Anti-drugs campaign in
Eastern Samar continues: Gov. Nicart strongly supports buy-bust and
retrieval operations of cocaine
By SENTAY BELIZAR-QUITORIO, Samar
Samar – PNP provincial command and City of Borongan PO received
commendations from governor Conrado B. Nicart Jr. for the conduct of
operations against illegal drugs. Recognizing the initiatives of the
PNP, governor Nicart stressed his flagship program to work out for a
“drug free” province.
Conrado B. Nicart, Jr. awards commendations to Eastern Samar PNP
provincial command as received by the police provincial director
Less than a month
since his inaugural day, Gov. Conrado B. Nicart, Jr. immediately
ordered authorities to sweep up proliferation of cocaine. It can be
recalled that in December 2009 sacks and packages of this substance
has been reported scattered in the shores of the province recovered by
constituents mostly fisher folks.
In his inaugural
speech governor Nicart emphasized his priority programs on top of
which are agriculture and campaign against illegal drugs. He believes
that initiatives to fight poverty are not complete unless pressing
problems related to illegal drugs will not be curtailed. He was very
bold about his fight against illegal drugs even during his stint as
mayor of San Policarpo, a town in the northern region of the province.
During his political campaign he made himself clear “illegal drugs
will have no place in my province”.
Few days after
installed 7th elected governor, retrieval operations of this scattered
cocaine immediately resumed. Documents showed that operations from
July 5-27 2010 yielded 73.5 kilos of cocaine. As of press time more or
less 500 kilos has been reported recovered through a buy-bust
operations conducted by the PDEA and PNP and retrieval operations
through peaceful negotiations with hoarders.
The National Bureau of
Investigation (NBI) with its commitment awarded P2,000 while governor
Nicart shared P1,000 for each kilo of cocaine surrendered to
authorities. NBI headed by regional director Atty. Antonio M. Pagatpat,
Jr joined forces with the Governor and PNP for this continued
televisions reports, to avoid encounter with authorities, more or less
2,000 kilos of this cocaine were dropped by an unidentified vessel
allegedly travelling from Cuba passing through the Pacific Ocean.
(Eastern Samar is a coastal province facing the Pacific Ocean).
of the retrieved cocaine bricks
Nicart appeals to all constituents to surrender hoarded cocaine.
Further he said that he is open to any strategy by operation of law to
continue this fight against illegal drugs. “Guti-ay gad la ine nga
pahalipay kumpara han kantidad han droga, pero panawagan ko ayaw kita
kasulay han salapi nga madali la mawara, ayaw ta ibalyo an hingyap nga
katuhayan ngan kamurayaw, ngan an tul-id nga kabubwason han aton mga
anak” (the cash award is very minimal compared to the value of this
drug, but I appeal to you let us not be tempted by money in exchange
of a peaceful and orderly province and the well-directed future of our
heralds month long Manaragat Festival
By LAIMINH MABULAY
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The City Government officially opens the Manaragat Festival, the name
that Catbalogan’s month long fiesta celebration has come to be known
for, today August 2, 2010 as city employees gather for a holy mass at
7 in the morning followed by a foot parade thereafter.
Celebrated in honor of
the patron saint of fishermen, St. Bartholomew, whose feast falls on
the 24th of August, the Manaragat Festival was dubbed as such in
reference to the Maqueda Bay which has been a strong influence on the
Catbaloganons’ social and cultural heritage.
Ever since the first
Manaragat Festival was first conceptualized in 2007, the celebrations
have always been attached to a theme that best describes the people’s
sentiment at the time. This was to stress the need for reflection amid
the festivities taking place. The theme for this year is “Celebrating
Culture to Mend Differences Towards a Unified and Progressive
Catbalogan”, which is a call for reconciliation in the wake of a very
heated election season.
For the whole month of
August, the City Plaza shall serve as the hub of the celebrations.
Nightly activities – both organized by the City Government and this
year’s Hermano Mayor, Mr. Ponciano Rosales – shall provide
entertainment for interested spectators most of whom are customers of
the ongoing Agri-Trade Fair within the vicinity. The Agri-Trade Fair
is an income generating scheme of the City Government through the
P15,000-rental which entitles a concessionaire to a tent, space sized
12x12, kiosk and three coolers for their business.
Activities in the
fiesta calendar were made possible through the efforts of the Tourism
Council which is being chaired by City Mayor Coefredo T. Uy and the
City Council Committee on Tourism, Mass Media and Public Information
chaired by Honorable Councilor Stephany Uy-Tan. In the face of
budgetary constraints, the city government managed to attract
sponsorships from the private sector, including several local and
Coca Cola Incorporated
lent 7 tents and 20 coolers while San Miguel Beer lent 10 tents, 34
coolers, 17 kiosks, 34 beer buckets for the food fair. Both Coca Cola
Incorporated and San Miguel Beer are major sponsors along with Smart
Telecommunications which will also provide tents and freebies for
other activities. One of the most awaited events is the SMB night,
which is also a treat from San Miguel Beer. The said show will be
topbilled by the popular reggae act Brownman Revival and will also
feature three local bands.
At the heart of the
month long festivities is the Manaragat Festival participated in by 14
schools under the division of Catbalogan. Each performance colorfully
depicts the richness of Maqueda Bay and its significance in the lives
of Catbaloganons of old, making it the event that truly captures the
essence of the month long celebration: a tribute to a cultural
heritage that is deeply attached to the sea.
Calbayog to award
outstanding Barangay Captains
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The local government unit (LGU) of Calbayog City will give
recognition to some four barangay chairmen out of the 157 barangays as
Outstanding Barangay Captains relative to the implementation of the
Tri-district development (3D) program of the LGU.
In a report filed at
the Radyo ng Bayan-DYOG, Mayor Reynaldo Uy said that the awardees will
be chosen from those that implemented the 3D program like Seven Hills
Happy Valley Alleviation & Roads Program (SHARP) or Calbayog
Urbanization Program and Services (CUPS) or Tinambacan Upliftment of
Socio Economic Condition (TUSEC) and the Oquendo key program for the
Revitalization of Economic sustainability and services (OK Progress).
Uy added that the
basis for the choice is the active involvement and cooperation of the
barangay and its positive impact to the rural folks. The mayor
stressed that his leadership is determined to push the program.
The barangay chairman,
added Uy, plays a significant role in the program as the progress of
the barangays will eventually be the progress of Calbayog City.
Aside from the
Outstanding Barangay Captain the LGU is also keen on giving
recognition to the department heads who are fully supportive of the
Barangay Captain and Outstanding Department Head will receive a cash
prize of ten thousand pesos, a year from now, on July 30, 2011, where
programs of his leadership will be evaluated and the day will be
called Tri-District Day.
reiterated that the 3D program particularly OK-Progress aims for
Oquendo district to be an eco-tourism site especially
The LGU plans to bring the officials with the LGU-Calbayog and DILG
for a Lakbay Aral to Bohol so that the barangay leaders can personally
see the improvement in
Bohol as an eco-tourism destination.
He also cited that the
city is determined to continuously clean the city for the ‘Iwas
Dengue’ clean up drive in the different barangays in the city as part
of the tri-district development program.
It will be recalled
that on July 30, the city formally launched the Tri-District
Development Program led by Mayor Uy with the theme in Waray:
Determinasyon Dalan sa Dayun nga Kauswagan (trans: determination is
the way to progress). (with Jennifer S Allegado,
Mechanic Training Center is “Open House” on August 5
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – TESDA
Region 8 Director Juan M. Sabulao, Jr. informed that an Open House
will be conducted at the
on August 4 in order to showcase the various skills acquired by the
Director Sabulao said
that a Motorcade will be conducted at 8:30 in the morning and a
Program will be conducted at
10:30 in the morning. At
11:00 o’clock, Skills
Demonstrations will be presented by the Center Scholars.
Director Sabulao said
that Isuzu has invited all the top officials of the Isuzu Dealership
and Service Centers across the country and all the service center or
shop owners all over Region 8 so that they will see the high quality
of training the scholars have undergone and the excellent services
these scholars could provide to their customers.
There are already four
batches of scholars in the Center, Director Sabulao disclosed. After
training, the first batch of scholars will have to undergo on the job
training (OJT) and TESDA are hoping that the businessmen guests will
be able to take in the scholars in their shops.
The scholars will
undergo OJT for two to four months, Director Sabulao said. During the
OJT, the scholars will be receiving allowance from the employers.
The good Director
added that TESDA is hoping that the companies will later sing in the
scholars for employment. He said that 99% of the automobile shops in
the Region or in Tacloban do not have capabilities to repair the new
automatic models of vehicles.
If the scholars are
employed by the shops here, the services of the local shops will be
upgraded, thus, helping upgrade the quality of service being offered
in the Region.
The scholars, he said
have been trained to do this and so they will surely find employment
locally or abroad.
scholars need all the focus in the world. They need to hurdle all the
national certification levels from I to IV within a two-year perion
order to pass the course. At present, the scholars are almost done
with NC1, which tackles automotive servicing. Among the basic modules
included in the NC1 curriculum are workplace communication, teamwork,
work values, and housekeeping procedures.
The practical part,
meanwhile, consists of such lessons as applying sealant and adhesive;
moving and positioning a vehicle; performing mensuration and
calculation; interpreting and applying specifications and manual;
using lubricants and coolants; performing shop maintenance; tuning up
diesel and gasoline engines; servicing automotive batteries; servicing
ignition systems; testing and repairing wiring and lighting systems;
and performing underchassis maintenance.
the NC1 modules, the scholars are to undergo a competency assessment
to determine who among them are qualified for an NC1 certificate,
which is duly recognized by government and private agencies.
NSCB conducts presscon
on 2009 economic performance of Region 8
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Statistical Coordination Board is scheduled to conduct a
press conference on the 2009 Economic Performance of Eastern Visayas
Region on August 5, Thursday,
10:00 o'clock in the morning at Gerry’s Grill Tacloban along
NSCB Region 8 Head
Evangeline M. Paran informed that the forum will focus on the 2009
Gross Regional Domestic Product of Eastern Visayas Region.
NSCB 8 head Ms. Paran
who will make the presentation, disclosed that NEDA Region 8 Director
Buenaventura C. Go-Soco, Jr. will be present as resource person during
the press conference.
The Gross Regional
Domestic Product or GRDP is a quantitative measure of the economic
performance of the Region. It shows the major sectors contributing to
the growth of the regional economy, Ms. Paran said.
The Gross Regional
Domestic Product is the value of the final goods and services produced
within the region for a particular year. It is the sum of the value
added across all sectors in the economy.
There are three major
sectors that contribute to the economy, namely, agriculture, fishery
and forestry; industry; and service. Each of these sectors are further
broken down into sub-sectors like agriculture and fishery; and
forestry for the first sector.
For the industry
sectors, the sub-sectors are mining, manufacturing, construction, and
electricity and water.
For the services
sector, the sub-sectors are transport, communication and storage;
trade; finance; dwellings and real estate; private services and public
As far as Region VIII
is concerned, these sectors contribute almost equally to the regional
Ms. Paran said that
the GRDP is usually presented in nominal and real terms. Nominal GRDP
measures the value of the outputs of the economy at current prices.
Real GRDP referred to as GRDP at constant prices, measures the value
of an economy's output using the prices of a fixed base year.
The real GRDP is
useful in capturing real output growth since inflationary effects have
been removed. It is therefore, the most widely used measure of real
The GRDP is computed
annually by the National Statistical Coordination Board. It is usually
released in the second week of July of the following year.
Information Agency Regional Director Olive Tiu informed that the
weekly PIA Harampang which is held every Thursday at the same time and
at the same venue, will give way for this very important press
Director Tiu will also
be at the venue as moderator. She is therefore enjoining the regular
tri-media participants of Harampang to attend the NSCB 8 Press
Coñejos: Gov. Tan is
just pressuring us to approve the budget
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO, Samar
CALBAYOG CITY – An pinakaworst scenario, until September na la makakapasuweldo an
probinsya. Yana 2010, an employment agency nga kapitolyo tubtub nala
September. Paglampas hiton nga bulan, di na ako maaram kon diin
makakakuha han PS. 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 kon mas dako pa iya position yana! These were the peculiar
statements of Gov. Sharee Ann Tan during her dialogue with the CDH (Calbayog District
employees on Sunday.
Board Member Charlie
Coñejos belied Gov. Tan’s assessment that the province stands merely
as an employment agency and could no longer provide and give
development projects for the people due to non-approval of 2010 annual
He clarified that the
2008 reenacted budget amounting to P600.8 Million contains development
projects for the province that were actually utilized by former
governor Milagrosa Tan.
confirmed that the 25% salary increase of the employees have been
integrated in the proposed 2010 budget.
The ACES (Alliance of
Concerned Employees of Samar) was motivated to participate last week’s
regular session as they wanted to witness how the budget would be
deliberated and their eagerness to hear its approval.
With respect to the
present financial status of the province that it could only provide
salaries to its employees until September this year, Coñejos exclaimed
that the younger Tan was just pressuring them to pursue the immediate
passage of the budget without scrutinizing it.
Reliable source also
reacted by saying that the governor could not defer the release of
salaries and wages intended for personnel services due to non-approval
of the budget. He said that it has allocation regardless of the
financial condition of the province.
The governor should
adhere to the mandates of the law by passing a new budget under her
administration in accordance with the priority concerns of the
province from collective recommendations of every department agency
such as agriculture, social services, health, education and others,
“Kinalsada man la it
nga iya argumento. If she really wants good governance, she should
follow the legal and proper way of submitting the budget. Ayaw hiya
patol hiton mga sumat ira alipores kay pagmalakakawat la liwat it mga
tuyo hiton”, a capitol employee reacted to Tan’s statement.
Experiences from the
past administration have been noted that while the budget of all
departments was being squandered by the office of the governor, no
actual or accurate deliveries were provided and realized. Citing the
P104 Million worth of purchases decided by the
BAC, negotiated within the
TRO period and decided
by RTC Branch 31 for restitution; until now no repayment took place
yet the former governor is enjoying a new seat as member of the House
of Representatives waiting for the resolution of her appeal on
This leads the
Sangguniang Panlalawigan to scrutinize the items inclusive in the
P1.18 Billion 2010 budget.
Leyte SP hosts a
consultative meeting on mining issues
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Leyte hosted a Consultative meeting
last Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning at the
Session Hall with the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources
Chairman, Board Member (BM) Roque A. Tiu presiding.
The main objective of
the consultative meeting was to discuss issues and concerns in
connection with the Application for Offshore Exploration by two mining
companies, Lazarus Mining and Oregon Mining.
It would be recalled
that two sessions ago or last July 13, 2010, the Sangguniang
Panlalawigan of Leyte during its second regular session for this term
2010-2013, the agenda on the applications of Lazarus Mining and Oregon
Mining for Exploration permit respectively, were referred to the
Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Chaired by BM Roque A.
The area for
exploration applied by the two mining companies is the Carigara Bay
covering the municipalities of Carigara, Capoocan, Barugo, San Miguel
Considering that the
application for exploration is the very first in the history of the
Leyte SP, Chairman Tiu and the rest of the members of the August Body
decided to conduct a Consultative Meeting to be attended by the two
mining applicants, the LGUs concerned, National Government Agencies
like the DENR and BFAR, media and all others who would be interested
on the matter for the purpose of securing the comments and processes
from those concerned.
Consultative Meeting which was attended by the members of the Leyte
SP, namely Chair Roque A. Tiu, Vice Chair of the Committee, BM Carlo
Loreto and member BM Tony Jabilles. Others who attended were BM
Cayunda who was the Acting Governor at the time, BM Rolando Piamonte,
BM Bernard Remandaban, BM Malou Go-soco, BM Deborah Bertulfo and BM
It was learned from
Mr. Julius Caballes of BFAR that the Carigara Bay is a Marine
Sanctuary, which surprised all those in attendance in the Session
Hall. But, the two applicants who were both absent due to their
attendance of a similar meeting in General Santos City at the same
date could not make any comment to the disclosure from BFAR.
Accordingly, the Environment Committee announced that there will be
another gathering to treat the applications of the two mining
The representative of
the MGB said that there was a time when the requirement for the mining
companies to seek permission from the provinces and municipalities
concerned was removed. With the coming in of a new head of the DENR,
however, the requirement was again included.
In the same occasion,
the officers of Northern Access Mining, Inc. who were present
expressed their interest to, in the near future, apply for a permit to
conduct the production activity of magnetite sand with the concerned
It was learned that
their company has piloted an area in Tolosa and will serve as the
model of their company for the other LGUs to assess.
representatives who were present appreciated the conduct of the
consultation as it has enlightened everybody in attendance, on most of
the issues and concerns pertaining to mining.
Police 8 says total
cocaine recovered in Eastern Samar is 103, valued at P515M
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – A
total of 103 bricks of cocaine valued at P515 million have been
recovered through the joint efforts of various law enforcement
agencies of the government, Police Regional Office 8 Director Rey
It was learned that on
July 28, two residents of Eastern Samar surrendered 13 more kilos of
cocaine with an estimated street value of P65 million.
The two who were
identified as Renato Guimbaolibot and Yolanda Mondido, yielded nine
bricks and four bricks of cocaine, respectively, to joint elements of
AIDSOTF, Regional Intelligence Division, PDEA 8, K9 Team of the
Philippine Coast Guard and the Borongan Police Station among others
under the strict supervision of Director Lanada.
This brings to 69. 5
the number of cocaine bricks recovered by the joint team since the
start of Implementation Oplan Coke last July 8. This number is on top
of the 33 other bricks of cocaine seized last June 30 in
Thus, the total number
of cocaine bricks recovered by the joint team is about 103 valued at
The recovered cocaine
bricks are believe to be part of a cocaine shipment dumped by a
foreign vessel, F/B King Yue 1, sometime last December off Eastern
disclosed that the PNP is firmly implementing “Oplan Coke” in an
intensified campaign against illegal drugs.
“I am encouraging the
concerned citizens of Samar, through meetings and local media
interviews, to surrender, to report or give information about the
whereabouts of the cocaine bricks that were washed ashore in the coast
of Eastern Samar, lest they be arrested if they will be caught selling
any illegal drugs they have recovered,” Director Lanada said.
“The case that will be
filed against them in non-bailable,” the
PNP Director added.
Lañada informed that the PNP will be giving monetary award and a sack
of rice from PDEA 8, for every brick of cocaine turned over to PNP.
BIR East Visayas ranks
3rd in revenue collections vis-à-vis 2009, 5th in overall collections
vs. 2010 goal
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – BIR
Eastern Visayas under the leadership of Regional Director Alert Alocilja, has all the reasons to celebrate the Bureau of Internal
Revenue’s 106th Anniversary on August 1.
Of the 19 revenue
districts across the country,
BIR Eastern Visayas ranked 3rd in terms of revenue collections compared to
BIR East Visayas ranks 5th in overall collections against 2010
attributed this remarkable accomplishment which indeed calls for a
meaningful celebration, to the good people of Region 8 who pay their
taxes correctly and on time. He also cited the six Revenue District
Officers of BIR Eastern Visayas who are responsible for the Region’s
top ranking for the first semester of the current Tax Year.
To honor the top
taxpayers and Revenue District Officers responsible in making BIR
Eastern Visayas a top ranking BIR Region, Director Alocilja led in
presenting citations to the Top Taxpayers, individual, corporate and
government agencies, and the six Revenue District Officers, in an
awarding ceremony which was held at the activity area of Robison’s
Mall Tacloban after the 8:30 morning motorcade on July 27.
Director Alocilja said
that because all the officials of
BIR all over the country are expected to attend the Bureau’s
Anniversary on August 1, the
BIR Regional Office decided to schedule anniversary
activities starting July 26 with the conduct of the Regional Tax Quiz.
Aside from the
motorcade and Awarding Ceremonies, June 27 also marked the opening of
the BIR Eastern Visayas Tax Exhibits at the Robinsons Place Lobby. The
exhibit will run until July 30, 2010.
On August 4 and 5,
2010, the athletic prowess of the staff of
BIR Eastern Visayas will be put to test in a Mini-Sports fest
within the Regional Office Grounds, Director Alocilja said.