dental team of the Samar Police Provincial Office.
Samar peace and
development caravan draws more than five hundred rural folks
February 19, 2013
CATBALOGAN CITY – More than
five hundred rural folks from the four hinterlands of Gandara flocked
to the Samar peace and development caravan, Tuesday.
The caravan – a convergence
of 20 government agencies ushered programs like medical-dental
services, circumcision and free haircut from the police and the army,
massage therapy from the TESDA Specialistas and free coconut, mahogany
seedlings and vegetable seeds from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)
and Provincial Agriculture.
The PNP also brought their
legal counsel to talk about how the criminal justice works and
received free legal consultations.
In the same spirit of public
service, parents were taught to prepare arroz caldo for their kids
with matching free taste test for some 200 children by the Provincial
Social Welfare Office.
But the biggest reason for
the crowd mostly senior citizens was the medical checkup.
Spouses Agueda and Nemesio
Armamento from barangay Natimonan, in their early 60’s said that they
hiiked for two hours to avail of the medical checkup.
“Makapa check up gad kami
pero dire maka akos han bulong (We may afford to get medical check-up
but we can’t buy the medicines prescribed)”, said Agueda.
So that when their barangay
chairman informed them of the Samar Peace and Development Caravan,
which would bring doctors and dentists for the locals, they took time
out from their farm duties packed cooked rice and hiked the
Fernando Tores, 58 from
Barangay Pizarro also submitted himself to the free medical checkup
for his recurring cough.
“Kinahanglan mabulong ako
kay an akon pag uma amo an nasuporta ha akon mga estudyante han hay
iskol (I have to be healed because my kids are still studying and my
farming sees them through high school)”, he shared.
The caravan was part of the
social preparation for Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA)
projects nearing Gandara leading to Matuguinao town – considered a
The Office of the
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) initiated the
activity in partnership with the provincial government of Samar and
PRO8 nabs student
RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
February 19, 2013
CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – Instead of attending his classes in an academic institution, a
college student will now be attending classes in a correctional
institution as the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) stamped out his
nefarious activities of selling illegal drugs.
“With the suspect’s arrest,
his illegal drug trade will now be stopped and this will save his
fellow students from falling prey to the illegal drugs menace,” said
Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO8 Regional
The region’s top police
official informed that at around 11:00 o’ clock on Saturday evening,
joint elements of Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations
Task Group of Leyte Police Provincial Office (LPPO-PAIDSTOG) and Palo
Municipal Police Station led by Police Senior Inspector Jonathan
Camacho and Police Senior Inspector Leo Laraga conducted buy-bust
operation along the National Highway, Brgy. Guindapunan, Palo, Leyte
resulting in the arrest of one Alchie Chiquillo y Albano, 23, single,
student and a resident of Public Market site, Cavite East, Palo, Leyte.
“The suspect was immediately
nabbed by police operatives posted strategically in the area after
handing a sachet of suspected ‘shabu’ to an undercover cop who acted
as poseur-buyer,” Soria added.
Recovered from the suspect’s
possession and control were two P500 bills used as buy-bust money, two
heat-sealed transparent sachet containing suspected “shabu” with an
estimated street value of P10,000 and one unit Samsung mobile phone
used in his illegal transactions.
Chiquillo was immediately
brought to Palo Municipal Police Station for proper disposition while
confiscated items were brought to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office
8 for quantitative examination.
Soria added that cases for
violations of Sections 5 and 11 (selling and possession of illegal
drugs) of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002 is
now being prepared for filing against the suspect.
In January this year, PRO8
conducted 24 successful anti-illegal drugs operations resulting in the
arrest of 24 pushers, 10 drug users, confiscation of 5.196 grams of
methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” and 214.890 grams of dried
marijuana leaves with a total estimated market value of P73,130.00,
several drug paraphernalia, and filing of 24 drug charges in different
26 coconut farmers in 4 barangays of Gandara, Samar each
received around 75 dwarf coco seedlings from the Philippine
Coconut Authority (PCA-Samar), during the Samar Peace and
Development Caravan on Tuesday, February 19, in Brgy. Sto. Niño,
Gandara, Samar. This new variety of coconut starts to bear fruit
after 4 years from planting at a trunk height of barely 4 feet.
farmers to plant 2000 dwarf coconuts
February 19, 2013
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar –
Gandara farmers who joined the Samar Peace and Development Caravan
organized by the Office of the Presidential Adviser (OPAPP)and the LGU
of Samar received 2,000 dwarf coconuts.
Development Authority (PCA-Samar) Chief Meinard Montano sought the
help of the army in transporting the seednuts to the barangay.
Dwarf coconuts said Montano
may not grow as tall as the native coconuts but its fruits are as
productive as the native coconuts.
“They also mature early that
they can bear fruits as early as 5 or seven years, unlike the other
species that bear fruits at ten years old,” explained Montano.
Some 26 coconut farmers
scampered for listing as they thought it exciting and something
different to try growing dwarf coconuts.
Jose Alejan, 58, a farmer
from Barangay Sto. Niño said he asked for 200 pieces to be planted in
his farm, he added he will grow these intercropped with his
Farmers from the four
barangays of Natimonan, Sto. Niño, Pizarro and Heparayan quickly
claimed all 2,000 coconut seedlings in a jiffy.
“Let us plant coconuts in
the bald hills,” Montano urged the gathered folks from the four
barangays. As Gandara has wide fields planted with palay, the hills
that seem to demarcate them are bereft of vegetation.
The Department of
Environment and Natural Resources also brought mahogany seedlings to
be planted in the idle hill lots that surround the ricefields.
creates Task Force on Bangsamoro Development
February 19, 2013
MALACAÑANG – President
Benigno S. Aquino III has issued a directive for the creation of the
Task Force on Bangsamoro Development to push forward the
rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in the region following the
signing of the framework agreement for a peace settlement between the
government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Executive
Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. said on Tuesday.
Ochoa said Administrative
Order No. 37, which President Aquino signed on February 13, will
ensure that development projects and programs are implemented in
Bangsamoro, a new autonomous region that will be established in
Mindanao, for MILF combatants and their families as well as
communities that will be affected by the framework agreement signed in
October last year.
The task force, according to
Ochoa, is mandated to develop and implement programs that will respond
to the health, education and livelihood needs of MILF priority
beneficiaries and poverty-stricken communities throughout Mindanao.
“The peaceful resolution of
the conflict in Mindanao goes beyond the signing of the framework
agreement. This administration wants to ensure that peace and progress
go hand in hand,” Ochoa said.
The Aquino administration
last week took the initial step to help MILF forces and their families
and affected persons and communities with the launch of the social
development plan called Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program in Maguindanao.
“Although the initial
beneficiaries of the program will be MILF members and their families,
other residents in the region will also receive the benefits of the
peace agreement and the development and livelihood initiatives that go
with it,” the Executive Secretary said.
The task force is composed
of the Cabinet secretary as chairperson and the heads of the
Departments of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Labor and
Employment (DOLE), Health (DOH), Education (DepEd), Agriculture (DA),
the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Budget and Management,
and the presidential adviser on the peace process (OPAPP) as members.
Other members are the
secretaries of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS), the
Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office
(PCDSPO), the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO),
and the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson (OPS), as well as the
heads of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Philippine
Health Insurance Corp. (PHIC).
The President also
instructed the task force to coordinate with the Transition
Commission, created under Executive Order No. 120 last year, in the
development and implementation of the program.
He likewise ordered the task
force and Transition Commission to jointly monitor the implementation
of the development projects and submit regular reports to the Office
of the President.
Funding for the operation of
the task force will be drawn initially from the current budgets of
member-agencies and subsequent appropriations will be incorporated in
their annual budget proposals.
AO 37 shall take effect
Chiz sounds alarm
over wildlife ‘invasion’
By Office of Senator Chiz
February 19, 2013
PASAY CITY – Senator Chiz
Escudero called on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR) and environmental groups to intervene in the reported entry of
alien plant and animal species to the country which threatens the
country’s delicate ecological balance.
Exotic animal and plant
species which are initially used as household pets or decorations
almost always invariably ends up being introduced into the country’s
ecosystems which in many cases disturbs the delicate balance of the
country’s rich biological environment, Escudero, chairman of the
Senate committee on environment and natural resources, said.
“This is an ecological
disaster waiting to happen. The entry of alien invasive species can
wreak havoc on our ecosystem in a blink of an eye. We need a
cooperative approach to dealing with this looming environmental
crisis,” the senator added as he pledge full support for a multi-sectoral
The DENR had earlier called
public attention to the so-called “bio-invasion” involving foreign
plant and animal species.
Escudero said that the
intervention of the DENR and a proactive response from non-government
organizations are made more urgent with its own assessment that the
entry of exotic species in the country “threaten not only the survival
of local wildlife species, but also pose human health risks.”
Environment Secretary Ramon
Paje earlier reported, for instance, that Chinese softshell turtles
had started to ruin wildlife habitats in Central Luzon.
The Chinese softshell
turtles (Pelodiscus sinensis) are impacting aquaculture and
biodiversity in Pampanga, Bulacan and Bataan as they prey on bangus
(milkfish) and tilapia fingerlings in fishponds, according to Paje.
The registration of wildlife
species, whether for recreation, conservation or propagation, is
required by Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation
and Protection Act.
The law also requires
aquarium owners to surrender their exotic fish to the Protected Areas
and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) instead of throwing these into rivers and
other bodies of water when they decide to extract the fishes from
Among the foreign species of
wildlife that had posed problems for the country are the water lily,
golden apple snail or golden kuhol, tilapia, and the janitor fish.
2 Security guards
nabbed for yielding guns
By RPCRD, Police Regional
February 18, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
A security guard was arrested by the police for gun ban violation in a
checkpoint at San Juanico bridge Samar side while another security
guard, with his issued firearm, was turned-over by his employer to a
police station in Northern Samar for shooting and wounding his
co-employee over the weekend.
“The Police Regional Office
8 will continuously conduct checkpoints in strategic areas in Eastern
Visayas and implement the gun ban to sustain the safety and security
during the election period,” vowed Police Chief Superintendent Elmer
Ragadio Soria, the region’s top police official.
Soria informed that at
around 6:45 o’ clock on Sunday evening, elements of the 8th Regional
Public Safety Battalion (8th RPSB) led by Police Inspector Romulo Rits
Renomeron and Police Inspector Dennis Gatela, while conducting
checkpoint infront of their patrol base at the foot of the world
famous bridge in Brgy. San Juan, Sta. Rita, Samar arrested one Alberto
Resma y Olager, a security guard assigned at Shell gasoline station in
Brgy. Utap, Tacloban City.
Investigation showed that
the suspect was on board a public utility jeep going to Tacloban City
that was flagged down by PNP personnel conducting the checkpoint.
Upon verification, Resma,
who was under the influence of liquor got irked and challenged the
policemen for a fistfight, drew his service firearm and aimed towards
the policemen but was quickly disarmed by the lawmen.
Confiscated from the suspect
was one caliber .38 revolver of unknown manufacturer with serial no
55211 along with two live ammunition.
The suspect is now under the
custody of said patrol base for safekeeping pending the filing of
appropriate charges in court against him.
Meanwhile on Saturday
morning in San Isidro, Northern Samar, one Paul Montecalvo of the
Human Resource Division of Sanvic Enterprises turned over to San
Isidro Municipal Police Station one Alvin Dalagdon y Sabilao, 25,
security guard of Sanvic Enterprises and a resident of Purok 9, Brgy.
Alegria, San Isidro, Northern Samar with his issued caliber .38
revolver marked SAM Protector bearing serial number PRO20991090, two
live ammunitions and 3 spent shells of .38 caliber.
disclosed that earlier that day, at the compound of said
establishment, suspect had an altercation with forklift operator
Reynaldo Amor that resulted in the shooting by the suspect of the
later who was wounded on different parts of his body.
Suspect is currently
detained at San Isidro Police Station while appropriate charges is now
being prepared for filling in court against him. Meanwhile, victim was
brought to Northern Samar Provincial Hospital in Catarman, Northern
Samar for medical attention.
Soria assured that PRO8 will
remain active in enforcement of the election laws and sustain security
operations in line with the PNP’s “Secure and Fair Elections” or SAFE
PRO8 started enforcing the
election gun ban last January 13 until June 12 this year wherein all
permits to carry firearms outside residences issued by the PNP to
qualified licensed gun holders are suspended and only law enforcers
who are on duty and in uniform are exempted from the ban.
Another NPA Camp
falls, improvised landmines recovered
By 20th Infantry Battalion,
February 18, 2013
Barangay 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 18, 2013 at around 1:05 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 Bravo
Company, 20IB led by Sgt Antonio Seberre while conducting combat
patrol in the hinterland barangays of San Isidro, Northern Samar,
discovered a newly abandoned NPA encampment with hastily destroyed
makeshift posts and bunkers.
According to LTC Vestuir,
the said camp was pinpointed after the residents in the nearby
barangays informed the troops of the presence of unidentified armed
men in the area. As the troops searched the area, they were able to
recover the following items: two (2) improvised anti-personnel mines;
two (2) meters detonating cord; electric firing wire; one (1) IED
switch; one (1) rifle grenade; four (4) back packs, personal
belongings and subversive documents.
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, already
three (3) NPA camp were also seized by 20IB last week in the
municipalities of San Isidro, Victoria and Catarman.
According to LTC Vestuir,
“the presence of NPAs and the recovery of improvised explosive devices
is a clear indication that the terrorist group is planning to conduct
atrocities against the peace-loving people in the area that were
prevented due to the timely response of the government troops. The use
of landmines is a gross violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on
Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL)
wherein the CPP/NPA/NDF are signatories.
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 terroristic 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 eventually find them. If that would happen, we will not hesitate to
use the full might and strength of our forces against them.” Vestuir
VP Binay – CA
decision on Delfin Lee a grave injustice
By OVP Media
February 18, 2013
MANILA – Vice President Jejomar C. Binay today assailed the reported Court of Appeals (CA)
decision allegedly quashing the syndicated estafa case against
fugitive developer Delfin Lee and other officials of Globe Asiatique
and lifting the warrant of arrest issued by a Pampanga court against
“We have not received a copy
of the resolution. But if this report is accurate, then the decision
is a grave injustice against the victims of Delfin Lee. We will not
take this sitting down,” Binay said.
The Vice President said he
has directed the Home Mutual Development Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) to
confer with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Solicitor
General and immediately file an appeal before the Supreme Court once
it receives a copy of the said CA Resolution. Binay is the chair of
the Pag-IBIG Board of Trustees.
He ordered the filing of
syndicated estafa charges against Lee and several others after an
investigation which he ordered revealed that Lee had used fake
documents and ghost borrowers to obtain from the housing agency some
P7 billion in loans.
“We owe it not only to the
victims of Delfin Lee but to all the members of Pag-IBIG to pursue
this case. Those who are responsible for this scam should be brought
to justice,” he said.
As of this date, the agency
has not received a copy of the supposed resolution of the former
Special 10th Division of the CA allegedly directing the quashing or
cancelling of the syndicated estafa case against Lee.
President Aquino has placed
a P2 million reward for the capture of Lee, who went into hiding after
the issuance of an arrest warrant.
passengers in Tacloban Airport up by 13% in 2012
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
February 17, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – The number
of passengers at the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport increase by 13%
reaching 1.14 million in 2012 as against the 1.01 million that was
posted in 2011, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)
CAAP Eastern Visayas area
manager Antonio Alfonso said the number of incoming and outgoing
flights also rose by 10.5% with 10,030 in 2012 from 9,074 in 2011,
making the airport as one of the busiest in the country. April was the
busiest month on record for the DZR Airport with total passenger
traffic of 115,587, accounting 10% of last year’s volume.
Manager Alfonso said the
factor contributing to the 2012 passenger volume rise is the launching
of SEAIR (Southeast Asian Airlines), another low cost carrier bound
for Manila. Cebu Pacific also opened the new Tacloban-Iloilo route, he
The CAAP Eastern Visayas
area manager said the passenger volume has been consistently
increasing every year with 627,108 in 2008; 892,425 in 2009; 907,347
in 2010; and 1,015,797 in 2011. The airport has seen growth as
airlines added their capacity and new service to and from the
On a daily basis, the DZR
airport serves 11 Manila-bound flights of Cebu Pacific (CEB), Zest
Air, Air Philippines, and SEAIR; and two Cebu-bound flights of CEB and
Air Philippines. Iloilo-bound Cebu Pacific aircraft uses the airport
three times weekly.
The airport manager said
that with the consistent rise of air passengers using the DZR Airport,
there is a need to improve and upgrade the facilities of Tacloban
Airport in accordance with international civil aviation and safety
Meanwhile, in a report to
the Regional Development Council (RDC), the Department of
Transportation and Communications (DOTC) informed it will implement a
P2.12 billion Tacloban Airport development project from 2013 to 2016.
The report said that that the contractor is awaiting for the notice to
proceed of the actual construction.
The project consists of four
components, the construction of apron and taxi way, the completion of
North-East shore protection, the construction of drainage system, and
the construction of temporary transition.
In a statement, the DOTC
said the project will meet the increasing air passengers and cargo
traffic, serve modern and bigger aircrafts, and provide safety to air