Army troops conducted
MEDCAP in Northern Samar
medical team conducted free circumcision to the residents of San
Jose, Northern Samar in connection with the MEDCAP activities
conducted on May 5 and 6 2012.
By 20IB, 8ID PA
BRGY MAGSAYSAY, Lope
de Vega, Northern Samar – In consonance with the AFP’s Internal
Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan, the troops of 20th Infantry
(We Lead) Battalion, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine
Army has conducted a Medical and Dental Civic Action Program (MEDCAP)
in the municipality of San Jose, Northern Samar last May 5-6 this
Lieutenant Colonel Noel Vestuir, Commanding Officer of 20IB, a total
of 881 patients coming from the barangays of
benefited from the MEDCAP. 474 availed the free medical consultation
where free medicines were also given, 100 underwent the tooth
extraction and dental cleaning, 257 availed the free eye check-up and
259 were circumcised. Also, a total of 300 reading glasses were
distributed to the patients after a free eye check-up.
The MEDCAP was
spearheaded by Kaunlaran para sa Kabataang Pandaigdig (KKP)
Foundation, Local Government Unit (LGU) and Line Government Agencies (LGAs)
of municipality of San Jose, Northern Samar and medical and dental
teams from the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division, 803rd Brigade
San Jose Mayor
Damian Luzon expressed his gratitude to the group for their efforts in
bringing the services to the residents of the municipality. The
overwhelming success of the said activity is a glaring example of
genuine cooperation, collaborative efforts and commitment of all
stakeholders in bringing the services to our people that exemplifies
the true spirit of Bayanihan.
The Philippine Army
together with the LGU of San Jose and other stakeholders, call out for
other service-oriented organizations to advocate such convergence of
effort to help uplift the lives of our fellow Filipino people
especially those in the remote areas.
VP Binay: PHL to
retain ranking in US trafficking report
By OVP Media
MANILA – Vice
President Jejomar C. Binay said he is optimistic the Philippines will
retain its current status in this year’s Global Trafficking in Persons
(GTIP) Report of the U.S. Department of State.
Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ Concerns and
Chairman Emeritus of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT),
said he expected the Philippines to still be in included in the
countries with Tier 2 status in the GTIP report scheduled to be
released next month.
“Our goal has always
been to be upgraded to Tier 1 status, but even if we don’t make it
this year, given the number of trafficking-related convictions we had
since the latest GTIP report was released, we are confident that we
will remain in the Tier 2 list,” he said.
Countries in Tier 1
status are those that fully comply with the minimum requirements of
the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of the United States, while
those in Tier 2 do not meet the minimum requirements but are making
significant efforts to do so.
Binay said that there
were 12 trafficking-related convictions with 18 persons convicted from
April to December 2011, while there were five convictions with 12
persons convicted from January to April this year.
He said that these
convictions were included in the report submitted by the Philippine
government to the U.S. State Department for inclusion in this year’s
The Vice President
said since there have been 39 convictions since the start of the
Aquino administration, with 48 persons convicted.
“To give you an idea
of just how significant the increase is, compare the 39 convictions we
have accumulated in the past 22 months to the 29 convictions the
previous administration had from 2005 to June 2010,” he said.
The Philippines was
elevated to Tier 2 status in the GTIP Report released in June last
year. The country was in Tier 2 Watchlist status in 2009 and 2010.
Binay credited the
increase in trafficking-related convictions to the creation of the
IACAT Operations Center (OpCen) and closer coordination with
non-government organizations (NGOs).
“The IACAT OpCen and
our ties with NGOs have been vital to the increase in the number of
trafficking cases filed and the number of convictions we secured,” he
Binay said that the
latest operation of the IACAT OpCen included the rescue last April 25
of four women, including three minors, offering sexual services in two
KTV bars in Tondo, Manila.
“We now have the
owners of the Boholano and Therese/Nakamura-Sakamura KTV bars in
custody and cases for violation of RA 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in
Persons Act of 2003) and RA 7610 (Special Protection of Children
Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act) as amended
are now being prepared to be filed against them,” he concluded.
RAFI, partners to hold
bigger Gabii sa Kabilin
CEBU CITY – The
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Culture and Heritage Unit and its
partners will hold the sixth run of Gabii sa Kabilin on May 25, 2012
from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight.
This year the heritage
event will feature 21 main attractions composed of museums and
cultural sites in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue. These are
Aboitizland Heritage Pocket, Ayala Center Cebu Cinema and The
Terraces, Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple, Bank of the Philippine Islands
(BPI) Museum, Don Sergio Osmeña Memorabilia and Art Gallery, Cathedral
Museum, Casa Gorordo Museum, Cebu City Museum, Cebu Normal University
(CNU), Fort San Pedro, Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum, Mandaue City
Plaza, Museo Parian sa Sugbo, Museo Sugbo Complex, Plaza Independencia,
Sacred Heart Parish Church and Alternative Contemporary Arts Studio
(ACAS), Basilica Minore del Santo Niño through the Santo Niño de Cebu
Augustinian Social Development Foundation (SNAF), University of San
Carlos Museum, University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF)
Rizaliana Museum, and Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House.
Gabii sa Kabilin’s new
participating sites this year are Ayala Center Cebu Cinema and The
Terraces, Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple,
CAP Theater, JRG Halad Museum, and University of San Carlos Museum.
The BPI Museum
will be available for viewing to Gabii sa Kabilin guests from 8 a.m.
t0 4 p.m. only.
Tourists are treated
to cultural performances, exhibits, art fairs, food markets, and
interactive demonstrations in the 20 main sites.
For this year's Gabii
sa Kabilin, there are various suggested routes according to specific
themes applicable to the museums and heritage sites, which guests can
choose from. These themes include Museums;
and Alternative Spaces; Heritage Structures; Educational; Churches,
Temples, and Sacred Places; and Public Spaces. There'll also be a
walking tour along heritage sites that are within walking distance
from each other.
With one ticket worth
P150.00, local and foreign tourists may go to as many participating
museums and cultural heritage sites within the six hours of the
heritage event. The ticket also allows them to take as many rides as
they want in Gabii sa Kabilin-designated buses and one tartanilla
(horse-drawn carriage) trip in Cebu City’s old district.
Tickets will be sold
starting May 10 at the 22 participating museums and cultural sites,
including the concierge at Ayala Center Cebu.
about the participating sites and their presentations as well as tour
routes of Gabii sa Kabilin will be available for download also on May
10 at www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.
In previous Gabii sa
Kabilin runs, places of historic and cultural significance within
walking distance or along the tour routes are also earmarked. These
have also grown in number this year. Some of them are the 1938
VECO Buiding, Asilo de la Milagrosa, Matilda Bradford Church,
Cebu Provincial Capitol Building, Cebu Puericulture and Maternity
House, Compania Maritima, early 1900s warehouses along M.C. Briones
Street, Fuente Osmeña, Gotiaoco Building, Iglesia Filipina
Independiente Cathedral, Malacañang sa Sugbo, Mother of Perpetual Help
Parish Church, old Southern Islands Hospital, Plaza Hamabar, the old
bridges of Sikatuna and Zulueta Streets, Oriente and Vision Theaters,
Plaza Sugbo, Plaza Hamabar, University of the Philippines-Cebu
College, and Yutivo Building.
An added attraction to
Gabii sa Kabilin 2012 is a set of children’s activities that will be
held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in six participating sites, namely, Ayala
Cathedral Museum, Cebu City Museum, Cebu Normal University, and Fort
Gabii sa Kabilin is made possible through partnerships with the local
government units of Cebu City and Mandaue, Cebu City Traffic
Operations Management (CITOM), Philippine National Police–Cebu City (PNP), Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC) of Cebu
City, Province of Cebu, Department of Tourism–Region
VII and Santo Niño de
Cebu Augustinian Social Development Foundation.
RAFI and its partners
are also assisted by tanods, officials and residents of 26 barangays
in Cebu City.
Major sponsorship is
provided by Smart Communications.
Dr. Jocelyn Gerra,
executive director of RAFI-Culture and Heritage, said that the
expansion of Gabii sa Kabilin in terms of participating museums and
activities is a breakthrough as it means that more organizations and
individuals are becoming aware of the beauty and importance of local
She also said that
this indicates a positive trend in efforts to promote and protect
The diversity of
presentations and activities that participating museums and cultural
sites are offering this year, she added, shows the cosmopolitan
character of Metro Cebu. It is fitting therefore, Gerra noted, that
Gabii sa Kabilin is tagged as a highlight event in the year-long
celebration of the selection of Cebu City as an ASEAN City of Culture.
On May 18, Gabii sa
Kabilin in Argao and Sibonga will be launched in partnership with RAFI
and the local government units of the two towns.
Culture & Heritage is
one of the focus areas of RAFI. It aims to help communities
understand, value and share their culture and heritage with others.
The foundation’s other focus areas are Integrated Development,
Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Citizenship, and
information about Gabii sa Kabilin and other programs of the RAFI-Culture
and Heritage, please call 418-7234 local 703 and look for May or
South Leyte’s no.1
most wanted persons arrested
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – PNP PRO 8 scored anew in the accounting of wanted
persons and the service of warrants by arresting the no. 1 Most Wanted
Person of Southern, Leyte.
At about 6:00 PM on
May 2, 2012 at Barangay Tinago, Inopacan, Leyte, joint elements of RID
PRO 8 led by PSInsp Jovy Espinedo, SLPPO Deputy Intel Officer PSInsp
Delfin D Tan and PSInsp Allan Oliveron Cerro, chief of police of
Inopacan Police Station, MIG 8 and S2 19IB, PA led by 1Lt Lago
conducted manhunt operations which resulted to the arrest of Southern
Leyte’s no. 1 most wanted person (Provincial Level).
Subject person was
identified as Jaime Doria Soledad alias “Ka
Mike/Tony/Cyril/Anton/Glenn”, 63 years old, married, jobless and
temporarily residing at said place. He is dubbed as Communist
Terrorist leader and an active personality of the dismantled South
Leyte Front (SLF).
Soledad was arrested
by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Honorable Judge Apolinario
Buaya, Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 35, 8th Judicial Region Ormoc
City for the crime of Double Murder docketed under Criminal case
number 6955-0 and 6956-0 with no bail recommended. Immediately, he was
brought to Inopacan Police Station for documentation and further
brought by RID8 to Ormoc City Police Station Precinct 1 for proper
PDG, Nicanor A
Bartolome, Chief PNP believes that one criminal off the street accords
citizens with a sound sleep directing all Police Regional Offices to
conduct an obstinate, efficient campaign and advocacy by implementing
a wide-ranging pro-active approach/strategy on the campaign against
Wanted Persons in coordination with various law enforcement and other
concerned government agencies.
Tañada backs E Samar
guv’s decision to defy injunction order
Erin Tañada III (center) addressed members of the local media in
a press conference on April 24, 2012 in Borongan City. Tañada
said he believed Gov. Conrado B. Nicart’s decision to defy the
injunction order from the court regarding the province’s 2012
annual budget was for the greater good. The order from Judge
Elvie P. Lim has caused a paralysis in the operation of the LGU
until Nicart announced he would rather “be cited for contempt”
than see his employees not receiving their pay.
(Photo by Reinier M. Ampong)
By MEDORA NB QUIRANTE
BORONGAN CITY –
Eastern Samar Governor Conrado B. Nicart Jr found an ally in Quezon
Province’s 4th District Representative Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III.
decision, I believe, was for the good of the people of Eastern Samar,”
Tañada told members of the local media in a press conference on April
Nicart had earlier
announced that he was defying the injunction order from Judge Elvie
Lim that prohibited him from using funds appropriated under the 2012
The order came about
after BMs Aldwin Aclao, Atty. Byron Suyot, Jojie Montallana, Atty.
Enerio Sabulao, Jenny Baldono and Betty Reyes filed a petition for
prohibition early February alleging the province’s 2012 budget failed
to get the required number of votes for its passage.
“The budget ordinance
needs a vote of 50% of the total board members plus one which
translates to eight votes. They only got seven votes,” Atty. Enerio
Sabulao, one of the six board member petitioners said in a separate
But the court battle
reached the halls of the Capitol during the last few days of March as
all of LGU’s financial transactions including the payment of
employees’ salaries, wages and other benefits were ordered stopped.
“What we have done is
for the good of Eastern Samar in general. We have to uphold the law
and the law tells us that we need eight votes to pass the budget
ordinance,” Sabulao told the employees in a dialogue.
Sabulao told the
employees further that the governor could have resorted to re-enacting
the budget to make sure there would be no paralysis in the LGU’s
But provincial legal
officer Atty. Christopher Coles said the governor would not use a
reenacted budget because the local government code stipulates that the
LGU could only use a reenacted budget if “it fails to pass a budget
“I couldn’t even look
my employees straight in the eyes because I know how not getting their
pay on time affected them and their families,” Nicart said when he
ordered the provincial accountant, provincial treasurer and budget
officer to disburse funds on April 3.
According to Tañada,
he believed Nicart had “only the best interest of his constituents in
“In the same way
Justice Department Leila de Lima defied the TRO from the Supreme
Court, Gov. Nicart thought of the greater good when he decided to defy
the injunction order,” Tañada said.
As Karapatan oppose CA confirmation of Morong 43 captors
Torture, criminal raps
vs GMA, PNP, AFP officials filed
QUEZON CITY – Eight
of the forty three health workers, collectively known as the Morong
43, today filed a criminal case against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Gen.
Victor Ibrado, Gen. Delfin Bangit, Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia, Col.
Aurelio Baladad, Col. Cristobal Zaragosa and 10 other officials of the
AFP and the Philippine National Police (PNP) for violations of the
Anti-Torture Act of 2009, Republic Act 7438 (Rights of Persons
Arrested, Detained or under Custodial Investigation), and robbery.
Karapatan spokesperson and convenor of the End Impunity Alliance said
that, “this is the first criminal case against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
involving human rights violations under her watch, and on the basis of
the anti-torture law that was passed during her regime.”
support for the health workers for their continuing quest for justice,
as the rights group also urged the Department of Justice and
Malacanang “to act immediately on the said complaint to make human
rights violators in government accountable for the rights they have
“Pres. Noynoy Aquino
said it himself, that the arrest and detention of the health workers
are ‘fruits of the poisonous tree.’ It is however, lamentable that
instead of immediately prosecuting those responsible for their illegal
arrests and incarceration, the promotion of these military and police
officers are being effected. It is déjà vu, similar to period of
former Pres. Arroyo, when Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. who, despite
many cases filed against him, was heaped upon with promotions and
accolades,” Palabay said.
In a letter sent to
the Commission on Appointments (CA), through its secretary Atty.
Arturo Tiu, KARAPATAN and the Council for Health and Development (CHD)
expressed their opposition to the confirmation of the promotion of
three officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who are
direct parties to the illegal arrest, torture and detention of the 43
health workers. The said officials are Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia, Brig.
Gen. Aurelio B. Baladad and Col. Jaime Abawag. Col. Abawag has no
formal appointment yet but was already in the list of Karapatan and
CHD for future reference for the CA.
Marie Hilao-Enriquez expressed “alarm upon learning of the recent
appointment of the above-mentioned officials, they being perpetrators
of gross human rights violations.” Hilao-Enriquez was one of the
signatories, along with Dr. Eleanor Jara for the CHD, of the letter
submitted to the CA.
that, “we understand that any officer who has a pending case against
him in court must not be promoted. Thus, we take exception to the
promotion and confirmation of Segovia, Baladad as well as Zaragosa,
who was promoted in February 2012, as they are among the respondents
in cases mentioned above. We therefore ask the Commission if there are
measures which it can do to rectify this transgression.”
Last year, on April 4,
2011, six of the 43 health workers also filed a civil case for damages
under Articles 27, 32 and 33 of the Civil Code at the Quezon City
Regional Trial Court. Segovia, Baladad and Abawag were among the
respondents for illegal arrest, torture, arbitrary and illegal
detention. A complaint was also filed before the Commission on Human
Rights on February 25, 2010 against Segovia and Baladad.
“Thus, their supposed promotion must not be allowed and the
institutions that gave the clearances for such promotion must answer
to the people,” said Hilao-Enriquez.
VP Binay leads
turnover of keys to Ondoy victims in Valenzuela City
President Jejomar C. Binay leads the inauguration of the
Disiplina Village Phase I, along with San Miguel Brewery, Inc.
President Robert N. Huang and Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin T.
Gatchalian. The Disiplina Village Phase I will house 368
families who were displaced by typhoon Ondoy in September 2009.
San Miguel Brewery is one of the partners of the local
government in constructing the Phase II of the village.
By OVP Media
MANILA – Vice
President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)
Chair Jejomar C. Binay today led the turnover of keys to 96
beneficiary families displaced by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 in Valenzuela
Located at Brgy. Ugong,
Disiplina Village Phase I is the first housing project intended
specially for Valenzuela's Typhoon Ondoy victims. It was initiated by
the local government of Valenzuela under Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian in
partnership with the private sector and non-government organizations.
“Akoy lubos na
natutuwa na sa ilang panahong inyong paghihintay ay natupad na ang
inyong pangarap na magkaroon ng sarili at ligtas na bahay. Kami po sa
pamahalaan ay taos pusong tutulong sa inyong kapakanan at hangad namin
ang inyong maayos, matiwasay at disiplinadong pagtira sa inyong bagong
mga tahanan dito sa Disiplina Village,” Binay said.
Binay cited the
village's thrust of values formation, saying that the success of a
community stems both from its physical structures and its moral and
"Matindi ang aming
paniniwala na ang matagumpay na pag-buo ng isang komunidad ay hindi
lamang nakasalalalay sa pisikal na istruktura kundi nakatayo rin sa
moral at spirituwal na pangangailanagan ng pamayanan," the Vice
He added that programs
such as the values formation program which Disiplina Village promotes
should be implemented in all newly established communities in the
Binay also reiterated
that people should cease dubbing the government's housing programs for
the poor as "resettlement" and "relocation" sites, and stressed that
these should instead be called newtowns or new communities.
"Sa dami ng mga
pamilyang dinala natin dito upang mabigyan ng bagong pagkakataon na
magpanibagong-buhay, talaga namang bagong pamayanan o komunidad ang
dapat itawag natin sa mga pabahay na ito," he stated.
Binay asserted, "Ibig
lang po namin na maalis sa kaisipan ng mga tao, laluna sa mga
benepisyaryo ng programang pabahay ng gobyerno, ang pag-aakala na sa
gobyerno lamang nakasalalalay ang tagumpay ng isang proyektong pabahay
at ang mga benepisyaryo ay tumatanggap lamang. Ang proyektong ito ang
magpapatunay na hindi ito totoo."
The project aims to
help a total of 1,860 affected families living along the danger zones
of Tullahan River. The site, located on an area totalling 1.9
hectares, will have medium-rise 56-cluster housing buildings and can
accommodate 900 families.
For Phase II
implementation of Disiplina Village, eighteen (18) 3-multi-storey
buildings (MSBs) will be constructed and will house 606 affected
families from Tullahan River.
NHA will fund and
implement the construction of the said MSBs while the Valenzuela LGU
will also fund and undertake the implementation of the project’s land
Last February 2011,
16-unit housing buildings were already turned over to 46 beneficiary
families in an event dubbed, “Bagong Bahay, Bagong Buhay sa Disiplina
For a minimal lease
cost of P300 a month, these families benefit from free community
empowerment programs conducted by the Gawad Kalinga and the city
government such as kapitbahayan trainings, Bayan Anihan or vegetable
gardening on idle portions of the lot and values formation programs.
Disiplina Village was
also noted by the World Bank as an example of a sustainable
multi-partnership model which other LGUs can emulate to realize their
slum upgrading programs.
Binay and NHA general
manager Chito Cruz awarded a citation to Valenzuela City for its
efficient housing strategies and humane stance on relocation process
and responsive socio-economic services to nurture the new communities.
LSA athletes join
Palarong Pambansa 2012
By AHLETTE C. REYES,
May 2, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY –
Twenty-six athlete-scholars of the
Leyte Sports Academy
made it to the final cut that form part of the EVRAA delegation to the
upcoming Palarong Pambansa 2012 to be held in Lingayen, Pangasinan on
May 6-12, 2012.
Former board member
Rowil Batan, who heads the management of the LSA at the Leyte Sports
Development Center, said the athletes garnered spots to join the
delegation after they won medals during the EVRAA Meet 2012.
The LSA athletes would
mostly represent the region in athletics and swimming in the Palarong
To recall, during the
Maasin EVRAA Meet, the LSA-bred athletes in track and field earned a
total of 34 medals out of the 49 medals; while, in swimming, out of 64
participation in various swimming heats, the LSA tanks garnered a
total of 47 medals out of the 56 medals contended.
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla meanwhile urged the LSA athlete-scholars to show their
best and get good standing. He likewise urged the rest of the
competing delegation from Eastern Visayas to earn a better medal
finish this year.
The governor likewise
said, the Palarong Pambansa is a good “exposure” for local athletes to
test their skills and discipline.
“I would like them to
regularly compete so their skills can be tested. They cannot just grow
on their own. They have to regularly get exposed and compete with
others,” Gov. Petilla said.
Among the sports
included in this year's Palarong Pambansa are athletics, arnis,
badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics,
sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, and
Most these sporting
events will be held at the
Narciso Ramos Sports Center
in Lingayen, though there will be activities held in the cities of San
Carlos, Bugallon, Binmaley, and Dagupan City.
student-athletes, coaches and sports officials from all over the
country are expected to participate.