Joint assembly of RDC, REAL tackles convergence towards rapid, inclusive, sustained
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
September 11, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte –
The first joint assembly of the Region Eight Administrators League and
the Regional Development Council of Eastern Visayas is scheduled to be
held on September 25, 2012 at the Matapat Hall of the Police Regional
Office 8 in Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetic, Pawing, Palo, Leyte.
Department of Budget and
Management Region 8 Director and REAL president Imelda Laceras
informed that the Joint Assembly is a convergence of collaborating
agencies such as the Eastern Visayas Regional Development Council, the
Region Eight Administrators League, the Department of Science and
Technology and the Department of Tourism.
The last week of September
happens to be the Regional Development Council Week celebration with
the theme “RDC and Local Planners: Partners in Advocating Development
It is also on the last week
of September when the Science and Technology Week is celebrated with
the theme: “Science, Technology and Innovation: Working Together for
Growth and Development.”
Moreover, the National
Tourism Week and World Tourism Day is also commemorated every last
week of September.
Thus, it was decided that in
order to save on government’s resources and time, all of these
commemorations will be observed during the 3rd Quarter General
Assembly of REAL on September 27.
Expected to attend the Joint
Assembly are about 200 participants from the EVRDC executive
committee, REAL officers and members, concerned local government
units, Eastern Visayas Federation of Information and Communications
Technology, Eastern Visayas Chamber of Commerce and Industry Officers
and local Chamber presidents, and officers of the Association of
Tourism Officers of the Philippines, Eastern Visayas chapter.
The Convergence Assembly
hopes to strengthen strategic alliances in pursuit of the realization
of the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 goal of creating rapid,
inclusive and sustained socio-economic growth.
It also aims to increase
synergistic partnerships for the attainment of the Eastern Visayas
Regional Development Plan vision of making Eastern Visayas a tourism
haven and a leader in agri-business and ICT, where related activities
in agriculture, services and industry are cognizant of environmental
sustainability, and where men and women are secure, self-sufficient
and economically empowered.
Director Laceras called on
all invited participants to attend the first convergence assembly of
the RDC and REAL.
PRO8 captures 6
By RPCRD, Police Regional
September 11, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – After more than four years of hiding, six
murder suspects in Leyte were arrested by the Regional Special
Operations Group 8 (RSOG8) Thursday afternoon.
“This operation forms part
of the implementation of the directive from higher office in line with
the 10-point agenda of the Chief, PNP”, PCSupt Elmer Ragadio Soria,
Police Regional Director said. The Police Regional Office 8 had
intensified the LOI Manhunt: Charlie, the PNP’s campaign for the
arrest of wanted persons, he added.
Nabbed were Francisco
Cabahug alias Buntol, Cris and Narciso Tormis, all residents of Sitio
Canmanasa, Brgy. San Agustin, Palo, Leyte and Santiago, Antonio and
Ricky Adao, all residents of Brgy. Capirawan, Palo, Leyte.
The police regional director
said operatives of the RSOG8, Regional Public Safety Battalion 8
(RPSB8) and the local police collared the suspects in their hideouts
in Brgys. San Agustin and Capirawan, Palo town.
The arrests were conducted
on the strength of alias warrant for murder issued by Hon. Judge
Frisco T. Lilagan of RTC Branch 34, 8th Judicial Region, Bulwagan ng
Katarungan, Tacloban City docketed under Criminal Case No. 2008-01-34
with no recommended bailbond for their temporary liberty.
Soria added that the
arrested persons are wanted for the murder of one Juanito Guittierez
sometime in November 21, 2007. The incident started on a dispute over
a piece of land between the victim and the suspects. After the
perpetration of the crime, the suspects went into hiding. Arrested
suspects were detained at Palo Municipal Police Station for proper
Maintaining the dictum that
“more criminals behind bars and more policemen in patrol means much
safer streets,” Soria said accounting for wanted crime offenders
particularly those involved in heinous crimes will continue to be a
major thrust of his administration.
From January 1 to August 31
this year, 1644 offenders wanted by the law for involvement in various
criminal cases were rounded up by different line units of PRO8 in line
with its continuing operation to account wanted persons and thus fast
track the processes in the Criminal Justice System to achieve justice,
East Visayas hosts
2012 One Visayas S&T Fair
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
September 11, 2012
GOVERNMENT CENTER, Palo,
Leyte – The Department of Science and Technology in Eastern Visayas is
host of this year’s Visayas Cluster Science and Technology Fair on
September 24-28, 2012 at the Tacloban Convention Center.
DOST-8 Regional Director
Edgardo Esperancilla informed that the activity will be participated
in by the DOST Visayas Cluster composed of Western Visayas, Central
Visayas and Eastern Visayas.
This year’s theme, Director
Esperancilla said, is “Science and Technology and Innovation: Working
Together for Growth and Development.”
The Fair will showcase
products and services that transformed science into useful and value
adding innovations to meets the needs of Micro Small and Medium
Enterprises and other clients in the Visayas Regions and throughout
The DOST Director informed
that the activity aims to strengthen public and private partnerships
and create avenues for utilization of Science and Technology in
addressing pressing problems both locally and nationally as well.
One of the highlights of the
said activity is the technical sessions with different themes per day.
On September 24, the theme
is “Putting Science into Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: Doing
the Best for the Worst.” A technical session will be conducted at 2:00
0’clock to 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon with the topics, PHIVOLCS and
Risk Management and Project NOAH.
“Science, Technology and
Innovation (STI) in Food” is the theme for September 25. The Technical
Session will be from 9:00 o’clock in the morning to 5:00 o’clock in
the afternoon. The topics are STI for Increasing Food Shelf Life and
Quality (Packaging for Food Products, Water Retort, Immersion Freezer
and Vacuum Packaging Machine); Food Innovation and Technologies to
Address Malnutrition; Clean Production for Food Processing Industry;
and Food Safety: How Safe Is Your Food.
For September 26, with the
theme “Investing on Green Technologies,” the topics for the 9:00 in
the morning to 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon, are Urban Gardening:
Hydroponics, Vertical and Wall Gardens; Farmer-Scientists Program and
S&T-Based Organic Farming; Natural Dyes; and Philippine Land Fill Gas
Finally on September 28, the
theme will be “Putting Science, Technology and Innovation Together in
Improving Your Business.” The topics for the 9:00 o’clock to 11
o’clock in the morning technical sessions are DOST’s Small Enterprises
Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) and Venture Financing: the TAPI
Due to limited slots in the
technical sessions, Director Esperancilla called on the national
agencies in the Region to confirm their attendance on or before
PIA cites DPWH 8
chief for prompt action on the LMWD request
By LEONILO LOPIDO, PIA 8
September 10, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY –
The Philippine Information Agency Director in Eastern Visayas lauded
the Department of Public Works and Highways Region 8 Director for his
prompt action on the issue of the water expansion project in Tacloban
Director Olive Pecson Tiu,
in a radio interview, said that during the weekly Harampang Ha PIA on
September 6, Director Rolando Asis told the local media that he will
act on the request of LMWD for exemption on the Department Order No.
which calls for putting up of pipes at least nine meters from the
center line of the National Road, upon receipt of said letter from
Director Tiu, later found
out that the LMWD has already earlier submitted such letter to a
personnel of DPWH Region 8.
The PIA director then called
up the DPWH Regional office and was told that indeed the letter was
received by said personnel but he has not yet given the letter to
PIA was given the assurance
that said personnel will discuss the request with Director Asis that
day, Friday, September 7.
True enough, on September 7,
Director Asis issued a Memorandum to District Engineer Arnaldo
Bonifacio of the DPWH Sub Engineering District in Tacloban City, copy
furnished the General Manager of LMWD Engr. Nestor Villasin, advising
Engr. Bonifacio to allow the LMWD to continue or to resume the pipe
installation in Tacloban City.
In his September 7 memo,
Director Asis ordered DE Bonifacio to allow LMWD to continue with the
pipeline installation in areas where there are no illegal settlers,
violators and encroachers of the Road Right of Way as provided for in
Section 13 of Presidential Decree No. 17.
Asis added that it should be
taken into consideration that the pipe installations shall be
maintained at 9.0 meters from the center line of the National Road.
The same memo provided that
a deviation on the pipe laying may be made if and when the removal of
the illegal structures or obstruction yet cannot be done at this point
of time for justifiable reasons.
Several local media
practitioners extolled the role PIA played in the early resolution of
Had the PIA stopped after
being told by DPWH that it has yet to receive the request, then both
parties would still be waiting for the action of the other, without
knowing where the bottleneck was.
However, Director Tiu said
that it only did its mandate to help bring out the truth and to
provide the people adequate information about certain issues.
New military commanders
installed in Samar and Leyte provinces
DPAO, 8ID PA
September 9, 2012
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers)
Division, Philippine Army has installed two (2) new commanders in
Leyte and Samar provinces on September 3 and 4, 2012 respectively.
The Change of Command Ceremony was held at Headquarters 78th Infantry
Battalion stationed in Brgy. Abuyugon, Burauen, Leyte and at
Headquarters 43rd Infantry Battalion stationed in Brgy. Erenas, San
Jorge, Samar wherein Major General Gerardo T Layug, Commander of 8th
Infantry Division was the presiding officer and guest of honor.
LTC Adonis R. Bajao replaced LTC Nolasco A. Mempin as the new
battalion commander of 78th Infantry Battalion while LTC Glenn June C.
Calambuhay replaced LTC Angel I. Madarang as the new battalion
commander of 43rd Infantry Battalion. The outgoing commanders will
assume posts at the division headquarters within the week.
Hon. Fe Sudario Renomeron, Municipal Mayor of Burauen, Leyte was one
of the special guests during the change of command ceremony at 78th IB
in Burauen, Leyte, while Hon. Ronaldo P Aquino, Mayor of Calbayog
City; Hon. Melissa Dela Cruz, Mayor of Matuguinao, Samar; Hon.
Charlito Corńejos, Board Member; Hon Marcelina D Yu, Vice-Mayor of San
Jorge, Samar were the special guests during the change of command
ceremony at 43rd IB in San Jorge, Samar.
MGen. Layug states that the change of command of the Battalions in the
region is part of the time-honored tradition in the military that
connotes not only the smooth transition of leadership but also the
passing of responsibility from outgoing to incoming commanders.
“The event is also an opportunity for every unit to renew its
commitment to serve the people and inspire them to continue the
untiring performance in winning the peace in the region,” added Layug.
San Juanico Bridge
remains safe despite sustaining minor cracks from Aug 31 quake
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
September 9, 2012
GOVERNMENT CENTER, Palo,
Leyte – The San Juanico Bridge which connects Leyte and
Samar provinces remains to be safe despite sustaining shallow cracks
on some of its piers, Department of Public Works and Highways Region 8
Director Rolando Asis informed.
The damage sustained by the
San Juanico Bridge is minor and must not cause any alarm on the
commuting public, Director Asis told the local media during the
Harampang at PIA held at the PIA Regional Office here, recently.
“Our motorists have nothing
to worry about. The bridge is okay and remains passable,” Director
Director Asis disclosed that
he has already created a team that will thoroughly look into the piers
or columns of the bridge so these could be fixed immediately
considering its importance in the transportation system not only in
the region but in the entire country.
“We have noticed some cracks
at the three piers or columns of the San Juanico Bridge which could be
due to the earthquake. But these damages are not alarming as these
could be fixed immediately,” Director Asis said.
A DPWH team conducted a
rapid assessment on the San Juanico Bridge the day following the
earthquake and the team reported that no damage to the structure was
Based on the DPWH
inspection, pier 5, 33 and 34 sustained “minor cracks” which could be
the result of the earthquake. Pier 5 is located at the Leyte side
while piers 33 and 34 are located at the Samar side, Director Asis
It may be recalled that the
entire region and some parts of the Visayas and Mindanao was jolted by
a strong 7.6 magnitude earthquake last August 31 which also caused
minor damages to various public infrastructures in Eastern Visayas.
San Juanico Bridge which is
a major landmark in the Region, spans 2.1 kilometers, has more than 50
piers and is considered to be a vital installation in the region.
The bridge, located along
San Juanico Strait, was constructed at a cost of more than $12 million
in 1969 and was finished in 1973.
photo of seventeen (17) former rebels with Lt. Col. Cabansay,
Ms. Malate and Ms. Mangalao at 19IB’s Sandiwa Hall after the
three day livelihood training.
undergo livelihood skills training at 19IB
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
September 8, 2012
– A three-day livelihood skills training was conducted by the
Leyte Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office to seventeen
(17) former rebels at Headquarters 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion
from September 3-5, 2012.
For three days in 19IB, the
former rebels were lectured about agriculture, particularly animal
husbandry and farming methods. Values development was also highlighted
during the activity.
Mrs. Gwyndalynn Malate,
focal person for the Former Rebel Program (FRP) said that the training
was a pre-requisite before the former rebels can receive the
livelihood financial assistance amounting to P50,000 each from the
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
“The Provincial Government
is so concerned about the needs of former rebels. In fact, Gov. Carlos
Jericho Petilla is pushing the implementation of the Comprehensive
Local Integration Program (CLIP) in order to uplift their lives,”
Malate stressed in an interview.
On August 23 this year,
Provincial Government of Leyte released the Basic Immediate Assistance
(BIA) amounting to P10,000 to each former rebel.
Malate further disclosed
that they will be forwarding the pertinent documents of the
beneficiaries to OPAPP for immediate release of funds. Exact date on
the release of aforesaid funds cannot be determined as of this time.
In his message during the
closing ceremony of the three-day training, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Cabansay,
Executive Officer of 19IB hoped that the efforts of government would
encourage the remnants of NPA rebels in Leyte to surrender and return
to the main stream of the society.
Likewise, Lt. Col. Joel
Alejandro Nacnac, commanding officer of 19IB lauded the support of the
Provincial Government of Leyte in its sincere implementation of the
Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP).
gives back to Bohol clients
By Ramon Aboitiz Foundation
September 8, 2012
CEBU CITY –
“Power is in the business that improves lives, including that of all
the people in the Philippines, but success will not be acquired
overnight but needs constant diligence,” Ma. Theresa G. Catipay,
executive director of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI)
Micro-finance, said in her message during the second general assembly
of Bohol Area on August 18 at the Bohol Wisdom School Gymnasium,
Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
With the theme, “Kakugi,
Binhi sa Kaugmaon”, the event drew 1,081 women micro-entrepreneurs
from Tagbilaran, Talibon, Tubigon, and Ubay branch of operations. The
nanays actively participated in the various activities.
Top performing clients in
various categories such as the Most Outstanding Client, Most
Outstanding Chairwoman, Most Improved Group and Client, and
Conscientious Saver were recognized and were given cash prizes. The
group with the most artistic banner was also awarded.
The Most Outstanding Client
award was given to Claudia C. Celis from Inabanga, Bohol.
The general assembly is
conducted once every three years in the area to honor RAFI
Micro-finance clients who remained loyal to the program for five years
or more and to acknowledge model women micro-entrepreneurs.
“No dreams will ever come
true unless you wake up and realize them,” Most Outstanding Client
from Leyte Zenaida Nuńez, who was gave an inspirational message during
the event, said.
Nuńez mentioned knowledge,
skills, and attitude as keys to success.
“If you are not skilled in
hairstyling and rebonding, do not venture into opening a beauty salon,
but instead think of the skills you have and apply it to your
business,” she advised fellow clients.
In partnership with Pilmico,
the participants were given training on hog raising. The Department of
Agriculture (DA) Bohol Experiment Station also shared their expertise
in cassava food processing.
Nanays also showcased
their talents, and some of their products were displayed in a trade
Children who were around
during the event were given art kits through RAFI's Dolores Aboitiz
Children’s Fund (DACF).
pre-determined women clients and their children received free medical
consultations, and initial dosage of medicines and vitamins. Cervical
screening was also conducted to the beneficiaries of the medical
mission in collaboration with RAFI's Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center
(EJACC) and volunteer doctors and nurses from Cebu and Bohol.
Micro-finance is a program
under the Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship focus area of RAFI,
providing financial resources and know-how to women
micro-entrepreneurs to nurture financial independence and
entrepreneurship. Other focus areas of RAFI are Integrated
Development, Culture & Heritage, Leadership & Citizenship, and
For more information on RAFI
Micro-finance, please contact 418-7234 loc. 707 and look for Val
Gatchalian, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.