KARAPATAN-EV to work with CHR8
EGOS, (INF) PA
CAMP DAZA, Fatima,
Hinabangan, Samar – “We are waiting for a couple of days now for the
Karapatan-EV to vehemently denounce and condemn the killing of one (1)
innocent soldier based in San Isidro, McArthur, Eastern Samar last
February 8, 2009 around 3 o’clock in the afternoon,” opened General
Francis Lanuza, 801st Brigade Commander based in Fatima, Hinabangan,
Pfc. Hospicio Timola
of Bravo Company, 62IB with another companion were having physical
fitness preparation as they are about to undergo the Restructured
Reenlistment System (RRS), a periodic procedure conducted to all
Enlisted Personnel of the AFP every three (3) years if they wish to
continue to extend their active military service.
BGen. Francis Lanuza
While the duo jogged
from Brgy San Isidro, members of the NPA on board a motorcycle shoot
the victim. Five bullets hit the different parts of his body and head
that caused his instantaneous death while his companion was unhurt.
Late Pfc. Timola was
among the group of Army unit that helped on the rescue and relief
operations during the LPA that struck some barangays in
Eastern Samar with floodwaters four weeks ago.
Unarmed and innocent
soldier in athletic attire was brutally killed by the ragtag NPA – and
do we hear from the Karapatan-EV crying for justice? Does anyone heard
from the human rights group crying for extra-judicial killing? None.
Why? Is it because that the fatality is a soldier and not an NPA? Can
we assume now that you are part of the jubilant few who are rejoicing
for the death of late Timola? If not then, we want to see you working
with the CHR8 in the investigation.
On a separate
incident, in Paranas, Samar around 4:30 in the afternoon same day,
thirty soldiers from combined elements of 62IB, 14IB & 83DRC led by
Lt. Burac while conducting pursuit operations on the NPAs previously
encountered by the group of 2Lt. Niño last February 5, 2009 in
Barangay Sto. Niño same town, clashed anew that resulted to another
one NPA killed and recovered one M16 armalite rifle. Two enemy killed
in a row and recovered 3 high powered firearms in 4 days time. The
enemy fatality was unidentified and the brgy officials and civilian
populace of Brgy Anagasi, Paranas volunteered to bury the cadaver in
their cemetery since nobody knew of his identity. Incidentally, one
pregnant woman, identified later as Vicky Cedron and his eight year
old son who were with the rebels during the encounter was rescued, and
unscathed, and properly turned-over and received by the brgy officials
headed by Barangay Chairman Leonilo Cedron. If it were not through
this pregnant woman and his child, the NPAs could have suffered more
heavy casualties. Vicky saw there were five wounded as the rebels
During an informal
dialogue with the community after the burial, the masses admitted that
they had fed up with the grave threats, intimidation, and coercion and
extortion activities of these communist rebels. But they can’t do
anything otherwise; their lives would be in danger, “kay diin man kamo
yana nagpapakabuhi? maaram na kami ano hit karuyag signgon” remarked
one kagawad of Anagasi. The incident confirmed to the intelligence
reports gathered that barangay officals in remote areas in the towns
of Paranas, Motiong & Jiabong that hundreds of pesos were extorted
from the honorarium of these local officials and that 20% of the
barangay development fund are demanded by the communist NPA. These
complaints were undermined, overlooked and disregarded by the reported
fact-finding mission conducted by Karapatan-EV here last month.
captured-surrendered communist NPA in an encounter last February 5
voluntarily assisted and pinpointed the government troops’ to the arm
cache, main and satellite camps, logistics base of the enemy which
resulted to the recovery of one (1) garand rifle, antipersonnel land
mine, mimeographing machine, and other war materiel and subversive
documents. The duo came to realized that despite of their present
condition, the Army soldiers of 8ID spared their precious lives,
giving them a second chance.
They are still in the
custody of the military for proper documentation in order to possibly
avail the Social Integration Program offered by the government under
the Office of the Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process (SIP-OPAPP)
for rebels who wanted to live a peaceful and normal life.
Alyas Sonny, 22 can’t
still believe how come that the Army did not kill him in spite of
being an NPA? He is a member of the rebel group that is responsible in
the killing of certain Jesse Delmonte of Brgy Inalad, Motiong,
Samar and Kagawad Noe Pagarao of Lawaan, Paranas in 2008. The same
group that killed Brgy Kagawad General of Caranas, Motiong,
Samar late of 2007.
“We only want to prove that we are sincere in our quest for peace.
That is why we kept on calling this rebel group to come down and
surrender. Join us. Be a Kaibigan Member. We uphold and respect the
human dignity, we support development, we assist and facilitated the
delivery of government basic services, we are there in times of
calamities, we work in tandem with our local government units, we
investigate and punished any military personnel that committed
offenses, we are taught, trained, we respect and observe human rights,
what more could we do? Kill those enemies who remain stubborn and
resist, those who refuse for peace, but spare the precious life of
those who will surrender.” General Lanuza said.
extend my gratitude to all the Mayors and Kaibigan Members under my
Brigade, who believe and for being partners in our peace efforts that
is founded in truth, honesty, loyalty, duty to serve God and country.
Mabuhay po kayong lahat!” Lanuza concluded.
Friday the 13th “Bird
strike” cancels Cebu Pacific’s Tacloban-Manila morning flight
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Friday the 13th early morning flight of Cebu Pacific, 5J562, from
Tacloban to Manila was cancelled forcing passengers to take
alternative flights later on the day.
A bird strike caused
engine trouble for Cebu Pacific flight 5J651 as it was landing at the
DZR Airport in Tacloban Airport in Leyte early morning of Friday,
revealed that the said plane was landing at Tacloban Airport when a
bird got sucked, breaking the engine’s three blades. The Cebu Pacific
airbus 319 was able to land safely and the 125 passengers safely
alighted from the plane, thanks to the quick and sound judgment of the
Cebu Pacific’s Ms.
Michelle de Guzman confirmed the incident saying that “a Cebu Pacific
flight from Manila had a bird strike as it approached Tacloban airport
this morning. The plane landed normally and will undergo servicing and
Because the aircraft
had to undergo servicing and maintenance, Cebu Pacific flight 5J562
from Tacloban to Manila was cancelled and the passengers who were in a
hurry to reach
had to take other alternative flights.
The incident which was
the first incident of bird strike in the history of aviation in
Tacloban, is considered by others as a wake up call for the
authorities to look into the implementation of the long standing
ordinance in the City of Tacloban prohibiting the raising of birds
within a four kilometer radius from the airport.
Just recently, on
Thursday night (11:00 o’clock in the morning of Friday in the
Philippines), a passenger plane crashed into a house near Buffalo,
New York, in snowy weather on Thursday night and burst into flames,
killing 50 people.
The 74-seat commuter
plane lost contact with air traffic controllers and went down a few
miles before the runway at the
airport, authorities said.
Last month, a US
Airways jetliner crashed into the
Hudson River after a flock of birds appeared to have disabled both its engines.
were able to pull out the more than 150 passengers and crew members
into boats before the plane sank.
South Korean aid funds
PGMA’s P2.5-B Samar Pacific Coastal Road Project
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Samar Pacific Coastal Road project will be funded with South Korean aid in the
amount of P2.5 Billion, RDC Chair and Calbayog City Mayor Mel Senen
Sarmiento announced during the Regional Development Council of Eastern
Visayas meeting held on February 13.
Chair Mel Sarmiento
Mayor Sarmiento said
that the said project is one of the two projects which were approved
by the National Economic and Development Authority that would be
funded with South Korean aid, even as the Arroyo government is pump
priming the economy through infrastructure development in order to
insulate the Filipinos especially the poor from the impact of the
current global economic crisis.
Of the total P2.5
Billion project cost, about P1.6 billion will come from South Korea’s
EDCF and P900 million from the Philippine Government.
The Samar coastal road
project which connects Northern Samar to Eastern Samar, is aimed at
supporting development of potential agricultural lands and fishing
grounds of the provinces of Northern Samar and Eastern Samar and
easing the movement of goods and services.
The proposed road will
stretch 108.4 kilometers and go through the towns of Laoang, Palapag,
Mapanas, Gamay, and Lapinig in Northern Samar, and Arteche and San
Upon the instructions
of President Arroyo, P500 million has been earmarked this year to
continue work on the coastal road project, which has been fast-tracked
starting last year to address areas that badly need good roads.
Although the road
project is set for implementation from 2010 to 2013, the Department of
Public Works and Highways has so far spent P287 million on it.
The other project
approved by NEDA is the P3.5 Billion upgrading of the airport in
Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.
Hundreds of delegates
join Palo Archdiocesan Silver Jubilee Celebration today
By GAY B. GASPAY (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– As sweethearts and couples in love celebrate Valentines’ Day
today, hundreds of delegates will join in today’s culminating Silver
Jubilee celebration of then Palo diocese as an Archdiocese.
The delegates, coming
from the different 60 parishes of region 8 under the Dioceses of
Catarman, Borongan, Calbayog and Naval will troop to the Metropolitan
Palo Cathedral in Palo, Leyte, center of activities to join the
Rev. Jose Palma Archbishop of Palo
The three-day Silver
Jubilee culminating celebration started its activities last February
12, as clergies, youth, lay workers, religious men and women, public
officials and parishioners participated the Congress of Faith
Communities, Jubilee of the Clergy & religious and Youth Jubilee Vigil
in Palo and Tacloban City.
According to Palo
Archdiocese Social Community coordinator Rev. Fr. Amadeo Alvero in an
interview said that special guests of the 25th year celebration will
include the Archbishop Emeritus Pedro R. Dean, the Apostolic Nuncio to
the Philippines Most Rev. Joseph Edward Adam, Cardinals, Bishops and
Highlight of the
celebration of the Final Day of Festivities will be the 10 a.m.
Eucharistic Celebration to be officiated by His Eminence the Papal
Nuncio, followed by an AGAPE, a short talk of the Papal Nuncio at the
Archbishop Cipriano V.Urgel Hall and a special presentation of the
Sinulog grand winner the Buyugan.
As the Archdiocese
celebrates its 25th year of Palo as an Archdiocese, Archbishop Most
Rev. Jose Palma has proclaimed February 14, 2008 to February 14, 2009
as the Jubilee Year with its theme: “A celebration of the blessing of
the past, a hopeful journey towards a renewed Church”.
The Archdiocese of
Palo has lined-up many events for the yearlong celebration, one of
which was the designation of pilgrim sites of churches & places of
worship in the Archdiocese during the jubilee year.
himself has declared the following places as pilgrim sites:
Metropolitan Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (Palo), Sto.
Niño Parish (Tacloban City), Holy Cross Parish (Carigara), St. Joseph
Parish (Barugo), St. Francis Xavier Parish (Abuyog), Our Ladey of
Peace & Good Voyage (La Paz), Sts. Peter & Paul Parish (Ormoc City)
and Monasterio de la Virgen de Guadalupe (Kabaon-an, Ormoc City).
Aside from the pilgrim sites visit, the Silver Jubilee Cross
likewise visited all the parish Churches.
It was in
November 15, 1982 when
His Holiness Pope John Paul II elevated the Diocese of Palo to the
status of Archdiocese and was canonically erected
February 14, 1983
with Most Rev. Cipriano Urgel as the Archbishop of Palo. Originally
the Diocese of Palo was under the Archdiocese of Cebu.
Bising cancels ferry
trips, strands passengers in Liloan, Ormoc ports
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Philippine Coast Guards in Liloan,
Southern Leyte and
Ormoc City in Leyte
cancelled ferry trips the whole day of
February 13, 2009, due to tropical depression Bising.
This was learned from
the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council of Eastern Visayas
Operations Center as of 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon of February 13.
As a result of the
cancellation of trips, about 151 passengers were stranded at the
Liloan Ferry Terminal in Southern Leyte. Of the 151 passengers, 74
were male, 61 were female and 16 were children.
Also stranded at the
Liloan Ferry Terminal were 37 vehicles, of which 18 were light
vehicles, 1 bus, and 18 trucks.
The number of ships at
the port is three and the number of ships on hold is three, the report
of the RDCC OpCen signed by RDCC Executive Director Angel Gaviola,
Meanwhile, at the
Baseport in Ormoc City, 322 passengers and 37 vehicles were stranded.
The number of ships at the Ports is 3 and there is only one ship which
is on hold.
Storm Signal No. 1
previously declared in Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Biliran Island,
Leyte Provinces, Northern Cebu and Bohol in the Visayas as well as in
Dinagat Province, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur
and Agusan del Norte in Mindanao was lifted as of 5:00 in the
afternoon of Friday.
In a weather bulletin
issued Friday afternoon, PAGASA said Bising "has weakened into a low
pressure area as it interacted with the land mass of northern Mindanao
and eastern Visayas." It was spotted 70 kilometers northeast of
Surigao City at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon of Friday.
Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration
said, however, that the affected areas could still experience heavy
rains and residents "are alerted against possible flashfloods and
Catbalogan City police
apprehends ‘human trafficker’
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA Samar)
CATBALOGAN CITY – Catbalogan
City Police apprehended a suspected ‘human trafficker’ wanted in
According to Police
Superintendent Ramil Ramirez, Chief of the Catbalogan City Police
force, it was only in February 11, 2009 when they were able to
apprehend the elusive suspect of human trafficking based on a warrant
of arrest from the Bicol town.
The suspect identified
as Cristina Sultan, 45 is a resident of Catbalogan City.
She is now in the
custody of Catbaloga City Police Force and is awaiting to be picked up
by Sorsogon PNP.
This January, Ramirez
said some adult males with questionable gender have also been charged
of the same offense but the relatives of the victims refused to
This is one time when
the PNP is frustrated, Ramirez laments. “How can we solve criminality
when there is a culture of silence?” he added.
cautions ‘lovers’ who are fond of going to dark places in the park as
they are prone to cell phone snatching.
Two cell phone
snatchers are now in their custody and positively identified by their
victims, since then no report of cell phone snatching has reached
However, Ramirez still
gives a warning to texters to stay in places where more people can see
you and can assist you in times of criminality.
This one incident, he
said happened at the Imelda Park near NFA office which is not well
lit, thus the snatching.
Even if the two
notorious snatchers are now detained, and the PNP on 24-hour beat,
still the public is reminded to be careful and to avoid dark places.
P6M ready for
upgrading of Samar Provincial Hospital and Calbayog
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Some P6M is in store for the Samar Provincial Hospital and Calbayog
This was bared by
Integrated Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Dulce Cernal in an
interview on Tuesday in her office.
Cernal said that the
fund is still with the Center for Health and Development (CHD 08) but
will soon be downloaded as the province has complied with the
The fund will be used
for the upgrading of hospital facilities.
However, Cernal could
not yet reveal as to the itemized objects in which the fund will be
It will be recalled
that Samar’s health services has been wanting in the past couple of
years that Samarnons who have the means just patronize Tacloban City
In 2007, CHD 08
reported that three provincial hospitals namely the Northern Samar
Provincial Hospital, the Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital and the
Western Leyte Provincial Hospital in Baybay have already been upgraded
using the same scheme.
Francisco Duque lll, then in his visit to
Eastern Visayas in 2007 thanked the President and the members of Congress
for prioritizing health in the 2008 budget.
It is the marching
order of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to upgrade the local
government hospitals, Secretary Duque added and so for 2008, P1.3
billion has been earmarked by the national government for the
upgrading of hospitals in the country.
Aside from the fund
amounting to millions, DOH-CHD 8 also supports the provincial hospital
with medicines, vaccines, forms syringes even personal computers and
printers, Cernal added.
Cernal said that
presently, the provincial hospital is undergoing a process that will
really help Samarnons cope up with their health problems.
With the return of
Governor Milagrosa Tan to post, Cernal is hopeful that the
reinvigorated spirit of Tan will be open to her proposals as regards
public health concerns.
Village chiefs along
Eastern Samar’s nat’l road turns to province for assistance on road
By BRYAN M. AZURA
Samar – Not able to bear any longer the agony of the worse national
road conditions in the province, some 17 punong barangays in the
central and northern part of the province, turned to Governor Ben P.
Evardone to once again intervene in the rehabilitation of the national
In a manifestation of
concern for their respective constituents, the village chiefs said the
“people of Eastern Samar could no longer bear the condition of the
as it is full of potholes that travelling by land in the province is
hazardous and a great burden for the commuting public.”
“This is no longer
fair and just to the people of Eastern Samar,” said Prisca Daguro,
chairman of Barangay Tamoso of Borongan town and one of the
signatories of the manifest. “Concerned offices do not care about the
agony of the riding public and the communities directly affected
because of these roads,” Daguro fumed seemingly referring to
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Office of the
DPWH maintained that
the contractor could not move through with their work because of the
rainy season. It further maintained that the non-implementation of the
project should not be blamed on them because it has been awarded to a
contractor already. Congressman Teodulo Coquilla said that he has
nothing to do with the implementation of the road rehabilitation in
Norberto Cabo of Brgy. Pagbabangnan, San Julian, commented that these
offices should be responsible in the implementation of road repairs
especially that the national government already released an amount for
the rehabilitation for some sections of the highway. “They should not
wash hands on this,” he said.
Turning their hopes
instead to Gov. Evardone, the barangay chairmen said they believe the
provincial government’s equipment and resources, the road condition at
its worst could be lessened. “Thus, we the Chairmen of the barangays
which are located along the national highway starting from Borongan to
Taft, Eastern Samar, manifest our cooperation and support to the
provincial government in its desire to undertake intervention in the
repair and rehabilitation work of the national highway,” they said.
“With the favorable
response of Governor Ben P. Evardone to our urgent call, and as
gesture of our collective support and cooperation, we the barangays
will contribute by way of providing labor and manpower for the
temporary repair and rehabilitation work,” the chiefs said. “We will
further mobilize our constituents to voluntarily help in whatever they
can to be able to address this perennial problem,” according to them.
sources said that the provincial government will start to mobilize its
fleet of heavy equipment along the national roads in response to the
manifestation of the barangay officials even if national roads are not
under the jurisdiction of the provincial government.
As part of PGMA’s Hunger mitigation Program
Blanca Aurora hosts
Samar’s Freshwater Hatchery
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
February 12, 2009
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Barangay Blanca Aurora, San Jorge Samar now boasts not only of the
majestic Blanca Aurora Waterfalls but to the first ever Samar’s
Freshwater Hatchery as inaugurated on February 7, 2009.
Central office Asst Director for Technical Services Gil Adora and
San Jorge mayor Nancy Grey, spearheaded the ribbon-cutting
ceremony for the launching of the Integrated Freshwater Hatchery
in Blanca Aurora, San Jorge, Samar on Friday. The hatchery has an
annual capacity of 2 million tilapia fingerlings intended for free
distribution to qualified farmers in the province. Also in photo
is Daram mayor Lo Astorga (L) and NAFC Central office deputy exec
director Marilou Enriquez (R).
Bureau of Fisheries
and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) pride, Gil Adora flew in from Manila to
join the group of his BFAR family headed by Regional Director 08 John
Officer Rolando Ay-ay,
(BFAR-RTC) Director Ronnie Berida and local officials headed by San
Jorge Mayor Nancy Grey also trooped to the site located some 9
kilometers east of San Jorge town.
tilapia fingerlings would come from Babatngon,
Leyte but with
this new development,
Samar may now supply the needs of tilapia farmers throughout
The new site is
expected to further increase tilapia production in the country,
increase income and provide livelihood opportunities among local
fisherfolks to feed the upland farmers.
BFAR in Samar is
advocating for the fishermen not only to hunt fish but to “plant”
them. Berida of BFAR-RTC send this message to his technician in a
He said that Samar
Maqueda Bay known to have been the richest fishing ground in the
Visayas has now been ripped of its natural riches due to overfishing
and even illegal ones like the use of blasting and trawling.
Only fish culture will
be able to respond to the need of the Samarnon as regards fish
protein, so the advocacy.
Aside from providing
fish materials, BFAR will also train fisherfolks fish production
technology and introduce the new tilapia strain.
As to tilapia’s
popularity in Samar, slowly, Samarnons are accepting the alternative
to fish from the sea.
Cebu Pacific opens
domestic flights for Catarman, Calbayog
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Low-fare carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) will soon fly the Catarman,
and Calbayog City, Samar routes.
Cebu Pacific has just
acquired its seventh brand-new ATR 72-500 aircraft which it will use
to fly to Catarman and Calbayog in Samar.
Cebu Pacific’s Ms.
Michelle Eve de Guzman informed the Philippine Information Agency that
the inaugural flight to Catarman will be on Valentines Day, February
14, 2009, at 7:00 o’clock in the morning.
inaugural flight to Calbayog will be at 7:00 in the morning on
Wednesday, February 18, 2009, Ms. De Guzman added.
To mark the
announcement of these additional services, Cebu Pacific is offering a
promotional P500 all-in 'Go Lite' seat sale for flights from Manila to
Calbayog and Catarman.
Ms. Candice Iyog, Cebu
Pacific VP for marketing and distribution, said “we are expanding our
Manila hub operations with the arrival of our brand new ATR and will
make more areas accessible through our low fares and new planes.”
Cebu Pacific will fly
Manila-Catarman every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and will
fly Manila-Calbayog on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
For flight schedules
and bookings, passengers may log on to www.cebupacificair.com, call
the reservations hotline (632) 70-20-888; or visit the travel agent
Now in its 13th year,
Cebu Pacific has the youngest aircraft fleet in the Philippines. It
flies to 15 international cities and 27, soon to be 32 domestic
destinations with the addition of Siargao, Virac (Catanduanes),
Cauayan (Isabela), Catarman and Calbayog in the coming weeks.
The coming in of Cebu
Pacific make three airline companies flying the Catarman, Northern
Samar and Calbayog City, Samar route.
Samar Governor Mila
Tan returns to post
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Samar Governor Milagrosa Tan, after serving her 90-day suspension
is back at the helm of the province of Samar officially on Tuesday,
February 10, 2009.
The Department of
Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director William Paler
came over to check if the governor has assumed office.
On Monday, the whole
province watched as acting Governor Redaja then voluntarily vacated
his post two days earlier than the law required.
to a top DILG official, Redaja’s
term should end Tuesday yet, but Redaja reportedly said the two more
days seem insignificant.
near the capitol grounds were jolted when a motorcade bearing two
ambulances with Governor Tan’s
name suddenly emerged tagged by traffic police. As they all know that
Tan was returning, they assumed the motorcade was to signal her
return, yet PIA found out, the motorcade was for the Philippine Nurses
A barangay kagawad who
does not want to be identified said that Gov. Tan should explain the
talks circulating about her unliquidated cash advances amounting to
Another bystander said
he is happy because the governor will be distributing rice again on
her birthday on the 25th of this month.
Tan was served a
suspension order for ninety days in November 10, 2008. Redaja, the
reigning Vice Governor then was sworn-in as acting governor and the
first Sangguniang Panlalawigan member, Nancy Rosales as Vice Governor.
On Tuesday, with the
term expiration, Governor Tan started her official duties, although
not necessarily at the Capitol.
Media liaison, Malyn
Caya cautioned the media that the governor does not like to be
published, all she wanted, Caya said is to work.
And work she will do,
the governor is set to meet all mayors, capitol employees and a host
of medical missions to be implemented.
Employees at the
capitol also started the news that Governor Tan will be hauling big
stars starting February 14, 2009 with the valentine concert of ABS-CBN’s
hottest love team Kim Chu and Gerald Anderson.
Movie stars like Vice
Ganda, Ethel Booba, Pinoy Hunks and Pinay Babes will hold a
spectacular show on February 24, 2009, aside from the usual grandiose
raffle draw characteristic of a Governor Tan event, Samarnons will be
treated to a medical-dental mission, supplemental feeding, rice-giving
and other treats that endears her to Samarnons.
Upgrading of 3
government hospitals in EV nears completion
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Under the Hospital Upgrading Program of the Arroyo Administration,
the upgrading of secondary to tertiary level hospitals in the
provinces of Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Leyte, are ongoing,
about to be completed and have been completed.
The Eastern Samar
Provincial Hospital, Northern Samar Provincial Hospital and the Baybay,
Leyte District Hospital are the recipient last year of the Hospital
Upgrading Program which is being implemented by the Department of
Health and the respective local government units.
The components of the
project are civil works, purchase of equipment facilities and
supplies, purchase of medicines and other laboratory drugs and
The Report of the RDC8
Monitoring team shows that as of December 25, 2008, the upgrading of
Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital with P16,947,330.65 funding covers
civil works like the construction of OB-Gyne Examination and
Consultation area; septic delivery and CSSR; the construction of
second floor to serve as conference hall, affiliate room and library;
expansion of X-Ray, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Billing, Chief Nurse and
Chief of Clinics offices; rehabilitation of Supply office,
partitioning and provision of mezzanine; and the repair and renovation
of areas for ICU, OR and Delivery Room complex.
For the equipment
component in the amount of P1,268,800.00, the procurement of the
cardiac monitor, electrocardiograph and BP App/Sphygmo/Oxygen gauge
are on process while the risograph machine has been procured and paid.
Of the P4,141,747.35
funding for the MOOE component, 92.20% has already been spent.
In the case of
Northern Samar Provincial Hospital, P9,549,473.40 has been disbursed
of the P10 Million funding for the civil works that include
improvement of ICU/CCU; improvement of Nurses Station; provision of
road network within the hospital; construction of waste holding area
building; expansion of office room for DOH retained personnel;
replacement of window at payward; repair of old nurses quarter;
improvement of drainage system; and upgrading of electrical system.
The funding for the
equipment component in the amount of P1,040,000. And P2,437,000. 00
for the MOOE component have already been disbursed.
For the Baybay Leyte
District Hospital, the civil works in the amount of P2.4 Million; the
equipment component in the amount of P3.95 Million; and the MOOE
component in the amount of P7.15 Million, have all been completed and
Barangay Treasurers organized in Basey town
By RICKY J. BAUTISTA
BASEY, Samar – The
first-ever Association of Barangay Treasurers was finally organized in
this locality recently.
In a bid to strengthen
the collection of local tax revenue and to manage better the financial
procedures in the barangay level as provided in the Local Government
Code of 1991, the 51-barangay treasurers here had organized and formed
the Association of Brgy. Treasurers of Basey (ABTB), last January 12,
2009, Monday, at the Audio Visual Hall, Basey, Samar.
Erwin Hidalgo of Brgy.
Can-abay, the pioneering president of the association said that the
move was in response of the clamor of his co-treasurers to have a
common group that will somehow address the priority issues and
concerns relative to their kind of work.
“It is our strong
desire to empower and enhance the financial management capabilities of
all the barangay treasurers in this municipality, as well as to
promote integrity, efficiency and high ethical standards in the public
service,” Hidalgo said.
He added that at
first, “it is aimed solely to essentially re-orient and enhance the
person manning the barangay treasury, but (after the election) it has
been observed by many as an effective tool to have a group that has
one voice - to cater issues that somehow may arise.”
Last January 30, at
around 5 o’clock in the afternoon they swore into office with no less
than Basey mayor Atty. Wilfredo “Didi” Estorninos as their inducting
officer. Vice-mayor Paul Adona and some department heads among other
In his message, Mayor
Estorninos lauded the newly founded group and likewise vowed to
support the objectives of the association. He also suggested that they
should immediately go into further trainings and seminars so as to
enhance their knowledge about handling the barangay coffers.
Accountant Luisa H. Bacayo, who acted as their adviser, advised the
officers and members of the association to be very active and
dedicated in their work. “Since that you are the one manning the
barangay treasury, each one of you should become more responsible and
professional in your daily life, remember that every eyes in the
barangay is looking at you, on how you handle the peoples’ money, she
The accountant added:
“as of now, the country is experiencing some financial crisis, let us
do our work effectively by doing good in our work, especially in the
collection of local taxes. And I am sure that through the support of
your chairman and the council, and the municipal leaders, we can beat
that problem hounding our nation.”
The officers of the
association were the following: President, Erwin Hidalgo (Brgy. Can-abay);
Vice-President, Ricky Bautista (Brgy. Can-manila); Secretary, Aurora
Taganna (Brgy. Roxas); Treasurer, Mila Marabut (Brgy. Baybay);
Auditors, Aldonia Obregoso (Brgy. Mabini) and Lani Taganna (Brgy. Del
Pilar); PIO, Ruel Caberic (Brgy. Bacubac); and Business Manager,
Jessica Caillo (Brgy. Villa Aurora). The board of directors was:
Chairman, Charito Advento (Brgy. Magallanes), Vice-chairman, Brenda
Nueva (Brgy. Catadman) and seven board members who represents this
town’s seven zones namely Ambrosio Bacayo (Brgy. Serum), Felma
Amascual (Brgy. Buscada), Marissa Dela Cruz (Brgy. Sulod), Rusil
Cajati (Brgy. Dolongan) and three other unidentified members.
Contractors furnished more detailed report
Chiz to subpoena
documents from the 3 banned contractors
By Office of Senator Chiz Escudero
Philippines – Senator Chiz Escudero on Monday said that the World
Bank had furnished the three contractors who figured in the alleged
bid-rigging activities on road contracts a "more detailed" report of
the investigation into the collusion.
"Everything is there,"
Escudero said of the report given to the contractors, saying that he
would ask the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs to subpoena the
documents when it resumes hearing on the controversy this Thursday.
Escudero said that WB
procurement officials in Washington told him that what were given to
the contractors were more detailed than what was released to the
Department of Finance.
"Washington World Bank
verbally confirmed to me that prior to the banning of these
contractors, they were each given a detailed list of allegations and
accusations," he said.
The three Filipino
firms included in the report were E.C. De Luna Construction Corp.,
Cavite Ideal International Construction and Development Corp. and the
CM Pancho Construction Inc. – all named and banned by the WB for
alleged collusion in securing foreign-funded road contracts.
During his meeting
with the WB officials in
Escudero said he made a direct appeal in his capacity as a Senator for
the bank to release an official copy of the report to the Philippine
He met with Shaun
Moss, Regional Procurement Manager for
East Asia and the Pacific, Ben Gericke, Senior Transport Engineer and
Steve Charles Burgess, Senior Operations Officer.
"I told them that it
is a matter of public interest to the Filipino people. They first
released the report to the Department of Finance, which was supposed
to transmit it to the Office of the Ombudsman for investigation. But
nothing has been accomplished. I told them (WB officials) to give it
to the Senate, so something can be done," the senator said.
Escudero also said
that contrary to what the contractors say, all of them have been
afforded due process by the WB before they were imposed sanctions for
The WB's Department of
Institutional Integrity said it gave the Department of Finance a copy
of the report in November 2007. The contractors, as part of the
ensuing process, were given notice of sanctions proceedings in May
2008 containing all alleged wrongdoing.
They were given 90
days to respond in their defense, but all three failed to submit their
rebuttal to the allegations in the report.
"It's a simple logic,
if one accuses you of being a thief and you know very well it's not
true, won't you defend yourself and your honor? Why the silence from