BILIB I.T. program for inmates
PASAY CITY – Senate
Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano recently launched BILIB IT, an
information technology (IT) program designed to provide inmates the
necessary skills to rejoin the country’s workforce, particularly, in
the IT industry after they have served their jail sentences.
The senator, in
cooperation with Informatics
and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), said the
program seeks to enhance and underscore the significance of the reform
and rehabilitation function of the country’s criminal justice system.
He emphasized that
after delivering justice by convicting and punishing crime offenders,
the next important function of the Philippine criminal justice system
is to rehabilitate criminal offenders and enable them to be rejoin
society as productive citizens.
The senator pointed
out that “the aim of the program is to give second chances to some of
the inmates who are also victims of society.”
“Most of our detainees
are not sentenced to life imprisonment, so how can they be helped in
their reintegration after they have served their time? We should give
them the chance to gain livelihood and become productive members of
society in the future,” he said.
than retribution is the key policy of the State that we must adhere
to,” the senator added.
that the inmates that can qualify to join the program are inmates who
have served their jail sentences and are keen on acquiring new work
skills needed in the IT sector, and inmates considered for minimum
security whose maximum jail sentences are not longer than 6 years.
He said that while the
program is being initiated in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig, he expressed
the hope that other local government units will also be encouraged to
set up similar programs.
Citing the United
States policy allowing inmates to do call center work for
non-sensitive services and products, the minority leader expressed his
willingness to work with BJMP and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to
draft the guidelines that would allow Taguig inmates to possibly work
as call center agents as well.
“But first the
qualified must be trained then we’ll see if we can build call centers
inside jail facilities where the trained inmates can utilize their
training and gain employment,” he said. “This is what rehabilitation
is all about,” he added.
The lawmaker said
BILIB IT is part of his advocacy to promote IT as an industry in the
country. His office provides scholarships on IT education to
The senator’s IT
scholarship program in Taguig has provided 155 scholars opportunities
to complete various IT courses such as Finishing Course for Call
Center Agents (FCCCA), Computer Hardware Servicing (CHS), Computer
Programming, and Web Design.
Wife of slain
anti-mining village chief goes to national capital, protests killing
of husband, threats against community
By KALUMBAY Regional Lumad Organization
MALAYBALAY CITY – The
19 families of Human Rights Defenders remain adamant in continuing
their camp-out protest at the Bukidnon Provincial Capitol grounds.
Instead of backing down from the pressure, they have stepped up their
campaign, bringing the issue to both the national and international
Sharon, is joining this month other Internally Displaced Persons from
Mindanao to bring their case to Manila. She is to lobby to the
national offices of government agencies such as the Commission on
Human Rights and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples to
demand for justice for Jimmy Liguyon and to ensure the security of the
19 families who have evacuated after Liguyon’s death.
Previously, on April
11 Bukidnon Vice Governor Zubiri went to the camp-out of 19 indigenous
families, telling them to leave the capitol grounds and settle at a
relocation site. But the families, led by the women, explained the
significance of their camp-out.
“Ang among pagkampuhan
diri pagpadayag sa among pagprotesta, pagpangusog ug pagsiguro nga
aksyunan sa gubyerno ang problema (We have camped-out to show our
protest, our insistence to make sure that the government will act on
the problem),” said Marlyn Gaguy, one of the women leaders of Kasilo.
“Wala mi problema kung
unsa man ang itsura sa among balay nga puy-an basta natagaan og
hustisya ang pagkamatay sa among kapitan ug maprotektahan dili lang
kami kundi ang uban pang mga pamilya nga ginahulga sa mga paramilitar
(We don’t have a problem however our houses will look as long as we
have achieved justice for our barangay captain and we have ensured the
protection of not only our families but of the others who are being
threatened by the paramilitaries as well.”
The evacuees are also
doubtful of the assurance of security for their families in the
subdivision they were to be relocated. The following day, they saw
Joas Lekawan, one of the actual members who was with Butsoy Salusad
when he killed Jimmy, in front of the camp.
“Libre man gani nga
mualigid ug magmatyag sa amo ang mga miyembro sa NIPAR nga naa mi sa
capitolyo samot pa kaha nga naa mi sa sabdibisyon (Members of NIPAR
are free to monitor us even if we are at the capitol grounds, how much
more if we are already at the subdivision)?” said Marlyn.
Tribal leaders in
southern Bukidnon who are recognized by the National Commission on
Indigenous Peoples have also been asked by the government to negotiate
with the evacuees. Lito Gawilan, a board member of the Federation of
the Manobo-Matigsalug Tribal Councils, proposed a ‘payment’ of a horse
to settle the problem.
“Ang kinabuhi ni
Kapitan Jimmy dili mabayran og kabayo lang (The life of barangay
captain Jimmy cannot be exchanged for a horse),” said Datu Domingo.
“Ang iyang gibarugan para sa tibuok namong kabilin, para sa musunoray
pa nga henerasyon. Usa namo nga gipangayo bag-o mi makig-negotiate
kanila mao ang pagdakop usa kang Butsoy ug sa NIPAR kay hangtod naa na
sila, dili masulbad ang problema. Dili man pud sila mupasalig (What
he stood for is for our entire heritage, for the succeeding
generations. One of our conditions before we negotiate with them is
the capture of Butsoy and NIPAR because until they are there, the
problem could not be solved. They could not assure us of that).”
ADB Mission visits
Leyte to evaluate Kalahi-CIDDS engagement
Gov. Carlos Jericho L. Petilla explains to Asian Development
Bank (ADB) mission how the province supported the implementation
of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and
Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) in Leyte.
ADB sent a mission to review provincial LGU's engagement in the
Kalahi-CIDSS, particularly in Leyte in the Visayas, Compostela
Valley in Mindanao and Albay in Luzon to strengthen capabilities
for scaled up implementation of community driven development
Media Relations Center
April 17, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Asian Development Bank (ADB) sent a team to Leyte province recently to
evaluate the provincial government’s engagement in the implementation
of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated
Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) through the Department of
Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The mission, which
comprised of Joel Mangahas as mission leader with Yukiko Ito and
Gerard Servais as mission members, came together with DSWD Secretary
Dinky Soliman and personally met with Leyte Gov. Carlos Jericho
Petilla for a short meeting on how the province supported the project
from the start.
Gov. Petilla said
Kalahi-CIDSS principles provide the very essence of how his governance
and project implementation has been administered in the province of
“We have been very
supportive of Kalahi-CIDSS as it mirrors our idea of a community
driven development. The projects are identified by the communities and
the implementation is done by the people themselves. This is actually
the same process that we have been doing for our community development
projects in Leyte,” Gov. Petilla told the mission.
He likewise disclosed
that the provincial government has always been supportive of the
principle of engaging the community in identifying the projects they
most need in the community and including them in the decision making.
Kalahi-CIDSS implementation allows the community to “choose, design,
and implement sub-projects that address their most pressing need.”
The governor likewise
disclosed that he approved the counterparting scheme employed by
Kalahi-CIDDS for each of the project implemented.
“It gives the people
and the community a sense of ownership of the project, and not just
something that was financed by the province or the national
government,” Gov. Petilla added.
Kalahi-CIDSS seeks to
empower communities in targeted poor municipalities to achieve
improved access to sustainable basic public services and to
participate in more inclusive LGU planning and budgeting.
Leyte province, for
the Visayas, was among three chosen provinces visited by the ADB
Mission. The province was chosen as the provincial government showed
the greatest support and stronger engagement since Kalahi-CIDSS
started. The other areas visited were Albay for Luzon and Compostela
Valley for Mindanao.
ADB sent the
mission look into current initiatives of KALAHI-CIDSS in engaging
PLGUs (provincial local government units) in implementing the project
as well as consult stakeholders on the possible design elements and
framework that may be incorporated in institutionalizing community
development driven programs of the national government.
Newly installed 8ID
Commander joins Samar Island development forum
BGen Layug, Bishop Abarquez, and Bishop Trance.
By DPAO, 8ID PA
Catbalogan City – Newly installed Commander of 8ID, BGen Gerardo T. Layug AFP joined the Samar Island Partnership for Peace and
Development (SIPPAD) Conference on April 13, 2012 in Borongan, Eastern
Samar. The Diocese of Borongan with His Grace, Bishop Most Rev
Crispin B. Varquez, D.D. hosted the SIPPAD.
The SIPPAD is a multi-sectoral
convergence group involving the religious, government and private
sectors of society which hosts a quarterly assembly to advocate on
Samar Islands’ peace and order, good governance and environmental
issues. The theme of this quarter is, “Uplifting
Addressing Poverty and Environmental Issues through Good and
In his remarks, BGen
Layug cited the 8ID’s support to peace and development through the
implementation of Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan” in
Region VIII. He assured the members of SIPPAD of the Division’s
commitment to provide security and monitoring assistance as commonly
required to ensure the completion of development projects.
conference, Undersecretary Ferdinand Cui of the Presidential
Management Staff presented an update on approved development projects
for Samar Island; Director Rogelio Trinidad of the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources talked about the status of his
agency’s operations; Undersecretary Rafael C Yabut of the Department
of Public Works and Highways discussed on the development of the
circumferential road projects; Director Rogelio de Dios of the Mines
and Geosciences Bureau tackled mining concerns in the Region; while
Atty. Mario Maderazo of the Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI)
informed the group of his advocacy on the passage of a bill on mining.
for illegal possession of firearms
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – Catbalogan Police arrested a 37 year old businessman
for illegal possession of firearms while conducting a checkpoint at
the vicinity of Barangay Socorro, Catbalogan, Samar on April 13, 2012.
Elements of Catbalogan
City Police Station led by PSInsp Luciano Cahimat Lopido conducted a
checkpoint at said area and arrested a certain Egdar Cabato alias “Apang”,
37 years old, married, businessman, former barangay official and a
resident of Barangay 1 Poblacion, San Jose de Buan, Samar.
According to report,
suspect was flagged down for driving without helmet on board a single
motorcycle Honda XRM 125 bearing plate number HC5405 with no driver’s
license and OR-CR presented. Upon verification, he was caught in
possession a caliber .45 pistol marked PARA ordinance with serial
numbers 524037 with one (1) magazine loaded with three (3) live ammos
without firearm license and PTCFOR. Along with the suspect was his
back rider with no helmet also identified as Edgel Reyes Castillo, 29
years old, married, truck helper.
with the confiscated items were brought to Catbalogan City Police
Station for documentation.
VP Binay assures
Filipino seafarers of support
By OVP Media
MANILA – Vice
President Jejomar C. Binay today reiterated the government’s
commitment to uphold and protect the rights and welfare of Filipino
Adviser for Overseas Filipino Workers’ Concerns, tinitiyak ko po sa
inyo na ang administrasyon ni Pangulong Aquino ay hindi nakakaramdam
ng pagod pagdating sa kapakanan ng ating mga tripolante,” Binay said
in a speech during the blessing and inauguration of the JSU-AMOSUP
Maritime Museum and Sports Complex in Malate, Manila.
Binay cited different
government programs like the Value Formation Seminars that help
families deal with the absence or temporary separation from a family
member. The program also offers psycho-social counseling and stress
debriefing to help families whose members are stranded seafarers or
victims of piracy and other sea disasters.
“Batid din po natin na
ang sahod ng isang tripolante ay katas ng matinding pagod at
paghihirap. Kaya naman upang tulungan silang mapalago ang kanilang
inipon, nariyan ang ating Entrepreneurship Development Training
program,” Binay said.
“Dito po tinuturo ang
mga mahahalagang kaalaman sa pagtayo at pagpapatakbo ng negosyo.
Kasama na rito ang pagbalangkas ng isang maayos na business plan,” he
Binay also stressed
the importance of the OFW Family Circle program of the Overseas
Workers Welfare Administration. Through this program, the families and
dependents of seafarers are organized to expand OWWA’s reach in the
delivery of its programs and services.
He said these meetings
also serve as a venue and opportunity for families to share
experiences and draw lessons from experiences of others. This provides
invaluable support to families who need added strength to cope with
their separation from a loved one at sea.
“Upang matiyak na ang
ating mga programa ay laging angkop sa pangangailangan ng ating mga
mandaragat, tuloy-tuloy po ang mga ating konsultasyon sa mga pamilya
ng mga tripolante, kasama po ang kanilang mga anak. Sa sama-sama
nating pagtimon, tiyak na magiging maayos ang ating paglalakbay,”
Binay said that the
Philippines has become the “crewing capital of the world” and at any
given time, there are about 300,000 Filipinos at sea all over the
According to the Vice
President, Filipinos comprise 30% of the 1.25 million people working
“Our seafarers have
lent so much strength to their homeland’s prosperity. They unfailingly
contribute more than a billion dollars to our economy,” Binay said.
“Last year alone,
their remittances stood at an astonishing $3.8 billion and it appears
these figures will rise even further in the coming years,” he added.
10th highest monthly income record under its new management
PAGCOR posts P3.67
billion gross income in March
MANILA – THE
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) continued to
enjoy an upward income trend, posting a phenomenal P3.67 billion gross
income in March 2012. This is the 10th time under its new management
that PAGCOR was able to break its previous monthly income record.
PAGCOR Chairman and
CEO Cristino Naguiat, Jr. reported that the agency’s March income “was
P686 million higher compared to the P2.98 billion earnings in March
2011. It was also much better than our P3.56 billion target for March
by P109 million, and far better by P104 million against our P3.56
billion gross income last February.”
The March record feat,
according to Naguiat, now goes down in history as “PAGCOR’s highest
total income ever posted for a single month since the Philippine
government went into the direct management of casino operations 26
According to the
PAGCOR Chief, income from PAGCOR’s own gaming operations in March 2012
reached P2.49 billion, which was a huge P526 million increase compared
to the same period in 2011. “Our upbeat operations during the quarter
got an added boost from the strong performance of the other gaming
establishments we regulate like the private licensed casinos, e-games,
commercial bingo and poker clubs. They contributed P1.17 billion to
our March 2012 earnings, higher by P160 million compared to the same
month last year,” he noted.
PAGCOR’s robust income
performance enabled the corporation to increase its remittances to its
mandated beneficiaries. “Last March, we were able to allocate a total
of P1.85 billion as the agency’s contribution to nation-building. This
was P556 million or 43% over the P1.29 billion contributions we made
in March 2011,” cited Naguiat.
Among the recipients
of PAGCOR’s funding contributions in March were the Bureau of Internal
Revenue (P125 million for the 5% franchise tax); the National Treasury
(P1.18 billion); the Philippine Sports Commission (P59 million);
cities hosting PAGCOR casinos (P41 million); the President’s Social
Fund (P200 million); socio-civic projects (P221 million); Board of
Claims (P3.5 million); and contributions to the BIR in fringe benefits
tax amounting to P13 million.
According to Naguiat,
his management’s basic thrust is to make PAGCOR a reliable government
ally in moving the country towards progress. “Our mandate is not only
to generate more revenues for the government’s various nation-building
projects. We are also committed to help in other areas where we can
make a difference and undertake programs that will directly benefit
our fellow Filipinos,” he added.
ongoing major CSR projects are the P1 billion “Matuwid na Daan sa
Silid-Aralan” project that will build 1,000 classrooms nationwide; the
“P-noy Bayanihan project” for which PAGCOR gave an initial funding of
P100 million for the production of armchairs for public schools out of
DENR’s confiscated logs from illegal loggers; the P31 million “Hundred
Islands e-Kawayan project” that will build a fully functional bamboo
factory in Alaminos City, Pangasinan where bamboo furniture and
armchairs for public schools will be produced; and the P20 million
funding for the Philippine Football Federation’s “Kasibulan” project.
It’s a nationwide grassroots development project that aims to train
young football players who shall be known as “Batang Azkals”.
8th ID's psywar
gimmicks of “disaster mitigation” and “development projects” scored
By NDF-Eastern Visayas
Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today belittled the 8th Infantry
Division's claims of working for “disaster mitigation” and
“development projects” as psywar gimmicks. “How can the 8th ID's new
chief, Gen. Gerardo Layug, claim to be working for disaster mitigation
when the military is paving the way in the region for large-scale
mining, a major cause of natural disasters like floods and
landslides?” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. “The 8th
ID's military operations under Oplan Bayanihan are meant to put down
the people's resistance to large-scale mining, a centerpiece program
of the Aquino regime. Moreover, the 8th ID is busy with road
construction projects to facilitate the movement of troops as well as
the entry of mining firms under military protection in wide swathes of
Samar and Leyte.”
Fr. Salas also warned
the people to fight against the escalation of human abuses under Gen.
Layug, a notorious fascist in the mold of his predecessor in the 8th
ID, Gen. Jovito Palparan. “Gen. Gerardo Layug is tagged as one of
those responsible for the killing in July 2010 in Aklan of Fernando
Baldomero, the first activist to die under the Aquino regime. This
fascist general who was then brigade commander of the 301st IBde
publicly attacked Baldomero in a military radio program for months as
a “frontman of communist terrorists” and thus encouraged his
assassination. But Baldomero was then a town councilor of Lezo, Aklan
and engaged in peaceful struggle as the provincial coordinator of
Makabayan. The people should thus guard against the mean and brutal
Gen. Layug in light of the simmering resistance against large-scale
mining and growing social unrest under the anti-people and
pro-imperialist Aquino regime.”
spokesperson also belied the claims of Col. John Bonafos, 802nd IBde
commander, that the NPA will not be able to retake the so-called
“insurgency-free” provinces, particularly in Leyte island, and that
the military is fostering development projects. “Col. Bonafos should
know that he is too late; the New People's Army is already gaining
ground among the people in Leyte and throughout the region who are
restive and oppose the Aquino regime's anti-development agenda of
selling out the country's interests to the imperialists and big
business. The people are furious at Aquino for pushing large-scale
mining, the privatization of the power industry and state services,
the inutility to stop rising fuel prices in the deregulated oil
industry, and other burning social issues. The people likewise despise
the military for its continuing impunity under Oplan Bayanihan, a
fascist pacification campaign for the Aquino regime's pro-imperialist,
anti-people and anti-development agenda. On the other hand, the people
welcome the NPA who are fighting for genuine change and development by
overthrowing the reactionary ruling system. The NPA survived five
previous regimes including a fascist dictatorship and continues to
gain strength. From the strategic defensive, the NPA is now looking
forward to advance to the strategic stalemate in the near future.”
Tanauan folks get
their share of 4Ps cash grants
Media Relations Center
April 14, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – More
than two-thousand more beneficiaries were given their conditional cash
grants under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Tanauan,
Tanauan, in Leyte’s
first district, is the newest addition to the list of municipalities
in Leyte now enrolled under the 4Ps conditional cash transfer.
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla led the launching of the program and the ceremonial
distribution of the cash grants which was personally brought by bank
personnel of the Land Bank of the Philippines.
Gov. Petilla again
urged the newly enrolled beneficiaries to ensure continuous inclusion
in this pro-poor, mass based program of the national government by
following the conditionalities by which the grant was given.
He told beneficiaries
that the government is spending billions of pesos for this program
that it needs to be fully complied with.
“The government is
spending a lot for 4Ps thus we would like to make sure that the
recipients are really helped by the cash grants and deserve to be
placed under such social pension,” Gov. Petilla said.
The governor likewise
shared that 4Ps beneficiaries would also be given priority health
insurance sponsored by the provincial government of
“We are giving this
priority for as long as you are under the program. This is in line
with the national government’s efforts to converge all its social and
pro-poor programs,” Gov. Petilla said.
Under the 4Ps program,
beneficiaries receive P500 every month for health and nutrition and
P300 monthly per child aged 14 years old and below, to a maximum of
three children, for educational expenses as long as they comply with
the conditions that include availing of health services for their
children, pre and post natal care for pregnant household member,
sending their children to school and attending family development
The 4Ps program
implemented by the DSWD aims to sustain the livelihood of the 4.3
million assessed poor households nationwide through the program.