CenCom chief awards
medals to soldiers of 34th IB as PGMA gives cash assistance to wounded
soldiers in Mindanao
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
August 31, 2008
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– AFP Central Command chief LtGen. Pedro Ike Inserto awarded
deserving military officers from the 81st Division Reconnaissance
Company (81 DRC) led by 1Lt. Reynante P. Morales and 2Lt. Richard
Tibayan from the 14th Infantry Battalion, in simple rites on August
The awarding took
place at the 34th Infantry Battalion headquarters in Calbiga Samar.
There were supposedly
some 35 other members of the meritorious troops but only a handful
were present. Morales said his troops were still pursuing the
Commanding Officer of
the 34th IB, LtCol. Larry Mojica assisted Inserto in the giving of
awards. Morales also received P25,000 cash for his gallantry.
Morales and his men
scored in an encounter with some NPA elements in Barangay Casapa,
Jiabong Samar on August 24, 2008. The encounter resulted to the death
of one unidentified NPA rebel and the recovery of one M16 rifle.
Tibayan meanwhile said
that although no body count was attributed to his troops, they
recovered one M16 and one M14 rifle from the ‘enemy’ in a remote
barangay in Oras, Eastern Samar.
Inserto said that
Tibayan deserves some fifty thousand pesos for the recovered firearms.
Mojica said that the
award serves to inspire the army elements who risk their lives to
attain peace in Samar.
Inserto also gave out
reminders to the soldiers present to forever uphold human rights,
conduct themselves properly and to push for teamwork to successfully
vanquish the ‘enemy’.
wounded personnel of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, received cash
assistance offered by Her Excellency President Macapagal-Arroyo
through Presidential Management Staff (PMS) represented by Ian Lucero
in a simple ceremony held at Camp Siongco Station Hospital (CSSH) at
Barangay Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Shariff Kabunsuan on
August 27, 2008.
The recipients were
Sgt. Valerio Calasang, Cpl Joan Caro, Pfcs. Ronald Agonton, Nur
Abdurahim and Loius Limayog. They received P50,000 each. They were
wounded in action during the height of military operations against
Amelil Umbra Kato, the commander of the MILF’s 105th Base Command who
is subjected for manhunt operations for his various criminal offenses
committed in North Cotabato Province.
MajGen. Raymundo B.
Ferrer, 6ID chief, who assisted in handing over the checks to the
wounded soldiers said “These valiant soldiers risked their lives to
restore peace and order in areas where Kato sow terror and violated
the rights of the innocent resident “
The 6ID started the
military operations on August 15 when Kato denied the ultimatum of the
government for him and his group to vacate the 15 barangays in North
Cotabato. It resulted to the massive evacuation of the residents.
The 6ID troopers are
raking through the areas to arrest Kato for various criminal offense
charged against him ranging from murder, robbery-in band, arson and
elements of the military maybe poles apart but their vision to provide
security to the Filipino populace is hoped to usher in peace and
economic development in Mindanao and in Samar.
Leyte gives basic,
livelihood assistance to NPA surrenderees
Media Relations Center (PMRC Leyte)
August 30, 2008
INOPACAN, Leyte –
Twenty seven former members of the New People’s Army who surrendered
to military authorities were given basic and livelihood assistance by
the provincial government of Leyte.
Out of these 27, eight
of them surrendered their firearms and availed of the government’s
Balik Baril Program which offers financial assistance to all rebels
who wish to return to the fold of the law while a corresponding amount
would be paid to those who surrender their firearms, and use the
assistance to start anew.
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla, who was also the guest of honor during the 2nd
Commemoration of the Leyte Mass Grave held in Inopacan Leyte, stressed
that “never again such a purging should happen.”
“We have already
achieved peace, let us hold on to it and never allow the atrocities to
happen again. The government is always at hand to help empower our
people and give assistance to uplift their lives,” Gov. Petilla said.
The former communist
insurgents who yielded their firearms during their surrender to
military authorities in the province were given P25,000 for each of
the firearms they have surrendered.
Jessie Payod of
Kananga, Leyte, who is married and has children, together with his
wife surrendered a total of five firearms which earned them P125, 000
in livelihood assistance from the provincial government.
Cris Daclitan, another
surrenderee from Carigara, Leyte received P75,000 for the three
firearms he turned over to the army while six others each received
Nineteen other former
NPA rebels who surrendered one at a time to elements of the 19th
Infantry Battalion each received P5,000 basic assistance from the
The NPA surrenderees
are from Carigara, Inopacan,
Leyte town, Mac
Arthur, Mahaplag, Tabango, Villaba and a number of others from Kananga,
They disclosed that
they have been on the run with the relentless combat operations
against them for many years and the promise of a better life has not
been realized ever since.
Eastern Visayas rolls
out its National Crime Prevention Week Celebration program
By MYLES COLASITO
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The schedule of activities for the National Crime Prevention Week
Celebration (NCPW) has been finalized after a series of meetings with
government agencies, and non-government organizations involved in its
Technical Working Committee.
DILG 8 Regional
Director William C. Paler said the Kick-off Regional Program, which
will coincide with the launching of the Civil Service Month, will be
held on September 1, at 8:00 at the Tacloban City Convention Center (TCCC)
The program will be
preceded by a "Kalakat para ha Kamurayawan" starting from two points:
Coca-cola junction and
and ending at the TCCC grounds. The walk is expected to be
participated by about five thousand (5,000) students, government
officials and employees, representatives of private groups, NGOs, and
Highlights of the
opening program shall include simultaneous flag-raising at all
government offices; messages by Mayor Alfred Romualdez, CSC Regional
Director David Cabanag, Rotary Club President Walter Diu, PNP Director
Abner Cabalquinto; awarding of the slogan contest; and a simultaneous
whistle-blowing (a youth activity to signal the fight against crime).
The theme of this
year's celebration is "Kapit-Bisig Kabataan Tungo sa Kapayapaan, Now
Na!" and sports the slogan, "Lakad Kabataan Laban sa Kriminalidad".
Drug abuse prevention
fora, seminars, dialogs, radio-TV guesting and other information
campaign shall be held throughout the celebration. The culmainating
activity shall be at the Kanhuraw Convention Center on September 8
focuses on the role of the youth, who constitute a large part of the
part of the population, and are often vulnerable to crime incidents.
The NCPW, which
runs from September 1, 2007 to September 7, 2008 was instituted by
President Fidel V. Ramos on August 31, 1994 through Presidential
Proclamation No. 461. It aims to promote crime prevention among all
sectors of society as a way of improving the peace and order situation
in all communities. DILG Secretary Ronaldo V. Puno has issued a
memorandum circular to all local government units and ohers concerned
enjoining the conduct of programs, information drive and similar
activities throughout the country in support of Presidential
Leyte marks 2nd year
commemoration of Inopacan mass grave exhumation
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte – Leyte Governor and Provincial Peace and Order Council Chairman Hon.
Carlos Jericho “Icot” L. Petilla will be the main speaker during the
commemorative program for the 2nd anniversary of Inopacan Mass Grave
Exhumation which will be held at the Municipal Covered Court of
Inopacan, Leyte on August
Aside from delivering
his message, Governor Petilla will also award the cash reward to five
former NPA officers and members who surrendered and returned into the
folds of the law. The cash rewards from the Provincial Government of
Leyte will hopefully help the surrenderees in their re-integration to
the civil society.
The commemoration will
start with a Holy Mass at Baybay City Gymnasium at 6:30 in the
morning. This will be followed by a mass rally and wreath laying at
the tombstone at Baybay City Cemetery; after which, a Caravan will be
to the Inopacan Covered Court.
Program will start an Invocation to be led by CPT Rey Victor Vigo, the
command chaplain of the 8th Infantry Division. Congresswoman Carmen
Cari of the 5th District of Leyte will give the opening message.
Police Regional Office
8 Director P/C Supt Abner Cabalquinto and Lt. General Pedro Ike
Insierto, commander of the AFP Central Command will both deliver their
respective commemorative message.
One of the highlights
of the commemoration is the Re-enactment of the Inopacan Massacre
which will be followed with a testimonial speech of a representative
from the relatives of the victims.
It would be recalled
that the whole country was shocked when on August 28, 2006, troopers
from the Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade, after two days of digging,
found 67 skeletons in a mass gravesite in the killing field known to
the residents in the nearby barangays as “the garden” located some 370
meters above sea level at a ridge on Mt. Sapang Dako, in the
hinterland of Inopacan, Leyte.
The troopers were led
to the Garden by some nearby residents and former members of the NPA
who claimed that they themselves witnessed the purging. One even
demonstrated how the victims who were suspected of being military
assets, were tortured to death.
surface exploration starts
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA (PIA Biliran)
NAVAL, Biliran – The
much awaited development of the geothermal power reserve in the
province of Biliran will finally be realized as its surface
exploration will finally start next month.
This was revealed by
Gudmundur F. Sigurjonsson, Managing Director of Reykjavic Energy
Investment (REI) in the Asia Pacific during a press conference held on
Saturday at the Biliran Garden Resort in Barangay Lomboy, Naval,
was joined in by Sigrun Elsa Smaradottir, City Councilor of Reykjavik,
Iceland who is also a member of the Board of Reykjavik Energy Invest,
Engr. Raffy Salazar of the PNOC-EDC, Nilo Apuada who is currently the
Head of the Geothermal Development of Envent Holdings Philippines,
Incorporated, and George Tiopes of Tacloban City.
Apuada informed that
they are now awaiting clearance from the office of the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 particularly from
the Environment and Management Bureau (EMB) for the project to start.
informed that this is the first geothermal development project
undertaken by Reykjavik Energy Invest (REI) here in the Philippines.
REI whose main office
is based in Iceland is a global leader in the development of renewable
energy with specific focus on geothermal energy.
“This is an ambitious
project we have to undertake in the Philippines since our firm is
committed to the Department of Energy through Secretary Angelo T.
Reyes and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to provide part of the
1,200 megawatts of electricity needed by the country by 2013 during
the signing of the contract agreement between their firm and the
Government of the Republic of the Philippines on July 10, 2008”,
He added that if the
surface exploration that costs $1M can start by next month, it is
expected to be finished in May next year.
Furthermore, he said,
some $16M to $19M will be needed for the drilling operations of the
three geothermal wells found in Sitio Pulangyuta in Barangay Cabibihan
in Caibiran town, Barangay Villavicenta also in Caibiran and the other
one which is located in Barangay Libtong in the muncipality of Naval,
the capital town of Biliran province.
Sigurjonsson, an investment of $125M is expected to be financed by
their firm for a 50-megawatt source of geothermal energy that will be
taken from the project.
It is expected that
the geothermal project in Biliran province can produce up to 100
After the surface
exploration of the Biliran geothermal is completed in May 2009, it
takes about four years before the project becomes fully operational
and by then, geothermal energy is ready for commercial purposes.
“I’ll be here in the
province of Biliran as often as possible to oversee the project” he
As to environmental
concerns, he assured the project will not pose any environmental risk
and danger to the people in the province of Biliran since they have
already conducted an extensive environmental assessment and study
before they will implement the geothermal project like what they have
done to similar projects in other parts of the world and even in his
own country, Iceland.
informed Vice-Governor Lucila Curso and the rest of the provincial
board members present during the press conference that the project
will surely give a lot of benefits to the
since the surface exploration alone is a labor intensive endeavor and
it needs more manpower resources which they will get from the
For his part,
Caibiran Vice-Mayor Eulalio Maderazo who was also present during the
press forum with the Tacloban and Biliran media to include PIA said,
he will lead an information campaign to orient the residents
particularly those living in the vicinity about the project so that
they will know what it is all about.
SEA-Air gears up for
1st September Manila-Borongan flight
By ALICE NICART (PIA Eastern
August 24, 2008
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – It’s all system go for SEA-Airlines as it sets to fly on 1st
September its proving flight to Borongan City.
This was learned from
Dr. Joel Mendoza, Senior Staff of SEA-Air in an interview.
hopes that their 32-Seater airline will propel a more active economy
in this part of Region 8.
“Not to brag, we
opened Boracay and Palawan to the world,” the young executive
claimed. It has been our forte to open future tourist destinations,”
he added which implies his expectation that Borongan City or the
entire Eastern Samar might follow suit.
Mendoza’s team was in
the City recently to further inspect the
its apron and terminal which were the final requirement for landing.
He said in the interview however, that both are now okay and are ready
to receive passengers.
Asked how much would
it cost to fly to Manila and vice-versa via SEA-Air, the Officer did
not reply promptly, instead, he enumerated several considerations and
comparisons, vis-à-vis, travel time, cost, even stress level and
energy when one takes the land trip.
He said that after
some careful study, they found it reasonable to cost each passenger:
P3,500 for promotional, majority price-P4,300 and regular-P5,300.
SEA-Air leaves Manila at 10:50am and an hour and eight minutes later,
it is expected to touch down Borongan; and an hour after again, it
flies back to Manila.
said they will schedule regular flights on Mondays and Fridays. Their
booking office is at Avon-Amistoso bldg., Tabok, Borongan City.
Tacloban City is in
the shortlist of finalists in the National Literacy Awards
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The City of Tacloban is among the five component cities which are
included in the shortlist of finalists in the 2008 National Literacy
Members of the
Literacy Coordinating Council, Dr. Minda Sutaria, Dr. Norma Salcedo
and PIA Staff Director Emelyn Libunao, were in
on August 14 in order to conduct on-site visit to the Literacy
Programs of the City Government of Tacloban City.
The team made a
courtesy call to Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez and was
personally guided by Hon. Cristina Romualdez to the various literacy
projects of the City Government.
Director Libunao said
that the Literacy Coordinating Council is searching for Literacy
Programs which will inspire all sectors to help reduce the incidence
of illiteracy in the Philippines.
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.
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.
For Region 8, the
Regional Selection Committee nominated to the National Literacy
Awards, the ALPS program of the 803rd Infantry Brigade as the
Region’s Outstanding Literacy Program nominee; Tacloban City for the
city LGU award; Tanaun, Leyte for the LGU first to third class
municipality award; and Bontoc, Southern Leyte for the 4th to 6th
class municipality award.
The Regional Selection
Committee is composed of the Department of Education Director as
chairman, the Department of Interior and Local Government Director as
co- chairman, and the Philippine Information Agency Regional Director,
National Economic and Development Authority Regional Director and the
President of an Academe, as members. The Coordinator is the Department
of Education Regional Chief and the Secretary is the chief of the
Alternative Learning System Division.
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.