District Hospital, he intends to provide assistance either the
province or the city controls it. He however admitted that it is
practical and easier to offer funds to hospitals managed by the region
because they only tap the Department of Health (DOH). But if given a
chance to talk with Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo Uy, he would extend
its support once the city hospital operates.
He is even planning to
put up an extension office in every district or municipal hospital in
Samar depending on the agreement with the local chief executive and
the availability of funds that they can provide.
Noel disclosed that by
next year, there will be turn-over of An Waray presidency, but
regardless of whoever occupies the seat, he is hopeful that the
organization would maintain its active performance and commitment to
Being a Committee
Chair on Accounts in the House, he is assured that the
programs/projects for the Waray provinces will be carried out, as he
is automatically a member of all committees.
“The house has a P5.5
Billion budget. In the appropriations, nagkakamay-ada hearing pero
naagi ha accounts. From paper clip to computers, ha akon na agi kun
diin ig-iisyu. Baga ako an administrator han bug-os nga house. With
the approval of course by the speaker”, he clarified.
In the 15th Congress
under P-Noy administration, among the 4 national in scope bills and
several co-authorship legislations the solon would prioritize the
passage of the Coconut Development Act and other bills such as the
water system (i.e. the host gets the royalties) and be supporting the
passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) for he is convinced it
would get a favorable response from the Liberal-dominated house.
“Nga tanan nga
problema nga nakita hadto, matatagan na solusyon. An eksakto nga dalan
amo it aagian. Maagian hin maupay. An kan P-Noy SONA damo an kritiko.
But P-Noy was actually stating the state of the nation, and he made
some policies to address the problem. Definitely, this government will
be anti-corruption. A very good direction for everyone,” Noel
On the other hand, he
agreed on the statement of COMELEC Commissioner Rene Sarmiento which
states that “democracy in the
“Right now it is the
truth. By principle we don’t agree, but that’s how it works. Knowing
Commissioner Sarmiento, he won’t lie to you.”
Relating to the
upcoming barangay elections, two bills are being filed in the house.
One is for postponement, moving it to October 2011 or 2012, and the
other is by creating a law that barangay elections be held every after
three years. But while the Committee on Suffrage is underway, a
hearing for its postponement cannot be tackled yet, Cong. Noel
Following excessive bonuses, rice over-importation
standards for 89 GOCCs pushed
QUEZON CITY – Cavite
Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. has urged Malacañang to set rigorous
governance standards for all 89 state-run firms "in order to promote
best practices, full disclosure and spotless transparency in their
ultimately answer to the Filipino people, Barzaga said
government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) should be
compelled to uphold ethical, accounting and disclosure standards that
are equal or superior to those required of private firms listed in
Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).
"Both GOCCs and PSE-listed
private firms have to answer to a public. PSE-listed firms have to
answer to their shareholders. GOCCs have to answer to Filipino
taxpayers," Barzaga pointed out.
He added: "Sound
corporate governance will help boost efficiency and enhance
profitability in the operations of GOCCs, some of which have become a
financial burden to taxpayers."
Exchange Commission (SEC) rules already require PSE-listed firms to
live up to stringent governance manuals drawn up and adopted by their
The SEC mandated the
manuals not long after large publicly listed firms in America
collapsed as a result of unchecked self-dealing by board members and
accounting fraud that shattered investor confidence.
SEC rules also require
PSE-listed firms to dutifully disclose all information affecting their
operations and profitability, including the compensation received by
board members and senior officers, and every transaction with a
potential conflict of interest.
Citing the belated
discovery of a huge surplus of rice stockpiles at the National Food
Authority, Barzaga said all GOCCs should be required to fully disclose
all information "of public interest."
"In the past, GOCCs
have also had their share of irregularities that, in retrospect, could
have been avoided with tighter controls," Barzaga said.
He cited the case of
the state-run Land Bank of the
where a number of officers were implicated in the diversion of large
tax payments coursed through the bank, in an apparent breakdown of
Malacañang is now
reviewing the emoluments of board members and senior executives at
GOCCs, toward curbing excessive bonuses.
"Amid the widening gap
between government spending and income, we must stress that the
productivity of GOCCs directly affects the National Treasury," Barzaga
"Since GOCCs are
required by law to remit at least 50 percent of their annual net
profits as dividends to the state, the less money they make, the less
cash goes to the National Treasury," he said.
"Apart from this, the
national government continues to spend billions of pesos every year to
subsidize the operations of unprofitable GOCCs," Barzaga lamented.
The Commission on
Audit lists a total of 89 GOCCs, of which at least eight are ranked
among the country's top 1,000 corporations in terms of gross revenue.
Agri fair highlights
culmination of Nutrition Month celebration in Biliran
NAVAL, Biliran – The
culmination of the Nutrition Month celebration in July this year in
the municipality of Naval and in the province of Biliran which was
spearheaded jointly by the Naval Municipal Nutrition Council (MNC) and
the Biliran Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) on
August 3, 2010 was highlighted by the holding of the agricultural fair
at the Naval Municipal Hall Compound.
The agri fair which
was initiated by the Naval Municipal Agriculture Office through Mrs.
Nascencia Abad, Municipal Agricultural Officer (MAO) who is also the
Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) of the said municipality,
displayed and offered for sale agricultural products of farmers in the
locality such as rootcrops, vegetables, fruits, a variety of fish like
bangus and tilapia, crabs and other farm products which are best
sources of vitamins, minerals and other nutritional elements that can
lead to a healthy diet.
Likewise offered for
sale at the agri fair was a variety of cut flowers raised by mothers
in their own lot to augment family income.
The Nutrition Month
culmination activity was started with a morning mass at 6:00 o’clock
at the Naval Cathedral. This was followed by a motorcade around the
main thoroughfares of the town which was participated in by the
members of the Naval MNC; PNC; Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and
Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) of Naval; officers and employees of the
local government unit (LGU) of Naval, national government agencies;
non-government organizations and other health workers.
Joining the motorcade
was Naval Mayor Susan Parilla together with some Sangguniang Bayan
(SB) members of Naval and other officials.
A short program
immediately followed the motorcade.
Despite the heavy
rains, the program went on smoothly at the municipal grounds with
tents being put up to give shelter to the guests and program
In her welcome
message, Mayor Parilla thanked the SB members, the BHWs, and the BNS
for their contribution in reducing the incidence of malnutrition in
the municipality of Naval.
She likewise urged
mothers to give their children nutritious foods so that when they grow
up to maturity they will stay healthy and productive members in their
The lady mayor
believes that good nutrition and a balanced diet for children
especially the pre-schoolers and the entire family will result to a
The guest of honor was
Ms. Segundina Devota Dilao, Nutrition Officer
III of the National Nutrition Council, Regional Office in
who spoke on the highlights of nutrition information about the
province of Biliran.
For his part, Biliran
Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member Brigido Caneja III who
represented Governor Gerryboy Espina informed in his message that the
provincial government of Biliran is providing essential health package
for the Biliranons and this includes supplemental feeding in
identified barangays in the province.
congratulated the LGU of Naval through Mayor Parilla for hosting the
culmination program of the Nutrition Month celebration in Biliran.
He added that it is
the goal of the provincial government to be a malnourished-free
province in the years ahead.
He informed that the
PNC has expanded its membership in include the non-government
As he ended his
message, he urged mothers to breastfeed their babies so that they will
grow up to be healthy and strong.
On the other hand, Dr.
Alfonso Veneracion, Provincial Health Officer of Biliran who is also
the Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) in his message during
the program said that the theme of the Nutrition Month celebration
this year which is “Sa Pagkaing Tama at Sapat, Wastong Timbang Ni Baby
ang Katapat” focused on babies less than one year old.
He urged lactating
mothers to start giving complimentary foods to their babies after six
months as he advised them to give their babies go, grow and glow foods
to keep a well balanced diet.
He advised mothers not
to delay in introducing complimentary foods to their babies and
maintain a skin to skin contact to enhance bonding between mother and
the baby. (PIA-Biliran)
Maasin to put-up more
Nego-Kart and starter kits for entrepreneur-driven indigents
By BONG PEDALINO
MAASIN CITY – Move
over, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
DOLE’s program on
providing assistance in kind to business-minded indigents here in the
city through its Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego-Kart) and the Starter Kits
initiatives, in close coordination with the city government, have
found a strong supporter from none other than City Mayor Maloney
During the turn-over
ceremony of a check amounting to P397,273 as start-up capital for
basic materials, officially called Starter Kits, to 60 Maasinhon
beneficiaries at the city gym Thursday, Mayor Samaco declared that the
city government would intensify this livelihood activity by providing
more funds so more can avail.
In the same gathering,
some twenty beneficiaries of the “Nego-Kart” also joined the
ceremonial turn-over, and with this Mayor Samaco also pledged to put
up the same number of Nego-Karts.
The simple turn-over
rites, which coincided with the Employees’ Night activity, was joined
by Fe Norma Valuis, DOLE Provincial Officer, and Fe Sta. Cruz, City
Social Welfare Officer, as well as Vice-Mayor Effie Abiera Sabandal
and some City Councilors.
Mayor Samaco handed a
replica of the check to the beaming beneficiaries, while an actual and
operational Nego-Kart was handed onstage to the smiling recipients as
Shortly before Samaco
gave his inspirational message, a lady leader of the newly organized
Nego-Kart association in the city shared how the mobile gadget helped
them a lot in lifting their lives a notch higher from abject poverty.
Where before using
only baskets, the ambulant vendors can have a gross sales of only P300
to P400 a day, but in a month’s time of using the movable store on a
bike, their sales tripled, even quadrupled she was able to pay her
children’s school needs.
A Nego-Kart operator
among them was even able to hire a maid at P100 a day to take care of
a child while the vendor was out doing business, and this shared
experience elicited laughter and a pleasant surprise among those who
listened, including Mayor Samaco.
Samaco said that with
the DOLE’s project, the city government had contributed P97,000 for
the Nego-Kart, and P 75,000 for the Starter Kits.
For her part, DOLE
provincial head Valuis was grateful to the tedious effort exerted by
the city LGU to comply the necessary requirements leading to a
relatively fast realization of the partnership undertaking.
She challenged the
beneficiaries to do their very best so the assistance they enjoyed can
make a real difference in their lives.
Valuis also hinted
to Mayor Samaco that as soon as the City government can liquidate the
funds, the DOLE office would be willing to extend more releases.
No increase, no
programs/projects will effect while budget is suppressed, says Tan
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO, Samar
Approval of the budget is different from creating a new province.
Without its passage, the 25% salary increase and the P25,000
PEI (Productivity Enhancement Incentive) will not be realized.
This was the categorical statement of Governor Sharee Ann Tan in an
ambush interview with Calbayog media during her visit at the
“Kay ano an rason nga
magbabag-o hin probinsya? Unang-una an budget, magtutukod bag-o nga
kapitolyo ngan mga national agencies. Why not accommodate na la in one
province? Unless… kon mayday hira karuyag nga political side!
“An P25,000 discretion
iton han LGU. Willing ako maghatag han P12,000 upon the approval of
the budget. Pag sumiring ka ngani productivity, kinahanglan may
product! Next year, nadiri na ako nga may productivity. Mahatag kita
kun may makikita nga performance an mga empleyado,” she replied.
The governor has
admitted that the signatory of the 2010 budget was still her mother,
the former governor because she believes that it was a long time
proposal of the previous administration. Revising it would entail
another delay. She instead asked the majority to just approve it and
would make some amendments afterwards.
“Personally, may mga
amendments ako liwat nga paghihimuon kay may mga programs ako nga
igsusulod. Pero nadedelatar san mga board members nga nag-iinulang-ulang.”
When asked on her
reaction why no private funding institutions would like to invest in
Samar due to non-performance and bad governance of the previous
governor, the younger Tan ignored the issue but justified her
performance in the second district when she was still representing it
before the House.
“Waray man problema
pag-asikaso han mga programa ngan proyekto. Kay han ha Congress pa ako,
nag-aasikaso man ako. So yana, just give me this chance and
opportunities nga ipakita ko ha ira. Diri kay uunahan ako. Siyempre,
kon uunahan ako nira, ano man an akon mapo-prove? Tagi gad anay ako
nira tsansa pinaagi han pag-approve han budget. Kitaon nira akon
performance. Kay later on, diri ngani hira kuntento o an mga tawo, kay
maaram man ako nga diri ha akon makukuntento an first district board
members, sa sunod diri na nira i-approve an budget. Gin tsa-challenge
She further said that
the majority did not even bother to answer her queries and
clarifications on why are they delaying the approval of the budget.
“Diri man hira
nambabaton. Ginpapakianhan ko hira, diri hira nagsusumat.
Ginpapakianhan, diri nagtitingog. For me, talaga under the bunal hira
han usa ka tawo.”
She admitted that she
was asking for a blanket authority coming from the Sangguniang
Panlalawigan to authorize her to enter into any contract in behalf of
the province, but until now, all she gets is an adverse reaction.
“Do you think
deserving an akon administration han sugad hini nga treatment?! Of
course, I would request for a blanket authority! Kay diri pwede nga sa
ngatanan ko nga transaksyon maaro ako nga pirmi ha ira authority, nga
diri man ngani iton hira nag susulod-sulod! Basta ako, gin-lay down ko
na tanan akon karuyag signgon.”
Tan strongly opposed
for line budgeting because according to her selective approval is
She believes that the
SP’s major function is for the approval of the budget unless they opt
to amend the law.
Lastly, she declared
that the constituents can expect performance from her end once the
2010 budget is approved.
And she made an appeal
yet slight audacity to the first district board members by saying,
“Diri kami nakikiaway ha ira. Hira an nakikiaway ha amon. Pastilan pag-approve
na gad kamo han budget kay iyo man iton trabaho. Meaning nangandidato
la ngay-ankamo just to disapprove the budget?! Bantayi na la an iyo
mga posisyon ngan atenderi an iyo dapat nga trabahuon. Ayaw
pag-atenderi an kanan probinsya kay diri ito asya iyo lado. Baman ako
liwat, di man ako naginginlabot han iba nga mga trabaho. Kay ako
nagtatrabaho man la han akon.”
Finally, Gov. Tan said
that while the passage of the budget is still subject for SP scrutiny,
the P400 Million hard cash in the bank will be used for business
related purposes – bidding with other agencies revenue generation.
Last August 4, during
SP regular session it was decided by the majority to refer the passage
of 2010 budget to committee hearing – Committees on Finance, Budget &
Appropriations and Laws.
The first district
board members who have been the center of Tan’s resentment decided not
to answer her statements in public.
conducts emergency meeting of Peace and Order Council after a PNP
element lost two fingers
CATBALOGAN CITY – Calbayog
City Mayor Reynaldo Uy conducted an emergency meeting of the city’s
peace and order council after a member of the Philippine National
Police (PNP) element lost two fingers.
His brush with death
happened during an encounter with a suspect who resisted arrest.
The report filed by
newly-installed Calbayog Chief of Police, Senior Superintendent Nestor
Valenzuela said that on
July 18, 2010, the Calbayog City Police Station members led by PO1 Rolando
Diaz, chief of the Police Community Precinct (PCP
II) together with PO3 Joseph Justiniano,
SPO2 Roberto Labian and PO3 Bebiano Caber were about to serve the warrant of
arrest on (one) Lito Abajo at Brgy. Migara,
Calbayog City, who was
inside the house of Rose Sofronio.
Abajo is wanted for
murder in Criminal Cases No. 5086, 6291 and 6386.
The report further
said that Lito Abajo, armed with M-16 armalite rifle suddenly opened
fire to the arresting officers resulting to the injury of PO3 Joseph
sustained gunshot wound on his left hand was rushed to the St.
Camillus Hospital where his two fingers were amputated.
The suspect managed to
The elements of
Calbayog City Police Station led by P1 Rolando Diaz, together with
SPO2 Roberto Labian, SPO1 Nilo Martija, PO3 Nemesio Terado, PO3
Bebiano Caber, PO3 Charles Coprada, PO2 Rodelio Catamora, PO2 Jose Jay
Senario and PO1 Allan Labrague conducted joint manhunt operation for
the possible arrest of the suspect.
Recovered inside the
house of Rose Sofronio were one (1) unit caliber .38 with five (5)
live ammos inside the cylinder, no marking and no serial number, one
(1) piece short magazine and one (1) piece long magazine of M-16
armalite rifle, one hundred twenty-five (125) pieces live ammos of
M-16 armalite rifle, eighteen (18) pieces empty shells of M-16
The result of the
meeting is still undisclosed as the council is still trying to corner
Abajo who has remained at large. (with report
from Ron Ricafort)
journalists remember the 120th birthday of then Senate President Jose
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The publisher of the Samar Sunday Star in Calbayog City, Ike Macasa,
gathered some 75 campus journalists from all over Calbayog held a
campus journalist summit in time to commemorate the 120th birthday of
then Senate President Jose Avelino.
Macasa said he felt he
had to help the campus journalists re-kindle their passion for
He invited some media
specialists as speakers to inspire the young writers.
As Calbayog also
celebrates the 120th birthday of then Senate President, Macasa also
invited the granddaughter of Avelino, Ms. Loudette Avelino, who acted
as the Guest Speaker.
Loudette is now based
in New York and goes back periodically to Calbayog to perpetuate the
legacy of her ‘Lolo’. The lady had fond memories of Avelino who was a
doting grandfather and expected excellence from his heirs.
The younger Avelino
also ushered this writer to Calbayog’s ‘Handumanan’ where a photo
exhibit of the life and times of Avelino were proudly displayed.
included his Malacañang sorties, meetings with senators that included
the first woman senator Geronima Pecson in an undated photo.
The writer also
chanced upon a group of school children crowding at the exhibit. They
were awed at the thought that a Calbayognon like them almost became a
president of the country.
According to Wikepedia,
José Dira Avelino (August 5, 1890 - July 21, 1986) was the first
President of the Senate of the
of the Philippines under the presidency of Manuel Roxas. He was
President Pro-tempore to President Manuel Quezon prior to the
establishment of the Commonwealth.
Avelino was born in
Calbayog, Samar to Ildefonsa Dira and Baltazar Avelino. He is known as
the Father of the Philippine Workmen’s Compensation Law; one of the
most famous bills which he passed during his term which focused on
creating a contingency insurance fund for workers as a way to protect
the workers from the various economic problems that plagued the
founded the first labor union in Eastern Visayas, Gremio Obrero de
Stevedores; he is a founding member of the Liberal Party; he was
instrumental in the passage of the Social Security System and pushed
for the establishment of public high schools in every province in the
Remembering Jose Avelino: A heartbeat away from the presidency
NFA Samar airs side of
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The National Food Authority (NFA-Samar) airs its side on the rice
stock issues that was one of the issues raised by President Benigno
Simeon C Aquino lll in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Rosario Cadiz, Senior
Grains Operation Officer told PIA
Samar in an interview that the rice stock in
Samar particularly in
Catbalogan and Calbayog is enough for the whole year and that there is
no overstocking nor oversupply.
“Oversupply may have
been true in Metro Manila but the situation is different in Samar,
rice deployment is being strictly monitored,“ added
Meanwhile, in Eastern
Visayas, NFA Regional Director Benjamin Marta said that the agency has
maintained an ideal and comfortable level of rice stock inventory
He issued the
statement in the wake of reports stemming from the SONA of P-Noy that
the agency has an over importation of rice resulting to undetermined
quantity of rice with declining quality.
“As far as NFA Eastern
Visayas is concerned the present total regional rice stock inventory
is 759,599 bags at 50/kg per bag which will last for twenty (20) days
based on the average daily consumption requirement of 38,120 bags,”
“This means that the
region need not worry of oversupply nor under-supply of the basic
staple,” Marta said.
He underscored that
the agency is mandated to provide food security especially at this
time of the year when typhoons and floods are likely to occur.
“That is why we have
adequately and rationally positioned our stock in nineteen warehouses
regionwide in case of any eventuality.”
Marta also said that
NFA is expecting rice shipment from
1.4 M bags which is part of the region’s allocation until end of this
On the other hand,
Marta informed that the agency would still go aggressive in its palay
The agency, the report
said had bought a total of 9,280 bags versus a procurement target of
35,000 bags for 2010 or a 26% accomplishment.
One of the policy
directions of the new Administrator Angelito Banayo is to lower the
country’s dependence on rice importation through domestic procurement
to encourage farmers to produce more and to make this country
rice-sufficient. (MA Militante with
Leyte councilors give
PCL prexy fresh mandate
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Municipal councilors from the various municipalities of the province
of Leyte gave a fresh mandate to current PCL Leyte president Hon.
Wilson S. Uy of Palo, Leyte.
In a general assembly
held at the Leyte National High School Gym on August 4, the Philippine
Councilors League Leyte Chapter gave an overwhelming vote of
confidence to Honorable Uy who is on his first term as Councilor of
the municipality of Palo. During his previous term, Honorable Uy was a
member of the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Tacloban.
In the same election,
Councilor Francis Realino of Abuyog was elected as vice president.
Elected as Secretary General is Luis Marlon Torres of Burauen, while
elected as treasurer is Teofilo Cabello of Jaro. Honorable Erlindo
Laplana of Baybay was elected as auditor; PRO is Councilor Mesias P.
Arevalo of Palompon; and business manager is Alang-Alang Councilor
The Board of Directors
is composed of Honorable Cheeryl Enrica Esperas of San Miguel and
Honorable Ernesto Varona of Tanauan, for the first district;
Honorables Jade Agullo of Dulag and Jul Co of La Paz for the second
district; Honorable Carlo Pacito Villarino of San Isidro for the third
district; Honorable Vincent Rey Taganas of Kananga for the fourth
district; and Honorables Mar Aralan and Roseller Yan for the fifth
Councilors League is an empowered foundation of governance that serves
as catalyst towards progress of people within a sustainable
environment for a strong and united Philippines.
The PCL obtained its
official status as a local government association when it was
accredited by the then Department of Local Government on September 3,
1990, and subsequently registered with the Securities and Exchange
Commission on September 17, 1990.
The PCL was
established primarily to carry out its objectives which include among
others: to establish a strategic and accessible forum for giving life,
meaning and substance to the concepts of decentralization and local
autonomy, crystallizing and expressing ideas of primordial concern to
the PCL, and strengthening public-private sector relations towards