Police nabs Gandara,
Samar’s wanted person
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Police Regional Office 8 Director Chief Superintendent Rey Laquihon
Lañada informed that a wanted person by the name of Rex Pajarito alias
Ricric, 19 years old, single, was nabbed at 7:00 o’clock in the
morning of June 24 at Barangay Lungib, Gandara, Samar.
The apprehension was
made by the combined elements of Gandara Municipal Police Station, the
Regional Public Safety Battalion and Special Task Group 8 led by
Police Inspector Jovie R. Espenido, by virtue of Alias Warrant of
Arrest for the crime of murder docketed under Criminal Case Number
06-0342 with no bail bond; and serious physical injuries docketed
under Criminal Case Number 6128, with bail bond of One Thousand Pesos,
both issued by Presiding Judge Cesar T. Mabansag, Branch 41 in Gandara.
This fete is pursuant
to Police Regional Office 8 Director Rey Laquihon Lañada’s directive
to his men to intensify their drive against all forms of criminality
to ensure the safety of the general public.
Director Lañada said
that the Philippine National Police in the Region is working harder in
its fights against lawless criminals. He, thus, gave a stern warning
to the Wanted Persons who are still at large to turn in themselves
because the hands of justice will sooner or later nab them.
Do not resist arrest,
Director Lañada said, because his men will defend themselves.
“If poverty is the
reason why they commit crimes, they could work. There is a lot of work
to be had in the locality. There is dignity in labor for as long as it
is legal. There is no need for them to commit crimes in order to gain
something,” Director Lañada added. (with data from PNP RPCRD8)
LGA, DILG start
training local officials in Eastern Visayas
By MYLES COLASITO
TACLOBAN CITY –
Thirty-five (35) new mayors in the region attended the “First 100
Days” seminar of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
conducted on June 21-22, 2010 at the Sabin Resort in
The live-in, free
seminar which is a part of the second component of the 2010 Newly
Elected Officials (NEO) Program was held simultaneously with other
regions throughout the country, to prepare the new mayors for their
tasks even before they assume office on June 30.
Next month and up to
August, DILG rolls out a different training for all mayors,
vice-mayors, called “Knowing My LGU”. This is an on-site “utilization
conference” to familiarize mayors, vice-mayors, and sanggunian members
on their town's state of local governance, state of development and
financial capacity based on the Local Governance Performance
Management System (LGPMS) to help them prepare their respective
Marivel C. Sacendoncillo of the
Government Academy which oversees all DILG training programs, urged
the neophyte mayors to learn from their more seasoned colleagues,
especially on resource mobilization.
Director Francisco C. Jose for his part urged the mayors to provide
clear, concise and realizable vision of their municipality, and to
exercise prudent use of their corporate powers. Likewise, he
encouraged mayors to be magnanimous victors, and tap all resources and
sectors to increase productivity and achieve their goals.
Heads of government
oversight agencies: DILG, Department of Budget and Management, Civil
Service Commission, Commission on Audit, as well as Parole and
Probation Administration offered insights on common problems in local
governance and held a dialog with participants.
the Department of Agriculture, DENR, DSWD, Department of Health, and
Philhealth likewise presented their programs for possible partnerships
Much of the questions
put forth by training participants centered on appointments,
succession of vacancies, local discipline, sharing of the Internal
Revenue Allotment, environment, and local government – national
On the first day,
Mayor Melchor Nacario of Calbiga,
Samar shared his
thoughts on protecting the environment and Leonardo Ubalde of Galing
Pook highlighted some characteristics of local best practices.
On the second day,
Mayor Roque Tiu of Tanauan, Leyte discussed revenue generation and
fostering a business-friendly LGU. Both mayors have received awards in
the past for their exemplary programs.
Towards the end of the
seminar the mayors crafted their draft agenda for the first 100 days
Out of a total of 143
local chief executives (mayors and governors) In Eastern Visayas,
there are 50 new municipal mayors, two (2)
mayors, and four (4) new governors. All of them are to undergo
trainings and conferences by DILG together with the rest of the new
set of local officials in preparation for their three year term.
The 2010 DILG Newly
Elected Officials (NEO) Program has four components. Ensuring Smooth
Transition mandates the creation of LGU transition teams to organize
data, prepare transition documents, and develop briefing schedules to
facilitate smooth transition in the LGU operations, as well as the
conduct of a turnover ceremony between old and new officials.
The first track of
Laying the Foundation component includes the First 100 Days and
Knowing my LGU, while the second, Learning from the Experiences of My
Peers involves mentoring and is led by the leagues of local officials.
shall be a province-led activity to shape a common vision, mission and
goals with component cities and municipalities and harness multi-sectoral
support, while Sharpening the Saw refers to trainings that may be
requested by LGUs based on their needs.
Indigent vendors avail
Nego Kart livelihood initiated by DOLE-Maasin City LGU
By ERNA GORNE
MAASIN CITY – Twenty
local vendors here underwent two-days entrepreneurial and business
meeting in preparation for them to avail the Negosyo sa Kariton
livelihood program initiated by the Department of Labor and Employment
-Southern Leyte Provincial Office in close coordination with the
local government unit thru the City Social Welfare and Development
The CSWDO here
endorsed the selected indigent vendors qualified to avail the free
financial assistance from the DOLE.
At P15,000 each worth
of goods and materials, the same group of indigent vendors were
released a total of P300,000 grant from the said department.
indigent vendors are already engaged in different vending activities
such as snack vending - barbecue, tempora vending, sari-sari stores
and buy and sell like pasalubong, among others.
The beneficiaries were
advised on how to run their business properly in order to sustain for a
longer period, enterprise development and business management. The
two-day entrepreneurial and business orientation last June 21-22 was
facilitated by the DOLE staff led by Provincial Labor Extension
Officer Norma Fe Valuis.
According to Valuis,
the turn-over of the financial assistance to the beneficiaries has
been scheduled on
July 5, 2010 with the presence of Maasin City Mayor Maloney Samaco and
DOLE-8 Regional Director Forter Puguon.
Towards the end of
the meeting, the group was formally organized into an association.
Once the group will be accredited with the Department of Labor and
Employment, the same group can avail more financial assistance, it was
learned. (PIA Southern Leyte)
DepEd bans students in
malls, internet cafes, cinemas during class hours
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Education is now prohibiting all students of
public and private elementary and secondary schools from going to
computer shops, malls, theaters, and other similar establishment
during class hours.
Through DepEd Order
No. 86 series of 2010 issued on June 18, 2010, Education Secretary
Mona Valisno directed all school officials and employees concerned to
institute and implement the necessary mechanism on the school
discipline applicable under the situation.
Secretary Valisno said
the school officials should monitor closely those students who are
absent or cut class often. DepEd is aware of the prevailing situation
that there are students in the elementary and secondary levels from
public and private schools who go to computer shops, malls, theaters,
and the likes during their class hours while in their school uniforms.
To carry out the ban
effectively, Education Secretary Mona Valisno directed said school
officials and teachers concerned to communicate and coordinate with
their respective local government officials so that both parties could
work on a possible enactment or implementation of the appropriate
legislation to implement this. These legislations may be in the form
of regulating the distance of computer shops, malls, theaters and the
likes from schools, she added.
The directive may also
be sent to the owners of these establishments not to allow entry of
students during their respective class hours. The LGUs can ask the
owners of these shops and malls to check first the class schedules of
the student trying to enter the establishment, Secretary Valisno said.
Secretary Valisno said
schools should accordingly provide their students with certified
copies of their respective class schedules.
Secretary also urged the school officials and teachers to provide
their students with worthwhile and productive activities, particularly
those that can enhance the creative and communicative skills such as
debate or their creative skills such as dramatic activities and
theatrical programs, which can be done during the free time of the
students in school.
Calbayog LGU honors
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CALBAYOG CITY –
Aside from celebrating Independence Day on
June 12, 2010 the Local Government Unit of Calbayog City awarded an SP
Resolution commending Mr. Reynaldo Prudenciado, Jr. an accounting
graduate from Christ the
Calbayog City who placed 6th in the recent CPA Board Exam.
City Councilor Julius
Mancol handed over a copy of the resolution to Mr. Prudenciado himself
at the Nijaga Park stage.
In a phone interview,
Rey told PIA that he did not expect to top the exam, he only prayed
hard to pass.
is of humble beginnings, his father is a farmer while her mother tends
a small sari-sari store in Barangay Guin-on, Calbayog City.
They are poor all
right, said Rey but his siblings, four of them, including himself were
able to go to school through scholarship grants.
His elder sister
graduated cum laude at the Tiburcio Tancinco Memorial Institute of
Science and Technology (TTMIST) now Northwestern State University.
He, too, graduated
magna cum laude according to a personnel at Christ the King College.
Rey initially wanted
to become a nurse, but a problem with his benefactor sprouted that he
was forced to take accounting, a situation which gave him enormous
As he recalled how he
learned of his passing the test, much more his being on the top 6 was
too overwhelming for words.
He recalled being on
review school because of another scholarship grant from Punongbayan
and Araulo Auditing Firm which he hopes to serve for at least
He admitted he
received many offers, but chose to stay with the Punongbayan Auditing
This 21 year old lad
believes that being poor is not an excuse not to pursue higher
education, one’s determination and drive will more than compensate for
any financial difficulty.
Meanwhile, Christ the
King College admitted this is the first time their graduate topped the
CPA Board Examination.
An employee told PIA
that they have also students who topped the teachers board and other
Christ the King feels
proud that their graduates have performed well.
Soon, a testimonial
dinner awaits the successful batch of CPA examinees in and they will
be led by this 21-year old lad who dreamed and infused diligence
determination and perseverance to succeed. (with
reports from Ron Ricafort)
Trabaho Patrol draws 1,013 job seekers
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The ABS-CBN Tacloban sponsored jobs and livelihood fair on
Saturday, June 19, 2010 at the Leyte SMED Center drew more than a
thousand job seekers from the various municipalities in the region,
DOLE Region 8 Director Forter Puguon informed.
Dubbed as “Trabaho
Patrol”, the employment activity was in coordination with the
Department of Labor and Employment’s Northern Leyte Field Office and
its attached agency, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
There were 5,540 job
vacancies in both local and overseas employment that were offered by
eleven local employers and seven private recruitment agencies that
participated in the one day jobs fair. A total of 1,310 applicants
were registered of which 1,288 were referred and interviewed.
The DOLE Regional
Director said that the jobs fair generated twenty two (22) Hired On
The Spot or HOTS all of which are for local employment.
explained that no HOTS for overseas employment was recorded as the
qualified applicants will still have to undergo further processing
like medical examinations, trade testing or employer’s interview.
The local employers
that participated in the jobs fair were
APAC, Accudata, MJ Prime Agency, Trisean Ventures, Dranix, M
Lhuiller & J Gourmet Partnership Co., Gaisano Central, Jollibee/Chowking/Greenwich,
Lee King Yen MacAcrthur Beach Resort, Andoks and the Department of
Social Welfare and Development Regional Office No. 8, Mr. Virgilio
Doroja Jr., DOLE 8 Information Officer reported.
He said that seven (7)
Tacloban-based private recruitment agencies also took part in the jobs
fair with 5,240 job orders for employment abroad. These were the 10th
Story placement agency, Ascend Overseas Recruitment Agency, Mondial
Recruitment Agency, Mother’s Way Overseas Manpower, New Era Placement
Agency, Pacific Mediterranean.
component of the fair has also featured opportunities for self
employment through livelihood or entrepreneurship. Among the
livelihood exhibits were the vegenoodles of Burak Magkaisa Small
Business Association in Tolosa, Leyte, the deboned bangus of Tanghas,
Tolosa, Leyte, the processed meat products of DORELCO Independent
Workers Union in Tolosa, Leyte, their respective roscas, decania and
torta of Barugo Roscas Producers Association and Barugo Food
Delicacies Association, and the mushroom and bath soap of Tabon-tabon,
A unique feature of
the Livelihood Fair was the participation of Lifestyles Inc. which
offered opportunity either for additional income or income
augmentation to those already employed, or for self employment to
thanked the management of ABS-CBN Tacloban headed by its Station
Manager Mr. Clifford Nolido for its continuing sponsorship of the
Trabaho Patrol to help the people in Eastern Visayas find productive
and decent employment. (with data from DOLE8)
expresses dismay over the Supreme Court non-decision on Jonas Burgos
QUEZON CITY – “For
the Families of the Disappeared for Justice, the Supreme Court did not
bestow justice; it only prolonged the Burgoses’ agony.” This was the
statement made today by Lorena Santos, Deputy Secretary General of
Desaparecidos or Families of the Disappeared for Jusitce after the
Supreme Court came out with its non-decision over the Writ of Amparo
on the Jonas Burgos abduction case.
“After making the
Burgos family wait for more than a year for the Supreme Court ruling
on the disappearance of activist Jonas Burgos, the decision is still
found wanting,” Santos said unable to hide her disappointment.
organization said that the Supreme Court failed to come up with a
decision on the Writ of Amparo brought to their court after the Court
of Appeals dismissed the appeal filed by the Burgoses. The Court of
Appeals dismissed the case due to “lapses” by the Philippine National
Police - Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) in
investigating the case. “Those were not lapses but a cover up on the
abduction of Jonas Burgos.” Santos stated.
“With the Supreme
Court ordering the Commission on Human Rights to conduct an
investigation on the case, it seems the legal woes of the
family will be starting all over again.”
Santos shared while reminding the public that Jonas Burgos’ family
had previously filed a complaint before the Commission on Human Rights
during the term of the
CHR Chairperson Purificacion Quisumbing. “The Commission ordered
a suspension of the hearings then.”
Santos lamented. “The
Burgos family expressed the futility of the proceedings at the
Commission at that time,” she continued.
According to the
Supreme Court ruling, President Arroyo should be taken out from the
respondents. “It is simply unacceptable. She is the commander-in-chief
of the AFP and her state policies include Oplan Bantay Laya (Operation
Freedom Watch) that gives power to the military to abduct and
disappear people like Jonas,” Santos adds.
“Is this what we shall
expect with the other pending Writ of Amparo cases that families of
victims of enforced disappearances have filed before the High Courts?”
petitions for the Writ of Amparo for the disappearance of National
Democratic Front of the Philippines consultant for the peace process
Leo Velasco, and, the UP Students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan are
still pending with the Supreme Court. They have been missing for
almost four years now.
Meanwhile, with the
acceptance of CHR Commissioner, Atty. Leila de Lima of the DOJ post
under the Aquino administration, it is uncertain what future the holds
with regards the Burgos case; however, families of the Disappeared
hopes that with Atty. De Lima at the DOJ helm she will still continue
to do what she has done while she was CHR Commissioner.
DepEd ALS extends A &
E application till June 30
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The Department of Education (DepED) Alternative Learning System (ALS)
is extending the period of application for the Accreditation and
Equivalency (A & E) examination up to June 30, 2010.
It added that A & E
test will be done on August 1, 2010 (Sunday) in three testing centers
The three testing
centers are in Samar National School, Catbalogan City, Calbiga Central
School, Calbiga, Samar and in Sta. Margarita 1 Central Elementary
School, Sta. Margarita located some 80 kilometers northwest this City.
As of the moment, some
500 applicants have been undergoing the process according to ALS
Supervisor Teny Tobes.
PIA Samar chanced upon
an applicant named Gerundio Lago, 19 who is a helper at a dried fish
store in Barangay Ubanon, Catbalogan City.
Gerun said he will
study in high school, if he passed the A & E exam and will even
proceed to college until he qualifies to be a soldier.
“Gusto ko maging
sundalo, amo gihapon an karuyag han akon kabugtuan,” (Trans: I want to
be a soldier, my sisters also share my ambition), Gerun shared to PIA.
Although the good
looking lad just reached grade 5, he said he continues reading
especially during his break time when he borrows pocket books from
Gerun also displayed
his mathematical skills as he computed the prices of dried fish and
dried squid which his boss sells.
Like Gerun, those
qualified are elementary drop-outs who are at least 11 years old
before examination day; secondary drop-outs who are at least 15 years
old before the examination day, non-passers of previous
ALS A & E tests and learners or completers of the
include: original and photocopies of any of the mentioned government
issued identification such as valid driver's license, valid passport,
voter's ID, postal ID, NBI clearance, Barangay Certification with
photo and authenticated certificate of live birth.
Region 8 hosts One
Visayas Health Forum today
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – All
is set for the hosting of the Regional Development of Region 8 of the
first One Visayas Health Forum today, June 22, 2010 at the Convention
Center A of the Leyte Park Hotel.
The One Visayas
Regional Development Committee is composed of the Regional Development
Councils of Regions VI, VII and VIII, with the chairpersons of the
RDCs namely: Governor Salvacion Z. Perez for Region 6; Governor
Gwendolyn F. Garcia for Region 7 and Calbayog City Mayor Mel Senen S.
Sarmiento for Region 8, leading.
About 120 participants
from the three Visayas Regions have signified their intention to the
Forum, the NEDA Region Social Development Division informed the
Philippine Information Agency.
The Forum aims to
generate issues and experiences from the Local chief Executives of the
three Visayas Regions in their operations of devolved tertiary,
provincial and district hospitals.
The Forum also hopes
to solicit policy recommendations and courses of action to improve
delivery of devolved health services to local government units,
considering the impact of climate change on human health.
Furthermore, the Forum
provides a venue to share best practices of the three regions on the
four thrusts of Fourmula One Health Service Delivery, Health
Regulation, Health Care Financing and Health Governance.
No less than the
Secretary of the Department of Health, Hon. Esperanza Cabral has been
invited to keynote the first One Visayas Forum on Health.
Among the issues to be
tackled is Climate Change and Human Health which will be discussed by
Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, Executive Director of Health Futures, Inc.
issues on Health Sector will be discussed by Ho. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Abad,
Assistant Health Secretary.
The sharing of best
practices in the Health sector will be done by the representatives of
the three RDCs: Region 7 for Health Service Delivery; and Region 6 for
Health Regulation. For Region 8, Dr. Jose Lito Trumata will share best
practices for Health Governance and Financing.