Leyte receives the
regional Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
December 17, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY –
The Province of Leyte maintained its hold on the provincial category
of the regional Gawad Pamana ng Lahi (GPL) award for two years in a
row. Last December 14, 2012 during the Christmas Party of the
provincial government of Leyte held at the new Convention Center in
the town of Palo, Governor Mimiette S. Bagulaya formally received the
P3 Million cash prize and trophy from Director Pedro A. Noval Jr. of
the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Aside from the trophy
prepared by DILG national office, Dir. Noval, assisted by DILG-Leyte
Provincial Director Artemio B. Caneja also presented Gov. Bagulaya a
plaque of recognition from DILG-regional office.
In revealing that Leyte was
disqualified for the national award as he was a member of the national
board of judges of the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, Former Leyte Governor and
now Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla encouraged the present
administration as well as the incoming one, led by his brother Dominic
who was also around, to seek next year the Gold Level award for the
Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH), which is a key criterion of the GPL.
Both Governor Bagulaya and
DOE Secretary Petilla offered the award to the work force of the
Province of Leyte, saying the award is a reflection of the commitment
and contribution of all personnel in that local government unit ( LGU).
Gawad Pamana ng Lahi is
considered by the DILG as the “mother of all (its) awards” as its
criteria covers LGUs’ Overall Performance Index (OPI) in the agency’s
Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS); the SGH (which
recognizes transparency, accountability and inclusivity in local
administration and development); International or National Awards; and
acknowledged innovations. It has three categories: province, city and
Leyte won over Southern
Leyte, while the regional winner for the City Category is Tacloban
City, which edged out Ormoc City and Maasin. No municipality in the
region passed the statistical standard for the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi.
GPL was initiated by the
late Secretary Jesse M. Robredo as part of his incentive system for
good local governance. LGPMS takes up 80% of the score, SGH 10%; while
the remaining 10% is split equally for innovations and awards. The
Gawad Pamana ng Lahi prize money is to be used by the local government
for projects promoting disaster risk reduction and management or
climate change adaptation; local economic development; or the
Millennium Development Goals.
PRO8 recovers arms
cache, nabs army man for carrying gun in Calbayog City
By RPCRD, Police Regional
December 17, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The Regional Special Operations
Task Group is conducting investigation if the firearms cache recovered
in Calbayog City recently belongs to a Partisan Armed Group (PAG) in
Samar’s first district even as a member of the Philippine Army was
nabbed by police operatives in the city for carrying an undocumented
“I ordered the RSOTG and the
police chief in Calbayog to conduct a thorough investigation as said
firearms may belong to a PAG or criminal elements in the area,” Police
Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, Eastern Visayas director
The Police Regional Office 8
activated the RSOTG recently to ensure secure and fair elections in
2013 especially in Samar province, which the Department of Interior
and Local Government (DILG) earlier classified as one of the 15
“priority areas” for next year’s midterm polls.
Soria informed that at about
9:45 in the evening of December 12, information received by the
Calbayog City Police Station disclosed that there were 3
suspicious-looking men sighted infront of the Baptist Church in Purok
3, Brgy Hamorawon, some two kilometers east from the city proper.
Upon cognizance of the
report, police team led by Police Senior Inspector Aaron Elago
immediately proceeded to the area but the men scampered towards the
mountainous area of said village evading arrests after a chase by the
Investigation at the scene
yielded a black bag containing a KG9 9mm Luger machine pistol model
TEC-KG9 bearing serial number 334612 with one magazine containing 26
live ammunitions; one 9mm caliber pistol with serial number 80059 with
one magazine loaded with 12 ammo and .22 caliber revolver marked Black
Widow with serial number PAT 4824463 loaded with 5 ammunitions.
“We are not discounting the
possibility that said firearms may belong to a group that maybe
utilized in next year’s polls,” Soria added, although he said that it
may also belong some criminal groups operating in the city and nearby
accomplishment is a welcome development in our effort to ensure
peaceful elections next year,” Soria averred.
The RSOTG is mandated to
conduct a stepped up crackdown on PAGs and to initiate the massive
drive against loose firearms especially in Samar province as the
Regional Director vowed to dismantle the two remaining PAGs in said
area before the campaign period starts in January next year.
Meanwhile, an enlisted
personnel of Philippine Army was arrested by the police in the early
morning of December 14 in a nightclub in Brgy. Aguit-itan also in
Acting on a telephone call
from one Nancy Tilos, proprietor of Moonlight Disco Club, who
complained that a customer was creating trouble and refusing to pay
his bills, a police team led by Police Superintendent Lope Ma. Ubaldo
Lim arrested the suspect, later identified as Pfc. Andrew Biron y
Ramos, 33, married, residing at Brgy San Pedro Irosin, Sorsogon and
assigned at the 8th Infantry Division based in Camp Lukban in
Biron failed to show any
document of his authority to possess the .357 caliber Smith and Wesson
revolver loaded with 5 live ammunition seized from him.
Suspect was immediately
brought to Calbayog Police Station for proper disposition as
appropriate charges for violations of RA 8294 is being prepared for
filing against him.
aquasilviculture, a climate-smart agriculture in Isabel
By Philippine Information
December 17, 2012
ISABEL, Leyte –
Aquasilviculture, a climate-smart and environmental-friendly
agriculture will soon be showcased in Isabel, Leyte through the
public-private partnership scheme that the P-Noy Administration is
The establishment of a
69.33-hectare aquasilviculture project was launched with the forging
of a memorandum of agreement among the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources (DENR) through its Regional Executive Director
Manolito Ragub, the local government unit of Isabel through its
Municipal Mayor Saturnino Medina, Jr. and the Leyte Agricultural
Producers Cooperative (LAPCoop) represented by its Adviser Engr.
Under the agreement, the
project proponent LAPCoop in coordination with the LGU shall cause the
establishment of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)
funded aquasilviculture project in Brgys. Apale, Tolingon, and Marvel
all in Isabel.
The MOA with DENR
legitimizes LAPCoop’s implementation of the LGU-proposed project
following the suspension of the Coastal Area Special Use Agreement (CASUA),
a 25-year tenurial instrument covering the development of idle and
degraded areas for aquasilviculture and non-extractive activities by
individuals and entities. In 2006, then DENR Secretary Angelo Reyes
suspended the issuance of agreements for the special use of coastal
areas to facilitate consultations with stakeholders on the CASUA
Danilo Javier, Regional
Technical Director for Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone
Management Service (PAWCZMS) of DENR says, the MOA permits use of the
coastal area for aquasilviculture under the CASUA scheme for three (3)
years, renewable for another three years, until a CASUA is in place.
Five (5) hectares of the
total project area shall be developed for mudcrab hatchery and all
degraded areas within the proposed project site will be planted with
appropriate mangrove species.
Aquasilviculture is the
integration of aquaculture, mudcrab culture in this case, and mangrove
forestry, otherwise known as silviculture. While it is new in the
Philippines, aquasilviculture has been practiced in Indonesia,
Malaysia, Vietnam and China.
The approaches differ among
and within countries but mainly constitute the integration of mangrove
ponds and pens for fish and crabs. Such systems not only sequester
carbon, but they are also more resilient to shocks and extreme events
and also lead to increased production due to improved ecosystem
The advantages of this new
method include low investment cost, ease of construction, protection
of mangroves, and the use of locally available materials.
The Aquasilviculture project
in Isabel will be under the joint supervision and coordination of DENR,
the LGU and BFAR. These parties shall ensure that no existing
mangroves including their root system will be cut or disturbed in the
implementation of the project.
DENR 8 Regional Executive
Director Manolito D. Ragub said that “While promoting the value of
coastal protection and preservation of the ecosystem, the DENR also
aims to provide alternative livelihood to fisherfolks.”
Thus aquasilviculture which
harmonizes fishery production and reforestation in coastal areas is
indeed, very noteworthy, RED Ragub said.
Climate change is bringing
about huge challenges to fisheries and aquaculture. Production systems
and livelihoods, already in crisis from over-fishing, poor management
and impacts from other terrestrial anthropogenic influences, are
likely to succumb further as the frequency and intensity of storms
increase and extreme weather events become more common.
Fishers, as well as other
community members, will be at greater risk of losing their lives and
assets, such as boats, fishing equipment and aquaculture
Aquasilviculture is among
the adaptation strategies that takes into account the increased
frequency and intensity of extreme events and the reduced productivity
of aquatic ecosystems phenomena.
Southern Leyte named as
best DILG provincial office of 2012
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
December 16, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – DILG-Southern Leyte romped away with the major awards in the recent
Yearend Evaluation of the Department of the Interior and Local
Government (DILG-08) held at the Tacloban City Convention Center on
December 14, 2012.
Southern Leyte province was
recognized during the Parangal Ceremony as Best Performing Provincial
Team and Best in Annual Report, which greatly elated Provincial
Director Johnny Badocdoc and his staff who were all present.
Coming in at second place
was Leyte province, and third was Northern Samar. The ranking was made
by DILG Regional office using the field units’ performance in pursuing
their program targets. Meanwhile, Tacloban City edged out Ormoc City
as Best Performing City Team.
A day earlier, the DILG Team
of Ormoc City garnered the top award for Best Annual Report in
audio-visual form during the presentation of Provincial and City
Annual Reports held at the DILG-8 Local Governance Regional Resource
Center (LGRRC) at the second floor of the DILG Regional Office. The
revival of the “Parangal” award was envisioned by DILG-8 Regional
Director Pedro A. Noval Jr. as a way to recognize achievers and
encourage further productivity among employees.
Director Noval in his
keynote address on December 14, urged all DILG-8 personnel to be
champions of good governance as espoused by the late DILG Secretary
Jesse M. Robredo, as well as to dedicate themselves in following
through the priorities laid out by the new DILG secretary Mar Roxas.
He noted with approval the region’s high performance in implementing
agency programs, which he attributed to their all-out support to the
team approach which he started employing in the region to promote
knowledge management and better productivity.
Assistant Director Arnel M.
Agabe in his welcome remarks, congratulated all personnel for
contributing to the strong public satisfaction of DILG’s performance,
as revealed by the recent Social Weather Station (SWS) survey on good
local governance on August 2012 that was commissioned by DILG with
help from Australian Aid and The Asia Foundation.
In that survey, 70% were
satisfied with the performance of DILG for a Very Good net
satisfaction rating of +63% and seven (7%) dissatisfied. But he
challenged all personnel to address the concerns of the remaining
seven percent who were dissatisfied with the agency, by taking
strongly advocating and explaining the department programs.
Tacloban City Mayor Alfred
S. Romualdez, who served as guest speaker, gave tribute to the role of
DILG in strengthening the capacity of local officials in delivering
basic services. This is the reason why, he said, that he committed to
support the agency’s plan to put up a training center in the DILG
“In 2010, many newly elected
punong barangays texted me that they did not know what they had gotten
into, but that they would follow my leadership. So I told Dir. Noval
that we must really put up training centers to address this need of
local officials”, said Mayor Romualdez.
The yearend evaluation
likewise saw the launching of the Call Center on Local Governance,
which aims to provide faster service to its clients who pose queries
and information via phone. Further, the event marked the Graduation
Rites for 20 Local Government Operations Officers II (LGOOs) who
passed the intensive and multi-level Induction Training this year. The
six-month Induction Training which is a must for one to be a
full-fledged LGOO, is supervised by the DILG’s Local Government
Academy (LGA) to prepare its personnel in providing technical
assistance to LGUs and to respond to any eventuality involving local
governance in their assigned stations.
RAFI KAC team
undergoes kayak training
By Ramon Aboitiz Foundation
December 16, 2012
CEBU CITY – As
part of the team’s development program, all 18 staff of Ramon Aboitiz
Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Kool Adventure Camp (KAC) paddled the coasts of
Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City last Nov. 27-29.
The kayak expedition was an application of the Kayak Level 1 and 2
Personal Skills Award Course conducted by the KAC senior staff who are
Singapore Canoe Federation (SCF) Certified KAC Kayak Level 1 Coaches
and four KAC staff who have completed the SCF Kayak 1 and 2 early this
KAC staff who passed the
recent course were Audrey Criscille Abatol, Richard de los Reyes,
Daphne Dia, Marie Sol Gonzalvo, Jerome Munoz, Jose Raian Pescante,
Marivic Pineda, Katrina Rosal, and Althea May Santillan.
The Level 1 Kayaking Skill
Award Course is designed for beginners and covers general safety and
basic paddling techniques to safely maneuver a kayak on flat water,
while Level 2 Kayaking Skill Award Course aims to develop confidence
in the seamanship and skills of the kayaker, enough for the kayaker to
embark on expeditions and be more competent in their paddling, water
confidence, and preventive skills such as prevention of capsizing.
Coaches were Sheerene Abrea,
Peter Jay Alera, Anthony Terence Ocampo, KAC Camp Director Edvan Loh,
and Leomil Urpiana. The four demonstrators were Gabriel Lamparas,
Kenneth Obando Lim, Paolo Maderazo, and Landolf Villanueva.
RAFI KAC offers a kayak
program that aims to develop and enhance leadership skills. The
program is open to both corporate professionals and youth groups.
A kayak program will last
for three to four days, wherein participants will be navigating and
paddling to the sites covered by the route, like the islands of Olango,
Pandanon, Caohagan, Banakon, and other islands between Cebu and Bohol.
The program will test the
endurance, patience, teamwork, and communication and planning skills
of the participants, as well as how they respond to changes in the
The 52 tandem kayaks donated
by Outward Bound Singapore will be utilized in the kayak program,
which is preferably conducted during the second or third quarter of
the year to avoid bad weather conditions such as typhoons and
To ensure the safety of the
participants, the KAC facilitators conduct Risk Assessment and
Management System (RAMS) before every expedition. They follow
operating procedures and standards from medical to rescue and program
design, which are internationally benchmarked.
KAC is one of the programs
under RAFI’s Leadership & Citizenship focus area, where future leaders
are nurtured to prepare them to take an active role in affecting
change. RAFI’s other focus areas are Integrated Development,
Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Culture and Heritage, and Education.
RAFI-KAC has been offering
adventure education programs for leadership and team development for
youth and professionals for the last decade. It is currently building
the Philippines’ first fully dedicated adventure education center,
which is set to open in 2013. For more information on KAC and its
services, contact 418-7234 local 407 and look for Althea Santillan, or
visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph
teams nabs 4 most wanted criminals
By RPCRD, Police Regional
December 14, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO K. KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – Manhunt operation teams of Police
Regional Office 8 (PRO8) arrested four persons, with three facing
murder charges, who are considered as dangerous in separate operations
in Samar, Northern Samar and Southern Leyte provinces the past few
Eastern Visayas police director Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio
Soria said the arrests were made so that suspects will face the crimes
they have committed and to ensure that justice would be served to
“Special teams of police trackers have been deployed to go after these
wanted persons aside from the Regional Special Operations Group or RSOG,” Soria said.
Soria added that continuing manhunt operations will be mounted in 2013
to account for more criminal offenders wanted by the law.
In Southern Leyte, murder suspect Joseph Apatan Aluta, 39, farmer,
married, was nabbed by elements of Hinunangan Police Station in his
hide-out in Brgy. Toptop in the morning if December 12.
Aluta was arrested by virtue of an arrest warrant in Criminal Case No.
2120 at Regional Trial Court Branch 26 in San Juan, Southern Leyte.
Judge Altone M Miralles did not recommend any bailbond for the
temporary liberty of the suspect who was considered the Number 6 Most
Wanted Person of Hinunangan.
Earlier, in the morning December 10, manhunt operations by same
Tracker Team in Brgy. Labrador of same town, Wilfredo Ambos Cantere
alias Will, 46, farmer and the Number 5 Most Wanted Person of said
town, was arrested also for murder charges.
The team was clothed with an arrest warrant issued also by Judge
Altone M Miralles of RTC Branch 26 in San Juan, Southern Leyte in
Criminal Case 2118 with no bail recommendation.
In Brgy. Lapaz, San Jorge, Samar, tracker team arrested a village
councilor wanted for murder and ranked Number 6 most wanted person of
Romulo Reyes de la Cruz alias “Mulo”, 61, of Brgy Gerali, Gandara,
Samar was nabbed in the morning of December 11 based on a warrant for
his arrest issued by Judge Feliciano P Aguilar of RTC Branch 41,
De la Cruz is facing charges in criminal case number 12-0545 with no
In Northern Samar, Ruel Cascano y Laurora, 29, single, jobless was
arrested in his residence in Brgy Zone 1, Poblacion, Victoria town in
the early morning of December 10.
Cascano is ranked number 7 in the list of Most Wanted Persons in
Victoria, Northern Samar and wanted for the crime of Qualified Theft
in Criminal Case No. A-2522.
Judge Manuel F Torrevillas of RTC Branch 23 in Allen, Northern Samar
recommended P24,000.00 bailbond for his temporary liberty.
Soria added that the arrested suspects were turned-over to respective
courts of origin for proper disposition.
TUCP elects new
officers; Mendoza steps down
December 14, 2012
QUEZON CITY –
Delegates of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP)
convention yesterday elected Victorino Balais and Gerard Seno as its
new president and general-secretary respectively.
Balais is the federation president of Philippine Transport and General
Workers Organization (PTGWO) while Seno is executive vice president of
the Associated Labor unions (ALU), the biggest labor federation in the
Esperanza Ocampo, president of the Philippine Government Employees
Association (PGEA) was elected as treasurer. The executive board
members were composed of Dolores Alegarbes, Temistocles Dejon,
Concepcion Dodd, Arnel Dolendo, Edmund Estavillo, Arthur Juego,
Gilbert Lorenzo, Michael Mendoza, Gerry Rivera, Cecilio Seno, Jose
Suan and June Elizabeth Tanqueng.
“This is the outcome of the convention called for by the TUCP
constitution and by-laws. In a way we are renewing our commitment with
the Filipino workers and our community. We now a fresh mandate to
champion the Filipino workers and that’s exactly what we are going to
do,” said Alan Tanjusay, TUCP advocacy officer.
The national convention was also attended by 49 labor groups
comprising the new labor coalition Nagkaisa!, and global unions
federations representatives from LO Norway, SASK, Building Wood
Workers International, and Public Services International (PSI).
The election of the new officers effectively terminates the term of
office of TUCP president Democrito Mendoza after serving the
institution for 34 years. In his farewell address, he recalled how
TUCP became a formidable force in shaping the Philippine Labor Code,
lobbied hard for tax exemption of minimum wage earners, the observance
of paternity and maternity leave, the establishment of Pag-ibig mutual
fund, the annual increase in wages and the strengthening collective
bargaining agreements in unions among others.
“With hard work and imagination, we all made the TUCP as an
institution the Filipino workers and their families can rely on,”
In other development, Mendoza also endorsed the candidacy of San Juan
City Rep. JV Ejercito after the latter addressed the convention.
“The TUCP hereby endorses the candidacy of JV for senator. When you go
to your voting precincts in May 2013 elections, write down the name of
JV in your ballots for senator,” said Mendoza to TUCP delegates and
members in attendance.
Mendoza cited the active support of Ejercito to the cause of the
workers and key labor policies particularly by defending in congress
the Philippine Airlines Employees Association case, authorship of the
Kasambahay bill and endorsement of the pending Security of Tenure
“We strongly believe that JV will further support pro-workers laws and
support policies advantageous to workers when he sits in the
Philippine senate,” added Mendoza.