NSPDF task force on
good governance finalizes its action plan
By TERESITA B. CARDENAS, PIA Catarman
Samar – In order to address issues on government efficiency and
effectiveness in the delivery of services, the task force on good
governance of the Northern Samar Peace and Development Forum (NSPDF)
has finalize its action plan Wednesday morning at Sophie’s Restaurant,
University of Eastern Philippines, Catarman, Northern Samar.
The group prioritized
and targeted the advocacy of the following: transparency in public
governance, public-private partnership for growth and employment,
poverty alleviation, quality education and children’s welfare.
For transparency in
the local government unit, the group decided to monitor the
politician’s term based plan that were submitted to DILG, the
promotion of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS), and for
LGUs to give priority on employment and economic development.
While for poverty
alleviation, the monitoring of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program
(4Ps) and monitoring of agricultural program were also on top of the
list to be done by the task force.
Likewise, the conduct
of job fairs and seminar workshop for small scale businesses will be
done within the second quarter with DTI, DOLE, TESDA and NSPESO
spearheading the event.
children’s welfare, the group asked the head of DSWD in the province
to update and apprise the members as to the implementation of the
Northern Samar Local Children’s Code on February 4 during the NSPDF
scheduled quarterly meeting.
On quality education,
the promotion of the Alternative Learning System (ALS), the conduct of
information education campaign for parents, lobbying for the
allocation of funds for locally paid teachers, and increase support of
stakeholders on public education were among the things discussed
during the meeting.
The meeting was
participated in by Rev. Fr. Fred Placa, the chair of the task force,
Engr. Romeo Cardenas of PPDO, Mrs. Carmen Mejia of PSWDO, Mrs. Althea
Basiloy of UEP, PNP Provincial Director Col. Brigido Unay, Mrs.
Teresita B. Cardenas of PIA, Mr. Fortunato Lagarde of DILG, Col.
Malinao of 803rd Brigade and Ferminlino Ultra of UEP Association of
Law Students (ALAS).
Naval town to contend
in the DOH Red Orchid Awards 2011
By LANIE PITAO-TUPAZ, PIA Biliran
NAVAL, Biliran –
Naval, the capital town of the province of Biliran and classified as
2nd class municipality, was nominated to the DOH Red Orchid Awards
2011 for its efforts in controlling smoking in the town particularly
in public places and public utility vehicles.
The town of Naval
through its local legislative body enacted Municipal Ordinance No.
03-2010 or “The Smoke Free Ordinance of the Municipality of Naval” to
regulate and prohibit the use, sale, distribution, and advertisement
of cigarettes and other tobacco products in certain places of the
Talks with the sectors
in the community were tackled to disseminate the provisions of the
said ordinance, including the penalties it entails for violators.
Formal launching and
implementation of the said ordinance is on February 7 with its task
force to monitor and enforce said law.
The DOH Red Orchid
Awards 2011 aims to commend the 100% tobacco-free provinces,
municipalities, cities, government offices, DOH Centers for Health
Development and DOH hospitals to save the 10 Filipinos who die every
hour and the one-third of the population who is at risk of dying from
debilitating diseases due to tobacco use; to save the estimated P149
billion annually lost due to productivity and health care cost of the
top 4 tobacco-related diseases, namely: cancer, heart disease, stroke,
and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and to protect the youth
from the harmful effects of tobacco use and exposure.
Centers for Health
Development (CHD) have started the screening and validation of the
nominees in November 2010. Awarding of winners is on May 31, 2011.
Working Group Validation Team is considering their assessment on the
‘MPOWER’ strategy which stands for Monitor tobacco use and prevention
policies; Protect people from tobacco smoke; Offer help to quit
tobacco use; Warn against the dangers of tobacco; Enforce bans on
tobacco advertising; and Raise taxes on tobacco.
CSC confers CSC Seal
of Excellence to 2 LGUs in EV
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The Civil Service Commission has recently conferred the Citizen’s
Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence to two local government units
in Eastern Visayas.
CSC Region 8 Director
David E. Cabanag, Jr. identified the local government units as the
Municipal Government of Burauen, Leyte and the City of Borongan in
The conferment, Ms.
Eleonor Garcia, RSU chief of CSC 8 informed that the conferment was
held during the “Pasidungog” conducted at the DPWH Multi-Purpose
Center, with CSC Commissioner as the guest of honor.
Mayor Fe Renomeron led
the local officials and department heads of the Municipality of
Burauen while Mayor Maria Fe Abunda was represented by SP Karen
Alvarez and other officials and employees of Borongan City, in
receiving the wall-mountable glass seal and cash reward.
The award was the
result of a nationwide Report Card Survey conducted by Civil Service
Commission Regional Offices in July and August 2010 in agencies
earlier identified as Model in the ARTA and Citizen’s Charters.
Report Card Survey is
an evaluation tool that provides a quantitative measure of actual
public service user perceptions of the quality, efficiency and
adequacy of different frontline services as well as a critical
evaluation of the office or agency and its personnel.
The target respondents
for the survey were individual clients who have availed of the
frontline services of any frontline service of government agencies.
The survey was
conducted in the agency premises immediately they finished availing of
availing of a frontline service. The survey included the quality of
service provided to them, as well as the physical working condition of
Former NPA rebel
discovers M16 rifle surrenders to authority
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan, Samar – After his decision to surrender sometime in 2009,
a former NPA rebel surrenders anew one (1) M16 rifle with one (1)
magazine containing ten (10) rounds of ammunition around 4:00 pm last
January 27 to the elements of the Army’s 14th Infantry Battalion based
in Oras, Eastern Samar.
In the report
submitted by Lieutenant Colonel Hermilo Demafiles, Commanding Officer
of 14IB disclosed that Antonio Burac, known as “Tony” or “Dilon” in
the underground movement, 38 years old, married and a resident of Oras,
Eastern Samar, who had served the movement for five (5) years
initiated an effort to expose some of the arm cache being kept by his
According to Tony, he
could no longer withstand the violation of the people’s rights being
triggered by his former comrades because of the armaments that served
as an instrument in their inhumane acts.
He further said that
if his former comrades would get hold of the said rifle, it will
surely claim another life of an innocent and peace loving people as
they used to do especially to those who are against their
He and his family
promised to support the government’s aspiration to achieve peace and
development of the region because he already proved the government’s
sincerity when he and his family were given another chance to
re-experience the true spirit of democracy and re-build his family in
the open that was destroyed by the underground movement.
Tony was a former vice
squad leader of Omega Platoon of Section Committee North East (SNE) of
the Eastern Samar Provincial Party Committee under Eastern Visayas
Regional Party Committee (EVRPC) of the Communist Party of the
General Mario Chan, commander of the Army in
Eastern Visayas expressed his deep satisfaction the way the former
rebels act in support of the peace effort in the region. As he
commended his troops particularly the 14IB for helping rebuild the
families of our former rebels, he further extended his appreciation to
the former rebels, not only to Antonio Burac but also to all former
rebels who in one way or another help pursue the peace that has long
been desired by their fellow Waraynons.
“As I have mentioned
in the past, these successes can be attributed to our people. They are
the very reason why we exist, our services can be fully carried out if
our people also show concern, first for the country and second for
themselves,” he says.
“As we pursue the
communist terrorists who do not want peace to reign, our call for them
to surrender bringing along with them their firearms in order to once
again live decent and normal lives along with their families still
stands,” he adds.
the accomplishments gained by the government troops, he is not happy
and satisfied to see NPAs getting killed. “There is no happiness and
satisfaction derived from killing NPA rebels. The real sense of
fulfillment comes in embracing a rebel back to the folds of law and
helps him become productive and contented citizen of this country”.
Major General Chan
also assured the NPAs who will lay down their arms that they will not
be harmed and instead they will be given assistance for them to start
a new life, just like what the Burac family is experiencing now.
North Samar media
practitioners launches "Harampang Sa Northwood" media forum
By TERESITA B. CARDENAS, PIA Catarman
Samar – In order to play a more active role as agents and catalyst
of an accurate and truthful information in the locality, the media
practitioners in Northern Samar both print and broadcast has launched
a media forum called “Harampang sa Northwood”.
A weekly forum which
will be held every Saturday from 9 o’clock in the morning up to 12:00
noon at the Sugbaan sa Northwood Music Lounge and Restaurant, Brgy.
Dalakit, Catarman, Northern Samar.
The group will be
inviting government officials and distinguished individuals to apprise
and update the media on relevant issues and other important matters
affecting the development of the province.
This morning’s first
Harampang sa Northwood was graced by Col. Oscar Lopez, commanding
officer of the 803rd Brigade, Col. Brigido Unay, PNP Provincial
Director and UEP President Atty. Mar de Asis and Col. Malinao, the
deputy officer of the 803rd Brigade.
Present during the
forum were Rachel Arnaiz, Rey Ursua and Jean Galit of DYSM, Adonis
Rebadulla and Ahmir Ortego of Power FM, John Siervo and Elmer Siervo
of Radyo Natin San Roque, Beth Betonio of Radyo Nation Allen, Gary
Vacunawa and Rey Dineros of DYLA Allen, Eladio Perfecto of Catarman
Weekly Tribune, Tito Tepace of Leyte Samar Daily Express and DYSM,
Sylma Lutao of the Provincial Information Office, Romula Obleopas,
media relations officer of UEP, Monico Esteria of Waraynon, and
Teresita B. Cardenas of the Philippine Information Agency.
The group requested
the assistance of the Philippine Information Agency to act as the
moderator in today’s activity and the succeeding activities to be
The gathering was
very successful and well attended by the media practitioners in the
area that ended up for about three and a half hour.
Flood damages 135
classrooms in Eastern Samar
By NINFA QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
Samar – The Department of Education in
Eastern Samar reported that the recent calamity that struck the
province has caused P29.5 M in damages to books, school buildings, and
In a consultation with
specialists from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), DepEd
revealed that 135 classrooms were damaged because of the rains.
The department is
currently looking for means to rehabilitate the classrooms and also
looking for ways to integrate disaster preparedness to the children’s
Because of the
calamity, classes were interrupted in several areas in the province
especially in the northern part. Classes for more than 18,000 students
were cancelled because of the heavy rains.
Especially in the
towns of Maslog, Jipapad, Can-avid and Arteche, classes were suspended
for as long as five days. DepEd Education Program Supervisor Mary
Moscare, however, confirmed today that classes have resumed in these
reports warn against more rains in the coming months, the department
plans to integrate disaster preparedness in the school curricula.
According to Moscare,
Science and Araling Panlipunan will soon include lectures on how
children can prepare in cases of calamities.
Part of DepEd’s
long-term plan is to help improve the quality of the school building
structures in the province.
North Samar gov
expects 4Ps pump priming the province economy
By TERESITA B. CARDENAS, PIA Catarman
Samar – Governor Paul R. Daza of
Northern Samar has expected the money downloaded to the Pantawid Pamilyang
Pilipino Program (4P’s) beneficiaries will help the province in pump
priming the economy.
In a press conference
called by the governor Thursday afternoon, he said that the actual
cash money about P200 million downloaded from the national government
to the beneficiaries in our province will surely stimulate our economy
as this is a big bulk of money given to our poor families.
As the program
expanded in ten municipalities this year, 20,353 more families will
benefit from the program. The towns covered by 4Ps expansion program
are Biri, Capul, Gamay, Laoang, Lavezares,
Rosario, San Isidro,
San Jose, San Vicente and Victoria.
The first batch ten
municipalities were Palapag, Silvino Lubos, San Roque, Lapinig,
Catubig, Mondragon, Lope de Vega, Pambujan, Mapanas and Las Navas. The
remaining 4 municipalities were not included because they were not
able to qualify the poverty threshold index of the National Housing
Targeting System of the DSWD national office, he added.
The governor said, we
are lucky and I am very thankful to President Noy because out of the
estimated 4.7 million poor families of the country only 2.3 million or
45% were identified as recipient of the said program. In
Northern Samar 65% of the poor families are beneficiaries of 4Ps.
Our poor families are
now given better access to education, nutrition and health and at the
same time they are given increased purchasing power to procure their
basic needs, he further added.
empowered women are given the chance to actively participate in
activities concerning community development.
It is hoped that
the program will slowly break the poverty cycle in the area, and
gradually transform the lives of 38,268 beneficiaries.
EVRTB chair vows to
make Eastern Visayas a major tourist destination in the country
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA, PIA 8
TACLOBAN CITY –
“Never say no to a challenge” said the newly inducted chairperson of
the tourism board as she vowed to make the region as a major tourist
destination in the country.
Dr. Aurora A.
Villarente, Chairperson, Eastern Visayas Regional Tourism Board (EVRTB)
in her acceptance speech pledged full commitment, dedication and
support for the improvement of tourism industry in
Villarente said that
it is a great challenge for her leading the group whose task is to
promote the region’s tourism industry to potential domestic and
She also appealed and
enjoined the cooperation and support of potential partners like the
local government units, national government agencies and the private
sectors in promoting tourism industry in the region
The EVRTB chair
informed she will map out plans together with her co-officers and
members of the board and with the help of other stakeholders which
will serve as the roadmap in the tourism industry in the region.
Eastern Visayas has a
big potential in tourism industry that should be complimented with
comprehensive and intensive promotional activities in order to attract
more tourists to come and visit our region’s promising tourist
destinations, Villarente said.
She further said that
tourism industry provides income and generates employment to people in
the region aside from the socio-cultural development it brings to the
people of Eastern Visayas.
Villarente not only
aimed of making Eastern Visayas a major tourist destination in the
country but she wanted also to realize the provision of quality
tourism in this part of the country.
express support for the “Run for the Heart” slated in Maasin City
By R.G. CADAVOS, PIA Maasin
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – “Registrants are coming in,” thus Maasin City Executive
Assistant Bethany Niño Gado reported in a live interview over radio
station DYDM, referring to the scheduled “Run for the Heart” on
February 11, 2011, here in the city.
increasing daily, said Gado and disclosed that some local
organizations expressed their support to participate and further said
that Pope Paul Minor Seminary, a religious institution for seminarians
based here, will conduct the same in close coordination with the city
government. The second run will be on the 19th of February, 2011,
dubbed as the “1st Seminary Fund Run.”
Like the Maasin City’s
run, it will be done with a cause. A P150 registration fee will be
collected for every participant, with free singlet and a race bib.
Other proceeds will be intended for the maintenance of the seminary
which started its operations in the 1970s, it was learned. Pope Paul
Minor Seminary Assistant Rector, Fr. Joah Tiengco initiated the
activity based on the guidelines of the city’s run for a cause.
Gado disclosed further
that other organizations who wanted to initiate run for health, are
the Maasin City Cycling Club, and other organizations from other
places that also expressed to replicate the same. He said that the
run/walk is an exercise that is good for those with cardio vascular
illness and can regulate blood circulation, not to mention those other
good benefits that are good for one’s health, as per doctor’s
Meanwhile, Gado bared
that the city prepared prizes for the city’s first “run for the
heart”. To be done in two categories, the 3-kilometer run, with prizes
ranging from P1,500, P1,000 and P700 for the first, second and third
winners, respectively. While, the 6-km run have P2,000, P1,500 and
P1,000 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners, respectively.
For the 1st city’s
run, a registration of P100 will be collected to defray expenses like
T-shirt, singlet and a race bib. The deadline of registration will be
on February 1 and participants are also required to sign a waiver
clarifying that they are fit to run.
Media groups condemn
attack on publisher
By FRANCIS ALLAN L. ANGELO / TDG / PNS
VARIOUS media groups
in Western Visayas condemned the violent attack against The Daily
Guardian publisher-editor Lemuel Fernandez in the evening of January
The National Union of
Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP)-Iloilo
headed by chairperson Bert Ladera of RMN-Iloilo called on the PNP to
thoroughly investigate the attack.
The NUJP also urged
members of the tri-media to be always on guard and put personal safety
above all other priorities.
“The failure on the
part of concerned authorities to take appropriate action on the matter
may cause a chilling effect to other media colleagues who are being
regarded as defenders of press freedom. Let us not allow the
perception that society today is getting harsh and lawlessness is
creeping in our midst,” NUJP-Iloilo said.
The Iloilo Capitol
Press Corps (ICPC) headed by Elena “Bing” Pabiona of Radyo ng Bayan
said the attack on Fernandez “causes alarm to the members of ICPC” and
“a sign of oppression to the fourth estate.”
“This is one way of
telling the media to be quiet on the controversial and high profile
issues they tackle on print, television or radio. We condemn the fact
that a notorious act like attacking a mediaman is the way to stop us
in pursuing controversial issues. We are also calling the authorities
to immediately resolve the case,” the ICPC said.
The Iloilo City Hall
Press Corps (ICHPC) led by Richard “Boboy” Sombero of dySI-Super Radyo
said the attack on a journalist cannot be tolerated in a peaceful
The ICHPC said the
media is defender of the press freedom, advocate of peace and
“We are not an enemy.
We are just carrying and delivering the message,” the group said.
The ICHPC said
Ilonggos should not allow the perception that “society today is
getting harsh and lawlessness is creeping in our midst.”
“We urge the members
of Philippine National Police to guarantee a peaceful and safe society
and immediately resolve and identify the culprits of this inhumane
act. We are calling our colleagues to be on guard as always, and put
safety above all priorities,” the group added.
Tri-Media Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PTMC), Iloilo Police Defense
Press Corps (IPDPC), National Union of Journalists of the Philippines
(NUJP-Negros Occidental) and Negros Media Council for Press Freedom (NMCPF)
also condemned the attack in a joint statement.
The media groups said
the assault on Fernandez was “an act of cowardice.”
“It is a stupid,
senseless, and shameful act befitting only of barbarians and those who
choose to remain uncivilized in a modern world,” the groups said.
The groups added the
incident was “a direct assault on the Fourth Estate” and “a dangerous
threat to Freedom of the Press.”
“We urge the
authorities to leave no stone unturned in finding out the real truth
behind this grim and foreboding scenario. We fear that to allow the
deed to wallow in the pile of unsolved mysteries may encourage the
masterminds and perpetrators to impose a reign of terror on all
members of the press and, God forbid, the general populace.”
The joint statement
also said: “We call on all fellow journalists, in both print and
broadcast, to strongly denounce this attack in the strongest possible
terms. We ask our brothers in the Iloilo media community to resist all
efforts to subjugate the fourth estate. Together, let us put up a
common front against the evil that lurks in our midst.”