Mayor Lucia Astorga
traveled all the way to Las Navas,
Northern Samar to attend the launch of the “Agrikulturang Pantawid
Pamilyang Pilipino” which was attended by Alcala and DSWD Secretary
In a text message,
Astorga said that P220,000 was intended for the Cabugao and Casab-ahan
farmer-families while another P170,000 was for the Valles and Cabiton-an
“This amount can help
my constituents,” Astorga said.
The project guarantees
land development and employment opportunities for the sustainable
livelihood of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries directly or indirectly
dependent on agriculture.
The launching was
highlighted by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed
by DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman and DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala.
Under the MOA, both
agencies identified the sites and beneficiaries of the project and
consolidate farming operations for the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.
With Region VIII as
the pilot site, the project also seeks to demonstrate innovative
farming systems technology, showcase agricultural modernization
efforts and adopt the project’s developed technologies and its
After six months of
implementation in Region VIII, the project will be rolled out in other
regions to ensure its sustainability.
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino project also aims to prepare and encourage
the younger generations, such as the children of the beneficiaries to
go into agricultural farming through trainings and social
preparations. The goal is to propagate the project to provide
sustainable livelihood for the beneficiaries and their children,”
Secretary Soliman said.
PNP beefs up
Catbalogan police force for Christmas holidays
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA
December 16, 2011
CATBALOGAN CITY –
Augmentation forces for the Catbalogan police will soon be arriving
for the Christmas holidays.
This was the gist of
the statement given by Police Superintendent Avelino Doncillo in an
interview with PIA-Samar, Thursday.
“First, some 32 PNP
elements were downloaded to Catbalogan, then another 35
PNP recruits undergoing field training will be dispatched
very soon to increase our police visibility,” said the Catbalogan
He added that the
policemen will be deployed in crowded areas in downtown Catbalogan.
It will be recalled
that during the Pacquiao-Marquez fight, in broad daylight three
hold-up men stormed LBC and carted away more than half a million pesos
cash, however, the police claimed charges have been filed against the
offenders identified through the CCTV cameras.
Aside from police
visibility, Doncillo said he will coordinate with the Samar police
provincial office fires and explosive unit for them to disseminate
information on air about their operations to regulate the selling of
Later, they will
inspect the firecrackers stalls and extend the full force of the law
if there will be violators.
“The Letter of
Instruction (re Firecrackers) has long been there, all we need is to
review this, remind the firecracker business community to make sure
that those they sell are allowed by law,” Doncillo explained.
“I wish that
Catbaloganons will have a safe Christmas and it can be done if they
will also support the police, obey the laws, ordinances and provide
bits and pieces of information if needed,” added Doncillo.
The challenge to
secure half a million Catbaloganons and even more from nearby
municipalities doing shopping in this commercial area has fallen on
this PNP officer and his men.
Light a Tree Contest
in Samar draws unprecedented nightly crowd
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA
December 16, 2011
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The ‘Light a Tree’ contest that ushered Christmas Festival in
Samar’s capitol grounds has been attracting an unprecedented
This was the
observation of vendors who have also mushroomed on the capitol park to
cater to the crowd every night.
Some 80 offices, NGOs
and civil groups have joined the contest. Their "trees" has been lit
on December 3, 2011 and have since then continued to be improved by
additions of more lights.
three-hectare area of the Capitol is glittering with colorful
Christmas lights and the sound system blaring with Christmas songs.
SAMELCO 2 corner,
which is heavily lit, is a mini village with nipa huts, with ‘linemen’
on the job and a giant Christmas tree in the midst.
entry is that of the army where the ‘nativity tableau’ is guarded by
army elements in full battle gear.
Still another is a
mini-ship from the Coast Guard where the ‘nativity’ is set on the
boat’s deck complete with animals copied from the real Belen.
Thus, young and old
alike are drawn towards the capitol park at night despite the
intermittent rains that pour in the evenings.
Budoy who sells
popcorns have to ‘pop’ corn several times as it sells briskly with
young promenaders at the park.
“Last Sunday, when the
weather was fair, we sold P3,000 worth of popcorns,” he said.
palamig and other street foods line the perimeter wall of the capitol
in the evenings, with business operations lasting up to one o'clock in
December 17, the 80 contestants of the ‘Light a Tree’ will face the
final judgment with P50,000 cash prize for the first prize and on
Sunday, is the great Christmas Party to be sponsored by the provincial
government under Gov. Sharee Ann Tan.
and pyrotechnic zones, LGUs told
By DILG Office of Public Affairs
MANILA – “Establish
“firecracker and pyrotechnic zones” where people may light
firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in celebrating Christmas and the
Thus, Interior and
Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo on Thursday asked
provincial governors, city and municipal mayors and punong barangays
throughout the country in an effort to minimize casualties that goes
with the revelry this holiday season especially on New Year’s Day.
“Let’s strive to
minimize or even go for “zero casualties” in firecracker-related
injuries and incidence of fire this Yuletide season,” Robredo said.
“And the idea of
designating a specific firecracker and pyrotechnic area in a community
could help a lot in attaining our objective,” he added.
The DILG secretary
enjoined local chief executives to regulate the sale, manufacture,
distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in
their respective localities as mandated by Republic Act 7183.
In his directive,
Robredo urged local authorities to see to it that only the following
types of firecrackers are manufactured, sold, distributed or used
namely, baby rocket, “bawang,” small triangulo, pulling of string,
paper cups, el Diablo, Judah’s belt, sky rocket (kwitis) and other
types equivalent in explosive content.
devices, those that are allowed are sparklers, luces, fountain, jumbo,
mabuhay, Roman candle, trompillo, airwolf, whistle device, butterfly,
directed local officials to take the lead in the conduct of an
information campaign on the proper use of all kinds of firecrackers
and pyrotechnic devices, and to be watchful of radical groups that may
take advantage of the holiday season’s merriment for their lawless
DPWH-8 gets P1.93-B
budget for EV infra projects in Q4 of 2011
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – An
additional P1.93 Billion budget for
infrastructure project was released in the last quarter of 2011, the
Department of Public Works and Highways in the Region informed.
This is more than the
P1.8 Billion budget for the entire year, thus making DPWH Region 8 the
only region in the country with additional budget higher than the
regular budget, DPWH-8 Director Rolando Asis said.
explained that the additional fund is part of the stimulus package of
the Aquino government that is aimed at boosting the infrastructure
spending in the Region.
With the additional
releases, the DPWH in the Region has to fast track works for ongoing
projects in order to achieve at least 80% accomplishment by the end of
December, the DPWH director added.
Director Asis said
that among the projects covered in the additional budget are the road
opening connecting Babatngon and Barugo towns in
Leyte; diversion road construction in
Calbayog City, San
Isidro-Lope de Vega road opening in Northern Samar; Arteche-Lapinig
Road improvement linking the provinces of Eastern Samar and Northern
Samar; and the rehabilitation of the Carigara Bridge in Leyte.
The DPWH director
disclosed that for the regular fund allocation, “we are almost
complete,” however, due to additional allocations for the last
quarter, it is impossible for the Agency to attain 100%
He however gave the
assurance that the agency will continue the implementation of the
projects early next year.
In earlier reports,
the DPWH justified the low spending in the first half of 2011 as a
result of its move for quality spending and realignments requested by
politicians and people themselves.
LGU, Army distributes
600 food packs to indigent families in Leyte
By 19th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
KANANGA, Leyte – The
Army’s 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion and 82nd CMO (Busilak)
Company in coordination with the provincial government dispensed today
a total of 600 food packs to three barangays in Leyte.
The activity benefited
some 600 indigent families in barangays Mahawan of Kananga, Tinaguban
of Carigara and Tabangohay of Alang-alang through a simultaneous gift
giving and feeding dubbed as Pamaskong Handog 2011.
According to First Lt.
Philip James Hocson, Civil-Military Operation Officer of 19th IB, the
Pamaskong Handog 2011 is a joint initiative which aimed to alleviate
the condition of indigents and revitalize the Filipino’s tradition
during yuletide season. Priorities of the said activity were indigents
residing in remote barangays.
Receiving food packs
and warm arroz caldo distributed by soldiers is not a common scenario
in Brgy. Mahawan of Kananga, Leyte. But for the constituents of Brgys.
Tinaguban in Carigara and Tabangohay in Alang-alang, gift-giving is an
ordinary venture rendered by the soldiers.
It can be recalled
that 19th IB in coordination with the Kiwanis Foundation International
(KFI) handed out school supplies (notebooks, paper, pens, pencils and
sharpeners) to one hundred thirty-three (133) pre-elementary and
elementary pupils of Brgy. Tabangohay on September 28. Likewise, three
boxes of assorted medicines were dispatched for Brgy. Tinaguban during
the launching of the Army-led Pamaskong Handog 2011.
Lt. Col. Cabugon,
Commanding Officer of 19th IB expressed his gratitude for the support
extended by the provincial government of Leyte who co-sponsored the
“We are grateful to
Gov. Petilla for granting us our request. These goods may only feed
the recipients for one day but the good action extended by the local
government will always be remembered”, Cabugon said.
gears for Sinulog fete in January
Media Relations Center
December 14, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – The Lingganay Festival of Alangalang, Leyte was recently given a P700,000
financial assistance from the provincial government of Leyte as it
vies, for the first time in the nationally acclaimed Sinulog Festival
in Cebu City this January.
According to Leyte
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, this is one of the province’s
commitment to support and maintain Leyte’s cultural heritage by
engaging local festivals in national festival competitions as
colourful and prestigious as the Sinulog Festival.
Gov. Petilla said
maintaining a contingent to be fielded in various festival
competitions around the country is no joke, considering the
preparation – both physically and financially just to be able to
“I am sure it’s no
easy task for the Lingganay as they will be bringing the name of the
province as it competes in January,” Gov. Petilla said.
However, he added,
competitions such as the Sinulog is a big opportunity to promote the
town – its cultural richness as well as its economic viability.
Mayor Loreto Yu lauded the governor for his unending support to make
the various festivals in Leyte grow and flourish on its own.
He reported that
already, the Lingganay contingent are deep in practice even as the
Christmas seasons begin this December, to fully prepare for the
The Sinulog Festival
is held every third Sunday of January. In 2011, Abuyog’s Buyogan
Festival earned the second place to Placer,
Masbate’s grand champion spot.
Festival was the grand champion in the 2011 Pintados-Kasadyaan
Festival of Festivals and, together with second placer Karatong
Festival of Dulag, earned the rights to represent the province in the
Sinulog as well as the Aliwan Fiesta in Manila during the summer next
For the 2012 Sinulog,
festival organizers are also expecting contingents from Masbate,
Negros Oriental, Tacloban City, Dulag and Alang-alang in Leyte and
Eastern Samar; while, contingents from Mindanao, Tangub City,
Zamboanga Del Norte, Cotabato and Lanao del Norte have also signified
P1million cash prize awaits the grand champion in the 2012 Sinulog
A communist instigated
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY –
“Definitely it is not democracy at work but a communist instigated
move to discredit our country’s constitution and pillars of
ANAD Rep. Jun Alcover in reaction to the filing by the House of
Representatives of the 8-count and 57 pages impeachment complaint
against Chief Justice Renato Corona.
impeachment case and proceedings is but a numbers game. Nevertheless,
what transpired last Monday (Dec. 12) is definitely one destined for
the Guinness Book of World Records,” he said.
Rep. Alcover explained
that right after the roll call for members present, it was immediately
reported out in plenary that 188 members of the House of
Representatives signed the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice
Corona and approval was made without any discussion by among the
members. “The majority effectively blocked the moves of the minority
to verify the signatories of the complaint. Indeed, it was through in
just about an hour or so from the banging of the gavel to formally
open the day’s session!” the pro-democracy solon said.
Rep. Alcover disclosed
that in the sidelines, a number of those who signed the complaint told
him saying, “I signed because we were told to do so and besides I
can’t do anything against it with the 2012 PDAF plus the additional P1
million to our PDAF for every Congressman, dangled before us. Also,
copies of the impeachment complaint were selectively distributed and
only for the majority block Representatives. Surely, we in the
minority were left in the dark without even a page of the complaint to
read,” Rep. Alcover added.
“Whether this is true
or not is for the majority to respond and explain to the people in the
light of their own crusade for transparency in governance. But there
is a possibility of truth if we compare what happened yesterday to the
impeachment case against then Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez when it
was up for decision by the House in plenary session. In the latter,
there was a high Malacañang official, while occupying an office of a
Congressman-ally, talked to a number of Congressmen explaining the
millions of reasons in asking for the latter’s favorable vote,” he
yesterday (December 12) is the exact replicate of how the Maoist
terrorist Kangaroo Court does their thing. Things were rammed on one’s
throat and in record time! Undeniable and too obvious are the hands of
Maoist terrorist and Smiling communist personalities stirring the
situation and conditions to benefit their respective objectives,” Rep. Alcover stressed.
“The picture is
clear where the Maoist terrorist and Smiling communist
Representatives, in the majority block, are enjoying the perks and
bonuses from PNoy; while prodding their respective sectoral front
groups to hit at PNoy using scathing name-calls and accusing him with
nasty things. These are vivid proofs on how these groups operate and
pressure government, at will. But, it seems PNoy is enjoying this
treatment with his ego constantly titillated,” he said.
banners Leyte’s 2012 tourism promotion
Media Relations Center
December 13, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – Kalanggaman
Island in Palompon town will banner Leyte’s tourism promotion efforts
for 2012 and highlight the area as a prime tourist destination in the
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla, who recently toured the island said, that the
province will support promotional efforts of the local government unit
of Palompon to attract more local and foreign tourists to the area.
However, Gov. Petilla
said, the province’s role would be to invite investor to finance
construction of more tourism facilities as well as develop the area to
draw more tourists and visitors.
“We know that
developing the area would cost a lot for the LGU. Interested
investors would be a big help,” Gov. Petilla said.
Island and Tabuk Marine Park and Bird Sanctuary is part of Leyte’s
Northern Alliance for tourism promotion which together with Canigao
Island in Matalom, Digyo Island in Inopacan, Seven Island Destination
in Tabango and Baybay City are being primed as major eco-tourism spots
The governor however
warned the Palompon LGU to maintain Kalanggaman’s environmental
richness and not to disturb its natural sorroundings.
island with tourists would not equate to sustainable tourism he said.
boasts of clear turquoise water surrounded by white sand with some
rocky part. The eastern and western tips are sandbars that blend well
with the color of the water. Dwarf coconut trees are scattered in the
center, while rich and colorful marine life is resting underneath.
Tourist Police has
already been deployed to the area through the Leyte Norte PNP
Provincial Command. to provide security to the tourist populace and to
ensure their safety. A Tourist Assistance Desk has also been
established to readily answer inquiries and respond to request for