LSA athletes competes
in National Batang Pinoy 2011 this December
Gov. Carlos Jericho Petilla assured support to the Leyte Sports
Academy (LSA) athletes’ bid in the Batang Pinoy 2011 to be held
in Naga City this December. Fourteen LSA athletes qualified to
compete in this national sporting event. Seen here, the governor
met with a gold medalist athlete from San Isidro, Leyte.
Media Relations Center
December 7, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY –
Fourteen athletes of the
Leyte Sports Academy
have qualified to compete in the newly revived Batang Pinoy 2011 after
they garnered gold and silver medals in the Batang Pinoy Visayas Leg
in Dumaguete City last November.
Former board member
Rowil Batan who now heads the
Leyte Sports Academy
of the provincial government says LSA’s sports scholars earned spots
to compete in the National Batang Pinoy 2011 to be held in
Camarines Sur on December 10-13.
Batan said this would
be a good exposure for the athletes to compete in the national level
and be able to compete with athletes who have undergone trainings
“We have fairly raw
sports talents at the academy now as we have just started more than a
year ago. Competitions such as this will be a very good exposure for
them. We are just thankful that they earned spots to compete in the
national level,” Batan said.
Though he hopes the
athletes to do well in the upcoming Batang Pinoy, the LSA management
is not expecting much for a medal haul considering the other
contingents have years of training to back on way ahead of the LSA
Leyte Gov. Carlos
Jericho Petilla meanwhile assured support to the athletes’ bid in the
Batang Pinoy 2011 event saying he is proud the athletes are doing well
in their recent respective competitions.
LSA athletes figured
well in the Leyte Provincial Meet 2011 in Alangalang and is also
looking forward to a good medal standing in the EVRAA Meet next year.
To further strengthen
the country’s sports development program, the Philippine Sports
Commission (PSC) revived the Batang Pinoy. After being shelved for
eight years, the Batang Pinoy has been designed to discover athletes
15 years old and below.
The Batang Pinoy 2011
is held in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd),
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Leagues of
Provinces, Cities, Municipalities and Barangays.
The Philippine Olympic
Committee (POC) and the various national sports associations run and
oversee the technical management of the event.
school-based Palarong Pambansa, the Batang Pinoy caters to
out-of-school youths through the joint effort of the PSC and the host
local government unit.
athletes in Batang Pinoy 2011 shall undergo high-level training for
three years in preparation for the second Youth Olympic Games in
Nanjing, China in 2014.
Batang Pinoy 2011 is
supported by Smart, Maynilad, Summit Natural Drinking Water and held
in cooperation with MILO, Jollibee, The British Council, Standard
Insurance and Negros Navigation-Super Ferry.
representing their provinces, cities or municipalities will compete in
archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, 3-on-3 basketball, boxing,
chess, judo, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, weightlifting
Ochoa: LGUs are
strategic partners to national development
Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on Tuesday underscored the
importance of local government units (LGUs) as strategic partners of
the Aquino administration in national development and in equitably
distributing its benefits.
Speaking on behalf of
President Benigno S. Aquino III in the 2011 General Assembly of the
League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) in Cebu City, Ochoa
said the government will continue to engage LGUs to promote this
partnership and help transform communities into vibrant economies.
“With your help we
hope to transform our towns, cities and provinces into progressive and
vibrant economies that can serve as hubs for the development of new
economic regions,” Ochoa said.
“The formula is
simple: local progress leads to national development, local
productivity results in national prosperity,” Ochoa added.
municipalities to work together and pool their resources in drawing up
a list of projects that is in line with national economic goals.
“Individually, it may not be possible for your towns to undertake
programs and projects that have huge financial requirements; but
together it will be more feasible for you to launch the kind of
projects that can benefit your towns and constituents, as well as
complement national initiatives.”
Citing the experience
of the national government in pursuing projects under the
public-private partnership (PPP), this, too, can be explored at the
LGU level to enable municipalities to support their programs.
“As long as these
projects can provide a return on investment for those involved, you
will be able to attract parties interested in investing in your
areas,” Ochoa told mayors of 1,498 municipalities who participated in
the LMP general assembly held at the Cebu International Convention
He said LGU projects
must be in line with the five Cabinet clusters that were formed by the
President to organize our national goals, namely Good Governance;
Economic Development; Human Development; Security, Justice and Peace;
and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation clusters.
Cabinet cluster system is outlined in Executive Order No. 43.
More than just
establishing a system of governance or organizing the Cabinet into
clusters, EO 43 defines the President’s vision to attain “the good
life” for every Filipino and reflects the national agenda for
administration is still finalizing the details of this national-local
partnership program, Ochoa noted that its components essentially
involve the following: (a) Projects that strategically link localities
with national and global markets such as construction of ports and
airports, and the development of information communication technology
portals; (b) Projects that create economic enterprises such as
“bagsakan” centers, food processing centers, and postharvest and
storage facilities; and (c) Projects that promote tourism.
Ladlad calls for the
resignation of the DOH head
By LADLAD Partylist
PASIG CITY –
Department of Health Sec. Enrique Ona is on the hot seat as the only
political party for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
Filipinos, Ladlad Partylist, calls on the DOH head to resign for his
In the recently
concluded Philippine National AIDS Council plenary meeting, the DOH
head unwittingly suggested that in order to address the rapid rise of
HIV cases in the country, “parents should rein in their homosexual
children and get them tested.”
The Ladlad group was
left aghast by the DOH head’s discriminatory statements. “Sec. Ona
should be prudent with his remarks. I am personally asking him to act
befitting his stature as a medical doctor and head of the DOH.” said
Ms. Bemz Benedito, Ladlad chairperson. “He should resign from his
post, because bigotry and insensitivity has no place in public service
specifically for high-ranking officials,” Benedito added.
The DOH Secretary
elaborated further on how to solve the HIV crisis: “I was just given
the information that, for example, the Partylist Ladlad has 67,000
members. Let’s just assume that there are 100,000 of them and get the
ages, from say, 20-35 and ask all of them to have HIV/AIDS test.
Wouldn’t that be a practical solution too?”
“Now, I presume that
Sec. Ona is becoming senile and can no longer confront what is right
and what is wrong,” Benedito said. “I would like to remind the good
secretary that his proposal is a violation of our human rights as to
our right to privacy and of choice,” the Ladlad chairperson added. “We
should all be very compassionate in dealing HIV cases, no matter how
alarming it is,” Benedito stressed.
Ladlad said, the
Health Secretary’s comment was not at all helpful in a time of crisis.
In a recent survey, the Philippines is one of the seven countries
worldwide that is experiencing an acceleration in the spread of the
HIV epidemic. The latest HIV and AIDS Registry (September 2011)
recorded 8 new HIV infections a day – a steep increase from the one
case a day that was reported four years ago.
Moreover, there is
another major setback as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis
and Malaria cancelled Phases 1 and 2 of its Round 11 funding for
2013-2017 – a $2-billion dollar worth of funding which would have
saved a lot of lives here in the Philippines.
Ladlad is also calling
on the government to find a way to resolve the problem quickly because
People Living with HIV (PLHIV) are dependent on free medicines given
through the Global Fund.
Part of the Platforms
of government of Ladlad is to set up testing centers for HIV/AIDS in
major cities in the country. The group has now more than 50,000
members all over the Philippines and will run as partylist in 2013
Brutal dispersal of
protesters in “Occupy Mendiola” during HR week: Exposes Aquino’s state
fascism to the people’s just demands
QUEZON CITY – Human
rights advocates in Southern Tagalog (ST) headed by Karapatan-ST
expressed condemnation to what has happened yesterday when police
forces brutally dispersed mostly youth protesters geared for “Occupy
“It is ironic for such
a clear-cut violation of human rights to happen exactly during the
Human Rights week and days before our commemoration of United Nation’s
International Declaration of Human Rights,” Glen Malabanan, deputy
secretary general of Karapatan-ST stressed. She said that this only
shows how the Aquino government blatantly disrespects the people’s
just demands and is no different from the previous Arroyo
administration’s use of state fascism as the only answer to the
with Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN-ST) and other militant groups
in the region are currently in their 3rd day of the Human Rights
Cultural Caravan. The caravan has arrived two days ago in the
provinces of Quezon, Batangas and Cavite and will now proceed to
Laguna and Rizal. On Dec. 9, the caravan is to set-foot and culminate
in Mendiola to expose the human rights violations of Aquino’s Oplan
Bayanihan counter-insurgency program.
“We are doing our part
here to educate and uplift the political consciousness of the people
with regards to upholding their basic human rights and yet we see that
Aquino and his state forces themselves are ignorant to such rights,”
Meanwhile, Leo “XL”
Fuentes, secretary general of BAYAN-ST expressed similar sentiments to
what had happened in Morayta yesterday, saying that the 1987
Philippine Constitution clearly states that the people have the right
to air their grievances to the government whenever they deem that it
is no longer able to address societal concerns.
“What should Aquino
expect from the people when just less than 2 years into office, we
have already seen the biggest cuts in budget for social services –
such as education and health – in Philippine history?” he asked.
Fuentes narrated the
various human rights violations in Southern Tagalog on different
sectors which includes land-grabbing and land-use conversion in rural
areas; union-busting, low wages and contractualization among workers.
The region has also experienced 13 political killings under the Aquino
regime which includes Celito Baccay, union leader of the Solidarity of
Cavite Workers, Kenneth Reyes, baranggay captain in Lemery and
Chairperson of BAYAN-Batangas, Caloy Rodriguez, union leader of
Calamba Water District and even a youth-leader, Lester Barrientos from
the Southern Tagalog Cultural Network.
“If Aquino will
continue with this character of violence to those who are yearning for
genuine change, it won’t be long before the people will wish him
behind bars – just like Arroyo – for perpetuating this culture of
impunity,” Fuentes stressed.
the cultural caravan is the 5th day of the hunger strike of political
prisoners in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan and Batangas City Provincial
Jail. The hunger strike aims to press Aquino’s government to drop all
fabricated charges and free the all political prisoners in the country
51 of which are from the Southern Tagalog region.
Samar ARC gets early
Christmas gifts from House AR Committee
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– Agrarian reform beneficiaries at Panoypoy Agrarian Reform
Community got an early Christmas treat from House Committee on
Agrarian Reform members Representatives Pryde Henry Teves and Nasser
The two congressmen
visited Panoypoy agrarian reform community (ARC) during their recent
trip to Samar province for the congressional hearing on House Bill 374
(Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill) held in Calbayog City.
Former Agrarian Reform
Secretary now “AA KASOSYO” Party List Representative Pangandaman
pledged P100,000 assistance to a cooperative composed of agrarian
reform beneficiaries (ARBs) as he and Representative Teves (3rd
District, Negros Oriental) side-tripped to Panoypoy ARC prior to the
start of the hearing in the afternoon of November 17 with the Bill
author “Anak Pawis” Rep. Rafael Mariano.
The amount will be
utilized for the Panoypoy Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc.’s livelihood
activities particularly on vegetable production to raise the income of
every ARB household here, Mr. Jose Alsmith Soria, DAR-8 Information
The cooperative was
required to submit a proposal before the amount will be released, Mr.
Development Facilitator Raul Monforte disclosed that the average
annual household income in this ARC is at P58,000 which is below the
For his part, Rep.
Teves, chairman of the committee on agrarian reform in the Lower
House, called on the members of the cooperative to submit resolutions
requesting funding for projects that would help improve the lives of
the farmers particularly the 62 ARBs in this area.
Teves instructed the
ARBs to submit all these documents to his office in the House of
Representatives as soon as possible to be included in the agenda of
the committee’s next session and eventually get funded under the
current fiscal year.
Among the problems
presented by the cooperative and prayed that these get funded are road
opening in the interior-most part of Barangay Panoypoy to hasten the
transportation of the farmer’s products for trading; and the upgrading
of water supply facility in the area from level-1 to level-2.
From Barangay Panoypoy
one has to take two rides with a total fare of P40 in reaching the
city proper, which is 24 kilometers away.
Eliasem Castillo of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), who
accompanied Teves and Pangandaman, was happy with the latter’s visit
to the ARC as it turned out to be beneficial to the ARBs.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Gregorio Fiel Jr. to provide
the necessary assistance to the ARBs in coming up with the required
proposals and resolutions before the deadline set by the congressmen.
According to him,
these are opportunities that we must grab in improving the quality of
life of the CARP beneficiaries.
likewise presented the accomplishments and balances of CARP
implementation in the region under its three program components – Land
Tenure Improvement; Program Beneficiaries Development; and Agrarian
Justice Delivery, during the hearing as the committee also assesses
the status of program implementation in the country.
On 3rd day of detained artist Acosta's hunger strike
pull-out of troop deployment in civilian jail
By FREE ERICSON ACOSTA
QUEZON CITY – Today
is the third day of detained artist Ericson Acosta's hunger strike.
The Free Ericson Acosta Campaign (FEAC) today received this update
from one of its convenors, Renato Reyes Jr. of BAYAN:
"Just came from
Calbayog court. The prosecution wants Ericson transferred to the
Catbalogan Jail (near the headquarters of the AFP's 8th Infantry
Division), even if all his hearings will be in Calbayog. They fear
that Ericson will be rescued by the NPA if he stays in Calbayog. Jail
security is tight. There is an army squad camped out literally outside
the window of the prison receiving area where we met. CHR Calbayog
says it will look into the AFP detachment beside the jail."
The FEAC demands the
pull out of the highly irregular, if not illegal, military deployment
at the Samar sub-provincial jail in Calbayog, a civilian detention
facility. According to Acosta, a platoon of soldiers from the 87th IB
were first deployed in the nearby barrio since July in the pretext of
Today, a squad from
the 14th IB loiters inside the facility’s premises listening in to
Acosta's conversations with visitors. The military troops also impose
on the guards to show them records of prison visitors.
Acosta says that it is
necessary to maintain the civilian nature of the
Samar sub-provincial jail. “It is also a challenge for civilian
authorities to assert their power over these military ‘invaders’.”
The troop deployment
and overkill security arrangement during Acosta’s first court
appearance where he was made to ride the jail vehicle as a lone
detainee in the midst of soldiers in full battle gear “are symptoms of
one affliction." “Fascism is the most dangerous type of paranoia,”
Acosta is scheduled to
appear in court on December 8, 2011. His counsel, a group of lawyers
from the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, will once again move to
defer proceedings pending the DOJ’s decision on Acosta’s review
petition filed last September 1. The motion to transfer custody of the
Acosta is also scheduled to be heard, but the NUPL has yet to receive
a copy of the motion.
Instead of wasting
government and military resources with Acosta's security arrangements,
the FEAC reiterates its appeal to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to
withdraw fabricated charges of illegal possession of explosives lodged
against him, and to effect Acosta’s release from detention
“Malaki ang aking
pag-asang bibigyan aksyon ng DOJ ang kaso ni Ericson. Manalig tayo
dito," said playwright Malou Jacob who as Executive Director of the
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), personally
appeared at the DOJ to support the filing of Acosta’s review petition.
ako sa kalaboso!” Acosta said in support of CampoutPH which will
commence today at the Mendiola Bridge in Manila.
prisoners welcome House Resolution for immediate release of political
prisoners, urge PNoy to release PPS this December
QUEZON CITY – Former
political prisoners led by the Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa
Detensyon at Aresto today welcomed the recently filed resolution of
some 38 congresspersons strongly urging Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino
III “to grant general, unconditional, and omnibus amnesty to political
prisoners…who are victims of political repression and charged or
convicted of political and/or common crimes on acts in furtherance of
their political beliefs.”
Among those who
initiated the House Resolution 1956 are Teddy Casiño, Neri Colmenares,
Rafael Mariano, Luz Ilagan, Emmi de Jesus, Raymond Palatino, Antonio
Tinio, Emil Ong, Philip Pichay, Bernadette Herrera–Dy, Susan Yap,
Pryde Henry Teves, Florencio Noel, Nelson Dayanghirang, Florencio
Flores Jr., Benjo Benaldo, Carol Jayne Lopez, Vicente Belmonte,
Abigail Faye Ferriol, Rommel Amatong, Joselito Mendoza, Benhur
Salimbangon, Nancy Catamco, Fatima Aliah Dimaporo, Joseph Victor
Ejercito, Teddy Baguilat Jr., Benjamin Asilo, Winnie Castelo, Agapito
Guanlao, Fernando Gonzalez, Rosendo S. Labadlabad, Pangalian Balindong,
Acmad Tomawis, Marcelino Teodoro, Arturo Robes, Sherwin Tugna, Nur
Jaafar, and Tupay Loong.
Angie Ipong, secretary
general of SELDA, said most of the 356 political prisoners, some 250
of them, were victims of political persecution under the Arroyo
administration, as they were illegally arrested, tortured and detained
under her rule. 78 are arrested and detained under the present
administration. “They were charged with fabricated criminal cases to
cover up their political persecution. Of this number, 13 are elderly,
43 are sick and 35 are women political prisoners. Pres. Aquino should
heed this growing call for their immediate release for just and
humanitarian reasons. Like what he did last year with the Morong 43,
he should grant the unconditional release of political prisoners this
December,” Ipong said.
Lined up as priorities
for release are the following:
a. The ten political
prisoners who were supposed to have been released in 2001 and 2004 as
agreed upon in the peace talks before it was scuttled by the Arroyo
government, namely: Matricio Manuelito, Joshue Ungsod, Juanito Itaas,
Rogelio Natividad, and Darwin Rojas (2001); Ricardo Solangon, Galo
Omar, Palili Jammang, Moner Taufic and Abubakar Bimbas (2004)
b. The elderly, ailing
and long-detained PPs who should be expeditiously released on
humanitarian grounds, specifically Rolando Paniamogan, the Alegre
family, Sandino Esguerra, and Mohamadiya Hamja.
c. The remaining NDFP
consultants in jail who are protected by the Joint Agreement on Safety
and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and, based on the GPH Negotiating
Panel’s commitment last February in Oslo to release most, if not all,
political prisoners. Specifically they are Alan Jazmines, Tirso
Alcantara, Randy Malayao, Edgardo Friginal, Eduardo Sarmiento,
Leopoldo Caloza, Emeterio Antalan, Ramon Patriarca, Danilo Badayos,
Alfredo Mapano, Pedro Codaste, and Edwin Brigano.
d. *Hors de combat
*Vanessa de los Reyes, a young woman NPA guerilla who is now paralyzed
from the waist down after her spine was hit with a bullet.
e. The 35 women
political prisoners who are all vulnerable to sexual harassment and
violence while in prison, in addition to what other PPs suffer.
f. Ericson Acosta and
Maricon Montajes, two artists from UP Diliman who chose to study and
delve into the situation of farmers and articulate their plight
through their crafts, are charged with illegal possession of
explosives and firearms.
Ipong also stated that
political prisoners nationwide are now on their 3rd day of hunger
strike and fasting to call for their immediate release.