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Sunday, May 7, 2006

Proclamation 1017 - the truth!

As the title said, I would like to share to you stories that would help you reflect the real score regarding Presidential Proclamation 1017 (PP1017).


Before, then President Ferdinand Marcos declared PP1081 (Martial Law) to curved lawless entity, millions of "innocent" civilians were victimized (tortured and killed) by the over powerful law enforcer! Until today many are still missing and for obvious reason presumed dead! (What else can we think of it!?)

What we think: It's acceptable in way, why? For one good reason we know that we are under Martial Law! And in better position on how to act/react to things done to us, we know for a fact that when some uniform men approach anybody he/she may need a miracle to stay alive to tell the story!

At least, WE KNOW!

Now, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared PP1017 in the disguised of "state of emergency" to curved lawless entity etc…., traitors, rebellion, and coup plotters, millions of individual fear for their safety and believe me until today still feel the same way!

After so many sleepless nights, the president proudly recalled the implementation of the PP1017! And Juan Dela Cruz thought it was over!

Is it already lifted? Oh silly give us a break!


The media especially here in Region III, may not know it or they just don't want to write the story! Well here is a short story on how effective the lifting of PP1017 is!

Story #1:

Father Pedro is a great servant of our lord he's been practicing his vocation for quite some time now, serving the remotest (as the military describe it) part of the province, yes he is an Aglipay Priest a devoted one! Law enforcers always tagged
Aglipay Priest as "rebels" maybe because they served remote barangays? Or maybe it has to do with the history of Aglipay Church were they broke ties from the Vatican! Or is it just the psychic ability of our law enforcers in identifying rebels!

As the story goes, father Pedro was saying a mass one Sunday morning, for him it's just another same Sunday morning, wake up early, fix things, eat breakfast and go to church! Well this time he was wrong! During the mass, some uniform and none-uniform
units arrive from nowhere; shot him point blank in the face inside the church in front of his congregation! He was not given the chance to finish the mass, was not given the chance to defend himself in the court of law, was not given the chance to leave the church first before he was shot, and worst was not even given the chance to ask the young church goers to close their eyes before he was shot to death! No, not even a slim chance was given to father Pedro, he was brutally, cowardly, mercilessly, barbarically murdered! Inside the house of God!

Story #2: (mild one)

Father Juan, yes as you suspected also an Aglipay Priest! A great mentor, a loving father, follow everything under the constitution, a great source of spiritual uplifting, and a true friend!

After the brutal killing of Father Pedro, Father Juan had a consultation among the late priest's congregation, about the possible replacement of the late priest, he was informing them that they are having a hard time finding a priest to fill up the vacant position, and that they need to identify what measure they need to take in order not to repeat the incident again! What rule they need to follow to ensure the safety of the next priest and also for the military so they won't again suspect the priest as a rebel!
When from nowhere, a military truck appeared! some of the units position around the church and one officer went inside the church, one elder almost had a heart attack when she saw the army surrounding the church premises! Then the officer approach Father Juan and ask him what the meeting is for? Was it a plot/plan for the May 1 celebration! Are you all rebels? Out of anger (priest are humans also) Father Juan ask him why they killed his priest! Which the officer vehemently denied! (What else is new) they had a heated argument regarding the killing of Father Pedro! But when Father Juan saw that many of the congregation are trembling out of fear he just told the officer that it was about the replacement of the priest in that remote barangay! The officer went out of the church and waited for them to finish the meeting before also going back to their camp!

Story #3:

Tatay Inggo, a law abiding citizen! Peace loving, a good provider, a great father, a loving husband and a very nice neighbor! In short a true Filipino role model! But there is one big problem (for the military) he lives in a far-flung barangay!
It was harvesting time then, Tatay Inggo woke up early to put on his farm clothes, gather all his farm equipment, slip his breakfast onto one of his rice sock, and took malakas (carabao) to the farm. For Tatay Inggo it's just an ordinary day at the farm, he was wrong! That day before 12 noon as he prepares to eat Nanay's especial (mother) baon (meal) just for him, uniform men from the military came and with out any word beat Tatay Inggo badly that he could hardly walk (he was in his late 50's) and was brought to the camp/cell for investigation later that day Tatay was released! Why? Because it was a mistaken identity!

How could this be? They went in there without any warrant, beat the old man, and took him with them for further suffering, humiliation and abuse! Just to find out later that the old man is not the right one! Great! That's how you do it! Keep up the good work men you'll be in hell in no time, your mentor is there waiting for you all!@!#$%$

Now tell me, are we supposed to be happy by the lifting of PP1017? Well, I'm just asking you ask that to your self!

Monday, May 1, 2006

Applying in Public School

What you are about to read are based on true-life experience!
This situation is described by a teacher applicant and an ordinary citizen!
The names of the concern/involve person in the story was withheld upon verbal request!

This is a chronological procedure a Teacher Applicant goes thru!

Day 1 (morning):
Teacher Applicant (TA) ask the names and position/level of the perspective School heads/principals for the submission of his papers, prepares his papers (transcript of records, certificates, etc...) photocopy everything, go to a nearby photo studio have your latest photo taken, go to an internet café have your résumé and application letters done, go to the nearest office supplies buys paper folders, fasteners, sliding folders, markers, and other stuff he would use for his demo!

Day 1 (afternoon):
Prepares the folders he will submit to the School head (normally principals), arrange all the needed papers in order; application letter first then résumé, certificates, transcript of records, diplomas, and others.

Day 1 (evening):
TA double checks all papers/folders that he will submit the following day, pray that the school head/principal is not the rude/terror so he could start the day in positive note! Go to bed and have a sound sleep!

Day 2 (morning):
TA wake-up early prepares himself eat breakfast, go to the respective schools of the principals/school heads, give them his folders and ask when will be the evaluation/interview! The school head will tell them that they will just call and inform you of the final schedule since they don't have yet the latest memorandum (guidelines for Teacher applicant procedures, point system, evaluation and others) from the DepEd Secretary!
TA goes to the next school do the same thing and retold the same explanation by the school head.

Day 2 (afternoon):
TA waits in his house anxiously; waits for the text (not call as the school heads earlier said hehe) in his mobile, wait even more….

Day 2 (evening):
TA still waiting for the precious text, until he fell asleep!

Day 3 (morning):
TA wakes-up early eat breakfast and again wait for the text.

Day 3 (afternoon):
TA still waits for the text!

Day 3 (evening):
TA still waits for the text!

They will inform you thru text about the schedules after 4-6 days of waiting!

Day 7 (morning):
Finally the school heads inform you of the schedules for your interview, demo (lesson), demo (skills) and others (politicking)

Day 7 (afternoon):
TA goes to the school for him to see the schedules, for the drawing of lots (demo lesson) and other inquiry he may have!

Day 7 (evening):
TA thinks hard what possible question would be ask by the set of panels, starts the initial stage of making his visual aids, starts writing his lesson plan, as well as his index for the demo proper, then go to bed and have half sleep.

Day 8 (morning):
TA wakes-up early and eagerly wait for 2 days for the interview proper (it takes at least 2 days for the first schedule of interview because of new dissemination)

Day 8 (afternoon):
TA practices his possible answers to basic questions such as "tell us about your self?"

Day 8 (evening):
TA further practices his possible answers to basic questions such as "tell us about your self?"

Day 9 (morning):
TA goes early to the local school district (town) for his interview. Waits for his turn to face the panelist!
Panel scrutinize the TA papers/folders, telling the TA what needs to be done (adding and deleting some of their papers in their respective folders)

Day 9 (afternoon):
TA waits the panel to finish all the applicants (if possible) for further instruction

Day 9 (evening):
TA finishes his Lesson Plan and his Visual Aids for his Demo.

Day 10 (morning):
TA checks his Lesson Plan once more before going to internet cafes for the type written (computerized) lesson plan he will use.

Day 10 (afternoon):
TA practices his subject matter (demo), further practice it more!

Day 10 (evening):
TA practices once more, until he got tired to hit his bed!

Day 11 (morning):
TA wakes-up early for his final demo and partly interview; they are not allowed yet to leave the school (even if they are done with their work/demo). So others can still have audience for their respective demo.

Day 11 (afternoon):
TA goes back to the school and have his papers/credentials evaluated and computed for its equivalent points.
Panels/teachers check the correctness of the evaluation by the TA.
School head/supervisor inform all the TA about the demo/hands-on of their skills be it sports, cooking, singing, dancing, playing instrument and/or computer skills.

Day 11 (evening):
TA takes the needed break!

Day 12 (morning):
TA goes back to the school for his demo of his other skills.
Panel evaluates and give respective grades/points to various skills perform.
Inform the TA about the schedule for the Province examination (English Proficiency)

Day 12 (afternoon and evening):
TA waits again anxiously for the result of his work.
School heads designate one panel/teacher to evaluate and compute TA point grades.

Day 15 (morning and afternoon):
TA goes to the Division Office for his Proficiency examination in English.

Day 15 (evening):
Again, TA waits again anxiously for the result of the overall ranking.

Day 16 (morning and afternoon):
Division Supervisor evaluates again the TA folders, give points based on God knows what! Prepare the ranking of the TA in their respective municipalities.

Day of vanquish:

District Supervisor, Division Supervisor, Regional Supervisor, school heads, and/or principals decide and manipulate the fate of all Teacher Applicants!

They make recommendation based on "kaibigan, kakilala, inaanak, kapamilya, and bayaran system!) Not on merit, not base on papers/points, not on qualification and definitely not on "JUST" evaluation!

Most of the time teacher applicant that passes the legal way could not and surely, will not get the post! Why it's because of the bureaucratic procedure our DepEd officials are following, they simply ignore the proper rules/procedures. One would ask, what's the purpose of the DepEd guidelines/memo that they waited before accepting applicant?

Various NGO groups are concerned about the plight of our present educational system, if only they would hire base on qualification, they can be assured of the efficiency and positive outcome of our graduates!

A story that needs to be told:

One TA applies in one of the public elementary schools here, with no experience, no solid background, no certificate, no nothing at all! Well, for obvious reason she ranks among the lowest of all the TA's! But guess what! that same year she was hired by no less than the supervisor! Well it's so happen that the TA is one of the daughters of the Supervisor! Rank 1, 2 and 3 filled a complaint in the provincial district; the complaint was taken but was not given just action!

Another great story that will surely melts your heart:

A public teacher is really having a hard time getting her promotion for years now, almost every year she files her papers hoping she would get promoted, but sad to say no!

The last thing I heard, the teacher is now a Master teacher 1! A great leap from teacher I (promotion is base on merit and years, if I'm not mistaken) we just learned that the promotion was the product of buying the supervisor's car! (An old one use in action film) that's a great way to fulfill your dreams right?!

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