Office conducts marathon inquest proceedings against gun ban violators
By GINA D. RAGUDO
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– A marathon inquest proceeding was conducted by the City
Prosecutor’s Office in the afternoon of February 22, 2009 after the
arrest of 21 individuals for violating R.A. 8294 in relation to
COMELEC Resolution No. 8714 or Rules and Regulations on the bearing,
carrying or transporting of firearms or other deadly weapons and
employment, availment or engagement of the services of security
personnel personnel or bodyguards during election period for the
May 10, 2010 local and national elections.
Among the 21 suspects,
two are under the custody of City Social Welfare and Development
Office, while 19 have been subjected to inquisition under Chief
Prosecutor Feliciano Aguilar and Prosecutors Virgilio Cabral and
Ferdinand Arpon respectively, and Michael Terga who had an outstanding
warrant of arrest for murder, died in an encounter against the joint
elements of the Regional Public Safety Management Battalion (RPSMB),
Regional Intelligence Division (RID) and Special Task Group - Private
Armed Group (STAG
It is note taking that
the following persons namely Liberato D. Logero, Wendel G. Terga,
Lolito O. Jalayajay, Jesus A. Jalayajay, Antonio B. Ayawan (residents
of Brgy. San Jose, Calbayog City); Herminigildo S. Estoconing,
Wilfredo D. Velasco, Geronimo M. Velasco, Marwin O. Velasco, Francisco
J. Velasco (Brgy. Sinantan), Romulo B. Paghunasan (Brgy. Navarro),
Jimmmuel T. de Pablo, Elbito P. Fermino, Felipe A. Eyano, Merlito A.
Eyano, Restituto T. Sabilao (Brgy. Patong), Jimmy J. Dealagdon, Elmer
L. Dealagdon (Brgy. Hibatang) and Leo Y. Macabidang (Brgy. Rawis) were
arrested on February 21, around 3:45 in the morning. The joint
elements has confiscated 41 assorted firearms from said operation such
as rifle single shotguns with magazines, calibres 5.56, 22, 45, and
357, airgun, M16 rifle, Ingram and KG9 sub- machine guns and different
In an interview, PInsp.
Alden E. Dugan revealed that the simultaneous operation conducted by
the joint elements was based on the virtue of the warrants of arrest
issued by Hon. Judge Manuel F. Torrevillas of
RTC Branch 32 and Hon. Judge Reynaldo B. Clemens of
RTC Branch 31 against
Michael Terga for a crime of murder and Lolito Jalayajay for violation
of Section 78 (now Sec. 77) of R. A. 7161, respectively.
He added that based on
the intelligence report, suspects were frequenting in Brgy. Patong and
staying in any of the houses of said place.
Jimmy J. Dealagdon on
the other hand denied allegation of his involvement in the private
armed group based in Brgy. Hibatang and attesting himself as a member
of the lupon.
While the inquest
proceeding was being conducted, Chief Prosecutor Feliciano Aguilar
said that the two minors under the custody of CSWDO will be exempt
from the inquisition and the same office will determine should there
be discernment on their commission of the crime.
Local terrorists blast
IED in DavSur
By DPAO, 10th Infantry Division, PA
PANACAN, Davao City
Local terrorists blasted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the
village of Sangay in Malita town in Davao del Sur province
1:35 PM Saturday.
The bomb blast
narrowly missed a passing military convoy going to the village of
Pangleon also in Malita town. Reports show that soldiers were on their
way for a community outreach and “pulong-pulong” (village meeting)
when the explosion occurred.
Front-71 (LTF-71) of the New People’s Army (NPA) is believed to be
behind the newest IED explosion in Davao del Sur. Last year four
policemen and a civilian were killed when NPA terrorists exploded a
roadside bomb in this province.
The 10th Infantry
Division (10ID) under Maj. Gen Carlos Holganza strongly condemned the
recent attack. “These local terrorist clearly do not respect Human
Rights. The use of IED is outlawed by every civilized nation in the
world. It clearly shows the terrorist nature of the CPP-NPA-NDF.”
A record number of
IEDs were blasted by local terrorists in region 11 in the past. A
total of 11 IEDs exploded in the region in 2009, eight of these
explosions resulted in the killing of 11 (10 of which were government
troops and one civilian) and wounding of 30 individuals (28 government
agents and two civilians). Six of these explosions were in the
hinterland parts of Davao City, three in Davao Oriental, one each in
Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley Provinces.
IEDs were also recovered by government troops in different parts of
region 11 in 2009.
No less than Leoncio
Pitao, the notorious terrorist leader in Davao region admitted the use
of IED as one of their tactic in fighting the government in stating
before the media about their emplacements of IEDs fashioned out as
“landmines” along road nets to be exploded anytime.
investigation is currently being conducted by a team from the
Explosive and Ordnance Division together with the Davao del Sur
Satur's solution to
power mess: sack Reyes, repeal EPIRA
February 22, 2010
MANILA – Makabayan
senatorial bet and Nationalista Party guest candidate Satur Ocampo
today proposed a two-step solution to the current power mess – fire
Energy Sec. Angelo Reyes and repeal the law deregulating the power
"As a first step, the
President should fire Sec. Angelo Reyes for his incompetence and his
failure to uphold the interests of consumers against the big power and
oil firms," Ocampo said.
"We don't need an
energy secretary that doubles as a spokesperson for big oil and power
monopolies. We need a new secretary who upholds the people's
interests," he said, adding: "From day one Reyes did not nothing but
ensure that the oil cartel and the power monopolies continued to rake
in super profits at the expense of the consumers and the public good.
Reyes should have been sacked long ago."
Ocampo also said that
experts need not look far for solutions to the problems besetting the
electricity sector. He called for the repeal of the Electric Power
Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) as a necessary step.
institutionalized the onerous IPP (independent power producer)
contracts of the Ramos administration and delivered the energy sector
on a silver platter to private monopolies. EPIRA enables the
government to wash its hands of the responsibility of providing the
public with affordable and efficient electricity service," he
"Government should not abdicate its strategic role in ensuring cheap
and abundant power. Napocor should be cleansed of corrupt officials
and made to be the country's leading power producer. In this way we
can achieve scale and ensure transparency and accountability in the
Ocampo said that
before EPIRA, the generation and distribution of electricity were a
government service – "There was still the potential for the industry
to be an instrument in increasing national productivity and building
economic progress. It was after EPIRA that that electricity rates in
the Philippines became the highest in Asia."
deregulation and privatization promised the public that these were the
solution to lower power rates. The exact opposite has happened."
said that electricity should be restored as a public utility as
opposed to a privatized business venture. "There's a whole set of
steps that need to be taken – re-nationalize all distribution
companies and IPPs; appoint officials to the regulatory agencies with
the mandate to align rates with the regional average. Privatization
for profit should not be allowed when it comes to utility firms such
as oil, water and electricity," he said.
ICOT Rice program sees
more polished implementation
Media Relations Center
February 20, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Increased Crop Output thru Rural Infrastructure and Community
Empowerment (ICOT-RICE) Project of the provincial government of Leyte
will be intensified among the pilot areas identified as well as more
polish in its implementation this year.
According to the
Office of the Provincial Agriculturist it is necessary to polish
certain rules and correct minor flaws in the implementation process of
the ICOT-RICE program before bringing it to other areas of the
This as other
municipalities in the province have been clamoring for the project to
be implemented in their farmlands. Hilongos in the fifth district and
Tabango in the third district have been keen in introducing the
program with their local rice farmers.
With Leyte basically
an agricultural province, the ICOT-RICE aims to promote and expand the
cultivation of hybrid rice as an approach to increase rice
productivity and profitability by establishing rice techno
demonstration projects in rice producing municipalities in the Leyte.
Under Leyte Governor
Carlos Jericho Petilla, various efforts and interventions have been
introduced in order to develop this very sector, on top of the
programs and projects undertaken by the national government.
Two years ago, the
provincial government set on stream the ICOT-RICE project by providing
production loans and marketing assistance to rice farmers, initially
in Sta. Fe, Leyte. The farmer beneficiaries were from Brgy. Pilit,
Sta. Fe, Leyte and the program covers more or less 58 hectares of ricelands.
The venture reportedly
proved to be a big help to these farmers who were once the favorite
preys of loan sharks in the area.
Starting with over 200
farmers in six barangays, there are now over 400 rice farmers covering
eleven barangays who are enjoying the benefits of the ICOT-RICE
project. The production loan amounting to P15,000 per hectare, covers
the expenses for labor, seeds, fertilizers, insurance and pesticides.
As for the marketing
support aspect, the Provincial Government of Leyte buys the palay
produced by its recipients adding one peso every kilo to the
prevailing price in the locality.
Farmers all over the
province are seen to become recipients of the ICOT-RICE Project.
Presently, the Office
of the Provincial Agriculturist supplies quality rice to the different
department of the provincial government as well as its facilities and
even extends to private individuals and groups at competitive cost.
Leyte’s Sports Academy
targets to start this March
Media Relations Center
February 19, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte
province’s comprehensive sports and education program to be dubbed as
Sports Academy, for potential athletes will be underway in March with
recruitment and identification of possible sports scholars already
spread all over the province.
The province’s core
team for the sports program recently met with barangay captains from
Leyte’s third district to coordinate the recruitment process as well
as with the rest of the barangay chairmen in the province for the same
According to 3rd
District Board Rowil Batan recruitment has been intensified with
target date for start of the free sports training already slated this
“We have been all over
the barangays in the whole province and coordinating with the chairmen
on possible recruits who could avail of this program all for free,”
Board Member Batan said.
It was learned there
are 60 available slots for the said scholarships where the potential
athletes can get free training in various sports disciplines such as
track and field, swimming, boxing and taekwondo, free board and
lodging and free education.
The Sports Academy is
prioritizing recruits who are out of school youths and cannot afford
to get themselves to schools. As a requirement the potential sports
scholar must be between eight to fourteen years old and stands 5’6’ in
The pool of athletes
who would be recruited under this program would be housed in one place
where they would attend sports trainings under professional trainers
and coaches and at the same time complete their school studies
supervised by the Department of Education. A trainer from the
is set to arrive mid March to jumpstart a sports clinic.
The vacated rooms and
spaces at the former Leyte Colleges adjacent to the Leyte Sports
Development Center have been converted into a dormitory for these
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla said to improve the province’s, and subsequently the
region’s, standing in national sports competition, there is a need to
implement a good recruitment program that would provide championship
caliber training for athletes with potentials.
“This would be very
expensive but if it’s the only way to do it, then we have to pursue
this option,” Gov. Petilla said.
With an improved pool
of athletes, the governor added, the province and the region can
improve it medal finish in national sports competition such as the
DENR gives away over
20K Free Patents in Region 8
By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 has
distributed 21,488 Free Patents to beneficiaries of the Handog Titulo
Program at the close of 2009. The land titles distributed covers an
aggregate of 18,566.153 hectares in the six (6) Eastern Visayas
Director Ramon Unay of the Land Management Service revealed that
around 58% were generated through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform
Program (CARP) while the Land Administration and Management Project
produced around 40% of the total number of Free Patents distributed.
“A total of 12,540
Free Patents were processed and issued through the DENR-CARP,” says
RTD Unay. “This covers an aggregate area of 11,711.74 hectares
RTD Unay further
disclosed that the implementation of LAMP Phase 2 in the region has
resulted in the issuance of 8,760 land titles with an aggregate of
6,847.16 hectares in the different Leyte towns were the Project is
being implemented. Another 188 Free Patents were issued under the
regular and downloaded funds of the Department to its field offices in
Free Patents issued by
the DENR through the Handog Titulo Program serves as absolute proof of
ownership for it beneficiaries. The land titles are given to actual
occupants of alienable and disposable lands after completing certain
Director Primitivo Galinato, Jr. encourages the recipients of the Free
Patents to make their lands productive. The distribution of lands
through the Handog Titulo Program is one of government’s strategies to
address poverty in the uplands as it implements its Anti Hunger
Mitigation Program through the administration of President Gloria
Residents say half
kilo of rice given to them not enough
By RICKY J. BAUTISTA
BASEY, Samar – Poor
and indigent residents who availed the rice distribution sponsored by
Governor Milagrosa T. Tan apparently got discontented when despite of
their long hours of waiting, they were only given half kilo of rice, a
quantity they said inadequate for a family of six members in one meal.
A 70 years old widow,
Mana Trofina, rose early from her bed last February 8 as leaders of
Tan publicly announced that Tan will arrived in their barangay for a
rice distribution activity. The coming of Tan, who is famous in
distributing cash, rice, caps, umbrellas and appliances in every time
she visit a place, gave so much excitement to Mana Trofina, among with
her neighbors numbering around 100 who spent at least 6 to 8 hours of
waiting at the barangay multi-purpose hall in Can-manila, Basey, Samar.
Fishermen and laborers
from Sitio Bangon, Paraiso, Tabuk and proper, who regularly go out of
home to look for income, had to cancel their daily chores hoping to
get “something” from Tan more than they usually earn. At around 12
noon, an official of the barangay had to buy canned goods and biscuits
to feed the waiting residents, mostly women accompanied by their minor
Until around 3 p.m.,
the Tan’s camp finally arrived bringing with them sacks of rice ready
for distribution, the people still at the midst of their excitement,
started murmuring when their names were called and was given one to
two cans of rice or half kilo, the most, contained in a plastic bag.
Governor Tan was a no show in the activity but she was represented by
her daughter Angel Tan, who likewise handed over a cash of one
thousand pesos (P1,000) for the 11 barangay officials, equivalent to
P90.90 each before she left for another barangay.
Mana Trofina, in her
way home, expressed her frustration and dissatisfaction over the
circumstances saying, “naubos ko lugod ak oras paghinulat hin asya la
ine, kun ginpakabuhi ko nala lugod bangin naka sobra kilo pa ako.” A
pedicab driver named Owen, with three family members depending to him
measured the rice given to him also said, “it was exactly one and a
half (1 ½) can of sardines.” Others who appeared to be coming from a
“relief operation,” lined-up in their way home, were also publicly
expressed their dissatisfaction.
However, not all of
the recipients were disappointed. Other recipients, especially those
“one day-one eat” folks have expressed gratitude to the governor for
the rice they gave to them. “Maupay nala ine kontra hit waray,” they
said that what transpired in Can-manila has also occurred in other
barangays in Basey. They said the “rice distribution” activities with
the same situation also transpired in their towns.
development, critics of the Tans alleged that the instant rice
distribution in some towns is just a “diversionary” tactics to cover
the raging controversy at the capitol.
While the Tans were
distributing some goods in some towns, capitol employees and other
workers from provincial offices including the district hospitals in
Samar gathered themselves in front of the capitol on February 8, and
staged their long-planned protest rally for the failure of Gov. Tan to
release the P25,000 year-end bonuses that were due the provincial
government employees in year 2009.
Protesters, to include
members of the Confederation for the Unity, Recognition and
Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE), employees of Basey and
Gandara District Hospitals also appealed to the concern authorities to
investigate the questionable transactions of the governor.
This paper, among with
other media outfits, tried to reach Tan at the Capitol but her office
was empty of staff last February 8, 2010. Efforts to get the comments
of Tans went futile.
Breastfeeding advocates found ally with RDC-8
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– Breastfeeding advocates have found a new and formidable partner in
its advocacy – Eastern Visayas RDC.
Today, the Eastern
Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC) proposed for the Establishment of Breastfeeding
Rooms/Corners in Government offices.
In the latest RDC
meeting held today at the Calbayog Sports Center, sponsored by Mayor
Mel Senen Sarmiento, Regional Director Forter Puguon of the Department
of Labor and Employment (DOLE) presented the reasons why such move is
The move, said
Puguon’s presentation is consistent with the United Nations Millennium
Development Goal (MDG) number one which is eradicating extreme poverty
added Puguon “will also try to reduce child mortality.”
The DOLE Director also
said that doing the act of establishment of breastfeeding
rooms/corners in government offices will create an atmosphere of
harmonizing with the right of the child and the UN
“It is also anchored
in the global strategy on Infant and young Child Feeding (IYF-DOH)”
stressed the presenter.
Aside from the given
reasons, breastfeeding is also consistent with the much publicized
Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos and the Updated Medium Term
Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (MTPPAN) for 2008-2010, he
Because mothers refuse
to breastfeed, 30% of under-five children are underweight, according
to the data presented.
The data stressed that
only 16.1% of Filipinos are exclusively breastfed.
Meanwhile, a Filipina
mom blogger wrote:
‘Marketing by milk formula companies has become increasingly
aggressive. The number of women who breastfeed their infants has gone
down dramatically in just a few years, while the sales and profits of
the companies have risen. The irony, in the words of Sen. Edgardo
Angara, author of the Rooming-In and Breastfeeding Act of 1992, is
that each year we import $400 million in milk formula, but spend P536
million to bury 15,000 bottle-fed babies, and another P3.5 billion to
treat infant malnutrition and diarrhea. We needlessly fritter away our
foreign exchange reserves. We forget nature’s first form of
immunization, enabling the infant to fight serious infection. We forgo
the benefits of birth spacing as a form of natural birth control.’
As the RDC meeting
folded up, RDC members could not decide yet whether to support the
move or not, one member asked whether this does not violate a Civil
Service rule, they still have to ask.
Then, if bringing babies in the office may transgress civil service
rules, at least let the mother express her milk in the workplace and
store it in a refrigerator that the office can supply-at the very
recover two dead bodies in a shallow grave
By DPAO, 8th Infantry Division, PA
Catbalogan City, Samar – Two (2) dead bodies were found by the
barangay officials of Concepcion, Arteche, Eastern Samar buried in a
shallow grave two days following an encounter that transpired between
the terrorists and elements of Army’s 14th Infantry Battalion in the
forested area of Brgy. Dorillo, Jipapad same province.
Report disclosed that
around 4:30 P.M. of February 14, while the platoon of Sgt Orosco was
having their temporary patrol base in Brgy. Concepcion, some barangay
officials and tanod personally led by their Chairwoman Zedaria Pajares
brought out two cadavers.
undisclosed folk discovered the said grave due to its strong foul
scent that prompted Pajares to lead his constituents to identify and
later on bury the bodies more decently.
revealed that the duo’s cause of death were gunshots base on the
wounds that found all over their body. One body suffered a wound at
his right armpit while the other one is at his neck that believed to
be the cause of their instant death.
It can be recalled
that on the morning of February 12, troops under Staff Sergeant Pejana
encountered some 10 terrorist NPAs at Brgy. Dorillo and reported that
most of the rebels were wounded including the owners of their
recovered M16 and M14 rifles.
This situation is no
longer new to the underground movement that once their comrades were
wounded in action, they drag it away from the troops and avoid it
being caught for they are afraid that information can be elicited from
their wounded comrades.
Lt. Col. Jaime
Hidalgo, commander of 14IB already sent his troops to facilitate the
burial and assist the doctors who examine the remains.
Commander of 8th Infantry Division Maj. Gen. Arthur I Tabaquero
expresses his heartfelt appreciation to the Brgy officials who
initiated the simple good deeds of bringing out the truth to the open.
“This simple deed is a
clear manifestation of support to our advocacy of pursuing peace to
achieve development in the whole region,” Said Tabaquero.
“I urge you to carry
on your simple ways of supporting our government to encourage your
fellow local officials to replicate same for us to ultimately attain
our dreamt peace and development in this part of the country,” He
This successful feat
against the terrorist NPA is the third time for this year following an
encounter in Brgy. Rizal, Eastern Samar in January 13 and in Brgy
Santander, Bobon, Northern in January 29 where two (2) M16 rifles,
radios, war materiel, personal belongings and voluminous subversive
documents with significant values were collectively recovered.
Tabaquero calls upon the peace-loving Samarnon that should an incident
occur that wounded NPAs were left in their possession by the fleeing
terrorists, they should inform any nearest PNP or Army detachment to
help them attend their medical needs.
“The 8ID will always
be here to give these NPAs, wounded or not a chance to live freely and
re-experience the fruit of democracy whenever they feel the desire
to. We will give necessary medical attention the same treatment we
give when we have our wounded soldiers for it is the right of the
individual.” The good general concluded.
Three days after, two
shallow grave sites were discovered by barangay folks 2kms away from
the encounter site. The barangay officials of Brgy Conception headed
by chairman Freddie Roncales and elements from 14IB responded on said
report, together with Dr. Eduardo de Dios, MHO of Jipapad, Eastern
Samar who later conducted autopsy. The cadavers were identified as
Elcon Liad (TN: Lilio Liad) alias Binal/Mila/Nilpo/Batoy and one known
only as alias Naval/Antoy
confirmed that the duo were got killed during the earlier encounter
with the elements of 14IB. Elcon Liad was further identified as the CO
of Regional Security Force (RSF), EVRPC with code name: BANGKAW. Their
remains were provided of decent burial at Public Cemetery of Brgy
Conception, Arteche, Eastern Samar.
COMELEC-8 ensures safe
and credible automated elections in May 2010
By RICKY J. BAUTISTA
BASEY, Samar – To
ensure the continuing development of free, orderly, honest, peaceful
and credible electoral processes, the Regional Office of Commission on
Elections (COMELEC-8) has simultaneously conducted a Voters Education
Program and Public Demonstration of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS)
in almost all municipalities and cities in
This is in part of the
Commission’s six-year modernization program (from 1992-1998)
consisting of eight key components namely flexible legal framework,
systematization of present method of registration, modernization of
electoral, continuing election education campaign, management
information, upgrading of facilities and equipment, decentralization
and development of Comelec personnel.
In Basey Samar, the
Voter’s Education Campaign and demonstrations of PCOS machine was held
on February 15, 2010. Invited participants were the executive and
legislative officials, barangay officials, employees, local candidates
and the general public from the municipalities of Sta. Rita, Basey and
Marabut, all of
The PCOS demo was
initiated by Comelec Acting Regional Election Officer Atty. Jose Nick
A. Mendros and his counterpart from Samar Atty. Ma. Corazon Motallana,
Provincial Election Supervisor II, Virginia V. Besas, Basey Election
Officer III and Gray O. Bateo, Marabut Election Officer II.
The Optical Mark
demonstrations, it was learned that PCOS, or optical mark reader (OMR)
or simply known as “ballot counting machine” wherein a voter is given
a ballot, with pre-printed candidates’ names, with corresponding ovals
to shade or broken arrows to connect. The voters in the shaded ballots
would be scanned using this kind of machine.
system is already familiar to all students taking the National
Secondary Aptitude Test (NSAT), formerly NCEE (National College
Entrance Examination), given by the Department of Education (DepEd),
and to other people taking the Civil Service Commission (CSC)
Licensure Examinations and other examinations given by the
Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC), wherein the answer sheet is
composed of ovals and the chosen answer would be shaded by the
examinee. A similar system is employed by the Philippine Charity
Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for its Lotto system, wherein ovals
corresponding to the numbers being bet upon are also shaded. In all
these, the answer sheets and the lotto cards are read, or counted, by
Since the system makes
use of ballots, and also considering the fact that it is already
familiar to the public, this system was recommended as the most for
the Philippine setting. “With the use of centralized counting centers,
a ballot counter could be assigned to count the ballots from several
precincts or even from a whole municipality depending on the number of
registered voters,” Atty. Mendros said.
Worries of the Public
In open public
demonstrations, the public is very much worried on their lack of
knowledge of computerized voting, jammers, counting of ballots,
unusual ballot rejection, machine error, mistake in shading ballots
among other minor problems. But the COMELEC personnel have assured the
public of its safety by answering all the issues and worries raised by
the public. Volunteers coming from the listening public were called up
stage to have a personal test and operation of the machine.
Pre-testing of ballot insertion to the machine and other procedure
were also demonstrated to the public. Atty. Mendros called on
teachers, barangay officials, and ordinary citizens to test the
The COMELEC top brass
also assured the public that no one or even the BEIs can change or
alter the number of votes the machine counted. He further explained
that even the jammers cannot affect the voting process, “it will only
delay the transmittal of the election results, and it is a very minor
problem and the Commission can handle it,” he said.
Features and Major
In a separate source,
this writer obtained the Modernization Project Demonstration Kits
previously distributed by the COMELEC saying the automated election
system have the following features: use of appropriate ballots,
stand-alone machine that can generate immediate results, provisions
for audit trails, minimum human intervention and adequate safeguard or
security measures as mandated by Section 7 of RA 8436 otherwise known
as “An Act Authorizing the Commission on Elections to Use an Automated
Election System in the May 11, 1998 National or Local Elections and in
Subsequent National and Local Electoral Exercises, Providing Funds
Therefore and for Other Purposes.”
It also explained that
the major changes of this automated system from the old manual system
of voting, counting and canvassing of votes are the following: no
writing of names, ballots are not anymore counted in the polling
places, added security features in the printing and shipment of
ballots, human intervention is limited to telling the machine to start
and stop the counting the ballots, has data storage device because the
appreciation of ballots is entirely done by the machine.
In short, the
Commission assures the public, “there are no more venues for adding a
digit before or after a totaled number of votes. The machine operator
cannot tell the machine to credit the vote of a candidate to another,
or to increase or decrease a candidate’s vote because it’s just not
what it is programmed to do.”
Meanwhile, the COMELEC,
however, failed to explain in their demonstrations the exact number of
clustered precincts per municipality but assured there were surely one
machine in every barangay in the coming May 2010 elections in the
Philippines. In Eastern Visayas, as of
March 17, 2009 data, the Commission has recorded six (6) provinces,
seven (7) cities, 136 municipalities, 16,408 polling precincts and
2,337,185 registered voters in Eastern Visayas region.
803rd Brigade turns
over 72 completed KBP projects to
By 803rd INFANTRY (Peacemaker) BRIGADE
February 16, 2010
CAMP SUMOROY, Catarman,
Northern Samar – Seventy two (72) newly completed Kalayan sa
Barangay Program (KBP) projects were turned-over to the different
barangay officials of Lope de Vega, Bobon, Catarman, Northern Samar
last February 6 and 7, 2010.
These KBP projects
that were constructed in the barangays previously affected by
insurgency in Northern Samar were made possible through the collective
effort of the residents of the barangays, the local government units
and the military led by the 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army under the
able leadership of Col. Arnolfo Atendido through the Special Operation
Teams (SOT) of the brigade from calendar year 2004 to 2008. This is in
line with the national government’s outreach program dubbed as “People
Government Mobile Action (PGMA) Serbisyo Muna” caravan.
Said projects were
funded by the AFP/DND and constructions were undertaken by the
Philippine Army engineers under LtCol. Rizalito Tibon of 543rd
Engineering Battalion. Among the projects constructed were the
following: two (2) farm to market roads; twelve (12) health centers;
eight (8) two classroom school buildings; twelve (12) sets of street
lights and four (4) level of ii water systems.
The turn-over was
supervised by the office of the Presidential Assistant for Eastern
Visayas represented by Mr. Alberto Ellema and witnessed by Colonel
Atendido represented by Major Melecio Y. Castillo, civil military
operations officer of 803rd Brigade, PA, Colonel Arnaldo Fernandez Jr,
commander 53rd Engineering Brigade, PA, Lieutenant Colonel Rizalito
Tibon, battalion commander of 543rd Engineering Construction
Battalion, PA and provincial and local government officials of
Completed KBP projects
were received by the respective barangay captains of the
municipalities of Lope de Vega, Catarman, and Bobon all of
Northern Samar. Twenty six (26) barangay captains who were recipient of the
KBP projects expressed their deepest gratitude to the officers and men
of the Philippine Army for the immediate implementation and completion
of the projects.
To sum-up the effort
of the 534 Engineering Battalion, a total of 72 KBP projects were
completed and turned-over to barangay officials of Northern Samar by
803rd Infantry Brigade, Phiilippine Army breaken down into 24 school
buildings, 19 health centers, 13 sets street lightings, 6 barangays
electrifications, 8 water systems and 2 farm to market roads.
On the message of
Colonel Atendido delivered by Major Castillo encourages the residents
to take good care of the facilities and reminded them that said
project was a component of the peace and development program in the
In his parting
words, Major Castillo reminded the barangay officials not to allow
terrorists to enter their barangays nor provide support to ensure that
peace and properity reign in their respective barangays.