By By Fernan A. Gianan
Cong. Perfecto’s granddaughter
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This week’s front-page article on Cong. Francisco Perfecto’s legacy to the people of Catanduanes was sent by his youngest grandchild and only granddaughter, Faith Jacqueline Perfecto.

The youngest child of the late Judge Merito Perfecto and school teacher Esther Melgar-Perfecto, her love for reading books and particular interest in historical events and facts were greatly influenced by the late congressman. At the young age of 11, she was already writing poetry and short stories.

Ms. Perfecto is a registered Social Worker who delved into Social Development activities for the upliftment of the socio-economic lives of the marginalized sectors of society. She has been involved in rural and urban development, the academe, and policy formulation for socialized housing, among other.

She was a United Nations volunteer in Sri Lanka where she worked with a local NGO, the Lanka Mahila Samiti on a Women and Development project.

In the academe, she taught Asian Civilization, Philippine History, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology and major subjects in social work.

She completed her Master of Science in Social Work at the Asian Social Institute under a scholarship program. She also has 36 units in a Doctoral Degree in Development Administration from the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University.

Her advocacies include human ecology, food security thru urban and organic farming, renewable solar energy, and the use of mechanized tools for farming.

Her hobbies include the propagation of herbal plants such as red and black ginger, coleus, basil, rosemary and mulberry.

(Ms. Perfecto read the Oct. 17, 2018 headline story of the Tribune on her late grandfather and, through Tribune reader Fredeswindo Alcala Jr., sent this issue’s article. Our gratitude goes to her for giving us a glimpse of life with Catanduanes’ founding father. Now, perhaps the Capitol can contact her for copies of Cong. Perfecto’s pictures for preservation)

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There was something missing in the press release sent by the office of Mayor Samuel Laynes on the meeting of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) on their recommendation for the lifting of the state of calamity declared by the Sangguniang Bayan on August 20.

The recommendation was based mainly on the report of PAGASA Virac chief weatherman Jun Pantino, who said the end of “habagat” and the strengthening of the high pressure system over the Asian continent marked the gradual transition of the weather and will lead to the beginning of the northeast monsoon or “amihan” in the coming days.

No mention was made of a similar report of the Virac Water District or whether someone from among the management rendered a report on the status of the district’s water sources, two of which were earlier described as drying up at the height of the drought.

Until now, despite several weeks of substantial rain, there has been no change in the VIWAD’s water rationing, with the three big barangays of Calatagan, Calatagan Tibang and Cavinitan still getting only six hours of water service every day.

If indeed the crisis is over, then the VIWAD management should relax or adjust its water rationing schedule or even do away with it if possible. If it continues to implement rationing and reallocates Cauayan water to the poblacion, then there is something wrong with the way they are using the water coming from the water source.

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BITTERSWEET. An attractive woman walks up to the bar in the pub. She gestures alluringly to the barman who comes over immediately. When he arrives, she seductively signals that he should bring his face close to hers. When he does, she begins to gently caress his beard.

“Are you the manager?” she asks, softly stroking his face with both hands.

“Actually, no,” he replies.

“Can you get him for me? I need to speak to him,” she asks, running her hands uup beyond his beard and into his hair.

“I’m afraid I can’t,” breathes the barman – clearly aroused. “Is there anything I can do?”

“Yes there is. I need you to give him a message,” she continues huskily, popping a couple of fingers into his mouth and allowing him to suck them gently.

“Tell him,” she says, “there is no toilet paper in the Ladies’ Room.”


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