Monday, March 3, 2014

NSO: go hassle-free 
With correct data 
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 28, 2014 (PIA)—At the Civil Registry Month celebration in February, census authorities stress, children have the right to name and nationality but parents have the responsibility to give in correct information for proper registration. 

National Statistics Office (NSO) Bohol chief statistician Jessamyne Anne Alcazaren, at the weekly Kapihan sa PIA said people are unnecessarily hassled while getting registration papers for their important dates because they miss to see the wrong entries before they are filed at the national databanks.

The most ideal way of registering is for the informant, which are the parents or the medical attendants to be certain of the huge roles they perform, she said.

Then there is supposedly the teamwork between the informants and the local registrar, she added at the radio forum broadcasted all over Bohol. 

Short of that, there’s a chance there would be a problem, and that entails lengthy court proceedings or hassling publication that ends up one spending to get a judicial order for corrections of entry and the mandatory publication of such.

In the light of the hassles, where parties sometimes spend too much just to have entries corrected, a new law, 

Republic Act (RA) 9048 now authorizes the city or municipal civil registrar or the consul general to correct a clerical or typographical error in an entry, without the need of a judicial order. 

RA 9048 however disallows corrections of clerical or typographical errors in sex, age, nationality and status of a person.

Reasons for the corrections however are when the petitioner finds the first name or nickname to be ridiculous, tainted with dishonor or extremely difficult to write or pronounce, or the name has been habitually and continuously used by the petitioner and he has been publicly known by that first name or nickname in the community; or the change will avoid confusion.

As for other necessary changes in entries, RA 10172 which amended parts of Republic Act No. 9048, now allows the civil registrars to change or correct without a judicial order, clerical or typographical errors and change of first name or nickname, the day and month in the date of birth or sex of a person where it is patently clear that there was a clerical or typographical error or mistake in the entry.

No corrections however involve the change of nationality, age, or status of the petitioner, according to the law.”

Bohol ‘quake heroes 
Go selfless with PNoy 
Rey Anthony Chiu

LOON, Bohol, February 27, 2014 (PIA)—It is not just resilience, it is also about selflessness.

Boholanos who have shown they are of the sterner stuff; one that the great earthquake pushed out countless acts of heroism from them despite being victims themselves. And then they still put others ahead of themselves. 

At least that is how Felix Caray and Armando Labus Jr., showed, despite having been given that literal “one in a million chance” to talk to President Benigno S. Aquino III, February 24.

Given the rare opportunity to be “rewarded” for simple acts of heroism with the President’s ears on them, both didn’t ask for great things a president could really give.

For his heroism, Caray, a barangay chairman asked the President help in rebuilding the barangay hall and day care center which the earthquake ruined. 

For Labus, he asked nothing but for the President to help restore tourism so he could be back working on a five-day work week. 


Felix Caray, Anonang Inabanga barangay chairman was driving his motorcycle on the early morning, when the great earthquake struck October 15. 

The earthquake had its most visible manifestation in his barangay in Anonang, the ground ruptured, one part rose to about six feet to a meter high, creating a geological spectacle called The Wall. 

On his way, he stumbled upon three kids, who were crawling on the ground, terrified, the shaking and grounding kept them from standing and running to safety every time they stood. 

Amidst the grounding and pounding earth, he run to pick the shivering terrified kids, one by one and brought them to their parents.

Meanwhile, Armando Labus Jr., was on an ordinary day as a caretaker at the Sagbayan Peak.

On the early morning of October 15, he was on the butterfly sanctuary a few hundred meters from the viewdeck.

Early morning tourists were already milling around, enjoying the early morning view when the unexpected happened. 

When the roaring came and the earth trembled, he saw how tourists at the viewdeck fell to the ground, some shouting, others starting to panic as the concrete floor cracked and portions of the viewdeck beginning to side down the hills. 

At the lull, he knew he had to run, but he did run towards the viewdeck, out to save the panicked tourists. 

He saved two women; one with a baby, who he helped get on their feet and then to safety. 

And it was not enough.

He also rescued a guy, who fell with a slab as a part of the pavement slid off. The guy was clinging to a tree stump, hanging on for dear life.

The guy, he said, was just so terrified he could not move, he said.

Highlighted during the recent EDSA pre-event at the presidential engagement in Loon, both had the President’s attention.

But instead of reaping glory, Caray and Labus have shown the Philippines that a Boholanos can also be selfless in distress.

A day before EDSA anniversary
Pres Noy says EDSA 
spirit alive in Bohol
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 28, 2014 (PIA) –The spirit of People’s Power is alive in Bohol.

A day before the 28th anniversary of the People’s Power Revolution in EDSA, President Benigno S. Aquino III, hailed Bohol for enlivening the unifying spirit of helping each other in achieving a common goal. 

During the pre-event celebration of the anniversary of the People’s Power February 24, in Loon, Bohol, the President said this year’s celebration focuses on recognizing the spirit of EDSA that is alive in the country.

Twenty eight years ago, Filipinos gathered at the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue to prevent a war from breaing out between former strongman President Ferdinand Marcos and his government troops and military officers who defected to the opposition.

Bringing nothing but flowers and rosaries, thousands of Filipinos from all walks of life united and initiated a peaceful revolution that ousted a dictator and placed the Philippines in the international consciousness as a country with a formidable people’s power. 

On the eve of the 28th anniversary of the revolution, President Aquino, who came to Bohol for an inspection of government built emergency shelter for quake victims.

On his third visit to Bohol after the quake, President Aquino said he ahs always carried the message that has unified people in facing every challenge- the message that has been the source of hope for those who struggle to stand up. 

Hindi kayo nag-iisa, he said, echoing the famous EDSA catchword which became a password for defecting soldiers that fateful day in 1986.

Stressing a truth that only the Filipinos can liberate the Filipinos, the president said the government chose to acknowledge the often unrecognized spirit of the people’s power which is the every Filipino.

They are those in any part of the country who are facing the challenges and still struggles to alleviate their selves and the community, Aquino said in Tagalog, before hundreds of Boholanos who awaited for this message to Boholanos. 

These people are the ones who carry the true meaning of EDSA in their hearts.

Then he continued on to say, “Your province showed a vivid example of this consciousness.”

Hindi po biro and pagsubok na dinadaanan ninyo noong Oktubre nga nakaraang taon, the President recalled. 

Then, many Boholanos died, many of the lifetimes savings in properties , and even historical buildings crumbled in the earthquake.

But above all these, Boholanos showed the true grit, the ability to enliven People’s power, he pointed out.

In Bohol, Aquino shared that the people’s power has made it possible for 88,600 affected families to receive food packs in most areas affected by the quake, and more or less 8,560 affected families in Loon.

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