441st Founding Anniversary
By MARIVIC ALCOBER, PIA 8
TACLOBAN CITY –
Through its active Municipal Mayor Trinidad Go Apostol, the local
government of Carigara, Leyte has lined up different activities for
the celebration of its town’s 441st Founding Day Anniversary 2012,
called “Adlaw han Kalgara.”
It was learned that
last January 11, a Blood Letting Activity was conducted at the Kangara
Gymnasium, followed by the Agricultural Fair open for everyone last
January 16 which was held at the LGU grounds.
On the other hand, a
One Stop Shop and a Business Permit Licensing is currently being
conducted from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the period January 16-20, at
the LGU Roofdeck.
On January 18, a
Career Exhibit which will start at
9:00 a.m will be held at the Kangara Gymnasium, followed by a Medical
Mission (ICOT Caravan) on the following day, January 19, still on the
same venue from
9:00 a.m. to
A Job Fair plus a Pre-Passporting
will take place at
9:00 a.m. on January 20, still at the Kangara Gymnasium. At the
LGU Grounds, at
9:30 a.m. on the same day, there will be a cooking demonstration
on Hamonadang Bangus and White Cheese to be hosted by Barangay
Coiuncil of Brgy. Uyawan and Brgy. Canal.
For the members of the
Sanggunian Kabataan (SK), an SK Night will be held on January 21, at
7:00 .m. at the Kangara Gymnasium to be followed by the KANSAYAW on
January 23, still at the same time and venue.
Likewise, a Drum and
Bugle Demonstration will take place on January 24, at the LGU Grounds
which will be participated by the Elementary Division. Said activity
will start at 2:00 p.m.
Lastly, a Holy Mass
will be offered on January 25, at
7:00 a.m., at the LGU grounds to be attended by the local
government officials and employees, together with the constituents of
Carigara. This will be followed by the Datu Gara Festival – Float
Parade centered on the theme “Kahuraan Han Dagat,” at
8:00 a.m. along the streets of the municipality.
As a conclusion to
the various activities relative to the anniversary, a Dance Festival
will be held at the LGU Grounds at 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon on
Children storms Media
Fest in Daram
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA
January 16, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Children of various ages and backgrounds, flocked to the Daram
covered court to watch MTVs and Public Service Announcement (PSA)
filmed by members of the Young Hearts Media Correspondents.
On January 13, 2012,
19 fine young children of the media correspondents took their oath as
members the media, this media group collectively known as Young Hearts
Media Correspondents (YHMC), was accredited by Regional Director
Erlinda Olivia Tiu of the PIA-8 in May, 2011.
According to Toch dela
Cruz of the Plan Philippines, the 19 young ‘filmmakers’ were taught
video lessons where they of were assigned to shoot MTV or PSA as a
requisite for graduation.
That night, five MTVs
and three PSAs were viewed by the children, parents, guests from the
DepEd, Plan Philippines and LGU Daram.
The MTVs and PSAs had
issues on child labor, environmental protection, anti-trafficking and
Aitho de Asis from
Barangay Mayabay said that he will always remember how to hold the
camera to make sure it stays intact until the end of the training.
Like a real movie
festival, organizers Plan Philippines also brought live two
outstanding ‘filmmakers’ from Sta. Margarita, Wency Anotado who was
brought to Seoul, Korea and won the Children’s Choice Award for his
short film “I am a Man’ during the 23rd Seoul International Youth Film
Fest in South Korea.
appearance of documentary host Richelle Jaropoy from Catarman,
Northern Samar thrilled the audience, after her documentary on
malnutrition, aptly titled “Tinimbang ka ngunit Kulang” got applauded.
Parents of the 19 new
members of media went with their kids on stage to receive the awards
as Best Director, Best Actress and Best Actor awards.
Ma. Glecy Joy Contado,
a ‘graduate’ of the of the same media training expressed appreciation
for the young members who have shown talents in shooting and filming
the MTVs and the PSAs.
Contado along with
Annabelle Barcenas, Janice Tapil, Wency Anotado and Erwin Cachuela
considered as this batch’s mentors were the first members of the YHMC
trained by Anak TV's Mag Cruz’ Hatol.
“I find it in my
heart to share the things we have learned from our mentors too, the
task was not easy but with patience, the children were able to produce
short films that reflected the issues in their very own communities,”
Contado said in her message.
DILG stamps seal of
good housekeeping on 35 East Visayas LGUs
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – A
total of thirty five local government units in
Eastern Visayas have been granted the Seal of Good Housekeeping by the
Department of Interior and Local Government.
This came about as the
DILG bared the third wave of LGUs that have been given the coveted
seal, Mr. Myles Colasito informed the local media in the recently held
Harampang Ha PIA.
identified the recipients of the Seal of Good Housekeeping in the
third wave of evaluation as the Provincial Government of Biliran
together with the municipalities of Cabucgayan, Kawayan and Maripipi;
the Provincial Government of Eastern Samar together with the
municipalities of Balangiga, Dolores, Hernani, Maydolong, San Julian
In the province of
Leyte, the latest recipients are Tacloban City, Babatngon, Calubian,
Dagami, Palo and Tanauan; while in
Northern Samar, the provincial government and the
municipality of San
Isidro; in Southern Leyte, Maasin City and the municipalities of
Hinundayan and Macrohon; and in
municipalities of Calbiga and Marabut.
In the first wave of
evaluation for the Seal of Good Housekeeping, only the municipality of
Kawayan in Biliran was included.
For the second wave of
evaluation, the Seal of Good Housekeeping was given to the
municipalities of Almeria, Biliran and Naval in Biliran; Guiuan in
Eastern Samar; the provincial Government of Leyte together with the
municipalities of Alang-Alang, Burauen and Jaro and the City of Ormoc;
Laoang in Northern Samar; and Hinunangan in Southern Leyte.
The Seal of Good
Housekeeping is a set of criteria aimed at recognizing LGUs with good
performance in internal housekeeping particularly on the areas of
Sound Fiscal Management, Transparency and Accountability, and Valuing
Performance Management. Information on the last part is taken from the
agency’s own Local Governance Performance Management System.
Among the key
components in the SGH criteria are compliance to the DILG’s Full
Disclosure Policy, and acceptable levels of findings from the
Commission on Audit.
Local Government Units
(LGU) who will pass the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) can avail of
the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF). The PCF is an incentive fund to
LGUs in the form of counterpart for projects to be financed from the
20% component of the LGU’s Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).
Eligible LGUs may
use the PCF for projects meant to achieve the Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs); boost economic development; or those to help communities
adapt to climate change and prepare LGUs for disaster.
“NPA desperate and
having nightmares on their downfall”
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan City – The Provincial Government of Leyte together with
8th Infantry Division on December 8, 2011 declared the
as a manageable conflict-affected area ready for development, a move
being criticized by the New People’s Army in Eastern Visayas. Ka
Karlos Manuel, the Spokesperson of the Efren Martirez Command, called
Major General Chan as daydreaming for such declaration. “Yes the army
is daydreaming. We are dreaming of a long lost peace and prosperity in
Leyte. For almost a decade, the provinces of Leyte and Southern Leyte
are starting to feel development and immense economic activities after
the CPP-NPA-NDF influence in the area had weakened and its terrorist
activities had declined.” This was the answer of the good General when
asked to comment on the statement of the EMC spokesperson.
gains hundreds of new supporters as 8th ID daydreams of
“insurgency-free” region ]
Ka Karlos Manuel even
claimed that they, the CPP-NPA-NDF, had gained strength while the LGU
of Leyte and 8th ID proclaimed the province as insurgency-free. Having
read this statement, Major General Chan, again, replied with a funny
expression. “It seems that Ka Karlos Manuel is the one daydreaming and
he is on a nightmare. Maybe, he is not aware of what is really
happening on the ground or he just wants to conceal the truth that
they don’t have the capability to expand its organization in Leyte and
soon they will cease to exist. That is the most proximate to reality.
Look, if it is true that they have gained strength in the area, the
people of Leyte will be the ones to protest the declaration of Leyte
as insurgent-free Island.” It can be recalled that Southern Leyte was
earlier declared as Insurgent-free province on September last year.
“Ka Karlos Manuel said that they have structured more mass
organizations in peasant, women and youth, then this should have been
noticed and felt in the area. But where are these mass organizations?
The truth is, the people in Leyte no longer believe nor buy this
propaganda. The people of
Leyte had been awakened from the false representation and
propaganda of the CPP-NPA-NDF. The people of
Leyte have learned the
real truth. Thus, the communist terrorists are now having difficulties
in their recruitment.”
Major General Chan
likewise denied the contention of EMC Spokesperson that the 8th ID is
using tactics to sway civilians to attend meetings they [8th ID]
initiated. He considered it as a very insane and preposterous. He
humbly acknowledged that 8th ID has no funds to buy lechon and other
similar lavish food preparations just to sway the communities on their
favor. On the contrary, he claimed that our communities joined the
meetings with the 8th ID in every barangay because they believed that
they [8th ID, Phillipne Army] is the real people whom they can depend
on. He raises his head and said, “the army [8th ID] serves and will
continue to serve as their protector against the NPAs. Incidentally,
soldiers of the 8th ID is not asking food from the communities in
remote areas as what the NPAs are doing”.
Manuel was too proud
when he boasted that the best sons and daughters are being recruited
into the NPA. This did not run off from the attention of Major General
Chan. He agreed that there are some recruits that replaced a little
fraction of the numbers of their former members who either surrendered
or lay low. However, those new recruits are mostly, if not all, are
15 years old and below which is in fact a blatant disregard and
violation of international humanitarian Law that prohibits recruitment
of minors as combatants. Again, showing much dismay for a wasted hope,
he shook his head and said “they [NPA] are a disgrace to Filipino
community. They are not ashamed of corrupting young minds and stealing
their bright future.
“Certainly I agree
with what Manuel has said, that the presence of the 14IB should be
highly noted. The existence of 14IB in the area is to secure the
rehabilitation of the Gandara-Matuguinao road project against those
local terrorists or the NPAs that are impeding the gateway towards
development. The construction of this road project would facilitate
the easy transport of agricultural products of farmers coming from the
far flung areas and become a new attraction of investors that would
open-up employment for the common people of Matuguinao and its
adjacent Municipalities. Now which one is fearful, the presence of
soldiers who are securing the opportunity of the populace? Or the
NPA’s obstruction of the road project to deny our own people of the
development they certainly deserve? What they always wanted is to
confine the communities in remoteness and deny them access to
information so that the only knowledge that would come in for our
people are their own teachings. A poisonous knowledge that the
government is the evil and the source of all difficulties, while
their’s, the communism and armed struggle are the solutions”. I beg
all of you people of Samar Island. Let us join our hands to make this
Gandara-Matuguinao Road realized. The road the NPAs claimed as Road To
War. Yes it is! A Road to War Against Poverty and Ignorance.” Chan
On the other hand, the
EMC spokesperson also averred that the encounter transpired last Dec.
20 at Las Navas, Northern Samar by the troops of 34IB against the NPA
offensive was entirely “legitimate” since their unilateral ceasefire
in response to the Aquino government commences from Dec. 24-26 and
Dec. 31 to Jan. 2. He further states that it was a form of punishment
for the government troops which resulted to the death of one (1)
soldier and wounding as well, for not keeping their own word on the
unilateral ceasefire from Dec. 16 to Jan. 2. The ambush on the
government troops last 20 Dec 2011 by the NPA only highlighted the
insincerity of the NPAs to forge peace with the government by taking
advantage of the unilateral ceasefire declared by President Aquino
during the Yuletide season. Their treachery unmasked their real selves
and the real organization they have. The intent of the unilateral
ceasefire was to give respite to the cycles of violence all year yet
our soldiers are still duty-bound to secure villages and communities
against violence and lawlessness from the NPAs. The soldiers
sacrificed precious time that should have been spent with their loved
ones so that our people can celebrate and enjoy yuletide season away
from harm posted by these bandits [NPAs}.
Moreover, to answer
other allegations and propaganda the EMC spokesperson posted, Major
General Chan left two challenges to the CPP-NPA-NDF Eastern Visayas.
“We challenge the NPA! If they can show any proof that the 8th ID
troops committed violation on Human Rights and International
Humanitarian Law in our area of operations during my time as Division
Commander, then we will prosecute those soldiers to the point of
putting them in jail and discharging them from the service. In fact,
the NDF-EV has filed several cases earlier than year 2010, but all
were dismissed for lack of basis and substantial evidence.
If the NPAs can prove
that we are disturbing the tranquility of the civilian populace in any
area under my command then we will punish them. If there are any
school, health centers, barangay centers and civilian buildings that
were used as base camps then we will chastise them together with their
commander. It is easy to claim but difficult to prove, especially when
somebody’s claim is based on lies and the objective is just to malign
the belief of the people.
We challenge the NPA
to show proof. Do not keep on claiming or throwing accusations without
basis. If you cannot respond to these challenges, then that would be
tantamount to a conclusion that your statements are merely propaganda
designed to poison the minds of the innocent civilians. Tell the
truth. The problem with the NPAs is that they are afraid of the real
truth. The truth is that they are losing popular support. The truth is
that they are giving false hopes for our people. The truth is that
they are dying breeds, insignificant and plain bandits and outlaws. We
pity them; we pity their children and love ones for they cannot taste
what a real family is.”
Bayanihan continues, the 8ID Chief, Major General Mario Chan assures
and believes that the soldiers of 8ID will be more responsible,
determined and focused towards the accomplishment of the mandated
mission without violation of any law.
deployment and installation of weather monitoring facilities in
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Science and Technology has completed the deployment and
installation of three weather monitoring facilities in
include six (6) Automated Weather Stations, seven (7) Automatic Rain
Gauges and two (2) water level sensors, DOST-8 Information Officer,
Mr. Florentino Quińones, disclosed during the recently-held Harampang
Ha PIA at the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office in
The first facility is
the Automated Weather Station which was installed in six (6) areas of
the region specifically Catarman in Northern Samar, Maasin in Southern
Leyte, Saint Bernard in
Southern Leyte, Salcedo in
Eastern Samar, Catbalogan in
Samar and Tacloban
City in the province of Leyte.
The Automated Weather
Station (AWS) are monitoring stations equipped with different sensors
capable of measuring the following weather parameters: wind speed and
direction, air temperature, air humidity, air pressure, and rain
amount, duration and intensity, Mr. Quińones said.
The weather data are
sent wirelessly through the cellular network as a text message or
Short Messaging System (SMS). Each station is equipped with the ASTI-developed
data-logger platform GSM Data Acquisition Terminal (GDAT) that serves
as the mini-computer or brain that intelligently controls all the
functions and data communications of the station.
Designed to be rugged
and standalone, the station can be deployed even in the harshest
remote areas and can operate continuously, as it gets power from the
sun, backed up by the internal rechargeable battery.
All weather data from
the remote stations are collected on a central database server and
further analyzed. The processed data are readily available and easily
accessible to local authorities, especially the disaster response unit
over the Internet, on a real-time basis. A web-based visualization
tool enables quick information or warning dissemination and disaster
preparedness, as well as provides easy mapping to pinpoint which areas
are affected in a finer scale.
The second facility is
the automatic rain gauges which were installed in seven (7) areas of
the Region, among others, in Calbayog, Can-Avid, Catarman, Leyte near
Dost-8, another in Southern Leyte, and in Naval, Biliran.
The Automated Rain
Gauges were developed to gather and record the amount of rainfall over
a set period of time.
Finally, the third
facility is the water level sensor, two of which have been installed
in Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte. One was at the upstream side at
Barangay Libas while another one was installed downstream at Lawigan
monitoring facilities are measures to obtain timely and accurate data,
the key to disaster prevention and mitigation.
Gold rush on in 4 EV
towns, MGB-8 to investigate
By AURORA J. CASIMPAN, PIA 8
TACLOBAN CITY – The
veracity of the reports of gold rush activities in four towns in
will be subjected to an investigation by the regional office of the
Mines and Geosciences Bureau.
The mining activities
which are illegal cannot be left unchecked as it might trigger a
possible landslide incident. Illegal mining activities in the
were the source of the landslide incident which killed 30 people and
left several people unaccounted for. Such incident is the basis why
the regional MGB will conduct an investigation on the reported mining
Such was the
explanation of MGB regional director Roger De Dios stressing that
Eastern Visayas has been identified as landslide prone region in the
country and with the continuous rains being experienced in the area
landslide incidents might be a possibility especially in areas being
illegally mined. MGB has listed 2,531 barangays across the region as
susceptible to landslide incidents.
De Dios identified the
towns of Pintuyan, San Ricardo and Saint Bernard all in Southern Leyte
and the town of Balangiga in Eastern Samar as being reported on gold
While illegal gold
panning has been going for thirty years in Pintuyan and San Ricardo
towns, the reported gold rush is Saint Bernard and Balangiga is just
A few years back
barangay San Francisco in Saint Bernard experienced landslide incident
and buried barangay Guinsaugon with a similar calamity. Both incidents
killed several residents of both places.
De Dios disclosed that
a team has already been sent to check on the report and monitor the
reported gold rush on the areas.
The MGB director also
said that they have provided a large-scale geo-hazard map to guide
them which among the barangays in the region are prone to landslide
occurrences and help local government units to start relocating
residents living in dangerous areas before an incident happens.