April 2, 2007
Posted by Toti
While walking down the street one day, a powerful senator of the Philippines is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
"Welcome to Heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you.
"No problem, just let me in." says the senator.
"Well, I'd like to but I have orders from higher-up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in Hell andone in Heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."
"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in Heaven," says the senator.
"I'm sorry but we have our rules." And with that, St. Peter escorts the senator to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to Hell.
The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a club and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him, everyone isvery happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, hug him, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster and caviar.
Also present is the Devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that, before he realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a big hug and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on Heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.
"Now it's time to visit Heaven."
So 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns. "Well then, you've spent a day in Hell and another in Heaven. Now choose your eternity." He reflects for a minute, then he answers:
"Well, would never have thought it, I mean Heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in Hell."
So Saint Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to Hell. Now the doors of the elevator open and he is in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags. The Devil comes over to the senator and lays an arm on his neck.
"I don't understand," stammers the senator. Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and club and we ate lobster and caviar and danced and had a great time. Now all there is a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. The Devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning.
Today you voted for us!"
April 3, 2007
Camarines Norte has consistently ranked among the Top Ten provinces nationwide - a big achievement?. In 1997 and 2000, our beloved province has ranked tenth in terms of poverty incidence. We were out-ranked,however, by another Bicol province - Masbate, which ranked
In terms of food poverty incidence (proportion of families having incomes below the amount needed to be able to satisfy the food requirements, based on nutritional requirements), Camarines Norte also ranked tenth in both survey periods, 1997 and 2000.
In the 2003 survey, which is the latest data available, we have moved up from 10th to 8th place in terms of food poverty incidence. This means, subsistence condition in our province has worsened!
More than half of the families in Cam Norte are poor (below the poverty threshold level), and more than one-fourth are extremely poor (below the food poverty threshold). Among the municipalities, Capalonga has the worst poverty situation and Daet, the least incidence of poverty (in a province with high incidence of poverty).
What is positive is that Camarines Norte is included in the areas targetted for immediate hunger mitigation measures. Let's hope that the budget intended for this program will really be spent as planned and not just go to the pockets of a few. This would require vigilance on the part of the people, who should be able to hold the program implementors accountable for whatever leakages that would happen.
For your information lang po.
Monday, April 2, 2007
April 2, 2007
Video Clips of the Years Spent in Daet Parochial School
- DPS Elementary Years - Part I
- DPS Elementary Years - Part II
- DPS Elementary Years - Part III
- DPS High School Years - Part I
- DPS High School Years - Part II
- DPS High School Years - Part III
- DPS High School Years - Part IV
- DPS High School Years - Part V
- DPS High School Years - Part VI
- DPS High School Years - Part VII