Region 8 nominee
wins national search for Idol ng TESDA self-employed category
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
September 2, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – The
representative of Eastern Visayas in the national search for Idol ng
TESDA, self-employed category bested four other finalists from other
regions of the country and was proclaimed National Winner.
Director Cleta Omega of the
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Regional Office 8
said that Dr. Jacqueline S. De Paz, administrator of St. Clare
Polytechnic School of Burauen, Inc., 38 years old, married and mother
of one boy, by winning the title, has brought honor and pride to
Eastern Visayas Region.
Dr. De Paz received a trophy
and cash award of P25,000 from a fellow Waraynon Mr. Boy Abunda, who
was the keynote speaker during the awarding rites. Mr. Abunda was
assisted by TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva during the Awarding
Ceremonies on August 23, 2013 at the Tandang Sora Hall, TESDA Women’s
Center, Taguig City.
Dr. De Paz also received a
plaque of recognition and cash prize of P5,000.00 for being this
year’s Regional Awardee.
Dr. De Paz is a medical
doctor but she made a career change, she trained and became actively
involved in technical education and skills development because she
wanted to help the families in her hometown, Burauen, especially those
who cannot afford to send their children to school to pursue their
dream of gaining access to education and acquire productive skills.
Dr. Jackie as she is fondly
called by her town mates finds complete joy and fulfillment
In seeing that her
kababayans find employment to augment their family income after
completing training in her institution which offers training on Food &
Beverage Services NC II, Housekeeping NC II, Bartending NC II, Front
Office NC II and Household Services NC II.
Dr. Jackie also sees to it
that the graduates find ready employment by hiring them as on-call
waiters and food server attendants in the catering business she had
also set up in May of 2012.
The search for TESDA Idols
is being conducted annually by TESDA to give due recognition to
graduates of technical education and skills development (TESD)
programs who have attained skills excellence and success in their
chosen occupation and contributed to the economic growth in their
communities, Ms. Elizabeth Canales, TESDA Information Officer said.
The Search has two (2)
categories, the self-employed category and the wage-employed category.
The Self-employed Category
is open to both male and female TVET graduates who operate a business
as a sole proprietor, partner in a partnership, independent contractor
or consultant for at least 3 years.
On the other hand, the
Wage-employed Category is open to male and female TVET graduates who
work at an employer’s facility, use the employer’s equipment and
receive a paycheck whether their work is completed or not, for at
least the last three years, Ms. Canales said.
Noynoy Aquino to resume peace talks, release detained NDFP consultants
September 2, 2013
QUEZON CITY – Karapatan
today joined the “Caravan for Peace” as it slammed the arrest of peace
consultant, Loida Tuzo Magpatoc, 54, and called for the release of all
JASIG-protected peace consultants of National Democratic Front of the
The “Caravan for Peace” is a
joint initiative of the Citizens Alliance for Just Peace (CALL for
JUST PEACE) composed of peace advocates from Sulong CARHRIHL, Pilgrims
for Peace, Philippine Economic Peace Platforms (PEPP) and Waging Peace
Philippines. In July, the same organizations issued a joint statement
calling for the resumption of the peace talks between the GPH and the
NDFP on the basis of previously signed agreements, especially the
Hague Joint Declaration signed on September 1, 1992 and the Joint
Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) signed in 1995.
The Hague Joint Declaration
served as the framework of the GPH-NDFP peace talks since 1992 but has
been called by the Aquino government as a “document of perpetual
division”; while due observance of the JASIG has been put to question
as the GPH continues to arrest JASIG-protected NDFP consultants to the
“The JASIG is again violated
with the arrest of Loida Magpatoc who was arrested on July 28 in Digos
City, Davao del Sur. The arrest shows the Aquino government blatant
disregard to the agreements the GPH had signed with the NDFP,” said
Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.
Magpatoc is a holder of NDFP
Document of Identification No. ND978254 using the assumed name Puri
Feleo. Magpatoc’s arrest brings to 13 the total number of JASIG-protected
peace consultants in detention.
Palabay added, "it is clear
that the Aquino administration already killed the peace talks between
his government and the NDFP as it continues to violate previously
signed agreements and by the continued surveillance, harassment and,
arrest of NDFP peace consultants and staff on trumped up criminal
Magpatoc, in the course of
undertaking her work on the Social and Economic Reform agenda of the
peace talks, was arrested for charges of robbery with double homicide
and damage to properties. She was detained at the Digos City PNP
Station for six days with continuous tactical interrogations by Dept.
Of National Defence - National, 10th Infantry Division Task Force
Tugis, and CIDG Reg. 11.On August 21, she was transferred at the Camp
Bagong Diwa (female dorm) where she is facing nine cases, all false
Meanwhile, NDFP Panel Member
Fidel V. Agcaoili sent a protest letter to the GPH Negotiating Panel
on the surveillance and harassment against him by the two
motorcycle-riding men on 29 July 2013. Agcaoili was in Manila for
consultations and meetings with several groups on the possibility of
the resumption of the peace negotiations.
Palabay also cited the
inaction of the GPH on the enforced disappearance of 10 NDFP peace
consultants and staff during the Arroyo government.
"It is ironic that those who
seriously work for the resolution of the roots of unpeace become
targets of the government’s surveillance, harassment and illegal
arrest and other forms of human rights violations. It is a shame that
the Aquino government mouths peace but cannot stand by all the
agreements the GPH signed with the NDFP. Aquino’s hullabaloo on peace
is simply a psywar tactic of its Oplan Bayanihan," Palabay concluded.
Drug charges filed
vs. high school teacher, lady pusher, 2 others
By RPCRD, Police Regional
August 28, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – Charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs
Act of 2002 have been filed against four personalities considered as
high-value targets following their arrest in separate drug bust
operations last week.
A 38-year old woman and a
public school teacher are among the four persons arrested by
anti-narcotics operatives in a series of entrapment operations in
Leyte, Southern Leyte and Samar provinces recently.
Police Regional Office 8
(PRO8) director PCSupt. Elmer R. Soria said the lady suspect
identified as Lilibeth Paciencia, 38, of Brgy. Magbagacay, St. Bernard
in Southern Leyte was nabbed in a sting operation in said village.
“She was arrested by a
police team led by PSInsp. Ariel Nuñez after selling one heat-sealed
transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance
suspected to be “shabu” to an undercover cop who acted as
poseur-buyer,” the police official informed.
After the arrest, lawmen
also recovered from Paciencia’s possession the P500-bill used as
buy-bust money and P240 cash in different denomination.
In Leyte, joint elements of
Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG8) under PSInsp. Dinvir Revita
and Dulag Municipal Police Station led by PSInsp. Alberto Renomeron,
Jr. nabbed one Ruel Congzon, a public school teacher of Dulag National
High School, during a buy-bust operation in Brgy Buntay, Dulag town.
Seized from the suspect was
one sachet of suspected “shabu” with an estimated street value of P500
and the P500 marked money.
Meanwhile in Calbayog City,
Samar, a police team led by PSInsp. Aaron Raemon Elago arrested two
persons – Danilo Cano, 36 and Reynaldo Singanohon, 41 – in a buybust
operation at Purok 2, Brgy. Matobato.
Confiscated from their
possession and control were two heated-sealed transparent plastic
sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be “shabu”,
the P500-bill with serial number BS640735, two mobile phones and one
unit Honda XRM motorcycle allegedly used in their illegal activities.
The suspects are temporarily
detained at the station lock-up cells of arresting police units while
confiscated items were brought to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office
8 for examination, Soria disclosed.
RIP Pork: Cayetano
bent on ensuring passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 4
By Office of the Senate
August 28, 2013
PASAY CITY – Senate
Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano is determined to push for the
passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 4 which seeks to abolish
the pork barrel system.
"I will not let anyone
derail the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 4. The Million
People March shows that it is not enough to say 'We are listening to
the people'. We need to act now," he said.
The Senator recently filed
Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 4 amidst calls for a thorough inquiry
into the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scandal, seeking an end to
the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and pushing to reveal,
investigate, and prosecute those involved in the pork barrel scam
Cayetano also called on
fellow lawmakers to open their books to state auditors for greater
transparency and accountability in the 16th Congress.
"The clamor for transparency
is great. Let us be transparent. Those tagged in the issue should be
willing to submit themselves to questioning during an investigation in
the spirit of transparency, accountability and reform," he said.
“Sa investigation, lahat ng
lead kailangan mong sundan. So if it leads to the door of a senator or
a congressman, whether pamilya niya o staff niya o kamag-anak niya o
siya mismo ang ipatawag ng NBI, huwag silang matatakot at ang senador
naman hindi niya dapat isipin na insulto ito kung hindi part of the
investigation lang,” Cayetano pointed out.
It was in line with his call
for lawmakers to submit themselves to investigations on the PDAF scam
that Cayetano slammed the decision of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee
not to allow the questioning of senators tagged in the scandal in its
hearings which will begin on Thursday.
The Majority Leader stressed
that the first step the Senate should take in order to protect its
integrity as an institution representing the people is for all
Senators to allow themselves to be questioned and investigated during
the Blue Ribbon hearings most especially those whose names have been
linked to the Napoles scam.
Asked about senators’
parliamentary immunity, Cayetano said: “Under the rules, we have the
option to appear or not to appear before the investigating panel (and
be questioned). But under the same rules, we also have the option to
waive this rule.”
The Senator said that moves
to shield members of the Senate from the hearing will be unfair to the
Filipino people clamoring for a thorough and transparent
Cayetano has already opened
his books to the public and allowed state auditors to scrutinize his
use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in the past
years especially those not covered by the recently released Commission
on Audit (COA) report. He likewise urged his colleagues from both
houses of Congress to do the same.
The Majority leader further
suggested that Senators be willing to sign a waiver declaring that
they will disclose to the public all their transactions involving
public funds during the ongoing investigations.
“The best way to resolve the
issue is for everyone to come clean. No excuses. No exemptions. I am
urging all lawmakers to open their financial records to the public in
the spirit of transparency, accountability, and reform,” he
By RIZA GOSTADO, RAFI intern
August 27, 2013
CEBU CITY – The world
is now a more dangerous place to live. Walking at night is already
unsafe. The death rate in the Philippines is high, at 4.98 persons for
every 1,000 people. We can be safer, though, if we are aware. Hence,
it is important to read and learn about safety tips to be more aware
and hopefully, safer.
calamities are just a few threats to our lives that we need to be
aware of. However, there are those tasked to keep us safe, among them
“We are willing to die for
others to live,” said Chief inspector Teodolfo Manatad II of Cebu City
Police Office (CPPO), during a recent Urban Development Forum at the
Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (EADSC) of the Ramon
Aboitiz Foundation Inc., (RAFI).
The police helps maintain
peace and order and they do this through the creation of an integrated
anti-criminality plan, extended night watch patrol program, and mobile
One service they offer is
protection of witnesses of crimes against the suspects and even from
the “bad eggs” among the supposed protectors of the people. Here, the
media plays a role in exposing such police officers whose actions mar
the reputation of the entire force.
Manatad said that if he has
his way, he likes that media limit or do away with focusing on
exposing these kind of policemen, saying public perception are
affected as media is very influential.
In the same vein, the media
plays an important role in preparing the public against storms and
other calamities and for government agencies, like the National
Disaster Risk Reduction Management (NDRRM), to be ready in providing
evacuation centers, relief goods, and other services.
“We are requiring the local
government units to have their own DRRM plan”, said Provincial Civil
Defense Officer Florenda Gaviola.
She said that drills on
emergency procedures help students and workers to respond properly
once disasters strike. This could lessen injuries and loss of lives as
they are more aware and therefore more prepared. This is what
differentiates the town of San Francisco, Cebu in Camotes island.
In 2011, San Francisco was
awarded the prestigious 2011 United Nations Sasakawa Award for
Disaster Risk Reduction, particularly for utilizing local knowledge to
disseminate critical information and risk assessment, waste
segregation, delivery of health services, and related activities at
the household level through the purok system, initiated through the
Our Cebu Program, a long-term development program of RAFI and the Cebu
Provincial Government designed to make Cebu an ideal place to live,
work, play, invest, and do business.
San Francisco is now “a
place to live, a place to visit,” said former mayor Alfredo Arquillano
about his town.
He shared that they
minimized pollution by controlling the number of public vehicles. More
importantly, though, residents are concerned about and are responsible
in protecting the environment.
The youth, in particular,
worked hard in maintaining cleanliness and as leaders in advocacies
that promote awareness related to environment protection.
The forum, which discussed
transport management, public safety and security, and disaster risk
reduction and management, was attended by RAFI’s Young Minds Academy
season 7 scholars.
Army foils ambush
of CENRO & DAR personalities in Northern Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
August 25, 2013
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City
– Troops from Jole-Jole Detachment, 52nd Infantry Battalion (CAFGU)
led by SSg Delfin Mallanta while providing route security to
representatives from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and City
Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) both of Las Navas,
Northern Samar encountered around 30 NPAs in Barangay San Jorge, Las
Navas, Northern Samar last August 24, 2013 at around 2:30PM.
Firefight lasted for about
20 minutes which resulted to the killing of Marlon Rebadulla, a member
of Cafgu Active Auxiliary of Jole-Jole Detachment. The rebels suffered
undetermined number of casualties as indicated by bloodstains seen
along their route of withdrawals. The troops also recovered one hand
grenade and two loaded magazines for M-16 rifle in the encounter site.
The encounter is a result of
timely information provided by the local populace regarding the
presence of NPAs along Barangay San Jorge-Las Navas Road who are
planning to ambush the “Bayanihan” Team of 63IB and the invited
speakers from DAR and CENRO that participated in a consultative
dialogue held at Brgy San Miguel, Las Navas, Northern Samar. The
Dialogue was organized to address agrarian and environmental
protection issues in the said barangay.
Commenting on the incident,
Brigadier General Rolando C. Malinao AFP, Commander of 803rd Infantry
Brigade, Philippine Army said: “The NPAs once again showed their true
color as anti-people. It is disheartening to note, that they want to
sow fear and terrorize our workers from the government by disrupting
the ongoing programs and activities aimed to uplift the standard of
living of our people.”
General Malinao also
expressed his thanks to the people for providing our troops the timely
information. “Through the information provided by the peace-loving
people, our troops were able to identify and pinpoint the NPA location
and prevented them from staging terroristic activities against our
people. It only show, that the people in the area are already with us
in our pursuit for peace and development, indeed Bayanihan at its
right to left) Cebu City Health Officer Dr. Stella Ygonia and
Dianne Duggan of SERVE gives to Tribal Chieftain Felecito Asamsa
the key to the St. Brigid health center, symbol of the Bajau
community's ownership of and responsibility to the new health
Bajau health center
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
August 25, 2013
CEBU CITY – The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), through its Bajau Integrated Area
Development Project (BIAD-P), in coordination with the Presentation
Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM) and the Nano Nagle School
teachers, turned over a health center to the Bajau community in Sitio
Puntod, Alaska Mambaling, Cebu last Aug. 13.
The community health center
aims to bring together medical practitioners and representatives from
health service provider institutions to undertake collaborative
medical services to improve the health conditions of the Bajau
The construction of the
health center was made possible by PBVM and Misean Cara, one of BIAD-P's
The health center was named
“St. Brigid”, after St. Brigid of Ireland, who was known for miracles
of healing. The construction of the center started last Feb. 1, the
feast day of St. Brigid.
A group of Bajau women,
holding framed pictures of PBVM founder Nano Nagle and Saint Brigid,
blessed the clinic with incense, water, and candle.
Dianne Duggan, one of the
adult leaders of SERVE volunteers, and Dr. Stella Ygonia, Cebu City
Health Officer, turned over the key of the health center to Bajau
Tribal Chieftain Felecito Asamsa and to the cluster leaders.
“Nalipay mi nga adunay
health center dinhi sa among komunidad nga magamit namo kon adunay
medical check-up og trainings bahin sa panglawas (We are glad that we
have a health center where we can hold medical check-ups and trainings
on health and wellness),” Rosalita Jamare, Bajau cluster leader and
health in-charge, said.
The activity was attended by
private and public sector partners, such as the representatives from
the Committee of German Doctors for Developing Countries (German
Doctors), Cebu City Government's City Health Office (CHO), National
Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP), and SERVE volunteers from
Ireland representing Misean Cara.
SERVE volunteers rendered
their service to the Bajau community for almost three weeks from July
13-August 13. They helped in the production of Inter-locking
Compressed Earth Blocks (ICEB), perimeter fence preparation, and
school tutorials with the pre-schoolers, out-of-school youth, and PBVM
The volunteers had the
opportunity to know the Bajau culture through a series of games.
BIAD-P continues to support
the Bajau community through provision of basic social services in
collaboration with various stakeholders. The project is in partnership
with Presentation Sisters of Blessed Virgin Mary, University of San
Carlos-College of Architecture and Fine Arts, and the Cebu City
The project aims to
effectively transform the Bajau community into a progressive,
self-reliant community by developing their capabilities to live and
work with dignity, to participate in development, and to improve their
BIAD-P is a project under
the Integrated Development focus area of RAFI, addressing the
foundations needed to develop successful communities. Its other focus
areas include Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Culture & Heritage,
Leadership & Citizenship, and Education.