Bacacay Training Center to be Launched

“Bawal ang tambay sa Bacacay”, declared Hon. Tobias Betito, Mayor of Bacacay, Albay as he announced the launching of a Bacacay Training Center that will feature a series of Community-based Trainings and a Short-term Course on Driving.

The Bacacay Training Center will commence on October, 2013. The funding for this project will be provided by the LGU with counterpart from the barangays’ Livelihood Program. It is the LGU-Bacacay’s response to the high rate of out-of-school children, youths and adults in the municipality.

Twenty-five (25) participants per session will be accepted for the Short-term Course on Driving and Community-based Trainings on Basic Computer Literacy, Reflexology, and Manicure/Pedicure/Footspa and Nail Art. These specialized skills are aimed to provide its students with the means for their future employment. The program will be implemented with the help of skilled trainers from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The Mayor’s Office and barangay councils can be approached to provide more information on how to enlist as trainees. ###

News writing exercise in the Training on Online Content Writing, Sept. 16 – 18, 2013 spearheaded by DILG, held at Tanchuling Hotel.



3 years

I realized just today that I have already survived 3 years of working home based. Ain’t that a feat?

The big question is – am I ready for new career moves now? Hmmmmmm. Think, think, think…

My take: Que sera, sera

Working at Home: The Pros and Cons

If you don’t know it yet,  I work from home, or in other words – telecommute, work at home, work home based – this piece of news about myself has generated a variety of reactions depending on one’s point of view:

From the harassed office worker: “Wow! You work at home? Ang saya naman! Gusto ko rin nyan!”

From the office worker who enjoys working in the office and commuting everyday to work: “Really? Hindi ka nahihirapan? Hindi ko yata kaya yan”

From someone who is looking for work: “Can you give me pointers on how I can find work like yours?”

From someone who is health conscious: “Ay nakatataba yan because all you do is sit at home all day”

From a curious adventurer: “Don’t you get bored just being at home all day?”

From some of my workmates who enjoys our set up: “I am contented with this kind of life. Ayaw ko na mag opisina”

From some of my workmates who does not enjoy it anymore: “I want to work in an office setting na ulit!”

As for me, I’m okay with working homebased. I don’t think I can go back to the vicious cycle of going/commuting to an office anymore. Just thinking of the traffic I have to face going to work and coming home from work makes my head ache. Of course, there are also several disadvantages in working at home. But for me, the pros far outweighs the cons – in my own situation.

Here’s an article I found from that sums up the Pros and Cons of Working from Home:

Advantages of working from home:

Freedom and flexibility. You can structure your day to suit your personal needs, whether you want to spend time with the kids, you have a volunteer job, or you want to attend a class. You have control over when you do your work.

Tax benefits for home based businesses. Home based businesses are typically blessed with a number of business deductions that would otherwise not be available to you. Check with your local tax office to find out what business expenses you may claim.

Save money. Assuming you’re not meeting with customers all day long, you won’t have to buy expensive “work clothes” or use the dry cleaners as often. You also save money on telecommuting costs! No more driving to the office everyday.

Lower start-up costs for home based businesses. One huge savings is the fact that you won’t have to rent or lease office space! That alone will save you a great deal of money.

Disadvantages of home based work:

Possible conflict between your business and personal lives. Because you’re working at home where you have always spent time with your family, it may be difficult for both you and your family to adjust to the fact that you must work while you’re at home.

Lack of social contact. Some people dearly love the social interaction of the workplace. When you work from home, you are far more likely to feel cut off from the rest of the world.

Need for self-discipline. It can be difficult to motivate yourself when you’re working from home. There are household chores to be done, plenty of distractions (such as the television), and you can be alone for hours. Do you have the self-discipline required to get your work done despite all this?

Pressure. While working from home undoubtedly provides more flexibility, it can also provide a fair bit more stress. Because you work in the same place you live, you may feel obligated to get “a few chores” done while you’re working. You can very easily become swamped with responsibilities – some people simply end up trying to do too much.


The one that got away

and love, i live my life waiting but not wanting
this very soul and breath is still yours for the taking
i will live life in knowing
i, too have loved so well
no song can remember, no poem can tell.

….or not

i just love the title. cannot figure out what to post, though. hehehe.


So if you ever want to see for yourself and verify how true it is that there are millions of Filipinos in Manila who belong to the urban poor community – you don’t just go to Tondo, Manila or Payatas, Rizal. You can also see for yourself by going to Navotas.

Going to this place made me reminisce the times I lived with a family on the slum area of Masbate – in Barangay Nursery, where hundreds of families live on cramped, makeshift shanties that seems to be floating on dirty, stagnant and foul-smelling seawater, forever threatened by rising tides.

In Navotas, my estimate would be thousands = thousands of families living on makeshift, cramped shanties and dilapidated boats near the sea and always threatened by floods due to high tide and heavy rainfalls. There are also thousands who live under the dark traffic bridges – earning them the name of “bat people” – always exposed to danger.

I read from the these words describing the situation of the bat people in Navotas:

I know it’s not a competition, but there are people in Navotas living in markedly the worst conditions I’ve seen so far. These structures are among the most derelict and built on a base of foul-smelling stagnant water choked with litter and refuse. For the people further under the bridge, there is no opportunity to bootleg electricity, almost no ventilation or light penetrating into the dim, claustrophobic, candlelit spaces.

In Navotas, the battlecry for humane living conditions is constant but deadly. Only last March 18, 2011, an urban poor leader was shot and killed by an unknown gunman. According to

The killed (urban poor leader) served as the campaign officer of Nagkakaisang Samahan sa Kadiwa (Nasaka), an association of local residents who have been opposing the continuing demolition in the community since March 3. More than 466 families are being affected by the road widening project, the construction of an extension building of an elementary school and tenement housing projects of the Navotas City government.

On February 29, a fire engulfed the community. The killing “likely related to the struggle for their rights to decent homes and livelihood, according to another Navotas urban poor Leader.”

There is no doubt that most fires occurring on Metro Manila slum areas are related to demolitions. For big business capitalists, the no-brainer solution to drive people away from a prime lot/area is to start a fire – afterall, makeshift, cardboard shanties easily burn.

It may be a romantic notion to say that millions are “forced” to live on dilapidated, makeshift cardboard shanties in slum areas on railways, under traffic bridges and offshore or squat on private-owned/government lands – always threatened of obvious dangers with no access to water, healthy food, better education and good jobs. But this is the stark black and white reality in our country – not a romantic, abstract image from an imaginary movie about poverty. These people are FORCED, indeed, it’s not their choice but they go on living on such horrific conditions, just because a few personages have ownership of most lands, properties and natural resources – spinning profits out of such from the weary pockets of the middle class and urban poor.

Our country’s abundant lands, properties and natural resources should have been owned and enjoyed by the large population, which are presently identified as under the poverty bracket – not to those mega-rich few.

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