PGMA visit to boost
tourism in Sohoton, Basey
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
August 10, 2009
CATBALOGAN, Samar – The visit of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to
Sohoton cave in Basey,
Samar may boost the town’s eco-tourism industry.
This was the
impression shared by Mayor Estorninos of Basey when PGMA said that her
visit to Sohoton, Basey will show the world how beautiful the Sohoton
PGMA came to Barangay
Inuntan, Basey Sunday afternoon, to affect the off-site distribution of cash
grants to Basaynons who waited the whole morning for the rare visit.
The President herself
said that she will leave for Sohoton after Inuntan to make sure that
the world will see the grand Sohoton caves.
Barangay Inuntan is
located some 12 kilometers from Basey town proper, where PGMA and
Political Adviser Gabby Claudio and DPWH Sec. Hermogenes Ebdane joined
It was learned that a
group of Inuntan rural folks rushed the preparation of a bamboo ramp
where PGMA and party stepped and hopped in the river boat for the
river cruise up to the caves in Sohoton.
The cruise lasted for
fifteen minutes and PGMA and company devoured the natural beauty of
the caves of Sohoton.
To recall, Ace Durano
Tourism Secretary launched the river cruise and caving in Sohoton in
May whose event landed in the front pages of leading dailies with
smiles at the thought, he feels that the influx of tourists will also
help Basey’s populace including the registered Basey Tourism Services
Association (BATOSAN) which has been conducting group tours from
Binungtuan to the natural caving wonders of Sohoton.
Earlier, PGMA also
inaugurated the grand Agas-agas bridge in Sogod, Southern, Leyte which
is considered as one of the considered engineering feats in the
Bridge has the potential of becoming a tourist destination in Eastern
Visayas Secretary Ebdane said in an interview by PIA Southern Leyte.
Common folks share
common views on importance of new Agas-agas Bridge
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
August 10, 2009
Sogod, Southern Leyte – The imposing Agas-Agas bridge
project, which President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo personally graced its
inauguration ceremony Sunday morning, was no doubt an awesome
engineering feat, combining aesthetic beauty and practical
transportation needs of passing passengers and motorists away from
perils of constant landslides.
however, cannot be overemphasized for the very people living in the
area who will be the direct beneficiaries of this great public works
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo unveils the marker of the country’s
tallest bridge—the 85-meter tall Agas-Agas Bridge during the
inauguration Sunday (August 9) in Sogod, Southern Leyte. (Marcelino
This sentiment can be
felt emanating from the faces of the many people who trooped to the
bridge, braving the noonday sun, to cherish the marvelous view, enjoy
the sceneries, and be one with the special guest, the President
herself, in celebrating yet another achievement under her
But at least three
persons from the crowd were destined to talk with the President on
this memorable and historic day, sharing their insights on the impact
the new bridge promises to bring – it has not already brought, in fact
– to their ordinary lives.
Analee Maramara told
the President it brought her comfort in going to and from her work,
she being an autocad operator, one who makes designs using the
computer, no longer the conventional paper and pencil drafts.
Alejandro Cabardo, a
senior citizen from barangay Olisihan, Sogod, revealed his candid
feelings when he said: “Daku kaayo kog pasalamat niining tulay kay mas
sayon paghatod sa akong tinda nga isda ngadto sa tiyangge.” (Thanks
very much for this bridge because I will have an easy way in bringing
the fishes that I would sell in the market.)
President Arroyo recapped some technical changes in the process of
designing the bridge, saying “we changed the old route” by traversing
the road directly across a deep mountain ravine 1,000 feet below.
Another “sharer” named
Hector, a construction worker from nearby barangay of Polahongon,
Mahaplag, also expressed how the bridge made his daily grind safe and
Having heard the
statements of the three residents who were interviewed by the
President herself, President Arroyo likewise appreciated the project’s
contractor, Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co, Ltd, saying the company
has also invested in other concerns in the country aside from
The structure will
also add glitter for tourism in Southern Leyte, the President added.
Committee, set to classify caves in Region 8
By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Regional Cave Committee (RCC) created under the provisions of Republic
Act No. 9072 and its implementing rules and guidelines is set to
classify the caves in Region 8 including its cave resources, this
coming September 2009.
The purpose of
classification of the caves is: to ascertain its ecological,
archeological, historical, cultural and socio-economic values;
determine its appropriate sustainable use; and determine the
appropriate strategies for conservation and use of the caves.
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Executive Director
Regidor M. De Leon disclosed that, “like Palawan and other provinces
in the country, Region 8 boasts of over a hundred beautiful and
pristine caves. Some of these caves are already popular ecotourism
destinations while some caves maybe subjected to some activities like
guano extraction, bio prospecting or even treasure hunting. While we
promote the caves for ecotourism, we should also look at the other
appropriate and sustainable use and management of the other caves in
the region. Cave assessment and classification activity is necessary
to determine appropriate sustainable use and conservation of caves,
with due consideration to biodiversity, archeological, historical and
socio-economic values”, De Leon stressed.
Per R.A. 9072, the RCC,
which was created in October 2008, compose of: the Regional Technical
Director of the DENR’s Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone
Management Service as Chairman and the DENR’s Mines and Geosciences
Bureau as Co-Chairman. The committee members are representatives from
the concerned local government units where the caves are located,
Department of Tourism, Department of Interior and Local Government,
Department of Education, National Museum, National Historical
Institute, the DENR, Philippine National Police and the non-government
organization Bukid Outdoor Club.
For an effective and
efficient classification activity, the RCC formed a special team to
carry out the procedures in cave identification and assessment.
Findings of the special team shall be reviewed by the RCC in
determining the proper classes of caves as follows: Class I - Caves
with delicate and fragile geological and paleontological values and
extremely hazardous conditions. Allowable use or activity in such
classification of caves is: mapping, photography, educational and
scientific purposes. Class II - Areas or portions which have sections
that are under hazardous conditions and contain sensitive geological,
biological, archeological, cultural values. Class III - Generally safe
to inexperienced visitor. This cave has no known threatened species,
archeological, geological, natural historical and cultural values.
This cave may also be utilized for economic purposes.
The PAWCZMS conducted
rapid assessment of the
in Isabel, Leyte; RM Tan Cave in Ormoc City, Mag-aso Cave in Palompon,
Leyte and the Cathedral Cave in Hindang, Leyte.
Meanwhile, a detailed
assessment was made on the
in Guiuan, Eastern Samar and Management Plan is being made for the
in Palompon, Leyte. Classification of these caves will be determined
by the RCC.
Per R.A. 9072, caves
are natural subterranean runway void or chamber or, series of chambers
commonly produced by solution activity in limestone or dolomite
formations. Underground openings in volcanic areas caused by lava
flows are also classified as caves. In sedimentary rock areas, natural
tunnels produced by pounding and washing away of waves in coastal
areas or enlarged cracks brought by movements in rock masses are
categorized as caves.
Chiz to push for
approval of Anti-Torture Bill in bicam deliberations
By Office of Senator Chiz Escudero
Opposition Senator Chiz Escudero on Wednesday said he will push for
the approval of a bill penalizing torture when it is taken up by the
Senate-House bicameral conference committee next week.
“The passage of this
bill is especially important in light of the cases of Rebelyn Pitao
and Melissa Roxas. I urge my colleagues in Congress to expedite the
enactment of this piece of legislation as another way of honoring and
preserving the legacy of former President Corazon Aquino,” Escudero
Pitao, a daughter of a
communist rebel commander, was abducted by unidentified armed men
while on her way home from St. Peter’s College in Toril District in
Davao. She was later found dead in a ditch, her body showing signs of
torture, strangulation, rape and stabbing.
Roxas, on the other
hand, is a Filipino-American activist who claims she had been abducted
and tortured by soldiers in Tarlac last May. The Commission on Human
Rights is currently investigating her allegations.
Escudero said that
Senate Bill 1978 or the Anti-Torture Bill penalizes torturers and
their superiors. In some cases, it imposes a sentence of reclusion
perpetua, or life imprisonment, when torture results in death; when
there is commission of sexual abuse, as in the case of Pitao, and when
committed against children.
Other penalties range
from a minimum of 6 months to a maximum of 12 years depending on the
gravity of the offense.
Escudero, who chairs
the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, said the present
Senate version is a consolidation of torture bills which he authored
along with Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Juan
Ponce Enrile and Rodolfo Biazon.
provisions of the bill include a provision for the protection of
complainants and witnesses and persons involved in the prosecution,
and the establishment of a rehabilitation program for victims.
Under the bill, no
justification can be offered to justify torture and other inhuman
punishments, which will be declared as criminal acts. Persons who
participate in acts of torture will be penalized as principals, as
well as their superiors in the military, police or law enforcement
establishments who ordered the infliction of physical harm to any
The measure penalizes
all forms of torture, be it physical, mental, psychological and
pharmacological, which is done through the administration of drugs.
UEP is no training
ground for NPA says school head
By RICKY J. BAUTISTA
Samar – The president of the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP)
categorically denied the “sweeping” and “unverified” reports that the
school is a training ground for activism and communism before becoming
a full-pledged member of the New People’s Army.
“I beg to disagree for
that sweeping report that our school is a haven of those people who
are fighting against the government,” UEP president Atty. Mar De Asis
said in reaction to the question posed by a radio reporter during a
media conference for campus journalists last July 20, this year.
“(You know), since I
assume office here, I never thought about that because this university
is a highly respected entity and a government-owned institution. We
always abide to the government laws… and we do not tolerate such acts
(that) contradict to laws of the land,” Atty. De Asis said.
The university has
been observed as having sloppiness in implementing security measures
to protect their students and residents because the entire campus has
no yard fences, no police visibility, no security or check points that
will look and check the different kinds of people that freely roam
around the area.
The school head said
“it is very hard for us to do that because it is legally impossible
for us to close the highways that run through our campus, or set up
check points for this is not our sole responsibility here. And in view
of this, we are appealing again to the authorities to help us solve
this kind of problem.”
It can be recalled
that an army official attending his schooling at the university was
shot to death in front of his classmates inside the university. The
family of the victim is still looking for justice up to now. Lack of
police and security visibility has been blamed for the incident.
officials who has jurisdiction over the whole Northern Samar province
including the UEP campus has earlier reported that according to their
intelligence reports, the enemy is continuing its recruitment
activities in the university, the reason why they marked the campus as
And because of its
being “red spots,” many students including professors has been a
subject of surveillance and thorough questioning. Late last year, a
professor coming from this university, while taking outdoor vacation
to the Calbiga Caves has been subjected to thorough questioning
including his companion from Northern Samar.
Aside from the two,
their other companions coming from cities of Cebu and Tacloban were
also brought to the army camp in Calbiga, but were softly treated
unlike to them. The duo said they were asked about many things about
the rebels and the university activities. The group, however, were
released after hours in custody.
classes and to prevent spread of A(H1N1) virus in Maasin City
By BONG PEDALINO
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – A private learning institution here, citing a
recommendation from the Department of Health (DOH), suspended its
classes after two of its students – a high school and a college
student – were found positive of the now widely circulated swine flu
In a letter dated
August 4 and addressed to all parents, Crispin Arong, Executive
Vice-President of Saint Joseph College (SJC) said the move was meant
as a precautionary measure.
“In compliance with
the recommendation of the Department of Health and, as a precautionary
measure, the Administration is constrained to suspend classes and all
activities from Tuesday, August 4 up to Friday, August 14. Classes
will resume on August 17, 2009,” Arong said in his two-paragraph
letter, a copy of which was obtained by PIA.
Classed from all
levels, from elementary to college, are suspended by virtue of the
letter which was considered the school’s official declaration.
It was evident Arong
did not mention the infection of the virus to two of its students as
the cause of the suspension, saying only the action was in compliance
with the call from DOH.
PIA called the office
of Arong for more details, but was told he was in Ormoc.
A source inside the
school said personnel from the DOH were going the rounds, conducting
information drive, and students started going home upon learning of
the suspension of classes.
Asked on the present
whereabouts of the two victims, the source said they are now in their
homes receiving treatment, although no particular address was
The source also said
the college student was a female, but the high school student’s gender
was not ascertained.
Another pupil, from
San Rafael Elementary School, whose gender was not known, was also
infected with the virus, bringing to three the reported cases for
Maasin City, and seven for the province.
Classes at San
Rafael Elementary School are also suspended for two weeks beginning
PNP strictly conducts
aggressive interdiction operations to account for all firearms in East
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippine National Police in Region 8 under the leadership
of Regional Director Mario Sandiego, shall conduct aggressive
interdiction operations to confiscate loose firearms in the habitats
of threat groups, criminal elements, civilian gun holders, and
delinquent licensed firearms owners.
This is in line with
the directive issued by Chief
PNP Director General Jesus A. Verzosa regarding the
implementation of the National Firearms Control Program pursuant to
Executive Order No. 817 of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
objectives, the National Firearms Control Program seeks to account for
all firearms in the possession of the general population including
those covered by expired licenses; for all captured, confiscated,
surrendered, deposited, abandoned and forfeited firearms in the
custody of the
AFP, PNP and other law enforcement agencies; for all firearms under
custodia legis or firearms submitted as evidence in court; and for
loose firearms in the possession of threat groups and criminal
against unregistered firearms will continue with random weapons check
operations in crime-prone areas; mobile checkpoint and chokepoint
operations; Intelligence build-up; internal security operations;
application of Search Warrants; and dismantling of private armed
groups, the official statement of Chief PNP Director General
Effective October 1,
2009, the Philippine National Police is offering a Final General
Firearms Amnesty for loose firearms under the National Firearms
Control Program. However, as early as
August 1, 2009, the
PNP will start processing applications for registration of
loose firearms and renewal of expired licenses.
“We are starting early
in anticipation of the heavy volume of applications when the
month-long general firearms amnesty comes into effect in October. By
that time, we hope to be able to process all applications and issue
the updated firearms license cards,” General Verzosa explained.
Moreover, he said that
from August 1 until
October 31, 2009,
all holders of firearms with expired licenses will be given the chance
to renew their expired licenses without penalties and surcharges.
All holders of
undocumented firearms are given the chance to peacefully surrender
these illegal weapons during the last and final amnesty period 1-31
Oct to avoid criminal prosecution.
At the same time, PNP
is giving holders of loose firearms the opportunity to legalize their
ownership of these unregistered guns to become duly licensed firearms.
To ensure effective
implementation of the Amnesty program for loose firearms and expired
licenses, the PNP is streamlining systems and procedures to facilitate
convenient and simplified processing of all firearms license
stressed that this is ultimate amnesty the
PNP is offering for holders of loose firearms. After this,
aggressive police operations will commence against firearms law
violators, and there will be no let-up in the campaign to rid the
society of the tools of criminality.
against those who will fail to register their guns or renew their
licenses include confiscation of firearms; legal action such as
application for Search Warrant; and the prospect of facing non-bailable
offense of illegal possession of firearms as legislated.
The certainty of
punishment is fully provided under our justice system that prescribes
1 to 12 years imprisonment for firearms law violators.
To encourage greater
citizen participation in the campaign against loose firearms, the PNP
is offering monetary reward for information leading to the
confiscation of stashes or cache of loose firearms.
All City and Municipal
Police Stations as well as Police Provincial and Regional Offices will
be available to accommodate and assist applicants.
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Land Bank holds
off-site release of cash grant for 4Ps beneficiaries
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
August 7, 2009
BASEY, Samar – The Land Bank of the Philippines, Tacloban Branch held an
off-site release of cash grant to some 330 beneficiaries belonging to
the poblacion barangays of Basey, recently.
Secretary Esperanza Cabral observed the off-site release of cash
grant to 4Ps beneficiaries in Basey, Samar.
Basey Municipal Gym
spilled over quite a number of beneficiaries who listened to a short
program where the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Secretary Esperanza Cabral spoke about Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino
Program or 4Ps.
were women of the families.
One such beneficiary,
Elma Llantos of Barangay Mercado said the amount, P1,600 is a great
help to their poor family. She weaves mats while her husband is a
Rosemarie Amante, an
illiterate mom, who ‘signed’ her withdrawal slip by a thumb mark said
her desire to send her kids to school is a must. She realizes the need
for education. After getting the amount, with her kid in tow she said
she will be buying additional school supplies for her three kids and
some kilos of rice.
Cierlita Verven of
Sitio Bugho, Tingib was also a beneficiary, she has to wait for the
next batch to claim her ‘budget’, she has four children and the two
elder ones were honor students, thus her enthusiasm to join the 4Ps to
ensure that the kids will always stay in school till they finish high
school at least.
Leticia Corillo and Regional Focal Person of 4Ps Yvone Abunales joined
Basey Mayor Wilfredo
Estorninos hosted a breakfast for the secretary and other guests who
came in from Tacloban City.
Estorninos urged Land
Bank to install an ATM machine in his municipality not only for the
4Ps beneficiaries but for others who also transact at Land Bank.
The program is set to
benefit some 72,476 households in the entire province of Samar.
4Ps is a program of
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for poverty reduction, a strategy
that provides grants to extremely poor households to improve their
health, nutrition and education of children aged 0-14 years old.
3 confirmed cases of
A(H1N1) found in Maasin City
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
August 6, 2009
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – The swine flu virus A(H1N1) has reached this city.
In the radio program
“Maasin City in Action” over DYDM on Tuesday, City Mayor Maloney
Samaco officially announced the presence in the city of the ailment,
saying three students were infected and confirmed positive.
Samaco disclosed that
a pupil at the San Rafael Elementary School, a high school student of
Saint Joseph College (SJC), and a college student, also from SJC, were
the first three cases thus far reported.
The City Health Unit
has dispatched all necessary mitigating measures to prevent the
further spread of the virus like disinfecting the schools involved,
spraying rooms, doorknobs, among others, Samaco said.
He himself led in the
distribution of disinfectant alcohol on Monday at Maasin Central
School (MCS) and in other public schools, and those with flu-like
symptoms such as fever, coughs, and colds were given masks as part of
the mitigating measures undertaken.
He said he cannot
speak in behalf of SJC being a private school, but for the San Rafael
public school classes are suspended for two weeks starting Tuesday, to
resume on August 17.
PIA has to contact SJC
for updates as of this writing.
This was the city’s
first-ever contact with the dreaded flu virus since the Department of
Health (DOH) announced the very first case in the country last May 20.
But the city’s three
cases brought to seven the total persons infected for Southern Leyte
province, three from San Roque Elementary School in Liloan, and a
government employee from Hinunangan, although these four were already
healed and were back to their daily routine.
Samaco allayed fears
about the virus, saying that those with no pre-existing medical
conditions have nothing to worry, even as he urged schools to continue
washing hands of pupils and students with alcohol or soap and water.
Buyogan Festival given
Media Relations Center
August 6, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – For
winning three times in national festival competitions and for being
elevated to the Hall of Fame by the Department of Tourism in the
region, Abuyog, Leyte’s famed Buyogan Festival received another
incentive from the provincial government of Leyte.
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla said dancers and members of the Buyogan Festival would
be treated to an all-expense paid trip to the Enchanted Kingdom as was
his pledge when the group competed in the Sinulog in
Cebu in January this year. The province gave P300,000 for the
said free treat.
The incentive did not
stop there, however, as the province pledged again to provide
additional financial assistance to the local government unit of Abuyog,
if they would bag the top prize in the Aliwan Fiesta in Manila last
April. The catch was, the financial assistance would go to a project
chosen by the LGU itself.
As it won in both
competitions, Mayor Traya chose the financial assistance to be
provided for better facilities at the
College, a local college that has reportedly steadily grown in
population in the past years.
For this, the
provincial government shelled out P2 million pesos which was
personally given by the governor to Mayor Traya during the former’s
recent visit to Abuyog’s far flung villages.
Mayor Traya said he
has chosen for the provincial incentive to be poured to facility
improvement at the local college as the municipal government places
more emphasis in providing for better education for its constituents.
It was learned that
the Abuyog Community College, which offers courses in Education,
Commerce and Hotel and Restaurant Management, still houses the same
school facilities originally built in the late 70’s when the school
Gov. Petilla said he
has decided to give the incentive to encourage more the youth to
participate with this cultural activity as their own contribution for
the promotion of local tourism.
“The festival has
brought honor and pride not only to the town of Abuyog but to the
province of Leyte and the people of the whole Eastern Visayas region,
so it is just but fitting that we give back a little for them to
inspire them more and for others to follow what they have achieved,”
Gov. Petilla said.
To recall, in an
unprecedented sweep of three festivals in a span of less than a year,
the Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte was declared the Grand Champion
of the Aliwan Fiesta 2009 Festival of Festivals. It was the Grand
Champion in the 2008 Leyte Pintados- Kasadyaan Festival in 2008, went
on to win the grand prize in the Free Interpretation Category of the
Sinulog Festival in Cebu in January and three months after that
conquered the national festival competition at the Aliwan Fiesta and
hailed as the Grand Champion.
The Buyogan Festival
has been elevated to the Hall of Fame by the DOT-8 last June during
the 2009 Leyte Pintados Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals and was
awarded P100,000 cash incentive by the tourism department.
Human organ smugglers
preying on poor Cotabato women – solon
By Office of Rep. Emmylou "Lala" Taliño-Mendoza
QUEZON CITY – Cotabato
Rep. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza has urged the Inter-Agency Council Against
Trafficking (IACAT) to run after human organ smugglers preying on
impoverished women in her province.
The Cotabato town of
M’lang alone, human organ traffickers have already illicitly procured
kidneys from at least a dozen women, each lured with P200,000,
according to Taliño-Mendoza.
"No effort should be
spared in apprehending these predatory traffickers and their
go-betweens. Their nefarious activities should be nipped in the bud
before they victimize more women in Cotabato and other provinces in
Mindanao," she said.
She said the medical
practitioners who illegally removed the kidneys of the women "should
likewise be held to account for their contemptible acts."
"Sadly, the women who
were tempted into giving up a kidney are just as poverty-stricken as
before, only they are now potentially unhealthier," Taliño-Mendoza
"This is definitely
one of the most horrible forms of exploitation of women," she added.
stressed that the new implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the
Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act "categorically prohibit the buying and
selling of human organs."
Under the law, those
found guilty of engaging in the buying and selling of human organs
face 20 years in prison plus a fine of up to P2 million.
Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act was passed in 2003, its IRR with
respect to the trading of human organs took effect only on June 29,
The IACAT oversees the
enforcement of the new IRR versus human organ trading.
The council is
composed of the heads of the departments of justice, social welfare
and development, foreign affairs, labor and employment, and interior
and local government; as well as the chiefs of the Bureau of
Immigration, National Bureau of Investigation, the National Police,
and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
women, children and migrant workers also sit in the council, along
with the heads of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino
Women and the Philippine Center for Transnational Crime.
Search for Leyte’s
most outstanding barangay council now ongoing
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The search for the most outstanding barangay council, the first
ever in the entire country, is now on-going in the whole province of
Leyte, Board Member Carlo Loreto informed.
Tagged as “Gawad
Galing Sangguniang Barangay 2009,” the project is being spearheaded by
the National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL), Department of
Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Philippine Councilors
League (PCL), Board Member Loreto who is the NMYL Secretary General,
Board Member Loreto
together with several Leyte Board Members, was in the towns of
Kananga, Villaba, Leyte-Leyte, Merida, and Tabango last week to orient
the different barangay chairmen and barangay councilors about the
relevant details of this particular search for the most outstanding
barangay councils which is being piloted in Leyte province.
He added that his team
has already met with the barangay officials in the towns of Hilongos,
Abuyog, Carigara, Dagami, Matalom, Bato, Hindang, Inopacan, Pastrana,
Jaro, Baybay, Mahaplag, Javier, Alangalang, and the City of Ormoc,
relative to this concern. The team is now completing the rounds in the
other towns of Leyte.
The “Gawad Galing
Sangguniang Barangay 2009,” was designed to give due recognition to
the punong barangay and his council members who have shown “exemplary
leadership in the field of good governance and efficiency and
effectiveness in the delivery of basic services to their
constituents,” BM Loretto stressed.
According to Board
Member Loreto, the organizers are aware of the vital role of various
barangay councils in terms of providing legislative support such as
the passage of resolutions and enactment of ordinances for the welfare
and interest of their constituents.
“It is high time that
we bestow proper recognition to the outstanding barangay legislative
bodies which have shown exemplary performance in the exercise of their
functions and responsibilities as mandated by their constituents,” the
young legislator said.
In his response during
the ABC meeting at Barangay Lonoy, in the municipality of Kananga,
Mayor Elmer Codilla said that this is a good program of government
because this will “motivate our barangay officials to strive for
excellence in their doing mandated duties and responsibilities
pursuant to the Local Government Code.”
“A disease has to be
cured. We take Neozep to cure fevers and flu, or Tamiflu for that
matter to cure A (H1N1). Since we sometimes forget our mandated duties
under the law, we should find a cure for forgetfulness. This Gawad
Galing Sangguniang Barangay 2009 is the cure for our forgetfulness.
Mao ni ang tambal sa kalimot,” explained Board Member Antonio Jabilles
during the same meeting.
For her part, Board
Member Deborah Berturfo underscored that the barangays would be
adjudged based on the following criteria: (1) efficiency in
performance which include number of ordinance approved or enacted;
number of resolution approved; regular conduct of sessions and
complete attendance of council members during regular sessions; (2)
legislative documents which include minutes of the sessions; internal
rules and procedures signed by the members; notice of meetings for
special sessions; legislative agenda; compilation of barangay
resolutions and ordinances; (3) physical facilities and office
requirements which include session hall; tables and chairs; filing
cabinet; bulletin board and comfort rooms.
Board Member Rolando
Piamonte also explained the same during separate ABC meetings in
Villaba, Leyte-Leyte, and Tabango. The Leyte legislator further
explained his secret to staying as young as young legislators like
“All 1500 barangays in
the province are automatic entries/contestants to this search. They
will be evaluated based on the aforementioned criteria,” added Board
Mayor Bernard Jonathan Remandaban commented via text messaging that
“this is a laudable undertaking. It will inspire the barangays to
perform better and come up with programs beneficial to their
The panel that will
decide the winners will be composed of a representative each from the
NMYL, PCL, and the DILG.
The awarding of
winners is tentatively scheduled in November of this year. Winners
will receive cash prizes and plaques, Board Member Loreto said.
PGMA visits Maasin
City August 9, says mayor Samaco
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
August 3, 2009
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has scheduled to
come to this city on August 9 for the inauguration of the new wet
market and the ground breaking of a soon-to-be-constructed dry market.
This was revealed on
Thursday by City Mayor Maloney Samaco in a press conference with local
media held at the PIA office and aired live over radio station DYDM
during the time slot for the city-paid block time program “Maasin City
Samaco disclosed that
the President would have been the guest of honor for the 9th Charter
Day celebration on August 10, but she already has a commitment on that
date so her presence was set the day before.
last-minute hitches in the schedule, the President will arrive in the
morning then proceed to her next engagement which, most probably,
would be a site visit at the newly-completed Agas-Agas Bridge in Sogod,
supposed visit in this city and the province this month was postponed
for several times already because of conflicts in her schedule, it was
The guest speaker
during the Charter Day ceremonies on August 10 will be Department of
Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ronaldo Puno, Samaco
Samaco also bared the complete line-up of activities for the twin
celebration on Charter Day and Fiesta for the city on August 15, with
sports competition and cultural presentation in the evening.
July 31 was the
opening salvo of the activities with an opening Mass and opening
program in the afternoon in the city gym and city hall grounds.