Sunday, January 31, 2010

Congrats to all our New Nurses!

Congratulations to all new nurses who must be jumping for joy now with the results of the November 2009 Nursing Board Exam that the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) released today.

We have reasons to celebrate. My first cousins Philip James Zamora and Joan Pearl Zamora and niece (wife side) Jessa Caymo Empis are among the successful examinees.

The passing rate this time is 39.73%, lower than the previous passing result of 42%. This means that there were only about 37, 527 passers of the 94,462 takers.

All sacrifices paid off really or at least they are on the very doors of their respective dreams. I recall how my Uncle James went that far posting written reminders on their wall and in their room about the opportunity open to them and that they should study hard for their future. There is no second chance, the reminders on the wall stressed. That's funny but that really served a constant reminder that they should not take chance and in the process waste hard-earned money and time.

Same with Jessa's parents constantly reminded her to strive hard. That reminder never failed to be reechoed during family gatherings.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sugarless Coffee

My cartoon on the oil price says it all. I would not say more. One of the issues that greeted us these past days was the decision of the Commission on Elections on former Pres. Erap’s disqualification case. I mean, the COMELEC scrapped it stressing that it would be best if we or they would let the people decide on Erap’s fate as one of the presidential candidates come May 2010 elections.

Erap was dethroned from the Malacañang in 2001 via EDSA people power 2 and was incarcerated for 6 years because following a plunder charge. But Gloria Macapagal Arroyo pardoned him. For their parts, former Pres. Cory Aquino and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) apologized to Erap for their role in Edsa 2.

It appeared that the COMELEC only emulated their acts. But some quarters saw this as an act of hand-washing in the face of legal opinion that he could not run because of a constitutional provision disallowing president from running again. Well, that’s one side of the issue. Perhaps, the loophole there is that Erap never completed his term. Can you count that as complete? I don't know. Erap is still popular all this time but whether that would translate into electoral victory, we are not sure.

Political surveys showed that he is not yet out. According to the Social Weather Station that conducted the survey last year, Erap came third (15%) next to Noynoy Aquino III (44%) and Manny Villar (33%). But that was last year’s results when Erap was facing political uncertainty. But the COMELEC's decision would boost Erap’s rating. Let us see if that will happen in the next reputable surveys.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Typhoon 2010

Oil price increase greeted us as we welcome the new year. And noone is happy with the news. For one, the transport sector wanted another fare hike. These two factors will send basic commodities' prices to rise anew. Naturally, at the receiving end would be the consumers or the poor ones for that matter.

Despite the pronouncements of the government agency like the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that they are monitoring the prices of basic goods, this is not helping the situation since the market in our opinion has its own mind and decides on their own. In fact, as we all know since time immemorial the market is always affected by the movement of oil price hike or the fare increase.