Defense chief pushes
peace and order and disaster risk management linkages with LGUs
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
July 26 2009
secretary Gilbert Teodoro (left) during a press conference at
Sabin Resort Hotel, Ormoc City, July 23. The secretary was in
Ormoc City as guest speaker of the League of Municipalities of the
Philippines (LMP) – Luzon Island Cluster Conference hosted by
LMP-Leyte Chapter headed by its president mayor Roque Tiu of
Tanauan, Leyte. Also in photo are Ormoc City mayor Eric Codilla
(center) and Kananga mayor Elmer Codilla.
(Vino R. Cuayzon)
ORMOC CITY, Leyte
– The Department of National Defense (DND) has teamed up with the
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department
of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to strongly advocate peace
and order matters and “zero basura” in relation to disaster risk
management, according to Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro.
Speaking before a
gathering of municipal local chief executives at the Sabin Resort
Hotel here for the Luzon Island conference of the League of
Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), Teodoro empowered the Mayors
to form the crisis management committee at their levels to better
respond to any call for emergency.
With an organized and
functional crisis committee headed by the Municipal Mayor, sudden
events can be taken as a coordinated activity, such as kidnapping
incidents, insurgency, and even disaster response, Teodoro said.
He cited the case in
the southern part of the country where the local government unit
created a crisis committee after a series of kidnapping happened,
adding that such creation can be done in areas even without such
incidents happening yet as a pro-active measure.
As to the “zero basura”
campaign of the DENR, Teodoro acknowledged that the garbage problem
had been a cause for calamity in some areas when rivers are clogged,
so this was covered also by the DND’s advocacy on disaster risk
He was referring to
the first speaker, DENR Assistant Secretary Gerardo Calderon, who
urged the LGU chiefs to comply with the provisions of the Ecological
Solid Waste Management Act or RA 9003, or face eventual sanctions for
Teodoro is concurrent
head of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).
Towards the end of his
talk, Teodoro hinted at intensifying relations with the LGUs in some
future time, particularly in the matter of defining a deeper meaning
to local autonomy and in the matter of capacity-building for them so
they can make positive initiatives on their own for the good of the
receive goodies from Gov. Evardone, other gov’t agencies
By BRYAN M. AZURA
Samar – Eastern Samar Governor Ben P. Evardone hopped 6 barangays
and ended his Quinapondan’s barangay visits at the municipal town
plaza to personally turn-over various projects and deliver basic
services to this town’s 25 barangays as the Project Barangay
Empowerment Network (Project BEN) entered its second and final day in
Ben P. Evardone headed the distribution of toothbrushes and
toothpastes to the Principal of Bagte Elementary School as part of
the recently concluded “Project BEN: Barangay Empowerment
Network”, a public service program of the Provincial Government.
Also in photo are Brgy. Capt. Conrado B. Gudez of Brgy. Bagte and
a teacher-representative of Bagte Elementary School.
Among the commodities
that Governor Evardone distributed to some 6000 residents are
Philhealth cards, sports equipment, toothbrush, toothpaste and packs
of rice. Also highlighting his visits were the turn-over of the
P20,000 provincial aid to every barangay.
According to Julio
Gonzales, Brgy. Captain of Brgy. Naga, the move of the governor was
unprecedented as it’s the first time a governor gave time to
personally visit and bring the assistance to barangays.
Edilberto ‘Jun’ Grata,
chief of political and external affairs of the governor, said that
this is a concrete stir of the governor to practically bring the
government to the people. “The governor is bent to visit every
barangay in the province to bring services himself to his
constituency,” Grata said in an interview.
Mayor Nedito Campo of
Quinapondan expressed utmost recognition to Evardone for choosing his
town as the first to be visited this year by the Community Outreach
Development Program (CODP) under Project BEN. “This is the best
birthday gift the governor has given me,” Campo, who was celebrating
his birthday, said.
The mayor divulged
that prior to the series of activities Evardone already asked him what
he wished him to give during his birthday. “This comes as a big
surprise to me,” Campo noted.
Campo, together with
Gov. Evardone and other provincial and municipal officials, visited
Brgys. Bagte, Buenavista, Naga, Alang-alang, Sto. Niño and the town’s
Poblacion. The visits however were attended by all barangays of the
municipality. Prominent officials who were with the group were
Sangguniang Panlalawigan members Atty. Jovi Opinion, Atty. Enerio
Sabulao, Colon Yu and Betty Reyes.
Also present were
province’s Budget Officer Necitas Ponferrada, General Services Officer
Vilma Bormate, Planning and Development Officer Henry Afable, Assessor
Manuel Baldono, Veterinarian Dr. Romeo Debora, Agriculture Service
Officer Jesus Agda and Engineer Dindo Picardal.
Teachers of Buenavista
Elementary School, said that the distribution of toothbrush and
toothpaste to preparatory and elementary pupils will provide a big
help especially in the dental problems that haunt many of children
Dr. Marites Tiu,
DepEd’s Dentist-in-charge, said that there really is a need to step up
the dental campaign as more children are having dental problems and
there is a substantial scarcity of dentists in the province.
The provincial chief
said that the province made it a commitment to provide toothbrush for
the children as part of the dental problem prevention program of his
administration. “We recognize that problem and that the best way to
fight this is to prevent dental harms by giving toothbrush and
toothpaste,” Evardone said. He also asked the children, teachers and
parents to ensure the brushes are being used properly.
Meanwhile, some 3,000
residents as well received Philhealth cards from the governor to
maintain the Philhealth universal coverage of
Eastern Samar. “While we are not saying that each of you should be
in a hurry to use your cards, but it is still better if you are
prepared should health emergency arise,” the governor addressed the
The governor is set to
bring Project BEN to Salcedo and Arteche in the coming two weeks while
the rest of the municipalities will be scheduled before the year ends.
Cluster Conference okays four out of five proposed resolutions
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
July 25, 2009
ORMOC CITY, Leyte
– The Luzon Island Cluster Conference of the League of Municipalities
of the Philippines (LMP) has approved during its plenary session on
Wednesday here four out of five suggested resolutions addressed to
concerned offices for implementation and information.
first resolution, introduced by presiding officer Mayor Winifredo Oco
of Labo, Camarines Norte has eaten much of the discussion time due to
strong objections, while the four others easily breezed through with
virtually no debate at all.
Labo, President of the
Luzon Island Cluster and President also of the LMP-Camarines Norte
Chapter, lobbied hard to pass a measure so that Congress, through an
LMP resolution, modify the guidelines for granting of salary increases
to local government employees starting in the month of July
simultaneous with national government employees, and not in January
2010 yet as mandated.
Mayor Roque Tiu of
Tanauan, Leyte, who is President of the LMP-Leyte Chapter, the host,
and LMP General Counsel, explained that a provision in the General
Appropriations Act (GAA) specified that LGU employees can have their
increases only by January 2010.
Roque divulged that in
the LMP forum held at Cagayan De Oro and
recently, the general sentiment was to simultaneously grant the
increases this July, especially for LGUs which can do it subject to
available funds if not for the limitation set by GAA, hence the need
for an LMP resolution.
But this move was met
with stiff opposition by Mayors Edgardo Zarragosa from Ilocos Sur and
Rey Catacutan from Tarlac. The two invariably reasoned out that under
the proposed scenario, third to sixth class municipalities would be
pressured to comply for an earlier salary hike implementation.
They also argued that
Congress would not have enough attention to act favorably on the
initiative and would just be overtaken by time, eventually, for the
GAA's mandatory execution for LGUs in January next year.
A division of the
assembly was ultimately carried out to settle the issue, in which only
twenty Mayors stood to support it, while the majority of over a
hundred in attendance rejected the proposal.
The other four
resolutions that were unanimously approved without much intervening
discussion included the following:
1. Resolution adopting
the Quezon Declaration as a model for settling political boundary
disputes in between municipalities
2. Resolution adopting
the 14 resolutions, the output during the second conference on coastal
municipalities held in Cebu June 28
commending Mayor Roque Tiu for hosting the Luzon Island Conference
4. Resolution for the
LMP National Directorate to consider holding a conference on Upland
Municipalities to interact with various government agencies, a
counterpart activity with the coastal towns conference
For the last item,
Lian De Leon, LMP Executive Director, informed that LMP's inputs for
the welfare of upland communities were made as the basis for President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's signing of Executive Order 606 on
sustainable upland development.
She said a conference
for upland municipalities will definitely be slated the soonest time
possible as the schedule permits.
Ormoc City Mayor
Eric Codilla welcomed the participants during the opening ceremonies
held at the Sabin Resort Hotel here in the city.
No death due to
A(H1N1) in Eastern Visayas to date, DOH says
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Up
to this date, there is not a single incidence of death due to A(H1N1)
in Eastern Visayas yet, DOH Region 8 Director Edgardo Gonzaga informed
the Philippine Information Agency.
The clarification was
made by Dir. Gonzaga after a 60 years old teacher from Bethel
International School died of acute myocardial infarction (AMI)
commonly called a heart attack, at 9:00 o’clock in the evening of July
Director Gonzaga said
that the teacher was indeed an A(H1N1) confirmed positive case and
that she was treated on July 14 to 17. On the 17th, she was already
classified as treated, Director Gonzaga said.
The DOH 8 Director
said that he learned about the case Tuesday night from his staff. He
then directed his staff to get the medical history of the female
teacher who is a foreigner.
The medical record
showed that three months ago, the teacher had a gall bladder
operation, after which she had an adhesion (“nagkadikit-dikit yong
organs”) so she had to be under the blade again.
Aside from that, she
had a history of bradicardia: A slow heart rate, usually defined as
less than 60 beats per minute, Director Gonzaga added.
The teacher also has a
history of hypothyroidism and varicosities or varicose veins.
On July 21, she
consulted a doctor complaining of difficulty in breathing. She was
advised to be confined at the hospital where she expired on or about
9:00 o’clock in the evening of the same day.
It could be said that
there is really a need to seek the advice of a medical doctor when one
is sick, Director Gonzaga said. Although A(H1N1) in the Philippines is
considerably mild, medical services must be sought in high risk cases.
One is considered a
high risk case when one is already aging and has a history of other
illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, among
With proper medical
attention, A(H1N1) is self-limiting. One can just have a
self-quarantine, Director Gonzaga said as he called on the public to
continue the practice of proper hand washing, proper coughing and
lung-clearing etiquettes and social distancing.
8ID chief orders
intensive pursuit and security operations vs. insurgents in Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Major General Arthur Tabaquero, commanding officer of the 8th Infantry
Division of the Philippine Army based in Catbalogan City, Samar, has
ordered hot pursuit and intensified security and clearing operations
against the insurgents in Samar.
The order was made as
soon as he learned that about 15 members of the New People’s Army,
three of who were wounded, scuttled for safety after a 10 minute
encounter with the military troopers of the 8th Infantry Division of
the Philippine Army at Hinabangan, Samar, in the morning of
July 20, 2009.
MGen. Tabaquero also
called on the public to continue to help and report to the military in
their respective areas, the presence of insurgents because for as long
as they are there, no true peace and development could be achieved in
Samar and in the entire Eastern Visayas Region.
Lt. Colonel Armand
Rico, information officer of the 8th ID informed that the elements of
the 801st Infantry Brigade under the leadership of Staff Sergeant Joel
Sonio were on a security operations at the vicinity of Barangay
Cansolabao, Hinabangan, Samar at about 10:28 in the morning of July
20, 2009, when they encountered a fully armed group of communist
terrorists composed of about 15 New People’s Army members.
The ten minutes
gunfight resulted to the withdrawing of the communist rebels who
scampered for safety bringing along with them their three wounded
comrades, as reported by the civilians who were at the vicinity during
the encounter. No casualty was reported on the side of the government
recovered war materials such as two detonating chords; seven magazine
for long M15 with ammunitions; one magazine for short M16 with
ammunitions; three jungle packs; and assorted communist terrorist
documents with high intelligence value.
Lawmakers named new
Kaya Natin! champions of good governance
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Kaya Natin!
Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership launch the new
batch of inspiring Filipino leaders working towards positive change in
our country on July 16 at Fr. Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Ateneo de Manila
University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
KAYA NATIN! CHAMPIONS OF GOOD GOVERNANCE. (From Left) Former 1st
district Bukidnon Congressman Neric Acosta, Deputy Minority Floor
Leader and 2nd district Bukidnon Congressman Teofisto “TG”
Guingona III, Quezon City Councilor Jorge “Bolet” Banal, and Davao
City Councilor Mabel Sunga-Acosta.
(Photo by ROMEO S. DURMIENDO)
No less than Kaya
Natin! co-founder and Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio welcomed the new
champions consisting of national and local lawmakers.
“Kaya Natin! is a
group of good people joining forces to promote genuine and lasting
change in our government,” he stressed.
The 4 lawmakers cited
by Kaya Natin! Movement as new champions of good governance are former
1st district Bukidnon Congressman Neric Acosta, Deputy Minority Floor
Leader and 2nd district Bukidnon Congressman Teofisto “TG” Guingona
III, Quezon City Councilor Jorge “Bolet” Banal, and Davao City
Councilor Mabel Sunga-Acosta.
The current Kaya Natin!
champions of good governance are local executives from Luzon and
Visayas, namely: Mayor Sonia Lorenzo of San Isidro, Nueva Ecija,
Governor Teddy Baguilat, Jr. of Ifugao, Mayor Fermin Mabulo of San
Fernando, Camarines Sur, Mayor Florante Gerdan of Sta. Fe, Nueva
Viscaya, Mayor Roque Verzosa, Jr. of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, Mayor
Marivic Belena of San Jose City, Nueva Ecija, Vice-Mayor Valente Yap
of Bindoy, Negros Oriental, former Mayor Gloria Congco of Cabiao,
Nueva Ecija and former Mayor Mary Jane Ortega of San Fernando City, La
Kaya Natin! co-founder
and Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo, Mayor Gerdan, and former Mayor
Ortega took turn in introducing and handing over the Kaya Natin!
t-shirt and baller ID band to the new champions.
The newest champions
of the Kaya Natin! Movement signed a covenant of good governance in
which they promised to fight graft and corruption, promote
transparency, social accountability, and people’s participation in
governance, eradicate illegal gambling, ensure clean and honest
elections, and oppose amendments to the Constitution before the 2010
“Kaya Natin! aims to
encourage Filipinos from all walks of life to be proactive citizens in
promoting good governance through transparency and social
accountability,” said Mayor Lorenzo in her closing statement.
“Aside from this, Kaya
Natin! aims to become a leadership sanctuary that provides support to
effective, ethical and empowering government leaders in our country,”
Kaya Natin! is a
national movement open to every Filipino who believes and is willing
to work toward promoting genuine change and ethical leadership.
The founders of Kaya
Natin! are Naga City Mayor Robredo, Isabela Governor Grace Padaca, and
Pampanga Governor Panlilio. Robredo and Padaca are recipients of the
Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service while Panlilio was a
recent awardee of the Gawad Galing Pook Award for Outstanding Local
Since it began last
year, Kaya Natin! has already visited more than 70 colleges and
universities all over the country.
Aside from educating
the people, Kaya Natin! believes that Filipinos have the ability not
just to support good leaders, but to contribute to the progress and
development of the country by being good citizens themselves.
Kaya Natin! hopes that
every Filipino would be inspired and empowered to choose effective and
ethical leaders in the coming May 2010 computerized elections.
For more information,
please visit the Kaya Natin! website at
Samar PENRO bares
causes of flashflood in Samar’s capital, talks with leaders for
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
July 21, 2009
CATBALOGAN, Samar – Samar’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources
Officer (PENRO) George Guillermo sought an audience with Samar’s
capital town lawmakers to look closely into the flashflood that
swarmed Sto Niño, San Andres and other barangays as typhoon Feria
raged last month.
does the money go? For decades, despite of the huge maintenance
fund, the DPWH failed to regularly maintain this Antiao Creek
which serves as the main drainage canal in Catbalogan, causing
serious flooding during heavy rains.
Speaking before the
Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members the other week, Guillermo cited that
Catbalogan was the most hardly hit by the typhoon with flashflood
occurring in Brgys. San Andres, Canlapwas and other five adjacent
He added that water
rose to three meters deep. Many houses were under water and personal
belongings were either covered with mud or carried away by the
Barangay San Andres
and Canlapwas are in the floodplain and situated along the Antiao
that the flooding of the barangays along the Antiao River and
floodplain areas of Catbalogan was phenomenal as caused mainly by the
extremely high typhoon rainfall of 194 mm. (PAG- ASA Record) on
June 23, 2009. This, he explained was preceded by 130.60 mm. rainfall on
June 22, 2009, a day before the typhoon. The extreme rainfall, he said was
compounded by the unregulated/illegal construction of structures
(houses/building) along the river that obstruct the river flow.
Another headache that
causes obstructions is the “non functional” drainage systems of
Catbalogan, as these are either heavily silted or “choked” with
Guillermo then offered
solutions which the SB noted. For one, he recommended
evaluation/assessment of the drainage capacity of
particularly on illegal structures/improvements that impede/obstruct
water flow and strong recommendation for corrections. He also urged
the LGU to ensure functionality of all the drainage system (both
man-made and natural drainage – creeks, gullies, etc).
This, he added, can be
done by mapping all these drainage system especially the natural ones
and asses the status of these areas whether they are still functional
or not as they might have been used for other purposes due to
proliferation or seemingly uncontrolled construction of buildings
and/or houses in the Catbalogan.
Further, PENRO said
that a massive reforestation and/or agro-forestation of denuded/open
land areas of Antiao Watershed be done.
Still he added that
cutting back of all tall trees to the general canopy level of other
vegetation is urged to reduce the risk of being blown down or uprooted
due to “exposed” crown.
Densely crown trees
particularly gmelina are generally observed of having no tap or
primary roots because they were intentionally cut in the nursery as
forester also urged to strengthen the Urban Forestry Program to manage
and maintain trees/vegetation along roads/highways and other public
areas with the main purpose of protecting and safeguarding public
welfare in harmony with environmental or greening requirements.
drained to poblacion via Brgy. San Andrers, Sto. Niño and Brgy.
The watershed of
Catbalogan comprises about 3,500 hectares or 35,000,000 million square
meter which catches rain of 212 mm or 1/5 of meter and drains all
these to Antiao river that passes the barangays of Sto.Niño, San
Andres and Canlapwas.
A watershed is any
sloping land that shed water by way of specific stream or river system
towards a common outlet or point which maybe a dam, irrigation system
or municipal water supply. A watershed has a perimeter, area, and a
common outlet like a kitchen sink.
Antiao watershed is
75-80% denuded and most areas are grassland, open land with indicators
of severe erosion and a landslide prone area.
Man’s activity of
throwing of garbage’s on
of household along the area also causes clogging of canals that slow
down the flow of water.
To all these, SB
Catbalogan listened intently. A staff of PENRO relayed that SB member
Jay Yulo seemed to have taken interest in PENRO’s presentation. The SB
member, he added is now working closely with Guillermo in an effort to
surmount this formidable challenge that is creating fear in the
barangays of San Andres and Canlapwas.
(with report from Niño Doncillo)
Gov’t neglect for
education stunts economic growth – Chiz
By Office of Senator Chiz Escudero
Philippines – The
government’s short-sighted approach to education remains the main
stumbling block to the country’s long-term economic prospects,
opposition Sen. Chiz Escudero said.
tables and chairs, are some of the immediate classroom needs by
our public school teachers in far-flung barangays which our DepEd
failed to provide. Here, workers of Samar vice-governor
Jesus Redaja are busy assembling classroom chairs and tables
requested by many teachers. With meager funds, the vice governor
preferred to build the items to make the most of it.
“The world has been
moving from an economy of goods to an economy of knowledge.
Unfortunately, education, which is the main tool in converting to an
economy of knowledge, continues to get scant attention from the
government,” Escudero said.
system is in dire need of an overhaul. The government’s attitude
towards education has left wide, gaping loopholes that need to be
immediately addressed,” he added.
The 39-year old
senator called for a “no-child-left-behind” policy for education,
given the country’s embarrassing dropout rates for elementary (6.7
percent) and high school (8.9 percent) in the past five years.
“We must give our
children the equal opportunity to develop their minds and bodies to
the fullest. We will continue, even expand, the conditional cash
transfers (or CCT’s) to the poorest families so that their children
will have the means to get to school,” he said.
education should be a genuine tool of national policy especially in
relation to economic development.
“The higher the
knowledge and skills of our workforce, the higher their earning power
will be. This redounds to improved economic activity. Whether our
workforce decides to remain here or go abroad, the economy will still
benefit because of their remittances,” he explained.
“We must bring
together and match our graduates with the demands of industry and the
market,” the senator added.
Escudero also called
for the implementation of an ICT (information and communication
technology) Education Development Plan as a major step towards
establishing a knowledge-based economy.
countries have recognized the importance of ICT in education. They
have adopted and are implementing national policies and strategies
towards this end. We must step up efforts to institutionalize ICT as a
national priority in education,” the senator said.
Escudero lamented that
fundamental issues such as classroom shortages continue to hound the
country at a time when other countries have moved to the next levels
of education development.
“While we talk of
knowledge-based economies and ICT as institutional educational
platforms in other countries, the
still has a backlog of 40,000 classrooms,” he said.
“At a cost of
P500,000 per classroom, it would cost only P20 billion to build
everything. That’s only one year’s income of PAGCOR. I am incredulous
how the future of millions of Filipino children has been irretrievably
lost because of the insatiable greed of those in power,” Escudero
Tessie Tomas meets the Samar Girl Scout Council; gives assistance
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
July 20, 2009
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Actress Tessie Tomas, also a popular comedienne met the Samar Girl
Scout of the Philippines (GSP) Council on last Wednesday at the GSP
Headquarters in downtown Catbalogan.
Ms. Yna Sanchez, GSP
Executive Officer said that Ms Tessie who also hails from Catbalogan
is the President of the Katbalaoganon Foundation and that she was in
town to donate foodies for the flood victims in Sitio, Sto Niño,
Barangay San Andres.
More than 700 families
from the same barangay experienced flooding of up to 3 meter-deep when
typhoon Feria struck last month.
The actress told other
GSP council officers that her brother whose house is in Sto Niño also
is a ‘flood victim’.
The lady also
sidetripped to GSP to check how, she, and the foundation by
Catbaloganons in Metro Manila can help. Thereupon, she donated some
t-shirts for the differently abled GSP members whose day will be
celebrated come July 21, 2009.
The lady though said
she does not want people to know what she is doing because they
suspect her of running for an elective position. But she is actively
involved in socio-civic activities being the President of the
foundation founded by fellow Catbaloganons.
Ms. Nene Valles of GSP
Council thanked the lady who still ‘looks back’ to hometown Catbalogan.
Ms Tomas, daughter
of radio talent Laura Hermosa, stars with Judy Ann Santos and Ryan
Agoncillo in the sitcom George and Cecil shown at ABS-CBN on Sunday
DBM 8 releases P58.1-M
PGMA Kilos Asenso Support Fund to East Visayas LGUs
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Some P58.1 Million was released to the local government units in
Eastern Visayas, in fulfillment of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s
promise to grant financial assistance to LGUs as embodied in the
Office of the President directive dated November 5, 2008.
The directive provided
for financial assistance equivalent to two months out of the IRA
deficiency in 2008.
Laceras of the Department of Budget and Management in Region 8
informed that of the total initial release, the municipalities got the
biggest share with 77%, the six provinces got 18%, the cities got 5%
while the barangays got 0.6%.
The good director
explained that of the initial release of P58.1Million, about
P44,521,649 was released to the qualified municipal local government
units. Some P10,171,005 was released to the Region 8 provinces while
the sum of P3,055,513 was release to the cities and P350,095 was
released to the barangays.
The release, Dir.
Laceras said, was charged against the 2008 Kilos Asenso Support Fund
of P2 Billion.
The Kilos Asenso
Support (KAS) Fund of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo aims to
sustain the programs and projects of the Local Government Units which
are adversely affected by the decrease in their Internal Revenue
Allotment Shares in 2008.
The Department of
Budget and Management through Budget Circular No. 2009-1 dated March
10, 2009 released the guidelines for the release of the Kilos Asenso
Support Fund to sustain the programs and projects of the Local
Pursuant to Republic
Act No. 9498 or the Fiscal Year 2008 General Appropriations Act, the
KAS Fund shall be used as the counterpart fund of the national
government to support the programs and projects of the LGUs under the
Kilos Asenso Program.
The Kilos Asenso
Support Fund will be utilized to sustain development and to provide
for the deficiencies for the construction of farm-to-market roads,
small bridges and day care centers; improvement of potable water
supply; and other similar growth enhancing projects designed to uplift
the socio-economic standing of LGUs.
projects refer to those which will promote employment, education,
health, and housing in the LGUs.
called on the LGUs that have not yet submitted their letter request
and the use of fund supported by details of the project, to the
Department of Budget and Management, to do so as soon as possible as
these are necessary in the release of said fund.
PNP 8 creates task
force to investigate killing of Matuguinao mayor
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Police Chief Superintendent Mario R. Sandiego, regional director of
Police Regional Office 8, immediately created Task Force Matuguinao
that will investigate and determine the real motive in the killing of
the mayor of Matuguinao, Samar in the evening of July 16.
Director Sandiego said
that the Task Force will take charge of the comprehensive
investigation over the killing of Hon. Carlos dela Cruz, the municipal
mayor of Matuguinao, Samar.
designated his Deputy Regional Director for Operations, Senior
Superintendent Gil Jamila Hitosis, to head the said task force. The
Task Force Matuguinao will be augmented by seasoned investigators from
the Regional Police Office, he added.
Reports received from
the PNP 8 Police Community Relations Officer Manuel Cubillo disclosed
that on or about 7:20 in the evening of 16 July 2009 at Azucena St.,
Brgy San Pablo, Catbalogan City, Hon Carlos Dela Cruz, 53 yrs old,
married, a resident of said place and Municipal Mayor of Matuguinao,
Samar, was shot inside his residence by an unidentified person hitting
the victim on his right chest portion of his body.
The victim was
immediately brought to Samar Provincial Hospital by his immediate
relatives but later died while undergoing medical treatment. His
cousin suffered a gunshot wound on his left waist, allegedly inflicted
by a caliber .45 pistol.
conducted by the Catbalogan Police Station revealed that the victim
was having conversations with his cousin, a certain Joel Adel, also of
legal age and a municipal auditor, when the gunman with two
unidentified companions who served as back-up shot the victim and his
cousin and right after, threw a hand grenade inside the house.
investigators recovered at the crime scene, evidences such as one
grenade safety pin; seven empty shells of caliber .45; four slugs of
caliber .45; two suspected hand grenade flagments and splinters; and
one safety lever of a hand grenade.
The operatives of the
Catbalogan City Police Station led by Police Chief Inspector Ramil
Ramirez are currently conducting monitoring and discreet operations in
order to identify the assailants.
Matuguinao is a 5th
class municipality in the
of Samar which according to the 2007 census has a population of 6,589
Mayor dela Cruz, 53
years old, is a first termer mayor and was to seek reelection in the
2010 election where he would have been pitted against incumbent
Matuguinao Vice Mayor Aran Boller.
Gov. Evardone donates
computer, funds for buildings to schools
By MARIA KONICA P. CATAPANG
Samar – Recognizing the vital role played by the parents in the
education of the Eastern Samareño youth, Governor Ben P. Evardone
graced the Dolores National High School (DNHS) and Taft National High
School (TNHS) Homeroom and Federated Parent Teachers Association (FPTA),
July 10, and 13 respectively, giving various projects and donations to
the said schools.
Ben Evardone hands over a check amounting to P485 to the Principal
of Taft National High School, Mr. Paquito Tegio, as Vice-Mayor
Cornelio Adel, Sr. looks on. (by Celestino Pinangay)
For the DNHS Science
Department, the Governor donated one set of computer complete with
accessories, while for the Math Department, P10,000 was given for the
garden project of the said department. And as a commitment to his
further support for the FPTCA, he pledged to give P50,000 for a
waiting shed project of the FPTCA.
“This is a symbol of
my continuing support for the education sector of our province,
“Governor Evardone told the thankful Doloresnon parents during the
turn – over ceremony. “Once a student drops out of school, he might
lose a good future. So, it is important for us parents to support our
children, because the government can only do so much. Although public
education is free, we need to help each other, the government in one
hand, the parents in another hand, and the DEPED at the center. It is
the only way that we can ensure that we can convince the students to
stay in school, and ensure a good future for our children,” the
provincial executive further said.
The Governor also
extended his warm congratulations to the DNHS faculty and
administration for achieving an increase in this year’s enrollment, in
face of the continuing decline of enrollees and increasing drop-out
rate in the province.
In TNHS, the Governor
handed over P485,000 for the construction of one-room school building,
to which Mr. Paquito Tegio, TNHS Principal and Mr. Aniceto Cebreros
Jr., FPTA President is very thankful to the Governor.
“This project will be
very helpful to many of our students especially that our school lacks
classroom and some classrooms were damaged by Typhoon Feria. We are
very thankful for this donation from the Governor “, Mr. Tegio said in
“Éducation is one of
our weapons against poverty. If one student fails to go to school
because of many reasons, especially because of poverty, he could fail
to succeed in life. That’s why, I am here to appeal to all of you
parents, to persevere, to continue supporting your students,” the
Governor told the parents of TNHS, in closing.
assailants of Matuguinao mayor
By NINFA B QUIRANTE (PIA
July 18, 2009
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Catbalogan is now pursuing all angles as to the
motives of the killers of Matuguinao Mayor Carlos dela Cruz.
Dela Cruz, along with
a cousin named Joel Adel was gunned down Thursday night in his house
The mayor died while
receiving medical treatment at the Samar Provincial Hospital, while
Adel was rushed to Eastern Visayas Medical Center (EVRMC) and has been
reported to be safe.
In a phone interview
with Catbalogan Police chief PSupt. Ramil Ramirez, he said that all
angles are being considered and pursued.
As a mayor, one of the
angles being pursued is political although the PNP chief said that it
is not necessarily a politically motivated incident, he added that the
PNP also considers other factors.
requests other mayors from the different towns of
Samar to coordinate with his office while they are in Catbalogan
for security purposes.
It is a known fact
that some mayors in far flung municipalities have homes in the capital
town, so that the chief would like to secure them once they are in his
The shooting incident,
said Ramirez is keeping his men on their toes in investigation as this
is called a high-profile case.
But the chief
assured the people of Catbalogan that theirs is still a peaceful town
and that his men are ‘on alert’.
Number of randomly
tested A(H1N1) positive cases in Tacloban is 46, City Health Officer
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Tacloban
City Health Officer, Dr. Jaime Opinion Jr., called on all Taclobanons
to help mitigate the impact of the novel A(H1N1) virus by being
vigilant in protecting their health, by heeding the advisories of the
Department of Health on proper washing of the hands and coughing and
sneezing etiquettes, by avoiding crowded places and by reporting to
their nearest health station, any case or clustering of people
manifesting flu-like symptoms.
In a phone patch
interview with the Philippine Information Agency, Dr. Opinion informed
that as of 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon of July 15, the number of
schools already suspended is seven, and the number of A(H1N1) cases
which tested positive in Tacloban is 46.
“This number should be
multiplied by 4 or 10 or even more,” Dr. Opinion said, “because
remember that the Department of Health is conducting random testing
only,” which means that not all those showing symptoms are tested.
The City Health
Officer explained that considering the many students who have flu-like
symptoms, it would be very expensive if all of them are tested. He
said that only those who are tested positive are given medicines from
The medicines are
given door to door because “we have to give instructions to the
parents,” Dr. Opinion said.
Dr. Opinion said that
in the case of the Sto. Niño SPED Center, about 600 to 800 of the
total 1000 plus student population were reported to have been absent
because of flu-like illness but only five from the different levels
were tested. What is important is that the index case must be
identified and tested, the good doctor added.
All the five tested
cases turned out to be positive, Director Opinion stressed.
“So we estimate that
the actual number of cases is one half of the total number of students
who were showing flu-like symptoms, then we can say that the actual
number of A(H1N1) positive cases in that particular school is about
400,” Dr. Opinion said.
The Cirilo Roy Montejo
National High School has also suspended classes after 3 students were
tested positive of the novel virus.
At Leyte National High
School, the biggest secondary school in Tacloban with a population of
6,700 about 500 students reported that they have symptoms, Dr. Opinion
said. Of the 500 students who admitted to having flu-like symptoms,
only 8 were randomly tested and all these were positive. The actual
positive cases is estimated to one half of the number of students who
admitted having the symptoms.
As of Wednesday
afternoon, classes at Leyte National High School have been suspended,
Dr. Opinion said.
At the Leyte Normal
University, two were tested and the result turned out to be one
positive and one negative. Already, the school administrators have
suspended since July 13, classes in the elementary, secondary and
Five students at St.
Scholastica’s College have also been tested positive so the City
Health Office has scheduled a dialogue with the school administrators
The Angelicum School
has also suspended classes because there have been many absentees from
the students and teachers groups. Three have been tested but the
results are still being awaited.
The Eastern Visayas
State University has also suspended the secondary classes because
there are symptoms of clustering. Two elementary pupils and two
secondary pupils have been tested and the results have not yet been
released, Dr. Opinion added.
The City Government of
Tacloban under the leadership of Mayor Alfred Romualdez has already
allotted P3 Million for medications and supplement.
These are given to the
pupils and students who are ill and are on self quarantine. He said
that these students who showed flu-like symptoms will get well sooner
or later, in fact even without medication if they have strong
Meanwhile, Dr. Opinion
disclosed that Sofia, the daughter of Mayor Alfred and Councilor
Cristina Romualdez, who was afflicted by the novel virus together with
several of her classmates at Bethel International School in Leyte, is
already well and is recuperating.
He added that because
Mayor Alfred cannot refrain from facing all sectors of people, he was
already given chemoprophylaxis.