Rep. Eddie Nachura Says
ConCon Election Probable in 2005
BOBBY M. REYES
California, USA - Rep. Antonio Eduardo B.
Nachura (Liberal Party-LAKAS Second District, Western Samar) spoke yesterday
before the 688th meeting of the Media Breakfast Club (MBC). The meeting was
held at the Social Hall of the Filipino-American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA)
in the Historic Filipinotown of Los Angeles, California.
Congressman Nachura is the chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on
Constitutional Amendments. He spoke before a motley crowd of
Filipino-American journalists, community leaders and World War II veterans.
He said that his congressional committee conducted consultation meetings
with the public in the cities of Bacolod, Baguio, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro,
Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, and Naga and twice in Metro Manila. He said the public
is in favor of having a constitutional convention (ConCon) with the
delegates being chosen in an election possibly in 2005.
said that among the issues that the public wanted tackled by the ConCon are
the adoption of academic qualifications for elective officials, the Federal
Republic system of government and other issues. He posed a challenge to the
Overseas Filipinos to participate in the coming process to amend the 1987
Freedom Constitution of the Philippines.
advantage of the Valentine’s Day decorations still displayed at the FACLA
Social Hall, Representative Nachura spoke also of love. Yes, love of
country. He said that he has met a lot of Overseas Filipinos who still
professed love of the motherland and who would like to return home to
manifest this love.
He briefed also
the MBC forum participants of the Absentee Voting and Dual-Citizenship Laws.
He emphasized that Overseas Filipinos who reacquire Filipino citizenship do
not have to pay income tax on their foreign earnings. They shall be taxed
only on income derived from Philippine sources. Yes, he said that
inheritance and estate taxes would apply also to dual citizens on Philippine
properties that they would acquire or inherit. He said that there is the
derivative benefit of reacquiring Philippine citizenship. This means that
minor children below 18 years of age automatically become also dual
question-and-answer portion of the Town Hall-style meeting, Representative Nachura cited three major undertakings that he has initiated. He said that
he introduced measures that improved the productivity of the
rice-sufficiency program not only in his district but also on the entire
Western Samar province. There are more than 200,000 hectares devoted to
rice growing but only five-percent is irrigated. His pet legislation created
a two-hectare demonstration rice farm where farmers were taught modern
technology that more than doubled the rice-production output (up to 175
cavans of rice per hectare) with the use of small irrigation pumps and
He said that
the second thrust of his program was in education where in his province 60%
of elementary pupils drop out after the fourth grade. He said that only 20%
to 25% of elementary students managed to go to high school. His legislative
track record includes the creation of nine barangay high schools and 350
scholarships for the poor but deserving students. Seventy-two scholars that
he has sponsored already finished college. And among them is a cum laude
graduate whose parents were a laundry woman and a stevedore in the port of
Catbalogan. He is currently working on the first state-owned university to
be established in Samar.
thrust of his program was in road construction. He has sponsored legislation
and obtained funds from the national government to have the road cemented
from Tacloban City
(Leyte) to Calbiga (Western Samar). Together with the other congressmen from
Samar, they are working on extending the road-improvement from Calbiga to
Catbalogan to Catarman and Allen in Northern Samar.
Congressman Nachura was a topnotcher when he took the Bar exam as an alumnus of San Beda
College of Law, where he graduated with honors. He became a law professor in
his alma mater and seven other colleges and universities. He became the dean
of the Arellano Law School
of the Arellano University from 1992-1994.
arrived in Los Angeles
from a speaking engagement in Northern California where he was a guest of
the Samarnons of America. Former
University of the Philippines Prof. Cesar Torres of San Francisco arranged
with MBC charter member Max G. Alvarez the congressman’s appearance at the
Agreed to Construct SNS Faculty Lounge Before 2004 Ends
California, USA - In a luncheon last February 13, 2004, tendered by
Mr. Apolinario del Rosario and his wife, the former Evie Piczon, for Class
'56 Valedictorian, Congressman Eddie Nachura, an agreement was arrived at
whereby Congressman Nachura will endeavor to provide a building in the Samar
High campus which will be designed as a Faculty Lounge for use of the Samar
High teachers and staff.
Lounge will be equipped by the alumni with a conference table, swivel
chairs, sofa, air conditioners, coffee makers, and other amenities including
magazines and other periodicals. It will also serve as a conference room for
Congressman Nachura is confident, that barring any unforeseen event, the Samar High
Faculty Lounge can be inaugurated in December 2004.
the luncheon invitation by the del Rosarios was Cesar Torres.
The plan to
construct a Faculty Lounge for the Samar High faculty has also been
announced to the alumni in Los Angeles
during a press conference arranged by Class '57 Valedictorian, the Southern California
newspaperman and writer, Max Gelera Alvarez.
Mr. del Rosario
is a Golden Jubilarian. He is going home to attend the Centennial
Celebration in April.
proudly informed Congressman Nachura that Mr. del Rosario has been one of
the pillars of the Samar High - Samar National School Alumni Association in
North America and has been Mr. Torres' constant supporter in the Samareños
of California where Mr. Torres was President for five years.
invited Congressman Nachura as its Guest of Honor during its annual
Valentines Party last February 14, 2004 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in
Mr. del Rosario
has pledged his contribution to the Books for the Samar High School Project
now being coordinated by Mr. Sonny Cabrales of Los Angeles, another
Valedictorian, this time of Class '64.
4 Fil-Am Papers Collaborate to Present
Symposium on Political-economic Impact of May 2004 Elections
Philippine News Service
JERSEY CITY - A
one-day symposium entitled, “Quo Vadis, Philippines? The Political and
Economic Outlook of the Philippines after the May 2004 Elections,” will be
held on Saturday, April 17, 2004, at the Sheraton Newark Airport Hotel, on
128 Frontage Road, Newark, NJ.
unprecedented display of cooperation by the Filipino-American newspapers in
metropolitan New York,
the symposium will be hosted by the Filipino-Asian BULLETIN, in
collaboration with the Filipino Express, Filipino Reporter and Pilipino
Two experts on
politics and business from Manila will be the key resource speakers at the
symposium. In addition, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Alberto
del Rosario was contacted to speak on behalf of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s
Both New Jersey
Governor James McGreevey and US Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ) have also been
invited although confirmations of their participation have not been received
at press time.
Manny Quisumbing Jr., chairman of the symposium organizing committee,
disclosed that former Misamis Oriental Governor Homobono A. Adaza and Mr.
Fernando Martinez, president of Eastern Petroleum Company and chairman of
the Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association (IPPCA) will fly
from Manila just to address this gathering.
Adaza, one of
the top opposition leaders in the Philippines, will discuss the seething
political climate prevailing in the country. He will also describe the
various possible scenarios resulting from the outcome of the May 11, 2004,
cover the economic and business angle. A successful businessman with
contacts in government and the private sector, Martinez
is a businessman who leads the IPPCA. Members of the latter control about
25% of the country’s oil business.
“It will be
interesting to find out which presidential candidate – Arroyo, Lacson, Poe
or Roco - is best qualified and prepared to solve the country’s energy
supply problems,” Quisumbing said. Mr. Martinez’ insights will be very
informative, he added.
considered as one of the best political analysts in the Philippines today.
Most of his political predictions have come true. He was credited of
personally convincing the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos to call for a
snap election in 1986 that eventually led to the ouster of the
dictator-president. A supporter and member of President Corazon Aquino’s
administration, Adaza later became disenchanted and critical of what he
described as the “naiveté and inefficiency of the Aquino government.”
defense attorney in the Philippines, Adaza currently represents the junior
officers accused of rebellion against the Armed Forces of the Philippines in
what is now known as the Oakwood Mutiny.
the symposium will be sent to investment firms on Wall Street, export-import
companies, members of the diplomatic and business communities with interests
in the Philippines,
and the various Filipino-American organizations in the New York-New Jersey,
and Greater Philadelphia, areas.
will draw a lot of interest not only among Filipino-Americans but also among
the international business community doing business in the Philippines,” he
Filipino-American “baby boomers” who are thinking of retiring soon may also
find the symposium informative. Those asking themselves if they should go
back to their homeland or just move to sunny Florida or California will
hopefully find it easier to decide whether to stay here or go home after
attending this meeting, Quisumbing said.
Seats for the
symposium are very limited and those interested to attend are urged to make
the necessary advance reservations.
Tickets to this
symposium, which cost $50 each, will include lunch and resource materials
that would be provided to all participants. For tickets, please call (201)
200-1006 or (201) 200-1192 in northern New Jersey, (609) 261-5437 in South
Jersey, and (718) 271-9461 in New York City.
KALAHI Funds for Region 8 Released
CROMWELL I. DANGANAN (INF) PA
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan, Samar - In line with the government’s efforts to
uplift the living conditions of our populace in the depressed barangays to
the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) Program of Her Excellency
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo launched the KALAHI Memorandum of
Agreement (MOA) Signing last January 22, 2004 at the Ritz Tower de Leyte in
Tacloban City which was participated in by Sec. Victor A. Domingo, the
Presidential Assistant for Eastern Visayas; Hon. Susana P Abaya, the
Undersecretary of the National Anti-Poverty Commission; MGen. Glenn J.
Rabonza, the Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division, Phil Army; Mr.
Buenaventura C. Go-Soco Jr, NEDA Regional Director; Municipal Mayors and
Barangay Chairmen in Region 8.
The MOA signing
formally started the implementation of the KALAHI Programs to depressed
barangays in the Region in order to address their minimum basic needs. Part
of the ceremony was the initial distribution of cheques by no less than USec.
Abaya to different remote barangays in Region 8 for the implementation of
their Developmental Projects. The checks were released thru the efforts of
the 8th Infantry Division in order to fast-track the barangay projects as
part of the Command’s Internal Security Operations (ISO) Campaign in the
The recipient barangays were from insurgency-affected area, which is being assisted by the
Special Operations Teams (SOT) of the Philippine Army. A total of 189
affected barangays in Region 8 are programmed to be assisted by the 8th
Infantry Division for this Calendar Year. Each recipient barangay will be
awarded by the national government a total of Three Hundred Thousand Pesos
(P300,000.00), as determined by the local populace to implement their
development projects. Among the barangays who were initially issued cheques
are the following:
1. Brgy. Binangaran,
and Street Lights - P80,000
Land Acquisition - P50,000
Development - P170,000
Daligan, Calbiga, Samar
Purpose Pavement - P130,000
Spring Development - P170,000
Buluan, Calbiga, Samar
Purpose Hall - P100,000
Concrete Pathway - P130,000
Toilet 2 units - P70,000
Beri, Calbiga, Samar
Development - P170,000
Public Toilet 2 Units - P70,000
School Building - P60,000
Salvacion, Jiabong, Samar
Development - P300,000
Lobo, Catbalogan, Samar
35 unit household toilet - P115,675
Const. of Spring Well Water
System - P121,336
Program is a clear manifestation of the holistic approach to combat
insurgency in affected areas, which seeks to converge efforts of the
government agencies, and ably supported by different sectors of our society
aimed to unite and rally our constituents especially in the far-flung
barangays to eradicate poverty and achieve development in the countryside.
Gloria rice a key to RP's economic recovery
Philippine News Service
– Agriculture Secretary Luis "Cito"
Lorenzo said today that Gloria Rice, a hybrid rice variety from China,
could trigger an economic boom in the Philippines.
in an interview with Radio DZRH this morning, "The Gloria Rice could easily
double the country’s rice production. Before, our farmers used to harvest 60
to 80 cavans of rice per hectare in one season. With the Gloria Rice, as
farmers from Rizal, Mindoro Occidental, reported harvest was as high as 292
cavans per hectare."
He pointed out
that Gloria Rice would enable farmers to earn P70,000 to P100,000 per
hectare compared to their present income of only P10,000 to P20,000.
of our farmers’ purchasing power will help improve their living conditions,
enable them to buy farm equipment, send their children to school, and live
in decent homes," Lorenzo said.
out that the increase in production would also translate into higher rice
supply for the country.
start of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration, our country’s self-sufficiency
in rice was estimated at only 84 percent. In her first year in office, we
reached 87 percent, and around 94 percent last year. We expect that we could
achieve a 97 percent to 100 percent rice sufficiency this year," Lorenzo
"With a 100
percent self-sufficiency," he added, "we won’t have to import rice anymore,
and could even export rice to markets overseas, enabling the country to be a
secretary said that Gloria Rice tastes good, "like the Japanese fancy rice."
Because of its good taste, Gloria Rice is sure to have wide market abroad,
especially in California,
USA, he added.
varieties of the Gloria Rice that we are using are also highly resistant to
pests and rice diseases. That is why we could easily produce them at a much
lesser cost," he said.
A total of
600,000 hectares have been targeted for the Gloria Rice program as part of
the government’s P60 billion agriculture modernization program. As of now,
about 100,000 hectares have been planted to Gloria Rice, he said.
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has earmarked about P60 billion for agricultural
modernization, including building of irrigation systems and propagation of
the hybrid rice.
President Gloria Macapagal-
Arroyo earlier said that the hybrid rice is a vital component of Philippine
The hybrid was
introduced into the Philippines in 2002 as part of a technological
assistance and technology transfer package obtained by the President from
the People’s Republic of China.