clears issues on government programs
By NINFA B QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – An Inter-agency consultation-dialogue cleared issues on
government programs in Eastern Samar.
On September 22, 2011,
Representative Ben Evardone of the Lone District of Eastern Samar in
partnership with the League of Municipalities (LMP) met with the
regional heads of various government agencies for the event.
In his keynote
message, Evardone said that he has the duty to inform the people where
their taxes are going. “All government agencies shall be transparent,
open and collaborate with each other,” Evardone told the participants.
“It is my duty to
inform where the taxes are going,” he added.
The congressman said
that he is not only tasked to legislate laws but as a representative
of the people, he should also know how the government agencies deliver
As it is, Evardone
gathered the regional directors, asked them to present their programs
for Eastern Samar and urged the different mayors to ask questions.
PNP Regional Director
Arnold Revilla received complaints for erring PNP elements of which he
vowed to immediately act on them.
As for the DSWD,
mayors asked questions why some families who seemed to be well off
were listed as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries. To
which RD Letty Diokno admitted that there is an error in the listing
of beneficiaries but, “the agency is trying to correct that.”
She also added that
some programs intended for municipalities are held in abeyance as many
of them still have to liquidate past programs.
Director Ed Gonzaga of
the health department shared that some P118 Million is earmarked for
Eastern Samar’s health centers for 2011 and that by 2012 another P100
Million is set.
Department of Labor
and Employment (DOLE) Regional Director Forter Puguon talked about
livelihood opportunities and committed to allot some two million pesos
for Eastern Samar depending on how they can present project proposals
There were other
livelihood opportunities cited by DSWD and even the Department of
Interior and Local Government.
As the mayors had
problems with project proposals and feasibility studies, Rep Evardone
promised to delegate someone at the Congressional District Office to
assist the mayors in writing project proposals.
As Evardone also
observed how well attended the event was, he vowed to hold the
consultation-dialogue every quarter.
Other agencies like
fisheries, agriculture, public works and highways, environment and
natural resources also presented different projects which mayors
PIA spotted at least
16 mayors, RDs of DSWD, PNP, DOH and DOLE and other minor officials
and a complete set of PNP Chiefs of Police in
Eastern Samar towns.
The whole proceedings,
albeit with some acid remarks from participants, was broadcast live
over Radyo ng Bayan-DYES for Estehanons to hear.
Borongan Mayor Ma Fe
Abunda hosted the event that was held at the Sangguniang Panglungsod
8th Army Division gets
70 hectares more from Catbalogan LGU
By ALICE NICART, PIA
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– In what he referred to as a “divine gift”, 8th Infantry Division
Commander, MajGen Mario F. Chan today, signed the memorandum of
agreement (MOA) which clearly defines the 70 hectares of land, the
city government of Catbalogan acquired for them.
The MOA signing
transpired today in a simple ceremony at the Sangguniang Panlunsod,
where Chan and Catbalogan City mayor Coefredo Uy affixed their
signatures for a mutual understanding relative not only to the
expansion of the soldiers camp but also its retention in the city
Chan recalled that
there were previous plans to transfer the Army Division Camp to Sta.
Rita town which is about 80 kilometers from Catbalogan. According to
him, with no offense meant, why Sta. Rita when it is 30-kilometer deep
into the wilderness.
What he meant, Chan
said was that, putting up a new Army headquarters would entail the
government another millions of pesos, while Catbalogan has existing
facilities, vis-à-vis, financial, logistical, internet and more.
Today, however, they
did not only win an additional space, the elevated space fronting the
Army stage for more facilities to be erected, they also got the
assurance that they will remain in Catbalogan.
“I think I am the
happiest person today,” Chan revealed, “because after a series of
quietly tough process, we are now provided with a battalion retraining
facility, and since we started out this initiative, everything seemed
to had been put in place”, he added.
Asked what the local
government unit could expect in return, Mayor Coefredo Uy said, an
assured security of his people with some economic benefits,
considering that the retention and expansion of the Army camp would
mean additional people who could contribute in a way or another, in
steering the economic activity of the city.
Gen. Chan summarized
the benefits to be two-way, or for both the Army and the LGU. He also
cited the Bayanihan program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“What we just
witnessed was an excellent manifestation of Bayanihan, where the Army
could help in making Catbalogan and the
Samar provinces a
livable place to live in. We expect that after we have ironed-out some
more things, Catbalogan city will surely soar and fly high,” Chan
NEDA: Eastern Samareños are the poorest in the region
By NINFA B QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
September 22, 2011
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – Eastern Samareños are the poorest in Eastern Visayas.
This was contained in
the first slide presented by the National Economic Development
Authority (NEDA) during the Regional Poverty Assessment held in Borongan City on September 19-20, 2011.
In a presentation made
by Assistant Regional Director Purisima Sanopo, she said that from
2003 up to 2009, Eastern Samareños become poorer. The poverty
incidence from among families stood at 29.8% in 2003; 37.6% in 2006
and worsen to 45.8% in 2009.
As to individual
population, it also increased in percentage from 36.4 in 2003 to 47.8
in 2006 and 54.0 in 2009.
From among other
provinces in the region, it was Eastern Samar who ranked number one in
poverty incidence with Leyte was the least poor in family and
Meanwhile, three out
of every ten families are poor in
Eastern Visayas while four out of every ten individuals are poor.
Eastern Visayans said
NEDA is the 5th poorest region in the country in 2009 and the 7th
poorest in 2006.
As regards Philippine
poverty incidence, it recorded 20.09% in the year 2009.
NEDA reported the
different challenges that made the region poor like slow growth in the
gross regional domestic product (GRDP), high underemployment, low
labor productivity and low agricultural productivity.
The agency also
reported of opportunities present in the region and aims to develop
agri-business, ICT and eco-tourism potentials and also to develop a
productive labor force that will support agri-business, ICT and
anti-discrimination bill, stop pussyfooting on gay rights, ProGay
MANILA – The human
rights group Progressive Organization of Gays (ProGay Philippines)
criticized the position of President Benigno Aquino III on gay rights
and demanded the priority passage of House Bill 1483 or the
Anti-Discrimination Act of 2010.
In a statement, ProGay
spokesperson Goya Candelario expressed dismay over the incompetence of
Aquino as a head of state in the forum at the Asia Society in New York
where the president said he would be in a dilemma to allow gay couples
to adopt children.
"ProGay believes it is
truly shameful display for the Philippine government to display total
lack of knowledge and appreciation of what the lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Filipinos need. Aquino must realize he
should stop issuing mere motherhood statements on gay rights and do
his homework on the existing legal work that gay activists have been
pushing the government for more than 15 years now," Candelario said.
Candelario said that
Aquino should devote more time working with Congress, the judiciary
and his agencies to start work on fulfiling its international
obligations to United Nations conventions protecting the rights of
LGBTQs, which are embodied in HB 1483, a bill filed by Bayan Muna
congressman Teddy Casiño but is now languishing in Congress Committee
ProGay cited the 2006
Yogyakarta Principles, a compendium of generally accepted human rights
provisions culled from basic UN conventions, that the Aquino
administration has to promote if the government is really serious in
removing the Philippines from embarrassing moments in international
forums on LGBTQ issues.
Yogyakarta Principle No. 24, "Everyone has the right to found a
family, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Families
exist in diverse forms. No family may be subjected to discrimination
on the basis of the sexual orientation or gender identity of any of
Principle 24 further
states that UN member states such as the Philippines "take all
necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to ensure
that in all actions or decisions concerning children, whether
undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of
law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best
interests of the child shall be a primary consideration, and that the
sexual orientation or gender identity of the child or of any family
member or other person may not be considered incompatible with such
Candelario said that
once Aquino gets back home, he should direct the Department of Social
Welfare and Development to review existing policies that prevent
children from getting the best available opportunities to get nurture
from loving families, regardless whether adoptive parents are
heterosexual, LGBTQ, single or living together.
DOH holds Generics
Expo in East Visayas on October 4
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY Leyte –
The Generics Expo in
Eastern Visayas will be held on October 4 in
Department of Health Region 8 Director Edgardo Gonzaga informed.
Dir. Edgardo Gonzaga
The Generics Expo in
Region 8 is the highlight of the month-long celebration of September
as the Generics Awareness Month which has for its theme “GENERICS para
sa Kalusugan, gamot Pangkalahatan, mag-GENERICS na,” Director Gonzaga
The Generics Expo will
start with a Motorcade along the major thoroughfares of Tacloban City
and back to the venue This will be attended by Municipal, City and
Provincial Health Officers, PITACH Drug Manufacturing Exhibitor,
pharmacists, drug owners, the Department of Education, School
Administrators and the Philippine Information Agency.
The Drug Product
Exhibitors will also be invited to join this big day to introduce
their products to the clients, Director Gonzaga added.
The Generics Act of
1988 or Republic Act No. 6675 otherwise known as Generics Law was
promulgated in order to answer the out of pocket budget of most of the
Filipinos both the affluent and less affluent.
features of generic drugs are quality, affordability, accessibility,
availability and bioavailability.
Though medicine prices
are going down due to voluntary price cuts and other initiatives, we
could see that quality generic medicine prices are still much cheaper.
Generic medicines give patients, consumers, and different health
institutions value for their money, the DOH Director added.
For patients suffering
from hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic diseases, generic
medicines allow our patients to better comply with or maintain their
daily medication needs at much less costs.
Money saved can
then be used for other needs of the family, so generic medicines help
give hope and much healing, Dir. Gonzaga said.
Zero tolerance on
illegal gambling, Leyte guv tells local chief execs
Media Relations Center
September 21, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla advises local chief executives in the
province to maintain “zero tolerance” on the presence of illegal
gambling in their respective areas.
The governor, who
spoke before local mayors during the League of Municipalities - Leyte
Chapter’s meeting Tuesday, says there are reports reaching him that
illegal numbers game still persists in some municipalities in the
“Let us not wait for
the central office and other national agencies to come here and act on
the matter. Better if we take actions ourselves here,” Gov. Petilla
told the majority of the mayors who were in attendance during the
meeting led by LMP-Leyte President Remedios Petilla, and LMP-Leyte
Vice President Sandy Javier.
The governor said he
is standing firm to halt all forms of illegal gambling in the
Gov. Petilla said that
the police in the province, for its part, have been relentless in
their operations based on constant reminders from higher ups to step
up campaign against all forms of illegal gambling activities in their
areas of jurisdiction.
The governor added
that the PNP provincial director is also on stiff orders to strike
hard at illegal gambling activities in all areas of the province and
is ordered to strictly account and monitor the compliances of
chiefs-of-police of municipalities regarding illegal gambling
Chief, Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome said he would
continue his predecessor’s “one-strike policy” in connection with the
illegal numbers racket.
predecessor, Raul Bacalzo Jr., had declared a one-strike policy, which
means that a police official would be immediately axed if found to be
collaborating with the jueteng syndicate in his area. The one–strike
policy against illegal gambling is not exclusive to the illegal
numbers game “jueteng” but also applies to against all forms of
Director Police Chief Supt. Arnold Revilla, in an earlier report
disclosed, that the campaign should be sustained and reminded all
provincial directors and police chiefs of the PNP’s one strike policy”
and the principle of “command responsibility” relative to the
intensified campaign in stamping-out all forms of illegal gambling in
their areas of responsibility.
Petilla urged the public to immediately report to the authorities any
information on these illegal activities.
Person arrested for
election offense of double registration
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO K
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The PNP continues to pursue strategic
operations and initiatives to address the arrest of wanted persons in
Eastern Visayas in line with its Integrated Transformation Program,
according to PSSupt Elizar Patano Egloso, Chief Regional Police
Community Division. In fact he said that PRO8 personnel in any way
continuously carry out their mission and mandated tasks. They have
remained focus and more committed to the reforms that the PNP
leadership is currently implementing.
A few days ago, at
about 12:00 AM of September 19, 2011 in Brgy Balatson, Burauen, Leyte
elements of Burauen Police Station led by PCI Jonathan R Momo, chief
of police, with PI Allan Novales together with Five (5) PNCOs arrested
one Anacito Nabuya, 41 years old, married, farmer and a resident of
said place by virtue of WOA docketed under CC Nr BN-07-07-4349 for Act
of Lasciviousness with recommended bail amounting to Twelve Thousand
Pesos (P12,000) for his temporary liberty, issued by Hon Judge Yolanda
Dagandan of RTC Branch 15, Hall of Justice, Burauen, Leyte.
Then, at about 2:45 PM
of September 19, 2011 in Brgy 05, Poblacion, Maydolong, Eastern Samar
elements of Maydolong Police Station led by PI Tito C Mojica together
with six (6) PNCOs arrested Monica Contado, of legal age, married and
a resident of Brgy 04, Maydolong, Eastern Samar by virtue of WOA
issued by Hon Judge Elvie P Lim, Presiding Judge, RTC Branch 2,
Borongan City docketed under CC Nr 12329 for Double Registration
(defined and penalized under Section 261(y)(5) of the Omnibus Election
Code) with recommended bail of Twelve Thousand Pesos (P12,000).
Subject arrested person is now detained at Maydolong lock-up cell for
safekeeping prior turn-over to court of origin for proper disposition.
At about 8:00 PM of
September 19, 2011 in Brgy Balorinary, Burauen, Leyte elements of
Burauen Police Station led by PCI Jonathan Momo with PI Allan Novales
together with four (4) PNCOs arrested one Leonardo Crebillo, 48 years
old, married, farmer and a resident of the above mentioned place by
virtue of WOA for the Crime of Direct Assault upon an Agent of Person
in Authority with Less Serious Physical Injuries docketed under CC Nr
9496 issued by executive Judge Aludia C Leonido of MTC, Hall of
Justice, Burauen, Leyte with recommended bail of Twelve Thousand Pesos
(P12,000). Arrested persons were temporarily booked at Burauen
locked-up cell for proper disposition.
PRO 8 facilitates new NPA surrenderee in Northern Samar
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO K
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Through the massive information campaign
conducted by Police Regional Office 8 operating elements, PCSupt
Arnold R Revilla, Regional Director, revealed that they have
successfully convinced Agusto Parido alias Ka Dino, a member of the
PLAGUER 1, Front Committee 2, Northern Samar Provincial Party
Committee (NSPPC) to surrender.
He said that during
the dialogue continuously conducted by his men, they are all
encouraging the New People’s Army to lay down their arms and return to
mainstream society. Meanwhile, he extends his gratitude to the people
of Eastern Visayas for their unwavering support to the police troops
operation. With this, Revilla commended the operating troops for a job
Based on the reports
this office received that on September 18, 2011, at around 9:30
o’clock in the morning in collaboration with the Local Government Unit
of Catarman, Northern Samar thru the Honorable Mayor Rolando F Carpio,
PSupt Isias B Tonog together with the elements of 3rd RPSMC led by
PInsp Tan, moved towards Brgy Polangi, Catarman, Northern Samar to
fetch the NPA member, Agusto Parido, alias Ka Dino, 46 years old,
married, farmer, a resident of Brgy Bayo, Oquendo District, Calbayog
City and a member of the CTM/UGM for almost ten years and he was also
a member of the PLAGUER 1, Front Committee 2, Northern Samar
Provincial Party Committee (NSPPC), EVRPC operating in the 1st
District of Northern Samar Province, who is about to surrender.
So, at about 8:30 PM
of same day, surrenderee was brought to Headquarters, 3rd RPSMC, Brgy
Urdaneta, Lavezares, Northern Samar for temporary custody while under
Tactical Interrogation (TI).
with the wife of the Parido to surrender identified as Alexanderia
Anquilan alias Mariz who is also an active member of the Under Ground
Movement (UGM) is on progress, monitored to be staying at the
hinterland Barangay of Oquendo District, Calbayog City.
Revilla called on all concerned citizens urging to cooperate and help
the police in their fight against the Communist Terrorist and other
lawless elements in order to maintain and promote peace and order that
will spur economic development in region 8.
DOT Sec Jimenez to
grace 110th Balangiga Encounter Commemoration
By NINFA B QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – As Balangiga marks its 110th Balangiga Encounter, this town
expects newly appointed Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon
Jimenez to grace the event on September 28, 2011.
Jimenez will attend a
program in Balangiga’s covered court which stands adjacent to the
Balangiga Encounter Monument, an artwork by National Artist Napoleon
As always the case,
Balangiga’s local talents will perform a re-enactment of the Balangiga
provincial government of Eastern Samar will sponsor a cultural and
literary night on September 27, 2011 in Borongan, to honor the heroes
of the Balangiga Encounter. Competitions for students from elementary
and high schools from all over the province include oratorical
contest, extemporaneous speaking contest, on-the-spot essay writing
contest, and a quiz bee – all with the Balangiga Encounter as its
On September 28,
Eastern Samar Governor Conrado B. Nicart Jr will lead employees of the
local government, national government agencies, and the police in a
wreath-laying activity in Borongan City.
A hundred and ten
years ago, the men of Balangiga and nearby towns, commanded by the
town’s police chief Valeriano Abanador fought against the American
forces’ rifles with their bolos.
considered one of the bloodiest in the Philippine-American War is also
described as the United States Military’s “worst single defeat” in the