MCA-P and VF sign
agreement to combat Trafficking in Persons
By CATHERINE T. BALDELOBAR,
TACLOBAN CITY – A
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP)
was signed and launched on January 31, 2012 at Leyte Park Hotel,
The MOA is between the
Millennium Challenge Account - Philippines (MCA-P) and Visayan Forum
Foundation, Inc. (VF). Ma. Victoria E. Añonuevo, Managing Director and
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MCA-P and Ma Cecilia Flores-Oebanda,
President of VF were the representatives of each parties.
Añonuevo averred that
the rationale of the MOA is the answer to government’s call to fight
human trafficking per Republic Act No. 9208, known as the
Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003. The commitment of the MCA-P
to this partnership is to ensure that no officer, employee,
contractor, or worker will be involved in or tolerate human
trafficking in and around MCA-P project sites of the Samar Road
emphasized that this partnership will have a lasting impact not only
on the communities covered by MCA-P Samar Road Project but also will
serves as a model for private sector innovation in the fight against
Under the agreement,
the VF will facilitate learning, information-sharing and skills among
MCA-P staff and stakeholders; educate and ensure commitment of
bidders, suppliers, contractors, sub-contractors, and consultants in
the prevention of Trafficking in Person’s (TIP) cases in all MCA-P
project; and help bring about reforms in programs and services to
Among the initial plan
of the group is the conduct of joint planning, training of local
stakeholders in Eastern Samar and Samar and mobilize communities, one
way or the other, with the campaign against TIP.
At present, through
collaboration with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH),
MCA-P is implementing the Secondary National Roads Development Project
(SNRDP) that will rehabilitate a 222-kilometer road network in Samar
and Eastern Samar. The first phase of the project is expected to
start at the end of the third quarter of 2012.
Gov. Daza appointed as
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
TACLOBAN CITY –
President Benigno S. Aquino III has named Governor Paul R. Daza of
as Chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council in
Eastern Visayas (RPOC-8).
It was learned from
Regional Director Pedro A. Noval Jr. of the Department of the Interior
and Local Government (DILG-8) that Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa
had informed Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo in a letter
dated Nov. 15, 2011 about President Aquino’s approval of the
nomination of Daza and other chairpersons of RPOCs in the country.
Secretary Robredo, on
the other hand as chair of the National Peace and Order Council,
issued Daza’s appointment papers on Nov. 28, 2011. Upon receiving
these papers on January 12, 2012 the DILG-8 regional office
immediately transmitted these to Gov. Daza, said Dir. Noval. He plans
to confer with Gov. Daza as to when the latter would formally assume
the post or take his oath before Sec. Robredo.
Governor Daza and
Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla were elected unopposed as the
vice-chairman and chairman, respectively of the RPOC in its
reorganization meeting at the DepEd Conference Room on September 24,
2010. The nominations of Petilla and Daza were subject to the
confirmation of President Aquino.
Aside from Daza, the
other appointed RPOC chairpersons in their respective regions were
Mayor Michael Fariñas of Laoag City for Region 1; Gov. Junie Cua of
Province of Quirino for Region 2; Zamboanga Mayor Celso S. Lobregat of
Region 9; Gov. Oscar Moreno of the Province of Misamis Oriental of
Region 10 and Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. of Butuan City of Region 13.
The RPOC is a forum
for dialogue and deliberation of major issues and problems affecting
peace and order, including insurgency; recommend measures which will
improve or enhance peace and order and public safety in their
respective areas of responsibility, including anti-insurgency
measures; and other measures leading to the achievement of peace and
highlights of the RPOC in 2011 was the conduct of a crisis management
seminar for RPOC members and Provincial POC members of Leyte on May
26, 2011 hosted by the provincial government of Leyte; and the passage
of a resolution endorsing to the Regional Development Council (RDC),
which is headed by Gov. Petilla, the allocation of funds for
construction of a Samar Island Access Road at the boundaries of the
three provinces of Samar Island.
New PNP building
shines in Zumarraga (Samar) coast
By NINFA B QUIRANTE, PIA
February 2, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The new Philippine National Police (PNP) building, now a blue landmark
in the coast of Zumarraga (Samar) town welcomes travelers to this
“It is the first
building to greet you, as it is near the port,” said PNP Samar
Provincial Director Nolasco Bathan in an interview after its
inauguration yesterday, February 2, 2012.
PSSupt Pepito Pacada
from the PNP Regional Office 08 sailed to Zumarraga to witness the
inauguration and turn-over of the P5 million Zumarraga Municipal
Police Station led by PSInsp. Julio Pagtabunan.
“This is part of the
PNP’s Integrated Transformation Program-upgrading our police
stations,” said Bathan.
He added that the
national headquarters may purchase two patrol boats for this island
town battling with illegal fishing.
Meanwhile, Mayor Myrna
Tan expressed her appreciation for the new
PNP building that was accomplished while she was the chief
PD Bathan said that
Tan is one of the police’s best supporters with her Zumarraga
community. “A good feeling is drawn when a client enters a presentable
office,” added Bathan.
The police director
said that very soon, they will also be inaugurating Pinabacdao’s
municipal police station.
“In the island
municipalities, this is the first in Zumarraga,” Bathan informed.
Samar has five island
municipalities of Daram, Zumarraga, Almagro, Tagapul-an and Sto. Niño.
Zumarraga is one
peaceful island town, Bathan said, attributing the good peace and
order situation not only to the PNP force, the LCE but also the
Carnapped FX recovered
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – PNP PRO8 Regional Director Arnold Rayala Revilla
focuses not only on preventing carnapping incidents, but is also
exerting effort to recover stolen vehicles and even proposes stiffer
penalties for it to address its increasing incidence not just in the
region but in the country.
On February 1, 2012 at
about 11:20AM, joint team from Highway Patrol Group led by PSSupt Romeo
Pajares Campomanes and elements of Ormoc City Police led by PSInsp
Shevert Alvin Ligutan Machete were able to recover the reported
carnapped Gray Toyota Tamaraw FX with plate number HAU 299.
Said vehicle was
abandoned at Barangay San Vicente, Alangalang,
Leyte as reported by the owner to have been carnapped on
January 29, 2012 while
parked near his house at Mabini Street, District 17, Ormoc City.
conducted by the responding team disclosed that at about 7:00 o’clock
in the morning of January 30, 2012, said vehicle stopped at the middle
of the highway on said place due to overheating. One malefactor
identified to be aging between 16 to 18 years old hurriedly alighted
and left the vehicle.
The team then showed
pictures taken from Ormoc City Police office rouge gallery to the
witnesses, same person was identified as Jason Iburan Labiste alias
“Dodong Gamay” of Barangay Tugbong, Kananga, Leyte.
The vehicle was
brought to the Highway Patrol headquarters, Tacloban City for
recording and subsequently released to the owner upon presentation of
proof of ownership of the vehicle.
operatives are still conducting follow-up investigation for the
possible arrest and filing of appropriate charges in court against the
First-ever RH Bill
By ADOR LEANDA HURTADO
CATBALOGAN CITY – As
the Senate today, January 31 deliberates Senate Bill No 2865 more
popularly known as The Reproductive Health (RH) Bill Act sponsored by
Senator Pia Cayetano as it was included as the final item (Agenda VI,
Item 3), an equally important initiative to shed light on this
controversial legislation has been conducted yesterday (January 30) at
one of the premiere university in Samar Province, the Samar State
University (SSU), formerly known as the Samar State Polytechnic
University (SSPC) in Catbalogan City.
More than 400 students
attended the First Reproductive Health Bill Forum at SSU Audio Visual
Room that afternoon, which initiative was organized and facilitated by
the College of Nursing. Students from different colleges such as the
College of Education, College of Fisheries and Marine Sciences,
College of Industrial Technology and others gave their "Like" and
"Dislike" rating on the different topics and issues discussed by the
speakers patterned from the popular social networking Facebook.
Taking the Government
Side or in support of Reproductive Health Bill, Ms. Lady Nancy
Lisondra, a Registered Nurse representing the Family Planning
Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) discussed the salient points
about Reproductive Health with stress on the Medical and Bioethical
side of the issue since majority of the audience were Nursing
Students. Taking the Opposition Side of the issue, Mr. Herminigildo "Hermie"
Sanchez from the Couples for Christ (CFC) discussed on the moral and
social side of the legislation.
After the two speakers
gave their thoughts and expertise, the open forum started with the
questioning from the audience, which majority were addressed to Ms.
Lisondra covering issues on the carcinogenic-effect of contraceptives,
the mandatory age-appropriate sexuality education, the most debate
issue on abortion among others. The forum ended with much enthusiasm
when Ms. Lisondra gave a short impromptu and informal Disensitization
Workshop addressing the taboo-ness of Adolescent Reproductive Health
most importantly because it is essential to human beings especially to
The activity was
supported by WARAYA or Waray-Waray Youth Advocates, the leading youth
organization in Samar that advocates for Adolescent Sexual and
Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR).
3 captured NPAs
were accorded human rights midst encounter in Samar
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan City – In adherence to Human Rights and International
Humanitarian Law, the Rule of Law prevailed amidst the fierce
encounter between the troops of 87IB and the group of NPA in the
vicinity of Brgy Guinbanga, Calbiga, Samar on January 23, 2012 that
resulted to the seizure of an NPA Camp and recovery of voluminous
subversive documents and equipment including a laptop computer.
Three suspected NPAs
were also captured when they were left by their withdrawing comrades
and their group out manuevered by the government forces. Despite the
soldiers desire to revenge the loss of life of their companion who was
killed during the encounter, their sense of professionalism and
respect for HR prevailed. They were treated humanely and were
apprised of their constitutional rights.
Gen Chan commended the
soldiers of 87IB for their professionalism and observance to HR and
rule of law. “This is a good development to our soldiers. The respect
of human rights they displayed at the height of the encounter showed
their sincere commitment to the rule of law. This is a result of our
continuing efforts to educate our soldiers in order to be disciplined
and true advocates of human rights”.
The suspects who were
identified as Maita Abadidano y Mabini alias “Mytha/Jenny”, Jerry
Sablan y Macanas alias “Jerry”, and Delmar Dacdac y Llantada alias
“Archie”. They (suspects) were charged by the police authorities for
violation of Presidential Decree 1866, as amended by Republic Act 8294
(illegal possession of firearms) and Republic Act 9516 (illegal
possession of explosives).
The SOCO Team from
Crime Laboratory, Samar Provincial Police Office was also quick to
conduct examination at the scene of encounter to ensure the
preservation of evidences and truthfulness to the incident. The
troops recovered in the possession of the three captured NPAs four (4)
M26 fragmentation hand grenades, one (1) M1911 calibre 45 pistol, one
(1) calibre 9mm berretta and fifteen (15) rounds of ammunitions.
A separate case will
be filed by the Police authorities against the NPA group including the
three suspects for the killing of
CAA Luis C Gacuma, a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU)
Active Auxiliary who was killed during the encounter. Additionally,
another case will be filed against the suspects as witness identified
them as part of the NPA group who attacked the Hinabangan Police
September 12, 2011.
encounter sent a strong message to the NPAs that there is no safe
haven for them (NPAs) in Samar. There will be no let-up in our peace
and development operations and the 8ID soldiers will be more
responsible, determined and focused towards the accomplishment of
promoting peace, security and development in this part of the country.
DILG, DBM to release
P170.6-M to 35 East Visayas LGSF recipients
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Interior and Local Government and the Department of
Budget and Management will release the amount of P170.6 million to 35
local government units in Eastern Visayas that are recipients of the
Local Government Support Fund.
DILG Region 8 Director
Pedro Noval Jr. informed that the Local Government Support Fund is
intended to defray part of the decrease in the local government’s
Internal Revenue Allotment for the year 2012.
This would be released
only to provinces, cities and municipalities which have passed the
DILG’s Seal of Good Housekeeping, Director Noval said.
In Eastern Visayas
four provinces, three cities and 28 municipalities have been stamped
the Seal of Good Housekeeping. They are the recipients of the P170.6 LGS fund.
These are the
provinces of Leyte which will receive P25 million, Biliran which will
receive P5 million, Eastern Samar which will receive P15 million and
Northern Samar which will receive P15 million.
The cities are Ormoc
City which will receive P45 million, Tacloban which will receive P25
million and Maasin City in Southern Leyte which will receive P20
The 28 municipalities
include six from the province of Biliran namely, Almeria with
P500,000, Biliran with P500,000, Naval with P900,000, Cabucgayan with
P500,000, Kawayan with P500,000 and Maripipi which will receive
From the province of
Eastern Samar, seven municipalities are included namely, Guiuan with
P1 million, Balangiga with P600,000, Dolores with P1 million, Hernani
with P400,000, Maydolong with P900,000, San Julian with P600,000 and
Sulat with P700,000.
The eight recipient
municipalities from the province of Leyte include Alangalang with
P900,000, Burauen with P1million, Jaro with P900,000, Babatngon with
P700,000, Calubian with P700,000, Dagami with P800,000, Palo with P1
million and Tanauan with P900,000.
The three recipients
from Southern Leyte are Hinunangan which will receive P800,000,
Hinundayan with P500,00 and Macrohon with P700,000.
From Northern Samar,
the two recipients are Laoang with P1 million and
with P800, 000.
Finally, the two
recipients from Samar province are the municipalities of Calbiga with
P800,000 and Marabut with P600, 000.
Meanwhile, Mr. Myles
Colasito, DILG-8 information officer, said that the recipients LGUs
would be granted not more than 50% of their corresponding decrease in
IRA after DILG has reviewed and approved their one-page project
proposals which should be submitted along the projects to be funded by
Once the Regional
Office has determined the soundness of the project, it shall endorse
the same to the DBM for funding, Colasito said.
The funds shall be
utilized as capital expenditure and shall be used to augment the
approved 2012 annual investment plan for implementation of any or
combination of the following projects like rural electrification,
local roads connection national roads, arterial farm-to-market roads
and bridges, local economic enterprises, flood control and drainage
and to support priority projects of the National Government such as
Millennium Development Goals, Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and
Management Act of 2010 and Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.