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Into Your Heart => Anonymous Diary Blog => Topic started by: Han Delaguna on May 24, 2010, 01:18:38 AM

Title: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 24, 2010, 01:18:38 AM

PROLOGUE

I will soon reach the port in a few days over a month from now. Port June 30 is where I will be disembarking from this ship on which I have been sailing for almost six years.

The journey has been exciting and challenging. Just as what sailors experienced, we went through calm seas and raging waves. Fair weather and stormy days. Our Captain steered the ship well. We stayed true as we manned our stations.

Port June 30 is where I get off. So, too, is our Captain who is taking a new assignment (actually he's going back to his old job which he labored on for nine years). A few of the crew will be getting off as well. "Tom Jones." That's what they call us. This play of words always brings a smile to our face. 

I decided to share, if my time permits, some of my daily grind before reaching port... the things I'm doing in the few remaining days as Provincial Administrator of Bohol.

To many of us, Port June 30 is not the destination. It's just a next stop as we gear up for the next leg of the journey. 
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 24, 2010, 01:31:14 AM
MAY 23

We returned from an overnight stay at Balicasag Island. A time spent with family and friends. It was an extended celebration on Broccoli's 7th birthday and a treat for the staff in Lucille's campaign. Two days of snorkelling. Well, actually on the first day I stayed on the boat taking pictures. It was on Sunday that I dipped into the water and we snorkelled over the dive spot called "Cathedral", also within the Balicasag Island waters.

I will still be sporting this massive sunburn when I'll arrive in South Korea on Tuesday.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: grazie7y on May 24, 2010, 03:58:49 AM
Attorns, are you gonna share the pictures you took in Balicasag Island?  I was able to visit Balicasag just one time for an overnight stay but it wasn't enough.  Pohon makapauli, I will surely go back there.

Time pa, are we allowed to make comments here though?  If not, I can delete my post. hehehe
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 24, 2010, 07:48:21 AM

Hi, grazie. Sure, I'd love to hear your comments. Please feel free to ineract. Okay, I'll be sharing some of the pictures as soon as they are uploaded.

Yes, balik jud sa Balicasag. Better yet, try scuba diving. I'm planning to do it myself someday soon.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Lorenzo on May 25, 2010, 01:48:38 AM
Dear Mr. Laguna,

Glad to read your blog and am quite excited for you. I have never been to Balicasag at all, so I will be excited to see the pictures as well.

Warm regards.


Lorenzo
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 26, 2010, 03:53:20 AM
(http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/photo.php?pid=865921&id=1664107266)

(http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/photo.php?pid=865900&id=1664107266)
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 26, 2010, 03:56:01 AM

Hello Lorenzon,

I tried posting a couple of photos but I'm not sure if it's visible.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 26, 2010, 04:00:04 AM
MAY 24

Catching up on papers to sign before heading off to Cebu by 2:00 PM. All flights from Tagbilaran to Manila are fully booked. May staff managed to book me on Zest Air Cebu-Manila at 6:24 PM.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Lorenzo on May 26, 2010, 04:17:47 AM


Dear Mr. Delaguna,

Here is a link to post pictures, provided by our webmaster, Michael Ligalig:
http://tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com/help-and-support-desk/how-to-post-pictures-in-tubag-bohol/ (http://tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com/help-and-support-desk/how-to-post-pictures-in-tubag-bohol/)

First: pictures are already online or available in the Internet.

Use these great image hosting websites:
www.imagevenue.com (http://www.imagevenue.com) and www.flickr.com (http://www.flickr.com) or www.photobucket.com (http://www.photobucket.com)

Tutorial for Firefox Browser users only. This won't work in Internet Explorer.

1. Right click a photo you found in a particular website.
2. Choose "Copy Image Location".
3. Paste the image URL in the box where you post a message in Tubag Bohol.
4. Highlight the URL.
5. Click "Insert Image" icon.
6. Click "Post". There you go.



Looking forward to seeing them!
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 28, 2010, 09:21:37 AM

May 25-27

Exposure to Korean culture: food--lots of vegetables, kimchi, and yes... raw sea cucumber, raw beef(!) and lots of ginseng drink. Early this morning, I had sauna the Korean way. I felt energized and my skin is having a tingling, fresh feeling.

More details on this in the days to come...
Title: Some thoughts on our Korean trip
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 29, 2010, 11:24:06 AM
Some thoughts on our Korea trip...

Korea harvests rice only once a year because of its season. Vegetables, which they grow in greenhouses,  play a major part on their diet.

Their drinking etiquette with liquor is instructive. The younger man (or a subordinate) when drinking with an older man (or his boss) most often pours the liquor into the glass to signify that he will be sober all throughout. And when he drinks, he turns away from the older man or boss as a sign of respect.

I'm not sure if this is really their culture but I also noticed that the person who pours the drink for the others does not pour the drink into his own glass. Instead, one of his buddies will pour the drink for him.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Ligalig-Mike on May 29, 2010, 11:39:36 AM
Hi Atty Handel, enjoy your vacation in Korea. I hope you'd be able to post pictures here in tubagbohol.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 29, 2010, 11:42:47 AM
Mike, are pictures posted in facebook "postable" here in tubagbohol?
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 29, 2010, 11:53:38 AM
(http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4015494&id=795951247#!/photo.php?pid=4015496&id=795951247&fbid=397610211247)

At the Naro Island Space Museum
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 29, 2010, 12:01:17 PM
Mike, I tried but I still can't see the picture. Can you? I guess I have to upload one at photobucket or flicker as suggested by Lorenzo
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Ligalig-Mike on May 29, 2010, 12:04:34 PM
Torn, you did it right but I think facebook photos won't show up here.
Try to upload your photos at flickr.com and repeat the process here in tubag.
You'll love flickr.com
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: hofelina on May 29, 2010, 01:56:38 PM
Gaunsa man ka diha Sir? Asa ra ang mga litrato, kay usyosera ko?
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: islander on May 29, 2010, 02:41:29 PM
PROLOGUE

I will soon reach the port in a few days over a month from now. Port June 30 is where I will be disembarking from this ship on which I have been sailing for almost six years.

The journey has been exciting and challenging. Just as what sailors experienced, we went through calm seas and raging waves. Fair weather and stormy days. Our Captain steered the ship well. We stayed true as we manned our stations.

Port June 30 is where I get off. So, too, is our Captain who is taking a new assignment (actually he's going back to his old job which he labored on for nine years). A few of the crew will be getting off as well. "Tom Jones." That's what they call us. This play of words always brings a smile to our face. 

I decided to share, if my time permits, some of my daily grind before reaching port... the things I'm doing in the few remaining days as Provincial Administrator of Bohol.

To many of us, Port June 30 is not the destination. It's just a next stop as we gear up for the next leg of the journey.  [/b]

your journey must have been great, calm seas, raging waves, flowing waters, currents, tides high and low, siren calls and all.  may your next port of call be as replete with adventures as this one that you're saying fare thee well to.

bon voyage! :)
 
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 29, 2010, 03:20:59 PM
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/50710040@N08/4649327564/)

Me (extreme right) with Sonny Lee, HoJae Leee and Aris Aumentado in front of the Seoul Olympic Stadium

Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: vrglguapo on May 29, 2010, 04:29:35 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/50710040@N08/4649327564/[/img]

Me (extreme right) with Sonny Lee, HoJae Leee and Aris Aumentado in front of the Seoul Olympic Stadium


Can't see the picture han...
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 29, 2010, 04:36:32 PM

yeah... I'm working on it. Hopefully very soon I could post my pictures
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 30, 2010, 01:12:35 AM
MAY 27

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4045/4649735787_b9b3b4218a_b.jpg)

LUNCHEON MEETING on the implementation of projects in Bohol supported by the Korean government which includes an algae bioethanol research center, feasibility study on the Bohol-Cebu multi-access friendship bridge, and the multi-industry cluster concept. In this photo (from left to right): Joong-kyung Choi, Senior Secretary to the President for Economic Affairs; Gov. Erico B. Aumentado; Man-Soo Kang, Senior Economic Avisor to the President & Chairman of Presidential Council on National Competiveness; and Handel T. Lagunay, Provincial Administrator.  
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Ligalig-Mike on May 30, 2010, 01:24:03 AM
Torn, I have modified your above post. The picture did not appear because the URL did not contain a .jpg at the end.

This is the URL of the big picture you posted:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4045/4649735787_b9b3b4218a_b.jpg (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4045/4649735787_b9b3b4218a_b.jpg)

You can get it when you click "All Sizes" on a flickr.com picture. Next, you choose the image size. Then hover your mouse on the image and make a right click.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 30, 2010, 03:11:32 AM
Thanks for the fix, Mike :)
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 31, 2010, 08:55:15 PM
May 31

Reported back to work after being away since the 25th. Matters attended to incclude: the presentation of the draft plan on the eco-tourism development master plan of Panglao Island by Palafox Associateso on June 3, venue of the term-end assessment and transition planning on June 4-6, and initial discussion on the transition of administration.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on May 31, 2010, 09:01:53 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4001/4650931950_06c7770ebc_b.jpg)

Photo taken inside the Naro Island Space Museum, South Korea.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Ligalig-Mike on May 31, 2010, 09:29:43 PM
Atty Handel, you look like the next congressman of the first district of our province. Thanks for sharing your picture.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Macky Ferniz on May 31, 2010, 10:18:39 PM
Thanks for sharing Atty. Handel. Wish you a safe journey.

Naka amerkana man lagi ka permi (suwayi ug barong di ba panohoton)  ;D
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Lorenzo on June 01, 2010, 12:31:51 AM
Great pictures, Mr. Lagunay. How was your stay in South Korea when you were there?

In regards to your work, I am so very happy to see the eco-friendly initiatives that are happening in Bohol Island Province. I believe that with this continued direction, Bohol Island will be a leading example for the rest of the Philippines how to conduct future environmental-economic programs. Additionally, it is also interesting to read that there is open discussion on the governmental level on the feasibility of the Bohol-Cebu Bridge.

Thank You for sharing your thoughts with us here in Tubag Bohol Dot Com.

The pictures are awesome, if I may add.


Best,
Bran Lorenzo Lucino
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 01, 2010, 11:54:45 AM

Macky and Mike,

It was springtime when we went to Korea. The air was still a bit chilly. So, yeah. Panuhot juD kon mag barong. Also, the Koreans usually wear western business attire. I guess most Asian countries are wearing business suits in their day-to-day affairs.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 01, 2010, 11:57:38 AM

Lorenzo,

It was a great experience on the food culture side, and interesting insights, albeit briefly, on how they conduct their election campaign. It was election time when we got there.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Lorenzo on June 01, 2010, 12:31:27 PM

I bet you had a great time in Korea, Mr. Lagunay, I myself have always wanted to visit Korea. I trust you had fair share/sampling of their famous Kimchee and Kimbap. :)

That said, continue on doing a great job for Bohol Island Province. Pleasure to meet you here in Tubag Bohol Dot Com.

Title: Korean election campaign
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 02, 2010, 07:29:02 AM
More on my impressions while in Korea...

It was at the height of the election campaign for local officials when we visited South Korea. The candidates and their campaign staff are readily identifiable because they wear jackets (looks more like windbreakers) of their party color, i.e., yellow green, yellow, red, light blue. They had huge campaign posters on their headquarters, colored streamers on strategic location. And yes, they strictly adhere to common poster areas.

On the day we motored from Suncheon City to Yeosu Airport, we passed through a huge intersection in the heart of the city and there, along the side of the street, female campaign staff from the different political parties wearing their party jackets were dancing to the tune of the same music and chanting to vote for their candidates. Looks like a cheerdance simultaneous performed by different groups but without the tossing and acrobatics. I wonder if something like this can be possible in Philippine politics.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 02, 2010, 07:34:24 AM
South Korean local officials who run for reelection have to resign two months before election day. Employees and officials of the local government made it a point not the be seen together with the candidates. Our local hosts from Goheung County had to excuse themselves and apologized that they cannot accompany us when we visited Mayor Park (who resigned to run for reelection as Mayor).
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Lorenzo on June 03, 2010, 02:44:18 AM
Mr. Lagunay,


Thank you for sharing that interesting cultural aspect of the Koreans. I could not help but link it to their Confucian Culture (something that they were introduced to by way of the Chinese Confucian Scholars, thousands of years ago), this sense of filial piety in action, and obeissance to popular demand is something that is quite intrinsic to East-Asian (namely Confucian societies; ergo. China, Japan, Korea and to an extent, Vietnam..)

The notion of honor seen in the Korean politicians and campaigners should be exported to the Philippines.

Question lang, is vote buying as prolific in Korea (or does it even exist at all?) as it does in the Philippines?

Thanks, Mr. Lagunay.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 03, 2010, 03:14:15 AM


Indeed Confucius was a great teacher and his influence is vast and deep.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Lorenzo on June 03, 2010, 03:25:53 AM

Confucius wrote a treatise on The Necessity of Filial Piety for Dynamic Harmony. He expounds how it is necessary, this notion of filial piety, for the harmony of nature as well as in society.

"Just as the leaves and grass bow before the will of the Wind, so does the wind bow before the Will of Heaven whom sent it. So shall the children bow before their parents, the wife bows before the husband, the soldiers before the general, the lawmakers before the lawgiver, the ministers before the king, the king before the Emperor, and the Emperor before the Emperor of Heaven."

This notion of the mandate of Heaven was integral to Confucian societies, and was the essential factor for the blossoming of Confucianism and Honest Work Ethic and Honor that has retained in East Asian Societies.

The Philippine government and politicians can learn alot from them, and I believe that the inter-national exchanges between the Philippines and the Koreans in terms of economics, political discourse, and environmental initiatives is, definitely, a step forward.

Thank You, Mr. Lagunay, for representing Bohol and the Boholano people in your sojourn to Korea.

:)
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 04, 2010, 07:40:03 AM
June 3

Arch. Jun Palafox of internationally reknown Palafox Associates presented the Eco-Tourism Development Master Plan of Panglao Island to the public which includes stakeholers, investors, hoteliers and government officials. The Master Plan is commissioned by the Provincial Government of Bohol, The Municipalities of Panglao and Dauis, Department of Tourism, Office of the Second Congressional District of Bohol, Manila International Airport Authority, and the Philippine Tourism Authority./
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 04, 2010, 07:43:25 AM
June 4

Today is the start of the term-end assessment and transition management planning to be attended by the Governor, Department Heads and Asst. Department Heads of the Provincial Government of Bohol.
Title: The Governor as a shepherd
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 05, 2010, 06:27:19 PM
June 5

Our afternoon session in our term-end assessment and transition planning dealt on sharing our experiences as Department Heads under the administration of Gov. Aumentado.

In the days before I joined the Aumentado Administration, I was "working wounded" as a legal counsel of a defeated mayoralty candidate in the 2004 elections. I suffered through 3 sleepless nights at the city board of canvassers and then proceeded to the provincial board of canvassers where I was a member of the legal panel of the dominant majority party. The canvassing was hotly contested. Gov. Aumentado was running for his second term. His closest rival was former governor Rene Relampagos. 2004 was also a presidential election year and lawyers from Manila representing the late presidential candidate Fernando Poe succeeded to convince the provincial board of canvassers to suspend the canvassing on some legal issue. After arguing before the board that the canvassing should resume, the board relented and the winners were proclaimed.

My term as City Legal Officer ended on June 30, 2004. In August that year, Gov. Aumentado appointed me as Legal Officer IV. I preferred a position that is co-terminus with the appointing authority. Thus, when Atty. Tomas Abapo, Jr. was appointed as Provincial Administrator (vice Atty. Antonio Amora, Jr.), I accepted the appointment as Provincial Legal Officer.
 
Title: The Governor as a shepherd
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 05, 2010, 06:40:56 PM
Gov. Aumentado's work ethic is breath-taking. When he's focused on a project, he won' let go of it until he gets results. One time I was with him on official business in Manila. We shared the same hotel room together with his close-in security. He was already awake at 3:00 AM preparing for his meetings line up for the day. I had no choice but to get up from my bed, shook off my sleepiness, and started preparing for the day early as well.

Receiving a call from the Governor even at late nights is the norm. Instructions to prepare legal briefs ordocuments to be needed in an hour or at most by early morning for the first flight to Manila is a frequent occurence.

I thank the Governor for the opportunities to be part in the preparation or negotiation of mega projects for Bohol like the Panglao Airport, tourism master plans, research laboratory and other development initiatives... and the overall professional growth.

I thank him for making a mandatory reading "The Way of the Shepherd" back in 2006. Now that I will leaving the provincial government by the end of this month, I am starting to read the book again and I am refreshed of the lessons it bring.


 
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Lorenzo on June 05, 2010, 08:00:45 PM
Mr. Lagunay,


Thank you for that point of view and the heads up on the work ethic of Gov. Aumentado.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 07, 2010, 12:03:44 PM
June 7

Shared during the convocation program of the Provincial Agriculturist's Office that Gov. Aumentado is positioning Bohol to be in the forefront of alternative energy production, the next big step which is also aligned to Bohol's environment agenda. Going green with bio-diesel from jatropha and bio-ethanol from algae. On bio-ethanol, there's a big potential to generate more than 25,000 jobs for Boholanos.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 10, 2010, 08:20:34 PM
June 9

The Panglao Bohol International Airport Local Task Force had its meeting. Representatives from DPWH central, regional and district 1 office were in attendance. They are conducting a feasibility study on the proposed access roads to the Panglao airport  following the Pro-Performance meeting held in Tagbilaran last April 29 which was presided by PMS Head, Sec. Elena Bautista-Horn.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 10, 2010, 08:26:51 PM
June 10

Meetings held for the following activities:

June 12 - Independence Day at Plaza Rizal

June 16 - Commemoration of the Death Anniversary of Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, marked by--

Inauguration of the Bohol Medical Clinic and turn over ceremony of ambulance
Inauguration of CPG Park landscape, groundbreaking of children's playground and dancing fountain, and tree planting at the Governors' Woods
Recognition Rites with Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri as Guest of Honor and Speaker, who will be declared an Adopted Son of Bohol
Title: Draining Day
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 11, 2010, 05:23:44 PM
June 11

It's one of those days at the office that, at the end of the day, you just yearned to stretch on the bed and go off directly to dreamland. But not just yet. We have a meeting with Gov tonight, our first since he arrived from Shanghai with Pres. Arroyo for the opening of the World Expo.

Meanwhile, preparations of the transition team are well underway.

Got to wake up early tomorrow for the Independence Day celebration.

Mabuhay!
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Ligalig-Mike on June 11, 2010, 10:50:05 PM
19 days more Atty Handel and you can have an uninterrupted vacation in your bed all day long.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: grazie7y on June 12, 2010, 03:48:58 PM
I look forward to the next post, Attorns!
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 12, 2010, 05:31:47 PM
June 12

Our meeting with the Governor ended at around 10:30 PM. There were two meetings, actually.  The first was with Dr. Ernesto Pernia of the University of the Philippines School of Economics (and 2009 Ten Outstanding Boholanos Around the World [TOBAW] Awardee) and his colleagues from the UNFPA to discuss Bohol's milestones on reproductive health programs and pushing ideas for "population management" and "family welfare".

The second was on the social preparation and information/education campaign for the algae-bioethanol project in Northern Bohol.

I was apprehensive when Gov said, before he boarded his car, that I should be prepared when he won't be able to get up early for the Independence Day celebration. Apparently, he also had a meeting with Philippine Ports Authority Gen. Manager Sevilla before he came for our meeting.

This morning when I arrived at Plaza Rizal at 7:30, the first thing I did was to ask if Gov was at the Cathedral. I was relieved when told that he was there and will be delivering the Independence Day Message.

It was a simple, brief but fitting program. The celebration went well.

Happy Independence Day everyone!

Title: Gov's Independence Day Message
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 13, 2010, 07:12:21 AM

Fiel Angeli Araoarao-Gabin captured the core of the Governor's Independence Day Message. She posted this at her facebook wall:

"Bohol Gov. Erico Boyles Aumentado's 112th Independence Day Celebration message at the Plaza Rizal - "Let us all work together to heal and bind the wounds of our nation, and the Province of Bohol.".....

Title: It's Friday already?
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 18, 2010, 06:44:07 AM
It seems,as I write this blog, that I have just awaken to another Monday morning. I can't believe it's already Friday.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: hofelina on June 18, 2010, 06:50:40 AM
Yes Attorney, we are almost in the middle of 2010, pas-pas ang panahon, carpe diem!
Title: Packing up
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 21, 2010, 06:47:44 AM
In one of the days last week I started sorting through the box of my stuff I brought in my current office when I moved out from the Provincial Legal Office. IDs in some seminars and conventions. Plane tickets and boarding passes. Notes and reading materials. And there are three more boxes of assorted documents. I never got to unpack these things. And before I knew it, the time has come for me to start packing up the new things that accumulated in my current office.

Work experiences - and the memories - all soon to be in boxes.
Title: Gov-Elect Chatto meets PGB Dept Heads/Chiefs of Offices
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 23, 2010, 07:10:37 PM


Governor-Elect Edgar Chatto and his transition team met the Management Executive Team (MET) of the Provincial Government of Bohol last June 22, 2010 at the Carlos P. Garcia Hall. The MET is composed of Department Heads and Chiefs of Offices of the provincial government and, in the absence of the Governor, is presided over by the Provincial Administrator.

The meeting was part of the transition management plan. Earlier, Board Member Ae Damalerio who heads the transition team ofGov-Elect Chatto met with the MET.

Atty. John Titus Vistal, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, who is designated as focal person of the transition, presented the overview of transition documents and highlights of major decision points for action by the incoming administration.

Chatto appreciated the efforts of the transition teams of both outgoing and incoming administrations and expressed his desire for a one-on-one session with the department heads and chiefs of offices for a deeper discussion of existing and proposed programs.
 
Title: The Future of Panglao Airport
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 24, 2010, 06:42:13 PM


June 24

While the Bids and Awards Committee of the Manila International Airport Authority still continues to evaluate the second lowest bidder for the phase 1 civil works of the Panglao Bohol International Airport, I met today with legal and technical people from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and Department of Transportation and Communications to discuss the next steps on the barter and exchange of lots affected by the project.

Notwithstanding the delay of the start of the civil works, I continue to be optimistic the airport will be realized in the future.
Title: Seeing Gloria Arroyo for the last time as President
Post by: Han Delaguna on June 29, 2010, 01:12:45 AM
June 28

Once again I was tasked to act as annotator for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's visit to Bohol to inaugurate the just completed expansion of the Ubay Port. PGMA spent a part of her last 48 hours as President in our Province. The Presidential chopper touched down at the Ubay Port at 12:00 noon.

The unveiling ceremony of the marker started the affair followed by a welcome message of Gov. Aumentado and briefing on the project by DOTC Annelli Lontoc. The protocol is that the President only makes one speech in a day. However, PGMA took the stage and, interviewed a construction worker and a port user to explain how the project helped their lives.

Thereafter, Gov. Aumentado and former Dept. of Agriculture Arthur Yap were sworn in by the President as congressmen of the 2nd and 3rd district, respectively.

The   President had lunch on site, sheltered by tents set up for the ocassion then flew off to Cebu at 1:00 PM for 3 more activities at Talisay City, Mandaue City and Danao City. Before coming to Bohol, she also inaugurated a project in Iloilo City.  Five sites in a single day. And at Ubay I was one of those who've seen her as President for the very last time. 
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Lorenzo on June 30, 2010, 10:45:31 PM
Mr. Lagunay,


I will be docking to port--in Tagbilaran's port in the coming days. Will hope to catch up with you and have a cup (or two) of coffee with you.
Wishing you the best of luck as the new Provincial Administrator of Bohol Island Province. :)

Extended regards to your family.

Bran Lorenzo Lucino
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on July 01, 2010, 03:57:55 PM


Hi, Lorenzo. That's great! I look forward to having coffee with you here in Tagbilaran. I hope you'll be here before July 16.


Regards,

Handel
Title: I have docked to port... Goodbye for now
Post by: Han Delaguna on July 01, 2010, 04:01:01 PM
(My closing remarks on June 30 2010 at the oath-taking of Bohol provincial and congressional officials)
 
All this time we’ve been on board this ship called the Provincial Government of Bohol. And today we have reached Port June 30—this allegorical harbor where local governments make call every 3 years.

Our journey had been exciting and challenging as it was fulfilling. We sailed on be it good weather or stormy nights. We cruised across calm oceans and at times we struggled through raging seas.

Our Captain steered the ship with his sharp eyes and skillful hands while we manned our stations with steadfast dedication.

Now the howling winds have quieted down and the gentle breeze brought us to shore. Let me take this time to share with you the memories once more.

I boldly say the journey with you, my dear shipmates, had been worthwhile and rewarding. I came on board at the start of the Captain’s second term. I quickly made new friends and acquaintances. I did my tasks and learned the ropes. I enjoyed how we grew professionally, strengthened our bond, deepened our understanding, widened our reach and honed our skills.

We solved problems together. Arm in arm, we faced adversities. We celebrated successes and mourned for the colleagues we lose midway.

I had the rare opportunity to occupy two coterminus positions. Starting out as Provincial Legal Officer which I held on for 5 years, the matters that were referred to me were usually issues that demand, and some “screaming”, for legal solutions. As Provincial Administrator in the last 6 months, a position that is practically running the whole day-to-day affairs of the Province, the task was much easier. Why, I simply indorse to the Provincial Legal Office the hard issues to solve. Seriously now, in that position you are confronted to make hard choices from time to time. And I die a little bit inside for those decisions that mean denying a financial claim or request, or discontinuing and even terminating an employment.

At 12:00 o’clock noon today a chapter in my career as a public servant will come to a close.

I will miss my co-workers from whom I have learned a lot and who inspired me to keep on learning. Thank you for making my workload a great deal lighter. I am honored to have worked with you as a team.

I will miss Gov. Aumentado’s late night calls and dozens of instructions in a single breath. I thank him for his trust and confidence, and for the exposures that developed my potentials.

I will miss the tough and searching questions of the media. I thank them for I learned how to keep cool under fire.

I will miss the hot black coffee given to me automatically as I sat on my desk. I thank all my staff for the comfort and for giving me an extra hand amidst the daunting tasks.

I am proud that young lawyers whom I mentored at the Provincial Legal Office are now elected or will soon be appointed to public or professional positions. May you serve to inspire excellence in all that we do.

I look back and I stand tall seeing the things we accomplished together. But my heart cannot rest because there are still some unfinished business which must be completed.

We have reached Port June 30 and this is where I get off. I am a “Tom Jone” and there are a few others like me. Our tour of duty ends together with our wise Captain who is taking back his old assignment in Congress. Now, a new Captain has taken command, Gov. Edgar M. Chatto, with his first mate, Vice Gov. Consing Lim, ably supported by our distinguished gentlemen, Cong. Relampagos, Cong. Aumentado and Cong. Yap, and the members of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan.

We have heard the inspiring words of the new leadership. The ceremony this morning completed the transition process we started just after the election. We have a smooth transfer of authority. This is a day of hopeful jubilation.

For us who have packed our bags and will be disembarking, this is not yet the end of our voyage. It’s just a stopover until we will resume, perhaps on board another ship, the next leg of the journey. To many this stopover may be brief but for some it may take a while. I’ll be going home to my family tonight and will know for the very first time what it’s like to sleep in bed with a city councilor-wife.

And to all of you who will be continuing the journey on board this ship, I wish you all God speed. May you always have fair weather so your sailing will be swift and always find safe harbor to shelter you in the storm. See you beyond the horizon.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: hofelina on July 01, 2010, 04:42:24 PM
Best wishes on your next journey!
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: fdaray on July 01, 2010, 08:26:44 PM
 Han, I was so impressed by your touching and heartbreaking words
 as you leave the portals of the ship you rode for the last three years.

 That's our political system. We can't deny it.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Lorenzo on July 01, 2010, 09:29:32 PM

Dear Mr. Lagunay,

It is done. I'll be in contact with you in the coming days. Wishing you the best, and may God bless you and your plans, your family and friends.

Best,
Lorenzo Lucino
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Bambi on July 03, 2010, 06:15:26 AM
Atty. asa raman ang mag photos ani..wa na hinoun ko kakita kon unsa namo kagwafo  ingon man si Gov. ug imong mga kaubanan sa biyahe.  By the way, good luck for the next future travel!  Am sure...it`s more than fun.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on July 03, 2010, 01:48:37 PM

Bambi, some of the photos can't bee seen. But if you'll scroll down to the succeeding pages you'll be able to see some photos. Thanks for the best wishes and same to you, too.

Handel
Title: New Feeling
Post by: Han Delaguna on July 13, 2010, 04:49:08 PM


The first week out of capitol life was like being in a deserted island.
Title: More than a year
Post by: Han Delaguna on October 27, 2011, 02:49:56 AM

It has been more than a year since I posted on this thread and the Lord has been good.

Full time private practice has been keeping me occupied.
Bumping into old colleagues every now and then is such a delight.
Handling Cong. Aumentado's developmental radio program keeps me linked to government.

Spending family time is precious.
Cooking in the kitchen is a recreation.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: fdaray on October 27, 2011, 07:07:55 AM

Hello Han,

I have been lost and found in this web for a year, but still I open  once in a while because blogging has been a part of my life. I learned a lot of infos particularly happenings in Bohol.

More power to this blog and MIke Legalig.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on October 29, 2011, 09:08:09 PM


Same here, Sir... and how time flies when you don't count the days.

Someone said a long time ago that you may take the fish out of the sea but you can't take the sea out of the fish. We may be away from our old familiar places but we always bring a part of it wherever we go.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on December 28, 2012, 06:36:39 AM
DECEMBER 26, 2012. 12:35 AM. Dumaguete City.

I woke up to the telephone call of Mr. Antonieto "Boy" Pernia. He called to inform me a most shocking news. Cong. Erico B. Aumentado died at St. Lukes Hospital, Global City, Taguig earlier at 8:30 PM of December 25.

I called my uncle, Egay del Rosario, who manages the Congressional District Office of the Congressman and received confirmation and other details.

I could not return to sleep...
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on December 28, 2012, 06:43:19 AM
DECEMBER 27, 2012. 7:00 AM. Dumaguete City.

I sent off Lucille to the Dumaguete Port. She needs to attend their session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tagbilaran that morning to present the Proposed Resolution celebrating the life and achievements of Representative Erico B. Aumentado, and expressing profound condolences to the bereaved family.

3:30 PM. Dumaguete City

I took the OceanJet to depart for Tagbilaran. We need to prepare and work out the details for the Congressman's return to Bohol...
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Lorenzo on January 02, 2013, 11:33:35 PM
Mr. Delaguna,

Please accept my condolences. May you be conforted in knowing that life does not end in this world, but continues on to the next. Let us pray that the soul of Mr. Aumentado will be granted entry into the Kingdom of Heaven. Through the intercession of Mother Mary, all the Angels and Saints in Heaven, May Christ Have Mercy on his soul.
Title: Re: Docking to port June 30
Post by: Han Delaguna on July 02, 2013, 10:55:59 AM
IT'S BEEN THREE YEARS

Every now and then we look back at our lives and see how things were and examine how things are at present. Three years ago I was one of those who reached port. As things turn out, I will still be on shore for a while.

My fervent congratulations and safe journey to all those who made it on board.
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