In a huddle with the
Samar media on August 11, 2008, after the commemorative 12th Samar Day
program in Catbalogan City, the young cabinet officer faced the media
to answer questions about his visit.
The media was told
earlier that Cui is a native of Samar.
“We are just looking
for an auspicious occasion for the President's visit,” Cui stressed.
State visits of
foreign Presidents have prevented PGMA from the Presidential Visits in
Cebu, Samar Island and even Carigara, Leyte.
Cui said the President
is keen on fast tracking the implementation of programs and projects
that make up the Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD).
Cui added that since
their last visit on June 16-19, the programs have taken a lot of steps
The PMS official also
takes pride in the commitment given by the President as she delivered
her SONA, when she mentioned “…the infrastructure links programmed for
the poorest provinces like Northern Samar: Lao-ang-Lapinig-Arteche,
right now ay maputik, San Isidro-Lope de Vega; the rehabilitation of
Maharlika in Samar,” were those she mentioned.
The president, said
Cui is banking on the VAT to finance these projects.
Cui also said that he
has not observed this much convergence of LGUs, civil society and even
the religious groups as represented by the three Bishops of the
Dioceses of Borongan, Calbayog and Catarman.
He said that along
with Sec. Gabby Claudio and ASec Norman Datu, he has made the personal
and official quest for Samar’s development.
Another good news the
PMS official disclosed, is the visit of Agriculture Secretary Arthur
Yap to Samar to inspect Samar’s irrigation facilities that are
undergoing major rehabilitation.
Finally, the ASec also
disclosed that more infrastructure facilities are earmarked for Samar,
he just assures the Samareños that in due time, these will be realized
as right now, the President, he said as an economist, looks at these
investments in the total viewpoint of the whole country.
As the gentleman
heads the monitoring team, he assured the media that he would be very
visible in Samar in the next days to come.
officials deliver ‘Health Care Package’ to public schools
By BRYAN M. AZURA
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – Eastern Samar Provincial Governor Ben P. Evardone with the
Eastern Samar Schools Division Superintendent Niña Villalon
spearheaded the province-wide launching of the Essential Health Care
Package Program (EHCP) initiated by the provincial government, German
Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and Department of Education in Sabang
South Elementary School, this city.
The program is
intended to improve the health conditions of elementary pupils in
public schools in the province by providing them essential basic
health materials like toothbrush, toothpaste, bath soap, and deworming
“The main objective of
this program is not just to prevent tooth decay, not only to inculcate
the value of ensuring good health to all children,” Gov. Evardone said
in his message, “but this is part of our general and overall efforts
to improve participation rate of our school children in the elementary
and high school levels.”
The GTZ and DepEd
found in a study that the primary cause of high dropout percentage
particularly in public schools is due to worse teeth problems among
pupils and students. Stomach pain due to intestinal parasites comes
next to the primary causes of participation and completion downgrade
among the students.
In his address at the
Sabang South elementary, one of the pilot schools of the said project,
Evardone told the pupils “not to be absent anymore due to tooth
The said project
initially is implemented in 15 pilot schools within the division.
However, Evardone said that in the coming weeks or months, “this
program will be implemented province-wide already.”
Dr. Villalon for her
part said that this program is of vital importance to children as
children cannot reach their full intellectual potentials if they are
not healthy. “That is why the government is giving premium and helping
on our health programs,” Villalon said to the teachers and pupils
Villalon said that
Eastern Samar division really needs attention as it only has a very
few medical personnel to include physicians, nurses and dentists. “We
don’t even have a doctor in the division,” she revealed. “But we are
trying our very best to give the utmost service to all schools,” she
Eastern Samar has 456
elementary schools and 296 secondary schools. The division has an
estimated 12 thousand elementary and secondary school goers.
Dr. Marites Tiu,
dentist-in-charge of the division said that there is only 1 dentist to
every 75,000 people in the country.
Villalon said that
despite the lack of medical personnel, still the health people of the
division are trying to attend to attend to the health needs of all
The division chief
thanked the governor for actively participating in the programs of the
DepEd. “We should be very thankful to the governor for being very
sensitive and responsive to our need,” Villalon said referring to the
financial assistance the province provided to ensure the
implementation of the program. The province’s counterpart constitutes
70 percent of the total financial requirement of the program.
As a counterpart, the
schools are required to construct dental throws in their campuses. The
superintendent already asked all district and school heads to put up
the facilities in their respective schools.
meanwhile said that there is a need to sustain the program. “This is
not going to be a one-time project but should be a continuing
program,” he said.
“This program will
be included in the regular budget of the province so that we will not
have a hard time looking for the funding (of this program),” he
Miss Catbalogan is
this year’s Mutya ng Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Ms. Catbalogan, Louiesa Granada was proclaimed as Mutya ng Samar
2008 amidst the accolades from the confirming crowd gathered at the
Samar Provincial Gym in the evening of August 9.
Ms. Granada bested 15
candidates representing their respective municipalities in the annual
search which highlights the Samareña as an intelligent, attractive,
positive thinking and development oriented individual.
She was crowned by
Samar Governor Mila Tan assisted by Board Member Tommy Bolastig.
Proclaimed as first
runner up was Miss. Tarangnan, Kristie Joan Babor who was crowned by
Congresswoman Sharee Ann Tan and Board Member Joseph Escober. Ms.
Babor earlier won the Best in Swimsuit.
Miss Gandara, Diana
Jean Gallardo was adjudged as the 2nd runner up. She was crowned by
PIA Director Olive Tiu, the chairperson of the Board of Judges, while
Mayor Jun Limpiado and Board Member Casilda Lim put in her sash and
handed in her trophy and bouquet. Ms. Gallardo also was chosen as the
Most Photogenic and Best in Casual Wear.
The other candidates
who entered the magic circle of seven were Miss Motiong Barbette Joana
Badocdoc who was adjudged as the Most Eloquent, Miss Pinabacdao Ma.
Cristina Ibanez; Ms. Calbiga Ria Sevilla and Miss Calbayog, Kaye M.
Miss San Sebastian,
Armie Cate Abalos was chosen as Most Congeniality.
The Search for the
Mutya ng Samar is one of the highlights of the week-long series of
socio-cultural activities to commemorate the Foundation Anniversary of
August 11, Samar
Day, is a holiday in the entire province of Samar. The day was marked
with a holy Mass and a Commemorative Program.
City dad offers free
passport, soft loan for automotive servicing trainees
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
August 8, 2008
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Catbalogan City Mayor Coeferdo “Tekwa” Uy offered to finance
passports of some 25 trainees for automotive servicing as they folded
up training at Barangay Canlapwas, Catbalogan City today.
The all-boys team
received their certificates of completion in Automotive Servicing
after a three-month rigorous training, under Mr. Ruel Aying through
the supervision of Technical Education and Skills Development
Cleta Omega along with City Mayor Coefredo Uy graced the occasion.
Uy also offered them a
soft loan for their placement fee, if so needed.
In simple rites,
complete with demonstration of running an engine and electrical
wirings which according to chief trainor Aying, the trainees,
themselves assemble, the all male team hurdled one challenge, the
Aying said that the
trainees used junk and scrap materials from the provincial motorpool
and assembled the same with an excellent result.
Director Omega though
was quick to stress that the batch has to undergo and pass a national
competency assessment on August 13, before they can be given a
Aside from the
assessment, the boys will also undergo a Job Induction Program (JIP)
for three days.
The program is
designed to help them prepare resumes, application letters, job
interviews and documents needed for job hunting. TESDA offered the job
for free while Mayor Uy pledged to provide snacks and meals for the
Noel de la Cruz, the
leader of the trainees expressed hope that their newly-acquired
knowledge and skills would help them find employment abroad.
The Barangay Canlapwas
council, City Government, TESDA and the Provincial Engineering pooled
their resources to implement the training which is believed to change
the lives of the 25 hopefuls.
Mayor Uy said that his
assistance would be multiplied if he could help these people and their
In a similar
development, Mayor Uy is set to send another 25 trainees of welding
and pipe fitting to the TESDA Regional Training Center in Tacloban
City on Monday, August 11, 2008.
TESDA said that Uy
through the city government is spending some P300,000 for the project.
The new trainees will
be given food and allowances apart from the training fee still being
shouldered by the city government.
Eastern Samar police
gets 6 more patrol cars
By ALICE NICART (PIA Eastern
August 8, 2008
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – Six brand new patrol cars were turned over recently to the
Eastern Samar Police Provincial Headquarters through Governor Ben
Evardone and Police Director Prudencio de La Cruz by PNP-8 Deputy
Director for Administration Rey L. Lanada.
According to Lanada
the units were sent by PNP National Headquarters as pure donations for
more effective peace and order operations in the province.
In a phone talk with
Supt. De la Cruz, he revealed that the six units are in addition to
the five cars which were previously granted to the province. Lawaan
town, Hernani, Maydolong, Salcedo and Guiuan were the initial
recipients of the patrol cars.
“Ngayon, mas mabilis
at mas maayos nang matutugunan ng ating kapulisan ang ano mang
problema sa ating mga bayan at barangay,” de la Cruz jibed. He also
suggested to the guest PNP Officer for two more Hi-Lux patrol cars for
As expected, Gov.
Evardone thanked the donors and beamed with gladness as well for the
local peace officers. His message during the turn over ceremony
included his expectations for the local police to better respond to
peace and order problems in their respective AORs with the additional
logistics from national leadership.
Part of the
ceremony was the blessing of the patrol cars by Rev. Fr. Cyrain
Cabuenas before they were turned over to the following six Municipal
Police Offices: Balangiga, McArthur, Dolores, Sulat, Arteche and
DepEd 8 bares regional
awardees for 2008 National Literacy Award
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Department of Education Region 8 Director Sol Matugas disclosed
the Regional Awardees for the 2008 National Literacy Award of the
Literacy Coordinating Council.
Director Matugas said
that pursuant to DepEd Memorandum 59 series of 2008 entitled 2008
Literacy Awards, Region 8 conducted the Regional Search for the
awardees of the 2008 National Literacy Awards.
Among the Regional
Awardees is Lt. Col. Lenard T. Agustin, Commanding Officer of the 63rd
Infantry (Innovator) Battalion of the 8th Infantry Division of the
Philippine Army based in Barangay Opong, Catubig, Northern Samar, for
the Outstanding Literacy Program with project sites at Barangays Opong,
Corocorong, Hangi and Guyo.
Teresita J. Casio, Apolinar Tafala, Jr and Rolado Enero of Barangays
Guyo, Las Navas; Hangi of Las Navas; and Corocorong, San Roque, all of
Northern Samar, are also cited.
Another Awardee is
Honorable Mayor Alfred Romualdez of
City, as the Outstanding Local Government Unit, Component City
Tanauan, Leyte Mayor,
Hon. Roque A. Tiu, is Regional awardee for the Outstanding Local
Government Unit Municipal Category for the first to third class
municipality. With him, Barangay Captain Claro Fulton P. Morantte of
Barangay Licod, Tanauan was also cited.
For the Outstanding
Local Government Unit fourth to sixth class municipality category,
Mayor Pedro V. Fustanes, Jr. Of Bontoc, Southern Leyte is the Regional
Director Matugas said
that awards will be distributed during the 33rd Founding Anniversary
of the Department of Education Regional Office 8 on August 21-22,
The 2008 National
Literacy Awards is a project of the Literacy Coordinating Council and
the Department of Education, in support of the National Government's
commitment to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goal
of reducing adult illiteracy by half in 2015, and consequently improve
the quality of life of the Filipino.
Through the 2008
National Literacy Awards, the National Literacy Council hopes to
mobilize all sectors of society, government agencies, non-government
organizations, local government units and the entire society to
promote and disseminate the importance of literacy to national
progress and consequently inspire them to develop, implement and
sustain literacy programs and projects throughout the country.
The National Literacy
Award aims to encourage the development and replication of innovative,
creative and indigenous literacy programs and projects.
The National Literacy
Awards has two categories: the Outstanding Literacy Program Award and
the Outstanding Local Government Unit Award. The Outstanding Literacy
Program Award shall be given to a literacy program being implemented
by a non-government or civic organization, academic institution, which
has evident positive impact on the learners and the community. The
program should have contributed to the transformation of learners into
productive and more responsible community members.
The Local Government
Unit Award shall be given to a local government unit, city or
municipal government, which has developed policies, programs and
projects conducive to literacy development and which have
efficaciously made a positive impact on the barangays and the quality
of life of the people.
The Local Government
Unit Award will be given to one highly urbanized city, component city,
municipal level Class A and Class B. Class A includes the first class
up to third class municipalities while Class B includes the 4th class
to 6th class municipalities.
The Awarding for the
national winners will coincide with the convention of the National
Literacy Council in the third week of September.
Coordinating Council is an inter-agency body that is tasked to provide
overall policy and program direction to the country's literacy
development efforts committed to create and maintain an environment
for the development and promotion of literacy skills geared towards
the attainment of a literate Philippines. It is premised on RA 7165,
An Act Creating the Literacy Coordinating Council, defining its powers
and functions, appropriating therefore and for other purposes.
killings by NPA at Villareal”
By Cpt. LOEL A. EGOS, (INF) PA
CAMP DAZA, Hinabangan,
Samar – Field report reach to this headquarters that New People’s
Army (NPA) strikes anew against hapless civilians in a remote barangay
of Villareal, Samar.
Last August 2, 2008
around 9 o’clock in the morning, Punong Barangay Rafael Papiona of
Inasudlan, Villareal and five other companions were ambushed by the
NPAs using high powered firearms, while on their way towards their
barangay hall purposely to conduct regular monthly session when the
The NPA under
Ildefonso Nablo alias Eno, Roger Macapyot and four others perpetrated
the ambushcades that caused the instantaneous death of Punong Barangay
Rafael Papiona and Arnold Mabisa and injured a certain Romeo Vencio.
These glaring inhumane
acts committed by the NPAs are manifestations of their Maoist and
barbaric doctrine in economic and social reforms. The group of Hon.
Papiona were about to discuss and pass a resolution on its strong
support on the joint peace and development accord being conceptualized
by the local government unit of Villareal and 34th Infantry Battalion
based in Calbiga, Samar. The tragic fate of Papiona will not hinder
the hope and vision of his constituents to have real peace and
development in their barangay.
“Pagkaurosa na gad
kita. Buligi kami niyo. Sumati iton iyo mga bugto nga ada pa ha
kagiusan nga lumusad na hira. Kay kairo man iton ira magin biktima
pagpamatay nga waray man mga sala. Waray man nahibulig iton mga NPA
pagpakaupay iton aton bungto, sanglit, nananawagan kami, ha tanan,
diri la taga Villareal, pati na bug-os nga Samarnon, hiusahan ta an
pagpoypoy iton waray data nga komunista nga kagiusan, maiha naman ito
pero waray gud kita kumita hin kauswagan nga kaupayan dara pag-api
ngan paghatag hin suporta ha ira, puro la pamatay ngan pagpanarhog. Hi
kami liwat in nanawagan iton KARAPATAN ngan taga human rights nga
buligan kami matatagan hin hustisya iton amon kauropdan nga nagin
biktima han mga NPA in waray kalaban-laban” the families of the
victims and survivors lamented.
The local PNP unit is
finalizing the data of their investigation and will file appropriate
case against the suspects who were identified by the survivors.
municipality of Villareal strongly condemns the new atrocities
committed by the New People’s Army, for time and again, had never
launched a single humanitarian program to care for the people of Samar,
never built an inch of road nor constructed a single classroom despite
the millions of pesos collected from their stupid revolutionary taxes.
Salas will speak another version of praising his cohorts, but one
thing certain, these are acts of human rights violation and extra
judicial killings committed by the armed wing of the CPP/NDF, the New
Government loses P3.9
Billion annually from PAGCOR remittance
By Office of Senator Chiz Escudero
August 6, 2008
Philippines – The government is losing 3.9 billion pesos yearly due
to discrepancies in the computation of the Philippine Amusement and
Gaming Corporation's tax liability to the government.
This was revealed by
the Bureau of Internal Revenue in today's hearing of the Senate Ways
and Means Committee of Senate Resolution No. 287 which Senator Chiz
Escudero filed directing the Senate Committee on Ways and Means to
look into the taxes which PAGCOR, its licensees, partners, agents and
assigns should be remitting to the government.
Escudero said PAGCOR
has failed and neglected to submit its income statement to the
Department of Finance (DOF), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM)
and to Congress as categorically admitted by the DOF and the DBM
themselves in the past hearings of the committee.
Records show that
PAGCOR is only remitting 5 percent franchise tax on gross income. The
BIR however posits that PAGCOR should be remitting 12% value added tax
and 35% income tax in lieu of what the gaming agency is currently
remitting. PAGCOR has filed a case with the Supreme Court contesting
the said BIR position.
Escudero, who chairs
the Senate Committee on Ways and Means said PAGCOR failed to submit
its record of income derived from operations and activities, thus
making it impossible to ascertain if indeed proper and correct taxes
are being paid and remitted to the government.
The senator said
Presidential Decree No. 1869, as amended, also known as the PAGCOR
Charter, provides for a five percent (5%) Franchise Tax on the gross
revenue or earnings derived by PAGCOR, its agents, assigns and/or
casino operators from their businesses.
Under the said law,
dividend income from casino and gambling operations shall be subject
to a final income tax rate of ten percent (10%) in lieu of the regular
income tax rates. Total exemption from income or other forms of taxes
can only be derived under certain strict condition of investments.
contracting away revenue that is due the government. The government
should have a singular stand on tax issues and it should not allow its
own agencies to sue each other before abiding to a clear mandate, in
this case to the taxes that PAGCOR is liable to pay to the national
government. If this is not corrected, the government is forfeiting its
right to collect due revenues at a time when additional revenues are
needed by the government to cushion the current economic woes in the