Army’s ‘Bayanihan’ activity in Samar continues
By DPAO, 8ID PA
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan Samar – A Free Medical & Dental Mission was
conducted in Sta. Rita, Samar last May 25, 2012 by the local
government unit and cause oriented groups in Samar in coordination
with the Army troops.
Elements of the 801st Brigade, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division,
Philippine Army in partnership with An Waray Party List and Local
Government Unit of Sta. Rita, Samar delivered a free medical
consultation, dental extraction and circumcision as part of Bayanihan
activities in Samar Island.
In his statement, BGen Gerardo T Layug AFP, Commander, 8ID, PA said
“your 8th ID, PA in collaboration with the local government units and
other stakeholders will continually deliver needed services to the
communities of Samar as part of the AFP’s IPSP Bayanihan”.
Hon. Mario Llarenas, Municipal Councilor of Sta. Rita, Samar expressed
his appreciation to the military troops for extending their full
support in delivering medical services to his constituents.
At the end of the activity, 369 patients availed of the free medical
consultation, 209 patients availed of the free tooth extraction, 98
availed of the free haircut and 80 children availed of the free
circumcision for a total of 756 residents benefiting from the said
2 suspected drug pushers jailed
By RPCRD, Police Regional
May 28, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – PNP PRO 8 constant with its
campaign against illegal drugs has arrested two suspected pushers here
On May 25, 2012 at about 8:15 PM, joint elements of Leyte Provincial
Special Operations Group (PSOG) led by PSInsp Daryll Samson Chua,
Chief PSOG and elements of Villaba Police Station conducted buy-bust
operation at the vicinity of Barangay Poblacion Del Sur, Villaba,
This resulted to the arrest of a certain Howard A. Albaño, 30 years
old, single, jobless and a resident of Barangay Poblacion del Norte of
said municipality and one Rey H. Ramirez alias “Ondo”, 50 years old,
single, jobless from Barangay Poblacion del Sur of same municipality.
In the buy-bust operation, police officers who posed as buyers were
able to buy from the suspects one (1) small sachet of suspected
“shabu” worth P500.00. Recovered from the actual possession of Albaño
were: P500.00 peso bill used as marked money, one (1) medium sachet
with suspected “shabu”, one (1) Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum, C7G
loaded with six (6) live ammos and a hand grenade without pin.
During the arrest, said suspects resisted and triggered the gun twice
against PO3 Rey Baldicano Jr. but it failed to ignite. Suspects then
threw a hand grenade to the other members of the arresting team but
fortunately it did not explode.
After a brief struggle, said operatives were able to subdue and
restrain the suspects. Thereafter, both suspects were brought to
Villaba Police Station for presentation and subsequently brought to
PSOG office at LPPO, San Jose, Tacloban City for documentation and
finally endorsed to PDEA 8 for chemical analysis of the confiscated
Suspects were returned to Villaba Police Station for proper
disposition and a case for violation of RA 9165 and Illegal Possession
of Firearms and Explosives has been filed in court against them.
drug-free society has been a dream of PNP PRO 8 though beset with the
dilemma by the constant tension of helping the user and jailing the
pusher but, the hand of Cain must be restrained by laws, and those who
transgress them must suffer the wrath of law”, says PCSupt Arnold
Rayala Revilla, Regional Director, PNP PRO 8.
Army backs GK Provincial Bayani Challenge 2012
“Team Commando” spearheaded Lt. Col. Jeffrey Cabansay during the
five days Provincial Bayani Challenge in Brgy. Quezon Jr., Ormoc
By 19th Infantry
Battalion, 8ID PA
May 26, 2012
ORMOC CITY – “Not just soldiers but builders and heroes”. This was
how Romeo Caisug, a project director of Gawad Kalinga commend the
soldiers of the Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade and 19th Infantry
(Commando) Battalion who volunteered in the Provincial Bayani
Challenge held at So. Magocdoc, Brgy. Quezon Jr., Ormoc City from May
“This place was once a battle ground of the communist rebels and
government forces, but now the Goodland GK Village established here in
So. Magocdoc, Brgy. Quezon Jr. is a hope for the homeless
constituents. Thanks to Gawad Kalinga, the donor, soldiers and
volunteers of this Provincial Bayani Challenge 2012”, Causig added.
For five days of test of endurance and volunteerism, Army troops and
some 250 participants toiled to change lives, bring hope and build
decent houses to the projected 30 recipients of the GK housing
program. With the said activity, five duplex-type houses were
successfully constructed in just five days.
Fourth district representative, Congresswoman Lucy Marie Torres-Gomez
who was guest of honor during the closing ceremony of BC 2012 lauds
the Army and other volunteers for the effort they have shared for the
people of Brgy. Quezon Jr. According to her, giving people a house
they can call their own is like giving them (beneficiaries) dignity.
“I would like to thank 19IB as well for securing the venue of this
Provincial Bayani Challenge”, the Honorable Congresswoman remarked.
She also expressed her gratitude to Mr. Nicholas Pongos, the donor and
Mr. Manuel Virtudazo, the Head of Gawad Kalinga in Leyte, for coming
up with a sustainable housing project for her constituents in Brgy.
Quezon Jr. Cong. Gomez’s office is one of the major sponsors of the
activity. Initially, her office had pledged to support five out of the
30 units of housing project in Brgy. Quezon Jr.
Lt. Col. Joel Alejandro Nacnac, commanding officer of 19IB based in
Kananga, Leyte revealed that ”Team Commando” had been extending
assistance to the Gawad Kalinga Foundation since 2010 when the 3rd
Provincial Bayani Challenge was launched in Isabel, Leyte. From
hauling of materials and participants to building of houses, 19IB
incessantly stands on its commitment in: “Serving the people, securing
moral lesson that we can acquire from the Provincial Bayani Challenge
2012 is the spirit of cooperation or ‘bayanihan’ which I believed was
internalized by the participants who effortlessly ventured on building
houses for the homeless.” Lt. Col. Nacnac said.
Fisherfolks director promotes food security in Eastern Visayas
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
May 26, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – Enriqueto R. Galero, this year’s Mangingisdang
Direktor for Eastern Visayas, spent the whole month of May going
around the Region in order to exhort his fellow fishermen to help
ensure food security.
Galero, 52, a fisherfolks leader from Pambujan, Northern Samar, was
chosen to be the fisher folks director for one month under the
Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
(DA-BFAR) Mangingisdang Direktor program in connection with the annual
observance of Farmers and Fisherfolks’ Month in the month of May.
Galero was installed as the Regional Fisherfolks Director during the
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 8 Management
Conference on May 2-3, 2012.
On May 4, RFD Galero attended an orientation on the Aquasilviculture
project of BFAR, which involves the growing of fish and other aquatic
organisms within a mangrove area without cutting down a single tree is
seen by the BFAR as an environment-friendly approach to enhance
fisheries production in the wild, while at the same time rehabilitate
the mangrove habitat which currently represents less than a quarter of
what used to be a 550,000-hectare mangrove cover in the 1950s.
Under the P237.5-million Aquasilviculture, BFAR and CHED aim to plant
11 million mangrove trees for mangrove habitat rehabilitation,
establish 62 units of multi-species hatchery, and develop 100
techno-demo aquasilvi-farms in coastal areas nationwide.
The fisherfolk could gain from actively participating in the project.
For every P8 spent by the government for the rehabilitation of the
mangrove habitat, the fishermen could earn as much as P6 divided as
follows: P1.50 for each mangrove propagule; P2 for the actual planting
and another P2.50 for every surviving mangrove propagule.
For mangrove habitat rehabilitation alone, a fisherman who could plant
2,000 mangrove trees could earn as much as P12,000 a year, aside from
helping ensure marine food security for the Filipinos.
The multi-species hatchery, on the other hand which will be
established by the SUCs in suitable areas would serve like a
“lying-in” center for gravid high-value species. Said community-based
hatcheries will differ much from the expensive and sophisticated
hatcheries we are accustomed of because our purpose really is for the
fisherfolk to realize the importance of stock enhancement. A gravid
crab, for instance carries with it millions of eggs which if allowed
to hatch in the said hatchery will benefit the fishermen and the
consumers as well.
Among the projects Galero visited were those in Palapag, Northern
Samar; Naval and Caibiran in Biliran; mussel project in Jiabong;
Hinunangan, Hinundayan, San Juan, Macrohon and Liloan in Southern
Galero participated in the tilapia seeding in North Leyte, mangrove
planting in Inopacan and observed the Ormoc Hatchery in Ormoc City.
He also visited the Pearl Island in Guiuan, the Lawaan Fish Sanctuary
in Lawaan and the Borongan Hatchery, all in the province of Eastern
As this story goes on print, Galero is in Samar province to visit
projects in Catbalogan City, Basey and Santa Rita.
Meanwhile, on the last week of May, Galero will visit his fellow
fisherfolks in Northern Samar as he visit the projects in Lavezares,
Laoang, San Jose, San Roque and Catarman.
Galero, on May 16, also participated in the public consultation on
Draft Food and Agricultural Organizations of UN Resolution 197-1 on
the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and
Indeed, the programs embarked into by the Fisherfolks Director revolve
around this year’s observance of Farmers and Fisher folks’ Month with
the theme, “Sapat na pagkain, Sama-sama Nating Kamtin.”
By promoting food security in Eastern Visayas, Galero also pays
tribute and highlights the selfless sacrifices and dedication of the
Region’s farmers and fisher folks who labor day and night in providing
food on the table of every Eastern Visayas family.
Solons urge colleagues: support proposed amendments on AIDS prevention
May 25, 2012
QUEZON CITY – In a press conference held yesterday (24 May) in
commemoration of the 29th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (IACM),
authors of HB 5312 or the “National Comprehensive HIV and AIDS
Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support Policy and Plan” call on their
co-lawmakers to support their proposed legislation that will amend RA
8504 or the “Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act.” IACM is
celebrated every 3rd Sunday of May every year.
According to Rep. Janette L. Garin, principal author of HB 5312, RA
8504 is already outdated. “RA 8594 was enacted in 1998 when the
country was only recording one new infection every four days. Today,
as recorded in the March AIDS Registry, we are already looking at one
new infection every two hours, obviously the bill no longer serve its
purpose,” explains Rep. Garin of the 1st District of Iloilo.
Rep. Garin strongly believes that it is high time to upgrade the
Philippine law on AIDS. “The epidemic profile has changed over the
years, hence a stronger, more effective mechanism and structures for
HIV and AIDS related violations must be put in place through an
enabling law,” Rep. Garin said.
Cong. Angelo Palmones, AGHAM Party List Representative, said that
stigma and discrimination against persons living with HIV is very
real. “Very recent incidents of discrimination against two employees
were reported by the media,” laments Palmones. “When these employees
disclosed their HIV status, one was forced to go on sick leave without
pay while the other one was denied payment of insurance by his
Palmones explains, “more challenging to a patient is the perception of
people around them. As a legislator, we can only craft policies for
the state on how to deal with the spread of the virus, but we need to
seek the support of our citizens by showing compassion in helping
PLHIVs gain inspiration and continue facing the challenges of everyday
HB 5312 filed by Reps. Garin, Palmones, Kaka Bag-Ao, and Jorge Banal,
among others seeks to strengthen mechanisms in reducing HIV and AIDS
stigma. The proposed law guarantees that HIV and AIDS response is
premised on respect, recognition and promotion of human dignity;
clarifies the roles and responsibilities of government agencies
involved in HIV and AIDS response from the national to local
government units; and institutionalize the national HIV and AIDS
investment plan with clear strategies, targets and funding for the
The press conference is organized by the Philippine Legislators’
Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD), a
non-government organizations of lawmakers pushing for population and
human development legislations in partnership with UNAIDS, the Joint
United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
VP Binay lauds successive rescue of trafficking victims in Tawi-Tawi
By OVP Media
May 25, 2012
MANILA – Authorities have rescued a total of 19 women, including two
minors, from being trafficked outside the country in four separate
rescue operations in Bongao town in Tawi-Tawi, Vice President Binay
Binay, who sits as the Chairman Emeritus of the Inter-Agency Council
Against Trafficking (IACAT), lauded the successful rescues and said
the latest string of operations showed “the government’s commitment to
curb human trafficking in the country.”
“Yesterday’s rescue included two minors from the Zamboanga peninsula,
aged 16 and 17 years old, while the operations on May 23 led to the
rescue of eight women and the arrest of one suspect. We believe the
women were about to be smuggled out of the country.” Binay said.
The anti-trafficking czar said human trafficking syndicates were using
the Bongao seaport to “facilitate the transportation of the victims”
to foreign destinations.
“Most of the women were from Zamboanga, but some came from Metro
Manila and even as far as La Union,” the Vice President added.
Binay said the rescue operations were led by combined forces of the
Tawi-tawi Police Provincial Anti-Trafficking Task Group (PATTG) and
the Bongao Inter-Agency Task Forces Against Trafficking (BIATFAT).
The Vice President also announced the rescue of 23 women, including
one minor, who were being peddled for sexual services in Calamba,
Laguna, following an entrapment operation led by the Women and
Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) of the Philippine National Police
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP CIDG) and members of
Four pimps, whom Binay said were “notorious” in the Calamba area, were
All victims are now under the custody of the Department of Social
Welfare and Development.
“I thank all the member-agencies of the IACAT for their unwavering
vigilance in going after human trafficking syndicates, especially
those who exploit our women and children,” Binay said.
He said the suspects will be charged with violation of RA 9208 or the
Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.
The IACAT previously rescued 50 women in Zamboanga City, most of whom
were minors, who were suspected to be human trafficking victims.
The victims, all from Isabela City, Basilan, were supposed to be flown
to Manila to take an examination to be conducted supposedly by the
National Youth Commission to qualify for scholarships from the
national government, as promised by their recruiter, a local
ANAD bares Maoist devious ‘Alliance’ ploy!
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY – “The cat is out of the bag! Too obvious is the fact
that they are dead-serious to shore up their financial and material
resources, improve its political mass bases, and bring their violent
national democratic revolution to a higher level!”
The Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) Partylist made this
statement in reaction to the reported 300% increase in the total
collection from rampant extortion activities against businesses,
industries, and helpless civilians in 2011 compared to 2010 in
relation to the devious, highly suspect, incessant offer by CPP
demonic icon Jose Ma. Sison to forge an alliance and truce, in a
‘special track’, with the government. “Their game plan is highly
suspect as it clearly speaks not only of urgency but veiled
intentions” said Rep. Alcover.
Reports from ANAD chapters point to a sudden seriousness by some
Maoist terrorist leaders, especially those aligned with the Joma Sison
faction, to shore up their finances and strengthen, consolidate, and
impose tighter control on their so-called ‘mass bases’. “These things
are essential as the 2013 mid-term polls draws near. Truly they wanted
to intensify their Permit-to-Campaign (PTC) and Permit-to-Win (PTW)
schemes from candidates, and maximize their collection from the same,”
the pro-democracy solon said.
“Also, we must not forget that under the CPP 5-year plan (2010-2015),
the Maoist communist are targeting to attain strategic stalemate with
the government by 2015, at the most,” added Rep. Alcover as he
reminded government that the Maoist terrorists has not shelved their
12-point NDF program despite their latent and patently deceptive offer
of a truce and alliance.
“The reported increase by more than 300% in the proceeds of their
extortion activities, totaling some P300 million in 2011 from about
P95 million in 2010, merits serious study by government and the
military. ANAD believes that through the proposed ‘alliance’, Jose Ma.
Sison wanted to increase not only their finances by openly conducting
meetings and other discussion with businesses, industries, and
political candidates to ensure the latter’s timely and effortless
payment of extorted monies, in the guise of ‘revolutionary taxes’ and
PTC/PTW; but also enable NPA and NDF political forces to openly
conduct coercive measures against our people and strengthen/expand
their political bases as prelude to an all-out offensive against
government, on or before 2015,” he explained.
The pro-democracy solon warned against an impending calamitous
political transformation in the country resulting from a
well-orchestrated Maoist terrorist ploy. “We have always said that
Jose Ma. Sison and his cabal of demagogues in the Maoist terrorist
organization do not believe in peace yet they will use ‘peace’ to
advance their evil designs,” Rep. Alcover pointed out even as he said
that Maoist terrorist personalities in Malacanang are surreptitiously
and feverishly working along this line/s.
“Because of a certain level of complacency manifestly displayed by
Malacanang on this security concern, the Filipino people should expect
intensified black propaganda and insidious efforts leading to the
eventual capitulation of our freedoms and democratic governance,” the
former NPA commanding and political officer in Eastern and Central
Visayas warned adding that the military and other government security
forces should act decisively while responding to this evolving
“ANAD is not into warmongering but our experience and knowledge on the
thinking and character of Maoist terrorists vividly tells us this
ominous situation shall happen if we lower our guards and fall into
the devil’s lair skillfully laid out by Joma Sison and his ward of
‘demons’,” Rep. Alcover said.
Arrest of other wanted persons
By RPCRD, Police Regional
May 25, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – PNP PRO 8 through its
intensified and persistent campaign on the accounting of wanted
persons has again arrested persons charged for several crimes here in
Two (2) persons charged for the crime of Estafa voluntarily
surrendered to Burauen Police Station on May 22, 2012. Police
identified them as one Aida Jaro Capucion, 82 years old, retired
teacher and Alvin Renomeron Jaro, 49 years old, married and both are
residents of Tacloban City.
Both were charged for said crime docketed under Criminal Case Number
BN-12-04-4781 issued by Honorable Yolanda U. Dagandan, Presiding Judge
of RTC Branch 15, Bulwagan ng Katarungan, Burauen, Leyte with
recommended bail of Forty Thousand Pesos (P40, 000.00).
Thereafter, said subject persons were released after posting bail for
their temporary liberty.
On the same date at about 9:05 PM at Barangay Sta. Cruz, Jaro, Leyte,
elements of Jaro Police Station led by PInsp Ricky Canadilla Reli,
chief of police, collared one Jessie Cornista Camiller, 27 years old,
jobless and a resident of said place.
Camiller was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by
Honorable Frisco T. Lilagan of Branch 34, Bulwagan ng Katarungan,
Tacloban City for the crime of Attempted Rape with recommended bail of
One Hundred Sixty Thousand Pesos (P160,000.00).
Another suspect was arrested on May 23, 2012 by Javier Police Station
led by PInsp Antonio M. Angcay of Barangay Odiong, Javier, Leyte for
the crime of Frustrated Homicide with recommended bail of Twenty Four
Thousand Pesos (P24,000.00).
persons were brought to respective police stations for disposition
prior turn-over to court of origin.