Remember September

Official  Observances for  the month of September:

Non-working Holiday:  September 13: Id-ul-Adha( Feast of Sacrifice)

Non-holiday Observances only: 

Monthly Observances:

-Anti-Rat Campaign Month (Proclamation No. 179, s. 1955)
-Health, Safety and Sanitation Month (Proclamation No. 115-A, s. 1966)
-National Clean-up Month (Proclamation No. 244, s. 1993)
-Civil Service Month (Proclamation No. 1050, s. 1997)
-Development Policy Research Month (Proclamation No. 247, s. 2002)
-National Peace Consciousness Month (Proclamation No. 675, s. 2004)
-Social Security Month (Proclamation No. 682, s. 2004)
-Rule of Law Month (Proclamation No. 713, s. 2004)
-Public Relations Month (Proclamation No. 1357, s. 2007)
-Peoples Management Month (Proclamation No. 1614, s. 2008)
-Blood Diseases Month (Proclamation No. 1833, s. 2009)
-Cybersecurity Awareness Month (Proclamation No. 2054, s. 2010)
-National Teachers’ Month (September 5-October 5) (Proclamation No. 242, s. 2011)
Weekly Observances:
Weekly observances with specific dates:
September 16 – 22: Cerebral Palsy Awareness and Protection Week (Proclamation No. 588, s. 2004)

September 17 – 23: World Clean and Green Week (Proclamation No. 244, s. 1993)

Weekly observances without specific dates:
Week 1:
National Crime Prevention Week (Proclamation No. 461, s. 1994)
Obesity Prevention Awareness Week (Proclamation No. 162, s. 1999)
National Epilepsy Awareness Week (Proclamation No. 230, s. 2002)
Week 2: Education Week (Proclamation No. 409, s. 1953)

Week 3:
Medical Technology Week (Proclamation No. 1181, s. 1973)
Design Consciousness Week (Proclamation No. 1259, s. 1974)
National Building Management Industry Week (Proclamation No. 12, s. 1998)
Chemical Engineering Week (Proclamation No. 1365, s. 2007)
Week 4: Medicine Week (Proclamation No. 439, s. 1957)

Last Week:
Family Week (Proclamation No. 60, s. 1992)
National Tourism Week (Proclamation No. 894, s. 1996)
Daily Observances:
Daily observances without specific dates:
Third Saturday of September: International Coastal Clean-up Day (Proclamation No. 470, s. 2003)

Third Monday of September: World Health Day (Proclamation No. 144, s. 1963)

Last Friday of September: National Maritime Day (Proclamation No. 866, s. 1966)

Daily observances with specific dates:
September 1:
Birth anniversary of Senate President Gil J. Puyat (1907)
September 2:
Birth anniversary of National Scientist Gregorio T. Velasquez (1901)
Birth anniversary of Chief Justice Fred Ruiz Castro (1914)
Death anniversary of National Scientist Geminiano T. de Ocampo (1987)
September 3:
Death Anniversary of Chief Justice Cesar Bengzon (1992)
September 4:
Birth anniversary of Speaker of the National Assembly Benigno S. Aquino, Sr. (1894)
September 5:
Birth anniversary of National Artist Ildefonso Santos Jr. (1929)
September 6:
Birth anniversary of National Artist Francisco Arcellana (1916)
September 8:
National Literacy Day (Proclamation No. 1886, s. 1979)
National Physical Therapy Day (Proclamation No. 15, s. 1998)
Birth anniversary of National Artist N.V.M. Gonzales (1915)
Death anniversary of National Scientist Pedro B. Escuro (2000)
September 9:
Birth anniversary of President Sergio Osmeña (1878)
Birth anniversary of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives Quintin B. Paredes (1884)
September 10:
Anniversary of the Official Gazette (1902)
September 11:
Birth anniversary of Speaker of the National Assembly Gil Montilla (1876)
Birth anniversary of Speaker of the House of Representatives Cornelio T. Villareal (1904)
Birth anniversary of Speaker of the House of Representatives Daniel Romualdez (1907)
Birth anniversary of President Ferdinand E. Marcos (1917)
September 12:
Birth anniversary of National Artist Gerardo de Leon (1913)
September 13:
Birth anniversary of National Artist Amado V. Hernandez (1903)
Death anniversary of National Scientist Julian A. Banzon (1988)
September 14:
Founding anniversary of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Executive Order No. 125, s. 1993)
September 15:
Death anniversary of National Scientist Casimiro V. del Rosario (1982)
Philippine Medicine Day (Proclamation No. 407, s. 1953)
September 16:
Birth anniversary of National Scientist Geminiano T. de Ocampo (1907)
Death anniversary of Senate President Neptali A. Gonzales (2001)
September 19:
Birth anniversary of Senate President Arturo M. Tolentino (1910)
Death anniversary of National Artist Francisco F. Feliciano (2014)
Civil Service Commission (Public Law No. 5 of 1900)
Founding anniversary of the Order of Gabriela Silang (Executive Order No. 236, s. 2003)
Founding anniversary of the Order of Lakandula (Executive Order No. 236, s. 2003)
Founding anniversary of the Order of National Social Scientists (Executive Order No. 236, s. 2003)
Law Day (Proclamation No. 1477, s. 1975)
September 20:
Birthday of National Scientist Dolores A. Ramirez (1931)
September 24:
Birth anniversary of Chief Justice and Speaker of the National Assembly José Yulo (1894)
Birthday of Senate President Edgardo J. Angara (1934)
September 26:
Department of Justice (Decree of Aguinaldo, 1898)
September 28:
Birth anniversary of President Diosdado Macapagal (1910)
Death anniversary of President Ferdinand E. Marcos (1989)
September 29:
Birth anniversary of National Scientist Juan Salcedo Jr. (1904)

Founding anniversary of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (Republic Act No. 9160 of 2001)

Sea of Garbage 

​This is about garbage crisis and if you love Cebu, this should worry you. 

Calling the attention of Cebu city governmentMega Cebu , SRP locators and every true-blue Cebuano. 

The garbage collection schedule here in barangay Guadalupe is supposed to be three times a week. Now its once every three weeks!  

Few meters from my house is the once pristine Guadalupe river, now the dumping site of so many communities along the riverbank.

Unless we do something about it immediately, in less than 10 years, Mactan channel will be as dirty as Manila bay. 

Looking at those high-end restaurants in Il Corso, this thought scares me but I can guarantee, that panoramic view of the sea will soon turn into a view of sea of garbage. Very soon.

We’re talking of tens if not hundreds of tons of trash going into the very heart of your beloved city everyday. Guadalupe river serves as boundary between the north and south district barangays. 

You cannot blame the riverside communities. These informal settlers live in tight spaces with no room to spare to hoard their garbage. They have to dispose it everyday but the government can only collect it once a month! 

According to Daniel Basañez, Vice President of Sitio Sta  Lucia Homeowners Association, they don’t have much of a choice, with rat infestation and all, the river offers a convenient and practical place to dump garbage.

Mr. Daniel Basañez

The next rain will carry all these things straight to Mactan channel, to the vicinity of SRP in less than a day. From broken t.v’s to all sorts of plastics. The river, now a giant sewer,  never fails to deliver on time! 
There are so many plans you hear around from politicians to NGO’s about the river but until now, they remain as they are, grand and ambitious​ plans, while the dumping continue unabated. 

Mr. Basañez ​promised to support any initiative that will provide alternative to the current situation.For instance, if they have the resource and means, on their own they are willing to collect the garbage in their community on a daily basis so this can be properly disposed.

Improvised motorcycles like the one in the picture below is perfect for inner city settlements with narrow roads. 

With the urgency at hand, intervention  is of utmost importance. The rest of those grand plans can easily follow.

We cannot change the world, but we can make a difference, one community at a time.

For those willing to help, just leave  a message.

For further readings on the matter:

Guadalupe river rehab (Sunstar June 2015) 

Island of trash ( The Freeman March 2016)

DENR Asks help for river clean-up

5 Reasons Mayor Tom is in the headlines 

​Since his return to the city hall, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña made headlines not for new projects initiated but for the things he stopped or recalled.

Some look at it as indication of a strong and decisive leader, others call it, the pinnacle of arrogance.

5 things that make the comebacking mayor controversial. Here we go:

1. Mega Cebu membership Cebu city is the heart of the metropolis, exclude it and there is no Mega Cebu to envision or even dream about. They call it CCexit, I simply call it blackmail.

I don’t have anything to do with Mega Cebu. It is Mega Cebu now minus one,”Mayor Tom 

Read here: Sunstar: City backs out of Mega Cebu

2. Recall of City owned vehicles

​Recalled for ‘inventory purposes’, these vehicles previously issued to the barangays serve various purposes. Confiscating it for an indefinite period of time hampers the delivery of basic services. 

Read here: Cebu Daily News: Tom taketh away

3. Police reward and allowance

​He started early and strong in the campaign against drugs, giving outright reward for every criminal and druglord killed but Mayor Tom backpedals when the city police chief was replaced without his consent.  

“Kamo na lay magbuot…”  –Tom O.

Read here: Sunstar: Tomas stops reward

4.Sinulog sa Kabataan 

​Sinulog has always been participated by students. Without them, Sinulog will not be this popular today. Its like halo-halo minus the ice. 

“Who are the models of Sto. Niño? The night high school students who are trying to study or the other people out the street making noise so these people (night students) cannot study ”          –Mayor Tom

Read more: CDN: No more Sinulog sa Kabataan

5. Miss Cebu

​After 32 years, the annual beauty pageant showcasing the beauty and  talent from Cebu city’s barangays will no longer be a title to covet. No more crown to aspire!

“Ms Cebu will be canceled. Why? (It’s a) waste of money. It’s very elitist. It’s only for the rich,”

 – Mayor Tom

Read more: Sunstar: Time to stop Miss Cebu

Its just the second month of his fresh term, Mayor Tom is only warming up. For sure, this list is far from complete.

-photo credit to the rightful owners

Metro Stores growing fast

Homegrown supermarket brand,  Metro Stores, is riding the waves of exponential growth as it nets P262M for the past 12 months.

Recognized as the market leader in the Visayas for the hypermarket segment, Metro Retail Stores Group continue to position itself as the dominant player in the region with the opening  of new stores in key cities and fast-growing towns.  

Metro Stores recently entered a contract with Ayala Malls for the operation of four (4) supermarkets and/or department stores in upcoming Ayala developments in Cebu, Negros Occidental and in Metro Manila.

Negros Oriental will also have its first Metro Store soon as the company inked a partnership deal with the local government unit.

Growing 26% year on year, the company is showing strong indications that it is gearing towards becoming a major player in the retail industry, this time, not only in the Visayas. 

Indeed, there’s something for you at the METRO! 

Cebu Railway Project


At this very moment, major thoroughfares in Metro Cebu are choked once again in a worsening traffic comparable to that of Metro Manila already. So this news about mass transit system in Cebu  may at least give us a dose of hope.

.Singapore experts in Cebu for railway study


A project of this kind is long overdue for a metropolitan area of 2 million residents.  The past years there was a long discussion and excitement about Cebu BRT. But that project  is yet to hit the road. But this was before Duterte became president.



The new Philippines

This is still the Philippines, our beloved country. No head or tail, all regions are equal.

For so long a time, our perspective and perception towards our nation seem to reflect with our map orientation. Luzon being on top.

Mindanao was clearly left behind in government attention and resources. Bottom dweller Mindanao has always been lagging behind in terms of development and progress.

But today things are taking  a complete turn-around. While the first Mindanaoan President is delivering his first SONA, listening attentively  behind are Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Both hails from Mindanao.

Facing the nation in a momentous occasion, our three highest leaders are all from Mindanao. This will go down in history as the epic day our map swings around. Today, Mindanao is the new north.
Sometimes we need to take an upside down look at things just to  realize or perhaps recognize our true coordinates.

Uswag Pilipinas!