Soldier joins Samar
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan, Samar – This morning, the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers)
Division, Philippine Army joined the Samar Day Celebration that was
held at Samar Provincial Capitol Building, Catbalogan City. Major
General Mario F. Chan, the Division Commander was the Guest of Honor
and Speaker during the ceremony.
The occasion was
initiated with a Holy Mass led by Rev. Fr. Jucal Calderon and
immediately followed by the raising of the Philippine Flag by
Honorable Sharee Ann Tan Delos Santos, the Samar Provincial Governor
and Honorable Stephen James Tan, the Samar Provincial Vice-Governor. A
wreath-laying ceremony was also held during the ceremony with
Congresswoman Milagrosa Tan and Major General Mario Chan.
In his message, Major
General Chan believes that the
will progress through the collective effort of Samareños. “Ako po’y
isang sundalo lamang at isang mamayan. Naniniwala po ako na hangga’t
hindi tayo nagtutulungan, wala pong mangyayari sa ating mga matatayog
na pangarap. Bilang isang sundalo, nakahanda akong gawin ang lahat ng
aking makakaya upang maitaguyod ang interes ng nakararami para sa
isang maunlad at mapayapang lipunan, para sa bayan, para sa Samar”
Moreover, an awarding
ceremony was also conducted at the end part of the program. The event
was successfully ended hoping that starting today, peace and
development in Samar will be achieved through the continuous effort of
COMELEC en banc
affirms decision in favor of Samar recall election
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO,
CALBAYOG CITY – By a
vote of 5-2, majority members of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC)
en banc affirmed Minute Resolution No. 11-0038 (dated January 21,
2011) and issued a resolution on August 5, 2011 finding petition for
recall sufficient against the incumbent Samar governor and
Due to loss of
confidence to the provincial government, petitions were filed five (5)
months after Governor Sharee Ann Tan- Delos Santos and Vice Governor
Stephen James Tan assumed into office.
Denying the Joint
Motion for Reconsideration filed by the movants, the Commission only
recognizes Section 70(b) (1) and (2) as the only criteria in
determining the sufficiency of the form of the subject recall
Under such law, it
enumerates the formal requirements needed in a petition -- a written
petition for recall duly signed by the representative of the
petitioners before the election registrar or his representative, and
the contents of the petition such as the names and addresses of the
petitioners written in legible form and their signatures; the barangay,
city or municipality, local legislative district and the province to
which the petitioners belong; the name of the official sought to be
recalled; and a brief narration of the reasons and justifications
The Commission also
noted that a certification of
registered voting population from the National Statistics Office is no
longer necessary considering that the number of supporting petitioners
already satisfies, and in fact, exceeds the percentage requirement.
As of year 2000,
Samar’s registered voting population has reached over 328 thousand
which is above the voting population bracket.
It also revealed that
more than 73 thousand voters have supported the petition to recall the
believes that “utmost liberality in the interpretation of the recall
statutes must be appropriately applied where the will of the people is
the supreme law”.
COMELEC Chair Sixto
Brillantes, Jr., as well as Commissioners Rene V. Sarmiento, Armando
C. Velasco, Christian Robert S. Lim, and Augusto C. Lagman resolved
the petition in favor of sufficiency as petitioners shown that they
have exercised earnest and diligent efforts to comply with the
requirements of Resolution No. 7505 (pertinent data from the NSO and
DILG), albeit the intricacies encountered which was beyond their
The petitions for
recall were filed by Aurelio A. Bardaje and Elvisa Aranzado Lopez last
December 10, 2010.
Section 3 of
Resolution No. 7505 says that such petition may be filed anytime after
the assumption to office of official sought to be recalled, provided
that the recall election should be conducted not earlier than one (1)
year from the date of the official’s assumption to office or one (1)
year immediately preceding a regular local election.
Since the issuance of
this resolution, Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan- Delos Santos and
Vice-Governor Stephen James Tan have not yet released any statement,
though in the last press conference initiated by the provincial
government, the siblings have expressed their confidence that they are
prepared for a recall election.
Evardone bats for
By NINFA B QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – The lone representative of the Eastern Samar to congress is
batting for the Cadaver Bill.
In an email, Evardone
sent a copy of his authored Bill 5035: An Act Prohibiting the
Detention of Cadavers or Human Remains by Hospitals, Morgues, Funeral
Parlors and Medical clinics on grounds of Non-Payment of Hospital
Bills Medical Expenses and or Funeral Services.
Evardone cited that
our respect for the dead is part of our culture and tradition.
The lawmaker said that
he is alarmed that news reports on cadavers or human remains are being
detained in hospitals, morgues or medical institutions due to unpaid
He added that no law
has been passed prohibiting this act despite being able to pass a law
prohibiting detention of patients for the same reason.
Evardone added: “While
our libel laws prohibit the living to speak ill of someone who died,
or blacken the memory of the dead, we seem to permit this
“hostage-taking” practice of these hospitals, morgues, funeral
parlors. What quandary are we in?”
Evardone feels the
practice is just coercive and restrictive.
This 15th Congress,
Evardone seeks and prays for the enactment of the Anti-Detention of
Cadaver Act of 2011, into law.
40K awaits winner in
the 1st National Manaragat Triathlon
By NINFA B QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – P40,000 is waiting for the winner in the First National
Manaragat triathlon challenge.
This was bared in a
press release given by Lt Col Jun Diaz to the media on August 4, 2011
as the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army celebrated its 23rd
anniversary at Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City.
This is in connection
with the upcoming Manaragat Festival.
The City government of
Catbalogan with the 8th ID organized the sports event to be held on
August 21, 2011 in Catbalogan City.
This event is composed
of 750 meters swimming, thirty kilometers biking and seven kilometers
running. The total distance that will be covered is approximately
There is a
registration fee of P2,500 inclusive of one day accommodation with
meals and fare from Tacloban City to the venue and vice versa. There
is also a souvenir pack, a t-shirt and free attendance to socials on
the event night with live band.
athletes who may want to join the event must submit their filled up
application forms along with their scanned payment receipts to the
account of Ador Leanda Hurtado with account number 6060027767 (Banco
de Oro), 0607041008 (Land Bank) and 09177003696 (G-Cash). The
contestant may also send e-mails to email@example.com.
The second prize
winner gets P20,000 and the third place winner P10,000.
For more details,
visit the event page and CGC page at facebook: http://www.facebook.com.event.php?eid=23873915948715
For more inquiries about this event, please contact Ms Hannia A. Tan
(+639173087379) or Mr Noel Pagdonsolan (+639175231908).
Remote community in
Samar benefits from water project
MANILA – Safe
drinking water is now only a few steps away for over 1,200 residents
of a remote barangay in Basey, Samar, after the completion of
a project supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The construction of
the spring-catchment water project will be marked today at a turnover
ceremony in Brgy. Mabini. In this community, which has been affected
by conflict, residents used to travel 1-2 kilometers up a mountain or
down a river to retrieve water from unprotected sources.
“We tapped their
natural spring source and laid pipes that would reach the barangay.
Now all residents have to do to get water is go to one of the 17
communal tap stands scattered in their area. It’s much safer and
convenient for them,” explained Carlos Suarez, a water and habitat
engineer working for the ICRC, which is a neutral and impartial
humanitarian organization that assists and protects victims of armed
Begun in 2010, the
water project was accomplished through a partnership of the community,
the municipality of Basey, and ICRC. Residents voluntarily helped in
the process of construction, including digging and laying of pipes.
Municipal engineers, meanwhile, worked closely with ICRC engineers and
provided technical support.
“The commitment of the
barangay and the municipality is crucial in sustaining the project, so
that these families may enjoy safe drinking water from here on,” said
With the project now
in place, helping the community maintain it is the current focus. The
ICRC and the Basey municipality is supporting training on the water
system's technical and financial operations of the water system for
members of the newly created Barangay Mabini Waterworks and Sanitation
community would help instill a sense of ownership and responsibility
over the water system, added ICRC water and habitat engineer Annarosa
residents should ensure a long life for this water system. We see that
the community values the water system not only because it benefits
them, but also because they were essential to the achievement of this
project,” she said.
Evardone builds 147
classrooms this year
By NINFA B QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
BORONGAN City, Eastern
Samar – Congressional Representative Ben Evardone of the lone
district of Eastern Samar was able to build some 147 classrooms for
this year alone.
announced during a program at the
Eugenio Abunda Elementary School
in Campesao, Borongan City on August 5, 2011. The lawmaker said that
he was able to get the support of President Benigno Simeon Aquino lll
as PNoy also shares his mission of caring for the underprivileged
Evardone praised the
school heads for its achievement rate of 89.7% in the National
“I have also asked
from Senator Drilon for five more classrooms in
Eastern Samar,” Evardone added, getting applause from DepEd
officials. The lawmaker also announced that he will support the sports
development of the DepEd athletes in the province.
To Sulat, the lawmaker
pledged to donate musical instruments much like the rondalla formed by
the Eugenio Abunda Elementary School.
The rondalla which
played during the program was equipped with instruments courtesy of
‘Tito Boy Abunda” the TV host who is a native of Campesao, Borongan.
The lawmaker was
visibly pleased with the rondalla rendition that he would want one for
his native Sulat. Evardone hails from the island barangay of Sulat
named San Vicente.
Evardone was joined
by Mayor Fe Abunda of Borongan, the Regional Director of DepEd Dr.
Luisa Yu, celebrity Boy Abunda and a host of DepEd personalities,
provincial and city officials in Eastern Samar.
Boy Abunda turns over
a Silid Pangarap school building
as "Tito Boy' to fellow Campesaonons, TV host Boy Abunda
inspired the school children of Campesao to dream – and dream
big during the turn over rites of a Silid Pangarap at Eugenio
Abunda (then Campesao) Elementary School, Borongan, Eastern
Samar by AGAPP foundation chaired by presidential sister Pinky
Abellada. (by NBQ)
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA
August 5, 2011
BORONGAN City, Eastern
Samar – Boy Abunda, well known celebrity and TV host personally
visited his former barangay Campesao where he turned over kindergarten
classrooms to DepEd officials.
Abunda who represented
presidential sister Pinky Abellada, chairman of the Aklat Gabay, Aruga
tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa (AGAPP) was in high spirits as he
inspired the pupils to –dream big and the teachers and parents to
In his speech, Boy
said he has surpassed many challenges because he never stopped
“Waray ako, di ako
umaatras,” the talk show host who is very close to the Aquinos
narrated. He said that he has done researches and continues to study
that, “A few years from now, I will finish my Doctorate in Human
Boy, according to
former teachers excelled in school that he graduated Valedictorian in
high school at the Seminario de Jesus Nazareno.
Aside from the school
building, Boy also donated close to two hundred thousand pesos for the
Jun Nilo Dulfo,
principal of the Campesao Elementary School said they have to rename
the school to
Elementary School in honor of Boy’s father who donated the school lot.
Ma’am Licerna Abunda,
Boy’s Nanay Lesing also taught in the same school for 43 years.
And these days, Boy is
pouring in some donations like books, training fund for teachers and
an endless list of support to the school.
Boy narrated that he
studied in Ateneo and shared that while his classmates took their
break in Paris or other nations, he chose to return to Samar every
chance he gets. “I will always be a Boronganon by heart,” he told the
crowd composed of senior citizens, most of whom were his mother’s
As the rondalla
rendered folk songs, they finalized their piece with “Thank you Tito
conquer Samar with “An Waraynon nga Uray” Art Exhibit
By EMY C. BONIFACIO,
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The Calbayog Art Association, Inc. joins the Samar Day celebration
with an art exhibit that captures beautiful sceneries in Samar.
The invitation for
fifteen (15) visual artists to exhibit their paintings at the
Provincial Session Hall, Capitol Building was an initiative of the
Provincial Tourism Council.
A very rare
opportunity, the Samarnons will be able to appreciate the 56 art works
which are now on display at the gallery.
Mr. Aris Ventures,
President of the Calbayog Art Association, Inc., informed that the
group had negotiated with the Provincial Government through Ms. Anita
Taran for the possibility of holding an exhibit for the Samar Day
Mr. Ventures disclosed
that logistics support was afforded to them by City Mayor, Hon. Ronald
Aquino and City Councilor, Hon. Julius Mancol, Chairman of the
Committee of the Arts and Culture.
Earlier, the group
expressed their apprehension over their financial capability to be
able to pursue with the planned exhibit due to lack of transportation,
accommodations and other miscellaneous expenses.
“The materials were
not a problem because most of their individual artists have their
ready materials”, adds Ventures.
Gov. Sharee Ann Tan
gave an additional financial assistance and willingly assured the
group of the much needed support in order to encourage children,
students and persons to further harness their artistic skills and
“An Samarnon na Uray”
(Our very own Samar), was the theme of the exhibit. It displays
relevant 56 artworks of different medium on the beautiful tourist
spots of Samar such as falls, caves, nature, etc.
Present during the
Opening Ceremony held yesterday at 10:00 in the morning were Pastor
Willie Labana of Living rock Ministry who led the Invocation; Dr.
Dominador Cabanganan, PSMED Council Vice-Chair who gave the Opening
Remarks; Mr. Aris Ventures, CAA President who presented the
participating artists; Dr. Editha S. de Veyra- OIC-Assistant Schools
Division Superintendent who delivered the Inspirational Message and
Hon. Arthur Vaughn Zosa for the Closing Remarks.
The Ceremonial Ribbon
Cutting was done by Hon. Stephen James T. Tan, immediately after a
message was also heard from him. Vice-Governor Tan appreciated the
efforts of the CAA despite the meager resources available. He hopes
that this art exhibit becomes a regular event during Samar Day
Celebrations to showcase the talents of Samarnons.
The presence of a
well-known artist, Mr. Armando Toleza, made the occasion more
remarkable. He was the curator of the exhibit.
It was learned that
the first art exhibit in the Provincial Capitol was held 27 years ago.
Toleza thanked the Provincial Government for accommodating them. He
likewise commented that the art exhibit jibed with the
Samar’s Day Celebration theme, “Sustaining a Culture of Peace,
Unity and Development throughout
“There’s no other way
of promoting Samar’s culture, but by telling the world of our good
tourism sites, clean environment, talented people and peaceful
communities. Let this be the start of uniting the Samarnons by
appreciating and loving our very own,
Samar. Let these
artworks be an expression of that love and inspire more people to
aspire for the best for
Samar and its people”, was Mr. Toleza’s inspiring thoughts.
Calbayog Arts Association, Inc has 30 regular Calbayognon members. It
was formally organized in 2000 with Mr. Toleza as its founding
President. The CAA is a private organization that receives support
form the LGU of Calbayog City. They conduct Art Seminar-workshop with
school children during summer. At times, they are also being
commissioned by other NGOs, POs and the DSWD in their various programs
on Arts and Crafts as well as on Basic and Advanced Painting.
The set of officers of
the CAA, Inc are Aristotle R. Ventures, President; Simeon Rodriguez,
Vice President; Bebot Rosalado, Secretary; Rex Ecal, Treasurer; Mercy
S. Garcia and Jaime E Sagayap, Auditors; and Ryan Comilang as PIA.
Other members include
Val P. Villanueva, Noel Sagayap and Mr. Raul Isidro as its Adviser.
“An Samarnon nga Uray”
Art Exhibit will continue its displays until August 11, 2011.