Gov’t does not abandon
its duty in responding to maritime piracy – NMP executive director
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA, PIA 8
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– A top official of the country’s premier training school for
seafarers said on Wednesday that the Philippine government does not
abandon its duty in finding solutions to maritime piracy victimizing
some Filipino seafarers since 2008.
Atty. Josephus B.
Jimenez, OIC Executive Director of the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP)
located in Barangay Cabalawan this city made this statement in the
“Harampang ha PIA” held on September 21 at the PIA regional office.
Jimenez was with the
other officials representing the different national government
agencies in Eastern Visayas involved in the maritime industry where
they served as guests in the regular PIA media interaction which
centered on the National Maritime Week celebration on September 25-30,
2011 with the theme “Piracy: Orchestrating the Response”.
He informed that there
were already 257 Filipino seafarers who have been victimized by
maritime piracy from the period 2008-2009 where one Filipino died in
Malaysia in August 2008.
The Filipino seafarers
which contributed some US$ 2.5 billion in a year to the country’s
economy has now been affected by maritime piracy and that government
has already laid down “preventive and reactive “measures to combat it,
the NMP executive director added.
Jimenez further said
that part of the preventive measures undertaken by the Philippine
government against maritime piracy is the development of an
anti-piracy training program for seafarers which NMP offered a one
month free training on anti-piracy which is now a regular course and
not free anymore.
measures espoused by the Philippine government in coordination with
other global maritime organizations include the fair treatment of all
ships passing through the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the coast of
Somalia; APEC economies to collaborate and cooperate closely on the
maritime piracy issue and assist Somalia in restoring a working
government, Jimenez mentioned.
government has donated US$ 20,000 to the UN Trust Fund to support
security in the fight against maritime piracy, issued various flag
state advisories, hold inter-agency consultations, created of an Ad
Hoc Committee on piracy and armed against ships by the Office of the
President are the reactive measures undertaken by the Philippine
government against maritime piracy, Jimenez disclosed.
He also assured that
other government agencies in the government like the Philippine Coast
Guard, MARINA and other stakeholders in the maritime industry are also
taking steps in finding solutions to maritime piracy.
New Borongan PNP Chief
vows to influence his men towards transformation
By SAMUEL D. CANDIDO, PIA Eastern
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – The Borongan City Police Station, Borongan, E, Samar’s new
City Chief of Police in the person of PSupt. Mario Cristino A. Lucero,
vowed to influence his men towards transformation.
In his assumption
message, PSupt Lucero thanked Mayor Maria Fe Abunda for her faith and
confidence in his ability to head the city police force. He
encouraged the men and women of this police station to faithfully
adhere to the new PNP slogan which is “PULIS AKO, PULIS NYO PO!”
He further said, “I
give you full assurance that I will maximize my leadership efforts not
only to maintain the peace and order of this place but also to boost
the morale of all the PNP personnel. Like our Chief PNP, I would want
to see the PNP Borongan imbued with the virtue of “Serbisyong may
He challenged the
entire police force “to be advocates of the integrated transformation
program, be a catalyst of change, and be leaders in our respective
“Let us be reminded of
Chief PNP’s statement of reviving our pride and self-esteem, let us
join hands in transforming the PNP into a more capable, effective and
credible police force,” Lucero said.
The new Chief of
Police will be an Officer-in-Charge of the City Police Station
effective September 14, 2011, pursuant to Special Order No. 122 from
Eastern Samar Provincial Office, Camp Asidillo, Borongan City, Eastern
During the turn-over
ceremony, the outgoing City Chief of Police, PSupt Rosula S. Mambulao
relinquished her office to incoming City chief of Police, Lucero. The
turn-over was witnessed by PSSupt. Manuel E. Cubillo, Provincial
Director of Eastern Samar Police Provincial Office (ESPPO) and City
Mayor Ma. Fe R Abunda.
In her message, PSupt
Mambulao, thanked the former Mayor and now the Vice Mayor Fidel V.
Anacta, Jr. and Mayor Fe. R. Abunda for their trust and confidence
given to her to head the City Police Station from October 2009 to
September 14, 2011 or one year and 11 months as a mother, leader and
She also thanked the
entire police force of Borongan City Station for their whole support
and cooperation. “One of my big accomplishment in my stint as Chief of
Police of Borongan City Police Station is the peaceful celebration of
Borongan City Fiesta for the last two years,” Mambulao said.
Meanwhile, the City
Mayor gave her message. In her message she challenged the incoming
OIC- City Chief of Police to regain the trust and confidence of the
community to the PNP. She also emphasized the entire police force not
to join politics instead do their duties and responsibilities.
“I don’t like PNP men
and women who are scalawags,” Mayor further said. “Let us unite and
work together for the peace and development of our city, I need your
support and cooperation,” Abunda said.
The new OIC-City Chief
of Police has numerous awards: Outstanding Chief of Police (individual
award) provincewide – 2002; Most Citizen’s Friendly Police Station in
Llorente -2002; Best Provincial Mobile Group of the year in 805th
Police Provincial Mobile Group (PPMG) in Brgy. Buenavista, Quinapondan,
E. Samar - 2004; Best Provincial Mobile Group of the year in 806th (PPMG)
in Brgy. Lunang, Dolores, E. Samar- 2005, 2006 and 2007; and Junior
Officer of the year (Regionwide) – 2006.
Lucero graduated at
the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), Tanglaw Lahi class
Chief doctor leads in
Civil Service-sponsored Blood-Letting
By ALICE NICART, PIA Catbalogan
CATBALOGAN City, Samar
– More than campaigning with convincing words, his act to submit for
blood transfusion went the strongest message, to convince all other
civil servants to share blood for government hospitals and the Red
It was unlikely for
him to do it, way ahead of the others, but Dr. Rudolf Mabulay, Chief,
Samar Provincial Hospital was first to take the Red Cross “bleeding
bed”, as he offered his right arm for blood transfusion, and
10-minutes thereafter, some 450cc. of type “B” blood was ready to save
a patient’s life.
strong “punch line” indeed went quite effective as the blood-letting
activity produced a total of 46 donors of some 46 bags of assorted
types of blood.
Asked how these blood
would be stored, the physician replied, “some to the Red Cross, others
to the Samar Provincial Hospital, still others to the Eastern Visayas
Regional Medical Center (EVRMC)”.
“The local hospital’s
storage system is safe enough to keep the donated blood”, he assured
Mabulay was followed
with a host of men in camouflage uniform, who later were known to come
from the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army (PA) under the baton
of Division Commander, MGen. Mario Chan.
Sgt. Edcel Regie Amoto
claimed it was his 8th time to donate blood, since 2010, and contrary
to anyone’s worry, he said he felt much better after the transfusion.
Like Dr. Mabulay, he just gave 450cc of type “O” blood. Sgt. Amoto was
followed by his comrades-in-arm and still another truckload of young
soldiers arrived as of press time, all eager to help government in
saving lives by donating blood.
Meanwhile, Ms. Nilda
Quiero, the Red Cross’ competent and graceful Medical Technician (MedTech),
assured the donors that the Card they receive after the transfusion,
will entitle them or their family member, to receive blood, in case
they will need some in the future. They were also gifted with Red
Cross T-shirts. Ms. Quiro, extracted blood as though she was a young
girl in a play-house’s kitchen, enjoying cookery with friends.
Dubbed “Dugo ko,
Kinabuhi Mo” [My Blood, Your Life] was part of Civil Service
Commission’s month-long program for the 111th Founding Anniversary.
The Field Office is headed by Director Cyril-Nathan SM. Eamiguel.
campaign found the following data, as gathered by the Red Cross Team:
Type “O” donors-17; Type “A” donors-13; Type “B”-14 and Type “AB”-2.
Of the total donors, 24 were Army soldiers, eight policemen and 14
LGU-Catbalogan, the Provincial Council of Personnel Officer-Samar
Chapter and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) co-sponsored the
As repression, human rights violations continue 39 years
Martial Law activists
march alongside new breed
“As long as human
rights violations and political repression continue, there will always
be a new breed of activists who will never forget the lessons of
Martial Law. We shall continue the cry to stop human rights violations
and political repression.”
This was the statement
of victims of human rights violations and their families as they march
with Martial Law veterans today in commemoration of the 39th
anniversary since former dictator Marcos imposed tyrannical rule.
From España to
Mendiola, victims of Martial Law now in their 50s or older, marched
alongside the younger generations of activists, some of them victims
of human rights violations under then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
and under the present Aquino government.
Many of them were
either former political prisoners, while some suffered from arbitrary
detention and torture.
“We are honored to
march alongside those who bravely fought the dictatorship. We likewise
carry on their struggle because sadly, political repression continues
to this day,” Hustisya secretary general Cristina Guevarra said.
Hustisya condemned the
recent spate of killings in September, including that of a seven-year
old child, the youngest victim of killing under the the Aquino
On September 5, at
around 1:30pm, Rabenio Sungit was shot dead by unidentified motorcycle
riding man wearing bonnet in the public market along Pagayona Street,
Quezon, Palawan Province. Rabinio was with his wife and son when the
seven, was killed by indiscriminate firing of members of the the 71st
Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (IBPA) on
September 2. The soldiers were allegedly on a drinking spree when
they opened fire at the house of Jabinez’s family who were already
lying down to sleep. Sunshine is the only daughter of her parents,
Adelina and Berman.
Sungit, a member of
the United Church of Christ in the
and a member of the indigenous people in Palawan, is an active
anti-mining activist. He is the second victim of extrajudicial killing
in their family. His brother, Abelino Sungit, also an indigenous
people leader was slain in 2005.
“We condemn these
senseless killings, and we ask President Aquino. Why do killings
continue? Why does the same military repression that your family
suffered from continue?” Guevarra said.
The group said there
is no better tribute to all Martial Law victims, living or dead, but
by fighting against the continuing repression and human rights
violations which they fought decades ago.
rehab along Catarman-Laoang National Road
By AILENE N. DIAZ, PIA Catarman
Samar – OIC District Engineer Sandy T. Pua of DPWH Northern Samar
First Engineering District express delight over the early completion
of the Rehabilitation/Reconstruction of Damaged Paved National Road
along Catarman-Laoang Road.
According to Pua, this
project which was completed on August 31, 2011 was the largest by cost
and coverage for 2011, with a budget amounting to P28,450,000.00.
The work covered
asphalt overlay with an area of 10,511 square meters, sealing of
pavement cracks and joints, reblocking of 45 blocks, reflective
thermoplastic pavement markings from Km. 744+077.50 to Km. 745+116.10,
and replacement of 1 approach slab at Taguibian Bridge.
As reported, under the
leadership of Secretary Singson, the DPWH made contribution in the
attainment of the thrust of the new administration and has produced
significant changes with sustainable results foreseen to carry over to
year 2011 and beyond.
institutional policy reform specifically on tightening quality control
and assurance in project implementation, DPWH-NSFED went through a
rigorous inspections making sure that guidelines in the implementation
of this project are met.
UNITEC Builder Inc,
the construction company who won the bid for the project has worked
with a 17-member team, thus the completion of the project way ahead of
deadline without compromising the quality of work is the department’s
goal to satisfy public demands towards improved life through quality
infrastructure, added OIC Asst. District Engineer Alvin Ignacio.
Farmers denounce NPA,
pledge to support peace and development of Carigara
By 19th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
CARIGARA, Leyte –
The Local Government of Carigara through the 19th Infantry (Commando)
Battalion has gained the support of the nearly 60 farmers amid the
disproved food blockade and misbehavior allegations raised by the
Municipal Farmers Association of Carigara (MUFAC).
In a consultative
dialogue being carried out by MUFAC at the ABC session hall recently, farmers publicly denounced the atrocities of the New Peoples
Army in the town of Carigara and pledged to support the peace and
development programs of the municipal government.
Mrs. Alicia Castaňares, denies before Mayor Trinidad Apostol and Lt.
Col. Francis B. Cabugon of 19IB, the association’s alleged alliance
with the New Peoples Army. She claimed that MUFAC was organized to
help and uplift the lives of the farmers.
“MUFAC is not of the
NPA. The projects we implement are of the Anak Pawis party-list and
not of Satur Ocampo”, Castaňares said.
previously accused soldiers for food blockade and misbehavior issues
in the hinterlands of Carigara later found out that 19th IB is sincere
in its mission of bringing peace and development in the town.
Lt. Col. Cabugon, the
commanding officer of 19th IB told MUFAC that soldiers are in the
barangays to implement peace and development operation under “Oplan
Bayanihan”. The peace and development team will pave way to the
delivery of basic services to the people in the hinterlands.
Meanwhile, the threat
received by MUFAC chairman Mrs. Mamerta Dagalea that was presented to
Mayor Apostol and Lt. Col. Cabugon was not honored. Accordingly, the
content and the form of writing were very local. And the mere fact
that anybody can write just to discredit others could be possible made
the evidence insufficient.
“I have been reminding
my men to always respect human rights, preserve the constitution and
protect the citizens. As to violations, I ascertain you non-tolerance
of misbehavior among my troops.” Cabugon deliberately stressed.
Lt. Col. Cabugon
likewise urges MUFAC members to respect and support the duly
constituted government in order to achieve a peaceful and developed
dialogue concluded with MUFAC’s pledges to support the programs of the
municipal government of Carigara. On the other hand, the 19th Infantry
Battalion commits to assist MUFAC in their future endeavors.
Regional Summit on
poverty opens in Borongan
By NINFA B QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – A Regional Poverty Assessment and Development Visioning is
opening today in Borongan City, Eastern Samar.
In a fact sheet
obtained from Fr. Juderick Calumpiano of
Diocese Social Action Center, it said that the event is a
government-church-civil society interface and dialogue workshop on how
to overcome poverty in the country especially in the poorest regions.
This is organized by
the Catholic Bishops Conference (CBCP)-National Secretariat for Social
Action (NASSA) and the civil society and the National anti-Poverty
Commission (NAPC) as convenor for the government together with
agriculture, agrarian reform, interior and local government, social
welfare and education departments.
It added that regional
summits are done in regions critical to poverty, inequality,
environment and climate change issues.
Studies, according to
the report, revealed that the rural poor are trapped in a vicious
cycle of dependence and hopelessness mainly because they do not have
access or control of their assets, that they do not enjoy the benefits
of land, forest and waters.
It said further that
the common thread underlying poverty is graft and corruption and the
need to exact accountability from the government and to promote
networking and linkaging among stakeholders.
According to the
report, this is the right time to re-institute the paradigm that the
poor should be the center of development and for the leaders to listen
the the voice of the poor, as the Aquino administration profess to
reforms in government.
The regional summit
aims to clarify, formulate and document the major and immediate
concerns of the poorest regions in the country on different issues. It
also aims to relate with the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP),
the 2011 budget and policy pronouncements of President Aquino and
civil society and government representatives are attending the summit
which will be held for two days at the St Mary’s Hotel, Borongan City.
Gov’t sets aside
P24.8-M for PNoy’s working visit to US
MALACAÑANG – An
estimated P24.8 million will be spent by the government for President
Benigno Aquino III’s five-day working visit to the United States,
where he will deliver a keynote speech at the official launch of the
Open Government Partnership (OGP) on Sept. 20, Executive Secretary
Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. Said on Sunday.
The President is
scheduled to leave Sunday evening via a commercial flight to San
Francisco, along with a delegation that will include Foreign Secretary
Albert Del Rosario, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary
Gregory Domingo, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman,
Transportation and Communication Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Budget
Secretary Florencio Abad, Presidential Communications Development and
Strategic Planning Secretary Ramon Carandang, and Bangko Sentral
Governor Amando Tetangco, Jr.
President Aquino was
invited by US President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff to the official launch of the OGP in
a new multilateral initiative to promote transparency, empower
citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen
Presidents Obama and
Rousseff co-chair the initiative with the theme “The Power of Open: A
The Philippines is one
of eight countries, and one of only two from
comprise the Steering Committee of OGP. The other seven countries are
Brazil, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway and South
members are selected based on the following criteria: fiscal
transparency, access to information, disclosures related to elected
officials and citizen engagement.
participation in the event and the selection of our country as a
member of the Steering Committee reflects the international
community’s recognition of the President’s commitment to open
governance and anti-corruption programs and practices,” Ochoa said.
“Such programs are so
important to the President that he himself chairs the Cabinet Cluster
on Good Governance, which oversees and spearheads these initiatives,”
budget covers expenses for hotel accommodations, food, transportation,
telecommunications and equipment requirements, among others, during
the official visit.
The Chief Executive’s
first stop is San Francisco for a short layover before going to New
York, where he will also be conferred a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris
causa at Fordham University.
President Aquino will
also meet high-level business executives belonging to the US-ASEAN
Business Council, the US Chamber of Commerce and the
Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce, and speak before the IBM
Centennial Forum, “Think: A Forum on the Future of Leadership,” for
the computer giant’s 100th anniversary.
After New York, the
President will fly to Washington D.C. to deliver a public lecture
during the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings with an audience composed of
finance ministers, central bank officials and country representatives.
His lecture will discuss the roles of citizen empowerment, good
governance and anti-corruption initiatives as agents of poverty
The President will
also meet with the Filipino communities in
and Virginia, an area where approximately 110,000 Filipinos live. He
will return to the country on Sept. 23.