Army troops conduct
By 20th Infantry Battalion,
September 8, 2012
BRGY. MAGSAYSAY, Lope de
Vega, Northern Samar – The troops of the 20th Infantry (We Lead)
Battalion, Philippine Army conducted bloodletting activities as part
of their celebration of the 62nd founding anniversary of the said unit
last September 6, 2012.
A total of seventeen (17)
bags which is equivalent to more or less 8,500 cc were extracted from
the troops which they donated to the blood bank of Northern Samar
Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Gleen Anthony Luzano, MD. The
said activity was also participated by personnel from Lope de Vega
Municipal Health Office headed by Dr Jocelyn Galvez, MD.
The conduct of bloodletting
activities is a customary practice of the 20th Infantry Battalion as
one of the highlights of their founding anniversary celebration every
According to LTC Noel
Vestuir, 20IB’s commanding officer, “this year’s celebration of the
62nd founding anniversary of the battalion is not only a commemoration
of the colorful history and heroic achievements of the gallant men of
the unit, but also an occasion where each and every soldier renewed
their commitment of service to the people”.
Among the activities were
pinning of ranks to newly promoted personnel, field mass and mass
wedding being officiated by the 8ID command chaplain, awarding of
medals to deserving personnel who did a good job in accomplishing
their tasks and squad challenge participated in by personnel from
organic line companies of the battalion.
The 20IB also awarded
certificates of appreciation in recognition of the support of civilian
partners, other stakeholders from other local government agencies, the
PNP and local chief executives for their continued support to the
peace and development efforts of the battalion.
Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman and Leyte Gov.
Carlos Jericho Petilla led the unveiling of the new marker for
the newly-turned Core Shelter Project by the DSWD-8 in Matag-ob,
Leyte. Thirty families were recipients of their new homes, whose
former houses were destroyed during the 2008 Typhoon Frank. (PMRC)
province turn over 30 core shelter homes in Matag-ob
By Provincial Media
September 8, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY –
Thirty families now have new roofs over their heads as the Department
of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office 8 and the
provincial government of Leyte formally turned over permanent core
shelters to victims of the 2008 Typhoon Frank in Brgy. San Sebastian,
The core shelters was
formally given to the beneficiaries during a turn-over ceremony
attended by DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman and Leyte Gov.
Carlos Jericho Petilla together with other DSWD and local district and
The core shelter project,
which has a total amount of more than P2.8 million for all the 30
families, was sourced from the combined funds of the DSWD of P70,000
per beneficiary, P10,000 each from the provincial government of Leyte
and P15,000 each from the local government unit of Matag-ob.
The Core Shelter Project in
this mountain barangay stands on a 6,317 square meter lot in Brgy. San
Sebastian donated by the family of Mrs. Romilia Omega-Cotejar, whose
kind donation was likewise recognized by the DSWD-8 during the
The DSWD-8 also provided
cash for work in the amount of P2,400 for each of the beneficiary;
while, it was learned that 13 families out of the 30 core shelter
beneficiaries, are enrolled under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino
The Core Shelter Assistance
Project (CSAP) is a rehabilitation program of the DSWD that aims to
provide structurally strong shelter units to families whose houses
were totally destroyed by natural and man-made calamities, and how
have no capacity to rebuild or construct their own units.
The beneficiaries of CSAP
are organized into the Neighborhood Association for Shelter Assistance
(NASA), an association composed of the beneficiaries which promotes
collective action in realizing goals of the project and to develop and
uphold the values of self-reliance among the beneficiaries and the
The association also
addresses the vulnerabilities of the community while empowering
beneficiaries to make the core shelter livable and more sustainable.
PH economy at high risk from natural
Climate group calls
for genuine sustainable development platform
By The Climate Reality
September 8, 2012
The emerging growing economy of the Philippines is at highest risk in
falling out due to natural hazards according to the 2nd Natural
Hazards Risk Atlas released by Maplecroft, a global risk research
"Bangladesh, the Philippines, Myanmar, India and Viet Nam are among
the ten countries with the greatest proportion of their economic
output exposed to natural hazards. In addition, they also demonstrate
poor capability to recover from a significant event exposing
investments in those countries to risk of supply chain and market
disruptions," Maplecroft statement said.
“High exposure to natural hazards in these countries are compounded by
a lack of resilience to combat the effects of a disaster should one
emerge,” explains Maplecroft’s Head of Maps and Indices Helen Hodge.
“Given the exposure of key financial and manufacturing centres, the
occurrence of a major event would be very likely to have significant
impacts on the total economic output of these countries, as well as
Maplecroft said that the "Philippines’ resilience to natural hazards
has been tested over recent days, with severe floods affecting the
northern island of Luzon, including the capital Manila. At the time of
writing nearly 2.7 million people have been affected by the floods
which have killed at least 66 people. Large sections of the Philippine
economy are exposed to typhoons, volcanic activity, landslides, floods
and storm surges; a fact reflected by the 274 recorded disasters over
the last 20 years."
An official statement from Malacanang Palace stated that "the
Philippine economy grew by 5.9% in the second quarter of 2012,
outpacing most of the economies in Asia. The gross domestic product
growth for the second quarter was way above the Asean preliminary
average growth rate of 4.7% and higher than the industry forecast of
"The growing economy of the Philippines seems to be good news for
everyone, however, if the whole country is exposed to natural hazards
with development platforms which induce vulnerabilities of communities
instead of promoting resiliency, definitely the economy which is meant
to be pro-people will fall down," said Rodne Galicha, Philippine
District Manager of The Climate Reality Project (TCRP), a global
movement based in Wasington, DC, with 5 million members and supporters
"We see more coal-fired power plants planned to be opened; mountains,
seas and agricultural lands being exploited for mining; land
conversions giving way to large subdivisions and mono-culture
plantations - all these, resulting to the depletion of natural
resources and biodiversity, are hypocrisies yet to be addressed under
the shadows of fake sustainability," said Galicha.
TCRP Filipino Climate Leaders, joining climate alliance Aksyon Klima,
are calling for a genuine development platform to promote disaster
resilient communities in the country by adhering to the basic
principles of sustainable development which the United Nations'
Brundtland Commission defines as meeting 'the needs of the present
without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their
"The Philippines has been respected worldwide for pioneering
sustainable development in its policies such as the Philippine
Strategy for Sustainable Development and Philippine Agenda 21 but we
have seen a gradual deviation of economic plans from the very essence
of the agenda despite new laws like the Climate Change Act, Disaster
Risk Reduction and Management Act and the People's Survival Fund,"
said Miguel Magalang, climate leader, Executive Director of Marinduque
Council for Environmental Concerns (MACEC), and private sector
representative to the Regional Development Council of MIMAROPA.
Magalang assessed that the deviation from the principles of Philippine
Agenda 21 is the result of a lack of understanding of the real
objectives of sustainability especially in the time of climate crisis.
"The path to development should not be governed by an economy which
aggravates exposures and vulnerabilities to climate hazards and
disasters - we should learn our lessons from the realities we have
been experiencing - high level of precipitation, unpredictable
intensities of storms, floods, landslides. Does our economic platform
address all these?," said Magalang.
The Climate Leaders also recommends that “disaster risk reduction and
climate change adaptation initiatives should not be standalone ones
but should form integral part of an integrated and sustainable
development framework. There is also a need to come up with a
convergent institutional framework in the local governments that would
push for the whole sustainable development platform. Local development
councils from barangays to the regional level should be reoriented and
reorganized as local sustainable development councils where all other
councils, bodies and committees in the local governments are clustered
under one umbrella. This will result in dovetailing of plans and
savings in time resources because local chief executives will need
only to preside in one meeting.”
"Together with Aksyon Klima, the Climate Leaders will continue to
engage with the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the National
Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) to further our quest for a
genuine platform which will address the needs of the present
Philippines without compromising the survival of the next generations
in the spirit of environmental sustainability and climate justice,"
PRO8 honors model
RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
September 7, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The Police Regional Office 8,
embarking on a noble program to strengthen moral values and
emphasizing the importance of solid Filipino family, paid tribute to
model police families as the highlight of the culmination of the
National Crime Prevention Week celebration.
“The search for PNP model
families intends to bringforth transformational leaders within the
organization and highlights the police’s capability as a leader and
community partner”, PCSupt Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO8 Regional Director
said. This is also made to build public confidence and support to the
police force and help induce positive changes in the environment by
serving as role models, he added.
This year’s regional winners
are PSupt Orlando Senedrin Gardiola, Jr. and family, assigned with
Eastern Samar Police Provincial Office for Family Category and SPO2
Solita Miralles Canites and family of Quinapondan Municipal Police
Station for Solo Parent Category. They were also adjudged as national
finalists and were presented by PCSupt Soria, DILG Regional Director
Pedro Noval, Jr and Napolcom Regional Director Nicomedez Jose during
the Culmination Program of the 18th National Crime Prevention Week
held last Friday morning at the PRO8 Matapat Hall.
First launched on September
1, 2009 during the NCPW Kickoff Ceremony, the Search for PNP Model
Families is being undertaken by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM)
in collaboration with the Department of the Interior and Local
Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP) and other member
agencies/organizations of the National Crime Prevention Week
Inter-agency Technical Working Committee.
The winners were selected
for being God-fearing, responsible and hardworking parents who are
providing for the needs of their families while at the same time
serving the force with utmost dedication despite their busy schedule.
The 2012 PNP Model Families
were divided into two categories to recognize not only those PNP
personnel with complete members of the family but also single police
parents who untiringly supported their family living with strong
family bond, righteousness and social responsiveness.
“The recognition not only
served as a vehicle in gaining support, cooperation, trust and
confidence of an empowered citizenry in the police, but also motivates
law enforcers to put more emphasis and value on the moral aspect of
the PNP Integrated Transformation Program.”, the Regional Director
On the tortuous passage and inaction over
the Marcos Victims’ Compensation Bill
victims to Noynoy: What’s keeping you from rendering justice?
September 7, 2012
QUEZON CITY –
Martial Law victims led by the Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa
Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) today challenged President Noynoy Aquino
to enact the Marcos Victims Compensation Bill into law as the nation
commemorates the 40th year of imposition of Martial Law this month.
“It should make for a
categorical pronouncement and decisive action to render the
long-overdue justice for victims of human rights violations during the
Marcos dictatorship,” said Bonfacio Ilagan, vice-chairperson of SELDA
and a Martial Law victim himself. Ilagan was arrested, tortured and
detained during Martial Law, while his sister, Rizalina, was among
those who were forcibly disappeared.
“We demand no less than
that, as it has become extremely disappointing that the son of Ninoy,
who fought Marcos’ martial law, continues to be remiss in expediting
the measure that would at least help victims of the dictatorship gain
some justice after all these years,” said Ilagan.
“What’s keeping you, Mr.
President? Is it the fear of the Marcoses, whose members are
well-positioned again in politics – with Bongbong as Senator, Imelda
as Congresswoman and Imee as Governor of Ilocos Norte – that has held
you back in pursuing justice for the victims of martial law? Or is it
because you have to keep them close to your heart as political allies,
to include such a Martial Law relic as Senate Pres. Juan Ponce Enrile?”
Ilagan added that “the
Marcoses are not only back in power, they continue to count and hold
in their possession wealth that was stolen by the former dictator from
In May this year, Imelda
Marcos ranked as the 2nd richest solon in Congress. In August, P36.55
million in her account at the Philippine Veteran’s Bank dwindled to
just more than a million pesos due to still-unexplained withdrawals.
Marcos crony Lucio Tan is US$23M richer, after the Singapore court
awarded back to the Philippine National Bank this part of the Marcos
ill-gotten wealth returned by the Swiss Government to the Philippines
“In his first two State of
the Nation addresses, Aquino declared the indemnification bill a
priority. But in his last SONA, he was completely silent about it.
Meanwhile, the Senate, led by Enrile, has not even taken it up in its
plenary sessions. SELDA is enraged that a long-overdue bill should
further be delayed, while the money that Marcos stole from the
Filipino people remains in the possession of his heirs, or else stolen
once more by corrupt government officials in whose custody it was
entrusted,” Ilagan decried.
SELDA is set to conduct
activities this September to push for the passage of the bill and
demand justice for all victims of human rights violations from Martial
Law up to the current Aquino administration.
receives livelihood assistance in Northern Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
September 7, 2012
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan,
Samar – Nineteen former NPA members operating in the
Municipalities of San Roque, Catubig, Catarman, Bobon and Pambujan all
of Northern Samar who surrendered through the efforts of Colonel
Rolando C. Malinao, Commander of the 803rd Infantry Brigade availed
the Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) during the conduct of the
Basic Business Management Skills Workshop along with Livelihood and
Distribution of Livelihood Assistance on September 5-6 2012 at PSWD
Office in Catarman, Northern Samar.
The activity was sponsored
by Hon. Paul Daza, Governor of Northern Samar province in coordination
with 803rd Infantry Brigade, 8ID, PA and Provincial Social Welfare
Development Office and other agencies of the government.
projects such as Carinderia, Buy and Sell Rice, Abaca and Copra
Trading, Rice Retailing, Hog and Swine Raising that amounted to
P440,100 were distributed to said former rebels to start life anew.
Also in attendance during the momentous event were Ms. Carmen H. Mejica,
RSW, MPA, PSWDO-PGDH, Ms. Ethel D.Tan DSWD Development Officer, Police
Superintendent Isaias B. Tonog, DSC, Mr Allan G Valeriano, Engr Romeo
M Cardenas, PPDO and other stakeholders of the region.
In his message, MGen Gerardo
T Layug, Commander of the 8th Infantry Division states that the 8ID
will continue its effort in assisting former rebels to go back to the
folds of the law and avails the government’s local social integration
“I further encourage those
NPA members to voluntarily submit themselves to the government and
help us in achieving true peace in the region” added Layug.
The Local Government of
Northern Samar passed an Ordinance 05 series of 2011, granting
monetary rewards to facilitators of voluntary surrender of any NPA
member last May 2011.
reaps more compliant LGUs in Samar, says DILG official
By PIA Samar / NBQ
September 6, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– The Full Disclosure Policy (FDP) Program of the Department of
Interior and Local Government (DILG) is reaping a host of local
government executives who are more careful and judicious in spending
This is more or less the
analysis of DILG Samar provincial director Marilyn Saboy in an
informal conversation with PIA before the start of the Samar
Provincial peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting yesterday.
“This is a learning
opportunity for LGUs, and when they do become compliant, the challenge
to sustain is there,” she added.
The lady official is all
praises for the LGUs of Marabut and Calbiga as the prime leaders who
“Some 12 LGUs are closely
following the Full Disclosure Policy trail,” she beamed.
Secretary Robredo was
focused on drumming up public support for the FDP, an instrument he
hoped would advance transparency and accountability in local
governance, the DILG chief said.
According to DILG, the FDP
requires LGUs to disclose in public places 12 key financial documents
that show how funds are spent.
The FDP is a requirement in
the conferment of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH), which is
awarded to LGUs every year. As of June 2012, 856 LGUs who have
qualified for the SGH have been granted P1.1 billion from the
Performance Challenge Fund-money that based on guidelines are spent
for the poorest of the poor.
SGH awardees are eligible to
receive an incentive fund ranging from P1M to P7M for their local
“Robredo wanted to
incentivize not to penalize,” said Saboy.
Secretary Robredo then said
that, “Only those LGUs with the Seal and who walk the ‘Daang Matuwid’
will be able to borrow money from banks to finance their local
In Eastern Visayas, DILG
reported that at least 118 LGUs may receive the SGH way up from the 35
LGUs granted the same award last year.
“And the number is
increasing in Samar,” noted Saboy.
RD Soria cites role
of barangays in anti-crime gains
By RPCRD, Police Regional
September 6, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The active support and participation of barangay leaders have greatly contributed in the campaign against all
forms of criminality in Eastern Visayas.
“The maintenance of peace
and order is not only the PNP’s concern but needs concerted effort
from all stakeholders, especially at the barangay level. We, at PRO8
expressed our gratitude for the support given to our policemen in the
field”, PCSupt Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO8 Regional Director said before
barangay leaders and anti-crime groups during the “Ugnayan sa Barangay”
jointly organized by Tacloban City Police Office and Tacloban City
Peace and Order Council held this morning at the Balyuan Convention
Center in Tacloban City.
Soria particularly cited the
activation of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs) and the
rationalization of “Pulis Nyo Po Sa Barangay” as major contributory
factor in the current manageable level of criminality situation in the
The BPATs conducted
community-based activities and information campaign in support of the
PNP’s anti-criminality effort, disaster management and control program
and other public safety concerns.
A total of 4,051 BPATs were
organized regionwide with 31,734 members serving as main operators of
barangay peacekeeping operations in their respective localities and
conducted 2,962 trainings with 1,276 PNP and 26,511 BPAT participants
from the start of this year to date, Soria informed.
Meanwhile, the whole region
has designated 100% Police Supervisors for the 4,390 barangays under
the “Pulis Nyo Po Sa Barangay” program. The police official however
stressed, that in some towns, the shortage of PNP personnel has
constrained police stations to cluster adjacent barangays in their
jurisdiction under one designated Police Supervisor.
The Regional Director also
allayed fears that with the onset of “ber” months, crime volume will
“On the contrary, based on
our records, there was a downtrend in the reported crime incidents
last year during the so-called “ber” months”, he averred. From 899
crime incidents in January 2011, total crime volume decreased
significantly to 540 incidents in September 2011, 409 for October, 428
for November and 398 for December which was the month with the lowest
crime volume, he added.
“We won’t let our guards
down even with the said trend last year. On the contrary, we will
continue to intensify our anti-crime efforts with your active support
and cooperation”, the top police official ended.
Mary still relevant
By Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
September 6, 2012
CEBU CITY – One week before the Catholic
celebration of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Cebuano
priest and a Marian devotee shared their insights and experiences on
the life and miracles of Mother Mary.
“Blessed Virgin Mary is the
sole instrument of God to redeem man. Through her, Jesus Christ was
born by the power of the Holy Spirit,” Msgr. Esteban Binghay said
during the September 1 episode of “Pagtuki”, the official radio
program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI).
Binghay added that through
Saints Joachim and Anne, Mother Mary’s parents, she received her
training to be the mother of the Messiah.
“Mary was a young Jewish
woman of Nazareth in Galilee. For all eternity, God chose the daughter
of Israel to be the mother of His Son. She was born in order to give
birth to the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who will redeem mankind. Before
contracting the original sin, Jesus bestowed on her the privilege of
the immaculate conception,” he said.
Binghay stressed out that in
modern times, it is difficult to have faith in a divine and
supernatural way. He said that people, especially the youth, should
emulate Mother Mary’s faith in God.
“Mary is the model of faith,
hope, and charity. She questioned God why she was chosen to be the
mother of His Son. Mary’s faith was the unique witness of Christ’s
reincarnation,” he said, pointing out that people should have purpose
in what they do.
He added that Mother Mary's
birth reminds the Christian community to celebrate through attending
Mass, going to confession, and doing good deeds, such as helping those
“Mother Mary is not just the
mother of Jesus Christ but the mother of all people. Her feast is the
beginning of the incarnation, passion and resurrection of Jesus
Christ. Her birth is the beginning of the birth of His Son who was
born to be crucified in the cross,” he disclosed.
Roel Sabelano, a devotee,
shared that through the miracle of Mother Mary to his family last May
of last year, her wife conceived a child.
“We consulted different
doctors and did what we can do for us to have a baby. We almost give
up. But my aunt advised to us to visit and pray to the Our Lady of
Simala. We did not ask for a baby. Instead, we prayed that whatever
happens, she will help us along the way,” he recalled.
Sabelano said that a month
after their visit, his wife miraculously conceived and that was the
start of their devotion to Mother Mary.
“Blessed Virgin Mary became
the center of our relationship. We became a God-oriented couple. To
those who have lost their faith on Mother Mary, you should pray every
day for she listens to your prayers,” he said.
The Christian community will
celebrate the nativity of Mother Mary this September 8.
Pagtuki” is aired over dyLA
every Saturday at 10 a.m.-11 a.m. The program, which is one of the
Knowledge Sharing & Advocacy capabilities of RAFI, tackles timely and
relevant issues affecting the Cebuano community.
For more information about
RAFI’s radio program please contact Fatrick Tabada at 418-7234 loc.
542, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.