by Fernan A. Gianan
perusal of the Philippine National Policed provincial command's
accomplishment report for the past year reveals that only over
P1.2-million was made available by the regional command to the Catanduanes
police to support its administrative and operational activities.
that only 15 percent or a measly P230,000 of the fund is left with Camp
Camacho, and the balance of slightly over P1-million is divided by 11
municipal stations, taxpayers should not wonder if our law enforcers are
not too happy to go after every malefactor in the island. Why, it would be
embarrassing to compare the operational budget of Camp Camacho with the
MOOE of a single department in Mayor Cito Alberto's administration!
our local leaders should endeavor to find ways to augment the operational
requirements of local police forces, instead of using their expertise and
time in useless, politically-flavored exercises.
publishers of newspapers and broadcast magnates are salivating at the
prospect of millions in income from political advertising this coming
campaign period, they and the people should worry about an
innocent-looking provision of the proposed law lifting the political ad
from the provision banning the publication of election polls and exit
surveys, our learned senators have inserted a controversial provision
which allows members of Congress to stay at their posts even when they are
running for other positions in the May 14 election. This insertion should
be removed outright for being unfair and for granting undue advantage to
sitting congressmen and senators to the detriment of their electoral
allows them to use the power and perks of their position in gaining an
edge over their foes. Nobody in the Armed Forces can deny a request from a
sitting senator or congressman for the assignment of a Special Action
Force unit in his province ostensibly to prevent campaign violence.
we wonder if the framers of our laws are in their right minds when they
insert a provision which is totally alien to and estranged from the
purpose of the proposed law. If they are indeed loony, blame ourselves. We
voted them into office, they're just doing what they think are good for
themselves, not for the people.
what happened to Fr. Joseph Saratan, now recovering from injuries suffered
during the recent explosion of a leaking gas tank at the convento,
households are advised to check their own gas stoves to prevent similar
two-burner gas stove we buy from local stores usually come with a
factory-supplied rubber tube that is connected to the gasul tank via the
regulator. Part of this rubber tube near the stove wears out within two
years of regular use. The rubber tube actually softens due to heat and oil
exposure that pinching it with your fingernails would actually make rubber
come off the tube. The consequences could be fatal.
only solution would be to replace it with a new one. But there's a better
replacement being sold by Pedro Tan of Tanstep - hard rubber tubing
encased in plastic-coated steel spirals. The only kink is you have to
remove the two thin iron clamps and replace it with four pieces of sturdy
hose clamps similar to those used in auto engine tubings to make sure that
no whiff of gas leaks out.
other source of potential fire or explosion is the LPG regulator itself.
The frequency with which one uses up and replaces gasul tanks would
determine whether the regulator would still be safe to use. In an average
household using at least one tank per month, the regulator should be
checked for leak after two or three years, whether you use the pressed or
rubber cap of the end which is stuck into the gasul tank is usually
compressed after two or three years and therefore may not actually prevent
gas from escaping while the tank is in use. Indeed, a gram of prevention
is worth a kilo of cure.