distributed computers, books to elementary schools in Northern Samar
By 20th Infantry Battalion,
June 21, 2013
BRGY. MAGSAYSAY, Lope de
Vega, Northern Samar – The troops of 20th Infantry (We Lead)
Battalion, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army has
distributed a total of five (5) sets desktop computers, with complete
accessories and two hundred fifty (250) assorted text books and
reference materials to five (5) elementary schools in Northern Samar
province that was conducted from June 6-13, 2013.
Lieutenant Colonel Noel A
Vestuir, 20IB’s Commanding Officer, in his report to 803rd Brigade
Commander, Colonel Rolando Malinao, said the items were donated by
Rotary Club of Loyola Heights through the efforts of the Office of the
Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations (J7), AFP.
The computers and books are
part of the joint project of AFP and Rotary International dubbed as
“Books for Peace” aims to provide text books, reference materials and
computers to remote barangays in support to the government’s effort of
providing quality education focusing in conflict affected areas. Among
the beneficiaries of the project are San Miguel Elementary School,
Curry Elementary School and Magsaysay Elementary School in Lope de
Vega; Trojillo Elementary School in Bobon; and Happy Valley Elementary
School in San Isidro, all of Northern Samar Province.
LTC Vestuir, CO, 20IB
personally handed over the books and computers to Mr Cristito A Eco,
the OIC, Division Schools Superintendent of DepEd, Northern Samar, who
in turn gave the items to the district supervisors and principals of
the recipient schools.
The activity was also
attended by the district supervisors, principals, teachers, pupils,
parents, barangay officials of the recipient schools and barangays and
the local media from Calbayog City and Catarman.
Mr Eco expressed his
gratitude to the Philippine Army and the Rotary International for the
realization of the project that would certainly enhance the learning
process in the elementary schools. According to Mr Eco, this is the
first time that the recipient schools were able to receive such
computers and books. He also urged the teachers and pupils to properly
take care of the said items in order for the next generation of pupils
to also benefit from it.
According to LTC Vestuir:
“The Books for Peace project would greatly help upgrade the literacy
level of elementary pupils of the recipient schools considering that
the area has limited access to some open source and readily available
reference materials such as internet. He also thanked the AFP
leadership, the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for CMO, OJ7 and
the Rotary Club of Loyola Heights for their support to the Bayanihan
Activities of the Unit. Indeed, the activity has exemplified the firm
resolve and commitment of the people behind the project to help the
children as the hope of our fatherland.
Battalion encounters New Peoples Army, recovers 2 high powered
DPAO, 8ID PA
June 21, 2013
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City
– On 21 June 2013, at 5:50 in the morning, the 87th Infantry Battalion
under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Cerilo Balaoro encountered
around 10 New People’s Army under Section Committee, Southern Samar 1,
Samar Provincial Party Committee in Barangay Bugho, Pinabacdao, Samar.
Acting upon an information
given by a concerned citizen living in Barangay Bugho about NPA
presence in the vicinity of their barangay, Captain Tuguinay Agoy, the
Commanding Officer of Alpha Company, 87th Infantry Battalion formed a
combat platoon to verify the information. When Captain Agoy and his
troops arrived in the area where the NPAs were reported to be
harbouring, they were fired upon and an encounter ensued for about 15
minutes until the NPAs withdrew.
The encounter resulted to
the recovery of the following enemy materiel: one (1) M16 Armalite
Rifle, one (1) M653 Baby Armalite Rifle as well as three (3) loaded
magazines of AK 47 Rifle with 100 extra live ammunition, seven (7)
empty magazines for M16 Rifle and NPA documents. No casualty was
reported to have incurred by both sides.
Major General Gerardo T.
Layug, Commander of 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army in his
message said, “I congratulate the troops who conducted the successful
combat operation and for risking their lives in doing their mandate to
protect the people from the NPAs. I assure the people that we will
continue in clearing the interior barangays in the region from NPA
influence so that LGUs can implement their programs and be able to
provide basic services for the people.”
“The chief executives of
Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran and Eastern Samar already declared
their respective provinces as manageable conflict affected areas and
ready for development and are now focusing on economic programs that
will alleviate their people from poverty. On the same token, the local
chief executives of the provinces of Samar and Northern Samar are
currently working with other peace stakeholders for their provinces to
be declared as manageable conflict affected areas and ready for
development so that they can also focus on development programs they
have crafted for their people. On our part, we assure the chief
executives of these provinces that we will provide security for their
programs for to be implemented without interruption,” Major General
Unmask, jail gov’t personnel preying on distressed OFW women
By Office of Senator Pia S.
June 19, 2013
PASAY CITY – Senator Pia S.
Cayetano today said the government should leave no stone unturned in
its investigation of the reported sexual abuse of distressed women
overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Philippine overseas offices.
At the same time, the
senator called on concerned agencies to hold the alleged perpetrators
accountable for the so-called ‘sex-for-repatriation’ scheme.
“If in fact the allegation
of ‘sex for repatriation’ is true, then this is one of the worst cases
of exploitation that have befallen our OFW women,” said Cayetano,
Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Youth, Women and Family
“When those who are tasked
to protect our women are the very ones who perpetuate such a ghastly
and disturbing act, then these predators should be charged, jailed and
banned from holding public office.”
She added: “It is incumbent
upon concerned government agencies, primarily DFA and DOLE to take
immediate and decisive action while observing due process of law.”
“They should unmask the
identities of these alleged perpetrators within their ranks, as well
as their accomplices. They should also urge all victims to come
forward and provide them assistance so that they would be able to file
charges in court.”
She said the abuses would be
mitigated if government could find ways to hasten the repatriation of
OFWs staying in government shelters abroad. “The government must step
up its efforts to hasten the repatriation of distressed OFWs in order
to shield them from hardship and further abuse.”
Venus Abrigo in her winning performance during the Police Got
Talent show Wednesday night.
policewoman, RPSB dancers wins “Pulis Got Talent”
By RPCRD, Police Regional
June 14, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
A 28-year Biliran policewoman was hailed as the first ever “Pulis Got
Talent” Singing Contest division winner, besting 11 other contestants
during the show’s talent night at the RTR Festival Parks in Tacloban
City on Wednesday.
“I was surprised when my
name was called. It was totally unexpected,” said PO2 Venus Abrigo,
the Police-Community Relations Non-Commissioned Officer of Naval
Municipal Police Station in Biliran province.
With her subtle rendition of
Joey Albert’s 1990 hit “Iisa Pa lamang”, Abrigo got the judges’ nod
and went home with the coveted title and P5,000.00 prize which was
personally awarded by PCSupt. Elmer Ragadio Soria, director of Police
Regional Office 8 (PRO8).
Abrigo, who joined the
police service in 2007, said that aside from personally relating with
the song’s lyrics, she selected the piece because of it low note since
she lacked time to rehearse.
She added that it has been a
while since she last joined a singing contest, dating back to her
college days at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City where she
took up her Political Science degree.
Abrigo has been joining
barangay fiesta and school singing competitions since her elementary
grade, winning most of them.
The policewoman will use the
cash prize to buy school supplies for her two kids – ages 7 and 3 –
who will be reporting to their classes next week.
Taking home P4,000.00 as 1st
runner-up is PO2 Gil Alvin Sanico from Northern Samar Police
Provincial Office, who rendered Joe Lamont’s powerful ballad “Victims
of Love” while PO2 Ronelo Palito from Samar PPO received P3,000.00 for
his interpretation of Basil Valdez original “Ngayon at Kailanman”.
Other contestants received
consolation prize of P1,000.00 each.
But what brought the house
down were the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB8) dancers who
went back to their headquarters with the P10,000.00 prize for winning
the show’s dance contest division.
Looking more like a hip-hop
group than members of PRO8’s maneuver unit, the 11-member crew wowed
the audience who braved the heavy rains just to see them dance to the
groove of re-mix hits of Psy’s “Gentleman”, Zedd’s “Clarity”, Baauer’s
“Harlem Shake” and other hit dance tunes.
Dancers from the PRO8
regional headquarters and Southern Leyte PPO Kasaligan X-Force took
home P8,000.00 and P5,000.00 for being adjudged as first and second
The five dance groups from
other police offices were given P2,000.00 consolation prizes.
“We are happy with the
audience’ reception, this is really for them to appreciate the talents
of our men” said PRO8 chief PCSupt. Elmer Ragadio Soria, who was
visibly happy with the audience turn-out despite of heavy rains.
Soria assured that this will
not be the last time that PRO8 will showcase their talent in the
month-long festivities, which for this year is the 27th Pintados and
18th Kasadyaan joint celebration, as organizers have already set every
June 12, the nation’s Independence Day, as the “Pulis Got Talent”
Hosted by PSupt. Eufronio
Obong, PO3 Zendah Sudio, PO1 Lalaine Castro and NUP Fe Talacay, the
show’s judging panel was composed of Department of Tourism director
Karina Rosa Tiopes, Napolcom Regional Director Nicomedez Jose, Dr.
Stephen Lagarde, Mr. Roland Calleja and SPO4 Justo Luaton.
Regional Office 8 director PCSupt. Elmer R. Soria (center) hands
the sybolic car key to PSInsp. Julio Pagtabunan, Villareal
police chief, during Monday’s turn-over of new patrol vehicles
at PRO8 headquarters.
PRO8 turns over new
patrol cars to 3 stations
By RPCRD, Police Regional
June 12, 2013
Camp Kangleon, Palo,
Leyte – Aiming of decreased crime rate in the region, the Police
Regional Office 8 (PRO8) has turned-over brand new mobile police
vehicles to three police stations and one to public safety company to
boost police visibility and mobility and for use in various anti-crime
The vehicles were turned
over by PCSupt. Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO8 Director, to representatives
of three police stations and the Northern Samar Provincial Public
Safety Company (NSPPSC) in a simple yet fitting ceremony right after
the Monday flag raising ceremony at PRO8 grandstand.
“The newly issued patrol
vehicles are meant to improve police mobility, visibility, prompt
response to emergencies and enhance the response time to call for
police assistance by the recipient police stations,” Soria said.
The regional police chief
added that aside from immediate response to any crime incidents and
continued maintenance of the peace and order, patrol vehicles are also
used to ferry victims to the hospitals in times of emergencies and
other disaster-response efforts.
Recipients of the Toyota
Innova Wagon patrol cars were Maripipi Municipal Police Station in
Biliran, Villareal MPS in Samar and Catubig MPS in Northern Samar
while the Northern Samar PPSC received one Toyota Hilux patrol
vehicle. Meanwhile, one brand new Toyota Hi-Ace van will be used in
various command activities in the regional headquarters.
The distribution of new
patrol car is part of the continued effort of the Philippine National
Police to upgrade the facilities and equipments of the local police
forces to support field operations under the Capability Enhancement
Program (CEP) of the PNP Integrated Transformation Program -
Performance Governance System (ITP-PGS), otherwise known as Peace and
Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding the Rule of Law or PNP
Patrol Plan 2030.
Soria encouraged the
recipients to make good use and maintain the newly-issued vehicles to
enable them to better serve the community.
The police official further
said that this effort in equipping the police force with the ability
to fight criminality through the acquisition of these vehicles and
other police equipment showed that the PNP organization is sincere in
transforming the police organization into a more credible police force
as envisioned in the Patrol Plan 2030, its roadmap towards achieving
Rev. Fr. Amadeo Alvero,
Social Communication chief of the Archdiocese of Palo, officiated the
rites of blessing of the new vehicles.
DILG conducts spot
checks on Leyte, Biliran water projects
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
June 8, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Interior and Local Government recently inspected four
(4) water projects in the provinces of Leyte and Biliran, pursuant to
the directive of Secretary Mar Roxas.
DILG Region 8 Director Pedro
A. Noval Jr. said that the team, composed of personnel from the DILG
Office of Project Development Service (OPDS) and DILG-8 Regional
Office, visited the towns of Alang-alang, Calubian and Tolosa in the
province of Leyte and the municipality of Culaba in Biliran in the
later part of the month of May.
The group looked into the
financial and physical status of projects being implemented by
beneficiary towns under the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat or
SALINTUBIG program to ensure that government money is spent for its
intended purpose, Dir. Noval said.
He added that inspections
would be done in all other DILG projects to promote transparency and
The water system for the
Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Culaba, Biliran is now fully completed, a
media statement written by Mr. Myles Colasito, DILG8 Information
Aside from serving the RHU,
the water supply system was expanded to 30 households covering three
Meanwhile, the Level 3 water
project in Calubian is about 45% completed and on time for completion
by July. About five barangays in Calubian which are presently using
Level 1 (communal well) water system will be able to avail of potable
water inside their own homes once the project is finished.
On the other hand, the
project in Alang-alang, Leyte is at the detailed engineering design
stage. Slated to start in August, it is expected to end by December of
municipality of Tolosa, Leyte has already bought a 1.8 cubic meter
water tank for its RHU, and is arranging for its eventual connection
to the water district. Once completed, the project will also serve the
needs of the newly built municipal executive building.
Director Noval intimated
that the office shall be hiring additional engineers on a contractual
basis to assist in the monitoring of its projects. He likewise
encouraged the citizens to take an active part in the project by
monitoring the projects.
DILG-8 is currently
assisting 25 LGUs which benefited from the regular SALINTUBIG program
for 2012, and 33 LGUs which availed of SALINTUBIG projects under the
2013 Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) system.
SALINTUBIG program of the
government aims to provide water supply systems to waterless
municipalities, waterless barangays, and waterless health centers as
part of the country’s commitment to attain the Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs), Director Noval said.
Save the Philippine
Seas before it’s too late – Greenpeace
June 7, 2013
MANILA – “Save the
Philippine seas now – before it’s too late,” Greenpeace, marine
experts and fisherfolk made the call today as they renewed their
demand for the Philippine government to enact and enforce stronger
policies to preserve the country’s oceans. The groups also urged all
Filipinos to be part of efforts to revive the seas. The call came on
the eve of World Oceans Day, the UN-designated celebration meant to
remind the world about how crucial the oceans are for our survival.
This year’s theme is “Together we have the power to protect the
"All stakeholders must be
involved in the rehabilitation of the Philippine seas,” said Dr. Perry
Aliño, of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute.
“We need to strengthen our existing social and ecological networks.
Government mechanisms must be set up, with concrete solutions such as
increasing the number and effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).”
The report Oceans in the
Balance is an overview of the worsening crisis in the Philippine seas.
The report compiles data which show that as the country’s marine
ecosystems such as coral reefs, seagrass meadows and mangrove forests
are being destroyed, we are extracting more and more fish from the sea
than it can sustainably provide. In short, we are not only emptying
the oceans of fish, but we are also destroying vital habitats
necessary for marine species to propagate.
“We are killing the goose
that lays the golden eggs,” said Vince Cinches, Oceans Campaigner for
Greenpeace Southeast Asia. “Our seas are nearing their tipping point –
overfishing, destructive and illegal fishing, poaching, pollution and
climate change are sucking the life out of our waters. There is a very
urgent need for the government to elevate oceans protection as a
matter of national priority. This needs to happen now before the
country drowns in a sea of problems.”
The report notes that
despite the Fisheries Code of 1998, which mandates the protection of
15% of fishing grounds as marine protected areas, legislation seems
unable to ensure the sustainability of our seas due to pervasive
illegal commercial fishing activities and the encroachment of foreign
fishing vessels into the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone.
Small municipal fisherfolk
who are edged out by massive industrial fishing operations are the one
who suffer the most. Greenpeace says that the high incidence of
poverty in coastal fishing communities is reflective of the crisis
attributed to the declining marine ecosystem and overfishing.
“There are around two
million Filipino fishers who are heavily dependent on the sea,” said
Maricel Gacela of Samahan ng mga Maliliit na Mangingisda sa Calatagan
(SAMMACA). “We all have nothing to fish and nothing to feed our
families. With a net income of only 250 Pesos a day, most fisherfolk
end up in debt. Commercial fishing vessels take all the fish,
sometimes from municipal fishing grounds, leaving us with very little
fish to catch and barely enough money to cover gasoline costs for
going out to sea.”
The report is intended as a
call to action to address the two-pronged crisis of marine degradation
and overfishing. Along with a broad range of stakeholders, Greenpeace
is calling on the Aquino administration to immediately act against the
crisis of overfishing and marine ecosystem degradation by:
1. Ensuring that the
protection, rehabilitation, and conservation of Philippine seas are a
national priority (such by improving MPA management and establishing a
national network of marine reserves); and
2. Creating and immediately
implementing a roadmap that eliminates overfishing and allows the
recovery of the Philippine fish stocks. This can be achieved with
steps such as stronger vehicle registry systems, halting the issuance
of commercial permits, and strict enforcement of the 15 kilometer zone
for small scale fishers.
“We need a wholesale change
in how we currently manage our oceans,” said Cinches. “Overfishing
must end, and more areas need to be protected and interconnected. This
will require concerted effort from all sectors. All Filipinos are
stakeholders of the seas – we must each be part of the solution.
Greenpeace is asking all Filipinos to signing up at
www.defendouroceans.org to join the movement of Ocean Defenders and
help protect our seas.”