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Title: The Panama Canal spillway = el Canal de Panamá spillway
Alternate Title: Spillway
Canal de Panamá Spillway
Spillway del Canal de Panamá
Physical Description: 37 v. : ill. ; 43 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Canal Zone
Canal Zone
Panama Canal Company
United States -- Panama Canal Commission
United States
Publisher: Panama Canal
Place of Publication: Balboa Hights C.Z
Balboa Hights C.Z
Publication Date: August 2, 1991
Copyright Date: 1986
Frequency: biweekly[jan. 6, 1984-1999]
weekly[ former -dec. 23, 1983]
Subject: Periodicals -- Canal Zone   ( lcsh )
Periodicals -- Panama Canal (Panama)   ( lcsh )
Genre: federal government publication   ( marcgt )
periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Republic of Panama -- Canal Zone -- Balboa -- Balboa Heights
Coordinates: 8.95 x -79.566667 ( Place of Publication )
Language: Text in English and Spanish; Spanish text inverted.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 1, no. 33 (Feb. 1, 1963)-Vol. 37, no. 26 (Dec. 30, 1999).
Issuing Body: Issued by: Government of the Canal Zone <June 24, 1966-June 13 1969>; by the Panama Canal Company, <Aug. 13, 1976>-Sept. 14, 1979; by the Panama Canal Commission, Sept. 20, 1979-Dec. 1999.
General Note: "Official Panama Canal publication."
General Note: Imprint varies: Balboa Hights, <1966-1978>; Miami, Fla., <1979-1982>; Balboa Heights, Pan. <1983>-1999.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 1 (June 24, 1966); title from caption.
General Note: Vols. for 1994-1995 distributed to depository libraries in microfiche.
General Note: Special "80th anniversary supplement" issue published on Aug. 12, 1994.
General Note: Special ed. for 65th anniversary of the Panama Canal issued at end of Oct. 1979, is also a joint issue with: The News: authorized unofficial publication of the U.S. Armed Forces, Quarry Heights, Panama, and includes the text of the Panama Canal Act.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00094771
Volume ID: VID00175
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 02582102
lccn - 83642750
issn - 0364-8044
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Preceded by: Spillway
Succeeded by: Faro (Balboa, Panama)

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Spill way

Vol. XXIX, No. 16 Friday, August

Part of firefighting upgrade program

New fire truck join

The Panama Canal Commission
recently acquired a specialized fire truck
under a program to upgrade the Fire
Division fleet. The first of its kind at the
Commission, its ladder will reach a
height of 85 feet, or 30 feet more than
other Commission vehicles. Also, it has,
an enclosed cab, allowing firefighters to,
ride inside.
The vehicle can be used to fight fires
from either side of the locks, applying a
mixture of foam and water from the
land side of the east wall onto a ship in
the west chamber or vice versa. The
pumping mechanism can put out up to
2,000 gallons per minute. Tanks carry
500 gallons of foam and 500 gallons of
water and can draw from land-based
Modernization of the fleet with foam-
and water-pumping equipment began
in 1983 as part of a program to upgrade
facilities and equipment to better equip
firefighters to handle marine fires. The
Fire Division now has six specialized
The new yellow vehicle is strategically
located at the Fort Clayton fire station
because of its nearness to the Pacific First of its kind
locks and the number of structures The latest addition to the Panama Canal Coi
located in the area. height of 85 feet. The first of its kind in the C

ission fleet

Photo by Melissa J. Winford
commission Fire Divisionfleet can pump up to 2,000 gallons per minute, and its ladder will reach a
ommission, it was purchased as part of the division's plan to upgrade itsfacilities and equipment.

PCC offers hel
The Occupational Health Division's
Employee Assistance Program is a vital
part of the Panama Canal Commis-
sion's overall policy for creating an
alcohol and drug free workplace. The
main objective of the program is to offer
education and treatment that will help
employees overcome harmful addic-
tions and problems related to compul-
sive behavior. The program also offers
counseling services for problems related
to stress management, as well as for
marital and family problems. Educa-
tion is provided on a continuing basis
for employees in chemical dependency
and stress management.
The treatment offered by the pro-
gram varies according to the individual
case, but a typical course of care might
include a psychological evaluation, a
medical evaluation, individual, family
and group therapy, medication and

Health insurance plan
makes policy changes
Representatives of the ISCANAL
Health Insurance Program have ad-
vised the Panama Canal Commission
that the program was modified, ef-
fective August 1, 1991, in order to meet
the rising costs of medical care.
ISCANAL representatives are vis-
iting various Commission work sites in
order to inform policyholders of the
changes and to issue new membership
cards. For more information, call your
ISCANAL representative at 23-9584.

p to drug users
referral to outside support groups. In
the case of chemical dependency, if
there is a need for detoxification or
residential treatment, the program will

make referrals for such care. Strict
confidentiality is a primary concern in
every case.
If you are interested in learning more
about the program, call the counselors
at 52-7885. Let them give you a hand,
and keep in mind that acknowledging
the problem and requesting help are
signs of courage and strength, two
major steps toward recovery.

Take note
Visitors are welcome at Mira-
flores Locks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
daily, with members of the Panama
Canal Commission Orientation Ser-
vice available to provide assistance.
Although there are no orientation
service personnel assigned to Gatun
Locks, it is open to the public daily
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Group tours
may be arranged at Miraflores by
calling 52-3187. With adequate
preparation and provided that a
member of the Orientation Service is
available, tours may be arranged at
Gatun by dialing the same number.

Maiden transit Photo by Maria Len-Rios
The "C.S. Global Link "passes northbound through Miraflores Locks during its maiden
transit of the Panama Canal last month. The newest A T& Tcable ship, it was designed and
built specifically for laying and repairing undersea telecommunications cable, often at
depths exceeding 20,000 feet. The 478-by-70-foot vessel has space enough to carry 4,100
miles of SLfiber-optic cable. The vessel is represented at the Panama Canal by Panama
Agencies Company, Inc.

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The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, August 2, 1991

Enrique Marquez elected president of Panama Lions Club

Enrique B. MArquez, assistant to th.
Engineering and Construction director
of the Panama Canal Commission for
programs and budgets, recently took
office as president of the Panama Lions
Club for 1991-92.
MArquez has been active in the Lions
Club for 20 years, almost as long as his
24 years of service to the Panama Canal.
Having twice held the posts of vice
president and secretary, as well as other
leadership positions, he hopes to
continue serving the Lions Club with
the same dedication shown by his
father, Clarence J. MArquez, during his
47 years of distinguished service to the
Lions Club both in Panama and at the
international level.
The main activities MArquez expects
to lead this year include a televised
auction, which he hopes will generate

some $250,000 to cover the many
expenses of the club's more than 30
activities, ranging from summer camps
for low-income youngsters to assistance
to orphanages, hospitals and drug
control programs. The Lions Club also
has a project under study for construc-
tion of a $1 million multiple services
complex for the Panama municipality.
MArquez is married to Mildred
Marquez, an administrative support
officer in charge of the Administrative
Services Division Employee Document-
ation office in Diablo. As the president's
wife, she now heads the Lions Club
Wives Assocation, which operates
charity programs of its own.
Working together, Enrique and
Mildred MArquez look forward to an
exciting, challenging and busy up-
coming year.

Grandma gets her "B" badge

By Susan K. Stabler
Everyone's heard the adage, "You're
never too old to learn," and Muriel
Johnston, age 71, proved it recently
when she became a Red Cross certified
beginner swimmer and earned her "B"
badge at Gatun Swimming Pool.
"I already knew how to swim," says
Johnston, "but I never learned to do it
the right way. My strokes and breathing
were all off." Consequently, swimming
was always tiresome for her, and her
stamina in the water wasn't all she
wished it to be.
Johnston, who is a retired Panama
Canal school teacher and mother-in-
law of Assistant Fire Chief H. Wallace
Teal, returned to the Isthmus in June to
watch her granddaughter Beverly Teal
graduate from Cristobal Jr.-Sr. High
School. Along with other stateside
family members on hand for the
graduation, the return to Panama
included spending a month vacationing
in Gatun with her son, Richard, a
towboat master, and daughter, Jan, a
DODDS teacher, and their families.

Johnston says she always wanted a
"B" badge but was always afraid to
actually ask swimming experts about it
because she thought she was too old.
Finally, in mid-June, during a visit to

It's never too late

Muriel Johnston, 71,
proudly displays the Red
Cross Beginner Swimmer
"B" badge she earned
recently at Gatun Pool
with the help of her
teacher, recreation assistant
Reynaldo Watler.

Photo by H. Wallace Teal

the Gatun pool with her grandchildren,
'she asked Employee Fitness Branch
recreation assistant Reynaldo Watler if
he thought it would be possible for her
to earn the coveted badge. "Of course
you can," answered Watler nonchalant-
ly, "why not?"
Why not, indeed. Over the next few
weeks, under Watler's excellent instruc-
tion, Johnston learned that age is no
barrier to a life-long dream. She credits
Watler's "patient, yet challenging teach-
ing methods" for helping her overcome
years of poor swimming habits. She also
praises other members of the pool staff
for their attentive operation of the
Commission facility.
Johnston's task was probably made
easier by the moral support she got from
two of her grandchildren. Also taking
lessons were Shannon, age 12, who was
working on her "I" badge, and
Matthew, age 8, who tried for his "B."
Both children plan to continue their
lessons when they vacation in Gatun
next year.
Johnston, too, may take additional
lessons at Gatun pool next year, but for
now, she's happy with what she's just
achieved. On the day she swam her laps
and treaded water to fulfill the "B"
badge requirements, Watler, her proud
teacher, made sure the whole family was
there to witness her success.

Panama Lions Club president Photo by Armando De Gracia
Enrique B. Mdrquez, recently elected president of the Panama Lions Club, also has his hands
full handling the many matters that come to his attention as assistant to the engineering and
construction director of the Panama Canal Commission.

What's happening

Cheerleader bingo
The Cristobal High School (CHS)
Cheerleaders will sponsor an evening of
bingo at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 5,
at the Fort Davis Community Club.
Each game will include two to four
bingo cards with additional cards
offered between games. The evening
will feature big cash prizes and many
door prizes. Tickets are available from
any CHS cheerleader or from sponsors
Bonnie Seeley at 43-5452 or Penny
Cafiamis at 43-5634.

Mozart concert
German-educated artists Elena Ca-
marena and Friedemann Kessler will
present a piano concert of music by
Mozart for "one piano in four hands"
at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, at
the National Theater. The program will
include music performed by Mozart
and his sister in the 18th century, music
especially composed by Mozart at age
16. The concert organizer, Maribel
Ruffo, notes that this is the first
National Theater concert featuring two
pianists performing on one piano.
Tickets may be obtained at Argosy
and La Garza bookstores and from
Promfisica by calling 64-2767.

Chamber music
The National Concerts Association
has announced its third concert of the
1991 season, to take place at 8 p.m. on
Monday, August 12, at Atlapa Con-
vention Center. The La Follia chamber
orchestra from France will perform
works by Telemann, Vivaldi, Debussy
and others. Tickets range from $5 to $30
and may be obtained at Argosy
bookstore on Via Argentina, Gran
Morrison, El Puente record shop on
50th Street or by calling the association
at 25-4951.

Audubon meeting
The next meeting of the Panama
Audubon Society will be at 7:30 p.m.
on Thursday, August 8, at the Panama
Canal Training Center. Hortensia
Broce and Franz Wolfschoon will share
their experiences as the Society's
delegates to the National Convention
held July 21-27 at the Estes Park Center
in the Rocky Mountain National Park
in Colorado. For more information,
please call Dr. Lorna Engleman at
45-0259, evenings.

Canal anniversary
The Society of Friends of the West
Indian Museum of Panama (SAMAAP)
has scheduled a number of activities to
commemorate the 77th anniversary of
the Panama Canal.
From 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the
anniversary date, Thursday, August 15,
a wreath laying ceremony will be held in
Gaillard Cut. From 10 a.m. to noon on
Friday, August 16, society members
will pay visits to Canal old-timers. From
4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 17,
the poet Gerardo Maloney will host a
recital at the West Indian Museum. At
11 a.m. on Sunday, August 18, a
religious service will be held at the
Baptist Church on 4th Street, Rio
Abajo. At 10 a.m. on Monday,
August 19, lectures on the Smithsonian
Institution activities will be presented at
the "Fe y Alegria" School. At 10 a.m.
on Tuesday, August 20, students from
the "Fe y Alegria" School will visit
Miraflores Locks and receive prizes for
murals commemorating the Canal
SAMAAP will bring the week's
activities to an end with a West Indian
dinner in honor of former Panama
Canal Commission Deputy Adminis-
trator Fernando Manfredo Jr. at
7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, at
the Caribbean Inn Restaurant. For
more information, 62-1668 or 62-5348
may be called.

1 A study by the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency found that
there are thousands of cancer deaths annually from
secondhand smoke.

Page 2

yadirF August 2 1991

The Panama Canal Spillway

Surveys employees measure up to the job

Surveys, employees measure up to the job

By Roxanna M. Cain
The Panama Canal does not operate
like clockwork by chance-it takes the
special skills and coordinated efforts of
some 8,000 employees. One particular
group of employees, the people at the
Commission's Surveys Branch, sees
itself as working behind the scenes,
when, in fact, it is at the forefront of
almost every major project undertaken
at the Canal.
A branch of the Engineering Divi-
sion, the Surveys Branch is located
across from the Pedro Miguel train
station in a two-story concrete building
that once housed a restaurant and post
office. Picture windows overlooking the
Canal frame ships locking through
Pedro Miguel with the help of towing
locomotives. There are also branch field
offices in Gamboa, Diablo and Mount
The main mission of the Surveys
Branch is to take measurements and
produce maps and charts. Almost
everything at the Canal that requires
precision measurements, be it position,
angle, distance, elevation or depth
calculations, falls under the purview of
the branch's 70 employees.
Surveys is divided into four sections
under Chief Robert S. Fishbough. His
informal style and pride in the office's
homelike atmosphere (including a
roomy kitchen complete with a refriger-
ator) makes him feel, he says, as much
like the father of a large family as the
boss of the unit.
The Hydrographic Section, under

At the forefront Photo by Meliss J. Winford
Surveys Branch personnel take a break from their many duties to pose for a photograph in front of the branch's main office in Pedro Miguel,
with Chief Robert F. Fishbough, kneeling, at extreme right.

Jaime A. Rodriguez, has sometimes
been called upon by the Navy and
Panama authorities to locate fallen
aircraft at sea and is proud to have
found every one of them. It participates
actively in the Dredging Division's work
to keep Canal channels deep enough for
safe navigation. Survey boats regularly
provide depth soundings throughout
the Canal-from Gaillard Cut to
Tavernilla Reach to the channel
The Topographic Section, under

Hernmn A. Sedda, does land surveys. Its
crews are readily distinguishable by the
bright yellow umbrella that shelters
surveying technicians from the ele-
ments. The surveying technician peers
through an instrument focused on a
prism pole gripped by a surveying aid
and then relays the data to the recorder,
who uses a drafting machine to pencilin
the results on a map.
Decades ago, veteran surveyors like
Esteban SAenz marched through the tall
grass along the Canal to maintain the

boundaries between the Republic of
Panama and the former Canal Zone.
Canal surveyors laid out all Canal
townsites, and the maps in the back of
Commission phone book were pre-
pared by Surveys Branch cartographers
with data gathered in the field.
Obtaining surveying data is the first
step in preparing road and building
construction plans. It provides informa-
tion for the location of utility, water and

(Continued on page 4).

Library technician earns Fulbright scholarship

By Suzanne Dempsey

The people at the Panama Canal
Commission Technical Resources Cen-
ter have reason to be proud. One of their
co-workers, Maricarmen Ameglio, was
awarded a Fulbright scholarship and is
off to the State University of New York
at Buffalo to study for a master's degree
in library science.
When Ameglio joined the Technical
Resources Center in 1989 as a library
technician, it was her very first job.
Shortly thereafter, she attended a
career-development course at the Pan-
ama Canal Training Center and realized
that she wanted to further her education
and, although her bachelor's degree is in
international affairs, decided to pursue
a career in library work.
Back at the Technical Resources
Center, she mentioned her aspirations
to her supervisor, Roberto Sarmiento,
and to the chief of the center, Mania
Nita, and they encouraged her to work
toward her dream. She had heard about
the Fulbright program, which offers full
scholarships to qualifying non-U.S.
citizens who wish to further their
education in the United States and who
have never studied there previously, so
she went to the U.S. Embassy and filled
out the application forms. "I knew it
would be hard to get a scholarship,
because there are always so many
applicants," says Ameglio, "but I felt
there was no harm in trying."
After taking a series of examinations

in many subjects, including English,
Spanish, algebra, statistics, reading
comprehension, physics and math,
Ameglio was called for an interview.
After answering the questions posed by
a board of five or six people, she was
told to call back on a certain date to find
out whether she would get the
scholarship. "I was very nervous," she
admits, "but I managed to make the
call." Not only did Ameglio win a
scholarship, she also got the third:
highest examination score among
hundreds of applicants. .
For Ameglio, winning-the scholar-
ship is very exciting, offering the
opportunity to advance in her chosen
career. But it also means leaving her
husband and three children for the time
required to earn her degree. "My
husband encouraged me from the very
start," she says. "Go ahead-your
success is my success," he told her.
Her children, aged 8, 10 and 12, were
at first a little apprehensive about her
going away, but it has now been a year
since she first heard she won the
scholarship and they are getting used to
the idea. Ameglio adds, "They know
how important it is to study hard." The
family plans to get together at the end of
each semester so the separation won't
seem so long.
Ameglio begins her studies August 26
in a leave-without-pay status and plans
to return to the Technical Resources
Center after earning her degree. "I find it
very fulfilling to help patrons find the

information they need," she says of her
work there. "Every day brings different
challenges, and that makes it fun. I also
enjoy planning my strategy for an-
swering inquiries. It's a bit like detective
work. You look in one place and find a
clue that provides part of the answer,.
and that leads you to another clue and
so on."
Naturally, the staff at the center is
delighted with Ameglio's success. "She
is a hard working, dedicated employee
and a definite asset to the Technical
Resources Center," says Nita. "It sets

my mind at ease to know that she will be
on board for a long time."

For her part, Ameglio credits the high
standards of her colleagues with
inspiring her to specialize in the field. "I
admire their approach to the inquiries,"
she explains. "Even if the information
cannot be found in our collection, the
reference staff makes every effort to
provide useful advice or a referral to
another possible source. I'm still
learning a lot from them, and I hope one
day to be as good as they are."


Maricarmen Ameglio
replaces a reference
book at the Commis-
sion 's Technical Re-
sources Center. She will
S soon take leave without
pay to study for a
master's degree in
library science. Ameglio
Swas awarded a Ful-
bright scholarship, which
pays for tuition, books,
housing, meals and the
airfare to and from the
State University of New
York at Buffalo.

S\ 1 Photo by Melissa J. Winford

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The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, August 2, 1991

"Texas Clipper

makes two-day stop at Cristobal

Welcomes training vessel Photos by Susan K. Stabler
Tug "Unidad" assistant engineer Moises Espino, a 1988 graduate of the Texas A. & M. maritime trainingprogram, greets the "Texas Clipper,"
his alma mater's training vessel, at its recent arrival for a two-day stop at the port of Cristobal. Espino was on hand to welcome two current
Panamanian cadets, pictured at right, as well as to renew old friendships with other students and members of the' crew.

Panamanian cadets
The approximately 180 students aboard the
"Texas Clipper" include two Panamanian
cadets, senior 1st Class Aquilino Sieiro and
sophomore 3rd Class Jaime Sasso, who
hope in the future to join the Panama Canal

sewage lines and on the shape of the
terrain. Canal surveyors are called on
for tasks as dissimilar as calculating the
slant of a slowly sinking office building
in Balboa and measuring the grounds
around Canal housing where residents
plan to build outdoor patios.
The Surveys Branch Special Section,
under Louis F. Tremblay, runs several
programs vital to Canal operations.

employees measure up (Continuedfrompage3)

One is the program that ensures that the
Madden, Gatun and Miraflores dams
are holding up safely against the
pressure of the tons of water they hold
back. Another is the landslide control
program, in which surveying crews take
periodic measurements at various points
along the slopes of Gaillard Cut and
report the data to the Engineering
Division's Geotechnical Branch.



Administrator, Panama Canal Commission
Director of Public Affairs
Associate Director

Deputy Administrator

Associate Director

Acting Editor
The Panama Canal Spillway is an official biweekly publication of the Panama Canal Commission. Articles may be reprinted
without further permission by crediting the source. All material should be submitted by 11:45 a.m. Thursday of the week before
publication or by 11:45 a.m Wednesday if there is a holiday during the week of publication. Subscriptions for 52 issues are $6 by
regular mail, $4 by regular mail for students and $19 by airmail. Checks or money orders should be payable to the Panama Canal
Commission. Call 52-3202 for further information or write the Office of Public Affairs, Panama Canal Commission, Unit 2300
APO AA 34011 or Balboa Heights, Panama.

The Special Section is also proud of
its critical role in the annual locks
overhauls. This year, under the leader-
ship of Victor Vald6s and help of
experienced veterans like Salvador
Saldafia, two crews worked around the
clock at Gatun. First they measured the
rehabilitated miter gates at the Indus-
trial Division in Mount Hope and then
simulated those measurements inside
the dry chamber at Gatun Locks to
make sure the revamped gates would fit.
Survey data was passed on to locks
engineers, who then determined how
much they needed to alter the concrete
sill against which the miter gates close.
Precise readings are critical to the
success of the overhaul because they are
required to ensure the gates will seal

properly and fit precisely against the
underwater sill.
The Cartographic Section, under
Ricardo A. Castillo, serves as a
receptacle for the work from the other
sections. It produces the branch's final
products-maps and charts that gra-
phically depict data gathered during
topographic and hydrographic surveys.
These maps and charts are used by
many Canal units, the U.S. military and
local and international firms. Experi-
enced section personnel like Yoshitaro
Vald6s also support Board of Local
Inspectors investigations, compute cor-
rect positions for the aids to navigation
that dot Canal waters and banks and
monitor earth excavation projects
carried out by Canal contractors.

Position Vacancy List
Applicants must have career or career-conditional status. Application forms must be submitted to the Employment and
Placement Branch (Building 366, Ancon) on Form 443. Application for Transfer, no later than seven days from the date of this
Persons selected for appointment to a permanent position and persons selected for testing-designated positions (TDPs) will be
subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment or permanent position change. Persons serving in a TDP who
have already been subject to random drug testing will not be subject to urinalysis.
Qualifications standards may be reviewed at the Panama Canal Commission Technical Resources Center (Building 38, Balboa).
For actions other than a promotion, modified qualifications will be used to qualify applicants when their backgrounds included
closely related experience that provided the skills necessary for successful performance.
The rates of pay reflect the minimum and maximum hourly base for the grades of positions advertised. Employees selected will be
placed in the appropriate grade, step and wage base in accordance with regulations.
Further information may be obtained from the Employment and Placement Branch, telephone 52-3583.

Permanent positions salaries
Mobile equipment operator foreman, MS-10 1 2
(Knowledge of English, Spanish and driver's
license required. Other trades supervised: crane
operator and engineering equipment operator.) $15.56/$18.16
Office automation clerk, NM-4 . . . $5.59/$7.07
Secretary (steno), NM-5 12 (Shorthand 80 words per
minute.) . . . . . . $.6.08/$7.68
Secretary (steno), NM-5/6 I 2 (Shorthand 80 words
per minute. Bilingual.) . . . $.6.08/$11.79

Secretary (steno), NM-6 I 2 (Shorthand 80 words
per minute.) . . . . . . . $. 9.07/$11.79
Welder, MG-10O 2 (Swimming ability and driver's
license required.) . . . . . .. $11.97/$13.97
Temporary promotion/detail
(Not to exceed 2 months)
Inspector (crane), NM-10 (Swimming ability and
driver's license required.) ....... . $13.57/$17.64

Unit tlon

Maintenance. P I
Fin. Mgmt. P 1

Logistical P 1

Board of Local P 1

Fin. Mgmt. P 1

Dredging P I

Safety P 1

I Only PCC employees will be considered.
2 Documentation that applicant meets special requirements must be filed in Official Personnel Folder or attached to the
application; otherwise, applicant will not be considered for the vacancy.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

Page 4

Award recipient

Locks Division machinist
Luis A. Vargas, at right,
receives a certificate and
cash award from Pedro
Miguel Locks Acting As-
sistant Superintendent Ivdn
A. Lasso for recommend-
ing an improvement to the
miter gate yoke wedging
system. Vargas' idea of
using a two-piece steel
wedge at the yoke was
implemented during the
recent overhaul at Gatun
Locks. He presented the
suggestion through the Sug-
gestion Program, operated
by the Canal's Incentive
Awards Unit.
Photo by Armando De Gracia

Parte de programa de mejoras

Comisi6n adquiere nuevo carro bomba

La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama
recientemente adquiri6 un carro bomba
especializado bajo un programa de
actualizaci6n y mejoras de la flota de la
Divisi6n de Bomberos. El primero en su
tipo en la Comisi6n, su escalera tiene un
alcance de 85 pies, 30 pies mas que otros
carros bombas de la Comisi6n. Tam-
bi6n cuenta con espacio par que los
bomberos viajen dentro del vehiculo.
El carro bomba puede usarse para
combatir incendios desde cualquier
lado de las esclusas, esparciendo una
mezcla de espuma y agua desde el lado
de tierra del muro este hasta un barco en
la cAmara oeste de la esclusa y viceversa.
El mecanismo de bombeo tiene capaci-
dad para expulsar hasta 2,000 galones
por minuto. Los tanques llevan 500
galones de espuma y 500 galones de
agua y pueden suplirse desde instalacio-
nes basadas en tierra.
La modemizaci6n de la flota con
equipo de bombeo de espuma y agua se
inici6 en 1983 como parte de un
programa para mejorar las instalacio-
nes y el equipo y preparar el personal
para combatir incendios a bordo de
naves. La Divisi6n de Bomberos cuenta
ahora con seis vehiculos especializados.
Este nuevo vehiculo amarillo estA
ubicado en la estaci6n de bomberos del
Fuerte Clayton por ser la mas cercana a
las esclusas del Pacifico y a numerosas
estructuras ubicadas en el area.

Primero en su tipo "'ot por eussa J. wsnora
Esta es la mds reciente adicidn a laflota de la Divisidn de Bomberos de la Comisidn del Ca' i de Panamd. Puede bombear hasta 2,000galones
por minuto, y su escalera alcanza una altura de hasta 85 pies. Es elprimeroen su tipo en la Comisidnyfue comprado comoparte de programa
de la divisidn para mejorar sus instalaciones y equipo.

Programa ayuda a consumidores de droga
El Programa de Ayuda al Empleado dependencia quimica, si es necesario
de la Divisi6n de Salud Ocupacional es realizar una desintoxicaci6n o trata-
parte integral de la politica global de la miento en casa, el programa referira al
Comisi6n del Canal de Crear un sitio de afectado a una forma adecuada de
trabajo libre de alcohol y drogas. Su atenci6n. La mAs estricta confidencia-
principal objetivo es brindar educaci6n lidad de cada caso es una primordial
y tratamiento para ayudar a los preocupaci6n del programa.
empleados a superar adicciones dafiinas
y problemas relacionados con conduc- La mAs estricta
tas compulsivas. Tambi6n ofrece servi- confidencialidad de
cios de consejeria para problemas de cada caso es una
estr6s, y problemas matrimoniales y V primordial preocu-
familiares. Brinda, ademAs, educaci6n a paci6n del programa.
los empleados sobre dependencias
quimicas y manejo del estr6s. Si estA interesado en saber mas acerca
Aunque el tratamiento ofrecido por del programa, lame a los consejeros al
el programa varia segun el caso, un 52-7885. D6je que ellos le extiendan una
tipico cuadro de atenci6n puede incluir mano, y no olvide que reconocer la
una evaluaci6n sicol6gica, una evalua- existencia del problema y pedir ayuda
ci6n m6dica y terapia individual, son sefiales de valor y coraje, dos
familiar y de grupo. En los casos de importantes pasos hacia la recuperaci6n.

ISCANAL modifica
p6liza de seguros
Los representantes del Programa de
Seguros M6dicos ISCANAL infor-
maron a la Comisi6n del Canal de
Panama que a partir del mi6rcoles 1o de
agosto de 1991 el programa fue
modificado con el fin de compensar el
creciente costo de los cuidados m6dicos.
Los representantes de ISCANAL
estan visitando diversos sitios de trabajo
de la Comisi6n para informar a los
asegurados sobre los cambios y expedir
nuevas tarjetas de membresia. Para mas
informaci6n, Ilame a su representante
de ISCANAL al 23-9584.


Vol. XXIX, NQ 16 Viernes 2 de agosto de 1991


Nuevo usuario Foto por Maria Len-Rios
El "C.S. Global Link" cruza las Esclusas de Miraflores rumbo al Atldntico durante su
primer trdnsito por el Canal de Panamd el mes pasado. Ultima adquisicidn de laflota de
A T& T, la navefue diseriada y construida para instalar y reparar cables subacudticos de
telecomunicaciones, a menudo a mds de 20,000 pies de profundidad. La nave, de 478 pies
de largo por 70 pies de ancho, tiene espacio suficiente para transportar 4,100 millas de
cable defibra dptica. Panama Agencies Company, Inc., es el representante de la nave en el
Canal de Panamd.

Tome nota
Las Esclusas de Miraflores
permanecen abiertas al p6blico de
9 a.m. a 5 p.m. diariamente, y los
miembros del Servicio de Orienta-
ci6n de la Comisi6n del Canal de
Panama estan disponibles para
brindar asistencia. Aunque no hay
personal del Servicio de Orientaci6n
asignado a las Esclusas de Gatnn,
&stas permanecen abiertas al publico
de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m. Se pueden
organizar giras en grupo a Miraflo-
res llamando al 52-3187 y, con la
debida anticipaci6n, a Gat6n, lla-
mando al mismo nfimero.

Spillway del Canal de Panami

Viemes 2 de agosto de 1991

Enrique Marquez electo presidente del Club de Leones

Enrique B. MArquez, asistente del
director de ingenieria y construcci6n de
la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama para
programas y presupuestos, reciente-
mente tom6 juramento como presiden-
te del Club de Leones de Panama para
el afio 1991-92.
Marquez ha estado activo en el Club
de Leones durante 20 afios, casi tanto
tiempo como sus 24 afios al servicio al
Canal de Panama. Habiendo ocupado
dos veces los puestos de vicepresidente y
secretario, al igual que otros puestos
directivos, espera continuar sirviendo al
Club de Leones con la misma dedica-
ci6n que mostr6 su padre, Clarence J.
Marquez, durante sus 47 afios de
distinguido servicio al leonismo tanto
en Panama como a nivel internacional.
Las principales actividades que MAr-
quez espera promover este afio incluyen
una subasta televisada, que espera
recaudara unos $250,000 para cubrir los
multiples costos de las mAs de 30

actividades del Club, que van desde las
colonias infantiles de verano para
j6venes de escasos recursos, hasta el
apoyo a orfelinatos, hospitales y
programas contra las drogas. El Club de
Leones tambi6n esta estudiando un
proyecto para la construcci6n de un
complejo de servicios multiples para la
municipalidad de Panama a un costo
aproximado de $1 mill6n.
MArquez estA casado con Mildred
Marquez, oficial de apoyo administra-
tivo en la Secci6n de Documentaci6n de
Empleados de la Divisi6n de Servicios
Administrativos en Diablo. Como
esposa del presidente, ahora preside la
agrupaci6n de esposas leonas, que
promueve obras de caridad indepen-
Trabajando juntos, Enrique y Mil-
dred Marquez miran el afio de retos e
incesante actividad que tienen por
delante con entusiasmo y optimismo en
los resultados de su gesti6n.

Aprende a nadar a los 71 anios

Por Susan K. Stabler
Todos conocen el refrAn "Nunca es
tarde para aprender", y Muriel Johnston,
de 71 afios, lo comprob6 recientemente
al recibir una certificaci6n de la Cruz
Roja como nadadora novata y :su
parche "B" de principiante en la piscina
de Gatfn.
"Yo ya sabia nadar", dice Johnston,
"pero nunca habia aprendido a hacerlo
bien. Mis brazadas y respiraci6n no
eran coordinadas". Por eso siempre se
agotaba y le faltaba energia en el agua.

Johnston, maestrajubilada del Canal
de Panama y suegra del Subjefe de la
Divisi6n de Bomberos H. Wallace Teal,
regres6 a Panama enijunio para asistir a
la graduaci6n de su nieta Beverly Teal
de la Escuela Secundaria de Crist6bal.
Al igual que para otros familiares que
vinieron para la graduaci6n, su visita a
Panama incluy6 un mes en Gatun con
su hijo, Richard, capitan de remolca-
dor, y su hija, Jan, maestra en una
escuela para dependientes del Depar-
tamento de Defensa de los EE.UU., y
sus familias.
Johnston dice que siempre habia
querido un parche "B", pero temia pedir
ayuda a algun nadador experto porque
pensaba que ya estaba muy vieja para
eso. Finalmente, en una ocasi6n en que
fue con sus nietos a la piscina de Gatin,
le pregunt6 a Reynaldo Watler,

Nunca es tarde

Muriel Johnston, de 71
afios, muestra orgullosa el
parche "B" de la Cruz
Roja que recibid reciente-
mente al certificarse como
nadadora novata en la
piscina de Gattrn con la
ayuda de su instructor, el
asistente de actividades
recreativas Reynaldo Watler.

Foto por H. Wallace Teal

asistente de actividades recreativas del
Ramo para el Acondicionamiento
Fisico del Empleado, si 61 crea posible
que ella consiguiera el anhelado parche.
"Por supuesto que puede", lerespondi6
Watler. "i,Por qu6 no?

Y en verdad... ,por qu6 no? Durante
las semahas siguientes, bajo la excelente
instrucci6n de Watler, Johnston apren-
di6 que la edad no es obsticulo para el
suefio de una vida. Ella dice que "el
m6todo paciente y, al mismo tiempo,
desafiante de Watler" la ayud6 a
superar muchos afios de malos habitos
de nataci6n. Tambi6n alab6 a los demas
empleados de la piscina de Gatin por el
atento servicio que brindan.

La tarea de Johnston fue inas ficil
gracias al apoyo moral que le dieron dos
de sus nietos. Tambi6n tomaron las
clases Shannon, de 12 afios, que estaba
tratando de obtener el parche "I" de
intermedio, y Matthew, de 8 afios, que
queria el "B". Ambos nifios piensan
continuar las clases cuando est6n de
vacaciones en Gatfin el pr6ximo afio.

Johnston quizA tome otras clases en
la piscina de Gat6n el pr6ximo afio
pero, por ahora, esta feliz con lo que
logr6. El dia que nad6 para cumplir con
los requisitos del parche "B", Watler, su
orgulloso instructor, se asegur6 de que
toda la familia estuviera alli para
presenciar su triunfo.

Presidente del Club de Leones Foto por Armando De Gracia
Enrique B. Mdrquez, quien recientemente fue juramentado como presidente del Club de
Leones de Panamd, hace a un lado sus responsabilidades presidenciales para atender los

muchos asuntos que exigen su atencidn
construccidn de la Comisi6n del Canal.

Eventos locales

Bingo en el Atlantico.
Las "cheerleaders" de la Escuela
Secundaria de Crist6bal han progra-
mado un bingo para el lunes 5 deagosto
a las 6 p.m. en el Club Comunal del
Fuerte Davis. Cada juego incluiri de
dos a cuatro cartones de bingo y
tambi6n se ofrecern cartones extras
entre cada juego. Habra jugosos
premios en efectivo y muchos premios
de entrada. Los boletos pueden obte-
nerse de las "cheerleaders" o llamando a
Bonnie Seeley al 43-5452 o a Penny
Cafiamas al 43-5634.

Concierto de Mozart
Los pianistas educados en Alemania
Elena Camarena y Friedemann Kessler
presentaran un concierto para piano a
cuatro manos a las 8 p.m. el mi6rcoles 7
de agosto en el Teatro Nacional. El
programa incluiri muisica interpretada
por Mozart y su hermana en el siglo 18,
compuesta por Mozart a los 16 afios
para la ocasi6n. La organizadora del
evento, Maribel Ruffo, sefiala que es el
primer concierto en el Teatro Nacional
en el que dos pianistas interpretarin
sobre el teclado de un mismo piano.
Los boletos pueden obtenerse en las
librerias Argosy y La Garza y en
Promusica, Ilamando al 64-2767.
Reuni6n de Audubon
La pr6xima reuni6n de la Sociedad
Audubon de PanamA sera a las
7:30 p.m. el jueves 8 de agosto en el
Centro de Adiestramiento del Canal de
PanamA. Hortensia Broce y Franz
Wolfschoon compartirAn sus experien-
cias como delegados de la Sociedad en
la Convenci6n Nacional celebrada del
21 al 27 dejulio en el Centro del Parque
Estes, ubicado en el Parque Nacional de
las Montafias Rocosas en Colorado.
Para mas informaci6n, lame a la Dra.
Loma Engleman al 45-0259 (en las

como asistente del director de ingenieria y

Musica de camara
La Asociaci6n Nacional de Concier-
tos ha anunciado su tercer concierto de
la temporada de 1991, a realizarse a las
8 p.m. el lunes 12 de agosto en el
Centro de Convencibnes Atlapa. La
orquesta de camara La Follia, de
Francia, interpretard obras de Tele-
mann, Vivaldi, Debussy y otros. Los
boletos van de B/. 5 a B/. 30, y pueden
obtenerse en la Libreria Argosy, Gran
Morrison, la discoteca El Puente, o
llamando a la Asociaci6n al 254951.

Aniversario del Canal
La Sociedad de Amigos del Museo
Afro-Antillano de Panama (SAMAAP)
ha programado una serie de actividades
para conmemorar el 770 aniversario del
Canal de PanamA.
De 9 a 11:30 a.m. en la fecha del
aniversario, jueves 15 de agosto, habri
una romeria acuatica al Corte Gaillard.
De 10 a.m. a mediodia el viemes 16 de
agosto, los miembros de la sociedad
visitarAn a sobrevivientes de la 6poca de
la construcci6n. De 4 a 6 p.m. el sabado
17 de agosto, el poeta Gerardo Maloney
ofrecerA un recital en el Museo Afro-
Antillano. A las 11 a.m. el domingo 18
de agosto, habra una ceremonia
religiosa en la Iglesia Bautista en Calle 4,
Rio Abajo. A las 10 a.m. el lunes 19 de
agosto, los estudiantes de la escuela Fe y
Alegria escucharin charlas sobre las
actividades del Instituto Smithsonian.
A las 10 a.m. el martes 20 de agosto,
estudiantes de la escuela Fe y Alegria
visitarAn las Esclusas de Miraflores, y
recibirAn premios por murales alusivos
al aniversario del Canal.
Las actividades de SAMAAP termi-
narAn con una cena antillana en honor
al ex-subadministrador de la Comisi6n
del Canal Fernando Manfredo, Jr., alas
7 p.m. el mi6rcoles 21 de agosto en el
Restaurante Caribe Inn. Para mas
informaci6n, Ilame al 62-1668 o al 62-

S Un estudio realizado por la Agencia de Protecci6n Ambiental
de los EE.UU. encontr6 que miles de fumadores pasivos
mueren de cancer anualmente.

Pigina 2

Viemes 2 de agosto de 1991

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Ramo de Agrimensura mide por todo lo alto

Por Roxanna M. Cain
El Canal de Panama no funciona con
la precisi6n de un reloj suizo por
casualidad-exige las habilidades espe-
ciales y los esfuerzos coordinados de
unos 8,000 empleados. Un grupo en
especial, compuesto por trabajadores
tras bastidores que de hecho son el
puntal de casi todos los proyectos
importantes que se ejecutan en el Canal,
es la gente del Ramo de Levantamientos
Topograficos y de Mapas (Surveys
Un ramo de la Divisi6n de Ingenieria,
el Ramo de Levantamientos Topogra-
ficos esta ubicado frente a la estaci6n de
tren de Pedro Miguel en un edificio de
concreto de dos altos donde otrora
funcionaron un restaurante y una
oficina de correos. Sus amplios venta-
nales enmarcan a los buques que pasan
las Esclusas de Pedro Miguel con la
ayuda de las locomotoras de remolque.
El Ramo tiene oficinas de campo en
Gamboa, Diablo y Mount Hope.
La misi6n principal del ramo es
tomar medidas y producir mapas y
cartas hidrogrificas. Casi todo lo que
requiere medidas precisas en el Canal,
ya sea de posici6n, angulo, distancia,
elevaci6n o profundidad, cae bajo la
responsabilidad de los 70 empleados del
El ramo esta dividido en cuatro
secciones y es dirigido por Robert S.
Fishbough. El estilo informal de
Fishbough y su orgullo en el ambiente
hogarefio de la oficina (que incluye una
amplia y completa cocina) lo hacen
sentirse tanto el padre de una gran
familia como el jefe de una unidad del
La Secci6n Hidrografica, bajo Jaime
A. Rodriguez, en ocasiones ha partici-

La gran familia Foto por Melissa J. Winford
El personal del Ramo de Levantamientos Topogrdficos y Mapas deja por un momento sus obligaciones para tomarse unafotofrente a las
oficinas principales del ramo en Pedro Miguel, junto a su jefe Robert F. Fishbough, en cuclillas, a la extrema derecha.-

pado en la bisqueda de aviones que han
caido en el mar, y se enorgullece de
haberlos encontrado todos. Esta parti-
cipa activamente en et trabajo de la
Divisi6n de Dragado para mantener el
cauce del Canal lo suficientemente
profundo par la navegaci6n segura.
Las lanchas de la Secci6n Hidrogrifica
regularmente toman lecturas de pro-
fundidad a lo largo del Canal-desde el
Corte Gaillard hasta Tavernilla y las
entradas del Canal.
La Secci6n TopogrAfica, bajo Hernin
A. Sedda, estA a cargo de los trabajos de
levantamiento topogrAfico y agrimen-

sura. Sus cuadrillas son facilmente
identificadas por el enorme paraguas
amarillo que protege a los t6cnicos de
las inclemencias del tiempo. El t6cnico
topogrifico mira a traves de un
instrumento enfocado en un prisma que
sostiene con pulso seguro un ayudante.
Luego pasa la informaci6n al anotador,
que plasma esas medidas sobre un
mapa del Area.
D6cadas atris, agrimensores experi-
mentados como Esteban Saenz reco-
rrian los herbazales a ambos lados del
Canal para mantener marcada la linea
que separaba a Panama de la antigua

Zona del Canal. Los agrimensores del
Canal proporcionaron todas las medi-
das para crear los poblados del Canal, y
los mapas que aparecen al final del
directorio telef6nico de la Comisi6n
fueron preparados por los cart6grafos
del ramo con medidas recopiladas por
esta secci6n.
El levantamiento topogrAfico es el
primer paso en la preparaci6n de pianos
para construir edificios y caminos. Los
datos indican la ubicaci6n de lineas de
conducci6n el&ctrica, acueductos y
alcantarillados y la forma del terreno.
(ContinUa en la pdgina 4)

Bibliotecaria gana beca Fulbright para maestria

Por Suzanne Dempsey

La gente en el Centro de Recursos
Tcnicos de la Comisi6n del Canal tiene
raz6n de sentirse orgullosa. Una de sus
compafieras de trabajo, Maricarmen
Ameglio, recibi6 una beca Fulbright y
esti por partir a la Universidad de
Nueva York en Bifalo para iniciar una
maestria en bibliotecologia.
Cuando Ameglio comenz6 a trabajar
como t6cnica bibliotecaria en el Centro
de Recursos T6cnicos en 1989, era su
primer trabajo. Poco despu6s asisti6 a
un curso de desarrollo profesional en el
Centro de Adiestramiento del Canal de
Panama, y realiz6 que deseaba conti-
nuar su educaci6n. Aunque su titulo es
en relaciones interacionales, decidi6
especializarse en bibliotecologia.
En el Centro, le habl6 de sus
aspiraciones a su supervisor, Roberto
Sarmiento, y a lajefe del Centro, Mania
Nita, y ambos la animaron a trabajar
por hacer realidad su suefio. Ameglio
habia oido del programa de becas
Fulbright, que ofrece becas completas a
personas que no son ciudadanas de los
Estados Unidos que desean continuar
su educaci6n en aquel pais y no han
estudiado alli antes, asi es que se acerc6
a la Embajada de los Estados Unidos y
llen6 los formularios de solicitud.
"Sabia que seria dificil conseguir una
beca porque siempre hay muchos
solicitantes", dice Ameglio, "pero pens6
que no perdia nada con intentarlo".
Despu6s de tomar exAmenes en

varias asignaturas, tales como ingl6s,
espafiol, Algebra, estadisticas, lectura
comprensiva, fisica y matematicas,
Ameglio fue lamada a una entrevista.
Despu6s de contestar las preguntas de
una junta compuesta de cinco o seis
personas, se le dio una fecha en que
debia llamar para saber la respuesta.
"Estaba muy nerviosa", confiesa, "pero
logr6 hacer la llamada". No s61o obtuvo
la beca, sino que su puntaje fue el
tercero mAs alto entre todos los
Para Ameglio, ganar la beca es muy
emocionante, ya que le ofrece la
oportunidad de avanzar en su carrera.
Pero tambi6n significa separarse de su
esposo y sus tres hijos por el tiempo
requerido para terminar la maestria.
"Mi esposo me anim6 desde el
principio", dice. "Ve adelante-tu 6xito
es mi 6xito", le dijo.
Sus hijos, de 8, 10 y 12 afios, al
principio estuvieron un poco inquietos
por su partida, pero ya ha pasado un
afio desde que se aprob6 la beca y se van
acostumbrando a la idea. Afiade
Ameglio que "ellos saben lo importante
que es estudiar". La familia tiene planes
para reunirse al final de cada semestre y
asi la separaci6n no parecerA tan larga.
Ameglio inicia sus estudios el 26 de
agosto bajo una licencia sin sueldo de la
Comisi6n, y piensa volver al Centro de
Recursos T6cnicos despu6s de obtener
su titulo. "Encuentro muy satisfactorio
ayudar a los usuarios del Centro a
encontrar la informaci6n que necesi-

tan", dice de su trabajo alli. "Cada dia
trae retos distintos, y eso lo hace
divertido. Tambi6n disfruto la planifi-
caci6n de mi estrategia para responder a
consultas. Tiene algo de detectivesco.
Uno busca en un sitio y encuentra una
pista hacia la respuesta. Eso lo lleva tras
otra pista y asi sucesivamente".

Naturalmente, el personal en el
Centro estA muy contento por Ameglio.
"Es una empleada trabajadora y
dedicada, de mucho valor para el
Centro de Recursos T6cnicos", dice

Nita. "Me tranquiliza saber que estara
con el Centro por bastante tiempo".
Por su parte, Ameglio dice que los
altos estAndares de sus colegas fueron
fuente de inspiraci6n en su decisi6n.
"Admiro su forma de manejar las
consultas", explica. "Aun si la informa-
ci6n no se encuentra en nuestra
colecci6n, el personal hace el maximo
esfuerzo por aconsejar o referir a la
persona a otra fuente. Todavia estoy
aprendiendo mucho de ellos, y espero
algin dia ser tan competente como

Beca Fulbright

Maricarmen Ameglio-
guarda un libro durante
sus ultimas semanas en
el Centro de Recursos
Tdcnicos de la Comi-
sidn, antes de partir
bajo una licencia sin
sueldo para estudiar
una maestria en biblio-
tecologia. Ameglio es-
tudiard con una beca
Fulbright, que cubre los
costos de matricula,
libros, alimentacidn, vi-
vienda y pasajes adreos
de ida y vuelta a la
Universidad Estatal de
Nueva York en Bzjfalo.

? Foto por Melissa J. Winford

Pigina 3

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viemes 2 de agosto de 1991

Buque escuela hace breve escala en Crist6bal

Bienvenidos compafteros Fotos por Susan K. Stabler
El ingeniero asistente del remolcador "Unidad" Moisis Espino, quien egresd delprograma de adiestramiento maritimo de Texas A & Men
1988, da la bienvenida al "Texas Clipper", el buque escuela de su alma mater, durante su reciente visita de dos dias en elpuerto de Cristdbal.
Espino estuvo presente para recibir a dos cadetes panamenfos (verfoto a la derecha) y al mismo tiempo renovar viejas amistades con otros
estudiantes y miembros de la tripulacidn.

Cadetes panameflos
El grupo de aproximadamente 180 estu-
diantes a bordo del buque escuela "Texas
Clipper" incluye a los cadetes panamefnos
Aquilino Sieiro y Jaime Lasso, quienes
esperan ingresar en un futuro a la fuerza
laboral del Canal de Panamd.

Ramo c
Los top6grafos del Canal acuden a
llamados tan disimiles como calcular la
inclinaci6n de un edificio de oficinas
que se hunde lentamente en Balboa y
medir el terreno alrededor de viviendas
de la Comisi6n cuyos residentes desean
anexar una terraza.
La Secci6n Especial, bajo Louis F.
Tremblay, administra varies programas
vitales para las operaciones del Canal.
Uno es el programa que verifica que las
represas de Madden, Gatin y Miraflo-

Je Agrime
res est6n en perfectas condiciones y
resistiendo las toneladas de agua que
retienen. Otro es el programa decontrol
de deslizamientos de tierra, en el cual las
cuadrillas del ramo toman medidas
peri6dicas en varies puntos a lo largo de
los taludes del Corte Gaillard y pasan
esos datos al Ramo Geot6cnico de la
Divisi6n de Ingenieria.

La Secci6n Especial tambien se
enorgullece del critico papel que

Recibe premio
El mecdnico tornero de la
Divisidn de Esclusas Luis
A. Vargas, a la derecha,
recibe un certificado y
premio en efectivo del
asistente interino del su-
perintendente de las Esclu- .iv.s Ii
sas de Pedro Miguel Ivdn
A. Lasso per recomendar
una mejora al sistema de
aculiar el yugo de las
compuertas. La idea de
Vargas de utilizar una
culia de acero de dospiezas
en el yugo fue puesta en
prdctica durante el reciente
reacondicionamiento de las
Esclusas de Gatzrn. El
presentd su idea a travds
del Programa de Sugeren-
cias de la Comisidn, que
administra la Unidad de
Premios de Incentivo. 1
Foto por Armando De Gracia



Adminstrador, Comi6idn del Canal de Panamd Subadministrador
Director de Relaciones Pblecas
Director Asoclado Directora Asociada
Editora Encargada
El Spillway del Canal de Panamb es una publicaci6n oficial quincenal de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA. Los articulos que en
ella aparecen pueden ser reproducidos sin pedir autonizaci6n, dnicamente acreditando la fuente. Toda colaboraci6n debe ser
entrcgada antes del mediodla del jueves anterior a la semana de su publicaci6n, o antes del mediodla del mi6rcoles si hay algmin dla
feriado durante la semana de publicaci6n. Las subscripciones de 52 ejemplares cuestan $6 por correo regular, $4 por correo
regular para estudiantes y $19 por correo airco. Envie cheque o giro postal a favor de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA. Para
mayor informaci6n, Ilame al 52-3202 o escriba a la Oficina de Relaciones fPblicas de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panami, Unit 2300
APO AA 34011 o Altos de Balboa, PanamA.

nsura mide
desempefia en el reacondicionamiento
anual de las esclusas. Este afio, bajo el
liderazgo de Victor Vald6s y con la
ayuda de hombres de la experiencia de
Salvador Saldafia, dos cuadrillas traba-
jaron en tumos que cubrian las 24 horas
del dia. Primero midieron las compuer-
tas rehabilitadas en la Divisi6n Indus-
trial en Mount Hope, y luego simularon
esas medidas dentro de la cAmara seca
de las Esclusas de Gatfin para asegurar-
se que las compuertas rehabilitadas
6abrian en su sitio. Las medidas
recopiladas se pasan a los ingenieros de
las esclusas, quienes determinan cuAnto
deben alterar la batiente de concrete
contra la cual sellan las compuertas.
Tomar medidas exactas es esencial para
la culminaci6n exitosa del reacondicio-
namiento, ya que garantiza que las
compuertas sellarin correctamente con-

(Viene de la pdgina 3)
tra la batiente subacuitica de la esclusa.
La Secci6n Cartogrifica, bajo Ricardo
A. Castillo, es el recepticulo del trabajo
de las demAs secciones. Prepara el
producto final del ramo-mapas y
cartas hidrogrificas que muestran
grificamente los datos recopilados
durante los estudios topogrAficos e
hidrogrificos. Los mapas y cartas
hidrograficas sirven a muchas unidades
del Canal, las fuerzas armadas de los
Estados Unidos y usuarios en Panama y
el extranjero. Personal experimentado
de la secci6n, tal como Yoshitaro
Vald6s, tambi6n apoya las investigacio-
nes de la Junta de Inspectores Locales,
calcula la posici6n correcta de las
sefiales de navegaci6n a lo largo del
cauce del Canal y participa en la
inspecci6n de las obras realizadas por
contratistas para el Canal de Panami.

Usta de Vacantes
Los solicitantes deben ser empleados de carrera o de carrcra condicional. Los formularios de solicitud deben presenlarse al Ramo
de Empleo y Colocaciones, Edificio 366, Anc6n, en el Formulario 443, Solicitud de Traslado, a mAs tardarsiete (7) dlas despu6s de
publicado este aviso.
Aquellos que scan escogidos para un puesto permanente o para un Puesto Designado para Prueba al Azar por Drogas (TDP)
tendrAn que someterse a una prueba de urintlisis para deseartar el uso ilegal de drogas antes del nombramiento.o del cambio de
posici6n permanente. No se exigir el urinilisis a los empleados que ocupen un puesto sujeto a prueba por drogas y anteriormente se
hayan sometido a dicha prueba.
Los solicitantes podrAn repasar los requisites de cada puesto en el Centro de Recursos Ttcnicos de la Comisi6n del Canal de
PanamA, Aquellos que, por raz6n de su experiencia, posean las pericias y habilidades necesarias para ejercer el puesto exitosamente
seran calificados en base a requisites modificados. Esto no se aplica si se trata de un ascenso.
Las tarifas de pago abajo citadas son las tarifas minimas y mAximas de pago por hora correspondicntes a los grades de las vacantes
anunciadas. Los empleados seleccionados para llenar una vacante seran colocados en el escal6n, grado y tarifa bAsica salarial
correspondiente, de conformidad con los reglamentos.
Para mayor informaci6n, comunlquese con el Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones, Ilamando al 52-3583.

Puestos permanentes bsico
Capataz operador de equipo m6vil, MS-10 I 2
(Debe saber ingl6s y espafiol, y tener licencia de
conducir. Otros oficios que supervisa: operador
de grfias y operador de equipo de ingenierfa $15.56/$18.16
Oficinista de Automatizaci6n, NM-4 ..... $5.59/$7.07
Secretario(a) (estenograffa), NM-5 12 (Estenografia
a 80 palabras por minuto.). . . . $6.08/$7.68
Secretario(a) (estenografia), NM-5/6 I 2 (Esteno-
graffa a 80 palabras por minuto. Bilingue.) . $6.08/$11.79

Secretario(a) (estenograffa), NM-6 1 2 (Estenografia
a 80 palabras por minuto.) . . . .. $9.07/$11.79
Soldador, MG-10 2 (Debe saber nadar y tener li-
cencia de conducir.) . . . . . . $11.97/$13.97
Ascenso temporal/asignaci6n
(MAximo 2 mesas)
Inspector (grtas), N M-10 (Debe saber nadar y tener
licencia de conducir.). . . . . $13.57/$17.64

SI- can-
Unidad tdo tes

Mantenimiento P
Adm6n. Fin. P

Logistica P

Junta de Insp. P

Adm6n. Fin. P 1

Dragado P I

Seguridad P 1

I S6lo se considerarA a empleados de la Comisi6n.
2 La documentaci6n que pruebe que el solicitante llena los requisitos especiales debe adjuntarse a la solicitud o incluirse en el
expediente oficial de personal; de to contrario, no se considerara al solicitante para la vacante.
La Comisl6n dal Canal da PanamA as un ampleador qua as ajusta a la Lay sobra Igualdad da

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