Monday, October 26, 2009

Relief Goods in DSWD

I got these pictures from ella's blog and she gave permission to use these pictures to show the world what is happening to the relieft goods sent to the Philippines and distributed by the DSWD.

You can find the whole story in her blog and I have some additional information that would verify the allegations. Of course I do not know if these are true because these are second hand information only unlike Ella who really took these pictures and made her own interpretation.

Is it true from what I've heard that Crocs and Havainas made some donations and it was replaced with fake ones?

How true are the news or perceptions of my students whom I asked to interview Ondoy victoms and they claimed that relief to Baranggay were not distributed equally? Barangay captains would give the first round of relief to their relatives and the remaining were for the barangay constituents.

I even heard that tale by the boatmen when we were still going to Pasig during the floooded days.

There was even a comment from one government employee who claimed that it was their practice to distribute "undistributed" goods to their office and friends and other government agency.

That was our topic during dinner last Friday when we heard the news about the undistributed good.

If there are any imported goods distributed how sure are we that the people are getting them?
We are not really sure. I would rather believe that it was being hoarded and will be given as a Christmas gift or give away to government employees.

But in fairness to those who are really giving reliefs, we are one who are relief goods recipient and thanks to those people who continued to give relief good. We have extra soap, toothpaste, rice and even pail! That is very useful. I for one will be glad to receive one of those.
There are a lot of news in facebook and the net who continues to post news and pictures.
I admire them who took their time to help our contrymen.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Eat and Go - The Atrium Megamall

We tried eating at Eat and Go at The Atrium in Megamall. We ordered Roasted Chicken for me and Fish Scaloppini for Irwin. The two main entrees' cost 299.00 with drinks and 2 side dishes.
Your choice for a side dish consists of pasta marinara, corn and carrots, roasted pepper rice, and baked beans.

The interior looks brand new but the food was displayed in the counter. it looks like an expensive canteen where you can order your food and place it in a tray. Kenny Roger's chicken style. I was hungry for a burger that time and want to eat a burger but we ended up eating there.
I might try their London pies and but will never try the other entrees.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Do you want to be a Filipino?

This article is in response to a written blog of one of my student.

If I am asked that question if I want to be a Filipino, I would want to be a Filipino but do not want to live in the Philippines, I guess I would rather earn money somewhere and spend it here.
I am starting to loose hope in our country, but maybe I am too close-minded to say that.

It is just so frustrating, yes we have a lot of good things, and bad things too. I am thinking of my baby Kiara on what will happen to her when she grows up and expect a not so good country.

I've been trying all my life to do what is right, what is good and avoids evil at all possible cost but in a country where corruption is open and there is a large gap between the poor and the rich and there seems to be no way of reversing or balancing all of these. I have no hope anymore.

People are forgetting their values. Even children do not have values. I was raised in a Catholic School where we are taught to greet every teacher that we meet. In our school, students pass by their teachers. They ignore them. I do not know where they get that attitude. People cheat, they are dishonest and mistrustful. Sometimes I have a feeling that it is not safe to live here anymore.

I have been working for almost 14 years now and I am not getting anything from the government. I would rather maybe work in European countries even if the tax deduction is high because you will benefit from it. Here, I never get anything, I pay the tax, I have a GSIS deduction, PAG-IBIG etc. but I get nothing in return.

It is only here in the Philippines where squatters live by the river and eventually have their own homes somewhere because they are relocated I do not know if they paid any tax in their lives.
If you do not give to your neighbors people will label you, "I want to say to them' "get up and work", "do not beg". "Huwag kang tatambay dyan".

If I have a little "hitler" attitude I would say to "clean" the city of peddlers and squatters and those who do not do anything worthwhile in their lives.

They will just add to the problems of our country. Maybe when that time comes, when the proper distribution of wealth and benefits will "benefit" us at last.

When these social problems are solved that will be the time when we will feel the worth of our labor. When would that day be?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ben's Burjer

When in Mandaluyong you can try out Ben's Burger. I do not know if this is the burger owned by Benjamin Abalos. I seldom see this place full of customers but it is still there.
When I tried it, I thought that I will never go back. The burger tasted so ordinary.
And it is a little expensive. This one costs 65 pesos and their soda in can is 20 pesos.
I liked the good burger even more or brother's burger.
Hoowahh... I suddenly want to eat at Brother's Burger...
I've been on a fish diet since Monday and I am craving for meat..

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ondoy, Ondoy

This picture was taken September 27, 2009, Sunday at our school. We had to stay overnight because we cannot get out or go home due to the heavy rains and flood, we do not have any TV with good reception so we have no idea what is happening outside of the school. This is the water in front but now it has subside.
One of my student even took a picture of me riding a make shift boat. But I do not have that picture yet.

This is the chest deep water in Eusebio Avenue, I really cannot imagine myself walking in flooded water that deep but I was able to walk past my waist. Hehehe. I guess it is too much for me. This was taken when we were riding the boat with Miss Andal.

RTU inside from top October 8

RTU inside taken from above October 8
Near Immaculada School near the Pasig City Hall

Pasig Market
Eusebio Avenue again