Maslog mayor fears
hunger in his town
By PIA Eastern
Samar – Septemo Santiago, Maslog town mayor fears hunger will occur
in Maslog after the relief goods are consumed.
In a phone interview,
today, the mayor said that the ricefields of Maslog have been totally
submerged in flood waters.
“My people can not
even go to their farms due to this incessant rain,” Santiago told PIA.
However, the mayor is
grateful that many entities have relayed relief packs to the people.
“Yesterday, GMA foundation was here, they distributed some 150 relief
packs,” the mayor was grateful. “DSWD Region also gave us relief
goods, this is on top of the P1 million worth of relief goods that the
LGU has procured.”
The mayor shared that
the water has sunk down to the river but his people have not returned
to their residences yet for fear of the same occurrence as rains
continue to pour in torrents until today.
constructed makeshift houses made of canvass, materials from coco
trees and others indigenous materials just to have roofs over their
Although the mayor is
not alarmed at the health of his strong bodied constituents, still he
is concerned that some cases of influenza, respiratory problems and
diarrhea have been observed.
The mayor has never
left his town since the flooding. “Only on January 4 when DSWD
summoned me to get the relief packs, since then, I have stayed with my
people, come hell or high waters,” Mayor Santiago said with a silent
prayer that his people will be safe despite the onslaught of natural
Floods claim two
victims in Eastern Samar
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
Samar – Two more warm bodies succumbed to death due to the flooding
that has plagued Eastern Samar.
In today’s update of
the Eastern Samar Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Council aired over Radyo ng Bayan-DYES, Peregerio Balase, PDRRMC
coordinator said that one Balbina Herbosan, 89 years old from Barangay
Malogo, Can-avid town and another Eustaquio Dacles from Maslog town
The casualty from
Malogo, Can-avid drowned while Dacles from Maslog had a heart ailment
and could not be brought to the hospital due to the risky flood
To date, Eastern Samar
mourns for eight casualties, with some P371 million damages in
agriculture and infrastructure with some P91 million damages in rice
Hardest hit is Dolores
town, considered the rice granary of the province. Vegetable crops
suffered damages in Borongan, Llorente, Maslog and Sulat, according to
Balase as they reported by Balase.
Relief operations are
still going on even during the weekends as they did last Saturday in
“I am thankful to Sen.
Escudero who donated some 50 sacks of rice,” added Balase.
He added that An Waray
Party List also donated some goods for relief, an NGO based in
Moonwalk, Parañaque and ABS-CBN were some of the entities that pledged
to assist the province in this time of calamity.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mariane
Isederio of the Provincial Health Office has distributed hygiene kits
to affected families courtesy of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The health department
is concerned that victims of the flood will be afflicted with
amoebiasis and upper respiratory ailments.
64,914 families, causes loss 2 lives in Northern Samar
By TERESITA B. CARDENAS, PIA Northern
January 17, 2011
Samar – The continuing heavy rains and flooding in Northern Samar
affected 64,914 families (330,269 individuals), and loss 2 lives. This
was learned from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management
Office (PDRRMO) in an interview conducted by the Philippine
Of the 24
municipalities in the province, 18 were affected by the heavy rains
and flooding that continuously pounded the area until today namely,
Bobon, 18 barangays with 4,570 families (23,105 individuals) affected;
Catarman, 35 barangays with 5,298 families (24,112 individuals);
Mondragon, 24 barangays with 6,729 families (40,098 individuals);
Lavezares, 16 barangays with 3,667 families (18,533 individuals);
San Roque, 18 barangys
with 3,682 families (18,083 individuals); Pambujan, 26 barangays
(22,260 individuals); Lapinig, 15 barangays with 2,330 families
(11,842 individuals); San Jose, 16 barangays(18,000 individuals);
Pambujan, 26 barangays with 3,710 families (22,260 individuals);
Lapinig 15 barangays with 2,330 families (11,842 individuals);
San Jose, 16 barangays
with 3,600 families (18,000 individuals); San Isidro, 14 barangys with
4,190 families (20,090 individuals); Catubig 47 barangays with 5,751
families (21,735 individuals); Rosario, 11 barangays with 2,027
families (10,035 individuals); Palapag, 11 barangays with 2,363
families (14,052 individuals); Mapanas, 13 barangays with 2,179
families (12,321 inidividuals); Gamay, 2 barangays with 599 families
(3,592 individuals); Las Navas, 53 barangays with 6,014 families
(30,070 inidividuals); Allen, 20 barangays with 4,470 families (22,350
individuals); Laoang, 23 barangays with 3,492 families; Lope de Vega,
1 barangay with 243 families.
The two children died
drowning were Mark Paul Alastoy Aguinaldo, 21 yrs. old of Brgy.
Cabariwan, Palapag and Richard J. Acibar, 19 yrs. old, of Brgy. Dona
The hardest hit
municipalities were Las Navas, Mondragon and Catubig where all
barangays were flooded with up surging affected families due to the
continuous heavy rains.
Foundation has provided family packs, hygiene packs, camping tents,
bottled water, purifying tabs and medicines to 700 disaster families
of Catarman. Likewise, additional assistance to 5,000 families will be
provided to some other affected municipalities such as Catubig, Las
Navas and Palapag.
Women rights defenders
call for vigilance in ensuring justice for raped woman vendor
By TANGGOL BAI
MANILA – Women human
rights defenders today called for vigilance in ensuring that justice
will be served for the woman vendor who was recently raped by a
policeman in Manila by making the perpetrator accountable under the
“PO3 Antonio Bautista
Jr. of the Manila Police District may be liable under the Anti-Rape
Law of 1997, where the penalty of reclusion perpetua is imposed on
offenders who is a member of the Philippine National Police, any law
enforcement agency or penal institution, or the Armed Forces of the
Philippines or its para-military units. We enjoin all women human
rights defenders to remain vigilant in calling for justice for the
31-year old woman vendor,” said Cristina Palabay, convenor of Tanggol
Bayi, the women human rights defenders programme of Karapatan.
Palabay said this
continuing practice of prisoner rape, sexual humiliation, abuse and
violence even inside the offices of police stations, jails, and
military camps should stop. She cited the shadow report on the
Philippines submitted by international NGO Just Detention
International to the 42nd Session of the United Nations Committee
Against Torture (April 2009), when they reported that, in one of the
few official studies conducted on prisoner rape in the Philippines,
four percent of 552 female jail inmates surveyed reported to the DILG
that they had experienced sexual abuse while detained. Seven of the
women had been raped, while others were subjected to abusive conduct
including sexual touching, kissing, corrections officials exposing
their genitalia, and attempted rape.
“We condemn the
abuse of authority, force and violence by which members of the police
or military exert over women, especially poor women, through these
sexual forms of violence. We demand justice for the victim, as we
continue to demand accountability for all human rights violations
inflicted against women,” Palabay ended.
Saint Bernard MDRRMC
permits some barangays to return to their homes, others advised to
remain at evacuation centers
By R.G. CADAVOS, PIA Southern
Janaury 17, 2011
SOUTHERN LEYTE –
Based on the recommendation from Saint Bernard Municipal Disaster Risk
Reduction Management Council Disaster Analysis Committee after the
fair observation of a fair weather conditions and site visit, Public
Information Committee chair Jane Araneta reported that there are some
barangays that can return to their homes.
At least 13 barangays
are permitted to return, effective January 15, 2011, namely: Ma.
Socorro, Catmon, Libas, Mahayahay, Tambis 2, Carnaga, Ma. Asuncion,
Himbangan, Panian, Malibago except Purok Paradise , Mahayag except
Purok 1 and 4, Himbatngon and the Barangay of Tambis 1, Araneta
disclosed in a report sent to PIA, Saturday.
above-mentioned barangays are still advised to be alert and to
continue monitor the rain gauges, she added.
Meanwhile, the rest of
the barangays were advised to remain in the evacuation centers or safe
areas until further notice from the proper authorities, Araneta said,
and added that MDRRMC proposed for some areas in barangays Tabon-tabon,
Mahayag, Tambis 1 and Sitio Ma Socorro of Barangay San Isidro for
Aerial assessment of
the municipality was conducted together with the local government
unit, Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Army, Araneta revealed.
While the data gathered will be utilized as basis for the next
MDRRMC’s course of action relevant to the present and post-disaster
response operations, it will also be used to help the continued
efforts in preparedness and mitigating measures, she added.
As of this writing,
updated number of evacuated families counted to 428, or a total of
Through Miss Araneta,
the locality expressed its sincerest gratitude to all the people who
became part of the operations since the beginning of the tragedy that
hit the area, January 2, 2011 and up to the present, especially those
organizations, government and non-government agencies, individuals who
had tirelessly with the MDRRMC and are still working with the
municipality. She also promised to continue send updates of the
ongoing and rehabilitation operations.
Buyuganon is 2nd best at Sinulog Festival 2011
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Tribu Buyuganon of Abuyog,
Leyte was adjudged as the second placer among the 26 contingents
in the free interpretation category of the just concluded Sinulog
The Tribu Buyuganon’s
presentation which depicted the bees or the “buyogs” in the Visayan
dialect wowed the big crowd, and prided itself for being the most
applauded and the one and only presentation which was given a standing
The Tribu Buyuganon
also won the Best in Costume special award because of the dancers’
The Tribu Buyugan has
already won for its name several festival championships. Among which
are the Champion in the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival and champion in
the Aliwan Fiesta in two years ago.
This year’s first
place in the free interpretation category was Tribu Himag-ulaw of
Placer, Masbate. The children from the Mabolo Elementary School won
third place. The returning contingent from the northern municipality
of Daanbantayan won the fourth spot in the FI category in this year's
grand parade while the fifth spot went to the Talamban Elementary
Tribu Sinanduloy of
Tangub City bagged the top prize in the Sinulog-based category.
Other winners in the
Sinulog-based category were
2nd place; City of Carcar, 3rd place; Bayawan City, 4th place; and
City Central School, 5th place.
The Sinulog Festival
2011 started with a Pontifical Mass led by the new Archbishop of Cebu
Jose S. Palma.
President Benigno S.
Aquino III graced the occasion and gave the keynote address in the
Sinulog Fetival 2011 which has for its theme “One beat, one dance, one
Arriving at 10:00
o’clock in the morning, the President left the Sinulog Festival
grounds at about 11: 30 in the morning.
Festival ended at 9:00 o’clock in the evening. The awarding will be
held at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon of January 17.
Relief arrives at
isolated San Jose de Buan
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
After being isolated for six days due to floodwaters that washed out
several bridges and landslides that blocked the only road that leads
to it, the hinterland municipality of San Jose de Buan in the province
of Samar, today received its much needed help.
Major General Mario
Chan, commanding officer of the 8th Infantry Division, informed that
the chopper of the Philippine Air force carrying the relief goods and
the team composed of GMA Kapuso Foundation and troopers of the 8ID,
after several failed attempts since this morning, was able to land in
San Jose de Buan.
As of press time, the
chopper is already on its second sortie of delivering relief goods.
It was reported that
on Sunday, the chopper of the Tactical Operations Group attempted to
land at San Jose de Buan but also failed.
remains to be isolated due to landslide and damaged bridges, Mayor Ananias Rebato said.
The local government
unit despite its meager resources has provided relief goods in the
form of rice, noodles and sardine.
Mayor Rebato said that
the drop off point of relief assistance was at Barangay Hinicaan,
Motiong, Samar, about 11 kilometers away from San Jose de Buan. The
recipients, the Mayor said, had to hike 10 klilometers to get the
Mayor Rebato further
reported that road maintenance workers have been deployed to conduct
clearing operations on landslide sites as well as to repair the
damaged timber bridges so that relief assistance could be facilitated
However, Mayor Rebato
mentioned that doing these manually would take a long time before
being completed if done manually.
Letecia Corillo has given instructions for her staff to allocate 400
family relief packs and 400 used clothings to the affected families in
the said municipality.
Evardone equals relief
packs given by Borongan LGU
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA Eastern
January 17, 2011
Samar – The lone representative of
Eastern Samar, Rep Ben Evardone will equal the family care packs
(relief goods) prepared and given by the Borongan LGU.
In an interview with
the Executive Assistant of Borongan Mayor Fe Abunda, Cora Basada,
today, January 17, 2011 over Radyo ng Bayan-DYES, she said that some
2,700 relief packs have been given to Borongan LGU for distribution.
Basada said that
Borongan LGU as so far distributed some 2,400 relief packs to those
affected by severe flooding on
January 8, 2011.
She added that bags of
rice, canned goods and other grocery items have been delivered to the
LGU which the LGU will in turn repack for the flood victims.
The lady also
explained that some relief packs have been reserved for areas near the
Suribao River like Barangay Panalugan and others.
In last Friday’s
Disaster Operation report from the social welfare department, it bared
that some 2,400 families have been affected, with some 22 families in
Barangay Bato at the evacuation center, 2 casualties, 57 totally
damaged houses especially in Barangay Bato and more than P2 million
estimated cost of damages.
As of press time,
Borongan is again experiencing heavy rains after a day of sunny
weather on Friday.
Leyte extends P2.2M
production loans to 136 farmers affected by torrential rains in Palo
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Farmers In Palo, Leyte can immediately start the rehabilitation of
their rice fields that were destroyed in the latest flooding wrought
by continuous heavy rains in
This, as no less than
Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla and Palo Mayor Remedios L.
Petilla distributed on January 15, 2011 at the Palo Gym, production
loans amounting to P2.2 Million to about 136 farmers of the
who were affected by torrential rains that wrought destruction to
crops in the early days of 2011.
In order to help the
farmers who are taking the toll caused by the hammering rains early
this year, the Provincial Government of Leyte under the leadership of
Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla, expanded its Increased Crop Output
through Rural Infrastructure and Community Empowerment (ICOTRICE)
Program to the town of Palo, one of the top rice-producing areas of
The ICOT-RICE is part
of Leyte province’s rice productivity and sufficiency strategy wherein
production loans are extended to farmers in the amount of P15,000 per
hectare to cover the cost of seeds, fertilizers, labor, pesticides and
In return, Mayor
Petila said, the farmers would pay back their loans with good quality
palay, computed on the prevailing market price and P1 higher.
This project has been
designed to spur farmers’ participation in the local government’s rice
production enhancement program.
For his part, Governor
Petilla said, “there are so many rice producing towns that have been
clamoring for the ICOT-Rice Program to be brought to their place, but
we are doing the expansion one town at a time.”
Among the local
government units clamoring to avail of the program, after seeing its
successful implementation in the pilot area of Sta. Fe town, are Palo,
Carigara, Leyte, Hindang and Hilongos, Governor Petilla said.
Governor Petilla said
the ICOT-RICE is actually part of the province’s rice production
enhancement program. The difference is that instead of just providing
the farmers with the seeds and other farm inputs, they are provided
with financial support that they can pay later with their harvests,
which the province would also buy from them.
Last year, more than
P5 million in loans was extended by the provincial government of Leyte
to more than 200 farmers in Sta. Fe, Leyte who availed themselves of
the program. Because the project entails a big budget allocation,
recipient towns and rice-farmer beneficiaries are being closely
evaluated and monitored, Governor Petilla said.
Army apprehends armed group in Samar
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan Samar – Army troopers from the 52IB of Purog detachment
headed by SSg Victor Raras receives information coming from the
civilian on the existing presence of the Armed Group at vicinity Brgy.
Dinaitan and Purog both of Gandara, Samar this morning.
Report reaching this
headquarters from concerned citizen of said barangay, divulged that
about 02:00 a.m. this morning troops from Purog detachment led by SSg
Raras jumped off said detachment and proceeded to the reported area.
Upon arriving thereat, troops encountered unidentified armed group
under uncertain leader at about 06:00 a.m. of same day.
Firefight lasted for
about five (5) minutes that resulted to the recovery of the following
items from the enemy side: one (1) M16A1 bearing serial number
#RP168738; five (5) loaded magazines of M16 rifle; seven (7) loaded
magazines of M14; two (2) rifle grenades and one (1) body count known
as Reynaldo Loberando. Said troops are still in the area and
coordination has been established with the local PNP for the legal
documentation and disposition of the cadaver.
The success in the
campaign against armed groups was basically the result of the enhanced
cooperation established between the Army and the civilian populace in
the area. The massive information drives conducted by the Army have
immensely enlightened the people of Samarnon their roles in our
overall peace and development efforts.
Maj. Gen. Mario F
Chan, the 8th Infantry Division Chief commended the operating troops
of 52nd Infantry Battalion for a job well done of protecting the
people, and likewise expressed his gratitude to the people of Samar
for their wholehearted support to the intensified security operations.
Good plans, long-term
solutions needed to mitigate the effects of disasters – President
By FLOR JACKSON, PIA Biliran
TACLOBAN CITY – “We
cannot go against nature, but we can mitigate the effects of the
disasters by having good plans and long-term solutions,” thus said
President Benigno S. Aquino III during a press briefing with the local
media held at the pre-departure area of the Ormoc City airport on
Friday, January 14, 2011 with no less than Presidential Spokesperson
Edwin Lacierda as the moderator after his arrival from St. Bernard in
Southern Leyte to see for himself the actual situation in the area
after it was hit by floods and landslides as a result of the
continuous rains in the past two weeks.
together with his entourage who was on the second leg of his trip from
Legazpi in the province of Albay upon his arrival at the Ormoc Airport
on Friday was welcomed by Governor Jericho Petilla in behalf of the
people of the province of Leyte.
Also at the airport to
welcome the President and his entourage composed of some cabinet
secretaries were Ormoc City Mayor Eric Codilla, Vice-Mayor Nep Aparis,
Sangguniang Panglungsod members whose attendance was complete and
other officials of the Ormoc city government.
President Aquino and
his entourage immediately flew to St. Bernard in
via presidential chopper.
According to reports,
before landing in St. Bernard, the President and his party made an
aerial survey on the damage caused by the flooding in the area.
Two of the seven
cabinet secretaries who were with the President did not go with him
but stayed behind in Ormoc until his return from St. Bernard.
secretaries who opted to stay were Department of Public Works and
Highways Secretary Rogelio Singzon and Department of the Interior and
Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo.
At the press briefing
President Aquino informed that he always gets reports on updates of
weather conditions and other reports in all areas across the country,
hence, the reason for his trips to validate these reports.
When asked about the
low-risk areas of the country, President Aquino said, he was surprised
why the map that is being used is still in the scale of 1:250,000 when
in fact the lower the scale, the more precise is the identification of
the risk areas.
He said, a map using a
scale of 1:10,000 is now being worked out so that identification of
high risk areas becomes easy and precise.
He added that in
region 8, preparation of maps using the scale of 1:10,000 has already
been started but for Samar, it’s not yet through.
In his visit to St.
Bernard, one of the areas in region 8 most affected by flooding,
President Aquino said “since there were so many suggestions made by
the mayor, the congressman and other experts, I asked all of them,
what solutions do you want so that we can consolidated all of these
plans, we will validate and we will look for the necessary funding.”
The President was also
asked by one of the media personalities in Tacloban about the long
term solution he has in mind to mitigate the effects of these
disasters, and he said, “everything has to be validated first to
determine what are needed.”
He informed that part
of the long-term solutions to mitigate the effects of disaster like
this, is to educate the citizenry. He mentioned as an example when he
said “if people hear about typhoons, they know and understand already
and act immediately what to do, but if they hear Tail End of a Cold
Front (TECF), what others think is, it’s going to be a cold weather,
not warm and rainy days come,” so people need to be educated.
practitioner based in Tacloban City mentioned about illegal cutting of
trees as the cause of flooding and landslides not only in St. Bernard
in Southern Leyte but also in other parts of region 8 and the whole
In reaction to this,
President Aquino said “I am surprised why sawmills are still there
when there are no regular supply of timber. Why are they still
operational, so we might order them closed. There might be a
moratorium on cutting any logs as much as possible and details will be
worked out. There are agreements that have been entered to – that are
still existing and still valid and we don’t want to sue each other in
court,” so we have to look into this.
“There are at least
six provinces in the country that have high prevalence of illegal
logging, so the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR),
the lead agency together with the security forces both the Philippine
National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is
tasked to put a stop to this,” he added.
After the short press
briefing, President Aquino and the members of his entourage
immediately left Ormoc airport for another engagement in the province
P-Noy calls for
revisit of disaster plans in search of long term, permanent solutions
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
President Benigno S. Aquino III called revisit of disaster plans,
collation of all proposals so that long term and more permanent
solutions will be reached.
President Aquino made
the statement during the briefing on the effects of flooding at St.
Bernard, Southern Leyte, and the LGU’s interventions on disaster risk
reduction management and disaster response mechanisms.
The President said
that long term if not permanent solutions must be determined to avoid
unnecessary lost of lives and properties; and unnecessary
In relocating the
affected families of disaster-prone areas, the new site must be
totally safe and not identified as a disaster-prone area.
President Aquino also
called for proper assessment of the disaster so that the priority
concerns will be immediately served and met.
The areas that are
mostly affected must be given immediate attention, the President said,
as he noticed the big number of affected families in
Together with the
President were DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman, DND Secretary Voltaire
Gazmin, DA Secretary Proceso Alcala, Presidential Spokesman Secretary
Edwin Lacierda and USec Benito T. Ramos, Administrator of OCD,
Executive Officer of NDRRMC and Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla
who met the President at Ormoc.
Present during the
briefing were Congressman Roger Mercado, Southern Leyte Vice-Governor
Miguel Maamo, St. Bernard Mayor Rico Rentuza, Major General Mario
Chan, OCD Director Angel Gaviola, DSWD Director Leticia Corillo, DA
Regional Executive Director Leo Cañeda, DPWH Rolando Asis, DOH
Director Edgardo Gonzaga, DILG Director Francisco Jose, MGB Director
Roger de Dios, DENR RTD Felipe Calub, PIA Director Olive Tiu and DOLE
Director Forter Puguon.