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Feature for the Month of JUNE 1998
and Ambassador Jacobo C. Clave, is easily the most outstanding among thousands of
alumni of the Cape Bolinao High School ( CBHS ) as it celebrates its Golden Jubilee on
April 18-20, 1996.
Son of farmer-fisherman Ismael Clave of
barangay Salud, Santiago Island, Bolinao and Angelita Cabanilla of Tayug and Narvacan,
Ilocos Sur, Jocobo in his book "An Open Letter to God and Other Articles (320 pp.);
"My mother, Angelita, disciplined us - my
sisters, brothers and myself - to pray and to keep ourselves close to God.
"My father, Israel, did not discourage
this labor of our mother. But he told us that no sack rice fall from heaven.
Hence, we must all go to the farm, plant rice and corn, to the sea, to fish.
"Hence, my theology" - the vision, the
ideal and the hope for the grounding of my life - which may be noted in my work. I
find my thoughts expressed below.
Pray to God, continue to row the shore.
Clave topped the CBHS Class of 1950 as valedictorian
and working his way though college earned his degrees in Bachelor of Science in Education
(Cum Laude) and bachelor or laws (Cum Laude) from Philippine Law School, Manila.
From teaching and the practice of law, he labored as
diplomatic and political reporter and hard-hitting columnist of Evening News.
Next, he joined the Manila Bulletin as political
reporter and served as director of the National Press Club for several terms, now going
bigtime on global journalistic assignments.
He was on the winning side when he joined the Marcos
presidential campaign which saw the defeat of President Macapagal.
Clave was appointed presidential press secretary,
presidential executive assistant, member of the cabinet and Interim Batasan Pambansa,
Civil Service Commission Chair, ambassador to Rome and to United Nations Food Agriculture
Organization (FAO). In between he was elected vice governor of Pangasinan Province.
Presidential Decree No. 40 titled "Basic
policies for electric industry" and Letter of instruction No. 38, both dated November
7, 1992, mandated that national electrification pilot projects included Pangasinan and
other 6 provinces. The 8 pilot municipalities in Pangasinan namely Sual, Lingayen,
Binmaley, Mangatarem, Labrador, Bugallon, Urbiztondo and Aguilar (now under Central
Pangasinan Electric Cooperative) originally comprised the Pangasinan I Electric
Cooperative (PANELCO I). Western Pangasinan towns of Agno, Alaminos, Anda, Bani,
Bolinao, Burgos, Dasol, Infanta and Mabini were commonly regarded as non-viable.
With the sense of urgency, both Secretary Jacobo C.
Clave and Jesus Tanchanco, member of the Board of Administrators of the National
Electrification Administration (NEA) succeeded in persuading President Marcos to include
instead the Western Pangasinan towns under PANELCO I. The original 6 towns Agno,
Anda, Bani, Bolinao and Dasol were registered and incorporated on September 28, 1972 with
official coop headquarters in Bani, Alaminos, Mabini and Infanta were added to the Western
Pangasinan coverage area in 1974.
Under the able managerial stewardship of general
manager Arnulfo B. Cabrera, a classmate of Clave in the Bolinao Central School, the 9
Western towns were lighted up at the same time on December 14, 1975, the first and perhaps
last of its kind in the history of Philippine rural electrification.
From the perception of non-viable and depressed
status, the Western Pangasinan Electric Cooperative (official name in its franchise)
received the "Most Improved Electric Cooperative Award for 1988" from NEA under
GM Cabrera and Dr. Alberto G. Guiang, president, a tradition of adequate, reasonably
priced, 24 hour electric service maintained by the incumbent GM Rolly Reinoso.
Had the bold move of Clave and Tanchanco
failed, Western Pangasinan might still be today in total darkness similar to the
time Chinese pirate Limahong landed briefly in the Western shores.
He pushed the construction of the concrete Balingasay
Bridge (Bolinao) which links the Bolinao Dendro 1,300 hectare Ipil-ipil plantation, the
failed 3.3 megawatt fuel-powered dendro power plant, the archaeological sites, the Bolinao
upland barangays and the adjoining barangays of Bani.
Clave provided three Marcos-type pre-fab school
buildings to house the Bolinao Museum and had the National Museum assume in 1976 the
administration of the National Museum Bolinao Branch from the 12-year stewardship of the
NGO Bolinao Historical and Cultural Society under the presidencies of Atty. Vicente
Castelo (1964-1974), Ismael E. Pamintuan (1974-1980), Catalino C. Catanaoan (1980-1990),
Evangeline S. Calza (1990-present). Clave likewise facilitated the establishment of the UP
Marine Science Institute Bolinao Laboratory in Guiguiwanen together with architect Urbano
Caasi, Jr. and Dr. Edgardo Gomez, director of UPMSI.
For a few days Clave was acting president of the
country when President Marcos was on official business in Moscow, Russia.
Clave with his degree in teaching believes that
teaching is the noblest of profession drawing attention to Jesus, the noblest of teachers.
He initiuated the Master Teachers Plan (salary progression scheme of teachers) and the
Teachers Development Program providing for teacher-training.
Clave believes firmly that knowledge is power.
Earning education as a very poor working students he became a teacher and lawyer and as
recognition of his life and work, the following universities conferred doctoral degrees
honors cause on him: Doctor of Laws, University of Pangasinan; Doctor of Public
Administration, Mindanao State University; Doctor of Humanities, Pamantasan ng Maynila;
Doctor of Public Administration, Polytechnic University of the Philippines; Doctor of
Humanities, Philippine Normal University.
From May 1975 to December 1985 holding office (when
free from his Malacanang duties) at District Engineer Gil Valencerina's First Engineering
District of Alaminos, his "little Malacanang" he pushed rural electrification of
what he calls the "Golden West" and the speedy asphalt-paving of Tarlac-
Lingayen, Bugallon-Olongapo and Alaminos-Bolinao road network and the replacement of a
dozen wooden bridges to concrete ones completing the infra projects in December 1975 less
than two months before the EDSA Revolution in February 1986 which marked Clave's
retirement from government service at age 59.
Then Mayor Merito C. Miguel organized the Friends of
Jacobo C. Clave Association with him as founding president, Judge William Pascua as vice
president in time for the December 3, 1988 Jacobo C. Clave Recognition Day. In his
response that day, he said.
"Remember that if there were no Cape
Bolinao High School, there would be no Clave. There would be no Clave because Clave
was son of a poor family who could not afford to send me to CBHS. god met me in CBHS
and guided me all the way"
This was the rational behind the Angelita Clave
scholarship which lasted more then 20 years benefitting 30 CBHS Students annually, one
from each of the 30 barangays of Bolinao.
In retirement and sickly after surviving a series of
strokes, ever faithful in God, he says, "No main et ipatrabaho nan Dios komo,
paanrowen naet a biay mo."
He has written about a dozen books, some 500 pages
each or more, about his "walk with God" documented by his readings and
He believes in the Biblical decree for man "to
replenish the Earth" hence, the urgent task of renewing and conserving the natural
resources. He is the senior adviser of the Movement of Bolinao Concern Citizens,
Inc. an environmentalist group headed by its president, Margie Celeste.
Jake Clave is the most outspoken advocate for a clean
and green Bolinao environment in public forums and in his writings.
We close this write-up by lifting a part of the
opening prayer of our parish priest Msgr. Zosimo E. Navata during the Clave Recognition
"Now that he (Clave) is enjoying his
retirement, may we ask you Lord also to reciprocate, care for him now and his
family. Share with him now his strength, you strength so that he may still be
with us for a long time and serve as a torch for the present crop of the sons and
daughters of Bolinao".