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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: April 19, 1996
Copyright Date: 1986
Frequency: biweekly[jan. 6, 1984-1999]
weekly[ former -dec. 23, 1983]
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Periodicals -- Panama Canal (Panama)   ( lcsh )
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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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Volume ID: VID00299
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Preceded by: Spillway
Succeeded by: Faro (Balboa, Panama)

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Vol. XXXIV, No. 8


Friday, April 19, 1996

RP, US lawmakers visit Canal

Board meeting, transition briefing scheduled

The Panama Canal Commission Board of Directors will
hold its third quarterly meeting for fiscal year 1996 on
Wednesday, May 1, in the Commission's Administration
Building in Balboa Heights.
The board's three standing committees will meet on
Monday, April 29, with the Audit Committee reviewing
operating expenses that will be discontinued after December
1999, a study on raising the Commission's capitalization
limit to $10,000, the process for establishing Panama Canal
tolls and a status report on the infrastructure study being
carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The agenda for the Personnel and Security Committee
meeting includes a status report on the feasibility study for
a productivity incentive bonus system, an overview of a
survey on employee retirement plans, a status report on the
severance-pay issue and an update on the special housing
program for employees with critical skills that are required
in emergency situations.
The Transition Committee will hear a status report on
Panama government preparations for the transfer of the
Canal to Panama, an update on a study to develop a growth

strategy for the Canal and a report from the Office of Public
Affairs on Canal-related publicity in the local media and
ongoing efforts to provide Panama schools with educational
materials about the Canal.
A field trip to the Port of Manzanillo is planned for
Tuesday, April 30, as well as a luncheon with shipping
agents. This will be followed later that day by a briefing at
Miraflores Locks on Panama Canal contracting and pro-
curement policies and programs. The briefing is being
offered to a group of local businessmen, customers, media
representatives, government officials and other prominent
Panamanian leaders and is the second presentation in a
series explaining preparations for the transfer of the Canal to
Panama. It is being hosted jointly by the Commission and
Panama's Transition Commission for the Transfer of the
During the May 1 meeting, board members will hear
reports from Administrator Gilberto Guardia F., Deputy
Administrator Joseph W. Cornelison, Secretary John A.
Mills, Chief Financial Officer Norbert E. Kraegel and each
of the board's three standing committees.

Commission gives priority to review of draft

organic law regulating future Canal agency

Legislative leaders Photo by Armando De Gracia
General Services Director Rend Van Hoorde, left, dis-
cusses Panama Canal Commission policies and proce-
dures with Legislators Oydin Ortega Durdn andLorenzo
Acosta during a tour of Gaillard Cut for members of the
Panama Legislative Assembly's Foreign Relations and
Canal Affairs committees. Accompanied by officials
from the Panama Transition Commissionfor the Trans-
fer of the Canal, the legislators also met with Adminis-
trator Gilberto Guardia F. and other Commission ex-
ecutives for a briefing on Panama Canal operations
and on the agency's administrative structure. The
Legislative Assembly will be reviewing the proposed
organic law to regulate the Panama Canal Authority,
the agency that will replace the Commission when the
Canal is transferred to Panama. The visit is part of the
Commission's ongoing efforts to collaborate with the
government ofPanama to ensure a smooth transition of
the waterway to Panamanian stewardship.

Congressional delegation Photo by Kevin Jenkins
Congressmen J. Dennis Hastert, left, and Mark E.
Souder turn the controls to open a Miraflores Locks
miter gate as Deputy Administrator Joseph W.
Cornelison stands by. The congressmen were in Panama
as part ofa fact-finding mission to several Latin Ameri-
can countries to gather information on regional efforts
to fight drug trafficking. Among the other members of
their delegation were Morris Busby, the former U.S.
ambassador to Colombia, and Craig Chretien, who is
in charge of overseas operations for the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration. In addition to a tour of
the locks control house, the group received a briefing
on Panama Canal operations.

The Panama Canal Commission is giving high priority to
a review of proposed Panamanian legislation intended to
provide the framework for the entity that will operate the
Panama Canal following its transfer to the Republic of
Panama on December 31, 1999.
A 1994 amendment to Panama's constitution provides
for the establishment of an autonomous government agency
known as the Panama Canal Authority to succeed the Com-
mission as the operator of the Canal. The legislative initia-
tive currently being reviewed by the Commission is a draft
of the organic law that would create the legal basis for the
new Canal agency's structure and operations.
Panama's Transition Commission for the Transfer of the
Canal presented a copy of the draft to the Panama Canal
Commission on March 28, with a request for comments.

Because of the importance of the legislation and the urgency
with which it must be presented to Panama's executive and
legislative branches, the Canal Commission has accelerated
its review of the draft.
After the agency's initial comments have been provided
to the Transition Commission, Canal officials hope to sched-
ule meetings with that body to discuss the document in more
detail. It is anticipated that a final version of the bill would
then be submitted by the Transition Commission to Panama
President Ernesto P6rez Balladares and his Cabinet, after
which it will find its way into the legislative hopper for early
consideration by Panama's National Assembly.
The Transition Commission has also presented a copy of
the draft bill to the Canal Commission labor unions, which
are conducting their own concurrent review.

Chairman addresses Houston shippers, business leaders

As part of the Panama Canal Commission's continuing
program to remain attuned and responsive to customers,
Chairman Joe R. Reeder spoke in Houston on March 21 to
shippers, shipowners, business and civic leaders and gov-
ernment officials. His remarks addressed the economic
importance of the Panama Canal, its principal assets and the
transition to Panamanian control. The event was hosted by
the Port Authority of Houston and by the Greater Houston
Partnership, an organization that promotes economic pros-
perity for the Houston region.
Reeder told the audience that some 44 percent (83
million long tons) of all Canal cargo shipments originate in
or are destined for U.S. Gulf ports. Fully two-thirds of Canal
traffic originates from or goes to the United States and 13.4
percent of all U.S. seaborne trade transits the waterway.
"As important as it is to us," he added, "the Canal is more
essential to the economic prosperity of many countries in
this hemisphere, particularly Panama and those on the west-
ern seaboard of Latin America." Reeder explained that 67
percent of Ecuador's maritime trade passes through the
waterway, in addition to 43 percent of Peru's and 28 percent
of Chile's.
With respect to Panama, he pointed out that the Commis-
sion is the largest single business employer in the country,
with some 7,500 permanent and 1,000 temporary employees.
He noted that Canal revenues alone account for 8 percent of
Panama's gross domestic product, without taking into consid-
eration the income generated by associated industries.
Reeder also pointed out that the Canal plays a major role
in supporting democracy in the hemisphere. "Democracy and
peace thrive on economic prosperity," he explained. "In

today's global economy, only free markets and international
trade can fuel economic prosperity. As a critical trade link, the
Canal is vital to the economic growth of the hemisphere."
According to Reeder, the Canal is also important to the
reputations of the United States and Panama, particularly
with respect to the fulfillment of the Panama Canal treaties.
In discussing the Canal's most important assets, Reeder
listed its work force, physical infrastructure and customers.
Noting that people, rather than companies, create success, he
stated that employees have always contributed to the
waterway's world-class reputation. "The employees possess
unique skills acquired through decades of experience and tens
of millions of dollars' worth of training," he stated. "They will
carry the Canal successfully into the next century."
Reeder added that recruiting, retaining, training and
protecting the work force are among the top priorities for the
Commission. "Our work force is well paid, well trained and
highly motivated," he said. "The board and management are
committed to keeping it that way."
With respect to the Canal's physical infrastructure, Reeder
Continued on page 5...

Pellet guns banned in residential areas

The use of "BB" and other pellet guns is prohib-
ited within residential areas of the Republic of
Panama, including Panama Canal Commission
townsites. Violators are subject to detention and to
the possible confiscation of their guns.

I_ _

The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, April 19, 1996

Marine Bureau unit

trains five in Upward

Mobility Program

Five Panama Canal Commission em-
ployees are being trained as small craft
operations supervisors with the Launch/
Linehandling Branch through the Upward
Mobility Program. According to Southern
District Chief Frank Hoover, the training
is designed to provide the branch with
highly qualified candidates for a position
that has been difficult to fill. Three of the
five participants will be assigned to avail-
able positions at the end of the training,
while the remaining two will have all the
qualifications required to compete for fu-
ture vacancies.
The best part of the program, according
to Hoover, is that it combines hands-on
training with supervisory and technical
classes. "What they learn in the classroom,
they come here and apply or see it applied,"
he says.
Launch/Linehandling Branch Superin-
tendent D.P. Konawicz points out that the
training program was developed with help
from Office of Personnel Administration
employee development specialist Katia H.
de Naranjo. It is aimed at permanent em-
ployees who have demonstrated a potential
for and interest in career advancement.
This is the second Upward Mobility Pro-
gram training experience for Nicolas Solano.
The first was as a motor vehicle operator
foreman with the Motor Transportation Di-
vision, where he stayed four years before
applying for the Launch/Linehandling
Branch training.
Solano, who studied industrial engineer-
ing at the Panama Technological University,
had heard many stories about the Panama
.ot _._Jmt ain un-iAL usll) ,l work'.f.or.-0_1ie

waterway, and initially tried tojoin the Com-
mission as a career intern. When nothing
turned up, he entered through what he calls
"the back door," working as a machinist
helper during an overhaul at Pedro Miguel
Locks six years ago. When the overhaul was
completed, he was employed by the Meteo-
rological and Hydrographic Branch and later
transferred to the Canal Protection Division,
where he obtained permanent status.
Thyrza Guerrero de Dormoi is the only
woman among those being trained as small
craft operations supervisors. She worked
for eight years as an aerial transit radar
controller for the Federal Aviation Adminis-
tration in the Albrook Radar Center, partici-
pating in the transfer of FAA functions to the
Manama government and working later for

Local group recycles office paper

The observance of Earth Day this month
is intended to promote year-round conser-
vation efforts. Fundejoven, a non-profit
organization that seeks to promote produc-
tive uses for refuse, invites Panama Canal
Commission units on the Pacific side to
participate in its office recycling program.
Under the program, the organization will
collect white office paper, colored paper,
newspapers and aluminum cans according
to a schedule that meets the needs of the
office. It can also provide presentations
and educational materials for staff mem-
bers and monthly reports on the amounts of
materials collected.
Participating offices are, in turn, re-
sponsible for selecting an appropriate col-
lection site; making sure collected materi-
als are sorted, clean and dry; shredding
any confidential materials prior to collec-
tion; and removing staples, paper clips
and similar objects. The organization also
suggests that a recycling coordinator or
committee be appointed to keep the pro-
gram running smoothly and that posters or
similar materials be used to inform and
motivate employees.
Funds generated by the program support
Fundejoven's youth involvement, urban
ecology and school recycling programs in
Panama. More than 100 schools are already
participating in the school recycling pro-
gram, which is similar to the office recycling
program except that income goes back to the
school after transportation costs have been
deducted. Sponsored by the United Nations
Development Program and local organiza-
tions, the school program also features field
trips to national parks, landfills, recycling
plants and community recycling centers.
Celebrating its fifth anniversary as

Panama's leading recycling advocate,
Fundejoven is associated with several inter-
national youth and ecological organizations,
including Youth for Development and Co-
operation, which is based in the Nether-
lands, and the Central American Youth Net-
work for Sustainable Development. It is
also a founding member of the Panama
Council for Environment and Development.
Its primary goal is to make recycling a nor-
mal part of everyday life in Panama.
Also known as the Youth Development
Foundation, Fundejoven is aimed, as its name
suggests, primarily at young people. The
organization seeks to enhance personal de-
velopment by encouraging community in-
volvement through volunteer work, espe-
cially in the area of recycling. Fundejoven
helped organize youth activities for the 1992
Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Another notable project, funded by the U.S.
Agency for International Development, was
to provide training in waste management to
small businesses and municipalities in
According to Fundejoven, each ton of
paper that is recycled prevents 17 trees from
being cut and saves 3.3 cubic yards of land-
fill space. When aluminum is recycled rather
than produced from raw materials, there is a
95 percent savings in energy. However, of
the 1,000 tons of refuse generated daily in
the Panama metropolitan area, less than 10
percent is used productively and about 30
percent is not collected at all.
Fundejoven is hoping that a number of
Commission units will support its office
recycling program. For information on the
program or other Fundejoven activities, call
261-1520 or 229-4611 between 8:30 a.m.
and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Panama's National Directorate of Civil Aero-
nautics. She also passed all the courses for
a law degree. After leaving herjob in Panama,
she joined the Commission in October 1987
as a clerk at the Electrical Division.
She transferred to the Canal Services
Division's Towboat Branch as a supply
clerk, being promoted later to lead supply
clerk. Commenting on being a woman in a
branch where most employees are men,
Dormoi says, "I always try to adapt myself
to the group. I don't want to be treated
differently for being a woman." The mother
of two daughters, aged 9 and 1, Dormoi
does admit that both she and her husband
have some concern about the shift work she
will have after being promoted into the
target position; however, they are very
happy overall about the Upward Mobility
Program training opportunity.
The third Pacific-side trainee, Evans
Surgeon, joined the Commission five years
ago during leave from his job as a sales
promoter in the Panamanian Association of
Business Executives. Originally called to
fill a temporary clerk-typist position at the
Technical Resources Center, he interviewed
for several otherjobs and was finally offered
a position as a Launch/Linehandling Branch
operations clerk. Surgeon has studied busi-

Upward Mobility
r Program trainees

Small craft operations
supervisor trainees Eric
Garcia Valarini,
Nicdlas Solano, Thyrza
Guerrero de Dormoi,
Leonidas Barahona and
Evans Surgeon pose for
a photo at the Fort
Amador Mine Dock.
The five Panama Canal
Commission employees
are being trained
through the Upward
Mobility Program to fill
Branch positions.

Photo by Jaime Yau

ness administration at the Santa Maria La
Antigua University.
One of two trainees assigned to the
Atlantic side, Leonidas Barahona has
worked for the Commission for 14 years.
Hired as an instrument mechanic appren-
tice, he graduated from his apprenticeship
in 1986 and began working with the Indus-
trial Division's toolmaking shop in Mount
Hope. Barahona studied to be a sanitary
engineering technician.
Eric Garcia Valarini joined the Commis-
sion four years ago as a student assistant in the
Technical Resources Center. After graduat-
ing in business administration from the Latin
American University of Science and Tech-
nology in March 1993, he was offered a
position as an office-automation clerk, being
promoted later to contract clerk with the Con-
struction Division and then to deckhand trainer
with the Canal Services Division.
All of the training program participants
agree that knowing how to get along with
people is a very important skill for their
target position. The work involves supervis-
ing approximately 600 branch employees,
150 in each shift. They say that another big
challenge is to improve work performance
and ensure the professionalism of services
provided by the division.

Recycling effort
Canal Protection
Division security
guard Rodolfo
Hogan helps
Armando De Sedas,
left, and Bartolo
Pirez as they take
materialsfrom the
Panama Canal
Building for
recycling. The
Office of Executive
Planning, Office of
GeCnral Counsel
fand Office of
PIbtlic Affairs
pakicipiate in
Fintejioven 's
rv'yc litng program.
Other Pacific-side
Unts that tmay be
Srt Nte'd should
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Page 2

Friday, April 19, 1996

The Panama Canal Spillway

Team helps prepare crane for Canal service

By Myma A. Iglesias
Increased lifting capacity and
reach are the most important ad-
vantages that the Panama Canal
Commission will be getting with
the Titan, a 112-meter-high float-
ing crane that will soon be joining
the Dredging Division fleet. With
a lifting capacity of 355 metric
tons, the Titan can outlift and out-
reach the Hercules, currently the
biggest crane at the Panama Canal.
Built in 1941, the Titan has
served the Long Beach Naval Ship-
yard in California since 1946. The
Commission acquired it through a
government transfer when it was
taken out of service by the Navy
and is spending more than $10
million to get it ready for its work
at the Canal.
"I believe there is no way the
Commission could have made a
better deal," says Dredging Divi-
sion Crane Operations Unit Chief
Karl Marohl, a member of a team
sent to Long Beach to inspect the
crane and to later oversee its re-
furbishing. "I think there is no
better crane to suit Panama Canal
heavy-lift requirements. I believe
that 100 percent." Marohl esti-
mates that a brand new crane the
same size would cost more than
$50 million and would not have

Access can sometimes be a
problem for Panama Canal Com-
mission units that operate in re-
mote areas, but the Maintenance
Division is available to provide the
solution. Over the years, the Exte-
rior Maintenance Branch has been
called upon many times to build
the roads that provide access to
areas where special work must be
carried out. This dry season, the
branch has been involved in two
separate projects to expand the ac-
cess road network the first sup-
ports preliminary design work un-
der the Gaillard Cut widening pro-
gram, while the second will enable
Electrical Division personnel to
carry out maintenance duties.
Maintenance Division crews
have been supporting the Gaillard
Cut widening program since its
inception, building access roads to
various drill sites where core
samples are taken. The most re-
cent work along the Canal's west
bank provides contractors with 6.5
kilometers of roads accessing 90
drill sites.
According to Geotechnical
Branch geologist Pastora Fran-
ceschi, a thorough understanding
of geologicalconditions constitues

the same quality materials found
on the Titan. "When you see the
size of it, you understand that it
actually wasn't a lot of money to
spend," he adds.
Marohl notes that some of.the
work was necessary tocorrectprob-
lems that have arisen because the
Navy has not been using the Titan
much since 1984. However, the
overall shape of the crane is very
good, according to Marohl, who
says, "I have been amazed by its
magnificent condition."
Affectionately known by the
people of Long Beach as "Herman
the German," the Titan is one of
four sister cranes built by the Ger-
mans at Bremerhaven during World
War II at an estimated cost of $3.5
million each. Three of the cranes
were captured from Germany at
the Kiel Canal in May 1945, with
one apiece assigned to each of the
big three Allies Great Britain,
the Soviet Union and the United
States. The fourth sank under the
Allied bombing of Hamburg. Fol-
lowing its $350,000 reconstruction,
the Titan was placed into operation
again on December 31, 1948, and
has been a Long Beach landmark
for almost 50 years.
The latest work performed on
the Titan has included the modifi-

the most important information that
is used for designing excavation
projects under the widening pro-
gram. "With the road work fin-
ished, there will be no delays in
moving around the drills and other
equipment, and the quality of the
roads means improved safety for
the people working there," she says.
Franceschi adds that the accel-
erated schedule for the cut widen-
ing work made it necessary to get
the roads built quickly. Exterior
Maintenance Branch foreman Luis
Oakley, who supervised three road-
building crews of eight workers
each, says the job was completed
in record time, adding, "We worked
six days a week 12 hours a day
- for two months."
Some of the same workers are
now building eight kilometers of
roads to the towers supporting the
high-voltage wires that transport
electricity from Madden Dam. The
work, requested by the Electrical
Division, includes the construction
of a road near the entrance to Gold
Hill on the Panama Canal's east
bank and several others off the
Forest Preserve Road. Oakley says
that crews will be installing several
seven-foot-diameter culverts to

cation of its wooden fendering sys-
tem so it can fit in the lock cham-
bers, in addition to blasting, paint-
ing, the removal and replacement
of deteriorated sections of the hull,
the installation of new cathodic
protection systems for the hull, the
removal of asbestos lagging from
the exhaust system, the installation
of new potable and waste water
tanks and the complete disassem-
bly and repair of the boom. Be-
cause of the unavailability of ad-
equate facilities in Panama, the
work was performed under con-
tract by the Long Beach Naval ship-
yard, with assistance from Com-
mission personnel.
"In a year, we disassembled it,
repaired it and put it back together,"
Marohl says of the effort. "No-
body thought we could do it -
even the people at the shipyard -
but hard work and diligence pre-
vailed, and we did do it."
Marohl reports that crane is now
being prepared for the 10-day trip to
Panama, which has been scheduled
for early May. On March 1,
SeaTeam International Inc. of Nor-
way was awarded a $1,665,000 con-
tract for transporting the crane.
Marohl will be aboard for the trip,
along with Barry McLaughlin, a
chief engineer with the Crane Op-

help stabilize the roads at stream
crossings because of heavy rains
and water runoff in these areas.
Electrical Division Exterior
Branch personnel will use the roads
to reach the towers for periodic
inspection and maintenance. Ca-
nal Protection Division guards will
also travel the roads daily to help
protect the towers from vandalism
or tampering. Canal Protection
Pacific Branch Chief Jorge A.
Escala explains that Canal security
guards routinely patrol access roads
jointly with Panama police offic-
ers and that the Canal guards also
provide security for the heavy
equipment that is used for road
construction in remote areas.

Maintenance instructions

In the photo at right, Miraflores
Filtration Plant chemists Humberto
Sdnchez, right, and CarlosA. Pirez,
center, receive instructions from
ES Industries field engineer James
F. Behm on the maintenance of a
new system that can detect 60 dif-
ferent compounds in raw water
entering the plant's intake system.

Photo by Jaime Yau

erations Unit, and Joseph Novelich,
a newly hired crane operator who
will work with the Titan. The boom
had to be partially disassembled to
allow the crane to pass under the
Bridge of the Americas very
carefully and at low tide. It will then
be taken to Gamboa for reassembly.
According to Marohl, the first
job there will be to fully erect the
boom and install the main hoist
cables for a test to certify the crane's
capacity. There will also be anum-
ber of smaller jobs, such as hook-
ing up the new potable water sys-
tem and adjusting the climate-con-
trol system for Isthmian tempera-
tures. Marohl says that Industrial
and Dredging division personnel
will do most of this work, with
some additional tasks performed
under contract.
With proper maintenance,
Marohl predicts that the 55-year-
old Titan could see many more
decades of service. "It's just a
fantastic piece of machinery," he
says, adding, "It will only need
tender loving care-- like any other
piece of equipment requires."

Boom removal

Alan Shepperd, right, a member of
the Panama Canal Commission
team that has been working to get
the "Titan" readyforPanama Ca-
nal service, assists Long Beach
Naval Shipyard Rigging Foreman
Arthur Duby with preparations for
the removal ofthe floating crane's
main boom.

Photo by Fred Highley

Water plant device protects purity

By Susan Harp
The Miraflores Filtration Plant
recently installed a sophisticated
monitoring device to detect the
presence of 60 potentially harmful
contaminants in water entering the
plant's intake system from Gatun
Lake. The device, called a volatile
organic compound analyzer, helps
the plant comply with Environ-
mental Protection Agency require-
ments while ensuring high-quality
drinking water.
Purchased from ES Industries
ofBerlin, N.J., for almost $240,000,
the analyzer was installed at the
plant's intake site near Paraiso and
began operating in December 1995.
It consists of a pump, a sparger (a
device that injects bubbles into the
collected water), three compound-
separating devices, detectors and
an electronic monitoring system.
The raw water is pumped into a
chamber, where bubbles cause any
compounds present to be released
in a gaseous state. After the gas
samples are separated, they reach
detectors that identify the presence
and concentration of the targeted
substances. A computerized sys-
tem then records the data. If any
concentration reaches apre-defined
unacceptable level, the system
sends an alarm signal to the plant
operator's monitoring system.
"The instruments were origi-

nally made for use in commercial
processing plants to measure the
quality of their product and to make
sure they were meeting anti-pollu-
tion standards for their waste wa-
ter," says plant chemist Humberto
Sanchez, explaining that more wa-
ter purification plants are starting
to use the devices to monitor intake
water quality.
Sanchez adds that the Miraflores
plant operates under different cir-
cumstances than most other plants
because the intake is close to the
ships that carry a wide variety of
chemicals and other products
through the Panama Canal. Con-
cern over a potential spill near the
intake site was the original impetus
for acquiring the early-warning sys-
tem. The Mount Hope water plant
also uses water from Gatun Lake,
but the intake site is so far from the
Canal channel that the danger of
surprise contamination is very small.
Both plants further monitor water
quality during processing and dis-
During the ES Industries instal-
lation of the new system, Electron-
ics Branch personnel did the cable
installation and received training
from the company for maintaining
the electronic components. Water
plant chemists received training in
analyzing, operating and maintain-
ing the system.

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Dredging operations

The Panama Canal Com-
mission suction dredge
"Mmdi" .removes accumu-
latedsiltfrom the west side
ofthe Panama Canal's Pa-
cific entrance. Both sides
of the entrance will be
dredged under the ongo-
ing program to ensure a
safe channel depth.

Photo by Jaime Yau

Road-building crews provide access to remote areas

The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, April 19, 1996

New clinic opens doors at Dock 19

By Tanya De La Guardia
The newest Panama Canal Commission
occupational health center, located at
Balboa's Dock 19, was officially inaugu-
rated April 10. The clinic serves approxi-
mately 800 Launch/Linehandling Branch
employees, including line handlers and float-
ing-equipment personnel.
"This group of employees experiences
the most work-related accidents, and for a
long time we wanted to give them a clinic of
their own," said Occupational Health Divi-
sion Chief Dr. Maria Antoniadis at the rib-
bon-cutting ceremony for the center. Shar-
ing the opinion that the Panama Canal has
some of the best employees in the world,
Antoniadis pledged, "We will do our part in
maintaining their high level of proficiency."
The clinic provides full occupational
health services, including treatment for work
injuries; periodic physical examinations;
blood-pressure, glucose, cholesterol, audi-
ometry and spirometry testing; and other
medical attention for those who require it
during working hours. In addition, person-
Clinic inauguration Photo by Jaime Yau nel from the Employee Assistance Program
Occupational Health Division ChiefDr. Maria A. Antoniadis and Canal Services Division will provide counseling there for the em-
ChiefRafael M. Spalding cut the ribbon to inaugurate the new Panama Canal Commission ployees in the area.
occupational health center at Balboa's Dock 19. Pictured from left are Marine Director The clinic consists of testing rooms, an
Capt. George T. Hull; Susana Cohen, who will provide occupational health nursing examining room, a private counseling room
services at the clinic; Antoniadis; Deputy Personnel Director Mary K. Vidaurri; and and a room for electrocardiograms and au-
Spalding. diograms, as well as a room that can be used

Local wild cats pose little danger to humans unless threatened

Canal area species
This ink drawing of the jaguarundi by Dr.
Eustorgio Mendez was reproduced with per-
mission from his book "The Principal Wild
Mammals Of Panama. Although the jag-
uarundi is often mistaken for the black pan-'
ther, it is actually not much bigger than a
domestic cat.

By Joaquin Horna
Experts say that the wild cat species that
has been seen recently in the Canal area
poses little danger to humans.
Panamanian wild cats are not as big or as
menacing as their relatives in other parts of
the world and generally represent no threat
unless provoked. The three most common
species found in the Canal area thejagua-
rundi, ocelot and margay are night ani-
mals that roam forests hunting mostly for
birds, reptiles, insects and small mammals
such as rodents.
Although the most abundant species, the
jaguarundi, is often mistaken for the black
panther, it is actually not much bigger than a
domestic cat. Dark brown or black in color,
it has a long body, short legs and very long
tail. Its well-developed vision adapts to
daytime activities as well as nocturnal pur-
suits, and it is occasionally attracted to in-
habited places.
Canal Protection Division guards have
seen this species at night in the vicinity of the
checkpoint at the intersection of the Bruja,
Borinquen (K-2) and K-9 roads in Cocoli,
which is very near to trailer homes and a
school run by the Maranatha Baptist Church.
Guards have also spotted jaguarundis cross-

ing the road leading to Contractors' Hill,
possibly heading to Gaillard Cut or
Miraflores Lake fora drink. The species has
also been sighted in the Cardenas area.
People who live in or frequent these
areas should be aware that these animals are
around and should stay away from any they
may see. Additional precautions may be
required to protect small children or pets. It
should be noted, however, that contact be-
tween Canal area wild cats and humans
creates a much greater risk for the animals
than for the people concerned in most cases.
Hunters kill the creatures for sport or for
their skins or out of unfounded fears, even
though they are endangered species that
receive protection under Panamanian and
international laws.
Dr. Eustorgio M6ndez, one of Panama's
leading zoologists and the author of several
books on wildlife, points out that the jagua-
rundi does not exhibit behavior that leads
other animals to be considered a nuisance by
humans, such as stealing poultry or over-
turning garbage cans in search of leftovers.
On the contrary, he adds, humans can actu-

ally benefit from the presence of the species
because it hunts rodents that damage some
"If you leave the animal alone, nothing
will happen," says M6ndez, who is a re-
search associate at the Gorgas Memorial
Laboratory. He does warn, however, that
any wild animal harassed by humans can be
expected to defend itself.
Jacobo Arauz, a biologist working under
contract for the National Association for the
Conservation of Nature (ANCON), agrees
with this assessment. "They run away from
humans," he says ofjaguarundis, adding that
they would only attack a person to defend
themselves if cornered. In such a case, their
swiftness, as well as sharp claws and teeth,
would make them formidable adversaries.
As part of a team studying the fauna and
flora on U.S. military bases that will be
turned over to Panama, Arauz has seen a
jaguarundi during a daytime tour of Fort
Sherman. He also found the feline's tracks
in mangroves near Fort Kobbe. He invites
the public to report future sightings by call-
ing ANCON at 264-8100, extension 275.

Health corer

Panama government holds

campaign to combat dengue

A weeklong Panama Ministry of
Health campaign to prevent dengue
comes to an end today, but efforts to
eradicate mosquito-breeding sites must
continue throughout the year. To en-
courage the public tojoin the fight against
dengue, the Ministry of Health has orga-
nized parades, exhibits, poster contests,
presentations on the "Aedes aegypti"
mosquito and extensive publicity in con-
nection with the campaign.
A Ministry of Health dispatch re-
vealed that 150 cases of dengue had been
reported in Panama between January 1
and March 30. Sixteen of the cases had

been discovered since March 23, most
of them in the Panama City metropoli-
tan area. Dengue-like symptoms have
also been observed among patients in
Chiriqui province. Panama health au-
thorities are working with community
leaders and intensifying insecticide-
spraying programs in areas where den-
gue transmission is thought to be active.
The overall success of these efforts
and of the dengue-prevention campaign
will depend upon the willingness of ev-
eryone to get out in their neighborhoods
and get rid of the tires and other objects
in which water can accumulate.

for educational activities. Posters along the
walls offer advice on weight control and on
how to prevent back problems, with pam-
phlets and other materials providing addi-
tional health-related information.
The clinic has been open since January 2,
operating Monday through Friday on a 7:30
a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 3 p.m. schedule.
The schedule for the Employee Assistance
counselor is slightly different, running from
7:15 to 11:45 a.m. Monday and Wednesday
and from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
According to Susana Cohen, who pro-
vides the occupational health nursing ser-
vices at the center, a large number of the
employees treated there suffer from skin
disorders triggered by staying in constant
contact with sea water, being exposed to the
sun, wearing boots and pulling ropes.
Cohen is very excited about managing
the new clinic. "I think this will be a great
experience because I will be working with
employees who perform a very special func-
tion for the operation of the Canal," she said.

PCC sponsors health

fairs in Balboa, Gatun

Theme: "Health and safety a step into the
Pacific side: Today, April 19,.at the Train-
ing Center
Atlantic side: Friday, April 26, at the Gatun
Health Center
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Featured attractions: Health tests, educa-
tional materials, best-display competition,
games, prizes, music, popcorn and a special
appearance by occupational health nurse
Matilde Cooper as the health fair clown.

Boaters, swimmers need to
remain alert for each other

Panama Canal Commission dependent
Theresa Herring wrote to the Panama Canal
Spillway to warn about the dangers of boat-
ing accidents at Isla Grande.
While snorkeling there earlier this month,
Herring's 14-year-old son, Chris, was run
over by a small boat that was traveling at a
very high speed. The operator of the boat,
who was later fined in connection with the
incident, said he was not even aware that he
had hit the boy.
Friends on the scene provided first aid,
and Chris was then taken to Gorgas Army
Hospital, where he spent the night. A few
stitches and two days later, he was back on
his feet. Out of concern that future accidents
could result in tragedy, his mother advises
swimmers and boaters to exercise caution in
the area.
Boating, swimming, snorkeling and other
water-related activities require special pre-
cautions for many reasons, but this is espe-
cially true when boating and swimming is
going on in the same area. Know and obey
the rules, use common sense and remember
that a swimmer or snorkeler in the water is
no match for a speeding boat.

Briefing on health benefits
planned for military retirees

Retired U.S. military personnel employed
by the Panama Cannal Commission are in-
vited to a briefing about the handling of their
health benefits after Ihe closing of Gorgas
Army Hospital. The briefing is scheduled
for 1 p.m. on Tuoesay, April 23, at the Fort
Clayton Thacutf, If !' li(dhional informa-
tion, contact Cptl S~usan slcy (282-5407).

PaRe 4

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Friday, April 19, 1996

The Panama Canal Spillway

Public Service Award Ceremony recognizes voluntary contributions

The 26th annual Panama Canal
Honorary Public Service Award
Ceremony was held yesterday in
the Administration Building ro-
tunda. The Public Service Award
recognizes individuals and organi-
zations for voluntary efforts to as-
sist the Panama Canal Commission
in achieving its mission or to im-
prove the quality of Isthmian com-
munity life. It is accompanied by a
bronze, silver or gold medallion,
depending upon the impact and ex-
tent of the recipient's contributions.
Following an introduction by Per-
sonnel Director George A. Mercier,
the award presentations were made
to this year's recipients.
Bronze awards were presented
by Director of Executive Adminis-
tration and Transition Coordination
James E. Ferrara to recognizeTerrie
and Lt. Col. Leonard Blevins for
their work with a camp for handi-
capped children; Jose del C.

Gonzalez for supporting Arraijin
community activities and a cam-
paign to benefit patients requiring
cataract surgery; Capt. Donald P.
Kat for his work as the U.S. Mer-
chant Marine Academy representa-
tive for the Panama region; Luz
Souffront for her 15 years as an
American Red Cross volunteer;
Darwin S. Stamper for helping
schools in Panama interior commu-
nities and other groups; and Staff
Sgt. Joseph I. Zachariah for con-
tributions within the Air Force com-
munity, including sponsorship of a
local orphanage.
The presentation of the silver
awards was made by Deputy Ad-
ministrator Joseph W. Cornelison.
The American Red Cross was
recognized for offering first-aid and
related training, serving the mili-
tary community and providing
comfort to Cuban refugees during
Operation Safe Haven. Juan A.

Cazorla Jr. received the award for
his work with charitable programs
and his service through amateur
radio activities. Vincent A. Tho-
mas was recognized for support-
ing Special Olympics, the Ameri-
can Red Cross and the Panama
Swimming Association, in addi-
tion to saving a life in 1987. And
the 79th Army Band received the
award for fostering community re-
lations over the past 44 years.
Administrator Gilberto Guardia
F. presented gold medallions, rep-
resenting the highest level of the
award, to three individuals.
Enrique A. Guevara was rec-
ognized for the countless hours of
training he provides to community
residents. He has offered safety
seminars to Panama university stu-
dents, provided students with ca-
reer-development training, given
training in the area of health and
teamwork to more than 100 women,

Employees with honoraria funds in escrow may now withdraw them

taught leadership techniques to
YMCA officials and trained a wide
spectrum of other people in first-
aid, safety and related areas. He
also supports youth sports, serves a
local orphanage as a volunteer mu-
sic instructor and works to help the
El Valle community.
SThe award for Marcos D.
Ostrander recognized his service
to local scouting. A member of the
Panama Canal Council for Boy
Scouts of America, Ostrander has
served as legal advisor to the Eagle
Scout Board, chairman and local
representative to the National Eagle
Scout Association, vice president
for the board in charge of Explor-
ing, race master for the Ocean-to-
Ocean Cayuco Race, organizer of
numerous other activities and a
member of the local Order of the
Arrow Lodge. He also belongs to
several other civic groups, has
served as president of the Panama
Rowing and Canoeing Federation
and is an avid conservationist.
Robert H. Rupp was recog-

nized for community support over
the last 20 years. Rupp has served
as a liaison officer who recom-
mends local youth for the U.S. Air
Force Academy, Reserve Officers'
Training Corps and preparatory
school. He has also been a Cub
Scout den leader, assisted with
Special Olympics activities and
supported the cayuco race. He has
served as treasurer of the Pacific
Little League and president of the
PanamaJunior Football League and
the American Society of Panama.
He has been actively involved with
the Fort Amador Chapel and has
helped the Abou Saad Temple raise
funds for crippled children.
In his closing remarks, Admii-
istrator Guardia praised the award
recipients for their unique commit-
ment, humanitarian spirit and ex-
ceptional contributions to improv-
ing the quality of Isthmian life.
"Their dedication to volunteer ser-
vice and community spirit should
be a source of inspiration to all of
us," he said.

The U.S. Office of Government
Ethics has announced that federal
employees may now receive any
honoraria that was being held in
escrow due to the previous ban that
prohibited them from accepting
outside compensation for making
appearances and speeches or for
writing articles. The ban applied
even in cases when the subject mat-
ter was unrelated to the employee's
A Supreme Court ruling earlier.
this year limited the application of
the ban to senior-level executive
officials and employees of the leg-
islative and judicial branches,
which, according, to the Justice

Department essentially made it un-
enforceable. Internal rules con-
tinue to ban honoraria for employ-
ees in the legislative and judicial
branches, while executive branch
.employees, such as those working
for the Panama Canal Commis-
sion, continue to be subject to other
restrictions that may limit their ac-
ceptance of honoraria.
For example, all employees are
prohibited from accepting compen-
sation for speaking, writing or
teaching that is connected with their
official duties. There is also a
limitation on outside employment
for non-career employees, in addi-
tion to a prohibition for presiden-

tial appointees against accepting
any outside income.
Commission employees must
ensure that their activities do not
create even the potential for a per-
ceived or an actual conflict of in-
terest with their official duties, a
lack of impartiality in carrying out
their duties or a misuse of non-
public information, official time or
government property. Those with
questions on matters relating to
ethics may consult with Designated
Agency Ethics Official James E.
Ferrara, Jay Sieleman of the Office
of General Counsel or Thomas E.
Pierce of the Administrative Ser-
vices Division.

Chairman addresses Houston ... continued from page 1

said, "The Commission honors the
81-year-old engineering marvel with
the best maintenance and care tech-
nology will allow." He noted that
the government of Panama is totally
committed to making the necessary
long-term investments to protectthis
asset, pointing to a recent decision
by Panama President Ernesto P6rez
Balladares to reinvest $8 million in
Canal revenues in the Commission's
capital program.
"Serving customers is the
Canal's number one priority,"
Reeder said, noting that customers
are the reason for the waterway's
existence. He stated, "We realize,
as does Panama, that if the Canal's
operation or services ever falter,
Canal customers will do what all
customers do. They will go else-
Noting the importance of com-
municating with shippers, export-
ers, manufacturers and farmers,
Reeder said that the Commission
must listen keenly and act respon-
sively to customer needs and con-
cerns. "That is the reason I am here
today," he added.
Other examples he provided of
the ongoing effort to meet with Ca-
nal users included his trip to South
America with Panama Ambassador
to the United States Ricardo Arias,
a tour of the Far East that board
member Jorge Ritter made with

President P6rez Balladares and a
visit to Europe by Ritter and fellow
board:members John Danilovich and
Mois6s Mizrachi. These trips by
board members have been in addi-
tion to or in connection with other
marketing trips made by senior
Commission executives.
Reeder divided the challenges
faced by the Canal into three cat-
egories the day-to-day mainte-
nance and operation of the water-
way, long-term strategic planning
and the transition to Panamanian
control. With respect to the first, he
reported that the Canal continues to
operate smoothly and that last year
was the waterway's best in terms of
tonnage and revenue records. "So
far this year, the Canal is operating
above last year's record pace," he
said. "We may be on our way to
another record-breaking year."
In discussing long-term chal-
lenges, Reeder stated, "The Canal
is totally committed to a first-class
operation throughout the 21st cen-
tury." He cited past investments in
modernization projects and re-
ported on the unanimous decision
by the board to increase the capital
budget by 53 percent for the next
five years. "This commitment of
funds will keep the Canal well
ahead of customers' needs through
the 21st century," he said.
While attention to daily opera-

tions and long-term planning is
common in business, Reeder
pointed out the unique nature of the
third type of challenge faced by the
Commission preparing for the
transfer of the Canal to the Repub-
lic of Panama on December 31,
1999. He reported that the transi-
tion process is on track, noting that
both President Pdrez Balladares and
U.S. President William J. Clinton
have underscored their total com-
mitment to the Canal treaties and
that the Panama legislature passed
a constitutional amendment estab-
lishing the organization that will
succeed the Commission.
Reeder noted that most of the
transition has already occurred by
pointing out that Panamanians ac-
count for some 90 percent of the
work force. "In effect, Panamani-
ans have been running the Canal
for many years," he stated.
"Iknow there is great and deeply
felt national pride and commitment
in the work force to keeping the
Canal a world-class operation," he
added. "The Canal's most valu-
able asset is its experienced, well-
trained and talented work force.
That will not change after 1999."
Chairman Reeder will be the
guest speaker in Miami on April 25
at a luncheon hosted by the Miami
Port Authority for customers, busi-
ness leaders and officials.

Preparatory work Photo by Armando De Gracia
Workers from the Panama Canal Commission Maintenance Divi-
sion use heavy equipment to place a layer of rock over a section of
the Panama Canal's west bank to make it level and firmfor drilling
and blasting operations under the Gaillard Cut widening program.
The 1.6-kilometer-long section in the Mandinga area is being
readied for the Dredging Division's land drill, seen in the back-
ground, which will insert the blast holes that will be used to break
up the bank for subsequent removal by dredging.

Locks Division holds line-throwing contest

The Locks Division's annual
Line Throwing Contest will be held
at 11:30 today on the west side wall
of Gatun Locks. Spectators should
enter the locks through gate 4.
All three Panama Canal locks
will be represented by two partici-
pants and an alternate who were
selected during tryouts on April
10. The "home team" members
from Gatun Locks are line handler

Take note

*A Secretaries Week workshop
will be offered from 8 to 11:45 a.m. April
23 at Gatun Training Center, with a
luncheon at 11 a.m. April 25 at the
Margarita Elks Club. Tickets for the
luncheon are available by calling Rita
Grainger (443-5604); workshop nomi-
nations should be made via Profes-
sional Office System to MRCO-SEA.
The Panama Ministry of Gov-
ernment and Justice is sponsoring a
concert from 3 to 7 p.m. April 21 at
Goethals Memorial. Panama's Na-
tional Police band will perform, along
with a band from the Panama Fire
Department and folkloric dance groups.
At 7 p.m. April 28, the 79th Army Band
will give a concert at the same place.

The Isthmian College Club will
hold a tea on May 4 at Quarters 103,
Balboa Heights. Reservations must be
made with Anona Kirkland (264-1585).

Luis Salazar and boatman Gonzalo
Avila, with line handler Angel
Reyes serving as the alternate.
Boatmen Manuel Herrera and
Efrafn Durango make up the Pedro
Miguel Locks team, along with
fellow boatman Manuel Gonzalez
as the alternate. Miraflores Locks
is being represented by three line
handlers Javier Ruiz, Orlando
Herrera and alternate Samuel Pino.

Commission pools
close for cleaning

The Los Rios and Margarita
pools have been closed this week
for their annual cleaning, with ex-
tended operating hours in effect at
Balboa and Gatun pools. Normal
hours will be reinstated at all four
pools tomorrow.
Balboa and Gatun pools will be
closed for cleaning from April 22
through May 3. During this period,
the Los Rios and Margarita pools
will be open seven days a week,
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday
through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Gamboa pool will be closed
from May 6 through 17.

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Friday, April 19, 1996

Position vacancy list
Applicants must have career or career-conditional status. Applications must be
submitted to the Employment and Placement Branch (Building 366, Ancon) on Form 443,
Application For Transfer, no later than seven calendar days from the date of this publication.
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 already serving in a TDP
will not be subject to urinalysis prior to a permanent position change.
For certain positions in one-grade interval series where there is no position in the normal
line of promotion, in-service employees may qualify with at least one year of specialized
experience at the next-lower or second-lower level of the position.
Qualifications standards may be reviewed at the Panama Canal Commission Technical
Resources Center (Building 38, Balboa). For in-service actions other than a promotion,
modified qualifications will be used to qualify applicants when their backgrounds include
closely related experience that provides 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 272-3583).
Permanent position Salaries Unit Location Vacancies
Clerical assistant (stenography/ $6.98/$8.81 Admin. Svcs. P 1
office automation), NM-5 '
(Shorthand at 80 words per
per minute) (Bilingual).
Temporary promotion (not to exceed one year)
Painter supervisor, MS-9 2 $12.36/$14.44 Maintenance P 1
(Knowledge of English and
Spanish and civil driver's
license required.)
Detail or temporary promotion (not to exceed six months)
Chemist, NM-12 1234 $20.51/$26.66 Marine Safety P 1
(Knowledge of Spanish,
swimming ability and civil
driver's license required.)
Only PCC employees will be considered.
2 Documentation that applicant meets special requirements (such as swimming ability
or civil driver's license) must be filed in Official Personnel Folder or attached to the
application; otherwise, applicant will be disqualified for the vacancy.
3 Requires knowledge of fire-prevention and firefighting techniques in the maritime
field and of methods for handling hazardous substances.
4 Testing-designated position.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

Branch announces activities for fun, fitness

The Employee Fitness Branch has an-
nounced a wide range of activities for
Panama Canal Commission employees and
The Balboa gym is holding registration
through April 26 for a singles racquetball
tournament for women on May 1.
At the Balboa Physical Fitness Center,
registration will be held from April 22
through May 10 for a doubles table-tennis
competition on May 15 and an eight-ball
"call-shot" billiards tourney that starts May
21. The summer arts and crafts program at
the center begins June 25, with registration
to be held from May 3 through June 21.
The Gamboa Fitness Center has an-
nounced that registration for the Dredging
Division softball tournament will be open
from May 1 through 12, with the competi-
tion starting May 15.
Registration is open from May 2 through
18 for a men's volleyball league that starts
May 24 at Margarita Fitness Center. The
center has also announced that registration is
open through April 25 for a pool tournament
that begins April 27.
Today is the last day to register at the
Gatun Fitness Center for a divisional soccer
league beginning May 6. The summer pro-
gram at the center which includes youth
basketball and soccer in addition to tennis
classes begins June 26, with registration
opening on April 29.
Gatun Youth Center will have Mother's
Day arts and crafts from 2:15 to 3 p.m. April
24 and May 1 and 8. Movies for teens will
be shown April 19 and 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24
and 31; and June 7, 14, 21 and 28. Pre-teen
matinees are planned for April 20 and 27;
May 4, 11, 18 and 25; and June 1, 8, 15, 22
and 29.
Balboa pool is offering adult cardiopul-
monary resuscitation (CPR) from 1 to 5 p.m.
April 27 and 28. Those interested should

sign up at least two days in advance.
Los Rios pool is offering water safety
classes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 and 18
and May 24 and 25. Water aerobics is being
held on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays,
beginning at 10:15 a.m. On Mondays,
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the
pool offers training for the Commission swim
Skin-diving skills will be taught at
Gamboa pool from 11 a.m. to noon on June
22, with a session for 4- to 12-year-olds
from noon to 2 p.m. May 18. Diving board
clinics are planned from 11 a.m. to noon
April 27 and June 1, with community water
safety scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30
p.m. May 4 and 5, May 25 and 26 and June
29 and 30. The pool also offers a 50-mile
swim program, swim-test training, classes
for competitive swimmers and disabled
children and water-safety instruction for
Margarita pool also offers swim-test train-
ing, classes for disabled children, competi-
tive swimming and water-safety instruction
for workers, in addition to water aerobics.
Classes at the pool include adult CPR from
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20, May 17, June 7
and June 28; standard first aid at the same
time April 21, June 8 and June 22; first aid
for children from 10 a.m. to noon April 27
and 28; CPR for professionals, starting at
9:30 a.m. May 4 and 5 and June 22 and 23;
principles of CPR from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 18 and June 29; and community CPR
from noon to 5 p.m. May 25 and 26.
Classes at Gatun Pool include skin-
diving skills on April 20 and June 30,
standard first aid on May 4 and 5 and CPR
for adults on May 19. Interested persons
should register at least two days in ad-
vance. The pool offers water aerobics, a
50-mile swim program and training for
competitive swimmers.

What's happening

Panama Historical Society
The Panama Historical Society will meet at 7:30
p.m. May 1 at the Panama Canal Commission Training
Center. Visitors are welcome.

Spanish classes
The Panamanian-U.S. Cultural Center (PanUsa)
offers intensive Spanish classes for adults throughout
the year, with the next session scheduled from May 6
through 30. Registration is open from 4 to 7 p.m. on
April 30 and May 2 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May
4. Call 232-6718 for additional information.

Special Olympics to be held at Gamboa pool
The 1996 Panama Canal Area Special Olympics
swim meet announced in the last issue of the Panama
Canal Spillway will be held tomorrow at Gamboa pool
rather than in Gatun. The event begins at 7:45 a.m.
with registration, followed by a parade at 8:30 and the
competition at 9. Information is available from Lee
Groce at 287-4540.

Earth Day at nature park
In commemoration of Earth Day, civic organiza-
tions and the Metropolitan Nature Park are presenting
a forum on the choice between the conservation and
economic development of Cerro Colorado. The event
will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 20 in the park's
"Las Oropendolas" conference room. Presentations
will be made by Francia de Sierra, director of mining
resources for the Panama Ministry of Commerce and
Industry; Francisco Herrera of the Panama Audubon
Society and the University of Panama; and Demetrio
Miranda, a professor with the Institute for Environ-
mental Investigation and Control (IDIMA).

Juried art show
The Panama Canal Branch of the National League
of American Pen Women will accept entries for a
juried art show between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday,
May 11, in the lobby of Citibank's Balboa branch. The
show's grand opening will take place in the lobby at 7
p.m. Monday, May 13, with the entries on display for
a month.
Up to two entries will be accepted per person in
each of three categories. Fine arts covers paintings and
drawings; three-dimensional design encompasses such
media as sculpture, wood carvings, quilts and jewelry
design; and photography includes work in both color
and black and white. Fine arts and photography entries
must be framed and ready for hanging and may not
exceed 40 by 40 inches; three-dimensional design
entries may not exceed 100 pounds. Non-members
will be charged a fee of $4 per entry.
Ribbons will be awarded to the winners in each
category. Works that have been in previous juried
shows cannot be entered, nor can any that were done in
a classroom or under a teacher's guidance. Entries
must have been completed within the last three years,
and participants must be at least 17 years of age.
Complete rules and further information are available at
the bank.

Art sale
The.Museum of Contemporary Art is holding a
special sale of framed artwork from its graphic and
marquetry studios this month and next. The museum
is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, from 9 a.m. to
noon Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Musical comedy
"The Great All-American Disaster Musical" opens
at 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Ancon Theatre Guild.
Additional performances will be given every Thurs-
day, Friday and Saturday night through May 18,
including benefit performances for Phi Delta Kappa
on May 9 and the International School of Panama on
May 16.
The comedy, directed by D.L. Sima and produced
by Gale Cellucci, is about an unscrupulous movie
producer who cons six stars into thinking they each
have top billing in the same film. Music is provided by
the 79th Army Band. For reservations, call 272-6786.

Top Gun again

Acting Canal Protection Division Assistant
ChiefArthur T. Malcolm presents the "Top
Gun A ward" to Atlantic Branch lead secu-
rity guard Arnulfo South, who earned the
highest score in the division's annual shoot
for the fourth consecutive year. South also
won the master category at this year's March
23 competition in Rancho Ramos, helping
the Atlantic Branch place first overall for
the second consecutive year.

Photo by Danny Uselton

Planning for retirement

Clearance procedures explained

The Panama Canal Spillway series on
planning for retirement continues with this
article on various retirement-related clear-
ance procedures.
General procedures
Retiring employees should contact the
Employee Documentation Unit (272-3238)
for instructions on returning Panama Canal
Commission identification cards and other
official documentation. An employee's fi-
nal pay will not be released by the Treasurer's
Office until official documentation has been
returned. All publications that have been
borrowed from the Technical Resources
Center should also be returned, and holders
of Commission safety deposit boxes must
return the keys at the appropriate vault.
Housing, telephones and boatsheds
Residents of Commission housing must
call the Housing Office (272-3384 on the
Pacific side or 443-5648 on the Atlantic) for
instructions on vacating their quarters. Simi-
lar instructions concerning telephone ser-
vice are obtained from the Communications
Branch (272-4020 on the Pacific side and
443-7271 on the Atlantic). Those with
boatsheds should contact the Lands Man-
agement Unit (272-7823).
Sponsors of Panama Canal College stu-

dents should provide the college with writ-
ten notification of their retirement if the
students will need to take their final exami-
nations in advance. (A copy of Form 194-T
can be used for this purpose.) Sponsors of
students who will be withdrawing from other
Department of Defense Dependents Schools
should contact the schools at least three
weeks in advance. (Information on eligibil-
ity for tuition sponsorship is available from
the Staff Support Branch at 272-7995).


Administrator. Panama Canal Commission
Deputy Administrator
Director of Public Affairs
Associate Director
Associate Director
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 arc $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
272-3202 for further information or write the Office of Public Affairs,
Panama Canal Commission, Unit 2300. APO AA 34011-2300 or
Balboa Heights, Panama.

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Vol. XXXIV, NO 8 Viernes 19 de abril de 1996

Legisladores visitan el Canal

Programan reuniones de directiva y transici6n

La Junta Directiva de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama
celebrara su tercera reuni6n trimestral del alio fiscal 1996 el
mi6rcoles 1 de mayo en el Edificio de Administraci6n en
Altos de Balboa.
Los tres comit6s permanentes de la junta se reuniran el
lunes 29 de abril. El Comit6 de Audito revisard los gastos de
operaci6n que seran descontinuados despu6s de diciembre
de 1999, un estudio para aumentar el limite de capitalizaci6n
de la Comisi6n a $10,000, el procedimiento para establecer
los peajes del Canal de Panama y un informe actualizado del
estudio de infraestructura que prepara el Cuerpo de Ingenieros
del Ej6rcito de los Estados Unidos.
La agenda de la reuni6n del Comit6 de Personal y
Seguridad incluye un informe sobre el estado del estudio de
factibilidad para un sistema de bonos de incentivo por
desempefio, el analisis de un estudio sobre los planes de
jubilaci6n de los empleados, un informe sobre el estado del
pago de indemnizaci6n por despido sin causa justificada y
un informe actualizado sobre el programa especial de
viviendas para los empleados con habilidades criticas
requeridas en casos de emergencia.
El Comit6 de Transici6n escuchard un informe del estado
de lospreparativos delgobierno de Panama paralatransferencia

del Canal a Panama, un informe actualizado sobre el estudio
para desarrollar una estrategia de crecimiento para el Canal y
un informe de la Oficina de Relaciones Piblicas sobre
informaciones relacionadas con el Canal publicadas por la
prensa local y los esfuerzos que se realizan para proporcionar
material educativo sobre el Canal a las escuelas panamefias.
Una visita al Puerto de Manzanillo esta programada para
el martes 30 de abril, asf como un almuerzo con los agentes
navieros. Posteriormente se ofrecera una conferencia en las
Esclusas de Miraflores sobre las politicas y programas de
contratos y adquisiciones del Canal de Panama. La
conferencia sera ofrecida a un grupo de empresarios locales,
usuarios, representantes de la prensa, oficiales del gobierno
y otros prominentes lideres panamefos y es la segunda que
se ofrece para explicar los preparativos para la transferencia
del Canal a Panama. La misma esti siendo organizada
conjuntamente por la Comisi6n y la Comisi6n Panamefia de
Transici6n para la Transferencia del Canal.
Durante la reunion del 1 de mayo, los miembros de la
junta escucharan informes del Administrador Guardia, el
Subadministrador Joseph W. Cornelison, el Secretario John
A. Mills, el Jefe de Finanzas Norbert E. Kraegel y de cada
uno de los tres comit6s permanentes de la junta.

Comisi6n da prioridad a revisi6n de borrador

de ley orgdnica para nueva agencia del Canal

Lideres legislativos Foto por Armando De Gracia
El Director de Servicios Generales, Rend Van Hoorde,
izquierda, habla sobre las politicas y procedimientos de
la Comisi6n del Canal de Panamd con los legisladores
Oyddn Ortega Durdn y Lorenzo Acosta durante una gira
al Corte Gaillardpara miembros de las comisiones de
RelacionesExterioresyAsuntosdel CanaldelaAsamblea
LegislativadePanamd. Acompaiiadosporfuncionarios
de la Comisidn Panameia para la Transicidn del Canal,
los legisladores se reunieron tambidn con el
AdministradorGilberto Guardia F. y otros ejecutivos de
la Comisidn para una charla sobre las operaciones y la
estructura administrativa de la agencia. La Asamblea
Legislativa revisardla leyorgdnicapropuesta que regird
la Autoridad del Canal de Panamd, agencia que
reemplazard a la Comisidn cuando el Canal sea
transferido a Panamd. La visita esparte de los actuales
esfuerzos de la Comisidnpara colaborar con el gobierno
de Panamd para asegurar la transici6n ordenada de la
via acudtica a control panameno.

Delegaci6n del Congreso 'Foto por Kevin Jenkins
El congresista J. Dennis Hastert, izquierda, y Mark E.
Souder, accionan los controles que abren las compuertas
de las Esclusas deMiraflores, mientras que el Subadminis-
trador Joseph W. Cornelison observa. Los congresistas
estuvieron en Panamd como parte de una misidn por
varios pauses latinoamericanos para reunir informaci6n
sobre los esfuerzos regionalespara combatir el narcotrd-
fico. Tambidn estuvieron en la delegacidn Morris Busby,
antiguo embajador de Estados Unidos en Colombia y
Craig Chretien, encargadodelasoperacionesdela Oficina
Antinarc6ticosde losEstados Unidos. Ademdsdesuvisita
a la torre de control de las esclisas, el grupo escucho una
charla sobre las operaciones del Canal de Panamd.

La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama esta dando alta
prioridad al analisis de la propuesta de ley panamefia que
proporcionard la estructura para la entidad que operard el
Canal de Panama despu6s de su transferencia a la Repdblica
de Panama el 31 de diciembre de 1999.
Unaenmiendade 1994 a laconstituci6n panamefia estipula
la creaci6n de una agencia gubernamental aut6noma, Ilamada
Autoridad del Canal de Panama, parareemplazar a la Comisi6n
como administradora del Canal. La iniciativa legislativa que
revisa actualmente la Comisi6n es un borrador de la ley
organica que estableceria las bases legales para la organizaci6n
y funcionamiento de la nueva agencia del Canal.
LaComisi6n PanamefiadeTransici6n paralaTransferencia
del Canal entreg6 una copia del borrador a la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panama el 28 de marzo, y solicit6 comentarios. Por

la importancia de la legislaci6n y la urgencia con que debe
presentarse a los 6rganos ejecutivo y legislativo de Panami,
la Comisi6n del Canal ha acelerado el andlisis del borrador.
Despu6s de que los comentarios iniciales de la agencia
hayan sido enviados a la Comisi6n de Transici6n, los
funcionarios del Canal esperan celebrar reuniones con ese
organismo para discutir el documento mas detalladamente.
Se anticipa que la versi6n final del proyecto de ley sera
entonces entregado por la Comisi6n de Transici6n al
Presidente de Panamd, Ernesto P6rez Balladares, y su
gabinete. Finalmente, el proyecto sera enviado a la Asamblea
Legislativa de Panama, donde sera discutido.
La Comisi6n de Transici6n tambi6n entreg6 copia del
borrador del proyecto de ley a los sindicatos de la Comisi6n
del Canal, los cuales realizan su propio andlisis.

Reeder se reune con navieros y empresarios de Houston

Como parte del programa permanente de la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panama para estar al tanto de las necesidades de los
usuarios, el Presidente Joe R. Reeder dict6 una conferencia a
navieros, armadores, lideres empresariales y civicos, y
funcionarios del gobierno el 21 de marzo en Houston. Se
refiri6 ala importancia econ6mica del Canal de Panama, a sus
principales recursos y a la transici6n del Canal a control
panameiio. El evento fue auspiciado por la Autoridad Portuaria
deHoustonylaAsociaci6n porun Houston Mejor, organizaci6n
que promueve la prosperidad econ6mica de esa regi6n.
Reeder dijo a la audiencia que casi el 44 por ciento (83
millones de toneladas) de toda la carga que pasa por el Canal
sale o se dirige a algin puerto del Golfo de los Estados Unidos.
Mds ain, dos tercios del trafico canalero se originan en o se
dirigen a los Estados Unidos y el 13.4 por ciento de todo el
comerciomaritimodelosEstadosUnidos transitala va acudtica.
"Tan importante como lo es para nosotros", afiadi6, "el
Canal es esencial para la prosperidad econ6mica de muchos
pauses de este hemisferio, particularmente para Panama y los
pauses de la costa oeste de Am6rica Latina". Reeder explic6
que el 67 por ciento del comercio maritimo de Ecuador pasa
por la via acuatica, ademas del 43 por ciento del de Perd y 28
por ciento del de Chile.
Respecto aPanamd, sefial6quelaComisi6nes elmayorem-
pleadordelpafs, con alrededorde7,500empleadospermanentes
y miltemporales. Observ6quelos ingresos del Canal representan
el 8 por ciento del producto interno bruto, sin tomar en cuenta
los ingresos generados por las industrias relacionadas.
Reeder tambi6n sefial6 que el Canal juega un papel
importante como apoyo de la democracia en el hemisferio.
"Democracia y paz se traducen en prosperidad econ6mica",

explic6. "En la economfa global de hoy, solamente el libre
mercado y el comercio intrnacional pueden promover la
prosperidad econ6mica. Como eslab6n comercial importante,
el Canal es vital para el crecimiento econ6micodel hemisferio".
Segin Reeder, el Canal tambidn es importante para las
reputaciones de Estados Unidos y Panama, particularmente
respecto al cumplimiento de los tratados del Canal de Panama.
Al referirse a los principales recursos del Canal, Reeder
mencion6 su fuerza laboral, su infraestructura fisica y sus
usuarios. Sefialando que es la gente, y no las compafifas, la que
produce los 6xitos, afirm6 que los empleados han contribuido
a crear la excelente reputaci6n del Canal. "Los empleados po-
seen destrezas dnicas adquiridas tras d6cadas de experiencia y
decenas de millones de d6lares en adiestramiento", seiial6.
"Ellos continuarin el 6xito del Canal en el pr6ximo siglo".
Reeder afiadi6 que reclutar, retener, adiestrar y proteger
la fuerza laboral estan entre las prioridades de la Comisi6n.
"Nuestra fuerza laboral es bien remunerada, bien adiestrada
y altamente motivada", dijo. "Ladirectiva y laadministraci6n
estan comprometidos a mantenerla asf'.
Continda en la pdgina 5 ...

Prohiben uso de armas de perdigones
El uso de pistolas de perdigones estd prohibido
dentro de las areas residenciales de la Rep0blica
de Panama, incluyendo los poblados de la Comisi6n
del Canal de PanamA. Losqueviolen ladisposici6n
estarAn sujetos a arresto ya la posible confiscaci6n
de sus armas.

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Empleados reciben

adiestramiento bajo

programa especial

Cinco empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal
de Panama reciben adiestramiento bajo el Pro-
grama de Movilidad Ascendente para la posi-
ci6n de supervisorde operaciones de embarca-
ciones pequefias en el Ramo de Lanchas y
Pasacables. Segdn el jefe del Distrito Sur,
FrankHoover, el adiestramiento estd disefiado
para ofrecer al ramo candidatos altamente
calificados para una posici6n que ha sido
dificil de llenar. Tres de los cinco participantes
seran asignados a posiciones disponibles al
final del adiestramiento; los otros dos estarin
calificadosparacompetirporvacantes futuras.
La mejor parte del programa, segdn
Hoover, es que combina adiestramiento
prdctico con clases t6cnicas y de supervisi6n.
"Lo que aprenden en el sal6n de clases, lo
aplican o ven c6mo se aplica", dice.
El Superintendente del Ramo de Lanchas y
Pasacables, D.P. Konawicz, sefiala que el pro-
grama fue desarrollado con ayuda de la espe-
cialistadedesarrollo del empleadodelaOficina
de Administraci6n de Personal, Katia H. de
Naranjo. ElprogramaestAdirigidoaempleados
permanentes que hayan demostrado potencial
e interns por superarse profesionalmente.
Para Nicolds Solano esta es la segunda
experienciadeadiestramiento bajo el Programa
de Movilidad Ascendente. La primera fue
como capataz de operadores de vehiculos a
motor con la Divisi6n de Transporte Motori-
zado, donde trabaj6 durante cuatro afios an-
tes de aplicar para el adiestramiento con el
Ramo de Lanchas y Pasacables.
Solano, quienestudi6ingenierfaindustrial
en la Universidad Tecnol6gica de Panama,
habia escuchado muchas historias sobre el
Canal de Panamd de un tfo que trabaja para la
via acuftica, e inicialmente trat6 de ingresar a
la Comisi6n como interno de carrera. Al no

lograrlo, entr6 por lo que 61 llama "la puerta
trasera", trabajando como ayudante de
mecdnico torero durante un reacondicio-
namiento en las Esclusas de Pedro Miguel
hace seis afios. Terminado el reacondicio-
namiento, Solano fue contratado por el Ramo
de Meteorologia e Hidrologia, y mds tarde se
transfiri6 a la Divisi6n deProtecci6n del Canal,
donde obtuvo la permanencia.
Ladnicamujerentreel grupodeempleados
que participan en el programa es Thyrza
GuerrerodeDormoi. Duranteochoafiostrabaj6
como controladora de radar de trafico aereo
para la Administraci6n Federal de Aviaci6n
(FAA) en el Centro de Radares de Albrook,
particip6 en la transferencia de las funciones
de la FAA al gobierno de Panama y luego
tiabaj6 para la Direcci6n Nacional de
Aeroniutica Civil. Dormoi tambi6n aprob6

Organizaci6n promueve reciclaje
Fundejoven, una organizaci6n sin fines reciclaje en Panama, estaiasociado con varias
de lucro que busca promover un uso organizaciones juveniles y ecol6gicas
productivo para los desechos, invita a las internacionales, incluyendo Juventud para
unidadesdelaComisi6ndel Canal dePanama el Desarrollo y la Cooperaci6n, con sede en
en el Pacifico a participar en su programa de Holanda, y la Red Juvenil Centroamericana
reciclaje. Bajo el programa, la organizaci6n para el Desarrollo Sostenible. Tambi6n es
recogera papel blanco de oficina, papel de miembro fundador del Consejo Panamenio
color, peri6dicos y latas de aluminio segin el para el Medio Ambiente y el Desarrollo. Su
horario que mAs le convenga a la oficina. La objetivo principal es hacer del reciclaje una
organizaci6n tambi6n puede ofrecer presen- etapa normal de la vida diaria en Panami.
taciones y material educativo al personal de Tambidn conocida comio Fundaci6n para
la oficina e informes mensuales sobre la el Desarrollo de los J6venes, Fundejoven,
cantidad de material recolectado. como su nombre sugiere, estidirigidaprinci-
A su vez, las oficinas participantes seran palmente a losj6venes. La organizaci6n bus-
responsables de seleccionar un lugar apro- ca aumentar el desarrollo personal alentando
piadoparalarecolecci6n; asegurar que elma- laparticipaci6n comunitaria a trav6s del tra-
terial que sera recolectado est6 clasificado, bajo voluntario, especialmente en el Area del
limpio y seco; fragmentar cualquier material reciclaje. Fundejoven ayud6 a organizar las
confidencial antes de que sea recolectado y actividades juveniles de la Cumbre de la
remover las grapas, sujetapapeles y objetos Tierraen 1992 en Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Otro
similares. La organizaci6n tambi6n sugiere proyectoimportante, financiado porlaAgen-
que se nombre un coordinador o comit6 de ciaInternacionaldeDesarrollodelosEstados
reciclaje para mantener el programa funcio- Unidos, fue el de brindar adiestramiento en la
nando sin contratiempos y que se utilicen administraci6n de desechos a pequefios
cartelesomaterialessimilaresparainformary negocios y municipalidades en Panama.
motivar a los empleados. De acuerdo a Fundejoven, cada tonelada
Los fondos que generael programa se uti- de papel que se recicle previene la tala de 17
lizan en los programas juveniles de Funde- Arboles y ahorra3.3 yardas cibicasdeespacio
joven, deecologfaurbanay dereciclajeen las de vertedero. Cuando se recicla el aluminio
escuelas de Panamd. Ya hay mis de 100 es- en vez deproducirlo de materia prima, hay un
cuelas participando en el programa de ahorrodeenergiade95porciento. Sinembar-
reciclaje, el cual es similar al programa de go, de las 1,000 toneladas de desechos pro-
reciclaje en las oficinas, excepto que las ducidos diariamente en el area metropolitana
ganancias revierten a la escuela luego de de Panamd, menos del 10 por ciento es usado
deducirlos costos de transporte. Patrocinado productivamente y cerca del 30 por ciento no
porelProgramadeDesarrollodelasNaciones se llega a recoger.
Unidas y organizaciones locales, el programa Fundejoven espera que varias de las
escolar tambi6n incluye visitas a parques unidades de la Comisi6n apoyen su programa
nacionales, vertederos, plantas de reciclaje y de reciclaje en oficinas. Para informaci6n
centros de reciclaje comunal. sobre el programa u otras actividades de
Fundejoven, que celebra su quinto Fundejoven, llameal261-15206229-4611de
aniversario como el principal promotor del 8:30 a.m. a 5 p.m. los dfas de semana.

todas las materias para un titulo en leyes.
Luego de dejar su trabajo en Panama, ingres6
alaComisi6nenoctubrede 1987comooficinista
en la Divisi6n de Electricidad.
Dormoi se traslad6 al Ramo de Remolca-
dores de la Divisi6n de Servicios del Canal
como oficinista de suministros, y fue
posteriormente promovida para supervisar
estaposici6n. Refiri6ndose al hecho de trabajar
en un ramo donde la mayoria de los empleados
son hombres, Dormoi dice: "Siempre trato de
adaptarme al grupo. No quiero ser tratada
diferente por ser mujer". Madre de dos nifias,
de ly 9 afios, Dormoi admite que tanto ella
como su esposo estan algo preocupados por
los turnos que tendri que trabajar luego de su
promoci6n; sin embargo, estan muy contentos
por la oportunidad de adiestramiento con el
Programa de Movilidad Ascendente.
El tercer aprendiz del Pacifico, Evans Sur-
geon, se uni6 a la Comisi6n hace cinco afios,
durante las vacaciones de su trabajo como
promotor de ventas con la Asociacidn
PanamefiadeEjecutivosdeEmpresa. Llamado
originalmenteparallenarunaposici6n tempo-
ral de oficinista mecan6grafo en el Centro de
Recursos T6cnicos, fue a entrevistas para
varios otros trabajos y le ofrecieron finalmente
la posici6n de oficinista de operaciones del
Ramo de Lanchas y Pasacables. Surgeon

Aprendices para

S Los aprendices para su-
pervisores de operacio-
nes de embarcaciones
pequefias Eric Garcia
Valarini, Nicolds Solano,
Thyrza Guerrero de
Dormoi, Leonidas Bara-
hona y Evans Surgeon
posan a bordo de una
lancha en el Muelle de
Amador. Los cinco
empleados de la Comi-
sidn del Canal reciben
adiestramiento para
ocupar posiciones en el
Ramo de Lanchas y
Pasacables bajo el
Programa de Movilidad

Foto por Jaime Yau

estudi6 administraci6n de empresas en la
Universidad Santa Marfa La Antigua.
Leonidas Barahona, unodedos aprendices
asignados al Atlintico, ha trabajado para la
Comisi6n por 14 afios. Contratado como
aprendizdeinstrumentosmecinicos, segradu6
del programa en 1986 y comenz6 a trabajar en
el taller de confecci6n de herramientas de la
Divisi6n Industrial enMountHope. Barahona
estudi6 para t6cnico de ingenieria sanitaria.
Eric Garcia Valarini se uni6 a la Comisi6n
hace cuatro ainos como asistente estudiantil en
el Centro de Recursos T6cnicos. Luego de
graduarse de administraci6n de empresas en la
Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencias y
Tecnologfa, enmarzode 1993,leofrecieronuna
posici6n como oficinista de automatizaci6n de
oficinas, y fue promovido luego a oficinista de
contratos con la Divisi6n de Construcci6n y
posteriormente como instructor de pasabarcos
con la Divisi6n de Servicios al Canal.
Todos los participantes del programa de
adiestramiento concuerdan en que el saber
c6mo llevarse bien con las personas es una
habilidad muy importante en sus posiciones.
El trabajo incluye supervisar a casi 600
empleados delramo, 150en cadaturno. Dicen
que otro gran reto es mejorar el desempefio
en el trabajo, asi como asegurar el profesio-
nalismodelos servicios que ofreceladivisi6n.

El guardia de segu-
ridad de la Divisidn
de Proteccidn del
Canal, Rodolfo
Hogan, ayuda a
Armando De Sedas,
izquierda, y Bartolo
Perez mientras re-
cogen materiales
para reciclar del
Edificio de Adminis-
traci6n. La Oficina
de Planificacidn
Ejecutiva, la Oficina
del Asesor Juridico
y la Oficina de Re-
laciones Pdblicas
participan en el pro-
grama de reciclaje
de Fundejoven.
Unidades del Paci-
fico interesadas de-
ben llamar a De
Sedas, quien admi-
nistra el programa,
al 261-1520 6

Foto por Kevin Jenkins

Pigina 2

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Spillway del Canal de Panama

Equipos preparan grua para servicio canalero

Por Myrna A. Iglesias
Una mayor capacidad de levan-
tamiento y alcance son las ventajas
principales que obtendrd la Comi-
si6n del Canal de Panamd con la
Titdn, una gnia flotante de 112 me-
tros de alto que pronto se unird a la
flota de la Divisi6n de Dragado.
Con unacapacidaddelevantamiento
de 355 toneladas m6tricas, la Titdn
supera en levantamiento y alcance a
la Hircules, actualmente la grida
mas grande en el Canal de Panama.
Construida en 1941, la Titdn
trabaj6 en el Astillero Naval de Long
Beach, California, desde 1946. La
Comisi6n la adquiri6 a trav6s de una
transferencia, cuando fue sacada de
servicio por la Armada, e invierte
mas de $10 millones preparandola
para su trabajo en el Canal.
"Creo que la Comisi6n no pudo
haber hecho un mejor trato", dice el
Jefe de la Unidad de Operaciones de
Grdas de la Divisi6n de Dragado,
Karl Marohl, miembro del equipo
enviado a Long Beach para inspec-
cionar la gria y luego supervisar su
reacondicionamiento. "Creo que no
existe una mejor gria para llenar los
pesadasenel Canal dePanamA. Creo
eso 100 por ciento". Marohl estima
que una grna nueva del mismo
tamaio costara ms de $50 millones

El accesoes aveces unproblema
para- unidades de la Comisi6n del
CanaldePanamdqueoperanen dreas
miento ofrece una soluci6n. A trav6s
de los afios, el Ramo de Manteni-
miento Exterior ha sido llamado mu-
chas veces a construir caminos que
permitan acceso areas donde deben
realizarsetrabajosespeciales. Duran-
te la actual estaci6n seca, el ramo ha
estado involucrado en dos proyectos
para ampliar la red de caminos de
acceso el primero en apoyo a di-
sefios preliminares bajo el progra-
ma de ensanche del Corte Gaillard, y
el segundo, que permitird a personal
obras de mantenimiento.
tenimiento apoyan el programa de
ensanche del Corte Gaillard desde su
concepci6n, construyendo caminos
de acceso hacia varios sitios de exca-
vaci6n de donde se toman muestras
de sondaje. El trabajo mas reciente
en la ribera oeste del Canal ofrece a
los contratistas 6.5 kil6metros de
camino hacia 90sitiosdeexcavaci6n.
Segdn la ge6loga del Ramo de
Geotecnia, Pastora Franceschi, la
informaci6n principal utilizada para
el disefio de proyectos de excavaci6n
bajo el programa de ensanche es el

y no tendria materiales de la misma
calidad de la Titdn. "Cuando ves su
tamaio, entiendes que en realidad no
se invirti6 mucho dinero", agrega.
Marohldice queparte del trabajo
que surgieron porque la Armada no
utilizaba laTitdn mucho desde 1984.
No obstante, lacondici6n general de
la gria es muy buena, segin Marohl,
quien dice: "Me ha sorprendido su
magnifica condici6n".
Carifiosamenteconocidaen Long
Beach como "Herman el Alemin",
la Titdn es una de cuatro grdas cons-
truidas por los alemanes en Bremer-
haven durante la II Guerra Mundial
a un costo aproximado de $3.5 millo-
nes cada una. Tres de las grdas fue-
ron capturadas en Alemania en el
Canal de Kiel en mayo de 1945, sien-
do una asignada a cada uno de los
tres grandes Aliados Gran Breta-
fia, la Uni6n Sovi6tica y Estados
Unidos. La cuarta sehundi6 durante
el bombardeo Aliado a Hamburgo.
Luego de su reconstrucci6n de
$350,000, laTitdn fuepuesta en ope-
raci6nnuevamenteel31 dediciembre
de 1948,y ha servidocomodistintivo
de Long Beach por casi 50 afios.
El trabajo de rehabilitaci6n de
la Titdn incluy6 la modificaci6n de
su sistema de defensas de madera
parapoderacomodarlaenlas camaras

entendimiento exhaustivo de las con-
dicionesgeol6gicas. "Con elcamino
terminado, no habrademoras al trans-
portar los taladros y otro equipo, y la
calidad de los caminos revierte en
mayor seguridad para las personas
que trabajan allf', dice.
Franceschi agrega que el acelerar
los trabajos bajo el programa de en-
sanche del corte hizo necesario cons-
truir los caminos mas rapido. El ca-
pataz del Ramo de Mantenimiento
Exterior, Luis Oakley, quien supervi-
s6 tres cuadrillas constructoras de
caminos de ocho trabajadores cada
una, dice que el trabajo se termin6 en
tiempo record, agregando que: "Tra-
bajamos seis dias a la semana 12
horas al dia durante dos meses".
dores construyen ahora ocho kil6me-
tros de camino hacia las torres de ca-
bles de altatensi6n que llevan electri-
cidad desde la Represa Madden. El
trabajo, solicitado por la Divisi6n de
Electricidad, incluye la construcci6n
de un camino cerca de la entrada de
Cerro del Oro en la ribera este del
Canal, y varios otros en el drea de la
Carretera de la Reserva Forestal.
Oakley dice que las cuadrillas insta-
laran varias tuberfas de siete pies de
diametroparaestabilizarlos caminos
donde cruzan corrientes debido alas

de las esclusas, ademds de limpieza
a chorros, pintura, la remoci6n y
reemplazo de las secciones deterio-
radas del casco, la instalaci6n de
nuevos sistemas de protecci6n
cat6dica para el casco, la remoci6n
de revestimientos de asbesto del
sistema de escape, la instalaci6n de
nuevos tanques de agua potable y
aguas negras y el desarme y
reparaci6n del aguil6n. Por falta de
disponibilidad de instalaciones
adecuadas en Panama, el trabajo lo
hizo bajo contrato el astillero Naval
de Long Beach, con apoyo de per-
sonal de la Comisi6n.
"En un afio, la desarmamos,
reparamos y volvimos a armar",
dice Marohl sobreel trabajo. "Nadie
pens6 que podrfamos hacerlo ni
la gente del astillero pero el
trabajo fuerte y la dedicaci6n
prevalecieron, y lo logramos".
Marohl informa que la grda esta
siendo preparada para el viaje de 10
diasaPanam, programadoparaprin-
cipios de mayo. El 1 de marzo,
SeaTeam International Inc. de
Noruega gan6 un contrato por
$1,665,000 para transportar la grda.
Marohl estard a bordo durante el
viaje, junto a Barry McLaughlin,
jefe de mdquinas de la Unidad de
Operaciones de Grdas, y Joseph
Novelich, operador de grdas recien-

fuertes lluvias y la afluencia de agua.
Personal del Ramo Exterior de la
Divisi6n deElectricidad utilizara los
caminos parallegar a las torres duran-
te inspecciones y mantenimiento pe-
ri6dicos. Guardias de la Divisi6n de
Protecci6n del Canal tambi6n utiliza-
rdn los caminos diariamente para
proteger las torres de vandalismo y
dafios. El Jefe del Ramo de Protec-
ci6n del Canal en el Pacifico, Jorge
A. Escala, explica que guardias de
seguridad del Canal patrullan los ca-
minos de acceso a diario junto a
agentes de policia de Panama y que
los guardias del Canal tambi6n prote-
gen el equipo pesado utilizado en la
construcci6n de caminos en Areas

Discuten mantenimiento
Los quimicos de la Planta Potabili-
zadora de Miraflores Humberto
Sdnchez, derecha, y CarlosA. Pirez,
centro, analizan, junto al ingenie-
ro de campo de ESIndustries, James
F."'Behm, el mantenimiento de un
nuevo sistema capaz de detectar 60
componentes diferentes en el agua
cruda que entra al sistema de toma
de agua de la planta.
Foto por Jaime Yau

temente contratado y quien trabajard
con laTitdn. El aguil6nfue desarma-
do parcialmente parapermitir el paso
de la grda bajo el Puente de las Am6-
ricas cuidadosamente y durante
la marea baja. Luego, la grna sera
Ilevada a Gamboa para rearmarla.
Segdn Marohl, lo primero por
hacer serd erigir completamente el
aguil6n e instalar los cables del
montacargas principal para una
prueba que certifique la capacidad
de la grda. Tambi6n habri una serie
de trabajos menores como conectar
el nuevo sistema de agua potable y
ajustar el sistema de aclimataci6n a
la temperatura del Istmo. Marohl
dice que personal de las divisiones
Industrial y de Dragado realizard la
mayor parte de estos trabajos, y
algunas tareas adicionales se
otorgardn en contrato.
Conun mantenimiento adecuado,
Marohl predice que la Titdn, de 55
afios de edad, podrd prestar servicio
durante muchas mas d6cadas. "Es
una fantastica pieza de maquinaria",
dice, agregando que, "S61o requerird
de cuidados carifiosos -- como
cualquier otro tipo de equipo".

Removiendo el aguildn
Alan Shepperd, derecha, miembro
del equipo de la Comisidn del Ca-
nal de Panamd que prepara a la
"Titdn" para su servicio con el
Canal de Panamd, ayuda al
Capataz de Aparejos Arthur Duby
delAstillero Naval de Long Beach,
apreparar la remoci6n del aguildn
principal de la gra flotante.

Foto por Fred Highley

Dispositivo protege pureza del agua

Por Susan Harp
En la Planta Potabilizadora de
Miraflores se instal6 recientemente
un sofisticado monitor para detectar
la presencia de 60 contaminantes po-
tencialmente peligrosos en el agua
que entra al sistema de admisi6n de
la planta desde el Lago Gatin. El
aparato, llamado analizador de com-
puesto organico voldtil, ayuda a la
planta a cumplir con los requisitos de
la Agencia de Protecci6n del Medio
Ambiente, al tiempo que garantiza la
calidad del agua potable.
Comprado a la ES Industries de
Berlin, Nueva Jersey, por casi
$240,000, el analizador se instal6
en la toma de agua de laplanta cerca
de Paraiso, y comenz6 a funcionar
en diciembre de 1995. El aparato
consistede unabomba, un mecanis-
mo que inyecta burbujas al agua
recogida, tres mecanismos para se-
parar compuestos, detectores y un
sistema de vigilancia electr6nica.
una camara en donde las burbujas
liberan en estado gaseoso cualquier
compuesto presente. Una vez
separadas las muestras de gas, se
utilizan detectores que identifican la
presencia y concentraci6n de las
substancias. Luego,unsistemacom-
putarizado registra la informaci6n.
Si alguna concentraci6n alcanza un
ceptable, el sistema envia una serial
de alarmaal sistemade vigilanciadel

operador de la planta.
"Los instrumentos fueron origi-
nalmentefabricadosparauso enplan-
tas procesadoras comerciales para
medir la calidad de sus productos y
garantizar que cumplieran los requi-
sitos anti-contaminantes en lorelativo
asus aguas residuales" dice el quimi-
co de la planta Humberto Sanchez,
zadoras utilizan estos equipos para
vigilar la calidad del agua admitida.
Sanchez afiade que la planta de
Miraflores opera bajo circunstancias
diferentes a lamayoria de las plantas,
pues la toma de aguaesta cerca de las
naves que transitan el Canal con
quimicos y otros productos. La
preocupaci6npor un derrame poten-
cial cerca de la toma de agua fue lo
que condujo a la adquisici6n del sis-
tema de alerta. La planta de agua de
Mount Hope tambi6n utiliza agua
del Lago Gatdn, pero la toma de agua
estA tan lejos del Canal que el peligro
de contaminaci6n repentina es muy
pequefio. Ademas, ambas plantas
vigilan la calidad del agua durante su
procesamiento y distribuci6n.
Durante la instalaci6n del nuevo
sistemaporpartede laES Industries,
el personal del Ramo de Electr6nica
instal6 el cable y recibi6 adiestra-
miento sobre el mantenimiento de
los componentes electr6nicos y los
quimicos de la planta aprendieron
sobre el andlisis, operaci6n y
mantenimiento del sistema.

Pagina 3

Operacidn de dragado
La draga de succidn
"Mindi" de la Comisidn
del Canal, remueve
sedimentos acumulados
en el lado oeste de la
entiada Pacifica del
Canal. Ambos lados de
la entrada serdn
dragados para
garantizar la profundi-
dad segura del cauce.
Foto por Jaime Yau

Cuadrillas construyen caminos de acceso a areas remotas


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Viemes 19 de abril de 1996

Inauguran clinica
PorTanya dela Guardia
I El mis reciente centro de salud ocupa-
cional de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamB,
Subicado en el Muelle 19 de Balboa, fue ofi-
cialmenteinauguradoel 10deabril. Laclinica
atiende aproximadamente 800 empleados del
Ramo de Lanchas y Pasacables, incluyendo
pasacables y personal de equipo flotante.
"Este grupo de empleados tiene el mayor
ndimero de accidentes de trabajo, y por mucho
tiempo quisimos darles su propia clfnica", di-
jo la Jefa de la Divisi6n de Salud Ocupacio-
nal, Dra. Maria Antoniadis, durantelaceremo-
nia de inauguraci6n del centro. Compartiendo
su opini6n de que el Canal de Panamd tiene
algunos de los mejores empleados del mundo,
Antoniadis prometi6, "Haremos nuestra parte
para mantener su alto nivel de competencia".
La clinica proporciona servicios de salud
ocupacional completos, incluyendo trata-
mientos para lesiones de trabajo; exdmenes
fisicos peri6dicos; tomas de presi6n arterial,
exAmenes deglucosa, colesterol, audiometria y
espirometria, y otros para aquellos que la re-
quieran durante horas de trabajo. Ademds, el
Inauguran clnica Foto por Jaime Yau personaldelProgramadeAsistenciaalEmpleado
dari consejerfa a los empleados del lrea.
La Jefa de la Divisidn de Salud Ocupacional, Dra. Maria A. Antoniadis, y el Jefe de la La clinic constade cuartos de eximenes,
Division de Servicios del Canal, Rafael M. Spalding, cortan la cinta de inauguraci6n del un cuarto de pruebas, una oficina para
nuevo centro de salud ocupacional de la Comisidn del Canal de Panamd en el Muelle 19 consejeria y un cuarto para electrocar-
de Balboa. En lafoto aparecen, desde la izquierda, el Director de Marina, Cap. George diogramas y audiogramas, ademis de un
T. Hull; Susana Cohen, quien brindard los servicios de enfermeria de salud ocupacional cuarto que puede utilizarse para actividades
en la clinica; Antoniadis; la Subdirectora de Personal, Mary K. Vidaurri; y Spalding. educacionales. Carteles colocados en las

Gatos salvajes locales no representan peligro para los humanos

Especies del drea del Canal
Esta reproduccidn autorizada de un dibujo
en tintade unjaguarundiporelDr. Eustorgio
Mendez fue tomado de su libro "Los
A pesar de que eljaguarundi muchas veces se
confunde con la pantera negra, no es mds
grande que un gato domestico.

Los expertos afirman que las especies de
gatossalvajesquehansidovistas recientemente
en el area del Canal no son un peligro para los
Los gatos salvajes panamefios no son tan
grandes como sus parientes alrededor del
mundo y, generalmente no son una amenaza, a
menos que sean provocados. Las tres especies
mis comunes en elArea canalera-jaguarundi,
manigordo ytigrillo-sonanimalesnocturnos
que rondan los bosques buscando princi-
palmente aves, reptiles, insectos y mamiferos
pequefios como los roedores.
A pesar de que la especie mis abundante,
el jaguarundi, muchas veces se confunde con
la pantera negra, s6lo es un poco mds grande
que un gato dom6stico. De color chocolate os-
curo o negro, tiene el cuerpo alargadd, las patas
cortas y la cola muy larga. Su visi6n bien desa-
rrolladaseadaptatantoalas actividadesdiurnas
como a las nocturnas, y ocasionalmente se
acerca a lugares habitados.
Los guardias de la Divisi6n de Protecci6n
del Canal han visto esta especie por la noche en
calles Bruja, Borinquen (K-2) y K-9 en Cocolf,
muy cerca de casas m6viles y de una escuela
administradaporlaIglesia BautistaMaranatha.

Los guardias han visto jaguarundis cruzando
el camino que lleva al Cerro del Contratista,
aparentemente dirigi6ndose al Corte Gaillard o
al Lago Miraflores parabeber. Estos animales
tambi6n han sido vistos en el area de Cirdenas.
Las personas que viven o frecuentan estas
dreas deben estar conscientes de la presencia
de estos animales y alejarse de cualquiera que
vean. Pueden requerirse precauciones adicio-
nalesparaprotegera nifios omascotas. Sin em-
bargo, el contacto entre los gatos salvajes del
drea del Canal y los humanos representa un
riesgomuchomayorparalos animalesquepara
laspersonasinvolucradas. Loscazadoresmatan
a estas criaturas por deporte, por sus pieles o
por miedos infundados, a pesar de que son
especies en peligro de extinci6n protegidas por
leyes panameihas e internacionales.
El Dr. Eustorgio M6ndez, uno de los prin-
cipales zo6logos panamefios y autor de varios
libros sobre la vida salvaje, sefiala que el ja-
guarundi no muestra el comportamiento que
tienen otros animales que son considerados
como una molestia para los humanos, tales
como robar gallinas o regar los botes de basura
buscando sobras. Al contrario, afiade, los

humanos pueden beneficiarse de la presencia
de esta especie porque cazaroedores que dafian
algunos cultivos.
"Si usted no molesta al animal, no pasard
nada", dice M6ndez, investigador asociado en
el Laboratorio Conmemorativo Gorgas. Sin
embargo, advierte que cualquier animal salvaje
perseguido por los humanos se defender.
Jacobo Aratiz, bi6logo que trabaja bajo
contrato con la Asociaci6n Nacional para la
Conservaci6ndelaNaturaleza(ANCON), esta
de acuerdo con la observaci6n. "Huyen de los
humanos", dice de losjaguarundis, afiadiendo
ques6loatacarian aunapersonaparadefenderse
si se sienten acorralados. En ese caso, su rapi-
dez, lo mismo que sus garras y dientes afilados,
los convertirian en adversarios formidables.
Como parte de un equipo que estudia la
fauna y la flora en las bases militares
estadounidenses que serin transferidas a
Pananm, Aradz vio unjaguarundi durante una
gira diuma en el Fuerte Sherman. Tambi6n
encontr6 las huellas del felino en los manglares
cerca de Fuerte Kobbe. Aradz invita al p6blico
a reportar apariciones futuras Ilamando a AN-

Columna m6dica

Gobierno panameho celebra

campaha contra el dengue

La campafia de una semana de
duraci6n del Ministerio de Salud para
prevenir el dengue culmina hoy, pero los
esfuerzos para erradicar los criaderos del
mosquito deben mantenerse todo el ailo.
Para incentivar al pdblico a unirse a la lu-
cha contra el dengue, el Ministerio de Sa-
lud organiz6 desfiles, exhibiciones, con-
cursos de carteles, presentaciones sobre
el mosquito "Aedes aegypti" y unaexten-
sa publicidad en relaci6n a la campafia.
Un informe del Ministerio de Salud
revel6 que 150 casos de dengue se han
detectado en Panama entre el 1 de enero
yel 30demarzo. Diecis6isdeestos casos

fueron detectados luego del 23 de marzo,
lamayora deellos en el area metropolitana
de la ciudad de PanamA. Tambi6n se han
observado sintomas parecidos a los del
dengue en pacientes de'la provincia de
Chiriqui. Las autoridades de salud estin
trabajando con dirigentes comunitarios y
han intensificado los programas de
fumigaci6n en Areas donde se cree que la
transmisi6n del dengue estA activa.
El 6xito final de estos esfuerzos y de la
campafia de prevenci6n del dengue de-
penderAn de la disposici6n de cada per-
sona de deshacerse de llantas y otros
objetos que acumulen agua.

en Muelle 19
paredes ofrecen consejos sobre control de
peso yc6moprevenir problemasde laespalda,
y los panfletos y otros materiales propor-
cionan informaci6n adicional sobre temas de
La clinica esta abierta desde el 2 de enero,
funcionando de lunes a vieres con un horario
de7:30a.m.almediodiayde 12:30 a3 p.m.El
horario para el consejero de Asistencia al
Empleado es un poco diferente, de 7:15 a
11:45 a.m. los lunes y mi6rcoles, y de7 a.m. a
3:30 p.m. losjueves.
Segdn Susana Cohen, quien brinda los
servicios de enfermeria de salud ocupacional
en el centro, un gran ndmero de empleados
que son atendidos ahi sufren de problemas
de la piel causados por mantenerse en
contacto constante con el agua de mar, estar
expuestos al sol, usar botas y halar sogas.
Cohen esta muy emocionadapor adminis-
trar la nueva clinica. "Pienso que sera una
gran experiencia porque trabajar6 con un
grupo de empleados que desempefian una
labor muy importante para el funcionamiento
del canal", dice.

Comisi6n celebrard
ferias de salud
Tema: "Salud y seguridad un paso hacia
el futuro".
Pacifico: Hoy, 19 de abril, en el Centro de
Atlantico: Viernes, 26 de abril, en ei Centro de
Salud de Gatdn.
Horario: 9a.m. a3 p.m.
Actividades: Pruebas de salud, material
educativo, competencia de exhibiciones,
juegos, premios, misica, palomitas de mafz y
la presentaci6n especial de la enfermera de
salud ocupacional Matilde Cooper como la
payasa de la feria de salud.

Operadores de lanchas,
baRistas deben estar alerta
Theresa Herring, dependiente de la
Comisi6ndelCanaldePanami, escribi6al Spill-
waydel Canal dePanamiparaadvertirsobrelos
peligros de accidentes con botes en IslaGrande.
Mientras buceaba ahi a principios del mes,
elhijode 14afiosdeHerring, Chris,fueatropellado
por un pequeiio bote que viajaba a gran
velocidad. El operador del bote, que fue
posteriormente multado en relaci6n con el
incidente, dijo que no se habia dado cuenta de
que habia golpeado al chico.
Amigos presentes le brindaron los primeros
auxilios, y Chris fue trasladado al Hospital
Gorgas del Ej6rcito, dondepermaneci6recluido
por una noche. Luego de algunos puntos y dos
dias ms tarde, estabarecuperado. Preocupada
por futuros accidentes que puedan resultar en
una tragedia, su madre aconseja a los nadadores
y operadores de botes que sean precabidos.
Pasear en barco, nadar, bucear y otras
actividades acuaticas requieren precauciones
especiales por muchas razones, pero es
especialmente cierto cuando se nada y pasea
en barco en el mismo sitio. Conozca y
obedezca las reglas, use su sentido comdn y
recuerde que un bailista o buzo no puede
competir con un bote a velocidad.

Reuni6n sobre beneficios de
salud para militares jubilados
Se invitaalpersonal militarestadounidense
jubilado empleado por la Comisi6n del Canal
de PanamA a una reuni6n informativa acerca
del manejo de sus beneficios de salud despu6s
del cierre del Hospital Gorgas del Ej6rcito. La
reuni6n estA programada para el martes 23 de
abril a la 1 p.m. en el Teatro de Fuerte Clayton.
Para informaci6n adicional, contacte a la
Capitana Susan Easley (282-5407 6 282-5409).

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Viemes 19 de abril de 1996

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Ceremonia de Premios por Servicio Plblico reconoce trabajo voluntario

del Canal de Panama se celebr6 ayer
en la rotonda del Edificio de Admi-
nistraci6n. El Premio por Servicio
Ptblicoreconoceaindividuos yorga-
nizaciones por sus esfuerzos volunta-
rios por ayudar a la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panama a lograr su misi6n
o a mejorar la calidad de la vida en el
Istmo. Elpremioestaacompafiadode
una medalla de bronce, plata u oro,
dependiendo del impacto y alcance
de las contribuciones del galar-
donado. Luego de una introducci6n
porelDirectordePersonal, George A.
Mercier, se entregaron los premios a
los galardonados de este anio.
Las medallas de bronce las
Ejecutiva y Coordinaci6n de la
Transici6n, James E. Ferrara, alTte.
Col. Leonard Blevins y su esposa
Terrie por su trabajo en un campa-
mento para nifios discapacitados; a
Jos6 del C. Gonzalez por apoyar las

actividades de la comunidad de
ArraijAn y una campaiiapara benefi-
ciar a los pacientes que necesitan ci-
rugiadecataratas;al Cap.DonaldP.
Kat por su trabajo como represen-
tante de la Academia de la Marina
Mercante de Estados Unidos en
Panama; aLuzSouffrontporsus 15
Americana; aDarwinS. Stamperpor
ayudar a escuelas en comunidades
y al Sgto. Joseph I. Zachariah por
sus contribuciones a la comunidad
de la Fuerza A6rea, incluyendo
patrocinio de un orfanato local.
Las medallas de plata fueron en-
tregados por el Subadministrador
Joseph W. Comelison. La Cruz
Roja Americana fue reconocidapor
ofrecer adiestramiento de primeros
auxilios yotros, serviralacomunidad
military brindar consuelo a los refu-
giados cubanos durante la operaci6n
Refugio Seguro. Juan A. Carzola,
Jr. recibi6 el premio por su trabajo

con programas de caridad y su ser-
vicio a trav6s de actividades de
radioaficionado.VincentA. Thomas
fue reconocido por apoyar las Olim-
ricana y la Asociaci6n de Nataci6n
Panamefia, ademAs de salvar la vida
dealguienen 1987. Yla Banda79del
Ejercito recibi6 un premio por
fomentarlasrelaciones delacomuni-
dad durante los l6timos 44 aiios.
F. entreg6 las medallas de oro, que
representan el nivel mis alto del
premio, a tres personas.
Enrique A. Guevara fue reco-
nocido por las incontables horas de
adiestramiento que brinda a los
residentes delacomunidad. Guevara
ha ofrecido seminarios de seguridad
a estudiantes universitarios de
Panama, brind6 adiestramiento sobre
desarrollo de carreras a estudiantes,
brind6 adiestramiento en el Area de
saludytrabajoenequipoamAsde 100
mujeres; dict6 seminarios det6cnicas

Empleados pueden retirar fondos honorarios en custodia

deliderazgoafuncionariosdel YMCA
y adiestr6 una gran cantidad de per-
sonasenprimerosauxilios, seguridad
y temas relacionados. Tambi6n apoya
los deportes juveniles, ayuda a un
orfanato local como instructor
voluntario de m6sica y trabaja
ayudando alacomunidaddeElValle.
reconoci6 su servicioalprogramalo-
cal de exploradores. Miembro del
Consejo del Canal de Panama para
los Nifios Exploradores de Amrica,
Ostrander se ha desempefiado como
consejero legal de la Junta de
Exploradores Aguilas, presidente y
representante local de la Asociaci6n
Nacional de Exploradores Aguilas,
vicepresidente de lajunta a cargo de
Exploradores, maestrodecarreraspara
la Carrera de Cayucos de Oc6ano a
Oc6ano, organizador de otras nume-
rosas actividades y miembro local de
la Logia de la Flecha. Tambi6n
pertenece a varios grupos civicos, ha
sido presidente de la Federaci6n
Panamefia de Remos y Canoas y es
un conservacionista avido.
Robert H. Rupp fue reconocido

por su apoyo ala comunidad durante
los iltimos 20 afios. Rupp se ha de-
sempefiado como oficial de enlace
que recomiendaaj6venes locales pa-
ra la Academia de la Fuerza Area de
los Estados Unidos, Cuerpo de
servaylaescuelapreparatoria. Tam-
bidn ha sido un lider de guarida del
Club deExploradores, apoy6 activi-
dadesdelas Olimpiadas Especialesy
la carrera de cayucos. Se ha desem-
pefiado como tesorero de la Pequefia
Liga del Pacifico y presidente de la
LigaPanamefiadeFdtbol Junior y de
la Sociedad Americana de Panami.
Ha estado involucrado activamente
en la Capilla de Fuerte Amador y ha
ayudado al Templo Abou Saad a
recoger fondos para nifios lisiados.
En suscomentarios finales, el Ad-
donados por su compromiso tnico,
excepcionales amejorarlacalidadde
vida en el Istmo. "Su dedicaci6n al
serviciovoluntario y espfritucomuni-
tario deben ser una fuente de inspi-
raci6n para todos nosotros", dijo.

de los Estados Unidos ha anunciado
que los empleados federales pueden
haya sido mantenido en custodia
debido a la prohibici6n de aceptar
compensaci6n por hacer presen-
taciones y pronunciar discursos o
porescribirarticulos. Laprohibici6n
se aplicaba adn cuando el tema no
estuviese relacionado con las
funciones del empleado.
Un mandato de la Corte Suprema
a principios de afio limitaba la
aplicaci6n de la ley a funcionarios
ejecutivos de alto nivel y empleados
de los 6rganos legislativo y judicial,
lo cual, segdn el Departamento de

Justicia, la hizo practicamente
imposible de acatar. Reglamentos
interos continian prohibiendo los
honorarios para empleados en los
que los empleados del 6rgano
ejecutivo, comolos que trabajan para
la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA,
siguen sujetos a otras restricciones
quepudieran limitar su aceptaci6n de
Por ejemplo, esta prohibido a
todos los empleados aceptarcompen-
saci6n por charlas, escritos o
ensefianzas relacionadas con sus
funciones oficiales. Tambi6n existe
una limitaci6n en cuanto a trabajos
adicionales para empleados que no

Reeder se reune en Houston

Con respecto a la infraestructura
fisicadel Canal, Reederdijo: "LaCo-
ingenieria de 81 afios con el mejor
mantenimiento y cuidado que permi-
te latecnologfa". Observ6queelgo-
bierno de Panama esta totalmente
comprometido arealizarlasinversio-
nes a largo plazo que sean necesarias
para proteger este recurso, explican-
do la reciente decisi6n del Preidente
$8 millones de los ingresos pro-
venientes del Canal en los programas
de mejoras dela Comisi6n.
"Servir a los usuarios es la
prioridad ndmero uno del Canal",
dijo Reeder, observando que los
usuarios son laraz6n delaexistencia
de la via acuatica. "Entendemos, al
igual quePanam, quesilaoperaci6n
o los servicios del Canal decaen, los
usuarios haran lo que todo cliente
hace. Se ira paraotro lado", seiial6.
municarse con navieros, exportado-
res, fabricantes y agricultores,
cuchar y responder a las nece-
sidades y preocupaciones de los
usuarios. "Esaes laraz6nporlacual
me encuentro hoy aquf", agreg6.
Otros ejemplos que brind6 del
continuo esfuerzo por reunirse con
los usuarios incluyeron su viaje a
Suram6rica con el Embajador de
Panama en Washington Ricardo
Arias, la gira por el Lejano Oriente

que el directivo Jorge Ritter realiz6
con el Presidente P6rez Balladares, y
lavisita de Ritter aEuropajunto con
los directivos John Danilovich y
Mois6s Mizrachi. Los viajes de los
directivos han sido complementados
por giras demercadeo realizadas por
ejecutivos de la Comisi6n.
Reeder dividi6 los retos en-
frentados por el Canal en tres
categories el mantenimiento y la
operaci6n diaria de la via acuitica,
la planificaci6n estrat6gica a largo
plazo, y la transici6n al control
panameiio. Conrespectoalaprimera,
inform que el Canal continia
operando sin problemas y que el afio
pasado fue el mejor en t6rminos de
r6cords de tonelaje e ingresos. "En
lo que va del afio, el Canal esta
Soperandoporencimadelnivel record
del afio pasado", dijo. "Podemos
estar marchando hacia otra marca".
Con respecto a los retos a largo
plazo, Reedersefial6: "El CanalestA
totalmente comprometido a ofrecer
un servicio dealtacalidad en el siglo
21". Mencion6 las inversiones
pasadas en proyectos de mo-
dernizaci6n e inform6 la decisi6n
unanime de la junta directiva de
aumentar el presupuesto de inver-
siones en 53 por ciento en los
pr6ximos cinco afios. "Esta con-
signaci6n de fondos mantendra al
Canal muy por delante de las
necesidades de los usuarios en el
siglo 21", dijo.

son de carrera, adems de la prohibi-
ci6n para los designados presi-
denciales de recibir cualquier pago..
Los empleados de la Comisi6n
deben asegurase de que sus activi-
dades no ofrezcan potencial para un
conflicto de intereses,ya sea aparente
o real, con sus funciones oficiales,
faltadeimparcialidaden laejecuci6n
de sus funciones o el mal uso de infor-
dad del gobiemo. Quienes tengan
preguntas sobre la etica pueden con-
sultar al Funcionario Designado de
EticadelaAgencia, JamesE. Ferrara,
Jay Sieleman delaOficinadelConse-
jerooThomasE. PiercedelaDivisi6n
de Servicios Administrativos.

iene de la pdgina 1

Si bien la atenci6n a las ope-
raciones diarias y la planificaci6n a
largo plazo es muy comdn en las
empresas, Reeder destac6 la natu-
raleza linica del tercer tipo de reto
que enfrentalaComisi6n-preparar
la transferencia del Canal a Panama
el31dediciembrede 1999.Inform6
que el proceso de transici6n marcha
bien, y explic6 que el Presidente
P6rez Balladares y el Presidente de
los Estados Unidos William J.
Clinton han subrayado su compro-
miso totalcon los tratados del Canal,
aihadiendo que la legislaci6n pana-
mefiaaprob6 una enmiendaconstitu-
cional que crea la organizaci6n que
Reeder observ6 que la mayor
parte de la transici6n ya ha ocurrido,
sefialando que los panamefios
integran casi el 90 por ciento de la
fuerza laboral. "Efectivamente, los
panamefios han estado manejando
el Canal durantemuchos aios", dijo.
"S6 que la fuerza laboral siente
gran y profundo orgullo nacional y
un compromiso de mantener el Ca-
nal como una operaci6n de primera
clase", afiadi6. "El activo mis valioso
del Canal es su experimentada,
capacitaday talentosafuerzalaboral.
Eso no cambiard despu6s de 1999".
ElPresidente Reeder serI orador
invitadoen un almuerzoque ofrecerd
laAutoridad PortuariadeMiamipara
usuarios, lideres empresariales y
funcionarios el 25 de abril.

Trabajo de preparacion Foto por Armando De Gracia
Trabajadores de la Divisidn de Mantenimiento de la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panamd utilizan equipo pesado para colocar una capa de
piedras sobre una secci6n de la ribera oeste del Canalde Panamd, para
nivelarla y reforzarlapara las operaciones deperforacidn y voladuras
bajo el program de ensanche del Corte Gaillard. La seccidn de 1.6
kil6metros de largo en el drea de Mandinga estd siendo preparada
para el taladro terrestre de la Divisi6n de Dragado, que se ve alfondo,
el cual hard los agujeros para insertar los explosivos que se usardn
para romperelmaterialque serd removidoposteriormentepordragado.

Divisi6n de Esclusas celebra competencia

La Competencia Anual de Lan-
zamiento de Linea de la Divisi6n de
Esclusas se celebrara hoy alas 11:30
en elmuro lateral oestedelas Esclusas
de Gatdn. Los espectadores deben
usar la puerta 4 para entrar a las
Las tres esclusas del Canal de
Panama estaran representadas por
dos participantes y un suplente que
fueron seleccionados durante las
pruebasdel l0deabril. Losmiembros

HabrA un taller el 23 de abril de
8 a 11:45 a.m.en el Centro de Adiestra-
miento de Gatun en celebraci6n de la
SemanadelaSecretaria.Tambi6n habra
un almuerzo el 25 de abril a las 11 a.m. en
el Club Elks de Margarita. Los boletos se
pueden obtener de Rita Grainger (443-
5604), mientras que las nominaciones
para el taller deben enviarse a MRCO-
SEA a trav6s del Sistema Profesional de
Oficina (PROFS).
El Ministerio de Gobierno y
Justicia patrocina un concierto de 3 a
7 p.m. el 21 de abril en el Monumento a
Goethals. Tocarin las bandas de la
Policia Nacional y de los Bomberos de
PanamA, y grupos de bailes folcl6ricos.
Alas 7 p.m. el 28 de abril, la Banda 79
del Ej6rcito dard un concierto en el
mismo lugar.
SEl Istmian College Club celebrara
un tB el 4 de mayo en la residencia 103
de Altos de Balboa. Para reservar
Ilamar a Anona Kirkland al 264-1585.

del equipo de casa de las Esclusas de
Gatin son el pasacables Luis Salazar
y el botero Gonzalo Avila, y el
pasacable Angel Reyes como su-
plente. Los boteros Manuel Herrera
y Efrain Durango constituyen el
equipo de Pedro Miguel, junto al
botero Manuel Gonzalez como
suplente. Las Esclusas de Miraflores
estan siendo representadas por tres
pasacables Javier Ruiz, Orlando
Herreray Samuel Pinocomosuplente.

Cierran piscinas
para limpieza
Las piscinas de Los Rios y
Margarita han permanecido cerra-
das esta semana para su limpieza
anual. Horas extendidas de ope-
raci6n estan en efecto en las
piscinas de Balboa y Gatin. Todas
las piscinas funcionardn en su
horario normal a partir mariana.
Las piscinas de Balboa y Gatuin
estarAn cerradas para limpieza del
22 de abril al 3 de mayo. Durante
este period, las piscinas de Los
Rios y Margarita estarAn abiertas
siete dias a la semana, de 10 a.m. a
6 p.m. de lunes a viernes y de 9 a.m.
a 5 p.m. los sAbados y domingos.
La piscina de Gamboa estara
cerrada del 6 al 17 de mayo.

Pigina 5

Spillway del Canal de Panami

Viemes 19 de abril de 1996

Lista de vacantes
Los solicitantes deben ser empleados de carrera o de carrera condicional. Las solicitudes
deben presentarse al Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones (Edificio 366, Anc6n) en el
Formulario 443, Solicitud de Traslado, a mas tardar siete dias calendario despuds de
publicado este aviso.
Aquellos que sean escogidos para un puesto permanente o para un puesto designado para
prueba al azar por drogas (TDP), tendrin que someterse a una prueba de urinalisis para
descartar el uso de drogas ilegales antes del nombramiento o del cambio de puesto
permanente. No se exigird el urindlisis a los empleados que ocupen un puesto sujeto a prueba
por drogas antes del cambio de puesto permanente.
Para algunos puestos de series de intervalos de un grado donde no existe puesto en la linea
de ascenso normal, los empleados permanentes podran calificar con un minimo de un afio de
experiencia especializada en puestos en el primer o segundo nivel inmediatamente inferior.
Los solicitantes podran revisar los requisitos de cada puesto en el Centro de Recursos
Tdcnicos de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama (Edificio 38, Balboa). Aquellos queporraz6n
de su experiencia posean las pericias y habilidades necesarias para ejercer el puesto, serin
calificados en base a requisitos modificados. Esto no se aplica si se trata de un ascenso.
Las tarifas de pago abajo citadas son las tarifas minimas y miximas de pago por hora,
correspondientes a los grados de las vacantes anunciadas. Los empleados seleccionados
para llenar una vacante serin colocados en el escal6n, grado y tarifa basica salarial
correspondiente, de conformidad con los reglamentos.
Para mas informaci6n, Ilame al Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones al teldfono 272-3583.

Posici6n permanente Salarios Unidad Sitio Vacantes
Asistente de oficinas (estenografia/ $6.98/$8.81 Serv. Adm. P 1
automatizaci6n de oficinas), NM-5 12
(Estenografia a 80 palabras por minuto)
Ascenso temporal (que no exceda seis meses)
Pintor supervisor, MS-9 2 (Debe saber $12.36/$14.44 Mant. P 1
ingl6s y tener licencia de conducir.)
Asignaci6n o ascenso temporal (que no exceda seis meses)
Quimico, NM-12 1234(Debe saber $20.51/$26.66 Seg. Mar. P 1
espafiol, nadar y tener licencia de conducir.)
SS61o se considerari a empleados de la Comisi6n.
2 La documentaci6n que pruebe que el solicitante llena los requisitos especiales (como saber
nadar y tener licencia de conducir) deben adjuntarse ala solicitud o incluirse en el expediente
oficial de personal; de lo contrario, no se considerard al solicitante para la vacante.
3 Debe tener conocimiento de prevenci6n y t6cnicas para combatir incendios en el campo
maritimo y sobre m6todos para manejar sustancias peligrosas.
4 Posici6n sujeta a prueba al azar por drogas.

La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama se Ajusta a la Ley de Igualdad de Oportunidades.

Ramo anuncia actividades recreativas ydeportes

El Ramo parael AcondicionamientoFisico
del Empleado ofrece una gran variedad de
actividades para empleados y dependientes.
En el gimnasio de Balboa estin abiertas
las inscripciones hasta el 26 de abril para un
torneo individual de racquetball femenino
que inicia el 1 de mayo.
En el gimnasio de Balboa abriran las
inscripciones del 22 de abril al 10 de mayo para
un tomeo de dobles de ping-pong el 15 de
mayo y para un tomeo de billar el 21 de mayo.
El programa de artesanfas de verano comienza
el 25 dejunio, con la inscripci6n del 3 de mayo.
al 21 dejunio.
El Centro Deportivo de Gamboa tendra
inscripciones del 1 al 12 de mayo para un
toreo de bola suave de la Divisi6n de Dra-
gado el 15 de mayo.
La inscripci6n abriri del 2 al 18 de mayo
para un liga de voleibol masculina a iniciarse
el 24 de mayo en el Centro Deportivo de
Margarita. El centro tambi6n ha anunciado
la inscripci6n hasta el 25 de abril para un
torneo de billar que comienza el 27 de abril.
Hoy cierran las inscripciones en el Centro
Deportivo de Gatdn para una liga divisional
de fitbol que comienza el 6 de mayo. El
programa de verano del centro que incluye.
baloncesto juvenil, fttbol y clases de tenis
comienza el 26 dejunio, con inscripciones
desde el 29 de abril.
El Centro Juvenil de Gatin tendra arte-
sanfas del Dia de la Madre de 2:15 a 3 p.m. el
24 de abril y el 1 y 8"de mayo. Peliculas para
j6venes se mostraran el 19 y 26 de abril; el 3,
10, 17,24 y 31 de mayo; y el7, 14,21 y 28 de
junio. Matin6s para pre-adolescentes se
organizan para el 20 y 27 de abril; 4, 11, 18 y
25 de mayo; y 1, 8, 15, 22 y 29 dejunio.
La piscina de Balboa ofrece RCP para
adultos de 1 a 5 p.m. el 27 y 28 de abril. Los
interesados deben inscribirse al menos dos
dias antes.
La piscina de Los Rios ofrece clases de

seguridad acuatica de 10 a.m. a 3 p.m. el 17 y
18 de mayo y el 24 y 25 de mayo. Aer6bicos
acuaticos se ofrecen los lunes,jueves y viernes,
alas 10:15 a.m. Los lunes, mi6rcoles,jueves
y viernes, la piscina ofrece adiestramiento
para la prueba de nataci6n de la Comisi6n.
Se ensefiarAn habilidades de buceo en la
piscina de Gamboa de 11 a.m. el 22 dejunio,
con una sesi6n para nifios de 4 a 12 afios de
mediodia a 2 p.m. el 18 de mayo. Clinicas de
trampolin se programaron de 11 a.m. a
mediodia del 27 de abril y el 1 dejunio, con
una clase de seguridad acuitica programada
de 9:30 a.m. a 2:30 p.m. el 4 y 5 de mayo, el
25 y 26 de mayo, y el 29 y 30 dejunio. La
piscina tambidn ofrece un programa de nata-
ci6n de 50 millas, adiestramiento para la
prueba de nataci6n, clases de nataci6n
competitiva y para niiios discapacitados y
seguridad acuAtica para trabajadores.
La piscina de Margarita tambi6n ofrece
adiestramiento para el examen de nataci6n,
clases para nifios discapacitados, nataci6n
competitiva y seguridad acuAtica para trabaja-
dores, ademis de aer6bicos acuaticos. Entre
las clasesqueofrece estin RCPpara adultos de
8:30 a.m. a 3 p.m. el 20 de abril, 17 de mayo,
y 7 y 28 dejunio; primeros auxilios ala misma
hora el 21 de abril, 8 y 22 de junio; primeros
auxilios para nifios de 10 a.m. a mediodia el 27
y 28 de abril; RCP para profesionales de 9:30
a.m. el 4 y 5 de mayo y 22 y 23 de junio:
principios de RCP de 9:30 a.m. a 3 p.m. el 18
de mediodfa a 5 p.m. el 25 y 26 de mayo.
Las clases en lapiscinade Gatin incluyen
habilidades de buceo el 20 de abril y 30 de
junio, primeros auxilios bAsicos el 4 y 5 de
mayo y RCP para adultos el 19 de mayo. Las
personas interesadas deben inscribirse al
menos dos dias antes. La piscina ofrece
aer6bicos aculticos, un programa de nataci6n
de 50 millas y adiestramientopara nadadores
de competencias.

Eventos locales

Se reine sociedad
Se invita a los visitantes a la reuni6n de la Panama
Historical Society el I de mayo a las 7:30 p.m. en el
Centro de Adiestramiento de la Comisi6n del Canal de
Clases de espafiol
El Centro Panamefio-Estadounidense (PanUsa)
ofrece clases intensivas de espailol para adultos durante
todo el afio, con la pr6xima sesi6n programada del 6 al
30 de mayo. La inscripci6n estA abierta de 4 a 7 p.m.
el 30 de abril y el 2 de mayo y de 10 a.m. a 2 p.m. el 4
de mayo. Llame al 232-6718 para mas informaci6n.

Olimpiadas Especiales en Gamboa
La competencia de nataci6n de las Olimpiadas
Especiales del Area del Canal desPanami de 1996,
anunciada en la dltima edici6n del Spillway del Canal
de PanamA, sera en la piscina de Gamboa y no en
Gatdn. El evento se inicia con las inscripciones ma-
fiana a las 7:45 a.m., seguidas de un desfile a las 8:30
y la competencia a las 9. Para mAs informaci6n, llame
a Lee Groce al 287-4540.

Conmemoran Dia de la Tierra
En conmemoraci6n del Dia de la Tierra, organi-
zaciones civicas y el Parque Natural Metropolitano
presentaran un foro sobreladisyuntivadelaconservaci6n
y el desarrollo econ6mico de Cerro Colorado. El evento
se realizara de 9 a.m. a mediodia el 20 de abril en la sala
de conferencias "Las Oropdndolas" del parque. Las
presentaciones estarAn a cargo de Francia de Sierra,
directora de recursos mineros del Ministerio de Comercio
e Industrias de Panama; Francisco Herrera de la Sociedad
Audubon de Panama y la Universidad de Panama; y
Demetrio Miranda, profesordel Instituto de Investigaci6n
y Manejo Ambiental (IDIMA).

Competencia artistica
El Capitulo del Canal de Panama de la Liga
Nacional Americana de Mujeres de las Artes esta
aceptando trabajos para una competencia de arte el
sabado 11 de mayo de 9 a.m. a mediodia, en el Citibank
de Balboa. La apertura de la exposici6n sera en la
recepci6n del banco el lunes 13 de mayo alas 7 p.m. y
los trabajos se exhibiran durante un mes.
Se aceptaran hasta dos trabajos por persona en cada
una de las tres categorias. Bellas artes cubre pinturas y
dibujos; disefio tridimensional incluye esculturas,
tallados en madera, colchas y disefio de joyerfa; y
fotografia incluye trabajos en color y blanco y negro.
Los trabajos de bellas artes y fotograffa deben estar
enmarcados y listos para colgar y no deben exceder las
40 por 40 pulgadas; los trabajos de disefio tridimen-
sional no deben exceder las 100 libras. Se cobrara $4 por
trabajo a quienes no sean miembros de la liga.
Se entregardn cintas a los ganadores en cada
categorfa. No podran competir los trabajos presentados
en competencias anteriores, ni aquellos realizados en
un sal6n de clases o bajo supervisi6n de un maestro.
Los trabajos deberan haberse realizado durante los
iltimos tres ailos, y los participantes deben ser mayores
de 17 afios. Para el reglamento y mayor informaci6n
puede acercarse al banco.

ElSpillwaydel CanaldePanamdcontinlia
la serie sobreplanificacidnpara lajubilacidn
con este articulo sobre variosprocedimientos
relacionados con la jubilaci6n.
Procedimientos generales
Los empleados que se estin jubilando
deben contactarlaUnidad de Documentaci6n
del Empleado (272-3238) para tramitar la
devoluci6n de tarjetas de identificaci6n de la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama y otros docu-
mentos oficiales. La Oficina del Tesorero
no entregard el dltimo pago del empleado
hasta que no se haya devuelto toda la docu-
mentaci6n oficial. Tambi6n deben devolver-
se todas las publicaciones prestadas del
Centro de Recursos Tdcnicos, y los arrendata-
rios de cajillas de seguridad deben regresar
las llaves a la b6veda correspondiente.
Viviendas, telifonos y hangares de botes
Los residentesde viviendas de laComisi6n
deben llamar a la Oficina de Viviendas (272-
3384en el Pacificoo443-5648 en el Atlantico)
para recibir instrucciones al desocupar sus
residencias. Instrucciones similares referentes
al servicio telef6nico se pueden obtener del
Ramo de Comunicaciones (272-4020 en el
Pacifico y443-7271 en el Atlantico). Aquellos
con hangares para botes deben contactar la
Unidad de Manejo de Tierras (272-7823).
Escuelas del Departamento de Defensa
Los acudientes de estudiantes del Panama

Venta de arte
Este mes y el pr6ximo, el Museo de Arte Contem-
porAneo tendra una venta especial de trabajos enmar-
cados de sus estudios grAficos y de marqueteria. El museo
abre de 9 a.m. a 4 p.m. los dfas de semana, de 9 a.m. a
mediodfa los sabados y de 11 a.m. a 3 p.m. los domingos.

Comedia musical
"The Great All-American Disaster Musical" inicia
alas 8 p.m. el viemes 3 de mayo en el Teatro Guild de
Anc6n. Habrdn presentaciones adicionales losjueves,
viemes y sabados en la noche hasta el 18 de mayo,
incluyendo presentaciones a beneficio de Phi Delta
Kappa el 9 de mayo y la Escuela Internacional de
PanamA el 16 de mayo.
La comedia, dirigida por D.L. Sima y producida
por Gale Cellucci, trata sobre un productorde peliculas
inescrupuloso quien engaia a seis estrellas haci6ndoles
creer que todos tienen el papel principal en la misma
pelicula. La 79th Army Band esta encargada de la
mdsica. Para reservaciones, llame al 272-6786.

Mejor tirador
El Jefe Asistente de la Divisi6n de Proteccidn
del Canal, Arthur T. Malcolm, entrega el
"Premio al Mejor Tirador" al guardia de
seguridad lider del Ramo Atldntico, Amulfo
South, quienpor cuarto aio consecutivo logrd
elpuntaje mds alto en la competencia anual de
ladivisidn. South tambin gand en lacategoria
"master" de la competencia de este afio
celebrada el 23 de marzo en Rancho Ramos,
ayudando al Ramo Atldntico a colocarse en
primer lugarpor segundo afio consecutivo.
Foto por Danny Uselton

Canal College deben entregar al college una
notificaci6n escrita de sujubilaci6n si los estu-
diantes necesitan presentar sus exdmenes fina-
les conanticipaci6n. (UnacopiadelFormulario
194-T puede ser utilizada para este prop6sito).
Los acudientes de estudiantes que seran retira-
dos de otras Escuelas de Dependientes del De-
partamento de Defensa deben contactar las es-
cuelas al menos tres semanas antes. (Informa-
ci6n sobreeligibilidadparapatrociniodematrf-
culaestAdisponibleen el RamoAdministrativo
de Apoyo al 272-7995).

Administrador. Comisi6n del Canal de Panamd
Directora de Relaciones PNblicas
Director Asociado
Directora Asociada
El Spillway del Canal de Panama es una publicaci6n oficial
quincenal de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Los aticulos que en
clla aparecen pueden ser reproducidos sin pedir autorizaci6n.,
inicamente acreditando la fuente. Toda colaboraci6n debc ser
entregada antes del mediodia del jucves anterior a la semana de su
publicaci6n, o antes del mediodia del midrcolcs si hay algfin dia
feriado durante la semana de publicaci6n. Las subscripciones de 52
ejemplares cuestan 56 por correo regular, $4 por correo regular
para estudiantes y $19 por correo anreo. Envie cheque o giro postal
a favor de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Para mayor
informaci6n, Ilame al 272-3202 o escriba a la Oficina de Relacio-
nes Pbhlicas de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panam, Unit 2300,
APO AA 34011-2300 o Altos de Balboa, PanamA.

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Planeando la jubilaci6n

Explican procedimiento dedesalojo

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