Leyte lake fishing
community block mining barges; Fear threat to fisheries livelihood
By Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM)
MACARTHUR, Leyte –
Hundreds of fishers from
in Villa Imelda village, decided to block the entry of three mining
barges which aim to dredge and clean-up the silt making the lake
In an emergency
community assembly called by the village officials the night of April
29, the community vehemently expressed its opposition to the entry of
the mining barges fearing that the disturbance which will be brought
by the vibrations of the machine equipment and extraction of silt and
sand may cause more fish kills in the lake.
‘The fisherfolks are
still suffering from the loss of 21,000 kilos of fish and the
investigation on the fish kill is not yet finished, we are now again
exposed to another threat which may lead to a more complicated
situation,’ said village chief Ronald M. Mentes.
Mentes claimed that no
proper public consultation was conducted allowing the dredging of the
‘What we wanted is for
the mining company to clean up their silt which blocks the waterways
of the lake towards Pamunawan and Saloquege creeks. However, we will
not view this as a favor from the mining company, they should be
responsible and accountable to whatever mess they caused to the
community and ecology,’ explained Mentes.
Located in Barangay
Villa Imelda, Lake Bito lies in the middle of prime agricultural land
producing rice where more than three companies were given permit
called Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) by the Mines and
Geosciences Bureau (MGB), among which is a Chinese mining company
currently extracting magnetite sand within an area of more than 7,000
It has been observed
that heavy siltation from the company’s operation caused the blockage
of lake outlet wherein sandbars are gradually forming.
‘We cannot deny the
fact that MGB allowed mining in ricefields or close to it, surrounding
Villa Imelda, the community around Lake Bito has nowhere to go,’ said
Jesus Cabias, president of the newly formed Unahin Lagi ang Diyos -
Bito Lake Fisherfolks Association (UNLAD-BLFA).
Cabias asserted that
if magnetite sand extraction is not stopped, food security and
sufficiency is at stake.
interconnected, whatever you do to the surrounding areas, the lake
will still be affected,’ concluded Cabias.
Joining the fisherfolk
community, Archdiocese of Palo Social Action Director Fr. Edwin Perito
articulated the position of the Catholic Church considering mining as
a spiritual and moral issues which continually divides the faithful.
‘It is greed which
forces the influential few to the detriment of the majority, denying
the people to a balanced and healthful ecology,’ declared Fr. Perito.
Garganera, national coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina, said in an
official statement that ‘MacArthur magnetite mining is a clear threat
to food security wherein fishery industry in
is at stake as well as rice production in the area.’
Garganera claimed that
magnetite mining in prime agricultural lands as well as in other areas
such as in coastlines and offshore should be stopped considering the
present threats of climate change and disasters.
‘The Mining Act of
1995 is not clear on the protection of our agricultural areas – mining
is being permitted adjacent to productive farms or within ricefields.
It gives mining companies full right over our water resources,’
Alyansa Tigil Mina
(ATM) is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support
groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who are
opposing the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the
ANAD condemns NPA
attack on a Northern Samar village!
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY – The
for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) Partylist strongly condemned
Maoist terrorist NPA’s rampage in Brgy. Taylor, Las Navas, Northern
Samar killing John Lloyd Elizalde, 4 years old, while inside their
house, last April 26.
ANAD field reports
disclosed that about 20 Maoist terrorist NPAs entered the village at
about 8:00 am of April 26 and indiscriminately fired their firearms
with their gun muzzles leveled against the houses in the area. “These
(firearms) were not fired just to scare people but purposely to kill
with houses in the area peppered with bullet holes. Luckily only the
4-year old boy was killed” the
ANAD report stated.
“ANAD shall support,
in any way, the human rights complaint that the barangay officials,
led by Brgy. Chair Marie Claire Tuling, and other residents shall file
against the terrorist NPAs with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)
in Region 8 or in Manila,” said Rep. Alcover.
“This is a clear case
of brute force and violence used by Maoist terrorist NPAs to
intimidate and harass our innocent and helpless brothers in the
countryside to exact complete submission and compliance from them,”
said ANAD Rep. Jun Alcover as he called on government to fully
use the force of the law to protect our people against bands of
terrorists preying on unarmed and helpless Filipinos.
The same report said
that the recent NPA attack was mainly caused by the terrorists’ anger
after the residents shied away from a life of fear and violence by
utterly refusing to take heed of the terrorists’ orders and demands.
“The residents’ decision to stop giving foodstuffs and money every
month drew blood out of the NPA leaders in the area,” said a resident
who requested anonymity.
ANAD Rep. Alcover
called on all Filipinos to close ranks and strengthen further the bond
that unites us against the violent and merciless NPAs. “No amount of
force could ever break a strong and determined people to stand up
against Godlessness and inhumanity!
Violence is the wicked
weapon easily used by the Maoist terrorist NPAs against God-fearing
Filipinos. But it needs the strong will-power of a people, whose love
for freedom and peace reigns high, to effectively confront and oppose
all selfish designs and intentions spawned by a violent and Godless
ideology,” he stressed.
Northern Samar Village
attacked by NPA
By DPAO, 8ID PA
Catbalogan City – The NPA stormed the village of Brgy Taylor in Las
Navas, Northern Samar indiscriminately firing their weapons on
civilian community at 8:30 am yesterday that resulted to the killing
of a four-year old boy who was inside their house at the time of the
personnel from 63IB who were on their way to the Barangay immediately
responded to the scene of the incident to secure the village and
protect the people and extended immediate assistance to the victims.
The troops also secured the area for investigation by the SOCO Team of
the PNP. After which, the troops conducted pursuit operation as the
perpetrators fled the area.
The local officials of
Brgy Taylor headed by Brgy Chairperson Marie Claire Tuling are now
preparing their complaints against the local communist terrorists.
The 63rd Infantry
Battalion that secures the area will assist the Brgy officials and the
victims in filing a criminal case against the NPA perpetrators as well
as complaints before the Commission on Human Rights and the GPH-NDF
Joint Monitoring Committee.
This is already the
third time in a period of seven (7) months that the NPA staged their
attacks on civilian communities. The local communist terrorists
raided Hinabangan, Samar in September 2011 and attacked Lapinig,
Northern Samar just this January.
Sambawan beach resort
in Maripipi now open to tourists
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA, PIA Biliran
NAVAL, Biliran – As
local and foreign tourists flock to famous beach resorts in the
country to cool themselves this summer, a newly developed beach resort
located southwest in the island municipality of Maripipi particularly
in Sambawan islets is now open to tourists.
Mayor Uldarico P.
Macorol of Maripipi one of the eight towns in Biliran province
informed PIA in an interview that a private developer named Nestor C.
Macorol, a Baptist church leader who is engaged in the business of
supplying water filter in Manila and who hails from Maripipi, took
interest in developing the beach which started in February this year.
Sambawan beach resort
has now four cottages made of native materials and construction of
other cottages are on-going, to include four solar panels that provide
electricity to the cottages during daytime, two guardhouses and nine
steward maintenance who maintain the cleanliness of the resort,
He added that a
generator set will be provided to tourists who opt to stay overnight
in Sambawan beach resort plus policemen from the municipality who will
be dispatched in the area to provide security to tourists.
Macorol confided that
the private developer will provide water supply in Sambawan beach
resort by installing PVC pipes from the main source of water in the
municipality to the resort. Installation of water pipes that will run
under the sea will start next month.
Construction of a
canteen is on-going to serve the need for food of the tourists and
other necessary facility like a function hall for a bigger number of
guests who wish to hold meetings in the resort, he disclosed.
Fee for the use of a
cottage is pegged at P500 for overnight stay and an entrance fee of
P10 per head for adults and P5 per head for children is collected, he
Macorol disclosed that
Sambawan beach resort can be reached in 10 to 15 minutes through pump
boat ride from Barangay Ol-og in Maripipi.
He also informed that
a fast craft operated by Ken Flores, who also hails from Maripipi,
will be plying the Maripipi-Naval and Naval-Maripipi and Naval-Cebu
and Cebu-Naval routes starting next month.
Sambawan beach resort have increased since its opening in March, this
year, Macorol said.
Many tourists already
came to the resort and in fact the members of the local tourism
council of the municipality of Kawayan in Biliran province will hold
their meeting on Tuesday (May 1) in Sambawan beach resort, Macorol
Macorol said, for
reservations, anybody who is interested to enjoy and relax at Sambawan
beach resort may contact Sonia Alavera, local tourism
officer-designate of Maripipi town through cell phone numbers
09995061820, 09159988515 or 09063024712.
school building to Borongan
By ALICE NICART, PIA Eastern
April 26, 2012
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – One concrete school building had recently been added to Calingatngan Elementary School, some fifteen minutes ride from the
heart of the city.
This was through the
generous gesture of ABS-CBN’s “Sagip Kapamilya Foundation”.
Superintendent Bernardo Adina thanked the project because according to
him the province would be in dire need of classrooms with the upcoming
implementation of Kindergarten classes and K+12.
ceremony is a concrete manifestation that the Filipino people believe
in education…We need to put together our resources…we have to invest
in education if we want to reap a greater return,” Supt. Adina
This is also a good
example of the private-public partnership which is the thrust of the
Aquino Administration, he added.
In his message, Mr.
Marcel Miñon who represented Ms. Tina Monson-Palma as the Program
Director of Sagip Kapamilya Bantay Bata 163 said that the project of
the giant TV network is not after any material return from its
“Hindi po kami nag-aantay
ng kapalit, hindi nga po kami nagdala dito ng media upang ipabatid ang
kaganapan dito ngayon,” Mr. Miñon said. “Ibig lang po naming matiyak
na ang gusali pong ito ay ginagamit sa pag-aaral ng mga bata, dahil
sila po ang tunay na bida dito. Huwag po
sana itong gawing opisina ng principal kagaya po doon sa
isang school beneficiary ng Sagip.
For her part, Mayor
Ma. Fe Abunda thanked the ABS-CBN project for crossing the archipelago
and reaching barangay Calingatngan which is some more minutes ride
from the city proper.
However, being sure
that chairs did not include Sagip’s donation, Mayor Abunda pledged to
give the required number of chairs of the two rooms, but she left word
that the building should be taken cared of by the school and barangay
and should not be made as a venue for “Tong-it” sessions.
According to the
school principal Elden Fuentes, their school has 10 rooms for their
300 pupils, but one building is no longer Child-friendly because of
its dilapidated state. According to him the gift of ABS-CBN Kapamilya
is very timely and most appreciated.
The P1.2M worth
school building was entrusted and constructed by the 546th Engineering
Construction Battalion of 53rd Engineering Brigade stationed in the
same city. Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Virgilio Quilana, led the
construction which only took them five months to complete.
Tabunan National High
School ranks 3rd in 2012 Metrobank-MTAP-DEPED Math Challenge National
By PIA Biliran
April 25, 2012
NAVAL, Biliran –
Marcia Butastas of
Almeria in Biliran province bagged the third place in the 2012
Metrobank-MTAP-DEPED Math Challenge National Finals in the 4th year
individual competition category, held in April 20-21 at the Metrobank
Plaza Auditorium, Makati City.
Butastas who graduated
class valedictorian and the only national contender of Eastern
Visiayas in the Metrobank-MTAP-DEPED Math Challenge, was under the
supervision of her coach, Mrs. Ana Vero, who accompanied her in Manila
for the national competition.
Butastas vied in the
4th Year Individual Competition with students from Fort Bonifacio High
School (Makati City); Valenzuela City Science High School; BHC
Educational Institution, Inc. (San Fernando City, La Union); Sapang
Palay National High School (City of San Jose Del Monte); San Pablo
City Science High School; Potter’s Place School (El Nido, Palawan);
Tabaco National High School (Tabaco City); Tagum City National High
School; and General Santos City High School.
Having won the third
place in the national finals, Butastas received P30,000 cash prize.
She said, the amount is of great help in her enrollment in college.
Vero said, Butastas
had proven her proficiency in Mathematics since first year in high
school when she championed in the Eastern Visayas regional math quiz
and ranked third in the same competition when she was in third year.
To satiate her
aspiration in the field of Mathematics, Butastas aims at taking BS
Accountancy at the University of the
Metrobank-MTAP-DEPED Math Challenge aims to discover young Math
wizards who can compete in international competitions.
The competition is
open to elementary and high school students from both public and
private schools nationwide.
Welfare and Development Office complies with the profiling and social
preparation of former rebels and former militia
By AILENE N. DIAZ, PIA Northern
April 24, 2012
Samar – Still on the implementation of the Local Social Integration
Program (LSIP) of the province, the Department of Social Welfare and
Development provincial office pushes for the social preparation and
profiling of former rebels (FRs) and former militia (FMs) beneficiary
of the LSIP under Executive Order Number 2011-10-28-06 series of 2011.
A recollection for the
said FRs and FMs facilitated by Social Action Director of the Diocese
sets-off the three-day activities followed by a round table discussion
(Huruhimangraw) with LSIP implementing agencies discussing each
agency’s programs, services and support it could offer to the FRs and
The local DSWD as the
implementor of socio-economic component of the program, identify
available interventions from local service providers and explained the
socio economic and psycho social to include psycho educational
interventions, processes of cash assistance program as well as other
available services and opportunities that may be offered to the
Ms. Ecel Bantilo, a
representative from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the
Peace Process (OPAPP) discussed and explained the extent of the
services the OPAPP also could assist in the said program.
The social preparation
and profiling activity according to DSWD, is in preparation for the
eventual integration of the said FRs and FMs to the community they
want to belong to, based on their needs and preferences and available
Alongside the program,
a psycho emotional healing shall also be facilitated in order to
ensure the successful transition of FR and FM to normal and productive
The Local Social
Integration Program of Northern Samar sets forth its pursuit for a
responsive and genuine social integration program in line with the
Peace and Security policy of the National Government, focused on
winning the peace.
This also seeks to
contribute toward achieving the goal of a just, comprehensive and
enduring peace in Northern Samar expressing its desire to reintegrate
local rebels into the mainstream of society and encouraging them to
return to the folds of the law.
Police brutality and
military terror trademark of P-Noy's Oplan Bayanihan – Karapatan
QUEZON CITY – Genasque Enriquez, a Manobo leader from Surigao del Sur expressed
sympathy, in behalf of internal refugees or bakwet from Visayas and
Mindanao who are in
Manila, with the urban
poor victims of police brutality in yesterday’s demolition at the
Silverio Compound in Sucat, Paranaque.
The bakwet find strong
affinity with the residents of Silverio compound as they likened the
urban poor situation to the situation of the bakwet. “Here in the
urban centers, there is forced eviction of urban poor dwellers in
favour of ‘development’; while there is forced evacuation in the
countryside, also in the name of ‘development’. Theirs is for
commercial purposes for P-Noy’s public-private partnership (PPP); ours
is for agri-business plantations and large-scale mining operations.
Theirs is police brutality, ours is military combat operations,” said
Enriquez, secretary general of Kahugpong sa Lumadnong Organisasyon (KASALO),
a CARAGA-wide organization of Lumad. Enriquez attended, along with 130
others, the conference on Internally Displaced People or internal
refugees held in Quezon City.
Marie Hilao-Enriquez also said that, “The everyday life of the
ordinary Filipino is hard enough with the unabated high prices of
basic commodities and oil, the low wages, the endless demolition and
the resulting displacement of urban poor dwellers; the life of
internal refugees is doubly hard. It is unimaginable to most Filipinos
how it is to be uprooted from the community that is your home from
added that, “yearly, we are forced to leave our communities, our farms
that are ready for harvest; our children had to stop schooling, only
to seek shelter in unfamiliar places, sleep in cold cemented floors in
gyms, basketball courts or school halls, bear the sweltering heat of
makeshift tents; and rely on donated food and medicine. When we go
back to our communities all our efforts to build and develop our
communities and to secure our children’s future are destroyed. Our
harvested crops are thrown out on the roads, our houses and the
schools we built are ransacked and vandalized. We are endlessly
building and rebuilding our lives amidst the turmoil created by
military presence and activities in their lands. Worst, we are treated
like dirt by some government and military officials who are sworn to
protect our rights as human beings.”
documented more than 6,500 victims of combined forced eviction and
forced evacuation from the time P-Noy assumed the Presidency until the
first quarter of 2012. According to Marie Hilao-Enriquez, “this number
does not include those who were harassed and intimidated; those who
were wounded and hit by bomb shrapnel or by the military’s
indiscriminate firing, or the number of people, including minor, who
were used as guide in navigating the forest areas, or shield by the
military during their operations and the number of schools and other
public places which the military used for their purpose.”
Victims of forced
evacuation and rights groups also called on the P-Noy government to
stop military operations, bombings and airstrikes in the countryside
and to immediately pull out military troops, especially in peasant
communities and ancestral lands of Moro and indigenous peoples. The
delegates of the conference on Internally Displaced People yesterday
lit candles along E. Rodriguez Ave. in Quezon City to show their
sympathy with the residents of Silverio Compound and express their
protest over the reported death of four protesters, scores of wounded
and the arrest of at least 33 others.
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY –
“Double-edged, highly deceptive, and fully tainted with lies! Show to
us that you are true to your words by vandalizing and defacing the
seal of the Chinese embassy, in the same way you’ve done to the US
embassy, in Manila!” said ANAD Rep. Jun Alcover in reaction to the
statements recently issued by Maoist terrorist iconic leader Jose Ma. Sison to Communist China’s bullying the country in the disputed
Panatag Shoal (internationally known as Scarborough Shoal), off
“Since the death of
Mao Tse Tung, Communist China does not recognize and has stopped
supporting Sison’s Communist Party of the
and its tentacles. But like any other communist country and
organization in the world they remain united under the spirit of
Internationalism and against a historical and common enemy – the
United States of America!” said Rep. Alcover.
The sole pro-democracy
solon added that the present Communist Chinese leadership veered away
from espousing the Marx-Lenin-Mao Tse Tung Thoughts (MLMT), the bible
of Maoist communism that until today is obsessed in establishing a
Utopic boundary-less, a common state and system of governance,
“Immediately after Chairman Mao’ death, Deng Xiao Peng’s ascendancy to
power saw the revision of its entire system of governance: the
Communist Party maintaining firm grip on the country’s politics but
opening, to some degree, its economy and industrial development to the
During the many years
that China was firmly under Mao’s control, the late Deng was jailed
for his ‘revisionist’ views against Mao’s doctrines,” he said.
In calling on the
people to understand communism and nationalism better, Rep. Alcover
said that the two are basically opposed from each other, in theory and
practice. “Communism espouses internationalism that seeks to eliminate
territorial boundaries among nations, the means of production owned by
all, and the distribution of the same made available to all; while
nationalism demands unwavering love and devotion to a country,” Rep.
The former NPA
political and commanding officer turned staunch pro-democracy advocate
said that Joma Sison, chair of the Internal League of Peoples Struggle
(ILPS), is the acknowledged leader of the international Maoist
communists grouping in the world. “While Joma and his peers in the
local CPP-NPA-NDF openly are expressing anti-Communist China
posturing, this is purely temporary. This is the result of the
pressure brought about by the Filipino people’s public opinion
strongly rejecting their anti-Balikatan pocket protest actions, in the
different parts of the country,” said Rep. Alcover adding that the
Joma ordered anti-China protest actions is full of gutter lies and
dubious yet perplexing pretensions.
wrong with us invoking the Mutual Defense Treaty with the US, who for
many decades are admittedly ‘Our Big Brother’. This is one of the many
responsibilities and obligations that we, a sovereign country, must
faithfully adhere and further enhance, but never to obliterate, the
era of Political Interdependence among nations of the free world,”
Rep. Alcover said.
schedule of prov’l orientation, interview of its internship program
By NEIL D. LOPIDO, PIA 8
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 8
through its regional director Leticia T. Diokno issued Monday the
schedule of provincial orientation and deliberation for its applicants
of the Expanded Government Internship Program (EGIP).
For Leyte, schedule of
interview and orientation will be on April 24-25 at the 2nd Floor of
the Prudential Bank building, in front of Gaisano Capital in Tacloban
City while in Ormoc City, it will be conducted at the Pamtawid Pamilya
Operations Office near Gaisano in Ormoc City on April 30.
For Southern Leyte,
interview and orientation will be on April 25 at the provincial Social
Welfare and Development Office in Maasin.
For Samar, interview
and orientation will be on April 26 at the Pantawid Pamilya Provincial
Operations Office, Moratal building,
San Francisco St.,
For Eastern Samar,
interview and orientation will be on April 27 at the Operations Office
of the Pantawid Pamilya located near the Metrobank building in
For Biliran, interview
and orientation will be done also on April 27 at the Provincial
Capitol building in Naval.
And for Northern Samar,
interview and orientation will be on April 30 at the Cluster Office of
the Pantawid Pamilya in Catarman.
DSWD-8 is hiring 7,634
workers regionwide, specifically in-school youth/students,
out-of-school youth, college graduates/vocational course graduates who
are unemployed, aged 18-30 years old.
Those who will qualify
will have a hands-on experience in working with the DSWD, either in
centers, institutions, field offices, or at the communities where they
come from to assist in the implementation of the agency’s programs and
projects such as Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens,
Supplemental Feeding, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Cash For
Work and Day Care Service.
are now available at the DSWD-8 office website email@example.com or
at the regional office located along Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban
City and at the Pantawid Pamilya Provincial/City/Municipal Operations