I am still hopeful that with today's technology and different innovations and with people who are more than willing to share their blood with us, there is still a brighter life ahead of us, Thals.
To increase awareness on this rare disease, I have decided to re-awaken my sleeping blog. With this, I am again re-opening a part of me with you, friends, and I hope you will join me in this journey to educate others of this illness and please, please say a little prayer for me and other Thals out there!
This is the tagline of the Single Entry Approach (SENA) - a reform measure carried out by DOLE to effect faster, fairer, and inexpensive settlement of labor issues and to prevent these issues from maturing into actual labor cases.
With SENA, single entry desks (SEADs) were established in all DOLE Offices nationwide to serve affected workers and employers. SEADOs (Single Entry Approach Desk Officers) like us are tasked to facilitate conciliation-conferences/meetings between opposing parties and help them resolve their issues within 30 days.
Our role as SEADO offers us access, privilege and the honor to be part of the lives of those requesting for assistance. Through this position, we have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these people we are assisting. We are in a place where we can share in-depth human experiences, witness a wide range of emotions and be present when people are at a crossroad in their lives, searching for directions and right decisions. In handling RFAs, we are given a precious gift - the stories of different people and our experiences with them during the proceedings that we carry within us.
Being a SEADO made me a better and a stronger person though at times I have to weep, go home with a heavy heart, and worst having sleepless nights while thinking of ways for a speedy settlement of the issues brought about by the aggrieved party.
If I have to describe my life as a SEADO, it is a heart with many phases and faces.
I am broken and at the lowest point of my life handling RFAs like these:
mother at odds with a daughter she is working for (monetary benefit was paid but broken relationship remained :-( ); and
issues unresolved and you have no choice but to endorse them to proper venue and worst - simple RFAs maturing into actual labor cases.
I am all smiles when I am able to to settle issues lodged within 30 minutes, an hour, or even within the day.
Hearing the requesting parties say
"God bless you",
and "may you continue helping people"
is simply priceless!
Makes me feel that a place is reserved for me in heaven :-D.
I feel comfortable and whole with these resolved RFAs:
truck owner betrayed by his trusted driver ( matter argued upon was patched up, owner has to let go of his driver but with due compensation even if he is not worthy of it);
hotel owner being oppressed by her worker(worker has attitude but owner being the good samaritan that she is still gave him something to start a small business) ;
about to be displaced workers and their employer with a really big heart ( after payment of separation pay and after shedding tears and saying goodbyes to their colleagues and employer, the employer declared nobody loses his/her job for she is ready to open another business and hire all of them even if she is in a wheelchair already - I can't help it but to cry with them in joy ); and
workers who are non-Gensan residents claiming for unpaid wages and got no place to stay for the night while waiting for the schedule of payment on the next day(facilitated a place for them to rest that is safe and with free provision - the police station! heartbreaking but made me smile when the worker said thank you for they were treated well there).
To sum up, I still have a lot of stories to tell in my journey as a SEADO and each story represents LIFE and HOPE!
Thank you, folks, for reading this piece and may we all have a blessed holy week ahead of us!
It's the time of the year that is near and dear to us and what makes it more exciting was the launching of SM Gensan's giant Christmas Tree with "Toyland" as theme last November 9, 2014 at their Event Center.
During the launch of Christmas Toyland at SM Gensan, we saw Christmas coming and somebody nice was there to welcome us - Santa Claus!
Aside from our guest from the north pole, there were also Christmas carolers and ballerinas to entertain SM Gensan shoppers during the launch.
At SM Gensan, it's Christmas and definitely it will be merry for it is the season of toys, gifts, and bright shining lights!
JKC Happy Plus Card - an electronic wallet and rewards earning membership card for kids that can be used for food purchases in
The card can be had for Php100.00 at selected Jollibee stores. Secured one for my youngest daughter Jasmine and this entitled her to a 3-year membership with the Jollibee Kids Club.
I loaded the card with a certain amount that can be used by my daughter in paying for any Jollibee favorite of hers. Points are earned for every purchase made.using the JKC Happy Plus Card. Aside from this, what makes it more exciting are the freebies for all cardholders, such as:
- free vanilla twirl;
- discount coupons worth Php250.00 (can be used at Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich and Red Ribbon);
- a chance to join in the monthly raffle and eventually win Php100,000.00; and
- a chance to win one of the 5 JKC Certificates worth Php6,000.00.
This amazing card was formally launched in Gensan on May 10, 2014 at the SM Activity Area. Host for the event was the very bubbly MUS mainstay Ms. Rhyndyll Faye Bartolaba.
It was an event that's full of excitement and surprises. Kids and adults alike were treated to a moment of colors and sheer joy. It was spectacular and even if I have to shell out some amount for the registration of my kids and nephews, it was worth it for they did truly enjoyed the activity.