Squatters and their victims

Squatters and their victims

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Like in most sensational crimes, too much focus is given on the criminals. The victims, the ones that got hurt, that got offended, and sometimes killed, are usually left out. In some more depressing turn of events, the victims are even painted as the bad people.

With the increasing attention on the issue of informal settlers, most people and organizations forget and/or neglect the victims of the squatters,  the hardworking people that owned the land that these illegal settlers settled in and claimed as their own.

My family is a victim of these squatters. We have a tiny piece of land in Rizal that my parents worked hard for. When it was time for us to develop it, we found out it was overrun by squatters. We decided to let it go because we will be up against 200 or so families plus the government officials who let them stay there. Also because the Lina Law, or Republic Act No. 7279, Section 28 states that:

(8) Adequate relocation, whether temporary or permanent: Provided, however, That in cases of eviction and demolition pursuant to a court order involving underprivileged and homeless citizens, relocation shall be undertaken by the local government unit concerned and the National Housing Authority with the assistance of other government agencies within forty-five (45) days from service of notice of final judgment by the court, after which period the said order shall be executed: Provided, further, That should relocation not be possible within the said period, financial assistance in the amount equivalent to the prevailing minimum daily wage multiplied by sixty (60) days shall be extended to the affected families by the local government unit concerned.

That basically means the government has to provide them with a new home or pay the squatters before evicting them off the property.

What about the landowner, who compensates them? Who gives them a replacement lot? What about the dreams of my parents to have a lot that they can pass on to their children, or even build a retirement home on? Don’t we also have rights as citizens? Aren’t we the ones who paid the real estate tax year after year? Doesn’t that sound a bit unfair: we pay for the land yet someone else uses and abuses it?

Don’t get me wrong, I understand why some people squat on land they don’t own, but it doesn’t mean I agree with it.

If you take possession and claim someone else’s property as your own, that is stealing, plain and simple. Stealing is illegal. Hence, squatting is illegal. Let us not fool ourselves with terminologies.

At the end of the day, squatters get a free house or some money, while the owner of the land gets the burden and the headache.
Who’s the victim now?

4 Things I Learned from Sun Cellular Customer Service

4 Things I Learned from Sun Cellular Customer Service

Last March 20, 2013 I signed up for Sun Cellular’s Plan 1699 that included unlimited Sun Text and Calls, Unlimited Internet and Unlimited landline calls. I believed it was a perfect plan for me since I will be going into several endeavors that required me to be constantly connected, offline and online.

But in my short time with Sun Cellular, I have called and engaged with their Customer Service more than a dozen of times. In doing so, I learned some hard lessons. I’m listing them below for your guidance and reference.

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Business and Patience

In business you need a lot of patience.
I’ve seen a lot of people get frustrated with their clients for taking to much time to comprehend what they are presenting or proposing.
Rather than getting angry with your clients for not understanding you, I suggest you make every effort to simplify your presentation to fit your client’s level of understanding.
One thing I’ve learned from 10 years of technical writing is that you should know the level of understanding of your target audience for your documentation.
So the next time you create a proposal or a presentation for a client make sure to take the time to know and understand them.
The easier they understand you, the easier for them to hire you.

Thirty-Four Years of Blessings

Today I celebrate my 34th birthday. I would call today as my 34th year of blessings.
All throughout my life I have been showered by God’s blessings and abundance. I know I don’t deserve them but it was Jesus’ gift of salvation that made me a recipient of such abundance. I hope all of us can learn to be thankful for everything that we have.
I would like to thank all of you for making my journey through life an amazing one. My wife and I pray to God everyday that He may use us to bless others. He has answered that prayer every time.
I would like to give my wife the sweetest and most heartfelt “thank you” for staying with me, supporting me, and having patience with me. She truly is the greatest blessing God has given me. And, of course, the biggest and loudest “THANK YOU” goes to God our Father, Christ our lord and savior, and the Holy Spirit who empowers us and gives us continuous opportunities to be a blessing to others.
I know that the coming years will give us new opportunities to help others so that they will also glorify God.
Again, thank you everyone and may God bless you all!