Friday, September 3, 2010

Back to back champion ROY 2010

ROY 2010  Champion - Pandan Invitational Basketball Tournament
Back to back champion  ROY 2010, named after Barangay  Treasurer ROY DANTE OGURIDA, President of Angeles City Barangay Treasurer League with nine years in public service in Barangay Cutcut and with Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Holy Angel Univeristy.

at center - ROY OGURIDA
According to people who are near to him, he is kind, compassionate, sweet, loving, generous, trustworthy and friendly. He doesn’t try to put himself on top but this is his personality.

ROY 2010 - Champion, Cutcut, AC
He had plans to join politics someday that is why he try to figure out how to add more his knowledge by studying to be more equipt and to be more efficient in service to his fellowmen.

Monday, August 9, 2010

San Roque Fiesta - August 15 & 16, 2010

Yearly fiesta in honor of San Roque. Unlike other parts of the country San Roque is celebrated here in Barangay Cutcut on every August 16. San Roque is the patron saint of the sick and the invalids.

San Roque was born around 1295 in a rich family in Montpellier, France. Tradition says that San Roque had a birthmark with a red cross on his chest.
His father died when he was 12 and his mother died when he was 20. He joined the Franciscan order soon after that and distributed his fortune among the poor.
San Roque then set out for Italy as a mendicant pilgrim and stopped along the way to care for the victims of the plague that was ravaging Italy at that time. He was reputed to have performed many miracles of healing everywhere he went.

On his return incognito to Montpellier he was arrested as a spy by order of his own uncle and thrown into prison, where he languished five years and died on 16 August 1327. Only when he was dead did the townspeople recognized him (by a birthmark). Soon, he was credited with continuing to work miracle cures against the pestilence, and he was soon canonized. Almost identical stories were related about numerous other saints.

According to some accounts the history of the feast of San Roque in the Philippines started in 1637. Residents of the town of San Roque came down from the mountains where they had contracted malaria. But they were miraculously cured after holding a procession in honour of San Roque. It is said that the procession was held in a fiesta atmosphere, with a lot of dancing and singing.


  • SINGKAGALING TUMERAK (AUG. 10, 2010, 7:00PM)
  • Parade of Candidates and Cutcut Videoke Challenges (AUG. 11, 2010, 7:00PM)
  • Mom’s Got Talent (AUG. 12, 2010, 7:00PM)
  • Bababoom and Pre Pageant of Lakan at Lakambini ning Cutcut (AUG. 13, 2010, 7:00PM)
  • Ms. Gay Teen Cutcut 2010 (AUG. 14, 2010, 7:00PM)
  • Free Concert – Nobelistas and United Rappers of Pampanga (AUG. `6, 7:30 PM)
  • 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM 8:00 AM, 4:00 PM & 5:00 PM
  • CHRISTENING 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pamana ni Gloria sa bayan – The Positive side

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, in her 112th Independence Day speech, today said she will leave the Filipino people a legacy of a strong and stable economy.

In her speech at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park, her last as head of state, the outgoing President said her reform programs “now offer more economic opportunities and support the aspirations of our heroes who all dreamt of a national vision of attaining prosperity, freedom and justice for all.”
Pamana ni Gloria sa bayan – The Negative side
Pamana ni Gloria sa bayan – English Version
Pamana ni Gloria sa bayan – The Positive side
The President said the revolution against Spanish colonizers by our national heroes that include Andres Bonifacio nurtured this dream and gave birth to a sense of nationalism and a dream of a better life for Filipinos.

In 1963, the President said peasants also started to be emancipated from a feudal bondage from rich landlords when her father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal, worked hard for the promulgation of the Land Reform Law.

With the martyrdom of then Senator Benigno Aquino, the President said Filipinos also peacefully reclaimed their liberties during the 1986 People Power Revolution and reaffirmed their commitment to freedom and democracy under the leadership of his widow, the late President Corazon Aquino.

Since the start of her administration in 2001, the President said poverty alleviation became the centerpiece of her 10-point agenda the so-called BEAT THE ODDS.

BEAT THE ODDS stands for a Balanced budget; Education for all; Automated elections; Transportation and digital infrastructure; Terminate hostilities with the MILF and NPA; Heal the wounds of EDSAs I, II and III; Electricity and water for all; Opportunities for livelihood and ten million jobs; Decongestion of Metro Manila; Develop Subic-Clark.

She said the implementation of these pro-poor programs were all achieved through economic reforms that resulted to a lower budget deficit, better economic growth and generated much needed funds to finance vital infrastructure projects such ports, seaports, airports, bridges, highway networks and the roll-on roll-off ferry system.

The President said the May 2010 automated elections also delivered the most modern and open election that will lastingly change the face of Philippine politics such as the earliest proclamation in history of the President and Vice President last Wednesday.

In the course of her speech, beneficiaries thanked the President for her numerous programs, including Grade 5 pupil Joan Duya of Porac, Pampanga who said she no longer has to walk two hours to school after the President directed the establishment of a classroom in her barangay. The President said it was the 100,000th classroom built under her term.

Julia Baco of Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte, who was able to send her three children to school, were among the one million poor families who benefited from the successful implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), one of the President’s flagship programs on poverty reduction and social development.

Matson Paskial of Dupax del Norte, Nueva Vizcaya, a construction worker for the Bitong-Belance Nueva Vizcaya Road, said he saw residents of other nearby towns send their farm produce to the nearest market because of the new roads.

Russel Brian Dizon, a 22-year-old jobless nurse who gained a training scholarship has found employment in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry which the President said has become a $7-billion industry providing 500,000 high-paying jobs.

Alan Amanse, a former fisherman earning only P100 per day, is now a whale shark interactor in the flourishing tourism industry in Sorsogon.
Pamana ni Gloria sa bayan – The Negative side
Pamana ni Gloria sa bayan – English Version
Pamana ni Gloria sa bayan – The Positive side
The President said the 100 percent electrification of all barangays, which now stood at more than 99 percent, will be achieved come September.

The President said these beneficiaries are among the millions of Filipinos who benefited and gained employment from BEAT THE ODDS.

“Ito ang handog natin sa ika-112 anibersaryo ng ating pagkabansa. Malaking karangalan at pribiliheyo ang maglingkod sa sambayanan bilang Pangulo. Ihahabilin natin ang siyam na taong paglago at pag-angat. Sa inyong lahat na nagging kasamahan ko sa mahirap ngunit makasaysayang landas, maraming maraming salamat. Mabuhay tayo, mabuhay ang Pilipinas, (This is our gift the nation on its 112th year. I have been honored to have served you as President. Long Live the Philippines.),” the President said. (PND)


Thursday, March 11, 2010


ANGELES CITY – Basketball stars Arwin Santos, Ranidel de Ocampo and Mark Yee leads the Panings team to victory of the 1st Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno Invitational Basketball Tournament defeating Roels during the championship game held at Cutcut People’s Gym, Cutcut, Angeles City on March 6.

Team Manoks Fried managed to place second runner-up while team Shasyly had to console themselves as fourth place in the competition.

Team Paning brought home the plum prize of P70,000, while Roel’s received P40,000 for its daring play. Team Manoks Fried got P15,000 and Shasyly obtained the P5,000.

Individual awards went to Panings cagers which include Mark Yee as the Most Valuable Player (MVP), Tim Dungca got the Best Forward and Ambet Gumabon as the Best Coach. While in team Roels Melvin Bangal and Billy Bansil ruled in the Best Guard and Best Center respectively.

Team Panings consist of PBA stars led by Arwin Santos of San Miguel, Ranidel De Ocampo of Talk N Text, Mark Yee of Burger King as well as local players like Lou Gatumbato, Ericson Araman, Robby David, Tim Dungca, Jay Tiera, Willy Mejia, Carlo Pangilinan, Jun-Jun Opiana, Louie Sendin, Allan Hicban, Gilbert Lacsina, Renato Bati, Mark Rosita and Coach Ambet Gumabon.

The tournament is the final activity to the triple-pronged approach of the Angeles City Sports Office (ACSO) to promote sports, said ACSO Chief Paul Puri.

The awarding ceremony was led by Mayor Nepomuceno, who is fast-tracking the construction of model sports complex that will cater national and international competitions in future.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

2010 BARANGAY CUTCUT Inter-Purok Basketball Tournament

Rules and Regulations of Basketball Tournament

I.               ELIGIBILITY

a.     To be eligible to participate in this tournament, a player must be a resident of the Purok he represent for no less than six (6) months prior to the opening date and duly certified by the Designated Kagawad.

b.     He must not be a present member of any of country’s National Basketball Leagues (PBA, MBA, PBL). Former or current school varsitarians may join the competition if given permission by the school he is a player at.


ü     Must born after December 31, 1995 (15 years old below)
ü     Must born after December 31, 1992 (18 years old below)
ü     No age limit

d.     He is required to submit the eligibility form with the “2X2” picture, before March 06, 2010 and attested by the Kagawad in charge of each Purok.


Three (3) imports allowed but only (2) to import can be fielded-in at any given time


All players must be certified by their designated kagawad, if any player is found to be unqualified or over aged, the whole team will be disqualified from the tournament                    

II.             Team composition

a.     Participating teams may have fifteen (15) players and all fifteen (15) players will be allowed to play in any game.

III.           Uniforms

a.     No Team/Player shall be allowed to play without wearing the proper uniform (identical).

b.     The official number of the players begins from number 1 following by 2, 3, and 4 up to the last number of players.

IV.           Duties and responsibility

a.     Both coaches of the playing team should know the rules and regulations of the game and must see to it that they are in total control of their players and their benches.

b.     Only the coaches of the playing team are allowed to stand and make necessary verifications/complaints during the progress of the game.

V.             Team discipline and conduct of players

a.     A team must be present at the playing court fifteen (15) minutes before the scheduled match. In case a team will not show up after a grace period of fifteen (15) minutes given will lose by forfeiture

b.     Any team who commits two (2) consecutive game defaults will be withdrawn from the tournament without prior notice.

c.     Any player, coach or manager who commits any of the enumerated acts of violence or un-sportsman-like conduct shall be penalized with a technical foul and or a suspension in the game depending upon the gravity of the violation/situation.

d.     Players who are under the influents of liquor or any prohibited substance are not allowed to play.

VI.           Game stop procedure

a.     If a game is stopped due to unavoidable circumstances like power failure, bad weather condition and render the court is not unplayable.

                                               i.     If the match is in progress is stopped in the 1st or 2nd period, the game shall be reset to a new game with another playing date. The score will be back to zero and the time will be reset.

                                             ii.     In the game was stopped in the 3rd, 4th or overtime period, the game will be resumed to another playing date adopting the score and the remaining time of the game when it was stopped.

VII.         Breaking of ties

a.     In case of double tie “WIN OVER OTHER” system shall be used to break the tie, there will be no play-off

b.     In case of triple tie or multiple ties, the goal average or quotient system shall be used to break the tie; there will be no play-off.

VIII.       Protest procedure

a.     All protest concerning the eligibility of the players shall be done in written form and be submitted to the technical committee within forty-eight (48) hours (office hours) before or after the game. NO-PROTEST AFTER ELIMINATION ROUND

IX.           Supplemental rules

a.     The committee officials’ and referees’ decision is final.

b.     The 2000-2001 FIBA Rules and Regulations shall govern this tournament.

X.             Impersonation

a.     Any player who is found out using other’s identity shall be suspended and automatically be blacklisted in any basketball competition as sanctioned by the Cutcut Barangay Council, and all the game/s he played by the team he represents shall be declared lost and the team shall be automatically out from the league.

Tournament FORMAT

A). Midget Division: and Senior Division:
I. Participating Teams shall be divided in two groups A&B each group shall play
   A single round robin for elimination round .

II. after the elimination round the No. 1 team in each group shall bye, then the No. 2 in group a meet the No. 3 in group 3, then the No.3 in Group-A meet the No.2   in Group-B, Knock-out system. Then the winners shall advance for semi-final will join the two No.1 teams another round robin fro the top 4 teams then after the semi-final the No.1 team meet the No. 2 team for championship, then the No.3 meet the No.4 team for 2nd runner-up.

B) Junior Division:

I.               All participating team shall play a single round robin series for elimination   round, after the elimination the top 4 teams shall advance for the semi-final round another round robin, series. After the semi final the No.1 team meet the No.2 team for championship. The No.3 meet the No.4 team for 2nd runner-up.

C. Senior Division:

Elimination Round:

  Single round robin series for the elimination round after the elimination round.
- After the elimination round the No.1 meet the No.4 team for semi-final. Knock-out  system however if the No.1 team has no lose record shall beat twice of the No. 4 team. Then the No.2 team meet the No.3 knock-out system, then the winners shall play for the championship best of three series, then the looser shall play for the 3rd place, one game only.

“Any rule, which is not covered by this undertaking, shall be announced by the organizer as soon as the need arises.”

Sunday, February 7, 2010

How To Find Online Your Precinct Before Election Day

As part of the Commission on Election's (Comelec) continuing registration program, it has made a way for you to find your precinct online. The data they have is based on Comelec’s Field Data officer’s submissions. It is a good time to verify now where your precinct is, so you could act upon it.

Here’s how. Fire up your favorite web browser (mine, by the way, is Safari 4), and then go visit Comelec’s website.

You will find yourself looking at this:


Simply fill up the form - enter your first name, middle name and last name, and date of birth in the appropriate spaces. And then click "Find Now" then your done!

        1. Fill in all NAME fields completely as you indicated in your Application Form for registration.
        2. Do not type just your MIDDLE INITIAL if you indicated your complete MIDDLE NAME during registration.
        3. In case encoding errors may have been committed by your local COMELEC office:

                a. If your name contains a JR, SR, II, III, IV, etc., try several variations of typing your name, as follows:
  • in the FIRST NAME field after your first name, such as JUAN JR.
  • in the LAST NAME field after your last name, such as DELA CRUZ JR.
  • with a period, such as JR.
  • without a period, such as JR
  • with a comma and period, Such as JUAN, JR. or JUAN JR.,
  • with two (or three) spaces in between, such as JUAN  JR. or JUAN   JR.
  • a combination of the above-mentioned variations.
If your name contains MA. or MARIA, try both variations in the FIRST NAME field.  

Monday, January 18, 2010

Know your ballot

Ballot-FrontI was invited to attend the Bagong Botante event last November 13 together with other bloggers. This was an event I was itching to go to because I wanted to see with my own eyes the counting machine and the ballot to be used in the coming 2010 elections. Yes, I had a lot of questions.
COMELEC and Smartmatic people came out in full force. Among those in the crowd were COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez, Cesar Flores (President, Smartmatic-Asia Pacific Region), Rafael Cuenca (Smartmatic Voter Education Website Coordinator), Gene Gregorio (Smartmatic Spokesman & PR Manager) and Miguel Avila (also with Smartmatic).
If you’re one of those voting for the first time and you're wondering whether voting is going to be complicated, or if you have some skepticism about the ballot’s being secure, I’ll let you in on some of the things I learned about the ballot that night.
What the Ballot Looks Like
The ballot is still in paper form just like the old ballot we are used to. But it now looks more professional and is roughly the size of an A4 sheet of paper. The names of the candidates running for national positions are printed back-to-back. Here is a sample of the ballot.
(Ballot - Front - Click to enlarge)
(Ballot - Back - Click to enlarge)
How To Fill out the Ballot
It’s a lot easier to fill out the ballot now because there is no need to write names. All we have to do is shade the oval beside our candidate of choice.
We also do not need to bring pencils or ballpens. COMELEC-provided markers will be available at the precincts.
To vote, just shade the oval completely right beside the name of your selected candidate. It’s just like coloring the oval. Simple.

Important Do’s and Don’ts
There are a few things to remember so as not to invalidate your vote and to minimize inconveniences to you.

  1. Shade the oval completely. Marking it with a dot, X, a line or any other mark is NOT VALID. Partial shading also may risk invalidation as it won’t be properly read by the machine.

  2. Do not OVERVOTE. This means you should NOT vote more candidates than available positions. For example, there should be only ONE Presidential vote. If you shaded 2 or more names, your vote for President is invalidated. (Note: only the section with overvoting is invalidated. The other parts of your ballot remain valid as long as you shaded the right number of candidate names for the position).

  3. You can UNDERVOTE. This means you can vote for LESS candidates than available positions. For example, if you need to choose 12 senators but you only opt to vote for 10, that is allowed.

  4. It is better to go to the precinct with your list of chosen candidates already (codigo). This will speed up the time it will take for you to fill up your ballot and reduce chances of mistakes.
Casting Your Vote
You will cast your own vote. It’s simple. Just hold the ballot in your hand and feed it into the machine vertically. Just imagine that it’s just like inserting an ATM card into the machine or feeding paper into a fax machine.
It does not matter whether you feed it in top first or bottom first. Or back on top, or front on top. However way you put it in, the counting machine takes a snapshot of both the top and bottom sides so you are sure your ballot has a captured image (front and back).
Security Features of the Ballot
This was one area I was concerned about so it was interesting to discover that:
  1. Position identifiers on the left and right sides of the ballot help locate the ovals for proper counting and evaluation.
(Click to enlarge)
  1. Each ballot has a unique bar code. Once the machine reads a ballot’s bar code, any attempt to insert a duplicate ballot with the same code will be rejected.
(Click to enlarge)
  1. Each ballot is marked with UV ink which is not readily discernible. The counting machine looks first for this mark before it counts a vote. This dispels the possibility of photocopied ballots which obviously won’t have the UV ink mark.
  2. The ballot contains security markings (i.e., watermarks).
Two videos, Quick Guide to the Automated Elections and 2010 Election Voting Machine Info can be viewed HERE.

As of now, while many of my questions about the counting machine and ballots were answered at the event, I am still uneasy about the adequacy of the remaining time left before the May elections for everything to be put in place.
Finding enough IT personnel to man ALL the precincts, training the teachers on the operational procedures, delivering the machines/ballots/indelible ink/markers/etc to all the precincts in time – all these are just some of the things still in my head.
I am hoping though that these will be satisfactorily answered in the coming weeks so that we are all reassured that come election day, there will be no snafus like the confusion and inefficiencies that many people experienced during the recent voter registration.

You might also want to read on How to Vote in an Automated Election.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

How to vote in an Automated Election

Screen capture from Yahoo SEA video.
Read this first: Know your ballot
Know the Automated Election Machine and the Source Code.
New and old voters might be a little intimidated by the fancy technology used for the 2010 Presidential elections. However, the new automated process is being employed for quick, easy, and transparent counting that should minimize fraud. Hopefully, this quick guide on how to vote in an automated election will make the procedure less confusing for you. Before reading the rest of the article, take time to  know your ballot and Know the Automated Election Machine and How to find online your precint before election day.
Step 1- Go to your precinct on May 10
There will be about 37,062 voting centers and 74,427 clustered precincts. Each clustered precinct will have one Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine, each of which can supposedly accommodate up to 1,000 voters. Read on How to find online your precint before election day.
Upon arriving at the precinct, a voter should look for his or her name at the Posted Computerized Voters List (PCVL) near the door of the voting center to determine his or her precinct number and sequence number. The voter will be instructed to give these pieces of information to the Bureau of Election Inspector (BEI) together with other personal information.
Make sure you bring your voter’s ID with you. If you don’t have one yet, bring any valid ID along with your registration stub.

STEP 2- Get your identity verified
After his or her identity is verified, the name of the voter will be read out loud to give chance for any contention. If uncontested, he or she will be given a ballot by the BEI chairman – only upon ensuring that the said voter has yet to cast his or her vote in another precinct.

STEP 3- How to use your ballot
Take a look on how the ballot looks like first..ballot-sample

Listen to the BEI's instruction on how to fill the ballot. The voter will be instructed to fill out his or her ballot using a secrecy folder and a marking pen provided by the Comelec. He or she must fill out the ballot by fully shading at least 50 percent of the oval beside the names of the candidates and party-list group of his or her choice. View sample ballot
  1. Every voter gets only ONE ballot. No replacement ballots will be given to voters who make a mistake.
  2. Make sure the ballot you receive has no marks and is otherwise clean.
  3. Each ballot comes with the name of the candidates. To the left of the candidates are ovals. Simply shade the oval next to the name of the chosen candidate.
  4. The oval must be shaded COMPLETELY. Ballots with check marks, x marks, partially shaded ovals, and other marks will be regected.
  5. Do not over-vote (e.g. vote two candidates for the position of President) because this will invalidate your votes for the position (but not the whole ballot).
  6. You can bring a sheet of your chosen candidates with you when you vote.
Comelec devised a way to make the ballots easier to read (see sample above)
The ballot will be divided into sections that will be delineated by a colored border. The sections will be colored blue for president, vice president, congressmen, provincial governor, and councilors; and green for senators, party-list groups, provincial board members, and municipal mayors.
STEP 4- Feed your ballot to the PCOS
Get to Know the Automated Election Machine
PCOS stands for Precinct Count Optical Scan. This is a paper-based technology that contains pre-programmed information on the location, number of voters, etc. Each precinct will have one PCOS. Voters themselves feed their ballot into the machine. The machine will scan both sides of the ballot and will reject invalid ballots that are fake, photocopied, or have been previously inserted.
Once you have accomplished your ballot, feed the ballot into the PCOS. Every voter must personally feed his or her ballot into the machine. Wait for the confirmation message to appear on the screen.
Wait until the ballot is dropped into the semi-transparent ballot box. If the ballot is rejected, the BEI will allow for another re-entry, but if rejected again, the voter will not be issued a replacement ballot.
the voter should return the secrecy folder and marking pen to the BEI chairman.
STEP 5 Go to the BEI for indelible inking
The BEI chairman will in turn apply indelible ink at the base and extend it to the cuticle of the right forefinger nail of the voter, who will then be instructed to affix his or her thumbmark in the space in the Election Day Computerized Voters List (EDCVL).
Just familiarize yourself with the steps and by viewing the video so you have an idea on how the process is like.
Help keep Philippine Elections clean
Philippine elections are characterized by vote-buying, intimidation, coercion, and terrorism. With many voters casting ballots with illegible handwriting and a procedure with weak security, it's easy to tamper election results and commit fraud. Hopefully the new automated system will eliminate all of these. It also helps if voters remain vigilant, cooperative, and coordinated during Election Day. Vote wisely. Choose your candidate based on coherent platform, character and competency.

Few Filipinos know little of automated polls

Even as 61 percent of Filipinos know little about the automated election system, almost half (49 percent) believe that there will be much trouble in the country if the May 10, 2010 elections will not push through, according to an independent survey.

These are two of the conclusions of a nationwide survey conducted by Pulse Asia between October 22 and 30 among 1,800 respondents with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent.

Despite this ignorance of the new way of voting, 40 percent think that automating the counting of the votes will result in clean elections with credible results. Only 16 percent believe otherwise. The rest (43 percent) are undecided about the effects of poll automation.

At the same time, it said: “The prevailing sentiment among Filipinos is that it is highly likely that the May 2010 polls will be held as scheduled [67 percent].”

The same survey concluded that 64 percent of Filipinos believe that the country’s public school teachers will perform their duties as members of the board of election inspectors, with 65 percent believing that the same teachers are capable of managing the automated polls this year.
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