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The Panama Canal spillway = el Canal de Panamá spillway
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Parallel title:
Canal de Panamá Spillway
Alternate title:
Spillway del Canal de Panamá
Canal Zone
Canal Zone
Panama Canal Company
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Panama Canal
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Weekly[ FORMER <June 1966>-Dec. 23, 1983]
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37 v. : ill. ; 43 cm.


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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.
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"Official Panama Canal publication."
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Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 1 (June 24, 1966); title from caption.
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Vols. for 1994-1995 distributed to depository libraries in microfiche.
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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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Vol. XXXIII, No. 26 Friday, December 29,199 o

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Maintenance Division honors 155 for outstanding work F

The MaintenanceDivision hon- Director Numan H. Vasquez,

ored 155 of its approximately 700
employees on December 19 during
the annual "Employee of the Year"
awards ceremony.
The awards were presented by
Panama Canal Commission Deputy
Administrator Joseph W. Corneli-
son, Engineering and Construction

Deputy Engineering and Construc-
tion Director Tom Drohan, Main-
tenance Division Chief Enrique
Sanchez, Utilities Maintenance
Branch Chief Esteban G. Saenz,
Exterior Maintenance Branch Chief
George Berman, Interior Mainte-
nance Branch Chief Ram6n A.

Retiring after 54 years Photo by Jaime Yau
Panama Canal Commission DeputyAdministrator Joseph W. Cornelison
congratulates Frank M. Cambridge for his 54 years with the Mainte-
nance Division during the division's annual "Employee of the Year"
awards ceremony. Cambridge started out as a laborer, spent more than
30 years working in the quarry, was promoted to tools and provisions
custodian in 1982 and will retire today. From left are Maintenance
Division Chief Enrique Sdnchez, Cornelison, Cambridge, Engineering
and Construction Director Numan H. Vdsquez and Exterior Mainte-
nance Branch Chief George Berman.

Fernandez and Incentive Awards
Program Manager Thomas V.
Bright. The ceremony also in-
cluded a performance by an en-
semble of Panamanian folkloric
dancers composed of Commission
Noting that employees repre-
sent the Maintenance Division's
primary resource, Sanchez stressed
the importance of the monthly
awards program and recognized
Drohan for implementing it while
he was chief of the Maintenance
Work Branch in 1986. The pro-
gram was expanded in 1989, when
the first divisionwide awards cer-
emony was held.
Pointing out that the program
not only recognizes the efforts of
award recipients, but also encour-
ages others to improve their per-
formance, Corelison said, "Even
if the installations and equipment
are the object of our attention, the
work force deserves all our ac-
knowledgment." He noted that the
dedication, persistence and loyalty
displayed by the honored employ-
ees represent the foundation on
which the Panama Canal's reputa-
tion for excellence is built.

Pictured at top
Passengers aboard the "Royal
Princess" line the deck of their
ship to watch it transit Pedro
Miguel Locks, just behind the
"Saga Wind," seen in the opposite
lane. The "Royal Princess" is one
of many cruise ships that makes
holiday-season transits through the
Panama Canal.
Photo by Kevin Jenkins

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Insurance briefing Photo by Jaime Yau
Dr. Ma4wel E!s obor, a recognized investment consultant, presents a
report on the financial position and investment alternatives of the Group
Life Insurance Program to members of the Panama Canal Area Group
Insurance Board.

Consultant presents report on insurance plan

A report on the financial posi-
tion and investment alternatives of
the Group Life Insurance Program
was presented to the Panama Canal
Area Group Insurance Board ear-
lier this month by Dr. Manuel
Escobar, a recognized investment
consultant based in Puerto Rico.
Among those present were Walter
C. Bottin, president of the Group
Insurance Board, and Julio A.
Cisneros, vice president and ex-
ecutive committee chairman.
The Group Life Insurance Pro-
gram is currently underwritten by
Pan-American de Panama S.A. and
offers up to $30,000 in coverage to
permanent employees of the
Panama Canal Commission and
other local U.S. government agen-
cies. With assets totaling close to
$12.8 million, the plan has 8,576
Escobar analyzed alternative
investment mixes featuring U.S.
Treasury bills, federal and corpo-
rate bonds and certificates of de-
posits from Panamanian financial
institutions to optimize the use of
life insurance program funds.

He also recommended that cov-
erage be continued for those em-
ployed by the Panama Canal Au-
thority, the organization that will
assume responsibility for operat-
ing the Panama Canal after De-
cember 1999. He noted that the
program currently covers seven
retirees for every two active em-
ployees and that this ratio is ex-
pected to drop to seven to one by
the year 2000. Escobar feels that
the most important challenge fac-
ing the Group Insurance Board will
be managing the transition of this
and other programs (including
health insurance under the Panama
Canal Area Benefit Plan) in a pro-
fessional and equitable manner.
The Group Insurance Board has
accepted Escobar's report and will
be meeting soon to discuss the
implementation of his recommen-
dations, including efforts to make
the progam's investment portfo-
lio more profitable. The board
will also decide how the program
should be managed after Decem-
ber 1999 and begin preparations
for the transition.





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The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, December 29, 1995

Rehabilitation program enables

injured seaman to return to work

By Tanya de la Guardia
More than 18 months after suffering an
on-the-job injury, Panama Canal Commis-
sion seaman Ariel Ortiz returned to his work
at the Fort Amador Mine Dock on December
20. Among the factors contributing to his
successful recovery was the rehabilitation
he received through the Commission's Work
Hardening Program, which helps injured
employees return to duty and perform their
jobs safely.
While Ortiz was connecting a hose to a
launch on June 14, 1994, the hose got stuck
and became taut. Ortiz was jerked back-
ward, causing him to fall. He felt a little
4its iT ack, but ignored it while
oniitinuing4o vorlc~~ his knees. When he
tried to stand up;hoi wver, he felt a very
sharp pain.
...He was taken to the Santa Fe Hospital
and-kepEthere under .srvation for eight
days. Physical therapy ano medication were
prescribed upon his releab. But, two weeks
later, he had to be hoqstalized again, this
Stinmespending'21 s in the hospital. A
sperm, sized ltes vealed that he had two
herniat~dilumbosacral disks in the lower
back, requiring surgery.
Having heard that some people cannot
walk after the surgery, Ortiz was at first
reluctant to have it, but the intense pain
eventually made him decide to go ahead.
The operation was performed on October
23, 1994.
Almost a year later, on August 16, Occu-
pational Health Division personnel recom-
mended that Ortiz participate in the Work
Hardening Program under the supervision
of physical therapist Javier C6rdoba. Ac-
cording to C6rdoba, the program empha-
sizes general physical fitness and also spe-
cific work-related tasks and exercises to
help employees perform their duties. Par-
ticipants also practice their occupational

skills in a job-simulation center to increase
their tolerance for work and to prepare them
to return to their job routine.
After two months in the job-simulation
center, Ortiz had logged in 95 hours of work
therapy and his performance and endurance
had increased significantly. For example,
when he started the training on October 2, he
could only tolerate sitting for two hours, and
by December 19, he could sit for four hours
without discomfort. Ortiz adds that, before
beginning the program, he had been afraid
even to bend down to tie his shoelaces.
Injured people are often fearful of making
certain movements, he explains, but they
begin to feel more secure as time goes by.
The success of the Work Hardening Pro-
gram in getting injured employees back on
their feet and into their work boots again
depends to a large extent on the motivation
of the individual participant. "One has to
continue doing things," says Ortiz. "You
can'tjust sit and do nothing. I have made an
effort to continue with my life."

Ariel Ortiz

What's happening

Paraiso High School reunion
The Paraiso High School class of 1971
will hold its 25th anniversary reunion on
Friday, February 16, at Caesar Park Hotel.
The cost is $30 per person. For tickets or
information, contact RosaBryan (233-0226),
Delia Walton (272-5116) or Jeanne Sprauve

Linares retirement
A retirement party for Rolando Linares
will be held at 7 p.m. January 19 at the Caesar
Park Hotel. Tickets covering the party and
gift contribution are $25 per person or $40 per
couple, with a pay-as-you-go bar offering
liquid refreshments. For details, call Lorena
Adames or Elys Da Mata at the Safety Divi-
sion (272-3344 or 272-3385).

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
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.

Pacific Theatre Arts Centre production
"All in the Timing," a collection of seven
comedy sketches, will be presented at the
Pacific Theatre Arts Centre in Building 2060,
Curundu, from January 5 through 20. Per-
formances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Thurs-
days through Saturdays. Tickets are $10 for
the opening night and $8 for subsequent
shows. The production contains adult lan-
guage and content. For reservations, call
286-3152 or 286-3814.
Cayuco race activities
Explorer Post 21 will hold the first plan-
ning and registration meeting for the 1996
Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race at 7:15 p.m.
January 4 at the Panama Canal Training Cen-
ter (Building 0602, Balboa Heights), with a
second registration meeting at the same time
and place on January 11. A drawing for
cayucos will be held January 18, but only
those who have registered will be allowed to
participate. The race will be held from March
29 through 31. For additional information,
call Ed or Kari McIlvaine at 272-6370.

Cayuco trailers needed
Explorer Post 21 is still searching for
trailers capable of transporting one or more
cayucos, even if the trailers need to be modi-
fied for the job. The post would also wel-
come wheels, axles, springs, lumber and
anything else that could be used to build,
modify or repair a trailer. Anyone who is
willing to donate a trailer or materials or to
sell such items for a reasonable price should
call Ed Mcllvaine (272-6370), evenings.

"Here we go again!" Photo by Danny Uselton
The spray-painted Christmas tree at the Mount Hope Filtration Plant is decorated this year
for its third holiday season by employees Marcos Odens, Jose Simmonds, Ana Chen and
Archibaldo Worrell.

Paint gives evergreen look to filtration plant Christmas tree

By Susan K. Stabler

The Mount Hope Filtration Plant has
discovered the fountain of youth for
Christmas trees, at least.
Three years ago, the plant bought a real
Christmas tree at a local grocery store for
$65. Employees set it up in the yard in front
of the plant as part of their holiday display,
but before long, the big expensive tree began
to age. Says water meter clerk Jos6
Simmonds, "It was kind of withering. It
turned yellow, then brown in some places."
Rather than replacing it with another tree
or just discarding it, Rafael Samuels, the
utilities and equipment maintenance general
supervisor, who was then the pipe fitter
foreman at Mount Hope, suggested spraying
it with green paint. "Necessity is the mother
of invention," he explains. "I just hoped it
would last through Christmas. I couldn't see
having a dry Christmas tree standing in front
of the filtration plant."
The idea worked the tree looked great!
And it continued looking perky all through
the holiday season. When employees took it
down after New Year's Day and discovered
that no needles fell off, Samuels said, "Hey,
let's just put it away in storage and see what


The 1996 pay and leave calendar
published in the December 15 issue of
the Panama Canal Spillway errone-
ously shows only 30 days for the month
of January, rather than the traditional
31. To avoid confusion, those who
have clipped or copied the calendar
for future reference may want to insert
Wednesday, January 31, in the appro-
priate space.

It's now on its third Christmas, still very
green, and smelling as fresh as a can of
paint? Actually, it has retained a piny scent.
It got a bit dusty in the garage where it was
stored, but employees gently dusted it off
with an air hose. Plant secretary Tilcia
Ord6fiez says, "I went down and touched it,
and it's OK. Even the wood part looks good.
I'm going to do my tree like that."
That's what Samuels is afraid of. He
laughs at the thought of local merchants
coming after him with a Christmas tree ax
for eliminating repeat customers. Environ-
mentalists may balk at the fluorocarbons
released when the tree was spray-painted,
but in this age of recycling, who can com-
plain about using the same tree three years in
a row?
"It's become a nice tradition," says su-
pervisory chemical engineer Alberto Wong.
This year after the holidays, plant emplOy-
ees will put the tree away again, wrapping it
in plastic to keep the dust off, but otherwise
giving it no special attention.
No one knows whether the evergreen
will remain "ever green" or what it will look
like after spending another year in storage,
but one thing is certain the Mount Hope
Filtration Plant ended up getting its money's

The report on the Theatre
Guild's 45th anniversary Christmas
concert in the last issue of the Spillway
inadvertently failed to mention several
people who worked behind the scenes
to make the event a success. Among
them were Tilcia R. McTaggart, the
producer and person responsible for
pulling together all the details of the
show; Armando Him, the stage man-
ager; and Jaime Rodriguez and
Ezequiel FernAndez, who decorated
the set.

h -
Position vacancy list
Applicants must have career or career-conditional status. Applications must be submitted to the Employment and Placement Branch
(Building 366, Ancon) on Form 443, Application For Transfer, no later than seven calendar days from the date of this publication.
Persons selected for appointment to a permanent position and persons selected for testing-designated positions (TDPs) will be subject to
urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment or permanent position change. Persons already serving in a TDP will not be subject
to urinalysis prior to a permanent position change.
Forcertain positions in one-grade interval series where there is no position in the normal line of promotion, in-service employees may qualify
with at least one year of specialized experience at the next-lower or second-lower level of the position.
Qualifications standards may be reviewed at the Panama Canal Commission Technical Resources Center (Building 38, Balboa). For in-
service actions other than a promotion, modified qualifications will be used to qualify applicants when their backgrounds include closely related
experience that provides the skills necessary for successful performance.
The rates of pay reflect the minimum and maximum hourly base for the grades of positions advertised. Employees selected will be placed
in the appropriate grade, step and wage base in accordance with regulations.
Further information may be obtained from the Employment and Placement Branch (telephone 272-3583).
Permanent position Salaries Unit Location Vacancies
Supply technician (cataloging), NM-7/8 $11.34/$16.32 Log. Support P 1
Temporary promotion (not to exceed one year)
Supervisory civil engineer, NM-12/13 (Driver's $20.11/$31.08 Maintenance P 1
license required.)
Temporary promotion (not to exceed four months)
Secretary (stenography/office automation), NM-6 12 $10.20/$13.26 Industrial A 1
(Shorthand at 80 words per minute.) (Knowledge
of Spanish required.)
Documentation that applicant meets special requirements must be filed in the Official Personnel Folder or attached to the application;
otherwise, applicant will not be considered for the vacancy.
Only PCC employees will be considered.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

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Friday December 29. 1995

The Panama Canal Spillway

Associate director for human resources

development to retire; successor named

After 21 years of Panama Canal
service, Edilberto A. Yee, associ-
ate director for human resources
development in the Office of Per-
sonnel Administration, is retiring
January 3. Yee began his Canal
career as an electrical training in-
structor in 1974, at a time when
electronics courses were taught by
correspondence and instructors
acted as proctors. The agency was
promoting in-house training, and
Yee was soon assigned to develop
a full apprentice program for elec-
tronics mechanics and to establish
an electronics training shop.
With a bachelor's degree in
electrical-mechanical engineering
from Instituto Tecnol6gico of
Monterrey, Mexico, and a master's
degree in electrical engineering
from the University of Tennessee,
Yee subsequently trained hun-
dreds of apprentices in the electri-
cal; electrical-equipment repair;
and electronic, telephone and in-
strument mechanic crafts. In 1981,
he was promoted to supervisory
training instructor and, in 1984, to
chief of the Industrial Training
Branch, where he served until be-
ing promoted to his current posi-
tion in 1994.
During his career, he partici-
pated in the development and con-
tinuous improvement of a full in-
dustrial training program that now
includes in-house apprenticeships
in 20 crafts and a journeyman en-
hancement program. "I will al-

ways recall with great satisfaction
the apprentices' happy faces as they
received their qualification certifi-
cates," says Yee.
He describes his co-workers in
the Industrial Training and Em-
ployee and Management Develop-
ment branches as a unique group
able to design courses using the
most modem technology and work-
ing closely with other Panama Ca-
nal Commission units. "It has been
a great honor and privilege to have
worked with so many talented
people who freely shared their
knowledge and experience," he says.
"I will miss all of them students,
trainees, colleagues and friends."
Future plans for Yee include
teaching electrical engineering at
Panama's technological university
and spending time with his wife,
Marisela, and children, Edilberto,
Carlos, Mariliza and Laura.
Speaking about his successor,
Pamela W. de Garcia, Yee says, "I
feel she will do a great job as head
of the Human Resources Develop-
ment Staff, especially during this
transition period." The first woman
to serve in the position, Garcia has
worked for the Canal agency for
more than 17 years. She held stu-
dent assistant and temporary jobs
before being hired permanently by
the Employment and Placement
Branch in 1980.
That same year, the Human
Resources Development Staff was
established to expand Commis-

sion training programs in compli-
ance with the Panama Canal Treaty
and the need to prepare Panama-
nian employees to operate and
maintain the Canal. Garcia trans-
ferred to the unit as an employee
development clerk. "At first there
were only about seven employ-
ees," she recalls about the office
that now has more than 20 em-
ployees and plays a leadership role
in managing the agencywide train-
ing program.
With a degree in psychology
from Universidad Santa Maria la
Antigua, Garcia was promoted to
employee development assistant in
1983 and then became a specialist,
administering all off-the-Isthmus
and contracted training, as well as
the tuition-refundprogram. In 1990,
she was promoted to supervisory
employee development specialist
and, three years later, became chief
of the Employee and Management
Development Branch.
Having served as acting chief
of the Industrial Training Branch
since March, she says about the
experience, "I've seen another side
of training that deals with the
physical operation of the Panama
Canal." Ready to meet the chal-
lenge of her new job, Garcia adds,
"Training is the backbone of an
efficient and effective work force.
To maintain a high level of com-
petence, we have to maintain and
support the programs we have
beyond the year 2000."

Discussing plans Photo by Kevin Jenkins
Edilberto A. Yee, who retires next week as associate director for human
resources development in the Office of Personnel Administration, dis-
cusses Panama Canal Commission training programs with his succes-
sor, Pamela W. de Garcia.
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Retiring nurse shares nutritional advice for observing "healthy holidays"

Any time is good for remember-
ing the importance of good nutri-
tion, but the holidays represent an
especially fitting occasion. "It is a
hard season to be controlling your
eating," says Occupational Health
Division nurse Betty Blanchette,
who has been teaching nutrition
classes to Panama Canal Commis-
sion employees since 1991.
Her prescription for those
tempted by yuletide gastronomic
delights is controlled indulgence.
She recommends eating healthful
foods before going to holiday par-
ties and then taking only small
portions, without going back for
more helpings. And, more im-

portantly, she says, stay away
from foods, that are high in fat.
The nutrition classes that
Blanchette teaches throughout the
year with fellow nurse Gloria
Brathwaite, stress the importance
of eliminating fatty foods that in-
crease cholesterol levels and the
risk of a heart attack and stroke.
Experts recognize, however, that
fat gives food flavor and that many
people are reluctant to give up what
they are accustomed to, believing
that low-fat food will not taste as
good. "But there is lots of good-
tasting low-fat food," Blanchette
argues in response to this thinking.
Blanchette says that many of the

Healthful advice Photo by Armando De Gracia
Occupational Health Division nurse Betty Blanchette uses a model to
explain cholesterol's damaging effects in gradually clogging blood
vessels to Canal Services Division line handler Malcensci Alvarado.

participants in her classes confess to
eating large quantities of foods that
have little or no nutritional value,
including ice cream, potato chips,
sodas and candies. She suggests that
they and all employees instead
develop healthful eating habits based
on sound judgment. "It is good to eat
a variety of food without skipping
meals, even in-between snacks" she
points out, "but always trying to eat
from the basic food groups." She
adds that this is the key to getting the
necessary carbohydrates, proteins,
vitamins, minerals and other life-
sustaining substances.
The first food group, in order
of importance, includes breads,
rice, pastas, cereals and other car-
bohydrates that provide energy.
Blanchette points out that people
who are trying to lose weight of-
ten mistakenly target this group
when they are cutting back on
their food intake. "What they need
to cut down on is fat," she says.
Next come the fruits and veg-
etables. The American Cancer
Society indicates that eating five
fruits or vegetables a day can pre-
vent cancer. Blanchette laments
that people eat too few fruits and
vegetables, despite the fact that
there are plenty available in Panama
all year round.
The third group consists of milk,
meat and other protein-rich foods.
Blanchette recommends low-fat
milk products forpersons with cho-
lesterol problems and only six

ounces of meat-- aportion roughly
equivalent to the size of your hand
- per day. "Many people here are
used to eating meat three times a
day," she says, recommending in-
stead either one serving or two
smaller servings daily. She sug-
gests a weekly eating plan that fea-
tures two days each of meat,
chicken and fish and no meat at all
on the seventh day. Rice and beans
or macaroni and cheese can be sub-
stituted for the meat since these
combinations are rich in protein.
The last food group contains
sweets, fats and alcohol foods of
little nutritional value. Blanchette
says there is nothing wrong with
eating these foods, as long as it is
only done occasionally. "Just save
them for a treat now and then," she
According to Blanchette, the
secret to a healthy diet is eating a
good variety of the right foods
and complementing this plan with
exercise. She has seen people
trying so hard to lose weight that
they go on crazy, unbalanced fad
diets. "They cannot stay on these
diets," she says. "People should
change their eating habits and
adopt a good diet for the rest of
their lives."
Raised in Kansas City, Mo., in
a family that cared about healthful
food, Blanchette encourages par-
ents to teach their children to eat
well. She recognizes that this is
not easy, but says that it will pay

off in the long run by influencing
children to continue practicing
healthful eating habits into adult-
hood. Eating well does not neces-
sarily make people live longer, she
admits, but it certainly allows them
to live healthier lives.
Blanchette came to Panama
from New Hampshire in 1966,
when her husband was hired by the
Panama Canal Company to work
in the Industrial Division in Mount
Hope. Having been trained as a
nurse at St. Louis University, she
was hired by the U.S. Army two
months later. She transferred to
the Panama Canal's Public Health
Division in 1971 as a school nurse
and worked in every school and
community health center on the
Atlantic side before transferring to
the Pacific side in 1979. When the
Panama Canal Treaty went into
effect that year, she worked for a
short period with the U.S. military
before transferring back to the Ca-
nal organization.
Blanchette retires this month
and will be moving to Orange
Springs, Fla., to be nearer to her
two daughters who live in that state.
Rather thanjust relaxing, she wants
to get involved in church and vol-
unteer work. She is also thinking
about working part-time in a preg-
nancy-crisis clinic.
Blanchette, who is leaving a
son, a daughter and five grandchil-
dren behind in Panama, says, 'They
will have to come visit me."

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Commemorative ceremony Photo by Kevin Jenkins
Capt. Ian Tomkins, master of the "Royal Princess," is honored
during his 115th Panama Canal transit with the presentation of a
special Panama Canal Commission plaque recognizing his transit
record and seafaring career of more than 41 years, an honorary
pilot's license from the Marine Bureau and a framed huaca from
Norton Lilly, the agent for the vessel at the Canal. From left are
Canal pilot Capt. Gerold Cooper, who represented the Marine
Bureau; Christopher Glasscock of Norton Lilly; Tomkins; and
Commission Public Affairs Director Willie K. Friar. This was
Tomkins' last transit of the Canal before his retirement this month.

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Employees share spirit of Christmas

Caroling with the children Photo by Karen Coffey
A group of Occupational Health Division nurses sings Christmas carols with children from the
community ofSanta Clara in Arraijdn. The nurses organized a Christmas party and distributed
gifts, goodies and clothes to the children of the community.

Gozando la misica con los nifios Foto por Karen Coffey
Un grupo de enfermeras de la Divisidn de Salud Ocupacional canta villancicos con los nifios
de la comunidad de Santa Clara de Arraijdn. Las enfermeras organizaron una fiesta navideila
para los niiios de la comunidad y les distribuyeron regalos, golosinas y ropa.

By Myrna A. Iglesias
The holiday season is celebrated in many
different ways by many different people, but
the practice of sharing with others is a well-
established yuletide tradition. This spirit of
Christmas was evident within the Panama
Canal Commission work force this year, as
employees not only celebrated with co-work-
ers, friends and relatives, but also reached out
to total strangers while spreading holiday
cheer among less-fortunate people in various
local institutions and communities.
An agencywide effort helped brighten the
holidays at a rural school near Gatun Lake
(see story below), while employees from the
Engineering Division traveled to a Panama
Canal watershed community for the same
purpose. Occupational Health Division nurses
collected donations from different Commis-
sion units and distributed gifts to children in
the Arraijan area, and employees from the
Construction Division and other units orga-
nizing a similar project for the Juan Diaz
area. A group of Atlantic-side employees
visited schools, with the Southern District
Launch/Linehandling Branch going to Hos-
pital del Nifio.
The photos on this page capture some of
the highlights of these goodwill efforts, which
represent just some of the many ways in
which Commission employees have shared
the Christmas spirit with others this year.

Bringing cheer to hospitalized children
Southern District Launch/Linehandling Branc
mas gift and a bag of goodies to a young patiei
Donated by branch employees, the gifts were d
wards of the hospital. Looking on, from left,
Tenorio, Lucilio Mar[n, Eduardo Pittiand, beh
his grandson in his arms.

Llevando alegria al Hospital del Nifio
El empleado del Ramo de Lanchas y Pasacab,
regalo navideflo y una bolsa con golosinas a i
del Hospital del Niio. Donados por los empl,
a los nifios hospitalizados en las diferentes sai
Reynaldo Ferndndez, Oneida Ortiz, Julio Ten,
vidrio, Rodulfo Gonzdlez, con su nieto en bra:

Volunteers visit Canal watershed community

By Joaquin Horna
"They are coming," shouted a boy to his
classmates when he heard the sound of an
engine approaching in the distance. The
children jumped out of their seats and began
to clap, running out of their small classroom
to welcome the blue Panama Canal Commis-
sion bus as it pulled up to the rural school in
the Gatun Lake community.
The first passenger out was none other
than the North Pole's finest citizen, who,
dressed in the customary red and white suit,
immediately began hugging the kids. Next,
came a duo of colorful clowns who delighted
the excited crowd with their boisterous an-
tics. They were followed by a violinist, a
guitarist and a group of friendly Commission
employees, who were obviously happy about
the powerful impact their visit was having on
the children from the Altos de Espav6 and La
Represa schools.
Among the volunteers who had traveled
one hour to throw the Christmas party for the
schoolchildren were Teresa de Guardia, wife

of Commission Administrator Gilberto
Guardia F., and Rosemarie Kraegel, wife of
Chief Financial Officer Norbert E. Kraegel.
The party has become a tradition within the
Commission, with the first such activity or-
ganized ten years ago.
This year's volunteers unloaded the gifts
and food that had been bought with donations
from employees from throughout the Com-
mission; sang "Mi Burrito Sabanero" and
other Christmas carols; served a hearty meal
to the children, their teachers and some par-
ents; and gave a Christmas gift to each child.
"We hope that this can be continued,"
says Mildred L. Marquez, who has coordi-
nated the goodwill visit each year. And with
more and more employees supporting the
effort, it seems likely that her wish will be
granted. In addition to providing the food for
the party and a gift for each child, the funds
donated this year were also used to improve
school installations and to augment the meals
that are provided to the children at the school
throughout the year.

Serving the food Photo by Jaime Yau
Mildred L. Mdrquez coordinator of the goodwill project, and Commission employee Maylin
Claus distribute the food among the students.

Repartiendo la comida Foto por Jaime Yau
Mildred L. Mdrquez, coordinadora del proyecto, y la empleada de la Comisidn Maylin Claus
distribuyen la comida entre los estudiantes.

Singing carols

In the photo at
right, a group of
accompanied by
Santa Claus, sing
Christmas carols.

Photo by Jaime Yau

Exchanging hugs Photo by Jaime Yau Recibiendo abrazos Foto por Jaime Yau
One of the two clowns affectionately hugs Uno de los dos payasos le da un cariinoso
one of the children, abrazo a uno de los nifos.

Cantando villancicos Foto por Jaime Yau
Un grupo de empleados, acompailados por Santa Claus, canta villancicos.

Empleados Ilevan alegria navidefia


Photo by Armando De Gracia
employee Ernesto Bartley presents a Christ-
in the burn ward of the "Hospital del Nifo. "
ivered to children hospitalized in the different
re Reynaldo Ferndndez, Oneida Ortiz, Julio
id the glass, Rodulfo Gonzdlez, who is holding

Foto por Armando De Gracia
s del Distrito Sur Ernesto Bartley entrega un
la nifa hospitalizada en la sala de quemados
idos del ramo, los regalosfueron entregados
s del hospital. Observan, desde la izquierda,
-io, Lucilio Marin, Eduarto Pitt y, detrds del

Por Myrna A. Iglesias
La 6poca navidefia se celebra en distintas
formas, pero la prictica de compartir con
otros es una tradici6n navidefia bien estable-
cida. El espiritude la Navidad se hizo evidente
este afio entre los empleados de la Comisi6n
del Canal, ya que no s6lo celebraron con sus
compaferos, amigos y parientes, sino tambi6n
compartieron con muchas'personas descono-
cidas, obsequiando alegria navidefia a los
menos afortunados en diversas instituciones
y comunidades locales.
Un esfuerzo dela agencia ayud6 a iluminar
la Navidad en una escuela-rural cercana al
Lago Gatdn (vea la historia abajo), mientras
que empleados de la Divisi6n de Ingenierfa
viajaron a otra comunidad en la cuenca del
Canal con el mismo fin. Enfermeras de la
Division de Salud Ocupacional recolectaron
donaciones dediferentes unidades de laComi-
si6n y distribuyeron regalos a los niios en el
area de Arraijan, y empleados de la Divisi6n
de Construcci6n y otras unidades organizaron
un proyecto similar en el area de Juan Diaz.
Un grupo de empleados del Atlantico visit6
escuelas, y el Ramo de Lanchas y Pasacables
del Distrito Sur visit6 el Hospital del Nifio.
Las fotos en esta pagina capturan algunos
de estos momentos de buena voluntad, que
representan s6lo algunas de las muchas formas
en que los empleados de la Comisi6n ban
compartido el espiritu de la Navidad este afio.

Distributing gifts

Teresa de Guardia, wife of
Panama Canal Commis-
sion AdministratorGilberto
Guardia F.; Rosemarie
Kraegel, wife of Chief Fi-
nancial Officer Norbert E.
Kraegel; and other mem-
bers ofthe Commission del-
egation gather to distribute
gifts to the children.

Photo by Jaime Yau

Entregando regalos Foto por Jaime Yau
Teresa de Guardia, esposa delAdministrador de la Comisi6n Gilberto Guardia F.; Rosemarie
Kraegel, esposa del Jefe de Finanzas Norbert E. Kraegel, y otros miembros del grupo canalero
se preparan para distribuir regalos a los niios.

Voluntarios visitan comunidad de la cuenca

Thanking Santa Photo by Danny Uselton
A student from the "Quebrada Ancha" elementary school thanks Santa Claus, also known as
Motor Transportation Division employee Johnnie Phillips, for his Christmas gift during the
visit ofa group ofAtlantic-side employees to the "Quebrada Ancha" and "El Jiral" elementary
schools on the Transisthmian Highway to deliver toys and goodies to 300 students. Launch/
Linehandling Branch employee Donica Baird looks on.

Agradeciendo a Santa Foto por Danny Uselton
Un estudiante de la escuela primaria de Quebrada Ancha agradece a Santa Claus, tambiin
conocido como el empleado de la Divisidn de Transporte Motorizado Johnnie Phillips, por su
regalo navideiio. Un grupo de empleados del Atldntico visit las escuelas primarias de
Quebrada Ancha y El Jiral en la Carretera Transistmica para entregarjuguetes y golosinas
a sus 300 estudiantes. La empleada del Ramo de Lanchas y Pasacables Donica Baird observa.

Entertaining children
At right, Santa Claus, played by Francisco
Delgado, entertains children from El
Porvenir, a community in the Juan Dfaz
area, during a party organized by the
Construction Division and other units.
Photo by Rodrigo Chanis
Entreteniendo a los nifios
A la derecha, Santa Claus, interpretado
por Francisco Delgado, entretiene a unos
nihios de El Porvenir, en Juan Diaz,
durante una fiesta organizada por la
Division de Construcci6n y otras unidades.
Foto por Rodrigo Chanis

Por Joaquin Horna
"Ahf vienen", grit6 un niio a sus
compafieros cuando escuch6 un motor
acercandose en la distancia. Los nifios salta-
ron de sus asientos y comenzaron a aplaudir,
corriendo fuera de su pequefio sal6n de clases
para recibir al bus azul de la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panama que legaba a la escuela
rural en la comunidad del Lago de Gattin.
El primer pasajero en bajarse no era otro
que el principal ciudadano del Polo Norte,
quien, vestido en su tradicional traje rojo con
blanco, inmediatamente comenz6 a abrazar a
los nifios. Despuds vino un duo de coloridos
payasos que deleitaron a la emocionada
concurrencia con sus revoltosas payasadas.
Les siguieron un violinista, un guitarrista y
un grupo de empleados de la Comisi6n, cuya
felicidad era evidente al comprobar el efecto
que su visita tenia en los nifios de las escuelas
de Altos de Espav6 y La Represa.
Entre los voluntarios que viajaron una
hora para ofrecer la fiesta de Navidad estaban
Teresa de Guardia, esposa del Administrad,.
de la Comisi6n, Gilberto Guardia F.; y

Rosemarie Kraegel, esposa del Jefe de
Finanzas, Norbert E. Kraegel. La fiesta se ha
convertido en una tradici6n dentro de la
Comisi6n, desde que se organiz6 la primera
hace diez afios.
Los voluntarios este afio descargaron los
regalos y la comida que fueron comprados
con donaciones de empleados de toda la
Comisi6n; cantaron "Mi Burrito Sabanero" y
otras canciones navidefias; sirvieron una
comida abundante a los nifios, sus maestros y
algunos padres; y entregaron regalos de
Navidad a cada nifio.
"Esperamos que esto pueda continuar",
diceMildredL. Mrquez, quien hacoordinado
esta visita de buena voluntad cada aio. Y con
mis y mas empleados apoyando el esfuerzo,
parece posible que su deseo sea concedido.
Ademds de proporcionar comida para la fies-
ta y un regalo para cada nifio, los fondos
donados este afio tambien fueron utilizados
para mejorar las instalaciones escolares y
complementar la merienda que se ofrece a los
nifios durante el afo.

Extending a cheerful welcome Photo by Rogelio Manning
Francisco Delgado, still dressed as Santa Claus, and a group of Engineering Division
employees are welcomed by children from the community of Los Chorros. The employees
traveled by launch, foot and horseback to bring gifts, food and entertainment to the children
of the remote watershed community.

Ofreciendo un calurosa bienvenida Foto por Rogelio Manning
Francisco Delgado, nuevamente de Santa Claus, y un grupo de empleados de la Divisi6n de
Ingenieria, son recibidos por un grupo de niios de la comunidad de-Los Chorros. Los
empleados viajaron por lancha, a pie ya caballopara llevarjuguetes, comida y entretenimiento
a los niios de la remota comunidad de la cuenca.



Vol. XXXIII. No 26

Mantenimiento reconoce desempeio de 155 empleados

La Division de Mantenimiento
reconoci6 el desempefi6 de 155 de
sus aproximadamente 700 em-
pleados durante la entrega anual de
premios al "Empleado del Aiio" el
19 de diciembre.
Los premios fueron entregados
por el Subadministrador de la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama Jo-
seph W. Cornelison, el Director de

Ingenierfa y Construcci6n Numan
H. Visquez, el Subdirector de
Ingenieria y Construcci6n Tom
Drohan, el Jefe de la Divisi6n de
Mantenimiento Enrique Sanchez,
el Jefe del Ramo de Mantenimiento
de Servicios Pdblicos Est6ban G.
Sienz, el Jefe del Ramode Manteni-
miento Exterior George Berman, el
Jefe del Ramo de Mantenimiento de

Sejubila despues de 54 afios Foto por Jaime Yau
El Subadministrador de la Comisidn del Canal de Panamd Joseph W.
Cornelison felicita a Frank M. Cambridge por sus 54 ahos con la
Division de Mantenimiento, durante la ceremonia anual de premios al
"Empleado del Afio". Cambridge, quien comenz6 como obrero, trabaj6
por mds de 30 ahos en la cantera yfue promovido a custodio de herra-
mientas y repuestos en 1982, sejubilard hoy. Desde la izquierda apare-
cen elJefe de la Divisidn de Mantenimiento Enrique Sdnchez, Cornelison,
Cambridge, el Director de Ingenieria y Construccion Numan H. Vdsquez,
y el Jefe del Ramo de Mantenimiento Exterior George Berman.

Interiores Ram6n A. Fernmndez y el
Administrador del Programa de
Premios de Incentivo Thomas V.
Bright. La ceremonia incluyd una
presentaci6n del conjunto tipico de
los empleados de la Comisi6n.
Sefialando que los empleados
representan el principal recurso de
la Divisi6n de Mantenimiento,
Sanchez recalc6 la importancia del
programa mensual de premios y
reconoci6 a Drohan por imple-
mentarlo cuando fuejefe del Ramo
de Trabajos de Mantenimiento en
1986. El programa fueexpandido en
1989, cuando se realiz6 la primera
entrega de premios que inclufa a
toda la divisi6n.
Destacando que el programa no
s6lo reconoce los esfuerzos de los
premiados, sino que tambi6n motiva
a los demis a mejorar su desempefio,
Cornelison dijo que "Aunque las
instalaciones y el equipo son el
objeto de nuestra atenci6n, lafuerza
laboral merece todo nuestro reco-
nocimiento". Cornelison agreg6
que la dedicaci6n, persistencia y
lealtad demostrada por los em-
pleados distinguidos representan
la base sobre la cual se construy6 la
reputaci6n de excelencia del Canal
de Panama.

Foto superior
Lospasajeros del "Royal Princess"
se alinean en la cubierta para
observar el trdnsito de la nave por
las Esclusas de Pedro Miguel,
detrds del "Saga Wind", que
aparece en la linea adyacente. El
"Royal Princess" es uno de los
muchos cruceros que transitan el
Canal de Panama durante lasfies-
tas de fin de aio.
Foto por Kevin Jenkins

Informe sobre seguros Foto por Jaime Yau
El Dr. Manuel Escobar, reconocido consultor de inversiones, presenta
un informe sobre la posicidn financiera y alternativas de inversion del
Programa de Seguro de Vida Colectivo a los miembros de la Junta de
Seguro Colectivo del Area del Canal de Panamd.

Asesor brinda informe sobre plan de seguros

Un informe sobre la posici6n fi-
nancieray las altemativas deinversi6n
del Programa de Seguro de Vida Co-
lectivo present6 a la Junta de Seguro
Colectivo del Area del Canal de
Panama el Dr. Manuel Escobar,
reconocido asesor de inversiones de
Puerto Rico, a principios de mes. Se
encontraban presentes Walter C.
Bottin, presidente de la Junta de
SeguroColectivo, yJulio A. Cisneros,
vicepresidente y director del comit6
En la actualidad, el Programa de
Seguro de Vida Colectivo estA sus-
crito por Pan-American de Panama,
S.A., y ofrece hasta $30,000 de
cobertura a empleados permanentes
de la Comisi6n del Canal y otras
agencias locales del gobiemo de los
Estados Unidos. Con activos de casi
$12.8 millones, el plan tiene 8,576
Escobar analiz6 combinaciones
de inversiones alternativas, inclu-
yendo letras del Tesoro de los
Estados Unidos, bonos federales y
corporativos y certificados de dep6-
sito deinstituciones financieras pana-
mefias, paraoptimizarel usode fondos

del programa de seguros de vida.
Tambi6n recomend6 que lacober-
tura continue para aquellos emplea-
dos por la Autoridad del Canal de
Panam, organizaci6nqueasumirdla
operaci6n del Canal despu6s de
diciembre de 1999. Sefial6 que el
programa actual cubre a sietejubila-
dos por cada dos empleados activos,
y se espera que este margen baje a
sieteporunoparaelafio2000. Escobar
siente que el reto mis importante al
que se enfrenta la Junta de Seguro
Colectivo sera administrar la transi-
ci6n de 6ste y otros programas
(incluyendo los seguros de salud
Canal de Panama) de manera pro-
fesional y equitativa.
La Junta de Seguro Colectivo ha
aceptado el informe de Escobar y
pronto se reunird para discutir la
implementaci6n de sus recomenda-
ciones, incluyendo esfuerzos para
sacar mejor provecho del paquete de
inversiones del programa. La junta
tambi6n decidir laformademanejar
el programa luego de diciembre de
1999 y comenzard a hacer los
preparativos para la transici6n.

1Feiz Ano


Viernes 29 de diciembre de 1995

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Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viemes 29 de diciembre de 1995

Programa de rehabilitaci6n ayuda

a marino herido a volver al trabajo -_

Por Tanya de la Guardia
Casi 18 mesesluego de sufrir una lesi6n en
el trabajo, el marine de la Comisi6n del Canal
dePanam, Ariel Ortiz, regres6el 20dediciem-
bre a su trabajo en el muelle de practices de
Fuerte Amador. Algo que contribuy6 a su re-
cuperaci6n fue la terapia recibida en el Progra-
ma de Fortalecimiento para el Trabajo, que
ayuda a empleados lesionados a volver a sus
labores y desempefiarse en forma segura.
Mientras Ortiz conectaba una manguera
a una lancha el 14 dejunio de 1994, la man-
guera se qued6 trabada y se tens6. Ortiz fue
lanzado hacia atrds, cayendo en el piso. Sinti6
una pequefia incomodidad en la espalda,
pero la ignor6 mientras continu6 trabajando
de rodillas. Sin embargo, cuando trat6 de
pararse sinti6 un dolor agudo.
Lo llevaron al Hospital Santa Fe, donde es-
tuvo ocho dias en observaci6n. A su salida, le
recetaron terapia fisica y medicamentos. Dos
semanas mds tarde tuvo que ser hospitalizado
de nuevo, esta vez permaneciendo 21 dias en el
hospital. Un examen especializado revel6 que
tenia dos discos lumbares con hernias en la
parte baja de la espalda y requeria cirugia.
Ortiz habia escuchado que algunas per-
sonas no vuelven a caminar despu6s de esta
cirugia, y al principio estaba reacio a tenerla,
pero el intenso dolor eventualmente lo hizo
decidir a operarse. La operaci6n se llev6 a
cabo el 23 de octubre de 1994.
Casi un ailo despu6s, el 16 de agosto, el
personal de la Divisi6n de Salud Ocupacional
recomend6 a Ortiz para el Programa de Forta-
lecimientopara el Trabajo, bajo la supervisi6n
del terapista fisico Javier C6rdoba. Segdn
C6rdoba, el programa hace 6nfasis en la con-
dici6n fisica general, ademas de una serie de
tareas y ejercicios especiales relacionados con
el trabajo, para ayudar a los empleados a hacer
sus oficios. Cadaparticipante ejercita su destre-
za ocupacional en un centro de simulaci6n de
oficios que aumenta su tolerancia al trabajo y

le prepara para regresar a su rutina laboral.
Despu6s de dos meses en el centro de simu-
laci6n de oficios, el desempefio y la resistencia
de'Ortiz habian aumentado mucho tras 95
horas de terapia ocupacional. Cuando comenz6
el adiestramiento, el 2 de octubre, s6lo podia
tolerar estar sentado por dos horas; y para el 19
de diciembre, podia sentarse por cuatro horas
sin sentirse inc6modo. Ortiz afiade que, antes
de comenzar con el programa, habia tenido
miedo hasta de agacharse para amarrar sus
zapatos. Las personas lesionadas a menudo
tienen miedo de hacer algunos movimientos,
explica, pero comienzan a sentirse mds seguras
a medida que pasa el tiempo.
El 6xito del Programa de Fortalecimiento
para el Trabajo en lograr que los empleados
lesionados vuelvan a levantarse con las botas
de trabajo puestas depende en gran parte de
la motivaci6n de cada participante. "Uno
tiene que continuar haciendo cosas", dice
Ortiz. "No puedes simplemente sentarte y no
hacer nada. Yo he hecho un esfuerzo para
continuar con mi vida".

Ariel Ortiz

Eventos locales

"Aqui vamos otra vez" Foto por Danny Uselton
El drbol de Navidad pintado de la Planta Potabilizadora de Mount Hope es decorado por
tercer aho consecutivo esta Navidadpor los empleados Marcos Odens, JosiSimmonds, Ana
Chen y Archibaldo Worrell.

Pintura mantiene verde arbol de Navidad de Mount Hope

Por Susan K. Stabler
La Planta Potabilizadora de Mount Hope
ha descubierto la fuente de lajuventud al
menos para los arboles de Navidad.
Hace tres aiios, la planta compr6 un arbol
deNavidad naturalpor$65 en un supermercado
local. Los empleados lo instalaron en el patio
frente a la planta como parte de la decoraci6n
navidefia, pero no habia pasado mucho tiempo
cuando el Arbol comenz6 a envejecer. "Estaba
un poco marchito", dice el oficinista de
medici6n de agua Jos6 Simmonds. "Se puso
amarillo y luego chocolate en algunas partes".
En vez de reemplazarlo con otro arbol o
simplemente botarlo, el supervisor general
de mantenimiento de instalaciones y equipo,
Rafael Samuels, quien entonces era capataz
aparejador en Mount Hope, sugiri6 rociarlo
con pintura verde. "La necesidad es la
madre de la invenci6n", explica. "Yo s6lo
esperaba que durara hasta la Navidad. No
podia soportar ver un drbol de Navidad seco
frente a la planta potabilizadora".
La idea funcion6. iEl drbol se vefa
fantAstico! Y continue vi6ndose asi durante
todas las fiestas de fin de afio. Cuando los
empleados le quitaron los adornos despuds
de Afio Nuevo y descubrieron que al Arbol
no se le caian las agujas, Samuels sugiri6
guardarlo en el dep6sito para ver que sucedfa.

Esta es su tercera Navidad, todavia estd
muy verde y huele tan fresco como... Luna lata
de pintura? En realidad, ha mantenido algo de
su olor a pino. Se llen6 un poco de polvo en el
dep6sito donde lo guardaron, pero los emplea-
dos lo desempolvaron cuidadosamente con
una manguera de aire. "Fui y lo toqu6 y estd
bien", dice la secretaria de la planta, Tilcia
Ord6fiez. "Hasta la parte de madera se ve bien.
Voy a hacer lo mismo con mi arbol".
Eso era lo que Samuels temia. Se rfe al
pensar en los comerciantes locales corriendo
tras 61 con un hacha por haber ahuyentado la
clientela. Los ecologistas podran objetar
por los fluorocarbonos que se liberan al
pintar el drbol con aerosol, pero en esta
6poca de reciclajes, iquien puede quejarse
porutilizarel mismo drbol tres aios seguidos?
"Se ha convertido en una simpAtica
tradici6n", dice el ingeniero quimico super-
visor Alberto Wong. Este afio, despu6s de
las fiestas, los empleados de la planta
guardarAn de nuevo el Arbol, envolvi6ndolo
en un plAstico para evitar el polvo, pero sin
darle ninguna otra atenci6n especial.
Nadie sabe si el Arbol se mantendrd
"siempre verde" despu6s de pasar otro afio
en un dep6sito, pero una cosa es cierta: ila
Planta Potabilizadora de Mount Hope
termin6 haciendo valer su dinero!

Reuni6n de Escuela de Paraiso
La generaci6n de 1971 de la Escuela
Secundaria de Paraiso celebrard su 25o.
aniversario el 16 de febrero en el Hotel
Caesar Park. El evento cuesta $30 por per-
sona. Para boletos o informaci6n, contactar
a Rosa Bryan (233-0226), Delia Walton
(272-5116) o Jeanne Sprauve (232-4641).

Linares se jubila
Se darA una fiesta de jubilaci6n para
Rolando Linares alas 7 p.m. el 19 de enero en
el Hotel Caesar Park. Los boletos para la
fiesta y el regalo ($25 por persona, o $40 por
pareja)no incluyen las bebidas. Para detalles,
llame a Lorena Adames o Elys Da Mata en la
Divisi6nde Seguridad(272-3344 6 272-3385).

f Spillway
Administrador. Comision del Canal de Panama
Director de Relaciones Ptiblicas
Director Asociado
Direciora Asociada
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ejemplares cuestan $6 por correo regular, $4 por correo regular
para estudiantes y $19 por correo aereo. Envic cheque o giro postal
a favor de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Para mayor
informaci6n, ]lame al 272-3202 o escribaa la Oficina de Relacio-
nes P6blicas de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA, Unit 2300,
APO AA 34011-2300 o Altos de Balboa, Panama.

Producci6n teatral
"All in Timing", una colecci6n de siete
comedias cortas se presentara en el Pacific
Theatre Arts Centre, Edificio 2060 de Curundu,
del 5 al 20 de enero. Las funciones serdn a las
8 p.m. de jueves a sAbados. Los boletos
cuestan $10 la noche de inauguraci6n y $8 las
otras noches. La producci6n contiene material
y lenguaje de adultos. Para reservaciones,
llame al 286-3152 6 286-3814.

Preparan carrera de cayucos
El Explorer Post 21 tendra su primera reu-
ni6n de planificaci6n e inscripci6n para la
Carrera de Cayucos de Oc6ano a Oc6ano de
1996 el 4 de enero a las 7:15 p.m. en el Cen-
tro de Adiestramiento del Canal de Panama
(Edificio 0602, Altos de Balboa), y una
segunda inscripci6n a la misma hora y lugar
el 11 de enero. Habrd un sorteo de cayucos
el 18 de enero, pero s61o participardn quienes
se hayan inscrito. La carrera serd del 29 al 31
de marzo. Para mas informaci6n, llame a Ed
o Kari Mcllvaine al 272-6370.

Buscan remolcadores
El Explorer Post 21 busca remolcadores
para transportar uno o mis cayucos, aunque
necesiten ser modificados. El grupo tambi6n
agradecera ruedas, ejes, resortes y maderas
que puedan usarse para construir, modificar
o reparar un remolcador. Aquellos inte-
resados en donar un remolcador o mate-
riales, o vender estos articulos a un precio
razonable, deben llamar a Ed McIlvaine al
272-6370 por las noches.


El calendario de dias de pago y
feriados de 1996, publicado en la
edici6n del 15 de diciembre del Spill-
way, s6lo muestra 30 dias en enero,
en lugar de los normales 31. Para
evitar confusi6n, quienes han
recortado o fotocopiado el calendario
para referenciafuturapueden insertar
el miercoles 31 de enero en el espacio

El articulo sobre el concierto
conmemorativo del 45o. aniversario
del Teatro Guild, publicado en la iltima
edici6n del Spillway, no mencion6 a
algunas personas que trabajaron tras
bastidores para contribuir al 4xito del
evento. Entre ellos estaban Tilcia R.
McTaggart, la productora, responsa-
ble de enlazar los elementos del es-
pectAculo; Armando Him, el jefe de
producci6n; y Jaime Rodriguez y
Ezequiel Fernindez, decoradores del

Lista de vacantes
LC .licitanmes deben ser empleados de carrera o carrera condicional. Las solucitudcs deben presentarse al Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones
(Edifici i66, Anc6n) en el Formulario 443, Solicilud de Traslado, a mAs tardar site dias calendario despuds de publicado este aviso.
Quienes scan escogidos para un puesto permanence o para un pueslo designado para prueba al azar por drogas (TDP), tendrAn que someterse
a una procha de urinalisis para descartar el uso de drogas ilegales antes dcl nombramiento o del cambio de puesto permanente. No se exigird el
urindlisis a los empleados quc ocupen un puesto sujeto a prueba por drogas antes del cambio de puesto permanence.
Para algunos puestos de series de intervalos de un grado donde no exisle puesto en la linea de ascenso normal, los empleados pcrmanentes
podrAin calificar con un minimo de un aino de experiencia especializada en puestos en el primer o segundo nivel inmediatamente inferior.
Los solicitanles podrsn repasar los requisilos de cada pueslo cn el Ccntro de Recursos Tdcnicos de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama (Edificio
38, Balboa). Quicnes por raz6n de su experiencia poscan las pericias y habilidades necesarias para ejercer debidamcnte el puesto, scrin calificados
en base a requisitos modificados. Esto no aplica si se trata de un ascenso.
Las tarifas de pago abajo citadas son Ins tarifas minimas y maximas de pago por hora correspondientes a los grados de las vacantes anunciadas.
Los empleados selccionados para llenar una vacant serdn colocados en el escal6n, grado y larifa bdsica salarial correspondiente. de conformidad
con los reglamentos.
Para mayor informaci6n, Ilame al Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones al tcldfono 272-3583.
Posici6n permanente Salarios Unidad Lugar Vacantes
T6cnico de abastos (catalogar), NM-7/8 $11.34/$16.32 Apoyo Log. P 1
Ascenso temporal (que no exceda un afo)
Ingeniero civil supervisor, NM-12/13 2 (Debe $20.11/$31.08 Mantenim. P 1
tener licencia de conducir.)
Ascenso temporal (que no exceda cuatro meses)
Secretaria (estenograffa/automatizaci6n de oficinas), $10.20/$13.26 Industrial A 1
NM-6 '2 (Estenograffa a 80 palabras por minuto.)
(Debe saber espahol.)
I La documentaci6n que pruebe que cl aplicante lena los requisitos especiales debe adjuntarse a la solicitud o incluirse en el
expediente de personal: de lo contrario, no se Ic considerarA para la vacante.
2 S61o se considerara a empleados de la Comisi6n.
La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama se ajusta a la Ley de Igualdad de Oportunidades.

Paeina 2


Viemes 29 de diciembre de 1995

Spillway del Canal de Panama

ubila director asociado de desarrollo

de recursos humanos, nombran sucesor

Despu6s de 21 afios de servicio
en el Canal dePanama, Edilberto A.
Yee, director asociado de desarrollo
de recursos humanos en la Oficina
de Administraci6n de Personal, se
jubilael3deenero. Yeecomenz6su
carrera en el Canal como instructor
de electr6nica en 1974, cuando los
cursos de adiestramiento en esta
materia se ensefiaban por corres-
pondencia y los instructores hacian
las veces de tutores. La agencia
estaba promoviendo el adiestra-
miento local y Yee fue asignado a
desarrollar un programa de apren-
dices completo para mecanicos de
electr6nica y para establecer un
tallerde adiestramiento en esta rama.
Con una licenciatura en ingenie-
rfa electromecanica del Instituto
Tecnol6gico de Monterrey, M6xico,
y una maestria en ingenieria el6ctrica
de la Universidad de Tennessee,
Yee lleg6 a adiestrar a cientos de
aprendices en electricidad, repara-
ci6n de equipo electr6nico, electr6-
nica y mecanica de tel6fonos e
instrumentos. En 1981 fuepromo-
vido a supervisor de adiestramiento
y, en 1984, a jefe del Ramo de
Adiestramiento Industrial, puesto
que desempefi6 hasta ser promo-
vido a su actual posici6n en 1994.
Durante su carrera, particip6 en
el desarrollo y mejoramiento conti-
nuo de un programa de adiestra-
miento industrial completo, que
ahora incluye aprendizajes en 20
ramas y un programa de mejora-
miento del personal t6cnico. "Siem-
pre recordar6 con gran satisfacci6n

las caras felices de los aprendices
cuando recibian sus certificados de
calificaci6n", dice Yee.
Describe a sus compafieros en
los ramos de Adiestramiento In-
dustrial y de Capacitaci6n de
Empleados y Desarrollo del Per-
sonal como un grupo finico, capaz
de disefiar cursos utilizando la
tecnologia mas moderna y trabajar
de cerca con otras unidades de la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. "Ha
sido un gran honor y privilegio haber
trabajado con tantas personas
talentosas que voluntariamente
compartieron sus conocimientos y
experiencias", dice. "Los extrafiar6
a todos estudiantes, aprendices,
colegas y amigos".
Los planes futuros de Yee
incluyen ensefiar ingenierfa el6c-
trica en la Universidad Tecnol6gica
de Panami y pasar mas tiempo con
su esposa, Marisela, y sus hijos
Edilberto, Carlos, Mariliza y Laura.
Hablando de su sucesora,
Pamela W. de Garcia, Yee dice:
"Siento que ella hari un gran trabajo
comojefadel Personal de Desarrollo
de Recursos Humanos, especial-
mente durante este period de
transici6n". Laprimeramujerenesa
posici6n, Garcia ha trabajado para
el Canal por mas de 17 afios. Fue
asistente estudiantil y trabaj6
temporalmente antes de ser contra-
tadaenformapermanente en el Ramo
de Empleo y Colocaciones en 1980.
Ese mismo afio, la Oficina de
Desarrollo de Recursos Humanos
fue establecida para expandir los

programas de adiestramiento de la
Comisi6n, en cumplimiento con el
Tratado del Canal de Panama y la
necesidad de preparar empleados
panamefios para operar y mantener
el Canal. Garcfa fue transferida ala
unidad como oficinista de desarrollo
del empleado. "Al principio eramos
como siete empleados", recuerda
sobre la oficina que ahora tiene mis
de 20 empleados y juega un papel
de liderazgo en el programa de
adiestramiento de la agencia.
Con una licenciatura en sicolo-
gia de la Universidad Santa Maria la
Antigua, Garcia fue promovida a
asistente de desarrollo del emplea-
do en 1983 y entonces se hizo
especialista, administrando todo el
adiestramiento contratado y ford-
neo, lo mismo que el programa de
reembolso de matricula. En 1990fue
promovida a especialista supervi-
sora de desarrollo del empleado y,
tres afios mas tarde, se convirti6 en
jefe del Ramo de Capacitaci6n del
Empleado y Desarrollodel Personal.
Habiendo servido como jefa
interinadel Ramode Adiestramiento
Industrial desde marzo, dice sobre
la experiencia: "He visto el lado del
adiestramiento relacionado con la
operaci6n fisica del Canal de
Panama". Lista para enfrentar el
reto de su nuevo trabajo, Garcia
afiade: "Adiestramiento es la base
de una fuerza laboral capaz y
eficiente. Para mantener un alto
nivel de competencia, tenemos que
continuar y fortalecer nuestros
programas mis alli del afio 2000".

Planes futuros Foto por Kevin Jenkins
Edilberto A. Yee, quien se jubila la prdxima semana como director
asociado de desarrollo de recursos humanos en la Oficina de
Administracidn de Personal, discute los programas de adiestramiento
de la Comisi6n del Canal con su sucesora, Pamela W. de Garcia.
--'- I

Enfermera a jubilarse comparte consejos nutritivos para "fiestas sanas"

Cualquier momento es bueno
para recordar la importancia de una
buena nutrici6n, pero las fiestas de
fin de afio representan una ocasi6n
muy apropiada. "Es una 6poca muy
dificil paracontrolarlacomida", dice
Betty Blanchette, enfermera de la
Divisi6n de Salud Ocupacional,
quien ha dictado cursos de nu-
trici6n a los empleados de la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama
desde 1991.
Su receta para las personas
tentadas por las delicias Navidefias
es la indulgencia controlada.
Recomienda comer un bocadillo
saludable antes de ir a las fiestas de
Navidad; y ahi solo servirse
porciones pequefias, sin repetir. Y

lo mas importante, recomienda
alejarse de las comidas altas en
Los cursos de nutrici6n que
Blanchette ensefia durante el afio
con su compafiera, la enfermera
Gloria Brathwaite, subrayan la
importancia de eliminar comidas
grasosas que aumentan los niveles
de colesterol y el riesgo de un ataque
cardiaco o derrame. Sin embargo,
los expertos reconocen que la grasa
le da sabor a la comida y muchas
personas estan poco dispuestas a
cambiar sus habitos, creyendo que
la comida baja en grasa no sabe
bien. "Pero muchas comidas bajas
en grasa son deliciosas", aclara

Consejo saludable Foto por Armando De Gracia
La enfermera Betty Blanchette, utiliza un modelo para explicar al
pasacables de la Divisi6n de Servicios del Canal, Malcensi Alvarado,
los efectos daiinos del colesterol al obstruir los vasos sanguineos.

Blanchette dice que muchos
participantes de sus clases con-
fiesan comer grandes cantidades
de comida con poco o ningdn valor
nutritivo, incluyendo helados, pa-
pas fritas, sodas y confites. Ella les
sugiere (y a todos los empleados)
que desarrollen habitos alimen-
ticios saludables en base al sentido
comin. "Es bueno comer alimentos
variados sin saltarse ninguna
comida, y hasta merendar entre
comidas", sefiala, "pero siempre
intentando comer de los grupos
basicos de alimentos". Afiade que
este es el secreto para obtener car-
bohidratos, proteinas, vitaminas,
minerales y otras sustancias ne-
cesarias para la vida.
El primer grupo de alimentos, en
orden de importancia, incluye
panes, arroz, pastas, cereales y otros
carbohidratos que suministran
energia. Blanchette sefiala que las
personas que intentan perder peso
muchas veces se equivocan al dejar
de comer estos alimentos. "Lo que
tienen que eliminar son las grasas",
Luego vienen las frutas y los
vegetales. La Sociedad Americana
del Cancer indica que comer cinco
frutas o vegetales al dia ayuda a
prevenir el cancer. Blanchette
lamenta que las personas coman
muy pocas frutas y vegetales, a
pesar de que hay una gran variedad
disponible en Panama todo el aiio.
El tercergrupo consiste en leche,
carnes y otros alimentos ricos en

proteinas. Blanchette recomienda
la leche descremada para personas
con problemas de colesterol, y s6lo
seis onzas de came una porci6n
casi del tamaio de la mano-al dfa.
"Muchas personas aqui acos-
tumbran comer carne tres veces
diarias", dice y recomienda comer
una porci6n, o dos porciones
pequefias, al dia. Sugiere un plan
semanal de dos dias de came, polio
y pescado, respectivamente, y un
dfa sin carne. El arroz con frijoles o
los macarrones con queso, son
combinaciones muy ricas en pro-
teinas que pueden substituir la
El tltimo grupo de alimentos
incluye los dulces, las grasas y el
alcohol alimentos con poco valor
nutritivo. Segin Blanchette, no es
malo comer estas comidas, mientras
que no sea todos los dias. "Se
pueden comer en ocasiones es-
peciales", aconseja.
Para Blanchette, el secreto de
una dieta saludable esta en comer
una gran variedad de comidas
saludables y complementarlas con
un plan de ejercicios. Ha visto a
personas esforzarse para perder
peso a trav6s de alocadas dietas
desbalanceadas. "Las personas no
pueden mantener esas dietas", dice.
"Deben cambiar sus habitos
alimenticios y adoptar una buena
dieta por el resto de sus vidas".
Criada en Kansas City, Mis-
souri, por padres que se preo-
cupaban por comer saludable,

Blanchette alienta a los padres a
ensefiarles a sus hijos a comer bien.
Reconoce que noes facil, pero valdra
la pena a largo plazo pues motivard
a los nifos a adoptar habitos
alimenticios saludables al crecer.
Admite que comer bien no nece-
sariamente hace que las personas
vivan mas, pero si les permite vivir
vidas mas sanas.
Blanchette lleg6 aPanama desde
New Hampshire en 1966, cuando su
esposo fue contratado por la
Compafia del Canal dePanamaipara
trabaj aren laDivisi6n Industrial, en
Mount Hope. Enfermera egresada
de la Universidad de San Louis, fue
contratada por el ejCrcito esta-
dounidense dos meses mas tarde.
En 1971 fue transferida a la Divisi6n
de Salud Piblica del Canal como
enfermera escolar, y trabaj6 en cada
escuela y clinica comunitaria del
lado Atlantico antes de ser trans-
ferida al Pacifico en 1979. Cuando
el Tratado del Canal entr6 en vigor
ese afio, trabaj6 un period corto
para el ej6rcito antes de regresar a la
agencia del Canal.
Blanchette sejubila este mes y
se mudara a Orange Springs,
Florida, para estar mas cerca de sus
dos hijas que viven en ese estado.
En lugar de descansar, quiere hacer
trabajo voluntario y eclesiastico.
Tambi6n piensa trabajar medio
tiempo en un clinica contra abortos.
Blanchette dejaunhijo, una hija
y cinco nietos en Panama, quienes,
dice, "Tendran que ir a visitarme".


Pagina 3

Ultimo trdnsito Foto por Kevin Jenkins
El capitdn del "Royal Princess", lan Tomkins, recibe una placa
especial de la Comisidn del Canal de Panamd en reconocimiento a
su record de trdnsitos y carrera maritima de mds de 41 aiios, una
licencia de prdctico honorario de la Direcci6n de Marina y una
huaca enmarcada de parte de Norton Lilly, agencia del barco en el
Canal. Desde la izquierda estdn el prdctico del Canal, Cap. Gerold
Cooper, quien represents a la Direccidn de Marina; Christopher
Glasscok de Norton Lilly; Tomkins; y la Directora de Relaciones
Publicas de la Comisidn, Willie K. Friar. Era el trdnsito nimero 115
del Cap. Tomkins por el Canal, antes de jubilarse este mes.