M&E Report 8 - Vantage Point
I am Elaine Valdoz,, and I work in the Human Resources department of the Department of Education. I was part of a five-person team tasked to manage the Human Resources needs of 4,000 teaching and non-teaching staff in the Department of Education.
I am Jocelyn "Jing" Deco, and I am part of the central personnel unit of the Civil Service Commission assigned to the Department of Education in the National Capital Region (NCR).
My name is Paulen A. Aguilar. I am a grade three pupil at Betty-Go Belmonte Elementary School) (BGBES). I was two weeks old when my real mother left me at the house of our neighbor, so the Aguilars adopted me and became my parents.
The Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division (VMEPD) could be considered PHIVOLCS' core unit. When Mt. Hibok-Hibok erupted in 1951, the Commission on Volcanology was established.
I am Nerissa Losaria. I have been with DepEd for 29 years. I am currently the officer in charge of DepEd Mandaluyong. Before this post I used to be the chief of the Staff Development Division which served as the Human Resource Development Service in the Central Office of the Department of Education.
In the past two years or so, the need for our products and services has intensified, what with the focus on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).
I have been working in PAGASA for 31 years now. I started in the Research Division after undergoing training as a forecaster. I was actually a Chemical Engineering graduate from the Mapua Institute of Technology. Eventually, I earned my masters and then doctorate degree in meteorology from the University of the Philippines.
Ang kukulit ng mega Bata (Kids are so rowdy)! That was how I used to feel about kids, but that was before I met seven-year-old Paulen A. Aguilar and got to spend time with her.
I was told by a Barangay (village) Calauit officer, who is also part of our community network providing us with ground-level information on incidents on the Volcano Island, that an intensity 1 volcanic earthquake last night.
I am Mark Jason Taguinod, the youngest son of a government employee and a presidential security agent. A lot of things keep me busy. I am currently a Grade 9 student at ninth grade at Fort Bonifacio High School (FBHS), and I am the batch representative to the student government.
In 2012, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) launched a 10-month project using the stimulus fund granted to it by the executive arm of the Philippine government under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
As general manager of paint manufacturing company Super Globe, I have seen firsthand how destructive nearby Sapang Liwanag could be.
I am the principal geodetic engineer and the proprietor of RASA Surveying Company. We have been in the business for the last 20 years, doing different kinds of surveying jobs. When we started, we concentrated on land surveying.
I am a ninth grade transferee from Makati Science High School (MSHS). I had some difficulty in math there, but I excelled in journalism and other extracurricular activities. There was always a contents to enter or a program to join. I like writing and music and hope to continue doing both in Fort Bonifacio High School (FBHS), my new school.
"Namimigay ng sardinas (They distribute sardines)" were the very words my parents used to describe social work to me whenI was deciding on what to take up in university.
I have been working in the Office of Civil Defence (OCD) for 16 years. Aside from being the designated Chief of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (NDRMS), I handle the operations Center of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and the Project Management Office of the OCD. I am also the head secretariat of the NDRRMC OCD. I am the first designated chief to handle three divisions.
The booming population of Metro Manila has brought with it, among other things, overflowing garbage. And too much of it, sadly.
My name is Jan Nurissa A. Catando, but my friends call me Jay-En. I am a fifteen-year-old fourth year student at the Fort Bonifacio High School (FBHS). I used to be in the first section when I was in the first and second grades, but that was along time ago in elementary school. I started having some difficulty in the third grade. I would get a mark below 80 percent in one subject or another.
Before being assigned to H. Bautista School, I had already been teaching for 16 years. I began my career in Bacolod City in 1994 but moved to Manila in 1996, after which I taught grade school students for 14 years. In 2010, I was assigned to Kalumpang to become principal. H. Baustista is actually the second school I am handling in this capacity.
Joy Evangelista and I, Analiza Sta. Ana are a team. We belong to different units, but our most important legacy in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is our involvement in the Competency Modelling and Enhancing the Recruitment System (CMERS) intervention supported by PAHRODF. Our CMERS training led to the creation of the Competency-Based Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (CBRSP) system, a vital HR system that DSWD now uses to properly staff its various programs and carry out its social welfare objectives.
Increasing population, rapid urbanisation, and industrialisation have all contributed to environmental degradation not only in Barangay San Miguel but also throughout the country. After all, the ecology of a village is the ecology of the country. As such, the fragile balance in the ecosystem must be maintained.
I am serving my second term as a councilor in Barangay New Zaniga in Mandaluyong. With more than 5,500 residents, our community is one of the most flood-prone areas in the city.
I have been a teacher for six years, and I have spent all these years at the Betty Go-Belmonte Elementary School (BGBES) teaching the third grade.
I wanted to be a doctor but my father died when I was in fifth grade, and so I had to finish my education through my own efforts. When I received a scholarship from Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City, I took it and chose BS Fisheries as it was the course that had biology subjects i could use in case proceed to medical school.
I never wanted to become a teacher. In high school, my favorite subject was math. I only took up BS Physics for teachers in college because it had math and was the program supported by my scholarship.
As the supervisor of volunteer in cleaners in Barangay San Miguel, I have see the worst of the refuse that end up in Sapang Liwanag. There are plastic bags and whatnot, and we sometimes have to deal with dengue-causing mosquitoes infesting the creek, too.
I am 32 years old and have two children, a seven-year-old and a one-year-old. The three of us live in one room. This room is in a 20-square-metre, two-storey house which we share with my other siblings and their kids.
I am a psychology graduate from De La Salle in Lipan, Barangays. My first job was with St. Luke's Hospital, and I worked in administration. I dealt with people in the medical and allied field---drafting schedules as well as coordinating and organising the radiology department.
Although it happened back in 1991, it seems like it was only yesterday when I graduated from university. My first job was at Trinity University of Asia, my alma mater.
As President of a homeowners' association in Barangay San Miguel, I have clear memories of how Sapang Liwanag has been a silent testament to how economic progress has changed life in our barangay.
I am 23 years old. I graduated from university in 2011, finished my masters in 2014, and am currently taking up my doctorate in psychology at the Lyceum in Barangays during weekends. I was also an instructor of industrial psychology for three years before I joined the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in April 2014. It still surprises me when people marvel at how young I am.
I am designated Officer-in-Charge of the Disaster Control Division (DCD) under the Department of Public Order and Safety, which now stands as the ad hoc group for the Quezon City Disaster Reduction and Risk Management Office (QC DRRMO).
When Barangay Mabacong held a tsunami simulation drill in July 2014, a 60-year old woman thought it was for real. Frantic, she looked for her children, tearfully asking among he participants gathered along the National Road.
Sometimes validation of the importance of one's work happens gradually. But at times, it comes immediately and without warning-- such as in the case of natural disasters.
I have been with NAMRIA for more than 11 years now and for some of those years, we would have to lobby for funding from Congress. But now, it is the lawmakers themselves who demand data from us and offer to support us. There is a greater appreciation for geospatial data and how important it is because of climate change and geohazards.