Samar welcomes Multi-Sectoral
Quick Reaction Team (MSQRT)
By EMY BONIFACIO,
CATBALOGAN, Samar – In
response to an invitation sent by Dir. Carlos P.Medina of the Ateneo
Human Rights Center (AHRC), representatives from multi-sectors coming
from Samar gathered at the Flaming Hat Restaurant, Catbalogan last
august 27, 2010. A half-day exploratory session with invited
stakeholders and Ateneo lawyers, Atty. Khrisna Gomez and Atty. Maria
Patricia R. Cervantes, was facilitated by the Social Action Center,
Diocese of Calbayog, to discuss the possibility of setting-up of a
Multi-Sectoral Quick Reaction Team (MSQRT) in Samar.
The MSQRT, an AHRC
project assisted by The Asia Foundation, seeks to address the
phenomenon of Extra-Legal Killings (ELKs) and Enforced Disappearances
(EDs) in selected areas around the country. A series of seminars
organized by the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the Philippine
Judicial Academy in partnership with other government organizations
are initiated to come up with specific recommendations that would
address the problem. A concept paper has been distributed to
participants during the meeting.
In the said forum,
representatives from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine
National Police, Provincial Prosecutor’s Office, Academe, Media, Civil
Society Organizations, Church, Commission on Human Rights, Department
of social Welfare and Development and the Youth Sector are present.
During the exploratory meeting, commitments to support the setting up
of an MSQRT in Samar were verbally aired by each member in attendance.
Moreover, the body expects to expand the invitation to more interested
groups for the Focus Group discussion (FGD) that will meet on
September 10, 2010 and discuss details as to the scope, structure and
procedure of the proposed MSQRT.
Should the Samar MSQRT
project be realized, Samarnons will expect for a one-stop-shop of
coordinated services that will address the needs of the families of
ELK and ED victims. It was stressed, however, that the team will
neither focus on criminal justice nor on the creation of a distinct
investigative body. It simply intends to build-up the capacity of
members to effectively coordinate with stakeholders and effectively
reach out to victims. The respective functions of stakeholders will be
respected, but a secretariat will be in place to facilitate the
Tutaan, G7 of the 8ID, PA welcomed the project saying that it will be
a great help in their fight against insurgency. In the same manner,
Col. Gardiola of the PNP feels glad that victims of various killings
will be given assistance as well as witnesses will be proviced with a
sanctuary. Fiscal Aguilar expressed his apprehension regarding the
project because of security concerns for advocates. According to him,
most human rights advocates are being killed in pursuance of the
truth. He was, however, quoted when he said, “It’s good to do
something than not to do anything”. On the other hand, the
CHR was thankful that their cause in upholding human rights is now a shared
responsibility. Fiscal Daiz suggested on the permanency of member
representatives for the continuity of deliberations and the
involvement of the heads of agencies in terms of commitments. He
stressed that with or without the MSQRT, their office continue
prosecuting cases as mandated by law.
The MSQRT project
opens a new hope for Samarnons. ‘Darangpan”, an MSQRT center in
Northern Samar is now operational and following up cases in the area.
Another MSQRT is being maintained in Leyte.
P5.8B tuition aid set
for 1M private HS students
QUEZON CITY – Some
one million students enrolled in private high schools nationwide will
receive between P5,000 to P10,000 each in tuition aid under the
Expanded Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private
Education (GASTPE) Law, Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas, an educator,
Gullas said total of
P5.8 billion in fresh funding has been set aside to subsidize the
tuition of private high school students under the GASTPE Law, or
Republic Act 8545.
Gullas said the amount
is contained in the P207.3-billion new budget for the Department of
Education (Deped) in the proposed P1.645-trillion General
Appropriations Act of 2011.
He said the P5.8
billion is 49 percent or P1.9 billion greater than the P3.9 billion
earmarked this year for GASTPE. This year's allocation is meant to
help some 700,000 students.
GASTPE has three
components – education service contracting (ESC), the education voucher system (EVS) and the teacher
salary subsidy (TSS).
In large-scale ESC
with private high schools, the Deped agrees to subsidize the tuition
of students at a rate of P10,000 each for those in Metro Manila and
P5,000 each for those in other parts of the country.
In the individual EVS,
private high school students who apply for aid would each get a
voucher of P5,000 to P10,000, which they can then use to partly pay
for their tuition.
GASTPE does not have
any minimum scholastic or maximum family income requirement, as long
as the student stays enrolled, and his or her parents pay for the rest
of the tuition.
"GASTPE is a four-year
funding commitment. A student covered by the assistance stands to
receive a total of P20,000 to P40,000 in tuition subsidy throughout
his or her four years in a private high school," Gullas pointed out.
GASTPE is meant to
help decongest and reduce the class size to more manageable levels in
public high schools, especially in areas with severe shortages of
classrooms and teachers, according to Gullas.
He said GASTPE also
seeks to ease the growing migration of students to public high
schools, mainly due to the soaring cost of tuition and miscellaneous
fees in private institutions.
In TSS, Gullas said
teachers in private high schools who provide instruction to students
under the ESC stand to receive salary subsidies ranging from P7,000 to
P10,500 per month, depending on their loads.
Gullas is author of
the 1998 law that established the Adopt-a-School Program, which grants
lucrative tax incentives to private entities that aid public schools.
Under the program, contributing firms or individuals may deduct from
their gross taxable income the amount equal to 150 percent of their
Gullas is also author
of a bill seeking to enliven the use of the English language in
schools to build up the global competitiveness of the country's future
Cong. Mercado warns
local OFWs to be wary of being used as mule for illegal drug
By BONG PEDALINO
MAASIN CITY – A mule
is an animal used as beast of burden in other countries, having a
horse-like appearance but usually smaller than a regular horse.
In the illegal drug
trade, especially abroad, they also have a language called a “mule,”
which means a carrier of a banned substance, like cocaine, among
But this carrier, who
is an unsuspecting person, mostly a Filipino overseas worker who just
obliged out of courtesy or social favor, does not know what he or she
was carrying about, until an arrest by authorities reveal an
inconvenient truth: illegal drugs was in his, her possession.
That individual has
become a mule for illegal drug syndicates, without him, her knowing
it, and we should be wary about this kind of modus operandi, warned
Rep. Roger Mercado.
During his bi-monthly
radio program over DYDM yesterday, Cong. Mercado cautioned his
listeners particularly those with relatives or family members working
abroad to resist as politely as possible any request to bring a
personal, hand-carried item from someone whom they knew, even a
friend, how much more a stranger.
He said this was the
reason many OFWs now founded themselves in jail for a crime which they
have been fallen as an unwitting victim.
The Southern Leyteño
solon made the warning when he was asked for updates on the case of a
Maasinhon OWF, his neighbor in Barangay Abgao, by the name of Rudelia
Palima, who ended up in a jail in Iran for carrying a banned substance
the “padala” way, or the mule way early this year.
Palima’s case was
already refered to Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretar
Conejos, the one in-charge in handling such kind of concerns, Mercado
said, adding that a fund was already set to reach the prison in Iran.
He said he immediately
saw in person DFA Secretary Alberto Romulo after learning about
Rudelia’s father, who
was listening since the start of the radio program, called in to say
on-air his gratitude for the efforts made by the solon to free her
him and all the other listeners to keep on praying for the safe
release of the Maasihon OFW, even as he reiterated his call to be
always on alert so no one will be a mule again.
Police nabs suspected
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The Calbayog Philippine National police (PNP) led by Calbayog Chief
of Police nabbed one Renato Manota y Torculas, 60 years old of Purok
1, Barangay Trinidad,
He was suspected to
have planted marijuana in his residence. He was the subject of Oplan
Sangbanat which PNP Calbayog conducted on July 29, 2010.
According to the
police report, on
July 29, 2010, a
PNP Team of Calbayog City Station led by PSupt Nestor Valenzuela
together with PS1 Delfin Jaropojop, Jr., PS1 Antonio Cruda,
SPO3 Genaro Nabual,
SPO3 Gershon MOngas, SPO1 Inocentes Laure, SPO1 Crispin Singzon, PO3
Victor Dangco, Jr., PO2 Gerry Liray and PO1 Diomedes Aquiliño in
coordination with PDEA-8 conducted a search in the premises of he
residence of Renato Manota, Sr. situated at Old National Road, Purok
1, Barangay Trinidad, Calbayog City.
The search was
conducted by virtue of search warrant number 01-10 dated July 29, 2010
issued by Executive Judge Reynaldo Clemens of
RTC Branch 31.
The search resulted in
the confiscation of three (3) pieces of suspected marijuana plants
each measuring more or less fifteen (15) feet, twelve (12) feet and
five (5) feet.
Also found was one (1)
plastic pouch containing dried suspected marijuana leaves and two (2)
pieces seed boxes with suspected marijuana seedlings.
The police also
arrested one Renato Manota, Sr., alias Rene, 60 years old, married,
retired ATO personnel and a resident of Old National Road, Purok 1,
A case for
violation of Section 16, Article II of R.A. 9165 is now being prepared
for immediate filing on court. (with Ron
emerges as president of LMP Samar chapter
By EMY C. BONIFACIO, Samar
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Mayor Renato Latorre got elected unopposed by his co-mayors as the new
president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines - Samar
Chapter held last
August 23, 2010 at the DILG Provincial Office in Catbalogan, Samar.
nomination for the chapter presidency of the Villareal Mayor was
immediately closed and unanimously seconded. It has left other would
be contenders, no chance to get nominated. Moreover, the eighteen (18)
mayors present, representing a quorum, opted to refrain from the usual
confirmation of votes either by secret balloting or by raising their
hands. Instead, Latorre was given the full discretion to choose the
other mayors who will complete the new set of officers for the league.
A meeting held at Fortune Hotel in the afternoon before the election
which was attended by the Samar mayors has confirmed the suspicion of
spectators that the election was pre-arranged.
In attendance during
the said meeting were eighteen (18) mayors. At least six (6) mayors
coming from the Municipalities of Tagapul-an,
Motiong, Pinabacdao, Zumarraga and Talalora were recorded to be
absent. Leyte Board Member, Roque A. Tiu represented the League of
Municipalities of the Philippines National Board in the election.
Likewise, the DILG Provincial Diretor, Mr. Artemio Caneja was present
to oversee the procedures. It was presided by outgoing LMP Samar
President, Mayor Melchor Nacario of Calbiga, Samar.
Together with Mayor
Latorre, other elected officers of the LMP Samar Chapter included Sta.
Margarita Mayor Alfredo Serrano as Executive VP, Sta. Rita Mayor
Lisandro Kim Adolfo and Pagsanghan Mayor Ruben Palma as VPs for 2nd
and 1st District, respectively.
Elected as Secretary
was Marabut Mayor Percival Ortillo, Jr., while Tarangnan Mayor Emmely
D. Olaje was appointed Treasurer.
Almagro Mayor Kathleen
S. Prudenciano was chosen as the External Auditor while Daram Mayor
Lucia Astorga was the Internal Auditor.
Paranas Mayor Boy
Babalcon was appointed as Public Relations Officer and Mayor Alejandro
Abaratigue of Hinbangan got the position as Business Manager.
Chosen as members of
the Board were Gandara Mayor Antonieto T. Cabuenos, Sto. Niño Mayor
Lilia Coñejos, Jiabong Mayor Jocelyn de Jesus, Matuguinao Mayor
Melissa dela Cruz, San Jorge Mayor Nancy Grey, Basey Mayor Igmedio
Junjie Ponferrada, and San Jose de Buan Mayor Ananias Rebato.
The new set of LMP
Samar chapter members is composed of seven (7) lady mayors. Out of the
twenty four (24) Municipal Mayors, eight (8) are newly elected while
the rest are incumbent mayors of their respective municipalities.
Immediately after the
confirmation of the new set of Officers, Mayor Latorre thanked the
group for entrusting to him the LMP leadership. He encouraged the
mayors to lobby for the inclusion of their programs/projects in the
Provincial Investment Plan. He expressed his desire to strengthen
unity and cooperation among members. “Kinahanglan gud nga
magkaburubligay kay danay ginpapapirma la kita ngan deri kita gin
papabasa. Let’s work towards the development of our respective
municipalities”, were Latorre’s final statements. It was understood
that he was referring to the preparation of the Annual Investment Plan
of the province where mayors are allegedly just made to sign even if
the items included were not submitted as priority projects that mayors
would like to implement.
Mayor Latorre and
party proceeded to Tony’s Kitchen where lunch was served and the first
meeting of the officers was held.
Samar mayors with Leyte BM Roque Tiu (seated far left) and DILG
Samar director Artemio Caneja (seated 2nd from right) in a
picture-picture after the election of the new set of officers
Unaware of the
political situation in Samar, Chan vows to elude from
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO, Samar
CALBAYOG CITY – If
it’s a political intervention, it should be a political solution.
Since I am not a politician, I will not be dealing with any political
matter, said newly-installed 8th ID Commander MGen. Mario F. Chan in
an ambush interview of SN.com after the Change of Command Ceremony
held recently at Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar.
The issue came out in
the midst of political bickering in the area where leaders had
exercised their power and influence over the “apolitically cloistered
organization” in the previous May 2010 elections through an alleged
payoff or favors sought by either of the party. Anyhow, the negative
notion and impression did not affect the continued implementation of
the 8th ID’s anti-insurgency programs by strengthening its
civil-military and internal security operations as well as inculcating
with greater measure of conviction among the personnel their duty
towards the attainment of peace and development in their respective
area of responsibility.
Chan also admitted
that insurgency problems could not be solved solely by the military
but with the strong support of all the stakeholders like the local
government units and other concerned agencies as well as the Eastern
Visayas’ Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and the Regional
Development Council (RDC).
LTC Federico Tutaan
added that the G-Staff will brief the new commander on the current
situation in the area to be used as his benchmark in making
assessments in conceptualizing and effecting future policies.
On the other hand,
aware of August 21 PNP Catarman ambush, PA’s Commanding General Arturo
Ortiz said that the offensive attack brought about by the CPP-NPA was
a violation of the Geneva Convention. The element of deception was
committed in the murder of a retired military; and the reaction of the
PNP was long anticipated which yielded to their death (sudden attack
and landmine use) when they proceeded to the area.
MGen. Ortiz added that
the Philippine Army will intensify its inter-agency
coordination/cooperation especially with the PNP and the latest ambush
in Northern Samar will be their basis in studying the strength of
CPP-NPA in the area.
Taking cognizance of
MGen. Arthur Tabaquero’s success during his incumbency, Ortiz is
assured of Chan’s competence, who vowed to combat insurgency problem
in his AOR by less than two years.
BARANGAY, SK elections
to push through as scheduled
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
After much talk about being postponed, the barangay and Sangguniang
Kabataan elections will be held on October 25, 2010 as scheduled, the
Commission on Elections informed.
The Commission on
Elections said that the lawmakers agreed during a meeting on April 24
in Malacañang to go on with the elections.
There were proposals
to shelve but these were not acted upon so the elections will push
through as scheduled, Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said.
Although there were
proposals regarding the elections, the preparations were not shelved
despite proposals to postpone the elections, and so the Comelec is
The Comelec said it is
also preparing for the holding of Electoral Registration Board (ERB)
hearings on the list of voters.
The ERB will look into
oppositions filed against the applications for registration of certain
voters. Through the procedure, the Comelec will be able to weed out
voters with double or multiple registrations.
Commission on Elections passed Resolution No. 9002 promulgating the
guidelines in the clustering or grouping of precincts for purposes of
the October 25, 2010 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.
The Comelec foresees
the insufficiency of teachers who will serve as member of the Board of
Election tellers and the shortage of school buildings as polling
centers for the October 25 barangay and SK elections.
Among the guidelines
provided for by the said resolution is that only precincts within the
same barangay and the same voting center shall be clustered/grouped;
daughter precincts shall, as far as practicable, be clustered or
grouped with its mother precincts.
Elections, the aggregate number of registered voters in the
clustered/grouped precincts shall not exceed four hundred (400) while
the Barangay clustered/grouped precincts shall not exceed three (3).
8ID new commander
receives favorable reviews on his assumption speech
By EMY BONIFACIO,
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The newly installed Commanding General of the Storm Troopers Division
will do a lot of proving to the Samarnons by concretizing into actions
his management policies and strategies in crippling the insurgents'
activities in the area. This was after his remarkable assumption
speech was delivered on the occasion of the Change of Command Ceremony
of the 8th Infantry Division held last August 25, this year at the
MGen. Mario Fontanella
Chan, has assumed his post as the16th Commander of the 8th Infantry
Division (Storm Troopers) Philippine Army based in Camp Lukban,
Catbalogan, Samar. Chan's replacement of MGen Arthur I. Tabaquero, who
was re-assigned to the NCR Command, was by virtue of General Orders
571 dated August 17, 2010.
In a very well
delivered assumption speech that has received a remarkable impact to
the audience for its sincerity and simplicity, MGen. Chan narrated his
outstanding accomplishments in the 4th ID, his previous assignment as
Commanding General. He expressed his confidence that his assignment to
his new post is in recognition of his ability to command. He mentioned
without bragging the fact that under his leadership, the 4th ID was
awarded twice as the "Best Division" by two Commanding Generals of the
teamwork and human development investment as major factors in
achieving organizational goals. He recognizes the importance of
capacitating people as the greatest asset in any successful
institution. Thus, he ordered the pursuance of their mission to stop
insurgency, but not leaving behind his men's well being and welfare as
"Samar is definitely a
new and welcome challenge to me. It is said to be where the first
battalion formation of the New People's Army was organized," says
Chan. However, he expressed his readiness to address the challenges,
further stating that he will not fail the Armed Forces and the
promised to fully empower his troops. "I will work with you, struggle
with you and fight for you. Beginning today, I will make sure that not
one of you will be left unattended," was his assurance. Chan clearly
made his advocacies in promoting a participatory leadership,
instilling discipline and the protection and promotion of human rights
as guiding principles.
He stressed that the
will to fight and the capacity to fight should always go hand in hand.
Investing on human development and enhancing the morale of team
members will lead to victories. He motivated his men to strengthen
unity and solidarity as foundations of teambuilding.
As part of the
commander’s strategies, he will continue forging alliances with all
stakeholders. "We need civil society's support. After all, insurgency
is a social menace", he adds. It is also his belief that insurgency is
an economic and political problem that needs empowered local
government units that will provide those solutions. Likewise, he will
continue soliciting media’s support after fully recognizing its
indispensable role in giving the right information at the right time.
His speech got the
media’s interest when he assured the Samarnons to complete his mission
in neutralizing the armed movement in a shorter period time.
Chan didn't fail to
express his gratitude to everyone who became part of his
accomplishments. He ordered his men to buckle up and his final
challenge was simplified with this statement, "From this moment and
until I relinquish my post as your Division Commander, WALA NG ATRASAN
ITO. The only way to go is forward."
NDF-EV in solidarity
with the Catholic Church against large-scale foreign mining in Region
August 26, 2010
Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today said it is one with the
Catholic Church in fighting large-scale foreign mining in Region 8.
"We agree with the stand of the Palo Archdiocese that large-scale
mining today will not benefit the people but only foreign capitalists,
as well as seriously damage the environment," said Fr. Santiago Salas,
NDF-EV spokesperson. "Indeed, foreign mining seeks the quickest way to
make profits from simple raw materials extraction and export, without
contributing to our industrial development and without regard for
safeguarding the environment. Thus, the Aquino government's
fast-tracking of foreign mining projects in
Samar and Leyte
is immoral and unjust for betraying the people and the national
patrimony, as well as being anti-development and anti-environment."
Fr. Salas added that
the foreign mining issue also opens up other related issues of the
people regarding genuine economic development. "An economic issue like
foreign mining brings up the dire socio-economic conditions of the
masses of the people who suffer from landlessness and joblessness.
Meanwhile, the minority made up of the landlords, big business and big
bureaucrats control and plunder the economy together with foreign
monopoly capital. The Aquino government's push for large-scale foreign
mining is therefore plain highway robbery in the interests of the few.
On the other hand, any plan for national development should have
agrarian reform and national industrialization to benefit the majority
who are the peasants and workers. Genuine land reform will liberate
the peasantry from poverty and contribute to the production of raw
materials for industrial production. National industrialization will
create jobs and manufacture the country's needs."
spokesperson called for broad unity against large-scale foreign mining
in the region. "The various sectors can unite and carry out mass
actions and other activities in demanding a stop to foreign mining in
the region and for the scrapping of the Mining Act which makes it
possible. They must furthermore continue the struggle against the the
Aquino regime's economic policies that are anti-people, anti-national
and subordinate to imperialist globalization. They must assert genuine
agrarian reform and national industrialization as essential for
economic development. In the future, the struggle for economic
emancipation and sovereignty will find fruition when the people's
democratic government has been built to serve the interests of the
NPA executed an
innocent barangay councilman and murdered 8 peacekeeping officers
By 803rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade, 8ID, PA
Samar – A certain Mr. Rolando de Guia, an innocent barangay
councilman in Brgy Imelda, Catarman this province was shot to death by
the New People’s Army at around 5:30 in the morning,
August 21, 2010. The fully armed local terrorist numbering ten
forcibly entered the latter’s house when he was executed. The victim
suffered a fatal wounds in his head, chest and legs that caused his
Police Officers on board a police mobile car at around 7:45 led by
Police Senior Inspector Necasio San Antonio, the Deputy Chief of
Police of Catarman PNP Station proceeded to investigate the killing
and to recover the dead body of de Guia when a landmine exploded and
followed by a burst of fire from the New People’s Army. Though already
dead, they were finished off individually by shooting their heads to
ensure their death, and torched the vehicle where San Antonio and the
driver were still inside. These eight officers were brutally killed.
The New People’s Army thereafter fled carting away the firearms of the
police officers and stealing their personal belongings. The ambush was
about four hundred meters away from Barangay Imelda. The
PNP Officers were just performing police duties to investigate
the killing, they are not performing combat operations when they were
waylaid by these terrorists. They were non-combatants.
Colonel Oscar P.
Lopez, 803rd Brigade Commander strongly condemned the atrocity by the
New People’s Army, expresses his condolences and sympathy to the
families of the police comrades.
Colonel Lopez urged
the civil society and human rights advocate in condemning the inhumane
killings perpetrated by the NPA on these peacekeeping officers and
barangay councilman. This violent incident is considered as a barbaric
act and against human rights. The use of landmines is prohibited under
international rules of war. In spite of the peace initiatives by the
government, the local terrorists have continuously refused to give
peace a chance and resort to violence to sow panic and fear among the
populace. He urged every citizen to be vigilant and not to be cowed by
fear by these local terrorists.
The Philippine Army
in Northern Samar will take concrete measures and will exert effort to
ensure the safety and security of the Nortehanons; he concluded.
Leyte hospitals earn
P36 million for two quarters
Media Relations Center
August 25, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY –
Hospitals run by the provincial government of
Leyte posted a collective income of more than P36 million during
the first and second quarters of 2010 which is P8.4 million higher
from the income earned by the hospitals under the same period in 2009.
In a latest report
submitted by the Provincial Health Office to Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla, the twelve hospitals that include the Leyte
Provincial Hospital earned P17 million during the first quarter and
P19 million in the second quarter.
Topping the earning
bracket are the Ormoc District Hospital with P8 million, Leyte
Provincial Hospital with P7.7 million and Western Leyte District
Hospital with P5.6 million.
The rest of the
province hospitals that also went up to the million mark in income
were Abuyog District Hospital, Hilongos District Hospital, Burauen
District Hospital, Manuel B. Veloso Memorial Hospital and Carigara
Already halfway into
the calendar year 2010, the income posted for the first two quarters
is seen to boost the hospitals’ income benchmark and help surpass its
P60 million income posted in 2009.
Governor Petilla, in
his recent visit to the
said that this increase income should inspire the doctors, hospital
staff, personnel and management to provide better and efficient
It can be recalled
that during his first term, Gov. Petilla started a reorganization and
hospital improvement program for the facilities to effectively run on
its own and save the province from millions in operational subsidy.
The net income being
earned respectively by the hospitals are divided into the province’s
share and hospital share. The hospital’s share are then divided into
30% MOOE, 30% capital outlay and 40% employees share.
The employees share is
given to the doctors and the rest of the hospital staff and personnel
as their incentive.
The share given to the
province adds to the provincial income which is in turn allotted for
hospital improvement and other medical services and support for the
health and medical assistance program of the province.
Gov. Petilla revealed
that part of the objective of the hospital improvement plan of the
province is to upgrade the status of the hospitals including the
district hospitals in Ormoc and Baybay as well as the LPH from being a
secondary hospital to a tertiary hospital.
“We are steadily
going working towards that objective. Hopefully, we would realize it
soon,” Gov. Petilla added.