Rotary Club of
Tacloban named best club in Philippine Rotary District 3860
By RC Tacloban
June 2, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Rotary Club of Tacloban was adjudged the Most Outstanding Club in
Philippine Rotary District 3860. District Governor Antonio Veneracion
handed the award last May 16, 2010 during the Rotary District Assembly
at Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City. Other major awards received by
the club were: Most Outstanding President - Virgilio “Ben” Gaspay;
Most Outstanding Secretary - Jean Marechaux; Most Oustanding Bulletin
- Waray Waray; Most Outstanding Community Service Project; Outstanding
Public Relations Project; and 31 Certificates of Recognition.
Club awardees RC Tacloban president Ben Gaspay and secretary Jean
Marechaux (2nd and 3rd from left respectively) with fellow
Rotarians during the event.
The club has been in
service to the community for the past 62 years, being chartered on
August 20, 1947. This Rotary Year 2009-2010 under the leadership of
President Ben Gaspay, the club undertook a total of 143 community
service projects to less fortunate beneficiaries involving water and
sanitation, health and hunger, literacy, youth development,
environmental protection, and others.
Among the most notable
projects were the 120-day full meal feeding to 103 malnourished pupils
in Manlurip Elementary School; provision of sanitary toilets to fifty
(50) households in Barangays Camansihay, Cabalawan, Apitong, Caibaan,
and Nula-tula; 1,800 pieces of school bags to various public
elementary schools; boxes upon boxes of books; installation of ten
(10) jetmatic pumps in several barangays; 300 slippers to indigent
schoolers; fifteen (15) thermal scanners donated to public elementary
and high schools; eight (8) wheel chairs; various hospital equipment
and medical supplies; medical missions; eye camps; 2,220 pieces of
brand new dresses; and many more.
Works at historic
MacArthur Hotel may not meet deadline, province to look for other
Media Relations Center
June 2, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – As
rehabilitation work at the MacArthur Park Beach Resort Hotel is
stalled, the provincial government of
Leyte is giving the Singaporean-backed conglomerate LKY Property
Holdings to finish the rehabilitation by October this year.
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla said during the recent Harampang ha
PIA, he doubts works will be finished and meet up with the expected
More likely, he said,
the two parties, the province and the developer, may have to go back
to discussing again the terms of the 25-year contract to rehabilitate
and turn the property into a world-class hotel under a more or less
P300 million investment.
With the developer’s
failure to finish up the job as agreed, the governor added, can be
constituted as ‘breach of contract’.
“That’s what we have
to further discuss. We are giving them the deadline till October,” the
He likewise disclosed
partly the reason why rehabilitation works were stalled was that the
same conglomerate is rehabilitating the Mayon Imperial Hotel in
Legazpi City, Albay, another in Camarines Sur and has already invested
in millions with the said projects.
If the schedule was
followed, Gov. Petilla said, by this time there should already have
been villas erected while construction of the hotel’s main building
was being expected to commence between July to September this year.
“As it is now, I don’t
think the schedule was followed and I doubt they could finish up on
the date stated in our agreement,” Gov. Petilla said.
With this situation,
the province is already scouting for other interested and willing
investors who can turn the property into a world-class hotel to entice
more tourism activity into the province.
To recall, the
provincial government initiated the turn over of the hotel some years
back before the Philippine Tourism Authority could declare it not to
be earning enough revenue to continue operation.
The hotel has not seen
that much improvements under the
PTA then because, as with other
PTA-run hotels in the
country, requests for materials for the hotel was centralized and
takes time before the request is fully catered to.
Macapagal-Arroyo then directed the provincial government to take over
the management and operations in January 2009, built by then First
Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos in the town of
Leyte, and sequestered by the government after the Edsa Revolution
The governor however
remains optimistic that
remains as an alternative tourism destination, being a safe
destination where people can relax.
Considered a landmark
in the province, Gov. Petilla said, the historic Mac Arthur Park Hotel
can offer it all if it has all the needed facility to better its
services and lure more tourists with better options.
SIP through 8th ID
awards cash assistance to former rebels
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The Social Integration Program of the Arroyo administration awarded
cash assistance to three former rebels from
Leyte at the 8th Infantry Division camp Monday morning.
Arthur Tabaquero (left) awarding a replica check of P50,000 to
former rebel Gerald Perez.
In simple ceremonies
with Commanding General Arthur Tabaquero, three former male rebels
named Gerald Perez, former member of Mt. Amandewin Command who turned
in one browning Automatic Rifle got a hefty sum of P50,000.
Angelito Remojo who turned in one caliber 5.56 M16 rifle also received
fifty thousand grand.
Still another, albeit
only ten thousand pesos, was received by Francisco Teramo who turned
in one caliber 30 M-2 carbine rifle.
The trio admitted
having received cash awards earlier from Governor Jericho Petilla of
Leyte, right after they surrendered.
Gerald, 27, who is
from Ormoc City said that including the latest, his cash assistance
has reached some P95,000. He told PIA he is tending a small business
and he plans to use the money for additional capital.
He said he reached
only grade 3 but can read or write. He was convinced to join the armed
group because of false promises, he added he had armed encounters with
the government soldiers in Ormoc and Villaba,
Leyte. He stayed
in the movement for five years and surrendered n 2008.
Angelito in his early
20’s stayed only in the movement for three months and immediately gave
up having experienced hardship like little food, “Waray sura.” (trans:
No fish nor meat to go with rice.)
It was peer pressure
that led him to the lairs of the rebel group. Unlike Gerald who can
read and write the ‘visitors pass’ issued to PIA, Angelito claims he
can’t read nor write and would just affix his thumbmark in documents.
He aired his wish to become a member of the CAFGU.
Mano Francing, 66 was
the most senior, he said he has lost track of the number of years he
spent as an NPA asset who tips the rebels of the army’s activities. He
failed to tell PIA how he knew of the army’s operations.
He also received the
least amount - P10,000 only. But like the two younger ones, he said
Petilla (Leyte Governor) has been giving them cash assistance in the
past. The three are from Leyte province.
MGen. Arthur Tabaquero
in his message said he is always pleased with former rebels who are
returning to the folds of government.
“Sa ating mga
kapatid na muling yumakap sa ating demokrasayang pamahalaan, ito ang
simula ng tunay na pagbabago at naway maging inspirasyon kayo sa ilan
pa nating mga kababayan natin na nanatili pa ring bulag sa idelohyang
patuloy na sumisikil sa kanila,” he addressed them in Filipino.
immigrant hits immigration fraud; joins Canada street protest
By ALEX P. VIDAL /
June 1, 2010
NEW WESTMINSTER –
Brandishing a placard that screamed: “Stop immigration fraud” and
joining a small group of protesters led mostly by Indian immigrants
along 76th Avenue in Surrey recently, Patricia Intrepido-Voigh sought
for better regulation of immigration consultants from the federal
“I am not against
personalities but the system,” 48-year-old Voigh, a mother of two,
boomed as she lashed at the “mushrooming of unscrupulous immigration
consultants that don’t have good standing with the CSIC (Canadian
Society of Immigration Consultants).”
Born in Polomolok,
South Cotabato in the Philippines, Intrepido-Voight migrated to Canada
and stayed in Ontario from 1989 to 1996 when she married a Canadian
accountant she met while working as hotel clerk in Singapore in 1988.
They transferred in
British Columbia in 1997 where she operates a cleaning service.
She bewailed that she
already spent nearly $25,000 in “blood money” to certain immigration
consultants to facilitate the papers of her brother and sister in
Koronadal, Cotabato in the Philippines in vain.
“Everytime I went to
their offices, they were either out-of-the-country or had
appointments,” Intrepido-Voigh lamented. She refused to name the
consultants but admitted the money she allegedly paid to facilitate
the visas of her brother and sister “is no longer refundable.”
She was not sure if
the applications were filed reportedly in
but the consultants “have been giving me a nightmare.”
“They don’t have the
decency to explain to me the chances of my brother and sister or if
there is possibility that I could recover my money but they appeared
so decent when they received my money,” Intrepido-Voigh protested.
demanding from the federal government that consultants be bonded and
restricted from making false promises and guarantees.
consultants are taking advantage of the applicants’ desperation to
obtain a visa in order to stay and work in
a fellow protester from Burnaby added.
An immigrant lawyer
has reported that
Canada's immigration system has created "a recipe for
disaster" and it's not surprising five people – including a senior
immigration official – have been charged with corruption and fraud.
According to Lorne
Waldman, Canada's immigration system falls down in three key areas.
"You create programs that create desperation – couple that with junior
officials having a lot of power, and lack of supervision," he said.
"Those three things together are a recipe for disaster."
Country of choice
Despite being known as
a country of bitterly cold weather, Canada is a country of choice
among many Filipinos – both professional and skilled workers alike.
Filipinos’ immigration to
has become a favorite topic nowadays among most of working age
Filipino women and men, both in the Philippines and also those who
were already working outside of the country.
Statistics show that
there are 700,000 new graduates yearly in the Philippines and these
young people have nowhere to find a suitable employment after
graduation. Many of them would work in call center agencies, many more
will find temporary employment abroad but majority are thinking about
immigration to Canada as their passport to a better future, it was
despite her woes, she is not losing her hope to bring in her brother
and sister, who are both computer literates.
“I know that in the
field of all possibilities, they we will survive here. We will soon be
able to overcome this problem once the government has started
regulating the (immigration) industry and separating the chaffs from
the grain,” she concluded.
Pia slams NEDA: “Don’t
use senior citizens law to justify 15% VAT”
PASAY CITY –
Reelected Senator Pia S. Cayetano today scored the National Economic
and Development Authority (NEDA) for blaming the newly signed Expanded
Senior Citizens Act of 2010 (ESCA) for government’s revenue losses and
to justify new tax measures, including raising the Value Added Tax
(VAT) rate from 12 to 15 percent.
administration should stop using our senior citizens as its escape
goat for the shortcomings of our revenue collection agencies. This
tack is not only baseless, but also unfair,” said Cayetano, principal
sponsor of Republic Act 9994 which exempts senior citizens from paying
the 12% VAT.
Cayetano was reacting
to a statement by NEDA Director for Policy and Planning Dennis Arroyo
who said that the gains of the 12 percent VAT were wiped out by recent
laws that granted tax relief, including
ESCA and the exemption of minimum wage earners from income tax.
“The IRR (Internal
Rules and Regulations) of
ESCA is still being finalized and so not a single peso has yet
been taken away from government’s VAT collections to benefit any of
our senior citizens. NEDA’s statement is misleading and, coming from
government’s top economic research and planning agency, disturbingly
lacks supporting facts.”
She noted that RA 9994
was signed into law last February 16 and won’t take full effect until
after its IRR is finalized and published next month.
“But what’s even more
disturbing and unacceptable is (NEDA’s) use of our senior citizens to
justify hiking the VAT rate from 12 percent and 15 percent,” stressed
Cayetano, who has an economics degree from the University of the
Instead of blaming the
elderly and minimum wage earners, Cayetano urged the government to
just focus on improving tax collection efficiency, citing its
inability to collect P115.9 billion in potential tax and non-tax
revenues last year, which contributed to the ballooning budget deficit
which hit P198.5 billion by the end of 2009.
An Waray partylist
qualifies for 2 seats in Congress
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
An Waray Party-List is among the 28 winning party-list organization
which have been proclaimed by the Comelec on May 31.
Congressman Bem Noel
This means that An
Waray Representatives Bembem Noel and Neil Montejo will have another
three-year stint in Congress.
Noel and Montejo are from Eastern Visayas. An Waray is the winning
party-list group in Eastern Visayas.
The An Waray
party-list garnered 711,631 votes, getting the 7th highest party-list
votes during the May 10 automated elections. This qualified the An
Waray to claim two seats in the House of Representatives.
The Party-list System
Act (Republic Act 7941) provides that those who received at least two
percent of the total votes cast for the party-list system shall be
entitled to one congressional seat each while those who received more
than two percent of the votes shall be entitled to additional seats in
proportion to their total number of votes.
party-list organization shall not be awarded more than three seats in
The Comelec has yet to
receive all the votes cast for the party-list system, specifically
from areas where there were failure of elections.
Included in these
areas are seven municipalities of Lanao del Sur, two municipalities of
Basilan, and one municipality of Sarangani - where special polls have
been scheduled on June 3.
The 1987 Philippine
Constitution provides that 20 percent of the seats in Congress be
allotted for the sectoral representatives.
Included among the 28
proclaimed party-list organizations were Coalition of Association of
Senior Citizens in the Philippines - 1,292,182 votes (2 seats);
Akbayan Citizen's Action Party - 1,058,691 votes (2 seats); Gabriela
Women's Party - 1,001,421 votes (2 seats); Cooperative Natcco Network
Party - 943,529 votes (2 seats); ABONO - 766,615 votes (2 seats);
Bayan Muna - 746,019 votes (2 seats); An Waray - 711,631 votes (2
seats); Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines, Inc. (AGAP) -
515,501 votes (1 seat); Alliance for Barangay Concerns Party (ABC) -
469,093 votes (1 seat); Anakpawis - 445,628 votes (1 seat); Kabataan
Party-list - 417,923 votes (1 seat); Abante Mindanao, Inc. (ABANAMIN)
- 376,011 votes (1 seat); Act Teachers - 369,564 votes (1 seat); You
Against Corruption and Poverty (YACAP) - 335,635 votes (1 seat);
Kasangga sa Kaunlaran, Inc.
(Ang Kasangga) -
296,368 votes (1 seat); Bagong Henerasyon (BH) - 292,875 votes (1
seat); Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP) - 269,009 votes (1 seat); Agbiag!
Timpuyog Ilocano, Inc. (AGBIAG) - 262,298 votes (1 seat); Puwersa ng
Bayaning Atleta (PBA) - 238,675 votes (1 seat); Arts Business and
Science Professionals - 257,301 votes (1 seat); Trade Union Congress
of the Philippines (TUCP) - 244,623 votes (1 seat); Alyansa ng mga
Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya Para sa Mamayan, Inc. (AGHAM) -
241,898 votes (1 seat); Democratic Independent Workers Association (DIWA)
Kapatiran ng mga Nakulong na Walang Sala - 234,717 votes (1 seat);
Kalinga Advocacy for Social Empowermennt and Nation Building Through
Easing Poverty, Inc. (Kalinga) - 229,198 votes (1 seat); Alagad
Party-list - 227,116 votes (1 seat); 1 Ang Pamilya - 217,032 votes (1
seat); Alliance of Volunteer Educators - 214,760 (1 seat).
The proclamation of 11
party-list groups which have pending disqualification cases filed
against them or their nominees were deferred.
EO Gaditano admits no Comelec res receive by his office for Buenos Aires SE
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO
CALBAYOG CITY –
While Buenos Aires constituents are enthusiastic to cast their votes
on June 3, 2010 special elections, Pagsanghan Election Officer Renato
Gaditano revealed that no formal resolution yet was received by his
office for the holding of said activity.
He also said that even
election paraphernalia such as PCOs machines and official ballots are
not yet delivered.
that he only received a text message from COMELEC Regional Director
Atty. Nick Mendros but the central office has not yet issued any resolution
in his office.
To avoid cast of
doubts from either party, he would opt to postpone the activity should
there be no paraphernalia and guidelines delivered on the specific
Gaditano added that
pressures are but normally experienced by him but he would ensure that
his duties and functions are lawfully implemented in order to attain
an honest, orderly, peaceful and credible elections as this would be
the deciding factor to declare a new set of officials that would run
the municipality of Pagsanghan.
Talking about the
transport of voters to nearby towns and provinces, as long as there is
no formal complaint filed in his office, aspirants/politicians are not
in any way violating such provision of the Omnibus Election Code.
With respect to the
composition of BEIs and poll clerks, he affirmed that no changes have
been made and the COMELEC would still follow the recommendations given
by the Department of Education.
rectified that the number of registered voters based on their record
is 492. The Local Civil Registry has not yet transmitted any
communication for the deceased persons in order for them to update the
voting population of said barangay. He finally clarified that the
figures are still the same; and it would be the responsibility of poll
watchers from both parties to check and monitor the persons that would
cast votes on election day.
colon cancer treatment
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – In
keeping with its thrust of providing its members with responsive
benefits, treatment for colon cancer, the third leading cause of
cancer deaths in the Philippines is now being covered by PhilHealth.
There are risk factors
for developing colon and rectal cancer: increasing age, smoking,
family history of colon or rectal cancers, high-fat diet and/or a diet
mostly from animal sources, and personal or family history of polyps
or colorectal cancer.
screening leading to the detection and removal of precancerous growths
is the only way to prevent this disease. A colonoscopy may be
performed and a biopsy may be obtained to confirm that the abnormality
is a cancer. Routine blood tests are also needed.
colorectal cancer depends on the stage of the cancer. It can be
curable when caught at its early stages. Surgery remains the primary
treatment while chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy may be recommended
depending on the individual patient’s staging and other medical
surgeries as treatment for colorectal cancer. Preoperative tests and
procedures are also covered for planned or elective surgeries, subject
to existing rules and regulations.
colonoscopy and biopsy procedures for colorectal screening. Benefit
claims even for outpatient hospital admissions for these procedures
may be filed.
outpatient chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy treatments, including
drugs and supplies with purchase date of not more than 30 days prior
to the procedure may also be reimbursed.
members who will undergo myomectomy and hysterectomy are also covered
by PhilHealth. The procedure falls under Case Type B category, hence
members confined in a Level 3 (tertiary) hospital may avail themselves
of up to P500 per day for room and board fees; P14,000 for drugs and
medicines for a single period of confinement; P10,500 for x-ray and
other laboratory examinations; P4,000 for operating room fee; and
doctor’s fees of P11,200 and P4,480 for OB-Gyne and anesthesiologist,
transfusion done for outpatient basis is now being paid for by the
state run PhilHealth, through Circular 51 series of 2009 which took
effect on all claims for outpatient blood transfusions starting
February 1, 2010.
In a statement,
PhilHealth said that it has recognized the fact that there are
illnesses that require blood transfusion but do not necessarily
require confinement of at least 24 hours.
Members and their
qualified dependents shall be entitled to these benefits provided that
they have the qualifying contributions and that the procedure is done
in duly accredited hospitals anywhere in the country.
Flag Days hope to
rekindle Filipino's love for RP
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
period from May 28 to June 12 of each year is declared as Flag Days to
awaken or rather reawaken the good citizen in every Filipino,
possessing values such as love of country, respect for the Flag and
elders, patriotism, nationalism.
During this period,
all offices, agencies and instrumentalities of government, business
establishments, institutions of learning and private home are enjoined
to display the flag.
More so, this is a
good opportunity to remind each and every Filipino that the Philippine
flag is the symbol of sovereignty and unity among the Filipino people,
reverence and respect for the Flag and the National Anthem is
therefore, called for.
Historical Institute has issued guidelines on the proper use of and
allegiance to the Philippine Flag, with several prohibitions.
Canned music, for one,
is banned during flag ceremonies or programs. The use of tattered or
badly faced flags in all schools and offices is also prohibited.
admonished never to mutilate, deface, or trample the flag. Also
prohibited are such acts as using the flag as a drapery, table cloth,
covering for wall, among others.
The flag must not also
be worn as a costume or uniform; neither must the flag be printed or
attached on handkerchiefs, napkins or as display of any advertisement
or info commercial.
Perhaps it is also
good to be reminded that at the moment the first note of the anthem is
heard during a flag ceremony, everyone in the premises shall come to
attention; moving vehicles must stop.
All persons present
shall place their right palms over their chests, those with hats shall
uncover; while those in military, scouting security guard and citizens
military training uniforms shall give the salute prescribed by their
It would be good to
re-read Republic Act No. 8491 known as the "Flag and Heraldic Code of
the Philippines," which provides that reverence and respect shall at
all times be accorded the flag, the anthem, and other national symbols
which embody the national ideals and traditions and which express the
principles of sovereignty and national solidarity.
Everything one needs
to know on according reverence and respect to the Flag is contained
Perhaps the most
important thing to remember is that the Philippine Flag is the symbol
of the country's freedom and independence. Each and every Filipino
must ensure that it continues to fly up there, free to move and dance
as it is kissed by the blowing wind.