P13-M fire truck from Korea
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
August 29, 2012
ALANGALANG, Leyte –
Alangalang, Leyte Mayor Loretto Yu is set to personally receive on
August 30 at the Central Office of the Bureau of Fire Protection, a
newly refurbished fire truck which is a donation from the Korea
Federation of Fire Association (KFFA).
Mayor Yu informed the
Philippine Information Agency that a fully refurbished fire truck
costs about P13 million will be turned over to him by Mr. Kim Jong Kee
who is the chairman of KFFA.
The Korean-donated fire
truck will become the second fire truck of the LGU, Mayor Yu said. He
added that the first one is already old, thus, the LGU’s incapacity of
providing its constituency with fire suppression services necessary to
save lives and properties.
Mayor Yu disclosed that this
activity is part of the Sustainable Use and Protection of Philippine
Peatlands Project which is being implemented in the country by the
Department of Environment.
The National Action Plan on
Peatlands was drafted within the framework of the ASEAN Peatland
Management Strategy. It spells out specific operational objectives and
serves as a guide for the implementing agencies and collaborating
partners on specific actions that must be undertaken to ensure
protection and sustainable se of peatlands in the Philippines.
There are two areas in the
Philippines where substantial areas of peat have been found: the
Agusan Marsh and the Leyte Sab-a Basin.
The Sab-a Basin with in the
areas of Alangalang and Santa Fe towns, is a west-east elongated basin
close to the north coast of Leyte separated from it by a metamorphic
ridge. The total area is c. 3,088 ha of which 44% has been reclaimed
for agriculture. The remaining unutilized peat land (1,740 ha) in the
eastern half of the basin consists of small remnant areas of swamp
forest and sedge/grass peat swamp (ADB 2000). The two smaller peat
basins in the area Daguitan (210 ha) and Kapiwaran (430 ha) have
mostly been converted to agricultural land.
Occurrence of wildfires,
often caused by agricultural activity by local people in protected
peat swamp forests, both on and below the surface, is among the
threats in the sustainability of peatlands. The fire truck donation
from Korea will help the local government contain such occurrences.
One of the focus of the
Philippine Peatlands project is that of awareness raising on how
valuable peatlands are. The peatland in the Leyte Sab-a Basin has the
capacity to absorb and hold a lot of water during the rainy season,
releasing it slowly to maintain base flows in the outflow rivers. It
is also important in preventing penetration of saline water up rivers
due to this contribution to minimum flows in the rivers during dry
Although the Philippines has
relatively little peatlands compared to other countries, the peatlands
of the Philippines still have an important role to play in the storing
and sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere.
The limited information
available suggests that biodiversity values of Philippine peatlands
High scenic values are found
in identified Philippine peatlands, including the striking forests of
Lanipao (Terminalia copelandii) in both the Agusan Marsh and the Leyte
Sab-a Basin. Both peatlands are surrounded by uplands, from which
impressive views of the peatlands can be gained.
Peatlands are also important
to local communities as a source of wood like timber and firewood for
domestic needs and non-wood products like the Frimbistylis globulosa,
locally known as “tikog” for mat making and other livelihood purposes.
NGCP’s Agro-Forest Tree
Plantation Project continues in Samar
By PIA Samar
August 29, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY – The
Agro-Forest Tree Plantation Project of the National Grid Corporation
of the Philippines (NGCP) in Samar is being implemented as planned.
The three-year project
according to Elmer Cruz of NGCP continues. This was also the assurance
of a joint inspection committee, which recently checked on the
progress of the said project done in harmony with the Tree Replacement
Program for the benefit of the Municipality of Paranas and the
neighboring communities of Calbayog City in Samar.
As a socially and
environmentally responsible corporation, NGCP made sure plants and
trees affected by the construction of the Wright-Calbayog Transmission
Project will be replenished.
Together with the Department
of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-CENRO and PENRO and the
members of the Pabanog Small Farmers Association Inc. (PASFA), NGCP
has agreed to a reforestation program that will aid the nearby
communities and barangays. The commitment was sealed by the signing of
a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on June 6, 2011.
On June 21 this year, the
parties conducted a joint inspection on the accomplished activities
under the Agro-Forest Tree Plantation Project.
The coordinating bodies
assessed the fulfillment of the Maintenance and Protection clauses
that were stipulated in the MoA. Maintenance and Protection include
clearing / ringweeding, cultivation and fertilization as well as
As the DENR-endorsed developers of the project, the PASFA has prepared
a Work and Financial Plan to effectively implement the said Tree
Replacement Program over a three-year period.
NGCP committed to plant 1,667 forest tree seedlings per hectare and
625 grafted fruit tree seedlings per hectare. The plantation
consisting of a total of 10,002 forest tree seedlings and 5,696
grafted fruit tree seedlings will be maintained and protected at the
Pabanog Watershed in Paranas, Samar. (with Elmer Cruz NGCP)
PRO8 SOG nabs two
“swertres” collectors in Samar
By RPCRD, Police Regional
August 28, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO K. KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The Police Regional Office 8
Special Operations Group (RSOG8) apprehended recently two suspected
collectors of illegal numbers game locally known as “swertres” in the
province of Samar.
Police Regional Director PCSUPT Elmer Ragadio Soria said that this
recent accomplishment forms part of his commitment to minimize, if not
totally eradicate, the illegal gambling menace in the region.
“The RSOG was specially activated to effectively implement special
laws and the campaign against illegal numbers game is one of them”,
Soria said. He added that aside from illegal gambling, RSOG has recent
success in the arrest of most wanted persons who were remanded to
different courts of origin.
The Regional Director identified the suspects as one Armando Penida y
Canada, 53, married, van inspector, and a resident of Brgy. Buray,
Paranas, Samar and one Nelson Jaboli y Cabubas, 42, married, Brgy.
Karunungan, Jiabong, Samar, both suspected collectors of “swertres”.
Penida was arrested inflagrante by joint elements of RSOG8 and Paranas
Municipal Police Station led by PCINSP Doughlas Antonio Bartolome
Eloja at around 3:45 o’clock in the afternoon of August 26 while
soliciting bets for the evening draw of same date at vicinity of Brgy
Buray Paranas, Samar. Confiscated gambling paraphernalia from his
possession and control were: bundle of stubs with entries of different
number combination with corresponding bets dated August 26, 2012; cash
bet amounting to One Hundred Twenty Pesos; and one (1) pc ballpen.
Appropriate case is being prepared for filing in court against Penida.
On the otherhand, Jaboli was nabbed by joint elements of RSOG8 and
Jiabong Municipal Police Station led PSINSP Lucino Cahimat Lopido,
Chief of Police while soliciting bets for evening draw of August 20,
2012 at vicinity of Brgy Karunungan, Jiabong Samar at around 5:55
o’clock in the afternoon of same date. Confiscated from his possession
and control were: two (2) bundles of stubs with entries of different
number combination with corresponding bets dated August 20, 2012; cash
bet amounting to Thirty Seven Pesos (P37.00) of different
dinominations; and one (1) pc ballpen. Case for violation of Sec 2,
Para (g) of RA 9287 was filed on an Inquest Proceedings docketed under
NPS No VIII-08-INQ-12H-00092, before the office of Atty Wayne M.
Villarin, Provicial Prosecutor, dated 21 August 2012. Bail of Twenty
Four Thousand Pesos (P24,000.00) was fixed for his temporary liberty.
Subject arrested person is presently detained at Jiabong Municipal
Police Station awaiting trial of his case.
Soria expresses confidence that with the intensified campaign,
financiers will think twice before they ply their illegal gambling
PRO 8 invigorates
anti-illegal logging campaign
By RPCRD, Police Regional
August 28, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – The Police Regional Office 8 intensified its
campaign against illegal logging as part of its commitment to save the
“We stepped-up this campaign
to the spirit and intent of Executive order No. 23 issued by President
Benigno S. Aquino III as part of his flagship program on environment
protection,” PCSUPT Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO 8 Regional Director said.
Just recently, on August 24,
2012, elements of Northern Samar Provincial Public Safety Company
under PCINSP Reynaldo Cantiga Cabahug, while conducting checkpoint at
Barangay Molave, Catarman, Northern Samar intercepted an Isuzu six (6)
wheeler truck bearing plate number XLS 554 with six (6) persons on
board for violation of Republic Act 7161 otherwise known as the
“Forestry Code of the Philippines”.
The Regional Director
identified the suspects as Neptali Trongcoso Tan, a businessman from
Barangay Polangi; Eladio and Erwin Dadia Demakiling, businessman and a
driver, respectively from Barangay Baybay; Leonardo Salvacion Mercader,
24 years old and Francisco Tonog Vilanueva, 45 years old, both helpers
and residents of Barangay Polangi; Eduardo Cabacang Lopez, 47 years
old, married and a resident of Sitio Hilan-agan, Barangay Somoge, all
of Catarman, Northern Samar.
The police team confiscated
the following illegally sawn lumbers, to wit: two hundred (200) pieces
2x3x10; eighty (80) pieces 2x2x12 and ten (10) pieces 1x10x10, all of Lawaan species with an estimated market value of P23,250.
Subject persons and the
confiscated items were brought to Northern Samar Police Provincial
Office for safekeeping and proper disposition.
On the same day, at about
6:30 PM, Marabut Police Station received a call from an informant
reporting about illegally cut lumbers ready for transport at Km. 22,
Barangay Tinabanan, Marabut, Samar.
Immediately, operatives of
Marabut Police Station led by PCISNP Mariano L Callera together with
the Marabut “Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force” / LGU Personnel
proceeded to said area to confirm the veracity of the report.
Upon arrival, the team
recovered an abandoned Forty-four (44) pieces illegally cut lumbers of
Red Lawaan species in various dimensions at approximately 1,500 Board
Feet with an estimated market value of Forty Thousand Pesos (P40,000).
Recovered lumbers are now in
the custody of the Marabut Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force under the
supervision of Atty. Percival A. Ortillo, Municipal Mayor and Vice
Chairman of said task force subject for scaling by the CENRO Personnel
based at Sta. Rita, Samar.
Relatedly, on August 26, in
Brgy. Mabini, Macrohon, Southern Leyte, police team led by PINSP
Demetrio Geniza, Chief of Police, responded to alleged illegal
activity in the area. However, suspects already fled and left behind
newly sawn lumber of Molave (tugas) species in different dimension, to
wit: three pieces 4x8x5 and 2 pieces 2x4x8 with a total volume of
50.65 board-feet with estimated market value of P3,780.
Abandoned coconut lumbers in
different dimensions were also recovered in Brgys. Digahungan and
Talinhugon, Dagami, Leyte by a police team led by PSINSP Romulo G.
Alvarina with total of 383.4 boardfeet on August 26.
“Illegal logging poses a
significant threat to our economy and endangers the ecosystem in the
region”, Soria said. It also causes significant damage to our forests
reducing its biodiversity, destroying soil, damaging trees and
releasing carbon dioxide that contributes to global climate change and
it has to be stopped, the Regional Director averred.
VP Binay: Human
trafficking issue related to efforts at improving quality of life
By OVP Media
August 28, 2012
MANILA – Vice
President Jejomar C. Binay today said the issues of human trafficking,
drug and cross-border crimes, and the globalized employment market are
taken seriously "because they relate directly to the core of our
efforts to raise the quality of life and the very future of our
"Human trafficking and human
smuggling or illegal recruitment flourish in part because destination
countries do not complement the efforts of labor-sending countries at
combating these twin evils in labor migration," Binay told
international lawyers during the 23rd Conference of the Presidents of
Law Associations in Asia (POLA) held in Pasay City.
"They also lack a strong
legal mechanism to underwrite recruitment or labor policy that keeps
to human rights standards as defined in the International Convention
on the Protection of Migrant Workers and their Families, the
International Bills of Rights and related international instruments."
The Vice President cited
reports made by the International Labor Organization that a large
number of migrant workers from Asia were working illegally, especially
in the Arab region.
"A report on Asian women’s
labor migration mentions cases of abuse against domestics, including
long working hours, no days off, restriction on freedom of movement
and association, lack of pay, and physical and sexual violations."
According to Binay, to
prevent abuses on migrant workers, labor-exporting countries such as
the Philippines "must exert every effort to secure the best possible
deal for their overseas workers within a bilateral rather than a
The Vice President proposed
this measure, citing the fact that despite the presence of
international laws and other instruments promoting migrant laborers'
rights, their enforcement is optional for destination countries.
"The ILO has put forward a
framework for a rights-based approach in labor migration, delineating
obligations between the country of origin and the country of
destination in the enforcement of the rights of overseas workers.
Pushing for its adoption as a convention is the shared responsibility
of every country," Binay said.
"But even if it becomes a
binding form of international law, like similar instruments, its
enforcement remains an option for host countries," he added.
He also pointed out that due
to the differences in the social milieus and economic circumstances
between labor-sending and host countries, more advanced countries can
dictate the "rules of the game", especially in sourcing cheap foreign
labor to service their own citizens.
Binay noted, however, that
the Internet has been able to unite the issues of human trafficking,
drug and cross-border crimes, and the globalized employment market
with corporate social responsibility, globalization, and the legal
"It is the fact that the
role of the legal profession is being rewritten in this age of the
Internet, where transparency and accountability are once again the
norms upon which human society and our systems of law and order are
being built and fortified," said the Vice President.
He added that people from
the grassroots are now being heard through technology and social
media, which gave rise to phenomena such as the Arab Spring and other
social movements across the world.
Binay also said that more
will be expected of the POLA given its role in encouraging a greater
commitment to public interest advocacy, calling attention to human
rights violations, and raising awareness of the responsibilities of
the legal profession.
SOG nabs Sta. Fe’s no. 4 most wanted person
By RPCRD, Police Regional
August 27, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO K. KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The long arms of the law has
finally caught up against a man hiding from police authorities for
years and finally gives his victim a sense of justice.
This, after diligent efforts exerted by the police resulted in the
arrest of one Patrocenio Exequel Raz alias Jeffrey / Lubay, 33 yrs old,
married in his residence in Brgy Veteranos, Alangalang, Leyte, who was
arrested by elements of Police Regional Office Regional Special
Operations 8 (RSOG8) on August 26.
PNP Regional Director PCSUPT Elmer Ragadio Soria, informed that the
suspect was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest for the crime of
Rape docketed under Criminal Case N0. 2010-10-536 issued by Hon. Judge
Lauro A Castillo, Jr, Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court Branch
8, Bulwagan ng Katarungan, Tacloban City. The suspect is considered as
No. 4 Most Wanted Person of Sta. Fe town, also in Leyte.
“The best deterrent against crime is the certainty of arrest and the
conviction of criminals. Arrest of wanted persons plays a vital role
in the performance of our core functions. Once wanted persons are
arrested, the courts would eventually acquire jurisdiction over them
paving the way for the trial to proceed, thus fast tracking the
processes in the Criminal Justice System’, Soria said.
The Regional Director added that PRO8 re-intensified the campaign to
arrest and neutralize wanted persons accused in various courts in line
with Manhunt “Charlie”, the PNPs campaign against wanted persons and
the 10-Point Action Plan of the Chief, PNP.
Wanted persons are persons against whom Warrants of Arrest have been
issued by competent authorities. In this case wherein the suspect is
listed in the Top Ten MWP list, he is considered one of the most
notorious among the wanted persons whose arrest is prioritized and
most sought as this will provide relief and comfort to the community,
Subject arrested person was brought to Tacloban City Police Office for
temporary safekeeping pending turn-over to the court of origin.
‘Look into OJT
abuse’ – VP Binay to CHED
By OVP Media
August 27, 2012
MANILA – Vice
President Jejomar C. Binay has asked the Commission on Higher
Education (CHED) to look into allegations of students of hospitality
courses being exploited while undergoing on-the-job training (OJT)
Binay wrote CHED Chairperson
Dr. Patricia Licuanan Tuesday saying he had received reports of
colleges requiring their Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM)
students to undergo OJT in foreign countries “where they work long
hours as wait staff without any compensation.”
“I find this alarming
considering our laws governing overseas employment and youth welfare,
among others,” Binay wrote Licuanan.
“I would like to request
your good office to conduct an investigation into this practice, and
if needed, take appropriate measures to protect the interest and
welfare of our youth,” he added.
The Vice President is the
Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Concerns.
He previously received
reports that students undergoing OJT in countries including Singapore
were working like regular employees of hotels and other establishments
but were being paid less than the minimum wage or not at all.
“These students are
considered interns or trainees and are given training allowance but
are being made to work full time,” Binay said.
He said the training
allowance does not fully compensate the students who are being given
actual work instead of being given training.
Some colleges in the country
require their students taking up hospitality courses, including HRM
and Tourism, to complete OJTs abroad for three to six months as part
of their curriculum.
Previous allegations have
been made that foreign establishments have been using the OJT program
to circumvent minimum wage laws.
The United Kingdom has
recently tightened its issuance of student visas because many
foreigners, including Filipinos, are allegedly using it to gain
employment in Britain.
The policy modifying Tier 4
(Student Visa) Regulations took effect on April.
Under the new setup,
students will only be allowed to work during the school term for 10
hours a week instead of the previous 20.
Army to look for
private armed groups and vows to dismantle them
By PIA Samar
August 26, 2012
– The army, the entity with the PNP authorized to secure
elections admitted that they are on the look out for private armed
groups and in the process, “dismantle them” this early.
This was more or less the
pronouncements of Col. Romeo Labador, 801st Brigade Commander as he
faced the media during the Express It at The Park 12th anniversary,
Saturday, held at Tubabao Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
As a seasoned army officer,
Labador talked about the emerging election threat in the region during
“Fifteen years ago,
insurgency was the real problem and only a few if not insignificant
number of private armed groups,” Labador shared.
But he has observed, he said
that after some fifteen years, there are less insurgents but more
private armed groups.
“We will act on this with
the police,” he promised.
“We have a memorandum of
agreement with the police and the COMELEC to assume our roles come
election time,” he explained.
The army though emphasized
that their job is focused on the provision of check points, security
and implementation of Gun Ban.
Like COMELEC officer Atty.
Jose Nick Mendros, Labador also urged the media to help them in
reporting the unlawful activities of some people from the region
especially violation of laws regarding elections.
Labador, Mendros and Express
It at the Park founder Massey Grafil met more than 50 media
practitioners from all over the region to hold a refresher course on
the role of media during elections. (NBQ)
first ever competitiveness index for a local government unit
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
August 26, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte
Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla informed that the provincial
government of Leyte has developed the first-ever competitiveness index
for a local government unit.
Governor Petilla made the
pronouncement as the results of the Leyte Provincial Competitiveness
Index project were presented to the members of the League of
Municipalities of the Philippines Leyte Chapter after the
recently-held Provincial Development Council Meeting.
The findings and ratings by
the Leyte Provincial Competitiveness Index project will be the basis
in extending financial and capability building support to local
government units, Governor Petilla disclosed.
Governor Petilla, however,
said that the results of this competitiveness index survey will not be
for publication yet and neither is it final.
In fact, the results were
slated to be presented to Local Government Secreatry Jesse Robredo,
but his unexpected demise cancelled this presentation.
However, the governor said
he would still push for the presentation of this project with the
President for possible replication in the regional levels across the
The LPCI project was
developed through the support of the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ)
to measure the competitiveness of the 41 local government units (LGUs)
of the province.
The project also was done
with the support of the Visayas State University - Institute of
Development and Research Studies and the Leyte Chamber of Commerce and
The index developed will
provide the province with a holistic perspective on the state of
development of each LGU and identify specific areas where
interventions are most needed.
The primary objective of the
program is to enhance the competitiveness of the Leyte LGUs by
maximizing their resources and competitiveness.
The project is specifically
aimed at enhancing the LGUs’ consciousness of their own governance
responsibilities through an objective evaluation process and to
provide guidance to potential investors on opportunities and support
facilities available in the province.
The project also hoped to
provide a performance-based mechanism for programming the provincial
government’s development funds and to promote healthy competition
among the 41 municipal LGUs by awarding the best-performing
municipality in absolute terms and best relative performance.
Moreover, the LPCI project
hopes to encourage the sharing and replication of good practices among
the municipalities in the province and possibly among other provinces;
and to support the province’s investment promotion activities.
Six indicators that were
identified include dynamism of the local economy, cost of doing
business, infrastructure, responsiveness of the LGU to business needs,
human resources and training and quality of life.
The results will be used as
basis for extending financial and capacity building support to LGUs,
focusing on the areas for improvement; use the results to seek
assistance from NGAs to mobilize resources to address key issues;
conduct focused group discussion on a periodic basis to monitor