• DUEG IV A SUCCESS

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    21 Jan 2015 /  Articles, Events

    Despite several changes in schedule, Dueg IV proceeded without any hitch. It was a success.

    As a backgrounder, the outreach was originally planned for mid-November, 2014. However, the prexy had to go on an unscheduled trip to the USA late September, and the activity was moved to January 25, 2015. The activity could not proceed without him for the simple reason that his van was needed to carry almost all the materials and supplies for the outreach.

    Subsequent headcounts of prospective participants showed that moving the activity forward to January 18th would assure better participation. So, it was the 18th.

    The prexy returned on the 7th.

    And then it happened. President P-Noy declared a long, five-day holiday in the NCR to cover the visit of the Pope. This generated requests to move the activity to the 16th.  The school principal agreed, even if it was a regular school day for them.

    Tuesday, 13th, the principal requested that the outreach be moved to the 15th. The teachers had to go to town for medical examinations on the 16th. The group only had to re-schedule the trek to Timangguyob Falls to early on the 16th.

    The group left the Javier residence by 2215H on the 14th. Rey driving his van loaded with supplies, accompanied by Shiela and Brian. Belle drove her car, and Bong drove the car borrowed from Belle’s brother. The other participating members were distributed between the two cars. By 0330H of Thursday, the 15th, they were in San Clemente, in the residence of Dr. Ronaldo M. Toledo. Husband and wife Raul and Nida, together with Dori, arrived from Bataan soon after. There was very little chance to sleep. Last minute addition of items into the gift bags, and the chatting, made sure of that.

    By 0530H, they were on the way to the site aboard the DUFMA cargo truck.

    The outreach program begun by 0915H, and was over by 1145H. After some socializing and chatting with the teachers, led by Luz Monderin, the group was back in the resthouse by 1250H. Lunch and naps, punctuated by socials fueled by the legendary (for the club) Torta Peche followed till after dinner.

    By 0745H the next day, 16th, Rey, Ian, Brian, Wax, Wilma, Bong and Dori were trekking to the falls. They reached the site by 0910H, stayed till 1048H. By 1210H, they were back at the junction where the truck was waiting to bring them back to the rest house.

    By 1415H, they were on the way down, reached Dr. Toledo’s place by 1530H.  Short break, clean up, and they were off. Final reassembly was for dinner at the Petron area on south bound NLEX. By 2330H, the prexy was back home

    As planned, the give-aways covered enrollees from Day Care to Fourth Year High School. Those for Day Care to Kindergarten had special health kits and coloring sets donated by members. Writing pads, notebooks, pencils, and ballpoint pens, grade specific as applicable, were among the standard give-aways. All gift packs also included a pack of instant noodles, candy packets and 100 grams of iodized salt each. Gift bags for absent students were left to the care of the teachers for later distribution.

    Various items were awarded as prizes to game participants. Gift items were raffled off to all the teachers, up to High School level.

    The prepared special macaroni soup was fully consumed. All the 320 bowls were used.

    The merienda feeding included a packet of saltines and a glass of flavored juice drink.

    While we stuck to the policy of giving first to enrollees, we were able to give merienda even to non-enrollee children, as well as to the accompanying parents. Most of them Aetas.

    Left to the care of the teachers for distribution as they see fit were more than 300 pieces of textbooks, reference books, workbooks for various grade levels, dozens of used pencils of varying lengths, several kilograms of used crayons, dozens of used notebooks, and scratch pads. Various office supplies were also given.

    Five mechanical sharpeners were given them, five short of the target.  Three for multi-sized pencils suited for Day Care, Kindergarten and Grade One. Two were for standard size pencils. These bring to seven the number of mechanical sharpeners donated to the school to-date.  Note that four of the new ones were purchased with US$40.00 donated specifically for the purchase of sharpeners.

    Participating members were:

    1.  Brian A. Agana

    2.  Reynaldo F. Cuyugan

    3. Joaquin Ireneo R. Fabros

    4.  Bonifacio M. Javier

    5.  Ma. Regina R. Z. Javier

    6.  Jaime Ian R. Santos

    7.  Tommy O. Tan

    8.  Wilma N. Monsalud

    9.  Shiela B. Caluag

    10. Belinda Salvacion C. Tuliao, Associate

    11.  Rosemarie S. Lacson, Proby


    Joining them were guests:

    1.  Ma. Francisca Z. Javier

    2.  Dory Blobner

    3.  Nida Escaler

    4.  Raul Escaler

    Project Officers:

    1. Ma. Rosario Regina ‘Gina’ Z. Javier

      Project treasurer, Budget officer, Purchasing Officer, Fund raiser

    2. Belinda Salvacion ‘Belle’ S. Tuliao

      Chief Liaison with Site officers, Program Director, Fund raiser

    3. Wilma N. Monsalud

      Asst. Budget Officer, Photo-journalist, Fund raiser

    4. Brian A. Agana

      Chief Photo-journalist

    5. Tommy O. Tan.

      Photo-journalist

    6. Joaquin I. R. Fabros

      Photo-journalist

    SPECIAL NOTES:

    1.   This is the first participation of Ian in an outreach and trekking activity since he got married.
    His  only child is now in High School.

    2.   Dori Blobner expressed interest in joining the club. Since she cannot complete the technical requirements for membership, and the members felt comfortable with her, the .members there present unanimously agreed to grant her Associate Membership (Community Outreach). She plans to enroll in a trekking course or something similar back home. She was told to send a copy or photo of the certificate, and she would be converted to a regular member. She has been into trekking even during her pre-teens.

    3.   Dori, Raul and Nida were among the participants in the November, 2014, Mt. Pulag (Ambangeg- Ambangeg) trek led by Brian.


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  • 22 Dec 2014 /  Articles, Events

    DUEG PART I was a spur of the moment plan. During the regular meeting on November 04, 2012, members were brainstorming on what to do as a holiday activity for December. Someone, now unidentified, suggested an outreach in the Aeta Resettlement Area of Dueg. The club had gone there earlier that year on a minor climb up Mt. Damas. The idea was accepted. Then the details. The outreach was set for December 01 - 02, 2012. The gift-giving was to be done on Dec 02. It was not yet DUEG PART I.

    DUEG PART I - Belle Tuliao welcomes the children, and explains the program

    With only three weeks before the target dates, not much can be done. The club could not carry out an outreach that would benefit most of the individuals in the community. It was decided to limit the target beneficiaries to children enrolled at the Day Care level. The next decision had to be what to give. A member recalled that many of the children were barefooted. So, it had to be rubber slippers of the ‘Beachwalk’ type.

    Subsequently, our then contact in the area, Yancey Yves T. Camba, then manager of DUFMA (Dueg Upland Farmers Marketing Association) suggested inclusion of the the elementary level pupils among the beneficiaries. We agreed. At that time, we were not ready to include high-schoolers.

    The project pushed through as scheduled, with the members pooling their resources. The program set a pattern that we followed in subsequent reprise of the activity: Group games, orderly gift-giving, and merienda feeding.

    Pencils, ballpoint pens, toys and various items accumulated by the members were given as prizes. Excess and general-use items were left with the teachers for their distribution and use as they see fit to do. This has become common practice for the outreach.

    The beneficiary count was 165 children. The lone teacher who assisted us was Ms. Romelyn B. Alfonso.

    Posing with some of the children, most have gone home. Front row, from the left: Brian, Rey. Standing: Belle, Kon, Gina, Bong, Wilma.

    From the start, the group decided that we shall not serve instant soup. The soup consisted of elbow or shell macaroni, with fresh vegetables. chicken meat, and sliced hotdogs, enriched with canned milk. All brought from Manila. This was cooked on the morning of the activity by local volunteers. Soup bowls and plastic spoons were provided by the club.

    The outreach was successful: The children were happy. The participants were happy. The participants not only paid their own transportation costs, as well as the common meals they ate, they also shared in the costs of purchased give-aways. Some gave more. A couple of members who were unable to join pitched in to cover part of the costs. To this day, we have maintained the practice of participants paying for their own transport ex-Manila and back, as well as equitably sharing in the cost of common meals cooked for them onsite.

    The expenses for this first outreached totaled PHP9,494.47. Personal expenses of participants, including transportation, fuel and toll fees, meals on the road not included.

    The club, thereafter, decided that the outreach to the same community shall be repeated, at least once a year, with enrolled children, up to fourth year High School, as target beneficiaries.

    DUEG PART II was held on May 18-19, 2013. The gift-giving was done o the 19th, with 224 beneficiaries. With more time to prepare we managed to solicit funds from generous members and friends of the club. This time, each gift pack included a grade specific writing pads, notebooks, pencils and ballpoint pens. The new pencils and ballpoint pens were courtesy of the Amalgamated Specialties Corporation. We also added 100 grams of iodized salt to the package (upland diet is terribly deficient in iodine which is needed for healthy brain development). The gifts were given out contained in sling bags. Of course, there were the games and prizes.

    The poster child is Mary Ramos, born October 05, 2009, of pure Aeta parents, in the resettlement community. She is seventh of eight children as of 2013.

    The poster child is Mary Ramos, born October 05, 2009, of pure Aeta parents, in the resettlement community. She is seventh of eight children as of 2013.

    Used pencils, crayons, hardly-used notebooks, watercolor sets and miscellaneous items were given away as prizes. The used items were donated by Le-Sil Montessori School of Parañaque. Among items left for common use were two wall-mounted, mechanical pencils. The banner poster child, Mary Ramos, was given her own huggable teddy bear.

    The merienda feeding consisted of a more generous serving of macaroni soup plus a packet of crackers (we noted the first time around that half-full bowls were not enough, ‘Bitin’ in local parlance). After the schoolchildren have had their fill of soup, parents and other children still around were given the remainder.

    Boy Scouts from the Blessed Trinity School of Las Piñas, headed by troop leader and teacher May Isabel Basilio-Sanchez, were invited to participate as part of their merit-badge quests. They conducted a bonding session with local scouts on the night of the 18th. They also provided crowd management support on the day of the main activity.

    DUEG PART III was held January 25-26, 2014. This time, the beneficiary count reached 277 pupils. Give-aways were almost the same, without the sling bags but with a packet of instant noodles each (We were told that, asked to choose between the noodles and a pencil or ballpoint pen, the children would likely opt for the noodles). We managed to give out more prizes, including donated used and unused shirts, used pencils, hardly-used notebooks, used watercolor sets. The used school items were mostly donated by the Le-Sil Montessori School of Parañaque. Special gifts were given to the top academic honorees from Grade I to fourth year High School. This portion shall, henceforth, be a regular part of the activity.

    As luck would have it, January 25 was the scheduled early enrollment day, and all the teachers were around to assist. The gift-giving was moved to that day. The teacher-coordinator was Ms. Luzviminda T. Monderin. The teachers were given one new t-shirt each. Mary Ramos, was given a special t-shirt.

    Direct project expenditures amounted to PHP10,723.65.

    For DUEG PART IV, we hope to do better. For each pupil or student, now a total of 283 students, a sling bag with one or two grade-specific writing pads, a new notebook, also grade specific as applicable, one or two new pencils, one new ballpoint pen (from grade V onwards), one or two packets of instant noodles, 100 to 250 grams of iodized salt. More games and better prizes.

    The merienda feeding shall also be expanded to include an 8-ounce glass of instant juice drink. We decided on instant juice, rather than pre-packed, since this is easier to bring, economical, as well as environmentally friendlier.

    A major target, funds permitting, this time is to provide one wall-mounted, mechanical pencil sharpener for each classroom. We were told that the children resorted to chewing on the wooden parts of pencils in order to expose the writing lead. We would need to buy at least ten pieces for this purpose. We asked if the children felt insulted when given used pencils. We were also told that they used pencils already as short as one inch. No, they are not insulted, they appreciate the gesture.

    To-date, December 2014, we have received donations in-kind from the following: from Le-Sil Montessori School of Parañaque - more that 300 pieces of assorted, unused textbooks, workbooks and reference books, several dozens of used pencils and crayons, and hardly used notebooks. From the Blessed Trinity School of Las Piñas - hardly used notebooks and used pencils. From Dr. Joyce Cuyugan - miscellaneous accumulated give-aways suitable for children. Members have also donated various items.

    A couple of new friends are sponsoring the noodle packs.

    As early as September 2014, we have received cash donations from members and friends. We need more if we are to achieve our desired targets.

    The estimated budget for direct project expenses is PHP15,000.00 if sling bags are not included. With sling bags, the budget is estimated to go up to PHP20,000.00. Both estimates do not include the wall-mounted, mechanical pencil sharpeners which cost approximately PHP500.00 each.

  • 12 Oct 2013 /  Articles, Events

    Attention: MEMBERS
    and FRIENDS

    SB shall do DUEG PART 3 early December 2013. As before, the target beneficiaries are the
    pupils and students, daycare to high school levels, at the Dueg Resettlement
    Community, Sitio Dueg, Barangay Maasin, town of San Clemente, province of
    Tarlac.

    As before, we shall distribute pencils, ball pens, pad
    papers, notebooks and crayons and the merienda consisting of macaroni soup with
    chicken and vegetables, plus a pack of biscuit each.

    This time, however, we hope to generate enough cash
    contribution to enable us to give each child, from grades 1 to 12 (elementary
    through high school) one good T-shirt each.

    A good quality T-shirt, printed with the sponsor’s logo
    and/or SB outline logo, would cost around P130 to P150 each. We should plan for 230 – 250 pieces.

    While we prefer that the tees be in common quality and
    design, we welcome donations of T-shirts with pre-printed corporate or project
    logos. We only ask that these preferably
    be in children’s and young adult sizes.
    Although we prefer in white or yellow colored tees, we welcome those in
    other base colors.

    We need help in sourcing donations in cash or in kind. Please
    send me via e-mail (
    rfcuyugan0605@yahoo.com.ph)
    or via SMS (+63917-5461576) the names, title/designations, addresses of your
    prospective donors who may require formal requests.

    Donations in cash may be coursed via any SB officer, or may
    be directly deposited to any of the following accounts:

    1.
    Reynaldo F. Cuyugan - BPI C/A 3311-0002-67

    2.
    Ma. Regina Z. Javier - BPI 0276-3227-92

    When you do deposit, please let us know so we can account
    for these.

    Comments from the previous Dueg outreach have reached us to
    wit: we are different from other
    outreach groups in that we do not give away randomly to those who get in line
    quickly, and aggressively.

    We intend to keep it that way. We have targeted specific members of the
    community – the enrolled pupils and students.
    Only after they are served that we shall distribute excess items
    randomly.

  • 14 Jan 2011 /  Articles, Club Info

    Foreword: 2010 was a slow year for the club, activity-wise.  Attribute this to the fact that 2010 was an election year (national and local levels) in the Philippines.  Prexy Rey Cuyugan was requested by member Allan Monreal to assist in the local campaign of his mother-in-law and his wife, Tetet, for the mayoralty and vice mayoralty post, respectively, in the municipality of Bantayan, island of Bantayan, in Cebu province.  Rey spent most of March to mid-May in the municipality.

    Unfortunately, the local Liberal Party team lost miserably (for many reasons not germaine to this blog).  However, as Rey openly forecasted early on, the candidate for President, P-Noy, won by a landslide in the whole island of Bantayan, and Cebu as well.  He garnered more votes than all the other presidential candidates combined, at least in Bantayan.

    Also, unfortunate was the accident that befell proby Jhigs Pabale in March.  She has fully recovered.  A separate ‘ closure’ report shall be sent out to all members shortly.

    THE ACTIVITIES (other than meetings)

    Oct 10 - Run for Pasig River

    Members Tita Dimacali, Brian Agana, Jon Rivera and Rey Cuyugan helped operate a first-aid station in support of the “Run for Pasig River.”   The run was a project of ABS-CBN.  The station was assigned to SARAGI (Search and Rescue Auxiliary Group, Inc.), which, in turn, is a civilian volunteer component of the 505th Air Rescue Group of the Philippine Air Force.

    Tita and Rey are members of Batch-2 (1993) of SAR trainees.  Jon, who performed as principal first-aider, is a member of a more current batch.  Brian acted as an official photo-recorder for the activity.

    Oct 30 – 31, Mt. Batulao Minor Climb

    The Club led the members of Dra. Ambe Fernando-Catindig’s group, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, in their trek up Mt. Batulao. The first for all 17 participants from their group, Brian Agana, Jon Rivera and Rey Cuyugan provided support from SB. Proby Niel Valmoria had his first climb ever.

    The “Adventure Camp” of the foundation is an annual event held for diabetic members above 17 years of age. Volunteers, including non-diabetics join in the activity. The club has previously provided team-building support for the “Rainbow Camp” of the foundation. This other annual event is held for diabetic beneficiaries aged 17 years and below.

    Note: The club again tapped as local guides brothers VicMar and Angelo Villanueva. “Old-timers will remember VicMar as the little boy who supplied the group with water when they trekked up Mt. Batulao using the now-hardly-used original trail.

    Nov. 26 – 28 Mt. Pulag Traverse, Ambangeg-Akiki-Duacan

    This was the annual Pulag climb which was pushed back to accommodate the members of the “JDF Adventure Camp” who wanted to experience climbing Mt. Pulag. Also, to accommodate the group, SB agreed to use the nominally easier “Ambangeg-Akiki” route rather than the usual SB Akiki-Akiki ‘killer’ route.

    Nine participants came from the ‘Adventure Camp’ group. Members Bingo Catindig, Brian Agana, Jon Rivera and Rey Cuyugan led. Proby Niel Valmoria had his first major-B climb.

    Note: As a result of the experience, six ‘Adventure Camper’s have formally signed up as probationary members effective January 9th, 2011. At least one more is expected to sign up by next month.

    Also, the 2011 Adventure Camp has been scheduled for April. The trek shall use the Akiki-Akiki route. ‘Lolas’ among the group are expected to join.

  • 26 Nov 2008 /  Articles

    It’s never a good thing to hear BAD News, especially when it concerns an old friend you haven’t been in touch with for a very long time.  Being busy with the tasks of everyday life is no joke.  You focus your undivided attention to what is needed to be done for the day, and what lies ahead.  When you can spare a few moments, you can either wonder about friends, do some leisurely work, or simply rest your tired mind and body.

    Some people touch your life in a very personal way.  A Friend you reach for in times of problems.  A specialist you consult for your medical needs.  Such a friend is Dr. Jose Javier Suntay, or better known to us as Doc J.

    We met in a medical mission held in Mindanao many years past.  I,  together with my teammates, provided technical assistance to the mission.  Teamed with some medical personnel and staffers of the PAL Foundation, we flew to South Cotabato for a medical mission in the Tiboli area, which was recently  devastated by water rushing from a breached natural dam. 

    Doc J volunteered to us his professional services for free.  I even consulted  him concerning some of my medical problems then.  What makes it memorable was that we always met at the tennis court behind PGH, never in his clinic.  We also went out with our fellow missionaries for food and night-life.  The best physical description of him which we can came up with was, “the Al Tantay of Orthopedic, and Judas look-alike during lenten season”.  He was a most eligible bachelor then.  I do not  know if he finally settled down.

    As I surfed the net looking for news of Doc J, one can’t help but notice his colorful credentials.  There were many thing I did’t know about him. But what I do know is that he was a good friend not only to me, but also to others.

    Early in the evening of Monday the 24th news came to me from a friend, that the Doc J we knew already passed away during the weekend in a terrible car accident.  I can’t help but put my fingers to my keyboard and surf the net for news articles to verify my doubts.  It took me only a moment to confirm the bad news.  An Old Friend is really dead.

    He slammed into an electrical post while avoiding a early warning device poorly-placed on the road by some electric contractors.  Early warning devices, properly placed, should save lives.  The irony of ironies  what was supposed to warn people of danger caused the loss of his life.

    I am writting this article to commemorate his colorful life and also to mourn for an old friend and a friend of Sikap-Bundok, Dr. Jose Javier J. Suntay.

     

    - Ian Santos

     

    p.s.

    news article link . . .

    http://archive.inquirer.net/view.php?db=1&story_id=173697

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/metro/view/20081121-173575/Makati-Med-surgeon-dies-in-car-crash