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New Samar Governor vows to govern with transparency

All 2010 Pintados-Kasadyaan Fest tribes qualify in Aliwan Fest

Police nabs Gandara, Samar’s wanted person

DENR 8 prioritizes rehabilitation of 9 critical watershed areas in East Visayas

Barangay agent from North Samar turns over 71/2 kilos of suspected cocaine bricks to police

Zumarraganhons warmly welcomes Chief PNP in their island and in their home

Call for Subiran Regatta 2010 participants

Rotary Club of Tacloban named best club in Philippine Rotary District 3860

To attain HOPE, PNP augments force to Buenos Aires

Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival tradition goes on





Calbayog Mayor assumes office, vows rewards for good performance, mulls hospital construction

By PIA Samar
July 9, 2010

CATBALOGAN CITY  –  Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo Uy reported for work, Monday. He started his day with a prayer and a meeting with the employees of the City Mayor's Office.

Mayor Reynaldo Uy

After a flurry of meetings with some department managers and his callers, he took time to meet the LGU employees before the flag-retreat ceremony.

In the said meeting, he enjoined everyone to be united and do their share in providing good service to the people of Calbayog. He called on everyone to be good performers or be performing assets of the LGU and even hinted at giving generous bonuses for those who will be able to deliver good service to the LGU.

He also met with the city officials, the department managers and assistant department managers of LGU-Calbayog.

The said meeting was held at the Marju-Krisel function hall a few hours after the oath-taking ceremonies.

Various issues and concerns were raised during the said meeting. It included the intention of the city to construct Calbayog City Hospital.

He also touched on employees’ performance, with the re-implementation of the Tri-District Program, among others.

Mayor Uy has swapped places with Congressman Mel Senen Sarmiento who was then mayor of Calbayog while the former was the Samar second district representative to Congress.

Prior to his election as Representative to Congress, Uy was also the city mayor of Calbayog. (with Ron Ricafort)





Leyte SP conducts maiden session, elects chairs of various committees

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
July 8, 2010

TACLOBAN CITY  –  Tooled with the fresh mandate from the Leyte electorate, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the Province of Leyte held its maiden session at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon of July 6. With Vice Governor Mimyet Bagulaya presiding, there was a 100 percent attendance among the Leyte SP members.

The four new board members were presented and given the chance to say their piece. These include First District of Leyte Board Member Roque A. Tiu; second district board members Anlee Apostol and Niccolo Villasin; and third district board member Bernard Remandaban.

Voted as chairman of the Committee on Rules, Laws and Privileges is Board Member Florante Cayunda of the 5th District. He also chairs the Committee on Boundary Disputes.

The Committee on Finance and Appropriations was given to 1st District Board Member Malou Go-soco. She also chairs the Committee on Cooperatives.

Chosen to chair the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources is 1st District Board Member Roque Tiu. He also chairs two other committees, the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Public Information.

Board Member from the 5th District Carlo Loreto chairs the Committee on Education and the SP Blue Ribbon Committee.

Board Member Wilson Uy chairs two important committees: the Committee on Infrastructure and the Committee on Public Utilities.

Board Member Daya chairs the Committee on Youth and Sports Development while Board Member Margarita Cari chairs the Committee on Barangay Affairs.

The Committee on Tourism, Trade and International Relations is chaired by Board Member Niccolo Villasin who also chairs the Committee on Labor and Employment.

The Committee on Energy, Science and Technology is chaired by Board Member Anlee Apostol who also chairs the Committee on ICT and New Media Development.

The Committee on Public Order and Protective Services was given to Board Member Rolando Piamonte who also chairs the Committee on Human Rights.

The Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Senior Citizens are both under the chairmanship of Board Member Antonio Jabilles.

The Committee on Social Services and the Committee on Women, Children and Family Welfare are both under the chairmanship of Board Member Deborah Bertulfo.  (PIA 8)





e-Lounge for taxpayers opens in Samar

July 8, 2010

CATBALOGAN CITY  –  The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Office (RDO) Number 87 opens its e-Lounge facility for taxpayers on Tuesday (July 6).

The ceremonial ribbon-cutting with BIR Asst. Commissioner Aida Simborio (right) and BIR asst. regional director Wilma Elivera.

The e-Lounge said BIR Revenue District Officer Rolando Espina provides taxpayers with online access to services like e-Registry, Electronic filing & Payment System, Electronic Accreditation and Registration of Cash Register Machines and Point of Sale and many more.

Espina added that taxpayers who don’t have access to the internet can use the machine lodged at the BIR e-Lounge for services for free.

The same machine (resembling the GSIS GWAPS) can also give immediate feedback as regards the client’s level of satisfaction on the kind of service received.

Mano Gil Aban from Hinabangan, Samar was one of those served on Tuesday by the BIR’s eLounge.

The 50 something Hinabangnon told PIA that he is satisfied with the BIR service and was just waiting-in line for his turn to talk to the one in charge.

The visiting team of the Handang Maglingkod Project (HMP) led by BIR Asst. Commissioner Aida Simborio and Asst. Regional Director Wilma Elivera recognized Espina’s “serious efforts” in the efficiency of his staff and the physical make-over of the BIR office now modernized with the e-registry, a CCTV camera and many more.  (PIA-Samar)





Maasin pushes BOT scheme to attract investors

July 7, 2010

MAASIN CITY  –  Come on in.

The city government here has served notice its doors are swung wide open for interested locators to do business in the city, and in a move to entice capital to come in, the operative word used in dealing with prospective investors is build, operate, transfer (BOT).

City Mayor Maloney Samaco, speaking in a bi-weekly, city-paid block time program in DYDM recently, disclosed that he has been meeting with people described in the business world as movers and shakers, offering them the BOT way of trading in the city.

So far, a hotel operator in Cebu City has expressed interest to come and develop a mountain resort in and around Guinsuhutan Falls, a tourist spot found in barangay Cagnituan, an interior village about eight kilometers by distance from city proper.

In addition to its natural pool below its pristine, cascading waters, the Guinsuhutan Cave provides added attraction for adventure seekers, with a river inside the cave traversing one kilometer going through another upland barangay.

In earlier pronouncements, Samaco had said he had talked with one of the owners of the renowned Gaisano Mall operators to pursue the city’s openness to welcome the mall giant, and talks on this matter are still ongoing.

At present, the city is constructing another edifice at the opposite end of the new public market at the terminal building to house the dry goods section, with a budget of P72 Million the source of fund mainly from the city coffers.

In the past, negotiations with Gaisano to occupy this building, which was still in the drawing table then, did not materialize, and there was no clear clue just yet if it will be one of the occupants once the new building will be finished.

In the radio program “Maasin City in Action” hosted by Zaldy Olita, Samaco also disclosed that he was inviting land developers to make a reclamation project of their own and let businesses be put up there, selling the land they had reclaimed, if ever, still in the parameters of the BOT scheme.

Now on his second term, Samaco said he will devote more of his time to be more aggressive at meeting with investors to let them consider coming to the city.

In his first term, a surge of building-construction in the center of the city can be readily noticed, and more store outlets, food chains, banks, and pawnshop branches have opened.

He said he will be focusing this time with the private sector, in particular the capital investors, even as he shall continue to be of service to the people, attending to their needs, and looking after their welfare.  (PIA Southern Leyte)





Local communist terrorist NPAs in hopeless and desperate move

By DPAO, 8th Infantry Division, PA
July 7, 2010

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan, Samar  –  The terrorist New Peoples Army’s (NPA) conduct of an unauthorized checkpoint at Barangay Catalina, Jiabong, Samar Sunday night (July 4th) was dubbed by one of their former comrades as a hopeless and desperate move.

The terrorists in the area could no longer withstand the recent relentless and unwavering support of the local civilian populace to the government (Army and PNP) troops, which of late led to the continuous revelation and discovery of their encampments and safehouses in the area, which they previously considered as their controlled barangays and mass bases.

For this reason, these terrorists decided to come out in the open and establish a late-night checkpoint in order to inflict casualties by chance to any unfortunate passing vehicles.

One motorcycle, and two trucks plus several other civilian vehicles were flagged-down by the said local terrorist NPA’s in the said Barangay. The motorcycle driver was reportedly held at gunpoint and his motorcycle was used as part of the road barricade used by the NPAs. When several trucks and private vehicles passed but did not stop to heed the checkpoint, the terrorists opened fire, hitting the vehicles and wounding several innocent civilians on board.

Likewise, one caro truck was commandeered by the NPAs and its driver was ordered to position the truck across the highway to be used as a roadblock. The tires of the truck were shot at to prevent it from being moved. Moreover, the driver was also held at gunpoint for more than an hour.

Reportedly, the civilians passing the area knew that the checkpoint was illegal, due to the lack of authorized signages as well as the absence of uniformed troops, hence they did not heed nor stopped to be inspected. The said civilians knew the legal and required SOP’s for the conduct of military or Police checkpoints, as previously disseminated to them by the troops in the area.

Unsuccessful in their bid and intent to forage from the passing vehicles, and for fear of getting caught by the responding troops from the nearby detachments and patrol bases, the NPAs fled the area after discovering that the passing vehicles reported the illegal checkpoint to the authorities.

Roberto “Ka Huling” Gacuma, former Secretary of the SSF-1 of the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee who is now advocating peace in Eastern Visayas said that the incident was a “desperate and hopeless” move of the terrorists because they can no longer get support from the people.

“Ginagawa ng mga NPA ang pag-checkpoint kung may target o may info sila na may papasok o dadaan na malaking pera tulad ng sa mga pulitiko o mga negosyante lalo na kung ito ay may mga escort na may dalang baril” (The NPA’s conduct checkpoints if they have a target or information that there will be politicians or businessmen who are in possession huge amounts of money, and especially when they have armed escorts), Gacuma said in a text message.

Meanwhile, Major General Arthur I Tabaquero, 8ID’s Commander, condemned in the strongest possible terms the continuous use of deceptive ploys of the terrorists to gain support and harass the masses. “That is a mere terrorism and we condemn such means of seeking support and harassment to the innocent populace”, Major General Tabaquero said.

General Tabaquero also reminded our politicians and businessmen to be more vigilant as they are eyed targets of opportunity by these terrorists. He likewise once again called on the citizens and other stakeholders to continuously support our efforts against these local terrorists, and to help and support the AFP and PNP by providing necessary information relative to the activities of the said bandits.

The 8ID Commander has already directed all units in the field to pursue and run after the said armed groups and let them pay their debts to our people, particularly in disturbing the peace and security of the region, via any legal means possible.





LMP sets provincial LMP elections in Eastern Visayas

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
July 7, 2010

TACLOBAN CITY  – The League of Municipalities of the Philippines has confirmed the dates of the LMP Provincial chapter elections for the provinces in Eastern Visayas.

The League of Municipalities of the Philippines Provincial Chapters in the six provinces of Eastern Visayas Region have already scheduled their respective election of officers, per information gathered from the National Office of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines.

The LMP Leyte Chapter members will select their new set of officers on July 8, 10:00 o’clock in the morning. The election will be presided by the incumbent president former Tanauan Mayor Roque A. Tiu and will be observed by the DILG Leyte Provincial Director Jose Yee and a representative of LMP.

The LMP Biliran chapter is set to conduct election of officers on July 12, 10:00 o’clock in the morning at Biliran Garden Hotel. The elections will be facilitated by the DILG Biliran and the representative of LMP, Leyte Board Member Roque Tiu whose term of office at the National LMP will be until October.

For LMP Eastern Samar, the election of officers is set for 10:00 o’clock in the morning of July 14, at the DILG office in East Samar. Leyte Board Member Tiu will also represent LMP in the elections.

LMP Southern Leyte election of officers is scheduled on July 19 at the provincial capitol. No schedule for LMP Northern Samar Chapter and Samar chapter was observed in LMP calendar of events.

Pursuant to Section 21 of Article VIII of the Amended By-laws of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines provide for the creation of a Provincial Chapter. It states that “All municipal mayors in every province including the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the National Capital Region (NCR), or at least a majority thereof, shall convene in their capacity as representatives of their respective municipalities and elect their respective Provincial Chapter Officers from among themselves whose primary duty is to carry out all policies and instructions formulated by the National Executive Committee and/or the National Directorate.

The municipalities of NCR shall constitute a chapter, who shall elect from among themselves their representative to the National Directorate.” Moreover, Section 1 of Article IX of the same By-laws provides, “The National Secretariat, headed by the Secretary General shall supervise all elections of officers in the National, Island Cluster and Provincial Chapter levels, consistent with the guidelines issued by the National Executive Committee.





Hustisya condemns the first two killings under Pnoy Administration

July 6, 2010

QUEZON CITY  –  Hustisya or Victims of the Arroyo Regime United for Justice, joins members of various human rights groups and sectors today at the Chino Roces Bridge in Manila to protest the killings of JOSE DAGUIO, a radio broadcaster in Tabuk, Kalinga on July 3, 2010 and Bayan Muna and Makabayan Aklan Coordinator FERNANDO BALDOMERO in Lezo, Aklan on July 5, 2010.

At around 7:00 AM of July 5, 2010, Fernando Baldomero, 61 was about to start his motorcycle and bring his 12 year old son to school, when he was shot by two armed men. He sustained two gunshot wounds; one on the head and another on the neck. The two-term Municipal Councilor was also a political detainee in the 80’s.

Meanwhile, two days earlier, Jose Daguio, 72 a former radio broadcaster was about to feed his dog in his yard, when a man came and shot him, hitting him in the right side of his body. He failed to make it at the Kalinga Provincial Hospital in Tabuk.

Mrs. Evangeline Hernandez, Hustisya Spokesperson, fears that these recent cases of extrajudicial killing are sending us a chilling message of what the future may bring us under the Aquino Administration, “The murders of Fernando Baldomero and Jose Daguio reminds me of that time, when it was normal to kill three or five people in less than 24 hours, under the Arroyo Regime,”

The mother of Beng Hernandez, who was massacred together with four others in 2002, vividly remembers the murder of five people between October 25 and 26, 2005 where the fatalities were Ricardo Ramos, president of Central Azucarera de Tarlac Labor Union (Catlu) and barangay chairman of Mapalacsiao, Tarlac City; Francisco Rivera, Bayan Muna-Pampanga leader; Dr. Angel David and Vonjohn Maniti, Bayan-Pampanga allies; and Federico de Leon, Anakpawis-Bulacan leader. “Parang normal lang ang pumatay ng ganoon kadami sa isang araw; ngayon parang mauulit na muli ang bangungot,”( It seemed normal to kill that many in one day, and now it would also seem that we are going to relive that nightmare.),” she decries.

Hustisya laments that the Aquino administration has barely started and yet the Filipinos are now seeing shades of fascist fangs coming out from it. This, it says, was the same reason the previous regime was isolated from the people. In the end, Arroyo was condemned for its fascist and murderous ways.

“Is this the way, the Aquino administration wants to put closure on the killings, by merely closing that chapter of the Arroyo regime and picking up where its predecessor left under his government?” Hernandez asks.

The members of Hustisya reiterate that their nine years of suffering must end now, “We do not want any more children to be orphaned or wives and husbands widowed because this new government failed to stop impunity. We call on President Noynoy to order to stop the killings now!,” Mrs.Evangeline Hernandez concluded.





Icot to focus on IT, tourism, agriculture on his third term

By Provincial Media Relations Center
July 6, 2010

TACLOBAN CITY  –  Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla pledged in his inaugural speech Monday to focus more on information technology, tourism and agriculture that will provide employment for majority of Leyteńos.

Gov. Petilla said he will work as centrist and promised to be “least political” that will bring all Leyteńos together to achieve social progress and economic development.

Petilla was sworn in for his third term as provincial governor by Supreme Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez in front of invited government officials and private guests from all over the province.

“Having been elected as provincial governor, I am grateful to my constituents in giving me another chance to push for our beloved province’s social progress and economic development,” Petilla said.

“I ran without any opponents but it is not by accident… it is because I had the support from each one of you…and without you I will not be in this position. So, I would like to thank all of you,” Petilla added.

Petilla’s political career started in 2004 when he ran and won as governor. He was reelected in 2007 and in the last May 10 elections.

“I have another three years and all of you know in the past six years that I did not sleep on my work. I work very hard for each one of you… Like the plans of the incoming President (Aquino), his focus is on the budget deficit and more importantly on employment. That is also our thrust and we will try to achieve this in so short a time, three years,” the governor said.

The governor added that although Leyte is not an IT destination, he promised to propagate more IT companies in the province and other parts of the region.

“We are also focusing on tourism which is one of the cheaper ways of employing and generating employment. Of course, the most difficult part, while we can focus on ICT and tourism among many other things, the bottom line is, in the province of Leyte majority of our people are still hinged towards agriculture… and that is the biggest challenge that we will have to generate livelihood on the agriculture sector,” the governor said.

He said that with his new mandate, he hopes to forge another fruitful years by working with the people of Leyte.

Aside from Petilla, Vice-Governor Ma. Mimiette S. Bagulaya and the 10 members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan also took their oath of office before Court Administrator Marquez.

Meanwhile, city and municipal mayors, vice-mayors and councilors also formally took their oath Monday in sets before Gov. Petilla, Vice-Gov. Bagulaya, An Waray Partylist Representatives Florencio Gabriel M. Noel and Neil Benedict A. Montejo, and outgoing Leyte fifth district Rep. Carmen L. Cari.

Congressman Jose Carlos L. Cari of Leyte’s fifth district was the only congressman present in the inauguration ceremony.

Tacloban City Vice-Mayor Arvin V. Antoni and Councilors Robert T. Andrade and Neil A. Glova also joined in the inaugural ceremony of the province.

Vice-Mayor Antoni said their joining is “practical” and “inexpensive” way of celebrating their success in the last elections.





Hindang inaugurates multi-million modern town hall

By Provincial Media Relations Center
July 6, 2010

HINDANG, Leyte  –  A new edifice symbolizing unity and progress now stood in the center of Hindang housing its town hall and Sangguniang Bayan and other municipal offices.

Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla together with Leyte 5th District Representative Carlos Cari, Baybay City Mayor Carmen Cari and Hindang Mayor Elpidio Cabal Jr. recently led the inauguration of the modernly designed multi-million multi-purpose hall that also serves the town hall.

Mayor Cabal said his administration opted to prioritize the rehabilitation of their old municipal hall for the people “to experience and feel the progress the town has attained”.

He said that with a better-looking and more modern town hall can ensure a better and effective service to the people.

“The town hall, although it may just be a building also reflects the personality of the town,” Mayor Cabal added.

The mayor likewise mentioned that the town hall’s inauguration is the fulfillment of a long-time dream to have a new municipal hall as the old one it replaced was already too old and dilapidated.

The mayor’s office for one, though was airconditioned, had its ceiling ready to fall any moment. Gov. Petilla said that having “a nice and spacious working environment evokes good quality service among the employees”.

“The work environment speaks so much of how one will conduct his work. It also helps to have a good working environment for the employees and staff to come to everyday and inspire them to work compared to working in a building that could fall on you anytime,” Gov. Petilla said during the short program held.

Meanwhile it was learned the province has provided Hindang LGU with a P1 million financial assistance for the completion of the town hall while former Congresswoman Cari has given the project P3 million in financial assistance through her CDF fund.





East Visayas receives P15.97B IRA in 2010

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
July 5, 2010

TACLOBAN CITY  –  The Department of Budget and Management Region 8 Director Imelda Laceras has announced the issuance of Local Budget Memorandum No. 63 dated June 23, 2010 which provide the Internal Revenue Allotment of LGUs which will be used in the preparation of the local budgets for 2011.

The sharing of the total P265.802 Billion IRA among Local Government Units is based on the codal provision specifically under Section 284 and 285 of RA7160.

Director Laceras said that the share for Eastern Visayas LGUs is about 15.975 Billion which is about 6% of the total IRA. The complete listing may be accessed through the DBM’s official website,, or through the DBM Regional Office at Marasbaras, Tacloban City.

The LGUs may also call telephone number 5237457 and request for Ms. Aleli Hernandez who is the OIC Division chief handling LGUs.

The specific share of each LGU this Fiscal Year 2010 shall be used as the level for 2011 budget preparation in accordance with the prescribed forms, procedures and schedules under the 2008 edition of Budget Operational Manual for LGUs which is anchored on Section 354 of the 1991 Local Government Code.

As mandated under Section 17(g) of the Code, the IRA and other local resources shall first cover the cost of providing basic services and facilities enumerated under Section 17(b) thereof, particularly those devolved by the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as well as other agencies of the National Government before applying the same for other purposes."

Director Laceras is reminding all Local Budget Officers to accordingly inform their local chief executives who assumed office effective July 1, 2010 about this development.

She also reminded the budget officers to extend all necessary assistance in the preparation of the 2011 budgets to allow the newly assumed local government executives to submit their executive budgets to the respective Sanggunian before October 16, 2010, the deadline set in the local government code. (with data from DBM 8)



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