Two Eastern Samareños
honored for BNS work
By NINFA B QUIRANTE,
BORONGAN City, Eastern
Samar – Two outstanding barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) were
awarded today for their dedication and commitment to the nutrition
Today, July 28,
Virgette Baldono of Barangay Camada, Maydolong and Nida Alegre of
Barangay Punta Maria were awarded Outstanding Provincial BNS and
Borongan City BNS respectively by ASec Bernardita Flores of the
National Nutrition Council (NNC).
The two Estehanons
joined other outstanding workers for nutrition. Baldono said she
credits her award to a very orderly record she maintains. On the other
hand, Alegre is credited to maintaining a veggie garden in her
barangay that translated to the rehabilitation of some malnourished
Memon Bulactiar of
Barangay Calubihan, Limasawa,
Southern Leyte garnered the most outstanding regional BNS.
include: for Biliran - Aida Tangog of Barangay Santissimo, Rosario,
Naval; Leyte - Rosalina Jabillo of Barangay Katipunan, Hindang;
Northern Samar - May Anano of Barangay Dancalan, Bobon; and
Samar is Gregoria
Acaba of Barangay Dolores, Pinabacdao.
City outstanding BNSs
are Generosa Bane of
Tita Gaviola of Barangay Abgao, Maasin City; Gina Baling of Barangay
San Pablo, Ormoc City and Zenaida Insigne of Barangay Palanog 37-A of
The BNS numbering some
4 thousand had a fiesta at the Tacloban Astrodome where they were
treated to raffle prizes, production numbers from the BNS themselves,
and kuracha numbers.
Guests include NNC
Executive Director ASec. Bernardita Flores, DOH Regional Director
Edgardo Gonzaga, PopCom Regional Director Leo Rama, Southern Leyte
Representative Roger Mercado, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez and
wife Cristina and officials of the NNC Region 8.
National BNS fed prexy inspires East Visayan nutrition workers
By NINFA B QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
BORONGAN City, Eastern
Samar – The National President of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS)
Federated President Michael Teberio graced the first ever Eastern
Visayas BNS Congress held today at the Tacloban City Astrodome.
The BNS congress
participants from all over the provinces of
Leyte, Eastern and
Samar, Southern Leyte and Biliran numbering almost four thousand filled the
astrodome literally to the rafters.
Teberio is a BNS from
Barangay Sta Lucia,
In his speech, he
credited the National Nutrition Council (NNC) for giving him the
honors of flying first outside of Metro Manila and to the first BNS
He narrated that it
was his late wife who was an active BNS but when she died, he
reluctantly assumed her job and enjoyed it in the process.
“I did not re-marry
because I am married to my being a BNS and the people of my barangay,”
He recalls with pride
his elation when he became popular in his neighborhood because he is a
“When I was not yet a
BNS, I am just an unknown person going about my daily grind, but when
I became a BNS, I was instantly popular, that even children recognize
me,” he added.
He credits his
commitment and dedication to being a BNS through and through. “I am on
call 24/7,” he recalls with amusement.
He narrated doing
Nutri-Bingo where prizes are usually food for the poor families.
Like the common BNS,
his days are always spent with his people trying to help their
children achieve the right nutritional status. On the side, he takes
time to see congressional representatives to lobby for bills that can
better the status of BNSs around the country.
His diligence paid
off. Agham partylist and former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos sponsored
the bill for BNS. He then encouraged the BNSs of
Eastern Visayas to write their congressmen so they can help co-sponsor
Leyte Representative Roger Mercado who was present in the congress
vowed to support the Bill for the Magna Carta for BNS.
2 rescued NPA-recruited
minors turned-over to DSWD
By 20th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
BRGY MAGSAYSAY, Lope
de Vega, Northern Samar – The troops of the 20th Infantry (We Lead)
Battalion under the leadership of LtCol Noel A Vestuir has turned-over
today the two (2) newly rescued NPA-recruited minors to DSWD in a
simple ceremony held at San Isidro municipal hall, San Isidro Northern
Samar at 10:00 o’clock in the morning.
Olay, a 16-year old
girl, and her younger brother Noynoy were forcibly recruited into the
underground movement along with other minors last June 28, 2011 by
Alyas Jerome, a regular NPA member operating in the areas of Palanit,
Mabuhay, Veriato, Caglanipao Norte all of San Isidro Northern Samar.
They were brought to an NPA encampment located in the mountainous area
of Barangay Mabuhay where, at their young age, they were indoctrinated
with the communist ideology and given series of lectures on Espesyal
na Kursong Pan Masa (ESKUM).
While inside the camp,
they were not permitted to go home. They were threatened by the group
that if they would inform the military regarding said activities,
their family will be killed. They were scheduled to take their oath
as regular member of the New People’s Army last July 2, 2011.
However, the said oath taking ceremony was preempted after the troops
of Charlie Company of 20IB, raided the said communist terrorists’
encampment, where Olay and Noynoy were, at Barangay Mabuhay. During
the said raid they were able to elude the operating troops. They had a
chance to return home after the group of alyas Jerome had splintered
to avoid the government troops.
For fear of the group
of alyas Jerome, both Olay and Noynoy hid in barangay Palanit. The
memory card from Olay’s cellphone, which was recovered by the troops
of Charlie Company of this unit under 1Lt Adrian Philip Publico,
identified and confirmed both minors to be new NPA recruits. The unit
immediately exerted efforts to find her. Through the efforts of their
grandmother, the two kids decided to surface after realizing the
danger of continuously hiding from the group of alyas Jerome, Olay
surrendered to Lt Publico last July 6, 2011 while his brother Noynoy
surfaced last July 11 2011.
Conrado Avila handed over an amount of ten thousand pesos each to the
two minors as a livelihood assistance fund to help them start a new
life. They will also undergo counseling to be provided by the
municipal social welfare officer. The mayor also calls on other rebels
to lay down their arms. He also emphasized his commitment and
willingness to help them start a new life.
The said activity was
also attended by Col Oscar Lopez, the Commanding Officer of 803rd
Infantry Brigade, who said that he is not surprised to note why the
NPA recruit minors. He said that: “Youth are so vulnerable to
deception and they easily give in to intimidations. Many of the
regular members of the NPA started out as young, from twelve to
fourteen years old. Hence, it is definitely the duty of the parents to
watch out and guide their children so as to avoid stories like that of
Olay and Noynoy”.
He also expressed
his thanks to the support extended by the mayor. “Our collective
efforts of helping these two minors today, is showcase of our genuine
cooperation to attain our objective of winning the peace in consonance
with the government’s Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan”, the
good colonel concluded.
Kuya Boy Abunda
sponsors five writers group in Eastern Visayas
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
BORONGAN City, Eastern
Samar – Celebrity and talk show host Boy Abunda sponsored the
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration of five new
writers group in
According to Phil
Harold Mercurio, regional coordinator of the National Committee on
Literary Arts (NCLA) for Eastern Visayas, Abunda sponsored five
writers’ groups namely, the Katig-uban han mga Magsusurat ha
Sinirangan Bisayas Writers Network Inc (Katig Writers Network), the
mother organization of which is Tacloban based; Calbayog Literary Arts
Organization (CALAO Writers Inc.) in Calbayog, Samar; Abaknon Literary
Arts Guild (ALAG Writers Inc.) in Capul, Northern Samar; Sirak Writers
in Borongan City, Eastern Samar and the Bisdak Writers in Biliran.
The groups of writers
aim to revive writing in Waray, Cebuano and Inabaknon. The writers
also aim for cultural understanding and linguistic tolerance among the
people of Region 8.
Katig Writers Network,
said Mercurio, is optimistic that this attempt of writers to form a
solid front in order to unite the writers in the twin island of Samar
and Leyte, including Capul and Biliran Islands will usher the
flourishing of a new era in Waray writings including Cebuano and
Katig, a waray term
which means outrigger of a boat symbolically represents the stability
and vibrancy needed by the literature of
“The rebirth of the
regional writings of Eastern Visayas is a painstaking process,”
Mercurio said in an e-mail.
“It demands dedicated
cultural workers in the literary field to work collectively, the once
dying Waray writings are brought back to life again through a
sustained effort of many local writers, the media and academe,” he
The young writer is
grateful to his Kuya Boy for approving the proposal to fund the SEC
registration. “This is a big boost to the morale of the writers,” the
Voltaire Oyzon, Phil
Harold Mercurio, Milen Esteria, Jhonil Bajado and Jethol Paanod are
the respective leaders of the writers’ groups.
Boy Abunda, who is
also a Waray and hails from
Eastern Samar has been helping the writers since 2010. He has pledged
financial support to Katig Writers Inc by sending a writing fellow
every year to the Iligan national Writers Workshop.
Writers call it the
Boy Abunda Writing Fellowship.
is the 2011 Ambassador of Festivals in the Philippines as appointed by
the National Commission for Culture and Arts.
(with CALAO writers)
Rep. Alcover: It was a
‘State of the Chapel’ report
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY –
“Nowhere in his 53-minute or so State of the Nation Address did
President Aquino mention what his administration has done to resolve,
if not mitigate, the country’s burgeoning problem on health,
education, poverty, drug addiction, informal settlers, and peace and
order but chose to engage in hypothetical ‘transformational change’
and anti-corruption campaign that are feeble statements depicting his
brand of leadership, at the expense of others,” said ANAD Rep. Jun
“If indeed he is
serious to stamp out corruption in all nooks of the bureaucracy, he
should have to start by ridding Congress of the vicious pork barrel
funds, better known as Philippine Development Assistance Fund (PDAF),”
Rep. Alcover pointed out.
Saying that the pork
barrel fund is the source of corruption as it breeds subservience to
the ludicrous partisan politics in government, “The distribution of
PDAF has been the mother of all corrupt practices in the country that
should first be eliminated by PNoy, if indeed he is serious in
cleansing government. I don’t see logic when he is going after
personalities, waving the anti-corruption flag, but still continue to
dangle PDAF funds to enliven and expand his political circle,
influence, and exact subservience from Filipinos,” he explained. “In
all honesty, how do you call this?” Rep. Alcover quipped.
In eliminating PDAF,
government will save about P24.75 billion and use this to construct
additional classrooms and increase the salaries of teachers; build
additional health facilities and upgrade hospitals; decisively address
the root cause of poverty and informal settlers; and improve and
strengthen efforts to address the problem of drug addiction, among
country’s health program, vis-à-vis the real conditions on the ground,
is in dire straits. The programs of both Philhealth and the Department
of Health have not readily responded to the health needs of our people
mainly because of lack of hospitals and its corresponding personnel,”
On peace and order,
Rep. Alcover said that PNoy dismally failed to report on the state of
the peace negotiations between government and the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front (MILF) and the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF. “The
recent warning of the MILF is a cause for everyone’s concern as it is
some sort of a ticking time-bomb with the MILF threatening to renew
hostilities if government fails to appropriately respond to their
demands,” Rep. Alcover said. “His being mum on the talks with the
Maoist terrorists sends wrong signals and could fuel misunderstanding
and undue speculation by those who earnestly seek a just and fair
resolution to the more than 42 years of Maoist terrorism,” the former
Maoist political cadre turned prodemocracy fighter said.
“In its entirety,
PNoy’s report did unravel his solid intentions to eliminate the
culture of ‘wang-wang’ by fending off criticisms, via his stoic
silence, with his veiled political vendetta against those in the
opposing political fence but not giving methodical response to more
pressing issues that requires his attention. Because of this, it was
indeed a State of the Chapel report tailored-cut only for his peers in
his political domain,” he stressed.
baby contest highlights nutrition month celebration in Gen MacArthur
By NINFA B QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – To focus on the nutrition month theme, Gen MacArthur town in
Eastern Samar staged a contest on the healthiest, breastfed baby
from nine to 12 months old. This was bared by Municipal Nutrition
Action Officer Grace Cardona in a phone interview.
This year’s Nutrition
Month theme is “Isulong ang Breastfeeding, Tama, Sapat at Ekslusibo”.
Cardona said that the
baby must have been exclusively breastfed from birth to six moths,
must be fully immunized, must have availed of Garantisadong Pambata
health services, must have been born in a health facility and must
bear the ideal weight in accordance to his age and growth and
development must have coincided with his milestones.
Mayor Jaime Ty is
shelling out a thousand pesos for the winning baby.
This baby with his mom
will be awarded tomorrow as the municipality holds its Nutrition Month
As for the Pantawid
Pamilya beneficiaries, a contest with the most productive garden is
also on, the MNAO added.
Criteria include area,
members, fruits/ veggies sold and its maintenance and sustainability,
said the MNAO.
“There are 17
barangays that are vying for this title, coinciding with the number of
barangay beneficiaries of 4Ps,” Cardona said.
Other contests include
slogan and poster contest for preschoolers after the parade.
In the afternoon, a
symposium on breastfeeding for pregnant mothers will be held also,
“Gen MacArthur is one
of the best implementers of the nutrition program as it has recorded
7.16% children 0-5 years old that are considered malnourished,” said
Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) Sally Jabinal.
Meanwhile, the towns
of Jipapad, San Julian and Dolores are the top three municipalities
with high rates of malnutrition, according to PNAO records.
As of the Operation
Timbang (OPT) results of 2010, some 6,625 aged 0-5 months old are
considered malnourished in Eastern Samar.
landfill opens to serve
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO, Samar News.com
CALBAYOG CITY –
Aside from government officials, stakeholders of Calbayog witnessed
the inauguration and blessing of the city’s sanitary landfill.
completion of this project will answer the problem that has been
confronting the local government for quite a time.
The city is looming
with garbage problems despite the passage of the Ecological Solid
Waste Management Act or the Republic Act (RA) 9003. Since the passage
of this law, local chief executives have noticed that there were many
lapses in the implementation stage in terms of capacity building on
the part of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
As the SecGen of the
League of Cities of the
ex-mayor now Congressman Mel Senen Sarmiento, made some initiatives to
revisit certain provisions of the law. Eventually, his efforts were
recognized by former DENR Secretary Angelo Reyes making Calbayog one
of the recipients (aside from Davao City and Sagay City) of Japan
government to avail technical assistance and sanitary landfill
projects. Series of studies (i.e. geological, water quality and
design) have been conducted by some experts and other members of the
Solid Waste Management Council were given a chance to visit Japan to
make some observations how this nation effectively implement solid
“There were only three
cities chosen, and I appealed that the cheapest design and law
compliant be set up here,” added Sarmiento.
The 4.9 hectare
sanitary landfill located in Brgy. Dinagan this city only costs P48 M;
and this landfill (SLF) will be one of the models in the country, the
Prior to the
establishment of the SLF, the city was able to put up a Material
Recovery Facility (MRF) in Brgy. Payahan, replicated by other areas in
Calbayog in conjunction with the implementation of the waste
segregation ordinance and the no plastic no cellophane policy on
Relative to solid
waste management is a challenge on Clean Water Act.
The relocation of the
city’s public market to Magsaysay Extension intends to prevent the
vendors and stall holders from throwing their garbage and waste
products in the river, Sarmiento clarified.
As a consequence of
dumping wastes in water areas which causes pollution of marine lives
and devastation of the environment manifests a clear violation of this
law with a corresponding penalty in the amount of P200 hundred per
day, he averred.
Human activity like
mismanagement of waste has serious environmental effect: ground and
surface water contamination, local flooding, air pollution, exposure
to toxins, and spread of disease. Many of the disposal sites contain
infectious material, thus threatening sanitation workers and
are revisiting the environmental laws indicating the Climate Change
Act as well as the Disaster Risk Management Act and some economic
provisions in urban planning, Cong. Sarmiento concluded.
P1M in cash loans
extended to rice farmers in Mayorga
Media Relations Center
July 23, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – Rice
farmers in Mayorga, Leyte who are beneficiaries of the national
government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) are set to
receive more than P1.1 million in cash loans from the provincial
government of Leyte under the ICOT-Rice Program.
The amount would help
67 farmers recover at least 109.25 hectares of rice farms in twelve
barangays in Mayorga.
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla disclosed the farmers-beneficiaries were chosen using
the 4Ps program of the DSWD as one of the basis, to intensify the
government’s convergence program initiatives.
The cash loan will be
distributed in checks by the provincial government, while the Land
Bank of the Philippines would also be on hand to readily cash out the
checks in order for farmers to immediately make use of their loans.
The rains in February
and March have submerged hectares of rice crops adding another round
of losses to rice farmers that have already suffered the same fate,
having replanting several times, since the start of wet season last
Improving Crop Output by Technology Promotion (ICOT-P) Rice Program,
which offers cash loans to rice farmers, is being made available
particularly those with rice lands affected by the continuous rains.
Gov. Petilla said the
ICOT-Rice cash loans is given out with the understanding that the
affected farmers have already incurred debts with local financiers
during their previous planting, and may not be able to pay-up their
loans as their rice farms have previously already been flooded at the
start of planting season.
This cash grant
venture under the ICOT Rice Program is reportedly proving to be a big
help to these farmers who were once the favorite preys of loan sharks
in their areas.
Under the ICOT-Rice
Program, production loan are given to farmers that amounts to P15,000
per hectare to cover the expenses for labor, seeds, fertilizers,
insurance and pesticides.
The farmers would pay
back their loans in terms of good quality palay which the provincial
government would itself buy from the farmers computed P1 higher than
the prevailing market price.
government has already shelled out millions in cash loans earlier to
farmers in Sta. Fe and Palo.