In the spirit of the
bayanihan tradition that Filipinos are known for, they were able to
clear the remaining landslide debris from Barangay Hibacaan to the
Poblacion of the isolated San Jose de Buan town.
Major General Mario
Chan, through a text message to the Philippine Information Agency in
Eastern Visayas said that three KM450 off-road trucks were scheduled
to bring the relief goods from GMA Kapuso Foundation up to Barangay
Babaclayon at 7:00 o’clock in the evening of January 18.
There, they will be
met by the military troops and the local residents who will carry and
bring the relief goods by foot to Hibacaan where trucks of the 34th
Infantry Battalion will be waiting.
This means that the
troops and the local residents who will carry the relief good will
have to walk about ten kilometers stretch of dirt roads.
For security reasons,
the troops and the local volunteers have to wait for the morning of
January 19, to go to Barangay Babaclayon to get the relief goods,
Major General Chan added.
This is the best that
the military can do for now because of the rainy weather situation and
because of the two bridges which were washed out, the commanding
It would be recalled
that the municipality of San Jose de Buan in Samar province has been
isolated since January 8.
The situation was
found out through a report received via e-mail by the Philippine
Information Agency on January 11 from Mr. Raffy Llauderes, OIC
Municipal Agriculturist of San Jose de Buan.
The e-mail report was
forwarded to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Council of Eastern Visayas that same night it was received by PIA.
Furthermore, when the
8th Infantry Division called up the PIA Region 8 informing the coming
to the Region of GMA Kapuso, the PIA requested the 8th ID through Lt.
Colonel Vestuir to please include the isolated
Project NARS out, “RN
HEALS” project in, DOH says
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Project NARS is out but “RN HEALS” project has been launched,
Department of Health Region 8 Director Edgardo Gonzaga who said he is
in Manila attending the orientation for the new project, informed.
Director Gonzaga said
that RN HEALS which is the acronym for Registered Nurse Health
Enhancement and Local Service project is expected to address the
shortage of skilled and experienced nurses in 1,221 rural and unserved
or underserved communities for one year.
The nurses will
undergo learning and development in accordance with the roles and
functions required by the project. A certificate of competency and
employment will be given by the DOH, DSWD, and the Professional
Regulation Commission to those who have satisfactorily completed their
While on deployment,
the nurses will be given an allowance of P8,000 a month by the DOH
while the local government unit (LGU) where they are assigned shall
supervise them, ensure their safety and security, and provide modest
board and lodging. Likewise, LGUs are encouraged to provide additional
allowances and benefits worth at least P2, 000 for these nurses.
PhilHealth and the
Government Service Insurance System will provide group insurance to
the nurses while private corporations are encouraged to chip in
through their available resources.
The recruitment and
selection of these nurses shall be under the Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE) through its Regional Offices.
Registered nurses who
are physically and mentally fit and willing to serve in their
municipalities may apply online at the DOLE website (http://www.dole.gov.ph/)
from January 17 to February 4 this year. Preference will be given to
residents of the municipalities covered by the Health Facilities
Enhancement Program of DOH and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or
the Conditional Cash Transfer of the DSWD.
The list of successful
applicants with their area of assignments shall be posted online at
the DOLE website from February 7-10.
An orientation shall
be held on February 11-12 in their provincial centers of assignment by
the regional DOH, DSWD, Professional Regulation Commission – Board of
Nursing and the Philippine Nurses Association prior to deployment.
nurses will be part of the pool of competent nurses for later
employment or absorption in health facilities, thus addressing the
inadequate supply of skilled nurses and increasing the nurses’
employment rate,” Director Gonzaga said.
More than 1,000
barangays in Eastern Visayas susceptible to landslides, MGB says
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
About 1,017 barangays in Eastern Visayas are susceptible to
landslides, according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
This is based on the
MGB report after completing the Rapid Geohazards Assessment in five
out of six provinces of Eastern Visayas namely, Southern Leyte, Leyte,
Biliran, Easter Samar and Northern Samar.
The results showed
that there are 243 barangays in 18 municipalities and 1 city in
Southern Leyte; 322 barangays in 33 municipalities of the province of
Leyte; 63 barangays in 8 municipalities of the province of Biliran;
105 barangays in 11 municipalities of Eastern Samar; and 264 barangays
in 19 municipalities Northern Samar, making a total of 1,017 the
number of barangays in Eastern Visayas, which are landslide-prone.
In Leyte, the
municipalities and cities with landslide-prone barangays are Abuyog
with 31; Albuera, 2; Bato, 5; Baybay City, 28; Burauen, 22; Calubian,
28; Capoocan, 7; Carigara, 2; Dagami, 4; Hilongos, 5; Hindang, 8;
Inopacan, 11; Jaro, 1; Javier, 4; Kananga, 5; La Paz, 5; Leyte, 19;
MacArthur, 5; Mahaplag, 11; Matalom, 5; Merida, 4; Ormoc, 15; Palompon,
12; San Isidro, 12; Sta. Fe, 2; Villaba, 14; San Miguel, 5; Isabel,
15; Palo,5; Babatngon, 11; Matag-ob, 14; Tabango, 13; and Tacloban
In Southern Leyte, the
243 landslide prone barangays are distributed as: Maasin City, 34;
Hinunangan, 8; San Juan, 3; St. Bernard, 17; Liloan, 18; San
Francisco, 14; San Ricardo, 12; Pintuyan, 13; Libagon, 7; Sogod, 26;
Bontoc, 21; Tomas Oppus, 16; Malitbog, 20; Padre Burgos, 6; Macrohon,
17; Limasawa, 5; Anahawan, 2; Silago, 2; and Hinundayan, 2.
In Biliran, the town
of Kawayan has the most number of landslide-prone barangays with 15;
Naval, 7; Almeria, 9; Culaba, 8; Cabugcayan, 8; Biliran 1 and Maripipi,
The 11 municipalities
in Eastern Samar with barangays which are landslide prone are Borongan,
23; Taft, 11; Can-avid, 9; Dolores, 4; Policapo,8; Oras, 10; Salcedo,
4; Mercedes, 11; San Julian, 10; Guiuan, 6 and Sulat, 10.
Meanwhile, for the
province of Northern Samar, the municipalities with flood-prone
barangays are Pambujan, 8; Mondragon, 16; Catarman, 29; Lavezares, 19;
Biri, 6; Allen, 12; San Antonio, 8; Rosario, 8; Bobon, 8; San Jose de
Buan, 9; San Isidro, 12; San Roque, 14; Lapinig, 14; Palapag, 19;
Gamay, 10;Mapanas, 6; Capul, 12; Victoria, 14; and Catubig, 40.
As an offshoot of the
Guinsaugon landslide, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on
February 22, 2006, directed the MGB to immediately conduct Rapid
Geohazards Assessment in Leyte and Biliran islands and to issue
appropriate warnings and recommendations to the local government
units. High priority was placed on these provinces because of the
recurrent occurrences of landslides in these areas.
Through the project,
the Mines and Geoscience Bureau aims to generate information on the
susceptibility to geohazards of every barangay and make information
available to concerned local government units and agencies responsible
for land use planning and development, disaster management and
The objective of the
project is to conduct assessment of barangays that are located at the
foot of slopes, mid-slopes and mountain ranges and to identify and
assess proposed and existing school and housing relocation sites.
The project also hoped
to provide the much needed geologic data to development planners and
disaster management experts so that consideration of the geologic
factors can be made during the critical decision making stage; and to
provide the necessary information and training to the concerned local
officials and populace so that they can take appropriate actions
during geohazards events.
The same assessment
was also conducted in Eastern Samar after completing the first batch
in Leyte and Biliran islands.
In February 2007, the
Mines and Geosciences Bureau presented to RDC 8 the results of the
Rapid Geohazards Assessment of Leyte,
Southern Leyte and Biliran.
Biliran PDRRMC bares
plans for 2011
By FLOR JACKSON, PIA Biliran
NAVAL, Biliran – A
tactical plan was presented by the Biliran Provincial Disaster Risk
Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) recently during a meeting of
the council members at the Governor’s Hall located at the 3rd Floor of
the provincial capitol in Brgy. Calumpang, Naval as part of the
efforts to mitigate the effects of calamity and disasters and to be
prepared always in times when situations like these happen in the
“We must always be
prepared before any calamity hit our province”, thus said Governor
Gerryboy Espina, chairman of the PDRRMC in Biliran and presiding
officer of the PDRRMC meeting.
informed that part of the 70% of the calamity fund of the provincial
government of Biliran amounting to some P11 million is planned for the
purchase of vehicles which will be used for disaster preparedness and
He said, the vehicles
to be purchased will include one unit Hilux pick-up, one Mitsubishi FB
van, one mini dumptruck and one covered Elf truck.
Mr. Tiburcio Morales,
a retired regional director of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
in region 8 and now a member of the Biliran PDRRMC representing the
private sector suggested that brand new units of mini dumptrucks and
mini Elf truck must be purchased to ensure that these vehicles will be
in good running condition and can effectively function during relief
and rehabilitation activities in times of calamities and disasters.
The suggestion of Mr.
Morales was immediately approved by Governor Gerryboy saying that
brand new vehicles can function well for five years without undergoing
Also to be taken from
the P11 million fund representing the 70% of the calamity fund will be
used for the conduct of disaster risk reduction trainings, seminars,
capability building, installation of early warning signals and the
conduct of drills and demonstrations to mitigate the effects of
“Part of the amount
will likewise be used for the acquisition of emergency medical first
aid kits amounting to P10,000 per barangay to be distributed to the
132 barangays of the province of Biliran”, Gov. Gerryboy said.
He informed that part
of the funds will also be used for the construction of engineering
structures like flood control, sea wall, bridges, roads and repair of
some damaged structures in identified areas all over the province.
It was learned that
under Republic Act No. 10121 and its implementing rules and
regulations, 30% of the calamity fund is reserved as Quick Response
Fund (QRF) while the remaining 70% goes to disaster preparedness,
mitigation and rehabilitation efforts.
DSWD gives more than
P600T worth of relief aid to affected families of landslides,
floodings in Eastern Visayas
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA, PIA 8
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here in Eastern
Visayas gave more than P600T worth relief aid to families affected by
landslides and floodings in the region.
In the 8th progress
report on the flooding and landslide incident in the provinces of
Leyte, South Leyte, Western Samar and Northern Samar of DSWD 8 as of
January 14, 2011, it was reported that the agency gave 1,930 family
relief packs worth P482,500.
A family relief pack
consists of three kilos rice, two tins meat loaf, two tins corned
beef, three packs noodles and 280 grams powdered milk in cartoon pack
costs P250 each.
The report indicated
that the family relief packs were distributed in Borongan City (500
packs) including the municipalities of Oras (500 packs), Dolores (500
packs) and Taft (400 packs) in Eastern Samar province and the
municipality of Burauen (30 packs) in the province of Leyte.
Used clothing totaling
to 1,930 packs worth P100 each pack were also distributed in the same
identified local government units where family relief packs were
distributed based on the DSWD report.
In a telephone
interview with Pauline C. Nadera OIC Head, Disaster Response,
Monitoring and Crisis Intervention Unit (DRMCIU) of DSWD 8, said there
were other municipalities in Eastern Samar, Samar and Northern Samar
provinces that have been considered by the agency to be recipient of
the family relief packs and packs of used clothing.
The chief of the
DRMCIU of DSWD 8 added that the municipalities include Laoang, Mapanas,
Palapag and Rosario of Northern Samar, Maydolong and San Policarpo in
Eastern Samar and the municipalities of Hinabangan, Pagsanjan, Sta.
Rita and Pinabacdao in Samar.
However, Nadera said
that DSWD 8 is still waiting for the funds coming from the DSWD
She further said
that the DSWD Regional Office No. 8 based its augmentation assistance
on report coming from LGUs in the region that still needs additional
relief aid after exhausting the calamity fund of the concerned local
DA 8 already has a
rehabilitation plan for affected rice farmers in Eastern Visayas
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – As
early as January 12, the Department of Agriculture in Region 8 under
the leadership of Regional Executive Director Leo Cañeda, already made
a rehabilitation plan for the rice farmers in Eastern Visayas who were
affected by the torrential rains and flooding occurrences.
“With the entire
region practically under water due to continuous heavy rains since the
start of the new year, it can almost be ascertained that the Region’s
agricultural production drive will encounter a major setback,” RED
Cañeda told the Philippine Information Agency.
Thus, the DA Regional
Field Office 8 deemed it a must to prepare a rehabilitation plan for
the affected sector, RED Cañeda added.
RED Cañeda said that
as of January 12, the partial estimated agricultural damage in the
region was placed at P69 Million involving the inundation of about
12,000 hectares of rice lands with an estimated production loss of
19,000 metric tons.
This level of
devastation calls for a quick implementation of a rehabilitation
scheme to sustain productivity gains and to restore the morale of the
affected farmers, RED Cañeda added.
The good RED stressed
that said rehabilitation program should be implemented in close
coordination with the local government units and the affected farmers
Moreover, it should be
carried out in the most expeditious manner possible in order to avert
further production losses and achieve a sense of normalcy in farm
operations, RED Cañeda said.
The main intervention
in the rehabilitation plan is the immediate distribution of certified
seeds or good seeds to affected farmers on full subsidy at 40
kilograms per hectare.
This entails master
listing of beneficiaries based on the official damage reports
validated and submitted by the provincial and municipal agriculture
Per DA program
coverage and budgetary requirement, Northern Samar has a total
production loss of 19,481.73 metric tons, thus, it will be allocated
5,136 bags of certified seeds.
regional tourism board inducts officers on January 27
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Regional Tourism Board of Eastern Visayas is set to induct its
officers and board of directors at
12 o’clock noon
of January 27.
Dr. Aurora A.
Villarente, the chairperson of the Eastern Visayas Regional Tourism
Board informed that the venue of the induction activity is at the
Commonwealth Room of Hotel Alejandro in
The Undersecretary for
Tourism Regulations, Coordination and Resource Generation, USec Ma.
Victoria V. Jasmin has been invited as the inducting officer and
keynote speaker, Dr. Villarente said.
It would be recalled
that the election of officers of the Eastern Visayas Regional Tourism
Board was successful conduct of election of officers of the Eastern
Visayas Regional Tourism Council.
Elected as Chairperson
of the Council was Mrs. Aurora Villarente who is the chairman of the
Leyte Council for Tourism, Culture and Arts.
Vallecera of the Philippine Airlines was elected as the vice-chairman
while Ms. Ludette Ruiz of the travel and tours sector was chosen as
Mr. Eugene Tan of the
Leyte Chamber of Commerce and Industry was elected as the treasurer
while Northern Samar Tourism Council chairman Mr. Sunday Lavin was
elected as the Business Manager.
Two PIOs were elected,
Eastern Samar Tourism Council chairman Ms. Eppie dela Cruz for the
Samar Islands and Maasin City Tourism Council chairman Fr. Amien
Borneo for Leyte Islands.
The members of the
board are Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan-delos Santos, Southern Leyte
Governor Damian Mercado, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, Ormoc
City Mayor Eric Codilla, Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo Uy, Biliran
Tourism Council chairman Dr. Cecile Espina, Naval Mayor Susan Parilla,
Borongan Mayor Ma. Fe Abunda, and Catarman Mayor Rolando Carpio, Jr.
The Induction of
Officers was tentatively set on November 16 at a venue which will be
arranged by the DOT 8, the host of the activity. However, for one
reason or another, it is only now that it will push through.
The election meeting
which was conducted on October 1 at the DOT Region 8 Office was
attended by the chairman and representatives of the various
provincial, city and capital town tourism councils, tourism oriented
organizations and establishments, from all over the Region.
The meeting was also
attended by the officials and representatives of the partner
government agencies like NEDA, DENR, DPWH, LTO, PNP, PIA and state
ANAD dares Maoist
terrorists to reciprocate government with sincerity and commitment for
QUEZON CITY – “I
call on all members of Congress to unite and rally behind the call for
an equal and reciprocal sincerity and commitment for peace from the
Maoist terrorist’s CPP-NPA-NDF and jointly seeks with government that
elusive peace where all of us have maintained a burning desire to
These were the words
of ANAD Partylist Rep. Jun Alcover in his privilege speech during
Congress plenary yesterday (January 17) when the Lower House resumed
its regular session after the holiday recess, Rep. Alcover pointed to
the government’s “No Negotiation” policy with terrorists and other
already extended the status of belligerency to the Maoist terrorist
CPP-NPA-NDF when it decided to revive the peace negotiations?” he
asked even as he pointed out that this policy has transcended several
presidential administrations since former President Corazon Aquino.
“As a matter of right,
this representation and my constituency demand an answer from
President Aquino III. We should not forget ANAD shares the same
interest with the leaders of government to seek peace. But this must
not be at the expense of justice, fair play, and the rule of law,” he
Rep. Alcover further
explained saying, “Prudence and mutual respect dictates that the
legitimate should, at all times, prevail over the illegitimate; and
the legal should never yield to the illegal. There is only one
government in this country and that is of the Republic of the
There is no revolutionary government as claimed by the Maoist
terrorists. If peace is what we seek, then this must be within the
framework of our constitution and the Maoist terrorist NPA must remove
their firearms before the resumption of the peace negotiations,” he
“It is absurd, highly
outrageous, and unacceptable for government to talk peace with the
terrorist M-16 rifles foisted at our back and their fingers on the
trigger, ready to squeeze it,” he added.
On the other hand,
ANAD strongly condemned the haste and quickness of pace in which the
Morong 43 was freed, “…but on the issue of compliance to established
rules of procedures and jurisprudence. In short, what was at stake was
the issue on the Rule of Law, existing Jurisprudence, and the
established Judicial Procedure that was blatantly violated probably
because of political expediency,” Rep. Alcover said.
Rep. Alcover stressed
that while many think that the issue on the Morong 43 is already
‘water under the bridge’, so to speak, “…on the contrary the issue
must be raised in this august chamber because what happened was a
blatant transgression of our laws to give way to the clamor of a few
who are experts in drumbeating dirty and concocted propaganda against
government,” he pointed out.