Local residents flock to PP12 activities
By PP12 Media Affairs
CALBAYOG CITY – Everyday, since the formal launching of the Pacific
Partnership 2012 (PP12) Humanitarian Mission and Disaster Readiness
Enhancement at the Socio-Cultural Center of the Northwest Samar State
University (NWSSU) in Calbayog City on June 19, 2012, local folks have
been flocking various sites of Medical Missions and other PP12
PP12 activities include medical and dental missions, veterinary
missions, construction projects, band shows, disaster preparedness
symposium, and various subject matter expert exchanges on health care
and other disaster related topics.
The US Ambassador to the Philippines, Ambassador Harry K Thomas,
attended the formal launching of PP12 to show the US’ appreciation and
gratitude to the Philippines for hosting the PP12 in Samar Island. The
PP12 is the largest Humanitarian Mission in the region aimed to
facilitate the delivery of basic services and enhance the capacity of
partner nations to have a synchronized and well-coordinated response
when actual disaster strikes.
The 984-foot USNS Mercy Hospital Ship, anchored off the shores of
Calbayog City, will only serve as a platform for surgery operations.
Meaning, no surgical operations will be performed outside the US Naval
Hospital Ship. All patients recommended to undergo surgery will be
ferried over from the Calbayog City Pier to the ship and will stay on
board the ship until full recuperation from surgery.
LtGen Jessie D Dellosa, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the
Philippines (AFP), and General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff of the
Japanese Self Defense Forces (JASDF) made their official visits to
Calbayog City in connection with the on-going Pacific Partnership 2012
humanitarian missions on June 21 2012. The visit of the Japanese
leader is considered another milestone in AFP–JSDF relations that has
been strengthened through the years.
General Dellosa and General Iwasaki met at Calbayog Pier as they were
scheduled to have their tour of the Japanese landing ship tank Oosumi
and the USNS Mercy. Local residents can avail of scheduled ship tours
at the USNS Mercy through AFP-USN Public Affairs officers in charge of
year’s mission will surely strengthen the partnership of allied
countries, various NGOs and cause oriented organizations, and will
significantly enhance the capability of the local government units to
respond to disaster, especially in a multi-national and
San Jose, Northern Samar 10th wanted person arrested
By RPCRD, Police Regional
June 22, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – San Jose, Northern Samar Police
Station arrested its tenth (10th) Most Wanted Person in the municipal
On June 20, 2012 at approximately 4:30 PM at Barangay West, San Jose,
Northern Samar, elements of San Jose Police Station led by PO3 Manuel
B Radeo arrested one Alfredo Garabel Horcasitas alias “Pukot”, 42
years old, married, a Barangay Tanod from Barangay Gengarog of said
Horcasitas was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest for the crime
of Frustrated Murder issued by Honorable Judge Alma Consuelo B.
Esidera of RTC Branch 20, Catarman, Northern Samar with recommended
bail of P200,000. Subject person is temporarily detained at San Jose
PS lock-up cell.
The same day, a certain Emmyleen Batawan Bacsal, 37 years old,
married, self-employed from Barangay Polangi, Calbiga, Samar
voluntarily surrendered herself to Calbiga Police Station.
Bacsal is charged for the crime of Falsification of Public Documents
docketed under Criminal Case number 3322 issued by Honorable Cicero T.
Lampasa, Presiding Judge of MCTC Calbiga, Samar with recommended bail
of P12,000. Subject person was booked and subsequently released after
posting the corresponding bailbond.
At about 1:00 AM of same date, a 20 year old laborer charged for the
crime of Attempted Homicide was arrested by Merida Police Station led
by PSI Florando Sevilla Relente.
Arrested person was identified as one Renato Villarin Gervas of Sitio
Ipil 1, Barangay Puerto Bello, Merida, Leyte.
arrest was effected by virtue of an Alias Warrant of Arrest issued by
Honorable Joshua R. Palalay, Presiding Judge of MTCC Ormoc City with a
recommended bail of P100,000.
TUCP alarmed over moves to make breastfeeding as non-compensable in
June 22, 2012
QUEZON CITY – Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP)
President Democrito “Kito” Mendoza expressed alarm over moves by
foreign milk companies to unify breastfeeding laws which will make
breastfeeding of babies during work hours as non-compensable.
“We are going to vehemently oppose such amendments. If this is allowed
by our legislators, it is like tolerating sexual harassment in
workplaces. We are going to fight this out, tooth and nail,” Mendoza
Earlier, the Trade Union Congress Party Party-List (TUCP) said there
were movements to amend Republic Act No. 10028, better known as the
Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009. A substitute House Bill,
consolidating House bills 3535, 3527 and 3396 proposes making
non-compensable the time that a working mother uses in the workplace
to express her milk.
“It is anti-worker and anti-women to leave unpaid lactation hours at
the workplace for working mothers. It is anti-worker because it
prejudices lactating workers who have the right to equal pay for equal
work and it is anti-women because it discriminates against lactating
women who have the right to work while providing the best nutrition
for their infant children. It is reactionary and unfair because we
have a progressive law already in place that is being looked up by the
International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Children’s
Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a model for
other countries to emulate. We are moving the clock back to favor the
multinational milk companies,” said TUCP Partylist Representative
“Under the current Milk Code, lactating women in the workplace are
compensated for lactation breaks for not less than 40 minutes for
every eight-hour work period. I see no reason why lactation breaks
should be made non-compensable,” Rep. Mendoza added.
Rep. Mendoza expressed concern that there is a renewed lobby by milk
and pharmaceutical companies to undermine the position that
“Breastmilk is still the best food for babies”. He expressed doubt as
to the true intent behind the consolidated house bills. He pointed out
that the pending bills do not appear favorable to the advocacy to
promote “breastfeeding” and it would only provide greater avenues for
breastmilk substitute manufacturers to push their products for purely
“We know that breastmilk is rich in antibodies. The medical literature
supports the findings that breast-fed babies are less prone to
infectious diseases,” said Mendoza. “It is clear that reverting to
breastmilk substitutes is counterproductive to our desire to keep our
babies healthy,” he added.
The pending bills, if passed by Congress, will not compensate a
working mother during lactation periods. Further, it will allow
breastmilk substitute manufacturers and marketers to make scientific
claims of adequate nutritional value that undermines the confidence of
the mother in breastfeeding, and inculcates in the minds of the public
that it is acceptable to feed the child beyond 6 months of age with
Rep. Mendoza stressed that sound legislation like the current Milk
Code should be left untouched unless found to be deleterious to public
welfare. “As the dictum goes, if it ain’t broke, why change it?”
Mendoza explained. Also, he proposes that the consolidated bill, if
passed, should have the following express provisions: paid lactation
hours for women workers and the desirability of and preference to
breastfeeding for children until three years of age. He also calls for
deletion from the consolidated bill of the proposed provision on
scientific or nutritional claims on breastmilk substitutes that
manufacturers will disseminate through advertisements through media
and on infant milk labels and containers, marketing campaigns and
donations during calamities to mothers with infant children.
The proposed consolidated House bill misleads the public, creates
health problems for newborn babies, adds to the expenses of the
household and definitely advances the interests of milk manufacturers
without regard to infant and child health,” added TUCP Representative
Mendoza. TUCP firmly believes in the statement that “Breastmilk is
still the best for babies” and vows to protect the current Milk Code
for the welfare of the helpless infants who depend naturally on
“Recently, the Department of Health (DOH) memorandum that prohibits
multinational milk manufacturers from using registered trademarks
which undermine breastfeeding was upheld by the Department of Justice
(DOJ) for the protection of public welfare. The favorable decision of
the DOJ attests to the unwavering dedication of the government in
promoting breastfeeding among infants and young children. This is a
timely reminder to the proponents of the consolidated Bill that they
should not vaccillate, neither deviate from the advocacy of the
Philippine government as a whole regarding breastfeeding,” the TUCP
Ormocanons spend time in an Army exhibit
By 19th Infantry
Battalion, 8ID PA
June 21, 2012
ORMOC CITY – Some 1,500 Ormocanons intermingled with the soldiers of
the Army’s 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion and 802nd Infantry
(Peerless) Brigade during the Army Static Display held at the City
Plaza on June 20, 2012.
An exhibit of various Army armaments and equipment highlighted the
whole day activity giving Ormocanons chance to talk about the life of
the soldiers and touch some of the military equipment – from the 105
millimeter Howitzer, a type of cannon used by the Army Artillery to
the Simba, an armored vehicle.
Static display also includes demonstration on the duties and
responsibilities of the Army Infantry Squad, a nine man team
considered as one of the smallest unit of the military organization.
In an interview made by John Kevin Pilapil of Power 90.3 FM, Lt. Col.
Joel Alejandro Nacnac, the commanding officer of the Army’s 19th
Infantry Battalion remarked that the activity was conducted to enhance
the relationship of the Ormocanons and the soldiers.
Lt. Col. Nacnac also said that the activity was part of the Army’s
commitment and involvement to the city’s 382nd Founding Anniversary.
The static display held in Ormoc was the third major activity
participated in by the 19th Infantry Battalion and 802nd Infantry
Brigade since the start of City Government’s month-long celebration of
382nd Founding Anniversary.
be recalled also that the soldiers joined the City’s fun run on June
10 and Independence Day Parade on June 12.
PRO 8 supports Pacific Partnership 2012 mission
opening ceremony held in Calbayog City on June 19, 2012. From
L-R, Calbayog City mayor Ronald Aquino, US Pacific Fleet
commander Admiral Cecil Hayne, Samar governor Sharee Ann Tan, US
Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr., Samar 1st
district congressman Mel Senen Sarmiento, AFP Central Command
chief LtGen Ralph Villanueva, and Msgr. Jun Cinco of the Diocese
By RPCRD, Police Regional
June 21, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – PNP PRO 8 supports Pacific
Partnership 2012 Medical Mission Program.
On June 19, 2012, Samar Police Provincial Office (SPPO) led by PSSupt
Eusebio Adamero Mejos, SPPO Provincial Director together with PCI
Marben Elmer M Ordonia and Samar Provincial Public Safety Company led
by PSupt Elmer Beringuel Cinco and SPPSC Swat escort led by PI Zaldy
Abujeco Cagampang provided escort/convoy to US Ambassador to the
Philippines Harry K Thomas Jr. and USN Admiral Cecil D. Haney and
party from Calbayog City Airport to NWSSU for the opening of Pacific
Partnership 2012 Medical Mission Program.
Thereafter, said party proceeded to Calbayog Sports Center for
visitation wherein patient screening was conducted. And at about
3:25PM, Admiral Haney left Calbayog on board on an airplane
UC-12F163556; while US Ambassador Thomas together with DSWD Secretary
Corazon Juliano Soliman with the police escorts proceeded to Barangay
Inoragyao and Napuro of Sta. Margarita, Samar to visit the
KALAHI-CIDSS and MCA-P school building projects.
It was learned that on June 18, 2012, the Military Sealift Command’s
hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in the Philippines to
begin the second host nation visit of the Pacific Partnership 2012
(PP12) Medical Mission.
Now in its seventh (7) year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual
Humanitarian and Civic Action (HCA) mission in the Asia Pacific and is
designed to strengthen regional partnerships and enhance a collective
ability to respond to natural disasters and crisis.
This year’s Pacific Partnership participants represent a
multinational, multi-organizational team that includes joint military
and civilians from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Malaysia,
Peru, the Netherlands, the United States and some Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs) including Global Grins, Latter Day Saints
Charities, Project handclasp, project Hope, University of Hawaii
Schools of Nursing and Engineering, University of California San Diego
Pre-Dental Society and World.
At the invitation of the Republic of the Philippines and in
partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), these
participants will employ their collaborative HCA capabilities to
provide medical, dental, veterinary, public health services, civic
engineering and disaster response activities to help the local
communities of Northern AND Western Samar including San Isidro,
Calbayog and Catbalogan.
This is the third (3rd) return visit for USNS Mercy to the shores of
Samar marking the 25th anniversary of Mercy’s maiden voyage and first
visit to Calbayog in May of 1987.
Midwives can help reduce maternal deaths, says Lady Solon
By Office of Hon. Janette
June 21, 2012
QUEZON CITY – Rep. Janette L. Garin of the 1st District of Iloilo
calls on the immediate passage of House Bill 2831 titled, “An Act
Expanding the Scope of the Practice of Midwifery, Amending for the
Purpose RA 7392, otherwise known as the Philippine Midwifery Act of
1992” to help address the alarming increase of maternal deaths as
recently reported by the Department of Health (DOH).
The bill which aims to strengthen and expand the scope of the practice
of midwifery in the Philippines will eventually help in the reduction
of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality.
There are present limitations on duties and functions of midwives to
fully address the leading causes of maternal and newborn deaths,
explains Rep. Garin, author of HB 2831 who is also a medical
practitioner. She said that the solution to these limitations is a
law that will support and empower midwives to save the lives of
mothers and newborns, who are entitled to their rights to life, and
the highest attainable standard to health.
“Once enacted into law, midwives can better respond to emergency
situations through administration of life-saving drugs, especially in
hard-to-reach areas whose lives of mothers and newborns are at stake
in the absence of doctors or referral facilities,” said Rep. Garin.
However, Rep. Garin also stressed the need to pass the highly-clamored
Reproductive Health (RH) bill that will ensure comprehensive RH and
Family Planning (FP) education and services, needed by women,
especially poor and marginalized women, who wants to plan their
families and space their children. “RH and FP education and services
are basic components needed to help address the increasing maternal
deaths,” she emphasized.
“Further, the approval of both the RH bill and the Amendment of
Midwifery Act of 1992 will help attain the targets of the United
Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to which the Philippines
is a signatory, which aims to accelerate improvements to reduce
under-five children and maternal deaths all over the world by 2015,”
Rep. Garin ended.
VP Binay asks PNoy to issue new national artist plaque for FPJ, calls
for nomination of Dolphy as national artist
By OVP Media
June 21, 2012
MANILA – Vice President Jejomar C. Binay has asked President Benigno
Simeon Aquino III to issue a new National Artist Plaque to Fernando
Poe, Jr. to "correct a dishonor" to the late actor.
At the same time, the Vice President supported calls for actor
Rodolpho Quizon, Sr., more popularly known as Dolphy, to be nominated
as National Artist, asking concerned groups to act on the nomination
"Dolphy is an integral part of Philippine entertainment. He was
instrumental in the transition of entertainment from the zarzuela
through to the silver screen, and as such deserves to be conferred the
highest accolade that our nation can give to artists of his caliber,"
In a letter sent to the President before his departure for Jeddah,
Saudi Arabia, Binay said a new National Artist Plaque signed by
President Aquino would "be a fitting gesture to the family of a man
who embodied the hopes and aspirations of the masses, from a President
who is determined to make those hopes and aspirations come true."
The Arroyo administration conferred in May 2006 a posthumous National
Artist award on FPJ, who ran for president against Mrs. Arroyo in the
fraud-marred 2004 presidential elections. But the Poe family declined
to attend the ceremony, saying Mrs. Arroyo's action was intended to
mollify FPJ supporters who believed he was cheated by the former
FPJ's family also maintained that the move bypassed the selection
process and "undermined the true spirit of the National Artist as a
symbol of Filipino excellence in the arts."
"On the other hand, the family sent a representative in a separate
ceremony at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in recognition of
the acclamation given by FPJ’s fellow artists. The Poe family believes
in the legitimacy of the votes given by FPJ’s fellow artists, among
them National Artist for Cinema Eddie Romero," he said.
"While the final choice for National Artist rests upon the President,
the selection process follows stringent rules that involve the
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the circle of
living National Artists, and the artist community itself, to ensure
that only deserving artists are conferred the honor. A National Artist
represents a Filipino ideal. Therefore, just like the installation of
a public official, the selection of a National Artist should be beyond
reproach," the Vice President said.
Binay added that there was no doubt that the actor deserves to be a
National Artist, and expressed confidence that the President will
rectify the dishonor committed to the actor's memory. The Vice
President served as FPJ's campaign manager from March to May 2004.