Army troops join
Peace Workshop for Women in Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
September 26, 2012
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City
– The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army
participated in the two-day seminar workshop on women, peace and
security at Caluwayan Palm Beach Resort, Brgy Caluwayan, Marabut,
Samar last September 24-25, 2012.
The event was organized by
the Women engaged in Action (We Act) 1325, a coalition of women
organizations and civil society groups working on women, peace and
security issues in the country together with the local partner
Katungod han Samareña Foundation (KSFI) in partnership with the Office
of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP).
The workshop also focused on
the implementation and localization of Philippine National Action Plan
on United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1325 and 1820
to three conflict affected municipalities (San Jose De Buan, San Jorge
and Matuguinao) of Samar Province.
Ms Jasmine Nario-Galace, We
Act 1325 National Coordinator and the over-all facilitator discussed
the importance of the localization of the National Action Plan on
Women, Peace and Security. The plan must be based on the USNCR 1325 in
which it addresses the disproportionate and unique impact of armed
conflict on women; it recognizes the under-valued and under-utilized
contributions women make to conflict prevention, peacekeeping,
conflict resolution and peace-building; and it also stresses on the
importance of women’s equal and full participation as active agents in
peace and security as mentioned in Ms Galace’s presentation.
Director Aileen Jose, OPPAP
Luzon-Visayas Coordinator together with Cpt Gene Orense, PIO, 8ID, PA
briefed the participants about the current Peace and Security
Situation and latest PAMANA projects and programs in Samar Island
Provinces and the Context of Samar Conflict and World Development
Interested and significant
topics related to women, peace and security were also discussed during
the two-day event which included the International and National
Mechanisms on Womens Human Rights; The Gender Dimension of Peace and
Conflict; Integrating the Philippine National Action Plan on 1325 in
the work of the Sangunian Bayan; Legislating National Action Plan on
UNSCR 1325; and the Local Development Planning Cycle.
At the end of the seminar
workshop, the participants were able to capacitate on the issues and
concerns related to women, peace and security; Identified the priority
programs, projects and activities (PPAs) related to women, peace and
security for inclusion in the LGU participants’ 2013 Annual Investment
Plan and Gender and Development (GAD) plan; and drafted a local
resolution/ legislation adopting the identified PPAs.
againts PAGs gains headway, arrests 2 leaders
By RPCRD, Police Regional
September 25, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The crackdown of the
Philippine National Police in Eastern Visayas against Partisan Armed
Groups (PAGS) is gaining grounds more than 7 months before the
mid-term elections next year.
Police Regional Office 8
Director PCSupt Elmer Ragadio Soria said that the relentless efforts
of his office to dismantle the PAGS in the region had made headway
with the arrest of two other PAG members operating in Samar recently.
“The credibility of
elections is threatened because these PAGs are used by the politicians
to intimidate, harass and coerce voters as they sow terror in
communities by terrorizing people, thus, an intensified police actions
against them months before the elections is being undertaken by this
office’, Soria said.
The top police official
disclosed that his men even conducted operations in Metro Manila and
nearby provinces resulting in the arrests of two leaders maintained by
an influential politician in Samar.
“All partisan armed group
members with arrest warrants should be arrested and placed behind bars
while the firearms they are carrying should be accounted for,” he
The Regional Director said
that in the early morning of September 23, at Sitio Quarry, Brgy.
Sapang Palay, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, elements of Special Task
Group against PAGs led by PCInsp Marben M Ordonia, Chief, Provincial
Intelligence Branch of Samar PPO and PInsp Fritz B Blanco, Chief of
Police of Gandara Municipal Police Station arrested one Nicanor
Moloboco alias Nick-Nick, an escapee from Samar Sub-Provincial Jail,
Calbayog City, Samar, leader of Moloboco PAG by virtue of an arrest
warrant for the crimes of Murder docketed under Criminal Case Nos.
11-0495; 05-0277; 11-0521; 10-0494; 05-0297 and Robbery in Band
docketed under Criminal Case No. 0087 issued by Hon. Judge Feliciano G
Aguilar of RTC Branch 41, Gandara, Samar.
Moloboco is ranked Number 1
in the list of Most Wanted Persons in Samar Province with approved
DILG Monetary Reward of One Hundred Forty Pesos (P140,000.00).
Relatedly, at about 6:00 PM
of September 22, at Victory Mall, Caloocan City, same PNP team
arrested one Rely Cabogoy alias Nonoy Nguyit, member of Moloboco PAG
by virtue of Warrant of Arrest for the crime of Murder docketed under
Criminal Case No. 11-0495 issued by Hon. Judge Feliciano G Aguilar of
RTC Branch 41, Gandara, Samar. Said person is ranked Number 2 in the
list of Most Wanted Persons in Gandara, Samar.
The Regional Director
further disclosed that he directed his intelligence operatives to
intensify information gathering on any planned activities by PAGs in
order to neutralize the two remaining groups operating in Samar,
adding that his office is trying its best to dismantle these two PAGs
the soonest possible time considering that elections is getting
"Our effort to dismantle
PAGs is a necessary stop to end election violence in the region,”
Soria said, adding that President Benigno Aquino III himself has
issued marching orders to the Philippine National Police to dismantle
private armies with only 7 months left before the May 13, 2013 polls.
Soria further averred that
PRO8 will continue to implement preemptive police operations to
neutralize the remaining PAGs through the conduct of checkpoints;
strengthening of linkages with AFP counterparts; deployment of
personnel to areas with previous election-related violent incidents,
police intervention against loose firearms and case profiling.
September 25, 2012
Transgender and gay members of an activist group are wary that the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 signed this month by President
Benigno Aquino III will unleash a massive wave of extortion,
harassment, and sufferings in the hands of law enforcement and
The Progressive Organization
of Gays (ProGay) said that Republic Act 10175 (http://www.gov.ph/2012/09/12/republic-act-no-10175/)
contains vague provisions that can criminalize a wide array of shared
electronic activity between consenting lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) adults, and also invade their personal privacy.
Particularly worrying to
LGBTs is the definition of Cybersex crime, which could fetch six to
ten years of jail time or a fine of up to half a million pesos (USD
11,950). "The willful engagement, maintenance, control, or operation,
directly or indirectly, of any lascivious exhibition of sexual organs
or sexual activity, with the aid of a computer system, for favor or
"There are many transgenders
who are forced by poverty into baring their bodies before a webcam
just to feed their families and send their siblings to school, and
they are unwilling victims of trafficking by profiteers. This law can
potentially double the victimization of poor trans and gay persons
because the terms 'willful' and 'favor and consideration' are so vague.
The law can deem trafficked persons consented to work for pay,"
explained Clyde Pumihic, secretary general of ProGay Baguio.
Pumihic added that for
almost a century, transgender and gay Filipinos engaged in sex were
targetted by police who used the recently abolished Anti-Vagrancy
provision of the Revised Penal Code in the streets and bars. "But now,
they have this PNP and NBI fielding the Office of Cybercrime agents
who will stalk LGBTs by the thousands without even having to prowl on
patrol cars, they just have to use a keyboard to down LGBTs. It's like
having the Vagrancy Law on Internet."
Pumihic also warned that the
Cybercrime law can also be used by thugs, syndicates, and other
private violent groups in entrapping and blackmailing innocent LGBTs
who are simply surfing online for dates or fleeting acts of exposure.
"Instead of protecting us
from the real cybercriminals, this law is indeed unwittingly turning
us into cybercriminals!"
The group also foresees
increase risk for HIV and STD transmission if online sex is
criminalized. "Consenting online sex using just shared images and
words in real time are a safer alternative to meeting strangers who
may use force to commit unsafe sex or life-threatening violent
behavior. This law clearly can contribute to deaths by hate crimes or
illnesses if online sex is penalized."
The ProGay leader appealed
to the Supreme Court to declare the law unconstitutional because of
its invasive threats against the private lives of LGBTs. The group
also called on Aquino to instead work to pass the Antidiscrimination
Law in Congress and provide decent jobs with living wages to save
trans and gay persons from the clutches of cyberprostitution.
Col. Nacnac with fellow Rotarians during the blood letting
activity at Brgy. Aguting, Kananga, Leyte on 22 September 2012.
19IB’s 39th anniversary blood letting activity
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
September 25, 2012
KANANGA, Leyte –
A total of 24,750 cc or 55 bags of blood were collected by the
Philippine Red Cross-Ormoc City Chapter from soldiers and civilians
who participated the blood letting activity of the 19th Infantry
(Commando) Battalion in Brgy. Aguiting, Kananga, Leyte.
This was confirmed by Lt.
Col. Joel Alejandro Nacnac, commanding officer of 19IB when the
activity was completed about 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012.
Lt. Col. Nacnac earlier
announced that the blood letting was launched as a kick-off program in
connection with the unit’s 39th Founding Anniversary on November 1.
Hence, he expressed his gratitude to the Rotary Club of Ormoc City
headed by Mr. Wesley Chu and the various stakeholders from the
municipality of Kananga and Ormoc City who responded 19IB’s
“We believe that we can save
lives by sharing our blood to those who need it. That is why I am
indebted to the donors who made this activity possible.” Lt. Col.
participated the blood letting activity were the members of the Rotary
Club of Ormoc, security personnels of Energy Development Corporation,
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, Kahugpungan sa
Mag-uumang Ormocanon, Ormoc City Police Office and Commando Leyte.
Lt. Col. Nacnac was
previously informed by the Philippine Red Cross that the demand for
blood in Ormoc City and its nearby towns is at 450 to 500 bags per
month. For this reason, Lt. Col Nacnac encouraged his troops to
support the humanitarian cause of the Philippine Red Cross and donate
blood at least twice a year.
expanded pensions for retired gov’t workers
By Office of Senator Chiz
September 25, 2012
PASAY CITY – Senator Chiz
Escudero is pushing for a bill granting monthly pensions to retired
government workers upon reaching the age of 70.
Escudero said government
pensioners are provided gratuity under Republic Act 1616. But the law,
which was enacted in 1957, can no longer sufficiently provide for the
needs of the government retirees five years after the retirement age
of 65, he said.
The senator filed Senate
Bill 2106, titled “An Act to Grant Monthly Pension to Government
Retirees under RA 161 Who Have Reached the Age of Seventy Years.”
“The proposal recognizes
that majority of this class of retirees has been living in abject
poverty, and many of them have to depend on dole-outs from close
relatives and friends. Aged government personnel who retired need
monthly pension because at their late age their opportunities of
earning are already almost nil,” Escudero said.
“The lump sum they have
received from RA 1616 was greatly eroded by the economic slump and
high cost of living. Their economic difficulties were aggravated when
the country suffered from devastating effects of natural calamities,”
Under RA 1616, the gratuity
is payable by the last employer. The employee is also entitled to a
refund of his retirement premiums he paid to the GSIS, personal share
with interest and government share without interest.
The requirements to qualify
are: 1) the retirees must be in government service on or before May
31, 1977; 2) has rendered at least 20 years of service regardless of
age and employment status; and 3) his/her last three years of service
prior to retirement must be continuous, except in cases of death,
disability, abolition or phase out of position due to reorganization.
Escudero’s bill is included
among the 19 consolidated bills in the Senate through SB 2854 under
Committee Report No. 41 by the Government Corporations and Public
Enterprises Committee in the Senate on May 31, 2011.
The consolidated bill is
currently in the period of interpellation.
Two other bills of Escudero
were consolidated in SB 2454. These are SB 2090, which pushes for the
establishment of an education trust fund for the grantees of GSIS and
SSS members, and SB 2093, which seeks to provide both teaching and
non-teaching personnel of the education sector more representation in
the GSIS policy-making body with the inclusion of the Department of
PSSLAI donation to
boost PRO8 capability, mobility
By RPCRD, Police Regional
September 24, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Efforts by the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8)
to further minimize the number of crimes committed in the streets of
downtown Tacloban City and neighboring towns have been boosted with
the turnover today of 20 units mountain bikes and 10 units handheld
radios for use in its anti-crime operations.
PCSupt Elmer Ragadio Soria,
PRO8 Regional Director, disclosed that the newly-donated equipments
were meant to advance police capability against crimes being committed
on streets and enhanced police visibility especially with the
forthcoming celebration of the Leyte Gulf Landing on October 20.
“Using bicycles is an
effective crime-fighting tool because of its maneuverability on
crowded sidewalks and its ability to navigate narrow driveways over
cars and similar vehicles. On the other hand, handheld radio provides
operatives with an instant communication resulting in a quicker
response time”, the Regional Director disclosed.
He said that the mountain
bikes, a donation by the Public Safety Savings and Loan Association
Inc. or (PSSLAI), will be utilized to patrol city streets, highways,
nearby schools, financial and commercial centers in Tacloban City and
the Mac Arthur Landing Memorial National Park in Palo, Leyte.
“Aside from city streets,
the policemen who will be assigned to use these bikes will also be
deployed to guard nearby schools and highways to help prevent crimes
from taking place,” he added.
In line with the
Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection (TOP COP)
program, Soria also recognizes the uniqueness of police bike patrol
for the protection and safety of tourists as well as securing tourist
destinations in the region, moreso with the forthcoming Leyte Gulf
Landing celebration which is expected to boost tourist arrival in
“We expect an increased
tourists arrival in the region next month so this is a part of our
stepped up effort to ensure the protection of local and foreign
travelers and to help sell the DOT slogan “It’s more fun in the
Philippines.”, the police official averred.
The formal turn-over of the
20 units of mountain bikes and 10 units Kenwood VHF Handheld Radios
was held during the Monday Flag Raising Ceremony at the PRO8 Matapat
Hall with PSSLAI President and Chief Executive Officer Retired Police
Director Ernesto V. Belen. It was then followed by the blessing of
said equipment by the Regional Chaplain PCInsp Rev. Fr. Apolinario
The PSSLAI is a non-stock,
non-profit savings and loan association for the PNP that began its
operations on July 1, 2003, and whose main objective is to provide PNP
uniformed and non-uniformed personnel investment opportunities and
immediate access to funds and help them cope with rising needs of
daily living. The donation is part of the association’s corporate
youth enterprise support program in Samar
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
September 23, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY –
Fully convinced of the significant contribution of the Youth
Enterprise Support program to lessen the percentage of the unemployed,
Chief Labor and Employment Officer and head of the DOLE Samar Field
Office Fe A. Estrella recently, conducted two YES orientation
activities to the students and administrators of two Samar
The first orientation was
conducted at the Samar State University in Catbalogan City on
September 12 and the Northwest Samar State University in Calbayog City
on September 13.
DOLE SFO Estrella said that
her office has been trying to penetrate all the schools in the
Province of Samar. She said her office is in the right track
considering the favorable response from the school administrators of
the two schools.
Labor Communications Officer
Virgilio Doroja, Jr. informed that the two schools are currently
preparing for their accreditation as DOLE partners in the
implementation of the YES program.
Meanwhile, NWSSU President
Dr. Socorro Orbeta-Bohol and SSU Dean of the College of Industrial
Technology Dr. Alex Cardoso both agreed that the Orientation was very
timely considering that by the second semester the students will be
having their on-the-job training where they have the option to venture
into entrepreneurship undertaking related to their course of study.
DOLE through its YES program
will be of great help to start up the students’ project, the two
school administrators said.
The program, Mr. Doroja
said, which is intended for graduates and graduating college students
envisions these young would-be-members of the labor force as
productive, resourceful and self-resilient entrepreneurs.
The YES program provides
capability building and capital assistance to deserving YES buddies.
Deserving YES buddies are those whose business plan has passed the
evaluation criteria of the DOLE Regional Office.
The seed capital for the YES
business undertaking can be initially sourced from other funds
intended for the rationalized DOLE livelihood program, which also
covers young workers.
In the engagement of their
production or service workers for the business enterprise, the YES
Buddies shall, as much as possible, prioritize the underemployed and
unemployed members of DOLE-registered working youth organizations.
partnership in Region 8
By DPAO, 8ID PA
September 22, 2012
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City, Samar – The Police Regional Office 8 and the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers)
Division, Philippine Army strengthened their partnership as both
groups participated in the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating
Council (JPSCC) Meeting held last September 20, 2012 at Matapat Hall,
Headquarters PRO8, Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte.
The RJPSCC meeting was orchestrated by the JPSCC (National Level)
chaired by BGen Roberto T Almadin AFP and was participated by Senior
Officers from General Headquarters Armed Forces of the Philippines;
Senior Field Commanders from 8th Infantry Division headed by MGen
Gerardo T Layug AFP, Commander, 8ID and Senior Police Officers from
DIPO-Visayas and Police Regional Office 8 headed by PCSupt Elmer R
Soria, CEO VI, Regional Director, PRO 8.
Significant topics were discussed during the meeting which included
the presentation of best practices of the AFP-PNP JPSCC Cooperation in
Region 8 and the filing of cases against insurgents/New People’s Army
(NPA) and other threat groups in Region 8, particularly, the cases
which do not prosper in the courts.
In his message, MGen Gerardo T Layug said “the recent joint operations
between the PNP and 8ID in Eastern Visayas gain headway” and “noted
that from January 2012 to present, not a single Human Rights case has
been filed against the PNP and the 8ID in the region which only proves
that the military and police in joint operations strictly follow,
observe and adhere to the provisions of Human Rights, International
Humanitarian Law, Rule of Law and the rules of engagement.”
“We also recognize the strong support and collaboration of the Local
Chief Executives in all ‘Bayanihan’ activities conducted by 8ID and
PRO8 in the region which have contributed to the over-all success of
the police and military operations” added Layug.
According to the statement by PCSupt Ricardo Cornejo Marquez, JPSCC
Co-chair, “the AFP and PNP will remain strong partners in Internal
Peace and Security Operations and Anti-Criminality Operations, in
which the AFP will be the lead agency in the conduct of IPSO while the
PNP will be the primary agency in all Anti-criminality Operations”.
“The joint operations between the AFP and the PNP will further be
replicated down to the provincial and the municipal/city level so as
to maximize the impact on the community” added Marquez.
Aside from the police and military operations, the AFP-PNP will also
perform joint community relations activities in collaboration with
Local Government Units in order to deliver basic services to the
communities and will also conduct Information Awareness Programs to
the primary sectors of the community to present the current peace and
development programs of the AFP and the PNP in the region.
memberships in Leyte’s fifth district
By AHLETTE C. REYES /
Provincial Media Relations Center
September 22, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY –
The Liberal Party widens its membership in the province of Leyte as it
swore in new members in the province’s fifth district with incumbent
local officials and new political hopefuls.
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla, himself a new member of the Liberal Party,
administered the oath taking of new members from the eight towns and
one city in the fifth district in a simple oath taking ceremony in
Abuyog Mayor Octavio Traya,
Bato Mayor Nathaniel Gertos, Hindang Mayor Elpidio Cabal, Jr.,
Inopacan Mayor Silvestre Lumarda, Javier Mayor Sandy Javier, Matalom
Mayor Eric Pajulio and Baybay City Mayor Carmen Cari were among the
local chief executives who took their formal oath as new members of
Mahaplag town, whose
incumbent Mayor Ronaldo Lleve is now on its third term, took his wife
Daisy to be LP’s new member and the party’s standard bearer for the
mayoralty post of the town.
The town of Hilongos,
meanwhile, swore in another member to be its official candidate under
the LP ticket.
The recruitment of LP
members will continue and that the mayors who took their oaths will be
the LP’s official candidates in their respective towns and cities in
the coming 2013 elections.
Vice-mayors and councilors
also took their oath as new members.
The Liberal Party has
continuously conducted ‘Basic Orientation Seminar on Liberal
Democracy’ for new members and the mass oath-taking is part of the
party’s goal to rebuild the LP and make it the most dominant political
party in the country.
New members are required to
attend a basic orientation on the party ideology before they could
become full members as new Liberals.
Gov. Petilla urged new
members to believe in and support the cause of the party. The party’s
battlecry is “Sa daang matuwid, asenso’y walang patid”.
The governor also added that
the continuation of the reform agenda is also one of the important
reason why the LP is strengthening itself from the ground up.
The second oldest political
party, LP has a long lineage of icons in Philippine politics. Among
them are Senate President Jovito Salonga and the late Senator Benigno
"Ninoy" Aquino Jr and Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
LP also produced 4
presidents: Manuel Roxas (1946), Elpidio Quirino (1949), Diosdado
Macapagal (1961), and Benigno Aquino III (2010).