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The Community Extension Services and Development (CESDEV) office in UC Banilad recently underwent a Make-Over in preparation for the new school year. It now offers a more spacious look and a well-defined space allocations for office files, office supplies, and other relevant records. More remarkable is the addition of a long working table that will serve as an area for meetings, discussions, planning, and other related activities.

This make-over was deemed necessary because of the increasing workload in relation to the upcoming PACUCOA Accreditation as well as with the influx of additional volunteers with the opening of the school year.


5S is a systematic approach of workplace organization with the intention of having a place for everything and everything in its place, a standard way of doing things, and the discipline to maintain it.

CESDEV Nursing abides by these principles in cleaning up the office and it proved to be very helpful in organizing the office and in putting up everything in order.


It is important for us to understand the basic concepts of housekeeping. The Japanese developed this good practice of housekeeping for which they call it 5S. An emphasis should be given to the word GOOD. There are many ways of doing housekeeping but we have to ask ourselves how fast, efficient and effective it is.

We may have been practicing housekeeping but we are not conscious of the way we do it or the tools we are using. We are not even aware whether it is part of our system or daily routine or not. Most of the time we do not see its tremendous effect in our work.

The 5S's are simply derived from the five Japanese words Sieri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu & Shitsuke. The understanding of these terms vary among different companies and offices.

The translation to English or Pilipino is not at all accurate or exactly the same as it is in Japanese in the same way as some Spanish or Latin words are expressed or translated differently in English. The English equivalent of these words may or may not be translated literally. The translation would also differ if we consider the various types of work.


This 5S video series is very informative and engaging, produced to ensure the key concepts of 5S are communicated. This video takes the audience through each stage of the 5S process from Sort through Sustain. In each of the 5 stages we take the time to explain how you can improve or implement that stage in your workplace using real life examples.


5S is the name of a workplace organization methodology that uses a list of five Japanese words which are seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu and shitsuke. Transliterated or translated into English, they all start with the letter "S".

The list describes how items are stored and how the new order is maintained. The decision-making process usually comes from a dialogue about standardization which builds a clear understanding among employees of how work should be done. It also instills ownership of the process in each employee.


There are 5 primary phases of 5S: sorting, straightening, systematic cleaning, standardizing, and sustaining.

Sorting (Seiri)

Eliminate all unnecessary tools, parts, and instructions. Go through all tools, materials, and so forth in the plant and work area. Keep only essential items and eliminate what is not required, prioritizing things as per requirements and keeping them in easily-accessible places. Everything else is stored or discarded.

Straightening or setting in order / stabilize (Seiton)

There should be a place for everything and everything should be in its place. The place for each item should be clearly labeled or demarcated. Items should be arranged in a manner that promotes efficient work flow, with equipment used most often being the most easily accessible. Workers should not have to bend repetitively to access materials. Each tool, part, supply, or piece of equipment should be kept close to where it will be used – in other words, straightening the flow path. Seiton is one of the features that distinguishes 5S from "standardized cleanup". This phase can also be referred to as Simplifying.

Sweeping or shining or cleanliness / systematic cleaning (Seiso)

Keep the workplace tidy and organized. At the end of each shift, clean the work area and be sure everything is restored to its place. This makes it easy to know what goes where and ensures that everything is where it belongs. A key point is that maintaining cleanliness should be part of the daily work – not an occasional activity initiated when things get too messy.

Standardizing (Seiketsu)

Work practices should be consistent and standardized. All work stations for a particular job should be identical. All employees doing the same job should be able to work in any station with the same tools that are in the same location in every station. Everyone should know exactly what his or her responsibilities are for adhering to the first 3 S's.

Sustaining the discipline or self-discipline (Shitsuke)

Maintain and review standards. Once the previous 4 S's have been established, they become the new way to operate. Maintain focus on this new way and do not allow a gradual decline back to the old ways. While thinking about the new way, also be thinking about yet better ways. When an issue arises such as a suggested improvement, a new way of working, a new tool or a new output requirement, review the first 4 S's and make changes as appropriate.



The Tsinelas (slippers), which was derived from the Spanish word chinela, is a light low-cut footwear that can be easily slipped onto the foot. It has a very simple design consisting of a flexible sole and a Y-shaped hold-strap strategically placed in order to bind the slipper to the foot.

It is considered a necessity by most Filipinos and has been incorporated in the standard inventory of every household, regardless of their social and economic class. Though traditionally made from abaca or katad (leather), modern tsinelas are now made out of rubber, fabric, synthetic resin, and other materials.




"The grand essentials of HAPPINESS: something to DO, something to LOVE, and something to HOPE FOR. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."



Run for Green Life, a campaign for healthy life style will be held today, Sunday, and will be dedicated to the celebration of life. The event is organized by the Southern Partners and Fair Trade Center (SPFTC) together with the Fair Trade Shop and Road Revolution Network at the University of Cebu.

It has come to light that on Sunday, a lot of activity will take place at the region as a leisure biking is also due to be held on the day in Banilad. Moreover, Bodytone will be set aside a division for runners, who wish to bring their dogs with them.

The Run for Green Life 2011 has 15k, 6k and 3k categories, with runners taking off from UC Banilad covering the Cabancalan and Mandaue route. A special category of 6k will also be included for the barefoot and modest shoes.

In order to participate in the event, one is required to make a registration fee which ranges from P250 for the 3k and 6k to P300 for the 15k run. For all those who will participate in the event will get singlet race bibs and food packs.

The event will take place sharp at 7 a. m., just like previous year this year as well there will be free tasting of natural and organic food. Moreover, recycling of bring tin cans and newspapers will also take place.



Full Name:
Margarita Vargas Osmeña

Date of Birth:
July 25, 1949

Place of Birth:
Tokyo, Japan

Husband's Name:
Tomas R. Osmeña

Child's Name:
Ramon Miguel V. Osmeña

Professional Career

Elected as City Councilor, 2nd District Cebu City
Professional Background

Worked in different financial institutions in the United States

Educational Background

BA- Liberal Arts Major in Foreign Service

Maryknoll College

Post Graduate Studies in Accounting
University of California

Professional Management Development Program

Asian Institute of Management

Committees and Chairmanship

For 2010 - 2013, Hon. Margarita V. Osmeña is a member and/or officer of the following committees:

Chairman Committee on Tourism, and Local and International Relations and Arts and Culture

Vice-Chairman Committee on Family and Women

Member Committee on Health, Hospital Services, and Sanitation

Member Committee on Education, Science and Technology

Member Committee on Social Services

Member Committee on Youth and Sports Development

Member Committee on Parks and Playground, Wildlife, Ecology and Environmental

Civic Involvements

1988-present Chairperson of Children of Cebu Foundation, Inc. (CCFI). Constructed a P3.1M house for 4,000 street children.

1988-present Chairperson of Cebu City Task Force on Street Children (CCTFSC). Umbrella Organization of 27 child caring member agencies in Cebu City. Initiated projects for Street Children such as Annual Summer Camp, Annual Christmas Convention and Annual Recognition of Graduates. Initiated construction of Cebu City Operation Second Chance. A P16M separate minor's detention facility. The first of its kind in the country.

Initiated construction of Children's Resource Center. It is a Knowledge Center cum Computer Laboratory for all children who want to do research work without a fee. It is also a training/conference room.


May 27, 2011 was a day of history as the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. once again celebrated the 5th year of Gabii sa Kabilin. 11 museums and 7 heritage sites opened its doors to the public for a once-in-a-year nighttime heritage tour around Cebu from 6 p.m. until midnight.

Rain was never a hindrance to us and to other people who want to turn back time through Gabii sa Kabilin. Everyone was so happy and busy taking pictures while the water from the heavens are falling down. The tartanillas and buses also gave the public ease of access to the museums and heritage sites. They also rendered comfort in traveling and fun for tartanilla first-timers. The idea of tartanilla ride contributed a lot in stimulating the whole event like you are in the past.


In time for National Heritage Month and International Museum Day this Month, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) once again hold Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage) on May 27, 2011. This would be the 5th Gabii sa Kabilin which started in 2007.

Below are useful information regarding the event, from Gabii sa Kabilin Route Map, Tartanilya Routes, Bus Routes, Gabii sa Kabilin 2011 Participating Museums, Gabii sa Kabilin 2011 Participating Heritage Sites and Attractions & Activities by Participating Museums & Heritage Sites.

For only P150 ticket, a visitor can already enter all the participating museums and heritage sites and avail of bus and tartanilla (horse-drawn carriage) rides. You can choose where to start first. CESDEV Nursing volunteers, friends, and museum enthusiasts will be joining the activity tonight.

Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage) is the only one of its kind in the Philippines and in Asia, aims to reinforce the belief that local museums are venues for the understanding and appreciation of Cebuano history and culture. But beyond that it also discounts the stereotype of museums as mere repositories of “dead objects”; rather, as venues for live cultural activities.



1. Casa Gorordo Museum
2. Cathedral Museum of Cebu
3. Fort San Pedro
4. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
5. Museo Sugbo
6. University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF)
7. Sacred Heart Alternative Gallery
8. Cebu Normal University (CNU) Museum
9. Cebu City Museum
10. Mandaue City Central Plaza
11. Plaza Independencia
12. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
13. Basilica del Sto. Niño
14. Sacred Heart Church
15. Heritage of Cebu Monument (Plaza Parian)
16. Plaza Hamabar
17. Plaza Sugbo
18. Rizal Museum, Museo Parian sa Sugbo
(1730 Jesuit House)



Now on its fifth year this year, the Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage) organized by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) is joined by more museums when the event takes place on May 27.

The event is slated every last Friday of May to culminate with the International Museums Day and National Heritage Month celebrations. This year, 11 participating museums will be visited by the public.

Participating museums this year have grown to eleven from nine in 2010. These include Casa Gorordo Museum, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, Fort San Pedro, the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Museo Sugbo, University of Southern Philippines Foundation Rizal Museum, Parian Museum sa Sugbo (Jesuit House), Sacred Heart Alternative Gallery, Cebu Normal University Museum, Cebu City Museum, and Mandaue City Central Plaza.

Heritage sites Plaza Independencia, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Basilica del Sto. Niño, Sacred Heart Church, Heritage of Cebu Monument, Plaza Hamabar, and Plaza Sugbo will also be featured.

RAFI’s Culture and Heritage unit Executive Director Jocelyn Gerra said the yearly event is aimed at making people understand and appreciate museums and heritage sites as venues for cultural understanding by extending their operating hours, from 6 p.m. to midnight.




• University of Southern Philippines Foundation-Rizaliana Museum. It features a rich collection of memorabilia owned by the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal

• Sacred Heart Parish Alternative Gallery. The parish was founded in 1952. It houses a gallery designed for local artists to display their works.

• Cebu Normal University Museum. Established in 1902, CNU was once called the Cebu Normal School. The university has a museum which houses World War II memorabilia and old photos of the school.

• Cebu City Museum. The museum gives a clear glimpse of the history of Cebu from pre-Hispanic times to the Contemporary period.

• Mandaue City Plaza. Mandaue was founded in 1599 and became a city in 1969. Fronting the city hall is a wide plaza where the post office, among others, is located.

• Plaza Independencia. Considered to be the largest park of Cebu City, it has statues of some of the prominent figures in Philippine history.

• Casa Gorordo Museum. A Cebuano lifestyle museum which is formerly the 19th century residence of the first Cebuano Bishop Juan Garces Gorordo.

• Cathedral Museum of Cebu. The former rectory of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral now houses some of the treasures of the Archdiocese of Cebu.

• Fort San Pedro. It is a fort built at the start of Spanish colonization to protect Cebu from Moro sea raids.

• Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House. Built during the late 18th century, this house turned lifestyle museum is originally owned by a Chinese merchant named Juan Yap and his wife Maria Florido.

• Museo Sugbo. It is the Cebu Provincial Museum. Built in 1871, it was formerly the old Carcel de Cebu during the Spanish, American, and Japanese Occupation up to 2004.

• Museo Parian sa Sugbo (1730 Jesuit House). Built in 1730, it was formerly the residence of the Jesuit Superior in Cebu.

• Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. It is the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu.

• Basilica del Sto. Niño. This church was later constructed on the purported site of the discovery of the Sto. Niño image/icon in 1565. Today, it is an important historical and religious landmark in Cebu.

• Sacred Heart Church. The church was originally dedicated to the Our Lady Queen of China and was finished in 1960 in time to celebrate its first Mass on Christmas Eve.

• Heritage of Cebu Monument. Located on the original Plaza Parian, it showcases significant and symbolic events in the history of Cebu.

• Plaza Hamabar. It features the statue of King Humabon, the king of Cebu when Magellan came to the islands and believed to be the first Christianized Filipino.

• Plaza Sugbo. Used to be called Rizal Plaza, it opened in 2008. The famous Magellan's Cross is located inside the plaza.


"It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is WHERE YOU ARE GOING. The biggest adventure you can ever take is to LIVE THE LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS."


Residents of barangay Kalunasan in Cebu City yesterday voiced in a public hearing their opposition to the city government’s plan to convert Osmeña Park into a public cemetery.

But Cebu City South District Rep. Tomas Osmeña told residents they should “give support” to the minority group Evangelical Christian Coalition Inc. that would benefit from the creation of a cemetery.

He said residents should be unselfish to the non-Catholic group. In a petition submitted to Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, hundreds of Kalunasan residents said Osmeña Park, which is inside their residential barangay is not a suitable site for a cemetery.

They said they are worried the creation of the cemetery would compromise public health. “The cemetery will contaminate the ground water which is the source of drinking water of the residents around the shrine,” their petition read.
“It will adversely affect the water quality.”

In addition, the residents said the separation of the Church and State would be violated if the government donated land to the Evangelical Christian Coalition Inc.
Kalunasan barangay captain Nunilon Monares Jr. said Osmeña promised more programs for the barangay.

Osmeña said he will install a water treatment facility to ensure that runoff from the cemetery will not contaminate the barangay’s water sources. The congressman also said he will widen roads to ease access to the cemetery and decongest the barangay.

The lush 10-hectare Osmeña Park is owned by the city government. Osmeña announced plans to convert the park into a cemetery in 2009 towards the end of his last term as Cebu City mayor. “Let this be the last official act of the Osmeñas in the city. I am proposing that we convert the Don Sergio Shrine site as a Don Sergio Osmeña interfaith memorial park for the urban poor and for the people from various faith,” he said.



Tropical storm “Chedeng” continued to hurtle toward the Philippines with increased strength, threatening to become a “super-typhoon” and end the summer season with rolls of thunder and heavy rains, the state weather bureau said on Monday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Chedeng (international name: Songda) was seen to strengthen into a typhoon in the next 24 hours and bring strong winds, thunderstorms, and moderate to heavy rains all over the country.

Robert Sawi, Pagasa’s chief forecaster, said Chedeng “is so far the strongest tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.” As of 10 a.m. on Monday, Pagasa said Chedeng, the third tropical cyclone of the year, was still at open sea, about 795 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

It was carrying maximum sustained winds at 95 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph. Sawi said Chedeng, which was moving west northwest at 15 kph, could reach over 100 kph in wind strength. No storm warning signals were raised as of Monday afternoon, although Pagasa officials said they have advised local disaster coordinating councils to take appropriate actions.

Science Undersecretary Graciano Yumul Jr. said Chedeng could gather more strength in its approach to the country. “Chedeng could still intensify into a super-typhoon,” he told reporters in a briefing. A super-typhoon is the unofficial name for typhoons over 150 kph. The last “super-typhoon” that visited the country was Juan, which carried winds up to 290 kph, in October 2010.

Yumul added that the storm could fulfill the weather requirements that would compel Pagasa to declare the onset of the wet season. According to Pagasa officials, Chedeng’s effects will be widespread, warning that the eastern seaboard could bear the brunt of the storm’s strength. They added that other parts of the country would experience rains and strong winds due to the potential typhoon.

“The eastern seaboard will be directly affected by the storm but it will also enhance the southwest monsoon which will bring rains over the western seaboard… the western seaboard will be extremely wet from Wednesday to Friday. The whole country has to prepare,” Yumul said.

The Samar-Negros regions will be the first to feel the heavy rains from Chedeng on Wednesday. As Chedeng moves north, stormy weather will prevail Bicol Region, Quezon, Quirino and Aurora on Thursday and in Cagayan-Isabela Aurora on Friday. Based on current models, Yumul said Chedeng could make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela area on Friday.

Metro Manila and Central Luzon, although not in the direct path of Chedeng, will experience moderate to heavy rains starting Thursday night from the enhanced southwest monsoon, according to Pagasa. The arrival of Chedeng could herald the end of the dry season and the start of the wet season, Pagasa said. The storm could aid the development and enhancement of the southwest monsoon, the main seasonal feature of the rainy season in the Philippines.

Yumul said Pagasa has been instructed to strictly monitor the amount of rainfall to be produced by Chedeng. For the agency to declare the arrival of the wet season, at least half of the 10 rainfall stations in Luzon and Visayas must have a total of 25 mm rainfall for five consecutive days. Chedeng could dump 20 to 55 millimeters of rainfall per hour, Yumul said. The predicted maximum amount of rainfall from Chedeng is close to the 56 mm per hour rainfall brought by tropical storm “Ondoy” (international name: Ketsana) in September 2009.

These weather features – the dominance of the southwest monsoon and the significant amount of rainfall – showed that summer has been winding down, Pagasa said. “Collectively considering the above conditions, the widespread rains observed in the past few days and with the expected impact of Tropical Storm Chedeng (which strongly suggests to influence and enhance the southwest monsoon) it has become imperative to announce the imminent onset of the rainy season,” Pagasa said.

As of 2 p.m. on Monday, Pagasa said Chedeng, the third tropical cyclone of the year, was still at open sea, about 720 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.





“The whole country has to prepare.”

The warning was issued by Science and Technology Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Graciano Yumul Jr., the Supervising Undersecretary to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), noting that two rain-inducing weather systems – tropical storm “Chedeng” (international name: Songda) and enhanced southwest monsoon – will bring moderate to heavy rains in the entire country. Yumul said “Chedeng” is forecast to dump 150-300 mm of rains per day or about 20 to 55 mm per hour.

“If we compare this to tropical storm Ondoy that devastated the country in September, 2009, the amount of rainfall is nearly the same because PAGASA was able to record 56 mm of rain per hour during Ondoy,” he said. “We can actually compare Chedeng’s amount of rainfall to “Ondoy” because at that time when Metro Manila was flooded, Ondoy was only under the tropical storm category but most of its rains came from the habagat (southwest monsoon). In terms of intensity, we can compare it to last year’s super typhoon Juan,” Yumul explained.

Chedeng entered the country’s territory before dawn Monday, threatening to bring heavy rains over most parts of the country starting Wednesday, PAGASA warned. The tropical storm entered the Philippine territory at 2 a.m. Monday having maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 120 kph, said Robert Sawi, chief of the PAGASA’s weather division.

Sawi said Chedeng was last spotted at about 795 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar at 10 a.m. Monday, and continues to move towards a west-northwest direction at 15 kph. “Latest satellite models show that “Chedeng” moves toward the northern part of the country,” Sawi said. PAGASA expects that the storm may further intensify into a typhoon by Monday evening.

PAGASA forecasts that “Chedeng” to be at 540 kilometers east-northeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar by Tuesday morning, and at 360 kilometers east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes by Wednesday morning. By Thursday morning, it will be at 265 kilometers north-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or at 250 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora. PAGASA senior weather specialist Anthony Lucero said the “habagat” has been enhanced due to the prevalence of a tropical cyclone.

With the storm’s present track, the eastern portion of the country may experience heavy rains brought about by Chedeng starting on Wednesday. Yumul said Chedeng is moving through the same path as tropical storm “Bebeng’s” track, which hardly hit the eastern side of the country, particularly Luzon and Visayas.

The DoST official pointed out that while “Chedeng” does not have a direct effect on the western portion of the country, the cyclone continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, which may also cause moderate to heavy rainfall over the western seaboard. “This can still strengthen and may reach a super typhoon category because it is still lingering over the sea,” Yumul said.



Tropical Storm Chedeng (international codename Songda) entered Philippine territory before dawn Monday, even as authorities declared themselves ready to deal with its effects.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration forecaster Rene Paciente said their models showed Chedeng may get near the Bicol Region Wednesday and make its way toward northeastern Luzon.

"Sa ngayon hindi pa makakaapekto sa atin sa loob ng 36 hours. Didikit (ito) sa eastern section ng Luzon. Inaasahan natin tatama sa northern Luzon (It will not directly affect any part of the country for the next 36 hours. But we expect it to move towards the eastern section of Luzon and make its way to Northern Luzon)," Paciente said in an interview on dzBB radio.

Paciente said Chedeng entered Philippine territory at about 2 a.m. Monday. He also said they expect Chedeng to continue gathering strength and be a major threat in the next 24 hours.

PAGASA's 5 a.m. advisory said that as of 4 a.m., Chedeng was 880 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph.

It was moving west-northwest at 13 kph and is expected to be 620 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. By Wednesday morning, it is expected to be 390 km east northeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar or 510 km east southeast of Virac, Catanduanes. But it is still possible for Chedeng to change direction and affect other parts of the country, as it is still far from any land mass for now.

"Puwede, malayo pa, lalo na pag mabagal siya (It is possible it can change direction. It is far from any land mass, and it is moving slowly)," Paciente said. Also, he said residents in parts of the country can expect rains while Chedeng is in the country, as it will enhance the southwest monsoon. "Inaashan natin malakas na ulan dahil pagiibayuhin niya ang habagat kaya magkaroon (We can expect heavy rains because it will enhance the southwest monsoon)," he said.

Meanwhile, PAGASA forecaster Robert Sawi told radio dwIZ that the monsoon enhanced by Chedeng will be felt starting Thursday or Friday. PAGASA said that by Thursday morning, Chedeng is expected to be 240 km east northeast of Virac, Cantanduanes. However, no public storm warning signals have been raised so far.

"This weather disturbance is expected not to directly affect any part of the country within the next 24 hours," PAGASA said. On the other hand, PAGASA said that for Monday, the whole countrty will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.



"How far you go in life
depends on your being
TENDER with the young,
COMPASSIONATE with the aged,
SYMPATHETIC with the striving,
TOLERANT of the weak and
STEADFAST with the strong.
Because someday in your life
you will have been all of these."



THE POPULARITY of social networking websites has grown sharply over the last year among Filipino mobile device users, due largely to the proliferation of cheap and unlimited data services, a survey revealed recently.

In a press briefing, officials of TNS, an international media research firm, said that a total of 91 percent of mobile device users in the country this year access sites such as Facebook. This marks a sharp increase from the 54 percent penetration for the same population in 2010.

Similarly, the survey also revealed that Filipino users of microblogging sites like Twitter on their mobile devices—like smartphones and tablets—rose to 17 percent in 2011 from only 4 percent last year.

The results of “Mobile Life 2011” survey was part of a broader research study conducted globally to help understand the habits of present-day mobile consumers. Now on its sixth year, Mobile Life 2011 is the result of more than 25,000 hours of interviews with over 34,000 respondents in 43 countries, including the Philippines.

The other use for mobile devices that saw a sharp increase in 2011 was as a tool for job searches. This year, 11 percent of Filipino users searched for jobs through their mobile devices, compared to only 2 percent in 2010.

Filipinos using mobile devices for Internet search and video site viewing stayed almost unchanged this year from last year, while usage for music sites and so-called “fun games and time killers” declined sharply. The TNS survey revealed that about 81 percent of the country’s 90-million-strong population own mobile phones, with at least 21 percent owning more than one SIM card.

An estimated 73 percent of mobile phone users use their devices to send personal messages. Filipinos also use their mobile devices to enjoy digital music, video calling, bluetooth functionality, and as a planner for their calendar functions.
While majority of Filipinos continue to use the short messaging service (SMS) on their mobile devices, the levels have been declining as social networking steps into the picture.

“Research results of Mobile Life 2011 highlighted that as ‘static’ functionality such as SMS and still imaging become commoditized, growth will be driven through further demand for social functionality and new demands for video calling, streaming and sharing services,” said TNS managing director Gary de Ocampo.

The number of mobile Web users visiting social networking sites grew from 30 percent to 46 percent globally, and from 26 percent to 50 percent in emerging markets, leapfrogging many of the developed markets. In the Philippines, Facebook ranked third as the top mobile content and service provider.



"When we find a greater purpose for our lives, our dreams become more exciting to us, helping us grow as individuals as we HELP OTHERS. The reward for work well done, is the opportunity to DO MORE."



After finally closing down the Inayawan landfill site and buckling down to actual garbage segregation last April 1, the Cebu City government now has another waste problem in its hands.

Inayawan landfill site head Randy Navarro said a large volume of leachate or wastewater produced from soiled garbage flowed out of the site and into the Mactan Channel, polluting the waters. Navarro said the leachate flowed out due to the spate of rains that hit Cebu City in recent weeks.

He said they're worried that the volume of wastewater would triple at the onset of the rainy season next month. The city government had yet to secure a water discharge permit from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Central Visayas (DENR-7). The permit sets a ceiling on the amount of leachate the city government can safely discharge into the Mactan channel.

He said the Inayawan coast had already been affected by the wastewater. The 11.3-hectare Inayawan landfill used to receive 500 tons of garbage daily, beofre it was finally closed last April 1 to fasttrack the city government's waste segregation program.

Navarro said the biological oxygen demand (BOD) of the wastewater discharged by the landfill is measured at 5,000, way above the allowed 200 BOD ceiling. The DENR-7 gave Cebu City until last month to build a new water treatment facility or else be required to pay a P10,000 fine per day. But DENR extended the deadline to July this year.

Navarro said construction of a new water treatment facility may start next year at the earliest. Councilor Nida Cabrera, who heads the solid waste management committee, said the water treatment facility project had been bidded out.

The city government allocated P11 million under its P150 million calamity fund. Cabrera said the committee still has to verify if there is already a winning bidder. “We are fast tracking the construction because it is priority. We will try to start building the water treatment facility before this year ends,” Cabrera told Cebu Daily News.

She said they will also ask an extension from the DENR to secure a waste water discharge permit since they have yet to comply with some of its requirements. The city government was reminded thrice by the DENR about the construction of a wastewater treatment facility, the latest reminder issued last January.

Cabrera said the water septage problem had become a problem not just in Inayawan landfill but also in Cebu City. She had a pending water septage ordinance which aims to ensure proper waste water management through the regulation and management of the storage, collection and disposal of septage.

The ordinance requires the treatment of waste materials before these are discharged into septic tanks to avoid water contamination. The Metropolitan Cebu Water District(MCWD) presented their plan for a wastewater treatment plan to the Cebu City Council last Wednesday.

It plans to schedule septic tank de-sludging for its customers in the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue and Talisay as well as the towns of Liloan, Consolacion, Cordova and Compostela. A wastewater treatment fee will be charged on the monthly bill of MCWD customers. MCWD said this will help ensure a clean environment by reducing illegal dumping of untreated septage.




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An Atheist Professor of Philosophy was speaking to ...his Class on the Problem Science has with GOD, the ALMIGHTY. He asked one of his New Christian Students to stand and . . .

Professor : You are a Christian, aren't you, son ?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, you Believe in GOD ?
Student : Absolutely, sir.
Professor: Is GOD Good ?
Student : Sure.
Professor: Is GOD ALL - POWERFUL ?
Student : Yes.
Professor: My Brother died of Cancer even though he Prayed to GOD to Heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn't. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

(Student was silent )

Professor: You can't answer, can you ? Let's start again, Young Fella. Is GOD Good?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Is Satan good ?
Student : No.
Professor: Where does Satan come from ?
Student : From . . . GOD . . .
Professor: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this World?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn't it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.
Professor: So who created evil ?

(Student did not answer)

Professor: Is there Sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the World, don't they?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, who Created them ?

(Student had no answer)

Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to Identify and Observe the World around you. Tell me, son . . . Have you ever Seen GOD?
Student : No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever Heard your GOD?
Student : No , sir.
Professor: Have you ever Felt your GOD, Tasted your GOD, Smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any Sensory Perception of GOD for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.
Professor: Yet you still Believe in HIM?
Student : Yes.
Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my Faith.
Professor: Yes,Faith. And that is the Problem Science has.

Student : Professor, is there such a thing as Heat?
Professor: Yes.
Student : And is there such a thing as Cold?
Professor: Yes.
Student : No, sir. There isn't.

(The Lecture Theatre became very quiet with this turn of events )

Student : Sir, you can have Lots of Heat, even More Heat, Superheat, Mega Heat, White Heat, a Little Heat or No Heat. But we don't have anything called Cold. We can hit 458 Degrees below Zero which is No Heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as Cold. Cold is only a Word we use to describe the Absence of Heat. We cannot Measure Cold. Heat is Energy. Cold is Not the Opposite of Heat, sir, just the Absence of it.

(There was Pin-Drop Silence in the Lecture Theatre )

Student : What about Darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as Darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is Night if there isn't Darkness?
Student : You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the Absence of Something. You can have Low Light, Normal Light, Bright Light, Flashing Light ... But if you have No Light constantly, you have nothing and its called Darkness, isn't it? In reality, Darkness isn't. If it is, were you would be able to make Darkness Darker, wouldn't you?
Professor: So what is the point you are making, Young Man ?
Student : Sir, my point is your Philosophical Premise is flawed.
Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?
Student : Sir, you are working on the Premise of Duality. You argue there is Life and then there is Death, a Good GOD and a Bad GOD. You are viewing the Concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can't even explain a Thought. It uses Electricity and Magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view Death as the Opposite of Life is to be ignorant of the fact that Death cannot exist as a Substantive Thing. Death is Not the Opposite of Life: just the Absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your Students that they evolved from a Monkey?
Professor: If you are referring to the Natural Evolutionary Process, yes, of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed Evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shook his head with a Smile, beginning to realize where the Argument was going )

Student : Since no one has ever observed the Process of Evolution at work and cannot even prove that this Process is an On-Going Endeavor, Are you not teaching your Opinion, sir? Are you not a Scientist but a Preacher?

(The Class was in Uproar )

Student : Is there anyone in the Class who has ever seen the Professor's Brain?

(The Class broke out into Laughter )

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's Brain, Felt it, touched or Smelt it? ... No one appears to have done so. So, according to the Established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that You have No Brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then Trust your Lectures, sir?

(The Room was Silent. The Professor stared at the Student, his face unfathomable)

Professor: I guess you'll have to take them on Faith, son.
Student : That is it sir . . . Exactly! The Link between Man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that Keeps Things Alive and Moving.

I believe you have enjoyed the conversation, and if so, you'll probably want your friends/colleagues to enjoy the same. Won't you? Forward them to increase their knowledge, or FAITH.

That student was Albert Einstein. :)



In the following chart features at Blogger (blogspot.com) and Wordpress.com are compared. These are the two main contenders for free blog hosting. Features which are clearly better at either BlogSpot or Wordpress have been highlighted.


With the recent service interruption of Blogger services, this Blog Administrator has seriously considered using Wordpress as an alternative blog platform.

However, after a very intensive comparison of Wordpress versus Blogger, taking into account the nature and objective of UC Nursing CESDEV Blogsite as well as other salient factors being considered, I has been decided that this blogsite stays with Blogger.

Blogging continues with Blogger!



Update (5/15 10:55PM PST): Blogger should be back to normal for the vast majority of people affected by this issue -- if posts are still missing, please check your drafts (you may need to republish).

We are in the process of restoring comments made during the affected period from 7:37am PDT on 5/11 to 1:30pm PDT on 5/12. If you still have other issues, please contact us via the temporary form we’ve set up for this particular issue. Thanks again for bearing with us, we’re deeply sorry for the inconvenience we caused. We’ll share an incident report later this week.




What a frustrating day. We’re very sorry that you’ve been unable to publish to Blogger for the past 20.5 hours. We’re nearly back to normal — you can publish again, and in the coming hours posts and comments that were temporarily removed should be restored. Thank you for your patience while we fix this situation. We use Blogger for our own blogs, so we’ve also felt your pain.

Here’s what happened: during scheduled maintenance work Wednesday night, we experienced some data corruption that impacted Blogger’s behavior. Since then, bloggers and readers may have experienced a variety of anomalies including intermittent outages, disappearing posts, and arriving at unintended blogs or error pages.

A small subset of Blogger users (we estimate 0.16%) may have encountered additional problems specific to their accounts. Yesterday we returned Blogger to a pre-maintenance state and placed the service in read-only mode while we worked on restoring all content: that’s why you haven’t been able to publish. We rolled back to a version of Blogger as of Wednesday May 11th, so your posts since then were temporarily removed. Those are the posts that we’re in the progress of restoring.

Again, we are very sorry for the impact to our authors and readers. We try hard to ensure Blogger is always available for you to share your thoughts and opinions with the world, and we’ll do our best to prevent this from happening again.

Posted by Eddie Kessler, Tech Lead/Manager, Blogger



Blogger, Google's online publishing platform, has been experiencing a service disruption since Thursday afternoon.

Blogger Status informed users of maintenance issues at 3:30 p.m. ET and wrote that the site would be in read-only mode until the problems were resolved. (The post was later removed.)

As of 9 p.m. ET, blogs were still inaccessible for users. According to DownRightNow, the outage had been uninterrupted for several hours. DownForEveryoneOrJustMe also confirmed the downtime.


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Since accreditation is a serious attempt to achieve a high degree of quality in the operations/administration of a program or a school, school heads administrators, faculty and staff are advised to take note of the policies and steps in the process.



Only about 20% of educational institutions have undergone accreditation. However, the results of accreditation to those schools are encouraging.

If you do a survey of these institutions, roughly about ninety-five per cent of these schools are experiencing the expected outcomes of this endeavor, which can be seen in indicators such as significant improvement in the quality of facilities, library, laboratories, services and teachers, increase in the percentage of board passers, success in employment and higher level of competence of graduates, empowerment of administrators, faculty, non-teaching personnel and students.

Accreditation results in quality graduates, as seen in such outputs as increase in the percentage of board passers, success in employment and higher level of competence of graduates. In fact many companies both local and abroad prefer hiring/promoting graduates of accredited schools because of the quality, high level of responsibility and dependability of these graduates.




Accreditation is a framework/approach to improve the quality of an educational institution along the different facets of its operations through self-survey and validation of an independent external/third party evaluator.

The focus of the evaluation covers a comprehensive ground, i.e., nine (9) areas starting from the philosophy, vision and mission, in the context of which, the other aspects of operations of a school are evaluated such as faculty, instruction, library, laboratories, physical plant and facilities, student personnel services, social orientation and community involvement and organization and administration.

Each of the areas contain numerous criteria/attributes of an ideal school. Thus, if an institution is able to comply with all the requirements enumerated under the aforementioned nine areas, it will achieve a level of excellence that cannot be found in a school that did not undergo this evaluation process.

Rizal believed that the school is a book where the future of society can be seen. Therefore, if we have quality schools then we will have a better society. The more number of accredited schools would mean a better quality society.





In 1970, the Presidential Commission to Survey Philippine Education (PCSPE) submitted policy recommendations to improve and strengthen higher education.

Among others, it recommended that schools be encouraged to join or organize accrediting associations, and that a Federation of Accrediting Agencies (FAAP) be established.

The Commission Report better known as the Integrated Reorganization Plan (IRP), was approved by President Marcos in his PD 201 and subsequently issued Presidential Decree 6-A, otherwise known as the Educational Development Act of 1972, making accreditation one of the means of upgrading standards of education in the Philippines and providing therein a program of financial assistance.

Laws and regulations have been issued to articulate the government’s policy on accreditation. BATAS PAMBANSA 232; R.A. 7722, Creating the Commission on Higher Education (CHED): DepEd Order 32, s 2005; CHED Order 1, s 2005 and the 2008 Manual of Regulations for Private Schools, have stipulated voluntary accreditation as means of ensuring quality education.




> its prevailing sense of volunteerism;

> its emphasis on empowerment of people to accomplish the business of the school/program in an excellent manner;

> its strong tradition of self-regulation;

> its reliance on comprehensive evaluative techniques,

> its primary concern and passion for quality assurance and continuous improvement;

> its cultivation of a culture founded on organized orderliness, and adherence to greater efficiency, effectiveness and productivity.




To be accredited by an authorized accrediting agency, an educational institution must demonstrate that it satisfies the following requirements:

> it has formally adopted an appropriate vision and mission;

> it offers educational programs (or curricula) consistent with its vision and mission;

> it has a viable number of students actively pursuing courses at the time of evaluation;

> it has a charter or legitimate authority to award certificates, diplomas or degrees to each person who has successfully complied with the requirements of an educational program;

> it has formally designated a chief executive officer or has formally organized and staffed a chief executive office;

> it has a duly constituted governing board

> it has documented its funding base, financial resources and plans for financial development, adequate to carry out its stated purposes;

> it has financial statements that are externally audited on a regular schedule by a certified public accountant or agency;

> it makes freely available to all interested persons accurate, fair, and substantially complete description of its program, activities and procedures; and

> it has graduated at least three batches before the evaluation for accredited status.




Accreditation is based on accepted standards. Each school seeking accreditation will be surveyed and evaluated in terms of the appropriateness and adequacy of its philosophy and objectives and in terms of the degree and competence with which it achieves its goals.

Accreditation is concerned with the teacher-learner relationship.

Accreditation provides opportunities for institutional growth through self-study and evaluation and self-regulation.

Accreditation admits periodic review, criticism and readjustment of its criteria, policies and procedures to changes in education.




Accreditation is a concept of self-regulation which focuses on self-study and evaluation and on the continuing improvement of educational quality. It is both a process and a result.

As a process, it is a form of peer review in which an association of schools and colleges establishes sets of criteria and procedures to encourage high maintenance of standards of education among its affiliate members.

As a result, it is a form of certification granted by a recognized and authorized accrediting agency to an educational program or to an educational institution as possessing certain standards of quality which are over and above those prescribed as minimum requirements for government recognition. Accreditation is based upon an analysis of the merits of educational operations in the context of the institution's philosophy and objectives.

Membership to PACUCOA is open to all schools that are able to meet the standards and requirements of the agency.