This was confirmed by
Mayor Petilla who said that she was prevailed upon by partymates to
run as LMP President for 2010-2013.
It is a common
knowledge that Mayor Petilla who is a former three termer governor of
Leyte and former congresswoman of the first district of Leyte, belongs
to the Liberal Party.
This information was
received with joy by the Visayas mayors as never before has there been
an LMP President coming from the Visayas. With her experience in
governance, there is no doubt that Mayor Petilla can lead the League
to greater height of achievements.
As far as this writer
remembers, in the past, the LMP Presidents have come from Luzon, Mayor
Jose Sison of Pangasinan, Mayor Renato Reyes of Marinduque, Mayor
Agnes Devanadera of Quezon, Mayor Jinggoy Estrada of Rizal. The
current LMP President Mayor Ramon Guico is also from Pangasinan.
It would be recalled
that the mayors from Mindanao have expressed their call to President
Aquino, to give chance to the mayors from Mindanao and Visayas the
chance to lead the leage of mayor in the country.
All the presidents of
the LMP provincial chapters are scheduled to gather at the Crown Plaza
Galleria on October 7 to 8 for the election of National Officers and
orientation of the new set of national directorate.
By then, the LMP would
have another milestone in its history – that of having the first ever
President from the Visayas Islands.
The League of
Municipalities of the Philippines is composed of all the 1,493
municipal mayor in the 82 provinces of the Philippines.
The LMP national
executive committee is composed of the president, executive
vice-president for internal affairs, executive vice-president for
external affairs, executive vice-president for special concerns,
island cluster presidents for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, national
treasurer, national auditor, business manager, PRO, General Legal
Counsel, Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General.
exceeds target in Samar
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN, Samar – Philhealth
Sabado target in Samar exceeded its target!
This was the
conclusion drawn out by Task Force PhilHealth Sabado (TFPS) after its
initial target of 500 grew into 895. The crowd that swamped in the
Samar Gymnasium in downtown Catbalogan was so huge that the Task Force
thought It was unmanageable. PNP Catbalogan provided some five
policemen to assist in the crowd control.
As the PhilHealth
registrants were seated a brief program ensued with DOH Representative
Atty Annabelle De Veyra and the TFPS members told the audience the
vision of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino lll to achieve a
universal health insurance coverage.
De Veyra read the
Tagalog message of DOH Secretary Ona. “Half of the whole budget of
social and health services has been alloted to the 21.6 M members as
of June 2010.” She mentioned especially the sidewalk vendors, tricycle
drivers, farmers and fisherfolks as targets of the program.
“I urge all the local
chief executives (LCEs) to sponsor all their indigent constituents for
only P100 a month,” De Veyra read Ona’s prepared message. The speech
also thanked the LCEs who are continuously enrolling their people in
health insurance, also the private sector who supported the nationwide
As if on cue, Samar
Gov Sharee Ann Tan responded positively by saying she was willing to
sponsor some 49 thousand families in the whole province.
The Task Force learned
later that the number of registrants exceeded the target as some came
to register under Governor Tan’s program.
At least some ten
paying members showed up. One former OFW who now works as ‘job order’
employee of the province confided to PIA how PhilHealth has helped her
in hopitalization in the past. She claimed that a hundred pesos is too
little for the ‘bigger’ benefits a family can have as PhilHealth
A family of four from
Barangay 13 came, they did not know that only the head of the family
was needed. Families came dragging along the elderly along with
mothers nursing their babies.
thought it was a new registration for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino
The Task Force
PhilHealth Sabado is composed of PhilHealth, DOH, PHO, DILG, DSWD and
its provincial and municipal counterparts, DepEd and PIA. They will
soon be rounding off all the towns in Samar province in a continuing
registration of PhilHealth before the year ends. (PIA
Indigent folks get
By BONG PEDALINO
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – As expected, poor people from near and far trooped to the
city gym here on Saturday, October 2, to get their Philhealth
identification cards as part of a simultaneous, nationwide activity to
truly attain universal coverage on state-backed health benefits.
The activity was a
fulfillment of President Benigno Aquino’s promise during his first
state of the nation address (SONA) for Philhealth coverage of the
nation’s poorest of the poor within three years.
As early as eight
o’clock in the morning, Philhealth personnel began entertaining the
horde of people coming in, most of them already bringing with them
their filled-up registration forms, while others were just given the
same forms at the city gym.
Aside from Philhealth,
personnel from other government agencies deeply involved with this
project such as the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior
and Local Government (DILG), the City Social Welfare and Development
Office (CSWDO), Department of Education (DepEd), and the City Health
Units assisted in guiding the clients fill-up their forms, and in
maintaining order in the crowded gym.
The DOH was the lead
agency of the day’s activity, paying the premiums of the 1,000 new
City Mayor Maloney
Samaco, by around midday, led the actual distribution of the
Philhealth cards, together with former provincial board member Jason
Calva representing the provincial government.
Earlier, in his brief
talk, Mayor Samaco called on the recipients to take good care of their
individual cards and not lost it, so in the event of hospitalization
they can avail of the stipulated health benefits.
Philhealth Service Office Manager, informed that in Maasin City, there
were some 1,800 indigent families still wanting to be covered through
Philhealth’s sponsorship program.
With the DOH-sponsored
Philhealth members, only 800 remained, he added, suggesting that this
balance will be covered during the next batch of a similar DOH-led
representative Letty Tan disclosed that Health Secretary Enrique Ona
thought of sponsoring the Philhealth cards following an incident
during a routine visit to a barangay, in which he asked how many
people already had Philhealth cards, and only a few raised their
But when the health
chief asked how many had cellphones, many hands were raised, Tan
narrated. (PIA Southern Leyte)
New privates will
uphold human, women and children’s rights
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Some 235 new privates will surely uphold not only human rights but
the rights of women and children, so said 8th Infantry Division
Commanding General Mario Chan.
In yesterday’s closing
exercises of the 235 new army elements at Camp Lukban, Catbalogan,
Samar, Chan stressed that they have been instructed to obey orders
from their superiors.
And what better orders
than asking them to follow the ten rules of engagement, as Chan said.
To uphold human
rights, obey legal orders, be polite, don’t be arrogant, be
presentable, protect women and children rights, pay for what you buy
and return what you borrowed, do not destroy crops, do not loot, do
not maltreat POWs and their rights.
“As soldiers, you will
be the protector of the people,” he addressed the new soldiers.
This batch of soldiers
that commenced training in May is part of the 8th ID quota of some
1,059 this year, Chan told the assembled crowd composed of friends and
families of the new privates.
36 soldiers come from Northern Samar; 97 from Samar, 51 from Eastern
Samar, 37 from Leyte 10 from Mindanao and 4 from Luzon.
“This batch is also
highly educated,“ Chan offered, “39 of them are college graduates, 103
are in college level while only 93 are high school graduates.”
Initially, some 250
candidates submitted themselves to the training, but only the 235
hurdled the “physical and rigorous” training given to the “protectors
of the state”.
A couple from Can-avid
witnessed the graduation of their son, Alice the mother said it was a
son-in-law who convinced his son to be a soldier, she did not recall
hearing any complaint from her son on the difficulties of training.
“But as a mother, I was worried about his weight loss,” she confided
His son defended being
light so he could be spright in the numerous walking and running
exercises they had to do. “I believe him now, as I see them marched
before us,” Alice said.
A family of six by a
new private traveled from a barangay in Borongan, Eastern Samar.
Sister Mila said they wanted to see their baskeeter-brother whose head
protruded among the rest of the new privates.
“He really wanted to
become a soldier to help our farmer-parents.” They saved their
hard-earned money to see their “Botoy” graduate from the army
training, bringing even their nieces and nephews.
This band of
soldiers will be deployed to battalions and companies not of their own
choice, because after all they are trained to obey legal orders.
PhilHealth 8 reorients
Samar Provincial Hospital staff
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Philippine Health Insurance, Inc. (PhilHealth) in Region 8 is set to
conduct a reorientation seminar for the personnel of the Samar
Provincial Hospital on how the PhilHealth benefits and the
This was disclosed by
Mr. Renato Limsiaco, Jr, division chief of PhilHealth 8 during the
Harampang Ha PIA held at Gerry’s Grill, Tacloban on September 30.
Mr. Limsiaco made the
statement in answer to a media report that the PhilHealth members in
Samar have been complaining that their PhilHealth cards are not being
recognized at the Samar Provincial Hospital.
He said that there was
a meeting of Philhealth and the representative of the provincial
government and the hospital already met to thresh out the problem. The
agreement was that the PhilHealth will reorient the hospital personal
Mr. Limsiaco also
disclosed that Samar province has the lowest percentage of PhilHealth
coverage in the Region. He noted that when Governor Sharee Ann Tan-delos
Santos learned about this, she allotted P20.5 Million for the
poorest of the poor in
Samar. This will make
Samar at par with the other provinces of the Region, in terms of
PhilHealth coverage, Mr. Limsiaco said.
With regards to the
reimbursements or claims of members on the medicines they buy outside
the hospital when they are confined, Mr. Limsiaco said that the
members must file their claim within 60 days after their release from
The checks are sent to
the claimant members through the post office. PhilHealth does not
require the claimants to come to the PhilHealth Regional Office, Mr.
However, there have
been instances when the claimants call the PhilHealth Office
requesting that the check not be mailed because they will personally
get the same at the Regional Office.
officer gave the assurance that it is doing its best to provide the
best service to the PhilHealth members no matter what sector they
Greenpeace calls on
Philippine government to abandon Bt Talong
Philippines – Greenpeace and other members of the Network Opposed to
Genetically Modified Organisms (NO2GMOs) on Wednesday called on the
government to immediately stop all field trials of genetically
engineered Bt Talong, a.k.a. Bt Eggplant, and follow the example of
the Indian government, which declared a moratorium on the
commercialisation of the vegetable, citing safety concerns.
Dr. Pushpa Bhargava,
one of the world’s foremost biologists, and member of the Genetic
Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) of India, warned the
Philippines’ Department of Agriculture about the dangers of conducting
open field trials of Bt Eggplant in the absence of adequate and
accurate scientific data and testing of its impact on environment and
human health. Dr. Bhargava spoke at a forum conducted by Greenpeace
and the NO2GMOs network today at the Environmental Studies Institute
of Miriam College.
The Bt Eggplant (“Brinjal”
in India), purportedly designed to be Fruit-and-Shoot-Borer-Resistant,
was created with the insertion of a gene [Cry 1Ac] from the soil
bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (hence the name “Bt”), along with
other genes like promoters, markers etc. This gives the eggplant
resistance against lepidopteron insects or “borers”. It is reported
that upon ingestion of the Bt toxin by the insect, its digestive
processes are disrupted, ultimately resulting in its death.
“I was taken aback by
the poor scientific quality of the report, which neither tells the
entire truth nor has taken into account the enormous amount of highly
reliable scientific literature on the various risks of GE crops,” Dr.
Bhargava said in reference to the recent report, submitted to the
Indian government by the six science academies of India, which
declared it safe for cultivation and human consumption. The report in
question is based solely on the dossier and studies made by the local
subsidiary of Monsanto in India, the Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company (Mahyco),
which created Bt Eggplant.
According to Dr.
Bhargava, no proteomics studies were conducted to make sure that no
harmful chemicals were generated during the process of genetic
modification. Toxicity studies were also limited to a 90-day
observation, when a longer chronic toxicity study is recommended to
examine, for example, the possibilities of tumors or cancer
development. An intergenerational study is also required to determine
the effects of genetic modification on subsequent generations.
As for the eggplant
itself, the Monsanto dossier used a different toxin (improper Cry1
toxin) from the one found in Bt Egplant, rendering the toxicity test
in the report useless. Bt Eggplant also has a different alkaloid
content, and much lower kcal can be obtained from it, compared to
natural eggplants, which goes against claims by GE proponents that Bt
Eggplant will be beneficial to Filipinos. It also has resistance to
streptomycin, a widely used antibiotic. Scientists are worried that
this trait may be transferred to other organisms, such as people or
viruses, which may render antibiotic medicines useless.
“There are seven sites
chosen for the field trials of Bt eggplant this coming October and the
town of Sta. Maria in Pangasinan, where eggplant is the number one
high value crop, is among them. Most of the government officials,
farmers and residents are unaware of the risks that could result from
conducting these field trials,” said Atty. Lee Aruelo of the Third
World Network another member organisation of NO2GMOs. “Contamination
of traditional and indigenous varieties of eggplant will have a
detrimental effect on the production of non-genetically engineered
eggplant in Pangasinan and all the other trials sites.”
NO2GMOs is asking the
government to at least hold off plans to commercialize Bt Eggplant
until plausible independent studies and proper public consultations
are carried out.
should stop pulling their money and influence to force field testing
in communities that are not informed, much less prepared. We need
more conclusive scientific proof that risks are effectively eliminated
before we can even consider field testing. It’s very risky, the
conditions are not as easy to control as in a confined lab. We don’t
know the rate of contamination and what this unnatural fusion can do
to other crops, much less to other organisms and people who consume
agricultural products. Where is the consultative process in all
this?” asked Daniel M. Ocampo, Sustainable Agriculture Campaigner of
Greenpeace Southeast Asia, one of the member organizations of NO2GMOs.
I want Pacquiao now,
By ALEX P. VIDAL /
– Win or lose against Antonio Margarito, boxing sensation Manny
Pacquiao might still end up facing the fading but veteran American
terror Shane Mosley instead of the much-fancied Floyd Mayweather in
his first fight in 2011.
This became apparent
after Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KO) disclosed his management team will begin
negotiating with Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum in October this
year for a possible crack at the Filipino’s lucrative name in another
Mosley, 39, has been
hot after the heels of the best boxer pound-for-pound from General
Santos City in the Philippines since 2009 and is unfazed by his
lackluster performance against Sergio Mora (22-1-2, 6 KO) at the
Staples Center in Los Angeles, California last September 18 where he
was criticized for being “over the hill.”
The former world
welterweight king, who boasts of two victories over Oscar De La Hoya
and Fernando Vargas, salvaged a 12-round draw against Mora in what
many experts believed was a fight dominated by the former “Challenger”
If Pacquiao (51-3-2,
38 KO) wins against Margarito on November 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in
Arlington, Texas, Mosley said he is willing to fight the 31-year-old
Pacquiao in the light middleweight division. If Pacquiao loses, Mosley
would be comfortable he said to tangle with Pacquiao in the
Mosley knocked out
Margarito for WBA super welterweight title on January 24, 2009 at the
Staples Center. The scandal-ridden match resulted in the stripping of
Margarito’s license after it was discovered he loaded his fists with
Margarito (38-6, 27
KO) however sideswiped Mosely for the right to face Pacquiao on
November 13 when negotiations to bring on unbeaten Floyd Mayweather
Jr. to fight the boxer-cum-lawmaker in a rich title match bogged down
This was after he
outpointed Roberto Garcia for WBC international light middleweight
title Aguascalientes, Mexico last August 5, 2010.
Mosley came close to
toppling Mayweather in their title fight but lost by unanimous
decision on January 5, 2010 in
Las Vegas, Nevada.
Arum however might ask
Mosley to first beat WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (26-0, 20
KO) in a tune up bout before he will be given the chance to meet
Calbayog City enforces
efficient tax collection, OR raffle promo opens
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO, Samar News.com
CALBAYOG CITY – To
monitor issuance of receipts and raise local collection without the
burden of imposing additional taxes the city of Calbayog is set to
launch “Kwarta sa Resibo” raffle promo on
October 1, 2010 at the City Hall Stage with equitable prizes (P5thou,
P3thou and P2thou respectively) at stake.
In collaboration with
the Business Permit and Licensing Office, City Treasurer’s Office and
the Tri- District CUPS (Calbayog Urbanization Program and Services),
Mayor Reynaldo Uy called the attention of all commercial businessmen
to issue original receipts to the buying public and reminded the
latter to demand ORs in every purchase made.
Federico Resente said that in every P1 share, 40 cents go to the local
treasury since the LGU (Local Government Unit) share comes from the
BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) collection which is based on gross
But admission of
entries is not limited to original receipts; “paktura” can also be
accepted in drop boxes assigned in three designated areas such as the
city hall’s information booth, Mercury Drugstore (Gomez St.)
and public market.
Every OR bears the
name of the customer with contact number (if there is) and complete
address which should be written at the back page; while “paktura” also
bears the same as well as the name of the establishment. This is one
way of monitoring BIR registered or non-registered businesses located
in the city and even in the barangay.
Business Permit and
Licensing Officer Eduardo Galang revealed that there are more than
2,000 commercial businesses registered in their office while the BIR
have only 800 plus.
He however clarified
that through Executive Order No. 646 signed by former president Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo; it allows the local treasurer or deputy to look into
the businessmen book of accounts at the
BIR. Since the basis of local government taxation is the gross
receipt, an increase in the
BIR tax collection carries the local tax collection, if
the former cooperates, Galang said.
Through this raffle,
the mismatched records of the BPLO and the
BIR would be resolved as it would help in tracking down
businessmen committing tax evasion.
BIR Collection Officer
Manuelita Penaranda said that a receipt should be claimed in every P25
purchase and their office had been penalizing businessmen for
non-issuance. Any alibi such as “still on the process or waiting for
arrival and the like” is not acceptable, she stressed.
Aside from stores,
apartments and boarding houses are also included in the strict
implementation of issuing receipts. BPLO Chief Galang disclosed that
they would continue to inspect those located in East and West Awang,
Balud, Hamorawon, Aguit-itan, Rawis and Payahan. He cited the salient
provision of the ordinance in allowing apartments or boarding houses
to operate such as no mixed male and female boarder policy, names and
address of the boarders should be listed upon application, standard
dimension of the structure and others. No permit to applicant-operator
will be granted in case of non-compliance of any of the requirement,
Mayor Uy on the other
hand suggested that the BPLO should coordinate with the school’s
registrar in validating the names and addresses of the students. BPLO
team can tap Christ the King College, Northwest Samar State University
and Science and Technology Institute for record verification.
Real Property Tax Collection under Compromise Agreement
Federico Resente had assured the public that albeit non-availability
of data on the exact figures of the first and second quarter
collection, he was pleased with the recent tax performance, except for
real property taxes. But with the authority given by the Sanggunian by
allowing his office to enter into a compromise agreement with real
property owners in settling the 3-year tax obligations through
installment basis, he was hopeful
RPT collections would improve.
implement the program, he accepted Uy’s challenge to spearhead in
enforcing collection of stall rentals in the Fishport area against
delinquent occupants. Be it noted that said burden had been entrusted
by the previous administration to the City Economic Enterprise Office,
but the resistance of stallholders to pay their rentals religiously
has confronted the local chief executive to impose what is mandated by
the local tax ordinance.
“Kwarta sa Resibo” targets 3 Programs
An increase in local
tax collection through “Kwarta sa Resibo” could help in implementing
three priority projects of the city. Mayor Uy is determined to put up
tenements in Brgy. Aguit-itan intended for informal settlers dwelling
in the area; creating and setting up Hibatang River Cruise as an
eco-tourism project; and building agriculture and road projects.
Involving all local
government employees and stakeholders in the program would wind up
success and the monthly draws of “Kwarta sa Resibo” is just an initial
step in encouraging convergence.
Corp team of experts arrives in Tacloban on Oct 2
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC), an independent US Foreign Aid Agency under the Obama
Administration, is scheduled to send a team of experts in
Tacloban City on
October 2, 2010.
This good news comes
just a week after no less than President Benigno S. Aquino III
witnessed as the Philippines formally received a five-year,
$434-million grant from Washington-based Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC)
that will be used to finance poverty alleviation, road construction
and tax administration improvement projects.
DPWH Director Angelito
Twaño informed that the two-man team composed of Mr. Ben Campbell,
Director for Environmental and Social Assessments, and Jozefina
Cultura, Gender Specialist, will be accompanied by no less than DPWH
Secretary Rogelio Singzon.
The team will have
breakfast at the DPWH Regional Office where a briefing on Eastern
Visayas will be conducted, Director Twaño said. From there, the team
will inspect the area of implementation for the rehabilitation and
concreting of the 222 line segments of Taft-Buray road project.
It would be recalled
that the MCC granted $214.44 Million for the rehabilitation of 222
kilometers of road in Samar through the Secondary National Roads
Development. After lunch at Borongan, the group will proceed to Guiuan
where the team is scheduled to dialogue with government officials.
On Sunday, October 2,
DSWD-8 ARD Jaime P. Eclevea who is the Regional Project Manager of
KALAHI-CIDSS: KKB, informed that the team will be visiting Paranas,
Samar, and Hernani and Balangiga in Eastern Samar.
The MCC, it would be
recalled, has allotted some $120 Million for infrastructure and other
community-based rural development programs covered by Kapitbisig-Laban
sa Kahirapan - Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social
Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) scheme.
ARD Eclavea said that
the team will dialogue with the LGU leaders and stakeholders like
market vendor along Buray in Paranas, Samar, community volunteers,
Mayors of KALAHI-CIDSS Local Government Units, among others, who will
participate in and benefit from the newly approved
MCC and Philippine Compact for the implementation of the KALAHI-CIDSS
Project, a poverty alleviation and people empowerment project.