GAB boxing chief
credits U.S. docs for Gorres’ immediate recovery
By ALEX P. VIDAL /
LAS VEGAS, Nevada –
The fast transport of fallen Cebuano boxer Z Gorres from boxing ring
to the hospital and his immediate operation to remove the blood clot
in his brain were the main factors for his quick recovery, said Games
and Amusement Board (GAB) boxing division chief Nasser Cruz.
Cruz, who is also a
doctor, credited the “excellent” response made by medical officials of
the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and the doctors who
attended to Gorres when he was fighting for his life at the
Medical Center hospital, here.
Cruz said the
27-year-old number two bantamweight contender in the world survived
the 24-hour time line given by Dr. Michael Seiss, a neurosurgeon, who
performed the operation on his brain to remove the blood clot.
Gorres fell in his
corner after winning a 10-round non-title fight against Luis Melendez
of Columbia at the Mandalay Bay House of Blues on November 13. Doctors
immediately performed the surgery and opened his skull after he
suffered subdural hematoma.
“We are in the city
famous for its high standard medical facilities,” said Cruz, who is
here together with his bosses, chairman Eric Buhain and commissioners
Angel Bautista and Ramon Guanzon, to watch the “Firepower” WBO title
tussle between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Angel Cotto.
Cruz said a blood clot
is not difficult if the patient has been attended to immediately.
“Blood clot happens in
any sports event. It happens even in hockey and amateur boxing,” he
explained. “It’s only a matter of how you protect yourself that’s why
we have a third man in the ring cautioning the participants to protect
themselves at all times,” Cruz added.
Cruz stressed that
Gorres, nicknamed “Butchoy”, may undergo a series of rehabilitation
and might stay for a while in the
“but it won’t be too long. The longest may be one month.”
He said Gorres’
medical bills are covered by insurance being a licensed professional
boxer under the NSAC.
Gorres’ family in Cebu,
however, is expected to receive some cash from social fund of the
Philippine government, Cruz confirmed. The GAB board will have to meet
to discuss the matter, he said.
Cruz also ruled out
the possibility for Gorres not to be able to go back to boxing again.
“Well, he can be a
boxing trainer after he recovers,” he quipped.
Noted boxing historian
Hermie Rivera, meanwhile, said he was monitoring Gorres’ progress
regularly saying he expected the Cebuano fighter to recover soon.
“I like that man,”
Rivera, first manager of former WBA bantamweight champion Luisito
Espinosa, said. “He is one of the best boxers we have today.”
Samar PNP lights
30-foot blue star as a sign of peace and friendship
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
CATBALOGAN, Samar – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Samar last Thursday night lighted a 30-foot blue star
as a sign of peace and friendship.
At six in the evening,
Samar mayors, Girl Scouts, PNP personnel donning Santa Claus hats, and
other guests joined PSSupt Pancho Hubilla, Samar’s PNP Provincial
Director in the switch on, accompanied by singing of Christmas songs
from PNP’s “Santa Claus”.
In his message,
Director Hubilla said that it is colored blue because it is PNPs
“I asked my men, how
we could extend our greetings of peace and friendship not only to
Samareńos but to all travellers passing by the highway.”
“This is the answer”,
The PNP camp in Samar
is along Daang Maharlika where motorists to and from
Mindanao pass through day and night.
The PNP official also
vowed to “do better” than last year in their commitment of service.
Meanwhile, PSSupt Gil
Hitosis who represented
PNP Regional Director Mario San Diego praised the
PNP in this part for
being the first group to initiate such gesture of peace and
“This is first of its
kind in the Samar island”, he commented.
The regional PNP
official also talked of reforms that are being done in the whole
PNP hierarchy for the better.
Officers from the
adjacent 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, barangay officials of
barangay Maulong and the media also graced the memorable Christmas
offering of the men in uniform.
APAC plans expansion
at Leyte ICT Park
Media Relations Center
November 14, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – APAC
Customer Services Inc., the call center locator at the Leyte ICT Park
has recently asked the provincial government of Leyte for another
2,500 square meter office space for its expansion plans.
This was revealed by
Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla during the recent Provincial
Development Council Meeting which he chairs held at the Governor’s
Hall with majority of local chief executives in attendance together
with municipal and local planners.
The governor said
plans are currently being laid on the table as the provincial
government is set provide more space for APAC’s expansion to ensure
that job generation would still cascade here in the province and in
“APAC approached me
two weeks ago for more office space for their expansion and if not
they would expand in another province,” Gov. Petilla said.
The governor disclosed
the province immediately has to go straight to the drawing board for
the ICT Park’s growth to ensure that the job market
APAC’s expansion would create would still benefit
jobseekers from Leyte and Eastern Visayas provinces.
occupies the former Leyte Academic center (LAC) Gymnasium that sits on
a 3,000-square meter site and was turned into a high-end call center
facility when APAC located and finally opened early this year.
APAC officials have
earlier revealed that their Leyte site would only be the start of the
company's five-year expansion in the country where 80% of its growth
will be in the provinces.
With the 2,500 square
meters additional office space
APAC is asking could house at least 600 more call center agents,
Gov. Petilla revealed.
The governor added his
talks with some top officials of the business process outsourcing in
the country reveals that BPO and ICT business would still be brisk
this year despite the global economic slowdown.
“We see the need to
capitalize on the bigger growth of the ICT industry in the province,”
Gov. Petilla told local chief executives.
Leyte, he said, has
become an alternative hub for provincial expansion of BPO and ICT
players because of its existing fiber optic connections, a good
education system with 5,000 to 8,000 graduates every year, and
incentives from the local government.
The BPO and ICT
Industry is known as the “Sunrise Industry” of the country, due to the
fact that this industry has brought in millions of dollars in
investment from foreign companies, while creating several thousand
jobs in the process.
The governor likewise
said with ICT coming in expansion of both upstream and downstream
industries are seen like telecommunications, food, real estate,
construction, electronics, transportation, entertainment and lifestyle
Pacquiao now calls
Roach ‘My boxing master’
By ALEX P. VIDAL /
LAS VEGAS, Nevada –
Manny Pacquiao flashed a smile most of the time during the final press
conference of the “Pacquiao vs Cotto: Firepower” at the Hollywood
Theater in MGM Grand, here, November 11 , as he announced a change in
the way he addresses his adopted father and coach, Freddie Roach.
Junior Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO Welterweight
Champion Miguel Angel Cotto shows off their form to the crowd
gathered at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, during
their official weigh in where Pacquiao weighed 144 lbs and Cotto
weighing 145 lbs. (CHRIS FERNANDEZ / PNS)
“He is now my boxing
master,” Pacquiao, 30, declared. “I used to call him coach Freddie,
but now I am calling him my boxing master.”
the support of his training staff that included conditioning adviser
Alex Ariza and friend Buboy Fernandez for his preparations to snatch
Miguel Angel Cotto’s WBO welterweight bauble and the chance to pocket
seven world boxing titles in different divisions.
After arriving by land
from a five-hour trip from Hollywood to Las Vegas on November 9,
Pacquiao, who is expected to relinquish his International Boxing
Organization (IBO) light welterweight crown for a chance to dethrone
Cotto, continued to engage in light workouts at the
IBA Gym in Tropicana where he was followed by a horde of fans
carrying all sorts of souvenir items for his signature.
Pacquiao was the last
to leave the Hollywood Theater en route to
IBA Gym after the media forum where he was swarmed by
mostly Hispanic-speaking journalists from
Puerto Rico and
When asked why Time
magazine, which featured him in its most recent issue, considered him
more than just a world champion, he quipped, “it is my great pleasure
to help my countrymen who are in need.”
He was referring to
victims of super typhoons in the
that killed hundreds of fellow Filipinos and rendered thousands of
them homeless. Pacquiao, who was training in
Baguio City when the
typhoon slammed, donated goods to the victims and personally led a
special team to distribute them.
His gesture generated
a big publicity and was monitored by international media.
“I wish to remain
humble and I only want to provide happiness and entertainment to my
countrymen and my family,” Pacquiao explained.
Before going to bed at
8 o’clock in the evening, Pacquiao gathers a selected group of family
members and friends for a prayer inside his posh hotel room on the
60th floor of The Hotel, Mandalay Bay’s adjacent building.
On Saturday, history
will be made in boxing, Paquiao vowed.
DENR-8 has a new
Regional Executive Director
By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region has a
new Regional Executive Director (RED).
Regional Executive Director
Primitivo C. Galinato, Jr.
Forester Primitivo C.
Galinato, Jr. assumed his post as the new RED of DENR, Region 8. RED
Galinato swapped post with RED Regidor M. De Leon who was reassigned
as RED for the DENR Cordillera Administrative Region in Northern Luzon
with Regional Office in
In simple turn over
rites held at the Leyte Park Hotel on November 10, 2009, RED Galinato
asked the support of all DENR employees in the Region for the
fulfilment of the mandate of the DENR like what the employees did
during the administration of RED De Leon. “Let me borrow your
strengths and powers so that together we can accomplish the targets
expected from us”, RED Galinato exhorted the DENR employees.
As he vowed to lead
the DENR 8, the best he can, RED Galinato also set the direction of
his leadership. Generally, he said, “All of us should work for a
purpose. People or investment and development of human resources must
be given importance to effectively carry out the plans and programs of
the Department. Also, competence and credibility of the DENR human
resources are needed to serve best the targeted clientele and
communities. Good governance must be observed for the whole DENR
family to fulfil the DENR’s mandate on environmental protection and
natural resources conservation”.
DENR Secretary Jose
L. Atienza issued DENR Special Order No. 2009-814 dated October 19,
2009 to effect the swapping of the two DENR officials as part of the
DENR’s continuing organizational development.
Gov’t Center groomed
to become Leyte’s next central business district
Media Relations Center
November 10, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – New
infrastructure development are now underway at the Government Center
in Palo, Leyte as the provincial government grooms the area to be the
next central business district for the province of Leyte.
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho disclosed projects currently being undertaken at the
Government Center include a mini-terminal and a convention center,
both facilities seen to augment the economic growth and business
opportunities rising along the area.
The mini-terminal, he
said, will be constructed at the vacant lot in between the regional
office of the National Food Authority (NFA-8) and the fastfood
franchise Andoks, which lot is still part of the
of the provincial government.
would basically function as a parking space for passenger vehicles
plying along the Palo route going to the south and west of
Leyte,” the governor said.
Members of the Palo
Police, as well as gasoline station owners along the junction and
highway of the government center have long complained that the lanes
along these areas are being used as parking space for passenger
Petilla likewise disclosed the planned convention center would be
located at the back of the former Leyte Academic Center Gymnasium
which, to recall, has been leased out to a call center company which
opened full operation early this year and the first call center
locator inside the Leyte ICT Park.
The convention center
is seen to replace the former LAC Gymnasium that could become a venue
for big gatherings and even national conventions.
The governor disclosed
the ongoing rehabilitation of the MacArthur Park Resort Hotel being
undertaken by a private conglomerate would complement the tourist
promotion efforts of the province together.
Works at the MacArthur
Park Resort Hotel, also located at the Government Center, is paced to
meet its soft opening deadline on April 30 next year and become fully
operational before the next Leyte Gulf Landing Commemoration in the
month of October.
To recall, the said
hotel had an original target date of opening last October 20, however,
rehabilitation works have been delayed.
The province has also
recently opened a Police Assistance Center at the Government Center,
located just beside the Leyte ICT Park, that provide peace, order,
security and other police assistance to the area.
The Police Assistance
Center would be manned by police officers from the Leyte Norte Police
Gov. Petilla likewise
mentioned these developments have been part of his long term goals
when he first assumed in office in 2004.
“They never believed
me then that these are possible and we can make these new developments
in the area but look at what we have now. We have increased activity
here and little by little, people start noticing all there,” Gov.
Gov. Evardone appoints
200 youths as Junior Ambassadors of Environment
BRYAN MONTES AZURA
Samar – Eastern Samar Governor Ben P. Evardone appointed some 200
young people from various schools in the province as Junior
Ambassadors of Environment as part of the province’s effort to convey
the message of the importance of preserving the environment during the
Youth Congress on Climate Change held at the Provincial Capitol on
Wednesday, this municipality.
Ben P. Evardone shares some encouraging words to some 200 Eastern
Samareńo youths who partook on the 1st Provincial Youth Congress
on Climate Change held during the celebration of the 44th Founding
Anniversary of the Province of Eastern Samar.
In his message to the
youth participants, the governor stressed that evidences of changes on
climate due to the degradation of the environment not only in the
country but the whole planet are already obvious. “We need to preserve
our environment,” the governor said.
He further stressed
that the issue on climate change is encompassing as it affects
everyone from all walks of life. “This issue is close to my heart,
your heart and everybody’s heart as this affects us all,” he said.
The governor continued
that his administration did not just initiate the said forum for the
young people “not just to protect the environment but to secure the
future.” “If you don’t do something today, you might have no future to
look forward to,” Evardone said.
The congress, a
highlight of the 44th Founding Anniversary of the Province of Eastern
Samar, was attended by around 200 secondary and tertiary students from
different schools in the province. According to Dorinda Labro of
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO-Eastern
Samar), an environment advocate and one of the resource persons during
the youth gathering, the planet is running against time. “If there is
a time to act to fight climate change, is should be now,” Labro said.
Analiz Solis of
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (PAG-ASA)
main office, also a resource person of the said event, said that the
weather bureau has already recorded more frequent and bigger weather
disturbances. Temperature has already slowly increased as per record
compared to previous years.
authorities vary in their interpretation whether the change of climate
are results of the so-called global warming, the governor said that
everybody should get involve in preserving the environment.
“Your appointment will
be on voluntary basis but this will serve as an opportunity for you to
share your talent, time, resources and heart,” Gov. Evardone
challenged the newly appointed ambassadors.
Provincial Tourism Officer and facilitator of the said gathering, said
that while there’s no definite description yet as to the function of
the junior ambassadors, but what’s definite is they should serve as
advocates of the environment. “Even in little ways such as starting
discussions on climate change among their peers and being conscious
especially in garbage disposals can already be a meaningful
contribution as far their appointments are concerned,” Quitorio said.
The governor said that
the group will be an added force to the advocates from the media,
academe, Church, NGOs, GOs and Pos in the battle against climate
Student Council President of
said that her appointment as environment ambassador will give her the
chance to prove that even young people as her can do something for the
environment. “I should be a model to my fellow students and youth,”
she said. “With the availability of new technologies such as internet
and cellular phones, I’ll inform my friends to be more caring to our
planet so that we will still have a future to see,” Capada said.
Chiz backs passage of
Freedom of Info Bill
By Office of Sen. Chiz Escudero
PASAY CITY –
Opposition Sen. Chiz Escudero yesterday expressed his support for the
passage of the Freedom of Information bill before the Senate adjourns
for the 2010 elections.
“This is a measure
that will go a long way in our people’s fight against graft and
corruption in high places and boost transparency in government. It’s
time has come,” he said.
Escudero also asked
the Senate to act on a bill requiring all public officials and
employees to waive the exemption of their deposit accounts from the
bank secrecy law. Senate Bill No. 1476 was one of the first bills he
filed during his first year as senator in 2007.
The waiver will be
made in favor of the Office of the Ombudsman and the Anti-Money
Laundering Council (AMLC) that would enable them to compel financial
institutions here and abroad to provide information and documents on
financial assets, deposits, investments in bonds and securities of
those in the public service.
The proposed freedom
on information act seeks to implement the right of the people to
information on matters of public concern and the state policy of full
disclosure of all its transactions involving public interest.
amendments to the bill seeking to ensure that official records related
to loans obtained or guaranteed by government; government contracts;
statements of asset, liabilities, and net worth of government
officials; and those pertaining to official investigations on graft
and corrupt practices of public officers “should not be destroyed.”
He also asked for the
creation of a records management program that will allow easy
identification, retrieval and communication of information to the
The 40-year old
lawmaker also sought the creation of a database, in digital and online
form, of all laws, presidential issuances, and appointments, and
opinions of the Secretary of Justice.
“This will aid us all
in maintaining institutional memory. Rascals and malefactors have
always found comfort in the fact that we seem to have very short
memory as a people,” he said.
Escudero was among
several senators who signed the committee report on Senate Bill 3308
last June 3. The measure was jointly sponsored by the committees on
public information and mass media and on civil service and government
Big grocery chain
eyeing to expand at Leyte Gov’t Center
Media Relations Center
November 7, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – Not
another mall but a big national grocery chain is eyeing to open a new
branch at the
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla disclosed this amid talks of a possible new mall
player to come in after the successful opening of the first ever mall
in the city of Tacloban.
“I don’t think another
mall would be viable at the moment. The first mall has just opened
this year. We have to give them a chance to grow first on its own,”
Gov. Petilla said.
A period of three to
five years, the governor added, would be sufficient time for the
current mall owner to grow and development before a new player in this
business could come in and flourish in the same way.
Gov. Petilla however
disclosed that not a mall, rather a “big grocery chain” is eyeing a
site at the Government Center as expansion of its branch. He otherwise
did not disclose yet the name of the possible locator.
The number of
employees working at the various government offices located at the
Government Center, workers inside the Leyte ICT Park and schools
located nearby are seen to provide a big market for a grocery chain to
open in the area, the governoir said.
He likewise added that
drawing these kind of companies and businesses to the Government
Center is part of the long-term plan of the province charted when he
first assumed office in 2004.
development project for the
is seen to draw together the principal elements of shopping, business
and recreation within a single spot with the rehabilitation of a
five-star hotel, an accessible IT facility, government offices,
commercial areas and a public transport terminal which is already
Gov. Petilla said that
if the unutilized portion of the vast land at the Government Center
will be turned into an intensive commercial and tourism hub, thousands
of jobs will be created for the Leyteńos. Creation of even a grocery
chain would mean jobs for the unemployed in the area and nearby towns
“This will also stir
the economy not only of the
but of the entire Eastern Visayas,” Governor Petilla told local media
in an interview.
As the infrastructure
and other facilities are being put into place by the provincial
government, the governor said, the next big step in the coming years
would be for “more investors to come in to invest and expand their
business operations here in the province.”