Barangay agent from North Samar turns over 71/2 kilos of suspected cocaine bricks to police
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Police Region 8 Director Rey Laquihon Lañada expressed his gratitude
for the all out support of the public in
PNP programs, particularly that on drugs.
informed that at around 1:00 o’clock in the morning of June 15, a
Barangay Intelligence Network (BIN) agent in Gamay, Northern Samar,
turned over 7.5 kilos of suspected cocaine bricks amounting to about
Thirty Seven point five Million (P37,500,000.00) Pesos.
The surrender was made
to the combined force of the Regional Intelligence Division, Police
Region Office 8, and Regional Special Operations Group led by Police
Inspector Rolly Tagama and Police Inspector Raul Sarabia in
coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 8 under the
direct supervision of Police Superintendent Crizaldo Nieves, chief of
The subject person and
the surrendered cocaine bricks were brought to Gamay Police Station
for documentation and subsequently brought to the office of RID, PRO 8
for proper disposition.
In a press conference
held in the morning of June 16, Director Lañada turned over the
surrendered cocaine to PDEA 8 Deputy Chief Operations Section Raymond
Gidal who in turn deposited the same with SOCO8 for safekeeping.
Director Lañada reiterated his directive to all police stations along
the shorelines to monitor any similar recovery of cocaine bricks by
the fishermen. He also called for the mobilization of Bantay Dagat of
concerned municipalities and neighboring towns to monitor and inform
the public to turn over to the PNP any recovered similar items.
Director Lañada said
that the PNP together with the PDEA will continue to closely
investigate the recovery of said white substances and to exert more
efforts to further recover more cocaine from other municipalities.
On December 28, 2009,
218 bricks of cocaine were turned over by the Police Regional Office 8
to PDEA. Said bricks of suspected cocaine were recovered by joint
elements of Eastern Samar, 4th Alpha Coy, PA and 52nd IB Delta Coy PA
within the municipalities of Balangkayan, Maydolong, San Policarpio
and Llorente, all in
Eastern Samar, and in
On January 11, 2010,
another 80 bricks of suspected cocaine were turned over to PDEA 8.
More than a month after, on February 26, 2010, another 28 bricks of
cocain were turned over to PDEA.
PRO 8 has recovered
a total of 335.320 bricks or kilos of cocaine which amounts to about 6
Billion, 676 Million, 600 Thousand Pesos (P6.67B).
GK launches Tacloban
as first designer city in Visayas
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Gawad
Kalinga Chairman Mr.Tony Meloto led in the launching of Tacloban City
as the first Gawad Kalinga Designer City, at the Balyuan Convention
Center on June 12, 2010.
Being a GK designer
city, about 15,000 houses will be built in several communities in the
City of Tacloban. The dwellings will be beautiful and colorful.
“Everyone who will
live in that village will be beautiful. Bawal ang pangit (uglies not
allowed), pangit ang ugali (ugly attitude), pangit na gawa (ugly act),
pangit na bahay (ugly house) at pangit na kumonidad (ugly community),”
Mr. Meloto said.
He expressed belief
that Tacloban City can make a difference by showing the whole world
that “we are one as a Filipino helping another Filipino to prosper.”
He added that “it’s
about time we transcend and be one people, the Filipino by setting
aside politics“, quoting former
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yu when he said: “This is not about me. This
is about Singapore”.
The Gawad Kalinga
Community Infrastructure Program in Tacloban initially started with a
housing project at Cabalawan, Tacloban, called the Solis Legacy GK
The Gawad Kalinga, the
Tacloban City Government, sponsors and the beneficiaries of the
project intend to build a community of 30 to 35 houses built at half a
hectare lot donated by the Solis Family represented by Atty. Vicente
Once built, the Gawad
Kalinga does not only foresee the infrastructure aspect of building a
house and community but will also look into the community health
aspect where every child, adult and elderly thrive optimally through
capacity enhancement, health education, service and local health
system development geared towards Building a Healthy communities and
building a Healthy Nation.
Gawad Kalinga also has
a program on child & youth development, a GK environment, empowerment
& productivity programs for every community that they build.
Tacloban as a GK
Designer City is envisioned as a strategy towards the achievement of
the vision of Tacloban as a slum-free city by the year 2024.
The launching was
highlighted with the signing of Memorandum of Agreement with Gawad
Kalinga represented by its founder Mr. Tony Meloto, Mayor Alfred
Romualdez for Tacloban City, Atty. Vicente Solis for the land donation
and other stakeholders responsible for the GK project.
from City Info Center)
Leyte Kasadyaan trade
and science & technology fair opens
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Visitors, balikbayans and tourists who are expected to come to
Tacloban for the fiesta celebrations, will be treated to food and
visual treat with the holding of the Leyte Kasadyaan Trade and Science
and Technology Fair which features Diskwento Sales and Delicacies
Festival on June 22 to 30 at the Leyte Pintados-Kasadyaan Park,
Miss Raquel Abadiano,
acting Information Officer of DTI 8 informed that the trade fair is
made possible thru the joint and coordinated efforts by the Department
of Trade and Industry-Leyte Provincial Office and Regional Office 8
(DTI-Leyte and RO 8), the Provincial Government of Leyte, the Leyte
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and the Department of Science
and Technology- Leyte and Regional Office 8 (DOST-Leyte and RO 8).
The Fair which
showcases the best processed food, handicrafts, and furniture of
participating producers and manufacturers from all over Region 8 most
especially those from Leyte, is held as part of the Pintados-Kasadyaan
Festival 2010 this month of June.
With the publicity and
exposure that joining the festival will create, the fair is expected
to boost the sales of participating producers in Leyte and create
awareness for their products most especially those of export quality
to institutional and walk-in buyers who are expected to constitute the
bulk of its visitors.
“Delicacies Festival”, will highlight the various native delicacies
that the region is known for such as the binagol, moron, and pastillas
and with the anticipated huge turnout of visitors to the trade fair,
sales of the producers are expected to increase as well.
On the other hand, the
LCCI-organized “Diskwento Fair” aims to ease the burden of parents
with the opening of classes this June by offering for sale to the
public at the trade fair, selected basic and prime commodities as well
as school supplies at reduced prices.
For more information
on the Leyte Kasadyaan Trade and Science & Technology Fair, you may
call DTI-Leyte at
323-6448 or visit its office at DTI-Leyte,
Real St., Sagkahan,
Tacloban City. (with data from DTI 8)
Noynoy's state visits
eyed to "sell" RP's knowledge workers
By Office of Rep. Joseph A. Santiago
QUEZON CITY – Catanduanes Rep. Joseph Santiago favors the private sector's plan to
tap some P160 million in government subsidy to help "sell" abroad the
abilities of the country's knowledge workers during President-elect
Benigno Aquino III's first state visits to other nations.
The plan is expected
to draw in up to $5 billion new foreign investments, mostly in
information technology (IT)-enabled services,
"We are absolutely
behind the plan, which is essential to protecting and advancing our
gains in the global markets for IT-backed services, particularly
software development and engineering design," said
chairman of the House committee on information and communications
He urged the
Semiconductor and Electronics Industries of the Philippines (SEIPI)
and the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) to
combine forces in lobbying the new President to support the planned
global marketing campaign.
The plan involves the
placement of high-impact advertisements in leading international cable
TV channels and newspapers that cater to the business community.
Santiago said the ads
and roadshows for potential investors should be synchronized with
Aquino's initial foreign trips, which are expected to attract ample
credible pledge to fight corruption is also expected to help pull in
the new investors, he pointed out.
"We don't see any
reason why SEIPI and BPAP can't ask the new administration to set
aside P160 million out of the ESF to finance the global marketing
The ESF refers to the
P1-billion Export Support Fund. Government established the fund to
prop up exporters at the onset of the global financial crisis and
recession in 2008.
refer to personnel valued for their ability to interpret and analyze
information within a specific subject area. Their skills help
companies identify problems and work out solutions through innovation,
design and development.
As a result, companies
are able to create new products, enhance processes, and increase
IT-enabled industries, which
Santiago said are "basically exporting services," are solidly on
track to sustaining growth in the years ahead.
development and engineering design, the services also encompass
animation; digital content; customer care; back offices; and medical,
legal and other data transcription.
Still driven mainly by
contact centers, the services are expected to generate $12.2 billion
in revenues this year. They are projected to directly employ more than
one million Filipinos by yearend.
LGA-DILG conducts “My
First 100 Days” training for newly elected Region 8 local chief
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Local Government Academy which is the training arm of the Department
of Interior and Local Government is scheduled to conduct an
orientation training for the newly-minted local chief executives in
Region 8, on June 21-22 at the Sabin Resort Hotel in
LGA Executive Director
Marivel C. Sacendoncillo informed that the training dubbed as “My
First 100 Days” is aimed at helping the newly-elected local chief
executives get acquainted with their tasks and responsibilities.
added that the activity will also serve as the venue for the LCEs to
craft their program and governance for their first 100 days in office
and gets them ready when they assume office on July 1, 2010.
just-concluded elections bringing forth new faces and new hopes in
local governance, the LGA-DILG in partnership with development
partners and other stakeholders, designed the 2010 Newly-Elected
Officials (NEO) Program to strengthen the individual and institutional
capacities of the local government units and improve the delivery of
basic services and be able to map out the development direction of
their respective localities.
The training “My First
100 Days” is a component of the Program, the LGA Executive Director
Among the modules in
the training is that on Financing LGU Operation which will provide the
participants an overview of the LGU Fiscal Management so that they
will understand the LGU financial condition, learn the sources of
local revenue and alternative external sources of revenue, formulate
the LGU financial strategies, thus promoting financial accountability
Ms. Sacendoncillo said
that she has invited outgoing Tanauan, Leyte Mayor Roque Tiu who is
the LMP Leyte Chapter President in the sharing of best practices of
LGUs on mobilizing resources.
The other modules
include Understanding My Environment; the Local Official as Agent for
Development; Common Pitfalls in LGU Management; and Jumpstarting the
First 100 Days Governance.
Metro Cebu MRT project
revival eyed under Aquino
QUEZON CITY – Cebu
Rep. Eduardo Gullas is hopeful that President-elect Benigno Aquino
III's economic and transport planners would be more aggressive in
fulfilling the proposed mass rail transit (MRT) system in Central
Visayas' fastest-growing metropolis.
Gullas said he is
counting on the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the
Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) under Aquino to
quickly revive and finally carry out Metro Cebu's first modern,
efficient and reliable MRT project.
"The system has become
absolutely necessary to enable
Cebu to keep pace with rapid population growth and economic
expansion," Gullas said.
"The sooner the system
is installed, the more economical for government, and the less costly
for taxpayers as well as commuters," he said.
confidence the MRT system would boost
productivity in a big way.
He also stressed that
the MRT project and a separate proposal to roll out a bus rapid
transport system "are not necessarily conflicted."
The two could be
rolled out in a manner that they would complement and reinforce each
other, rather than make one redundant, he pointed out.
For years, Gullas has
been pushing for the MRT project to ease Metro Cebu's heavy motor
vehicle traffic congestion.
He has gone to the
extent to introducing a bill seeking to require the DOTC to prepare
and execute a plan to establish and operate the system.
Cebu desperately needs
a fast, safe, convenient and inexpensive MRT system, according to
Gullas, a former provincial governor.
for the MRT project have ranged from P46 billion to P55 billion.
The DOTC previously
forged a $1 billion build-operate-transfer agreement with the AMA
Group of Holdings Corp. to build a 71-kilometer, three-phased MRT
project in Metro Cebu.
The project would run
through Metro Cebu from
in the south to Danao City in the north.
performance has been stalled, because the DOTC has found it difficult
to get lower offers from other private entities.
Gullas' fresh bid
to revive the Metro Cebu MRT project came shortly after the Department
of Public Works and Highways accepted an unsolicited proposal from
Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp. to build a P17-billion,
13.2-kilometer elevated road linking the North and South Luzon
Leyte expects to
produce more rice this year
Media Relations Center
June 12, 2010
The province of Leyte expects to produce more rice this year despite
the prolonged dry spell caused by the El Niño phenomenon and the drop
in fertilizer supply to local farmers.
Roger Portula, Leyte
provincial agriculturist, said the province is still 113 percent rice
sufficient even with the decline of about 40,000 metric tons (MT) of
palay experienced last year.
“The decrease in rice
production last year did not only happen in
Leyte but nationwide. Hopefully we can recover this year. That is
why we are exerting efforts that farmers use certified seeds to ensure
good harvest,” Mr. Portula said.
Leyte, one of the
country’s rice producing provinces which ranked sixth in 2007 among
the country’s rice producing provinces with a rice produce of 582,840
The province has more
than 55,000 hectares of rice lands with the towns of Alangalang,
Abuyog, Carigara, Sta. Fe, Palo,
Kananga and the cities of Baybay and Ormoc as among the top
“Our farmers could
avail of a subsidized certified seeds. They could get 40 kilos of
seeds at P600 only while the government would shoulder the remaining
P600 as subsidy to rice farmers. The Department of Agriculture (DA)
will pay the remaining amount,” Mr. Portula said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Potula
disclosed that the ICOT Rice Program of the provincial government will
continue this year in Sta. Fe, Leyte.
Under the said
program, the province extends loan to rice farmers and the amount
could be used to buy palay seeds and fertilizers as well as payment of
workers who prepare the land for planting.
avail of a maximum of P15,000 per hectare of land a farmer would
plant. The farmers would pay back their loans in terms of good quality
palay computed on the prevailing market price but P1 higher,” Mr.
agriculturist added that the loan program is one way of maintaining
the province food-secured and improving the farmer’s productivity and
increasing their income.
“If they have surplus
palay for sale, we (province) buy them. We also supply rice to the
provincial and sub-provincial jails and provincial-run hospitals,” he
NPA big fish arrested
By DPAO, 10th Infantry Division, PA
CAMP FELIX APOLINARIO,
Panacan, Davao City – A New People’s Army (NPA) leader was arrested
by authorities in a checkpoint in the village of Madaum in Tagum City
1:30 PM Friday.
Mario Cabatlao alias
Jomar, secretary of Local Terrorist Front-15 of the NPA was arrested
by joint elements of 3rd Special Forces Battalion, Philippine National
Police (PNP) of Madaum and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group
(CIDG) 11. Recovered in the possession of Cabatlao were an Improvised
Explosive Device (IED) and a fragmentation grenade.
Cabatlao was arrested
by virtue of Warrants of Arrest in Criminal Cases 3432, 3433, 3483,
3484, 3485 and 3486 for multiple murder and attempted murder in his
involvement in many NPA atrocities committed against the law and the
people particularly in the towns of Baganga, Manay, Caraga and
Taragona all in Davao Oriental province.
Holganza, commander of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division lauded police
and soldiers who made the arrest as he reminded criminals that law
enforcement efforts will continue to bring them to justice. “We take
pride in the efforts and patience of our soldiers and policemen who
painstakingly took it upon themselves that justice for our people will
be served. May this bring warning to all criminals, murderers,
kidnappers and bandits like the NPA that the long arms of the law will
eventually catch-up with you and your crimes will not go unpunished.”
“This is a welcome
development as the whole nation celebrates our independence. May all
criminals fall in the hands of the authorities so that our people may
be free from terrorism and other crimes which these criminals commit
against our country” Holganza added.
Cabatlao is the third
NPA leader to fall in the hands of authorities in
Zaldy Canete alias
Jingoy, a celebrated case of child combatant who was recruited at the
age of 13 and who rose steadily and quickly in the ranks of the NPA
surrendered after being wounded in a gunbattle with the Army’s 3rd
Special Forces Battalion in Talaingod town in Davao del Norte January
of this year.
Renelo Creita alias
Jaguar who is responsible in planning and executing the ambush in
Maragusan town which claimed the lives of five individuals and wounded
a dozen others which was tagged by people as the “Maragusan Massacre”
fell in the hands of joint elements of the Army’s 66th Infantry
Battalion and CIDG 11, PNP in May.
authorities also found an IED fashioned as landmine and a hand grenade
in the possession of Creita together with a caliber .45 pistol.
Authorities say the
use of IED is a violation of International Humanitarian Law as it
endangers the life of non-combatants specially that NPAs are planting
said bombs along roadnets and bridges.
Canete and Creita
also face multiple cases of murder, frustrated and attempted murder,
arson, kidnappings, illegal possession of firearms and explosives and
other criminal cases.
8ID actively supports Brigada Eskwela 2010
By DPAO, 8th Infantry Division, PA
Catbalogan City, Samar – The Army’s 8th Infantry Division actively
supported the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Brigada Eskwela 2010
last June 10-11, 6 A.M in the different areas of Catbalogan City.
8ID was just one of
the numerous government and non-government agencies who regularly join
the said endeavor in welcoming the opening of the school year.
This activity further
aims to show up with the public the coordinated efforts and
partnership of all stakeholders and giving value to education even
with this little things.
units, local businesses, civic groups, NGO’s, private individuals,
religious sectors, students, teachers and parents also worked
hand-in-hand in preparing school’s classrooms for the comfort of the
repainting and cleaning the areas were just few among the activites of
Brigada Eskwela wherein some public elementary schools such as
Catbalogan National Comprehensive High School, Brgy Mercedes,
Guinsirongan, Catbalogan V Central and Catbalogan IV Central
elementary schools were benefited.
Meanwhile, other units
under 8ID were already conducting and participating in similar
activities in their areas of operations.
The 14th Infantry
Battalion joined the Brigada Eskwela last week at the Dolores National
High School, Dao Integrated School, Maslog Primary School, Parina
Elem. School, Brgy. Parina Giporlos, San Miguel Elem. School, San
Miguel, Hernani E .Samar.
The 52nd Infantry
Battalion (CAFGU) also extended similar support at Bitaog Elem.
School, Brgy Agsam Oras E. Samar and Samar State University of
The 78th Infantry
Battalion was also very much active in their area of operation wherein
they launched their Brigada Eskwela support immediately after the
national and local automated election.
In his statement,
Major General Arthur Tabaquero, 8ID’s chief said that the overall
activity was very successful thus he extends his heartfelt thanks for
the support shared and extended by other participating agencies,
organizations and individuals.
demonstrates no small amount to the eyes of our people, particularly
to our students who will bridge change and success in the future.
This will remarkably leave a very sentimental value that will continue
to inspire them until they mature.”
He further said
that 8ID will continue to support any worthy programs of any agency in
aid of promoting the value and effect of oneness and togetherness in
security and nation-building.