This was in the midst
of doubts among the residents whether or not poll automations would
pursue in the absence of a Memorandum Order from the COMELEC.
In an interview,
residents alleged that more or less 10 houses have been vacated when
household members voluntarily decided to be transported to nearby
municipalities and provinces.
revealed that those people who have been brought to Naval, Biliran
while others were in Catbalogan City and in Poblacion Pagsanghan,
Samar were supporters of the Nacionalista Party.
In the absence of Brgy
Captain Aniceta Repol who opted to stay in Poblacion Pagsanghan the
day after the postponement of May 10 polls, only the council members
are visible and somehow involved in the big event.
They further revealed
receiving money amounting to P2,500 each before May 10 poll
automations aside from goods offered by certain politicians they
refused to identify.
Nicolas Mendova said that transporting of voters on Election Day is a
clear violation of the provisions of Omnibus Election Code. The acts
allegedly committed by certain politicians before Election Day are
mere strategies in order to obtain votes over the other.
possible untoward incidents in the area due to some political
pressures from both parties, PNP Provincial Director Pancho Hubilla in
his own discretion has decided to augment forces effective this week.
In fact, the second platoon of the Provincial Public Safety Management
Company came three days ago to secure the area in coordination with
the 87th IB contingents.
Hubilla said that he
can deploy even up to 400
PNP forces just to make sure that an orderly and peaceful elections would be
implemented. The presence of his men and the military could help the
people build their confidence in order to vote wisely.
Comparing to previous
elections, he added that 2010 is the least violent based on their
On the other hand,
PSupt. Doughlas Eloja said that the situation in Buenos Aires is
normal and manageable, and no complaints have been reported in his
The presence of
politicians in the area is non-intimidating but a big help to some
residents in terms of assistance.
He however admitted
having sighted unknown individuals in the area in the previous days
that’s why check points are strictly implemented for monitoring
NSO warns against
census enumerators who fabricate answers, resolves other concerns
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY – The
National Statistics Office (NSO) Samar warned enumerators who
A senior announcer of
Radyo ng Bayan-DYOG told Ms Letecia Chu, Provincial Statistics Officer
that an enumerator came to DYOG for a ‘panawagan’ (public address)
urging three barangay chairmen of some remote barangays in
City for a meeting.
Said enumerator whose
name was withheld allegedly asked for the Barangay Chairmen to come
down from the hills as he could not go the barangay without a
Ms Chu reacted saying,
if the enumerator was thinking of asking the chairmen the questions in
the census, he should be reprimanded.
“For one, the
questions are numerous, it will be impossible for the ‘appointed’
respondent to memorize his constituents.” Chu said.
“Besides, there are
questions about the physical characteristics of the house which is an
integral part of the census,” she added.
The NSO chief
suggested that if the enumerators are afraid to go where their
assignment is, then they could use the public address to seek help
from the barangay official as to company in going to the target areas.
Chu also informed that
she learned of some enumerators who just sit in the barangay hall and
summon the respondents.
“This, again, “ said
Chu, “is another no-no in the conduct of the census.”
Enumerators, PIA and
DYOG learned are being monitored by
NSO team leaders and DepEd supervisors.
enumerators ‘cheat’ NSO will be able to tell through some safety
measures they have formulated to discourage enumerators who are not
NSO added that these
are some of their concerns which they immediately resolve to make the
Another question aired
by a listener has something to do with a boundary dispute in two
Chu said that the two
chairmen are summoned to amicably settle the problem between them, if
they don’t, the area in dispute is added to the city or municipality
and the barangay losses the additional IRA share.
Another solution is to
elevate the matter to the City/Municipal Census Boards which are
convened during census time.
Presently, NSO Samar
has deployed close to 600 personnel to act as census enumerators,
supervisors and team leaders.
Results of this
year’s census on population and housing will be announced by the
President of the Republic of the Philippines come December 2010. (PIA-Samar)
application visa fees to increase on June 4, 2010
By US Embassy -
May 26, 2010
MANILA – In order to cover
increasing costs of providing highest-quality service for the
processing of nonimmigrant visas, the U.S. Department of State will
increase Machine-Readable Visa (MRV) fees worldwide starting on June
4. The U.S. Embassy in
Manila will immediately begin collecting the new fees for
appointments made for June 4 or later.
The new fee for
tourist/business visas (B1/B2 category), seafarer/crew visas (C1/D),
student visas (F), and exchange visitor visas (J) will be $140 or the
equivalent in pesos. The new MRV fee for work visas (H, L, O, P, Q,
and R categories) will be $150. Trader/investor visas (E) will rise
to $390. Fiancé/Spouse (K) visas will be $350. All other
nonimmigrant categories will be $140.
Visa applicants with
appointment interview dates on or after Friday, June 4, will be
required to pay the new fees. Applicants with appointments before
June 4 will pay for their visa fees at the current rate of $131.
All applicants with an
interview date of June 4 or later must pay the full MRV fee, even if
they have already made an appointment and paid at the old rate of
$131. The Embassy requests that visa applicants who have already paid
the MRV fee of $131 for an appointment scheduled after June 4 pay for
the difference in fees at the same bank branch where they made the
initial $131 payment. For instance, if you have already made a visa
interview appointment for a tourist visa for Friday, June 4, and paid
the MRV fee of $131, you will need to pay the difference of $9 before
arriving at the Embassy on your appointment date. Applicants for
other visa categories will need to pay the appropriate incremental fee
difference. You will need to present both blue MRV fee receipts when
you arrive at the Embassy (in this example, receipts for $131 and
$9). You will not be allowed to enter the Embassy for your interview
unless the full MRV fee has been paid. For more information on the
new fees, visit
The Embassy also
reminds the public that the Consular Section is in the process of
converting to an on-line visa application form, known as the DS-160,
to replace paper application forms. The DS-160 is a form that has
been in use at many other U.S. embassies and consulates for several
months. The U.S. Embassy in Manila’s conversion to the on-line form
is unrelated to the worldwide visa fee increase. Please see the
Embassy website at
http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3024.html for information about
the DS-160 on-line application form and instructions.
Pinoy sailors sent
home $888M in 1Q, up 11% but Greek debt crisis worries labor center
May 25, 2010
MANILA – Filipino
sailors on foreign ocean-going vessels wired home a total of $888.949
million in the first quarter, up 11.04 percent or $88.414 million from
the $800.535 million they remitted over the same three-month period in
2009, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) reported
and former Senator Ernesto Herrera said the 11.04 percent growth in
the money sent home by sailors was nearly double the 5.96 percent
increase in the cash remitted by land-based migrant Filipino workers
in the first quarter.
"We remain bullish
overall about the potential growth in remittances from Filipino
sailors in the months ahead," said Herrera, former chairman of the
Senate committee on labor, employment and human resources development.
"However, we are also
deeply worried about
lingering debt crisis, which could depress economic conditions as well
as shipping activity in Europe," added Herrera, whose labor center
includes the Philippine Seafarers' Union.
Of the 10 biggest
sources of remittances from Filipino sailors, six are European
countries, Herrera pointed out.
The top 10 sources of
Filipino sailors' remittances are the United States, Japan, Norway,
Germany, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Greece, the Netherlands, Hong
Kong, and Cyprus, according to Herrera.
Filipino sailors based in
were still up 18 percent in the first quarter to $34.7 million versus
$29.3 million a year ago.
However, Herrera also
noted that remittances from Filipino sailors based in Norway, the
Netherlands, Cyprus, Denmark, Ireland and Sweden were actually down an
average of 20.81 percent.
Last week, the Bangko
Sentral ng Pilipinas reported that total remittances from all migrant
Filipino workers, whether based on land or at sea, reached $4.339
billion in the first quarter, up 6.96 percent from $4.057 billion over
the same period in 2009.
In 2009, Filipino
sailors sent home a record $3.4 billion, up $366 million or 12.06
percent from $3.034 billion in 2008.
Filipino sailors have more than doubled since 2005, when they sent
home only $1.669 billion.
PNP sustains its drive
vs illegal activities in Region 8
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – In
line with its mission, the Philippine National Police in Region 8
continues to enforce the law, to prevent and control crimes, to
maintain peace and order, and to ensure public safety and internal
security with the active support of the community.
PNP 8 Director Rey
Lañada said that one of the functions of the
PNP is to enforce all laws and ordinances relative to the
protection of lives and properties, thus, on or about 3:00 o’clock in
the afternoon of May 21, personnel of the Santo Niño Municipal Police
Station in Santo Niño, Samar, apprehended one fishing boat for illegal
The fishing boat which
was owned by Rosa Albuera of Barangay Balete, San Isidro, Northern
Samar, piloted by a certain Eddie Tiquillo as master fisherman with
Tata Tiquillo as chief mechanic and 14 crew members, was illegally
fishing at the estimated distance of 1.5 kilometers away from the
shoreline of Barangay Corcawayan of Santo Niño, Samar.
The said boat was
released after paying the corresponding penalty of P10,000 imposed by
the municipality of Santo Niño.
Two shooting incidents
were reported to the PNP Regional Office, one in Calbayog City on May
21, and another at Tarangnan, Samar on May 19.
armed men riding in tandem aboard a single motorcycle shot twice Jim
Casino, 41 years old, married and a resident of Purok 6, Barangay
Trinidad, Calbayog City while riding his red Honda XRM motorcycle at
the vicinity of Purok 15, San Policarpo, Calbayog City.
The victim who was hit
in the different parts of his body by a caliber .45 pistol, was rushed
to the Calbayog Sanitarium and St. Camilus Hospital but unfortunately
Recovered from the
crime scene was one (1) empty shell for caliber .45 pistol and one (1)
bull cap marked uhooker.com. Motive is now the subject of
investigation by the Calbayog City Police.
On the other hand,
responding to the call from Tarangnan Vice Mayor Danilo Tan about a
shooting incident, the elements of the Tarangnan Police Station
proceeded to Barangay Palencia, Tarangnan on or about 12:30 in the
evening of May 19.
conducted by the police showed that the victim, Lolito Cerdeña was
rushed to Samar Provincial Hospital for medical treatment due to the
The suspect, Urbano
Mabini, married, 62 yrs old and a resident of Brgy Palencia, Tarangnan,
Samar was arrested by the Brgy Officials and confiscated from his
possession and control one (1) firearm magnum 357 revolver marked
Smith and Wesson loaded with four (4) live ammos and two (2) empty
The suspect is now
detained and a case for violation of R.A 8294 in relation Nr 8714 was
already filed by the Tarangnan MPS against the culprit docketed under
NPS Nr. VIII-09-INQ-10E-00023. The police report stated Personal
Grudged as the motive of the case.
Meanwhile, a case of
attempted murder was filed before the Provincial Prosecutors Office in
Catbalogan City, against Miguel Allego, of legal age, married, Brgy
Councilor of Brgy San Jose, Daram, Samar.
Allegedly, on or about
11:00 o’clock in the morning of April 26, said suspect, armed with a
caliber .45 pistol entered the house of Rolly Boy Montilla, 22years
old, single, at Barangay San Jose, Daram, Samar, and pointed his gun
to the victim and subsequently pulled the trigger but said fire arm
failed to fire.
The suspect struck the
victim with the firearm but the victim managed to disarm the suspect
who fled away. Said firearm bearing SN 737248 and which was loaded
with 6 live ammos, was turned over to the responding PNP/AFP elements.
19IB feats over NPA
rebels killing one and recovering firearm
By DPAO, 8th Infantry Division, PA
Catbalogan City, Samar – The Army’s 19th Infantry Battalion
prevailed over the attempted aggression of the terrorist New People’s
Army (NPA) while they are conducting a routine security patrol in the
outskirts of Brgy. Tinaguban, Carigara, Leyte early Saturday morning,
Report reaching to
this office disclosed that around 4:00 in the morning, elements of
19IB under First Lieutenant Malinche Tomarong were conducting a usual
patrol in the vicinity when some members of armed terrorist sprayed
them with fires.
limited visibility, the troops managed to return fire and made
necessary action against their foes.
Exchange of fires
lasted for almost five (5) minutes before the terrorist fled, carrying
with them their wounded comrades.
As a result, one (1)
NPA was killed; an M14 rifle and back pack filled with personal
belongings and subversive documents were also recovered by the troops
upon clearing in the encounter site.
No reported hurt in
the side of the government forces.
Major General Arthur
Tabaquero immediately lauded the troops for the successful security
“As I’ve said in the
past, while we continue to perform our mandated task of preserving
peace and stability in the province, we call to our people to
continuously give their usual support in the restoration of peace
stability for the ultimate attainment of development of the whole
“We’ve shown this
during the past automated election. If we can do it once, why can’t
we do it one more time”, the good general concluded.
Pinoy workers beat
other Canadian immigrants in money remittance
By ALEX P. VIDAL /
May 24, 2010
Columbia – Despite the global recession, the Philippines is on top
of the world in terms of receiving dollars sent by its Canadian
workers have the highest frequency of overseas remittance compared to
other nationalities working in
according to Belinda Lim-Herrera, an executive of a global bank
remittance that operates here.
She attributed this to
the “Filipino culture” where immigrant workers remit their earnings to
their extended family members – brothers and sisters, husbands, wives,
parents and relatives “up to third degree in consanguinity.”
In 2009, Filipino
workers transmitted some $185 million to the Philippines with average
of $35,000 remittance per month or $500 individually, disclosed
She operates a global
remittance bank with offices in
Ontario and Vancouver and has branches in 27 countries, including
Canada, Tracy Scott, senior manager of Payment and Card Services, RBC,
said in the same interview that about 23 percent of immigrants sent
remittances within six to 24 months of arrival in
Twenty nine percent
did so within 25 to 48 months of arrival, it was reported.
The average amount
sent within six to 24 months was $2,500. After 25-48 months in Canada,
the average amount sent overseas was $2,900, Statistics Canada added.
Dilip Ratha, lead
economist of World Bank Development Prospects Group, who was guest in
the same interview, said “the money remitted overseas last year was
three times than the money intended for development assistance.”
Some $316 billion was
remitted by overseas workers to India, China, Mexico, Philippines and
other countries in 2009, said Ratha. The amount is expected to reach
$335 billion this year with increase of 6.2 percent and $360 billion
in 2011, he added.
The top ten remittance
recipients are: 1.
2. China, 3. Mexico, 4. Philippines, 5. France, 6.Bangladesh, 7.
Spain, 8. Germany, 9. Nigeria and 10. Belgium.
In recent years,
overseas workers from Asia have been sending remittances of about $8
billion annually to their home countries. These remittances are an
important source of precious foreign exchange for the major
labor-exporting countries, according to a study by Charles Stahl of
the University of New Castle and Fred Arnold of East-West Population
development impact of remittances, however, has not been well
established. Remittances are spent primarily on day-to-day consumption
expenditures, housing, land purchase, and debt repayment,” they
Although only a small
proportion of remittances are directed into productive investments,
this does not warrant the conclusion that the developmental value of
remittances is negligible, they added.
on domestic goods and services in Asia reportedly provide an important
stimulus to indigenous industries and to the economies of the labor
Classes for school
year 2010-2011 open on June 15
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
opening of classes in the public schools is not June 14 but June 15 as
announced by the Department of Education on May 20.
The postponement of
the opening of classes is due to the fact that the country will be
celebrating Philippine Independence Day on June 14.
Macapagal-Arroyo earlier issued Proclamation 1481, which moved the
celebration of Independence Day from June 12 to June 14, in accordance
with Republic Act 9492 which rationalized the celebration of national
Under RA 9492,
holidays that falls on a Saturday or Sunday, except those that are
religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday.
Mona Valisno said the June 15 opening is mandatory for all public
schools nationwide but not for private schools, which may deviate from
the schedule provided that they do not start classes earlier than the
first Monday of June or later than the last day of August.
Private schools may
have a different school opening so long as they comply with the
minimum number of class days for the entire school year and they
notify the local DepEd Division Office of the date of their class
opening, Secretary Valisno explained.
She also said that for
the coming school year, DepEd will be strict about the required number
of school days.
“In the coming school
year, we are directing all schools to hold make-up classes to
compensate for localized suspension of classes due to typhoons,
calamities or local celebrations like fiestas, foundation days and
others,” Valisno said.
DepEd is currently
preparing for the yearly National Schools Maintenance Week, dubbed as
“Brigada Eskwela which will start on May 24.
The Brigada Eskwela
project which will run from May 24 to 28, urges communities to lend a
hand whether through financial or other means, in preparing schools in
their areas. (PIA 8)
Buenos Aires sets to
conduct special elections on May 28
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO
CALBAYOG CITY –
While the special poll automation of
Pagsanghan, Samar is fast approaching, the two parties – Liberal and
Nacionalista are making their moves to outsmart each other. Buenos
Aires has a total voting population of 420.
It is note taking that
election paraphernalia of said barangay have been mistakenly
transported to Generoso, Iloilo which caused the delay of their
elections. The COMELEC has issued a resolution moving their special
elections on the 28th of May 2010.
In an interview with
LP Mayoral candidate Ruben T. Palma, he said that out of the total 7
thousand voters of this town, he was leading in the 12 barangays
garnering 2,530 votes against his rival NP standard bearer Jim C.
Canones with 2,469 votes from the partial unofficial result.
Supporters of Palma
alleged that more or less 80 persons were transported to other
neighboring municipalities for safekeeping and political maneuvering
purposes. They revealed that these voters will only be released on
Furthermore, to avoid
experiencing the same plight with those who were transported to other
places, residents were cautious not to go out late at night from their
Doughlas Antonio Bartolome Eloja said that they are planning to
implement curfew hours in order to avoid any election related
incidents or irregularities while awaiting for the special poll
He also said that
with the approval of the Municipal COMELEC Officer and after the
result of their consultations with the residents, he is positive that
Brgy. Buenos Aires will remain peaceful until May 28 special election
Situation in Naval,
Biliran under control despite political tension, Biliran PNP says
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Biliran Provincial Police Director Wilson Caubat confirmed that some
supporters of losing Biliran Congressional candidate and incumbent
Representative Glenn Chong started a “prayer rally” on Thursday and
tried to enter the provincial capitol.
Colonel Caubat said
that the rallyists have shown a copy of the permit to hold a prayer
rally issued by Naval Mayor Susan Parilla who is known to be an ally
of Representative Chong. The permit did not specify the area where the
rally was to be held.
Also, the rally permit
stated that the group is allowed to hold a rally from May 20 to 30,
Colonel Caubat added.
In the morning of
Friday, about 300 rallyists were still in front of the capitol,
Colonel Caubat said. An image of the Blessed Virgin Mary was placed by
the rallyists in front of the capitol, he added.
The situation is under
control, Provincial Police Director Caubat intimated. The police is
constantly monitoring the activities of the rallyists in order to
prevent any untoward incidents.
He said he talked to
the rallyists into not entering the capitol and not to harass the
provincial employees who are only doing their job. He also expressed
his hope that cold heads will prevail and let the course of law to
prevail over the matter.
Attempts to contact
Governor Espina were futile. He was not “visible” in Naval and
allegedly he is in Manila.
Meanwhile, as his
supporters stage a prayer rally, Representative Chong was seen to be
at the Congressional hearing on election frauds, saying he was bent on
exhausting all legal means to nullify the proclamation of
congressman-elect and incumbent Governor Rogelio Espina, insisting
that he was no where near conceding defeat.
was among the losing candidates who attended the House hearing, where
Smartmatic-TIM officials were hit after admitting there were time
stamp errors produced by some of the counting machines.
During the hearing,
Chong reported that some ERs from his province had time stamps saying
May 10, 7:45 a.m., which he said, indicated that results were already
transmitted only minutes after polls opened on May 10.
Chong said he would be lodging a protest before the House of
Representatives Electoral Tribunal, aside from the case filed before
the Comelec. (PIA 8)
4 Phil-Sci East
Visayas students win in world science tilt
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
Four students from the Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas
located at Government Center, Palo, Leyte, are the latest batch of
Filipinos who have reaped international awards for the Philippines.
These four young
Filipino scientists were successful in this year’s Intel International
Science and Engineering Fair held in
San Jose, California, USA
on May 9 to 14, taking home the fourth grand awards in their
Three of the students
are Jean Reni Briones de Guzman, Marc Abegonia Mapalo, and Maria Clara
Isabel Sia of the Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas
campus who won in the Team Awards category in the area of Life
Sciences for their group study: Use of Natural Flocculants in
Mitigating Harmful Algal Blooms (Red Tides), creating a natural
treatment for “Red Tide” using indigenous materials.
The team came up with
the study that will lessen the occurrence of harmful algal blooms.
Their study will “help the fishing industry upon which many of our
countrymen depend for livelihood.”
The three young
scientists all passed the UP College Admission Test. Maria Clara
Isabel Sia is an Oblation Scholarship awardee and is set to take up BS
Computer Science at UP Diliman.
Marc Mapalo, who
finished his elementary education at Santo Niño SPED Center, is set to
take up BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at UP Diliman.
Meanwhile, Jean Reni
Briones De Guzman who finished his elementary education at Calbayog
Pilot Central School is set to enroll at UP Los Baños to take up BS
The fourth Philippine
Science High School-Eastern Visayas campus student, MarcArthur Jordan
Irlandez Limpiado, was successful in the Microbiology category for his
individual research – Microbial Inhibitory Activities of Extracts from
Seven Philippine Seaweeds which dwelt on the on the antimicrobial
properties of Philippine seaweeds.
Seaweeds as source of
medicine were the focus of the study of the individual researcher Marc
Arthur Limpiado who in one interview said that his project will help
popularize his country’s seaweeds industry.
“If this happens, our
country will have enough sources of raw materials for pharmaceutical
products,” the 16-years old young scientist who has passed the
UPCollege Achievement test and is set to take up a 5-year course in BS
Chemical Engineering, said. He finished his elementary education at
the Sto. Niño SPED Center in Tacloban City.
The Philippine Science
Eastern Visayas Campus student achievers each received $500 as cash
Philippine delegation was made up of six students from secondary
schools across the country who produced the top entries at the 13th
Intel Philippine Science Fair, held at the University of the
Philippines Diliman last February. Rounding out the Philippine
delegation were Hanna Escobido and Brayl Ymbol, both of Caraga State
University who competed in the Physical Sciences category. (PIA 8)