Cerilo C Balaoro Jr, INF (GSC) PA, CO, 87IB with Ms. Tacal,
PSWDO, Samar and FR Jeffrey Labong while receiving cash
assistance worth P50,000 thru Local Social Integration Program (LSIP)
at PSWDO, Catbalogan City.
assistance given to FRs
By 87th Infantry Battalion,
September 14, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– The Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace Process (OPAPP)
in coordination with Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office
(PSWDO) and the AFP represented by 87IB had been working hand in hand
towards the implementation of the Local Social Integration Program (LSIP)
in Samar province.
Highlighting this joint
effort was the awarding of the livelihood assistance to four (4)
Former Rebels (FRs) last Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office in Catbalogan City.
The simple ceremony was
attended by Ms. Emy Bonifacio, OPAPP representative; Ms. Luz Tacal,
the PSWDO herself and LTC Cerilo C Balaoro Jr. INF (GSC) PA,
commanding officer of 87IB.
One of the FR namely Jeffrey
Labong surrendered to 87IB on March 13, 2012 thru the encouragement
and initiative of his father, Artemio Labong who earlier surrendered
to said Army unit. The elder Labong had already received initial
financial assistance worth P5,000 from OPAPP and another P20,000 given
earlier by the Municipality of Paranas, Samar during the MPOC meeting
on March 19, 2012.
The awarding of livelihood
package marked a milestone in the LSIP of Samar Province. Further,
this will serve as a good precedent for other insurgents to follow
suit and avail the integration program of the government.
conferred Galing Likha-Kalusugan Award for Mother Bles Birthing Clinic
Provincial Media Relations Center
September 14, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte Gov. Carlos Jericho Petilla recently received the Galing
Likha-Kalusugan (GLK) Award conferred by the Philippine Institute for
Development Studies (PIDS) for his innovative set up of Mother Bles
Birthing Clinics in the province as well as in other parts of the
country in partnership with Kakak Foundation.
The Galing Likha-Kalusugan (GLK)
Award is a distinction given to public and private organizations that
best exemplify the highest level of innovation in the country's health
The governor received the
award recently during a ceremony held at the Hotel Intercontinental in
Makati City from top health experts in the country led by Dr. Eduardo
Banzon, President and Chief Executive Officer of PhilHealth.
Mother Bles Birthing Clinics
(MBBC) are networks of PhilHealth accredited birthing health facility
started in Leyte Province. The program aims to provide poor pregnant
women with accessible and affordable maternal and infant health care
Ninety-five (95) percent of
clients of MBBC are PhilHealth indigent members, and the remaining 5
percent are either non-PhilHealth or paying clients. The business
model of Mother Bles Clinics harnesses the comparative advantages of
the following sectors through private-public partnership: KaKaK
Foundation Inc., private practicing midwives, municipal and provincial
This is the second time that
PIDS hosted such recognition rites in celebration of Filipino
ingenuity and inventiveness in the healthcare sector.
Together with the Mother
Bless Clinic program, also awarded were the Surveillance in Post
Extreme Emergencies and Disasters (SPEED) and PhilHealth Link.
PhilHealth LINK is a call
center for PHilHealth members, a collaborative enterprise supported by
provincial local government units who want to maximize reimbursement
from PhilHealth so that LGU health facilities can have a steady
revenue stream. This project was launched by PhilHealth Region VIII in
Galing Likha-Kalusugan pays
tribute to the best health market innovations in the Philippines, an
initiative started in 2010 to scour the entire country for creative
and fresh approaches to health service delivery as it stresses the
importance of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the provision of
accessible, efficient, cost-beneficial healthcare programs in the
PNP PRO-8 strictly
implements “One-strike Policy”
By RPCRD, Police Regional
September 14, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Police Regional Office 8 director PCSupt Elmer
Ragadio Soria once again reminded all Provincial / City Directors and
Chiefs of Police on the illegal gambling policy embodied in PRO-8
Letter of Instruction 03-2012 "Revised PNP Anti-Illegal Gambling
Special Operations Task Force (AIG-SOTF) WARAY" to pursue its thrust
to make Eastern Visayas an illegal gambling-free region.
“Be reminded on our stand
against all forms of illegal gambling in Region 8. There would be no
tolerance and I will not hesitate to implement the one-strike policy
to relieve those commanders found to be remised in our efforts to stop
the existence of illegal gambling”, Soria told Provincial Directors
and the Directorial Staff during a conference held recently.
There is no exemption as far
as the “one-strike policy” of the PNP is concerned in line with the
campaign against illegal gambling. It means that police officials
particularly the Regional Directors, Provincial Directors, City
Directors and Chiefs of Police, who fail to act against all forms of
criminal activities, including illegal drugs and street crimes, in
their respective areas of responsibilities will be immediately
relieved from their posts the result of an inquiry on their
The PNP has to enforce the
law without fear or favor and will double its efforts by concluding
sustained operations to apprehend suspected illegal gambling
collectors and financiers. The fight against illegal gambling will
only succeed through stronger partnerships with various stakeholders
including local officials, the members of the religious sector and the
Soria informed that PRO8
under his leadership has sustained its campaign against all types of
illegal gambling operations. For the period January 1 to August 31,
2012, PRO8 has conducted 488 operations on illegal gambling that
resulted in the apprehension of 538 persons, confiscation of
P128,026.75 worth of bet money and 305 cases filed in court.
"It is only fitting for
ground commanders to take our thrust seriously against illegal
gambling activities. This serves as a fair warning. And existence of
illegal gambling, particularly swertres in their respective localities
will be a ground for their relief and filing of administrative case
against them," Soria explained.
Moreover, Soria directed all
Provincial / City Directors to submit certifications stating that no
illegal gambling activities in any form exist in their respective
areas of responsibility. He also warned all PRO8 personnel to never
protect nor tolerate any illegal gambling activities in their areas in
exchange for money and other considerations. Likewise, he directed all
unit commanders to continue a forceful, aggressive and unrelenting
campaign against any and all forms of illegal gambling operations in
PRO 8 sustains LOI
By RPCRD, Police
Regional Office 8
September 14, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – On September 12, 2012 at around 3:35 in
the afternoon, PRO RD commands the elements of Sta. Fe Municipal
Police Station led by SPO2 Cyril Chu who arrested Alfredo Acebedo
Daban, 23 years old, single, farmer and a resident of Barangay
Victoria, Sta. Fe, Leyte on September 12, 2012 for the crime of
Frustrated and Attempted Murder docketed under Criminal Case Number
2011-05-283 and 2011-05-284 issued by Honorable Salvador Apurillo, RTC
Judge, Branch 8, Bulwagan ng Katarungan, Tacloban City with
recommended bail of P200,000 and P120,000 respectively.
Daban ranked number 10 in the list of Most Wanted Persons in Sta. Fe,
Leyte and is now detained thereat for proper disposition.
Meanwhile, on the same date,
Leonardo de la Cruz was arrested by Tacloban City Police led by SPO4
Eliseo Del Rosario III for the crime of Theft; Danilo Sabanal Catuday,
41 years old, married from Barangay Caglao-an, Dolores, Eastern Samar
was also arrested by Dolores Municipal Police led by SPO4 Emmanuel
Grata for violation of PD 705 (Revised Forestry Code of the
Philippines) with recommended bail of P40,000 issued by RTC Judge
Filotea Estorninos, Branch 4, Dolores, Eastern Samar.
Elements of Police Station
3, Ormoc City Police led by PCInsp Virgilio B Bayon-on also arrested
Eric Tano Birio, 28 years old, married and a resident of Barangay
Linao, Ormoc City for violation of RA 8294 (Illegal Possession of
Firearm) issued by MTCC Judge Joshua R. Palalay of Ormoc City.
On September 11, 2012, four
(4) wanted persons in the region were arrested. Burauen Municipal
Police led by PSInsp Allan T Novales arrested a certain Juin Acedillo
Jaro, of legal age and a resident of Barangay San Jose, Tacloban City
for the crime of Estafa and Salvador Delias Trinidad of Barangay
Central II, Palompon, Leyte for Violation of Section 5 of RA 7610
(Anti-child Abuse) both issued by Judge Yolanda U. Dagandan of RTC
Branch 15, Burauen, Leyte.
27 years old Evelyn Lurica
Bastasa was also nabbed by Hilongos Police Station led by SPO2 Mark
David Belmonte for the crime of Oral Defamation with recommended bail
At around 3:00 o’clock in
the afternoon at District 4, Babatngon, Leyte, Allan Bastida, and
Bernabe Hidalgo, 30 years old, single, both residents of said place
were arrested for violation of Sections 89 and 90 of RA 8550
(Philippine Fisheries Code) with recommended bail of P4,000 each
issued by Judge Romulo R. Casiber of Babatngon MTC.
According to PCSupt Elemer
Ragadio Soria, PRO8 continually adheres to the nationwide
implementation of LOI “Manhunt Charlie” – the PNP’s campaign against
wanted persons as part of the Ten- Point Action Plan of the PNP Chief
in accounting of wanted persons thru service of warrants.
The sustained build-up and
information networking between the PNP and community lead to the
immediate arrest of suspects with warrants of arrest, SORIA ended.
agricultural / fishery growth in years
By PIA Samar / NBQ
September 13, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– As the National Statistics Office (NSO) will soon be
conducting the Census on Agriculture and Fishery (CAF), it then bared
growth and decline of the sectors defined in ten years time.
During, Wednesday’s Provincial Consultative Forum on the conduct of
the CAF, it bared important data from the census records.
From the year 1991 the number of farms increased from 4.6 million
farms to 4.8 million farms in 2002, an increase of 4.3%, however, a
decline of 3.0% was noted in the average farm size from 2.2 hectares
Central Visayas accounted for the highest number of farms, with 430
thousand farms covering 522.4 thousand hectares. Bicol Region
meanwhile, had the biggest farm area with 892 thousand hectares.
In Eastern Visayas, records show that in 1991, it had 321,456 hectares
of farms and increased in 2002 to 330,750.
The 2002 CAF also maintained that palay and corn are still the top two
major temporary crops in the country, with palay accounting for 2.2
million farms with an area of 3.9 million hectares.
Corn, considered as the second major crop, has 1.5 million farms
covering some 2.4 million hectares.
As to major permanent crop, the coconut topped them all with some 53.9
percent devoted to coconut plantation accounting to 2.6 million farms
planted with some 320 million coco trees.
The coconut is followed closely by banana with 2.3 million farms
planted with 168.9 million bananas.
As to livestock, the number of hogs increased by 14.6 percent from
7.58 million heads in 1991 to 8.6 million heads in 2002. Carabaos also
increased from 2.7 M heads in 1991 to 2.8 M heads in 2002.
In poultry, a remarkable increase was observed, from 87.30 million
chickens in 1991 to 126.7 million chickens in 2002 or an increase of
As to the gender of farmers, more males with 88.2 percent were engaged
in agricultural operation than females.
In fisheries, the number of both municipal and commercial fishing
operators significantly increased, while the number of boats weighing
3 gross tons or less and rafts doubled.
Aquaculture also recorded a dramatic increase in the number of
operators from 27.3 thousand to 220.5 thousand or an eightfold
Finally, as to the number of household members involved in farming,
fishing and aquaculture, the CAF revealed that roughly 5.5 million
household members were engaged in agricultural activities, 4.95
thousand household members were engaged in commercial fishing, while
177.6 thousand household members were engaged in aqua-farming
These data will soon take a backseat as NSO will start another bout of
census on agriculture and fisheries in February 2013 using the data of
From martial law to Ninoy
Aquino: hamletting and forced evacuation remain
Law-style military operations drive away rural folks from their homes
September 13, 2012
QUEZON CITY – Karapatan today held a picket at the Times St. residence
of Noynoy Aquino to call the attention of the government on the
“Martial Law-style military operations especially in the rural areas
and on the plight of the evacuees such as those from the Bondoc
Peninsula in Quezon Province who left their homes because of these
Karapatan secretary general, Cristina Palabay said, “There are now
eight military battalions in Bondoc Peninsula, something that has
never happened before, even during the time of martial law.” Karapatan
has documented several cases of threats and harassment against
residents in the area, including those who are members of farmers’
The protest action coincided with the birthday of the late Ferdinand
Marcos, whose reign was marked by tyranny and terror that resulted to
countless human rights violations. “With evacuations going on in many
parts of the country such as in the Caraga region, in Bukidnon, and in
Bondoc Peninsula, we believe that the Marcos era never left us after
martial law. The essential elements of Marcos’ hamletting and forced
evacuation happened during Cory Aquino’s time and the succeeding
presidents after her; and it is still happening now,” Palabay added.
Quoting a study entitled IMPACT OF MILITARIZATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN
THE PHILIPPINES, a document that traced the human rights violations
during martial law, Palabay said that “reading through the text that
described the hamletting and forced evacuation during the martial law
years is like listening to the woes of the people in the rural areas
who are currently displaced because of military operations in rural
communities. Nothing changed.”
“*By sowing fear through threats and by manifest violence, residents
were made to feel that they had no other recourse but to evacuate and
seek refuge in other areas... Mass evacuations...were triggered by
harassment and intimidation of the residents by the military;
intensified military operations like bombings and strafings; clashes
between the guerrillas and government troops; and violent incidents
like massacres or 'salvagings'.*
Palabay added that, “it is also significant to note that as in the
martial law days, intense military operations are meant to drive
people away from their lands. It preceded the entry of transnational
corporations and agribusiness plantations or government projects such
as dams. These days, military operations are similarly linked with the
entry or expansion of mining operations by foreign big business as in
the case of the Caraga region, the dams in Bukidnon, transformation of
hacienda’s into agri-business in Bondoc Peninsula, and other projects
related to Aquino’s Public-Private Partnership.”
Karapatan said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines, through the
U.S.-guided Oplan Bayanihan, attempts to sow terror in the communities
that range from harassment and intimidation to strafing and bombings
“that are no different from the Marcos era.”
Karapatan called for the immediate pullout of the military troops from
the communities and an end to Oplan Bayanihan.
PRO8 arrests 4 drug
RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
September 13, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Four drug pushers were arrested by the PNP
Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) during separate anti-illegal drugs
operations in the region.
Police Regional Director
PCSupt Elmer Ragadio Soria informed that this aggressive police
operations were in compliance to the PNP’s Letter of Instruction
“Kontra Droga Charlie” issued recently.
“The directive sets forth
revisions in the PNP anti-illegal drugs strategy to further strengthen
our operational support mechanism to PDEA in the national anti-drug
campaign consistent with the intent of Executive Order No. 218”, SORIA
Said Executive Order which
was issued on June 18, 2003 aimed at strengthening the support
mechanism for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Soria informed that joint
elements of Maasin City Police Station led by SPO4 Rommel Roa,
PAIDSOTG and PDEA8 conducted buy-bust operation at Brgy Tunga-tunga,
Maasin City, Southern Leyte resulting in the apprehension of one Ronel
Biong Banalo alias Nel, 20 years old, single, jobless and a resident
of Brgy Ichon, Macrohon, Southern Leyte.
Confiscated from his
possession and control were three (3) pieces heat-sealed transparent
plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be
“shabu”, two (2) pieces unsealed transparent plastic sachet containing
suspected “shabu” residue, one (1) piece Five Hundred peso bill with
SN CO65816 buy-bust money, one (1) Nokia 1108 cellular phone, one (1)
Fifty Peso Bill, one (1) coin purse and one (1) Roble shipping lines
The conduct of inventory and
photograph of evidences were witnessed by Jani Arnaiz, media
representative, Brgy Capt. Rodrigo Panel Opanelo and Ms. Josephine A
Hatayna, DOJ Representative.
In Hilongos, Leyte, elements
of Hilongos Police Station led by PCInsp Virgilio Plaza arrested one
Wilson Fernandez, 37 years old, married, and a resident of Brgy. Owak,
Hilongos, Leyte during the implementation of Search Warrant No.
01-2012 for Violation to Section 5 & 11 of RA 9165 issued by Hon.
Ephrem S. Abando, Executive Judge of RTC, Br 18, Hilongos, Leyte which
resulted to the seizure from his possession and control of the
following: two (2) pieces small sachet of heat sealed transparent
cellophane containing white crystalline substance of suspected “shabu”;
three (3) pieces cut tin foil; two (2) pieces one hundred peso bills
with Serial numbers BN583144 and RC996530; one (1) piece lighter; one
(1) piece OPF syringe; one (1) piece of vial Liducaine HCL with
Epinephrine; and one (1) piece TM SIM card.
Said search was witnessed by
Brgy Kagawads Victor Lelis and Ariel Bautista of Brgy Owak, Hilongos,
Also, in Hilongos, same PNP
team nabbed one Jupiter Bryan Buenafe Y Gabisan, 35 years old,
married, and a residence at Brgy. Lamak, Hilongos, Leyte during the
implementation of Search Warrant No. 02-2012 for Violation of Section
5 & 11 of RA 9165 issued by Hon. Ephrem S. Abando, Executive Judge of
RTC Br 18, Hilongos, Leyte which resulted to the seizure from his
possession and control of the following: two (2) pieces small sachet
of heat sealed transparent cellophane containing white crystalline
substance of suspected “shabu”; seven (7) pieces assorted lighters;
one (1) pad tin foil; one (1) unit Nokia cellphone; four (4) pieces
one hundred peso bills with serial numbers CX034026, HZ670019,
LF476937, RC999258; and one (1) pc fifty peso bill with serial number
The search was witnessed by
Brgy. Kagawad Renante Casas and Chief Tanod Eduardo Zamora of Brgy
Lamak, Hilongos, Leyte.
Meanwhile in Catbalogan
City, Samar, buy-bust operations conducted by a police team from
Catbalogan City Police Station led by PSInsp Rex B Cantillep resulted
to the arrest of Sonny Boy Borja Y Japson, 37 years old, married,
jobless and a resident of Brgy. 12, Catbalogan City while selling
illegal drugs locally known as “Shabu" to a policeman who acted as
poseur buyer at the vicinity of Rizal Avenue, Brgy. 5, Catbalogan
City. The team further recovered from his possession and control (1)
five hundred peso bill bearing Serial Nr. ZQ641254 buy-bust money.
The police official averred
that drug charges were already filed in court against the suspects.
“The reinvigoration of the
campaign against illegal drugs is in response to the present emphasis
and demanding issues of drug law enforcement since the drug problem
will always remain as one of the primary concerns of PRO8”, the
Regional Director said.
Chiz backs a
department of fisheries
By Office of Senator Chiz
September 13, 2012
PASAY CITY – Senator Chiz
Escudero said he is supporting calls for the creation of a Department
“Every department should
have a field of expertise. Fishing is one of our main sources of
income that can compete with the exports of other countries. We should
focus on this instead of just focusing on imports,” Escudero said
during a recent visit to General Santos City for the 14th Tuna
The fisheries subsector
accounted for 18.81 percent of the country’s total agricultural
output. Production reached 5.15 million metric tons in 2010 valued at
The Soccsksargen Federation
of Fishing and Allied Industries Inc. in Southern Mindanao wants the
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources upgraded into a separate
BFAR is an agency under the
Department of Agriculture.
But Escudero said any move
to create a new department will have to wait since the Aquino
administration is undertaking a rationalization program to streamline
the government bureaucracy.
“The creation of a
Department of Fisheries is currently being pushed in Congress but the
current thrust of President Aquino’s administration is to minimize the
bureaucracy and red tape, and the only department the President has
agreed to be created is the Department of Housing,” Escudero said.
“We have been spending a lot
in various government agencies that sometimes do not really function
at all. Maybe after we have rationalized all government agencies,” he
The proposed bill for the
creation of a Department of Fisheries is still pending with the House
of Representatives, and the Senate has yet to tackle the issue. But
Escudero vowed to support the department’s creation if the proposed
measure reaches the Senate.
According to the DA’s Bureau
of Agricultural Statistics, the country’s fisheries subsector
continued to register a decline in production.
Downtrends in production
were observed for marine and inland fisheries as well as aquaculture.
Gross receipts for fisheries amounted to P117.4 billion at current
prices. This represented an increase of 3.07 percent from last year’s
At the same time, Escudero
reiterated his support for the country’s tuna industry.
“As chairman of the Senate
Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, the tuna industry is
one of our priorities. I want to make ensure that the country’s tuna
industry gets full support and at the same time ensure that production
is sustainable,” the senator said.
Tuna was the country’s top
fisheries export in 2010, earning P15.12 billion.
Escudero pledged continued
support for the tuna industry, as well as the fisheries subsector of
the country’s agricultural sector.
“My late father (Rep.
Salvador Escudero) was a former Agriculture secretary under two
presidents. Agriculture is near and dear to me,” the senator added.
IACAT nabs illegal
recruiters in Taguig – VP Binay
By OVP Media
September 12, 2012
Two female illegal recruiters also suspected to be involved in human
trafficking activities were collared by authorities during an
entrapment operation conducted by the Inter-Agency Council Against
Trafficking (IACAT), Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said Wednesday.
“We were able to verify with
the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Agency) that the two women
are not authorized to recruit workers for employment overseas,” the
Vice President said.
Binay, who is also the
Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Concerns, said
the IACAT conducted a surveillance operation after receiving a tip
from a reliable source that the two were conducting illegal
recruitment activities in Taguig.
“The operatives discovered
that not only were applicants being illegally recruited, but upon
arriving at their work destination, they were trafficked and made to
work as prostitutes,” he said.
“Three social workers of the
Visayan Forum Foundation (VFFI) presented themselves as poseur
applicants. Upon visit to the recruiters, they were told that they
will be working as waitresses in Palau and that a lot of other
applicants have been sent abroad and are now earning well,” Binay
In a joint affidavit
executed by the social workers, the three revealed that they were told
by the recruiters that those who had already been sent abroad to work
as waitresses earned a lot of money by sitting beside their customers
and drinking with them at their tables.
“(They) further elaborated
that we could earn more money if we go out with our customers,” the
three social workers said.
The rescued victims are now
in the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and
VFFI, while the arrested recruiters are currently detained at the
National Bureau of Investigation.
The anti-trafficking czar
said that to date, the IACAT has been able to secure convictions for
12 human-trafficking related cases this year, with 20 persons
“We now have a total of 47
human-trafficking related convictions since the start of President (Benigno)
Aquino’s term,” the Vice President said.
DOT calls for
entries to Icons of Greatness
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
September 11, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY –
Department of Tourism Region 8 Director Karina Rosa Tiopes called on
the youth of Eastern Visayas to participate in the recently launched
DOT’s Icons of Greatness, a program that seeks to involve the youth in
the search for heroes and appreciation of important events through
tour itinerary-making and poster-making competitions.
Director Tiopes informed
that the competition is open to all Filipino Youth ages 15 to 30 who
are residing in the Philippines. Submission of entries will be from
August 28 to October 31, 2012. Judging and awarding ceremony will be
in November of 2012, Director Tiopes added.
Organized by DOT in
partnership with the University of the Philippines Manila and the
National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Icons of Greatness
is a three-tiered program: it involves research, creativity, and tour
itinerary components. The project aims to enhance appreciation of the
inherent greatness of the Filipino people and give new meaning to old
places by re-contextualizing them in the life or event of an icon.
Entries for both tour
itinerary and poster must feature at least one of the icons of
greatness defined as significant people, places, and events in
Philippine history that have been translated and memorialized into
shrines, landmarks, heritage sites, and museums.
The icon must have any of
the following distinctions to his, her or its name: the Order of
National Artists, a National Shrine, the Order of National Scientists,
National Observance Day, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a National
Historical Site, National Monument, a National Historical Landmark,
Military Shrine, Order of Lakandula, Order of Sikatuna, Philippine
Legion of Honor, Order of Gabriela Silang, Gawad sa Manlilikha ng
Bayan, Gawad Mabini, Order of the Golden Heart, and Presidential Medal
Participants in Icons of
Greatness are encouraged to incorporate “It’s more fun in the
Philippines” into their work. The participant must remember, it’s not
a campaign; it’s the truth, Director Tiopes added.
Each contestant must present
a proof of his/her age by submitting a birth certificate and any of
the following IDs: valid student identification card (ID) with
photograph issued by the government (Driver’s License, Voter’s ID,
Postal ID, NBI). If in case the contestant has no valid ID, a barangay
certification should be presented stating the age of the contestant.
A person can only submit one
entry within the contest period. A completely filled-out contest
submission/participation form that can be downloaded from
www.iconsofgreatness.wix.com/tourism or requested from the Department
of Tourism, Rm. 417, 4th floor, DOT Building, T.M. Kalaw St., Manila.
Submission of entry should
be in hard (printed in bond paper with legal size 8.5” x 14”) and soft
(CD) copies together with the participation form and valid ID.
All entries shall be
considered as the intellectual property of the Department of Tourism.
By submitting an entry, participants consent to the use of their work
entry and personal information, including name, poster and itinerary,
without compensation in any publicity (promo collaterals) carried out
by the agencies, partners and sponsors.
All entries must include the
theme – Icons of Greatness – It’s More Fun in the Philippines.
All tour itineraries must
include the following information: brief description of places to
visit; Schedule and list of activities; Modes of transportation; Date
of departure and arrival; other free amenities, if any (e.g. free
breakfast, free museum entrance fee).
Submission must be presented
in a flyer/brochure form with the size of 8.5” x 11”. Each entry
should have a creative title (e.g. “Lakwatsa ni Batang Jose Rizal”).
Icons of Greatness is also
supported by the Presidential Communications Operations Office,
Philippine Information Agency, National Commission for Culture and the
Arts, National Youth Commission, Philippine travel industry
stakeholders, various educational institutions, and corporate