TRY starting a business with meager capital. You'd find more headaches than profit. Given that you have started operations, capital is needed to keep the establishment going and afloat.

The same scenario is applicable to national and local governments which have to have budgets to defray expenses incidental and necessary to their existence. It is good that these government units have managers or administrators who are frugal and always guided by prudence in disbursing funds, which come from taxpayers' pockets. Well and good.

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It is not so encouraging in the case of President Noynoy or P-Noy who painfully lamented the sore lack of funds to be used for the rest of the year by his administration.

In his speech before Army troops at Fort Bonifacio last week, P-Noy stressed that government coffers were left empty by his predecessor, as he noted the depletion of the P1.54 trillion budget for 2010 and the calamity fund supposedly earmarked for typhoon-initiated and other related damage that may befall the country in the coming months.

P-Noy announced thus: "Almost all of the funds that we were to use in the coming months have been sucked dry." And to think only four tropical disturbances yet have visited the country and it's good that they did no wreak havoc on us as Ondoy did last year. What about the destructive earthquakes? Are we prepared for them?

I would be justified then to commiserate with P-Noy regarding his predicament on the utter lack of funds caused by the swashbuckling attitude of the previous administration.

And what about the local government units? What may have happened and is happening in the state affairs at the national level may have also transpired and may transpire in the operations and affairs of the local units.

One observation on all these may be put through: some government officials mistakenly think that public money is theirs and spend it for their own purpose and use. No wonder many want to get government posts!

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Reports reaching me show that there are petty thieves even in fast food chain inside offices. Several incidents have been disclosed where employees or crew are the usual victims. According to accounts of the victims, they usually hide their backpacks and other things inside designated lockers but, to their dismay, their valuables suddenly disappear especially when there are "borrowed" officers and crew. Why is this so? How come the lockers are forced open and thieves (insiders, I suspect) freely dipped into their contents? What is management doing to prevent theft inside the offices of these fast food chains, particularly Jollibee bus terminal and Jenra outlets? I need some answers here please.

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Wasted taxpayers' money. We think all along that DFA is one government agency

free of shenanigans and malefactors. Not so, as in the case of the Lucena Regional Consular Office or RCO.

A finance officer was reportedly entrusted millions of pesos over a period of time and later absconded with it. What is worse, his successor, a lady, also misappropriated a considerable sum of money to the detriment of passport applicants and, by extension, taxpayers.

If this sorry incident happened in the Lucena RCO, can it happen in other consular offices in the country, including that in San Fernando and satellite office at Clark? I hope not, since I am aware of the forthrightness and integrity of Director Asuncion Florentin and Corazon Cruz who are now manning the posts in the aforesaid areas.

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EMR Manpower Services with offices at Barangay Duquit, Mabalacat will conduct interviews for job applicants for Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and even the United States on July 27 and 28 at Marina Arcade Dau, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Various skills are to be tapped by EMR.

Likewise, Emerald Manpower, through Darius Pereyra looked over files of nurse applicants for Singapore last week. Hopefully, these applicants may find employment in that island nation very soon.

CDC's Tess Anunciacion Romero, now a member of the Regional Peso Federation helps a lot in finding prospects for local job seekers from Mabalacat inside the Clark Freeport Zone. Ditto with Manager Rodem Perez and Edward Pinlac, who are both attentive and accommodating to requests for referrals to employers.

Other employers who called on Peso Mabalacat were Magnapeak Services, a successor to Masipag Agency, through its head Chona Aquino, SCTEX, through Jojit Balingit and other personnel, Faith in God and Jenra Dau through former Peso summer hire participant, now HR manager Alena Remo.

You see, there are many job opportunities inside Clark and Peso Mabalacat makes sure that the bulk of these openings go to Mabalacat residents. Livelihood programs, with the warm and enthusiastic support of Mayor Boking Morales are available, like the Cosmetology course, to be given to Barangays Sto. Rosario and Mawaque, making of fashion accessories, food processing and soap and candle making for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) of Mabalacat led by Super Mario Noble. Several short-term courses may be made available, again, with the encouragement and support of Mayor Boking. Inquiries of course may be made at Peso Mabalacat.