Joma is highly looked
upon by Teddy Casińo and company in the Maoist pseudo partylist
organizations; Renato Reyes, Bagong Alyansya Makabayan Secretary
General; and Satur Ocampo, widely known as the head of the Maoist
terrorist New People’s Army, among others.
Rep. Alcover issued
this statement after a highly confidential and very reliable source in
the Maoist terrorist CPP Central Committee told him that Sison is set
to arrive in the country in time for the CPP’s 43rd founding
anniversary on Dec. 26. “My source said that arrangements by Maoist
CPP officials in the country and the government, through key Maoist
personalities in government, are already in high gear but in a very
low key,” said Rep. Alcover as he refuse to reveal the identity of his
source except saying, “He is responsible in the many information that
ANAD got revealing some important facets of the Maoist CPP’s
activities and directions.”
The same source also
told Rep. Alcover that upon Sison’s return, several instruments, e.g.
Memo of Understanding and others, between the PNoy government and the
Maoist terrorist CPP will be signed. “Foremost among these, is an
instrument that would manifest both parties’ intent to draft an
agreement on the sharing of power of government. In other words, a
coalition government with the Maoist terrorists is in the works,” Rep.
In all likelihood,
“There are reasons why Malacańang deliberately hyped the impeach Chief
Justice Corona issue and have it tailored cut to sway public attention
away from Sison’s return,” Rep. Alcover explained.
“Is their truth to
this? This is a question that the PNoy administration must answer and
explain to the Filipino people. We cannot afford to let go of our
country’s aspirations in exchange for one’s solid intention of making
a mark in our country’s history at the expense of our freedom and
democratic ideals,” said Rep. Alcover.
However, the former
NPA political and commanding officer in Eastern and Central Visayas
turned pro-democracy advocate called on the PNoy administration,
particularly the Department of Justice and other law enforcement
agencies, to serve the number of warrants of arrest issued by the
courts against Joma Sison once he sets his feet in the country. “PNoy
must do this instead of giving Joma the so-called red carpet welcome,
under the guise of the one-sided peace effort (sic!) that Joma and his
peers have consistently shunned and abused. Also, it will show how
steadfast is his government in upholding the rule of law and not just
knit-picking on who shall and shall not be brought to trial before the
courts. Joma must be given his day in court to answer for his crimes
against the Filipino people and prove his innocence, if any,” Rep.
By NINFA B QUIRANTE, PIA
December 19, 2011
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Smuggling of whole coconuts may damage the coconut industry in
This is the emerging
issue that has gripped PCA these past few days, according to a coconut
While the coconut
farmers are a bit offbeat due to the high price of copra, buyers of
whole nuts are having a heyday buying and smuggling them which PCA
believe is to China.
“If this continues,
after some ten years, Philippine coconut industry will die a natural
death,” said Samar Provincial Coconut Development Manager Emiberto
“Our market is swarmed
with cheap products from
and Filipino businessmen can not compete with the low price, many had
to close shop, now we have to protect the industry so as not to be
usurped by China, God forbid,” he added.
He observed that in
Paranas, a lady is reportedly buying whole nuts which the PCA suspects
is smuggling them to China through other clandestine ports where there
is no coast guard.
“We have waited for
the lady to register with us before she can establish her buying
station, but until now, she has not shown up at PCA-Samar provincial
office,” Acasio said.
The law requires
that coconut buyers in nuts and lumber should register with the PCA,
secure permit and secure transport clearance from the regional office
to regulate this activity that could harm the industry in the future.
Government should hire
93K personnel - Cong. Evardone
By ALICE NICART, PIA Eastern
December 19, 2011
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – Government should fill up the 93 thousand vacant position
otherwise the funds would be reverted to government coffers.
This was said by
Congressman Ben Evardone who was in town recently to greet his
constituents for the Christmas season.
Evardone who sits with
the House Appropriation Committee said that the funds for these vacant
positions, is incorporated in the recently approved P1.3 trillion
national budget for 2012.
Of the 93 thousand
positions, it was learned that 67 thousand had been left unfilled in
years which has earned savings for some government agencies and
Today, however, the
budget which President Benigno Aquino has recently signed into a law,
already disallows such a saving-generation strategy of concerned
offices which they used to allot for their additional bonuses and
In a separate source,
Budget Secretary Butz Abad also said that some P23B awaits to be spent
for these unfilled positions and should these remain untouched, it
will be retrieved by government for other meaningful expenditures.
Among others, 12
thousand nurses are needed by the country, 200 doctors, 1,000
midwives, 13 thousand teachers, 665 staff for Congress, 5 thousand for
Supreme Court, 269 for the Civil Service Commission and still more
policemen, auditors, lawyers, soldiers and judges.
More teachers are
needed next year, the source added because of the implementation of
the new DepEd Curriculum K+12. Today’s hiring rate for teachers is
now better-off as compared to the past, because it is now pegged at
P15 thousand a month. Besides, generally, government salary rates are
now close to be competitive with the private sectors and corporations,
the source added.
DOST’s aid for
upgrading of East Visayas SMEs totals P8.8-M in 2011
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Science and Technology for this year released some P8.8
million to upgrade the technology application of some 25 SMEs in
DOST 8 Director
Edgardo Esperancilla said the number of assisted entrepreneurs
exceeded the agency’s 20 target set at the start of 2011.
“Many of these
assisted projects aims address productivity needs of community-based
enterprises in order to create more job opportunities,” Director
Esperancilla informed the media practitioners during the NUTRICOMNET
Media Forum at the Harampang Ha PIA.
The assistance is
centered on SMEs engaged in furniture making, food processing,
farm-based products, and handicrafts making. Forms of assistance
included upgrading of facilities, adoption of DOST developed
technologies, innovation support, and provision of equipments.
Among the assisted
SMEs this year are citronella oil processing facility in Biliran,
Biliran; coconut wine processor in Palo, Leyte; handicrafts production
facility in Kawayan, Biliran; coco-vinegar maker in Salcedo, Eastern
Samar; feed mill plant in San Juan, Southern Leyte; calamansi juice
concentrate processor in Guiuan, Eastern Samar; cheese sticks producer
in Hilongos, Leyte; meat processing center in Guiuan, Eastern Samar;
charcoal briquettes processor in Sogod, Southern Leyte; and Copra
drying and accelerated vinegar production center in Basey, Samar.
Also included in the
list are meat shop and processing center in Bontoc, Southern Leyte;
vegetable-based breads and squash canton noodles maker in Calbayog
City; suman (Balintawak) processing facility in Naval Biliran;
nutritious food baker in Bato, Leyte; chocolate-based products maker
in Bobon, Northern Samar; sweets and desserts producer in Catbalogan
City; upgrading of pastry production facility in Kawayan, Biliran;
bakeshop in Calbiga, Samar; veggie enriched bread maker in Capoocan,
Leyte; delicacies packaging in Borongan City; marine products
processor in Macrohon, Southern Leyte; noodles production in
Catbalogan City; food products improvement in Almeria Biliran; and soy
sauce processing in Tacloban City.
For 2011, the National
Government has set aside P300 million to finance the implementation of
Small Entrepreneurs Technology Upgrading Program (Setup), a nationwide
program designed to upgrade productivity of SMEs through technology
The program enables
firms to address their technical problems through technology transfer
and technological interventions to improve productivity through better
product quality, human resources development, cost minimization and
waste management, and other operation related activities, Director
Setup may be a company or individual firm that is based in the
Philippines and wholly owned by Filipinos citizens, small and medium
scale business firm that can be classified under the identified
priority sectors, and individual firm that is willing to apply
technological improvements in their existing operations.
DA earmarks P474-M for
enhancement of agriculture in Northern Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Agriculture is allotting some P474 million to ensure the
enhancement of agricultural productivity in Northern Samar.
Proceso J. Alcala made the commitment during his recent visit in Las
Navas, Northern Samar where he also forged an agreement with the
Department of Social Welfare and Development to undertake an
initiative called “Agrikulturang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,”
DA-8 RED Antonio Gerundio informed.
Of the P474 million,
Secretary Alcala said P209 million is earmarked as an additional fund
to complete the irrigation component of the Help for Catubig
Agricultural Advancement Project (HCAAP).
HCAAP is expected to
irrigate 4,550 hectares, and benefit more than 1,600 farm families in
the towns of Catubig and Las Navas, Northern Samar.
Secretary Alcala said
the irrigation project will double the province’s irrigated area to
more than 9,000 hectares, from the current 4,500 hectares, and
subsequently increase its annual palay production pegged at 98,300
metric tons (MT) in 2010.
project, the DA Secretary noted, could generate an additional harvest
of about 40,950 MT, at two crops a year and an average harvest of 4.5
MT per hectare per cropping.
In 2010, Northern
Samar produced 98,380 MT of palay from 38,183 hectares, of which 88
percent is rainfed. The province contributed 10 percent to the total
eastern Visayas palay harvest of 964,145 MT last year.
Secretary Alcala also
allotted P230 million for the rehabilitation and construction of other
irrigation projects, and P35 million for farm-to-market roads in
second district of Northern Samar.
In the same occasion,
Secretary Alcala disclosed the Agency’s plan to put up some very vital
infrastructures such us the setting up of a PhilRice Satellite Office
and a multi-million state-of-the-art rice processing complex in
Catubig Valley that will house modern rice milling and drying
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is meant to “uplift”
farmers, fishers and rural folk from poverty.
alleviation project is aimed at enhancing agricultural productivity,
and provides sustainable livelihood and short-term jobs to marginal
families, particularly those engaged in rice, corn, coconut, and
sugar-cane production, and municipal fishing.
It seeks to improve
the agricultural productivity and income of marginal coconut farm
families; construct paddy dikes, irrigation canals and service roads
in undeveloped or unutilized farmlands, and at the same time, generate
additional employment; and implement livelihood projects to benefit
marginal fisher folk families.
During the launching
at Las Navas, DA and DSWD have awarded several farm equipment, tools
and inputs to hundreds of family-beneficiaries. From the DA, they also
received three units of hand tractors, 100 pieces of hand tools, and
100 bags of certified rice seeds; and from the DSWD, two units of hand
tractors, and livelihood project funds.
In addition, the DA
through the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) will construct
a diversion dam in Barangay Guba, Catarman town, and implement an
expanded modified rapid composting project in the province, as part of
the DA’s organic agriculture program.
Tabang Sinirangan Bisayas medical and mercy mission in Gamay, Northern
Samar are intimidated by the presence of the elements of 34th IB
By Tabang Sinirangan Bisayas
TACLOBAN CITY – Tabang
Sinirangan Bisayas, the then Tabang Samar which was initiated by the
Regional People's Network for Hunger and Poverty Alleviation,
supported by the National and Regional People's Organizations, church
sector and individuals who are sympathetic to the dismal condition of
the people particularly in the far-flung municipalities in the region
is currently conducting a Medical and Mercy Mission in Gamay, Northern
Samar which started on the 16th and end on the 20th of this month.
Gamay is a 4th class
municipality in the
According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 21,537 people in
4,434 households. The main source of income of the people in this area
is upland farming, with coconut and palay as main crops.
Due to non-stop rains
as caused by climate change, some of the areas of Gamay, Northern
Samar were flooded which greatly damaged the livelihood of the people
that reduced to almost half of their income.
The hunger and poverty
incidence to this effect is further intensified by the plague of black
bugs which destroyed most of their crops. Coupled with this, is the
low price of copra and some of their products vis-ŕ-vis to the high
cost of commodities such as a sack of rice will now cost 1,600 pesos
which previously is only 1,500. To this effect, most of the farmers
are in dire state of hunger and poverty wherein they will just eat
rice once or twice a day. Militarization also adds up to their already
unbearable burden. Initial reports reveal that human rights violations
are being committed in the area.
The initial report has
reached the office that groups of beneficiaries Barangay San Jose in
the Municipality of Gamay of the currently being served by Medical and
Relief Mission from are being intimidated by the presence of the
elements of 34th IB headed by Lt. Samuza and company. Their
unnecessary presence in the conduct of the mission is causing fear and
apprehensions on the part of the beneficiaries to come to the venue of
the mission and avail the services offered by Tabang Sinirangan
Bisayas. Consequently, their presence is hindering the attainment of
our humble resolve to deliver relief and medical services to the
people in the communities of Gamay. This relief mission has undertaken
all necessary preparations including a formal protocol from the
province and the Local Government Unit and other government agencies
for the full coordination of the whole duration of the Medical and
Mercy Mission and this cannot just be aborted by the harassments of
Given the present
state of affairs at the venue of the medical mission, Tabang
Sinirangan Bisayas is urgently calling the Commanding Officer of the
34th IB of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to pull out his men who
are now in the area where the mercy mission is conducted, whose
presence is causing insurmountable fear among the beneficiaries of
Tabang Sinirangan Bisayas in Gamay. Let this be a sign of his respect
for our our noble cause as prompted by the spirit of the Good
Samaritan and even as we take heed to the call of Christ to serve the
poor and the oppressed which is the very essence of Christmas.
nothing but an illusion
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY – The
Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) Partylist scoffed at the
unilateral 18-day ceasefire declared by the government as nothing but
ANAD Rep. Jun Alcover
said that history tell us of the Maoist NPAs recklessness and
consistently on a rampage against innocent Filipinos, government
security forces and facilities, and businessmen during any unilateral
ceasefire of the government or jointly declared with the Maoist
terrorist NPAs, covering many decades ago.
“The 43-years of
Maoist terrorism vividly tell us how Maoist terrorist demagoguery has
exploited, abused, and insulted all government initiated ceasefire
declarations in order to replenish their logistical requirements,
expand their areas of operation, and conduct forcible recruitment
activities to further advance their inhuman and violent Maoist
revolution. In fact, they committed more ceasefire violations compared
to those allegedly committed by government during any joint or
reciprocal ceasefire,” the
ANAD solon explained.
“To show proof, as
early as a day after PNoy declared the holiday ceasefire from December
16, 2011 to January 2, 2011, 5 army soldiers of the 36th IB, Phil.
Army were killed and 2 wounded by the NPAs in Barangay Mabuhay, Tandag
City, Surigao del Sur last Friday morning (December 16); while a
retired army soldier was shot by bonnet clad assassins in San Fabian,
Echague, Isabela, a trademark of the highly treacherous NPA Sparu hit
To recall, some 10
soldiers of the 63rd IB, PA and 9-year old Joven Cabe were killed when
they were ambushed by Maoist terrorist NPAs in the boundary of Las
Navas and Catubig towns, in Northern Samar, last Dec. 14, 2010, barely
48 hours before the Christmas truce between the government and the
terrorist begins,” he explained.
The former NPA
political and commanding officer in Eastern and
turned staunch pro-democracy advocate stressed that Maoist communist
terrorism cannot and shall never be assuaged by any declaration of
ceasefire. “The only language that they understand is that peace shall
come after the revolution. Thus, no amount of unilateral ceasefire, to
celebrate any and all public occasion, could soften or temper down the
Maoist terrorist’s thirst for blood of innocent Filipinos!” Rep.
Rep. Alcover explained
that the strategy of then President Ramon Magsaysay should serve as
the best model for this administration in dealing with the Maoist
terrorists. “President Magsaysay’s carrot-and-stick strategy brought
down the very same ideologically inspired insurgency where the full
force of the law is applied to those who persist in using the use of
arms against government and the Filipino people, while widely opening
the doors of reconciliation to those serious in going back to the
folds of the law and government,” he added.
unilateral declaration surely will not do any good for the Filipinos
whose thirst for peace had been unquenching and unanswered in the past
decades. Any ceasefire shall remain an illusion unless PNoy gets back
from deep slumbers to boot out those who had been so much engrossed in
manipulating government to serve their selfish ends,” Rep. Alcover
3 Leyte companies get
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Three companies in the province of Leyte have been awarded recently
by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for their
exemplary environmental performance.
The three companies
were identified as the Energy Development Corporation based in Kananga,
Leyte; Green Core Geothermal Inc. in Ormoc City and the Philippine
Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation in Isabel, Leyte.
The three companies
were among the 12 other companies that were cited and were presented
the Seal of Approval under the agency’s Philippine Environment
These new 15 companies
bring to 39 the number of awarded firms since 2009, DENR Secretary
Ramon Paje disclosed during the awarding ceremonies at the DENR Social
PEPP supports the
aspiration of industries towards self-regulation. It aims to promote
corporate social responsibility among the local industries,
particularly those that consider environmental protection an important
part of sound governance.
The DENR Official Seal
of Approval for Track 1 awardees is valid for one year. Industries
that fall under this category should have had no cases filed against
them by the Pollution Adjudication Board of the DENR for three years
prior to their date of application; have fully complied with all
applicable environmental laws, rules, and regulations; and have a
proven record of superior environmental performance.
The PEPP Track 1
recipients will benefit from relaxed requirements in the frequency of
submission of reports, longer validity of permits, and simplified
requirements for securing an Environmental Compliance Certificate for
The PEPP covers all
industrial and commercial establishments, both public and private,
including agri-industrial facilities, manufacturing and commercial
enterprises, and other facility services.
The companies bestowed
with the award, under “Track 1” category, for “going beyond simple
compliance, and being driven by competitiveness, image, and supply
chain requirements to improve their performance” include Aboitiz Power
- Hedcor, Inc. (Beckel, Benguet); PSI Technologies, Inc. (Taguig);
Holcim Philippines - Bacnotan Plan (La Union); STMicroelectronic, Inc.
(Calamba City, Laguna); KEPCO Ilijan Corporation Philippines (Ilijan,
Batangas); Aboitiz Power Renewables, Inc. - Mak-Ban Geothermal Plant
(Bay, Laguna); Aboitiz Power Renewables, Inc. - Tiwi Geothermal Plant
(Tiwi, Albay); Energy Development Corporation (Kanangga, Leyte); Green
Core Geothermal, Inc. (Ormoc, Leyte); Philippine Associated Smelting
and Refining Corporation (Isabel, Leyte); Nestle Philippines, Inc. -
CDO Factory (Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City); Holcim Philippines - Davao
Plant (Ilang, Davao City); Alliance Select Foods International (Tambler,
General Santos City); Southern Philippines Power (Alabel, Saranggani
Province); and Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. - General Santos
Plant (Bula, General Santos City).
In the same occasion,
Absolut Distillers, Inc. was awarded a Special Citation for
Environmental Excellence, for winning the Green Apple Award in London,
England, last November 14. The citation award was received by business
tycoon Dr. Lucio Tan. Absolut Distillers was also one of the PEPP
Track 1 awardees in 2009.
fisherfolks to get P600,000 Livelihood Formation fund from DOLE
By ES GORNE, PIA Southern
December 17, 2011
MAASIN CITY – The
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) -Southern Leyte Filed Office
(SLFO) has scheduled this month for the release of livelihood
formation projects to enable the Barangay Combado fisherfolks to start
quickly, a livelihood undertaking and become self-employed.
Some 48 fisherfolks
coming from Barangay Combado,
are the recepients of the livelihood formation project for the small
fisherfolks, DOLE–SLFO Staff Mario Tictic disclosed to PIA
Since 10 of them have
their own bancas, only the 38 remaining fisherfolks were provided with
new paddled-bancas together with other fishing equipment like hook and
line, fishing nets and under the P600,000 - worth mentioned project
grant, Tictic revealed.
Tictic also said,
however, should the beneficiary abandons the fishing equipment and no
longer uses them, then the government employment agency will be forced
to get back the fishing materials distributed under the project.
He added that the
project cost is jointly funded and supported by the Maasin City
government at 20 percent of the total project cost will be shouldered
by the local government unit. The city government counterpart comes
in the form of trainings, provision of venues, technical assistance,
receives an average of more or less P12,000 – worth of fishing
equipment under the project, Tictic added.
package of livelihood formation project will simultaneously be
released to less than 100 workers in the informal economy based in the
city with varied livelihood packages as needed in their easy to learn
livelihood undertakings, Tictic said.