Samar I DPWH initiates
media conference for transparency efforts
By EMY C. BONIFACIO, Samar News.com
April 25, 2011
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The DPWH-Samar First Engineering District Office has joined the
national government’s call is pursuing its transparency and
accountability efforts by calling on the local media to a half-day
conference held on April 19, 2011 at its new office at Brgy. San
Policarpo, Calbayog City.
The DPWH panel was led
by District Engineer, Engr. Virgilio C. Eduarte; Engr. Dennis C.
Cagomoc, Chief, Maintenance Section; Engr. Mansueto U. Ponferrada,
Chief, Construction Section; Engr. Raulito F. Yangzon, Assistant
District Engineer; Raquel Y. Sumayo, Chief, Planning Section and Carlo
C. Rivera, Accountant II.
The media forum, which
was learned to be the first that was conducted by the DPWH, was
arranged by Marionette Y. Gomez, Administrative Officer of the same
On the press kits
which were distributed to the local media, a report on the status of
CY 2010 Carry-Over Projects and Regular Infrastructure Projects as of
April 19, 2011 was contained.
It was learned that
DPWH-Samar First Engineering District Office has already implemented
the 20 Million Infrastructure Development Projects under the
congressional allocation which were identified by the district office
with the concurrence of Hon. Mel Senen Sarmiento, First District
Representative of Samar.
projects for 2010 consist of rehabilitation of roads, construction of
concrete pavement and Multi-Purpose buildings in various
municipalities of Samar.
These include the
ongoing construction of a hanging bridge at Brgy. Buenavista-Brgy.
Matalud, San Jorge Samar; construction of a multi-purpose concrete
pavement at Brgy. Malobago, Almagro, Samar; rehabilitation of
Gandara-Matuguinao Road Section; rehabilitation of Brgy. San Agustin-Pagsanghan
Road, Gandara Samar; contruction of five (5) multi-purpose buildings
in Calbayog and Sta. Margarita and the construction of the
Rueda Extension Road
in Calbayog which is a priority project of Cong. Sarmiento.
DE Eduarte disclosed
that these 2010 projects are bid out late due to the delayed receipt
According to DE
Eduarte, they have accepted the challenge of taking the lead in
building and expanding the network of roads and bridges based on a
program thrust of the department for one (1) city and nine (9)
municipalities within their area of responsibility.
Sarmiento’s holistic approach in infrastructure development which
coincides with the department’s plan to interconnect Gandara and
Matuguinao to other municipalities in Northern Samar.
This road network is
also being seen as a solution to the insurgency problem in Samar.
Hopefully, with the roads in place, mobility in these areas will lead
to development and progress of the areas concerned.
Meanwhile, included in
the funded projects for 2011 are eighteen (18) projects amounting to
292,020 million pesos. While other projects have not yet been started,
the following has been reported to be complete: construction of Samar
First District Engineering Office including quarters and motor pool at
Brgy. San Policarpo, Calbayog City; opening/construction of 205.5
million pesos missing links of the Calbayog Diversion Road;
continuation and completion of Barruz Bridge along Gandara-Matuguinao
Road; Nijaga Bridge along the Diversion Road; completion of Gandara
Bridge along Gandara Diversion Road; rehabilitation of a damaged
pavement (old national road, Calbayog City); VILP projects; Lower
House projects and DepEd SB Projects.
Eduarte informed that
the program thrust of their office is to provide quality physical
infrastructure facilities and services that will help achieve the
vision of poverty reduction, improvement of peace and order, tourism
development and decongestion of roads with high traffic volumes.
In line with this,
DPWH welcomed the ‘Bantay Lansangan Team”, a public-private engagement
that would help in the monitoring of the physical implementation of
the above-mentioned projects. Eduarte expressed support over the
presence of civil society organizations who will conduct an
independent monitoring as to the quality and physical conditions of
Moreover, it was
learned that Eduarte has also acted on the orders of DPWH Secretary
Rogelio Singzon to organize the Maintenance Point Persons or “road
patrols” that will regularly monitor the road conditions within its
area of jurisdiction.
“With various sectors
helping in the monitoring of infrastructure projects, we can be
assured of improved roads. We would like to live up with our mandate
of maintaining ‘better roads for better lives’ which is our agency
slogan”, adds the District Engineer.
DE Eduarte was
appreciative of the media’s presence and committed to pursue
continuous information dissemination campaigns regarding their thrusts
and activities. They commit to continually answer queries and welcome
feedbacks from all sectors in line with the transparency efforts that
A Bantay Lansangan
volunteer commended the sincerity of the DPWH effort to engage the
various sectors. She likewise took notice of the lines on its backdrop
which says, “The right Project at the Right Price with the Right
Quality for the Right People” and hopes that the DPWH will always be
reminded of their vital role in improving the lives of every Samarnon.
Robredo to LCEs:
Submit local roads inventory
By DILG Office of Public Affairs
April 25, 2011
Interior and Local
Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo urged all local executives –
governors, city and municipal mayors – in the country to submit local
roads inventory in their respective localities to enable the
government to help improve and repair their local road networks.
The DILG chief said
the inventory shall be included in the Local Road Database Project
being maintained by the DILG’s Office of Project Development Services
and will be used as one of the criteria in determining their
eligibility to the Special Local Road Fund (SLRF).
The SLRF is intended
to assist local government units in the rehabilitation and maintenance
of provincial and city roads nationwide.
“The local roads
database will be very useful to government policy and program planners
as this will help them develop the necessary interventions and seek
funds such as the SLRF to improve our local roads,” he said.
In a directive to
local chief executives, Robredo enjoined them to facilitate the
submission of the inventory of provincial and city roads annually and
municipal and barangay roads every three years pursuant to the Local
have yet to comply should submit their road inventories not later than
October 31, 2011,” he said.
Section 524 of the
Code specifically states that “each local government unit shall
conduct a periodic inventory of infrastructure and other community
facilities and undertake the maintenance, repair, improvement or
reconstruction of these facilities through a closer cooperation among
the various agencies of the national government operating within the
province, city or municipality concerned.”
Records from the OPDS
showed that while all provinces and cities have already turned in
their road inventories, only 425 or 28.1% of the 1,512 municipalities
and 5,541 or 13.18% of the 42,021 barangays nationwide have turned in
their local road inventory.
“We want to complete
and update this road database so that it can be an effective tool in
monitoring local road network conditions and developing assistance to
LGUs,” said Robredo.
The DILG Secretary
said the database, which contains the inventory of provincial, city,
municipal and barangay roads all over the country to encompass the
entire local roads network, is open for use by other government
agencies, the private sector and researchers.
The Philippine road
network covers 220,000 kilometers. Of this total, 86 percent or
183,263 kms. are local roads under the jurisdiction of 79 provinces,
122 cities, 1512 municipalities and 42,021 barangays.
After ‘Azkals’, we now
have the ‘Razcals’; shall we have the ‘Butakals’ next?
By ALEX P. VIDAL / PNS
April 25, 2011
If they did not
swallow whole Vietnam, 2-0, in a startling upset and salvaging draws
against Myanmar and Palestine in the AFF Suzuki Cup last year and
changing their moniker from mere RP XI to “Azkals”, their conquests
would have remained buried deep in the inside pages of the tabloids’
A perennial whipping
boy in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the Philippine booters have
instantly captured the national imagination because, aside from their
tall and good-looking British and Spanish mestizo members and foreign
coaches, they are now known as “Azkals” which means “wild dogs” if
translated in local dialect.
And they won the
recent AFC Challenge Cup by blanking
3-0, in the group stages.
While all eyes and
ears are on the Azkals, the Philippine boys’ baseball team now
nicknamed the “Little Razcals” won the recent Asia Pacific Zone Pony
Mustang Baseball Championship in Vietnam which was a qualifier to the
Their come-from behind
win over Singapore, 14-6, earned them a slot to represent the Asia
Pacific region to the Pony Mustang Baseball World Series in Burleson,
Texas on August 3-6, 2011.
The Little Razcals
started their campaign with a 13-3 rout of Singapore, waylaid host
Vietnam, 26-3, and outclassed Indonesia, 21-16, to sweep the
eliminations and go into the finale spotless.
Young baseball players
also easily grabbed the spotlight because aside from marching to the
higher league where they will be pitted against heavier and more
experienced rivals from all over the world including the US and
Caribbean countries, they are now known as “Little Razcals” which is
equivalent to infamy when the letter z is changed to s in the
The Little Razcals is
composed of Javier Jesus Sale, Marty Alonso Ranada, Vincent Joshua
Noprado, John Fritz Natanauan, Lorenzo Montemayor, Efril Ian Mercado,
Robert Emmanuel Manaig, Jose Marie Javier Limpo, Daniel Isaac Fabella,
Zian Javiel Eleria, Lloyd Christian Cinco, Charles Joshua Castillo,
Carl Christopher Castaneda, Nathan Joseph Carpio, and Ezequiel Cyros
According to team
manager Rodolfo Tingzon, Jr., the Razscals will participate in a
series of local tournaments to build up for the World Series.
“It is our first time
to join in the 10 years old and under category at nag champion pa tayo
sa Asia Pacific. From the start, I never expected the team to win
because the opponents were a lot bigger than our players. That’s why
we thought we had nothing to lose,” team coach Eric Gesmundo, former
member of the RP team told campus writer Jaser Marasigan in a recent
“But I saw how our
boys really wanted to make it to the World Series. I told them, minsan
lang ito kaya huwag niyong sayangin. Kaya mas lalo silang motivated
Because of the fad
nowadays to glamorize the moniker of our national teams possibly to
whip up their fighting mood, we won’t be surprised if our rowing teams
in outdoor event will soon be named as “Butakals” which has more
horrendous and repulsive English translation.
Bob Arum sounds alarm
over JuanMa’s debacle
By ALEX P. VIDAL / PNS
April 21, 2011
If a disaster could
happen to the most feared fighter in the world next to Manny Pacquiao,
it could also happen to anyone in fight business – even to Pacquiao
and Sugar Shane Mosley.
Puerto Rico’s former
WBO 125-lb king Juan Manuel Lopez (30-1, 27
KOs) was brutally
mangled by a challenger with a “ridiculous” record because of
distractions in his life, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum justified.
Arum pointed to the
“distractions in both his public life and personal life” which
affected Lopez’s performance.
Salido, who reported in the championship title bout last April 16 in
Bayamon, Puerto Rico with 11 losses, finished off Lopez with
1:39 left in the 8th stanza of the 12-round title clash.
Salido, who first
decked Lopez with a right to the jaw in the fifth round, added the
once highly touted Lopez to his 34 previous victims and listed the
fast Puerto Rican as his 23rd stoppage casualty.
The big win was
Salido’s best since losing on Sept. 18, 2004 by unanimous decision to
Lopez’s namesake Juan Manuel Marquez for the WBA/IBF featherweight
titles in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Distraction was the
word once coined by Freddie Roach when he noticed politicians and
hangers-on milling around Pacquiao in the boxer’s training camps in
the Philippines and the United States.
Even Arum had once
expressed concern for the big crowd in the Filipino fighter’s training
environment and has made it a necessity to make ocular visits to check
the progress of his ward’s condition.
To stay away from
distractions, Team Pacquiao relocated to Baguio City, venue of his
recent two-month training in preparation for his May 7 rumble against
Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The training camp in
the high altitude Philippine summer capital was inaugurated two years
ago when Pacquiao was revving up for his WBO welterweight encounter
with Miguel Angel Cotto, Lopez’s compatriot.
“The distractions did
the job,” Arum told The Sport Press’ Rey Colon. “Look at Miguel Cotto,
who has never been better since he left to train outside of Puerto
Rico. And he doesn’t get out of shape between fights. That’s what
happened to this guy….he was overweight. He was like 180 or 190 pounds
when he was in the Philippines (for Manny Pacquiao's birthday party in
“And I know that
personal problems affected this boy. Boxing is a serious business and
you have to be in great physical condition between fights, you have to
have the best life between fights, and when you have training camp for
a fight, like Cotto, you should leave the island.”
Another two top
ranking NPA leaders in Eastern Samar surrendered
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
April 21, 2011
Catbalogan Samar – Two top ranking leaders were presented by
Governor Conrado Nicart of Eastern Samar to Major General Mario F
Chan, Commander of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division in Eastern Visayas,
The validation was
made from April 12 to 19, revealed DILG Regional Director Francisco C.
Jose, who added that the recommendations will be forwarded to the DILG
Central Office within the month.
However Dir. Jose
emphasized that NONE of these local government units (LGUs) validated
in the region are yet assured of being among 200 towns and cities in
the country who will receive 1 million pesos in counterpart fund from
DILG under its Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) program. This is
because the regional level results will still be evaluated and
compared with those from other regions.
Among the LGUs visited
by the DILG Regional team are: Caibiran and Almeria in Biliran
province; Silago and Maasin City in Southern Leyte; Babatngon,
Inopacan and Merida in Leyte; Lope de Vega and Allen in Northern Samar;
as well as Balangiga, Lawaan and San Julian in Eastern Samar.
The Seal of Good
Housekeeping is a set of criteria aimed at recognizing LGUs with good
performance in internal housekeeping particularly on the areas of
Sound Fiscal Management, Transparency and Accountability, and Valuing
Performance Management. Information on the last part is taken from the
agency’s own Local Governance Performance Management System. Among
the key components in the SGH criteria are compliance to the DILG’s
Full Disclosure Policy, and acceptable levels of findings from the
Commission on Audit.
For 2011, 28 component
cities and 706 municipalities nationwide belonging to the 4th to 6th
classes are to be covered by the Seal of Good Housekeeping criteria,
which is an eligibility requirement to access the PCF. The PCF on the
other hand is an incentive fund to LGUs in the form of counterpart for
projects to be financed from the 20% component of the LGU’s Internal
Revenue Allotment (IRA).
Dir. Jose said that
eligible LGUs may use the PCF for projects meant to achieve the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); boost economic development; or
those to help communities adapt to climate change and prepare LGUs for
Since the project
was started last October 2010, only the municipality of Kawayan,
Biliran has received the “Seal of Good Housekeeping” in Region 8, and
earned the 1 Million-peso PCF grant from DILG.
DENR inks MOA with
CBFM POs for development of upland areas in EV
By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
April 20, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 8 has
recently firmed up agreements with the Presidents of the 14
Community Based Forest Management Projects (CBFMPs) which availed of
funding assistance from the comprehensive agrarian reform program
(CARP) of the government. The CBFM POs are required to undertake
development of their respective farm lots into sustainably productive
and income generating farm areas.
Earlier the government
through the DENR released some 9.5 million pesos of agrarian reform
funds for use of the 15 CBFM POs for development of a total of 379
hectares of farm lots into abaca plantation, agro forestry, forest
trees seedling production, rattan plantation coconut plantation, and
forest tree plantation.
In a simple signing
ceremony of the Memorandum of Agreement between the POs last April 8,
2011, DENR Regional Executive Director Primitivo C. Galinato, Jr.
encouraged the people’s organizations to maximize the opportunities
given by the government. He said, the government not only gives the
CBFM beneficiaries lands to cultivate. It also gives financial and
technical assistance through the DENR and Agrarian Reform Program to
ensure that the CBFM POs will make their lands productive and say
goodbye to poverty.
Under the MOA, the
DENR shall allocate and obligate agrarian reform funds for the
development activities indicated in the work and financial plan of
each project. It shall provide the necessary technical assistance to
all POs on project development; link with LGUs, OGAs and other CARP
implementing agencies for support services like capacity building,
product development and marketing assistance among other
The CBFM POs under the
supervision of the DENR shall implement the development activities
stated in their work and financial plan by providing the labor
counterpart. The POs shall also participate in the planning and
decision making for the implementation of the planned activities. The
POs through resolutions shall formulate policies for the promotion of
sustainable development and accountability measures.
The CBFM is a national
strategy adopted by the government through Executive Order No. 263 to
ensure the sustainable development of the country’s forestland
resources. The implementation of CBFM supports the management
direction of the DENR, Region 8 which is, “from the ridges to the
reefs” – where the upland areas specifically the forests is given full
protection, it being the mother of all ecosystems.
The forest should be
given primary protection because whatever happens at the forest being
located at the upland areas would certainly affect the other
ecosystems found in the lowlands such as the croplands, settlements in
the urban and rural areas, as well as the coastal and marine
are a total of 144 CBFM projects implemented in Region 8. This
includes the 107 projects being implemented under the regular budget
of the DENR and devolved to the local government units. The other 37
projects are being implemented under the CARP. RED Galinato disclosed
that as much as possible the DENR sees to it that DENR services
reaches all these projects being important components of development
in the uplands. “We also need the help of the respective local
government units to give priority attention for the development of the
Ochoa asks DENR to
conduct an inventory of the country's natural resources
April 19, 2011
Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. has asked the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to conduct an inventory of
the country’s available natural resources in order to help the
government strike a balance between mining and protecting the
In an interview in
Palawan over the weekend, Ochoa said he met recently with DENR
Secretary Ramon Paje to discuss the matter in order to determine the
value and potential of the natural resources, as well as aid the
government is setting out priorities in terms of preserving and
“In mining we have to
look at the big picture... It is important for the public to be aware
of and understand the economic value of the country’s natural
resources and their potential so they can also help us to balance
mining and environmental protection,” Ochoa explained.
It is in these two
areas that the Aquino Administration is striving in order to achieve a
balance in the utilization of mineral deposits and preserving the
“Mining is a very good
industry, but we should also be very careful in order to protect our
environment. We need to implement a balance here,” he said.
Ochoa also made a
pitch to the public to become allies of the government in seeing the
strict and full enforcement of environmental laws in their communities
against small-mining activities, which are beyond the jurisdiction of
“We should handle the
issue of small-scale mining with regard to enforcement of
environmental standards and protection,” Ochoa said.
“The public should be
more vigilant. It is a matter of law enforcement and all we need to do
is enforce strictly and fully the requirements before anyone can go
into mining,” he added.