welcomes NNC, vows support to the nutrition program
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY – Samar’s
youthful Vice-Governor Stephen Tan on Wednesday welcomed the National
Nutrition Council (NNC) Team led by Regional Nutrition Coordinator
Tan stayed on the
whole thematic seminar in complementary feeding, awarded certificates
to graduates of the Max Nutrition Scholar-on-the-Air, inducted the
officers of the Federated Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs),
Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) and gamely posed for pictures with
the participants and answered question posed by the local media.
“I requested the
participants to submit their programs and proposals about health and
nutrition for funding to the Governor,” the young Tan told the local
The vide-governor also
expressed sadness over the malnutrition prevalence of his province and
vowed to support projects that may change the situation.
Tan also expressed
that he really needs the support of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to
approve the budget so that his sister Governor Sharee Ann Tan could
take the bold steps to better the health and nutrition situation.
Samar province has
registered the highest percentage of malnourished children aged one
month to six years old.
Among the cities in
the region, Catbalogan City has 21.3% prevalence of malnutrition while
Calbayog City has 18.7% based on data given by the National Statistics
Office (NSO) from NNC. (PIA-Samar)
2008 top 10 cities & municipalities with highest prevalence of
City / Municipality
% Malnutrition Prevalence
Surigao del Sur
PCSO donates news
ambulance van to Saint Bernard town
By R.G. CADAVOS
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) donated to
the municipality of Saint Bernard, this province a brand new 2010
Foton View 4x2 ambulance van in cooperation with the Union of Local
Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), Municipal Tourism Officer Jane
Araneta in a press release sent to PIA reported.
Saint Bernard was the
third recipient of the said ambulance throughout the Philippines,
though Araneta, the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council Public
Information Chairman did not mention the two provinces who were also
recipients of the same vehicle.
“Through the tireless
efforts of St. Bernard Mayor Rico Rentuza and his desire to improve
the delivery of basic services, eventually, the town was one of the
recipients of the ambulance from PCSO,” Araneta disclosed.
donated service vehicle, a multi-cab van was also received through
Mayor Rentuza, intended for the municipality’s Land-Use Based Barangay
Development Planning project. The funding of the vehicle was made
possible through the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), a
German-government organization here, Araneta further reported.
The PCSO, in adherence
to its main thrust of providing funds for health programs and other
charities is engage in various social welfare and development
programs. One of which is the ambulance donation program, not to
mention other assistance such as the health care program, individual
medical assistance program, community outreach program, national
calamity and disaster program, hospital renovation and improvement of
health care facilities, to name a few.
A joint blessing of
the two vehicles transpired, Monday at Saint Isidore Parish grounds,
in Saint Bernard, officiated by Fr. Eufemio Gohetia and attended by
Mayor Rentuza, Sangguniang Bayan members and the public.
(PIA Southern Leyte)
More cocaine worth P20
million found in Eastern Samar
By HENRY M. LAGRIMAS
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – PCSUPT Rey Laquihon Lañada, PNP8 Regional Director,
assured on Tuesday that the police in
Eastern Visayas will be giving monetary reward plus a sack of rice
from the PhilippinesDrugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA8) for every brick
of cocaine turned over to the
This developed after
the ongoing monitoring and search operation of the composite team
July 19, 2010 at about
2:25 in the afternoon
four (4) bricks of cocaine at the island barangay of Divinubo,
The police authorities
are not discounting the belief that more cocaine bricks might still be
drifting in the sea along the coastal towns of
Eastern Samar province.
With this, Director
Lañada revealed that the ongoing monitoring being conducted by the
members of the Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force, the
Regional Intelligence division of PRO8, the Team of the Philippine
Coast Guard and the Borongan City Police Station led by PSupt. Rose
Mambulao and 14 PNCOs resulted in the voluntary surrender four bricks
of high-grade cocaine by brothers Roberto and Dominador Azul of
They received on-the-spot cash reward of P4,000 from the mayor of
Borongan City plus P1,000 per brick from AIDSOFT.
cocaine bricks are now under the custody of PRO8 for proper turn over
to the PNP Crime Laboratory.
Once more, PNP8
Regional Director Lañada is appealing to the people of Eastern Visayas
to turn over any cocaine brick in their possession to the PNP or the
PDEA, or they will face charges for possession of illegal drugs, which
carry a penalty of life imprisonment. (with
report from PSupt Manuel Enage Cubillo)
St. Bernard mayor
attends 2nd Gawad Kalinga global summit 2024 in Singapore
By R.G. CADAVOS
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – Once again, St. Bernard town Mayor Rico Rentuza was invited
to be a presenter in the 2nd Gawad Kalinga Global Summit 2024 held in
Singapore, June 25-27, 2010. The 1st Gawad Kalinga Global Summit 2024
where he was also guest presenter was held at Boston, Massachusetts,
last June 12-14, 2009, Jane Araneta reported in a press release sent
Officer Araneta disclosed that because of Mayor Rentuza’s performance
and accomplishments through good governance, Saint Bernard is
continuously in the center of global forums. “This year, the young
mayor was invited as a presenter to the Gawad Kalinga Global Summit
2024 at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Convention Center in Singapore. He
was invited by Gawad Kalinga Founder and Chairman of the Board Tony
Meloto," Araneta revealed.
The session focused on
the power of synergy between public and private sector, and featured
GK’s revolutionary partnerships that brought together the best minds
and talents to build good governance from ground group, and built
slum-free and sustainable communities, Araneta noted.
During Mayor Rentuza’s
presentation, he emphasized the value and necessity of the full
support of all stakeholders involved in their intent for community
development, specifically the issues relevant to the GK Fisherman’s
Village in Saint Bernard. The mayor also characterized the struggle
in order to realize the noble purpose of the project and to defeat the
odds of the self-interest of the few, the report disclosed.
The GK Global Summit
in Singapore was a gathering of partners and advocates, beneficiaries
and caretaker teams, of the rich and the poor, who want to make a
positive difference in society today, Araneta said. It brings hope
and aspirations for the next generation that they will be able to live
in a poverty-free world.
Themed as “Icon of
Hope against poverty,” the global summit showcased Asian model against
poverty through partnership, innovation, education and research. It
was co-hosted by the School of Humanities of Ngee Ann Polytechnic and
the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philantrophy of the
National University of Singapore. (PIA Southern
Governor Nicart orders
clean-up drive in hospitals
By ALICE NICART
BORONGAN CITY – True
to one of the commitments he articulated in his inaugural address, to
primarily focus on health, Eastern Samar Governor Conrado B. Nicart,
Jr., ordered recently the total clean-up of all hospitals in the
In his first visit to
the Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital (ESPH) in the city of Borongan,
the Governor noted the urgent need for a total clean-up of its toilets
and cutting off the grasses along the surroundings.
He also noticed that
most of the hospital toilets need repairs and bulks of trashes and
waste materials all around had to be disposed.
“Can you just imagine
trashcans which were filled up to the brim with old-stocked piles of
wastes had to be backhoed?”, Nicart said exasperatingly in an
The Chief Executive
reminded the health officials and personnel that foremost in health
care is cleanliness.
“With the many Dengue
cases reported, some are death, it is high time that we take the
matter on cleanliness as a primordial concern, other than other
administration given to the patient in order to combat the disease,”
He also said, that
after he ordered some health officials at the PHO, he expects a close
monitoring and supervision of all hospitals and a periodic reporting
to him of their findings.
He also committed to
himself to personally inspect the provincial hospital on a weekly
In Balangiga, Gov.
Nicart likewise noted that the
Albino Duran Memorial
is not very conducive for patients to stay a while, as medical
interventions are being administered to them.
“The rooms are not
well ventilated and are very hot, which is short to say, far for a
patient’s little comfort and immediate recovery,” Nicart commented.
Because of this
current condition, he pledged to do something with the Balangiga
Hospital in order to improve its ventilation and basic facilities. (PIA-Eastern
seeking US jobs fell by one-third in first sem; RP now UK's 3rd
biggest supplier of foreign nurses
MANILA – The number
of Filipino nurses seeking to practice their profession in America
fell by one-third in the first semester compared to a year ago, the
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) reported Sunday.
and former Senator Ernesto Herrera said only 5,553 Filipino nurses
took the NCLEX for the first time from January to June, down 2,719 or
33 percent from 8,272 in the same period of 2009.
The NCLEX refers to
the licensure examination administered by the US National Council of
State Boards of Nursing Inc.
The number of Filipino
nurses taking the NCLEX for the first time is a reliable indicator as
to how many of them are trying to enter the profession in the US,
according to Herrera, former chairman of the Senate committee on
labor, employment and human resources development.
recruitment agencies previously reported that more Filipino nurses are
now leaving for the United Kingdom than those going to the US.
"Filipino nurses and
other highly skilled professionals will go to foreign labor markets
where it is easier for them to enter and work, and where they will get
the best reward in terms of pay and other benefits," Herrera pointed
"Depending on their
personal circumstances, professional qualifications and the job offers
they've received, some Filipino nurses find it easier to work in the
America, while others prefer to be employed in the
Saudi Arabia or elsewhere," Herrera said.
"But there is no
question, that in absolute terms more Filipino nurses are still
seeking employment in the US than elsewhere. This is primarily due to
our strong cultural attachment to America," Herrera said.
He said many Filipino
nurses still favor
simply because they already have family members there ready to support
He said the
Philippines is still America's biggest supplier of foreign nurses,
followed by India, South Korea, Canada and Puerto Rico.
"The two biggest
suppliers of foreign nurses in the UK are actually India and
Australia, which is not surprising since both are former British
territories. After them, the Philippines is now Britain's third
biggest supplier of foreign nurses," Herrera said, citing statistics
from the UK's Nursing and Midwifery Council.
A total of 15,382
Filipino nurses took the NCLEX for the first time in the whole of
2009, down 5,364 or 26 percent from 20,746 in 2008.
In 2007, a total of
21,499 Filipino nurses took the NCLEX for the first time, up 6,328 or
42 percent from 15,171 in 2006. The 2006 figures were up 65 percent or
5,990 compared to the 9,181 Filipino nurses that took the NCLEX for
the first time in 2005.
All told, some 82,000
Filipino nurses took the NCLEX for the first time over the last five
Region 8 police
recovers 9 more cocaine bricks in Eastern Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Amid
continuing efforts to recover the rest of the 1.5 tons of cocaine
dropped in the waters of Eastern Samar in December 2009, the
Philippine National Police in Region 8 has recovered nine (9) more
kilos of cocaine in
Police Regional Office
8 Director Chief Superintendent Rey Lañada disclosed that at 6:00
o’clock in the evening of
July 15, 2010, a certain Gregorio Gabilan, 44, married, of Barangay Alugan,
Eastern Samar surrendered 6 cocaine bricks to the San Policarpo
Municipal Police Station.
Directo Lañada added
that another fisherman named Wenceslao del Monte, of legal age,
married and a resident of Barangay Cahagwayan of the same town, turned
over another three (3) kilos of cocaine bricks to the local police
The surrender of the
said illegal drugs was made through the joint efforts of the Easter
Samar Police Provincial Office Intelligence and Investigation Section,
and the San Policarpo Municipal Police Station.
General Lañada said
the drugs were temporarily placed in the safekeeping of the local
police pending their transfer to the custody of the Eastern Samar
Provincial Police Office.
Lañada said that the composite team continues to conduct search
activities for more cocaine bricks in the coastal town of Eastern
The team is not
discounting the possibility that more cocaine bricks might have been
washed ashore or still drifting in the sea along the coastal
municipalities of Eastern Samar.
National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force
commander Deputy Director General Edgardo E. Acuña said more
anti-narcotics agents and drug-sniffing dogs were sent to Eastern
Samar to search for the missing bulk of the smuggled cocaine.
He said PNP chief
Director General Jesus Verzosa instructed him to supervise “Oplan: Samar Bricks” in coordination with the PRO8 and the Philippine Drug
Enforcement Agency under Senior Undersecretary Dionisio Santiago.
PRO8 operatives have so far arrested six local residents and seized 33
kilos of cocaine worth P155 million in a string of anti-narcotics
operation since last June 27.
Herrera urges Lacson
to bare true state of GSIS foreign investments
MANILA – Former Sen.
Ernesto Herrera has urged the new chairman of the Government Service
Insurance System (GSIS), Daniel "Bitay" Lacson, to immediately
ascertain and then fully disclose to the public the true condition of
the pension fund's $565-million Global Investment Program (GIP).
"GSIS members have no
idea whether the GIP has been making or losing money, and to what
extent it has been generating gains or incurring losses," said
Herrera, secretary-general of the Trade Union Congress of the
"Over the last two
years, the global financial markets have been highly turbulent. We
reckon the GIP has been shaken by the turmoil," said Herrera, former
chairman of the Senate committee on labor, employment and human
earlier said that in all the areas where he campaigned, retired
government employees, mostly former public school teachers, kept
asking him where their GSIS pensions went.
"So I want to know the
condition of GSIS. I don't agree with the explanation that it has
failed to service its members because of computer glitches," Aquino
said Thursday, when he named Lacson as the pension fund's new
Herrera said he could
not agree more with the President. "When retirees don't get their
pension on time, they don't care about the excuses for the delay. They
will simply suspect that their pensions have been stolen one way or
the other. Or that GSIS does not have the money, and is simply
stalling payments," he said.
"After all, if you
have a duty to pay a monthly pension, and you have the money to pay
it, you will find a way to make the payment, regardless of any defects
in the system," Herrera added.
Lacson should also
find out and then reveal to the public the management fees being paid
by GSIS to Credit Agricole Asset Management Ltd. and
ING Investment Management for overseeing the GIP, Herrera said.
erstwhile president and general manager of GSIS, claimed early on that
the GIP had a guaranteed eight-percent annual return on investment.
Later, he said the GIP was expected to generate a five-percent yearly
However, Herrera said
a five-percent return "might be barely enough to pay for the
investment management fees due Credit Agricole and
ING, plus the custodian fees due Citibank, N.A., all of whom are
presumably getting paid, whether the GIP is making or losing money."
GSIS launched the GIP
in April 2008. Under pressure from TUCP and members of the Senate,
GSIS eventually published a summary of the GIP in newspaper
advertisements in October that year.
GSIS then declared
P10.456 billion worth of investments in "global fixed income"
instruments, P4.127 billion in "global equities," P3.08 billion in
"global property securities" and P8.875 billion in "cash, short-term
notes and other investments."
GSIS did not provide
the exact stakes it had in every type of instrument, despite TUCP's
plea to post the details on the pension fund's website, to include the
exact amounts invested in every bond, note, common stock and currency
swap, at cost.
The pension fund
simply indicated that some 40 percent of the GIP was invested in
fixed-income instruments, including sovereign bonds or treasury notes
issued by the governments of the United States, Germany, Canada,
France, Japan, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
It also implied that
some 15 percent of the GIP was invested in common stocks of publicly
traded foreign equities, 11 percent in property securities and 34
percent in cash, short-term notes and other investments, including
The GIP included a
large exposure in the common stocks of foreign banks, including
American, European and Asian financial institutions, many of which
have been badly beaten by the global financial crisis.
Herrera urged GSIS
under Lacson's leadership to follow the example set by the world's
largest public pension fund, the California Public Employees’
Retirement System (CalPERS).
He said CalPERS
reports on its website the exact number of shares of stock that it
holds, including the acquisition cost of every lot of stock, whether
US or foreign stocks. He said CalPERS also posts on its website the
aggregate daily market value of its investment portfolio, for all to
"CalPERS has become
the model for all public pension funds around the world when it comes
to transparency and clean governance. And GSIS as well as the Social
Security System would do well to follow CalPERS’ example," Herrera
governors unite in addressing issues pertaining Region 8
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The governors in Eastern Visayas have grouped together as the
Eastern Visayas Governors League so that together they will have
bigger voice in dealing with issues pertaining the Region.
Reports reaching the
Philippine Information Agency stated that Northern Samar Governor Paul
Daza has been chosen as the president of the EV Governors League, in a
meeting held in Manila in the second week of July.
Present during their
meeting held in Manila in the evening of July 8 were Biliran Governor
Gerry Boy Espina; Eastern Samar Governor Conrado Nicart, Southern
Leyte Governor Damian Mercado, Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla
and Governor Daza.
It was observed that
except for Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla who is in his last
term and Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado who is in his second
term, the four other governors in Eastern Visayas are all in their
The first issue that
the Eastern Visayas governors tackled is the chairmanship in the
Eastern Visayas Regional Development Council.
All the five governors
decided to support and endorse Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla
to become the next chairman of the Regional Development Council in the
The decision to throw
their support to Governor Petilla was reached by the governors
considering that Governor Petilla is being the most senior governor of
the region and “he is the most familiar among governors on regional
earlier revealed that he was being encouraged by mayors and Regional
Directors to become the next RDC chairman. Aside from the provincial
RDC voting members are the city mayors, presidents of league of mayors,
regional directors of major government agencies and Private Sector
Another issue that
the EV League of Governors is currently addressing is the power
problem that is being felt by the region.
DOLE 8 launches
breastfeeding room, regional website on July 19
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – On
July 19, the Department of Labor and Employment in Eastern Visayas
under the leadership of Regional Director Forter Puguon, is set to
launch its breastfeeding room and its regional website.
The launching of the
Breastfeeding Room is DOLE’s response to the Regional Development
Council of Eastern Visayas’ call all government agencies to provide a
breastfeeding room for their lactating employees and clients, pursuant
to Executive Order 51 and 273.
This is in compliance
with the mandate of R.A. 10028 or the “Expanded Breastfeeding
Promotion Act of 2009” (Amending R.A. 7600) which makes it a national
policy to adopt appropriate facilities to encourage, protect and
support the practice of breast feeding. This is actuated through the
provision of an environment where the physical, emotional, and
psychological needs of mothers and infants are fulfilled.
The law also provides
incentives to private establishments for their compliance with such
policy by making expenses incurred in constructing a lactating room
within their premises tax deductible. Also, pertinent government
agencies providing such facilities are allowed to charge their
expenses in providing such facilities to gender and development (GAD)
and repairs and/or their maintenance budget.
The Launching is set
to start at 9:00 o’clock in the morning at the
with the Nutrition Prayer to be led by Ms. Lady Velarde and the
Welcome Message of Director Puguon.
Ms. Carina Z.
Santiago, the Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator will present the
Nutrition Program Talking Points based on this year’s Nutrition Month
celebration’s theme: “Sa Pagkaing Tama at Sapat, Wastong Timbang ni
Baby ang Katapat.”
After the launching of
the Breastfeeding Room by Director Puguon and the Regional Technical
Working Group on Nutrition, Ms. Emily Grande of the Department of
Health will discuss the role of good nutrition in preventing lifestyle
This will be followed
by the Launching of the DOLE 8 website by Mr. Demi Uyvico and Mr.
EO 51 or the Milk Code
of the Philippines requires breastfeeding advocacies in both the
public and private sector, while EO 273 has adopted breastfeeding as a
gender-related concern and calls for the establishment of a
breastfeeding corner/room using their gender and development (GAD)
budget which is five percent or more of their total agency funds from
agencies and instrumentalities, to include the academe, should set an
example by establishing breastfeeding centers in their respective
domains primarily to allow mothers to breastfeed their babies.
In the same regard,
they are also required to allow mothers, clients/customers visiting an
office for any official purpose to breastfeed their babies while
waiting to be attended to.