Ormoc city government
By RONNIE C. ROA
ORMOC CITY – The
city government of Ormoc has finally fed up when the mayor personally
handed the cease and desist order to the LIDE Management Corporation
yesterday, past 4 in the afternoon, February 28 at their water pumping
station in Brgy. Salvacion, this city.
Ormoc City Mayor Eric
C. Codilla together with his Vice-mayor Nepomuceno P. Aparis I and
some members of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod handed over and read
The Leyte Industrial
and Development State-LIDE Management Corporation supplies water to
PhilPhos-Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer Corp and PASAR-Philippine
Associated Smelting & Refining Corp located in Isabel Leyte. It also
and Isabel towns and 8 villages in Ormoc. LMC’s water source is
located in the villages of Sto. Niño and Salvacion of Ormoc City with
8 pumping machines with an average of 20,000 cubic meters of water
The cease and desist
order was addressed to Eddie G. Agustin the General Manager of LMC.
Mayor Codilla directed the LMC to immediately and completely cease and
desist from doing, performing, or continuing, in whole or in part any
of the following acts: (1) extracting of water from all sub-surface
sources within and forming part of the city of Ormoc and its barangays,
specifically Brgy Sto. Niño and Brgy. Salvacion; (2) the operation of
water pumps and related machinery utilized in water extraction from
all sub-surface sources within and forming part of Ormoc and its
barangays; (3) the operation of any and all machineries and implements
used or devoted, whether partly or wholly, to raise, pump, transfer,
transmit, compress, or by any other similar means deliver water
extracted from all sub-surface sources within and forming part of the
city of Ormoc and its barangays; (4) all other such acts analogous and
complementary to the foregoing acts.
The order was due to
the continued failure and refusal of LMC to comply, despite lawful and
final notice and demand with clear and mandatory provisions of city
ordinance number 49 entitled “An ordinance imposing regulatory fee on
the extraction of water for sustainability and requiring the concerned
establishment to set up environmental guarantee fund” specifically
section IV, subsection 1, paragraphs B, C and E and section IV,
subsection 2 and 3.
The order is lawfully
issued and enforced pursuant to the powers granted and duties imposed
upon the mayor in Republic Act no. 7160. LMC was given 24 hours to
voluntarily and comply and submit formal written and verifiable
evidence and undertaking of such compliance.
The city government of
Ormoc has been asking their tax amounting to 80,000,000 pesos in 4
four years. There were apprehensions of the city government that
because of this water extraction might cause soil subsidence, salt
water intrusion and sinkhole that happened in other places. Mayor
Codilla said that these catastrophe possibilities could happen because
of the climate change and he does not want to be blamed. So he must
act now, he said. Mayor Codilla said what he did is not to give
discomfort but to protect the environment. There is already an
ordinance and it need to be implemented though it risks my personality
but it has to be done for the benefit of the Ormocanons.
LMC area operation
in-charge Mardenio T. Tapang received the order while Nilo Comaling
said that they already shutdown their pumps at 3PM before Mayor
Codilla arrived and handed the order. LMC manager Agustin is in
Manila and was not able to get his comment.
It was learned that he
city government and LMC had been talking about the issue since 2008.
to Papua New Guinea introduces ETA Air in Calbayog, first flight kicks
off March 5
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO,
CALBAYOG CITY – A 29 seater aircraft is set to serve the city to the other parts of Visayas
region realizing the dream and interest of common travelers.
In a short press
conference held recently at Ciriaco Hotel and Resort, Philippine
Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Bienvenido V. Tejano said that the
island of Samar should be given a chance to equate with other
provinces in the Philippines. He revealed that the province is
undeniably one of the most underprivileged areas in the country
compared to others. In order to change the impression, the transport
sector should be improved and new investment should be introduced, he
He took the challenge
by encouraging local businessmen to put up investments in air
transport that would cater domestic flights in the region and making
Cebu as the commercial hub instead of Manila.
“We are not here
really to make money because it is very elusive at this point in time.
This is just the beginning of the project and I know we’re going to
handle a lot more challenges,” said Tejano.
Aware of the “big
time” airline competitors, he’s assured that
ETA Airways would survive by bringing and promoting the
region’s own resources to domestic and foreign tourists.
progress of Calbayog, Eagle Trans Asia Airways (ETA), Corporation has set up an office here servicing flights
for Calbayog to
with an approximate time of 25 and 15 minutes, respectively. Its first
flight will kick off on March 5.
Target market will be
the government agencies, corporations, cargo consolidators, freight
forwarders, travel agencies, wholesale tour operators, students
studying in Cebu or those who will be attending conferences and
Ambassador Tejano announced that he is pushing for the establishment
of a flying school either in Catarman, Northern Samar or in Calbayog
Its purpose is to
unfasten the doors for younger generations to study aeronautics in a
flying school strategically located in Samar, and fulfilling the high
demand of Filipino pilots competing globally, clarified Tejano.
E-Jeepneys: A possible
paradigm shift to help alleviate plight of jeepney drivers in the
country – TUCP
QUEZON CITY – The
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) yesterday welcomed the
introduction of e-jeepneys and its monthly salarization scheme to its
drivers as a possible introduction of a paradigm shift to alleviate
the plight of thousands of Filipino drivers and reduce emission of
“The introduction of
regular monthly salary to e-jeepney drivers could probably change the
daily calculus of our drivers in terms of income and working
environment. Nowadays, with the boundary system, they are earning a
measly 300 to 400 pesos take home pay after a day’s 10-hour rigorous
work. Yet, if they are paid with e-jeepneys’ regular salary, well,
this can spell an improvement in their way of life,” said Democrito
Mendoza, TUCP President.
emphasized that with the current e-jeepney concept as introduced,
drivers will not just enjoy the security of a dignified waged earner
but they will also contribute in minimizing the pollution in their
“With the e-jeepney,
drivers’ exposure and their contribution to the pollution on the
streets where they work is dramatically lessened. If pollution in
their working environment is minimized, they tend to be more
productive,” Mendoza added.
Mendoza made the
reaction in view of the granting of Land Transportation Franchising
and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) franchise the other day to 21 e-jeepneys
to ply some select routes in Makati City beginning tomorrow March 1.
There are 203,000
estimated registered fossil-fuelled jeepneys with the Land
Transportation Office (LTO), and around 50,000 of which are in Metro
GABRIELA slams sexist,
MANILA – The
militant women's group Gabriela scored the magazine FHM Philippines
not only for the March issue cover design's racist undertones but more
so for the magazine's routinely sexist and anti-women portrayal of
general Lana Linaban said that the March issue displaying Bella
Padilla’s body among dark-skinned models was indeed feeding into
colonial concepts of fair-skinned women as superior while dark-skinned
figures are mere “shadows”. This, on top of its usual portrayal of
women as cheap commodities that cater to macho fantasies, shows FHM at
its worst in discriminating against women.
"We women's rights
advocates condemn the publisher Summit Media and its editors for
continually distorting women’s bodies and packaging them as so-called
modern women. But the truth is, they (ab)use women as commodities and
conduits of mindless purchase of products and services that further
enslave men and women in pursuit of hedonic consumption, blinding
society from seeing the harsh economic crisis," Linaban said.
to be relentless in its effort to address issues concerning
discrimination and abuse of women. Commodification and other form of
violence against women arising from heightened poverty will be part of
issues that will be highlighted on women’s action on March 8 –
International Women’s Day.
delinquent borrowers to avail penalty condonation
8 manager Paulino Talacay (3rd from left) enlightens media
regarding the housing loan condonation, housing loan
restructuring and other programs offered by the agency. Others
in photo are (l-r) PIA-Biliran InfoCen manager Flor Jackson,
moderator, HDMF assistant department manager Alectys Bajarias
and HDMF marketing chief Leo Larraga.
(VINO R. CUAYZON)
By CATHERINE T. BALDELOBAR,
TACLOBAN CITY – The PAG-IBIG, Inc Regional Office 8 is offering penalty condonation and
loan restructuring programs for their delinquent borrowers as mandated
in their Agency Circular No. 299. This was formally announced in the
regular “Harampang-Kapihan” on February 23 in the regional office of
Philippine Information Agency (PIA-8) Tacloban City, Leyte.
As lamented by Engr.
Paul Talacay, Regional Manager of PAG-IBIG 8, said programs seeks to
protect the interest of the members through practicable means to
settle their membership contribution arrears.
In response, the
agency is providing assistance to the members who are in arrears of at
least three (3) months. Talacay also emphasized, the objectives, among
others, are to provide assistance to the delinquent borrowers for the
preservation of their properties from foreclosure.
will run until June 30, beyond that members may still avail the loan
restructuring program. For those who may be interested to avail the
programs, they may inquire at the PAG-IBIG Regional Office 8 for the
corresponding documentary and procedural requirements.
also informed the Group Housing Loan Program (GHLP) is now at place
for the constituents and employees of local government units (LGUs) to
have access to affordable housing plan. This aims to sustain the
capabilities of LGUs to fast track the development and implementation
of housing projects in their respective localities. Qualified
applicant comprises of at least 30 members may avail the GHLP of
6 Eastern Visayas
provinces among 31 recipients of AKBay fund for country’s poor
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – All
six provinces of Eastern Visayas have been identified as among the 31
provinces chosen as priority recipients of the AKBay program which
provides funds for the poorest households in the farming and fishing
Executive Director Antonio Gerundio informed that the Department of
Agriculture (DA), through the National Agricultural and Fishery
Council (NAFC), is providing funds for the poorest households in the
farming and fishing communities in 31 priority provinces in the
country through the AKBay Program.
RED Gerundio said that
AKBay stands for “Agrikultura: Kaagapay ng Bayang Pinoy,” a
poverty-reduction program funded by the Japanese Government, under the
Japan Grant Assistance for the Food Security Project.
The program is
primarily intended for marginalized households that are engaged in
farming, fishing and related livelihood based on the data provided by
the provincial planning and development office.
Eastern Visayas provinces, namely Biliran, Samar and Eastern Samar,
have each received the first tranche of AKBay financial assistance
amounting to P2.09 million at P10,000 per household-recipient.
The turnover of checks
proceeded with a simple ceremony graced by representatives from the
DA-8, Provincial Government through the Office of the Provincial
Agriculturist (OPA), and the Regional, Provincial, and Municipal
Agriculture and Fishery Councils (R/P/MAFCs).
Mr. Benedict E.
Montera, DA-8’s AKBay Program and RAFC Coordinator said that the
turnover of the second half of fund assistance amounting to P2.310
million will soon be released to complete the P4.4 million allocations
for each province-recipient, with additional budget for administrative
In the meantime, DA is
still processing the AKBay funds slated for
Southern Leyte and
Leyte, Mr. Montera said.
Chief, Francis Rosaroso said that the province-recipients were
identified in the government’s Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program
and in the 2006 Family Income and Expenditure Survey as having the
most number of subsistence poor or food-poor families. Only the 4th,
5th and 6th class municipalities in the priority provinces are covered
by the program, Mr. Rosaroso said.
On the other hand, the
household-beneficiaries are pre-identified in the priority provinces
through the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (OMA) and the MAFC
based on available credible OMA records. It is guided by the results
of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) National
Household Targeting System.
RED Gerundio stressed
that the fund assistance given to the farm households, is not a
dole-out and shall be paid back. The schedule of repayment is based on
the projected income statement of the project. It is expected that the
farm-household will be able to return the assistance fund starting
from the 2nd to the 3rd year after the project has started.
The DA Director said
that AKBay funds short-gestating, micro-scale and resource-based
livelihood projects in or related to agriculture and fisheries such as
crop production, animal raising, aquaculture, capture fishing
involving acquisition of fishing paraphernalia, acquisition of small
farm implements, small scale processing and handicraft making.
farm-household decides on the kind of project that will be undertaken
under the program and prepares a simple project proposal using the
program’s simplified project proposal forms. Once the proposal is
submitted, the farm-household will be required to participate in the
program orientation and training on project management and technology
conducted by the OMA with support from OPA, DA-8, and R/P/MAFC, RED
Gerundio said. (with RAFID8)
In an international rights conference in London
Impunity and terror
continue under Pnoy - KARAPATAN
February 24, 2012
“There has been no
let-up in the terror and violence especially against human rights
defenders under the administration of Noynoy Aquino. Impunity persists
because Aquino, despite all his rhetoric on human rights, has been
passive in making former Pres. Arroyo and her top generals accountable
for rights violations, perhaps because his administration promotes the
same brand of terror and violence on the ground.”
Thus said Karapatan
spokesperson Cristina Palabay today as she and Atty. Edre Olalia of
the National Union of People’s Lawyers joined human rights defenders
from Colombia, Palestine, Belarus, Belgium, Chechnya, the Netherlands,
Belgium and the United Kingdom in a conference of human rights
defenders organized by the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers,
Amnesty International, and the European Association of Lawyers for
Democracy and World Human Rights in London.
The delegates also met
with United Kingdom parliamentarians led by MP Jeremy Corbyn to brief
them of the current human rights situation in the country. Corbyn also
gave the opening remarks during the said conference.
In a paper presented
by Karapatan and NUPL and in the workshops, Karapatan raised the
recent killing of Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio as among the most recent
attacks against human rights defenders, while police investigation is
yet to pinpoint the mastermind of the killing even if authorities
claimed that they have arrested a suspect last December.
“Fr. Pops is among the
37 human rights defenders who are victims of extrajudicial killings (EJKs)
under the Aquino administration, with the total number of victims
documented at 67 in the one and a half years of his presidency. There
is approximately one EJK per week. Three out of nine victims of
enforced disappearances are human rights defenders. Most of them are
farmers, indigenous peoples, workers and the urban poor who are
defending their right to land, ancestral domain, livelihood, decent
housing, jobs and other basic and fundamental rights,” they said.
Palabay said further
attacks against human rights defenders are looming with the
counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan, no different from Arroyo’s
Oplan Bantay Laya, enforced. She cited the threat against 72 leaders
of people’s organizations and institutions, including leaders of
Karapatan in Southern Tagalog, to be again charged with baseless and
trumped up cases of multiple murder, despite a court dismissal of the
“The case of the
Southern Tagalog 72 and the threat that warrants of arrests may be
issued against them despite the dismissal of the same charges
previously is illustrative of the situation of HRDs in the
– threatened, vilified, heaped upon with fabricated charges,
imprisoned, silenced,” Palabay added.
Palabay will also
head the delegation of the Philippine UPR Watch, a network of
organizations and church institutions engaging in the Universal
Periodic Review process, in Geneva, Switzerland this coming February
27 to March 13, 2012.
RDC-8 endorses Samar
Island Tourism Master Development Plan
Media Relations Center
February 24, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Regional Development Council (RDC-8) formally approved the endorsement
during its latest Execom Meeting the newly drafted Samar Island
Tourism Master Development Plan to guide stakeholders in making the
island an alternative tourist destination by 2016.
Department of Trade
and Industry (DTI-8) Regional Director Cynthia Nierras, who presented
the newly formulated plan in place of DOT-8 Dir. Karina Rosa Tiopes
during the Execom Meeting, said the plan provides a framework and
direction for tourism development is the three provinces of
“This master plan has
been drafted to harness tourism potentials, protect national
resources, conserve cultural heritage and develop community-based
Dir. Nierras also
presented to the body that the plan, which was drafted by the Samar
tourism stakeholders and consultancy firm Berkman International, also
lists major infrastructure projects to support tourism promotion.
These include completion of a circumferential road, upgrading of the
national highway, opening of access roads to tourist spots,
construction of diversion roads, and airport upgrading.
According to Dir.
Nierras, among the areas considered in the master development plan
include the identification of strategic tourism development areas,
marketing component, physical infrastructure development, social
analysis, gender considerations.
Site validation was
conducted in identified attractions to find out what types of
development that is appropriate for each attraction. The aspirations
of the local people in Samar Island were also documented and were
considered as basis for introducing tourism development.
Samar Island, which is
home to eco-tourism adventure, cultural and heritage sites, and rich
marine life, is identified as an emerging tourism destination.
stakeholders in three Samar provinces identified 18 destinations that
will be prioritized in the master plan, aiming to make the country’s
third largest island as tourist haven by 2016.
Samar Island also has
the largest cave and most amazing adventure tourists since last year,
according to the Samar Island Natural Park.
Among the known
destinations in the island are the Sohoton Natural Bridge National
Park in Basey, Calbiga Caves in Calbiga, the network of waterfalls in
Calbayog City, all in Samar; the Biri Protected Seascapes in Biri; the
San Antonio Beaches in San Antonio, both in Northern Samar; the
Borongan-Llorente forest canopy in Borongan Samar; and surfing on
Calicoan Island, Guiuan, both in Eastern Samar.
The tourism department
is hoping that local government officials will not just set aside the
plan for tourism, an industry eyed by stakeholders that would address
poverty in Samar once developed.
turns over anew school buildings in Leyte villages
Media Relations Center
February 24, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – As a
continuing fulfillment of its commitment to help in the national
government’s thrust to provide adequate school buildings to endow
students with a conducive learning atmosphere for the Filipino youth,
the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
Inc., another set of school buildings in farflung barangays in Leyte.
Elementary schools in
Brgy. Canap in San Miguel, Brgy. Santol in Alangalan, Brgy Sogod in
Carigara, and another in Babatngon, all of
were recipients of new classroom buildings constructed by FCCCII.
Antonio Cosing, who led the turn over ceremony said the school
building project is under “Operation Barrio Schools” a project of the
Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Incorporated and the Tacloban Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and
For the past five
decades, the Federation has always been an advocate for corporate
social responsibility. One of its major programs is the Operation:
Barrio Schools, which involves the donation of classroom buildings in
areas where classrooms are needed.
As the Federation's
flagship project, Operation: Barrio Schools is the longest running and
biggest private-sector-led development program focused on educational
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla lauded the Filipino-Chinese community for bringing
this program to the barangays which are really in need of more
“These new classrooms
will really help our local schools especially with the start of the
implementation of the K+12 program next school year,” Gov. Petilla
said during the simple turn-over ceremonies.
The governor said, as
the national government tries to fight poverty through education and
raise the quality of learning through the K+12, one big problem which
the education department will encounter is the need for more
“We are thankful that
we have private groups who are prepared to give assistance to our
schools,” Gov. Petilla added.
Under the Operation:
Barrio Schools, the Federation raises funds to finance the
construction of standard school buildings out of donations from the
officers and members of the federation and from benevolent
organizations, families and individuals within the Chinese-Filipino