Saturday, October 24, 2009

Security Tip for your House

Just got this e-mail from a friend and sharing with some of my readers... hehehe...

What to take to bed with you - not a joke
Pretty neat idea. Never thought of it before.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:

It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it.

It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain.

It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around.

After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that.

And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic.
Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.

Please pass this on even IF you've read it before.. It's a reminder.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


After what happened during the floodings in Metro Manila during Typhoon Ondoy, I heard so many news on what is the possible cause of these terrible floodings. I also talked to some of my friends who were affected and got some evidence on my theory on why did these happened.

I am not really sure if I am right, but as a concerned citizen I tried to to check on the possibility to bring my concern to some of my trusted public officials. I sent e-mails to several of them, but only one of them replied to my e-mail with a solid solution and action. I don't know if the other officials read my e-mail, or if they did not pay any attention, or if they are doing their actions in silence.

Here is the reply of Senator Chiz Escudero and his staff:


Dear Axel,

thank you for your email regarding Ondoy and the flooding dure to the release of water from dams.

may we furnish you a copy of the stand of Senator Escudero on the matter



Date: 12 October 2009

Refer to: Judee Aguilar/5526601 loc.6540/09178294010




Opposition Sen. Chiz Escudero is mulling on filing a class action suit against private operators of dams across Luzon for failing to adequately warn residents about releasing massive volumes of water, killing hundreds of people and damaging property because of the devastating floods.

He said that under the law, operators are legally liable for any negligence on their part. He said that if dam operators can be sued for deaths or injuries incurred by their disregard for safety. “In extreme cases, they can even be criminally liable. Any complainant may also add reckless imprudence to the class action suit,” he said.

Escudero pointed out the private operator of San Roque dam, two days before Pepeng made landfall in the province, was telling the public that they can absorb all the rain the typhoon can bring.

The maximum capacity of the dikes in the area was 4,000 cubic meters per second only. At the height of the typhoon, 5,361 cubic meters per second or about 5.361 million liters of water were released into towns and villages. This is equivalent to 380 million liters of water per minute or 19 billion liters of water per hour.

“In the span of 10 hours, 190 billion liters of water were released by the San Roque dam. This is the exact reason why the dikes along Agno River gave way and overflowed. What is ironic and more annoying about this is the head of the Agno River flood control project was also begging to be rescued after being trapped in the roof of his office,” he said.

He said that dam officials should have foreseen the large volumes of rain of Pepeng and opened its flood gates way before the water reached the maximum level. The senator explained that the reservoir of the dam was at 290 meters above sea level (masl).

“The only time San Roque released its waters was at its critical point of 288 (masl). If only they started releasing water at 230 (masl) the floods could have been avoided or at least controlled. It also begs the question, what is the standard operating procedure of releasing waters by dams?” he said.

Aside from San Roque, Escudero also wants to review the procedures of Binga, Pantabangan, and Angat dams. “Although I admit that no one wanted the tragedy to happen, dam officials appear to have lacked in preparation and knowledge in dealing with typhoons,” he said.

He said that that the dam operators were given sovereign guarantee by the government which enabled them to build, lend, and sell the electricity produced through hydro-electricity. He said that developers and local government units could also face fines or be sued in court for allowing housing projects along the river beds. “Who allowed the construction of these houses?” he asked.

Escudero made all these assessments following his visit to Pangasinan on Sunday. He visited the towns of Rosales, San Nicolas, Tayug, Asingan, and Villasis.

He said that in San Nicolas, 18 barangays were cut off from main thoroughfares after a bridge collapsed. He added that even the municipal offices of Asingan and Villasis were flooded.

“There is P1 billion allocated for the alarm system of the dams. I want to see why only P300 million was spent and why the money released for the system was not used for its operation and maintenance,” he said.

On behalf of Senator Chiz Escudero
Rolando P. Tan
Chief of Staff

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Pagpasensyahan nyo na, dahil sa wala akong maipost na bago ay ibabahagi ko lang ang isa sa mga luma kong tula... Ito ay kung matatawag nyo ngang tula...

I hate those who hate me
I hate those who brings fear in me
I hate those who doesn't understand me
I just hate all of them

Am I just tired or living?
Or am I just tired of believing?
Am I just tired of failing?
Or am I just tired of being a fool?

I'm sick of all this tension
I'm sick of all the hard times
I'm sick of the things around me
And I'm sick of everything else

I've got so much things in mind
That I couldn't even sleep at night
Or even breathe normally just once
As everything becomes a death toll for me

I hate to wait and sit around
I hate that I am still here
I hate to think that I'm still alive
Or do I just hate myself.