Gov. Evardone graces
488th Magellan Landing Commemoration
By BRYAN M. AZURA
Guiuan – For yet another time, Eastern Samar Governor Ben P.
Evardone braved the waves to attend the annual celebration of Magellan
Landing at Barangay Pagbabangnan, Homonhon Island, this town last
March 16, this year.
Gov. Ben P. Evardone writes a pledge on the billboard of the P3 million
worth dream project which was launched during the 488th Magellan
Landing Commemoration last March 16, 2009 at Barangay Pagbabangnan,
Homonhon Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
The event, which was
also attended by Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members Enerio Sabulao and
Generoso Yu, was highlighted with the unveiling of a marker launching
a dream project worth P3 million.
The said project, a
galleon-like structure which will host a museum and guest rooms, will
give emphasis on the national significance of Ferdinand Magellan’s
landing on this island. Magellan led a Spanish fleet that landed in
Sitio Cantilado, Barangay Pagbabangnan, of this island in March 16,
pledged P200,000 as contribution to the realization of the project. “I
did not intend to write a significant or insignificant amount in the
marker,” Evardone disclosed during his speech.
“The figure I wrote on
the marker came out of my heart spontaneously in a hope to send a
signal to all of us to reaffirm our commitment to this historic event
in Homonhon,” he continued.
members, municipal officials and barangay officials also offered
amounts in pledges totaling to P970,000.
“We need to be united
and we need to work together,” Evardone said referring to the
development of the site.
Among the activities
held for the said event was the distribution of cash amounts to the 8
barangays of Homonhon including Barangay Suluan. The provincial chief
also distributed rice to residents of all barangays in the island.
Gov. Evardone decided
to translate the P500,000 budget to delivery of basic services to the
barangays for this year’s occasion instead of the usual fanfares held
in previous years. “We are facing economic problems and it is just but
appropriate that we do away with flourish activities but rather
provide our people with their basic needs,” Evardone said in
Also in attendance to
the said celebration were Mayor Annaliz Kwan, Punong Barangays Dolores
Codotco of Casuguran, Allan Naputo of Culasi, Andres Padulaga of
Canawayon, Carmelito Amoroto of Bitaugan, Castro Guimbaolibot of
Cagusuan, Arlene Yakit of Inapulangan, Eduardo Adquin of Habag and
Winefredo Gapate Jr. of Pagbabangnan. Present also in the occasion was
OIC Elsa Yaranun representing Eddie Reola of Suluan Island.
Gapate, in a
statement, said that he is thankful to the provincial government
specifically Gov. Evardone for giving much importance to the
celebration especially that he hosts the place. “Governor’s initiative
today will bring our barangay and the rest of the island to more
opportunities,” Gapate said.
Earlier the provincial
governor recognized the 9 barangays of Homonhon and Suluan for their
participation in the coastal clean-up. Barangay Pagbabangnan emerged
as the cleanest barangay in the said activity.
opposes city's designation of RTR Plaza
as Freedom Park
Media Relations Center
March 20, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – With
the latest move by the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Tacloban designating
the province-owned RTR Plaza as a Freedom Park through a
recently-passed ordinance, Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla said
the province is composing a strong opposition should the city
government fully implement the said decree while it is gearing to
regain control over other of its properties presently under the city
Governor Icot Petilla
In the first place,
the governor said, the city “does not have authority to pass
resolutions and ordinances over properties which are not of their
ownership.” This, the governor was referring to the
being designated as a Freedom Park.
“The province is
opposing on this because we see that the city is going beyond its
authority. It’s just as simple as the fact that if it is not your
property, you can exercise authority over it,” Gov. Petilla strongly
declared over the province’s weekly radio program Hingyap han Leyteńo.
He said the province
would not tolerate actions that already merit dictatorship.
“Diri ito puede i-tolerate.
Kon mayda puede pangihaan, pangihaan ta.
As it is, if they can do that to the province, they can do
that to anybody else. But until they fully implement the said
ordinance, that’s the time we would do action. There are still
remedies to that,” Gov. Petilla said.
As this developed, the
governor disclosed that the province is poised to take over other
provincial properties that are presently under the management and
supervision of the city government through a memorandum of agreement.
The latter, the
governor was referring to the
which the city government has been managing and developing and on
which have erected some infrastructures over the years.
It was learned the
said property is under a memorandum of agreement and is set to expire
August of this year. Reportedly, under the said MOA, the governor
disclosed, the city government can manage the
in a period of five years, after which any improvements made would
have to revert back to the original owner.
However, Gov. Petilla
stressed the provincial government has decided not to renew the
agreement following the city government’s designation of another
provincial property as a freedom park.
“We have all the
documents regarding this and we are set not to renew the same after it
expire in August,” Gov. Petilla said.
There are also some
parts of the Kanhuraw Hill that are properties of the provincial
government, he added, though did not particularly mention if it
includes the present location of the City Hall.
“We just want a
peaceful co-existence with any LGU within the continental Leyte. Waray
ngani samok, it makakabenepisyo it katawhan. Pero bay-ugon liwat ngani
magkakababantad ini ngatanan. We didn’t do it first. We would only
respond back in what we think is legal and right,” the governor said.
DOLE’S ISLA project in
Region 8 benefits 431 fishermen with P4.684M
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
About 431 fishermen from nine municipalities of Eastern Visayas have
already been recipients of a total P4,684,021.00 funding through the
Integrated Services for Livelihood Advancement of the Fisher Folks (ISLA)
of the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 8.
DOLE 8 Director Forter
Puguon informed that the ISLA Project is one of the two DOLE Programs
enrolled by DOLE Secretary Marianito D. Roque in the Comprehensive
Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program of President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo, to provide assistance to the marginalized fisher
folks in coastal municipalities at this time when the whole world is
experiencing an economic meltdown.
Of the 9
municipalities, three are from Leyte province, one from Biliran, one
from Samar, two from Eastern Samar and two from Northern Samar.
In the province of
Leyte, about P500,000 was released to 30 fishermen of Palo; another
P500,000 was released to 41 fishermen of Capoocan and P599,999 was
released for the advancement of 54 fishermen from Bato.
About 24 fishermen of
Culaba in Biliran received P324,000 while 50 fishermen from San
Sebastian in Samar received P794,000.
In Eastern Samar, 21
Borongan fishermen received P105,000 while 80 fishermen from Barangays
Dapdap, Barangay 2 Poblacion, Barangay Malobago and Barangay 12
Poblacion in Dolores Samar.
In Northern Samar,
about 108 fishermen of Lapinig were given a total funding of P545,845
while 23 fishermen from Catarman were given P923,177.
The project will
assist the fisher folks in making their existing livelihood
undertaking grow into viable and sustainable businesses, thereby
improving their income to a level at par with that of the minimum wage
Under ISLA, the fisher
folks, through their organizations, will be assisted in the various
activities of their endeavor, like the setting up of a common
facility, acquisition of fishing materials and equipment,
establishment of alternative livelihood projects, strengthening of
fisher folk's organizations and consolidating these into a federation
through trainings, consultancy and advisory services, and trainings on
entrepreneurship and business management for the members of the fisher
ISLA is being
implemented by DOLE in partnership with the Local Government Units,
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and Department of Foreign
DPWH District 2
implements road rehab project in Basey
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 20, 2009
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the second
district of Samar is implementing road repair and rehabilitation in
In an interview with
District Engineer Jose Balite, he said that two projects are now being
implemented in Basey. One of these is the concreting of San
Juanico-Basey-Sohoton Road with P20M appropriation and a distance of
It has though yet an
accomplishment of 38% as of presstime.
The other is also
concreting of Dolongan-Basey Road with P10 M fund for some 0.625
kilometers with yet 30% accomplishment.
The contractor here is
R D Mandanas Construction Company.
Still another, said
Engr. Romeo Lanzerrote, is concreting of some 0.900 meters of road
from Sitio Rawis to Barangay Guirang which has also a fund of P15 M.
This third project
though is yet in the preparation stage of gathering aggregates for
base preparations, said Lanzerrote.
This road network will
help spur development of the tourism industry in Basey, particularly
in Sohoton, said Mayor Wilfredo Estorninos in an interview.
Meanwhile, in the
Eastern Visayas region, the DPWH is undertaking the improvement of
some 230.53 kilometer portion of the Maharlika Highway in Samar.
Two ongoing sections,
the 52.7-km Calbayog-Gatanguit-Caibiga section, are close to
completion at the cost of P1.458 billion through a loan agreement
between the Philippines and the Japan Bank for International
“Samar is one of the
poorest provinces in the country that’s why, most of our youth venture
to other provinces and cities to look for jobs than stay to tend
farmlands planted with coconut, rice or camote. Transportation used to
be difficult that’s why, there are few businesses here,” said
balikbayan Marie France Sombero.
spending is part of the government's infra surge aimed to develop
critical public works and infrastructure across the country.
Troops of 20th
Infantry Battalion overrun CPP/NPA main camp
By Maj. MANGINTONONG A. TOCALO, (INF) PA
8ID, Camp Lukban,
Catbalogan, Samar – The 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion, 8th
Infantry, Division, Philippine Army under the leadership of LtCol.
Francis B. Cabugon overrun the main camp of the Main Regional Guerilla
Unit (MRGU) codenamed “Polaris Command” of the Eastern Visayas
Regional Party Committee (EVRPC) at the tri-boundary of Lope de Vega,
Silvino Lobos, both of Northern Samar and Calbayog City on March 14,
2009. The Polaris Command’s main camp has more than fifty (50)
communist terrorists when the troops overrun and eventually captured
the said camp.
of the recovered items from the seized NPA main camp in Silvino
The report on the
presence of Communist Terrorist main camp in barangay Imelda, Silvino
Lobos was tipped and revealed by the civilians who are victims of New
Peoples Army abuses and likewise deprived of the development that
would uplift the economic condition of the populace. Accordingly, the
NPAs were receiving big portion of the Internal Revenue Allotment
(IRA) as their extortion money from most of the barangays in the
tri-boundary of the three (3) provinces of Samar Island.
With this development,
LtCol. Cabugon sent two (2) Platoons of soldiers led by 2Lt. Andrew
Linao and 2Lt. Ceasar Manabat on
March 11, 2009 to act on the report. The troops took three (3) days
cross country walked before reaching the area and caught by surprised
the armed NPAs.
After more than one
(1) hour of exchanging firefight, the troops successfully overrun and
eventually captured the NPA main camp. The NPAs were disorganized and
escaped for their own life leaving two (2) bodies of their dead
comrades, four (4) M16 rifles, one (1) ICOM, one (1) claymore mine,
six (6) jungle packs with subversive documents and personal
“The courage and
determination displayed by the 20IB troops is attributed to the proper
motivation of the 8ID Commander MGen. Arthur Tabaquero down to the
different levels of command to work harder to liberate our people from
abuses and extortion of the NPA terrorist, our soldiers action is
always dedicated to serve God, Country and the People”, the military
engagement that resulted to the capture of the CPP/NPA main camp could
be the biggest setback to the NPA terrorists in Eastern Visayas
Regional Party Committee following also the downfall of their
PGMA’s NARS Project
mobilizes 575 nurses to 115 municipalities in East Visayas
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
About 575 nurses will be employed and deployed, five each to 115
municipalities in the six provinces of Eastern Visayas, under
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Nurses Assigned in Rural Services
DOH-8 director Edgar Gonzaga
Department of Health
Region 8 Director Edgardo Gonzaga informed that out of the 136
municipalities in Eastern Visayas, 115 will receive five nurses each
in two batches, first, from April to September, and the second batch
is October 2009 to March 2010.
The NARS trainees
shall be warriors of wellness in their hometowns to do three (3) I’s:
Initiate primary health, school nutrition, maternal health programs
and first line diagnosis; Inform the public on community water
sanitation practices and perform health surveillance; and Immunize
children and mothers.
NARS Project is in
line with the pump priming strategies under the Economic Resiliency
Plan of the Arroyo Administration to mitigate the impact of the global
financial crisis, to save and create as many jobs as possible and
expand social protection.
This was launched by
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on 9 February 2009 during the Multi-Sectoral
Summit on “Joining Hands Against the Global Crisis” in Malacanang
NARS is a Training cum
Employment Project, jointly implemented by the Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE), the Department of Health (DOH) and the Professional
Regulation Commission, Board of Nursing (PRC-BON), designed to
mobilize unemployed registered nurses to the 1,000 poorest
municipalities of the country to improve the delivery of health care
The program aims to
address the glut in inexperienced nurses, the proliferation of
"volunteer nurses" working in hospitals without being paid, promote
health of the people, and bring government services closer to the
Nurses will be
deployed at an average of five per town in the 1,000 poorest
municipalities, for a six-months tour of duty. Completion of the
training program under NARS program will be considered as a substitute
for the work experience requirement of hospitals and other health
will be jointly issued the Certificate of Completion by the DOLE, DOH
and PRC, adding that while on training, the nurses will be given a
stipend/allowance of P8,000 per month.
nurses who are physically and mentally fit and willing to serve in
their hometowns and who meet the requirements may qualify for the
training cum employment under NARS if they are with valid nurse
license issued by the PRC; not over 35 years old; resident of the
identified municipalities; and have no nursing-related practice for
may file their application at the nearest DOLE regional office, or
http://www.nars.dole.gov.ph where application forms can be
downloaded. Deadline for submission of application is March 22.
PA Nierras challenges
the leaders of Zumarraga
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 18, 2009
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Presidential Assistant for Eastern Visayas Cynthia Nierras
challenged the youthful leaders of Zumarraga to revive its glorious
days when the quaint island town supplied the regional capital city
regional director Edgar Gonzaga and PA Cynthia Nierras at the
146th Founding Anniversary of Zumarraga, Samar.
Nierras in her speech
on the occasion of Zumarraga’s 146th founding anniversary recalled the
days when fish in Tacloban City where aplenty which she attributed to
have come from Zumarraga.
“May-ada kamo angay
himuon basi mahibalik ini,” (You should do something to bring back the
old days of good production), Nierras urged.
She also mentioned
that by April 2009,
will be hosting Palarong Pambansa and will need the food provision
support of nearby provinces to feed the hundreds of athletes and local
tourists that will fill Tacloban City.
“Not only fish but
your livestock, as well,” Nierras noted.
The lady also alluded
to the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number one stating that by
2015 we shall have reduced if not eliminate poverty by 50%.
Although Zumarraga has
been listed in the 40 Poorest Municipalities in 2003 based on Small
Area Estimate (SAE) Survey to be ranked number 13 yet, Nierras said
that Zumarraga does not appear on the list of the top 20 nutritionally
She added that in the
survey on the prevalence of underweight children or pre-schoolers out
of 139 municipalities in region 8, Zumarraga she said appears in the
received a round of applause from the townsfolk.
Nierras also promised
to return on another auspicious time to organize an Executive Briefing
with the leaders to strengthen the provision of basic services to
include livelihood provisions for the town dwellers.
She cited that as the
DTI Regional Director, she missed to visit the island which she
described as an emerald paradise by the sea.
Nierras was joined by
the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Dr. Edgardo Gonzaga
who brought two boxes of medicines to two-soon- to-be-opened Botika ng
Barangay in Barangay Magaan and Tubigan.
Gonzaga also announced
recruitment of 130 fresh graduate nurses that five of which will be
assigned in Zumarraga, to help in the health programs of the
entertained with grand production numbers of festivals like Saguingan,
Sapyawan, Buwaran and three others.
celebrated its 146th founding anniversary, being founded on March 13,
1863 by a Spanish friar who was born in Zumarraga, Spain. History
tells that Zumarraga was named Kawayan during the pre-Spanish time,
then it was changed to Buwaran from the diggings of native boar that
roamed in the island and finally Zumarraga, from the Spanish friar.
Zumarraga marks 146th
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 17, 2009
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– This quaint island town of Zumarraga celebrated its 146th founding
anniversary on Friday through grandiose activities.
his speech, Samar Vice-governor Jesus Redaja assures his full
support to the programs and projects of Zumarraga town.
for Eastern Visayas Cynthia Nierras with the Department of Health (DOH)
Regional 08 Director Edgardo Gonzaga, Assistant Division Commander of
the 8th Infantry Division (8th ID) Col. Eduardo Del Rosario,
Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Ms Zeny Delantar were
some of the guests present.
Also present were Vice
Governor Jesus B Redaja who sat at the Presidential Table hosted by
Mayor Neil Edwin Figueroa with his parents former Mayor Neliptha
Figueroa and former Congressman Catalino Figueroa.
According to the
program distributed to the media that covered the festivities, the
week-end affair ushered an agro-trade fair on March 2; inter-agency
sports tournament on Marrch 4; Karatada han Samar symposium on Teen
age Reproductive Health and Search for Mutya ng Zumarraga.
Outreach Program also took place on March 9; Environment Day on March
10, 2009 that featured solid waste recycled products: Senior Citizens
Day on March 11 and marathon and boxing on March 12, 2009.
If the week was loaded
with several activities, this culminated in a more grandeur
festivities which heralded the festivitals of the municipality.
Despite the unholy
hours, guests forego their lunch until two in the afternoon in favor
of the dancers who gyrated and swayed to the raucous beatings of
improvised bamboo instruments and drums. The dancers wore colorful
costumes and paraphernalia symbolic of their celebration. The crowd
that witnessed the event spilled the gymnasium.
A bit of the town’s
Based on accounts, the
town on March 13, 1863 became an independent parish by a virtue of a
decree from the King of Spain.
Originally, the town
before the Spaniards came was called Kawayan, as bamboos teemed the
island then. In 1848, a Spanish friar set foot on the place. This
Spaniard discovered that the locals have organized a local governing
body and obeyed the rules in the village. The place was then called
BUAD, derived from the local dialect, Binuwaran, a term used to
mean the diggings made by wild pigs. A group of dancers depicted the
Binuwaran festival where dancers don pighead costumes and danced like
Zumarraga, got its
name from the birthplace of the Spanish priest assigned in the town,
Rev Fr. Martin Yepes, who was born in
Past forward to the
Presently, Mayor Neil
Edwin Figueroa, a young blood is trying to propel Zumarraga into new
heights by welcoming programs and projects that could help its
citizenry like the Department of Health (DOH) which provided four
boxes of medicines for the operation of two Botika ng Barangay in
Magaan and Tubigan barangays. DOH also cited Figueroa for his support
to the program.
In her speech, PA
Nierras urged the townsfolk to do something to revive the glorious
days when Zumarraga supplied Tacloban City with its fish consumption.
Zumarraga as an island prides itself with its rich aquamarine
One-Town-One-Product as assisted by DTI, NEDA, DOLE, SSU and other
agencies is rock oyster fermentation (locally known as sisi). This has
given Zumarraganhons livelihood. Culture of rock oyster is also
propagated in the island.
And a toast to the
With the promise of
close partnership of PA Cynthia Nierras and Zumarraga’s youthful
leaders Mayor Figueroa and Vice Mayor Emeliano Hernando, Jr.,
additional programs to address and strengthen the educational, health,
nutrition and other basic services in this beautiful kingdom by the
bay could just be the order of the day!
founding anniversary highlights environmental concern
By MARIBEL B. MUNSAYAC
TACLOBAN CITY –
Taking heed the far more serious call of environmental conservation
and sustainable development, the island town of Zumarraga in Samar
province, held an Environment Day as part of its major highlight
during the second celebration of its founding anniversary this month
Mayor Neil Edwin
Figueroa said in his letter to the Environmental Management Bureau
regional office, the Environment Day would feature activities such as
an open exhibit of the town’s solid waste products and recyclable
The Environment Day
celebration followed the theme: “Malinis at Maayos na Kapaligiran,
Malusog at Maunlad na Sambayanan.”
municipal employees and the community itself saw the need to
contribute themselves and set in motion their commitment to join the
global community in putting into focus the oneness of all people in
taking responsibility for the environmental destruction that man has
done to its surroundings and to urgently implement measures to rescue
and heal the environment.
Director Letecia Maceda lauded the LGU initiative to further the call
for proper solid waste management while she stressed once more the
need to seriously look into the environment and help mitigate the
effects of climate change that has become a global concern.
Also, Dir. Maceda
informed the Zumarraga LGU in her speech of the national government’s
P2.8 Billion allocation for cost-sharing with local government units
to facilitate the shift from open and controlled dumpsites, and to
finance other efficient solid waste management disposal facility.
This budget assistance
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 categorized disposal
The local government
units, she said, have most often cited the lack of funding as barrier
to compliance to the Solid Waste Management Act particularly the
establishment of a CDF.
At present, financing
of solid waste management activities are provided in-house by the LGUs
derived 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.
Chiz asks Merci: where
is the fertilizer scam report?
By Office of Senator Chiz Escudero
CITY – Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Monday asked
Ombudsman Merciditas Gutierrez to release her office’s findings on the
728-million peso fertilizer fund scam as it promised to do so last
“The Office of the
Ombudsman promised to have the report on the fertilizer scam ready by
first week of March, or at the latest by March 15. It’s March 16. What
will she say next?” he asked.
Her deputy, Assistant
Ombudsman Jose de Jesus, was quoted as saying that Gutierrez was
reviewing with a “fine tooth-comb” the 125-page report of the special
na ang suklay sa tagal ng pag-review,” said the opposition senator,
who has asked the Ombudsman to step down in October when she completes
the seven-year term of her predecessor, Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo.
He also said that
continued inaction on the part of Gutierrez will only bolster the
perception that she is out to protect big-time grafters in government.
reiterated anew his call for the Ombudsman to release a list of cases
still pending in her office so the people will know their status and
why they have not been filed with the Sandiganbayan.
The Senate has already
recommended the filing of plunder charges against former Department of
Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc Joc” Bolante and eight other
individuals for their alleged involvement in the diversion of
P728-million in fertilizer funds to the 2004 campaign kitty of local
officials allied with President Arroyo.
The Ombudsman has also
been slammed for its failure to act on a number of controversial cases
such as the alleged rigged bidding for World Bank-funded road projects
and the ZTE-NBN national broadband deal.
In the impeachment
complaint filed against her, among the cases cited by the petitioners
were the Mega-Pacific agreement contract entered into by former
Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos, Sr., the extortion case against
former Justice Department Secretary Hernando “Nani” Perez, and the
case against the “Euro” generals.
“How can we expect the
public to trust government when many high-ranking officials involved
in such allegedly anomalous practices and transactions, are not taken
to task for their actions? If we allow this to continue, we will
witness the collapse of institutions and, subsequently, democracy
itself,” Escudero said.
200 kg century old
giant green sea turtle found in Tanauan, biggest ever, DENR says
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – A
huge green sea turtle weighing more than 200 kilograms and is believed
to be more than 100 years old, was literally assisted and helped back
to its natural habitat, on March 13, 2009, at Bantay Dagat Area in
Going back to its
natural abode was a difficult task for the green sea turtle tagged as
PH1000B, because it was too big and too heavy, its front limbs could
hardly support the bulk of its weight in the sand.
Mayor Roque Tiu said
that the shores of Tanauan Leyte, has indeed become a sanctuary of sea
turtles. Every now and then, a sea turtle or two would get entangled
in the fishing nets of local fishermen, he said.
However, the huge sea
turtle came as a surprise to everyone, Mayor Tiu said. The green sea
turtle got entangled in the fishing net of Marcial Gabradilla, a 59
year old fisherman from Barangay Bislig of Tanauan, in the early
morning of March 12.
The Bantay Dagat team
had to ask for additional assistance because the sea turtle or pawikan
in the local dialect was too heavy and could not be transferred to the
patrol boat of the Bantay Dagat.
Mr. Tito Simbulan, the
chief of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Coastal Zone Management
Service of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said
that the sea turtle which he described to be a green sea turtle is the
biggest he has ever seen.
Mr. Simbulan said that
the green sea turtle is the quintessential sea turtle, possessing a
dorsoventrally-flattened body covered by a large, teardrop-shaped
carapace and a pair of large, paddle-like flippers.
When measured, the
Tanauan green sea turtle’s carapace is 105 centimeters long and 94
Despite the turtle's
common name, it is lightly-colored all around while its carapace's
hues range from olive-brown to black , just like any other Eastern
Pacific green sea turtles. The turtle is actually named for the
greenish coloration of its fat and flesh.
The green sea turtle
is the latest addition to the already long list of sea turtles found
and returned to their natural habitat by Tanauan fishermen who are
already aware that pawikan or sea turtles belong to the endangered
species and must be returned to the sea after being tagged by the DENR,
Mayor Tiu said.
Aware of the local
government's policy on the conservation of natural resources, the
fisherman turned over the green sea turtle to the town's Bantay Dagat
members, who informed Mayor Tiu and the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources about it.
Mayor Tiu lauded the
fishermen in Tanauan for their awareness in protecting the endangered
species, the sea turtles. He said that sea turtles are referred to as
the only living remnants of the dinosaur age, but maybe not for long.
Unless sincere efforts are undertaken, sea turtles might follow the
dinosaur to extinction.
Sea turtles, popularly
known in the Philippines as pawikan, belong to the sub-order
Cryptodira, and to the families Dermochelyidae and Cheloniidae. There
are more than 220 species of turtles in the world, but only seven are
considered marine (saltwater). Five of these species are present in
the Philippines. These are the Green (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys
imbricata), Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys
olivacea) and the Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea).
So far, two of the
five species have been found in Tanauan, the green sea turtle which is
the most common species in the
and is found in all tropical and sub tropical seas; and the olive
ridley which of the five species is considered carnivorous.
Sadly, despite the
government's Pawikan Conservation Project, pawikan hunting will remain
unabated elsewhere unless people in the area cooperate, Mayor Tiu
PGMA, other nat’l
officials confirm attendance to 2009 Palaro in Leyte
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, together with several other
national officials, has confirmed her attendance to the 2009 Palarong
Pambansa hosted by the provincial government of Leyte.
This was bared by
Department of Education Region 8 Director Sol F. Matugas and PAGCOR
Vice President Remedios L. Petilla, during the meeting of the Region
Eight Administrators League, held recently at the Department of
Education Teachers Training Center.
Hon. Petilla is
chairperson and Dir. Matugas is co-chairperson for the Socio-economic
and Cultural committee for the 2009 Palarong Pambansa which will be
held on April 27 to May 3, 2009 in Leyte.
The Palarong Pambansa
games will start on the 27th of April but the formal opening will be
on April 28, Tuesday, and this will be graced by no less than the
highest official of the land, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,
PAGCOR Vice President Petilla said.
Meanwhile, during the
emergency meeting of the Region 8 Administrators League, on March 12,
Dr. Maria Getalado, co-chair of the Committee on Invitations, informed
that several national government officials have already confirmed
their attendance to the 2009 Palarong Pambansa in Leyte.
Dr. Getalado said that
the committee has received the confirmation of Senator Loren Legarda,
Senator Edgardo Angara and Senator Panfilo Lacson.
Dr. Getalado added
that among the Cabinet Secretaries who already confirmed their
attendance are DENR Secretary Lito Atienza, Cabinet Secretary
Silvestre Bello III, and Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro III. Metro
Manila Development Authority Chairman Bayani Fernando also confirmed
his attendance, Dr. Getalado said.
Dr. Getalado expressed
optimism that more confirmations from those invited are expected to be
received by the Committee this month of March.
The Committe on
Invitation for the VIP guests which is chaired by Vice Governor Mimyet
Bagulaya and co-Chaired by Dr. Getalado, has sent more than 300
invitations to the National Government Officials, it was learned.
Jesli A. Lapus, through DepEd Memo 390 series of 2008, informed that
“the 2009 Palarong Pambansa will be hosted by the Province of Leyte”
with the Leyte Sports Development Center as the main venue. The DepEd
Regional Office 8 and DepEd Leyte Division and the DepEd Tacloban City
Division shall be the co-hosts, the same Memo dated August 19, 2008,
Administrators fully support Leyte in hosting 2009 Palarong Pambansa
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
officers and members of the Region Eight Administrators League (REAL)
headed by Pag-IBIG Region 8 Manager Flordelis Menzon, expressed their
full support to Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla in ensuring the
success of the Provincial Government of Leyte’s hosting of the 2009
“REAL will give full
support to the 2009 Palarong Pambansa as this is the opportunity
everybody has been waiting for, to promote Region 8,” REAL President
Menzon said during the REAL meeting held on March 11 at the DepED
Regional Teachers Training Center, with no less than 40 members in
attendance. It has been 25 years since the Region was host to a Palaro,
Manager Menzon added.
Manager Menzon said
that politics and personal differences should be set aside in order to
ensure the success of the 2009 Palaro. She also called on all sectors
to give their utmost support to this national sports event.
The meeting was
attended by PAGCOR Vice President Remedios L. Petilla who has been
appointed by Leyte Governor Petilla to be the chairperson of the
Socio-economic and Cultural Committee of the 2009 Palaro, Presidential
Assistant for Eastern Visayas Cynthia Nierras, and Dr. Jaime Opinion
III of the City of Tacloban.
Hon. Petilla and DepEd
Director Sol Matugas, updated the members of REAL on the preparations
for the 2009 Palarong Pambansa and from there, the members of REAL who
have not yet been tapped by the Palaro Executive Committee, identified
the areas where their agencies could be of help.
identified areas where the specific members of REAL could provide
their agency services. For one, she requested the Department of Public
Works and Highways to produce and install Palaro signages in the
different points of entry to Leyte and to put markers on the different
venues of events and accommodation sites for the Palaro.
REAL, through the
National Telecommunications Commission will also facilitate the
installation of Emergency number for the Palaro, which will be managed
by the Office of Civil Defense and the Regional Disaster Coordinating
REAL, through the 8th
Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the
Philippine National Police Region, agreed to chair the Peace and
Order, and Security Committee.
REAL will also be
helping in the areas of publicity and documentation thru the
Philippine Information Agency; special searches thru the Department of
Tourism, health and sanitation thru the Department of Health; Agri,
Aqua, Trade Fair thru the Department of Agriculture, Deparment of
Trade and Department of Science and Technology; and transportation
thru the Land Transportation Office, among others.
REAL is the chairman
for the general support services committees.