LTO to enforce law
on early warning devices starting March 1
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
February 14, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – The Land
Transportation Office in Eastern Visayas, starting March 1, 2013, will
enforce the law that mandates drivers of public and private 4-wheeled
vehicles to carry a pair of the prescribed standard early warning
This was disclosed by LTO
Regional Director Edgardo Catarongan during the Information campaign
conducted on February 14 at the LTO Regional Office.
Dir. Catarongan said this
was in line with nationwide directives, LOI 229 and Memorandum
Circular No. VPT-2012-1609 dated December 13, 2011re: Revised Rules on
the Implementation of the Early Warning Devices.
Director Catarongan appealed
to owners of four-wheeled vehicles to begin acquiring the prescribed
yellow and red triangles that are to be used as early warning devices
in order to ensure the safety of road users, especially when vehicles
that encounter trouble were forced to park alongside the road.
The LTO director noted that
many vehicle owners do not have these objects in their driven units
and it is a common site where owners or drivers of four-wheeled
distressed vehicles parked alongside the road use other items such as
broken tree branches as an early warning device.
The prescribed triangular
early warning device will have to meet LTO standards and should pass
inspection by the said agency, Director Catarongan said. A sticker
shall be attached to the back to show that it had been approved by the
Catarongan underscored that
under the Revised Rules on the Implementation of Early Warning
Devices, the presentation of these accessories are not a requirement
for motor vehicle registration but these should be presented during
checkpoints upon demand by a deputized traffic law enforcer when
apprehended for another offense.
People who fail to carry and
present the EWDs would be fined and penalized for non-compliance,
Director Catarongan said, even as he clarified that tricycles and
motorcycles are exempted from such law.
City, component city category regional champion.
P1 Million Await
Best Sanggunians in the Country
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
February 12, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – The best
performing municipal and city sanggunians in the Philippines stand to
receive P1 Million pesos in projects each during the national Local
Legislative Awards (LLA) ceremonies on March 7, 2013, revealed Atty.
Alan Zulueta, national chairman of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL)
during the Eastern Visayas regional LLA rites last February 13, 2013
in Tacloban City.
The winners by category are:
1st to 3rd Class Municipality - Catarman, Northern Samar; 4th to 6th
Class Municipality - Limasawa, Southern Leyte; HUC & Independent
Component City - Ormoc City; Component City - Calbayog City.
DILG Regional Director Pedro
A. Noval Jr. meanwhile, exhorted the awardees and all sanggunians in
Eastern Visayas to continue to innovate in order to address problems
like poverty, crime and environmental degradation.
“Being awardees you must
strive to enhance the quality of your performance beyond
administrative compliance, to uphold legislation that responds to the
people’s needs and captures a viable vision of the LGU”, said Dir.
Here is the complete list of
regional awardees. For 1st to 3rd class municipality – Catarman,
Northern Samar (champion); Hinunangan, Southern Leyte (1st runner-up);
Naval, Biliran (2nd runner-up); Sta. Rita, Samar (3rd runner-up);
Tanauan, Leyte (4th runner-up).
For 4th to 6th class
municipality – Limasawa, Southern Leyte (champion); Balangiga, Eastern
Samar (1st runner-up); Babatngon, Leyte (2nd runner-up); Cabucgayan,
Biliran (3rd runner-up); San Isidro, Northern Samar (4th runner-up);
Motiong, Samar (5th runner-up).
For HUC/ICC and Component
City the champion was Ormoc City and Calbayog City respectively.
The award seeks to highlight
innovations and excellence in local legislation to inspire other
sanggunians to perform better. Plaques were given to all regional
awardees while regional champions received an additional P10,000 pesos
cash from the PCL. It was learned further that only regional awardees
which garnered an overall point score of at least 85% are eligible to
become national nominees.
Aside from the PCL which is
the vice chair of the LLA Regional Awards Committee; the program owes
its success to its partners, Department of Agriculture, Department of
Social Welfare and Development, Department of the Environment and
Natural Resources and the Leyte Chamber of Commerce and Industry which
send representatives to the regional evaluation to validate the
The award has five criteria:
Effectiveness of the Legislative Agenda (35 pts.); Effectiveness of
the Legislative Tracking System (10 pts.); Availability of Legislative
Documents (10 pts.); Efficiency of Performance of the Sanggunian (35
pts.); and Quality of Office set-up and staff complement (10 pts.)
The LLA was temporarily
suspended in 2007 at the national level but has since been implemented
continuously since 2008. The National LLA is now conferred every term
of office of local officials. To allow for evaluations and validation
to be conducted from the provincial, regional and national levels, the
coverage period is from July 1, 2010 up to June 30, 2012.
Meanwhile, based on the
Memorandum of Agreement signed between PCL-EV and DILG-8 during the
same ceremonies last February 13, the regional LLA search will be held
yearly in order to further institutionalize the system of recognizing
the best performing sanggunians in Eastern Visayas.
League of Municipalities (LMP)
Leyte President and Palo Mayor Remedios L. Petilla represented her
son, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla, who was invited to be
the Guest Speaker. Leyte Governor Mimiette S. Bagulaya and PCL
Regional President Wilson Uy likewise delivered their own short
nabbed for illegal drugs, gun, bladed weapon in Tacloban checkpoint
By RPCRD, Police Regional
February 11, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
Aside from gun ban violation, two riding-in-tandem suspects were
arrested by the police for possessing illegal drugs and bladed weapon
in a Comelec checkpoint in Tacloban City on Saturday evening.
“The establishment of
Comelec checkpoints are proven effective not only in the
implementation of the gun ban but also in the campaign against all
forms of illegal activities like dangerous drugs possession,” said
Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, Regional Director of
the Police Regional Office 8.
Soria identified the
suspects as Mario Macawile y Abolon, 43, married, of Brgy. 39, Serin
District, Tacloban City and his backrider Oscar Macase y Sabenorio,
35, married of Brgy. Pawing, Palo, Leyte.
The two were arrested by a
police team led by Police Senior Inspector Noel Mondragon while
manning a Comelec checkpoint along the National Highway in Brgy. Diit,
Tacloban City at around 10:30 o’ clock Saturday night after
confiscating a firearm, bladed weapon and several sachet of suspected
methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” from the suspects.
“While our men were manning
the checkpoint, the black Yamaha Mio motorcycle driven by Macawile was
flagged down for inspection,” Soria informed.
The vehicle was heading
towards Tacloban City proper from north direction when the suspects
obliged and stopped the motorcycle upon requesting to stop by the
police team, the Regional Director said.
When requested, Macawile
failed to show his driver’s license but volunteered to present his
Official Receipt and Certificate of Registration (OR-CR) which was
then placed at the Utility Box. When the driver opened his U-box,
police personnel manning the checkpoints saw in plain view a .38
caliber revolver marked Smith and Wesson with serial number 1023453
loaded with 4 live ammunitions and a bladed weapon locally known as
“pisaw” measuring 5 ½” long.
The police arrested the two
suspects and a search incidental to lawful arrest conducted by the
arresting officers resulted in the seizure of 10 heat-sealed plastic
sachet of “shabu” and a multivitamins canister with suspected “shabu”
residue in the right side pocket of the jacket being worn by Macawile.
Suspects were immediately
brought to Tacloban City Police Office for proper disposition as
appropriate criminal charges are being prepared against them while the
recovered drugs and firearm were brought to the Regional Crime
Laboratory 8 for chemical examination.
Soria disclosed that the
suspects are the latest addition to the list of individuals nabbed by
the police in the region in established Comelec checkpoints for gun
Earlier, policemen manning
checkpoints were able to arrest a businessman in Calbayog City, a
famer in Sta. Rita, Samar and a security guard in Capoocan, Leyte for
gun ban violation since the start of the election period last January
On January 25,
riding-in-tandem suspects were also nabbed in Ormoc City for illegal
drugs possession while the police were implementing the Police
Integrated Patrol System (PIPS).
Another NPA camp
falls, war material recovered
By 20th Infantry Battalion,
February 10, 2013
BRGY. MAGSAYSAY, Lope de
Vega, Northern Samar – Another CPP/NPA camp has been seized by
government forces in vicinity Km 11, Barangay Happy Valley, San
Isidro, Northern Samar last February 9, 2013 at around 2:20 in the
Lieutenant Colonel Noel A
Vestuir, 20IB’s Commanding Officer, in his report to 803rd Brigade
Commander, Colonel Rolando Malinao, said that as the troops of Charlie
Company, 20IB led by Sgt Orlando Onate while tracking down the
reported NPA presence in the area as reported by the civilians,
chanced upon a nipa hut in an isolated and secluded place which was
later found out to be an NPA temporary camp.
As the troops searched the
area, they were able to recover one (1) jungle pack; one jungle
hammock (duyan); one book entitled “Pag Aradman han mga Aktibista”;
one (1) poncho; two (2) magazines for cal .45 pistol with eight (8)
live ammunitions and two (2) empty shells; one (1) DSWD ID; one (1)
COMELEC ID; one (1) sim card; one (1) memory card; one (1) USB; one
(1) belt bag; and other personal belongings left by the fleeing
According to LTC Vestuir,
the camp has one (1) Nipa hut, fifteen (15) makeshift bunkers that can
accommodate more or less 15-20 communist terrorists, two (2) outposts
and believed to be hastily destroyed and abandoned by the fleeing CTs
before the arrival of the government troops.
The camp was discovered
after 20IB has launched sustained combat operations in the area of
Victoria and San Isidro in response to the reported presence of
communist terrorists in the area as tipped-in by the peace-loving
LTC Vestuir added, that the
series of the discovery of NPA camps was a result of the continuing
support of the people in the barangays. As can be recalled, two NPA
camp were also seized by 20IB last week in Victoria and Catarman.
According to LTC Vestuir,
“the NPA camp was seized through the information given by the
residents that enabled our troops to track the location that serve as
a staging ground for their terroristic activities. As long as the
people are with us, we will continue to find them, hunt them and drive
them away from our peace-loving people so that peace shall reign in
the barangays. The information provided by the populace is a clear
indication that the enemy revolutionary organization has already
alienated the people and the communities where they got their support
through their forced extortion activities”.
Vestuir also calls for the
NPAs to surrender. “Considering that the people themselves no longer
accept the NPAs in the barangays, it is high time that they shall
already spare them of their extortion activities. With the series of
discovery of their camps, it is clear that we have already narrowed
the sphere of their influence and it would not be long for our troops
to find them. If that would happen, we will not hesitate to use the
full might and strength of our forces against them.” Vestuir
DSWD cites East
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
February 9, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – In
line with its 62nd Anniversary celebration, the Department of Social
Welfare and Development honoured three of its partners from the
non-government organizations and the local government units for
significantly providing successful social protection programs to
marginalized and vulnerable sectors of the Region.
This year’s awardees who
were feted on February 6 at the Leyte Park Hotel in Tacloban City were
South Pacific Integrated Agricultural Development Foundation Inc. (SPIADFI);
Municipality of Javier, Leyte for the “Gawad Paglilingkod sa
Sambayanan” (GAPAS) Award; and the Province of Leyte for the “Gawad sa
Makabagong Teknolohiya” for introducing the biometric system for the
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
DSWD Regional Director Remia
Tapispisan informed that the municipality of Javier, Leyte under the
leadership of Mayor Leonardo Javier, also received the same
recognition at the national level during the DSWD anniversary
celebration, held last February 1, 2013 in Manila.
The “Pagkilala sa
Natatanging Kontribusyon Ko sa Bayan” (PaNaTa) awards is “our way of
expressing gratitude and appreciation to our partners,” Director
Tapispisan said. The “PaNaTa Ko Sa Bayan” Awards aims to recognize
partners, stakeholders in appreciation with their unending support in
the implementation of social protection programs at their own level.
In the case of the Province
of Leyte’s biometric system for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino
Program, the biometrics technology is now being replicated in the
Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, particularly in Maguindanao and
Lanao del Sur, Ms. Joan Baclay, Information Officer for the Pantawid
Pamilya in the Region, said.
It may be recalled that no
less than Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman
witnessed the launching of the use of biometrics system for
over-the-counter distribution of cash grants to Pantawid Pamilya
beneficiaries at the Municipal Gymnasium of Matag-ob, Leyte in
September of 2012.
The biometrics system
developed by three scholars of the Income Creating Opportunities Thru
Technology Project (ICOTP-ICT) of the Provincial Government of Leyte
and Department of Education, is an innovation being introduced by the
DSWD and the local government of Leyte to validate beneficiaries of
Pantawid Pamilya in the municipality.
Then Leyte Governor, now
Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said that “with the new
system, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries will now use their fingerprints
as identification to receive their cash grants and no longer need to
show their identification cards.”
The system will hasten up
transactions during over-the-counter release of cash grants which
usually takes one day to pay out an average of 800 beneficiaries. With
the biometrics, it took only 30 minutes to serve 212 beneficiaries to
receive their cash grants.
Provincial Board grants
clearance for energy firm to drill oil in Leyte
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
February 8, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – The Provincial Board of Leyte has granted clearance to
NorAsian Energy Ltd. to conduct drilling operations in an area covered
by Service Contract 51 issued by the Department of Energy.
Board Member Ryan Lawrence Tiu, chairman of the Sangguniang
Panlalawigan’s Environment Committee, informed that the Leyte
Provincial Board found no impediment to grant the clearance after
going through the reports submitted by the Community Environment and
Natural Resources Office and the Committee on Energy.
Board Member Tiu said the company [NorAsian] together with the DoE has
complied with the requirements of consultations and consent from all
levels of the council as provided for by Sections 26 and 27 of the
Local Government Code and Section 21 of the Environmental Code of the
Province of Leyte.
“Clearly, NorAsian Energy has endeavored to follow the proper
procedures and complied with the necessary legal and documentary
requirements. As such, there is no reason why the committee should not
grant their request,” Tiu said.
In compliance with the agreement made by the company and the
legislative body last year, for it to regularly inform the Body on the
update of the export exploration activity in the northwest part of
Leyte, NorAsian made a presentation on January 22.
The presentation showed that the 3D seismic survey conducted by
NorAsian last year showed that there is sufficient deposit of oil in
the area covered by SC 51 in the town of San Isidro, and this has to
be verified through a drilling program.
After the presentation, the company requested the august body for a
resolution interposing no objection for it to drill the Duhat-2
prospect in mid-2013.
NorAsian, a unit of Australian firm Otto Energy Ltd., has been
contracted by the Department of Energy (DoE) to explore oil potentials
within the 332,000 hectares of land over northwest Leyte embracing 20
barangays mostly covering the town of San Isidro but also includes the
towns of Palompon, Tabango and Calubian.
According to Otto Energy, drilling could cost $2.5 million to $3
million. Based on DoE’s projection, NorAsian could extract a minimum
of two million to 18 million barrels of oil from the project site.
The island of Leyte which is situated in the eastern Visayan region of
the Philippines has been known for more than a century to be the site
of numerous fresh natural oil seeps and the Balite tar sands which
have been mined in the past for bitumen.
The presence of natural seeps and surface indications of large
anticlinal features with the potential for petroleum reservoirs are
strong positive indicators of the prospect of a basin largely untested
by modern drilling.
According to the DOE, the first and only deep well in the basin,
Calubian-1 (2500m), drilled on Leyte, was positioned on surface
observations in 1957 and indicated the presence of both oil in side
wall cores and Miocene age reservoir sands.
The recently acquired seismic has proven that this well was drilled
off structure, an invalid test, and being the only deep well in the
region confirms that the potential of the entire region has yet to be
In 2012, Otto Energy, on behalf of its Joint Venture partners,
acquired 150km of new high quality 2D seismic data over the San Isidro
anticline. This anticline has been identified from surface information
for some time but was previously poorly understood and only defined by
a sparse 50km and poor quality seismic. The new data has confirmed a
large target, which will be tested by the Duhat-2 well in mid- 2013.
arrested for gun ban violation
By RPCRD, Police Regional
February 8, 2013
CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – An employee of the Commission on Elections was arrested by the
police on Wednesday night for violation of the gun ban that is being
imposed by his own agency.
“We have to enforce the law
without favor even if the violator is connected with the office
mandating us to implement such rule,” said Police Chief Superintendent
Elmer Ragadio Soria, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 8
The Philippine National
Police is one of the deputized agencies by the poll body as a partner
in ensuring secure and fair elections per Comelec Resolution No. 9571.
Soria identified the suspect
as Pedro Sugalan y Orosco alias Peter, 46, married, utility worker of
the Comelec Samar Provincial Office and a native of Brgy Paypayon,
Oras, Eastern Samar.
Reports reaching PRO8
disclosed that at around 11:10 o’clock Wednesday evening, an
information was relayed to Catbalogan City Police Station on alleged
gun burst heard at the vicinity of COMELEC Samar Provincial Office
located at Old Justice Building along Curry Ave., Brgy. 7, Catbalogan
A police team was
immediately dispatched to the area to validate the veracity of the
report that resulted to the arrest of Sugalan and the confiscation of
one caliber .25 pistol marked Phoenix Arms Ontario model HP25 bearing
serial number 4163916 with firearm license number 117362212282750 with
one magazine loaded with 6 live ammunition; one inside holster and 2
fired cartridge of .25 caliber.
Suspect was immediately
brought to Catbalogan City Police Station for proper disposition and
subsequently brought to Samar Provincial Hospital for medical
examination and Samar Provincial Crime Laboratory Office for paraffin
test while the confiscated firearm and ammunition was subjected for
ballistic examination and gun residue test.
The top police official
further informed that a case for violation of section 32 of RA 7166 in
relation to COMELEC Resolution Number 9561-A was already filed against
Sugalan at the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in Catbalogan City
docketed under NPS-VIII-08-INQ-13B-00361 on February 7, 2013.
Suspect was immediately
released after paying the recommended bailbond in the amount of
Under Section 32 of RA 7166,
during the election period, no person shall bear, carry or transport
firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, including any
building, street, park, private vehicle or public conveyance, even if
licensed to possess or carry the same, unless authorized in writing by
the Commission on Elections. The issuance of firearms licenses shall
be suspended during the election period.
The law further states that
only regular members or officers of the Philippine National Police,
the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other enforcement agencies of
the Government who are duly deputized in writing by the Commission for
election duty may be authorized to carry and possess firearms during
the election period. Provided, that, when in the possession of
firearms, the deputized law enforcement officer must be in full
uniform showing clearly and legibly his name, rank and serial number
which shall remain visible at all times; and in the actual performance
of his election duty in the specific area designated by the