DENR receives 128k signatures vs Romblon mining
June 5, 2012
MANILA – Representatives from the province of Romblon, today,
turned-over a total of 128,346 signatures to Department of Environment
and Natural Resources (DENR) expressing opposition to mining
representing 75.85% of the total voting population.
Commemorating the World Environment Day, accompanied by environmental
organizations, Dra. Leoncia Que-Firmalo representing Governor Eduardo
Firmalo together with representatives of the Alliance of Students
Against Mining (ASAM) and Romblon Ecumenical Forum Against Mining (REFAM)
who have been leading the signature campaign against mining in the
province of Romblon, met Sec. Ramon Paje of DENR.
“These signatures and local resolutions are the real sentiments of our
people in Romblon – for Mother Earth and the generations to come. We
have chosen the path of eco-tourism and agriculture in the principles
of sustainable development,” said Dr. Firmalo, wife of the governor.
Governor Fimalo signed an Executive Order No. 1 series of 2011
declaring a moratorium on mining in the province of Romblon after the
three municipalities in Sibuyan Island issued a joint resolution
against metallic mining. The order was also issued because of the
imminent danger brought by mercury use in small-scale gold mining
assessed by Blacksmith Institute and NGO Ban Toxics.
“The students of Romblon are standing-up for their environmental
rights, who will do this for us? We, ourselves are acting on the basic
principles of environmental sustainability and human rights,” said
Joje Constantino Mesana of the Alliance of Students Against Mining.
In the past few months, Romblon has been a hotspot for mining issues
as all 17 municipalities had issued anti-mining resolutions. The local
government units have been sued by a mining company for issuing local
orders and resolutions against mining. The killer of slain anti-mining
advocate Armin Rios Marin was only sentenced three years of
imprisonment. However, the province successfully discouraged a
Canada-based mining company to continue its mining explorations.
OVP laments Roxas mayor’s refusal to grant usual courtesies for VP
By OVP Media
June 5, 2012
MANILA – The Office of the Vice President lamented the refusal of
the mayor of Roxas City to allow the posting of customary welcome
streamers for Vice President Jejomar C. Binay.
“It is unfortunate that the usual courtesies extended to visiting
national government officials were not extended to the Vice President
in Roxas City,” said Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesperson.
“We were informed that Mayor Allan Celino did not allow the posting of
the customary welcome streamers. Still, we appreciate the warm welcome
being prepared by the people and the sectoral organizations of Roxas
City," he added.
Salgado also advised the mayor to set aside politics and respect the
Vice President as second highest elected national official.
“We are reminding the mayor that the Vice President of the Republic is
the one visiting his city. Dapat walang pulitika kundi respeto sa
halal na lider ng bansa,” he said.
The visit of the Vice President to Western Visayas has been adjusted
to accommodate requests of local executives, senior citizens and
various groups to have time with him.
The Vice President will be in the region from June 7-9, instead of
In Aklan, Binay will meet with local government officials, senior
citizens and representatives of non-governmental organizations of New
Washington, Kalibo, Numancia and Nabas.
He will also hold dialogs in Panit-an, Mambusao, Dao and Dumarao in
Capiz, as well as in Valderrama, San Jose and Hamtic in Antique.
While in Western Visayas, Binay will lead the medical and dental
missions that his office organized in Numancia and Valderrama. He will
also visit the scholars of the Vice President Grant-in-Aid Program in
the University of Antique and inaugurate senior citizens' centers
funded from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
Binay allocated P150 million of his 2011 PDAF for the construction and
repair of 300 senior citizens centers nationwide and P10 million for
educational assistance to 10 scholars for each of the 109 state
colleges and universities in the country.
As chairman of PDP Laban, Binay will swear in new members of the party
from the Western Visayas region.
Joining him are United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial bets
Mitos Magsaysay and Joey de Venecia, UNA spokesperson Atty. JV
Bautista and former Cong. Rodolfo Plaza, UNA deputy spokesperson.
CJ applicants now required to submit waiver on bank accounts, SALN,
ITR – Chiz
By Office of Senator Chiz
June 4, 2012
PASAY CITY – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will now require
aspirants for the chief justice position to submit a waiver on bank
deposits, income tax return (ITR) and the opening of the statement of
assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), Senator Chiz Escudero said.
Escudero, the Senate representative to the JBC, made the motion in
today’s deliberation of the council, the first since former Chief
Justice Renato Corona was removed from office last week. The senator’s
proposal was unanimously carried by the collegial body.
Since the conclusion of the five-month-long impeachment of Corona,
Escudero has been pushing for the inclusion of waiver as additional
requirement for all seeking to become the next top magistrate.
Aspirants who are from the government will be asked to provide their
SALNs and those from the private sector will be required to submit the
income tax returns (ITR) from two previous years.
“The new requirement covers applicants and nominees from both the
private and government sectors. The waiver includes bank deposits on
local and foreign currencies and the opening of their SALNs and ITRs
in favor of the JBC. This will allow the council to check if indeed
their bank accounts are reflected in their SALNs or ITRs,” Escudero
Under the existing JBC requirements, all court applicants must be
Filipino citizens; possess proven competence, integrity, probity and
independence and a member of the Philippine bar; at least 40 years
old; and have served 15 years or more as a judge of a lower court or
in the practice of law in the Philippines.
“The body’s approval of my motion is just being consistent to the
general sentiment of the people during and after the tedious
impeachment process: that is to set the highest bar for transparency
and accountability among those who are in and those who wish to join
government service. We just removed a CJ because of his deficient bank
accounts, and the last thing we want is to choose another CJ whose
bank accounts are not reflected in his SALN,” Escudero said.
In the next few days, the JBC will publish notices of vacancy and
acceptance of application and nomination for the highest magistrate
position which will now include the newly imposed waiver requirement.
Kidney Month 2012 highlights awareness and prevention of kidney
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
June 4, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – The month of June is observed all over the country
as National Kidney Month by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 184
issued by the then President Fidel V. Ramos in May of 1993.
Leading the nationwide celebration is the National Kidney Institute
which is determined to promote awareness and prevention of kidney
diseases among Filipinos.
In line with this year’s theme “Ikaw at Ako Panalo sa Malusog na Bato,”
various activities are being prepared for the nationwide celebration
to include outreach programs, free clinics, team building activities
and mass media information campaigns.
Chronic kidney disease is now tenth leading causes of morbidity and
mortality in the Philippines. The Philippines as a CKD country has
pulled away from being comparable to Southeast Asian neighbors in
incidence at 2.6 per 100,000 people in 2003, to 9.75 Filipinos having
the disease within that same population as of 2008.
Kidney disease is cousin to diabetes and hypertension, and therein
lies the roots of nearly 70 percent of the CKD problem as these latter
two medical conditions go on a rampage of their own in the Philippines
and around the world.
Kidney disease is described as a "multiplier," causing death in many
people with diabetes and hypertension and increasing a person's risk
of suffering a heart attack.
According to the Philippine Renal Disease Registry, diabetes mellitus
was responsible for 42 percent of kidney diseases among dialysis
patients in 2009.
Hypertension, on the other hand, contributed another 25 percent,
closely followed by kidney inflammation with 20 percent.
Kidney disease and kidney failure are important public-health problems
because of the increasing prevalence of genetically transmitted
diseases like diabetes and hypertension, the two most common causes of
CKD worldwide, not just in the Philippines.
While it is true that it may not be the no. 1 killer disease among
Filipinos, renal disease has its own bizarre way of creeping into a
complacent, sedentary population.
The DILG has ordered all governors, and all city and municipal mayors
to give their full support to the Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP)
of the Department of Health (DOH).
The local government executives were tasked to designate Provincial
City and Municipal REDCOP coordinators; conduct fora on Renal Health
and Renal Disease Prevention; and spearhead activities to promote
The DOH, through the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI)
and its REDCOP, conducts advocacy campaigns to increase awareness of
renal disease prevention and the promotion of renal health.
BIDS conducted at PRO 8
By RPCRD, Police Regional
June 4, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – PNP PRO 8 conducted a 2-day
Bomb Identification and Detection Seminar (BIDS) at the Caboboy Hall
on May 31-June 1, this year.
The activity started at 8:00 o’clock in the morning with 65 active
participants from the different PRO 8 units.
It aims to prepare each in responding and dealing with critical
incidence arising from terrorism and other criminal acts similar to
the Quirino Grandstand bombing in the 70’s.
The BIDS as part of the Enhancement and Specialization of Skills in
the 10-Point Action Plan of the Chief PNP Police Director General
Nicanor A Bartolome helps develop the competencies, specialization and
enhancement of individuals skills of every police personnel.
“The PNP organization will continue to provide continuous trainings
and seminars that can supplement vital knowledge and skills to augment
the level of service of the police force and escalate our skills for
progress” said PSSupt Felix Alberca Diloy, the Acting Chief of
Regional Police Community Relations Division during his Welcome
Address of the aforementioned activity.
Said activity ended at 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon on the next day
(June 1, 2012) with a Graduation Ceremony at the PRO 8 Conference Room
declaring the participants as graduates having completed said
Carlito DG Gallardo, Chief, Explosives Ordnance Disposal team (EODT)
presented the candidates for graduation; PSSupt Nilo Dumpe Donayre,
Chief, RPHRDD declared the graduates; PSSupt Pepito Maregmen Pacada,
CRDS distributed the Certificates of Completion and Appreciation while
PSupt Eugenio Gabalunos and SPO1 Andrew D Ponay, PCO and PNCO
Representatives respectively delivered the Impressions on said
DENR, PNP & 8ID partnership vs. illegal logging in East Visayas yields
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
June 4, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – The sustained partnership against illegal logging of
the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippine
National Police and the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army,
has yielded positive results.
A total of 391 pieces of assorted good lumber with a total estimate of
3,250 board feet from illegally cut logs were confiscated by the joint
forces of said coordinating agencies from January to May 2012, Lt.
Colonel Arvin R. Lagamon, chief of the Division Public Affairs Office
of the 8ID, informed.
Lt. Colonel Lagamon disclosed that the joint anti illegal logging
efforts in Eastern Visayas have resulted to the confiscation of 21,131
board feet of illegally cut logs with an estimate value of P 781,847
in calendar year 2011.
To recall, under EO No. 23, a moratorium was declared on the cutting
and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests and the
creation of anti-illegal logging task force was mandated.
The local DENR is designated as the head of the task force, while AFP
and PNP units are lead agencies in confiscating illegally cut logs and
illegal saw mills.
BGen Gerardo T Layug, Commander of the 8th ID gave the assurance that
the Philippine Army in the Region will continue to support the DENR in
the Anti-Illegal Campaign as mentioned in EO No. 23, through
confiscation of illegally cut logs and saw mills in the Division Area
ID Commander added that the Army, PNP and DENR will continue to unite
their efforts in protecting the forests and will also intensify their
tree growing activities to conserve the endangered forests while
pursuing sustainable development in the area.
Youth Leadership Summit in Villaba, Leyte kicks-off
By 19th Infantry
Battalion, 8ID PA
June 2, 2012
VILLABA, Leyte – The three-day leadership summit in Villaba, Leyte
was officially opened as 100 members of the Holy Child Parish Youth
Ministry (HCPYM) and out of school youths camped at Villaba Vocational
High School on June 1, 2012.
The activity was a joint project of the Army’s 19th Infantry
(Commando) Battalion, DepEd-Alternative Learning System, Holy Child
Parish Youth Ministry and Villaba Vocational High School (VVHS) with
the special sponsorship of Michelle Mulet-Yu Foundation , in the quest
towards a more responsive, knowledgeable, efficient and peace-loving
youth in the town of Villaba.
Mr. Janby Earl Yu, co-founder of the Michelle Mulet-Yu Foundation
remarked during the launching of the Youth Leadership Summit that
within three days, the participants are expected to build among
themselves camaraderie and leadership.
“By working together, we can succeed”, Mr. Yu said.
Mr. Janby Yu and wife Michelle opted to sponsor the Youth Leadership
Summit believing fully in the capacity of 19IB to positively influence
and uplift the attitude of the youth in Villaba.
Lectures and team building activities were undertaken by the
participants in the first day of the summit. Noteworthy of the
lectures were Health and Sanitation by Mr. Anecito F. Sanaco, the
Municipal Sanitary Inspector of Villaba, Leyte and Leadership by Engr.
Sherlock A. Codilla, the Senior Manager, Industrial and Community
Relations of PASAR Corporation.
On the other hand, Lt. Col. Joel Alejandro Nacnac, Commanding Officer
of 19IB discussed the Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan” and
Army Transformation Roadmap which according to him are the core of
19IB’s peace and development initiatives. He also thanked the Michelle
Mulet-Yu Foundation who sponsored the three days activity.
“The whole-of-nation approach stipulated in the Internal Peace and
Security Plan “Bayanihan” is a call for partnership of all
stakeholders in all undertakings. So let us help each other”, Nacnac
The summit in Villaba was the second major activity facilitated by the
19th Infantry Battalion this quarter. It can be recalled that same
activity was successfully conducted in Carigara, Leyte on May 18 to 20
that benefited 175 Sangguniang Kabataan and active youth.
Prolonged stay at military
Political prisoner in Cebu begins indefinite hunger strike today
June 2, 2012
CEBU CITY – A political prisoner began his indefinite hunger strike
on June 1 in protest of his detention at Camp Lapu-Lapu in Cebu City,
four months after a court decision directing the Cebu Provincial and
Detention Center to allow his stay in the civilian detention facility.
Ramon Patriarca, a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the
Philippines (NDFP) charged with rebellion and formerly detained at
Danao City Jail was transferred to the Cebu Provincial Detention
Reformatory Center (CPDRC).
“Bending the rules of court- this is how former political detainees
described the transfer of Patriarca to the AFP Central Command, Camp
Lapu-lapu in Cebu City.” Angelina Ipong, SELDA secretary general said.
Patriarca, who has been imprisoned for more than three years now,
lamented in a letter how he does not deserve to be detained at Camp
“I do not deserve to be detained at Camp Lapu-lapu. Among other
reasons, this was where I was first brought after I was abducted more
than three years ago, where I was subjected to torture and human
rights violations before I was finally turned over to the Cebu
Provincial Police Office (CPPO),” Patriarca’s letter stated.
To show their sympathy in Patriarca’s demands and call for the release
of all political prisoners, 18 if his former co-detainees, one of
which is a political prisoner at Danao City Jail will also make a
sympathy fast on June 9-11 in support of Patriarca, just before the
nation commemorates “Araw ng Kalayaan.”
“This is their way of supporting his legitimate demands, and also
their way of thanking their former elected over-all leader in jail
whom they trusted so much especially because he instituted many
commendable changes in jail especially the Alternative Learning School
where everyone who attended was able to graduate and many passed the
exams,” SELDA secretary general Angelina Ipong said.
said it will continue the call for Ramon Patriarca’s immediate release
and the release of all political prisoners in the country through a
general, unconditional and omnibus amnesty.
Samar kids receive school supplies
By DPAO, 8ID PA
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan Samar – Army troops provided manpower
assistance to GMA Kapuso Foundation Project dubbed as “Unang Hakbang
Sa Kinabukasan” (UHSK) during the distribution of school supplies to
six (6) Municipalities in the Province of Samar on May 22-24, 2012.
The UHSK project aims to distribute backpacks with school supplies to
incoming Grade 1 pupils from the most remote and under privileged
areas nationwide and assist the parents in enrolling their children to
Elements of the 801st Infantry (Bantay at Gabay) Brigade, 8th Infantry
Division (8ID), Philippine Army (PA) under the leadership of Col Romeo
L Labador led the Army troops in the distribution of school supplies
to incoming Grade 1 pupils in the Municipalities of Pinabacdao,
Calbiga, San Sebastian, San Jose De Buan, Daram and Talalora all of
The Provincial DepEd, Local Government Units and cause oriented groups
also participated in the said activity. A total of 118 sacks and boxes
of school supplies and goods where distributed to the beneficiaries.
“The 8ID is committed to provide all out support and assistance to all
LGUs, cause-oriented groups and private organizations in delivering
basic services to the communities of Samar,” said BGen Gerardo T Layug,
Commander, 8ID, PA.
“We believe that education is one of the solutions to the root causes
of insurgency and activities like this will surely help put an end to
the insurgency problem in the area and pave the way for development. I
also enjoin all stakeholders to give their share and join the peace
and development efforts of the government,” added Layug.