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Bacolod City, PhilippinesWednesday, September 5, 2012

My friends don't
approve of him

Dear Tita,

I'm a 34–year-old single career woman. I have been working for our company for the past eight years and have many friends among my coworkers. People have been asking me why I haven't gotten married by now, but I always tell them I focused on my career to help my widowed mother send my younger siblings through school. Now that they have graduated and are working, I realize that time has passed me by and that I could end up an old maid for the rest of my life.

Recently, I met Jaime, who works in an office adjacent to ours. He is nice and seems very kind. We got to know each other over snacks and lunch meetings. I felt something for him and decided to introduce him to my friends. But afterwards, they told me not to go out with him because they say he's not “my type” and that he's not guapo (good-looking) enough. Also, they laughed over his “tahang” (big gap between his two front teeth).

Tita, I want to go on seeing Jaime and his looks don't matter to me (I feel he might be the man I've been waiting for). I'm close to my friends who have known me for years and I usually care what they think. But should I let their opinion stop me from seeing him? Btw, they keep calling him “Tahang”.


Dear Worried,

Just who will live with him - “they” or you?”

You will, right? That is, if he is the one for you. So, why let them dictate who you should or shouldn't go out with. At your age, I should think you would be past caring what other people think. A career woman like you should be able to make her own decisions about her life. Remember, real beauty, they say, “comes from within”. You are beginning to know this man and you can see that he is nice and very kind. So, why should his “tahang” matter at all? I think you should go out with Jaime and get to know him better. First impressions can be misleading. Use your head as well as your heart.

But don't wait too long. Girl, your ‘biological clock' is ticking. Good luck!


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Medical mission helps 273
sugar workers, dependents

About 273 sugar worker beneficiaries and small planters benefited from the 117 th medical-dental mission of the Sugar Industry Foundation Inc. conducted in Sitio Guisocon, Brgy. Nangka, Bayawan City in Negros Oriental recently, its press release said.

Of the number, 180 availed of free medical consultations and medicines, 55 had dental extractions, 38 boys circumcised, and 200 children and adults were fed with dehydrated vegetable soup mix donated by the Ontario Christian Gleaners from Canada, the press release said.

The mission team was headed by Preciosa Maturan, chair of the Tolong Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and the SIFI staff, assisted by Herminio Teves and Company Inc., Bayawan City officials and employees, Nangka Brgy. Captain Mario Recamara, teachers and PTA officials of the Guisocon Elementary School, and the Catholic Women's League of the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish in Bayawan, the press release also said.

Doctors and dentists Fiah Cerrudo, Edalin Dacula, Mildred Doria, Mayflor Garganian, Wilfred Estiñoso, Jocelyn Bangay and Precy Rombo from the City Health Office and the Bayawan District Hospital also joined the mission with nurses Walter Flint Diao, April Grace Nario, Remy Villarosa, Rhose Ann Alcazar, Ma. Rosely Alson, Ma. Fe Deposoy, Norma Norico, Helen Gaga-a, and Vivian Pasco, the press release added.*

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Mental health lectures held

A series of orientation lectures on its goals, programs, and services, and the objectives of the Lusog Isip Ng Kabataan Club was conducted recently by the Philippine Mental Health Association Negros Occidental–Bacolod Chapter in various high schools in Bacolod City, its press release said.

The lectures were led by PMHA Chapter executive manager Rose Jessica Octaviano and program officer Harold Villanueva, and were facilitated by the guidance counselors and values education faculty members of the schools, the press release also said.

Students of the Negros Occidental High School, Bacolod Christian College of Negros, Luisa Medel National High School, Brgy. Singcang-Airport NHS, Bata NHS, La Consolacion College–Bacolod, Luis Hervias NHS, and Domingo Lacson NHS were also encouraged to organize or restructure their LINK Clubs.

LINK is a school-based mental health club organized by the PMHA for high school students to increase their involvement in the promotion of sound mental health in the community, the press release added.*

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Cops trained on
electronic tools

Crime investigators from various Philippine National Police field units in Western Visayas recently went through a one-day training in the use of new electronic tools at the Police Regional Office 6 in Iloilo City.

The training was facilitated by personnel of the Directorate for Investigation and Detection Management, a press release from PRO 6 said.

PRO-6 director, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said the utilization of online technology to upgrade investigation tools is highly commendable.

“With the accessibility online of the warrant of arrest and information about wanted persons, we are hoping for a faster police action against wanted persons," he said.

The e-warrant system provides for easy and fast access of warrants of arrest to all police units nationwide. The warrants accessed by the police through the system, though not original, but a faithful digital copy will facilitate the apprehension of a suspect because of the knowledge by the arresting officer that a warrant is pending for his arrest, the release said.

The credibility of this new system is guaranteed under Section 7, Rule 113 of the Revised Rules of Criminal Procedure, it said.

In support of the e-warrant is the e-rogues or an electronic rogues gallery of wanted persons which provides every police station in the country access to data on criminals that include pictures that are in the files of police units in the country, it added.

With this process, the records of an individual or suspect wanted for a crime in a locality can be instantly accessed by a police station in another locality with just a click of a finger, the release said.

Meanwhile, the PRO-6 also launched in January the e-Blotter System that replaced the manual system on incidents reporting, which promotes paperless reporting and provides quick and reliable transmission of crime information.

Cruz said the innovation will become a very vital tool in the police work, especially in crime prevention and investigation.*CGS

Medical mission helps 273 sugar workers, dependents
Mental health lectures held
Cops trained on electronic tools
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