Layug: Pacific Partnership 2012 accomplishments exceeded targets
Mel Senen Sarmiento and Mayor Ronald Aquino of Calbayog City
posed with security forces headed by Col. Rolando C Malinao,
commanding officer, 803Bde, 8ID, PA during the PP12 project
turn-over on June 29.
(photo by 20IB, 8ID PA)
By PIA Samar
July 1, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY – BGen. Gerardo Layug, the Commanding General of the
8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army declared that the
accomplishments of the biggest US humanitarian mission in Samar
exceeded the targets.
Layug was also assigned as the ground commander during the project
which started in June 18 and ended today.
Pacific Partnership is the largest humanitarian and civic action
mission in the Asia Pacific region designed to strengthen regional
partnership and enhance a collective ability to respond to natural
disasters and crisis, according to Lt Cmdr Matthew Breedlove, the USNS
in charge of the media affairs.
“We succeeded because our dedication to serve the people and our
collective effort is reflective of our ‘Bayanihan’ spirit, all
throughout the conduct of the Pacific Partnership 2012,” Layug said in
“We saw the full support and unity of all government officials in
Samar and other cause-oriented organizations.”
The general also cited the combined efforts of the different national
government agencies like health, education, defense, PNP working
together as one to serve the Samareños.
He reported that the medical/dental missions done in 25 sites in Samar
and Northern Samar treated 25 thousand patients.
The engineering projects were done ahead of schedule, and instead of
three projects, one additional structure was also completed.
Although the general did not specify the locations of the
infrastructure components, organizers mentioned school buildings in
Barangay Malaga, Palanit and health centers in Calbayog and Gandara.
“The Disaster Preparedness subject matter expert exchange also
generated positive feedbacks and inputs on how to enhance our capacity
to respond to disasters,” Layug added.
He also mentioned the veterinary missions, public engagements,
community services, donations of school supplies and equipments to the
After warmly acknowledging the benefactors of the various humanitarian
projects in Samar, the good general bid his new friends goodbye.
“As you set sail to Subic Bay from Samar Island, and on to Vietnam and
Cambodia, I wish you clear skies, calm seas and fair winds!”
reports from ECB)
Animals too benefited from the Pacific Partnership 2012
By PIA Samar / AVHA H.
June 30, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY – The Pacific Partnership 2012 (PP12) benefited not
only the people of Samar but also 1,000 animals in Samar since day one
of their mission on June 19 that lasted until June 30.
World veterinarian volunteers who live on board the US Navy Ship Mercy
provided their veterinary services on shore in Samar island as part of
the PP12 mission.
PP12 conducted 12 Veterinary Civic Action Program (VETCAP) missions in
10 sites in Samar, two in Northern Samar and treated about one
The VETCAP treated birds, pigeons, chickens, monkeys, cats, dogs,
carabaos, cows, pigs, and goats, some were brought to them, some they
tracked down with the owners on the lead.
Calbayog City Veterinary office assisted the World Vets in the VETCAP
mission in giving oral and injectable vitamins and deworming
(external, internal parasitism) the animals.
Meanwhile, US Navy Commander Sonia Maria Lohmeyer said that VETCAP is
also part of the Disaster Preparedness, she said that in times of
disaster the animals are the least priority to save, but with this
VETCAP the people would know how important their animals are, too.
PP12 has the motto, Prepare in Calm to Respond in Crisis in addressing
necessary precautions in calamity prone countries in the Pacific.
As a country is often besieged with calamities, the PP12 ensures that
people, especially those in high-risk areas, are properly informed and
prepared against disasters.
Congressman Mel Senen Sarmiento of Samar’s First District thanked the
US benefactors in the closing ceremony.
very thankful to the US Navy Ship Mercy, to the Armed Forces of the
Philippines, and Local government units, for their valuable
contributions in humanitarian and civic assistance programs intended
not only to provide relief and temporary solutions, but more so in
teaching the importance of preparation and precaution.”
Pacific Partnership activities, successfully completed in Northern
James Morgan (4th from left) of the US Navy, mission commander
of the Pacific Partnership 2012 during the ribbon cutting
ceremony for the newly constructed 2-classroom school building
at Barangay Palanit, San isidro, Northern Samar conducted last
June 29, 2012.
By 20th Infantry
Battalion, 8ID PA
June 29, 2012
BRGY MAGSAYSAY, Lope de Vega, Northern Samar – Due to the
overwhelming support of all the stakeholders in the entire province of
Northern Samar, the conduct of Pacific Partnership 2012 (PP12)
activities was successfully completed in the province of Northern
In his report to Colonel Rolando C Malinao, the Commanding Officer of
803Bde, 8ID, PA, Lieutenant Colonel Noel Vestuir, Commanding Officer
of 20IB, stressed that his unit has successfully secured the conduct
of PP12 activities in the entire area due to the support and
assistance of all the security elements, the 3rd Regional Public
Safety Company of the PNP, to include local officials from the Local
Chief Executives down to the Barangay Tanods and the volunteer members
of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs) in the barangays.
The conduct of security operations is being supervised by the 803Bde
Security Task Group headed by Col Mario G Lacurom.
Despite the threats posed by local terrorists, the security forces
according to LTC Vestuir have performed their job of preempting any
untoward incident that may disrupt the conduct of PP12 activities.
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 a have a synchronized and well-coordinated response
when actual disaster strikes. These activities include, Humanitarian
Assistance such as: Medical and Dental Civic Action Programs (MEDCAP);
Veterinary Civic Action Program (VETCAP); Engineering Civic Action
Programs (ENGCAP); Medical and Dental Subject Matter Expert Exchange (MEDSMEE);
Veterinary Subject Matter Expert Exchange (VETSMEE) and Engineering
Subject Matter Expert Exchange (ENGSMEE) among others.
The PP12 activities culminated during the ribbon cutting ceremony and
subsequent turn-over of newly constructed two (2) classroom school
building in Barangay Palanit, San Isidro, Northern Samar and the newly
refurbished health center in Barangay Bugtong, Tinambacan District,
Calbayog City respectively.
Honorable Congressman Mel Senen Sarmiento of the 1st District of Samar
in his message during the ribbon-cutting ceremony, stressed that the
completion of the engineering projects did not only showcased the
physical aspect of an infrastructure that is very beneficial to people
but most significantly it symbolized the strength of cooperation,
convergence among partner nations, the support of local volunteers
which is indeed the true and genuine essence of Bayanihan.
Rolando Malinao, the Commanding Officer of the 803Bde, expressed his
thanks to the people in the area for their full support and
cooperation during the conduct of the activities that started as early
in the middle of May this year. According to Col Malinao, “the success
of the entire activities could be attributed to the overall support of
the people. Through their collective efforts, our security forces were
able to prevent any untoward incident, the conduct of humanitarian
assistance activities went on and completed smoothly, and most
significantly, we have showed a strong message that indeed, the
concept of convergence and Bayanihan in Northern Samar is now working
at its best”.
“Lingganay” retains Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival championship crown
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
June 28, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – The Lingganay Festival of Alangalang, Leyte once
again bagged the Pintados-Kasadyaan crown in a spectacular festival
presentation held at the jam-packed Leyte Sports Complex on June 27.
Closely behind Lingganay as the second placer was Pasaka Festival of
Tanauan, Leyte and third placer Karatong Festival of Dulag, Leyte.
The grand champion through Mayor Loreto Yu received P500,000 cash
prize, a trophy and the chance to represent the province of Leyte in
the next Aliwan Fiesta in Manila.
The Lingganay Festival got its name from the Waray word Lingganay
which means a 'bell'.
The festival was conceptualized sometime in 1995 based on the legend
of the town's lost ‘golden bell’. It was said that one time when the
moro pirates surprised the people, they tried to fled away with the
When they reached the Bakga River, they threw the golden bell into the
deepest part of the river to prevent it from getting into the hands of
the Moro pirates.
Until today, the bell has not been found but it is said that its sound
can be barely heard coming from the bottom of the river.
It is celebrated in conjunction with the town's fiesta on the 19th of
June. According to oral history, since 1995, Lingganay has been
joining festival dance competitions especially during the Pintados
Lingganay Festival has etched its mark in the culture and arts of
Leyte, as it won as grand champion in the 2011 Pintados Kasadyaan
Festival. It also bagged several awards in different festival
competitions both locally and nationally.
The Lingganay Festival was second runner up in the latest Aliwan
Festival in Manila in April.
Earlier this year, it brought home P1 million cash prize and trophy as
the grand champion in the free interpretation category in the Sinulog
2012 besting 28 other contingents from all over the country.
This year’s Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival was participated in by eleven
contingents for the Kasadyaan category and another ten tribes for the
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla led the provincial government
officials who graced the grand event in full force. His wife Mrs. Anne
Petilla, Congressman Mark Villar of Las Piñas, Partylist Congressmen
Bem Noel and Neil Montejo, regional directors, mayors in the different
municipalities in Leyte and other local government officials were also
observed to be present during the festival.
USNS Mercy Ship surgery helps 200 Samarnons
This whole body CT Scanner on board USNS Mercy hospital ship has more than half the reduced patient’s radiation exposure than a conventional CT scanner.
By AVHA H. EBALDE,
June 28, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY – The United State Navy Ship (USNS) Mercy has
already reached the number of two hundred operated patients since day one of
accepting 40 patients per day inside the USNS Mercy Ship.
The USNS Mercy Ship has 12 surgery rooms, four x-ray equipments, a
physical therapy center, CT Scan Unit, Pharmacy, Dental Suite,
Angiography Suite, Optometry and Lens laboratory, Two oxygen-producing
plants and a blood bank with 5,000 units of blood.
It is a floating hospital with services like surgery, primary health
care clinics, preventive medicine, and biomedical equipment repair.
“This is a challenging and unique mission that requires an advanced
level of seamanship, dedication and sensitivity,” said Captain
Corita Sobido, 46 years old with three kids from Samar, one of the
myoma patients said “Napakaswerte ko na magkaroon ng ganitong
prebilehiyo at makapunta dito at makapag paopera ng walang anumang
bayarin o gastos pati sa medisina.” (I was very lucky to have the
privilege to come here undergo surgery without any expense on
operation and medicine.)
She added that it has been a year since she was diagnosed with a myoma
but cannot afford the P60,000 worth of operation, she just seemed
helpless as the myoma grew in size.
“I am really happy and very thankful to our government, to the Pacific
Partnership, and to all the USNS Mercy doctors and nurses for their
kind treatment during my stay here,” Sobido added.
Patients on surgery needs to stay overnight before their operation for
the health check and after the surgery, the patients will stay for one
day until recovery depending on what type of operation they will go
The USNS Mercy surgery has already delivered their services to the
patients with cataract, myoma, and infected leg.
Mercy will stay at the shore of Calbayog City until July 1, 2012.
PNP Samar has planted 18,500 trees since February
By PIA Samar
June 28, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY – The local police force is bent on delivering their
commitment to: Pulis Makakalikasan, Sampung Milyong Puno Pamana sa
Just yesterday, the Samar Provincal Police with barangay officials and
rural folks of Barangay Pupua, Catbalogan City, Samar planted some 500
trees, in the barangay some fruit bearing and some in the mangrove
area of the barangay as told by PCInsp Felipe Tan, Chief of the Police
Community Relations (PCR).
“We planted cacao, jackfruit, talisay, mahogany and some in the
mangrove area of the barangay,” Tan added.
As police officers, we are required to plant six trees a month to
support the country’s National Greening Program,” said Tan.
He added that all PNP stations have established a nursery to ensure
that seedlings are ready.
“We are a big organization and we cannot just rely on the DENR to
supply us with planting materials, so that Police Director Eusebio
Mejos instructed us to establish a nursery.”
The PNP composed of 145 thousand members nationwide has committed to
plant ten million trees across the country in the next twelve months.
police force is also an advocate of the greening program as we need to
protect our environment,” said Samar Police PD Eusebio Mejos in a text
Southern Leyte PPOC holds 2nd provincial tanod congress
By LOREN ABRAU-ANICIETE,
DILG Southern Leyte
June 28, 2012
MAASIN CITY – More than three thousand members of the tanod brigade
from 500 barangays in Southern Leyte trooped to the Maasin City Gym
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 to attend the 2nd Provincial Tanod Congress
sponsored by the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC).
The event was graced by DILG Regional Director Pedro A. Noval, Jr.
upon invitation of Governor Damian G. Mercado.
Director Noval conveyed his pleasure in seeing how active the tanods
are in serving the barangays. In his speech, RD Noval stressed that
the barangay tanods are the dynamic force multipliers. He regarded
them as heroes insofar as the maintenance of peace and order in the
barangays is concerned. He commended Governor Mercado for
spearheading the activity and for affording tanod insurance.
Thru a ceremonial turnover of tanod paraphernalia witnessed by Customs
Deputy Commissioner Danilo D. Lim, the barangay tanods received
accident insurance, IDs, vests, and flashlights. General Lim, who was
the guest of honor, challenged the barangay tanods to be part of the
solution against corruption. While stressing the value of their
volunteerism and sacrifice to promote peace and order, the retired
army general branded the tanods as the new breed of heroes and the
backbone in community-building.
Tanod Congress was also attended by Vice-Governor Mike Maamo with all
the member of the Provincial Board, City Mayor Maloney Samaco, 12
municipal mayors, 9 vice-mayors and their councilors.
In Pres. Aquino’s 2nd year
Killing of 3rd witness to Ampatuan massacre, testament to prevailing
impunity under Aquino - Karapatan
June 28, 2012
QUEZON CITY – Karapatan today scored the reported killing of Alijol
Ampatuan, the third witness in the Ampatuan massacre case to have
suffered the same fate, as “it bears the seal of impunity prevalent
under the Arroyo up to the current Aquino administration.”
Karapatan spokesperson and End Impunity Alliance convenor Cristina
Palabay said “Alijol Ampatuan’s killing is a testament to the
prevailing climate of impunity in the Philippines, where victims,
their kin, and witnesses are silenced through summary executions and
where justice for rights violations remains a distant reality under
the Aquino presidency, as it approaches the 2nd year of term.”
Reports on Alijol’s killing came three weeks after the killing of
Esmael Amil Enog, another witness to the killing of 58 journalists,
lawyers, and individuals in November 2009, known as the Ampatuan
Massacre. Reports on the killing of Enog coincided with the UN review
of the Philippines’ compliance to international human rights treaties
“Aquino should answer for his administration’s unforgivable inaction
to successfully prosecute, put behind bars and convict perpetrators of
rights abuses under Arroyo, despite the persistence of the victims and
their relatives to file cases. The government’s special treatment of
notorious violators like former Pres. Arroyo and the Ampatuans and the
non-arrest of Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan remain as obstacles to meting
out justice,” she added.
Karapatan attributed the Aquino administration’s lackluster
performance of seek the accountability of these perpetrators to the
consistency of the pattern of killings and rights abuses being
perpetuated by Aquino’s state security forces to that of Arroyo.
“Aquino mimics Arroyo’s repressive and violent scourge against
civilians and activists through his counter-insurgency program Oplan
Bayanihan. The implementation of the oplan has already resulted to 76
victims of extrajudicial killings and thousands of forcibly displaced
peoples because of intense military operations and rights abuses in
Mindanao, Samar, and Southern Tagalog, as well as in the rest of the
provinces,” Palabay concluded.