Samar’s First District
Representative Mel Senen Sarmiento said that the government is pushing
for the creation of a Department on Information & Communication
Technology, and the proposal has included the DepEd (Department of
Education) for the maintenance of facilities under their control,
commissioning state colleges and universities for repairs and other
Be it noted that the
computer laboratory at
campus has effectively served the pupils and the whole community. In
collaboration with Christ the King College Computer Studies in
effecting one of the extension programs of the Franciscan Catholic
institution, it conducted basic orientation trainings to barangay
officials on how to operate the facilities.
Its positive impact
had been acknowledged by the local government. In fact, other schools
were interested to replicate the program by requesting Congressman
Sarmiento to provide computers to both elementary and high schools.
The solon disclosed
that in partnership with the
Samar State University and the DepEd Calbayog, he already prepared his
counterpart and tied-up with the Ayala Group for the installation of a
In Calbayog City, 29
schools were identified by Sarmiento and each of them will receive an
average of 10 computer sets. The following school-applicants are
Bagacay, Binaliw, Bugtong, Cagmanipis Norte, Cagnipa, SPED Center,
Pilot, Capoocan, Carayman, Carmen, Dagum, Danao 1, Macatingog,
Mag-ubay, Malaga, Malajog, Matobato, Migara, Nijaga, Obrero, Oquendo,
Pena 1, Rawis, San Joaquin, San Policarpo, Tabawan, Tarabucan,
Tinambacan and Trinidad.
He was hopeful that
the program be realized next year.
Aside from the ICT,
“Sakay Na” Program of LGU-Calbayog is soon to be implemented in other
towns of Samar said Sarmiento.
Aware of the
laudable impression it brought not only to poor families with students
attending classes in distant areas, former president Gloria M. Arroyo
in her visit to this city has also recognized the noble intention of
said program which was only implemented here during Sarmiento’s term
LGU Calbayog-SOS: a
perfect example of public-private partnership says Mayor Uy
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO,
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– In pursuit to strengthen the public-private partnership, a
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the city government and the
SOS (Save Our Souls) Village Calbayog was realized on
October 16, 2010 as part of the 62nd charter day celebration.
The ceremonial signing
was held at the Helmut Kutin Social Hall of Herman Gmiener Laboratory
School Campus now the LGU Calbayog - SOS Family Training Center.
In behalf of the city
were Mayor Reynaldo S. Uy and Vice-Mayor Ronaldo P. Aquino, while
Village Director Emily Torculas represented the
Based on the
agreement, the LGU-Calbayog as a local government unit shall encourage
and support the development of appropriate and self-reliant scientific
and technological capabilities and enhance economic prosperity among
SOS, in pursuit of one
of its purposes and objectives enable families to be self-sufficient
and ventured in establishing the family strengthening program (FSP)
and helping them secure through the collective efforts to be
productive and provide them livelihood and thereby increase their
In the partnership
agreement, the city and the
SOS shall jointly create the management committee that will oversee the
implementation and identify viable programs and projects that they
mutually supported, monitored periodically its implementation, assess
accomplishments in terms of impact to the recipients and to the
community, exchange technical expertise and recommend appropriate
measures relative to the success and progress of the programs and
projects about to be implemented.
The city will
financially and technically support the programs and projects covered
by the joint venture such as to provide equipment; maintenance of the
building and structures presently utilized, payment of electric, water
and other utility concerned; provide 24-hrs security in the vicinity
of the existing demo farm and all the buildings utilized by the
Structures of the
former school campus have been converted into Tri-District Office,
Palayamanan Peace House, Community Seed Composting Facility and a
Training center for families and out-of-school youths. Other areas
were used as demo farm.
The SOS on the other
hand shall assist in the organization and identification of community
workers as well as to contribute expenses; and to initiate study for
the creation or establishment of other programs and projects that may
be covered by the joint cooperation.
Mayor Reynaldo Uy in
his speech said that the city under the present dispensation has
endeavored to revive the Tri-district program which has an analogous
purpose with that of SOS.
As provided in Section
3 paragraph 1 of the Local Government Code, the participation of the
private sector in the local governance particularly in the delivery of
basic social services shall be encouraged to ensure the viability of
local autonomy as an alternative strategy for sustainable development;
and the local government units may enter into joint ventures and such
other cooperative arrangements designed to improve productivity and
income among others pursuant to Section 35 of Republic Act 7160.
“This is an ongoing
project of SOS and partnership started during the previous
administration of Mayor now Congressman Mel Sarmiento, igpapadayon
ngan papabaskugon ta la… a perfect public-private partnership which is
based on PNoy’s SONA (State of the Nation Address)”, said Mayor Uy.
Since the city has a
good financial status, it has a borrowing capacity to support the
programs and projects of the Tri-District, he added.
SOS Village Director
Emily Torculas on the other hand was very grateful when Uy donated
P240,000 worth of check for the SOS.
To pursue the family
best care and family strengthening programs, she appealed before the
crowd to extend assistance and generosity for there had been a plan
that SOS Village Philippines be independent in terms of “funds”.
development, shredders and compost brewers were turned over on the
same day to the City Agriculture’s Office and CUPS (Calbayog
Urbanization Program and Services); OK Progress (Oquendo Key Progress
for Economic Revitalization of Economic Sustainability and Services)
and the Seeds and Growers Assn. Calbayog, respectively.
8ID joins the 66th
commemoration of the Leyte Gulf Landings
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan, Samar – As its annual dedication in the name of freedom
and democracy, the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division once again
joined the people of Eastern Visayas in the 66th commemoration of the
Leyte Gulf Landings yesterday, October 20 at McArthur Park, Palo, Leyte bearing the theme: “Passing on the torch of heroism to the Youth
As early as 4:00 a.m.,
the troops were already positioned in the “unknown heroes” monument
for the “Sunrise Ceremony” where retired Colonel Francisco San Miguel,
the vice-president of the Veterans of the Philippines, other
dignitaries and veterans lay wreath to salute the unknown soldiers of
Leyte who fought for the country during the Japanese occupation in the
They were then
repositioned on the grounds of
to carry out historic task for the activity. Around 10,000 spectators
from all walks of life including some foreign personalities witnessed
the activity. Living WWII veterans and their relatives who became the
center of the activity add light with the annual commemoration.
Meanwhile, the troops
steadfastly endured the strong heat of the sun as they wait for the
highlight of the program. Around 9 o’clock in the morning, when the
program started with the arrival of Under Secretary Samuel Bagasin of
the Department of National Defense as the commemoration speaker.
No less than the
commander of 8ID, Major General Mario Chan hosted the arrival of USec
Bagasin with a full military honor.
The activity has
renewed the spirit of nationalism for everyone when the Philippine
flag was raised and the Philippine National anthem is being played
that spearheaded the raising of flags and playing of the other
nation’s national anthem such as the Australia, Japan, Canada, New
Zealand and United States. These countries played important role when
WWII erupted in the country.
The wreath laying
ceremony to the Heroes memorial, participated by the representatives
of the aforesaid countries took place immediately after the national
anthems had been played.
In the messages given
by the foreign representatives, they commonly focused their talks on
the positive effect that the coming back of McArthur had brought not
only to the Philippines but also to the other nations. It cannot be
denied by the fact that then two (2) opposing countries before such as
Japan and USA are now frequently seen in union advocating
This endeavor further
inspires the people of Eastern Visayas to sooner achieve and
re-experience the freedom and democracy that were given to us by our
forefathers but vehemently deprived by the local terrorist group.
With the huge numbers of people who witnessed the program, it also
showed that people still lingers for a peaceful life not for a violent
and barbaric cause as enforced by the New People’s Army (NPA) in the
The program was
concluded by a grand parade headed by the 8ID contingents who tendered
salute to the veterans of the country. A “Sunset Ceremony” was also
tendered at the “Unknown Heroes” memorial statue to wrap up this
year’s celebration of the Leyte Gulf Landing anniversary with the 8ID
troop’s 21-gun salute and sounding of “TAPS” for our unknown heroes.
Leyte governor, GTZ
official ink agreement on iTAX
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla and Dr. Andreas Lange of the German
Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) signed on October 19, an agreement
that will further boost the collection of taxes in the province of
The document signed by
Governor Petilla and Dr. Lange is an addendum to the Memorandum of
Agreement (MOA) signed on March 2, 2009. The document is geared to
improve and strengthen the good fiscal management of the Local
Government Units (LGUs) of the
through the fiscal decentralization and local financial management
component of the GTZ Decentralization Program.
Decentralization Program through the Integrated Taxation System (iTAX)
is focused on improving tax assessment and collection system and
increasing the revenues of LGUs more particularly real property tax,
business tax, and other local fees including non-taxable revenues.
GTZ has extended the
continued use of iTAX and do a Joint Transfer Project with the
province of Leyte to make tax collection more efficient and effective
and to further benefit the province.
GTZ will provide iTAX
software free of charge for use in the province of Leyte and its
municipalities; assist and supervise the province of Leyte in the
implementation of iTAX project; provide user’s manual of the modules
implemented in the province of Leyte; provide access to the web forum
and avail access to download updates for the iTAX software, assist the
province through hotline support; conduct trainings of the province
and municipal IT personnel and end-users; assist in implementing iTAX
In the province and its municipalities with an iTAX technical expert;
provide recommendation and guidance in other computerization programs
available in the province and assist in linking iTAX system especially
its GIS components with ongoing GTZ assistance inland use and
On the other hand, the
province of Leyte shall procure and maintain the necessary hardware
for the use of the iTAX program; shall provide the required IT
personnel and corresponding office space and training venues; provide
sufficient office space for the iTAX project personnel of GTZ; shall
organize the initial encoding of the FAAS and RPTAR; conduct at least
a quarterly meeting between the provincial chief executive, the
project manager, city/municipal mayors of participating LGUs in the
province of to monitor the progress of the iTAX project; serve as
secretariat of the provincial iTAX steering committee and the iTAX
technical working group through regular meetings and an actual iTAX
implementation to fast track delivery of the system and activities as
planned; ensure that there are at least two iTAX users in each
participating LGU in the province holding a permanent position for the
sustainability of the iTAX project in the province and to ensure that
municipalities are enabled to use iTAX and GIS outputs in their
ongoing efforts in land use and development planning.
The MOA signing that
was held at the Governors’ Hall of the Provincial Capitol of Leyte,
was witnessed by Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla as the President of the
LMP Leyte Chapter, the mayors of the LGU-beneficiaries of the project
and several provincial officials. (PIA 8)
cityhood Mayor Rey Uy vows more progress
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO,
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– In celebration of Calbayog’s 62nd cityhood held on October 16, 2010
Mayor Reynaldo Uy acknowledged former Senate President Jose Dira
Avelino’s legacy when he created it into a city.
Addressing before the
crowd at the city hall stage, he mentioned the accomplishments made by
his administration during his 9 years of service as a local chief
executive before he proceeded to the House of Representatives.
During the period, a
slogan of “Bag-o nga Calbayognon” was imprinted in all identification
cards issued by the city encouraging participation and collaboration
of all local government employees and elective officials in order to
achieve progress for the city.
Celebrating its 62nd
cityhood and serving the people for 24 years, Uy said that anyone
could tell how Calbayog has grown.
“Yana nga ika-62 anyos
san Calbayog, nakita naton an pag-uswag tikang sa 1992 hasta yana nga
akon pagdumara. Sa pagkaurusa dida gud man ngay-an makakab-ot an
kaupayan san aton ciudad”, he declared.
He believed that the
team USA which stands for Uy, Sarmiento and Aquino could do more with
the help of the Sanggunian through the people’s “straight LP voting
strategy”, where no opposition was given a seat in the legislative
since 2007 up to the present.
Aside from the
“straight LP voting strategy”, he also encouraged his employees
including elective officials to regularly attend the flag raising and
retreat ceremony as a manifestation of respect to the national flag,
which in a way a good example of effecting better services to the
people in order to achieve laudable performances in their respective
area of work while in the process of implementing the different
Tri-District programs and projects of his administration.
Part of the
celebration was the unveiling of Aguit-itan Development Project, with
a structure of a medium rise 2-story building which would cater 500
families identified by the Urban Housing Department as informal
settlers living in said area.
Since Calbayog and the
first district of Samar have been regular recipients of EVRMC (Eastern
Visayas Regional Medical Center), the local government realized that a
hospital, owned and managed by the city should be built in order to
address health problems in the area. As an aftermath of a series of
consultation between the executive and the legislative, the
groundbreaking ceremony took place on the same day.
Local officials headed
by Mayor Reynaldo Uy and the Sanggunian signified their signatures in
the testament – a commitment of the city government and the first
congressional district of Samar, to provide accessible health care
service to the constituents as one of the flagship projects of the
Tri-District Development Program of the city.
tripartite industrial peace council organized
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Some thirty sectoral representatives attended the Tripartism,
Occupational Safety and Health Productivity forum today at the
Graduate School of the Samar State University.
Sectors from the
transportation, bakery, labor, power, academe, fuel and the government
came to heed the call of the Department of Labor and Employment
They also elected the
officers of the Samar Provincial Tripartite Industrial Peace Council.
DOLE Regional Director
Forter Puguon personally witnessed the organization of the structure
that will help DOLE monitor the compliance of
Samar establishments on their compliance to occupational safety
and health standards.
Ms Flordelis Geonzon
from DOLE 08, who talked about mechanism to promote industrial peace,
said that government-labor and management should move through a
consultative/participatory type of leadership to discourage
adversarial effects. Establishments, she added should promote a decent
work agenda where workers have the freedom, equity, security and human
Meanwhile, Ms Edita
Clarin urged the management sector of the participants to provide at
least some non-wage benefits that are within the family welfare
Puguon in his
presentation profusely thanked the private sector managers and the
others for showing up. He also urged them to look into the welfare of
their labourers in the workplace.
“We can’t compromise
the safety and health of our workers in the workplace,” Puguon
Officers of the
Provincial Tripartite Industrial Peace Council are Engr Eduardo Arosa
- President, Florencio Cerdeña - Vice President, Ninfa Quirante -
Secretary, Audrey Rose Abandia - Treasurer and Vic Cababat - Auditor.
In his final
message, Dir Puguon said: “Purposive attention to the problems on
occupational safety and health hazards should be given priority.”
DENR CENRO Catbalogan scores against a forest law violator
By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
TACLOBAN CITY –
Operatives of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office
in Catbalogan, Samar with the assistance of law enforcement partners,
raided a compound of a certain Demetrio L. David of Barangay Trinidad,
City on October 8, 2010. An estimated value of P251,223 worth of
undocumented lumber of lawaan, yakal and banuyo species, unregistered
circular saws with blades, one hand saw, and one motorcycle as
hauling equipment were apprehended and confiscated during the raid.
By virtue of Search
Warrant No. CN-25 issued by Executive Judge Cresente F. Maraya of RTC
Branch 11 in Calubian, Leyte, operatives from the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Regional and CENR Office in
Catbalogan Samar headed by CENR Officer Elpidio Simon, National Bureau
of Investigation, Philippine National Police, some members of the
media and the local officials of Barangay Trinidad, successfully
executed the raid that yielded the contraband items.
charge is now being readied against the possessor of the undocumented
lumber and accessories, Demetrio L. David for violation of Section 77
of P.D. 705 as amended by E.O. 277 and other pertinent laws. The
confiscated forest products and accessories are now in custody of the
CENR Office in Catbalogan,
Executive Director Primitivo C. Galinato, Jr. expressed thanks to the
Department of Justice through Executive Judge Crescente F. Maraya,
Jr., the operatives from the PNP, NBI and media for their support
during the raid. This helped the DENR in its all out war against
forest law violators. “We will not stop there! We capitalize on the
support extended to us by our partners even in future operations that
may be conducted against illegal loggers in other parts of the
region,” RED Galinato said. We are extending so much effort in
rehabilitating our forests through plantations and foot patrols and we
will not allow illegal loggers to destroy our forests which are
supposed to benefit us and the succeeding generations sustainably
through legal processes,” RED Galinato stressed.
The all out war
against illegal loggers is consistent with the DENR’s management
direction, “From the Ridges to the Reefs”. This considers ample
protection on the forest being an important ecosystem in the upland
areas. Any unsustainable practices in the forests would certainly
affect the sustainability of the other ecosystems from the uplands to
the lowlands which include the mangroves, coastal and marine
ecosystems where most of our basic needs come from.
Foundation donates P4.15 million to aid to 2,400 children in RP’s Visayas Region
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – CapitaLand
Hope Foundation, CapitaLand’s philanthropic arm, has donated S$125,000
or about P4.15 million, to provide nutritious food for malnourished
children in the Philippines.
This project will
benefit over 2,408 children suffering from malnutrition, from five
schools in the Visayas region, particularly in Samar Island and
Southern Leyte in Eastern Visayas, and Camotes Island of Central
Visayas, who will be provided with supplementary feeding as well as
Vitamin A and de-worming tablets, Totch dela Cruz of Plan Philippines
informed the Philippine Information Agency.
will also use the funds to provide medical, dental checks and
treatments, if necessary, and develop health education courses for the
these children with nutritious food and healthcare, this project will
help to raise children’s and parents’ awareness of proper nutrition
and hygiene practices.
In addition, the
schools will use the contribution to develop and maintain school-based
vegetable farms to ensure long-term food security for the children.
Of the 2.58 million
children between the ages of six and ten, in the Philippines, over 25%
are considered underweight. This project is based in the Visayas areas
of the Philippines and is supporting five schools where over a quarter
of the school children are malnourished.
This means they are
frequently subjected to bullying from their peers, suffer from
malnutrition-related health problems, go to school hungry and often
end up dropping out of school. This project will directly benefit
2,408 children and indirectly benefit 1,857 more children, as
nutrition within the community improves.
Arthur Gindap, Country
General Manager for the Philippines, The Ascott Limited, CapitaLand’s
wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, said, "With
CapitaLand’s Kids’ Food Fund program, we will be able to improve the
nutrition of over 2,400 children in the Visayas region.”
“We hope that together
with the strong support from Plan International, we will be able to
bring about positive, sustainable changes to these children’s lives.
Providing nutritious food for these children is in line with
CapitaLand Hope Foundation’s focus on supporting program for the
shelter, education and healthcare needs of underprivileged children,”
For his part, Mike
Diamond, Director of Plan Philippines said, “the partnership between
CapitaLand and Plan International will help more children in the
Philippines to overcome malnutrition so they can grow up healthy and
be empowered to build a better future for themselves and the whole
Foundation (CHF), the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand, was established
in 2005 to further CapitaLand’s corporate social responsibility
commitment to build a better future for underprivileged children.
Its focus is to
support programs for the shelter, education and healthcare needs of
underprivileged children. Every year, CapitaLand allocates up to 0.5%
of its net profit to the Foundation. As one of the first foundations
created by a Singapore real estate company, CHF leverages on
CapitaLand’s extensive geographical footprint by identifying and
supporting program in countries where CapitaLand operates.