Gov. Evardone shows
supports to education with infra projects
By MARIA KONICA P. CATAPANG
GUIUAN, Eastern Samar
– As part of his continuing support to Early Childhood Care and
Development (ECCD) program, Eastern Samar Governor Ben P. Evardone
turned over and pledged various infrastructure projects in the town of
Lawaan and Guiuan.
Evardone leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the turn-over of
the newly-constructed Day Care Center to Barangay Sapao, Guiuan.
Assisting the governor are SP Members Enerio Sabulao and Betty
Lopez Reyes. (By Celestino Pinangay)
In Bgy. Sapao, Guiuan,
Governor Ben Evardone lead the turn-over of a newly-constructed
Day-care Center last August 8. During the turn-over program, Brgy.
Captain Ronaldo Labutap related how he approached the Governor during
the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Seminar in
last December to present the proposal for the said project, to which
the Governor readily pledged his commitment to support the project.
He cited that even though the barangay is not one of the pilot
barangay for the ECCD program he approved the proposal of the barangay
council. “Any projects and proposal regarding education are close to
my heart,” Governor Evardone said in response to the overwhelming
gratitude from the barangay. And as a further show of support to ECED,
he announced that the provincial government will give an additional
Php 500 pesos monthly allowance to all day care workers in the
province. Also during the said program, the governor turned over
P20,000 Provincial aid to Barangay Sapao, and distributed rice to the
constituents of barangay.
On that same date,
Governor Evardone together with SP Member Jose Vicente Opinion, SP
Member Enerio Sabulao and SP Member Betty Lopez Reyes lead the
ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Barangay Hall of
Brgy. 7, Guiuan. He also turned over a check worth P20,000 worth of
provincial Aid to the barangay.
executive, together with the board members present, also committed to
allocate funds for a Day Care Center. “Hopefully, I would like to go
back to your barangay to inaugurate your Day Care Center before
Christmas,” he told the expectant parents and children of the barangay.
He also announced that in line with the provincial government’s
support to early childhood education, he was able to avail from the
national government an allocation of 30 million pesos for the ECCD,
which will be divided unto the towns of Borongan, Maydolong and Guiuan,
to be used in the construction of day care centers and procurement of
supplies and materials for the learning center.
In the town of Lawaan,
parents, teachers and pupils of Lawaan Central Elementary School (LCES)
were in thankful jubilation during the turn-over ceremony of the newly
constructed school stage worth P400,000. During the turn-over of the
said project last August 7, 2009, which coincided with the Parent
Teacher Community Association (PTCA) Induction, the Governor also
pledged P100,000 for the drainage system project of the school.
city officials unite to celebrate Maasin City’s
9th Charter Day
By R.G CADAVOS (PIA Southern
August 14, 2009
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – Each speaker during the 9th Charter Day Anniversary
celebration of Maasin City on Monday, August 10 called for unity –
Gov. Damian G. Mercado, City Mayor Maloney Samaco, the Lone District
Congressman Roger G. Mercado and even the guest speaker, Department of
Interior and Local Government (DILG) Asst. Secretary Emeterio Moreno
Gov. Mercado is his
inspirational talk expressed his appreciation to the city officials
particularly for the good leadership Mayor Samaco has dedicated to the
local government. “I am grateful to see that the Maasinhons helped for
the development of Maasin. It’s been 9 years ago, when I sought for
your support so that Maasin will become a city, and today, I have seen
the full support of the Maasinhons and the
Gov. Mercado disclosed in Visayan language.
committed to assist whatever plan the city government proposes and
promised “to support programs and projects due to the local government
not only in Maasin City but throughout Southern Leyte.”
Mercado whose battlecry is “unity, solidarity and teamwork” delivered
his message saying that “in the spirit of unity and Gov. Mercado’s
battlecry for ‘Aksyon, Solusyon, Inisyatibo,’ we will provide all the
assistance Maasin City need.”
Cong. Mercado further
congratulated all different sectors present who graced the affair
especially those who had given pride to
– the awardees.
On the other hand,
City Mayor Maloney Samaco who felt deserved for the moral and
financial support of local leaders, vowed to strengthen the ties
between them and promised to do his best for the growth of
While ASEC Moreno,
have seen unity and teamwork in
“in convergence, many things can be done especially in the local
government – empowerment and strengthening,” he said.
Moreno, a lawyer by
profession who represent DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno said that
government has five layers, from the barangay, to the
municipality/city, to provincial level, district and the national
level. “I have seen the unity from the barangay up to the district
level and the national government, and in unity, nothing is
impossible,” Moreno refers to the fast development of Maasin City and
the province of Southern Leyte.
The 9th Charter Day
Anniversary celebration of
was also graced by National Labor Commissioner Aurelio Menzon, DILG
Regional Director William Paler, and national, provincial and city
officials and employees.
DENR Conducts Regional
By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in cooperation
with Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc., a public interest non-government
environmental law office, gathered some representatives from the
Protected Area Management Boards (PAMBs) in Region 8 to a Regional (PAMB)
Summit which was held at Ritz Tower de Leyte on July 29-30, 2009.
The purpose of the
Regional PAMB summit was to update the PAMB members on the new
policies and guidelines on protected area management; identify
problems, share experiences and gather baseline profile of all
existing protected areas in the region; create a venue where focal
persons in protected area management in the country may interact with
scrutinize, study, reflect, learn and apply important lessons from
field experiences on site.
The summit also served
as venue to capacitate and facilitate learning and exchange of
information between PAMB members and Protected Area Superintendents (PASUs)
from the DENR who are assigned to manage the operation of the
Per provision in the
National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act or R. A. No.
7586, and its revised implementing rules and regulations (DAO No.
2008-26), PAMBs are organized for each established protected area.
Membership in the PAMB is multisectoral, with the DENR Regional
Executive Director as Chairman. The roles of the PAMBs are: by a
majority vote decide the allocation of budget, approve proposals for
funding, and decide matters relating to planning, peripheral
protection and general administration of the protected areas in
accordance with the general management plan for specific protected
Director Ricardo T. Tomol of the Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal
Zone Management Service (PAWCZMS) revealed that PAMBs were created for
the following protected areas: Lake Danao Natural Park in Ormoc City;
Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park in Burauen, Leyte; Samar Island Natural
Park spanning over 333,300 hectares in the provinces of Samar, Eastern
and Northern Samar; Biri-Larosa Protected Landscape/Seascape in Biri,
Lavezares, Rosario and San Jose in Northern Samar; Guiuan Marine
Reserve in Guiuan, Eastern Samar; Cuatro Islas Protected
Landscape/Seascape in Inopacan and Hindang Leyte; Pan-as Hayiban
Protected Landscape in Calbayog City; MacArthur Landing Memorial
National Park in Palo, Leyte; and Hinabian-Lawigan Protected Landscape
in St. Bernard, Southern Leyte.
Chief Protected Areas
and Wildlife Division, Corazon Makabenta disclosed that in the region,
nine (9) protected areas covering 446,111 hectares are being managed
with the PAMBs as the planning and decision making body on site and
the PASu as the DENR Chief Operating Officer on site. Out of the nine
PAs, seven (7) are with Presidential Proclamation under the NIPAS Act.
“Considering the vital
role of the PAMBs in protected area management, it is necessary that
the members who act as potent partners of the DENR, be appraised and
oriented on the salient features of the NIPAS Act (R.A. 7586) and its
revised implementing rules and regulations as well as the other latest
guidelines on protected area management”, says DENR Regional Executive
Director Regidor M. De Leon.
Aside from the NIPAS
Act, other topics discussed in the summit include: Climate Change,
Forestry Code of the Philippines, Local Government Code and its
provisions on environmental protection, Wildlife Resources
Conservation and Protection Act (R.A. 9147), Cave Management and
Protection Act (R.A. 9072), new policies and guidelines on Ecotourism
(E.O. 111), the Chainsaw Act among others.
The participants in
the Regional PAMB summit agreed to come up with capacity building and
institutional strengthening activities to equip them in effectively
discharging their respective duties and functions.
generation measures which would usher in income for a sustained PAMB
operation and protected area management formed part of the major
agreements during the said summit.
The DENR in
cooperation with concerned stakeholders are doing all efforts in
discharging their responsibilities in the management of the protected
areas in the region for the benefit of the present and future
generations. Protected areas are identified portions of land and
water set aside by reason of their unique physical and biological
significance, managed to enhance biological diversity and protected
against destructive human exploitation.
Project BEN goes to
By BRYAN M. AZURA
August 13, 2009
SALCEDO, Eastern Samar
– After a fruitful implementation of Barangay Empowerment Network
(Project BEN) through the Community Outreach Development Program (CODP)
in Quinapondan, Governor Ben P. Evardone placed the project’s next
stop in this another southern municipality bringing with him various
programs and projects for delivery to its 40 barangays.
Evardone awards the Php 20,000 Provincial Aid to the Barangay to
Brgy. Capt. Anacleto E. Abulencia as part of the implementation of
Project BEN through the Community Outreach Development Program in
the Municipality of Salcedo.
Project BEN, a
partnership of cooperation and support between the provincial
government, national government agencies and local government units (LGUs)
in the province, revolves on the delivery of health services,
infrastructure projects, employment opportunities and agricultural
some 4 barangays and the poblacion, Governor Evardone personally
distributed PhilHealth Cards, packs of rice, sports equipment,
toothbrushes and toothpastes. Also highlighting his barangay visits
was the distribution of the P20,000 provincial assistance to every
barangay. Those that he personally visited were the interior barangays
of Sta. Cruz, Cagaut, Camanga, Cantomoja and Carapdapan while the rest
of the officials of town’s villages were converged at the poblacion.
that the provincial aid should be spent according to the needs of the
people in the barangay as indicated in the Community Based Monitoring
System (CBMS). “I am glad that all the barangay captains here in
Salcedo have pointed CBMS-based projects,” the governor stressed.
Mayor Melchor Gagante
expressed tribute to the provincial chief for making an initiative to
bring the services to the people directly. “This is unprecedented and
I’m sure many lives have been touched because of Gov. Evardone’s
wholehearted rendering of service to the people of Salcedo and the
whole province,” Gagante said in a statement.
Mary Jane Velasquez,
village chief of Sta. Cruz, said she is personally is humbled with the
visit of Evardone in her barangay. “This is the first time the highest
official of the province visited us,” she shared in vernacular. Sta.
Cruz is 11 kilometers far from the national highway and is accessed
through a provincial road. The governor and his entourage took around
a couple of hours to arrive in the said barangay.
Anacleto Abulencia, Rosita Ogania, Felicitas Baguinon and Alfredo
Macatimpag of Cagaut, Camanga, Cantomoja and Carapdapan respectively,
also uttered praises to the provincial chief for attending to the
needs of their respective barangays.
ABC President Joselito
Abrugar said that the people of Salcedo has no reason anymore not to
support any political plans of the governor as he already ‘proved
himself how he cares for his people.’ “Why should we look for other
alternatives when the governor already showed us the real meaning of
public service,” Abrugar noted.
governor also brought with him TESDA scholarship slots, employment
opportunities, seedlings for farmers and rabies vaccination for pet
Also in attendance to
the activities were Sangunniang Panlalawigan Members Atty. Jovi
Opinion, Atty. Enerio Sabulao, Colon Yu, Betty Reyes and Pedro
Macabocsit. Also part of the governor’s group were Arnaldo Lavado (Prov’l
Treasurer), Manuel Baldono (Prov’l Assesso), Efren Dala (HRM Officer),
Jesus Agda (Prov’l Agriculturist), Gil Rebamontan (PSWD Officer),
Vilma Bormate (GSO) and Dr. Romeo Debora (Prov’l Veterinarian).
Representatives from Provincial Health Office and Provincial
Engineering were also present.
PGMA’s visit most
memorable for 40 Basey family-beneficiaries of P2.8 M Core Shelter
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – It will take a lifetime for these 40 Basey families to forget
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her “kindness and care” when she
Samar on Sunday, August 9.
These forty families
are the beneficiaries of shelter assistance in the amount of P2.8
Million which was awarded by President Arroyo under the Core Shelter
The President also
handed in a check in the amount of P96,000 under the Cash for Work of
the Core Shelter Program.
visit means so much to us,” one beneficiary said. “Her visit means
safer house for us and for our children,” he added.
The checks given by
the President will provide shelter assistance to the forty families
from Barangays Baybay and Palaypay, who were rendered homeless as an
aftermath of Typhoon Frank in June, 2008.
Basey town in Samar is
recipient of the rehabilitation efforts of government as it was one of
the most typhoon Frank-ravaged places in the Region.
Each core shelter unit
costs P70,000, while in the cash for work, the assistance per
beneficiary is P2, 400.
Thanks to President
Arroyo and the project implementer, the Department of Social Welfare
and Development, these forty families will now have environmental
friendly structurally strong shelter units that can withstand a wind
velocity of 180 kilometers per hour.
The eligibility to the
CORE Shelter Program is determined from the assessment of the city or
municipal Social Welfare and Development officer and validated by the
DSWD Field Office VIII.
The assistance is
facilitated through the conduct of social preparation activities. The
qualified beneficiaries are organized into a Neighborhood Association
for Shelter Assistance. Among the components of the Program are
provision of technical and financial assistance, as well as Cash for
Work for the family beneficiaries who work in the construction of
their shelter units.
Aside from the CORE
Shelter Assistance checks, the President also handed in a P150,000
check for the construction of a Day Care Center at Barangay Salvacion,
also in Basey.
PGMA inaugurates the
Maasin City’s P73 M wet public market
By ERNA S. GORNE (PIA Southern
August 13, 2009
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurates
Sunday morning (August 9) the newly opened Maasin City Wet Market
Section of the Integrated Market and Terminal Complex coinciding with
the 9th Charter Day Anniversary celebration.
market building is the second phase of the Maasin City Integrated
Market and Terminal complex project. The terminal component of the
project was long before inaugurated by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
during her provincial visit last August 2005 in time for the
celebration of the fifth charter day anniversary of the City of Maasin.
The new, modern, and
imposing wet public market structure situated just beside the
integrated terminal at barangay Combado accommodates 171 stalls with
its 36 meter by 36 meter area.
The P73 Million new
market which was recently completed is among the 13-point agenda of
Mayor Maloney Samaco, to include the market and business enterprise
The project which is
funded thru a loan with the Philippine National Bank (PNB), however,
the city government said earlier that the project is very feasible and
it is in the position to easily pay off its amortizations since the
project is income generating.
The President clad
in aqua blue casual attire, arrived in Maasin City after she
inaugurated the Agas-Agas Bridge, in Sogod town earlier in the
morning. President Arroyo led in the ribbon cutting of the city’s Wet
Market before the program proper for the ninth charter day
anniversary. She was accompanied by Sec. Gabriel Claudio, a
designated Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORD) and
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sec. Hermogenes Ebdane.
Congressman Roger Mercado, Governor Damian Mercado, Maasin City Mayor
Maloney Samaco and Vice Governor Miguel Maamo.
6th Lamiraw Creative
Writing Workshop slated November 4-7
By NEIL D. LOPIDO (PIA 8)
August 13, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – The Lamiraw Regional Creative Writing Workshop (LRCWW) is now
accepting applications for the 6th LRCWW slated on November 4-7, 2009
hosted by the Tiburcio Tancinco Merorial Institute of Science and
Technology, Calbayog City through its President, Dr. Socorro Bohol.
According to Harold L.
Mercurio, project coordinator, fifteen (15) slots are at stake for
young and adult writers who are willing to develop or improve their
craft in fiction, poetry, essay, and drama. There will be nine (9)
slots for writers residing in Eastern Visayas; three (3) slots for
Abaknon speakers in Capul,
Northern Samar; and three slots for fellows coming from
Luzon, Visayas, and
Mindanao (one slot per area).
Mercurio informed that
applicants should submit a collection of any of the following: 3
poems, 2 short stories, 2 essays, 1 one-act play, or any reasonable
combination of the above in hardcopy and on a CD containing the
manuscripts and your application form in Microsoft Word (Windows 2003,
font 12, Arial) and two 2x2 pictures. Writers may send entries in
Waray, Cebuano, or English and those entries written in Abaknon or in
any regional languages in the country should have a translation in
English or Filipino.
www.ncca.gov.ph, or simply google it.
Sending your entries
together with other requirements (scanned) through email (email@example.com)
is also accepted. Include in your submission a statement from one
person of authority attesting to the originality of your works,
Those who will
qualify, Mercurio said, will be provided a decent housing, a modest
stipend, and a subsidy to partially defray costs of the fellows’
transportation while walk-in auditors will have to pay a registration
fee of P3,000 each which will cover their meals, accommodation, and
informed that applications should be sent on or before September 30,
2009 to Harold L. Mercurio, Project Coordinator, Lamiraw Regional
Creative Writing Workshop, c/o Office of the Arts, Social and Cultural
Affairs, TTMIST, 6710 Calbayog City.
Panelists invited for
this years workshop are: Prof. Merlie Alunan and Dr. Victor Sugbo from
UP Tacloban; Prof. Daryll Delgado and Prof. Larry Ypil from Ateneo de
Manila University; Dr. David Genotiva from Eastern Visayas State
University , Tacloban City ; and Mr. Dante Rosales from Calbayog City.
The LRCWW is funded by
the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and hosted by TTMIST.
For more information, you may contact Lamiraw through 09177982781 or
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
August 12, 2009
Sogod, Southern Leyte
With the natural green scenery behind as background, President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo drove through the 350-meter length Agas-Agas bridge,
standing in an open pick-up vehicle here Sunday morning, an
inauguration rite which signaled that the country’s tallest bridge is
now open for traffic.
Arroyo leads the ceremonial drive-thru during the
inauguration Sunday (Aug. 9) of the country’s tallest bridge
85-meter tall Agas-Agas Bridge located in Barangay Kahupian in the
municipality of Sogod, Southern Leyte.
Wearing a skyblue
attire, the President was flanked by local officials led by Cong.
Roger Mercado, Gov. Damian Mercado, Sogod Mayor Sheffered Tan,
Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura, Department of Public Works and
Highways (DPWH) Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr., and Region 8 Cabinet
Officer for Regional Development (CORD) Gabriel Claudio, among other
high-ranking officials present.
The crowd jostled with
security officers, cramming their necks for a good vantage point view
to see the President, unmindful of the scorching heat of the midday
In her brief talk
inside a makeshift tent by the middle of the bridge that doubles as
the stage, the President cited the Mercado brothers for their strong
support behind her candidacy, since the time she ran as Senator,
Vice-President, and President.
kalimot sa suporta ni Gov. Mercado, Cong.
Mercado, sa akong kandidatura” (I cannot forget the support
given by Gov. Mercado and Cong. Mercado in my candidacy), the
President said, speaking in bisayan dialect, extending her gratitude
as well to all people of Southern Leyte, which elicited a wild
She also thanked the
government of Japan for the Official Development Assistance (ODA) fund
support on “very important projects like Agas-Agas.”
Secretary Ebdane for a job well done,” the President added.
Earlier, in his
welcome remarks, Gov. Mercado heartily thanked the President for the
visit in behalf of the people of Southern Leyte, and in building
infrastructure projects that can help in the development of the
Katsura, for his part, stressed that “it’s a great honor for me to
join the inauguration of the Agas-agas bridge,” even as he noted the
continued “strategic partnership between the two countries.”
President Arroyo noted
that the new bridge would be a big boost to the tourism development of
the province and would greatly help in easing the flow of business and
commerce for Sogod town in particular, and the rest of the areas from
Luzon to Mindanao as the structure serves as a permanent link, a
lasting solution to the perennial landslide problem in the area during
“Tourism will be
enhanced, and the passengers will be convenient and assured of safety”
in crossing this portion of the Maharlika highway, the President said.
The President later
talked with three residents in the area who testified that the new
structure was a big help in their trading movements and in ordinary
life for daily transportation needs, plus a secure passage as they
will no longer fear being hit by falling rocks.
After her talk, the
President, other guests and visitors were treated to a jetlining
rappelling exhibition from both sides of the bridge by professional
extreme sports enthusiasts, a female adventurer among them.
She then flew by
chopper to Maasin City for another engagement.
Pro-poor programs will
be sustained, PGMA says
By JONNIE H. BUENAVENTURA (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited Barangay Inuntan Elementary
School, Basey, Samar on Sunday, August 9, in order to launch the
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in the province of Samar.
Arroyo listens while Sec. Esperanza Cabral of DSWD is introducing
beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) during
the Launching at Brgy. Inuntan, Basey, Samar.
assured that the pro-poor programs of her administration will be
sustained especially if Congress will pass a bill institutionalizing
Pilipino Program is a cash grant of P6,000 a year or P500 per month
per household-beneficiary for health and nutrition expenses and P3,000
for one school year or 10 months per child for educational expenses
for a maximum of three children per household.
temporary relief for the beneficiaries in order to sustain the
nutritional requirements and assured that children enrolled will
finish the school year.
Brgy Inuntan is 12 kms
from the Poblacion of Basey,
Samar which is 29
kms from Tacloban
City, a Highly Urbanized City in Region 8.
The visit of PGMA made
the road passable by motor vehicles which the road condition from
Poblacion Basey, Samar before going to Brgy. Inuntan is not accessible
except for the “Habal-Habal” a single motorcycle used for
Ms. Ayn Jane A. Latoja,
Belen L. Pardiñas and Arlyn O. Gaddi, Public Elementary School
teachers in Brgy. Guerang Elementary School, a barangay before Brgy.
Inuntan, said that in their 3 years of teaching they experience the
hardship of going to their respective school assignments, that entails
at least 30 minutes ride using habal-habal at a rate of P40 for every
rider. This means an expense of P80 per day or a total of P2,400 per
month. Indeed, this is a huge amount set aside by them every pay day
in order to deliver the highest standard of education to their
The three public
elementary school teachers hope that the fare from Poblacion Basey,
Samar to Brgy. Guerang and other nearby barangay’s will be reduced due
to the road condition initiated by Department of Public Work and
Highways (DPWH) as a way of tourist promotion in Basey, Samar.
Macapagal-Arroyo after successfully launching the 4Ps took a boat ride
from Brgy. Inuntan to Panhulogan Cave, the largest of the three caves
in Sohoton National Park that last 15 minutes boat ride.
After the cave
exploration, PGMA took a boat ride through the Golden River Cruise, as
a tourist promotion package to see personally the enchanting beauty of
the Golden River initiated by the Barangay Tourism Association, the
Local Government Unit of Basey, Samar and Department of Tourism (DOT)
headed by Director Karina Rosa S. Tiopes.
Mayor Didi Estorninos
of Basey, Samar thanked the President for her unwavering support to
the pro-poor programs where in his constituents are among those
identified as beneficiaries, as well as the special tourism promotion
that will greatly benefit his fellow Basaynon’s.
PGMA formally launches
National Youth Service program in Southern Leyte
By R.G. CADAVOS (PIA Southern
August 11, 2009
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo launched here on Sunday,
August 9 the Youth National Service (YNS) program, one of the priority
projects of the government to underscore the importance of youth in
the community and hence, to uplift their lives amidst the wake of
global economic crisis.
At least 142 youths
availed the YNS program, to be implemented by the Department of Social
Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Public Works and
Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR),
Department of Education (DEPED), Department of Labor and Employment
(DOLE) and the Philippine Nationa Polcie (PNP).
The beneficiaries were
introduced during the visit of President Arroyo in Maasin City. 50 of
them are committed to work with the DSWD, 20 will work for the DPWH,
another 20 for the DOLE, 22 for the PNP, 20 with the DENR and another
10 for the DepEd. They also received their certificates of employment
after the formal launching.
Initially, the service
program will be implemented in
Southern Leyte, as one of the pilot areas. Other areas include
Pampanga and Bukidnon.
Each agency committed
to help skilled out-of-school youths and the unemployed/underemployed
college graduates that are preferably member of Pag-asa Youth
Association of the Philippines (PYAP), and those who are 18-24 years
of age. The qualifiers will earn a P250.00 per day stipend.
While, the DSWD
disclosed their roles in the said program, such as to implement the
National Service Corps – a community service program, a core strategy
that will mobilize the youths in the implementation of social welfare
and development programs and services in the community for a two-year
national service commitment. It involves community-based programs,
services and projects such as disaster preparedness, risk reduction
mitigation and response, early recovery, disaster rehabilitation and
center-based and residential care services.
agency, particularly the Regional Directors were present during the
awarding of certificates, namely RD Sol Matugas - DepEd, RD Forter
Puguon - DOLE, RD Leticia Corillo and Asst. Secretary Vilma Cabrera,
both from the DSWD, RD Regidor De Leon and Usec. Teresita Castillo
from the DENR, DPWH Adm. Officer Lilia Mulaan and PNP P/SSupt. Nilo
Aliens warned vs.
marrying Pinays for human organs
By Office of Rep. Emmylou "Lala" Taliño-Mendoza
QUEZON CITY –
Foreigners who offer marriage to Filipino women in exchange for their
kidneys or other human organs or issues risk running afoul of
Philippine criminal laws, Cotabato Rep. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza warned
procure kidneys from Filipino women in return for marriage. They will
definitely be held to account for violating Philippine statutes
against the trafficking in persons or their human organs, and/or our
laws banning mail-order brides," Taliño-Mendoza said.
the statement not long after a Saudi Arabian man married a Filipino
woman to mask his buying her kidney, in a bid to dodge the
Philippines' rigorous new rules against human organ trafficking,
prevented the man’s transplant.
The Saudi man sought a
kidney transplant at a Philippine government-run hospital, listing his
new wife as his voluntary donor.
authorities ruled that the transplant was not a valid donation, but an
effective human organ sale, considering the couple had married only
recently and did not speak a common language.
Last week, Taliño-Mendoza
urged the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) to run
after human organ smugglers preying on impoverished women in her
In the Cotabato town
of M’lang alone, human organ traffickers have already illicitly
acquired kidneys from at least a dozen women, each lured with
P200,000, according to Taliño-Mendoza.
"This is one of the
most repulsive forms of exploitation of women," she added.
Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan, a member of the IACAT,
responded to Taliño-Mendoza's call and vowed to pin down foreigners
and their local intermediaries engaged in the illegal human organ
According to the World
Health Organization, the
has emerged as the No. 5 global hotspot for human organ trafficking.
The criminal trade involves mostly kidneys, since humans can survive
with only one kidney.
Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 penalizes the buying and
selling of human organs. Those found guilty of engaging in the
unlawful trade face 20 years in prison plus a fine of up to P2
Philippines’ Anti-Mail-Order Bride Law forbids persons or entities
from matching Filipino women for marriage to foreigners either on a
mail-order basis or via personal introduction for a fee. Offenders
face from six to eight years in prison plus a fine of up to P20,000.
Congress passed the
law in 1990, after dozens of Filipino women lured by mail-order bride
advertisements were found forced into prostitution overseas. Others
ended up as battered wives or enslaved domestic laborers.