They should run for
Governor not Board Members or apply at the Ombudsman or COA, says Gov.
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO, Samar
CALBAYOG CITY – Samar
Governor Sharee Ann Tan bluntly expressed her disappointment and
disgust on the acts of the 7 board members in not taking steps for the
immediate approval of the 2010 annual budget.
Governor Sharee Ann Tan
Through a dialogue
with the employees of
last Sunday, she openly underscored the five and two board members
from the first and second district, respectively, who allegedly
dominating the legislative and blocking the approval of the P1.18
Billion annual budget which could be used for some development
programs and projects of the province.
With the constant
resistance of the majority, she blamed the majority for making the
provincial government merely an employment agency.
“Gusto ko igpasabot ha
iyo kon ano gud an tinuod nga estado han aton probinsya. As of now, an
7 nga board members, 5 tikang ha first district, diri naabuyon
pag-aprubar han aton budget. Asya hira an nagkokontrol nga diri ig-approve
an budget. Karuyag signgon, reenacted budget kita since 2008. Waray
kita budget 2009, 2010 and hopefully ira gud ginpipinsar ngan gin-aampo
nga diri liwat ma-approve 2011 til 2013. So, ano an karuyag sgngin
hiton? Magigin merely employment agency an probinsya. Taga suweldo la
han mga empleyado nga waray output. Waray output. Kay ano? Kay waray
kita development fund nga akon maihahatag ngada ha iyo. An akon unta
an pagburublig. Pero an ira karuyag pagburublag.”
Tan was referring to
the changes that she wanted to implement not only at Calbayog District
Hospital but also with other hospitals within her jurisdiction such as
renovations, upgrading or providing facilities and equipment. While
the budget is subject for the SP control, she said that a P3 Million
Phil Health savings would be used for the essential needs of said
She clarified that the
budget also contains the P20,000 cost sharing/counterpart financial
assistance for barangays to facilitate the implementation of their
projects; the 25% per month increase for all provincial employees; and
the P12,000 productivity long approved by the former governor.
“Dako na ini nga bulig
nga 25% kay usa na ini ka sako nga bugas hilabi na hadton mga
empleyado nga an ira la suweldo an ira gintatapuran ngan may-ada pa
mga dependents. Naiintidihan ko ini nga panginahanglan, sanglit gusto
ko igpasabot ha iyo, same with the former governor. But these 5 board
members from the first district, nadiri hira nga ighatag ini ha iyo. I
don’t know kun ano ira karuyag signgon? I don’t know kun ano an
nakakalipay ha ira? Ha akon pag-abat, ginkakalipay nira kon
nagsasakripisyo an iba. Nga waray man kunta benefit nga nakukuha hira.
Kay mismo hira, waray hira maihahatag ngadto han katawhan. “
While Tan was
explicitly declaring her displeasure on how the opposition allegedly
doubt her credibility, she never failed to mention her mother, the
former governor, and been very grateful for the trust she and her
family obtained by winning last elections.
nga may-ada continuity an previous administration, who fortunately, my
mother and now with my present administration. Sobra an burubingkil,
sobra an pagdiin san aton kalaban sa pulitika.
Yana, amo ini an
natatabo han akon administrasyon.”
At this point, the
younger Tan admitted that there were lapses during her mom’s
administration which she attributed to excessive politicking.
“Diri ngani ma-approve
this month or this year an budget, an 25% increase nga para han mga
empleyado, mawawara, back to zero kita until next year. An pinaka
worst yana nga scenario, until September na la kaya magpasweldo an
probinsya. Yana nga 2010, an employment agency nga kapitolyo, tubtob
na la September nga makakapasuweldo.
han bulan, diri na ako maaram kon diin makakakuha han PS (Personnel
Meaning, waray na kamo hiton suweldo because of the 5 board members
nga ginmamanduan han mas dako pa ba nga posisyon? I don’t know kun mas
dako pa iya posisyon yana.”
Tan also mentioned the
P17 Million DOH Fund which has been a subject of SP approval. Said
assistance she said would be used for the purchase of hospital
equipment as well as its repair and rehabilitation.
“Maupay kunta kun
mahiabot iton ha aton. But three sessions na yana, three Thursdays ko
na ginhihinatag ha ira para ko na mapirmahan, pero an natatabo,
allergic an 5 nga board members pag nabati na hira, kon may figures ug
may kuwarta na nga involve. Nahahadluk hira nga makakarawat kita hito
nga pundo. Kay ano man nga mahahadluk hira nga para man iton han
“Nasiring hira, ira
ginkukwestyon an credibility han yana nga administrasyon especially an
governor. Ginsisiring ko liwat, dapat an gindalagnan nira diri board
member, dapat gobernador. Or dapat, nag-apply hira ha Ombudsman or ha
COA. Kay diri man hira na-approve han budget, nga asya man iton kunta
an ira duties and responsibilities, an pag-approve han budget.”
Aside from implicating
the 5 BM in the “non-approval” of the budget, the governor also
revealed that Mayor Reynaldo Uy and Cong. Mel Sarmiento went to the
DBM allegedly requesting Sec. Abad to just approve and allow the
release of selected items in the annual budget such as the salary
increase of the government employees as well as the approval of the
supplemental budget disregarding the annual budget.
“Karuyag nira i-approve
an supplemental budget without approving the annual budget. Karuyag
nira selective la an approval. But their request was declined by Sec.
Abad. An employees mao an aton instrument para makadeliver han eksakto
nga serbisyo. Diri kay ipi-please an mga empleyado. Nakigmiting na an
mga department heads ha ira nga BMs pero kay mga batikulon man gud
Since it was the first
time that she took a visit and met CDH employees, she demanded
loyalty, efficacy and a harmonious working area from among her
“Grabe an pamulitika
dinhe ha first district, unlike in the second district. Irespeto niyo
ako komo governor or else, maaram na kamo han kapasidad han usa nga
gobernador. Bangin karuyag pa niyo igpasantop ko ha iyo.
Para han akon kaalyado ug kapartido, ayaw kamo pagtapud nga
mahatag ako proteksyon. Ugupi niyo an akon adbokasiya kun ungod kamo
nga nahigugma han partido. Ipakita niyo an eksakto nga pagserbisyo.
This is the only chance nga maipapakita naton ha kabila nga maupay
aton partido, pinaagi han tangkud nga pagserbisyo.”
Lastly, she announced
that CDH have already 7 doctors, and hiring medical technologist,
pharmacist and other office personnel.
Rotary Club Tacloban
would be donating 4-tonner supply/medical equipment for the hospital.
“Let’s make love not
war and I am expecting a full support from everyone”, she concluded.
Eastern Samar creates
Outbreak Response Team vs. dengue
By ALICE NICART
BORONGAN CITY – With
the current record of about 600 dengue cases, Eastern Samar Governor
Conrado B. Nicart, Jr. ordered the most urgent action to combat the
The order which was
spelled out in a letter sent to the city and municipal mayors, and
chiefs of hospitals, instructed among others the health personnel, led
by Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Marian Isiderio to organize three
Outbreak Response Teams, which would coordinate with the mayors down
to the barangay chairmen.
In an interview, Dr.
Isiderio mentioned that Gov. Nicart first instructed them, to
strengthen the information campaign and advocacy, and second, check
the hospital conditions in the entire province, vis-à-vis supplies and
Isiderio said that the three teams are arranged as follows: Team A,
covers the municipalities of San Julian up to Arteche; Team B, for
Maydolong to Guiuan and Team C would concentrate in schools and in
Borongan where most of the patients come from.
The Lady Health
Officer mentioned that indeed, the teams’ main objective would be to
increase the people’s level of understanding and ultimately convince
them to act on the 4S: 1-Search and Destroy; 2-Seek and Control;
3-Self-Protection by using mosquito nets and repellants; and 4-Say no
to indiscriminate fogging. She warned that fogging cannot just be
done because there are some criteria which are being followed before
any fogging thing is done.
Asked why dengue in
the province has blown to this level and magnitude, the
information-generous doctor replied.
“The rainy season has
set in and these deadly mosquitoes thrive in clean, stagnant waters,
i.e. flower vases, uncovered water deposits, bottles, used car tires,
etc. Last year we had some 450 dengue cases for the whole year,
whereas from January to July 14 this year about 620 had already been
reported”, Dr. Isiderio reported.
“We are very happy,
some personnel from DOH Surveillance Team are set to come and check
our situation and help us through, but it would still be best for
every household to assume the responsibility of cleaning their houses
and surroundings”, Dr. Isiderio suggested.
The Provincial Health
Officer has been busy here and there, monitoring and supervising all
the rest of the district and municipal hospitals as well as networking
with stakeholders in the effort to contain dengue. (PIA-Eastern Samar)
Proposed ordinance for
employees’ PEI, still a subject of SP’s deliberation
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO, Samar
Samar – The
P25,000 Productivity Enhancement Incentive of Samar provincial
employees has yet to be realized while the 2010 annual budget is
undergoing a thorough scrutiny from the 7 members of the Sangguniang
Jasper Sumagang, the proponent of an ordinance granting the
employees' PEI lobbied for its inclusion during the session.
The firm disposition
of the majority motivated BM Jasper Sumagang to propose an ordinance
reverting the amount of P50 million to be taken from the unexpended
balance of the re-enacted budget for CY 2009 and reappropriating the
same for the implementation of the first tranche monthly salary
schedule of local government personnel in pursuance to local budget
circular no. 2009-92 dated September 2, 2009 of the DBM.
But the move for
inclusion of said proposal became a ground for objection of ABC
President Joseph Escober questioning the legality of said proposed
He, as a member of the
minority had been the subject of criticism as he was somewhat
circumventing the proper legislative procedure.
The majority which is
composed of Coñejos, Sumagang, Atty. Eunice Babalcon, Atty. Noel
Sermense, Jimmy Dy, Prudencio Dy and Renato Uy were almost infuriated
by the behavior of Escober as the latter’s basis for objection was
improper. The legislative body was not the right venue to declare the
legality or validity of an ordinance. Only the judiciary can do that
The majority presumed
that it was Escober’s excuse to elude the possible division of the
body which would end up probable inclusion of Sumagang’s sponsored
ordinance while the session was tackling on the other matters.
In turn, BM
Sumagang decided to withdraw his motion for inclusion and the said
ordinance would be subject for this week’s regular session.
Civilian tip scores
high powered firearms and other war material
By DPAO, 8th Infantry Division, PA
Catbalogan City, Samar – A single tip from a civilian conversant to
the terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) activities brought out to the
recovery of a high powered firearm in Brgy. Anagasi, Paranas,
Samar, July 25.
Report reaching to
this headquarters from the Army’s 34th Infantry Battalion disclosed
that 1Lt. Jewelry Servinas received a report that some armed men were
frequently seen loitering in the outskirts of said barangay that
causes fear and uneasiness to the localities.
Around 9 o’clock in
the morning when troops under 1Lt. Servinas searched the area directly
pointed out and identified by the tipster who happened to be t he same
person who saw the armed men actually.
The tipster led
Servinas’ troops to a farm hut where they recovered an M16 rifle with
magazines loaded with 19 live munitions. Also seen in the area are two
(2) back packs containing civilian clothes and two (2) poncho or
military rain coats.
Moreover, same tipster
led the troops to a place about one (1) kilometer away from the place
where they discovered an m16 rifle.
It was almost 2:30 in
the afternoon of their continuous search when one (1) upper receiver
part of an M16 and two (2) empty magazines for M14 came into open.
Accordingly, the enemy might dismantle their rifles in order to avoid
the complete recovery of the government forces.
With these results,
Major General Arthur I. Tabaquero, commander of 8th Infantry Division
ordered all his unit commanders to intensify the security operations
in order to neutralize the remnants of the bandits operating in the
area in expense of the innocent people.
He further conveyed
his heartfelt regards for the continuous support extended by the
civilians who shows concerns for the lasting peace and development of
“The success of this
operation is attributed to our people whom we are mandated to serve.
This is a unified accomplishment of both Army and civilian who both
desire to attain peace and subsequently development in this part of
the land. Our people deserve to be congratulated for a job very well
done,” he uttered.
“The recovered firearm
means a lot to our aspirations to indulge peace for we’ve already
avoided the supposed lives that could be taken using such fire arms.
In the part of the Army, that is a win-win result. Win in the part of
the Army, win in the part of our people”, the good general added.
SP Members deny
boycott accusation as their strong disapproval of the 2010 Budget
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO, Samar
CALBAYOG CITY – Samar’s majority SP members blew up defending themselves from the
opposition’s accusations on the alleged boycott as an affirmation of
their persistent disapproval of the 2010 annual budget.
SP members Jimmy Dy
and Atty. Eunice Babalcon refuted the boycott issue. They clarified
that the absence of the majority during the previous sessions should
not be used as a pattern and basis of their conclusion.
“Nanlilingkod pa la
kami hadton July 1. May-ada mga indibidwal nga hinungdan kay kon ano
nga waray makag-atender an kada tagsa ha amon. Pakianhe anay an
previous governor kay tig-3 kabulan iton hiya nga diri nagsusulodsulod
han iya panahon,” Dy said. (We just took our office last July 1. Each
member of the SP has personal reason why he/she was not able to attend
the previous sessions. Why didn’t you ask the previous governor as she
had been out from the session for 3 straight months during her time?)
Accordingly, the 2010
budget would be the source of the “25 thousand productivity
enhancement incentive” of the province’s more or less 1 thousand
employees which took effect on January 1 this year.
“Pamati ko han
pag-apura, pwede pa magsakripisyo ha kadali.
inagi na an 9 katuig, nakaghulat man hira! Ano man an nahimo han 9
katuig? Paraffle? An 9 katuig, an tig 2 ngadto 5 ka kilo nga bugas? An
pagpapirma blangko nga papel han mga barangay kapitan? Siguro mailob
niyo ngada han pag-aprub han budget. Siguro ginsaaran kamo tigpira
kasako nga semento… 50-100. Iton ba sigurado nga mahingangadto han mga
taga barangay? Pakiana, kadamo san mga taga barangay nga hasta yana
may mga semento pa, mga semento nga nagbagtik. Now, ungay kita han
pag-aprubar komo magbaralaud. Natugot ka nga mahingangadto an sugad
hini nga pundo? Tikang iton diin nga pundo? Di ba tikang ha gobyerno?
So kinahanglan aton himay-himayon. Waray ako magngaran kon
hino an naghatag san semento. Waray ako magngaran kon hino an
kumarawat han semento. An aton la, mahingangadto ba han tama an buwis
nga ginbabayad ni Juan dela Cruz ngadto han gugti nga mga tawo dida
han mga kaburubarangayan”, board member Coñejos likewise explained.
Floor Leader Charlie Coñejos (1st district) during the SP presscon
as he conveyed their justifications in scrutinizing the 2010
Through a press
conference last Thursday at the session hall of Samar Capitol,
Majority Floor Leader Charlie Coñejos finally broke his silence
together with other board members and answered all the allegations
imputed against them by other media group in Catbalogan City.
“Waray sadto matratar
an budget kay waray man sa agenda.
la nga Huwebes maagenda.
Maaram na an daan nga
mga board members san deperensya. Mayda liwat nakita an mga bag-o nga
board members. Gutiay la nga sakripisyo. Adman anay an budget antes
aprubahan. Baga daw la kami an stamping pad,” said Conejos. (The
budget was not deliberated before because it was not included in the
agenda; and only this Thursday that the budget has been included in
the agenda. The former board members were already aware of its defect,
and the new board members have also ascertained it. We’re appealing
for a little sacrifice. Allow us to scrutinize first the budget before
approving it. Otherwise we would be like stamping pad.)
Babalcon, the only
lady member of the legislative body clarified that the approval of the
budget without a thorough scrutiny would not in any way be helping the
province. Just like in the previous administration where the budget
did not undergo an in-depth legislative procedure, there were doubtful
appropriations in every department which affected the implementation
of the programs and projects of the province.
“Why would we take
part on a budget which we believed has never served our people in
Samar? Why would we take part when there are so many questionable
items that we want to raise? The budget presented before this body was
the same budget prepared by the former governor. It’s the same old
system, same items in the budget that they want us to approve. They’re
bringing out the issue that why are we prolonging the agony of the
employees? My question is, why are they using the employees just so
they can make it leverage for us to approve the budget? From past
experience, the budget has not helped the poor Samarenos. It never
happened,” bared Babalcon.
the new governor, Sharee Ann Tan to present a new budget. She might
end up reconsidering it should there be changes and clarifications on
some items listed in the 2010 annual budget. As part of a legislative
procedure, one of the best solutions in order to resolve the issue
(i.e. double funding) is to call the attention of every department and
verify from them what they would want to consider for funding. As the
body is advocating for transparency, everyone is encouraged to attend,
to participate and be held accountable. That in a way would forestall
the idea of constantly blaming the board members when it comes to
Once there is already
a legislative authority granted to the local chief executive,
everything that is there in the budget is within her disposal for
implementation. That is precisely the reason why we are scrutinizing
it. The Commission on Audit has failed for the past 9 years to do
their job, Babalcon disclosed.
Atty. Jasper Sumagang
seconded and agreed to the idea that the budget should undergo a
regular legislative process by referring it through a committee
hearing. He said that the approval of the budget would not solve the
problem of Samar. By scrutinizing it and ensuring that the people would
benefit up to the last centavo.
Appropriations Chair Noel Sermense opined that the budget should have
been referred to Committees on Budget Review and Laws. Under the law,
it should be submitted on October 16 of the fiscal year, but it was
only on February 25, 2010 that said budget was submitted to the August
body. The failure of the SP to enact the budget within 90 days has led
to utilize the reenacted budget of 2008. The 2009 unapproved budget
should be refiled this year; but with the new administration, a
revised budget should be submitted.
Sermense also said
that the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) should be passed ahead of the budget after a consensus with
The 2010 annual budget
of Samar is 1.18 billion pesos.
Before the conference
ended, Coñejos reiterated by saying, “diri paralisado an probinsya!
May-ada kita budget. Reenacted budget. Nahimo la ugaring nga samok ini
nga budget, nga gindidinukdok kami kay ada ginbutang an kanan mga
empleyado umento. Kay ada an ira mga proyekto, di ba? Pero ayaw kami
niyo pirita nga aprubahan an budget. Hunahunaon ta nga nangangalingkod
pala an mga bag-o nga board members. Kakan-o? Hulyo 1.”
Indeed, SP members
admitted that the copy of the budget has been distributed only on the
day of the session; and they observed that the signatory was still the
former governor, Milagrosa Tan.
*Listen to the Press Conference
Plan Int’l launches
videos made by children in a media event in Southern Leyte
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
– Several Filipino children aged 9 to 15 from various marginalized
communities which are being served by Plan International, will
showcase their video and photographic productions Monday night at the Liloan Gym in Southern Leyte.
Mr. Totch dela Cruz of
Plan International said that the media event is meant not only to
showcase the kids' skills but also to show their respective
communities that children can be harnessed in development efforts.
The kids who come from
Camotes Island in Cebu, Samar, Northern Samar and Southern Leyte, were
trained by Anak TV, a Plan International partner, in aspects related
to media literacy and production such as digital photography, camera
work, video production, scoring and basic editing.
An exhibit will be
mounted to feature the best photographs that evoke children's views
about the world around them. MTVs will be played to express children's
insights about being kids.
Thirty minute video
public service announcements (PSAs) will cap the presentation. The
brief public service announcements cover a wide range of topics,
mostly social. Among them are child abuse, child labor, poverty,
garbage, environmental degradation, gambling, the need to conserve
coastal resources and many others.
The works of the kids
were previewed recently by executives from
IBC, UNTV and GMA, all of who expressed interest in them and
suggested that the best ones be broadcast nationally.
is a global NGO that is in the forefront of child protection. On the
other hand, Anak TV is the advocacy arm of all TV networks operating
in the Philippines and crusades for responsible viewership and media
literacy. (with data from Plan International and Anak TV)
Anahawan mayor is new
LMP-Southern Leyte Chapter president
By BONG PEDALINO
Maasin City – It’s Mayor Roberto Loquinte of Anahawan town.
The Southern Leyte
Chapter of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), in a
gathering of sixteen out of the eighteen municipal Mayors in Governor
Damian Mercado’s Farm Resort here, voted literally in unison the
second-termer chief executive of Anahawan, one of six towns situated
in the pacific area of the province.
This was learned from
former Tanauan Mayor and now Leyte Provincial Board Member Roque Tiu,
who emerged from a closed door meeting a few minutes before noon on
Board Member Tiu told
PIA his presence in the election was more on supervision by virtue of
his being an Executive Board Member of the national LMP.
As gleaned from a copy
of Tiu’s staff, here is the complete list of the LMP Officers in
Southern Leyte: President, Mayor Roberto Loquinte (Anahawan);
Vice-President, Ricardo Borces (Padre Burgos); Secretary, Oliver
Ranque (Libagon); Treasurer, Fe Edillo (Macrohon); Auditor, Evelyn Lee
(Hinundayan); PRO, Melchor Petracorta (Limasawa).
Directors: Romeo Gomez
(Hinunangan), Samson Gamutan (San Francisco), Celsa Estrella (Pintuyan),
Matias Ruales (Bontoc), Manuel Labrador (Silago), Federico Flores (San
Juan), Rico Rentuza (Saint Bernard), William Yu (San Ricardo).
Escano (Tomas Oppus), Sherlita Chong (Liloan), Allan Go (Malitbog),
Sheffered Tan (Sogod).
Only Mayor Rentuza of
Saint Bernard, who was reportedly out of the country and Sogod Mayor
Tan were unable to attend. There was no word on why Tan was not
Gov. Mercado was also
not around when the election was in progress, but he arrived a few
minutes before twelve noon and conferred closed doors with the Mayors
for more than twenty minutes.
Mayor Loquinte took
over the position held by former Bontoc Mayor, now Vice-Mayor, Pete
PIA was unable to
get Mayor Loquinte’s reaction to his new post as this report was
written. (PIA Southern Leyte)