• Thoughts on Independence Day


    Today the nation observes the 116th Declaration of Philippine Independence all over the country. It is a regular holiday and most likely, many have filed their leaves for Friday to make it for the last long weekend before the onset of the rainy season. Huling hirit sa tag-init, ika nga!

    There are the usual government activities at the Luneta. The Department of Trade and Industry with its Diskwento Caravan and the Labor Department, with their so called Kalayaan Job Fair.

    “The 2014 Kalayaan Job Fair will bring in over 35,000 job vacancies, 8,957 of which are local jobs, 15,000 are jobs overseas, and 11,498 are government jobs,” Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said, as she urged job seekers from all walks of life to take advantage of the job fair to look for their dream jobs.

    Secretary Baldoz said job seekers who would like to work in the government can also apply for the 11,498 job vacancies to be offered by the Philippine Air Force (vacancies to be announced); Philippine National Police, which needs some 9,994 police officers; Department of Social Welfare and Development, which has 90 vacancies; Bureau of Internal Revenue, which needs 1,404 new employees; and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, which has a need for 10 employees.

    We wish all the 10 million jobseekers all the luck. We hope you find that which will grant you freedom from clutches of poverty and deprivation today being Independence Day. We hope you find a job that will bring you happiness so it will not feel like you are being forced to work for a living. We hope you find the job that does not entail you to be separated miles away from your loved ones just so they can have food on the table and they can go to school. Who among us can be a hero for them?

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    Like they say, laughter is the best medicine. Some funny quotes:

    Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice on Tuesday urged Vice-President Jejomar Binay to resign from the Aquino Cabinet and reveal “his true colors. Mr. Congressman, black is black, your honor! Not unless you’re color blind.”

    Meralco slashes June bills. Meralco said lower generation and transmission charges, and lower taxes and other charges for the May supply month resulted in lower bills. What do they take us for? Fools? Of course, our bills will go down. Less aircon with cooler temperatures brought about by the rainy season. That is the only logical explanation there. We don’t owe Meralco a favor. They owe us. When do we get our refunds back, sirs?

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    Sunday June 15 is Father’s Day. Let us honor the man who stands as the pillar of the family. To those who have lost their fathers, we share your loss. To those who are fortunate enough to still have them around, show them you genuinely care. In this day and age, a simple text asking how they are doing will be well-appreciated. How are you today, dad?

    God is Great!



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    1. Thelma, I am such a fun of your article. I don’t know how to thank you with all the sad news all over the world you always manage to crack a smile from me. Maybe you should run for office because you’ll be wonderful and bring light to the dark and gloomy government offices that smells like insecticide is their kind of potpouri. Keep up the good & funny moments – you lifted me up. Say happy daddy sa tatay mo at sa lahat patay o buhay dahil sila ang nagsimula ng lahat at tayo naman ang magtatapos para sa kanila. Let’s make all our daddys proud!