Friday, May 31, 2013

Jackie in Meeting New Friends

Oh yeah, I've been telling this all over again, I enjoyed my days with MinCARED Congress 2013. And why not? We have a very conducive accommodation, sumptuous meals and NEW FRIENDS too! Despite how stressful our task may seems, we still manage to greet and meet new faces. Lots of my previous students were there too to assist the Secretariat Committee. So who are those new faces that I was able to met?

I've got Jenny Sitoy, the ever dynamic, with lots of patience young woman who happened to be the Program Director, the Head of the Logistic Committee and our private driver too! LOL! Indeed she's so cool. She's able to perform all the task assigned to her-  she's a real epitome of grace under pressure. Amidst some slight glitches prior and during the big event, she was bale to iron it out with a smile of course! I've got no picture of her because she's too busy that she forgot that we're supposed to have a committee picture as agreed during the first day. Before the event ends, she managed to offer us a freebies supposedly that we can avail from Uptown Condotel where we stayed. It's a free sauna or jacuzzi but we're not able to avail it because what we truly need is a cool massage :)

Well, I just hope that I could still be a part of that MinCARED 2014 with her as the Program Director again :)

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

MinCARED 2013: An Update

Like what I have said, I am so glad to be a part of the MinCARED 2013 Congress. Honestly, I am a little bit hesitant to accept the task that was delegated to me because I know much will be expected with regards to outputs at the end of the day. Before the day started, I asked for God's wisdom and strength to accomplish my tasks for the day. I am glad that He never fails me. Am so glad even if I am not really into power energy niche. But in fairness, I truly learned a lot and it also enables me to understand the reality behind Mindanao power crises. I learned from the speakers. Being a part of the Documentation Team, I was also made to understand the issues and concerns that the Electrical Cooperatives are facing right now and why consumers paid for the bill more than what they have consumed. Well, I cannot elaborate it here because it is so technical. However, if you understand the law of supply and demands, you'll never be surprised if you are billed more than what you have expected.

Tomorrow, it's going to be a plenary session and I have to assist our Moderator for the presentation of our outputs during the Focused Group Discussion. I am praying again to God for more wisdom and strength.

By the way, I so love the place where we currently stayed. It is so conducive and I am hoping that one day, I could bring my Babie and his Papa here even just for a day :)

@ Uptown Condotel

Looking forward for another day!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Be a Part of the MINCARED 2013- Register Now!

It is such a great privilege to be a part of the 2nd Mindanao Congress of the Advocates for Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification and Development (MINCARED) which will be held on May 27- 28, 2013 at Xavier Estates Sports and Country Club. I am part of the Documentation Team and there will be five of us who are task to document all the proceedings from Day 1 to Day 2.

If you are an advocate of the renewable energy and rural electrification and development here in Mindanao and you are aware of the power crisis that our beloved island have experienced since time immemorial, then let your voice be heard by joining this Congress. You can have an online registration by just simply visiting their website and do the following:

1.) Visit the AMRECO MinCARED website –
2.) Click Registration to MinCARED or Min Cared (located at the left side)
3.) See below the page CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
4.) Fill up the following details: Name, badge Name, Address, cell no, email, position ,company/org and choose your payment mode.
5.) Click Submit
6.) Once application Submitted, you will receive notification
7.)  Finance will verify the payment made
8.) If No payment made, status will remain PENDING and is considered not fully registered.
9.) If payment was made, Finance will process your online registration (transaction no.), you will receive notification that you are fully registered
10.) You may claim your kit on site just present your OR
Avail discounts when you register earlier! 
See you there!

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BSU Summer Class Journey- The Finale...

Last hurray! Yes indeed!

Today is the last day of our class and I just gave them their final exam. But before I let them do the hands-on, I instructed them to write their evaluation on a piece of a paper about this subject. Well, some truly find it difficult while others admitted that they really learned a lot and they learned to love the subject as well! Good for those who strive harder to grasp all the topic. However, until now, there are still some who are obviously struggling. Anyway, the class has ended and this is their final figure: (I made it easier for them to perform):

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Taiwan's Raging Battle... IS It Fair Enough?

Just a thought...

courtesy of Yahoo photos
I was saddened about the news of the death of a Taiwanese fisherman, Hung Shih-Chen after an encounter with our Philippine Coast Guard (See full stories here). I understand the fury of the Taiwanese government about the said incident however their course of action in retaliation to the Philippines was quite exaggerated (sorry for the word).

Let it be that the Philippine Coast Guard made a major mistake by killing the Taiwanese fisherman, then why not the Taiwanese government file a case directly to them? Why should they let the whole Filipino citizen take the consequences? On the news, I learned that OFW's in Taiwan experience bullying since the incident happened. In fact, they were even deprived to buy goods in the market. Some domestic helpers were locked up in the Comfort Room. Philippine flags were being burned in public. Such drastic acts are too much. And now they issued Red Travel Alert against the Philippines. They also threatened the Philippine government by staging a military drill near the Bashi Channel. There should be a proper investigation about the incident because drastic moves like this will only affect the relationship between the two countries. Cause and effect of the incident should be given careful attention. Yes it is true that it is not easy to lose a love one especially if death happened in a foreign country. But the end will not always justify the means.
courtesy of Yahoo photos
courtesy of Yahoo photos

The Philippine government already apologized and compensated the family of Hung Shih-Chen as requested by the Taiwanese government however, they still insist on doing the things that they want. I felt sorry to all OFW's who suffered the consequences. But aren't they (The Taiwan government) aware that there are many Taiwanese merchants here who enjoyed making business here in the Philippines maybe because they have higher profit here than on their own country? Do they think these merchants here won't be affected? Their course of action won't do any good to both countries. Why not directly resolve the issue by focusing only on those who are involved. With what happened, I am pretty sure the Philippine Coast Guard has already learned their lesson.

Lastly, I just hope the Prime Minister of Taiwan will issue a decision only after a careful and thorough consideration. Decision driven by anger and vengeance won't do any good at all.

Just an opinion.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

BSU Summer Class Journey...

Two more days and I'm a little bit frustrated... err... disgusted with the performance of some of my students. The figure was already given, all they have to do is to execute it, copy it yet, BUT they just don't get it right! I do not know how would they perform during their final exam next week...

To wrap things up, I let them perform TWO projects in one meeting thinking that they already gain enough knowledge about the topic after a series of similar activities....

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