By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery
of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) in Eastern Visayas is adapting the
bottom-up budgeting, DSWD Region 8 Director Leticia Diokno informed.
Director Diokno said
that in line with the bottom-up budgeting scheme, the KALAHI-CIDSS has
trained the first batch of newly-hired staff for area coordinating
team in pilot areas in the Region, under the Millennium Challenge
Another batch of
trainees, particularly the newly hired staff under the World Bank
Additional Fund, is currently undergoing training at the Leyte Park
The ACT is composed of
Area Coordinators, Deputy Area Coordinators, Municipal Financial
Analysts, and Community Facilitators, Director Diokno said.
Ms. Natividad Sequito,
Regional Project Coordinator, said that the training aims to equip and
orient the newly hired staff about KALAHI-CIDSS and the Community
Driven Development (CDD) process.
After the training,
these new staff will be deployed to the pilot municipalities for 10
days, before they will be sent to their permanent assigned
municipalities. They will be exposed on the realities and ground
conditions of the KALAHI-CIDSS municipalities wherein they are tasked
to gather insights and lessons on integrating local community
priorities into NGA plans and budgets. Also, they are required to keep
field notes, reflection papers and reports, RPC Sequito added.
The final output for
the whole duration of the 10-day exposure of the new staff is the
project proposals based on the Local Anti-Poverty Plan (LAPP) of the
covered pilot municipalities.
covered in the region are: Las Navas, Silvino Lobos and San Roque; all
in Northern Samar. Other municipalities are Matuguinao, Tagapul-an,
Sto. Niňo, Sta. Rita, Gandara, Tarangnan, Sta. Margarita, San Jose de
Buan, Daram, Motiong, Paranas, Pinabacdao and Villareal, Samar.
budgeting in KALAHI-CIDSS is pursuant to the Department of Budget and
Management’s (DBM) issuance of national budget memorandum number 112
dated December 29, 2011 which mandates the use of bottom-up budgeting
process in the preparation of National Government Agencies (NGAs)
budget for FY 2013 that will fund anti-poverty programs and projects
of about 300 to 400 focus municipalities and cities identified by the
Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster (HDPRCC).
KALAHI-CIDSS is an
anti-poverty project of the government spearheaded by the DSWD. It
aims to empower the community, improve local governance, and reduce
What about Joma’s
crimes against humanity?
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY – “What
does President Aquino III mean when he said that Joma Sison may join
the 2013 polls only after a formal and comprehensive peace agreement
is signed by the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF)? (PNoy:
Joma may run in 2013 polls, 03/03/12, www.tribuneonline.org). Does
this mean that once an agreement is signed by both parties, a
presidential clemency is to be handed down for Joma despite the many
criminal cases against him that are pending with the courts?” asked
ANAD Rep. Jun Alcover in reaction to several stories coming
out of the national dailies last Saturday (March 3).
“Surrender of their
firearms is not enough so that Joma and his cabal of demagogues could
be able to join the country’s political fray. They must be made to
answer for the grizzly crimes they has committed against the Filipino
people,” the former NPA political and commanding officer turned
pro-democracy advocate stressed. (Yield and join polls, Aquino tells
rebels, 03/03/12, www.inquirer.net)
Rep. Alcover said that
it is unconscionable for anyone to think that Joma, primus enter pares
of Maoist communist terrorism in the country, by just a stroke of
Presidential fiat could easily get away from the many criminal cases;
while government law enforcement units are ordered to hunt down
retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan for the alleged trumped-up case of
kidnapping that many believe is politically motivated. “It is grossly
unfair for government to openly display double standard in the
implementation of our laws,” he said.
“We should not forget
that sometime in l987 Joma discreetly went to the Netherlands. With
the assistance of his communist friends there, he was able to acquire
refugee status and thus evade the long arm of our laws,” Rep. Alcover
pointed out as he strongly urged the government to uphold the rule of
law and the country’s established judicial processes.
On the other hand,
Rep. Alcover hit Presidential Political Adviser Ronald Llamas who
reportedly went twice to Utrecht, Netherlands to convince Joma to come
home (Noy open to Joma’s return, 03/03/2012, www.philstar.com). “What
is Sec. Llamas trying to show and prove to us? Will Sec. Llamas
explain what does he mean by political settlement? Doing these under
wraps yet using public funds connotes serious devious intentions! Has
President Aquino III given the go signal for back-channel efforts
instead of the formal peace negotiations which is now indefinitely
suspended?” he asked.
“If not for some media
personalities ‘with a nose for factual and relevant informations’, we
are always left in the dark. Despite
ANAD’s several calls for transparency in the conduct of the peace talks, the
Aquino III administration made no response,” Rep. Alcover said even as
he expressed willingness to help government achieve what it believes
is best for its people and country.
“We have sworn to
serve the Filipinos people in all honesty and candor but never to be
lapdogs and mouthpieces of anyone especially those with viral and
selfish political interests,” he said.
will push for the creation of a House Special Oversight Committee,
solely for this GPH-Maoist CPP-NPA-NDF talks, to see to it that the
millions of Filipinos are not deprived of the true and timely
information on the actual developments of the peace talks and see to
it that the taxpayers’ money is judiciously and properly spent,” Rep.
DENR taps CBFM
beneficiaries as primary partners of greening program
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Some
144 people’s organizations under the Community Based Forest Management
Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be
tapped as primary partners in the implementation of the National
Greening Program in Eastern Visayas.
Now in its second year
of implementation, the NGP in region 8 has a total of 12,365 hectares
targeted for development by the 144 POs implementing the CBFMP, Ms.
Purificacion Daloos, chief of the Public Affairs Office of the DENR 8
No less than Secretary
Paje announced to around 2,000 participants of the recently-held CBFM
Practitioners’ Congress at the Fontana Convention Center, Clark,
Pampanga that the CBFM POs will be tapped to take the lead role in the
production and planting of seedlings, as well as maintenance of
plantations under the NGP.
qualified CBFM POs can enter into contract for NGP activities with the
DENR, Ms. Daloos said.
Qualified POs are
those which have registration certificates from the Department of
Labor and Employment, Securities and Exchange Commission and the
Cooperative Development Authority. The said POs should also be
accredited by the DENR and must have capability building experiences
like nursery operation, seedling production, planting techniques as
well as financial management, Ms. Daloos added.
In order to facilitate
the registration of POs, Secretary Paje ordered the creation of
special units at the Central and Regional offices of the DENR that
would link the POs to registering agencies. These POs would also
undergo accreditation process from the DENR, Ms. Daloos said.
Once qualified, the
POs can enter into contract with the DENR to undertake NGP activities
and avail on a first come first served basis, the 100 million pesos
funding provided by the government for livelihood opportunities as
announced by Secretary Paje, Ms. Daloos added.
More importantly, all
products from plantation and projects implemented by the POs in
production areas will plow back to them. Plantations in timberland
areas and protected areas should, however, be saved as climate change
mitigation measure, the information officer concluded.
NPAs ambush soldiers
responding to request for assistance in Eastern Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
Catbalogan City – A military escort team of the 43rd Infantry
Battalion based in
Eastern Samar was ambushed by about thirty communist terrorists on
February 27 at about
8:00 o’clock in the
evening at the vicinity of Barangay Antipolo in the municipality of
Llorente in Eastern Samar.
Lt. Colonel Niceforo
Diaz, spokesman of the 8th Infantry Division, informed that the team
was on board a military vehicle, responding to the request for law
enforcement assistance from the Regional Trial Court Branch III of
Guiuan to secure confiscated illegally-mined Chromite minerals when it
The military vehicle
was damaged when communist terrorists detonated the four (4) landmines
they planted along the road.
The soldiers fought
back and bravely held their ground for about an hour until the
perpetrators were repelled causing them to retreat with a number of
One soldier, however,
Private First Class Erwin G. Ocenada, a native of Paranas, Western
Samar was killed in the incident, Lt. Colonel Diaz said.
Seven soldiers were
wounded as well but only three remain under treatment at a hospital in
the City of Borongan as of press time.
Samar Provincial Police Director Manuel Cubillo in an earlier
statement informed that upon learning of the incident on February 27,
elements of the Llorente Municipal Police and the Eastern Samar
Provincial Police Office immediately proceeded to the scene of the
Director Cubillo said
that the military team was led by Sgt. Rogelio Barbosa together with
some 13 soldiers were ambushed and land mined by more or less thirty
heavily armed communist terrorists led by an unidentified female
Recovered from the
scene, Director Cubillo said, were two (2) unexploded hand granades,
assorted ammunitions and empty shells of different calibers and one
(1) magazine of AK 47 assault rifle loaded with 40 live ammunitions
and personal belongings of communist terrorists.
The Eastern Samar
National Police continues to conduct thorough investigation regarding
the said incident.
The Eastern Samar
Provincial Police Director underscored that despite the incident on
February 27, Eastern Samar remains to be generally peaceful.
2012 Monthly Women
Celebration of PIA-8 showcases ENTREPINAY in EV
8 regional director Olive Tiu (center) introduces to media
artist-entrepreneur Marjorie Clarin (right) proprietor of My
Konzepto to media during the Harampang ha PIA as Araceli Larraga
(left) of DTI look on. In front are some of Clarin’s products
such as necklaces, scented candles and pastries shown to the
media during the presscon. (VINO R. CUAYZON)
By CATHERINE T. BALDELOBAR,
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Philippine Information Agency Region 8 (PIA-8) “Harampang-Kapihan” on
February 29 showcased an “EntrePinay” in
Eastern Visayas as part of its monthly commemoration of the 2012 Women
Celebration, featuring the talent and creativity of female Waraynons.
This month features Ms. Marjorie Clarin, the owner of “My Konzepto” –
maker of fashion jewelry; home accents; candle holders, hand painted
bottles, plates, and ceramics; and variety of candles.
As stressed by Erlinda
Olivia Tiu, Regional Director of PIA-8, Clarin posed as an epitome of
women empowerment in the field of business, her distinct artistic
inclination of creating one-of-a-kind designs serves as its
differentiation to be able to withstand in the industry. Clarin’s
story of success started with an investment of P2,000, at the age of
12 she engaged in creating designs of fashion jewelleries’ as part of
her hobby and gradually innovated her product lines to candles, and
other home accents. She also, pointed out the support-arm of
government agencies, among others, the Department of Trade and
Industry Region 8 (DTI-8) who assisted in her business development and
Director Tiu likewise
emphasized that concerned government agencies and Local Government
Units (LGUs) shall extend supports in the development and sustenance
of micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). As averred by Araceli
Laragga, Chief Consumer Welfare Division Leyte Provincial Office, the
DTI-8 has in place programs and projects, among others, catering
assistance for the development and sustenance of MSMEs, this covers
the existing and would-be entrepreneurs through providing financing
support, training, marketing, and product development.
researches, technology development in EV pushed
Media Relations Center
March 1, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla pushed the Eastern Visayas
Consortium for Industry and Energy Research and Development (EVCIERD)
to harness the competitive advantage of all researches made in the
regions for the industry, energy and engineering field and work for
its “immediate commercialization”.
“The assurance of a
sustainability for any research developed in the region also depends
on how quickly we can market the product and put it out for mass use,”
declared by Gov. Petilla during the closing ceremonies of the 11th
Among those featured
successful researches in energy, food and technology during the
EVCIERD Exhibit at the Robinson’s Place were the Banana wine and Tuba
with lychee developed by the Eastern Visayas State University; palauan
torta by the NorthWestern Samar State University, automatic transfer
switch of the University of Eastern Philippines; solar powered
charging station of the Eastern Samar State University; plant oil
stove and Taro tuba from the Visayas State University and other
discovered products and inventions made through diligent researches by
state university and technological institutions in the region.
Gov. Petilla pushed
universities to strengthen tie-ups with the Department of Science and
Technology (DOST-8) to further improve these products and inventions,
as well as forge partnerships with other government agencies and
private organizations to help market the products.
“The students, faculty
and the university have placed much in researching and developing new
ideas thus marketing these products would mean their ideas and efforts
were not wasted,” Gov. Petilla said.
To recall in 2011,
through the launch of the EVCIERD Research Strategic Plan for
2012-2016 DoST, research studies in Eastern Visayas Region are
expected to become more relevant to the public in the next five years.
The plan maps out
activities to be engaged in the next five years in the areas of
industry and energy in Eastern Visayas. By aligning their studies
along priority areas, researchers hope for better funding and
practical application of their studies to the needs of the community.
government line agencies and state universities and colleges involved
in research and development, and extension. The EVCIERD was organized
to provide research and development needs of the region’s industry and
ANAD Rep. Alcover
named Outstanding Congressman
QUEZON CITY – “Thank
you very much. This award gives me more than just enough of reasons to
exert more effort towards a strong and vibrant democracy and freedoms
that has constantly been badgered and threatened by those who are
strong adherents and purveyors of a Godless and violent ideology.”
Thus said ANAD Rep.
Jun Alcover moments after receiving the prestigious Outstanding
Congressman Award from Superbrands Marketing International (SMI) and
Global New Network (GNN) during fitting ceremonies at the Mandarin
Hotel, in Manila, last February 29.
Rep. Alcover was among
the 20 District and Partylist members of the House of Representatives
picked by SMI-GNN for the annual awards that went through a tedious
screening process conducted by members of the academe, business,
professional and industrial sectors mainly on the performance of
members of the House with respect to his/her district or constituency.
GNN is the official TV network covering the day-to-day activities of
the House of Representatives.
Rep. Alcover is one of
the only two partylist Congressmen selected by SMI-GNN for the award.
The other is Ang Kasangga Rep. Teddy Haresco. Other awardees were:
Reps. Giorgidi Aggabao, Juan Edgardo M. Angara, Elpidio Barzaga,
Speaker Felciano Belmonte, Amelita Villarosa, Winni Castelo, Salvador
Escudero III, Rodolfo Fariñas, Orlando Fua, Anthony Rolando Golez,
Lucy Torres-Gomez, Ma. Milagros Magsaysay, Lani Mercado-Revilla,
Emmanuel Pacquiao, Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Minority Leader Danilo
Suarez, Augusto Syjuco, and Niel Tupas.
Rep. Tupas is the
leader of the House Prosecutors panel to the Senate Impeachment trial
while Reps. Aggabao, Barzaga, Fariñas are members of the same
In his message, Harry
Tambuatco, President and CEO of SMI-GNN pointed to the awardees’
“accomplishments cited on every spread featuring each Awardee as a
living testament to the criteria conferred as ‘Outstanding’. . . The
bills filed in Congress are pieces of legislation regardless of their
ascending to republic acts eventually are discussed in multiple
hearing rooms with resource personnel and Representative colleagues. .
. Interestingly enough, the work of legislators have been put to test
by perceptions generated by media and current events that have
overtaken the contributions and the role of Representatives.
Unfortunately some perceptions were ill conceived,” he added.
emphasized that SMI-GNN’s recognition of ANAD’s advocacy to strengthen
the structures of our democratic institutions and freedoms, for the
2nd consecutive year, “Shall be our source of courage and energy as we
jointly seek peace and entrench well the pillars of democracy as a
testimony of what we are today and of the future.”
Public urged: Undergo
early screening to prevent colorectal cancer
CEBU CITY – A Cebu-based
cancer center urged the public to undergo early screening to fight
The Eduardo J. Aboitiz
Cancer Center (EJACC) of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) also
advised the people to observe a healthy lifestyle through regular
exercise and maintenance of a well-balanced diet.
EJACC urged the public
to take this counsel seriously as the country celebrates Colorectal
Awareness Month in March.
Colorectal cancer, a
disease in which cells in the colon or rectum become abnormal and
divide without control, forming a mass called a tumor, is one of the
leading causes of cancer-related deaths among Cebuanos, based on the
Cancer Registry of EJACC.
The Metro Cebu
Population-based Cancer Registry of EJACC recorded 653 cases in
1998-2002 and 364 reported who have died of it. In the year 2002-2007
the Cancer Registry recorded an increased number of reported cases in
Metro Cebu – 862 cases were reported and 489 cases died of the
Individuals age 40 and
above, who have a sedentary lifestyle, who are eating high fat and low
fiber diet, who have family and medical history of the disease, and
who have polyps and ulcerative colitis, face high risk of acquiring
“The most important
thing to know about colorectal cancer is that it often exists without
any symptoms. This is why regular screening is very important. Regular
screening can detect polyps at an early state before cancer develops
or when it is most curable,” Ronald delos Reyes, EJACC program
He also pointed out
that the colon and rectum, which comprise the large intestine, are
vital in turning liquid stool into formed fecal matter.
Colorectal cancer is
characterized by a change in bowel movements, blood in the stools,
abdominal discomforts, unexplained appetite and weight loss, fatigue,
and pelvic pain in the later stage.
in detecting colorectal cancer include fecal occult blood test,
rectosigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, irigography, virtual colonoscopy,
fecal DNA test, and double contrast barium enema. The disease may be
treated through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.
“The disease could be
prevented by being health conscious and submitting to regular
screenings,” Delos Reyes said.
For more information
about colorectal cancer, please contact EJACC at 254-6351 and look for