Gov. Evardone, 3
bishops urge DPWH to act on road rehab in E. Samar
By BRYAN M. AZURA
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – Eastern Samar Governor Ben P. Evardone, together with the 3
bishops of the 3 dioceses in Samar Island, collectively urged the
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to prod the winning
contractor to immediately implement the P497 million worth road
rehabilitation of the national roads in the province.
In the 9th meeting of
the Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD) held
at the Capitol Conference Hall, Governor Evardone, Bishop Crispin
Varquez of Borongan Diocese, Bishop Emmanuel Trance of Catarman
Diocese and Bishop Isabelo Abarquez of Calbayog City Diocese, chorused
on urging Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. of DPWH to call the
attention of Yakal Construction, the winning bidder of the road
rehabilitation in Eastern Samar national roads, to make true to its
promise to finish the project on or before the date of completion.
condition of the national roads in the province has long caught the
ire of the commuting public and the villagers directly affected.
Varquez and 40 other priests in Eastern Samar wrote a letter to the
Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) asking President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
to intervene in the implementation of the project. Titled ‘Eastern
Samar’s Roads from Hell,’ Varquez made mention that the roads in the
province are “chronic and, in some places, even dangerous. “We are
informed that there are more than a million pesos in maintenance fund
monthly,” Varquez wrote. “Yet all we see are splintered rocks and sand
being used to cover ravaged roads, originally of asphalt or concrete
overlay,” he continued.
Few days later, Atty.
Byron Suyot, Chief-of-staff of the Office of the Governor (PGO), wrote
another letter to the same media outfit saying that Sangguniang
Panlalawigan (SP) has found out that part of the maintenance fund is
being used to pay the salaries of casual employees and some
expenditures of the Congressional District Office (CDO).
“This is highly
anomalous,” Suyot said in his letter. The lawyer further said that the
DPWH District Office is “controlled” by the congressman. “It is the
congressman who dictates on who will be assigned as district engineer.
It is widely believed that it is the congressman who decides on major
issues in the DPWH District Office, such as hiring and promotion of
regular and casual employees, and the determination of winning bidders
of contracts, among others,” he continued.
Sabulao, Acting Administrative Officer and DPWH representative to the
said forum, apparently washing hands, said that DPWH should not be
blamed on the current bad road conditions as it has already been
awarded to a contractor. “Our role here is just to make the roads
passable,” Sabulao said.
Alconaba, one of the participants of the SIPPAD forum, challenged the
DPWH to be “honest and report the real things that are happening in
“If we need to replace
the District Engineer and the contractor, why not do so, if only to
start the rehabilitation of the road,” Judge Alconaba opined.
reiterated that while the rehabilitation of the national highway is
the sole responsibility of DPWH, acting upon a separate resolutions
passed by the Provincial Disaster and Coordinating Council, League of
Municipalities, Provincial Development Council and Sanguniang
Panlalawigan, the provincial government allocated an initial amount of
P10 million to repair the national road.
On April 15, this
year, Governor Evardone sent a letter to DPWH asking permission to
help repair of the national highway using its fleet of heavy equipment
but the latter did not reply the former. Following his request, he
sent another letter to the same office on May 8, this year, but still
Dindo Picardal reported to the body that the province offered DPWH to
work on the roads at a cost of P5 million per 1.1 kilometers, much
cheaper than that of DPWH’s P18 million per 1 kilometer.
However, Atty. Suyot,
citing reliable sources said that
Eastern Samar’s Lone District Congressman (Teodulo Coquilla) blocked the
request of the governor for political reasons.
“In short, the
congressman is not serious in helping repair the the national
highway,” Suyot said in his letter.
Alconaba said that
DPWH should be honest. “It is already a public knowledge that DPWH is
being controlled by the Congressman,” he said.
Asked as to who
appoints on who will be sitting in District Engineering Office, Engr.
Sabulao answered that it is the central office that appoints but with
recommending approval. He did not elaborate who makes the recommending
In a hearing conducted
by the SP, Engineer Natividad revealed that the P1.3 million
maintenance funds is being used to pay the salaries and casuals in the
Office of the Congressman.
Bishop Trance noted
that somebody has to be accountable for the (P1.2M) maintenance fund
as the transactions regarding maintenance is to be addressed to the
Judge Alconaba said
that DPWH should regularly check the maintenance of the road saying
not doing so has adverse effects on economy. “They need to regularly
check the (maintenance) of the roads so as not to jeopardize the
economic activity of the province,” Alconaba noted.
joins call of Biliranons to stop mining operations in the province
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA (PIA Biliran)
NAVAL, Biliran –
With the mounting call of the Biliranons to put an end to the
on-going and future mining operations in the province of Biliran,
Representative Glenn A. Chong of the Lone District of Biliran
officially voiced his opposition by pointing out several reasons why
these should not be done in this beautiful province.
In a web poll
conducted by Biliranisland.com on the issue of mining operation in
Biliran province, 81.05 % or 124 respondents voted NO while 18.95 % or
29 respondents voted YES as of December 9, 2008.
Web poll voting still
continues at Biliranisland.com, one of the province’s private websites
catering to the information needs of the Biliranon through the
internet, to get the pulse of the public on the mining issue in the
In a meeting of the
clergies in the Diocese of Naval with Sofronio B. Dacillo, Jr.,
environmental management specialist of the provincial government held
last week at the Bishop’s Chancery, Bishop Filomeno G. Bactol and the
rest of the clergies in attendance have expressed their strong
opposition to the mining operations in Biliran province.
In the official
statement of Representative Glenn A. Chong posted in Biliranisland.com
at 7:28 pm on December 9, 2008, the young Biliran solon recognized
three major concerns in his opposition to the mining issue.
The 34-year old
lawmaker pointed out that mining is not a sustainable driver of the
local economy and by nature hazardous to the health of the people
working or living near the mining sites aside from the high-impact
ecological and environmental degradation affecting not only the
immediate locality but the broader community.
“Though it may provide
temporary jobs and economic upliftment in the short-term, the mined
and extracted resources are either almost irreplaceable or totally
irreplaceable and once the deposits dry-up and will totally be
extracted, the mining operators will just stop their operations and
leave”, Representative Chong said.
The first-termer solon
added that the communities within which mining operations take place
are the first ones to suffer and will suffer the most both
individually as well as collectively
He also stressed that
mining operations disturb the ecological and environmental balance
that contributes to the general well-being of the communities and in
the absence of specific guarantees for their restoration after
extraction, communities stand to suffer irreparable damage not only in
this generation but the future generations as well.
He likewise urged the
Biliranon to increase pressure on Governor Rogelio J. Espina to start
acting in their best interest since it is he who signed or will sign
the permit and so he will be the one to revoke it.
“He must demonstrate
his commitment in clear and unequivocal terms by revoking the permit
already issued and holding indefinitely in abeyance the issuance of
new permits”, he added.
200 Boy Scouts
featured in a peace forum
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Some 200 boy Scouts from Samar were special guests of the army as
it hosted the Peace Forum held in Paranas, Samar in celebration of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Brig Gen. Francis
Lanuza of the 801st Brigade said they invited the boy scouts aged
10-12 years old because they are the future leaders and need to
understand how peace and development are interrelated.
On the other hand,
Battalion Commander of the 34th IB, Lt.Col. Larry Mojica said that the
rebels are recruiting younger people and that they should be
According to a report
of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP),
there is a recognition of an alarming situation of children’s
involvement in armed conflict either as combatants, couriers, guides,
spy or any similar capacity, which need special attention from all
sectors of society.
Aside from this
concern, the children were also made to understand to uphold human
rights though as young as they are in a way they would understand,
said an army official.
The peace forum was
quite unusual, with the presence of the children. Previous Peace
rallies usually gather hundreds of KAIBIGAN supporters and Local Chief
Executives and other leaders to gain support for the army’s
With the recent peace
rally in Paranas, the army seemed to gain grounds from both the adults
and the junior citizens who felt a certain pride for being treated
like adults. Some boy scouts even expressed their ambition to become
the snappy army officers in their midst, confided the government
soldiers look so brave and smart in their uniforms.
The crowd included
residents from Paranas headed by Mayor Boy Babalcon, from Jiabong with
Mayor Chanita Gabieta, from Catbalogan with their pretty ABC Chair Ms.
Stephanie Uy-Tan along with other residents coming from Hinabangan and
Other peace fora were
also held in the municipalities of Oras and Gen MacArthur in Eastern
Pres. Arroyo signs AO
250 granting P10 thousand performance bonus to gov’t workers
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
MANILA, Philippines –
Saying that the government is cognizant of the economic difficulties
which may arise as a result of the global financial crisis, President
Gloria-Arroyo signed on December 10, 2008, Administrative Order No.
250 Authorizing the Grant of Performance Bonus for FY 2008 to all
personnel of the government.
granted the performance bonus to government workers in recognition of
their commendable efforts which enable government agencies to attain
efficiency in government operations which contributed to the
generation of savings.
President Arroyo took
note of the fact that despite economic challenges, government
personnel have discharged their duties with dispatch and provided
quality service to the Filipino people.
A P10,000 performance
bonus will be given to all who are employed by the National Government
Agencies and Government Owned and Controlled Corporations including
Government Financial Institutions, whether hired on permanent,
temporary, casual or contractual basis, and who have rendered at least
four months of service as of November 20, 2008.
Personnel who have rendered less than four months of service as of
November 30, 2008 shall also be entitled to Performance Bonus on a
Those whose length of
service is three months but less than four months will be entitled to
40%. Those whose length of service is two months but less than three
months will receive 30%.
On the other hand,
those whose service is one month but less than two month will receive
20% while those who are less than one month in service will receive
10% of Ten Thousand.
Government will provide P7 thousand pesos while the remaining P3
thousand will be taken from the savings of the National Government
For agencies belonging
to the CFAG, the amount required shall be charged against their
available savings and for GOCCs and GFIs, the amount needed shall be
charged against savings from their respective approved corporate
The payment of the
performance bonus shall be made not earlier than December 15. The
Implementing Rules and regulations cover this AO shall be issued by
the Department of Budget and Management.
Now it can be asked
Weighing scale trick:
Last-minute move to save De La Hoya's neck?
By ALEX P. VIDAL / PNS
December 11, 2008
LAS VEGAS, Nevada –
Was the Golden Boy bloated?
Oscar De La Hoya could
be weighing at least 149 lbs or two pounds over the welterweight limit
when he tipped the scale during the official weighing December 5 at
the MGM Grand Arena for his 12-round "Dream Match" with Manny Pacquiao
on December 6.
This suspicion emerged
after the camp of Pacquiao expressed disbelief when the Filipino
underdog officially weighed 142 lbs. Some 20 minutes earlier, he was
146 lbs when he tested his weight in another scale provided by the
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, a hotel located half a mile from the
MGM Grand, where Team Pacquiao stayed since December 1.
If there was
hanky-panky in the weighing scale provided by the Nevada State
Athletic Commission (NSAC), was it deliberately done to save the neck
of the Golden Boy, whose outfit, Golden Boy Promotions, was Top Rank's
De La Hoya officially
tipped the scale at 145 lbs. If the scale had been maliciously
calibrated and reduced by at least four pounds, was it the reason why
Pacquiao "lost" four pounds on his way to the arena from the Mandalay
Bay Resort and Casino?
"This should be
investigated," Larry Merchant, HBO's highly esteemed commentator,
sighed several hours after the official weigh in.
Even Emmanuel Steward,
the former trainer of Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns, noticed the weird
incident. So was Shelly Finkel, Pacquiao's former manager, who also
When pressed to say
something about the controversy, Freddie Roach said "it's okay.
Anyway, we will win this fight."
Roach was more
interested about the way De La Hoya's cornermen taped his fist and
this was the bone of contention when he engaged De La Hoya's backers
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer and the Golden Boy's best
friend Eric Gomez in a prolonged and heated debate before officials of
the NSAC led by executive director Keith Kizer inside the media room.
When the tape issue
was concluded, the weighing scale controversy remained unresolved and
the grapevine had it that there was a deliberate and treacherous
attempt to cheat Pacquiao and save "overweight" De La Hoya from
"They (Team De La
Hoya) may have realized De La Hoya could no longer scale down to
welterweight," said a Panamian journalist.
When the matter was
brought to Pacquiao's attention, the boxer simply shrugged off the
issue and quipped: "Kung totoong nandaya sila, Diyos na ang bahala.
Total kakampi ko ang Diyos (If it is true that they cheated, God will
take care of everything. God is with me)."
And there was neither
official protest nor attempt to dramatize the furor for publicity.
Did some high-ranking
boxing officials connive to protect De La Hoya and ensure he was
heavier on fight night?
The result could have
backfired as De La Hoya hardly moved his legs and was like
sleep-walking above the square jungle. Pacquiao, who was lighter and
quicker, wrecked the Golden Boy's defense and stymied him like a
After eight stanzas,
the dream match turned into nightmare for the Hispanic fans.
"Manny Pacquiao is a
great fighter and he fought a great fight," De La Hoya said. "He was a
better man tonight and he deserves all he has accomplished in his
"I am not shocked
because at this stage, when you face someone like Manny Pacquiao you
know you are going to be in a fight. I worked and trained really hard
for this fight, but as I have told everyone, it is a totally different
story when you get in the ring.
"My style is to go
forward, but he was boxing on his toes all night and waiting for me to
make my mistake. I just didn't have the strength to stop him and my
body did not respond," De La Hoya explained.
Gov. Petilla bares
infrastructure plans for tourism promotions, economic development
Media Relations Center (PMRC Leyte)
December 11, 2008
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla reported new infrastructure
plans for the province to correspond with the province’s tourism and
employment promotion as a means to stir up economic development.
This was presented by
the governor during the Provincial Development Council Meeting held
Thursday at the Governor’s Hall.
Gov. Petilla said the
province still sets its sights on a bigger convention center, big
enough to host national conventions and other big events.
He pointed out during
the meeting to PDC members, who are composed of different local chief
executives and other officials of the province, that by providing the
province with more convention centers, business activity will flourish
and become more vibrant.
More visitors would
then be willing and encouraged to come here as the province would then
have the capability to host larger local, national, and even
It can be recalled the
province early on announced it is planning to erect a convention
center at the Old Children’s Park.
The province is eyeing
a facility that could house more or less 3,000-6,000 people in just
one venue with the capability of holding events such as conventions,
forums and seminars of national scope.
governor also reported the provincial government has plans of putting
up an additional building inside the
Leyte ICT Park.
However, this plan has
to be on a later stage since the aim now is for APAC to fully locate,
establish and operationalize itself before inviting more call center
and other ICT locators at the PEZA-facility.
“We cannot as yet
invite other call center companies to locate until APAC has
established their branch. Because they are the first ones to accept
our invitation to locate, we give them some privileges to enjoy such
as operating for a period of time without other competition,” Gov.
APAC Customers Inc.,
as has been reported, is the first call center company that would
start operations by February 2009.
The governor said this
infrastructure plans are geared towards
Leyte’s primary target of tourism and investment.
This as he considers
that tourism and investments are two big generators of employment
which could pull the gap in the figure of unemployed in the province.
About 39,000 people
affected, 6 dead, 2 injured, in the flooding at East and North Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– About 38,884 persons have been affected, six people died while two
others were injured in the recent flooding that hit Eastern and
Northern Samar provinces.
The Regional Disaster
Coordinating Council of Eastern Visayas under the Chairmanship of PRO
8 Director Abner Cabalquinto, reported that two persons died while
another two persons are missing in Jipapad,
Eastern Samar where 13 barangays have been submerged in flood waters up to
6 meters high.
In Bobon, Northern
Samar, one person was reported dead, two were reported dead in
Mondragon, Eastern Samar and another one in Palapag town, making six the total
number of persons who died due to the flooding.
As of December 8, the
Department of Social Welfare and Development, in its report to the
DSWD Central Office reported 38,884 as the number of persons; and
7,587 as the total number of families affected by the flooding in the
DSWD Region 8 also
reported that 124 houses were totally damaged while 1,765 houses were
partially damaged in the 110 flooded barangays of the two provinces.
It appears that
Jipapad, Eastern Samar was the most hit where 13 of its barangays were
flooded, 7,614 persons were affected, 50 houses totally damaged and
693 houses partially damaged, two persons dead while another 2 were
injured. It was reported that at the riverbanks, flood water was up to
8 meters high while in the poblacion, flood water was 4.5 meters high.
DSWD has sent 500
family food packs and 150 pack used clothing to the municipality of
Jipapad through Mayor Joji Montallana. The municipality of Jipapad has
already spent P500,000 from the local calamity fund, it was learned.
Only Jipapad has
submitted an estimated cost in damage to infrastructure and
agriculture, which was pegged at P5Million.
As of 5:00 o’clock in
the morning of December 10, RDCC 8 reported the still affected
municipalities as Jipapad, Can-avid, and Oras in Eastern Samar; and
Bobon, Catarman, Lavesares, Mondragon, Palapag, Catubig and Las Navas
in Northern Samar.
RDCC 8 Executive
Director Angel D. Gaviola and other OCD 8 personnel are still in the
affected provinces to conduct rapid assessments.
The PDCC of
Northern Samar is still conducting assessment and evaluation of
damages and evacuees per barangay.
4 towns in E. Samar
submerged, Gov. Evardone sends relief assistance to flood victims
By BRYAN M. AZURA
JIPAPAD, Eastern Samar
– 4 northern towns of
Eastern Samar was submerged in waters for 3 days after non-stop rains hit
the province the past few days prompting Gov. Ben P. Evardone to send
relief assistance to hardly hit areas in the said municipalities.
As of press time, some
towns of Jipapad, Maslog, Oras and Dolores were still underwater due
to the continuous rains that battered the province anew in the last 4
According to Flora
Pecayo, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of Jipapad, 2
persons have lost their lives due to a flashflood that hit the town on
December 7, Sunday, at around 11a.m. 2 persons have also been reported
injured while no there is no missing person in the said disaster.
infrastructure, agriculture and properties were estimated at P20
million. While the Department of Agriculture (DA) has not made an
official report on the damages caused to ongoing InFres projects,
local authorities said that major sections of Dolores and Jipapad (InFres)
projects have been heavily damaged.
Pecayo said that a
certain Jose Rosco, 16 years old and a resident of Brgy. 1, Poblacion,
was one of the casualties in the flood. Resident’s accounts told that
Rosco was trying to salvage their personal belongings from being
carried by water by transferring to the 2nd floor when he slipped and
knocked his head.
Evardone dispatched 145 sacks of relief rice to patch up the food
scarcity among the flood victims.
“I already gave orders
to bring 20 sacks to Jipapad, 20 sacks to Maslog, 50 sacks to Dolores
and 75 sacks to Oras,” Evardone said in a text message.
In the Initial Flood
Assessment Report of Disaster, Pelayo indicated that the deepest point
of the flood was estimated at 6 meters deep while the average water
level at the Poblacion was 4 meters virtually drowning the town with
The flood, which
affected 13 barangays and 7614 families in Jipapad alone, has sent 60
families to various evacuation sites in the municipality. The other 3
towns are yet to come up with damage assessments.
The Local Government
Unit (LGU) of Jipapad through Mayor Joji Montallana has allocated
P500,000 to purchase canned goods, noodles, rice, milk and sugar. All
barangays in the Poblacion provided assistance as well reaching to
P130,000 to procure rice which is scheduled for distribution on
Evardone said that the province is trying to mobilize all the
necessary resources to come up with a more thorough assessment on
damages in the highly affected areas.
Samar acting governor
signs Executive Order creating Samar PDCC
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Prompted by the flooding in neighboring provinces of Eastern and
Northern Samar, Acting Governor Jesus Redaja discovered that the
Executive Order creating the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council
has not been signed by his predecessor.
Upon the information
of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial
Director Jovito Lacaba, Redaja vowed to sign the document to fortify
the council and make it work.
On Tuesday, December
9, through the attendance of some 40 members out of the 46
member-agencies, Redaja made the promise.
He said that he
convened the council not only to plan out for disaster preparedeness
but also to comply with the request of the newly installed PNP
Provincial Director PSSupt. Pepito Marigmen Pacada.
However, Pacada was
not in the meeting and instead sent his Information Officer Felipe Tan
to attend in his behalf. Tan explained that Pacada rushed to the
regional command for a conference.
In the same meeting,
Provincial Agriculturist Lina Saises reported that some rice farms in
San Jorge are under water. However, she still have to get an official
report from the Municipal Agriculturist as to the damage of the crops.
PAG-ASA-Samar Bureau Chief Ed dela Cruz said that the rains only
reached 100mm which is considered normal, rains, he said has to reach
some 200 mm to be declared as above normal for the townsfolk to be
concerned. PAG-ASA is a very important member of the PDCC.
DILG Lacaba also
informed all present that to prevent casualties in times of typhoon,
all Barangay Captains have been deputized to prevent boats from
sailing if there is an announcement of typhoon number 1.
The PDCC members are
pushing for an ‘operation center’ where all information, deployment
for rescue and relief will come from.
Pia deplores bleak
state of human rights in RP
By Office Senator Pia Cayetano
December 10, 2008
Philippines – Senate opposition member Pia S. Cayetano today
deplored the bleak state of human rights under the Arroyo regime as
the world observes International Human Rights Day and the 60th
anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights by the United Nations General Assembly.
"The long list of
unresolved killings of journalists and political activists best
illustrates the bleak state of human rights today."
The impunity with
which these violations were done and are continuously being
perpetrated have caused so much disillusionment with the government
that it seems our only remaining hope for all of this to cease is when
a new president is finally elected in 2010," she said.
Cayetano said that
among the more prominent unresolved rights cases are the 2007
abduction of agriculturist and political activist Jonas Burgos, son of
the late press freedom fighter Jose Burgos.
She also cited the
2006 abduction of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño, whose
case became the subject of the very first writ of amparo that was
issued by the Court of Appeals and subsequently affirmed by the
"As a mother who also
lost a child, I grieve with the victims' mothers who continue to seek
justice even as they painfully search for any traces that may lead to
their missing children."
She also noted the
case of community journalist Marlene Esperat who was slain in 2005 by
assassins reportedly hired to silence her after exposing the
fertilizer fund scam in 2004.
continuing search for truth on the fertilizer fund scam and much of
what has been uncovered so far regarding this multi-million scandal
can be traced to the crusading work of Esperat, a lady journalist who
was killed in the line of duty."
expressed concern over the report by press freedom watchdogs that 77
journalists have already been killed in the line of duty since 1986,
39 of them during the Arroyo presidency.
"Human rights day
should remind us of the continuing need to affirm and assert our basic
rights and to press state actors on their commitment to protect and
uphold the rights of the citizenry," she concluded.
Continuous heavy rains cause flooding
in Samar provinces
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
December 9, 2008
Leyte – Continuous heavy rains caused flooding in some
parts of Eastern and
has been reported in Can-avid, Oras and Hipapad in
Eastern Samar; and in Palapag and Catarman in
About 13 barangays in
the municipality of Hipapad in Eastern Samar have been submerged in
flood waters since
8:00 o’clock in the evening of
December 6, 2008,
Sangguniang Bayan Secretary Marlon Ingo and Municipal Social Welfare
Officer Flora Pecayo informed the Philippine Information Agency.
As of 11:00 o’clock
Monday, flood water in the area was measured to be about five to six
meters high. Since 2:00 o’clock Monday morning, the flood only
subsided by about one foot, according to Mr. Ingo.
About 50 families have
evacuated to the church, barangay hall and clinic in the municipality.
Other families evacuated to the houses of their relatives while many
more could not evacuate because of high flood waters.
Ms. Pecayo said that
the municipality’s immediate need is food. A private doctor, Dr.
Carmen Sherri has generously provided hot meal for the evacuees, Ms.
Pecayo said, but the local government cannot rely on the private
Mr. Ingo said that a
certain Jose Norcio, 16 years old of Barangay 1 in the town proper of
Hipapad died of drowning, Monday morning. Norcio was reported to have
been swimming towards a neighboring house when his head was hit in the
concrete wall of another house. He was brought to the hospital in Oras
where he was declared dead. His remains now lie in state at the
Meanwhile, Mr. Luis
Cidro Moscosa, the civil defense deputy coordinator and secretary to
the Mayor of Can-avid, informed that as of 2:00 o’clock in the morning
of December 8, 2008, the twelve offshore barangays of Can-avid along
Olot River have been reported flooded in about one-meter high flood
Mr. Moscosa said that
as of 11:00 o’clock in this morning, flood water has subsided to about
knee-deep in Can-avid. No casualty has been reported.
On Saturday, December
6, one person was reported to be missing in Palapag, Northern Samar,
the Office of Civil Defense in the Region informed. The neighboring
towns have been informed about this, so they can relay the information
to Palapag town in case they see this person in their waters.
Flooding has also been
reported in Catarman, the capital town of Northern Samar.
The Office of Civil
Defense in the Region said that it will go to Oras on Tuesday to
monitor the situation. In the meantime, the Provincial Disaster
Coordinating Council in Northern Samar is already conducting field
survey to be able to know how many barangays and municipalities are
Two low pressure areas
(LPA) were spotted in the country Sunday afternoon that are expected
to bring more rains over the Bicol and Visayas regions in the next 24
hours, the state weather bureau said.
Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa)
said the LPAs were located at 100 kilometers northeast of Borongan,
Eastern Samar and at 230 kms south of Puerto Princesa City.
Pagasa Director Prisco
Nilo has warned residents in Albay and
Samar provinces against flashfloods and landslides as heavy rains
are expected in these areas.
He said Southern Luzon
and Visayas would experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers
and thunderstorms becoming widespread rain over the eastern and
western sections of the Visayas, including Palawan and Bicol region
that would trigger flashfloods and landslides.
PNP Samar gives recognition to Pupua
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
December 9, 2008
Samar – The Samar Philippine National Police (PNP) showed
appreciation and recognition to the barangay folks of Pupua,
Catbalogan City for being able to apprehend one Arvin Mateo, 20 who
was found to violate Republic Act 8294 aka Illegal Possession of
From the report of
Barangay Tanod Rogelio Basal, Mateo, a neighbor armed with a home made
shotgun called sumpak or norit-surit (in the dialect) and a long bolo
was trying to pick up a fight in their barangay on November 30, 2008
at eight in the evening.
Basal tried to pacify
the man, but said weapon-brandishing man ignored him.
He then called on
Barangay Captain Rogelio Mana who incidentally was having a meeting
with his kagawads.
In full force, tanods
and council members accosted Mateo who then failed to resist arrest.
That same night, Mana and his men transported Mateo to the Catbalogan
City PNP for proper disposition.
Samar PPO with the
newly-installed Provincial Director PSSupt Pepito M. Pacada deemed it
right to give due recognition for the community helping PNP in their
mission against lawlessness and criminality.
On Monday, December 8,
2008, after the usual flag raising ceremony, the six-member team of Pupua
received certificates from Pacada himself. Pacada in his message
extolled the significant contribution of the community in their quest
for lasting peace and development.
Mana on the other hand
felt happy that their efforts do not get unnoticed.
With the inspiration
and recognition they got from their PNP partners, Mana said he will
encouraged his barangay folks to report any suspicious elements in the
barangay for the preservation of peace.