Asian Journal: Chronology of the Marcos Plunder

Caroline Kennedy: My Travels

For those who claim the Marcos family made the Philippines a better place. 

Posted on October 25, 2015

(This Chronology is compiled by Charlie Avila and originally published in 2012 at the Asian Journal San Diego.)

ferdieandbongbongSeptember 1976, the Marcoses bought their first property in the U.S. – a condo in the exclusive Olympic Towers on Fifth Avenue in New York . Five months later they would also buy the three adjoining apartments, paying a total of $4,000,000.00 for the four and using Antonio Floirendo’s company, The Aventures Limited in Hong Kong, as front for these purchases.

October 13, 1977 Today, after addressing the UN General Assembly, Imelda celebrated by going shopping and spending $384,000 including $50,000 for a platinum bracelet with rubies; $50,000 for a diamond bracelet; and $58,000 for a pin set with diamonds.

The day before, Vilma Bautista, one of her private secretaries…

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Asian Journal: Chronology of the Marcos Plunder

Employment Education

This is part four of a series I am writing to catalyze change in the employment of our young people. I have assumed two things: 1. wage employment is limited, thus 10 applicants compete for just one position; and 2. self-employment has never been a big option because it is a cultural hurdle or, at best, unverified in the Filipino psyche as an option for income and wealth generation, with of course exemplary performance by big-time entrepreneurs.

In past columns, I have discussed self-employment for Agricultural Technician and Teacher Board passers. I discussed the dynamic interplay of what you are or the skills you possessed as a college graduate, the direct approach to contract out your services to farmers and parents,  who are financially adept to pay the contract fee for services rendered for the farm and for the learner; and how to improve your services capacity,

As it were, technician and tutorial services are valid and respectable forms of self-employment in the same line as accountants who run businesses or management graduates who sell online.

Now, I tackle with our readers, job options for Criminologist Board passers and graduates who aren’t able to enter the Philippine police force, the military, or the burgeoning security agency industry.

Ideas attached to Criminologists are that they are good at crime-busting or solving crimes. But the better outlook is how to put their knowledge to good use in averting the occurrence of criminal elements or malefactors.   Thus, with their scientific training on objective data gathering and interpreting, Criminologists can contract out their services with private companies, the media, and government offices with a big load of large files and online data.

Let’s call their services, reactive tracking or materials audit. How does this work? In delivery to private companies handling large stocks of merchandise, warehouse management and security is usually lax. The Criminologist is in a position to work with the inventory and sales clerk  to safeguard the entry of goods into the warehouse and their release to buyers or customers. Target problem is the occurrence of theft or pilferage.

The same principle of reactive tracking and veracity audit can be applied in the media companies. In the era of fake news, a person well-trained in data gathering is to be considered an asset. I foresee the establishment of a media or news bureau in Cagayan Valley staffed by professionals coming from various disciplines and manned by Criminology Board passers.

In government offices, where the bulk of functions is management of clientele data, there is indeed the need for Data Security Managers for both online and steel cabinet files. On the other hand, Data Security Managers can effectively advise intermediate and middle managers on data ageing and leveraging with clientele needs. In terms of internal audit of the agency, the trained Criminology Board passer has a big slice of the job.

Payments as wages for contracting services is fixed by the private company or the government agency. But a 20% premium is usually given.

For further inf thato on career planning, employment education and job creation, please write or call me through this paper.

In my next column, I shall discuss enterprise or business ideas that are in vogue in Isabela and the rest of the region. Read and learn.



Employment Education

Employment Education (2)

I had mentioned in my past column about the difficulty of securing wage employment by the new college graduates due to the fact that the job vacancies commensurate to their field of specialization aren’t there.

I must mention here that for every one job vacancy, at least 10 jobseekers are applying right now.  The reality isn’t new, but this would compel the graduate to create his employment without the risk of losing his competence and capabilities. Creating your own job is what is technically called self-employment.

I presented in my last column a job creation strategy for a graduate of Agriculture–passer of the Agriculture Technician examination–and very much willing to do contract work on the rice farms of landowners with at least three hectares of rice lands. As a service contractor, he moves in as the eyes and ears of the landowner from land preparation to post harvest arrangements in the rice farm. Pro-forma reports are to be submitted per phase of production. Overall target is high crop production. The professional fee for services rendered can be placed at the minimum of 1,000 pesos per month with a bonus of a 50-kg milled rice at the end of the production term.

This employment scenario isn’t too good to be  true. It’s been done by lending banks for production loans.  It’s been part of government strategy for monitoring area-wide irrigated rice production. But servicing by new graduates with the necessary eligibility is new and innovative.

The beauty of my proposal is allowing new agriculture technicians to test their mettle in the field and be paid for their skills in crop production monitoring and improving productivity in the farm.

Next in my proposal is creating jobs for LET passers who aren’t hired because the plantilla in the DepEd is already full. New graduates that I knew had given a succinct idea for this form of work–it is called Tutor-for-Pay scheme. If you heard about English language proficiency and mathematics skills that were considered areas for tutoring, we are right on target.

Somehow, many tutoring schemes failed because it was reactive and bred lassitude on the  part of the pupil. It was reactive because it merely responded to items met with difficulty by the pupil, and enhanced a level of dependency on the tutor which in turn caused lazy habits in the pupil.

The tutoring arrangement that I propose is to exceed the expectation of the classroom teacher and the parent through weekly drills and written exams by the pupil. Friendliness and knowledge of child psychology is a must on the part of the tutor. The parent is part of the scheme, but it is best that he or she is not involved in the tutoring process, but only in getting feedback of the learning improvement of his or her child. In effect, both the tutor’s teaching curriculum and grading system should be in agreement with classroom requirements. Since this is results-based, improvement in school work should be monitored by the tutor.

One tutor I interviewed had said, “Mentoring by competent teachers is not lacking. What’s lacking is the attention given to each pupil and the capacity for interaction that is sadly reduced because of the sheer number of learners per class.”

The lady-tutor then proposed at least three learners per class level (Grades 5 to 8) for a total of 12 learners to mentor and tutor. Her concept is to move her wards towards the higher grade level of English Language Proficiency. Thus, Grades 5 and 6 are combined, the same with Grades 7 and 8.  “The dynamics of learning is also enhanced as tandem learning improves comprehension.,” she said

She has one important caveat: The tutor, worth his or her name, isn’t there to solve classroom problems and/or assignments given by the schoolteacher.

So how much can the new LET passer worth his or her salt demand as payment for tutoring services rendered? I hereto propose a 200 peso per learner for two-hour weekly sessions. The professional fee is inclusive of all materials and the facility to be used. The fee also considers affordability by the parents of the learners.

Tutoring for bright laggards have been done before. The trade is still there. But the functionality and improvement of the craft rest with the tutor.

Part 3 will tackle self-employment for unemployed Criminology graduates and Board passers.  I welcome feedback and inquiries from readers through my Facebook account or through this newspaper. ####



Employment Education (2)


Sami-tek ti agsadag iti ayamuom ti abagam

iti sardam a panagtupak ti tudo.

Inuksoben ti langit dagiti algudon nga ulep

Ket binallasiw ti angin dagiti muyong

a nagpunganan ti rabii. Nalanay

a sinaklot ti daga ti naiwaris

bendita ti danum kas iti ayamuom

kadagiti abagam.

Sam-itek ti kopita ti arak

ngem samsam-itek ti dulse

nga insabat dagiti bibigmo.

Innakon, kunak koma, ngem

 nagdayasadas ken simmuknor

dagiti dalluyon iti adayo a taaw.

Mangegko ti nakemmo ken

ti timek ti pusom. Iti ruar

sumleng dagiti saleng.

Kasla maikawaak iti seda

ken bangbanglo a sinangalta

iti arakup. Adayo pay

ti sangladanta a bigat.



Ode to the Oligarchs

Once we know who the rich are and how they encourage a certain amount of following for their positive contribution to society, we are constrained in a spirit of charity to praise and encourage them to do some more. This is the least we can do for they also have screens around themselves to shield them from perjury and injury from remarks inimical to their person.

On the praise side, we can mention their contribution to sports in the community and in the elementary schools. For many years, open basketball courts that are also used by the farmers to dry newly-harvested palay is a signature contribution of the well-off and their colleagues in the local governments.

Big businessmen also build school buildings complete with amenities that send a trend, in terms of the design, to the school-building programs of government, including frugal costing that goes with the children-friendly design. I worked closely in the past with a federation of Chinese businessmen who saw fit to complement government in the school building program. They source materials and builders locally. Productive timelines and deadlines were strictly followed and the inauguration was done with a simple turnover program attended by both the LGU and DEPED and the children and their parents.

I never saw the end or termination of this laudable project, but when you pass by school plants the signages were drawn on the end side of the buildings for all people to see. Emulative practices unfavorable, nontheless, the signal given by the federation in the school building is worthy of admiration.

The parent-teachers association has a different tack. But they also serve the purpose of improving the classroom atmosphere and provide teaching materials where lacking. But this is mass contribution and in an oblique way, contributions come from the rich in the community.

What we want to see at this point is more civic involvement by the rich of the community in the design, build-up and maintenance of public parks and common recreation areas that aren’t in the plans of the LGU. We are thinking of a philanthropic involvement by the well-meaning and learned class because the community needs to steer the old “clean and green” program towards a park-building program.

Such a program can complete the malls and central business districts in a way never tried  before. Malls have become a way of life in urban centers, but a new tack for parks and walkways that are adjunct to or accessible to the malls can improve the overall. This is rather an oxymoron because malls and parks are synonymous. But the owners of malls can help park developers to green adjacent areas that benefit their business and the city or town.

There is an encouraging signal in the capital towns and major cities in Northern Luzon for undertaking this park development program. Two things can propel the program. One, get  landowners to donate a two-hectare lot and allow government to negotiate the terms, the build-up of services to support the project and integrate an amount that can be equitably shared. Second, a plan from day 1 to the succeeding year can be integrated. A nursery and water system can be incorporated with a small funding from the big taxpayers of the town or city. The administration of the park can be at the expense of the mall owners.

This modest proposal can impel new development in people empowerment through the rich who can find satisfaction and fun in this project next to their SUVs and meritorious lifestyles.





Ode to the Oligarchs


Umuna a Paset: Ti Agtultuloy a Programa iti ISU Creative Writing in Iluko

Itay napan a Biernes, 26 ti Mayo, intuloyko ti nangisuro iti panagputar iti daniw kadagiti estudiante ti ISU at Roxas iti kampusda dita Rang-ayan, Roxas, Isabela. Bassit ti napan ta kalkalpas ti klase ken kanayon a napigsa dagiti bayakabak iti malmalemPanagtatalon manen ken uray dagiti mula a mais nabusatanda iti kaadu ti sibug ti tudo. Adda 35 nga ubbing a nakipoatpatang tapno mangkompletoda iti saggaysa a daniw iti sukog ti Sonnet. Dakkel dur-asan ti panagadalda no bilang isuda amin ket maka-
Dagitoy dagiti ubbing nga inukkonmi babaen ti tulong ti Administrador Dr. Quirino D. Parallag ken ni Dr. Marilyn S. Luzano, mangimaton iti Kurso ti Educasion a pagmedioran dagitoy ubbing iti Edukasion.
Dagitay awan bagsakda uray nababa ti markada. Nagbanag a kasta, ket adda nairehistro nga agdagup iti 88 nga estudiante. Aganay sa a 30 dagiti agturpos iti daytoy Hunio, ngem ti mayorya ket adda iti Maikatlo a Tukad iti kursoda.
Nayalnag ngarud iti Oktubre itan napan a tawen iti ISU at Roxas ti baro a programa ti Timpuyog Dagiti Mannurat Iti Iluko iti Fiipinas a managan, “ISU Creative Writing in Iluko” ken inawaganmi dagiti adalan nga ubbing a “Fellow” kas araramaten iti UP wenno La Salle. Napno iti namnama ti Timpuyog, nga idauloan ni presidente Franklin P. Macugay,  a maidur-as ti proyekto babaen ti panagkaykaysa. Ngem naitantan agsipud iti bagyo nga immagibas iti Isabela ken iti kadaklan ti Cagayan Valley idi Nobiembre 8 a lukatna koma. Ken agsipud ta nairut ti iskediul iti Disiembre, agpapan pay agleppas ti umuna semestre iti daytoy a bulan, nadesisionan iti ISU ken Timpuyog a pagandaren ti Creative Writing Program iti maikadua a Sabado ti Enero wenno Enero 14 iti baro a tawen.
Nagbanag ngarud a kasta. Naluktan met laengen ti Programa ket makapnek ti resulta ti rugi ta inatendaran da Apo Macugay, ni Bise-Presidente Ruperto P. Manuel a nangiparang iti Ortograpia ti Iluko, ni Apo Marcelo R. Llarenas, napasnek a kameng ti gunglo ken kolumnista iti Timpuyog Journal(TJ) a kas ken ni Apo Manuel, a nangibinsa-binsa iti panagsurat iti salaysay, ni Apo Crispin D. Dannug Jr., miembro iti Hunta Direktibo, kolumnista met iti TJ ken dumadaniw, a nanglukag iti panagsurat iti daniw ken sarita. Nakadua pay ni Apo Yong dela Cruz, BOD met laeng ken mangibagi iti probinsia ti Quirino. Mabasa ti dagup ti pakasaritaan ti rugi ti ISU Creative Writing in Iluko Program iti isyu ti Pebrero 2017 ti Timpuyog Journal.
Dakkel nga agsaw ti rugi ta numan pay Ilokano amin dagiti ubbing nga adalan, sumasaritada iti Filipino/Tagalog ta isu ngarud ti mediorda iti Edukasion a kursoda. Nalaka a malayaw ti problema ti ortograpia ken gramar, kunkunami. Ngem ti panagputar iti obra a literatura ket damoda unay numan pay adda met kadakuada ti kameng ti warnakan ti ISU, a nakaasa-anda pay iti panagsurat iti opinion ken dandaniw iti Filipino/Tagalog.
Naregta ken narimat ti rugi, kas impakita ti nagkaykaysa a parang amin a kameng ti Programa. Ket naaramid ngarud idi February 11 ti maikadua a paset iti panagsurat iti daniw babaen iti wardas ni Apo Dannug. Sonnet wenno soneto ti umuna a naisuro kadagiti ubbing agsipud iti disiplina daytoy a magiparang iti tumutop a ladawan kas pangarig wenno simbolo iti tema ken ti di panagpapada ti rima wenno ungto nga aweng dagiti iniran-iras wenno linia ti daniw, manipud umuna ingganat maika-14. Nadiskutiren ti Shakespearean sonnet iti pangluat a lektiur ket assignment dagiti ubbing ti mangisumeter ken ni Apo Dannug ti umuna kuatren ti daniw a putarenda.
Napasamak ngarud a dagitoy insumeterda ti nabinsa-binsa ken naggi-innadalan iti dayta a bigat ti Febrero. Dagitoy dagiti nakita a tema dagiti kuatren: panangabaroanan, ayat iti sabali, ayat kadagiti nagannak, ti kalidad ti maestra/o a pagbalinandanto, ti kinapintas ti nakaparsuaan, saguday ken nasayaat a kababalin ti tao ken panagayat iti Dios. Adda met group dynamics a managan ti “Kansion ni Sion” tapnon maka-aramid ti listaan dagiti nagrupo-grupo nga estudiante iti amin a sarita (noun) nga agleppas iti “sion”, Ilokano man wenno Tagalog, uray English.
Nailawlawag a ti nomen wenno noun a sarita isuda ti pangadawan kadagiti tema a suraten, wenno pangrugian iti inspirasion nga agputar. Isu dagitoy ti pagwerretan ti panunot tapnon maipalawag iti  nairteng a sarita, pangarig, metafora ken baro a panangiyebkas.
Sakbay a naggibus ti maikadua a paset iti panagputar iti daniw, naukag ti partisipasionda iti umadani nga International Literary Convention sadiay Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Poro Pont, San Fernando City, La Union. Nagkari dagiti 40 nga adalan a mapanda no bilang adda diskuentoda bilang estudiante. Inakseptar ti Timpuyog dayta a singasing. Maysa a bus ti punoen, kunami, ket dagiti laeng adda naikumitna iti adaw ti Abril 9 – 11 ti nagkitakit nga agatender.
Iti dayta a session, dakkel ti namnama nga adda tumanor a nalalaing a mannurat ken managbasa iti daniw ken dadduma pay a genre ti Literatura Ilokana. Makunami daytoy agsipud ta napasnek dagiti ubbing ken mausardanto iti masakbayan no bilang agisurodanto iti Mother Tongue. Naipaganetget kadakuada a ti Mother Tongue a maaramat it panagisuro iti Kindergarten inggana’t Grado Tres ket supsuportaran ti ISU Creative Writing in Iluko Program.

Iti Maikadua a Paset daytoy nga artikulo, iparangmi dagit nagapuanan iti maikatlo nga ispesial  session iti panagsuratan iti sonnet.