This COPS awardee is
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Police Chief Inspector Alden Bacarra Delvo of San Pedro Police
Station in Davao City, is one policeman the province of Leyte is be
PCI Delvo is one of
the ten awardees in the recently conducted Country’s Outstanding
Police in Service, given to the finest men and women of the Philippine
National Police by the Metrobank Foundation in partnership with the
Rotary Club of New Manila East and the PSBank.
Given to the best and
most dedicated members of the police force, this award is an
expression of the private sector’s appreciation of the police’s
commitment to maintaining peace and order in the country.
In an interview with
Police Chief Inspector Delvo, he intimated that he is from Barugo,
Leyte which is the hometown of his father, and that his mother is from
Motiong, Samar. In fact, a part of his highschool education was taken in
Despite being being
busy, he finds time to be able to visit
Leyte even if only very rarely, and he is proud to say that he
could still speak the Waray-waray dialect.
What makes Chief Delvo
an outstanding policeman of the country? For one, the COPS awardees
have been nominated by their senior officers.
Chief Delvo’s reply
was doing all his responsibilities as a police officer with
dedication, commitment and loyalty to his country, his organization
and the public.
The San Pedro Police
Station in Davao City is fronting the Church and is located near the
City Hall. Chief Delvo often see the many street children hanging
around the Church and he kept on thinking what he can do to help these
children and also help lessen the problems of government units and
Because he is
approachable and people-oriented, the street children go to him and
then, Chief Delvo found himself facilitating the training of the
children to become shoe shine boys. The few shoe shine boys became a
25-member group of shoe shine boys who did their jobs in front of the
church. This is what he called Project Oyster.
This act was not left
unnoticed. Without his knowledge, Chief Delvo has disturbed and opened
the hearts of other people to also help the government in taking care
of the disadvantaged sector of society, who would later become his
assets and friends.
His concern for the
welfare of the youth inspired him to organize the Kabataan Ayaw Sa
Druga where he made the barangay captains and other barangay officials
to monitor the activities of the young citizens in their respective
Another one of his
“modest undertakings” is the Recon Explorer, a volunteer radio group
which he tapped to feed him information. When he organized this group,
the members were using hand-held radios. Now that the cellphone and
sms are in, the members already makes use of this high tech
Chief Delvo became
popular not only for his sterling public service, always willing to
walk through less travelled roads for the good of the people, but also
by his strict adherence to PNP policies which he encourages his men to
comply with. He expects his men to produce because “unproductive men
should think of retiring or resigning, lest they become unproductive
assets of government.”
A very committed
police officer is always inspired to do his job. Police officers must
love their profession, because “it is only by loving your job that you
will not need to work a single day in your life,” he added.
Serving the PNP and
the people for 19 years since graduating in 1995 from the National
Police Academy, Chief Delvo was assigned in Mindanao and has since
then lived and worked there.
Chief Delvo was the
chief facilitator in the hostage-taking drama which took place in
February of 2008. A man went inside a convenient store and held
hostage the people inside the convenient store. Thanks to Chief Delvo
who bravely went inside and made the hostage taker surrender without a
drop of blood wasted, and with all the hostages safe.
Truly a protector of
people, Chief Delvo’s name will always be associated with the rescue
of a local businessman by the name of Wilson Ho from the Balbacua
Kidnap for Ransom Group where more than one half of the group members
He also facilitated
the falling down of former PO2 Allan Estrada Kidnap for Ransom Group,
the Chigo Robbery Hold up group and Posada Robbery Hold Up group.
Truly gifted with a
skill in public relations, Chief Delvo is a Masters in Public
Administration and a Bachelor of Laws degree holder.
Police Chief Inspector
Delvo who is only 41 years old, is married to a Cebuano with whom he
has 3 sons, the eldest is 13, the one in between is 10 and the
youngest is 2 years old.
Boronganons find jobs
in Canada meat shops
By ALICE NICART (PIA Eastern
July 21, 2009
Samar – Never did it happen in the history of Borongan,
Eastern Samar when a good number of productive young adults have found
their workplace overseas in three batches already.
Thanks to the
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Training for Work Special Program (PGMA-TWSP).
It was gathered from a
report of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
Borongan that about 30 young adult males have flown to cold Canada
country and are now gainfully employed either as butchers or meat
Mr. Panfilo Garcia,
Jr. Pompei for short, used to have a good post at the Congressional
Office but he pursued himself to a Butchers’ Training in Pampanga,
after qualifying in the PGMA -TWSP which TESDA Borongan opened to
takers about four years ago.
A brief talk with wife
Myra revealed that Pompei’s excellent communication skill earned him
more bonuses. “Pomps have applied in the Canada’s immigration program
where he could petition his family. The program is quite stiff that
one should pass the language proficiency test. But he perhaps made it
to the passing mark; now he is processing our documents,” the charming
Mrs. Garcia graciously told PIA. “I am thankful to the government
program because it opens new and better horizons to interested
people”, she added.
Darius Uy need not fly
to Canada anymore, his family being operator of groceries, gasoline
station and school supplies. But the son of the former Borongan
Vice-Mayor decided to earn better, so he also underwent the Butchers’
Training in Pampanga. For two years now, the former cashier of
Anadel’s Trading have been sending dollars to his family and not only
that, this other guy from dear Borongan town is also processing the
immigration papers of his family.
Since 2006, TESDA had
been sending Boronganon butchers through the PGMA-TWSP. A number of
policemen have tendered their resignation to try their luck in the
Lake Side, Car-Gill,
Olymel and Bovre, all employment agencies of
Canada have learned to love the industry, patience and perseverance of
the Boronganon worker who are likewise good English-speaking people.
Asked what is the
common problem Filipino workers in Canada complain about, Myra
replied, the “cold climate, besides the good pay is just commensurate
to the hard work expected of them, because unlike in the Philippines
where factories can pause for minutes, in Canada machines continue to
roll that Pinoys have to handle them skillfully,” she confided.
“But being good
English speakers is something Pinoys can brag of themselves” Mrs.
As said by an old
woman from Cabong to a stranger who was somewhat lost his way:
gabay la ak nim pagpaininglison, dire la ak nim pagpa-tag-alogon kay
dire lugod mababaliko it ak dila. (You better speak with me in
English rather than in Tagalog, that way, my tongue won’t get twisted
4Ps in Pagsanghan
town shows that government cares
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
– The inclusion of some 715 beneficiaries in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is an indication that the
national government cares for us, said Cecila Aleman of Calanyugan,
Aleman, 59 years old
and a grandmother of two children named Jeoffrel 9 and Jessa 8 has
cared for the two children since their tender ages left to her care.
The parents of the two
kids are Aleman’s children who now live elsewhere as the kids do not
like to leave their lola anymore.
Lola Sesing, weaves
mats as her livelihood. She said in her younger years, she can weave
two mats a week and earn P500 then.
The years though have
been unkind to Lola Sesing, her speed has suffered and now she can
only produce one mat a week giving her and her two apos only P300.
Her unfortunate state
qualified Lola Sesing for the program.
also from Barangay Calanyugan is a blind woman Ludensia Casaljay, 45
with an only child. She got blind some five years ago and her husband
left her with one more mouth to feed.
These are some of the
beneficiaries included in Pagsanghan’s list according to Ms Jean
Renola, the 4Ps Municipal Link.
4Ps is a poverty
reduction strategy that provides grants to extremely poor households
to improve their health, nutrition and education of children aged 0-14
years old. It is patterned after the successful Conditional Cash
Transfer Programs in Latin America and Africa.
recipient of the program is a 5th class municipality located northwest
of Samar’s capital town. It can be reached through a 30-minute river
cruise from Barangay Concepcion, Gandara (situated in Maharlika
While Pagsanghan is
not found on the top ten list of the poorest municipalities in Eastern
Visayas, it ranked number six (6) in the list of the top twenty
nutritionally depressed municipalities as gleaned from the National
Nutrition Council (NC) 8 data. A town is considered nutritionally
depressed when it has a high nutrition prevalence vis-a-vis its
The town has an access
to an all weather road constructed in the late 1990 during the second
term of then Governor Jose Rono. The 14 kilometer stretch at present
has highly deteriorated due to neglect in maintenance. The same road
said Mayor Violeto Ceracas has transported then Senator Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo to this municipality rich with molluscs, crustaceans
and other marine products. Pagsanghan townsfolk said the road does not
receive attention from the provincial government.
basically an agricultural community, said Jun Borata, Municipal
Planning and Development Officer (MPDO). Townfolks rely on farming,
fishing and livelihood brought about by their abundant nipa palms.
Nipa has opened a trading partnership between the town and Bantayan
island in Cebu and has provided livelihood for its barangays.
With this brand new
program, 4Ps Pagsanghan folks like Lola Sesing and Ludensia are
hopeful that more programs from the national government will be able
to augment the initiatives being pushed by the LGU.
The real Best in the East
Even Bruce Lee
would’ve challenged Pacquiao
By ALEX P. VIDAL / PNS
SAN DIEGO, California
– The best in the East.
This titanic title
once belonged to the legendary kung fu maestro Bruce Lee who as the
pride of the East even the best boxer in the world dared not to see
him eyeball to eyeball in his heyday in the early 70’s.
But after dismantling
Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton in the IBO light welterweight duel dubbed
“The Battle of the East and the West” in
on May 2, Manny Pacquiao is now reputed as the best warrior in the
East in contact sports – including mixed martial arts and wrestling.
Had Pacquiao lived in
the era of Bruce Lee or vice versa, the founder of Jet Kune Do combat
form and Chinese’s cultural icon would’ve challenged the Filipino
lefty to a no-holds-barred duel to determine the real king of combat
sports in the East.
Bruce Lee had
humiliated seven-time world karate champion Ken Norton in their own
version of the battle between the east and west.
And although the
current darling of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is Lyoto
Carvalho Machida who is partly from the East, Pacquiao still stands
alone unmolested in the totem pole of prizefighting, making him the
most sought-after world champion in any multi-million dollar showdown.
Machida, who recently
upset Rashad Evans in a clash of unbeaten fighters in
UFC 98 billed as the “Ali-Frazier bout of
UFC”, also wants to be
known as the best in both the East and West.
Japanese-Brazilian, Machida, the current UFC light heavyweight
champion and Shotokan karate specialist, claims to be a product of
eastern full contact sports institutions having trained Muay Thai in
Thailand and participated in New Japan Pro Wrestling in
Tokyo before hitting pay dirt in the
As this developed,
another pride of the west, Shane Mosley, have also expressed
willingness to engage Pacquiao in a slugfest “in a catch weight”.
came after light middleweight upstart Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. dared
Pacquiao to a showdown before the end of 2009. Top Rank promotion had
also mentioned Miguel Cotto’s name as Pacquiao’s possible opponent.
“There are conflicting
reports from the Pacquiao camp an upcoming fight between me and Manny
Pacquiao. I want it to be known that I want to fight Pacquiao and I
want to fight him now. I’m willing to meet at a catch weight to make
that happen,” Mosley said.
“I know this is what
Freddie Roach wants as well, as he has previously stated this to
press. I am the best fighter in boxing and I am ready to reclaim the
title of number one pound-for-pound fighter.”
To end the guessing
game, it was the 30-year-old boxer-cum-politician from Gen. Santos
City, Philippines who broke the iceberg by declaring he was interested
and ready to face flamboyant Floyd Mayweather Jr. on October 17.
meanwhile, is scheduled to fight Juan Manuel Marquez on July 18 at the
MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Golden Boy Promotions announced
the winner will possibly challenge Pacquiao, who is currently the best
boxer in the world pound-for-pound.
children in schools still prevalent
By JONNIE H. BUENAVENTURA (PIA
May 28, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY –
The Plan Philippines, an international humanitarian, child-centered
development organization, recently sponsored a forum dubbed as
“Fostering a Caring School Environment” which centered on the abuses
sustained by children inside the school, at Leyte Park Hotel, Tacloban
commissioned the Philippine School of Social Work (PSSW) of the
Philippine Women’s University to undertake a study on violence against
children (VAC) in public schools in areas covered by Plan programs.
A total of 2,442
children from 58 public schools in Masbate, Northern Samar and Camotes
Island in Cebu participated in the study and the result of the study
showed that at least 5 out of 10 children in Grades 1-3; about 7 out
of 10 in Grades 4-6; and about 6 out of 10 in high school, have
experienced some kind of violence in school.
The study showed that
verbal abuse is the most prevalent form of violence experienced by
children in all school levels. This includes being ridiculed and
teased, being shouted at and being cursed or spoken to with harsh
Children peers, more
than the adults, are the perpetrators of violence in schools.
According to Mikee
Cojuangco-Jaworski, Plan Philippines Child Rights Ambassador and
daughter of business tycoon Peping Cojuangco and now President of
Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), whatever effort a mother does in
order to protect her children against harm and from all forms of
abuse, still the school authorities specially the teachers have a
vital role in fostering children for they act as the second parents of
the child and most often the child follows what the teacher says.
"I believe that
teachers care and molding the children in becoming leaders of the
future is beyond compare. However, there are few teachers who hurt
their students because they believe that it is just a form of
discipline but indeed, the child suffers trauma from the abuses
sustained from the perpetrators," she said.
Mrs. Jaworski revealed
that the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chaired by her father
conducted a study and it turned out that only 5% of the youth (35
years old below) population engage in exercise, 92% of the Philippine
population gain national pride thru sports (the likes of Manny
Pacquiao -boxing, Wesley So -Chess, Paeng Nepumoceno -Bowling etc.),
7% of the youth are into drugs and 30% of the youth is engage in sex
According to Iris Ann
Umacob, Child and Adolescent Psychologist, when students or children
in schools experience abuse there performance and self-esteem decline
which results from not going anymore to schools.
Ms. Umacob urged
Department of Education (DepEd) officials to look into the matter and
make strict monitoring from the start of the classes to the end
because dropping of students is not seen from the first few months in
the school but it can be observed during the 2nd quarter of the school
PGMA’s “One Town One
Scholar” Program makes pedicab driver and son cry
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
– A pedicab driver and his son shed tears upon being told that the
son is among the first set of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s “One
Town One Scholar” Program.
“I was anxious when a
neighbor told me last night that my son Argie and I are being
requested by the Mayor to see him at
8:00 o’clock in the morning today,” Mr. Mabag, a pedicab driver from
At exactly 8:00
o’clock in the morning, Mr. Mabag and his son Argie were at Mayor
Roque Tiu’s office.
Mayor Tiu then told
the father and son that Argie’s application to be a “One Town One
Scholar” has been approved by CHED and that the Mayor will accompany
him to Manila to receive the scholarship certificate from no less than
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the Malacanang Palace.
“I was shocked and at
the same time surprised to see they shed tears,” Mayor Tiu said
confiding that he was taken aback at the reaction of the father and
He said that CHED
Region 8 called him up early evening of Monday informing him that
Tanauan’s “One Town One Scholar” will represent Region 8 in the
awarding of scholarship certificates at Malacanang on Wednesday, May
Mayor Tiu who just
bought a ticket to Manila for Thursday May 7, immediately called up
the ticketing office to change his flight date and bought another
ticket for Argie.
“I never expected to
be able to pursue a college education,” Argie said. “Thanks to
President Gloria, my dream to become a professional so that I could
help improve the economic standing of my family will be realized,”
Argie said crying.
Admitting he has never
been to Manila, Argie said he is not afraid because he will be with
the Mayor. He is excited to see President Arroyo at Malacanang, he
Argie said he learned
about the “One Town One Scholar” program of President Arroyo from
Mayor Tiu during the graduation exercises last March.
Knowing that his
parents cannot afford to send him to college because his father is
just a tricycle driver who every now and then would cook bread and
native delicacies to augment the family income, Argie wrote an
application letter and he took the written exam given by the local
Argie, who graduated
as an honorable mention in his class, the first batch of graduates
from the Cabuynan Annex of the
Tanauan National High
School, topped the written exams and interview conducted by the LGU,
together with an equally bright student from his school.
Mayor Tiu said that
after he recommended Argie to CHED, he decided to take in the other
bright student applicant as a scholar of the Local Government Unit.
As a PGMA’s “One
Town One Scholar” grantee, Argie will receive a scholarship for a four
or five year college degree program, including free tuition and
transportation and living allowances, not exceeding P15,000 per
semester for School Year 2009-2010 and every year thereafter.
commemorates 109th Anniversary of the Battle of Catubig
By TERESITA B. CARDENAS (PIA Northern
April 18, 2009
Samar – The municipality of Catubig, Northern Samar observed the
commemoration of the 109th anniversary of the Battle of Catubig by
holding a parade and followed by a program which was held at the
Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday,
April 15, 2009.
In her welcome
address, Catubig lady Mayor Hon. Cristina L. Vicencio said that “from
the installation of the National Historical Institute marker in 2007,
to the commemoration of the Battle’s 108th anniversary, to this 109th
observance of our people’s victory over the American invaders, all of
us are witnesses to the relentless efforts of former board member Mrs.
Leta Luto de la Cruz to ingrain this historic event in the civic
consciousness and nationalistic sentiments of every Catubignon and Las
She further stressed
that the occasion should be a time to reflect on those glorious days
in April 1900, so that Catubignons may be reinvigorated into joining
hands in order to start anew “where we have backslid, to work all the
way toward the progress of this land which these selfless men and
women a century ago protected. “
Governor Raul A. Daza
also in his message said that the
was a glorious choice made by Domingo Rebadulla and the Catubignons
when they stood to fight the Americans. The principled decision was
made even if they had to risk their lives, and thus once more validate
the Filipinos’ love of democracy and freedom.
comfort is ideal in preserving freedom not only during their time but
also in our time. Today we are not only under a threat from the
Americans and Spaniards but Filipinos against Filipinos. Every 15th
day of April of every year, we relive the spirit of the Battle of
Catubig, especially how the loyal and patriotic Catubignons risked
their lives. We should always keep in our hearts, the freedom and
their heroic acts, so let this be a binding to all of us and endure
not only during their generation but the future generations,” the
The Battle of Catubig
was re-enacted in a historical drama played by the youth groups of
Catubig. After which was the awarding of recognition to Outstanding
Catubignons. The 2009 Outstanding Catubignons were given to former
congressman, the late Atty. Romualdo T. Vicencio, for his efforts to
improve the living standard of the Catubignons; Dr. Pacita R. Uy, for
her singular effort and perseverance as a working mother, in the
process producing seven professional children, five doctors of
medicine, one certified accountant, and one mechanical engineer; Arch.
Arnulfo P. De Asis, for his singular achievement as a high-caliber
architect and upscale building contractor; Atty. Mar P. De Asis, for
being the first Catubignon to become president of a state university;
and to Miss Sherylee Hiramia Sustiguer, for bringing honor to the
municipality as the first Catubignon and Nortehanon to win a beauty
contest at the national level.
During the program the
first Catubig Historical Club Officers were inducted by Gov. Raul A.
Daza, with Mrs. Leta Luto-De la Cruz as the president; Dr. Juanito E.
Tentativa as the vice-president; Mr. Neciforo E. Rubenecia, Jr. as
secretary; Hon. Maria C. Montealto as treasurer; Mr. Abner M. Orsolino
as auditor; Miss Luisa O. Rebadulla as
PIO; Board of Directors: Ms. Hope Llorey B. Glorioso, Mr. Romualdo L. Hipe,
Ms. Trinidad T. Espina, Mr. Rico D. De Asis, Hon. Zenaida P. Uy; Mr.
Manrico Embile as consultant; and Dr. Rodolfo T. Galit, Sr., Dr. Lydia
E. De la Rosa and Hon. Ma. Cristina L. Vicencio as advisers.
A closing prayer
highlighted by candle lighting at the Battle of Catubig Shrine which
was led by the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Cecilio P. Lucero concluded the
Related readings: The
Battle of Catubig
Scholarship boosts employability of the 5,776 scholars in Region 8
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Program which is being implemented by the
Techical Education and Skills Development Authority, is seen as a tool
that would increase the employability of
As of March 29, 2009,
there are already 5,776 scholars have benefited from the Pangulong
Gloria Scholarship Program in Region 8, TESDA 8 Director Juan M.
Sabulao Jr informed.
Of the total number of
Pangulong Gloria Scholars in the Region, about 303 have graduated as
of March 29, 2009.
The Pangulong Gloria
scholars in Region 8 are studying in the various TESDA accredited
vocational-technical schools scattered in the 6 provinces in Region 8.
In Leyte province, there are 1,594 Pangulong Gloria scholars; 318 in
Biliran; 407 in Southern Leyte; 544 in Samar; 1,242 in Eastern Samar
and 1,671 in Northern Samar.
These scholar are
taking upshort courses on Bartending, Building Wiring, Call Center
Agent, Carpentry, Commercial Cooking, computer hardware servicing,
consumer electronics servicing, food and beverage services, health
care services, household housekeeping, Java, Korean language,
machining, medical transcription, massage theraphy, masonry,
pipefitting, plumbing, shielder metal arch weilding, automotive
servicing, driving, haircutting, small engine servicing, among others.
graduation, these graduates undergo assessment tests for them to be
given certification, an important requirement for employment or for
The Pangulong Gloria
Scholarship Program is TESDA’s response to President Arroyo’s
directives on government-business-labor initiatives against the global
crisis, Director Sabulao said.
Ang Pangulong Gloria
Scholarships is TESDA’s platform to link job training directly to job
recruiters, displaced workers and Overseas Filipino workers.
Director Sabulao said
the program is aimed at reducing the unemployment and underemployment
rate in the country by helping students and the local populace to get
immediate employment not only in their localities but even outside the
This is the reason why
Director Sabulao really take time to encourage high school graduates
to avail of this free skills training under the Pangulong Gloria
The training package
includes the training cost, institutional incentive package, training
allowance and assessment fees.
Availment of the
scholarship is on first-come first served basis, Director Sabulao
said. This is why he is encouraging interested
Eastern Visayans to visit the TESDA office nearest them, right away.
must be at least 18 years old, with birth certificate preferably
issued by the National Statistics Office, physically and mentally fit.