Silago barangay is
once again among best lupons in the country
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
February 16, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – Brgy.
Hingatungan, Silago, Southern Leyte is the National Awardee (champion)
for barangays in 4th - 6th class municipalities in the Lupong
Tagamapayapa Incentive Award (LTIA).
Regional Director Pedro A.
Noval Jr. of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-8
revealed that they have been notified of such development by their
Central Office through a letter dated January 31, 2013.
Dir. Noval credited Brgy.
Hingatungan for being a consistent regional LTIA champion and having
won the national award in 2003 and 2007 and figuring in the Top 3 in
“The Hingatungan Lupong
Tagapamayapa (HILUTA) is composed of senior citizens noted for their
innovative and creative activities and deep sense of volunteerism,
thereby giving value and significance to the Katarungang Pambarangay”,
informed Dir Noval.
It was further learned that
DILG is just waiting for advice from Malacañang on when President
Benigno S. Aquino III would be available to present the award to Brgy.
Hingatungan Punong Barangay Rosalinda Lumaas and other awardees in the
LTIA national recognition ceremonies.
Among 4th to 6th class
towns, the other regional finalists are Brgy. Nena, San Julian,
Eastern Samar; Brgy. Bulalacao, Kawayan, Biliran; and Brgy. San Juan
in San Isidro, Northern Samar.
In the 1st to 3rd class
municipalities, the Regional Champion is Brgy. Biasong in Hinunangan,
Southern Leyte which won over Brgy. Calachuchi in Catarman, Northern
Samar; and Brgy. Amandayehan in Basey, Samar.
Brgy. 69 Rawis, Anibong,
topped the evaluation of top performing Lupong Tagapamayapa in the
region's only Highly Urbanized City (HUC), Tacloban City.
Meanwhile, Brgy. Cogon in
Ormoc City bested Brgys. Rawis in Calbayog City; Tagnipa in Maasin
City and Brgy. Bato in Borongan City for the category of Independent
Component/Component Cities in the region.
The LTIA aims to provide
recognition to performing Lupons, which are barangay
conflict-resolution bodies under the Katarungang Pambarangay Law in
1978 and strengthened by the Local Government Code of 1991.
The LTIA Regional Award
Committee (RAC) is led by DILG with the participation of the
judiciary, Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges,
private schools, among others. The RAC assessed the submitted
documentation of regional finalists together with the results of the
regional evaluation team which conducted onsite validation.
The lupons were evaluated by
committees organized at the regional, provincial and municipal levels
on the basis of a) efficiency of operations; b) effectiveness in
securing the katarungang pambarangay objectives and c) creativity and
resourcefulness of mediators.
Lendio, social worker of Children of Asia; Deena Perez Pages,
resident agent of Children of Asia; and Charlotte Bourrat, local
coordinator of Children of Asia; and Amaya Aboitiz, DACF
executive director officially launch the partnership between
RAFI and Children of Asia through a MOA signing last Feb. 5.
RAFI, Children of
Asia fight malnutrition
By Ramon Aboitiz Foundation
February 16, 2013
CEBU CITY – To address
malnutrition among children in four day care centers in Ermita, the
Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund (DACF) of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation
Inc. (RAFI) signed a memorandum of agreement with Children of Asia on
Barangay Ermita is one of
the urban barangays in Cebu City that has a high incidence of poverty
and malnutrition. In 2011, barangay Ermita had the highest
malnutrition rate in Cebu City. Twelve percent of the children below
six years old that year were found to be undernourished based on the
standards used by the government.
The partnership will launch
a project that will benefit 200 day care pupils in Barangay Ermita
through the provision of daily nutritious meals, school supplies, and
uniforms. It will also provide parenting seminars for the parents of
Children of Asia will fund
the training of day care workers, and, together with the barangay,
provide additional honorarium for day care workers.
This grant was part of the
RAFI-DACF Development Fund call for proposals last year.
DACF, in its pursuit to
provide opportunities for the development and care of young children
aged 0-8 years old, has launched a call for proposals for projects
related to early childhood care and development (ECCD). Specific
interventions must be on play and early childhood development, local
culture integration, community participation in early childhood
education, and developmentally appropriate practice.
Interested groups can submit
concept applications on or before Jan. 31(1st cycle) or July 31 (2nd
cycle) every year. For application forms and guidelines, please e-mail
email@example.com or call 418-7234 local 512 and look for Jan
DACF is under RAFI's
Education focus area, believing that shaping the next generation of
talents begins with nurturing the love for learning. Other focus areas
of RAFI are Integrated Development, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship,
Culture & Heritage, and Leadership & Citizenship.
For more information about
DACF, please contact 255-5630 and look for Joem de Gracia, or visit
www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.
SELDA warns ML
victims: Beware of scammers
February 16, 2013
QUEZON CITY – Rights group SELDA (Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto) warned
Martial Law victims of possible scammers in the process of their
application for compensation for human rights victims.
“We call on all Martial Law
victims to be wary of persons who ask for money for processing their
claims,” said SELDA chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez.
Enriquez said their
organization issues this warning after receiving reports that some
victims were approached by people who asked for personal information
and for processing fee for their claims.
Victims of human rights
violations under Martial Law are entitled to a compensation after the
bicameral session of the Senate and Lower Houses signed the final
version of the Martial Law victims indemnification bill, now called
the Human Rights Violation Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of
Pres. Noynoy Aquino is said
to sign the bill into law on February 25, the anniversary of EDSA
According to Enriquez, a
friend from the media forwarded her an e-mail from a concerned citizen
who raised concern on the possibility of a scam. According to the
e-mail, individuals in Marawi City, some of them teachers, were
“recruited” to attend a seminar in Davao City as Martial Law victims.
They were allegedly asked to give P3,000 each, and were told that they
will receive a million pesos if they attend the seminar. SELDA is
currently verifying the said report.
“We are advising everybody
not to fall prey to these culprits. We have fought for justice this
long. We should ensure that the compensation, however small, shall be
received by the rightful recipients,” Enriquez said.
SELDA also received a report
from its local chapter in Concepcion, Tarlac that two SELDA members,
both teachers in an elementary school who are tasked to encode
documents of claimants in their town, were approached by a certain
Gerry Caloza. He told them that he is from the Office of the
President, and asked all sorts of question about their documentation
work. Caloza cannot give any clear reason why he was interested with
the information on the victims.
Martial Law victims in
Bataan, meanwhile, were approached by persons identifying themselves
as members of a certain Bullion group, who told them they will receive
millions in claims. The victims immediately informed Selda of the
Enriquez said it will be
most safe and secure for the victims to contact SELDA, one of the
organizations recognized under the Human Rights Violation Victims
Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 to identify victims and help
process the claims.
SELDA was the lead
organization in the historic filing of the class suit against the
Marcoses in 1986, and has regional chapters nationwide which may help
identify victims who may receive claims.
Enriquez also said their
apprehensions are not baseless since there was a case on fake
claimants discovered last year.
In November 2011, Edward and
Marlyn Santiago, along with six others, were charged with estafa after
the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) found out
attempts by some individuals to encash checks named after legitimate
victims using fake IDs. The Santiago couple is suspected to be
recruiting persons to claim checks under the name of legitimate
For more information on the
compensation for Martial Law victims, please contact SELDA at (632)
434-2837 or 0917-596-5859.
recognition for Pinay nurse heroine
By Office of Senator Chiz
February 16, 2013
PASAY CITY – Senator Chiz Escudero said he will file a resolution in
the Senate to commend Menchu Sanchez, an immigrant Filipino nurse in
the United States who President Barack Obama honored during his State
of the Union address last Feb. 13 for her heroism at the height of
Hurricane Sandy which hit the US last year.
Escudero said Sanchez should be accorded national recognition since
she exemplifies the best qualities of Filipinos who are recognized
throughout the world for their commitment to hard work and compassion.
“All Filipinos should take pride in Sanchez who did not think twice in
risking her life for the safety of infants under her care at the
height of one of the most destructive typhoon that hit the US. Her
dedication to work serves as an example and inspiration to all
Filipinos, whether here in the country or abroad,” he said.
In his State of the Union Address, Obama cited Sanchez, a nurse at New
York University's Langone Medical Center for assuring the safety of
hospital infants in the care of the hospital during Hurricane Sandy.
"We should follow the example of a New York City nurse named Menchu
Sanchez. When Hurricane Sandy plunged her hospital into darkness, she
wasn't thinking about how her own home was faring," Obama said in his
annual address to Congress.
Sanchez was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to the
U.S. in the 1980s and has worked as a nurse in New York for more than
Sanchez was among the honored guest during Obama's speech and was
sitted in the viewing box with First Lady Michelle Obama.
Sanchez recounted that she had to travel back and forth four times to
the hospital to move babies on the night power was shut down as a
result of Hurricane Sandy. She had to traverse eight flights of stairs
carrying the infants with only the light of their mobile phones to use
in guiding their way.
Escudero said that while overseas Filipino workers are considered the
country’s modern day heroes, Sanchez is rightly the country “heroine
call to employers, members to register online
By NEIL D. LOPIDO, PIA-8
February 15, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – In
preparation of its full automation by middle of this year, the Home
Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) is once again reminding
employers and members who have not registered yet online to do so to
fully implement the system.
During the Suruswerte ha PIA
Tuesday, Pag-IBIG-8 marketing division chief Leo Larraga said that the
program will run once the nationwide online registration will be
completed or complied by all the employers and members.
“The ultimate objective of
this full automation is for you to be able to view your records online
such as loan status, payments/remittances, membership records and
everything and anything about Pag-IBIG,” he said.
As to compliance, Larraga
observed that agencies/offices both private and public as well as
individual payors in Eastern Visayas responded to their call although
only four percent had not complied since they started their campaign
Larraga explained that
registration online is just easy and takes only 10 to 20 minutes by
logging on to www.pagibigfund.gov.ph, click e-member services facility
then click online membership registration.
However, he suggested that
for those who have no internet access, they may do the registration in
internet cafes near their area or visit Pagibig offices so they will
A member has to register “As
New” since this is their first time to register online even though
they were already issued a Pagibig Membership ID before, he said.
Asked if a member can edit
the data in the system, Larraga said that for now, the editing
facility in the program is not yet available, however, he emphasized
that every registrant should not commit error in three things – name,
birthday and place of birth.
After a successful
registration, he said, a tracking number will be given but this is
only a temporary number and after the matching process has been
verified, a permanent Pag-IBIG Membership ID No. (PMID) will be
generated by the system.
Once given a PMID Number,
the member may now go to Pag-IBIG office and request for a new
Pag-IBIG no longer require
submission of printout of the Member Data Form (MDF) to their office,
however, a copy of the Employer Data Form is required for submission
as evidence that the office has already registered.
Pag-IBIG is the premiere and
globally-competitive provident financial institution in the country
that endeavors to uplift the quality of life of members through
2 men nabbed in
Eastern Samar for gun ban violation
By RPCRD, Police Regional
February 15, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
The region’s top police official had directed the Eastern Samar Police
Provincial Office (ESPPO) to conduct a thorough investigation and
verification on possible affiliation with the communist-terrorists or
criminal gangs of the two men they have arrested to include a massive
manhunt operation against another person who shoot it out with
authorities in Oras town on Wednesday afternoon.
Police Chief Superintendent
Elmer Ragadio Soria, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 8
(PRO8) disclosed that he ordered a thorough check on the probable
involvement of the arrested suspects in criminal incidents in said
province to include their possible connections to the local communist
“The fact that they figured
in a gunfight with our men is a clear indication that they are not
only dangerous but could also be involved in something illegal,” Soria
The Regional Director
identified the suspects as Alfredo Nofiel y Delao, 55, and Noel Norombaba y Balaca, 58, while another suspect Erni Normbada is still
the subject of manhunt operation.
Soria informed that at
around 12:45 Wednesday afternoon, joint elements of Eastern Samar
Police Provincial Office, Oras Municipal Police Station and 14th
Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army led by Police Senior Inspector
Elmerson Badilla responded to a call for police assistance from a
certain Edgar Montallana of Brgy. Paypayon, Oras, Eastern Samar,
alleging that he was threatened by the suspects.
When the team arrived in the
area and while moving towards the house of Erni Norombaba, suspect
fired a .38 caliber revolver to the approaching law enforcers
prompting them to returned fire. The troops maneuvered towards the
house but Erni jumped through the window to elude arrest but his gun
accidentally fall to the ground.
The team was able to arrest
the elder Norombada and Nofiel and confiscated a .38 caliber “paltik”
revolver loaded with 5 ammunition and one spent shell, two homemade
handguns and 7 ammunitions of caliber 5.56 mm.
Arrested persons were
brought to Oras Municipal Police Station for proper disposition as
appropriate criminal charges are now being prepared for filing in
court against them while the police have launched manhunt operations
against Erin Norombada.
Soria further informed that
the arrest of the suspects brought to 33 the number of persons nabbed
by PRO8 for gun ban violation since the start of the election period
last January 13, to include confiscation of 21 firearms of different
schools, colleges urged to join 2013 National Search for Sustainable
and Eco-Friendly Schools
February 15, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) thru the
Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) encourages schools and colleges
here in the region to participate in the 2013 National Search for
Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools.
education and information chief Maribel Munsayac said that they have
already started accepting entries for the nationwide contest which was
dubbed as “2013 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly
Schools” a direct response to Republic Act No. 9512 otherwise known as
the Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008.
Munsayac also said that the
National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools is an
initiative in support to the declaration of 2012 as the ASEAN
Environment Year with the theme “Environmental Awareness thru
Eco-Schools” and the United Nations Decade of Education for
The nationwide search was
also organized to highlight achievement of schools that are committed
in implementing various environmental programs which is open to all
elementary, high school and tertiary school levels, both public and
private, the activity aims to encourage schools and academic
institutions to become more actively involved in environmental issues
at a practical and local level.
“This nationwide search also
aims to develop skills and understanding among students, faculty and
school administrators to initiate active responses and increase
community awareness and involvement on environmental concerns,”
She added that the
eco-friendly schools program was launched last 2009 and 2011 in which
they have generated positive responses from the schools and this paved
the way for the next wave of the competition in 2013.
“We intended to have the
awarding of the search next year instead of this year to allow schools
more time to prepare and to enhance their existing eco-friendly
programs. We are hoping to encourage more schools to participate and
take part in heightening environmental awareness among our youth,”
Munsayac emphasized that the
national search is a joint activity of the DENR through the EMB, the
Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED),
in cooperation with the Smart Communications, Nestle Philippines, One
Meralco Foundation, Petron Foundation and Unilever Philippines.
With this, participating
schools must submit entries in three hard copies to respective DepEd
Division Offices for elementary and high school categories, and to EMB
regional offices for the higher education category. The minimum
requirement for judging will be the hard copies. Likewise, entries can
be submitted online in JPEG format with a resolution of 300 dots per
inch (dpi), a minimum size of 1536 x 2048 pixels, and a maximum file
size of 1MB. Entries should be emailed to
The top entry per category
for every region will be forwarded to the EMB central office for
national judging. For elementary and high school categories, entries
should be submitted directly to their respective DepEd division
On the other hand, for the
college category, entries should be submitted to the nearest EMB
Regional Office. The deadline for the submission of entries is on
March 15, 2013.
Entries should revolve
around the theme “Sustainable and Eco-friendly Initiatives of the
Respective Schools.” Participating schools should include a brief
description of the project. Entries will be rated according to the
following: environment-related aspects of the school’s policy (20
pts); environment-friendly school operations and presence of
environmental programs (30 pts); environment-related features of the
school curriculum (30 pts); presence of vibrant eco organizations in
campus (10 pts); and presence of partners and linkages in environment
programs/projects (10 pts). Only one entry per school will be
For the national level,
prizes include, college, high school and elementary: P50,000 - 1st
prize; P40,000 - 2nd prize; P30,000 - 3rd prize and plaques of
recognition. For the regional level, a certificate of recognition and
a prize of P20,000 will be given to regional winners for each
category. All winning entries for each of the three categories,
together with selected entries, will be displayed during the national
awarding ceremonies in November 2013, coinciding with the National
Environmental Awareness Month celebration.
Aside from the national
prizes, there is also a special category entitled “Nestle Water
Leadership Award” aimed at recognizing and promoting the water
management solutions and practices of schools. Another special
category is a “Meralco Energy Leadership Award” which will recognize
schools that promotes practices and initiatives in electrical safety,
energy efficiency and conservation.
A prize of P20,000 will be
given to each of the winners at the national level for college, high
school and elementary school categories. A prize of P10,000 and
certificate of recognition will be awarded to each of the regional
winners of all categories.
For further details, please
contact the National Program Secretariat, Environmental Education and
Information Division of the Environmental Management Bureau-DENR at
telefax numbers: (02) 9284674 / (02) 3765610; E-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.emb.gov.ph and