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Save Philippine Corals, Save US!

Save the Philippine Seas!

The recent expose and raid of illegal activities of some unscrupulous businessmen in the Philippines involving coral trade and wanton killing of marine animals, dried, and sold abroad was a shocking revelation to the local and International Community. The media expose was a punch in the face to all of us because most of us knew that these things happen but we sometimes do not care nor the authorities do not act to protect our marine resources from this abominable plunder. THIS HAS TO STOP!

The corals form part of the reef structures which are home to many minute marine living organisms where most of the big fishes and animals living in the ocean depend for sustenance. Corals serve as a barometer to the changing climate, ocean levels, and pollution. We have advanced so much in pharmacology due in part to the substances we get from many species of corals. These have offered cure to many diseases which all of us, even the ocean plunderers and their families, have suffered in the past but allowed us to survive, thanks to corals.

Pain blocking substances, drugs to treat certain forms of cancer, and even HIV/AIDS comes from corals and many of the notorious killer diseases could be cured using them. But the indirect yet continued degradation of marine habitat and the direct bastardization of these species to serve the caprice of the few for jewels, accessories, and entertainment has taken its toll in our oceans and we can now see that many of the species of corals have declined and are threatened to be driven towards extinction.

Corals support marine life and their death signals the eventual death of animals that depend on them including humanity. Killing corals kills people and this is a direct assault to our responsibility as humans to protect all living species on earth for us to continue to perpetuate on this planet. We need them as much as they need us so you b*stards (coral plunderers) better get that to your tiny brains!

We call on the government to level up its efforts to persecute the criminals who destroy the marine ecosystem and protect corals from eventual destruction. Spread the word. PROTECT PHILIPPINE CORALS!

Two Faces of Marathon: NTC and the Real Thing

There’s nothing more exciting but to experience marathon in real life. I had to attend the Subic International Marathon 2011 due to the request of a friend who participated in the event. I must confess that I was fond of jogging back in high school but lost the interest after graduation.

Now, the sports seems to haunt me again as it’s pulling me left and right since most of my friends are into it. I asked what do I get from it aside from its health benefit and risk due to heat stroke and and possible dehydration and they said it’s the money! Getting on the first place could get you owning a grand prize of up to PhP50,000! Gimme 2 weeks to prepare and I’m buying the most expensive running shoes in the mall!

Riva, Jaypee, and I during the Subic International Marathon 2011
Riva, Jaypee, and I during the Subic International Marathon 2011

Yes, There’s Money in Marathon!

Well, I’m kidding (on the running part). I may join running but I do not want to see myself running like a horse just for the money. ;) Because I lead a sedentary lifestyle, staying at home most of the time since I started working freelance for some web development work, the idea of having a diversion such as this sports is somewhat entertaining. I didn’t participate in the marathon in Subic because I was recuperating from colds that struck our family two weeks ago. First time in 20 years since I got colds! I finally gave in from the cold weather and now my body has finally coped up. Here my cat accompanied me all throughout the whole ordeal.

cat in bed
Michifu loves being cuddled

Meanwhile, I saw these Kenyan (not sure)/African guys who run like leopards and horses! OMG! They’re so damn fast and how I love their legs! So lean and long! No wonder they topped the race!

NTC Scraps Broadband Data Cap Draft; my Digitel Experience

Because I stopped using Digitel since January 1, 2011, I was under the impression that the doomed Digitel people will soon find out from their system while they’re trying to “figure out” the problem of my poor internet speed. To my horror, I received an e-mail from Digitel telling me this:

Pls be informed that Fault No 5948454, FCID has alrdy been resolved. If you hv further concerns, pls call the Hotline 1200 from a Digitel landline. Thank you.

OMG! Funny! How can you fix something that is no longer being used with their physical landline and router totally disconnected? Haha Come on!

It’s OK to be cynical every time you call customer service these days

My abhorrence and repugnance to this company escalated when I visited their office in Nepo, Angeles City to cancel their pathetic service. I had to talk to a manager because the customer service staff who’s supposed to handle cancellation requests surrendered by the fact that she can’t take action on situations similar to mine – a disgrunteled, one-month old customer.

I talked to a supervisor/manager whose name is Loy Payongayonng. She was a very pleasant lady with a nice disposition in life as she narrated a little of her work history and hear the side of mine while working on my request. My anger surprisingly dissipated and vanished in thin air because of her warmth and understanding of the situation but I was not prepared to what she was about to tell me – that no record of phone call was ever recorded since I got the service on December 9, 2010. OMG! Like I called everyday since it was installed that their service was as slow as Galapagos Tortoises! Did I hear it right? None ever?! So who were the people I talked to over the phone then? Ghosts?! OMG! :-O

The ignorance and stupidity of the Digitel people finally dawned to all of us because of the fact that I received an e-mail telling me that the problem was resolved (on January 7, 2011) including Miss Payongayonng’s record online stating the same. I have this feeling that the incompetent customer service people of Digitel are asked to lie and not record transactions they make with their customers or purged these info to protect them from lawsuit or complaints once their customers starts seeking the help of authorities. I don’t know but that’s how I see them. If you don’t agree with me, then I seek explanation to the scenario above.

The above scenario is reminiscent to what others have experienced with other internet providers in the country; with records not showing any phone calls or visits that details complaint from subscribers. Poor us.

The future of Philippine Internet is doomed with NTC leadership

The recent draft considered by the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) to limit broadband data per consumer is the last straw in our drive to have a better internet in the country. Limiting an already turtle-like connection is unbelievable and shocking at that.

I sometimes doubt if NTC officials really understands technology or if they have ever used Internet outside their home and office? It takes a functional eardrum and an uncorrupted system and people to see that the problem of Internet service in the Philippines is alarming and warrants immediate investigation. And why does NTC is not acting on it? I don’t know. Go ask them. I’m tired already.

Internet is no longer a value-added service just like what these telcos in the Philippines believe. It’s as inherent as human right and something that we all deserve to have. It’s never a limited resource because Internet itself is self maintaining and refresh itself with proper tools, technology, and the works and effort of brilliant people.
I’m no expert in this field but it doesn’t take a rocket science intelligence to know that Japan can offer 1Gig minimum speed to residential customers and the US with 15MB speed with the same price as close as what we pay for 1MB-pathetic speed Smart, Globe, Digitel, PLDT, Comclark, and Wi-Tribe suppose to claim.

Truly, this Internet problem requires political intervention and will to enable us to move forward and fix the culture of corruption lurking among local players in this internet business.

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JM Mariano