In the Secondary National
Roads Development Project in Samar
MCA-P CEO: Payment
of affected properties reaches P5M
By PIA Samar / NBQ
August 14, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY – Payment of
project affected entities (PAEs) as what the Millennium Challenge
Account- Philippines (MCA-P) Chairman and Executive Officer (CEO) Marivic Añonuevo bared has reached P5 million.
PAEs are those structures,
properties and improvements affected by the road project in Samar.
During the 20th Samar Island
Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD) Assembly in Catbalogan
City, Monday, Añonuevo gave the remarks:
“On resettlement, we started
the payment of compensation to PAEs in San Julian to Balangkayan since
June and we hope to finish it next month. So far, we have paid P5
million to about 145 PAEs out of 3,692 identified PAEs. The balance is
in the process of validation and payment.”
The MCA-P Chairman and
Executive Officer also lauded the LGUs for the smooth negotiations.
“We are happy to note the
support and cooperation being extended by the LGUs and by the people
themselves, towards a smooth resolution of the resettlement issues,”
the lady told the SIPPAD participants from the three Samar provinces.
“In the true spirit of
bayanihan, barangay folks help one another in moving houses affected
by the project,” Añonuevo noted.
Añonuevo also talked of
KALAHI-CIDSS KKB Projects, a community driven development project
implemented by MCA-P with the Department of Social Welfare and
Development (DSWD) that has implemented more than one thousand
sub-projects through the Makamasang Tugon.
She added that most of those
address basic social services like school buildings, health stations
and day care centers, concrete pathwalks and farm-to-market roads.
Añonuevo was joined by
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)
Director Eileen Jose who also shared the millions of PAMANA projects
Sulat, 4 other
Eastern Samar towns obtain DILG’s Seal of Good Housekeeping
By BRYAN M. AZURA
August 14, 2012
BORONGAN CITY – The
Department of Interior and Local Government Unit (DILG) Provincial
Office revealed that Sulat and four other towns in Eastern Samar are
also awarded the seal of good housekeeping for following fiscal
standards set by Commission of Audit (COA).
According to Lydia Loyola,
DILG provincial director, other than Sulat, the other municipalities
that received the seal are Balangiga, Hernani, Maydolong and Dolores.
I congratulate them for a job-well-done, Loyala said.
Engr. Nida dela Cruz,
provincial focal person of DILG said that these municipalities has
been awarded government support fund to be added in their Internal
Revenue Allotment (IRA) and can be used in projects being implemented
in their respective municipalities. Balangiga receives P600 thousand,
Hernani receives P400 thousand, Maydolong receives P900 thousand,
Dolores receives P1M and Sulat will get P700 thousand. Figures vary
depending on the income class of the municipality.
Dela Cruz added that aside
from the IRA augmentation fund, these LGUs will also have access to
DILG’s Performance Challenge Fund amounting to P1 million.
Loyola maintained that these
financial awards are not intended as payment in exchange of good
fiscal management but as incentives for the performance of LGUs.
To recall with, DILG
Secretary Jessie Robredo made a challenge to LGUs to follow government
standards. Just perform and I’ll make you a millionaire, Robredo said.
In a memorandum circular
dated October 31, 2010 signed by Sec. Robredo, all provincial
governors, city mayors and municipal mayors are directed to post in
conspicuous places, in the internet or in a newspaper of wide
circulation their Annual Budget; Statement of Cash Flows; Statement of
Receipts and Expenditures; Trust Fund (PDAF) Utilization; Educational
Fund Utilization; Component of the IRA Utilization; Gender and
Development Fund Utilization; Statement of Debt Service; Annual
Procurement Plan or Procurement List; Statement of Debt Service; Items
to Bid; Bid Results on Civil Works, and Good and Services; and
Abstract of Bids as Calculated.
The DILG officials said that
all municipalities undergo an annual evaluation conducted by the
department and Civil Society Organizations (CSO). It’s during these
evaluations wherein the documents required are fully disclosed, dela
However, dela Cruz said that
once an LGU is graded by COA with a disclaimer or adverse, these will
automatically disqualify the LGU in the selection process.
For this year, the Citizen’s
Charter will be included in the selection of LGUs for the seal. This
charter encourages LGUs to be client-friendly. Transactions in the
government should be easier for clients, Loyola said.
Congressman Ben Evardone
(LP, Lone District, Eastern Samar) meanwhile, congratulated Mayors
Gigi Zacate (Sulat), Edgar Boco (Hernani), Henry Afable (Maydolong)
and Emiliana Vilacarillo for promoting transparency in their
respective towns. I encourage the other LGUs to follow the examples
these mayors displayed, Evardone said in a statement.
Ochoa presents OP’s
P2.7-B budget for FY 2013
August 14, 2012
MALACAÑANG – Executive
Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on Tuesday submitted to the Senate
Committee on Finance the P2.7-billion spending plan of the Office of
the President (OP) for fiscal year 2013, the bulk of which will cover
funding for the wage adjustments of state workers under the Salary
Standardization Law (SSL) and Malacañang infrastructure improvements.
Ochoa told the committee
hearing that the OP increased to P552.9 million the budget for
personal services from P513.9 million to meet the funding requirements
for salary increases under the fourth tranche of the SSL that was
implemented starting June of this year.
The Executive Secretary,
however, said that money earmarked for Maintenance and Other Operating
Expenses (MOOE) will be slashed by 4.1 percent to P1.88 billion from
P1.96 billion, as a result of the improved system in the allocation of
funds and enhanced expenditure assessment.
“Among these activities are
the strict implementation of the Procurement Reform Law, the
installation of energy saving devices, and the streamlining of
processes within the OP,” Ochoa explained.
Capital Outlays for 2013, on
the other hand, will be increased to P300.4 million from P150.6
million to finance major repairs, rehabilitation and improvement of
various buildings and facilities, some of which were built over a
hundred years ago, within the Malacañang Complex.
BIR Eastern Visayas
exceeds 1st semester target by P120M
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
August 14, 2012
GOVERNMENT CENTER, Palo,
Leyte – The Bureau of Internal Revenue in Eastern Visayas
exceeded its first semester of 2012 target by 5.5% or P120 million,
BIR Regional Director Atty. Diosdado R. Mendoza informed.
Director Mendoza said the
Region has an assigned goal for January-June 2012 of P2.18B and
collected P2.30B for the period covered.
The January-June collection
is 24.95% higher compared to the prior year’s collection for the same
period amounting to P459M.
The percentage contribution
shares over the total accumulated collection of the different Revenue
District Offices are as follows: RDO No. 85-Catarman, N. Samar, 8.42%;
RDO No. 86-Borongan City, 8.17%; RDO No. 87-Catbalogan City, 12.53%;
RDO No. 88-Tacloban City, 43.8%; RDO No. 89-Ormoc City, 19.13% and RDO
90-Maasin City, 7.95%.
Revenue District Office No.
85-Catarman, Northern Samar headed by Atty. Eduardo T. Obero was
hailed as the Top Performing Revenue District Office for the 6-month
period with an excess of 18.12% over its assigned district goal and
40.44% increase compared to its prior year’s collection performance.
Director Mendoza said the
positive collection was significantly attributed to the higher
compliance on Income, VAT and Excise Taxes.
“Analysis showed an increase
in the remittance of withholding tax on Wages & Compensation due to
the implementation of RA 6758 (Salary Standardization
Reclassification), increase in Withholding Tax Remittances on VAT, and
in Expanded Withholding by government agencies and LGUs,” Director
RD Mendoza is optimistic
that his Region will meet the collection target for 2012 and will
ensure the generation of the much needed revenues in the succeeding
The six (6) Revenue District
Officers identified various strategies to strengthen the collection
efforts and efficiency through consistent monitoring and efficient
management of Outstanding Delinquent Accounts and Receivables, RD
RD Mendoza further urged the
RDOs to revisit the profiling of taxpayers in their respective areas
to reinforce tax awareness and compliance.
Intensified tax campaign and
implementation of the existing flagship programs such as the TCVD (Tax
Compliance Verification Drive), developing of RATE (Run After Tax
Evaders) and OPLAN KANDADO cases for non-compliant taxpayers, as well
as strengthening the linkages with other government agencies to
support and assist in the delivery of these programs will form part of
the outlined activities of the Bureau, the BIR Director said.
Miss Pagsanghan bags
“Mutya han Samar 2012” title
han Samar 2012 winner Miss Pagsanghan (center) with (L-R)
Vice-governor Jimboy Tan, Governor Sharee Ann Tan, Miss Mutya
han Samar 2011 and BM Von Zosa.
By PIA Samar and AVHA H.
August 13, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar – Mutya han Samar 2012 candidate from Pagsanghan Abigail Messenger wowed the
audience when she answered the question on tourism.
The question posed, ”If you
would have a visitor coming from the other planets, how would you
She glibly answered that she
will show hospitality and she will tour them to her place in
Pagsanghan first and to the other beautiful places in Samar.
The answer, which resulted
to an applause by the audience contributed to her points to get the
Mutya han Samar title contested by 20 candidates from all over Samar
province at the Samar Gymnasium, Catbalogan City on Thursday night,
August 9, 2012.
Messenger is a 19-year old
college graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Performing Arts, she also
got three minor awards, Miss Gatorade, Miss Professionalism, and Miss
All together her
gorgeousness, posture, flawless white skin and a 5’5” height added to
make her a stand-out beauty and earned her the title which also gave
her P50,000 in cash.
“It is a true honor to be
crowned as Mutya han Samar, and I will do my very best to promote the
tourist spots in Samar and let other people see the beauty of the
place,” the newly crowned Ms. Samar said in an interview with PIA.
Other winners were 1st
runner up Miss Tagapul-an Ma. Cassandra Y. Yu who got P25,000.00 in
cash; 2nd runner-up was Miss Pinabacdao Cyril Varela with
P20,000 cash prize; 3rd runner-up Miss Calbiga Menchie Nacario and 4th
runner-up Miss Tarangnan Margarita Francesca Cruz who was awarded
P10,000 in cash prize.
Other special awards were
given to: Miss Gandara Glenna Marie Avenido as Miss Congeniality; Miss
Calbayog Reina Isabel Delgado as Miss Eloquence; Best in Casual Wear
was awarded to Miss Daram Diane Jean Gallardo; Miss Pinabacdao Cyril
Varela as in Best Festival Costume: Miss Tarangnan Maragarita
Farncesca Cruz was awarded as the Best in Swimsuit and in Evening
Gown; and the Miss Photogenic and Charming Face was given to Miss
Tagapul-an Maria Cassandra Yu.
The pageant which was one of
the highlights of Samar Day was hosted by artist and matinee idol,
Governor Tan bares
accomplishments on Samar Day
By PIA Samar and AVHA H.
August 13, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY – Samar
Governor Sharee Ann Tan enumerated her accomplishments as she gave her
congratulatory message to the talents of Samar after a cultural
presentation - Pasundayag.
Pasundayag was a cultural
show which was a prelude to the Samar Day celebration.
The governor discussed the
airport project, and said that the province has already allocated P30M
in 2010 for the Buri Airport, the fund is still waiting for a national
counterpart amounting to P20 Million.
“Hopefully, we will receive
the P20M pledge by 2013, if not, hopefully on my 2nd term as the
governor and with the help of our Congresswoman Mila Tan, we will be
able to realize this airport project.”
“This project could bring us
more tourists,” she added.
She also mentioned that the
province has put up a Small and Medium Enterprise (SMED) Center which
is located beside the Capitol building, this is a display center where
one can also buy products made from the different places of Samar.
She also encouraged the
Samarnons to patronize and bring their relatives, friends from other
place to visit the SMED Center (aka Pasalubong Center).
Tan glowed when she tackled
the reforms she and her newly appointed Chief of Hospital Dr Pedrigal
have done at the Samar Provincial Hospital.
She added that cataract and
hernia surgery is now available at the hospital, she asserted that
more reforms are in the pipeline to ensure that the social services
will be felt by the Samarnons.
Tan did not also miss
acknowledging Payapa at Masaganang Pamayaman (PAMANA) projects, for
addressing the needs on road networks in the insurgents affected areas
“I hope with this PAMANA
projects we will achieve an insurgency free province like the province
of Leyte,” Tan said.
PRO 8 all out
campaign against all illegal activities
By RPCRD, Police Regional
August 13, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – PCSupt Elmer Ragadio Soria, CEO VI, Regional
Director of PRO 8 declared an all-out campaign against all forms of
illegal activities in the whole region.
The newly installed RD
sternly warns the people of Region 8 to avoid illegal mining, illegal
logging, illegal gambling and all other similar illegal activities.
In relation to the
unprecedented positive changes directly and principally relating to
the suppression of criminality including those on illegal gambling,
private armies, terrorism, organized crime and illegal drugs in the
country, PNP PRO 8 has always and will always be in constant pursuit
of attaining a more capable, effective and credible police force
through innovative policing programs, projects and activities. Kudos
to the community, which has always been the potent partner of the PNP
in achieving this accolade.
Since Soria assumed office
on August 6, 2012 he wants the region to and sustain its positive
outlook and recent rating upgrades on account of sustained peace and
order, strengthened anti-criminality campaign and improved fiscal
transparency, among others, as a result of the rigorous implementation
of the PNP Integrated Transformation Program and Performance
Governance System (ITP-PGS). These are all aligned to the priority
programs of the PNP Chief, PDG Nicanor A. Bartolome.
PNP PRO 8 will continue to
undergo transformational change under the present dispensation as it
embarks on a reform program anchored on good governance. These solid
steps has started to bear fruit prior to the leadership of PCSupt
Arnold Rayala Revilla (Ret) projecting the PNP's anti-criminality
campaign to a better trajectory. The strengthening of law enforcement
fundamentals and the inter-agency collaboration among and between law
enforcement agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and all
other stakeholders have significantly improved the peace and order
situation in the region. This has to be carried on, Soria added.
VP Binay to OFWs:
Register for 2013 polls
By OVP Media
August 13, 2012
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Monday urged Overseas Filipino
Workers (OFWs) to register for the May 2013 midterm elections.
“Nananawagan po ako sa ating mga kababayan na nasa ibang bansa na
magpunta po sa ating mga embahada at konsulado para magrehistro bilang
botante sa susunod na halalan,” Binay said.
“Ang pagboto ay isang napakahalagang karapatan at responsibilidad na
kailangan nating gampanan bilang mga Pilipino,” he added.
Binay, the Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns, issued the call after
the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced it was still 200,000
short of its target of one million registrants.
“Napakadali pong magrehistro. Kailangan niyo lang pong ipakita ang
inyong pasaporte at punuin ang registration form,” he said.
“Kung kayo naman po ay nasa bansa ngayon ngunit nasa ibayong dagat sa
araw ng halalan, maaari rin po kayong magpunta sa COMELEC (Commission
on Elections) sa inyong lugar o sa mga registration centers sa NAIA (Ninoy
Aquino International Airport) at POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment
Agency),” he added.
The Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003 allows qualified Filipino
citizens residing abroad to vote for President, Vice President,
Senators and Party-List Representatives.
All Filipino citizens abroad who are at least 18 years old on 14 May
2013, and who are not otherwise disqualified by law, are allowed to
Filipinos with dual citizenship or those who have reacquired or
retained their Philippine citizenship under RA 9225 may also vote.
The new registrants include 110,170 abroad and 101,839 who registered
at local overseas absentee voting (OAV) registration centers at the
DFA-Aseana, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, NAIA, POEA, Overseas
Workers Welfare Administration, Joint Manning Group (JMG) and the
Associated Marine Officers and Seamen's Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP),
and Philippine Transmarine Carriers Inc.
As of August 10, the DFA said OAV registration has exceeded 800,000
with 212,009 new registrants.