2 wanted persons for
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – PNP PRO8 scored again in fighting criminal elements in
the region as its operatives hauled to jail two notorious suspects for
A wanted person was
collared by Capoocan Police led by SPO4 Felipe Perante on Sunday,
January 22, 2012 at Sitio 77, Barangay San Joaquin, Capoocan,
Arrested person was
identified as Gregorio Olila Mollare alias “Euterio Arcilla’ and
“Gringo”, 60 years old, widow, jobless and a resident of said place.
He was arrested by virtue of the warrant of arrest issued by Honorable
Crisostomo L Garrido, Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 13, Carigara,
Leyte for the Crime of Murder docketed under CC number RTC-2011-132CR
and was immediately brought to Capoocan Police Station for
documentation prior turn-over to the court of origin.
Another murder suspect
was arrested on
Saturday, January 21, 2012
at Barangay Jinatad, Catarman, Northern Samar by the joint elements of
Catarman Police led by PCInsp Federico N Sanchez, Chief Of Police and
some members of Philippine Army led by PFC Bernard Handog.
Suspect was identified
as one Marlon de Guia Eroma, 30 years old, married and a resident of
said place. He was arrested by virtue of WOA issued by Hon. Alama
Consuelo Desales Esidera, Presiding Judge of
RTC Branch 20, Catarman,
Northern Samar for the
Crime of Murder docketed under CC number 5017. Subject person was
brought to Catarman Police Station for proper disposition prior
turn-over to the court of origin.
PNP Chief Nicanor
Bartolome declares that the PNP will continue to hunt down wanted
personalities and let them answer for their crimes in the courts of
law. “At the end of the day, they must pay for the crimes they
committed and allow justice be accorded to the victims”, he added.
legislators confab puts premium on education and employment concerns
as subjects of legislation
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
January 24, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – The
7th Visayas Island Conference of the Provincial Board Members League
of the Philippines on January 30 to February 1 will put premium on
education and employment programs as subject of legislation, Board
Member Henry A. Bacurnay, Jr., PBLP President, informed.
BM Bacurnay said that
this activity forms part of the major activities of PBMLP in
furtherance of the 21st National Convention theme, “Engaging the PBMLP
into the Mainstream of National Policy-Making Thru Thematic Concerns.”
Putting premium on
legislation-specific subjects such as Education and Employment is the
very essence of the PBMLP roadmap, BM Bacurnay added.
The 7th Visayas Island
Conference of the PBMLP which is set to be conducted at the Waterfront
Hotel and Casino in Lahug, Cebu City, will be attended by all
provincial board members from Western, Central and Eastern Visayas
The Conference proper
will be conducted on the first day, January 30, with Secretary Mar
Roxas of the Department of Transportation and Communication as the
Secretary Roxas, who
is the author of Republic Act 8759 otherwise known as the Public
Employment Service Office Act of 1999, will tackle the PESO as the
viable mechanism for local employment generation.
On the second day,
several important topics will be discussed by the prominent national
officials. DOLE Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz will present the thrusts
and programs of the Aquino Administration in the provincial government
Villanueva, TESDA Director General, will present the issue on
interfacing for skills building, livelihood and employment
generation: TESDA-Provincial Council Partnership.
Elizabeth Alonzo, president of PESO Philippines Federation will
discuss the topic The PESOs at the
Towards a Uniting Role in Local Employment Generation and Livelihood
presentor, Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla was invited to
discuss the topic Educational Institutions - Corporations Matching
Initiatives: Some insights from the Partner-Business Sectors.
Preliminary works now
ongoing for MCC road project in Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Preliminary works are now ongoing for the Secondary National Roads
Development Project (SNRDP) under the Philippine Compact with
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
Engr. Rene Galapon of
the Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office 8, who is
the Project Engineer, informed the Philippine Information Agency that
environmental and social impact assessment is now ongoing.
environmental Examination is scheduled to be completed in March of
2012 while the environmental impact assessment will be completed by
June of 2012, Engr. Galapon disclosed.
Also ongoing is the
road engineering design. The project has two design packages, Engr.
Galapon explained. Package A, which is from Wright-Taft-Sulat, ending
at the boundary of Taft and San Julian, is being handled by Tetra Tech
in association with PTCC Engineers and TCGI Engineers.
Package B, on the
other hand, from San Julian to Guiuan, is handled by Gauff Engenierre
in association with Schema Consult.
In addition, the
resettlement work is also ongoing. The Project Affected Parties (PAPs)
were briefed about the project and compensation cut of date was
publicly announced during the Public Scoping in Borongan last year.
The tagging process for properties that will be affected by the
project was completed in September. The Preparation of Resettlement
Action Plans are ongoing, first action plan is expected to be
completed in March 2012 and the implementation of which is expected to
start in March of 2012.
For the construction
work, the first construction package is expected to start by September
2012, Engr. Galapon added.
explained that although the DPWH is the implementing agency for the
SNRDP, an accountable entity, the MCC Account-Philippines or
MCA-Philippines was created to ensure the judicious and transparent
use of the $434-million grant from Millennium Challenge Corporation of
the US Government.
“MCA-P is the
Philippine corporation created to supervise and manage the
implementation of the projects, including $214 million for the SNRDP,”
Engr. Galapon said.
NGO partners given key
Allaying fears of
possible corruption in the roads project, Engr. Galapon said that
reflective of its policy of transparency, accountability and
inclusiveness, Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines (MCA-P) has
mandated representatives from the private sector, non-government
organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), and local
and regional government beneficiaries to help in the implementation of
anti-poverty projects to be funded by the $434-million grant from the
U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
At least five (5) from
the so-called NGO Sector were elected to MCA-P’s Board of Trustees,
three of whom are voting members and two are non-voting, while seven
(7) others are members of the Stakeholders Committee.
The three voting Board
members from the NGO Sector are Fr. Cesar Aculan of Samar Partnership
for Peace and Development; Atty. Cesar B. Yu Jr. of Zuellig Family
Foundation; and Veronica Villavicencio of Peace and Equity Foundation.
The two non-voting Board members are Edgar Comeros of PPVC Cebu and
Marietta Paragas of Cordillera Network, both of whom are members of
and were nominated by the Stakeholders Committee.
The Secondary National
Roads Development Project (SNRDP) involves the rehabilitation of a
220-kilometer road in the
one of the poorest provinces in the
Beginning at the junction of Pan Philippine Highway and Buray (Wright)
in Western Samar and passing along mountainous terrain to Taft, Engr.
Galapon further said.
From Taft, it
continues southward along the coastline of
Eastern Samar ending in Guiuan, passing through a total of 15
municipalities. The roads project is expected to accrue economic
benefits by lowering vehicle operating costs, and saving the time of
Filipinos living near the roads thus enabling them to have greater
access to commercial activities as well as to their basic needs. Engr.
The project involves
the construction/rehabilitation of existing roads and bridges that
includes widening, drainage installation and other road safety
improvements. The project recognizes DPWH standard right-of-way limit,
the DPWH engineer added.
However, in an attempt
to minimize disruption to the inhabitants and users along the road,
the right-of-way shall be limited to the construction limits, which is
estimated at this time to have a width spanning the existing road
width plus approximately 2-3 meters on each side of the existing
Prior to the start of
construction, the required right-of-way limit will be established to
determine the actual land and improvements that will be affected.
Parties (PAPs) will be duly notified and will have access to
compensation in accordance with applicable laws and eligibility
criteria, Engr. Galapon continued.
Engr. Galapon informed
that the primary objective of the project is to help improve the
living conditions of the people of Samar. With more accessible and
safer roads, people will have more socio-economic opportunities
because of reduced transport time and cost.
The farmers will be
able to transport their produce in less time to the urban markets. The
people from the rural areas will have more opportunity for employment
and education in the urban center.
In addition, the
people living in rural areas will have faster and better access to
health care, especially in cases of emergency.
The project also will
generate employment opportunities as skilled and unskilled workers
will be required during construction and rehabilitation, Engr. Galapon
NPA terrorizes Lapinig
town, kills the mayor’s security detail and wounds an innocent
By 34th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
Samar – Despite the action taken by the government troops to promote
the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan” designed
to encourage peace and development to far flung and depressed
communities, sixty fully-armed members of the New People’s Army (NPA)
under Renato Ribay alyas Bata/Manoy/Rinay and the group of alyas Demet
deliberately attacked the peaceful town of Lapinig, Northern Samar at
6:30 in the evening of January 20, 2012.
reaching this headquarters, the terrorists commandeered one dump truck
owned by Yakal Construction at Sitio Takras, Poblacion del Sur,
Lapinig proceeded towards the northern portion of the town and
established roadblock, laid Improvised Explosive Devise (IED)
landmines at the center of the road and hostage the passing innocent
civilians and motorists and divested them of their belongings. While
some of the CTs went inside the houses, pointed their guns to the
occupants including women and children and forcibly took away their
cellular phones and other valuable belongings.
terrorists (CTs) proceeded to the house of Mayor Romualdo D. Menzon to
abduct the latter. However, they were repulsed by Aurelio Jullata, the
Mayor’s security detail who immediately and bravely engaged them
killing one of the assaulting CTs but due to the latter’s evil
intention, butchered the defending security. Sensing that the Mayor’s
house is heavily defended by the other security details which were
occupying vantage positions, the CTs forcibly entered the residence of
Romeo Senobio Jr which is next to the Mayor’s house, looted his house
and shot him in cold-blood, hitting him in the head and back.
Likewise, they also entered the house of PO3 Rowena Opena, disarmed
her, ransacked her house, and forcibly dragged her outside and mauled
her in full view of her neighbors including children.
Other members of the
attacking CTs went to the Lapinig Municipal Police Station (MPS) and
announced through a megaphone for the Police inside to surrender.
However, the police personnel were already at their defensive
positions and refused to surrender. Sensing that they (the CTs)
already lost the element of surprise and that the civilians were
shouting at them, they hastily left the MPS and withdrew towards
Barangay Imelda of same municipality bringing along with them their
dead and wounded comrades on-board same dump truck and two
It can be recalled
that the use of landmines is explicitly banned by the United Nations
Conventions since most of its casualties were civilians but the
terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) persistently and blatantly employs
landmines thereby severely endangering the lives and limbs of
civilians especially women and children alike.
As of press time,
government troops were scouring the area in order to clear said
municipality from CT remnants and landmines and to protect the people.
Barangay LGUs urged to
tap 70% out of 5% calamity fund for disaster preparedness
By BONG PEDALINO, PIA Southern
January 20, 2012
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – Under the new law that governs disaster risk reduction and
management even right at the barangay level, two-thirds out of the 5%
budget intended for calamity fund can be used for pro-active,
But first, these
preparedness activities must be outlined in the Annual Disaster Plan
(ADP), said Jason Calva, Consultant on a special project that used the
power of cellular phones to warn people in selected nine towns and one
city around the province of an impending tragedy mostly caused by
officially called Strengthening Disaster Preparedness using SMS
technology, was financed by the World Bank and fully supported by
Smart Communications and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).
During the cable TV
program “Action Center” Wednesday where he was the guest, Calva said
the project which began in the last quarter of 2010 was about to end
in June this year, and plans were already laid out to sustain it and
roll it over to other towns not previously covered.
Calva said Smart
Communications provided cell phones with one hundred pesos worth of
free monthly electronic loads to fifty barangays chosen as pilot
areas, and concerns were raised as to where to get funds for these
loads once the project will be over.
It was at this point
where Calva revealed a financial resource in the form of 70% out of
the 5% calamity fund in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share of
As example, he said
that a barangay with an annual IRA of P1 Million has P50,000 budget
representing 5% calamity fund, and 70% out of this budget was P35,000,
a fund that can well provide for P100 monthly load, or P1,200 a year,
as part of disaster preparedness, among other activities.
The remaining 30%
or P15,000 based on the example given will be reserved for the actual
use of relief operations when a disaster does happen, but a
declaration of a state of calamity must be done first before this
money can be used, Calva further explained.
Philippine Law on Anti-Corporal Punishment could be First in Asia
QUEZON CITY – The
Anti-Corporal Punishment Bill recently passed in the House of
Representatives but is still pending at the Senate could be first in
the entire Asia, a visiting UN official said during her dialogue with
children and the child rights advocates in Manila today.
According to Marta
Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) on
Violence against Children, the proposed legislation could be first in
the entire Asia should the Philippine Congress pass it this year.
During the event, Marta said that she is going to speak about her
visit in the Philippines during the UN meeting on violence against
children in Geneva set March this year.
“I will mention my
visit in Manila and tell them that the Philippines is one of the most
important countries where I had a dialogue with the children
themselves and heard their recommendations on how to eliminate
violence among them,” said Marta.
She added, “I will
also tell them that a law on anti-corporal punishment has been passed
in the House of Representatives but is still pending in the Senate. I
will also tell them that the bill needs to be passed as quickly as
House Bill 4455 titled
“Promoting Positive Discipline of Children and Prohibiting Corporal
Punishment Act” authored by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy of Bagong
Henerasyon Party List and Rep. Susan Yap of 2nd District of Tarlac was
passed in 2011. The bill seeks to promote positive discipline
techniques in all settings, including the home and institutions.
During the dialogue,
children shared their situation and expressed their hope to be
protected from all forms of abuse. One participant, a street child,
laments the kind of treatment they experience inside temporary
shelters where they are placed after being “rescued.” He said that
they are treated like criminals when they are not; they are restricted
as if they are in jail and are not allowed to play like children do.
To make matters worse, these shelter staff orders older children to
physically punish the younger ones.
He said, “ang trato po
sa amin ay parang ganon na rin sa mga matatandang nagkakasala na
Meanwhile, the Child
Rights Network (CRN), a coalition of non-government and civil society
organizations expressed hope that that the consultation and the
recommendations gathered from various sectors will reach the proper
authorizes through the United Nations.
Ms. Wilma Bańaga,
Child Protection Adviser of Save the Children, CRN member said, “we
hope that these recommendations will not fall on deaf ears and that
our lawmakers and the concerned agencies will seriously consider
enacting laws, strictly implementing existing laws, and establishing
mechanisms to eliminate violence against children.
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – In pursuit of the Philippine National Police
“Makakalikasan” core value, PRO8 fully supports Republic Act 8550, an
act providing for the development, management and conservation of the
fisheries and aquatic resources, integrating all laws pertinent
thereto, and for other resources.
According to PSSupt
Elizar P Egloso, Chief, Regional Police Community Relations Division,
although fishing is one of the oldest human occupations, it is still
carefully monitored and controlled in order to use natural resources
Upon heeding this
call, at about 2:30PM on January 17, 2012, Merida Police led by PInsp
Florando Sevilla Relente, Chief of Police, apprehended one Ferdinand
Gica Ignacio and Boyet Caleb Ignacio, both of legal age, single,
residents of Barangay Bantigue, Isabel,
Leyte. The two were caught engaging in illegal fishing within the
sanctuary of Barangay Benabaye,
Merida, Leyte using a
“spear” locally known as “pana”.
immediately brought to the Police Station together with their fishing
paraphernalia for safekeeping. But then, they were released later from
police custody after posting the amount of P500 each under OR number
4967580 and 4967581 for violation of Municipal Fishery Ordinance
Number 2, Series of 2003.
And on the 18th of
January at 7:30AM, at the sea waters of Dulag, Leyte, elements of
Dulag Police led by PSI Alberto Redubla Renomeron, Jr., together with
the Bantay Dagat Team and a representative from the Department of
Agriculture, while conducting seaborne patrol operation at said place,
they were able to apprehend Manday Cinco Perez, of legal age, Boat
Captain of F/B Victoria Fishing boat together with fifteen (15) crew
engaging in illegal fishing locally known as “hulbot-hulbot”. It was
learned that said fishing boat is owned by Boy Lotoc of Tacloban City.
Confiscated from their
possession and control were (2) stainless roller ring. Subject
apprehended persons together with the evidences seized were brought to
Dulag Police Station for proper disposition.
fishing generally requires a license/permit and is allowed only on
certain distance from the seashore and fine mesh nets are prohibited
by law. A breach of any of these regulations constitutes illegal
fishing, he said.
exonerate soldiers in Northern Samar
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan City – Local officials of Barangays San Miguel, Las Navas
and Barangay Osang, Catubig both in Northern Samar executed an
affidavit exonerating the involvement of soldiers in the death of a
certain Jovito Pajanustan, a local resident of Barangay Osang. The
document was signed by the local officials led by Barangay Chairmen
Apolinario B Libico of San Miguel and Aniano D Rosco of Osang last
December 26, 2011 as fact-finding teams visited the site where the
dead body was found on November 28. The local officials came up with
the declaration to dispel the unjust rumour of involvement spread by
some interest groups in every civilian death in the locality.
by the PNP Catubig as contained in the report of Police Inspector
Ildefonso V Miranda Jr. on November 29 states that “the victim left
his house alone on November 25, 2011 at around 3:00 o’ clock in the
afternoon purposely to work at his farm and never returned home until
the time that he was found dead buried in a shallow grave in the state
of advance decomposition with multiple stabbing and hacking wounds on
the different parts of his body by his relative inside the vicinity of
his farm at around 2:00 o’ clock in the afternoon of November 28,
2011.” The PNP report also states that the cadaver of the victim was
brought by his relative to Catubig District Hospital for Autopsy
Examination. The local PNP unit has yet to determine the identity of
the suspect and the motive for the crime.
The Municipalities of
Catubig and Las Navas have been known for notorious killings.
Residents in both municipalities attest to the very extensive control
of illegally-armed and politicized groups in the area. The mortal
wounds sustained by Mr. Pajanustan are reminiscent of the style of
attack by these outlaws on soldiers doing community work in the
barangays. Traders and government workers are the usual victims of
these threat groups since they intend to keep the local populace
isolated from development efforts by agencies of the National
As a responsive
partner in addressing the incidence of extra-legal killings in the
Island of Samar, the 8th Infantry Division (8ID) of the Philippine
Army has scheduled meetings with the Multi-Sectoral Quick Reaction
Team (MSQRT) in
Northern Samar to tackle the case of Mr. Pajanustan. In the interest
of justice and transparency, the 8ID endeavours to partner with other
government agencies and the civil society to objectively look into
incidents that threaten peace and security.