partnership with private sector for management of Wildlife/Philippine
Eagle rescue center
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 8,
recently entered a 25 year Memorandum of Agreement with the Dangkalan
Pacific Beach Resort (DPBR) in Taft,
Eastern Samar for using the latter’s existing facility as a
Wildlife Rescue Center and Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi)
The MOA signing was
done by DENR Regional Executive Director Rogelio T. Francisco and DPBR
Manager Adonis Moscare. The signing was witnessed by Regional
Technical Director Danilo A. Javier of the DENR PAWCZMS, PENR Officer
Marciano T. Talavera of PENRO, Eastern Samar, CENR Officer Delia A.
Benitez of CENRO Dolores, Eastern Samar, Hon. Mayor Diego T. Lim of
Taft, Eastern Samar and other DENR officials.
Consistent with the
DENR’s mandate and R.A. 9147, the Wildlife Resources Conservation and
Protection Act of 2001, the DENR-8 endeavors to collaborate with
various local and foreign institutions or organizations in the
implementation of various conservation-oriented programs such as
management of Wildlife Rescue Centers and conduct scientific
researches of biodiversity for social, economic and scientific
As a Satellite
Regional Wildlife Rescue Center, the DPBR shall serve as temporary and
appropriate shelter for surrendered, confiscated, donated, retrieved,
and/or abandoned wild plants and animals. It shall also provide
adequate care and maintenance for said wildlife with the ultimate
objective of releasing the same back to its natural habitat.
The MOA provides that
all retrieved plants and animals shall remain to be the property of
the government. Transfer and shipment of said wildlife within and
outside the country for any purpose shall be subject to existing laws
and with permission of the DENR.
Moreover, flora and
fauna species deposited in the facility shall be used strictly for
educational purposes and activities specified under the agreement and
shall not in any manner be used for Pharmacological screening or for
the extraction of genetic material for commercial purposes.
As partner of the DENR
in biodiversity conservation, the DPBR through its Manager, Adonis B.
Moscare, shall provide food and medical needs of wildlife that will be
housed in their facility, and to nurture and/or rehabilitate the same
until they are fit for release to the wild, its natural habitat.
A holder of Wildlife
Registration Certificate No. 0107 which was issued by the DENR on
January 17, 2011, the DPBR has been nurturing some wildlife species in
its resort as an added attraction to its customers.
DENR is thankful that
the DPBR has offered their facility for our rescued wildlife species.
This facility is strategically positioned since this is near the
declared Taft Forest Philippine Eagle Sanctuary in Barangay Binaloan
and San Rafael,
Taft where sightings of the Philippine Eagle were recorded.
For its part, the DENR
through its Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management
Service will provide technical and administrative assistance in
developing the capability of the DPBR working force through
appropriate trainings on handling and nurturing wildlife species.
Other trainings would include among others: retrieval and transport of
apprehended wildlife for nurturing at the DBPR facility. The DENR’s
Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices in
Borongan and Dolores, Eastern Samar respectively, will periodically
monitor the facility, Ms. Purificacion Daloos, chief of the DENR-8
Public Affairs Office said.
As of press time, the
DENR and DPBR will yet formulate a work plan which would contain
logistical and administrative requirements for the operation of the
center. These are among others: fund counter parting and sharing
scheme for collected entrance fees, the procurement of necessary
rescue and quarantine facilities, equipment and materials, provision
of a licensed veterinarian and field laborers, provision of adequate
area for confiscated wildlife, formation of a Multi-partite Monitoring
Team (MMT) composed of various stakeholders and sustenance of its
construction project in Ormoc
By MARIVIC ALCOBER, PIA 8
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Leyte Fourth
Engineering District (4th LED) recently completed the construction of
the multi-purpose building located at Brgy. Camp Downes, Ormoc City
(Phase I) with a contract price of P1,301,809.74.
According to District
Engineer Lino Francisco C. Gonzalez of the DPWH, the said
multi-purpose building is an additional building for Brgy Camp Downes
which may be used by its constituents as venue for their various
activities such as meetings, local programs, medical missions, and
other important events or gatherings.
Engr. Gonzalez added
that another completed project of the Engineering District is the
1-classroom school building of San Vicente Elementary School, located
at Brgy. San Vicente, Ormoc City, which has a contract price of
The project, it was
bared, was contracted by R. M. Villasensio Construction but under the
supervision of the engineers from DPWH, 4th LED.
Gonzales informed that
Brgy. San Vicente was granted an additional school building because of
the increase of the student enrollees and due to lack of better rooms
which may serve as venue for them to have quality education.
The project of the
department was made possible through the efforts of Representative
Lucy Torres who responded to the needs of her barangay constituents by
way of providing quality structure for the welfare of the students and
uplifting the quality of education which is one of the priorities of
the present administration.
On the other hand, to
prevent further damage of the structure, Gonzalez shared that an
on-going repair and maintenance is currently being conducted at the
Malitbog River Control at Brgy. Malitbog, Albuera,
Leyte with a
contract price of P488,444.47.
With a contract price
of P489,537.78, repair and maintenance of Bantigue River Control is
likewise being conducted at Brgy Bantigue,
wherein the box culvert is located within the city’s national road.
Further, to provide
safety to the travelling public, vegetation control clearing and
cleaning of the road shoulders along Ormoc-Baybay-Southern Leyte
boundary road. Likewise, manual ditch cleaning along said area has
also been undertaken for the prevention of flooding, Engr.Gonzalez
PNOY’s “Training for
Work” goes to Local Institute
By ALICE NICART, PIA Eastern
December 28, 2011
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – President Benigno Aquino’s Training for Work Program is set
to be received by some qualified individuals at the Llorente
Technical Institute (LTI) in January 2012.
Officer, Mariz Bormate disclosed that Food and Beverage Service (FBS),
Housekeeping, Welding, Plumbing, Electrical and Automotive trainings
will be offered with free tuition and assessment fees next month,
January 2 to be exact, but applicants have to beat the deadline,
tomorrow, December 29.
It was learned
however, that the announcement had been delivered several weeks ago,
thus the expectation that a number of job-seeking individuals would
flock the center.
Bormate informed that
this package is a grant of Technical Education and Skills Development
Authority (TESDA) under the Training for Work Program, being one of
the flagship programs of President Aquino.
She said that some 87
slots are up for grabs for the different short-term courses at LTI
which had been running for five years now.
Initiated by former
Mayor Anton Cardona, LTI is proud to have produced current productive
persons who work in local settings and abroad. This was opened in
Llorente town (just an hour drive from Borongan city) in 2006, as a
joint project of the LGU and
It is said to be the
only TESDA registered Training Institute in
“LTI is the only TESDA
registered LGU-run Training institute in the whole Region 8”, Ms.
The former town’s
chief executive bears a gratifying success at his bold experiment,
five years ago. In a text message, he said he feels good that among
others, he has left this one legacy to his people.
“I am happy that with
LTI, we have assisted people of their needs because most if not all of
the graduates have found their own workplaces”, Cardona said. “With
today’s employment problem, I advise our youths to train for
blue-collared-jobs, like we have at LTI, rather than the
white-collared ones, so they could immediately land a job after
completion, with lesser expense in time and money. Most importantly,
he said, they can help their families mitigate poverty immediately”,
“I am also grateful to
Pres. Aquino with his Training for Work Program through TESDA, because
this means that with this 87 slots, another 87 poor individuals in the
province could help their families in improving their quality of life
in the next few months or so,” he concluded.
young mayor, who completed the full three-terms had been known to have
attended seriously into the needs and welfare of his constituents:
from the youth, to the elderly, the farmers, the pre-elementary
learners, to mothers and infants’ needs, etc.
LPA affects 3,642
families in Leyte Island
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
intermittent rains brought about by the low pressure area and tail end
of a cold front, has affected a total of 3,642 families in 108 barangays in the provinces of Leyte and Southern Leyte, the Regional
Disaster Risk Reduction and
RDRRMC chairman and
OCD Director Rey Gozon said that the
of Javier, Leyte accounted for a total of 1,081 families who were
rescued from 9 barangays namely, Batog, Kalsada, Inayopan, Picas,
Kasulongan, Bantay, Karanhug, Abuyugay and Malitbogay.
Dagami in Leyte
accounted for 820 families who were evacuated from its 65 barangays
due to the overflowing of the San Benito Bridge. Jassen Bacate, 5
years old male from Barangay Los Martires died of drowning.
Around 697 families
were evacuated from the 14 barangays of Abuyog,
Leyte, namely, Poblacion 1 to 9, Pagsangan, Can-apurong, Udyungan,
Burubudan and Canmarating.
Meanwhile, in the
municipality of Palo, 600 families were evacuated from 5 barangays due
to flooding. Relief operation is still ongoing as of press time.
in Leyte that has reported flooding were Mayorga,
Santa Fe, Baybay, MacArthur, Tolosa and Julita.
In Southern Leyte, 74
families from four barangays at Saint Bernard were evacuated on
December 26 due to flooding and possible landslides.
cited the cooperation and support of the national government agencies,
the local disaster risk reduction and management councils and the 8th
DOH stresses value of
By AURORA J. CASIMPAN, PIA 8
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Doctors to the Barrios Program (DTTB) of the Department of Health
which has been in existence for 18 years and has deployed 28 batches
of 553 physicians to serve in hard to reach and in far flung towns in
16 regions, is a program of the government appreciated by individuals
wanting to become doctors but financially unable to support medical
Scholars of the DTTB
Program finish medical with the help of the Pinoy MD Medical
scholarship Program and the First Gentleman Foundation, Inc.
DOH regional director
Edgardo Gonzaga disclosed that the DTTB Program offers an attractive
package which includes a competitive salary and Magna Carta benefits
and with bonuses.
for the DDTBs include access to a vast network of both government and
private institutions and DOH partnership with the Development Academy
of the Philippines in the development of the course, Master in Public
Management Major in Health Systems.
In addition to the
masters course is a Development Course specifically tailored for DTTBs
in recognition of the learning opportunities package with the Program.
informed that in October, 2011, 26 DTTBs from previous batches were
conferred with the degree of Master in Management Major in Health
Science System and development while 18 DTTBs obtained a diploma in
health system and development. The conferment of degrees and diplomas
were given after the candidates were able to complete all the
requirements needed to finish the course.
DOH plans to expand
the DTTB program as the program seems to be the answer to the agency’s
goal of “Kalusugan Pangkalahatan”.
Recently, DOH has
announced the deployment of DTTBs to 10 identified priority towns in
Eastern Visayas bereft of the services of physicians.
DPWH-SLED bares medium
term development plan CY 2011-2016
By BONG PEDALINO, PIA Southern
December 27, 2011
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – Concreting and widening of arterial roads that lead to
designated tourism destinations, as well as flood control projects,
will be among the top priorities of the provincial office of the
public works agency here in the next five years.
In the latest issue of
its in-house publication, “Builders’ Page”, the Department of Public
Works and Highways-Southern Leyte Engineering District (DPWH-SLED)
will be moving towards fulfillment of the country’s medium term
development plan and the province’s socio-economic development.
The newsletter said
that for the calendar year 2012, the DPWH has allocated
P140,473,000.00 from its regular funds to complete five projects,
foremost of which is the Subang Dako Bridge which will increase
mobility in the central part of the province.
“The Daang Maharlika
areterial road will still be rehabilitated along its intermittent
sections and we will partially declog the bottleneck and roadside
friction along the newly converted Tomas Oppus street in
the “Builders Page” reported.
For support of
identified tourism sites in the province, the roads leading to
airports, RORO ports and food production areas will be prioritized for
concreting and widening, such as the Liloan-San Ricardo section in
Panaon island, the saddle road section at Pintuyan, and other
The “Builders’ Page”
also contained the 2011 accomplishment report outlining the
rehabilitation, reconstruction and maintenance of primary and
secondary arterial roads that are responsible to the increased
economic and business activity in the province, said District Engineer
Carlos Veloso in his message.
“With easier access
provided by the above major final outputs, we have played our role in
providing a safe, fast, economical and reliable inter-regional and
inter-urban mobility of people, goods, and services,” Veloso added.
Veloso also stressed
that he was proud to be at the forefront in providing repair
restoration works of road blocks, road cuts, road slides and in
working closely with other government agencies in conducting relief
and rescue operations using the agency’s basic highway maintenance
“As we sail in the
future, we will continually adapt ourselves to institutionalize
improved processes to play our role in implementing quality
infrastructure project needed for a safe environment and increased
mobility and total connectivity,” Veloso also said.
Leyte Sports Academy
athletes now part of the national team
Media Relations Center
December 26, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – Two
sports-scholars of the Leyte Sports Academy have made it to the
national athletics team that would compete in the 2014 Youth Games in
China, after they earned medals during the recently concluded National
Batang Pinoy 2011 in Naga City.
Rowil Batan disclosed the two athletes are junior high school Francis
Acedillo and senior high student Angelica Publico. Acedillo won in the
800 meter and 1,500 meter run; while, Publico earned a spot in the 400
meter low hurdle.
The two athletes were
part of the 16-man delegation that the academy brought to the national
competition of the Batang Pinoy after winning gold and silver medals
in the Visayas leg in Dumaguete.
“Considering that we
have just started the academy and training these athletes for just a
little over a year, we are really very proud of their achievements so
far. This goes to show we are on the right track in honing our local
sports talents,” Batan said.
At the Batang Pinoy
2011 national finals in
LSA athletes claimed three gold medals, five silvers and four bronze
medals. All the medals, except for one silver in boxing, came from
disclosed that the LSA management would have to make negotiations with
the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to have Acedillo and Publico
still continue at the academy despite being part of the national team.
Batan said both the
athletes are still in their high school and the LSA management would
not want their education disrupted at the moment.
“As Leyte Governor
Carlos Jericho Petilla said, we have gathered these athletes from all
over the province not just to train them in their respective sports,
but they are also required to excel or maintain their academics,”
Earlier, the two
athletes were given formal recognition by the provincial government
through Gov. Petilla for their exemplary performance from the Leyte
Provincial Meet, to the SCUAA games and up to the Batang Pinoy 2011 in
Dumaguete and Naga City.
Aside from the two,
the rest of the LSA athletes who won gold, silver and bronze medals at
the Leyte Provincial Meet, SCUAA and Batang Pinoy 2011 were also given
incentives by the provincial government of Leyte.
For having won the
most number of medals, Acedillo and Publico got the highest incentive
with more or less P10,000.
The rest of the
athletes variably received their respective incentives.
Gov. Petilla said
the incentives are provided to the athletes to motivate them more to
make their best from training up to the competition.
Rep. Alcover: “Go
ahead, Make my day!”
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY – “My
conscience is clear! They wanted to pull the rag off my feet! If that
is what they wanted then they should go for it. I am willing to face
the House’s Ethics Committee investigation.”
ANAD Partylist Rep.
Jun Alcover issued this statement in response to the threat poised by
the House’s majority block to have him expelled from the House for
reportedly maligning the credibility and integrity of the House using
statements that he did not make.
“As I have said time
and again, I never pointed an accusing finger against President Aquino
III for allegedly gifting 188 solons in exchange for signing in the
impeachment complaint. This is what I’ve heard from some members of
the House after they reportedly affixed their respective signatures,”
clarified Rep. Alcover. “Now they’re going to use the very same 188
solons to expel me from the House!” he said.
“Clearly behind this
move are the evil intentions of some personalities that succeeded in
infiltrating the pedestal of power in Malacañang to clear the House of
any anti-communism or pro-democracy member. I know that I have not
made any statement to support their allegation of bribery. They
twisted facts because all that they wanted is to wipe clean the House
of Representatives of any anti-communism member!” Rep. Alcover said.
solon explained that recent developments undeniably validate earlier
reports that a demolition job is on the way against the previous
administration and pro-democracy / anti-communism legislators. “First
it was former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, then the impeachment
case against Chief Justice Renato Corona, followed by the case against
retired Gen. Jovito Palparan. Next on the line is me. This is it!” he
“If maligning the
integrity and credibility of the House is their concern, they should
have expelled immediately then Rep. Eric Singson for his drug case in
Hongkong; Rep. Ruben Ecleo Jr. of the Province of Dinagat Islands
should have been expelled too, without delay, with warrants of arrest
already issued against him. Why is the House mum about Rep. Ecleo’s
case? What about the protective mantle given to the infamous Batasan
5, instead of expelling them from the House for conduct inimical to
the security of the state? What about the protection the House gave to
Satur Ocampo, during his incumbency in the House. He had a warrant of
arrest issued by the courts after being positively identified as the
mastermind in the Inopacan massacre, in
Leyte,” Rep. Alcover said.
“What about those who
issued statements, resigned from the majority block or positions in
the Lower House? What about those who delivered privilege speech/es
critical of the impeachment complaint against CJ Renato Corona that
they said was hastily done? This is more damaging than the concocted
stories they’ve waged against me!” Rep. Alcover added.
will be decided by the numbers and not on the merits. They have the
numbers, while I don’t have! Despite this sad state that I am forced
to bear, I welcome the investigation because this only through this
that I can openly express my position. My faith in the democracy that
I fought to protect and the rule of law remains strong and
unperturbed. Using the words of the popular Detective Harry Callaghan
in the movie Dirty Harry, I say to them - - - Go Ahead, Make my day!”
Rep. Alcover pointed out.
All East Visayas LGUs
are compliant of full disclosure policy
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
local government units in
Eastern Visayas are all compliant of the transparency and full
disclosure policy of the Aquino Government, Department of the Interior
and Local Government (DILG) Region 8 Director Pedro Noval Jr. informed
The new DILG 8
Director said that among the first things he did when he assumed
office was to go around the region to talk with the local government
executives about the policy on full disclosure.
He said he was glad
that the mayors acted positively and made arrangements in order to be
able to comply with the policy.
The DILG Director
expressed optimism that when the next evaluation comes, all the LGUs
in Eastern Visayas will be certified as compliant and will be given
the Seal of Good Housekeeping certificate from DILG.
He however, urged
local government officials in Eastern Visayas to practice transparency
not out of obligation but out of responsibility. Such policy will
revolutionize governance as it will make people learn to trust the
government, Director Noval said.
The DILG Director said
a local government unit displays the “seal of good housekeeping” if it
has a clean Commission on Audit (COA) report and if it conforms to the
rules of full disclosure.
Under the full
disclosure policy, he said, the local government will continue to keep
the people informed of what it is doing.
Director Noval said
people tend to show willingness to make sacrifices for the government
if they see that government officials keep them informed of the
programs the government is undertaking and if they see that government
officials are spending public money prudently.
The full disclosure
policy is a way of translating the present administration’s “Kung
walang Kurap¸ walang Mahirap” slogan.
Under this policy,
LGUs are mandated to post public documents and transactions including
budget report, debt services, statement of receipts and expenditures
and bidding results in public places so that people will see them.
DOH-8 deploys health
team to Northern Mindanao
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Health (DOH) Region 8 has sent a medical team to Cagayan
de Oro before Christmas and will send another batch this week in order
to help attend to the health needs of the Sendong affected families in
the said area.
The medical team is
composed of psychiatrists who will help take care of the residents who
are suffering from the trauma caused by tragedy, some have lost their
families while others are still in state of shock because of the
tragedy; medical doctors, sanitary engineers, among others.
One team that was sent
Cagayan de Oro came home before Christmas. Another team will be sent
after Christmas, Dr. Paula Sydiongco said in a radio interview.
Right after the
calamity in Northern Mindanao, DOH Regional Director Edgardo Gonzaga
expressed willingness to deploy a medical team from Eastern Visayas to
He told the Philippine
Information Agency that he, however deferred the move upon the advice
of the DOH Central Office that the DOH regional offices in Mindanao be
the first to send their teams. The DOH Visayas teams will be informed
when their schedule comes.
When the go signal
came, DOH 8 immediately deployed a team to assist the medical
personnel of the DOH 10 in attending to the medical needs of the
people in the affected areas in Northern Mindanao.
To date, the death
toll from the storm rose to 1,236 on December 25 authorities continued
to fish out more bodies from the water throughout the day, National
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.
Meanwhile, a total of
1,079 persons remain missing after Sendong ravaged last weekend
portions of Northern Mindanao, particularly the cities of Cagayan de
Oro and Iligan, based on latest records from the NDRRMC.
Military and police
forces are currently working with a number of agencies and even local
fishermen to retrieve more bodies.