ANAD oppose nomination
of Diokno and Tañada as next Ombudsman
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY – “How
can either Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno or former Senator Wigberto Tañada
fulfill with clarity and impartiality the requirements of the Office
of the Ombudsman when their own personal credentials is highly
questionable and suspect and their nomination to the Judicial and Bar
Council backed by the Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan), a
Maoist terrorist created and sponsored political party, and other
legal front sectoral organizations of the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF,”
said Rep. Jun Alcover as he expressed opposition to the twin
“How can they claim to
possess untainted reputation and incorruptible principles if, God
forbid, one of them is chosen to fill-in the shoes left vacant by
Merceditas Gutierrez’s resignation, as they would surely represent the
interest of the group who, for the past 42 years, have sought the
destruction and capitulation of the current national government and
replacing it with a communist dictatorship? Where is the so-called
nationalism that Satur Ocampo has been trumpeting that Diokno and
Tañada solely possess as against the other nominees to the position?”
Rep. Alcover asked.
Rep. Alcover explained
that the Office of the Ombudsman is empowered by the Constitution of
the Philippines to safeguard the government and government-related
institutions and corporations from corruption and dispense justice in
the case of such offenses and is solely charged with the
responsibility to investigate and prosecute Philippine government
officials accused of such crimes.
“Diokno, one of the
leaders of the Free Legal Assistance Group, a legal front organization
of the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF; and Tañada, once leading convenor
of the Asian Peace Alliance and the Gathering of Peace that are all
surreptitiously and callously orchestrated and supported by the
National United Front Commission of the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF,
has ever since been at odds with the security forces of government. No
one could say that their acts would not be replete of biases in favor
of their masters in the Maoist terrorist organization in the event
that they will be investigating officers and men of the AFP and the
PNP,” he pointed out.
“Surely, with their
political leanings revealed, Diokno or Tañada could not exercise
cold-impartiality, independence, and transparency of function which is
primarily required from whoever is appointed Ombudsman of the
Philippines,” Rep. Alcover pointed out.
“We call on the JBC
and President Aquino III to deny appointment of Diokno and Tañada and
all other nominees who have dubious and highly suspect track record
and political leanings, especially those who surreptitiously incite
and fan the flames of hate and black propaganda against government,”
said Rep. Alcover.
DILG memo on use of
20% dev’t fund for LGUs has legal basis
By DILG Office of Public Affairs
June 6, 2011
A senior official of
the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) today said
the agency’s memorandum on the local government’s use of their 20
percent development fund has legal basis and is part of its function
of general supervision over local government units.
for Local Government Austere A. Panadero said the department’s latest
memo on said subject is just a reiteration of a similar directive
issued jointly, with minor amendments, by the DILG and the Department
of Budget and Management in 2005.
He cited Section 287
of the Local Government Code which provides that “each LGU should
appropriate in its annual budget no less than 20 percent of its
Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) specifically for development
Panadero issued the
clarification in response to published reports quoting Bacoor, Cavite
Mayor Strike Revilla, president of the League of Municipalities of the
Philippines, that the DILG has “dictatorial tendencies” in the
issuance of memos and that town mayors are disappointed and offended
“The joint DILG-DBM
memo is meant to inform and enlighten the public and local officials
on the proper use of their 20 percent development funds derived from
their IRA. We issued the directive in response to reports we received
from the Commission on Audit on the misuse of the 20 percent
development funds for LGUs,” the DILG Undersecretary said
“We have no intention
whatsoever to disappoint, offend, threaten or treat LGEs like children
if they do not follow our memos. The memos are meant to implement good
governance and proper use of the 20 percent development funds as
prescribed by the DBM and COA,” he added.
The DBM, Panadero
said, has the authority to prescribe items eligible for financing
under the IRA while the COA can disallow improper use of the 20
percent development funds.
The latest DILG-DBM
joint memo, Panadero explained, gave meaning to the phrase
“development projects” in Section 28 of the LG Code which refer to
projects related to social, economic, environmental development, and
other related projects covered under it.
projects include the following: construction or rehabilitation of
evacuation centers, portable water supply system, evacuation centers,
local roads or bridges, sanitary landfills, material recovery facility
and public facilities such as multi-purpose halls; purchase or repair
of area-wide calamity-related alarm or warning system and appropriate
alarming-related rescue operations equipment; and purchase and
development of land for relocation of victims of calamities, among
The guidelines also
provided items that are not related to or not connected with the
implementation of development projects and should not be paid out of
the 20% IRA such as, such as cash gifts, bonuses, medical assistance,
food allowance, uniform meetings, supplies, communication, water and
light, petroleum products, and the like, salaries, traveling expenses,
seminar and conference fees, construction and repair of administrative
offices, purchase of office furniture and equipment and maintenance
and repair of motor vehicles.
“More than half or 55%
of the IRA of the LGUs may be used to pay salaries and wages, and
another 20% may be utilized for maintenance and other operating
expenses such as gasoline expenses and the like,” Panadero pointed
On the LGEs claim that
they were not consulted on the issue prior to the issuance of the
DILG-DBM joint circular, the DILG undersecretary said it had been
discussed in the two meetings of the Coordinating Committee on
Decentralization on May 14, 2010 and August 13, 2010 where the LGU
leagues had been represented by their Secretariat.
“Moreover, the draft
circular had also been posted in the DILG website since April 13, 2011
to encourage LGUs and other sectors to comment on it. But we have not
received any feedback from them during the two-week period that it was
posted,” he said.
Ochoa: GOCC law
strengthens fiscal prudence and discipline in governance
Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. said on Monday that the GOCC Governance Act of
2011 institutionalizes the administration's policy for fiscal prudence
and discipline in government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs)
and government financial institutions (GFIs) that will protect public
coffers and ensure delivery of social services to the people.
Ochoa said the
enactment of the GOCC Governance Act of 2011 or Republic Act 10149,
which President Benigno Aquino III signed earlier, ushers in a new era
of running the affairs of the state in terms of fiscal discipline.
certified this measure as urgent because he wants GOCCs and GFIs to
remain true to their purpose, that of earning additional income for
government coffers. Such income can be used to fund government
programs and projects for our people rather than being used for
excessive pay and perks and benefits of GOCC and GFI officials and
personnel," Ochoa said.
"The passage of the
GOCC Governance Act of 2011 is a significant milestone as this is the
first Republic Act signed into law by the President as chairman of the
Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Cluster," the Executive Secretary
Ochoa explained that
while the Chief Executive had earlier issued Executive Order No. 24 to
rein in the excessive pay and perks of GOCC and GFI executives, the
new law puts in place regulations that ensure that compensation rates
for board members and trustees will be reasonable.
Ochoa underscored the
crucial role GOCCs and GFIs play as tools for economic growth and
development, and with the new law, their operations will be aligned
with the national policies and program, and their assets and resources
"The impact of this
measure will be felt not only during this administration but also in
the years to come. This represents the kind of far-reaching governance
reforms the President is resolved to implement during his term," Ochoa
Under the new law, the
Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) will be created attached to the
Office of the President to serve as an advisory, monitoring and
oversight body. Among GCG's key responsibilities are to evaluate the
performance and relevance of the state firms, and reorganize, merge
and streamline the operations and structures of the GOCCs. It can also
recommend the abolition or privatization of any state-owned company.
The GCG is also tasked
to conduct a compensation study and develop a Compensation and
Position Classification System and Fit and Proper Rule to maintain the
quality of management of the GOCCs and GFIs.
"We intend to make the
governance of GOCCs and GFIs carried out in a transparent, responsible
and accountable manner and with utmost degree of professionalism and
efficiency," Ochoa said.
Hope blooms on floral
By LAIMINH S. MABULAY, City Mayor's Office
CATBALOGAN CITY –
For a long time now, the local floral trade has been limited to the
selling of freshly cut stems. The business is usually at its peak
season during the months of November, for the All Saint’s Day and All
Soul’s Day; and in February for the Valentine’s Day, leaving the
vendors with lean sales for the rest of the year. In order to fill
this gap, the Ornamental Producers’ Cooperative requested the Local
Government Unit (LGU) for a training so that they can diversify from
mere growing and selling of flowers to floral arranging and design.
In response to this,
the LGU’s City Cooperatives Office (CCO) conducted a Basic Training on
Floral Arrangement last May 30 until June 1, 2011. It was expected
that the training will enable the participants to repackage the
products according to a variety of occasions and depending on the
preference of their clients. Having this skill is likely to create
more demand for their business throughout the year instead of them
being solely dependent on the two aforementioned occasions.
All three sessions
were conducted in the afternoon with the first day having been
reserved for lectures mainly on the history of floral arrangement and
the different basic designs and themes, which were presented by Coop
Extension Worker Designate John Ric Tan. The potential of flower
arrangement as a business venture was discussed by Training
Coordinator Designate Merle B. Muñoz. She also talked on the
importance of having the right attitudes and values on the second day.
The participants had a
workshop on the second day, wherein they were told to apply the design
principles that they learned. They were made to create two
arrangements each for free style, funerals, weddings and Valentine’s
Day. The best among the finished designs were then selected by an
invited panel of judges, which included City Information Officer
Hannia Ayllon-Tan, Mr. Nicasio Cinco; a resource person from the
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-Samar), and educator and
seasoned events organizer Mr. Marvin Piczon, who gave practical tips
on the latest trends in floral arranging based on his experience as an
The third day was
another lecture-filled day which began with topics on packaging and
pricing and marketing as discussed by DTI representative Nicasio Cinco.
Tan came back on this day to talk about proper waste disposal
management. The Ornamental Producers’ Cooperative then received
another encouragement when City Cooperatives Officer Vivencio Eslopor
relayed about the financial assistance to be given to them by both the
City Mayor Coefredo T. Uy and City Councilor Stephany Uy-Tan in the
sum of 50, 000 pesos. Eslopor facilitated the ensuing discussions on
how the money may be utilized to improve the cooperative’s business.
Being a medium for
expressing varied emotions and occasions depending on the design makes
floral arranging a perfect home-based business, and equally suitable
for the participants which consisted mainly of mothers and housewives.
This was the first training of floral arrangement that was conducted
for the benefit of the sector engaged in this business. It is hoped
that the additional technical and creative knowledge will give a much
needed boost to an industry that has remained stagnant for so long.
8ID: NDF-EV could not
stop development of Samar Island
Mario Chan sharing to the media the PowerPoint he presented to
the RDC-8 meeting about the 8ID’s road project proposal
interconnecting the three provinces of Samar. The Army’s
engineering brigade will do the road construction work with the
financial counterpart of the 3 provinces. Once it is started, Gen. Chan assured to
the media that any possible sabotage by the NPA to the road
project will never prosper.
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan City – Unquestionably, “Samar Island currently
lags in terms of economic development compared to its neighbouring
provinces. It has been the trend for so many years until the
pronouncement of the RDC 8 Chairman Gov. Petilla and the passing of
the resolution during the last meeting on 20 May this year, that the
road projects interconnecting the three provinces of Samar will be the
priority of the council. These road projects are the keys to peace and
development of Samar Island that will alleviate lives of the people
and will free them from the tyrant group of NDF-EV’s spokesman Mr.
Santiago Salas” says Major General Mario Chan, commander of the Army’s
8th Infantry Division.
Major General Chan is
a stalwart partner of the local government units and strong advocate
for the immediate construction and rehabilitation of the different
roads and bridges throughout the region for he firmly believes that
infrastructure projects precede sustainable economic growth. As
Commander of the 8th Infantry Division, General Chan is committed to
accomplish his mandate to protect the people, bring peace and security
and stability and sustain development in Region 8.
government and non-government organizations are working hand-in-hand
to realize the projects, the National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas
(NDF-EV) is continuously tagging “them as anti-insurgency and
militarization of the region in the guise of pursuing peace and order
but actually a way to running after the NPAs” – the armed group that
the NDF protects.
It can be recalled
that when General Chan announced his proposal to the different
stakeholders and civil society group about these road projects that
will pave the way to regional development, 8ID has become the focal
point of the NDF’s propaganda campaign and malicious attack.
In the six paragraph
press release by NDF-EV that was published in Samar News.com on May
21, 2011, Mr. Santiago Salas, the “defrocked” priest turned NDF-EV’s
spokesman calls the development project in Samar a “road to war”.
Salas consistently speaks out loud in order to block the project by
deceptively interceding and calling out for the people to support him
capitalizing the issue that US is at the back of these projects.
slams 8th ID's US-funded “road to war”)
General Chan described
the report as a total disgrace to the desire of the people to live
with the standards of life. He even categorically declared the
allegations of NDF-EV to be baseless and immaterial.
“8ID and the different
agencies continuously supporting the road projects are not connected
with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Even the funds that
will be used are not coming from any foreign organizations. It just
happened that MCC has a similar project in the province which was
already pronounced early last year and which I think will also help
our province to move forward. I feel pity for Mr. Salas; he is
desperately doing anything just to prevent development and the
imminent defeat of the NPA bandits he protects” Chan proclaimed.
General Chan also
disproved Salas’ claim that these projects only serve for military
purposes. Isn’t it an advantage for our people to facilitate
transport of their goods from the production area to the market, do
business and give them chance to prosper? Definitely, the projects
have significance to military operations. Perhaps a very minimal
percentage compared to the opportunity the projects proffer for
development and prosperity in the Island of Samar.
Governor Paul Daza of
Northern Samar also perceived positively with the good General’s 4.6
billion pesos proposed road projects. In his letter reply to General
Chan’s letter request to support the proposal, Gov Daza affirmed that
the road projects are really for the development and prosperity of the
people of Samar.
“These road projects
will open-up socio-economic activities between provinces and among
towns located in the interior part of Samar Island and it will provide
access to the delivery of basic social services as well as It will
bring about opportunities in production, trade and processing thereby
maximizing the utilization of existing facilities like seaports of
Catbalogan, San Isidro and Calbayog City. It will also contribute to
the peace and order efforts of the government as these interior
municipalities of Samar Island are considered conflict-afflicted
areas,” the good governor says.
The ultimate purpose
of these projects is for the development of
Samar while for peace and order is just secondary.
Salas even mocked the
“Bayanihan” culture of the Filipinos and called it as “US inspired”.
Is Salas ignorant that “Bayanihan” is a virtue that is expected of an
individual Filipino by joining hands to do tough job a lot easier?
Salas only proves that he is against Filipino culture and tradition
that is valued by generations. Is in it disrespectful to our human
rights? Well it is obvious.
“Claiming that IPSP
“Bayanihan” is targeting the social activists and supporters of local
terrorist group, Salas is in a total day dreaming because what the 8ID
is looking after is only the New People’s Army (NPA) bandits”, adds
Calling these road
projects as violations of human rights, Salas is totally deceiving our
people to what human rights are. NDF-EV is the one depriving our
people of their rights by preventing the construction of roads that
will give our people a more decent life. Our people have the right to
acquire the full access to our government to deliver basic services
and to live freely away from harm and fear. Now, who is violating our
people’s right? Is it the Army pursuing the road projects for
development or the CPP-NPA-NDF who are not doing anything but to
criticize the government serving the people like a dog barking on his
own caretakers? Again it is obvious.
“Salas calls the road
projects as ‘road to war’. Yes it is in a better perspective. It is a
road to war against poverty. It will be the main weapon in combating
poverty, bringing food on our people’s table and giving them the most
decent life that every people of
Samar ever dreamed of.” says General Chan.
Development in Samar
is the choice of the people, not by the 8ID. These projects have
already been included in the development plan of Region 8 even before
General Chan assumed as the commander of 8ID. The role played by the
Army in the realization of these projects was just to propose them to
be put on top of the priorities. It is the people of
Samar not the military are the one who wanted to have roads. Why
don’t we give those services to them?
attempts of NDF-EV to stop these road projects in Samar Island only
leaves certainty that the development will point towards the ultimate
downfall of the NPA bandits and the group of Mr Salas.
But General Chan is
positive that no one can stop the people from progressing. Not even
the selfish desire of the Communist Party of the Philippines to grab
power, the lies of the National Democratic Front, the terror being
carried out by the New People’s Army, the eloquent wordings of Mr.
Salas who keep on barking at the crowd with his tails wrapped-in to
him and even by vicious claim of some people vested in personal
General Chan once
again encouraged the people, members of the POs, CSOs, NGOs and other
organizational sectors including the media, to unite and work hand in
hand to instill to our people’s mind that the government is doing this
for benefit once and for all. He further said that Samar Island is
left far behind than other provinces and the same problem will be
inherited by the upcoming generations if it will not be abated.
The road they are
claiming as “road to war” is the road that will be used by our
misguided brothers (CPP-NPA) in coming back to the folds of the law
for the attainment of a lasting peace, thus it is actually a road to
As General Chan always
says “There is no happiness and satisfaction derived from killing NPA
rebels, only desperation. The real sense of fulfillment comes in
embracing a rebel back to the folds of law and help him become
productive and contented citizen of this country.”
“For the sake of peace
and development, we advise the members of the lawless NPA to go to the
nearest Mayor and negotiate for your surrender. Join us in the
pursuit of genuine peace in our region and our government has best
plan not only for you but also for your family,” General Chan
House Bill 375
poverty incidence highlights urgency of P125 wage hike bill
TACLOBAN CITY – Bayan
Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño today called on private sector workers to lobby
hard for the passage of a legislated wage hike "that would provide
substantial relief to workers and their families, most especially in
regions and provinces that have among the highest poverty incidence
rates in the country.”