welcomes Chief PNP in their island and in their home
CATBALOGAN CITY – If
the Chief PNP feels elated with the pronouncement of Presidernt-elect
Noynoy Aquino to retain him as Chief PNP, Zumarraganhons equally feel
elated that the highest ranking
PNP member chose Zumarraga to hold his ‘Legacy Run’.
“Never have we felt so
secure in our entire life“, said the Montejo family who are from Bohol
but has stayed in the island for more than twenty years, referring to
the hundreds of PNP that suddenly sprouted in the island.
A teen ager who works
at a snack pub owned by Elan Castillo said: I did not know Zumarraga
had so much police force this time, she was surprised to see some
300-400 PNP men in blue t-shirst and shorts (athletic uniform) running
in threes and retracing once or twice the one long road that defines
the major throughfare in this small island town.
Chief PNP Jesus
Verzosa, PNP Region 8 Director Rey Lañada, Samar PNP Provincial
Director Pancho Huibilla and Zumarraga Chief Danilo Cornita led the
runners that include PNP women in front.
A Zumarraga resident
named Mano Remegio Bucatcat said he is happy that the PNP chose his
hometown as the venue for the activity.
“Yana pa gud la ini
hitatabo ha Zumarraga, nalilipay gud kami,” (trans: this is the first
time it happened in Zumarraga, we are happy and honored.) he told PIA.
Mano Pictoy is from
Barangay Canwarak who claims to be a Verzosa. “Iba gud it pag abat kun
aada ka hin butnga han mga pulis, gwardyado ka gud,” he beamed.
(trans: It‘s different if you are in the midst of PNP men, you are so
opened their houses for guests and
PNP elements who came in droves for the two-way affair; the
Verzosa clan reunion and the Legacy Run.
The Chief PNP hailed
the island town for its beautiful cove, the clean and pristine waters:
“walang lumulutang na papel, malinis at maraming lamang dagat“, his
words to describe the beaches and coastal waters of Zumarraga.
He even jested that as
he loved sea diving, he will be looking for some properties to develop
and serve as his diving place when he retires.
Myrna Tan ‘embraced’ the presence of the general whom she described as
maki-pamilya. Her vice-mayor goes by the name of Manny Verzosa.
Some of her
househelp whispered that Mayor Myrna had some cows and several hogs
butchered. As the men in blue slowly departed from the beautiful
island town, Zumarraga will be receiving another round of visitors as
they will be celebrating their annual fiesta come June 12-13 in honor
of San Antonio de Padua.
Leyte is all set for
Philippine Independence Day fete
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
provincial government of
Leyte under the leadership of Governor Petilla is all set to
celebrate the 112th anniversary of Philippine Independence through
simple but meaningful rites.
At least 10 employees
from each of the different departments of the Provincial Government
are scheduled to attend the flag-raising ceremony which will be
conducted at exactly 7:00 o’clock in the morning of Saturday, June 12.
The Independence Day
rites will be conducted at the picturesque Leyte Provincial Capitol
Terrace with the provincial government officials including the
devolved national agencies and other provincial government employees
In the afternoon of
June 12, the province of Leyte will also mark the Grand Opening of the
at the RTR Plaza. This will proclaim the start of the nightly
activities and programs at the said Park.
Meanwhile, the City of
Tacloban will have its flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at
7:00 o’clock in the morning at Plaza Rizal. Before these rites, a Mass
will be celebrated at the Santo Niño Church.
Tacloban City Mayor
Alfred Romualdez and the other official of the City Government, has
also scheduled a Clean Up Drive activity in connection with the I Love
Tacloban program of the City Government. Incidentally, June 12 is
also celebrated as the Charter Day anniversary of the City of
The same scenario will
be replicated in the different municipalities in Region 8 as the
Department of Interior and Local Government has issued a memorandum
circular on the suggested activities for the 112th celebration of
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will lead the national celebration which will
be held at the Luneta Park in Manila.
According to a
Malacanang report, President Arroyo is expected at the flag-raising
rites at 7a.m. in front of the Rizal Monument, then at 4 p.m. at the
Luneta to deliver her Independence Day message and view from the
Quirino Grandstand the traditional civic-military parade.
parade will have floats featuring President Arroyo's achievements
under her Ten-Point Agenda called "Beat the Odds".
"Beat the Odds" stands
for: balance budget, education for all, automated elections,
transportation and infrastructure, terminating hostilities in all
fronts, healing the wounds of EDSA, electricity and water for all,
opportunities for livelihood, decongestion of Metro Manila, and
developing Subic and Clark.
"Kalayaan: Tagumpay ng
Bayan" is the theme of this year's celebration.
PNP chief hails PRO 08
for their relentless pursuit of criminal elements
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Jesus Verzosa hailed his men in
Eastern Visayas led by
Police Region 8 Director, Chief Superintendent Rey Lañada for the
relentless pursuit of criminal elements especially in Gandara and
Verzosa in his message
at the municipal
island town on Wednesday, after the successful ‘Legacy Run’, cited the
successful operations of the team in dismantling private armed groups
“You are one of the
best performers nationwide“, Verzosa addressed his men at dusk with
the breathtaking Zumarraga sunset in the background.
Some 400 PNP elements
coming from all over Eastern Visayas swarmed Zumarraga shores for the
Verzosa also talked of
his transformation mission that he claims has gained significant
He mentioned his men’s
efforts to continuously arrest suspected private armed groups in
Gandara and Calbayog.
“That goes to show na
nagtratrabaho kayo, kung mapayapa ang Region 8,” stressed the Chief
Verzosa was in high
spirits when he arrived in the island town of Zumarraga as he received
news that Noynoy Aquino has been proclaimed President that day and
that Aquino mentioned that he will retain Verzosa as Chief
As he praised his men
fot their regular duties, he also gave special mention to their
committed service during the elections.
“Let us do it again
next election, the citizens are appreciative of what we are doing,” he
“We have gained the
status that people depend on us for credible elections,” Verzosa
noted. He ordered his men to be where the action is, not to crowd in
urban areas, “go where you are needed.”
As his final order the
general has this to say: “Go against lawless elements, go against
illegal firearms, go against those who violate the law!” (PIA-Samar)
Verzosa feels elated
about President Noynoy’s plan to retain him as Chief PNP
CATBALOGAN CITY –
Philippine National Police chief Jesus Verzosa is elated that
President-elect Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino
III announced after his proclamation to retain Verzosa in his
This was announced by
a fellow Verzosa named Boy in a gathering of Verzosa clan in the
island town of Zumarraga, Samar yesterday afternoon.
Officer told the media that Noynoy's statement is an indication that
the President-elect has confidence in Verzosa.
Verzosa was also there
to grace a ‘Legacy Run’ for his more than a thousand PNP constituents
in Eastern Visayas although only some 400 joined the run in a
The Chief PNP said his
PNP program on transformation has attained significant results and
that he intends to sustain it.
Verzosa also stressed
that his men are serious in its mandate on law enforcement, fighting
criminality and environmental preservation.
In a press
conference, President-elect Noynoy Aquino told reporters he will
retain Verzosa as PNP chief.
Some 350 Samareños
from Allen, Northern Samar, Calbayog, Gandara, Catbalogan bearing
Verzosa surnames gathered in Zumarraga, Samar to meet their fellow
The Chief PNP in his
speech said he is honoured that his Verzosa kins have invited him to
this annual reunion going on for the last twenty years.
He said that his roots
come from Ilocos and that in his every assignment as a young PNP
officer, he scours for Verzosa families be it in Mindanao, Luzon and
recently Samar where he met a big Verzosa clan led by newly-elected
Mayor of Zumarraga, Myrna Ojeda Tan whose mother is also a Verzosa.
Mayor is one named Manny Verzosa.
PCA to use natural
pests for fighting brontispa infestation in coconuts
By BONG PEDALINO
Southern Leyte – If
only this will work out, then surely this will be a classic case using
a natural way of eradicating coconut pests the harmless way, or
Starting today, June
10, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) will apply a new discovery:
spread a bunch of ant-like parasitoids to wage war against brontispa,
a tiny leaf-eating beetle whose alarming presence has been noticed in
twenty upland barangays in this city to date, turning two to three
year old and newly-planted young coconuts into virtual dead plants.
But to prove its case,
the army of parasitoids must win this war, and to see that it is
winning both the PCA and the farmer concerned must be patiently
monitoring the progress by the day, said Manuel Sembrano, provincial
The test case for a
battleground will be in barangay Pinaskohan, this city, the very first
barangay where brontispa’s growing population was first noted early
this year, Sembrano said.
In one hectare of
coconut plantation at barangay Pinaskohan, at least five infected
trees will be tied with the microscopic parasitoids placed in a
plastic bottle peppered with holes as passageways.
Crawling out, the
parasitoids would lay eggs – one insect or wasp lays 25 eggs – and
this will be spit on a budding brontispa worm, and the colony of eggs,
once out of their shells, would have an eating frenzy on the worm,
Sembrano said, describing how the fight would look like.
Adult brontispas will
not be attacked directly by the parasitoids, who are wise enough to
locate the larvae only, and open fire with their eggs there.
Sembrano brushed aside
insinuations that the parasitoids will then lead the destruction once
brontispa worms are no longer available to eat.
“This is the basic
difference of a parasitoid and a parasite. The parasitoid will live
in the host plant, and this host plant will live as well. The
parasite will live in a host plant, the host plant will die,” he
But until such time
victory will be secured, it is still a plan B to resort using
chemicals in a wide swatch of an area infested by brontispa.
For now the parasitoid
wasps have been cultured in the provincial office of the PCA after it
was delivered here last week from
ready and waiting to be deployed to war zones.
And coco farmers, with
the usual wait and see attitude, will be watching who will be winning
the insect war. (PIA-Southern Leyte)
suspected criminal, neutralized another in Samar
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY – Samar
Police scored anew in its fight against criminality in the province as
it arrested a suspected criminal and neutralized another in Barangay
Piñaplata, Gandara, Samar.
In a report by Samar
Police Information Officer PSupt Orlando Gardiola, he said, through an
SMS that early yesterday, a team of policemen led by Gandara Chief of
Police Jovie Espenido along with members of a Special Task Force and
Regional Public Safety Battalion (formerly Regional Mobile Group) was
deployed to serve warrants of arrest to suspected criminals in
Barangay Piñaplata, Gandara.
As the police team was
about to serve the warrant, the suspects unceremoniously fired at the
policemen. The authorities recognized the leader as one Doroteo
Moloboco alias Eyong/Jun.
immediately returned fire which resulted to the death of one Bobo
Tamayo y Reyes, 21, whom the police said was armed with a .45 caliber
pistol. They also arrested one Detty Tamayo y Reyes, 38. Both are
residents of the barangay but are suspected members of a private army
of one political kingpin in Samar.
The duo with other
suspects, have been a subject of surveillance by the authorities for
criminal records such that the warrant of arrest was supposedly to be
served until they resisted.
Bobo and Detty have
warrants of arrest under criminal case numbers 06-0342 and 3607
Recovered from the
site to serve as evidence are one piece of .45 caliber pistol and
seven long homemade shotguns.
Police are still
pursuing the alleged leader Doroteo Moloboco who slipped away while
the gunfire raged on.
Police Director Pancho Adelberto Hubilla said that the arrested
suspect is now in police custody awaiting proper disposition.
Samar was stirred by
the unfortunate incident.
Despite being ‘tagged’
as an election watch list of areas in the May 10 elections, Samareños
surprisingly behaved during the May 10 and during the special
elections in Buneos Aires, Pagsanghan on
June 3, 2010.
enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere during the election until today.
(PIA-Samar with report from Samar PNP)
Gun ban ends after
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Gun
ban will no longer be implemented after June 9, the Philippine
National Police (PNP) informed. However, the PNP will continue the
enforcement of checkpoints to prevent the proliferation of firearms.
This means that on
June 10, gun holders with a permit to carry firearm outside residence
(PTCFOR) could bring their firearms with them already. Stricter
measures on gun control will be put in place instead of extending the
gun ban’s effectivity, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.
The proposed stricter
gun policies include limiting the security details for politicians and
VIPs (Very Important Persons), and stricter requirements for those who
are seeking a Permit to Carry Firearms Outside Residence (PTCFOR).
The PNP will also
impose stricter penalties for those who will be caught possessing
unlicensed firearms or guns with expired licenses.
A separate post-summit
conference has been planned to be held next week to formulate a more
comprehensive gun ownership policy.
It would be recalled
that the gun ban went into effect on January 10, after the Commission
on Elections ordered it in place as part of implementing election law
as applied to the recent May 10 polls.
individuals, including some 200 government employees, have been
apprehended during the period.
There was a proposal
for the extension of the effectivity of gun ban showing the result of
the survey conducted at the National Capital Region where 73.8 percent
of the 400 respondents believe the total gun ban should remain in
force after June 9.
advocates however, pushed for allowing the carrying of licensed
firearm outside the confines of the home and business saying that "the
Filipino should have the privilege to use legitimate and reasonable
means to protect himself or herself and business. Inclusive and
inherent, to enforce such privilege, the Filipino should be allowed to
carry a legitimate and licensed firearm even outside household or
place of business."
1.2 million tons of
magnetite sand to be mined yearly along San Pedro Bay by one mining company
TACLOBAN CITY –
Negative effects of mining on the society was never part of the
discussions by mining companies especially at the affected
municipalities along San Pedro Bay, which is from Tacloban til Abuyog,
Leyte. For instance, the spokesperson of the Northern Access Mining
Inc. (NAMI) declared their target of mining 1.2 million tons of
magnetite sand next year.
“Our environment, if
damaged, will take decades or even centuries to replace what have been
lost, compared to destroying it, will take only several years. Thus,
how much more million will it be worth if billions had been lost in
effect to the society now and the generations to come?” informed
Nestor Lebico, Secretary-General of SAGUPA-SB.
Many mining companies
are interested on the whole region, especially in
Leyte at the part San Pedro that is rich in magnetite sand and
black sand, basic materials for steel.
One of the big mining
companies is Pan Asia Mining Limited that was granted with the right
to mine approximately 41,093.85 hectares of offshore – from the shore
and sea of Basey, Marabut, Samar, Tacloban, Tanauan, Tolosa, Dulag,
Mayorga, MacArthur and Abuyog,
“These big mining
companies are like leeches that suck our richness and like alligators
and sharks who want to dominate and eat all that benefits the
majority.” added Lebico.
These big foreign
mining companies in our island are principal exporters of magnetite
sand to China, which is the leading producer of steel in the whole
inaugurates the Catubig dam in Las Navas
By TERESITA B. CARDENAS
Samar – The Provincial Government of Northern
Samar inaugurated the Catubig Dam with a blessing and ceremonial
opening of the main gate of this dam and the right main canal of the
first six kilometers on
June 5, 2010
at Brgy. San Isidro,
Las Navas, Northern Samar.
In his opening
remarks, Las Navas Mayor Hon. Arlito Tan said 61 years ago, Las Navas
was very rich in natural resources, abundant in forests/timber,
wildlife, flora and fauna, surrounded by vast tracks of land planted
with coconuts and abaca, and ricefields. Because of these riches, in
1967 up to 1987, the San Jose Timber Corporation, a commercial logging
concessionaire, explored and exploited our forests for 20 years
resulted to extinction of wildlife and worst of all its direct effects
were flooding since 1980s up to 2007 that posted millions of pesos of
“But today, we are
grateful and fortunate that the Japanese government through the Japan
International Cooperating Agency (JICA) came to us not to exploit our
natural resources but for a development undertaking. The construction
of this Dam, as projected, I suppose, would develop 3,000 hectares
potential benefits/irrigable areas”, the mayor said.
He further stressed,
that if the dam and the irrigation canals will be fully operational,
rice production will greatly increase, and this project, in effect,
will reduce, if not, eliminate hunger and poverty not only to Las
Navasnon but also to Catubignons as well.
Japan’s Chief of
Mission Minister Motohiko Kato who graced the occasion also said that
the inauguration of Catubig Dam under the Help for Catubig
Agricultural Advancement Program (HCAAP), reaffirms Japan’s 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 Northern Samar
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.
Representative Kazuhiko Ueno also said that over the years, you might
have observed some improvements in terms of infrastructure and
services, which were completed through the assistance of the project.
Noteworthy to mention are the roads and ferry landings including the
Navas Bridge. Also, through HCAAP, we were able to construct several
water supply and toilet facilities, intensify the promotion of
agricultural technology, and help control the spread of
He also congratulated
Governor Raul A. Daza, NIA, and Hanjin for the completion of the
Catubig Dam. Though it is a major achievement to celebrate, much work
still remains in order to ensure that we will be able to irrigate the
design area. Hence, he sought the cooperation of the project
implementers to continue to work together for the improvement of the
lives of people in
On the other hand, NIA
Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Mr. Antonio Galvez
said that the most important structure of this project is being
inaugurated to show to the public that HCAAP Irrigation and Drainage
Component still exist and has an accomplishment. The realization of
the main objective of this project will be partially meet next
planting season especially the area covered by the Pinipisakan
Irrigator’s Association, its final completion is near to come. The
completion of Catubig Right Main Canal (CRMC) entire length (21 km)
and the laterals which will irrigate the entire right portion of the
Catubig Valley will follow later this year.
“We are not going to
deny that the progress of construction on this project is not as fast
as you were expecting, this was due to the local weather condition
that is quite extreme being near the Pacific Ocean, not to mention the
kind of terrain we have and the absence of access road. All of these
are contributory factors why our working conditions are not normal,
hence, greatly affecting physical accomplishment. But we are still
working the best that we can, with the contractor Hanjin “, Galvez
The Catubig Dam is
only one of the three dams to be constructed by this project. It is
the biggest that can supply irrigation water to about 3,000 hectares.
The other one is the Hagbay Dam, the construction will be started in
the next few weeks, as a matter of fact, the contractor for Hagbay
Area had already mobilized their equipment and now ready in completion
with their access road from Bulao to the Dam Site of Hagbay Area. The
construction for the Bulao Area will also be started soon. The Bulao
Dam which was started by Hanjin will then be completed by another
contractor. So by December 2012, we are confident that this project
will be finally completed and irrigation water will be flowing to a
5,550 hectares area to help our farmers increase their income in
Catubig and Las Navas and the province as well, he stressed.
Governor Raul A. Daza
in his inaugural address said that he was very thankful to the
Japanese government led by Deputy of Mission Minister Motohiko Kato
and his collegues, the 1st Secretary of the Embassy of Japan Mr.
Tekehiko Sakata, the Senior Representative of JICA Kazuhiko Ueno ,
the project officer of JICA Mr. Ervin F. Mella, the Sanyo President
Norohiko Kono, NIA Deputy Administrator Antonio Galvez, NIA Regional
Director Engr. Amadeo Montejo and NEDA Region 8 Representative Engr.
Ernesto Octaviano, and to the others who are here in their capacity as
a fellow government workers.
“I would like to ask
your indulgence by putting out the brief history of the component of
the project. This project was conceived and proposed in 1990. I was
then the Deputy Pro Tempore and the number two (2) man in the House of
Representatives as the Congressman of the 1st district of Northern
Samar. This project was submitted to NEDA and funded by JICA in one of
its trances. I knew that the key to alleviate poverty would be to
develop our rice lands. Like any other Filipinos the main staple is
rice. The rehabilitation of the rice industry of the province which is
the Catubig Valley would help the living condition of the people” he
It took 11 years of
distinction in the bureaucracy of the Philippines and the Japanese
government. It was a humble coincidence that I was elected as the
governor of the province in 2001 when the project started in 2002. I
look forward with the signing of the contract which I worked hard. But
I change my mind to sign the loan agreement, instead allow my
predecessor with my full consent and knowledge. This project was
beyond politics because I believe the key to investing poverty is
though their stomach, the governor said.
The project components
are irrigation and drainage, rural infrastructure improvement,
schistosomiasis control, agricultural support services and
With the completion
of the project, the province will no longer spend millions of pesos
just to buy rice from other parts of the country since we will be able
to produce our own rice and our farmers will directly benefit and
economic development will spur the area. (PIA
Only 59% of Samar
households have sanitary toilets; 81% have access to water
CATBALOGAN CITY – Samar’s newly elected leaders are challenged with this health and
In the record of the
Samar Integrated Provincial Health Office, it revealed that only some
59% of Samar province households have sanitary toilets.
The data was culled
from the IPHO records in calendar year 2009.
There is an
improvement though, on scrutiny, comparing the two consecutive years,
in 2008, only 51% of the 100,193 households in Samar have sanitary
toilets then, commonly called as comfort rooms or ‘CR’. A difference
of 7,451 was noted.
This area remains
problematic, according to IPHO reports.
As regards access to
water, IPHO reported that some 81% of the total households in Samar
have access to safe water.
like Paranas, Sta. Rita, Pinabacdao, Villareal and and Sto. Niño use
sodium hypochlorite (hyposal) to purify water.
municipalities are beneficiaries of a water and sanitation project of
WHO, PCWS, DOH and the Italian Government which benefited at least
some 112,212 households from the project.
Hyposol is a water
disinfectant used in raw and contaminated water. It is aimed to
provide households with useful and practical approach to water quality
to prevent onslaught of diseases that may afflict them when ingesting
Meanwhile in a press
release given by NSO-Samar, it said that in the national scene, one in
four poor families have no sanitary toilets or some 25%.