participants of the Training on Cassava and Sweet Potato
Production at So. Crossing, Brgy. Taglawigan, San Isidro, Leyte
on 16 April 2013.
implementation of livelihood enhancement programs for Calubian, San
Isidro farmers groups
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
April 17, 2013
KANANGA, Leyte – The 802nd
Infantry Brigade and 19th Infantry Battalion are now working on the
gradual implementation of the livelihood enhancement programs to its
eight (8) newly organized farmers and fisher folks associations in Leyte’s Calubian and San Isidro towns.
This was after the
successful conduct of the “Training on Cassava and Sweet Potato
Production” to three hundred farmers at So. Crossing, Brgy. Taglawigan,
San Isidro, Leyte on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
The training which was
facilitated by the Philippine Rootcrops Research Center based in
Visayas State University (VSU), Baybay City in partnership with the
Fatima Multi-purpose Cooperative Incorporated aimed to introduce
modern technologies, excellent varieties of crops and techniques to
increase production of cassava and sweet potato among farmers.
The training also includes
lecture on; “Management and Control of Insect Pests and Diseases on
Rootcrops” by Dr. Erlinda A. Vasquez, a VSU Professor and
Entomologist, “Cassava Production Technology” by Mr. Dioscorro M.
Bolatete, Senior Agriculturist of PhilRootcrops, and “Sweet Potato
Production Technology” by Mr. Enrique B. Abogadie, a Senior Production
Expert and Germplasm Curator.
Other lecturer was Mr. Nilo
Pesquera from the Philippine Crop Insurance Incorporated who stressed
the importance of crop insurance to farmers especially during
occurrence of natural and man-made calamities.
Lt. Col. Joel Alejandro S.
Nacnac, Commanding Officer of 19IB stressed that the training is just
a start on more comprehensive programs and opportunities for
subsistence farmers to increase their production and earn extra income
for other basic needs.
The military in Leyte under
the leadership of Col. Rafael C. Valencia, Commander of the 802nd
Infantry Brigade had been coordinating with the different government
agencies in the region, provincial and municipal level to ensure that
the farmers’ rights and benefits are protected.
As of now, all eight (8)
newly organized farmers and fisher folks associations namely:
Taglawigan Farmers Association, Taglawigan Fisher Folks Organization
and Catoogan Farmers Association in San Isidro, Leyte; Sorosimbahan
Farmers Association, Jubay Farmers Association, Airport Farmers
Association and Cabatoan Farmers Association from Calubian, Leyte; and
Libertad Farmers Association in Kananga, Leyte were officially
registered at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
PRO8 nab 98 gun ban
RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
April 17, 2013
CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – The number of violators of the current election gun ban
arrested by Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) in Eastern Visayas has
reached 98 after police arrested a businessman in Ormoc City for
poking his gun to a market vendor on Monday morning.
Police Chief Superintendent
Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO8 Regional Director, informed that various
police operations conducted by his men have resulted in the arrest of
98 persons since the ban was enforced early this year.
“The arrests were made
through the implementation of checkpoints in strategic areas in
coordination with our AFP counterparts and other police operations
like implementation of search warrants, police response to calls for
assistance resulting in the apprehension of suspects and
intelligence-driven operations,” Soria said.
A total of 83 high-powered
and low-powered firearms, 5 airguns and firearm replicas, 36 bladed
weapons, 7 hand grenades, 3 rifle grenades, 1 improvised explosive, 52
blasting caps and several rounds of ammunition were confiscated by the
Soria further informed that
79 cases for violation of Republic Act 8294 (Illegal Possession of
Firearms) in relation to COMELEC Resolution No. 9561-A were filed
against the suspects in different courts throughout the region.
The Commission on Elections
deputized the Philippine National Police to strictly implement the gun
ban, which seeks to minimize election-related violence, that started
last January 13 and lasts until June 12.
While it is in effect,
bearing, carrying and transporting firearms and other deadly weapons
are prohibited unless authorized in writing by the Comelec with only
law enforcers on duty and in full uniform are allowed to carry
firearms outside their residence.
In related development, a
38-year old businessman in Ormoc City is the latest addition to the
list of gun ban violators in the region.
Elizer Bakunawa, married,
and a resident of Brgy Linao, Ormoc City was arrested by responding
elements of Police Station 1, Ormoc City Police Office after receiving
a complaint from one Ali Asa Abdul Assi, 33, married, public market
vendor for allegedly threatening him on early Monday morning by
pointing a gun to him while under the influence of intoxicating
The responding lawmen
apprehended the suspect who was caught while in his possession and
control one unit Glock 19 caliber .9mm pistol with serial number
AAIN583 with a magazine loaded with 14 live ammunition. The suspect
failed to present any legal documents and exemption from the COMELEC
for carrying said gun.
Bakunawa was brought to
Police Station 1, Ormoc CPO for proper disposition while a case for
gun ban violation is being prepared for filing in court against him.
most wanted persons will help ensure SAFE 2013 - RD Soria
By RPCRD, Police Regional
April 16, 2013
CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – The intensified campaign against most wanted persons being
undertaken by the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) in Samar province
and other parts of the region will help ensure the conduct of secured
and fair elections (SAFE) in May 2013.
“Wanted criminals may be
recruited by some unscrupulous politicians and maybe used to ensure
their victory through violent means, going after these criminals is
one measure being adopted by PRO8 in line with our SAFE 2013 program,”
said Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO8 Regional
This developed as the
Regional Special Operations Task Group (RSOTG-Samar) Tracker Team 1
collared Danilo Diosa y Montemayor alias Danny at his hiding place in
Brgy. Sinidman Oriental, Calbayog City at around 2:00 AM on Friday,
Facing charges of Frustrated
Homicide and Direct Assault with Attempted Homicide before the
Regional Trial Court Branch 32 in Calbayog City, Diosa is ranked
number 9 in the list of top ten most wanted persons of Cabayog City.
The joint police team from
RSOTG and Calbayog City Police Station led by PSInsp. Shyrile Tan was
armed with an arrest warrant issued by Judge Feliciano P. Aguilar in
Criminal Case number 6833 with recommended bail bond fixed at
RSOTG-Samar is a special
police unit organized and deployed by PRO8 to lead in the
implementation of the Secured and Fair Elections (SAFE 2013) program
and augments the local police force in Samar, earlier classified by
the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as a “priority
area”, in the forthcoming polls.
Since its activation, RSOTG
has arrested 15 most wanted persons, some were members of Private
Armed Groups (PAGs), neutralized two in a shoot-out with one
The recent accomplishment is
a big boost to the campaign for a peaceful, honest and credible May
elections in Samar, Soria added.
Cayetano hails SC
Decision to lift ad limits a victory for democracy and poor voters
By Office of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano
April 16, 2013
PASAY CITY – Senator
Alan Cayetano hailed the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to lift the
Commission on Elections (Comelec) limit on political advertisements a
victory for democracy and for voters in poor rural areas with limited
or no access to national television (TV).
candidates should reach every Filipino family, not only those with
access to national TV," Cayetano said. "This decision is a victory for
voters, especially the poor in remote rural areas who now have the
opportunity to hear more about the advocacy of various candidates."
Cayetano said that Comelec’s
fear of this decision benefitting candidates with bigger budgets is
unfounded because the candidates’ spending limit of P3 per voter
remains unchanged. "What the Comelec should do now is monitor the
spending of each candidate and, more importantly, check that the
funding of candidates is not from illegal means like jueteng or
drugs," he said.
Comelec Resolution No. 9615
limited national candidates to only 120 minutes of airtime for
television and 180 minutes for radio during the campaign period.
Meanwhile, local candidates were only allowed 60 minutes for
television and 90 minutes for radio. This was done in an effort to
curtail campaign spending. In the past, the agency limited
advertisements on a per-station basis.
The Supreme Court voting 9-6
earlier today issued a status quo ante order halting the
implementation of the said resolution – an act that Cayetano has long
been petitioning for.
Cayetano is the only party
of interest as a senatorial candidate who filed a
Petition-in-Intervention in the case. "I intervened in this case
because I realized that the limit on ad placements deprives our voters
of their right to be informed about candidates. The Comelec should
encourage instead of discourage candidates to make an informed choice
on the candidates they will vote for," he said.
The case was filed by the
Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP), GMA Network Inc.,
Radio Mindanao Network (RMN), Bombo Radyo and TV 5.
Rotary Club of
Ormoc Medical Mission benefits 235 soldiers, dependents
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
April 15, 2013
KANANGA, Leyte – Soldiers of
the 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion and their dependents were
grateful of the services extended by the Rotary Club of Ormoc during a
medical mission held at the formers camp in Brgy. Aguiting, Kananga,
Leyte on Saturday, April 13, 2013.
The medical mission which
was facilitated by Mr. Wesley Chu, president of the Rotary Club of
Ormoc and other 40 Rotarians benefited a total of 235 individuals who
availed of free urinalysis and cholesterol and sugar level
examination. Aside from the medical consultation, medicines were also
distributed for free by the Rotarians.
Lt. Col. Joel Alejandro
Nacnac, commanding officer of the 19th Infantry Battalion who is also
a Rotarian said the medical mission was conducted to check the health
of the soldiers and their dependents. He likewise expressed his utmost
gratitude to his fellow Rotarians for choosing 19IB as one of their
The Rotary Club of Ormoc had
been lending hands to 19IB in various undertakings since 2012. It can
be recalled that the Rotary Club and 19IB launched a Youth Leadership
Summit in Ormoc City on October last year. An election law seminar on
January this year was also conducted by the Rotary Club for the 19IB
soldiers and Ormoc City police.
The Rotary Club of Ormoc is
also one of the organizations who respond to the needs of medical
assistance of the less fortunate people from poorer communities in
RD Soria lauds AFP,
other law enforcement agencies effort to ensure peaceful polls
By RPCRD, Police Regional
April 15, 2013
CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, Regional
Director of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) lauded the efforts of the
army and other law enforcement agencies in Eastern Visayas as he
encouraged everyone to continue with good initiatives in ensuring a
peaceful conduct of the May 13 elections.
“The collaborative effort between the Comelec, PNP and our AFP
counterparts, together with the support of other government agencies
is a laudable effort that contributed greatly to the tranquility of
the election atmosphere,” Soria said during the Regional Joint
Security Control Center - Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating
Council (RJSCC-RLECC) Joint Conference held at PRO8 Matapat Hall last
PRO8 has no recorded election-related violent incidents since the
start of the election period.
“This noble partnership will ensure the safe exercise of the people’s
sacred right to vote in the elections and we are optimistic of
attaining our goal of zero-casualty for this year’s polls,” the top
police official added.
The Comelec, AFP and PNP have activated the Joint Security Control
Centers (JSCCs) to serve as focal point for all security coordination
related to the elections while the RLECC is coordinating mechanism for
all law enforcement activities of various government agencies to
ensure unified direction and integration of law enforcement efforts.
The police official further assured that PRO8 will continue to
implement pro-active police operations to ensure safe and secured
elections by assisting the Comelec in the implementation of elections
laws, rules and regulations; and deter or deny private armed groups
and other threat groups from conducting election-related violence.
These police activities includes the continuous conduct of
fixed/mobile checkpoints especially at pinpointed critical strategic
locations; accounting of wanted persons and loose firearms;
prepositioning of PNP reaction teams in areas believed to be of
immediate concern and deployment of elements from the Regional Public
Safety Battalion (RPSB8) to support police provincial offices and
“We will also continue other activities like initiating peace covenant
signings, prayer rallies and dialogues with political leaders to
ensure that they will not result to violence to advance their
political interests,” Soria added.
2013 Labor Day workers’ woes
Meager take home
pay stimulate underemployment growth rate - TUCP
April 15, 2013
QUEZON CITY – The
number of Filipinos aspiring to have extra jobs to augment current
income to make both ends meet have reached almost 9 million and the
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) attributes this to job
mismatch and low salary workers receive.
“Aside from mismatch, it is
highly possible that because of low salary – notably, the daily take
home pay – the underemployment rate grows at a very alarming pace.
It’s puzzling trade unionists and causing discomfort to some concerned
government officials,” said Gerard Seno, general-secretary of TUCP,
adding: “pero totoo na dumarami ang mga manggagawa na nagsa sideline
or rumaraket so to speak, to have extra income for their families to
Underemployment refers to
people who desire to have an additional job or to work for longer
hours for additional financial resources aside from their current
employment. While a job mismatch, for example, are those nurses and
teachers who end up employed as salesladies.
In Metro Manila, although
the minimum daily pay is 456 pesos, the real daily take home minimum
pay is only 306 pesos after factoring inflation of basic commodities
and after mandatory deductions of taxes, Philhealth, Pag-ibig, and SSS,
Seno said citing a recent TUCP study.
The National Statistics
Office (NSO) record showed there are 7.934 million underemployed in
January 2013, up by 916,000 since January 2012 (7.018 million) and
7.050 million in 2011.
The all-time high
underemployment rate in six years was recorded in July 2012 with 8.55
million with more than 80 per cent of them in the agriculture and
services sector like security guards, tellers, clerks, waiters,
mechanics, technicians, salesladies, and service crews.
In the light of the issue,
the Labor department introduced nationwide the Community
Entrepreneural Development Training (EDT) and the Integrated
Livelihood Program (ILP) to encourage workers to engage in livelihood
like selling home-made food and items to augment family income.
The TUCP filed an 85-peso
wage increase petition for Metro Manila before the wage board April 3.
They also filed an 80-peso wage increase in Davao regional wage board
on April 10. If granted, Davao workers will receive a minimum nominal
pay of 381 pesos. The current 301 pesos minimum pay in Davao region
has a buying capacity of only 216.24 pesos. After mandatory
deductions, the real take home pay is only 191.75 pesos.
Chiz warns vs.
backsliding amid COA irregularity findings
By Office of Senator Chiz
April 15, 2013
PASAY CITY – Senator Chiz
Escudero reminded public servants not to backslide from the straight
path policy of President Benigno Aquino III amid results of Commission
on Audit (CoA) audits finding excessive allowances and benefits
persisted among agencies and state firms.
Escudero cited a CoA report
showing the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and the
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) continuing to grant
allowances and benefits to their officers and employees either in
violation of the law or without authority from President Aquino. (Full
report may be viewed and downloaded at www.coa.gov.ph/Audit/AAR.htm)
“There must be no let-up in
the campaign for good governance and anti-corruption. The ‘daang
matuwid’ policy of the President is in full effect, there is no room
for backsliding,” Escudero said.
The CoA report on MWSS for
2011 stated that various allowances and benefits on that year worth
P6.39 million was P5.88 million more than what was allowed in its
Escudero said that it
appears the current officials of both agencies are taking a U-turn
back to the crooked path with their requests for a status quo on the
excessive perks their officials and employees are enjoying.
He enjoined the CoA to
enforce its mandate of reporting irregularities among state agencies
and corporation and be aggressive in recommending appropriate actions
to halt such irregularities.
Escudero said that CoA also
recently reported that officials and employees of the Department of
Energy (DOE) were also found to have received more than P60.3 million
in unauthorized yearend financial benefits and subsidies in 2010 and
The CoA said Malacañang did
not authorize the release of the money for yearend benefits and food
and utility subsidy. The CoA has asked the DOE personnel to refund the
P78,000 they each received.
“We should move forward
towards changing the culture in government and the way government
conducts its business. It cannot be business as usual anymore,”
The Aquino administration’s
subsidies to government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs)
doubled in January to February this year, according to data from the
Bureau of the Treasury’s (BTr) Statistical Data Analysis Division (SDAD).
BTr data posted on its web
site showed state subsidies to GOCCs totaled P3.07 billion in the
first two months of 2013. A total of P1.53 billion in subsidies was
released during the same period last year.
The subsidies amounted to
P244 million and P2.82 billion in January and February this year,
Escudero recalled that in
the first State of the Nation Address of President Aquino, he had
condemned the misuse of government funds through the excessive
granting of perks and incentives among state agencies and firms which
he said was part of the crooked path where “for a long time, our
country lost its way.”
“Let’s not forget that just
three years ago, we were up in arms over these excessive perks. We
should not forget so easily, otherwise we run the risk of repeating
these mistakes simply because we let our guard down,” Escudero said.
Phil. Army and NGO
on a successful medical mission
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
April 14, 2013
ORMOC CITY, Leyte –
Philippine Army soldiers from 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion led
by 1LT Rod Vincent F Babera and members of Share-Me-A-Dream, a Bisayan
Community Club of Victoria from Australia successfully conducted a
medical mission to the poor families of Ormoc City last April 14, 2013
at Claretian Mission Centre, Barangay Milagro, Ormoc City.
The whole day activity which
started at 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 pm last Sunday was participated by
doctors and dentists from Ormoc City who rendered free services such
as operation tuli (circumcision) and dental and medical consultations.
There were at least three hundred fifty (350) beneficiaries of the
said medical mission who came from different barangays, namely:
Liberty, Cabingtan, Gaas, and Lake Danao. It is noted that these
barangays are formerly guerilla bases that where influenced by the
communist terrorists. Other services provided were transportation and
The Commanding Officer of
19IB, Lt Col Joel Alejandro S Nacnac, upon receipt of the invitation
for this medical mission was in full support because he believes in
serving his countryfolks in whatever form it may be. According to him,
“we are grateful for the kind-hearted Filipinos from other countries
who extended a helping hand.” He is hopeful that this activity will
prove that the government cooperates with the NGOs and the people to
maintain the peace and order in the Province of Leyte.
“The Share-Me-A-Dream is
responding to the growing needs of medical assistance to the less
fortunate people from poorer communities who could not afford
appropriate healthcare due to geographical and economical challenges,”
according to Ms Maria Theresa Symes, the Club President. It was
founded on June 23, 2011 and since then actively helping the less