Withdraw case vs
budget - ESamar prov’l employees appeal to SP
gathered at Eastern Samar provincial capitol's lobby on March
28, 2012 to voice out concerns over the non-receipt of their pay
for the second half of the month. The province is prohibited
from making any financial transaction by virtue of a preliminary
injunction issued by RTC Branch 1. (photo by Reinier M. Ampong)
EDEN CIDRO and MEDORA NB QUIRANTE
March 29, 2012
BORONGAN CITY –
Employees of the Eastern Samar provincial government have declared
March 30 as a Black Friday.
In a forum held on
March 28 at the Provincial Capitol’s lobby, employees agreed that the
easiest fix to their plight is to appeal to the six Sangguniang
Panlalawigan members to withdraw the case they filed against the
implementation of the province’s 2012 budget.
BMs Aldwin Aclao,
Atty. Byron Suyot, Jojie Montallana, Atty. Enerio Sabulao, Jenny
Baldono and Betty Reyes filed the case early February alleging the
budget failed to get the required number of votes for its passage.
Fast forward to March
19, the regional trial court’s first branch issued a preliminary
injunction against the said budget prohibiting all of the LGU’s
financial transactions including the payment of employees’ salaries,
wages and other benefits. The employees, in effect, did not receive
their pay for the second half of the month due March 22.
“My family relies on
what I make as an employee of the provincial government,” Sergio Amoyo,
an employee of the province’s engineering department said. Amoyo added
that if staging a “rally” is necessary for him to get his wages soon,
“I will even volunteer to be one of the speakers.”
But employee union’s
board of director Judee Paano denied previous reports that employees
will stage a rally. “We will attend the SP’s session so we can have a
dialogue with the board members who filed the case,” Paano said.
The delay in the
payment of the employees’ salaries gave birth to other concern
including payment to lending institutions. “I owe the banks and
because I can’t pay my loans on time, the penalty will be an added
burden,” Regal Opena, provincial agriculturist said.
According to Paano,
the employees looked at several options but the need to find a quick
fix to the problem made them decide to call for a withdrawal of the
case. “If they withdraw the case, the LGU can proceed with the
financial transactions and employees can get their pay immediately,”
Atty. Christopher R. Coles, provincial legal officer said.
government also filed a motion for reconsideration with regards to the
injunction order issued by the court.
What concerns Gov.
Conrado B. Nicart Jr, aside from the clamor of the employees is the
delivery of social services and debt servicing. “How do we manage the
subsistence of the inmates in the four jails and patients in the eight
hospitals that the province maintains?” Nicart told the employees.
government also pays P70M annually for the amortization of a loan used
to purchase heavy equipment during the term of former governor Ben
Evardone, now representative of Eastern Samar’s lone district.
Provincial Accountant Vener Dulfo confirmed that if the province does
not make the payments to the loan on time additional interest will be
“I need P700 for my
mother’s medical expenses every day and I don’t know how long I can
manage with this,” Lea Cargando, assistant provincial accountant said.
With the legal battle over its annual budget, Cargando and more than
1,500 other LGU employees face an uncertain future daily.
On March 30, the
employees will wear black shirts to see whether their anxiety could be
ended soon. (with reports from Nino Pinangay)
Visayas students graduate in elementary, high school this school year
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
PALO, Leyte – More
than 167,000 students both in the elementary and High School levels
are set to graduate this week, the Department of Education (DepEd)
Dr. Rebecca Ragrag,
the regional information officer designate, told the Information
Agency that the 167,124 graduates for this school year in
include those from the private and public schools.
There are 101,132
candidates for graduation in the elementary level while 65,992 are set
to graduate from the secondary level.
Of the 101,132
graduates in the elementary level, 2,529 of them are from private
schools while of the 65,992 who finished their fourth year high
school, 8,592 came from the private schools, Dr. Ragrag added.
Dr. Ragrag observed
that this year’s number of graduates is higher compare to last year.
She said that last year, 162,640 finished both their elementary and
secondary educations both from the private and public schools.
Dr. Ragrag, who is
also the officer-in-charge of the policy, planning and research
division of the DepEd-8, said that the agency is happy that there is a
higher number of graduates because it is a manifestation that the
measures implemented in order to keep the students in school have been
Meanwhile, Dr. Ragrag
reiterated the call of the Department to ensure that the graduation
exercises be austere considering of the financial crisis the country
According to her, the
school administrators, particularly in the public schools, should be
reminded that Education Secretary Armin Luistro has issued DepEd Order
Number 9 setting the guideline for the holding of a simple graduation.
Under the same order,
no collection should be exacted by school administrators to graduates,
especially the so-called non-academic projects, Dr. Ragrag added.
“Collection is not
only discouraged but strictly prohibited (under said order).
Graduation should be made solemn and austere,” she said.
According to Dr.
Ragrag, graduation in the public schools is set from March 29 to 31.
Arrest of other wanted
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – Three (3) persons fall to
PNP PRO-8’s step-up drive versus Most Wanted Persons in the
On March 24, 2012 at
about 8:00 AM, Leyte, Leyte Police Station led by PSInsp Margarito
Aldas Salano, chief of police, arrested a certain Crestuto Sarsosa
Yubal, 56 years old, widower, farmer and a resident of Barangay Basud,
Suspect was arrested
by virtue of Warrant of Arrest for the crime of Murder issued by
Honorable Judge Lauro AP Castillo Jr, Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 36
Carigara, Leyte with no bail recommended.
At about 3:30 PM on
March 25, 2012 at Sitio Betaug, Barangay Lamanoc, Merida, Leyte,
elements of Merida Police Station led by PSInsp Florando S. Relente,
chief of police, arrested one Nestor Siprado Dumagsa Jr, 19 years old,
single and a resident of said place.
Dumagsa was arrested
by virtue of Warrant of Arrest for the crime of Sexual Assault under
Paragraph 2 of Article 266-A of the Revised Penal Code issued by
Honorable Apolinario M. Buaya, Presiding Judge of Branch 35 with
recommended bail of P120, 000.
On same date, a
resident of Barangay Buri, Jaro, Leyte was arrested by the joint
elements of Intelligence Section, Leyte Provincial Police Office and
Jaro Police Station led by PCInsp Jesus N. Son and PSInsp Ricky C.
identified the suspect as a certain Venancio Posos, alias Ben, 40
years old, farmer and a resident of said place. Posos was arrested by
virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Honorable Judge Rodulfo C.
Ramos, MTC Judge, Jaro, Leyte for the crime of Qualified Theft with
recommended bail of P12, 000 for his temporary liberty.
It was learned that
during the arrest, authorities were able to recover from his
possession and control five (5) tea bags of suspected marijuana
contained in a plastic bag.
Thereafter, Posos was
immediately brought to Jaro police Station for purposes of inventory
as witnessed by two (2) Barangay Tanods Mario Balasanos and Crisanto
A case for
violation of Section 11 of Article ll of Republic Act 9165 otherwise
known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act has been filed in court
against the suspect.
Ordinance receives strong support
By ADOR LEANDA HURTADO
CATBALOGAN CITY –
Nearly 200 individuals from different sectors attended the
"Orientation Seminar on the Implementation of the Anti-Littering
Ordinance of Catbalogan City" last March 26, 2012 at the New Maqueda
Bay Hotel organized by City Mayor Coefredo "Tekwa" Uy and Ordinance
Proponent City Councilor Hon. Stephany Uy-Tan.
Attendees present were
the Barangay Chairs of the 57 Barangays as well as Barangay Tanods of
select barangays of the city; Traffic Enforcers of the Catbalogan City
Auxiliary Traffic Brigade; from the Philippine National Police; from
the academe represented by different schools and colleges; Media
Partners; youth organizations, and other socio-civic groups.
City Vice-Mayor Art
Sherwin Gabon gave the welcome remarks, which was followed right after
by Mr. Jose Obrero, City Local Government Operations Officer from the
DILG whose topic was on the salient points of RA 9003 or the
Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of the Philippines. RA 9003 was
one of the basis of the Anti-Littering Ordinance of Catbalogan City.
SP Committee Chair on
Environmental Protection and Natural Resources City Councilor Hon.
Stephany Uy-Tan was the main proponent of the Anti-Littering Ordinance
that was enacted middle of last year. During her overview discussion,
she stressed on the need of the said ordinance for three (3) reasons:
(1) it being outdated since the original ordinance was enacted way
back 1990 and was amended last 1993; (2) because it has been
ineffective and therefore not applicable anymore to the current state
of the city; and (3) because it is urgent today more than ever as the
world faces more ecological and environmental issues.
Secretary Ms. Donna Jane Teves discussed on the content of the
ordinance while City Legal Officer Atty. Aileen Forteza discussed on
the prohibitions, penalties and sanctions mentioned in the ordinance.
An open forum was facilitated right after, that opened concerns of
the barangays as to the need for segregation and proper collection, as
well as on the enforcement by the
PNP and Traffic Enforcers with regards to the ordinance.
Mayor Tekwa gave a
strong message that highlighted on the need for political will instead
of personal vested interest on the implementation of the ordinance. He
further urged everyone by saying, "Pagburublig kita tanan para han mas
malimpyo nga Catbalogan City."
After Mayor Tekwa's
message, the talk of Ms. Lovelle Lapura of the New Life Christian
Center, which was on Values Formation received much appreciation with
her Three (3) Rights: Do Right Thing, You are the Right Person, and
You have the Right Attitude. Ms. Herminia Cabral, City Administrator
gave the closing remarks of the event.
The major highlight of
the whole-day seminar was the Commitment Signing in support of the
Anti-Littering Ordinance of Catbalogan City, which gathered more than
one hundred signatures from different sectors.
Ordinance (2011-016) it said to be fully and strictly implemented
after a one-month intensive warning or grace period around April of
this year to serve as an info-dissemination campaign before the actual
implementation of the ordinance.
We’re one of the most
efficient in region 8 - ESAMELCO
By MEDORA NB QUIRANTE
BORONGAN CITY –
Despite consumer complaints, Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative Board
Director Manuel Catuday said the power supplier is still one of the
most efficient in Eastern Visayas.
Catuday said this in
reaction to DYES Radyo ng Bayan Borongan Reporter Penelope Pomida’s
statement that the radio station had received several text messages
from listeners complaining about the unreliability of electricity in
“From the last few
days of February until the first week of March, we met several power
interruptions because of problems we had with the 69kV line,” Atty.
Diogenes D. Inciso, Jr. Board President told members of the local
media in a press conference held at ESAMLECO’s main office in Borongan
City on March 9.
Consumers also took to
social networking sites complaining about the frequent blackouts
through a fan page named “ESAMELCO Haters.”
“The wood poles we had
to replace were located in the middle of the jungles of Samar,”
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) engineer Joel Tan
According to Tan, NGCP
linemen worked overtime to fix the problem.
“We went to the site
and we saw them using a power generator so they could work even at
night,” ESAMELCO OIC-General Manager Marilen Reyes added.
“The complaints are
only coming from consumers in
According to the power
supplier’s board director, consumers from other towns have observed
that ESAMLECO’s service through the years has “improved
Also, from being a
Category C cooperative, ESAMELCO had been rated B by the National
When asked what the
rating covered, Reyes explained that NEA rates electric cooperatives
based on: 1) prompt payment to power producers like NGCP, 2) rate of
system loss, 3) collection efficiency, 4) payment to NEA, and 5)
Catarman No. 10 wanted
for illegal drugs nabbed
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – PNP PRO-8 said that the police will continue and
intensify operations against illegal drugs trade in the region.
On March 23, 2012 at
about 6:00 PM, Catarman Police led by PCInsp Federico N. Sanchez, ACOP
conducted buy-bust operation at Barangay Zone 2 UEP, Catarman,
Northern Samar and
arrested one Edgar Ongsotto Caranzo, 40 years old, married, jobless
from Barangay Cawayan of said municipality.
Caranzo is rank no. 10
in the watch list of illegal drugs personalities in Catarman and was
arrested for selling a sachet of suspected “shabu” to PO1 Mitchelle E.
Montalban who posed as buyer.
Confiscated from his
possession were: one plastic heat sealed sachet containing suspected
shabu, One Thousand peso bill with SN MW359470, Five Hundred peso bill
with SN QM814641, two (2) One Hundred peso bills with SN HJ597033 and
CV639122, Fifty peso bill with SN RH785712, Twenty peso bill with SN
X612646, Nokia 3310 mobile phone, and a Yamaha Vega motorcycle with
plate number HJ2287.
Said items were
seized, photographed and inventoried from the possession and control
of the suspect inside the Barangay Hall of Barangay Zone 2, UEP,
Catarman, Northern Samar.
The arrest was
witnessed by Honorable Medarda N. Galit, Barangay Chairman of said
barangay together with Mr. Elmer Talacay, DOJ Representative and Ma.
Cristina Caparal, a representative from the local media.
Caranzo was then
brought to Northern Samar Crime Laboratory Office for fluorescent
powder dusting examination and later brought to Catarman Police
Station for documentation and filing of appropriate charges in court.
Director, PCSupt Arnold Rayala Revilla appeals to the public to
cooperate and help in the campaign against illegal drugs by giving
information that would expedite the solution of the problem for the
welfare of the populace.
Cayetano warns of
threats from rise in sea level to communities
PASAY CITY – Senate
Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano urged the government to address
the absent or lack of preparation for climate change related
calamities in areas where increases in sea levels pose immediate
threats to communities.
He said tropical
cyclones and flashfloods that killed and displaced hundreds of
thousands of people in Mindanao and the Visayas last year and previous
calamities caused like typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng should serve as
crucial lessons for the government to learn from.
Senator Cayetano was
alarmed by the recent study of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) that
identifies the Philippines as the world’s most vulnerable countries to
climate change. The country ranks 5th globally in terms of the number
of people to be affected by sea level rise.
The ADB report titled
“Addressing Climate Change and Migration in
Asia and the Pacific” acknowledged that sea level rise is already
seriously threatening communities with coastal flooding with most of
them found in Southeast Asian countries like the
Vietnam and Myanmar.
Cayetano said as an
archipelagic country, a large number of population live in coastal
areas and most of them are poor families living in shanties.
“Efforts must be made
to identify areas that are at serious risks on account of rise in sea
level so adequate planning and preparations can be made,” he said.
The ADB report
recommended that governments must invest heavily on improving urban
infrastructure resilient to harsh calamities and basic services to
people in times of these disasters such as health, water and
sanitation and education for displaced schoolchildren.
“We can no longer
afford to simply take risks when flashfloods and typhoons hit any part
of our country. Our poor people are constantly helpless due to lack of
government programs and strategies for their timely safe evacuation
them to safer places,” said Cayetano.
He said donations and
relief operations are short-term programs and do not address the main
issues for mitigating the impact of climate change in the Philippines.
Ang Pinoy At Ang Hamon Ng Climate Change
ANAD tells Sec.
Llamas: Expose, oppose, and isolate the ‘extreme communists’!
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY – “Sec.
Llamas must identify who among those in government are the so-called
‘extreme communists’ and those he alleged are his comrades in the
This is ANAD Rep. Jun
Alcover’s reaction to President Political Adviser Sec. Ronald Llamas’
admission that “...the Democratic Left is gaining influence in
government with its push for peaceful reforms...” before students and
military officers of the National Defense College of the Philippines,
in Camp Aguinaldo, last March 23 (03/24/12,
challenged Sec. Llamas saying, “If he is sincere in exposing the
socalled ‘extreme communists’, he should reveal the names of the
people when he said “...Communist extremists were becoming irrelevant
with their call for armed revolution.” (03/24/12,
Rep. Alcover pointed
out that Llamas’ acknowledgement validates the accuracy and
truthfulness of what ANAD had been saying. “These are not figments of
one’s imagination or product of wishful thinking. But these are facts
borne out of what is happening in our midst vis-a-vis the doctrines of
communism, in all its forms.” he added.
The sole pro-democracy
solon in the House of Representatives remained skeptic about Llamas’
revelation saying, “At present, Llamas’ so-called Democratic Left
remains aligned and conjoined with the ‘extreme communist’ forces,”
said Rep. Alcover citing joint efforts of the Rejectionists’ Akbayan
Rep. Kaka Bag-ao and the Reaffirmists’ Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares
as members of the House Prosecuting Team in the impeachment case
against Chief Justice Renato Corona. This is aside from the many
protest actions against government jointly undertaken by both Llamas’
Rejectionist and the Reaffirmist ‘extreme communists’ sectoral front
organizations led Bagong Alyansa Makabayan (BAYAN), he added.
In the same breadth,
Rep. Alcover dared Sec. Llamas to support his claim that his
Rejectionist group currently, “... pushes for a platform of political
reform within the bounds of law and the Philippine Constitution.”
“He could easily do
this because as Political adviser of the President, Llamas could
influence and persuade President Aquino III to stop the peace talks
that has now become senseless due to the dramatics well played-up by
the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF leadership,” Rep. Alcover added.
“Likewise, Llamas must
come out into the open to expose, oppose, and isolate the extreme
communists whose leaders, he (Llamas) said had long been wanting to
overthrow the government and seize political power through violent
means guided by the principle of protracted war,” Rep. Alcover
“If Llamas refuses
to accept this challenge, the free and democratic community shall take
all of the things he said at the NDCP as one of the many communist’s
propaganda slur, veiled deception, and lies,” the erstwhile NPA leader
turned pro-democracy advocate said.