Tanauan riders rule
the 2nd Nasugbo Nat’l Skimboarding Competition
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The skimriders of Tanauan,
Leyte bagged the first three places in the 2nd Nasugbo National
Skimboarding Competition held at the Nasugbo, Batangas beach on
Sunday, April 19.
This was learned from
Tanauan Mayor Roque A. Tiu who accompanied the Tanauan skimboarders in
the national competition.
Brando Espada of
Tanauan bagged the championship trophy and a cash prize of P10,000.
Another Tanauananon, Leo Espada, got the 2nd prize trophy and a cash
prize of P7,000, while Dariel Espada won the 3rd prize trophy and the
cash prize of P4,000.
Mayor Tiu cited the
Tanauan skimmers who showed their best forms and were not intimidated
by the other participants who are skimboarding enthusiasts from
Manila, Zambales and Batangas.
The Tanauan riders are
cousins, Mayor Tiu said. They will serve as role models to the other
youngsters of Tanauan. Because of skimboarding, they are able to go
skimboarding is the past time sports of the young people specially
those who live along the coastal barangays, Mayor Tiu disclosed.
The Tanauan riders
joined the national competition upon the invitation of Nasugbo Mayor
“I took the
opportunity to promote the Skimboarding Competition in Tanauan come
April 28 and come December 2009,” Mayor Tiu said.
The skimboarders from
Nasugbo will participate in the Skimboarding competition in Tanauan on
April 28 while the riders from Batangas,
and Zambales will join the December Skim Competition, Mayor Tiu added.
Mayor Tiu said that he
will continue to promote skimboarding as a water sports for young
people because he finds it safer. It also makes young people aware of
and take care of the ocean and the environment. They do not want to
make it dirty because it is their paradise, Mayor Tiu said.
Mayor Tiu said that
because of skimboarding, out of school youth in Tanauan were
encouraged to go back to school. This is because Mayor Tiu does not
allow them to join competitions if they are not enrolled. Skimboarding
makes young people more responsible and inspires them to do better in
class, Mayor Tiu added.
House warned against
reducing teachers pay hike
By Nacionalista Party (NP)
MANILA – The Nacionalista Party (NP) is pushing for the quick passage new
legislation raising by P9,000 over three years the minimum basic pay
for public school teachers.
"We are counting on
the House of Representatives to promptly pass its version of the
Senate-approved bill, and not to diminish in any way the upward salary
adjustment for our teachers contemplated (in the Senate measure),"
said NP spokesperson and former Cavite Rep. Gilbert Remulla.
Remulla was reacting
to reports that House members are now inclined to support a measure
proposing a lesser salary increase to be staggered over a longer
House Joint Resolution
24, authored by Speaker Prospero Nograles, proposes to provide
teachers a pay increase of P6,000 staggered over four years.
Remulla said the NP is
batting for the P9,000-increase over a shorter period "as part of a
wide-ranging strategy to reinforce the foundations of basic
The Senate bill,
strongly favored by teachers over the House measure, was approved last
year. Sen. Manuel Villar Jr., the NP chief executive, presided over
the Senate when the bill was passed.
Senate Bill 2408
proposes to raise from Salary Grade 10 to Salary Grade 19 the
entry-level pay for all teachers in the public school system.
This means their
starting monthly pay would be raised to a new range of P18,471 to
P21,995. At present, their initial pay is in the range of P10,933 to
The Senate bill also
seeks to grant additional benefits to teachers, including annual
medical allowances and bonuses.
"There is no question
that due to inadequate reward, many highly qualified instructors have
been leaving the public school system in favor of more gainful
employment elsewhere, including overseas," Remulla said.
He said any
comprehensive plan to build up the school system "would be deficient
if it does not include a substantial and swift upgrading of the
emoluments for teachers."
"The NP is absolutely
committed to raising the quality of life of our teachers. Highly
motivated teachers are absolutely imperative to reversing the rapid
decline of basic education," Remulla said.
"Solid basic education
in turn is crucial to lifting more Filipinos out of poverty, and for
the country to harness the human resources required for
nation-building and forceful economic growth," he added.
HR group condemns
killing of people’s doctor in Northern Samar
By KATUNGOD-Sinirangan Bisayas
April 20, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY –
Human Rights group in the region, Katungod-Sinirangan Bisayas,
condemned on Sunday the brutal killing of Dr. Bartolome M. Resuello,
62 years old, last April 1, 2009.
Dr. Resuello was shot
several times in his body and head by unidentified men wearing bonnets
using an M-16 rifle and .45 caliber which led to his instant death.
The incident happened at around
5:30 PM on April
1, 2009 in Brgy. Cababtuan, Pambujan, Northern Samar while he was
riding a motorcycle on his way to his other house in Pambujan.
According to Dr.
Resuello’s siblings, they do not know of any personal enemies of their
brother that has a motive to kill him.
“Dr. Resuello is a
known activist in Northern Samar since the time of the Marcos
dictatorship. He was the Chairperson of Bayan Muna Partylist in
Northern Samar from 2000-2002 and one of the convenors of PESANTE-Northern
Samar, an organization of farmers in the said province. There will be
no one who has a motive to kill him but the state itself given its
record of Extra-judicial Killings of known activists and leaders,”
said Flor Chantal Eco, Secretary-General of Katungod-Sinirangan
She further stated
that the killing of Dr. Resuello is no doubt politically motivated
because of his active participation in the national democratic
movement and his selfless service to the poor through free medical
“We call on all
human rights advocates and peace-loving people of Eastern Visayas to
rise in unity to condemn the brutal killing of people’s doctor, Dr.
Bartolome Resuello and a unified call to all concerned agencies for
their immediate action, intervention, and investigation to seek
justice for Dr. Resuello,” ended Eco.
All is set for
Palarong Pambansa 2009 in Leyte, Gov. Icot says
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – All
is set for the Palarong Pambansa 2009 in Leyte, Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla said after listening to the report of the different
committees for the national event.
All the facilities are
in place. The swimming pool has been turned over to the Province by
the contractor and the oval will be turned over soon.
Governor Petilla said
that the City Government of Tacloban did not allow the use of the
Tacloban City Convention Center for playing venues. The Sagkahan Gym
was not also allowed to be used. However, other venues have been
confirmed to be used instead of those which were not allowed to be
All the billeting
schools are ready. In fact, some delegations or advance parties have
already arrived. Director Matugas informed that the beddings and the
cots for the delegations were taken cared of by the DepEd teachers and
will come in groups starting April 17 up to April 23, DepEd
secretariat informed. Governor Petilla said that the modest estimate
of delegations overshot to twice as many.
committee is ready with vehicles for the delegations. Dir. Matugas
added that Calbayog City Mayor Sarmiento is lending 4 buses while
Biliran Congressman Chong is lending 8 buses for the Palaro.
During the meeting of
the various committees for the Palaro which was held on April 17 at
the Governor’s Hall of the Leyte Provincial Capitol, it was learned
that except for small concerns which could easily be answered, all the
committees have made the necessary arrangements and coordination.
On the issue of water
for use of the athletes who are billeted in different schools,
Governor Petilla said that the Province will borrow fire trucks from
the municipalities and will facilitate the use of extra receptacles or
tanks for the different billeting areas.
One of the concerns
raised was that of security and traffic. The traffic flow plan was
presented by PNP Leyte Provincial Director Palconit and suggestions
were given by Governor Petilla as to the parking area for the buses
bringing the delegates to the venues.
Colonel Cleve Taboso
informed the audience on the traffic rerouting especially during the
Opening Program on the 28th of April. Col. Taboso also agreed in
principle that he will facilitate for the issuance of permit for the
Parade of athletes.
called on all the people to support and cooperate so that the hosting
of the Palaro will be a successful one. He disclosed the report that a
group is planning to go from one delegation to another to supply
negative ideas on the Palaro.
He added that a
certain group is allegedly putting up a Palaro website where negative
items will be featured.
These could be
countered by making people know about the positive things on the
Palaro, the good Governor said.
PGMA unveils marker of
P52.7M Naval Port Development Project
By FLOR JACKSON (PIA Biliran)
NAVAL, Biliran –
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited the municipality of Naval,
the capital town of the province of Biliran to unveil the marker of
the newly completed Naval Port Development Project.
accompanied by Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC)
Secretary Leandro Mendoza and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Secretary Arthur Favila arrived at the Naval Institute of Technology
(NIT) landing field via helicopter at 3:10 in the afternoon on
Wednesday (April 15) and was warmly welcomed by Congressman Glenn
Chong of the lone district of Biliran; Governor Rogelio Espina; NIT
President Edita Genson; Col. Leonardo Cesneros, Philippine National
Police (PNP) Provincial Director of Biliran and Major General Arthur
Tabaquero, Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division of the
entourage immediately motored to the Naval Port passing through the
thickly-lined crowd along
Padre Inocentes Garcia Street.
She was delighted and
all smiles to see a throng of people at the gate of the port
continuously waving their hands and saying “Mabuhay si Presidente
Upon arrival at the
Naval Port compound, the President and her entourage were warmly
received by Engr. Dominador Licayan, Manager of the Philippine Ports
Authority (PPA) – Port of Naval and Ormoc City and the local officials
of Naval led by Vice Mayor Vicente Curso.
After what it seems
like a never-ending handshakes of the President with the local
officials, guests, the Navalenos and the Biliranons, the unveiling
ceremony of the marker of the newly completed Naval Port Development
Project immediately followed.
President Arroyo led
in the unveiling of the marker and she was assisted by DOTC Secretary
Leandro Mendoza, Congressman Glenn Chong, Governor Rogelio Espina and
Naval Mayor Vicente Curso.
Immediately after the
unveiling ceremony, the President proceeded to the ramp of the port to
send off MV Hansel Jobett, a roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) ship of the Santo
Clara Shipping Company in its ceremonial trip to Cataingan in the
province of Masbate passing through the island town of Maripipi as
there were bus passengers who will disembark in the port of said town.
MV Hansel Jobett
ferried two big buses namely Eagle Star and Silver Star with
passengers bound for Manila.
After the send-off
ceremony, the President went back to the Naval Port Passenger Terminal
to take her snacks and for a very brief meeting with Congressman Chong,
Governor Espina and other local officials at the holding room.
The President also had
a photo opportunity with the teachers of the Department of Education (DepEd)
led by Dr. Sara Apurillo, Schools Division Superintendent of Biliran,
local officials and other guests.
President Arroyo and
her party left for Tacloban at the NIT landing field via chopper at
exactly 4:20 in the afternoon.
Governor Espina, Dr. Edita Genson, NIT President and other local
officials and guests were at the landing field to see her off.
The completion and
inauguration of the Naval Port Development Project would see a boost
in the economic activity and tourism in the capital town of Naval in
Biliran Province and will strengthen the links between the provinces
of Masbate, Leyte, Cebua,
Samar, Surigao and to other Strong Republic Nautical Highway Eastern
The project, according
to Engr. Dominador Licayan, Port Manager of Ormoc and Naval, has three
components which included the provision of a passenger terminal
building, the rehabilitation of the reinforced cemented pier and the
construction of the RoRo ramp.
agency of the project is the Philippine Ports Authority.
ceremonies were also attended by Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
Assistant Secretary Edgar Igano, Land Transportation Franchising and
Regulatory Board, Region 7 Director Romulo Bernanrdes, eight mayors of
the province of Biliran, 132 barangay captains of the province, heads
of national government agencies, officials of the local government
unit of Naval town and the provincial officials of Biliran.
delegations, guests start to troop to Leyte
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Athletes, coaches, officials and guests have started to troop to Leyte in batches in connection with the biggest sports competition in
the country, the Palarong Pambansa 2009 which is expected to lure
about 8,000 people.
The Palarong Pambansa
2009 on April 26 to May 2, which is hosted by the Province of Leyte
and the Department of Education Region 8, has also whetted the
interest of national government officials. In fact, if plans will push
through, a high profile meeting will be conducted in Leyte.
Aside from the Palaro
delegations, now ongoing in Leyte is the National Convention of Budget
Officers of the
and the National Convention of Ham Radio Operators.
The advance parties
and delegations of the 17 delegations participating in the 2009
Palarong Pambansa in Leyte have started to arrive since April 10, Dr.
Edith Jacer of the Department of Education Region 8 informed.
This early, all the
hotels and inns in Tacloban City are already booked or blocked off,
reports coming from the hotel and lodging house operators showed.
The members of the
Region 4-A (CALABARZON) delegation have started to arrive in
Leyte on April 10, April 11, April 14 and April 17. All the
members of the Region 4-B delegation are now in
Leyte, Dr. Jacer
added. They are billeted at the
Leyte Normal University.
The advance party for
Region 1 or Northern Luzon has already arrived in Leyte and are now
billeted at Palo II Central School. The full delegation will arrive on
Saturday, April 18.
The Region 2 or
Cagayan Valley delegation will arrive in style in Leyte by plane in
two batches on April 20 and April 21. They will be billeted at the
Palo I Central School.
The Region 3 advance
party arrived in Leyte on April 12. The complete delegation will
arrive via Matnog on April 18 and will be billeted at San Jose
The Region 4-B (MIMAROPA)
delegation has arrived in Leyte on April 15 and are now billeted at
Leyceo de Verbo Divino.
Meanwhile, the Region
5 or Bicol Region delegation has also arrived in
Leyte on April 15 and are billeted at the
The delegation of
Region 6 or Western Visayas will arrive in Leyte on April 23. They
will be billeted at
The advance party arrived on April 15.
The Region 7 or
Central Visayas delegation will arrive in Leyte on April 20 and will
be billeted at the
Eastern Visayas State
The Region 9
delegation from Zamboanga will arrive in
Leyte on April 19. They will be billeted at the
San Jose National High
The advance party of
Region 10 will arrive in Tanauan,
Leyte on April 17
while the rest of the delegation will arrive on April 20. They will be
billeted at the
National High School and Tanauan II Central School.
The advance party of
Region 11 in Davao will arrive in Leyte on April 17 also. The rest of
the delegation will arrive on April 20 and will be billeted at the
Kapangian Elementary School.
The entire delegation
of Region 12 will arrive in Leyte on April 21 and will be billeted at
the Tanauan I Central School and Tanauan School of Craftsmanship and
The Region XIII
delegation from Caraga will arrive on April 21 and they will be housed
at the Panalaron Central School.
The delegation from
the Cordillera Autonomous Region will arrive on April 19 and will be
billeted at the Rizal Central School.
The advance party of
the National Capital Region will arrive on April 18, 19 and 20. The
rest of the delegation will arrive on April 22.
NCR delegation is booked at the
Dulag South Central
School and Dulag National High School.
The delegation from
the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will arrive in Leyte
on April 17 and will be billeted at the Santo Niño SPED Center.
The delegation from
the host region, Eastern Visayas or Region 8 have been in Leyte since
the EVRAA and are housed at the
Tacloban City Elementary School.
On the other hand, the
Technical Officials and Task Force of the Palarong Pambansa have been
in Leyte since April 12 and are housed at the Leyte National High
School and at Bethel International School.
Keen on making the
Palarong Pambansa 2009 a success, Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho
Petilla saw to it that all the billeting schools have the necessary
facilities for the athletic delegations. He also called on his fellow
Leytenos and the entire people of Region 8 to show the highest
courtesy and hospitality to the guests.
PGMA launches 3rd
Strong Republic Nautical Highway Eastern Seaboard Route in Naval,
By JONNIE H. BUENAVENTURA (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has launched on Wednesday at Brgy.
Santo Simo Rosario, Naval, Biliran the 3rd Strong Republic Nautical
Highway which strengthened the foundation of the oldest
roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) route of the 919 kilometers land and
137-nautical miles bounded on the sea.
The new Eastern
seaboard route commence from Pilar, Sorsogon and runs through Masbate
City and Esperanza town in Masbate, then traverses Naval and Maripipi
towns both located in the province of Biliran to San Ricardo in
Southern Leyte and finally ends in Lipata, Surigao City in Surigao del
The Strong Republic
Nautical Highway has three main trunkline, the western seaboard route,
the central seaboard route and the eastern seaboard route.
According to Biliran
Governor Dr. Roger Espina, the presence of roll-on/roll-off in the
province of Biliran give accessible transportation from the
neighboring parts of Biliran province to Cebu and as far as in Luzon
and Mindanao which in turn boost the economic and tourism in Biliran
as well in Leyte province.
The Naval Port
Development Project, which was inaugurated during the visit of
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has a total project cost P55.98M
funded by the Philippine Ports Authority Corporate Fund. The project
components and scope of work include: reconstruction of a 155 capacity
passenger terminal building (464 square meters), rehabilitation of a
reinforced concrete pier and the construction of a Ro-Ro ramp project
(with a length of 11 meters by 9 meters. The port has a berth length
of 210 meters, working area of 2,050 square meters and a stacking area
of 1,904 square meters.)
The construction has
started on March 12, 2007 and was completed on
July 6, 2008.
Since 2008 it has
already served a total of 52,208 passenger traffic in the Naval-Cebu-Naval
route by MV Super Shuttle Ferry 5 of the Asian Marine Transport
Corporation and MV Naval Princess of C. Ang Shipping Lines.
Imagine the Naval-Cebu-Naval
route which will save 8 hrs. of travelling time which was before the
cities of Ormoc and Tacloban, both located in
Leyte, are the main point of destinations when a resident of
Biliran would want to go to
Cebu would now lessen the burden and much more save time and
money, said Gov. Espina.
Gov. Espina is hoping
that the presence of Shipping Lines in Naval, Biliran will become
regular since a port has already established.
The launching of
the 3rd Strong Republic Nautical Highway Eastern Seaboard Route and
the inauguration of the Naval Port Development Project in Naval,
Biliran is timely, considering the “17th provincehood celebration” of
Biliran is past approaching, since May 11 is the date of its
provincehood is a few days more to go and we are expecting more
visitors to come to the province of Biliran, said Gov. Espina.
PGMA disembarks at new
Benit Ferry Terminal
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
April 15, 2009
BRGY. BENIT, San
Ricardo, Southern Leyte – “This is historic,” a resident here, his
voice quivering in a mix of excitement, awe, and wonder, exclaimed.
The unknown resident,
and everyone else crowding around, watched Ocean King II, a sea-plying
vessel, docked, opened its causeway bridge, and touched base with the
new, multi-million peso Benit port.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who had waived to the cheering
crowd earlier while she was still on-board the ship, alighted, then
strode to the warm welcome of local officials and government
functionaries who had stood under the heat of the noonday summer sun
for hours, waiting patiently for her to arrive.
Leading the pack of
officials to welcome the President were Cong. Roger Mercado, his
younger brother Gov. Damian Mercado, Vice-Governor Miguel Maamo, San
Ricardo Mayor Virginia Meijia, Provincial Board Members, and Mayors,
other officials, from the eighteen municipalities and one city of the
Also joining the
welcoming crowd were teachers, barangay officials of the nearby
municipalities and the 70-strong barangay officials of the city of
Maasin led by City Mayor Maloney Samaco, military and police officers,
and some regional heads of national line agencies, including Bishop
Precioso Cantilla of the Diocese of Maasin.
stepped on the concrete pavement of the new, P72-Million ferry
terminal facility at about 11:50 Wednesday morning, coming from an
earlier engagement in
It was another
history-in-the-making unfolding right in front of everybody’s eyes,
for no other President had crossed the narrow channel by sea from
Surigao to San Ricardo in this northern tip of Panaon Island in
Southern Leyte ever since living memory.
Following the exchange
of pleasantries and shaking hands of officials and the crowd,
President Arroyo unveiled a marker of the new ferry terminal.
She was briefed by
Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Secretary
Leandro Mendoza on some facts in relation to the project, which was
started in September, 2007, and was finished on January 5, 2009.
Actual cost of the new
passenger complex was P71,630,452.76, consisting of one unit roll-on,
roll-off (RORO) ramp, reinforced concrete pier, rehabilitation and
expansion of back-up facility with an area of 2,366 square meters, and
construction of a terminal building with a floor area of 464 sqm.
President’s party was Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, together with other high-ranking
officials and Undersecretaries.
The President had
lunch inside the terminal building together with top officials and
From Benit, she was
scheduled to motor all the way to Liloan and drive-through the new
concrete highway from Himay-angan to Hinundayan, some 90 kilometers
distance, where a presidential chopper would take her to the next
destination, in Naval, Biliran.
Instead, the whole
land trip was cut short up to Liloan only for lack of material time,
since it was way past 1:00 in the afternoon already, and a helicopter
ferried the President at the Liloan ferry terminal.
Warays make it as
provincial finalists in 2009 Search for Outstanding Teachers
By Metrobank Foundation, Inc.
April 14, 2009
MAKATI CITY – Metrobank
Foundation, Inc. proudly announces the provincial finalists for the
2009 Search for Outstanding Teachers.
Among the 99
provincial finalists selected by the Preliminary Boards of Judges,
four of them are from the provinces of Samar, Leyte and Biliran. They
are Mrs. Lourdes L. Matan of
in Calbayog City; Mrs. Brenda L. Acol of Dolores National High School
in Dolores, Eastern Samar; Mrs. Natividad P. Kahano of Rizal Central
School in Tacloban City, Leyte; and Mrs. Jennifer M. Dejarlo-Alvior of
Bool National High
School in Culaba, Biliran.
finalists are required to submit supporting documents which highlight
their outstanding qualities and competencies as educators as well as
their involvements in their respective communities.
finalists were chosen from a total of 173 nominees nationwide in the
elementary, secondary and higher education categories. From these
provincial finalists, only 40 will be declared regional finalists,
which will be further trimmed down to 20 national finalists. It is
from these national finalists that the 10 awardees for the 2009 Search
for Outstanding Teachers will be determined.
“The Search for
Outstanding Teachers is one of the ways in which Metrobank Foundation
advocates education,” said Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto
Sobrepeña. “Through this search, we aim to provide models of
excellence who can inspire teachers all over the country to be the
best in their profession. We are now looking forward to honor the ten
best educators in the country today,” he continued.
For 25 years, the
Search for Outstanding Teachers has been honoring the teaching
profession by according special recognition to teachers who manifest
profound commitment to the development of the youth through exemplary
competence, remarkable dedication to their work and effective
For a complete list
of this year’s Provincial Finalists, please visit
2009 Palarong Pambansa
in Leyte promises high tech, higher level of competition
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Palarong Pambansa, the country’s biggest sports event which opens on
April 27 to May 2, promises a higher level of competition and the full
use of technology in delivering real time games results to the
The Department of
Education said that whatever is the latest in the international
standards of sports events, it will be applied in the Palaro in
Leyte, in line with DepEd’s thrust to continue to raise the level
of competition as well as the management of the Palaro.
DepEd will make full
use of ICT in ensuring that the public is updated on the results of
the games. Immediately after each event is played, the results may be
viewed on-line especially by those who cannot be at the venue. Wide
screen projectors will also be installed in strategic areas.
Jericho Petilla and the other provincial officials of
Leyte saw to it that the athletes will have a good venue for the
Palaro 2009. The venue of the Palaro is the newly refurbished
Development Center in Tacloban City, Leyte and the results of the
events will be viewed by the spectators through the local television
and heard by the public through a private and government radio
The result of the
games could also be read at various websites which include
leyte.gov.org; and pia.8.tk.
About 15,000 athletes
and school officials from 17 delegations representing public and
private elementary and secondary schools all over the country will see
action in the week-long sporting event which is hosted by the
Provincial Government of Leyte and the Department of Education Region
Director Sol F.
Matugas said there will be 17 events for the secondary level and 14
events for the primary level. The athletes competing in the Palaro
emerged from the elimination round in regional athletics meets held
months and weeks before the grand Palaro.
The Province of Leyte
is providing the venues and facilities for the Palaro. On the other
hand, DepEd handles the technical management of the Palaro including
the procurement of technical equipment needed for the events.
DepEd is ensuring the
integrity of the games by conducting reorientation of the chairs in
the screening committees in the district, division and regional levels
so that they will be updated on the rules for screening and
accreditation of athletes.
Chiz tells BIR: Tax
Relief Law covers whole of 2008
By Office of Senator
PASAY CITY –
Opposition Senator Chiz Escudero on Sunday reiterated his position
that the tax relief law exempting minimum wage earners from income tax
should cover salaries and wages of qualified beneficiaries for the
The senator issued the
statement in light of the national government’s position that the
relief being extended by Republic Act 9504 to qualified taxpayers
covers only half of last year.
“RA 9504 is a piece of
social legislation aimed at alleviating the plight of our poor
countrymen in these times of economic hardship. A contrary
interpretation defeats the spirit behind the enactment of this law,”
said Escudero, who sponsored the bill as chairman of the ways and
means committee in the Senate.
The law, which took
effect last July 6, also increased the personal exemption for
individuals as follows: single – from P20,000 to P50,000; head of
family – from P25,000 to P50,000; each married individual – from
P32,000 to P50,000; and each qualified dependent (not exceeding four)
– from P8,000 to P25,000.
“This law was
particularly designed to aid our fellow Filipinos from the low income
group, particularly laborers. Their already meager salary and wage
should now be exempted from income taxation for the whole of 2008 as
it was Congress’s intention that the law be made retroactive starting
January 1, 2008,” Escudero said.
The senator emphasized
that as the deadline for filing tax returns approaches on April 15,
the Bureau of Internal Revenue should follow what lawmakers envisioned
in the law.
In September last
year, Escudero, as co-chair of the Congressional Oversight Committee
on Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP), joined Rep. Exequiel
Javier in maintaining that RA 9504 is a social legislation intended to
provide relief to the plight of minimum wage earners and low-income
He said the committee
maintains its position that there is no such thing as a half taxable
year, citing court rulings on the cases of Umali v. Estanislao and
Ingall v. Trinidad.
The two rulings
clearly state that new rates of personal and additional tax exemptions
are available upon the filing of income tax returns on or before April
15 after the end of a calendar year.
said, when RA 9504 took effect in July last year, the new tax
exemptions can be availed of this income tax filing season.
“As a consequence,
such tax exemptions apply to income earned or received in the calendar
year 2008,” he said. Escudero also said that if the BIR insists on its
erroneous interpretation of the law, the committee will be compelled
to bring the issue to the appropriate court.
Fishermen rescue two
more ‘pawikans’ along Tanauan shores
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
There is really a need to intensify campaigns for the protection
of seaturtles and other marine creatures, Mayor Roque Tiu of Tanauan,
Mayor Tiu informed
that about a dozen of sea turtles, the population of which is
endangered of extinction, have been rescued in the municipal waters in
the past months.
This week, two more
sea turtles got entangled, in two separate occasions, in the fishing
nets of Tanauan fishermen, Mayor Roque Tiu informed. This made the
total seaturtles rescued in Tanauan to 12, Mayor Tiu added. Just
recently, a Tanauan fisherman rescued a giant green sea turtle which
was estimated to be over a hundred years old and weighing more than
On Tuesday, Mayor Tiu,
together with Mr. Tito Simbulan, chief of the Protected Areas and
Wildlife Coastal Zone Management Service of the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources, supervised the return of the sea
turtles to their natural abode.
On April 6, Monday,
Roel Dupalo-Pante, a fisherman from Barangay Cabuynan of Tanauan,
reported that a ‘pawikan’ got entangled in his fishing net. The
pawikan belongs to the green sea turtle specie with a carapace
measuring 64 centimeters in length and 65 centimeters in width. It was
tagged as PH 05676.
In the morning of
April 7, another sea turtle was found by Rolando Camero, another
fisherman from Barangay Cabuynan. The pawikan is an olive ridley sea
turtle with a carapace measuring 46 centimeters in length and 42
centimeters in width.
Mayor Tiu expressed
his appreciation to the two fishermen for their commitment to the
protection of seaturtles and other marine creatures. 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 Philippines and is found in
all tropical and sub tropical seas; and the olive ridley which of the
five species is considered carnivorous.
DPWH speeds up
completion of Calbayog-Gatanguit Road Project
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways in Region 8 is fast tracking
the completion of the Calbayog-Gatanguit Road, a report at the DPWH
The project which is
part of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s SONA commitment is aimed
at rehabilitating and improving the economy of Calbayog City and the
other municipalities in Samar province.
It would be recalled
that President Arroyo is determined to fulfill her SONA commitments
before her term ends in 2010.
The project consists
of improvement and widening of road; upgrading and widening road
tracks and shoulders; building better drainage facilities and slope
protection; and building road safety devices alongside the existing
52.7 kms road, along Maharlika Highway.
The road project also
includes replacement of two (2) bridges and rehabilitation of thirteen
(13) more bridges located along the Calbayog-Gatanguit road section.
Road Section is under Package
III of the Arterial Road Link Development Project and entails
the improvement and upgrading of about 52.7 kilometers of existing
road. The project, Director Angelito Twano informed started in
November of 2006 and is scheduled to be completed by August of 2009.
Considering that Samar
is located in the country’s typhoon belt and runs along the route
being passed by commuters from Luzon to Mindanao and vice versa, the
road network is constantly subjected to destruction, and deterioration
of roadways and shoulders, thus, the DPWH took immediate actions in
rehabilitating and improving the road section.
Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. said that taking immediate actions are
necessary in improving the national road net. He also added that the
DPWH does not only rehabilitate or reconstruct roads immediately but
also continue producing new, lasting, safe and efficient roads and
bridges to be more convenient.