Gov. Evardone, East
Samar province to join relief operations for Luzon calamity victims
By BRYAN M. AZURA
Samar – Governor Ben P. Evardone is doing away with his planned
birthday celebration slated this weekend but instead put in place
efforts to gather funds and relief goods for distribution to flood
victims in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon due to typhoons Ondoy.
The governor said that
instead of spending large sum of money for a grandstanding
celebration, he is rather initiating a campaign to mobilize fund
raising from individuals, government agencies and Local Government
Units to help victims in Metro Manila who still need help after
suffering from massive flood due to heavy rains brought about by
province turned over P100,000 to Department of Social Welfare and
Development through Secretary Esperanza Cabral to help in the
government’s effort in assisting the flood victims.
Governor Evardone said
that the funds released was in response to the declaration of a state
of national calamity of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Arroyo, in
her declaration, ordered all departments and other government agencies
concerned to implement and execute medical assistance, relief and
rehabilitation work in accordance with existing operational plans and
directives and orders issued in connection with the occurrence of
“I am calling all
concerned to join in the effort to raise funds for our brothers and
sisters in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon,” Evardone said. He
stressed the importance of participating in the relief operations as
many of the victims are even coming from
Evardone said that
this cannot be done only by the provincial government but the relief
campaign should be a concerted effort.
Javier Zacate and Jimmy Ty of Sulat and Gen. MacArthur towns
respectively, readily extended support to the campaign but has not
signified yet as to how much and what they are going to contribute.
In a coordinative
meeting called by the governor, he suggested that all means be used
including the internet social networking to gather support from
individuals who are willing to help in the campaign.
ng Bayan, the only AM station in the province, said it is open to
provide its facility through radio programs in disseminating calls to
Eastern Samareños to join the movement.
heads have also committed some of their earning to help the victims.
“We have been receiving help from them many times when our province
experienced calamities, so it’s just but proper to repay their
kindness with kindness,” Mayor Zacate said.
The governor is
optimistic that the rest of local chief executives will be more than
willing to extend aid to the flood victims.
In a recent update of
National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), a total of 805,779
families and 3,929,030 persons were directly affected in Regions 1, 2,
3, 4-A, 4-B, 5, 6, 9, 12, ARMM, CAR and NCR. Evacuees increased also
to 64,375 families. Casualties have already reached more than 300 and
a considerable number of people are still missing.
LRED enthusiasts from
Quezon province to emulate best practices from Samar and Leyte
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
October 8, 2009
Local Regional Economic Development (LRED) enthusiasts from Lopez,
Quezon turned up in Catbalogan on September 30 to emulate LRED
The 38-delegation led
by Mayor Isaias Ubano also visited Baybay, Ormoc and Isabel in Leyte
from September 28-30.
In Catbalogan, Samar,
the last leg of the local study mission, Raul Reyes, LRED Focal Person
presented LRED’s best practices.
Ms Rosita de Asis,
President of Lopez Quezon Credit Cooperative Incorporation (LQCC!)
said that LREDs success in Samar and Leyte intrigued the group.
“We came to witness,
and perhaps learn a thing or two from our counterparts,” the winsome
lady representing the business group enthused.
Mayor Ubano told PIA
that Lopez was chosen as a pilot municipality for LRED.
LRED was introduced by
the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in the Visayas as a
participatory planning and implementation process wherein public and
private stakeholders in a locality work together to improve conditions
for economic growth and employment generation.
LRED according to DTI-Samar
is one of the major interventions in the Small and Medium Enterprise
Development for Sustainable Employment Program (SMEDSEP), a
development cooperation project between the
and Germany which aims to improve the business and investment climate
for SME in the Philippines.
Although Reyes proudly
presented the quick wins of Catbalogan LGU in implementing LRED, he
admitted that “Catbalogan is still a work in progress.”
Reyes added that with
a simplified business licensing process, more businesses registered
giving the needed economic boost.
Stephany Tan, the city
ABC President who represented Mayor Coefredo Uy attested that his
father believed in the LRED process and gave full support in the
implementation of the program.
“We did not only get
one idea but many ideas that we can learn in financial management,”
Mayor Ubano said in his ‘thank u’ note to the host LGU.
PBA legends, stars to
enliven Calbayog City’s 61st charter day celebration
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE and RON RICAFORT
CATBALOGAN, Samar – PBA
legends, singing superstars will enliven the socio-civic and cultural
shows that will usher the 61st Calbayog Charter Day Anniversary.
The 5-day celebration
will commence on October 12, 2009 with the Opening Salvo at 6:00 pm
which will feature grand opening of the Fun Center, Agri-Fair,
Food Booths, Beer Plaza and Tiangge-kiosks.
The night will also
feature a Street Beat Party Mix with International DJ, Strakatz and
Tinapa Foodfest will
take place on October 13 and the game exhibition of PBA legends versus
PBA stalwarst like
Nelson Asaytono, Benjie Paras, Noli Locsin, Rey Evangelista, Ronnie
Magsanoc, Alvin Patromonio and Allan Caidic are expected to excite
Meanwhile almost every
night, singing superstars will treat Calbayognons to music with Aegis,
May Rivera, Sabado Boys, Renz Verano and Jackstone Brothers.
Aside from the
medical mission, LGU Calbayog City will award Most Outstanding
Calbayognon in the newly refurbished Calbayog City sports complex.
condemns brutal killing of Fr. Lucero
By SAMMY CANDIDO (PIA Eastern
October 6, 2009
Samar – The Arch Diocese of Catarman has expressed its condemnation
over the brutal killing of Rev. Fr Cecillio Lucero who was ambushed in
the morning of September 6.
This was heard during
the 12th Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD)
meeting, September 24, at the Nativity of Our Lady Major Seminary in
In the statement read
by Sis. Lydia M. Collado, RSCG and Chairperson of Association of
Northern Samar Women and Men Religions, the Diocese referred the
killing as “most grievous of crimes committed against a cleric in the
region, in fact it was the first act against a man of the church in
the entire province and said they want it last.”
Said hard statement
was likewise adopted by the Assembly thru a Resolution made which also
committed to award posthumously the leader priest for his efforts and
involvement in the Northern Samar Peace and Development Forum (NSPDF)
In the open forum,
Rev. Fr. Cyrain Cabuenas, asked for the status of Rev. Fr. Lucero’s
case and Police Chief Supt. Drusillo Bolodo, PNP-Region VIII said that
they already have formed a Special Investigation Task Force with NBI.
The officer added that it continuously investigates for possible
suspects, but beg off to answer other details while the
investigation is on-going. However, he appealed to everyone to help
them solve the problem by encouraging witnesses to step forward.
BIR padlocks another
erring business establishment in Maasin City,
two others in the region
By ERNA SY GORNE
Led by no less than Regional Director Atty Arceli Francisco of the
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR 8) together with the employees of local
BIR based in Southern
Leyte headed by Revenue District Officer (RDO) Noemi Theresa Pizon, padlocked another establishment in the
city in the morning of September 30.
The revenue collection
agency padlocked the two-door Maasin Auto Supply establishment in
Barangay Tunga-tunga as the store management and staff watched their
store forcibly closed. The implementation of the agency’s Oplan
Kandado was also witnessed by Barangay Kagawad Nelson Supremo.
Francisco said two
other business establishments located in Catarman,
and Tacloban City were simultaneously padlocked that same day. Thus,
bringing a total of 19 business establishments, whose business
operations were temporarily suspended with the Oplan Kandado campaign
in Eastern Visayas region, so far.
Francisco disclosed that the closure orders were approved by the
Commissioner of the Internal Revenue by the virtue of Section 115 of
the National Revenue Code of 1997 due to underdeclaration of sales by
more than 30%.
She further disclosed
that earlier this year, a meeting was conducted among the local
business establishments here to warn about the measures the agency
will undertake to run after those who are underdeclaring their sales
to correct their report on sales already.
On the other hand, RDO
Pizon noted that some business establishment showed compliance by
correcting their sales declaration as evidenced with increased tax
collections in the following quarter, however, there are still others
that continues to under declare their sales noted.
Pizon said that Maasin
Auto Supply store will be padlocked in the next five days and until
such time that the management of the auto supply is ready to settle
their corrected tax with the revenue district office.
Months ago this year,
the Hobies Restaurant still based in Maasin City was the first
business establishment padlocked due to underdeclaration violation.
Hobies Restaurant now is back to business after settling their correct
tax payments with the
Statistics Month Celebration Kicks-Off in Eastern Visayas
By NEIL D. LOPIDO (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Some
50 agencies from the government sector, local government units, the
academe, non-government organizations, and other stakeholders joined
the October 1 kick-off activities of the 20th National Statistics
Month celebration in Eastern Visayas which started with a motorcade
from Tacloban City to Palo, Leyte carrying this year’s theme,
"Enhancing Security Sector Statistics for Good Governance, Peace and
C. Go-Soco, Jr. of the National Economic and Development Authority,
chairman of the Regional Statistical Coordination Committee
underscores the importance of security sector statistics during the
opening program hosted by the Office of Civil Defense, held at the
Robinsons Mall, Tacloban City.
availability of security sector statistics is important for better
governance and attaining peace and sustainable development, Go-Soco
Go-Soco informed also
that generation of improved and relevant security sector statistics is
vital as it would serve as basis for better plans, programs and
policies that would lead to the attainment of a stable and secure
environment conducive to human development.
National Police made a data presentation on crime statistics in the
region from January-August, 2009 while the Parole and Probation
Administration of the Department of Justice shared their agency’s
profile, programs and thrusts.
Other NSM activities
lined up for the month include photo exhibit, symposia, orientation
seminars, trainings, essay writing contest, slogan and poster making
contest, statistical contests/quiz, film showing, information and
education campaign activities such as TV and radio guestings, kapihan,
and hanging of NSM streamers.
The month of October
of every year is celebrated as the National Statistics Month pursuant
to Presidential Proclamation No. 647 aimed to promote, enhance and
instill awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of
statistics to the different sectors of society and to elicit the
cooperation and support of the general public in upgrading the quality
and standards of statistics in the country.
synchronized Assembly Day on October 17
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – All barangays are directed to conduct the Synchronized Barangay Assembly
Day for the second semester of 2009 on October 17.
This is pursuant to
Proclamation No. 342 “Declaring the last Saturday of March and the 3rd
Sunday of October as the Barangay Assembly Day.”
Section 397(b) of the Local Government Code mandates the barangays to
undertake activities such as the presentation of accomplishment and
financial reports from January to June 2009; discussion on problems,
issues and concerns affecting the barangay particularly on solid waste
management and the use of illegal drugs and discussion on barangay
The barangay officials
may undertake other activities they deem appropriate to get the
interest of the residents to attend the barangay assembly, the DILG
At least two weeks
before the Barangay Assembly date, the barangay officials are mandated
to prepare banners or posters to hanged or posted in at least three
conspicuous places like the barangay hall, plaza or main streets,
Holding the event for
years now has institutionalized people's participation in barangay
governance that strengthened grassroots democracy. It is also an
opportunity for officials to hear and listen to the plight of their
constituents and on how to collectively address issues/problems
All Barangay residents
from 15 years old and above even not a registered voter in the
barangay but have resided in the locality for six months are enjoined
to participate in the Synchronized Barangay Assembly Day.
DILG, in the same
memorandum, enjoined the provincial governors, city and municipal
mayors to extend assistance to the barangays in order to ensure the
successful conduct of the Barangay Assemblies on October 17.
Samar is blessed,
luckiest, to possess virgin forest – SIBP
By ALICE NICART (PIA Eastern
October 4, 2009
Samar – With the recent onslaught of extensive flooding in big Metro
Manila area and nearby provinces, Samareños in general, should be
thankful of its remaining lush verdant forest.
Mr. Cris Badeo of the
Samar Island Biodiversity Project (SIBP) said recently on air over
DYES’ “Family on Air Program” hosted by Ms. Ruth Abunda.
“Very few provinces
today have this forest cover, despite man’s awareness about its
vitality to human survival,” Badeo noted. “It is in this note, that
we, at SIBP appeal to the people in the nearby communities of forest
protection areas of the entire Island, to heed to the call of nature
and unite to conserve and protect the remaining trees.”
He added that it was
Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who saw to it that
the remaining virgin forest in the
should be declared protected, before it’s late thus, Presidential
Proclamation 442 and Republic Act 7586.
To recall, it has
already been confirmed by authorities, that
Samar’s virgin forest have already been “divirginized” so to
speak, that a few hectares of the forest have already been depleted of
its old -growth trees.
“But such abuse should
not be tolerated,” Ms. Dorinda Labro, DENR Information officer
stressed. Labro had consistently pressed in her media advocacy that
people should now learn from past and recent painful lessons of
environmental consequences brought about by man’s unkind behavior to
mother earth: Kaingin, illegal logging, including irresponsible waste
management. Let us conserve our remaining forest, and plant more
trees!” Labro’s favorite punch line, would be heard anywhere she would
perform her task.
As to the flooding
that hit Metro Manila on September 26, due typhoon “Ondoy”, Badeo said
that it is already an indication of climate change, thus, the
importance for people of Samar to conserve their forest and most
He also quoted the
United Nations which said that the last frontier for climate change
will be the Philippines, therefore, if only Samareños could preserve,
rehabilitate and conserve their forests, they can contribute in
minimizing climate change.
Abalone culture in
Samar attracts more fisherfolks
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
October 4, 2009
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Abalone culture in Samar is attracting fisherfolks such that the
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Training Center
conducted an on site training on abalone aquaculture.
The trainees had
lectures at the BFAR Training Center- Samar State University (SSU),
Mercedes campus, while they sailed to nearby Daram town for the
on-site assessment for abalone and seaweeds culture.
Some seven Zamboanga
fisherfolks have joined fisherfolks from island towns of Zumarraga,
Daram and coastal towns Jiabong, Gandara.and Catbalogan and from
In an interview with
Director Handji Pendatun Talib, Training Center Director of the
Regional Fisheries Training Center (RFTC) in Zamboanga, he said that
Samar fisherfolks have a promising opportunity.
From the website
seafdec-aqd, it stated that abalones are gastropod molluscs belonging
to the Family Haliotidae. The genus Haliotis means “sea ear.” There
are about 70 species of abalone distributed worldwide. Abalones are
slow-growing one-shelled gastropods which live in rocky and shallow
waters near stands of algae.
Three species of
abalone are in the Philippine marine waters: the donkey’s ear abalone
Haliotis asinina (local name - “lapas” or “sobra-sobra” in Ilonggo),
H. varia (local name -“kapinan”), and H. ovina. H. asinine grow to a
maximum size of 10-11 cm in shell length while H. varia and H. ovina
are relatively smaller with maximum shell length of 6-8 cm.
Abalone is a luxury
product, it can be exported to the U.S., Hongkong, Japan and the
Middle East, added Talib.
Another seminar that
Samar fisherfolks attended recently was on Responsible Fishing
Technology that ran from September 27 to
October 2, 2009.
The two trainings are
under PGMA's poverty alleviation and food security program.
Encounter Day centers on local development
By ALICE NICART (PIA Eastern
October 2, 2009
Samar – The 108th commemoration of the only victory of the
Filipinos, (history tells) during the Philippine-American war was once
more observed on September 28 in Balangiga, Eastern Samar with focus
on local development.
In the written message
of Governor Ben Evardone, which was read by Mayor Xavier Zacate,
League of Municipal Mayors President, Eastern Samar Chapter, Evardone
said that while Balangiga and the Eastern Samareños celebrate the
heroic acts of their forefathers, they must also pursue their idealism
and live up to their expectations in establishing peace and in
uplifting the living conditions of the poor. This, he said can be
realized by putting up exact and appropriate infrastructure projects.
The message further
read that, the Provincial Chief Executive was happy to note that, Her
Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo committed, that before
she steps down in 2010, the Borongan-Taft road rehabilitation will be
finished. He also shared the President’s commitment and order for
fund release to construct the Maydolong-Basey road which will surely
shorten the Borongan-Tacloban route and ease up most of the by-land
travelers in Borongan, Maydolong and nearby towns.
The Governor likewise
reported, that for Education, he has now fielded a total of 400
provincial-paid teachers to augment the quality classroom instructions
particularly in far-flung barangays. He also boasted of PGMA’s
scholarship programs which are now being availed of by poor but
deserving students at the Eastern Samar State College.
For his part, as the
Day’s guest of honor, Maj. Gen. Arturo Tabaquero, Commanding General
of 8th Infantry Division (8ID) recalled the heroism of the Filipino
guerillas, who despite their scarcity of resources and logistics they
were able to wipe out the well-off American Garrison by mere humble
He further said that
the sacrifices made by the guerillas, will serve as their shining
example in their mandate to protect democracy.
“Masasabi ko po,
isa po’ng precious learning ang Balangiga Encounter Day, at ang
katatagan ng ating mga ninuno sa pagtatanggol ng bayan ay sandigan ng
matatag na republika, at kami naman po sa Sandatahang Lakas, ay
nagpupugay sa ating mga bayani, at ito ay magsisilbing gabay at
inspirasyon naming sa aming paglilingkod sa bayan at pagbibigay
proteksyon sa ating mga kababayan,” the 1978 PMA Class member
Region 8 acquires 19
ports under the Arroyo Administration
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the
Eastern Visayas region acquired a total of 19 new ports, more than any
administration has ever done.
This statement was
made by Philippine Ports Authority Tacloban Manager Winfred Elizalde
during the commemorative program for the National Maritime Day and
National Maritime Week held on September 25 at the
Visayas State University in Tacloban City.
Manager Elizalde was
one of the three resource speakers during the Panel Forum on the
current maritime issues and concerns, held in connection with the twin
maritime celebrations, where he discussed the Role of the PPA in the
development of the Shipping Industry.
Manager Elizalde said
that 7 of the ports projects were under the SONA/ Strong Republic
Nautical Highway Network while 12 were under the Anti-Hunger
These 19 ports is
segregated by Islands, thus, 7 ports amounting to P114.35 Million for
the island of Samar; 9 ports amounting to P324.61 Million for the
Leyte Islands and 3 ports amounting to P121.61 Million for the island
This is indeed good
news to the people of Region 8, Manager Elizalde said because these
port projects ensure faster and more convenient delivery of basic
goods and farm produce such as vegetables and livestock.
Moreover, the port
projects make made more easy, economical and efficient as travel time
to and from destinations as well as transportation costs are
considerably reduced. These port projects will also promote domestic
Included in the SONA/
Strong Republic Nautical Highway port projects are the P75,399,487 San
Ricardo Port Improvement Project located at Barangay Benit, San
Ricardo, Southern Leyte;
Republic Nautical Highway Network project, the Construction of Ro-Ro
Ramp and Passenger Terminal Building in Naval Biliran and the
P49,049,991 Port Expansion Project in Maripipi, Biliran.
Also included is the
Port Development Project in Limasawa, Southern Leyte which amounts to
P13,374,376 and the construction of Port Terminal Building also in
Limasawa, amounting to P4,240,655, have been completed as of January
Also included is the
Reconstruction, Widening and Extension of R.C. Wharf in Maasin City,
Southern Leyte which amounts to P91,340,000.
The two projects under
the Strong Republic Nautical Highway Network are the Liloan Ferry
Terminal Expansion Project amounting to P62,895,875 which was
completed as of
September 21, 2007; and the Port Improvement Project in Kawayan, Biliran
with a budget of P13,940,000, which was reported to be substantially
completed as of January 2008.
The 12 projects under
the Anti-Hunger Mitigation Program include the Rehabilitation of
Carigara Port in Carigara, Leyte amounting to P5,125,826 which was
completed as of
December 19, 2007; the Improvement of Almagro Port in Almagro, Samar
amounting to P7,400,945 which was completed as of
November 4, 2007; the
Improvement of Sto.
in Sto. Niño, Samar with a budget of P8,763,492 which was completer as
of October 28, 2007; the Improvement of Pasanghan Port in Pagsanghan,
Samar with a budget of P6,059,901 which was completed as of October
28, 2007; and the Improvement of Ligaya Port in Ligaya, Rosario,
Northern Samar with a budget of P13,628,644 which was completed as of
October 4, 2007.
Also included are the
Improvement of Biri Port in Biri, Northern Samar amounting to
P8,144,484 which was completed as of October 4, 2007; the Port
Expansion Project in Hilongos, Leyte with a budget of P91,509,653
which was completed on
August 9, 2007; the Port Improvement Project (Construction of RC
Pier) in San Isidro, Leyte with a budget of P29,444,366 which was
June 4, 2007; the Port Improvement Project (Rehabilitation of Causeway
and Reclamation) with a budget of P9,897,759 which was reported to be
substantially completed of
January 31, 2008; and
the Port Improvement Project in Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte with a
budget of P11,883,074 which was reported to be substantially completed
as of January 2008.
The last two port
projects under the Anti-Hunger Mitigation Program are the Calbayog
Port Expansion Project with a budget of P46,3030,335; and the
Vinisitahan Port Development Project in Barangay Vinisitahan, San
Antonio, Northern Samar with a budget of P32,646,242 which is 70
percent complete as of December 2007.
Ombudsman Gutierrez’s term ends this month
By Office of Sen. Chiz Escudero
Chiz Escudero yesterday reiterated that the term of Merceditas
Gutierrez as Ombudsman expires this month as she is only serving the
unexpired term of her predecessor, Simeon Marcelo.
Escudero, a member of
the Judicial Bar Council, issued the statement after the House
Committee on Justice dismissed the impeachment complaint against
Gutierrez which, although was found sufficient in form, was adjudged
insufficient in substance.
The 39-year old
senator said Marcelo was appointed Ombudsman in October 2002 and
resigned in November 2005, after which Gutierrez was as his
replacement. He explained that because Marcelo served as Ombudsman for
over three years, Gutierrez only has four years in office and it ends
Constitution, the Ombudsman and his or her deputies shall only serve
for seven years without the benefit of reappointment in the same
“Gutierrez is not
entitled to a full term of seven years, according to a 1955 Supreme
Court ruling which has not been overturned. While she may have escaped
impeachment, the Ombudsman might not overcome this legal impediment,”
Citing the case of
Republic v. Imperial, the Court ruled that: “When the Constitution
fixes the duration of a term of office, and at the same time provides
for its being filled at a fixed time occurring periodically, it
necessarily follows that, a casual vacancy occurring during such term
of office, necessity must arise for filling it for the unexpired term;
and although the mode of filling such vacancy is prescribed by the
Constitution, yet the incumbent only holds until the time arrives for
filling the office in the regular mode and at the regular time
prescribed by the Constitution.”
He explained that
Section 9 of Article XI of the Constitution provides for the
appointment of the Ombudsman and his or her deputies, which includes
the President choosing from a list of at least six nominees prepared
by the Judicial and Bar Council, and from a list of three nominees for
every vacancy thereafter.
Section 11 of the same
article provides for their terms of office, which is seven years,
Escudero said. It is the Office of the Ombudsman that has a fixed term
of seven years and not the person occupying it, he pointed out
“The Office of the
Ombudsman fits the rule enunciated by the Supreme Court in its 1955
decision,” the senator said.