“Tourism is considered
one of the major growth sectors in the country today. It can create
jobs rapidly, at relatively low cost and, with much flexibility. It
creates human resource-intensive jobs which means it employs more
people and not machines unlike other industries,” Gov. Petilla said.
Thus he said, he has
already encouraged local government units to formulate tourism
programs and policies to enhance the positive impacts tourism can have
on life, culture, and economy.
He added that through
the tourism industry, economic conditions can be revitalized
especially in less-developed areas as tourism generates jobs for the
local town people.
In particular, the
bulk of employment creation will emanate from the passenger transport,
retail trade, hotel and accommodation, restaurants, travel agency and
tour operations, and recreation and entertainment.
Direct and indirect
employment targets in the tourism sector are projected to increase
proportionately with the growth in visitor arrivals.
Towards this thrust,
Gov. Petilla said Leyte’s hosting of the 2009 Palarong Pambansa during
the summer, is one big tourism promotion.
Also, he said, with
the management of the Mac Arthur Park Beach Resort Hotel now placed
under the provincial government, and with some interested investors
signifying their interest to develop the place, more tourism bustle
can be put into place.
governor disclosed that promoting the ICT industry would still be
among his priority this 2009 saying ICT is the wave of the future and
the foundation of tomorrow's economic development.
Towards this end, he
disclosed, the province would continue to banner the Leyte ICT Park as
an IT destination in the Eastern Visayas region.
In making the PEZA
declared facility as an alternative IT destination in the Visayas
would mean the province would continue its goal to provide accessible
infrastructure, the development of world-class manpower, and a
responsive government support service.
Already, by February,
APAC Customer Services Inc., the first call center locator at the
Leyte ICT Park, is targeted to formally start their operation that is
employing hundreds of local workers.
Chiz to probe bribery
scandal in prosecution service
By Office of Senator Chiz Escudero
Philippines – Purported acquittal of cases involving heinous crimes
through alleged bribery and influence peddling in the National
Prosecution Service will be probed by the Senate Committee on Justice
and Human Rights once congressional session opens next week.
Senator Chiz Escudero,
committee chairman said he is filing a resolution today to look into
the alleged bribery scandal which has brought to fore a very serious
issue concerning the administration of justice itself.
Escudero said the
allegations involving the country's prosecutors are too disturbing to
be ignored especially since these have been said to result to the
acquittal of cases like large scale smuggling, plunder, rape and
The senator wants to
validate reports that almost 80% of all cases filed in court have been
dismissed, specifically illegal drug cases being handled by the
Philippine Enforcement Drug Agency (PDEA).
"Such statistics is
equivalent to two-is-to-one ratio of dismissal and acquittal as
against conviction relating to illegal drugs alone".
Escudero is also after
the track record of prosecutors in relation to the cases they have
handled and are handling.
"Isa sa titingnan
namin yung track record ng mga prosecutor pagdating sa mga kasong
isinasampa o nirerekomendahan nilang madismiss, ilan na ba ito, ano
ano klaseng kaso ito at kung mayroon tayong judge-bitay ika nga na
noon, puro mga execution ang mga desisyon. Baka naman may mga piskal
tayo na puro dismissal din ang desisyon ng anumang kasong nakakarating
sa kanilang lamesa, kukunin naming ang statistics at datos dahil baka
may pattern tayong makikita tungkol sa bagay na ito" Escudero said.
Escudero said the
whole National Prosecution Service must be reviewed and accordingly
provided appropriate safeguards to thwart any possibility of bribery
or influence peddling.
"It really must be
looked into and, if warranted, be tempered with appropriate
legislation to avoid their office's vulnerability to money and
As this developed, the
senator challenged the Office of the Ombudsman, which has now started
a "quiet" probe into the matter, to really rise up in this issue and
to show something for its investigation on this issue and all other
issues in the past.
He said Ombudsman
Gutierrez cannot sit idly by anymore as she did with previous issues
under her office because this bribery scandal has shown the vast
powers granted by law to public prosecutors.
"The Ombudsman is the
underbelly of the government's cleansing system. Ombudsman Gutierrez
has been one with the DOJ before she went to OSG. As a way of personal
and professional aside, she should see to it that the National
Prosecution Service and all government agencies for that matter, is
properly cleansed and policed".
Was it too early for 2009 or too late for 2008?
Christmas comes in
January for 2 thousand Daram families
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
January 15, 2009
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Two thousand families from Daram, Samar an island town located
within an hour of boat ride from
Samar’s capital city of
family gift packs worth P350 during yesterday’s fiesta celebration
honoring Sto. Niño.
Regional Director Ben
Marta of National Food Authority (NFA) and Regional Director of
Department of Social welfare and Development (DSWD) Letty Corillo
distributed the gift packs with Daram Mayor Lucia Astorga, Rep. Sharee
Ann Tan and Presidential Assistant for Eastern Visayas Cynthia Nierras.
Nierras mentioned in
her speech that there are some 5 thousand families considered poor in
Daram and that somehow, the gift packs made the two thousand families
feel better for at least sometime.
The gift packs came
from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who would have done the
distribution herself had it not been for the problems regarding
natural calamities that plague Mindanao presently.
distribution, some 20 families from Barangay Casab-ahan, Daram trooped
to the town hall for their packs, others claimed their packs after the
Daramnons received a
deluge of “assistance” from PGMA like seed corns for planting in the
Agrarian Reform Area in Barangay Parasan; check worth P200,000 for the
LGU for the establishment of a ‘Bagsakan Center’, Food for School rice
rations for Day Care center kids and Katas ng VAT Tulong Para kay Lolo
at Lola one time cash gift of P500 for senior citizens aged 70 and
above but are not pensioners.
received seaweeds as planting materials from the Bureau of Fisheries
and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for Daram’s productive marine habitat and
some 20 Botika ng Barangay boxes of medicines for the BnB operators.
Ann Tan sponsored the training of BnB operators and was given a
citation for her ‘support’.
Authority (PCA) also distributed checks worth P183,000 for 53 farmers
who joined the Participatory Coconut Planting Program, Regional
manager Edilberto Nierva was present to distribute the checks.
Other VIPs spotted by
the media include Regional Directors Olive Tiu of PIA, DOH Regional
Director Ed Gonzaga, BFAR’s John Albaladejo, DA Leo Cañeda, TESDA’s
Samar Provincial Chief Cleta Omega, NFA’s Frannie Mercado, Grecon
President Dr. Leo Lofranco and a host of DAR Samar officials led by
Mr. Inigo Dacuag and Ms. Nenita Abinguna.
Samar’s Board Members
Tom Bolastig, Jimmy Dy and
councilor Vaughn Zosa were also present in the big-time distribution
choreographed by Fr. Melvin Ojeda and DepEd children provided
grandiose production numbers while the 8th Infantry Division band
welcomed the visitors and played the national anthem.
Mayor Astorga was
beside herself with joy as she received her numerous guests which
filled M/B Islander ferried from Catbalogan City, despite the
turbulent waves in the Samar Sea.
Care Center school kids received their Food for School rice
rations in a ceremonial program held in Daram on Wednesday. In
photo together with the kids (from R-L): DSWD regional director
Letecia Corillo, Presidential Assistant for Eastern Visayas
Cynthia Nierras, Congresswoman Sharee Ann Tan and Daram mayor
Gov. Petilla explains
retrenchment of capitol workers
Media Relations Center
January 15, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla explained the retrenchment of capitol
employees this year is not a matter of choice but an action caused for
a limited fund and the salary cap permitted to local government units
by the budget department.
Speaking for the first
time regarding the retrenchment issue of over 100 employees at the
Leyte Provincial Capitol, he appealed for the reality that the
situation call for.
“Contrary to what has
been speculated and talked about for the past weeks, the decision
really came from the fact that with lesser budget we have to cut loose
on some ends somehow. And with the bulk of the yearly provincial
budget going to salaries of the capitol employees, we are presented a
choice to cut on expenses on employee salaries,” Gov. Petilla
He however dispelled
earlier reports the retrenchment would be based on the residency of
the employees, particularly Tacloban based employees after the latter
recently earned its status of a highly urbanized city and officially
detached itself from the province with its reclassification.
“This is one thing
that I would like to clarify most. If it would be because of the
reclassification of Tacloban, the first to be retrenched would be our
provincial administrator (Vincent Emnas) because he is from Tacloban.
We also have our department heads who are from
and other persons holding positions. If we would base our retrenchment
on that we would definitely lose a significant number of capitol
employees,” Gov. Petilla said.
With the more or less
2,300 capitol employees, the provincial government spends around P450
million for employees’ salaries yearly roughly about 50% of the yealry
internal revenue allotment (IRA) of P950 million.
“It is a situation
where we have to choose between cutting on our allocation for projects
such as roads, our bridges, our health programs and others or to
really look into our employees kon ano gud an mga positions nga are
really vital and important and are doing their jobs,” the governor
Further, he added that
with the lesser budget for the province, it also has to conform with
the salary cap set by the Department of Budget and Management which is
at 45% of the total budget allocation.
“We may have a problem
in explaining why with a lesser budget we would still be maintaining
the same allocation for the same number of employees. With a lesser
budget it would mean a lesser 45% salary cap for employees’ salaries
so naturally we would cut on that,” the governor added.
employees would be renewed contract for two months and examined which
positions are really important to the functions and operations of the
provincial government. Those that would be deemed unnecessary may be
finally retrenched after such period.
As earlier reported,
Provincial Administrator Vincent Emnas disclosed over 100 employees of
the Leyte provincial Capitol stand to lose their jobs early 2009 with
the province's internal revenue allotment dropping by P90 million
following the conversion of Tacloban into a highly urbanized city (HUC).
However, Emnas said
that the planned mass termination of these employees should not be
interpreted as an act of retaliation on the part of the provincial
government but rather an act of fiscal management of the province.
P2.8 B for cost-sharing with LGUs' solid waste program
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The National Government allocated P2.8 Billion for cost-sharing
with local government units to facilitate the shift from open and and
controlled dumpsites to sanitary landfills.
In a proposed
financing scheme for solid waste management program that he presented
to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a recent cabinet meeting,
Secretary Atienza recommended the provision of a National Government
grant of 40% for 1st- and 2nd- class cities and 25% to 3rd- and 4th-
It was also
recommended that the LGU share be either sourced from local resources
or from loans to funding agencies.
This is expected to
facilitate the compliance of the local government units in the DENR’s
continuing directive for the eventual phaseout of all open and
controlled dumpsites to shift to sanitary landfills.
The local government
units have most often cited the lack of funding as barrier to
compliance to the Solid Waste Management Act particularly the
establishment of a sanitary landfill.
At present, financing
of solid waste management activities are from internal revenue
allotment, additional income sources from taxes, licenses and fines
and loans from financing institutions.
continues to call for the establishment and sound management of
landfill sites in the country in order to address the threats of waste
to the environment and to human health.
Section 37 of the
Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000
said Act provided the deadlines on the shift from open dump to
controlled dump by February 2004 and the phaseout of controlled
dumpsite by February 2006.
Based on records of
the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), there are 16
existing sanitary landfills in the country. In addition, there are 19
landfill sites which have already been issued environmental compliance
certificates (ECCs) and undergoing construction.
An updated report from
the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) cites 931
“non-complying LGUS” nationwide that have been issued warning letters
by the DENR.
The first notices have
been sent out; two months after, the second letter has be sent. After
four months, the final notice has been sent. If the LGUs have not
complied yet, Secretary Atienza said that DENR will have to start
6 dead, 2 injured,
13,480 affected by landslide, flooding in Northern Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– At least six persons died, two others injured and 13,480 persons
were affected by the landslide and flooding on January 10, brought
about by continuous heavy rains in Northern Samar, the Regional
Disaster Coordinating Council headed by PRO8 Director Abner
A landslide incident
occurred at Barangay Ocad in the
of Lavezares, Northern Samar, at about 1:00 o’clock in the morning of
January 10. All the six members of one young family were declared dead
as their house was buried under debris.
Two other persons were
reported injured during the landslide which totally destroyed about
The dead persons were
identified as Edwin dela Cruz, 31 years old; his wife Gemma dela Cruz,
32 years old; and their children Dina, 5 years old; Ina, 4 years old;
Carla, 2½ years old; and Rowena, 1 year and four months old.
Those injured who were
identified as Victor Espina, 47 years old and Pacita Esplana, 40 years
old, are presently confined at the
The local government
of Lavezares headed by Mayor Quintin Saludaga, shouldered the burial
expenses like the caskets amounting to P26,000.
The continuous heavy
rains also caused flooding in about five barangays of Lavezares town.
About 831 families were affected and ten families with 50 individuals
evacuated at the Lavezares Elementary School.
municipalities of Northern Samar were affected by flooding. These are
Bobon, Catarman and San Roque.
In Bobon town, 881
families or 4,405 persons in seven barangays were affected by the
flooding. In San Roque, flooding occurred in 8 barangays and affected
684 families or 3420 persons.
In Catarman which is
the capital town, 500 families or 2,500 persons in 24 barangays were
affected. The Provincial Capitol Building became the temporary
evacuation center for the 55 families composed of 275 persons who were
affected by the flooding.
Disaster Management Office of Northern Samar conducted relief
operations in the Municipality of Lavezares on January 10. The Local
Government of Lavesares also extended relief operations amounting to
P46,800 to the people in the affected barangays.
Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 8 allocated 1,000
family food packs for the affected people in the affected
municipalities. The SWAD team of Northern Samar has been dispatched to
the affected areas to conduct rapid assessment and closely work with
the concerned MSWDOs to determine the situation of the affected
Disaster Coordinating Council is constantly monitoring and
coordinating with the concerned local disaster coordinating councils
in order to know the needs of the said areas.
9 Fishermen missing in
East Visayas due to continuous rains
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– About 9 fishermen from
Leyte and Eastern
Samar have been reported as missing on January 11, 2009, the Regional
Disaster Coordinating Council of Eastern Visayas informed.
At about 2:20 in the
afternoon of January 11, the RDCC Operations Center received a report
from the Leyte Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council that two (2)
fishermen from Barangay San Roque, Tolosa,
The two fishermen
identified as Arnold Abello, 59 years old and Rogelio Advincula, 61
years old, allegedly left for fishing at around 4:00 o’clock in the
morning of January 10, 2009. However, until the time of reporting, the
two fishermen have not returned home.
The RDCC coordinated
with the Philippine Coast Guard for possible Search and Rescue
Operation. The Search and Rescue Team of Leyte is also on standby for
possible deployment while the Bantay Dagat of Tolosa,
Leyte conducted Search and Rescue Operations Operations for the
missing persons on January 11.
Meanwhile, at about
5:00 o’clock in the afternoon of January 11, the RDCC Operations
Center received a report regarding a missing motorized banca “Rogin”
with seven (7) persons aboard from Suluan Island in Guiuan, Eastern
The said motorized
banca left Guiuan at
3:00 o’clock in the afternoon of January 10, heading home to
Suluan Island but
until January 11, they have not reached home.
The last communication
from them was at around
6:30 in the afternoon of January 10, informing their relatives in
Suluan of the sudden change in sea condition producing big waves.
bancas from Suluan Island conducted search and rescue operations for
the missing persons in the morning of January 11 but failed to locate
The missing persons
from Suluan were identified as Aileen Escoto, Alfonso Badar, Jose
Talavero, Francis Mae Talavero, Tereso Garcao, Aida Mercado and
Meanwhile, it was
learned that many travelers going to Region 8 were stranded for two
days, since January 10 until the afternoon of January 11, at the port
at Matnog, Sorsogon.
The commuters were not
allowed to cross because of very rough seas. They were only allowed to
proceed, in the afternoon of January 11.
Region 8 has new RED
as DENR reshuffles Regional Executive Directors
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Region 8 has new Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Regional Executive Director as a result of Sectary Atienza’s
reshuffling of DENR regional executive directors.
Effective January 9,
the new DENR 8 Regional Executive Director is Regidor M. De Leon who
was formerly the RED for Region 3. He replaces RED Alfredo Pascual
Jr., who is assigned to the Central Office.
Under DENR Special
Order No. 2009-01, all the newly assigned REDs have been directed to
report to their new assignment on January 9. As such, they were
ordered to clear themselves from all their accountabilities from their
To emphasize their
accountability to DENR resources, the reshuffled officials were barred
from bringing their service vehicles to their new assignments
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Lito Atienza on
January 5, issued a special order reorganizing the Department’s
regional executive directors (REDs) nationwide.
Secretary Atienza said
that the reassignment of the regional executive directors is part of
the agency’s continuing organizational development. No less than
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo expects from the department a more
vibrant management of the environment and natural wealth.
With the new team,
Secretary Atienza said he expects a more effective environment
governance particularly in the enforcement of environmental laws.
underscored that the regional officials will not only exercise
authority but also observe accountability. Any illegal activity in
their respective jurisdictions, especially illegal logging, illegal
mining and degradation of water bodies and protected areas, the REDs
will be made responsible and liable. If warranted, charges will be
filed against negligent DENR officials, Secretary Atienza added.
The newly assigned
regional executive directors are Primitivo C. Galinato, Jr. for
Cordillera Administrative Region (formerly detailed to the Legal
Division of the Forest Management Bureau); Corazon C. Davis for Region
1 (formerly RED of DENR-NCR); Laureano B. Lingan, Jr. for Region 2
(formerly Regional Technical Director for Forestry, Region 2); Antonio
G. Principe for Region 3 (formerly with the Office of Undersecretary
for Field Operations); Jose Andres L. Diaz for National Capital
Region (formerly Assistant Director of Protected Areas and Wildlife
Bureau); Nilo B. Tamoria for Region 4-A; and Marcial C. Amaro, Jr. for
The other newly
assigned regional executive directors are Joselin Marcus E.. Fragada
for Region 5; Ricardo L. Calderon for Region 6 (formerly RED of Region
11); Leonardo R. Sibbaluca for Region 7; Maximo O. Dichoso for Region
9 (formerly RED of Region 10); Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr. for Region 10
(formerly RED of Region 9); Jim O. Sampulna for Region 11 (formerly
RED of Region 12); Raquil-ali M. Lucman for Region 12 (formerly
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) for
Misamis Occidental, Region 10); and Edilberto S. Buiser for Region 13.
Search is on for RP’s
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Metrobank Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with the Department of
Education has launched the 2009 Search for Outstanding Teachers which
bestows honor upon the teaching profession by according special
recognition to teachers who manifest profound commitment to the
development of the country’s youth.
The Search singles out
teachers who have made a significant contribution to national
development raising the quality of outcomes of education through their
effective, innovative and creative teaching strategies, materials and
devices and their admirable efforts to bring the school closer to the
community and consequently, the community to the school, and in so
doing, providing models of excellence in the teaching profession.
The Search honors
teachers in all levels of education, for their exemplary competence,
remarkable dedication to their work and effective educational
leadership. It is open to all teachers who are Filipino citizens with
full load in the elementary and secondary schools, colleges and
universities, who have been actively teaching in the Philippines for
the last ten years.
For both the
elementary and secondary categories, the basic educational requirement
is bachelors degree. The average performance ratings for the last five
years should at least be “Very Satisfactory” with no rating below
Elementary schools are
entitled to nominate one each from the primary (kinder to Grade III)
and intermediate (grade IV to grade VI) grade levels while high
schools and colleges and universities are entitled to nominate only
one teacher each for the secondary and higher education categories.
The nominees must be
endorsed by principals, head teachers or school heads who are the only
ones authorized to nominate teachers to the Search.
Teachers in Charge, Assistant Principals are eligible to join the
Search provided they carry a teaching load of at least 50% of the
total load required. However, they should be endorsed by any of the
Division Supervisors and the Division Superintendent concerned as the
The nominators are
required to accomplish and sign the nomination forms with the complete
required attachments and submit one original copy to any Metrobank
Branch nearest the nominee’s school on or before February 13, 2009, or
sign via courier to Metrobank Foundation, 15th Floor, Metrobank Plaza,
Sen. Gil Puyat St., Makati City on or before February 14, 2009. There
is no need to send the supporting documents yet.
Winners of outstanding
teacher-related awards conducted by reputable organizations at the
national and international levels, and past semi-finalists and
finalists of the Search are deemed automatic second-round qualifiers,
provided they meet the basic eligibility requirements of tenure,
performance and teaching load and passed levels of screening.
Biliran has new PNP
By FLOR JACKSON (PIA Biliran)
NAVAL, Biliran – PSSupt.
Leonardo M. Cesneros was installed on January 9, 2009 as the new
Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Director of Biliran by no
less than Gen. Abner D. Cabalquinto, PNP Regional Director of
in simple ceremonies held at the Biliran Police Provincial Office (BPPO)
compound in Brgy. Larrazabal, Naval in the
The ceremony was
attended by Biliran Vice-Governor Lucila Curso, Mayor Susan Parilla of
the municipality of Naval, the capital town of Biliran province, Mayor
Floresca Delante of Caibiran, Biliran town Mayor Carlos Chan,
Sangguniang Panlalawigan members Engr. Eriberto Tubis, Eden Apolinar
and Gina Enage, chiefs of police of the eight municipalities of the
province, officers and men of the PNP in the municipalities and in the
province, media and other guests.
In his welcome
remarks, PSupt. Excel Lamerez, Deputy Provincial Director for
Administration described outgoing PNP Provincial Director PSSupt.
Arcadio Lelis as a good leader when he said “he had shown the
qualities of a good leader that everyone desires – a leader by example
who aspires for the welfare of his men”.
“PSSupt. Cesneros, the
incoming provincial director and alumnus of the Philippine National
Police Academy (PNPA), the country’s prestigious police academy,
shares common leadership qualities with PSSupt. Lelis, hence, the
province of Biliran is assured of a quality public service by the BPPO”,
The reading of
termination order for PSSupt. Lelis as outgoing PNP Provincial
Commander of Biliran province and the Designation Order for PSSupt.
Cesneros was done by PSupt Raul Saysay, Deputy Regional Personnel and
Human Resource Doctrine Division (RPHRDD) of PNP region 8.
In his remarks and
relinquishment of office, PSSupt. Lelis appealed to the officers and
men of the BPPO to extend their assistance and full support to the new
For his part, PSSupt.
Cesneros in his acceptance speech said “I only have few things to say
– I am here to carry out the mission of the PNP, to enforce the law,
prevent crime and maintain peace and order with the active support of
He appealed and sought
the support of the local officials present during the turn-over
ceremony as he assured Gen. Cabalquinto that he will do his best as
PNP Provincial Director of Biliran province.
Furthermore, he said,
“I will do my best to make BPPO as the best PNP provincial office in
region 8, but I cannot do this without your support.”
He ended by saying “I
have nothing in mind but to protect the people of Biliran”.
Gen. Cabalquinto who
capped the turn-over ceremony with his message thanked Col. Lelis for
accepting the assignment as OIC Provincial Director of Biliran PPO
inspite of his rank as Deputy Regional Director for Operations at the
PNP regional office in Tacloban City.
He urged the officers
and men present during the turn-over ceremony to be more credible and
effective in doing their jobs as he said “Col. Lelis has these
“Biliran peace and
order is unique and it is a challenge to the new Provincial Director”,
“I am urging all
policemen in Biliran to exercise professionalism in everything you
do. Always be professional and sustain the best practices of the PNP
organization. Be loyal to all and not to any organizations or
political groups”, he added.
Before he ended his
message, Gen. Cabalquinto announced that he will give additional four
patrol cars and equipment to BPPO next month so that as PSSupt.
Cesneros assumes office, all the eight municipalities of Biliran will
have their respective patrol cars.
simplifies business processing
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
January 12, 2009
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – Determined to attract investors to come and locate their
shops here, the local government (LGU) unit starting this year has
eased the requirements for Social Security System (SSS) coverage and
the mandatory fees imposed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR),
excluding these two as compulsory in the renewal or new applications
for business transactions in the city.
City Hall also lifted
the requirement on building permit as a pre-requisite regulation prior
to renewing the Mayor’s permit and related licenses of an already
operating business establishment or one about to be opened.
This was one of the
major changes announced by City Mayor Maloney Samaco during his “2009
State-of-City Address (SOCA), Mid-Term Report” held at the Ampil
Pensionne, this city, Friday, January 9.
“Other cities also
waived these requirements, so we are just following what was commonly
practiced,” Samaco stressed.
In the brief
interaction with local media following his speech, Samaco clarified
that in previous years the SSS and the BIR made representations with
the LGU and requested assistance, and these were duly accommodated.
The move to exempt
local business from SSS and BIR dues came shortly after the Department
of Trade and Industry (DTI) advised the LGU to shorten the processes
of business procedures in the city, Samaco further explained.
should not be made hostage to the regulatory functions of other
agencies, for they have their own legal personnel to go after alleged
erring businesses,” Samaco pointed out at the impromptu press
The initiative gained
support from the local business community, observers noted, especially
with the expected global economic slump that may linger and hit the
country this year.
A one-stop signature
desk covering health and fire requirements, among others, has been
set-up already at the city hall for fast and expeditious processing of
business licenses, this time minus the SSS, BIR, and building permit,
Maasin City is widely
seen as an emerging market for potential capitalists, as shown by the
series of building construction going on in the heart of the city last
DepEd adopts Chess in
the school curriculum
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Chess will soon become a part of the school curriculum, per DepEd
Memorandum No. 1 series of 2009, issued on January 8.
Jesli Lapus said that the Department of Education will adopt Chess as
a strategy to promote the development of higher order thinking skills
and values Grades 3 - 6 in the subject Edukasyon sa Pagpapalakas ng
Katawan (Physical Education).
Chess will also be
used at the secondary level as part of the Physical Education
will remain as a game category in the Provincial, Regional and
National athletic games.
Global studies have
shown that Chess is a game that improves individual organizational and
analytic skills, Secretary Lapus said. Children when exposed to this
game at an early age achieved academically better or even faster than
those who have not been engaged in this game.
Chess is also among
the activities that help build memory skills, concentration,
self-confidence, self esteem, and in making disciplined divisions.
Playing Chess provides opportunities to practice such values as
perseverance, honesty and sportsmanship.
In order to facilitate
the successful inclusion of Chess in the curriculum, Secretary Lapus
has given specific directives to the DepEd Central, Regional and
He has directed the
Division Offices to conduct mapping of Chess experts in the community
to mentor teachers and children. The Division Offices have been
directed to purchase chess sets using their MOOE and to provide each
school with Chess sets following the three sets per class ratio.
The Divisions will
also launch Project Chess with parents, local government units and
non-government organizations in the community in order to generate
awareness, support and appreciation of such strategy. Distribution of
Chess sets will be done during the launching.
The Regions will
monitor the utilization of Chess as strategy to develop higher order
skills and values and provide technical assistance.
The Central Office
will formulate guidelines, manual and or lesson exemplars on the use
of Chess in developing higher order thinking skills and values in the
elementary level and to enhance the existing practice at the secondary