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Mass surrender of NPA supporters in Eastern Samar

By 1Lt. Renante P. Morales (INF) PA
May 21, 2008

ORAS, Eastern Samar  –  One hundred ninety (190) residents from eight (8) hinter Barangays namely: Cagtoog, Balingasag, Cagpili, Gamut, Rizal, Buntay, Batang and Cadi-an all of Oras Municipality in Eastern Samar Province surrendered in mass to the Commander of 14th Infantry (Avenger) Battalion LtCol Jose P. Matias, INF (GSC) PA here at Barangay Dao, Oras, Eastern Samar to denounce their support to the communist terrorists operating in the area as members of Barangay Organizing Party (BOP).

Signing of complaint affidavit against the NPA
Some of the complainants signing their affidavits before a police officer during a ceremonial Mass Signing of Affidavit on Tuesday at the Libanan Gym in Oras, Eastern Samar.

The surrender was initially made on May 12, 2008 by the three (3) contagious Barangays namely, Cagpili, Cagtoog, and Balingasag and then other Barangays followed the next day until May 16, 2008. In their statement, they were recruited, threatened, coerced and intiminated for years by the elements of New People’s Army operating in the Municipalities of Oras, Jipapad, Arteche and San Policarpo all of Eastern Samar Province.

The CT supporters are now uprising against the CPP/NPA/NDF and vow to condemn this evil group as early as possible by filing a complaint in court against the NPA for committing extortion, illegal recruitment, land grabbing and summary killings of innocent civilians.

Now, the civilian populace lamented and wished for the immediate destruction and dissolution of communist terrorists particularly in the upstream barangays in order to preserve peace tantamount for community development and to alleviate their living condition.

The mass surrender of CT supporters and lie low NPA members to 14IB was the result of a joint effort by the Local Government Units and different agencies of Oras Municipality under the leadership of Mayor Neil Alvarez and other pro-government groups in the municipality. The army unit has conducted interrogation to facilitate the complaint of the subject surrenderees in the filing of appropriate charges in court against the communist terrorist personalities.





“Buhawi” appears in Saint Bernard, throws people in slight panic

By Bong Pedalino (PIA Southern Leyte)
May 21, 2008

SAINT BERNARD, Southern Leyte  –  A “buhawi” or twister shows its menacing form in the seawaters of this town about past one o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday, throwing people in a bit of a panic as they rushed scampering to higher ground – many flocked to the municipal building – for safety.

In Maasin City, PIA got wind of this event and tried immediately to contact Saint Bernard Mayor Rico Rentuza through his cellular phone who confirmed that the incident did happen.

Mayor Rentuza placed the specific moment of the twister’s appearance at 1:30 PM, and at that time he was attending a Mass at the town’s church to mark the opening salvo of their annual town fiesta celebration on May 29.

He saw the top part of the black fearsome twister outside the church, since everybody got out on learning what was going on, disrupting the Mass that was just starting.

It went on for about 15 to 20 minutes, and luckily only the rains fell on land and the strong, circling winds remained at sea until it vanished, the Mayor said.

The Mass resumed after the “buhawi” disappeared, the rains stopped, the clouds cleared, and the people started going back to their homes.

Mayor Rentuza said he himself gave the order for the people’s return to their houses after having talked with Prisco Nilo of PAG-ASA who assured him the natural phenomenon was localized, being the result of a convergence point of lightning and thunder.

Residents in the four coastal barangays of Magbagacay, Malibago, Himatagon (poblacion area), and San Isidro were quick to evacuate to the three designated evacuation centers at the town’s gym, health center, and the municipal building at the height of the “buhawi”.

Mayor Rentuza estimated those who sought refuge at the town hall as about 200 people, while those who went to the gym and the health center he could not yet figure out, saying he was still calling for an assessment meeting.

Asked how he felt during the incident, the Mayor said he was a little bit worried since his family was in the beach at barangay Malibago, and he had calmed down only after talking with his wife who had earlier reached the town hall.

“We had a tsunami drill, but we did not have a buhawi drill,” Mayor Rentuza quipped, even as he admitted the drills had helped in evacuating the people.

“We just treat the buhawi as a natural show which is part of our (fiesta) opening salvo activities,” the Mayor said, smiling – and trusting that everything, indeed, was in order.





Guiuan airport development in full blast

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
May 21, 2008

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  The Guiuan Airport Development Project, a SONA commitment of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, is now being implemented in full blast.

The airport is seen as the key to the coming of more tourists to the island paradise which is being promoted by no less than President Arroyo as a major destination in the Visayas.

Already, an airline company has agreed to make flights at the Guiuan Airport once it is completed.

The Regional Development Council Project Monitoring team reported that the estimated project cost is P142 Million and so far, the amount of P10 Million and P15 Million was allocated in 2006 and 2007. For 2008, the amount of P70 Million has been programmed.

The 2006 and 2007 allocation was used for the construction and concreting of Apron and Taxiway and for the rehabilitation of the Passenger Terminal Building.

The construction of Apron and Taxiway was completed in September of 2007 while the concreting of the Apron and Taxiway was completed in January of 2008. The rehabilitation of the Passenger Terminal Building is 80 percent completed.

Meanwhile, the P70 Million programmed for 2008 is for the construction of the perimeter fence, site acquisition and construction of access road, completion of apron and taxiway and asphalt overlay runway.

The RDC Monitoring Team reported that the construction of the perimeter fence is on-going already.

The Guiuan Airport Development Project is a priority project of President Arroyo in line with her super region concept of development where Region 8 is part of the Central Philippines Super Region envisioned to be the tourism center of the country.

In Region 8, the Calicoan Islands in Guiuan is being developed as an important tourist destination. A sanctuary of privacy and indulgence highlighted by tropical landscape and surrounded by the relaxing sound of the ocean – this is how Calicoan, will win the hearts of local and international tourists.

Calicoan Island boasts of miles of white sand beaches. With powerful swells rolling in from the Pacific over the 10,000 meters Philippine Deep, Calicoan is a surfer's paradise.

The rich diversity of the area is evident when one sees the exotic species being sold. The surrounding waters support several marine based industries such as fish, seaweed, and pearl farming. In the middle of the island are six lagoons ringed by forest, the largest being 30 hectares in size. At the cliffside margin of Calicoan's forests are dozens of caves. On the northern tip of Calicoan are wetlands like the Everglades, teeming with fish, shrimp, and crabs.





Samar AIDS advocates commemorate 25th International candlelight memorial

May 19, 2008

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar  –  Samar officials, youth and religious groups gathered at dusk of May 18, 2008 at the Catbalogan City hall plaza to commemorate the 25th International AIDS candlelight memorial.

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial ceremony in Catbalogan, SamarBoard Member Ida Lim who heads the Health and Women Committee at the Samar Sangguniang Panlalawigan delivered a message that sends a strong and stern warning to the gathered youth to at least delay sexual engagement to avoid HIV/AIDS.

Kartada Samar (KS), a youth organization composed of Sangguniang Kabataan members spearheaded the activity that mobilized Jesus is Lord Movement in Catbalogan City, the PNP, 8th ID Phil. Army, Bureau of Fire Protection, City and provincial health offices, the Leyte Family Development Organization (LEYFADO), Young Adult Stakeholders, Dr. Simeon Babalcon of Samar State University and a group of tricycle drivers calling themselves NAPAID led by former media man Paul Rediang that joined the candle light march.

Speakers wail the lack of advocates in the LGUs that will advance the cause by sponsoring ordinances and policies that will support the cause of HIV/AIDS including funding.

The highlight of the event was the personal testimony of “Tintin” (not her real name) who has been tested positive of HIV and is now a member of the Positive Action Foundation Philippines.

“Tintin’s” presence was sponsored by the City government of Catbalogan to give a face to the HIV/AIDS issue.

“Tintin”, speaking in Tagalog stressed that persons living with HIV/AIDS do not deserve “awa but unawa”. She also said that they are not the problem but are part of the solution.

With her presence and testimony, KS hopes that youngsters will be aware and be careful with their sexuality to avoid being inflicted with the dreaded disease that has no cure yet.





Esperon as peace adviser an irony – Chiz

Press Release
By Office of Senator Chiz Escudero
May 19, 2008

QUEZON CITY, Philippines  –  The appointment of retired General Hermogenes Esperon as the president's adviser on peace process is a paradox, senator Chiz Escudero today said.

Escudero said it would be difficult for Esperon and the public to reconcile his previous role as a combatant with his new-found position in the peace negotiation. "How can he advise GMA on peace if all he did throughout his career is search and destroy the enemy?"

Hermogenes Esperon

The opposition senator has reservations on Esperon making "unity attractive" to those considered by the government insurgents. "For someone to sit in the peace negotiating table, he or she has to provide the stimulus to forge genuine peace and end the long standing war and impunities from both sides. He has to provide the momentum to also resolve other conflicts in the country thorough democratic processes."

Escudero said trust and respect from both sides should be present to gather everyone on the peace negotiation table. But with Esperon who furiously implemented the counter-insurgency program that was deemed a ticket to extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances by the UN special rapporteur, the senator said Esperon "might find himself a square peg in a round hole".

The senator said he believes there are other people who are a lot qualified and suitable to the job and who can command acceptability and respect to the parties involved in the peace agreement. "Although I have serious doubts about General Esperon, I wish him well since he welcomes the job in a tight embrace. Let us just hope that he can usher democratic transformation in the country's search for a long lasting reconciliation and peace.





Basey clean and sanitation program calls for demolition of houses, illegal structures along seawall

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
May 19, 2008

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  Mayor Wilfredo Estorninos of Basey, Samar has initiated another developmental program that aims not only to secure a clean and healthy environment for the Basaynons but also to make the municipality a tourist-friendly LGU.

This is the Clean and Sanitation Program which calls for the demolition of illegal structures including those already converted into residential houses, along the town’s seawall, to minimize environmental hazards caused by the occupants of the said structures, Ms. Bonavie M. Robinio, information assistant of Basey LGU, disclosed.

Mayor Estorninos created the Clean and Sanitation Committee Task Force composed of the Municipal Health Officer, Municipal Engineer, Municipal Social Welfare Officer and the Tourism Officer, among others, which is now in the process of issuing notices of demolition to the constituents who will be affected by the project implementation.

Ms. Vilma Tiu, the municipal social welfare officer, informed that the affected individuals and families will be relocated at the Tinibgan area at Barangay Buscada within the poblacion. She added that the affected families will be recommended to become recipients of the Gawad Kalinga Program in collaboration with the Local Government of Basey.

A component of the Program is the clearing of the waterways, particularly the Lawaan River, Golden River and other tributaries in Basey in line with the Save the River, Save Life concept.

Another component is the clearing of 20 meters easement from the seawall starting at Trece Martires Street at Barangay Baybay up to the Bridge of Barangay Palaypay in the poblacion area.

Ms. Tiu disclosed that the demolition is in preparation to the LGU’s plan to put up Basey Riverwalk and Boulevard along said areas.

Basey is fast becoming a tourist destination because of its natural wonders which include the Sohoton Cave, Rawis Caves and Balantak Falls, and the friendly and hospitable Basaynons.

Indeed, Mayor Estorninos and the municipal officials of Basey are on the right track. Developmental projects such as this will surely bring not only more tourists to the municipality, more importantly, it will secure a clean and healthy environment for the people of Basey, Samar.





LGU-Basey, DENR agree to co-manage 15,000 hectares parks, watershed areas

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
May 18, 2008

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  In answer to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s vision of Region 8 as part of the Central Philippines Tourism Super Region and her call for environmental protection and conservation; and in order to effectively manage the parks and forests within its boundaries, the Local Government of Basey in the province of Samar entered into a co-management agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 8.

The Sohoton Natural Bridge in Basey, SamarMs. Bonavie M. Robinio, information assistant of Basey LGU, bared that the launching of the concerted effort was conducted at Sitio Rawis, Barangay Guirang, by the municipal Mayor Wilfredo Estorninos and other municipal officials, and PENRO George Guillermo and CENRO Eli Aya-ay, with the members of the people’s organizations of Sitio Rawis and Barangay Mabini in attendance.

Part of the co-management agreement is the administration of the Forest Land Use Plan, wherein the 15,000 hectares of Basey Forests which includes parks and watershed areas, will be co-managed by the DENR and LGU.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer George Guillermo disclosed that scheduled to be turned over for management, to the Local Government Unit of Basey, is the Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park, the town’s most frequently visited destination.

PENRO Guillermo expressed willingness to support the LGU’s thrust of environmental protection and conservation.

Mayor Estorninos disclosed that a development plan for the famous tourist destination, the Rawis Caves Municipal Eco Park including the Balantak Falls, will be formulated based on rural eco-tourism development.

Mayor Estorninos also bared that the Basey-Sohoton Road leading to the Sohoton Cave, will be given top priority to make it more accessible to both local and foreign tourists. In fact, this calendar year, 2008, the Department of Public Works and Highways allocated P25 Million for the concreting and rehabilitation of said road, Mayor Estoninos added.

For the co-management agreement, a Technical Working Group was created through an executive order issued by Mayor Estorninos.

The Technical Working Group is composed of personnel from the two entities including the barangay chairmen of Barangays Guirang and Mabini.





'Roach will not gamble Pacquiao's future in 135-lb'

By Alex P. VIDAL / PNS
May 18, 2008

ILOILO CITY, Philippines  –  If he knows that Manny Pacquiao will be harmed and destroyed in the lightweight division, Freddie Roach will never gamble the future of the Filipino ring heartthrob by allowing him to fight World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion David Diaz on June 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Manny Pacquiao and the PresidentThis was the opinion given by lawyer and boxing analyst Manuel Justiniani, 65, who predicted that "Manny Pacquiao will, in fact, dominate the lightweight division for a long time."

"Pacquiao's natural force is in lightweight division, not in the superfeatherweight," averred Justiniani, a former legal adviser of Iloilo Governor Niel D. Tupas. "I see him dominating the lightweight division and nobody can beat them there."

He considers Roach, a Hall of Famer coach, as a "brilliant handler of world champions" who will never allow his wards to be waylaid by superior fighters.

"Fred Roach knows that he will be discredited if Pacquiao will lose. He will be the first man to discourage Pacquiao from scaling the lightweight division if he knows that Pacquiao has no chances (of beating Diaz)," added Justiniani.

The veteran lawyer predicts that the 29-year-old Pacquiao (46-3, 35 KO) will demolish the 31-year-old Diaz (34-1, 17 KO) in the later rounds-between seven to 11 rounds.

He said "Pacquiao is very dangerous in these rounds unless he can connect a KO punch in the early rounds."

Pacman's edge over his foes is his style in the ring, explained the lawyer. "Pacquiao is different because when he attacks, he waves his head and he can't be hit. Even Marco Antonio Barrera was surprised that he could not hit Pacquiao."

Justiniani said when Pacquiao throws his punch in the left, he moves in the right side and he throws heavy punches that could finish off even the best fighters in his division. Pacquiao, he said, fights until the last round "and his force is still there."

"In fact, he is a lot better than (Floyd) Mayweather," Justiniani said. "No Filipino boxer can match Pacquiao's ferocity and talent; not even (International Boxing Federation flyweight champion Nonito) Donaire and Manny's brother Bobby Pacquiao. Pacquiao is better than (World Boxing Organization bantamweight king) Gerry Peñalosa and other Filipino world champions in the past."

"Every time Pacquiao fights, I stop doing what I am doing. That's how I admire him," he concluded. "He is the greatest Filipino world champion."





Most of the 18 port projects in region 8 have been completed – PPA

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
May 18, 2008

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  Manager Winfred G. Elizalde of the Philippine Ports Authority in Region 8 informed that 13 of the 18 ports projects in Region 8 under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program, have already been completed.

The port of CatbaloganManager Elizalde said that President Arroyo, alarmed over the increasing incidence of hunger in the country, issued a directive for an Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program which includes measures such as the increased food production, enhanced efficiency of logistics and food delivery which will address the supply side of the hunger issue while putting more money in poor people's pockets, promoting good nutrition and managing population will address the demand side of the issue.

The Ports (RO-RO) projects fall under the enhanced efficiency of logistics and food delivery measure, that will address and ensure faster and more efficient and less expensive supply side of the hunger issue, Manager Elizalde explained.

Manager Elizalde disclosed that three of the six port projects under the Priority Two Provinces have been completed while the other remaining three are in near completion stage.

The Improvement of Almagro Port in Western Samar, which had a total funding of P7,400,945 was completed as of December 2, 2007, Manager Elizalde said.

The other two completed port projects which are also in Samar are the Improvement of Sto. Niño Port and the Improvement of Pagsanghan Port. The Sto. Niño Port Project with a total cost of P8,763,492 was completed as of October 28, 2007; while the Pagsanghan Port improvement with a total funding of P6,059,901 was also completed on October 28, 2007.

The three ongoing port projects under Prioty Two Province include Calbayog Port’s Extension of RC Pier in Samar province; and the Construction of RO-RO Ramp and Passenger Terminal Building at Naval Port; and the Port Expansion Project (RO-RO Ramp, Passenger Terminal Building and Back-Up Area) at Maripipi Port, in Biliran province.

The P46.303 Million Calbayog Port Extension of RC Pier was reported to be 77.77 percent complete as of April 25, 2008, Manager Elizalde said. The P52.798 Million project at Naval Port is 81.56 percent complete as of April 25, 2008 while the P49.049 Million Maripipi Port project is 91.91 percent complete as of April 25, 2008.

Meanwhile, under the Priority Three Provinces, there are four port projects in Leyte; three in Northern Samar; and five in Southern Leyte, making a total number of twelve projects, Manager Elizalde added.

Of the twelve projects under the Priority Three Provinces, ten have been completed while the remaining two are ongoing and nearing completion, Manager Elizalde said.

The four port project in the province of Leyte have all been completed. These include the P91.509 Million Hilongos Port - Port Expansion (Reclamation with RO-RO Ramp) project which was completed as of August 9, 2007; the P9.897 Million San Isidro Port - Port Improvement (construction of RC pier) project which was completed as of June 29, 2007; the P29.444 Million San Isidro Port - Rehabilitation of Causeway and Reclamation Project which has been completed as of December 21, 2007; and the P5.125 Million Rehabilitation of Carigara Port Project which was completed as of December 19, 2007.

In Northern Samar, the P13.628 Million Ligaya Port (Sto. Rosario) - Rehabilitation of Causeway Extension Project has been completed as of October 4, 2007 while the P8.144 Million Biri port - Port Development Construction of Causeway and Reclamation Project has been completed as of October 4, 2007.

The other port project in Northern Samar, the P32.646 Vinisitahan Port in San Antonio (Dalupirit Island) - Port Development (Causeway/ RC Deck, Road and Improvement, RO-RO ramp) is already 91.23 percent complete as of April 25, 2008.

In the Priority Three Province of Southern Leyte, four of the five port projects have been completed. As of April 25, 2008, the P75.399 Million San Ricardo Port - Port Development Project, was reported to be 64.03 percent complete.

The Liloan Port - Port Expansion Project with a total funding of P62.659 Million was completed on September 01, 2007. The Padre Burgos Port - Widening of Causeway, RC Pier Project with a funding of P11.883 Million was completed on December 19, 2007.

On the other hand, the P13.374 Million Limasawa Port- Port Development (Construction of RC Pier Project) and the P4.240 Million Limasawa Port- Construction of Passenger Terminal were reported to have been completed as of January 25, 2008.





Leyte urged to bid Palaro hosting

Press Release
Provincial Media Relations Center (PMRC Leyte)
May 17, 2008

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  After witnessing the games up close in Puerto Princesa City and how the country’s “Summer Tourism Capital” organized and hosted the multi-sports event, Presidential Assistant for Eastern Visayas Victor Domingo urged local government units in the region as well as the city government of Tacloban to work together to vie for the hosting of the next Palarong Pambansa.

Secretary Domingo said he has already talked to Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla to bid for the hosting of the Palaro, as a province, since among the province’s property is the Leyte Sports Complex, formerly the BR Sports Complex and better known as the Leyte Grandstand, which can accommodate most of the track and field sports that are very important competitions in a national sporting event.

“The governor has given a positive response to this idea saying the provincial government can allot money to improve the place especially for its track and field course,” Sec. Domingo disclosed.

It was learned from the region’s presidential assistant that the governor has spoken to unleash at least P10 million to improve the present dirt track of the sports complex into a rubberized surface to meet the standards of the event’s organizers.

The region last hosted the national sports event in 1983, which Sec. Domingo said, has already been a long time for the region to play host again while adding that Eastern Visayas’ provinces or cities has the capacity to bid to host more or less 10,000 athletes, coaches, chaperons and delegation officials who will attend the national games for both the elementary and secondary levels.

“We have to bid now because if we lost to this bid, it would take another five years again before we can qualify to bid again,” Domingo said.

The Department of Education is tasked to inspect the province or the city which vies to host the event particularly to look at the capability of the different playing venues, peace and order situation, transportation and other accommodation.

Sec. Domingo said the DepEd in the region is already looking into this at the moment if Leyte or Tacloban can again play host to the Palaro more than 20 years after it last hosted the same.

Aside from Gov. Petilla, Sec. Domingo said Northern Samar Governor Raul Daza has expressed their province’s intention to provide support to whichever Eastern Visayas province would be declared as host.

During this year’s Palaro hosted by Puerto Princesa, the DepEd, which organizes the yearly summer sporting event, had observed that the digital age has come to the Palaro such as electronic touch pads for swimming events, called dolphin timers, electronic touch-scoring system in the contact sports and especially designed UV light detectors to check the veracity of birth certificates issued by the National Statistics Office to athletes, among others.





Tattoo lovers joins tattooing events in Tacloban City

May 17, 2008

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  Tattoo lovers in region 8 and other parts of the country will be joining two separate tattooing events on May 18, 2008 at CAP Bldg. (Price Mansion) and RTR Plaza, Tacloban City.

The tattoo symposium which will be held morning of May 18 at CAP Bldg will speculate on the "Pintado" tattoo motifs of yesteryears basing on the diffusion it had from its South East Asian and Pacific neighbors such as Borneo, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti and etc., which has a great influence on the pintado tattoo people which the Spaniards used to call.

This was disclosed by Leyte Heritage Society Visual Arts coordinator Dulce Cuna in an interview.

According to Ms. Cuna, the artists who will be attending the symposium from the academe and government sector will know more on the speculative treatise on how close Borneo, Tongan, Samoan tattoo motifs may be to the vanished "Pintado" tattoo. It will likewise teach our people in the region our history if they listen to during the symposium she added.

Ms. Cuna is also inviting bisdaks, tattoo aficionado, tattoo artists around the Visayas to attend and compete in the contest of Henna Tattooing which will be held the same day on May 18 in the afternoon at the RTR Plaza.

Artists joining the Henna Tattoo competition are advised to bring along with them henna applicator and model. The artists will be tattooing their models arms and legs.

The contest will evolve on the most artistic tattoo with Filipino or regional ethnic design, with relevance of the tattoo use to history heritage, its social impact of the motif use and the neatness of the henna application will give more weight to its contest would be winners.

Cash prices awaits the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner of the contest with medals and certificates Ms. Cuna further said.

The tattoo events was one of the affairs adornment fun and cultural pride of Eastern Visayas under the auspices of the Filipino Heritage Commission, Leyte Heritage Society and co-organize by Kulahig.

The tattoo symposium & henna tattoo competition is in line with its Filipino Heritage month celebration wherein Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares the month of May every year as the National Heritage Month through Proclamation No. 439 signed August 11, 2003.



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