“I respect the opinion
of my wife. She’s there to protect her district. Malabon is over
populated,” says Cong. Noel.
It was learned that
there are 6 bills pertaining to reproductive health and/or population
management that have been filed for deliberation in both the House of
Representatives and the Senate for the 15th Congress.
The most controversial
of these bills is House Bill No. 96 authored by Rep. Edcel Lagman.
House Bill No. 96, also known as the proposed "Reproductive Health and
Population and Development Act of 2010," which cover the following
areas such as the midwives of skilled attendance, emergency obstetric
care, access to family planning, maternal death review, family
planning supplies as essential medicines, benefits for serious and
life-threatening reproductive health conditions, mobile health care
service, mandatory age-appropriate reproductive health and sexuality
education, responsibility of local family planning office and
certificate of compliance, capability building of barangay health
workers, ideal family size, employer’s responsibilities, multi-media
campaign, implementing mechanisms, reporting requirements, prohibited
acts and penalties.
Among the provisions
cited, Noel said that Rep. Lagman has made an assurance to edit out
the penalties in the controversial bill.
The solon does not
consider the country’s population as a problem as he believes that it
can be an advantage in the labor sector both local and abroad.
The high competency
level of Filipinos in the employment industry globally should be
maximized, he added.
He also said that the
country has enough resources and RH bill talks more on appropriations.
With how the lower house squabbles over the issue, there is now doubt
if the bill could pass it into law.
In his assessment,
Metro Manila area strongly supports it,
Luzon provinces is 50-50, while Regions 6, 7 and 8 is anti.
Should the bill get
no support from the majority; an alternate legislation that can be
used is the Magna Carta for Women, Noel concluded.
Army cites political
unity in “insurgent free” Southern Leyte
By ES GORNE, PIA Southern
MAASIN CITY – The
Philippine Army leadership of the Central Command cites
Southern Leyte’s political unity that contributes in the attainment
of its status of an “insurgent free” province.
The members of the
Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in Southern Leyte led by
Provincial Governor Damian G. Mercado together with Lt. General Ralph
A. Villanueva, Commander, Central Command based in Camp Lapulapu, Cebu
City, Major General Mario F. Chan, Commander, 8th Infantry Division of
the Philippine Army participated in the ceremonial signing of the
Joint Declaration of an “insurgent free” Southern Leyte.
During the Provincial
Development Council (PDC) meeting headed by Provincial Governor Damian
G. Mercado and members of the PDC, the council accorded the ceremonial
signing among its priority PDC agenda at the R.K. Kangleon Function
House in Maasin City in Southern Leyte in the morning of September 29.
Lt. Gen. Ralph
Villanueva said that the
is the sixth province in the Visayas that were declared with insurgent
free condition together with the provinces of Biliran, Bohol, Cebu,
Guimaras and Siquijor. This year, only the Southern Leyte province has
been declared insurgent free, so far, he added.
He assured the media
group that the Internal Security Operations in the province is in
place and to be continued.
informed that the provincial government the military presence in the
province will still be around with (1) regular Charlie Company for the
78th IB and (2) CAFGU companies of the 52nd IB when asked.
During the press
conference that followed after the declaration ceremony, Major General
Mario F. Chan, Commander, 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army
disclosed that the role of the military in the peace and order status
of the province was to support Southern Leyte, which eventually
spearheaded in bringing development in the province.
He said the united
political leadership in the province of Southern Leyte has brought
about economic development coupled with the installation with basic
infrastructures such electric power, among others, that gives access
for all the people to information that would help change their
perception and no longer join the insurgency movement.
Chan noted that no
less than the lone representative of Southern Leyte, Congressman Roger
Mercado reported that it took the representative seven (7) years look
into the construction of the roads, bridges, interconnect roads take
place around the province. That all these developments closely
contributed to faster interaction among the people, he added.
MGB-8 calls on LGUs to
look into irregularities that aggravate flooding
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Improper extraction of sand and gravel at the river banks of Catarman
River, rampant cutting of trees and improper disposal of waste into
the river are the main factors that aggravate flooding in various
barangays of the municipality of Catarman, Northern Samar, Chief
Geologist James Leones, the head of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau
10K survey team, observed.
“LGUs should look into
these irregularities and make necessary actions to prevent disasters,”
the head of the team that conducted geohazard assessment and geologic
mapping in 23 barangays of the municipality, said.
MGB Regional Director
Roger A. De Dios urged local government officials to be prepared and
the residents to be vigilant. He said PAGASA continuously warns of
more heavy rains and even typhoons in the coming days and months.
Director De Dios, in a
press statement said that Catarman is not only prone to flash floods
and landslides but also to storm surge and tsunami because of its
proximity to the Pacific Ocean.
strongly urged the coastal barangays to be more observant and head
important public announcements and local radio broadcasts.
It may be recalled
that after completing its assessment and geologic mapping of 1:10,000
scale in 23 barangays of Catarman,
Northern Samar, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 8, through
the geological survey team led by Chief Geologist James S. Leones,
identified the 11 landslide-prone barangays classified under high and
very high susceptibility.
The team also
discovered that almost all of the 23 barangays surveyed are
susceptible to the threat of flooding, the team found out. These areas
are likely to experience flood heights of 1.5 meters and flood
duration of three days.
In the geohazard
assessment report, the team proposed various recommendations to the
Local Government Units such as constant updates of barangay officials
on geohazard situation with municipal authorities and MGB-8 personnel
and the creation or reactivation of Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction
and Management Council.
The report also
called on the residents to be watchful during inclement weather. It
also discouraged construction of houses along steep slopes, creeks or
PIA 8 North Samar
organizes media group anew
By AILENE N. DIAZ, PIA Northern
Samar – Media as a catalyst of change, plays a crucial role in
uplifting the lives of the people of all walks of Life. They regard
themselves as channels of information which can effect, influence and
change perspective and behavior of individual, family and community.
It is on this context
that Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Northern Samar Information
Center decided to organize the media anew to be integrated as one,
into a single objective which is to establish a stronger and united
organization regardless of one’s affiliation, station, paper or
Media Society of
Northern Samar is the name favoured by the majority to be the name of
The new president
elected is Ms. Rachel Arnaiz, an anchor of MUEWS-FM and writer of
Leyte Samar Daily Express and Philippine Daily Inquirer;
Vice-president for print Perigrino Arillo, publisher of Waraynon;
Vice-president for broadcast Beth Betonio, Manager of FM Allen;
Secretary Arlyn Tepace, information officer of Provincial Information
Office; Treasurer Jayne Galit-Bantayan of DYSM; Auditor Tito Tepace of
MUEWS-FM; Business Manager Virgilio Besarino of DYSM and
Maurice De Guia of Provincial Information Office.
The new president
expresses her pleasure with the organization of the media as this has
been long overdue due to conflict of interests and incongruous
behavior towards one’s standpoint. She is grateful with the PIA for
facilitating the organization after a series of attempts being done.
Year end activities
of Media Society of Northern Samar were tackled during the meeting
including the formulation of constitution and by laws, schedule for
oath taking and trainings needed for the practice.
Civil society urged to
pursue transparency in local governance
of civil society organizations and DILG field officers sign an
expression of commitment in support of good governance
initiatives of the national government. The DILG-LGU-CSO
partnership workshop between the DILG and civil society in
Eastern Visayas held last September 26, 2011 at the DILG-8
Regional Office, aimed at operationalizing the MOA between DILG
and CSO groups promoting transparency, accountability,
responsiveness and performance in local governance.
By MYLES COLASITO
TACLOBAN CITY –
Civil society is very much welcome to participate in the promotion of
transparency, accountability, and performance in local governance.
This was the message
of Undersecretary for Local Government Austere A. Panadero during the
one-day Partnership Workshop held at the Regional Office of the
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Tacloban
City last September 26, 2011.
representatives of non-government organizations, cooperatives, heads
of parish social action committees in Eastern Visayas, and an equal
number of DILG regional and field officers, Usec. Panadero stressed on
the importance of civil society in local governance.
He posed the challenge
for the Department and civil society organizations (CSOs) to
operationalize the Memorandum of Agreement entered into by DILG
Secretary Jesse M. Robredo and CSO partners. Particularly he said that
resources must be mobilized and capacities must be developed to
maximize their participation in local governance.
He cited the framework
for CSO participation in local governance. CSOs could variously serve
as Gabay (Guide); Kaagapay (Partner); Tulay (Bridge); and Bantay
(Watchdog) in LGU operations, Usec. Panadero said.
Citing that about 90%
of LGUs nationwide are complying with the Full Disclosure Policy, he
threw the question on how the available data can best be understood,
and which could result in improvements in LGUs. He suggested that
universities and colleges be tapped in helping analyze the contents of
the documents posted by LGUs under the Full Disclosure Policy, in
order to make a database wherein people could compare LGU financial
According to Director
Francisco C. Jose, the workshop is an offshoot of the Memorandum of
Agreement (MOA) signed between DILG and the Caucus of Development NGO
Networks (CODE-NGO), Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN) and
Task Force Participatory Local Governance (TF-PLG).
It aims to benchmark
the contributions of the partnerships in the promotion of a
responsible, accountable and transparent local governance. Likewise,
it seeks to identify factors that either reinforce or hinder the
maturation of the partnerships; and determine the more robust areas of
partnerships or engagements that have to be scaled up and to translate
these into a mutual action plan.
Prior to the conduct
of workshops, participants were oriented on the FDP and SGH, and were
presented some best practices on DILG-CSO and CSO-LGU engagements.
The workshop centered on the state of local participatory governance,
on mutual objectives and possible actions. The day ended with CSO and
DILG participants signing an expression of their commitment towards
promoting transparency, accountability, responsiveness and performance
in local governance.
Among the CSO
participants were Laureen Dumaguing of Eastern Visayas Network of
NGOs, Fr. Cesar Aculan of the Calbayog City Social Action Committee
(SAC), Emy Bonifacio of MATA-Samar; Betty Garrido of LEFADO; Agustin
Docena of ESSDOG, Dr. Luisito Quitalig of Samar State University; Fr.
Charles Diaz of Catarman Diocese; Rowena Juanillo of WESADEF; Clarita
Napoles of BIPCOFED, Fr. Edward Veloso of SAC-Naval, Biliran; Fr.
Isagani Petilos of SAC-Palo, Leyte; Quinciano Galagar of Bobon
Fisherfolks Association; Beverly CapeÃ±a of SPIADFI; Godofredo Maray
of LRAP; Fr. Juderick Calumpiano and Mario Ian Mosquisa of Catholic
Social Services Center; Ernesto Rostata of Culaba Senior Citizen
Association, and Judy Torres of Kaisampalad.
Wife of communist
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO K
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – PCSupt Arnold Rayala Revilla, Regional
Director discloses that one way of addressing problem regarding
insurgency is coming up with a holistic approach wherein all sectors
of the society need to cooperate and contribute efforts in solving it.
Thus, he elaborated that such move requires an active support from the
Local Government Units, the business groups and the other sectors on
all programs of the government aimed at addressing the insurgency
problem such as the delivery of basic services to the remote areas,
infrastructure projects in the Barangays and livelihood programs to
the surrenderees among others.
This he said after the
wife of a member of the PLAGUER 1, Front Committee 2, Northern Samar
Provincial Party Committee (NSPPC) surrendered to Police Regional
Office 8 operatives headed by PSupt Isaias B Tonog.
Based on reports this
office received that last September 25, 2011 at about 5:00 o’clock in
the afternoon, Communist Terrorist Alijandria A. Parido alias Mariz
surrender to the police operatives at Brgy Dalakit, Catarman,
Northern Samar. Mariz, a CT member is the wife of Agusto Parido
alias Ka Dino, a member of the Communist Terrorist Movement/Under
Ground Movement, PLAGUER 1, Front Committee 2, Northern Samar
provincial Party Committee (NSPPC), EVRPC operating in the 1st
District of Northern Samar Province who surrendered to PSupt Isaias B
Tonog, together with the elements of 3rd RPSMC on September 18, 2011
at around 9:30 in the morning in collaboration of the Local Government
Unit of Catarman, Northern Samar thru Hon Mayor Rolando F Carpio.
Mariz is a resident of
Brgy Pilar, Oquendo District,
and included in the 2nd Semester 2010 Periodic Status Report (PSR) on
Threat Group/Order of Battle as member of the CTs/NPA, PLAGUER 1,
Front 2, NSPPC, EVRPC. She was a fulltime member of the UGM, under
the POT for almost six (6) years.
about 5:30 o’clock in the afternoon of same date, surrenderee was
brought to HQS, 3RPSMC, Brgy Urdaneta, Lavesarez, Northern Samar for
temporary custody while under tactical interrogation.
PhilHealth cites 2
Leyte hospitals as centers of excellence
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
September 24, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY –
Two hospitals in Leyte were recently cited as Centers of Excellence
by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in
ceremonies held at the
in Quezon City.
the two Leyte hospitals as the Divine Word University Hospital
(formerly St. Paul’s Hospital) and the OSPA- Farmers Medical Center.
The two hospitals in
Leyte are among the 54 hospitals across the country, which were
recognized by PhilHealth, Ms. Marimar Zabala, Information Officer of
The PhilHealth Center
of Excellence awards is a fitting tribute to health care facilities
that have made the cut where quality standards are concerned. It is
granted to accredited hospitals that have met the stringent criteria
articulated in the Benchbook which has become the standards for
In particular, the
health care facility is able to comply with quality standards in the
areas of patients' rights, organizational ethics, patient care, safe
practice and environment, leadership and management, human resource
management, information management, and improving performance.
The efforts of partner
hospitals are recognized to encourage them to continue with their best
practices on clinical and quality assurance and aim for excellence in
the delivery of health care.
The list is expected
to expand once the other hospitals realize the benefits of being
bestowed the highest accolade in the area of hospital accreditation in
Aside from the
prestige of being awarded the
it is the fulfillment and the reward of every human resource of the
facility who has worked hard to embody what quality assurance is to
their system, PhilHealth stated.
Care Providers (IHCPs) who are awarded as Center of Excellence will be
given three (3) years accreditation, but they will have to apply
yearly to update their documentary requirements like DOH license
without the annual survey.
monitoring shall be conducted by PhilHealth surveyors whether they are
consistent with their quality assurance program and if there is a
lapse in their performance, the facility after due process can be
downgraded to either Center of Quality or Safety.
Commission awards the City of Borongan for excellent frontline
By SAMUEL D. CANDIDO, PIA Borongan
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office-8 through
its report card results, CS results bared that the City of
that sustained excellent frontline service delivery was given an
The program is in line
with the commission’s mandate to promote prompt, excellent, honest and
courteous frontline service in the bureaucracy.
CSC conducted again
the Report Card Survey pilot run in selected government agencies on
June 7, 2011 for re-assessment.
In an interview with
PIA, City Mayor Fe R. Abunda said that she was happy when she received
a call from CSC Regional Director Atty. David E. Cabanag, Jr informing
her that again she will receive a plaque of commendation.
“I am happy and I
thanked the employees for their wholehearted support and cooperation
as they served as frontliners in government service who always put to
heart the value of efficiency, promptness while showing their
brightest smiles before clients,” Abunda said.
She further said that
without the support and cooperation of the city hall employees, she
won’t be able to receive the award.
During the 3rd Eastern
Visayas Regional Congress of Bilis Aksyon Partners (EVRC-BAP) on
September 15, 2011 at Patrio
Victoria, San Jose,
Tacloban City, the City of Borongan received the Plaque of
Commendation from CSC-8.
The plaque of
commendation was awarded to
through Hon. Ma. Fe R. Abunda for having maintained Excellent rating
in the delivery of frontline services pursuant to the mandate of
Republic Act No. 9485 otherwise known as “Anti-Red Tape Act” of 2007
and Client Satisfaction Center – Seal of Excellence (CSC-SEA).
It demonstrated a high
sense of dedication and commitment to uphold the standards of service
delivery to the people of Eastern Samar which serves as an inspiration
to other agencies.
The plaque of
commendation was given by Senior Commissioner Mary Ann Z.
Fernandez-Mendoza, CSC-Manila and was received by City Councilors Hon.
Karen Alvarez, Hon. Aurora Anasarias, Hon. Rodrigo Caharop, Hon.
Napoleon Bebita and City Human Resource Management Officer Reynaldo
Last March 24,
2011, the City of Borongan received the award for Citizen’s
Satisfaction Center (CSC) Seal of Excellence from CSC-8, Tacloban
GSIS members only have
up to November 30 to transfer to LandBank-issued UMID card
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
September 23, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Members and pensioners of the Government Service Insurance System
or GSIS only have until November 30, 2011 to inform the GSIS of their
intent to transfer to a LandBank-issued UMID Card, Manager Vilma
Fuentes of GSIS Tacloban informed.
After November 30, the
GSIS will submit all applications to LandBank for the printing of the
LandBank-issued UMID eCard.
It may be recalled
that beginning August of this year, the more than 1.4 million members
may already choose to have their loan proceeds and other benefits
credited to a UMID (Unified Multi-Purpose Identification) eCard issued
by the Land Bank of the Philippines.
By choosing LandBank
as servicing bank, GSIS members would be able to benefit from
LANDBANK’S wide network covering 327 branches and more than 900 ATMs
nationwide, Manager Fuentes said.
With a LandBank-issued
UMID eCard, members may withdraw their loan proceeds and other
benefits in any Expressnet, Bancnet or Megalink ATM nationwide.
eCards also serve as a debit card in more than 20,000 accredited
merchants nationwide and as a discount card for GSIS corporate
partners such as Pfizer and STI. The card is free with no maintaining
balance required for members transferring to LandBank.
Ms. Ana Marie Macuja
disclosed that at the GSIS website www.gsis.gov.ph, log on to the
eCard member transaction page and click the CHOOSE LANDBANK AS YOUR
SERVICING BANK icon.
They can also email
their name, date of birth and UMID Common Reference Number (CRN) to
email@example.com, or visit the nearest GSIS Field Office, Ms.
The GSIS renewed its
partnership with LANDBANK in December last year, to give its more than
300,000 pensioners the choice to receive their monthly pension and
other benefits through a LANDBANK ATM or thru their eCard.
partnership with LANDBANK makes it easier for the members and
pensioners, especially in the provinces to access their benefits and
For its part,
LandBank said that as a partner of the GSIS in delivering improved
service to its members especially in the rural areas, it shares the
commitment of the new GSIS leadership to provide excellent service for