NPA leaders and 5
others surrender with high powered firearms
By Maj MANGINTONONG A. TOCALO, (INF) PA
Catbalogan, Samar – The ranks of the CPP/NPA/NDF terrorist group
continue to diminish as another two NPA leaders and five others
voluntary surrendered to the elements of 14th Infantry (Avenger)
Battalion, 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army under Lieutenant
Colonel Jaime Fernando R. Hidalgo in Oras, Eastern Samar on March 20,
2009 at 6 o’clock in the evening.
NPA surrenderees were presented to the media on March 27 during a
press conference at the 14IB Headquarters. The occasion was also
attended by Eastern Samar governor Ben Evardone who handed a
P10,000 cash assistance each to the 5 surrenderees, as part of the
government’s Social Integration Program.
The surrenderees were
identified as Communist Terrorist Leaders Salvacion Burac alias
Salving and Christopher Amigo alias Doods/Bulan, with Antonio Burac
alias Tony, Lita Dacuscus Burac alias Melvin/Alex, Aileen Avila Burac
alias Dilay, Joel Norcio Burac alias Teddy/Jun and Nelson Logroso
Rosales alias Rex.
brought with them Two M16 rifles, One M14 rifle, One M1 Garand rifle
and One Carbine, Eight long magazines and Seven short magazines with
334 rounds of ammunitions for M16, Eight magazines with 157 rounds of
ammunitions for M14, Five clips with 41 rounds of ammunitions for M1
Garand, Four magazines with 45 rounds of ammunitions for Carbine, One
rifle grenade and other pertinent documents.
The leader, Salvacion
Burac is reported to be the finance officer of Section Committee of
North East Front (SECCOM NE) and Christopher Amigo the squad leader of
same Section Committee while others are members of Omega Platoon of
North East Front of Eastern Samar Provincial Party Committee.
The series of
surrender among Communist Terrorist Leaders and members show that they
are already fed up and dismayed with the false promises and horrible
lifestyle in the underground movement. And the sincerity of the
government in providing livelihood assistance projects, livelihood
trainings and cash rewards for those NPA’s who surrender with
high-powered firearms under the government’s Social Integration
Program (SIP) encourages this people to return to the folds of the
law, where accordingly they are just the victim of deception by the
MGen. Arthur I.
Tabaquero, the Commander of the 8th Infantry Division, congratulates
the troops of 14IB “for the very significant stride towards the
attainment of our objective to free our brother Samarnons and bring
new meaning of their remaining life to enjoy a peaceful living in this
part of the country, as such they are entitle for this”, the General
Samar mayors vow to
support NARS program through additional allowances
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 28, 2009
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Three local chief executives (LCEs) present during the Nurses
Assigned in Rural Areas (NARS) Program orientation vowed to support
the program through additional allowances.
In the NARS
orientation held at Fame Hotel on Thursday, all three mayors present
were asked by Fe Estrella of DOLE what support they can give the
Mayor Alfredo Serrano
of Sta. Margarita said he will consult his Sangguniang Bayan to ensure
that the nurses will get additional allowances aside from the P8,000 a
month provided by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
For his part, Mayor
Cornelio Bersales of Talalora said he will confer with his budget
officer but he would bat, he said for P 1,000 more from his LGU.
The lady mayor
present, Tarangan Mayor Emmelly Olaje, who looked gorgeous in an all
orange outfit promised to give what the nurse deserves. She added she
is one who will not miss to notice extra efforts done by her staff and
they do get rewarded for exemplary performance.
Five new nurses will
be assigned in the 26 LGUs in Samar.
The program NARS is
built within the framework of the ‘Economic Resiliency Plan of the
Arroyo Administration’. The nurses will be assigned for three months
to gain experience and training from the RHU staff and their exposure
to the health concerns of the masses.
The nurses may also
gain competencies in clinical and public health skills with special
focus on preventive and curative measures to address the Philippine
Millennium Development Goal targets.
Municipal Health Officers present aired their dissenting opinions as
to whether the new nurses could be assets or liabilities.
For Dr. Michael
Calades, MHO of Paranas, he thinks they will be assets and will be
good support in his health programs.
One MHO on the other
hand said he will be burdened with the training of an amateur for a
very brief period of time.
The MHO said, the time
for three months is too short for training and real work won’t even be
realized, he lamented.
Nationwide, the 1000
poorest municipalities will be given five nurses who will be trained
for two days before deployment to their resident towns or the nearest
municipality of their choice.
Govt extends P20K
financial assistance to each of 71 former rebels
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 26, 2009
– Some 71 former rebels or NPA members were extended financial
assistance of P20 thousand as part of the government’s Social
Integration Program (SIP).
former rebel unbelievably stare for more than a minute the P20,000 cash sealed in an
envelope given to him as cash assistance from the government.
The former rebels in
the province received their cash assistance in the presence of 8th
Infantry Division commanding general MGen. Arthur Tabaquero, PNP
Provincial Director Pancho Hubilla and Office of the Presidential
Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Undersecretary Pedro Cesar
Macapagal-Arroyo has approved a new policy to provide P20,000
immediate cash assistance for them to be able to have a new lease on
life with the fund to tide them through.
In his speech,
MGen.Tabaquero branded the former rebels not as rebel returnees but as
Kaupod sa Reporma (KR) or ‘partners in change’ to which they relented
with loud cheers. The top official of the army in the region then
urged them to convince their former comrades to surrender like them.
He added that despite
their being trained as combatants there is no other thing that they
desire than to have peace without resorting to the loss of lives. All
they ever wish is to have peace, the General delivered his speech in a
mixture of English and Tagalog.
Ramboanga impressed his audience with his Waray speech which he
laboriously delivered but received applause nonetheless, after all, he
was their godfather who would give them means to start a new life.
He said he would want
the remaining 45 others to receive the same, if found maybe they will
return and award them the same assistance.
PNP Samar chief
Hubilla hailed the gathering as a historic event to signal that peace
is in the offing. He added and admitted that there is deficiency in
the service but that it should not be an excuse for them not to
perform their jobs well as public servants.
Earlier, the rebels
testified that their children have been given scholarships by CHED and
OPAPP. One such scholar, Jojo Cabael is pursuing BS in Criminal
Justice Education (BSCJE) at a private school in
Samar. He said he
would like to be a policeman and vowed never to walk the path that his
father did for five years.
Other KRs also said
they had been given emergency cash assistance by the Provincial Social
Welfare and Development Officer, Ms. Luz Tacal.
The KRs were holed up
at the Maqueda Bay Hotel for three days where they received inputs
from line agencies like TESDA, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA),
Agriculture, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Values
Formation inputs that Fr. Dionisio Calderon gave.
Rep. Sharee Ann Tan
(2nd district of Samar) enumerated the opportunities she could give
for those interested like skills training, scholarships and other
livelihood programs. Her mother, Governor Milagrosa Tan reportedly
visited the KRs the night before, chatted with them and promised the
same opportunities her pretty daughter did.
More than 70 sacks of
rice were waiting downstairs for the KRs courtesy of Governor
15 towns in Eastern
Visayas are doctor-less
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
About 15 municipalities in Eastern Visayas have no government
doctors, an official of the Department of Health in the Region
informed the media during the special edition of the Harampang Ha PIA,
Dr. Genelyn Herrera,
chief of DOH Region 8 Human Resource Development Unit, bared that the
15 doctor-less municipalities are found in the provinces of Samar and
Dr. Herrera identified
the island municipality of Biri, the hinterland town of Silvino Lobos
and the coastal towns of Mapanas and Pambujan, all in the
of Northern Samar, as among those without government doctors.
Dr. Herrera said other
towns without physicians include Marabut, Talolora, Villareal, Jiabong,
Daram, Tarangnan, San Jorge, Matuguinao, Pagsanghan, Gandara and
Tagapul-an, all in the province of Samar. The residents of these
municipalities have to go somewhere else to avail of the services of a
The lady doctor who is
a product of the step-ladder education at the UP Institute of Health,
thus making her a midwife, a nurse and a doctor at the same time, said
that previously, there were 27 doctor-less municipalities in the
However, with the
deployment of doctors through the Doctors to the Barrios program,
twelve municipalities were blessed with the services of a doctor.
Dr. Herrera said that
these Doctors to the Barrios receive about P28,000 in salaries and
other benefits. They serve the municipality for two years. Several of
them however, remain in the municipalities because they get married to
a local. A few have been taken in by the LGU as their municipal health
The towns that have
availed themselves of the services of the Doctor in the Barrios
program of the Department of Health were Gamay, San Roque and Lope de
Vega in Northern Samar; Almagro, Hinabangan, San Sebastian and
Pinabacdao in Samar; Pintuyan, San Francisco and Limasawa in Southern
Leyte; Lawaan in Eastern Samar; and Caibiran in Biliran.
These towns became
eligible to be recipients of the program because they have met the
basic requirements. The Department of Health pay for the salaries of
the Doctor but on the third year, the doctor and the Department of
Health negotiates with the municipality to take in the doctor as the
regular municipal health officer paid by the LGU.
Army confers honorary
membership to Calbayog City mayor
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 25, 2009
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– The 20th Infantry (WE LEAD) Battalion of the 8th Infantry Division
(ID), Philippine Army conferred honorary membership to Calbayog City
Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento.
In simple but fitting
tribute to the chief executive, the mayor received the certificate on
March 20, 2009 at the 20th IB camp at Tinambacan Sur, Calbayog City.
Sarmiento was cited
among others for unconditionally spearheading the government holistic
approach in the conduct of the Internal Security Operations (ISO)
within the Area of Operation of the 20th IB.
Said action and
support resulted to the collaboration of efforts of all stakeholders
towards the realization of the 20th IB mission that is to establish a
physically and psychologically secure environment conducive to
Lt. Col Francis L.
Cabugon, Battalion Commander of the 20th IB said he wanted to have a
model for LCEs to emulate. He has reiterated seeking support from the
mayors and the local populace as regards the region’s effort to
promote peace in the area.
Sarmiento said Cabugon
exemplifies their model of an LCE thus the conferment of honors.
with Representative Reynaldo Uy personally visited 8th ID based in
Catbalogan City to profess their support and reportedly extended
financial support to the army operations in the region.
reiterated his dream of uniting the three
to attain a physically and socially secure environment.
He also added that
he longs to unite all chief executives of the whole Samar, get their
acts together and push for the total development of Samar.
Army recruits 400
candidate soldiers for 8th Infantry Division
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 24, 2009
CATBALOGAN CITY – As
candidate soldiers have graduated last Wednesday and had been sworn in
as new regular members of the army, 8th ID recruits some more.
In an interview with
Major Mangintonong Tocalo, Chief of the Division Public Affairs Office
(DPAO), he said that the recruitment is part of the normal operation
to replace those who had retired, discharged and those who died.
“It does not mean that
we need more men because we are having more enemies of the state,” he
The officer also said
that the soldiers are trained to uphold human rights and that the
public should not fear them.
He welcomes those
complaining of human rights violation to charge the soldiers in the
proper court. “There will be no cover-up,” the officer challenged.
Some soldiers have
been meted punishment for abuse, Tocalo added.
As for the
recruitment, the officer said that once or twice a year, training is
offered. He added that there really is a quota for 400 this year. Some
200 will be trained for the first six months while another 200 will
comprise batch 2 said the officer.
Applicants must be a
Filipino citizen, college graduate or at least second year college (72
units) or possesses technical or special skills; single, between 18 to
22 years old, male, must be at least 5'4", with no pending case in any
court, must be physically & mentally fit to undergo rigorous military
training among other qualifications.
He must also pass the
interview; Drug Test/HEPA A & B Testing, must pass the Physical
Fitness Test; must pass the Medical/Physical Examinations and the
applicants must bring Diploma (Original); for high School graduates;
Transcript of Records (Original) – for those with 72 units; NSO Birth
Certificate and 2 x 2 picture.
There are also
recruitments in Catarman, Tacloban,
Bohol and Cebu,
Tocalo added. Should they qualify and pass the candidate soldier
training, they will be receiving a gross pay of P13,000, added Tocalo.
In his speech during
the graduation rites of the newly graduated Class 184 B-08, 8th ID
Commanding General Arthur Tabaquero said that the government has
invested in the training of the soldiers.
As an afterthought,
Tabaquero urged the soldiers for a return of investment though not
necessarily in material things but in the quality service that they
should repay the service force and the government.
PGMA Serbisyo Muna
Caravan serves about 5,171 people in Northern Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – A
total of 5,171 individuals were served in the recently concluded
three-day Philippine Government Mobile Action (PGMA) Serbisyo Muna led
by PAGCOR, in Northern Samar which culminated with a PGMA Serbisyo
Caravan at the capital town of Catarman.
No less than PAGCOR
Vice President and former Leyte Governor and Congresswoman, Honorable
Remedios L. Petilla led the PGMA Serbisyo Caravan in
Northern Samar which started March 17 at Catubig and San Roque, March
18 at Rosario
and San Jose and finally at Catarman on March 19.
Honorable Petilla said
that on the first day, the medical and dental mission was able to
serve 1,623 people, 868 in Catubig and 755 in San Roque. At Catubig,
703 people availed of the medical services while 165 people availed of
the dental services. At San Roque, 608 people were given medical
attention while 147 availed of the Team’s dental services.
On March 18, the PGMA
Serbisyo Muna team under the leadership of Honorable Petilla who is
better known as Maam Matin, was able to serve 1,738 people in the
municipalities of San Jose and Rosario. At San Jose, 891 availed of
medical services and 108 availed of dental services. At Rosario, 574
availed of medical services while 165 availed of dental services.
At Catarman, on March
19, no less than 1,810 persons were served, about 1,504 availed of
medical services while 316 availed of the dental services of the Team
composed of PGMA volunteers, DOH Region 8 medical staff, Northern
Samar Health Office staff and health officers from Catarman.
The 4,280 person who
were given medical attention were also given free medicines, Honorable
Meanwhile, about 25
government agencies participated in the recently concluded Philippine
Government Mobile Action (PGMA) Serbisyo Muna Caravan held on March
19, at the Sacred Heart Plaza of Catarman, Northern Samar.
The scores of
Nortehanon flocked at the Sacred Heart Plaza not only to avail of the
free medical and dental services but also to avail of the services
rendered by the government offices which participalted, Honorable
For one, the
Department of Health awarded six barangays with the certification for
the management of Botika ng Barangay. No less than DOH Director
Edgardo Gonzaga presented P25,000 check to each of the representatives
of Barangay Narra, Barangay Cawayan, Barangay Bangkerohan, Barangay
Cal-igang, Barangay Jose Abad Santos and Barangay UEP Zone I.
Director Gonzaga also
informed the people of Northern Samar that under the DOH Healthy
Facility Enhancement Program, funding in the amount of P3 Million will
be given to the Northern Samar Provincial Hospital; P2 Million for Dr.
G.B. Tan Memorial Hospital; P1 Million for Allen District Hospital and
another P1 Million for the Gamay District Hospital.
10ID celebrates the
112th PA Anniversary, honors Best CAA of the Year
CRISTINA R MANUEL, (FA) PA
PANACAN, Davao City –
The 10th Infantry (AGILA) Division based in Panacan, Davao City took
part in commemorating the 112th Philippine Army Anniversary through
the simultaneous flag raising and awarding of the Best CAFGU Active
Auxiliary (CAA) for Calendar Year 2008 here at 10ID Headquarters
Badminton Court this morning. This year’s theme is “Philippine Army:
Kasama ng Mamayan Tungo sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran.”
Minguito received the Plaque of Merit for being adjudged as one of
the Philippine Army’s Best CAA for CY 2008. He also received a
Command Plaque from 10ID, PA as the Best CAA for CY 2009.
The Assistant Division
Commander, BGen. Jose B. Vizcarra AFP, who represented MGen. Reynaldo
B Mapagu AFP, Commander of 10ID, awarded the Plaque of Merit from the
Headquarters Philippine Army to CAA Allan M. Minguito for being
adjudged as the Philippine Army CAA of the Year (CY 2008). CAA
Minguito also received the Plaque of Recognition from 10ID, PA for his
invaluable services rendered as member of the Compostela Valley
Province CAA Company based at Buko-buko Patrol base when it was
attacked by more or less 60 fully armed NPAs from Sub-Regional
Guerilla Unit 4 (SRGU), Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) on
October 13, 2008 that led to the recoveries of four high–powered
firearms (HPAs) and several low powered firearms with ammunitions and
paraphernalia. Moreover, he also received a cash reward for being
chosen as the Best CAA of 10ID, PA CY 2009.
MGen. Mapagu who is
presently at Headquarters Philippine Army in Fort Bonifacio, Makati
City is also one of the awardees of the 112th PA day anniversary
celebration. He received the award of Philippine Legion of Honor from
the Commanding General, Philippine Army, LtGen. Victor S. Ibrado AFP.
replicated by the army units nationwide are the Medical Dental Civic
Action Program which is spearheaded by the 1001st (PAG-ASA) Brigade
and the Caravan which has the photo static display and an army show
spearheaded by the 1003rd (RAPTOR) Brigade.
Vizcarra delivered the anniversary message of LtGen. Ibrado and
conveyed the warm greetings to the troops and all members of the Team
Army during the occasion. He stressed, “Truly, the gains we have
charted anew during the previous year reflect our collective
conviction for the noble purpose that we have taken upon ourselves in
fulfillment of our mandate and mission as force provider and front
liner in Internal Security Operations. We can thus confidently say
that we have done our job, and given true form to our enduring team
commitment- “At your service, across the land”.
further encouraged the troops to continue doing their job and serve
with integrity and pride and march towards the attainment of peace and
development of our fellow Filipinos particularly in this part of
EVRAA 2009 opens March
29 at Leyte Sports Devt Center
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA) meet is set to
be conducted in Leyte from March 29 to April 3, 2009, Leyte Division
Superintendent Sol Lomarda informed.
association which is chaired by no less than Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho L. Petilla, is composed of the athletic associations in the
six provinces and 7 cities of Eastern Visayas. The meet will choose
the best athletes who will represent the Region in the 2009 Palarong
Pambansa which will be staged from April 27 to May 3.
Dr. Lomarda said that
the different delegations will arrive on or before March 28, 2009. The
Samar delegation will be billeted at the San Fernando Elementary
School; Northern Samar at Sagkahan National High School; Eastern Samar
at Cirilo Roy Montejo and Panalaron Central School; Biliran at
Marasbaras National High School; Southern Leyte at San Jose National
High School; Tacloban City at Sto. Niño SPED Center; Ormoc City at
Rizal Central School; Maasin City at San Jose Elementary School;
Calbayog City at Sagkahan Elementary School; Baybay City at Kapangian
Elementary School; Borongan City at Remedios Trinidad Romualdez
Elementary School; Catbalogan City at Tigbao Diit Central School; and
the Officiating Officials will be billeted at the
In the evening of
March 28, Welcome Socials will be conducted in every billeting
quarter. An Waray Night on March 28 will be conducted at Hotel
On March 29, a
Solidarity Meeting will be conducted at the Leyte Sports Development
Center at 9:00 o’clock in the morning. The parade will be at
3:00 o’clock in the afternoon and the Opening Ceremonies will be
4:00 o’clock in the afternoon. At
7:30 in the evening
Welcome Socials will be conducted at the Provincial Capitol Gym.
The games will
officially start on March 30. The 18 events which will be played are
archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing,
chess, football, gymnastics, lawn tennis, sepak takraw, sipa,
softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwando, and volleyball.
At 1:00 o’clock in the
afternoon of March 31, the Talent Competition for the Mr. & Miss EVRAA
will be staged at the Regional Teachers Training Center of the DepEd
Mr. & Miss EVRAA
Coronation Rites will be held at the
at 7:00 o’clock in the morning of April 1, 2009.
The championship games
and closing ceremonies will be conducted on April 3, 2009.
All the committees
for the EVRAA 2009 have threshed out their respective assignments, Dr.
Cross-trained with jungle warfare and mountain operation
Some 107 new privates
hurdle candidate soldier course
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 21, 2009
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– The 8th Infantry Division Commanding General Arthur Tabaquero
welcomed the 107 graduates of the Candidate Soldier Course Cross
Trained with Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operation Course on
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
at the 8th ID Gym.
Families and friends
of the newly sworn-in soldiers crowded at the Gym to witness the
simple rites, take pictures, and pose with their next of kin.
The class topnotcher,
Michael Ragandac related how he almost quit the training after a big
disappointing situation which he chose not to reveal. Luckily, her mom
did not readily approve his pleading, instead she said, she urged him
not to give up, that he has already quit his studies in
Cebu, once in naval architecture, that he can not be a quitter
This ploy proved to
bear fruit, this hunk of a man who stood tall like a real army officer
received his certificate with a deafening applause. His tenacity and
determination to succeed finally paid off, he remarked after the class
Another new private,
Arwin Bolito whose mom came from Barangay Molave, Zamboanga del Sur in
Mindanao said his family has two soldiers, a father and a brother.
Another lad from
Barangay Rawis, Can-avid, Eastern Samar, Efren Rebato was spotted by
this writer posing with his parents and a younger sister, his mother
was in tears as she herself felt the sacrifices her son endured just
to pass the training.
Efren said he entered
the army to help his family.
Tabaquero in his
speech, urged the soldiers to struggle to move on to a higher rank.
“You can not be a private forever,” said Tabaquero.
In his prayer, Fr.
Vigo, the 8th ID Chaplain acknowledged how the trainees march, run,
endure bad weather, go without sleep or food in the course of their
He implored the
heavens to give the soldiers strength, commitment and determination to
carry on the awesome responsibility of offering life and limb in the
quest of an elusive peace.
Province releases P6M
for early childhood care in 3 Eastern Samar towns
By BRYAN M. AZURA
March 22, 2009
Samar – The province of Eastern Samar through Governor Ben P.
Evardone facilitated the release of P6 million to the towns of Guiuan,
Borongan and Maydolong as part of the implementation of Early
Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) in the three pilot
municipalities in the province.
Governor Evardone said
that the funding will be utilized in the upgrading and rehabilitation
of Day Care Centers and Barangay Health Centers, provision of
medicines, provision of instructional materials, supplemental feeding
and prenatal check-ups of pregnant women.
Also included in the
program is the capability for service providers composed of day care
workers, barangay health workers and barangay nutrition scholars.
According to Victoria
Montilla, Assistant Provincial ECCD Officer, the program, which is
being implemented in 9 pilot barangays, started in 2007 and will end
this year. Montilla added that of the P22 million 3-year budget for
the discharge of the program, 70 percent is being shouldered by PAGCOR
while the remaining 30 percent is funded by the province and Local
Government Units (LGUs).
disclosed that the implementation of the program started only during
the third quarter of 2008 since funding started to arrive late
already. She said she hopes the program will be extended for a year as
there are still line activities that will be impossible to put into
operation this year. “Even last year, the province just received
P1,858,500,” she said referring to the initial funding the three towns
governor expressed optimism that the condition of the children from
0-6 years old in the province will improve as a result of the program.
In a study of ECCD, 7 out 10 pregnancies are still considered high
risk. Among 0-6 years of age, 40 die out of 1,000 before reaching the
age of five. Malnutrition, poor respiratory conditions and diarrhea
are the common causes of death among children.
“We are investing on
children because they are our future,” Evardone expressed. “Besides
they have the right to live and to live with modesty,” he continued.
Also benefitting the
program of are soon-to-be mothers as study shows that the cycle of
malnutrition begins with them. “If they are not given proper care,
their babies will surely suffer the consequences,” Estelita Afable
said in a statement.
On top of the funds
released, the UNICEF also provided P1.2 million for the rehabilitation
of Day Care Centers in Giporlos, MacArthur, Can-avid, Dolores, Arteche,
San Poli, Maslog and Jipapad.
The province meanwhile
spearheaded training on home-based ECCD to 90 parent-volunteers from
the 3 pilot municipalities. It also conducted training on Pabasa sa
Nutrisyon on 120 BHWs and BNSs.
“A workshop on
computer literacy on members of ECCD team will also be initiated this
coming week,” Montilla said.
from the three pilot towns expressed praises to the province for
devoting resources especially on early childhood care. “This program
has significantly helped us in reducing malnutrition incidence in our
municipality,” Mayor Fidel Anacta Jr. of Borongan disclosed. Mayors
Annaliz Kwan and Daniel Baldono of Guiuan and Maydolong respectively
hailed Gov. Evardone for giving attention to children through the ECCD.
NPA suffer another
setback as one leader, 2 others surrender to 19th IB in Leyte
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
government scores anew in its campaign for the hinterlands to become
insurgent-free, as one communist leader and two others surrendered to
the operatives of the 19th Infantry Battalion based in Barangay
Aguiting, Kananga, Leyte on March 15.
The surrenderees were
identified as Luciano Casinilio Sr alias Olang/Ernie together with his
son Luciano Casinilio Jr alias Titing, and one Allan Lumpay, all
residents and native of Barangay Mataluto, Leyte, Leyte, 2Lt. Gabriel
Aranez, public information officer said.
During the surrender,
Olang brought along with him his issued cal.45 loaded with live
ammunitions and also handed over subversive documents. The
surrenderees also brought along their personal belongings like
cellular phones and transistor radios.
It was learned that
the surrender was negotiated through the efforts of the
newly-installed Battalion Commander LtCol. Robert S. Capulong. It was
reported that the three were visiting a friend at Barangay Camansi at
Carigara, Leyte at around
8:30 in the evening of
March 15 when the negotiation finally materialized.
Olang is reported to
be an executive committee member of the remnants of Northern Leyte
Front and the Vice Commander of the Mt. Amandewin Command while his
son Titing is a member of the said front and Lumpay is among their
contacts or supporters. They are operating in the hinter barangays of
the Second and Third Districts of Leyte.
The NPA leader
confessed, that for so many years he waited in vain, for the
fulfillment of what was promised to them during their recruitment.
However, all those remain as promises and mere “propaganda” of the NPA,
the communist terrorist leader said.
The surrenderee said
that poverty and revenge against abusive people were his main reason
in joining the communist terrorists group. But these were not given
justice. Instead, his and his companions’ lives became more miserable,
transferring from one place to another, leaving their families in
fear, wondering if they will ever come back alive.
The NPA leader said
that especially nowadays when everybody is experiencing the effects of
crisis, financial supports were also stopped by their supporters. Many
of their leaders went “lie-low” and more so, the NPA leader said he
envies the lives of those who surrenderred earlier who are now
enjoying freely in the community, with livelihood to earn honest
Upon learning the
government’s program for livelihood and other benefits, the NPA leader
said, he decided to surrender together with his son and another
To show his sincerity
in coming back into the folds of the government, the NPA leader said
he is willing to cooperate with the Philippine Army.
Lt. Colonel Capulong
who was installed as the new Commanding Officer of the 19th IB on
March 6, 2009, said that the return into the folds of the law of the
three communist terrorists, will contribute to the achievement of
peace and development in the area.
programs being offered by the government to the repentant rebels and
their supporters, Lt. Colonel Capulong expressed optimism that more
NPAs will lay down their firearms and come back into the folds of the
law and live a normal life in a free society.
Lt. Colonel Capulong
underscored that the government is implementing programs that will
reinvigorate the lives of those rebels who wish to come back into the
folds of the law and live a normal and decent life.
One of these, he said,
is the Social Integration Program (SIP) which is being implemented by
the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, wherein
substantial benefits are given to former rebels, in the form of
start-up capital for a gainful livelihood, to be able to start a new
Government of Leyte under the leadership of Governor Carlos Jericho
Petilla, and the municipal government of
under the leadership of Mayor Elmer Codilla, have their respective
versions of programs that would help mainstream former rebels to the
society, Lt. Colonel Capulong said.