As part of the DA
Resource Team, Mr. Rufino B. Ayaso, Dr. Veronica Berenguer, Dr. Anthea
Naputo and Mr. Fabian S. Aldiano were in attendace. On the other hand,
various media outlets in Region 8 were duly represented.
The RETA Roundtable
Discussion is just one of the projects initiated by the newly
organized media association in Eastern Visayas in its effort to
provide factual developmental information to its populace.
On the Regional Rice
Program updates, the Department of Agriculture targets a 5% increased
palay production annually. It also projects to attain self-sufficiency
on rice production by 2013 where presently, the three
are under a sufficiency threshold which is lower than 100%.
Furthermore, it is expected that the region could at least contribute
to the national palay production in an average of 5.45% annually.
Statistics reveal that
the rice sufficiency index for 2010 was reduced by 14%, having
recorded 106% in 2010 compared to last year’s 120%. On the other
hand, a remarkable increase from 113% in 2009 to 127.24%in 2010 in the
per capita consumption of rice was attributed for such increase.
According to Dir.
Cañeda, the increase in per capita consumption is reflective of an
improved quality eating habits of the people. It would also mean that
an available supply of such commodity is affordable.
In response to the
public criticisms that the DA has been presenting unrealistic reports,
the Director made it clear that Region 8 is a “surplus rice producing
region” at 120% self sufficiency. “From the soil, we have enough. Rice
seeks its own level. In fact, we are feeding Region 7 with most of our
rice products brought by our traders outside the Region. Rice is a
political commodity. We must remember that we are in a market-driven
economy. Considering that we are in a democracy and on a free
enterprise, we cannot just stop these people from bringing our
products outside the region,” explains Cañeda.
announced that out of the 68 greenhouse units in
Samar is lucky to have the biggest functional greenhouses engaged
solely in organic farming in the country. The director is referring
to the newly inaugurated greenhouse in Brgy. Limarayon,Calbayog city,
which is being effectively managed by the
Social Action Center
of the Diocese of Calbayog. Organic farming is encouraged for being
cost effective and for having less contaminated products.
production, the region has not come to par yet with 14 kilo-per-person
annual consumption. DA advocates for more vegetable production to
address health and malnutrition. Likewise, fruit production on six (6)
products has negative growth rates due to climate change.
reports on various livestock programs such as the continuous
artificial inseminations. It was worth noting that
Samar has the
most number of Carabaos from among the regions. People use carabaos in
farming and at the same time as carabeef which is proven to have less
cholesterol content. No animal outbreaks were reported.
Dir Leo Cañeda is
hopeful that the inclusion of Samar, as a priority, in the hunger
mitigation programs of the government will improve the lives of the
Samareños. Other programs include Rapid Seed Supply Financing Project
(RaSSFip), Irrigated Rice Production Enhancement Program (IRPEP) and
other LGU Initiatives.
DA acknowledged the
support of Calbayog, Sta Rita and the Provincial Government of Samar
for committing P6,959,600 as its financial counterpart on various DA
ended with a forged partnership between the DA and the RETA in
ensuring that DA services are delivered effectively. Dir. Cañeda
assured the group of the DA’s transparency efforts. In this regard, he
considered creating a DA Regional Website that would publish updates
on ongoing programs.
Women to Bishops: The
RH law will not jail you
QUEZON CITY – A
women’s organization tells the Bishops to stop worrying about going to
jail because of their opposition to the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.
National Chair of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP)
said, “When HB96 authored by Rep. Lagman is passed, malicious
disinformation about the intent or provisions of the law will be
penalized. This scares the Bishops but, there really is no reason to
be if they only speak of facts. Their statement about going to jail
is more of a manifestation that they know the RH Bill will soon be
enacted by Congress.”
“Archbishop Cardinal Vidal’s assertion that he will no longer be able
to do sermons if the RH Bill passes is unfounded unless he is
admitting that what they do is ‘malicious disinformation.’ At this
point, the Bishops know that they are losing in public opinion which
is very favorable to the RH Bill’s passage. They also know that the
number of legislators supportive of the measure is rapidly
She said further
“perhaps the Catholic hierarchy wants to be seen as the underdog in a
desperate move to win support for their unpopular opposition to the
bill. Let us not forget that it is them who sent Carlos Celdran to
jail allegedly for ‘offending their religious feelings.’ Instead of
misinterpreting the RH bill’s provisions, we urge the Bishops to study
it so they do not get unnecessarily stressed.”
“We believe that
the bill’s passage is imminent. This is long overdue. Poor women
continue to die of preventable pregnancy and childbirth complications.
In the DSWP alone, we lost a number of our members because of these.
There are also those who almost died due to the same causes. These
unnecessary deaths and almost-deaths must end,” Angsioco concluded.
Toshiba officials eyes
Leyte for possible expansion
Media Relations Center
November 14, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY –
Toshiba Information Equipment Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of
Toshiba Digital Media Co., made a visit on Saturday to the province of Leyte and met with Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla. The governor
hinted, the hard disk drives manufacturer which has its main facility
at the Laguna Technopark Special Economic Zone in Sta. Rosa, Laguna,
may be looking for possible sites for its expansion.
was among those that assured millions in pesos in investment for its
electronics products expansion in the
during President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s visit to Japan where he
met with Japanese business leaders before proceeding to the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Yokohama.
to visit the province was prompted after
Leyte was declared as Most Business Friendly province this year,
the province’s second after 2008.
The governor said,
though the purpose of the visit by the Toshiba officials was mainly
for courtesy call, he likewise took an opportunity to present the
province’s potential as a location for their plant expansion and
“I don’t know what
they want, we don’t know yet what their plans are but definitely they
are looking around for destinations of their plants. I just readily
made the presentation just so they would know our place as they look
around,” Gov. Petilla said.
Toshiba officials who
met with the governor were headed by Toshiba Information Equipment
Philippines President Yoshiyuki Yano, and included Executive
Vice-President Tatsumi Sato, Yamaichi Electronics Co. Ltd. President
Shunji Orita, concurrent Board Member of the Philippine Economic Zone
Authority Francisco Ferrer.
Mr. Charlie Uykim of
the Leyte Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) also escorted the
visiting Toshiba officials.
Gov. Petilla said he
particularly presented to the officials possible sites should they
want to expand to Leyte. These possible sites are the Government
Center, other private lands in Palo area or at the Leyte Industrial
Development Estate (LIDE) In Isabel, Leyte which is the location of
two other big companies – PhilPhos and PASAR.
Offering a site at the
Government Center would form part of the long term plan for this
provincial-owned property which is presently the site of government
offices, historical landmark, PEZA facility Leyte ICT Park and
upcoming four-star resort hotel.
Toshiba is a leading
global producer of solid state devices (SSDs) and expects to boost its
worldwide share in the PC notebook and enterprise drives. SSDs are
hard-disk drive-like devices that store data on flash memory instead
of on a revolving magnetic disk.
export projection is $54.916 million annually. Major markets include
the US, Europe, China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea.
Equipment Philippines Inc. has been a PEZA-registered company since
September 1995 manufacturing hard disk drives in its Laguna Technopark
Special Economic Zone facility in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Christ the King
College takes part in celebrating “Deafness Awareness Week”
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO, Samar
CALBAYOG CITY – In
observance of Deafness Awareness Week dated November 7-13 this year
with the theme “Be a Part…Not Apart,” Christ the King College –
Elementary and High School Departments has opened its exhibit room and
showcased their handicraft collections to the public.
Deaf-mute adviser Myra
Fe Grecia said that all the products displayed were the projects of
her pupils/students such as dyed t-shirt, tree straw, plastic tree,
rug, soap basket, rug bag, waiving paper, decorated pot/ art, pottery,
pyramid, mosaic and charcoal paper.
Grecia added that
she’s handling 10 elementary and 13 high schools through a multi-grade
teaching. There are also three (3) college deaf-mute students taking
up education and social work, respectively in same school while four
(4) are taking up agriculture at Northwest Samar State University.
Education) Center on the other hand is presently handling 29 deaf-mute
pupils according to its adviser Gemma Tapel.
In adherence to
Presidential Proclamation No. 823 issued on November 8, 1991 and
Department of Education Memorandum No. 397, s. 2010,
CKC has responded to undertake activities such as Sign
Language Literacy, Symposium on Health Education, Theater Play “An
Pag-ilawud”, Quiz bee and spelling contest and Variety Show.
Such undertakings do
not only pay tribute to countless individuals who, despite their
hearing and other impairments, endeavor to have access to education to
improve their share. A kind of support to every effort by bringing
them into the mainstream, where they too have a rightful place, and
help them to gain access to opportunities to become productive members
of the community and the country as a whole.
Studies reveal that
generally one to three individuals in every 1,000 births suffer from
some form of hearing impairment: 90 percent of deaf children are born
into families where both parents have hearing impairment; men are more
likely to experience hearing loss than women; and there is a strong
relationship between age and hearing loss.
Since other deaf-mute
children/adolescents belong to poor families, Philippine Saint Francis
of Assisi Deaf Center was built in Brgy.Carayman this city.
While processing its
application (to qualify as residence of deaf-mutes) at the Department
of Social Welfare and Development-RO 8 Standards Bureau, the center
has opened its office under the supervision of Fr. Hozo Sato, OFM.
The deaf center hopes
to formally open on June next year.
8ID troopers seize
illegally cut lumbers
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan, Samar – With the intensified campaign against illegal
logging in the area as deputized by the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources (DENR), combined elements of the 8ID’s 802nd Brigade
and 19th Infantry Battalion partnered with the DENR team from Manila
seized illegally cut lumbers at Sitio Kusol, Brgy. Liberty, Ormoc City
around 10:00 a.m. on November 11.
The confiscation took
place when the team acted on the information regarding the presence
and on-going illegal logging activities in the said area.
It counted for about
an estimated 2,000 board feet of assorted illegally cut lumbers
including Lawaan were seized and lately found out to be owned by a
certain Abundio Magno alias Bondoy.
lumbers are now under the custody of DENR for proper disposition which
will also be used to sue appropriate charges to Magno.
General Mario Chan, 8ID’s commander commended the members of the team
involved in the successful deeds. He said that while 8ID is
intensifying its ISO campaign to pursue peace and development in the
province, the non-traditional role of the soldiers that will greatly
affect the attainment of peace and development will also given equal
protection and preservation and other non-traditional role bestowed on
us is co-equal with our ISO campaign for it also affects our aims to
make our province progressive to at least tangent with other
neighboring provinces if we can’t abruptly surpass them,” General
“While we are
intensifying our campaign against insurgents, we also intensify our
partnership with other active stakeholders in their fight against
those who destroy the beauty and prosperity of our province which is
detrimental to promote your dreams of having a peaceful and
progressive Region 8”, concludes General Chan.
A Battle of TROs on
Samar’s Annual Budget controversy
By EMY C. BONIFACIO,
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The resolution of the annual budget controversy in the province of Samar is getting more complicated with more Temporary Restraining
Orders that are being petitioned at the different judicial bodies by
The mess started when
the proposed P1.179 Billion 2010 Annual Budget (AO 13-002) of Samar
was irregularly or illegally passed on August 26, 2010, as alleged by
the majority block of the legislative department of the province.
On August 27, a
disclaimer which was manifested by seven Board Members was publicly
circulated. The validity or legality of the passage of the
Appropriation Ordinance 13-002 was formally filed in court with a
prayer for the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order.
On August 31, 2010,
Judge Reynaldo Clemens of
RTC Branch 31 found the petitioners’ ground for the issuance of
meritorious pending the resolution of the legality issue. The
TRO was made effective within twenty days.
September 20, 2010, a Preliminary Injunction that restrained the
implementation of AO 13-002 was released while the hearings for its
nullification, as petitioned, have been scheduled at Judge Clemen’s
Just recently, it was
learned that Hon. Reynaldo B. Clemens, Branch 31 Presiding Judge and
five other co-respondents of a case docketed as CA-G.R. No. 05422,
petitioned the Eighteenth Division of the Court of Appeals in Cebu
City to reconsider and set aside the CA Resolution promulgated on
October 27, 2010 directing the issuance of a Temporary Restraining
Order. The said motion was filed last November 4, 2010.
pointed out that under the Special Civil Case No. 138, their main
prayer is the declaration of nullity of Appropriation Ordinance No.
13-002 on the basis of illegality and irregularities of its passage.
Furthermore, it was stressed that prior to the passage of the
questioned Appropriation Ordinance, the provincial government of Samar
has been operating and conducting its official functions and business
under a re-enacted budget. On this account, the provincial government
operations remained unhampered and smooth, the petition made it clear.
It was also mentioned
that during the hearings, the respondents did not move to dissolve the
Preliminary Injunction Writ in question, but, opted to proceed to the
hearing of the main case. The court’s attention was invited to the
fact that the petitioner did not challenge the tenability and relief
of the petition and jurisdiction of the RTC in Special Civil Action
138. Moreover, it was evident that the relief prayed for is mainly on
annulling, lifting and setting aside of the injunction order dated
September 20, 2010.
“In other words, the
petitioner does not oppose any eventual declaration of nullity of the
appropriation ordinance approving the annual budget of the province of
Samar, provided that before any such declaration of nullity, she is
unrestrained in making disbursements of the people’s money even if the
validity of its appropriation is dubious.” explain the petitioners.
This, according to them, is not just prejudicial to the higher
interests of the province and the people of Samar, but, also, this
will cause great and irreparable damage to them.
It would be recalled
that on October 27, 2010, Associate Justice D. Sorongon of the same judicial
body issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)
for sixty (60) days enjoining the respondent judge, Hon. Reynaldo B.
Clemens, together with all persons acting for and in his behalf from
enforcing the Order dated September 20, 2010 in a Special Civil Action
No. 138 entitled “Sermense, et al. vs. Tan et al.”
The Order, which was
concurred by Executive Justice Portia Alino Hormachuelos and Associate
Justice Socorro B. Inting, was issued favorably in behalf of Hon.
Share Ann T. Tan, a petitioner for certiorari.
It was learned that
Tan filed for a very urgent Motion for Issuance of Temporary
Restraining Order/Preliminary Injunction and/or Status Quo Ante Order
of injunction dated
September 20, 2010 as well as for the issuance for a preliminary
injunction and/or temporary restraining order enjoining respondent
judge from continuing with the hearing of Special Civil Action No. 138
pending resolution of the said petition for certiorari.
According to the
petitioner, their special prayer is continuously reiterated
considering the seriousness and extreme urgency of the matters
involved in the petition. It mentioned of the imminent lapse of Fiscal
year 2010 which is just a little more than a couple of months within
which the 2010 annual Budget may be implemented, as well as the “grave
and irreparable injuries that are sustained and will continue to be
sustained by the people of the Province of Samar due to the unfounded
injunction of the implementation of the 2010 Annual Budget of the
Province of Samar as ordered by public respondent Judge Reynaldo B.
specifically mentioned of the non-payment of employees’ benefits such
as the Productivity Enhancement Incentive, Step Increment and
Representation allowance and Transportation Allowance (RATA)
differential both for Calendar Years 2009 and 2010 and the
implementation of the magna carta benefits for health workers due to
the injunction of the implementation of the 2010 Annual Budget.
The cited grounds were
found to be meritorious by the court. “Thus, so as to preserve the
rights of the parties during the pendency of the instant petition and
in order to prevent the judgment that may be promulgated by Us from
being rendered moot and ineffectual, a Temporary Restraining Order is
hereby issued”, partly states the Resolution.
As of this date, court
decisions on the various petitions are being monitored by the
Samarnons. While both camps insist on the legality of their actions,
using public’s interest and welfare as an excuse, people are patiently
hoping and waiting that what is due and best for the Samarnons will
soon be given.
“What we don’t like
is that we are most often misled. We are always made as an excuse. The
truth is, they will just be serving their own interests. We have
always been promised of benefits. Even without the budget, personal
services are provided in the re-enacted budget. So, why can’t they
give what is due us?“, was an employee’s reaction when made to comment
on the matter.
Calbayog’s 2011 budget
soon to undergo joint executive-legislative hearing says Councilor
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO,
CALBAYOG CITY – To
beat the target for submitting the 2011 annual budget, a joint
executive-legislative budget hearing is soon to be conducted next week
said Calbayog City Councilor Julius Mancol on Monday in an interview
with Samarnews during the Sanggunian’s regular session.
Mancol added that this
was the proposal of Mayor Reynaldo Uy in order to hear and deliberate
the budget without any delay.
The celebration of
Calbayog’s 62nd Charter Day on October 16 and the October 25 Barangay
and SK (Sangguniang Kabataan) Elections were the reasons why the
budget hearing was deferred.
The legislative has
less than two months to enact the 2011 P680M annual budget of Calbayog.
“An P680M is a
conservative budget but we are expecting for an additional. The
treasurer just used the figure as his basis para makita kon ikakain ta
an excess,” Mancol clarified.
Once the budget is
approved, all the Tri-District Programs will surely be implemented
including those of previous administration such as the bus terminal
and public market in Brgy. Bagacay and other proposed projects which
were halfway fulfilled.
Taking into account
the activities conducted last October 16, 2010 where the unveiling of
Aguit-itan Development Project was held, ground breaking ceremony at
Brgy. Talahib - project site of Calbayog City Hospital, and the MOA
signing of public-private partnership between LGU-Calbayog and SOS
(Save our Souls) Children’s Village for the establishment of the
Family Training Center, all of these were just part of the city
government’s Tri-D programs under the CDS (Community Development
At present, the
city’s 2011 General Fund Annual Budget is at the committee (Budget
Review, Finance and Laws) level.
Pia backs UP law
professors facing SC sanctions
PASAY CITY – Senator Pia S. Cayetano today threw her support solidly behind the 37
professors of the University of the Philippines (UP)
who have been threatened with sanctions by the Supreme Court (SC)
after they called for the resignation of a member of the high court
over charges of plagiarism.
“In the seventies and
eighties, it was the voice of activist professors who denounced the
excesses of Martial Law that helped keep people’s hopes alive for
change and reforms, especially among the youth. It saddens me to see
how academic dissent is being suppressed now, at a time when our
rights and freedoms have supposedly been restored,” said Cayetano, a
lawyer and alumna of the UP College of Law.
“As the last bastion
of justice, the SC is expected to set the highest standards of
integrity, credibility and professionalism. Unfortunately, the high
court failed in this respect when it allowed a clear case of
plagiarism within its ranks to go unpunished,” she stressed.
Cayetano is referring
to the SC’s controversial decision in Vinuya vs. Executive Secretary,
where several passages from eminent international legal scholars were
lifted without proper attribution and used inappropriately in junking
the petition of a group of war-time comfort women for the Philippine
government to compel Japan to make a public apology and provide
“Plagiarism is a form
of dishonesty that is taboo and frowned upon in any self-respecting
institution. All our teachers, from grade school to college, have
instilled in us the value that lifting works from others without
properly acknowledging their source is improper, unethical, and merits
grave punishment. Our teachers taught us to be honest, original and
creative in our work. But I wonder what values will our young students
learn from the questionable actions of the Supreme Court?” she