Governor Ben P.
Evardone said Executive Committee, during the planning period of the
foundation celebration activities made an inclusion of the forum on
environment particularly on climate change and maternal health as
these are critical issues that need to be addressed especially now
that the province is geared toward progress.
“When we talk about
climate change, we also talk about development, health and
population,” the provincial chief said in his message to the
participants of the congress.
The congress, attended
by people from Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population (PLCPD)
and PLAN Philippines, was also attended by Sanguniang Panlalawigan
members, Municipal Mayors, Vice Mayors and Councilors.
Ramon San Pascual,
Executive Director of PLCPD and an advocate of maternal health, said
that the province should give attention to this issue as most maternal
and even infant deaths occur on poor families. “Those who have no
means are the least attended in terms of health services,” San Pascual
According to San
Pascual, of the 3 million pregnancies, 1.4 million are unwanted or
unintended while 473,000 end up in abortion. Statistics also reveal
that 11 mothers die every day due to pregnancy. Gov. Evardone
reiterated that pregnancy is not sickness and therefore no mother
should die giving birth.
Tribunalo of Plan
conversant on climate change, challenged the participants to ensure
environment preservation. He elaborated that the globe’s environment
situation is degrading fast. “LGUs should have a foresight on
environmental effects before plunging onto development programs,” he
said. He stressed that the government should always include in its
plans a disaster risk reduction analysis.
Tribunalo said that
the series of disasters that hit the country recently are just
implications of a worsening environment condition of the planet.
PLCPD challenged the
local chief executives to rapidly mobilize resources and address
financial barriers especially among the poorest to improve maternal
health condition in the province. “We have substantially lowered
maternal deaths but infant mortality is still high in the province,”
Ruel Andag, UNFPA Provincial Programme Coordinator.
It also recommended
for LGUs to scale up quality health services, address urgent need for
skilled health workers, tackle root causes of maternal mortality and
morbidity and strengthen monitoring and evaluation.
Governor Evardone, in
response, said that despite the meager resources the provincial
government is making steps to address the immediate needs of the
provincial health workers. Recently, the governor ordered the release
of cash allowances to more than 3,000 barangay health workers pegged
at P1,200 each.
The province is also
fastracking health services upgrading including hospital development
projects out of the P500 million-grant from European Commission,
Department of Health (DOH) and other national government agencies.
meanwhile are asked to enact legislations that support women to make
their own family planning options and healthcare decisions for
SP Member Jovi
Opinion, in an interview, said that the provincial board has already
passed on its first reading an ordinance on safe motherhood and
neonatal care authored by SP Member Editha Sepulvida. “We are looking
forward to passing the said ordinance on its second and third reading
soon,” Opinion said.
SP Member Enerio
Sabulao, 3LPHED national president, revealed that the environmental
code of Eastern Samar has already been approved by the Sangunian.
DENR-MGB alerts LGUs
and communities on disaster
By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
TACLOBAN CITY – In
the heels of the recent environmental disasters which resulted in the
loss of lives and properties in various parts of the country, the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources under the leadership
of Secretary Jose L. Atienza ordered its regional offices to
coordinate with the local disaster coordinating centers nationwide and
help in the preparation and implementation of disaster management
plans in their respective areas of responsibilities.
In Region 8, Mines and
Geosciences Regional Director Danilo Uykieng said that they are almost
complete in the geohazard assessments in most of the municipalities in
the region. RD Uykieng said they are conducting on going assessment
in Samar province specifically, in the City of Calbayog and
municipalities of Gandara and San Jorge.
RD Uykieng further
disclosed that the results of the geohazard assessment were forwarded
to the concerned local government units and the regional, different
provincial, municipality and barangay development coordinating
The LGUs and the
disaster coordinating councils help the DENR in disseminating the
result of the geohazard assessment to targeted communities. The PDCCs
and THE MDCCs conduct training on what to do during and after
occurrence of disasters even in the barangay level.
Executive Director Regidor M. De
disclosed that the DENR is concerned on the provision of information
to the LGUs and the RDCC, PDCC, MDCC and BDCC on the specific barangay
which has high, low or medium susceptibility to flooding, landslides
and other forms of geologic hazards. The LGUs and the Disaster
Coordinating Councils are the ones in charge of mobilizing and giving
advisories to the communities on what to do in times of calamities.
Region 8 has a total
of 4,390 barangays. Of these total, 442 are located in high risk, 763
in medium risk, and 754 in low risk areas to landslide. The MGB is
currently doing map interpretation process of the Flood Hazard Maps to
categorize barangays into low risk, medium risk, and high risk flood
RP's top BPO firms
post $2 billion in revenues
By Office of Rep. Joseph A. Santiago
November 2, 2009
QUEZON CITY – The 29
largest business process outsourcing (BPO) providers in the
Philippines, mostly engaged in contact center activities, reported
P94.4 billion in combined revenues in 2008, up 21 percent or P16.1
billion from the P78.3 billion they posted in 2007, Catanduanes Rep.
Joseph Santiago, chairman of the House information and communications
technology committee, disclosed Sunday.
"The Philippines has
definitely secured its position as a leading player in the global BPO
market, judging from the sustained double-digit revenue growth of the
local branches of mostly multinational BPO providers," Santiago said.
Santiago cited the
need to further build up the BPO industry through ample infrastructure
support, proper human resource development, sound policy environment,
adequate fiscal incentives and effective business development.
He said the P94.4
billion in combined revenues reported by the top 29
BPO providers alone translate to almost $2 billion at the
current exchange rate of $1:P47.63. Overseas clients pay
BPO firms in dollars.
"What is remarkable
about the BPO industry is that it is highly labor-intensive. Since the
industry employs a growing number of Filipinos, it also supports an
increasing number of families," Santiago said.
The top 29 BPO
providers and their corresponding 2008 revenues are: TeleTech Customer
Care Management Philippines Inc. (P8.1 billion); Convergys Philippines
Services Corp. (P8 billion); eTelecare Global Solutions Inc. (P7.9
billion); Sykes Asia Inc. (P7.5 billion); Aegis PeopleSupport Inc.
(P5.7 billion); ICT Marketing Services Inc. (P4.3 billion);
Philippines Inc. (P4.2 billion); HSBC Electronic Data Processing
Philippines Inc. (P4.1 billion); Sitel Philippines Corp. (P3.7
billion); Telephilippines Inc. (P3.6 billion); Deutsche Knowledge
Services Pte. Ltd. (P3.2 billion); IBM Daksh Business Process Services
Philippines Inc. (P3.2 billion); IBM Business Services Inc. (P2.9
Services Philippines Inc. (P2.5 billion); JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A.
Philippine Customer Care Center (P2.4 billion); Dell International
Services Philippines Inc. (P2.4 billion);
SPI Technologies Inc. (P2.3 billion); Advanced Contact Solutions Inc. (P2.2
billion); ePLDT Inc. (P2.1 billion);
APAC Customer Services
Inc. (P2.1 billion);
Teleservices Philippines Inc. (P1.8 billion); Sitel Customer Care
Philippines Inc. (P1.8 billion); Parlance Systems Inc. (P1.7 billion);
ePerformax Contact Centers Corp. (P1.6 billion); Synnex-Concentrix
Corp. (P1.4 billion); West Contact Services Inc. (P1.2 billion);
Vision-X Philippines Inc. (P1.1 billion); Genpact Services LLC (P1
billion); and ePLDT Ventus Inc. (P1 billion).
The 2008 revenues of
the local units of the following large
BPO providers were not readily available: Accenture Ltd.,
Affiliated Computer Services Inc., Citigroup Business Process
Solutions Pte. Ltd., INFONXX Philippines Inc., Hinduja TMT Ltd., and
Vocativ Systems Inc.
out that the country has more than 400 other BPO providers that
generate annual revenues of anywhere from a few million pesos to just
under P1 billion.
swarm Samar Comelec offices
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Like other COMELEC offices nationwide, Samar Municipal Comelec
offices are swarmed by last wave of voter-registrants since last week.
In a personal visit to
Catbalogan COMELEC, Election Officer, Edgar delos Reyes said that the
hordes of last wave registrants started on October 21.
Since then, their
office clients spill over to the hallways of the municipal hall.
Gilbert La Torre from
just turned 18 on October 11 that is why it took him until this time
client, Tessie La Torre, 28, from the same barangay wanted to transfer
“We started doing
overtime registration on October 22, 2009, as mandated,” shared de Los
For that day alone
they had 320 persons registered in contrast to the lighter days
earlier when but a handful visit their office.
The election officer
said that there are some 4,306 total registrants to date.
In Calbayog City,
Comelec officer Salvador Cruz also said that on October 26 just for a
day, they were able to register more than 300 clients.
For a small town like
Pagsanghan, Samar it is not that much though, said election officer
“We are receiving only
some 40 new registrants a day, which is very manageable. “
Also, the high tech
biometrics capturing machine in his office has bogged down so that he
returned to the traditional method of registration.
“As election officers,
we are trained to handle registration through high tech or the
traditional way,” stressed Gaditano.
Comelec said that the last day for registration is on October 31, 2009
until 12:00 midnight.
registration will be done from November 3 to 30, 2009.
Army engineers to hand-over five more KBP projects
By 1Lt. ANABELLE R. PARAAN (CE) PA, 546 Engineer Construction
Samar – The steadfast and swift efforts of 546 Engineer Construction
Battalion (ECB) to implement infrastructure projects under Kalayaan
Barangays Program continue to progress as another four projects come
about to be handed over to its end users on October 30 & 31, 2009.
Residents of Brgy Waso,
Llorente will also be benefited by another exceptional craft of
546ECB, the water system project. It is scheduled to be handed over on
October 30 at 10am with Hon. Tito B. Codoy Jr., Vice Mayor of Llorente
as the Keynote Speaker.
Likewise, hand over of
four (4) infra projects in Brgy Balacdas, Borongan, the construction
of a Day Care Center; repair of school building and installation of
five(5) deep wells and barangay street lights are scheduled to be
handed over on October 31 at 10am. The end users, residents of the
barangay together with their Mayor and Vice-Mayor, Hon. Fidel V Anacta
Jr. and Hon. Fe R. Abunda are looking forward to accept and use the
Of the total 59
various projects worth P74M, which consist of construction of all
weather access roads or farm to market roads, school buildings, water
system facilities, health centers, installation of sanitary toilets
and barangay electric power facilities in 18 different barangays of
Llorente, Balangkayan, Maydolong, Borongan, Catbalogan, Jiabong and
Calbiga, the 546ECB had so far completed 16, while another 20 projects
are just about to finish and the remaining 23 will be started soon.
Your Army Engineers are doing the best effort to deliver these vital
projects the soonest time possible in order to make the basic
facilities available to the Warays in remote barangays.
As Comelec ignores calls to extend voter reg
Youth solon to
question legality of shortened voter registration before High Court
By Kabataan Party-list
October 28, 2009
QUEZON CITY – As
youths and fans from around the world endure long lines today to watch
Michael Jackson’s final movie, “This Is It,” so are first-time-voters
and new registrants in the Philippines as the deadline of voter
registration nears this November 1.
originally shortened and set to fall on October 31 but the Commission
on Elections (Comelec) recently extended the deadline to November 1 as
complaints of terribly long lines and queues continue to hound the
“Still, this is not
enough. A one-day extension would not make much of a difference as
long as numerous factors hinder our youth and first-time-voters from
registering,” Palatino said.
Palatino said that he
would lead first-time voters and youth groups in filing a Petition for
Certiorari and Mandamus with Application for Preliminary Mandatoy
Injuction on Friday, October 30, before the Supreme Court.
“This is it. After the
Comelec stubbornly ignored our appeals and valid complaints, we are
left with no choice but to take them to task,” he said.
The Petition, he said,
will question the legality of the Comelec’s shortening of the period
for continuing registration.
Under RA 8189, or the
“Voter’s Registration Act of 1996,” the pertinent provision on the
period of registration states (Sec. 8 System of Continuing
Registration of voters), “No registration shall…be conducted during
the period starting one hundred twenty (120) days before a regular
election and ninety (90) days before a special election.”
therefore, in its issuances, and despite appeals by several sectors to
extend voter registration, has shortened the period CONTRARY TO what
is mandated by law,” Palatino said.
He also added that
calls to extend voter registration are more reasonable, practical and
justifiable in light of the recent onslaught of typhoons Ondoy and
Pepeng, as well as the limited number of biometric machines and
unavailability of Comelec satellite registration sites, among others.
Palatino earlier filed
House Resolutions 1162, directing the Comelec to return the deadline
for voter registration to its original deadline of December 2009; HR
1443, calling to extend voter registration for those affected by
typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng; and, HR 1336, calling for a one-day leave
with pay for employees’ voter registration.
Intelligence Report”: A Mere Fabrication
By Maj. MELECIO Y. CASTILLO, 803rd Brigade
Samar – The recent exposition of the alleged military intelligence
report that was mentioned in the eleven-page National Fact-Finding
Report of the allied CPP’s legal front on the killing of Fr. Cecilio
Lucero is purely fabricated [read
fabricated report was handed over to them by an “unidentified state
forces asset” that up to this press time remained to be doubtful.
In this alleged
“military intelligence report”, names mentioned in its first part are
persons who happened to be close to the military authorities and are
team partners of the Army units in the area in the pursuit of peace
On the other, when
these names were verified, those concern persons denied their active
involvement in any leftist organization; some even does not exist
while some of them are already living in Luzon or other parts of the
country and even abroad.
Though some are former
militant activists, most of them vehemently denied any current
affiliation with any leftist organizations and are now partners in
shaping a peaceful Northern Samar, some are even members of the
Northern Samar Peace and Development Forum (NSPDF), and affiliated
school-based teams of our units helping University of Eastern
Philippines (UEP) create a more conducive learning environment and
Mid last year, the
creation of Northern Samar Peace and Development Forum (NSPDF) was
sponsored by the clergy particularly the DCC to help out in improving
the economic stability of the province thru the pursuit of peace and
order, good governance and development.
It was partnered by
AFP, PNP, Provincial and Local Government Units and other concerned
agencies and became very active in peace and development programs
within the province.
This forum created
another wall that blocks the fault-finding leftist organization to
reach out and poison the minds of the local folks.
casually reported that all officers of the University Student Council
of the UEP with Luke Jansen Detera as President are also the leaders
of the League of Filipino Students. However, most of these students
categorically denied this previously in a symposium with the military
which was attended by all officers of school-based organizations and
some school administrators led by Atty. Mar De Asis, UEP President at
the UEP Kapihan last August 20, 2009. What then is Karapatan implying
with this statement?
These are but some of
the usual tactics of the CPP-NPA-NDF in an area where they are already
loosing their grip, to create a wedge between the supportive
stakeholders and the military units.
This is a clear
manifestation that the leftist/militant organizations in the province
are desperately crafting issues and stories to destroy accord and
harmony within the society.
The relentless massive
information drive jointly conducted by the Army units in the area and
other concerned agencies, the legal front of the CPP-NPA-NDF in the
province is indeed losing their grip within the urban areas as the
local folks are becoming aware of their deceptive schemes.
prompted the KARAPATAN and other allies to craft a propaganda issue
finger-pointing to the military all atrocities in the province but
have not undertaken any fact finding activity on atrocities done by
the NPAs! Likewise, they have not even included in their investigation
the murder of Manolo Daza, Mayor Cesar Sasi Vicencio, among others.
Lucero, brother of assailed Fr. Lucero even expressed his heartfelt
appreciation to the efforts of the Army units in the area helping the
on-going investigation for the immediate resolution of the aforesaid
This baseless issue is
no longer new to this organizations particularly the fact-finding turn
fault-finding mission usually conducted by KARAPATAN to evade the
truth to the public.
This is the primary
task of NDF, the branch of CPP in terms of legal struggle to support
the armed struggle being staged by the NPA in the countryside.
by the KARAPATAN to be linked with the CPP-NPA-NDF, the alleged
“results” of the fact-finding mission is a mere propaganda aiding the
armed movement to continuously flow in the far areas. Why not conduct
fact-finding mission in against the brutal killings perpetrated by the
NPAs in the area? The answer is obvious.
Meanwhile, the Army
units in the area remain steadfast in their mandated mission and
continuously upholding the programs left unfinished by Fr. Lucero.
We are appealing to
the public to work hand-in-hand with the authorities to include media
entities and various religious and people’s organization to take
account our moral obligations to maintain harmony in the province.
Army official lauds
Leyte’s support to SIP
Media Relations Center
October 25, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – The
provincial government of
Leyte was admired by a top military official in the region for its
support to the Social Integration Program (SIP) of the government.
Maj. Gen. Arthur
Tabaquero, commanding general of the 8thInfantry Division, said Leyte
province is very responsive as far as the SIP is concerned and is
particularly supportive by means of providing financial assistance to
former rebels voluntarily surrendering to start a new life in
government of Leyte has been providing counterpart basic assistance to
rebel returnees here in
Leyte in the amount of P7,000.
This amount is the
province’s counterpart to the P20,000 immediate assistance, P50,000 in
kind like farm implements and fertilizer under the Social Integration
Program started by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace
Following a study
conducted in 2007, results showed the need for involvement of the
local government unit in the monitoring as well as interventions, with
a program on healing and reconciliation also required.
Thus, President Arroyo
issued Administrative Order 172 creating the National Committee on
Social Integration. The social integration committee was created to
train rebel returnees and give them the opportunities available.
Before receiving the
P20,000 economic assistance, the rebel returnees were trained to do
small time businesses through the Department of Trade and Industry,
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, provincial
agriculture office, provincial veterinary office, and the technology
livelihood and development center. Values formation also forms part of
On top of this, a
rebel returnee will get additional cash if he or she surrenders with a
firearm, P50,000 for high-powered firearms and P20,000 for short
firearms under the government’s Balik Baril Program.
Meanwhile, in the
recent Peace and Order Council Meeting for
Leyte province, Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla through the
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) asked for
fasttracking of documents of rebel returnees so they can immediately
be released of their financial assistance.
For this year, the
PSWDO reports that 28 rebel returnees have already received their
financial assistance from the provincial government following
completion of documents with the Joint AFP-PNP Intelligence Committee
observed in Leyte
Media Relations Center
October 23, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – The
army battalion based here in
Leyte has noticed a resurgence of communist activities in a number
of barangays in the province as revealed during the recently held
Peace and Order Council Meeting of Leyte province.
The 19th Infantry
Battalion based in Brgy. Agiting, Kananga, Leyte through its
commanding officer Lt. Col. Roberto Capulong however clarified the
newly monitored communist activities is not in the form of ambuscades,
attacks and firefights but done in the form of teach-ins, patrols and
talking with the local populace.
Lt. Col. Capulong said
this new resurgence of communist activities is accounted to the
upcoming elections where the rebels reportedly want to “make their
presence felt and get across the message that they are still a force
to reckon with.”
Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New
People’s Army (NPA), are setting aside their “permit to campaign”
election fundraising scheme for the more lucrative “permit to win” in
their bid to amass money from politicians seeking national and local
posts in the next year’s elections.
In past elections, the
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have validated that the CPP-NPA issued permits to campaign
for a certain fee in so-called rebel-influenced or controlled
While it was not
indicated how much the NPA rebels would charge national and local
candidates to ensure that they would win in areas they claim to have a
strong influence, the military intelligence community said the figures
would be exorbitant.
Under the new “permit
to win” scheme, the rebels will mobilize their political machinery in
the countryside to ensure victory for certain candidates who pay their
“This is the new
scheme they would be conducting as per reports reaching us. That is
why we see this as the reason in their resurgence,” Lt. Col. Capulong
The army however
assured that government security forces in the area remain more
vigilant and put in place more stringent security measures to avert
any of these special operations.
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla urged the local army authorities to
maintain the “insurgent free” status the province has achieved in the
past year as resolving insurgency fosters a climate conducive to
economic growth and national development.
“Only in a secured
atmosphere can we convince businesses and companies to invest in our
province which would mean more economic opportunities for our people.
They want to be assured that their investments cannot be hampered by
outside forces. Peace and stability is part and parcel of of our
economic growth,” Gov. Petilla said.
Leyte, together with
other provinces in the Eastern Visayas region has been declared as
“insurgency-free” by the military officials in the region under the
command of Major General Arthur Tabaquero of the army’s 8th Infantry
The military has vowed
to crush the insurgency in the region to its insignificant level by
2010 as no less than President Macapagal-Arroyo identified the
presence of the rebels as among the reasons why the region continue to
lag behind in terms of economic development.
Army in denial, afraid
to sign MOA
TACLOBAN CITY – Katungod-Sinirangan Bisayas lambasts 8th Infantry Division’s denial
that Army’s 14th Infantry Battalion committed human rights violations
in interior barangays of Gen. Mc Arthur,
Eastern Samar, as claimed by farmers from the said town in a
dialogue between the army and farmers last October 5, 2009.
“Farmers will not go
through all the efforts in initiating a dialogue between them and the
military and mobilizing 600 farmers if their rights were not violated
and if they were not in the right reason,” said Flor Chantal Eco,
Katungod-Sinirangan Bisayas’ Secretary General in a statement today.
“Farmers are far more credible than the armed forces.”
She furthered that the
military has repeatedly called that if there are abuses done by the
military, the people should not be afraid to report it to them, but
now that the farmers themselves made the move to expose the issue,
they’re denying the allegations and refuses to take action.
“The army repeatedly
denied the farmers’ allegations that the 14th IB committed violations
saying that the violations were committed by the 62nd IB who formerly
operated in the area. Now they’re admitting that there were indeed
violations committed by the army, but have they addressed the issue?”
During the dialogue,
farmers testified that the 14th IB harasses residents in the barangays
and refuses to follow the barangays rules that they should sign in the
barangay’s log book so they will be able to identify the soldiers
whenever they operate in barangays. The farmers also accused the
soldiers of posing as members of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Moreover, the army
kept insisting that the Mayor of the town doesn’t know the farmers who
initiated the dialogue. “Common sense tells us that the Mayor knows
the people who initiated the dialogue because he facilitated it, why
would he facilitate it if he doesn’t know them? The farmers, including
barangay officials of the said town consulted him several times before
the dialogue,” said Eco.
“Now, if they’re
really promoting human rights, follows protocols, why didn’t they sign
the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) presented by the farmers? The
farmers just wanted a written agreement that the army that operating
in their town will not commit any human rights violations, what are
they afraid of? Easier prosecution thru the MOA because there is a big
possibility that they will not comply?” Eco ended.