PP12 turns-over Medical Kits and Sports Equipment to Catbalogan City
By ADOR LEANDA HURTADO
CATBALOGAN CITY – On the afternoon of June 27 at City Hall Lobby,
representatives from the US Navy dropped off several boxes of medical
equipment and supplies intended for the City Health Office as well as
several sports equipment for the Local Youth Development Council of Catbalogan City as part of the Pacific Partnership 2012 (PP12)
Receiving in behalf of the City Government of Catbalogan were City
Vice Mayor Art Sherwin L. Gabon, First Councilor Stephany Uy-Tan, Liga
ng mga Barangay Federation President Edward M. Uy and Sangguniang
Kabataan (SK) City Federation President Dexter M. Uy. For the sports
equipment, these were received by Hon. Dexter M. Uy being the SK
Federation President along with several youth representatives of
different school organizations and community organizations.
Medical supplies donated include urethral catheter, bandage gauze,
sterile gloves, stethoscopes, syringes, face masks, and other supplies.
Sports equipment on the other hand include basketball, volleyball,
badminton rackets, baseball bats and caps, sports nets, and other
donations were part of the PP12's Civic Military Operations (CMO) and
Public Affairs Operations (PAO), which was a two-week humanitarian and
civic action (HCA) mission that has taken medical, dental, veterinary,
engineering and civic assistance projects to the Philippines.
Farmers, fisherfolks file petition for Envi Protection Order against
mining in MacArthur Leyte
By Alyansa Tigil Mina
June 27, 2012
MACARTHUR, Leyte – Farmers and fisher folks in Leyte went to court
and filed an application for Temporary Environmental Protection Order
(EPO) to stop the mining operation of Nicua Corporation in prime
agricultural lands of Villa Imelda and adjacent barangays in MacArthur
The plaintiffs led by Jesus Cabias, president of Unahin Lagi Natin ang
Diyos - Bito Lake Fisherfolks Association (UNLAD-BLFA) and supported
by Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), assert their right to
a healthy and safe environment against the destructive effects of
mining in their farmlands and lake.
“Water is life and must be saved at all costs. Allowing mining to
continue here will affect not only our primary source of water and
livelihood but also the future generations,” said Cabias.
Two weeks ago, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)
reported that contamination from oil and grease from the mining
operations is one of the causes of the massive fish kill in Lake Bito.
Fr. Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops
Conference of the Philippines - National Secretariat for Social
Action, Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA) added, “Together with the
Archdiocese of Palo and Alyansa Tigil Mina, we visited this area and
found that the impacts of mining there are terrible and devastating.
We call on the national offices to act on this, at the same time we
hope that the Regional Trial Court can immediately hear our petition
and issue a temporary environmental protection order to stop Nicua
Mining Corporation from operating in the area.”
Cabias added, “Our problem is that the mining operation is encroaching
in prime agricultural lands – we are talking about irrigated lands
that were not even legally converted for other purposes. Their
activities threaten our food security, right to clean water, and
The 30-page petition has been filed on Monday at the Regional Trial
Court (RTC) Branch 10 in Abuyog, Leyte but is yet to be given a case
number by the RTC Judge next week.
Meanwhile, ELAC Lawyer Atty. Ronnan Reposar is firm that an EPO should
really be issued against the mining company and should be implemented
immediately. He said, “There are clear violations here, not only that
the mining operation in MacArthur violated the constitutional rights
of the people to environment, health, life and property, the same has
likewise violated other laws protecting our natural resources – the
mining company is situated and directly affecting prime and irrigated
agricultural lands and the water resources. This is a clear threat to
life of both the present and future generation”
Environmental Protection Order or Temporary Environmental Protection
Order (EPO/TEPO) are injunction orders under the new Environmental
Rules of Court that directs or enjoins “any person or government
agency to perform or desist from performing an act in order to
protect, preserve or rehabilitate the environment.” This gives
immediate relief on environmental issues.
“We do not understand why this company was even allowed to mine here –
they are converting prime agricultural lands into mine sites that will
render the lands useless afterwards,” stated Jaybee Garganera,
national coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina.
DENR-8 has new Regional Executive Director
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
June 27, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR) Region 8 has a new OIC Regional Executive Director in the
person of Manolito D. Ragub.
DENR Regional Information Officer Purificacion Daloos disclosed that
DENR through Undersecretary for Field Operations Atty. Ernesto Adobo,
Jr., recently affirmed the designation of an Officer-in-Charge,
Regional Executive Director for Region VIII.
Through DENR Special Order No. 2012-433 on June 14, USec Adobo has
designated Regional Technical Director Manolito D. Ragub as OIC,
Regional Executive Director in the region.
This is an affirmation of DENR Region VIII Special Order No. 2012-165
dated June 8, 2012 which was signed by then RED Rogelio T. Trinidad,
Ms. Daloos said.
RTD Ragub is designated as OIC-RED with the retirement from government
service of RED Trinidad earlier this month.
This is also part of the continuing organizational development of the
Department, USec Adobo said.
A forester by profession and a Career Executive Service Officer,
Director Ragub was assigned as Regional Technical Director of the
Forest Management Service in the region prior to his designation as
He is also currently Project Manager of the Samar Island Biodiversity
Project, Ms. Daloos said.
In such capacity, OIC Ragub was instrumental in developing what used
to be a nautical highway for illegal loggers in Samar into an
ecotourism destination – with extreme boat rides as main attraction.
Ulot River is known now not only for being the province’s longest but
also for being instrumental in providing residents a source of
livelihood other than illegal logging.
one-hour boat ride along the river billed as the Ulot River Torpedo
Extreme Boat Riding continues to thrill tourists and adventurists.
DPWH USec Pacanan inspects infra projects in hometown Motiong
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE,
June 26, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY – Undersecretary Jaime Pacanan of the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH) inspected and graced the opening of
the newly rehabilitated Old National Road Motiong, Samar on June 19.
According to Motiong Mayor Francis Langi the first phase of the
project is worth P11 M but an additional P9.6 M will be poured in to
complete the rehabilitation of the road.
The old road serviced Daang Maharlika in the past, before the
construction of the diversion road, such that it suffered the usual
wear and tear.
Pacanan in his talk to his hometown folks said that some P17 M is also
allotted to a flood control project which Municipal Engineer Dindo
Conge called the Baywatch Project.
Old roads in the towns of Hinabangan and Paranas have been completed,
Pacanan added, so that he also has to ensure that his hometown Motiong
will have the same rehabilitation project for the old road.
On June 19, Motiong folks led by Mayor Langi, DPWH Samar Second
Engineering District Officials Ruben de los Reyes, Construction Chief
Nestor Mate and other Motiong folks witnessed the ribbon cutting of
their ‘paisano’ USec Pacanan. (with report from
DPWH and Engr D Conge)
2 Communist Terrorists capture, recovers firearms
By DPAO, 8ID PA
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – Elements from Charlie Company, 52nd
Infantry Battalion of the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division led by
Cpl Armando M Carcellar together with the Philippine National Police
of Daram, Samar led by PSI Jonathan R Momo conducted joint operation
to validate the information of the presence of armed group hiding in a
safe house at the tri-boundaries of Brgy Cabugao, Brgy Cagbubuto and
Brgy Parasan all of Daram, Samar captured two Communist Terrorists (CTs)
last June 22, 2012 at around 12:15 in the afternoon.
The two captured rebel were Michael Bolito Manicani, 21 years old,
resident of Brgy San Roque, Villareal, Samar, and Eleonor Chavez
Palacio, 36 years old from Brgy Ugioa, Jaro, Leyte.
The government troops were also able to recover the following: One (1)
Ingram serial Nr 226617; with one (1) mag loaded with twenty-three
(23) live ammo; one (1) cal .45 pistol (Llama) serial Nr 710401462300
with four (4) Mags loaded with twenty-eight (28) live ammos; two (2)
pcs Hand Grenade; one (1) pc IED; fifteen (15) mtrs firing wire; one
(1) blasting cap and valuable subversive documents with high
On June 23, 2012, the two captured CT’s were transported to Bulwagan,
Catbalogan City, Samar for filing of case under R.A 8294/ R.A 9516 or
Illegal position of FA’s, Ammos and explosive.
BGen Gerardo T Layug, Commander of 8ID lauded the efforts of 52IB as
well as the PNP for the job well done and for always being alert. The
success of the operations showed the close partnership of AFP and the
Philippine National Police in ensuring peace and security is
maintained in the region.
Coal monsters take over DOE
Greenpeace demands Sec Almendras reverse pro-coal decisions
June 25, 2012
TAGUIG CITY – A group of coal monsters staged a takeover at the
Department of Energy in Taguig City, renaming the agency the
“Department of Coal Energy,” and asking to see their “leader,” Energy
Secretary Jose Rene “COALmendras.”
The “coal monsters” were Greenpeace activists, painted black to
resemble coal, in a satirical protest action at the DOE. The
environment group visited the government agency early Monday morning
for an impromptu audience with the Energy Secretary, to demand he
reverse his decisions on the 11 coal-fired power plant projects he
approved since being appointed to office in 2010.
“Secretary Almendras’ true colors are as black as the coal he
shamelessly promotes. At the rate the Department of Energy is pushing
coal power in the Philippines, we might as well call it the Department
of Coal Energy. Under Mr Almendras’ questionable stewardship, the DOE
has approved a historically unprecedented number of harmful coal-fired
power plants,” said Anna Abad, Climate and Energy Campaigner for
Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
“Meanwhile, Mr Almendras has also allowed the Renewable Energy Law –
designed to promote clean and safe energy alternatives to dirty coal –
to languish under his watch. With his coal approvals, which directly
contravene the RE Law, he has exposed himself to be an industry lackey
working for coal companies rather than for the Filipino people.
Greenpeace is therefore demanding that Sec Almendras immediately
reverse his misguided coal approvals and vacate the office he has
heartlessly betrayed,” added Abad.
The environmental group Greenpeace led the action to call for the full
implementation of the Renewable Energy (RE) Law. The RE Law was
passed in 2008, but after four years, is still in the shelf, with
decisions on provisions, such as the Feed-In-Tarrif (FIT) rates,
delayed by two years.
But the biggest obstacle to the RE Law is the blatant pro-coal stance
of the energy secretary. In his two years in office, Almendras has
given the green light to 11 coal-fired power projects
below]. During the recent US trip of President Noynoy Aquino, Sec.
Almendras also made possible two more coal-fired power projects.
Greenpeace maintains that any investment in dirty coal plants means
investment and opportunity lost for clean and safe RE systems.
Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel. From mining through combustion to
waste disposal, coal has a dire impact on the environment, human
health and the social fabric of communities living near mines, power
plants and waste sites. Coal plants are among the major causes of
catastrophic climate change. Coal burning also severely damages
ecosystems and contaminates water supplies. It emits other greenhouse
gases like methane, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, as well as
chemicals like arsenic and mercury which can disrupt human mental and
Clean and long-lasting solutions to the country’s energy challenges
are already available, just waiting to be tapped. The DOE itself
acknowledges the Philippines’ vast potential for renewable power
sources, such as solar and wind. Greenpeace maintains that the role
of the DOE is to catalyze and develop investments in RE, in order to
provide a safe, secure and independent energy future for the country.
“Secretary Almendras seems to have forgotten that he now works for the
Filipino people, and not for dirty coal. His legacy of coal pollution
and climate change jars with the vision of transparency and
accountability carried by President Aquino. There is no place in
government for industry stooges such as himself. Almendras must exit
and the President must instead appoint a leader who will fulfill the
vision of the RE Law and chart a sustainable energy pathway for the
Filipino people,” Abad said.
Green Lighted Coal Plants
|1. TRANS ASIA
|2. SMI Power Corp.
(Sagittarius Mines Inc.)
||Davao Del Sur
|3. Masinloc Power
Partners Co. Ltd
|4. San Ramon Power
Mariveles Coal Plant Ltd. Co.
Consolidated Resources (ACR) (Alcantara)
|7. Conal Holdings
|8. San Miguel Corp
|9. Steag, Aboitiz
Power & la Filipina Uy Gongco Corp
Concepcion Power Corp. a subsidiary of A. Brown Co. Inc.
|11. RP Energy
investment of $1 billion with GNPower for two 300 MW coal-fired
plant in Mariveles, Bataan
Gov’t intensifying anti-trafficking ops, rescues 106 victims - VP
By OVP Media
June 24, 2012
MANILA – Intensifying its anti-trafficking operations, some 106
persons were rescued from being smuggled overseas by members of the
Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) in three separate
sting operations this month, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said in
Binay, Chairman Emeritus of the IACAT, said 85 of the would-be
trafficking victims were rescued on June 4 by members of the Zamboanga
Sea-Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (ZSBATTF) on board the ML
Kadrina at the boundary of Zamboanga and Pilas Islands.
“This is one of the biggest hauls we had this year. We intercepted 150
persons who were on board. But only 65 were officially declared on the
ship’s manifest,” Binay said.
“What is worse was that the lives of the legitimate passengers were
also put at risk because the boat was overloaded,” he lamented.
He added that the ZSBATTF started monitoring the boat in June 4 after
receiving information that it will transport 40 would-be victims to
Malaysia via Taganak.
On the other hand, 10 persons were intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino
International Airport (NAIA) Terminal III on June 12 after a commotion
they caused caught the attention IACAT agents assigned at the airport.
“Upon investigation, we learned that the passengers wanted to lodge a
complaint against their recruiter who processed their travel documents
and promised them work in the United States,” the Vice President said.
“We were also able to arrest the recruiter who was with the 10 when
they were intercepted by IACAT operatives,” he added.
Meanwhile, a minor allegedly being forced to work as a stripper at bar
in Manila was rescued during the IACAT’s latest operation on June 19.
“It was learned that the victim, along with another girl, was
recruited in Davao City by a gay person who promised them jobs in
Metro Manila,” said Binay.
“However, upon arriving in Manila, they learned the true nature of
their job, that of a stripper and a Guest Relations Officer (GRO),” he
Furthermore, a Malaysian national was apprehended at the Diosdado
Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) on June 7 who was waiting for
his flight along with his fiancée, whom the council believed to be a
The Vice President said that while the suspect and the victim was
being brought NAIA Terminal I for investigation, IACAT operatives were
able to convince the victim to file a case against the Malaysian.
The suspect will be charged with violation of RA 9208 or the
Anti-Trafficking Act of 2003.
The United States Department of State earlier released this year’s
Global Trafficking in Persons (GTIP) Report which put the Philippines
in Tier 2 status, the same tier it got in last year’s GTIP report.
Countries belonging to this tier do not meet the minimum requirements
prescribed in the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protections Act, but are
doing significant efforts to do so.
“We are taking the recommendations of the report seriously and are now
looking into how we can further intensify our anti-trafficking
operations and increase our conviction rate,” Binay said.
The Vice President said that he will convene the IACAT to determine
how to address the recommendations of the U.S. State Department when
he gets back from his trip to Rome next month.
He is scheduled to have a private audience with the Pope at the
Vatican when he goes to Rome.
The Vice President is in Jeddah as President Benigno Aquino III’s
representative to convey the Philippines’ condolences to the King of
Saudi Araubi on the death of the Crown Prince last week.
Baguio Gay Pride parade scores Aquino gov't for inaction on HR
By PROGAY Philippines
BAGUIO CITY – The Baguio Pride Network (BPN) led a hundred human
rights activists from Cordillera and Manila with calls to end hate and
violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
The paraders carried aloft a giant rainbow flag and an enlarged
version of a dreamcatcher festooned in rainbow feathers, symbolizing
the diversity and dreams of the Cordillera LGBT communities.
BPN spokesperson Caro Galvez, also coordinator of the Bayan Muna
Cordillera Region, scored the Aquino administration for gross neglect
of the rights and welfare of the sector and branded the president of
the Philippines as an Unfriend of the LGBT Filipinos.
"The Baguio Pride Network decries the growing trend of violence, and
even murders of LGBTs in Baguio, and Aquino is paying no heed to our
reports of human rights violations and demand for human rights
protections," Galvez said.
Galvez also said that the Lesbians for National Democracy (Lesbond)
and ProGay, both BPN convenors, sent to the United Nations Human
Rights Council in Geneva last month a four-page report in time for the
called the Universal Period Review by the agency of compliance to
human rights standards of the Aquino government.
However, the state delegation led by Justice Secretary Leila Delima
ignored their concerns, including a last-minute plea from the
representative from Argentina for the Philippines to pass the
anti-discrimination bill filed in Congress by Rep. Teddy Casiño.
Clyde Pumihic, secretary general of ProGay Metro Baguio, said that the
bill's passage and police action against anti-gay hate crimes are
urgently needed to address the spate of bias-motivated violations in
the region, the latest victim of which was Baguio resident Berta. The
parade climaxed with a ceremony where mourners lighted candles painted
with the colors of the gay rainbow flag in memory of Berta.
ProGay Metro Baguio also condemned this morning's harassment raid on
the gay sauna Fahrenheit by the members of the Quezon City Police
Department, saying that the government chose to attack another gay
establishment on Pride Week.
The Pride day ended with a dance party at the Kwago Bar where Baguio's
talented gay and lesbian singers and comedians outdid one another in
colorful production numbers.
Two more birthing centers opened in Leyte
By Provincial Media
June 22, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – Two new Mother Bles Birthing Clinic were opened in
Brgy. Patoc in Dagami and Brgy. Manlilisid in Javier, both far-flung
villages in Leyte town.
These newly opened Mother Bles Birthing Clinic, a working
public-private partnership (PPP) approach to maternal and child health
care in the region, is the 32nd birthing clinic opened by the non
profit, non-political social welfare organization Kakak Foundation in
the province of Leyte.
“It is common that a health program perishes after the term of the
politician who started it. That’s why the sustainability of health
programs and services beyond the term of any politician was the top
concern we have when we organized the Mother Bles Birthing Clinics (MBBC),”
said Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla.
Mother Bles Birthing Clinics also support the province’s plan to fill
the province with birthing centers thereby reducing maternal and
infant mortality, which according to the governor, Leyte ranks high in
the list of this incidence.
Gov. Petilla said these new birthing clinics will provide safe
delivery for pregnant mothers not only in the barangays where it
opened but also its nearby barangays.
For Dagami, the nearest hospital is in Burauen, Leyte while for
Javier, the nearest hospital is in Abuyog, Leyte.
Meanwhile, the governor added, pushing for more birthing centers does
not go hand in hand in promoting women to get pregnant and proper
child birth spacing, thus he said, the thrust would be coupled with
appropriate family planning and education especially in far-flung
Apart from partnering with private groups, Gov. Petilla and the
provincial government is also among those chosen province for the
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project that would
strengthen maternal and child health services, together with the DOH.