impresses WB representative
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 14, 2009
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Pinabacdao town with the Japan Social Development Fund- Social
Inclusion Project was visited by its funding donor World Bank with
country representative Haiti national named Yulaine Joseph.
Mayor Mario Quijano escorts Ms Yolaine Joseph a Haiti national
representing World Bank to assess the Japan Social Development
Fund - Social Inclusion Project. (photo PIA Samar)
The Haiti national was
visibly pleased in his most recent visit to the town where he learned
that the project beneficiaries have been truly empowered after a
series of healing sessions done by a team of trained DSWD counselors.
included debriefing trauma victims which psychologists attributed to
their sad experiences with rebels and abusive military.
The project is a
special anti-poverty project implemented to address participatory and
social exclusion issues that prevent poor communities from taking part
in development activities.
The WB representative
was able to draw out reaction from the beneficiaries with little
With the program that
ended in December last year, ‘healed’ community members have shown
that their bitter experiences are now things past and they have
positively gained renewed self-confidence to move on with their lives
through community participation.
Of the 72 identified
victims, some seven participants have fully recovered and are now
active with community work.
The WB visitors were
also shown demonstration farm of hybrid rice ready for a teeming
harvest in Barangay Dolores while in Barangay Lale, Barangay Chairman
Efren Ocenar has an abaca plantation of one a half hectare.
In the same gathering,
national awardee for Best Community Volunteer Marvin Del Monte from
Parasanon was awarded for his sterling achievement as volunteer.
The Japan Social
Development Fund - Social Inclusion Project (JSDF-SIP) was launched as
a complementary project to ensure the inclusion of indigenous peoples,
people in conflict-affected areas and women in mainstream KALAHI-CIDSS
activities in the community level.
Kohei Noda, a Japanese
national who is the financial attaché of Japanese Embassy also aired
his good impression with the Pinabacdao experience the following day.
The WB visit was a
post assessment of the project that was launched a year ago.
Mayor Mario Quijano
extended his gratitude to the funding agency and urged them to support
the 13 other barangays for other or similar projects that could propel
them for development.
DSWD 8 recruits
enumerators for the National Household Targeting System in Catbalogan
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 13, 2009
CATBALOGAN CITY – Samar
Provincial Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) Luz Tacal said that
the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) office 08 has
started recruiting enumerators for a project known as National
Household Targeting System (NHTS).
applicants waiting their turn for an interview outside the DSWD
office in Catbalogan, Samar.
The office was swarmed
with hundreds of applicants for some 290 job requirements as
enumerators, encoders, area supervisors and area coordinators on March
5 and 6, 2009.
With the rumors
spreading that the PSWDO is engaging in politics in the recruitment is
plain hearsay said Tacal.
In fact, she said she
did not in any way participate in the acceptance of applications. She
had inhibited herself from taking any part in the recruitment to avoid
talks. All she did was to comply with the DSWD request to hold the
interview in the PSWDO, she clarified.
The panel of
interviewees was composed of two division chiefs from DSWD RO 08, like
Ms. Yvonne Abunales and Ms. Virginia Idano and other staff.
Presently, the office
in charge is still having interviews to be able to fill up the 290
slots. The job which is good for only one month has been drawing a big
This is an indication
that jobs are hard to come by these days, Tacal said.
However, an insider
said that because of the many applicants, the agency would be able to
choose the best candidates. As of this writing, Tacal bared that some
230 applicants have been considered for screening.
It will be recalled
that in the latest Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development
(SIPPAD) held on February 19, 2009, Ms Leticia Corrillo, DSWD 08
Regional Director gave out the initial information about this project.
On February 24, 2009
the DSWD met with Municipal Social Welfare Officers (MSWDO), Municipal
Planning and Development Officers (MPDO) for an orientation about the
project and the recruitment of enumerators.
In that briefing,
Corillo said that the office needs to know who are the poor, non-poor
and where they are.
The program is also
important to ensure that the limited resources of the different social
protection agencies reach the poorest of the poor, according to Ms.
Yvonne Abonales who presented the program.
Bishop Bacani graces
20th anniversary celebration of the Diocese of Naval
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA (PIA Biliran)
NAVAL, Biliran –
Bishop Teodoro A. Bacani, Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches in Metro
Manila and a prominent personality in the religious sector known for
his strong pronouncements on various social issues in the country
graced the 20th anniversary celebration of the canonical erection of
the Diocese of Naval on March 7, 2009 at the Naval Cathedral.
The 69-year old bishop
was the homilist during the Pontifical Mass that highlighted the
occasion. His homily centered on one’s dream and vision and how
valuable it is to achieve something worthwhile.
The soft-spoken bishop
emphasized how valuable it is to dream saying “Napakahalaga ng
mangarap, ang nangangarap umaabante, sumusulong at iyong nanaginip na
gising hindi iyong nanaginip na tulog kundi wala pa ring mangyayari sa
He also emphasized
unity and to love one’s enemies, and to read the bible which is the
source of the word of God.
He praised the alive
Eucharistic celebration of the holy mass where he witnessed how lively
the parishioners sung the mass songs.
Bishop Bacani was
ordained priest on December 21, 1965 and bishop on April 12, 1984 at
the Manila Cathedral.
He was appointed
Auxiliary Bishop of Manila and Titular Bishop of Gauriana, in March 6,
1984 at the age of 44. He was appointed Bishop of Novaliches on
December 7, 2002 at the age of 62.
He was also a
professor and dean of Theology at the San Carlos Seminary. He held
various positions like Bishop of the Ecclesiastical District of South
Manila; Chairman, Archdiocesan Commission of the Marriage & Family
Life Ministries; Chairman, National Pastoral Planning Committee of the
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP); Bishop of
Ecclesiastical District of Manila; Chairman, Committee on Establishing
Parish Churches as Shrine; Spiritual Director, Mother Buttler Guild;
Assistant National Chaplain, Christian Family Movement and Chairman,
CBCP Committee on Public Affairs.
The main celebrant of
the Pontifical Mass was Archbishop Jose Palma of the Archdiocese of
Palo with Bishop Isabelo Abarquez, Auxiliary Bishop of Palo; Bishop
Emmanuel Trance of Catarman, Northern Samar, Bishop Filomeno Bactoal,
Bishop of Naval and the parish priests from the different dioceses in
Eastern Visayas to include the priests from the Diocese of Naval as
erection of the Diocese of Naval was on March 8, 1989. The diocese is
composed of three vicariates and 15 parishes.
Evardone hits looming
power rate increase
By ALICE NICART (PIA Eastern
March 10, 2009
BORONGAN CITY –
Eastern Samar Governor Ben P. Evardone calls the looming power rate
increase as ridiculous in this time of global financial crisis.
“I do not see the
logic there. While the President, Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
is moving heaven and earth in order to cushion the impact of this
financial slow down, particularly on the part of the marginalized
sector, here comes National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) spreading the
bad news that by April 16 they will increase the power rate in Region
08 by P1.14 per kilowatt-hr.” the exasperated Evardone spoke on air
over Radyo ng Bayan DYES.
As if to assure his
constituents in advance, he stressed that he will do his best to defer
the increase; the highest official of the province reported that he
will confer with the other governors of Region 8 to discuss the matter
which he said is financially significant.
“I am alarmed by the
news, even if I have not formally received yet the notice because same
was confirmed by a reliable source,” he continued. “Who will not be
shocked at this news? There was no public hearing nor consultation
made before they shocked Region 8 with this news; besides, is it not
a wonder why would they charge us this high, (the highest actually)
when we are the host of the Tongonan Geothermal Plant in Leyte, which
I know is the 2nd largest geothermal in the world?” Evardone taunted.
He also mentioned that
Region 8 as the host region must be given special consideration even
before the product is sold to Panay island, Cebu, Negros island and
maybe several other provinces.
Should the increase
push through, it’s a pity for the households who could hardly earn
from the price of copra, yet, will surely feel most of the brunt,
because the increase will be surely passed unto them, he added.
But he said that on
the 14th of the month, all the governors of Region 8 will meet and “if
we need to file a petition to the Energy and Regulatory Commission, we
will do it”.
Evardone has always
spoken out against power rate increases not only because they are done
on a wrong timing but because he says “I am bound to protect the
welfare of the poor and the less privileged”.
Last year, on the
very the same date today, this writer wrote an article on the same
issue, (“It’s NO to ESAMELCO power rate increase”) when Evardone
called President Arroyo to intervene on the ESAMELCO proposed 124%
increase per kilowatt-hour, apparently to defray TRANSCO collectible
of P6.99 M. Evardone further argued then, that the public was not
informed in any manner, besides, the province has just gone through
the ill effect of the floods after continued heavy torrential rains
hammered the province in February of 2008. Then, because of PGMA’s
directive, a “status quo” was declared for the proposed rate increase.
PGMA’S Super Region
Projects in Eastern Visayas dominate the 2009 DPWH 8 Infra Program
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
2009 DPWH Infrastructure Program is an indication that President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is indeed serious in making the Super Region
concept of development, a reality.
Most of the P60
Billion budget allocation for the DPWH Region 8, are for super region
projects in the different provinces of
Eastern Visayas. These projects include urgent national arterial,
secondary roads and bridges; rehabilitation, reconstruction or
upgrading of damaged paved national roads and foreign assisted
Included in the urgent
national arterial, secondary roads and bridges are roads to complete
the President’s Eastern Nautical Highway, and improvement of access
roads to Airports and
Also included are
roads addressing critical bottleneck, infrastructure support to
tourism hubs and spokes; roads to support peace and development in
Mindanao and other conflict areas, roads to address traffic
congestion and continuation of unfinished and ongoing bridges.
Macapagal-Arroyo’s priority projects were observed to be included in
the 2009 DPWH Infrastructure Program. These include the
Himay-angan-Silago-Abuyo Boundary Road with P56 Million allocation;
Policarpo-Arteche Road with P29 Million allocation; Rehabilitation of Allen-Malaga
Section with a funding of P250 Million; and the P345 Million funding
for the concreting of the
concreting of Laoang-Lapinig-Arteche Road and other projects that will
connect Northern Samar to Eastern Samar, among others.
Also included are the
foreign assisted projects like the rehabilitation of the Maharlika
Highway from Calbayog to Tacloban; and Agas-Agas bridge among others.
The data taken from
the Department of Public Works and Highways in Region 8 revealed that
among the road projects to complete the Eastern Nautical Highway are
the concrete paving of the 11.61 kilometers Biliran Circumferential
Road with 9 sections namely, Mainit-Murang Section, Ariquin-Julita
Section, Pawikan-Baso Section, Bilwang-Mapuyo Section, Baganito-Madao
Section, Bool- Patag Section, Virginia- Marvel Section, Look-Habuhab
Section and Guinapundan-Pinamihagan Section, with a funding of P209
Also in support to
PGMA’s Eastern Nautical Highway, is the improvement of access road to
RORO ports particularly to Naval Port and to Maripipi Port, with a P10
In the province of
Leyte, P20 Million has been programmed for the improvement of access
road of the Tacloban Airport. About P132 Million has been allocated
for the improvement or concreting of Access Road to Ormoc City Airport
and access road to Ormoc Port; roads to address critical bottleneck
particularly road opening and construction of missing links of
national road at the Albuera-Burauen Road including bridges at the
Albuera Section; and the construction and completion of ongoing bridge
project, the Tagaytay Bridge and approaches at Kananga.
Also included in the
Roads to complete Eastern Nautical Highway projects in the Region is
the P2.5 Million access road to Baybay Port in Baybay, Leyte; P50
Million rehabilitation of Daang Maharlika; the P23.8 Million
concreting of Maasin Port, Access road to Maasin Port and access road
to Liloan Port; and the P13.5 Million concreting of Guiuan Airport.
Furthermore, about P30
Million has been programmed for the Roads to Enhance Tourism
particularly fo the concreting of Basey-Sohoton-Borongan Road leading
to Basey Cave and National Park; while in Eastern Samar, P308 Million
has been programmed for infrastructure support to tourism hubs and
spokes from Borongan to Guiuan, particularly, the Borongan-MacArthur
section with exceptions, and MacArthur-Guiuan Sections with
The list of projects
for the Region, is as long as the desire of President Arroyo to fast
track the needed infrastructure support in order to align Eastern
Visayas to the Central Visayas Super Region which is being envisioned
to become the Tourism hub of the country.
Army ventures into
Youth Leadership Training at 8th ID
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 10, 2009
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– As if there is no end to their countless development works for the
community, the army this time has also assumed leadership training for
some 103 student leaders in Samar.
They were holed in at
the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army to undergo a Youth
Leadership Training for three days.
Student leaders coming
from Samar College, Samar State University (SSU), St. Mary’s College
of Catbalogan (SMCC) and Samar National School filled the 8th ID
stadium during their culminating activity.
According to Captain
Glenn Dela Rosa of the Civil Military Operations Unit (CMOU), this
idea came from the same project in Laguna where 15 chapters of the
Youth for Peace were organized.
Although the sessions
are done inside a military camp, army officials insist civilians
handle the lectures and facilitate.
The training, he said
aims to equip the youth with leadership skills and at the same time to
ward them off from the recruitment of the rebels. These ages, one
military officer claimed are potential ages for the NPA’s cadre.
The trainees were also
taught to prepare project plans which most of them need because they
are Sangguniang Kabataan members.
One such student,
Techie Queen Alcala, also elected as the summit Pesident, said she was
impressed with the training like no other seminar she attended.
Shallaine D. Dante a
BSN student from SSU said she enjoyed the late night sessions that not
only gave them intellectual inputs but cultural and aesthetics too.
At one time, the
participants were asked to present a cultural show which showcased the
numerous talents of the group. They said they remember one mentor
named Ian Barcelona whose teachings on character building etched some
marks in their youthful life.
Ms. Ma Ciejay Calara,
another mentor, who hails from the University of the Philippines, Los
Baños, said she was impressed how easily the youth in
Samar absorbed her lectures.
In a talk with PIA,
she said she recommends that all youth leaders undergo this training
to better equip them with knowledge, skills and attitudes for youth
empowerment. She added that she also imparted lessons on global
warming and climate change. She said she is impressed that the
Samarnon youth are aware of this environmental issue.
The same participants
vowed to help intensify the campaign on waste segregation and proper
garbage disposal, Calara explained. She also added that these youth
also seem to be aware of their counterparts who have less in life and
as such are not in school. One group from
Samar College proposed
to hold Alternative Learning System (ALS) classes in their school for
out of school youth.
One army official Lt.
Col Larry Mojica said that they plan to recruit some more students,
this time in their area in San Jorge to undergo the same training
sessions. When asked whether they are worried that critics may brand
them as using the youth as in the past fora where they featured 200
Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP) members, the army sighed and said,
“So be it!”.
No, they did not have
any difficulty asking the permission of the parents and teachers and
administrators, the administrators were immediately convinced when
shown of the video footages of the same training done in Laguna and
The training is free
which is shouldered by the Philippine Army.
Leyte on its last
stretch for Palaro preparations
Media Relations Center
March 10, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – In a
recent gathering with Department of Education’s Task Force for School
Sports in Manila, Leyte Provincial Administrator Vincent Emnas
disclosed everything is going smoothly as to Leyte’s preparation for
its second hosting of the Palarong Pambansa after more than 25 years.
Emnas disclosed the
face-lifting of the Leyte Sports Development Center, the same sports
arena used the first time the Palaro was held in Tacloban in 1983, is
almost complete with an international standard track and field oval
coated by imported rubber as well as an Olympic-standard swimming pool
and a warm up pool.
According to Emnas,
all the playing venues outside of the sports center have already been
upgraded to meet the standard set by DepEd.
“The province has
spent around P75 million for the rehabilitation of the facilities
including the Leyte Sports Development Center. The provincial
government headed by Gov. Carlos Jericho Petilla has earmarked the
bulk of the budget for the rehabilitation of Olympic-size swimming
pool and rubberizing of the the track and field oval,” Emnas said.
Private and public
schools to be used as billeting areas of all the 17 delegations are
also presently rehabilitation and provided with the needed amenities
as bedding, comfort rooms, electricity, adequate water supply and even
Even the requirements
for the media coverage will be provided for as wi-fi ready computers
and laptops will be made ready for the national media men that will
work for their respective newspapers. A media center has already been
set up at the DepEd Tacloban City Division office just for the media
people and their coverage work.
It was learned that
almost 50 percent of the regional representations have already
completed their regional meets going to the Palaro, including those of
Ilocandia, Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Cordillera Autonomous
Region, National Capital Region, Region 11 and Region 12.
There will be 15
sports events in elementary, while 17 in high school. Olympic sports
like athletics, swimming, boxing, tae kwon do, badminton, archery,
gymnastics, table tennis and lawn tennis are also included.
In Puerto Princesa
City in Palawan last year, the National Capital Region ruled both
elementary and high school divisions by amassing 263 and 375 points,
respectively. In contrast,
placed almost at the tail end of the ranking but promises to better
their ranking this year with most of the events represented this time
athletes and visitors are expected to troop to Leyte for the eight-day
competition where President Arroyo will be the guest of honor.
Upgrading of Guiuan
Airport nears completion, PA Nierras says
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
– The Guiuan Airport Development Project which is a SONA commitment
of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, will soon be completed,
Presidential Assistant for Eastern Visayas Hon. Cynthia Nierras
The airport is seen as
the key to the coming of more tourists to the island paradise which is
being promoted by no less than President Arroyo as a major destination
in the Visayas.
PA Nierras said that
she recently inspected the project, particularly the ongoing
construction of the perimeter fence, asphalt overlay of runway, and
the installation of Single Phase electrical Line with a contract
amount of P105.998 Million, and she was told that the work will be
completed in April of 2009.
During the February
meeting of the Regional Development Council of Eastern Visayas, the
Project Monitoring team reporter said that the construction of the
perimeter fence, asphalt overlay of runway, and the installation of
the Single-Phase Electrical Line is ongoing with a contract prize of
The construction of
the Apron and Taxiway was completed in September of 2007. Additional
concreting of Apron and Taxiway was completed in January of 2008 while
the Passenger Terminal Building was completed in August of 2008.
The Guiuan Airport
Development Project has an estimated project cost of P155 Million and
so far, P10 Million and P15 Million was allocated in 2006 and 2007 for
the construction and concreting of Apron and Taxiway and
rehabilitation of the Passenger Terminal Building. An amount of P130
Million has been programmed for 2008 for the construction of the
perimeter fence, site acquisition and construction of access road,
completion of apron and taxiway and asphalt overlay of runway.
The Guiuan Airport
Development Project is a priority project of President Arroyo in line
with her super region concept of development where Region 8 is part of
the Central Philippines Super Region envisioned to be the tourism
center of the country.
In Region 8, the
Calicoan Islands in Guiuan is being developed as an important tourist
destination. A sanctuary of privacy and indulgence highlighted by
tropical landscape and surrounded by the relaxing sound of the ocean –
this is how Calicoan, will win the hearts of local and international
boasts of miles of white sand beaches. With powerful swells rolling in
from the Pacific over the 10,000 meters Philippine Deep, Calicoan is a
Important RP laws due
for translation to 11 dialects
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Very
soon, some 19 laws of national importance will be officially
translated into eleven local languages.
This, after the House
of Representatives and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino signed a
Memorandum of Agreement on March 4, 2009, an article on the House of
Representative website said.
A few of these laws
include Republic Act 09502, the Cheaper Medicine Act; Republic Act
09501, the Magna Carta for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises; and
Republic Act 09505, an Act Establishing a Provident Personal Savings
The 19 laws will
comprise the first batch of Republic Acts which will be translated by
the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino pursuant to the provisions of House
Resolution 331 seeking to translate national laws of national
importance to 11 local languages.
principally authored by Speaker Prospero Nograles was adopted by the
House of Representatives on February 18, 2009.
The measure called for
national laws to be translated into Filipino, Ilokano, Pangasinense,
Kapampangan, Bikol, Cebuano, Samar-Leyte, Hiligaynon, Maranao,
Maguindanao and Tausug.
The Memorandum of
Agreement (MOA) between the House of Representatives and the Komisyon
on Wikang Filipino for the translation of all existing laws of the
land to 11 local languages was signed on March 4, at the Batasang
Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.
The signatories to the
MOA were House Secretary General Marilyn B. Barua-Yap and Jose Laderas
Santos, National President of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.
Witnesses to the MOA
signing were Representative Del De Guzman of the 2nd district of
Marikina City, Chairman of the House Committee on Education and
Culture and Commissioner Carmelita Abdurahman of the Komisyon sa
During the MOA
signing ceremonies, Secretary General Barua-Yap formally handed-over
to Chairman Santos and Commissioner Abdurahman the 19 Republic Acts of
national significance, which were passed during the 14th Congress.
PNRC Northern Samar
chapter strengthens its International Humanitarian Law Committee
By PIA Northern
Samar – With insurgency still considered as a headache, Northern
Samar cannot really avoid a felt problem that refuses to go away. It
has no other option but to have an “eyeball to eyeball” encounter with
the law that will protect non-combantants. This “protector” is no
other than the International Humanitarian Law (IHL).
National Red Cross through its International Humanitarian Law
Committee conducted a meeting on Wednesday to discuss how it could
strengthen itself amidst the observed new clashes between the
government forces and the NPA rebels in the province.
discussion, it was agreed that an orientation on the coverage and
limitations in the application of the law should be conducted by IHL
experts from the PNRC-Central Office for the local IHL Committee
Susan Hernandez said that the participants for this particular
orientation seminar should include local chief executives, heads of
government and non-government offices both at the national and
provincial levels in order to maximize the visit of the PNRC-IHL
About five (5)
orientation seminars at the local municipal and barangay levels will
likewise be conducted utilizing the cluster method, but this time,
this will be implemented by the local IHL Committee.
The IHL Committee
meeting was held at the office of the Philippine National Red Cross
with PIA manager Nene Manzanares, committee chair presiding the
conference. Other participants were Lt. Col. Salvador B. Calanoy,
co-chair of the 803rd “Peacemaker” Brigade; former Vice-Gov. Guido A.
Lavin Jr., co-chair for legal services; PSupt. Ciceron M. Ada,
representing PNP provincial director Eusebio Mejos; Supervisor
Bernardo B. Balanquit, representing Division Schools Supt. Thelma
Quitalig of DepEd; DILG provincial director Naomi C. Tumandao; Renard
Fidel, PNRC-IHL coordinator and PNRC Administrator Susan Hernandez.
Eastern Samar’s first
lady distributes rice, holds medical & dental mission on her birthday
By BRYAN M. AZURA
SAN JULIAN, Eastern
Samar – Some 1,600 residents of Barangays Libas, Putong, Casuroy,
Campidhan and Nena of this town received 3 kilos rice each from
Governor Ben P. Evardone as part of his wife Grace’ birthday bash.
Eastern Samar’s first
lady celebrated her birthday last February 27.
Ben p. Evardone hands in a bag of rice to a resident of Brgy. Nena,
San Julian as part of the birthday celebration of his wife, Grace
Evardone. Assisting the governor is SPM Karen Alvarez.
(Bryan M. Azura)
meanwhile personally visited the islands Manicani, Tubabaw and Victory
of Guiuan town to also distribute rice goodies to the islanders. Among
those that she visited were Barangays Banaag, Hamorawon, San Jose, San
Pedro, San Antonio, San Juan, Camparang, Trinidad and Victory.
Among the activities
lined up for her birthday was a medical and dental mission in Brgy.
Nena, San Julian. Health check-ups were also made to 11 barangays
which were held in Brgys. Buenavista, Victory and San Pedro of the
Islands of Manicani, Victory and Tubabaw respectively of Guiuan town.
The medical and dental missions were made through the health personnel
of Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital (ESPH) and the Local Government
Aside from San Julian
and Guiuan municipalities, Mrs. Evardone also distributed rice to
residents of Cabay in Balangkayan town and Lalawigan, Cabong and Can-abong
of Borongan City.
“I have always wanted
to serve my fellow Eastern Samareños even in simple ways like this,”
Mrs. Evardone said in a statement. “I have thought that my birthday
would be meaningful if I spend it with people,” she continued.
Grace, like the
governor, also a native of Island barangay of San Vicente in Sulat,
had her share of the province’s poor condition. Born in an
impoverished family, she strived hard supporting herself until she
finished studies. She landed a job as flight stewardess.
“My heart will always
be with the people of Eastern Samar especially those who are
underprivileged,” the governor’s wife said. “That’s why I made it sure
that my birthday this year is spent with them,” she continued.
meanwhile said that he also feels fulfilled with this kind of
activity. “Distributing rice and providing occasional medical
intervention of course is just for immediate relief to my needy
constituents,” Evardone said. “However, the province is doing its best
to bring daily food to every Eastern Samareño’s table,” he continued.
To recall with,
Governor Evardone initiated the first Food Summit in
to ensure that food is ready for every table in the province. “While
food security is major problem worldwide, we are working doubly hard
to make sure the province food supply is stable,” the governor said.
officials and residents alike were grateful Mrs. Evardone and Gov.
Evardone made them special by bringing services to them even in a
private event such as the former’s birthday celebration.
Leoncio Ayad of Nena hailed the governor and his wife for bringing
basic services to his barangay. “This is a real display of care to the
people from Governor and Madam Grace,” Ayad said.
Chairman David Calos also expressed appreciation to the Evardone
couple for attending to the basic needs of his constituents. “I hope
Madam Grace will continue to spend time with people like us especially
during her birthday,” he said.
Lady legislator from
Leyte is 5th placer in Nursing Board exams
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Sangguniang
Bayan member Miguela “Inday” Gabisan of Hilongos,
Leyte, has given honor to her town and to the
province of Leyte by
placing fifth in the recent Nursing Board Exams.
Councilor Gabisan, who
got a rating of 87.40 percent, heads the list of three topnotchers who
came from the province of Leyte.
The others being Faye
Stephanie Yu of the Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation (RTRMF)
who placed seventh with a rating 87.00 percent; and Maila Carl
Morantte of Colegio De Sta. Lourdes of Leyte Foundation Inc., who
placed ninth with a rating of 86.60 percent.
Ms. Gabisan, 38, whose
family owns the Gabisan Shipping Lines, is a graduate of the Cebu
She said she was so
shocked upon learning that she was in the top ten of the nearly 90,000
nursing graduates who took the Nursing Board Exams.
“It was totally
unexpected...beyond my wildest dreams,” Hon. Inday exclaimed.
She attributed her
fete to the intensive training she has undergone at CNU saying,
“because of the intensive training we have undergone at CNU, I was
confident that I could hurdle the exams. It never came to my mind,
though, that I would become one of the topnotchers.”
Currently serving her
second term as number 1 councilor of Hilongos,
Leyte, Honorable Inday Gabisan plans to practice her profession at
the same time serve the people of Hilongos.
Leyte Senior Board
Member Carlo Loreto, who is the president of the National Movement of
Young Legislators (NMYL), said, “Honorable Gabisan honors NMYL and the
great people of Leyte with this singular unparalleled achievement. We
are proud of her."
Out of the 88,649
Nursing graduates who took the examinations last November 2008, only
39,455 or 41.5 percent passed.
launches Laptop ng Bayan in Reg. 8
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Procurement Service (PS), in partnership with Microsoft Philippines
and Hewlett Packard (HP) Philippines Corporation, is scheduled to
launch its newest product, the Laptop ng Bayan in Region 8, on March
This was learned from
Department of Budget and Management Regional Director Imelda Laceras,
who is the Depot Supervisor.
Set to be conducted at
the Kanhuraw Convention Center from 8:00 o’clock in the morning to
12:00 o’clock noon, the Launching aims to broaden the marketability of
the product to government end users prior to full release.
A Technical Update
with partners Microsoft
and HP Philippines presenting their latest products and technologies,
plus tips and tricks on using computers and computer based
applications, will follow the launching.
preferably the IT or Procurement Officers, from the various agencies
have been invited to the orientation. Participation is free, hence, no
registration fee is required, Director Laceras said.
interested parties may call on Ms. Sabrina P. Duero or Ms. Tess
Aguilos at 523-1162, 523-1522 before
March 13, 2009.
Procurement Service Depot (PS Depot) was opened in the Region in
connection with the government objective to centralize government
procurement pursuant to RA 9184 otherwise known as the Government
Procurement Reform Act.
Procurement Service depot operates as the center where all
transactions related to procurement of supplies and equipment needed
in every government agency will be facilitated. Every year, all the
national government agencies in the region are to furnish DBM 8 with
the list of the usual supplies and equipment requirements to enable
the agency to determine the stocking requirement for the Regional
Procurement Service Depot.
Section 63 of RA 9184
provides for the organization of a Government Procurement Policy Board
to protect national interest in all matters affecting public
procurement, having due regard to the country's regional and
international obligations, to formulate and amend whenever necessary
the IRR and the corresponding standard forms for procurement, to
ensure that Procuring Entities regularly conduct procurement training
programs and prepare procurement operations manual for all offices and
agencies of government and to conduct an annual review of this Act and
recommend any amendments thereto as maybe necessary.
In addition to the
powers granted under this Act, the GPPB shall absorb all the powers,
functions and responsibilities of the Procurement Policy Board created
under Executive Order No. 359, series of 1989. All affected functions
of the Infrastructure Committee of the National Economic and
Development Authority Board are hereby transferred to the GPPB.
The GPPB shall be
composed of the Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management,
as Chairman, the Director-General of the National Economic and
Development Authority, as Alternate Chairman, with the following as
Members: the Secretaries of the Departments of Public Works and
Highways, Finance, Trade and Industry, Health, National Defense,
Education, Interior and Local Government, Science and Technology,
Transportation and Communications, and Energy, or their duly
authorized representatives and a representative from the private
sector to be appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the
GPPB. The GPPB may invite a representative from the Commission on
Audit to serve as a resource person.