Giving recyclable wastes to garbage collectors for additional income

October 22, 2017

While doing my walking exercise this morning, I chanced upon a garbage truck.

I know that the garbage collectors usually segregate the recyclables and sell them to the junk shops after they have done their day’s work.  I usually see them segregate cardboards, plastic bottles, soda cans, etc.  I don’t usually see them segregate papers, especially white papers.

When I saw a plastic bag containing white papers hanging at the rear end of the truck, I confirmed this with the garbage collector.  Yes, he said they also segregate white papers and sell them to the junk shop.  However, he said, they must be in big volumes.

Resolution: I will not go to the junk shops anymore to sell my recyclable wastes.  I will give my white paper wastes together with other segregated recyclable wastes to the garbage collectors so that they can sell them to the junk shops and have additional income for the day.  I just have to make sure my recyclable wastes are properly segregated and placed in proper containers.


See the cardboards they segregated.


See the plastic bag containing the white paper wastes.


 Gave them this big bag of white paper wastes.



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White Paper Waste for Recycling

For the past so many years, circa 2009 I believe or earlier, I have been collecting white paper waste for recycling.  I would usually bring and sell it to the junk shop. The price is about P7 per kilo.  Then, I would distribute the money that I got from the sale of white paper to my children and my house help.

Today, I decided to give it to a maintenance personnel from our village when I saw him collecting cardboards to be sold to the junk shop.

My white paper waste has decreased in volume since after my retirement in 2014.  It  would take me now about 4 to 5 months to reach an enough volume to bring to the junk shop.  I now would find the white paper waste collection space occupying.  I thought of giving it to the garbage collectors.  However, from experience, the garbage collector would just mix the white paper waste with the other wastes they would collect that in the end, the white paper waste is not brought to recycling or to the junk shop.

Two weeks ago, I met an 78-year-old scavenger in the village and I took pity on her.  I offered to give her my white paper wastes.  However, she never came back to get the stuff. So, today, I decided to give it to the maintenance personnel collecting junks to be sold to the junk shop.  I ended achieving two things at the same time:  white paper waste recycling and helping this maintenance personnel financially.



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History of my ganglion cyst on my right thumb

This can be seen in

Updated: 17oct16

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Certificate of Good Standing – Philippine College of Surgeons – ROJoson – 2016

Latest official certification – 2016

Still in good standing as of 2017

I became a Fellow of the Philippine College of Surgeons in 1982.

Retrieved certificate in October 1, 2017



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ROJoson’s Education for Health Development in the Philippines

One of his missions in life is to contribute to the health development in the Philippines through education.  This mission started in 1990 when, as Director of the UP College of Medicine Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, he designed a structured Department of Health-UPCM Postgraduate Circuit Courses in four provincial hospitals in the Philippines (Ilagan, Isabela in Luzon; Aklan in the Visayas; Koronadal in South Cotobato and Oroquieta in Misamis Occidental, both in Mindanao).

He then went on to develop a structured general surgery training program using a distance education mode from 1991 to 1997 in Zamboanga City Medical Center.  With this program, he added 7 trained general surgeons to the pool of 2 that served the 3 million population of Western Mindanao.

In 1994, he helped established the Zamboanga Medical School Foundation (now the Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine).   He helped designed a community-based, competency-based, and problem-based learning medical curriculum for the school.  This curriculum was adopted by several medical schools in the Philippines, one in Legazpi, Albay in 1995; one, in Cebu in 1996, and another one in Naga, Camarines Sur, in 2001.

Since 1990 to present (2017), he has been actively giving lectures and learning sessions in surgery, medical education, hospital administration, community health, hospital disaster management, and other health related topics in various parts of the Philippines and also in Asia.

Since 2011, he has been using Facebook as a vehicle to promote his Education for Health Development in the Philippines.  Even before Facebook, he has websites (, Google Sites, and to promote his Education for Health Development in the Philippines.


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My Experience with Computers

I wrote this manuscript as part of the learning materials for Computers in Health Sciences Education in 1999.

My Experience with Computers

I am a health care provider.

I am a health education professional.

I am NOT a computer specialist.

My experience with computers can be glimpsed from the following chronological enumeration of events:

  1. I acquired a Personal Computer (PC) XT model in 1985. I started to learn word processing using a DOS-based Wordstar 4 program to create and edit documents.
  2. From 1985 up to 1995, although I acquired newer models of PC, such as 386 in 1994, my computer experience was still confined to word processing using DOS-based Wordstar 4.
  3. In 1995, I acquired an IBM Aptiva 486. I started learning word processing using a Windows-based program.
  4. In 1997, I started learning how to surf the Internet.
  5. In 1999, I started learning how to create webpages with the theme of Education for Health Development in the Philippines.


I learned how to manipulate the computer on a
hands-on, trial and error basis.

Such self-learning really consumed a lot of time. However, the satisfaction after learning something was greater than I could ever imagine.

I like to share the following experiences:

  • The best way to learn to use the computer is hands-on and frequent usage. Lecturing and reading without hands-on are futile.
  • Learning how to use computer can consume a lot of time if there is no one to guide you. However, if you are patient and perseverant, you can learn computer through self-study.
  • The most efficient way to teach and learn computer is by demonstration and return demonstration.
  • When learning how to use computers, think of how you drive a car. Although it is ideal to know everything about the parts and system of a car (and the computer), one need not go to that extent, or at least initially. One can still use the car and computer to suit one’s need just by knowing the elemental things in driving a car and operating a computer.

In this program, I do not expect you to learn how to make webpages. What is enough, as a starter, is to know how to turn on the computer, use it for some basic tasks needed in health science education and then park it (turn it off).


Update after 1999:

“In 1999, I started learning how to create webpages with the theme of Education for Health Development in the Philippines.”

At present (2017 – 18 years after),  I know a lot already. Not everything but a lot. Enough to make me communicate and do public health education easily through the Internet.

I know how to use emails and how to blog.  I started with (stopped already).  I am now using, Google Sites, Slideshare, Scribd, You tube, etc.  Of course, I am using Facebook since June 2011.  Will continue to learn and refine.


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Hybrid Surgeons

17sept6 – went to Diamond Hotel today to attend the PGH Department of Surgery Postgraduate Course.
Objectives: Re-study; Refine; and Reaffirm!

Hybrid Surgeon – a surgeon with training in other facets of clinical management that augments delivery of optimal surgical care.

Examples of hybrid surgeons that utilize all available modern technologies are the following: Surgeon Endoscopist; Surgeon Sonologist; Surgeon Chemotherapist; Surgeon Intensivist; Surgeon Interventionist; and Endoscopic and Laparascopic Surgeons.



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