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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, October 20, 2016
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Moving on

Benjamin CalderonYesterday was “moving on” day with having to express gratitude for the opportunity to be of service with the Rural Bank of Amlan Inc. Five years seems to have passed swiftly after being called upon to assume responsibilities of addressing the credit need challenges of our clients.

The marking of a close of a period in one's life comes with the necessary pause to thank the fellow workers who have become teammates in life as well. Also a time to appreciate the new friends made and the life lessons learned.

The moving on was officially announced as my retirement which can be happily viewed as “changing of tires” to continue the journey. This has also made possible, to borrow my Pastor's words, the moving of one's pulpit to another venue.

So we move on, forward to a new assignment SG Bank, another rural bank. Let us mark this time with a favorite saying of my mother whose poster read, “ For all that has been thanks, for all that will be, Yes.”

The workplace's “high” was brought done to the ground upon receipt of the news that Typhoon Lawin was classified as a supertyphoon. Naturally our concern turned to our fellow citizens who will now be feeling the “anger” of nature for the second time in a week. This also brought memories of supertyphoon Yolanda who visited our community in 2014. We think of our fellow Filipinos and foreign guest who find themselves on the path of the current typhoon on bended knees.

Moving on will also apply to the arrested Kerwin Espinosa who has been alleged to be a drug lord in the Visayas. His arrest by authorities in Abu Dhabi has raised questions regarding whether the wanted man received assistance from people in the local community as he was said to be living in an apartment just 30 minutes away from our country's embassy. Another interesting note was a news report that Kerwin was travelling using his very own name which of course, I think, helped the authorities locate and arrest Mr. Espinosa. His next destination will be going home to face the allegations related to illegal drugs hurled against his person.

Let us end with a laugh at the expense of the lawyers with the following anecdote. Three doctors are discussing which types of patients they prefer. Doctor Watson says, ''I prefer librarians. All their organs are alphabetized.'' Doctor Fitzpatrick says, ''I prefer mathematicians. All their organs are numbered.'' Doctor Ahn says, ''I prefer lawyers. They're gutless, heartless, brainless, spineless, and their heads and rear-ends are interchangeable.''*











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