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OJT Experience in DPWH Central Office 2018

Ever since I took the Civil Engineering program, I’ve always wanted to work at DPWH. Working on a government agency makes me feel like I’m contributing something for the development of our country so now that I am taking up my 5 units OJT course, I grabbed the opportunity to work here and see how this department works even if there is no allowance included.

I was alone when I took my OJT course, my friends went on another company which I will no longer mention.

Anyways, back to my story, I got accepted right after I submitted my endorsement letter and resume (that’s pretty much all they need from an OJT applicant). I was endorsed by Sir Jimmy to the Planning Services – Programming Division on July.

Our office is located at DPWH Central Office in Port Area near Intramuros, a few blocks from Manila Hotel and Philippines Ports Authority. From my school, Technological Institute of the Philippines, I just have to ride a jeep to SM City Manila then I go towards the city hall, then take the underpass then I ride another jeep with a signboard that says “Pier.”

The division that I was assigned to is the division that review the budget, communications, database of projects and other programming and computer organizing systems of DPWH.

It took them a while before they were able to assign an engineer for me to help because they were quite busy when I started. Days after, I was assigned to an Engineer II, Engr. Ray.

I struggled a bit to blend in with the people at the office at first because they seem to be all focused with their tasks and the Engineer III and supervisors are just around the office so they can’t be just chillin’ out. I was shy too because I was the only trainee in there and they don’t seem to be used to having so much trainees in the office.

During the next weeks of my OJT time, I slowly started to feel comfortable, I was given a desk and a PC to use and the engineers started to talk to me, they were all warm and friendly yet, I still felt a bit shy until they asked me to join their meeting at the Department of Budget Management (DBM) in Malacañang after our office hours.

Man, it’s so cool to enter Malacañang with a valid reason. I just watched them do their jobs and then assisted a bit. We all went there to submit the budget summary papers (it’s so thick!!) but there were a few revisions that we went there around 7PM and finished all the work around 5AM, yes, we slept there at DBM!

Honestly, I feel so lucky to be a trainee in this department. The engineers are so nice they sometimes treat me foods, share a little chit chat to make me feel comfy and it’s cool that there is another engineer at the office, Engr. Fred, who graduated from the same alma mater as me.

Anyways, enough of the personal stuff. About the work here, being someone who works on Planning Service – Programming Division exposes you to so much computer works — highly of MS Excel. Unlike the Bureau of Construction, engineers and trainees under Programming division doesn’t go out on fieldworks, they do not inspect sites or go on sites, they are the office engineers.

It’s kinda sad for me because I wanted to be exposed to construction sites too but then I’m starting to love it here so I thought I can do construction site visits to another company, SC Megaworld, to be exact since one of my mom’s friend works there as a civil engineer.

It’s cool that in DPWH, I get to expand my connections that may help me in the future when I go out there in the world of Civil Engineers. I met the Mayor of Sorsogon, Engr. Glen introduced me to him — btw, Engr. Glenn and Engr. Ray are both from Bicol so it’s really cool because they appreciate my support to mom (Leni Robredo).

Another thing, I just experienced to ride DPWH’s shuttle bus. Engr. Fred accompanied me, it only costs P5 if you’re dropping place is near and P10 if you’re as far as Cubao. It’s exclusive for DPWH employees and what’s amusing is that the system here is that once the bus arrives, all the male employees give way to the female ones and let all of them sit first before they enter, it doesn’t really matter if they’ll stand as long as all the women are comfortably sitting. Power!!!

I’ll probably write more soon about my OJT experiences in DPWH. I am yet to finish the required 240 hrs OJT time of our school so I hope to earn more experience here!

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The struggles of Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo on Leni Robredo’s side

People usually think Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo is just a typical support group of President Duterte and VP Leni Robredo but this core group is more than just a group of people who supports two same people. After all that we’ve been through, this core group is now like a family that you can’t just brainwash or wreck apart.

We started from zero, no connections to President Duterte or VP Leni Robredo but we decided to work on reaching out to VP Leni first. Most of the people today think it was so easy for us to reach VP Leni but God knows how much we struggled as we paved our way to her. We came across her millennial supporters who didn’t welcome us warmly because we support President Duterte.

Specifically, we came face to face with the Mar-Leni supporters, the Leni-only supporters who criticized our core group, told us we wouldn’t last long and we would part ways after 2016 because Duterte and Leni’s tandem isn’t just possible at all. Most of them told us that VP Leni wouldn’t like our group at all because she doesn’t like Duterte and that time, I didn’t know who Leni Robredo was in depth so I had nothing to hold on to than my own mind telling me that I should keep paving our way to her so that I can determine with my own eyes and ears if Leni Robredo would actually support this Duterte-Robredo support group. I didn’t buy any of their comments and discouraging words, the only thing I believed in is that Leni Robredo is a good person and one day, if she meets this group, she’ll appreciate Dubredo Army.

Being the founder and leader of this group who’s very new to the world of politics and governance, I felt so degraded and hopeless being surrounded by people who discouraged us to push through. I never talked to Leni, I wasn’t aware of her person in depth and it wasn’t easy to make myself hold on to the fact that she will ever notice us, I mean, as we made our way to her, we met so many people supporting her and working for her and about 90% of them doesn’t like the man (Duterte) we support pero hindi ako sumuko, pinilit kong isipin na ‘no, her people doesn’t define her. Just because ayaw ng karamihan ng mga taong nakapaligid sakanya kay Duterte eh ibig sabihin non ayaw rin niya kay Duterte. She has her own mind, she is her own person.’

But man, that was the only thing I was holding on to during those times.

Scheduling a meeting VP Leni isn’t as easy as most of the people think. We had to talk to several people to walk us into her office for a courtesy call or meet/greet with supporters and for the record, those people we had to talk to are the ones who had their social media accounts filled with criticisms against Duterte. We had to stay professional and casual with them despite that, just imagine that.

We joined this ‘social media group’ of someone who once worked at her office (not dropping names) together with the other millennial Leni supporters who made us their utusan. This person asked us to make graphic artworks, directed us to post things on our social media accounts, asked us to repost things about Leni, some of the Dubredos felt like we’re working on making their work easier. Of course, we thought he/she is our only way to Leni so we did what he/she wanted us to do. We spent time to edit graphic artworks but instead of being appreciated, we only heard criticisms and judgments from him/her and the other members of the group.

Hindi maganda yung pagkaka-edit nung graphics.

Ang liit ng text.

We spent hours editing but our works were never posted, our edits were never used, sometimes they would just ignore the graphics we edited for hours — they just wasted our time, didn’t even thank us for trying.

As a part of the social media group, we also expressed our suggestions and ideas to help promoting VP Leni’s works and advocacies but then these people never listened because Dubredo kami eh. There are times that we just happily share new articles about President Duterte and VP Leni just because we are pleased to see them all fine but all we get from these people are scolds.

Bawal ang Dubredo dito.

Luh. Please don’t mention Duterte.

About Leni lang ang pwede dito.

From the very start, they already assumed that VP Leni Robredo would never appreciate us so they never valued us as her supporters. Sabit lang kami sa other Leni supporters noon.

But then, sino nga ba ang Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo supporters para i-please or pakinggan nila ‘di ba? Syempre kung gusto nila magpalakas kay VP Leni doon sila didikit sa mga Leni supporters kase uncertain rin naman nga sila kung magugustuhan ba talaga ni Leni yung Dubredo Army. Baka mamaya kapag lumapit lapit sila saaming Duterte-Robredo, imbis na lumakas sila kay Leni, humina pa sila.

So we, Duterte-Robredo supporters had to get along with it. Nobody liked us, nobody believed in us, nobody appreciated our mission. We also had doubts if Leni would appreciate us but during our early days, we just wanted her to know that there are people who supports her and the president, yun lang, masaya na kami.

Hindi namin hinangad na maging bida sa office ni Leni, we never asked to be treated special. We didn’t want to meet Leni Robredo to earn some bragging rights or to just earn a connection. We just wanted to empower the idea that it is better to support the president and the vice president instead of pitting them against each other. But since we’re so new to this political supporting world, the people who had much knowledge played us and then used us. I’m not taking it back, I’m not holding my words back, pinagtripan kami and then ginawang utusan para mas mapadali ang trabaho nila.

I told some of our members before that it’s okay, let’s be understanding, during that time some of the Dubredo Army members started complaining because they felt like a slave on that group — most of us are professionals pero anong ginawa nitong mga millennial intern saamin? Ginawang taga-edit, taga-post and then made us a laughingstock because sumusunod lang kami. I told the DuBredos that one day they’ll appreciate us especially if we meet VP Leni already. Tiis tiis lang.

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Transcript: Duterte-Robredo supporters on OKS sa DWBL 1242kHz Radio station

Last April 9, 2018, me and some members of the Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo visited the DWBL 1242kHz radio station in Paragon Plaza for an interview with Teddy Pereña.

[WATCH: Dubredo Army radio interview at OKS sa DWBL 1242kHz, April 9.]

Below is the transcript of my main interview speaking as the founder of Dubredo Army.


Teddy: Okay balik na po tayo sa OKS radio. Oras ng Kaalaman at Saya. Ka Teddy Pereña kasama si Jessie Uy at ang mga panauhin natin.

Teddy: Okay ito na Jessie, masarap ang talakayan natin ngayon. At ang aming gusto ipakilala sainyo ay ang founder ng Dubredo Army yung Dubredo po ay pinagsama na Duterte and Robredo ang aking tinutukoy ay si Jam Ong, magandang hapon sa’yo Jam.

Jam: Ayan, magandang um– tanghali, hapon? Hapon na.

Teddy: Relax ka lang.

Jam: Ayan, magandang hapon sa lahat ng nakikinig po at sa mga,

Teddy: Banggitin mo rin yung mga kasamahan mo, siguro isa isa tatawagan natin sila mamaya.

Jam: Actually kasama natin sa studio yung ibang member ng Dubredo Army. Ayan, very active yan sa social media. Yung mga nakikita niyong positive na balita tungkol sa ating pangulo at bise, yan, sila yung mga nagpopost lagi.

Teddy: Pakilala mo na isa isa.

Jam: Papakilala natin si Camille,

Teddy: Taas lang ang kamay mo. Di nakikita yan kase yung camera. Harap ka na muna doon.

Jam: Si Nadine,

Teddy: Si Nadine o si Din Din.

Jam: si Dindin. Pwede niyo siya tawaging ate Dindin, yes. Very approachable naman ang ating mga members tsaka ang pinakahuli sa lahat, yung pinakapaborito nating member, si Vida.

Teddy: si Vida, oo. Yan ang bida natin mamaya.

HISTORY OF DUBREDO ARMY

Teddy: Okay, ang una nating katanungan, Jessie, kay Jam, papano mo naisipan itong buoin at kailan, yung Dubredo Army?

Jam: Yung Dubredo Army binuo ko siya out of random lang. Hindi ko siya pinlano na magiging ganito, parang gumawa lang ako sa Twitter nung account ng Dubredo Army, parang ‘army’ in defense sa ating nanalo.

Teddy: Ah, okay.

Jam: Kase malamang may mga galit jan.

Teddy: Hindi air force?

Jam: Hindi naman.

Teddy: Hindi marines? Dubredo. Matapang daw ang marines. Anyway sige ituloy mo.

Jam: Ayun.

Teddy: Kailang formally nabuo?

Jam: Binuo ko siya, actually, after magkita ng pangulo at nung bise for the first time sa AFP change of command and then a day after,

Teddy: kaya army din dahil doon nag-abot.

Jam: Opo. Parang doon nga nabuo. Tapos ayan, nabuo na yung Twitter tapos parang hinayaan ko lang siya ng ilang linggo tapos nakita ko may mga nagfofollow na. Tapos ayan, dumami ng dumami yung followers hanggang sa may nabuo ng group chat. Tapos doon ko nakita ‘ay, marami pala.’

Teddy: So wala ka talagang core group na nag-usap muna kayo, wala?

Jam: Wala. Wala po.

Teddy: Talagang on social media.

Jam: Parang ano lang rin siya, nabuo siya out of destiny.

Teddy: Yan!

Jam: Kase alam niyo naman yung, alam niyo naman yung kay VP at pangulo, di naman dapat sila tatakbo dahil nung una ayaw naman talaga nila pero ayan, out of destiny, nanalo sila.

Teddy: So yung parehong walang plano kamo, yun ang napa-upo. Niluklok ng tao.

Jam: Opo

Teddy: Oh ikaw Jessie, ano ang gusto malaman sa Dubredo Army?

Jessie: Sige i-continue mo lang para marami pa akong malaman.

Teddy: So pagkatapos kailan kayo unang nag-meet na in person?

Jam: Well nung una po kase marami talaga kami. Hindi pa filtered as in merong mga Duterte lang, meron mga Leni lang na sumali.

Teddy: Ah, na hindi pa nila naintindihan.

Jam: Yung unang meet up sa, tama ba, sa office ni Vice President? Na parang courtesy call ng social media team. Yon very halo halo na.

Teddy: Parang April ano ba yon?

Jam: Parang September,

[inaudible Dubredo: September 4]

Jam: September 4.

Teddy: September

[inaudible Dubredo: Yung Davao bombing]

Jam: Oo, inispill niya, okay.

Teddy: Bago mag ano ito, bago mag-Angat Buhay launching.

Jam: Opo, wala pang Angat Buhay.

Teddy: Kase October yon e.

Jam: Opo. Ayan. Very general. Actually, wala ako non kase may pasok ako.

Teddy: Ah *laughs* Dahil studyante pa po si Jam.

Jam: Kaya ang sabi ko doon sa nga Dubredo, sige kayo muna ang makipagkilala kay VP. Pero nung time na yon hindi pa siya very solid. Parang pumunta sila sa office ni VP ng Leni supporters

Jessie: Ayun.

Teddy: Ah okay. So wala pang formal organization?

Jam: Wala pa. Though yung iba sakanila alam na Dubredo sila, yan sila [points to Dubredo members at the studio]

Teddy: Mga orig ba? Orig.

Jam: Opo.

Jessie: So marami ba kayo nung pumunta kayo doon? Mga ilan kayo?

Jam: Mga ilan ba yon?

[inaudible Dubredo: mga twenty five.]

Jam: Mga twenty.

Teddy: Uy marami.

Jam: Pero yung mga Dubredo doon mga six lang, (tama ba yon) mga ganon? Tapos ayun, nakita nila si VP tapos nagreport sila saakin.

Teddy: Reporting!

Jam: Pinuntahan nila ako doonsa lugar ko tapos doon kami nagmeeting, parang yun na yung unang pagkikita namin.

Teddy: Ayun. Tapos lumaki at lumago na.

Jam: Opo.

Teddy: Dahil bale magiisang taon kalaon, magdadalawang taon palang kayo noh?

Jam: Opo.

Teddy: Tama ano, ayan Jessie,

Jessie: Dapat pala sa September. Kung 17, 18, magone year palang, di ba?

Teddy: Hindi, 16 yung sinasabi niya.

Jam: 2016.

Jessie: Ah, 2016. Magto-two years.

Teddy: Mga July 2016 yung ginawa niyang Twitter post.

Jessie: Ah okay.

Teddy: So parang yun yung official na pangangak non,

Jam: Opo.

Teddy: Kaya nga love child (ni Duterte at Robredo) siya eh.

Jam: Oh.

*laughs*

Teddy: Alam mo ba istorya non?

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Do or Don’t, there is no try DOJ secretary Vitaliano Aguirre

Digong is like Yoda of Star Wars, for him, it’s do or don’t there is no try. It’s somehow normal for him to hire people he once worked with, he’s close with or someone he trusts because why would you actually hire a total stranger? But once you get hired by him, that doesn’t mean you’re safe from getting fired. Just because you’re his friend doesn’t mean that you can just slack off there and get paid. Ano ka sinuswerte?

One proof of this is Digong’s acceptance of DOJ Secretary Aguirre’s resignation. He is his long time fraternity brother in Lex Taleonis Fraternity, his schoolmate in San Beda but it was when he was seated as department of Justice secretary when the cases against some well-known drug lords got dismissed. This fumed not only Digong but the Filipinos.

How can those big time drug lords — who some are self confessed — got their cases dismissed? What’s disappointing is Aguirre failed to keep the credibility of DOJ during his time of leadership with such instance.

It’s just either Aguirre was asked to resign to avoid further humiliation or he resigned out of delicadeza but the only reason for these two is because he is no longer an effective DOJ secretary.

Just as I said earlier, President Duterte, he doesn’t care if you’re his friend, if you’re someone close to him. Sure, he’ll give you a chance to work as his subordinate but it’s always the “do your job or resign.”

To think, Aguirre has the capacity to plead the president to keep him in his position despite this failure but instead, he chose to resign. I never liked Aguirre; ever since he had this ear covering fight with Miriam Defensor-Santiago, but I give him my thumbs up for this move that he did.

I hope the next DOJ secretary will help the DOJ regain it’s full credibility.

SAP Bong Go rather than Senator Bong Go

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As a staunch Duterte supporter, the people I follow, my friends and followings fill my timeline with the idea of pushing SAP Bong Go for a senatorial position. What is my stand in this idea? I don’t support it. 

Don’t get me wrong. I support President Duterte and I’ve witnessed how loyal and firm Bong Go is with him. I raise my hands up to Bong Go for that. If the president trusts and believes in him, so do I. But then, why am I not in favor of him being on the senate?

 
Senators are more of legislative. The commonly known function of the senators is to review the bills passed from the congress and be one of the seated senators to decide whether to have the bills passed as a law. It’s like the congress is the first filter or level and the senate is the second filter/level. The senators should have a wide span of knowledge in laws, regulations, the constitution and so many other aspects. 
 
I am not underestimating SAP Bong Go, he graduated from De La Salle University with a management degree. I think that foundation of education and knowledge is better for an executive position (like mayors, governors) rather than a legislative position (senators, congressmen). 
 
Remember when President Duterte once said how he prefers to be a mayor than a congressman? He once had a congress term and he admitted that legislative tasks isn’t really his forte so he went back to being a mayor. I think that applies for Bong Go as well. That’s my reason number one.
 
Reason number two. The president trusts and believes in Bong Go, he even appointed him as his special assistant, right? This only shows that the president needs him more than the senate does. I’ll just leave it that way. 

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For Press Freedom but not for Rappler

I tend to see a lot of people online showing their support for press freedom and then following it with some random statement in support with Rappler. Sure, I don’t think there is anything wrong with supporting press freedom. We don’t want another flawed type of Marcos dictatorship in the country again, do we?

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Some staunch supporters of president Rodrigo Duterte probably hates me right now because I support this press freedom campaign and idea but I assume they only hate the idea of it because they think it’s mainly to support Rappler after SEC sued them regarding their alleged violation of the constituitional and statutory Foreign Equity Restriction in Mass Media enforceable through rules and laws within the mandate of the Commission.
Sorry I had to copy paste that part but in a less lawyer definition, it means that a mass media such as Rappler, by the constituition, isn’t allowed to be funded by a foreign company or to give commission or owe a foreign body. The mass media should 100% be owned by a Filipino. However, according to an investigation of the SEC, (which I don’t think was detailed out on public yet) Rappler was partly owned by this foreign company called Omidyar Network leading the government body to revoke Rappler’s license to operate. This has also been the basis of SEC’s order to investigate on Rappler’s Philippine Depository Receipts (PDR) for further proofs.
What is a PDR even? A PDR is an investment in a local company where the holder has the right to earn without having an equity stake.
The first time I heard about this issue, I’m in favor of the idea of giving Rappler a chance to prove themselves and that they didn’t violate any law as to what SEC is accusing them of. I was also further in favor of Rappler when the breaking news appeared saying that Rappler’s license to operate gets revoked by the SEC after this unexpected investigation. As an initial reaction, I thought “Why aren’t there any warning? Why did they just jump into the worst punishment of closing and revocation of license instead of giving a warning?”
I was on Rappler’s side for a moment but after reading more articles and seeing the way they respond to this issue, I started to change my mind.

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Thoughts on Marcos and Robredo’s Electoral Protest

Let me just discuss information and express my thoughts about the motion/manifestation that VP Leni Robredo’s camp and former senator Bongbong Marcos’ signed last February 6, 2018.

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Former senator Bongbong Marcos challenged VP Leni Robredo and her camp to sign a joint motion in order to hasten and withdraw all motions to clear the way to the recount of votes last 2016 elections after the former senator accused the duly elect vice president of cheating. “I’ve done everything possible to speed up this election protest,” Marcos said in a statement. “At this point, the only thing left is for Mrs. Robredo to sign the document. We are waiting.”

February 6, Tuesday — Atty. Romulo Macalintal, VP Leni Robredo’s election lawyer, responded to Mr. Marcos’ dare. “I am inviting Mr Marcos and his lawyer tomorrow (February 7, 2018) at 9 am to sign a joint motion,” he said. “This is to confirm that we are not causing the delay in the recount of ballots. It is Mr Marcos’ raising of baseless allegations and irrelevant issues that is causing the delay in the recount.”

February 7, 2018, Wednesday — Atty. Romulo Macalintal showed up and presented VP Robredo’s camp’s prepared joint motion to withdraw all motions and acts that may hamper or delay the recount proceedings. The media and people witnessed him sign the motion, however, ex-senator Bongbong Marcos’ camp didn’t show up on the said venue.

BUT don’t you dare think I am not going to mention in this blog post about what Mr. Marcos did that day.

Mr. Marcos showed up earlier that day with a complete set of media. In front of the media, cameras and live videos, he signed a joint manifestation himself. Yes, himself, not his election lawyer, not any representative but himself. If you would remember, VP Robredo’s camp earlier told Marcos to meet them in a restaurant so both camps could sign the joint motion. But the former senator was a no-show on the said venue, hence, he went on another place and on an earlier time.

Moving further, the surprising part here is that Mr. Marcos signed a joint manifestation instead of a joint motion. It’s planting so much questions in my head because to think of it, it was his camp and him who challenged VP Robredo’s camp to sign a motion (not a manifestation) and it would be too farfetch to think they just accidentally filed a manifestation or made a mistake by filing a manifestation instead of a motion. It’s like challenging someone into a boxing fight and you appear to the meeting place with a pair of basketball shoes instead of some boxing gloves, you know what I mean?

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