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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
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Place of Publication: Balboa Hights C.Z
Balboa Hights C.Z
Publication Date: June 6, 1997
Copyright Date: 1986
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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.
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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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Preceded by: Spillway
Succeeded by: Faro (Balboa, Panama)

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The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, June 6, 1997

New cruise ship transits Canal with 30 sets of twins on board

Thirty sets of identical twins transited the
Panama Canal last month aboard a luxurious
new super liner the Dawn Princess. The
twins were winners of a contest organized by
Princess Cruises to celebrate the launching of
the Dawn Princess, the twin ship to the re-
cently introduced Sun Princess, which made
its inaugural Canal transit in April 1996.
The Dawn Princess docked at the Port of
Balboa, where representatives from the
Panama Canal Commission and Paul
Rickmers of the Hutchison consortium, the
company that will be operating Panama's
Balboa and Cristobal ports, joined Commo-
dore Stan Jamison, the master of the vessel,
for a ceremony to commemorate its inaugu-
ral Canal transit. Passengers had the oppor-
tunity to get off the ship for some Panama
shopping at stands along the dock.
On behalf of Commission Administrator
Alberto Alemdn Zubieta, Deputy General
Services Director Charles Morris presented
the traditional inaugural transit plaque to
Jamison, who has been through the Canal on
at least 50 other occasions. The vessel's
tonnage certificate was presented by acting
Deputy Marine Director Capt. M.M. Fan-
ning. Associate Public Affairs Director Janet
Len-Rios presented the vessel with a framed
photograph of Miraflores Locks, Canal vid-
eos and an information package, while other
Public Affairs employees distributed Canal
souvenirs to the twins aboard the ship.
The contest to select the twins was an-
nounced in October. Contestants were asked
to submit essays explaining why they con-
sidered themselves "extraordinary," refer-
ring to special accomplishments such as
community service, career achievement,
life challenges or unique talents. Fifty sets
of winning twins were selected from all
over the United States and Canada to par-

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's new
ship, Rhapsody ofthe Seas, made Panama
Canal history on May 23. During its
maiden transit of the waterway, the cruise
liner broke the tolls record with a fee of
$153,662.66. The previous record was
established in 1993 by another cruise
ship, the Crown Princess.
Panama Tourist Bureau General
Manager CUsar Tribaldos; Joe Josehps,
vice president of C. Fernie & Co., the
agent for the Rhapsody of the Seas at the

ticipate in the inaugural festivities for the
Dawn Princess.
The vessel was christened May 8 by six
original cast members from "The Love
Boat," the popular television series set
aboard several Princess Cruises ships.
Gavin MacLeod (Capt. Stubing), Lauren
Tewes (Julie), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Fred
Grandy (Gopher), Jill Whelan (Vicki) and
Ted Lange (Isaac) were reunited for the
first time in more than a decade.
In addition to receiving round-trip flights
to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the christen-
ing, winners were offered the option of
either sailing on the inaugural cruise
through the Canal or taking a seven-day
Caribbean or Alaskan cruise at a later day.
More than half opted for the 11-day trans-
Canal cruise between Fort Lauderdale and
Acapulco, Mexico, from where they flew
back home.
Contest winners represent a wide range
of ages and lifestyles, but they were all very
friendly and willing to cooperate by posing
for pictures and being interviewed. Joseph
and Boris Fisch of Hallandale, Fla., are
survivors of a World War II Nazi concen-
tration camp. They were liberated in 1945
by U.S. troops and went to the United
States in 1949. Trained as cantors, the
twins quickly became known for their beau-
tiful voices and have performed for groups
throughout the country.
Arlene Wolf ofHemet, Calif., and Ardelle
Dame of Cypress, Texas, were known as the
"Terry Twins" many years ago, when they
used to appear on television commercials
and shows.
Annie and Amy Smith of Cheyenne,
Wyo., are country and western songwriters
and singers who travel a lot and were nomi-
nated by friends around the country. They

Twins galore
The 30 sets of twins who were aboard the "Dawn Princess" for its maiden Panama Canal t
the ship's arrival at the Port of Balboa.

Canal; and Panama Canal Commission
officials boarded the vessel to welcome it
to the waterway. Acting Marine Director
Carlos A. Alvarado presented the tradi-
tional inaugural transit plaque to'Capt. T.
Stangland, the master of the ship, while
Admeasurement Division Chief John
Eberenz presented the vessel's tonnage
certificate. Acting Public Affairs Director
Franklin D. Castrell6n presented a framed
Canal photo and Canal videos, with
Tribaldos making a separate presentation

Inaugural transit
The stately architecture of the "Dawn Princess" complements the natural beauty of the
Panama Canal as the vessel makes its inaugural transit through the waterway.

developed a children's program called "Spirit
of the West," which they take to schools and
civic centers around the United States to
teach children about country music's west-
ern heritage. They came to Panama about 10
years ago to sing at the U.S. Rodman Naval
Station, but had never been through the
Mary Milton and Marcy Bell of Rock
Island, Ill., are very involved in community
service, church organizations and retirement
communities and serve as co-chairs for three
soupkitchens. Mary, who owns atravel agency,
and Marcy, a social worker, were also making
their first trip through the Canal, having found
out about the contest through a magazine.
Saying that the transit
was a wonderful and ex-
citing experience, they
added, "We watched
throughout all three sets
of locks. We stayed out
there watching the whole
day. It was spectacular,
peaceful and beautiful!"
At 856 feet in length,
theDawn Princess is one
of the largest passenger
vessels afloat, but carries
only 1,950 guests, far
fewer than cruise ships
of similar size. The
vessel's unique design
combines the advantage
of its large size with in-
timately designed pub-
lic rooms to offer pas-
sengers the luxury of
space as well as unpar-
alleled choices in din-
ing, entertainment, rec-
reation and accommo-
ransit pose during TheDawn Princess
features two state-of-

"The running twins"
Cheryl Clough DallingerandSheron Clough
Chrysler of British Columbia, Canada, pose
with their Panama Canal handbags at the
ship's circular staircase. The twins earned
the moniker of "the running twins" in the
early 1970s. They coach local women's
running clinics that raise money for bat-
tered and abused women.

the-art showrooms, a computerized golf cen-
ter and centers for children and teens. It also
provides private balconies in nearly half the
cabins, and 19 cabins accommodate dis-
abled passengers. A spectacular four-story
atrium features a circular marble foyer and
staircase, two glass elevators and a stained-
glass dome. Other attractions include a pool
that is suspended between two decks.
The Dawn Princess is the second ship
introduced under the $1.3 billion Grand Class
expansion at Princess Cruises, following the
launching'of the Sun Princess in 1995. Two
other ships will be introduced under the
program, the Grand Princess, in May 1998,
and the Sea Princess, a triplet to the Sun
Princess and Dawn Princess, in early 1999.
Norton Lilly represents Princess Cruises
vessels at the Canal.

Stories by Myrna A. Iglesias

Photos by Jaime Yau
Armando De Gracia

of the book "Panama Now."
Measuring 915 feet in length and
105.6 feet in beam, the Rhapsody of the
Seas has a capacity for 2,400 passen-
gers. Its features include swimming
pools, casinos, exercise rooms and other
comforts commonly found on cruise
The vessel was en route to Caldera,
Costa Rica, and Acapulco, Mexico, from
where it will begin a series of summer
cruises to Alaska.

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"Rhapsody of the Seas" establishes new tolls record

Friday. June 6. 1997

The Panama Canal Spillway

Inauguration of remodeled center

In the photo at far right, Traffic Manage-
ment Division Chief Sam H. Mann, center,
and former Marine Director Capt. George
T. Hull cut the ribbon to inaugurate the
remodeled Panama Canal Commission
Marine Traffic Control Center as acting
Marine Director Carlos A. Alvarado looks
on. At right, employees work at the center's
new modular consoles, which feature spe-
cial lighting, ventilation, on-screen commu-
nication systems and an ergonomic design
for increased comfort. A big display of -
traffic schedules and a closed-circuit televi-
sion view ofPedro Miguel Locks can be seen
on the wall in front of the controllers.

Photos by Jaime Yau

Freeze under study

Plans for a freeze on.personnel
actions within the Panama Canal
Commission have been sent for
review and comment to the exclu-
sive representatives of recognized
bargaining units. Scheduled to be
in place from June 15 through Oc-
tober 31, the freeze is necessary to
support implementation of the
major reorganization of the Com-
mission that is scheduled to take
effect October 1.
The plan calls for the suspen-
sion of all permanent and tempo-
rary appointments, promotions and
reassignments during the freeze.
Exceptions may be made for tem-
porary hires to accommodate emer-
gency situations, unexpected pri-
ority projects or work that cannot
be realistically postponed. Like-
wise, exceptions for permanent
hires in key, hard-to-fill positions
may be approved by the Personnel
Director on a case-by-case basis.
The freeze will not affect con-
versions from career conditional to
career status, within-grade in-
creases, promotions in develop-
mental positions, extensions of tem-
porary employees, details, the hir-
ing of student assistants or perma-
nent hiring in special training pro-
grams. Temporary promotions in
effect before June 15 may be con-
tinued, but will not be extended if
they terminate during the freeze.

Strut arm installation

At far left, Roberto Sepalveda,
Dimas Rodriguez (below) and
Jaime Espino provide assistance
as Locks Division mechanical su-
pervisorMichael T. Norman, right,
checks the height of a support for
one ofthe new hydraulic strut arms
that were recently installed for two
Miraflores Locks miter gates.
Looking on areAlonsoAcosta, Jos6
Pinillo and Marino Vergara. The
strut arms are being tested, with
final adjustments to be made after
the rehanging of the miter gates
following scheduled dry-chamber
work in August.

Photo by Jaime Yau

Madden Dam drum gate overhaul to be completed this month

By Yira A. Flores
The four 360-ton drum gates at
Madden Dam are being overhauled
at a cost of several hundred thou-
sand dollars, with some of the com-
ponents being refurbished for the
first time in their 64-year history.
The buoy-like steel structures, each
100 feet long by 22 feet high, are
hinged to the concrete on top of the
dam and are raised or lowered de-

pending on the amount of lake water
to be contained.
Facility Manager Karamjit
Singh reports that overhauls are
scheduled at the dam during the
dry season, with tasks conducted
in order of priority. The heavy
rains through most of last year's
dry season, however, prevented
workers from conducting the sched-
uled 1996 overhaul. This year,
rainfall patterns were normal, al-
lowing Madden Dam personnel to
lower the level of the lake through
hydroelectric generation down to
212 feet to ensure that all work
scheduled could be accomplished.
Project coordinator Angel
Ciceres notes that personnel from

the Industrial and Engineering di-
visions and from the Electrical
Division's Power Branch are in-
specting the drum gates for cracks,
changing the upstream and down-
stream lateral seals, replacing all
hinge collars, rehabilitating the 188
hinges, replacing gate rubbers and
seals and making sure that all an-
chor bolts are torqued. Hinge
guards are being replaced and in-
ternal work is being done to pre-
vent corrosion inside the gates.
The intake and discharge pip-
ing system is also being rehabili-
tated for the first time. All valves
are being rehabilitated or replaced.
Another task being conducted
is the inspection of the upstream

side of the dam by Industrial Divi-
sion divers with underwater cam-
eras. The inspection covers the six
sluice gate intakes as well as the
entire concrete structure of the dam.
In order to keep water out while
the intake and discharge valves are
being rehabilitated, the Industrial
Division fabricated an aluminum
plug that was installed by divers on
the dam's upstream wall intake
valve. 'The fabrication and instal-
lation of the plug was critical be-
cause we needed it to seal the valve
completely. No leaks could be
allowed," says Singh.
The work began at the end of
April and is scheduled for comple-
tion by the end of this month.

Canal workers repair dissipators at Gatun Dam

Gold Hill project meeting Photo by Kevin Jenkins
Representatives from Meco-Santa Fe, the company that was recently
awarded the Gold Hill dry excavation contract under the Gaillard Cut
widening program, and from sub-contractor Cyber-Tech S. A. meet with
Panama Canal Commission representatives to discuss technical aspects
of the project. Pictured clockwise from the far side of table are acting
Hydrographic Section Chief Francisco Peldez, Cartographic Section
Chief Ricardo Castillo, Construction Division supervisory contract
specialist Efrain Isaza, Construction Division project engineer Ramsds
Cdrdoba, Construction Division contract specialist Diva de Guizado,
Geotechnical Branch designer Maximiliano De Puy, Cyber-Tech Op-
erations Chief William Harp, Meco-Santa Fe project manager Manuel
Arddn and Construction Division construction representative Juan Kaa.

By Susan Harp
Imagine standing under a 75-
foot-high waterfall, with more than
200,000 cubic feet of water pound-
ing on you every second. That's
exactly what happens to the con-
crete dissipators on the downstream
side of Gatun Dam when all the
spillway gates are open and the lake
is at its maximum level. The
dissipators, also called baffle piers,
absorb the water's energy in order
to disperse its destructive force and
are currently being repaired as part
of routine maintenance.
Facility Manager Karamjit
Singh explains that Power Branch
and Engineering Division person-

nel inspect thedissipators every year.
Any necessary repair work is sched-
uled at the end of the dry season,
when low lake levels allow the spill-
way gates to remain closed and the
area to remain dry.
A team of 12 Maintenance Di-
vision cement finishers, workers
and laborers is doing the work,
which includes repairing the cube-
shaped dissipators, their protective
metal covering and the concrete
flooring surrounding them. They
reach the dissipators by walking
down some 40 feet of scaffold stairs
on the side of the spillway.
Construction and Maintenance
Supervisor Basil M. Wilkinson

explains that special additives are
used to make the new concrete
adhere to the old structures, and a
special bonding agent is used to
patch holes in the metal cover.
Before repairing the flooring in
areas covered with standing water,
the workers must first build a re-
taining wall around the area and
then pump the water out of it.
Explaining the importance of
maintaining the dissipators, Singh
says, "Without them, we would
lose the cushion that controls the
water's energy, which could dam-
age the downstream bridge, sta-
tion, retaining wall and river

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The Panama Canal Soillway

Friday, June 6, 1997

Security guards play vital role in ensuring safety, efficiency of operations

By Adrianne Holmes
Responsible for providing se-
curity in the 59.2 square miles of
land and 107 square miles of water
that make up the Panama Canal
operating area, the Canal Protec-
tion Division plays a vital role in
the safe and efficient operation of
the Canal.
According to Chief Rodman F.
Brayton, "The backbone of the op-
eration is the patrol force; it takes'a
guard to have security." There are
currently 353 security guards who
protect people and patrol and moni-
tor the expansive area covered, which
includes the waterway and lake;
buildings and industrial compounds;
and remote installations, such as
transmission lines, microwave tow-
ers and electrical substations.
Other Panama Canal Commis-
sion employees may not realize the
full extent of the various challenges
that security guards face. For ex-
ample, guards who patrol Gaillard
Cut must protect equipment and
accompany the trucks that trans-
port explosives to the area. In
addition, the guards keep a close
watch over all Canal area power
lines and over the navigational aids
along the banks of the Canal.
Joint patrols with the Panama
police force in four-wheel drive
vehicles, sedans or boats are
also an important part of the every-

Patrolling the locks Photo by Armando De Gracia
Canal Protection Division security guard Clarence Prescod patrols the Miraflores Locks center wall as the
dry bulk carrier "Oji New Century" and the passenger ship "Maasdam" continue their northbound transits
through the Panama Canal.

day work for the security force.
Another important task is the pro-
tection of dignitaries who visit the
Canal, among them the President
of the United States. "It takes about
two years for a guard to experience
all aspects of patrolling," Brayton
says, "but usually, due to their par-
ticularcharacteristics, they will find
a certain niche and enjoy that pa-
trol area more than another."
Although the Canal Protection
Division is geared primarily toward

industrial security, it has taken on
additional responsibilities as the
need arose. During the political and
economic crisis in Panama prior to
Operation Just Cause, security
guards had to transport large
amounts of cash on paydays so that
all Commission employees could
be paid. And, with practically no
functioning law enforcement activ-
ity after the invasion of Panama, the
security force provided protection
in the Canal operating area and

helped keep the Canal operating.
"These difficult times helped
prove to the entire Commission
work force that the Canal security
guards have a high sense of loyalty
and are admirable workers," says
Canal Protection Division Pacific
Branch Chief Jorge A. Escala.
According to Escala, the need
for effective security is ever in-
creasing. As the Canal and its
officials take on a higher profile,
the guards have to work harder to
provide protection. Brayton says
that the security force welcomes
this added challenge, which keeps
life interesting.
Canal security guards must
complete extensive safety, cardiop-
ulmonary resuscitation, defensive
driving, computer and language
training. In addition, there are sev-
eral personal traits that one must
possess to be a dependable guard,
including the ability to stay alert
and aware of the surroundings.
"Guards develop a sixth sense of

Performance -awards
At left, employees from the Canal
Protection Division's Pacific
Branch pose with the awards they
receivedfor outstanding and supe-
rior performance during 1996.
Photo by Armando De Gracia

their surroundings," Brayton says.
Those who provide security at
public buildings must also be effi-
cient, knowledgeable about work
operations and personnel assigned
to the installation, courteous and
good at dealing with the public.
"The guard is the first person a
visitor to the building or facility
meets, as well as the last," says
lead security guard Melvin Brown,
who notes that the guards must
apply their skills to provide a high
level of security while remaining
courteous to ease the apprehension
that people may feel upon seeing
an armed guard.
The security force is currently
made up of highly qualified and
well-trained professionals from
diverse backgrounds. "Many of
the Canal Protection security
guards are lawyers, accountants,
business administrators or engi-
neers," Brown states. Providing
additional expertise are former
policemen and military veterans
with extensive experience in the
field of security.
Supporting the competent and
efficient security force is a com-
plex electronic surveillance sys-
tem that covers almost the entire
Canal operating area. Strategically
installed cameras, intrusion-detec-
tion devices and access-control
systems transmit information to a
central location, where it can be
closely monitored by a security
specialist. "This high-tech hard-
ware helps to extend the vision of
the guard," Brayton says.
Through the combination of
advanced technology and a well-
prepared work force, the Canal
Protection Division has an ex-
panding vision for the future. Ac-
cording to Brayton, the division
is thinking beyond the year 2000
to be ready to face any number of
future challenges. Both Brayton
and Escala are adamant when they
say, "December 31, 1999, is just
another day for Canal Protection.
There will be no significant
change in the duties of the Canal
security guards, as they will con-
tinue protecting the people and
equipment involvedin this world-
class operation."

Pacific Branch fires way into first at Canal Protection Division shoot

The Canal Protection Division
celebrated its annual pistol match
and family day at Caimito range
last month. Although the Atlantic
Branch produced three of the top
four shooters, including the "Top
Gun," and earned a total of 7,871
points, the Pacific Branch came
out almost 100 points ahead, with
7,965, and took the overall victory.
Hosted this year by the Pacific

Branch, the event alternates be-
tween the two sides of the Isthmus.
Atlantic Branch lead security guard
Basilio Seferlis emerged as this
year's "Top Gun," with a score of
418 out of a possible total of 420
points. Pacific Branch lead secu-
rity guard Jos6 Cespedes and At-
lantic Branch security guard Jesis
Renterfa tied for second, each fin-
ishing with 416 points. Atlantic
Branch lead security guard Amulfo
South, who had reigned as "Top
Gun" for the past four years, fin-
ished fourth, with a score of 414.

"Top Gun"

At left, lead security guard Basilio
Seferlis receives the "Top Gun"
trophy from Pacific Branch Chief
Jorge A. Escala Jr.

Photo by Armando Calvo

Seferlis also earned the top slot
in the "Master" category, with
Renteria taking top honors in the
"Sharpshooter" competition. Pa-
cific Branch security guards Rafael
McCatty and Michelangelo Gibbs
took the number one spots in the
"Expert" and "Marksman" catego-
ries, with 409 and 408 points, re-
Atlantic Branch Chief A.T.
Malcolm says, 'The competition
gives theemployees a chance to show
their skill with weapons in a com-
petitive and friendly atmosphere."
Acting Pacific Branch Chief
Herman Wilkinson adds, "The an-
nual shoot and family day brings
the members of both branches and
their families together. Along with
the shoot, they hash over old times,
renew friendships, meet new per-
sonnel, play games and have a good

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Celebrating organic law enactment Photo by Jaime Yau
Panama Canal Commission Administrator Alberto Alemdn Zubieta,
right, greets Marine Engineers Beneficial Association representa-
tive Daniel Goldsworthy at a party organized by unions to celebrate
the enactment by the Panama Legislative Assembly of the law to
regulate the successor Panama Canal organization. Looking on are
Executive Administration and Transition Coordination Director
James E. Ferrara, left, andMEBA co-representative Antonio Regist.

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Friday, June 6, 1997

The Panama Canal Spillway

Employees speak at

Three Panama Canal Commission em-
ployees, all Apprentice School graduates,
shared their expertise during a technical con-
ference organized by the Panama Techno-
logical University's Mechanical Engineer-
ing School.
Under the theme "Maintenance: The
Key to the Future in the Industry," the con-
ference was held May 26 through 29 at the
university's regional center in Colon.
Instrument mechanic Alejandro Palma
and automotive mechanic Fernando Valle
made ajoint presentation on the use of a new
automotive air-conditioning system and its
benefits in protecting the ozone layer. Palma
and Valle are both graduates of the Panama
Technological University and are currently
employed at the Northern District Motor
Transportation Division.
Another guest speaker for the conference

technical conference

was Construction Division inspector Roberto
Lake, who discussed industrial coatings and
confined-space safety. Certified by the Com-
mission as a confined-space inspector, Lake
has also received specialized training from
the Steel Structure Painting Council in North
Carolina. He is currently monitoring the
progress of the locks miter gate rehabilita-
tion program that is being performed under
contract at the Industrial Division.
Highlighting the important role that main-
tenance has played in the field of industrial
equipment and structural preservation, the
conference sought to familiarize students
with advances in industrial safety, environ-
mental protection and quality production.
Given the Commission's leadership in ap-
plying new technology in these areas, it
stands to reason that half the conference
speakers would come from its ranks.

Cientec 97 presentation Photo by Armando De Gracia
Hydrologist Carlos A. Vargas discusses the Panama Canal Commission's implementation
of a new riverforecasting system with Panama students during his May 30 presentation at
Cientec 97, an international science and technology exposition that was held from May 29
through June 1 at the Atlapa Convention Center. The Commission Public Affairs Office
supported the event with an exhibit.

New work outfits create "uniform" look for towboat seamen, boatswains

New uniforms Photo by Alfredo Ryan
Posing at Gatun Landing in their new uniforms are towboat boatswain Carlos Acosta,
seamen Alejandro Machado and Eliecer Acosta and boatswain Felipe Campbell.

By Susan K. Stabler

PanamaCanal Commission towboat sea-
men and boatswains have always had to
work as a team, handling the heavy lines
that connect Commission tugs to the ves-
sels they assist through the Panama Canal.
Now they also look like a team, wearing
brand new uniforms that were issued the
end of April. Approximately 210 Towboat
Branch employees each received three sets
of the khaki shirts and blue-jeans that make
up the uniform.
SAccording to acting Towboat Manager
Max Newman, the new uniforms reflect the
importance of the work these employees
perform. "The employees are really enthu-
siastic about the uniforms, which have im-
proved morale," he says. "The employees
see the uniforms as the agency's way of
saying it cares about the image they present
to customers."
The idea of wearing uniforms grew from

within the ranks of deck employees, with
union representatives and others proposing
the idea to management approximately a
year ago. The idea was accepted by manage-
ment following several months of discus-
sions and meetings. The uniforms were
purchased locally at a cost of approximately
$13,000 for the entire towboat fleet.
The letters "PCC" stand out above the
left pocket of the shirts, which also carry the
words "Tug Seaman" or "Tug Boatswain"
across the back. Helmets, which are stan-
dard issue and required for safety, round out
the professional look, with seamen wearing
white ones and boatswains orange ones. All
deck employees are also issued safety shoes
and gloves.
Expressing the opinion of the majority of
his co-workers, towboat Morrow boatswain
Eduardo Collins says, "Using a uniform has
been a good idea. It makes the employees
look neat and feel comfortable we look

Honest employee returns overpayment on

cashed check to Balboa Treasurer's Office

By Teresa Arosemena
On Wednesday, May 7, Roy Paddy, a
scheduler with the Traffic Management Di-
vision, went to the Treasurer's Office in
Balboa to cash a check for $340. Having
developed the habit of not counting the money
when he cashed a check, he put the cash
directly in his pocket and did not think about
it anymore until he got home. When he
began giving his children money for school,
however, he realized that he had received
much more than the amount of the check.
"It never occurred to me not to return the
money. You do whatever your conscience
tells you to do, and returning it was the only
thing that went through my mind," says
Paddy, who adds that he was taught to re-
spect traditional values. "Even though no-
body knew, I did know. I would have criti-
cized myself for keeping it."
Aware that the cashier would have to

Administrator, Panama Canal Commission

Associate Director

make up the difference, Paddy planned his
schedule to return the money as soon as
possible. He went to work for his 10 p.m. to
6 a.m. shift and then went running, heading
right afterward to the Treasurer's Office,
which had opened for business by that time.
When Paddy asked the cashier if any money
was not accounted for, he was told that a
frantic search had been made the day before
for more than $500. Paddy then returned the
missing amount.
Paddy has been working for the Panama
Canal Commission for almost 11 years, ten
of them at the Marine Traffic Control Cen-
ter. Assistant Traffic Management Division
Chief Eric N. Espino praises his conduct,
saying it is typical of that shown by other
division employees. "We have to follow a
straight line and not permit deviations,"
Espino states. "Our office is characterized
by honesty."



Deputy Administrator
Director of Public Affairs
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 during the week of publication. Subscriptions for 52 issues are 56 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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Counting it out

After being overpaid by
more than $500 recently
at the Treasurer's Office,
marine traffic scheduler
Roy Paddy is now count-
ing his cash carefully.

Photo by Kevin Jenkins

Managers appointed to coordinate reorganization

In response to the approval by the Board of Directors of a reorganization within
the Panama Canal Commission, Administrator Alberto Aleman Zubieta has
designated responsibility for coordinating implementation of the reorganization
to the senior managers listed below. The managers will each be responsible for
reviewing a different bureau-level office under the new organizational structure,
as indicated.
Ricaurte Vasquez M. Financial Management
George A. Mercier Human Resources
Jacinto Wong Information Management
James E. Ferrara Administration
Ren6 Van Hoorde Operations
Richard A. Wainio Business Planning & Market Development
Charles Morris Safety, Environment & Security
Thomas W. Drohan Engineering
John L. Haines Jr. General Counsel


The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, June 6, 1997

Administrator thanks workers

for efforts to eliminate backlog

Thanks to the concerted efforts of Panama Canal Com-
mission employees, normal traffic conditions were restored
at the Panama Canal early last week. After reaching a high
of 102 at midnight May 5, the number of vessels awaiting
transit had been reduced to 19 by midnight May 26. Under
normal conditions, the number of vessels awaiting transit is
about 22 or 23.
The backlog resulted from a scheduled outage for main-
tenance in the east lane of Pedro Miguel and Miraflores
locks on April 21 and 22 and from operations to recover the
San Pablo II, a contact tug that sank April 21 at the
southeast approach to Miraflores. Commission employees
had successfully removed the tug by the early morning hours
of April 28, restoring full transit capacity.
Commission Administrator Alberto Aleman Zubieta met
with senior managers at the Training Center on May 9 to
discuss the serious backlog problem. He also sent a memo-
randum on the subject to all employees on May 13, asking
everyone to pull together and do everything possible to
restore normal traffic conditions by the end of the month.
On May 29, Alemdn Zubieta sent a subsequent memo-
randum to employees, praising them for accomplishing the
goal almost a week ahead of time. "For your superlative
hard work and commitment, you have my personal thanks
and heartfelt congratulations," he said, adding that the
results were in keeping with the tradition of excellence that
has always characterized Canal operations.

Tug salvage awards

Receiving awards for their
efforts to recover the sunken
contract tug, "SanPabloII,"
are employees from the
Dredging Division, at top;
Engineering, Maintenance
and Construction divisions,
above; and Motor Transpor-
tation Division, Marine Bu-
reau and Engineering and
Construction Bureau units,
at right.

Photos by Jaime Yau and
Annando De Gracia

June 20 deadline for summer recreation program registration

The Employee Fitness Branch will offer a variety of
activities to Panama Canal Commission dependents during
the U.S. school vacation program. Registration for the
summer recreation program, which runs from June 24 through
August 15, will be open through June 20. The registration
and parental permission forms should be obtained from the
branch. A summary of some of the activities at specific
centers is provided below; check with the centers and the
pools for more complete information.
Diablo Fitness Center
Gymnastics classes will be offered at Diablo Fitness
Center to students of different ages and skill levels. Begin-
ning sessions for 6- to 12-year-olds will meet from 10 to 11
a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, with those
who have never taken classes meeting on different days than
those who have had instruction. The intermediate class for
6- to 18-year-olds will meet from 11 to 11:50 a.m. Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, with the advanced class at the same
time Tuesday and Thursday. On the first day of class, the
instructor will determine whether students are enrolled at the
appropriate skill level.
The center will also offer kickball, table games and
similar activities from 8 to 9 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.; programs
for ages 7 to 12 in archery from 9 to 10 a.m., floor hockey
from 10 to 11 a.m. and basketball from 11 a.m. to noon; an
open gym from noon to 1 p.m.; basketball for ages 13 to 15
from 1 to 2 p.m.; and beginner tennis for ages 10 to 17 from
2 to 3 p.m.
Balboa Gymnasium
Activities at the Balboa gym include a racquetball class
for ages 12 to 15 from 2 to 3 p.m., basketball for ages 7 to 12
from 3 to 4 p.m. and for ages 13 to 15 from 4 to 5 p.m. and
an open gym from 5 to 9 p.m.
Gamboa Playshelter
The open gym at the Gamboa Playshelter will be held

from 11 to 11:30 a.m., followed by beginners tennis and low-
organized games from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., archery for
ages 7 to 12 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and table soccer from
1 to 2:30 p.m. A basketball program will be offered from
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, with bumper
pool at the same time Tuesday and Thursday and badminton
in the same slot on Friday. Adult activities will be held from
3:30 to 7 p.m. In addition, the playshelter weight room will
be open to patrons aged 16 and over.
Gatun Gymnasium
The schedule at Gatun gym includes basketball for ages
7 to 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. and for ages 13 to 15 from 2 to 3 p.m.;
archery for ages 7 to 12 from 3 to 4 p.m.; kickball, floor
hockey and other games from 4 to 5 p.m.; and weight-
training instruction for ages 16 and over from 5 to 6 p.m. The
gym will also offer beginners tennis from 4 to 5 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Balboa Physical Fitness Center
Table tennis, table games, billiards and bumper pool
instruction and table soccer will be offered at the Balboa
fitness center from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays, with arts and
crafts classes for ages 6 to 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and
Gatun Youth Center
The majority of activities at the Gatun Youth Center are
scheduled for Tuesday through Friday, with open recreation
from noon to 8 p.m., table games from 1:45 to 3 p.m.,
billiards class s from 2 to 3 p.m., table tennis classes from
3:15 to 4:30 p.m. and table hockey classes from 5 to 6 p.m.
An additiona open recreation period will be offered from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, as well as table games from 1 to 3
p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and arts and crafts from 2 to
3:15 p.m. Wednesday. The center also plans to offer a first
aid class and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation during
evening hours.

Canal museum seeks donations
The Interoceanic Canal Museum of Panama is seeking
artifacts, through donations or loans, for its inaugural exhibit.
For more information, contact exhibit curator Angeles Ramos
Baquero at or at 262-0966.
Surplus sale
The Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office will
hold a sealed-bid sale on June 10 through 12 at Building 745,
Corozal. Prospective buyers may inspect and bid on the
merchandise between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the sale dates.
Racquetball tourney
The Panama Canal Commission Employee Fitness Branch
is holding registration until June 13 for a mixed-doubles
racquetball tournament at the Balboa gym.
Basketball league
A divisional basketball league for players over 18 years
of age will be offered by the Panama Canal Commission
Employee Fitness Branch at the Balboa gym, beginning July
8. Registration will run from June 6 through 21, with the first
organizational meeting scheduled for 4:30 p.m. June 24 at
the Balboa Fitness Center and the second at the same time
and place on July 1. To sign up, call 272-1212 or 272-2903.
SAT procedural information
Those who are planning to take level one or two of the
Scholastic Aptitude Test on Saturday, June 7, should arrive
at Balboa High School no later than 8 a.m. The tests are
scheduled to be given in Building 706, which may be entered
only through the rear gate on the southwest side. The
entrance is across from the gym. To prevent interference
with graduation ceremonies on the front lawn, officials urge
those taking the test to have someone drive them to the
school. Those who must drive should use the parking lot in
front of the Panama Canal Commission Electrical Division.
Testing will start promptly at 8:30 in classrooms in the
school's "700" area. Room assignments will be posted in
the hallway of the area. Those taking the test should bring
No. 2 pencils, an eraser, calculator, admission ticket and
photo identification. For further information, call 272-2239.

Paee 6

Take note

*The Panama Canal Commission will dis-
continue distribution of the Tropic Times.
Today's issue of the publication is the last one
that will be distributed by the agency to its

*The Panama Technical Judicial Police
(PTJ) has announced that all reports and com-
plaints about thefts, burglaries or lost items on
the Pacific side of the Canal area should now be
filed at the central PTJ office in Ancon. The
Balboa office that previously processed these
cases for Canal area residents is no longer
doing so. The Ancon office is open daily on a
24-hour basis.

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Friday, June 6, 1997

The Panama Canal Spillway

SHealth corner:

Locks employees support campaign to help hemophiliac kids

By Carolina Castillo C.
Employees from the Pedro Miguel and
Miraflores locks recently contributed to a
campaign organized by the Hospital del Niiio
and the Panama Hemophilia Association to
raise funds for medical treatment for needy
children who suffer from hemophilia.
Hemophilia is a hereditary disease that
is transmitted by mothers to their male chil-
dren. Although female children do not con-
tract the disease, they can become carriers.
A child born to a carrier has a 50 percent
chance of becoming either a hemophiliac (in
the case of a male) or a carrier (in the case of
a female).
Although the decision whether to have
children is personal, educational campaigns
have helped increase an awareness of the
risks associated with hemophilia and the
arguments for not transmitting it to future
The disease is characterized by the ten-
dency to bleed easily and by the slowness
with which coagulation occurs, conditions
that are caused by the lack of a specific factor
in the plasma. Hemophilia usually mani-
fests itself during childhood through the
disposition to bleed for long periods after a
small wound or, in some cases, for no appar-
ent cause at all. Studies show that hemo-
philiac hemorrhages can be brought on by
emotional stressors such as school examina-

Charitable act
Locks Division employees present a dona-
tion to help hemophiliac kids to Roberto
Garcia, seen kneeling, and his son, Roberto.
Photo by Armando De Gracia

tions or family conflicts.
The main complications over the long
run are articular deformities and disabilities.
In previous years, transfusions have exposed
hemophiliacs to otherdiseases, such as hepa-
titis and the acquired immune deficiency
In the absence of a permanent cure for
hemophilia, therapy consists of treatments
to replace the factor that is missing from the
plasma. A hemophiliac child may require
three treatments weekly to prevent the de-
formities that are caused by the accumula-
tion of blood in the joints. In severe cases,
however, six vials of treatment, each costing

$100, may be required every six hours to
control bleeding on certain days, represent-
ing a daily cost of $2,400.
There are about 150 known cases of
hemophilia in Panama, about 90 percent of
which'were transmitted by mothers who did
not realize they were carriers. This typically
is the result of a "genetic silence" in which
the disease remains in a latent state for a few
generations before reappearing. In a smaller
number of cases, a mutation, rather than
heredity, causes the necessary factor to be
absent from the plasma.
Roberto Garcia, an employee of the Pedro
Miguel electrical shop, is a member of the

Panama Hemophilia Association and played
an instrumental role in encouraging his co-
workers to contribute to the fund-raising
campaign. Garcia has a particular interest in
the disease because his sons Roberto, 18,
and Enrique, 13, are both hemophiliacs.
Although Panama's social security system
covers the treatment costs for his sons, Garcia
wanted to do something to help other chil-
dren whose families do not have health cov-
erage or the necessary resources to pay for
Garcia's elder son joined him at Pedro
Miguel Locks last week in thanking co-
workers for their donations to the campaign.

Panama National Bank sponsors Panama Canal educational exhibits

To support the Universal Congress of the
Panama Canal in September in Panama City,
the Panama National Bank has been spon-
soring a series of educational activities for
students and the general public throughout
this year to highlight the importance of the
Panama Canal. An exhibit on the Canal
opened at the bank's headquarters on Via

Espaila this week, and the waterway will be
the focus for this year's "Open Doors" pro-
gram, which features a subject of national
interest each year.
Those invited to the inauguration cer-
emony for the exhibit included Panama Presi-
dent Ernesto Perez Balladares; Vice Presi-
dent TomBs Altamirano Duque; officials
from the Panama Canal Commission, Inter-
oceanic Region Authority, other agencies
and the communications media; and other
guests. Open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through
June 24 in the bank's mezzanine, the exhibit

Courtesy call

Deputy Panama Canal Commission Admin-
istrator Joseph W. Cornelison, seated at the
head of the table, welcomes representatives
of the National Association of Retired Em-
ployees to a meeting in his office. The
delegation included the presidents of the five
NARFE chapters in Panama and, seated to
Cornelison's right, Leland L. Dupont, field
vice president for Region VI, which covers
the Republic of Panama, Arkansas, Louisi-
ana, Oklahoma and Texas. Continuing clock-
wise around the table are Robert Urquhart
of Chapter 24, Seabert Haynes of Chapter
2296, Joseph McLean of Chapter 1762 and
Cecil Williams of Chapter 38. Enrique
Richards of Chapter 1233 is not pictured.
While in Panama, Dupont promoted the
establishment of a local federal retirement
association federation and the expansion of
association membership.

features photos from the Hallen Collection
of the Canal-construction era, current pho-
tos, Commission video productions, stamps,
documents and other historical memorabilia.
In connection with the Open Doors pro-
gram this month, an entire showroom dedi-
cated to Canal history, modernization ef-
forts and preparations for the transfer to
Panamanian control will augment the bank's
permanent exhibit on Panama's financial
The Commission Office of Public Af-
fairs is providing materials for both Canal-

related exhibits, as well as an orientation
specialist to give Open Doors program pre-
sentations on the waterway from 9 to 11 a.m.
and 2 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.
Aimed at senior high school and univer-
sity students in Panama City, this year's
Open Doors program will run the whole
month of June at "Casa Museo," located on
34th Street and Cuba Avenue, behind the
Banco General. For additional information
on the program, call coordinator Iris Guti6rrez
(225-0640) or Cecilia Ardines or Nilsa
Jimdnez (269-1830).

Photo by Kevin Jenkins

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Administration Building visit
Children from the X- Y-Z Preschool en-
joy their first visit to the Panama Canal
Commission Administration Building in
Balboa Heights as school director Cora
Herrera, left, and parent Ileana de
Olayvar explain some of the history of
the construction of the Panama Canal
as depicted in the murals in the building's
Photo by Jaime Yau

The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, June 6, 1997

Basketball champs Photo by Roberto Vaca
Winners of the recent Employee Fitness Branch basketball league for Panama Canal
Commission employees and dependents receive their awards from Gamboa gym supervisor
Francisco Ibirico. Seven teams competed in the competition, which was heldfrom April 16
to 25 at the Diablo Gym. Pictured with Ibirico are, standing from left, Kevin Murdock, Alex
Cooper and Disc6rides Ballesteros and, kneeling, Alexander Cano and Jorge Jadn.

English classes to be offered from July through August

The Language Training Unit will offer on-duty and off-duty English classes to Panama
Canal Commission employees at the Balboa and Gatun training centers from July 7 through
August 28. Classes will meet for two hours each session, either on Monday and Wednesday
or Tuesday and Thursday. Nominations should be submitted between June 9 and 20.

Industrial Training Branch announces craft courses

The Industrial Training Branch has scheduled the classes below to upgrade the skills of Panama Canal Commission craft personnel. All will
meet in the Apprentice School from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nominations should be submitted through program managers by the suspense dates
indicated. In addition to the listed classes, the branch plans to offer "Basic Coating Application" to Towboat Branch personnel at a date yet to be
determined. There are also several individualized training packets on a variety of technical subjects available at the Technical Multimedia Center.
Course (and target audience) Dates Suspense
Practical Hydraulics (those in trades that use hydraulics) July 2 June 11
Basic Electronics for Electricians: Part II July 7, 14 & 21 June 16
Laser Alignment July 25 July 7

Position vacancy list
Applicants must have career or career-conditional status. To apply, submit Form 443, Application for Transfer, by next Friday to the
Employment and Placement Branch, Building 366, Ancon.
Persons selected for appointment to a permanent position or a testing-designated position will be tested for illegal drug use prior to
appointment or 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 qualify
if they possess at least one year of specialized experience at the second-lower level of the position.
For in-service actions other than promotions, modified qualifications will be used whenever an applicant's background includes closely
related experience providing the skills necessary for successful performance:
Proof that applicant meets special requirements (such as swimming ability or possession of a civil driver's license) must be filed in the
Official Personnel Foler or added to Form 443.
Salaries reflect the minimum and maximum rates of pay for the grades of the advertised positions. Those selected will be placed in
the appropriate grade and step in accordance with regulations.
Qualification standards may be reviewed at the Panama Canal Commission Technical Resources Center, Building 38, Balboa.
Further information may be obtained from the Employment and Placement Branch at 272-3583.

Permanent positions
Accountant, NM-11 '
Machinist supervisor, MS-10 12 (Shift work
Small craft operator supervisor, MS-10
(Knowledge of English, swimming ability, civil
driver's license, 65-foot motorboat license and
shift work required.)
Supervisory accountant, NM-11
Structural engineer, NM-9/11 (Civil driver's
license and swimming ability required.)
Supervisory librarian, NM-9/10 (Knowledge of
Spanish required.)
Secretary (office automation), NM-7/8
Accountant, NM-7
Clerical assistant (office automation), NM- 5
(Civil driver's license and bilingual ability
Temporary promotions (not to exceed one year)
Supervisory civil engineer, NM-13 (Civil
driver's license required.)
Supervisory civil engineer, NM-13 (Civil
driver's license required.)
Supervisory operating accountant, NM-12
Supervisory accountant, NM-11


Fin. Mgmt.

$18.62/$21.73 Canal Svcs.

$17.51/$22.76 Fin. Mgmt.
$14.47/$22.76 Engineering

$14.47/$20.71 Fac. Mgmt.

$11.83/$17.03 Insp. Gen.

$11.83/$15.38 Fin. Mgmt.
$7.14/$9.01 Info. Mgmt.

$24.95/$32.44 Maint. Ext.

$24.95/$32.44 Maint. Util.

$20.98/$27.28 Fin. Mgmt.
$17.51/$22.76 Fin. Mgmt.

Temporary promotion or detail (not to exceed one year)
Civil engineer, NM-11 (Civil driver's license $17.51/$22.76 Construction
Only PCC employees will be considered.
2 Must be able to report to the Mount Hope shops within 20 minutes of call.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

Location Vacancies
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Softball league winners Photo by Erick Annel Aralz
Players and fans celebrate as Motor Transportation Division Chief Rodrigo Eisenmann
receives the championship trophy for the Panama Canal Commission industrial softball
league from Employee Fitness Branch recreation specialist Roberto E. Vaca.

Employee training course schedule published for July

The schedule of training courses to be offered to Panama Canal Commission employees is provided below. Those marked by an asterisk will
be conducted in Spanish. In cases where "videocon" is indicated as the location, the course will be offered simultaneously on both sides of the Isthmus
via videoconference transmission. Nominations should be submitted through training program coordinators by the suspense dates indicated; training
program coordinators should submit the nominations for the "Partnership Awareness" sessions in order of priority to the Office of Industrial
In addition to the listed courses, a number of individualized training packets are available at the Multimedia Center, among them "Introduction

to Microcomputers," a prerequisite to the introductory Windows 95 courses.
Course (and target audience)
Partnership Awareness

Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpretation
(Administrative Services Division translators)
Writing Effective Budget Justifications (Budget
Management Division personnel)
Planning for Retirement (those planning to retire in the
United States)
Managerial Assessment Program (supervisors and
managers at NM-11 level and above)
Supervisory Development: Transition to Supervision*
(new supervisors)
Managing Difficult Situations (supervisors)
Customer Service for Supervisors*
Personnel Management for Supervisors: Employee
Assistance Program* (new supervisors)
The Power of Employee Efficiency (supervisors)
Personnel Management for Supervisors: Equal
Employment Opportunity (new supervisors)
Administrative Personnel Seminar. Disciplinary Actions
(administrative officers, administrative services
assistants and clerical assistants)
PCC Correspondence Manual (employees who type
official documents)
Professionalism in the Office (office support personnel)
Making Meetings Work
Goal Setting and Action Planning*
The Art of Negotiation
Employee Motivation*
Basic Skills for the Effective Canal Worker* (non-
supervisory manual workers)
Creativity and Innovation Skills
The Canal Worker Toward the Year 2000 and Beyond*
(non-supervisory manual workers)
Self Empowerment
Working Together: The Power of Teamwork*
Basic Statistics (those who assist in preparing statistical
New Employee Orientation*
Writing Brush Up
Introduction to Windows 95 (those who have Windows
95 installed)

Introduction to Windows 95: Computer-Based Training

Moving from WordPerfect to Word (those who have
taken a Windows course or skills assessment test, have
WordPerfect experience and have Word installed)

Moving from WordPerfect to Word: Computer-Based
Training (those who have taken a Windows course or
skills assessment test)
Word: Tables (those who have taken "Moving from
WordPerfect to Word")
Moving from SuperCalc to Excel (those who have taken
a Windows course or skills assessment test, have
SuperCalc experience and have Excel installed)
Moving from SuperCalc to Excel: Computer-Based
Training (those who have taken a Windows course or
skills assessment test)
Excel Charting (those who have taken "Excel
Moving from dBase to Access (those who have taken a
Windows course or skills assessment test, have basic
database experience and have Access installed)
Introduction to Powerpoint (those who have taken a
Windows course or skills assessment test and have
Powerpoint installed)

7/21 8/8

8:00 -4:00
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7/24 & 25 8:00 4:00 7/3 Tr. Ctr.

7/29- 31 8:00 4:00 7/8 Tr. Ctr.


7/10& 11



7/23 & 24


8:00 4:00
8:00- 12:00

6/17 Tr. Ctr.

8:00 4:00 6/17 Videocon

8:00 4:00 6/19 Tr. Ctr.
8:00 11:45 6/24 Tr. Ctr.
8:00 4:00 6/24 Tr. Ctr.

8:00 4:00 6/26
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7/16 & 17 8:00 4:00 6/25 Tr. Ctr.
7/18 8:00 4:00 6/27 Tr. Ctr.

7/23 & 24

7/1 & 2
7/1 & 2
7/7- 10
7/8 & 9
7/10 & 11
7/17 & 18
7/21 -23
7/14- 16
7/21 -23
7/1 & 2
7/17 & 18
7/17 & 18
7/21 -23
7/14- 16
7/21 -23

7/17 & 18

8:00 4:00
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8:00 4:00
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IV2 days
4:30 7:00
12 days
12 days
I2 days
8:00- 11:45
1:00 4:00
1:00 4:00
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6/19 717 Bal.
6/23 717 Bal.
6/26 717 Bal.

7/14 16 1:00 4:00 6/23 717 Bal.
7/21-23 1:00- 4:00 6/30 717 Bal.

7/7 & 8 8:00 11:45 6/16 717 Bal.

7/7 9

8:00 11:45 6/16 717 Bal.

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Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viernes 6 de junio de 1997

Nuevo crucero transita el Canal con 30 parejas de gemelos

Treinta pares de gemelos transitaron el Estados Unidos y Canada para participar en las
Canal de Panama el mes pasado en el nuevo y festividades inaugurales del Dawn Princess.
lujoso buque- Dawn Princess. Los gemelos La nave fue bautizada el 8 de mayo por seis
son los ganadores de un concurso organizado miembros originales de la popular serie de
por la Princess Cruises para celebrar el lanza- televisi6n "El Crucero del Amor", filmada en
miento del Dawn Princess, buque gemelo del barcos de la Princess Cruises. Gavin MacLeod
reci6n introducido Sun Princess, que hizo su (Capitn Stubing),LaurenTewes (Julie), Bemie
trinsito inaugural del Canal en abril de 1996. Kopell(Doc),FredGrandy(Gopher),JillWhelan
El Dawn Princes on&6o6n.e iAt6i o de (Vicki) y Ted Lange (Isaac) se reunieron por
Balboa, en dondere 1i i- teSl a.Cormstin primera vez en mds de una d6cada.
del Canal de PSriy Paul Rickmeirs` 4 Adems de recibir pasajes de ida y vuelta a
consorcio Hibkisdn, laicompaiia que estara' Fort Lauderdale, Florida, para el bautizo del
operando lospi itos painameos de Balboai y Abarco, a los ganadores se les ofreci6 la opci6n
Crist6bal, s~e r ieroh con el Comodoro Stin- de navegar en el crucero inaugural por el Canal
Jamison, capitAn de la nave, para coin'emorir, Yo tomar un crucero de siete dias por el Caribe
durante una freLpnia, ilti -rnsito inaugofWal o Alaska en fecha posterior. Mds de la mitad
del Canal. 'os ~sajero. tuvieron Ia de los gemelos opt6 por el crucero de 11 dias
oportunidadded~yegnfib^saryxealizarcompras por el Canal entre Fort Lauderdale y Acapulco,
en los puestos de ventaa lo.largd del tmuelle. M6xico, de donde volaron de vuelta a casa.
En nombre del Administrador de la Los ganadores del concurso representan
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama, Alberto una gran variedad de edades y estilos de vida,
Alemdn Zubieta, el Subdirector de Servicios pero todos eran muy amigables y estaban
Generales, Charles Morris, entreg6 la deseososdecooperarposandoparafotograffas
tradicional placa por trinsito inaugural a y accediendo a entrevistas. Joseph y Boris
Jamison, quien ha pasado por el Canal por lo Fisch, de Hallandale, Florida, son sobrevi-
menos en 50 ocasiones. El Subdirector vientes de un campo de concentraci6n nazi de
encargado de Marina, Cap. M. M. Fanning la Segunda Guerra Mundial. En 1945, fueron
entreg6 el certificado de tonelaje de la nave. La liberados por tropas de los Estados Unidos y se
Directora Asociada de Relaciones Piblicas, trasladaron alos Estados Unidos en 1949. Pre-
Janet Len-Rios, entreg6 una foto enmarcada parados como cantantes, los gemelos rdpida-
de las Esclusas de Miraflores, videos del Canal mente se hicieron populares por sus bellas voces
y un paquete informativo, mientras que otros yhancantadoparamuchosgruposentodoelpais.
funcionarios de la Oficina de Relaciones A Arlene Wolf, de Hemet, California, y
Pmblicas distribuyeron recordatorios del Canal Ardelle Dame, de Cypress, Texas, se les conocia
a los gemelos. hace muchos afios como las "Gemelas Terry",
El concurso para seleccionar a los gemelos cuando aparecian en comerciales de television
fue anunciado en octubre. A los participantes y otros programas.
selespidi6queescribiesenensayosexplicando Annie y Amy Smith, de Cheyenne, Wyo-
por qu6 se consideraban "extraordinarios", ming, son compositoras y cantantes de misica
refiri6ndose a logros como servicio a la popular estilo "country" que viajan mucho y
comunidad, 6xitos profesionales, desaffos en fueron inscritas por amigos alrededor del pais.
la vida o talentos inicos. Se escogieron 50 Ellas.crearon un programa para nifios llamado
pares de gemelos de diferentes partes de los "ElEspiritudelOeste",elcualllevanaescuelas

Grupo de gemelos
Las 30parejas de gemelos que transitaron el Canal de Panamd en el "Dawn Princess" posan
del barco al Puerto de Balboa.

Transito inaugural
La majestuosa arquitectura del "Dawn Princess" complementa la belleza natural del
Canal de Panamd durante el trdnsito inaugural de la nave por la via acudtica.

y centros civicos alrededor de los Estados
Unidos para ensefiarle a los nifios sobre la
tradici6n de la mdsica popular estilo "coun-
try". Ambas vinieron a Panama hace 10 afios
para cantar en la Estaci6n Naval Rodman de
los Estados Unidos, pero nunca habian
transitado el Canal.
Mary Milton y Marcy Bell, de Rock Island,
Illinois, estan muy involucradas en servicios
comunitarios, organizationes eclesidsticas y
en comunidades de jubilados y actdan como
co-presidentas de tres comedores de benefi-
cencia. Mary, duefia de una agencia de viajes,
y Marcy,'trabajadora social, tambi6n hacian su
primer -trnsito del Canal, enteraridose del
concurso por medio de una revista. Al decir
que el trdnsito fue una experiencia fabulosa y
emocionante, agregaron,
"iVimos p9r completo
los tres juegos de esclu-
sas. Permanecimos ob-
servando afuera todo el
dia. Fue espectacular,
pacifico y hermoso!"
El Dawn Princess, de
856 pies de eslora, es uno
de los cruceros activos
mis grandes, pero s6lo
Ileva 1,950 pasajeros,
mucho menos que los
cruceros de tamaiio simi-
lar. Su disefio dnico
combina la ventaja de su
gran tamafio con salones
pdblicos intimamente
disefiados para ofrecer a
los pasajeros el lujo del
espacio, asf como opcio-
nes inigualables en coci-
na, entretenimiento, re-
creaci6n y habitaciones.
El Dawn Princess
posee dos salas de expo-
durante la llegada sici6n con lo iltimo en
tecnologfa, un centro de

El "Rhapsody of the Seas" rompe record de peajes

El nuevo crucero Rhapsody of the
Seas de la Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
hizo historia en el Canal de Panamd el
23 de mayo. Durante su trinsito inau-
gural del Canal, el crucero rompi6 el
record de peajes al pagar $153,662.66.
El record anterior habia sido establecido
en 1993 por otro crucero, el Crown
El Gerente General del Instituto
Panamefio de Turismo, CUsar Tribaldos;
Joe Josehps, vicepresidente de C. Fernie

& Co., agente del Rhapsody of the Seas en el
Canal, asi como funcionarios de la Comisi6n
del Canal de Panama subieron a bordo del
barco para darle la bienvenida a la via
acuAtica. El Director encargado de Marina,
Carlos A. Alvarado, entreg6 la tradicional
placa inaugural al capitan del barco, T.
Stangland, mientras que el Jefe de la Divisi6n
de Arqueo, John Eberenz, le entreg6 el
certificado de tonelaje de la nave. El Direc-
tor encargado de Relaciones Pdblicas,
Franklin D. Castrell6n, entreg6 una fotograffa

enmarcada del Canal y videos, mientras
que Tribaldos entreg6 una copia del libro
"Panama Now".
Con 915 pies de eslora y 105.6 pies de
manga, el Rhapsody of the Seas tiene
capacidad para 2,400 pasajeros. Ofrece
piscinas, casinos, gimnasios y otras
comodidades comunes a los cruceros.
El barco se dirigia hacia Caldera, Costa
Rica, y Acapulco, M6xico, desde donde
iniciari una serie de cruceros de verano a

"Las gemelas corredoras"
Cheryl Clough Dallinger y Sheron Clough
Chrysler de British Columbia, Canadd, posan
con sus bolsas del Canal de Panamd en la
escalera circular del barco. Las gemelas se
ganaron elapodo de "lasgemelas corredoras"
a inicio de los 70s. Actualmente ofrecen
clinicaspara mujeres corredoraspara recoger
fondos para mujeres maltratadas.

golf computarizado y centros para niios y
adolescentes. Tambi6n ofrece balcones
privados en casi la mitad de sus cabinas, y 19
cabinas para acomodar pasajeros con
impedimentos fisicas. Un espectacular atrio
de cuatro pisos tiene un vestibulo circular de
mArmol y escaleras, dos elevadores de vidrio y
unactpuladevitral. Otrasatraccionesincluyen
una piscina suspendida entre dos niveles.
El Dawn Princess es el segundo barco que
la Princess Cruises introduce bajo su expansi6n
"Gran Clase" de $1.3 mil millones, luego del
lanzamiento del Sun Princess en 1995. Otros
dos barcos serin introducidos bajo este
programa, el Grand Princess en mayo de
1998, y el Sea Princess, parte de la tripleta del
Sun Princess y del Dawn Princess, a inicios de
1999. Norton Lilly representa a las naves de la
Princess Cruises en el Canal.

Articulos por Myrna A. Iglesias

Fotos por Jaime Yau
Armando De Gracia

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Spillway del Canal de Panama

Inauguran remodelaciones
En lafoto a la extrema derecha, el Jefe de la
Division de Trdfico Maritimo, Sam H. Mann,
al centro, y el antiguo Director de Marina
Cap. George T. Hull cortan la cinta para
inaugurar el remodelado Centro de Control
de Trdfico Maritimo de la Comisidn del Canal
de Panamd, mientras el Director encargado
de Marina, CarlosA. Alvarado, observa. A la
derecha, empleados trabajan en las nuevas
consolas modulares del centro, con ilumi-
nacidn especial, ventilaci6n, sistemas de
comunicacidn en pantalla y un diseio
ergon6micopara mayor comodidad. Un gran
despliegue de los horarios de trdfico y una
vista de las Esclusas de Pedro Miguel se
pueden observar en la pared frontal.
Foto por Jaime Yau

Congelardn acciones

La Comisi6n del Canal de
Panamd ha enviado a los repre-
sentantes exclusivos de unidades
negociadoras reconocidas los planes
para congelar las acciones de per-
sonal en la agencia. Programado del
15 de junio al 31 de octubre, el
congelamiento es necesario para
apoyar la implementaci6n de la
reorganizaci6n de la Comisi6n
programada para el lo. de octubre.
El plan requiere la suspensi6n de
todos los nombramientos perma-
nentes y temporales, ascensos y
traslados, durante el congelamiento.
Se podran hacer excepciones en
contrataciones temporales para re-
solver situaciones de emergencia,
proyectos prioritarios inesperados o
trabajos que no puedan posponerse.
De igual forma, excepciones para
contrataciones permanentes en
posiciones claves y dificiles de Ilenar
podran ser aprobadas por el Director
de Personal caso por caso.
El congelamiento no afectara las
conversiones de carrera condicional
a carrera, aumentos de grado, ascen-
sos en posiciones evolutivas, exten-
siones de empleados temporales,
tes estudiantiles o contrataci6n per-
manente en programas especiales de
adiestramiento. Los ascensostempo-
rales efectivos antes del 15 de junio
podran continuar, pero no serin
extendidos si culminan durante el

Instalan brazo de apoyo
A la extrema izquierda, Roberto
Sepalveda, Dimas Rodriguez
(abajo) y Jaime Espino ayudan
mientras el supervisor mecdnico
de la Divisidn de Esclusas, Michael
T. Norman, derecha, verifica la
altura de un soporte de uno de los
nuevos brazos de apoyo hidrdulicos
recientemente instalados en dos
compuertas de las Esclusas de
Miraflores. Observan Alonso
Acosta, Josd Pinillo y Marino
Vergara. Los brazos de apoyo
estdn siendoprobados y los ajustes
finales se hardn una vez se
reinstalen las compuertas luego de
los trabajos en cdmara seca
programados para agosto.

Foto por Jaime Yau

Este mes terminan reacondicionamiento en Represa de Madden

Por Yira A. Flores
Las compuertas de tambor de
360 toneladas de la Represa de Mad-
den estan siendo reacondicionadas a
un costo de varios cientos de miles
de d6lares, con algunos de sus
componentes siendo tratados por
primera vez en sus 64 afios de
existencia. Las estructuras de acero
parecidas a boyas, cada una de 100
pies de largo por 22 pies de alto,
estan enganchadas al cemento en la
parte superior de la represa y son

elevadas o bajadas dependiendo de
la cantidad de agua contenida.
El gerente de instalaciones
Karamjit Singh informa que los rea-
condicionamientos se programan en
larepresadurante la poca seca, ylos
trabajos se realizan por orden de
prioridad. Sin embargo, las fuertes
lluvias durante la mayor parte de la
6poca seca el afio pasado no permi-
tieron realizar el reacondiciona-
miento programado para 1996. Este
aiio, los patrones de precipitaci6n
fueron normales, permitiendo al per-
sonal de la Represa de Madden bajar
el nivel del lago por medio de
generaci6n hidroel6ctrica hasta 212
pies para asegurar que se pudiera
realizar todo el trabajo programado.
El coordinador del proyecto An-
gel Caceres sefiala que personal de

las divisiones Industrial y de Inge-
nierfa y del Ramo de Potencia de la
Divisi6n E16ctrica, inspeccionan las
compuertas buscando rajaduras,
cambiando los sellos laterales de
corriente arriba y abajo, reemplazan
todos los anillos de las bisagras,
rehabilitanlas 188bisagras,reempla-
zan los cauchos y sellos de las com-
puertas y se aseguran de que todos
los tomillos del anclaest6n apretados.
Los protectores de las bisagras estan
siendo reemplazados y se esti
haciendo trabajo interno para
prevenir la corrosi6n dentro de las
compuertas de tambor.
El sistema de tuberfas de toma y
descarga tambi6n se estA rehabili-
tando por primera vez. Todas las
vAlvulas se estAn rehabilitando o
reemplazando, como sea necesario.

Otra tarea que se realiza es la
inspecci6n de la represa corriente
arriba por buzos de la Divisi6n In-
dustrial con camaras submarinas.
Lainspecci6ncubrelas seis vilvulas
de toma de las compuertas al igual
quetodalaestructurade cemento de
la represa.
Para mantener el agua fuera
mientras las vilvulas de toma y des-
carga son rehabilitadas, la Divisi6n
Industrial fabric6 un tap6n de
aluminio que fue instalado por buzos
en la pared de la vilvula de toma
corriente arriba en la represa. "La
fabricaci6n e instalaci6n del tap6n
fue critica pues necesitdbamos sellar
lavilvulacompletamente. Nopodfan
permitirse escapes", dice Singh.
y debe terminarse a fines de este mes.

Discuten proyecto de Gold Hill Foto por Kevin Jenkins
Representantes de Meco-Santa Fe, la compaiiia a la que se le adjudic6 el
contrato de Gold Hill bajo el programa de ensanche del Corte Gaillard, y
del subcontratista Cyber-Tech, S. A. se retinen con representantes de la
Comisi6n del Canalpara discutiraspectos ticnicos delproyecto. Siguiendo
las manecillas del reloj y, desde el fondo, aparecen el Jefe interino de la
Secci6ndeHidrografia Francisco Peldez, elJefede laSecci6nde Cartografia
Ricardo Castillo, el especialista supervisor de contratos de la Divisi6n de
Construccidn, Efrain Isaza, el ingeniero de proyectos Ramses Cdrdoba, la
especialista de contratos Diva de Guizado, el diseiiador del Ramo de
Geotecnia Maximiliano De Puy, el Jefe de Operaciones de Cyber-Tech, S.A.
William Harp, el gerente de proyectos de Meco-Santa Fe Manuel Arddn y
el representante de construcci6n de la Divisidn de Construccion Juan Kaa.

Trabajadores reparan disipadores de represa

Por Susan Harp
Imagine estar parado bajo una
cascada de.75 pies de alto, con mAs
de 200,000 pies cdbicos de agua por
segundo cayendo sobre usted. Eso
es exactamente lo que ocurre a los
disipadores de concreto en el lado de
la caida del agua en la Represa de
Gatdn cuando todas las compuertas
del vertedero se abren y el lago esti
a su maximo nivel. Los disipadores,
que absorben la energia del agua dis-
persandosufuerzadestructiva, estdn
siendo reparados como parte del
mantenimiento de rutina.
El gerente de instalaciones
Karamjit Singh, explicaque personal
del RamodePotencia y delaDivisi6n

Industrial inspeccionalos disipadores
cadaafio. Cualquierreparaci6nnece-
saria se programa al final de la 6poca
seca, cuando los niveles bajos del lago
permiten mantener cerradas las
compuertas del vertedero y secael area.
Un equipo de 12 repelladores,
trabajadores y obreros de la Divisi6n
de Mantenimiento est realizando el
trabajo, que incluye reparar los
disipadores cuadrados, su cubierta
protectora de metal y el piso de
cemento que los rodea. Llegan a los
disipadores bajando por unos
andamios de 40 pies a un costado del
El Supervisor de Construcci6n y
Mantenimiento, Basil M. Wilkinson,

explica que estAn usando aditivos
especiales para lograrque el concreto
nuevo se adhiera a las estructuras
viejas, y utilizan un sellador especial
para tapar los hoyos en la cubierta de
metal. Antes de reparar el piso en las
areas cubiertas con agua represada,
los trabajadores deben construir
primero un muro de contenci6n
alrededor del Area y luego bombear
el agua afuera.
Explicando la importancia de
mantener los disipadores, Singh dice:
"Sin ellos, perderfamos el amorti-
guador que controla la energia del
agua, lo cual podrfa dailar el puente del
lado de lacafda, la estaci6n, el muro de
contenci6n y las orillas del rio".

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Soillwav del Canal de Panama

Viemes 6 de junio de 1997

Guardias de seguridad vitales para seguridad y eficiencia de operaciones

Responsables por la seguridad
de las 59.2 millas cuadradas de tierra
y 107 millas cuadradas de agua que
componen el Area operativa del Ca-
nal de PanamA, la Divisi6n de
Protecci6n del Canaljuega un papel
vital en la operaci6n segura y
eficiente del Canal.
Segdn eljefeRodmanF.Brayton:
"La columna vertebral de la opera-
ci6n es la fuerza patrullera, pues, se
requiere un guardia para tener segu-
ridad". Actualmente hay 353 guar-
dias que protegen a las personas y
patrullan y vigilan la extensa Area,
que incluye la via acuAtica y el lago;
edificios y complejos industriales e
instalaciones remotas como lineas
detransmisi6n, torres demicroondas
y subestaciones el6ctricas.
Otros empleados del Canal po-
drian desconocer el alcance de los
desaffos varios que los guardias de
seguridad enfrentan. Por ejemplo,
patrullan el Corte Gaillard, protegen
el equipo y escoltan a los camiones
que transportan explosivos al Area.
lancia de todas las lineas electricas y
de las ayudas a la navegaci6n a lo
largo de las orillas del Canal.
El patrullaje conjunto con miem-
bros de la fuerza policial de Panamai
- en vehiculos cuatro .por cuatro,
sedanes obotes es tambi6n parte
importante del trabajo diario de la

Patrullando las esclusas Foto por Armando De Gracia
El guardia de seguridad de la Divisi6n de Proteccidn del Canal, Clarence Prescod, patrulla el muro central
de las Esclusas de Miraflores, mientras el buque de carga a granel "Oji New Century ", y el buque depasajeros
"Maasdam" continman su trdnsito hacia el norte por el Canal de Panamd.

fuerza de seguridad. Tambi6n lo es
la protecci6n de dignatarios que visi-
tan el Canal, entre ellos el Presidente
delosEstadosUnidos. 'Tomaaproxi-
madamente dos afios para que un
guardiaexperimentetodoslos aspec-
tos depatrullar", dice Brayton, "pero
usualmente, por sus caracteristicas
particulares, encuentran un cierto
nicho y gozan al patrullar esta Area
mAs que cualquier otra".
del Canal esta dirigida primordial-

mente a la seguridad industrial, ha
adoptado responsabilidades adicio-
nales a medida que se presentan.
de PanamA antes de la "Operaci6n
Causa Justa", los guardias de seguri-
dad tenfan que transportar grandes
sumas de dinero en dfas de pago para
que los empleados de la Comisi6n
pudiesen cobrar. Y, con casi ningdn
tipo de actividad policial luego de la
invasi6n, la fuerza de seguridad
protegi6 el Area operativa y ayud6 a

mantener al Canal operando.
"Estos tiempos dificiles ayuda-
ron ademostraratodalafuerzalaboral
de la Comisi6n que los guardias de
seguridad del Canal tienen un alto
sentido de lealtad y son trabajadores
admirables", dijoeljefede ladivisi6n
en el Pacifico, Jorge A. Escala.
Segin Escala, la necesidad de
unaseguridadeficienteest siempre
enaumento. Mientras el Canal y sus
ejecutivos asumen posiciones mas
notorias, los guardias tienen que
brindar todavia mis protecci6n.
acepta este desaffo adicional que le da
variedad a sus funciones.
Los guardias de seguridad del
Canal deben tomar cursos intensi-
vos de seguridad, resucitaci6n car-
diopulmonar, manejodefensivo,com-
putadoras eidiomas. Ademas,existen
varias caracteristicas personales
requeridas para ser un guardia con-
fiable, incluyendo la habilidad para
mantenerse alerta y pendiente de los
alrededores. "Los guardias desarro-

Premios por desempefio
A la izquierda, empleados del Ramo
Pacificode laDivisidndeProteccidn
del Canalposan con lospremios que
recibieron por desempeiio sobresa-
liente y superior durante 1996.
Foto por Armando De Gracia

llan un sexto sentido de sus alrede-
dores", dice Brayton.
Los que brindan seguridad en
edificios piblicos deben sertambi6n
eficientes, conocedores de las ope-
raciones de trabajo y del personal
asignado al edificio, corteses y bue-
nos para lidiar con el pdblico. "El
guardia es la primera y la iltima
persona que encuentran los
visitantes al edificio o instalaci6n",
dice el primer guardia de seguridad
Melvin Brown, afiadiendo que6stos
deben aplicar sus habilidades para
brindar un alto grado de seguridad y
ser corteses al mismo tiempo para
disminuir la aprehensi6n que ciertas
personas puedan experimentar al ver
a un guardia armado.
La fuerza esti actualmente
compuestapor los mejor calificados
y entrenados profesionales. "Mu-
chos de los guardias de seguridad de
Protecci6n del Canal son abogados,
contadores, administradoresdenego-
cios o ingenieros", dice Brown. Los
antiguos policies y veteranos milita-
de seguridad comparten sus conoci-
mientos con los otros.
Apoyando a la competente y efi-
ciente fuerza de seguridad esti el
complejo sistemaelectr6nicodevigi-
lancia que cubre casi todo el Area de
operaci6n del Canal. CAmarasestra-
t6gicamenteinstaladas, aparatospara
detectar intrusos y sistemas de con-
trol deacceso transmiten informaci6n
a un lugar central, donde puede ser
estrechamente vigilado por un espe-
cialista en seguridad. "Este equipo
dealta tecnologfa ayuda a extender la
visi6n del guardia", dice Brayton.
Conlacombinaci6ndeequipo de
uiltima tecnologia y un grupo de
empleados bien capacitados, laDivi-
si6n de Protecci6n del Canal tiene
unavisi6nampliaparaelfuturo. Segin
Brayton, la divisi6n esta pensando
ms allidelafio2000paraprepararse
para cualquier desaffo futuro. Tanto
Brayton como Escala son firmes al
decir: "El 31 de diciembre de 1999 es
s61o un dfa msparalaprotecci6ndel
Canal. No habri cambios significa-
tivos en las funciones de los guardias
de seguridad del Canal, porque ellos
continuarAn protegiendo alas perso-
nas y al equipo involucrado en esta
operaci6n mundial".

Ramo Pacifico de Protecci6n del Canal gana competencia de tiro

La Divisi6n de Protecci6n del
Canal celebr6 su competencia anual
en Caimito. Apesardequeel Ramo
AtlAntico ternin6 con tres de los
cuatro mejores tiradores, incluyendo
el "Top Gun", y gan6 un total de
7,871 puntos, el Ramo Pacifico ter-
min6 con 100puntos ms, con 7,965,
y se llev6 la victoria total.

Pacifico, el evento se altema entre
ambosladosdelIstmo. Elguardiade
Seferlis, obtuvo el titulo de 'Top
Gun"este aiio,conunpuntajede418
delos420puntosposibles. Elguardia
deseguridaddelRamo Pacifico, Jos6
C6spedes, y el guardia de seguridad
del Ramo Atlintico, Jestis Renteria,
empataron en el segundo lugar,
terminandocadauno con416puntos.
El guardia de seguridad del Ramo
Atlantico,Arnulfo South, quehasido
'Top Gun" los filtimos cuatro alios,
termin6 cuarto con unpuntaje de414.

Mejor tirador
A la izquierda, el primer guardia
de seguridad, Basilio Seferlis,
recibe el trofeo al "mejor tirador"
del Jefe del Ramo Pacifico, Jorge
A. Escala, Jr.
Foto por Armando Calvo

Seferlis tambi6n gan6 el primer
puesto en la categoria "Master", con
Renterfaobteniendolos honores mas
altos en la competencia "Sharp-
shooter". El guardiade seguridad del
Ramo Pacifico Rafael McCatty y
MichelangeloGibbsobtuvoel primer
lugar en las categories de "Expert" y
"Marksman", con 409 y 408 puntos
El Jefe del Ramo AtlAntico A.T.
Malcolm dice: "La competencia
permite a los empleados demostrar
sus destrezas con armas en un
ambiente competitivo y amigable".
Herman Wilkinson, afiadi6: "El
redne a miembros de ambos ramos y
a sus familias. Ademis de la compe-
tencia de tiro, ellos recuerdan viejos
tiempos, hacen amistades, conocen
al personal nuevo,juegan y pasan un
buen rato".

Pigina 4

Celebran aprobacidn de ley Foto por Jaime Yau
El Administrador de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panamd, Alberto
Alemdn Zubieta, saluda al representante del Marine Engineers
BeneficialAssociation, Daniel Goldsworthy, en una fiesta organizada
por los sindicatospara celebrar la aprobaci6n de la ley que regulard
a la agencia sucesora del Canal de Panamd. Observan, el Director
de Administraci6n Ejecutiva y Coordinaci6n de la Transici6n, James
E. Ferrara, izquierda, y el co-representante de MEBA, Antonio Regist.

Viemes 6 de iunio de 1997

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Empleados del Canal dictan conferencia

Tres empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal
de Panama egresados de la Escuela de Apren-
dices, compartieron sus conocimientos du-
rante unaconferencia t6cnica organizada por
la Escuela de Ingenierfa Mecanica de la
UniversidadTecnol6gicadePanama. Bajoel
tema"Mantenimiento: LaClaveparaelFuturo
en la Industria", la conferencia se realiz6 del
26 al 29 de mayo en el centro regional de la
universidad en Col6n.
El mecanico de instrumentos Alejandro
realizaron una presentaci6n conjunta sobre el
uso de un nuevo sistema de aire acondicionado
automotriz y sus beneficios para proteger la
capa de ozono. Tanto Palma como Valle son
egresados de la Universidad Tecnol6gica de
Panama y trabajan actualmente en la Divisi6n
de Transporte Motorizado en el Distrito Norte.
Otro orador invitado fue el inspector de la

Divisi6n deConstrucci6n, Roberto Lake, quien
habl6 sobre los revestimientos industriales y la
seguridad en espacios confinados. Certificado
por la Comisi6n como inspector de espacios
confinados, Lake tambi6n ha recibido adies-
tramiento especializado del "Steel Structure
Painting Council" de Carolina del Norte.
Actualmente supervisa el programa de reha-
bilitaci6n de compuertas de las esclusas, que se
realiza bajo contrato en la Divisi6n Industrial.
Resaltando la importancia que el manteni-
miento haj ugado en el campo del equipo indus-
trial y la preservaci6n de estructuras, la
conferencia buscaba familiarizar a los estu-
diantes con los avances en la seguridad indus-
trial, la protecci6n al medio ambiente y la
producci6n de calidad. Debido al liderazgo de
la Comisi6n en aplicar nueva tecnologia en
estas dreas, es obvioque lamitadde los oradores
provenia de la agencia.

Presentacidn en Cientec 97 Foto por Armando De Gracia
El hidrdlogo Carlos A. Vargas explica a estudiantes panameFios la implementaci6n de un
nuevo sistema de la Comisidn del Canal de Panamd para la proyecci6n del nivel de rios,
durante su presentaci6n el 30 de mayo en Cientec 97, exposicidn internacional de ciencia
y tecnologia que se realized del 29 de mayo all o. dejunio en el Centro de Convenciones Atlapa.
La Oficina de Relaciones Pablicas de la Comisi6n apoy6 el evento con una exposicidn.

Uniformes dan nuevaapariencia a marinosy contramaestres de remolcadores

Nuevos uniformes Foto por Alfredo Ryan
Posando con uniformesnuevos en elMuelle de Gatan estdn el contramaestre Carlos Acosta,
los marinos Alejandro Machado y Elidcer Acosta y el contramaestre Felipe Campbell.

Por Susan K. Stabler
Los marinos y contramaestres de remolca-
dores de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama
siempre han trabajado en equipo, manejando
las pesadas lineas que conectan los remolca-
dores de la Comisi6n alas naves que ayudan
durante su paso por el Canal de Panama.
Ahora tambi6n se ven como un equipo, con
los nuevos uniformes confeccionados a fines
de abril. Aproximadamente 210 empleados
del Ramo de Remolcadores recibieron tres
juegos de las camisas kaki y pantalones va-
queros que conforman el uniforme.
MaxNewman, losnuevosuniformesreflejanla
importancia del trabajo que estos empleados
desempefian. "Los empleados estdn realmente
entusiasmados con los uniformes, lo cual ha
mejoradolamoral", dice. "Los empleados ven
los uniformes como la forma de la agencia de
decir que le importa la imagen que presentan a
los clientes".
La idea de usar uniformes surgi6 de los

empleados de cubierta, y representantes
sindicales y otros que propusieron la idea a
lagerenciahaceaproximadamenteun afio. La
idea fue aceptada por la gerencia luego de
varios meses de discusiones y reuniones.
Los uniformes se compraron localmente a un
costo de casi $13,000 d61ares para toda la
flota de remolcadores.
Las camisas llevan las letras "PCC" sobre
el bolsillo izquierdo, y las palabras "Marino
de Remolcador" o"Contramaestre de Remol-
cador" a la espalda. Los cascos, requeridos
por seguridad, completan el aspecto profe-
sional. Los marinos los usan blancos y los
contramaestres anaranjados. Todos los em-
pleados de cubierta llevan tambi6n zapatos y
guantes de seguridad.
Expresando la opinion de la mayorfa de
sus compafieros, el contramaestre del
remolcador Morrow, Eduardo Collins, dice:
"Usar uniforme ha sido una buena idea. Hace
que los empleados se vean nitidos y se sientan
c6modos. iNos vemos uniformes!"

Empleado honesto devuelve excedente de

cheque que cambi6 en Tesoreria de Balboa

Contando el dinero

Luego de recibir $500 en
exceso de la Tesoreria, el
programador de trdfico
maritime Roy Paddy
cuenta ahora su dinero

Foto por Kevin Jenkins

Designan gerentes para coordinar reorganizaci6n
Debido a la aprobaci6n de la reorganizaci6n de la Comisi6n del Canal de
Panama por parte de la Junta Directiva, el Administrador de la Comisi6n del Canal
de Panamd, Alberto Alem.n Zubieta, design6 la responsabilidad de coordinar su
implementaci6n a los principales gerentes, como aparece a continuaci6n. Ellos
serdn responsables de supervisar diferentes oficinas a nivel de direcci6n bajo la
nueva estructura organizativa como se indica.

Ricaurte Vasquez M.
George A. Mercier
Jacinto Wong
James E. Ferrara
Ren4 Van Hoorde
Richard A. Wainio

Charles Morris
Thomas W. Drohan
John L. Haines Jr.

Administraci6n de Finanzas
Recursos Humanos
Administraci6n de Informatica
Planificaci6n de Negocios y
Desarrollo de Mercado
SeguridadOcupacional, MedioAmbienteySeguridad
Asesoria Legal

Por Teresa Arosemena
El midrcoles 7 de mayo, Roy Paddy,
programadoren la Divisi6n deAdministraci6n
de Trafico, fue a la oficina de Tesoreria de
Balboa acambiarun cheque por $340 d6lares.
Acostumbrado a no contar el dinero despu6s
de cambiar un cheque, lo puso directamente
en su bolsillo y no pens6 mas en eso hasta
que lleg6 a su casa. Sin embargo, cuando
empez6 adar dinero a sus hijos para laescuela,
se dio cuenta que habia recibido mucho mis
de la cantidad del cheque.
"Nunca se me ocurri6 no regresar el
dinero. Uno hace lo que la conciencia te
dicta, y regresarlo fue lo 6nico que pas6 por
mi mente", dice Paddy, quien afiade que a 61
le inculcaron valores tradicionales. "Aunque
nadie lo sabia, yo si sabia. Me hubiera
criticado a mi mismo por quedarmelo".
Consciente de que el cajero tendria que

Administrador. Comisidn del Canal de Panamd

Director Asociado

pagar la diferencia, Paddy planed su horario
para regresar el dinero lo mas pronto posible.
Fue a trabajar su turno de 10 p.m. a 6 a.m. y
luego se fue a correr. Despu6s fue directamen-
te a la Oficina de Tesorerfa, la cual abrfa al pd-
blico a esa hora. Cuando Paddy le pregunt6
al cajero si habia faltado dinero, le contaron
que hubo una bdsqueda intensa el dia ante-
rior porque habia faltado mds de $500. En-
tonces Paddy devolvi6 el dinero que faltaba.
Paddy ha trabajado para la Comisi6n del
Canal por casi once aiios, diez de estos en el
Centro de Control de Trafico Maritimo. El
Subjefe de la Divisi6n de Administraci6n de
Trafico, Eric N. Espino, halaga su conducta,
diciendo que es tipica de los empleados de
esa divisi6n. "Nosotros seguimos la linea
recta y no permitimos desviaciones", dijo
Espino. "Nuestraoficina se caracterizaporla



Directora de Relaciones Ptblicas

Director Asociada

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pueden ser reproducidos sin pedir autorizaci6n, 6nicamente acreditando la fuente. Toda colaboraci6n debe ser entregada antes del mediodia
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cheque o giro postal a favor de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Para mayor informaci6n. lame al 272-3202 o escriba a la Oficina de
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Viemes 6 de junio de 1997

Esfuerzos de empleados logran

reducir acumulaci6n de barcos
Gracias alos esfuerzos de los empleados de la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panami, las condiciones normales de trifico se restau-
raron en el Canal de Panama a inicios de la semana pasada.
Despu6s de alcanzar la cifra de 102 naves a la medianoche del
5 de mayo, el ntmero de naves en esperapara transitar se redujo
a 19 a la medianoche del 26 de mayo. Bajo condiciones norma-
les, el numero de naves en espera para transitar les de 22 6 23.
La acumulaci6n fue consecuencia del cierre de la via este de
las esclusas de Pedro Miguel y Miraflores por mantenimiento
el21 y 22 de abril y las operaciones pararecuperarel remolcador
contratado que se hundi6 el 21 de abril en la aproximaci6n
sudeste de Miraflores. Empleados del Canal removieron con
6xitoelremolcadoratempranashorasdel28 deabril,restaurando
la capacidad total del Canal.
El Administrador Alberto Aleman Zubieta se reuni6 el 9 de
mayo con los gerentesprincipales en el Centro deAdiestramiento
para discutir el serio problema de la acumulaci6n de naves. El
13 de mayo tambi6n envi6 un memorandum sobre el tema a
todos los empleados, solicitandole a todos que trabajasenjuntos
y que hicieran todo lo posible por restaurar las condiciones
normales de trafico antes del fin del mes.
El 29 de mayo, Aleman Zubieta envi6 otro memorAndum a
los empleados, felicitAndolos por alcanzar el objetivo casi una
semana antes de lo anticipado. "Los felicito de todo coraz6n y
les agradezco personalmente su compromiso y su trabajo
sobresaliente," dijo, afiadiendo que los resultados confirman la
tradici6n de excelencia que siempre ha caracterizado las
operaciones del Canal.

Tome nota

La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama
suspenders la distribuci6n del Tropic Times. La
edici6n de hoy es la ultima que la agencia distribuirA
entre sus empleados.

La Policia T6cnica Judicial (PTJ) anunci6
que todos los informes y denuncias de robos y
objetos perdidos en el lado Pacifico del area
del Canal se deben tramitar en la oficiina cen-
tral de la PTJ en Anc6n. La oficina de Balboa,
que anteriormente proces6 estos casos de los
residentes del area del Canal, no lo estA
haciendo mAs. La oficina de Anc6n permanece
abierta las 24 horas al dia.

Recibiendo premios por sus
esfuerzos en la recuperacidn
del remolcador contratado
"San Pablo II", que se
hundi6 en el Canal, aparecen
empleados de la Divisidn de
Dragado, arriba; de las
divisiones de Ingenierfa,
Mantenimiento y Construc-
cion, al centro, y de la
Division de Transporte
Motorizado, y de las direc-
ciones de Marina e Ingenie-
r(a y Construccidn, a la
Fotos por Jaime Yau y
Armando De Gracia

Anuncian inscripciones para actividades y programas recreativos

El Ramo para el Acondicionamiento Fisico del Empleado
ofreceri una variedad de actividades para los dependientes de
la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama durante el programa de
vacaciones de las escuelas de los Estados Unidos. Las
inscripciones para el programa de recreaci6n de verano, a
realizarse del 24 dejunio al 15 de agosto, seran hasta el 20 de
junio. Los formularios de inscripci6n y permisos de los padres
para ingresar al programa se deben obtener del ramo. A
continuaci6n se resumen algunas de las actividades que se
ofrecerdn. Contacte los centros y piscinas especfficas para
obtener mayor informaci6n.
Centro de Acondicionamiento Fisico de Diablo
Lasclasesdegimnasiaseofrecern aestudiantesdediferentes
edadesynivelesdehabilidadenel Centrode Acondicionamiento
Fisico de Diablo. Sesiones paraprincipiantes entre 6 y 12 afios
se reuniran de 10 a 11 a.m. los lunes, martes, mi6rcoles y
vieres. Aquellos que nunca han tomado clases se reunirAn en
dias diferentes que los que sihan recibido clases anteriormente.
La clase intermedia entre los 6 y 18 afios se reunird los lunes,
mi6rcoles y viemes entre 11 y 11:50 a.m., y la clase avanzada
se reunird a esta misma hora los martes yjueves. El instructor
determinard si los estudiantes estAn inscritos enelnivel apropiado
el primer dia de clases.
El centro tambi6n ofrecera "kickball", juegos de mesa y
actividades similares de 8 a 9 a.m. y de 1 a 2 p.m.; programas
de arco y flechapara niiios entre 7 y 12 afios seran de 9 a 10 a.m.;
hockey de 10 a 11 a.m. y baloncesto de 11 a.m. a 12 p.m.; el
gimnasio permanecerd abierto entre 12 y 1 p.m.; baloncesto
para las edades entre 13 y 15 aiios sera de 1 a 2 p.m.; y tenis de
principiantesparalasedades entre 10 y 17 afiosserientre 2 y 3 p.m.
Gimnasio de Balboa
Las actividades en el gimnasio de Balboa incluyen unaclase
de racquetball para las edades entre 12 y 15 afios de 2 a 3 p.m.,
baloncesto para las edades entre 7 y 12 de 3 a 4 p.m. y para las
edades entre 13 y 15 de 4 a 5 p.m. y el gimnasio permanecera

abierto entre 5 y 9 p.m.
Centro de Juegos de Gamboa
El gimnasio abierto en el Centro de Juegos de Gamboa sera
de 11 a 11:30 a.m., seguido dejuegos informales de tenis para
principiantes entre 11:30 a.m. y 12:30 p.m., arco y flecha para
las edades de 7 y 12 entre 12:30 y 2:30 p.m. y fulbito de 1 a 2:30
p.m. Se ofrecerd un programa de baloncesto entre 2:30 y 3:30
p.m. los lunes y mi6rcoles, carambola a la misma hora los martes
y jueves y badmington los viemes. Las actividades de adultos
serAn entre 3:30 y 7 p.m. Ademds, el sal6n de pesas del centro de
juegos estard abierto a usuarios de 16 afios en adelante.
Gimnasio de Gat(n
Laprogramaci6n en elgimnasiode Gatin incluyebaloncesto
para las edades entre7 y 12 de 1 a 2 p.m. y para las edades entre
13 y 15 de 2 a 3 p.m.; arco y flecha para las edades entre 7 y 12
de 3 a4 p.m.; kickball, hockey y otros juegos entre 4 y 5 p.m.;
y levantamiento de pesas para los mayores de 16 afios de 5 a 6
p.m. El gimnasio tambi6n ofrecerd tenis para principiantes de
4 a 5 p.m. los lunes, mi6rcoles, y viemes.
Centro de Acondicionamiento Fisico de Balboa
Clases de ping-pong, juegos de mesa; billar, carambolas y
fulbito se ofreceran en el centro de acondicionamiento fisico de
Balboalos dfas de semana de 12 a4 p.m.; clases de arte y trabajo
manual para edades entre 6 y 12 los martes yjueves de 1 a 3 p.m.
Centro Juvenil de Gattin
La mayoria de las actividades del Centro Juvenil de Gatin
estAn programados de martes a viernes, con recreaci6n abierta
de 12 a 8 p.m.,juegos de mesa entre 1:45 a 3 p.m., clases de billar
de 2 a 3 p.m., clases de ping-pong de 3:15 a 4:30 p.m. y clases
de hockey de mesa de 5 a 6 p.m. Un period adicional de
recreaci6n abierta sera entre 10 a.m. y 6 p.m. los sfbados, asi
como juegos de mesa entre 1 y 3 p.m. de martes a jueves y
trabajo manual y arte los miercoles de 2 a 3:15 p.m. El centro
tambi6nplaneaofrecerclasesdeprimeros auxiliosyresucitaci6n
cardiopulmonar durante las horas de la noche.

Museo del Canal busca donaciones
El Museo Interoc6anico del Canal de Panama solicita artf-
culos, en donaci6n o pr6stamo, para su exhibici6n inaugural.
Params informaci6n,llame alacuradoradelaexhibici6nAngeles
Ramos Baquero a o al 262-0966.
Venta de excedentes
La Oficina de Reutilizaci6n y Mercadeo de la Defensa
realizara una venta de excedentes el 10, 11 y 12 dejunio en el
edificio 745, Corozal. Los interesados pueden inspeccionar y
hacer sus ofertas de 7:30 a.m. a 3:00 p.m. durante estos dias.
Torneo de racquetball
El Ramo de Acondicionamiento Fisico de la Comisi6n del
Canal esti aceptando hasta el 13 dejunio las inscripciones para un
tomeo de dobles mixtos de racquetball en el gimnasio de Balboa.
Liga de baloncesto
Una liga de baloncesto divisional parajugadores mayores de
18 afios ofrecerd el Ramo de Acondicionamiento Fisico a partir
del 8 dejulio. Las inscripciones son del 6 al 21 dejunio, y la
primera reuni6n el 24 de junio a las 4:30 p.m. en el Centro de
Acondicionamiento de Balboa y la segunda, ala misma horay en
el mismo lugar, el lo. dejulio. Para inscribirse, llame al 272-1212.
Informaci6n sobre el SAT
Aquellos que planeen tomar el nivel uno o dos del "Scho-
lastic Aptitude Test" el 7 de junio, deben Ilegar a la Escuela
Secundaria de Balboa a mds tardar las 8 a.m. Los exdmenes
se distribuirAn en el edificio 706, al cual s6lo se podra entrarpor
la puerta trasera en el costado sudoeste, frenteal gimnasio. Para
evitar interferir con las ceremonias de graduaci6n en el patio
frontal, los directivos solicitan a los que van a tomar el examen
que alguien los lleve. Aquellos que tengan que manejar deben
usar el estacionamiento de en frente de la Divisi6n El6ctrica de
la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA.
El examen se iniciard a las 8:30 en punto en los salones del
irea 700 de la escuela. Las asignaciones de salones estarin
sefialadas en el pasillo del Area. Se deben Ilevar lApices No. 2,
borrador, calculadora, boleto de admisi6n e identificaci6n con
foto. Para mayor informaci6n, Ilame al 272-2239.

PHaina fi

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Viemes 6 de junio de 1997

Spillway del Canal de Panama

SColumna medica:

Empleados apoyan campaia para ayudar a nihos hemofilicos

Por Carolina Castillo C.
Empleados de las Esclusas de Pedro Miguel
y Miraflores contribuyeron recientemente
con una campafia organizada por el Hospital
del Nifiio ylaAsociaci6nPanameiiadeHemofi-
lia, para recoger fondos para el tratamiento
medico de los nifios necesitados que sufren de
Lahemofiliaes unaenfermedad hereditaria
que setransmite delamadre a sus hijos varones.
Aunque las hijas no contraen la enfermedad,
pueden volverse portadoras. Los hijos de
madres portadoras tienen un 50 por ciento de
probabilidades de volverse hemofilicos (si
son varones) o portadoras (si son mujeres).
Aunque la decisi6n de tener niiios es per-
sonal, las campafias educativas han ayudado a
concientizar sobre los riesgos asociados con la
hemofilia y los argumentos para no transmitir-
la a futuras generaciones.
La enfermedad se caracteriza por la ten-
dencia a sangrar con facilidad y la lentitud con
que ocurre la coagulaci6n, condiciones cau-
sadas por la falta de un factor especifico en el
plasma. Lahemofiliausualmentesemanifiesta
durante la nifiez, a trav6s de la disposici6n de
sangrar porlargos periodos luego depequefias
heridas, o en algunas casos, sin causaaparente.
Los estudios revelan que las hemorragias de
los hemofflicos pueden ser provocadas por
razones emocionales, tales como eximenes

Obra caritativa
Empleados de las Esclusas entregan una
donacidn para niflos hemofilicos a Roberto
Garcia, agachado, y a su hijo Roberto.
Foto por Armando De Gracia

escolares o conflictos familiares.
Las principales complicaciones a largo
plazo son las deformaciones en articulaciones
e incapacidad. En afios anteriores, las
transfusiones han expuesto a los hemofflicos
a otras enfermedades, tales como la hepatitis
y el syndrome de inmunodeficiencia adquirida.
A faltade unacuradefinitivaparalahemofi-
lia, la terapia consiste en tratamientos para
reemplazar el factor ausente en el plasma. Un
niio hemofilicopodriarequerirtrestratamientos
semanales para prevenir las deformaciones
causadas por la acumulaci6n de sangre en las
articulaciones. No obstante, en casos severos,
seis sesiones de tratamiento, cada una a un

costo de $100, podrian requerirse cada seis
horas para controlar la hemorragia algunos
dias, representando un costo diario de $2,400.
Existen unos 150 casos conocidos de he-
mofilia en Panama, de los cuales casi el 90 por
ciento fueron transmitidos por madres que
desconocian ser portadoras. Tipicamente, esto
es el resultado de un "silencio gen6tico", en el
cual la enfermedad permanece en un estado
latente por algunas generaciones antes de rea-
parecer. En un pequefio nimero de casos, una
mutaci6n, en vez de la herencia, es la causa de
la ausencia del factor necesario en el plasma.
Roberto Garcia, empleado del taller el6c-
trico de Pedro Miguel, es miembro de la Aso-

ciaci6n Panamefia de Hemofilia y jug6 un
papel muy importante al exhortar a sus com-
pafieros a contribuir con la campafia. Garcia
tiene un inter6s particular en la enfermedad
pues sus hijos, Roberto de 18, y Enrique de
13, son hemofflicos. Aunque el seguro social
panamefo cubre los costos del tratamiento
para sus hijos, Garcia quizo hacer algo para
ayudar a otros nifios cuyas familias no cuen-
tan con seguro m6dico o los recursos nece-
sarios para pagar el tratamiento.
Garcia y su hijo mayor se reunieron la
semana pasada en las Esclusas de Pedro
Miguel para agradecer a sus compaiieros por
sus donaciones a la campafia.

Banco Nacional de Panama organiza exposiciones educativas del Canal

En apoyo al Congreso Universal del Canal
de Panami,arealizarse en septiembre en laciu-
dad de Panama, el Banco Nacional de Panama
ha organizado una serie de actividades educa-
tivas para estudiantes y el pdblico en general
durante el afio para resaltar la importancia del
Canal de Panama. Una exposici6n del Canal
abri6esta semanaen lacasamatrizdel banco en

1 5

Via Espafia, y la via acuatica sera el tema del
programa anual "Puertas Abiertas", el cual
presenta un tema de interns nacional cada ailo.
Los invitados alaceremoniadeinauguraci6n
de la exposici6n incluyeron al Presidente de
Panama, Emesto Pdrez Balladares; el Vicepre-
sidenteTomds Altamirano Duque; funcionarios
delaComisi6ndelCanaldePanami, laAutoridad
de la Regi6n Interoceanica y de otras agencias,
los medios de comunicaci6n y otros invitados.
Abiertade 8 a.m. a 3 p.m. hastael 24 dejunio en
el mezanine del banco, la exposici6n incluye
fotos de la Colecci6n Hallen del periodo de la

Visita de cortesia

El Subadministrador de la Comisi6n del Ca-
naldePanamd, Joseph W. Cornelison, sentado
a un extremo, da la bienvenidaa representantes
de la Asociacidn Nacional de Empleados
Jubilados a una reunion en su oficina. La
delegacidn incluyd a los presidentes de los
cinco capitulos de NARFE en Panamd, y
sentado a la derecha de Cornelison, a Leland
L Dupont, vicepresidente de campo de la
Region VI, que cubre laReptblica de Panamd,
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma y Texas. Si-
guiendo la direccidn de las manecillas del
reloj estdn Robert Urquhart del Capitulo 24,
Seabert Haynes del Capitulo 2296, Joseph
McLean del captitulo 1762 y Cecil Williams
del Capitulo 38. Enrique Richards del Ca-
pitulo 1233 no aparece. Durante su estadia en
Panamd, Dupont promovi6 el establecimien-
to de una federaci6n de asociaciones de
jubilaci6n federal local y la expansion de la
membresia de la asociaci6n.

construcci6n del Canal, fotos recientes, videos
de la Comisi6n, estampillas, documentos y
otros articulos hist6ricos.
En conjunto con el programa Puertas
Abiertas este mes, una sala de exhibici6n
completa, dedicada alahistoria del Canal, los
esfuerzos de modernizaci6n y los prepara-
tivos para la transferencia al control pana-
mefio, complementary la exhibici6n perma-
nente sobre la historia financiera de Panama.
LaOficinadeRelaciones PdblicasdelaComi-
si6n proporciona los materiales para las dos
exposiciones sobre el Canal, al igual que un

especialista de orientaci6n, que dictara
charlas sobre la via acudtica en el programa
Puertas Abiertas de 9 a 11 a.m. y de 2 a 4 p.m.
los martes yjueves.
Dirigido a estudiantes de secundaria y
universitarios en la ciudad de Panama, el
programaPuertas Abiertas de este afio abrira
durante todo el mes de junio en la "Casa
Museo", ubicada en la Calle 34 y Avenida
Cuba, detras del Banco General. Para
informaci6n adicional sobreel programa, llame
a lacoordinadora Iris Guti6rrez (225-0640) o a
Cecilia Ardines o Nilsa Jim6nez (269-1830).

Foto por Kevin Jenkins

Pigina 7

Visita al Canal
Nifios del Prekinder X-Y-Z disfrutan su
primera visita al Edificio de Administra-
ci6n de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panamd
en Altos de Balboa, mientras la directora
de la escuela, Cora Herrera, izquierda, y
la acudiente Ileana de Olayvar, explican
sobre la historia de la construcci6n del
Canal de Panamd como muestran los
murales en la rotonda del edificio.
Foto por Jaime Yau

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viemes 6 de junio de 1997

Campeones de baloncesto Foto por Roberto Vaca
Los ganadores de un torneo de baloncesto para empleados y dependientes de la Comisi6n
del Canal de Panamd del Ramo para el Acondicionamiento Fisico del Empleado, reciben
sus premios de manos del supervisor del gimnasio de Gamboa, Francisco Iberico. Siete
equipos participaron en el torneo realizado del 16 al 25 de abril en el Gimnasio de Diablo.
Con Iberico, de pie desde la izquierda estdn Kevin Murdock, Alex Cooper y Discdrides
Ballesteros y, arrodillados, Alexander Cano y Jorge Jadn.

Programan clases de ingl6s para empleados en julio y agosto

La Unidad de Adiestramiento de Idiomas ofreceri clases de ingl6s durante y fuera de horas
de trabajo a empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama en los centros de adiestramiento de
Balboa y Gatlin del 7 dejulio al 28 de agosto. Las clases seran de dos horas y se reuniran los lunes
y mircoles o martes yjueves. Las nominaciones deben enviarse entre el 9 y 20 dejunio.

Ramo de Adiestramiento Industrial anuncia cursos
El Ramo de Adiestramiento Industrial ha programado las siguientes clases para actualizar las habilidades del personal de la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Todos se reuniran en la Escuela de Aplendices entre 7:30 a.m. y 3:30 p.m. Las nominaciones deben ser
entregadas a los administradores del programa antes de la fecha lfmite indicada. Ademds de las clases listadas. el ramo plane ofrecer
"Aplicaciones de Revestimiento Basico" a personal del Ramo de Remolcadores y la fecha esta por ser determinada. Tambi6n hay varies
paquetes de adiestramiento individualizado de una variedad de temas tdcnicos disponibles en el Centro Tecnico de Multimedia.
Cursos (grupo objetivo) Fechas Plazo
Hidraulica PrActica (aquellos en 2 de julio 11 dejunio
prActicas que usan hidraulica)
Electr6nica BAsica para Electricistas: II Parte 7,14 y 21 de julio 16dejunio
Alineamiento de User 25 de julio 7 de julio

Lista de vacantes
Los solicitantes deben ser empleados de carrera o de carrera condicional. Para hacer su solicitud. deberdn presentar el
Formulario 443. Solicitud de Traslado, a m ls tardar el pr6ximo viernes al Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones, Edificio 366. Ancdn.
Quienes sean escogidos para un puesto permanente o un puesto designado para prueba al azar por drogas, deberdn someterse
a una prueba de urindlisis para descartar el uso de drogas ilegales antes del nombramiento o cambio de puesto permanent.
Para algunos puestos de series de intervalos de un grado donde no existe puesto en la line de ascenso normal, los
empleados permanentes podrAn calificar con un mfnimo de un aflo de experiencia especializada en puestos en el primer o
segundo nivel inmediatamente inferior.
Al tratarse de acciones que no sean ascensos, los solicitantes seran calificados en base a requisites modificados cuando su
historial incluya experiencia especializada que suministra las habilidades necesarias para desempeflar exitosamente el puesto.
Las pruebas de que el solicitante califica para requisitos especificos de la posici6n (tales como saber nadar y tener licencia
de conducir) deben archivarse en el Archivo Oficial del Empleado o incluirse con el Formulario 443.
Las tarifas de pago abajo cicadas son las tarifas minimas y miximas de pago por hora. correspondientes a los grados de
las vacantes anunciadas. Los empleados seleccionados serdn colocados en el escal6n, grado y tarifa bAsica salarial
correspondientes de conformidad con los reglamentos.
Se podrdn revisar los. requisitos de cada puesto en el Centro de Recursos Tcnicos de la Comisi6n (Edificio 38, Balboa).
Para mayor informaci6n, comunfquese con el Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones al 272-3583.
Puestos permanentes Salarios Unidad Sitio Vacantes
Contador, NM-11 1 $17.51/$22.76 Adm6n. Fin. P 1
Mecanico torero supervisor, MS-10 12 $18.62/$21.73 Industrial A 1
(Debe trabajar turnos.)
Operador supervisor de embarcaciones peque- $18.62/$21.73 Svcs. Canal A 1
ias, MS-10 (Debe saber ingles, nadar, tener
licencia de conducir, licencia para manejar
botes a motor de 65 pies y trabajar turnos.)
Contador supervisor, NM-111 $17.51/$22.76 Adm6n. Fin. P 1
Ingeniero estructural, NM-9/11 (Debe tener $14.47/$20.71 Ingenierfa P 1
licencia de conducir y saber nadar.)
Bibliotecario supervisor, NM-9/10 (Debe saber $14.47/$$20.71 Adm6n. Inst. P 1
Secretaria (automatizaci6n de oficinas), $11:83/$17.03 Insp. Gen. P 1
NM-7/8 (Bilingue)
Contador, NM-7 $11.83/$15.38 Adm6n. Fin. P 1
Asistente de oficinas (automatizaci6n), NM- 5 $7.14/$9.01 Adm6n. Info. P 1

(Debe tener licencia de conducir y ser bilingue.)
Ascensos temporales (que no excedan un afio)
Ingeniero civil supervisor, NM-13 (Debe $24.95/$32.44
tener licencia de conducir.)
Ingeniero civil supervisor, NM-13 (Debe $24.95/$32.44
tener licencia de conducir.)
Contador supervisor de operaciones, NM-12 $20.98/$27.28
Contador supervisor, NM-11 $17.51/$22.76
Ascenso o asignaci6n temporal (que no exceda un afio)
Ingeniero civil, NM-11 (Debe tener licencia $17.51/$22.76
de conducir.)
I S61o se considerard a empleados de la Comision.

Mant. Ext. P

Mant. Util. P

Adm6n. Fin. P
Adm6n. Fin. P

Construcci6n P

SDebe poder reportarse a los talleres de Mount Hope a los 20 minutos de haber sido Ilamado.
La Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA se ajusta a la Ley de Igualdad de Oportunidades.

Ganan liga de bola suave Foto por Erick Annel Aradz
Jugadores yfandticos celebran mientras el Jefe de la Divisidn de Transporte Motorizado,
Rodrigo Eisenmann, recibe el trofeo de campeones en la liga industrial de bola suave de
la Comisi6n del Canal de Panamd, de manos del especialista en recreaci6n del Ramo para
el Acondicionamiento Fisico del Empleado, Roberto E. Vaca

Anuncian cursos de adiestramiento para mes de julio

El siguiente es el horario de cursos de adiestramiento para los empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Aquellos marcados
con un asterisco se dictaran en Espaflol. Los que estn marcados "videocon" bajo sitio, se ofrecern simultineamente en ambos lados
del Istmo via vfdeoconferencia. Las nominaciones deben enviarse .a travds de los coordinadores de programas de adiestramiento antes
del plazo indicado; los coordinadores de programas de adiestramiento deben enviar las nominaciones para el curso de "Asociaci6n
Obrero-Patronal" en orden de prioridad a la Oficina de Relaciones Industriales.
AdemAs de los cursos listados, una variedad de paquetes individualizados de adiestramiento se ofrecen en el Centro de
Multimedios, entre ellos, "IntroducciOn a las Microcomputadoras," prerequisito para los cursos introductorios de Windows 95.
Curso (y grupo objetivo) Fechas Hora Plazo Sitio
Asociaci6n Obrero-Patronal 7/7 8:00 4:00 16/6 C.A.
8/7 8:00 4:00 17/6 C.A.
9/7 8:00 4:00 18/6 Gattin

Interpretaci6n Consecutiva y SimultAnea 21/7 8/8
(traductores de Divisi6n de Servicios Administrativos)
C6mo Escribir Justificaciones Presupuestarias Eficaces 24 y 25/7
(personal de la Divisi6n de Adm6n. de Presupuesto)
Planificando su Jubilaci6n (quienes planeen jubilarse 29 31/7
en los Estados Unidos)
Programa de Evaluaci6n Gerencial (supervisores y 10/7
gerentes en grades NM-11 o superior) 17/7
Capacitaci6n de Supervisores: Transici6n a la 8/7
Supervisi6n* (supervisores nuevos)
C6mo Manejar Situaciones Dificiles (supervisores) 10 y 11/7
Servicio al Cliente para Supervisores* 15/7
Administraci6n de Personal para Supervisores: Progra- 15/7
ma de Asistencia al Empleado* (supervisores nuevos)
El Poder de la Eficiencia de los Empleados (supervisores) 17/7
Administraci6n de Personal para Supervisores: 22/7
Igualdad de Oportunidades (supervisores nuevos)
Seminario para Personal Administrativo: Acciones 16/7
Disciplinarias (oficiales administrativos, asistentes
de servicios administrativos y asistentes de oficina)
Manual de Correspondencia de PCC (empleados 23 y 24/7
que mecanograffan documentos oficiales)
Profesionalismo en la Oficina (personal de apoyo) 25/7
C6mo Tener Reuniones Productivas 8/7
C6mo Planear Metas y Actuar* 8/7
El Arte de Negociar 9/7
C6mo Motivar a los Empleados* 9/7
Habilidades BAsicas del Empleado Canalero 11/7
Eficiente* (empleados manuales no supervisores)
C6mo Desarrollar la Creatividad y la Innovaci6n 16 y 17/7
El Trabajador Canalero Hacia el Aflo 2000 y Mas 18/7
Al (empleados manuales no supervisores)
C6mo Desarrollar la Automotivaci6n 22/7
Trabajando Juntos: El Poder del Trabajo en Equipo* 23 y 24/7
Estadistica BAsica (quienes ayudan a preparar 25/7
informes estadisticos)
Orientaci6n para Empleados Nuevos* 28/7
C6mo Mejorar su Redacci6n 1 y 2/7
Introducci6n a Windows 95 (quienes tengan 1 y 2/7
Windows 95 instalado) 7 10/7

Introducci6n a Windows 95: Adiestramiento en
Cambiando de WordPerfect a Word (quienes han
tornado un curso o prueba de Windows, tienen
experiencia en WordPerfect y Word instalado)

Cambiando de WordPerfect a Word: Adiestra-
miento en Computadoras (quienes han tornado
un curso o prueba de Windows)
Word: Tablas (quienes han tomado "Cambiando
de WordPerfect a Word")
Cambiando de SuperCalc a Excel (quienes han
tornado un curso o prueba de Windows, tienen
experiencia en SuperCalc y Excel instalado)
Cambiando de SuperCalc a Excel: Adiestramiento
Computarizado (quienes han torado un curso o
prueba de Windows)
Excel: Charting (quienes han tomado "Hojas de
CAlculo Excel")
Cambiando de dBase a Access (quienes han tornado
un curso o prueba de Windows, tienen experiencia
basica en database y Access instalado)
Introducci6n a Powerpoint (quienes han tornado un
curso o prueba de Windows y tienen Powerpoint

8 y 9/7
10 y 11/7
17 y 18/7
21 23/7
14 16/7
21 23/7
1 y 2/7
17 y 18/7
17 y 18/7
21 23/7
14 16/7
21 23/7

17 y 18/7

8:00 4:00 30/6 Admin.

8:00 4:00

3/7 C.A.

8:00 4:00 8/7 C.A.

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8:00 4:00

8:00 4:00
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8:00 4:00
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4:30 7:00
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8:00 11:45
1:00 4:00
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8:00- 11:45
8:00 11:45
11/2 dias

17/6 C.A.

17/6 Videocon

26/6 C.A.
1/7 C.A.

25/6 C.A.

2/7 C.A.


25/6 C.A.
27/6 C.A.


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14 16/7 1:00 4:00 23/6 717 Bal.
21 23/7 1:00 4:00 30/6 717 Bal.

7 y 8/7 8:00 11:45 16/6 717 Bal.

7 9/7 8:00 11:45 16/6 717 Bal.

21 23/7 8:00 11:45 30/6 717 Bal.

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