The Panama Canal spillway =

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The Panama Canal spillway = el Canal de Panamá spillway
Portion of title:
Parallel title:
Canal de Panamá Spillway
Alternate title:
Spillway del Canal de Panamá
Canal Zone
Canal Zone
Panama Canal Company
United States -- Panama Canal Commission
United States
Place of Publication:
Balboa Hights C.Z
Panama Canal
Publication Date:
Copyright Date:
Biweekly[Jan. 6, 1984-1999]
Weekly[ FORMER <June 1966>-Dec. 23, 1983]
Physical Description:
37 v. : ill. ; 43 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Periodicals -- Canal Zone ( lcsh )
Periodicals -- Panama Canal (Panama) ( lcsh )
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periodical ( marcgt )
serial ( sobekcm )
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Republic of Panama -- Canal Zone -- Balboa -- Balboa Heights
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Text in English and Spanish; Spanish text inverted.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 1, no. 33 (Feb. 1, 1963)-Vol. 37, no. 26 (Dec. 30, 1999).
Issuing Body:
Issued by: Government of the Canal Zone <June 24, 1966-June 13 1969>; by the Panama Canal Company, <Aug. 13, 1976>-Sept. 14, 1979; by the Panama Canal Commission, Sept. 20, 1979-Dec. 1999.
General Note:
"Official Panama Canal publication."
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Imprint varies: Balboa Hights, <1966-1978>; Miami, Fla., <1979-1982>; Balboa Heights, Pan. <1983>-1999.
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 1 (June 24, 1966); title from caption.
General Note:
Vols. for 1994-1995 distributed to depository libraries in microfiche.
General Note:
Special "80th anniversary supplement" issue published on Aug. 12, 1994.
General Note:
Special ed. for 65th anniversary of the Panama Canal issued at end of Oct. 1979, is also a joint issue with: The News: authorized unofficial publication of the U.S. Armed Forces, Quarry Heights, Panama, and includes the text of the Panama Canal Act.

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Preparations under way for 1993 locks overhaul

The first of two dry-chamber
phases for the 1993 miter gate
overhaul at Gatun Locks will be
from March 7 to 13 in the east
lane, with the second in the west
lane from March 28 to April 3.
The majority of the work will
involve preparing for the reinstal-
lation of miter gates 25,26,27 and
28 in July. The four gates, re-
moved from Gatun Locks in Oc-
tober, are currently being reha-
bilitated at the Industrial Division
in Mount Hope. Overhaul Engi-

neer Fernando Sucre says, "Ev-
erything is going as scheduled --
no problems."
Intricate gate measurements
currently being taken by Surveys
Branch personnel will be used
during the dry chamber phases to
reconstruct the miter gate con-
crete sills. Additional measure-
ments will determine the align-
ment of the quoin-bearing plates
that will be installed on the lock
Besides the sill work and the

installation of the quoin-bearing
plates, assorted upper-level cham-
ber and culvert work will be ac-
complished during the dry cham-
ber phases. Cathodic protection
will also be installed in the upper
level if necessary.
Assistant Atlantic Branch Su-
perintendent Ricardo Alvarez says
the Locks Division is once again
relying on the skills and dedica-
tion of the overhaul workers as it
prepares for the job.
Preparations have included

blasting out the old quoin-bearing
plates from the lock walls. The
four miter gate yokes have also
been removed and sent to the
Industrial Division for rehabilita-
tion. Locks personnel are cur-
rently positioning material, equip-
ment and the small, movable
shacks that will be used as opera-
tion headquarters by the various
work groups.
The other major component
of the upcoming overhaul will be
the replacement of 1,430 feet (the

equivalent of nearly five football-
field lengths) of towing locomo-
tive conductor slot. During the
first phase, 715 feet will be re-
placed along the southeast wing
wall. Another 715 feet will be
replaced during the second phase
along the wing wall on the south-
west side.
The period between the two
phases of dry chamber work will
be used to eliminate vessel back-
logs and transfer equipment from
wI S W4.t~e locks to the other.

Congress passes new child-support laws

Engineers Week Photo by Kevin Jenkins
ActingAdministratorRaymond P. Laverty, seated, gathers with Panama
Canal Commission engineers toproclaim thesupport oflocalengineering
organizations for U.S. President Bill Clinton's declaration ofFebruary 14
through 20 as National Engineers Week. Standing from left are acting
Engineering and Construction Director Numan H. Vasquez; Enrique B.
Marquez, the programs and budget officer in the Engineering and
Construction Bureau; and Enrique E. Sanchez, acting chief of the
Maintenance Division.

Permission required to exchange

tickets purchased by government

Panama Canal Commission
travelers are advised that govern-
ment-paid tickets can be ex-
changed only by or with the per-
mission of the Transportation Ser-
vices Branch. Anyone having to
exchange government-issued air-
line tickets while in the United
States should call the branch's toll-

free number by dialing 1-800-622-
2625, extension 52-3325.
Failure to comply with this part
of the Federal Travel Regulations
could result in disciplinary action
and money owed to the Commis-
sion. Those with questions may
call Ellen Anderson, branch chief,
at 52-3325.

Panama Canal Commission
employees who are required to
make child-support payments
should be aware of two new laws
passed by the U.S. Congress.

The Child Support Recovery
Act of 1992 makes it an offense to
willfully fail to pay a past-due sup-
port obligation for a child residing
in another state. A past-due sup-
port obligation is defined as any
amountthamt has-remaineid-unpai-
for more than a year or is greater
than $5,000 that was due pursuant

Take note

The governor of Panama
province has ordered police
to enforce a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
curfew for persons under 18
years of age. Minors who
are not accompanied by
adults will be subject to ar-
rest if found on the streets
during curfew.

to a court order or an administra-
tive process in connection with a
state law for the support of a child
or of a child and the parent with
whom the child is living. The
punishment for a first-time of-
fender is a fine, imprisonment for
up to six months or both. For
subsequent offenders, the maxi-
mum imprisonment period in-
creases to two years.
The Tod Wciss Child Support
Enforcement Act of 1992 amends
the Fair Credit Reporting Act to

The U.S. State Depart-
ment has issued a travel ad-
visory warning U.S. citizens
against travel to Colombia
until further notice. Addi-
tional information is available
from the State Department's
consular information sheet
on Colombia, which can be
found at the U.S. Embassy's
Consular Section.

require that information regard-
ing a consumer's failure to pay
overdue child support be included
in consumer reports issued by con-
sumer reporting agencies. How-
ever, the agency is required to
include only information that is
not more than seven years old and
that has been provided by a state
or local child-support enforcement
agency or verified by a local, state
or federal government agency.
Emp!oyos witlaqucstjons on
these laws should seek legal ad-
vice from an attorney.

A limited number of U.S.
income tax forms are avail-
able from the Administrative
Services Division (Room 254
of the Administration Build-
ing in Balboa Heights). Most
of the popular forms are on
hand, and the division can
usually obtain others from
the U.S. Consulate within
three to five working days.

Follow safety rules when exposed to arsenic

Four Panama Canal Commis-
sion employees were recently
found to have arsenic in their
blood. They all worked with or
near treated lumber.
Arsenic is one of the ingredi-
ents in the product used to treat
this type of wood. At high levels of
exposure, it can affect the central
nervous system and cause cirrho-
sis of the liver and mucous mem-
brane damage. It is also a sus-
pected carcinogen.
The Commission has known
of the dangers of arsenic and other
chemicals for some time. To pro-
tect employees from harmful ex-
posure, guidelines and work rules
have been developed and protec-

tive equipment is provided.
Arsenic almost always enters
the body through respiration or
ingestion. Employees working
with treated wood must wear a
specific respirator, gloves and cov-
eralls. They must also shower
after their work shift. In most
cases when arsenic has been found
in the blood, investigation has re-
vealed that the employees did not
use protective equipment.
It is very important that guide-
lines designed to protectthe safety
and health of employees be ob-
served -- especially when working
with treated wood or other haz-
ardous materials. Sometimes what
you don't know can hurt you.

Training completed Photo by Jaime Fernndez
Panama Nautical School midshipmen celebrate the completion ofa month of training with the Panama Canal
Commission following their graduation ceremony at Miraflores Locks last week. The Canal organization has
been offering the hands-on training program for school midshipmen for some 20 years now.


Spill way

Vol. XXXI, No. 3 Friday, February 12, 1993

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The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, February 12, 1993

Cayuco regatta set for March 6; race scheduled for April

The annual cayuco regatta for Explorers
will be held Saturday, March 6, at
Gamboa. Participants should arrive no
later than 7:30 a.m., and the first events are
scheduled to begin at 8:30. Awards will be
presented at the conclusion of the event.
The regatta provides an excellent op-
portunity for those wishing to size up the
competition for the 40th annual ocean-to-
ocean cayuco race, to be held the first
weekend in April. More importantly,

cayucos and equipment may be inspected at
the regatta to ensure conformance with
technical and safety requirements.
Those desiring more information on the
regatta or the race should call the Explorer
post advisor for their areas. Jim Kraemer
(43-5278) handles the Atlantic side, Jay
Gibson (56-6384) Gamboa, Carlos Sanfili-
ppo (25-7646) Panama City and Molly
Williford (52-5733) the Panama Canal and
military communities on the Pacific side.

Bicycle donation Photo by Susan K. Stabler
Representatives of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1542 and the
Panama Canal Tarpon Club present three new bicycles to representatives of the
Atlantic police force to aid in patroling the community. From left are BPOE 1542
Exalted Ruler Camille Mazerolle; Cristobal Police Magistrate Ramon Salazar,
representing Colon Mayor Alcibiades Gonzales; Atlantic District Police Maj.
Osvaldo Galvez; and Tarpon Club President Sid Coffin.

Position Vacancy List
Applicants must have career or career-conditional status. Application forms must be submitted to the Employment
and Placement Branch (Building 366, Ancon) on Form 443, Application for Transfer, no later than seven days from
the date of this publication.
Persons selected for appointment to a permanent position and persons selected for testing-designated positions
(TDPs) will be subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment or permanent position change.
Persons already serving in a TDP will not be subject to urinalysis prior to a permanent position change.
For certain positions in one-grade interval series where there is no position in the normal line promotion, in-service
employees may qualify with at least one year of specialized experience at the next-level or second-lower level of the position.
Qu-alifications standards may be reviewed at the Panama Canal Commission Technical Resource'nceraBuit aTling
38, Balboa). For actions other than a promotion, modified qualifications will be used to qualify applicants when their
backgrounds included closely related experience that provides the skills necessary for successful performance.
The rates of pay reflect the minimum and maximum hourly base for the grades of positions advertised, except for
the pilot-in-training positions, which reflect annual salary. Employees selected will be placed in the appropriate grade,
step and wage base in accordance with regulations.
Further information may be obtained from the Employment and Placement Branch (telephone 52-3583).

Permanent positions Salaries
Budget assistant, NM-5/71 2 (Part-time not to
exceed 30 hours.) ......................... $6.57/$14.15
Budget assistant (office automation), NM-7 .... $10.89/$14.15
Clerical assistant (stenography/ office automa-
tion), NM-5' 2 (Part-time not to exceed 30
hours) (Shorthand at 80 words per minute) $6.57/$8.29
Computer assistant, NM-5/71 2 (Swimming
ability and driver's license required. Knowledge
of microcomputer programming in data base
management systems, for example, dBase or
Clipper, also required.) .................... $6.57/$14.15
Mate-trainee, towboat, FE-7/151 2 3 (Knowledge
of English and swimming ability required.)
(Shift work) .............. ............. $15.26/$25.10
Pilot-in-training, CP-2/41 2 3 (Limited to 225-
foot vessels) (Knowledge of English and
swimming ability required.) (First forty hours)
(Shift work) ............................. $49,699.00
Time and leave clerk, NM-41 (Rotating weekends) $6.04/$7.64
Training instructor (safety), NM-7/92 (Driver's
license required.) (Bilingual) (Part-time not to
exceed 30 hours) ......................... $10.89/$17.31
Upward mobility training position
Small craft operations foreman, MS-1Il 2 4
(Knowledge of English, swimming ability, and
driver's license required. Knowledge of Span-
ish and high school diploma desirable.) (Shift
work) ................ ............ . . . $16.70/$19.49

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Unit tion cies

P 1
P 1

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P 1

P 2

P 4

P 1

P 1

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Admin. Services
General Services

Admin. Services

Canal Services

Maritime Training

Maritime Training

Canal Services


Canal Services

I Only PCC employees will be considered.
2 Documentation that applicant meets special requirements, must be filed in Official Personnel Folder or attached
to the application; otherwise, applicant will not be considered for the vacancy.
3 Testing-designated position.
4 This upward mobility training position is opened to employees below the target grade level. The person selected
will qualify upon completion of the training period and will be promoted to the target grade level.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.



Administrator, Panama Canal Commission

Deputy Administrator

Director of Public Affairs

Associate Director

Associate Director

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

Behind the scenes Photo by Susan K. Stabler
A lot of people contribute to making the softball leagues sponsored by the Panama
Canal Commission Employee Fitness Branch a success. Sprucing up the Industrial
Division field are District Grounds Office laborer Miguel A. Ortega, who is
spreading fresh black sand around the pitcher's mound, and cement worker Agustin
Romero and grounds maintenance foreman Jorge Garcia, who are loading a
wheelbarrow in the background with more sand. The sand was delivered by the
Maintenance Division.

Training courses available for Commission employees
The schedule of training courses to be offered to Panama Canal Commission employees is provided below. The Excellence in
Management series is intended for managers and Managerial Assessment of Proficiency (MAP) participants, while the Clerical
Training Program is for clerical trainees. All courses will be conducted in English, with the exception of the first session of "PCC
Storage and Warehousing," which will be in Spanish. Nominations should be submitted through training program managers by
the suspense dates indicated. Employees interested in the industrial multimedia courses should call 52-4190 for assistance. For
information on the other courses, call 52-4155.
Course (and target audience) Dates Time Suspense Location
Situational Leadership and Delegation (MAP
participants, managers and supervisors) ...... 3/1-3 8:00-4:00 2/12 Gatun
Detroit Diesel 71 Series: Tune-Up and Trouble-
shooting (Canal Services Division employees) 3/1 & 2 7:30-3:30 2/12 Ind. Div.
3/3 7:30-11:00 Ind. Div.
3/3 12:00-3:30 2/12 Ind. Div.
3/4 & 5 7:30-3:30 Ind. Div.
3/8 & 9 7:30-3:30 2/15 Ind. Div.
3/10 7:30-11:00 Ind. Div.
3/10 12:00-3:30 2/17 Ind. Div.
3/11 & 12 7:30-3:30

Preparing and Analyzing Statements of Work and
Specifications (employees from the Purchasing
and Contracts and Inventory Management
branches). ................... .... . 3/2-4
Excellence in Management: Managing Difficult
People in Difficult Times .................. 3/8
Excellence in Management: Making Delegation
--- or .--....... ..................... 3/9
Excellence in Management: Managing Multiple
Demands .............................. 3/10
Excellence in Management: Motivation-Keeping
Yourself and Others Motivated ............. 3/11
Excellence in Management: Leaders as Coach and
Counselor ............................ 3/12
Time Management for Supervisors ............ 3/9 & 10
Improved Service to the Public (office support
staff) .................................. 3/10& 11
Detroit Diesel 71 Series: Engine Overhaul
(Industrial Division employees) .............. 3/15-19
Supervisory Development I (supervisors) ........ 3/15-19
Clerical Training Program with Emphasis in Office
Automation: Module 8-Records Management 3/15-19
Office Management (clerical staff) ............. 3/17 & 18
Leadership Skills for Non-Supervisory Staff..... 3/17 & 18
Supervisors' Update: Employee Assistance Pro-
gram ................................ 3/23
Contract Pricing (Construction Division person-
nel) ................... ............... 3/23-25
Understanding and Managing Human Behavior
(supervisors) ............ ............. 3/24 & 25
New Employee Orientation .................. 3/25
The Competent Communicator I (MAP partici-
pants and managers) ..................... 3/29-4/2
PCC Storage and Warehousing (inventory manage-
ment and distribution facilities specialists) ..... 3/29 & 30

Dealing with Conflict ....................... 3
Microcomputer courses
Introduction to dBase III Plus (employees who
have taken Introduction to Microcomputers) 3
Advanced WordPerfect Features: Tables (those
who have taken Introduction to WordPerfect) 3
Introduction to WordPerfect (those who have
taken Introduction to Microcomputers) ...... 3
Advanced WordPerfect Features: Basic Macros
(those who have taken Introduction to Word-
Perfect) .. ................. ............ 3
Introduction to Clipper (those who have taken an
advanced dBase III Plus programming course) 3
Introduction to Microcomputers .............. 3
Multimedia courses
Providing Direction and Monitoring Performance
Communicating Across Functions
Creating Upward Communication
Strategies for Maintaining High Performance
Decision Making and Taking Action
Planning and Organizing in a Changing World
Perception and Interpersonal Relations
Effective Oral and Written Communication
Introduction to Microcomputers
Industrial multimedia training
AC Motors
AC Motor Controllers
Digital Circuit Fundamentals
Hydraulic Power Basics
Hydraulic Power Components
Industrial Hydraulics
Industrial Pneumatics
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The Panama Canal Spillway

What's happening

Water aerobics
Coed aquatic aerobics classes are offered
from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Mondays and
Wednesdays and from 9:30 to 10:30 Satur-
days at the Gatun pool. The instructor is
Bonnie Seeley. For more information, call
the pool at 43-5233.

Gatun Youth Center
Gatun Youth Center will hold a Washing-
ton' s Birthday table tennis tournament for
pre-teens and teens, beginning at 10 a.m.
February 15. Easter craft classes will be
held from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. every Wednes-
day in March. For information on youth
center activities, call Albano H. Aguilar at
Cinderella fund-raiser
The Dedicators Inc. of Panama, a non-
profit organization that awards scholar-
ships, invites the community to its fifth
International Cinderella Ball at 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, at Palacio Lung
The entertainment will include a presenta-
tion of the play "Cinderella" and the
crowning of a prince and princess, who will
be selected on the basis of how much they
raise for the scholarship program. The
event is being held this year in honor of
Ellen Chandler and Richard Ford, two
well-known community workers.
Tickets are available from members of
the Dedicators. For more information, call
Una Haynes (32-4621), Dolores Scotland
(32-4260), Daisy Redhead (21-2287) or
Sislyn Thomas (66-1278).


Performance awards Photo by Armando De Gracia
Seventy-seven Engineering Division employees are recognized with performance awards for excelling in their duties during the
last rating period. The awards ceremony was held last month at the Panama Canal Training Center. The awards were presented
by acting Engineering and Construction Director Numan Vasquez and Thomas W. Drohan, acting division chief

Men's racquetball
The Panama Canal Commission Em-
ployee Fitness Branch is sponsoring a men's
double-elimination racquetball tournament
featuring three levels of competition.
Registration ends today, with tournament
play beginning March 1. For more informa-
tion, call Janice D. Padmore (52-1212)
between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. or Oscar
Massiah (52-2903) between 4 and 8:30 p.m.

Dive club
The Balboa Dive Club is accepting new
members. Membership, which is $12 per
year, includes a monthly newsletter, free use
of club tanks and its video library, courses
and other information on diving, dive trips
and monthly meetings. Divers must show
their certification cards to join. For more
information, call 30-1138 or write to PSC
#1 Box 5245, Howard Air Force Base,
Republic of Panama (APO AA 34001).

Coed volleyball
Registration ends today for an adult
volleyball league sponsored by the Panama
Canal Commission Employee Fitness
Branch. The league is scheduled to begin
March 2. For additional information, call
Janice D. Padmore (52-1212) between
11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. or Oscar Massiah
(52-2903) between 4 and 8:30 p.m.
CPR and first aid
Two classes in cardiopulmonary resuscita-
tion and a first aid course will be offered at
the Gatun Youth Center for Panama Canal
Commission employees and dependents.
The CPR classes will be held from 4:30 to
7:30 p.m., with the first scheduled for
Wednesday and Thursday, February 17
and 18, and the second for Thursday and
Friday, March 18 and 19. First aid will be
taught from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and
Friday, March 25 and 26. Call 43-5353 for

Maiden transit Photo by Jaime Fernandez
The "Statendam," Holland America's new cruise ship, moves through Miraflores Locks during its maiden Panama Canal
transit on January 31. The luxurious ship will be a regular customer of the Canal during the cruise season. Its agent at the
waterway is Pacific Dodwell S.A.

Construction-day train served tourists

In 1913, visitors wishing to see the
Panama Canal could do so from a special
"Seeing the Canal" train. The Monday,
Wednesday and Friday schedule allowed
passengers to see the Pacific Division in the
morning and then return to the Ancon
tourist station for a lecture (complete with
models of the locks, dams and the Canal
Zone) provided by the official tour guide. In
the afternoon, the train made the trip
through Culebra Cut. On Tuesday, Thurs-
day and Saturday, the train took visitors on
a tour of the work at Gatun. On Sundays, if
fifty or more Canal employees wished to use
the sightseeing train, the trip could be made

to the Pacific, Central and Atlantic
divisions at a cost of $1.50 per passenger.
These organized sightseeing tours were
necessary because of the many dangers that
lurked for the unwary tourist making
unguided visits to the various Canal work
sites, where potentially dangerous opera-
tions were routinely carried out. Ever-
present hazards included the chance of
falling from high places at the locks and
dams, getting in the way of moving trains
and being too near to dynamite blasts.
Because Canal employees were in the habit
of ignoring the guide and showing their
friends around the construction sites-

taking them out to uncompleted locks gates
and other dangerous areas and setting a bad
example for other sightseers-rules were
announced prohibiting taking passengers to
any point not under the supervision of the
official guide.
A second observation car was built at the
beginning of the year to handle an
anticipated increase in business, and the
official guide trained an assistant so there
could be a guide in each car. Later, because
of the large number of tourists at the Canal,
a third car, converted at Gorgona shops
from a Lidgerwood flat, was placed in

Steak night
Gatun Yacht Club will hold a steak night
on Thursday, February 18. The menu will
include grilled steak, baked potatoes, salad
and "micha" bread. Reservations are
required and may be made by calling Sue
Stabler at 43-5487, evenings.

Tennis classes
Tennis classes for Panama Canal Com-
mission employees and dependents began
this week at the Diablo courts, and the
Employee Fitness invites anyone still
interested to sign up. Adult classes are held
from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays,
Tuesdays and Thursdays; the younger
crowd meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on
Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both sessions are
open to beginner, intermediate and ad-
vanced players. Call Roberto Vaca (52-
6827) between 1:30 and 8:45 p.m. for more

Canal team wins race
The Panama Canal Commission took
the over-40 category in the ninth annual
Transisthmian Relay on Saturday. Spon-
sored by U.S. Army South, the event began
in Margarita and ended at Fort Amador.
More than 80 teams participated, with 10
runners and two alternates on each.
Members of the Commission's winning
team included Pastor Perea, Edmundo
Andrion, Julio Cabrera, Agustin Zufiiga,
Edward McAleer, Rodolfo Mendez, Jose
Luis Moreno, Bernabe Soto, Euclides
Cedefio, Luis Camafio, Victor Vallejos and
Catalino L6pez. There were also two other
teams representing the Commission-one
participating in the open category and the
other in the women's category.

FEEA scholarships offered
The Federal Employee Education and
Assistance Fund has announced its 1993
scholarship program.
Employees and dependents are eligible to
compete for scholarships ranging from $300
to $1,200 per student. The minimum
requirements are three years of federal
service and a 3.0 grade-point average on a
4-point scale or 2.25 on a 3-point scale.
Applicants must be graduating high school
seniors or students who are continuing their
education in an accredited university of the
United States or Republic of Panama.
Selection criteria include academic achieve-
ment, community service, a recommen-
dation and a two-page essay.
Applications may be obtained from
Dolores A. Eskildsen in the Office of
Personnel Administration (Room 251 of
the Panama Canal Commission Adminis-
tration Building in Balboa Heights.) They
must be submitted and postmarked no later
than June 4 for the 1993-1994 school year.
Based in Washington, D.C., FEEA is a
non-profit organization that provides edu-
cation and emergency assistance for federal
government employees.

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Gaillard descendants visit Panama

By Susan Harp
Eight direct descendants of Col. David du
Bose Gaillard, the engineer who master-
minded the excavation of Gaillard Cut when
the Panama Canal was built, sailed into
Cristobal Harbor January 31, together with
other family members, on a two-masted
schooner, the same type of vessel that might
have sailed to Panama during construction
days. The 92-foot-long Tabor Boy and its
sunburned crew patiently transited Gatun
Locks and headed toward a long-awaited
goal -- seeing the place where the Gaillards'
famous ancestor organized the excavation of
96 million cubic yards of rock and dirt and cut
the Canal through the Continental Divide.
The group consisted of Barbara Gaillard
(widow of David du Bose Gaillard II, the
grandson of Colonel Gaillard), their four
children, their spouses and children and a
friend, Adele Waggaman. Ruth and David du
Bose Gaillard IV came with their sons, Jack
and Luke; Peter S. Gaillard with daughter
Jennifer Dudley-Gaillard; andAnnie Gaillard
and Louis Pulverwith their daughter Heather
Pulver. Helen Gaillard Wheelock and Chris-
topher J. Wheelock left their 7-month-old
daughter, Amanda, at home.

I felt it would add to

the fun of seeing the

Canal by doing it from

a tall ship."

The Gaillards' visit was the first made by
any of the family since Katherine Gaillard,
the colonel's widow, returned to Panama to
present the Gaillard Memorial to the Canal
organization. The bronze plaque presides
over Gaillard Cut, set in a sheer cliff 100 feet
above the water next to Contractor's Hill.
It is obvious that the Gaillard family holds
their illustrious forebear in great respect.
They speak of him and his accomplishments
with pride -- and with sadness that he was
unable to see his work on the Panama Canal
through to completion.
"My husband, David, and I had always
wanted to bring the children to see the Ca-
nal," said Barbara. She added that David's
unexpected death two years ago made her
determined to make the trip. "I wanted to do
something more personal than just pass
through Gaillard Cut on a cruise ship, see the

Cut named for
By Joaquin Horna
When Maj. David du Bose Gaillard was
summoned to work on the construction of the
Panama Canal in 1907, the Isthmus was viewed
by the rest of the world as a graveyard.
Gaillard, however, dutifully accepted his post
with the Isthmian Canal Commission and
said goodbye to friends in the United States,
many of whom never expected to see him
alive again. Ironically, his life would be cut
short, but not by pestilence in Panama. In
fact, rather than being the death of him,
Panama became his ticket to immortality.
Gaillard was born September 4, 1859, in
South Carolina. He graduated from the U.S.
Military Academy in 1884, fifth in a class of
35. After studying 2-1/2 years at the Engi-
neer School of Application, he launched a
solid career with the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, working on rivers, harbors, forti-
fications, boundaries, aqueducts and dams in
several states until the outbreak of war with
Spain in 1898, when he was appointed com-
mander of the Third U.S. Volunteer Engi-
In 1903, he was picked to serve on the new
Army General Staff. The corps of 44 officers

commemorative plaque and then catch an
airplane back home," she continued, explain-
ing that she spent a year planning the pilgrim-
age with the help of the Panama Canal Com-
A friend told her the Tabor Boy would be
making a voyage to Panama and she decided
to book a passage for the family. "Since we
have all sailed at one time or another, I felt it
would add to the fun of seeing the Canal by
doing it from a tall ship."
The schooner was built in Holland in 1914,
the same year the Canal opened. Now owned
by Tabor Academy, a boarding school in
Marion, Mass., it is a training ship that gives
students hands-on experience in sailing.
This is the first trip the Tabor Boy has
made to Panama, an event brought about by
Andrew Major, a senior at the academy.
Major, the executive officer for the ship this
year, is from Panama.
According to his father, Landis C. Major,
Andrew convinced the school director that a
trip to the Isthmus would be educational for
the student crew. The history of Panama and
its tropical ecology were the main selling
points. Several voyages were organized, and
the academy offered alumni and friends the
chance to sail to help pay for student voyages.
The Gaillards answered the call through a
friend who is on the academy's board of
They joined the ship in the Cayman Is-
lands, converging from the states of Ver-
mont, Maryland and Florida. "The weather
in Vermont kept some of us from making our
connections, so we felt lucky to finally arrive
at Grand Cayman," said Annie Gaillard.
The sailing weather was also pretty rough
at first, and some family members suffered
from seasickness. Eight-year-old Heather
Pulver, great-great-granddaughter of Col.
Gaillard, felt fine, however, and spent much
of her time in the galley helping the cook.
When asked what she liked best about the
experience, the third-grader replied, "The
Although the ship sailed under the capable
hands of Capt. James E. Geil and five profes-
sional crew members, all the passengers were
assigned jobs during the seven-day journey.
They swabbed the deck, set sails and stood
four-hour watches. They also had personal
obligations to attend to. Jennifer Dudley-
Gaillard, who skipped two weeks of high
school to sail the Caribbean, said, "Some of
us had homework to do."
"The kids had a noisy celebration when we
arrived at Gatun Lake," said Barbara, "They

took their first fresh-water showers in a week,
and the crew even doused the captain."
Nathaniel A. Gladding, a Tabor Academy
graduate and now a Commission pilot, guided
the TaborBoy, a familiar friend, on its maiden
transit through the Canal. The ship anchored
overnight in Gamboa, and then the moment
they had been waiting for arrived -- the pas-
sage through Gaillard Cut. "We were so busy
on the boat and watching for passing ships
that I forgot to take the family picture," said

"The kids had a noisy

celebration when we



at Gatun

After arriving at Rodman Naval Station,
the Gaillards were hosted by the Canal orga-
nization and the Majors, taking a whirlwind
tour of historical sites in Panama City, Stevens
Circle, the Administration Building, Marine
Traffic Control Center, Miraflores Locks and
Gold Hill. They also visited the administrator's
residence, where acting Administrator
Raymond P. Laverty presented Barbara
Gaillard a commemorative plaque. "We at
the Canal today consider the Gaillards fam-
ily. Your ancestor was very important to the
Canal and we all still marvel at the engineer-
ing feats performed back in those days," he
When asked about her impressions of the
Canal, Barbara Gaillard replied, "I'm im-
pressed that what they did back at the turn of
the century is still working today. It appears
it can go on forever and ever."
Afterward, they all climbed into four-
wheel-drive vehicles provided by the Com-
mission and rode to the top of Gold Hill for
one last look at Gaillard Cut. Jos E. Reyes,
an engineer working on designs for the cur-
rent Gaillard Cut widening program, pointed
out the old townsite of Culebra, where Colo-
nel and Mrs. Gaillard lived. "From here you
can also see the place where so many land-
slides occurred -- both during and after the
excavation of the cut," he said.
Braving the intense afternoon sun, the
group stood together to take the family pic-
ture they had missed during the transit. "Say
cheese," called the photographer. "Say
Panama," replied Peter Gaillard, and they
did, accompanied by a great deal of smiles
and laughter.

construction-day engineer

also included George W. Goethals, who was
later to become his superior as chief engineer
of the Canal construction enterprise.
Gaillard and Goethals arrived on the Isth-
mus together on March 12, 1907. There was
no reception. Since John J. Stevens still
occupied the official residence of the chief
engineer, the two officers moved in with Dr.
William Crawford Gorgas, the military phy-
sician in charge of sanitation, at Ancon.
Gaillard and his wife, Katherine, later moved
to the town of Culebra.
After Goethals reorganized the construc-
tion effort, Gaillard was assigned overall re-
sponsibility for the central district -- which
stretched 32 miles from Pedro Miguel Locks
to Gatun Dam and included Culebra Cut.
Described by a visitor as "the greatest
liberty ever taken with nature," the digging of
Culebra Cut lasted seven years, from 1907
through 1913. In any one day, there would be
6,000 men and 50 to 60 steam shovels at work
in the cut, with dirt trains running continu-
ously. Gaillard led this army of workers and
machines quietly and clear-sightedly, as if
engaged in any ordinary engineering task.
But ordinary it was not. Many were killed

and injured in accidents, including the pre-
mature detonation of explosions.
And then there were slides.
The more they dug, the more digging there
was to be done. As the cut grew deeper, the
slides grew worse. A single avalanche of
earth and rock could wipe out months of
work. Gaillard described the slides as tropi-
cal glaciers, made of mud instead of ice.
Gaillard, who had been promoted to lieu-
tenant colonel in April 1909, completed the
seemingly insurmountable task with the help
of his dedicated diggers. The cut was filled
with water, and the Panama Canal opened
nearly a year later -- on August 15, 1914 -- six
months ahead of schedule.
But tragedy prevented Gaillard from see-
ing this great day. In 1913, following tremen-
dous slides, he suddenly suffered what ap-
peared to be a nervous breakdown and left
the Isthmus never to return. A tumor was
found on his brain, and, after surgery and
hospital treatment, he died in Baltimore on
December 5, 1913. He was 54 and had been
promoted to colonel only a month before.
Culebra Cut was renamed Gaillard Cut on
April 27, 1915, and a bronze tablet honoring

Gaillard family visits
Descendants of Col. Daviddu Bose Gaillard a
of Gaillard Cut along the Panama Canal. On i
ancestor can be seen in the distance.
Los Gaillard en el corte
Los descendientes del Col. David du Bose Ga,
extremo surdel Corte Gaillarden el Canalde P
la placa en honor a su ancestro.

Then and now
In the historic photo below, Katherine Gaillard
serves refreshments to herhusband, Col. David
du Bose Gaillard, in the house they lived in at
the town ofCulebra. Barbara Gaillardstillhasi
the silver service seen in the photo. At right,
actingAdministratorRaymondP. Lavertypre-
sents Barbara Gaillard with a plaque com-
memorating the Gaillard family's visit to the
Panama Canal. The setting is the historic
administrator's residence, originally located at
Present-day photos by Kevin Jenkins

his memory has occupied a prominent posi-
tion there since 1928. The tablet was pro-
vided by Gaillard's family and the regiment
he commanded during the Spanish War. The
greatest memorial to Gaillard, however, is
the cut itself-- a lasting legacy that testifies to
his proficiency and perseverance.
Extended from its original 300 feet to 500
feet between the 1930s and 1971, the cut is
currently being widened again under a long-
term program to increase Canal capacity and
safety. The work will help the waterway meet
the demands of the future. Improvements
such as this, together with the Canal's com-
mitment to preventive maintenance, ensure
the heroic engineering accomplishments of
Gaillard and other Canal builders will con-
tinue to benefit international commerce for
generations to come.

Nos visitan descendientes de Gaillard

dtheirfamilies visit Gold Hill, the southern end
e far bank, top center, the plaque honoring their

lardy sus familias visitan el Cerro de Oro, en el
ramd. Al centro, en la ribera opuesta, se aprecia

Entonces y ahora
En la foto hist6rica a la izquierda, Katherine
Gaillard sirve un refresco a su esposo, el Col.
David du Bose Gaillard, en su residencia del
poblado de Culebra. Bdrbara Gaillardtodavia
guarda la vajilla que aparece en lafoto. Arriba,
el Administrador Encargado Raymond P.
Laverty entrega a Bdrbara Gaillard unaplaca
conmemorando la visita de lafamilia Gaillard
al Canal de Panamd. El acto se realize en la
hist6rica residencia del administrador,
originalmente localizada en Culebra.
Fotos actuales por Kevin Jenkins

Por Susan Harp
Los ocho descendientes directos del Col.
David du Bose Gaillard, el ingeniero que
dirigi6 la excavaci6n del Corte Gaillard
durante la construcci6n del Canal de Panama,
arribaron al Puerto de Crist6bal el 31 de
enero, junto con otros miembros de la familia,
en una goleta de dos mAstiles, el mismo tipo
de embarcaci6n en que habrian navegado
hacia Panama en los dias de la construcci6n.
La embarcaci6n de 92 pies de largo, el Tabor
Boy, y su bronceada tripulaci6n transitaron
las Esclusas de Gatiin con paciencia, rumbo
a una meta largamente esperada -- ver el
lugar donde su famoso ancestro organiz6 la
excavaci6n de 96 millones de yardas cfbicas
de piedra y tierra a trav6s de la Cordillera
Integraban el grupo Barbara Gaillard
(viuda de David du Bose Gaillard II, nieto del
Col. Gaillard) ysus cuatro hijos, acompafiados
de sus c6nyuges e hijos, y una amiga, Adele
Waggaman. Ruth y David du Bose Gaillard
IV vinieron con sus hijos Jack y Luke; Peter
S. Gaillard, con su hija Jennifer Dudley-
Gaillard; yAnnie Gaillard y Louis Pulver, con
su hija Heather Pulver. Helen Gaillard
Wheelock yChristopherJ. Wheelock dejaron
a su hija de siete meses, Amanda, en casa.

"Pense que seria mas

divertido ver el Canal

desde un velero".

La visita de los Gaillard fue la primera
hecha por miembros de la familia desde que
Katherine Gaillard, viuda delcoronel, regres6
a Panama para entregar a la organizaci6n del
Canal una placa en honor a Gaillard. La placa
de bronce esta colocada en el Corte Gaillard,
montada en el Cerro del Contratista en un
precipicio a 100 pies sobre el agua.
Es obvio que la familia Gaillard siente
gran respeto por suilustre antepasado. Hablan
de 61 y de sus logros con orgullo -- y con
tristeza, ya que no pudo ver completado su
trabajo en el Canal de PanamA.
"Mi esposo David y yo siempre quisimos
traer a nuestros hijos para que vieran el
Canal", dice BArbara, agregando que la
muerte inesperada de David hace dos afios la
motiv6 a hacer el viaje. "Quise hacer algo
mas personal que transitar el Corte Gaillard
desde un barco de pasajeros, ver la placa
conmemorativa y luego tomar un avi6n de
regreso a casa", afiadi6. Se demor6 un afio

planeando la peregrinaci6n con ayuda de la
Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA.
Un amigo le dijo que el TaborBoy harfa un
viaje a Panama y decidi6 reservar pasajes
para la familia. "Ya que todos hemos
navegado pens6 que seria mis divertido ver el
Canal desde un velero".
La goleta se construy6 en Holanda en
1914, el mismo afio que abri6 el Canal.
Propiedad de la Academia Tabor, un
internado de Marion, Massachusetts, elbarco
escuela ofrece practice y experiencia a los
Este es el primer viaje del Tabor Boy a
Panama, gira realizada por gestiones de An-
drew Major, un graduando de la academia.
Major, oficial ejecutivo del barco este aiio, es
de PanamA. Su padre, Landis C. Major, dijo
queAndrewconvenci6aldirector delaescuela
que el viaje al istmo seria educativo para la
tripulaci6n de estudiantes. Tambi6n destac6
la historia de Panama y su ecologia tropical
como puntos de atracci6n. Se organizaron
varios viajes y la academia le ofreci6 a
exalumnosy amigoslaoportunidadde navegar
paraayudar apagar el costo delos estudiantes.
LosGaillard respondieron al lamado a trav6s
de un amigo miembro del consejo de
administraci6n de la academia.
Se unieron a la tripulaci6n del barco en las
Islas Caiman, convergiendo desde los estados
de Vermont, Maryland y Florida. "El tiempo
en Vermont hizo que algunos perdieramos
nuestras conexiones areas, asi que nos
sentimos afortunados al llegar por fin a Gran
Caiman", dijo Annie Gaillard.
El tiempo de navegaci6n tambi6n estuvo
bastante agitado, y algunos miembros de la
familia se marearon. Sin embargo, la niiia de
ocho afios, Heather Pulver, tataranieta del
Coronel Gaillard, se sinti6 bien y pas6 la
mayor parte de su tiempo en la cocina
ayudando al cocinero. Cuando le preguntaron
lo que mis le habia gustado de su experiencia,
la nifia de tercer grado respondi6: "La
A pesar de que el barco zarp6 bajo las
manos capaces del Capt. James E. Geil y
cinco tripulantes profesionales, a todos los
pasajeros se les asign6 trabajos durante el
recorrido de siete dias. Fregaron la cubierta,
arriaron las velas y vigilaron en turnos de
cuatro horas. Tambi6n tuvieron que atender
obligaciones personales. "Algunos tenfamos
que hacer tareas", dijo Jennifer Dudley-
Gaillard, quien falt6 a clases por dos semanas
para navegar por el Caribe.
"Los niiios celebraron ruidosamente al
llegar al Lago Gatfin", dijo Barbara.

"Tomaron su primer baiio de agua dulce en
una semana, y hasta los miembros de la
tripulaci6n empaparon al capitan".
Nathaniel A. Gladding, un prActico del
Canal egresado de la Academia Tabor, gui6
al conocido TaborBoy en su primer trAnsito.
El barco pas6 la noche anclado en Gamboa,
y luego lleg6 el momento que tanto esperaron
-- el transito por el Corte Gaillard.-
"Estabamos tan ocupados enelbarcoyviendo
las naves pasar que olvid6 tomar la foto
familiar", dijo BArbara.

"Los nifios celebraron

ruidosamente al llegar

al Lago Gatuin".

Al llegar a la Estaci6n Naval de Rodman,
los Gaillard fueron recibidos por oficiales de
la agencia del Canal y los Major, quienes los
llevaron en un recorrido por sitios hist6ricos
de PanamA, el Cfrculo Stevens, el Edificio de
Administraci6n, el Centro de Control de
Trafico Maritimo, las Esclusas de Miraflores
y el Cerro de Oro. Tambi6n visitaron la
residencia del administrador, en donde el
Administrador Encargado Raymond P.
Laverty entreg6 una placa conmemorativa a
Barbara Gaillard. "Nosotros en el Canal les
consideramos de la familia. Su ancestro fue
muy importante para el Canal, y todavia nos
maravillamos de las proezas de ingenieria de
esos dias", dijo Laverty.
Sobre sus impresiones de la via acuAtica,
BArbara Gaillard dijo: "Me impresiona ver
que lo que ellos hicieron a comienzos de siglo
todavia trabaja. Pareciera que continuarA
para siempre".
Luego todos montaron en vehiculos de
doble tracci6n y visitaron el punto mAs alto
del Cerro de Oro, para dar una ultima mirada
al Corte Gaillard. Jos6 E. Reyes, ingeniero
que trabaja en el disefio del actual programa
de ensanche del corte, les mostr6 el antiguo
poblado de Culebra donde vivieron el Coronel
y la Sra. Gaillard. "Desde aquf tambi6n se ve
el lugar donde ocurrieron tantos derrumbes
-- durante y despu6s de la excavaci6n del
corte", dijo.
Desafiando el intenso sol de la tarde, el
grupo se reuni6 para tomar la foto familiar
que no tomaron durante el trAnsito. "Digan
'cheese'", dijo el fot6grafo. "Digan PanamA",
contest6 Peter Gaillard, lo cual hicieron,
sonriendo y riendo a carcajadas.

Corte bautizado en honor de ingeniero de la construccion

Por Joaquin Horna
Cuando el Mayor David du Bose Gaillard
fue Ilamado a trabajar en la construcci6n del
Canal de Panama en 1907, el istmo era visto
por el resto del mundo como un cementerio.
Pero Gaillard acept6 con diligencia el puesto
en la Comisi6n del Canal Istmico y dijo adios
a sus amistades enlos Estados Unidos, muchos
de los cuales no pensaron verlo nuevamente
con vida. Por ironia su vida seria corta, pero
no por culpa de las enfermedades en PanamA.
De hecho, Panama no signific6 su muerte,
sino su pasaje hacia la inmortalidad.
Gaillard naci6 el 4 de septiembre de 1859
en Carolina del Sur. Segradu6 delaAcademia
Militar de West Point en 1884, ocupando el
quinto puesto en una clase de 35. Despu6s de
estudiar por dos afios y medio en la Escuela
de M6todos de Ingenieria, inici6 una carrera
s6lida con el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del ej6rcito
estadounidense, trabajando en rios, puertos,
fortificaciones, fronteras, acueductos y
:represas en varios estados hasta que estall6 la
guerra contra Espafia en 1889, y fue nombrado
,Comandante del Tercer Regimiento de
Ingenieros Voluntarios.
En 1903 fue escogido para servir en el

nuevo Cuerpo General del Ej6rcito. El cuerpo
de 44 oficiales tambi6n inclufa a George W.
Goethals, quien luego seria su superior como
ingeniero jefe de la construcci6n del Canal.
Gaillard y Goethals arribaron juntos al
istmo el 12 de marzo de 1907. No hubo
recepci6n. John J. Stevens ocupaba afin la
residencia oficial del ingeniero jefe, y los dos
oficiales se mudaron con el Dr. William C.
Gorgas, el m6dicomilitar a cargo dela sanidad,
en Anc6n. Gaillard y su esposa, Katherine, se
mudaron luego al poblado de Culebra.
Despu6s que Goethals reorganiz6 la
empresa constructora, a Gaillard se le asign6
total responsabilidad por el distrito central --
cubriendo 32 millas entre las Esclusas de
Pedro Miguel y la Represa de Gattn,
incluyendo el Corte Culebra.
Descrito por un visitante como "la mayor
libertad jamAs tomada con la naturaleza", la
excavaci6n del Corte Culebra dur6 siete afios,
de 1907 a 1913. En un dia cualquiera podia
haber 6,000 hombres y hasta 60 excavadoras
de vapor trabajando en el corte, con trenes
entrando ysaliendo continuamente cargados
de tierra, Gaillard dirigi6 este ej6rcito de
trabajadores y maquinas con tranquilidad y

visi6n, como si se tratara de un proyecto de
ingenieria ordinario.
Pero ordinario no era. Los accidentes,
incluyendo la detonaci6n prematura de
explosivos, mataron e hirieron a muchos
Y entonces ocurrieron los derrumbes.
Mientras mas excavaban, mis habia que
seguir excavando. A medida que pro-
fundizaban el corte, empeoraban los
derrumbes. Una sola avalancha de tierra y
roca podia destruir varios meses de trabajo.
Gaillard describi6 los deslizamientos como
glaciares tropicales, hechos de lodo en vez de
Gaillard, quien habia sido ascendido a
teniente coronel en abril de 1909, complet6 la
colosal tarea con ayuda de su ej6rcito de
trabajadores dedicados. El corte fue inundado
y el Canal de Panama abri6 casi un afio
despu6s -- el 15 de agosto de 1914 -- seis
meses antes de lo programado.
Pero la tragedia impidi6 a Gaillard ver ese
dia grandioso. En 1913, luego de grandes
dcrrumhcs, sufri6 de repente lo que parecia
scr una crisis nerviosa, y abandon6 el istmo
para no volver. Sc encontr6 un tumor en su

cerebro y, luego de una operaci6n y
tratamientohospitalario, muri6en Baltimore
el 5 de diciembre de 1913. Tenia 54 afios y
habia sido promovido a coronel el mes ante-
El Corte Culebra fue rebautizado Corte
Gaillard el 27 de abril de 1915, y una placa de
bronce honrando su memoria ocupa un lugar
prominente ahi desde 1928. La placa fue
presentada por la familia Gaillard y el
regimiento que comand6 durante la guerra
espaiiola. Sin embargo, el mayor monumento
a Gaillard es el mismo corte -- un legado
perdurable a su eficacia y perseverancia.

Ensanchado de sus 300 pies originales a
500 pies entre los aiios 30 y 1971, el corte estA
siendo ensanchado nuevamente bajo un
programa a largo plazo para aumentar la
capacidad y seguridad del Canal. El trabajo
ayudara a cumplir las demandas futuras de la
via acuatica. Tales mejoras, junto al
compromiso canalero del mantenimiento
preventivo, aseguran que la heroica herencia
de Gaillard y los otros constructores del
Canal continten beneficiando al comercio
internacional por muchos afios mas.


Preparan reacondicionamiento de esclusas de 1993

La primera fase de camara seca
del reacondicionamiento de
compuertas de las Esclusas de
Gat6n para 1993 se Ilevara a
cabo del 7 al 13 de marzo en la via
oriental, mientras que la segunda
fase se realizarA del28 de marzo al
3 de abril en la via occidental.
La mayor parte del trabajo sera
de preparaci6n para reinstalar
las compuertas 25, 26, 27 y 28 en
julio. Las cuatro compuertas,
removidas de las Esclusas de
Gatun en octubre, se estAn
rehabilitando en la Divisi6n In-

dustrial. Segin el ingeniero del
reacondicionamiento, Fernando
Sucre, el trabajo se realiza sin
problemas seg6n lo programado.
Personal del Ramo de Agri-
mensura efectfia las complejas
mediciones de las compuertas, me-
didas que se usarin para
reconstruir los umbrales de
concreto de las compuertas
durante las fases de cimara seca.
Medidas adicionales determina-
ran el alineamiento de las placas
de apoyo que se instalardn en los
muros de las esclusas.

Ademis del trabajo en los
umbrales y la instalaci6n de las
placas de asiento, durante la fase
de cimara seca se realizardn varios
trabajos en el nivel superior y en
las alcantarillas. Tambi6n se
instalard la protecci6n cat6dica
que sea necesaria en el nivel supe-

Ricardo Alvarez, superinten-
dente asistente del Ramo Atldnti-
co, dice que la Divisi6n de Esclusas
nuevamente conffa en la pericia y
dedicaci6n de los trabajadores.

Durante los preparativos se
removieron con explosivos las
viejas placas de asiento de los
muros de las esclusas. Las cuatro
horquetas superiores de las
compuertas tambi6n se removie-
ron y enviaron a la Divisi6n Indus-
trial para su rehabilitaci6n. Per-
sonal de las esclusas actualmente
coloca materiales, equipos y
casetas movibles, que utilizarin
como centros de operaciones los
distintos grupos de trabajo.
Otro trabajo importante en el
nr6ximo reacondicionamiento

serA el reemplazo de 1,430 pies (el
largo de cinco campos de f6tbol)
de ranuras de los rieles de las
locomotoras de remolque. Du-
rante la primera fase se
reemplazaran 715 pies del muro
sudeste, y otros 715 pies se
reemplazarin en el muro opuesto
durante la segunda fase.

El peri6do entre las dos fases
del trabajo de cimara seca se usari
para reducir el cfimulo de barcos
en espera y transferir equipo desde
un lado de las esclusas al otro.

Pasan nuevas leyes de sost6n a menores

Semana del Ingeniero Foto por Kevin Jenkins
ElAdministradorEncargado RaymondP. Laverty, sentado, se reuine con
ingenieros de la Comisi6n del Canal para proclamar el apoyo de las
organizaciones de ingenierfa locales a la Semana Nacionaldellngeniero,
declarada por el Presidente de los Estados Unidos Bill Clinton del 14 al
20 de febrero. Desde la izquierda aparecen el Director Encargado de
Ingeniera y Construcci6n Numan H. Vdsquez, el oficial deprogramas y
presupuesto de la Direcci6n de Ingenieria y Construcci6n Enrique B.
Mdrquez, y elJefe Encargado de la Divisi6n de Mantenimiento Enrique
E. Sdnchez.

Se requiere permiso para cambiar

boletos comprados por el gobierno

Se notifica a los viajeros de la
Comisi6n del Canal que los boletos
pagados por el gobierno s6lo
pueden ser canjeados por, o con
permiso, del Ramo de Servicios
de Transporte. Cualquiera que
tenga que cambiar boletos a6reos
expedidos por el gobierno cuando
se encuentre en los Estados
Unidos debe Ilamar al n6mero

800 del ramo, marcando el 1-800-
622-2625 extensi6n 52-3325.
El no cumplimiento de este
requisito de la Regulaci6n Fe-
deral de Viajes puede resultar en
acci6n disciplinaria y dinero
adeudado ala Comisi6n. Aquellos
con preguntas pueden llamar a la
jefa del ramo, Ellen Anderson, al

Los empleados de la Comisi6n
del Canal que pagan pensiones
alimenticias deben conocer dos
nuevas leyes aprobadas por el
Congreso de los Estados Unidos.

El Acta de Recuperaci6n de
Pensi6n Alimenticia de 1992
considera delito la falta voluntaria
de pagar una obligaci6n de ayuda
atrasada para un nifio que resida
en otro estado. Una obligaci6n de
ayuda atrasada se define como
cualquier cantidad sin pagar por
mis de un afio, o mayor de $5,000,
que debe pagarse por orden de la

Tome nota

El gobernador de
Panama ha ordenado a la
policia la aplicaci6n de un
toque de queda de 9 p.m. a
6 a.m. para los menores de
18 afios. Los menores que
no est6n acompaiiados por
adultos pueden ser arresta-
dos en las calles durante el
toque de queda.

corte o proceso administrativo
relacionado con una ley estatal
para la ayuda del nifio, o del nifio
y el pariente que vive con 61. Al
transgresor primerizo se le castiga
con multa, circel hasta seis meses
o ambos. Para los reincidentes, el
periodo mAximo de circel
aumenta hasta dos afios.

El Acta Ted Weiss de
Cumplimiento de Pensi6n Ali-
menticia de 1992 modifica el Acta
de Informe Justo de Cr6dito para
exigir que la informaci6n relacio-
nada con la falta deun consumidor

El Departamento de
Estado estadounidense ha
prevenido a los ciudadanos
de ese pals de no viajar a
Colombia hasta nuevoaviso.
Informaci6nadicional apare-
ce en la hoja consular
informativasobre Colombia,
que se puede obtener en la
Secci6n Consular de la
Embajada de los Estados

en hacer alg6n pago atrasado de
pensi6n alimenticia sea incluida
en los informes al consumidor
expedidos por las agencias que
reportan al consumidor. Sin em-
bargo, la agencia estd obligada a
incluir fnicamente informaci6n
vigente por un periodo de siete
afios y ha sido suministrada por
una agencia de ejecuci6n de
pensi6n alimenticia estatal o local
o verificada por una agencia del
gobierno local, estatal o federal.
Los empleados con preguntas
acerca de estas leyes deben acudir
a un abogado para consejo legal.

Un nlmero limitado de
formularios del impuesto
sobre la renta de los Estados
Unidos estA disponible en la
Divisi6n de Servicios
Administrativos (Cuarto 254
del Edificio de Admi-
nistraci6n de la Comisi6n
del Canal de Panama en Al-
tos de Balboa). Muchos de
estos formularios pueden
obtenerse con facilidad.

Aplique reglas de seguridad ante el arsenico

A cuatro empleados de la
Comisi6n del Canal se les encontr6
ars6nico en la sangre reciente-
mente. Todos habian trabajado
con, o cerca, de madera curada.
El ars6nico es un ingrediente
del producto usado para curar
esta clase de madera.
Con un alto indice de
exposici6n, la substancia puede
afectar el sistema nervioso cen-
tral, causar cirrosis del higado y
dafiar la membrana mucosa.
Tambi6n se sospecha que es una
substancia carcin6gena.
Hace tiempo que la Comisi6n
conoce los peligros del ars6nico y
otras substancias quimicas. Para
proteger a los empleados de
exposiciones peligrosas, se han
desarrollado normas y regla-

mentos de trabajo yse proporciona
equipo protector.
El ars6nico casi siempre entra
al cuerpo por respiraci6n o
ingesti6n. Los empleados que
trabajan con madera curada deben
usar un aparato respirador
especifico, guantes y ropa espe-
cial. AdemAs, deben bafiarse al
terminar lajornada. Enla mayoria
de los casos de ars6nico en la
sangre, la investigaci6n ha revelado
que los empleados no usaron
equipo protector.
Es muy importante obedecer
los reglamentos disefiados para
proteger la salud y la seguridad de
los empleados -- especialmente
cuando se trabaja con madera
curada u otros materiales

Final de curso Foto por Jaime Fernandez
Cadetes de la Escuela Ndutica de Panamd celebran la culminaci6n de un mes de adiestramiento en la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panamd, despuds de la ceremonia de graduaci6n en las Esclusas de Miraflores la
semanapasada. La organizaci6n del Canal ha ofrecido adiestramientoprdctico a los cddetes nduticos desde
hace 20 anios.



Vol. XXXI, No 3 Viernes 12 de febrero de 1993

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Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viemes 12 de febrero de 1993

Regata de cayucos arranca marzo 6; carrera sera en abril

La regata anual de cayucos para
Exploradores se realizard el 6 de marzo en
Gamboa. Los participantes deben Ilegar a
mas tardar a las 7:30 a.m., y los primeros
eventos estin programados para empezar a
las 8:30. Los premios se entregaran al final
del evento.
La regata ofrece una excelente oportuni-
dad a las personas que deseen prepararse
para competir en la 40a. carrera anual
interoce.nica de cayucos, a efectuarse el
primer fin de semana de abril. Lo mas

importante, durante la regata se puede
revisar si los cayucos y el equipo se ajustan a
los requisitos t6cnicos y de seguridad.

Para mAs informaci6n sobre la regata o
la carrera, lamar al consejero de los
Exploradores de su drea. Jim Kraemer (43-
5278) maneja el sector Atlintico, Jay
Gibson (56-6384) Gamboa, Carlos Sanfi-
lippo (25-7646) la ciudad de Panama, y
Molly Williford (52-5733) el frea canalera y
las comunidades militares en el Pacifico.

Donan bicicletas Foto por Susan K. Stabler
En ceremonia reciente en el Club Elks de Margarita, representantes de la Logia Elks 1542 y el
Club Tarpon del Canal de Panamd donaron tres bicicletas a representantes de las autoridades
policiales del Atl4ntico para ayudar a patrullar la comunidad. Desde la izquierda aparece el
directivo de los Elks, Camille Mazerolle; el corregidor de Crist6bal Ram6n Salazar, en
representaci6n del Alcalde de Col6n Alcibiades Gonzdlez; el Mayor Osvaldo Gdlvez, de la
policia del distrito Atlantico, y elpresidente del Club Tarpon Sid Coffin

Lista de Vacantes
Los solicitantes deben ser empleados de carrera o de carrera condicional. Los formularios de solicitud deben
presentarse al Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones, Edificio 366, Anc6n, en el Formulario 443, Solicitud de Traslado, a
mis tardar siete dias despu6s de publicado este aviso.
Aquellos que sean escogidos para un puesto permanente o para un Puesto Designado para Prueba al Azar por
Drogas (TDP) tendrAn que someterse a una prueja de urinilisis para descartar el uso ilegal de drogas antes del
nombramiento o del cambio de posici6n permanente. No se exigirA el urinalisis a los empleados que ocupen un puesto
sujeto a prueba por drogas y anteriormente se hayan sometido a dicha prueba.
Para ciertas posiciones en series de un grado de intervalo, en donde no hay posiciones en la linea normal de
promoci6n, los empleados en servicio podran calificar con al menos un afio de experiencia especializada en uno o dos
grados inferiores al de la posici6n.
Los solicitantes podrAn repasar los requisitos de cada puesto en el Centro de Recursos T6cnicos de la Comisi6n del
Canal de PanamA (Edificio 38, Balboa). Aquellos que, por raz6n de su experiencia, posean las pericias y habilidades
necesarias para ejercer el puesto exitosamente serAn calificados en base a requisites modificados. Esto no se aplica si
se trata de un ascenso.
Las tarifas de pago abajo citadas son las tarifas minimas y mAximas de pago por hora correspondientes a los grados
de las vacantes anunciadas, excepto para las posiciones de practices en adiestramiento que muestran el salario anual.
Los empleados seleccionados para llenar una vacante serAn colocados en el escal6n, grado y tarifa basica salarial
correspondiente, de conformidad con los reglamentos.
Para mayor informaci6n, comuniquese con el Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones, Ilamando al 52-3583.

Puestos permanentes bisico
Asistente de presupuesto, NM-5/71 2 (Tiempo
parcial, mAx. 30 horas por semana) ......... $6.57/$14.15
Asistente de presupuesto (automatizaci6n de
oficinas), NM-7 .......................... $10.89/$14.15
Oficinista asistente (estenografia/automatizaci6n
de oficinas), NM-51 2 (Tiempo.parcial max.
30 horas por semana) (Estenografia 80
palabras por minuto) ...................... $6.57/$8.29
Asistente de computadoras, NM-5/71 2 (Debe
saber nadar y tener licencia de conducir.) .... $6.57/$14.15
Oficial en adiestramiento, remolcadores, FE-7/1512 3
(Debe saber ingl6s y saber nadar. Debe saber
tambien programaci6n de microcomputadoras
en manejo de sistemas database, por ejemplo
dBase o Clipper.) (Trabajar turnos) ......... $15.26/$25.10
PrActico en adiestramiento, CP-2/41 2 3 (S61o
para buques hasta de 225 pies) (Debe saber
ingl6s y saber nadar.) (Primeras cuarenta
horas) (Trabajar turnos) ................... $49,699.00/


Serv. Admin.

Serv. Generales

Serv. Admin.

Serv. Canal

Adiest. Marit. P

Adiest. Marit. P 4

Oficinista de registros de tiempo, NM-4' (Turnos
rotativos los fines de semana) .............. $6.04/$7.64 Serv. Canal P .1
Instructor, cursos de adiestramiento (Seguridad),
NM-7/92 (Necesita tener licencia de conducir.)
(Bilingue) (Tiempo parcial max. 30 horas por
semana) ................................. .$10.89/$17.31 Seguridad P 1
Puesto de Adiestramiento de Movilidad
Capataz de operaciones de embarcaciones peque-
fias, MS-I11 2 4 (Debe tener conocimientos de
ingl6s y espafiol y tener licencia de conducir.
Es deseable que tenga diploma de secundaria.)
(Trabajar turnos) ......................... $16.70/$19.49 Serv. Canal A 1
S61o se considerarA a empleados de la Comisi6n.
2 La documentaci6n que pruebe qe el solicitante llena los requisitos especiales debe adjuntarse a la solicitud o
incluirse en el expediente oficial de personal; de lo contrario, no se considerara al solicitante para la vacante.
3 Puesto designado para prueba al azar por drogas (TDP).
4 Los puestos de movilidad ascendente estan abiertos a empleados que est6n por debajo del nivel del grado tope.
Aquellos seleccionados calificarAn al terminar el adiestramiento y seran ascendidos a ese nivel.
La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama as un empleador que se ajusta a la Ley sobre Igualdad de


Administrador, Comisi6n del Canal de Panamd


Director de Relaciones PNblicas

Director Asociado

Directora Asociada

El Spillway del Canal de Panama es una publicaci6n oficial quincenal de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Los articulos que en ella aparecen
pueden ser reproducidos sin pedir autorizaci6n, inicamente acreditando la fuente. Toda colaboraci6n debe ser entregada antes del mediodia
del jueves anterior a la semana de su publicaci6n, o antes del mediodla del mirrcoles si hay algun dia feriado durante la semana de publicaci6n.
Las subscripciones de 52 ejemplares cuestan $6 por correo regular, $4 por correo regular para estudiantes y $19 por correo a6reo. Envie
cheque o giro postal a favor de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Para mayor informaci6n, Ilame al 52-3202 o escriba a la Oficina de
Relaciones Piblicas de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama, Unit 2300, APO AA 34011-2300 o Altos de Balboa, PanamA.

Tras bastidores Foto por Susan K. Stabler
Muchas personas contribuyen al dxito de las ligas de bola suave que patrocina el Ramo
para el Acondicionamiento Fisico del Empleado de la Comisi6n del Canal. Uno de ellos es
el trabajador del Ramo de Predios Miguel A. Ortega, quien riega arena negra alrededor del
monticulo del lanzador para arreglar el campo de la Divisi6n Industrial. Atrds, el
trabajador Agustin Romero y el capataz de mantenimiento depredios Jorge Garcia llenan
una carretilla con mds arena, quefue transportada por la Divisi6n de Mantenimiento.

Se ofrece adiestramiento a empleados de la Comisi6n
Los siguientes cursos de adiestramiento estaran disponibles para los empleados de la Comisi6n. La serie Excelencia en
la Administraci6n estA dirigida a gerentes y participantees del Programa de Evaluaci6n de Destreza Gerencial (MAP),
mientras que el Programa de Adiestramiento de Oficinistas estA dirigido a oficinistas. todos los cursos serAn dictados en
ingl6s, con excepci6n de la primera sesi6n de "Almacenaje y Manejo de Materiales en la Comisi6n del Canal", que se
dictara en espafiol. Las nominaciones deben ser presentadas a trav6s de los gerentes de programas de adiestramiento antes
del la iltima fecha para recibir nominaciones. Aquellos empleados interesados en los cursos del Centro Computarizado
de Adiestramiento Industrial deben Ilamar al 52-4190. Para informaci6n sobre los otros cursos, llamar al 52-4155.

Curso (Grupo al que se sign) Fecha
C6mo dirigir y delegar de acuerdo a las situaciones
(Participantes del Programa de Evaluaci6n
Gerencial, gerentes y supervisores) ........... 3/1-3
Series Detroit Diesel 71 Afinamiento y Selecci6n
de Problemas (Empleados de la Divisi6n de
Servicios del Canal) ..................... 3/1 & 2
3/4 & 5
3/8 & 9
3/11 & 12
C6mo Preparar y Analizar Ordenes de Trabajo y
Especificaciones (Empleados de los Ramos de
Compras y Contratos y de Administraci6n de
Inventarios) .............................. 3/2-4
Excelencia en la Administraci6n: C6mo Manejar
Personas Dificiles en Tiempos Dificiles ....... 3/8
Excelencia en la Administraci6n: C6mo Hacer que
la Delegaci6n Funcione ................... 3/9
Excelencia en la Administraci6n: C6mo Adminis-
trar Exigencias Mfltiples .................. 3/10
Excelencia en la Administraci6n: Motivaci6n-
C6mo mantenerse motivado, usted y los demis 3/11
Excelencia en la Administraci6n: Los lideres como
entrenadores y consejeros.................. 3/12
C6mo Administrar el Tiempo del Supervisor .... 3/9 & 10
C6mo Mejorar el Servicio al Publico (Personal de
apoyo de oficinas)................ ..... 3/10 & 11
Series Detroit Diesel 71: Reacondicionamiento de
MAquinas (Empleados de la Divisi6n Industrial) 3/15-19
Adiestramiento para Supervisores I (Supervisores) 3/15-19
Programa de Adiestramiento de Oficinistas con
Enfasis en la Automatizaci6n de la Oficina
M6dulo 8-Administraci6n de Archivos...... 3/15-19
Administraci6n de Oficinas (Personal de apoyo) 3/17 & 18
Liderazgo para Personal Subaltemo ........... 3/17 & 18
Curso de Actualizaci6n para el Supervisor:
Programa de Asistencia al Empleado ........ 3/23
C6mo Estimar Costos de Contratos (Personal de la
Divisi6n de Construcci6n) ................. 3/23-25
C6mo Comprender y Manejar la Conducta
Humana (Supervisores) ................... 3/24-25
Orientaci6n para Empleados Nuevos........... 3/25
El Comunicador Competente I (Participantes del
Programa de Evaluaci6n Gerencial y gerentes) 3/29-4/2
Almacenaje y Manejo de Materiales en la
Comisi6n del Canal (Especialistas en Adminis-
traci6n de Inventarios y Manejo de Materiales) 3/29 & 30

C6mo Abordar los Conflictos ................

4/1 &2
4/5 & 6
3/30 & 31

Hora Suspens

8:00-4:00 2/12


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7:30- 3:30
7:30- 3:30
8:00- 4:00

Cursos de Microcomputadoras
Introducci6n a dBase III Plus (Para quienes han
tornado Introducci6n a las Microcomputadoras) 3/2-4 7:30-
Funciones Avanzadas de WordPerfect: Cuadros
(Para quienes han tomado Introducci6n a Word
Perfect) ................................ 3/15 7:30-
Introducci6n a WordPerfect (Para quienes han
tomado Introducci6n a Microcomputadoras) 3/22-24 7:30-
Funciones Avanzadas de WordPerfect: Macros
Basicos (Para quienes han tomado Introducci6n
a WordPerfect) ....................... 3/29 & 30 7:30-.
Introducci6n a Clipper (Para quienes han torado
un curso de programaci6n dBase III Plus Avan-
zado) ................................ 3/29-4/2 7:30-
Introducci6n a Microcomputadoras ........... 3/30 & 31 7:30-
Cursos del Centro Computarizado de Adiestramiento
C6mo brindar direcci6n y vigilar el desempefio
C6mo lograr la comunicaci6n entre empleados con funciones diferentes
C6mo lograr la comunicaci6n ascendente
Estrategias para mantener un alto nivel de desempefio
La toma de decisiones: C6mo ponerla en acci6n
El planeamiento y la organizaci6n en un mundo que cambia
La percepci6n y las relaciones interpersonales
La comunicaci6n efectiva oral y escrita
Introducci6n a las Microcomputadoras
Centro Computarizado de Adiestramiento Industrial
Motores de AC
Reguladores de motores de AC
Fundamentos de los circuitos digitales W
Aspectos basicos de la energia hidraulica ll
Los componentes de la energia hidrAulica
Hidraulica Industrial
Neumaticos Industriales
Sistemas de transmisi6n de propulsi6n por cadena




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Spillway del Canal de Panama

Eventos locales

El Club de Yates de Gat6n realizari una
parrillada noctuma el 18 de febrero. El
menfi incluye came asada, papas al homo,
ensalada y pan. Se deben hacer reservacio-
nes con Sue Stabler al 43-5487, en la noche.

Torneo de racquetball
El Ramo para el Acondicionamiento
Fisico del Empleado patrocina un torneo de
racquetball masculino de doble eliminatoria
en tres categorias La inscripci6n termina.
hoy, y el torneo empieza el lo. de marzo.
Para mis informaci6n, Ilame a Janice D.
Padmore (52-1212) de 11:30 a.m. a 7 p.m. o
Oscar Massiah (52-2903) de 4 a 8:30 p.m.

Baile anual de Cenicienta
Los Dedicators Inc. de Panama, una
organizaci6n sin fines de lucro que otorga
becas, invita a la comunidad a su quinto
Baile Anual Internacional de Cenicienta a
las 5 p.m. el 20 de marzo en el Palacio Lung
El baile incluiri la presentaci6n de la
obra "La Cenicienta", seguido de la
coronaci6n de un principe y una princesa
que seran escogidos segiin lo que hayan
reunido para el programa de becas. El
evento de este afio es en honor de Ellen
Chandler y Richard Ford, dos conocidos
trabajadores comunitarios.
Los boletos pueden adquirirse con los
miembros de Dedicators. Para mis informa-
ci6n, Ilamar a Una Haynes (32-4621),
Dolores Scotland (32-4260), Daisy Red-
head (21-2287) o Sislyn Thomas (66-1278).

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Premian desempeio Foto por Armando De Graia
Premian desempefto
La excelente labor de 77 empleados de la Divisi6n de Ingenieria durante el ultimo periodo de evaluaci6n es reconocida con premios por
desempelo. Lapremiaci6n se efectu6 en el Centro de Adiestramiento el mespasado. El Director encargado de Ingenieria y Construcci6n,
Numan Vdsquez, y eljefe encargado de la division, Thomas W. Drohan, entregaron los premios.

Centro juvenil
El Centro Juvenil de Gatin celebrara el
Natalicio de Washington con un torneo de
tenis de mesa para adolescentes y pre-
adolescentes desde las 10 a.m. el 15 de
febrero. AdemAs, se ofrecerdn clases de arte
de Pascua de Resurreci6n de 2:45 a 3:45 p.m.
los mi6rcoles de marzo. Para mis informa-
ci6n, llame a Albano H. Aguilar al 43-5353.
Club de buceo
El Club de Buceo de Balboa esta
aceptando miembros nuevos. La membre-
sia anual de $12 incluye boletin mensual,
uso gratuito de los tanques del club y
videoteca, cursos y otra informaci6n sobre
buceo, giras de buceo y reuniones mensua-
les. Los buzos deben mostrar su certifica-
ci6n para unirse al club. Para mas
informaci6n, lamar al 30-1138 o escriba al
PSC # 1 Box 5245, Howard Air Force Base,
Republic of Panama (APO AA 34001).

Liga de volibol
Hoy cierra la inscripci6n para la liga
adulta de volibol que patrocina el Ramo
para el Acondicionamiento Fisico del
Empleado que se inicia el 2 de marzo. Para
mis informaci6n, lame a Janice D.
Padmore (52-1212) de 11:30 a.m. a 7 p.m. o a
Oscar Massiah (52-2903) de 4 a 8:30 p.m.

Primeros auxilios
El Centro Juvenil de Gatin ofrecerA dos
clases de resucitaci6n cardio-pulmonar
(RCP) y un curso de primeros auxilios para
empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal y sus
dependientes. Las clases de RCP serin de
4:30 a 7:30 p.m. La primera esta programa-
da para el 17 y 18 de febrero, y la segunda
para el 18 y 19 de marzo. El curso de
primeros auxilios se ofrecera de 4 a 8 p.m. el
25 y 26 de marzo. Llame al 43-5353 para
mayores detalles.

Aer6bicos acuaticos
Clases de aer6bicos acuAticos se ofrecen
de 4:45 a 5:45 p.m. los lunes y mi6rcoles, y
de 9:30 a 10:30 a.m. los sabados, en la
piscina de Gatin. La instructora es Bonnie
Seeley. Para mayor informaci6n, lame al

Clases de tenis
El Ramo para el Acondicionamiento
Fisico del Empleado iniciard clases de tenis
para empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal y
familiares en las canchas de Diablo esta
semana. Las clases para adultos serin de
4:30 a 6:30 p.m. lunes, martes y jueves; los
j6venes se reunirAn de 9:30 a 10:30 am.
martes y jueves. Ambas sesiones estin
abiertas para jugadores principiantes, inter-
medios y avanzados. Para mis detalles
Ulame a Roberto Vaca (52-6857) de 1:30 a
8:45 p.m.

Primer trinsito Foto por Jaime Fernandez
El nuevo crucero de la Holland America, "Statendam pasa por las Esclusas de Miraflores durante su trdnsito inaugural por
el Canal de. Panamd el 31 de enero. La lujosa nave serd usuaria regular del Canal durante la temporada de cruceros. Su agente
en la via acudtica es Pacific Dodwell S.A.

Tren turfstico ofrecia giras en 1913

En 1913, los visitantes podian ver el
Canal de Panama desde un tren especial de
turismo lamado "Conociendo el Canal".
Un tren matutino partia los lunes, mi6rcoles
y viernes para recorrer la Divisi6n Pacifica y
luego regresar a la estaci6n turistica de
Anc6n, en donde el guia oficial ofrecia una
charla a los pasajeros (complementada con
modelos de las esclusas, las represas y la
Zona del Canal). En la tarde, el tren
recorria el Corte Culebra. Los martes,
jueves y sabados, el tren realizaba la gira
hasta los trabajos en Gat6n. Y si en los
domingos habia 50 o mis empleados del
Canal para viajar en el tren turistico, se
realizaba una gira por las divisiones

Pacifica, Central y Atlantica a un costo de
$1.50 por pasajero.
Estas giras turisticas organizadas eran
necesarias por los muchos peligros que
acechaban al turista incauto que recorria sin
ayuda de un guia los distintos sitios de
trabajo, en donde las operaciones eran
rutinarias, pero pontencialmente peligrosas.
Los peligros frecuentes incluian el riesgo de
caerse desde las altos muros de esclusas y
represas, atravesarse en el camino de trenes
en movimiento y estar demasiado cerca de
las voladuras de dinamita.
Pero los empleados del Canal acostum-
braban ignorar al guia y llevaban a sus
amistades a conocer los sitios de construc-

ci6n-paseandolos por compuertas in-
completas y otras dreas peligrosas y dando
un mal ejemplo a los otros visitantes. Asi
que se establecieron reglas prohibiendo
Ilevar pasajeros a cualquier sitio sin la
supervisi6n del guia oficial.
Para atender el aumento anticipado de
pasajeros, se construy6 un segundo vag6n
turistico al inicio del afio, y el guia oficial
adiestr6 a un asistente para tener un guia en
cada vag6n. Mas adelante hubo que
acondicionar un tercer vag6n para atender
un mayor incremento de turistas. El nuevo
vag6n fue convertido en los talleres de
Gorgona de un vag6n de plataforma

Canaleros ganan carrera
La Comisi6n del Canal gan6 el premio
en la categoria de 40 afios o mis en la
novena carrera anual de Relevo Transistmi-
co el sabado pasado. Patrocinado por el
Ej6rcito Sur, el evento comenz6 en
Margarita y termin6 en Amador. Mas de 80
equipos participaron, con 10 corredores y 2
suplentes en cada equipo. Los ganadores de
la Comisi6n incluyeron a Pastor Perea,
Edmundo Andri6n, Julio Cabrera, Agustin
Zufiiga, Edward McAleer, Rodolfo M6n-
dez, Jos6 Luis Moreno, Bernabe Soto,
Euclides Cedefio, Luis Camanio, Victor
Valllejos y Catalino L6pez. Otros dos
equipos de la Comisi6n participaron en las
categorias abierta y femenina.

Ofrecen becas a empleados
El Fondo para la Educaci6n y Asistencia
al Empleado Federal (FEAE) anuncia su
programa de becas para 1993.
Los empleados y sus dependientes son
elegibles para competir por becas que van
desde $300 hasta $1,200 por estudiante.
Como requisitos minimos se exige tener tres
afios de servicio federal y un promedio de
calificaciones de 3 en una escala de 4
puntos, o 2.25 en una escala de 3 puntos.
Los solicitantes deben ser estudiantes
graduandos de escuela secundaria o estu-
diantes que continfan su educaci6n en una
universidad acreditada en los Estados
Unidos o en la Repiblica de Panama. El
criterio de selecci6n incluye logros acad6mi-
cos, servicios a la comunidad, una reco-
mendaci6n y un ensayo de dos paginas.
Las solicitudes pueden obtenerse con
Dolores A. Eskildsen en la Oficina de
Administraci6n de Personal (Cuarto 251
del Edificio de Administraci6n de la
Comisi6n del Canal, en Balboa). Estas
deben ser entregadas y selladas a mas tardar
el 4 de junio para el periodo escolar de
Con base en Washington, D.C., el FEAE
es una organizaci6n sin fines de lucro que
ofrece asistencia educativa y ayuda de
emergencia a los empleados del gobierno

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