125 brand new
candidate soldiers took oath to serve the country
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
March 3, 2011
Catbalogan, Samar – A total of 125 new Candidate Soldiers of the
Philippine Army took their oath of duty and service to the country in
a simple ceremony held at the hallowed ground of the Army’s 8th
Infantry Division Headquarters in Catbalogan, Samar on Wednesday
morning March 2.
The oath taking rite
was immediately followed by the opening of the Candidate Soldier
Course Class 251-2011 by no less than Major General Mario Chan,
Commander of the 8ID in the presence of the candidate soldier’s love
ones, and Officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees of the
The 5-month duration
course is expected to transform and mold the new recruits from being
“boys” into real ‘men”. After completing and passing the rigid
training, they will be then enlisted into the Philippine Army with the
rank of Private.
Major General Chan in
his remarks assured the candidate soldier’s parents that their sons,
after retraining will be competent and disciplined soldiers after
completing the training. “’Wag kayong mag alala mga magulang, bawat
isa sa kanila ay mabibigyan ng sapat na kaalaman para maging isang
tunay at disiplinadong sundalo,” Chan says.
The 125 candidate
soldiers, coming from different provinces all over the country have
the following education profile; four (4) board passers, 16 college
graduates, 26 college level, and 57 high school graduate.
New CAAs take their
oath, LGUs entrust them their rifle
By 2Lt. EVANGELINE ARICHETA, (INF) PA
March 3, 2011
BRGY. CATICUGAN, Sta.
Rita, Samar – 52nd Infantry (Eagle) Battalion (CAFGU), 8ID, PA
conducted Oath Taking Ceremony to Newly Appointed CAFGU Active
Auxiliaries (CAA) with Commander, 8ID, PA, MGen. Mario F. Chan AFP as
the Presiding Officer. The Oath Taking was followed by Ceremonial
Entrusting of Firearms with Representative from LGUs, Chairman of Brgy
Samar and Chairperson of Brgy Magsaysay, Sta Rita,
Samar as guests last
March 1, 2011 at the Battalion Headquarters of 52IB at Brgy Caticugan,
Sta Rita, Samar.
A total of two hundred
twenty one (221) civilian volunteers graduated from the Basic Military
Training for CAFGU Active Auxiliaries last 21 December 2010. The Oath
Taking Ceremony symbolizes the new CAAs acceptance to their duties and
responsibilities wholeheartedly as members of the Armed Forces of the
Philippines. Under heavy downpour, the new CAAs solemnly pledge their
allegiance to the constitution flag and country. They also vowed to
advocates of peace and to uphold every right of the Filipino people.
entrusting of firearms on the other hand signifies the adherence to
human rights and civilian supremacy over the military. As the public
officials and civilian society entrust the firearms to the new CAAs,
it connotes confidence in their abilities to ensure that peace and
order is maintained in the community. It further emphasizes that the
rifle entrusted are not meant solely to infect pain against the enemy
but most importantly it is used to protect every Filipino citizen.
In his message, the
Commander 8ID, MGen Mario F Chan enjoined the CAAs to be active
participants in attaining the goal of the division of ending the
insurgency in the Region. Moreover, he challenges everyone to fight
and deliver the killer blows against the enemy. As locals, they are
the most effective in gathering information on the enemy and in
bringing the fight to their area. He also lauded the effort of the
battalion under the leadership of LtCol Roberto S. Capulong INF (GSC)
PA for the quality of training given to the CAA and in keeping the
unit focus and contributing significantly to the overall success of
the division operations.
To conclude this very
significant activity, Commander, 8ID, PA, Officers and men of 52IB,
representatives from LGU and civilian society, and newly appointed
CAAs shared lunch through boodlefight. This is one of the unique
traditions of the military that signifies camaraderie and good
partnership of civilian society and military.
The new CAAs will be
deployed in CAFGU detachments located in the whole areas of Region 8
and Cebu. They will report to their respective CAFGU Detachments and
perform their pledge. Their pledge to duty not only to the Armed
Forces of the Philippines, but pledge to the Republic of the
Philippines and to all Filipinos as well.
League Samar Chapter vows support for Alma Moreno’s candidacy
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO, Samar News.com
March 2, 2011
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– As the 8th Philippine Councilor’s League (PCL) National Congress
is fast approaching, Parañaque City Councilor Alma Moreno-Salic has
come to Calbayog City campaigning for the national seat as president.
Samar chapter PCL
through Federation President Rogelio Casurao welcomed Salic by calling
a meeting and fellowship on Saturday at Ciriaco Hotel this city.
In her speech, she
laid down the various programs and projects of PCL that she wished to
continue such as the membership benefits (i.e. medical
assistance/death claims, funeral benefit, legal assistance),
strengthening PCL Legislative Academy thereby offering degree
(baccalaureate or masteral) programs for legislators, renovation of
PCL Hostel and construction of Future Homes of Councilors, service
vehicles for councilors, organizing PCL Alumni, PCL Spouses and Lady
Councilors Club, crafting of outsourcing scheme, setting-up a PCL
credit cooperative as a banking institution, building-up PCL Advocacy
Center and ensuring a sound fiscal management and transparency.
Eager to win in the
forthcoming election, she encouraged the officers of the provincial
federation as well as the city and municipal chapters to attend.
This year’s national
congress bearing the theme “Innovations in local legislation: A key to
building a foundation of transformational government”, will be held on
March 9-11, 2011 at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City.
councilors are expected to participate and among the highlights of the
activities include the election of the league’s national officers and
the ratification of the PCL Constitution and By-laws amendments.
According to Article V
of the PCL’s Constitution and By-laws, all elected, appointed and
ex-officio members of legislative councils in the cities and
municipalities shall automatically become members of the league.
In this connection,
all city and municipal mayors are encouraged to allow the attendance
of the members of the sanggunians to the said activity, on official
As RH moves to
plenary, women tells bishops: respect our right to life
March 2, 2011
QUEZON CITY – Amid
extreme disappointment over yesterdays’ suspension of the House of
Representatives session, when the much awaited plenary debate for the
highly debated reproductive health bill is set to be delivered, a
group of women advocates pushing for the passage of House Bill 4244 or
the “Responsible Parenthood (RP), Reproductive Health (RH) and
Population Development Act of 2011” calls on bishops to respect
women’s right to life.
organization Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP) is
concerned that Catholic bishops have been issuing statements on many
issues but never a thing on arresting maternal deaths.
DSWP National Chairperson said, “we are seriously disturbed that
Bishops are never concerned about arresting maternal deaths. They say
they are against the re-imposition of the death penalty, but seem not
to care about the on-going massacre of poor Filipino women.”
deprivation of life-saving reproductive health services is like a
death sentence hanging over the head of poor women. Our group alone
have lost quite a number of poor women and almost lost many more, due
to lack of access to reproductive health services.
It is lamentable that
for every woman lost, a family is orphaned. Children become
motherless. The country loses productive citizens, Angsioco
She said, “even from a
purely utilitarian point of view, this means: less human resource for
the nation and more financial assistance needed for the orphaned
family. The nation loses if we do nothing and allow the death of 11
mothers every day, due to pregnancy and pregnancy-related
Angsioco stressed DSWP
wants the bishops to know that these are senseless deaths because
almost all could have been prevented if services contain in the RH
bill are adequately provided for. “The Catholic Bishops’ Conference
of the Philippines’
(CBCP) stubborn rejection of the RH bill is a major reason why women
die,” Angsioco said.
An effective Family
Planning (FP) program can dramatically reduce maternal deaths by 32%.
This is because FP prevents mistimed, too early, too frequent, and too
late pregnancies, and high risk pregnancies that have high probability
of having complications, Angsioco said. “But an effective FP program
in the country is yet to be realized pending the passage of the RP and
RH bill,” she added.
study has shown that an effective FP program is cost-effective. For
every peso spent on FP, the state can save from three to one hundred
pesos in addressing pregnancy and childbirth-related problems.
commends RH champions for working hard for the passage of the RH
Bill. Angsioco says, "the early start of Plenary debates on the RH
Bill is a welcome development because this means that there is enough
time for the Plenary to vote on it. While we expect opponents to use
all possible tricks to delay, we are hopeful that the bill will pass."
As RH advances to
plenary debate, DSWP members call on the bishops to care for women and
fully respect women’s right to life. If bishops are truly against the
death penalty, they should be with us in working for the immediate
passage of the RH bill into law, ended Angsioco.
League Legislative Academy offers degree programs for legislators
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO, Samar News.com
March 1, 2011
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– Legislators can now avail free education to complete their
baccalaureate and masteral degree courses said Philippine Councilor’s
League (PCL) Federation President Rogelio Casurao on Saturday during
the Samar Chapter Regular Meeting and Fellowship at Ciriaco Hotel,
Casurao clarified that
high school graduate or undergraduate (took up college degree,
unfinished) councilors can pursue their studies in college while
baccalaureate degree graduates can take their masteral degrees through
the PCL Legislative Academy with the respective local government units
paying the tuition fees.
This program is also
expanded even to appointive employees depending on the availability of
funds or “close/personal relationship” with the local chief executive,
Moreover, according to
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular
No. 2010-144 dated 9th December 2010 signed by Secretary Jesse M.
Robredo, the PCL-LA shall be primarily responsible for the capability
building program of the members of the league. Likewise, it offers a
degree program in Public Administration and Governance for local
legislators, government officials, employees and functionaries.
The payment of
applicable traveling expenses and participation fee to defray the
costs of hotel accommodation, meals, training materials and tuition
fee (for degree program) may be authorized chargeable against local
funds, subject to the availability thereof, and to the usual
accounting and auditing requirements and to all pertinent laws, rules
and regulations. Provided, that the traveling expenses and
participation fees of local government participants shall not be
charged against the 20% component of the Internal Revenue Allotment or
from whatever source which may prejudice poverty alleviation efforts.
The 4-year degree
courses can be completed before a legislator ends his/her term of
office as the seminars and conferences they have attended shall be
credited depending on the degree program they took.
House of Representatives is deliberating under the second reading that
bill granting civil service eligibility to barangay officials such as,
councilors. Three-termer barangay legislators shall automatically be
given professional civil service eligibility while two-termers shall
also be granted a sub-proof eligibility, Casurao added.
Arteche Mayor survives
terrorist NPA’s attack
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
February 27, 2011
Catbalogan, Samar – Few days after the termination of temporary
truce to give way the peace negotiation abroad between the government
and the National Democratic Front (NDF) of the Communist Party of the
Philippines (CPP), their terrorist wing New People’s Army (NPA)
resumed their evil desires by waylaying the municipal mayor of Arteche,
Eastern Samar late morning yesterday that had killed one police
officer, and wounding 3 other policemen and one civilian.
In the report that
reached to this headquarters, around 10:15 yesterday morning when
Mayor Rolando Evardone escorted by the PNP Regional Mobile Group (RMG)
under Police Inspector Al Tanciado on board nine (9) motor cycles were
traversing the road towards Sitio Tangbo of the said municipality to
raid the reported on going illegal cock fighting, a sudden burst of
improvised explosive device followed by the heavy volume of fire
As a result, Inspector
Tanciado, the RMG team leader was killed while his other three (3)
members identified as PO1s Elmer Tesado, Kenneth Tafalla and Sherwin
Furtgada were wounded and a habal-habal driver, Noe Operario were
reported wounded during the ambush and are now in the Arteche District
Hospital for medical treatment.
Troops of the Army’s
14th Infantry Battalion and 52nd Cadre Battalion had dispatched their
respective troops to conduct present operations. Troops are still in
the area as of press time.
General Mario Chan, 8ID’s chief strongly condemned in the strongest
possible terms the newest insincerity of CPP-NPA-NDF to pursue the
peace initiatives in the higher level. Since the enemy is
continuously using the destructive improvised explosive devices (IED)
which is banned and condemned globally, they are just showing that the
existing human rights and international humanitarian law are taken for
granted and disrespected sincerely by the CPP-NPA-NDF.
“Another civilian has
once again hurt in this NPA’s brutality. I can say that Comprehensive
Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian
Law (CARHRIHL) is very much unworthy to them and they just consider it
as a plain literature. Civilians who are not directly involved in
armed conflict should not be subjected as target. This is a very
serious violation of our people’s rights that is deemed condemnable in
the strongest possible terms,” declares Major General Chan.
Major General Chan
also said that the 8th Infantry Division under his watch will always
be committed to continuously uphold the Constitutional thrusts despite
insincerity of the other party. The 8ID thru their field units is now
conducting constant coordination with the PNP to run after the
perpetrators and let them face the charges bounded by the law.
“This incident calls
for a serious effort to stop insurgency in the whole Eastern Visayas
for the benefit of our people. May all the people particularly in
this place be united to act as one and cry out for the genuine peace
and justice to all victims of the disrespect to the peoples’ rights
and humanitarian law. Let the whole citizenry speak up to
continuously pursue these terrorists until finally we could put an end
on their violence,” Chan adds.
and his teammates and all police and soldiers who risked their lives
for our freedom and democracy deserved to receive honor for their
heroism. We bestowed upon them the highest regards that the Armed
Forces as well as the people can best confer. It is always sad in our
part, our deepest condolences to the love ones left by our fallen
heroes and brothers in the noble profession of arms.” added General
CHR Chief entrusts
firearms to 8ID’s new privates
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
February 26, 2011
Catbalogan, Samar – As the soldier’s constitutional mandate to
protect and preserve the rights of the people, no less than the
Chairman of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Hon. Loretta Ann
“Etta” Rosales travelled the rugged terrain of Samar all the way from
Manila to head the ceremonial entrustment of firearms to the new
soldiers of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division during the graduation
rites at Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar, 9 a.m. of February 25,
Another 186 young
blooded soldiers were appointed to assist other agencies and
stakeholders in the effort of attaining peace and development of
Eastern Visayas upon deployment to different units of 8ID.
graduation rites, the young soldiers demonstrated the knowledge and
skills they acquired from training particularly the showcase of
discipline as they perfectly executed the military drills and
exhibited different fighting techniques both with and without arms.
Aside from the traditional military tactics, they were also given
lectures on the present Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan”
so that they will be familiar with their roles as they join the
military service as full time soldiers.
After the rigorous
5-month basic military training, they were cross-trained with the
Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operations Course (JWMOC) that helped them
adapt and cope up with the nature of terrain of Samar and Leyte
provinces. This has also taught them to survive solitarily in the
thickly vegetated mountains where they usually spend most of the time
being a soldier.
Major General Mario
Chan, the commander of 8ID was very satisfied with the result of the
training. He also exhibited with the hundreds of witnesses and
spectators the best among the few who successfully completed the
training and expressed his confidence that they are all ready to be
deployed in all areas of 8ID particularly in
Central Visayas and even in
As what he did in the
past entrustment of firearms, he also reminded the young soldiers to
uphold their oath of serving faithfully to God, country and people.
He also specifically gave an emphasis to the protection and
preservation of human rights that he said is imperative to every
“Being a soldier means
everything. You must understand that we are here because our people
need us, our country needs us and we are here because God permit us so
we have to consider those things when we do our tasks in the field.
And in so doing, we must put a top priority on our list, the
preservation and protection of our people’s right,” Major General Chan
He also recognized the
support of the parents for letting their beloved sons to embrace the
risk of serving the country by joining the noble profession of arms.
Etta Rosales rendered high regards with the very meaningful ceremonial
entrustment of firearms for the protection of our people.
“To the new graduates,
your guns are badges of responsibility. Use it for lawful purposes
only. Use it to protect the people and not to harass them. Do not be
corrupted by the power of the gun,” Rosales says.
She also recognized
the participation of representatives from civil societies in the
meaningful and symbolic handing over of firearms to the young soldiers
who will be serving the country for the furtherance of peace and
Rosales also stressed
that the road to winning the peace is not one where war is waged
because with the advent of the IPSP “Bayanihan” the 8ID is in step to
topple chaos and win peace.
With the new set of
soldiers, the road to realize what was mentioned by CHR Chair
coincides with the present thrust of the Armed Forces of the
Philippines (AFP). IPSP “Bayanihan” carries out a people-centered
peace and security mandate of involving a whole of the nation approach
that would attain the peace and development that the people of Samar
and Leyte had been longing for.
Speech of CHR chairperson Loretta Ann P. Rosales on the occasion of
the graduation of new privates of the 8th Infantry Division
North Samar 4Ps
beneficiaries receives P251 million
By TERESITA B. CARDENAS, PIA Northern
Samar – Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in
Northern Samar has received P251,147 million from the national
government in 2010. This was learned from Alvin Maldos, the 4Ps focal
person in the province.
Maldos said that of
the P251,147 million, Lope de Vega has received P12,991,100; Mondragon
P40,613,600, Catubig P27,107,800; Lapinig P10,299,100; Las Navas
P35,264,000; Mapanas P14,572,100; Palapag P41,699,100; Pambujan
P22,057,900; San Roque P34,838,400; and Silvino Lubos P11,703,900.
He further said that
the presence of the three (3) systems, the compliance and verification
system, beneficiary update system and the grievance redress system
help addressed and resolved all issues and concerns affecting the
payment and complaint on cash grants has rapidly decreased from 108
for the third quarter to 5 for the 4th quarter of 2010. Not only
number of transaction per grievance has decreased but also the types
of grievances have significantly decreased.
Pilipino Program is a poverty reduction strategy to extreme poor
households to allow the members of the families to meet certain
recipient human development goals. The focus is on building human
capital on health, nutrition and education of children of the poorest
families, 0-14 years of age, because low school attendance, ill health
and malnutrition are strongly associated with poverty cycle in the
area, he said.
Another objective of
the program is to prevent high prevalence of child labor as well as
enhance the performance of parents in accomplishing their paternal
roles and responsibilities towards their children particularly
encouraging them to invest in their children and their own future, he
Borongan LGU supports
breastfeeding thru Ordinance No. 84
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA Eastern
Samar – The city of Borongan shows its support of breastfeeding
through Ordinance Number 84, also known as “An Ordinance Adopting and
Institutionalizing the Promotion of Rooming-In/Bedding-In and
Breastfeeding Program to Lactating Mothers, and for other Purposes”.
Member Napoleon Bebita confirmed this to PIA
Eastern Samar in an interview after the EDSA 1986 commemoration and
Thanksgiving Mass sponsored by the municipal government on
February 25, 2011.
Bebita narrated that
he has seen his constituents grapple with the high cost of infant milk
when they could have just breastfed their babies.
“Drafting a statute in
support of the campaign on breastfeeding will help our people realize
how serious we are in this campaign,” Bebita explained.
As a city, Bebita
added, the LGU has women employees and clients that need a place where
to express their milk or feed their babies as needed.
Based on the
ordinance, the city shall also protect working women by providing safe
and healthful working conditions taking into account their maternal
It added that the
ordinance promotes harmonization for work and family responsibilities
for women and men; and the Convention on the Rights of the Child,
which recognizes a child’s inherent right to life and the State’s
obligation to ensure the child’ survival and development.
The city will also
take measures to prevent direct and indirect form of promotion,
marketing or sale of infant formula or breast milk substitutes within
the lactation station.
The city will also
support the celebration of Breastfeeding Month, public education and
awareness program on the benefits of breastmilk.
Meanwhile, the Eastern
Samar Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Sally Jabinal is elated that
the ordinance has been crafted.
“We have advocated in
almost all municipalities about ordinances that promote the health and
nutrition of our people especially the pre-schoolers,” she said.
This ordinance clearly
supports our advocacy, members of the Provincial Nutrition Committee
The group is hoping
that some more like Bebita will see the wisdom of promoting and
supporting similar causes.
Maasin City approves
P1 hike in minimum fare on motorcab rides to P8
By BONG PEDALINO, PIA Southern
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – It’s official.
The minimum transport
fare in this locality has been increased effective this week by one
peso, from P7 to P8, following a series of mandatory processes and a
short-lived lighting strike staged by impatient drivers last week.
City Treasurer Eleseo
Costillas told Philippine Information Agency (PIA) today that the new
rate became effective Monday, February 21, but the tariff for the
increased fare was given to drivers and operators two days later.
He said the new set of
fares still contained a provision requiring a 20% discount on student
passengers and Senior Citizens based on an existing national law.
“Rounders”, or those
whose coverage are within city limits from Combado up to barangay
Mambajao, will collect P8 as the new minimum fare, while beyond that,
or upon entering barangay Asuncion, the rate will be P9.50.
Routes outside the
city proper will have a corresponding increase of P1, say, from city
proper to an outskirt barangay which used to collect P15, the new fare
will be P16, Costillas said.
The new rates came as
the response by the city local government unit (LGU) to a petition
earlier filed by the local drivers’ organization, citing the continued
increase of the pump price of gasoline as the reason for their clamor
for increased fare.
On Wednesday last
week, some drivers reportedly called on their colleagues to stop
plying the routes in a show of strike, apparently to let the city
government act on their move.
It was learned that a
public hearing was scheduled on that day to tackle the issues, even as
Mayor Maloney Samaco already assured the drivers that the city had
understand their situation and had approved their request.
Now that the new rates
have been in effect, Costillas urged commuters to report to the police
the cab number of motorcab units who refused to give discounts to
students and old citizens, citing a complaint he received from a
passenger of barangay Tawid, so the city LGU can call the attention of
the particular driver.
There are now over 800
motorcab units operating in the city that were given franchisees for
their transportation business, plying in various routes including “rounders”,
disclosed that a new ordinance is now in the works stipulating that
vacant franchisees will be opened, and past dues of its former
operator would not affect the new franchisee, who will only pay for
current fees, unlike before when past accounts should be settled