Food producers and
processors enrich Samar Day celebration
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY –
Food producers from Calbayog to Marabut and the island towns of
Zumarraga and Daram have enriched the opening ceremony of Samar Day on
Wednesday at the Samar Capitol Grounds,
At least 60% of the
Samar Day crowd entered the Bahandi han
Samar booths fronting the Philippine National Bank.
Fresh fruits like
lanzones were hauled from Matuguinao town while fresh vegetables came
from Paranas, Daram, Sto. Niño, Zumarraga and Calbayog.
San Sebastian Mayor
Arnold Abalos brought some crab meat, fresh shrimps of varying sizes
and live crabs. He also brought with him crab and prawn crackers from
From San Jorge town,
live African hito were harvested from the San Jorge Fishery Hatchery
along with some fresh vegetables grown in this agriculture-rich town.
Samples of wooden
furniture from Marabut and the highest grossing banig products of
Basey occupied another corner of the booth dressed and designed by the
Department of Trade and Industry with the Office of the Provincial
brought pulverized ginger which is ready to drink, according to the
person manning the booth, he also had banana chips, organic-grown rice
and other processed food items.
Regional Director Leo Cañeda and Agricultural Training Institute (ATI)
Director Paulino Cabahit graced the opening of the agro-trade fair and
even bought some products.
Leyte SP sets another
consultative meeting with mining companies
Media Relation Center
August 6, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of
Leyte is expecting again the presence of two mining companies as
it rescheduled another consultative meeting this August 17 to shed
light on the various issues and concern as regards mining exploration
The Provincial Board’s
committee on environment headed by Board Member Roque Tiu revealed
that they have yet to gather thorough information on the mining issue
that they are set to get to the bottom of this by inviting yet again
the two other mining companies who were not in attendance during the
July 27 consultative meeting.
These companies are
the the Oregon Mining and Development Corporation (Oregon) and Lazarus
Mining Corporation (Lazarus) but who informed in advance that they
would be unable to attend the said meeting.
The committee is
expecting the appearance of
and Lazarus this August 17 which are targeting the exploration of
magnetite sand and other associated mineral deposits in the northern
part of Leyte’s coastal areas covering Capoocan, Carigara, Barugo, San
Miguel and Babatngon.
Meanwhile, it was
found out from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)
that Carigara Bay is declared as a marine sanctuary and being such
would not allow large-scale fishing and large-scale mining.
Other Board Members
such as Atty. Nico Villasin from
District that already with BFAR informing Carigara Bay, which is part
of Leyte’s coastal area, is a declared marine sanctuary, he is poised
to oppose the mining exploration as this would affect marine resources
and the people’s main source of living.
Board Member Tiu, on
the other hand, also suggests of a visit by the board members to Brgy.
Pongon in MacArthur, Leyte where another mining exploration is
underway by Nicua Mining Corporation (Nicua).
During the early
months of this year, hundreds of residents in Brgy. Pongon, MacArthur,
Leyte staged a protest rally and demanded for the permanent stoppage
of the mining exploration in their area claiming the activity, which
they beleived is more than just a mining exploration, has already
caused massive floods and destruction of vegetation in their area.
It was learned that
this protest by the residents has been laid before the regional trial
court and the latter is set to conduct an ocular inspection of Brgy.
Pongon on August 20.
Urban poor dwellers
get attention from Urban HEART project
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH)
partner with the Local government unit of
for the project Urban Health Equity Assessment and Health Equity
Response (Urban HEART).
the orientation held on Tuesday at the Maqueda Bay Hotel Restaurant, Center for
Health and Development (CHD-8) focal person Dr. Imelda Ramos met with
the stakeholders to map out strategies to implement the program.
Urban HEART, said the
petite doctor is a tool intended to give policy makers and key
stakeholders a guide for healthy initiatives at national and local
It added that the
‘tool’ is a user-friendly guide to assess and respond to unfair health
conditions and inequity.
Ramos in her
presentation stated that most often, due to the rapid growth of an
urban community, rapid growth of informal settlement is also observed.
As humanity flock to the urban centers, housing becomes a major
concern that the settlers occupy their own brand of housing that
defies health and sanitary conditions.
The problem on health
now becomes a major concern of the host government.
“It is not good to
deny them, saying they are transient dwellers and are not legitimate
residents,” Ramos said.
The LGU will just have
to deal with them as they pose health problems due to the almost
inhuman conditions in their abode, Ramos told the department heads of
Urban HEART with its
partners aims to identify the gaps and interventions and promote
Among those suggested
interventions include ensuring adequate water supply for washing and
bathing, organizing tobacco-free sports events, initiating clean up
campaigns for vector control and trying to prioritize health education
The project, said
Ramos has given benefits to the urban poor in the cities of Ormoc and
Tacloban and is aimed to radiate to the cities of Calbayog, Catbalogan,
Borongan and Baybay.
The project is part of
the ‘Healthy City Initiatives’ where the city of Catbalogan has
The City Health Office
with Dr. Senecia Yong and DOH Representative Joy Nabong is fully
supported by a technical working group that will start choosing three
urban poor and three urban rich barangays so that they can somehow
study and/or analyze the inequities in their access to health
facilities and services.
The project will be
funded by WHO, DOH and some counterpart from LGU Catbalogan.
DOH conducts climate
change and health forum in Eastern Visayas
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Health Center for Health Development in Eastern Visayas
is scheduled to conduct a one-day live-out activity on Climate Change
for Health on August 26, 2010 at the Leyte Park Hotel,
DOH 8 Regional
Director Edgardo Gonzaga informed that the importance of this activity
is to tackle issues on climate change and its impact to human
Because of this, there
is a need to pool all the major stockholders in
to generate participation in intensifying advocacy for climate change,
Director Gonzaga said.
The good director said
that the participants in this one-day forum are partner agencies and
stakeholders and the various health sectors.
Among the participants
are the officers and members of the Region Eight Administrators
League; Region 8 Disaster Coordinating Council Members; Regional
Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Health representatives; CHD
Program Coordinators and staff; chief of hospitals; provincial, city,
and municipal health officers; and provincial, city health station
inspectors in Eastern Visayas.
endangers human health, affecting all sectors of society, both
domestically and globally. The environmental consequences of climate
change, both those already observed and those that are anticipated,
such as sea-level rise, changes in precipitation resulting in flooding
and drought, heat waves, more intense hurricanes and storms, and
degraded air quality, will affect human health both directly and
Addressing the effects
of climate change on human health is especially challenging because
both the surrounding environment and the decisions that people make
influence health. For example, increases in the frequency and severity
of regional heat waves – likely outcomes of climate change – have the
potential to harm a lot of people.
Certain adverse health
effects can probably be avoided if decisions made prior to the heat
waves result in such things as identification of vulnerable
populations such as children and the elderly and ensured access to
preventive measures such as air conditioning. This is a simplified
illustration; in real-life situations a host of other factors also
come into play in determining vulnerability including biological
susceptibility, socioeconomic status, cultural competence, and the
Samar Day celebration
captures a week of fun, freebies and festivities
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY – Samar Day celebration is going to bring Samarnons a week of fun,
freebies and festivities, this was announced by the staff of new
Governor Sharee Ann Tan-Delos Santos.
local products are now on sale at the Agro-Industrial Fair Trade
in Imelda Park, Catbalogan City as part of the Samar Day
On august 4, 2010, the
opening ceremony will be held with a grand parade, opening of the
provincial agro-trade fair, dental and medical mission, Bingo Bonanza,
supplemental feeding, press conference and a live band show in the
On August 5, for
sports buffs, basketball games are currently being held at the Capitol
grounds while those who are saving coins for haircuts will be treated
to free haircuts.
Other freebies like
free medical consultations, free cotton candy and ice cream for kids
while watching a kiddie dance contest at the Imelda Park is a welcome
treat for park promenaders.
After the dance
contest, a new show called Samar Got Talent will also be offered free
to Samar patrons of music.
Another set of free
products is up for grabs on August 6 like reading glasses, dental
mission, and rice and grocery items for the event called ‘Adlaw han
‘Adlaw han Barangay’
will travel to selected places to serve the barangay folks courtesy of
the provincial government. The first of which will be in Pinabadcao
town some 50 kilometers south of Samar’s capital city of Catbalogan,
one in Paranas and another in Calbayog City.
For the intellectuals,
a ‘Battle of the Brains’ will be staged for high schoolers to compete
in the afternoon of August 6.
As the’ IQ war’ is
waged, free ice cream, cakes and cotton candy is expected to delight
the audience or they may choose to queue for ‘hot arroz caldo’ to be
distributed by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWDO).
On August 7, 2010, a
Saturday, freebie patrons and donors will troop to the hospitals,
prison houses to distribute love offerings.
For those lucky enough
to stay out of the hospital and prisons, they can join the Bingo
Bonanza promising appliances as rewards or prizes.
On August 8, 2010, a
repeat of the same free wheeling distribution of eyeglasses, cakes,
arroz caldo while the youngsters will try their stamina in ‘Laro ng
Lahi’ featuring native games and sports played before the era of the
internet. Palo sebo, Pupkpuk palayok, Sack race and Maria Went to Town
were some of the golden games expected to be played.
August 9, 2010,
in addition to the freebies, gays and macho men will be doing boxing
though not necessarily against each other but separately.
For beauty search
aficionados, Mutya han Samar will be staged at the Samar Gymnasium
featuring pretty lasses from the different towns in Samar province.
The following day
Tuesday, additional features include Bangca Race, minor cyst
operations, and Palakasan Marathon.
On the eve of Samar
Day, August 11, 2010, a thanksgiving mass in the morning will be celebrated
at the Capitol with a short program where the new and young governor
is expected to address her numerous constituents, this will be capped
by her favourite hobby of distributing free rice to the Samarnons.
At one in the
afternoon a grand parade of festivals from the different Samar towns
with a contest on drum and bugle is expected to draw a large crowd as
the final activity.
This year’s Samar Day
celebration is anchored on the theme “Strengthening the identity of
the Samarnon through unity and reforms”.
This is the objective
of the new administration claiming not being able to deliver basic
services as the new set of board members has reportedly refused to
pass the new budget.
But the Governor
claims during the recent flag ceremony that should the board still
refuse to cooperate, she will push all legal means for the approval of
the budget. (PIA-Samar)
Eastern Visayas police
nabs wanted person; raids illegal gambling activities
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – In separate operations, the elements of the Eastern Visayas Police have recently nabbed a wanted person, raided illegal
cockfighting and illegal gambling operations at General MacArthur,
Eastern Samar and Dolores, Eastern Samar and Calbayog City, a report
from the Police Community Relations Office, stated.
At 3:00 o’clock in the
afternoon of July 29, joint elements of General MacArthur Municipal
Police Station and 8th Regional Police Safety Battalion led by PI
Emerson C Badilla, Chief of Police and PI Shyrile C. Tan, Platoon
Leader, respectively, conducted a raid against illegal cockfighting
activity at Sitio Palana, Barangay Vigan, General MacArthur, Eastern
Said raid resulted to
the arrest of two male persons namely: Segundo Abendiano, 30 years
old, married, bet taker or promoter; Ricardo Barbo, 68 years old,
married, farmer, bet taker or promoter, both residents of said
It also resulted to
the confiscation of four (4) fighting cocks, four (4) gaffs with
cover, one (1) record notebook, one (1) ballpen and cash amounting to
P1,200 in different denominations. Arrested person and confiscated
items were brought to Gen. MacArthur Municipal Police Station for
documentation and proper disposition.
Later, at 6:00 o’clock
in the evening of July 29, a team from Regional Special Operations
Group, PRO8 led by PI Dinvir L Revita in coordination with Calbayog
City Police Station under the direct supervision of PSupt. Crizaldo O.
Nieves, Chief RID, PRO8, conducted an Anti-Illegal Gambling Operation
along Brgy Carmen and Brgy Capoocan, Calbayog City.
resulted to the arrest of the following persons: George Lentejas alias
Jojo, 43 yrs old, married, member of City Police Auxillary Group (CPAG)
and presently residing at said place; and Peter Singamonon, 49 years
old, married, jobless and a resident of Brgy San Policarpo, Calbayog
Said persons were
caught in flagrante delicto engaging in illegal numbers game known as
“swertres”, who were acting as usher or collector.
from their custody, possession and control were several gambling
paraphernalia to wit; George Lentejas: One (1) pc yellow paper used as
tally sheet for illegal numbers game with numbers combinations and
their corresponding bet dated
07/29/2010; one (1) pad of stub with number combinations and their
corresponding bet; one-half pad blank; one pc one hundred peso bill;
one pc fifty peso, two pcs twenty peso bill, one ballpen; one unit
black RUSI motorcycle with no plate number and with chassis number
RUEA152PM2PMIO5100397 and with key; one pc transparent plastic
Confiscated from Peter
Singamohon were: one pc yellow paper used as tally sheets for illegal
numbers game with number combinations their corresponding bet dated
7/29/2010; one lengthwise yellow paper with number combination and
their corresponding bet dated7/29/2010; one p lotto tip; one pc fifty
peso bill; three pieces twenty peso bill; two pcs five peso coin; one
unit Suzuki smash 110 motorcycle with plate nr HO5126 and with chassis
number BE49J-204492 and Engine Nr E433-304565 and with key; one pc
transparent plastic cellophane.
together with the confiscated items were brought to Calbayog City
Police Station, Calbayog City for safekeeping and subsequently
referred to the Office of the City Prosecutor for inquest proceeding
docketed under NPS No VIII-10-INQ-10G-00135 and NPS Nr
VIII-10-INQ-10G-00135 with recommended bail bond of twenty thousand
pesos (Php 20,000,00)
Meanwhile, at 2:00
o’clock in the afternoon of July 30, at Brgy Sta Cruz, Dolores,
Eastern Samar, elements of Dolores Municipal Police Station and
Borongan City Police Station led by PI Mamerto C Conopio and PI Jerome
Camacho, together with eight PNCOs, arrested one Rodrigo Obias, of
legal age and a resident of aforesaid place by virtue of alias WOA for
the crime of murder docketed under CC Number 468 issued by Hon. Judge
Gorgonio Alverez, Presiding Judge, RTC, Branch 4, Dolores, Eastern
Samar with no recommended bail bond for his temporary liberty.
Subject person is
now detained at Dolores Police Station lock-up cell prior to turn-over
to court concerned, for proper disposition.
Search for Best CBFM
PO in Region 8 launched
By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) launched a
“Search for the best CBFM Peoples Organization in Region 8 for the
year 2010”. The launching was made on July 23, 2010 during the First
Regional CBFM People’s Organization Summit held at the Paraclete
Renewal Center in Salvacion, Tacloban City.
of the six CBFM POs with GTZ representative Forester Rogelio
Abalos (2nd from left) and DENR FMS RTD Felipe Calub (3rd from
left) posed after receiving their certificates of recognition as
Best CBFM PO in their respective provinces.
The search aim to
boost the level of enthusiasm of the POs and encourage them to
undertake project activities which would enhance their environment and
their socio economic status; encourage healthy competition among the
POs and remind them to be compliant POs as regards to environmental
regulations and other laws and principles governing POs; come up with
a showcase PO which would serve as model for other POs and other DENR
clientele in demonstrating upland development technologies and other
ideal activities being done by POs in developing CBFM projects and the
Director Felipe S. Calub of the Forest Management Service disclosed
that six POs which were pre-selected as the Best CBFM POs in the six
provinces of Region 8 are vying for the title as Best CBFM PO 2010.
These are: the Young Innovators for Social and Environmental
Development Association (YISEDA) in Lunas, Canlugoc, Maasin City;
Kawayan CBFM Producers Association (KCPA) in Brgy. Madao and Ungali,
Kawayan, Biliran; Katatapuran nga Pederasyon han mga Parag-uma han
Samar (KAPPAS) in Tenani, Paranas, Samar; Cooperative Forest
Development, Inc. in Borongan, Eastern Samar; Bililhong Ani sa
Katunggan Hangtod sa Walay Katapusan in Brgy, Cruz, Palompon, Leyte;
and the Luisita Upland Farmers Association in Luisita, Buenasuerte,
Victoria, Northern, Samar.
Following a set of
criteria, the selection of the Best CBFM PO will undergo different
stages: These stages include the evaluation of credentials by the
board of experts. These credentials include documentation of project
activities that shall support that the PO has complied or completed
the provisions in its updated Community Resource Management Framework;
Socio-economic contribution to community development or the PO’s
participation in community development activities and other civic
activities; PO is in good standing and has never been blacklisted by
the DOLE, SEC, CDA and other
Other criteria include
the ability of the PO to generate support from their respective local
government units in terms of technical and financial support for
project development undertakings. Linkaging with other partners such
as government or private individuals and organizations as well as PO
initiatives and innovations also form part of the criteria.
Validation on the
ground and interviews with local government units and individuals who
have influence with the PO contestants shall also be conducted to come
up with a PO winner by the
end of the year.
Director Primitivo C. Galinato, Jr. encourages the
PO contestants not only to be ready with their credentials but
also do development activities that are required of them. “We will be
monitoring all the
PO contestants to see
to it that they are sustaining their activities even after the
contest. The POs have significant role in upland development. In the
DENR’s thrust of protecting the environment using the direction “From
the Ridges to the Reefs”, the POs are considered as active partners of
the DENR in the protection of the upland areas. Through the search
for the Best CBFM PO, the POs’ exemplary performance will be
recognized and the slow performing POs will be encouraged to work more
for their projects, RED Galinato stressed.
Mandatory coverage of
OFWs to Pag-ibig takes effect August 1
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Membership to the Pag-IBIG fund is now a requirement for the
processing of documents of OFWs and the issuance of OEC, for
applications processed both in government-run placement agencies and
in licensed recruitment agencies.
Based on POEA’s
Memorandum Circular 06, the mandatory coverage to the Home Development
Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pag-IBIG Fund, which took effect Sunday, August
1, involves a membership fee of P600 to be paid by the workers upon
The amount will cover
6 months. Thereafter, the workers will pay a monthly due of P100.
Those already working abroad will automatically be covered by the
The mandatory coverage
of the Fund provided for under Republic Act 9679 or the Home
Development Mutual Fund Law of 2009 signed by President Arroyo in July
Under the new law, an
OFW-member will contribute a minimum of only P100 a month as
contribution, much lower than the US$5 he or she contributed before.
universal or expanded membership coverage, all Overseas Filipino
Workers, and Filipinos employed by foreign-based employers, whether
deployed in the country or abroad, are mandatorily covered beginning
January 2010. Also covered are those employees who are members of the
SSS and GSIS, uniformed members of the Armed Forces of the
Philippines, the Bureau of Fire Protection, the Bureau of Jail
Management and Penology and the Philippine National Police.
are credited to their savings or the total accumulated value that earn
dividends and fully guaranteed by the national government. In 2009,
Pag-IBIG declared tax-free dividends amounting to P8.5 billion with a
dividend rate of 5%. At this dividend rate, an OFW member will
generate savings amounting to P40,753 if he contributes P100 monthly
for 20 years; P81,507 if he contributes P200; and P203,768 at P500 a
The savings are also
portable which remain in the name of a member even if he transfers
employers, works abroad or becomes self-employed or even unemployed.
OFW-members can avail
of short-term loans that will help address their immediate financial
needs such as payment for tuition fees, hospital bills, appliance
purchases, minor home repairs, and even for small business capital.
OFWs can apply for a
home financing loan that has an interest rate of as low as 6% to 11.5%
payable in 30 years. The maximum loan amount is P3 million. In 2009,
Pag-IBIG extended a total of P9.6 billion in housing loans to their
OFW members which financed 12,233 housing units.