exceptional public servants
Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. at the awarding of the 2011
Outstanding Public Officials and Employees in Rizal Hall,
Malacañang Palace on Wednesday. With him are former President
Joseph Ejercito Estrada, outstanding public servants and members
of the 2011 Lingkod Bayan, Dangal ng Bayan and Pagasa Awards
Committee headed by Civil Service Commission Chairman Francisco
Duque III. (ROBERT VINAS / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. commended on Wednesday 81
civil servants who were cited for their extraordinary contributions to
good governance under the Honor Awards Program of the Civil Service
In simple ceremonies
for the 2011 Outstanding Public Officials and Employees held at the
Rizal Hall of Malacañang, Ochoa noted the competence and dedication of
the awardees to uplift public service and their commitment to set an
example for the entire bureaucracy.
Ochoa also echoed
President Benigno S. Aquino III’s message to the awardees, urging the
recipients of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, Dangal ng Bayan
Award, and Pag-asa Award to continue to serve as inspirations for the
Filipino people, and expressed hope that other civil servants will
“Sa lahat ng nabigyan
ng parangal… nagsilbi kayong huwaran at inspirasyon hindi lamang sa
iba pa nating mga kasamahan sa gobyerno, kundi pati na rin sa
sambayanang Pilipino. Nakakapagdulot kayo ng lakas at pag-asa sa
araw-araw nating pakikibaka tungo sa tunay na pagbabago,” stated the
message of the President, which was conveyed by Ochoa during the
“Kaakibat po ng mga
parangal na inyong natanggap ay ang hamong iniiwan sa inyo nito upang
manindigan bilang mga awarded,” the Chief Executive’s message further
said. “Nawa’y maging instrumento pa kayo sa paghubog ng iba pang
lingkod-bayan. Umaasa ako na hindi magtatapos sa araw na ito ang
pagpapamalas ninyo ng husay at dedikasyon (sa serbisyo-publiko).
Hinihikayat ko po kayong bumuo ng isang kalipunan ng mga lingkod-bayan
na magsusulong ng magagandang programa sa iba’t ibang lugar sa ating
The 81 officials and
employees of government were recognized for their outstanding
accomplishments and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical
behavior in public service.
Each individual or
group received either a gold-gilded medallion expertly crafted by the
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas or a trophy designed by National Artist
for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva, a plaque, and a cash prize.
The CSC administers
the annual nationwide Honor Awards Program to promote morale,
efficiency, integrity, responsiveness and courtesy in the civil
service. The program seeks to recognize and reward state officials and
employees for their outstanding contributions and achievements in the
delivery of public service.
The 2011 Outstanding
Public Officials and Employees include Laguna Gov. Jeorge E.R.
Ejercito Estregan, Sta. Rosa, Laguna Mayor Arlene Arcillas, Misamis
Occidental Public Employment Service Office Manager Lucia Buaquiña,
Philippine Air Force-Clark Air Base (Pampanga) Technical Sergeant
Jesus Fabian, Special Science Teacher III Janeth Fuentes (Leyte),
Philippine Army (General Santos City) Col. Joselito Kakilala, Negros
Occidental Solid Waste Management Team.
Research Specialist Lucille Abad (PNRI-QC), State Auditor Helen
Cailing, Bohol Governor Edgardo Chatto, Postman Jelyn Duting,
Administrative Aide Joey Fernandez, Medical Officer Eleanor Javonillo,
Master Teacher Edgar Madlaing, Forestry Technician Elpidio Malinao
(Posthumous), Maguindanao Vice Mayor Ramon Piang Sr., Teacher 1 Lorna
Ibban Pulalon (Posthumous).
Bayle Baguioan, Electronics and Communciation Equipment Technician
Dionisio Cagampang, Social Welfare Officer Aileen Cuevas, District
Jail Warden Ma. Annie Espinosa, Philippine Navy Commander Jose Renan
Suarez (Service Force, Philippine Fleet-Cavite City), Aerobic Rice
Research, Development and Extension Program (Bulacan Agricultural
State College), Dumalag Rural Health Unit (Capiz), Northern Mindanao
Integrated Agricultural Research Center (Cagayan De Oro City),
Philippine Textile Research Institute (Taguig City), and Provincial
Health Office Dental Team (Bangued, Abra).
response saves Japanese nationals
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan City – A service vehicle of the Ciriaco Hotel in Calbayog
City with seven Japanese nationals on board met an accident on
November 6 at about 1:25PM along the Maharlika Highway at the vicinity
of Barangay Tizon, Tarangnan, Samar. The service vehicle was on its
way back to
after visiting sites for medical mission when it collided with a cargo
truck heading towards the opposite direction.
The headquarters of
the 14th Infantry Battalion (14IB) Philippine Army was immediately
informed of the incident being the primary Army unit in-charge of
security in the area. Lt.Col. Jennie M Heyasa, the Executive Officer
of the battalion, dispatched a rescue team with two vehicles to
facilitate the transport of the injured persons to the Samar
Provincial Hospital. The 14IB also sought the assistance of the
Tarangnan Municipal Police Office which sent a team to address the law
enforcement concerns on the incident.
The Camp Lukban
Station Hospital of the 8th Infantry Division also sent an ambulance
with a medical team to assist the rescue team of 14IB in the
evacuation of the injured persons to Catbalogan City.
After the initial
treatment of the injured persons at the
the hospital provided an ambulance along with the ambulance of the
Saint Camillos Hospital that was sent from Calbayog City to bring the
patients to Saint Paul Hospital in Tacloban City for further
All of the patients
except one are now in stable condition according to the attending
physician. Mr. Yoshinori Miura who is suffering from disorientation is
still confined at the hospital Intensive Care Unit.
MGen. Mario F Chan
AFP, the Commander of the 8th Infantry Division expresses his
heartfelt gratitude to all the organizations who readily offered their
services to make the evacuation and treatment of the injured persons a
DILG urges strong
finish for country’s bet in ”New Seven Wonders” contest
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
TACLOBAN CITY – To
ensure that the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) lands in the
final list of New Seven Wonders of Nature worldwide polling contest,
the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging
LGUs to initiate simultaneous text voting and to facilitate online
voting before the contest ends on November 11, 2011 (Friday).
Director Pedro A. Noval, Jr. said the office has received information
that PPUR was recently named by Bernard Weber, President and Founder
of New7Wonders as among the Top 10 finalists among the 28 entries
entering the final week of the campaign. He credited this to the
concerted action by the private sector and the government. “Our LGUs
have joined in by adopting the PPUR campaign through flag-raising
ceremonies, training, conventions, outdoor advertising, and even in
the recent barangay assemblies”, said Dir. Noval.
The Top Ten (listed
alphabetically), are: the Dead Sea, the Grand Canyon, the Great
Barrier Reef, Halong Bay, Jeita Grotto, Jeju Island, Komodo Island,
Puerto Princesa Underground River, Sundarbans and Vesuvius.
However, it was noted
that there could still be changes in the final list, as witnessed in
the first campaign for the man-made wonders of the world, with
competing countries making increased last ditch efforts for the final
Thus, a heightened and
forceful effort in the last few days by all sectors would ensure that
the Philippine entry stays among the leaders in the N7WN campaign,
said Dir. Noval. He said people can show their support by visiting
http://www.new7wonders.com/ and following the instructions in that
The public may
likewise avail of the “Pera sa Kweba” promo initiated by the private
sector, which reputedly offers the biggest prize money ever for a text
The promo runs until
December 28 this year. It offers a Grand Prize of P25 million and five
consolation prizes of P1 Million each to be drawn on December 30,
2011. It aims to make Filipinos appreciate why PPUR deserves to be
among the finalists of the N7WN contest.
Texters can also win
P10,000 in daily draws, P100 thousand in bi-weekly draws and P250
thousand in monthly draws. To join, just send PPUR to 2861 (all
networks) at P2.50 per SMS. You will then receive a confirmation reply
for every trivia successfully downloaded.
Each PPUR trivia
downloaded before November 11, 2011 entitles the sender to two (2)
raffle entries, while those sent and received from November 11 to
December 28, 2011 corresponds to one (1) entry. For its part, DILG
(which chairs the PPUR-N7WN campaign task force) is in the process of
distributing posters on the mechanics of PPUR Pera sa Kweba to all
parts of the country to help in the information drive. Those
interested may also visit the official promo website at http://www.puerto-undergroundriver.com/pera-sa-kweba/
benefits for a country being listed among the New Seven Wonders of
Nature is estimated at upwards of One Billion dollars, reason why
nations vigorously campaign for inclusion of their natural attractions
in that coveted list.
LSA athletes assured
Media Relations Center
November 5, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – The
provincial government of Leyte assured support to young athletes in
the province not only in terms of sports training but further
education in the future particularly for scholarship grants for
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla revealed during the recent 2011 Provincial Athletics
Meet for Leyte province, that athlete-scholars of the Leyte Sports
Academy (LSA) are now being assured of a college education once they
graduate from high school.
“These are big
universities in Manila who already have expressed their interest to
take in our LSA athletes as scholars once they get to college,” Gov.
Petilla announced to the crowds during the provincial meet held in
Alangalang, Leyte which hosted this year’s provincial sports fete.
The Leyte Sports
Academy is a free sports training and education program initiated by
the provincial government of Leyte through Gov. Petilla for qualified
athletes coming from various public and elementary schools in the
From more than 37
athlete-scholars when it opened in 2009, the academy now trains 70
young athletes who are provided free training, accommodation and
education at the Leyte Sports Development Center where the academy is
Sports training are in
the field of boxing, badminton, swimming and track and field.
Gov. Petilla said that
the province is designing the Leyte Sports academy to be a long-term
and sustainable program that would continue whoever sits as the
communications giant SMART has assured support to the Leyte Sports
Academy through their SMART Sports program which provides assistance
to grassroots sports in the country.
“Thus, we are trying
to tie up with the private sector, the private companies in
particular, to support this program so that it can stand on its own
and continue to train deserving athletes in the province,” Gov.
He added that this
likewise include tie-ups with universities which can accommodate these
athletes for college education.
The governor enthused
that the athletes’ performance and the program itself have both caught
attention that the present scholars of the academy would have college
scholarships once they finish secondary school.
LSA athletes competed
in the 2011 Leyte Provincial Meet over the weekend representing their
2nd Visayas Blogging
Summit in Cebu
By NANCY R. CUDIS
CEBU CITY – Bloggers
are invited to join the 2011 Visayas Blogging Summit on Nov. 26, 2011
at SM City Cebu.
With the theme,
“Blogging and Beyond”, the 2011 Visayas Blogging Summit – the second
after its launch in Iloilo last year – highlights the value of
blogging as a potent tool in community development and in encouraging
phenomenon in the Visayas continues to grow, reinforced by the
emergence of blogging organizations dedicated to professionalize the
local blogging community. However, a lot of work still needs to be
done,” Kevin Ray Chua, president of Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. (CBSi),
CBSi, a SEC-registered
organization of Cebu bloggers committed to bring pride to Cebu through
blogging, is the host and organizer of this year’s Visayas Blogging
Chua pointed out that
through this summit, bloggers will be able to network with other
fellow bloggers, be updated on the current Philippine blogosphere, and
find opportunities to uphold the Bloggers’ Social Responsibility.
Ruben Licera Jr., vice
president of CBSi, noted that while the Visayas blogging community
mostly compose of individuals ages 14 to 35 who are daily engaged with
the Internet, a large number of them still needs to be educated on the
right decorum and ethics of social media.
“There is also a large
portion of social media practitioners and bloggers who need to be
empowered and tapped to contribute to community development and
participatory governance,” he added.
The topics during the
2011 Visayas Blogging Summit will focus on empowering social media
practitioners to be responsible citizen journalists and catalysts in
their communities through new media. The summit will culminate with
the Best Cebu Blogs Awards Night.
The following day, on
Nov. 27, a Cebu Heritage Tour will take interested participants to
various attractions in the province.
More than 250 bloggers
from the Visayas are expected to attend the summit. Bloggers from
Luzon and Mindanao are also invited to participate.
While the 2011 Visayas
Blogging Summit is for bloggers maintaining a blog that is at least
three months old with regular postings, CBSi is inviting students to
join as part of its advocacy to promote the responsible use of social
The Visayas Blogging
Summit, which was first organized by the Iloilo Bloggers in Iloilo
City, is a gathering of bloggers in the Visayas to talk on issues and
concerns related to blogging and discuss how to further make blogging
an effective tool for community development.
For more information
on the 2011 Visayas Blogging Summit, or to register, please visit
Yellow Ladies Movement
a key to empower women
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO,
CALBAYOG CITY – Just
in time for the 60th birth anniversary of the late Mayor Reynaldo S. Uy, Ining Uy’s Foundation and the Yellow Ladies Movement (YLM) have
finally taken its initial step when over five thousand people gathered
on October 28, 2011 at the Northwest Samar State University
Socio-cultural Hall for the joint launching and mass induction of
officers representing the different towns and two cities of Samar
It was learned that
Yellow Ladies was conceptualized when the family was grieving for the
untimely death of Calbayog Mayor Reynaldo Uy where it was noticed that
most women who attended the wake were wearing yellow shirts or suites.
In an interview with
Aica Uy-Delgado, eldest child of the late mayor, she said that yellow
means seeking justice; and for over six months, the family is still
hungry for justice.
But the death of her
dad would not stop her from pursuing its advocacy in protecting women
and children whose primary objective as a doctor is to save lives.
Aware of the present
economic status of Samar, Uy’s eldest sibling felt it‘s time for the
Yellow Ladies Movement to do something to alleviate the situation of
women by empowering themselves.
Saddened by the notion
linking the YLM to politics, she clarified that the movement will
stand up fighting for the rights of women and children and the key
members of the community.
“I hate to tackle the
recall election. Ang sa amin ni Eunice (referring to Board Member
Eunice Babalcon), may recall o wala, YLM will stand. We don’t need
election, we don’t need position, we don’t need the capitol, we need
the people, we need to empower them,” she said.
She added that she
wanted to change the traditional “dole-out system” where Samareños
relied so much from politicians and government efforts.
For more than a month
of tapping some municipalities in the province, over ten thousand
women signified their intentions to get involved with the movement.
As a new organization,
YLM Executive Chair Aica Uy-Delgado wanted to make
Samar a hub of all its efforts and initiatives.
Among the programs
that they would like to implement first are the feeding programs for
the children, visit newly-born babies and mothers in their respective
centers or units and providing them support.
Aside from the
personal connections that they would like to establish in the
community, YLM also wanted to create awareness in regard to the
pressing situation happening in the society such as human trafficking
and educate them the rights of women and children as mandated in the
constitution. Furthermore, the movement assured to provide them with
psychological, legal and health care interventions to rebuild their
self-confidence thus, making them worthy citizens of the country.
The YLM doesn’t only
recognize women but also gay members of the community.
To sustain their
programs, different initiatives have been planned out such as
fund-raising activities, seek donations from other benefactors and
organize tournaments involving other towns and cities.
YLM hopes to
provide livelihood opportunities to its members and be dependent on
their own efforts and become partners of their husbands in providing
food for the families.
ANAD Rep. Alcover
chides Lacierda for issuing negative-pregnant statements
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY –
“ANAD is firm in its stand that the secessionist war waged by the
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) against government still exists
despite the on-going peace negotiations between the two panels. Isn’t
giving P5million to the MILF tantamount to giving aid to an enemy of
government, for whatever purpose it shall serve?” asked ANAD Rep. Jun
Alcover as he chided Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda for
responding in general terms.
However, Rep. Alcover
said that Lacierda’s statement, as reported by media (Palace defends
P5M aid to MILF, 10-28-11, www.abs-cbnnews.com,) is an open admission
that indeed Malacañang gave P5 million, in check, to the MILF. “Rather
than dishing out negative-pregnant responses to media, Atty. Lacierda
ought to give a clearer and categorical response to the issue,” he
Reacting to Lacierda’s
call to go back and look for the definition of Treason in the Revised
Penal Code, Rep. Alcover pointed out saying, “Article 114, Book Two of
Republic Act 3815, otherwise known as An Act Revising the Penal Code
and other Penal Laws, defines treason as: ‘. . . Any person who, owing
allegiance to (the United States or) the Government of the Philippine
Islands, not being a foreigner, levies war against them or adheres to
their enemies, giving them aid or comfort within the Philippine
Islands or elsewhere (emphasis ours), shall be punished by reclusion
temporal to death and shall pay a fine not to exceed P20,000 pesos.’
This is clear! The Revised Penal Code’s definition doesn’t only refer
to aid or comfort given to and used by the enemy to fight government.”
“Why give the money to
the MILF who has not officially renounced or ended their secessionist
war against government? There are other Muslim groups and individuals
who are capable and could readily implement the very same program
using the very same fund. What is inside the MILF that those outside
the secessionist group are by far different and thus couldn’t achieve
and deliver in terms of constructing the Bangsamoro Leadership and
Management Institute Training Center, training and developing Muslim
leaders, and honing their managerial skills?” asked Rep. Alcover.
“We are serious in our
study on the possible filing of an impeachment complaint against
President Aquino. We are focusing on the three impeachable offenses:
Treason, Betrayal of public trust, and Culpable violation of the
Constitution,” Rep. Alcover explained.
On the required
two-witness rule for the case of treason to prosper, “This already has
been fully satisfied by the statements made by OPAPP Sec. Teresita
Deles, Presidential Spokesman Lacierda, and GPH panel head to the MILF
talks Dean Marvic Leonen to media, in separate forums and occasions,”
“At the moment, we are
hopeful and upbeat that
ANAD could readily initiate the complaint to protect the interest of the
Filipino people and the government as a whole,” Rep. Alcover