, like what Jesus did. Well, trying to be like Him. Emptying oneself to someone beside God is not part of my everyday life.



Contemplating on this issue, it becomes clearer to me that my training has something to do with it. However, it is not my training that make this way. It is me. My training reinforces only what I am. And I let it be.

Is this mid-life crisis people are talking about? While writing this article, somebody text me in my cellfone, inviting me to his 40th birthday this coming 19th of this month in San Vicente Biňan, Laguna. This place is already near manila but two or more hours from my place by car. I just finished marking that date when my secretary informed me that my fellow priests of the vicariate have moved our meeting to that date with the same designated time. Wow, I am feeling furious. I seldom accept outside engagement and then a sudden shift of events. The celebrant, by the way, is a fellow priest and contemporary, reminding me that my 40th birthday is not at all far from reality. Whatever this may be, I believe that this endeavor will help me because God let himself be seen as an infant, bare, not even with any power of a human being though a God.



This is not my homily. Just clarifying.


This gives me a second thought. What about writing also a portion of my homilies on this vast universe of world wide web.



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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

ABC - Economy


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