Archive for September, 2011

02 September 2011

    In view of the raising of alert level 3 (voluntary repatriation) for the entire Syria due to the security situation in the country and upon the instruction of President Benigno S. Aquino III for the full and effective implementation of the alert level, the DFA has implemented additional measures to ensure the safety and welfare of Filipinos there.

    o Filipinos in Syria are enjoined to go home, and if they so decide, government will provide all necessary assistance. Since the declaration of alert level 3 on August 16, there are 562 Filipinos who have signified their intention to be repatriated to the Philippines.

    o The DFA has organized the Task Group on Voluntary Repatriation-Syria. Relatives of Filipinos in Syria living in the Philippines may call the following numbers:

    – From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., they may also call hotlines 834-4617 to 24, in addition to the previous numbers 834-3245 and 834-3240.

    – From 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., the numbers 834-3333 and 834-4997 are open to accept calls.

    o Filipinos in Syria may call the Philippine Embassy in Damascus at the dedicated hotline numbers +96311-6132626, +96311-6132626, +96393-2176214 +96393-2176214 and +96399-0270464 +96399-0270464 to seek assistance and information from the Embassy.

    o They may also email their queries and concerns at or

    o Queries and request for assistance may also be sent via text at +639275768621or +639158445546 +639158445546 .

    o The Overseas Preparedness and Response Team, headed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., will deploy a 10-member Rapid Response Team (RRT) for Syria as augmentation personnel to the Embassy in its efforts to repatriate Filipinos in the country. The team is composed of officials from the DFA, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). They are expected to leave for Syria on September 6.

Fr Kevin Walsh has not been moved (to another parish). He has been forcibly retired. He suffers from ongoing psychological problems and that is why he was asked to retire. (more…)

As in the past, these so-called ‘managers of MPC’ (Multi-Purpose Centre) are still hiding from the press. They have always been very secretive and should be ashamed of their inability to complete the task.

They have had their time — over 20 years is more than enough!!! They do not have transparency but they feel bad whenever I write about them.

On March 2009, they published their own Newsletter announcing the move to Schofields. This was followed by another Newsletter which came out one year later on March 2010. But the content, to me was plain window dressing and more of a whitewash to hide their incompetence.

One couple who approached a tax accountant for their tax return heard the man say: “Ayan, puro paninira yang si Crescini.” (He’s bad-mouthing MPC again.) He was referring to the front page headline published in the August 2011 issue of Philippine Sentinel.

Obviously, that man had not read the complete story about MPC. The mere mention of the word MPC already triggered a negative reaction from him. He should be smarter to determine that everything I wrote is factual. He happens to be a close associate of MPC managers.

Now the MPC is deeper in debt. There are indications that they are again contemplating on selling the property in Schofields or at least half of it. I shudder at the thought that their lenders will one day foreclose the property that really belongs to the Filipino community. And yet, they act as if they own the property.

I am looking forward to meeting them face-to-face in an honest-to-goodness press conference. It seems they neither have the guts nor the balls for that. – Dino Crescini

Is a Bill of Rights Essential?

    Former Justice of the High Court, The Hon. Michael Kirby AM CMG will take on former NSW Premier Bob Carr to debate whether or not ‘A Bill of Rights is essential to ensure strong democracy and social justice in a modern Australia.’ This event is hosted by the Social Justice and Stronger Democracy Policy Caucus of NSW Young Labor. RSVP is essential.

    The debate has been set on 5 October 2011 at 12:00 noon at Trades Hall Auditorium, 377 Sussex Street, Sydney. Those interested to attend should contact Adam Guy (0411 834 290) and Jess Sparks (0413 068 057).

As we age, most of us will find our short-term memory and ability to process new information “not what it used to be.” This is the cognitive equivalent of creaky knees — an inconvenient reminder that we’re getting older.

Dementia, though, is something different. With dementia, multiple areas of thinking are compromised and the deficits are likely to get worse. By definition, dementia means memory and other cognitive areas deteriorate to the point that everyday tasks and decisions become difficult, and sometimes impossible. The causes of dementia are many, but in this country, Alzheimer’s disease is responsible for between 60% and 80% of dementia cases. (more…)