DPWH bans putting
names or pictures of officials in project billboards
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – In
accordance with the instruction of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino
III ordering all government agencies not to use his name or image on
government programs and projects, the DPWH has revised the
implementing guidelines on DPWH signboard structures which should now
only contain the name of the project and location, contractor, the
date when it started, and the project's completion.
This means that the
names and pictures of any officials will no longer appear on
billboards of the Department of Public Works and Highways
infrastructure projects all over the country, as gathered from a story
posted at the DPWH website.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio
L. Singson issued Department Order 37 directing implementing offices
of the agency namely Regional, District Engineering and Project
Management Offices to adhere to the revised DPWH Standard Project
Billboard format banning the use of name or image of any personages
including the President in the project billboard.
Based on newspaper
reports, P-NOY has ordered his Cabinet and heads of government
agencies and Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) to
refrain from associating the President's personality and identity in
their programs and projects and advised not to put up tarpaulins,
billboards, and other propaganda materials bearing his name and image.
Under the DPWH
modified format, project billboards containing name of project and
location, name of contractor, date started contract completion date,
contract cost, construction consultant, implementing office (of the
DPWH), and source of fund shall be installed in all project sites by
the concerned implementing offices of DPWH for the information and
guidance of the taxpaying public.
billboard measuring 4 feet x 8 feet using ½ inch marine plywood or
tarpaulin posted on 3/16 inch marine plywood are installed at
beginning and end of road, bridge and flood control projects and in
front of project site for building projects like school building,
multi-purpose center, and government offices.
For road projects with
length of 10 kilometers or more, billboards are required to be
installed at every 5 kilometers interval.
It has been the
practice in the DPWH to put up project billboards or tarpaulins
bearing the name and image of the President, Public Works officials,
and local officials who were supposed to be behind the construction of
the roads and bridges.
But the system has
spawned criticism from the public who say the politicians are taking
credit away from the taxpayers who are actually the ones paying for
the infrastructure projects through their taxes payment.
The general public are
also encouraged to report to DPWH any concern or complaint about the
infrastructure project by sending message to DPWH TEXT 2920 or call
the hotline number
536-3477 and 302-9196.
BIR Eastern Visayas
lands topmost rank for Jan-June collection performance
By PAULINA BUITIZON
TACLOBAN CITY – The Bureau of Internal Revenue in Eastern Visayas, for its
P2,115,973,991.31 over-all collections during the first semester of
2010, ranked number one among 19 Revenue Regions in the country, for
an increase of 43.28% or 639.12 Million in revenues compared to
Moreover, the BIR in
Eastern Visayas, for its excess of P488.75 Million or 30.04%, place
second, in terms of increase compared to its 2010 collection goal.
These good rankings
were confirmed during the just concluded Command Conference held at
the BIR National Office attended by all Regional Directors bureau-wide
which coincided with the 106th BIR Anniversary celebration.
It is interesting to
note that since Tax Year 2003 up to this year, Revenue Region in
Eastern Visayas has consistently landed top rankings for exceeding its
revenue goals, BIR Regional Director Alert B. Alocilja said.
With this commendable
feat, Regional Director Alocilja shares the accolades with all his six
(6) Revenue District Officers and their hard-working staff, together
with his equally supportive and dedicated regional officials and
personnel, but most of all, the taxpaying public, particularly, the
recently awarded Top Taxpayers, for their continuous support and
cooperation thru their voluntary compliance, correct and timely tax
also extends his gratitude to BIR partners, among others, the PICPA,
LCCI, IBP, NGAs, LGUs, the PIA Region 8 with broadcast and print media
for their untiring cooperation and assistance in the Region’s
collection efforts and in the implementation of the Bureau’s tax
regulations and related programs.
AFP, PNP seek support
from LGUs in counter insurgency drive in Leyte
By JONNIE H. BUENAVENTURA
– The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine
National Police (PNP) had sought the support of the Local Government
Units (LGU) to counter the insurgency problems in Leyte particularly
in the municipalities of Abuyog, Burauen and Carigara during the
Executive Committee meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council
(PPOC) Chaired by Governor Jericho Petilla and presided by Hon.
Rolando Piamonte, Jr. held on
August 09, 2010 at the Leyte Provincial Capitol, Tacloban City.
Lt. Col. Roberto
Capulong, 19th IB Phil. Army, Commanding Officer, informed that they
had encountered members of the New Peoples Army (NPA) in the
municipalities of Abuyog, Burauen and Carigara which are the favorite
areas considering there strategic locations and there remoteness, the
residents can be easily brain washed by the promises initiated by the
Lt. Col. Capulong
bared that in their recent raid in one of the camps of the rebels in
one of the remote barangays in Carigara, Leyte they recovered
documents showing the amounts collected during the recent national
election which was perceived as Permit to Campaign (PTC) or Permit to
Win (PTW), but he declined to name names for intelligence monitoring
Lt. Col. Capulong
futher said that he was surprised when his men recovered many food
items stocked by the rebels in the camp, which he concluded that this
was obtained from the months of June, July and August after the
Meanwhile, Chief Supt.
John Q. Sosito, PNP Leyte Provincial Director, said that the AFP/PNP
presence and successful operations provide temporary solutions only,
winning the hearts of the inhabitants which is the work of the LGU
concern by eradicating injustice, lessening poverty by providing
livelihood programs will somehow ease the economic burden these people
are experiencing and will provide sustainable solutions to the
Chief Supt. Sosito
appealed to the Mayor’s in Leyte to increase the average allocation of
only 77 liters per month in order to immediately do their work by
responding promptly to areas of concern.
development, Police Insp. Mannico C. Acorda, Operations Officer of the
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG 8) informed the PPOC Executive Committee, that 456 kgs.
of cocaine bricks had so far been recovered and there are still 1,544
kgs. of cocaine bricks that are still missing for they had estimated
that a total of 2 tons or 1,000 kgs. of cocaine bricks had been thrown
by the foreign vessel to avoid detection by Philippine authorities.
showed that these missing cocaine bricks have been adulterated by
unscrupulous individual to avoid detection by the PDEA,
PNP and NBI. It is perceived that the same has been
scattered in region 8 and other parts of the country. (PIA
Informal sector worker
may become Pag-IBIG members even with out SSS coverage
By BONG PEDALINO
MAASIN CITY – The
new Pag-IBIG law, or Republic Act 9679, is empowering the powerless.
A household help, for
instance, who wishes to be covered by Pag-IBIG, and granting he/she
worked with a generous employer, can be a member with only a
certificate from her employer as proof of employment, and no other
documentary requirements like being an SSS member.
This was one of the
points duly discussed by Paul Talacay, Assistant Regional Manager for
Operations of the Pag-IBIG Fund, during the Fund Forum held Monday at
the Supercha Restaurant, this city.
To really reach out
for a much wider coverage, the new law has lowered the threshold of
mandatory coverage to Pag-IBIG Fund, from a monthly income of P4,000
to at least P1,000 a month, Talacay said.
Eligible to be covered
under this new set-up are those workers belonging to the informal
sector of society, which are classified as self-employed, including
professionals, single proprietors, news reporters who are not under
Also falling under
this category are professional athletes, coaches, trainees, jockeys,
farmers and fisherfolks, cigarette vendors, watch-your-car boys, and
For this group of
newly identified would-be Pag-IBIG members, the conventional documents
that normally required to be attached were no longer needed, except
basic personal information, Talacay said.
Also around at the
Fund Forum explaining the features of the new law were Jennelyn
Baretta, in-charge of Marketing and Enforcement, and two other key
staff from the Regional Office.
public and private employers, some bookkeepers, and members of the
local media attended the activity.
Earlier, at the city
hall lobby, a launching of the Pag-IBIG service desk was held in close
coordination with the city government, Baretta reported.
Pag-IBIG used to
maintain a branch office in the city three or four years ago, but it
was closed for too much overhead costs.
With the new law, a
need for a service desk cropped up again, wherein every third week of
the month, from Wednesday to Friday, a personnel will be assigned to
cater to queries and other needs of the members.
The Maasin Service
Desk of Pag-IBIG will be operational starting next month.
(PIA Southern Leyte)
Oras mayor emerges as
president of LMP Eastern Samar chapter
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Mayor Neil M. Alvarez of Oras town emerged unopposed to become the
new president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines
Eastern Samar Chapter.
This was learned from
Leyte Board Member Roque A. Tiu who represented the League of
Municipalities of the Philippines National Board in the election
meeting held on
August 9, 2010 at the DILG Eastern Samar Provincial Office at
Director Manuel Lagrimas was present during the meeting which was
presided by outgoing LMP Eastern Samar president Javier Zacate, Board
Member Tiu said.
As the Eastern Samar
LMP president, Mayor Alvarez will represent the Chapter in the
National Board. He will also represent the interests of the
municipalities of Eastern Samar in the Regional Development Council,
Together with Mayor
Alvarez, other officers of the LMP Chapter who were elected included
Quinapondan Mayor Nedito Campo as Vice-President.
Elected as secretary
general was Sulat Mayor Virginia R. Zacate while General MacArthur
Mayor Jaime S. Ty was elected as the Treasurer.
San Policarpo Mayor
Conrado U. Nicart III was chosen as the Auditor while Maydolong Mayor
Henry Afable was chosen as PRO and Executive/Legislative Liaison.
Chosen as member of
the Board were Arteche Mayor Rolando Evardone; Balangiga Mayor Viscuso
de Lira; Llorente Mayor Tito Codoy; Dolores Mayor Emiliana
Villacarillo; Can-avid Mayor Alicia Cesista, and Salcedo Mayor Melchor
Board Member Tiu said
that the election of the LMP Eastern Samar Chapter is the fifth
conducted in Eastern Visayas. Only the LMP Samar Chapter has not
elected its new set of officers yet, Board Member Tiu added.
experience ‘Greenhouse’ farming
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY – Catbaloganon farmers have been in awe these days due
to the almost miracle developments they have witnessed in ‘Greenhouse’
The greenhouse farm in
Catbalogan is located in San Vicente, Catbalogan.
In a talk with
Agriculture Regional Director Leo Cañeda, during the opening of the
Bahandi han Samar agro-trade fair in Catbalogan City, he said that per
structure costs at least some P180,000 with the department shouldering
Some 20 farmers from
New Mahayag and its environs have enrolled in the comparative study of
two farms; one is exposed to the elements called the open field while
the other is inside a greenhouse.
The East-West Company,
a multinational seed producer teaches the farmers the new technology
to apply in the training.
designed to protect tender or out-of-season plants against extreme
cold or heat.
Agriculturist Ruth Dasal said the greenhouses provide economical means
of preventing pests and diseases from destroying high-value crops and
vegetable planted within the greenhouse.
The Greenhouse project
in Cabalogan, according to Cañeda will try to produce lettuce,
cauliflower and broccoli, plants that have been successfully grown in
Ormoc, Maasin and Calbayog City.
In Samar, Dasal said
some greenhouses are in Calbayog and Sta Rita.
according to Dasal’s assistant Daniel Daguman, is a step-by-step
management of the farm – the organic way.
The greenhouse has
been established made of light, plastic materials and stainless steel
tubes. It stands on a 3x18 meter lot with other furnishing needed for
the growing of high-value crops and vegetables.
implementation of the technology underwent experimentation and trial
period as agriculture technicians found it hard to adopt the said
technology during its initial stage.
For farmers to see the
difference, an open farm has also been established in a 1x15 lot,
Daguman added. Here they grow pechay, mustards, lettuce and ampalaya.
crops have yet to reach the vegetative stage, “Daguman noted. By the
last week of August, Daguman said they will hold the Harvest Festival,
in time for fruition of the high value crops they seeded in both the
greenhouse and the open field. (PIA-Samar)
Libanan girl grabs SP
By ALICE NICART
Samar – Sol Angeli E. Libanan, 24, wins one seat in the Sangguniang
Panlalawigan (SP) in the recently held Provincial Councilors League (PCL)
Garnering 164 votes of
the total 230 registered
PCL members, the young Libanan who sits as Sangguniang Bayan member of Taft
LGU expressed relief after the tough electoral battle.
In an interview, the
lady was all smiles as she recalled how Mama Elda, after she was
proclaimed winner, embraced her tightly and told her, “Board Member ka
The charming, slim
lady legislator, who is “Bisol” to family and friends, plans to
encourage her colleagues to harness further their knowledge and
education, as an important tool in their line of work.
She added that she
plans to bring them to other LGUs in the country for study tours
because she believes traveling is also a way of learning.
Board Member Bisol
chairs the SP Tourism Committee which is fitting to her educational
preparation having finished the diploma Course in HRM and Tourism at
the London International Hotel Management and
For her bachelor’s
Degree, she graduated a Business Management Course, major in
International Business at the SouthVille Foreign College in Las Pinas
Asked to comment on
SPM Libanan’s victory at the SP, Governor Conrado Nicart Jr. said he
was happy about it, because she can help him in the exercise of his
duties and responsibilities particularly in the deliberation of
appropriation ordiancnes for projects which will be submitted by the
SPM Libanan is the
daughter of former Congressman and now Immigration Commissioner,
Marcelino Libanan and wife Elda.
Other officers of
the PCL organization follows: Vice-President- Josue Sison;
Sec.-General- Jennifer Anacio; Treasurer- Flora Amistoso; Auditor-Aldrin
Picardal; PRO-Anabel Capito; Board of Directors: Florencio Almeda,
Carlo Fernando Batica, Mario Baquilod, Blesilda Montes, Nestonette
Cablao, Homer Omlang and Napoleon Bebita who themselves are members of
the party of SPM Libanan which is obviously a landslide victory. (PIA-Eastern
Dev’t Council 8 conducts Mining Forum on Aug 18
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Regional Minerals Development Council 8 is scheduled to hold a Mining
Forum for all stakeholders in the mining industry on August 18, 2010
from 8:00 o’clock in the morning to
5:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Ritz Tower de Leyte,
Mines and Geo-Sciences
Bureau Region 8 Director Roger de Dios, Vice-Chair of the Council,
informed that also included in the Mining Forum are the Local
Government Units, Non-Government Organizations, Church and academe.
Director De Dios said
that the Forum hopes to provide information on the updates and
developments in the mining industry of the Region. It also aims to
present the mineral potentials of Eastern Visayas and to discuss the
salient features of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 and its revised
implementing rules and regulations.
The Mining Forum also
hopes to address mining issues and concerns besetting the mining
industry in order to erase any doubts and misconceptions on mining.
As a backdrop for
better enforcement of mining laws, such engagement is necessary to
involve all stakeholders in order to make the conduct of the Forum,
more meaningful, Director De Dios said.
“It is our belief that
the promotion of the mining industry has to be won intellectually,
environmentally, socially and economically,” Director De Dios added.
No less than DENR
Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, Jr. has been invited to give the keynote
address. A short message will also be given by MGB Director Edwin G.
Among the topics
included to be discussed during the Forum are The Salient Features of
the Philippine Mining Act by Director Roger de Dios; Minerals
Endowments in Eastern Visayas by Mr. James S. Leones, Chief Geologist
of MGB-8; the Situationers of Mining in Easternn Visayas by Ms. Nonita
Caguioa, OIC, Mining Operations Officer of MGB-8; and The Exploration
Program of PMPCI by Mr. Jose S. Garda, vice president for exploration.
A Press conference is
set to be conducted at
10:00 o’clock in the morning at another venue within the Ritz Tower de
Leyte, Director De Dios said.
In the afternoon, the
topics that will be tackled are the Complementary Roles of Local Chief
Executives in the Implementation of Mining Laws Rules and Regulations
by Mr. Pastor Salazar, attorney III of MGB-8; Knowing the Minerals
Development council by an
MDC Representative; and the Geohazards Assessment in Region 8 by
Mr. Ricardo Obtinalla, Supervising Geologist of MGB-8.
PSHS-EV teacher among
this year’s Metrobank Foundation outstanding teachers
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Ms. Janeth Morata Fuentes of the Philippine Science High School - Eastern
Visayas Campus in Palo,
Leyte is among
this year’s Most Outstanding Teachers in the secondary level.
Ms. Morata was
recently in the limelight for being the Adviser of the PSHI-Eastern
Visayas Campus students who were winners of the recently held Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest
pre-college science fair competition which was attended by one
thousand and six hundred eleven (1,611) high school students from over
President Aniceto Sobrepeña recently announced that a total of eight
public school teachers from the elementary and secondary levels –
including two professors from the University of the Philippines-Diliman
and De La Salle University – emerged as winners in this year’s
Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers.
Aside from Ms. Janeth
Fuentes of the Philippine Science High School - Eastern Visayas Campus
in Palo, Leyte, the other awardees for the secondary category, were
Mercidita Villamayor of the Bukidnon State University - Secondary
School Lab in Malaybalay City; Estrelita Peña of the Kabasalan
National High School in Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay; and Mercelita
Labial of the Xavier University High School in Cagayan de Oro City.
The awardees for the
elementary category include Grace Salvatus of the Municipal Sector
Elementary School in Calauag, Quezon; Miladith Polutan of the
City Central Elementary School
in Oroquieta City; Conchita Ibarondo of the San Antonio Elementary
School in Iriga City; and Nancy Aquino of the Mlang Pilot Elementary
School in Mlang, Cotabato.
For the higher
education category the awardees were Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara of
the University of the Philippines - Diliman, and Dr. Raymund Sison of
De La Salle University.
Giving due recognition
to the outstanding qualities, achievements, and contributions of
educators is the Foundation’s way of promoting “a sense of pride in
and provide inspiration to the teaching profession and to the rest of
“This search continues
to bestow honor upon the teaching profession by according special
recognition to teachers who manifest profound commitment to the
development of the youth, through exemplary competence, remarkable
dedication to their work, and an effective educational leadership,”
Sobrepeña pointed out.
The 2010 Outstanding
Teachers will be honored with gold medallions by President Benigno
Simeon C. Aquino III in Malacañang.
They will also receive
plaques and cash amounting to P300,000 each during the formal awarding
ceremonies at the Metrobank Plaza on Gil Puyat Ave. (formerly Buendia
Ave.) in Makati, which will serve as the highlight of the 48th
anniversary celebration of the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company on
Eastern Samar gov says he
will not tolerate any wrong-doing, more so drug-pushing
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Eastern Samar Governor Conrado Nicart stressed that he will not
tolerate anyone doing illegal activities, especially cocaine-pushing
or drug pushing.
“When I say anyone, it
includes relatives and friends and province-mates,” Governor Nicart
said in a phone patch with the Philippine Information Agency in Region
Governor Nicart was
reacting to a news story in the broadsheets which read “Eastern Samar
Gov’s nephew, two others fall in drug bust.”
According to the
Governor, Arnold Nicart who was arrested together with two others, by
anti-narcotics agents on Saturday for allegedly trying to sell a brick
of cocaine for P1 million to an undercover cop, is from San Policarpo,
Eastern Samar, which “is where I live.”
The Governor said that
Arnold Nicart’s father is a member of the Sangguniang Bayan of San
Policarpo while his mother is a barangay chairman of Barangay Baras.
The family of Arnold
Nicart is not an ally of the Governor because in the last election,
they endorsed and helped the Governor’s opponent.
“In fact,” the
Governor said, “the family openly campaigned for people not to vote
“When the two-ton
shipment of cocaine bricks were dumped into the sea off
Samar by sailors aboard the Chinese vessel King Yue I in December
2009, I was not yet Governor, nor was I holding any political position
Samar,” Governor Nicart said.
Governor Nicart is
known to be supportive of the Philippine National Police, the
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special
Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF).
In fact, he even
pledged to give an incentive of P1,000 for every cocaine brick that
will be voluntarily surrendered to the PNP.
He said that even if
the deadline which is July 28, have expired, he gave the assurance
that he will still help those who would like to surrender cocaine.
broadsheets carry the story of the Eastern Samar Governor’s nephew and
two others who were arrested in the act of selling cocaine brick for
P1Million, in a drug bust operation.
General Perfecto Palad, commander, identified the suspects as Jackson
Garlejo, Ariel Bacolor and Arnold Nicart, said to be a nephew of
Eastern Samar Gov. Conrado Nicart.
According to Gen.
Palad, Aidsotf agents first arrested Garlejo and Bacolor in the Club
Filipino parking lot in Greenhills, San Juan City, at around 9:30 a.m.
after they offered to sell the cocaine brick for P1 million to an
anti-narcotics agent posing as a buyer.
Supt. Leonardo Suan,
operation leader, reported to Gen. Palad that under questioning, the
suspects pointed to Arnold Nicart as the alleged owner of the drugs
and said that he was waiting for them to deliver the money.
Garlejo then texted
Nicart for the payoff. Nicart was arrested as he received the money
outside a restaurant in front of the GMA-7 network building along
Supt. Suan said
Nicart’s father was a first cousin of the governor. However, “We
believe the good governor is not involved in this because he has been
very active and supportive in recovering the shipment that was dumped
last December. He has no control over what his relatives are doing,”
Supt. Suan said.
Supt. Suan was
referring to the two-ton shipment of cocaine bricks that were dumped
into the sea off Samar by sailors aboard the Chinese vessel King Yue I
in December 2009. The ship was en route to Hong Kong from Ecuador when
the crew supposedly received a tip they were under surveillance by the
US Drug Enforcement Agency.