Call for Subiran
Regatta 2010 participants
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Subiran Regatta Committee headed by Tanauan Mayor Roque A. Tiu, is
calling for individuals who would be interested to participate in the
Subiran Regatta, in line with the forthcoming Pintados-Kasadyaan
Festival 2010 for the feast of Santo Nino de Leyte.
Mayor Tiu said that
once more, the Subiran Regatta will be conducted on June 28 at the
Family Park along Magsaysay Boulevard in Tacloban City, as a special
feature in this year’s Leyte Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival.
The Leyte Subiran
Regatta is the first of its kind in the whole province of Leyte. First
incepted in 1975, it revived the sailboat regatta as a sporting event.
A regatta, as defined
by Webster’s New World Dictionary, is a meeting for boat races.
Subiran, in the Waray dialect means attractive and colorful native
boats, slim outriggers with single sails, painted and decorated with
buntings of many hues, commonly used by Visayan fishermen for fishing
and traveling short distances along the coast.
This display of the
art of sailing crafts is a much-awaited moment by Leyteños and
Leyteños will flocked
once more to the
shore of Cancabato Bay along
Boulevard to witness this unique race of boats, which is considered to
be environment-friendly because the fishermen use sails in running the
Every year no less
than 30 participants from Carigara and Tacloban (Leyte), Basey and Marabut (Western
Samar), Biliran and even Eastern Samar join the competition.
Over a stretch of 8
nautical miles (approximately 15 kilometers), the racers, mostly
fishermen themselves, outsmart each other to win big prizes at stake.
To ensure fairness,
Mayor Tiu always assigns the Region 8 coast guards at every point to
record a certain area being reached.
In the words of Mayor
Tiu, “Despite the rains and big waves, the participants bravely sail
on. The boats run without the use of gasoline and engine. They are
The aim of this
competition was to enhance the skills of boatmen in the use of sails
and more importantly, to promote tourism in the province of
participants for this year’s Regatta are encouraged to register early.
They may see Gilbert Eco at the Icot Caravan Office or call him up at
321-4053 or 325-3080.
Japan deputy chief of
Mission Minister Motohiko Kato graces the inauguration of Catubig dam
By TERESITA B. CARDENAS
Samar – The Deputy Chief of Mission Minister Motohiko Kato graces
the inauguration of Catubig Dam Saturday at Brgy. San Isidro, Las
Navas, Northern Samar.
In his message Kato
said, he was deeply honored to be invited at Saturday’s inauguration
of the Catubig Dam under the Help for Catubig Agricultural Advancement
Program (HCAAP). This project reaffirms
continuous support as a top donor to the
nation building efforts along the lines of the Philippine Government’s
Medium Term Development and Investment Plan.
Likewise he said,
Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the
through HCAAP covers a comprehensive range of cooperation from
infrastructure development, enhancing farmers’ livelihood, increasing
agricultural productivity as well as improving health and sanitation
conditions of the people in the rural communities.
“We are pleased to see
the significant results of our extensive cooperation for socio
economic development in this province, particularly the agricultural
and infrastructure sectors”, he said.
HCAAP is a major
agricultural and infrastructure project started in 2002 geared towards
raising the income level of farmers, generating new employment
opportunities as well as improving the social infrastructure and
services of various communities in Catubig and Las Navas.
The Catubig Dam is one
of the major components of the HCAAP. The dam has the capacity to
irrigate approximately 3,227 hectares of farmlands in two cropping
seasons and will benefit more than 580 farm families. The completion
of the dam will substantially address the critical problem of lack of
irrigation water in these communities and will contribute to increase
crop production and livelihood opportunities, thereby raising farmers’
income and spur economic activities in this province, he added.
The project, totaling
about 5,210 million yen or approximately P260 million pesos, is
expected to foster the economic activities of, not only the project’s
immediate target beneficiaries but also among the rest of the
communities in the province.
He also congratulated
the Provincial Government of Northern Samar led by Governor Raul A.
Daza and Congressman Paul R. Daza, the National Irrigation
Administration, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the
Department of Agriculture as well as all the project officers and
staff who contributed to the successful completion of this project
In closing, he
expressed his sincere hope that the Catubig Dam and the HCAAP will
contribute to the development of Samar and all the authorities
concerned will renew the sense of mission to achieve the project’s
ultimate goal. I wish this project to become another testimony of the
longstanding friendship and cooperation between the Philippines and
Japan, he further added. (PIA Northern
promotes the continues use of coins
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Tacloban Branch is set to conduct a
Multisectoral Consultative Dialogue on June 10, 2010 from 9:00 o’clock
to 11:00 o’clock in the morning at Leyte SMED Center, Capitol Site,
Atty. Leonides B.
Sumbi, Acting Deputy Director, informed that the undertaking is in
support of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ National Coin
The said activity is
specifically aimed at collecting feedback from the public and other
stakeholders to address the various issues and concerns on the
non-circulation of certain coin denominations resulting in their
unavailability or “shortage,” Atty. Sumbi added.
Atty. Sumbi disclosed
that the Bangko Sentral has implemented programs and projects to
promote the continued use of Philippine coins.
Recent data showed
that the Philippines have the highest per capita number of coins in
Southeast Asia with 75 pieces to 100 pieces of coins per Filipino.
However, Atty. Sumbi
noted that shortage of coins has been a common complaint including in
The Bangko Sentral ng
Pilipinas (BSP) has urged the public to use coins, especially those
kept in piggy banks, to address the artificial coin shortage in some
parts of the country.
An artificial coin
shortage is being felt in the country despite the fact that the
central bank has minted 15.6 billion pieces of P10, P5, P1,
25-centavo, 10-centavo, five-centavo, and one-centavo coins worth
Data from the central
bank showed that the BSP has minted 419.8 million pieces of P10 coin,
1.3 billion pieces of P5 coins, 4.3 billion pieces of P1 coin, 5.5
billion pieces of 25-centavo coins, 2.4 billion pieces of 10-centavo
coins, 1.6 billion pieces of five-centavo coins, and 18.7 million
pieces of one-centavo coins.
Region 8 honors
migrant workers on June 7
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Region 8 spearheads this
year’s Migrant Workers Day celebration which is dubbed as “Araw ng
Hundreds of Overseas
Filipino Workers and their respective families throughout Region 8
joined the motorcade from the Capitol Grounds to the Robinson’s Place
Tacloban in the morning of June 7.
The whole day program
which is aimed at honoring the migrant workers in the Region started
at 10:00 o’clock in the morning up to
5:00 o’clock in the afternoon. The activity carried the theme:
“OFWs: Tagumpay sa Hamon ng Panahon, Kaagapay sa Pagsulong.”
The whole day activity
promises to be a day of fun with games and big raffle prizes for the
OFWs and their families, a way of saying thank you to their
contributions and achievements, OIC Tan said.
OWWA 8 Director Juliet
Tan said it is but fitting to give a gesture of salutation to the
Overseas Filipino workers who has been hailed as the country's news
heroes, remitting billions of dollars annually and helping prop up the
The activity is aimed
at paying tribute and giving recognition to the OFWs' contributions
and achievements that raised the status and respect for the country.
Awards will also be
presented to the Outstanding Overseas Filipino Workers both land-based
and Sea-based. Another award will be presented to a physically and
financially challenged OFW and to the Most Senior Surviving OFW in
attendance, Ms. Tan added.
OFW participants will
have the chance to win surprise, major prizes, giveaways and freebies
from corporate sponsors. They are requested to bring along documents
as proof of OWWA membership.
overseas Filipino workers climbed to $1.4 billion in December, the
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported.
The latest figure took
remittances in the whole of 2008 to $16.4 billion, up by 13.7 percent
from 2007 and above the BSP's growth forecast of 13 percent or $16.3
billion for the year.
Money sent home by
Filipinos abroad amounted to $4.339 billion in the first quarter, up
by 7 percent from a year earlier, as demand for skilled and
professional Filipino workers continued to rise.
Total remittances in
March alone amounted to $1.55 billion, or 5.6 percent more than the
$1.427 billion recorded in March 2009, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
(BSP) said Monday, noting the situation in global employment
opportunities has improved in recent months.
The amount of money
sent home by Filipinos abroad in March was the second highest monthly
remittance level after the $1.567 billion posted in December.
BSP Gov. Amando M.
Tetangco Jr. said remittances by overseas Filipinos coursed through
banks were $282 million higher than the $4.057 billion registered in
the first three months of 2009.
About 81 percent of
the remittances reported by local banks came from the US, Canada,
Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, Italy, and the United
Arab Emirates (UAE).
"Prospects for global
deployment of overseas Filipino workers remain positive, especially as
employment opportunities are expected to rise along with clearer signs
of global economic recovery," the BSP chief said.
Data from the
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) showed the job
orders approved for the first three months of the year totaled
155,334, with 29.2 percent or 45,393 jobs in the service,
professional, technical, and production sectors as well as related
jobs processed for Saudi Arabia, UAE, Taiwan, Qatar, Kuwait, and Hong
Southern Leyte gets
ready for golden anniversary celebration on July 1
By BONG PEDALINO
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – Golden memories for a golden jubilee.
government here has been working to ensure all bases are covered for
an anniversary celebration this coming July 1 that will surely double
as a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Member Jason Calva, during a radio block-time program this morning,
disclosed that one of the features of this year’s festivities will be
a parade of title holders of Miss Southern Leyte over the past five
The beauty pageant has
been a regular attraction in every anniversary, and there will be one
for the province’s 50th year, held on its usual schedule every June
30, or a day before the anniversary proper, at the sprawling sunken
garden in front of the provincial capitol.
According to Calva, in
the afternoon of the same date, June 30, will be the oath-taking of
provincial officials who were mostly re-elected during last month’s
officials serving in the province will also be featured as part of the
anniversary activities, Calva added.
Asked who will be this
year’s guest speaker, Calva said no specific name was yet floated so
Another activity that
will recapture the mood of the years gone by will be the
socio-cultural night in the evening of June 29.
Calva said that among
the cultural presentations were the hits from the 1960s and the 1970s,
and this will be the first time such intensive showcase of a cultural
program will be presented.
On March 24 this year,
provincial officials led by Gov. Damian Mercado had launched the 100
days’ countdown for the golden anniversary celebration of the
The opening salvo will
be on June 25 with an anniversary walk, then the inter-town town
basketball competition and other sports tourneys will follow the day
after, while on June 28 will be the opening of the agri-aqua fair.
Officer Nedgar Garvez earlier told PIA the theme for this year’s
celebration is “Southern Leyte @ 50.” (PIA-Southern
Leyte guv takes pro
stand on STL operations in the province
Media Relations Center
June 6, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla is taking a pro stand on the operation
of small town lottery in some towns in the province of Leyte provided
that the operation of the said number games is implemented properly.
The governor said his
stand is based on the fact that gambling is an “age-old vice” that is
very, very hard to eradicate and that the government should come in to
set out the guidelines with the end view of eradicating other illegal
“It is a known fact
that people just love to bet, trying their luck on the numbers game to
win. There has been an unending campaign to totally eradicate it but
still it persists. With the STL, as long as it is operated and
implemented properly, I see no reason why we should object,” Gov.
The governor on the
other hand respects the stand of the church to stop the operations of
the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)-supervised STL, to
which the Church has earlier contended that instead of pushing the
numbers game, officials should instead come up with programs and
projects that will generate employment and income for the poor people.
The Church fears this
would further place the people deeper into financial despair, as money
earned at the end of a day’s work would instead be spent to bet via
Bettors can place
their bet in as low as P1 to win P800. There is no maximum amount
limit for bettors.
Gov. Petilla however
remains optimistic that with proper implementation, this operation
would eliminate the illegal numbers game while the local government
would benefit from the STL operation through a percentage share in the
It was learned that 55
percent of the gross sales would be allocated for the prizes and 15
percent would finance the STL operation and the salaries.
Of the remaining 30
percent, only 7.5 percent would go to the PCSO and the rest would go
to the local government units, according to the PCSO in the region.
It’s DOH’s Cabral now,
who’s the next target, DepEd’s Valisno? RH advocates ask
QUEZON CITY – A
leading reproductive health advocacy group reacts in defense of
Department of Health’s Secretary Esperanza Cabral amid calls from the
Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urging
President-apparent Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III not to reappoint the
gutsy Secretary of Health.
According to Ramon San
Pascual, Executive Director of the Philippine Legislators’ Committee
on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD) pronouncements
such as this coming from a heavily biased institution like the
Catholic church is really unbecoming.
San Pascual laments
that the Catholic church is again trying to unduly influence the
incoming Aquino presidency on an all-important issue which is
reproductive health. “Why can’t the Bishops just allow
President-apparent Aquino to decide on the composition of his
cabinet,” expressed San Pascual. “Besides, Fr. Melvin Castro’s claim
that Sec. Cabral is inefficient because of her support on reproductive
health is illogical,” he said. “Sec. Cabral in her short stint in DOH
so far has proven to be the most efficient and effective DOH Secretary
under the Arroyo administration. Her unwavering support for
reproductive health does not reveal inefficiency, rather it shows
courage of the heart and strength of character, traits that we need
badly among our leaders,” San Pascual stressed.
In another note, PLCPD
express appreciation to the Department of Education’s (DepEd)
Secretary Mona Valisno for taking the cudgel for the long forsaken
issue of sexuality education and the promotion of responsible behavior
towards sex among the youth.
“We laud DepEd’s
response on the increasing HIV and AIDS cases and other alarming
reproductive health related cases among the youth. We see DepEd’s
effort as part of the continuing build-up of reproductive health
momentum within the Arroyo administration even if this happens in the
last few months of her governance. We can see that the RH momentum is
in many ways encouraged by election results that produced many pro-RH
candidates winning in all levels from Presidential, senatorial and
local government,” San Pascual said.
San Pascual further
explains, the recent mainstreaming of sex education and family
planning programs in DOH, DepEd and the re-election of reproductive
health champions in Congress, and the open mind of President-apparent
Aquino augurs well for the swift passage of the reproductive health
bill in the 15th Congress.
President-apparent Aquino, Sec. Cabral and Sec. Valisno, and other
government elected and appointed officials to continue implementing
programs that will promote citizens' responsibility in running their
lives, including building good future for their families. We also
call on them to continue to uphold state's political will, and high
sense of responsibility and decisiveness,” San Pascual concluded.
Special elections in
Samar is over
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The special elections that stirred some 492 voters in Barangay Buenos
Aires, Pagsanghan, Samar is finally over.
Along with areas in
Mindanao, a special election was set here as the ballots were
inadvertently delivered to Guimbal, Iloilo on the scheduled regular
election in May.
So yesterday, the
whole Samar province watched closely how the elections in this little
village will be.
“Even, the COMELEC
Regional Director, Atty. Nick Mendros personally witnessed the
elections along with a formidable group of security men composed of
PNP and government soldiers,“ said Renato Gaditano, Comelec Officer of
Samarnons were not
anymore interested in other candidates but the local ones, as the 492
votes from Buenos Aires was to spell the difference in the mayoralty
contest between Ruben Palma and Jim Canones.
As a result, taken
from Gaditano, it was Ruben Palma who won with Vice-Mayor Alicia Repol
getting total votes of 2747 and 2749 respectively.
Councilors who won
included Domingo Ceracas, Quintiliano Palma, Jr, Leonardo Repol, Edgar
Tan, Noel Repol, Regina Bestudio, Adelina Carmona and Sabina Lozada.
“The two opposing
parties have each four winners,” added Gaditano.
Then mayor, Violeto
Ceracas who ran as Vice Mayor in the other party lost.
Little is known about
the new mayor, except that this is the first time he joined politics,
having worked as an employee of Samelco I.
observed some local folks was peaceful and there were even more
witnesses and observers than the number of voters. (PIA-Samar)
Legal battle on
Balyuan property referred for mediation
Media Relations Center
June 3, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – With
the city and provincial governments’ legal battle over the Balyu-an
property now referred for mediation, Leyte Governor said that he is
leaving the matter to his legal team to resolve the issue.
It was learned from
the Regional Mediation Center of the Bulwagan ng Katarungan Region 8
that a mediation was originally set last May 29, 2010 between the city
and the province over both cases filed by the two LGUs but has been
reset to June 19, 2010.
However, the governor
said he is hoping the case can be decided with soon finally so the
property’s ownership can be resolved.
“I just hope the case
can be decided on soon. But I left this (case) with the provincial
legal team to pursue the issue,” Gov. Petilla disclosed.
In a recent talk with
the media, Gov. Petilla said the province’s stand remain that the
property is owned by the province of Leyte and that the city
government should honor an earlier agreement it entered into with the
The governor was
referring to the August 26, 2004 memorandum of agreement signed by
then city mayor, Alfredo "Bejo" Romualdez, the father of the incumbent
mayor, for the city to use the property.
The said agreement
expired in August 2009 or five years after it was signed, prompting
the province to give notice to the city to vacate the property.
On the other hand, the
city government has then contended that it may have no documents to
prove its ownership but it has been in possession of the property for
the longest time already.
The said property,
largely known as Balyu-an, sits on a 6,941 square meter lot. The area
houses a building where the offices of health, social welfare and
assessor, among others, are located. The multi-million Balyu-an
amphitheater is also located in the same contested area together with
a convention area-cum-training center.
Gov. Petilla otherwise
said that the memorandum entered into by the city with the province,
signed by the then city mayor and concurred by the city council can
hold its own over the province’s claim on the said property.
Whether the court
would decide for or against the province, the governor said in closing
that he hopes the decision can be given by the court soon.
condonation program until September 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Housing Development Mutual Fund (HDMF-8) or Pag-ibig and the National
Housing Authority (NHA-8) disclosed that members and awardees of both
government-run offices have until September 2010 to settle their
housing loan deficiencies in case of Pag-ibig and payment of monthly
amortization in case of NHA. This was revealed during the recent
meeting on Regional Development Council-Social Development Committee (RDC-SDC) at the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA-8)
conference room chaired by Atty. Forter Puguon, Regional Director of
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-8).
According to housing
Czar Engr. Rizalde A. Mediavillo, Regional Manager of National Housing
Authority (NHA-8) their office is very lenient in terms of foreclosure
proceedings against their awardees.
further said that to initiate foreclosure proceedings the awardees are
given only three months grace period to settle its obligations but
this was not realized due to the pro-poor housing program initiated by
revealed that there were no foreclosure proceedings and cancellation
of rights as far as NHA’s awardees are concerned within his area of
jurisdiction but there were recorded transfer of rights.
Barreta of Pag-ibig also said that their condonation and
re-structuring program is still on going until September 2010.
Ms. Barreta disclosed
that their office will initiate foreclosure proceedings once a
member-borrower of a housing loan have arrears for at least three
months or delinquencies which they give notice to settle its
obligations for a definite period of time and failure to do so a
foreclosure proceedings will commence and once done the
member-borrower can still recover their foreclosed property for a
period of one year by paying its full amount or thru condonation and
Pag-ibig recorded 25
percent foreclosed property last year but the exact figure has yet to
be determined. Their office is not impressed with the percentage rate
for it connotes negative impression to the financial capability of
their member-borrower, she said.
Both Pag-ibig and
NHA appeals to their member-borrowers and awardees to avail of the
condonation and re-structuring program to lessen the burden of payment
and to retain the property they have established. (PIA-8)