soldier: Army’s fabricated story
By Katungod-Sinirangan Bisayas
TACLOBAN CITY –
“Army’s rescuing an ‘NPA child soldier’, Joel Silvestre, 12 years old,
is a fabricated story. It was them [Army] who made him become a child
soldier: they taught him to carry and use firearms, made him a guide
in their operations and used him to recognize whether farmers they met
during operations are members of the New People’s Army (NPA) or not.
It was the 34th Infantry Battalion (IB), Philippine Army (PA), who
violated the child’s rights,” said Flor Chantal Eco, Katungod-SB’s
with DSWD provincial officer Luz Tacal during a presscon at DYMS
Matuguinao, Samar who were mauled and threatened by soldiers from the
34th IB, PA and made to guide their military operations last
June 5, 2009 in Brgy. Rizal of the same town revealed last Sunday that
there was a boy who served as a guide for the military. Renato
Suarino, 34 years old, who was one of the victims and was mauled by
the soldiers, disclosed that the boy was about 10-years old; his face
was covered with a ski mask and carried a firearm which he identified
as a shotgun. He later recognized the boy by his surname Silvestre.
Eco added that,
“Renato heard the news that the boy was taken in Gandara, Samar and
knew the boy’s deceased mother and father who currently works in
Manila. He also revealed that the boy lives with his grandparents in
Brgy. Montalban, Matuguinao. These descriptions fit Joel Silvestre who
was claimed by the military as an NPA child soldier whom they rescued.
Their side of the story is a complete lie to cover up the human rights
violations they committed to the child and the farmers from Matuguinao
and to further malign our organization and personalities which they
have been doing in their radio program in Catbalogan, Samar in the
“Once again, the
military is staging their infamous tactics of making up stories of NPA
child soldiers. Like past cases of “NPA child soldiers”, they abduct
children, parade them to the media and claim to have rescued them.
Joel’s case is no different from the others. They’re using this tactic
to cover-up their continued human rights violations every time they
conduct military operations in the hinterlands. We should not believe
whatever they say because of their smeared credibility and bloody
hands,” Eco concluded.
guest of honor at 34th IB
By 2Lt. JELYNNE D. UNABIA, (CAV)
July 8, 2009
SAN JORGE, Samar –
The Congresswoman of 2nd District of Samar, Hon. Sharee Ann Tan-Delos
Santos serves as the guest of honor and speaker during the Closing
Ceremony of the Unit Pre-deployment Training Class 02-09 and the
Pinning of Ranks to Newly Promoted Enlisted Personnel (EP) of 34th
Infantry (RELIABLE) Battalion, 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army
on Saturday July 4, 2009 this municipality.
Tan-Delos Santos together with Col. Dionisio C. Miguel INF (GSC) PA,
Commanding Officer of 34th IB pinned the ranks of the 43 newly
promoted enlisted personnel and the giving of certificate of
completion to the 7 Privates for completing the Unit Pre-deployment
Training Class 02-09.
In her message,
Congresswoman Tan-Delos Santos commended the 34th Infantry Battalion
for the strong commitment and dedication in ensuring peace and the
safety of Samarnons. And request to further strengthen the convergence
of efforts in working hand-in-hand for the peace and order in the area
and fast track the development in Samar.
She also added that
the military units are of great help to all Samareños in terms of
helping in the delivery of the basic services to the people especially
in far-flung barangays. She then advised all the newly-trained and
newly promoted EP to be more responsible, be friendlier and to be a
role model to everyone. She also emphasized to not only put into mind
all the lessons that they have learned but also put it in their hearts
for the service of the people.
Meanwhile, Col. Miguel
expressed his gratitude for the presence and inspiration of
Congresswoman Tan-Delos Santos to the officers, men and dependents of
we will continue to reach out to hopefully develop a strong linkage
and partnership with the local officials and the various sectors of
society and to always uphold to our sworn mandate to protect the
people and the state,” Col. Miguel said in his remarks.
Region 8 symposium on
Climate Change set in Calbayog City
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – A
symposium entitled “Enhancing Communities’ Capacity to Confront
Extreme Geo-Meteorological Events at the Core of Climate Change,” is
set to be conducted on July 10, 2009 at the Don Tiburcio Tancinco
Memorial Institute of Science and Technology in Calbayog City.
The symposium is part
of the series being conducted by the National Institute of Geological
Sciences of the University of the
the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services
Administration of the Department of Science and Technology, and the
Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research and Development of
DOST, Dr. Rodolfo A. Tamayo, the project leader, informed.
Dr. Tamayo said that
the symposium will serve as a venue for earth scientists, local
government units and non-government and business organizations to
present recent findings and discuss key issues on climate change.
The principal aim of
the activity is to bring the climate change issue to key places of the
Philippines in such a way that the people would be updated on recent
scientific information, and provide a means to identify policy issues
that the government can address as it confronts climate change.
In the symposium at
Calbayog City, Climate Change-Related Extreme Weather Conditions will
be discussed by Mr. Nathaniel Cruz, OIC of the Operations and Services
Extreme Geological Events will be discussed by Dr. Rodolfo A. Tamayo
of the National Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of
The Philippine Climate
Change Initiatives will be presented by Ms. Gerarda Asuncion Merilo,
Senior Environmental Management Specialist of the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources.
Moreover, the Science
and Techonoly Intervention on Climate Change will be presented by Engr.
Albert Marino, Senior Science Research Specialist of the Philippine
Council for Industry and Energy Research Development.
Finally, the topic
Local Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change will be discussed by
Calbayog City Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento who is the chairman of the
Regional Development Council of Eastern Visayas.
DTI Samar ushers SMEs
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
July 7, 2009
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Samar ushers Small and
Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Development week that started with a
thanksgiving mass at the DTI Samar office on Monday.
SMED Advocacy Seminar was attended by Zumarraga mayor Edwin
Figueroa (left) and San Jorge mayor Nancy Grey (center).
The group of SMEs,
some line agencies and the DTI staff then proceeded to Cocina de
Cabral for the SME Development Advocacy Seminar.
Ms. Meilou Macabare,
OIC Provincial Director of DTI Samar in her opening message said that
Samar’s SMEs have been growing with DTI through the years.
A week-long activity
has been set by DTI to celebrate July 6-10 as SMED week. More than 50
food producers and processors filled Cocina de Cabral, venue of the
SME Development Advocacy Seminar last Monday. Ms. Ruthelma Samonte of
DTI outlined the activities in store for the week.
On July 7, 2009,
Samar’s South Maqueda Bay Local and Regional Economic Development (LRED)
municipalities will be signing the MOA for close cooperation.
LRED cluster is a
participatory planning and implementation process wherein public and
private stakeholders in a locality work together to improve conditions
for economic growth and employment generation.
On July 8, DTI will
sponsor a consumer information seminar for interested consumers at the
DTI provincial office.
entities will be awarded on July 9 at the Provincial 2009 (One Town
One Product) OTOP and SMED congress at the Flaming Hat Restaurant.
Video showing of
EntrePinoys will be showed for free on July 10 as the week folds up.
Samonte added that
they will recognize SMEs and the LGUs supportive of OTOP and SMED.
SMED is organized
to help small business men in through the establishment of needed
environment and opportunities conducive to the growth and development
of the small and medium enterprises.
forms Provincial Task Force on Climate Change
By MARIA KONICA CATAPANG
Samar – The first ever in the whole region, Governor Ben P. Evardone
of Eastern Samar inked an executive order forming a Provincial Task
Force on Climate Change – Adaptation and Mitigation during the Climate
Change Forum held last June 30, 2009 at the PGO Conference Hall,
Capitol Building. The said activity is jointly spearheaded by the
Provincial Government of Eastern Samar and the Provincial Environment
and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), in connection with the
celebration of the Environment Month.
a pledge of commitment to the protection of Mother Earth, Gov. Ben
P. Evardone signs the Executive Order creating a Provincial Task
Force on Climate Change. Also in the photo (l-r) are Dir. Leticia
Maceda of DENR Region VIII, Maribel Muagayde of Environment
Management Bureau, DENR Reg. 8 and PENRO Danilo A. Javier looking
The said provincial
task force chaired by the governor himself is a localized version of
the National Task Force on Climate Change as stated on EO 774 signed
by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and will be composed of 18 task
groups on such areas as fishery, agriculture, clean water, solid waste
management, and information dissemination.
participants coming from various sectors including representatives
from local government units, national agencies, religious sectors and
the academe around the province witnessed the historic signing of the
said executive order. They also discussed and deliberated on the issue
on climate change and global warming, the forum being pegged on the
theme, “Your Planet Needs You - Unite to Combat Climate Change”.
Prominent figures who graced the said affair includes Governor Ben P.
Evardone, DENR Regional Director Leticia Maceda, DILG Dir. Manuel
Lagrimas, Father Euly Belizar of the Diocese of Borongan, SP Member
Editha Sepulveda, PENR Officer Forester Danilo A. Javier and
Provincial Agriculturist Jesus Agda.
In his giving of
rationale of the activity, forester Elpidio E. Simon of CENRO-Borongan
emphasized on the need for the conservation, protection and
restoration of our environment. “Global warming may be a big problem,
but each one of us has its own little way to help solve the problem,”
he told the participants. On the other hand, Atty. Byron Suyot, Chief
of Staff of the Office of the Governor, warmly welcomed the attendees,
citing the urgent need for the province to take a united stand against
this pressing atmospheric problem.
Dir. Maceda, in her
message, also showed her passion for this cause, congratulating the
governor for spearheading the forum and forming the task force, the
first in the region. She cited Eastern Samar as a highly vulnerable
province as majority of the municipalities is along the coast. “The
worst is yet to come if we will not do anything,” she cautioned,
citing the 70 centimeters sea level rise and 4.8 degrees centigrade
rise on temperature. She also warned against stronger typhoons, rainy
summer and extended droughts that is and will be affecting the
province. She also emphasized on effective and planned adaptation, and
on adjustment and responding to actual effects. “Let us not make the
problem work. We must involve all the sectors and set local
priorities” she added.
To this, Governor
Evardone enthusiastically responded, announcing his plans of
replicating the Climate Change Forum this August in the municipalities
of Borongan, San Julian, Sulat, Taft, Guiuan, Canavid and Dolores, and
the same activity in the southern municipalities on November. He also
related his plans on giving out college scholarship programs in the
field of environment and community service for deserving graduating
high school students this coming school year. “The consciousness of
the need to protect the environment is more than enough to solve the
problem,” he told the participants.”We are also planning to conduct an
information and education campaign (IEC) among the youth, visiting
Secondary Schools, Colleges and Universities around the province. This
is so, because I fully acknowledge the vital role of the youth in the
preservation and conservation of the environment for future
During the forum
proper, Forester Dorinda L. Labro, Focal person on Climate Change –
Mitigation and Adaptation from PENRO, gave an orientation on Climate
Change and E.O 774, discussing the different impacts of climate
changes such as accelerated water cycle, thawing of ice caps, and rise
of ocean temperature, and their effects on vital sectors such as
health, energy, and agriculture. “Climate change is a global problem
with local solutions,” she emphasized. “We have started to converge,
we have to continue to converge, and stop our inaction.” She was also
all praises to Governor Evardone for the chance given by the
provincial government so that she could advance and promote this
Meanwhile, Father Euly
Belizar from the Diocese of Borongan and Mr. Tito Dadulla of DEPED
both shared their concern on sand and gravel extraction in Sabang
Suribao and Calingatngan respectively, during the open forum. PENRO
seriously promised to look unto this issue and make the necessary
investigations. Another concern aired out by Danilo Alura professor of
from Eastern Samar State University
is the implementation of the different environmental laws in the local
level, to which the Director Maceda positively answered that almost
80% of the municipalities in the problems have already complied with
some of the basic components of the various environmental mandates.
Also highlight of the
forum was the signing of Environmental Creed, as a final gesture of
commitment to the cause against the fight on climate change and global
'Change not possible
under GMA' – Trillanes
transparency among 285 bills filed, says report
By Office of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV
PASAY CITY – Senator
Antonio Trillanes IV supported the public clamor for an election in
2010 by saying change under the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is ‘not
“Any illusions of
change are simply not possible under the administration of GMA,” he
said in a published annual report.
According to the same
report, Trillanes was ranked sixth in the Senate for his 285 total
bills on several advocacies as poverty alleviation, national defense
and security, affordable and accessible health care and education, and
environmental protection in only his second year in office.
He stressed good
governance and civil service reforms as priorities by proposing
heavier penalties against violations by contractors and subcontractors
in public works projects and the public officials involved.
“We should fight
against the alarming propensity of this administration to punish
whistleblowers of anomalous transactions instead of the perpetrators,
most of whom are part of government themselves,” Trillanes said.
He also addressed
issues among the youth and women sectors with bills that would subject
private schools to stricter government regulation against tuition
hikes, and include PhilHealth coverage for diagnostic services for
breast and cervical cancer.
This year Trillanes
authored and coauthored seven bills and resolutions that were passed
into law, including the Archipelagic Baselines Law (original bill
included Scarborough Shoal within the baselines) and Salary
Standardization Law 3.
Six of his bills have
already been passed in the Senate, counting one that would fix the
terms of the Armed Forces of the
chief and major service commanders.
as a legislator due to his imprisonment, Trillanes vowed to serve the
country in other ways.
“I continue to be a
voice of defiance against a regime that is reputed as the most corrupt
in our nation’s history. This, I can honestly say, is my small
contribution to our people’s incessant struggle for change,” he said.
Army unit signed a MOA
on Adopt a Barangay
By DPAO, 8th Infantry Division
July 6, 2009
Catbalogan, Samar – The signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on
adopt a barangay was conducted between the Army and the local barangay
officials on 26 June 2009 at Barangay Hall, barangay 13, Catbalogan
In support of DND plan
and program on nation building, the armed forces of the Philippines
implemented the Adopt a barangay program as a tool in assisting the
delivery of basic services in the barangay. In line with this, the 8th
Infantry Division, as part of its Civil-Military Operations plan and
programs include the adopt-a-barangay program. The project envisioned
to promote trust and confidence with the objective of reinforcing and
reliving the spirit of bayanihan, showing cares and concerns with
fellow Filipino, and to encourage various stakeholders to help in
providing remedies and interventions for the barangay needs.
Last May of 2009, the
command had initially listed three barangays within Western Samar to
be evaluated as to its qualifications. The three (3) barangay
pre-selected are Barangay Maulong, Kabugawan and Brgy 13 of Catbalogan,
Based on the actual
visitation, coordination and records checked conducted by the command
on the three pre-qualified barangay, it was finally declared by
Headquarters 8ID thru the approval of no less than the Commanding
General Arthur I. Tabaquero that Barangay 13 was adjudged as the
adopted barangay of the Division. It was on
June 2, 2009 that Barangay 13 was adopted as approved by the Commanding
General of the 8ID.
Finally, the signing
of the MOA between the 8ID and the barangay officials was successfully
conducted on 26 June 2009. It was Major Leo Lorenzo Madroñal signed in
behalf of the 8th Infantry Division and Hon. Dante Ramos Truelda for
the Office of the Barangay Chairman of barangay 13. The signing was
witnessed by the local DILG of Catbalogan, Samar and other barangay
officials of Barangay 13.
Barangay 13 is now an
adopted barangay of the Division and as per MOA both organization will
now collaborate and complement its efforts in the maintenance of peace
and pushing development and other significant endeavor that will
benefit the barangay constituents.
IBP Eastern Samar
lauds SC decision to defer MLAS
By BRYAN M. AZURA
Samar – Officers and members of Integrated Bar of the Philippines -
Eastern Samar Chapter voiced as one their relief and acclamation on
the Supreme Court’s deferment to
January 1, 2010 the implementation of the Rule on Mandatory Legal Aide
Service (MLAS) compelling all lawyers to render yearly a minimum of 60
hours of free legal service to all indigent litigants.
designated Officers and members of the Integrated Bar of the
Philippines, Eastern Samar Chapter posed for a souvenir photo
after the induction done for new officers for term 2009-2011.
Atty. Lionel Titong,
IBP provincial president said that the decision of the SC’s decision
to put back the implementation of MLAS is a very much welcome
development to us here. “This matter is not just a concern to the law
practitioners in the province but in the whole country,” he stressed.
The SC, in a
resolution, said that the implementation of MLAS is deferred to
January 1, 2010 from July 1, 2009.
According to Chief
Justice Reynato Puno, the rule is aimed at enhancing “the duty of
lawyers to society as agents of social change and to the courts as
officers thereof by helping improve access to justice by the less
privileged members of the society and expedite the resolution of cases
Earlier, IBP-ES passed
a resolution requesting the SC to defer the implementation of Bar
Matter 2012, also called as MLAS. The association contended that there
is a need to first consult its members in foras for the purpose of
determining and collating their proposals and suggestions relative to
MLAS. “I am glad the Honorable Justices heard and acted on our
petition,” Titong said.
IBP National President
Feliciano Bautista, in a letter to SC, said that while some IBP
chapters already drafted implementing regulations of the rule but
others have requested of its postponement to afford more time for
consultations and wider discussion on a number of important issues
among its members.
Samar Governor Ben P. Evardone extended his congratulations to the
newly installed officers of IBP-ES chapter during their induction
rites held in this town. Sworn in as officers by RTC Judge Elvie Lim
are Atty. Titong, President; Atty. Christopher Moscare, Vice
President; Atty. May Mercado, Secretary; Atty. Eduardo Ang, Treasurer;
Atty. Ma. Esmenne Azul, Auditor; and Atty. Aquilino Mejica, PRO.
Those who took their
oath also as Board of Directors are Attys. Celestino Sabate, Rufilo
Tan, Vicente Catudio, Juan Dulfo and Celestino Cabato.
government will continue to be a strong partner of IBP in Eastern
Samar,” the provincial governor said. Atty. Byron Suyot,
chief-of-staff of Evardone, said that the province will provide
support in any programs
IBP will undertake that will benefit
Doc bares no
additional A(H1N1) case in Samar has been reported
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN, Samar – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Dulce Cernal bared
that Samar has not picked up any new A(H1N1) case.
She added that the
confirmed cases of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) and his son have
been, so far the only recorded confirmed cases. The two have fully
recovered and that the son has now returned to school, the health
Reports that also
reached her, but has proven negative was a foreigner and his Filipina
wife who checked in a hotel in Catbalogan.
As the husband
foreigner had fever, the wife decided for them to seek medical
attention in Tacloban City. The case though proved negative.
Cernal said that the
public should boost their immune system to repulse the virus. She
added that the like other viral infection, it destroys our immune
system but because it is mild, it can go away after sometime, she just
advised the public to give heed to the health advisories periodically
aired and printed in the newspapers.
“Hygiene like hand
washing and cough etiquette should be observed,” the lady physician
Secretary Francisco T. Duque III on Friday reported that the
Department of Health (DOH) is further bolstering its mitigation
efforts against Influenza A(H1N1) in light of the anticipated rise of
cases in the country.
On June 30, Duque
convened another DOH Command Conference attended by members of the A
(H1N1) Task Force, the DOH regional health directors, the chiefs of
hospitals of all the 72 DOH-retained hospitals in the country, and
some representatives from the private sector.
“As we anticipate more
cases in the coming months, we must institute effective mitigation
measures to save lives and prevent deaths and to reduce the impact of
the pandemic to our nation and the economy,” Duque said.
With the shift toward
the mitigation strategy, the DOH is ensuring that all government
hospitals, both at the national and local government levels have the
capacity to administer care to high-risk patients where the severe
manifestations of the A (H1N1) virus are frequently seen. This is in
accordance with the directives of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
last week to prepare well-equipped isolation wards in all state-run
hospitals throughout the country.
High risk patients
include patients with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma,
diabetes, cardiovascular disease, immunosuppression, HIV/AIDs, TB,
pregnant women and the very young and the elderly.
Duque also called for
a meeting with the member agencies of the National Disaster
Coordinating Council (NDCC) to engage them, particularly the DILG, in
strengthening the involvement of local government units in the A(H1N1)
response. This is to make sure that local governments have
surveillance, monitoring and response systems in place and that
hospitals and primary health care facilities under their jurisdiction
are able to identify, treat and manage A(H1N1) cases.
“We have also
requested the NDCC member agencies, especially DepEd, CHED and TESDA
and PIA to help us in our nationwide campaign against A(H1N1). This
is to make sure that our information and education activities reach
all schools, barangays and provinces in the country,” Duque added.
Come next week, DOH is
also set to meet with the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and
hospital groups like the Philippine Hospital Association (PHA) and the
Philippine Hospital Infection Control Society (PHICS) to engage all
hospitals and healthcare providers in the appropriate treatment and
management of A (H1N1) patients according to the set interim
guidelines of the DOH.
announced that 1,709 confirmed A(H1N1) cases have been reported to the
DOH from the 1st week of May up to June 27, 2009. Eighty-six percent
(86%) or 1,485 of these cases have already recovered, while the
remaining 224 (14%) are still under treatment at present, most of them
under home management.
“All cases exhibited
mild symptoms with the most common as fever (86%), cough (81%), and
nasal congestion (49%),” Duque said, noting however, that there was
one reported death.
“The ages of cases
range from 5 months to 79 years old, with 18 years old as median age.
Most of them belonged to the 10-19 years age group (831 or 49%).
Majority of the cases were male (894 or 52%),” Duque described.
P90 Million for
development of Maasin City Airport due for implementation, says Rep.
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
July 4, 2009
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – The sum of P40 Million has been included in the 2009
budget of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)
for the extension of the runway of this city’s airport at barangay
Panan-awan, according to Rep. Roger Mercado.
In addition, Cong.
Mercado reported that he had requested the amount of P50 Million for
the construction of the airport terminal building, in which P10
Million was already released.
This was revealed by
the Southern Leyteño solon in an informal chat with local mediamen at
his District Office at barangay Abgao here Thursday morning.
He said he had worked
to source funds to extend the runway and have it listed in the DOTC’s
2008 budget, but DOTC Secretary Leandro Mendoza told him there was no
more appropriation for that year.
The DOTC Secretary,
however, assured him to program the airport runway extension project
for the 2009 allocation, including an initial release for the terminal
During the Provincial
Development Council (PDC) meeting last month, Gov. Damian Mercado
informed that Sea-Air, a private airliner, had inspected the airport
and requested for an additional 300-400 meters of runway.
Gov. Mercado said
funding for such an expansion had been secured, the project already
bided, coupled with an initial release for work on the terminal
He said he was
confident within the year or next year, Sea-Air will open its route
for a commercial flight at Maasin airport.
Cong. Mercado echoed
the confidence expressed by his younger brother.
graces inauguration of newly completed South Leyte legislative building
By ERNA SY GORNE (PIA Southern
July 4, 2009
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte – Among the highlights of the six-days 49th Founding
Anniversary of the province of Southern Leyte, where no less than
Defense Secretary Gilbert C. Teodoro, Jr graced the inauguration of
the newly completed legislative building located right beside the
provincial capitol building.
The newly completed
legislative building amounted to P19.234 Million.
Secretary Teodoro said
he remembered that foremost rationale of his trips to the province
three years ago was to address to the needs of Guinsaugon landslide
victims but now he is a witness to the visible signs of improvement in
He also noted that the
construction of the legislative building is in a way a public
investment in infrastructure for the future.
Early this year, the
National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) thru the able leadership
of National Secretary Teodoro turned-over to the province the
re-channeling of Subangdaku River project of Sogod in the amount of
inauguration ceremony, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan awarded to
Secretary Teodoro a resolution proclaiming him as Adopted Son of the
province of Southern Leyte.
Vice-Governor Miguel Maamo said that the legislative building is a
long awaited dream come true. He also acknowledged the speedy support
of Provincial Governor Damian G. Mercado that led to the realization
of acquiring their own building.
Panlalawigan resolution was also awarded to Hon. Congressman Roger G.
Mercado for their heartfelt appreciation of his financial assistance
in the amount of P4 Million in the construction of the legislative
39 confirmed cases of
A(H1N1) in Region 8, now fully recovered, DOH says
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
– The Department of Health underscored that the confirmed 39 cases of
A(H1N1) are now fully recovered.
The Department of
Health said that 35 of the confirmed cases are from the quarantined
school where the first positive case came from, two are from
Samar and another two are from
Of the 42 students
from the quarantined school who underwent throat swab test,
thirty-five were confirmed positive and have been declared to be fully
It would be recalled
that 68 students from the Philippine Science High School in Eastern
Visayas were quarantined after one student was tested positive. All of
these students have been sent home already with special advisory for
their parents to know precautionary measures of the disease.
The Department of
Health said that it is still on the case containment level and that
the most important thing is for the people to know how to prevent the
As of this writing,
the Department of Health said that there are about six cases under
observation at the EVRMC.
The Tacloban City
Health Office informed that it is still monitoring the 163 students
who were sent home after their school temporarily closed because of
the first positive case.
Of the 163, about 24
have already undergone throat swab test and the results of the same
are still being awaited.
The Department of
Health maintains its pronouncement that there is no need for the
people of Region 8 to panic because those affected with A(H1N1) here
are described as mild cases.
However, the people
must heed the advisory of the Department of Health, in order to insure
that the A(H1N1) will not reach the community level contamination.