DENR 8 intensifies
forest protection efforts
By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
TACLOBAN CITY – “We
will not leave any stone unturned and we will unite our forces to
combat the timber poachers and other forest law violators in the
region. These were the stern words of Regional Executive Director Primitivo C. Galinato, Jr. before all the Forest Rangers of the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 8.
Galinato addressing the Forest Officers in Region 8 to intensify
their efforts in combating illegal logging activities.
The first in the
history of the DENR 8’s forest management, RED Galinato recently
called on the 121 Forest Protection Officers in the region to a one
day summit on forest protection and law enforcement at a restaurant in
Sagkahan, Tacloban City. The summit came in the heels of various
reports and complaints reaching the DENR to control reported illegal
logging activities going on in some parts of the region.
Said summit provides
an avenue for the exchange of experiences and strategies in forest
protection which worked well in an area worth replicating in other
areas specially those identified as hot spots for illegal logging.
During the summit, the forest rangers’ collective strengths in
enforcing forestry laws and regulation were also assessed, their
operational problems and needs were collated for DENR management to
Director Felipe S. Calub of the Forest Management Service committed
that all concerns gathered from the forest rangers during the summit
will be considered in the regional forest protection plan which shall
address the problem confronting forest management in region 8.
RED Galinato, upon his
assumption as the DENR Regional Chief on November 10, 2009, vowed to
strengthen forest protection and law enforcement in his management
direction, “from the ridges to the reefs”. This means that a well
protected forest will result to well managed lowland and coastal
areas. Forest is the mother of all ecosystems. If the forest is
destroyed all the other ecosystems will be adversely affected, he
that forest conservation is a very tough job. It needs the
cooperation of every citizen. Strengthening forest protection and
natural resources conservation has to start from within the Department
specifically through the forest rangers. They have to be organized
and capacitated in terms of logistical support, equipments and
enhancement of their knowledge on law enforcement.
However, we also need
the support of other partners of the DENR like the military, police,
other law enforcement agencies as well as the entire citizenry, in
combating the illegal activities in the forests. We shall also take a
look at the operation of the lumber dealers in the region because some
of them are only used as front in the illegal transport of forest
The efforts on
environmental protection and natural resources conservation are all
directed to address the clamor of various sectors to halt all illegal
activities in the forests. “All illegal activities must be stopped.
Instead, we should all plant trees in order to sustainably address our
lumber needs in the future. Trees are renewable resources. Plant
trees so that we can have something to be harvested tomorrow.
Maintaining an adequate forest cover can also help in solving the
problem of global warming and climate change,” Galinato quipped.
NPA claim of killing
three soldiers in Comval, proof of communist bloodlust and ploy to
By DPAO, 10th Infantry Division, PA
Panacan, Davao City – In yet another ploy to deceive the people, New
People’s Army (NPA) terrorists claim that they killed three soldiers
in a gunbattle in the village of Malinawon in Mawab town Compostela
Valley Province noon of April 4, Sunday.
The 10th Infantry
Division pays tribute to the soldier who heeded the call of duty and
paid the supreme sacrifice in service to the country, the flag and the
people. Private First Class Bimbo Ulsa of Baler Aurora was killed in
action while he and his team were responding to reports of residents
regarding armed individuals who were accompanying people doing house
to house political campaign in the village. One slightly wounded
soldier is currently recuperating at Panacan station hospital.
devices were recovered by troops which show the communists’ malevolent
intent in the use of such explosives which pose danger even to
Consistent with their
policy of bloodlust, the Maoist communists were ever happy and
rejoiced the death of a soldier and even spread lies and maliciously
hiked-up the death toll as they did with the Baganga encounter a week
ago when in an arrogantly joyful mood, the Local Terrorist Front-15
(LTF-15) of the NPA claimed that they killed six soldiers.
This time Local
Terrorist Front-33 (LTF-33) did the same by spinning make believe
stories of victories while they continually hid their casualties from
the eyes of the people when in fact they have repeatedly abandoned
their comrades in the heat of battles and those who were lucky to be
brought by their comrades were buried in shallow graves in the
mountains. Such claim is in line with their aim of projecting strength
and to sow fear in the locality in furtherance of their systematic
extortion activities which include their so called “Permit to Campaign
The NPAs have suffered
considerable losses in terms of lives in the two encounters that
happened in Baganga, Davao Oriental and in Mawab Compostella Valley
province as revealed by residents in villages were they passed-by but
have constantly denied the deaths of their own men in line with their
policy of complete denial to the detriment of the families of those
We express sadness on
the death of those NPAs who have been lured into believing a lost
cause only to be denied proper burial by their communist bosses hence
we call on people who might have knowledge of their burial sites to
inform their families and the authorities so that they may be accorded
funeral with the dignity of a human being.
It is our prayer that
those who perished rest in peace.
RP joins other
countries in observance of World Health Day on April 7
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
country joins other nations of the world in the observance of World
Health Day of April 7, the day when the World Health Organization was
founded in 1948.
This year's World
Health Day activities will center on the theme “Urbanization and
Health” which was selected for World Health Day in recognition of the
effect urbanization has on the collective health globally and
In 2007, the world’s
population living in cities surpassed 50% for the first time in
history and this proportion is growing. By 2030, six out of ten people
will be city dwellers rising to seven out of every ten people by 2050.
The world is at a
clear turning point, moving towards an increasingly urbanized world
and with it, the need to embrace the consequences this can have for
health, both the benefits and the challenges. There is a need to
ensure that growing cities are healthy cities.
associated with many health challenges related to water, environment,
violence and injury, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk
factors like tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity,
harmful use of alcohol as well as the risks associated with disease
With the Department of
Health as the lead agency, the
will join in the 1000 cities 1000 lives campaign which encourages
cities and individuals to work across multiple agencies with a wide
range of partners to have the most lasting impact on health. The
global goal is for 1000 cities to participate in the World Health Day
The campaign calls
upon cities to close off portions of streets to motorized traffic and
open them up for health activities for one day during the week of
April 7 through Sunday, April 11.
Activities such as
town hall meetings with mayors, clean up-campaigns, and promoting
social solidarity by encouraging citizens to visit neighbors,
orphanages, patients in hospitals, and underprivileged communities to
extend a helping hand are also welcomed.
One of the overarching
goals for World Health Day is to integrate the Day within a sustained
public health strategy as demonstrated through a series of regular
activities, either at the street, neighborhood, local, national or
regional level. The Day should serve as a start or a symbol of a
sustained commitment to incorporate health more broadly in urban
The Day can trigger
the long-term commitment to approach health from a social determinants
point of view addressing the factors and conditions that can determine
health outcomes across multiple sectors, engaging a wide array of
partners including civil society and individual citizens.
through the Department of Health is committed to help in the
achievement of the objectives of the World Health Day, to draw
worldwide attention to the theme of urbanization and health; and to
engage governments, international organizations, business and civil
society in a shared effort to put health at the heart of urban policy.
Schools must pay P15
documentary stamp tax for each diploma, official transcript given to
students, BIR says
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – As
the time for students to enroll to higher institutions or to transfer
in other school comes, the Bureau of Internal Revenue is reminding all
schools to pay the documentary stamps.
Each diploma and
official transcript of records given to students must have documentary
stamp which costs P15, the BIR said.
documentation issued by these schools including certifications,
transcripts and other records, are subject to the
DST pursuant to Section 188 of the Tax Code.
Documentary Stamp Tax
is defined as a tax on documents, instruments, loan agreements and
papers evidencing the acceptance, assignment, sale or transfer of an
obligation, right or property incident thereto.
The untaxed document
will not be recorded, nor will it or any copy thereof or any record of
transfer of the same be admitted or used in evidence in court until
the requisite stamp or stamps have been affixed thereto and cancelled.
No notary public or
other officer authorized to administer oaths will add his jurat or
acknowledgment to any document subject to Documentary Stamp Tax unless
the proper documentary stamps are affixed thereto and cancelled.
In line with its tax
information campaign under "Making the Public Know" initiative, BIR
Commissioner Joel Tan-Torres is appealing to all primary, secondary
and tertiary schools to comply with this tax obligation.
requesting for certifications, transcript of records and other
official documents must see to it that they pay the documentary stamp
PGMA makes RP as 1st
Asian country to adopt UN decree on women in armed conflict
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has made the Philippines the first
country in Asia to adopt the United Nations Security Councils
Resolutions, when she recently signed Executive Order No. 865 creating
a National Steering Committee on Women, Peace and Security to
implement said UN decree.
The Philippines has
scored another first in Asia, this time as the first country in the
continent to adopt a national action plan ensuring human rights of
women in armed conflict.
An article on the
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)
website said this is in compliance with the UN Security Council
Resolutions 1325 and 1820 for member countries to implement a National
Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
President Arroyo also
provided an initial funding of P5 million taken from her contingency
fund for the steering committee. Succeeding funding will be from the
National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security has four goals.
The first is
Protection and Prevention, to ensure the protection and prevention of
violations of women’s human rights in armed conflict and post conflict
The second is
Empowerment and Participation, to empower women and ensure their
active and ensure their active and meaningful participation in areas
of peace building, peacekeeping, conflict prevention, conflict
resolution and post-conflict reconstruction.
The third is Promotion
and Mainstreaming, to promote and mainstream gender perspective in all
aspects of conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and peace
Last but not the least
is Capacity Development and Monitoring and Reporting, to
institutionalize a monitoring and reporting system to monitor,
evaluate and report to enhance accountability for the successful
implementation of the NAP and achievement of its goals.
OPAPP head Annabelle
Abaya, who led the formal launching ceremony in partnership with the
Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and Sulong CARHRIL (Comprehensive
Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian
Law) in Quezon City, cited the crucial role of women in putting an end
to armed conflict because they are basically compassionate, kind and
She also said she will propose an establishment of an
advisory group composed of representatives from civil society that
will help monitor and evaluate reports of the NAP.
PGMA’s SIP benefits 15
East Samar former rebels
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – No
less than fifteen (15) former members of the New People’s Army from
the different areas of
Eastern Samar are the newest beneficiaries of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s
Social Integration Program for rebel returnees which is being
implemented by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace
Cpt. Sergio Sabiano, Jr., CMO officer of 801Bde, Mr. Florentino
Somera, Jr., Regional 8 Coordinator of OPAPP, Col. Jaime Ferdinand
Hidalgo, Commanding Officer of 14IB, and Mr. Rebamontan Gil, PSWD
officer of Eastern Samar during the awarding of cash assistance to
the former rebels under Social Integration Program (SIP), March
Jeffrex G. Molina, the assistant Chief of the Public Affairs Office of
the 8th Infantry Division, informed that the awarding of an initial
cash benefit of P20,000 to each of the former rebels was done on March
26, 2010, at the conference Room of the Eastern Samar Provincial
Capitol in Borongan City.
The checks were
personally handed over to the beneficiaries by Mr. Florentino Somera,
Jr., Regional Coordinator of OPAPP in Region VIII, Mr. Rebamontan Gil,
Provincial Social Works and Development Officer of
Eastern Samar, Captain Sergio Sabiano, Jr., Commanding Officer of
801st Brigade, and Col. Jaime Ferdinand Hidalgo of the 141 Battalion.
Mr. Somera said that
the government will continue to review the said program in order to
address the much needed support for the former rebels who returned to
the folds of the law.
This will encourage
more rebels who are still in the underground movement to avail of the
program, Mr. Somera said.
Mr. Somera informed
that the beneficiaries will also be receiving livelihood benefits that
will be awarded as soon as the validation for their papers has been
This was the second
time last week that the OPAPP awarded such benefits to former rebels
who voluntarily came back into the folds of law.
It would be recalled
that a similar activity was conducted in Provincial Social Welfare and
Development Office in Catarman, Northern Samar on March 25, where four
(4) former rebels were also awarded with the same amount.
The activity was
withnessed by the commanding officers of 803Bde, 20IB and 63IB
together with Mrs. Carmen Mejia the Provincial Social Welfare and
Development Officer of Northern Samar, who handed over the cash
benefits to the former rebels.
Both Provincial Social
Welfare and Development officers of the two provinces assured the Army
units and the OPAPP representatives that they will continuously assist
the former rebels until they are totally re-integrated in the society.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen.
Arthur I. Tabaquero, commanding general of the 8th Infantry Division
of the Philippine Army, conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to all the
stakeholders who shared their part and support to increase the numbers
of rebels who turned their backs against the sole reason why peace and
development of the country is hard to achieve.
MGen. Tabaquero is
also expressed his optimism that with the increasing number of rebels
who are showing interest to follow the track of their former comrades
in going back to the womb of the government.
Sooner or later, Samar
and Leyte provinces will also be declared as insurgency free areas
just like Bohol and
Cebu which will further boost up their economic condition.
In closing, General
Tabaquero once again called upon the brothers and sisters whom he
considered as victims of the communist terrorists’ deception, to lay
down their arms, and return to the main stream society so that genuine
peace and democracy will prevail and will bring forth development in
Region 8 launches
National Economic Research and Business Action Center
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Regional Officer in Charge Desiderio Belas Jr. of the Department of
Trade and Industry Regional Office 8, informed that the National
Economic Research and Business Action Center or NERBAC 8 is scheduled
to be blessed on April 6, 2010.
NERBAC 8, Director
Belas said, is located at the DTI 8 Regional Office Building at
Pawing, Palo, Leyte.
The blessing is set at
1:00 o’clock in the afternoon. The program which will follow after the
Mass will be highlighted by the signing of the NERBAC Memorandum of
Agreement and the presentation of the updates from R)DG Usec Merly M.
Cruz, Director Belas added.
The National Economic
Research and Business Action Center (NERBAC) in
hopes to accelerate entry of investment and to improve the business
environment of the region.
NERBAC is expected to
answer the call of the business sector in the region for a coordinated
and facilitative government support for investment promotion and for
businesses to operate and grow by providing them timely and relevant
A one-stop action
center envisioned to reduce the processing time and cost of acquiring
business permits and licenses by pooling all the government agencies'
representatives involved in licensing and registration under one roof,
NERBAC will collect and disseminate economic, technical and industry
information useful for business enterprises and investors.
It also aims to
identify and promote investment opportunities in accordance with the
investment priorities of the government for possible business match-up
and improve the business environment through policy and regulation
will include the following services: Investment Promotion and Business
Information Management to handle investment promotion and provide
assistance on the preparation of business plans and maintain
information database of all the concerned sectors.
One Stop Business
Registration and Licensing will process mandatory permits and licenses
for start-up business with participating agencies, such as the local
government unit (LGU) of Cagayan de Oro, DTI,
BIR, SSS, DOLE, PHIC,
HDMF, CDA, IPO and PCAB.
will streamline processing of the required export permits, through the
facilitation of member agency representatives and other export-related
agencies, such as Philexport-10 and the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
Facilitation will enable investors to avail of the Bureau of
Investments (BOI) and local investment incentives including the
processing of investor visa and other BOI registration.
will also be conducted to actively gather and provide research
information and materials to both potential and existing businessmen
and maintain an inventory of financing facilities available for
Civilian support leads
encounters against local rebel groups
By DPAO, 8th Infantry Division, PA
Catbalogan City, Samar – Three more encounters of the Army’s 8th
Infantry Division against the New People’s Army (NPA) was recorded for
the past few days because of the relentless support from the local
In the boundary of
Brgys Magsaysay and Siljagon of Mapanas, Northern Samar elements of
63rd Infantry Battalion under 2nd Lieutenant Rey Acasio sparred
against some ten (10) armed members of the terrorist NPA around 12:00
NN of March 27.
2nd Lieutenant Acasio
said that they were conducting a routine security patrol in the area
when a certain folk from Brgy. Siljagon secretly informed them on the
presence of armed men who passed along their barangay.
Without losing time,
they went through the given direction where they encountered the
reported armed group.
Meanwhile, around 9:50
A.M. of March 28, elements of 82nd Division Reconnaissance Company
under 1st Lieutenant Bernie Jay Guerra encountered some 30 members of
NPA in the boundary of Brgy. E. Duran, Bobon, Northern Samar and Brgy.
Macatingog, Oquendo District of Calbayog City also following the tip
from a civilian.
Moreover, around 4:20
in the afternoon of March 29, elements of 63IB under 1st Lieutenant
Ariel Rosuelo once again crossed their path against the NPA group in
the outskirt of Brgy. Inaguingayan, Pambujan, Northern Samar when
information was received that the terrorist are conducting extortion
activity in the said barangay.
Troops of Rosuelo
managed to ran after the rebels that were about to proceed towards the
next barangay after extorting money in the previously mentioned
It ensued to a
firefight for about 20 minutes before the rebels fled away dragging
their wounded comrades.
One (1) rebel was
killed and one (1) caliber .45 pistol with loaded magazine assembly
and volume of subversive document and campaign paraphernalia were
recovered and undetermined numbers of wounded as evident of
bloodstains left in the area while no reported hurt on the side of the
government during the processes.
Major General Arthur
I. Tabaquero, commander of 8th Infantry Division once again commended
his troops for the successful feats.
He then gave emphasis
on the importance of collaboration between the civilians and the
“As I have mentioned
in the past, these successes can be attributed to our people. As for
they are the reason why we exist, our services can be fully carried
out if our people also show concern, first for the country and second
for themselves,” he adds.
Although saddened that
somebody’s life has once again sacrificed, Major General Tabaquero
reminded everyone that as mandated by the constitution as the
protector of the people and the state and to secure the sovereignty of
the state and integrity of national territory, the 8ID is continuously
conducting its traditional roles against local terrorist groups to
prevent the continuance of their violent, destructive and terrorist
activities being inflicted on the people.
“To our barangay
folks, should some wounded NPA’s were brought to your attention for
medication, please feel free to inform the immediate Army unit’s in
your area for us to attend any medical support to them. We will not
be hesitant to help them for they also have the right to receive
medical services we give to our wounded soldiers,” Major General
Tabaquero’s message to the civilian.
“And of course to our
brothers and sisters whom I always considered as victims of
Communist’s deceptive ploy, we can prevent worthless losing of lives
if we will embrace the government’s means to re-integrate to our
mainstream society. We can work hand a hand for a true and
meaningful endeavor towards peace and development of Region 8,” he
Southern Leyte PARO
gets appointment from PGMA
By JOSE ALSMITH SORIA (PIA Southern
March 31, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY –
After performing the task of a Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO-II)
in an officer in-charge capacity for seven years, Mr. Venerio Yap
finally got his appointment from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Yap, PARO-II of
Southern Leyte, was surprised when Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser
Pangandaman announced the new presidential appointees from the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) during an agency assessment in
Cebu City on March 11.
Pangandaman in the
same occasion officiated the taking of oath of office of the newly
appointed DAR officials.
PARO Yap, 62, joined
DAR on January 5, 1973 as a Junior Statistician assigned in St.
Bernard, Southern Leyte. He was promoted to Examiner-I, then later to
During the DAR
re-organization in 1989, Yap was appointed Chief Agrarian Reform
Program Officer (CARPO) for the Administrative Division at the DAR
Provincial Office of Leyte.
In 2003, he was
designated as PARO-II for Biliran. Then, in July 2009 he was
transferred to Southern Leyte and was instrumental in this province
accomplishment of 478 percent of its target in land acquisition and
distribution last year.
According to Yap, his
most memorable experience in his 37 years in
DAR was when he and several other co-employees were imprisoned
in 1973 when a landowner complained after they covered the latter’s
property under the operation land transfer (OLT) program during the
appointment will inspire him more to complete the liberation of
agricultural tenants and farm workers in this province from the
bondage of the soil under R.A. 9700 or the amended Comprehensive
Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and fulfill the promise of a better
quality of life.