Stop Start Road

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By Foreign Eyes

Jesus says to evaluate the cost before starting a project (Luke 14:28-30).  Is this the story of the stop-start road from Brgy. Binan through Cabanbanan?

Big machines come and punch holes in the existing road, then they go home.  A few months later more big machines come and dig up the ruined road, then they too go home  A few months go-by then men come and put up metal-form work to hold the concrete of the new road.  This form works it for a while as a start testimony to inertia.

Finally, a short stretch of concrete island.   And the whole painful process is repeated at another seemingly random stretch of roadway.

Meanwhile in the real world of jeepneys, tricycles, trucks, cars and people we sit and wait in long queues.  Drivers turn their engines off.  A mute testimony  to Jesus words.

Perhaps the saddest part is the large sign that sits blanky mute advising the progress of the stop-start road.  The road starts then stops.  Traffic stops then starts then stops again.  People stop.  Start and allow extra time to sit stationary in queues.  Jeepneys do one or two less trips per day.DSC06286
Tricycles dodge and weave around the ruined old road.

Perhaps if the the road planners knew Jesus words the Australian acronym would not apply —6 P’s:  Proper, Planning, Prevents, Piss, Poor, Performance.


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Baranggay–A Wasted Potential

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Foreign eyes in Pagsanjan  shared his observation and experience that call my attention..  He is surprised that the service delivery potential of the baranggay is wasted.

This  is the age of instantaneous electronic media even electricity, water bills can be paid at any sari-sari store  and you can get a receipt on your mobile phone immediately.   Prepaid load can be bought at any store and loaded immediately 24/7.

Unfortunately, our government services at national and provincial level are still Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00 pm, at different locations.  This lack of service delivery to the people of Pagsanjan means they have to take a day-off work and pay for travel.  For example, Passports and Teacher Accreditation,  located at Lucena City;  BIR,located at San Pablo City; PAGIBIG & PHILHEALTH ,located at Calamba; LTO, located at Pila; SSS, located at Sta. Cruz.

The baranggay is a basic political unit of our government and entrusted  with many functions. Why cannot the baranggay act as agent for national agencies in processing of payments for NBI, PRC, SSS, etc.  The baranggay can partner with the private enterprise to provide its residents  the said services needed to cope-up living this fast- pace world.


This would be efficient  for us,  effective for government and have increased accountability because every member of the baranggay is known and registered within the baranggay.  Truly, a win-win for all.

Source: Foreign Eyes



Trivia: The Pagsanjan Falls Postage Stamp Printed In Error (1932)

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This is the  postage stamp notable for having an error was issued On May 3, 1932.  It is part of a set of seven stamps showing places of interest and landmarks in the Philippines,  at that time a United States territory. It is a postage stamp design error printed in the United States and intended to display an image of Pagsanjan Falls, a tourist attraction in Laguna province in the Philippines. However, the image on the stamp is actually of Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park, California.

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The error came about because the engraver, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, used a photograph of Vernal Fall as the basis for the image on the stamp because the wrong image had been supplied by the post office in Manila. At the time, July 1941, it was estimated that one and a half million copies had been printed even though a recall was considered.  No stamp was issued with a corrected image.

This is the correct image of Pagsanjan Falls:

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Our Lady Of Guadalupe Parish Church (Pagsanjan) Before The Renovation

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A former visita of Lumban, the parish church of Pagsanjan was founded on November 12, 1687, by Franciscan missionary Father Agustin de la Magdalena as its first pastor (parish priest).   The first church was originally made of light materials like bamboo, nipa and wood in 1688 by natives of Pagsanjan under forced labor.  A larger and more solid church constructed from adobe with a red-tiled roof was built in 1690 with the help of Chinese Miguel Guan Co and chief alguacil alferez Alonzo Garcia to replace the original church.

Further renovations were conducted from 1847 to 1852 under Father Joaquin de Coria, who engineered the stone belfry and Romanesque dome.  In 1872, the church added a transept under the direction of Father Serafin Linares and Father Cipriano Bac.

The church was heavily damaged by American and Filipino military bombers on March 15, 1945 during World War II.   A replica of the church was constructed over its ruins, without the original dome, with the help of Manila Pagsanjenos under the leadership of Engr. German Yia and Dr. Rosendo Llamas.  Serious restoration efforts after the war took place in 1965 under Lipa Archbishop Alejandro Olalia. On April 6, 1969, Bishop Pedro Bantigue blessed the rebuilt church and consecrated the main altar.  Due to the devotion of the people of Pagsanjan and nearby towns, the Diocese of San Pablo declared Pagsanjan Church as the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2012. Under the term of Monsignor Castillo from 2013 to the present, further renovations were carried out, including the church patio and construction of the choir loft and church gate.

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The Bumbungan River Which Leads To Pagsanjan Falls

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The Bumbungan River which leads to Pagsanjan Falls.  Previously named the Caliraya Falls Reserve, it is one of the oldest parks in the country and one of two protected areas in Laguna. It is situated in the municipalities of Cavinti and Lumban near the border with the municipality of Pagsanjan.

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